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alvo newsletter, october 8th, 2014



Another Alvo alumnus is no longer with us.


Burdette E. Bennett, born in rural Alvo on March 10th, 1926 died September 30th, 2014 in Lincoln. He graduated from Alvo Consolidated School in 1943, worked at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. for over 33 years, taught Sunday School for the handicapped through Eastland Ministries and was a member of St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Lincoln. He enjoyed camping and square dancing. Survivors include his wife Arlene, daughter and son-in-law Tina and Bryan Schwahn, son Joe, step-daughter and husband Sandra and Dennis Chmelka, step-son and wife Don and Denise Rogers. Fifteen grandchildren and nine great grandchildren will miss him. His funeral was October 3rd and he is buried in Fairview cemetery. His son John of Greenwood, died on March 24th, 2014.

Journal Star obituary Link

Did we get enough rain?

20140204 2 84th Street south of US 6 -February 4th - dry, dry, dry.

Views of Salt Creek from the Highway 66 bridge at Ashland on October 1st

20141001 3 Downstream - the main channel is on the right

The area in center and left is normally grass 20141001 4


 20141001 5 The Silver Street bridge - closed

20141001 8 The levee is doing its job - barely

The sod farm north of US 6 20141001 11

20141001 13 This is how we used to get to Ashland from US 6

 I couldn't record the smell - eau de sewer - Thanks, Lincoln. Just a few observations about a 200 year rainfall. According to Walt Marolf who farmed west and north of Greenwood, Salt Creek used to have a sand bottom and the water was clear when he and his brother swam as kids - about 80 years ago. The reason the water is that wonderful brown is all the topsoil washed away - takes less than 24 hours to disappear - hundreds of years to replace. If you don't believe me - here's a link to a research paper published in 1935 warning about the loss of soil (and water) from prairie, pasture and crop lands. 1935 UN Runoff Study Link

It's estimated it takes about 400 years to build an inch of topsoil and experiments at Columbia, Missouri showed it takes 50 years to lose 7 inches of topsoil on cultivated corn cropland and 24 years on fallow land tilled 4 inches deep. That soil becomes silt in reservoirs and waterways and any fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides in the soil contaminate surface water - the streams, creeks, rivers and finally the ocean. Don't blame farmers for the contamination - it's estimated that most chemical pollution occurs from use of lawn chemicals - farmers have more land, but there are a lot more urban folk - so the concentration of those chemicals is greater per acre in towns and cities than on cropland. When we lived in Hawaii, California and Florida, we could see the direct effects of soil erosion on the sea. Silt from construction runoff covered and killed sponges and coral off Oahu; made the surf brown in San Diego; and caused red tides that killed most of the fish near Panama City. That 200 year rain in eastern Nebraska will have effects all the way to the Gulf of Mexico.

"Topsoil in the ocean can't grow food." - Mad Dog

"Nature discriminates against the unprepared." - Anonymous


Did you know there is a company that builds operating rooms and equipment in Poland called Alvo Medical and an educational consulting group in California called the Alvo Institute? Check this out:  

Alvo Medical Link

Alvo Institute Link

In Portuguese, Alvo means target or colloquially, bullseye. There is no Polish equivalent.

We are still the only community named Alvo - but - we are not alone! It's a great reason to celebrate 125 years of existence.

 Still parts of 10 counties are abnormally dry, but not around here........

 20140930 NE trd

Take a look at the whole country - be thankful.....  US Drought Monitor Link


Completely Useless Facts


More than 30% of the people in the world have never made or received a telephone call.

Termites have been known to eat food twice as fast when heavy metal music is playing.

All female bees in a given hive are sisters.

Owls are the only birds that can see the color blue.

The Automated Teller Machine (AT) was introduced in England in 1965.

Cats have over 100 vocal sounds; dogs only have 10.

It was discovered on a space mission that a frog can throw up.

Mailing an entire building has been illegal in the U.S. since 1916 when a man mailed a 40,000-ton brick house across Utah to avoid high freight rates.

A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.

Johnny Appleseed planted apples so that people could use apple cider to make alcohol.

City with the most Roll Royce cars per capita: Hong Kong.

Hey folks, if you like this better than historical stuff, email me at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 2612145 o It's a full moon - need I say more?

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