Thursday, December 14, 2017

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NOTICE: No burn permits will be issued until we get a significant amount of rainfall. Scroll down to the Fire Alert section for current National Weather Service alerts.

Robins are back!!!!

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Sitting here at the Fire & Rescue station, typing the newsletter with the door open for the first time in months kinda makes my day. Earlier this morning at home, a robin or two was carrying on a conversation with our parakeets - or they were chewing each other out. Don't get too excited that winter is over - we've seen blizzards in April over the last 30 years. Anyway, enjoy the warm days. Maybe the winter grimness will ease some of the nastiness in our country.

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Even with the last snow, moisture levels did NOT increase, which increases dust levels and helps those controlled burns get out of control, which has already happened in Cass, Otoe, Lancaster and Saunders County. Don't expect to get a burn permit around Alvo unless there is zero wind or we get more than a drizzle of rain. Just a reminder, we put out fires with drinking water.20150303 NE trdtable

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Next Tuesday, we get 12 hours of sun - warm!

Date Sunrise Sunset Sun hours Days until Spring
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 07:44 AM 07:28 PM 11:44 9
Thursday, March 12, 2015 07:42 AM 07:29 PM 11:47 8
Friday, March 13, 2015 07:41 AM 07:30 PM 11:49 7
Saturday, March 14, 2015 07:39 AM 07:31 PM 11:52 6
Sunday, March 15, 2015 07:38 AM 07:32 PM 11:54 5
Monday, March 16, 2015 07:36 AM 07:33 PM 11:57 4
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 07:34 AM 07:34 PM 12:00 3

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The moon's phases for the coming week (last quarter's in the middle)

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Here's a sample of how non-immigrants were treated in the early 20th centuury......

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Native land sale bill from 1911. Nebraska land sold at the second highest price per acre in the country. For 1911, land of the Macy, Santee and Winnebago tribes in Nebraska was offered for sealed bids.  Mr. Valentine, the Commissioner of Indian Affairs supported allotment of tribal lands to individuals, rather than the tribe as an entity. Natives that were of mixed blood were declared citizens and given title to allotted land, which they could then sell to non-Indians, making the land available to immigrants. 114 years later, we are trying to keep immigrants out of this country - could it be that this reversal is due to skin color??????

 The Nebraska First Volunteer Infantry was deployed to the Philippines in 1899 after the US declared war on Spain. They did not see action against Spanish troops, but suffered "...significant casualties when Filipino nationalists resisted American occupation of their country following Spain's defeat." - From the Nebraska State Histoical Society's section on the Nebraska National Guard. This was the first deployment of Nebraska National Guard soldiers. Only one regiment of the three deployed saw combat.

 

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It's really hard to get a good Irish green out of the color choices.... Anyway next  tusday1 is St. Patrick's Day, which is not a state or federal holiday, but does give one a valid reason to put on a tam and drink green beer. SPD

"All the world's a stage and most of us are desperately unrehearsed." - Sean O'Casey

"When you die, you are hung head down in a barrel with all the whiskey you ever spilled - if you drown, you go straight to hell." - Unknown

Events on St. Patrick's Day in history

461 - Bishop Patrick (St. Patrick) died in Saul, County Down, Ireland.

1886 - 20 Blacks were killed in the Carrollton Massacre in Mississippi.

1930 - Al Capone was released from jail.

1967 - Snoopy and Charlie Brown of "Peanuts" were on the cover of "LIFE" magazine.

1973 - The first American prisoners of war (POWs) were released from the "Hanoi Hilton" in Hanoi.

1992 - White South Africans approved constitutional reforms to give legal equality to blacks.

1999 - A panel of medical experts concluded that marijuana had medical benefits for people with cancer or AIDS.

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