Lots of rain locally - didn't really help farmers - too much, too fast. More topsoil washed into the Gulf of Mexico, where it kills sedentary life, sucks up the oxygen and the fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides contribute to anaerobic algae blooms (red tides). The bottom line folks, is that the planet is interconnected and what we do in Nebraska can and does have negative impact on the rest of the country and the world.
Here's the last three weeks of the drought monitor - YES - there is a large part of the state still abnormally dry - just not where we live. Almost half the state is abnormally dry or suffering moderate drought. Looks like a dry cycle, unless you live along Salt Creek.
There are lots of events upcoming, so check them out. Spring and summer are and should be play times for young and old. We are very lucky in Alvo, we live within 50 miles of Nebraska's major attractions. Off the top of my head - Mahoney State Park, Platte River State Park, Louisville State Recreation Area, SAC Museum, Camp Creek Threshers, Henry Doorly Zoo, Lee Simmons Wildlife Safari, Round the Bend Steakhouse, The Lofte Community Theater and many local community events and festivals.
Right here in our town, the 125th anniversary celebration is coming up. The committee is looking for Miss Alvo candidates to be crowned at the celebration. Miss Alvo will represent Alvo at the Cass County Fair in August. Candidates must live in or near Alvo, be a graduating high school senior or recent graduate between 17 and 21 years old as of July 1st, 2015 (Cass County Fair Board rule). For details, contact Pat Umland at 402-781-2096.
By the way - heard through the grapevine that I have pancreatic cancer - not so. I don't know how this BS gets started. No one asked us or any of our friends. The rumor spreaders just make stuff up. This is one disadvantage of living in a small town.
New moon at 11:13 PM on Sunday the 17th
|Date||Sunrise||Sunset||Sun hours||Days until summer|
|Wednesday, May 13, 2015||06:10 AM||08:34 PM||14:24||39|
|Thursday, May 14, 2015||06:09 AM||08:35 PM||14:26||38|
|Friday, May 15, 2015||06:08 AM||08:36 PM||14:28||37|
|Saturday, May 16, 2015||06:07 AM||08:37 PM||14:30||36|
|Sunday, May 17, 2015||06:06 AM||08:38 PM||14:32||35|
|Monday, May 18, 2015||06:05 AM||08:39 PM||14:34||34|
|Tuesday, May 19, 2015||06:05 AM||08:40 PM||14:35||33|
Events during the week in histoy
May 13th, 1985 - A confrontation between Philadelphia authorities and the radical group MOVE ended as police dropped an explosive onto the group's headquarters. Eleven people died in the fire that resulted. - Five were children. 65 houses burned as a result of the firefighters not attacking the initial blaze.
May 14th, 1796 - The first smallpox vaccination was given by Edward Jenner.
May 14th, 1961 - A bus carrying Freedom Riders was bombed and burned near Anniston, Alabama. As people escaped the bus, they were attacked with clubs, bricks, iron pipes and knives. This happened on Mothers' Day.
May 15th, 1948 - Israel was attacked by Transjordan, Egypt, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon only hours after declaring its independence.
May 15th, 1970 - Phillip Lafayette Gibbs and James Earl Green, two black students at Jackson State University in Mississippi, were killed when police opened fire during student protests. James Green was a 17 year old high school student. Phillip Gibbs was a 21 year old pre-law major with an 18 month old son.
May 16th, 1868 - President Andrew Johnson was acquitted during the Senate impeachment, by one vote.
May 16th, 1988 - The Supreme Court ruled that police do not have to have a search warrant to search discarded garbage.
May 17th, 1980 - Rioting erupted in Miami's Liberty City neighborhood after an all-white jury in Tampa acquitted four former Miami police officers of fatally beating black insurance executive Arthur McDuffie. Eight people were killed in the rioting.
May 17th, 2000 - Thomas E. Blanton Jr. and David Luker surrendered to police in Birmingham, AL. The two former Ku Klux Klan members were arrested on charges from the bombing of a church in 1963 that killed four young black girls.
May 18th, 1953 - The first woman to fly faster than the speed of sound, Jacqueline Cochran, piloted an F-86 Sabrejet over California at an average speed of 652.337 miles-per-hour.
May 19th 1858 - A pro-slavery band led by Charles Hameton executed unarmed Free State men near Marais des Cygnes on the Kansas-Missouri border.
Make your contribution to: Alvo Q125 Committee
Farmers & Merchants Bank of Ashland
PO Box 217
1501 Silver Street
Ashland, NE 68003
If you can't give money, give your time and help out.
Q125 Celebration, June 6th, 2015 (Tentative schedule)
11:00 AM - Flag Raising and National Anthem
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM – Brunch – looking for Nebraska pioneer menus
1:00 PM Parade lineup – Looking for vintage transportation, farm equipment and fire apparatus – Coordinator – Pat Umland – 402-781-2096
2:00 - Parade
3:00 - 4:00 PM Magic Show - Great One Productions
4:00 PM - Kid's Games
5:00 PM - Music Show
4:30 - 6:30 PM Supper (and Ice Cream) – Alvo Fire Department
7:00 PM - Vintage Movies (Popcorn)
Schedule is subject to change up to and including Celebration DayQ125 countdown timer
Papillion, Nebraska – The Sarpy/Cass Department of Health and Wellness is currently seeking candidates for an opening to serve as the Sarpy County representative on the Sarpy/Cass board of Health. The individual selected will be appointed to the Board of Health for a three‐year period. Functions of the Health Board include: 1) providing policy guidance on the development of appropriate public health programs; 2) working to educate the citizens of both counties regarding public health issues; 3) providing Board oversight on the Department’s budget and the Health Director’s performance; 4) and ensuring that priority public health needs are being addressed by the staff of the Deparment.
A letter of interest and background qualifications should be submitted no later than Friday, June 5, 2015 to:
Erin Ponec, Office Coordinator
Sarpy/Cass Department of Health and Wellness
701 Olson Drive, Ste. 101
Papillion, NE 68046