Friday, December 15, 2017

 Recycling Starts in Alvo June 1st!

Rock Creek Refuse will supply a refuse tote and recycling container to residents. Refuse and recycling fees are $24 a month and will be a part of your water and sewer bill, payable to Village of Alvo. Below is the list of allowable items to put in the recycling container - and the list of items that cannot be recycled.

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Here are some local images taken on Memorial Day, 2015.

Alvo Cemetery, 1903 - now

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48 veterans who served their country rest in the Alvo Cemetery among the over 500 buried here, from the Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Viet Nam War and from peacetime service. 3 of them were killed in action. No formal ceremony, but as I arrived, two women were reading a tribute and then played a recording of 'Taps'. Don't these guys deserve something better on Memorial Day?

Belmont Cemetery, 1871 - 1959

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Belmont Cemetery, 3 miles north of Alvo at Nebraska 63 and Bluff Road has fallen on hard times. I counted three flags that honored veterans - all from the Civil War. (thanks to Pat's Qusquicentennial Book). This cemetery predates Alvo as it was established formally in 1881, although the first burial on the site was in 1871. A total of 114 recorded graves are located here. (Courtesy "Alvo Then and Now" by Pat Umland) Many of the tombstones are unreadable and many others are broken or missing. There are many small white flags - showing locations of unmarked graves, maybe?

Brethren Cemetery, 1884 - now

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12 of the 131 at rest here are veterans from the Civil War, World War II, the Korean War and the Viet Nam War. No one here, just me and my camera.

Veterans Memorial Garden, Lincoln - 1989

In 1989 the "Traveling Wall", a miniature of the Viet Nam Memorial, was visited by over 80,000 people from the region. From that experience, a permanent replica of the wall with names of Nebraskans killed in Viet Nam was built and the former softball field became a permanent memorial.

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 There are over 20 memorial stones - here's the one for wearers of the Purple Heart - and one of my Viet Nam brothers (they are all my brothers and sisters) who was wearing his Purple Heart.

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 At the time Gordon Greene, former Marine and UNL Professor established the K-9 memorial, it was the only one in the US. During the Viet Nam War, most of these awesome dogs were left behind or euthanized instead of coming home with their handlers. Even today, the Department of Defense classifies Military Working Dogs as "military equipment", which is a horrible disservice to battle partners who save human troops' lives daily.

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Here's the last three weeks of the drought monitor - Finally a decrease from just under 20% to 7.6% moderate drought area and a slight decrease from 38.6% to 37.1% in the abnormally dry area - the normal moisture level increased from 61.4% to 62.9% - still over a third of the state has dry, dry land.

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Nebraska is still better off than a lot of other states - Click here to see

If the clouds go away, maybe we will appreciate the extended daylight hours.

Full moon, Monday, June 2nd at 11:19 AM.

Date Sunrise Sunset Sun hours Days until Summer
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 05:59 AM 08:47 PM 14:48 25
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 05:58 AM 08:48 PM 14:50 24
Thursday, May 29, 2014 05:58 AM 08:49 PM 14:51 23
Friday, May 30, 2014 05:57 AM 08:49 PM 14:52 22
Saturday, May 31, 2014 05:57 AM 08:50 PM 14:53 21
Sunday, June 01, 2014 05:56 AM 08:51 PM 14:55 20
Monday, June 02, 2014 05:56 AM 08:52 PM 14:56 19

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Events during this week in histoy

May 27th, 1941 - President Roosevelt proclaimed an "unlimited national emergency" amid rising world tensions.

May 28th, 1863 - The first black regiment left Boston to fight for the North in the Civil War.

May 29th, 1986 - Colonel Oliver North told National Security Advisor William McFarlane that profits from weapons sold to Iran were being diverted to the Contras.

May 30th, 1431 - Joan of Arc was burned at the stake in Rouen, France, at the age of 19.

May 30th, 1854 - The territories of Nebraska and Kansas were established.

May 30th, 1868 - Memorial Day was observed widely for the first time in the US. - The traditional Memorial Day. Link to change back to May 30th.

May 30th, 1958 - Unidentified soldiers killed in World War II and the Korean conflicts were buried at Arlington National Cemetery

May 31st, 1962 - Adolf Eichmann was hanged in Israel. Eichmann was a Gestapo official and was executed for his actions in the Nazi Holocaust.

June 1st, 1921 - A race riot erupted in Tulsa, OK. 85 people were killed.

June 2nd, 1969 - Australian aircraft carrier Melbourne sliced the destroyer USS Frank E. Evans in half off the shore of South Vietnam. Link to article. Gregory, Gary and Kelly Sage from Niobrara were killed along with 71 shipmates. Although the local time was 0300 on June 30th, it was still June 2nd in Nebraska.

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Haven't heard from you yet, ladies. For details, contact Pat Umland at 402-781-2096. We haven't had a Miss Alvo to represent our town at the Cass County Fair since 2008.

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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 Day

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Supported in part by Cass County Tourism    CCTour

"The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting." - Sun Tzu - George Bush and Dick Cheney never read 'The Art of War'.

 "There is no instance of a nation benefiting from prolonged warfare." - Sun Tzu  - Neither did Donald Rumsfeld

 

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