Friday, December 15, 2017

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First day of winter is coming.

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Some seasonal reminders:

1.  If Alvo loses power, the Fire and Rescue Station has a backup generator. If you need access to the station, call 402-296-9370 and have the Cass County Dispatch Center contact a Fire Department or Rescue Squad member to open the station.

2.  When heavy snow occurs, please move your vehicles off the streets so snow removal can take place.

3.  When recycling, do not put glass in the totes for the safety of the sorters.

NO Change - as the rain/snow continues, these areas should continue to shrink, but if it stays warmer than normal and dry, the dry areas may increase.   Click HERE for the national NOAA Climate Prediction site and HERE for the Omaha site.Just a point to ponder - although earth is a water planet, only 0.0078% of that water is available to sustain plant, animal and human life. For details, click HERE for the US Geological Survey Water School

 

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

First quarter is 0914 (09:14 AM) on Friday, Dec 18th.

Date Sunrise Sunset Sun hours Days until Winter
Wed, Dec 16 07:43 AM 04:59 PM 9:16 6
Thu, Dec 17 07:44 AM 04:59 PM 9:15 5
Fri, Dec 18 07:45 AM 04:59 PM 9:14 4
Sat, Dec 19 07:45 AM 05:00 PM 9:15 3
Sun, Dec 20 07:46 AM 05:00 PM 9:14 2
Mon, Dec 21 07:46 AM 05:01 PM 9:15 1
Tue, Dec 22 07:47 AM 05:01 PM 9:14 0

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During this week in history - with a little humor thrown in.

If you want  the funny, go to Bizarre Holidays

For the serious go to History Net

December 16th, 1773 - To protest the tax on tea from England, a group of young Americans, disguised as Indians, throw chests of tea from British ships in Boston Harbor. The present day Tea Party wouldn't have the bravery of these ancestors.

1944 - Germany mounts a major offensive in the Ardennes Forest in Belgium. As the center of the Allied line falls back, it creates a bulge, leading to the name – the Battle of the Bulge.

December 16th is National Chocolate Covered Anything day.

"We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we will all hang separately." - Benjamin Franklin

"To follow by faith alone is to follow blindly."  - Benjamin Franklin

"The American Revolution was a beginning, not a summation." - Woodrow Wilson "

A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both." - Dwight Eisenhower

December 17th, 1903 - Near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Orville and Wilbur Wright make the first successful flight in history of a self-propelled, heavier-than-air aircraft.

1944 - U.S. approves end to internment of Japanese Americans. U.S. Major General Henry C. Pratt issues Public Proclamation No. 21, declaring that Japanese American "evacuees" from the West Coast could return to their homes effective January 2, 1945. Article link

1989 - The Simpsons, television’s longest-running animated series, makes its US debut.

December 17th is National Maple Syrup day.

"My standard comment is 'If you don't want your kids to be like Bart Simpson, don't behave like Homer Simpson'." - Matt Groening

"The Wright brothers flew right through the smoke screen of impossibility." - Charles Kettering

“I dissent, therefore, from this legalization of racism. Racial discrimination in any form and in any degree has no justifiable part whatever in our democratic way of life. It is unattractive in any setting, but it is utterly revolting among a free people who have embraced the principles set forth in the Constitution of the United States. All residents of this nation are kin in some way by blood or culture to a foreign land. Yet they are primarily and necessarily a part of the new and distinct civilization of the United States. They must, accordingly, be treated at all times as the heirs of the American experiment, and as entitled to all the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution.” - Justice Frank Murphy - dissenting opinion on the legality of internment of Japanese-Americans in Korematsu v. United States, 323 U.S. 214 (1944)

December 18th, 1865 - Slavery is abolished in the United States. The 13th Amendment is formally adopted into the U.S. Constitution, ensuring that "neither slavery nor involuntary servitude… shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction."

1970 - An atomic leak in Nevada forces hundreds of citizens to flee the test site. Baneberry Incident Link

December 18th is Bake Cookies and National Suckling Pig day.

“Slavery has never been abolished from America's way of thinking” - Nina Simone
"One has to look out for engineers - they begin with sewing machines and end up with the atomic bomb." - Marcel Pagnol

December 19th, 1998 - President Bill Clinton is impeached. The House of Representatives approved two articles of impeachment against President Clinton, charging him with lying under oath to a federal grand jury and obstructing justice. Clinton was the second president in American history to be impeached. He was charged with 2 of the 4 articles of impeachment and was acquitted by the Senate. History Place Link

December 19th is Look for an Evergreen and Oatmeal Muffin day.

"Clinton's egregious act of self-indulgence was outdone by an impeachment based not on constitutionally required high crimes and misdemeanors but on a vindictive determination to bring down a president who had offended self-righteous moralists eager to put another political agenda in place." - Robert Dallek

"If everybody in this town connected with politics had to leave town because of chasing women and drinking, you would have no governement." - Barry Goldwater

December 20th - 1933 - The German government announces 400,000 citizens are to be sterilized because of hereditary defects.  Sterilization laws actually started in the US. Ferris University Link

1989 - U.S. troops invade Panama to oust General Manuel Noriega and replace him with Guillermo Endara. Information Link

2007 - Queen Elizabeth II becomes the oldest monarch in the history of the UK; previously, that honor belonged to Queen Victoria.

December 20th is Go Caroling day.

"Most wars or military coups or invasions are done in the name of democracy against democracy" - Eduardo Galeano

"The upward course of a nation's history is due in the long run to the soundness of heart of its average men and women." - Queen Elizabeth II
December 21st - 1988 - Pan Am Flight 103 from London to New York explodes in midair over Lockerbie, Scotland, an hour after departure. All 259 passengers were killed in the explosion caused by a bomb – hidden inside an audio cassette player - that detonated inside the cargo area when the plane was at an altitude of 31,000 feet. A shower of airplane parts falling from the sky also killed 11 Lockerbie residents..

2004 - A suicide bomber attacks the forward operating base next to the US military airfield at Mosul, Iraq, killing 22 people; it is the deadliest suicide attack on US soldiers during the Iraq War. Portland Press Herald

December 21st is Forefather's, Humbug, National Flashlight and Look on the Bright Side day.

"After Lockerbie, everyone thought, now we've learned the lesson of how to be proactive instead of being reactive. Unfortunately, September 11 came and we know the result. Thousands of people lost their lives. Security totally failed, not at one airport, at three different airports around the country.'" - Isaac Yeffet

"The suicide bomber's imagination leads him to believe in a brilliant act of heroism, when in fact he is simply blowing himself up pointlessly and taking other people's lives." - Salman Rushdie

"I pointed out that the Atlanta Olympic bomber - as well as Timothy McVeigh and the people who protest against gay rights at military funerals - are Christians but we journalists don't identify them by their religion." - Juan Williams Add Robert Dear to the list of killers who are Christians.

2010 - US President Barack Obama signs a law officially repealing the 17-year-old policy known as "Don’t ask, don’t tell"; the new law permits homosexuals to serve openly in the US military.

December 22nd is National Date Nut Bread day.

"You don't need to be straight to fight and die for your country. You just need to shoot straight." - Barry Goldwaterd

"It does not take many words to tell the truth." - Sitting Bull

Most quotes are from BrainyQuote

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