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 Severe weather time is here - stay alert. Broadcast television and radio stations will issue watches and warnings. A battery powered weather radio provides alert tones and voice messages quicker. There are many apps for smart phones and tablets - many of them free. The outdoor siren will be activated by Cass County Sheriff's Dispatch Center, Emergency Management Office or by Alvo Fire and Rescue members. REMEMBER! - there is NO all clear signal. The siren is tested the first Saturday of every month unless the National Weather Service has issued a severe weather alert.

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You can STILL help - donate to the McNaught Relief Fund opened by the American Exchange Bank at 151 North 4th Street in Elmwood, NE 68349. What makes this part of the county special is that we help one another.

Insurance news - as of June 1st, 2016, Alvo's ISO (Insurance Services Office, Inc.) Public Protection Classification will be set at 6 for those owning business or personal property in the Village limits. When renewing home or business insurance, let your carrier know - it may possibly reduce your fire protection premium.
 

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Also, since spring is here we need to share the county roads and highways with the people who produce our food. Farm equipment DOES own the road because of its size. Big tractors pulling extremely large (and wide) planters, field cultivators and fertilizer applicators; large high-boy sprayers (no, your Beetle woun't fit under them); floaters (big low pressure tires) and large flat bed semis loaded with seed and chemicals are moving along the road; parking almost on the shoulder and making turns into field drives should keep you on your toes. By the way, the big green (or red) tractor will weigh in above 33000 pounds, which is almost 10 times as much as a 2016 Camaro. Who will win in a game of bumper cars? Watch for the flashing yellow lights, reflectors  and slow moving vehicle signs and remember, they will only be going 20-25 mph on the road.

 

 

Election Reminder - Tuesday, May 10th, Nebraska Presidential (other than Democratic Party), state and local Primary - 08:00 AM to 08:00 PM at the designated polling place in your precinct.

 

To register on line, go to the Nebraska Secretary of State website at:

http://www.sos.ne.gov/elec/ele_forms.html

 Registration forms are in English and Spanish.

 

If you are a Cass County resident and want to vote early for the May 10th Primary, go to:

 

http://www.cassne.org/Election/Forms/Early%20Voting%20Application2016.pdf

 Print the form and mail to the address on the top of the form.

 

DO NOT let a small group of voters decide who will govern you! VOTE!

 

 

Last quarter Friday, Apr 29 @ 10:29 PM

Date Sunrise Sunset Sun hours Days until summer
Wed, Apr 27 06:28 AM 08:18 PM 13:50 54
Thu, Apr 28 06:27 AM 08:19 PM 13:52 53
Fri, Apr 29 06:26 AM 08:20 PM 13:54 52
Sat, Apr 30 06:24 AM 08:22 PM 13:58 51
Sun, May 01 06:23 AM 08:23 PM 14:00 50
Mon, May 02 06:22 AM 08:24 PM 14:02 23
Tue, May 03 06:21 AM 08:25 PM 14:04 48

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The rain really helped south central Nebraska, reducing the abnormally dry areas by two-thirds. Click on the map for Nebraska details and HERE for the national maps.

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Here are some historical events and quotes for the coming week.

 

April 27th, 1950 - South Africa passed the Group Areas Act, which formally segregated races.

1986 - Captain Midnight (John R. MacDougall) 'interrupted' (hacked) HBO. LINK

 

"The task is to make South Africa a white man's land." - Dr. D.F. Malan

"I do not regret trying to get the message out to corporate America about unfair pricing and restrictive trade practices" - Captain Midnight

 

April 28th, 1789 - A mutiny on the British ship Bounty took place when a rebel crew took the ship and set sail to Pitcairn Island. The mutineers left Captain W. Bligh and 18 sailors adrift.

1994 - Former CIA official Aldrich Ames, who had sold US secrets to the Soviet Union and then Russia, pled guilty to espionage and tax evasion. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

 

“To function efficiently, any group of people or employees must have faith in their leader."- Capt. Bligh(ret.)

"I'm a traitor, but I don't consider myself a traitor." - Aldrich Ames

 

April 29th, 1992 - Rioting began after a jury decision to acquit four Los Angeles policemen in the Rodney King beating trial. 54 people were killed in 3 days.

1997 - Staff Sgt. Delmar Simpson, a drill instructor at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, was convicted of raping six female trainees. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison and was dishonorably discharged.

2015 - The White Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-2 at Camden Yards. The game was played without a crowd present due to the ongoing riots and protests in Baltimore. This was the first time a Major League Baseball game was played in front of an empty house.

 

"I saw my hometown burning that day." - Rodney King

"There was a woman who was gutsy enough to go through the chain of command and not get stopped." - a senior Army official

"...another sad day in our city." - Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

 

April 30th, 1803 - The U.S. purchased the Louisiana Territory from France for $15 million.

1970 - U.S. troops invaded Cambodia to disrupt North Vietnamese Army base areas. The announcement by President Nixon led to widespread protests. I was in Vietnam then

 

"It is the case of a guardian, investing the money of his ward in purchasing an important adjacent territory; and saying to him when of age, I did this for your own good." - Thomas Jefferson

"We take this action not for the purpose of expanding the war into Cambodia but for the purpose of ending the war in Vietnam and winning the just peace we all desire." - Richard Nixon

 

May 1st, 1960 - Francis Gary Powers' U-2 spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union. Powers was taken prisoner.

2011 - U.S. President Barack Obama announced that U.S. soldiers had killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.

 

"The mind still boggles (over) what we asked this man to do: Fly in a plane …over downtown Moscow, alone, unarmed and unafraid, then to suffer in prison during what indeed was a war, the Cold War." - Brig. Gen. Kevin Chilton

“The world is a better and more just place now that Osama bin Laden is no longer in it. I hope the families of the victims of the September 11th attacks will sleep easier tonight and every night hence knowing that justice has been done.” – Sen. John McCain

 

May 2nd, 1982 - The British submarine HMS Conqueror sank Argentina's only cruiser, the General Belgrano during the Falkland Islands War. More than 350 sailors died.

1994 - Nelson Mandela claimed victory after South Africa's first democratic elections.

 

"It was one of the easiest decisions of the whole war." - Sir John Nott, Minister of Defence

"It always seems impossible until it's done." - Nelson Mandela

 

May 3rd, 1948 - The Supreme Court ruled that covenants prohibiting the sale of real estate to blacks and other minorities were legally unenforceable. CaseBriefs synopsis

1988 - The White House acknowledged that first lady Nancy Reagan had used astrological advice to help schedule her husband's activities.

 

"All citizens of the United States shall have the same right, in every State and Territory, as is enjoyed by white citizens thereof to inherit, purchase, lease, sell, hold, and convey real and personal property." - 42 US Code 1982

''It's true that Mrs. Reagan has an interest in astrology. She has for some time, particularly following the assassination attempt in March of 1981. She was very concerned for her husband's welfare, and astrology has been part of her concern in terms of his activities.'' - Marlin Fitzwater

 

"It is folly to think that we can destroy one species and ecosystem after another and not affect humanity. When we save species, we’re actually saving ourselves." - Joel Sartore Photo Ark Link

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