03/01/09 - NNHS Newsletter - Martenitza!
“The sun is brilliant in the sky but its warmth does not reach my face.
- M. Romeo LaFlamme, “The First of March"
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
I had another plan (well, half a plan...) for a Newsletter theme today, but then I received the following note, and abruptly changed my mind:
From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 03/01/09, 7:07 AM - "Martenitza!":
Well, now, what a charming custom is that! And as our purpose here is not only to celebrate everything together as the one large family we are, but to expand our horizons in the process, how could I resist?!?
(By word of explanation for those of y'all new to us, Domi is a Druid priestess.)
BONUS #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAS1RydqaPo - Martenitsa
BONUS #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAk3EKeMTO8 - Баба Марта / Baba Marta - 1-ви март / 1st of March
So - now all I needed was a song, a Bulgarian song, but which Bulgarian song would have anything to do with Martenitza?? I was hoping that YouTube would provide me with a clue, but if it was there, I somehow missed it. Time being short, I just picked a Bulgarian midi which appealed to me - which is a most unscientific approach, I must say, because I have no idea whatsoever it's really saying. I'm no doubt mixing celebrations. But this wonderful third bonus dance video is so delightfully exuberant, perhaps it compensates for my ignorance:
BONUS #3 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGnH1MYra1U - Šopske igre-Reče čiča da me ženi
Well, there ya go - your horizons have possibly been expanded, though not necessarily correctly as far as the music is concerned.....
From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 03/01/09, 12:48 PM - "Sunday update on Monty (Phillips - '62 - of VA)":
From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 03/01/09, 5:56 PM - "Sunday PM update on Monty (Phillips - '62 - of VA)":
Thank you, dear Judy - we're keeping your brother in our hearts and prayers!
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today to Alan Cohen ('57) AND Robert Shapiro ('63) of VA!
Happy Birthday this week to:
04 - Mr. William Etheridge (NNHS Principal) - 1922 - (deceased - 04/19/05);
05 - Hazel Pegram Southall ('57) AND Helen Pegram Ignace ('57) AND Jeanie Scruggs Anderson ('65) of VA;
07 - Shirley Eanes Matthews ('66) of VA;
08 - Mildred Mae Linkous Spriggs ('38) of VA - 1921 (deceased 07/04/07) - also Mother of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA AND Doris Burns ('38) - also Mother of Steve Burns ('65) of MN!
Many Happy Returns to You All!
From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 02/27/09:
Loved the "Alert".
My kids got me a sign that is above the entrance to my kitchen: "Around here ..... normal is just a setting on the dryer."
Stay warm and make a snowball for me,
That's delightful, Ruthie - thanks! We're fresh out of snow here (though it was about 28 degrees this morning when we left for church - BRRRR!) It all seems to have gone to Virginia and Georgia - as we'll see in the next Newsletter!
From Al Farber ('64) of GA - 02/28/08 - "Great artist":
Thanks so much, Al! I've seen this before, but it fills me with awe and wonder (and a number of nagging questions!) each time I do!
From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 02/28/09 - "Important --":
Rapist's New Trick --
Please take 3 minutes and read this ... then pass it on.
Know what money you are carrying.. You will see why as you read.
Be sure every woman is aware of this method of operating. Share it with those you love. Know what money you are carrying. This was the first I have heard of a scheme like this. Be safe! Something very serious to pay attention to.
Criminals are coming up with craftier, less threatening methods of attack, so we have to be extra cautious.
Read on about the author who lives in Alexandria, VA.
I live in Alexandria, VA, but I often work in Lafayette, LA , staying with friends when I'm there. As you know from America 's Most Wanted TV program, as well as the news media, there is a serial killer in the Lafayette area. I just want to let you know about an "incident" that happened to me a few weeks ago, and could have been deadly.
At first I didn't go to the police or anyone with it because I didn't realize how serious this encounter was. But since I work in a jail and I told a few people about it, it wasn't long before I was paraded into Internal Affairs to tell them my story. It was approximately 5:15 a.m. In Appaloosas, La. I had stayed with a friend there and was on my way to work.
I stopped at the Exxon/Blimpie Pie station to get gas. I got $10 gas and a Diet Coke. I took into the store two $5 bills and one $1 bill (just enough to get my stuff). As I pulled away from20the store, a man approached my truck from the back side of the store (an unlit area).
He was an "approachable-looking" man (clean cut, clean shaven, dressed well, etc.). He walked up to my window and knocked. Since I'm very paranoid and 'always looking for the rapist or killer,' I didn't open the window.
I just asked what he wanted. He raised a $5 bill to my window and said, "You dropped this." Since I knew I had gone into the store with a certain amount of money, I knew I didn't drop it.
When I told him it wasn't mine, he began hitting the window and door, screaming at me to open my door, and insisting that I had dropped the money! At that point, I just drove away as fast as I could.
After talking to the Internal Affairs Department and describing the man I saw, and the way he escalated from calm and polite to angry and volatile ... it was determined that I could have possibly encountered the serial killer myself.
Up to this point, it had been unclear as to how he had gained access to his victims, since there has been no evidence of forced entry into victim's homes, cars, etc. And the fact that he has been attacking in the daytime, when women are less likely to have their guard up, means he is pretty BOLD.
So think about it...what gesture is nicer than returning money to someone that dropped it?????
How many times would you have opened your window (or door) to get your money and say thank you ...
Because if the person is kind enough to return something to you, then he can't really be a threat ... can he????
Please be cautious! This might not have been the serial killer... But anyone that gets that angry over someone not accepting money from them can't have honorable intentions. The most important thing to note is that his reaction was NOT WHAT I EXPECTED! A total surprise! But what might have happened if I had opened my door? I shudder to think!
Forward this to everyone you know ..... maybe they can be as fortunate as I was!
P.S. Ladies, really DO forward this (as a blind copy, of course) to EVERYONE you know. Even if this man wasn't a serial killer, he looked nice, he seemed polite, he was apparently doing an act of kindness, but HE WAS NOT A NICE PERSON!
Thank you, Norris! We all need to be aware - and careful!
From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 02/28/09:
delightful photo image you posted in the
The locomotive from 1912 in Wise County, VA submitted by
Linda Mae Bond Crayton ('66) of VA is a
Isn't it, though?!? (Thanks again, Linda May! )
|ca. 1912 - Wise Co., VA|
WILD GIGGLES!!! Well, you how I do love that train saga, Adonis, but I'm not sure how much "spare time" the good captain has these days, as he's hard at work planning the Glorious 45-YearReunion of the Class of 1964, but I forwarded your request along to him, nevertheless.
Thanks, Major Madagan!
From My #2 Daughter-in-Law, Bethany Winona Harty (Siuslaw HS, OR - '94) of TX - 02/28/09 - "TOO funny :)":
GIGGLES!!! These are just great! Thank you, Bethany - you did a super job!
From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 02/28/09:
Thanks, Glenn! Um, I don't really think so, but let's ask her!
Ohhhh, Lin-da Ma-aay.....
From My Friend, the Incomparable Charis Bean Duke (Governor Thomas Johnson HS, MD - '85) of NC - 02/28/09:
Miss you so much! Wish you were
singing with the Stake Choir tomorrow!
Oh, thank you, Charis! I miss you, too! What an honor it always was for me to sing in one of your choirs! I wish I had been able to sing with you today, too, and - uh, oh.....
From Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) of VA - 02/28/09 - " Bonnie Greene Sparrow ('50)":
Bonnie Greene Sparrow was the aunt of
Becky Crenshaw (Head Cheerleader
HHS-69), a former girlfriend of mine, and her sister, Anne Greene Crenshaw
(NNHS-46) was a schoolmate of Howard Hodnett's ('45). The family owned Greene
Furniture Company on Washington Avenue, and Anne
(Becky's mom) was the daughter in law of James Crenshaw, County Supervisor of
the Wythe District of Elizabeth City County for many years and the first mayor
of the consolidated City of Hampton from 1952 through 1955.
Small world ...
I noticed those connections (well, most of them, anyway) as I was preparing Bonnie's Memorial Newsletter, Tom. My sincerest sympathies on the loss of your friend; she appears to have been a very vibrant woman.
From Eric Huffstutler (Bethel HS - '75) of VA - 02/28/09:
Oh, not at all, Eric; I really appreciate your finding all this information for me! I only holler and moan and groan because I'm a slacker and a brat! I'm looking forward to working on all the new information you found tomorrow - truly!
From Jim Dossett ('66) of FL - 02/28/09:
..... I just saw where Paul Harvey died and I expect that you will have some tid-bit on him.
If you do, I offer the following:
In mid June of 1966 I, along with another 300 or so classmates, marched across the basketball court of the Julie Conn Gym to the sound of Pomp and Circumstance and the waving of Dorothy Crane's arm trying to keep us all in step. Twenty four hours later I was standing at the gates of "hell" - the upper quad at Virginia Tech getting ready to start summer classes. My older brother (the late Ray Dossett - '55) had convinced me to do this so I could take a light load in the fall, assuming that I would be pledging his fraternity and possibly be a "walk-on" with the Hokies track team (they didn't have much of a team in those days, so I had a chance). What I didn't know was that it was the summer that no girls were on campus - they were converting the girls dorm to a "jock's dorm". I had somehow missed the fact that freshmen could not have cars on campus and that my "roomie" would turn out to be hated by all of Rashe Hall and our basement dorm room was closer to hell than I wanted to be.
The one glimpse I got of the "outside world" that summer was listening to Paul Harvey every day around lunch. Most of us scheduled classes to be done by noon so we spent most of our time in the courtyard wedged between the four dorms forming the upper quad. Several of the dorm-rats had their stereo speakers placed in their windows facing onto the courtyard --- all tuned to the same radio station. The area was filled every day with 40 -50 guys passing footballs, baseballs and playing what later was to become "Ultimate Frisbee". However all of that stopped when Paul Harvey came on with the news. It was, I'm ashamed to say, the first time I actually listened to the news and didn't switch the station from WGH to WAVY or even WRAP. His delivery was unique and his commentaries were always from the middle America perspective. Later in the day, he would also do his "Rest of the Story".
Paul Harvey may not have had the following of say a Rush Limbaugh, but I don't remember anyone not liking his slant on the news and his final...
WOWZERS!!! Thanks so much, Jim! Mr. Harvey touched a great many lives over the years; I appreciate your sharing your story with us!
From Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA - 02/27/08 - "Too funny":
What are York Co. Schools coming to?!
Pictured are Asst. Principal Miriam Howard (our daughter) and Principal Richard Carter (husband of Lynn Forbes Carter, Class of '66).
Peace & Blessing,
AWWW! How precious! Thanks, Cheryl! And looky - Miriam just matches today's Newsletter!
DATES TO REMEMBER:
1. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 23, 24, and 25, 2009 - The Class of 1954 will hold its 55-Year Reunion. For details, contact Dr. Harry Simpson at 804-694-0346 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org - CLASS OF 1954
2. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May 15, 16, and 17, 2009 - The Hampton High School Class of 1964 will hold its 45-Year Reunionat the Crowne Plaza Hotel. For details, see: www.hamptonhigh1964.com - HAMPTON HIGH SCHOOL - CLASS OF 1964
3. Friday and Saturday, September 4 and 5 (Labor Day Weekend), 2009 - The Class of 1969 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at the Point Plaza Hotel, Newport News, VA. For details, contact Jean Baker Howell at email@example.com -OPEN TO ALL NNHS ALUMNI
4. Friday and Saturday, October 10 and 11, 2009 - The Class of 1964 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at the Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News, VA 23606: For details, see: http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/reunion2009-64.html - CLASS OF 1964
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Y'all take care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!
Love to all, Carol
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More Cica Rece da me Zeni
"More Cica Rece da me Zeni" midi courtesy of http://ifdo.pugmarks.com/~seymour/midipage/midipage.html - 03/01/09
Martenitza Image courtesy of http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=157727195&blogID=236078666 - 03/01/09
Red and White Ribbon Divider line clip art courtesy of http://www.webweaver.nu/clipart/bar3.shtml - 03/01/09
Embarrassed Smiley clip art courtesy of http://www.pdclipart.org/displayimage.php?album=108&pos=96 - 03/01/09
Marine Corps Seal clip art
courtesy of the late
Herbert Hice of MI
- one of my
who served in the South
Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!!
Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Image of Good & Plenty courtesy of http://www.sogoodblog.com/2008/10/21/what-is-the-worst-halloween-candy/ - 02/26/09
Siuslaw High School's Viking Logo clip art courtesy of http://www.answers.com/topic/minnesotavikings-1000-png - 12/27/07
Animated Kissing Smiley clip art
courtesy of my friend, Judy, of IL - 09/19/08
Governor Thomas Johnson High School's Logo courtesy of http://www.tjathletics.org/ - 06/16/08
Crying Baby clip art courtesy of http://www.barbspics.com/baby/babypage06index.html - 09/28/05 (resaved 02/27/09)
Bethel High School's Bruin clip art courtesy of Eric
Huffstutler (Bethel HS - '75) of VA - 03/22/06 (restored 02/23/09)
Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of
10/02/05 (still missing...)
Replaced courtesy of http://www.hamptonhigh1964.com - 02/17/09
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