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03/01/16 - NNHS Newsletter - Martenitza!

“The sun is brilliant in the sky but its warmth does not reach my face.
The breeze stirs the trees but leaves my hair unmoved.
The cooling rain will feed the grass but will not slake my thirst.
It is all inches away but further from me than my dreams.

- M. Romeo LaFlamme, “The First of March

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   It's that time again!


BONUS #1 - - Martenitsa

BONUS #2 - From   From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 03/01/13 - - "Legend of the Martenitsa in Bulgaria"

Legend of the Martenitsa in Bulgaria
For more than 1,000 years, we in Bulgaria have celebrated our national holiday on March 1st called Baba Marta, Grandma March. Mart in Bulgarian is the name for the month of March. This holiday symbolizes the coming of spring.

Bulgarians wear a small special ornament made of red and white yarn on this day, called Martenitsa. We wear it until March 22, and some people wear it until they see a stork or the first buds of a tree.

Some like to wear the Martenitsa around their wrists. Sometimes people tie it to the branch of a tree or bush to leave there. You can find the Martenitsas hanging there in the branches as you walk outside.

The belief is that if you wear the Martenitsa, Baba Marta will help you, and spring will come more quickly. People often give a Martenitsa as a gift to a friend or relative.

The tradition comes from the following legend:

Khan Asparuh, the first Bulgarian king, had a sister called Huba. She was held captive in another kingdom. Asparuh sent a message to his sister that he had found a land where they could settle down south of the Danube River, a place that nowadays is Bulgaria.

When Huba got the good news from her brother, she managed to escape from captivity and run away. She rode on horseback without stopping until she reached the Danube River. She looked for some way to cross the mighty river but couldnt find a ford to pass across. So then she tied a thread of white yarn to one of the legs of a falcon sent by her brother and let him fly up into the air, holding the other end of the thin thread in her hands.

The falcon flew away to find a ford for passage across the river and just then, when he found a place, an arrow shot by an enemy pierced the falcon, and he fell to the ground dead. The yarn became red from his blood. Huba followed the thread she was holding and so she found the way to cross the great river and reach the country where her brother Asparuh had made his new home. Then they lived free and happy in the new land they called Bulgaria.

That day was March 1st, the new year in the tradition of those times. They called the white and red threads of yarn after the name of the month March, and named it Martenitsa.

The Martenitsa became a symbol of peace and love, health and happiness. The white color symbolizes purity and honesty in relationships, and the red color means life, passion, and cordiality in friendship and mutual love.

Since that time the red and white threads of yarn have come to symbolize the strong bond among Bulgarians around the world.

This special national holiday on March 1st reminds us of the values which the Martenitsa has carried down through the centuries.

And all Bulgarians everywhere wear it as an ornament on this special day, and for three weeks after that, until spring begins.

Rositsa Ruseva
   Thanks, Domi! This is really nicely done!


   Happy Birthday today to Alan Cohen ('57)!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

03 -   Jerry Seay ('63) of VA AND   Robert Shapiro ('63) of VA;

04 -   The late Mr. William Etheridge (NNHS Principal) (deceased - 04/19/05) AND        The late Roland McCoy (June '45) (deceased - 09 Jan 2015);

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 -      The late Mildred Mae Linkous Spriggs (June '38) (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! 


March 01, 1939 - A Japanese Imperial Army ammunition dump exploded at Hirakata, Osaka, Japan, killing 94.

March 01, 1941 - Bulgaria signed the Tripartite Pact, allying itself with the Axis powers.


Tuesday, March 01, 1966 - The Ba'ath Party took power in Syria.

Tuesday, March 01, 1966 - Speed skater Susan Auch was born in Canada.

Tuesday, March 01, 1966 - Director, producer, and screenwriter Zack Snyder was born Zachary Edward Snyder in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Tuesday, March 01, 1966 - Physicist and academic Fritz Houtermans (b. Friedrich Georg Houtermans on 22 Jan 1903 in Zoppot near Danzig, West Prussia) died of lung cancer at the age of 63.

From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 02/28/15:

“We cannot foresee what the Lord has in mind for us. Our only course of action is to be prepared and worthy for whatever he requires. We must govern our actions every day with our future in mind.”

- M. Russell Ballard
(b. 08 Oct 1928)

    Thanks so much, Susan!

    From the President of the Class of 1965, Joe Wingo of NC - 02/29/16 - "         Paul (Harty - Bardolph HS, IL - '61)":


I was so sorry to read about Paul’s health issues. I sincerely hope he is on the road to a full recovery.

Remember to take care of yourself as caregiving can be exhausting.

Here’s wishing you all the best this new year can offer.

Thoughts and prayers, now and always.



   Thank you so much, Joe Sweetie! His feet are still very swollen, but the rest of him seems to be getting better! As for me, I get exhausted just from walking down the hall, so.....

  From Wayne Agee ('58) of FL - 02/25/16 -  Building windmills -- absolutely extraordinary!":

Florida could possibly use this technology along some of its remote coastal areas... give Duke Power something to think about in lowering our electric bills.

Very interesting..... amazing technology!

This is absolutely extraordinary. You will not be disappointed if you take the time to watch.

Interesting. So glad they sped up the tape but you have to read fast.

WOW! This is how they do it !!!

   WOW IS RIGHT! Thanks, Wayne!

   From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 02/25/16 - "Honor - USMC Body Bearers":  

Lest we forget…


     Thank you so much, Billy!

“We have that Indian scene. We can get the Indians from the reservoir.”

- Samuel Goldwyn, film producer
(17 Aug  1882 - 31 Jan

        From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 01/05/16 - "TO MY FRIENDS WHO THINK THEY HAVE SEEN EVERYTHING (#51 in a series of 60)":


I think you will enjoy this!

  OOH! Thanks, Dools!


BONUS MARTENITZA CRAFT PATTERNS: - Yarn dolls (Pizho and Penda) - "...You NEVER make or buy a martenitsa for yourself; it has to be gifted...."



From - 02/29/16:

Wife: Honey I lost 5 pounds!

Husband: AT LAST... you washed off your makeup!


1. Wednesday, March 09, 2016 - The NNHS Class of June 1942 meets at noon on the second Wednesday of every other month for a Dutch treat lunch at the James River Country Club, 1500 Country Club Road. PLEASE JOIN THEM. Give or take a few years makes no difference. Good conversation, food and atmosphere. For details, call Jennings Bryan at 803-7701 for reservations.

2. Friday and Saturday, September 16 and 17, 2016 - The NNHS Class of 1966 will hold their 50-Year Reunion - OPEN TO ALL CLASSES. Friday Night: Meet and Greet at The Cove Restaurant, City Center, NN. Saturday Night: Marriott Hotel, City Center, NN.

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 02/28/16

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   Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! 
We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol







Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309


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Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

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Animated BOO-HOO courtesy of Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 08/28/09
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