03/01/17 - 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,
It's that time again! Today is also Ash Wednesday!
BONUS #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAS1RydqaPo - Martenitsa
BONUS #2 - From From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH -03/01/13 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qaQ3IhMfwXw - "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.
|Thanks, Domi! This is really nicely done!|
|EXTRA CREDIT HOMEWORK:
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today toAlan Cohen ('57)!
Happy Birthdaythis week to:
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!
1700 YEARS AGO TODAY:
|March 01, 317 - Crispus and Constantine II, sons of Roman Emperor Constantine I, and Licinius Iunior, son of Emperor Licinius, were made Caesares.|
150 YEARS AGO TODAY:
|March 01, 1867 - Nebraska became the 37th U.S. state; Lancaster, Nebraska is renamed Lincoln and became the state capital.|
100 YEARS AGO TODAY:
|March 01, 1917 - The Zimmermann Telegram was reprinted in newspapers across the United States after the U.S. government released its unencrypted text.|
THIS DAY IN WWII:
|March 01, 1939 - A Japanese Imperial Army ammunition dump exploded at Hirakata, Osaka, Japan, killing 94.|
THIS DAY IN 1967:
|Wednesday, March 01, 1967 -
George Eads was born George Coleman Eads, III in
Fort Worth, Texas.
Wednesday, March 01, 1967 - I was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Williamsburg, Virginia:
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
From John ('62) and Susanne Stenner ('65) Gabriel of VA (soon to be FL) - 02/27/17 - "New addresses, home & email":
We are moving to Southwest Florida on March 9th. Our new address is ____ _________ _____ ____, ______, FL 34___. My new email is _______________@____.___. I will still have my same cell phone number (___) ___-____. John's new email is ___________@_____.___ and his number is still (___) ___-____. Call us; we may be at the beach or on the lanai, so leave us a message.
Susanne and Johnny
Thanks, Sweetie Pies! Congratulations on your new home!
By the time I finished "censoring" your note to protect your privacy, it resembled wartime military mail. During WWII, my aunt once received a letter from her fiancée which read: "Dear Beryl, ____________________________________________________________________________________________ Love, Walter"!
I have your new information saved in my files; let me know if you'd like it published.
From Terry Hunsucker ('65) of KY - 02/28/17 - " The late Jimmy Brandon ('65)":
This is a tribute to my friend,
Typhoon Baseball teammate, Jimmy Brandon (James M. Brandon,
Jimmy was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery, and his name is on the Vietnam Memorial Wall, Panel 16E Line 099.
Thank you so much for this additional information, and especially for this image, Terry!
From Adrian Whitcomb ('67) of VA - 02/26/17 - "Newport News City Farm & Riverview Farm Park":
Back in 2015, after reading that the prisoners would be removed from the City Farm, I began organizing a group to see that the remaining 58 acres of the Newport News City Farm, the area that actually has a river view, would be open to the public, as was planned in the Riverview Farm Park Master Plan that was adopted by the City Council in 1991. A lot has transpired since then, much of which is documented on our website at SaveRiverviewFarmPark.com.
Our first Town Hall devoted to the issue of the City Farm is coming up on Monday, March 6, 7 PM, at First Baptist Church of Newport News, 12716 Warwick Blvd, Newport News in Payne Hall (the fellowship hall at the back of the church building).
We have invited City Council members Bert Bateman and Pat Woodbury to come and discuss their ideas on the future of the City Farm. This meeting is open to the public. There will be a question and answer period. We are asking people to PLEASE SUBMIT QUESTIONS IN ADVANCE BY e-mail. There will be some questions taken from note cards that evening and a few directly from the audience, but in order to cover the topic as efficiently as possible in a limited time, it would help us to have most of the questions in advance. Reading over the articles and other information on our website will better familiarize the public with the issues. Coming to this meeting, which I have been told by the Daily Press will be covered by the newspaper, will show the growing interest in keeping all of the City Farm as part of Riverview Farm Park.
Thanks to all those who have shown interest and involvement in this issue,
Adrian Whitcomb, NNHS ‘67
President, Citizens for Riverview Farm Park
PO Box 1476, Newport News, VA 23601
GOOD JOB! Thank you, Adrian!
From Wayne Agee ('58) of FL - 02/25/17 - "Are you old enough.... 1950 Slideshow//enjoy":
your speakers up and let your mind go back, some of the best years of
The music alone is worth it.
|“We have that Indian
scene. We can get the Indians from the reservoir.”
From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 02/27/17 - "Good Stuff (#1 in a Series of 19)":
GOOD STUFF, INDEED! Thank you, Shari!
BONUS MARTENITZA CRAFT PATTERNS:
|http://www.incultureparent.com/2013/02/baba-marta-day-craft-martenitsa/ - Yarn dolls (Pizho and Penda) - "...You NEVER make or buy a martenitsa for yourself; it has to be gifted...."|
BONUS MARTENITZA RECIPES:
BONUS: AUBREY FERGUSON'S (d. 22 Feb 2017) SECRET CRAB CAKE RECIPE:
http://myfishpad.com.mynetworksolutions.com/#sthash.TRSh9J5J.dpuf- "Aubrey was a generous and kind man who always put others first. He wanted to continue this kindness by sharing his famous crab cake recipe."
From http://www.ajokeaday.com - 02/28/17:
DATES TO REMEMBER:
http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 01/19/17
http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11
Love to all, Carol
Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309
THREE WAYS TO DONATE:
2.Go to www.PayPal.com, log in, select "Send Money (Services) to firstname.lastname@example.org; or
3. Just mail it directly to my home. Thanks!
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
Red and White Ribbon Divider line clip art courtesy of http://www.webweaver.nu/clipart/bar3.shtml - 03/01/09
Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
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
Animated Navy and Army Flags clip art courtesy of http://www.angelfire.com/ny4/KevsGifsGalore/Patriotic.html - 06/18/03
Laughing Jester Smiley clip art courtesy of Bill Hobbs
('66) of Northern VA - 10/06/09
courtesy of Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 08/28/09
Jeffrey Holman's Image "A Drop in the Bucket" courtesy of https://tearsfromalonelygod.wordpress.com/2009/10/08/a-drop-in-the-bucket - 05/23/16
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