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03/01/17 - 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! Today is also Ash Wednesday!


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 -  The late Shirley Eanes Matthews ('66) (deceased - 26 May 2016);

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, 317 - Crispus and Constantine II, sons of Roman Emperor Constantine I, and Licinius Iunior, son of Emperor Licinius, were made Caesares.


March 01, 1867 - Nebraska became the 37th U.S. state; Lancaster, Nebraska is renamed Lincoln and became the state capital.


March 01, 1917 - The Zimmermann Telegram was reprinted in newspapers across the United States after the U.S. government released its unencrypted text.


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.

March 01, 1941 - Japanese forces landed in 3 different landing sites to capture Java, main island of Dutch East Indies: Merak and Banten Bay (Banten), Eretan Wetan (Indramayu) and Kragan (Rembang).


Wednesday, March 01, 1967 - Actor George Eads was born George Coleman Eads, III in Fort Worth, Texas.

Wednesday, March 01, 1967 - Footballer and manager Aron Winter was born Aron Mohamed Winter in Paramaribo, Suriname.

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
(b. 08 Oct 1928)

    Thanks so much, Susan!

From John ('62) and Susanne Stenner ('65) Gabriel of VA (soon to be FL) - 02/27/17 - "New addresses, home & email":

Hi everyone,

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

Hi Friends,

My correct email address is ___________@_____.___. Please continue emailing me at the same pace as you have in the past.

Come see us!


   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, classmate, and Typhoon Baseball teammate, Jimmy Brandon (James M. Brandon, Jr.).

Jimmy paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country 50 years ago this month. On 2/26/1967, Jimmy was wounded by small arms fire, in attack on his night defensive position in Binh Duong Province, South Vietnam. Jimmy died of his wounds on 3/17/1967. Jimmy served in the U.S. Army, A Co., 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division.

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!

   I've enlarged Jimmy's entry on the In Memoriam page for our class, and also added him to Famous Soldiers. You have my renewed condolences on the sacrifice of your friend and teammate.


  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
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":

Turn your speakers up and let your mind go back, some of the best years of our lives.....

The music alone is worth it.


This is a 3 minute video slide show, and worth the time it takes to watch it. If you lived during the 1950s you will recognize the pictures a nd not need captions (since there are none). If you didn't live in the 50's, see what you missed. A little nostalgia, some good memories, some not. ZXu 

OOOH! Thanks, Wayne!

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

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

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


BONUS: AUBREY FERGUSON'S (d. 22 Feb 2017) SECRET CRAB CAKE RECIPE: - "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 - 02/28/17:

One fisherman to another, "You should've seen what happened yesterday at the lake."

"What happened?"

"I caught a twenty-three pound salmon!"

"Were there any witnesses?"

"Yes, of course! If there weren't, it would've been thirty-three pounds."


1. Wednesday, March 08, 2017 - 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, June 23 and 24, 2017 - The NNHS Class of 1962 will hold their 55-Year Reunion at Doubletree Hotel, 50 Kingsmill Road, Williamsburg, VA. SEE: and CONTACT:

3. Friday and Saturday, September 22 and 23, 2017 - The NNHS Class of 1967 will hold their 50-Year Reunion.

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   Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! 
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                          Love to all, Carol





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

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"More Cica Rece da me Zeni" midi courtesy of - 03/01/09

Martenitza Image courtesy of - 03/01/09
Red and White Ribbon Divider line clip art courtesy of - 03/01/09

Animated Tiny 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 missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

Animated Navy and Army Flags clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

Laughing Jester Smiley clip art courtesy of Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 10/06/09
Thanks, Bill!

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

Jeffrey Holman's Image "A Drop in the Bucket" courtesy of  - 05/23/16

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