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03/09/18 - NNHS Newsletter - Down by the Glenside

“In Scotland, I have eaten nettles, I have slept in nettle sheets, and I have dined off a nettle tablecloth.
The young and tender nettle is an excellent potherb. The stalks of the old nettle are as good as flax for making cloth.
I have heard my mother say that she thought nettle cloth more durable than any other linen.

- Thomas Campbell
(17 July 1777 - 15 June 1844)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   We're beginning our pre St. Patrick's Day Newsletters a day earlier than has been our norm, because I wanted to add this lovely song.

BONUS - Down by the Glenside - Ken Curtis and the Sons of the Pioneers in Rio Grande, 1950


"Down by the Glenside (The Bold Fenian Men)" is an Irish rebel song written by Peadar Kearney, an Irish Republican and composer of numerous rebel songs, including "The Soldier's Song" ("Amhrán na bhFiann"), now the Irish National Anthem and "The Tri-coloured Ribbon".

Kearney was a member of the Irish Republican Brotherhood, popularly known as the Fenians. He wrote the song about the time of the 1916 Rising. It evokes the memory of the freedom-fighters of the previous generation (strong, manly forms...eyes with hope gleaming), as recalled by an old woman down by the glenside. It is effectively a call to arms for a generation of Irishmen accustomed to political nationalism.

Three verses to this song were sung by Ken Curtis (best known for his role as "Festus Haggen" in Gunsmoke) and The Sons of the Pioneers in the 1950 John Ford movie Rio Grande.[1]

Richard Dyer-Bennet recorded the song on his first self produced LP Richard Dyer-Bennet 1, (1955). The song became popular again in the 1960s, when it was recorded by The Clancy Brothers. It has since been recorded by numerous artists, including The Dubliners, Cherish The Ladies, Omnia, and the Screaming Orphans.

The song is also sung in the first episode of the BBC series Days of Hope, written by Jim Allen and directed by Ken Loach. An Irish barmaid is forced to sing after being sexually harassed by British soldiers and impresses them with her song...


   Happy Birthday today to Pat Burke ('57) AND  Bobby Hilling ('62) of VA AND  Katie Haan Spaulding ('64) of CA 

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to  Helen Avant Neal ('57) of VA AND (if Plaxo is to be believed) Bill Douthat ('66) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

11 - Margaret Blayton Cowan ('57) AND Nancy Horton Wilkes ('62) of FL AND Shirley Caudill Williamson ('65) of VA AND Betty Ames Burton ('71) of VA;

13 -  Betty Spain Uecker ('63) of VA AND    My Daughter-in-Law, Kim Woods Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / Richard Milburn Academy, FL - '03) of IL;

14 -  Claudia Dellapenta Melgaard ('63) of VA;

15 - Joan Williams Eberwine ('57) AND Linda Robinson Gillespie ('71) of VA;

16 -  The late Bill Gross (deceased 22 Mar 2014) AND  Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA AND Jacque Ray Fisher ('66) of NC! 

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 


March 09, 1942 -Dutch East Indies, represented by KNIL Commander in Chief Lieutenant General Hein Ter Poorten, unconditionally surrendered to the Japanese forces in Kalijati, Subang, West Java, and the Japanese completed their Dutch East Indies campaign.

March 09, 1944 - Japanese troops counter-attacked American forces on Hill 700 in Bougainville in a battle that would last five days. Soviet Air Force terror attack to Tallinn resulted in big damages in Tallinn.

March 09, 1944 - Soviet Army planes attacked Tallinn, Estonia

March 09, 1945 - The Bombing of Tokyo by the United States Army Air Forces in B-29 bombers began, one of the most destructive bombing raids in history.

March 09, 1945 - A coup d'état by Japanese forces in French Indochina removed the French from power.


Friday, March 09, 1968 - Footballer Youri Djorkaeff was born Youri Raffi Djorkaeff in Lyon, France.

From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 03/08/15:

“... When we speak of those who are instruments in the hand of God, we are reminded that not all angels are from the other side of the veil. Some of them we walk with and talk with—here, now, every day. Some of them reside in our own neighborhoods.”

- Jeffrey R. Holland
(b. 03 Dec 1940

   Thanks so much, Susan!

From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 03/09/18:

   Thank you, Joan!


   Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 AM on Sunday, March 11, 2018 and ends at 2:00 AM on Sunday, November 4, 2018.

 From Susie Overton Jones ('63) of VA - 03/08/18:

   Thank you, Susie!


From My Friend, April, of NC - 03/07/18:

   Thank you, April!


   From Albert Dorner ('66) of VA - 03/08/18:


You know I love all you do and being able to keep up with our Typhoon family BUT, I think you are killing yourself trying to put out an issue almost every day. Maybe four or five issues a month would be WAY less stressful and much easier for you.

Whatever you decide...peace and love,

   AWW! Thank you, Al, that's so sweet! I do appreciate your concern, and I'm holding that plan in reserve, possibly beginning as early as 2020, but for now, as paradoxical as it sounds, my current practice of producing a daily newsletter (not counting Memorial Editions, which are extra) is actually far easier and less confusing than it would be to only issue one a week. To do that would require entirely dropping several features that I've come to enjoy, and rethinking a couple of others.

   My current system is actually simpler than you might suppose, as practically every issue repeats an the same day each year, and I can simply copy and paste the basics before I get to the fresh copy (well, today's is an entirely new theme, but usually it isn't). Beginning on July 8, it will become even easier, as that's when Joan's lovely scriptural images will begin to repeat (for the most part). The knit patterns were just begun on December 20 (as typically I like to complicate rather than simplify), so they'll begin to repeat then as well. That just leaves the December issues, 3/4 of which rotate every five or six years, and are always confusing.

   As MOST of me lost it that Christmas Eve of 2014 when I quite nearly died of bronchitis, and became for all intents and purposes an invalid, there is precious little I do to justify my existence anymore anyway. Unless I totally lose it between now and January 1, 2020, I'm going to stick with the dailies, with which I am invariably finished by noon, leaving me to spend the rest of the day in bed, watching tellybision, crocheting or cross stitching, and napping, but thank you again, Al!

 From Terry Seay ('67) of TN - 03/05/18 - "Mark Your Calendars - Sat March 24 - Jerry Salley & Friends House Concert":


Gonna Be a Good ONE!

​Potluck - BYOB - $20 Donation at Z Door​
Doors open at 6:00 PM - Music Starts at 7:00 PM.... "BE THERE OR BE SQUARE"

Terry G. Seay
Songwriter House Concerts Since 2009 
Mobile # 703.628.4657
SUPER! Thank you, Terry! Y'all have fun!



From Wayne Agee ('58) of FL - 03/07/18 - "Bear hugs":
Check out those claws....

Orphaned as a cub and raised out of the wild, it's still a huge carnivore. But just imagine walking your docile pet, raised from a cub.  As you stroll along the sidewalks in the neighborhood, I think it would be quiet and peaceful, because the dogs and cats would run for cover and the houses you pass would have their blinds shuttered and their doors locked. But keep him off the grass, especially if the ground is soft from a recent rain. And you could rent him out for digging post holes.  One swipe of those claws and you'd have a foot-deep hole. caretaker-soothes-sick-10-foot -bear-in-otisville-new-york_ 2440564.html

   YOWZERS! Thanks, Wayne!

From Drusilla West Groce ('56) of VA - 03/08/18:

Jack Black Sings the National Anthem at Sparks Game

   WOWZERONI! Thank you, Drusilla!

 From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH -  03/07/18:

   Thanks, Domi!


“I don't think anyone should write his autobiography until after he's dead.”

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


From Wayne Agee ('58) of FL - 02/12/18 - "ONE WORD ESSAYS ... Beautiful!" (#19 in a Series of 26):


  May your troubles be less...

May your blessings be more...

May nothing but happiness come through your door.

   Thank you, Wayne!



Rebecca J. Venton's Lucky Shamrock Banner - "Get into the party-time spirit of Saint Patrick's Day with the perfect crochet banner. Display it on the mantel, in your office cubicle or anywhere friends get together to enjoy the day."


Marly Bird's Road to Success Chic Hat - "Take a trip with a cable twist hat that sports slouchy comfort and a pompom to finish it off. Choose any color that makes you happy while you knit and wear this clever look."


Terri Wendling's Nattadon Nettle Soup

Melt some butter in the bottom of the soup pot, add a chopped onion or two, and cook slowly until softened.
Add a litre or so of vegetable or chicken stock, with salt, pepper, and any herbs you fancy.
Add 2 large potatoes (chopped), a large carrot (chopped), and simmer until almost soft. If you like your soup thick, use more potatoes.
Throw in several large handfuls of fresh nettle tops, and simmer gently for another 10 minutes.
Add some cream (to taste), and a pinch of nutmeg.
Purée with a blender, and serve.
If you happen to have some truffle oil in your pantry, a light sprinkling on the soup tastes terrific.

And here are two more good nettle recipes: Nettle Pancakes and Wild Nettle Bread


From - 03/08/18:

When I look at chocolate, I hear two voices in my head.

The first one says: “You need to eat that chocolate.”

The other voice goes: “You heard correctly, now eat the chocolate.”


1. Every Tuesday, 7:30 AM - Male grads meet at Angelo's Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard for breakfast and camaraderie.

2. Wednesday, March 14, 2018 -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.

3. Wednesday, May 09, 2018 -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.

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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
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Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

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Down by the Glenside

Written by Peadar Kearney (12 Dec 1883 - 24 Nov 1942), 1916

'Twas down by the glenside, I met an old woman
A-plucking young nettles, she ne’er saw me coming
I listened a while to the song she was humming
Glory O, Glory O, to the bold Fenian men.

'Tis fifty long years since I saw the moon beaming
On strong manly forms, on eyes with hope gleaming
I see them again, sure, in all my sad dreaming
Glory O, Glory O, to the bold Fenian men.

When I was a young girl, their marching and drilling
Awoke in the glenside sounds awesome and thrilling
They loved dear old Ireland, to die they were willing
Glory O, Glory O, to the bold Fenian men.

Some died by the glenside, some died near a stranger
And wise men have told us their cause was a failure
But they fought for old Ireland and never feared danger
Glory O, Glory O, to the bold Fenian men.

I passed on my way, God be praised that I met her
Be life long or short, sure I'll never forget her
We may have brave men, but we'll never have better
Glory O, Glory O, to the bold Fenian men.


"Down by the Glenside" lyrics courtesy of - 03/09/18

Image of Plucking Nettles courtesy of - 03/09/18

 Flower Vine Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/12/04

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

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of - 05/29/06

Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

Animated Air Force Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03    

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

Animated Laughing Elephant courtesy of Frank Blechman ('65) of Northern VA - 10/29/10
Thanks, Frank!

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

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