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03/09/20 - 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,

   Today marks the beginning our pre St. Patrick's Day Newsletters.

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 the late Pat Burke ('57) (d. 14 Jan 2020) 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 Former Daughter-in-Law, Kim Woods Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / Richard Milburn Academy, FL - '03) of NC;

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

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

16 -  The late Bill Gross (d. 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.


March 09, 1970 - Businessman and politician Naveen Jindal was born in Hisar, Haryana, India.

March 09, 1970 - Rugby player and coach Martin Johnson was born Martin Osborne Johnson in Shirley, Solihull, Warwickshire, England.

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 - 03/09/20:

   Thank you, Joan!

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

   Thank you, Susie!


  From Rip Collins ('65) of TN - 03/08/20, 3:11 PM - "Nashville Tornado":


I am not sure if this is the correct email address in order to contact you, but I thought I would fill in all my classmates and friends about the recent tornado that slashed through Nashville last Sunday night (actually 1:00 AM Monday), and how I believe a psychic I was talking to knew it was coming through here.

First, neither I nor my 2 daughters were affected by this initial huge and violent tornado that first swept through West Nashville and then East Nashville killing 2 people and then with the addition of 8 more tornadoes going eastward killing another 23 people or more. The damage done by these tornadoes was more than devastating. The damage and deaths were acute.

On Sunday afternoon at 4:30 before the storm, I was on the phone with an outstanding, nationally recognized psychic based out of NY. I use this psychic to maintain contact with   my deceased wife. I know, a lot of people do not believe in psychics and I did not either until I talked to this guy the first time. He knew too much about me and my wife that was not public. He has to use certain tactics to reach my wife by asking me certain questions that sometimes appear unrelated to me or my wife . The one question he asked me that I thought had nothing to do with me or my wife and I thought was a waste of time was, "What do you know about a tornado?"


I said. "Nothing", but added that I had seen the tornado pass by home in 1998 that destroyed part of downtown Nashville. I thought what a stupid question. What does this have to do with my family, I asked myself?

The only initial information I had on the news at 4:00 AM Monday was that East Nashville had been hit and there were 2 deaths. I left the house at 6:30 AM on the way to work and passed by a street close to my oldest daughter's residence on the west side of Nashville. I noticed huge chunks of metal debris all over the place. She lives only about 2 miles where I saw this debris. I immediately called her to make sure she was OK. At first, she did not know what I was talking about. She only heard some thunder and wind that night. It was confirmed that the first touchdown did occur about a quarter of a mile from where I saw the debris and did mostly destroy a small private airport. Later that day, I studied the path of this tornado via a grid supplied by a weather service. This tornado did in fact jump over my daughter's development and touched down again about 4 miles away. The picture seen was taken by one of my daughter's neighbors as this tornado was approaching their neighborhood. My daughter was very lucky or blessed. I now question whether this message came from the intuitiveness of the psychic, my wife, or God letting me know that a tornado was in development and be vigilant.


   YOWZERONI-WOWZERONI! Thank you so much, Rip! What an amazing story!

   We're so overwhelmingly grateful that you and your daughters were kept safe and protected throughout this devastation! I noticed from his Facebook post that  Terry Seay ('67) was as well!

   I would never presume to tell you or anyone else what to believe or why. I personally think whenever we criticize or ridicule the beliefs of others, we're on extremely shaky ground, no matter what we may think is true, or how far-fetched the beliefs of others may seem to us. I really do appreciate your sharing this account with us - ALL of it!


From My Friend, Holly, of MO - 03/08/19 - "Alzheimer's Request":

   Thank you, Holly!


  From Patty Andrews Mays ('61) of VA - 03/08/19:

   OOH! Thank you, Patty!

From Carlene Matthews Vannoy ('60 / '64) of VA - 03/06/19:

    Thanks, Carlene!


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

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


 From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 02/28/20, 9:32 AM - "Saint Patrick's Day" (#9 in a Series of 17):

  Wishing you all a happy Saint Patrick's Day.

Don't forget to wear

   OOH! Thank you, Shari!


 From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 02/28/20, 9:12 AM - "Funny Dogs" (#9 in a Series of 22):

  ~ I hope these pictures make you smile. ~

   BAH-HA-HA-HA! Thanks, Shari!


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 11, 2020 -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.

3. Wednesday, May 13, 2020 -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.

4. Friday, May 15, 2020 - The NNHS Class of 1965 will hold their 55-Year Reunion at the Burger Theory Restaurant in the Holiday Inn, 980 Omni Boulevard ,Newport News. CONTACT:

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 03/08/20

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

  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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the power of a drop
in the bucket."


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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

Small Shamrock Button plucked from Small Shamrock Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 03/10/09

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

Animated Drooling Smiley courtesy of - 02/16/09

Witch clip art courtesy of Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 10/31/08
Thanks, Joan!

Tiny Green Heart courtesy of John Patterson ('59) of TN - 03/17/13
Thanks, John!

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

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