Just as we did
three years ago, all this week
leading up to St. Patrick's Day (at least until I go out of town for a week on
Monday morning), we'll be celebrating with Irish songs.
In fact (as I'm so very far behind), we'll be using the very same themes all
week as we did then.
Sunday, March 12
1865 FRAGILE FAYETTEVILLE FACILITIES FLAMED
Marching through the Carolinas, Gen. Sherman practiced the same rules he had
used while marching through Georgia: anything that could be of use to the
Confederacy that came into his path was put to the torch. Buildings, public
property and particularly machinery was considered to fall into this category.
Today one burning was particularly satisfying: the equipment at the Fayetteville
Arsenal. It had originally been stolen from the US Arsenal at Harpers Ferry at
the beginning of the war and shipped South.
From George Helliesen ('61) of MI -
03/11/11 - "Buckroe Beach":
Just read an
announcement in the USA TODAY, March 10, 2011, newspaper
about Buckroe Beach, and I think those of us who played
and frolicked in the "area" may have an interest in the
announcement. It was in the section entitled, Across
the USA, NEWS from every state. "Virginia:
Hampton-Buckroe Beach is getting a makeover. Hampton
parks and recreation director Jim Wilson said the
city will replace sand lost during a nor'easter in 2009,
add a jetty and improve the restroom. The federal
government is providing $773,000 to replenish the sand.
Tuesday,15,000 cubic yards of sand from North Carolina
is to arrive." Thank God for North Carolina!
We sure spent
our time at Buckroe Beach swimming, no fear of sharks,
and in the amusement park and in particular watching
the girls dance and lying on the beach. Gene Ellis ('61 of
FL) and I spent all of our summer evenings there
watching the girls and wondering why we weren't gifted
in dance. I guess we were just too sports orientated
to get involved with the girls. Wrong move!!
Ahh, Buckroe - one of my favorite places on earth!
haven't visited all our Buckroe pages lately, do yourself a favor:
HAMPTON — Buckroe Beach is
set for a makeover this year that's likely to transform the face of
Hampton's most popular beach beginning with a transformation of the
The improvement to Buckroe
Beach will start March 16 with the arrival of thousands of cubic yards
of sand following a successful request for federal funding.
The sand, from Currituck
County in North Carolina, will be placed in the area from Point Comfort
Avenue to Buckroe Avenue on each side of Pier One.
"It's to replace sand we
lost in the nor'easter back in 2009," said Jim Wilson, Hampton's
director of parks and recreation.
The city was
successful in its claim for just more than $773,000 from the
federal government following the November 2009 storm. Hampton
does not have to make a contribution, said Wilson.
The grant will bring
15,000 cubic yards of new sand to Buckroe Beach.
"It took a lot of
the beach away," Wilson said of the storm. "Last year we put a
groin in so that has helped with stabilization of that beach
area." A groin is a small jetty that can prevent sand from
drifting down the shore.
Wilson said the
loss of sand threatened to exacerbate erosion and leave less
sand for beach goers.
"Now we have that
rock jetty at Point Comfort and we are putting the sand back in
that's going to help us. We'll have a rock jetty on each side of
the pier and we'll have more stabilization of the sand there. It
probably will require less replenishment," Wilson said.
The sand is in
addition to the city's regular replenishment programs. Wilson
said no sand has been brought to Buckroe since the nor'easter
hit. In 2005 the city and federal government spent $4.4 million
in replenishing sand at Buckroe that eroded naturally since
earlier beach nourishment projects in 1990 and 1996.
"This helps us out
prior to the beach season," Wilson said. "With all the
development going on at Buckroe this is a positive thing for the
beach and Buckroe," he said.
Buckroe is set to be transformed this year as the parks and
recreation department implements a number of improvement
"We have a lot
going on," he said. "We are looking at improving the rest room
facility which will go into the summer. We are looking at
another jetty going down to Pilot Avenue and with the
development we are hoping to use some city funds to build new
shelters out there too."
That work will be
ongoing this summer, he said. "We are looking to give the park a
nice facelift to complement the development that's happening out
Wilson said the
sand will be clean sand that poses no hazard to beach goers. In
the past, sand dredged from the Chesapeake Bay was used to
replenish the beach and ordnance in the sand was later
"We have gone
through the beach and cleaned it and we have precautions if we
come across things," said Wilson. "But we haven't come across
chairman of the Parade of Homes which is being built near the
beach, said Tuesday the developer hopes to hold a walk-through
in May when four single-family homes and one multi-family block
are scheduled to be completed.
He said the
high-quality development would help transform the beach area for
president of the Buckroe Improvement League and one of the
people who took legal action against the Parade of Homes site
last year, said he welcomes the improvements planned to the park
"We're very happy
about what the city is doing at the park with the new shelters
and new bathroom," he said. "It will make it more of a family
area. We still have a problem with the parking down there when
Dozens of live
artillery shells have been found at Buckroe Beach in the past
decade. They were pumped from the bottom of the Chesapeake Bay
in a past sand replenishment operation.
In 2005, the
explosive launch system for a Navy Seasparrow missile was found
by a beachcomber with a metal detector. Scores of old military
rounds have been found on Buckroe Beach since 1990, the year
officials believe the ordnance was pumped onto the beach with
tons of sand.
said the sand in this month's replenishment project is clean of
ordnance and comes from Currituck County, N.C.
Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 03/11/11 - "Man, Lioness & Cubs":
This man has bonded with the lioness for a long time before this video
was taken -- she knows him and has her whole life. The final scene is
priceless. She's a beautiful lioness, one of the prettiest that you will
A tour bus driver drives with a bus full of seniors down a highway,
when a little old lady taps him on his shoulder. She offers him a
handful of almonds, which he gratefully munches up.
After approximately 15 minutes, she taps him on his shoulder again and
she hands him another handful of almonds. She repeats this gesture about
At the ninth time he asks the little old lady why they don't eat the
almonds themselves, whereupon she replies that it is not possible
because of their old teeth, they are not able to chew them.
"Why do you buy them then?" he asks puzzled.
Whereupon the old lady answers, "We just love the chocolate around
DATES TO REMEMBER:
1. Thursday, April 7, 2011 - The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch gatherings on
the first Thursday of every month at Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson
Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News at 11:00 AM. The luncheon is
not limited to just the Class of '55; if you have friends in that year, go visit
April 13, 2011 - 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
3. Saturday, April 30, 2011 - The NNHS Class will have a Luncheon. Team
Leaders are Mickey Marcella (email@example.com
- 757-249-3800), Betty Hamby Neher
(firstname.lastname@example.org - 757-898-5099), and Dr. Harry Simpson
- 804-694-0346). -
CLASS OF 1954
4. Saturday, July 9, 2011 (6:30 PM to 11:30 PM) - The Class of 1971 will hold
its 40-Year Reunion at Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center
Drive, Newport News. For details, contact Richard Rawls at
- CLASS OF 1971
5. Saturday, August 20, 2011 - The Class of 1966 will hold its 45-Year Reunion
at the Warwick Yacht Club, Newport News. Further details will be available soon
from Dee Hodges Bartram at email@example.com
- CLASS OF 1966