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03/12/18 - NNHS Newsletter - Bonny Portmore

If you strike us down now we shall rise again and renew the fight.
You cannot conquer Ireland. You cannot extinguish the Irish passion
for freedom. If our deed has not been sufficient to win freedom,
then our children will win it by a better deed.
"

- Patrick Pearse, a.k.a. Padraig Pearse - a leader of the 1916 Rebellion
(10 Nov 1879 - 03 May 1916)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   We're celebrating this week with Irish songs. Today's selection is especially haunting, as it tells about the mourning over the destruction of the old growth forests, and in particular the ancient Great Oak of Portmore (which stood on the property of Portmore Castle on the shore of Lough Beg) to build ships for the Royal Navy.

BONUS - Bonny Portmore - Loreena McKennitt - Any time one can listen to Loreena is a good time.

 


From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonny_Portmore:

"Bonny Portmore" is an Irish traditional folk song which laments the demise of Ireland's old oak forests, specifically the Great Oak of Portmore or the Portmore Ornament Tree, which fell in a windstorm in 1760 and was subsequently used for shipbuilding and other purposes.

In 1664 an extensive castle was erected at Portmore, near Portmore Lough, County Antrim by Lord Conway, on the site of a more ancient fortress. It contained accommodation for two troops of horse.[1] The old oak is believed to have stood on the estate of Portmore Castle.

The melody of this song was first published 1840 in Bunting's "Ancient Music of Ireland" and was collected from the playing of Ulster harper Daniel Black in 1796.[2] The air is probably as old as the time of the O'Neill's of Ballinderry, who, due to declining fortunes were forced to sell the property to Lord Conway. The first verse appears to make reference to this sale.[3]

A Scottish version laments the loss of a lover left behind at Portmore, which William Tait identifies with (St. Fillans).[4] (There is also a Portmore Loch in the Scottish Borders). While attributed to Donald Cameron, Burns biographer Alan Cunningham believes it comes from the north of Ireland.[5] Peter Buchan published a version which formed the basis of Burns' "My Heart's in the Highlands"...[5][6]


THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:

  Happy Birthday today to 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!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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;

17 -   Barbara Brewer (’69) of VA;

18 -  Johnny Mitchell ('57) of VA AND  Kay Knight Midkiff Evans ('59) of VA AND Linda Coates Jones ('63) of VA AND Aderon Gibbs ('66) of VA AND    Wade Scott ('66) of MO;

19 - Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!

http://www.nnhs65.com/Happy-Birthday.htm


100 YEARS AGO TODAY:

March 12, 1918 - Moscow became the capital of Russia again after Saint Petersburg held this status for 215 years.


THIS DAY IN WWII:

March 12, 1933 - President Paul von Hindenburg dropped the flag of the German Republic and ordered that the swastika and empire banner be flown side by side.

March 12, 1933 - Outside Berlin, the first concentration camp opened at Oranienburg.

March 12, 1938 - The "Anschluss" took place as German troops entered Austria.

March 12, 1940 - Winter War: Finland signed the Moscow Peace Treaty with the Soviet Union, ceding almost all of Finnish Karelia. Finnish troops and the remaining population were immediately evacuated.

March 12, 1947 - U.S. President Harry S. Truman established the Truman Doctrine to help Greece and Turkey resist Communism.


THIS DAY IN 1968:

Monday, March 12, 1968 - Mauritius achieved independence from the United Kingdom.

Monday, March 12, 1968 - Singer-songwriter and guitarist Dylan Carlson was born in Seattle, Washington.

Monday, March 12, 1968 - Colonel, pilot, and politician Tammy Duckworth was born Ladda Tammy Duckworth in Bangkok, Thailand.

Monday, March 12, 1968 - Actor and producer Aaron Eckhart was born Aaron Edward Eckhart in Cupertino, California.


From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 03/11/15:

“If you are lonely, please know you can find comfort. If you are discouraged, please know you can find hope. If you are poor in spirit, please know you can be strengthened. If you feel you are broken, please know you can be mended.”

- Jeffrey R. Holland, April 2006
(b. 03 Dec 1940)

    Thanks so much, Susan!


From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 03/12/18:

   Thank you, Joan!
 
 


  From Betty Brockwell McClure ('58) of MA - 03/04/18:

  BOY HOWDY! Thanks, Betty!
 
 


 From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 03/11/18:

    Thanks, Domi! That makes perfect sense!
 
 


From My Friend, Jon, of MO - 03/09/18:

 

 Thanks, Jon!

 
 


From My Friend, Tina, (then) of NC - 03/11/13 - "Seven Rules of Life":

  Thanks so much, Tina! These are very insightful!
 
 


“Why is everything so dirty here?” Goldwyn once asked of a film director.

When told it was supposed to be a slum, Goldwyn responded, “Well, this slum cost a lot of money. It should look better than an ordinary slum.”

- Samuel Goldwyn, film producer
(17 Aug  1882 - 31 Jan
1974)


 From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 03/10/18 - "Wishing you a happy Saint Patrick's Day" (#2 in a Series of 8):

   Thank you, Shari! Happy St. Patrick's Day to you!
 
 


From Wayne Agee ('58) of FL -
02/12/18 - "ONE WORD ESSAYS ... Beautiful!" (#22 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!

Awe
 


BONUS IRISH CROCHET PATTERN:

Beaded Shamrock Doily - "This Beaded Shamrock Doily has vintage style with its delicate form and beading. This free crochet doily pattern will bring a bit of elegance to your table this St. Patrick's Day. It could also be a beautiful heirloom or gift."
 


BONUS IRISH KNIT PATTERNS:

Knitting Bee's 80 + Free Aran Knitting Patterns - "The Aran sweater takes its name from the Aran Islands off the west coast of Ireland. A traditional Aran Sweater usually is off-white in color similar to a sheep's wool and is made from 100% wool..."


BONUS IRISH RECIPES:

Margaret Johnson's Irish Recipes - "Margaret Johnson is perhaps the most prolific Irish-American writer of topics dealing with Irish food and drink. Holding dual citizenship in the US and Ireland, Margaret is the author of five Irish Cookbooks, An Afternoon Tea cookbook titled 'Tea and Crumpets', and has authored more than 200 food and travel articles in a number of publications, including the "Irish Echo," "Irish America Magazine," the "Los Angeles Times Syndicate," "Newsday," and Dublin's "Food and Wine" magazine."


FINALLY:

From http://www.ajokeaday.com - 03/11/18:

Steven Spielberg was busy discussing his new action adventure about famous classical composers. Bruce Willis, Sylvester Stallone, and Arnold Schwarzenegger were in the room.

"Who do you want to play?" Spielberg asked Bruce Willis.

"I've always been a big fan of Chopin," said Bruce. "I'll play him."

"And you, Sylvester?" asked Spielberg.

"Mozart's the one for me!" said Sly.

"And what about you?" Spielberg asked Schwarzenegger.

He replied, "I'll be Bach!"


DATES TO REMEMBER:

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.


PRAYER ROLL:

http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 02/21/18

BLOG:

http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11


  Y'all take good care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol
 

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Bonny Portmore

Oh Bonny Portmore, you shine where you stand
And the more I think on you the more I think long
If I had you now as I had once before
All the Lords in Old England would not purchase Portmore.

Oh Bonny Portmore I am sorry to see
Such a woeful destruction of your ornament tree
For it stood on your shore for many's the long day
Till the long boats of Antrim came to float it away.

All the birds in the forest they bitterly weep
Saying, "Where will we shelter or where will we sleep?"
For the oak and the ash they are all cutten down
And the walls of Bonny Portmore are all down to the ground.

Oh Bonny Portmore, you shine where you stand
And the more I think on you the more I think long
If I had you now as I had once before
All the Lords in Old England would not purchase Portmore.


"Bonny Portmore" midi and lyrics courtesy of http://www.contemplator.com/tunebook/ireland.htm - 03/10/09

Image of Lough Beg courtesy of http://forum.wordreference.com/showthread.php?t=9688 - 03/11/09

Skyline Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars10.html - 03/12/09

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

Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of http://www.hillsboroschools.net/schools/hhs/activities/music2/Band/bio.html - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

Animated Air Force Flag clip art courtesy of http://www.angelfire.com/ny4/KevsGifsGalore/Patriotic.html - 06/18/03

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06

Animated  Laughing Jerry courtesy of Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 06/14/06
Thanks, Cookie!

Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of http://www1.va.gov/opa/feature/celebrate/milsongs.htm - 07/07/06

Animated Laughing Frog courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon of VA - 05/31/08
Thanks, Joyce!

Animated Laughing Woman courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 02/23/09
Thanks, Joyce!

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 https://tearsfromalonelygod.wordpress.com/2009/10/08/a-drop-in-the-bucket  - 05/23/16

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