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03/13/09 - NNHS Newsletter - Bonnie Woodgreen

There are in every generation those who shrink from the ultimate sacrifice, but there are in every generation
those who make it with joy and laughter and these are the salt of the generations."

- 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 still celebrating this week with Irish songs.

BONUS #1 - - Bonnie Woodgreen

BONUS #2 - - Bonnie Woodgreen - John Fisher School Choir - BBC Choir Of the Year 2008 - Due to the amateur quality of the recordings, rarely do I carry school choirs, but this is an absolutely flawless performance.



From - 03/12/09:

"'Bonny Wood Green' is a ballad from World War I, still sung in Irish pubs today. The Irish were unenthusiastic about entering the war on the British side, but once the decision had been made there were surprisingly large numbers of volunteers. The divided loyalties of the Irish soldiers cannot have made their ordeal in the trenches any easier."


  Happy Birthday today to   Betty Spain Uecker ('63) of VA AND My Newest Daughter-in-Law,      Kim Woods Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / Richard Milburn Academy, FL - '03) of IL!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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

16 -     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     Wade Scott ('66) of MO;

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

20 - My Cousin, Stuart Atkinson (Warsaw HS - '63) of VA AND  Sid Melton ('64) of NY AND   Terri McAfee Artman ('66) of VA AND My Nephew, Kevin Dick (Weber HS, UT - '82) of NC !

   Many Happy Returns to You All!

  From Steve Hochman ('60) of VA - 03/12/09 - "Stuart Gardens":


 Gary Fitzgerald ('61 - of VA) gave me a  a great walk down memory lane regarding Stuart Gardens.  I lived across the short street from   Steve Veazey ('60) while Butch Eason lived behind me,   Roger ('61) and   Bobby ('64) Callis lived across the street on the corner of Chestnut and 16th Street, while  Frank Friedland ('60) lived next to them.   (The Head Cheerleader of 1958),   Evelyn Fryer, lived behind Steve Veazey and Brenda Veazey ('62).  Less than a half block away on 17th Street there was Allen Hall ('61), Fred Sage ('61), and my best friend and college room mate

   Johnny Canepa ('60) (02 Jan 1941 - 18 Apr 1998). Another life long friend,   Ronnie Burroughs ('60) and his sister Tina ('62) lived on 21st Street.    Horace Underwood (President of the Class of '61) lived on 18th Street.  My buddy    Bill Roady ('60) lived on Wickham in Christopher Shores; his house was the meeting place for SPD.   Frances Hammond ('60) and   Joan Sammons (Queen of the Class of 1960) were within a block.

I am sure I have left out a bunch of friends, however, Stuart Gardens was a great place to live during a great time with life long friends.
Thanks for the memories!  

Steve Hochman

P.S. Carol,  I forgot two other Stuart Garden friends.    Neta Mae Collins ('60) and   Frank Ivey (President and King of the Class of '59). I am sure the list will grow.  

Thanks, Steve Hochman

   Thanks so much, Steve! Whether it was Stuart Gardens, Christopher Shores, the Stuart Homes Apartments, or the Stuart Gardens Apartments themselves, that end of Newport News was certainly a wonderful, caring neighborhood back in the fifties and sixties!

   In addition to numerous younger siblings of those you've already mentioned, a few more schoolmates popped into my mind:    David ('65), Judy, and Jimmy Ellenson; their cousin,    Harron Ellenson ('65); Billy Greene ('61); Mike ('61),   Susie ('63) (1945 - 20 Nov 2008), and Scotty ('68) Jeffers at 965 - 17th Street; Terry ('61) and Sue ('63) Harrison; Mrs. Baab, Rita ('62) and Carl ('67); the  Lillastons;   Bobby ('62) and   Polly ('65) Norris;    Pam ('62) and Bill ('67) Larmer; and   Craig Miller ('63);  Paula Sturtevant ('62); Jimmy Edwards ('62); Zatha Franks ('62);   Harry Barritt ('64); Becky Cash ('64);   Myra ('58) and   David ('64) Rosenwasser;   Carol Lee ('63),      Jeannie ('65) and Susie ('70) Collier;   Teddy ('60) and Susan ('66) Sandler;  Colin Faison ('58); and    Don ('55) (01 Nov 1936 - 16 Apr 2007) and Bobby ('61) Buchan lived somewhere or another in Stuart Gardens as well.

   I posted your remarks here, Steve, but I really should cross-post them all one fine day, as the neighborhoods blended one into another:

 - new postings here

   I seem never to have created a page for Christopher Shores; what was I thinking?!!? I'll try to remedy that next week!

   Thanks again for the memories, Steve!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 03/12/09 - "Hey":

Your heart is your Love,
Your love is your Family ,
Your family is your Future ,
Your future is your Destiny ,
Your destiny is your Ambition,
Your ambition is your Aspiration ,
Your aspiration is your Motivation ,
Your motivation is your Belief,
Your belief is your Peace ,
Your peace is your Target ,
Your target is Heaven,
Heaven is no fun without FRIENDS .

   Thanks, Joyce - nice thoughts!

  From Jim Dossett ('66) of FL - 03/1/09 - "Please, please, please ...":

... keep us (me) informed of any possibility of getting a bit of Saunders Stadium.  When I was there for the '66 reunion I took one last lap around the track.  I wish I had scooped up some cinders then.  However if     Joe Wingo of NC, President of the Class of 1965, or anyone else comes up with a way to save a piece of history ---  let me know. 

Any Typhoon would be hard pressed not to have some story or memory related to the stadium.  Of course the football teams and track teams spent the most time there, but I also remember late night band practices under the lights getting ready for football games.  I'm sure the girls hockey teams put their time on the field too.  Gym classes, after school punishments, and sometime even Mrs. Weaver's English classes took place there.  It may be that the Navy will not cooperate and in doing so will prevent us from having books ends made from the concrete or a jar full of cinders as a paperweight ---  but they can't touch the memories in our minds nor the love in our hearts.  


Jim Dossett

Feel free to publish my email address on your site.

   AMEN to all that, Jim - thanks so much!

  OH - and I meant to tell you sooner, but your email addy is already published here - and has been from the git-go, I think:



   From Butch Ragland ('63) of CO - 03/12/09 - "Have a Giggle (#1 in a series of 13)":

Hi Carol!
Glad you are settling in to your new home!
After hearing me complain about my doctor getting on me about losing another 10 pounds my wife sent me the attached email for future excuses I can give him!
Have to admit I never thought of these and may use them next visit, when I know I will have probably gained another 10 pounds.
In case you need some newsletter filler sometime, I included the "Herman" comic attachments also!

Hope you enjoy them, and thanks again for keeping us in touch with our glory days.

 Best to all!
Butch Ragland, NNHS '63
Colorado Springs, CO

   GIGGLES!!! These are great, Butch - thanks!


     From Me ('65) of IL - 03/13/09:

   Don't forget - my little darlings are arriving from Massachusetts tonight, and I shall be romping and playing and visiting relatives with them. My attention to the site and the Newsletters may be somewhat sporadic.....


1. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 23, 24, and 25, 2009 - The Class of 1954 will hold its 55-Year Reunion.  For details, contact Dr. Harry Simpson at 804-694-0346 or email him at - CLASS OF 1954

2. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May 15, 16, and 17, 2009 - The Hampton High School Class of 1964 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. For details, see: - HAMPTON HIGH SCHOOL - CLASS OF 1964

3. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 4, 5 and 6 (Labor Day Weekend), 2009 - The Class of 1969 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at the Point Plaza Hotel, Newport News, VA. For details, see: and contact Jean Baker Howell at - OPEN TO ALL NNHS ALUMNI

4. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 18, 19, and 20, 2009 - The Warwick High School Class of 1959 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott Newport News at City Center, Newport News, VA. For details, contact

5. Friday and Saturday, October 10 and 11, 2009 - The Class of 1964 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at the Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News, VA 23606: For details, see: - CLASS OF 1964

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

                                   Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

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Bonnie Woodgreen

Down by the green bushes of Bonnie Woodgreen
Where me and my true love so oftimes have been
As the days they rolled onward so happy were we
Ah, but never she thought that a soldier I'd be.

It was early one morning as the lambs they did play
'Twas off to Kells Barracks, I there made my way
To enlist in the army and fight for my King
And I bid my farewell to Bonnie Woodgreen.

Our ship at Larne Harbour sat ready to sail
And mothers were weeping and sisters looked pale
There was singing and dancing all happy and gay
Ah, but little they thought of the lads far away.

It was 'way out in Flanders at the back of the line
They were talking of sweethearts they all left behind
When one Irish soldier says, "I have a queen,
And she works in John Ross' of Bonnie Woodgreen."

It was early one morning while facing the foe
A shot from the enemy this young lad laid low
He called for his comrades, it was a sad scene
"Say good-bye to my Nellie and Bonnie Woodgreen."

So if ever to Ulster you chance for to stray
There's a neat little fact'ry near Ballynafeigh(?)
Where there's weavers and winders all rosy and clean
And they all wear white aprons in Bonnie Woodgreen. .

"Bonnie Woodgreen" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 03/10/09

Image of Irish Prayer courtesy of - 03/12/09

Gold Scroll Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 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 - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

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

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of the late Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!!

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 Coast Guard Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of - 07/07/06

Sparkly Rose Diamond Bar courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 03/12/09
Thanks, Joyce!

Animated Cheering Smiley clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05 (re-saved 02/27/09)
Thanks, Al!

Animated Kissing Smiley clip art courtesy of my friend, Judy, of IL - 09/19/08
Thanks, Judy!

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05 (still missing...)
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

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