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03/14/09 - NNHS Newsletter

“What the horrors of war are, no one can imagine. They are not wounds and
blood and fever, spotted and low, or dysentery, chronic and acute, cold and heat
and famine. They are intoxication, drunken brutality, demoralization and
disorder on the part of the inferior... jealousies, meanness, indifference,
selfish brutality on the part of the superior.”

 - Florence Nightingale
(12 May 1820 - 13 Aug 1910)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Because it was too important a history lesson to risk forgetting, today's Newsletter theme is lifted entirely from last year's edition:

   All this week leading up to St. Patrick's Day, we'll be singing Irish songs This is one of the saddest, telling the story of that bleak period in Irish history, from 1845 to 1850, when millions of Irish people died of hunger.

   This first video offers not only the brutal history, but views of the Abbeystrowry Cemetery in Skibbereen wherein so many of those victims are buried.  According to this account - no hint of which I was ever taught, the "famine" was not simply the result of natural conditions, but a planned genocide by the British landlords, during a time of full and plenty.

BONUS #1 - - Oliver

BONUS #2 - - The Ronnie Drew Ballet Group (no video, but I found it easier to understand the words)



HOMEWORK - highly recommended today (I hope they're all still available for you...):

   Now draw your own conclusions.....


   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Joan Williams Eberwine ('57) AND Linda Robinson Gillespie ('71) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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;

21 - Bob Morgan ('56) of MA AND        My #4 Son, Joshua Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '95) of IL!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!

      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 03/13/08 - "03/13/08 - Bonnie Woodgreen":

Do have a great time with your visiting family! But, just as a bit of useless information, about half of the images didn't appear? Probably, the fault is on my system?

   It might be your system is at fault, Wayne Honey, and it might be that if you hit refresh more images would appear, and it might be that if you hit refresh some different images would appear and some of the earlier ones would disappear, but the main problem is - there were waaaay too many images in that Newsletter. It would have overburdened most systems, and certainly would have required a longer time to load than usual. This one will have the same problem - for the same reason.

One of your Stuart Gardens' bunch left for the glory of North End; Horace Underwood (President of the Class of '61) lived on 47th Street when he graduated :-)

   Oh, I'd forgotten that! Thanks, Wayne Honey!

  From Steve Pullen ('65) of VA - 03/13/08 - "03/13/08 - Bonnie Woodgreen":

Carol, on the Stuart Gardens, some additional Typhoons living there were   Allen Foster ('58) (18th St);   Steve Burns ('65) (17th); Bonnie Binford ('64) (20th); Patty Mays (Andrews) ('61) and Raymond Andrews ('63) (20th);   Melissa Moody ('67) and her brother, Jimmy ('61) (15th); and I lived on 20th Street also.
   Thanks for the clarification, Steve! This thread all began with Gary Fitzgerald's ('61 - of VA) mention of Steve Burns and his mama, but it's posted on the Stuart Gardens Apartments page:

      From Phil Hammond ('64) of UT - 03/13/08 - "03/13/08 - Bonnie Woodgreen":

Don’t forget   Sylvia Hall Hammond ('66) lived in Stuart Gardens on 17th Street.

   Thanks, Phillip! Sylvia is of course the younger sister of Allen Hall ('61).

  From Jo Ann Stewart ('64) of Northern VA - 03/13/08 - "03/13/08 - Bonnie Woodgreen":

Stuart Gardens, my sister Lynn, the Vests -
       Buster ('63), Eddie ('68), and    Donna ('71);   Donna Chadwell ('64);   Jane Coltrain ('64); Judy Erlach ('64);   Dennis Holbrook ('64); Jane Monfalcone ('61); Judy Bell ('64); Janice Knight ('66);   Sylvia Hall ('66);   Bobby Bloxom ('64);   Tommy Flax ('64) (and his sister, Helen - '58, and brother, Joel - '68);   Jackie Belote ('63).  The list just goes on and on. 

   Indeed it does, Jo Ann, thanks! I think we've not yet mentioned   Al Farber ('64) and     Chippy ('65) and Peyton ('68) Clark and a host of others!  And in this round we were trying to limit the list to just those not in either set of apartments in the Stuart Gardens area.  How numerous would be the names if we listed them all!

  From Ronni Green Cristol ('64) of MD - 03/13/08 - "03/13/08 - Bonnie Woodgreen":

I always look forward to reading the news, but I really loved the note from   Steve (Hochman - '60 - of VA) about Stuart Gardens. It truly was a wonderful place to grow up. I lived on 19th Place until my junior year in college and have such fun memories of that tiny little house.
Thanks again for keeping us all connected.
Ronni (Green) Cristol

   Thanks so much, Ronni!

   These five new postings have been added to the Stuart Gardens page:

    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 03/13/08 - "03/13/08 - Bonnie Woodgreen - Ivy Farm Area":

I was reading about   Steve Hochman ('60) and his list of ones that lived in the Stuart Gardens area. We had a pretty good list there at Parrish Avenue and 24th Street  - Butch Bolden ('62), Dennis Bolden, and Harriet Bolden ('66);   Frank ('59) and   Dennis ('65) Ivey; Brenda Mays; Ricky Phelps;   Eric Aucoin ('62); A.D. Strickland ('62) and Faith Strickland ('64); Linda Baker and Brenda Baker; Elaine Wilkinson ('61) and   Tommy Wilkinson ('58), Johnny Stoops, and I lived at the dead end of 24th.
Glenn Dye

   Thanks, Glenn! I've added your posting to the Ivy Farm Area page:

    From the Head Cheerleader of 1958, Evelyn Fryer Fish of TX - 03/13/09:

Dear Carol,

How are you enjoying your new home?  I hope you are very happy.  We will miss being at Buckroe this coming September, but hopefully we will make it possibly next year. 

lv, ev

   Thank you so much, Sweet Evelyn! I make a point of always being happy wherever I am and whatever I'm doing, so as much as I miss my sister and my home and church and all my friends in Fayetteville (and I do - and the adjustment has been every bit as massive as I suspected it might!), I'm very, very happy here as well! It's especially wonderful to be so near to all my "babies" again - or to most of them, anyway!

   I'm delighted to hear you may be renewing your beach stay in 2010!  It was certainly a high point of the year for many, many people!        My sister, Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky ('59) of NC, is convinced that one of the deciding factors in my decision to move back to Illinois where we had lived for 30 years before moving to North Carolina seven years ago was your announcement that there would be no reunion in Buckroe this year - and there may be quite a bit of truth in that!

   Hey, looky, Ev! I found I had another copy of your senior portrait in another file after all!

  From Bobby Hilling ('62) of VA - 03/13/09 - "Saunders Stadium":

Hi Carol...thought this little "happening" might be of interest.. My brother Clarence was the Class of 1953.....
First this little tidbit of information:
Even though physical structures (Saunders Stadium) are disappearing our NNHS lives on through proud TYPHOONS and others.
In addition, in the past month in talking with my neighbor Rob Saunders, an attorney next door, come to find out that Saunders Stadium was named in honor of his grandfather who was Superintendent of the NN School Board bank in the late 1930's. Just another example of how NNHS lives on with its outstanding tradition.
Here is the story:
So my brother Clarence (1953 Class) and I had just finished the robust buffet at Carolina BBQ in Gloucester (sounds at little weird, Carolina BBQ in Gloucester, but true) and Clarence is having dessert, I remarked that it looked like some type of cherry cobbler, but the waitress informed us that "it is strawberry shortcake"...are you thinking what I was thinking? out of the blue my response was Huckleberry Pie !!!...Wow !!!  from a table across the room comes the follow-up....V-I-C-T-O-R-Y..!!
Clarence and I say.. Wow, some more TYPHOONS in the house !!!. Like NNHS was/is the only school which had this cheer (did find out later that in fact we may have been the only school)...The guy responds that no, he was a St. Vincent guy.. (by the way, we did not know the gentleman and his wife)...and this is another reason that TYPHOONS are so special.. he explains that he and    BUCKY KELLER ('58) had their first Communion together at St. Vincent way back when.. I understand that Bucky was at St. Vincent before he entered the NN school system...So even though this gentleman was a St. Vincent student over the years he followed NNHS and knew the cheer....NNHS lives on!!!
As a little footnote, after we all introduced ourselves.. the gentleman asked Clarence and me about a Lt. Hilling who was CO of The National Guard Unit in NN back in the 50's maybe early 60's...That would be our oldest brother    Harry (NNHS Class of June 1944).
All of this from a recent visit at the Carolina BBQ in Gloucester, VA...Life is Good !!!

   WOWZERONI! Thanks, Bobby! I've added your posting to the Saunders Stadium page:


   From Butch Ragland ('63) of CO - 03/12/09 - "Have a Giggle (#2 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!


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

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 03/12/09

BLOG: - updated 01/09/09

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

                                   Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
746 Hillsboro Avenue
Edwardsville, IL 62025-1821  

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Oh father dear, I oft-times hear you speak of Erin's isle
Her lofty hills, her valleys green, her mountains rude and wild
They say she is a lovely land wherein a saint might dwell
So why did you abandon her, the reason to me tell.

Oh son, I loved my native land with energy and pride
Till a blight came o'er the praties; my sheep, my cattle died
My rent and taxes went unpaid, I could not them redeem
And that's the cruel reason why I left old Skibbereen.

Oh well do I remember that bleak December day
The landlord and the sheriff came to take us all away
They set my roof on fire with their cursed English spleen
I heaved a sigh and bade goodbye to dear old Skibbereen.

Your mother too, God rest her soul, fell on the stony ground
She fainted in her anguish seeing desolation 'round
She never rose but passed away from life to immortal dream
She found a quiet grave, me boy, in dear old Skibbereen.

And you were only two years old and feeble was your frame
I could not leave you with my friends for you bore your father's name
I wrapped you in my cóta mór in the dead of night unseen
I heaved a sigh and bade goodbye to dear old Skibbereen.

Oh father dear, the day will come when in answer to the call
All Irish men of freedom stern will rally one and all
I'll be the man to lead the band beneath the flag of green
And loud and clear we'll raise the cheer, Revenge for Skibbereen!

"Skibbereen" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 03/10/08

1846 Image of the Interior of an Irish Peasant's Cottage courtesy of - 03/13/08

Image of Irish Potato Dinner courtesy of - 03/13/08

Celtic Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 03/13/08

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

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!!

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

Coast Guard Seal clip art courtesy of - 10/03/07

Animated USMC Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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 Navy Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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

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