03/14/14 - 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
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.”
(12 May 1820 - 13 Aug 1910)
Friends and Schoolmates,
All this week
leading up to St. Patrick's Day we'll be celebrating
with 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 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPrLBggC8q8 -
BONUS #2 -
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNNuE7nyDoQ - The
Ronnie Drew Ballet Group (no video, but I found it easier to understand the
BONUS #3 -
highly recommended today:
Now draw your own
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday tomorrow to
Joan Williams Eberwine ('57) AND
Linda Robinson Gillespie ('71) of VA!
Happy Birthday this week to:
Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA AND
Jacque Ray Fisher ('66) of NC;
Barbara Brewer (’69) of VA;
Johnny Mitchell ('57) of VA AND
Kay Knight Midkiff Evans ('59) of VA AND
Claudia Dellapenta Melgaard ('63) of VA AND Linda
Coates Jones ('63) of VA AND
Aderon Gibbs ('66) of VA AND
Wade Scott ('66) of MO;
Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA;
My Late Cousin, Stuart
Atkinson (Warsaw HS - '63)
(d. 10 Sept 2013) AND
Sid Melton ('64) of NY
Terri McAfee Artman ('66) of VA
My Nephew, Kevin Dick (Weber HS,
UT - '82) of NC;
21 - Bob Morgan ('56) of
My #4 Son, Joshua Harty (Hillsboro HS,
IL - '95) of IL AND
My Granddaughter (by My Children of Other Parents) Jane Mansfield of TX!
Many Happy Returns to You All!
DAY IN WWII:
THIS DAY IN 1964:
('57) of MD -
03/13/14 - "Shad,
Shad Roe, Shad Planking and St. Patrick
Shad, Shad Roe,
Shad Planking and St. Patrick -
Daytrip to the Blarney Room
By Harry M. Covert
usually arrive when least expected. These joys aren’t always of the
financial kind, even though the latter can be more than appreciated.
This story comes right in the middle of St. Patrick’s celebrations, the
time of year when everybody is Irish or would like to be.
A day trip up north
Route 15 from Frederick began. In just a few miles the sign appeared,
“Shad is here.” Then a big white tent popped up and then another sign,
For a moment, the
thought seemed to be a dream. A wrong turn going from Maryland to
Wakefield, Virginia where planning is well under way for the 66th annual
Shad Planking, The latter famous for its political show where only
Democrats, politicians and their minions (no women of course), political
candidates and some trusted members of the Fourth Estate gathered once
A little history
lesson, as written by the Ruritans:
“The planking dates
to the 1930s near Smithfield, Virginia, beginning as a small gathering
of friends to celebrate the James River running of shad — the oily, bony
fish smoked for the occasion on wood planks over an open flame.”
And, “In its early
years, Democratic party bosses used shad planking as an opportunity to
select the next governor. Harry F. Byrd, Sr. and the Byrd Organization
dominated Virginia politics into the 1960s.”
The Wakefield update
is this; women were welcomed after Attorney General Mary Sue Terry, the
Democrat candidate for governor, was the 1992 speaker. Before the 1960s,
this was also the place where candidates for all local and state elected
offices were chosen with the sanction and blessing of the Byrd Machine.
Reports are well known that the food was shad and authorized drinking
included Virginia Gentleman.
The Blarney Room Lounge
Back to the day trip on Route 15 North.
The gathering in the Blarney Room Lounge of The Shamrock, Thurmont,
included distinguished experienced and longtime Frederick County
political veterans. Among diners was Maury Hassett, without a doubt one
of the county’s most respected Fourth Estate member and leader.
While dining on soft
shell crab lunch I discovered that Mr. Hassett is 94 and heading in just
a few months to 95. He is elegant, well-spoken, highly active and
beloved as probably the best newspaperman ever in Frederick. I proudly
the baker’s dozen reached high echelons and covered the coming county
council races and candidates. No fisticuffs resulted.
Talk became even more
enthusiastic when another journalist, best-selling author, political
activist and expert on things Iraqi-Iranian and Middle Eastern affairs
joined the luncheon revelers.
Best-Sellng Author, Maryland Lieutenant Governor Candidate
Ken Timmerman, a new Frederick County
resident, arrived. As a newcomer, I didn’t realize he was a
distinguished investigative reporter, a New York Times best-selling
author and a true certified expert on world affairs. He didn’t mention
Listening to Ken, I
realized immediately he was well-versed on state-wide Maryland affairs
and was well acquainted with all of the personages currently running
things in Annapolis, both in the House, Senate and governor’s office
He had been paying
close attention to the coming partisan November events. It was pleasant
to learn that Ken was a bonafide candidate for Maryland
Lieutenant Governor. He’s a respected conservative and member of the
Grand Old Party.
Mr. Timmerman was selected by
gubernatorial hopeful Charles Lollar as his running mate in the GOP
primary. The website link for both is
The bonuses continue.
First, a superb lunch in the foothills of the Catoctin Mountains;
second, meeting Mr. Maury Hassett, newspaperman extraordinaire; and
third, listening to a candidate who has something important to say.
This column has appeared in
Daughter, Adrienne Harty
IL / American School, IL) of NC
03/13/14 - "Restore Wooden Furniture Naturally Using Vinegar and Canola Oil":
From My Friend,
Adrienne, of UT - 03/13/14 - "Technical Problems Lead to Big Surprise":
Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 02/14/14 - "Snow in Russia (#26 in a
Series of 37)":
Hope these come
through. In light of
Snow in Russia
Now THIS is winter!
Thanks again, Joan!
From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph
HS, IL - '61) of NC - 03/01/14 - "Modern Gadgets (#13 in a series of
From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 03/07/14 -
"Fun with Snow (#6 in a series of 13":
you'd enjoy these!
HOWDY! Thanks, Sarah
From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph
HS, IL - '61) of NC - 03/09/14 - "Cold anyone? (#3 in a series of 15)":
Thanks, Haul Party!
BONUS IRISH CROCHET PATTERNS:
Lucky Green Necklace
- "Wear this Lucky Green Necklace this St. Patrick's Day and you're sure to
make others green with envy. This is an easy crochet pattern to complete using
various shades of green yarn. This vibrant accessory is the perfect finishing
touch to your St. Patty's day attire. Attach little green crocheted circles to a
chain to complete this wearable craft."
Leprechaun Dog Hat
- "Crochet the perfect Leprechaun Dog Hat for this year's St. Patrick's Day
parade. This easy crochet pattern will have your pet looking festive in green
for the fun day. The hat can also be made for babies and kids who will also
enjoy the festivities."
- "Add a bit
of green to your home this St. Patrick's Day with the Lucky Shamrocks Afghan.
Drape this lovely crochet afghan over a chair or couch as a decorative accent.
If worked up in the right shade of green, you can use this pattern as a Spring
BONUS IRISH RECIPES:
- "Imen McDonnell is a food writer/stylist and blogger who pens
a weekly column, Tales of A Modern Farmette in Irish Country
Living magazine, published each week by the Irish Farmers
Journal. Her popular blog, “Farmette”
documents her transition from American city life to the Irish
countryside and celebrates Irish cookery and baking along with
traditional farmhouse kitchen skills such as butter and cheese
making. Imen's blog and recipes have been featured in The Los
Angeles Times Daily Dish, The Irish Times, RTE Radio 1’s
Countrywide program, The Irish Examiner, The Irish Daily Mail,
The John Murray Show on RTE Radio 1, Newstalk with Sean
Moncreiff, Irish Tatler magazine, and on RTE 2FM’s Dave Fanning
From Butch Ragland ('63) of CO -
03/09/14 - "NNHS
Our 1st Shipment/Order of the NNHS Logo Caps have arrived and are being
packaged for shipping today; with shipments being sent out Monday &
Tuesday: I have approximately 27 caps out of the first 100 ordered
remaining. Anyone wishing to get a cap at the introductory price of
$10.00 plus S/H of $4.59 may do so at my eBay Store:
After the initial order has been sold the price will go to the regular
retail price of $14.95.
Thanks to those who purchased from the 1st Shipment! When I review the
sales at the end of this month, I will begin offering other items, such
as Mugs, T-Shirts, Jackets, key chains, etc.
I have already made a contribution to the NNHS65 Newsletter for support
of Carol's efforts toward keeping us NNHS Classmates informed of
noteworthy news; plus the Charity of Wounded Warriors Fund will receive
a donation check quarterly from the proceeds from Sales of these NNHS
In addition to the discounted prices for NNHS Logo Products, anyone
purchasing additional products from any of my websites may contact me
raglandtradingpost.com with info pertaining to your purchases
and I will send you a 20% refund of your total purchase price via Paypal
to your payment account. You may contact me at anytime for additional
information on these items and/or discounts offered.
Thank you so very
Man: Is this seat
Woman: Yes, and this one will be if you sit down.
DATES TO REMEMBER:
Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 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
May 14, 2014 - 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. Friday and Saturday,
25 and 26, 2014 -
Class of 1954 will hold a 60-YEAR REUNION in Newport News. Further info from Dr.
Harry Simpson at
804 694 0346
or Mickey Marcella at
757 249 3800
or Betty H. Neher at
757 898 5099
Y'all take care of each other!
TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have
Love to all, Carol
NNHS CLASS OF '65 WEB SITE:
PERSONAL WEB SITE:
Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309
THREE WAYS TO DONATE:
1. Visit the main page (http://www.nnhs65.com), scroll
halfway down, and click on the Pay Pal Donate Button (firstname.lastname@example.org);
Go to www.PayPal.com, log in,
select "Send Money (Services) to
Just mail it directly to my home. Thanks!
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!
and lyrics courtesy of
http://www.contemplator.com/tunebook/ireland.htm - 03/10/08
1846 Image of the Interior of an Irish Peasant's Cottage courtesy of
http://www.historyplace.com/worldhistory/famine/introduction.htm - 03/13/08
Image of Irish Potato Dinner courtesy of
Celtic Divider Line clip art courtesy of
Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
clip art courtesy of
http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Marine Corps Seal clip art
courtesy of the late
Herbert Hice of MI
one of my
who served in the South
Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!!
Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art
American School Logo courtesy of
http://www.americanschoolofcorr.com/grads.asp - 09/05/06
Crying Baby clip art courtesy of
http://www.barbspics.com/baby/babypage06index.html - 09/28/05 (resaved 02/27/09)
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