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03/14/15 - 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,   

    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 - - Oliver

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


HOMEWORK - highly recommended today:

   Now draw your own conclusions.....


   Happy Birthday today to  Claudia Dellapenta Melgaard ('63) of VA!

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

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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;

20 -       My Late Cousin, Stuart Atkinson (Warsaw HS - '63) (d. 10 Sept 2013) 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 AND      My Granddaughter (by My Children of Other Parents) Jane Mansfield of TX!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 


March 14, 1915 - World War I: Cornered off the coast of Chile by the Royal Navy after fleeing the Battle of the Falkland Islands, the German light cruiser SMS Dresden was abandoned and scuttled by her crew.


March 14, 1939 - Slovakia declared independence under German pressure.

March 14, 1942 - Orvan Hess and John Bumstead became the first in the United States successfully to treat a patient, Anne Miller, using penicillin.

March 14, 1943 - The Kraków Ghetto was 'liquidated'.

March 14, 1945 - The R.A.F.: first operational use of the Grand Slam bomb, Bielefeld, Germany.


Sunday, March 14, 1965 - Baseball player Kevin Brown was born James Kevin Brown in Milledgeville, Georgia.

Sunday, March 14, 1965 - Actor, director, and producer Aamir Khan was born Mohammed Aamir Hussain Khan in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.

Sunday, March 14, 1965 - Actress, television host, and author Kiana Tom was born in Maui, Hawaii.

Sunday, March 14, 1965 - Guitarist, songwriter, and producer (Yes, Conspiracy, Lodgic, and Yoso) Billy Sherwood was born William Wyman Sherwood in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Sunday, March 14, 1965 - Cricketer John Stephenson was born John Patrick Stephenson in Stebbing, Essex, England.

Sunday, March 14, 1965 - Actor, director, producer, and screenwriter Kevin Williamson was born Kevin Meade Williamson in New Bern, North Carolina.

Sunday, March 14, 1965 - Tennis player Marion Jones Farquhar (b. 02 Nov 1879 in Gold Hill, Nevada) died in Los Angeles, California at the age of 85.

From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 03/13/15:

“Every action is preceded by thought. If we want to control our actions, we must control our thinking.”

- David O. McKay
(08 Sept 1873 - 18 Jan 1970)

    Thanks so much, Susan!


From Kitty Dichtel Heffington (Ferguson HS - '73) and  Terry Heffington (Warwick HS - '66) of VA - 03/13/15, 7:33 PM - "    Meyera (Ellenson) Oberndorf Obituary | WAVY-TV":

Hi Carol...

I don't know if she went to NN High School or not, but you might want to check. She really left this entire area a much better place.

Hope you are doing ok now.
Take care,

Kitty and Terry Heffington
Newport News, VA

   Oh, no! I'm so sorry to learn this! Thank you, Kitty and Terry! No need to check; I remember Meyera and the entire Ellenson family quite well. She was indeed an amazing woman, and a member of the Class of 1958.

  From Nancy Gordon Schreier ('60) of VA - 03/13/15, 10:39 PM - "    Meyera Ellenson Oberndorf":


The Virginian-Pilot has published the obit on Meyera Ellenson Obendorf from NN and the former Mayor of might want to check it out...I believe she graduated in 59.

Nancy Gordon Schreier

   Thank you so much, Nancy! May her memory be for a blessing always.

  From Jane Chambers of VA - 03/13/15 - "Steve Pullen":

Dear Carol,

My records for CNC's class of 1967 include this Steve Pullen, DECEASED. Is he the same person you have listed as having a birthday this month?


Jane Chambers
   Ummm, thanks, Jane, I'm not sure! The late Steve Pullen of the Class of 1965 did graduate from CNC, but something's amiss somewhere. His full name was William Stephen Pullen, and he did die on 22 Apr 2012, but his birthday was 10 Nov 1946.

   I'm so confused.....


From Jimmy Walker ('62) of VA - 02/14/15 - "Information for the Letter":

Is there any Typhoon alumnus out there that likes to work on classic cars? I have a 1973 Ford Mustang Convertible that needs some engine work. It’s on my bucket list to get it going by June so I can cruise Buckroe Beach in style. If you have the time and knowledge call or text me at 757-788-9713 or email me at Thanks.

Jimmy Walker

NNHS Class of 1962

   COOL! Certainly, Jimmy! We've run this for a full month now, and I've not heard a peep. I hope you have!  

    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 03/12/15 - "GOSPEL MUSIC CRUISE":


If you would like The Matt Jones Group in one of your church services, message me,
Lisa Michelle Dye. Also, come sail with us on the Shipp Family Gospel Cruise in November!

   COOL BEANS! Thanks, Glenn - and Lisa! Y'all have fun!

    From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA -  03/13/15 - "Just Once":

  Thanks, Joyce!


“Gentlemen, listen to me slowly.”

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

  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA -
02/24/15 - "Assorted Ironies (#12 in a Series of 14)":
  Thanks, Dearest Judy!

       From George Helliesen ('61) of MI - 02/12/15 - "Had to Send..... So Relevant ! (#6 in a Series of 11)":

       PRECISELY! Thanks, George!

  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 02/24/15 - "Taken At Just The Right Moment (#2 in a Series of 31)":
  February was a stressful month for many of us… take the time to relax and check out these!

     Thank you, Dearest Judy!


BONUS IRISH CROCHET PATTERNS: - Jessica Fediw's 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." - Sara Sach's 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." -
Lucky Shamrocks Afghan - "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 decoration too."

BONUS IRISH RECIPES: - Imen McDonald's 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 Show. "


From - 03/13/15:

A lady walked into the drugstore and asked the pharmacist for some arsenic.

"Ma'am, what do you want with arsenic?"

"To kill my husband."

"I can't sell you arsenic to kill a person!"

The lady laid down a photo of a man and a woman in a compromising position.

The man was her husband and the woman was the pharmacist's wife.

He took the photo, and nodded, "I didn't realize you had a prescription!"


1. Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 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.

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

                          Love to all, Carol







Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309


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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!

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

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!

Ferguson High School's Anchor clip art courtesy of Steve Silsby (FHS - '72) of NC - 12/14/05
Thanks, Steve!

Animated Silly Bear (designed by AF Artist - Ryan Hagen) courtesy of - 10/04/05

Animated Laughing Kitty courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 10/08/07
Thanks, Al!

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

Animated Laughing Cat courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 07/29/08
Thanks, Joyce!

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

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