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03/14/16 - 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 - - Skibbereen - Oliver

BONUS #2 - - Skibbereen - 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, 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.



Monday, March 14, 1966 - Actor, director, and screenwriter Jonas Elmer was born in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Monday, March 14, 1966 - Actress and producer Elise Neal was born in Memphis, Tennessee.

Monday, March 14, 1966 - Actor, director, producer, and screenwriter Gary Anthony Williams was born in Fayetteville or Atlanta, Georgia,.

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 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

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 - 03/13/16:

A preacher was completing a temperance sermon. With great expression he said, "If I had all the beer in the world, I'd take it and throw it into the river."

With even greater emphasis, he said, "And if I had all the wine in the world, I'd take it and throw it into the river."

And then, finally, he said, "And if I had all the whiskey in the world, I'd take it and throw it into the river." He sat down.

The song leader then stood very cautiously and announced with a pleasant smile, "For our closing song, let us sing Hymn #365: 'Shall We Gather At the River.'"


1. Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 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.

2. Friday and Saturday, September 16 and 17, 2016 - The NNHS Class of 1966 will hold their 50-Year Reunion - OPEN TO ALL CLASSES. Friday Night: Meet and Greet at The Cove Restaurant, City Center, NN. Saturday Night: Marriott Hotel, City Center, NN.

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 03/09/16

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

   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!

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

Animated Air Force 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!

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

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