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03/14/17 - 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.



Tuesday, March 14, 1967 - The body of U.S. President John F. Kennedy was moved to a permanent burial place at Arlington National Cemetery..

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 Adrian Whitcomb ('67) of VA - 03/13/17 - "Key Arguments for the City Farm Remaining Part of Riverview Farm Park":

Key Arguments for the City Farm Remaining Part of Riverview Farm Park

Among the various things that I’ve written about before on what we need to do, there are two that I want to make clear here.

(1) We must emphasize that the economics are on our side.

We must counter the pro-development side’s strongest argument with a stronger argument. They say that developing the City Farm will increase the city’s tax base and therefore lower the taxes of everyone else. I would respond, “How much has all of the development in the past five years lowered our taxes?” 205 houses is a minor addition compared to the more than 76,900 housing units presently in Newport News. Even under the most optimistic of circumstances, an individual’s tax bill would only change by a few dollars.

Consider this question from the March 6, 2017 Town Hall:

If you were a real estate agent 5 years from now and trying to sell houses in the now existing neighborhoods of the Menchville / Denbigh area which would you rather be able to tell your clients?

(A) A neighborhood of half-million dollar houses was built on the last piece of public waterfront in this area of Newport News.

(B) There is a world-class waterfront park within easy driving or bicycling distance.

Since Newport News is pretty much built-out at this point, the overwhelming majority of houses sold in the future will not be new.

We need to improve the quality of life in the neighborhoods that now exist, and not overdevelop our city. That will help to maintain and increase the value of our present housing stock.

(2) We must show that the masses of people are on our side.

We need to use visual means as much as possible. Multiple videos of different groups expressing vocally their support for the park will help. That is why I have been making the videos of people singing a song of support. The pro-development side can’t do this. They can’t assemble large groups of people voluntarily singing a song supporting development.

Continuing to attend our meetings, city council meetings, and other public meetings related to land use in Newport News will help our cause. We need to gather more signatures on the petition. We need to put more signs in our yards and elsewhere throughout the city.

The Town Hall was a great success. There are videos on our website

I do realize that some of you would have wanted to have the questions asked differently. The important thing was to cover the topic well and and not get sidetracked on issues that will be decided after the initial decision to keep the City Farm public and not sell any of the land is confirmed by the city council.

As always suggestions are welcome by e-mail.

Our next meeting will be on March 20, 7:00 PM, at the Grissom Library. Councilman Marcellus Harris has the same room for a 4:30-7:00 PM meeting. You are encouraged to attend part of his meeting to advocate on behalf of the park. Please check the Calendar page on our website regularly for upcoming meetings and events.

Thanks for your interest and involvement,

Adrian Whitcomb
President, Citizens for Riverview Farm Park
PO Box 1476, Newport News, VA 23601

   Thank you for your continued diligence, Adrian!

  From Me ('65) of NC - 03/13/17 - "Fayetteville's BIG Snow of Sunday, March 12, 2015!":

  Ya know the best part about that dusting of snow we had here in Fayetteville on Sunday?

    That's right! It afforded me the opportunity to add another "snow" square to my Temperature Gauge Afghan!

Monday, March 13, 2017 - Fayetteville, NC


“Gentlemen, listen to me slowly.”

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

 From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 02/27/17 - "Good Stuff (#14 in a Series of 19)":


GOOD STUFF, INDEED! Thank you, Shari!


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." -
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 - 03/13/17:

Dad: "Say Daddy!"
Baby: "Mommy!"

Dad: "Come on, say Daddy!"
Baby: "Mommy!"

Dad: "Darn it, say Daddy!"

[Mom comes home and joins the conversation.]
Mom: "Honey, I'm home!"
Baby: "Darn it!"

Mom: "Who taught you that?"
Baby: "Daddy!"
Dad: ...


1. Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 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, June 23 and 24, 2017 - The NNHS Class of 1962 will hold their 55-Year Reunion at Doubletree Hotel, 50 Kingsmill Road, Williamsburg, VA. SEE: and CONTACT:

3. Friday and Saturday, September 22 and 23, 2017 - The NNHS Class of 1967 will hold their 50-Year Reunion.

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 03/11/17

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

"Never underestimate
the power of a drop
in the bucket."


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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

Jeffrey Holman's Image "A Drop in the Bucket" courtesy of  - 05/23/16

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