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03/14/19 - 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, 

   We're still celebrating this week 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: - "The Great Irish Potato Famine of the 1840s is now recognised as the worst humanitarian disaster of nineteenth century Europe. In 1841 the population of Ireland was over 8.5 million people. By 1850, at least one million people had died in terrible conditions while more than 1.25 million emigrated as refugees..."

   Now draw your own conclusions.....


    From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 03/13/19, 2:06 PM - "NNHS CLASS OF 1964 - 55-YEAR REUNION DATE & LOCATION":

Hello Classmates,

Your Reunion Committee is pleased to announce that we now have a date and location for our 55-Year Reunion. MARK YOUR CALENDARS AND SAVE THE DATE.

Our Reunion will take place on October 11 & 12, 2019, at the Holiday Inn Newport News - City Center.

This was formerly the Omni Hotel, where we held or 40th Reunion. It is now a Holiday Inn and has been completely refurbished.

Please begin regularly visiting our reunion website:

We will soon begin loading information there for our events, reservations, and lodging.

We have reserved a block of rooms there for your lodging convenience. Details coming soon.

We look forward to seeing all of you in October.

The NNHS Class of 1964 - 55-Year Reunion Committee:

Angie Ray Smith
Charles Forrest
Cookie Phillips Tyndall
David Spriggs
Gail Latta Pearce
Jane Coltrain Leonard
Judy Weckleman McPherson
Linda Lane Lane
Raymond Staton
Sandi Williams Patrick
Sue Miller Dearnley
Tom Flax

   SUPER-DE-DUPER! Thank you, Captain! I've added this to all the usual places! Y'all have fun!


   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 (d. 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 FL 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.


March 14, 1969 - Drummer and producer Michael Bland was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

March 14, 1969 - Basketball player and actor Larry Johnson was born Lawrence Demetric Johnson in Tyler, Texas.

March 14, 1969 - Painter, illustrator, and educator Ben Shahn (b. 12 Sept 1898 in Kaunas, Lithuania [then part of the Russian Empire]) died in New York City, New York at the age of 70.

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 Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 03/14/18:

   Thank you, Joan!


  From Mark Hutcherson ('66) of VA - 03/10/19:

   Thanks, Mark!


  From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 03/13/18:

   Thanks, Domi!


    From My Cousin, Jean Atkinson Mallory (Warsaw HS / Rappahannock HS / John Marshall HS - '65) of VA - 03/13/18:

   Thanks, Jean!


From My Friend, Mariel, of NC - 03/12/18:


 Thanks, Mariel!



“Gentlemen, listen to me slowly.”

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

 From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 02/25/19 - "Beautiful Rainbows Of Ireland & Other Irish Themed Things" (#11 in a Series of 19):

  "Seeing a rainbow at any time, either in your waking life or in your dream world is always a wonderful thing. And it means the same thing in both places. A rainbow is a universal symbol of hope, luck, fortune, and wishes coming true."

-Author Unknown

   OOH! Thank you, Shari!



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."


Women's Irish Knit Cardigan - "Use this free knitting pattern to make your own Women's Irish Knit Cardigan. I love the cozy cables on this sweater!"


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 - 03/13/18:

Six-year old Angie and her four-year old brother, Joel, were sitting together in church. Joel giggled, sang, and talked out loud.

Finally, his big sister had had enough. "You're not supposed to talk out loud in church."

"Why? Who's going to stop me?" Joel asked.

Angie pointed to the back of the church and said, "See those two men standing by the door? They're hushers."


1. Every Tuesday, 7:30 AM - Male grads meet at Angelo's Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard for breakfast and camaraderie.

2. Wednesday, May 08, 2019 -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, August 2, 2019 - Sunday, August 4, 2019 - The NNHS Class of 1969 will hold their 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott at City Center in Newport News. CONTACT: Jean Baker Howell at

4. Friday, October 11, 2019 - Saturday, October 12, 2019 - The NNHS Class of 1964
will hold their 55-Year Reunion at the Holiday Inn Newport News - City Center (formerly the Omni). SEE:; CONTACT: David Spriggs at

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 01/08/19

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

Small Shamrock Button plucked from Small Shamrock Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 03/10/09

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

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of - 05/29/06

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

Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Animated Air Force Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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

Animated Laughing Frog courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon of VA - 05/31/08
Thanks, Joyce!

Animated Laughing Frog courtesy of Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 07/16/08
Thanks, Wayne!

John Marshall High School's Justice Scale clip art courtesy of Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05 (replaced 02/23/09)
Thanks, Cheryl!

Animated Dancing Snoopy courtesy of Billy Turner ('65) of TX - 11/26/08
Thanks, Billy Turner!

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

Tiny Green Heart courtesy of John Patterson ('59) of TN - 03/17/13
Thanks, John!

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