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03/15/08 - NNHS Newsletter
Black Velvet Band

“Beware the Ides of March.”

 - William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar Act 1, scene 2, 15–19

(The ides of March is the fifteenth; which day of the month the ides is
depends on a complicated system of calculation Caesar himself established
when he instituted the Julian calendar, a precursor of our own.
The ides of January, for example, is the thirteenth;
the ides of March, May, July and October is the fifteenth.)


Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   All this week leading up to St. Patrick's Day, we'll be singing Irish songs. This one describes transportation to Van Dieman's Land (Van Dieman's Land was changed to Tasmania, which is now part of Australia), a common punishment in 19th century Britain and Ireland until the 1850's. 

   I've long owned a copy of the Irish Rovers singing it, and it's a favorite of mine.  Unable to locate that version for you, I have two very different arrangements instead.  As it is a traditional folk song, you'll notice the lyrics will vary with each interpretation:

BONUS #1 - - The Dubliners

DOUBLE BONUS #2 - - The High Kings - The Black Velvet Band  AND The Wild Rover



1.   Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - "NNHS news":

I got your website from    Marty Whitmore McCoy ('67 - of VA) and would like to get the newsletters.  My brothers Bill ('68) and Garland ('70) graduated from NNHS.  My sister Kathy was in the class of 72 and had to go to Warwick.  This is a wonderful service and I will tell Bill and Kathy about it.  Garland drowned in a kayak accident in 2001.  He worked for NASA and loved to play Country music with bands in the tidewater area, even though he was profoundly deaf.  It really surprised people to learn that, as he could read lips.  More than once it got him into trouble at school for talking when the teacher called for quiet.  He is dearly missed.

     I'm in a little place (not even a town) in west central Florida called Lecanto (lee-can-toe). We have a piece of land (7.5ac) and rescue horses. My husband was born near here in Homosassa FL and works at the Nuclear power plant in Crystal River. We love it. It's warm, the fishing is good and the boating is great. Tampa (where our 20 and 21 year olds go to USF) is a little over an hour away, as is Orlando. There is always something to do. We also have two married daughters (31 and 29) and a son who passed away 2 years ago at 30. Five grand kids, all Florida Crackers like their Grandpa.

Thank you for a job very well done,
Ruth Ann Reece Horace

   Welcome aboard, Ruth Ann!  I just added your name to my address book and to the Alumni and Contact Pages for your Class, and your comment to Garland's name on the In Memoriam page for the Class of 1970:

   Give our best to Bill and Kathy, and of course, they're welcome to join us.  Thanks!


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

   Happy Birthday this week to:
16 - 
   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    Wade Scott ('66) of MO;
19 -
   Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!

     From Me ('65) of NC - 03/13/08 - "Don't forget to search for the leprechauns on Monday morning!":

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 03/14/08 - "BEACON - 04 OCT 63 (Part Two of Two)":


Friday, October 4, 1963 Friday, October 4, 1963 Friday, October 4, 1963 Friday, October 4, 1963
Page Three - TOP Page Three - BOTTOM Page Four - TOP Page Four - BOTTOM

   OH, GOODY - a new set! Thank you, Brown Eyes!

  From Christine Wilson Starkman ('68) of CA - 03/14/08 - "Homework!":

Dear Carol,
I was up all night viewing versions of this lovely song! I've never heard the Irish lyrics before. Beautiful! I found this moving version, sung by a soldier who is currently stationed in Irag. Perhaps we can post some Typhoon comments? - Red Is the Rose

I attended grade school in New York City, where St. Patrick's day is a national holiday. We learned all the popular songs (my favorite was "Galway Bay") and dancing our version of the Irish jig. So each year, my family is treated to at least four days of Irish Chrissie!  
Speaking of genealogy, I am Dutch/French Huguenot on my father's side. My grandmother Boutellier was from Nova Scotia. Maybe we're cousins?
Erin go Bragh! and Typhoons Forever!

   Thanks so much for this link, Chris! YouTube always welcomes comments, and it would be nice to see some from among the Typhoon Nation!

   And I've thought for some time if we keep searching far enough back, we'll find just how closely we all seem to be related to one another. Here's a link to some of my pedigree charts (about 2/3 down the page; those particular lines would begin on Charts #6 and 7), but we'd probably need to go back a few more generations to find that relationship. If any of these names or places seem even vaguely familiar to you, let me know and I can provide that earlier information back much further:

   That would be so cool!

  From Christine Wilson Starkman ('68) of CA - 03/14/08 - "Check out YouTube - Shanagolden":

I know this tune as "The Riddle Song." - Shanagolden

   So nice - thanks again, Chris!

From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 03/14/08:

Thanks Carol, you have been busy.

I noticed 
 Johnny Mitchell ('57 - of VA) had a birthday.  I have not heard about him in over 40 years.  He was on the Apprentice School football team with me.  He is of course a lot older than me.

   Oh, of course! Much, much older - at least a couple of years! Johnny's not really on our mailing list, but I saw him last fall at     Evelyn's (Fryer Fish, Head Cheerleader of 1958, of TX) Birthday Party for All of Us at Buckroe Beach

   For some really great vintage Johnny stories, don't miss this link.  Be sure to have some tissues handy.  You might just laugh so hard you'll cry:


   Thanks, Norris!

  From Butch Ragland ('63) of CO - 03/14/08:

Hi Carol!
I hope this finds you feeling much better!  Also, our prayers are with all our classmates and friends who are experiencing health problems, with wishes for speedy recovery.
I wanted to drop a note of thanks to     Jerry Blanchard (62 - of VA) for his trip down memory lane with the "Gas Stations of Yesteryear" and our "Nostalgia Guru"        Dave Spriggs (64 - of VA) for all the recent "THE BEACON" postings.
I am sure that I am not alone in my enjoyment of these segments of history.  Thanks for this little gift to all us Old Typhoons!
God Bless,
Butch Ragland, 63
Colorado Springs, CO

   Thanks so much, Butch! I'm glad you enjoyed these two projects as much as I did! And our thanks extend to the anonymous donor who sent all those Beacons to David! I'm regaining sections of my own personal history that I thought were forever lost in time and space - and having an enormous amount of fun in the process.

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 03/15/08 - "Tom the Baptist":

  Johnny's mother looked out the window and noticed him "playing church" with their cat. He had the cat sitting quietly and he was preaching to it. She smiled and went about her work.

A while later she heard loud meowing and hissing and ran back to the open window to see Johnny baptizing the cat in a tub of water.

She called out, "Johnny, stop that! The cat is afraid of water!"

Johnny looked up at her and said, "He should have thought about that before he joined my church."

  Joyce Cahoon

       Thanks, Joyce!

PRAYER ROLL (arranged alphabetically, but not necessarily complete):

1.   Jerry Allen ('65) of VA - began radiation for cancer last week of February; it was delayed when he was diagnosed with pneumonia on 02/20/08; update of 03/11/08: recovered from pneumonia, is in his third week of radiation, and seems to be doing well. He is back at work and comes home tired, but overall, he is in pretty good shape.

2.   Connie Bloxom Thompson ('66) of MD - multiple heath and financial issues; needing cataract surgery to prevent inevitable blindness ASAP; update of 03/11/08: "SO FAR, 1/2 FUNDS FOR 1 EYE PROCEDURE"

3. My Friend Judy of IL -  shoulder replacement surgery - 04/22/08

4. Clyde Bryant ('58) of PA - heart replacement surgery - 12/13/07

5.      Me ('65) of NC - recent escalation of shortness of breath, heart and blood pressure problems plus the usual .....; update of 03/12/08: not a great deal of change; still ups and downs

6.   Evelyn Casey Snead ('57) of VA - gallbladder surgery on 03/12/08

7. Emily (daughter of My Niece Shari) of VA - advancing scoliosis; surgery 03/11/08; update of 03/12/08: surgery went well, running slight fever

8. Karen Hampton (Hampton HS - '64) of VA - knee surgery on 03/13/08

9.         My Daughter, Adrienne Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL) of NC - slight brain concussion - 03/09/08 - update of 03/14/08: still taking it easy, but probably progressing as well as can be expected

10. Frances Heath Scott ('62) of VA - inflammation of nerves; due to have been released from hospital on 02/27/08

11.   Heidi Hice MacKay of MI and her Family - stressing over their beloved patriarch since late January 2008; update of 03/10/08: still needing our prayers

12.       Herb Hice of MI and the MacKay Family - triple bypass surgery plus carotid artery cleanup - @ 01/25/08; update of 03/10/08: still being sedated while not on the ventilator, but made it for nine hours on 03/09/08; "holding his own"

13. Deloris Jackson Morgan ('66) of VA? - recovering from surgery on her ankle

14. Linda Lamb Stokes (Hampton HS - '66) of VA - surgery of the cervical spine on 3/5/08 to place a new stainless steel plate and screws to eliminate extremely severe pain; update of 03/13/08: "better, but still a bit away from 'good'"

15. Patsy Lewis Hancock ('57) of VA - suffered second massive heart attack - 01/31/08; update of 03/13/08: "is doing very well.  She is taking some kind of cardio rehab therapy and she is feeling well enough that she has gone back to work.  She's only working 1/2 days..."

16.       John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA - lumbar surgery to fix a spinal stenosis [ laminectomy]; will also involve fusion of vertebrae - 02/05/08

17. Pam Pennington Cherry ('58) of VA - congestive heart failure; cardiac ablation procedure - 02/06/08; second surgery on 02/20/08 for aneurysm

18.   Catherine Slusser Hudson ('64) of VA - recent surgery on right knee

19.     Jimmy Smith ('62) of VA - suffered heart attack 02/13/08

20. All of Us


1. Friday and Saturday, May 16 - 17, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1958

   Y'all have a good weekend - and take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
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Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305  
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Black Velvet Band

Her eyes they shone like the diamonds
You'd think she was queen of the land
And her hair hung over her shoulder
Tied up with a black velvet band.

In a neat little town they call Belfast
Apprenticed to trade I was bound
And many an hour's sweet happiness
I spent in that neat little town.
Till bad misfortune came o'er me
That caused me to stray from the land
Far away from my friends and relations
To follow the black velvet band.

Well, I was out strolling one evening
Not meaning to go very far
When I met with a pretty young damsel
Who was selling her trade in the bar.
When I watched, she took from a customer
And slipped it right into my hand
Then the Watch came and put me in prison
Bad luck to the black velvet band.

Next morning before judge and jury
For a trial I had to appear
And the judge, he said, "You young fellows...
The case against you is quite clear
And seven long years is your sentence
You're going to Van Dieman's Land
Far away from your friends and relations
To follow the black velvet band."

So come all you jolly young fellows
I'd have you take warning by me
Whenever you're out on the liquor, me lads,
Beware of the pretty colleen.
She'll fill you with whiskey and porter
Until you're not able to stand
And the very next thing that you'll know, me lads,
You're landed in Van Dieman's Land.

"Black Velvet Band" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 03/10/08

 Celtic Heart clip art derived from Celtic Heart Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 10/05/05

Multicolored Celtic Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 10/31/05

Animated "NEW" clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

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

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

Fiddling Leprechaun clip art courtesy of - 03/17/06

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!!

Animated Laughter clip art courtesy of Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 01/24/06
Thanks, Janice!

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

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

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of - 07/07/06

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
Thanks, Al!

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