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03/15/18 - 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 celebrating with Irish songs.

  This is one of my favorites. It 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 have three different arrangements for you. As it is a traditional folk song, you'll notice the lyrics will vary with each interpretation:

BONUS #1 - The Black Velvet Band - The Irish Rovers

BONUS #2 - The Black Velvet Band - The Dubliners

BONUS #3 - The Black Velvet Band - Luke Kelly, 1970


HOMEWORK:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van_Diemen's_Land

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penal_transportation


REMINDER:

  From Me ('65) of NC - 03/15/18 - "Don't forget to search for the leprechauns on Saturday morning!":

http://www.chiff.com/a/leprechaun.htm



SAD NEWS:

From Elaine Vasilas Miller ('64) of GA - 03/15/18, 1:16 and 1:20 AM:

My dearest son, Steven (Miller), died. I miss him so very much.

A month later, my sister, Fay (Vasilas Luksteid), passed away.

   Oh, Elaine, I am so extremely sorry!   You have my deepest sympathies. May their memories be eternal.


 From Maureen O'Brien Lowder ('68) of VA - 03/15/18 - " Debbie Phaup Secosky - Class of 1968":

Debbie was from the Class of ‘68. So sad to see this. She was always so cheerful and funny.

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dailypress/obituary.aspx?n=deborah-gail-secosky-phaup&pid=188458215

   Oh, Maureen, what very sad news! My sincerest condolences on the loss of your classmate.



THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:

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

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to  The late Bill Gross (deceased 22 Mar 2014) AND  Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA AND Jacque Ray Fisher ('66) of NC!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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;

22 -   Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!

http://www.nnhs65.com/Happy-Birthday.htm


THIS DAY IN WWII:

March 15, 1933 - Austrian Chancellor Engelbert Dollfuss kept members of the National Council from convening, starting the austrofascist dictatorship.

March 15, 1939 - German troops occupied the remaining part of Bohemia and Moravia; Czechoslovakia ceases to exist.

March 15, 1939 - Carpatho-Ukraine declared itself an independent republic, but was annexed by Hungary the next day.

March 15, 1943 - Third Battle of Kharkov – the Germans retook the city of Kharkov from the Soviet armies in bitter street fighting.

March 15, 1945 - Soviet forces began an offensive to push Germans from Upper Silesia.
 


 


THIS DAY IN 1968:

Thursday, March 15, 1968 - Singer-songwriter and television host Mark McGrath was born Mark Sayers McGrath in Hartford, Connecticut.

Thursday, March 15, 1968 - The Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Terje Riis-Johansen, was born in Skien, Telemark, Norway.

Thursday, March 15, 1968 - Singer-songwriter Sabrina Salerno was born Norma Sabrina Salerno in Genoa, Liguria, Italy.


From My Friend, Daniel, of UT - 03/10/15:

“All that is contrary to the will of God is as poison to your spiritual life and must be shunned as you would avoid labeled poisons in your medicine cabinets at home.”

- Harold B. Lee
(28 Sept 1899 - 26 Dec 1973)


    Thanks so much, Daniel!


From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 03/15/18:

   Thank you, Joan!
 
 


From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 03/08/18:

   Thank you, Susan! Happy St. Patrick's Day to you!  
 
 


  From Pat Beck Letzinger ('57) of VA - 03/13/18:

   BRILLIANT! Thank you, Pat!
 
 


  From Mary Massey Lyle ('61) of PA - 03/14/18:

  I stopped using this about 5 years ago. Read so much about it's harmfulness. Worse than sugar.

   ABSOLUTELY! Thank you, Mary! These dangers were well documented years ago. The fact that it's still on the market is unconscionable.

 
 


    From My Cousin, Cheryl White Wilson (James Blair HS / John Marshall HS - '64) of VA - 03/14/18: 

 

 Thanks, Cheryl!

 
 


  From Me ('65) of NC - 03/14/18:

 

 

 
 


“Don't worry about the war. It's all over but the shooting.”

- Samuel Goldwyn, film producer
(17 Aug  1882 - 31 Jan
1974)


 From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 03/10/18 - "Wishing you a happy Saint Patrick's Day" (#5 in a Series of 8):

   Thank you, Shari! Happy St. Patrick's Day to you!
 
 


From Wayne Agee ('58) of FL -
02/12/18 - "ONE WORD ESSAYS ... Beautiful!" (#25 in a Series of 26):

 

  May your troubles be less...

May your blessings be more...

May nothing but happiness come through your door.

   Thank you, Wayne!

Tenacity
 


BONUS IRISH CROCHET PATTERN:

Lucky Shamrock Coaster - "Use this Lucky Shamrock Coaster pattern to bring some St. Patrick's Day charm to your table. This crochet coaster pattern is easy and you'll be able to work some up in no time. It's a practical and cute decoration for your holiday party!"


BONUS IRISH KNIT PATTERN:

Knitted Aran Sweater Pattern
 


BONUS IRISH RECIPES:

Irish Recipes - "Looking for Irish recipes? Find delicious Irish recipes including corned beef and cabbage, Irish potatoes recipes, and more Irish recipes."


FINALLY:

From http://www.ajokeaday.com - 03/14/18:

I went to a restaurant. It was full. There was no place to sit and the wait was over thirty minutes.

I took out my cell phone, placed it to my ear, and said loudly, "Hey, get over here! She's here with someone else!"

Six couples got up and quickly left.


DATES TO REMEMBER:

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 09, 2018 -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.


PRAYER ROLL:

http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 02/21/18

BLOG:

http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11



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

                          Love to all, Carol
 

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910-584-8802

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

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3. Just mail it directly to my home. Thanks! 


Black Velvet Band

Chorus:
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 http://www.contemplator.com/tunebook/ireland.htm - 03/10/08
 
Celtic Knot clip art courtesy of http://www.ireland-information.com/celticclipart/celticclipart.htm - 03/14/11

Multicolored Celtic Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.ireland-information.com/celticclipart/celticclipart.htm - 10/31/05

Fiddling Leprechaun clip art courtesy of http://d21c.com/AnnesPlace/StPatricks.html - 03/17/06

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 http://www.angelfire.com/ny4/KevsGifsGalore/Patriotic.html - 06/18/03

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06

Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of http://www.hillsboroschools.net/schools/hhs/activities/music2/Band/bio.html - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

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

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 Wildly Laughing Dog courtesy of Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 11/24/07
Thanks, Eva!

Jeffrey Holman's Image "A Drop in the Bucket" courtesy of https://tearsfromalonelygod.wordpress.com/2009/10/08/a-drop-in-the-bucket - 05/23/16

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