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03/15/19 - 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 - 03/15/19 - "Don't forget to search for the leprechauns on Sunday morning!":

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


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 (d. 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 FL 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!


200 YEARS AGO TODAY:
March 15, 1819 - French physicist Augustin Fresnel was adjudged the winner of the Grand Prix of the Académie des Sciences for his "Memoir on the Diffraction of Light", which verified the Fresnel integrals, accounted for the limited extent to which light spreads into shadows, and thereby demolished Newton's initial objection to the wave theory of light.


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 1969:

March 15, 1969 - The 8th Canadian Minister of Health, Rona Ambrose, was born Ronalee Chapchuk in Valleyview, Alberta, Canada.

March 15, 1969 - Footballer and coach Gianluca Festa was born in Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy.

March 15, 1969 - Jockey Yutaka Take (武 豊) was born in Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan.

March 15, 1969 - Actor and screenwriter Miles Malleson (b. William Miles Malleson on 25 May 1888 in Croydon, Surrey, England) died in London, England following surgery to remove cataracts at the age of 80.

March 15, 1969 - The 33rd Yokozuna, Musashiyama Takeshi (武藏山 武), (b. 05 Dec 1909 in Kohoku ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan) died at the age of 59.


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 - 03/09/18:

   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 Carlene Matthews Vannoy ('60 / '64) of VA - 03/14/18, 12:59 PM:

 

 Thanks, Carlene!

 
 


  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 - 02/25/19 - "Beautiful Rainbows Of Ireland & Other Irish Themed Things" (#12 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!

 
 


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 RECIPE:

Irish Soda Bread - "This is the best Irish soda bread I've ever had. It's lighter and softer than most others I've tried. We like slices spread with whipped butter..."


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 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 hokie13mom@cox.net

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:  www.nnhs1964.com; CONTACT: David Spriggs at nnhs64@cox.net.


PRAYER ROLL:

http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 01/08/19

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

Small Shamrock Button plucked from Small Shamrock Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars6.html - 03/10/09

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!

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

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 https://tearsfromalonelygod.wordpress.com/2009/10/08/a-drop-in-the-bucket - 05/23/16

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