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05/21/18 - NNHS Newsletter - Whit Monday

“How can we not give thanks to God for the wonders the Spirit has never ceased to accomplish in these two millenniums
of Christian life? Indeed, the event of grace at Pentecost has continued to bear its marvellous fruits, everywhere instilling
apostolic zeal, a desire for contemplation, the commitment to live and serve God
and our brothers and sisters with complete dedication.”

Pope St. John Paul II, May 31, 1998
(18 May 1920 - 02 Apr 2005)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

     I do believe we've never marked this observance here before, but as yesterday was Pentecost, today is Whit Sunday.

GOOFY BONUS - Whit Monday - The Beatles, 196_




Many Christians in the United States will observe Whit Monday, or Pentecost Monday. It is the day after Pentecost, also known as Whit Sunday or Whitsunday, which commemorates the Holy Ghost's descent on Jesus Christ's disciples, according to the New Testament of the Bible.

What Do People Do?

Some churches in the United States organize Whit Monday prayer rallies, which include prayers and street marches. Many churches acknowledge Whit Monday as part of Whitsun Week, or Whitsuntide, which includes Whit Sunday, or Pentecost.

Public Life

Whit Monday is not a federal public holiday in the United States, but it is in France and elsewhere.


Christian Pentecost commemorates the Holy Spirit’s visit to the apostles who received the “gift of tongues” on the 50th day after Easter.  It also marks the birth of the Christian Church. Although it is not certain when Pentecost was first observed by Christians, it may have been early as the first century. Pentecost occurs roughly seven weeks after Easter Sunday, or 50 days after Easter, including Easter Day. Like Pentecost, Whit Monday is movable because it is determined by the Easter date. The Easter date depends on the ecclesiastical approximation of the March equinox.

Whit Monday used to be one of the major annual holidays in Pennsylvania Dutch country in the United States. From around 1835 to just after the Civil War, Whit Monday was referred to as the “Dutch Fourth of July” in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where people came to eat, drink and be entertained.

In some Orthodox churches, Whit Monday is observed after the date set by the western churches. This is because some Orthodox churches still observe holidays according to the Julian calendar, which preceded the Gregorian calendar adopted by many western churches.


Whit Monday gets its English name from Whitsunday, or Whit Sunday, which referred to the white garments worn on Pentecost by the newly baptized. The symbols of Pentecost are those of the Holy Spirit and include flames, wind, and a dove.



   Happy Whit Monday Birthday today to  Faye Merritt Houk ('66) of VA!  

   Happy National Maritime Day Birthday tomorrow to Judy Blechman Morenoff ('57) AND Wayne Boger ('64) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

24 - Zoe Pappas Marcopoulds ('57) AND Betsy Wilson Ellis ('57);

25 - The late Edna Martin Clemence ('57) (deceased 04 Nov 2009);

26 -  Stacy Dorn Davis ('64) of OR;

27 - Mary Johnson Weaver ('57)!

   Many Happy Returns to You All



May 21, 1939 -The Canadian National War Memorial was unveiled by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in Ottawa.

May 21, 1940 - A Nazi "special unit" began murdering more than 1,500 hospital patients in East Prussia. The operation of killing the "unfit" mentally ill patients took 18 days.

May 21, 1941 - The first U.S. ship, the SS Robin Moor, was sunk by a U-boat.

May 21, 1942 - 4,300 Jews were deported from Chelm, Poland, to the Nazi extermination camp at Sobibor.
May 21, 1942 - The German company IG Farben set up a factory just outside of Auschwitz, in order to take advantage of Jewish slave laborers.



Monday, May 21, 1968 - Director, producer, and screenwriter Ilmar Raag was born in Kuressaare, Estonia.

Monday, May 21, 1968 - Rower Matthias Ungemach was born in Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia, West Germany.

Monday, May 21, 1968 - Actress and singer Julie Vega was born Julie Pearl Apostol Postigo in Quezon City, Philippines. She died of pneumonia in Quezon City, Philippines on 05 May 1995, fifteen days before her 17th birthday.

Monday, May 21, 1968 - Actress Doris Lloyd (b. Hessy Doris Lloyd on 03 July 1896 in Walton, Liverpool, Lancashire, England) died in Santa Barbara, California at the age of 71.


From My Friend, Christine, of NC - 04/20/15:

“How we live our religion is far more important than what we may say about our religion.

- Robert D. Hales
(24 Aug 1932 - 01 Oct 2017)

    Thanks so much, Christine!


From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 05/21/18:
  Thank you, Joan!


   From My #4 Son, Joshua Harty ( Hillsboro HS, IL - '95) of IL - 05/20/18 - "  Kaiya and the Baby Bunny":

     Kaiya caught a baby bunny yesterday.    Kim (Hillsboro HS, IL / Richard Milburn Academy, FL - '03 - of IL) was doing yard work, raking up lawn clippings, and apparently took the roof off their nest. They took off in every direction, but apparently weren't very fast.

     AWW! Thank you, Joshua, that's such a sweet image!



From Wayne Agee ('58) of FL - 05/18/18 - "THIS IS WHY EXERCISE GYMS WERE NOT NEEDED IN THE 50s and 60'S ......":

Exercise 1950's Style

If you like jitterbugging this one is a good one.



   INDEED!  Thank you, Wayne!


 From Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA - 05/18/18:

  Thanks, Jerry!


From Joshua's Mother-in-Law, Cheryl, of FL - 05/17/18 - "Organic Weed Spray":

  Thank you, Cheryl!


“Please follow me because I have to follow him and he isn't here.

- Eugene Ormandy, conductor
(18 Nov 1899 - 12 Mar


 From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 05/20/18 - "Good and Beautiful Flowers" (#1 in a Series of 19):

  Turn off your t.v.
Turn off your cell phone.
Power down your computer.
Turn off your mind chatter.
Sit still and connect to the divine.
Do this for at least ten minutes a day.
You'll be surprised at the guidance that comes through.
--A student of life

     Thank you, Shari!




Nanabear's Crocheted Peace Dove



madmonkeyknit's Knitted Peace Dove - not free, but downloadable for $5.33



Pfingsten Recipes

Bolivian White Cake (Scroll down some)



From - 05/20/17:

I used to work in a superstore. One day a sparrow flew in and perched itself by the ceiling. Management wondered how to catch it.

I suggested that we keep a computer terminal unoccupied.

"You can catch it when it stops by to tweet."


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.

3. Saturday, June 09, 2018, 6:00 to 9:00 PM - The NNHS Class of 1965 will hold its Belated 70th Birthday Celebration at The Cove Restaurant in City Center (across the fountain from the Marriott Hotel), Newport News. No admission cost; run your own food and beverage tab. RSVPs should have been made by May 01 to Lynn Walker Brothers at, 757-595-4116 or Pauline Collins Shofner at, 757-595-1965.

4. Friday and Saturday, September 28 and 29, 2018 - The NNHS Class of 1968 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Mulberry Inn on Warwick Boulevard next to Fort Eustis. Contact


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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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Whit Monday

- The Beatles, 196_

Whit Monday to you,
Whit Monday to you,
Whit Monday, dear Listeners,
Whit Monday to you.


"Happy Birthday" midi courtesy of - 07/21/04

"Whit Monday" lyrics laboriously transcribed by Webmistress - 05/21/18

Whit Monday Dove Image courtesy of - 05/21/18

Two Animated Doves clip art courtesy of... well, I dunno, but it's been in my files since 08/29/09

Fancy Gold Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 12/14/08

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

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!

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

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

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

Animated Dancing Elephant courtesy of Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA - 03/08/11
Thanks, Sandi!

Bright Idea clip art (designed by Heather) courtesy of - 10/30/12

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

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