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06/10/19 - 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,

     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 Birthday today to     Sydney Dearing ('56) of TN AND   the late Eileen Casey Sparkman (Ferguson HS - '68) (d. 08/16/11)!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Joan Warren Smith ('63) AND  Butch Corson ('63) of Northern VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

12 - Cynthia Clontz Mears ('57);

14 - The United States Army - 1775 AND   the late Rosalee Will Jecmenek ('65) (d. 20 July 2013) AND Cindy Drake Konstant of VA (Wife of  George Konstant - '65 of VA) AND   Linda McKenna Sivilich of PA AND    My Grandson, Buckley Harty of CA;

16 - Jane Hoffman ('57) AND  Kay Walker Gray ('57) of VA AND    Nancy Dearing Berry ('62) of TX;

17 -   The late Dino Vretos ('57) (d. 04 May 2019) AND Roberta Hilsdon ('70) of GA!  

   Many Happy Returns to You All!



June 10, 1619 - Thirty Years' War: Battle of Záblatí, a turning point in the Bohemian Revolt.



June 10, 1719 - Jacobite risings: Battle of Glen Shiel.



June 10, 1940 - Italy declared war on France and Britain. In addition, Canada declared war on Italy.

June 10, 1940 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt denounced Italy's actions with his "Stab in the Back" speech at the graduation ceremonies of the University of Virginia.

June 10, 1940 - Norway surrendered to German forces.

June 10, 1942 - The Gestapo massacred 173 male residents of the Czech village of Lidice and burned the village in reprisal for the killing of Reinhard Heydrich.

June 10, 1943 - The Allies began bombing Germany around the clock.

June 10, 1944 - 642 men, women and children were killed in the Oradour-sur-Glane Massacre in France.

June 10, 1944 - In Distomo, Boeotia Prefecture, Greece 218 men, women and children were massacred by German troops.

June 10, 1944 - Australian Imperial Forces landed in Brunei Bay to liberate Brunei.



Thursday, June 10, 1954 - The Newport News High School Class of 1954 was graduated.




Sunday, June 10, 1962 - The Newport News High School Class of 1962 was graduated.


June 10, 1969 - Rugby league player Craig Hancock was born in Australia.

June 10, 1969 - Footballer Ronny Johnsen was born Jean Ronny Johnsen in Sandefjord, Vestfold, Norway.

June 10, 1969 - Journalist Kate Snow was born in Bangor, Maine.


And when God has forgiven us, which He is so eternally anxious to do, may we have the good sense to walk away from those problems, to leave them alone, to let the past bury the past.

- Jeffrey R. Holland, October 1996
 (b. 03 Dec 1940)


From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 06/10/18:

  Thank you, Joan!


  From Jimmy Dick ('65) of FL - 06/09/19, 5:18 AM:

  Here I sit on a pre-dawn Sunday morning in quiet North Florida, but it won't be for long. At the first sign of light, the roosters will start crowing and the barn cats will come out of their overnight resting places to look for the rodent trying to sneak some spilled horse grain before the cats spot them. It never works. Then the big dogs start their early morning fence check as the horses begin to congregate near the gate closest to the barn, sensing that breakfast will soon be served. Not long thereafter, I will approach the barn with coffee in hand and begin the routine of feeding the critters. I tune in the radio on BBC each Sunday and carry out my duties as I sing along or just hum the beautiful Christian music that is played.

It's Sunday, precious Sunday and a time to rise and shine to watch the glories of God's nature in action. When done, I head into the house for a little breakfast before taking time for a final review of my Bible study notes in preparation for our class before worship. But those moments of solitude in the barn with my animals first reminds me of those wonderful words from the beautiful hymn, "The Garden." For you see, I clearly feel the presence of my Lord and Savior as I walk about the barn and field and tells me that "the joy I share as we tarry there" is certainly something very special indeed. And here's my prayer that each of you might experience just such a feeling on Sunday, for it's the Lord's Day, His special day, and we are all so blessed to rise and be able to partake of it. Have a most blessed and peaceful Sunday with you and yours.

   Thank you, Jimmy!


    From Jimmy Hines ('64) of VA - 06/08/19, 8:28 PM:

  Thanks, Santa Jim!


From My Friend, Mark, of IL - 06/06/18, 4:33 PM:

  Ain't it the truth.

   Thanks, Mark!



Why, look at me. I've worked my way up from nothing to a state of extreme poverty.

- Groucho Marx
 (02 Oct 1890 - 19 Aug 1977)



Nanabear's Crocheted Peace Dove



madmonkeyknit's Knitted Peace Dove - not free, but downloadable for $4.39



Pfingsten Recipes

Bolivian White Cake (Scroll down some)



From - 06/09/19:

After months of searching, Pat found a job in electrical engineering. He traveled to various locales to analyze and fix problems with his company’s equipment, yet it frustrated him that his employer gave him little training.

One day Pat heard about some training classes coming up and asked his boss if he might attend.

“For sure,” his boss said. “I was already planning on sending you."

"You were?"

"Oh yes, who do you think is going to be teaching it?”


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

2. Wednesday, July 10, 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.
3. Friday, August 02, 2019 - Sunday, August 04, 2019 - The NNHS Class of 1969 will hold their 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott at City Center in Newport News. Open to ALL Typhoons! The entire weekend - Friday night re-meet and re-greet with hor d’oeuvres served, a Saturday night dinner and dance and a Sunday morning breakfast - is $100 per person. CONTACT: Jean Baker Howell at for registration forms.

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 04/26/19

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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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!

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

Ferguson High School's Anchor clip art courtesy of Steve Silsby (Ferguson HS - '72) of NC - 12/14/05
Thanks, Steve! 

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 Army Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03    

Graduation clip art courtesy of - 07/20/06

Animated Hillbilly clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 01/20/10
Thanks, Al!

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

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

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