NNHS Newsletter -
The Ash Grove
“A memory is what is left
when something happens
Edward de Bono
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
Today's Newsletter theme comes to us from Dustin Baker (Norview HS - '65) of MA - 09/10/10:
|... Once in a while I'll pick out the
tune to "The Ash Grove" and Rob(erta) will play her flute. Scenes
of our childhood and all that good stuff, you know?
Oh, I DO know! Thanks, Dusty - for everything!
BONUS - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWmi2IxgDuk - The Ash Grove - Nana Mouskouri
The Ash Grove (Welsh: Llwyn Onn) is a traditional Welsh folk song whose melody has been set to numerous sets of lyrics. The most well-known was written, in English, by John Oxenford in the 19th century.
The first published version of the tune was in 1802 in "The Bardic Museum". The book was written by Edward Jones, a harpist. About 4 years later a version with words appeared, under the name "Llwyn Onn". It tells of a sailor's love for "Gwen of Llwyn". The tune might be much older, as a similar tune appears in "The Beggar's Opera" by John Gay (1728), in the song "Cease Your Funning". In 1922 , however Kidson claimed that John Gay's tune derives from the morris dance tune "Constant Billy", which is first known in Playford's "Dancing Master".
The tune of "The Ash Grove" is used for the hymn "Let All Things Now Living" in 1939 by composer Katherine K. Davis. This hymnal version resulted in it being included on a number of Christmas albums up through the 50s; like Jan August's 1955 album "Christmas Favorites" (Mercury Records #MG 20160). It was in use as a hymnal long before the 20th century under the title "The Master Hath Come" by Sarah Doudney (1871) and has been updated since in a retelling of the nativity by Robert Cullinan as "On This Night, Most Holy" (1996). Around 1962 another song called "The Irish Free State" was written to this tune. "The Ash Grove" featured in the 1980 BBC mini-series Pride and Prejudice.
From Bill Gross ('49) of VA - 09/08/10 - "NNHS Classes of 1948":
|Newport News High School
classes of February and June 1948 are planning their 62nd reunion on
Sat., Oct. 2nd and Sun., Oct. 3rd at Point Plaza Suites at City Center
on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, NN. There will be a barbeque and dinner
on Saturday and a brunch on Sunday.
For details: Bill Gross, 757-595-3203.
From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA - 08/06/10 - "Update on locations - Class of 1965's 45-Year Reunion - Friday and Saturday, October 15 and 16, 2010 - OPEN TO ALL CLASSES!":
Friday evening we’ll meet at 7:00 PM at the home of Lynn Walker Brothers ’65 and her husband Barry (York HS - '65). They have graciously extended an offer to open their home for the event. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served, and we would request a $5.00 donation to assist in covering the expenses for that evening if you attend. The change in location was decided when members of the reunion committee thought the original location might not be as suitable for conversation as originally planned. The Brothers residence is located at 304 Dogwood Drive, Newport News. The telephone number is 757-595-4116. We’ll post a map providing directions.
http://nnhs65.com/REUNION-2010-65.html - significantly updated 08/07/10 and 09/02/10!
http://nnhs65.com/REUNION-2010-65-ATTENDING.html - updated 09/09/10!
Thank you, Dave!
From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/30/10 - "BIRTHDAY CRUISE":
BIRTHDAY CRUISE RESERVATION DEADLINE IS 20 SEPTEMBER.
I just reviewed my contract with the Spirit of Norfolk. I must give them the final attendee count and final payment no later than 23 September. That means that I must receive your reservation and check no later than 20 September.
However, keep in mind that I cannot guarantee you a seat, after the first 40 seats are reserved.
BOTTOM LINE: Send your reservation now, if you want to be assured of a seat.
http://nnhs65.com/64-BIRTHDAY-1964.html - Saturday, October 23, 2010, 8:00 to 11:00 PM, Norfolk, VA - updated 07/30/10!
- 21 slots left! - updated 09/09/10!
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today to The late Mr. Pete Robinson (deceased - 12/23/03)!
Happy Birthday tomorrow toThe late Bobby Hedrick ('58) (deceased 08/31/09) AND J. Harrison ('58) of GA AND My Grandson, Jimmy Harty of TX;
Happy Birthday this week to:
14 - Billy Brewer ('57) AND Jeanette Parrish Houston ('64) of VA AND Rick Harman ('65) of VA;
16 - Tena Goodson Hensel ('39) of VA AND The late Mr. John Huller ('43) (deceased 07/29/09) AND Brian Cooper of SC;
17 - The late Mr. George McIntosh (deceased - 05/04/05) AND Hugh McLawhorne ('57) AND Ed Nichols ('62) of Northern VA!
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
THIS DAY IN WWII:
|September 10, 1939 - The submarine
HMS Oxley was mistakenly sunk by the submarine
HMS Triton near
Norway and became the
Royal Navy's first loss.
September 10, 1939 -
Canada declared war on
Nazi Germany, joining the
New Zealand and
September 10, 1942 - U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt
mandated gasoline rationing as part of the U.S. wartime effort.
THIS DAY IN 1965:
|Friday, September 10, 1965 - Religious leader Father Divine (born @ 1876) died in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania.|
From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) - 08/05/10 and 09/03/10 - "Vote for Grace (REPEATED)":
This is my daughter Laura's dog in a contest to be on the cover of a bag
of dog food.
Vote every day for Grace. Thanks.
Oh, Laura is your daughter, Norris! Well, that makes it all the more important!
I've included the link to all the candidates named Grace, along with the image of The Real Grace, lest there be any confusion. As y'all can see, she's a Weimaraner from Richmond.
Grace is #1 in pet of the month: http://www.adogslife.net/photo_gallery_contests.php?t=1
and #3 in pet of the year: http://www.adogslife.net/photo_gallery_contests.php?t=2
WOWZERONI!!! That's fabulous, Norris!
Vote early, and vote often - or at least cast your allotted daily vote!
From My Friend, Cheryl, of NC - 09/08/10 - "Get your flag ready.":
GOD BLESS AMERICA!!
GET YOUR FLAG READY!
Please join us in this FLY THE FLAG campaign...
On Saturday, September 11th, 2010, an American flag should be displayed outside every home, apartment, office, and store in the United States . Every individual should make it their duty to display an American flag on this ninth anniversary of one our country's worst tragedies. We do this honor of those who lost their lives on 9/11, their families, friends and loved ones who continue to endure the pain, and those who today are fighting at home and abroad to preserve our cherished freedoms.
In the days, weeks and months following 9/11, our country was bathed in American flags as citizens mourned the incredible losses and stood shoulder-to-shoulder against terrorism. Sadly, those flags have all but disappeared. Our patriotism pulled us through some tough times and it shouldn't take another attack to galvanize us in solidarity. Our American flag is the fabric of our country and together we can prevail over terrorism of all kinds.
So, here's what we need you to do ...
(1) Forward this email. Take a moment to think back to how you felt on 9/11 and let those sentiments guide you.
(2) Fly an American flag of any size on 9/11. Honestly, Americans should fly the flag year-round, but if you don't, then at least make it a priority on this day.
Thank you for your participation.
God Bless You and God Bless America !!!
Thank you so much, Cheryl! I've seen a large increase in flags being displayed all across this area!
From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 09/08/10 - "NNHS":
As promised, here is the reply from Donny White ('60) of VA.
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL
I lived in Hampton and attended Hampton schools through the 9th grade. My father was a NNHS grad and sent me to NNHS in the 10th grade. I graduated from NNHS in 1960—attended a prep school for one year—graduated from VMI in 1965—served a two year tour with the Army (1966-1968) and settled down into teaching and coaching. I was a teacher/coach at NNHS from 1968 to 1970—and returned to VMI as a coach in 1971. I was a coach at VMI for 15 years, football and baseball—moved to Richmond in 1987—was a high school athletic director for 6 years—and ultimately returned to VMI as the Athletic Director in 1998.
All of the time that I have worked at VMI, I have been a civilian. Most all of the employees at VMI wear a military uniform—members of the Virginia Militia, unorganized, and many have served active duty time in the services. The athletic director position is a civilian position however.
I do remember you. You worked at WW II Pool as a lifeguard, I believe. I followed in your footsteps, I think, since I was a lifeguard at the pool in the summers of 1959, 1960, and 1961. My first summer at the pool, the guards were Coach Nuttycombe, Billy Roady and me. Steve Hochman joined us in my second and third years at the pool.
I hope you are doing well.
Now see how easy that was, Joe!
Donny remembered you and everything! Whereas if I had written
him, well, you know...
Thanks, Major Madagan!
From Renee Helterbran Benton ('59) of VA - 09/08/10 - "Re: Charlotte Rawls Bowry ('59)":
Rawls Bowry, her mother, Mildred, and sister-in-law, Jean, were
clients of mine many years ago. Jean's husband was Thomas A. Bowry.
The last address and phone I have for Jean is (available on
request). Hope this helps in locating Charlotte.
Thanks so much, Renee! I sent your note on to Brownie (Shaffer Haracivet - '62 - of VA)!
|This is for some of the
older grads to see.
WILD GIGGLES! What a hoot! Thanks, Dale!
From Carol Anne Comer Cutler ('70) of VA - 09/09/10 - "Larry":
Larry is getting stronger every day. He is really starting to get bored. His glasses were destroyed in the accident, so he hasn't even been able to read. We went to see Dr. Robert Shapiro - NNHS '63 - yesterday. He gave him an eye exam and he should have new glasses by next Wednesday.
Thank you for your concerns and those prayers are appreciated.
SUPER-DE-DUPER! Thank you, Carol - and you're welcome!
Please put me back on your mailing list. I made a HUGE mistake and removed your newsletter.
Oh, dear! I double checked, Bill, and you're still on my mailing list! I strongly suspect that it was nothing either you or I did, but the ever vigilant Spam Filters - who persist in thinking that I R Spam. I've made changes in the way I send the Newsletter announcements, but so far they don't seem to be helping.....
Thanks for letting me know!
From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 09/09/10 - "Class of 1957 Alumni Listing.":
You were so very kind to list my email address on your website. Since I am no longer an Administrator at Marines-Together We Served my email in that domain was closed.
Kindly update my email address on your website Class of 1957 Alumni page to:
You can publish it in the Clear in this message, if you use it for the Newsletter.
Thank You, and for all you do for the TYPHOON Nation.
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL
From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 09/04/10 - " BET YOU'LL SEND IT!!":
send this on...
I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG,
I was asked to send this on if I agree, or delete if I don't.
|Thank you, Glenn - I DO agree!|
From George Helliesen ('61) of MI - 09/09/10 - "Ideal Husbands":
for the wives of the household……..
While creating Husbands, God promised Women that good and ideal Husbands
would be found in all corners of the world.
|WILD GIGGLES! Thanks, George!|
From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 09/09/10 - " Mack in a Small World.":
Frequently your subscribers, and the Webmistress post photo images of
their grandchildren, so let me share one of my grandson John Carmack
Hubbel of Overland Park, Kansas. He is age seven, but the photo was
taken on his sixth birthday. My youngest daughter gave "Mack" his middle
name to honor his grandmother who lived in California.
Later, when my daughter did some
work on the Family Tree, she found that the late grandmother was born in
Tennessee and was related to
J.C. "Cowboy" Range
Dec 1914 - 13 Jan 1980).
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL
WOWZERONI!!! That is the COOLEST of Small World stories! Thank you so much for sharing it with us, Adonis!
From Jane Chambers of VA - 07/01/09, 02/07/10, AND 07/31/10 - "CNC BOOK BROCHURE & AD" AND 61-62 DECADERS ADDENDA AND DRAMATIC WORKSHOPS STUDENTS:
Contact Dr. Chambers at email@example.com.
From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 09/05/10 - "Thank You, Lord (#5 in a Series of 8)":
This is a sweet reminder of how blessed we are.
God bless you all!
Thank you, Dearest Judy!
From ArcaMax Jokes - 09/09/10:
A husband stepped on one of those penny scales that tell you your fortune and weight and dropped in a coin.
"Listen to this," he said to his wife, showing her a small, white card. "It says I'm energetic, bright, resourceful and a great lover."
"Yeah," his wife nodded, "and it has your weight wrong, too."
Saturday, October 2, 2010 - Evelyn's Birthday Party for Everyone - Canepa Cottage, Buckroe Beach - 2:00 PM. For details, contact Evelyn
Fryer Fish ('58) of TX at
firstname.lastname@example.org - SEE:
http://nnhs65.com/10-02-10-EVELYNS-PARTY.html - OPEN TO EVERYBODY!
Saturday, October 2 and Sunday, October 3, 2010 -
Classes of February and June 1948 will hold their 62-Year Reunion at
Point Plaza Suites at City Center on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard in
Newport News, VA: a barbeque and dinner on Saturday and a brunch on
3. Thursday, October 7, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch gatherings on the first Thursday of every month at Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News at 11:00 AM. The luncheon is not limited to just the Class of '55; if you have fiends in that year, go visit with them.
4. Saturday, October 9, 2010 - "TYPHOON TAILGATE - STOKES' REVENGE 2" - from 10:00 AM and onwards at CNU Parking Lot N - SPONSORED BY THE CLASS OF 1966 AND THE SPD; OPEN TO ALL - http://www.nnhs65.com/reunion-page/10-09-10-Typhoon-Tailgate.pdf - http://nnhs65.com/frat-soro-SPD.html
5. Saturday, October 9, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1963 will celebrate their 65th Birthdays at a Party at the Virginia Power Clubhouse, 1701 Waterview at Yorktown from 5:00 PM to 10:PM. For details, contact Susie Overton Jones at email@example.com - CLASS OF 1963
6. Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 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.
7. Friday and Saturday, October 15 and 16, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1965 will hold its 45-Year Reunion. For details, contact Dave Arnold at firstname.lastname@example.org - SEE: http://nnhs65.com/REUNION-2010-65.html - http://nnhs65.com/REUNION-2010-65-ATTENDING.html - OPEN TO ALL CLASSES, HOSTED BY THE CLASS OF 1965
8. Saturday, October 23, 2010, 8:00 to 11:00 PM, Norfolk - The NNHS Class of 1964 will hold an evening cruise on the Spirit of Norfolk to celebrate their 64th Birthdays. For details, contact Dave Spriggs at NNHS64@cox.net and SEE: http://nnhs65.com/64-BIRTHDAY-1964.html -NNHS-64-64-CRUISE-INVITATION.doc - http://nnhs65.com/64-BIRTHDAY-1964-RESERVATION-FORM.html - http://nnhs65.com/64-BIRTHDAY-1964-ATTENDING.html - CLASS OF 1964
9. Saturday, April 30, 2010 - The NNHS Class will have a Luncheon. Team Leaders are Mickey Marcella (email@example.com - 757-249-3800), Betty Hamby Neher (firstname.lastname@example.org - 757-898-5099), and Dr. Harry Simpson (email@example.com - 804-694-0346). - CLASS OF 1954
10. Saturday, July 9, 2011 (6:30 PM to 11:30 PM) - The Class of 1971 will hold its 40-Year at Point Plaza Suites and Conference Hotel, 950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News. For details, contact Richard Rawls at Richard@Rawls.com - CLASS OF 1971
|PRAYER ROLL : http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 08/22/10||
http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 08/04/09
Y'all take care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe! Love to all, Carol
NNHS CLASS OF '65 WEB SITE:
PERSONAL WEB SITE: http://www.angelfire.com/weird2/cluckmeat
Lyrics by John Oxenford(12 Aug 1812 – 21 Feb 1877)
Music -Traditional Welsh folk song
The ash grove, how graceful, how plainly 'tis speaking, The wind [harp] through it playing has language for me. Whenever the light through its branches is breaking A host of kind faces is gazing on me. The friends of my childhood again are before me, Each step wakes a memory as freely I roam. With soft whispers laden its leaves rustle o'er me, The ash grove, the ash grove again [alone] is my home. My laughter is over, my step loses lightness, Old countryside measures steal soft on my ear; I only remember the past and its brightness, The dear ones I mourn [long] for again gather here. From out of the shadows their loving looks greet me And wistfully searching the leafy green dome, I find other faces fond bending to greet me, The ash grove, the ash grove alone is my home. My lips smile no more, my heart loses its lightness No dream of my future my spirit can cheer; I only can brood on the past and its brightness, The dead I have mourned are again living here. From ev'ry dark nook they press forward to meet me; I lift up my eyes to the broad leafy dome, And others are there looking downward to greet me; The ash grove, the ash grove alone is my home.
"The Ash Grove" midi courtesy of http://www.geocities.com/cigneto/thcmid/a/AshGrove1.mid - 06/19/03
"The Ash Grove" lyrics courtesy of http://www.gurman.org/ashgrove/ - 06/19/03
Image of Ash Grove courtesy of http://www.buffer.forestry.iastate.edu/Virtual_Risdal_Tour/Site_6/stop6.htm - 09/11/10 (sic)
Twig Flower Bar # 17 Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.angelfire.com/pa/FlaminJune/Flowerlines2.html - 02/08/10
Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of http://www1.va.gov/opa/feature/celebrate/milsongs.htm - 07/07/06
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
Animated USMC, Army, and Navy Flags clip art courtesy of http://www.angelfire.com/ny4/KevsGifsGalore/Patriotic.html - 06/18/03
Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of the lateHerbert Hice of MI one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Animated Cheering Smiley
clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05 (re-saved 02/27/09)
Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
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