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03/11/08 - NNHS Newsletter
The Cliffs of Doneen

“When anyone asks me about the Irish character, I say look at the trees.
Maimed, stark and misshapen, but ferociously tenacious.”

 - Edna O'Brien
(b. 15 Dec 1930)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   All this week leading up to St. Patrick's Day, we'll be celebrating with Irish songs.

BONUS #1 - - Planxty

BONUS #2 - - Mary Duff


  Happy Birthday today to our Birthday Three-Fer: Margaret Blayton Cowan ('57) AND    Nancy Horton Wilkes ('62) of FL AND    Shirley Caudill Williamson ('65) of VA!

  Happy Birthday this week to:

13 -
  Betty Spain Uecker ('63) of VA;
15 - Joan Williams Eberwine ('57) AND Linda Robinson Gillespie ('71) of VA:
16 - 
   Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA AND    Jacque Ray Fisher ('66) of NC!

   Many Happy Returns, Ladies!


   Hit #71,000 was made on the evening of Monday, March 10, 2008 when I wasn't feeling well, so I missed it.....

     From the Head Flagtwirler of 1965, Janice McCain Rose of VA - 03/08/08 - "My Computer":

MY Computer
Cleaning Poem
I asked the Lord to tell me
Why my house is such a mess.

 He asked if I'd been 'computering',

And I had to answer 'yes.'
He told me to get off my fanny
And tidy up the house.

And so I started cleaning up...
The smudges off my mouse.

I wiped and shined the topside.
That really did the trick...
I was just admiring my work..
I didn't mean to 'click.'                                                                                                                    
But click, I did, and oops I found
A real absorbing site.
That I got SO way into.
I was into it all night. <<Sigh>>
Nothing's changed except my mouse
It's very, very shiny.
I guess my house will stay a mess...
While I sit here on my hiney.

Thank you for being my e-mail buddy and friend!!

   GIGGLES! Thanks, Janice!

    From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 03/09/08 - "Irish Blessings & Sign Off":

I'm off, as we leave in the morning. Thank you so much for the prayers. Her surgery is very early Tuesday morning and will take up most of the day. Have a wonderful week! Your extremely nervous friend.  


Irish Blessings and Sayings

May you always have
Walls for the winds,
A roof for the rain,
Tea beside the fire,
Laughter to cheer you,
Those you love near you,
And all your heart might desire!

May you be in
Heaven a half hour before the
Devil knows you're dead!

When Irish eyes are smiling,
Tis like a morn in spring.
With a lilt of Irish laughter
You can hear the angels sing
When Irish hearts are happy
All the world is bright and gay
When Irish eyes are smiling
Sure, they steal your heart away.

May your blessings outnumber
The shamrocks that grow,
And may trouble avoid you
Wherever you go.

There are many good reasons for drinking,
One has just entered my head.
If a man doesn't drink when he's living,
How in the hell can he drink when he's dead?

May the best day of your past
Be the worst day of your future.

I'm looking over a four leaf clover
That I overlooked before
One leaf is sunshine, the second is rain,
Third is the roses that grow in the lane.
No need explaining the one remaining
Is somebody I adore.
I'm looking over a four leaf clover
That I overlooked before.

May you live to be a hundred years
With one extra year to repent.

May those who love us, love us
And those who don't love us,
May God turn their hearts
And if he can't turn their hearts,
May he turn their ankles
So we will know them by their limping!

As you slide down the banister of life,
May the splinters never point in the wrong direction!

May luck be our companion
May friends stand by our side
May history remind us all
Of Ireland's faith and pride.
May God bless us with happiness
May love and faith abide.

Leprechauns, castles, good luck and laughter
Lullabies, dreams, and love ever after.
Poems and songs with pipes and drums
A thousand welcomes when anyone comes.
That's the Irish for you!

There's a dear little plant that grows in our isle,
'Twas St. Patrick himself, sure, that sets it;
And the sun of his labor with pleasure did smile,
And with dew from his eye often wet it.
It grows through the bog, through the brake, through the mireland,
And they call it the dear little Shamrock of Ireland.

May your neighbors respect you,
Troubles neglect you,
The angels protect you,
And Heaven accept you.

May you have:
A world of wishes at your command
God and his angels close at hand
Friends and family their love impart,
And Irish blessings in you heart.

May God grant you many years to live,
For sure he must be knowing
The earth has angels all to few
And Heaven is overflowing.

These things I warmly wish to you-
Someone to love
Some work to do
A bit o' sun
A bit o' cheer
And a guardian angel always near.

May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light,
May good luck pursue you each morning and night,

Go mbeannai Dia duit
(May God Bless You)

May your home always be too small to hold all your friends.
God is good, but never dance in a small boat.

May you live as long as you want,
And never want as long as you live.

'Tis better to buy a small bouquet
And give to your friend this very day,
Than a bushel of roses white and red
To lay on his coffin after he's dead.

For each petal on the shamrock
This brings a wish your way-
Good health, good luck, and happiness
For today and every day.

   Thanks, Shari! We're keeping y'all in our prayers!

  From Joe Drewry ('58) of VA - 03/10/08 - "NNHS Class of 1958, 50th Reunion -- Change in Venue":

NNHS Class of 1958 50th Reunion

"The Noble Gathering"

Friday & Saturday, 5/16-17/08
Host Hotel:
Williamsburg Marriott
50 Kingsmill Road
$119/night.   Make reservations before 4/17/08 to get this special rate.
Friday gathering
wine & beer: 4:30 til...
Buffet dinner to be served at 7pm
Jesse Kersey's home
2514 Manion Drive
Williamsburg, VA
Saturday Gala:
Williamsburg Marriott
6-7pm -- Reception, cash bar.
7pm -8pm -- dinner
8pm - ?? -- program and dancing to DJ playing our music.
Note:  A photographer will take a group picture of the class members in attendance.
Cost for package (both nights) is $50/person.
Mail check (by 4/17) to:
Carole Holloway Smith
25 Riding Path
Hampton, VA 23669-1082
Don't forget to send in your information for the "Memory Book".  All participants will get a copy.


   Thanks, Joe! Actually, I'd already made that page for you almost a year ago - WELL, DUH!!!

 But I DID update it for you at last:

   Does anyone remember what your class flower was???

  From My #2 Daughter-in-Law, Bethany Winona Harty (Siuslaw HS, OR - '94) of OH - 03/8/08 - "Jabba the Hutt":

  Snowman? Nah, not for us! Let's make Jabba the Hutt.

Can you believe that the little man across the street didn't know Star Wars? Who doesn't know about Star Wars? Weird :)

Jacob, Brent, Thomas,
and Emeline Harty
Jabba the Hutt Brent and
Bethany Winona Harty
Saturday, March 8, 2008 - Waverly, OH

   Thanks, Bethany! Y'all are so creative! Green snow! COOL! I DO miss playing in the snow.... Y'all stay warm, now, y'heah?

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 03/10/08 - "BEACON - 23 SEP 63 (Part One of Two)":


Friday, September 23, 1963 Friday, September 23, 1963 Friday, September 23, 1963 Friday, September 23, 1963 Friday, September 23, 1963
Page One - TOP Page One - BOTTOM Band Elects Officers Page Two - TOP Page Two - BOTTOM

   Thank you, Brown Eyes! I really look forward to these so much!

   From Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA - 03/10/08:

The Lasses 3 ... L-R, Jo Ann Moren, Eleanor Milne, Cheryl Mays.
NNHS Hootenanny practice, about 1964
Next week I will turn 60...on my! Here is my little girl pic...
I hear 60 is the new 40...yeah...that is right!
Peace & Blessing,
about 1964 1951
Jo Ann Moren, Eleanor Milne, Cheryl Mays (all '66) Cheryl Mays

   AWW! Thanks so much, Cheryl!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 03/10/08 - "helpful hints":


To open a sealed envelope - Put in the freezer for a few hours, then slide a knife under the flap. The envelope can then be resealed.
Use Empty toilet paper roll to store appliance cords. It keeps them neat and  you can write on the roll what appliance it belongs to.
For icy door steps in freezing temperatures: get warm water and put Dawn dish washing liquid in it. Pour it all over the steps. They won't refreeze. (wish I had known this for the last 40 years!)
To remove old wax from a glass candle holder, put it in the freezer for a few hours. Then take the candle holder out and turn it upside down. The wax will  fall out.
Crayon marks on walls? This worked wonderfully! A damp rag, dipped in baking soda. Comes off with little effort (elbow grease that is!).
Permanent marker on appliances/counter tops (like store receipt BLUE!) rubbing alcohol on paper towel.
Whenever I purchase a box of S.O.S Pads, I immediately take a pair of scissors and cut each pad into halves. After years of having to throw away rusted and unused and smelly pads, I finally decided that this would be  much  more economical. Now a box of S.O.S. pads last me indefinitely! In fact, I  have noticed that the scissors get 'sharpened' this way!
Blood stains on clothes?  Not to worry; Just pour a little hydrogen peroxide on a cloth and proceed to wipe off every drop of blood.   Works every time!  (Now, where to put the body?)    LOL
Use vertical strokes when washing windows outside and horizontal for  inside  windows. This way you can tell which side has the streaks. Straight vinegar will get outside windows really clean.  Don't wash windows on a sunny day.  They will dry too quickly and will probably streak.
Spray a bit of perfume on the light bulb in any room to create a lovely light scent in each room when the light is turned on.
Place fabric softener sheets in dresser drawers and your clothes will smell freshly washed for weeks to come. You can also do this with towels and linen.
Candles will last a lot longer if placed in the freezer for at least 3 hours prior to burning.
To clean artificial flowers, pour some salt into a paper bag and add the flowers. Shake vigorously as the salt will absorb all the dust and dirt and leave your artificial flowers looking like new! Works like a charm!
To easily remove burnt on food from your skillet, simply add a drop or two of dish soap and enough water to cover bottom of pan, and bring to a boil on stove top.
Spray your TUPPERWARE with nonstick cooking spray before pouring in  tomato based sauces and there won't be any stains.
Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in the refrigerator and it will keep for weeks.
When boiling corn on the cob, add a pinch of sugar to help bring out the corn's natural sweetness.
Cure for headaches: Take a lime, cut it in half, and rub it on your forehead. The throbbing will go away.
Don't throw out all that leftover wine: Freeze into ice cubes for  future use  in casseroles and sauces .........  Left over wine? What's that? :)
To get rid of itch from mosquito bites, try applying soap on the area and you will experience instant relief.
Ants, ants, ants everywhere ... Well, they are said to never cross a chalk line. So, get your chalk out and draw a line on the floor or wherever ants tend to march. See for yourself.
Use air-freshener to clean mirrors. It does a good job and better still, leaves a lovely smell to the shine.
When you get a splinter, reach for the scotch tape before resorting to tweezers or a needle. Simply put the scotch tape over the splinter, and then  pull it off. Scotch tape removes most splinters painlessly and easily.
Now look what you can do with Alka Seltzer........ Clean a toilet. Drop in two Alka Seltzer tablets, wait twenty minutes, brush and flush. The citric acid and effervescent action clean vitreous China.
Clean a vase. To remove a stain from the bottom of a glass vase or cruet, fill with water and drop in two Alka Seltzer tablets.
Polish jewelry. Drop two Alka Seltzer tablets into a glass of water and immerse the jewelry for two minutes.
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Clean a thermos bottle. Fill the bottle with water, drop in four Alka Seltzer tablets, and let soak for an hour (or longer, if necessary).
Unclog a drain. Clear the sink drain by dropping three Alka Seltzer tablets down the drain followed by a cup of Heinz White Vinegar. Wait a few minutes, and then run the hot water.
Do your friends a favor. Pass this timely (and some not-so-timely) information on to a friend!  I just did. Makes you wonder about ingesting Alka Seltzer, doesn't it?

 Joyce Cahoon

   These are goodies! Thanks, Joyce!

From the Daily Press - 03/11/08:

Virginia hits record high for a gallon of gas: $3.15

Daily Press
7:16 AM EDT, March 10, 2008

Drivers across Virginia are paying more for gasoline.

Travel organization AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average price of regular gasoline hit a record in Virginia over the weekend at $3.15 per gallon.

Locally, the Hampton Roads area also set a high with an average of $3.12 a gallon. A month ago, the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in Hampton Roads was 2.83. Last March 10, it was $2.38

To find the lowest gas prices in the area, click here.

Nationally, the average price for a gallon of regular was $3.22.

And it could get worse. Crude oil reached a new high of $105.15 per barrel on Friday.

The group attributes record crude and gas prices to the weak dollar, a drop in U.S. oil inventories and OPEC's decision last week to hold output steady rather than increase it.

AAA also notes that gasoline prices normally begin climbing in the spring as refineries make the switch from producing winter gasoline blends to an assortment of summer gasoline blends.

From the Daily Press - 03/11/08:

It's official: You are paying higher than average prices

The cost of living in Hampton Roads is about 6.8 percent higher than the national average.

That's the official word according to the Cost of Living Index, according to a press release from the Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance (HREDA).

The HREDA worked with the Council for Community and Economic Research on its annual survey of more than 300 cities around the nation. As part of the survey, which measured average prices for 2007, HREDA tracked the prices of various goods and services in the area, all of which fit into six categories: grocery, housing, utilities, transportation, health care and miscellaneous goods and services.

According to HREDA's figures, Hampton Roads residents pay less than the national average for health care, while groceries are near the national average. Housing costs and utilities are higher than average.

 From Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 03/11/08 - "Maxine":

EEWWW!!! Thanks, Cookie!

      From Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton HS - '65) of FL - 03/11/08 - "The Original Club":

My brother, Mel Woolard (Hampton HS - '56) of VA, belonged to the Original Club when he was attending Apprentice School.  He remembers the good times at the dances and also playing pool and poker.  He's pretty sure it was still in its original (no pun intended) location as late as 1962, when he stopped going. 

Regarding people living there, Sam Haywood, a Riggers supervisor in the shipyard, had a room at the Original Club, but he didn't live there all the time.  Sam owned the popular Sam's Seafood Restaurant in Phoebus.  He also owned Ebb Tide, a club in Phoebus, where at a very young age of 18, I had my first alcoholic drink. What?!!? 

   Oh, you naughty baby, you! Thanks so much, Gloria! 



PRAYER ROLL (arranged alphabetically, but not necessarily complete):

1.   Jerry Allen ('65) of VA - began radiation for cancer last week of February; it was delayed when he was diagnosed with pneumonia on 02/20/08

2.   Connie Bloxom Thompson ('66) of MD - multiple heath and financial issues; needing cataract surgery to prevent inevitable blindness ASAP

3. My Friend Judy of IL -  shoulder replacement surgery - 04/22/08

4. Clyde Bryant ('58) of PA - heart replacement surgery - 12/13/07

5.         My Daughter, Adrienne Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL) of NC - slight brain concussion - 03/09/08

6.      Me ('65) of NC - recent escalation of shortness of breath, heart and blood pressure problems plus the usual .....

7. Emily (daughter of My Niece Shari) of VA - continuing problems with advancing scoliosis; surgery 03/11/08

8. Frances Heath Scott ('62) of VA - inflammation of nerves; due to be released from hospital on 02/27/08

9. Linda Lamb Stokes (Hampton HS - '66) - surgery of the cervical spine on 3/5/08 to place a new stainless steel plate and screws to eliminate extremely severe pain

10.   Heidi Hice MacKay of MI and her Family - stressing over their beloved patriarch since late January 2008

11.       Herb Hice of MI and the MacKay Family - triple bypass surgery plus carotid artery cleanup - @ 01/25/08

12. Patsy Lewis Hancock ('57) of VA - suffered second massive heart attack - 01/31/08

13.       John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA - lumbar surgery to fix a spinal stenosis [ laminectomy]; will also involve fusion of vertebrae - 02/05/08

14. Pam Pennington Cherry ('58) of VA - congestive heart failure; cardiac ablation procedure - 02/06/08; second surgery on 02/20/08 for aneurysm

15.   Catherine Slusser Hudson ('64) of VA - recent surgery on right knee

16.     Jimmy Smith ('62) of VA - suffered heart attack 02/13/08

17. All of Us


1. Friday and Saturday, May 16 - 17, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1958

    From Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA - 01/12/08 - "Gas Stations Of Yesteryear-------------------------this IS REAL Americana" (#34 in a Series of 37):

Carol, do not know if you would like to show these or not. Just brings back a lot memories from yesteryear. Hope you like them. 

Jerry Blanchard (62) of Va.

Gas Stations Of  Yesteryear

Back when life was much simpler and gas was 18-25 cents a gallon!!

(or there about) and as low as 17 cents during gas wars.


Old American Gas Stations from all around the country  
Some are abandoned, some are restored and many are still in use.  


Yeah . . .  I remember!

 And with a fill-up you got the gas pumped for you, your windshield cleaned, oil and fluids checked, tires checked,
a free map, if you wanted it, and greeted in ENGLISH !!!

Yeah! I remember!!!

Enjoy Your Days & Love Your Life.... Because...."Life is a journey to be savored."

  Thanks, Jerry, I remember them quite fondly, too!

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305  
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The Cliffs of Doneen

You may travel far far from your own native land
Far away o'er the mountains, far away o'er the foam
But of all the fine places that I've ever been
Sure there's none can compare with the cliffs of Doneen.

Take a view o'er the mountains, fine sights you'll see there
You'll see the high rocky mountains o'er the west coast of Clare
Oh the town of Kilkee and Kilrush can be seen
From the high rocky slopes round the cliffs of Doneen.

It's a nice place to be on a fine summer's day
Watching all the wild flowers that ne'er do decay
Oh the hares and lofty pheasants are plain to be seen
Making homes for their young round the cliffs of Doneen.

Fare thee well to Doneen, fare thee well for a while
And to all the kind people I'm leaving behind
To the streams and the meadows where late I have been
And the high rocky slopes round the cliffs of Doneen.

"The Cliffs of Doneen" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 03/10/08

Irish Musician Images courtesy of - 03/10/08

Small Shamrocks Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 03/16/05

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

Page Hit Counter clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

Animated Silly Bear (designed by AF Artist - Ryan Hagen) courtesy of - 10/04/05

Siuslaw High School's Viking Logo clip art courtesy of - 12/27/07

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

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

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

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!!

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

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
Thanks, Al!

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