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03/14/08 - NNHS Newsletter

“What the horrors of war are, no one can imagine. They are not wounds and
blood and fever, spotted and low, or dysentery, chronic and acute, cold and heat
and famine. They are intoxication, drunken brutality, demoralization and
disorder on the part of the inferior... jealousies, meanness, indifference,
selfish brutality on the part of the superior.”

 - Florence Nightingale
(12 May 1820 - 13 Aug 1910)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   All this week leading up to St. Patrick's Day, we'll be singing Irish songs. This is one of the saddest, telling the story of that bleak period in Irish history, from 1845 to 1850, when millions of Irish people died of hunger.

   This first video offers not only the brutal history, but views of the Abbeystrowry Cemetery in Skibbereen wherein so many of those victims are buried.  According to this account - no hint of which I was ever taught, the "famine" was not simply the result of natural conditions, but a planned genocide by the British landlords, during a time of full and plenty.

BONUS #1 - - Oliver

BONUS #2 - - The Ronnie Drew Ballet Group (no video, but I found it easier to understand the words)


HOMEWORK - highly recommended today:

   Now draw your own conclusions.....


   Happy Birthday this week to: 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;

17 -   Barbara Brewer ('69) of VA;
18 -
  Johnny Mitchell ('57) of VA AND 
  Kay Knight Midkiff Evans ('59) of VA  AND    Wade Scott ('66) of MO;
19 -
   Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


    From Pat Beck Letzinger ('57) of VA - 03/13/08:

1.  Evelyn Casey Snead ('57) of VA:

Hi Classmates:
    Just a quick note to let you know Evelyn had gallbladder surgery yesterday.  If you would like to send your good wishes, Her address (and email addy are available upon request).

2. Patsy Lewis Hancock ('57) of VA:

I spoke with Patsy yesterday and she is doing very well.  She is taking some kind of cardio rehab therapy and she is feeling well enough that she has gone back to work.  She's only working 1/2 days, but I think its marvelous that she feels well enough to work at all.  She really appreciates all the prayers.

   Thanks so much, Pat!

     From Me ('65) of NC - 03/13/08 - "Don't forget to search for the leprechauns on Monday morning!":

  From Renee Helterbran Benton ('59) of VA - 03/13/08 - "TIPS ON PUMPING GAS TO SAVE MONEY":

I don't know how true this is, but I'm sure some of our brighter readers will let us know: 

You may have seen this but it is a good reminder especially at the prices we are and will be paying. Can't hurt to try since gas is something we'll continue to need. I don't know what you guys are paying for gasoline.... but here in California we are also paying higher, up to $4.50 per gallon. But my line of work is in petroleum for about 31 years now, so here are some tricks to get more of your money's worth for every gallon. Here at the Kinder Morgan Pipeline where I work in San Jose, CA we deliver about 4 million gallons in a 24-hour period thru the pipeline. One day is diesel the next day is jet fuel, and gasoline, regular and premium grades. We have 34-storage tanks here with a total capacity of 16,800,000 gallons.

Only buy or fill up your car or truck in the early morning when the ground temperature is still cold. Remember that all service stations  have their storage tanks buried below ground. The colder the ground the more dense the gasoline, when it gets warmer gasoline expands, so buying in the afternoon or in the evening....your gallon is not exactly a gallon. In the petroleum business, the specific gravity and the temperature of the gasoline, diesel and jet fuel, ethanol and other petroleum products plays an important role. A 1-degree rise in temperature is a big deal for this business. But the service stations do  not have temperature compensation at the pumps.

When you're filling up do not squeeze the trigger of the nozzle to a fast mode. If you look you will see that the trigger has three stages: low, middle, and high. In slow mode you should be pumping on low speed, thereby minimizing the vapors that are created while you are pumping. All hoses at the pump have a vapor return. If you are pumping on the fast rate, some of the liquid that goes to your tank becomes vapor. Those vapors are being sucked up and back into the underground storage tank so you're getting less worth for your money.

One of the most important tips is to fill up when your gas tank is HALF FULL. The reason for this is, the more gas you have in your tank the less air occupying its empty space. Gasoline evaporates faster than you can imagine. Gasoline storage tanks have an internal floating roof. This roof serves as zero clearance between the gas and the atmosphere, so it  minimizes the evaporation. Unlike service stations, here where I work, every truck that we load is temperature compensated so that every gallon is actually the exact amount

Another reminder, if there is a gasoline truck pumping into the storage tanks when you stop to buy gas, DO NOT fill up--most likely the gasoline is being stirred up as the gas is being delivered, and you might pick up some of the dirt that normally settles on the bottom.

Hope this will help you get the most value for your money. DO SHARE THESE TIPS WITH OTHERS!. Bottom line ~ fill up in the morning in the slow mode when your tank is half full but not when the tankers are filling the storage tanks.

   Thanks, Renee! I ran it through, and the Status is Undetermined:

   To me, that means - they certainly couldn't hurt!

  From Cookie Phillips ('64) of VA - 03/13/08 - "Who packs your parachute?":

Hope you have powerpoint viewer........

   Thanks, Cookie! I do, but I don't know how to include such things in the Newsletters. The story was too good not to carry, though, so I found it in a different form - no lovely images, but a surprise "rest of the story" ending:

From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 03/13/08:


   Evelyn Fryer Fish ('58 - of TX), born in northern Ireland, in Lisburn just outside of Belfast, was born a British subject I would think; Northern Ireland is part of Great Britain, unlike southern Ireland, which is an independent republic.

I was not born in Ireland; I was born at Mitchel Field, NY, which no longer exists; from there my parents went to Anchorage, Alaska (at the time not a state) and thence to Adak (an island in the Aleutian chain). I spent various portions of my childhood in Alaska,  Mississippi, Louisiana, California, Maine, New Mexico, Arizona, Massachusetts, Texas, New York,  Vermont, Texas again, Ireland, Colorado, Texas again, England, Texas yet again, Germany, Virginia and NH; in adulthood I've lived in NH, NC, PA, MA and WA.

I learned my Irish first from my grandmother (mostly blessings and curses-- the woman had a tongue on her, as we say) , and then at school in Ireland, and then from Deirdre McFarland in Philadelphia (she's the reason I've enough grammar to teach, and she reinforced my Donegal accent which was previously mixed Clare and Donegal-- the  Donegal accent is what the band Clannad has,  and Enya, and Maire Brennan, and the band Standing Stone); I've had former students travel in Ireland and have locals comment on their Irish, that their teacher must have been from Donegal.  Donegal is a very distinct accent and distinct idioms-- rather like what you'd get if you had someone from Maine teaching English to foreigners, and then the students had to speak not only to people from  Boston, but those from Virginia and Mississippi, and also those  from the midwest and even California, and Brits and Irish and Australians. 

I think due to the influence of television and radio our accents and idioms are less distinct now-- you don't get the extreme regional variations as much, except among the elderly. (You know, people over 85-- surely not you and me!)


   No, surely not - GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Domi!

   WOWZERONI!!! You could change those songs lyrics from "I've Been Everywhere" to "I've Lived Everywhere! Thanks for telling us The Real Story!

     From Me ('65) of NC - 03/13/08:

   Hey, speaking of coming to America, if y'all wanna read something that will cause you to appreciate your blessings and bring a tear or two to your eye, try    Evelyn's beautiful account here: - almost at the end, but don't skip the other items, either!

    Thanks again, Ev!

  From Connie Bloxom Thompson ('66) of MD - 03/13/08 - "FINALLY GOT YOUR POSTING":



       I'm so glad you're able to open everything now! Thanks for letting us know, Connie!

  From Al Farber ('64) of GA - 03/13/08 - "4 Rules of Life":

I met this guy while I was in Albuquerque and he has a motto he lives by everyday.
 He said listen carefully and live by these 4 rules: Drink, Steal, Swear, & Lie.
 I was shaking my head 'no', but he then told me to listen while he explained his four rules. So here they are:
1.. 'Drink' from the 'everlasting cup' every day.
2.. 'Steal' a moment to help someone that is in worse shape than you are.
3.. 'Swear' that you will be a better person today than yesterday.
4.. And last, but not least, when you 'lie' down at night
 thank God you live in America and have freedom.
I am not as good as I should be,  I am not as good
as I could be  but THANK GOD
 I am better than I used to be !
Typhoons Forever

   WOWZERS! Thanks so much, Al! These are great thoughts - and I do love the little bunnies!

  From Dee Hodges Bartram ('66) of VA - 03/13/08:


My uncle passed away Friday, March 7th, so I have been loaded down with relatives.....  

Tonight is the first I have been on the PC.


   OH, DEE! I'm so very sorry to hear this! Our thoughts, prayers, and deepest condolences are with you and your family.

    From Pat Beck Letzinger ('57) of VA - 03/13/08:

..... You do a wonderful job keeping everyone connected. Take care of yourself.....whatever would we do without you?

Typhoons Forever,
Pat Beck Letzinger, N.N. VA
NNHS Class of '57

   Thank you so much, Pat! I really appreciate your kind words!

     From Me ('65) of NC - 03/14/08 - "Stuart Gardens":

   Last week as    Bob Buchan ('61) of VA and I spoke on the phone, we were bemoaning the lack of discussion and images about our beloved Stuart Gardens.



   This is NOT what we had in mind.....

From the Daily Press - 03/13/08:

Boy, 5, killed by gunshot

Police are seeking clues about how the Newport News child died.

| 757-247-7838

A 5-year-old boy was killed Wednesday night in southeast Newport News when he was shot while playing with his brother.

Demonte Terrell Ellis, who attended kindergarten at Magruder Elementary School, died at 8:13 p.m. at 1358 Garden Drive off 16th Street, in the Stuart Garden housing complex.

Newport News police spokeswoman Holly Tepper said the child's mother left to go to a store shortly before the child's death. The boy was in the home with his 7-year-old brother and was in the care of three girls, ages 10, 13 and 14.

Demonte was in an upstairs room playing with his brother when he was shot, she said. The girls were downstairs.

"We cannot speculate on what happened or whether it was accidental," Tepper said Wednesday night. "At present, it is being treated as suspicious."

More than 30 family members and friends gathered outside the home Wednesday night as police investigators continued to work the scene.

The boy's family members declined to talk to the news media.

"It is very devastating for the family," Tepper said. "They have just had a terrible loss."

She was unable to say whether charges would be bought and couldn't confirm speculation by neighbors that the boy accidentally shot himself in the face. Tepper did, however, say investigators didn't think that an intruder was involved.

One woman, who declined to be named, said the family had "good parents."

But Shirley Holley, who said she was a community volunteer, said youngsters shouldn't have been left in the home with access to a gun.

Tepper said there was no mandated age for baby sitters. "You have to look at the totality of the situation," she said.

The Stuart Garden community is a Section 8 housing development. One resident, who declined to be named, said guns were rife in the area.

"It's terrible. Lots of kids go 'round with guns," she said.

From the Daily Press - 03/14/08:

Investigators: Shooting of kindergartner was an accident

| 757-247-7838

NEWPORT NEWS - Demonte EllisInvestigators believe the shooting of a 5-year-old boy in Southeast Newport News on Wednesday night was accidental.

Demonte Terrell Ellis, who attended kindergarten at Magruder Elementary School, died at 8:13 p.m. at 1358 Garden Drive off 16th Street a week before his sixth birthday.

The boy was shot in an upstairs bedroom while he was playing with his seven-year-old brother.

"At this point there is no evidence to indicate that this incident was anything other than an accident," Newport News police spokeswoman Holly Tepper said Thursday afternoon.

She said there were two guns in the house that were concealed in a closed closet in the boys' parents' bedroom.

Tepper said the closet wasn't locked. The boys took one of the weapons and it was fired in the bedroom.

Police are not currently releasing details on who pulled the trigger or the nature of his injury. Tepper said he was killed by a single bullet.

The tragedy happened when the boys' mother had gone to a store leaving them in the care of three girls, ages 10, 13 and 14, who were downstairs at the time of the shooting.

Although police have brought no charges over the incident at present the case has been referred to the Commonwealth Attorney.

   Our deepest sympathies are with Demonte's family and their friends at this time of anguish.

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 03/14/08 - "BEACON - 04 OCT 63 (Part One of Two)":


Friday, October 4, 1963 Friday, October 4, 1963 Friday, October 4, 1963 Friday, October 4, 1963 Friday, October 4, 1963
Page One - TOP Page One - BOTTOM Mr. Burke Receives Speech Trophy Page Two - TOP Page Two - BOTTOM

   OH, GOODY - a new set! Thank you, Brown Eyes!

      From Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 03/14/08:

"Never  allow someone to be your Priority while allowing yourself to be their Option." 

   Thanks, Dimples - great quotation!

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; update of 03/11/08: recovered from pneumonia, is in his third week of radiation, and seems to be doing well. He is back at work and comes home tired, but overall, he is in pretty good shape.

2.   Connie Bloxom Thompson ('66) of MD - multiple heath and financial issues; needing cataract surgery to prevent inevitable blindness ASAP; update of 03/11/08: "SO FAR, 1/2 FUNDS FOR 1 EYE PROCEDURE"

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.      Me ('65) of NC - recent escalation of shortness of breath, heart and blood pressure problems plus the usual .....; update of 03/12/08: not a great deal of change; still ups and downs

6.   Evelyn Casey Snead ('57) of VA - gallbladder surgery on 03/12/08

7. Emily (daughter of My Niece Shari) of VA - advancing scoliosis; surgery 03/11/08; update of 03/12/08: surgery went well, running slight fever

8. Karen Hampton (Hampton HS - '64) of VA - knee surgery on 03/13/08

9.         My Daughter, Adrienne Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL) of NC - slight brain concussion - 03/09/08 - update of 03/14/08: still taking it easy, but probably progressing as well as can be expected

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

11.   Heidi Hice MacKay of MI and her Family - stressing over their beloved patriarch since late January 2008; update of 03/10/08: still needing our prayers

12.       Herb Hice of MI and the MacKay Family - triple bypass surgery plus carotid artery cleanup - @ 01/25/08; update of 03/10/08: still being sedated while not on the ventilator, but made it for nine hours on 03/09/08; "holding his own"

13. Deloris Jackson Morgan ('66) of VA? - recovering from surgery on her ankle

14. Linda Lamb Stokes (Hampton HS - '66) of VA - surgery of the cervical spine on 3/5/08 to place a new stainless steel plate and screws to eliminate extremely severe pain; update of 03/13/08: "better, but still a bit away from 'good'"

15. Patsy Lewis Hancock ('57) of VA - suffered second massive heart attack - 01/31/08; update of 03/13/08: "is doing very well.  She is taking some kind of cardio rehab therapy and she is feeling well enough that she has gone back to work.  She's only working 1/2 days..."

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

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

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

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

20. 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" (#37 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!

  This has been such a wonderfully nostalgic series, Sweetie - even inspiring the creation of a brand new page on 02/17/08, brought to us by our Wizard of Wonderment,        Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA:

  Thanks again, David!

   Y'all have a good weekend - and take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
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Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305  
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Oh father dear, I oft-times hear you speak of Erin's isle
Her lofty hills, her valleys green, her mountains rude and wild
They say she is a lovely land wherein a saint might dwell
So why did you abandon her, the reason to me tell.

Oh son, I loved my native land with energy and pride
Till a blight came o'er the praties; my sheep, my cattle died
My rent and taxes went unpaid, I could not them redeem
And that's the cruel reason why I left old Skibbereen.

Oh well do I remember that bleak December day
The landlord and the sheriff came to take us all away
They set my roof on fire with their cursed English spleen
I heaved a sigh and bade goodbye to dear old Skibbereen.

Your mother too, God rest her soul, fell on the stony ground
She fainted in her anguish seeing desolation 'round
She never rose but passed away from life to immortal dream
She found a quiet grave, me boy, in dear old Skibbereen.

And you were only two years old and feeble was your frame
I could not leave you with my friends for you bore your father's name
I wrapped you in my cóta mór in the dead of night unseen
I heaved a sigh and bade goodbye to dear old Skibbereen.

Oh father dear, the day will come when in answer to the call
All Irish men of freedom stern will rally one and all
I'll be the man to lead the band beneath the flag of green
And loud and clear we'll raise the cheer, Revenge for Skibbereen!

"Skibbereen" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 03/10/08

1846 Image of the Interior of an Irish Peasant's Cottage courtesy of - 03/13/08

Image of Irish Potato Dinner courtesy of - 03/13/08

Celtic Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 03/13/08

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

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

Fiddling Leprechaun clip art courtesy of - 03/17/06

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

Animated Yehaa Typhoon clip art also courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05
Thanks again, Al!

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

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