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03/11/14 - 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 - - Cliffs Of Doneen - Quadriga Consort

BONUS #2 - - Cliffs Of Doneen - Paddy Reilly

BONUS #3 - - Cliffs of Dooneen - James Levy, keyboards; Doug Deitemyer, recorder


  Happy Birthday today to Margaret Blayton Cowan ('57) AND    Nancy Horton Wilkes ('62) of FL AND    Shirley Caudill Williamson ('65) of VA AND Betty Ames Burton ('71) of VA!

  Happy Birthday this week to:

13 -   Betty Spain Uecker ('63) of VA AND My Daughter-in-Law,       Kim Woods Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / Richard Milburn Academy, FL - '03) of IL;


15 - Joan Williams Eberwine ('57) AND Linda Robinson Gillespie ('71) of VA;
16 -
Bill Gross (February '48) of VA  
AND      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 Claudia Dellapenta Melgaard ('63) of VA AND Linda Coates Jones ('63) of VA AND Aderon Gibbs ('66) of VA AND      Wade Scott ('66) of MO!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


March 11, 1935 - The German Air Force became an official organ of the Reich.

March 11, 1941 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Lend-Lease Act into law, allowing American-built war supplies to be shipped to the Allies on loan.

March 11, 1942 - General Douglas MacArthur abandoned Corregidor for Australia. He vowed, "I shall return."

March 11, 1945 - The Imperial Japanese Navy attempted a large-scale kamikaze attack on the U.S. Pacific Fleet anchored at Ulithi atoll in Operation Tan No. 2.

March 11, 1945 - The Empire of Vietnam, a short-lived puppet state, was established with Bảo Đại as its ruler.

March 11, 1946 - Rudolf Höss, the first commandant of Auschwitz concentration camp, was captured by British troops.


Tuesday, March 11, 1964 - Author Libba Bray was born Martha E. Bray in Montgomery, Alabama.

Tuesday, March 11, 1964 - Actress Emma Chambers was born Emma G. M. Chambers in Doncaster, South Yorkshire,[1] England.

Tuesday, March 11, 1964 - Drummer, songwriter, and producer (Pantera, Damageplan, Hellyeah, and Gasoline) Vinnie Paul was born Vincent Paul Abbott in Abilene, Texas.

Tuesday, March 11, 1964 - Actor and singer Shane Richie was born Shane Patrick Roche in Harlesden, London, England.

   From Butch Ragland ('63) of CO - 03/10/14:


Your main concern is to get better!  I just finished a bout of the flu and have bounced back pretty good now.

... When I send you donations periodically they will vary in amount due to whatever the sales have been on NNHS Logo Items during that period of time.  If you want to mention it in a newsletter, just state you received donations from the NNHS Alumni!

Keep in touch and get well soon!  Tell Paul hello for me!

God Bless,

   Thanks so much, Butch! This near constant stupor of thought coupled with difficulties in breathing is becoming quite tiresome!

   Paul sends his best wishes to you and Ethel!

    From Jimmy Smith ('62 / '63) of VA - 03/10/14, 1:49 PM - "  Donald King's Wife":




   Oh Jimmy, I'm so sorry to hear this! Thank you so much for letting me know. I read the obituary but failed to connect all the dots. I remember Jeanne from Old Dominion; she was a lovely young woman.

          From My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of AL - 03/10/14 - "Back to Work":

  Here is a pic of my gorgeous Laura (Adams Harty - Cardston HS, Alberta - '95) and me on my first day back to work. Still have a few weeks back till I get back into where I left off from the class, but it was nice to put on the uniform again.

   WHOO-HOO!   This is such wonderful news, especially considering how close you came to death!

   Thank you so much, Brent! You're both looking fabulous!    

Monday, March 10, 2014
Brent and Laura

From John Patterson ('59) of TN - 03/10/14 - "Maxine's best":

One of Maxine 's very best!!



We need to show more sympathy for these people.
They travel miles in the heat.
They risk their lives crossing a border.
They don't get paid enough wages.
They do jobs that others won't do or are afraid to do.
They live in crowded conditions among a people who speak a different language.
They rarely see their families, and they face adversity all day ~ every day.
I'm not talking about illegal Mexicans ~

I'm talking about our troops!

Doesn't it seem strange that so many are willing to lavish all kinds
of social benefits on illegal's, but don't support our troops?

Wouldn't it be great if we took the $360,000,000,000 (that's billion)
we spend on illegal's every year, and spent it on our troops!!!

Please pass this on;
this is worth the short time it takes!

A veteran is someone who,

at one point in their life,
wrote a blank check
made payable
The United States of America for any amount,
up to and including their life.


And gave you the right to send this to anyone that you darn well please!!!

    AMEN! Thank you so much, John - for everything!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 03/10/14 - " You know what they say, ode to women and.....":


"Everything Comes In Threes" - Not true. In reality, everything comes in ones. Sometimes, when three "ones" come in a row, it seems like everything comes in threes. By the way, in medieval times, it was widely believed that everything came in twenty-sixes. They were wrong, too. It just took them longer to recognize the pattern.

"You Can't Take It With You (when you die)" - Well..., that depends on what it is. If it's your dark blue suit, you can certainly take it with you. In fact, not only can you take it with you, you can probably put some things in your pockets.

"You Learn Something New Every Day" - Actually, you learn something old every day. Just because you've just learned it, doesn't mean it's new. Other people already knew it; Columbus is a good example of this.

"You Get What You Pay For" - Clearly this is not true. Have you been shopping recently? Only a very naive person would believe that you get what you pay for. In point of fact, if you check your purchases carefully, you'll find that you get whatever they feel like giving you. And if corporations get any more powerful, you soon might not even get that.

"NICE GUYS FINISH LAST" - Not true. Studies have shown that, on average, nice guys finish third in a field of six. Actually, short guys finish last. By the way, in medieval times, it was widely believed that nice guys finished twenty-sixth. You can see how limited those people were.


[m] b i t s . n . b o b s

*-- You Are No Longer "Cool" When... --*

1. You daughter says she got pierced and you look at her ears.

2. The pattern on your shorts and couch match.

3. You criticize the kids of today for their satanic suicide-inducing music, forgetting that you rocked to Alice Cooper and Black Sabbath.

4. You call the police on a noisy party next door instead of grabbing beer and joining it.

5. You turn down free tickets to a rock concert because you have to work the next day.

6. When grass is something that you cut, not cultivate.

7. When jogging is something you do to your memory.

8. You bought your first car for the same price you paid for your son's new running shoes.

9. You actually ASK for your father's advice.

10. Getting a little action means your prune juice is working.



*-- Q and A Quickies --*

Q: What do snowmen eat for breakfast?

A: Frosted Flakes.

Q: What happened to the snowman when he couldn't take it anymore?

A: He had a meltdown.


Random Facts:

Poison is absorbed or ingested; a poisonous animal can only deliver toxic chemicals if another animal touches or eats it.

Venom, on the other hand, is always injected. Every venomous animal has a mechanism to inject toxins directly into another animal. Stab with tails. Slash with spines. Pierce with fangs or stings. Spike with spurs. Shoot with harpoons. Chew with teeth.

For example, frogs are usually poisonous while snakes are usually venomous.

Some animals you might not know are venomous: the duck-billed platypus, the gila monster, centipedes, Millipedes, the komodo dragon and coral!


Ode to women


In 1921, American novelist Edith Wharton was the first woman to receive a Pulitzer Prize for fiction. She won the award for her novel The Age of Innocence.

Marie Curie was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize. She won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1903.

Ruth Graves Wakefield was the inventor of the Toll House Cookie, which was the first chocolate-chip cookie. Her original recipe is still printed on the back of all Nestlé chocolate bars today.

Sandra Day O'Connor was the first female Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. She served until her retirement in 2006.

Edith Cummings, a golfer, was the first female athlete to appear on the cover of Time magazine, in 1924.

Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman in the U.S. to receive a medical degree. She received her MD from the Medical Institution of Geneva, New York, in 1849.



Serious Sitting Time
A comment on the issue, Serious Time

I found the writer's opinion concerning time passage and "wasting" it interesting.

I, also, do not like wasting time but as I have aged I am learning that sometimes, even sitting quietly doing what appears to be nothing is still doing something.

The people he viewed "doing nothing" could have been thinking about things, praying, or even watching others. Much is gained by all of those things and you are still doing something.

Some would even say they are constructive things. I feel that it is important not to waste time, but what one perceives as wasting time may not be the same to another.

Sometimes...sitting quietly doing what "appears" to be nothing can be calming and good for the soul. Our great God created the world in 6 days and even God rested on the 7th.

If our awesome Creator of the universe rested a day...

who are we to think that we don't need to rest sometimes too, and how we choose to do that is individual...often...sitting and appearing to be doing nothing.

Our time here is limited and when we reach the end of this time... we will move on to eternity...with God and we will have limitless time.

Thank you for sharing your "MountainWings" Moments and stories and inspirations...they are so encouraging...even to those who sometimes just sit...and read.

~A MountainWings Original by Rose Dunkerley, Beaver Falls, PA~

Serious Time

   Thank you, Shari!

    From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 02/14/14 - "Snow in Russia (#23 in a Series of 37)":

Hope these come through. In light of recent weather....

Snow in Russia

Now THIS is winter!


   YIKESARONI! Thanks again, Joan!


    From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 02/19/14 - "LAUGHS FOR THE DAY (#16 in a Series of 16)":

  ...These should be some fun.

   GIGGLES! Thanks, Joan - these have been fun!


        From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 03/01/14 - "Modern Gadgets (#10 in a series of 15)":

  WILD GIGGLES! Thanks, Dools!

   From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 03/07/14 - "Fun with Snow (#3 in a series of 13":

  Thought you'd enjoy these!

   BOY HOWDY! Thanks, Sarah Sugah!


BONUS IRISH CROCHET PATTERNS: - Lucky Shamrock Coaster - "Use this Lucky Shamrock Coaster pattern to bring some St. Patrick's Day charm to your table. This crochet coaster pattern is easy and you'll be able to work some up in no time. It's a practical and cute decoration for your holiday party!"
- Pot-O-Gold Coaster - "Taste the rainbow with some colorful yarn. Crochet a bright pot o' gold coaster. These would be fun to have laying out when you have company over. Set your drink of choice on your gold."

BONUS IRISH RECIPES: - Irish Recipes - "Looking for Irish recipes? Allrecipes has more than 180 trusted Irish recipes complete with ratings, reviews and cooking tips."


   From Butch Ragland ('63) of CO - 03/09/14 - "NNHS Logo Caps":

  Our 1st Shipment/Order of the NNHS Logo Caps have arrived and are being packaged for shipping today; with shipments being sent out Monday & Tuesday: I have approximately 27 caps out of the first 100 ordered remaining. Anyone wishing to get a cap at the introductory price of $10.00 plus S/H of $4.59 may do so at my eBay Store:  After the initial order has been sold the price will go to the regular retail price of $14.95., or

Thanks to those who purchased from the 1st Shipment! When I review the sales at the end of this month, I will begin offering other items, such as Mugs, T-Shirts, Jackets, key chains, etc.

I have already made a contribution to the NNHS65 Newsletter for support of Carol's efforts toward keeping us NNHS Classmates informed of noteworthy news; plus the Charity of Wounded Warriors Fund will receive a donation check quarterly from the proceeds from Sales of these NNHS Logo Products.

In addition to the discounted prices for NNHS Logo Products, anyone purchasing additional products from any of my websites may contact me at: or with info pertaining to your purchases and I will send you a 20% refund of your total purchase price via Paypal to your payment account. You may contact me at anytime for additional information on these items and/or discounts offered.

   Thank you so very much, Butch!


From - 03/10/14:

A lawyer died and arrived at the pearly gates. To his dismay, there were thousands of people ahead of him in line to see St. Peter.

To his surprise, St. Peter left his desk at the gate and came down the long line to where the lawyer was, and greeted him warmly. Then St. Peter and one of his assistants took the lawyer by the hands and guided him up to the front of the line, and into a comfortable chair by his desk.

The lawyer said, "I don't mind all this attention, but what makes me so special?"

St. Peter replied, "Well, I've added up all the hours for which you billed your clients, and by my calculation you must be about 193 years old!"


1. Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 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.

2. Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 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 friends in that year, go visit with them.

3. Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 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.

4. Friday and Saturday, July 25 and 26, 2014 - The NNHS Class of 1954 will hold a 60-YEAR REUNION in Newport News. Further info from Dr. Harry Simpson at 804 694 0346 or, or Mickey Marcella at 757 249 3800 or, or Betty H. Neher at 757 898 5099 or

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 03/11/14

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

Y'all take 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


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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

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!

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

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

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

Animated Sickly Smiley clip art courtesy of - 06/02/10

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

Animated Big Hugs Smiley clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 06/19/09
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Animated Kissing Smiley clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 11/07/07
Thanks, Al!

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