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03/12/13 - NNHS Newsletter - Bonny Portmore

If you strike us down now we shall rise again and renew the fight.
You cannot conquer Ireland. You cannot extinguish the Irish passion
for freedom. If our deed has not been sufficient to win freedom,
then our children will win it by a better deed.

- Patrick Pearse, a.k.a. Padraig Pearse - a leader of the 1916 Rebellion
(10 Nov 1879 - 03 May 1916)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   We're celebrating this week with Irish songs. Today's selection is especially haunting, as it tells about the mourning over the destruction of the old growth forests, and in particular the ancient Great Oak of Portmore (which stood on the property of Portmore Castle on the shore of Lough Beg) to build ships for the Royal Navy.

BONUS - - Bonny Portmore - Loreena McKennitt - Any time one can listen to Loreena is a good time.




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

  Happy Birthday this week to:

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 Aderon Gibbs ('66) of VA AND      Wade Scott ('66) of MO;

19 -
   Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


March 12, 1933 - President Paul von Hindenburg dropped the flag of the German Republic and ordered that the swastika and empire banner be flown side by side.

March 12, 1933 - Outside Berlin, the first concentration camp opened at Oranienburg.

March 12, 1938 - The "Anschluss" took place as German troops entered Austria.

March 12, 1940 - Winter War: Finland signed the Moscow Peace Treaty with the Soviet Union, ceding almost all of Finnish Karelia. Finnish troops and the remaining population were immediately evacuated.

March 12, 1947 - U.S. President Harry S. Truman established the Truman Doctrine to help Greece and Turkey resist Communism.


Tuesday, March 12, 1963 - Runner Joaquim Cruz was born Joaquim Carvalho Cruz in Taguatinga, DF, Brazil.

Tuesday, March 12, 1963 - Football manager Ian Holloway was born Ian Scott Holloway in Kingswood, Bristol, England.

Tuesday, March 12, 1963 - Princess Farahnaz Pahlavi of Iran (فرحناز) was born in Iran.

    From the Best Dressed Girl in the Class of 1959, My Sister, Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky of NC - 03/11/13 - "Aspirin Vs. Melanoma: Study Suggests Headache Pill Prevents Deadly Skin Cancer":

I found the following story on the NPR iPad App:

Aspirin Vs. Melanoma: Study Suggests Headache Pill Prevents Deadly Skin Cancer
by Richard Knox

NPR - March 11, 2013

It's not the first study that finds the lowly aspirin may protect against the deadliest kind of skin cancer, but it is one of the largest.

And it adds to a mounting pile of studies suggesting that cheap, common aspirin lowers the risk of many cancers — of the colon, breast, esophagus, stomach, prostate, bladder and ovary.

The new study, in the journal Cancer, looked at melanoma in 60,000 post-menopausal Caucasian women. (Light-skinned people have the highest risk of this cancer.) Over a 12-year period, women who took aspirin at least a couple of times a week had a 20 percent lower risk of developing melanoma.

"We're really excited aspirin could be used as a potential preventive agent for melanoma," Dr. Jean Tang of Stanford University Medical School, the study's senior author, tells Shots. "In terms of cancer prevention, a lower melanoma risk by 20 percent is very large and significant."

Tang says women who regularly took aspirin for five years or more had a 30 percent lower risk.

"There's nothing else that I know of that has as large an effect as what we're seeing with aspirin," Tang says.

Most women in the study took regular doses of aspirin, not baby aspirin. Interestingly, women who took other so-called NSAID painkillers, such as ibuprofen and naproxen, did not have a lower risk of melanoma — a point whose possible significance we'll come back to in a moment.

Tang says the study accounted for the women's sun exposure and other lifestyle factors, such as smoking, that increase the melanoma risk.

The data came from the 22-year-old, federally financed Women's Health Initiative. But this study merely observed whether women chose to take aspirin or not, and then correlated that with whether they got melanoma. This kind of "observational" study doesn't prove anything.

"We would have to do a large clinical trial, randomizing women to receive aspirin versus placebo, following them for 10-plus years," Tang says.

She acknowledges that type of gold-standard study isn't likely to happen because "it's just too expensive to do."

So this study (like so many others) leaves open the question: What should anybody do?

"I know you want to pin me down and say should women go out and take aspirin for melanoma," the Stanford researcher says. "In somebody who's at high risk for melanoma, I would say that taking aspirin is a good idea."

She says "high risk" means anybody who's already had skin cancer — either melanoma or less dangerous kinds; either is an indicator of how much sun damage the skin has had.

People who sunburn easily and don't tan so much are also at higher risk of melanoma.

But opinion is split on whether the evidence is strong enough to justify regular use of aspirin to prevent melanoma — or any type of cancer.

"There've been about eight studies that have looked at melanoma, and about half of them find slightly lower risk and half find no connection at all," says Eric Jacobs, an epidemiologist at the American Cancer Society. "You look at the totality of the evidence, and right now it's rather mixed."

Jacobs says it's important to remember that aspirin is a real drug with real side effects. It can cause serious and even fatal stomach bleeding, even at low doses.

But Dr. Randall Harris of Ohio State University thinks it's reasonable for people to take some aspirin for its anti-cancer effects. He's used Women's Health Initiative data to show that aspirin may reduce the risk of breast cancer.

"You don't need to take too much," Harris tells Shots. "You just need to reset the inflammatory mechanism, in my opinion. And so you can get by with just a couple of tablets a week. That's what I do — been doing it for a long time."

Harris is pretty convinced that aspirin prevents cancer by damping down a master gene called Cox-2 that controls inflammation.

But Jacobs thinks something else is going on. He thinks aspirin may reduce cancer by inhibiting platelets, blood components that promote clotting.

"We know that activated platelets release substances that can encourage cancer growth and development," Jacobs says.

The anti-platelet effect could explain why the new study did not find a reduced risk of melanoma from anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen. These NSAIDs don't inhibit platelets the way aspirin does.

Scientists' lack of understanding about how aspirin may exert an anti-tumor effect is a caution against its widespread use as a cancer preventive agent.

But skeptics like Jacobs agree with enthusiasts like Tang and Harris on one point: "The worst thing," Tang says, "would be [for people to think], 'I can take aspirin, and that justifies me doing indoor tanning.' That is not the right message."

Tang says one reason melanoma is rising fast among young women is that so many of them love those tanning booths. [Copyright 2013 NPR]

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   WOWZERS! Thanks for sharing this, Eleanor!

From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 03/11/13 - "Grandparents' House Rules":

    Thank you, Susan - great rules!

From My Friend, Tina, of NC - 03/11/13 - "Seven Rules of Life":

  These are very insightful! Thanks so much, Tina!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 03/11/13 - "Happy St. Patrick's Day! (#1 to 3 in a series of 15)":

I love Maxine!! She always makes me laugh!!

        Thanks, Joyce!

BONUS IRISH CROCHET PATTERNS: - Leprechaun Hat Candy Dish - "Crochet a tiny leprechaun hat candy dish for St. Patrick's day this year. You can store little candies including jelly beans in there, but chocolate coins would be best." - Karen's Irish Shamrock Motif - "Use this free crochet pattern to make a nice shamrock motif for St. Patrick's day. The green color is nice and bright. Join the squares to make something bigger. An afghan pattern would be lovely using this motif." -
Beaded Shamrock Doily - "This Beaded Shamrock Doily has vintage style with its delicate form and beading. This free crochet doily pattern will bring a bit of elegance to your table this St. Patrick's Day. It could also be a beautiful heirloom or gift."

BONUS IRISH RECIPES: - Margaret Johnson's Irish Recipes - "Margaret Johnson is perhaps the most prolific Irish-American writer of topics dealing with Irish food and drink. Holding dual citizenship in the US and Ireland, Margaret is the author of five Irish Cookbooks, An Afternoon Tea cookbook titled 'Tea and Crumpets', and has authored more than 200 food and travel articles in a number of publications, including the "Irish Echo," "Irish America Magazine," the "Los Angeles Times Syndicate," "Newsday," and Dublin's "Food and Wine" magazine."

  From Bill Wynne ('63) of MD - 03/01/13 - "If Dogs Worked in Offices... (#11 in a Series of 17)":

      These are hysterical, Bill - thanks!


From - 03/11/13:

A man went into a dentist and asked, "How much will it cost to have teeth taken out?"

"$90.00", said the dentist.

"That’s ridiculous" said the man.

"I could lose the anesthetic and it would cost $60.00."

"That’s still too expensive,” said the man.

"If I don't use any anesthesia I could knock the price down to $20.00".

"Still too much," said the man.

"Well, one of my students can do it for $10.00," said the dentist.

"Perfect." said the man. "Book my wife for next Tuesday".  


1. Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 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.

2. Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 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.

3. Friday and Saturday, October 4 and 5, 2013 - The NNHS Class of 1963 will hold their 50-Year Reunion at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Hampton on the Water. SEE: The website which has been set up for their class at; CONTACT: Frank Gibson,, Joyce Williams Nettles,, or Susie Overton Jones,

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 03/02/13

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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Bonny Portmore

Oh Bonny Portmore, you shine where you stand
And the more I think on you the more I think long
If I had you now as I had once before
All the Lords in Old England would not purchase Portmore.

Oh Bonny Portmore I am sorry to see
Such a woeful destruction of your ornament tree
For it stood on your shore for many's the long day
Till the long boats of Antrim came to float it away.

All the birds in the forest they bitterly weep
Saying, "Where will we shelter or where will we sleep?"
For the oak and the ash they are all cutten down
And the walls of Bonny Portmore are all down to the ground.

Oh Bonny Portmore, you shine where you stand
And the more I think on you the more I think long
If I had you now as I had once before
All the Lords in Old England would not purchase Portmore.

"Bonny Portmore" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 03/10/09

Image of Lough Beg courtesy of - 03/11/09

Skyline Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 03/12/09

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

Animated Laughing Kitty courtesy of Tom Flax ('64) of VA - 06/03/06
Thanks, Tom!

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

Animated Wildly Laughing Dog courtesy of Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 11/24/07
Thanks, Eva!

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