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03/15/11 - NNHS Newsletter - Black Velvet Band

“Beware the Ides of March.”

 - William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar Act 1, scene 2, 15–19

(The ides of March is the fifteenth; which day of the month the ides is
depends on a complicated system of calculation Caesar himself established
when he instituted the Julian calendar, a precursor of our own.
The ides of January, for example, is the thirteenth;
the ides of March, May, July and October is the fifteenth.)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

 Just as we did three years ago, all this week leading up to St. Patrick's Day (at least until I go out of town for a week on Tuesday morning), we'll be celebrating with Irish songs. In fact (as I'm so very far behind), we'll be using the very same themes all week as we did then.

This one describes transportation to Van Dieman's Land (Van Dieman's Land was changed to Tasmania, which is now part of Australia), a common punishment in 19th century Britain and Ireland until the 1850's. 

   I've long owned a copy of the Irish Rovers singing it, and it's a favorite of mine.  Unable to locate that version for you, I have two very different arrangements instead.  As it is a traditional folk song, you'll notice the lyrics will vary with each interpretation:

BONUS #1 - -The Black Velvet Band - The Dubliners

BONUS #2 - - The Black Velvet Band - The High Kings



  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 03/14/11, 7:42 PM - "     Monty (Phillips - '62 - of VA)":

Dear friends and family,
Please keep Monty in your prayers. 

Monty is pretty weak.  I spent most of last Thursday with him.   Friday,  I called his nurse at VA. Oncology, told her how he was doing and that I felt he needed fluids... and as a result, people came to the house, Hospice was explained....the benefits and care.  He agreed.  They have been great.  He has a hospital bed, was given fluids Friday night (now drinking and eating more for me), and is on oxygen, too.  His vitals are not good.  He has lost a lot of weight.  He made it clear that he did not intend on going anywhere until God said so.  Just because he agreed to Hospice doesn't mean he is going anywhere.  He does not want any negative thoughts or words.
Jerry and I spent Friday and Saturday nights with him.  Two trying to sleep on a loveseat is not comfortable.  He said that he was glad we came to his pajama party.  I had to come home last night.  I have to get Josh and myself off to school each day and try to maintain some stability on the homefront.  Jerry will be staying nights with Monty as long as needed.  He will go to work from there after taking the dog out, getting meds, food, and assisting Monty to the bathroom.  Annette, Lanny and Cookie are pulling duty in shifts to make sure he is not alone during the day.  April signed on for tomorrow.  We are so thankful for all the help.  Annette is Monty's angel.  She gives him his injections each evening, brings food, brings in the firewood, etc.  She has really been wonderful.  Lanny and Cookie have been awesome, too.  They have been helping with getting him medical appointments, getting food to him and just being there for him.  I will take Thursday off to spend the day with him.  We have a good team and I thank God for them.  I don't know what people do without family and friends.
Monty has put up a good fight for two years now, he still has a strong will to make it even though his body is weak.
I'll keep you informed.
God bless you all and thank you for your prayers.

   Certainly, Dearest Judy! Monty is ever and always in our prayers!


  Happy Birthday today to Joan Williams Eberwine ('57) AND Linda Robinson Gillespie ('71) of VA!

  Happy Birthday tomorrow to Bill Gross (February '48) of VA  AND      Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA AND  Jacque Ray Fisher ('66) of NC!

  Happy Birthday this week to:

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;

20 -     My Cousin, Stuart Atkinson (Warsaw HS - '63) of CO AND  Sid Melton ('64) of NY AND   Terri McAfee Artman ('66) of VA AND My Nephew, Kevin Dick (Weber HS, UT - '82) of NC;

21 - Bob Morgan ('56) of MA AND        My #4 Son, Joshua Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '95) of IL!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


Wednesday, March 15 1865

William Tecumseh Sherman moved out from Fayetteville, N.C. and the Cape Fear River area today in full stride, his men supplied and organized and coordinated with other forces. Kilpatrick’s cavalry was leading the way for Slocum’s men on the left wing of the march, which proved to be the right place for them: there was considerable skirmishing on that side, as the Confederate defenders concentrated their last efforts at resistance in that direction.

     From Me ('65) of IL - 03/15/11 - "Don't forget to search for the leprechauns on Thursday morning!":

  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 03/14/11 - "weather":


Reading your weather problems, I guess it is not the time to tell you we will be having a sunny sky and at about 80 all week. The kids are on spring break, so tomorrow, my daughter who lives with us and her 2 daughters are going with me to see my next oldest daughter in Tampa. We are heading to Honeymoon Island to the beach. Will send you a picture of the Sand Gator we plan to make. (more fun than a castle)

Stay warm and come see us. Love to all NNHS.

   GIGGLES! Thanks, Ruthie! We won't be reaching into the 80s this week, but we will definitely hit the 60s and probably the 70s later this week - which is why this snow is all the more outrageous!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 03/14/11 - "World's Oldest Woman, Strut Your Stuff & Sum":
Massive Tsunamis Hit Japan



My dear friend, whose husband died, never remarried, and her daughter wanted to know why.

"The men I know would bring too much heavy baggage to the marriage and I simply don't want to put up with it," she explained.

Taking her mother's hand in hers, my friend's daughter said sweetly, "I hate to break the news to you, Mom, but you're not exactly carry-on yourself."


A visitor to New York rushed from the airport into a waiting taxi, trying to keep dry in the heavy downpour.

"Can you think of anything worse," grumbled the visitor, "than raining cats and dogs in New York?"

"Sure," said the cab driver. "Hailing taxis!"


In a certain debating society, the subject of relativity came up. One member took it upon himself to elucidate the all-absorbing scientific theory. He explained, propounded and twisted the subject for an hour. When he had finished from sheer exhaustion, a listener spoke up.

"You know, after listening to you, I think you are really greater than Einstein himself. Very few people understand him, but NOBODY understands you."


Random Facts

The Bible is the most shoplifted book.

Stephen King's first bestselling novel, 'Carrie', was tossed because he was unhappy with it. His wife ended up convincing him it was worth keeping.


Bizarre News

------- Georgia woman, 114, named world's oldest -------

MONROE, Ga. - A 114-year-old Georgia woman has been named the world's oldest living person by Guinness World Records during a ceremony at her nursing home. Besse Cooper, who is 114 years and 6 months old, officially received the title Thursday at her Monroe nursing home following the death of previous record holder Eunice Sanborn of Texas last month, The Daily Telegraph reported Friday. Cooper's son, Sid, 75, attributed his mother's longevity to good genetics and an active childhood in Tennessee. He said his mother lived alone in her home until the age of 105. Cooper, who has four children and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, has recently experienced problems with her vision and hearing, Sid Cooper said. "I mind my business and I don't eat junk food," Cooper told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on her 113th birthday.


Strut your Stuff

Taking a 30 minute brisk walk three times a week will lower your blood pressure significantly. In a recent study of a group of caregivers walking the allotted amount produced a beneficial effect on their blood pressure. The participants who walked 30 to 40 minutes at least three times a week experienced a reduction in their blood pressure that was stress-induced.

By Megan Cornellis from Chatham USA.


The Barefoot Golfer

After the first hole, he always removed his shoes.
He owned the finest golf shoes but preferred grass to leather.

He was the barefoot golfer.

He was my father.

If you are not familiar with golf, it is played in shoes with
cleats, metal or plastic spikes that help keep your feet firmly
planted. My father wouldn't wear golf shoes. As soon as he
played the first hole and was out of sight of the clubhouse he
removed his fancy shoes. The golf course had an unspoken "no
shoes, no service" policy.

Why did my father play golf without shoes?

It began with something that he read. I don't know where he
read it, his room was a jumble of books on every subject that
could improve life. He said that every organ in the body has
nerve endings that terminate in the feet. When you walk on the
ground, especially if dew is still on it, it creates a very
small electrical current that energizes and helps the whole

My father in his 70's would walk each morning in the wet grass
right after he finished standing on his head for 30 minutes.

Yes, he was a very unusual man.

He was by average terms a wealthy man. He had built a very
successful business. He had six sons (four became ministers)
and a wife that he had been married to for nearly 40 years.
He was one of the most highly respected businessmen in the city.

Yet, he played golf in bare feet.

He understood some things about being grounded that you would do
well to learn. Shoes won't do it. Yes, they help to firm up
your stance and theoretically should help your golf game, but
shoes don't make the difference in the real game of life.

My father was a physically small man. He stood about 5' 7"
tall. He moved the scale to only 145 pounds. He had an
extremely outgoing personality and could befriend anyone
anywhere. He found golf partners no matter where he traveled.

He didn't even have a fancy golf bag or a full set of clubs.
He carried only the bare essentials. He would team up with
strangers and join their group. They would eye him as someone
that would probably slow them down and diminish from the
challenge and fun of the game.

On the second hole when they saw him remove his shoes they would
glance at each other and wonder, "what kind of country player is
this?" His swing wasn't even standard. My father's right
shoulder was higher than his left. It came from many years of
delivering newspapers in his youth with the heavy bag of papers
slung over his shoulder.
He compensated for his shoulders with an awkward looking swing.

The other players thought at least he'd be fun with his wit and
smile if not a challenge.

The thing is, 95% of the time, he won.

By the time they got to the last hole, they knew that this
little man in bare feet was something to reckon with.

My father taught me that more often than not, the best way would
be different from the way of the crowd. "Learn truth my son,
and learn to walk in it," was his constant message to me.

That same message is constantly embedded in MountainWings.

Has life's burdens and circumstances made one of your shoulders
higher than the other?

You can still win, even with a handicap,
you just may need to swing differently.

So what if you don't have the fancy stuff?
You can still win.

So what if you don't even have any golf shoes?
You can still win.

Tensed up and stressed out? Take a bit of advice from my father, the barefoot golfer.

Get up early in the morning while the grass is still wet.

Take off your shoes and spend ten minutes walking in the grass.

It's free. If you don't feel better - then what have you lost?

I recently bought a set of golf clubs to begin playing again.

I also bought a fancy pair of golf shoes.

I will wear those fancy shoes when I play,

On the first hole.

~A MountainWings Original about Nathaniel H. Bronner Sr. by
Nathaniel H. Bronner Jr.~

   Thank you, Shari!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 03/12/11 - "Some Maxines" (#3 in a Series of 19):

Finally, Some NEW Maxine's!
  AND REMEMBER: Good friends are like stars.

You don't always see them but you always know they are there.
   YIKES! I can taste the Lifebuoy soap from what she said! Thanks, Joyce!


From - 03/14/11:

A drunk was staggering down the main street of town. Somehow, he managed to make it up the stairs to the cathedral and into the building, where he crashed from pew to pew. He finally made his way to a side aisle and into a confessional. A priest had been observing the man's sorry progress. Figuring the fellow was in need of some assistance, he proceeded to enter his side of the confessional. His attention was rewarded only by a lengthy silence.

Finally he asked, "May I help you, my son?"

"I dunno." came the drunk's voice from behind the partition. "You got any toilet paper on your side?"

1. Thursday, April 7, 2011 - 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 13, 2011 - 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. Saturday, April 30, 2011 - The NNHS Class will have a Luncheon. Team Leaders are Mickey Marcella ( - 757-249-3800), Betty Hamby Neher ( - 757-898-5099), and Dr. Harry Simpson ( - 804-694-0346). - CLASS OF 1954

4. Saturday, July 9, 2011 (6:30 PM to 11:30 PM) - The Class of 1971 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News. For details, contact Richard Rawls at - CLASS OF 1971

5. Saturday, August 20, 2011 - The Class of 1966 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at the Warwick Yacht Club, Newport News.  Further details will be available soon from Dee Hodges Bartram at - CLASS OF 1966

PRAYER ROLL : - updated 03/14/11

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

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

                           Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty


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Black Velvet Band

Her eyes they shone like the diamonds
You'd think she was queen of the land
And her hair hung over her shoulder
Tied up with a black velvet band.

In a neat little town they call Belfast
Apprenticed to trade I was bound
And many an hour's sweet happiness
I spent in that neat little town.
Till bad misfortune came o'er me
That caused me to stray from the land
Far away from my friends and relations
To follow the black velvet band.

Well, I was out strolling one evening
Not meaning to go very far
When I met with a pretty young damsel
Who was selling her trade in the bar.
When I watched, she took from a customer
And slipped it right into my hand
Then the Watch came and put me in prison
Bad luck to the black velvet band.

Next morning before judge and jury
For a trial I had to appear
And the judge, he said, "You young fellows...
The case against you is quite clear
And seven long years is your sentence
You're going to Van Dieman's Land
Far away from your friends and relations
To follow the black velvet band."

So come all you jolly young fellows
I'd have you take warning by me
Whenever you're out on the liquor, me lads,
Beware of the pretty colleen.
She'll fill you with whiskey and porter
Until you're not able to stand
And the very next thing that you'll know, me lads,
You're landed in Van Dieman's Land.

"Black Velvet Band" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 03/10/08

 Celtic Knot clip art courtesy of - 03/14/11

Multicolored Celtic Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 10/31/05

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 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

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

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

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