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03/18/13 - NNHS Newsletter
Forty Shades of Green

“I'd like the memory of me to be a happy one, I'd like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done.
I'd like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways, of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days.
I'd like the tears of those who grieve, to dry before the sun, of happy memories that I leave when life is done.”

 - Dermot O'Brien
(23 Oct 1932 - 22 May 2007)

Dear Friends and  Schoolmates,

   Did you think that once St. Patrick's Day was over that we'd be done visiting Ireland?  If so, in that you did err!  

BONUS - - Forty Shades of Green - Johnny Cash


"Forty Shades of Green" is a well known song about Ireland. It was written by Johnny Cash in 1959 while on a trip to Ireland.[1] Contrary to popular belief, Cash did not invent the term 'forty shades of green', it had been used in Ireland many years before he wrote the song.

He released it as a B-side of The Rebel-Johnny Yuma released in 1961. It is also featured on two albums: 1. Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash, released on Columbia Records in 1963 and 2. Johnny Cash: The Great Lost Performance - Live at the Paramount Theatre, Asbury Park, New Jersey recorded live in 1990 and released in 2007.


       From Me ('65) of IL - 03/15/13 - "Upcoming Two-Week Hiatus":

   If all goes well,          Paul (Harty - Bardolph HS, IL - '61 - of NC) and I are planning to leave here Wednesday morning (March 20) to drive out to Missouri to pick up        our daughter, Adrienne (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - of NC) who will be completing her eighteen-month mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Seattle, Washington.  She will be flying into St. Louis on Tuesday, March 26.

   We'll visit some with family in Missouri and Illinois, and at the moment we're thinking of returning home by Friday, April 5.

   My access to the internet will probably be non-existent during this time, so we will miss celebrating the First day of Passover, Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Easter Sunday, Easter Monday, and the Last day of Passover together this year.

   If y'all could watch the obituaries on the Daily Press for those two weeks and send any relevant obituaries to me, I'd really appreciate it, as I doubt I'll be able to locate them upon my return.  Any volunteers??

   Thanks so much!


    Happy Birthday today to   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!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to    Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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 AND     My Granddaughter (by My Children of Other Parents) Jane Mansfield of MD;

22 - Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA;

23 -   Jack Harrison ('61) of VA AND    Mary Beth Sawyer ('63) AND    Richard Marshall ('66) of VA;

24 - A Beary Happy Birthday to   Olivia House Bricky ('65) of VA!


25 -   The late Billy Williams ('57) (d. 21 May 2007)  AND    Joan McKenna Ward ('60) of VA AND   Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


March 18, 1940 - Axis Powers Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini met at the Brenner Pass in the Alps and agreed to form an alliance against France and the United Kingdom.

March 18, 1942 - The War Relocation Authority was established in the United States to take Japanese Americans into custody.

March 18, 1945 - 1,250 American bombers attacked Berlin.


Monday, March 18, 1963 - Cricketer Keith Brown was born Keith Robert Brown in Edmonton, Middlesex, England.

Monday, March 18, 1963 - Guitarist Jeff LaBar (Cinderella) was born Jeffrey Philip LaBar in Darby, Pennsylvania.

Monday, March 18, 1963 - Beauty queen, actress, and singer Vanessa L. Williams was born Vanessa Lynn Williams in Tarrytown, New York.

Monday, March 18, 1963 - Silent film actress Wanda Hawley (b. Selma Wanda Pittack on 30 July 1895 in Scranton, Pennsylvania) died in Los Angeles, California at the age of 67.

From Stephanie Wilson Vassar - 03/17/13 - "RE: Happy St. Patrick's Day!":

Oh my gosh! I never expected such a quick response!     Dad will love any all cards and notes he gets!!! Mom is very excited too. I speak with her 2-3 times a day, so I told her this morning that we'd made contact, and she immediately told Dad! It will make their day when I show them the newsletter!


By the way, absolutely crazy that you had 
  my birth announcement from the newspaper! I can't wait to share that with them.

Thanks so much!!!


   I know - that is nothing short of miraculous! I always wondered what you would think if you knew I'd had your birth announcement in my personal high school album for lo, these many years!

   Thank you so much, Stephanie!

From John Patterson ('59) of TN - 03/18/13, 11:52 AM - "Hope you had a great St. Patrick's Day":


   Thanks so much, John! This is healing as well as restful; it brought me a great deal of comfort!

    From Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA - 03/17/13, 4:57 PM:


..... Be safe on your journey. Have FUN.

Love and Kisses
Linda May '66

   Thank you so much, Linda May!

   From My Daughter of Other Parents, Megan Fulmer Mansfield (Marshall HS, TX - 2002) of MD - 03/16/13 - "Driving with Dad!"

     Wait a minute! Jane just started walking a couple of days ago, didn't she? And now she's driving already?!?  Time is just moving too fast these days.....

   Thanks, Megan!

Saturday, March 16, 2013
Jane and Joe

        From My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of TX - 03/16/13 - "Russell Stover Candy Bars":


  I think you'll find this Army candy bar to be much sweeter, richer, and overall more satisfying than its Marine counterpart... HA!


With love...Brent

     Thanks so much, Brent! You're a hoot!


   From My Daughter of Other Parents, Megan Fulmer Mansfield (Marshall HS, TX - 2002) of MD - 03/17/13 - "Say cheese!"

  AH! "Mini-Megan" and yummy delights! Thanks again, Megan - kiss 'em all for me!
Sunday, March 17, 2013
BACKGROUND: Joe, Jonathan, and Jacob

      From Harry Covert ('57) of MD - 03/17/13 - "My Word "

My Word

The Quality of America’s Cardinals

Stars of Bells, Balls & Books

By Harry M. Covert

In light of recent international events I confess here and now that my favorite Cardinals have always been Americans.  First is a favorite son of Donora, Pa., and the other from Boston, Mass.  There is a third American now on my list but more about that later.

Each of these Cardinals are examples of quality individuals who have made differences in the lives of all they touch. These talents have been easily forgotten in these times of alleged progressiveness. Social turmoil bubbles everywhere we turn in Maryland, Virginia and the Nation’s Capital.

Community leaders and politicians may think they have the answers with all kinds of laws. But, they don’t.

Stan the Man

It’s easy to wonder and consider if modern citizens can or will survive in the long-term. I am a firm believer in the powers of hope, determination and a fact that the majorities of people are good, smart and won’t allow the meanness and ignorance out there on the streets to become the status quo. It’s a tough job, though

One of the joys of freedom is a free press. I know sometimes those doing the writing and editing go off half-cocked, especially when we disagree. The free flow of ideas guarantees that such freedom is priceless.

The only Cardinal I know from Pennsylvania is the late Stan Musial, baseball Hall of Famer, harmonica player and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Not only was Musial a truly great athlete, he was a truly great person of high personal values. Never a taint of untoward conduct, never ejected from a game and never argued over a strike.

Musial died at 92 on Jan. 13 this year. His prestigious medal came in 2011.

My second favorite Cardinal is Stephen Fermoyle. The Boston Roman Catholic priest created from the pen of Henry Morton Robinson. His book, The Cardinal, Fermoyle’s career began as a lowly curate and advanced to the College of Cardinals.

  This fictional story was published in 1950. The author must have been prescient. In my mind Robinson  created the 266th Pope 63 years ago in the character of Stephen Fermoyle.

The former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, archbishop of Buenos Aires, sure seems ready, able and willing to straighten out the mess embroiling his church.

Fermoyle faced all of the challenges of a young man in his religious experience. His personal battles over a priestly lifestyle and how he maintained his principles and character are evident today.

Maryland is known as a Catholic state and must be rejoicing with the rest of the Americas, both north and south, and around the world. A new day has come. No doubt major changes are en route, a healthier atmosphere is just around the corner.

As a non-Catholic the new look of the Holy See effects Christians of all denominations. Churches, leaders and members who besmirch values they say they hold dear will be watching.

Viva il Papa, Stan the Man and Stephen Fermoyle.

[Note: Robinson's novel was based on the life of Cardinal Francis Spellman, then the Archbishop of New York. The Vatican's liaison officer for the 1963 film was Joseph Ratzinger, later to become Pope Benedict XVI.]

This article has appeared in

How to Correct Unruly Students?

Home-Training and the Most Wanted List

Keeping abreast of off-kilter conduct

By Harry M. Covert

Crime runs rampant these days and it’s not the blame of the media, or local, state and national financial crises or because school teachers and administrators are avoiding responsibilities.

Movies and television programs, novels and creative stories are dominant with vicious violence of all sorts but this is no reason for the real time, real life home invasions, burglaries, daring daylight robberies and murders to come to the forefront of community thinking and hand-wringing.

Preferably it’s fun writing with humor about daily living and the foibles and peccadilloes of politicians, movie stars, tattooed athletes who can’t speak simple sentences and mumble their way through idiotic pre- and post-game interviews.

In days gone by reporters cleaned up the quotes of punch-drunk boxers and other athletes. Today, broadcasters are as profane and inane as their subjects too. Then there are elected national leaders who “cuss” in their interviews.

Tragically today’s citizens can be considered victims of the “home training” or the lack thereof. There are no manners it seems. Many parents are so ill-mannered themselves they think the schools and the educators just have to endure the rude and untrained pupils.

Rules and regulations often prevent those in authority from “correcting” unruly students in far too many classrooms.

Instead of yes ma’am, no ma’am, thank you sir youngsters get away with yeah’s and nopes. They may well be doing their things but parents ought to be held accountable for manners, home training before sending offspring out into the community. Preachers of all stripes should be leading the way and not wishy-washy in their sermonizing.

Yes, crime news is a favorite of news consumers, scintillating and keeps the public abreast of the off-kilter conduct which costs governments great deals of money.

One of my favorite school teachers kept control of students with a simple solution – grading.  Bad conduct like sassing the teacher, rudeness or not completing work resulted in “zeroes” on the report card. Administrators stepped in and put the kibosh on this method.

School curriculums should start with Emily Post etiquette classes emphasizing courtesy and maturation.

Naturally many parents would object almost as loudly if public schools required starting the day with the Lord’s Prayer, the Pledge of Allegiance, the Gettysburg Address or the proper way to cook Maryland crab soup.

One of the better weekly reports I see in Frederick are the city and county’s Most Wanted list. These folks aren’t misunderstood. They aren’t innocents either. Most live uneducated, drug-infested and morally bankrupt lives.

Uncaring? Not in the least. Responsibility, good civics and parental guidance make the difference.

Community and political leaders need not feel guilty or throw more money at disruptive people. Hold parents and guardians responsible by issuing tickets with fines for underage conduct.

A president once said “walk softly but carry a big stick.” Another version is “when all else fails, grab the problem by the throat.”

This article has appeared in

    Thanks so much, Harry!

     From Me ('65) of NC - 03/17/13 - "I'm Not Crazy":


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

      These have been hysterical, Bill - thanks!

      From Dimples Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 03/15/13 - "Winter Snow Humor (#6 to 10 of 15)":


From my sister-in-law in New Hampshire who is so snowed out she leaves tomorrow for New Orleans !

Thought you would get a kick out of this!

    These are delightful! Thanks, Dimples!


From - 03/17/13:

A new miracle doctor was in town. He could cure anything and anybody, and everyone was amazed. Everyone except for Mr. Smith, the town’s grouch So Mr. Smith went to this 'miracle doctor' to prove that he wasn't anybody special. So he goes and tells the doctor, "Hey, doc, I have lost my sense of taste. I can't taste nothing', so what are you going to do?"

The doctor scratches his head and mumbles to himself a little, then tells Mr. Smith, "What you need is jar number 43."

Jar number 43? Mr. Smith wonders. So the doctor brings the jar and tells Mr. Smith to taste it. He tastes it and immediately spits it out, "This is gross!" he yells.

"I just restored your sense of taste Mr. Smith," says the doctor.

So Mr. Smith goes home very mad. One month later, Mr. Smith goes back to the doctor along with a new problem, "Doc," he starts, "I can't remember!"

Thinking he got the doctor, the doctor scratches his head and mumbles to himself a little and tells Mr. Smith, "What you need is jar number 43..."

Before the doctor finished his sentence, Mr. Smith fled the office.


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 03/17/13

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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Forty Shades of Green

Written and recorded by Johnny Cash (26 Feb 1932 – 12 Sept  2003), 1959/1961


1. Ar thaisteal dom im’ chuimní
chuig oileáinín mo chroí
Ó naomhóga an Daingin
go tránna Donaghdee,

Is fada uaim an tSionainn
agus muintir Sciobairín,
Na móintigh is na móinéir
go haoibhinn is go caoin.

2. Is fada uaim mo chailín breá
I dTiobraid Árann Theas,
Is faide fós a bhraithim uaim
a béilín tana tais;

Ba bhreá liom seal a chaitheamh ann
go bhfeicfinn mar a bhí
Na móintigh is na móinéir
go haoibhinn is go caoin.

3. Ba bhreá liom seal a chaitheamh ann
cois trá i mBail’ Áth’ Clí
’S go bhfeicfinn baint na móna
is an choirce aibí bhuí,

Go bhfeicfinn mná ag diasrú dos
na tithe beag’ ceann tuí –
Do shiúlfainn cúigíbh Éireann
go haoibhinn is go caoin.

4. Is fada uaim mo chailín breá
I dTiobraid Árann Theas,
Is faide fós a bhraithim uaim
a béilín tana tais;

Ba bhreá liom seal a chaitheamh ann
go bhfeicfinn mar a bhí
Na móintigh is na móinéir
go haoibhinn is go caoin.

1. I close my eyes and picture
The emerald of the sea
From the fishing boats at Dingle
To the shores of Donaghadea

I miss the River Shannon,
The folks at Skibbereen
The moorlands and the meadows
And the forty shades of green

2. But most of all I miss a girl
in Tipperary town
And most of all I miss her lips
As soft as eiderdown [1]

I long again to see and do
The things we've done and seen
Where the breeze is sweet as Shalamar [2]
there's forty shades of green.

3. I wish that I could spend an hour
at Dublin´s churning surf.
I long to watch the farmers drain
the bogs and spade the turf

to see again the thatching
of the straw the women clean.
I´d walk from Cork to Larne [3] to see
those Forty Shades of Green.

4. But most of all I miss a girl
in Tipperary town
And most of all I miss her lips
As soft as eiderdown.

I long again to see and do
The things we've done and seen
Where the breeze is sweet as Shalamar
there's forty shades of green.

NOTE: Webmistress is NOT responsible for the faulty grammar of the lyricist.


Forty Shades of Green midi, lyrics, background, and homework courtesy of - 03/17/09

Adrian Reilly's "Forty Shades of Green" Image (16 May 2006) courtesy of - 03/17/09

Laughing Jester Smiley clip art courtesy of Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 10/06/09
Thanks, Bill!

Small Shamrock Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 03/10/09

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!

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

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

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!!

Teddy Bear clip art courtesy of - 03/23/05 (replaced 03/23/09)

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 Laughing Smiley courtesy of Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 02/07/05
Thanks, Janice!

Animated "Happy Little Rabbits We Are" clip art courtesy of - 04/25/09

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

 Animated Laughter clip art courtesy of Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 01/24/06
Thanks, Janice!

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