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03/19/11 - NNHS Newsletter
When Irish Eyes Are Smiling

“If you smile when no one else is around, you really mean it.”

 - Andy Rooney

(b. 14 Jan 1919)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   We're continuing with our Irish themes today - mostly because I'm still in the mood.

BONUS #1 - - When Irish Eyes Are Smiling - Bing Crosby

BONUS #2 - - When Irish Eyes Are Smiling - Nelson Eddy - from Let Freedom Ring (1939)

BONUS #3 - - When Irish Eyes Are Smiling - Dennis Morgan - from Tear Gas Squad (1940)


"When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" is a lighthearted song in tribute to Ireland. Its lyrics were written by Chauncey Olcott and George Graff, Jr., set to music composed by Ernest Ball, for Olcott's production of The Isle O' Dreams, and Olcott sang the song in the show. It was first published in 1912, at a time when songs in tribute to a romanticized Ireland were very numerous and popular both in Britain and the United States. During the First World War the famous tenor John McCormack recorded the song.

The song continued to be a familiar standard for generations. Decades later it was used as the opening song on the radio show Duffy's Tavern. The song has been recorded on over 200 singles and albums and by many famous singers, including Bing Crosby, Connie Francis, and Roger Whittaker.[1]


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

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to     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!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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

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

23 -  Jack Harrison ('61) of VA AND    Richard Marshall ('66) of VA;

24 -   Olivia House Brickey ('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!


   From Fred Field (June '45) of CA - 03/18/11 - "A Legend Passes":

Hello Carol,        Friday, Mar. 18, 2011
Peninsula milk drinkers of many decades will remember the name of Burkholder.  In today's Daily Press appears the obituary of     Nelson Burkholder, the son of the founder of Burkholder Dairy.
The Mennonite Colony was famous for milk production.  Brand names besides Burkholder were Colony Farms and Yoder. 
Today thousands of homes cover the land where cows once grazed.  Those homes are probably the ones with the greener lawns.
The Yoder Dairy closed in Dec. 2008.  See the 12-10-08 Newsletter for more about the transformation of the Colony.
    Joe Madagan ('57) of FL added valuable information in the 12-12-08 issue.
Nostalgic best wishes.
Fred ('45) of CA


  NEWPORT NEWS - Nelson David Burkholder, 94, a longtime resident of the Denbigh community of Newport News, Va., went to his Heavenly home on Friday, March 11.

Burkholder was born March 24, 1916, near Edom in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, the second of five children of the late Lewis A. and Laura Wenger Burkholder. At age three, the family moved to Newport News, where he has resided since.

On Jan. 8, 1939, he married Dorothy Holloway, the love of his life, with whom he recently celebrated 72 years of marriage. Burkholder was a man who loved his 'Queen,' and they set a wonderful example of Christian marriage for others.

For many years, he operated
Burkholder Dairy
with his father, producing and bottling dairy products for the Peninsula. Later he established Burkholder Land Company, developing land and building homes, where he lived up to his motto, 'Better Built By Burkholder.'

Burkholder was the founding pastor of Calvary Mennonite Church, where he served for 22 years; and later was pastor of Warwick River Mennonite Church, both in Newport News. He will long be remembered for his keen insights into Scripture and his ability to teach others, as well as his unselfish and sacrificial giving of his time. From childhood, he memorized large portions of Scripture, and continued to quote them up to his final days.

Nelson Burkholder Sr. is survived by his wife, Dorothy; a son, Nelson Jr. and his wife, Kay Crenshaw Burkholder, and their daughter, Kristen, all of Newport News; and a brother, Lewis A. Burkholder and wife, Helen of Powhatan.

Burkholder was preceded in death by a son, Sanford; his parents, Lewis A. and Laura Burkholder; a brother, James; two sisters, June Weber and Frances Holeik.

A memorial service to celebrate Nelson Burkholder's life will be held in the main sanctuary of the Warwick River Mennonite Church, at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 19, with Pastor John Dey and Elder Kathryn Baer presiding. Viewing and visitation are from 2 to 3 p.m. in the fellowship room at the church, and interment in the Warwick River Church Cemetery will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to: Warwick River Mennonite Church, 250 Lucas Creek Rd., Newport News, VA 23602.

Published in Daily Press from March 17 to March 18, 2011.

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Ralph Wicke ('50) of PA wrote:
Fred. I remember Yoder Dairy.  They delivered milk to us and most of the families on Cedar Avenue.
They had one of the first mechanical milking parlors on the Peninsula.  On special occasions Dad would drive us out to the Yoder farm and we could stand outside and watch the cows come in.  Mr. Yoder would hook up the cows to the milking machine. 
On some of the visits, Mr. Yoder would give us a small bottle of chocolate milk.
Peace, Ralph
Fred W. Field
Fullerton, CA

   Thank you so much, Fred - and Ralph! We've had a Yoder Dairy page on our website for years, but never a page for Burkholder Dairy. Presumably this was a result of the Webmistress' notorious nitpicking over not having either an exact address or an image. The image has now been found, and the stubborn Webmistress has repented:


      - brand new page!


    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 03/18/11 - "Great 'Orange Blossom Special' Video":

   Thanks, Glenn! This is a winner!

From My Friend Cheryl of NC - 03/18/11 - "Willys Jeep":

NASCAR has nothing on these guys!!!!
This is cool! About 8 soldiers pull up on a main street in Halifax, Nova Scotia on some holiday. They're in a standard issue WWII type Willys Jeep. In the span of about 5 to 6 minutes they completely disassemble the vehicle and reassemble it and drive off in it fully operable! The idea being to show the genius that went into the making of the jeep and its basic simplicity.

   WOWZERONI! Just think how impressive these skills will look listed on their resumes! Thanks, Cheryl!

    From Jerry ('65) and    Judy Phillips ('66) Allen of VA - 03/18/11 - "Robert Duncan's Paintings - Beautiful!":

This is art...I love it...tells about warm fuzzies....brings back memories for many of us.
An interesting... presentation of some very beautiful paintings.  I'm sure you'll enjoy them & find them so relaxing to view.
They are too good to not pass on. ENJOY!!

   OOOH! Thank you so much, Sweetie-Pies!

From Kathy Presgraves Whitt ('71) of VA - 03/18/11 - "Kids in Church....a lot of new ones!...& funny.":

Kids in Church....a lot of new ones!...& funny.

A little boy was in a relatives wedding. As he was coming down the aisle, he would take two steps, stop, and turn to the crowd. While facing the crowd, he would put his hands up like claws and roar. So it went, step, step, ROAR, step, step, ROAR, all the way down the aisle.

As you can imagine, the crowd was near tears from laughing so hard by the time he reached the pulpit.

When asked what he was doing, the child sniffed and said, "I was being the Ring Bear."

One Sunday in a Midwest city, a young child was "acting up" during the morning worship hour. The parents did their best to maintain some sense of order in the pew but were losing the battle. Finally, the father picked the little fellow up and walked sternly up the aisle on his way out.

Just before reaching the safety of the foyer, the little one called loudly to the congregation, "Pray for me! Pray for me!"

One particular four-year old prayed, "And forgive us our trash baskets as we forgive those who put trash in our baskets."

A little boy was overheard praying:
"Lord, if you can't make me a better boy, don't worry about it. I'm having a real good time like I am."

A Sunday School teacher asked her little children, as they were on the way to church service, "And why is it necessary to be quiet in church?"

One bright little girl replied, "Because people are sleeping."

A little boy opened the big and old family Bible with fascination, looking at the old pages as he turned them. Then something fell out of the Bible. He picked it up and looked at it closely. It was an old leaf from a tree that has been pressed in between the pages.

"Mama, look what I found," the boy called out.

"What do you have there, dear?" his mother asked.

With astonishment in the young boy's voice he answered, "It's Adam's suit".

The preacher was wired for sound with a lapel mike, and as he preached, he moved briskly about the platform, jerking the mike cord as he went. Then he moved to one side, getting wound up in the cord and nearly tripping before jerking it again.

After several circles and jerks, a little girl in the third pew leaned toward her mother and whispered, " I f he gets loose, will he hurt us?"

Six year old Angie, and her four-year old brother, Joel, were sitting together in church.  Joel giggled, sang and talked out loud. Finally, his big sister had had enough.

"You're not supposed to talk out loud in church."

"Why? Who's going to stop me?" Joel asked.

Angie pointed to the back of the church and said, "See those two men standing by the door? They're hushers."

My grandson was visiting one day when he asked , "Grandma, do you know how you and God are alike?"

I mentally polished my halo, while I asked, "No, how are we alike?"

"You're both old," he replied.

A ten-year old, under the tutelage of her grandmother, was becoming quite knowledgeable about the Bible.

Then, one day, she floored her grandmother by asking, "Which Virgin was the mother of Jesus? The Virgin Mary or the King James Virgin?"

A Sunday school class was studying the Ten Commandments. They were ready to discuss the last one. The teacher asked if anyone could tell her what it was.

Susie raised her hand, stood tall, and quoted, "Thou shall not take the covers off the neighbor's wife."

   GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Kathy!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 03/12/11 - "Some Maxines" (#7 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.
   WILD GIGGLES!  Thanks, Joyce!


From - 03/18/11:

A young woman went to her doctor complaining of pain.

"Where are you hurting?" asked the doctor.

"You have to help me, I hurt all over", said the woman.

"What do you mean, all over?" asked the doctor, "be a little more specific."

The woman touched her right knee with her index finger and yelled, "Ow, that hurts." Then she touched her left cheek and again yelled, "Ouch! That hurts, too." Then she touched her right earlobe, "Ow, even THAT hurts", she cried.

The doctor checked her thoughtfully for a moment and told her his diagnosis, "You have a broken finger."

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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When Irish Eyes Are Smiling

Words by Chauncey Olcott (21 July 1858 – 18 Mar 1932) and George Graff, Jr. (05 Aug 1886 - 24 Jan 1973), 1912

Music by Ernest Ball (22 July 1878 – 03 May 1927), 1912

When Irish eyes are smiling
Sure it's like a morning spring.
In the lilt of Irish laughter,
You can hear the angels sing.
When Irish hearts are happy,
All the world seems bright and gay.
And when Irish eyes are smiling,
Sure, they steal your heart away.
There's a tear in your eye, and I'm wondering why,
For it never should be there at all.
With such power in your smile, sure a stone you'd beguile,
So there's never a teardrop should fall.
When your sweet lilting laughter's like some fairy song,
And your eyes twinkle bright as can be,
You should laugh all the while and all other times smile,
And now smile a smile for me.

When Irish eyes are smiling
Sure it's like a morning spring.
In the lilt of Irish laughter,
You can hear the angels sing.
When Irish hearts are happy,
All the world seems bright and gay.
And when Irish eyes are smiling,
Sure, they steal your heart away.

"When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 03/22/11 (sic)

Animated Smiling Irish Eyes Title clip art courtesy of  - 03/22/11 (sic)

Green Leaves Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 03/15/05

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!!

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

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!

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