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03/20/11 - NNHS Newsletter - Mean Earrach
(Pronounced Mun Eric)

“As the Earth prepares for Spring,
Wise women gather in circles to await the promise of new life
And to sing praises for the green earth.
And so do we, here now,
This year, and every year,

Welcome Imbolc.”

 - Jill Yarnall

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   After one of the most exciting winters in recent memory, today is the first day of Spring! While this is in and of itself cause for celebration for all of us, some of us observe it more carefully than others.  For those of you just joining us (or who just really, really haven't been paying attention), I'll tell you that   Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH is a Druid Priestess.  We here like to celebrate and educate (or at least take notice) of all our varied celebrations and observances like the Big Happy Family that we have become. As we do not always succeed in this goal, it appears that we have only observed this day together here twice before:

BONUS #1 - - Vivaldi's Spring - Itzhak Perlman with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

BONUS #2 - - Etno Classic Band

BONUS #3 - - Skateboarding Dog, Vivaldi's Spring Flavour


  From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 03/18/08 (sic):
For some of us, this is the time Tre-fuilnguid Tre-eochair manifests
whether he is a foreteller of Christianity, or the ancient god and patron of Vannin (Isle of Mann), Mannanan mac Lir, coming through the fogs and mists of March bearing green and telling of the season of fertility to come, is debatable.. but I've surely seen him!
Mean Earrach (Spring Equinox), Full Worm Moon, and Easter all run together this year (2008).
On Saturday here there will be a feast, and two of our members formally pledging to this path; if the three realms accept them, they will wear the copper bracelet, and study as the High Ones ordain.
There will be breads baked with intention Friday night, and salmon of wisdom, flesh and fowl, and fresh greens served on Saturday.  
May your spring omens be full of positive growth; may you gather with friends and family, and feast according to your own traditions; may you ever have food enough to share freely, and may the coming season show you the way to your heart's desire.

   Thanks for helping our understanding, Domi!

EXTRA CREDIT HOMEWORK: - written by Domi's daughter,   Avens


1. Tom Hayslett ('68) of AL??

Please add me to your email list.


Tom Hayslett 1968

   Certainly, Tom!   I thought you were already connected with us, but I've made note of your newer email addie! Are you still in Alabama?


    Happy Birthday today 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 tomorrow to Bob Morgan ('56) of MA AND        My #4 Son, Joshua Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '95) of IL!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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;

26 -   Gene Collins Glave ('60) of SC!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


Thursday, March 20 1862

Drewry’s Bluff was the name of a high cliff on the James River as you came upstream from the Atlantic to Richmond. With this in mind, Jefferson Davis had ordered the construction of a fort there. He wrote today: “The position of Drewry’s Bluff, seven or eight miles below Richmond, was chosen to obstruct the river against such vessels as the ’Monitor." It worked, too--the fort was still in use until the Confederate government fled Richmond.

From Tricia Matthews Sheene of VA - soon to be NC - 03/19/11 - "We are moving new address":

Dear Friends and Family,

We are moving to North Carolina by the 1st of April......and I wanted to send you my new email address which you can start using this one will not be working as of the 31 of March.


Hugs and love......Me

Thanks, everyone..........

 Thank you, Tricia; I'm switching you now! Best wishes on your move!

      From Harry Covert ('57) of MD - 03/18/11 - "Harry Covert - The Covert Letter":

Froth off mug: No ‘Beer Summit’ by Mr. Boh

Posted: 17 Mar 2011 12:03 PM PDT

Modern coaster recalls heydey of "Mr. Boh," as official brew of Orioles at Memorial Park; now brewed in North Carolina.

By     Norman M. Covert  - '61 - of MD)

Mr. Boh” gave Maryland a pretty good beer and the moniker, “The Land of Pleasant Living.” It was official brew at Memorial Stadium on 33rd Street where Baltimore had the Colts and the blue collar Orioles. “Charm City” also had Bethlehem Steel, the B&O and seafood dives that gave the inner harbor character.                             

It is still pronounced: (ˈbɒltɨmɔr/, colloquially /ˈbɒlmɔr/), but the beer, city and state have changed, Hon.

The Colts moved away, Coors is served at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, “Natty Boh” now comes from North Carolina, and unions still don’t get it! The Golden Goose has gone south.

Indications are that labor’s stranglehold on business and government is about to loosen dramatically nationwide. We have the courage of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to thank for lancing the festering sore created by its government employee bargaining unions. This trend can only continue as states scramble to restore fiscal sanity and fend off virtual bankruptcy.

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley apparently has the courage to follow the lead of Governor Walker and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in crossing swords with unions.

Democrat Gov. O’Malley’s budget faces $19 billion in unfunded pension liabilities and $16 billion in retiree health liabilities. He is confronting his rank and file constituency, proposing bigger contributions to their benefits packages. Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich is next up to bat against labor.

S.E.I.U and other union demonstrators mass in Annapolis to protest contract reductions. Photo courtesy of Del. Kelly Schulz.

Anathema also is in the offing with Maryland senator Allan H. Kittleman (R.-Howard County) proposing SB660. Languishing in committee, the bill would have the state join 22 others with a “Right to Work” statute; that is, paying union dues would be an option with no penalty attached.

Union calls for protestors in Annapolis brought an estimated “thousands” outside the State House. We may be seeing  what may be the last vestiges of union power in Maryland. Teachers affiliated with the National Education Association (NEA), largest and best-funded union, is facing increasing challenges in local jurisdictions, which may be unable to fund projected personnel contract obligations alone.

Unions dramatically changed America’s working environment for the better, but it took muscle power and some thuggery to convince management that workers deserve basic rights. However, labor was a monster with a big appetite. It became so powerful after World War II that it virtually declared war with management, eventually breaking the back of some industries.

A recent Baltimore Economic Council analysis supports the notion that Baltimore’s industrial base crumbled under the weight of The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), its United Steel Workers of America (USWA), Teamsters and the newest iteration Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

The union-dominated Pennsylvania and Baltimore and Ohio railroads once thrived in the northeast corridor, serving the several high-production Baltimore plants, including Bethlehem Steel. They are but a memory, having declared bankruptcy and/or merged into CSX and Amtrak.

Union bargaining rights came to Bethlehem Steel’s 15,714 workers in 1941, and shortly after they were granted better pay plans, health benefits, vacation and sick leave. Families in Dundalk, across the Patapsco River from Baltimore, were committed to the steel and shipbuilding industries. If you didn’t go to college, you did a stint at Bethlehem Steel or its shipbuilding yard.

Baltimore was sixth largest city in the country in 1950 with a population of 950,000 and a “thriving manufacturing and shipping industry,” the report cited. A true blue collar metropolis, Baltimore’s textile and automobile production joined Bethlehem Steel in providing 75 percent of all jobs for workers in the region.

The industrial decline started in the late 1970s. More than 100,000 manufacturing jobs were lost between 1950 and 1995, including 75 percent of Baltimore’s industrial employment – most boasted union representation. Today only six percent of all Baltimore metro jobs are found in manufacturing.

February 1919 photo shows USS Boxnar ready for launching at Sparrows Point Shipyard. New Owners went bankrupt and auctioned site in 2004.

Bethlehem Steel could not compete with imported steel despite efforts to keep up with new technology. The price of domestic product was being held hostage by generous labor contracts. The company couldn’t cope. It capitulated in the face of a pending strike at Sparrows Point in 1993, amounting to the beginning of the end of prosperity. The contract tightened the economic stranglehold.

The shipyard complex was auctioned in 2004 when successor owner Baltimore Marine Industries went bankrupt. The steel plant itself was sold and now is operated by a Moscow-based conglomerate. Not surprisingly, United Steel Workers Local 9477 has been in a running fight with the new owners over issues that have already negatively impacted the company’s bottom line.

To make things worse for Baltimore’s steel producers, two non-union shop plants in Alabama and Mississippi are out-producing Sparrows Point. Both states have a “right-to-work” statute.

Dealing with the unions, which reject the notion of concessions, is a battle Maryland legislators didn’t want to fight, but the state cannot print its own money and taxpayers have lost patience. It’s time to get on with business with or without the unions, who must choose to be part of the solution.

(Published in its original form March 16, 2011 at . Used with permission of The Octopus, L.L.C., and the author.) 

Contact Norman Covert at 

   Thank you so much, Harry and Norm!

   From Fred Field (June '45) of CA - 03/19/11 - "Miracle in Philadelphia":

Hello Carol,                    March 19, 2011           copy to Ralph Wicke ('50) of PA.

Here is the SE Pennsylvania version of the humor that appeared in the 3-11-11 issue.


Amish families often travel to Philadelphia to visit Wanamaker's huge department store They find that the large assortment of high quality black cloth at very reasonable prices makes all the ornate surroundings worth tolerating. And being devout keeps one strong in the presence of temptation.

On one occasion a small family visited for the first time. The mother soon found the textile section and began examining swatches. The husband and son wandered about.

Against a wall they noticed two shiny, silver doors that could move apart and then slide back together again.

The boy asked, "What is this, Father?"

The father responded, "Son, I cannot tell thee."

While the boy and his father were watching with amazement, an elderly and very obese matron in a wheel chair rolled up to the moving walls and pressed a button.

The doors opened and the lady rolled between them into a small room. The doors closed and the boy and his father watched the small circular numbers above the walls light up sequentially.

They continued to watch until the highest number was reached. Then the numbers began to light in the reverse order.

Finally the doors opened up again and a gorgeous, voluptuous 24-year-old blonde woman stepped out.

The father, not taking his eyes off the young woman, said quietly to his son, "Go fetch thy mother."

Fred W. Field
Fullerton, CA

   GIGGLES! Thank you, Fred; I far prefer your version to the one I used!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 03/12/11 - "Some Maxines" (#8 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.
   GIGGLES!  Thanks, Joyce!


From - 03/19/11:

A man wrote a letter to the IRS: “I have been unable to sleep knowing that I have cheated on my income tax. I understated my taxable income and have enclosed a check for $200.00. If I still can’t sleep, I will send the rest.” 

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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Concerto No. 1 in E major, Op. 8, RV 269, "La primavera" (Spring) - First Movement

- Antonio Vivaldi
(04 Mar 1678 - 28 July 1741)

Vivaldi's "Spring" midi courtesy of - 03/19/08

Image of British artist William Worthington's Painting, "The Druid" courtesy of - 03/19/08

Celtic Heart Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 10/05/05

Animated "NEW" clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

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!!

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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