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09/10/10 - NNHS Newsletter -
The Ash Grove

A memory is what is left when something happens
and does not completely unhappen.”

- Edward de Bono
(b. 19 May 1933)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Today's Newsletter theme comes to us from    Dustin Baker (Norview HS - '65) of MA - 09/10/10:

... Once in a while I'll pick out the tune to "The Ash Grove" and Rob(erta) will play her flute.  Scenes of our childhood and all that good stuff, you know?

   Oh, I DO know! Thanks, Dusty - for everything!

BONUS - - The Ash Grove - Nana Mouskouri


The Ash Grove (Welsh: Llwyn Onn) is a traditional Welsh folk song whose melody has been set to numerous sets of lyrics. The most well-known was written, in English, by John Oxenford in the 19th century.

The first published version of the tune was in 1802 in "The Bardic Museum". The book was written by Edward Jones, a harpist. About 4 years later a version with words appeared, under the name "Llwyn Onn". It tells of a sailor's love for "Gwen of Llwyn". The tune might be much older, as a similar tune appears in "The Beggar's Opera" by John Gay (1728), in the song "Cease Your Funning". In 1922 , however Kidson claimed that John Gay's tune derives from the morris dance tune "Constant Billy", which is first known in Playford's "Dancing Master".

The tune of "The Ash Grove" is used for the hymn "Let All Things Now Living" in 1939 by composer Katherine K. Davis. This hymnal version resulted in it being included on a number of Christmas albums up through the 50s; like Jan August's 1955 album "Christmas Favorites" (Mercury Records #MG 20160). It was in use as a hymnal long before the 20th century under the title "The Master Hath Come" by Sarah Doudney (1871) and has been updated since in a retelling of the nativity by Robert Cullinan as "On This Night, Most Holy" (1996). Around 1962 another song called "The Irish Free State" was written to this tune. "The Ash Grove" featured in the 1980 BBC mini-series Pride and Prejudice.


From Bill Gross ('49) of VA - 09/08/10 - "NNHS Classes of 1948":

Newport News High School classes of February and June 1948 are planning their 62nd reunion on Sat., Oct. 2nd and Sun., Oct. 3rd at Point Plaza Suites at City Center on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, NN.  There will be a barbeque and dinner on Saturday and a brunch on Sunday. 

For details:  Bill Gross, 757-595-3203.

Bill Gross

   Thanks, Bill!

      From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA - 08/06/10 - "Update on locations - Class of 1965's 45-Year Reunion - Friday and Saturday, October 15 and 16, 2010 - OPEN TO ALL CLASSES!":

Friday evening we’ll meet at 7:00 PM at the home of    Lynn Walker Brothers ’65 and her husband Barry (York HS - '65).  They have graciously extended an offer to open their home for the event.  Light hors d’oeuvres will be served, and we would request a $5.00 donation to assist in covering the expenses for that evening if you attend.  The change in location was decided when members of the reunion committee thought the original location might not be as suitable for conversation as originally planned.  The Brothers residence is located at 304 Dogwood Drive, Newport News.  The telephone number is 757-595-4116.  We’ll post a map providing directions.

Dave - significantly updated 08/07/10 and 09/02/10!

 - updated 09/09/10! 

   Thank you, Dave!

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/30/10 - "BIRTHDAY CRUISE":



I just reviewed my contract with the Spirit of Norfolk. I must give them the final attendee count and final payment no later than 23 September. That means that I must receive your reservation and check no later than 20 September.

However, keep in mind that I cannot guarantee you a seat, after the first 40 seats are reserved.

 BOTTOM LINE: Send your reservation now, if you want to be assured of a seat. - Saturday, October 23, 2010, 8:00 to 11:00 PM, Norfolk, VA - updated 07/30/10!

         NNHS-64-64-CRUISE-INVITATION.doc -

        - 21 slots left! - updated 09/09/10! 

   Thanks, David!


   Happy Birthday today to      The late Mr. Pete Robinson (deceased - 12/23/03)!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to         The late Bobby Hedrick ('58) (deceased 08/31/09) AND   J. Harrison ('58) of GA AND    My Grandson, Jimmy Harty of TX;

   Happy Birthday this week to:

14 - Billy Brewer ('57) AND   Jeanette Parrish Houston ('64) of VA AND    Rick Harman ('65) of VA;

16 -   Tena Goodson Hensel ('39) of VA AND    The late Mr. John Huller ('43) (deceased 07/29/09) AND Brian Cooper of SC;

17 - The late Mr. George McIntosh (deceased - 05/04/05) AND Hugh McLawhorne ('57) AND   Ed Nichols ('62) of Northern VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


September 10, 1939 - The submarine HMS Oxley was mistakenly sunk by the submarine HMS Triton near Norway and became the Royal Navy's first loss.

September 10, 1939 - Canada declared war on Nazi Germany, joining the Allies France, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia.

September 10, 1940 - In Britain, Buckingham Palace was hit by a German bomb.

September 10, 1942 - The British Army carried out an amphibious landing on Madagascar to re-launch Allied offensive operations in the Madagascar Campaign.

September 10, 1942 - U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt mandated gasoline rationing as part of the U.S. wartime effort.

September 10, 1943 - German forces began their occupation of Rome.

September 10, 1945 - Vidkun Quisling was sentenced to death in Norway for his collaboration with Nazi Germany after the 1940 invasion. He was the founder of Norway's National Party in 1934, which was an imitation of Hitler's National Socialist Party.

September 10, 1948 - Mildred "Axis Sally" Gillars was indicted for treason in Washington, DC. Gillars, a Nazi radio propagandist, was convicted and spent 12 years in prison.

September 10, 1952 - The German and Israeli governments signed an agreement that provided almost a billion dollars in reparations for Nazi war crimes against Jewish people.

September 10, 1989 - The Hungarian government opened its border for East German refugees.

September 10, 2002 - The film "Max" had its world premiere. The movie stars John Cusack as a fictional Jewish gallery owner that becomes mentor to Adolf Hitler.


Friday, September 10, 1965 - Religious leader Father Divine (born @ 1876) died in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania.

From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) - 08/05/10 and 09/03/10 - "Vote for Grace (REPEATED)":

  This is my daughter Laura's dog in a contest to be on the cover of a bag of dog food.

Vote every day for Grace. Thanks.

   Oh, Laura is your daughter, Norris! Well, that makes it all the more important!

   I've included the link to all the candidates named Grace, along with the image of The Real Grace, lest there be any confusion. As y'all can see, she's a Weimaraner from Richmond.


Grace is #1 in pet of the month:

and #3 in pet of the year: 

  WOWZERONI!!! That's fabulous, Norris! 

   Vote early, and vote often - or at least cast your allotted daily vote!

From My Friend, Cheryl, of NC - 09/08/10 - "Get your flag ready.":



Please join us in this FLY THE FLAG campaign...

On Saturday, September 11th, 2010, an American flag should be displayed outside every home, apartment, office, and store in the United States . Every individual should make it their duty to display an American flag on this ninth anniversary of one our country's worst tragedies. We do this honor of those who lost their lives on 9/11, their families, friends and loved ones who continue to endure the pain, and those who today are fighting at home and abroad to preserve our cherished freedoms.
In the days, weeks and months following 9/11, our country was bathed in American flags as citizens mourned the incredible losses and stood shoulder-to-shoulder against terrorism. Sadly, those flags have all but disappeared. Our patriotism pulled us through some tough times and it shouldn't take another attack to galvanize us in solidarity. Our American flag is the fabric of our country and together we can prevail over terrorism of all kinds.
Action Plan:
So, here's what we need you to do ...
(1) Forward this email. Take a moment to think back to how you felt on 9/11 and let those sentiments guide you.
(2) Fly an American flag of any size on 9/11. Honestly, Americans should fly the flag year-round, but if you don't, then at least make it a priority on this day.
Thank you for your participation.
God Bless You and God Bless America !!!

   Thank you so much, Cheryl! I've seen a large increase in flags being displayed all across this area!

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 09/08/10 - "NNHS":

Dear Wimpus:
As promised, here is the reply from     Donny White ('60) of VA.
TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL


I lived in Hampton and attended Hampton schools through the 9th grade.  My father was a NNHS grad and sent me to NNHS in the 10th grade.  I graduated from NNHS in 1960—attended a prep school for one year—graduated from VMI in 1965—served a two year tour with the Army (1966-1968) and settled down into teaching and coaching.  I was a teacher/coach at NNHS from 1968 to 1970—and returned to VMI as a coach in 1971.  I was a coach at VMI for 15 years, football and baseball—moved to Richmond in 1987—was a high school athletic director for 6 years—and ultimately returned to VMI as the Athletic Director in 1998. 

All of the time that I have worked at VMI, I have been a civilian.  Most all of the employees at VMI wear a military uniform—members of the Virginia Militia, unorganized, and many have served active duty time in the services.  The athletic director position is a civilian position however.

I do remember you.  You worked at WW II Pool as a lifeguard, I believe.  I followed in your footsteps, I think, since I was a lifeguard at the pool in the summers of 1959, 1960, and 1961.  My first summer at the pool, the guards were  Coach Nuttycombe    Billy Roady and me.    Steve Hochman joined us in my second and third years at the pool.

I hope you are doing well.


Donny White

   Now see how easy that was, Joe! Donny remembered you and everything! Whereas if I had written him, well, you know... WILDEST GIGGLES!!!

   Thanks, Major Madagan!

  From Renee Helterbran Benton ('59) of VA - 09/08/10 - "Re:   Charlotte Rawls Bowry ('59)":

Charlotte Rawls Bowry, her mother, Mildred, and sister-in-law, Jean, were clients of mine many years ago.  Jean's husband was Thomas A. Bowry.  The last address and phone I have for Jean is (available on request). Hope this helps in locating Charlotte. 

   Thanks so much, Renee! I sent your note on to     Brownie (Shaffer Haracivet - '62 - of VA)!

    From Dale Parsons ('48) of VA - 09/08/10 - "Check out A Reminder That Laughter is the Best Medicine |":

This is for some of the older grads to see.

   WILD GIGGLES! What a hoot! Thanks, Dale!

       From Carol Anne Comer Cutler ('70) of VA - 09/09/10 - "Larry":

Larry is getting stronger every day.  He is really starting to get bored.  His glasses were destroyed in the accident, so he hasn't even been able to read.  We went to see    Dr. Robert Shapiro - NNHS '63 - yesterday.  He gave him an eye exam and he should have new glasses by next Wednesday.
Thank you for your concerns and those prayers are appreciated.

   SUPER-DE-DUPER! Thank you, Carol - and you're welcome!

   From Bill Roady ('60) of VA - 09/09/10 - "mailing list":


Please put me back on your mailing list.  I made a HUGE mistake and removed your newsletter.


   Oh, dear! I double checked, Bill, and you're still on my mailing list! I strongly suspect that it was nothing either you or I did, but the ever vigilant Spam Filters - who persist in thinking that I R Spam. I've made changes in the way I send the Newsletter announcements, but so far they don't seem to be helping.....

   Thanks for letting me know!

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 09/09/10 - "Class of 1957 Alumni Listing.":

Hi, Carol:

You were so very kind to list my email address on your website. Since I am no longer an Administrator at Marines-Together We Served my email in that domain was closed.

Kindly update my email address on your website Class of 1957 Alumni page to:

You can publish it in the Clear in this message, if you use it for the Newsletter.

Thank You, and for all you do for the TYPHOON Nation.

TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   OOPS! I thought I'd already fixed that for you, Joe! Apparently I fixed only the Contact Page and not the Alumni Page. I think I finally have it right now!


    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 09/04/10 - " BET YOU'LL SEND IT!!":  

68% will send this on... 
Should be a 100% 







~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ 

I was asked to send this on if I agree, or delete if I don't. 

It is said that 86% of Americans believe in God. 

Therefore I have a very hard time understanding why there is 
such a problem in having 'In God! We Trust' on our money and 
having 'God' in the Pledge of Allegiance. 

I believe it's time we stand up for what we believe! 

If you agree, pass this on, if not, delete. 


   Thank you, Glenn - I DO agree!

       From George Helliesen ('61) of MI - 09/09/10 - "Ideal Husbands":

This is for the wives of the household……..

While creating Husbands, God promised Women that good and ideal Husbands would be found in all corners of the world.

And then he made the earth round.


   WILD GIGGLES! Thanks, George!


    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 09/09/10 - "  Mack in a Small World.":

Hi, Carol:
  Frequently your subscribers, and the Webmistress post photo images of their grandchildren, so let me share one of my grandson John Carmack Hubbel of Overland Park, Kansas. He is age seven, but the photo was taken on his sixth birthday. My youngest daughter gave "Mack" his middle name to honor his grandmother who lived in California.

Later, when my daughter did some work on the Family Tree, she found that the late grandmother was born in Tennessee and was related to Coach J.C. "Cowboy" Range (23 Dec 1914 - 13 Jan 1980).

Few TYPHOON ever knew that his name was Jacob Carmack Range.

Needless to say, we are so pleased that he is known by his middle name, and I think of the Coach when calling out to my grandson, who by the way is playing football. It really is a small world.

Mack Hubbel

TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   WOWZERONI!!! That is the COOLEST of Small World stories! Thank you so much for sharing it with us, Adonis!


   From Jane Chambers of VA - 07/01/09, 02/07/10, AND 07/31/10 - "CNC BOOK BROCHURE & AD" AND 61-62 DECADERS ADDENDA AND DRAMATIC WORKSHOPS STUDENTS: 

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

   Thanks, Jane!

From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 09/05/10 - "Thank You, Lord (#5 in a Series of 8)":

This is a sweet reminder of how blessed we are.
God bless you all!


      Thank you, Dearest Judy!



From ArcaMax Jokes - 09/09/10:

Penny Scale

A husband stepped on one of those penny scales that tell you your fortune and weight and dropped in a coin.

"Listen to this," he said to his wife, showing her a small, white card. "It says I'm energetic, bright, resourceful and a great lover."

"Yeah," his wife nodded, "and it has your weight wrong, too." 


1. Saturday, October 2, 2010 - Evelyn's Birthday Party for Everyone - Canepa Cottage, Buckroe Beach - 2:00 PM. For details, contact Evelyn Fryer Fish ('58) of TX at - SEE: - OPEN TO EVERYBODY!

2. Saturday, October 2 and Sunday, October 3, 2010 - The NNHS Classes of February and June 1948 will hold their 62-Year Reunion at Point Plaza Suites at City Center on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard in Newport News, VA: a barbeque and dinner on Saturday and a brunch on Sunday.
For details, contact Bill Gross at or 757-595-3203.

3. Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 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 fiends in that year, go visit with them.

4. Saturday, October 9, 2010 - "TYPHOON TAILGATE - STOKES' REVENGE 2" - from 10:00 AM and onwards at CNU Parking Lot N - SPONSORED BY THE CLASS OF 1966 AND THE SPD; OPEN TO ALL - -

5. Saturday, October 9, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1963 will celebrate their 65th Birthdays at a Party at the Virginia Power Clubhouse, 1701 Waterview at Yorktown from 5:00 PM to 10:PM. For details, contact Susie Overton Jones at - CLASS OF 1963

6. Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 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.

7. Friday and Saturday, October 15 and 16, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1965 will hold its 45-Year Reunion. For details, contact Dave Arnold at - SEE: - - OPEN TO ALL CLASSES, HOSTED BY THE CLASS OF 1965

8. Saturday, October 23, 2010, 8:00 to 11:00 PM, Norfolk - The NNHS Class of 1964 will hold an evening cruise on the Spirit of Norfolk to celebrate their 64th Birthdays. For details, contact Dave Spriggs at and SEE: -NNHS-64-64-CRUISE-INVITATION.doc - - - CLASS OF 1964

9. Saturday, April 30, 2010 - 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

10. Saturday, July 9, 2011 (6:30 PM to 11:30 PM) - The Class of 1971 will hold its 40-Year at Point Plaza Suites and Conference Hotel, 950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News. For details, contact Richard Rawls at - CLASS OF 1971

PRAYER ROLL : - updated 08/22/10 BLOG: - updated 08/04/09

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

                                 Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

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The Ash Grove

Lyrics by John Oxenford (12 Aug 1812 – 21 Feb 1877)

Music - Traditional Welsh folk song

The ash grove, how graceful, how plainly 'tis speaking,
The wind [harp] through it playing has language for me.
Whenever the light through its branches is breaking
A host of kind faces is gazing on me.  
The friends of my childhood again are before me,
Each step wakes a memory as freely I roam.
With soft whispers laden its leaves rustle o'er me,
The ash grove, the ash grove again [alone] is my home.

My laughter is over, my step loses lightness,
Old countryside measures steal soft on my ear;
I only remember the past and its brightness, 
The dear ones I mourn [long] for again gather here.
From out of the shadows their loving looks greet me
And wistfully searching the leafy green dome,
I find other faces fond bending to greet me, 
The ash grove, the ash grove alone is my home.

My lips smile no more, my heart loses its lightness
No dream of my future my spirit can cheer;
I only can brood on the past and its brightness,
The dead I have mourned are again living here.
From ev'ry dark nook they press forward to meet me;
I lift up my eyes to the broad leafy dome,
And others are there looking downward to greet me;
The ash grove, the ash grove alone is my home.

"The Ash Grove" midi courtesy of - 06/19/03
"The Ash Grove" lyrics courtesy of - 06/19/03

Image of Ash Grove courtesy of - 09/11/10 (sic)

Twig Flower Bar # 17  Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 02/08/10

Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of - 07/07/06

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of - 05/29/06

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

Animated USMC, Army, and Navy Flags clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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 Cheering Smiley clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05 (re-saved 02/27/09)
Thanks, Al!

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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