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09/10/13 - 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,

   For reasons no longer known to me, I can never think of "The Ash Grove" without remembering     Carla Fine Cripps ('65) of South Australia, and the sweet, idyllic days of our childhood in the Stuart Homes Apartments and at Magruder School.

   Thanks, Carla - for everything!

BONUS - - The Ash Grove - Laura Wright


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.


    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 -   The late Bill Brewer ('57) (deceased 08/30/12)  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.


Tuesday, September 10, 1963 - Baseball player Randy Johnson was born Randall David Johnson in Walnut Creek, California.

Tuesday, September 10, 1963 - Novelist Marian Keyes was born in Limerick, Ireland.

Tuesday, September 10, 1963 - Drummer, songwriter, and producer (All, Descendents, The Lemonheads, and Only Crime) Bill Stevenson was born John William Stevenson in Torrance, California.





       - brand new page!

February 1942 Beacon, p. 58  



  From Wayne Agee ('58) of FL - 09/09/13 - "Birthdays":

Would you please add
 Katherine Elizabeth Agee (Glenny) ('64) to the Birthday Page. Kathy as you probably know passed away in July 2006 of heart issues (heart attack), and would have been 67 this October 18th, She was born 10/18/45.

I appreciate and thank you in advance.

   Thank you, Wayne! I've added Kathy to our Birthday Page, and updated her Memorial Newsletter and entry on the In Memoriam page for the Class of 1964 as well:

  From Jimmy Dick ('65) of FL - 09/09/13 - "COMING SOON: A BOOK FOR THE GLORY OF ANIMALS":
Since retiring a year ago I took some time off to evaluate what I wanted to do with the rest of my life.  One thing I always wanted to do was to be a successful author.  I dreamed of writing a book about something I really loved but always talked myself out of it, using my work as an excuse to put things off.
In the days leading up to my retirement, I prayed to God about my desire to write.  I always knew I had a gift for storytelling and I felt there were things that I was passionate about that would be beneficial to pass on to others, particularly Christian families.  I took an intensive writing course and embarked about a year ago on my writing adventure.  I was fortunate to have reasonable success pretty quickly, having a number of devotionals and short stories published.
After more prayer and discussion with my wife, I embarked on my ultimate adventure: writing and publishing my first book.  With her loving help and the love and support of my God I decided to write about something I love very much: all of the beautiful animals that I see daily.  You see, I live on a former small farm which I purchased in a rural part of the county and my wife and I have been passionate about saving animals that deserve a chance to live.  We interact daily with a large number of animals, including pets (dogs, cats, birds, and even a ferret), domestic animals (we have seven horses, now retired from English competition) and interesting “wild critters” who come to visit for a free meal from time to time.
My first book, Honey, We Shoulda’ Bought the Ark has been finished and is now undergoing layout and printing with my publisher, Outskirts Press.  It should be available to the public within the next two months.  It will be available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble and a few other sources.
It is a compilation of my true stories about what I have seen and witnessed with a number of my animals.  They include the miracle of seeing a foal being born, finding some of my geese dead at the hands of coyotes, the “pecking” order of the roosters, the funny talk and laughter of our two parrots, as well as the strength of the Boss Mare in controlling her herd, and many more.  The stories are designed to show God’s wonder and glory in the beauty of these majestic creatures and to impart how much we can learn from them.  They are sometimes joyous, sometimes sad, but always true.
Most of the stories are either short or broken up into sections which would make it a good bet for reading with children at bedtime.  While there are some words used that small children might not understand, using it in a joint sharing time with a parent would be a great way to expand vocabulary.
I just wanted to let you know about my book and decided one of the best ways to tell people about it was the email route.  I am also enclosing a final proof copy of the cover which will give you even more information.
If you might know of a family searching for appropriate family reading materials to use together, please let them know about it.  I’ve already had a few adults without children at home who have expressed their own interest when it comes available.  I think it has something wholesome to offer to the whole family.  I also have an active website: which contains much more information about me and my writing. I also write about politics to a considerable degree as I fear greatly for the future or our freedom.  The site has access to some stories as well as my blog which covers many subjects from a decidedly Christian and conservative point of view. There is also a page on the site to request information if desired.
Thank you for receiving this information and I hope you will find it of value.  Should you have any questions kindly contact me directly through either means listed below and God bless.  Without Him we can never hope to reach the ultimate goal: eternal life at His side.
With warmest regards,
James Dick
"Freedom of Speech and the Right to Bear Arms Protects Our Liberty."

   COOL BEANS! Congratulations and best wishes, Jimmy! Thanks so much for sharing this with us!

      From My Cousin, Stuart Atkinson (Warsaw HS - '63) of CO - 09/09/13:

  Thank you, Stuart! Love you!
Here's to all of you.... Makes one take a hard look
and be very honest with yourself.
It's REALLY time for me
to turn a big page.

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 08/23/13 - "For the dog lovers" (#16 in a Series of 18):


     AWW!  Thanks, Joyce!


BONUS WHISPER SHAWL KNIT PATTERN: - Whisper Shawl - "Knit in Soft Mohair yarn and a beautiful cluster stitch, this timeless style can be worn with casual or dressier fashions." - "...With soft whispers laden its leaves rustle o'er me..."

BONUS LEAFY GREENS RECIPE: - Leafy Greens - "Find Quick and Easy leafy greens Recipes! Choose from over 17 leafy greens recipes from sites like Epicurious and Allrecipes." - "...And wistfully searching the leafy green dome..."

- 09/09/13:

Did you hear about the restaurant on the Moon?

Great food but no Atmosphere.

1.Thursday, October 5, 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. 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. Friday night will also be open to the Classes of 1962 and 1964. SEE: The website which has been set up for their class at; CONTACT: Frank Gibson,, Joyce Williams Nettles,, or Susie Overton Jones,; FORM: Registration-Classes-of-1962-and-1964-B.docx

3. Wednesday, October 9, 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.

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 08/20/13

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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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

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

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

Animated Big Hugs Smiley clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 06/19/09
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

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