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01/19/07 - NNHS Newsletter -
Robert E. Lee’s 200th Birthday

"You can have anything you want - if you want it badly enough.
You can be anything you want to be, have anything you desire,
accomplish anything you set out to accomplish -
if you will hold to that desire with singleness of purpose."

- Robert Edward Lee
(19 Jan 1807 - 12 Oct 1870)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   I trust you remembered that today is Robert E. Lee's 200th birthday!


   Do y'all really need homework?!?  Do you not know all these things by hearts?!?  Surely your genetic memories have not become so filtered down by the passage of time that you've forgotten...

   Good!  Then we'll just consider these refreshers as paying homage to a Great Man.

     From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/17/07 - "Re: Robert E. Lee's 200th Birthday":

I hate to sound like a broken record (pun intended), but "Ashokan Farewell" has become uniquely associated with the Civil War, but not with either side.

It is appropriately melancholy, but not sopping. It captures the rural flavor of much of the war, but would be entirely appropriate in a New York or Charleston parlor. It reflects the gentleness, dignity, and solemnity of General Lee.

I believe that it will bring a tear to the eye of the readers, regardless of their leanings.

The MP3 file is attached; I believe you already have a MIDI.

   "A tear to the eye"?!?  Why, Captain, are you implying that I am easily moved to tears?!?

   Thank you, Brown Eyes!  Nobody does it better!


   Today is also the birthday of Eileen Rash Vaught ('57), who once in the meridian of time gave me private flute lessons in her home.  Happy Birthday, Eileen - and thanks!

From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 01/17/07 - "Inspirations...":
~ Life is a Bag of Frozen Peas ~

 A few weeks after my first wife, Georgia, was called to heaven, I was cooking dinner for my son and myself. For a vegetable, I decided on frozen peas. As I was cutting open the bag, it slipped from my hands and crashed to the floor. The peas, like marbles, rolled everywhere. I tried to use a broom, but with each swipe the peas rolled across the kitchen, bounced off the wall on the other side and rolled in another direction.

 My mental state at the time was fragile. Losing a spouse is an unbearable pain. I got on my hands and knees and pulled them into a pile to dispose of. I was half laughing and half crying as I collected them. I could see the humor in what happened, but it doesn’t take much for a person dealing with grief to break down.

 For the next week, every time I was in the kitchen, I would find a pea that had escaped my first cleanup. In a corner, behind a table leg, in the frays at the end of a mat, or hidden under a heater, they kept turning up. Eight months later I pulled out the refrigerator to clean, and found a dozen or so petrified peas hidden underneath.

 At the time I found those few remaining peas, I was in a new relationship with a wonderful woman I met in a widow/widower support group. After we married, I was reminded of those peas under the refrigerator. I realized my life had been like that bag of frozen peas. It had shattered. My wife was gone. I was in a new city with a busy job and a son having trouble adjusting to his new surroundings and the loss of his mother. I was a wreck. I was a bag of spilled, frozen peas. My life had come apart and scattered.

 When life gets you down; when everything you know comes apart; when you think you can never get through the tough times, remember, it is just a bag of scattered, frozen peas. The peas can be collected and life will move on. You will find all the peas. First the easy peas come together in a pile. You pick them up and start to move on. Later you will find the bigger and harder to find peas. When you pull all the peas together, life will be whole again.

 The life you know can be scattered at any time. You will move on, but how fast you collect your peas depends on you. Will you keep scattering them around with a broom, or will you pick them up one-by-one and put your life back together?

 How will you collect your peas?

~ Michael T. Smith ~

   Thank you, Shari!  I really appreciated these!

From Wayne Agee ('58) of FL - 01/17/07 - "Memories in Black and White, It's a little long but kinda neat.":

A great site with many good memories.

For a wonderful few minutes of reminiscing, turn on your sound and click on the link below.  You will enjoy it.  If you think you are too young to recall black and white TV, just click on it anyway and see what we oldsters used to watch.  Listen to the commercials in the background.  I'll bet you will remember at least one of them.

   This is great, Wayne!  Thanks!!!

  From Jay Styles ('68) of VA - 01/17/07:

Good Evening Carol,
Just wanted to say Happy New Year, hope you had a safe one.  Winter has finally arrived.
Did I not notice that on January 11, of this current year, you agreed to accept birthdays from us and gladly yet?  I'll give you another if you need.  You'll have to excuse me, I just finished my second mid-night shift.  Oh, the 13 yr old girl that I told you about came out of her coma just before Christmas, what a wonderful Christmas present. 


Jay Styles, '68

   Hi, Sweetie!

   Yes, of course!  I've been trying to pull birthdays outta eva'body for quite some time now!

   And that is fabulous news about the girl!  Thanks for letting me know!

From My Cousin, Jim Atkinson (John R. Tucker HS - '77) of VA (in response to my ridiculous query of whether he attended John Marshall HS) - 01/17/07 - "Well, You Got the "John" Right...":

...but his last name was not Marshall, it was Tucka (as my mother would say). J.R. Tucker, that is. Marshall served the north side of Richmond (city). There were four "highs" in western Henrico Co. at that time (Tucka, Hermitage, D.S. Freeman and of course, Henrico). The standard joke was: Tucka, well he was, among other things, a former state attorney general; Freeman, a civil war historian extraordinaire; Henrico, well most Virginia counties have a high school bearing the county name; but what the heck is a Hermitage? Anyway, high school humor - you had to be there. I was a Tucka conscript (enrollee against will) from 1973 - 1977. Oh it wasn't that bad. I vastly preferred the western Virginia frontier existence of Clifton Forge and the Dabney S. Lancaster C.C. (1977 - 1981) and Ferrum (1982- 1984). where the men were men and the women were too.

Watch your top knot, I've already lost most of mine ; )

   It's the stuff that's "posta" be under the top knot that seems to be missing in my case.....

   Thanks, Jim!

  From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 01/17/07 - "Don't Overthink the Problem":

Everyone concentrates on the problems we're having in this country lately; illegal immigration, hurricane recovery, wild animals attacking humans in Florida .

Not me. I concentrate on solutions to problems. The result is a win-win-win situation:

     + Dig a moat the length of the Mexican border

     + Use the dirt to raise the levies in New Orleans

     + Put the Florida alligators in the moat.

Any other problems you would like for me to solve today?

   Now, that does simplify life, doesn't it?!?  GIGGLES!!!  Thanks, Joan!

From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 01/18/07 - "missing kids and missing adults":

If you have not already done so, these sites provide 2 search sites. Unfortunately there seem to be a lot of sites with missing individuals, however if enough look maybe some of the missing can be reunited with their loved ones. Good sites to pass to all in your in-box.

   These are very important sites!  Thanks, Shari!

From One of my Famous Marines -    Herb Hice of MI, who served in the Pacific Theater during WWII -01/18/07 - "Dear Carol, The Work Of GOD !!!":

Dear Carol,

God must have worked overtime to create A Masterpiece such as this ROSE !!! This is one of many roses that you sent me, 

Your Friend, Herbie



   Thanks, Herbie Darlin'!   My friend, Judy of IL sent me that lovely rose.  I thought you'd like it! 

   (And thanks, Judy!)


  From Jean Lankes (Hampton HS - '72) of VA - 01/18/07 - "Buckroe Jet Crash":

Just wanted to say "thank you" to all of the people who contributed memories, photos, scans, etc. regarding the 1966 crash.... and proving that I didn't just imagine this tragedy. The personal stories were positively hair-raising.
And thank YOU, Carol, for making this possible!
Jean Lankes
HHS 72

   Certainly, Jean!  As tragic as it was, I really appreciated the opportunity to learn all about that.  It was one of those things I didn't know I didn't know.  Thanks so much for your original inquiry!

  From Edna Whitcomb Harrison ('65) of VA - 01/15/07 and    Karen Weinstein Witte ('60) of FL - 01/16/07 - "Last Chance to Save Lots B at Buckroe":

From Sandra Canepa ('56) of VA - 01/15/07:


Lots B – The former Buckroe Amusement Park site

"be the change you want to see in the world"

-- Ghandi


The Hampton City Council will take a

FINAL VOTE on January 24.



  • MOST IMPORTANT  --  Every Hampton resident who wants Buckroe's Lots B saved as a city park MUST show up for the Hampton City Council meeting, Jan 24, 8th Floor, Hampton City Hall, 7:30 pm
  • Bring children with Frisbees and/or footballs.  Council members are parents and grandparents and seeing children in attendance who want a park should have an impact on the way Council votes
  • FORWARD THIS EMAIL for action to your friends and family!  Do this today
  • Call Council at 727-6315 or send e-mail to and express your support for OPTION D-1.  Do this before Jan 24
  • Send a Letter to the Editor of the Daily Press at Do this today
  • Wear an OPTION D-1 sign at the Council meeting on Jan 24 – make your own or pick one up at the meeting
  • Place an OPTION D-1 sign in your car window until Jan 24
  • Become better informed.  To view Lots B and OPTION D-1 and for more details, visit

Citizen turnout at the Hampton City Council meeting on January 24 is 'critical' for the future of public space at Buckroe Beach.  The evening will be long.  Hopefully, your sacrificing an evening at Hampton City Hall to show your support for Option D-1 will be the one thing that will make a difference in Council’s vote.



Our personal message to you:

Lots B are the former sites of the Buckroe Beach Amusement Park and are the last near Bay Front property in Hampton owned totally by the public.  Original plans did call for Lots B to be sold to developers for private residential housing.  However, we have been working over the last two years to save Lots B for public use and to add them to the existing Buckroe Park where the Buckroe Pavilion sits.

Over 12,000 Hampton residents signed the petition to "Stop the Condos at Buckroe," and over 400 citizens "voted" for Option D/D-1 in the recent city-sponsored public opinion survey.  Council has seen your signatures, but now they must see you in person on Jan 24. 

Not big on public speaking?  You do not have to address Council, but we will ask those present to stand in a show of support.

It has been said that upscale residential development on Lots B will revitalize the older Buckroe neighborhood.  If this is the case, why didn't Morningview, Cantamar, Chesapeake Landing, and the Salt Ponds development achieve this?

It has been argued that Hampton needs the revenue from the sale of Lots B to pay for new schools, etc.  There has not been a new school built in the city for 30 years; why should it happen at the expense of the public's last and only near Bay Front property?

Our goal is to keep Buckroe's public space public.  Working together now and showing up on Jan 24 will make a difference.  Check out  for more information on Option D-1.

Thank You,

Green Space Ladies (GSL)

Sandra Canepa, Trish Ferraro, Cecile Trevathan

The Buckroe Bay Front -- a "Sanctuary for the Spirit" and the "Family Room" of our city , "...a room meant for play and relaxation"  for all people.  --GSL



   Thank you, Edna and Karen - and Sandra!

   The moment to act is NOW, Sweetie-Pies!!!


   Reunion information is ALWAYS posted very near the top on the front page, and on the Reunion Page section:

   Henceforth, it will be repeated here, lest you forget:
The NNHS Class of 1960
will hold a
Typhoon Informal Reunion

on Saturday, August 4th, 2007 at the lovely beach
home of Mary Ann Edwards Elliot on Willoughby
Spit. This will be an afternoon into evening beach
party with covered dish dinner.

Karen Weinstein Witte
14314 Wadsworth Dr. Odessa, FL  33556


The NNHS Class of 1962
will hold its 45-Year Reunion
on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 21, 22 and 23, 2007 at the Point Plaza Suites, 950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23601.

Suites will be available that will include breakfast
on Saturday and Sunday.

Visit Brenda's 1962 Web Page:


The NNHS Class of 1957 
is planning its 50-Year Class Reunion,
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday,
September 7, 8 and 9, 2007
at the Omni Hotel in Newport News, VA.

More details to follow!

The NNHS Class of 1958
is planning its 50th Anniversary Reunion,

Friday and Saturday, May 16 -17, 2008.

The Noble Gathering

More details to follow!

From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 01/02/06 - "Why People Move South" (#9 in a series of 11):



  Uhhhh, okay, that's baaaad!!! 

   Thanks, Shari!

Any More Questions?  

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305

Ashokan Farewell

Words by Grian MacGregor
Music by Jay Ungar

The sun is sinking low in the sky above Ashokan.
The pines and the willows know soon we will part.
There's a whisper in the wind of promises unspoken,
And a love that will always remain in my heart.

My thoughts will return to the sound of your laughter,
The magic of moving as one,
And a time we'll remember long ever after
The moonlight and music and dancing are done.

Will we climb the hills once more?
Will we walk the woods together?
Will I feel you holding me close once again?
Will every song we've sung stay with us forever?
Will you dance in my dreams or my arms until then?

Under the moon the mountains lie sleeping
Over the lake the stars shine.
They wonder if you and I will be keeping
The magic and music, or leave them behind.

"Ashokan Farewell" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/24/06
Thanks, Dave!

"Ashokan Farewell" lyrics courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/24/06
Thanks again, Dave!  I did not know that lyrics existed!

Early R. E. Lee Image courtesy of - 07/23/04

Later R. E. Lee Image courtesy of - 01/18/05

Large Confederate Divider Bar clip art courtesy of - 01/18/05

Small Confederate Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 05/31/06

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!

Army Seal clip art also courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
Thanks again, Al!

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks, Herbie!

Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

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