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01/25/07 - NNHS Newsletter -
Leaving on a Jet Plane

"It never gets easier, you just go faster."

 - Greg LeMond

Friday, August 5, 2005 - Somewhere
Between Here and There

Friday, August 5, 2005 - Somewhere
Between Here and There

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Despite the lyrics of this song, I do know when I'll be back again - Thursday night, February 1.



   Today is a Very Big Day for one of my oldest friends,   Jeannie Collier Fitzgerald ('65) of VA.

    Happy Birthday, Lady!!!

   There will not be another Newsletter before February 2, so we'll take this time to wish a Big Happy Birthday to all those who will be celebrating in the next few days:

28 - Courtney Russ ('57)
28 - Jennie Sheppard ('62) of NC - 1944
28 - Rick Billings ('65) of NC - 1948
29 - Nancy Keesee (Tucker) Crawley ('57) of TX
30 - Charlie Phillips ('65) of TN - 1947
01 - Paul Dobie ('66) of CO

    Happy Birthday, One and All!!!



From    Dee Hodges Bartram ('66) of VA to     Dave Arnold ('65) of VA - 01/23/07 - "NNHS February Fling":


I have reserved Angelo's Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard for February 24 from 6-10 p.m. for a get together of all classes.  It will be completely casual.  Just come in for some dinner or just to say hi.  All I ask is that you let me know if you are coming so I can have an accurate count so Angelo can decide if he needs more waitresses that night.

Please pass this on to any class alumni and ask them to contact me if they would like to come.  They can either e-mail me or call me at 868-8443.

Please, also tell them that if the weather is bad to call Angelo's at 599-5727 to make sure the dinner is still on.

Thanks and I hope to see you there!!

Dee Hodges Bartram

   From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA to    Dee Hodges Bartram ('66) of VA - 01/23/07:

What a nice idea, Dee .  Iíll get the message out tonight to all the locals on our list.  After I speak with   Pam (Smith Arnold - '65 - of VA) Iíll let you know regarding attendance.


Captain Dave Arnold
Director of Personnel and Training
Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail
9320 Merrimac Trail Williamsburg, VA 23185

   From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA to the Class of 1965 - 01/23/07:

  Dee Hodges Bartram ('66 - of VA) has arranged an "all classes" dinner at Angelo's Restaurant on Route 17 in Newport News.  The date is Saturday, Feb. 24th at 6:00 p.m.  If you would like to attend, notify Dee with a count to be sure the restaurant reserves enough space.  Dee may be contacted at, or (757) 868-8443.  Make plans now and we'll see you there.

   WOWZERONI-RINI-ROONI!!!  How cool!  Y'all have fun!

   Thanks, Dave - and Dee!


  From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 01/23/07 - "QUOTES BY GREAT LADIES":

Just because someone said it, doesn't mean it's true; but, then again...


Inside every older lady is a younger lady -- wondering what the hell
-Cora Harvey Armstrong-

Inside me lives a skinny woman crying to get out. But I can usually shut her
up with cookies.

The hardest years in life are those between ten and seventy.
-Helen Hayes (at 73)-

I refuse to think of them as chin hairs. I think of them as stray eyebrows.
-Janette Barber-

Things are going to get a lot worse before they get worse.
-Lily Tomlin-

A male gynecologist is like an auto mechanic who never owned a car.
-Carrie Snow-

Laugh and the world laughs with you. Cry and you cry with your girlfriends.
-Laurie Kuslansky-

My second favorite household chore is ironing. My first being, hitting my
head on the top bunk bed until I faint.
-Erma Bombeck-

Old age ain't no place for sissies.
-Bette Davis-

A man's got to do what a man's got to do. A woman must do what he can't.
-Rhonda Hansome-

The phrase "working mother"! is redundant.
-Jane Sellman-

Every time I close the door on reality, it comes in through the windows.
-Jennifer Unlimited-

Whatever women must do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half
as good. Luckily, this is not difficult.
-Charlotte Whitton-

Thirty-five is when you finally get your head together and your body starts
falling apart.
-Caryn Leschen-

I try to take one day at a time -- but sometimes several days attack me at
-Jennifer Unlimited-

If you can't be a good example -- then you'll just have to be a horrible
-Catherine Aird

When I was young, I was put in a school for retarded kids for two years
before they realized I actually had a hearing loss. And they called ME slow!
-Kathy Buckley-

I'm not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes because I know I'm not dumb --
I also know I'm not blonde.
-Dolly Parton-

If high heels were so wonderful, men would still be wearing them.
-Sue Grafton-

I'm not going to vacuum 'til Sears makes one you can ride on.
-Roseanne Barr-

When women are depressed they either eat or go shopping. Men invade another
-Elayne Boosler-

Behind every successful man is a surprised woman.
-Maryon Pearson-

In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything
done, ask a woman.
-Margaret Thatcher-

I have yet to hear a man ask for advice on how to combine marriage and a
-Gloria Steinem-

I am a marvelous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man, I keep his house.
-Zsa Zsa Gabor-

Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission.
-Eleanor Roosevelt-

   GIGGLES!!!  Thanks, Wayne Honey!


  From Margaret Hoban Wilner ('65) of PA - 01/23/07 - "Steeler Nation":

I just want to say how happy I am to have Mike Tomlin, a peninsula native, as the Steelers head coach. From what I have read, he sounds like a great guy with all the qualities the Rooney's want. Go Steelers! 

   COOL!!!  Thanks, Lady!


  From Donna Chadwell Nunemaker ('64) of FL and VA - 01/23/07:

Hi Carol -
This is in response to a question in the 1/23/07 newsletter by Helen Porter wanting to know about "Steak & Egg" Restaurant in Newport News.
There was one in Hilton Village for YEARS and then closed. It has since been several different restaurants that didn't make it.   
Donna Chadwell Nunemaker '64
Fl & Va

   SUPER!!!  Thanks, Donna!


  From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 01/23/07 - "Steak and Egg...":

I believe that Steak and Egg Restaurant was up on Warwick Boulevard but    DAVID (Spriggs - '64 - of VA) is the one who would know...or find out!!!  It seems like Anne Davidson ('64) and I went by there...we may have eaten there.  Anne lived in the apartments on River Road across from the Riverside Baptist Church and we were up and down Warwick Boulevard fairly often.  Her mother worked at Nick Allen Motors
Hey we finally got snow last night.  Since I am a certified lunatic I went out with my dark coat on, my magnifying glass, and my flashlight to look at snowflakes.  I cannot describe how thrilling it is for me to look at those tiny, perfect six-pointed works of art and affirm "Our God is an Awesome God".  No shoveling was less than an inch of the white stuff this time.

   GOOD FOR YOU, Lady!!!  Thanks!


  From Edna Whitcomb Harrison ('65) of VA - 01/21/07 - "PLEASE POST AS SOON AS POSSIBLE":


My brother Adrian Whitcomb (Class of 1967) has been working to try to save Buckroe Beach. I am forwarding the e-mail that he sent to me and obviously sent to many others. At the bottom of the e-mail is a copy of the editorial that he wrote for the Daily Press. This is of interest to anyone that wants to preserve Buckroe Beach.

Have a really great trip.

I am sending this to you because I believe that you care about the recreational opportunities and the waterfront access that we who live on the Virginia Peninsula have now and will have in the future.
Above is a photo of the land at Buckroe Beach that Hampton wants to develop. All that would remain as a park would be the two block wide strip of land next to the beach. The other 3 blocks would be used to build housing units.
Below is Option A. The Planning Commission has adopted recently proposed Option E, which is a slight variation of Option A.
Below is Option D, an alternative to the city's plan. It would keep more of the land as park space, provide plenty of parking for visitors, and would use other city owned land for new residential development.
Option D-1, below, is essentially the same as Option D, except that it adds a strip of park and parking area connecting to the fishing pier area.
Your attendance at the Hampton Council meeting will help to show that there is a lot of interest in saving this land as a park. The council will be voting on which option to follow. The meeting is in the council chambers, on the 8th floor of Hampton City Hall (on Lincoln Street between King and Eaton Streets), on Wednesday, January 24, at 7:30PM. If you can't come until later, come anyway. It will likely be after 8:00 or 8:30 before the Buckroe matter is taken up.
Yes, this matter is worth your time! Isn't it worth having a beach that you don't have to drive through a tunnel to get to and that you don't have to pay a fortune to park near? Wouldn't it be great to have numerous picnic areas within sight of the Chesapeake Bay that groups of all sizes could enjoy? The city has never attempted to fully utilize this area as a park. Most of us will never own waterfront property. This is the closest that we will ever get. What is given up to development now will be lost forever. Let's spend a little of our time on Wednesday to work towards a better future for everyone.
Thanks For Your Involvement,
For those of you who haven't read it already, below is my letter to the Editor of The Daily Press. It was published on Thursday, January 18.

Keep Buckroe attractive for all

January 18 2007

The Hampton City Council has now been given the opportunity in its Jan. 24 meeting to help the Buckroe Beach area reach its fullest potential. As a person who has visited Buckroe many times in the past - and would like to continue to do so in the future - I would like to present a point that needs to be given more weight.

Buckroe continues to attract more than 250,000 visitors annually. By making improvements that would be beneficial both to visitors and residents, that number would certainly be increased. A Buckroe that has multiple attractions and offers a wider range of activities in addition to the beach will encourage visitors to spend more time and money there as well as in other parts of the city. By reducing the size of the park, and limiting the number of parking spaces to barely satisfy usage figures for past years, Hampton would be limiting the future potential of this area. I urge the City Council not to create a situation of conflict between residents and visitors by taking away the large parking lot. If it is closed and the "B" lots are developed, visitors will park in front of both new and previously existing residences. To compensate for this problem, large portions of the remaining park area will likely be paved over, creating a further loss in park acreage.

An improved park and a revitalized commercial area on Buckroe Avenue, along with sufficient parking for future needs and some development on land the city already owns other than the "B" lots, would make Buckroe an even greater attraction for the city.

Adrian Whitcomb
Newport News
More information can be found on the website

   This is so critically important!  Thank you so much, Edna - and Adrian!


  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 Ė 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 Ė 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 Councilís 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!


   When I come back, there are several things waiting which I simply did not have time to address, including a couple of truly fabulous items from    Bob Parrish ('68) of VA and   Al Simms ('60) of VA(Thank you, Gentlemen!)

   And no, I did not finish the dress.  The baptism is not until Sunday.  That leaves me Friday and Saturday to work on it out there.

   Also, several of you quite recently sent me things, or wrote me beautiful notes, or cheered my soul in some other way.  I did not have time to reply to you as well.  At the risk of being called an incurable computer addict by my entire family, I'll try to respond to you while I'm in Illinois.  Meanwhile, thank you so much, and keep the faith!

   Y'all 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


Leaving on a Jet Plane

Words and Music by John Denver, 1967

(Peter, Paul and Mary)

All my bags are packed
I'm ready to go
I'm standin' here outside your door
I hate to wake you up to say goodbye
But the dawn is breakin'
It's early morn
The taxi's waitin'
He's blowin' his horn
Already I'm so lonesome
I could die

So kiss me and smile for me
Tell me that you'll wait for me
Hold me like you'll never let me go
cause I'm leavin' on a jet plane
Don't know when Ill be back again
Oh babe, I hate to go

There're so many times I've let you down
So many times I've played around
I tell you now, they don't mean a thing
Ev'ry place I go, I'll think of you
Ev'ry song I sing, I'll sing for you
When I come back, I'll bring your wedding ring

So kiss me and smile for me
Tell me that you'll wait for me
Hold me like you'll never let me go
cause I'm leavin' on a jet plane
Don't know when Ill be back again
Oh babe, I hate to go

Now the time has come to leave you
One more time
Let me kiss you
Then close your eyes
I'll be on my way
Dream about the days to come
When I won't have to leave alone
About the times, I won't have to say

Oh, kiss me and smile for me
Tell me that you'll wait for me
Hold me like you'll never let me go
'cause I'm leavin' on a jet plane
Don't know when I'll be back again
Oh babe, I hate to go

But, I'm leavin' on a jet plane
Don't know when I'll be back again
Oh babe, I hate to go


"Leaving on a Jet Plane" midi courtesy of - 01/24/07
( of New York State)

"Leaving on a Jet Plane" lyrics courtesy of - 01/24/07

"Leaving on a Jet Plane" history available at - 01/24/07

Images courtesy of the Webmistress - 01/24/07

Adapted Southwest Airlines Logo clip art used to form Divider Lines clip art courtesy of - 01/24/07

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

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

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