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02/02/07 - NNHS Newsletter -
Happy Groundhog Day

"The trouble with weather forecasting is
that it's right too often for us to ignore it
and wrong too often for us to rely on it."

 - Patrick Young

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Despite the fact that I just spent an entire fabulous magical week completely goofing off, I've spent today doing essentially the same thing.  Therefore, today's Newsletter is basically, well, basic.  There is much more yet to come.  There are many fabulous (and for me, somewhat time-consuming - hence their absence) items still to come.  And yes, I must warn you now, there will be a full report of my trip.  But for now, let's hit some high spots.


   WOWZERS - Looky at all the birthdays for today and tomorrow!

02 - Porter Phillips Booker ('57)
02 - Thelma Spade Roberts ('57) of VA - 1939 (deceased - 08/26/05)
02 - John Patterson ('59) of Northern VA - 1942
02 - Alan Nesbitt ('64) of NC - 1946
03 - Maynard Thweatt ('57)

    Happy Birthday, One and All!!!


Bulletin - Groundhog Day 2007 arrived!

Phil did not see his shadow!

There will be an early Spring!


1.    From Dee Hodges Bartram ('66) 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

  This is such a thrill for me to hear, Dee!  Thanks so much for arranging such an event!

   This is now covered on the main page and on this and each successive Newsletter.  Shortly it will be posted on the Reunion Pages as well.

2. From Sandra Canepa ('56) of VA - 01/25/07 - "Buckroe and The Great Myth...":

Sadly, even though thousands of Hampton citizens of this Oldest-continuous-English-speaking settlement in the world and beyond spoke up to save Buckroe's Lots B from residential development, Hampton City Council OKd it last night.
Council chose Option B which will allow approximately 50 single-family homes on one full Lot B and homes on the other two B lots.  (visit to view Option B)     
Thank all of you for your support behind us for Option D or D-1.  Your support came in many forms via telephone calls, emails, letters, petitions, flyers, and your presence at council meetings, and we will be forever grateful and appreciative, and we will never forget it.
One of our wonderful supporters sent the following after last night's council meeting, and I would like to share it with you. 
There is a great myth going on in Hampton, Virginia.   It is even perpetuated by a Government Teacher that happens to be our Mayor.  The myth is that the elected officials are supposed to reflect the will of the people. It's called a representative form of government.   What is being taught at Phoebus High School?


Oh, yes, it goes something like this:   If you want the elected officials to pay attention to you, you gather in great numbers, and they will listen.


Not in Hampton. You will get patted on the head for your efforts, and then be ignored. You find that Council's words are cheap.


There is another great myth. The Planning Department is infallible.   Whatever they say is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.   Gather their great infallible numbers, prove them wrong, and you will get patted on the head for your efforts, and be ignored.   Or better yet, you will be reprimanded for "bashing the department."


There is another great myth.  You must have "eyes on the park" for the park to be safe .. even if it is a FLAT COASTAL PARK FROM WHICH YOU CAN SEE FROM ONE END TO THE OTHER WITHOUT ANY PROBLEMS.

Can you say: Huntington Beach Park ... no eyes there. Can you say Newport News Park ... hundreds of acres ... no eyes there. Can you say Yorktown National Park ... no eyes there. Can you say First Landing State eyes there.  Can you say Sandy Bottom Nature eyes there.  Can you say Noland Park at the Mariners' Museum ... no eyes there. Can you say Gosnold's Hope Park ... no eyes there ... oops maybe the Planning Department  is planning on selling property on the edges to get some eyes. Can you name ONE park in a radius of 100 miles that has "eyes?"    Didn't think so.


There is another great myth ... citizens come before developers. Yeah, right.


There is another great myth ... 5 acres of land is going to make or break the city. Developers are going to create such a Utopia on these lousy five acres, giving an extra 50 persons a waterview, while denying 1000's of citizens a little extra space.  Is Buckroe or Hampton is such dire straights? I don't think so.


There is another great myth ... citizens have a voice at the cherretes ... by the way, how did anything ever get done before consultants and cherretes?   I think they are charades.


So what is the truth?


Why did the Planning Department come up with bogus numbers and would not back down until it was absolutely proven they were wrong?


Why did the Planning Department alter a design option choice diagram in a report and rush to change it only when their altered version was pointed out?


Why did a council member say he does not like to see parking lots in a public beach area because they spoil the beauty and not consider the side streets of all surrounding residential communities are now going to become the "parking lots" for the public visiting Buckroe's public beach?


Why did a council member infer people only go to Buckroe beach for the beach and not consider the thousands who visit Buckroe Beach for special large group gatherings and who never go down to the beach?


Why did a council member praise North First Street as the to/from throughway for Fort Monroe when that "throughway" will run the whole length of what should be a pedestrian-friendly public beach area.


Why did the motion proposed by a council member to develop Buckroe's Lots B with residential housing sound exactly like something crafted by the city's Economic Development Office?


Why did the mayor mention Buckroe being so attractive that developers from far distances were contacting our city manager if Buckroe was not being marketed even before the Buckroe Master Plan was mentioned to the public over two years ago?


Why did a council member who one would expect to be looking out for the wishes of thousands of African-American Hampton residents who signed the petition to keep residential development off of Lots B vote for residential development on Lots B?


Why is "eyes on the park" the latest buzz words to convince citizens that an expanded Buckroe Park is detrimental to their safety?

Why would five council members vote against the wishes of over 13,000+ Hampton citizens when many are the very voters who put them in office?  

Who or what is getting to them?


Is this a pandemic and occurring all over the United States?  Are city governments everywhere, like in Hampton, bowing down to developers in order to leave this world one big ball of cement for our future generations. 


Here's an interesting fact for you: 


5 acres = 43,560 sq. feet. x 5 = 217,800 sq. feet  divided by 148,000 (Hampton population) = 1.4 sq. ft. per person. This is what council voted to leave at Buckroe for Hampton citizens last night!

   I'm horrified almost beyond speechlessness, but I will have more to say - and permanently post - on this subject in the coming days

   Thanks so much for all your heroic efforts, Sandra, as well as those of countless numbers who assisted you in any way.

3.      From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA to Members of the Class of 1964 - 01/30/07 - "Classmates In The News -   Sandi Williams Patrick":

Hi Classmates 

Our own Sandi Williams Patrick appears in the January 30th Norfolk Virginian-Pilot.

Have a look at this link:

We wish her and Harlee and Converse good luck at the Show this Saturday.

TYPHOON Regards To All,

Dave Spriggs


Thanks, David - and congratulations, Sandi and Harley!

4.   From Norman Covert ('61) of MD - 01/31/07:

Dear Webmistress Carol,


Hope you're having a good visit "up nawth." It's time for more "why YOU live down south" pictures. Mother Nature is playing her tricks on us again -- it is 14 degrees outside my window, brrr.


First -- Sound the great huzzahs for Sandra Canepa (NNHS '56) (plus Karen, Edna, Adrian, et al)  for her ferocity and professionalism trying to save the sacred ground at Buckroe Beach. I don't doubt she can wrangle a victory. There was a time when we were colleagues at the HQ TRADOC ( Fort Monroe ) Public Affairs Office.  She may remember beating me in several lunchtime tennis forays, a reminder that Coach Julie Conn suggested in March 1958 that I'd make a better sports writer than athlete.


Second -- If you have any energy left after watching the Super Bowl, in may be of interest that Monday night you can see just how much my 64 years are showing. Your local PBS station is scheduled to air an historical perspective on the U.S. Biological Warfare Program Feb. 5th at 9 p.m. (check your local listings). It is entitled "The Living Weapon" and is part of the PBS series, "American Experience." You may learn more at the website . The email flyer is attached.


I earned some credentials in the subject matter during my service as public affairs officer and Command Historian at Fort Detrick (1977-1999). I'm a small part of the production (by the respected John Rubin). It takes a new look into the origins of the U.S. Biowarfare program, including those heroic "White Coat Soldiers (7th-day Adventists)." They volunteered to help test vaccines and treatment regimes for a variety of organisms, many of which are still a threat to our military forces. The defensive side of the research continues here in Frederick .


Thanks for the blatant self promotion. You may forward any "thumbs up" to .


I will surely be taping this episode!  How wonderful and exciting!  Thanks so much for letting us know!

From My Friend, Judy, of IL - 01/25/07 - "Penny Postcards":

I think this is very interesting.  I hope you all enjoy looking at these as much as I did.

   This is waaaay cool!  Thanks, Jude!

From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 01/26/07 - "clean your cell phones regularly":

   Great reminder - thanks, Shari!

From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 01/28/07 - "Ain't Life Grand":
Ain't Life Grand--

   I really liked this one.  Thanks, Lady!

From My Friend, Judy, of IL - 01/30/07 - "WOMEN OVER 40 - and those who eventually will be!!":

In case you missed it on 60 Minutes, this is what Andy Rooney thinks about women over 40:

60 Minutes Correspondent Andy Rooney (CBS):

As I grow in age, I value women over 40 most of all. Here are just a few reasons why:

A woman over 40 will never wake you in the middle of the night and ask, "What are you thinking?" She doesn't care what you think.

If a woman over 40 doesn't want to watch the game, she doesn't sit around whining about it. She does something she wants to do, and it's usually more interesting.

Women over 40 are dignified. They seldom have a screaming match with you at the opera or in the middle of an expensive restaurant. Of course, if you deserve it, they won't hesitate to shoot you if they think they can get away with it.

Older women are generous with praise, often undeserved. They know what it's like to be unappreciated.

Women get psychic as they age. You never have to confess your sins to a woman over 40.

Once you get past a wrinkle or two, a woman over 40 is far sexier than her younger counterpart.

Older women are forthright and honest. They'll tell you right off if you are a jerk if you are acting like one.

You don't ever have to wonder where you stand with her.

Yes, we praise women over 40 for a multitude of reasons. Unfortunately, it's not reciprocal. For every stunning, smart, well-coiffed, hot woman over 40, there is a bald, paunchy relic in yellow pants making a fool of himself with some 22-year old waitress. Ladies, I apologize.

For all those men who say, "Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free?", here's an update for you. Nowadays 80% of women are against marriage. Why? Because women realize it's not worth buying an entire pig just to get a little sausage!

Andy Rooney is a really smart guy!  

   Thanks, Judy!  Obviously, I really appreciate this selection! 


   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 1966
is sponsoring an
NNHS February Fling
on Saturday, February 24, 2007 from 6:00 to 10:00 PM at Angelo's Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard
for members of all classes. 
It will be completely casual.  Just come in for some dinner or just to say hi. 

Please pass this on to any class alumni and ask them to contact Dee Hodges Bartram if they would like to come. 
Just e-mail her at or call her at 868-8443, so that she can have an accurate count
so Angelo can decide if he needs more waitresses that night.

In case of bad weather, call Angelo's at 599-5727 to make sure the dinner is still on.


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!

   As I mentioned, there is much, much more yet to come!  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

Standing in the Shadows of Love

(The Four Tops)

Standing in the shadows of love
Waitin' for the heartaches to come
Can't you see me standing in the shadows of love
I'm getting ready for the heartaches to come
I'd run but there's no where to go
'Cause heartaches will follow me I know
Without your love, the love I need
It's the beginning of the end for me
'Cause you've taken away all me reasons for livin'
When you pushed aside all the love I've been giving
Now wait a minute
Didn't I teach you right, didn't I?
Didn't I do the best I could, didn't I?
So don't you leave me standin' in the shadow of love
I'm gettin' ready for the heartaches to come
Don't you see me standing in the shadow of love
Just tryin' my best to get ready for the heartaches to come

All alone I'll desperately be
With misery my only company
Come today, in fact come tomorrow
Sorrow, I ain't got nothin' but sorrow
Don't your conscience bother you
How can you watch me cry after all I've done for you
Now hold a minute
Gave you all the love I had, didn't I?
When you needed me I was there, now wasn't I?
(Standing in the shadows of love
Gettin' ready for the heartaches to come)
I've tried not to cry out loud
No gal you ain't gonna help me now
What did I do to cause all this grief
Now what'd I say to make you want to leave
Now wait a minute
I gave my heart and soul to you, didn't I?
Now didn't I always treat you good, didn't I?
I'm Standing in the shadows of love
I'm gettin' ready for the heartaches to come
Hope to see you standing in the shadows of love
Tryin' my best to get ready for the heartaches to come
Standing in the shadows of... [Fade]


"Standing in the Shadows of Love" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/22/05
Thanks, Dave!

"Standing in the Shadows of Love" lyrics courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA
- 01/22/05
Thanks again, Dave!

Groundhog Images courtesy of - 01/29/05

Shadowed Standing Groundhog Image courtesy of - 02/02/05

Animated Paw Print Divider Line clip art courtesy of 01/29/05

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

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

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