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02/05/13 - NNHS Newsletter -
Ain't No Sunshine

Wherever you go, no matter what the weather,
always bring your own sunshine.”

 - Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   How could I possibly ever resist a song with a title such as this?  I mean, c'mon, an English major?!?  Really.....

BONUS - - Ain't No Sunshine - Bill Withers, 1971


"Ain't No Sunshine" is a song by Bill Withers from his 1971 album Just as I Am, produced by Booker T. Jones. The record featured musicians Donald "Duck" Dunn on bass guitar and Al Jackson, Jr. on drums, as well as Withers on lead vocals and guitar. String arrangements were done by Booker T. Jones, and recorded in Memphis by Engineer Terry Manning. The song was released as a single in September 1971, becoming a breakthrough hit for Withers, reaching number six on the U.S. R&B chart and number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

The song is in natural minor.[1]

Withers was inspired to write this song after watching the 1962 movie Days of Wine and Roses. He explained, in reference to the characters played by Lee Remick and Jack Lemmon, "They were both alcoholics who were alternately weak and strong. It's like going back for seconds on rat poison. Sometimes you miss things that weren't particularly good for you. It's just something that crossed my mind from watching that movie, and probably something else that happened in my life that I'm not aware of."[2]

For the song's third verse, Withers had intended to write more lyrics instead of repeating the phrase "I know" 26 times, but then followed the advice of the other musicians to leave it that way: "I was this factory worker puttering around," Withers said. "So when they said to leave it like that, I left it."[3] (Withers, then thirty-one years old, was working at a factory making toilet seats for 747s at the time.[3])

The song was originally released as the B-side to another song called "Harlem". Disc jockeys played "Ain't No Sunshine" as the single instead, and it became a huge hit,[2] the first hit for Withers.[3]

"Ain't No Sunshine" is ranked 285th on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.[4] The song won the Grammy for Best R&B Song in 1972....[2]


From Facebook Monday, February 04, 2013 @ 5:15 PM:

From Mona (Carneal) Harrisonposted to ('66) Newport News High School Alumni:
  Sarah (Groshong - '61 - of VA) has left us...It so saddens me to send this message...You have no idea. Sarah has been, in just a short time, one of the most wonderful friends, family, parts of my life..... She will be missed by so many. Her struggle has been amazing. Just to think she was to be at our home last week, was sick...thought she could fight it off on her own... Well, some other being had other plans for her and I am a little angry because I will miss her so much. Plans will be forth coming. She loved all of the friends she had made through the Classes of '66 and etc.. We must applaud her friends on the Shore for keeping us abreast of her progress. love to all of you...monaramona (in great sadness I send this message...)

   I was absolutely stunned to learn this. I thought surely Sarah would get well - and in her own way, she did. Her family and friends have my deepest condolences.


     Happy Birthday today to  Dickie Krause ('57) (deceased - 12/27/99) AND Charles Braslow ('65) of the Virgin Islands AND     Mark Hutcherson ('66) of VA!

     Happy Birthday tomorrow to     Sue Miller Dearnley ('64) of VA AND    Steve Burns ('65) of MN!

     Happy Birthday this week to:

08 -   Bob Hines ('66) of VA;
09 -
  Tina Burroughs Farmer ('62) of VA AND     Janice McCain Rose ('65) of Northern VA AND Elliott Smith ('65) of TX?? AND   Mary Frances Southall Waller ('66) of VA;

10 -   Meyera Ellenson Oberndorf ('58) of VA AND     Norm Covert ('61) of MD AND the late  Bobby Helmer ('61) (deceased 02/26/11) AND the late    Bernie Helmer ('61) (deceased 03/12/99) AND   Mike Miller ('65) of NC AND   Tommy Jenkins ('66) of VA;

11 -   Harmon Gordon ('63) of VA;

12 - Jon Pearl ('57)!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 


February 5, 1941 - Adolf Hitler demanded that Benito Mussolini command his troops to resist British advances. The scolding came after Mussolini's troops had retreated in Libya.

February 5, 1941 - Allied forces began the Battle of Keren to capture Keren, Eritrea.

February 5, 1945 - General Douglas MacArthur returned to Manila.


Tuesday, February 05, 1963 - The European Court of Justice's ruling in Van Gend en Loos v Nederlandse Administratie der Belastingen established the principle of direct effect, one of the most important, if not the most important, decisions in the development of European Union law.

Tuesday, February 05, 1963 - Film director Steven Shainberg was born.

  From Linda McKenna Sivilich ('66) of PA - 02/04/13 - "Happy Birthday":

Hi Carol,

Hope you had a wonderful birthday! 

Linda McKenna Sivilich class of '66

   Why, thank you, Linda, what a wonderful surprise! Well, okay, the main reason it was such a big surprise is that my birthday is really August 30, but no matter - it made my day!

   Besides, January 30 was in fact my 65-5/12 birthday, and surely that's cause enough for a celebration!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 02/04/13 - "Resignation Letter....":

Oh, why the heck not!!

I figured I had nothing to lose!!!!


Resignation Letter.

Dear Boss:

I'm resigning effective immediately!

The reason for my resignation is that I cleaned my aunt's garage this morning before coming to work
and realized I don't feel like working anymore.

See for yourself...

A blessing is coming to you in the form of a new job, a house, marriage or financial break through.

Don't ask questions just forward.

This is a money angel.

Pass it to 6 of your good friends or family and be rich in 4 Days.

Pass it to 12 of your good friends or family and be rich in 2 Days.

I am not joking. You will find an unexpected windfall.

   Well, wouldn't that just be delightful?!? Thank you, Joyce!

"Hope springs eternal in the human breast;
Man never Is, but always To be blest:
The soul, uneasy and confin'd from home,
Rests and expatiates in a life to come."

- Alexander Pope,
An Essay on Man, Epistle I, 1733

  In view of the following notice (which in the chaos of this last month had somehow slipped my mind) that would be very handy!


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Important: We strongly recommend that you renew your domain minimum 48 hours prior to your expiration date...This process takes time and we encourage you to take time and submit your renewal order upfront so you are sure that the payment and renewal process will be handled on time.

      From Harry Covert ('57) of MD - 02/04/13 - "Covert Matters Digest":

Covert Matters Digest

Posted: 03 Feb 2013 07:43 AM PST

Attention: Uncle Sam Still Wants You

By Harry M. Covert 

Lots of witticisms, jokes and uncouth remarks can be made about allowing women in combat. Some folks might think it’s another giant step in bringing about equality of the sexes. I’m not so sure.

If the time ever comes when a draft is re-instituted I would hope drafting women into the military services not be included.

Even though thinking of the past includes such statements that women “are the weaker sex.” I’ve never believed that.

Because a woman may not match men’s military standards for push-ups or pull-ups they are known to be mighty good shots with handguns, automatic rifles and/or knife throwing.

I asked several women what they thought of female soldiers on the battlefield.

“Why not?” one said. “But I wouldn’t want to.” Each asked the difference between guarding prisoners of war or inmates in jail-corrections-penitentiary situations?

We can come up with all sorts of traditional reasons to keep women from the battlefields. But the argument sort of loses traction as military life appeals to more and more girls in these days.

Some of the best women soldiers I’ve known made the best police officers, deputy sheriffs, bail bonds women  bounty hunters and judges. They’re all business, not fearful and not timid when it comes to “grabbing problems by the throat.” They can turn on and turn off emotions quickly. When the male enemy thinks he’s got the upper hand, what a mistake he’s made.

A bonds woman told me this story. Her “bondee” asked what would happen if he ran. The bonds-person then asked if he could run fast.

“I’m fast, real fast,” he said.

Well, Miss Agent replied, “can you outrun a .38-Smith & Wesson.”

Conversation over and no bail jumper.

Women in combat is not new. Americans, British and French took advantage of women in World War II.

Ken Follett’s novel Jackdaws talks about the all-female agents/fighters parachuted into France to help defeat the Nazis. Follett’s book was based on fact.

Within the past few years, numerous British SOE (Special Operations Executive) women, in their late 80s and 90s, broke silence of their efforts and received high medals for their daredevil service. All had kept mum about their activities.

Locally, several women agents of the Office of Strategic Services, forerunner of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) held military ranks assigned to the OSS. They were excellent soldiers and kept their secrets until late in life.

I don’t want anyone to face combat but I’m glad there are men and women, all patriots, who take the calling. It’s no easy life.

Before any young women, and men, too, enlist in either of the military branches, they should watch news films/videos of the atrocities of war. It’s not pretty, it’s not something to boast about and not something men or women should crave.

Yankee general Tecumseh Sherman said “War is hell.”

Confederate General Robert E. Lee said, “It is good that war is so horrible, or we might grow to like it.”

General-President Dwight Eisenhower said, “I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.”

For those enamored by the battlefield another requirement should be a visit the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda. Heroes. ©

(This column has appeared in

 Jitneys to Journalism

By Harry M. Covert

Back in the gentle days of my childhood, it was fun riding the city bus, from the stop near my house to the end of the route and back.

Gosh, it was a joy and, no kidding, this five year old wasn’t in danger of being attacked or abused by the friendly driver.

In those formative years the dream was to be a bus driver, wearing the blue-grey uniform and cap and carrying a silver change carrier which I have to this day and transfers. It was pleasant practicing driving using an upside-down piano bench as a steering wheel and blissfully weaving down the route.

Mr. Brackett, the driver, let me ride the last few miles of his course at least once a week; we remained friends through my teen years. The suggestion to use Frederick’s TransIT buses for schools recalled my love for the buses. It also is proof that the way to kill a proposal is to study it to death; and it seems that this style isn’t lost on local officials.

As it was previously mentioned, I was blessed to grow up when students attended their neighborhood schools, walked to schools and weren’t fearful of being assaulted by unkempt, unruly and unschooled brats. I never rode a yellow school bus in my life, and I’m glad.

It’s not unreasonable for either the school board or city and county leaders to think about using public transportation. The local governments have already invested millions in the buses, the routes and the ancillary requisites to operate. Bureaucracy is at its best when it can make fun or criticize suggestions to use existing facilities. Why duplicate services?

The question is why not consolidating similar services? City buses could certainly be utilized for public schools. Bus drivers, if need be, could be sworn as special police officers to maintain discipline on the jitneys, if and when any of the student riders decided to be bullies and pains in the posterior.

I admit that society has changed in these days, and governments must be careful in dealing with social matters. It’s a little late for this idea, but I’ve never thought school boards should be elected. Politicizing education is not good and is harmful. School superintendents and school boards should answer to boards of supervisors, city councils, and, not to the courts.

Taxing powers belong to city and county governments which provide the funds for schools, administrators and teachers; the responsibility for local education should lie with them. I know, I know, a lone voice in the wilderness on this matter.

The old General Motors buses were beautiful vehicles. Nowadays they are built to kneel with all sorts of other modern amenities – air conditioning, wireless availability and cords to buzz when riders arrive at stops. I’ve never cared for the yellow Blue Bird buses probably because I’m a traditionalist.

To help defray the costs of the buses, local businesses could sponsor them. The idea to sell naming rights for the Harry Grove Stadium is reprehensible. Use the same acumen to sell the rights to city and county buses and transport the boys and girls to their schools.

Opportunities to enter the bus driving business sort of faded as the lure of newspapers got stronger. Our city’s bus drivers organized a union after several of them were shot during their working hours. They threatened to strike, an unheard of thing in those days. Finally drivers were given permission to carry side arms and given raises. Our paper was having difficulty getting the “inside” facts on the problem.

Just so happened that Mr. Brackett, my early mentor, remembered me after reading some sports stories carrying my byline (his grandson had done well in a little league baseball game). It was smooth sailing after that, and my hopes for a career jumped from jitneys to journalism.

One day recently I figured it would be fun to do a part-time effort maybe as a tour bus driver. While I may still think I’m a late teenager, the facts are the superannuated stage is not a good time to pretend on city and county streets. © 2012 Harry M. Covert 

(This column has appeared in 

Fun in the Fourth Estate

By Harry M. Covert

On the day I was sworn in as a member of the Fourth Estate, I was told to keep my eyes open, my ears ever on the alert, keep notes and never forget the five “w’s” and an “h.”

My editor emphasized to this 17-year-old rookie facts and facts, contacts and more contacts and short sentences. “There are so many good stories out there you don’t have to manufacture them,” said Gene Markham, my avuncular.

How exciting the news business can be. In moderneze (sic) it’s called journalism; but Edmund Burke, the British politician in the 1700s, said: “there were three Estates in Parliament, but in the Reporters Gallery yonder, there sat a fourth Estate more important far more than they all.”

It can be a plodding effort, but the results can be thrilling and those in the “lower” estates will give you more news than you can imagine.

J. Edgar Hoover, the tyrannical director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), must be turning over in his grave. No matter what the progressives like or dislike, Mr. Hoover had his hand on plow and files on everybody. Every agent was held accountable for their work and were terrified to make an error. They could end up in Montana, or Alaska, or some other unpopular outpost.

Anyway, back to the joys of journalism. Lately, the CIA director resigns. A four-star, Ph.D (not the abbreviation for piled higher and deeper), a man headed for bigger and better career moves, falls from grace also because of an extra-marital affair – another flag officer is going to fade into the sunset for the same reason.

Reporters don’t have to make up this stuff. They don’t have to become commentators or editorial writers. Just keep their eyes and ears open and the alleged smart people will give you more wonderful news.

I haven’t heard of anyone in Maryland who wants to secede from the Union. One official is trying to defend himself against library censorship. Another can’t hire a chosen assistant without a knock-down fight. News.

For example, in Texas, 80,000 alleged voters signed petitions for the Lone Star State to secede from the US of A. Yes indeed, sounds silly and it is.

With apologies to Lyle Lovett and his song, “That’s Right, You’re Not From Texas,” other states recently have come up with similar petitions. Georgia, Florida, Alabama and Tennessee have attracted more than 20,000 supporters. Louisiana’s petition has garnered more than 30,000 signatures. I’m just shaking my head to this idiocy. Does make a good news story, though.

I’ve never put much stock in the polls of the television people. It’s a good money business but fallacies run amok as they race to shape opinions.

Jack Germond, the respected journalist of print and broadcast, gave Hood College students a good lesson this week: “Too many voters are getting their information from people who wouldn’t know a political story if it bit them.”

Mr. Germond was critical of the polls during the presidential race. “They were saying all year that it was a close election.” They were wrong; it was never a close election.”

Journalism is indeed fun. Where else could you find the facts – CIA director quits (and the facts are???), the FBI helps him along, Mr. Hoover is still dead. He would have known all this anyway.

“By gnawing through a dike, even a rat may drown a nation,” Edmund Burke said. © 2012 Harry M. Covert

 (This column has appeared in

   Thanks so much, Harry!

  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 02/04/13 - "God made a farmer!":

God made a farmer! By far the best commercial of the Super Bowl! 

And on the 8th day God looked down on his planned paradise and said, "I need a caretaker." So, God made a farmer.

God said I need somebody to get up before dawn and milk cows and work all day in the fields, milk cows again, eat supper and then go to town and stay past midnight at a meeting of the school board. So, God made a farmer.

I need somebody with strong arms. Strong enough to rassle a calf, yet gentle enough to deliver his own grandchild. Somebody to call hogs, tame cantankerous machinery, come home hungry and have to wait for lunch until his wife is done feeding and visiting with the ladies and telling them to be sure to come back real soon...and mean it. So, God made a farmer.

God said "I need somebody that can shape an ax handle, shoe a horse with a hunk of car tire make a harness out of hay wire, feed sacks and shoe scraps. And...who, at planting time and harvest season, will finish his forty hour week by Tuesday noon. Then, pain'n from "tractor back", put in another seventy two hours. So, God made a farmer.

God had to have somebody willing to ride the ruts at double speed to get the hay in ahead of the rain clouds and yet stop on mid-field and race to help when he sees the first smoke from a neighbor's place. So, God made a farmer.

God said, "I need somebody strong enough to clear trees, heave bails and yet gentle enough to tame lambs and wean pigs and tend the pink combed pullets...and who will stop his mower for an hour to mend the broken leg of a meadow lark. So, God made a farmer.

It had to be somebody who'd plow deep and straight...and not cut corners. Somebody to seed and weed, feed and breed...and rake and disc and plow and plant and tie the fleece and strain the milk. Somebody to replenish the self feeder and then finish a hard days work with a five mile drive to church. Somebody who'd bale a family together with the soft strong bonds of sharing, who'd laugh and then sigh...and then respond with smiling eyes, when his son says he wants to spend his life "doing what Dad does". So, God made a farmer.

   Thank you, Ruthie! My father-in-law,    the late Paul Harty, Sr. (09 Mar 1922 - Nov 1998), was a farmer!

      From Phil Hammond ('64) of FL - 02/04/13 - " My Way - Andre Rieu on his violin... beautiful!":

You all remember "My Way" by Frank Sinatra..... enjoy the music in his memory.

   OOOH! Thank you so very much, Phil!

   From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 02/04/13 - "Magnificent Music Box":

This has to be the world's most complex and magnificent music box ever!

This is so interesting to watch and listen to!

Imagine the job of tuning this thing.

     Oh, WOW! That is some video; it almost looks real - almost! Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 02/04/13 - "Psalm 46:10":

This scripture has to be one of the most profound verses in the BIBLE!

Be still, and know that I am God...


I am not going to be the one who lets it die. I found it believable - Angels have walked beside me all my life; and, they still do.
This is to all of you who mean something to me, I pray for your happiness.
The Candle Of Love, Hope & Friendship

15th of September, 1998

Someone who loves you has helped keep it alive by sending it to you. Don't let the Candle of Love, Hope and Friendship die! Pass it on to all your friends and everyone you love! May God richly bless you as you keep this candle burning. I hope it comes back someday, again. Please keep this candle alive!

Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don't walk behind me, I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend.

   Thanks again, Joyce!

From My Friend, Cheryl, of NC - 02/04/13 - "Obstacles Can't Stop You In Life":

  This is so true and the picture is Adorable <3

   AWWW! Thanks, Cheryl!


      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 02/04/13 - "Songs":
Drowning Pool -37 Sitches
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers - Last Dance With Mary Jane
Audioslave - Like A Stone

   Thank you, Shari - I enjoyed these!

BONUS RAINY DAY CROCHET (AND SOMETIMES KNIT) PATTERNS: - A Whole Blog Full! - "Patterns, tutorials, projects, and general fun with yarn and a hook (and sometimes needles)."

BONUS RAINY DAY RECIPES: - Six Classic Rainy Day Recipes - "When the weather outside is wet and nasty, stay in and make one of these classic American rainy day recipes. One thing these delicious recipes have in common is their ability to give you that warm, cozy feeling inside, no mater how badly it's pouring outside."


From - 02/04/13:

A blonde was running back and forth from her computer and her mailbox. Then the mailman came up to her and asked her what she was doing.

She replied, "My dumb computer keeps saying 'you've got mail'."


1.Thursday, February 7, 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. Wednesday, February 13, 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. 

3. 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. SEE: The website which has been set up for their class at; CONTACT: Frank Gibson,, Joyce Williams Nettles,, or Susie Overton Jones,

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 02/04/13

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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Ain't No Sunshine

Written and recorded by Bill Withers, 1971
 (b. 04 July 1938)

Ain't no sunshine when she's gone
It's not warm when she's away
Ain't no sunshine when she's gone
And she always gone too long anytime she goes away

Wonder this time where she's gone
Wonder if she's gone to stay
Ain't no sunshine when she's gone
And this house just ain't no home
Anytime she goes away

And I know, I know, I know, I know
I know, I know, I know, I know
I know, I know, I know, I know
I know, I know, I know, I know
I know, I know, I know, I know
I know, I know, I know, I know
I know, I know

Hey I'll leave the young thing alone
But ain't no sunshine when she's gone
Ain't no sunshine when she's gone
Only darkness everyday

Ain't no sunshine when she's gone
And this house just ain't no home
Anytime she goes away
Anytime she goes away
Anytime she goes away
Anytime she goes away


"Ain't No Sunshine" midi (sequenced by the late Robert Dupler on 08/04/98) courtesy of - 02/04/10

"Ain't No Sunshine" lyrics courtesy of - 02/05/10

"Ain't No Sunshine" postcard courtesy of - 02/05/10

Animated Rain Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 03/30/07

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

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

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

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!

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

Animated Laughing Smiley courtesy of Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 02/07/05
Thanks, Janice!

Animated Fat Frog courtesy of Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 07/16/08
Thanks, Wayne!

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