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02/07/12 - NNHS Newsletter -
Charles Dickens' 200th Birthday

“I never could have done what I have done without the habits of punctuality, order,
and diligence, without the determination to concentrate myself on one subject at a time.”

- Charles Dickens
(02 Feb 1812 - 09 June 1870)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Back in the old days (say, three years ago) we had many birthday celebrations which repeated every year.  Then I decided on a New Rule.  Many of these will now be observed only every five years. Dickens (even though he's one of my top three favorite authors) falls into this category, but here are the links to his previous birthday editions:

   Speaking of my favorite authors, I was grieved this week to find that one of my other top three favorite authors (and friend)       Lewis W. Green had passed away in Fairview, North Carolina three years ago at the age of 76 - explaining why I haven't been able to contact him.  I've updated his entries on Famous Marines and Famous Soldiers:


  Fairview - Lewis Wallace Green, 76, passed away with his family by his side Friday, October 24, 2008.

He was a native of Haywood County, N.C. and is best known as a writer and journalist. He published numerous stories and poems in journals and wrote and published eight books including the widely acclaimed And Scatter the Proud and the Korean War novel Spirit Bells. He also founded a number of local periodicals including the Native Stone and The Independent Torch. Mr. Green won several awards for news writing and investigative journalism. He taught creative writing and political science courses at a number of colleges including UNC-Asheville.

He served in the United States Air Force and Marine Corps. He is a veteran of the Korean War where he was awarded five battle stars. He was a member of the Asheville Civitan Club and of the Chosin Few.

He was the son of the late Clifford Wallace Green and Myrtle Wyatt Green.

He is survived by his three sons, Brennan Green of Weaverville, Patrick Green of Fairview and Egan Green of Shawsville, Va.; as well as two grandchildren; one sister, Carmen Jessup of Franklin; and one brother, Sydney Green of Waynesville.

The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday in the chapel of Anders-Rice Funeral Home, with Minister, Eddie DeBruhl officiating.

The family will receive friends immediately following services Thursday at the funeral home.

Committal service will be held 12 Noon Friday at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery with military honors conducted by the Buncombe County Veterans Memorial Team.

To sign Mr. Green's guestbook online, please go to Memorials at

Published: 2008-10-29 

   Semper Fi, Lewis!



    Happy Birthday tomorrow to Bob Hines ('66) of VA!

    Happy Birthday this week to:  

09 -   Tina Burroughs Farmer ('62) of VA AND     Janice McCain Rose ('65) of 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) of VA (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);

13 -
     Carla Fine Cripps ('65) of Australia;

   And a very happy Valentine Birthday to       Jimmy Parker ('62) of VA and to my niece,        Renee Dick Romulus (Booker T. Washington HS - '80) of Northern VA!

   Many Happy Returns to you all!


February 07, 1943 - Imperial Japanese naval forces completed the evacuation of Imperial Japanese Army troops from Guadalcanal during Operation Ke, ending Japanese attempts to retake the island from Allied forces in the Guadalcanal Campaign.

February 07, 1944 - In Anzio, Italy, German forces launched a counteroffensive during the Allied Operation Shingle.


Tuesday, February 07, 1962 - The United States banned all Cuban imports and exports.

Tuesday, February 07, 1962 - Singer Garth Brooks was born Troyal Garth Brooks in Yukon, Oklahoma.

Tuesday, February 07, 1962 - Musician David Bryan (Bon Jovi) was born David Bryan Rashbaum in Perth Amboy, New Jersey.

Tuesday, February 07, 1962 - Actor and comedian Eddie Izzard was born Edward John Izzard in Colony of Aden, Aden Protectorate (now Aden, Yemen).

Tuesday, February 07, 1962 - Writer and translator Clara Nordström (b. 18 Jan 1886 in Karlskrona, Sweden) died in Mindelheim, Germany at the age of 76.

         From My Oldest Grandson, Andrew Harty (Collinsville HS, IL - '10) of IL - currently serving a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Germany - 02/06/12, 5:11 AM:

I am sorry to hear about       Lavern (Simmers Schrader Harty), but it is great that You could be cheerful on Sunday, and sing with Joy.

So do you have two sets of elders now? I now share my area with a set of sisters and we cover three wards. It is crazy, and we are still trying to get on top of everything. This all just happened in the last couple of weeks.
(My new schedule) may be insane, but it is really fun. I enjoy it. Sweet. A few of my first area's members are now in the German branch that I am currently serving in. and they actually remember me from almost a year ago. It was so cool to see them again. Especially now that I can talk to them in German..... Love you

Elder Andrew Harty

   COOL BEANS! Thank you, Elder Andrew - love you, too!

       From My Daughter, Adrienne Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL) of NC - currently serving an eighteen-month mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Seattle, Washington - 02/07/12, 1:53 PM - "Febtober":

Just as I thought - Sister Keller and I stayed in this area. WOOT! I'm so glad because this area is finally starting to blossom! We have two people on-date for baptism and they are progressing greatly! One of them is in his 50s and when we met him the second time - his countenance had changed dramatically. We knew before we asked him that he had read from the Book of Mormon and  that he was feasting upon His words. What a wonderful week this was! We witnessed our Ward Mission Leader's (Joe Rowan) daughter get baptized. She was super scared because she does NOT like being under water. Fortunately, he dunked her quickly and everything went well so that she didn't need to go down again. Just the week or two before there were like 7 people getting baptized in Skyway (in our zone, but not our ward) and we watched some people get baptized like 2-3 times before they were fully immersed. Fortunately, they were not frightened. hehe

Anyway, it was a good week. I hope y'all are doing well.

OH! Please pray for Bro. Rowan's mom - Leona. She has been fighting pneumonia for a while...
Oh and I was reading in
Alma 12-13 today and it occurred to me that life is kinda like an RPG (role-playing game). There are those in life with all sorts of alignment (chaotic evil, lawful good, etc.) except there is no neutral ground. We either serve God or Satan. Satan's character is that of a thief. He lays traps and snares for us and snickers or laughs hysterically when we get caught up in them. We have to keep our armor in good shape AND keep it on at all times. This armor of righteousness protects us from his fiery darts and his party of evil. Funny.. I never thought a thief should be the party leader, but in this case I guess it makes sense, huh? Just something to think about.

Well, I should get going now. Know that I love and pray for y'all!

Sister Harty

   GREAT NEWS! Thank you, Sister Adrienne! We love and pray for you - and Andrew - too!  We've added Leona Rowan's name to our Prayer Roll:  

    From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 02/06/12 - "JOKES THAT CAN BE TOLD IN CHURCH":



Two boys were walking home from Sunday school
after hearing a strong preaching on the devil.

One said to the other, 'What do you think about
all this Satan stuff?'

The other boy replied, 'Well, you know how
Santa Claus turned out.
It's probably just your Dad.'


Attending a wedding for the first time, a little girl
whispered to her mother, 'Why is the bride dressed in white?''

The mother replied, 'Because white is the color
of happiness, and today is the happiest day of her life.'

The child thought about this for a moment then said,
'So why is the groom wearing black?'

A little girl, dressed in her Sunday best, was running
as fast as she could, trying not to be late for Bible class.

As she ran she prayed, 'Dear Lord, please don't let me be late!
Dear Lord, please don't let me be late!'

While she was running and praying, she tripped
on a curb and fell, getting her clothes dirty and tearing her dress.

She got up, brushed herself off, and started running again!

As she ran she once again began to pray,
'Dear Lord, please don't let me be late...But please
don't shove me either!'

Three boys are in the school yard bragging about their fathers.

The first boy says, 'My dad scribbles a few words
on a piece of paper, he calls it a poem,
they give him $50.'

The second boy says, 'That's nothing. My dad
scribbles a few words on piece of paper,
he calls it a song, they give him $100.'

The third boy says, 'I got you both beat. My dad
scribbles a few words on a piece of paper,
he calls it a sermon, and it takes eight people to
collect all the money!'

An elderly woman died last month.
Having never married, she requested no male pallbearers.

In her handwritten instructions for her memorial service, she wrote,
'They wouldn't take me out while I was alive,
I don't want them to take me out when I'm dead.'


A police recruit was asked during the exam,
'What would you do if you had to arrest your own mother?'

He answered, 'Call for backup.'

A Sunday School teacher asked her class why
Joseph and Mary took Jesus with them to Jerusalem..
A small child replied, 'They couldn't get a baby-sitter.'

A Sunday school teacher was discussing the Ten Commandments with her five and six year olds.
After explaining the commandment to 'Honor thy father and thy mother,' she asked,

'Is there a commandment that teaches us how to treat our brothers and sisters?'

Without missing a beat, one little boy answered, 'Thou shall not kill..'

At Sunday School they were teaching how God
created everything, including human beings.

Little Johnny seemed especially intent when they told him
how Eve was created out of one of Adam's ribs.

Later in the week his mother noticed him lying down as though he were ill,
and she said, 'Johnny, what is the matter?'

Little Johnny responded,
'I have pain in my side. I think I'm going to have a wife.'


You don't stop laughing because you grow old..
You grow old because you stop laughing!

Take heed and pass these along to people who need a laugh.

I thought you would enjoy this....times are tough right now...for all of us...
so we need something to make the day a happy place.

"They" haven't found a way to tax you for laughing yet.

      Thanks, Joan!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 02/06/12 - "... Quotes and an Inspiration":

May your life always be Counterpoint to the Clamor of the World.
May you delight in Dancing Lightly With Life.
May you soar on eagle wings, high above the madness of the world.
May you always sing Melody in the Symphony of Your Life.
May you taste, smell, and touch your dreams of a beautiful tomorrow.
May your sun always shine, and your sky be forever blue.

- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Comparison of the Sexes

After drinking;

1) Men talk unnecessarily,
2) Become emotional,
3) Drive badly,
4) Stop thinking and
5) Fight for nothing

Women can do all these without even drinking!

You Feel The Problem

You feel the problem with your body.
What you don't feel is the potential.
Stop focusing on the problem

...and focus on the potential!

~Nathaniel Bronner Jr.~


"Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It's not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything."

- Muhammad Ali

"Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though chequered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the grey twilight that knows not victory or defeat."

- Theodore Roosevelt

"With courage, you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate, and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation of integrity."

- Keshavan Nair

"Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly."

- Robert F. Kennedy


He Was Heard

Darkness filled the room.

The lights were out yet the room glowed. We held hands in a circle. All of us were on our knees except for Christian.

One-year-old Christian stood with his back arched. He stood still in expectancy and that in itself was a small miracle. It was the first time since Christian's birth one year and four days ago that the entire family had prayed together.

There was a power in the room, a power beyond normal, an air of protection and peace. I prayed, then my wife, then EL the six-year-old prayed. The only prayer that remained was that of Josees, the three-year-old.

Josees is named after Joses, the brother of Jesus. Mark 6:3

Josees does not have the most eloquent speech. It is often broken and you must listen carefully to understand him. His hair has never been cut and it flows down his tiny body.

As the final member of the family with the ability to speak, Josees began. Christian was still. Josees prayed for his family by name and then he made his final plea in prayer.

He said, "...and I pray for everyone in the whole wide world. Amen."

Something went through me as he spoke that last sentence.
He was just a child.
He can't read.
He can't add, subtract or multiply.
He can't count beyond ten.
He is by normal standards illiterate and uneducated but this little illiterate and uneducated soul shook me with a prayer that not even the most articulate minister could have matched.

"...and I pray for everyone in the whole wide world."

I am a scientist, a chemist by educational training. My mind is naturally logical and still goes through the logical processes. I began to ask within myself:

1. Did God hear Josees?
2. Did God honor his prayer?
3. If He did, then it meant that everyone in the whole wide world had just been prayed for with what I knew was a sincere heart and spirit.

No guile, no show, no expectation of return, no honor sought, no collection taken, none of the things that even spiritual men often have in their minds as they publicly pray.

In the whole wide world?

That's a BIG prayer request.
Was it too big?
Could God handle that? ...the whole wide world?
Of course.

That means that YOU were prayed for with a sincere prayer. If you are in the whole wide world, YOU are included. No matter what you have done, no matter how dark your world is, no matter how dismal your situation looks, no matter what you think of yourself, YOU were prayed for by a sincere spirit.

I walked out of the room vibrating.

Wherever you are in the whole wide world, I believe you felt it too. Maybe just a breeze, a feeling, a slight sliver of light and hope peeping through, an unction, a notion, that someone somewhere cared. Someone with a pure spirit cared about you.

Each time you look at a dot com address and you see the "www" think about Josees and his prayer for you. I know "www" isn't supposed to mean "whole wide world" but so what. It means what you think it means and maybe you don't need to be caught up in a web or a net.

If you are caught in a web or net, just know that a little three-year-old prayed for you.

Did God hear Josees?


And I think you felt it.

~A MountainWings Original~

   WOW! Thank you, Shari!


    From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 01/17/12 - "Bent Humor (#13 in a Series of 13)":


Carol, check this one out.  Funny.


What artists do if given wire and household objects and too much time on their hands!  

   WILD GIGGLES! Thanks, Joan - these have been a hoot!

Paper training our little dog Frank

  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 01/26/12 - "Smile (#8 in a Series of 13)!!":



   MORE WILD GIGGLES! Thanks, Ruthie!


From - 02/06/12:

A cannibal son and his father are out looking for food. They are watching people walk down the street.

The son suggested a particularly plump woman and the father rejected her saying that she's too fatty.

Later on the son asked about a very skinny woman. Again the father refused saying that she’s too skinny.

After a while the son pointed out a very attractive woman.

"Sure, son," the father replied, drooling. “We’ll take her home and eat your mother!" 


1. Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 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. Saturday, April 7, 2012 - 11:00 AM - The NNHS Breakfast Bunch will host a Breakfast Bunch Brunch at the Warwick Restaurant, 12306 Warwick Boulevard, (across from CNU) Newport News, Virginia 23606. "Please come join them for a Dutch Treat Brunch featuring a lot of 'War Stories' and maybe a lie or two. Everyone is welcome so bring your wife, husband, boy friend, girl friend, class mate, school friend or whomever you choose." Please RSVP to Bill Roady at or call him at 757-595-0716 so they have a head count.

3. Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - 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.

4. Friday and Saturday, October 5 and 6, 2012 - Class of 1962 - 50-Year Reunion - Crowne Plaza Hotel, Hampton on the Water. More information after the Holidays. Meetings are second Tuesday of each month. CONTACT: Brenda Amos Williams at 

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 02/07/12

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309


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                          Love to all, Carol






Where Is Love?

Written by Lionel Bart

From the Broadway Musical Oliver, based on Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist (1837-1839)

Whe-e-e-e-ere is love?
Does it fall from skies above?
Is it underneath the willow tree that I've been dreaming of?

Whe-e-e-e-ere is she?
Who I close my eyes to see?
Will I ever know the sweet "Hello" that's meant for only me? Who can say where she may hide?
Must I travel far and wide
Till I am beside the someone who I can mean something to?
Whe-e-e-e-ere, whe-e-e-e-ere is love?

Every night I kneel and pray
Let tomorrow be the day
Till I see the face of someone who I can mean something to
Whe-e-e-e-ere, whe-e-e-e-ere is love?

"Where Is Love?" midi courtesy of - 02/07/07

"Where Is Love?" lyrics courtesy of - 02/07/07

First Charles Dickens Image courtesy of - 02/07/07 (re-saved 02/06/09)

Second Charles Dickens Image courtesy of - 02/06/09

 Scroll Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 02/07/09

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

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

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

Booker T. Washington logo courtesy of - 09/25/07

Collinsville High School (IL) Logo courtesy of - 09/22/07

Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

Animated Laughing Woman courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 02/23/09
Thanks, Joyce!

Animated Pulsing Heart courtesy of - 02/12/05 (re-saved 02/13/09)

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