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02/15/10 - NNHS Newsletter -
Happy Chinese New Year!

May this Chinese New Year lead you to path of good fortune,
and may you dance to the tune of Happiness and Prosperity!”

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   How is it possible that we have never observed Chinese New Year here together before now?!? The Year of the Tiger began yesterday.

BONUS #1 - - cartoon - Gong Xi Gong Xi Gong Xi Ni

BONUS #2 - - Chinese New Year Dragon Dance

BONUS #3 - - Chinese New Year Song - so adorable!

BONUS #4 - - Gong Xi Gong Xi Gong Xi Ni - 10-minute colorful exuberant video featuring the M-Girls



   Happy Birthday this week to:
18 -
The late     Bill Sawyer ('57) (deceased 05/16/06) AND    Brooks Bloxom ('64) of NC;

19 -     Bobby Norris ('62) of VA AND      Linda Lane Lane ('64) of VA AND    Jamey Douglas Bacon ('66) of VA!

20 -    Bobby Callis ('64) of WV;

22 - Ronald Bass ('57) AND Curt Lauterbach ('65) of VA AND Billy Reece ('68) of ID!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!  


February 15, 1933 - In Miami, Florida, Giuseppe Zangara attempted to assassinate President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt, but instead shot Chicago, Illinois Mayor Anton J. Cermak, who died of his wounds on March 6, 1933.

February 15, 1942 - The Fall of Singapore. Following an assault by Japanese forces, the British General Arthur Percival surrendered. About 80,000 Indian, United Kingdom and Australian soldiers became prisoners of war, the largest surrender of British-led military personnel in history. The Sook Ching massacre began.

February 15, 1944 - The assault on Monte Cassino, Italy, began.


Monday, February 15, 1965 - A new red-and-white maple leaf design was adopted as the flag of Canada, replacing the old Canadian Red Ensign banner.

Monday, February 15, 1965 - Singer and musician Nat King Cole (b. 17 Mar 1919 in Montgomery, Alabama) died at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica, California of lung cancer at the age of 45.

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 01/07/10 and 02/13/10 - "How To Increase Your Luck for the Chinese New Year AND Happy Chinese New Year!":

Ensure your house is completely clean from top to bottom, to encourage good luck in the coming year. We spend 2-3 days cleaning every single area of our home just before New Year.

You should open all the windows and doors in every single part of the home as this is said to bring in clean new good luck for the year.Switch on the lights in the home inside and out, this is said to attract good luck from outside and if the windows and doors are wide open it is easy for the luck to enter. The bright lights and open windows are also used to scare away evil sprits.

Many Chinese will buy a new pair of slippers at New Year, apparently it is said to stop people gossiping about you, In China, face and reputation is very important.

This is generally normal all over the world, but the Chinese spend a lot of time bathing before New Year and they cover themselves with Pomelo leaves to enhance their health for the year. Pomelo is the largest of citrus trees and they grow as large a bowling ball and said to be very healthy to drink and eat.

The Chinese believe that whatever happens to them on New Year's day sets how the year ahead will be for them; this is why they avoid arguments, using knives, driving too far and they love to gamble on New Years day as they hope to create good luck and wealth.

Some rules and regulations the Chinese stick to on the Chinese New Year Day.

Because everybody is in a celebrating mood on Chinese New Year, people should not argue or disagree with each other.

Parents should not punish or discipline the children. Otherwise, you will have more argument in the New Year.

Women should refrain from using a knife or scissors in the kitchen. The knife denotes anger and danger in the woman's life and the scissors predict the woman cutting people out of her life. Women do not prepare or cook meals on this day but eat leftover food from the day before instead.

It is considered bad luck if you smash a plate, bowl, cup or any other similar kitchen crockery; this brings bad luck regarding finances throughout the year, all smashed crockery should be placed in a round container until the next rubbish collection day.

It is said that if you sweep up rubbish or throw away rubbish on Chinese New Year Day, you will be sweeping or throwing away the wealth and luck that resides in your home.

Do not take a lunchtime nap today as this will encourage laziness throughout the whole year.

You should not take a bath, shower or wash your hair on Chinese New Year Day as this will wash away all good luck for you personally.

Refrain from wearing black or white colours when visiting friends on this day as these colours are associated with funerals and death.

Do not eat rice or oat porridge for breakfast on this day as rice or oat porridge is associated with the poor eating rice or oat porridge in the past; this symbolises a loss of wealth.

If somebody that you know or know of has recently passed away, it is not advisable to visit a family member's house that is connected to the recently deceased.

Do not eat meat for breakfast on this day as many gods that are vegetarians arrive on the Chinese New Year Day festival and this could upset them.

When you wake somebody up on this morning, do not use their name as this person will be dependant on you all year long to motivate them.

Refrain from taking medicine that is not essential for your health as this could symbolise weakness and could bring illness to you throughout some point of the year.

Do not wash clothes on this day; Chinese New Year Day is the birthday of the god of Water.

Do not collect debts on this day as you will find yourself chasing money for the rest of the year.

Do not let anybody take anything out of your pockets, purse, handbag or wallet as this symbolises money loss throughout the year.

Do not cut your hair or nails on this day as it is believed that you will be bringing pain to your relations.

Do not buy a pair of shoes as it is considered very unlucky; "shoe" translated in Mandarin means evil and when translated in Cantonese means rough.

Do not talk about anything negative on this day as you will be manifesting how the rest of your year is to be lived.

Do not offer anything in fours; when you translate "four" in Chinese it sounds like death.

Wishing you and lucky and successful  2010.
   Thanks, Shari!

    From Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/14/10 - "Heroes and Service":

Roaring Typhoon salutes are in order for
  Tommy Jenkins ('66) of VA and   John Howard ('66) of VA for their service and enduring friendship. The pictures tell the story better than any words, but Tommy's note to you is appreciated. It is an honor to share the birthday anniversary with Tommy.
It should also be noted that many may not understand what a great service it is for Tommy to drive the Disabled American Veterans (D.A.V.) van to Martinsburg (W.Va.) Regional Medical Center. Some clinics are operated by the Martinsburg center, but many veterans in this region must go the main facility for diagnostic procedures and treatment. These patients lack the family support and/or personal means to get to Martinsburg. The D.A.V. funds these vehicles, but they must be driven by volunteers. It can amount to more than a long day for volunteers like Tommy, who understand that they provide a vital service. Thanks again, Tommy.
Norm Covert ('61) MD

   AMEN! As far as I call tell, it's about 68 miles from Tommy's house to the medical center, and I sincerely doubt if many of the patients he serves live on the direct route there! As far as I'm concerned, that's an amazing service he provides!
   Thanks from all of us, Tommy!

   And thank you, Norm!

  From Tommy Jenkins ('66) of VA - 02/14/10, 11:47 AM - "Picture":


Thanks so much for everything and posting my info on the website. I just wish more Typhoons would do the same but admit it took me a long time to become "active" after reading it for a long time.

The main reason I am contacting you is the picture at the Wall is in fact my best friend from Vietnam, Tony Mikrut (Chicago IL) and not    John Howard ('66 - of VA)! Sorry I did not provide enough info or confused you.
Thanks again for all you do.
Tuesday, February 15, 2005
Tommy Jenkins of VA
and Tony Mikrut of IL
   EEEK! Unfortunately, it takes precious little to confuse me, Tommy! Besides, I really don't know what John would look like if he should shave off his beard.  It coulda been him..  Maybe.....

   I took it down and changed the caption as soon as I found your note.  Thanks for letting me know, Tommy! 

   From Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA - 02/14/10, 6:57 PM - " Tommy (Jenkins - '66 - of VA)":

Just wanted to correct the pic id. that you sent out. That is not John (Howard - '66 - of VA) with Tommy at the wall...ha
Peace & Blessing,


   And this isn't the first time I have misidentified your husband, is it?!? 

   Sorry, John! Thanks, Cheryl!

    From Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/14/10 - "Snow Maples":

The beautiful picture of
   Jerry Allen ('65) of VA and   Judy Phillips Allen's ('66) of VA Japanese Maple displays the beauty of Mother Nature as winter drags on and we look forward to the start of baseball's spring training in Florida and Arizona.

Friday, February 12, 2010 Sunday, February 7, 2010

In contrast I thought Jerry and Judy might appreciate seeing the beauty of my own Japanese Maple, if you can find it under the snow cone. We call it Miss Kitty's Bush, but the Harty (pun intended) domestic shorthair went to her reward last summer and we wonder how it will be fertilized in the coming years -- or if it is even underneath all that stuff.

Norm Covert ('61) MD

   GIGGLES! Thanks for your Abominable Snowbush image, Normie! I hope the late Miss Kitty's Bush emerges unscathed in the spring!

    From Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA - 02/14/10 - "V-day":

Hi Carol,

Loved 'hearing' about your family visits! Where are the pictures? You and
      Paul (Harty - Bardolph HS, IL - '61 - of IL) have such a happy, loving group. It makes me feel a part of the gathering. Of course you make every one feel that way.

It was extra nice to hear from
  Tommy Jenkins ('66 - of VA). I remember him clearly. Great guy. Hi Tommy!

As for you,
    Bill Black ('66 - of GA), forget the snow, I'm proud as punch you can jump!!! My doctor asked me what I was doing for exercise once. My reply was, "I get down on the floor and try to get up, unassisted."

Happy Valentine's Day, Gang.

Linda May '66
   GASP! Linda May Honey! Asking a woman with seven children and twelve (soon to be thirteen) grandchildren to show you pictures of their family is like - why, it's like -- oh, well, okay, but you asked for it!

   Hmmm - most of the ones you'd want to see are still on the camera.  I really should learn how to take them off of that machine...

   For right now, here's one from Thanksgiving Day of our newest granddaughter with the blanket I crochenitted her.

Thanksgiving Day,
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Kaiya Faye Harty - two months
minus two days old
   Thanks, Linda May!

    From Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/14/10 - "  Bill Chambers":

You may already have snagged this, but while reading "On This Date" it was hard to miss Feb. 14, 1953 when Bill Chambers, playing for William and Mary, pulled down a remarkable 51 rebounds in a 105-84 win over the University of Virginia. The record still stands.

Of course he coached the Typhoon to State 1A basketball championships in 1956 and 1957. Everyone has been reminded thanks to
    Bobby Turpin ('58) VA who was able to rescue the trophies and get them to those who would cherish them.

Norm Covert ('61) MD

   AHHH, Norm Sweetie! It would have been hard for YOU and countless others to have missed it, but the chances of my knowing a single sports statistic, no matter how grandiose it may have been, are virtually nonexistent! I've tried somewhat to conceal it, but my embarrassing ignorance of the subject is nearly boundless.

   Furthermore, I would have no idea even where to search for such statistics on an ongoing basis.

   In this one supremely rare instance, however, I am blameless, as apart from WWII events, the only daily events I'm covering are from 1965.  Otherwise, there would be little room for anything else in the Newsletter, and I would have no time to sleep at all.

   But thanks for the heads-up, Normie!  

   From Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA - 02/14/10 - "snow":

Yes, we did get some snow....and here is a pic of our house to prove it! I love snow!
Peace & Blessing,

   Oh, how pretty! Thanks, Cheryl - I do, too!

February 2010

  From My Friend, Judy Bundy Bowermaster (Litchfield HS, IL - '59) of IL - 02/14/10 - "Hummingbird cake recipe":

Sounds Yummy! 
Hummingbird Cake
1 box yellow cake mix
1 4 serving size instant vanilla pudding mix
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 8-oz. can crushed pineapple, well drained, reserve juice
4 eggs
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 medium ripe banana, cut up
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
1/2 cup maraschino cherries, well drained
1/2 cup prepared cream cheese frosting
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Coat a 10-inch Bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray.  In a large bowl, combine the cake and pudding mixes, oil, pineapple, eggs and cinnamon.  Add enough water to the reserved pineapple juice to make 1 cup liquid.  Add it to the bowl, then beat with an electric beater until the mixture is thoroughly combined.  Stir in banana, pecans, and cherries.  Mix well then pour into the pan.  Bake for 55-60 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Let the cake cool completely.  In a microwave safe bowl, heat the cream cheese frosting for 10-15 SECONDS.  Stir until smooth and pourable, then drizzle over the cooled cake.
(NOTE:  I have had this baked and served from a 9x13 pan and it was wonderful!)
    OOOH! Thanks, Judy!

  From Mike White ('67) of VA - 02/03/10 - "Seniors (#11 in a Series of 19)":


For anyone age appropriate…that means almost everyone
in the Typhoon Nation !



Someone had to remind me, so I'm reminding you too.

Don't is all true...these are the perks of reaching 60 and heading towards 70 and older!

   Thanks, Mike!  


  From Jane Chambers of VA - 07/01/09 AND 02/07/10 - "CNC BOOK BROCHURE & AD" AND 61-62 DECADERS ADDENDA:

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

   Thanks, Jane!


From ArcaMax Jokes - 02/14/10:

New Mattress

Our mom needed a new mattress for her antique bed, so my brother, Josh, and I decided to buy her one as a gift. The problem was we weren't sure what to get, because it was an odd size. Fortunately, my brother happened to be visiting my mother one day when I called home.

"Measure the bed frame before you leave," I told him.

"I don't have a tape measure."

"You can use a dollar bill," I suggested, "each one is six inches long."

"Can't," he replied after digging through his wallet, "I only have a ten."

[Reader's Digest.]


1. Saturday, April 24, 2010,11:30 AM - The NNHS Class of 1954 will hold a 56-Year Mini-Reunion Luncheon at The Chamberlin.
For details, contact Mickey Marcella at (757) 249-3800 or Betty Hamby Neher at (757) 898-5099 or Dr. Harry Simpson at (804) 694-0346 - CLASS OF 1954

2. Friday and Saturday, August 6 and 7, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1970 will hold its 40-Year Reunion. Saturday night will be at the Kiln Creek Golf & Country Club. For details, contact Carol Comer Cutler at or visit the reunion website at - CLASS OF 1970

3. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 6, 7, and  8, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1960 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott Newport News at City Center. For details, contact Karen Weinstein Witte at - CLASS OF 1960

4. Friday and Saturday, October 15 and 16, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1965 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at the Point Plaza Hotel, 950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23601. For details, contact Dave Arnold at

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 01/08/10
NNHS BLOG: - updated 08/04/09

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

                                  Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

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Chinese New Year Medley

"Chinese New Year Medley" midi courtesy of - 01/26/10

Animated Chinese New Year title clip art courtesy of My Niece, Shari, of VA - 02/13/10
Thanks, Shari!

 Chinese New Year Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 02/15/10

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

Animated USMC Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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

Litchfield High School's Purple Panther Paw Print courtesy of - 06/23/07

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

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 Applause clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05 (re-saved 02/27/09)
Thanks, Al!

Animated Silly Bear (designed by AF Artist - Ryan Hagen) courtesy of - 10/04/05

Embarrassed Smiley clip art courtesy of - 03/01/09

Animated OOPS! Smiley Face clip art courtesy of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/27/09
Thanks, Dave!

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

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