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03/06/11 - NNHS Newsletter
Elizabeth Barrett Browning's 205th Birthday

If thou must love me, let it be for nought
Except for love's sake only...

- Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Sonnet 14
(06 Mar 1806 - 29 June 1861)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,                                                                                                         

   Today's Birthday Celebration Newsletter is being revisited from exactly five years ago today:




   Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Shirley Eanes Matthews ('66) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

08 -    Mildred Mae Linkous Spriggs ('38) of VA - 1921 (deceased 07/04/07) - also Mother of        Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA AND Doris Burns ('38) - also Mother of    Steve Burns ('65) of MN;

09 - Patrick Burke ('57) AND   Bobby Hilling ('62) of VA AND   Katie Haan Spaulding ('64) of CA;
10 -
  Helen Avant Neal ('57) of VA
AND (if Plaxo is to be believed) Bill Douthat ('66) of VA;

11 - Margaret Blayton Cowan ('57) AND   Nancy Horton Wilkes ('62) of FL AND  Shirley Caudill Williamson ('65) of VA;

13 -   Betty Spain Uecker ('63) of VA AND My Daughter-in-Law,      Kim Woods Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / Richard Milburn Academy, FL - '03) of IL!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


From Bill Gross (February '48) of VA - 03/05/11 - "Birthday request":

How about adding me to your birthday list please.

I will be 81 on the 16th of March.

Graduated from NNHS February 1948. That is a life time ago within its self. (lol)


   Certainly, Bill - and Happy Early Birthday!

From Tricia Matthews Sheene of VA (I think...) - 03/05/11 - "Newsletter":

Dear Carol.
Hope this finds you well......are you still doing the NNHS newsletter? I have not seen it for a while and started searching and remembered "We'll always have Buckroe" and that's how I found you.
I had this address in my address contacts:
Maybe I got taken off your list or something so thought I would email you..........thank you so much.....
Patricia Matthews Sheene
   Hey, Tricia! Strike this up to One of Life's Mysteries... As far as I knew, you should have been receiving Newsletter announcements all along.

   You're not the first to have this problem; I assume the Spam Filters keep thinking that I am Evil Incarnate, so they continue to "protect" many of you from receiving my notifications.

   I have three mailings I send for each announcement. I've taken your name off the one where I had it, and placed it on the other two. Please let me know if you hear from me now!

  From Doug Nelson ('64) of VA - 03/05/11 - "The Music of the Young":

Hi Carol,

I am writing about the background music in tonight's NNHS newsletter -

I started to write a long posting explaining the "story" behind what I write below, but I decided it is just too long, too complicated, and too personal.

So this is what remains:

I have a Logitech Squeezebox. A Squeezebox is like a WI-FI radio. It streams audio from your broadband modem. You don't have to have your computer on, just the modem. I leave it "tuned" to and choose the kind of music that includes "The Uninvited". I leave it on through the night at low volume. Sometimes I wake up in the night with "The Uninvited" playing in my ears. I don't know whether it wakes me up or not. I don't mind because I don't sleep that well anyway.

During the day if "The Uninvited" is playing on the Squeezebox I will turn the volume all the way up and just get lost in it.

I don't really hear the lyrics when I listen to music. It is the sound that matters to me.

Still enjoying your Newsletters,

Doug Nelson
Dahlgren, VA

   OH, WOW! Thank you so much for sharing that, Doug! I always really appreciate knowing whenever the music has a special meaning for any of y'all!

        From Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA - 03/05/11 - "Our Armed Forces at Work":


My sister sent this to me, and I hope all will watch this. True "HEROES" to be prayed for and thanked for their service...

Jerry Blanchard (Class of 62) of Va.

Our Armed Forces at Work

The story is about Channing Moss, who was impaled by a live RPG during a Taliban ambush while on patrol.

Army protocol says that medivac choppers are never to carry anyone with a live round in him. Even though they feared it could explode, the flight crew said damn the protocol and flew him to the nearest aid station.

Again, protocol said that in such a case the patient is to be put in a sandbagged area away from the surgical unit, given a shot of morphine and left to wait (and die) until others are treated. Again, the medical team ignored the protocol.

Here's a short video put together by the Military Times, which includes actual footage of the surgery where Dr. John Oh, a Korean immigrant who became a naturalized citizen and went to West Point, removed the live round with the help of volunteers and a member of the EOD (explosive ordinance disposal) team. Moss has undergone six operations but is doing well at home in Gainesville GA. I think you'll find the video absolutely remarkable. 

   WOWZERONI-RINI! Thanks so much, Jerry!

   From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 03/05/11 - "Passing The Purple Hat":

Passing the Purple Hat to You

In honor of women's history month and in memory of Erma Bombeck who lost her fight with cancer:

Pass this on to five women that you want watched over.

If you don't know five women to pass this on to, one will do just fine.

by Erma Bombeck

(Written after she found out she was dying from cancer.)

I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending
the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren't there for the day.

I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage. 
I would have talked less and listened more.

I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained, or the sofa faded.

I would have eaten the popcorn in the 'good' living room and worried much less
about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.

I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.

I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.

I would have sat on the lawn with my children and not worried about grass stains.

I would have cried and laughed less while watching television - and more while watching life.

I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn't show soil, or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.

Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I'd have cherished every moment and realized
that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.

When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, "Later. Now go get washed up for dinner."

There would have been more "I love you's."

But mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute...look at it and really see it it and never give it back.

Stop sweating the small stuff.
Don't worry about who doesn't like you,
who has more, or who's doing what.
Instead, let's cherish the relationships we have with those
who DO love us.
Let's think about what God HAS blessed us with.
And what we are doing each day to promote ourselves mentally, physically, emotionally, as well as spiritually.

   Thank you, Sarah Sugah! I've had this selection posted at the bottom of our In Memoriam pages for over ten years now:

   It's always good to remind ourselves!


    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 03/05/11 - "ONIONS":


In 1919 when the flu killed 40 million people there was a Doctor who visited the many farmers to see if he could help them combat the flu. Many of the farmers and their family had contracted it and many died.

The doctor came upon this one farmer and to his surprise, everyone was very healthy. When the doctor asked what the farmer was doing that was different the wife replied that she had placed an unpeeled onion in a dish in the rooms of the home, (probably only two rooms back then). The doctor couldn't believe it and asked if he could have one of the onions and place it under the microscope. She gave him one and when he did this, he did find the flu virus in the onion. It obviously absorbed the bacteria, therefore, keeping the family healthy.

Now, I heard this story from my hairdresser in AZ. She said that several years ago many of her employees were coming down with the flu and so were many of her customers. The next year she placed several bowls with onions around in her shop. To her surprise, none of her staff got sick. It must work.. (And no, she is not in the onion business.)

The moral of the story is, buy some onions and place them in bowls around your home. If you work at a desk, place one or two in your office or under your desk or even on top somewhere. Try it and see what happens. We did it last year and we never got the flu.

If this helps you and your loved ones from getting sick, all the better. If you do get the flu, it just might be a mild case.. Whatever, what have you to lose? Just a few bucks on onions!!!!!!

Now there is a P. S. to this for I sent it to a friend in Oregon who regularly contributes material to me on health issues. She replied with this most interesting experience about onions:

Thanks for the reminder. I don't know about the farmers story.. but, I do know that I contacted pneumonia and needless to say I was very ill.. I came across an article that said to cut both ends off an onion put one end on a fork and then place the forked end into an empty jar...placing the jar next to the sick patient at night. It said the onion would be black in the morning from the germs.. sure enough it happened just like that.. the onion was a mess and I began to feel better.

Another thing I read in the article was that onions and garlic placed around the room saved many from the black plague years ago. They have powerful antibacterial, antiseptic properties.

This is the other note.

Lots of times when we have stomach problems we don't know what to blame. Maybe it's the onions that are to blame. Onions absorb bacteria is the reason they are so good at preventing us from getting colds and flu's and is the very reason we shouldn't eat an onion that has been sitting for a time after it has been cut open.


I had the wonderful privilege of touring Mullins Food Products, Makers of mayonnaise.. Mullins is huge, and is owned by 11 brothers and sisters in the Mullins family. My friend, Jeanne, is the CEO.

Questions about food poisoning came up, and I wanted to share what Ilearned from a chemist.

The guy who gave us our tour is named Ed. He's one of the brothers Ed is a chemistry expert and is involved in developing most of the sauce formula.. He's even developed sauce formula for McDonald's.

Keep in mind that Ed is a food chemistry whiz. During the tour, someone asked if we really needed to worry about mayonnaise. People are always worried that mayonnaise will spoil. Ed's answer will surprise you. Ed said that all commercially- made Mayo is completely safe.

"It doesn't even have to be refrigerated. No harm in refrigerating it, but it's not really necessary." He explained that the pH in mayonnaise is set at a point that bacteria could not survive in that environment. He then talked about the quaint essential picnic, with the bowl of potato salad sitting on the table and how everyone blames the mayonnaise when someone gets sick.

Ed says that when food poisoning is reported, the first thing the officials look for is when the 'victim' last ate ONIONS and where those onions came from (in the potato salad?). Ed says it's not the mayonnaise (as long as it's not homemade Mayo) that spoils in the outdoors. It's probably the onions, and if not the onions, it's the POTATOES.

He explained, onions are a huge magnet for bacteria, especially uncooked onions. You should never plan to keep a portion of a sliced onion. He says it's not even safe if you put it in a zip-lock bag and put it in your refrigerator.

It's already contaminated enough just by being cut open and out for a bit, that it can be a danger to you (and doubly watch out for those onions you put in your hotdogs at the baseball park!)

Ed says if you take the leftover onion and cook it like crazy you’ll probably be okay, but if you slice that leftover onion and put on your sandwich, you're asking for trouble. Both the onions and the moist potato in a potato salad will attract and grow bacteria faster than any commercial mayonnaise will even begin to break down.

So, how's that for news? Take it for what you will. I (the author) am going to be very careful about my onions from now on. For some reason, I see a lot of credibility coming from a chemist and a company that produces millions of pounds of mayonnaise every year.

Also, dogs should never eat onions. Their stomachs cannot metabolize onions.

Please remember it is dangerous to cut an onion and try to use it to cook the next day, it becomes highly poisonous for even a single night and creates toxic bacteria which may cause adverse stomach infections because of excess bile secretions and even food poisoning.

Please pass this on to all you love and care.

   Thanks, Glenn! I could have checked the "veracity" of all this on one of the several urban legend sites, but I chose to post it to invite our readers to experiment upon the truth of it themselves (except for feeding it to their dogs!).

        From George Helliesen ('61) of MI - 03/05/11 - "Mrs. Hughes, for when you really need a laugh!":

Save this for when you really need a laugh -  she is hysterical :)

Mrs. Hughes, for when you really need a laugh!

This woman is hilarious!

   Thanks so much, George! I really needed a laugh today! Well, all this week, really.....


From - 03/05/11:

The leaders of the big beer companies meet for a drink. The president of Budweiser orders a Bud. Miller's president orders a Miller's and the president of Coors orders a Coors. When it is Guinness' turn to order he orders a soda.

"Why didn't you order a Guinness?" everyone asks.

"Nah," Guinness replies. "If you guys aren't having a beer, neither will I."

1. Thursday, April 7, 2011 - 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, April 13, 2011 - 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. Saturday, April 30, 2011 - The NNHS Class will have a Luncheon. Team Leaders are Mickey Marcella ( - 757-249-3800), Betty Hamby Neher ( - 757-898-5099), and Dr. Harry Simpson ( - 804-694-0346). - CLASS OF 1954

4. Saturday, July 9, 2011 (6:30 PM to 11:30 PM) - The Class of 1971 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News. For details, contact Richard Rawls at - CLASS OF 1971

5. Saturday, August 20, 2011 - The Class of 1966 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at the Warwick Yacht Club, Newport News.  Further details will be available soon from Dee Hodges Bartram at - CLASS OF 1966

PRAYER ROLL : - updated 02/26/11

BLOG: - updated 10/21/10

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

                           Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

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(Where Do I Begin?) Love Story

Music by Francis Lai (b. 26 Apr 1932), 1970

Lyrics by Carl Sigman (24 Sept 1909 – 26 Sept 2000), 1970

Where do I begin to tell the story
Of how great a love can be
The sweet love story that is older than the sea
The simple truth about the love she brings to me

Where do I start
With her first hello
She gave new meaning to this empty world of mine
They'll never be another love another time
She came into my life and made the living fine

She fills my heart
She fills my heart with very special things
Angel songs and wild imaginings
She fill my soul with so much love
That any where I go I'm never lonely
With her around who could be lonely
I reach for her hand
She's always there

How long does it last
Can love be measured by the hours in a day
I have no answers now
But this much I can say
I know I'll need her until the stars all burn away
And she'll be there

How long does it last
Can love be measured by the hours in a day
I have no answers now
But this much I can say
I know I'll need her until the stars all burn away
And she'll be there

"Love Story" midi courtesy of Yuko Ohigashi: - 01/02/06

"Love Story" lyrics courtesy of - 03/06/06

 First Painting of Elizabeth Barrett Browning courtesy of - 03/06/06

Second Painting of Elizabeth Barrett Browning (by William Charles Ross)
courtesy of - 03/06/06

Brown Carved Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 10/10/05

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

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!!

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

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!

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