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03/26/09 - NNHS Newsletter
Brian Boru's March

“However small the injury he might be able to do to the foreigners (Vikings), Brian preferred it to peace.
From the forests and the wastelands, he emerged to plunder and to kill the foreigners.
If he did not destroy them during the day then he was sure to do it at night.”

 - The Chronicler of the Gaedhil

Dear Friends and  Schoolmates,  

   Not being in a particular creative mood at the moment, I thought as it's still the month of March, I'd go with a pun and choose a march - and why not an Irish march at that?

BONUS #1 - - Brian Boru's March - The Ceili Orchestra

BONUS #2 - - Brian Boru's March - with some stunning images of Ireland

BONUS #3 - - Brian Boru's March - Charlaine

BONUS #4 - - Brian Boru's March - Irish Fiddle Lesson

   Ah, but this will require you to do your homework.  Sorry, but you know what Kipling said:

There is no sin greater than ignorance.

- Rudyard Kipling (30 Dec 1865 - 18 Jan 1936)



1.   From Betty Brockwell McClure ('58) of VA - 03/25/09, 11:24 AM - "Betty's Knee":

Hi, Everyone,
Here's an update on my knee situation:
After breaking my right hip in January 2008, I finally became pain free early this year.  Shortly thereafter, my left knee started hurting, and it became increasingly painful each day.  X-Rays showed a tiny bit of arthritis but not enough to cause that much pain.  Last week, an MRI showed torn cartilage in the knee and lots of fluid.  Dr. Kona here in Farmville will perform arthroscopic surgery this Friday, March 27.  He will try to repair the torn meniscus, both medial and lateral, and remove the fluid.  He says it is a simple procedure that takes 15 - 20 minutes, but they will have to put me to sleep.  I hope and pray that this will be the answer.  I've had to go back to using my walker.
Thank you for all your support and prayers.
Love to All,

   YOWZERONI!!! You're back on the Prayer Roll, Betty! Thanks for letting us know, and we'll be praying for you!

2.      From the Head Flagtwirler of 1965, Janice McCain Rose of VA - 03/25/09, 8:40 PM - " 4th day in a row....I think it's a record!!!":

Fred was even stronger today....walking more....the ultrasound did show some fluid around his stomach....and a drain will not remove it because it's kind of caught between layers.  Tomorrow they will numb his back and go through his rib cage with a needle in the back and drain out the excess fluid.
This hopefully will remove what can't be drained with a regular drainage tube nor is it anything he can cough out or remove with his kidneys/bladder.
Unfortunately, his sugar level rose again and his potassium he's back on insulin and potassium by IV's. 
The physical therapist gave him more exercises to do to build up his legs and upper body.
For some unknown reason,  his upper body trembles very hard....he's not cold...and it does not affect his arms, legs or below his's in his neck area and upper chest area (in other words) the surgery area.  When the doctor saw him this afternoon she was clueless as to what could be causing this.  He didn't sleep well last night....the trembling kept waking him up.
He had 3 horrible trembles this afternoon in about an hours time....the nurse called the doctor....and I had to leave because it was getting dark....I'll find out in the morning what the conclusion to that is.
Prayers are still to all...Janice
ps...please let   Judy (Phillips Allen - '66 - of VA),   Jerry (Allen - '65 - of VA), and   Monty (Phillips - '62 - of VA) know that I offer prayers for them also every day.  The three of them are very special know...the "good guys".

   WOWZERONI!!! Thanks, Janice, those prayers are still coming your way!


   Happy Birthday today to   Gene Collins Glave ('60) of SC!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

28 - Elizabeth Tedder Nunnally ('65 and '68) of VA;

29 -   David Hatchett ('65) of VA;

31- Webb Edwards ('57)  AND       Don Jett (NNHS / Warwick HS - '60) of FL AND   Tina Crowder Adderholdt ('65) of NC;

01 - Harold Smith ('57) !

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 


1.   Lloyd Nelson ('61) of VA and FL - 03/25/09:

Wednesday 03/25/2009 10:35:06am
Name: Lloyd Nelson
Marital Status Married
City/Country: Newport News, VA/Port Charlotte, FL

   Thanks, Lloyd!

      From Don Jett (NNHS / Warwick HS - '60) of FL - 03/25/09 - "E-mail Address":

Hi Carol,
Hope you are well.  If you get a chance, please add my e-mail address to the "e-mail & web-site" page for the Class of '60.....
Don Jett, WHS '60
        It is by growing old that one
        learns to remain young......

   Thank you, Don, I am feeling better now! I added your addy to that page:

   REMINDER - MOST of these Contact Pages are still in abominable condition.....

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 03/25/09 - "Something Sentimental":
Butterfly Kisses

   Beautiful song, Shari - thanks!

    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 03/25/09 - "Birthday Clock - Pretty Cool":

Birthday Clock


It tells you how many hours and how many seconds you have been alive on this earth and when you were probably conceived. How cool is that? 

This is cool. After you've finished reading the info, click again, and see what the moon looked like the night you were born. This is neat. Who says our time clocks aren't ticking....the people that think these things up have way too much time on their hands..   

Enjoy and have a fantastic day!!!

   This is waaay cool! Thanks so much, Glenn!

   From Bunny Booker ('65) of MI - 03/25/09, 3:51 PM:

Carol..... Sorry about being late sending this information out but my computer at home had a virus and I'm just getting back to work this week and finally able to sit down and send this. My wife Cindy just passed away Monday, March 16th. She had battled ovarian cancer for four years and died Monday A.M. at our home. She has been a wonderful wife of 40 years, mother of our 3 children and grandmother of 5. She will be greatly missed by all but especially by me since she was not only my wife but also my best friend. She is now not suffering any more buy is home with her Lord and Savior.

I do read your Newsletters on occasions and appreciate all the work you do putting it together.

Best Regards, Bunny Booker

   Oh, Bunny, I'm so very shocked and saddened to read this sad news! I enjoyed corresponding with Cindy occasionally over the years. She was such a beautiful and vibrant woman; I had no idea she was ill.

   Please accept my sincerest sympathies on your loss. I pray your faith and memories will bring you comfort and solace.

From Rita Price - "Coffee together":

Works for hot chocolate too?

We can pretend we are sharing a good cup of coffee while enjoying...

Good Morning Blessings...

If you are a recipient of a blessing, keep the blessing working  
by being the source of blessing to other people.

This morning when I awoke  

And saw the sun above, I softly said, 'Good morning, Lord, Bless everyone I love.'
Right away I thought of you and said a loving prayer,   

That He would bless you specially,
And keep you free from care.
I thought of all the happiness a day could hold in store,
I wished it all for you because no one deserves it more.  
I felt so warm and good inside,

My heart
was all aglow.

I know God heard my prayers for you,  

He hears them all, you know.

   Thanks so much, Rita! I don't drink coffee, but I'll take you up on that hot chocolate! Blessings to you, too!

    From Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 03/25/09 - "More Saunders Stadium":

It's terrific that our "team" is on the job trying to get a lasting memorial of Saunders Stadium before the concrete grandstand is dismantled.  I assume that's all that will be razed -- of course the shops and dressing rooms, etc. go as well.
Much appreciation to        Dave Spriggs ('64) VA, for his usual vigilance and letter to the Daily Press (was it printed?); also his pictures and those of Bruce Howell ('69) VA, and more recently  Charlie Phillips ('65) of TN, whose photos captured the site of my sports career's demise, the high jump pit, where    Coach Julie Conn and Charlie Nuttycombe caucused after I injured my back from hitting the wintered-over sawdust in early spring practice in 1959. We scissored with our legs in those days, not the Fosbury Flop. It was decided that sports writing was in my future with The Beacon and the Daily Press.
A photo of our press corps in the fall of 1958 in the Saunders Stadium Press Box is in order. Shown in this photo from the Anchor are (from left) Edward Travis, sports editor of The Times-Herald, Chick Damron of the Daily Press, and the inimitable Julian Rice, who loved NNHS with a passion, usually ran the clock and argued constantly with Coach Conn and the sports staff of both newspapers. He was a lovable curmudgeon.
Mr. Travis (and Charles Karmosky of the Daily Press) always allowed us to use staff game game photos in The Beacon and encouraged me to be a better reporter and writer. His advice sometimes made our advisor unhappy, but that's another story.

Like so many of us, I ran the steps of Saunders Stadium in fitness regimes, shivered in cold and rainy weather football games, enjoyed the magic of Turkey Day football against the Crabbers, and joined my band colleagues in warming our mouthpieces in our pockets so we could play the fight songs and start our halftime shows with the full front formation at the south goal line. Thanks for the memories.

Norm Covert ('61) MD

   WOWZERS!!! Thank you so much, Normie!

    From Pat Beck Letzinger ('57) of VA - 03/25/09:


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Pat Letzinger
Class of '57

   "Well, isn't that special?"

   I've been reaching that same message off and on all week, Pat. It's annoying six ways from Tuesday, but this one's not my fault; it means the server ( is down or doing maintenance or something. The problem should resolve itself shortly; meanwhile, all I can tell you is to keep checking back from time to time.

   Thanks for letting me know, Pat - keep the faith!


   From Butch Ragland ('63) of CO - 03/12/09 - "Have a Giggle (#11 in a series of 13)":

Hi Carol!
Glad you are settling in to your new home!
After hearing me complain about my doctor getting on me about losing another 10 pounds my wife sent me the attached email for future excuses I can give him!
Have to admit I never thought of these and may use them next visit, when I know I will have probably gained another 10 pounds.
In case you need some newsletter filler sometime, I included the "Herman" comic attachments also!

Hope you enjoy them, and thanks again for keeping us in touch with our glory days.

Best to all!
Butch Ragland, NNHS '63
Colorado Springs, CO

   GIGGLES!!! These are great, Butch - thanks!


1. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 23, 24, and 25, 2009 - The Class of 1954 will hold its 55-Year Reunion.  For details, contact Dr. Harry Simpson at 804-694-0346 or email him at - CLASS OF 1954

2. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May 15, 16, and 17, 2009 - The Hampton High School Class of 1964 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. For details, see: - HAMPTON HIGH SCHOOL - CLASS OF 1964

3. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 4, 5 and 6 (Labor Day Weekend), 2009 - The Class of 1969 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at the Point Plaza Hotel, Newport News, VA. For details, see: and contact Jean Baker Howell at - OPEN TO ALL NNHS ALUMNI

4. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 18, 19, and 20, 2009 - The Warwick High School Class of 1959 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott Newport News at City Center, Newport News, VA. For details, contact

5. Friday and Saturday, October 9 and 10, 2009 - The Class of 1964 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at the Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News, VA 23606: For details, see: - CLASS OF 1964

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 03/26/09

BLOG: - updated 01/09/09

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

                                   Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
746 Hillsboro Avenue
Edwardsville, IL 62025-1821  

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Brian Boru's March

"Brian Boru's March" midi courtesy of - 03/25/09

Image of Brian Boru's Painting courtesy of - 03/26/09

Purple Celtic Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 03/26/09

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!!

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 Guest Book clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

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

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05 (still missing...)
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

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