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05/01/14 - NNHS Newsletter - Happy May Day!

The month of May was come, when every lusty heart beginneth to blossom, and to bring forth fruit;
for like as herbs and trees bring forth fruit and flourish in May, in likewise every lusty heart
that is in any manner a lover, springeth and flourisheth in lusty deeds.
For it giveth unto all lovers courage, that lusty month of May.

-   Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte d'Arthur, ca. 1470
(ca. 1405-1471)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Ahh - the merry, merry month of May!

BONUS - - Now Is the Month of Maying - The King's Singers


Now is the month of maying is one of the most famous of the English Balletts, by Thomas Morley published in 1595. It is based on the canzonet So ben mi ch'a bon tempo used by Orazio Vecchi in his 1590 Selva di varia ricreatione.[1]

The song delights in bawdy double-entendre. It is apparently about spring dancing, but this is a metaphor for sex. For example, a "barley-break" would have suggested outdoor sexual activity (rather like we might say a "roll in the hay"). The use of such imagery and puns increased during the Renaissance.[2]

The madrigal forms a key part of Oxford's May Morning celebrations, where the choir of Magdalen College sing the verses from the roof of the college's Great Tower...

   Hmm. Who knew?!? 



   Happy Birthday today    The Head Cheerleader of 1958, Evelyn Fryer Fish of TX!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to    Billy Turner ('65) of TX AND        My Granddaughter, Rachel Harty (Collinsville HS, IL - '14) of IL!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

03 -    Jimmy Lamb ('63) AND   Pauline Collins Shofner ('65) of VA;

04 - Wanda Hodge Underwood ('57) AND    Charlie Snead ('64) of NC;

05 - Jane Penn Clark ('57) AND Tom Jones (Warwick HS - '60) of VA;

06 - Patsy Lewis Hancock ('57) AND (according to Plaxo)    Norman Olshansky ('64) of FL AND     Van Rowell ('65) of NC;

07 - Judy Abbott Copes ('57);

08 -   Frank Gibson ('63) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 


May 1, 1927 - Adolf Hitler held his first Nazi meeting in Berlin.

May 1, 1937 - U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt signed an act of neutrality, keeping the United States out of World War II.

May 1, 1941 - German forces launched a major attack on Tobruk.

May 1, 1944 - The Messerschmitt Me 262, the first combat jet, made its first flight.

May 1, 1944 - Soviet leader Joseph Stalin threatened a full-scale invasion if Bulgaria, Rumania and Hungary refused to join the Allies.

May 1, 1944 -  200 Communist prisoners were shot by the Germans at Kaisariani in Athens in reprisal for the killing of General Franz Krech by partisans at Molaoi.

May 1, 1945 - The Yugoslav partisans freed Trieste.

May 1, 1945 - A German newsreader officially announced that Adolf Hitler has "fallen at his command post in the Reich Chancellery fighting to the last breath against Bolshevism and for Germany". The Soviet flag was raised over the Reich Chancellery, by order of Stalin.

May 1, 1945 - Martin Bormann, private secretary to Adolf Hitler, escaped from the Fuehrerbunker as the Red Army advanced on Berlin.

May 1, 1945 - Admiral Karl Doenitz succeeded Adolf Hitler as leader of the Third Reich. This was one day after Hitler committed suicide.

May 1, 1945 - Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels and his wife Magda committed suicide in the Reich Garden outside the Führerbunker. Their children were murdered by Magda by having cyanide pills inserted into their mouths.


Thursday, May 01, 1964 - Lady Sarah Chatto, daughter of Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon and the 1st Earl of Snowdon, was born Sarah Frances Elizabeth Chatto in Kensington Palace, London.

Thursday, May 01, 1964 - Singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer Will Kimbrough was born William Adams Kimbrough in Mobile, Alabama.

Thursday, May 01, 1964 - Speed skater Yvonne van Gennip was born Yvonne Maria van Gennip in Haarlem, The Netherlands

     NOW AVAILABLE from    Butch Ragland's ('63 - of CO) eBay store:

1) NNHS Typhoon logo caps for only $12.95! (Soon, the price will rise to the regular retail price of $14.95.)

2) NNHS Typhoon logo tote bags for only $3.89!

   DON'T FORGET: 10% of every purchase of NNHS logo products purchased from Butch will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project!

   In addition to the discounted prices for NNHS Logo Products, anyone purchasing additional products from any of his websites may contact Butch at: or with information pertaining to your purchases and he will send you a 20% refund of your total purchase price via Paypal to your payment account. You may contact him at anytime for additional information on these items and/or discounts offered.

   Thanks so much, Butch!

    See them here - - and snag yours today!



      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 04/28/14 - "A Letter from Father and More":


*-- The Bride Broom and The Groom Broom --*

Two brooms were hanging in the closet and after a while they got to know each other so well, they decided to get married. One broom was, of course, the bride broom and the other the groom broom.

The bride broom looked very beautiful in her white dress. The groom broom was handsome and suave in his tuxedo. The wedding was lovely. After the wedding at the wedding dinner, the bride broom leaned over and said to the groom broom "I think I am going to have a little whisk broom."

"Impossible!" said the groom broom.

"We haven't even swept together!"


It was 6 p.m., and I was about to leave the coin laundry where I was employed. My boss called me over and asked if I would mind dropping off someone's laundry on my way home. "It's for my cousin," she apologized, "who's eight months pregnant and can't get out much anymore."

I cheerfully agreed and, driving to the address, knocked at the door. A little girl, the sister-to-be, answered.

"Hi, there," I said with a big smile. "Is your mommy home?" Holding up the white bundle of clothes, I explained, "I have a delivery for her."

The child's mouth dropped, and her eyes went wide. "Mom!" She shrieked, "come quick! It's the stork!"


When my husband and I showed up at a very popular restaurant, it was crowded. I went up to the hostess and asked, "Will it be long?"

The hostess, ignoring me, kept writing in her book. I asked again, "How much of a wait?"

The woman looked up and said, "About ten minutes."

A short time later, we heard an announcement over the loud-speaker: "Willette B. Long, your table is ready."



Mosquitoes are known from as far back as the Triassic Period – 400 million years ago. They are known from North America from the Cretaceous – 100 million years ago.

There are about 2,700 species of mosquito. There are 176 species in the United States.

Dark clothing has been shown to attract some species of mosquitoes more than lighter colored clothing.

Movement increased mosquito biting up to 50% in some research tests.

Mosquitoes fly an estimated 1 to 1.5 miles per hour.

Bigger people are often more attractive to mosquitoes because they are larger targets and they produce more mosquito attractants, namely CO2 and lactic acid.

(From the American Mosquito Control Association)



"Rainbows and butterflies are themselves beautiful and highly symbolic, but they are also representative of all the small miracles of our life - the little things that are so easy to overlook, yet so awe inspiring when we take a moment to notice and to pay attention."

- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The rainbow will remind me of the covenant between God and all living creatures.

- Genesis 9:16


A Letter From Father

This is a letter that my brother, Bishop Dale Bronner, shared with his brothers and children. I asked him could I share it with the MountainWings readers. You may have seen his twin daughters recently in the national news as the first twin college valedictorians. Both had perfect 4.0s.

Below is a letter that I recently sent to all my children. If you find something useable in it to share with your children, please feel free to do so! Here is my letter to them:

Beloved Sons and Daughters,

This is a letter to all my children - Marquis and Dalina, Luis and Neiel, Kirstie, Kristie, and Dale. I want you to know that you mean the world to me! Your life, with your unique gift sets, is a blessing to me and to everyone who has the pleasure of meeting you. As Dad, it has been a joy to pour into your life. I often wish we could go back and re-live some of our great experiences together, but life marches steadily onward!

I am proud of who you are and who you are becoming! My desire for you is that you are always content but never complacent! Success and happiness are never an accident. They are honestly the result of intentional living. You reap the harvest in your future of the seeds you sow in your present!

You've heard me say before that victory does not come in a day, it comes daily! The key to success is always found in your daily routine! The key to focus is simply knowing what to say "NO" to. So don't be driven by your problems, be led by your dreams! Mohammed Ali said, "Champions are not made in the gym... they have deep inside them - a desire, a dream, a vision." I want you to never forget that your destiny is ultimately determined by your decisions. Your decisions determine your CHARACTER, CONDUCT and DESTINY!

With that in mind, I want to give you part of my greatest gift from God-- my WISDOM. Here is a short list of some things that will give you a tremendous advantage over others, if you endeavor to put these concepts into practice on a daily basis. These simple ideas will take your life to another level!  Meditate on these and incorporate them into your life to make you an even more exceptional person:

* Spend daily time in personal devotion to God - prayer, Bible reading, singing in worship.

* Spend 30 minutes every day reading for self-improvement. Almost nobody does this. The ones who do are called rich people.

* Don't watch more than an hour of TV every day. Why watch other people's lives on TV when your lives are far more important?

* Don't spend more than 30 minutes a day on Facebook or Twitter or other Social Media/Internet sites, unless it's career-related.

* Call everyone you know and want to maintain relationship with at least once every three months just to say hello. Call everyone who is meaningful to you on their birthday and call everyone who matters to you whenever they experience a life event.

* Relationships are everything in life. Develop and grow only those relationships with people who are positive, happy, godly, upbeat and focused and avoid those who are negative, depressed and lack direction in life. Remember like attracts like. If you want to be godly and successful hang around godly, successful people.

* Exercise every day. Make sure to include 20 - 30 minutes of aerobic exercise in with your routine. Aerobic exercise feeds your brain with oxygen, gets your metabolism going and keeps the weight off.

* Volunteer at least 5 hours a month for some cause you believe in. You'll not only be helping people but you will also develop strong, long-lasting relationships with good people.

* Watch what you eat. Don't eat more than 300 junk food calories a day.

* Save 20% of your net pay and live off the remaining 80%. This forces you to live below your means.

* Avoid accumulating any credit card debt. If you are then this means you are living above your means and you have to cut back.

* Avoid negative addictive behaviors and substances.

* Remember the 5:1 Rule. Listen for five minutes for every one minute you talk.

* Filter every thought you have before it comes out of your mouth. Saying whatever is on your mind is a lack of self-control.

* Control your thoughts. Thoughts become things. If you have positive, upbeat thoughts your life will mirror your thoughts. Do not let negative thoughts or sad thoughts into your mind. Cancel them out and replace them with positive, upbeat thoughts. Use daily affirmations to control your thinking.

* Don't beat yourself up over mistakes you make. Mistakes are good. They are the foundation upon which success is built. The only thing you need to remember about your mistakes are what you did wrong so you don't repeat the same mistake twice. Remember, you WIN some and you LEARN some; you never LOSE until you fail to LEARN!

* Control your emotions. Never lose your temper. Anger is a negative habit that opens the door to Satan.

* Be thankful for what you have. Every day look back on the previous day and think of five things for which you are grateful. This creates a bridge over which future blessings will be brought into your life! Gratitude is the greatest deterrent to unhealthy personal pride.

* Don't confuse a wish with a goal. A goal is only a goal if it is 100% achievable and requires action or some physical activity. Otherwise it's just a wish. Always have at least one major goal you are working towards each year.

* Don't gamble. Gambling is a poverty habit.

* Listen to audio books when you're commuting or exercising.

* Don't gossip. Gossip is negative and entertains an evil report about others. Remember never to advertise anyone else's sins any more than you would advertise your own!

Do these things and watch the difference they will make in your life! It's doing the little things in life that makes the big difference! I believe in you! Go to your destiny!


~A MountainWings Original by Bishop Dale C. Bronner~

   Thank you so much, Shari!

From My Friend, Jessica, of NC - 04/30/14 - "Super Moms":

    Thanks, Jessica!


    From Jimmy Smith ('62 / '63) of VA - 04/10/14 - "Pictures for the Day (#16 in a series of 19)":

When the power of love overcomes the love
of power, the world will know peace.

   AWW - SO CUTE! Thanks, Jimmy!


BONUS MAY DAY CROCHET PATTERN: - Granny's May Day Basket - "I have always loved the idea of May Baskets; sweet little baskets filled with spring flowers that are meant to be hung on the door of friends and loved ones early on the first day of May as a pleasant surprise. But having lived in the country most of my life, with friends and loved ones several miles away, I have never had much of an opportunity to give them away. But today I am going to make up for all the missed May Day baskets in my past by giving all of you this sweet and easy little basket (at least the pattern for it)..." - with tutorial!

BONUS MAY DAY RECIPES: - May Day Centerpiece Cake - "Our Main Dishes are dishes that most everyone in your family will enjoy." - Round May Day Breads - "May Day, a favorite day to celebrate spring, is perfect for baking and serving up some delicious bread for picnics and family dinner. Here are ten, beautiful round breads you can bake for your spring celebrations."

From - 04/30/14:

Q. Why can’t a blonde dial 911?

A. She can't find the eleven.


1. Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 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, May 14, 2014 - 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, July 25 and 26, 2014 - The NNHS Class of 1954 will hold a 60-YEAR REUNION in Newport News. Further info from Dr. Harry Simpson at 804 694 0346 or, or Mickey Marcella at 757 249 3800 or, or Betty H. Neher at 757 898 5099 or

4. Friday and Saturday, October 17 and 18, 2014 - The NNHS Class of 1964 will hold a 50-YEAR REUNION at the Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive. See: and contact David Spriggs at 757-409-2799 or

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 04/29/14

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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Now Is the Month of Maying

Composer: Thomas Morley, 1595
(1557 or 1558 – Oct 1602)

Based on a text used by Orazio Vecchi in 1590
(baptized 06 Dec 1550 – 19 Feb 1605)


Now is the month of Maying,
When merry lads are playing,
Fa la la la la.

Each with his bonny lass,
upon the greeny grass,
Fa la la la la.

The Spring clad all in gladness,
Doth laugh at Winter´s sadness,
Fa la la la la.

And to the bagpipes sound,
The nymphs tread out their ground,
Fa la la la la.

Fie then! why sit we musing,
Youth´s sweet delight refusing?
Fa la la la la.

Say dainty nymphs and speak,
shall we play Barley break?
Fa la la la la.

"Now Is the Month of Maying" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 05/01/09

May Day Title clip art courtesy of - 05/01/09

Pink Squiggle Bar Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 03/23/05

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

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!!"

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

Animated Yehaa Typhoon clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05
Thanks, Al!

Animated Laughing Elephant courtesy of Frank Blechman ('65) of Northern VA - 10/29/10
Thanks, Frank!

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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