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06/03/14 - NNHS Newsletter -
Jefferson Davis' 206th Birthday

Never be haughty to the humble; never be humble to the haughty.

Jefferson Davis
 (03 June 1808 - 06 Dec 1889)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   We try to celebrate Jefferson Davis' birthday here every year, barring electronic difficulties or moving or such.....

BONUS - - Ashokan Farewell, Jay Unger and Molly Mason Family Band



   Happy Birthday today to  Bill Combs ('63) of MI  AND      Gail Kiger Bonsey (Ferguson HS - '73) of OR!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to        Raoul Weinstein ('57) of FL AND    Catherine Slusser Hudson ('64) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

05 -     Brian Blakley (Cheyenne HS, NV - '04) of UT;

06 - Robert Helmintoller ('57) AND Bertha Smith Zacharias ('57) AND My Granddaughter, Evey Harty of CA;
07 -
   Fred Field ('45) of CA AND   Al Simms ('60) of VA AND Donnie Morris ('67) of VA;

10 -         Sydney Dearing ('56) of TN AND the late    Eileen Casey Sparkman  (Ferguson HS - '68) (deceased 08/16/11) !

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


June 03, 1923 - In Italy, Benito Mussolini granted women the right to vote.

June 03, 1938 - The German Reich voted to confiscate so-called "degenerate art."

June 03, 1940 - The German Luftwaffe bombed Paris, killing 254 people. Most of the people killed were civilians and school children.

June 03, 1940 - The Battle of Dunkirk ended with a German victory and with Allied forces in full retreat.

June 03, 1941 - The Wehrmacht razed the Greek village of Kandanos to the ground, killing 180 of its inhabitants.

June 03, 1942 - Japan began the Aleutian Islands Campaign by bombing Unalaska Island.


Wednesday, June 03, 1964 - Guitarist and songwriter (Slayer) Kerry King was born Kerry Ray King in Los Angeles, California.

Wednesday, June 03, 1964 - Actor James Purefoy was born James Brian Mark Purefoy in Taunton, Somerset, England.

Wednesday, June 03, 1964 - Author and Nobel Prize laureate Frans Eemil Sillanpää (b. 16 Sept 1888 in Hämeenkyrö, Finland) died in Helsinki, Finland at the age of 75.

     From Me ('65) of NC - 06/03/14:

   We moved back to Fayetteville three years ago today!

"And it came to pass that we lived after the manner of happiness."

~ 2 Nephi 5:27

  From Karrin Williams Frankie (NNHS / Warwick HS - '61) of VA - 06/02/14 - "  RONNIE TURNER":

Just saw in Monday’s paper that Ronnie Turner died.  I use to run into him at local open air market and he always looked the same.  Know he was our “paper boy” for many years...

I know he was a NNHS grad but not sure what year, maybe ’58 since I think Phil was ’60.  Know Sandra and Jimmy were older.

   Thank you so much, Karrin. I never was able to determine Ronnie's class; 1958 would seem to be a good choice as Jimmy was in the Class of 1956, but I was unable to verify that. You have my sympathies on the loss of your friend.

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 06/01/14 - "More":


A little son of a Baptist minister was in church one morning when he saw for the first time the rite of baptism by immersion. He was greatly interested in it, and the next morning proceeded to baptize his three cats in the bathtub.

The first kitten bore it very well, and so did the young cat, but the old family cat rebelled. It struggled, clawed and tore at him, and got away.

With considerable effort he caught it again and proceeded with the ceremony. But she acted worse than ever, clawed at him, spit, and scratched his hands and face.

Finally, after barely getting her splattered with water, he dropped her on the floor in disgust and said: "Fine, be an Atheist."


Getting Kids to Exercise

One of the culprits responsible for the increase in the number of overweight youngsters is a lack of exercise. Here are some tips from fitness expert Dr. Kenneth Cooper and the National Association for Sport and Physical Education on how to get your children moving.

- Offer rewards for exercising, such as tokens they can save to attend a sporting event or theme park.

- Have a “toy run” by hiding small, inexpensive toys along a neighborhood route. Walk or run with your child to pick up the prizes.

- Watch events on TV or movies with a sports theme, such as “The Karate Kid: or “The Rookie,” and then try to engage the kids in such an activity.

- Walk or ride a bike with your kids while doing errands.

- Plan birthday parties around a sports theme, such as bowling, miniature golf, or skating.



Pay your car insurance semi-annually. With my car insurance, they offer monthly all the way up to semi-annual payment options. It costs more to pay monthly, and twice a year is more convenient anyway.

Increase insurance deductibles. Most of us don't need to be insured for all losses over $100 on our car, for example. Although we wouldn't want to pay a $250 or even $500 deductible, we could. If that's you, find out how much you'd save from raising your deductible. I've raised my deductibles on my auto insurance and home owner's insurance and saved a considerable amount.

Think before submitting an insurance claim. It might be cheaper to take care of a repair out-of-pocket than to pay your deductible and then have your rates go up. You may want to call your insurance agent to find out how a claim will impact your premiums before filing the claim.


Random Facts:

The United States of America is divided into 12 Federal Reserve Districts (Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Richmond, Atlanta, Chicago, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Kansas City, Dallas, and San Francisco).

Additionally, typically 12 people are appointed to sit on a jury for felony trials, twelve men have walked on the moon and Alcoholics Anonymous has 12 steps, 12 traditions, and 12 concepts for world service.


Bonus Fact:

The number 12 is highly symbolic in the Bible. It is mentioned 189 times.

- The Tree of Life inside the City of Heaven yields 12 different kinds of fruit.

- The City of Heaven is described as having three gates in each corner, making 12 in all.

- The first recorded words of Jesus occurred when he was 12 years old.

- Jesus had 12 apostles, which represented the 12 tribes of Israel.



"Every wall is a door."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it."
- Michael Jordan

"When one door closes, another opens. But often we look so long, so regretfully, upon the closed door, that we fail to see the one that is opened for us."
- Helen Keller

"It doesn't matter if you try and try and try again, and fail. It does matter if you try and fail, and fail to try again."
- Charles Kettering

"Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air."
- John Quincy Adams

"Today's affirmation: I make friends with my fear. I am unstoppable."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie



A Miracle Morning

I stumbled out the door of a mountain cabin where I was spending the weekend working with youth and their families at a rustic resort center. I had a 6:30 AM appointment to keep and squinted from the early autumn sun peeking over pine-blanketed mountaintops.

I was started by a voice behind me. “Today is a miracle!” I turned to find one of the teenagers following behind.

“How?” I asked her. It looked like it might be pleasantly warm later in the day. Otherwise, fairly ordinary. The word “miracle” seemed like an overstatement. Anyway, I wasn’t sure if I could handle much excitement this early in the morning.

“Think about it,” she smiled. “The sun rose, didn’t it?”

“Yeah.” I found it easy to hide any enthusiasm. It seemed to rise on every other morning without my getting involved.

“That’s a miracle! It is miraculous that the earth turns as it does. At night, the sun goes down and in the morning it rises. It just happens!”

I pretty much already had this figured out. I rubbed sleep from my eyes. I was also busy thinking about how to get a cup of coffee.

“And look at the mountains! Covered with trees and grass, they look so beautiful. And there,” she pointed, “a valley. It’s incredible.”

Was she always this perky? And shouldn't there be a rule against perkiness this early in the morning? Especially before coffee?

“Did you notice the wildflowers?” she continued. “It all smells so fresh and clean and so good.” She took a deep breath and I thought I might have caught a sparkle in her eyes, though it may have also been a trick of the light. “All of nature receives water and sunlight and everything it needs. Things grow and blossom – it really is lovely.”

Now I started to worry. I thought I was actually coming around. Well, a little bit, anyway. Is perkiness contagious? I felt something stirring inside. Up until then I thought this was just an ordinary morning in the mountains. I didn't know what spell she was secretly weaving, but she had a point. It really was beautiful, even if there was nothing magic about it.

Then, with a smile that gave her pronouncement a note of finality, she said, “And best of all, it will happen again tomorrow. And the next day. And the next!” Then she sighed. “See? It's a miracle morning.”

In her poem “Aurora Leigh,” Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote:

Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God:
But only he who sees, takes off his shoes,
The rest sit round it, and pluck blackberries...

Along the early morning path, my friend had removed her shoes. For her, earth was “crammed with heaven” and “every bush afire.” It wasn't just perkiness; she had eyes to see what I had completely missed. I was, as Browning might say, sitting around plucking blackberries.

I haven't seen that young woman for many years. She's grown up now. Maybe she has a family of her own. She's no doubt seen a good measure of heartache and trouble – who hasn't? But I would be surprised if she isn't basically a happy and contented person. Why? Because she discovered a valuable secret about happiness – she learned to find wonder in commonplace things and to feel gratitude for the ordinary. And life is nothing if not filled with the commonplace and ordinary.

After all, if a single morning can hold so much wonder for her, then a lifetime of mornings, not to mention evenings and everything in between, should keep her going through whatever life throws her way.

~ Steve Goodier ~

   Thanks so much, Shari!

        From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 05/24/14 - "INTERESTING FACTS (#3 in a Series of 27)":

  INTERESTING FACTS  ~  ~  really amazing... ~ ~ ~

   WOWZERS-YOWZERS! Thanks, Dools!


BONUS GREY CROCHET PATTERN: and - Grey Shadows Scarf - "A combination of fun faux fur balls in one yarn, the elegant, subtly changing colors in another, accented by just the right touch of metallic glitter, make this scarf a unique fashion accent for your fall and winter wardrobe."

BONUS JEFFERSON DAVIS RECIPE: - "My aunt clipped this recipe from the newspaper many years ago. I found it among her recipe collection."

     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!

3) NNHS Typhoon logo visors for only $6.00!

   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!


 Only $12.95!
Only $3.89! Only $6.00!


From - 06/03/14:

Two bats were hanging in their cave. One turned to the other and said, "Oh, I'm really thirsty for some fresh blood."

The other bat was amazed and says, "Well, it’s a bit late. Daylight is almost here, and we can't be exposed to any light - you know we'll die."

"Yeah, I know," said the first bat, "but I'm really starving for it."

So he flew out of the cave and returnsed five minutes later with blood dripping from his mouth.

"You lucky thing. Where'd you find blood that quick?" asked the second bat.

"You see that tree over there in the distance?" mumbled the bat, his mouth full of blood.

"Yeah, I think I do!"

"Well, I didn't." 

1. Wednesday, July 16, 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.

2. 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

3. 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 06/02/14

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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  Ashokan Farewell

Words by Grian MacGregor
Music by Jay Ungar

The sun is sinking low in the sky above Ashokan.
The pines and the willows know soon we will part.
There's a whisper in the wind of promises unspoken,
And a love that will always remain in my heart.

My thoughts will return to the sound of your laughter,
The magic of moving as one,
And a time we'll remember long ever after
The moonlight and music and dancing are done.

Will we climb the hills once more?
Will we walk the woods together?
Will I feel you holding me close once again?
Will every song we've sung stay with us forever?
Will you dance in my dreams or my arms until then?

Under the moon the mountains lie sleeping
Over the lake the stars shine.
They wonder if you and I will be keeping
The magic and music, or leave them behind.

"Ashokan Farewell" midi and lyrics courtesy of 
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/24/06
Thanks, Dave!

First Image of Jefferson Davis courtesy of - 05/31/06

Second Image of Jefferson Davis courtesy of - 05/31/06

Confederate Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 05/31/06

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

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

Ferguson High School's Anchor clip art courtesy of Steve Silsby (FHS - '72) of NC - 12/14/05
Thanks, Steve!

 Cheyenne High School's Desert Shields Logo courtesy of - 02/05/08

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

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!

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

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