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06/29/11 - NNHS Newsletter
Summer Rain

Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head
with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.

- Langston Hughes
(01 Feb 1902 - 22 May 1967)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   I think no matter where I've been, it's been raining most of the time for the last three months, but I could be wrong, I suppose.....

BONUS - - Summer Rain - Johnny Rivers, 1967


   From the Head Cheerleader of 1958, Evelyn Fryer Fish of TX - 06/14/11 - "Everyone's Birthday Party, Buckroe Beach, SEP 17 - Please include on Website. Thank U Carol.":


Subject: BEACH TIME - Buckroe - Canepa Cottage Birthday Party for All on Saturday,  SEPTEMBER 17 @ 2:00 pm until ?? Please PASS THE WORD

Hi Everyone!!!!
It is that time again!!  We Are Back - Dick and I will be at the Canepa Cottage from Sep 1-30, and we look forward to seeing All of You ----------- the Welcome Mat is always out during the entire month - please feel free to stop by at any time.
If you call anytime during the month and you do not get an answer, we could be on the Glider on the Back Deck or I might be reading a book at the water's edge, so remember to call me on my Cell Phone:  817-845-1824. If you knock on the front door and you do not get an answer, please walk around back and see if we are there.
If during the month or at the Party and you would like to sit on the beach and visit, please bring sand chair/s.
As we did last year - it is time to "gather" again to celebrate yet another year!!!!!!!!   
The Birthday Party will be on
Saturday, September 17 from 2pm until ????????  The only Birthday Gift that you need to bring (in addition to yourself and sunshine) is something to eat OR drink if you prefer something different than Wine, Beer and Soft Drinks - which we will furnish.   
AGAIN, This year, please PARK past the Cottage turning at the SECOND LEFT into the condos area where there is a vacant parking lot.  If you are too tired and cannot make the walk up to the cottage, call me on my Cell and I will come and pick you up.  The parking spaces in the front of the house are for The Owner, The Renters on The First and Second Floor, Disabled Guests, previous Mystery Guests, Current Mystery Guest/s, and Overnighters.

Cottage (Wild and Wonderful on front and Happy Birthday Banner)
760 North 1st Street
Cottage telephone:  757-850-3194

Ev's Cell Phone:     817-845-1824

I will also have my IPHONE:  
Look forward to seeing each of you in Celebration of Yet Another Year Together.    And To Reflect Back On Those Who Have Gone Before Us. 

Love, Evelyn

     Thanks so much, Ev!


   Happy Birthday today to Carolyn Frizzelle Hogge ('61) of VA AND     Jimmy Smith ('62) of VA AND    Patricia Eken Miller ('66) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Blaine Crum ('57)!

  Happy Birthday this week to:

01 -    the late Julius Benton ('58) (deceased 20 Nov 2008) AND    Linda Ray Letchworth Enochs ('60) of TX;

02 -   Fred Mays ('60) of VA;

04 -   Fred Hayman ('57);

05 - Doug Johnson ('57) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


Saturday, June 29, 1861

Some folks still had not gotten the message that there was a war on. One such was apparently the captain of the side-wheel steamer St. Nicholas, which was providing passenger service in Chesapeake Bay as usual. Last night they took aboard a group which included a rather ugly woman. This proved to be George N. Hollins, CSN, and he and his companions, using weapons they had concealed under their women's garments, simply took over the ship. They went hunting for blockader USS Pawnee, but couldn’t find her so captured three small fishing vessels instead.

Sunday, June 29, 1862

The Seven Days Battle ground into its fifth day today with the Federal forces in retreat. The Union rear guard was protecting McClellan’s posterior as much as it was the armies’--what was supposed to have been a clean sweep to Richmond was turning into yet another setback. Stonewall Jackson’s brigades, brought up in haste to join the campaign, did not make it to their assigned place in time. If they had the Army of the Potomac would have faced near annihilation. As it was, 2500 sick and wounded Union men had to be abandoned at Savage’s Station.

Monday, June 29, 1863

Gen. George Meade had received a promotion at 7 a.m. yesterday when he was named commander of the Army of the Potomac. This job had defeated generals who had had months of preparation--and Meade was faced with an invader on Pennsylvania soil. Robert E. Lee sent orders to Jubal Early in York, telling him and the other outlying commanders to begin to concentrate on a little crossroads town called Gettysburg. Facing him was a small Union cavalry unit with a big commander--John Buford. Meade was coming as fast as he could. The supposedly lethargic Union troops were marching 20, 30, sometimes 40 miles in a day.

    From Richard Dawes (NNHS / HHS - '62) of VA - 06/28/11 - "NKTP meeting Tonight":

Some people say that because I said that I was Dually impressed that I am Schizophrenic but at least I have each other.



You were impressed twice?


Original Message -----From: Richard Dawes
Sent: Monday, June 27, 2011 9:19 PM
Subject: NKTP meeting Tuesday night

Hi Guys
I wanted to let you know that we are having a dynamic group speak at the New Kent Tea Party meeting Tuesday night 28th. at 7PM at the Rec Center they are the Middle Resolution Group out of Mechanicsville.
I went to listen to them earlier this month and was dually impressed.

Their web site is:

Here is an example of how they spend there money in support of republican candidates.

If you get a chance please come to check them out.


  Thanks so much for sending this, Dicky!

USUAL DISCLAIMER: This is included not for its political content, but for the Pure Joy of Bloopers!


      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 06/28/11 - "Careful not to delete.":

I'm not taking any chances!! Good read.

Careful not to delete.  Read to the end and make your choice...

The yellow shirt had long sleeves, four extra-large pockets trimmed in black thread and snaps up the front. It was faded from years of wear, but still in decent shape. I found it in 1963 when I was home from college on Christmas break, rummaging through bags of clothes Mom intended to give away.

'You're not taking that old thing, are you?' Mom said when she saw me packing the yellow shirt. 'I wore that when I was pregnant with your brother in 1954!'

'It's just the thing to wear over my clothes during art class, Mom. Thanks!' I slipped it into my suitcase before she could object. The yellow shirt be came a part of my college wardrobe. I loved it.

After graduation, I wore the shirt the day I moved into my new apartment and on Saturday mornings when I cleaned.

The next year, I married. When I became pregnant, I wore the yellow shirt during big-belly days. I missed Mom and the rest of my family, since we were in Colorado and they were in Illinois. But, that shirt helped. I smiled, remembering that Mother had worn it when she was pregnant, 25 years earlier.

That Christmas, mindful of the warm feelings the shirt had given me, I patched one elbow, wrapped it in holiday paper and sent it to Mom. When Mom wrote to thank me for her 'real' gifts, she said the yellow shirt was lovely. She never mentioned it again..

The next year, my husband, daughter and I stopped at Mom and Dad's to pick up some furniture. Days later, when we uncrated the kitchen table, I noticed something yellow taped to its bottom. The shirt!

And so the pattern was set.

On our next visit home, I secretly placed the shirt under Mom and Dad's mattress I don't know how long it took for her to find it, but almost two years passed before I discovered it under the base of our living-room floor lamp. The yellow shirt was just what I needed now while refinishing furniture. The walnut stains added character.

In 1975 my husband and I divorced. With my three children, I prepared to move back to Illinois. As I packed, a deep depression overtook me. I wondered if I could make it on my own. I wondered if I would find a job. I paged through the Bible, looking for comfort. In Ephesians, I read, 'So use every piece of God's armor to resist the enemy whenever he attacks, and when it is all over, you will be standing up.'

I tried to picture myself wearing God's armor, but all I saw was the stained yellow shirt. Slowly, it dawned on me. Wasn't my mother's love a piece of God's armor? My courage was renewed.

Unpacking in our new home, I knew I had to get the shirt back to Mother. The next time I visited her, I tucked it in her bottom dresser drawer.

Meanwhile, I found a good job at a radio station. A year later I discovered the yellow shirt hidden in a rag bag in my cleaning closet.

Something new had been added. Embroidered in bright green across the breast pocket were the words, 'I BELONG TO PAT.'

Not to be outdone, I got out my own embroidery materials and added an apostrophe and seven more letters.

Now the shirt proudly proclaimed, 'I BELONG TO PAT'S MOTHER.' But I didn't stop there. I zig-zagged all the frayed seams, then had a friend mail the shirt in a fancy box to Mom from Arlington, VA. We enclosed an official looking letter from 'The Institute for the Destitute,' announcing that she was the recipient of an award for good deeds.

I would have given anything to see Mom's face when she opened the box. But, of course, she never mentioned it..

Two years later, in 1978, I remarried. The day of our wedding, Harold and I put our car in a friend's garage to avoid practical jokers. After the wedding, while my husband drove us to our honeymoon suite, I reached for a pillow in the car to rest my head. It felt lumpy. I unzipped the case and found, wrapped in wedding paper, the yellow shirt. Inside a pocket was a note: 'Read John 14:27-29. I love you both, Mother.'

That night I paged through the Bible in a hotel room and found the verses: 'I am leaving you with a gift: peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give isn't fragile like the peace the world gives... So don't be troubled or afraid. Remember what I told you: I am going away, but I will come back to you again. If you really love me, you will be very happy for me, for now I can go to the Father, who is greater than I am... I have told you these things before they happen so that when they do, you will believe in me.'

The shirt was Mother's final gift. She had known for three months that she had terminal Lou Gehrig's disease. Mother died the following year at age 57.

I was tempted to send the yellow shirt with her to her grave. But I'm glad I didn't, because it is a vivid reminder of the love-filled game she and I played for 16 years. Besides, my older daughter is in college now, majoring in art. And every art student needs a baggy yellow shirt with big pockets.

There's some mighty fine advice in these words, even if you're not superstitious. This has been sent to you for good luck from the Anthony Robbins organization. It has been sent around the world ten times so far. You will receive good luck within four days of relaying this.

Do not keep this message. It must leave your hands in 6 MINUTES; otherwise you will get a very unpleasant surprise. This is true, even if you are not superstitious, agnostic, or otherwise faith impaired.

Now, here's the FUN part! Send to:

1-4 people: Your life will improve slightly.

5-9 people: Your life will improve to your liking.

9-14 people: You will have at least 5 surprises in the next 3 weeks.

Faith is the pause between God's plan and seeing it come to pass!

   OOH! This is one of my favorites! Thanks, Wayne Honey!

  (I left the "FUN" forwarding part attached because I know you enjoy those so - and besides, I just sent it to over 650 people, so stand back!!!   )

  From Jack Nelson ('54) of Northern VA - 06/28/11 - "The Subject of this email is simply: INCREDIBLE!":

The following was forwarded to us by our classmate Polly (English) Greene. I watched it and I was spellbound for the entire time - most of it with a smile on my face. I remember the first time 60 Minutes featured this young man on their program. And now I see how far he has come since that first appearance.

You won't regret listening to this young man. What a story! This will make your day!

This is one of those instances when you really appreciate the Internet and the things you can find on it. This young man is incredible!

Click below.


   WOWZERONI-RINI! Thanks so much, Jack - and Polly!

   If y'all don't have time to watch this 14-minute video now, reserve yourself that time and come back and see it in its entirety; you'll be glad you did!


From - 06/28/11:
A woman who died found herself standing outside the Pearly Gates, being greeted by St. Peter.

She asked him, "Oh, is this place what I really think it is? It's so beautiful. Did I really make it to heaven?"

To which St. Peter replied, "Yes, my dear, these are the Gates to Heaven. But you must do one more thing before you can enter."

The woman was very excited, and asked of St. Peter what she must do to pass through the gates.

"Spell a word," St. Peter replied.

"What word?" she asked.

"Any word," answered St. Peter. "It's your choice."

The woman promptly replied, "Then the word I will spell is love. L-o-v-e."

St. Peter congratulated her on her good fortune to have made it to Heaven, and asked her if she would mind taking his place at the gates for a few minutes while he went to the bathroom.

"I'd be honored," she said, "but what should I do if someone comes while you are gone?"

St. Peter reassured her, and instructed the woman to simply have any newcomers to the Pearly Gates to spell a word as she had done.

So the woman is left sitting in St. Peter's chair and watching the beautiful angels soaring around her when a man approaches the gates. She realizes it is her loser husband.

"What happened?" she cried, "Why are you here?"

Her husband stared at her for a moment, then said, "I was so drunk when I left your funeral, I was in an accident. And now I am here? Did I really make it to Heaven?"

To which the woman replied, "Not yet. You must spell a word first."

"What word?" he asked.

The woman responded, "Czechoslovakia."


1. Thursday, July 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. 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

3. Wednesday, August 10, 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.

4. Friday and Saturday, August 19 and 20, 2011 - The Class of 1966 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at RJ's Restaurant and Pun AND the Warwick Yacht Club, Newport News.  DETAILS:; CONTACT: Dee Hodges Bartram at - OPEN REUNION!

5. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 26, 27, and 28, 2011 - The Class of 1961 will hold its 50-Year Reunion. - For details, see: and contact Gary Fitzgerald at or 757-879-2847 - CLASS OF 1961

6. Saturday, September 17, 2011 - Evelyn's Birthday Party for Everyone - Canepa Cottage, Buckroe Beach - 2:00 PM. For details, contact Evelyn Fryer Fish ('58) of TX at - OPEN TO EVERYBODY!

7. Wednesday and Thursday, October 19 and 20, 2011 - The Class of 1956 will hold its 55-Year Reunion. Be on the lookout for "snail mail" in early May. - CLASS OF 1956

PRAYER ROLL : - updated 05/05/11

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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Summer Rain

Written by Jim Hendricks (b. 10 Feb 1940)

Recorded by
Johnny Rivers (b. 07 Nov 1942), 1967

Summer rain taps at my window
West wind soft as a sweet dream
My love warm as the sunshine
Sittin' here by me,
she is here by me

She stepped out of the rainbow
Golden hair shinin' like moonglow
Warm lips soft as a soul
Sittin' here by me,
she's here by me

All summer long we spent
dancin' in the sand
And the jukebox kept on playin'
Sergeant Pepper's
Lonely Hearts Club Band

We sailed into the sunset
Drifted home caught by a gulf stream
Never gave a thought for tomorrow
Just let tomorrow be, now,
let tomorrow be

She wants to live in the Rockies
She says that's where we'll find peace
Settle down, raise up a family
To call our own, yeah,
we'll have a home

All summer long
we spent groovin' in the sand
Everybody kept on playin'
Sergeant Pepper's
Lonely Hearts Club Band

The snow drifts by my window
North wind blowin' like thunder
Our love's burnin' like fire
And she's here by me, yeah,
she is here with me
Let tomorrow be

Tom Karlo's Image, "Summer Rain", courtesy of - 06/29/07

 Animated Rain Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 03/30/07

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

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 Laughing Cat courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon of VA - 07/29/08
Thanks, Joyce!

Animated Laughing Frog also courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon of VA - 05/31/08
Thanks again, Joyce! 

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