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07/03/14 - NNHS Newsletter - Free America

“Liberty must at all hazards be supported. We have a right to it, derived from our Maker.
But if we had not, our fathers have earned and bought it for us, at the expense
of their ease, their estates, their pleasure, and their blood.”

- John Adams, A Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law, 1765
(30 Oct 1735 - 04 July 1826)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   I'll start celebrating Independence Day one day early with the rest of the country.

BONUS #1 - The British Grenadiers (the tune to which Dr. Warren set his words in 1775)

SUPER BONUS #2 - - America Revolutionary War - 8-1/2 minute stirring video featuring a clip from The Patriot (2000)



     From Me ('65) of NC - 07/03/14 - "New Phones":

   It has become necessary for our family to switch from Verizon to AT&T cell phones. The old ones have been disconnected, and the new ones have been ordered, but until they arrive, we have no phones.

   My new number will be 910-584-8802.

   "Sho' is quiet around heah!"


   Happy Independence Day Birthday tomorrow to   Fred Hayman ('57) AND      Forrest Powell ('63) of VA!

    Happy Birthday this week to:

05 - Doug Johnson ('57) of VA;

06 -    The late Gene Ellis ('61) (deceased 05/02/11);

07 -    Frank Blechman ('65) of Northern VA AND    Steve Silsby (Ferguson HS - '72) of NC;

09 -  The late Adrienne Price Cox ('57) (deceased 08/20/06) AND    Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL;

10 -   Nancy Gordon Schreier ('60) of VA AND    Bill Wynne ('63) of MD!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


July 03, 1940 - In order to stop the ships from falling into German hands the French fleet of the Atlantic based at Mers el Kébir, was bombarded by the British fleet, coming from Gibraltar, causing the loss of three battleships: Dunkerque, Provence and Bretagne. One thousand two hundred sailors perished.

July 03, 1944 - The U.S. First Army opened a general offensive to break out of the hedgerow area of Normandy, France.

July 03, 1944 - Minsk was liberated from Nazi control by Soviet troops during Operation Bagration.

July 03, 1945 - U.S. troops landed at Balikpapan and take Sepinggan airfield on Borneo in the Pacific.

July 03, 1954 -
Food rationing ended in Great Britain almost nine years after the end of World War II.


Friday, July 03, 1964 - Author Joanne Harris was born Joanne Michčle Sylvie Harris in Barnsley, Yorkshire, England.

Friday, July 03, 1964 - Actress Yeardley Smith was born Martha Maria Yeardley Smith in Paris, France.

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 07/01/14 - "Get out of your own way":


At breakfast one day, I eagerly waited for my husband to comment on my first attempt at homemade cinnamon rolls.

After several minutes with no reaction, I asked, "If I baked these commercially, how much do you think I could get for one of them?"

Without looking up from his paper my husband replied, "About 10 years."


When they returned home from the concert that night, I wanted to hear all the details of the concert. My daughter said, "Mom, during the show, we looked back an saw hundreds of little lights swaying to the music. At first we thought people were holding up cigarette lighters. Then we realized that the lights were the reflections off all the eyeglasses in the audience!"


*-- What's Cooking? --*

Two confirmed bachelors sat talking, their conversation drifted to cooking.

"I got a cookbook once," said one, "but I could never do anything with it."

"Too much fancy work in it, eh?" asked the other.

"You said it. Every one of the recipes began the same way - 'Take a clean dish."


When you are feeling down

1. If you want your dreams to come true, don't oversleep.

2. The smallest good deed is better than the grandest intention.

3. Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important.

4. The best vitamin for making friends....B1.

5. The 10 commandments are not multiple choices.

6. The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts.

7. Minds are like parachutes...they function only when open.

8. Ideas won't work unless YOU do.

9. One thing you can't recycle is wasted time.

10. One who lacks the courage to start has already finished.

11. The heaviest thing to carry is a grudge.

12. Don't learn safety rules by accident.

13. We lie the loudest when we lie to ourselves.

14. Jumping to conclusions can be bad exercise.

15. A turtle makes progress when it sticks its head out.

16. One thing you can give and still keep your word.

17. A friend walks in when everyone else walks out.

18. The pursuit of happiness is: the chase of a lifetime!



Wisdom Tip

Make a quick getaway from baggage claim. Have you noticed that no matter how unique your luggage seems to you, there is inevitably another piece just like it on your flight? So you don't have to look through every black suitcase that rolls by on the conveyer belt, try to personalize your pieces of luggage a bit. Perhaps you can tie bright-colored yarn or ribbon to the handle, or sew a unique patch in a visible area. Make it easier on yourself: you don't really want to take forever looking for your bags after a long flight, right? Another even more important reason to do all this is to avoid others from taking your luggage by mistake causing a much greater problem.

~ Kate, Chicago, US



In ancient Rome, July was the fifth month of the year. It was originally called Quintilis which means fifth in Latin. When the Gregorian calendar was adopted, it became the seventh month of the year. It still kept the name of Quintilis until the death of Julius Caesar. The seventh month of the year was Julius Caesar's birth month so it was renamed in his honor.

The birthstone for July is the ruby. The only natural gemstone that is harder than a ruby is a diamond. The color of rubies can vary, with the dark vivid red or purplish red being the most valuable.

One of the flowers for the month of July is the larkspur which is also known as delphinium. It is a tall flower that can grow to a height of one to two feet. It comes in a variety of colors and symbolizes an open heart.

Another flower for the month of July is the water lily. There are several dozen species of water lilies and they also come in a variety of colors. Water lilies symbolize eloquence and persuasion.

Parents' Day is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of July. President Bill Clinton established Parent's Day in 1994.

The Declaration of Independence was signed by John Hancock on July 4, 1776. The District of Columbia was established on July 16, 1790. Neil Armstrong had the honor of being the first man on the moon. This memorable historic event took place on July 20, 1969.



This is my wish for you:
Comfort on difficult days,
Smiles when sadness intrudes,
Rainbows to follow the clouds,
Laughter to kiss your lips,
Sunsets to warm your heart,
Hugs when spirits sag,
Beauty for your eyes to see,
Friendships to brighten your being,
Faith so that you can believe,
Confidence for when you doubt,
Courage to know yourself,
Patience to accept the truth,
Love to complete your life.
- Anonymous



Be careful what you ask for, you just might get it:

Your words, your dreams, and your thoughts have power to create conditions in your life.

What you speak about, you can bring about.

If you keep saying you can't stand your job, you might lose your job.

If you keep saying you can't stand your body, your body can become sick.

If you keep saying you can't stand your car, your car could be stolen or just stop operating.

If you keep saying you're always broke, guess what? You'll always be broke.

If you keep saying you can't trust a man or trust a woman, you will always find someone in your life to hurt and betray you.

If you keep saying you can't find a job, you will remain unemployed.

If you keep saying you can't find someone to love you or believe in you, your very thoughts will attract more experiences to confirm your beliefs.

Turn your thoughts and conversations around to be more positive and power packed with faith, hope, love and action.

Don't be afraid to believe that you can have what you want and deserve.

Watch your "Thoughts," they become words.
Watch your "Words," they become actions.
Watch your "Actions," they become habits.
Watch your "Habits," they become character.
Watch your "Character," for it becomes your "Destiny."


~Author Unknown~

   Thanks, Shari!

From My Friend, Tina, of NC - 07/02/14:

  AMEN! Thank you, Tina!

BONUS ALL-AMERICAN CROCHET PATTERN: - Kara Gunza's All-American Wreath - "Decorate your door this summer with All-American Wreath. This patriotic craft project is great for hanging on your door anytime during the summer, but it's especially perfect for the 4th of July and Labor Day. Use a 12 inch Styrofoam wreath and red, white, and blue worsted weight yarn to complete this free crochet pattern. Your holiday decorations will definitely be the best on the block when you hang this holiday crochet pattern on your front door. "


"Happy July! Independence Day festivities are this week, and just because you're gluten-free doesn't mean you have to sit on the sidelines." - Beast BBQ Burgers - "Other burgers are scared of these Beast BBQ Burgers. It's bigger, beefier, and has way more taste than regular burgers. A half inch thick and smothered with an amazing homemade barbecue sauce, this juicy hunk of juicy beef is guaranteed to be everybody's new favorite. Garlic powder, salt, and pepper are mixed into the meat to add a new level of fierce flavor. Forget your other burger recipes, this is the only one that you'll need to win the hearts of all those you're cooking for. " - Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dogs on a Stick - "Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dogs on a Stick follow the idea of corn dogs but aren't breaded and fried and are instead grilled. The bacon gets nice and crisp as it hugs the tender all-beef hot dog. Make these for your next cookout or potluck party and watch as they disappear; this is a unique entree that is sure to to delight people young and old. This recipe also includes a spicy "relish" made with jalapenos and tomatoes that complements the beef beautifully." - Classic Macaroni Salad - "Classic Macaroni Salad goes great with any picnic or BBQ entree. With gluten free pasta, the crunch of the celery and the tartly sweet pickled relish blends with spices for a great gluten free side dish that will disappear on any buffet. The creamy texture of this deli salad is so easily accomplished with a quick mix up of all ingredients making your job easy for the next potluck."


From - 07/02/14:

Q. What has two circles on either end, and is high in the middle?

A. Ohio 

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. Thursday, August 7, 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.

4. Wednesday, September 10, 2013 - 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.

5. 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 07/01/14

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

   Y'all take good 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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Free America

Words by
Dr. Joseph Warren
(11 June 1741 - killed at the Battle of Bunker Hill,
17 June 1775), 1775

Tune: The British Grenadiers

That seat of science Athens, And earth's proud mistress, Rome,
Where now are all their glories We scarce can find a tomb.
Then guard your rights, Americans, Nor stoop to lawless sway,
Oppose, oppose, oppose, oppose For North America.

Proud Albion bow'd to Caesar, And numerous lords before,
To Picts, to Danes, to Normans, And many masters more;
But we can boast Americans Have never fall'n a prey,
Huzza, huzza, huzza, huzza For Free America.

We led fair Freedom hither, And lo, the desert smiled,
A paradise of pleasure New opened in the wild;
Your harvest, bold Americans, No power shall snatch away,
Preserve, preserve, preserve your rights In Free America.

Torn from a world of tyrants Beneath this western sky
We formed a new dominion, A land of liberty;
The world shall own we're freemen here, And such will ever be,
Huzza, huzza, huzza, huzza For love and liberty.

God bless this maiden climate, And through her vast domain
May hosts of heroes cluster That scorn to wear a chain.
And blast the venal sycophants Who dare our rights betray;
Assert yourselves, yourselves, yourselves For brave America,

Lift up your hearts, my heroes, And swear with proud disdain,
The wretch that would ensnare you Shall spread his net in vain;
Should Europe empty all her force, We'd meet them in array,
And shout huzza, huzza, huzza For brave America.

The land where freedom reigns shall still Be masters of the main,
In giving laws and freedom To subject France and Spain;
And all the isles o'er ocean spread Shall tremble and obey,
The prince who rules by Freedom's laws In North America.

"Free America" (1775) midi (sequenced by Lesley Nelson) and lyrics courtesy
of - 07/02/09

Vintage Images courtesy of - 07/03/09

Musical Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 05/06/09

 Animated Laughter clip art courtesy of Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 01/24/06
Thanks, Janice!

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

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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