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07/04/11 - NNHS Newsletter - Happy

“Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed -
else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.”

- Dwight D. Eisenhower
(14 Oct 1890 - 28 Mar 1969)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   This theme repeats every year - and you'll find plenty of homework for you therein:

Happy Independence Day!

2004 -

2005 - Well, we WOULD have had one, had my computer not gone down.....

2006 -

2007 -

2008 - - This issue contained 13 BONUS Holiday crochet patterns, three of which are no longer available.

2009 -

2010 -

   Skip the homework (you should know it by heart twelve times over by now anyway), the recipes, the patterns, the testimonies, and the fun if you must, but please watch the following seven videos:

BONUS #1 - - The Star Spangled Banner - sing-along

BONUS #2 - - The Star Spangled Banner - Josh Groban, Concert for America

BONUS #3 - - The Star Spangled Banner - The Cactus Cuties

BONUS #4 - - The Star Spangled Banner - RhemaMarvanne - age 7

BONUS #5 - - The Star Spangled Banner - Jordin Sparks - Super Bowl XLII

BONUS #6 - - The Star Spangled Banner - Kol Ish

BONUS #7 - - The Star Spangled Banner - The Combined Choirs of the US Military Academies accompanied by the United States Army Herald Trumpets - Super Bowl XXXIX


  Happy Holiday Birthday today to   Fred Hayman ('57)!

  Happy Birthday tomorrow to Doug Johnson ('57) of VA!

  Happy Birthday this week to:

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;

11 -   Bobby Maddy ('57)!

   Plaxo informed me that this day would also be     Aretie Gallins Patterson's ('59 - of TN) birthday, but often when they inform me of an upcoming birthday, it's a Big Fat Whopper, so if you could confirm or deny, Aretie, that would be lovely!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!

Thursday, July 4, 1861

Abraham Lincoln called a special session of Congress on this most sacred of American patriotic holidays, to deal with the extraordinary matter of the secession of states from the American union. He listed the actions taken by the ‘’erring sisters”, and the measures he had taken to control, correct, or at least oppose them. The similarities between this list and the one composed by the Founding Fathers noting the offenses of King George III, are striking. The most important military matter dealt with was the request by the President that the Congress authorize the raising of an army of 400,000 volunteers to prosecute a war to bring the Southern states back into the Union whether they wanted to be there are not.

Friday, July 4, 1862

As the aftermath of the Seven Days’ battle continued, the fighting on land might be over with but the conflict continued on the water. Two vessels in particular had been conducting a running fight for some time. The CSS Teaser was victorious today as a lucky shot caught her opponent, the USS Maratanza, in just the right spot and exploded her boiler. When the Federals searched the wreckage of the Teaser they found a number of interesting items: floating mines ready to be laid in the James River; “peculiar fuzes” which were sent to Washington for examination; and, most intriguing of all, an observation balloon and the equipment needed to launch it. The balloon itself became an object of legend. It was made of silk for the sake of lightness. The silk, it was said, was obtained by sewing together the donated dresses of the women of Richmond.

Saturday, July 4, 1863

Scholars argue to this day which event was “more critical” in bringing about the victory of North over South in the war. What is not in dispute was that the two of them together combined to make a Northern victory inevitable. In the East, Robert E. Lee gathered the remnants of the Army of Northern Virginia and began the long march home from Gettysburg. Meade’s had arranged brilliant defenses, first of the ends of his line on Cemetery Hill and then of the middle, which did not break under “Pickett’s Charge” yesterday. The Confederates retreated slowly, in good order, and their only regret was that some 6000 of their most severely wounded had to be left on the field for the Yankees to care for or bury. In the West, Gen. John Pemberton selected the Fourth of July to surrender the besieged city of Vicksburg, Miss., to U.S. Grant, figuring he would get better terms today than any other. In fact they seemed surprisingly easy: all soldiers, after turning in their weapons, were given paroles and allowed to go home, although they could not fight again until the paroles expired. In fact, many just went home and never fought again. The Confederacy had lost the Mississippi River, and was cut in two. The significance of this was not lost: Confederate currency, never strong in world markets, suddenly depreciated by 1000 per cent.

Monday, July 4, 1864

As Grant continued to grind away at Lee’s forces around Petersburg, the work in Washington was beginning on how to go about re-integrating the South into the Federal nation. The word “Reconstruction” began to be in use around this time, and virtually nobody agreed about how it should be accomplished. Abraham Lincoln was being very judicious in releasing the details of his plans, which were surprisingly conciliatory to what was, after all, a conquered nation. It was less the Democrats giving him trouble than the members of his own party, known as the Radical Republicans, including the more fanatical abolitionists. Lincoln today pocket-vetoed a measure called the Wade-Davis bill, which would have barred any man who had ever borne arms against the Union from voting or holding office. Essentially the debate was over whether Congress or the President would control the rebuilding process.

   From Fred Field (June '45) of CA - 07/04/11, 11:44 AM - "Making A Bang In The 1930s":

July 4, 2011

Hello Homies, Happy 4th. Things are very quiet here in politically correct Fullerton, CA.

Things were different in 1930s Newport News. At candy counters any 5 year old could buy a strip of 6 small firecrackers for a penny.

We also could buy for a penny each, little round ball items called "torpedoes." These exploded when thrown against a hard surface. They were actually a standard locomotive safety item. If a train became stalled, someone would be sent running to a mile or so behind and lay out a line of them. We heard that the number used would identify the extent of danger ahead.

Torpedoes vanished from the fireworks scene in about 1937. I missed them greatly! Word went around that some little kid had bitten into a torpedo and had all his teeth blown out.

As a torpedo replacement I invented grenades. These required the making of 3 inch diameter mud balls. Then a firecracker would be wrapped with wax paper with just the fuse protruding. This would be inserted into the mud ball and set out to dry for a few days.

In use, it was necessary to develop the right timing so that the grenade would explode over the target.

Many friends requested a description of the manufacturing process.
However I never noticed that any of them carried through.

I understand missionaries experience the same problem.


   GIGGLES! Thanks so much for this recollection, Fred!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 07/02/11 - "I Love this.":

A Beautiful Parable


 We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust our sails.

   OOH! Thank you, Joyce, this is a goody!

    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 07/02/11 - "In 1955 ~ These are great...":

  OH, WOW! Thank you, Glenn!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 07/02/11 - "prayer request":
" Life with Christ is an endless hope; without Him a hopeless end."
~ Author Unknown
Support Our Troops! "God Bless America"
I am honored to do this!

...Prayer chain for our Military... Don't break it!

Please send this on after a short prayer. Pray for our soldiers Don't break it!


'Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands Protect them as they protect us Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. In Jesus' name, Amen.'

Prayer Request: When you receive this, please stop for a moment and say a prayer for our troops around the world.

There is nothing attached. Just send this to people in your address book. Do not let it stop with you. Of all the gifts you could give a Marine, Soldier, Sailor, Airman, & others deployed in harm's way, prayer is the very best one.


   AMEN! Thanks again, Joyce!

  From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 07/03/11 - "Silent Monks 'singing' the Hallelujah Chorus":

Silent Monks singing the Hallelujah Chorus

   This is just delightful, Norris Sweetie - thanks so much!

From My Friend, Cheryl, of NC (newly returned from Germany) - 07/03/11 - "4th of July":

Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil, there's no point.
Let's get this started now,  
So it will be out there on the fourth!









For all of our other military personnel, wherever they may be. Please support all of the troops defending our Country.

And God Bless our Military who are protecting our Country for our freedom. Thanks to them, and their sacrifices we can celebrate the 4th of July

We must never forget who gets the credit for the freedoms we have, of which we should be eternally grateful.

I watched the flag pass by one day,
It fluttered in the breeze.
A young Marine saluted it,
And then he stood at ease..

I looked at him in uniform
So young, so tall, so proud,
With hair cut square and eyes alert
He'd stand out in any crowd.

I thought how many men like him
Had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil
How many mothers' tears?

How many pilots' planes shot down?
How many died at sea
How many foxholes were soldiers' graves?
No, freedom isn't free.

I heard the sound of Taps one night,
When everything was still,
I listened to the bugler play
And felt a sudden chill.

I wondered just how many times
That Taps had meant "Amen,"

When a flag had draped a coffin.
Of a brother or a friend.

I thought of all the children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives.

I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea
Of unmarked graves in Arlington.
No, freedom isn't free.

Enjoy Your Freedom & God Bless Our Troops
Show Your Support.....

Please stop for a moment and say a prayer for our servicemen. This can be very powerful....

   Thank you so much, Cheryl!

    From the Head Flagtwirler of 1965, Janice McCain Rose of Northern VA - 07/03/11 - "Speeding Ticket - A little Villages humor":
If you don't understand this now, you will in a few years... surely not!!!!!!!!
  When asked by a young patrol officer, "Do you know you were speeding?"

This 83-year-old woman talked herself out of a ticket by stating...

"Yes, but I had to get there before I forgot where in the hell I was going."

   WILD SAD GIGGLES! Thanks, Janice!

From - 07/02/11:
A man moved to a mountain top to get rid of the hustle and be alone. One day he heard a knock at the door and no one was there. Then he looked down and there sat a snail and it said, "It is quite cold out here can I come in?"

The man shouted, "NO! Why don’t you all understand I want to be alone?" and he kicked the snail down the mountain.

One year later there was a knock at the door and no one was there, and then he looked down and there again sat a snail and it said, "What did you do that for?"

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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The Star-Spangled Banner

Lyrics by Francis Scott Key (01 Aug 1779 – 11 Jan 1843), 1814

O say, can you see, by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hail'd at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro' the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watch'd, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof thro' the night that our flag was still there.
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore dimly seen thro' the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected, now shines on the stream:
'Tis the star-spangled banner: O, long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash'd out their foul footsteps' pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

O thus be it ever when free-men shall stand
Between their lov'd home and the war's desolation;
Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the heav'n-rescued land
Praise the Pow'r that hath made and preserv'd us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust!”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave

O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

"The Star Spangled Banner" midi courtesy of - 03/02/06

"The Star Spangled Banner" lyrics courtesy of - 03/02/06

"Happy 4th of July" Title clip art courtesy courtesy of - 07/04/11

Animated "4th of July" Banner courtesy of  - 07/04/06

Stars clip art used to form Divider Lines courtesy of - 07/02/08

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

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

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!

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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