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  07/04/13 - NNHS Newsletter

In a chariot of light from the region of the day,
The Goddess of Liberty came
She brought in her hand as a pledge of her love,
the plant she named Liberty Tree.

- Thomas Paine
(29 Jan 1737 - 08 June 1809)


Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   This theme repeats every year that we're able. Happy Independence Day!

   Skip the homework (you should know it by heart twelve times over by now anyway) 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 (2008)

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


     From Me ('65) of NC - 07/04/13:

   I received a notice in the mail Saturday from my doctor's office saying that I had flunked my lab tests (and I had studied so hard, too!), so I returned to the office yesterday to see what else was wrong.  It seems I have hypothyroidism, so they drew some more blood for more tests to determine how much Synthroid I'll be taking from now to eternity [             my mama, the late Maxine Frix Buckley (John Marshall HS - '25) (19 May 1908 - 15 Feb 1999) took that same medication for the same problem for 50+ years and        my cousin, Cheryl White Wilson (James Blair HS / John Marshall HS - '64) - of VA has been taking it for over 40 years].  I'll be going back on Monday for those results and to pick up my prescription.  The good news is after all that I'm "posta" lose weight, have more energy, and several other exciting benefits! If this keeps up I may soon be as good as new!  Well, almost..... - Sheesh!  I think right now I have about 16 of these 21 symptoms! 


   Happy Birthday today to

   Happy 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;

11 -    Bobby Maddy ('57) AND     Aretie Gallins Patterson ('59) of TN!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


July 04, 1941 - Nazi Germans massacred Polish scientists and writers in the captured Polish city of Lww.

July 04, 1943 - The Battle of Kursk, the largest full-scale battle in history and the world's largest tank battle, began in Prokhorovka village.


Thursday, July 04, 1963 - Tennis player Henri Leconte was born in Lillers, France.

Thursday, July 04, 1963 - Humorist and politologist Laureano Mrquez was born on the Spanish island of Tenerife, one of the Canary Islands.

Thursday, July 04, 1963 - Baseball player and current third base coach for the St. Louis Cardinals, Jos Oquendo was born Jos Manuel Roberto Guillermo Oquendo Contreras in Ro Piedras, Puerto Rico.

Thursday, July 04, 1963 - Footballer William Ramallo was born Wlliam Luis Ramallo Fernndez in Cochabamba, Bolivia.  

Thursday, July 04, 1963 - Singer-songwriter, musician, and producer (Stryper and Boston) Michael Sweet was born in Whittier, California.

Thursday, July 04, 1963 - Soldier and statesman Bernard Freyberg, 1st Baron Freyberg, (b. 21 Mar 1889 in Richmond, Surrey, England) died in Windsor, Berkshire, England at the age of 74 following the rupture of one of his war wounds.

  From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 07/03/13 - "Newsletters":


I thought it had been at least 10 days since I had a newsletter, and when I checked, I was right, though using the bookmarks got me to the site and several more. Any idea why they aren't coming through to me?

   Ah, Domi, ya caught me! It's not so much that you alone haven't received an announcement, it's that NO ONE has received an announcement.

   It all began back on June 22. I was trying to put together a double issue, when suddenly it exploded! So I tried splitting it in two, one for the 21st and one for the 22nd - and they BOTH exploded! That rather flustered, frustrated, and, um, perturbed me, so after several hours of fighting I walked away from it. I started again the next day - and the next - and kept thinking I'd get them ALL done before I announced any of them.

   If you take a look here, you'll see that other than those two, many of the Newsletters were even finished on time:

06/21/13 - Jesse "Buddy" Hogg - Hampton HS Class of 1940 - COMPLETED ON 06/22/13

06/23/13 -  Dick Allerton - Class of February 1938

06/23/13 -   Millie Shockley Wainwright - Sister of   Miss Janice Shockley

06/23/13 - (Since You've) Gone - COMPLETED ON 06/27/13

06/24/13 - Things We Said Today - COMPLETED ON 06/25/13

06/25/13 - The Lady in Red

06/26/13 - Here I Go Again - COMPLETED ON 06/28/13

06/27/13 -     John McMahon - Class of February 1939 - Brother of Virginia McMahon Baxter of TX, and of the late Mary McMahon Campbell, Thomas McMahon,     Florine McMahon (February 1942) (13 Sept 1923 - 27 May 2009), and  Theresa McMahon Love (February 1944) - COMPLETED ON 06/28/13

06/28/13 - Nel blu dipinto di blu - COMPLETED ON 07/03/13

06/29/13 - Summer Rain - COMPLETED ON 07/04/13

07/01/13 -  Jane Goodwin Newell - Class of June 1941

07/01/13 - How Deep Is Your Love? - COMPLETED ON 07/02/13

07/02/13 - Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie

07/03/13 - Free America

07/04/13 -     Dot Michie Shelton Pittman - Class of June 1940 - Sister of Fred Michie, Joseph Michie, Jerry Leggett, Corretta Michie Pepe,   Faith Michie Newcomb (June 1945), and the late       Nancy Michie Grenier (June 1947) and Mary Anne Michie Parker

   So why on earth didn't I announce them?? Well, you could say that I was worried about health issues (which I was), or you could say that I was being pulled by outside forces to give up my hermit ways and Go Out into the World (which I was), or you could say that I took one nap too many (which I did), or you could say that from time to time I had computer issues (which I did), or you could say that I was stressed out over another dozen or so issues (which I was), or you could say that I was so conceited I thought I could do it all (which I did, but I couldn't).
   All of that is true enough, but the main problem, I suppose, is that I was being a stubborn brat.

  Thanks for the nudge, Domi!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 07/04/13, 1:22A AM - "Ponder Worthies & Independence Day Facts":


Cleaning the Washing Machine

Fill the machine with warm water and add a gallon of distilled vinegar to it.

Run the machine through the entire cycle to unclog and clean soap scum from hoses.



John Adams wrote that we actually declared our independence from Britain in Philadelphia on July 2. "The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America," Adams wrote on July 3, 1776. "It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more."

The 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence did not sign at the same time, nor did they sign on July 4, 1776. The official event occurred on August 2, 1776, when 50 men signed it. The names of the signers of the Declaration of Independence were withheld from the public for more than six months to protect the signers. If independence had not been achieved, the treasonable act of the signers would have, by law, resulted in their deaths.

America celebrates July 4 as Independence Day because it was on July 4, 1776, that members of the Second Continental Congress, meeting in Philadelphia, adopted the final draft of the Declaration of Independence.

In 1777, Philadelphians remembered the 4th of July. Bells were rung, guns fired, candles lighted, and firecrackers set off. However, while the War of Independence dragged on, July 4 celebrations were modest at best.

When the war ended in 1783, July 4 became a holiday in some places. In Boston, it replaced the date of the Boston Massacre, March 5, as the major patriotic holiday. Speeches, military events, parades, and fireworks marked the day. In 1941, Congress declared July 4 a federal holiday.

John Hancock, the president of the Second Continental Congress, was the first to sign the Declaration. With its ornate capitals, Hancock's sprawling signature is prominent on the document. Since then, when people are asked for their "John Hancock," they are being asked to sign their names.

Independence Day acquired its unofficial theme song on July 4, 1897, at the Manhattan Beach Music Hall on the eastern end of Coney Island. On that Sunday afternoon, sometime after 4 p.m., John Philip Sousa lifted his baton and cued his band to launch into their latest hit, "The Stars and Stripes Forever." Sousa had not composed it specifically for the holiday, but it has been a marching-band staple on every Fourth of July since 1897.

Eleven places have "independence" in their name. The most populous of these is Independence, Missouri, with 113,288 residents.




I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I fall in.
I am lost... I am hopeless.
It isn't my fault.
It takes forever to find a way out.


I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I pretend I don't see it.
I fall in again.
I can't believe I am in the same place.
But... it isn't my fault.


I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I see it is there.
I still fall in. It's a habit.
My eyes are open.
I know where I am.
It is my fault.
I get out immediately.


I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I walk around it.


I walk down another street.

By: Portia Nelson


Towards The Light

Both garage doors were open when I got home. That was unusual. As I walked through the garage I saw it. It was a small dark bird flittering around the garage.

"So that's why they left the garage doors up," I thought. Sure enough, there was a hummingbird trapped in the garage.

Three hours later the sun was down and it was dark outside. The bird was still flittering around the garage. I backed the cars out, turned out the lights in the garage and turned on the headlights.

The bird remained.

I searched on the internet on how to get birds out of a garage. The advice was similar to what I had already done. The main suggestion was to put a small light outside and turn out all of the lights in the garage. So I tried that.

The bird still would not come out.

I knew the hummingbird had to be tired, hungry and dehydrated. Food, water and rest awaited it outside but it just wouldn't go.

I got a broom and tried to chase it outside but it just flew high into the ceiling. Once it even flew under the open doors and I tried to force it out but it just flew from side to side desperately trying to get back into the garage. The bird thought I was trying to hurt it.

It was getting late and I was getting more tired than the bird.

It was a MountainWings Moment.

Freedom and salvation was there, it just had to be realized.
Freedom and salvation was towards the light.
The force trying to push it into the light, safety and provision was seen as a hostile force.

So like many, the bird died, exhausted, frustrated, lonely and hungry.

The direction of freedom must first be realized.
Then it must be deliberately advanced toward.
It is towards the light.

~A MountainWings Original~

   Thank you, Shari!

  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 07/03/13  - "Old Cemeteries (Humor on tombstones)":

Something to think about!

      Thanks, Judy Dearest!

From My Friend, Tina, of NC - 07/03/13 - "Noah Called":


   I'm telling you! 3rd week of thunderstorms and they're expected next week, too!!!!

     Thanks, Tina! As you know,       the Incomparable Charis Bean Duke (Governor Thomas Johnson HS, MD - '85) of NC claims she is assembling materials to build an ark, but ya gotta admit, all this stormy weather beats the heat and fires the western part of the country is experiencing!


BONUS ALL-AMERICAN CROCHET PATTERNS: - Red, White, and Blue Bunting - "Celebrate America with this patriotic pattern! Hang this Red, White, and Blue Bunting outside your home for Memorial Day, 4th of July, or even year-round. Use Red Heart Super Saver Solids to complete this free crochet pattern." - Stars and Stripes Cushions - "Our free crochet patterns are a perfect way to get into the 4th of July spirit. These stars and stripes cushions are a great way to decorate your living room for your 4th cookout. People will be asking you where you got them!" and - A July Fourth Crochet Afghan - "Support that red, white and blue by crocheting this fabulous 4th of July afghan. Bring it with you to the parade so you can display your patriotism." of July Coaster - "Set your drink down in style! Make this free crochet pattern for your next 4th of July party. All the guests will want a coaster for themselves, so make more than 1." - Meridel Abrams's Fourth of July Bookmark - "If you read, you simply must have a bookmark to mark your place. You can create your very own 4th of July bookmark using this free crochet pattern. Celebrate your book as you would the holiday!"

BONUS JULY 4th RECIPES: - Bacon Burgers - "Move over, fast food burgers! We can make these homemade bacon burgers right on our grills in no time. And since the bacon is mixed right into the ground beef, we get great flavor through and through!" - Firecracker Slaw - "We eat with our eyes, so why not add flavor and eye appeal to your coleslaw? It’s easy to do just by adding colorful bell peppers, celery and brown sugar." - All-American Pudding Cake  - "Hooray for the red, white, and blue! Our All-American Pudding Cake will surely earn you your baking stars and stripes! This scrumptious homemade poke cake, filled with creamy pudding, is a delight for your senses!"


From - 07/03/13:

"I have this big problem, doctor; everyone is calling me crazy just because I love hot dogs."

"Thats stupid, in my opinion. Frankly, I adore hot dogs too, but nobody calls me crazy."

"Really? Great, doctor! Why dont you come along with me and Ill show you my collection!"

1. Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 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. Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 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.

3. Wednesday, August 14, 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.

4. Friday and Saturday, October 4 and 5, 2013 - The NNHS Class of 1963 will hold their 50-Year Reunion at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Hampton on the Water. Friday night will also be open to the Classes of 1962 and 1964. SEE: The website which has been set up for their class at; CONTACT: Frank Gibson,, Joyce Williams Nettles,, or Susie Overton Jones,; FORM: Registration-Classes-of-1962-and-1964-B.docx

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 06/03/13

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 Independence Day" Title clip art courtesy
of - 06/29/06

Animated Liberty Bell clip art courtesy of - 06/29/06

Quill Pen Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 06/14/04

John Marshall High School's Justice Scale clip art courtesy of Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05 (replaced 02/23/09)
Thanks, Cheryl!

Laughing Jester Smiley clip art courtesy of Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 10/06/09
Thanks, Bill!

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 (Ferguson HS - '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!!

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

Animated Military Flags clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

Animated Bratty Girl courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 03/12/08
Thanks, Joyce!

Animated Dancing Teddy courtesy of Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA - 03/08/11
Thanks, Sandi!

Animated Wildly Laughing Dog courtesy of Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 11/24/07
Thanks, Eva!

Governor Thomas Johnson High School's Logo courtesy of - 06/16/08 

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