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07/13/13 - NNHS Newsletter -

“Life's greatest happiness is to be convinced we are loved.”

- Victor Hugo
(26 Feb 1802 - 22 May 1885)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Can you believe it?!? Today marks the thirteenth anniversary of our website.  Thanks for all your generous support in so many ways!

BONUS #1 - - The Anniversary Waltz - Bing Crosby - deliciously scratchy sound!

BONUS #2 - - The Anniversary Waltz - Connie Francis

BONUS #3 - - The Anniversary Waltz - Mantovani


The Anniversary Waltz is a popular song written by Dave Franklin, the lyrics by Al Dubin. The song was published in 1941. It has been covered by Vera Lynn and Connie Francis. The title "Anniversary Waltz" is often mistakenly and confusingly used to refer to the entirely unrelated Anniversary Song.


    From Jimmy Smith ('62 / '63) of VA - 07/12/13, 2:29 PM - "  BOBBY BALL, NNHS '63":






     WHAT SUPER FUN! Thanks, Jimmy! Here ya go! Y'all have a great time, and tell Bobby Hi for me!


   Happy Birthday today to James Stidham ('57)!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

15 - Carol Smith Saunders ('63) AND Robert Fulcher ('64) of VA;

16 -   Dianne Adams Puckette ('65) of VA;

17 - Stevie Gordon Watson ('66) AND Marilyn Payne Springfield ('66) of VA AND        My Oldest Granddaughter, Elizabeth Harty (Collinsville HS, IL - '12) of IL;

18 - Bill Queensberry ('57) AND Mary Ellen Brewer ('57);

19 - Dale Chestnut (Nakina HS, NC - '54) of VA AND  Mannie Smith ('57) AND    Sylvia Midgett Mullins Brown ('70) of VA;

20 - Harlan Hamby ('57) AND Alan Jecmenek of TX!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


July 13, 1941 - Britain and the Soviet Union signed a mutual aid pact, that provided the means for Britain to send war material to the Soviet Union.

July 13, 1941 - Montenegrins started a popular uprising against the Axis Powers (Trinaestojulski ustanak).


Saturday, July 13, 1963 - Snooker player Neal Foulds was born in England.

Saturday, July 13, 1963 - Actor Kenneth Johnson was born Kenneth Allen Johnson in New Haven, Connecticut.

Saturday, July 13, 1963 - Basketball player Spud Webb was born Anthony Jerome Webb in Dallas, Texas.


      - newly expanded page!


1.        From My #4 Son, Joshua Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '95) of IL - 07/13/13:

Well, I got home from the hospital today. I have to make an appointment for two weeks from Monday for surgery. No surgeries for 36 years, then two in one month. I feel so old.

   Poor Joshli!   I'm so sorry - but you're really not old; that's a whole different string of events! Hang in there. It could get better. When I was 56 I suddenly felt as well as I did at 18.

   So, just wait 20 years?

   Yeah, that'll do it! In retrospect I think it was because after I had my own gallbladder surgery, I was then able to eat the foods I couldn't eat earlier, go on the Atkins Diet, and then I lost 65 pounds - which made me feel great! Love you, Joshua!

2.         My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 07/13/13:

   Paul's biopsy test results came back today: positive for basal cell carcinoma.  He'll see the surgeon Tuesday morning; we'll know more after that.  Then he will return to the dermatologist on Wednesday, July 24 at 10:00 AM to have a plethora of pre-cancerous lesions removed from his arms and face.


"Basal-cell carcinoma (BCC), a skin cancer, is the most common cancer.[1] It rarely metastasizes or kills. However, because it can cause significant destruction and disfigurement by invading surrounding tissues, it is still considered malignant.[2][3]"

3.     The Best Dressed Girl in the Class of 1959, My Sister, Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky of NC - 07/13/13:

   Eleanor's blood pressure has now stabilized, but she is fluctuating quickly back and forth from, "I haven't felt this well for the longest time," to "I haven't felt this badly since I had polio."

   Yeah, when was that, 1951?  Good times.  Not! 

   We spent the entire day with her today and saw her change from the bad to the good.  It seems to be tied to her food intake, both quality and timing.  We will be checking in with her even more than usual.....

    From Frances Goodson Wang ('65) of MD - 07/12/13 - "Your health":

So sorry to hear about your lung congestion. Yesterday was my son, Allan's, birthday were he still with us. Born July 11, 1970. He had Cystic Fibrosis.

I am leading up to this: do you take Mucinex tablets available now over the counter? It is a safe mucolitic drug that will help you cough up the congestion in your lower lungs.

Also, if you can with no ill effects, once or twice a day lean over the edge of your bed and cough, letting someone clap your lung area using a towel to soften the hits, and then letting gravity help you get the stuff up and out. It will help your lungs immensely.
Just a thought.

I sincerely hope you feel better very soon.

Love and a hug,

   Thanks so much, Frances! My condition has greatly improved. I've finished my round of antibiotic, almost finished with the Prednisone, and have cut back on the urgent need of cough syrup. I normally take Tussin DM which contains some of the same ingredients as Mucinex, which I always keep on hand both in pill and liquid form. My PA had given me samples of a wonderful soothing cough syrup called Bromfed DM, but as gold apparently is one of its main ingredients (in addition to the Brompheniramine Maleate, Pseudoephedrine Hydrochloride, and Dextromethorphan Hydrobromide, to which they admit), I shall not be getting that prescription filled unless something drastic happens. The pain in my lower chest seems to have vanished, and the coughing has greatly decreased, so I think I'm almost over the infection - or whatever it was. Whatever I had caused me coughing, congestion, and pain, but I curiously did not feel ill - which thing had never happened to me before.

   I really appreciate your lung-cleaning advice; I would never have thought of such a thing!

  From Ed Nichols ('62) of Northern VA - 07/12/13:


...I sense sometimes just how hard you have it on occasion... You are a beautiful and wonderful lady that has found a way to bring much pleasure to many people. May a special angel settle on your shoulder.

Your friend,
Eddie Nichols

     Thank you so very much, Eddie Darlin'! You are such a sweetheart!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 07/12/13 - "Getting into Heaven":

Getting Into Heaven

A woman arrived at the Gates of Heaven. While she was waiting for Saint Peter to greet her, she peeked through the gates. She saw a beautiful banquet table. Sitting all around were her parents and all the other people she had loved and who had died before her. They saw her and began calling greetings to her.

"Hello - How are you! We've been waiting for you! Good to see you."

When Saint Peter came by, the woman said to him, "This is such a wonderful place! How do I get in?"

"You have to spell a word," Saint Peter told her.

"Which word?" the woman asked.


The woman correctly spelled 'Love', and Saint Peter welcomed her into Heaven.

About a year later, Saint Peter came to the woman and asked her to watch the Gates of Heaven for him that day.

While the woman was guarding the Gates of Heaven, her husband arrived.

I'm surprised to see you," the woman said. "How have you been?"

"Oh, I've been doing pretty well since you died," her husband told her.

"I married the beautiful young nurse who took care of you while you were ill. And then I won the multi-state lottery. I sold the little house you and I lived in and bought a huge mansion. And my wife and I traveled all around the world. We were on vacation in Cancun and I went water skiing today. I fell and hit my head, and here I am. What a bummer! How do I get in?"

"You have to spell a word," the woman told him.

"Which word?" her husband asked.

"Czechoslovakia ..."

Moral of the story: Never make a woman angry...  There will be Hell to pay later!    

      Thanks, Joyce!

From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 07/12/13 - "Buttermilk Pie":

Oh, my HECK!
  Okay folks, so this is not diet worthy but it is amazing. My mother used to make it. I haven't had it in years! This will just have to be one of those moderation, moderation deals!!! But I AM going to eat it!!


1/2 cup buttermilk
1-3/4 cups sugar
2 large eggs
3 Tbsp. flour
pinch of salt
1 stick butter
1 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven to 400°. Mix everything together and pour into an unbaked 9" pie shell. Sprinkle the top lightly with nutmeg. Bake 15 minutes. Reduce oven to 350° and bake 45 minutes. Cool to allow filling to set.


   DROOL!    Thanks, Susan!

From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 07/12/13 - "Always End the Day...":

  AMEN! Thank you again, Susan!

From - 07/08/13 - "Less-Stress Summer":

Want a Less Stressful Summer? 

By Laura B. Young

I once heard George Carlin the comedian address the topic of vacations, and how people handle their "stuff." People usually take a smaller version of their stuff on vacation and sequentially smaller versions to their hotel room, or to the beach etc. He was hysterical; resonating with the need we have for the familiar in order to feel more comfortable. Reflecting on this I wondered if it is the same with our stress level? Do we take a smaller version of our stress with us on vacation? Are we such creatures of habit that we unconsciously take along some stress to stay in our comfort zone? Sometimes we go into the habit of stress automatically, not giving any thought as to how we might change our lives to have smaller and smaller versions of it. On vacation for instance do we mindlessly fill up "down time?" Can you intentionally practice doing nothing? Are you tempted to fill the space?

Over the years people have said such things to me as, "my life is out of control," "you might as well tell me to be a surgeon as to tell me to relax," "I have no time to learn how to de-stress," "I don't know where to begin." When people are at this anxiety level, any talk of de-stressing is hard for them to hear. If I told them to get more exercise, eat healthy, work less etc., it would be stressful for them in and of itself, although these things help.

There is an "I Love Lucy" episode whereby Lucy and her friend Ethel got a job wrapping candy in a factory. At first they went at their own pace, pleased with themselves until the manager speeded up the conveyor belt and they were not able to keep up. They began stuffing candy everywhere possible, even down their shirts, hoping the manager wouldn't notice. Soon everything was out of control, chaotic and hilariously funny as only Lucy and Ethel could make it. This show was years ago when our activities were more in step with the cycles of the natural world and their behavior seemed to be an extreme exaggeration. That imagery however does not seem so exaggerated today does it? America in particular is on a fast clock that we allow to rule us to the point whereby we are stressed beyond limits. So how do we free ourselves from the tyranny of time? How can we make vacation time a slower elongated sense of time without pressure?

Stress is a natural part of living from which there is no escape, and does not respond to simpleminded solutions or quick fixes. Certainly if we have a choice it is only practical to avoid unnecessary misery. It is important to become aware of our "stress signature", that which we do when there is an accumulation of stressors. Do we avoid, procrastinate, lash out, wall off, use drugs or get busier? It helps to know.

Stress however is so accumulative and insidious that many people are choosing to become aware, while attempting to acquire the tools to better manage the level of life's stressors. If what you do over and over does not bring you positive results, more of the same won't work. Taking a cue from the sailor who positions a sail to make the best use of the wind to propel the boat, nobody controls the weather, but good sailors learn to read it carefully and respect its power. If they sail with wind at their backs they go only where the wind blows them. Like the sailor, we can learn how to tackle life's stressful situations with some basic tools, in order to avoid being overwhelmed. Knowing how to use wind energy, sailors will avoid storms if possible but when caught in one, they know when to take down the sails, drop anchor, ride things out. They control what is controllable and let go of the rest. What a concept!

Basic strategy in having less stress is to become aware, be mindful of what one is doing, how often, and when. No article or book will help if you do not make time to reflect and examine where you are now, not where you want to be.

Here are some steps to become mindful and less stressed:

First: If you are overwhelmed with stress....stop! Breathe slowly, gently, with eyes closed. Becoming aware of breath and slowing it down is a major precursor to change. If our breath is shallow and we are unaware of it, we remain unfocused, tense and distracted. So without forcing, practice deep slow gentle breaths. Using the analogy of a bicycle, if one has never learned to ride it is of no use in an emergency. Our breath is like the bicycle. It has the power to calm us in the stressful situation on a day to day basis, if we practice.

Second: Look at your life as you are presently living it. Now look at your life as you would like it to be.

Third: Draw a circle, include segments representing the time you spend on major areas as family finances, leisure, health, career, sleep etc.
Where are you overdoing, under doing? Where is your energy going? Where are you in this pie of your life? (For example I saw an overstressed banker whose wife was on the verge of leaving because he never had time for the family. After assessing his situation it became evident that in addition to overworking, he was reading four newspapers a day plus listening to local and national news. He reduced reading to one newspaper with a nightly scan of news, gaining roughly two hours a day, thus being more available to his family.

Fourth: Breathe, review and redraw your circle into a more balanced possibility. Doing less in some areas in order to be more available to life in others, is a beginning. Reevaluate your priorities. Pay attention to how you feel, become mindful. In our society busyness is quite addictive, condoned and valued. What I'm suggesting to create change in your life may run counter to your comfort level, and that itself being a clue.

Fifth: How to start being mindful: Do you have 1 minute or 10 minutes a day? 30 minutes would be better; however start where you can and will. Place one hand where your breath is moving usually the chest area and one hand below your navel so you can feel the rise and fall of your belly breathing. Breathe in slowly, pause without forcing, and on the out breath make an "aaah" sound. Remember how it feels to come home exhausted to flop on the couch saying aaah! Continue to breathe gently, slowly and deeply pausing after each inhalation and exhalation. Thoughts may come, just note them and let them go. Thoughts are like clouds, they always change. So go back to breath and relax. Do this exercise for one minute and add to it as you can. Becoming aware, mindful and breathing properly are basic underpinnings for managing stress, and changing your life.

Let go and relax!

About the Author:

Laura B Young (LMFT, and CCH) is the Official Guide to Manifestation, a psychotherapist, author, and radio show host with thirty years of clinical experience. In 1992 she established her Private Practice: Life Resource Center.

Specializing in grief resolution, relationship struggles, and the challenges of life transitions... She has written numerous articles for regional magazines. She became a contributing writer on Self as The Manifestation Expert. since 2009.

Her books include:
The Nature of Change
Journey into a Passionate Life (and companion workbook):
How to Manifest What You REALLY Want! (an audio program with workbook):

More information may be found here:

BONUS ANNIVERSARY CROCHET PATTERNS: and - Anniversary Rose Cake - "We 'baked' this cake to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Red Heart® and want to share the recipe with you! Crochet three tiers and then embellish with a flourish of roses and a heart on top." - Cindy Mills' Anniversary Shawl - "In celebration of the 1 year anniversary of the
Shawl Ministry Group at Holy Spirit Parish at Geist Fishers, Indiana"

BONUS ANNIVERSARY RECIPES: - Anniversary Recipes - "Anniversary recipes will mark the right kind of celebration for your great occasion that will even leave the guests dumbstruck..." - Martha Stewart's Anniversary Recipes - "Get recipes, menus, ideas, cooking tips, how-to instructions and videos on Anniversary Recipes from Martha Stewart." - Anniversary Recipes - "272 Recipes"


From - 07/12/13:

How to give a cat a pill.

1. Pick up the cat and cradle it in the crook of your left arm as if holding a baby. Position right forefinger and thumb on either side of cat's mouth and gently apply pressure to cheeks while holding pill in right hand. As cat opens mouth pop pill into mouth. Allow cat to close mouth and swallow.

2. Retrieve pill from floor and cat from behind sofa. Cradle cat in left arm and repeat process.

3. Take new pill from foil wrap, cradle cat in left arm, holding rear paws tightly with left hand. Force jaws open and push pill to back of mouth with right forefinger. Hold mouth shut for a count of ten.

4. Kneel on floor with cat wedged firmly between knees, hold front and rear paws, ignore growls emitted by cat. Get spouse to hold cat's head firmly with one hand while forcing wooden ruler into mouth. Drop pill down ruler and rub cat's throat vigorously.

5. Retrieve cat from curtain rail, get another pill from foil wrap. Make note to buy new ruler and repair curtains. Carefully sweep shattered figurines and vases from hearth and set to one side for gluing later.

6. Wrap cat in a large towel and get spouse to lie on cat with cat's head just visible from below armpit. Put pill in end of a drinking straw, force cat's mouth open with pencil and blow down straw.

7. Check label to make sure pill is not harmful to humans, drink a beer to take away the taste. Apply Band-Aid to spouse's forearm and remove blood from the carpet with soap and water.

8. Tie the little angel’s front paws to rear paws with garden twine and bind tightly to leg of the dining table. Find heavy pruning gloves from shed. Push pill into mouth followed by large piece of fillet steak. Be rough about it. Hold head vertical and pour 2 pints of water down cat's throat to wash down pill.

9. Consume remainder of scotch. Get spouse to drive you to the A&E, sit quietly while doctor stitches fingers and forearm and removes pill from your eye. Call furniture shop on way home to order a new table.

10. Arrange for RSPCA to collect the mutant cat from hell and ring local pet shop to see whether they have any hamsters.

1. 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.

2. Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - Get Together for Bobby Ball ('63) at 6:30 PM at Angelo's on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard. CONTACT: Jimmy Smith at or 757-438-0287. He will need to furnish a head count to Angelo's.

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 07/13/13

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 Anniversary Waltz

Lyrics by Al Dubin (10 June 1891 - 11 Feb 1945); Music by David Franklin, 1941

We just discovered each other
Tonight when the lights were low
One dance led up to another
And now I can't let you go

So tell me I may always dance
The Anniversary Waltz with you
Tell me this is real romance
An anniversary dream come true

Let this be the answer
To our future years
Through millions of smiles
And a few little tears
May I always listen to
The Anniversary Waltz
With you

Let this be the answer
To our future years
Through millions of smiles
And a few little tears
May I always listen to
The Anniversary Waltz
With you...

"The Anniversary Waltz" midi courtesy of - 07/08/10

"The Anniversary Waltz" lyrics courtesy of - 07/08/10

Animated "Happy Anniversary" Title clip art courtesy of - 07/08/10

Hearts with Roses clip art and Roses and Heart Divider Line clip art courtesy
of - 03/13/06

Animated Pulsing Red Heart courtesy of - 02/12/05

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

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

Collinsville High School (IL) Logo courtesy of - 09/22/07

Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

Sad Face clip art courtesy of - 08/03/08 (re-saved 02/16/09)

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

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

Animated BOO-HOO courtesy of Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 08/28/09
Thanks, Glenn!

Animated Laughing Kitty courtesy of Tom Flax ('64) of VA - 06/03/06
Thanks, Tom!

Animated Drooling Smiley courtesy of - 02/16/09

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