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07/25/06 - NNHS Newsletter
Circle of Life

"We are all longing to go home to some place we have never been — a place half-remembered and half-envisioned we can only
catch glimpses of from time to time. Community. Somewhere, there are people to whom we can speak with passion without
having the words catch in our throats. Somewhere a circle of hands will open to receive us, eyes will light up as we enter,
voices will celebrate with us whenever we come into our own power. Community means strength that joins our strength
to do the work that needs to be done. Arms to hold us when we falter. A circle of healing. A circle of friends.
Someplace where we can be free.”

- Starhawk

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Today's theme was a natural, given the range of today's text and images.  Of course, it took our Wizard of Wonderment,    Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA, to choose it after I told him the content, but that's why we pay him the Big Bucks.

   Oh, no, wait a minute.  We don't pay him anything, do we?!?  Thanks anyway, David!  Nobody does it better!



Page Hit #49,500 was made on Monday, July 24, 2006 at 8:02 AM by someone from  Well, that narrows it down a bit, n'est pas?!?  GIGGLES!!!


  From Danny Coleman ('63) of NC - 07/19/06 and 07/20/06:

Carol, maybe you can help me.

I read the other day in the Daily Press obits of ........ I didn't know that and would like to know when and how, if you might have the info.....

Thanks. Dan Coleman

   Yes, Danny, I can help you with that. We have extensive records of Typhoon deaths posted. Unless you deal with death far better than I, I recommend that you not look at more than one of these pages a day, but you should begin with the Class of '63:

..... I'll offer my words of sympathy to you in the loss of some of your friends, whom you'll surely find listed on these pages.

Thanks for the guidance, Carol. I was very surprised at the number of deaths and who they were. Some I knew of, others not.

I can offer an update on    Henry Kearney ('62), since David Riley ('62) and I visited the funeral home (Lawrence B. Wood) to view the body. Henry died in December, 1966, while driving from Emory & Henry College to pick up his girlfriend at another school, before coming to Hampton for the holidays. It was snowing and his Volkswagen Beetle hit a '57 Pontiac head on, as I was told. He died instantly.

   Thank you, Danny.  That was so very tragic!    Jimmy Smith ('62) of VA had told me that story back in December of 2001, but I didn't remember the details of it well enough to post it.  Thanks for letting me know.  I posted your comments by Henry's name on the Class of '62 Memoriam page:

It amazes me that so many people die so young. It's stunning when you stop and consider things...I suppose it's possible only toward this end of life that we become ever so conscious of fate, that each person, each event, however small, each memory, each song or emotion, each relationship, however deep or trivial, we have to admit is at least a small tile in the larger mosaic of our lives, and when it slips away it erodes our personal history, our experience, like the grim reaper chipping away at our defenses. Oh, well, that's one way of seeing it, I guess. I remain eternally optimistic and expect to live way past 100...If nobody shoots first.

Thanks again. Dan .

   Thank you, Dan.  I appreciate your insights!


  From Joe Drewry ('58) of VA - 07/22/06 - "NNHS 1958 Update - 7/22/06":

Our classmate    Allen Foster ('58 - of VA) is progressing well with his new heart.  I don't have any additional information at this time, but I believe his condition will remain fairly fragile for some time until his body adjusts to his new pump.  I'm pretty sure he is able to read and enjoy your cards and notes at this time, so feel free to continue sending them to his home address (available upon request from either Joe or me).
I have heard from a couple more classmates who while expressing appreciation for receiving updates on Allen's progress, also mentioned their health issues.
David Peltz's ('58 - of MD) wife, Madeleine, writes that David had open heart surgery and valve replacement on June 20, 2006.  The surgery went fine; however, there were some complications. 
He is now home recuperating and making great progress. The doctor said it could take up to 6 months to recover.
She didn't say whether that means he will be setting track records again, like he did in our NNHS days.....
Jack Tesh ('58 - of NC) is recuperating from a knee replacement.  During his basketball playing days at NNHS and Wake Forest, Jack never had a knee injury.  However, playing a pickup game with some high school students did him in......

Y'all take care of yourselves out there, you hear.

   OH, MY GOODNESS!!!  Thanks for telling us all the news of the Class of '58, Joe!  We'll keep them all in our thoughts and prayers!


  From Al Simms ('60) of VA - 07/23/06 - "Wildlife in Yard":

Since we are showing photos of wildlife in the yard here are a couple more and 2 very short stories too.  Bear in mind that I live in the city of Fredericksburg, VA and not in one of the counties or out in the country.  My property does back up to a high voltage power line cut that goes thru the National Battlefield Park and also to the city industrial park, next to which there was actually a small farm within the city - it is about 1/2 mile as the crow flies.
There was another White Tailed deer that was just out of the picture on the left.  This photo was taken in May of last year from the back corner of my house.  I first spotted them grazing in the front yard but by the time I got my camera they had moved towards the back yard.  It was late in the day and my automatic flash fired, spooked them and they went on up the hill behind my house and to the power line cut.
Another wildlife true story no photos.  Some years ago when my son was about 8 or 10 years old he came running in the house and told me that there was a Wild Boar in the front yard.  When I asked him what it looked like he said that it was big, hairy, had short legs and curved tusks.  Rick was known for telling tall tales in those days and I did not believe him at first but he was so excited and persistent in his story that eventually I went to the door and looked out.  I fully expected to see nothing and then to have to discipline him for lying.  What I saw was a hog that was at least 1000 lbs and it was as he described it.  The hog saw me at the door, grunted and took off up the hill in the back of the house and to the power line cut.  Guessing that someone was looking for it, I called the police and it turned out that the hog had escaped from the then operational farm out by the industrial park and had apparently traversed the 1/2 mile to my yard.  They were looking for him and showed up shortly at my house.  The hog was long gone by that time and eventually made it back home on his own.
  And yet another true story.  This past winter I heard a lot of noise on my deck just after dark one evening.  When I looked out the back door there were 4 raccoons on my deck batting around the outdoor water bowl for out cats - seeing racoons is not particularly unusual here but this time was a bit different.  One of our cats was outside on the deck and sitting in the middle of the 4 coons looking totally unconcerned about them.  A raccoon can easily kill any cat but apparently they sensed that our Chester was not a threat and so did not bother him - either that or he has some raccoon heritage..........  
Chester, the big old man of cats 1 year ago.    
Chester is 19 years old and has been blind for the past 10 plus years of an unknown but not fixable cause.  He is a very tall cat with huge feet and claws and at one time weighed as much as 16 pounds without being fat.  He has always liked the outdoors and even though blind uses his other senses to go wherever he wants to.  He is also a very gentle cat who I have never seen fight with any other cat or animal; this probably because he is so much bigger than most cats and they steer clear of him. Eventually they saw me and took off and Chester continued sitting where he was as if nothing had happened.

Another time I will send picture series of the "Sink Cat" and the "Fax Cat".


   WOWZERONI times three!  Thanks, Al!  We'll look forward to more, uh, cat tales!



  From Me ('65) of NC - 07/23/06 - "Chip's Images in Belize":

   A rare window of opportunity presented itself (I'm still in minor shock over that...), and I made a page for photo journalist    Chip Clark's ('65 - of Northern VA) glorious images in Belize.  It's not yet tweaked, has no music, a few such details... but it's posted!  YEA!!!
   Thanks again, Chippy Darlin' - your images are absolutely breathtaking!

  From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 07/23/06 - "Beaver Dam":

This is supposedly a true story, and the account of the investigation makes it even better...
The Dam

This is an actual letter sent to a man named Ryan DeVries by the
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Quality, State of Pennsylvania . This guy's response is hilarious, but read the State's letter before you get to the response letter.

SUBJECT: DEQ File No.97-59-0023; T11N; R10W, Sec. 20; Lycoming County

Dear Mr. DeVries:

It has come to the attention of the Department of Environmental Quality
that there has been recent unauthorized activity on the above referenced parcel of property. You have been certified as the legal landowner and/or contractor who did the following unauthorized activity:

Construction and maintenance of two wood debris dams
across the outlet stream of Spring Pond.

A permit must be issued prior to the start of this type of activity.

A review of the Department's files shows that no permits have been
 issued. Therefore, the Department has determined that this activity is in violation of Part 301, Inland Lakes and Streams, of the Natural Resource and Environmental Protection Act, Act 451 of the Public Acts of 1994, being sections 324.30101 to 324.30113 of the Pennsylvania Compiled Laws, annotated.

The Department has been informed that one or both of the dams partially
failed during a recent rain event, causing debris and flooding at downstream locations. We find that dams of this nature are inherently hazardous and cannot be permitted. The Department therefore orders you to cease and desist all activities at this location, and to restore the stream to a free-flow condition by removing all wood and brush forming the dams from the stream channel. All restoration work shall be completed no later than January 31, 2006.

Please notify this office when the restoration has been completed so that
 a follow-up site inspection may be scheduled by our staff.

Failure to comply with this request or any further unauthorized activity on
 the site may result in this case being referred for elevated enforcement action..

We anticipate and would appreciate your full cooperation in this matter.
 Please feel free to contact me at this office if you have any questions.

David L. Price
District Representative and Water Management Division.

Here is the actual response sent back by Mr. DeVries:

Re: DEQ File No. 97-59-0023; T11N; R10W, Sec. 20; Lycoming County

Dear Mr. Price,

Your certified letter dated 12/17/02 has been handed to me to respond to.
 I am the legal landowner but not the Contractor at 2088 Dagget Lane, Trout Run, Pennsylvania.

A couple of beavers are in the (State unauthorized) process of constructing
and maintaining two wood "debris" dams across the outlet stream of my Spring Pond. While I did not pay for, authorize, nor supervise their dam project, I think they would be highly offended that you call their skillful use of nature's building materials "debris."  I would like to challenge your department to attempt to emulate their dam project any time and/or any place you choose.  I believe I can safely state there is no way you could ever match their dam skills, their dam resourcefulness, their dam ingenuity, their dam persistence, their dam determination and/or their dam work ethic.

As to your request, I do not think the beavers are aware that they must
 first fill out a dam permit prior to the start of this type of dam activity.

My first dam question to you is:

(1) Are you trying to discriminate against my Spring Pond Beavers, or

(2) do you require all beavers throughout this State to conform to said dam request?

If you are not discriminating against these particular beavers, through the
Freedom of Information Act, I request completed copies of all those other applicable beaver dam permits that have been issued. Perhaps we will see if there really is a dam violation of Part 301, Inland Lakes and Streams, of the Natural Resource and Environmental Protection Act, Act 451 of the Public Acts of 1994, being sections 324.30101 to 324.30113 of the Pennsylvania Compiled Laws, annotated.

I have several concerns. My first concern is,
aren't the beavers entitled to legal representation?  The Spring Pond Beavers are financially destitute and are unable to pay for said representation -- so the State will have to provide them with a dam lawyer.  The Department's dam concern that either one or both of the dams failed during a recent rain event, causing flooding, is proof that this is a natural occurrence, which the Department is required to protect.  In other words, we should leave the Spring Pond Beavers alone rather than harassing them and calling their dam names.

If you want the stream "restored" to a dam free-flow condition please
contact the beavers -- but if you are going to arrest them, they obviously did not pay any attention to your dam letter, they being unable to read English.

In my humble opinion, the Spring Pond Beavers have a right to build
their unauthorized dams as long as the sky is blue, the grass is green and water flows downstream.  They have more dam rights than I do to live and enjoy Spring Pond.  If the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection lives up to its name, it should protect the natural resources (Beavers) and the environment (Beavers' Dams).

So, as far as the beavers and I are concerned, this dam case can be
referred for more elevated enforcement action right now.  Why wait until 1/31/2006?  The Spring Pond Beavers may be under the dam ice then and there will be no way for you or your dam staff to contact/harass them then.

In conclusion, I would like to bring to your attention to a real environmental quality, health, problem in the area. It is the bears!  Bears are actually defecating in our woods.  I definitely believe you should be persecuting the defecating bears and leave the beavers alone.

If you are going to investigate the beaver dam, watch your step!  
The bears are not careful where they dump!

Being unable to comply with your dam request, and being unable
to contact you on your dam answering machine, I am sending this response to your dam office.

 Jean, this is just beyond hysterical!  I love it!  Thanks for the laughs, Lady!

   Say, do you think there'll be someway to soundproof our room at the reunion in September so that you and   Eleanor (Buckley Nowitzky - '59 - of NC) and I don't suddenly find ourselves out on the street for loud, unrelenting, constant, raucous giggling?!?



From My Friend, Judy, of IL - 07/23/06 - "awwwwwwwwwwwwww":

I can't tell if this has been run through a photo shop program or not but it's still cool!

Soooooo something:

Two of the world's most renowned shy and timid creatures have found each other in safe companionship.....

through the lens of Tanja Askani in Alberta, Canada.

   Now, Judy, you know I love bunny rabbits almost as much as I do people.  Some of my best friends have been bunny rabbits.   They're very quiet and understanding.

        Napoleon Dynamite: "It's pretty much my favorite animal."

   These pictures are soooo beautiful!  What a charming, heartwarming story they tell!  If they're doctored, I just don't want to know about it.  Leave me with my fantasies.

   Besides, Tanja Askani is a respected wildlife photographer.  I cannot believe her images have been faked.

   Thanks, Jude!


  From George Helliesen ('61) of MI - 07/23/06:

Please feel free to add my email address to any of your sites.
George Helliesen, 61

   Thank you, George!  'Deed I did:

   Y'all go say "Hi" to George!

   Isn't it fun reconnecting with old friends?!?


From One of my Famous Marines -    Herb Hice of MI, who served in the Pacific Theater
during WWII - 07/
23/06 - "DEAR CAROL, No Squirrels in the bird feeder":

Dear Carol,
A short time ago I tried to send these pictures but I thought they lost. Now I have found them so here they are.....
Thanks to Fred & Donna Mainer who sent these to me originally..... I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.


   A Big Black Bear in a Bird Feeder.  This sounds like the title of a very strange children's book.

   That does it.  I'm staying inside, where Willis Haviland Carrier's marvelous invention will comfort me safely and securely inside the Great Indoors.

   Thanks, Herbie!  These are priceless!


    From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/24/06 - "Our Own Coach Nuttycombe In The


If you see an annoying "survey" screen, just click "Ask Me Later"

   Ohhh, David, HOW COOL!!!  I'm in the process of redoing his page.  Here's the almost finished version:

   Thanks so much, Sweetie!

  From Dee Hodges Bartram ('66) of VA - "Planning to Attend List":

I have been out of work with foot surgery and didn't feel like getting on the computer at home much during the three weeks I was out.  I went back last Monday and had to play catch up all week.

   YOWZERONI, Lady!  I hope you're all better now!

  However, I did find time to put a list together.  It is attached.

Yes, I am getting pretty excited.  We have a meeting next week to decide on a very short program.  Our group usually likes to just visit and not sit for very long to hear people speak. 
Take care and I hope you are up and running soon! 

   Thanks so much, Dee!  I'm excited, too!  In fact, the very thought of this approaching reunion is giving me great hope and joy, and keeping me going.  I see quite a few names missing from your list, but perhaps this will spur more people to send you their reservation forms.  They surely will not want to miss seeing their old friends!



    From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 06/20/06 - "ATTENTION ALL CLASS

If you will require lodging, we have reserved a block of 15 rooms at the Point Plaza, 950 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News VA, for Saturday night, October 14th, at a special NNHS rate of $79 (Standard) or $99 (Suite) plus 12.5% tax. You must make your reservation NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2006. Call 1-757-599-4460 or 1-800-841-1112. In order to receive the special rate, you must clearly say "NNHS Class of 1964 Birthday Celebration" when making the reservation. Because of this requirement, it is recommended that you DO NOT make your reservation over the Internet.

   Thank you, David!  Y'all have fun!



   Reunion information is ALWAYS posted very near the top on the front page, and on the Reunion Page section:

   Henceforth, it will be repeated here, lest you forget:


The Great Open Reunion
sponsored by the NNHS Class
of 1966
in honor of their graduation 40 years ago
will be held on Friday, September 29, 2006 from 7:00 PM
to 1:00 AM
RJ’s Restaurant, 12743 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, VA.

September 30, 2006, meet at 11:00 AM at Newport News High School
(now Huntington Hall) for a tour of the high school and gym.
Parking is available next to the gym on Huntington Avenue.

Saturday, September 30, 2006 from 7:00 PM to midnight,,
the grand affair will be held
at Point Plaza Hotel, 950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News, VA, 757-599-4460.

NTACT Dee Hodges Bartram at


The 60th Birthday Celebration
for Members of the NNHS Class of 1964

will be held
on Saturday, October 14, 2006, 7:00 - 11:00 PM at Spirit Events,
12672 Patrick Henry Drive, Newport News, VA 23602.


We all agree that the Class of 1964 throws the best parties, and we really were flattered that so many members of other classes attended our 40-year Reunion.  However, the Committee chose to invite only members of the Class of 1964
to our 60th Birthday Celebration.

But, the good news for all you High School Reunion "Junkies" out there
is that you can look forward to our 45-year Reunion in 2009.

CONTACT Dave Spriggs at


The Grand 50-year Reunion
of the NNHS Class of 1956
will be held on Friday, October 20, 2006 at the James River Country Club, Newport News, VA from 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM.
Cost is $56.00 per person, reservations required by Aug. 1.

On Saturday, October 21, 2006 at 7:00 PM, a casual get-together will be held in a Hospitality Room, Country Inn & Suites on Route 17, Newport News, for all classmates
who wish to attend. 

CONTACT Judy Leggette Elliott at
or 757-868-1111

"Dinner" Planning Meetings for
The Class of 1962!

They would love to have as many of their classmates
as possible to participate in the future as they plan
the details of their upcoming 45-Year Reunion!! 
Please plan to join them at their next meeting.

If you did not receive an announcement, they do not have your address. 
Please email Pat Floyd Pride at
or Brenda Amos Williams at

for directions, and so that you can stay in touch

Visit Brenda's 1962 Web Page:



  From Catherine Slusser Hudson ('64) of VA - 07/13/06 - "Need A Laugh!?" (#3 in a series
of 12):

Hi Carol: 

Thought you might get a chuckle out of some of these, a friend of mine sent them to me. 

Catherine Hudson



 Thanks so much, Cathy!


Still Dead, Huh??? Go Figure...  



   There's more to come tomorrow!

   Y'all keep your circle of life going - and take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305

Circle of Life

Music by Elton John; Lyrics by Tim Rice; for The Lion King (1994)

From the day we arrive on the planet
And blinking, step into the sun
There's more to be seen than can ever be seen
More to do than can ever be done

Some say eat or be eaten
Some say live and let live
But all are agreed as they join the stampede
You should never take more than you give

In the circle of life
It's the wheel of fortune
It's the leap of faith
It's the band of hope
Till we find our place
On the path unwinding
In the circle, the circle of life

Some of us fall by the wayside
And some of us soar to the stars
And some of us sail through our troubles
And some have to live with the scars

There's far too much to take in here
More to find than can ever be found
But the sun rolling high through the sapphire sky
Keeps great and small on the endless round

Well, it is always easy to say a word and then think of the first song which comes to mind
containing that word, e.g. "animals"  --- "Talk To The Animals" from Dr. Doolittle.  I think
we have already used that elsewhere on the site, and I wanted something a little more
thoughtful, even esoteric.  When I thought about you arraying the newsletter with all
manner of animal images and the staggering diversity of life on this planet, I flashed
onto "The Lion King"  (which BTW I have never seen) and "The Circle of Life".

I found a site with several versions of the MIDI; of those, this one seemed to capture
an almost hymn quality, which was what I was looking for.

And it's perfectly in keeping with what I had in mind as well!  Thanks so much, David!

"Circle of Life" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/23/06
Thanks, Dave!

"Circle of Life" lyrics courtesy of 
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/23/06
Thanks again, Dave!

Image of "Circle of Life" Puzzle courtesy of (and available for purchase at) - 07/24/06

Animated Running Deer Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 07/24/06

Page Hit Counter clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
Thanks again, Al!

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks, Herbie!

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

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