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08/16/09 - NNHS Newsletter - White As Snow

“Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness:
according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.
Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight:
that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.”

- Psalm 51: 1-4 (KJV)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Because it's Sunday, I thought I'd go with a modern hymn based on Psalm 51 - with which I was totally unfamiliar (the hymn, not the Psalm).

BONUS - - White As Snow - Jon Foreman - with snowy video filmed in the Peak District England


Saturday, August 16, 1969 -  The Woodstock Music and Art Festival continued in Max Yasgur's Dairy Farm in upstate New York, featuring some of the top rock musicians of the era.



   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Carole Smith Bennett ('57) AND Eugene Chapman ('57) AND   Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

18 - Etta L. Baker ('57)  AND   Darlene Willis Marshall (Hampton HS - '68) of VA;

19 -     Former President Bill Clinton of NY AND      Jimmy DeBerry ('64) of VA  AND        Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA;

20 -     Chip Clark ('65) of Northern VA AND Eddie Vest ('68) of VA;

21 -    Lynn Wright Hickman ('63) of VA;

23 - Charles Allen ('57) AND Pam Russell Hanzlik ('63) of NC AND         My Cousin, Cheryl White Wilson (John Marshall HS - '64) of VA!

 Many Happy Returns, One and All!



  Some of you are have been blocked from viewing the site since 07/20/09 out of safety concerns.  Most of y'all are not.  Our server, also hosts many, many other sites.  Six of them are having malware "issues", so to protect the general public from any possible harm, a warning has been placed by some systems.  Here's the latest from Google: 

What is the current listing status for

Site is listed as suspicious - visiting this web site may harm your computer.

Part of this site was listed for suspicious activity 18 time(s) over the past 90 days.

What happened when Google visited this site?

Of the 397 pages we tested on the site over the past 90 days, 86 page(s) resulted in malicious software being downloaded and installed without user consent. The last time Google visited this site was on 2009-08-13, and the last time suspicious content was found on this site was on 2009-07-30.

   Sooo - they checked it again three days ago, and it's been well over two full weeks since they found anything harmful.....  Surely this nightmare will end soon.....


  From Roy Parrish ('61) of CA - 08/15/09 - "recent troubles":


When I try to access the NNHS website, I fail and eventually get to this information, which says basically that the site has been flagged as an attack site.  Maybe this has something to do with your recent troubles.  I hope the information helps.

Roy Parrish

   Thanks, Roy! This IS the recent trouble; six messed up sites hosted by have been messing it up for all the rest of us "goody-goody" sites for nearly a month now - and THEY'VE been okay since July 30!!! ARRGHH!!!



    From Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA - 08/15/09 - "WHAT?":

What is this question thing?

Is it your 40th wedding anniversary?

Linda May '66

   Well, no, not really - but you're on the right track, because the 40th Anniversary is the Ruby Red, celebrated (in my mind, anyway) with a profusion of Ruby Red glass collectibles - such as you, yourself, have!

   Thanks anyway, Linda May! As you were the only other contestant to enter this summer's "exciting" contest, you will be awarded the Runner-Up Prize!

February 14, 2007 January 7, 2008 2009 August 5, 2008

  From Shirley Eanes Matthews ('66) - 08/15/09 - "Answer?":


Since July 4, Independence Day, other than birthday editions, each newsletter has had a theme of
red, white or blue.

I admire you for your creativity!

Shirley Eanes Matthews ('66)

   YES! We have a winner!!!  

   Thanks so much, Shirley!   I might add they were becoming increasingly difficult to locate - especially the "white" ones.  But as I do have a number of such songs stockpiled now, they'll probably continue for a little while.

   CONGRATULATIONS!!! I believe I'll be needing your mailing address so I can send your prize to you (at my usual "speedy speed").....


        From My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of TX - "RE: The Oldest Showgirl":

Pretty neat...shows what good genetics, good personal habits and keeping oneself going can do for a person!  bh

Brent Harty
"You may be whatever you resolve to be."  General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson

   Thanks, Brent! You keep on keeping on!  


  From Charlie Snead ('64) of NC - 08/14/09 - "Something we all can agree on":

I received this in an email today. It really speaks to all of us.

Red Shirt   

If the red shirt thing is new to you, read below how it went for a man...

Last week, while traveling to Chicago on business, I noticed a Marine sergeant traveling with a  folded flag, but did not put two and two together.

After we boarded our flight, I turned to the sergeant, who'd been invited to sit in First Class (across from me), and inquired if he was heading home.

"No," he responded.

"Heading out?" I asked.

"No.  I'm escorting a soldier home."

"Going to pick him up?"

"No. He is with me right now.  He was killed in Iraq, I'm taking him home to his family."

The realization of what he had been asked to do hit me like a punch to the gut. It was an honor for him. He told me that, although he didn't know the soldier, he had delivered the news of his passing to the soldier's family and felt as if he knew them after many conversations in so few days.  

I turned back to him, extended my hand, and said, "Thank you. Thank you for doing what you do so my family and I can do what we do." 

Upon landing in Chicago the pilot stopped short of the gate and made the following announcement over the intercom.

"Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to note that we have had the honor of having Sergeant Steeley of the United States Marine Corps join us on this  flight. He is escorting a fallen comrade back  home to his family. I ask that you please remain in your seats when we open the forward door to allow Sergeant Steeley to deplane and receive his fellow soldier. We will then turn off the seat belt sign."

Without a sound, all went as requested. I noticed the sergeant saluting the casket as it was brought off the plane, and his action made me realize that I am proud to be an American.

So here's a public Thank You to our military Men and Women for what you do so we can live the way we do.

Red Fridays.

Very soon, you will see a great many people wearing Red every Friday. The reason? Americans who support our troops used to be called the "silent majority."  We are no longer silent, and are voicing our love for God, country and home in record  breaking numbers. We are not organized,  boisterous or overbearing.

Many  Americans, like you, me and all our friends,  simply want to recognize that the vast majority of America supports our troops. Our idea of showing solidarity and support for our troops  with dignity and respect starts this Friday --  and continues each and every Friday until the troops all come home, sending a deafening message that ... Every red-blooded American who  supports our men and women a far, will wear something red.

By word of mouth, press, TV -- let's make the United States on every Friday a sea of red much like a homecoming football game in the bleachers. If every one of us who loves this country will share this with  acquaintances, coworkers, friends, and family,  it will not be long before the USA is covered in RED and it will let our troops know the once "silent" majority is on their side more than  ever, certainly more than the media lets on.

The first thing a soldier says when asked, "What can we do to make things better for you?" is. "We need your support and your  prayers."

Let's get the word out and lead with class and dignity, by example, and wear something red every Friday.

   Exactamundo! Thanks, Charlie!        George Helliesen ('61) of MI sent this to us a couple of weeks ago, but it bears repeating.  It's such an easy thing to do!


     From the Head Cheerleader of 1965, Pam Smith Arnold of VA to      the Head Flagtwirler of 1965, Janice McCain Rose of VA - 08/15/09:


My impression of Fred was the same as Carol's - and since we are both so intuitive, it must be true!  Please, don't forget that you have a lot of friends who care who are close. 
      Dave (Arnold - '65 - of VA) and I are here and willing to do anything we can to help.  Meanwhile, you and Fred are in our prayers.


    From Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA - 08/15/09 - "     Janice (McCain Rose - '65 - of VA)":


I just got your e-mail about Janice's husband, Fred.  I am so shocked and saddened for their entire family.  They have been in my prayers since I first learned of his illness several months ago.  Since there wasn't a recent update on his health, I thought he was doing okay.  I will send Janice a separate note, as I've always thought a lot of her from our days at Magruder through our reunions.  Thanks so much for including me in the e-mail you sent.  Take care of yourself and        Paul (Harty - Bardolph HS, IL - '61 - of IL).


   Thank you, Pam and Sandi!


      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 08/14/09 - "(8)(8)(8)(8)(8)(8)(8)(8) These are money bags":

I generally dislike these things, but what if it worked??? Do I think it will, well most likely not. But just 1 chance in a zillion is worth an 8 person send. I'm tired of being a "brokedy broke." lol

(8)(8)(8)(8)(8)(8)(8)(8) These are money bags.

A blessing is coming to you in the form of money.

Do not ask questions, just forward to eight people and TRUST GOD!


These are money bags. Send them to 8 good people and receive money in 4 days. I'm not joking. Delete and be broke for 2009.

   OH, GOODY! Thanks, Shari! You just sent them to eight good people, and I just sent them to about 550 good people, so we're all going to rich, Rich, RICH!!!


  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 08/16/09 - "A Fricken Elephant...":

From the diary of a Pre-School Teacher

My five year old students are learning to read.

Yesterday one of them pointed at a picture in a zoo book and said,

"Look at this! It's a frickin' elephant!"

I took a deep breath, then asked..."What did you call it?"

"It's a frickin' elephant! It says so on the picture!"

And so it does...

"A f r i c a n Elephant "

Hooked on phonics! Ain't it wonderful?

Now that's funny, I don't care who you are.

   Thanks, Joyce!



1.   From Jane Chambers of VA - 07/01/09 - "CNC BOOK BROCHURE & AD":

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

   Thanks, Jane!

2.        From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/02/09 - "NNHS 64/45 REUNION PAGE UPDATES":


You may print out the forms, fill them in, and mail them to us WITH YOUR CHECK.

We look forward to seeing you at the Newport News Marriott City Center on October 9th and 10th … and at The Chamberlin for Sunday brunch.

Best wishes from your Class of 1964 45-Year Reunion Committee.

   Thank you, Captain!



From ArcaMax - 08/15/09:


My job is in the aerospace industry, and it's always been a challenge to explain what kind of work I do.

At one gathering, I tried several unsuccessful attempted explanations before deciding to be as generic as possible. When the subject came up while I was talking with a group of guys, I replied simply, "Defense contractor."

The men nodded, and as the conversation went on, I silently declared victory to myself. Then, one of them turned to me and asked, "So, what do you put up mainly? Chain-link?"



1. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 4, 5 and 6 (Labor Day Weekend), 2009 - The Class of 1969 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at the Point Plaza Hotel, Newport News, VA. For details, see: and contact Jean Baker Howell at - OPEN TO ALL NNHS ALUMNI

2. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 18, 19, and 20, 2009 - The Warwick High School Class of 1959 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott Newport News at City Center, Newport News, VA. For details, contact - WHS CLASS OF 1959
3. Friday and Saturday, October 9 and 10, 2009 - The Class of 1964 will hold its 45-Year Reunion
- For details, see: - CLASS OF 1964

4. Friday and Saturday, August 6 and 7, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1970 will hold its 40-Year Reunion. Friday night they will all meet at RJ's; Saturday night will be at the Kiln Creek Golf & Country Club. For details, contact Carol Comer Cutler at - CLASS OF 1970


PRAYER ROLL: - updated 08/15/09

BLOG: - updated 08/04/09



  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

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White As Snow

Written and sung by Jon Foreman, based on Psalm 51
(b. 22 Oct 1976)

Have mercy on me, oh God
According to Your unfailing love
According to Your great compassion
Blot out my transgressions

Create in me a clean heart, oh God
Restore in me the joy of Your salvation

The sacrifices of our God are a broken and a contrite heart
Against You and You alone have I sinned

Would You create in me a clean heart, oh God
Restore in me the joy of my salvation

Wash me white as snow
And I will be made whole
Wash me white as snow
And I will be made whole


"White As Snow" midi courtesy of - 08/15/09

"White As Snow" lyrics courtesy of - 08/15/09

Image of Snowy Utah Mountains (03/25/09) courtesy of Phil Hammond ('64) of UT - um, very shortly thereafter...
Thanks again, Phil!

Snowflake Divider Line clip art courtesy
of - 12/01/04

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

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

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

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!

Animated Lumpy Bouncy Dancing (by AF Artist - Greg Wilson) courtesy of - 08/28/08

Animated Arrows clip art courtesy of - 04/19/08

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

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

Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of - 07/07/06

Animated Dancing Snoopy courtesy of Billy Turner ('65) of TX - 11/26/08
Thanks, Billy Turner!

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