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09/11/07 - NNHS Newsletter - Patriot Day

“There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness,
but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues.
They are messengers of overwhelming grief...and unspeakable love."

- Washington Irving
(3 Apr 1783 - 28 Nov 1859)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Generally our observances here are happy one.  This day is not one of those, nor is it a celebration, but as with so many things in history, it's important that we remember.


  Today is my youngest grandson's second birthday.  Big Birthday Hugs and Kisses to    Jimmy Harty of OH!

   Jeanette Parrish Houston ('64) of VA will celebrate her birthday on Friday, September 14.  

   Have a great day, Lady!

  From Renee Helterbran Benton ('59) of VA - 08/28/07,    Elaine Wilkinson Bracken ('61) of VA - 08/31/07, and  Liz Breeden ('61) of VA - 09/05/07 - "Fly the Flag Campaign":

Please join us in this FLY THE FLAG campaign.....


On Tuesday, September 11th, 2007, an American flag should be displayed outside every home, apartment, office, and store in the United States.

Every individual should make it their duty to display an American flag on this sixth anniversary of our country's worst tragedy. We do this in honor of those who lost their lives on 9/11, their families, friends and loved ones who continue to endure the pain, and those who today are fighting at home and abroad to preserve our cherished freedoms. In the days, weeks and months following 9/11, our country was bathed in American flags as citizens mourned the incredible losses and stood shoulder-to-shoulder against terrorism. Sadly, those flags have all but disappeared. Our patriotism pulled us through some tough times and it shouldn't take another attack to galvanize us in solidarity. Our American flag is the fabric of our country and together we can prevail over terrorism of all kinds.....

Thank you for your participation. God Bless You and God Bless America!

   Thanks, Renee, Elaine, and Liz! My flag flies every day - and night!

   (Yes, it's illuminated.)

   I came across this site which may interest y'all:

#11 - Wednesday, July 4, 2007,
8:24 PM
#13 - Saturday, August 25, 2007,
11:24 AM
Fayetteville, NC

     From Me ('65) of NC - 09/11/07 - "9-11 Monument":

   I remembered these images I took in Virginia in the spring.  We weren't certain whether the flag had deliberately been left in a faded, shredded state, or if someone had just been negligent in his duty.  This is high on a hill overlooking a beautiful valley, and as you might imagine, it's often quite windy.

   Can you see right away that the monument is constructed of two matching semis placed on their ends?

#62 - 3:53 PM #71 - 3:58 PM #72 - 3:59 PM
Thursday, April 26, 2007 - Buena Vista Park, Buena Vista, VA

From Audrey Bost of NC - 09/08/07 - "Hello Carol":

I am    Bill Bost's ('61) wife, Audrey. I have enjoyed the NNHS websites so much. Lots of work. Will fill out his bio soon. He is happy to know he isn't listed among the "passed" now.

Thanks, Audrey Bost

   Thanks, Audrey! My cheeks are still burning from that particular blooper. It must have been so posted for two or three years. I'm so grateful to have it resolved - and so happily!

 From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 09/09/07 - "New Sign of Stroke":

I will continue to forward this every time it comes around!
New Sign of a Stroke -------- Stick out Your Tongue
STROKE: Remember The 1st Three Letters.... S.T.R.

My nurse friend sent this and encouraged me to post it and spread the word. I agree.
If everyone can remember something this simple, we could save some folks. Seriously..
Please read:
During a BBQ, a friend stumbled and took a little fall - she assured everyone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics) .....she said she had just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes.
They got her cleaned up and got her a new plate of food. While she appeared a bit shaken up, Ingrid went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening.
Ingrid's husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital - (at 6:00 pm Ingrid passed away.) She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ. Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Ingrid would be with us today. Some don't die.... they end up in a helpless, hopeless condition instead.
It only takes a minute to read this...
A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke...totally. He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough.
Thank God for the sense to remember the "3" steps, STR. Read and Learn!

Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.

Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:

S * Ask the individual to SMILE.
T * Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently - i.e. It is sunny out today)
R *
Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.
NOTE: Another 'sign' of a stroke is this: Ask the person to 'stick' out his tongue. If the tongue is 'crooked', if it goes to one side or the other , that is also an indication of a stroke.

If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call 911 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

A cardiologist says if everyone who gets this e-mail sends it to 10 people; you can bet that at least one life will be saved.

   Thanks, Sarah Sugah! This too is important!

  From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 09/09/07- "The Last Steps":

Ahh,, how much better is is to feel rested.
Have a fantastic day!

The Last Steps

It was a very hot and humid day. People who work outside for a living should just go home when it's like this. But if they did the world would stop spinning.

The world was going to stop for this man any way. I met him as he was putting the finishing touches on the front steps of a newly built home.

"I can't believe you are working in this heat," I said.

"I've worked in the heat, the cold, all kinds of weather. I worked in the middle of a hurricane once," the man replied.

He was a slender man. I'm surprised the hurricane didn't blow him away. His hands and face bore witness to what appeared to be decades of labor in the sun. I believe you could light a match on the back of his dried out hands.

"How long have you done this?" I asked.

"Since I was old enough to pick up a hammer," he said proudly. "But these are my last steps."

"Is there something wrong? You look like there's a few more miles left on you," I said.

"It's time for me to stop. Sometimes you just have to tell yourself, "Stop Already!" That's what I did this morning. My wife, God love her, got up early like she did for near 40 years to make me breakfast, hot coffee and a little inspiration. I looked in the mirror and said, "That's it." She said are you sure? I said sure enough!"

"You said she made you a little inspiration. How does she do that?"

"She takes the Bible and flops it on the table in front of me. Wherever it opens, she runs her finger down the page and where she stops, she reads. It's never failed to mean something special that day."

"What did she read today that made you say "That's it"?

"Genesis 2:2 "and on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work..."

"How significant was that to you?"

"I've been working nearly everyday of my life. Sundays included. My wife put up with it, but often times went to church on her own. Today being Sunday, she didn't flop the book down, she nearly threw it at me. It fell open to that page almost by accident."

"Why do you say almost by accident?"

He started laughing and shaking his head and said, "She had it paper clipped and underlined. I saw it as a sign. Not from God..." he laughed so hard he could hardly speak. "A sign from my wife!"

"So this is the last job?"

"Well, you can take the carpenter out of the job, but you can't make him put down his hammer," he said still chuckling. "But ultimately, these are the last steps."

"You must be proud of what you have accomplished in your life."

"You know most people have no idea what I do. They see me working as a carpenter. But I create "place." By that I mean that I create something from nothing and you call it home. Like these steps I'm finishing will lead this family into a safe place where dreams and love come alive. I've seen newly weds cross over my thresholds to begin a new life together. But I've also seen people carried out at the end of their lives, going out the door one final time," he said as he looked up at the new door on this home.

"In the places I've created celebrations were held. Servicemen came home to them, college kids left them and returned a graduate. The Christmas trees were erected in them and people of all faiths prayed in them. Laughter and tears were shared in these same places. I created them. Now it's time to stop."

He grabbed his hammer and with one final nail ended a lifetime of creation, commitment and headed off to his own place in time, making the last steps.

~ Bob Perks ~

   Oh, WOW!!!  Thanks, Shari!

      From one of my Famous Marines,  Herb Hice of MI, who served in the Pacific Theater during WWII - 09/09/07 - "Dear Carol, No question about it, Dimples is Beautiful, But is her friend real ???":

Dear Carol,

     Dimples (Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard - '56 - of NC) is a very beautiful woman BUT, Her friend looks like a "Manikin" ??? Am I just being overly observant ???
You have added a very interesting touch to your Newsletter with the age progression pictures. It is nice to see how we all have gracefully aged, Some more gracefully than others.
To quote a line from Popeye the Sailor Man, "I Yam what I Yam and that's all what I Yam".
About 1981
Sepi and "Friend"

Keep up the good work with your Newsletter, Truly a "Labor of Love".

More later,

Your friend, Herbie

   Yes, Sweetie, that is indeed a manikin! The sad part of the story is that I didn't realize it until I scanned the image! I TOLJA I'm blind as a bat!

   And the progressive images ARE a lot of fun. aren't they? Thanks for the nudge, Herbie Darlin!

    From Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard ('56) of NC - 09/09/07 - "Newsletter: Dancing Queen - 8/30/2007":

To Carol and all the terrific family of people that make this NNHS Newsletter what it is.

 And WHAT it is, was so aptly described by my friend Toddie Thornton, (Bobby Thornton's little sister (both HHS) as "A Quilt of Memories."  Isn't that lovely?

I humbly apologize for the amount of space I took up in the above named Newsletter.  I took those pictures to Carol when we met for her Birthday Lunch, so that she could pick and choose which pictures to use.  It never occurred to me that she would use them all !  Now I know better. This delightful woman enjoys making work for herself !  When I scrolled down to the part about our lunch, I took note of her use of my baby picture and the one of me with dark Auburn hair (from a "shoot" for hairpieces in 1966) I thought to myself, "Why did she use that old thing ?"  I thought we took pictures at lunch that I expected her to use.  Oh! my gosh,  was I wrong !!!!  As I scrolled down, the next section completely floored me. I gasped and said out loud," Oh ! She didn't !"  But as we all know now~~ Yes, She did ! 

My hands flew to my face in an attempt to erase what I had seen, and I mumbled " NO! no, no, no, no, noooooo"  It didn't do any good. I looked again and the whole HAM was still there.  Very soon we will have a picture of me, as I look now...won't we, Carol ?   Just as soon as I can approve one that I don't think will scare anybody !

"Thank yew for your patience. Thank yew soooo much"

"Dimples" aka Sepi
Sepi, Sepi, Sepi, you are so funny! I never had any intention of NOT using ALL of those images!  Why on earth would I not use them?!?  How many among us have been professional models?!?  Why would I not elect to "grace and beautify" these pages whenever possible?!?

   My only regret is that I let you walk away with all those others!

   And don't worry, I'll get to all those new pictures.  First I'll PhotoShop the bee-bees out of them, and then I'll send them to you and you can pick the ones we'll use.

   And how you could possibly be embarrassed by any of those images is totally beyond me, you gorgeous creature!

From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 09/07/07 - "North End - Then & Now":

I lived two blocks up and around the corner from 5600 Huntington, at 315 58th Street. I remember that house, and some of the other grand old ones on Huntington, many of which had carriage houses. I had been inside a couple of them because we knew people who owned them, but not 5600. Our house was not small, but it was utterly dwarfed by those. It's a shame to think of them torn down, or burned, or gone to ruin like once genteel old maiden aunts. I have not been back to Newport News except once-- 1973?-- and from what I read in the newsletters it must be so different now.

(I hardly recognize the town here in NH where I went to college-- Keene --where Jumanji was filmed-- when I lived there it was fewer than 1000 students at the college, and about 10,000 people in town; now it's about 24,000 in town, and 5000 or so at the college, and the grand old houses on lower Main Street have been mostly replaced by college and commercial buildings, and those on West Street by restaurants and strip malls.)

1906 Friday, September 7, 2007, 12:05 PM - Image by Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA
5600 Huntington Avenue - Residence of Mr. Walter A. Post 5600 Huntington Avenue
(Colleen Ann Domitilla O'Brien NNHS '64) 

   Thanks, Domi! It's good to hear from you!

I added your note just below Dave's images, which as they're listed by address, t falls just below the middle of the page: 


     From Pam Smith Arnold ('65) of VA - 09/09/07:


Not sure if       Dave (Arnold - '65 - of VA) reported, but I am finally a grandma; he is a grandpa: Samuel James Polimedes Gouizelis, born 8/8/07.  Grandma was in attendance as Dad is deployed serving our country in Iraq.  It was exciting; I never saw any of my 3 being born as I was the one giving birth!  I am still in Germany, but will be coming home 10/1.  Okay - "Polimedes" is Greek for "man of war" - my very wonderful son-in-law is Greek.  Sammy was 10 pounds, 20 inches; I will suffice by saying that it was a very difficult birth, but all are well and thriving.

Love, Cousin Pam

   Yes, he did - with a picture and all!

   I'm so sorry to hear that Laura had such a rough time, but I'm glad all is well now! Thanks, Cousin Pam - and Congratulations!

   From Brenda Amos Williams ('62) of VA - 09/09/07 - "NNHS":

Hi Carol,

You know that our 45th reunion is just around the corner; are you making plans to come?  Just remind your readers that our Friday night is open to NNHS classes 60, 61, 63, 64 and 65, we would love to share our night with all of them.  Food and talk will be great.

Mention our webpage ( and also that the price for Friday night is only $20.00, great DEAL. huh?  Good food, and lots of great folks.

Thanks!  :-)

Brenda Williams
Typhoon Forever

"Be the change you wish to see in the world". -Ghandi

   It IS a great deal, Brenda! Beginning with this issue, it will appear on each Newsletter between now and then.
Thanks, Lady!

  From Joe Drewry ('68) of VA - 09/10/07 - "Honor our classmate,    Julius Benton - contribute or participate in Memory Walk":

A message to the friends of NNHS Class of 1958
As most of you know, Julius took early retirement from the Shipyard about 10 years ago when he was diagnosed with "Pick's disease" a dementia causing disease similar to Alzheimer's.  His daughter Julie has been active in raising money to fight the disease and each year sponsors a "Memory Walk" team.
Several class members have participated and contributed in past years.  I encourage you to participate in the walk and/or make a contribution in honor of Julius. 
Visit the following link to Julie Benton's personal web page and help defeat Alzheimer's & related diseases of dementia.

   Thanks so much, Joe!

From Karrin Williams Frankie (Warwick HS - '61) of VA - 09/10/07 - "Saw some old Woodrow Wilson Classmates Saturday night! ":

My good friend,   Fred Mays ('60 - of VA), told me several weeks ago that he was doing the NNHS Memorabilia Table for the 50th Reunion for Class of 1957 and invited me to stop by but I  told him that was nice but I didn’t think I knew anyone from that class I’d know to see.

Well, due to being old, I forgot about the date. Saturday I had to call him for something, and he again reminded me and also told me Eva Ellis (Madagan - '61 - of FL) would be there as     Joe (Madagan - '57 - of FL) was from that class.  Told him I was on my way to Kilmarnock and in shorts, etc. going to a cookout.  He said to stop by anyway!

Well, I got there about 9:15 and so glad I did.  Got to meet Joe, had a wonderful time talking to Eva as we had not seen each other since NNHS 25th reunion in 1986, but for past several years have been emailing each other.  Talked to Maxine Petty Rainey, Velma’s sister, and Marion “Sissy” Timberlake, Puddy’s older sister!  So glad I went even thought I was NOT dress like the others.  Several people came up to me to see “Who I was” but I told them I was not in their class “but came to see Joe Madagan’s wife!”  They said they liked the way I was dressed!

Told Eva all who I send emails to and what I knew of the “Old Buxton Avenue crew”.  Only one from that group, she wanted to know where Johnny Oldfield was!   Gave her updates as I knew where people were located, even Phillip D who is out of the country! Margaret, please tell Ray she also was asking about him and wishes him well.  Eva said they drove down Buxton and sorry to see that her home had been torn down!

Fred’s display of the NN info as well as a nice Jamestown 2007 table was very impressive.  I’m sure he will be there for the Class of ’61.

When I find out how to send out the two pictures I took, I’ll forward to y'all!

Hopefully the 50-Year Reunions for NNHS and WHS will NOT be on the same days so I can attend both!  I did that back in 1986, but have not been able to for the last several.

Take care, Karrin

   WOW! First report! Thanks so much, Karrin!  I'm delighted to hear you were able to attend!  I used to think those reconnections were just fun, but I have come to believe they're very important in our lives - for so many reasons!


1.  Saturday, September 29, 2007 - Evelyn Fryer Fish's (Pot Luck) Birthday Party for All of Us - OPEN TO ALL

2. Thursday, October 4, 2007, 11:00 AM - Class of 1955 Lunch Bunch - Angelo's Steak and Pancake Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard - OPEN TO ALL WITH FRIENDS IN CLASS OF 1955

3. Saturday, October 6, 2007 - Reunion - NNHS CLASSES OF 1941 AND 1942

4. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 12 - 13, 2007 - NNHS CLASS OF 1962; FRIDAY NIGHT OPEN TO NNHS CLASSES OF 1960 - 1965

5. Thursday, November 1, 2007, 11:00 AM - Class of 1955 Lunch Bunch - Angelo's Steak and Pancake Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard - OPEN TO ALL WITH FRIENDS IN CLASS OF 1955

6. Thursday, December 6, 2007, 11:00 AM - Class of 1955 Lunch Bunch - Angelo's Steak and Pancake Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard - OPEN TO ALL WITH FRIENDS IN CLASS OF 1955

7. Friday and Saturday, May 16 - 17, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1958


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

Evelyn's Birthday Party for All of Us
Hosted by Evelyn Fryer Fish ('58) of TX
Saturday, September 29, 2007, 2:00 P.M.
The Canepa Cottage, 760 North 1st Street, Buckroe Beach, Virginia


Evelyn Fryer Fish's Birthday Party for All of Us - 09/29/07

The NNHS Classes of 1941 and 1942
will have a reunion on Saturday, October 6, 2007 at the James River Country Club at 12 noon.

Dr. Harold Cones will speak about the founding and development of the Mariners' Museum.

Cost is $30.00 per person - Includes Choice of Two Entrees

CONTACT: Jennings Bryan at 
or call him at 757-873-7701.

- 07/23/07

The NNHS Class of 1962
will hold its 45-Year Reunion
on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 12, 13, and 14, 2007
at the Point Plaza Suites, 950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23601.

All schoolmates from '60, '61, '63, '64 and' 65 are invited to attend the Friday night affair.

 The Friday night cost will be $20.00 per person, which includes being with all of us, food, and beverages
(including beer and wine), plus a cash bar. 

The 1962 classmates will be celebrating on that night and on the 13th, ending with breakfast on the 14th.

For information, email Brenda Amos Williams at or call her at 757-810-4000.

Visit Brenda's 1962 Web Page:



  From Christine Wilson Starkman ('68) of CA - 07/24/07 - "Summer's Not Over Yet! "- #22 in a Series of about 38:

It's not Buckroe, but it'll do in a rush!

This is sand? Thought this was one you'd enjoy seeing; it all took place in British Columbia.


   WOWZERS!!! Thanks, Chris!

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

                          Love to all, Carol 





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

God Bless the U.S.A.

- Lee Greenwood

If tomorrow all the things were gone
I worked for all my life
And I had to start again
With just my children and my wife

Thank my lucky stars
To be living here today
Cause the flag still stands for freedom
And they can't take that away

And I'm proud to be an American
Where at least I know I'm free
And I won't forget the men who died
Who gave that right to me
And I'll gladly stand up next to you
And defend her still today
'Cause there ain't no doubt
I love this land
God Bless the U.S.A.

From the lakes of Minnesota
To the hills of Tennessee
Across the plains of Texas
From sea to shining sea

From Detroit down to Houston
And New York to L.A.
There's pride in every American heart
And it's time we stand and say...

That I'm proud to be an American
Where at least I know I'm free
And I won't forget the men who died
Who gave that right to me
And I'ld gladly stand up next to you
And defend Her still today
'Cause there ain't no doubt
I love this land
God Bless the U.S.A.

And I'm proud to be an American
Where at least I know I'm free
And I won't forget the men who died
Who gave that right to me
And I'ld gladly stand up next to you
And defend Her still today
'Cause there ain't no doubt
I love this land
God Bless the U.S.A.

Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA" midi courtesy of,
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/21/05
Thanks, Dave!

Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA" lyrics courtesy of,
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/21/05
Thanks again, Dave!

Never Forget Image courtesy of - 09/09/07

Elaine's Memorial Dar Bar Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 05/24/06

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

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!

Animated Laughter clip art courtesy of Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 01/24/06
Thanks, Janice!

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

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

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