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09/17/14 - NNHS Newsletter - Angels

“The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us and we see nothing but sand;
the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone.”

- George Eliot
 (22 Nov 1819 - 22 Dec 1880)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
   We all have more
angels walking among us than we realize.  We generally call them our dear friends.

BONUS - Angels - Robbie Williams



"Angels" is a song originally part written by uncredited Irish songwriter, Ray Heffernan and covered by Robbie Williams. Williams and Guy Chambers were subsequently credited as "joint co-writers" and the song was released as a single in December 1997.[1] It became the singer's biggest selling single and has been voted the best song of the past 25 years at the BRIT Awards. "Angels" has since been covered by many artists including Jessica Simpson, Beverley Knight, in Spanish (as Ángel) by Mexican singers Yuridia and Marco Moré, in Italian (as Un Angelo) by Patrizio Buanne, All Angels, singer Declan Galbraith as well as Verena Von Strenge's latest group, Moon Dust, and American Idol series 7 runner-up David Archuleta.

"Angels" was the fourth single from Williams' debut album, Life Thru a Lens. It has been credited with saving the singer's floundering solo career, and is used to conclude almost all of his concerts. The song was the 38th best selling of 1997 in the UK, and the 26th of 1998. It was the 34th best selling single of the decade. Despite only reaching a peak of No.4, it is Williams' biggest selling UK single and according to Official UK Charts Company figures passed the million sales mark in June 2009, with a combination of both physical and download sales. It was released in 1999 in the U.S., after his debut of "Millennium." The U.S. released video has Williams atop a roof, watching the city below.

"Angels" re entered the ARIA Top 100 at 91, on 5 May 2008.[2] Due to download sales, the song has re-entered the UK Charts on a number of occasions in recent years.

The writing credits attributed to the song were Robbie Williams and Guy Chambers. However, it later emerged that an unknown Irish songwriter, Ray Heffernan actually composed much of the song a year earlier.[3] In an interview with RTE, Heffernan said that he met Williams in a Dublin pub and brought him back to his home where they embarked on a songwriting session. Heffernan played him the basis of what would become "Angels" and they recorded an early version of it. Heffernan acknowledges however that Guy Chambers later added the chorus. Heffernan was paid £7,500 for the use of the song, relinquishing any rights to royalties. He was uncredited as a songwriter but received a cryptic message on the CD, saying: "Even fallen angels laugh last, thanks to Ray Heffernan".

Robbie Williams has said that he wrote the song with Guy Chambers in 25 minutes and the song is about his aunt and uncle. Williams and Chambers were sitting outside a cafe watching a water fountain, this is what inspired them for the chorus...[4]



Today is Constitution Day. Did you remember? I knew that you would - September 17, 1787!



   Happy Birthday today to The late Mr. George McIntosh (deceased - 05/04/05) AND Hugh McLawhorne ('57) AND   Ed Nichols ('62) of Northern VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Bobby Bell ('57) AND         Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton HS - '65) of FL  AND  The United States Air Force - 1947!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

20 - Barry Stutt ('57);

21 - Maxine Petty Ramey ('57);

22 -   Curt Overman ('59) of VA  AND    Lola Babb Hallman ('63) of NC;

23 - Fred Fox ('63) AND        My Oldest Grandson, Andrew Harty (Collinsville HS, IL - '10) of IL;

24 -   Mary Anne Mays Davis ('58) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!



September 17, 1914 - Andrew Fisher became Prime Minister of Australia for the third time.



September 17, 1939 - The Soviet Union joined Nazi Germany's invasion of Poland during the Polish Defensive War of 1939. Germany had invaded Poland on September 1.

September 17, 1939 - A German U-boat U 29 sank the British aircraft carrier HMS Courageous.

September 17, 1940 - Following the German defeat in the Battle of Britain, Hitler postponed Operation Sea Lion indefinitely.

September 17, 1941 - A decree of the Soviet State Committee of Defense, restoring Vsevobuch in the face of the Great Patriotic War, was issued.

September 17, 1941 - Soviet forces entered Teheran marking the end of the Anglo-Soviet invasion of Iran.

September 17, 1943 - The Russian city of Bryansk was liberated from Nazis.

September 17, 1944 - Allied Airborne troops parachuted into the Netherlands behind German lines as the "Market" half of Operation Market Garden.



Thursday, September 17, 1964 - Nothing whatsoever happened anywhere in the world - or so it would seem...


         From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 09/16/14 - " Ray Davis ('64)":

Update from    Donna Pipkin Buckner ('64):
Hi, David,

I'm getting back to you about (my second cousin) Roy Lee Davis. He was born 09/03/46 in Wilson, NC. He died of diabetes 07/30/99 in Newport News. He went through the printers apprentice school program and worked at Franklin Printing.

I have lived all over the country for the past 40 years so I didn't have a lot of contact with him and Kirk after I left Virginia.

Thank you so much for all the work you do to keep us informed about our class and the reunions. I really do appreciate you.

Donna Pipkin Buckner

   Thank you, David - and Donna!

   I've amended Roy's entry on the In Memoriam page for your class:


From Malcolm Davis ('65) of VA -
09/16/14 - "Best national anthem performance ever!!!":

I really liked the "Star Spangled Banner" performance that you attached to your (09/14) newsletter.

Here is yet another one done by youngsters called The Cactus Cuties. Please listen to their rendition, it is special.

   Thanks so much, Malcolm! You know, I was very close to adding this video to that commemorative Newsletter as it it such a favorite (and we've shown it several times in the past), but I thought it would be more fun to see which of y'all would respond first to my omission!!   You win, Sweetie! 


  From Jane Monfalcone Simmons ('61) of FL - 09/16/14:

      Thanks, Jane!


    From Susie Overton Jones ('63) of VA - 09/16/14 - "Cute Melting Snowman Cookies":

  Cute Melting Snowman Cookies

Prep Time: 1 Hour
Yields: 1 Dozen Cookies


1 dozen sugar cookies
1 pouch Betty Crocker White Cookie Icing
1 pouch Betty Crocker Black Cookie Icing
1 box Betty Crocker Classic Colors Writing Icings
1 bottle Betty Crocker Rainbow Sprinkles
12 marshmallows


1. Ice cookies with White Cookie Icing. Allow icing to drip off sides to create melting effect.

2. Let cookies dry for 30 minutes.

3. While cookies are drying, cut about ¼ inch off the marshmallows to shorten the snowman’s head. Use Black Cookie Icing and Orange Sprinkles to make faces on the marshmallows.

4. Once White Cookie Icing has crusted over, adhere marshmallows carefully by adding a small amount of additional White Cookie Icing to bottom of marshmallow.

5. Add remaining decorations with Cookie and Writing Icings.

6. Cookies will be completely dry within 4 hours.

  OH, SO CUTE! Thank you, Susie!


      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 09/04/14 - "Ways to decorate using old items... (#11 in a series of 18)": 

  Love some of these ideas. The show Flea Market Flip, with Lara Spencer, is another source to get great ideas...

        COOL BEANS! Thanks, Shari!


  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 09/08/14 - "Church Pics (#5 in a Series of 19)":

  IN GOD WE TRUST--If GOD is your co-pilot, change seats!

     GIGGLES! Thank you, Joyce!


        From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 09/12/14 - "Pets that don't know how furniture works! (#1 in a series of 21)": 
  Pets that don't know how furniture works!

      Thanks, Haul Party!




BONUS ANGEL RECIPES: - Angel Lush - "This angel cake with fresh, ripe strawberries is not only delectable, it's better for you, too, so you can feel heavenly even while enjoying it." - Angel Food Cake - "Some people like to make an angel food cake as a birthday cake. I have made this one before, and it was great. I made a butter icing, and just tinted the color I wanted. I put in those little dragees you see in the store inside the batter."



From - 09/16/14:

Three old ladies were sitting in a diner, chatting about various things.

One lady said, "You know, I'm getting really forgetful. This morning, I was standing at the top of the stairs, and I couldn't remember whether I had just come up or was about to go down."

The second lady said, "You think that's bad? The other day, I was sitting on the edge of my bed, and I couldn't remember whether I was going to bed or had just awaken!"

The third lady smiled smugly. "Well, my memory's just as good as it's always been, knock on wood."

She rapped the table. With a startled look on her face, she asked, "Who's there?!"


1. Friday and Saturday, October 10 and 11, 2014 - The NNHS Class of 1969 will hold a 45-YEAR REUNION at the Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive.  For further information, contact Jean Baker Howell at

2. Friday and Saturday, October 17 and 18, 2014 - The NNHS Class of 1964 will hold a 50-YEAR REUNION at the Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive. See: and contact David Spriggs at 757-409-2799 or

3. Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 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.


PRAYER ROLL: - updated 07/17/14

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11


   Y'all take good 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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Originally part written by uncredited Irish songwriter, Ray Heffernan and covered by Robbie Williams (b. 13 Feb 1974).
Williams and
Guy Chambers were subsequently credited as "joint co-writers".

Recorded by Robbie Williams, 1997

I sit and wait
Does an angel contemplate my fate
And do they know
The places where we go
When we're grey and old
'Cause I've been told
That salvation lets their wings unfold

So when I'm lying in my bed
Thoughts running through my head
And I feel that love is dead
I'm loving angels instead


And through it all she offers me protection
A lot of love and affection
Whether I'm right or wrong
And down the waterfall
Wherever it may take me
I know that life won't break me
When I come to call she won't forsake me
I'm loving angels instead

When I'm feeling weak
And my pain walks down a one way street
I look above
And I know I'll always be blessed with love
And as the feeling grows
She breathes flesh to my bones
And when love is dead
I'm loving angels instead


And through it all she offers me protection
A lot of love and affection
Whether I'm right or wrong
And down the waterfall
Wherever it may take me
I know that life won't break me
When I come to call she won't forsake me
I'm loving angels instead

Repeat chorus


"Angels" midi courtesy of - 09/13/12

"Angels" lyrics courtesy of - 09/13/12

Image of Baby Angels Kissing courtesy of - 06/18/09

Animated Smiley Angel courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/05/07
Thanks, Al!

Animated Tiny Angel clip art used to form Divider Lines courtesy of Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 07/20/07
Thanks, Judy!

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

Animated Army, and Navy Flags clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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

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

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

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

"You Win an Award" Image courtesy of - 11/04/12

Animated Laughing Woman courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 02/23/09
Thanks, Joyce!

Animated "Happy Little Rabbits We Are" clip art courtesy of - 04/25/09

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