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10/15/11 - NNHS Newsletter - Sweetest Day

Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought.”

- Percy Bysshe Shelley
(04 Aug 1792 - 08 July 1822)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   As I mentioned yesterday, we try to celebrate everything here together.   This is no doubt a bogus holiday, but any occasion which encourages people to buy candy, flowers, and cards - and (one would think) prompts them to be nicer to everyone they encounter - can't be all bad!

   After I had almost totally finished this Newsletter, I noticed to my chagrin that today is also White Cane Safety Day, which is probably more suitable, so I'll direct you to our coverage of it (plus some HOMEWORK!) from two years ago: 

BONUS - - The Sweetest Sounds - Perry Como


"The Sweetest Sounds" is a popular song, written by Richard Rodgers (unlike most of his compositions, writing both music and lyrics) for the musical No Strings, in 1962.

It is also used in the film adaption "Cinderella" starring Brandy, Whitney Houston and Whoopi Goldberg in 1997.

Barbra Streisand recorded the song for "Barbra Streisand...And Other Musical Instruments". Sergio Franchi recorded the song in 1963 on his RCA Victor Red Seal album Broadway, I Love You.[1]

The melodic theme appears to have been inspired by an orchestral figure in the final movement of Johannes Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2 (Brahms) (measures 64-80).



Sweetest Day is an observance celebrated primarily in the Great Lakes region, and parts of the Northeast United States, on the third Saturday in October.[1] It is described by Retail Confectioners International as an "occasion which offers all of us an opportunity to remember husbands, boyfriends, the sick, aged and orphaned, but also friends, relatives and associates whose helpfulness and kindness we have enjoyed."[2] Sweetest Day has also been referred to as a "concocted promotion" created by the candy industry solely to increase sales of sweets.[3]

Sweetest Day was a promotion concocted by Cleveland confectioners in 1921.[3] The Cleveland Plain Dealer's October 8, 1921 edition, which chronicles the first Sweetest Day in Cleveland, states that the first Sweetest Day was planned by a committee of 12 confectioners chaired by candymaker C. C. Hartzell. The Sweetest Day in the Year Committee distributed over 20,000 boxes of candy to "newsboys, orphans, old folks, and the poor" in Cleveland, Ohio.[3] The Sweetest Day in the Year Committee was assisted in the distribution of candy by some of the biggest movie stars of the day including Theda Bara and Ann Pennington.[3]

There were also several attempts to start a "Sweetest Day" in New York City, including a declaration of a Candy Day throughout the United States by candy manufacturers on October 8, 1922.[4] In 1927, The New York Times reported that "the powers that determine the nomenclature of the weeks of October" decreed that the week beginning on October 10, 1927 would be known as Sweetest Week.[5] On September 25, 1937, The New York Times reported under Advertising News and Notes that The National Confectioners Association had launched a "movement throughout the candy industry" to rank Sweetest Day with the nationally accepted Mother's Day, Father's Day, and St. Valentine's Day.[6] In 1940, another Sweetest Day was proclaimed on October 19. The promotional event was marked by the distribution of more than 10,000 boxes of candy by the Sweetest Day Committee.[7] The candy was distributed among 26 local charities. 225 children were given candy in the chapel at the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children on October 17, 1940.[7] 600 boxes of candy were also delivered to the presidents of the Jewish, Protestant and Catholic Big Sister groups of New York.[7]

While it is not as large or widely observed as Valentine's Day, it is still celebrated in parts of the United States, despite persistent allegations of being a "Hallmark holiday."[8]

Retail Confectioners International describes it as "much more important for candymakers in some regions than in others (Detroit and Cleveland being the biggest Sweetest Day cities)".[2] The popularity in Detroit was greatly perpetuated by the Sanders Candy Company. Frederick Sanders of Detroit, MI was a large promoter of the holiday. In 2006, Hallmark marketed 151 greeting card designs for Sweetest Day. American Greetings marketed 178.[9]

Since Sweetest Day was invented by commercial interests which stood to profit from such a holiday, dissenting Cleveland residents refer to it as a "Hallmark holiday"[8] (although it was not invented by Hallmark Cards company).

     From Me ('65) of NC - 10/08/11 - "Baseball":

   How about my Cardinals?!?    


    From Brownie Shaffer Haracivet ('62) of VA - 10/13/11 - "Please post":

Hi Carol,

  I'm going to participate in an art show and sale at the Hampton Yacht Club and thought many NNHS grads may want to attend. Here is the information.

Hampton Yacht Club FALL MARKET



11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Thanks, Brownie Shaffer Haracivet - NNHS '62

   COOL BEANS! We wish you well, Brownie! (I love your bling-bling kitty cat!)

The Class of 1956 will hold its 55-Year Reunion on Wednesday and Thursday, October 19 and 20, 2011.

Contact    Judy Leggett Elliott at or 757-868-1111.



   Happy Birthday today to   Milton Nunnally ('66 and '67) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

17 - Betty Jean Dail Phillips ('57);
18 -
Lou Kressaty (Butler HS, NJ - '57) of VA  AND   Carol Faith DeArment Blankenship ('61) of VA  AND Jimmy Crank ('63) of VA;

19 -   Danny Coleman ('63) of NC;

20 - Vera Lee Cutchins Hinnant ('57) AND    John DiGiacomo ('69) of VA;

21 -   The late Mr. Julius Conn (deceased - Sept 1983)  AND Marlin Eby ('57) AND       Albert Dorner ('66) of VA AND    Belinda Fortner Langston ('70) of VA;

 22 -       the late Herb Hice (deceased 18 Apr 2008)  AND   the late Sharron Wanderer Dawes ('61) (deceased 22 Sept 2007) AND   Annette Funicello of CA AND    Craig Miller ('63) of FL AND   Al Farber ('64) of GA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!



Tuesday, Oct. 15, 1861

Meriwether Jeff Thompson wanted badly to have a military career. He applied to West Point and the Virginia Military Institute but, alas, was turned down by both. The beginning of the War found him in Missouri, so he rounded up a battalion of volunteers and offered them to the secessionist governor Claiborne Jackson, but even Jackson turned him down. Undeterred, Thompson simply promoted himself to General and took his men freelance. Yesterday he called for the people of southeast Missouri to rise up against the Yankees. Today he went out and burned the Big River Bridge, near Potosi, Mo. Thompson would become known in some circles as the “Swamp Fox of the Confederacy.”

Wednesday, Oct. 15, 1862

No big battles marred this day, but little ones popped up all over the landscape, from Fort Gibson in Indian Territory to the Apalachicola River in Florida, where a small flotilla of Union ships ran up the waterway to capture a blockade runner through a hail of gunfire from shore batteries. In between were actions, skirmishes, operations and general acts of violence in Tennessee near Neely’s Bend on the Cumberland River; Crab Orchard and Barren Mound, Kentucky, and near Carrsville, Virginia. Admiral David Farragut, USN, reported to his superiors that Galveston, Corpus Christi, and Sabine City, Texas were in Union possession, a statement which turned out to be somewhat premature.

Thursday, Oct. 15, 1863

The CSS Hunley was a most ungainly vessel, not surprising in view of the fact that parts of it had started life as a steam boiler. Horace L. Hunley, financier and creative thinker, looked at this cylinder and saw a submarine, and after much tinkering, cutting, installation of a crank and a screw which the crank would turn, and other necessities, it was time for action. She sailed out into Charleston Harbor with Hunley himself at the helm. The official report stated “The boat...disappeared at 9:35 a.m. As soon as she sunk, air bubbles were seen to rise to the surface of the water, and from this fact it is supposed the hole in the top of the boat by which the men entered was not properly closed.” Despite the fact that she had already killed one other crew earlier, the Hunley was raised again, although with the intention that she be used as a ram rather than a submersible.

Saturday, Oct. 15, 1864

Gen. Jo Shelby, unlike M. Jeff Thompson, had a real commission in a real army, and was operating today under the overall command of Gen. Sterling Price’s campaign to take the state of Missouri into the Confederacy, or at any rate out of the Union. Today, Shelby, operating on a detached campaign, assaulted the garrison at Sedalia, Mo. The defending militiamen did not give a very outstanding account of themselves; in the words of one report they “seemed confused.” In the other arm of the campaign, Price’s men occupied the town of Paris, Mo., and some fighting occurred near Glasgow.

     From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 10/14/11 - "Friday Send":

Pocket Taser

This was written by a guy who purchased his lovely wife a "pocket Taser" for their anniversary.

Last weekend I saw something at Larry's Pistol & Pawn Shop that sparked my interest. The occasion was our 22nd anniversary, and I was looking for a little something extra for my wife Toni. What I came across was a 100,000-volt, pocket/purse-sized Taser. The consequences of the Taser were supposed to be short lived, with no long-term adverse effects on her assailant, allowing her adequate time to retreat to safety.... WAY TOO COOL!

Long story short, I bought the device and brought it home. I loaded two triple-A batteries in the darn thing and pushed the button. Nothing! I was disappointed. I learned, however, that if I pushed the button AND pressed it against a metal surface at the same time, I'd get the blue arch of electricity darting back and forth between the prongs. Awesome!!!

Unfortunately, I have yet to explain to Toni what that burn spot is on the face of her microwave.

Okay, so I was home alone with this new toy, thinking to myself that it couldn't be all that bad with only two triple-A batteries, right?!!!

There I sat in my recliner, my cat Gracie looking on intently (trusting little soul) while I was reading the directions and thinking that I really needed to try this thing out on a flesh & blood moving target. I must admit I thought about zapping Gracie (for a fraction of a second) and thought better of it. She is such a sweet cat. But, if I was going to give this thing to my wife to protect herself against a mugger, I did want some assurance that it would work as advertised. Am I wrong?

So, there I sat in a pair of shorts and a tank top with my reading glasses perched delicately on the bridge of my nose, directions in one hand, Taser in another. The directions said that a one-second burst would shock and disorient your assailant; a two-second burst was supposed to cause muscle spasms and a major loss of bodily control; a three-second burst would purportedly make your assailant flop on the ground like a fish out of water.

Any burst longer than three seconds would be wasting the batteries.

All the while I'm looking at this little device measuring about 5 inches long, less than 3/4 inch in circumference -- pretty cute, really -- and loaded with two itsy, bitsy triple-A batteries, thinking to myself, "No possible way!"

What happened next is almost beyond description, but I'll do my best.....

I'm sitting there alone, Gracie looking on with her head cocked to one side as if to say, "Don't do it, master," reasoning that a one-second burst from such a tiny little ole thing couldn't hurt all that bad.... I decided to give myself a one-second burst just for the heck of it. I touched the prongs to my naked thigh, pushed the button, and HOLY WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION!!!

I'm pretty sure Jessie Ventura ran in through the side door, picked me up in the recliner, and then body slammed us both on the carpet, over and over and over again. I vaguely recall waking up on my side in the fetal position, with tears in my eyes, body soaking wet, both nipples on fire, my left arm tucked under my body in the oddest position, and tingling in my legs. The cat was standing over me making meowing sounds I had never heard before, licking my face, undoubtedly thinking to herself, "Do it again, do it again!"

Note: If you ever feel compelled to "mug" yourself with a Taser, one note of caution: there is no such thing as a one-second burst when you zap yourself. You will not let go of that thing until it is dislodged from your hand by a violent thrashing about on the floor. A three-second burst would be considered conservative.

A minute or so later (I can't be sure, as time was a relative thing at that point), I collected my wits (what little I had left), sat up, and surveyed the landscape. My bent reading glasses were on the mantel of the fireplace. How did they get up there???

My triceps, right thigh, and both nipples were still twitching. My face felt as if it had been shot up with Novocain and my bottom lip weighed 88 lbs.

Still in shock,


Goofy Groaner

*-- It's Against The Law... --*

Once upon a time, there was a policeman that saw a man sitting in a car with a tiger sitting next to him. The police officer said, "It's against the law to have a tiger in your car. Take him to the zoo."

The next day the police officer saw the same man in the same car with the same tiger. The police officer said, "I thought I told you to take that tiger to the zoo."

The man replied, "I did. He liked it. Now we're going to the beach."



Humidifiers. Using a humidifier can reduce your heating costs because moist air retains heat better than dry air. There are other benefits to using a humidifier as well: they reduce static electricity (and annoying winter time shocks!), dry skin, and make it easier to breathe. Cost: $30 and up.

Use fans to move the heated air around your house. If you have ceiling fans, set them on the lowest speed and have them push the warm air at the ceiling down to your level (warm air rises). This could allow you to lower the temperature of your thermostat by making the room feel a lot warmer.


Great Quotes

Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.
- Marianne Williamson

Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.
- Helen Keller

I slept and dreamt that life was joy.
I awoke and saw that life was service.
I acted and behold, service was joy.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn't matter to me... Going to bed at night saying we've done something wonderful, that's what matters to me.
--Steve Jobs, The Wall Street Journal, May 25, 1993


*** Stretching ***

Stretching is the most overlooked, but the most important factor of exercising. Stretching helps prevent muscle pulls and tears. The following are tips to keep in mind for stretching right. Run or walk on a treadmill, or ride a stationary bike to warm up your muscles before stretching. Then, stretch all the basic muscle groups, including arms, buttocks, abs, neck, shoulders, legs, hips, and back. Hold each stretch for at least 30 seconds with a soft amount of tension. Do not bounce in a stretch! When stretching your muscle groups, you should not feel any pain. After you have finished your cardiovascular or strength-building exercise, be sure to stretch out again as part of your cool-down.

- Mike Simmons


"I was reading something online and stumbled onto some different uses for Coca Cola.

Now some of us have heard about it removing rust; or cleaning burnt pans. But It does everything from softening skin to antiquing photos and much more.

Even the Navy uses Coke to help preserve it's submarines.

I included 2 unusual ones below. Check 'em out."

Handy Hints Holly

Hint 1: I actually had to use this trick Sunday on my own hair when I got gum stuck in it...don't even ask how it happened :) Just take the gum coated hair and dip in a small bowl that has some Coca Cola in it. Let sit for just a few minutes and the gum will wipe right off.

Hint 2: Tanning

Someone told me to use Coca Cola when I could not get a tan. I rubbed it all over, laid out for a while, and when I got up, I had the best tan ever. And it lasted for about 6-7 months. Now I even use the coke in the tanning machines and it really works.


Most Beautiful Of All

I decided to take my sons for a walk the other day. Autumn was in the air. Rich, delightful reds painted by God’s own hand were coloring some of the trees. Heavenly yellows shining brightly in the afternoon sunshine were coloring others. On the ground a carpet of dry leaves had begun to form along the path. They smelled wonderful and crunched under our feet as we walked along. A light breeze swirled newly falling ones around and around until they too gently floated to the ground. High in the sky we noticed a V-shaped flock of birds heading south for the Winter. As we walked along I smiled. Beauty was all around us. It felt so good to be out in nature. I felt blessed to be watching God’s glorious creation at its best.

As we turned a corner along the walking trail, I noticed a woman slowly making her way toward us. She was an elderly lady with an unkempt mass of gray hair. She wore old jeans and work boots. Her sweater was threadbare in spots and had obviously seen better days. She was carrying a trash bag in one hand and a pointed stick with a nail driven through it in the other. As she slowly made her way toward us she stopped to jab a piece of trash she saw on the ground with her stick. Then quickly and neatly she placed it in the trash bag. When we met she smiled and said: "Hello" to us. Her teeth were cracked and worn, but her voice was as youthful and angelic as I had heard in many a day. We talked for a bit and I thanked her for making our nature walk more beautiful with her work. She smiled again and said: " I just do what I can" before continuing down the path. Of all the things I saw that day, she was the most beautiful.

May we all live as lovely a life as her. May God help us all to grow more and more loving so that our last days here are our best days here. May God help us all to be a beautiful blessing to this world today, tomorrow, and for the rest of our lives.

~ Joseph J. Mazzella ~

Thanks so much, Shari!

  From Michael Sisk ('63) of CA - 10/07/11 - "Ghoulishly grand carved pumpkins - these are totally amazing!!! (#6 in a series of 18)":

  Getting close to Halloween...

Artist Ray Villafane began carving pumpkins on a lark for his art students in a small rural school district in Michigan. The hobby changed his life as he gained a viral following online and unlocked his genuine love of sculpting. Here are images of pumpkin carvings Villafane created over the past five years.

   Thanks, Michael! These are incredible! Mostly gross, but incredible, nonetheless! 

 Please don't pull on that tab   

    From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 09/19/11 - "Wild shoes!!! (#19 in a Series of 19)":
  Which pair are you going to get??

Wild shoes!!! By Kobi Levi, Israeli shoe designer

   I love these - such fun! Thanks, Joan! Um, no, I don't really get this particular pair - but I'm really going to miss this series! 



From - 10/14/11:

A police officer was investigating an accident on a two-lane, narrow road in which the drivers had hit virtually head-on.

One driver, an extremely elderly woman, kept repeating, "He wouldn't let me have my half of the road!"

After gathering as much information as possible, he angrily approached the other driver, who was examining his own damage. The police officer asked, "That old lady says that you wouldn't let her have her half of the road. Why not?"

In exasperation, the man turned from his smashed car and said, "Officer, I would have been HAPPY to give her half of the road --- if she had just let me know WHICH half she wanted!!!!"


1. Wednesday and Thursday, October 19 and 20, 2011 - The Class of 1956 will hold its 55-Year Reunion. Contact Judy Leggett Elliott at or 757-868-1111. - CLASS OF 1956

2. Saturday, October 22, 2011 - Hampton Yacht Club Fall Market - 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM - Go see Brownie's art show and sale!

3. Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 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.

4. Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 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.

5. Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 11:00 AM - The NNHS Breakfast Bunch will host a Breakfast Bunch Brunch at the Warwick Restaurant, 12306 Warwick Boulevard, (across from CNU) Newport News, Virginia 23606. "Please come join them for a Dutch Treat Brunch featuring a lot of 'War Stories' and maybe a lie or two. Everyone is welcome so bring your wife, husband, boy friend, girl friend, class mate, school friend or whomever you choose." Please RSVP to Bill Roady at or call him at 757-595-0716 so they have a head count.

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 09/02/11

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 Sweetest Sounds

Words and music by Richard Rodgers (28 June 1902 – 31 Dec 1979)

for "
No Strings", 1962

What do I really hear?
What is in the ear of my mind?
Which sounds are true and clear?
And which will never be defined?

The sweetest sounds I'll ever hear
Are still inside my head
The kindest words I'll ever know
Are waiting to be said
The most and entrancing side of all [should be sight, not side]
Is yet for me to see
And the dearest love in all the world
Is waiting somewhere for me
Is waiting somewhere, somewhere for me

"The Sweetest Sounds" midi courtesy of - well, I don't know, but it's been in my files since the summer of 2002.

"The Sweetest Sounds" lyrics courtesy
of - 10/15/11

"Happy Sweetest Day" animated title clip art courtesy of - 10/14/11

Image of White Cane courtesy of - 10/15/09

Pink and Red Hearts Divider line clip art courtesy of - 08/20/05

Animated Applause clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05 (re-saved 02/27/09)
Thanks, Al!

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 the late Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!!

Animated USMC Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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!

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