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11/05/11 - NNHS Newsletter - Samhain


Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   This is another autumn event which repeats annually.  This marks our fifth such observance.  You'll find the reasons why - plus your homework assignments - here:  *


   Daylight saving time ends this Sunday at 2:00 AM, so remember to set your clocks back one hour when you go to bed Saturday night - and enjoy your extra hour of sleep!


   Happy Birthday today to   Patsy Blackard Hallett ('65) of VA AND     My Son of Other Parents, Joe Mansfield (Stanton College Prep School, FL - 2002) of NC AND My Grandson,      Tom Harty of TX!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Marion Timberlake Gitchel ('57) AND Maria Velma Vidales Scott ('57) AND       Pam Smith Arnold ('65) of VA!

07 -
    Pam Larmer Traugott ('62) of VA;

08 - Lawson (Buddy) Sparrow ('53) of VA AND Woody Hudson ('57) AND     Joe Madagan ('57) of FL AND David McCoy ('67) of VA;

09 - Hilton Henderson ('57) of NV and FL AND My Grandson (by My Children of Other Parents),     Jacob Mansfield of NC

10 - The United States Marine Corps - 1775 AND Tamsie Warren Ellis ('57) AND David Wittan ('57) AND

  Angie Ray Smith ('64) of VA AND   Steve Pullen ('65) of VA;

12 - Barbara Womble Lawson (NNHS / Hampton HS) of VA AND   Jean Pittman Priest ('64) of FL!

    Many Happy Returns, One and All!



Tuesday, Nov. 5, 1861

A common misperception is that Gen. Robert E. Lee was the saintly and beloved leader of the Army of Northern Virginia from the beginning of the War until the surrender at Appomattox Court House. In fact, while Lee commanded Western Virginia troops during the first summer of the war, his record there was frankly unimpressive. He was still highly regarded, though, and his talents were not about to be allowed to go to waste. He was named today as the commander of a new Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and East Florida.

Wednesday, Nov. 5, 1862

“Little Mac”, Gen. George McClellan, had been the commander of the Army of the Potomac almost since the day it was formed. A talented politician, he had engineered the resignation of General of the Armies Halleck and taken his job. His true genius, though, had been in the organization and training of a mob of green civilians into the premier army of the Union at this stage. In return, the troops idolized him as the only leader they had ever known. It was a massive shock to commander and troops alike today when McClellan was unceremoniously fired by Abraham Lincoln, and replaced by Gen. Ambrose Burnside. McClellan, it was said, loved his troops so much he did not want to risk getting any of them killed by starting a battle. This was not Lincoln’s notion of how to restore the Union.

Thursday, Nov. 5, 1863

For more than a week now Federal forces had been shelling Ft. Sumter in Charleston Harbor. Scene of the first shots of the war, it was enduring a bombardment now that was almost unprecedented in warfare. On some days the incoming rounds had been hitting at the rate of two per minute, hour after hour after hour. Although the Confederates manning the installation were in little physical danger due to the existence of bombproof shelters inside the walls of the fort, the mental and psychological suffering was intense. Today the Atlantic Blockading Squadron joined its guns into the project to give the men of the shore batteries some rest. Admiral John Dahlgren, commanding, was examining the place through his telescope. “The only original feature left is the northeast face,” he wrote. “The rest is a pile of rubbish.”

Saturday, Nov. 5, 1864

The Confederate Naval assault on the Great Lakes entered its second phase today. The primary agent of this attack force was one John Y. Beall, who held the rating of Master in the Confederate States Navy. Beall had participated in a plot back in September to take over the USS Michigan, the gunboat in charge of guarding the prisoner-of-war camp on Lake Erie. That plot had fallen apart when some of the conspirators were arrested, but Beall was back for another round. This time he and a Southern sympathizer, Dr. James Bates, bought a steamer in Canada and tried to devise ways to use it to take over the “Michigan” again, with the intention of using the ship’s guns to shell lakeside cities. Once again the Union sentries were alert, and they never got close enough to the “Michigan” to set the plan in motion. Eventually, out of money, they had to take their proposed attack ship back to Canada and sell it to pay off their creditors.

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 11/04/11 - "Reunion of the 97th Rifle Company":

Hi, Carol:
19 Marines who served in the 97th Rifle Company, United States Marine Corps Reserve gathered for lunch at Mike's Place in the Warwick Shopping Center on 26 October 2011 for our first Reunion since the company was deactivated and redesignated. It was sure great to see everyone, including our Company Commander, and two Platoon Leaders.
One of the Platoon Leaders, then 1st LT Joe Agee (Colonel USMC Retired) is shown with Mike O'Neil, owner of the pub and restaurant where we had lunch. Mike was also a member of the Company. Coach Agee retired from William and Mary College, and many will also remember him as a Basketball Coach at Warwick High School. Mike was also a Farmer.
     Jimmy Parker ('62 - of VA) looked great!!!
Saturday, October 26, 2011
Joe Agee and Mike O'Neil
TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan (57) of FL

   COOL BEANS! I was wondering if that had been successfully rescheduled! So glad y'all had a fun day - you deserve it! Thanks, Adonis!

      From My Sister, Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky ('59) of NC - 11/05/11, 12:39 AM - "RE: Only You":

Yes, Carol, you did certainly tease me by singing "Only You" in a silly voice which in my mind destroyed the whole melancholy mood of the song. I also thought you believed you could actually marry Smokey the Bear.

There was another funny thing that happened while I was in high school. Several of us had jobs which allowed us to use our shorthand skills.     Juanita Whitaker's ('59) boss sang different words to "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" while he was supposed to be dictating a letter. Juanita was not amused, but I thought the song was hilarious when she sang it to me. I asked her to sing it again, and she said, "It's not funny."

I told her I thought it was really funny and convinced her to sing it again. I laughed even harder when she repeated it. Here are the words:

They asked me how I knew
Raccoon poop was blue,
So I laughed and said,
"You have been misled;
Raccoon poop is red."

I still sing it sometimes, and I still laugh.

Thanks for the memories. You and I have so much fun together now with things like this. Do you want me to sing the song to you again? I'll even listen to your rendition of "Only You." That will probably be amusing now.

Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky

   WILDEST GIGGLES! Thanks, Eleanor! I knew you'd remember! Oh, yeah, and don't forget the "Leprosy" song he sang her to the tune of "Jealousy":

Is crawling all over me;
My eyeball falls from me,
It bounces off my knee
Is crawling all over me...

   Yes, we are having much great and glorious fun now that I'm back in Fayetteville!    Maybe we should sing more songs together! I know, I know, we could call people on the phone and sing to them! That would really bring back some great old memories!  

   No, I wasn't able to marry Smokey the Bear, but I did finally get to meet him back in '98!  I explained to him how I'd waited for him for years, but at length I was forced to move on with my life. By then, of course, I was married with seven children and four grandchildren, and our moment together had passed.

   I must say, he seemed somewhat confused.....

Saturday, May 16, 1998 -
Hillsboro, IL
Carol and Smokey

   From Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 11/04/11 - "Main Ingredient in WD-40":

Main Ingredient in WD-40

Before you read to the end, does anybody know what the main ingredient of WD-40 is?

Don't lie and don't cheat. WD-40. Who knew? I had a neighbor who had bought a new pickup. I got up very early one Sunday morning and saw that someone had spray painted red all around the sides of this beige truck (for some unknown reason).. I went over, woke him up, and told him the bad news. He was very upset and was trying to figure out what to do -- probably nothing until Monday morning, since nothing was open. Another neighbor came out and told him to get his WD-40 and clean it off.. It removed the unwanted paint beautifully and did not harm his paint job that was on the truck. I'm impressed!

WD-40 who knew? 'Water Displacement #40' The product began from a search for a rust preventative solvent and degreaser to protect missile parts. WD-40 was created in 1953 by three technicians at the San Diego Rocket Chemical Company. Its name comes from the project that was to find a 'water displacement' compound. They were successful with the fortieth formulation, thus WD-40. The Convair Company bought it in bulk to protect their atlas missile parts.

Ken East (one of the original founders) says there is nothing in WD-40 that would hurt you. When you read the 'shower door' part, try it. It's the first thing that has ever cleaned that spotty shower door. If yours is plastic, it works just as well as glass. It's a miracle! Then try it on your stove top .... Viola! It's now shinier than it's ever been. You'll be amazed.

Here are some other uses:

1. Protects silver from tarnishing.

2. Removes road tar and grime from cars.

3. Cleans and lubricates guitar strings.

4. Gives floors that 'just-waxed' sheen without making them slippery.

5. Keeps flies off cows.

6. Restores and cleans chalkboards.

7. Removes lipstick stains.

8. Loosens stubborn zippers.

9. Untangles jewelry chains.

10. Removes stains from stainless steel sinks.

11. Removes dirt and grime from the barbecue grill.

12. Keeps ceramic/terra cotta garden pots from oxidizing.

13. Removes tomato stains from clothing.

14. Keeps glass shower doors free of water spots.

15. Camouflages scratches in ceramic and marble floors.

16. Keeps scissors working smoothly.

17. Lubricates noisy door hinges on vehicles and doors in homes.

18. It removes black scuff marks from the kitchen floor! Use WD-40 for those nasty tar and scuff Marks on flooring. It doesn't seem to harm the finish and you won't have to scrub nearly as Hard to get them off. Just remember to open some windows if you have a lot of marks.

19. Bug guts will eat away the finish on your car if not removed quickly! Use WD-40!

20. Gives a children's playground gym slide a shine for a super fast slide.

21. Lubricates gear shift and mower deck lever for ease of handling on riding mowers.

22. Rids kids rocking chairs and swings of squeaky noises.

23. Lubricates tracks in sticking home windows and makes them easier to open.

24. Spraying an umbrella stem makes it easier to open and close.

25. Restores and cleans padded leather dashboards in vehicles, as well as vinyl bumpers.

26. Restores and cleans roof racks on vehicles.

27. Lubricates and stops squeaks in electric fans.

28. Lubricates wheel sprockets on tricycles, wagons, and bicycles for easy handling.

29. Lubricates fan belts on washers and dryers and keeps them running smoothly.

30. Keeps rust from forming on saws and saw blades, and other tools.

31. Removes splattered grease on stove.

32. Keeps bathroom mirror from fogging.

33. Lubricates prosthetic limbs.

34. Keeps pigeons off the balcony (they hate the smell).

35. Removes all traces of duct tape.

36. Folks even spray it on their arms, hands, and knees to relieve arthritis pain.

37. Florida 's favorite use is: 'cleans and removes love bugs from grills and bumpers.'

38. The favorite use in the state of New York, WD-40 protects the Statue of Liberty from the elements.

39. WD-40 attracts fish. Spray a little on live bait or lures and you will be catching the big one in no time. Also, it's a lot cheaper than the chemical attractants that are made for just that purpose. Keep in mind though, using some chemical laced baits or lures for fishing are not allowed in some locations.

40. Use it for fire ant bites. It takes the sting away immediately and stops the itch.

41. WD-40 is great for removing crayon from walls. Spray on the mark and wipe with a clean rag.

42. Also, if you've discovered that your teenage daughter has washed and dried a tube of lipstick with a load of laundry, saturate the lipstick spots with WD-40 and rewash. Presto! The lipstick is gone!

43. If you sprayed WD-40 on the distributor cap, it would displace the moisture and allow the car to start.

P. S. The basic ingredient is FISH OIL.

   WOWZERS! How cool is that?!? Thanks, Eva!

  From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 11/04/11 - "THE GREAT I AM":

Every time I listen to this song I feel God's presence.
Exodus 3:13-14
King James Version (KJV)

 13And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them?

 14And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. 

   Thank you, Bill!

From FlyLady - 11/04/11 - "Morning Musing: Your Dance Routine":

Dear Friends,

We have all been guilty of whining! Me too. It is when we realize we are whining that can stop it.

Whining is an excuse for not doing what needs to be done. We say we don't have time or that no one else helps me so why should I do it. Then we go on strike! Wow that is an ugly thought.

A strike is something that workers do in order to make working conditions better! That is joke when it comes to our homes. We all know what happens when we don't do what needs to be done! The house falls apart right around us and it is even worse than it was before.

I know you all don't believe me, but if you will just do a simple morning routine (3 items) and a simple before bed routine (3 items) you will start building the foundations of a peaceful home. Your routines are not strait jackets! They are the stepping stones that guide you through your day!

I like to think of them as learning a new dance step or aerobic workout! You don't join a class and know all the steps. You have to put a few steps together in one little section and when those steps become automatic then you add other steps.

I don't expect you to do my full blown routines. Just use them as a guide. Adapt them to fit your family, but there are some key steps that you can't leave out!

Laying your clothes out at night
Shining your sink
Go to bed at a decent hour

Getting up and getting dressed to LACE-UP Shoes, Fixing your hair and face
Swishing and swiping the bathroom while you are dressing
Make your bed

All of these things will to one important thing to you! Put a smile on your face. We all need to smile more. Did you know that you are less likely to whine if you are smiling?

Are you ready to dance (FLY) through your day with a smile on your face?



From - 11/04/11:

A guy tells his psychiatrist, “I always have this weird dream at night. I am locked in a room with a door on which there is a sign. I try to push it with all my strength, but no matter how hard I try, it won’t budge."

The psychiatrist muses, “Interesting. But tell me, what does the sign on the door say?"

The guy replies, “It says 'Pull'”!!!


1. Thursday, December 1, 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.

2. 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.

3. 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 10/22/11

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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Realms of the Haunting

"Realms of the Haunting" midi courtesy of - 11/04/06

Samhain Title Graphic clip art courtesy of - 11/04/06

Druid Sigel clip art courtesy of at the suggestion of Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 11/04/06
Thanks, Domi!

Animated Fire Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 07/06/04

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

Stanton College Prep School's logo courtesy of - 08/01/10

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

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!

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

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

Animated Laughing Frog courtesy of Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 07/16/08
Thanks, Wayne!

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

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