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11/11/11 - NNHS Newsletter - Veterans Day

“Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means
a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die.”

G. K. Chesterton
(29 May 1874 - 14 June 1936)

We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.

Cynthia Ozick
(b. 17 Apr 1928)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Today's theme repeats every year - as well it should: - featuring God Bless the USA - featuring The Washington Post - featuring The National Hymn - featuring The Battle Hymn of the Republic - featuring The Thunderer - featuring God Bless the USA

      A big Thank You to all you Veterans out there!


Veterans Day: 8 Online Ways to Thank Our Troops -

From - 11/11/11 - "Young at Heart - Thanks to our Veterans":

Young@Heart by Pam Young

Today is Veteran's Day and I'm married to one. Terry was a journalist in the Vietnam War. He was in the Army (Infantry) and was trained in boot camp to kill. He is not a warrior, but he had to fight and was in many battles. Three of his buddies were killed in a mortar attack a few feet away from him and he struggles with the memory of that day.

Today my heart goes out to all veterans and to those merchants below who are doing more than lip service to our veterans.

Here is a link to all the merchants who are honoring our veterans.

Eric Dodge did a video of many of his fan's Veterans. He used his song Home of the Brave.

FlyLady here: Thank you for your service to our country...

HOMEWORK (required viewing):


ASSIGNMENT #2 - - Veterans Day Tribute, 2009 - Toby Keith - America Soldier

ASSIGNMENT #3 - - Veterans Day Tribute

ASSIGNMENT #4 - - Veterans Day Tribute

(extra credit):

Happy Birthday tomorrow to Barbara Womble Lawson (NNHS / Hampton HS) of VA AND   Jean Pittman Priest ('64) of FL!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

14 -   Glenda Stewart Martin Faires ('68) of GA AND    Timothy of DC (son of    Kathy Cooper - '70 - of VA);

15 -    the late Bobbie Whitehurst Canady ('57) of VA (deceased 11/16/07) AND       My Niece, Shari, of VA;

16 -    the late George-Morewitz ('57) (deceased 06/09/08);

17 - Ronald Creech ('57);

18 -   Joe Drewry ('58) of VA AND    Jane Coltrane Leonard ('64) of VA AND   Ann Allen ('65) of NC! 

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!



Monday, Nov. 11, 1861

In an manner of speaking the United States Air Force should be counted as having been created today, albeit in a joint military-private venture. Professor Thaddeus Lowe was possibly the best-known aerialist in America in these days, and tireless in his efforts to prove to Union officials that his aircraft could serve valuable military functions. Today, near Fort Monroe, the newly invented “balloon-boat” G. W. Parke Custis set to sea, towed by the Navy steamer Coeur de Lion. As Lowe wrote, he had “..on board competent assistant aeronauts, together with my new gas generating apparatus which, although used for the first time, worked admirably. Proceeded to make observations accompanied in my ascensions by Gen. Sickles and others. We had a fine view of the enemy’s camp-fires...and saw the rebels constructing new batteries at Freestone Point.”

Tuesday, Nov. 11, 1862

Corporal Barber of the 15th Illinois Volunteer Infantry was a great letter-writer, and many of his wartime missives have been preserved. Today he wrote describing his unit’s activities around Oxford, Mississippi: “We now kept shifting position and performing those uncertain movements so perplexing to a soldier... Restricted on our rations, all communications cut off...and surrounded by a relentless horde of rebel cavalry, our situation was anything but pleasant. The boys commenced an indiscriminate foraging with an avidity which knew no limits. In many places gold was found which the rebels had buried before leaving for the war to prevent its falling into the hands of the Yankees, but a little coaxing would induce the head darkey on the plantation to divulge its hiding place.”

Wednesday, Nov. 11, 1863

Gen. Benjamin Butler, USA, was one of the more colorful, not to say controversial, figures of the War. Not much of a combat commander, he had been shifted into administration, particularly of occupied cities. During his tenure in command of New Orleans, he had infuriated so many that his picture was pasted in the bottom of chamber pots. Finally he was replaced, not for irritating his subjects but for failing to sufficiently support the campaign up the Mississippi River. Today he got his new assignment, replacing Gen. John G. Foster in the Department of Virginia and North Carolina. He got off to a reasonably typical start, issuing an order forbidding the populace to harass citizens loyal to the Union with “opprobrious and threatening language.” Women, for once, were not singled out.

Friday, Nov. 11, 1864

Panama, at this point a province of Columbia, was a common transshipment point for cargoes going from Atlantic to Pacific. One such vessel, the merchant steamer Salvador, departed for California with such a cargo today. As soon as she was clear of Columbian territorial waters, the USS Lancaster swooped in and boarded her. This was, interestingly, at the request of the Salvador's captain. He had warned the Navy before leaving that he had information that some of his passengers were not what they claimed, but he had no proof. Captain Henry K. Davenport had no such concerns: he boarded the ship and searched the passenger’s baggage. In it he found a large stash of guns, ammunition, and a paper authorizing the bearer to seize a ship and convert it into a commerce raider. The passengers, led by Acting Ship’s Master Thomas E. Hogg, Confederate States Navy, were taken off and arrested.

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA to the Members of the Class of 1964 - 11/10/11 - "Death of    Charles Milne ('64)":


Charles’ sister,   Eleanor (Milne Kenitzer - '66 - of CA), informed me that a Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, November 18, at 3 PM at St. William Catholic Church, 765 Andrews Road, Murphy, NC.

She added that an obituary will appear in the local weekly newspaper next week and that she has asked the funeral director to place the obituary in the Daily Press. When it appears there, I will forward the link to you.

Dave Spriggs ‘64

   Thank you, David.

  From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 11/10/11 - "home medicine":

Haven't heard you in a while, hope everything is OK with you. I'm good and when I read this I thought about you.

I was asked to pass this along. It is one of those that I'm not 100% sure about. But the ingredients are all natural, and the person that asked me to pass it along says it helped her. So here it is. I will leave it to you to decide if this is for you.

* Nature's wonder drug is a cheap way to beat obesity, cancer, arthritis and more.

Top doctors have revealed that the combination of garlic, vinegar and honey is a wonder drug that can cure everything from cancer to arthritis. Amazing studies from respected universities around the world prove the miracle home remedy that costs just pennies a day to make, is a super way to fight just about any affliction. Experts have verified that this health restoring trio of garlic, vinegar and honey can wipe out both common and uncommon aliments.

Successes include acne, Alzheimer's disease, arthritis, asthma, high blood pressure, haemorrhoids, infertility and impotence, toothaches, obesity, ulcers and many other diseases and conditions. In a study of arthritis victims, Dr. Angus Peters of the University of Edinburgh's Arthritis Research Institute found a daily dose of vinegar and honey reduced pains by 90 percent.

A daily dose of garlic and vinegar has proved to be a powerful fat destroyer and weight reducer, according to Dr. Raymond Fish of London's famous Obesity Research Center.

The prestigious British medical journal Lancet reported that cholesterol levels plunged on average from 237.4 to 221.4 after volunteers consumed 50 grams of garlic and four ounces of butter. The study proved the dangers associated with high fat foods can be neutralised by adding garlic to your diet. A study of 261 adult patients by the German Association of General Practitioners indicated that serum cholesterol and triglyceride level factors associated with the risk of heart disease, are significantly reduced by regular use of garlic in the diet.

Studies at Houston's MD Anderson Cancer Institute in Houston, the Pennsylvania State University and GCLA support earlier evidence that certain ingredients in garlic block agents the cancer of the breast, colon, oesophagus and skin. The National Cancer Institute found in a study of 1,000 people that eating a lot of garlic is linked to a reduced risk of stomach cancer. Dr. Etik Block of the State University of New York at Albany has discovered garlic unleashes at least 100 sulphur producing components, all of which are powerful medicines.

There appears to be little doubt that this astounding remedy of garlic, vinegar and honey can extend life by protecting the user from many proven killers.

Dr. Hen Lee Tsno writes in China's respected Journal of Natural Medicines.

Patients given this miracle drink before breakfast showed a remarkable reduction in high blood pressure and cholesterol in less than a week. Ralim nutritionist Emlio Stelfani adds.
Years of scientific investigation by experts around the world have proven beyond a doubt that garlic, vinegar and honey are nature's magic potion. The three powerful ingredients are available everywhere and they cost only pennies a day. Considering all that these natural substances can do for human health, it's amazing they are not more widely used. Dr. Jack Soltanoff a nutritional expert from New York, praises the benefits of apple cider vinegar. He's recorded remarkable success stories involving arthritis sufferers, I have seen many arthritis patients start to loosen up at once, says Dr. Soltanoff Some even call it (apple cider vinegar) a natural arthritis tonic that free them from stiffness, pain and throbbing aches.

Within just a few weeks, most pain wrecked arthritis patients can perform normal activities because of this simple tonic. Boxing legend Mohammed Ali reportedly takes a daily dose of garlic, vinegar and honey to light the symptoms of Parkinson's disease and many other athletes use it to gain a competitive edge. Dr. Tsao is sweet on the powers of honey. Honey has been described as the perfect food notes the respected researcher. It contains at least 31 nutrients, 13 minerals the components part of nine vitamins, six acids and four key enzymes. Patients who took the additional vinegar and honey drink daily, were more vigorous, had fewer colds or infectious diseases and in general were healthier than those who didn't. There's no question that this astounding elixir can extend life by protecting you from many proved killers.

Honey not only makes your daily dose taste better. The sweet stuff also aids in your body's ability to absorb the medical properties of the powerful ingredients. Garlic provides a storehouse of vitamins and minerals, but what excites researches most is growing evidence that allicin an enzyme present in large amount in garlic stimulates the immune system.

Basic elixir recipe:

Here's how to make your own miracle medicine:

In a bowl, mix together one cup of cider vinegar - use only cider vinegar - one cup of honey and eight cloves of chopped garlic. Place the combination in a blender. And mix on high speed for 60 seconds. Pour the mixture into another jar of glass (container). Seal and leave in the refrigerator for five days. Normal dosage is two teaspoons in a glass of water or fruit juice, grape or orange juice are best, before breakfast. A second dose, if desired, can be taken in the evening.
   Thank you so much, Bill! I have been feeling a little puny lately. On Wednesday we went shopping and I became violently ill soon after I walked into the store (so much for my plans for composing Newsletters as soon as I returned home!) Come to think of it, the same thing happened the last time I went to the store! HEY - maybe I'm allergic to shopping!

   Seriously, though, as soon as I buy some garlic, I'm definitely going to try some of this Elixir. If we were to combine this with one Tablespoon of olive oil taken every evening, plus the water regimen      my niece, Shari, of VA sent me recently, plus an occasional dose of honey and cinnamon paste on our morning toast (which she also sent me some time back), we'd probably all be feeling much better six ways from Tuesday!

   On the other hand.....

     From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 11/10/11 - "Cinnamon & Scary Symptoms":

Recently I had a very scary experience with cinnamon and feared I was having a heart attack. It felt like my heart was about to pound right out of my chest, additionally my head was pounding, terribly. I took just slightly over a teaspoon of cinnamon, over the course of a day. I was still experiencing problems the next day. Possibly I am just uber sensitive to it, but sounds I may not be the only one who has experienced these type of side effects. I'm sending this out to a few I don't normally write to, just as a possible warning.

Take note that consuming a large amount of cinnamon (usually as a supplement) may cause you to experience a fast heart rate, upset stomach and excessive perspiration. If you are a diabetic, consuming large quantities of cinnamon also may cause your blood sugar levels to drop. Although there are no drug interactions reported, be sure to let your health care practitioner know that you are taking cinnamon as a supplement.

   YOWZERONI-RINI! Thanks, Shari - take care of yourself!

       From George Helliesen ('61) of MI - 11/10/11 - "Growing old....absolutely stunning photos":

Dear Miss Typhoon,
Thought some of your readers would really like the "Growing Old' sequence.  A lot of truth contained within. 
Take care.

   OOH! Thank you so much, George!

  From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 11/10/11, 3:38 PM AND        From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 11/10/11, 11:22 PM - "Deer Hunter": - Merry Christmas..... Hunter Gets Amazingly Lucky!

   YIKES! Thanks, Gentlemen! 

      From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 11/10/11 - "Hi Lord":

~~~Hi Lord ~~~
Simple but true.

Hi Lord, it’s me.
We are getting older and things are getting bad here.
Gas prices are too high, no jobs, food and heating costs too high.
I know some have taken You out of our schools, government and even
Christmas, but Lord, I'm asking You to come back and re-bless America ...
We really need You!
There are more of us who want You than those who don't!
Thank You Lord, I Love You.
If you agree, send it on---if not just delete. Only you and the Lord will know.
   AMEN! Thanks, Dools!

  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 11/10/11 - "Oh No!!":

My house is infected!!!

What is a calorie?

Calories are the little buggers that get into your wardrobe at night and make your clothes smaller...


     Thanks, Ruthie - I feel your pain!


From - 11/10/11:

Harry had a bit of a drinking problem.

Every night, after dinner, he took off for the local watering hole, spent the entire evening there and arrived home, well inebriated, around midnight each night. He always had trouble getting his key into the keyhole and getting the door opened. His wife, waiting up for him, would go to the door and let him in. Then she would proceed to yell and scream at him for his constant nights out and his returned drunken state. But Harry continued his nightly routine. One day, the wife, distraught by it all, talked to a friend about her husband's behavior.

The friend listened to her and then asked, "Why don't you treat him a little differently when he comes home? Instead of berating him, why don't you give him some loving words and welcome him home with a kiss? He then might change his ways."

The wife thought it was worth trying. That night, Harry took off again after dinner. Around midnight, he arrived home in his usual condition. His wife heard Harry at the door and let him in. This time, instead of berating him as she had always done, she took his arm and led him into the living room. She sat him down in an easy chair, put his feet up on the ottoman and took his shoes off. Then she went behind him and started to cuddle him a little. After a while, she said to him, "It's pretty late. I think we had better go upstairs to bed now, don't you?"

At that, Harry replied in his inebriated state, "I guess we might as well. I'll get in trouble if I go home anyway!"


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

Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309


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Golden, Red, and Blue Stars Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 11/11/09

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Animated Dancing Teddy courtesy of Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA - 03/08/11
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