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11/19/11 - NNHS Newsletter - Just When I Needed You Most
Come back to me in dreams; that I may give
Pulse for pulse, breath for breath:
Speak low, lean low,
As long ago, my love, how long ago.

Christina Rossetti
(08 Dec 1830 - 29 Dec 1894)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   I really like this sad song!

BONUS #1 -  - Just When I Needed You Most - Randy Vanwarmer

BONUS #2 - - Just When I Needed You Most - Dolly Parton with backup from Alison Krause

BONUS #3 - Just When I Needed You Most - Tim McGraw


"Just When I Needed You Most" is the title of a 1979 song by the American singer-songwriter Randy VanWarmer. VanWarmer and former Hot Chocolate member Tony Wilson co-wrote the track, which was produced by Del Newman and appears on the singer's 1979 album, Warmer. It also appears on Tony Wilson's album "Catch One", produced in 1979 by Ron Albert and Howard Albert for Fat Albert Productions, Inc.

Released as a single in early 1979, "Just When I Needed You Most" spent two weeks atop the US Billboard adult contemporary chart in May of that year.[1] In June, the song reached its peak position of #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart; it eventually stayed in the Top 40 for 14 weeks and was certified a Gold record by the RIAA.[2] In addition, the song reached #71 on the Billboard country music chart.[1] In September 1979, the song made the Top 10 on the UK Singles Chart, peaking at #8.[3]

VanWarmer stated that he wrote the song after he had broken up with a girlfriend when he was 18 years old.[1] The song was originally intended as the B-side to "Your Light", but record company executives preferred "Just When I Needed You Most" and made it the A-side of the single instead. VanWarmer believed that the "hook" which made the song stand out was an autoharp instrumental break between the second and third verses of the song, which was performed by musician John Sebastian.[1]


   Happy Birthday this week to:

23 -   Sandra Ray ('61) of VA AND   John Howard ('66) of VA AND Peggy Cooke Wolfley ('71) of VA AND the late Fayetta Covert Stansbury (NNHS / Ferguson HS - '72) (deceased 06/03/10)!

24 -     Sharon Hilsdon Bryant ('68) of VA;

25 -   Donnie Satisky ('56) of OR AND    Michael Sisk ('63) of CA;

26 -   Betsy Goodson Covert (June '37) of MD AND   Donna Price Devers ('66) of NC AND    Diana Price Carter ('66) of WV! 

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!



Tuesday, Nov. 19, 1861

Perhaps politicians should not be held liable by history for speeches they make on occasions like openings of sessions of Congress, but Jefferson Davis delivered a stirring tirade today in Richmond. In what amounted to a State of the Union address, the President discussed the recent harvest and food supply (good), the financial system (“hopeful” was his description), and recent Federal military operations (“barbarous” was the mildest term employed). He looked forward to improvements in the transportation system, complicated by the fact that railroads in different states were of different gauges. Finally, he said, “Liberty is always won where there exists the unconquerable will to be free.”

Wednesday, Nov. 19, 1862

Captain Raphael Semmes had made quite a name for himself as a commerce raider for the Confederacy in the waters of the Atlantic. From whaling ships in the icy North to cargo of all sorts farther south, if it flew a Federal flag and fell under his guns, he usually sent it to the bottom of the sea, after thoughtfully removing the crew. Every Union vessel knew to watch for the CSS Alabama, and great was the glee of Commander William Ronkendorff when his USS San Jacinto had caught up with her in Martinique. Unwilling to annoy the French by attacking in their waters, Ronkendorff stood offshore in blockade, waiting for Alabama to sail. But even in Martinique sometimes the gales of November came early. Under cover of the foul weather, Semmes and the Alabama got out today and escaped under Ronkendorff’s nose.

Wednesday, Nov. 19, 1863

It was the day of dedication for the new National Military Cemetery at Gettysburg. As was expected on such a solemn occasion, the greatest orator of the day, Edward Everett, was engaged to speak. He delivered a brilliant performance, declaiming for two hours on the history of war from ancient times to now. After he was done, the President of the United States rose to the podium. His voice, often described as thin and reedy, was not a match for Everett’s. Some in the crowd, unable to hear, pushed forward, or complained that Lincoln should speak louder. About the time they got within earshot, Lincoln sat down again. Newspaper reviews the next day were mixed. Lincoln, who had left a gravely ill child and very nervous wife back in Washington, and who was not feeling very well himself, headed at once for the train station and home.

Saturday, Nov. 19, 1864

Governor Joseph Brown of Georgia had been a thorn in the side of Jefferson Davis, or possibly a pain in another part of the anatomy, since almost the day of the founding of the Confederate States of America. Since under the Confederate constitution each state was a sovereign entity, no governor was really obligated to obey any orders from a central government, and Brown had made full use of this fact. If Jefferson Davis had requested troops, Brown sent few or none at all. Even muskets built in the state had been kept in warehouses “for militia use” rather than sent to the national armies. Now Brown had William Tecumseh Sherman’s 60,000 troops marching across his state destroying everything in its path. He looked around for help, and found none. Even his call for every able-bodied man in the state to come fight was ignored by those who wished to remain able-bodied.

  From Gene Shelton ('64) of VA - 11/18/11/ - "Thanks":

Hello Carol,
Thanks for the pic. of Bev (Beverly Coleman - February '39).  If you can locate and send me the pic. of Marshall Hickman '39 I would appreciate it.  Hope your headache has left you and that you are feeling better.

   I would love to do this for you, Gene, but I only have the following Beacon yearbooks from that time frame:

June 1938
February 1939
February 1942
June 1942
February 1944
June 1944
June 1945

Marshall Hickman probably appears in the June 1939, and that's not in my possession. Neither does Robert Ingersol Coleman, Jr. appear in any of these editions (or if he does, he's doing a pretty good job of hiding from me).  I'm afraid we'll need to ask the good captain (       Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA) to find these pictures for you the next time he cruises over to the Hilton Library.  Sorry I couldn't find them...

   My headache (which was unfortunately linked to my blood pressure) has finally left me - thanks, Gene!

     From Fred Mays ('60) of VA - 11/18/11/ - "Annie Laurie Coleman Soltys":


I wrote you that my cousin, Annie Laurie passed away on the 13th of November as her sister Virginia called me on Monday night to say she had died the day before.  I mentioned the names of her siblings, only two of whom are now still living, Fronie (Ether) (Gregg) of Florida and Virginia Abbott of Richmond, VA...........I failed to mention her late sister's 5 children who all graduated from N.N.H.S. as well.....Her late sister is Susie Coleman Burns.....her children are   Alton Burns, '60, the late    Doug Burns ('62) (14 Nov 1943 - 03 Apr 2006)   Marie Burns Wurtz ('64) of Harvest, AL,  Mike Burns ('65) and   Carolyn Sue Burns Cunningham ('66) of Madison, AL....These 5 children are all nieces and nephews of Annie Laurie.  They are all my second cousins or first, once removed as many count them.

Take care, my good friend.
Fred Mays '60, Newport News, VA

   Thank you so much, Fred! I'm keeping an eye peeled for you cousin's obituary and will make her Memorial Newsletter as soon as I find it; again my condolences on her death.

  From Jay Styles ('68) of VA - 11/18/11/ - "KISS in Iraq - INCREDIBLE":


I have seen this several times before, I watched and listened again. I will not break this one; please send it on. 


Are you a metalhead?  If not, you may be in 5 minutes.

This is AWESOME; Goosebump City!!

Do not delete this e-mail, the music is great! This was filmed in Iraq at a USO tour of a US Marine Base. Play it and spread it to
every single person you know... cause you won't see it on the news. 

   We've run this a few times before, but as you said, it's always good to see again! Thanks, Jay Sweetie!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 11/18/11/ - "John 3:16":

God bless each one of you and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!! 
John 3:16

A little boy was selling newspapers on the corner, the people were in and out of the cold.

The little boy was so cold that he wasn't trying to sell many papers.

He walked up to a policeman and said, 'Mister, you wouldn't happen to know where a poor boy could find a warm place to sleep tonight would you? You see, I sleep in a box up around the corner there and down the alley and it's awful cold in there for tonight. Sure would be nice to have a warm place to stay.'

The policeman looked down at the little boy and said, 'You go down the street to that big white house and you knock on the door. When they come out the door you just say John 3:16, and they will let you in.'

So he did. He walked up the steps and knocked on the door, and a lady answered. He looked up and said, 'John 3:16.'

The lady said, 'Come on in, Son.'

She took him in and she sat him down in a split bottom rocker in front of a great big old fireplace, and she went off. The boy sat there for a while and thought to himself: John 3:16... I don't understand it, but it sure makes a cold boy warm.

Later she came back and asked him 'Are you hungry?'

He said, 'Well, just a little. I haven't eaten in a couple of days, and I guess I could stand a little bit of food.'

The lady took him in the kitchen and sat him down to a table full of wonderful food. He ate and ate until he couldn't eat any more. Then he thought to himself: John 3:16... Boy, I sure don't understand it but it sure makes a hungry boy full.

She took him upstairs to a bathroom to a huge bathtub filled with warm water, and he sat there and soaked for a while. As he soaked, he thought to himself: John 3:16... I sure don't understand it, but it sure makes a dirty boy clean. You know, I've not had a bath, a real bath, in my whole life. The only bath I ever had was when I stood in front of that big old fire hydrant as they flushed it out.

The lady came in and got him. She took him to a room, tucked him into a big old feather bed, pulled the covers up around his neck, kissed him goodnight and turned out the lights. As he lay in the darkness and looked out the window at the snow coming down on that cold night, he thought to himself: John 3:16... I don't understand it but it sure makes a tired boy rested.

The next morning the lady came back up and took him down again to that same big table full of food. After he ate, she took him back to that same big old split bottom rocker in front of the fireplace and picked up a big old Bible.

She sat down in front of him and looked into his young face. 'Do you understand John 3:16 ? ' she asked gently.

He replied, 'No, Ma'am, I don't. The first time I ever heard it was last night when the policeman told me to use it.'

She opened the Bible to John 3:16 and began to explain to him about Jesus. Right there, in front of that big old fireplace, he gave his heart and life to Jesus. He sat there and thought: John 3:16 -- don't understand it, but it sure makes a lost boy feel safe.

You know, I have to confess I don't understand it either, how God was willing to send His Son to die for me, and how Jesus would agree to do such a thing. I don't understand the agony of the Father and every angel in heaven as they watched Jesus suffer and die. I don't understand the intense love for ME that kept Jesus on the cross till the end. I don't understand it, but it sure does make life worth living.

John 3:16: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

If you aren't ashamed to do this, please follow the directions.

Jesus said, 'If you are ashamed of me, I will be ashamed of you before my Father.' Pass this on only if you mean it.

I do Love God. He is my source of existence.. He keeps me functioning each and every day. Phil 4:13 If you love God and are not ashamed of all the marvelous things he has done for you, send this on.

Take 60 seconds & give this a shot !
Let's just see if Satan stops this one.

All you do is:

1) Simply say a small prayer for the person who sent you this:
'Father, Please bless this person in whatever it is that Thou knowest he or she may be needing this day.
In Jesus Name, Amen! '

2) Then send it on to ten other people.
Within hours ten people have prayed for you, and you caused a multitude of people to pray to God for other people. Then sit back and watch the power of God work in your life for doing the thing that you know He loves.

   Thank you, Joyce!

THANKSGIVING RECIPES: - Mr. Food's Creamy Lemon Pepper Turkey Breast over Rice - Mr. Food's Stuffed Turkey Breast - Mr. Food's Classic Roast Turkey - Mr. Food's Herb-Roasted Turkey - Mr. Food's Classic Pan Gravy

From - 11/14/11 - "3 Home Improvement Tips":

3 Simple Ways To Create a Harmonious Home

By Cheryl Miller

What is a harmonious home?

It's where you go to take off your tight belt, your pinching shoes, your happy face, and your tired psyche. You leave the grime and grit of the outside world behind -- including the co-worker who heats up fish and broccoli in the microwave and talks to you through the cubicle walls ... throughout the day.

When you walk up to your door and enter, that's it--your sanctuary. Your harmonious home. Everything is just as you like it--the color of the walls, the furnishings and accessories, there's not too much or too little, you can easily find everything you need. Your systems are streamlined and appealing bringing balance and health into your everyday life. You can sit down to relax without seeing unfinished projects everywhere you look. Your home feels comfortable and lived in, but it doesn't feel inhabited - as in taken over by an outside force (children, a thrift store obsession, varmints). Your family, if you have one, is respectful to you and to each other. They contribute equally to bring harmony into your shared living spaces.

Does this describe your home? If not, it could. My place used to be cluttered, disorganized, and quite frankly embarrassing. I decided years ago that it was important for me to create a sanctuary, so I did. And you can too.

Your home is the starting place for everything that happens in your life. It's the foundation. It's the backbone of a regular healthy eating and fitness routine. It's at the heart of your rest and relaxation. It is your wellness environment -- or could be.

1. Get clear on your vision for your space.
Know your style and what you want to achieve. Everyone's vision is different. Mine is beauty and efficiency. What's your vision? Do you want to feel expansive and vibrant when you get home? Or would you rather have a calm and quiet retreat? Do you prefer open spaces or complex highly decorated ones? Do you like bright and clear colors or natural and muted ones? Do you want to welcome many visitors or keep the blinds closed? Do you like everything in sight or everything put away behind closed doors and drawers? Do you want one theme for your décor or do you prefer eclectic?

2. Know what benefits you are trying to achieve when creating or enhancing your harmonious home.
A clean, organized home can bring you clarity, peace, and confidence to name just a few benefits. Have you thought about how the improvements you make will benefit you in ways that you really value? Here's an example. If you continuously leave unfinished projects in clear view to remind you to do them, you may not be aware of the negative impact of this well-meaning habit. It's a fact -- I've proved it to myself -- unfinished projects are a bummer to look at when you come home tired at the end of the day. They make you feel overwhelmed and maybe even lazy because you have continued to let them slide. Fact is, you're probably not lazy at all. You're just tired and a bit unclear about your home management priorities.

3. Keep in mind what costs you're paying for NOT investing your time and energy in creating a harmonious home.
Here's a little exercise that will help you get in touch with the price you are paying for keeping things as they are. Soften your gaze as you walk to the entrance of one of your rooms. Now sharpen your focus and look at the room as if for the first time. Pretend that you're company. Take a mental snap shot. Or get out your camera and take a real photo.

With this clear focus you'll see all the little things about the room that rob your peace of mind. You'll see the ugly painting over the fireplace that you never really liked. You'll see the stack of unread books leaning precariously on the coffee table. You'll see piles of clothes or mail or newspapers. And of course there are the unpacked boxes from your move four years ago. There may even be some dirty dishes mixed in just to make you feel really cruddy. And there's almost always a gift that you dislike but display so you don't hurt somebody's feelings. Or worse, there are relics from past relationships that continually remind you of your big and little failures. That's bad Feng Shui, not harmonious home!

If you're shocked by what you see when you look at your home with fresh eyes, don't be. It's really easy to get so comfortable in our surroundings that we stop seeing them. Maybe it's time to switch things up and create a cleaner, neater, more harmonious home.

This isn't a course in miracle working. You have to clear the decks and make time. Just like any transformation, a harmonious home takes forethought and a bit of planning. Invite a friend to help you revision your place. Set aside time either in big blocks or a few minutes every day to start chipping away at the things that don't belong in your sanctuary. And remove those items as quickly as possible. I call this clearing off the first layer of excess.

The harmonious home already lives in your space -- you just have to carve away everything that isn't harmonious. You may need just a small chisel, or you may need a jack hammer. Either way, just start. What's one thing you could do right now to make your home more harmonious? Do it now!

If you're unsure how to proceed and want step-by-step guidance, visit for help. I'll show you how to clean up, organize, and streamline the three most important rooms in your home: the bedroom, the bathroom, and the kitchen.

About the Author:

Cheryl Miller, the Official Guide to Wellness, is a wellness expert, life coach, and Mayor of Cheryl used to dread having company because it meant chucking all the clutter into her spare bedroom, into closets, and under the bed. She learned how to do this from her mother ... and her grandmother.

Now Cheryl lives a beautiful, harmonious life and people want to know how she made the transformation. As a wellness expert, Cheryl is especially eager to share information about organizing the three most important rooms in your home--the three rooms that contribute most to great self-care. Cheryl generously shares her secrets of success and strategies to streamline these three rooms. She'll show you how to set up fabulous self-care routines so you can live a healthy, happy, harmonious life. You'll learn how to bring more harmony into your life and your home at and

From - 11/18/11 - "Testimonial: It Is Cleaner Doing Less":

Dear FlyLady,

I want to thank you for your site. I have been aware of it for years, and have had a morning routine in place since I first found you, but have always 'tweaked' your routines - you know, the tweaks that involve a LOT more work, and then burning out. I just couldn't bring myself to sweep/mop in the 'middles,' or dust for just 10 minutes. If I was going to do it at all, by golly I would do it right! Well the house had gotten to the point of CHAOS, and I really wanted to have friends over, so I went back to your plan and decided to actually follow it this time.

I was mad that the house was always dirty, and angry that I felt if I was going to have a clean house it would mean hours of cleaning every day.

Sooooo.. You've heard this from hundreds of people I'm sure - last week I got out my timer, and decided to do 10 minutes and no more of each task. Dusting - half of the very dirty living room, done. Changing sheets - I had to really move, but all four beds changed! Garbage - well under 10 minutes. And here was the kicker. I dread floors. 10 minutes sweeping - my whole house basically done! Not the way I would have done it, but done! Mopping - 11 minutes, but done! I had spent an hour working and about 20 minutes taking out/putting away cleaning supplies in-between tasks, and my house sparkled. Seriously. I was blown away.

It's hard to believe that my house is cleaner doing less, and I can't see getting burned out on this schedule, lol.

I have been doing the de-cluttering as well, and it's stunning how much it changes how the house looks.

So thank you. I can see my house being as clean as my mom's by Christmas!

I was inspired to say thank you because today I found out that you have made you website time-zone aware. I live in Malaysia, and it's always been a bit of a frustration. Thank you for solving that little matter.

A Flybaby in Malaysia


From - 11/18/11:

Sitting on the side of the highway waiting to catch speeding drivers, a State Police Officer sees a car puttering along at 22 MPH. He thinks to himself, "This driver is just as dangerous as a speeder!"

So he turns on his lights and pulls the driver over. Approaching the car, he notices that there are five old ladies -- two in the front seat and three in the back -- wide eyed and white as ghosts.

The driver, obviously confused, says to him, "Officer, I don't understand, I was doing exactly the speed limit! What seems to be the problem?"

"Ma'am," the officer replies, you weren't speeding, but you should know that driving slower than the speed limit can also be a danger to other drivers."

"Slower than the speed limit? No sir, I was doing the speed limit exactly... Twenty-two miles an hour!" the old woman says a bit proudly.

The State Police officer, trying to contain a chuckle explains to her that "22" was the route number, not the speed limit.

A bit embarrassed, the woman grinned and thanked the officer for pointing out her error.

"But before I let you go, Ma'am, I have to ask... Is everyone in this car OK? These women seem awfully shaken and they haven't muttered a single peep this whole time," the officer asks.

"Oh, they'll be all right in a minute, Officer. We just got off Route 119."


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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Just When I Needed You Most

Written and recorded by Randy VanWarmer, 1979
(30 Mar 1955 - 12 Jan 2004)

You packed in the morning, I stared out the window
And I struggled for something to say
You left in the rain without closing the door
I didn't stand in your way.

But I miss you more than I missed you before
And now where I'll find comfort, God knows
'Cause you left me just when I needed you most
Left me just when I needed you most.

Now most every morning, I stare out the window
And I think about where you might be
I've written you letters that I'd like to send
If you would just send one to me.

'Cause I need you more than I needed before
And now where I'll find comfort, God knows
'Cause you left me just when I needed you most
Left me just when I needed you most.

You packed in the morning, I stared out the window
And I struggled for something to say
You left in the rain without closing the door
I didn't stand in your way.

Now I love you more than I loved you before
And now where I'll find comfort, God knows
'Cause you left me just when I needed you most
Oh yeah, you left me just when I needed you m
You left me just when I needed you most

"Just When I Needed You Most" midi courtesy of - 11/16/07

"Just When I Needed You Most" lyrics courtesy of - 11/16/07

scorpio777's PhotoShoped Rendition of "Lost Love" courtesy of - 11/18/07
(Original Painting can be seen at

Quill Pen clip art divider courtesy of - 06/14/04

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

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!

Ferguson High School's Anchor clip art courtesy of Steve Silsby (FHS - '72) of NC - 12/14/05
Thanks, Steve!

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

Sad Face clip art courtesy of - 08/03/08 (re-saved 02/16/09)

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