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02/02/12 - NNHS Newsletter -
Happy Groundhog Day

The trouble with weather forecasting is
that it's right too often for us to ignore it
and wrong too often for us to rely on it.

 - Patrick Young

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   Today's observance is supposed to repeat here every year, and usually, it does!

BONUS #1 - - Standing in the Shadows of Love - The Four Tops - March 15, 1967

BONUS #2 - - Standing in the Shadows of Love - The Four Tops - no video, but better audio



"Standing in the Shadows of Love" is a 1966 hit single recorded by the Four Tops for the Motown label. Written and produced by Motown's main production team Holland–Dozier–Holland, the song is one of the most well-known Motown tunes of the 1960s. A direct follow-up to the #1 hit "Reach Out I'll Be There" (even featuring a similar musical arrangement), "Standing in the Shadows of Love" reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1967. It is ranked #464 on Rolling Stone 's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.


     Happy Birthday today to Porter Phillips Booker ('57) AND the late    Thelma Spade Roberts ('57) (deceased - 08/26/05) AND John Patterson ('59) of TN AND    Alan Nesbitt ('64) of NC!

     Happy Birthday tomorrow to Maynard Thweatt ('57)!

     Happy Birthday this week to:

04 -       John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA AND Ronnie Sanders ('65)  (deceased - 10/08/06);

05 - The late   Dickie Krause ('57(deceased - 12/27/99) AND    Charles Braslow ('65) of the Virgin Islands AND      Mark Hutcherson ('66) of VA;

06 -     Sue Miller Dearnley ('64) of VA AND    Steve Burns ('65) of MN;

08 - Bob Hines ('66) of VA;
09 -
  Tina Burroughs Farmer ('62) of VA AND  
  Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA AND Elliott Smith ('65) of TX?? AND    Mary Frances Southall Waller ('66) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


February 02, 1943 - The Battle of Stalingrad came to conclusion as Soviet troops accepted the surrender of 91,000 remnants of the Axis forces.


Friday, February 02, 1962 - Writer and film director Philippe Claudel was born in Dombasle-sur-Meurthe, Meurthe-et-Moselle, France.

Friday, February 02, 1962 - Darts player Andy Fordham ("The Viking") was born in Charlton, London, England.

Friday, February 02, 1962 - Baseball player Paul Kilgus was born in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Friday, February 02, 1962 - Actor Michael T. Weiss was born in Chicago, Illinois.

Friday, February 02, 1962 - Israeli biochemist Shlomo Hestrin (שלמה הסטרין) (b. in 1914 in Winnipeg, Canada) died in Israel.

From Will Moore of VA - 01/29/12 - "The Blue Star Diner -- mid-century style awaiting resurrection":

Hi Carol,
I posted about the diner.  Sadly, despite my efforts, I could not get into contact with Belleville Diners.  I hope you enjoy the article!

According to the research compiled by the alumni of Newport News High School, The Blue Star Diner was built as a prefabricated diner in New Jersey in 1958 by Manno Dining Car Company.  It opened in 1961 in Woodstock, VA by Angelo and Fannie Blentson, then it moved to Newport News in 1963.  It was used as a set in the 1987 movie "Zelly and Me" and featured in 1996's "Blue Plate Special: The American Diner Cookbook."  The Blentson's owned the Blue Star for 46 years and the building was closed in December of 2005 after a small fire.  In 2007, the restaurant reopened under new management, but closed in January 2010.  The next month, the Daily Press reported that the restaurant was under contract to be purchased by Belleville Diners from Dulles, VA.  Reportedly, this group was interested in restoring the diner to it's '1950s' glory and planned to reopen the Blue Star within 6 months. 

Fast forward to 2012...  The Blue Star building is slowly decaying, with no signs of work being done.  When I attempted to contact Belleville Diners for the sake of this article, I could find no way to reach them.  Their website contains no information about their organization, nor does it mention any plans for the crumbling diner.  I also tried calling the number listed for them online three times and there was no answer.  It is my concern that the diner will continue to deteriorate as no plan of action for its preservation appears to be taking place.  It would be a great loss to the area if this building were allowed to fade into oblivion.
 Thanks so much, Will - great job!
I cross-posted your article in our archive:


    From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 02/01/12 - "HOW TO READ BAR CODES...(very good to know)":

Hi Carol.

I received this from another NNHS Class of 60 graduate (
    Bill Roady) in August. I don’t know if you have seen it before. But   Renee (Helterbran) Benton’s ('59 - of VA) article would fit right in with this information. Take a look an see what you think. Happy Day.

We are having some beautiful days right now. A lot of folks are ‘digging and weeding’. Of course that’s really just an excuse to be outside in the sunshine.


Thought y'all would like to have this.


With all the food and pet products now coming from China, it is best to make sure you read label at the grocery store and especially Walmart when buying food products.

Many products no longer show where they were made, only give where the distributor is located.
It is important to read the bar code to track it's origin.
How to read Bar Codes .... interesting!
This may be useful to know when grocery shopping, if it's a concern to you.

The whole world is concerned about China-made "black hearted goods".
Can you differentiate which one is made in Taiwan or China ?

If the first 3 digits of the barcode are 690 691 or 692, the product is MADE IN CHINA.
471 is Made in Taiwan.
This is our right to know, but the government and related departments never educate the public, therefore we have to RESCUE ourselves.

Nowadays, Chinese businessmen know that consumers do not prefer products "MADE IN CHINA ", so they don't show from which country it is made.

  However, you may now refer to the barcode - remember if the first 3 digits are:

690 - 692 ... then it is MADE IN CHINA
00 - 09 ... USA & CANADA
30 - 37 FRANCE
40 - 44 GERMANY
471 ... Taiwan
49 ... JAPAN
50 ... UK

BUY USA & CANADIAN MADE by watching for "0" at the beginning of the number.
We need every boost we can get! Pass this on to everybody on your E-Mail Contact List!!

If the government won't help us, we MUST help ourselves.

WOWZERS! Thanks so much, Joan - and Bill! Until I can memorize them, I think I'll copy those numbers down and keep them where I can access them easily while shopping!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 02/01/12 - "HE will fix it!!":

He will Fix it...
God is going to Fix two things in your Life.
God has seen you struggling with something. God says it’s over.
A Blessing is coming your way.
If you Believe in God send this message on. Don't ignore it.  
You are being tested. God is going to fix TWO things (BIG) tonight in your favor.
If you Believe in God, drop everything and Pass it on.
Tomorrow will be the BEST DAY of your life.

Don't Break this Send this to 10 friends in 10 minutes.

   Thank you so much, Joyce! I'm sure we all could use such a great blessing!

From - 01/30/12 - "5 Secrets to Confidence":

5 Secrets to "Unshakeable" Self-Confidence

By Michelle Baca

When you are grounded, focused, and self-assured, you will be unstoppable. You will be free to express yourself, share your unique skills, talents and gifts with the world. You will be able to accomplish things in your personal and professional lives that you never even knew you had in you. Here are five strategies to help you develop the level of confidence that you need to succeed and to perform at your very best in all areas of your life.

1. Engage in positive self-talk
Negative thoughts can sabotage your success if you let them. That's the bad news. The good news is that you can do something to prevent those negative, doubtful thoughts from shaking your confidence and bringing you down. In fact, you can transform them into positive empowering thoughts that will increase your likelihood of success. It just takes awareness and practice.

Practice listening to the little voices in your head. The little voices that say things like, "I can't do this," "I'm not ready," "What if I mess up?" When you catch yourself entertaining these thoughts, stop and realize that you don't have to accept them or hang on to them. Then, reframe the negative thought. Replace it with a positive and empowering thought. For example replace the negative thoughts with the following: "I am competent and capable," "I am so ready for this," or "I can handle whatever comes my way!"

2. Don't strive for perfection
It is incredibly difficult to come across as confident if you are terrified of making a mistake, saying the wrong thing, or embarrassing yourself in some way. When preparing to speak in front of a group, I used to rehearse over and over again so that I could get everything down just perfect. I was so focused on having everything go exactly as planned that it prevented me from really being "with" the audience. A huge turning point in my speaking career was when I realized that people prefer "realness" to "perfection." In fact, many times people will become more endeared to you when you make a little mistake because they will see you as a human being, someone who they can relate to, and as someone who is comfortable enough to be themselves. When you are free from pressure to perform and free from self-consciousness, you create the space for others to be themselves with you, which is a real gift that you can give to others!

3. Find a way to get grounded
Before you begin your day, before you walk into that meeting, or before you stand up to give that presentation, always take a few moments to collect yourself, get present, filter out any random and distracting thoughts (including those of negativity and self-doubt) and focus on the task at hand.

In the movie Hitch, starring Will Smith and Kevin James, Will Smith's character, Hitch is a dating coach and Kevin James' character, Albert, is his client. As Hitch prepares Albert to attend a fancy party with the beautiful woman he has a crush on, he tells him to meditate on the image of an iceberg. Hitch tells Albert that he wants him to visualize this image because ninety percent of an iceberg's mass in beneath the surface. Hitch wants Albert to be confident and grounded with his feet firmly planted on the ground. That's how grounded and confident you can be if you invest a few second to mentally prepare yourself. If you do, you will carry yourself with confidence and power. Use the image of an iceberg if it works for you, or find another empowering thought or image to focus on.

4. Fall in love with yourself
Lucille Ball once said "Love yourself first and everything falls into place" and I have found this to be true. When you like and believe in yourself, you allow others to do the same. You teach people how to treat you by how you treat yourself. Bestselling author Louise Hay wrote the powerful and inspiration book, You Can Heal Your Life and in it she explains that no matter what the problem is, the only thing she works on with anyone is "loving the self." She says loving ourselves works miracles in our lives. She explains that it is not about vanity or arrogance or being "stuck-up," it is about having a great respect for ourselves and a gratitude for the miracle of our bodies and our minds.

Hay recommends practicing looking into a mirror and saying to yourself, "I love you and accept you exactly as you are." Most people have difficulty with this practice and if it sounds silly to you, you probably need it more than you know! Another idea is to raise your awareness of what sort of things you say to yourself. Do you belittle or doubt yourself, or underestimate your abilities? You can become wildly successful if you learn how to be your own best friend and how to tell yourself positive and inspiring things.

5. Create a "pick me up" file
Sometimes your selective memory highlights your challenges, failures, and shortcomings. You're so tough on yourself that these experiences stand out like an ugly, prickly sore thumb. Every time you think about them, your confidence dips and you sink down. You begin to worry that your next experience is going to be an instant replay. You can begin to change this pattern by retraining your memory, just like you've started to retrain your negative thoughts!

Start by creating a "pick me up" file, a place where you can store reminders of all of your successes, triumphs and notes of praise. It can be a physical file or an electronic file on your computer. Pick the one that you are most likely to use. Add thank you notes and notes of praise and appreciation from your family, team members, clients, bosses, employees, etc. Include documents related to your victories to serve as powerful reminders. You can also include photos, which are a powerful way to jog your memory and create the same "feel-good" emotions that you experienced when it was still fresh. You can take a picture of yourself right after the positive and empowering event or capture something that represents the outcome you produced.
For this to really work for you, you have to visit and review your "pick me up" file often and especially before your "big" days and events. As author David Storey once said, "Self-confidence is the memory of success."

Turn these practices into daily habits to gain the most benefit. Nurturing your self-confidence is an ongoing process. There may be times when you feel your confidence drop, in those situations, come back to these secrets and rebuild your confidence. The more your practice, the faster you will be able to get out of your slump and get your "mojo" back!

Start by selecting one of these secrets and focus your attention on it in the coming week and start to see your self-confidence skyrocket! Then, move on to practice the remaining four, and in five weeks, you will feel a significant difference and the people around you will take notice!

About the Author:
Michelle Baca is a Success Coach, Author and Professional Speaker helping you find the confidence and power to make positive changes in your life. Her knowledge and compassion enable her to bring clarity to client issues and create plans for improvement and lasting change.

Michelle delivers results-oriented training sessions, keynote presentations and break-out sessions in a variety of topical areas including motivation, confidence-building, team development, leadership, communications, conflict management and business development. She also develops custom presentations and training sessions designed to meet her clients' unique objectives.
She is a member of ConvergenceCoaching, LLC, a national leadership and marketing consulting firm dedicated to helping leaders achieve success by helping them develop and implement leadership, succession, and marketing plans. She is a frequent speaker at association meetings and in-firm training engagements for professional services firms.

Michelle is also a Certified Business and Career Coach and helps clients experience greater job satisfaction and create careers that are both personally rewarding and financially lucrative.

VALENTINE CROCHET BONUS: - Linda Cyr's Tree Hearts - This was one of my favorite, most adaptable patterns from last season; I also featured it here:

     It's quite pretty made with worsted weight yarn, but when worked with two strands of #10 crochet thread held together using a size B crochet hook, it creates a very elegant heart - and as suitable for Valentine's Day as for Christmas!

   The design works up quickly. It takes me about an hour a heart - and I am a super-slow crocheter (despite 54 years of practice)! I used 1/4" white ribbon to trim these smaller versions, which are about 2'' high and 3" wide.


    From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 01/17/12 - "Bent Humor (#10 in a Series of 13)":


Carol, check this one out.  Funny.


What artists do if given wire and household objects and too much time on their hands!  

   WILD GIGGLES! Thanks, Joan!

Zombies are nuts about brains

  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 01/26/12 - "Smile (#5 in a Series of 13)!!":



   MORE WILD GIGGLES! Thanks, Ruthie!


From - 02/01/12:

A young man, who was also an avid golfer, found himself with a few hours to spare one afternoon. He figured that if he hurried and played very fast, he could get in 9 holes before he had to head home. Just as he was about to tee off, an old gentleman shuffled onto the tee and asked if he could accompany the young man as he was golfing alone. Not being able to say no, he allowed the old man to join him.

To his surprise, the old man played fairly quickly. He didn't hit the ball far, but plodded along consistently and didn't waste much time. Finally, they reached the 9th fairway and the young man found himself with a tough shot. There was a large pine tree right in front of his ball and directly between his ball and the green. After several minutes of debating how to hit the shot, the old man finally said, "You know, when I was your age, I'd hit the ball right over that tree."

With that challenge placed before him, the youngster swung hard, hit the ball up, right smack into the top of the tree trunk and it thudded back on the ground not a foot from where it had originally laid.

The old man offered one more comment, "Of course, when I was your age, that pine tree was only 3 feet tall."


1.Thursday, February 2, 2012 - 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, February 8, 2012 - 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, April 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.

4. Friday and Saturday, October 5 and 6, 2012 - Class of 1962 - 50-Year Reunion - Crowne Plaza Hotel, Hampton on the Water. More information after the Holidays. Meetings are second Tuesday of each month. CONTACT: Brenda Amos Williams at 

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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                          Love to all, Carol





Standing in the Shadows of Love

Written by

Brian Holland (b. 15 Feb 1941), Lamont Dozier (b. 16 June 1941), and Edward Holland, Jr. (b. 30 Oct 1939)

Recorded by The Four Tops, 1966

Standing in the shadows of love
Waitin' for the heartaches to come
Can't you see me standing in the shadows of love
I'm getting ready for the heartaches to come
I'd run but there's no where to go
'Cause heartaches will follow me I know
Without your love, the love I need
It's the beginning of the end for me
'Cause you've taken away all me reasons for livin'
When you pushed aside all the love I've been giving
Now wait a minute
Didn't I teach you right, didn't I?
Didn't I do the best I could, didn't I?
So don't you leave me standin' in the shadow of love
I'm gettin' ready for the heartaches to come
Don't you see me standing in the shadow of love
Just tryin' my best to get ready for the heartaches to come

All alone I'll desperately be
With misery my only company
Come today, in fact come tomorrow
Sorrow, I ain't got nothin' but sorrow
Don't your conscience bother you
How can you watch me cry after all I've done for you
Now hold a minute
Gave you all the love I had, didn't I?
When you needed me I was there, now wasn't I?
(Standing in the shadows of love
Gettin' ready for the heartaches to come)
I've tried not to cry out loud
No gal you ain't gonna help me now
What did I do to cause all this grief
Now what'd I say to make you want to leave
Now wait a minute
I gave my heart and soul to you, didn't I?
Now didn't I always treat you good, didn't I?
I'm Standing in the shadows of love
I'm gettin' ready for the heartaches to come
Hope to see you standing in the shadows of love
Tryin' my best to get ready for the heartaches to come
Standing in the shadows of... [Fade]

"Standing in the Shadows of Love" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/22/05
Thanks, Dave!

"Standing in the Shadows of Love" lyrics courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA
- 01/22/05
Thanks again, Dave!

Animated Happy Groundhog Day clip art courtesy of - 02/02/08

Animated Paw Print Divider Line clip art courtesy of – 01/29/05

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!

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

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

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

Animated Pulsing Heart courtesy of - 02/12/05 (re-saved 02/13/09)

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