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02/08/15 - NNHS Newsletter -
Hazy Shade of Winter

Sometimes our fate resembles a fruit tree in winter. Who would think that
those branches would turn green again and blossom, but we hope it, we know it.”

 - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(28 Aug 1749 - 22 Mar 1832)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   Here in Fayetteville we're having a beautiful day, but I think it's likely that there's a good chance that wherever else you might be, it feels rather like a winter day today.

BONUS - - Hazy Shade of Winter - Simon and Garfunkel


"A Hazy Shade of Winter" is a song written by Paul Simon, recorded and released by Simon & Garfunkel in 1966, and then included on their 1968 album, Bookends (although it also appeared on their Live from New York City, 1967). It peaked at #13 on the Billboard Hot 100[1] making it the second highest-charting song on the album after "Mrs. Robinson", which reached #1[2] when it was released on the back of its inclusion on the soundtrack of The Graduate.

Critic Richie Unterberer described the song as "one of [Simon and Garfunkel's] best songs, and certainly one of the toughest and more rock-oriented".[3]

The lyrics evoke the passage of the seasons, but (as the title suggests) focusing on the gloominess of winter...


     Happy Birthday today to   Bob Hines ('66) of VA!

     Happy Birthday tomorrow to     Janice McCain Rose ('65) of Northern VA AND Elliott Smith ('65) of TX?? AND    Mary Frances Southall Waller ('66) of VA;

10 -   Meyera Ellenson Oberndorf ('58) of VA AND     Norm Covert ('61) of MD AND the late  Bobby Helmer ('61) (deceased 02/26/11) AND the late    Bernie Helmer ('61) (deceased 03/12/99) AND   Mike Miller ('65) of NC AND   Tommy Jenkins ('66) of VA;

11 -   Harmon Gordon ('63) of VA AND Terry Smith ('63);

12 - Jon Pearl ('57);

13 -    Carla Fine Cripps ('65) of South Australia;

14 -      Jimmy Parker ('62) of VA AND         My Niece,  Renee Dick Romulus (Booker T. Washington HS - '80) of Northern VA AND My Granddaughter (by My Children of Other Parents),     Rebekah Mansfield of TX!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 


February 8, 1865 - In the United States, Delaware voters rejected the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and voted to continue the practice of slavery. (Delaware finally ratified the amendment on February 12, 1901.)


February 8, 1942 - Japan invaded Singapore.

February 8, 1943 - Britain's 77th Indian Brigade began launching guerrilla raids behind Japanese lines in Burma. The forces were under the command of Major General Orde Wingate.

February 8, 1945 - The United Kingdom and Canada commenced Operation Veritable to occupy the west bank of the Rhine.


Monday, February 08, 1965 - Eastern Air Lines Flight 663 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean and exploded, killing everyone aboard.

Monday, February 08, 1965 - Actor and singer (Big Four) Dicky Cheung (張衛健) was born Dicky Cheung Wai-kin in Hong Kong.

Monday, February 08, 1965 - Footballer Miguel Pardeza was born in La Palma del Condado, Province of Huelva, Spain.

Monday, February 08, 1965 - Basketball player Wayne Estes (b. 13 May 1943) played the last game of his college career for Utah State University in Logan, Utah. After the game he and some friends stopped at the scene of a car accident near campus. While crossing the street, he brushed against a downed high power line and was fatally electrocuted at the age of 21.

From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 02/07/15:

“His mercy is the mighty healer, even to the wounded innocent.”

- Boyd K. Packer
(b. 10 Sept

    Thanks so much, Susan!


      From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 02/07/14 - "21 Issues":  


     From Fred Mays ('60) of VA - 02/07/14, 10:47 PM - "Deaths to report":  


I hope you are doing well. You do so much and I admire you beyond words.

In case you are unaware, I wanted to report several deaths……I know you do not need to know of more of these at this time.

First,      Mary Frances Langley Grasty, class of Feb. 1945, passed away on Dec. 26, 2014. She was a member of Orcutt Baptist Church. Her funeral was on January 3rd at Orcutt Baptist Church.

IN PROCESS - Meanwhile, see:

Second,        Roland Ardell “Ookie” McCoy, class of June 1945, passed away January 9, 2015. There was a visitation at Peninsula Funeral Home on January 13 and a graveside on Wednesday, Jan. 14 at Peninsula Memorial Park.

Third,        Valley Kane Roy, Jr., class of June 1945, passed away January 27, 2015. He was a first cousin of my mother and I think all of his siblings graduated from N.N.H.S. His sisters who preceded him in death are Helen and Lois….. One sister still lives, Jean, of Georgia. Valley was quite popular and was “Best Looking” in the Hall of Fame, as was his nephew,   Wayne Owens, class of 1967. I attended his funeral last Sunday at Peninsula Funeral Home in Newport News. His obituary was in the Daily Press on last Saturday, January 31. It had been in the paper on Friday; however, they spelled his last name as Joy……they corrected it the next day, to be Roy. - more updates in process

Fourth, I wanted to report to you that       Fred Field, June class of 1945, lost his brother this week. Fred lives in Fullerton, California. His brother,   L. Graham Field passed away on Feb. 3 at age 78. I actually knew his brother from many years ago as he was a member of Orcutt Avenue Baptist Church and married a girl from our church. The obituary was in the Daily Press on Friday, Feb. 6, 2015. - COMPLETED ON 02/08/15

Fifth, and lastly,     Mary Elizabeth Goodson Covert, class of June 1937. She passed away on January 28 and the obituary was in the Daily Press on Friday, Feb. 6th. She was a minister’s wife and is survived by her children,       Harry M. Covert ('57),     Norman M. Covert (class of 1961) and   Rachel Covert Paquette ('64). She was predeceased by daughter Fayetta M. Stansbury (NNHS / Ferguson HS - '72). The Covert family is loved and quite well known on the Peninsula.

Thank you, Carol, for all of your work.

Best Regards, Fred Mays, Class of 1960 of Newport News, VA

   Thank you so much, Fred - especially for your very kind words!

   Of these five deaths you mentioned, I had only caught three, though I did address 15 more during this same period that you did not mention.

   I remember reading Mrs. Grasty's obituary, but it didn't specifically mention NNHS, so I thought she must have been a Hampton gal. When Graham Field's notice appeared, I was too upset by reading of the passing of Mrs. Covert to grasp what it said. I will take care of these omissions as soon as I'm able, but it probably won't be until tomorrow. Again, thanks so very much for letting me know!


  From Wayne Agee ('58) of FL - 02/07/14 - "Let me take you back a few years ago.....":

Some wonderful times to remember.....

The Best of times. Cool trip down memory lane '50s-'60.


There is also a Best of Times part 2 and 3.

   WOWZERS! Thanks so much, Wayne!


       From George Helliesen ('61) of MI (soon to be VA) - 02/07/14 - "Priceless":


Bless her little heart..... How sweet........ the secret to long life...  

A doctor on his morning walk, noticed the old lady pictured here. She was sitting on her front step smoking a cigar, so he walked up to her and said, “I couldn’t help but notice how happy you look! What is your secret?”

“I smoke ten cigars a day,” she said. “Before I go to bed, I smoke a nice big joint. Apart from that, I drink a whole bottle of Jack Daniels every week, and eat only junk food. On weekends, I pop pills, have sex, and I don’t exercise at all."

“That is absolutely amazing! How old are you?”

“Forty,” she replied.

       Thanks, George!



     From Me ('65) of NC - 02/07/15 - "Mid-Season Premiere":

      Don't forget: Mid-Season Five of The Walking Dead premieres tonight, February 8, at 9:00/8:00 on AMC!

   Be there.


From My Friend, Jim, of NV - 02/07/15:

  Of a truth.

   AMEN! Thanks, Jim!   


“You fail to overlook the crucial point.”

- Samuel Goldwyn, film producer
(17 Aug  1882 - 31 Jan

        From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 01/23/15 - "20 Weird Facts I'll Bet You Didn't Know (#8 in a series of 20)":


Believe it or not, I actually knew some of these facts!

   WOWZERS! Thank you, Haul Party!


       From George Helliesen ('61) of MI (soon to be VA) - 01/30/15 - "Priceless Pets (#8 in a series of 22)":


Keeping watch with his best friend.

     AWW! Thanks, George!


BONUS WINTER DAY CROCHET PATTERNS: - Priscilla Hewitt's Cable Cap - Doris' Raspberry Sherbet Round Ripple Afghan - Deliciously fun, the Raspberry Sherbet Round Ripple will have you grinning from ear to ear. Round crochet afghans look terrific and this pattern is for those already familiar with the round ripple technique. This pattern also teaches you how to crochet a flower and add it to the afghan. Make this ripple pattern for Valentine's day or for a girl's room."

BONUS WINTER DAY RECIPES: - Winter Day Dinner - "In the middle of winter, I often rely on this recipe to warm us up! My husband doesn't care for noodles, so I look for different ways to serve potatoes." - Most Popular Winter Recipes


From - 02/07/15:

A 20-something year-old girl finally decided to introduce her boyfriend to her parents. She hid him from them because she was afraid of how they'd react because he was very religious, but now that they were engaged she couldn't hide it anymore.

The boy shook the father's hand firmly and sat down for a talk.

"So I understand that you want to marry my daughter. Do you have a job to support her?"

"With God's help, sir, someday soon I'll find a job."

"Are you planning on having children?"

"With God's help, sir, someday, yes."

"I understand that you're a student. How are you going to pay your tuition and afford a baby?"

"With God's help, sir, I'm very certain both of these are possible goals."

The conversation went pleasantly and politely. After the boy left, the mother asked the father, "Well? What do you think of the young lad?"

The father replied, "He seems pretty nice; the only problem is that he seems to believe that I'm God." 


1. Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 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.

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 01/13/15

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

Y'all take care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                                 Love to all, Carol

   Y'all take good 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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A Hazy Shade of Winter

Written by Paul Simon
(b. 13 Oct 1941)

Recorded by Simon & Garfunkel, 1966

Time, time, time, see what's become of me
While I looked around
For my possibilities
I was so hard to please
But look around, leaves are brown
And the sky is a hazy shade of winter

Hear the salvation army band
Down by the riverside, it's bound to be a better ride
Than what you've got planned
Carry your cup in your hand
And look around, leaves are brown now
And the sky is a hazy shade of winter

Hang on to your hopes, my friend
That's an easy thing to say, but if your hope should pass away
It's simply pretend
That you can build them again
Look around, the grass is high
The fields are ripe, it's the springtime of my life

Ahhh, seasons change with the scenery
Weaving time in a tapestry
Won't you stop and remember me
At any convenient time
Funny how my memory slips while looking over manuscripts
Of unpublished rhyme
Drinking my vodka and lime

Look around, leaves are brown now
And the sky is a hazy shade of winter

Look around, leaves are brown
There's a patch of snow on the ground...

Look around, leaves are brown
There's a patch of snow on the ground...

Look around, leaves are brown
There's a patch of snow on the ground...

"Hazy Shade of Winter" midi (sequenced by Phil Smith) courtesy of - 02/08/10

"Hazy Shade of Winter" lyrics courtesy of - 02/08/10

"Hazy Shade of Winter" image courtesy of - 02/08/10

Twig Flower Bar # 17  Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 02/08/10

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!

Animated Military Flags clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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

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!!

Booker T. Washington logo courtesy of - 09/25/07

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!

Animated Military Seals clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/26/06
Thanks, Al!

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

Animated Laughing Kitten courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 07/29/08
Thanks, Joyce!

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

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