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02/29/20 - NNHS Newsletter
Happy Leap Year Day

Mama exhorted her children at every opportunity to 'jump at the sun.'
We might not land on the sun, but at least we would get off the ground.

- Zora Neale Hurston

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   YAY! Another Leap Year Day!

BONUS - Pointer Sisters - Jump (For My Love)


"Jump (For My Love)" was the opening track (and third single) of the Pointer Sisters' 1983 album, Break Out.

Released prior to the 1984 Summer Olympics games, the song's video featured footage of athletes competing in track and field events. The song was the second of four Billboard Hot 100 top 10 singles in a row for the sisters in 1984; it peaked at #3 in July. It also appeared on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart and reached the Top 10 in the UK, peaking at number six.

The original title given to the song simply was "Jump". The title was modified to "Jump (For My Love)" prior to its release to avoid confusion with the Van Halen song "Jump", which was released earlier the same year.

The song netted the group a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 1985...

"Jump (for My Love) became a huge hit for the Pointer Sisters, reaching #3, behind "Dancing in the Dark" by Bruce Springsteen and "When Doves Cry" by Prince.



February 29, also known as leap day in the Gregorian calendar, is a date that occurs in most years that are divisible by 4, such as 2008, 2012, 2016, 2020, and 2024. Years that are divisible by 100, but not by 400, do not contain a leap day. Thus, 1700, 1800, and 1900 did not contain a leap day, 2100, 2200, and 2300 will not contain a leap day, while 1600 and 2000 did, and 2400 will. Years containing a leap day are called leap years. February 29 is the 60th day of the Gregorian calendar in such a year, with 306 days remaining until the end of the year. In the Chinese calendar, this day will only occur in years of the monkey, dragon, and rat.


It's a Leap Year......which means that February 2016 will have an extra day: February 29.

Why Add Leap Years?

Leap years are needed to keep our modern day Gregorian calendar in alignment with the Earth's revolutions around the sun.

It takes the Earth approximately 365.242189 days – or 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 45 seconds – to circle once around the Sun. This is called a tropical year, and is measured from the March equinox.

However, the Gregorian calendar has only 365 days in a year, so if we didn't add a leap day on February 29 nearly every four years, we would lose almost six hours off our calendar every year. After only 100 years, our calendar would be off by around 24 days!

Exactly Which Years Are Leap Years?

We add a Leap Day on February 29, almost every four years. The leap day is an extra, or intercalary, day and we add it to the shortest month of the year, February.

In the Gregorian calendar three criteria must be taken into account to identify leap years:

  • The year can be evenly divided by 4;
  • If the year can be evenly divided by 100, it is NOT a leap year, unless;
  • The year is also evenly divisible by 400. Then it is a leap year.

This means that in the Gregorian calendar, the years 2000 and 2400 are leap years, while 1800, 1900210022002300 and 2500 are NOT leap years...

Leap Years take place almost every 4 years and they are a way to synchronize our modern-day calendar with the Solar Year.

Did you know that in North America, September 1752 had only 19 days, and in some countries, February 30 was once a real date?

In some cultures, February 29 is the only day of the year when it is appropriate for women to propose marriage...

    From Me ('65) of NC - 02/29/16:




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From David Atkins of MA - 02/28/20, 5:53 PM - "  Betty Brockwell McClure ('58) of MA":

Today was the 5th day on the ventilator and Betty is stable; slight improvement in X-ray, no change otherwise. Doctor says not viral, not bacterial infection, all panels and tests negative. Clarified not quite ARDS, she would characterize as acute lung injury; could be from exposure to allergen or triggered by a virus, General inflammation of lungs will typically slowly improve or rapidly decline. Treatment is just to keep supported until some recovery and can consider removing the breathing tube, but we are days away from that. So we hope for a quiet weekend and then improvement next week.

   Thank you, David! We're continuing to keep Betty and her medical team in our prayers!


     Happy Leap Year Day Birthday to the late Bob Schweida ('54) (d. 16 Apr 2018)    

    Happy Birthday tomorrow to Alan Cohen ('57)!

  Happy Birthday this week to:

03 -  Jerry Seay ('63) of VA AND  Robert Shapiro ('63) of VA;

04 -  The late Mr. William Etheridge (NNHS Principal) (d 04/19/05) AND The late       Roland McCoy (June '45) (d. 09 Jan 2015);

05 -   Hazel Pegram Southall ('57) AND  Helen Pegram Ignace ('57) AND  Jeanie Scruggs Anderson ('65) of VA;

07 -  The late Shirley Eanes Matthews ('66) (d. 26 May 2016)!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


February 29, 1920 - The Czechoslovak National assembly adopted the Constitution.


February 29, 1940 - Finland initiated Winter War peace negotiations.

February 29, 1944 - The Admiralty Islands were invaded in Operation Brewer led by American General Douglas MacArthur.


February 29, 1970 - Actually, this date didn't exist!

“Today is an ephemeral ghost...A strange amazing day that comes only once every four years. For the rest of the time it does not 'exist.' In mundane terms, it marks a 'leap' in time, when the calendar is adjusted to make up for extra seconds accumulated over the preceding three years due to the rotation of the earth. A day of temporal tune up! But this day holds another secret — it contains one of those truly rare moments of delightful transience and light uncertainty that only exist on the razor edge of things, along a buzzing plane of quantum probability...A day of unlocked potential. Will you or won't you? Should you or shouldn't you? Use this day to do something daring, extraordinary and unlike yourself. Take a chance and shape a different pattern in your personal cloud of probability!”

- Vera Nazarian
(b. 25 May 1966)

From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 02/29/20:

   Thank you, Joan!

From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 02/29/20, 11:27 AM:

   Thanks again, Joan!

      From Dimples Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 12/28/20, 3:34 PM:

Thanks Carol ,

  DIMPLES! So good to hear from you! Thanks for dropping in!

     From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 02/28/16:


  ABSOLUTELY! Thank you, Joan!



“Every leap year I like to jump. It’s a good way to get my daily exercise in every four years.”

- Jarod Kintz
(b. 05 Mar


Snowflake Monday - "When I discovered Leap Year Day would be on a Monday, I thought I should design something epic because the next Leap Year Snowflake Monday won't occur for 28 more years. Not likely happen again! At least not here."

Crafting with grandma . . . Leap Day, Leap Frog Hats! - "...These hats would be quick and easy to make and could be a fun addition to celebrating Leap Year Day with your grandkids!"

CRAFT BONUS (Sorry; not theme-related):

Leap Day Recipes - "From a wedding cake that takes all day to bake, to creative ways to celebrate the number four, we've gathered some fun (and funny) ways to celebrate Leap Day."

RECIPE BONUS (Sorry; not theme-related):

Mr. Food's Cola Pot Roast - "What's the secret to this hearty Cola Pot Roast? The cola, of course! It adds richness to the sauce. This tender, flavorful pot roast will impress your gang time after time!"


From - 02/28/20:

The boss called one of his employees into the office. "Rob," he said, "you've been with the company for a year. You started off as an office clerk, one week later you were promoted to a sales position, and one month after that you were promoted to district manager of the sales department. Just four short months later, you were promoted to vice-chairman. Now it's time for me to retire, and I want you to take over the company. What do you say to that?"

"Thanks," said the employee.

"Thanks?" the boss replied. "Is that all you can say?"

"I suppose not," the employee said. "Thanks, Dad."


1.  Every Tuesday, 7:30 AM - Male grads meet at Angelo's Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard for breakfast and camaraderie.

2. Wednesday, March 11, 2020 -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.

3. Friday, May 15, 2020 - The NNHS Class of 1965 will hold their 55-Year Reunion at the Burger Theory Restaurant in the Holiday Inn, 980 Omni Boulevard ,Newport News. CONTACT:

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 02/29/20

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

   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

"Never underestimate
the power of a drop
in the bucket."


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Jump (for My Love)

Written by Steve Mitchell, Marti Sharron, and Gary Skardina

Recorded by The Pointer Sisters, 1983 (released in 1984)

Your eyes tell me how you love me
Can feel it in your heart beat
I know you like what you see
Hold me, I'll give that you need
Wrap your love around me
You're so excited, I can feel you
Getting hotter, oh baby
I'll take you down, I'll take you down
Where no one's ever gone before
And if you want more, if you want more
More, more, more

Jump for my love
Jump in and feel my touch
Jump you want to taste my kisses
In the night then

Jump, jump for my love
Jump, I know my heart can make you happy
Jump in, you know these arms
Can feel you up
Jump, you want to taste my kisses
In the night then
Jump, jump for my love

You told me, I'm the only woman for you
Nobody does you like I do
Then make a move before you try and
Go much farther, oh baby
You're the one, you, you are the one
And heaven waits here at my door
And if you want more,
If you want more, more, more then
When you are next to me, oh I come alive

Your love burns inside
Feels so right
Come to me if you want me tonight jump
Jump if you want to taste my kisses
In the night then
Jump, jump, jump
Jump, you know my heart can
Make you happy
Jump, you know these arms can feel you up
Jump in, you want to taste my kisses
In the night then
Jump, jump for my lov

"Jump (for My Love)" midi (sequenced by  Heinz Kannengiesser) courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/25/08
Thanks, Dave!

"Jump (for My Love)" lyrics courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/25/08
Thanks again, Dave!

Image of Flying Running Girl courtesy of - 09/05/05

World of Hearts Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 09/05/05

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

Animated Yehaa Typhoon clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05
Thanks, Al!

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

Happy Leap Day Birthday Card courtesy of - 02/29/16

Animated Military Flags courtesy of - 06/18/03

Laughing Jester Smiley clip art courtesy of Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 10/06/09
Thanks, Bill!

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

Jeffrey Holman's Image "A Drop in the Bucket" courtesy of - 05/23/16

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