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03/01/12 - NNHS Newsletter - Martenitza!

“The sun is brilliant in the sky but its warmth does not reach my face.
The breeze stirs the trees but leaves my hair unmoved.
The cooling rain will feed the grass but will not slake my thirst.
It is all inches away but further from me than my dreams.

- M. Romeo LaFlamme, “The First of March

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   It's that time again!


BONUS - - Martenitsa


1. Bonnie Bridger Mittelmaier (Kecoughtan HS - '69) - 02/29/12 - "Add Me Please":

Hey, I was so fortunate to have someone send me your NNHS Class of 65 link and I just love it. Although I graduated from Kecoughtan HS in 69, I am very active in my class reunions and website which is and think your site is just one of the best ever. I had many friends from Hampton and NNHS and have enjoyed navigating the site and learning about folks from all of your classes included. You folks have really done a super job.

If I could be included on the distribution list for the newsletter, I would really appreciate it. My e-mail, for this purpose, is  _______@_______.

Thanks in advance,

Bonnie Bridger Mittelmaier KHS Class of 1969

   Thank you so much, Bonnie! Welcome aboard - we're delighted to have you with us!

   I've added you to our (now strangely titled) "Alumni Page":

   Let me know if you'd like to have tour email addy posted or kept private.  Send us your birthday so we can help you celebrate. If you have "age progression images (baby, high school, and recent), we'd be glad to post those as well. We look forward to hearing from you.


   Happy Birthday today to Alan Cohen ('57) AND   Robert Shapiro ('63) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

04 -   The late Mr. William Etheridge (NNHS Principal) - 1922 - (deceased - 04/19/05) AND   Roland McCoy (June '45) of VA;

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

07 -   Shirley Eanes Matthews ('66) of VA;

08 -    The late Mildred Mae Linkous Spriggs (June '38) (deceased 07/04/07) - also Mother of        Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA AND Doris Burns ('38) - also Mother of    Steve Burns ('65) of MN!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 

March 01, 1939 - A Japanese Imperial Army ammunition dump exploded at Hirakata, Osaka, Japan, killing 94.

March 01, 1941 - Bulgaria signed the Tripartite Pact, allying itself with the Axis powers.

Thursday, March 01, 1962 - American Airlines Flight 1 crashed on take off in New York. All 87 passengers and eight crew died in the crash.

Thursday, March 01, 1962 - Baseball player Mark Gardner was born in Los Angeles, California.

  From Ivan Anker ('67) of VA - 02/29/12 - "Typhoon":


My curiosity has finally gotten the best of me. I know that we are the Typhoon Nation and yet the symbol on our school sports jackets always showed a tornado. I know typhoon is the Pacific version of a hurricane. Can anyone explain to me how we wound up with the tornado insignia?

Hope you and Paul enjoy your time with family in Texas.  

Ivan `67

   Thanks, Ivan!

   I may be wrong (it's happened once or twice before ), but I think this is somewhat in the same category as "Blue and Gold" - which was clearly Navy and Burnt Orange in everything but name. I just do not really know, and have always wondered myself. Perhaps someone among us knows the definitive answer, and they'll "share it with the rest of the class."


   From Jack Nelson ('54) of Northern VA - 02/29/12 - "NNHS Class of '54 Health Trends":

Over the years, the big "C" word has become one of the most feared diseases facing us today. We have put a man on the moon but still do not have a cure for cancer. Chemo and radiation have been our only options but their success rate is minimal at best. It has been reported that chemo has only a 2% success rate. To give you an example: We just learned today that a very good friend of ours is currently being transported to Duke University Hospital in Durham, NC for emergency treatment. Over a year ago, she was diagnosed with cancer in her back and the doctors at Duke removed a sac containing the cancer and said they got it all. However, they wanted her to undergo chemo and radiation to make sure all the cancerous cells had been removed. After 1 year of extensive treatments, those far beyond the norm which included 1 week a month in the hospital, she was pronounced cured. This was December, 2011. The cancer is now back in the same place. Was what she went through worth it?

There are so many cancer causing chemicals in our water, air and food chain that unless we become educated on what to look for and avoid, our health may not get any better. Prevention is the key! The attached article by Dr. Williams reinforces what Jean and I have learned over the past 8 years. We have been practicing his recommendation for prevention long before we read his article. Japan is the healthiest country in the world while the US is rated #38 to 42 depending on which report you read. Regardless of whether it's 38 or 42, it is not good. Many products that have been approved in the US have been banned in other countries due to health issues. Do you think it's all about the money? Read the attached article and maybe Dr. Williams' information will work for you.

Please pray for our friend Marie.

Yours in health,

Alvin & Jean

“NNHS Class of ’54 – Health Trends”

March, 2012

Cancer’s Natural Enemy

Dr. David Williams

Japanese researchers have uncovered a remarkable new way to boost your immune system’s ability to kill cancer cells, viruses, and pathogenic bacteria by up to 300%.  

Cancer rates in the U.S. are officially “off the charts.”  A century ago the disease occurred in 1-in-100 people.  Today, half of all adults will get some form of cancer in their lifetime.  That’s 1-in-2 people!  Why this alarming increase? It’s being caused by a steady and widespread breakdown of the immune system among our population.  Cancer cells are naturally present in everyone’s bloodstream, but are kept in check by a special immune cell called NK (short for “natural killer”).  When NK activity weakens—either from old age, poor nutrition, or stress—cancer cells are free to multiply and become tumors.  That’s what is happening throughout our country today. We need better treatments.  When a person is diagnosed with cancer, the only treatments permitted in this country are chemotherapy and radiation.  Both have horrendous side effects, such as hair loss and vomiting.  Both poison the immune system and destroy natural killer cells, thus increasing the chances of relapse.  And both have poor long term survival rates.  This isn’t the case in other countries.  In Japan, for instance, a surprising new, natural cancer treatment involves stimulating the patient’s immune system so tumors are gobbled up by a feeding frenzy of NK cells.  You might be surprised to learn that doctors trigger this sudden blast of immune activity with a natural substance found in certain Japanese mushrooms.  These mushroom extracts are now one of the leading cancer prescription treatments in that country!  Using the immune system like this is the next big frontier in medicine.  It holds the promise of finding real cures, not just for cancer, but heart disease, arthritis, allergies, and many other ills.  But even though the Japanese are doing a better job in the battle against cancer, it will take many years—if not decades!—before U.S. doctors accept the idea that the immune system is the key to beating cancer and other diseases.  Sadly, that will be too late for most Americans who are now over 50—or younger people with a family history of these diseases.  That’s the bad news. The good news is that scientists have recently isolated the active substance in these medicinal mushrooms and put it into capsule form. Since your immune system is your first line of defense against more than just cancer (it’s how your body fights off the flu, colds, recurring infections, pathogenic and antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and virtually any other disease.  Medicinal mushrooms offer benefits that go far beyond just cancer protection.  People who would also greatly benefit from medicinal mushrooms include:

*Those with a history of smoking or heavy drinking.

*Individuals working in the medical field who are exposed to highly contagious diseases.

*Elderly individuals with weakened immune systems.  That’s because “natural killer” cells respond slower as we get older, resulting in recurring bouts of infection and noticeable decline in general health.

Alvin & Jean Mizelle – “Health Educators”

   Thanks so much, Jack - and Alvin and Jean! We'll keep Marie in our prayers - and I personally will begin searching for some medicinal mushrooms!

  From Jay Styles ('68) of VA - 02/29/12 - "USA during Civil War":

Check out the boat in the third picture.

USA during Civil War

Photos are very real !! 

Very sobering and dramatic.  View at your own risk !!!

   WOWZERONI! Thanks, Jay Sweetie, this is an astounding collection - and not just for aficionados!

From - 02/27/12 - "5 Positive Affirmation Tricks":

Positive Affirmations For Success: 5 Crucial Rules To Remember

By Michael Lee

How do you write positive affirmations for success? When do you write them and where do you post them? With all these questions ringing in our head, it's no wonder most people haven't started anything at all yet.

Now that you're here though, it's time you learn how to come up with positive affirmations for success! Here are some important guidelines to follow:

1) Keep Affirmations Short And Direct To The Point.
Long, winding passages might have served some of your favorite authors well; but when it comes to writing positive affirmations for success, it's vital that you keep them short and direct to the point.

Shorter affirmations are more effective because they're easier to remember than long and complex ones. Think of the shortest possible affirmations for your purpose without sacrificing their meaning to you.

2) Avoid Anything Negative.
It sounds almost redundant to say this, but you have to be conscious about what you're writing. Sometimes, people don't think much of how they phrase their positive affirmations.

For example, "I don't want to get sick" is negative. Although it sounds like you're defending yourself against illnesses, the opposite effect might occur! That's because your subconscious could ignore the word "don't."

A powerful alternative would be to say something like, "I am perfectly healthy in mind, body and spirit."

3) Write When You're In A Positive Mood.
When writing positive affirmations for success, it is advisable that you do so when you're happy, thrilled or excited. Calm and peaceful works as well.

If you're feeling frustrated, sad or defeated, your words will carry a hint of negativity in them. You won't be able to look at your words without remembering that time when you were at your worst.

Write only when you're in a good state of mind. That way, the emotions attached to your affirmation won't be spoiled.

4) Keep Them In Present Tense.
Keeping your positive affirmations for success in present tense helps you attract your goals faster. It's as if you're living your life the way you want to, right at this very moment. It's as if all your dreams and ambitions are now moving from your future to your present.

When you think about it, doesn't "I am the youngest CEO of this company" sound better than "I will be the youngest CEO of this company?"

There are times, however, when you don't "feel" it. In the example above, if you're still having doubts inside when you say, "I am the youngest CEO," you can instead say, "I choose to be the youngest CEO of this company."

5) Post Them Where You Can See Them.
These affirmations are of no use if you don't follow them up after writing or reciting them. You have to really commit yourself to change.

By seeing your affirmations every day, you are reminded of a promise to yourself - that you will, from now on, take care of you! So post them on your laptop if you're always using it or write them down on your notebook several times each day.
Positive affirmations for success keep people going, even though others would have quit. If you're not one to stop even before a job's done, then keep these tips in mind.

About the Author:

To help you achieve your dreams fast, Michael invites you to get instant access to more than 100 of the best free self-improvement ebooks that could greatly change your life! Download them free at

CROCHET BONUSES: - "Learn how to make a Crochet Shamrock and Four Leaf Clover this St. Patrick's Day. Crochet shamrock patterns are easy to make especially when you follow this quick video tutorial. Decorate your home with garland, make a barrette or embellish a hat. It's the luck o' the Irish!" - "Bring some luck into your home with this Crocheted Shamrock Garland Pattern. This free crochet shamrock pattern can easily be varied with different shades of green yarn. Show a little bit of Irish love this St. Patrick's day with this simple decoration." - "Crochet the perfect Leprechaun Dog Hat for this year's St. Patrick's Day parade. This easy crochet pattern will have your pet looking festive in green for the fun day. The hat can also be made for babies and kids who will also enjoy the festivities." - Ummm, seriously?!?

RECIPE BONUS: - Crispy Honey Mustard Wings - "Just wait until you put out a platter of our baked Crispy Honey Mustard Wings for a party or even as a change-of-pace main dish meal with a few go-alongs. Either way, you'll want lots of napkins for enjoying our flavor-packed sweet 'n' spicy wings! "

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 02/06/12 - "Recent Solar Storms Trigger Beautiful Auroras (#8 in a Series of 12)":

OOOH! Thanks, Shari!


      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 12/29/12 - "Aww pictures......... (#1 in a Series of 43)":

  I can do this!!

   AWWW! Thanks, Wayne Honey! Paul tried sending these to me several days ago, and inexplicably only one of the images arrived!




From - 02/29/12:

The photographer for a national magazine was assigned to get photos of an enormous forest fire. Smoke at the scene was too thick to get any good shots, so he frantically called his home office to hire a plane.

"It will be waiting for you at the airport!" he was assured by his editor.

As soon as he got to the small, rural airport, sure enough, a plane was warming up near the runway. He jumped in with his equipment and yelled, "Let's go! Let's go!" The pilot swung the plane into the wind and soon they were in the air.

"Fly over the north side of the fire," said the photographer, "and make three or four low level passes."

"Why?" asked the pilot.

"Because I'm going to take pictures! I'm a photographer, and photographers take pictures!" said the photographer with great exasperation and impatience.

After a long pause the pilot said, "You mean you're not the instructor?" 



1. Thursday, April 5, 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. 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.

3. Wednesday, April 11, 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.

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 02/20/12

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

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


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                          Love to all, Carol




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"More Cica Rece da me Zeni" midi courtesy of   03/01/09

Martenitza Image courtesy of - 03/01/09

Red and White Ribbon Divider line clip art courtesy of - 03/01/09

Animated "NEW" clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

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

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

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!

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