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03/04/09 - NNHS Newsletter -
March Forth on the Fourth

“March on. Do not tarry. To go forward is to move toward perfection.
March on, and fear not the thorns, or the sharp stones on life's path."

- Kahlil Gibran
(06 Jan 1883 - 10 Apr 1931)


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Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Today is the only day of the year which when spoken in English forms a sentence.  And that, of course, is cause enough for celebration.


     From the Head Flagtwirler of 1965, Janice McCain Rose of VA - 03/04/09, 6:15 PM - "Fred's surgery ....":

Dear Friends....we are in the final stages of getting ready for Fred's long surgery tomorrow at DePaul Hospital.  The surgery is supposed to start at 8:30...we have to be there at 7:00 am.
Our kids will be with me during the long day tomorrow and we all need  prayers...prayers for Fred, prayers for us, and prayers for the surgical team.
I'll post an email when we return home tomorrow night. 


   Thank you, Janice! We'll keep you - ALL of you - in our hearts and prayers!

Today would have been the 87th Birthday of our Former Principal,   Mr. William Etheridge (deceased - 04/19/05)!
   Happy Birthday tomorrow to
Hazel Pegram Southall ('57) AND Helen Pegram Ignace ('57) AND   Jeanie Scruggs Anderson ('65) of VA!

  Happy Birthday this week to:

07 -   Shirley Eanes Matthews ('66) of VA;
08 -
   Mildred Mae Linkous Spriggs ('38) of VA - 1921 (deceased 07/04/07) - also Mother of        Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA AND Doris Burns ('38) - also Mother of    Steve Burns ('65) of MN;

09 - Patrick Burke ('57) AND   Bobby Hilling ('62) of VA AND   Katie Haan Spaulding ('64) of CA;
10 -
  Helen Avant Neal ('57) of VA;

11 - Margaret Blayton Cowan ('57) AND   Nancy Horton Wilkes ('62) of FL AND  Shirley Caudill Williamson ('65) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


1.   Frances Hammond Armstrong ('60) of TX - 03/03/09:  

Tuesday 03/03/2009 2:42:42pm
Name: Frances Page Hammond
Marital Status Single
City/Country: San Antonio, TX
Hobbies Travel
Comments NNHS Class of 1960. United States Air Force, Nurse Corps, LTC, ret.

   Thanks, Frances!

    From Eric Huffstutler (Bethel HS - '75) of VA - 02/27/09 - "Marines Update  (continued)":

Next up are updates for the Marines.  Another long list (and a couple of military photos) and has information you won't find just anywhere!  You may want to check the main Famous Marines link as it takes you to the M-R section rather than the A-F list.
Here we go...

M-R - - not yet finished...

S-Z - - not yet finished...

   Thanks so much, Eric - we're getting there - even if I was unable to work on them further today!

  From Jean Baker Howell ('69) of VA - 03/01/09 - "1969 Reunion Information":

Carol, thanks so much for doing this.  We really do appreciate it.

   Here are your new pages, Jean - sorry it took me so long to post them!

      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 03/02/09 - "Silence Is Golden!":


Mildred, the church gossip and self-appointed monitor of the church’s morals, kept sticking her nose into other people’s business.
Several members did not approve of her extracurricular activities but feared her enough to maintain their silence.
She made a mistake, however, when she accused Elmer, a new member, of being an alcoholic after she saw his old pickup parked in front of the town’s only bar one afternoon.  Mildred emphatically told Elmer (and several others) that everyone seeing it there would know exactly what he was doing!
Elmer, a man of few words, stared at her for a moment then just turned and walked away.  He didn’t explain, defend, or deny…he said nothing.
Later that evening, Elmer quietly parked his pickup in front of Mildred’s house…walked home…and left it there all night.
You gotta love Elmer!

   WILD GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Wayne Honey!

From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 03/03/09 - "RE: 03/01/09 - Martenitza!":

Great newsletter, and the first two You-Tube selections were dead on for Martenitza/Baba Marta customs in Bulgaria. And the dancers on the third one were great-- except that I am informed that they were not Bulgarian.  They were the National Serbian Folk Dance Ensemble. I must admit that I am not nearly as up on the geography and cultures of Eastern Europe as those of the west. Serbians and Bulgarians are near neighbours, along with Hungarians, Albanians, Croatians, Roumanians, etc.... and Bulgarians often go to Greece on vacation, and argue with Greeks about who makes better feta cheese.
Since my oldest son, Ragnar Arneson, married Daniela Petkova Dimova from Sliven, Bulgaria, 4 years ago on the Winter Solstice, I have learned a great deal I never knew before about Eastern Europe. I have a great deal more to learn.


   Thank you, Domi! I was relatively certain I could not be getting that done as accurately as possible, due to time constraints! But calling Serbians Bulgarians is rather like confusing Virginians and West Virginians! EEK!!!   My apologies.....

  From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 03/03/09 - "Being a Marine":

Being a Marine

The Marine Corps
What I like about the Marine Corps:
I like the fact that if you are a self-declared enemy of America, that running into a Marine outfit in combat is your worst nightmare... and that your health record is about to get a lot thicker or be closed out entirely!
I like the fact that Marines are steadfast and consistent in everything they do...regardless if you agree with them or not.
I like the fact that Marines hold the term "politically correct" with nothing but pure disdain.
I like the fact that Marines stand tall and rigid in their actions, thoughts, and deeds when others bend with the direction of the wind and are as confused as a dog looking at a ceiling fan!
I like the fact that each and every Marine considers the honor and legacy of the Corps as his personal and sacred trust to protect and defend.
I like the fact that most civilians don't have a clue what makes us tick!  And that's not a bad thing.  Because if they did, it would probably scare the hell out of them!
I like the fact that others say they want to be like us, but don't have what it takes in the "PAIN-GAIN-PRIDE" department to make it happen.
I like the fact that the Marines came into being in a bar, Tun Tavern, and that Marines still gather in pubs, bars and slop chutes to share sea stories and hot scoop!

I like the fact that Marines do not consider it a coincidence that there are 24 hours in a day and 24 beers in a case.  Because Marines know there is a reason for everything that happens!

I like our motto...SEMPER FIDELIS...and the fact that we don't shed it when the going gets tough, the battlefield gets deadly, or when we hang up our uniform for the last time.
I like the fact that Marines take care of each combat and time of peace.

I like the fact that Marines know the difference between "Chicken Salad" and "Chicken S--t" and aren't afraid to call either for what it is!
I like the fact that the people of America hold Marines in the highest esteem and that they know that they can count on us to locate, close with, and destroy those who would harm them!

I like the fact that people think we are cocky....yet we know that we have confidence in everything we do and the fact that they don't know the taste of that makes them look at us as if we are arrogant!
I like that fact that we know the taste of freedom and would give our very lives for it!  And that it is a taste that the protected will never know!
I like the fact that Ronald Reagan said..."Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference...Marines don't have that problem!"

I like the fact that we are brothers to the end...and that no matter what happens in life we know we have one another's "six"!

I like the fact that a couple of years ago an elected member of congress felt compelled to publicly accuse the Marine Corps of being "radical and extreme."
I like the fact that our Commandant informed that member of Congress that he was absolutely correct and that he passed on his thanks for the compliment!

I like the fact that Marine leaders --- of every rank --- know that issuing every man and woman a black beret, --- or polka-dotted boxer shorts for that matter, does absolutely nothing to promote morale, fighting spirit or combat effectiveness.

I like the fact that Marines are Marines first...regardless of age, race, creed, color, sex, and national origin or how long they served or what goals they achieve in life!
I like Marines...and I love the fact that I am able to be humbled to walk along the ranks of other Marines!

I like the fact that you always know where you stand with a Marine! With Marines, there is no middle ground or gray area. There are only missions, objectives, and facts.


If you aren't a Marine the next best thing is to have a Marine for a friend.

   And I like this selection, Billy - thank you so much!

      From Phil Hammond ('64) of UT - 03/03/09 - "Pictures":


Thanks so much for adding my pictures to your site.  It’s perfect!  I like to see the past and the present.

Thanks also for putting me in with Famous Soldiers, although I don’t feel like I deserve to be included with such honor.

You are the best.


   Thank you, Phillip! The beauty of all those Famous Military (which, as you might recall, started simply as a "Note to Self" feature on my own personal website - and grew into something wonderfully and totally different) pages is the only real requirement for inclusion is to have had your "Main Claim to Fame" in life come from some other field of endeavor outside of the military - even if it might only be as a friend of mine.

   But in this instance, I must say that anyone who served in Vietnam - particularly in 1968, as you did- has certainly earned a place on those pages!

   Thanks again, Phil - for everything!

  From Edna Whitcomb Harrison ('65) of VA - 03/03/09 - "Bison Trail":

Carol, Is this what Joe was talking about?

Edna Harrison

   Hmmm - let's find out - and thanks, Edna!

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 03/04/09 - "RE: Bison Trail":

Hi, Carol:
Thanks to Edna, and for passing along the link: 

This was not what I had in mind when I broached the subject of a Railroad that once used "Bison Trail" for the Trade Nickname.

Boy, this article on PBS regarding the slaughter of Bison from railroad cars is very upsetting, such a needless thinning of the herds. What a dreadful example of our lack of concern for God's creation.
TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

 YOWZERONI-RINI! 'Deed it is! Thank you, Adonis!

From - 03/04/09 - "The Worst (And Most Common) Etiquette Mistakes":

Foxy Festivities by Elycia Rubin and Rita Mauceri, 03/02/09

  • Party Poopers - When you receive an invitation to a dinner or party--whether by Evite, voicemail, or casual email--RESPOND. Yeah, that’s what that little “RSVP” thing means. Everyone knows it, yet it’s amazing how many don’t respond. Even for weddings! Planning a party or event requires a lot of work, so do the host a simple favor and let them know if you're coming or not.
  • Nickel & Dimin’ - How annoying is it when you go to dinner with four or more people, the check finally arrives, and one of your meal companions begins to divvy up the check down to the last penny? Sure, we get that Sally had a shrimp salad, and Janet had two iced teas, while Beth only had water, and you ordered a slice of peach pie (a la mode, which is extra). The point is, if you go out to dinner with a group, be prepared to split the bill more or less evenly. If there's an outstanding cost differential, fine, estimate it and be done with it. The person who spends twenty minutes dividing the bill to the dime comes off as a cheapskate –- and kills the festive mood.
  • The Line-Up - Lines are a fact of life. At the post office, the supermarket, just about everywhere these days. For starters, moaners who huff and gripe about standing in a line of three people for all of five minutes are tops on our list. Get over yourself -- if you don’t have a few minutes to wait to buy that loaf of bread, then pick it up another time. Another thing: Don’t show your impatience by creeping up so close to the person in front of you that they can feel your breath. Crowding those around you will not get you to the front any faster, so give them some space. Finally, cutting in line or trying to ignore the fact that there IS a line –- stop it! Everyone’s time is valuable.
  • The ME Show - It’s great to hear all the crazy, wacky, wonderful things happening in the lives of others. Jobs, engagements, breakups, boyfriends, puppies, pregnancies, vacations — very good stuff, all of it. But once you’ve listened to a friend, family member, or colleague spout about their own fabulous life for an hour (or two), it’s normal to expect them to ask, “So, what’s going on with you?” Those who blab on about themselves while you listen intently, then don’t ask a thing about you in return are just plain rude.
  • Baby Biz - Changing a poopy baby diaper around others is nasty -- and we're moms. Changing the other kind of baby diaper in public is one thing, but still should only be done when absolutely necessary!
  • Mobile Madness - As much as we love the modern age, there are days when we long to go to a coffee shop, movie theatre, bookstore, or post office and not hear some teen queen dishing to her friend about last night's hot date with Todd or eavesdrop (unwillingly) on a screaming family feud. Mobile phones are essential, but please, people, pleeeeeeease, use a little restraint on the when's, what's, and where's. We're happy that Todd is "totally built" but we're going to have to start walking around town and slapping people with "TMI" tickets (yes, too much information).
  • Smokes - Everyone has a right to smoke in public, but be conscious of whose face your smoke is blowing into. Are there kids nearby? And we just might kick the butt of the next person we see throwing their burning butt on the ground without putting it out. Really, find an ashtray or trashcan where you can extinguish and dispose of it properly -- that thing is garbage, not decoration for our streets and sidewalks.
  • The Pee & Flee - Public bathrooms get used by everyone -- yup, they're public! So, making a mess of the toilet seat, and then prancing out without bothering to wipe it up -- not cool. Leaving a mess for the next visitor is completely unacceptable (and disgustingly unsanitary, of course). Take 10 seconds to rip off a piece of toilet paper, toilet seat cover, or a paper towel, and do your due diligence!
  • Stealing...a parking spot, that is. - Yeah, you know who you are. If someone has their blinker on and is patiently waiting for a spot, it's theirs. And if you've already passed a spot up, it's gone. Treat others as you expect to be treated, and the parking goddesses will smile down upon you... eventually.
  • Belly Baring - Men, women -- anyone who's passed puberty, everyone who isn't lounging poolside or oceanside -- resist the urge to bare those bellies. They may be beautiful, Buddha-like, jolly, but sometimes they can be flabby, hairy, and not ripe for public consumption. If you're jogging, fellas, t-shirts or tanks won't hurt your workout, so throw one on. Gals, midriff fashions are never really on our "Do" list, and that goes double if your age doesn't contain the word "teen." There are plenty of ways for all of us to flaunt what we got without sharing our tum-tums with the world.
  • Spitting - This gets especially yucky when it's one of those enormous globs that looks like it could be alive.  Some people (males, in particular) think it's kind of a cool-guy thing to do. We're here to tell ya that no one wants to see you hock a big gooey one out of your car, onto the sidewalk, or anywhere else for that matter. Try a tissue.
  • Honking ProblemPeople who honk too often, too unnecessarily, or just to express their emotions are on our list of Most Etiquette Challenged. If you're trying to warn someone about a collision or problem, fine, otherwise it's not that serious. Give it a rest!

  • "There's never any justification for being rude."

    - James Brownlee Frix (a.k.a. My Maternal Grandfather)
    (17 Apr 1877 - 09 Nov 1950)

        From Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA to     Bill Black ('66) of GA - 03/03/09 - "silicone - RE: Snow Storm Damage to Leyland Cypress":

    Dear Bill,

    I was so sorry to hear about your Leyland Cypress. I know a Cathy Leyland-think their related?

    Was gratified to learn that silicone was water proof. Maybe that's why Amy never did get her tee shirt wet doing all those water related tell-alls you enjoy. Do you think Amy would be one those "two guys with their own TV shows"? Do you think she was part of the conspiracy that left out all those boring little details for the "plan" just so there would be time for the "happy-happy, joy-joy" of Amy's water proofing?

    Maybe when you plant your new Cathy Cypress, you should use silicone so it wont get too wet like Amy. No, that would make it top heavy......lower? No, then that would bring us back to that goober guy again. Oh well, next week will bring another Saturday............

    Linda May ' 66

          Thanks, Linda May!


        From Richard Dawes (NNHS / HHS - '62) of VA - 03/03/09 -"Tale of Two Brains":

    This is one of the best videos I've see in a long time - it finally explains men!  It's a hoot! - Tale of Two Brains - Mark Gungor


       Thanks, Dicky!


    1. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 23, 24, and 25, 2009 - The Class of 1954 will hold its 55-Year Reunion.  For details, contact Dr. Harry Simpson at 804-694-0346 or email him at - CLASS OF 1954

    2. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May 15, 16, and 17, 2009 - The Hampton High School Class of 1964 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. For details, see: - HAMPTON HIGH SCHOOL - CLASS OF 1964

    3. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 4, 5 and 6 (Labor Day Weekend), 2009 - The Class of 1969 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at the Point Plaza Hotel, Newport News, VA. For details, contact Jean Baker Howell at - OPEN TO ALL NNHS ALUMNI

    4. Friday and Saturday, October 10 and 11, 2009 - The Class of 1964 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at the Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News, VA 23606: For details, see: - CLASS OF 1964

    PRAYER ROLL: - updated 03/04/09

    BLOG: - updated 01/09/09

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

                                       Love to all, Carol





    Carol Buckley Harty

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    Radetzky March

    - Johann Strauss I
    (14 Mar 1804 - 25 Sept 1849)

    "Radetzky March" midi courtesy of - 03/04/09

    March 2010 Calendar courtesy of - 03/04/10

    Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 03/03/09 (but probably used previously as well.....)

    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

    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!!

    Animated Guest Book clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

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

    Bethel High School's Bruin clip art courtesy of Eric Huffstutler (Bethel HS - '75) of VA - 03/22/06 (restored 02/23/09)
    Thanks, Eric!

    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 OOPS! Smiley Face clip art courtesy of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/27/09
    Thanks, Dave!

    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 Laughing Frog courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon of VA - 05/31/08
    Thanks, Joyce!

    Animated Laughing Jerry courtesy of Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 06/14/06
    Thanks, Cookie!

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