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03/04/12 - 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 today - just as it has been for the last three years:


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

   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 -    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;

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

10 -   Helen Avant Neal ('57) of VA AND (if Plaxo is to be believed) Bill Douthat ('66) of VA;

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


March 03, 1942 - Ten Japanese warplanes raided the town of Broome, Western Australia, killing more than 100 people.

March 03, 1943 - In London, England, 173 people were killed in a crush while trying to enter an air-raid shelter at Bethnal Green tube station.

March 03, 1944 - The Order of Nakhimov and Order of Ushakov were instituted in USSR as the highest naval awards.

March 03, 1945 - American and Filipino troops recaptured Manila in the Philippines.

March 03, 1945 - A former Armia Krajowa unit massacred at least 150 Ukrainian civilians in Pawłokoma, Poland.

March 03, 1945 - The RAF accidentally bombed the Bezuidenhout neighbourhood in The Hague, Netherlands, killing 511 people.


March 04, 1941 - The United Kingdom launched Operation Claymore on the Lofoten Islands.

March 04, 1943 - The Battle of the Bismarck Sea in the South West Pacific came to an end.

March 04, 1944 - After the success of Big Week, the USAAF began a daylight bombing campaign of Berlin.

March 04, 1945 - Lapland War: Finland declared war on Nazi Germany.


Saturday, March 03, 1962
- Photographer and artist Glen E. Friedman was born in North Carolina

Saturday, March 03, 1962 - Athlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee was born in East St. Louis, Illinois.

Saturday, March 03, 1962 - Football player Herschel Walker was born in Wrightsville, Georgia


Sunday, March 04, 1962 - Actor David Sparrow was born David Charles Arthur Sparrow in Solihull, Warwickshire, England

Sunday, March 04, 1962 - Professor of mathematics at the University of Paris VI: Pierre et Marie Curie Claire Voisin was born in Saint-Leu-la-Forêt, Île-de-France.

Sunday, March 04, 1962 - Major League Baseball pitcher George Mogridge (born 18 Feb 1889 in Rochester, New York) died in Rochester, New York at the age of 73.

   From Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 03/02/12 - "cell phone":

Good for a chuckle.


I only wish that they made cell phones like this. It's one that I can understand, outsmart, and know how to operate!!!

I know some of you are not old enough to get this,
But you can pass it on to someone who needs a laugh today!

     Thanks, Eva!

    From Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 03/03/12 - "The Covert Letter: PRESIDENTS DAY BY THE NUMBERS":


Posted: 02 Mar 2012 08:46 PM PST


(MOUNT AIRY, Md.)—Anyone who has the courage to ask questions of second graders must be ready for answers which may or may not be in the teacher’s syllabus. That lesson was learned at Parrs Ridge Elementary School here two weeks ago.

In case you didn’t realize it, Presidents Day Weekend is four days, not three. One hundred seventy five second graders shouted it out not long before they would scatter for the holiday.

Entrance to Parrs Ridge Elementary School, Mt. Airy, Md. (School photo)

A teachers’ in-service day was added to the weekend – hooray!

We also learned that 21-plus-10 equals 31 – not 41.

And we celebrated more than the presidents’ birthdays that weekend. God bless the teachers and their ability to avoid being intimated by these bright young children.

Three members of the veterans’ organization Society of the 40&8 were given permission to present a program on the American Flag at the school. The presentation is “Flags for First Graders,” but the school thought we should do second graders instead. We bowed to their wisdom. 

The program, set up by Korean War veteran Joe Fisher, is intended to present a history of the flag, talk about honoring the flag and National Anthem and show them how to fold the flag.

Korean War Veteran Joe Fisher sought chance to present history of U. S. Flag to elementary students. (40/8 Photo)

In my capacity as a 40&8 national director of Americanism, I suggested a script was available if we could get permission from a local elementary school. We would close the program with the Pledge of Allegiance and present each student with a hand-size American Flag.

Mr. Fisher, who is active in the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion as well as the 40&8, took the bait and approached Parrs Ridge Principal Ann M. Blonkowski in late October. He followed up after the Christmas break when each of the teachers could be contacted for their assent. The date February 17th at 2 P.M. was approved.

 Our locale 40&8 Chef de Gare Jim Beckman agreed to join us. He was retired after 25 years as a U. S. Navy Master Chief with service in both the Vietnam War era as well as Desert Shield/Desert Storm in 1991.

Youth leaders, whether in sports or scouting, know the challenge of communicating with children of all ages. You must never admit defeat and always “be in charge,” whether it has slipped away.

We were set up in the library media room and seven classes of enthusiastic students were seated shoulder to shoulder, each line tucked so close they were almost underfoot.

When the script disappeared we had to ad lib, first asking the name of the holiday weekend coming up. There was little hesitation as a young man held up his hand and blurted out, ”Presidents Day.” Good start, we thought.

“And whose birthdays are we celebrating this weekend?”

Up went the hands. “My brother,” one proclaimed, followed by another’s answer, “My cat,” then, “My dog,” followed by a timid voice in the back, “George Washington!”

Whew, success! “Correct.” we continued, “Who knows which other president’s birthday we are celebrating?”

Stars in circular array are features of so-called Betsy Ross Flag of 1777. (NMC Photo)

It took some doing, but out of the sea of hands we chose the student who timidly named Abraham Lincoln. That broke the ice.

We got right to the history of the flag, showing the original stars and stripes with the circular presentation of 13 stars in a blue field. That correctly brought out the name Betsy Ross as the lady credited in lore as having sewn the first flag after its adoption in 1777.

They were ready with answers about Francis Scott Key, too, and his writing “The Star Spangled Banner” under its original title, “Defence of Fort McHenry.” Yes, they knew he was born on a local plantation.

First to be called the "Star Spangled Banner," this 15-star version was seen by Francis Scott Key from his vantage point as a prisoner on a British warship.

We displayed the first of two flags sewn by a renown Maryland National Guard officer, the late Robert Barrick. It was a replica of the 1851 Colors taken on Commodore Matthew Perry’s visit to Japan in 1854.

31, not 41 stars on Colors Commodore Perry took to Japan in 1854. (NMC photo)

“It has 41 stars,” we said after a quick glance at the flag. “Look, there are three rows of seven stars and two rows of five stars.”

“No!” came the shout from several bright and confident students. “That is 31 stars!”

One glance, as we retraced our steps, revealed, yes, three rows of seven and two rows of five – duh, that’s 31, we realized.

“Great counting, kids,” we remarked, trying to ignore a red face and the teachers ‘collective sighs. We moved right along to the 44-star flag from 1891 without taking a deep breath. “Help me count the stars here.”

The “gotcha” fueled the students’ enthusiasm. Jim stepped in as emcee as Joe and I prepared to fold the casket flag, which turned out to be the larger 8-by-12-foot flag. We didn’t notice the old creases and folded the flag inside out, revealing only the stripes.

Parrs Ridge School Principal Ann Blonskowki in media room where 175 students massed in area behind her. She recommended program. (School photo)

Bloody but unbowed, we unfolded the flag and this time followed the creases. Our mistake emphasized the proscribed “Cocked Hat,” featuring the blue field of stars, the proper conclusion of the triangular fold. The lesson was driven home for teacher and student.

What was the verdict of our foray into elementary school education? We were pumped by the enthusiastic cheers of the 175 second graders as we showed them the flags to be given by their teachers, gathered our gear, found the script and waved goodbye.

We found ourselves with a hit and probability of a future gig. Principal Blonkowski and Assistant Principal Jan Bubnash were enthusiastic and didn’t hesitate to recommend our program to another school.

We will, however, conduct our own after-action and be better prepared at the next school, expecting just as much joy and spontaneity with the children.

I will improve my 10-fingered digital calculator.—© Norman M. Covert 2012

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Author in his official "Chapeau" of office with 40/8 Nationale. (Rick Stup photo)

       (EDITOR’S NOTE: La Societe des Quarante Hommes et Huit Chevaux was organized in 1920 among World War I veterans honored in founding The American Legion as an advocate for U. S. military veterans. Today the 40/8 is a separate entity, recruiting honorably discharged male and female military veterans, regardless of time in service.

       La Societe is organized in accordance with French railroads, which carried “Doughboys” to the front. Transportation usually took the form of the distinctive 40/8 Box Cars, designed to carry either 40 men or eight horses—hence the name 40/8. The commander is “chef de gare,” or station master. 

      The 40/8 supports local and national programs encouraging Americanism, Flags for First Graders, Nurses Training scholarships, Youth Sports, the Box Car societe supporting children and families of veterans and the Hansen’s Disease Center, Carville, LA. 

      The author, a Vietnam War-era U. S. Army veteran, was appointed one of four Sous Directeurs Americanism Nationale in September 2011 by National Chef de Chemin de Fer Robert Molina.

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This appeared in its original form at Feb. 28, 2012 and us used by permission of the author of The Octopus, LLC.

You may contact Mr. Covert at and

   This is utterly charming! Thanks so much, Norm! Congratulations on your appointment!

  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 03/03/12 - "We are stuck!"

This is what happens when you buy a redneck a big city big truck.  
It happened on US 41 in Inverness FL a few miles from my house.
Got to love living in Citrus County Florida.

     Thanks, Ruthie!


CROCHET BONUSES: - "Use this Lucky Shamrock Coaster pattern to bring some St. Patrick's Day charm to your table. This crochet coaster pattern is easy and you'll be able to work some up in no time. It's a practical and cute decoration for your holiday party!" - "Taste the rainbow with some colorful yarn. Crochet a bright pot o' gold coaster. These would be fun to have laying out when you have company over. Set your drink of choice on your gold." - "If you want the luck of the Irish, crochet this top hat for St. Patrick's Day. The instructions even include how to crochet a shamrock as a decoration for the hat. Wear this hat to celebrate the holiday or give it to an Irish friend!"

RECIPE BONUS: - Cincinnati Chili - "A dash of cocoa makes this a flavorful chili to reckon with! Serve this chili as is or Cincinnati “5-way” style: over spaghetti, layered with kidney beans, chopped onions, shredded Cheddar cheese, and topped with oyster crackers."

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 02/06/12 - "Recent Solar Storms Trigger Beautiful Auroras (#10 in a Series of 12)":


OOOH! Thanks, Shari!


      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 02/29/12 - "Aww pictures......... (#3 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 - 03/03/12:

Two men playing golf were held up by two women playing in front of them.

One man said, "I'll walk up to them and tell them to hurry up."

When he returned he said, "I have a problem, one of the women is my wife and the other one is my mistress."

The second man said, "I'll walk up to them and hurry them up."

He came back and said, "We both have the same problem.”


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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Radetzky March

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

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

March 2012 Calendar courtesy of - 03/03/12

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 Dancing Snoopy courtesy of Billy Turner ('65) of TX - 11/26/08
Thanks, Billy Turner!

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

Animated Laughing Woman courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 02/23/09
Thanks, Joyce!

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