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03/19/07 - NNHS Newsletter
On My Own

"Alone, alone, all, all alone,
Alone on a wide wide sea!
And never a saint took pity on
My soul in agony."

- Samuel Taylor Coleridge
(21 Oct 1772 - 25 July 1834)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   This is one of my favorite songs from one of my very favorite shows.  I found this midi which I thought, given the shortcomings and limitations of the whole genre of midis, did amazing justice to the original.  I hope you enjoy it.


   Belated Birthday Wishes to:

18 -   Johnny Mitchell ('57) of VA - 1939
18 -
  Kay Knight Midkiff Evans ('59) of VA - 1941
18 -
   Wade Scott ('66) of MO - 1948

   Happy Birthday Wishes to:
19 -
  Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA - 1948
20 -
  Sid Melton ('64) of NY - 1946
20 -
  Terri McAfee Artman ('66) of VA - 1948

    Many Happy Returns, One and All!

   By the way, I've been horribly screwing up the birthday announcements all week.  I may have finished "amending history" by now, but if you found your birthday was not listed previously when it should have been, well, uh, GULP, I'm so very sorry! 

  From Linda McKenna Sivilich ('66) of PA - 03/11/07 - "Re:   Joan's Page ***additional information***":

Dear Carol,


Here is some additional information you can add to the NNHS teachers page on my sister, Joan McKenna Ward ('60).


Joan  received her MA from University of Virginia in 1969.


Taught Spanish at Christopher Newport University for seven years, then returned to NNPS and taught at Denbigh and Menchville High Schools .


Joan retired at age 56 and has been enjoying time with her two daughters and two granddaughters.  She continues to take classes on the university level… she is currently studying ornithology and has a passion for gardening.

Joan is also the sister of    Dr. Thomas McKenna DDS (NNHS class of 1958).



Now some info about the link to Mrs. Diamonstein on her page… that is not the Mrs. Diamonstein who taught Spanish at NNHS.  The right Mrs. Diamonstein is petite and had dark brown short hair.  Someone with a 1962 Anchor would have the right picture.  She was married to the optometrist, Dr. Diamonstein.

   (Hmmm...  I have all the Anchors from 1954 to 1967 right here beside me.  Her picture should  be on page 25 of the '62, but is curiously missing......)

Joan was born March 25, 1942 in Philadelphia, PA.
Parents were Thomas and Wilma McKenna.

Yes, she knew about the reunion and even attended some of the planning meetings.

Joan married 
Franklin Ward (also class of 1960), but they are now divorced.

Her oldest daughter is Margie Myrsten who is now a teacher in NNPS.

Your friend,

Linda McKenna Sivilich

class of 1966

 Thanks, Linda!  I have at last added this information to Joan's page: 


  From Linda McKenna Sivilich ('66) of PA - 03/11/07 - "Re: page for class of 1958":

Hi Carol,
It's me you have an area on the web site for the class of 1958?
If so, I have some info to contribute about my brother,    Thomas McKenna.

   Well, yes, no, maybe so....

   We have the contact pages, which contains basic knowledge we may have, regardless of whether we are in touch with those individuals or not.:

   And should he - and Joan - wish to be added to the mailing list (and we would certainly be delighted to have them!), we have the rather amusingly named Alumni List:

   But if I understand you correctly, the only section we have which would list and picture all the members of a class and bring them into the present is for the Class of 1965.  Even though it was one of the original eight sections of the web site dating back to July of 2000, it long ago bogged down, and now is updated quite haphazardly and almost accidentally, as is painfully obvious:

   Within the different activities sections, we are more prone to find people from other classes, and of course input from everyone is found in the Newsletters, which is now the dominant portion of the site. (2005)

   Thanks again, Linda!

 From Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA - 03/17/07:

Never mind.......

   "Never mind?"  Oh, okay, I never mind.  No, wait!  Sometimes I mind, but not very well.  No, that's not right.  I'm sorry, what were we saying?!?

   Well, anyway, I enjoyed talking with you Saturday, Lady!   Take care!

  From Paula Sturtevant Comstock ('62) of TX - 03/17/07 - "vertigo":

Hi again,
This may sound silly, but it works for people with BPPV vertigo and it came from a well respected Doctor at Baylor Medical Center in Houston.  I don't know if this works for labyrinthitis vertigo, but it's worth a try.  I do this on the bed, so that I can hold on to the side of the bed. 
Here goes..........Lie on your side (no pillow and body straight) and count to 30 (this may increase the vertigo, but stick to it).  Roll over to your other side and repeat.  Roll onto your back and repeat.  Sit up slowly. 
If it hasn't worked, repeat it.  What this does is re-align what's going on in the inner ear, i.e. dislodged fibers, etc. The first part is particularly hard if you're at that nauseous stage, but if you can possible stand it, keep still and keep counting.  Good Luck and HOPE this works for y'all.    

Cheers, Paula

   Thanks, Sweetie!  I'm sure it's only a matter of time before this hits me again, so I'll try this when it does!

    From My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of IL - 03/17/07 - "03/09/06 - NNHS Newsletter - Crazy":


  I really liked that little blip on women  (it has the picture of the old lady to the young girl above it).  I think regularly, but not nearly as much as I should (but more lately, so that is good), about my sweet    Bethany (Winona Harty) - Siuslaw HS, OR - '94 - of IL) and what she does for the family and me.

Words don't come to describe to say what I feel.  Awe begins to approach the thought.  She inspires me to want to be more like her and be a better complement to her. 


I'm not trying to say that men are less than women (because men have great traits too, as by design of our Father in Heaven), but it leaves me in awe much of the time what she does for our kids and me.

I think men 'marry up' much of the time.  If both are doing their part in marriage, it is a wonderful and powerful thing.  And it couldn't begin to go right without the woman.

Anyway, keep up the good work, Mom.  And, oh, I forgot to say, thanks for praying on my behalf all those years for Father to send me such a great wife.  You knew I would need her! 

Thanks, Mom, for all you've done for me!  I love you! 


   You got yourself a grand winner there, Brent!  Thanks for letting me - and sweet Bethany - know that you know! 

   I love you, too!

  From Rip Collins ('65) of TN - 03/17/07 - "03/09/06 - NNHS Newsletter - Crazy":

"Insane people are always sure that they are fine."
Wow, what a befitting title! I have been telling    Wonderful Wayne Stokes ('65 - of VA) this ever since we first met!
Rip Collins

   OH, GOODY!!!  The banter returns between these two best friends and S.P.D. Fraternity brothers for all the rest of us to enjoy!  How I've missed it!

   Thanks, Rip Precious! Your turn, Wayne Honey!

  From Jimmy Hines ('64) of Northern VA - 03/17/07:

Hi, Carol...

Hope you and yours are well...I'm doing ok. If you can open this, people might enjoy it, if it hasn't been seen before or you haven't already used it.  This is from Hartman Beynon, US Army Band retired, and a trumpet player...who received it from another friend...more good stuff forwarded from friend to friend! As always, edit as you see fit.


"Don't usually like to forward things....but this touched me growing up an Army brat....this is what I was raised on, believe in, and am thankful for.....having lost a father and a brother (my brother loved John Wayne) who served tremendously and gave everything they had for our country....we are all so blessed....the pics are beautiful....makes you want to take a trip around our to all...Dee"

   Hey, Jimmy, it's good to hear from you!  I'm 92.4% certain we've run this before, but there again, it's one of those things which bears repeating.  But it wasn't included in your mailing.  That didn't bother me initially, as I was relatively certain I could find i, either on our own site, or through Googling it online.  But I've searched for an hour now and "I cannot find it here or there; I cannot find it anywhere."

   "Anyone?  Anyone?"

   Thanks, Sweetie!

  From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 03/17/07:

...well, you are better and I have a terrible cold.  It started with a scratchy throat on Thursday.  Friday my tonsils felt like they were shaking hands.  Today it wasn't much better but I have been gargling and taking cold meds.  I am hoping for a better day tomorrow. 

Love you, Jeanb

   OH, NO!!!!!  I'm so sorry to hear this, Jean!  When I say, "Get Well Soon", you can well imagine the empathy I have for you!

   From Bob Parrish ('68) of VA - 03/8/07 - "Here she is, the U.S.S. New York":

This was just sent to me by my brother. It might be of interest to some on the web site. It's one answer we had to 9/11.
Bob Parrish
  U.S.S. New York  

It was built with 24 tons of scrap steel from the World Trade Center.

It is the fifth in a new class of warship - designed for missions that include special operations against terrorists. It will carry a crew of 360 sailors and 700  combat-ready Marines to be delivered ashore by helicopters and assault craft.

Steel from the World Trade Center was melted down in a foundry in Amite, LA to cast the ship's bow section. When it was poured into the molds on Sept. 9, 2003, "those big rough steelworkers treated it with total reverence,"  recalled Navy Capt. Kevin Wensing, who was there. "It was a spiritual moment for everybody there."

Junior Chavers, foundry operations manager, said that when the trade center steel first arrived, he touched it with his hand and the "hair on my neck stood up."  

"It had a big meaning to it for all of us," he said. "They knocked us down. They can't keep us down. We're going to be back."

The ship's motto? "Never Forget."

   WOWZERS!!!  Thank you, Bob! This is truly awesome!

  From Sandra Canepa ('56) of VA) - 03/18/07 - "Buckroe & Crossroads Entertainment Complex":

Supporters for saving Buckroe's Lots B as a professionally designed Bayfront city park.  with ample off-street public parking,  need to be aware there is still action you can take in the latest attempt to save Buckroe's Lots B as a magnificent bay front city park.
Even though Council picked Option B for Lots B on January 24, and Option B calls for the development of two of Buckroe's Lots B with residential housing, those lots cannot be sold to any developer without first going through a public hearing.   Until that time arrives, Hampton City Council needs to continue hearing from the public, and the public as a whole needs to know there is still hope.   Option B can be viewed on
The latest hope to save Lots B as a park has come up because of Hampton's new $200M Plan for the Crossroads Entertainment Complex which is scheduled to be developed in the Coliseum/Convention Center area.  
A Daily Press story on February 16 indicated Crossroads is going to need every ounce of help, vision and imagination a city government can commit in order to vie with the other entertainment venues in the area because, with seven, Hampton Roads  is thought to have more live-performance theaters per capita than any market in the country.
The following Letter to the Editor was printed in today's Daily Press.  It may explain the situation a little better but it also outlines what actions can be taken by anyone still concerned about saving Buckroe's Lots B for our now and future generations.
Why can't Council see the immense value of having both a Crossroads and a beautiful Bay front park, two uniquely different visitor-welcoming attractions,  to tout versus only one?    Further, if Buckroe is destroyed for thousands  by this Council and city staff, and if Crossroads doesn't make it, what unique attraction is Hampton going to be able to offer visitors and tourists in the future?
Why can't Council recognize visitors and tourists want beaches,  and if they don't find something welcoming and attractive in Buckroe they are going to travel to Yorktown or Virginia Beach.   And, believe me, after tourists have spent a long tiring round-trip to those beaches, either through the tunnel or on the interstate, they are not going to want to attend anything that night, no matter how entertaining.
How much better would it be for Hampton and the Crossroads Entertainment Complex to be able to advertise:
Please let Hampton City Council hear your thoughts on developing Buckroe into a welcoming, attractive world class city park to market along beside the Crossroads entertainment complex, and vice versa.  
Thank you.  Sandra Canepa

March 18, 2007

Crossroads & Buckroe

I applaud the Hampton City Council for considering everything the new Crossroads entertainment complex is expected to do for Hampton. The Daily Press reports that Hampton is looking for Crossroads to be "an attempt to make Hampton a destination" and is "looking for people to come in." ("Hampton's $200M plan," Feb. 15)

Buckroe Beach and Lots B have been the goose that has laid, and continue to lay, golden eggs in the form of attracting thousands of people and thousands of dollars in revenue to a proven destination. Now the council wants to cut up, sell off and destroy this known attraction in hopes its "new goose," the Crossroads complex, will lay the golden eggs for Hampton in the future.

How much more sense would it make for Hampton to have two major attractions to tout; one tried and true, but improved into a magnificent bayfront park with ample off-street parking, and the other, new and untried but needing all the help possible to compete with the other six entertainment complexes in the area.

The council is doing the XL Development Group a huge disservice by not doing all it can as the hosting city to help ensure it a success. Why would the council destroy one financially proven "one-of-a-kind" destination spot to lay all the onus on an unproven Crossroads in "an attempt to make Hampton a destination" when together the two certainly would be a winning ticket and better for everyone involved?

Doesn't it make good business sense for the council to reconsider its earlier vote on Buckroe's Lots B (view Option B at

Contact the council at 727-6315 or, and let them hear your thoughts on developing Buckroe along with the Crossroads complex.

Sandra Canepa


   Thank you so much, Sandra!  I'm delighted to see there's still hope and that you and your committee are still working so diligently to save this for all of us.

   Now, y'all do your part, too!

    From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA - 03/18/07 - "60th Birthday Party":

If you would be so kind as to post this on your site, we would certainly appreciate the assistance.
The NNHS 1965 Reunion Team is back in action!  As much as we may not like it, we must face the fact that the majority of us will have our 60th birthday this year.  Even though we've only been out of school "a few years", we have verified that 60 is the correct number.  The 55th picnic was well received, so we're going to do the same thing for the 60th. 
Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 30, 2007.  We'll be meeting at Shelter #4 at Newport News Park on Jefferson Avenue in Newport News from 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.   After some discussion among the Reunion Team, we decided this would be an open event with all NNHS classes welcome.  If you haven't yet reached 60, it will afford an opportunity to practice.  If you have, you can act like Jack Benny and move back a few years.  No matter the case, all are welcome.
It's never too early to make plans, so mark your calendar today and we'll follow up shortly with further information.  If you have any questions please contact Dave Arnold at (757) 618-6646.  We look forward to seeing you in June!

Dave Arnold

   YIPPEE!!!  Certainly, Dave!  I made you a brand new page, and our Wizard of Wonderment,    Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA picked the perfect music for it:

   This information is now posted on the main page of the web site, and will be carried in each Newsletter from now until then.

   Thanks, Dave! Sounds like fun!

From One of my Famous Marines -    Herb Hice of MI, who served in the Pacific Theater
during WWII - 03/19/07 - "Dear Carol, Our Wedding Picture, Feb.15, 1945":


Dear Carol,

Here is Gloria's and my Wedding picture. I joined    Joe Madagan's ('57 - of FL) Marines, Together We Served Website, and this is the latest picture I entered in My Profile. I thought you would like to see it ??? So far I have entered 45 Pictures. You have seen some of them. I am happy he accepted my entry; it is very interesting. More later,

Your Friend, Herbie

February 15, 1945

   Oh, Herbie Darlin', aren't y'all just so adorable?!? Thanks for sharing this with us, Sweetie!   And I'm so glad you and Joe connected through the Together We Served site.  It's a very valuable resource!

  From Pam Smith Arnold ('65) of VA - 03/19/07 - "RE: Calendar Girl AND It's All in the Game":


I sang the whole song, in private of course; it is not fun to hear me sing.

Love, Cuz

   OH, GOOD, Cousin Pam!  I'm so glad to hear that!  One of the main reasons I include all the lyrics to each song (well, not counting my obsessive nature, of course!) is so we can all sing along!  I always sing along.  When I'm all alone in the house, I sing quite loudly - sort of like, say, Ethel Merman

   I'm sure the neighbors love it.   Thanks, Lady!


  From Brenda Amos Williams ('62) of VA - 03/16/07 - "Re: HELLO":

Hi Carol,

Here I am again asking for another favor. Would you please post on your website how much we would love to find our 1962 classmates? I know that lots of folks that read your website, much more than our small 62 website. Our reunion is getting close (September 22) and we really would like to find as many as we can. We had a recent mailing and quite a few came back to us, such as wrong address, moved, etc. so sure would appreciate you putting that up for us.

You know also that you are always invited to attend our reunion. We really would like to invite all the classmates from 1960 to 1965 to attend our Friday night affair. Soon we will have a webpage with all the information and invitation on it.

I appreciate all you do and hope things are doing good for all of you now.

Again, thanks for the help. Keep up the GREAT WORK!

Brenda Williams
Typhoon Forever
"Be the change you wish to see in the world". -Ghandi

   Why, certainly, Brenda!   In fact, if you'll send me a list of your "missing", we'll post it and begin to search for them individually.

   Thank you for the invitation!  I'm delighted to see that you've opened your Friday night to include the two classes on either side of you.  It will be a fun time for all, and I'm glad to help you in any way that I can.

   I've posted your note here on your page:


   Reunion information is ALWAYS posted very near the top on the front page, and on the Reunion Page section:

   Henceforth, it will be repeated here, lest you forget:
The NNHS Class of 1965 will celebrate their 60th Birthdays
 on Saturday, June 30, 2007 at Shelter #4 at Newport News Park on Jefferson Avenue in Newport News from 2:00 - 6:00 PM.   This will be an open event with all NNHS classes welcome. 
If you haven't yet reached 60, it will afford an opportunity to practice.  If you have, you can act like Jack Benny
and move back a few years.  No matter the case, all are welcome.
It's never too early to make plans, so mark your calendar today and we'll follow up shortly with further information. 
  We look forward to seeing you in June!

 CONTACT: Dave Arnold at or call him at 757-618-6646.


The NNHS Class of 1960
will hold a
Typhoon Informal Reunion

on Saturday, August 4th, 2007 at the lovely beach
home of Mary Ann Edwards Elliot on Willoughby
Spit. This will be an afternoon into evening beach
party with covered dish dinner.

Karen Weinstein Witte
14314 Wadsworth Dr. Odessa, FL  33556


The NNHS Class of 1962
will hold its 45-Year Reunion
on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 21, 22 and 23, 2007 at the Point Plaza Suites, 950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23601.

Suites will be available that will include breakfast
on Saturday and Sunday.

Visit Brenda's 1962 Web Page:


The NNHS Class of 1957 
is planning its 50-Year Class Reunion,
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday,
September 7, 8 and 9, 2007
at the Omni Hotel in Newport News, VA.

More details to follow!

The NNHS Class of 1958
is planning its 50th Anniversary Reunion,

Friday and Saturday, May 16 -17, 2008.

The Noble Gathering

More details to follow!

  From Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) of VA - 02/02/07 - "Amazing chalk drawings on the road"
(#17 in a Series of 28):


Hi Carol ... check out these pictures! They would be good to use one at a time for your newsletter.

Take care!


More chalk drawings from Julian Beever.  Incredible!!!!!  Julian is an English artist who's famous 
for his 3D art on the pavements of England, France, Germany, USA, Australia and Belgium.
Girl in Swimming Pool (Remember, both his feet in reality are flat on the pavement.)

   That they would; they're incredible!  Thanks, Babe!

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305

On My Own

- Lyrics by Alain Boublil; Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, Les Misérables (1980)

Lea Salonga)

And now I'm all alone again
Nowhere to turn, no one to go to.
Without a home, without a friend
without a face to say hello to
But now the night is near
And I can make-believe he's here

Sometimes I walk alone at night
When everybody else is sleeping
I think of him and then I'm happy
With the company I'm keeping
The city goes to bed
And I can live inside my head

On my own
Pretending he's beside me
All alone
I walk with him 'til morning
Without him, I feel his arms around me
And when I lose my way, I close my eyes and he has found me

In the rain
The pavement shines like silver
All the lights are misty in the river
In the darkness, the trees are full of starlight
And all I see is him and me forever and forever

And I know it's only in my mind
That I'm talking to myself and not to him
And although I know that he is blind
Still I say there's a way for us

I love him
But when the night is over
He is gone
The river's just a river
Without him, the world around me changes
The trees are bare and everywhere the streets are full of strangers

I love him
But every day I'm lonely
All my life I've only been pretending
Without me, his world will go on turning
The world is full of happiness that I have never known

I love him
I love him
I love him...
But only on my own...

"On My Own" midi courtesy of - 03/16/07

"On My Own" lyrics courtesy of - 03/16/07

The Rachels' "No Love Here" Image courtesy of - 04/06/06

Silver Bar Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 03/28/05

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 Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks, Herbie!

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

Hillsboro Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

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

Laughing Smiley courtesy of Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 02/07/05
Thanks, Janice!  Just what I needed!

Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

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