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03/19/08 - NNHS Newsletter - Nature Song

“It's spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you've got it,
you want - oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want,
but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!”

 - Mark Twain
(30 Nov 1835 - 21 Apr 1910)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Tomorrow marks the first day of Spring, so these sounds of nature are to put you in the mood.

SPECIAL BONUS #1 - - a Paul Mounsey original - no other explanation is needed


   Happy Birthday today to    Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to our Four-Fer: My Cousin, Stuart Atkinson (Warsaw HS - '63) of VA  AND   Sid Melton ('64) of NY AND    Terri McAfee Artman ('66) of VA  AND    My Nephew, Kevin Dick (Weber HS, UT - '82) of NC!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

21 - Bob Morgan ('56) of MA AND
     My #4 Son, Joshua Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '95) of IL;
22 -
  Cookie Phillips ('64) of VA;
23 -   Richard Marshall ('66) of VA;
24 -
  Olivia House Brickey ('65) of VA;
25 -   The late Billy Williams ('57) (d. 21 May 2007) AND
   Joan McKenna Ward ('60) of VA AND    Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


1. Emily (daughter of My Niece Shari) of VA:

    From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 03/18/08 - "Emmy and me":

Thank you so much for all of you who prayed for Emily and for me. I can't thank you all enough. We just arrived home, a couple of hours ago. She had some ups and lows, but is home and safe. She'll have a long recuperation period and I'm plain out exhausted, but I know prayers were offered and heard, because just as she needed help or I comforting, things manifested.
To give two examples. Emmy's breathing was quite restricted, due to too much fluid retention. They were at a loss, as the attempts to relieve it were not coming about. She didn't even look like herself, she was so swollen. I had a calm, kind nurse who didn't overreact, yet couldn't give me permission; but decided to take the moms know best approach and winked at me as she told me to go to the room and give her a kiss and a prayer (most times with the moms know best, but it had to be inspiration.) I gave her a vitamin and the swelling went down in face, neck and tongue, within a very brief period. She still has swelling elsewhere but at least she can breathe and swallow.
Secondly, my maternal grandmother           the late Maxine Frix Buckley (John Marshall HS - '25) lived in Richmond, for quite a few of her last years. She was one of the most nurturing people I ever knew, and I and all of our family loved her dearly. She had a way of making each of us feel special, and for me it was that I was her first grandbaby. I found myself thinking of her as I passed by her old residence and funeral home, getting Emily medical supplies. On a particularly low moment, I asked if she could hear to please say some prayers and I really needed one of her hugs. She'd always sing, 'You are My Sunshine', a song I had not heard in years. I was really getting teary eyed as I was exiting the cafeteria that I gone down to quickly grab a bite, and I heard that song playing in classical format. It couldn't have come at a better time.
Emily's incision is thankfully only one, but required 64 staples. It is the full link of her back from upper neck to very low back. She did need donor blood which was of course disconcerting, but necessary. I'm so grateful that was donated. She is moving all four limbs and seems to have grown much taller, although I don't yet know her length. She's in her head, and as kids, do attempted to pull out her catheter and i.v.s and shook her head vehemently no to the nebulizer or too much movement. She had an odd reaction to dilaudid (sp?) and has been very groggy, so I imagine she is going to be great pain, but has been fairly sedated, so only moments here and there of extreme pain. Thanks much for all the sends!  I need to catch some sleep, but will be responding to any personal e-mails as the week progresses. Again thank you!,

   WOWZERONI! Thanks so much, Shari! I had no idea that her physicians would recommend her release so soon after such a major surgery! Our prayers continue to be with y'all!

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 03/16/08 - "BEACON - 22 OCT 63 (Part Two of Two)":


Friday, October 22, 1963 Friday, October 22, 1963 Friday, October 22, 1963 Friday, October 22, 1963 Friday, October 22, 1963 Friday, October 22, 1963
Page Three - TOP Page Three - TOP -
Page Three - TOP - WWII Plaque Page Three - BOTTOM Page Four - TOP Page Four - BOTTOM

   OH, SUPER GOODY - another new set! Thank you, Brown Eyes!

   GASP!!! There's the date of that Oyster Bowl Festival Parade and Game - which as you know, I've been trying to locate for FIVE YEARS!!! Thanks so very much! YOU ARE MY HERO!

Also at the top of page three is the “Lest We Forget” plaque. I wonder just where that is today???

   Ja, I wondered that too!  .....It should have been taken to Heritage High, but perhaps it went to some individual.  Someone oughta know..... 

   "Anyone? Anyone?"

  From Elaine Wilkinson Bracken ('61) of VA -  03/17/08 - "Another beautiful display of our flag!":

You can't help but be impressed with this.  I found it to be really touching. 

Another beautiful display of our flag!

I've never seen the flag and anthem presented like this opening an event before. Sure would be hard to top this.   Amazing.  

From the show at Rickenbacker Field, Columbus, Ohio, 0n 09  Sept 2007.  This was the opening ceremony each day. The camera guy stayed tight on the flag so the 4 Steerman laying smoke rings around the flag don't appear much.

   WOWZERONI-RINI-ROONI! This is breathtaking, Elaine! Thanks so much!

    From Linwood Wright ('65) of VA - 03/17/08 - "Tips on pumping your gas":


You may have seen this but it is a good reminder especially at the prices we are and will be paying. Can't hurt to try since gas is something we'll continue to need. I don't know what you guys are paying for gasoline.... but here in California we are also paying higher, up to $4.50 per gallon. But my line of work is in petroleum for about 31 years now, so here are some tricks to get more of your money's worth for every gallon. Here at the Kinder Morgan Pipeline where I work in San Jose, CA we deliver about 4 million gallons in a 24-hour period thru the pipeline. One day is diesel the next day is jet fuel, and gasoline, regular and premium grades. We have 34-storage tanks here with a total capacity of 16,800,000 gallons.

Only buy or fill up your car or truck in the early morning when the ground temperature is still cold. Remember that all service stations  have their storage tanks buried below ground. The colder the ground the more dense the gasoline, when it gets warmer gasoline expands, so buying in the afternoon or in the evening....your gallon is not exactly a gallon. In the petroleum business, the specific gravity and the temperature of the gasoline, diesel and jet fuel, ethanol and other petroleum products plays an important role. A 1-degree rise in temperature is a big deal for this business. But the service stations do  not have temperature compensation at the pumps.

When you're filling up do not squeeze the trigger of the nozzle to a fast mode. If you look you will see that the trigger has three stages: low, middle, and high. In slow mode you should be pumping on low speed, thereby minimizing the vapors that are created while you are pumping. All hoses at the pump have a vapor return. If you are pumping on the fast rate, some of the liquid that goes to your tank becomes vapor. Those vapors are being sucked up and back into the underground storage tank so you're getting less worth for your money.

One of the most important tips is to fill up when your gas tank is HALF FULL. The reason for this is, the more gas you have in your tank the less air occupying its empty space. Gasoline evaporates faster than you can imagine. Gasoline storage tanks have an internal floating roof. This roof serves as zero clearance between the gas and the atmosphere, so it  minimizes the evaporation. Unlike service stations, here where I work, every truck that we load is temperature compensated so that every gallon is actually the exact amount

Another reminder, if there is a gasoline truck pumping into the storage tanks when you stop to buy gas, DO NOT fill up--most likely the gasoline is being stirred up as the gas is being delivered, and you might pick up some of the dirt that normally settles on the bottom.

Hope this will help you get the most value for your money. DO SHARE THESE TIPS WITH OTHERS!. Bottom line ~ fill up in the morning in the slow mode when your tank is half full but not when the tankers are filling the storage tanks.

   Thanks, Linwood! I ran it through, and as the Status is Undetermined, these practices certainly couldn't hurt!

        From My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of OH - 03/17/08 - "Upcoming Electric and Hybrid car in 2008":

Howdy all!  I just wanted to share this.  I was quite impressed with this new car design called the Aptera.  Well, just check out their website at:

There is a short video you can watch.  I was skeptical at first, but after I watched it, I'd like to buy one!  Man, my expense report would be nearly all profit!!

At any rate, just be aware.  Maybe this one will hit the market now that it is widely known in the world.  Usually big oil/car markers/big business kills off all the competition before it can hit the market.

Enjoy!  bh

   WOWZERONI!!! Thanks, Brent!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 03/17/08 - "When you'll get your rebate check - Mar. 17, 2008":


 Joyce Cahoon

  Thanks, Joyce!

       From Carol Anne Comer Cutler ('70) of VA - 03/17/08 - "NNHS Class of 1970":

I see where    Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67 - of FL) signed on.  As she mentioned, her brother Garland ('70) passed in 2001.  We did not have a picture of him for our "In Memoriam" section.  Maybe she could provide a picture or two.
Thanks, Carol Anne Comer Cutler '70

   Thanks, Carol Anne! I forwarded your note to Ruth Ann (okay, a little belatedly, but I did).  Soon we'll know whether or not her computer is equipped with that capability.

  From Judy Phillips ('66) Allen  of VA - 03/18/08 - "Malachi 3:3":

My aunt sent this and I found it very comforting so I am sharing it.

Malachi 3:3 says; 'He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver.'     
This verse puzzled some women in a Bible study and they wondered what this statement meant about the character and nature of God.
One of the women offered to find out the process of refining silver and get back to the group at their next Bible Study. That week, the woman called a silversmith and made an appointment to watch him at work. She didn't mention anything about the reason for her interest beyond her curiosity about the process of refining silver.  
As she watched the silversmith, he held a piece of silver over the fire and let it heat up. He explained that in refining silver, one needed to hold the silver in the middle of the fire where the flames were hottest as to burn away all the impurities.  
The woman thought about God holding us in such a hot spot; then she thought again about the verse that says:  'He sits as a refiner and purifier of silver.' She asked the silversmith if it was true that he had to sit there in front of the fire the whole time. 
The man answered that yes, he not only had to sit there holding the silver, but he had to keep his eyes on the silver the entire time it was in the fire. If the silver was left a moment too long in the flames, it would be destroyed.
The woman was silent for a moment. Then she asked the silversmith, 'How do you know when the silver is fully refined?'

He smiled at her and answered,
'Oh, that's easy -- when I see my image in it.'
If today you are feeling the heat of the fire , remember that God has his eye on you and will keep watching you until He sees His image in you.
Pass this on right now. This very moment, someone needs to know that God is watching over them. And, whatever they're going through, they'll be a better person in the end.

'Life is a coin. You can spend it anyway you wish, but you can only spend it once.'

   Thanks so much, Judy! I've used this story several times while teaching classes to youth. It works just as well for adults!


1.   From Joe Drewry ('58) of VA to the Class of 1958 - 03/18/08 - "NNHS58 Meeting Notice, hat & polo shirt & "Memory Book":


A reunion planning meeting will be held at Tzina Zwerdling Richman's home tomorrow night, Wednesday, 3/19/08 at 6:30pm.
Several of you have volunteered to help with our weekend and now is the time to step up to the plate.  This meeting will be your opportunity to sign on to assist with some of the work that will need to be done.  Call or email Tzina to give her an idea of how many to expect.  And don't miss the opportunity to enjoy the sunset over the James from her home while enjoying your favorite libation.

Terry Elvington has been in touch with someone who can provide hats and polo shirts on order.  Sample shown in the photo below.  Perhaps a decision about offering and pricing of these items will be made at the meeting tomorrow night.  If a decision is made, a preliminary order could be placed via email.   The final order will be confirmed with receipt of your check. 

   WOWZERONI-RINI!!! Those are really spiffy! Y'all have a great meeting, Joe!

2. From Elizabeth Tedder Nunnally ('68) of VA - 03/16/08 - "1968 Reunion - NNHS":


The Reunion Committee for the NNHS Class of 1968 is currently working on its 40 Year Reunion.  Plans are presently for the last weekend of September (26, 27, 28).  We plan a get-together on Friday evening, a Dinner-Dance for Saturday, and Brunch for Sunday.

Also, a tour of NNHS (now Huntington Hall) has already been set in motion for Saturday.  ANYONE who ever went to NNHS in any class is WELCOME to join us as we go "down memory lane".

Class members need to forward any new addresses to me ASAP at .

Thanks for all the GREAT work you do to keep NNHS "alive and kicking"!  What would we do without you!!!

Thanks,  Elizabeth Tedder Nunnally ('68)

   SUPER-DE-DUPER!!! Thanks so much, Elizabeth! I've posted this announcement on the main page (about 1/3 of the way down), and I've made you your own Reunion Page: 

3.   From Barbara Fritsche Barnes ('63) of VA - 03/17/08:

Hi Carol..
I would like to post the following Class of 63 Reunion Save the Date notice on your wonderful website asap. Also, can it be a reoccurring item for awhile to allow maximum exposure?
Thanks your all of your hard work and commitment to the site.  Please plan to join us!
NNHS Class of 63 graduates.  SAVE THE DATE & mark your calendar for the weekend of October 17th, 18th & 19th to celebrate our 45-year class reunion. Location and details to follow.  Please provide your current email & mailing address to to receive YOUR reunion registration info. 
Thanks, Carol.  Please let me know if I need to do anything else and how long this announcement can remain on the site.

   DOUBLE SUPER-DE-DUPER!!! Thanks so much, Barbara! I've posted this announcement on the main page, also about 1/3 of the way down, and I've updated your Reunion Page for you:

PRAYER ROLL (arranged alphabetically, but not necessarily complete):

1.   Jerry Allen ('65) of VA - began radiation for cancer last week of February; it was delayed when he was diagnosed with pneumonia on 02/20/08; update of 03/11/08: recovered from pneumonia, is in his third week of radiation, and seems to be doing well. He is back at work and comes home tired, but overall, he is in pretty good shape.

2.   Connie Bloxom Thompson ('66) of MD - multiple heath and financial issues; needing cataract surgery to prevent inevitable blindness ASAP; update of 03/11/08: "SO FAR, 1/2 FUNDS FOR 1 EYE PROCEDURE"

3. My Friend Judy of IL -  shoulder replacement surgery - 04/22/08

4. Clyde Bryant ('58) of PA - heart replacement surgery - 12/13/07

5.      Me ('65) of NC - recent escalation of shortness of breath, heart and blood pressure problems plus the usual .....; update of 03/12/08: not a great deal of change; still ups and downs

6.   Evelyn Casey Snead ('57) of VA - gallbladder surgery on 03/12/08

7. Emily (daughter of My Niece Shari) of VA - advancing scoliosis; surgery 03/11/08; update of 03/12/08: surgery went well, running slight fever; update of 03/18/08: had some ups and lows, but is home again

8. Karen Hampton (Hampton HS - '64) of VA - knee surgery on 03/13/08

9.         My Daughter, Adrienne Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL) of NC - slight brain concussion - 03/09/08 - update of 03/14/08: still taking it easy, but probably progressing as well as can be expected

10. Frances Heath Scott ('62) of VA - inflammation of nerves; due to have been released from hospital on 02/27/08

11.   Heidi Hice MacKay of MI and her Family - stressing over their beloved patriarch since late January 2008; update of 03/17/08: still needing our prayers

12.       Herb Hice of MI and the MacKay Family - triple bypass surgery plus carotid artery cleanup - @ 01/25/08; update of 03/10/08: still being sedated while not on the ventilator, but made it for nine hours on 03/09/08; "holding his own"; update of 03/17/08: not much progress, but no regression, either

13. Deloris Jackson Morgan ('66) of VA? - recovering from surgery on her ankle

14. Linda Lamb Stokes (Hampton HS - '66) of VA - surgery of the cervical spine on 3/5/08 to place a new stainless steel plate and screws to eliminate extremely severe pain; update of 03/13/08: "better, but still a bit away from 'good'"

15. Patsy Lewis Hancock ('57) of VA - suffered second massive heart attack - 01/31/08; update of 03/13/08: "is doing very well.  She is taking some kind of cardio rehab therapy and she is feeling well enough that she has gone back to work.  She's only working 1/2 days..."

16.       John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA - lumbar surgery to fix a spinal stenosis [ laminectomy]; will also involve fusion of vertebrae - 02/05/08

17. Pam Pennington Cherry ('58) of VA - congestive heart failure; cardiac ablation procedure - 02/06/08; second surgery on 02/20/08 for aneurysm; update of 03/17/08 - still experiencing difficulty with heart racing, breathing and pressure in her chest; pray that cardiac ablation procedure will not have to be repeated, and that Pam can learn to REST!

18.   Catherine Slusser Hudson ('64) of VA - recent surgery on right knee

19.     Jimmy Smith ('62) of VA - suffered heart attack 02/13/08

20. All of Us


1. Friday and Saturday, May 16 - 17, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1958: - 03/18/08

2. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 26 - 28, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1968: - 03/18/08

3. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 17 - 19, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1963:  - 03/18/08

   Y'all have a good weekend - and 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  
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Nature Song

"Nature Song" midi courtesy of - 03/19/08

Image of Springtime Potpourri courtesy of - 03/19/08

Multi Flower Divider Line clip art courtesy of - well, I don't know, but it's been in my files since 04/28/07

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

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 again, Herbie!!

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

John Marshall High School's Justice Scale clip art courtesy of Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05
Thanks, Cheryl!

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

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

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

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

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
Thanks, Al!

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