- NNHS Newsletter -
“Weather means more when you have a garden. There's nothing like listening
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
Today's theme was suggested yesterday by My Daughter, Adrienne Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL) of NC. Thanks, Baby Girl!
Curiously (and all too rarely, in this year of drought), we in Fayetteville are having a little April shower of our own at the moment.
BONUS - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ux6cZQOMg2E
- Little April Shower - from
1. Ann Mabe Leighton ('58) of NC - 04/03/08 - "Newsletter":
Please add me to the mailing list.
Ann Mabe Leighton
Certainly, Ann - welcome aboard! I've added your name to my mailing list as well as to the Alumni and Contact Pages for your class (I'll need your permission to post your email addy, so please let me know if you'd like that to be included as well):
And once again, please accept our deepest sympathies on the recent loss of your husband.
Happy Birthday tomorrow to Sylvia Hall Hammond ('66) of UT (who has one of the coolest birthdays ever - 04/04/48)!
Happy Birthday Sunday to Gerald Leonard ('66) of VA AND Aaron (Hank) Smith ('69) of ?!
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
From Chuck Jones ('66) of Northern VA - 04/01/08 - "Vote for Charley!!!":
From http://www.idigbig.com - 03/28/08:
Breed: Bernese Mountain Dog
Town: Falls Church, VA
Likes: Chasing squirrels, big
chew toys, car rides, belly rubs, slobbering on Daddy's shirts.
Dislikes: Humans without treats to offer, getting nails clipped, staying home alone with the cats.
The semifinal round of voting ends Thursday, April 03, at 11:59 p.m. The finalists will then be announced Friday, April 04, at 12:00 p.m.
WOWZERONI-RINI!!! Thanks, Chuck! Our very best wishes to you and Charley!
Y'all go vote, now - ya heah?!?
From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 04/01/08 - "RE: 04/02/08 - April Love":
Oh. OH. OHHH!!! Well, thank you again, Wayne Honey!
From Karrin Williams Frankie (Warwick
HS - '61) of VA - 04/03/08 - "Attorney's Advice - No Charge ~~ THIS IS NOT A
JOKE. PLEASE READ. VERY IMPORTANT INFO":
ATTORNEY'S ADVICE -- NO CHARGE
Read this and make a copy for your files in case you need to refer to it some day.
A corporate attorney sent the following out to the employees in his company. Maybe we should all take some of his advice!
1 . Do not sign the back of your credit cards. Instead, put "PHOTO ID REQUIRED".
2. When you are writing checks to pay on your credit card accounts, DO NOT put the complete account number on the "For" line. Instead, just put the last four numbers. The credit card company knows the rest of the number, and anyone who might be handling your check as it passes through all the check processing channels won't have access to it.
3. Put your work phone # on your checks instead of your home phone. If you have a PO Box use that instead of your home address. If you do not have a PO Box, use your work address. Never have your SS# printed on your checks (DUH!). You can add it if it is necessary but, if you have it printed, anyone can get it.
4. Place the contents of your wallet on a photocopy machine. Do both sides of each license, credit card, etc. You will know what you had in your wallet and all of the account numbers and phone numbers to call and cancel. Keep the photocopy in a safe place. I also carry a photocopy of my passport when I travel either here or abroad. We've all heard horror stories about fraud that's committed on us in stealing a name, address, Social Security number, credit cards, etc..
Unfortunately, I, an attorney, have first-hand knowledge because my wallet was stolen last month. Within a week, the thieves ordered an expensive monthly cell phone package, applied for a VISA credit card, had a credit line approved to buy a Gateway computer, received a PIN number from DMV to change my driving record information online, and more. But here's some critical information to limit the damage in case this happens to you or someone you know.
5. We have been told we should cancel our credit cards immediately. But the key is having the toll-free numbers and your card numbers handy so you know whom to call. Keep those where you can find them.
6. File a police report immediately in the jurisdiction where your credit cards, etc. were stolen. This proves to credit providers you were diligent, and this is a first step toward an investigation (if there ever is one).
But here's what is perhaps most important of all (I never even thought to do this.).
7. Call the 3 national credit reporting organizations immediately to place a fraud alert on your name and also call the Social Security fraud line number. I had never heard of doing that until advised by a bank that called to tell me an application for credit was made over the Internet in my name. The alert means any company that checks your credit knows your information was stolen, and they have to contact you by phone to authorize new credit.
By the time I was advised to do this, almost two weeks after the theft, all the damage had been done. There are records of all the credit checks initiated by the thieves' purchases, none of which I knew about before placing the alert. Since then, no additional damage has been done, and the thieves threw my wallet a way this weekend (someone turned it in). It seems to have stopped them dead in their tracks.
Now, here are the numbers you always need to contact about your wallet, etc, has been stolen:
1.) Equifax: 1-800-525-6285
2.) Experian (formerly TRW) : 1-888-397-3742
3.) Trans Union : 1- 800-680-7289
4.) Social Security Administration (fraud line): 1-800-269-0271
We pass along jokes on the Internet; we pass along just about everything.
If you are willing to pass this information along, it could really help someone.
Received the message below
from a fellow co-worker at the Corps. Hope this helps. The idea of putting
CC on hold can be good. Joe thought he lost his wallet at gas
station on Warwick Boulevard last year and after looking everywhere, called
and cancelled ALL. About two hours later, the station called and said a man
found it and turned it in to the station. All cards were there, just no
This is great information. The only change I would suggest is not to cancel your credit cards, but to suspend them. I was in a real estate class this past weekend with some multi-millionaires and they taught us a lot about credit cards, credit scores and credit history. If you suspend your credit card, you can fix any problems that popped up and keep your good credit score (the problems would be there anyway from the thieves), but if you cancel your credit card, you lose all of your history with that credit card. For example, if you only had one credit card and had an 800 credit score, if you cancel the card, your 800 credit score would drop drastically because you would no longer have a history associated with that card.
They also said that off-brand credit cards are viewed negatively by creditors, loan officers and such, even though they are not officially listed as derogatory when you look at your credit rating. If you have a Macy's card, Dillard's, Sears, anything that does not have a VISA or Master Card logo on it, you should close out the accounts. If you want a card in one of these type stores or whatever, see if you can get one with a VISA or MC logo. These cards help your credit score.
You can go to www.Freecreditreport.com and pull your credit report for free. The main (and most used by people that check your credit) is Experian. If you pay $20 or so you get a full years subscription and view all of the information on all three credit companies, Experian, Equifax and TransUnion. You can also pay $5 and they will e-mail you when there is any change to your report, such as someone doing an inquiry for your credit history, anything added to or removed from your score and so forth.
One last thing that comes to mind from this weekend...they look at your debt to available credit ratio (on each card) when they adjust your credit score. If you have more than 70% of the maximum balance on your card in use, that is a definite negative influence...around 50/50 is OK, and if you have 30% of under of your total on the card in use, that is a good mark for you. If you have several credit cards with a balance on them, move the balances to a single card, or two if you are going over the 30% mark, based on your lowest APR of course. When they see several cards and all of them have a small balance on them, they look at that negatively, as if you are juggling cards instead of just carrying a small balance on them.
New credit cards effect your score negatively, but that's only 10% of the total score. If you have new cards and it helps your available credit to debt ratio (which is 35% of your credit score), then overall, the positive outweighs the negative.
The best tip they said was to go in and
have your report cleaned up of anything that could be negative, and to have
them fax or e-mail you a letter of deletion for the items that they delete
so you'll have a copy for your records.
WOW, thanks so much for all this valuable information, Karrin!
From Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton HS - '65) of FL - 04/02/08 - "FOR BABY BOOMERS OR OLDER":
Well, we have run it a couple of times before, Gloria, but it is so hysterically funny, we're happy to run it again! Thanks, Lady!
From Jean Lankes (Hampton HS - ’72) of VA - 04/02/08 - "The movie we couldn't identify!":
WOWZERONI-RINI-ROONI-ROOTIE-TOOT-TOOTIE!!! Bhowani Junction - that's it! - the movie that's been driving me crazy (well, okay, crazier...) all these years!!! And I've been searching online for it for well over eight years now! As a 1956 release, it's about five years newer than I thought, (which no doubt delayed my finding it), and neither was it made in 3-D, but that is unquestionably it! There's even a trailer available:
INCREDIBLE!!! Thanks so very much, Jeanie!!!
From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 04/02/08 - "RE: 04/01/08 - April Fool's Day":
YOWZERONI!!! And all along I thought that I was Queen of De Nile, but I do believe Tina - our own age, you say?!? - has me beat all the way to next Tuesday!
Thanks for the laughs, Domi!
From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 04/02/08 - "Speeding Ticket.... USMC Style":
WOWZERONI!!! I love this story! Okay, so it's not EXACTLY true..... Okay, it's not even close - but what a great story!
From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 04/02/08 - "Sisters read":
A young wife sat on a sofa on a hot
humid day, drinking iced tea and visiting with her Mother. As they talked
about life, about marriage, about the responsibilities of life and the
obligations of adulthood, the mother clinked the ice cubes in her glass
thoughtfully and turned a clear, sober glance upon her daughter.
'Don't forget your Sisters,' she advised, swirling the tea leaves to the bottom of her glass. 'They'll be more important as you get older. No matter how much you love your husband, no matter how much you love the children you may have, you are still going to need Sisters. Remember to go places with them now and then; do things with them.'
'Remember that 'Sisters' means ALL the women... your girlfriends, your daughters, and all your other women relatives too. 'You'll need other women. Women always do.'
What a funny piece of advice!' the young woman thought. Haven't I just gotten married? Haven't I just joined the couple-world? I'm now a married woman, for goodness sake! A grownup! Surely my husband and the family we may start will be all I need to make my life worthwhile!'
But she listened to her Mother. She kept contact with her Sisters and made more women friends each year. As the years tumbled by, one after another, she gradually came to understand that her Mom really knew what she was talking about. As time and nature work their changes and their mysteries upon a woman, Sisters are the mainstays of her life.
After more than 50 years of living
in this world, here is what I've learned:
THIS SAYS IT ALL:
Children grow up.
Jobs come and go.
Love waxes and wanes.
Men don't do what they're supposed to do.
Colleagues forget favors.
Sisters are there, no matter how much time and how many miles are between you. A girl friend is never farther away than needing her can reach.
When you have to walk that lonesome valley and you have to walk it by yourself, the women in your life will be on the valley's rim, cheering you on, praying for you, pulling for you, intervening on your behalf, and waiting with open arms at the valley's end.
Sometimes, they will even break the rules and walk beside you...Or come in and carry you out.
Girlfriends, daughters, granddaughters, daughters-in-law, sisters, sisters-in-law, Mothers, Grandmothers, aunties, nieces, cousins, and extended family, all bless our life!
The world wouldn't be the same without women, and neither would I. When we began this adventure called womanhood, we had no idea of the incredible joys or sorrows that lay ahead. Nor did we know how much we would need each other.
Every day, we need each other still. Pass this on to all the women who help make your life meaningful.
I just did. Short and very sweet:
There are more than twenty angels in this world. Ten are peacefully sleeping on clouds. Nine are playing. And one is reading her email at this moment.
Thanks so much, Shari!
From Raoul Weinstein ('57) of FL - 04/03/08 - "Sertoma Sock Hop":
|I want to invite
everyone from NNHS to come to Lakeland,
Florida for the 22nd Annual "Almost World Famous" Sertoma Sock Hop on April
26, featuring Shirley Reeves, the original lead singer of THE
SHIRELLES!! It's our big fundraiser for the Central Florida Speech &
Hearing Center. My lip-synch group, the Weak Spots and our girls
group, the Put-Outs will be performing, along with a couple of other
known singers from our era.
I am the DJ spinning 45's of all the great hits from the 50's and 60's until, and after, the great showtime/entertainment lined up, wearing my old NNHS letter sweater and showing off my Typhoon blue and gold turntable setup. And I'll be buying free drinks for any Typhooners that show up!!
WOWZERONI-RINI!!! The closest I've ever come to Lakeland is watching CSI: Miami on television, but there's a sizable contingent of "expatriate children from the Hallowed Ground" as David (Spriggs - '64 - of VA) called us recently living close enough by to be thrilled by this news, and no doubt several dozens more in need of a fun vacation. And this certainly does sound like great and wondrous fun!
Thanks, Raoul! I've added it to our "DATES TO REMEMBER"!
PRAYER ROLL (arranged alphabetically, but not necessarily complete):
1. Jerry Allen ('65) of VA - began radiation for cancerlast 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; update of 03/24/08: last radiation treatment was Friday; "looking good and feeling pretty good except for very irritated skin and fatigue"
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"; update of 03/28/08: re-hospitalized; $1475.00 received so far
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 (late January) development of congestive heart failure plus the usual financial woes; update of 03/28/08: not as well as I'd hoped to be by now; more downs than ups.....
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; update of 03/22/08: recovering nicely
9. Frances Heath Scott ('62) of VA - inflammation of nerves; due to have been released from hospital on 02/27/08
10. Bobby Hedrick ('58) of VA - recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer; update of 03/22/08: "doing very well, no pain, just some soreness"
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; update of 03/24/08: "some good days and some bad days; the doctors caring for Herbie are just taking a wait and see approach and playing it by ear day by day"; update of 03/31/08: stays awake longer, off the ventilator longer, now enjoying his beloved opera, card shower requested
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. Jimmy Shires ('57) of VA - update of 03/30/08: emergency appendectomy caused by ruptured appendix; will be in the hospital 3 - 4 days
19. Jimmy Smith ('62) of VA - suffered heart attack 02/13/08
20. All of Us
1. Saturday, April 26, 2008 - 22nd Annual "Almost World Famous" Sertoma Sock Hop, Lakeland, FL
2. Friday and Saturday, May 16 - 17, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1958:
3. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 26 - 28, 2008 -NNHS CLASS OF 1968:
http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/reunion-class-of-1968.html - 03/31/08
4. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 17 - 19, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1963:
http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/reunion-class-of-1963.html - 03/26/08
From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 03/26/08 - "2007 Woman Drivers Awards" (#7 in a Series of 10):
The 2007 Women
|I thought concrete was hard!! This must be some kind of "funny" concrete.|
Thank you to all contestants for giving us all a reason to laugh and smile.
Thank you, Wayne Honey! This is an excellent example of why I decided never to take driver's ed or apply for a driver's license!
From Charlie Snead ('64) of NC - 03/26/08 - "Good thoughts for 2008" (#7 in a Series of 12):
I just felt you'd like this today.
Thank you for being such a friend to so many of us.
Give this heart to everyone you don't want to lose in '08 including me.
"Be kinder than necessary because everyone
One thing I can give and still keep...is my word.
Friends are like balloons; once you let them go, you might not get them back. Sometimes we get so busy with our own lives and problems that we may not even notice that we've let them fly away. Sometimes we are so caught up in who's right and who's wrong that we forget what's right and wrong. Sometimes we just don't realize what real friendship means until it is too late. I don't want to let that happen so I'm gonna tie you to my heart so I never lose you. Send it to some balloons that you think have flown away forever. You may be surprised to see it return. Send this heart to everybody you like.
Thank you so much, Charlie! You were right - I did need this!
Y'all take care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!
Love to all, Carol
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Little April Shower (from
Words by Larry Morey;
Music by Frank Churchill
Drip, drip, drop
Little April shower
Beating a tune
As you fall all around
Drip, drip, drop
Little April shower
What can compare
To your beautiful sound
Drip, drip, drop
When the sky is cloudy
Your pretty music
Can brighten the day
Drip, drip, drop
When the sun says howdy
You say goodbye right away
Drip, drip drop
Little April shower
Beating a tune
Ev'rywhere that you fall
Drip, drip drop
Little April shower
I'm getting wet
And I don't care at all
Drip, drop, drip, drop
I'll never be afraid
Of a good little
"Little April Shower" midi and lyrics courtesy of http://kids.niehs.nih.gov/lyrics/littapril.htm - 04/03/08
Image of Good Housekeeping's April 1922 Cover, "April Showers", courtesy of http://celticanamcara.blogspot.com/2007_03_01_archive.html - 04/03/08
Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of
American School Logo courtesy of http://www.americanschoolofcorr.com/grads.asp - 09/05/06
Animated Rain Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.animationlibrary.com/animation/31502/Rain_line/ - 03/30/07
Animated "NEW" clip art courtesy of http://gifsnow.com/ - 03/07/06
Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
Animated Laughing Jerry courtesy
of Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 06/14/06
Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of http://www.geocities.com/agent99bm/ - 10/02/05
Animated Laughing Smiley
McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 02/07/05
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Marine Corps Seal clip art
Herbert Hice of MI
- one of my
who served in the South
Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!!
Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of http://www1.va.gov/opa/feature/celebrate/milsongs.htm - 07/07/06
Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
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