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04/23/11 - NNHS Newsletter - Easter Saturday

See the land, her Easter keeping,
Rises as her Maker rose.
Seeds, so long in darkness sleeping,
Burst at last from winter snows.
Earth with heaven above rejoices...

- Charles Kingsley
(12 June 1819 – 23 Jan 1875)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Okay, we have Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, and even Easter Monday, but there's no such thing as Easter Saturday.  I made that one up myself.  Today is, however, the fifth full day of Passover.  But I thought today might be a good time to look at the more frivolous aspects of the Easter holiday - bunnies, lambies, duckies, chickies, eggs, baskets, candy, flowers, new clothes, and such.  (Yes, I know they all have their origins in the concept of the Resurrection and new life, but ya gotta admit, they're much more playful.)

BONUS #1 - - Here Comes Peter Cottontail - Gene Autry

BONUS #2 - - Here Comes Peter Cottontail - A charming look at one family's Easter Memories

BONUS #3 - - Peter Cottontail



   Happy Birthday today to   Evelyn Casey Snead ('57) of VA AND Peggy Hartsel Sack ('57)!

   Happy Easter Birthday tomorrow to Donald Smith ('57) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to: 

25 - Lolly Wynne Burke ('57) AND    Bobbie Smith Horwitz ('65) of TX;

26 - Deanna Steele Capps ('57) AND   Becky Braswell Branch ('65) of AR;

27 -     Bill Campbell ('54) of VA AND Genis Bird Crowder Hornsby ('54) AND Barbara Jones ('54);

28 - Marvin Barnes ('65) of VA;

29 -   Brenda Davis English ('64) of KS AND    Mike Sagman ('66) of VA!

    Many Happy Returns to You All!


  From Susan Avent Hill ('66) of VA - 04/22/11 - "Change of email address":

Hello Carol,

Would you please change my email address for me to continue to receive the NNHS Newsletters to Thank you so much.

Susan Avent Hill
Class of ‘66

   Thank you, Susan! I have you all switched now!

    From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 04/22/11 - "Happy Easter, Carol":

Today it is beautiful here in New England.  We finally have daffodils and forsythia in bloom, grape hyacinths, and our tulips are almost ready to pop.  Spring is a long time coming here and New Englanders really get into gardening because the winters are so long and the summers are so short.  In the next few weeks the nurseries will be swamped with folks buying plants, especially on the weekends.  I am a container gardener and my husband plants the bulbs.  

   Hallelujah! The regional differences in the seasons have always fascinated me.  When we left west central Illinois on March 15 to travel down to Southeast Missouri, very little was happening here on the flower front.  The further south we drove, the more bulbs and flowering bushes and trees we saw.  By the time we returned on March 19, spring had arrived here, too!

   Enjoy your season of beauty, Jean - no matter how short-lived it may be!

    From Jerry ('65) and    Judy Phillips ('66) Allen of VA - 04/22/11 - "Inspiring for Good Friday": 

Have a wonderful, inspirational Resurrection Day!
God bless you!

I found this site inspiring and beautiful.  A wonderful Good Friday meditation.

   Thank you so much, Sweetie-Pies - this is very moving!

    From Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 04/23/11, 6:03 AM - "The Covert Letter":

Reader Alert

Posted: 18 Apr 2011 02:55 PM PDT

The Covert Letter is pleased to publish a series of Holy Week daily reports from Jerusalem covering Jesus of Nazareth and his pilgrimage in concert with the Feast of Passover. Our special correspondent will have reports for you each day on the unfolding story. The first installment begins today.

This was inspired by a five-part series written in 1959 by        Harry Covert ('57 - of MD) in The Times-Herald, Newport News, Virginia. Harry had the late    Rev. Harry M. Covert Sr. (20 Sept 1908 - 04 Dec 1985) to verify the accuracy of his work. The editor is solely responsible for the accuracy of the reports. Illustrations are from The Rev. Mr. Covert’s collection of lantern slides shown on a circa 1900 Magic Lantern as part of his ministry.

Norman Covert

Jerusalem Dispatches — Part IV

Posted: 22 Apr 2011 06:22 PM PDT



Special to The Covert Letter

Jerusalem (April 22) – Jesus of Nazareth, who captivated the city’s religious faithful with soaring rhetoric and solemn proclamations, is dead. Confirmation came from the office of Gov. Pontius Pilot.

Jesus of Nazareth on cross at Calvary. (Blackhawk Lantern Slide)

Jesus was convicted this morning on charges of blasphemy and heresy at the behest of High Priest Joseph Caiaphas of the Sanhedrin. With Jesus a citizen of Galilee, Tetrarch Herod Antipas was requested to determine proper jurisdiction. He returned Jesus to Governor Pilot, who pronounced judgment.

An unexplained twilight covered the city from noon until mid-afternoon when an earthquake rocked the region causing widespread damage. Rescue crews were searching downed buildings for survivors and many were treated for minor injuries.

Searchers identified the body of Judas Iscariot, who is alleged to have betrayed his mentor and rabbi Jesus to the Sanhedrin. A medical examiner said Judas apparently died from strangulation and other wounds at his own hand. He had no money or other personal effects.

Spokesmen in the Temple said the earthquake caused irreparable damage to the ancient sacramental veil, which prevented entry to the so-called “Holy of Holies,” except by High Priest Caiaphas. It dates to the original Temple of Solomon and cannot be replaced, scholars said, adding the implications could amount to a new direction for the Church.

The earthquake occurred simultaneous to the moment when Jesus, who had been nailed to the broad-beam cross, is said to have proclaimed in his native Aramaic, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani,” translated as “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?”

Gov. Pontius Pilot weighs evidence against Jesus. (Blackhawk Lantern Slide)

The ground continued to rumble and the ominous sky provided a tragic backdrop for his final words, “It is finished.”

Two men convicted as thieves in the court also died later in the ritual crucifixion, their legs broken by Roman executioners. A defendant named Barabbas, who was to be sentenced for murder, was pardoned and released by Governor Pilot a permitted legal move under Roman law. It effectively convicted Jesus, analysts said.

“Take him away,” Governor Pilot was quoted. “This man (Jesus) has done nothing. I wash my hands of any responsibility in this decision. It is yours to own.”

Mourners braved the unsettled conditions, flocking to Golgotha, just outside the Damascus Gate, to venerate the man many believe is the son of God. His admission to interrogators that he is “The Christ,” set the stage for final judgment demanded by the Sanhedrin.

One of the elite Praetorian Guard Centurions said he was awed by the spectacle of Jesus’ courage on the cross. He said, aside from the ordeal of having nails driven into his hands and feet to suspend him on the wooden cross, one of his soldiers stabbed him in the side with a spear and he was given vinegar on a sponge when he asked for a drink of water.

Women identifed (from left) as Mary, mother of Jesus; Mary Magdelene; and Mary, wife of Cleophas. Darkened sky is an ominous backdrop for Jesus' impending death. (Blackhawk Lantern Slide)

“Surely,” the Centurion proclaimed, “he is the son of God!”

A Praetorium spokesman said permission had been given by Governor Pilot for a man named Joseph of Arimathea to take custody of Jesus’ body. His death comes on what Jews identify as the day of preparation for the “Passover Shabat,” prompting the need for urgent burial. The others remained on their crosses as a threat to other potential criminals.

Joseph asked reporters to respect family and friends helping transport the body, which he wrapped in a linen cloth. The site included a tomb hewn from a rock formation which will be sealed after the body is prepared according to tradition.

Witnesses identified Jesus’ mother Mary, along with close friends Mary Magdalene and Mary the wife of Cleophas, who were at the crucifixion site, also known as Calvary. They were seen beginning a vigil at the tomb.

Governor Pilot ordered a 24-hour guard on the burial site to prevent Jesus’ followers from stealing the body and claiming that he had returned from the dead, as Jesus predicted.

The eventful day began when the Sanhedrin rushed a shackled Jesus to Governor Pilot’s courtroom. According to Roman law, Jesus underwent a rigorous physical and emotional beating. He was stripped and a mock regal purple robe was wrapped around him. A soldier fashioned a crown out of sprigs from a thorn bush, saying it made Jesus officially “King of the Jews.”

Joseph of Arimathea directs removal of Jesus' body from cross and ultimate burial in nearby tomb. (Blackhawk Lantern Slide)

Jesus, bleeding and weakened from his two-day-plus ordeal, was forced to carry the heavy cross the distance to Golgotha along the Roman decumanus maximus, main route across town. Jesus fell three times with his burden and was assisted at one point by a Cyrenian man named Simon. The cross was believed to have been constructed of either cedar or ubiquitous oil wood.

A crude sign was nailed at the top as Jesus’ cross was hoisted into position, proclaiming the same admonition, “King of the Jews.”

Of the two convicted men flanking Jesus’ cross, one taunted that if he was “The Christ” he should save himself. However, the other is said to have asked Jesus to remember him when he comes into his “kingdom.”

Jesus is said to have answered, “This day you will be in paradise with me.” –©Norman M. Covert 2011

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   Thank you so much, Norm - and Harry!

    From the Head Flagtwirler of 1965, Janice McCain Rose of Northern VA - 04/22/11 - "THE EASTER TREE IN GERMANY!!! WOW!":



Would you look at this?
This is so BEAUTIFUL ... Happy Easter, everyone!

Strangely enough, such a thing as an Easter tree already exists, and it can be found in Germany. Around 1945, when he was just a young boy, Volker Kraft saw his very first Easter Tree (Eierbaum, Osterbaum or Ostereirbaum, in German), and decided he would have one of his very own, when he grew up.

Time passed and young Volker became a married man, with a family and everything. But his childhood dream stuck with him, and he decorated his first Easter Tree in 1965. He used 18 colored plastic eggs. But the tree was growing fast ... he and his wife, Christa couldn't afford to waste so many Easter eggs. So they began drilling holes into the eggs, using the contents in the kitchen and the painted egg shells as decorations. When their children grew up, they started helping with the decorating.

The Easter Tree became a family tradition, known not only in their home town of Saalfeld, but all of Germany.

After their kids moved out of the house, it seemed the Easter Tree would finally catch a break, but their grandsons arrived and the Krafts went back to decorating their giant tree. The number of Easter eggs hung by the tree's branches grew every year and in 2010 it reached an incredible 9,500 eggs.

For images and "the rest of the story," see HERE:

  Thanks so much, Janice!


   I myself used to have a holiday tree which stayed in place all year and changed decorations with each of the seasons. Here's a shot of my first Easter tree in 1998.


  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA AND     From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 04/22/11 - "HAPPY EASTER":

A man is driving along a highway and sees a rabbit jump out across the middle of the road.

He swerves to avoid hitting it, but unfortunately the rabbit jumps right in front
of the car.

The driver, a sensitive man as well as an animal lover, pulls over and gets out to see what has become of the rabbit.  Much to his dismay, the rabbit is the
Easter Bunny, and he is DEAD.

The driver feels so awful that  he begins to cry. A beautiful blonde woman driving down the road sees a man crying on the side of the road and pulls over.

She steps out of the car and asks the man what's wrong.

"I feel terrible," ! he explains, "I accidentally hit the Easter Bunny with my car and KILLED HIM."

The blonde says, "Don't worry."

She runs to her car and pulls out a spray can.  She walks over to the limp, dead  Easter Bunny, bends down, and sprays the contents on him.

The  Easter Bunny  jumps up, waves a paw at the them and hops off down the road.

Ten feet away he stops, turns around and waves again, he hops down the road another 10 feet, turns and waves, hops another ten feet, turns and waves, and repeats this again and again and again and again, until he hops out of sight.

The man is astonished.  He runs over to the woman and demands, "What is in that can?  What did you spray on the Easter Bunny ?"

The woman turns the can around so that the man can read the label.

It says..

(Are you ready for this?)

(Are you sure?)

(You know you're gonna be sorry)

(Last chance)

(OK, here it is)

It says,

"Hair Spray - Restores life to dead hair, and adds a permanent wave."

Happy Easter!!!

   WILD GIGGLES! Thanks, Joyce - and Joan!



Job Competition:

Two bright young engineers applied for the same position at a computer company. As they had identical qualifications, the company asked the two applicants to take a ten-question test. At the conclusion of the test, one of the applicants was called into the manager's office.

"I have graded the test, and you both scored nine correct answers and got one answer wrong. Thank you for your interest, but we've decided to give the job to the other applicant."

"And why would you choose him if we both got nine questions correct?" asked the rejected applicant.

"We have based our decision not on the correct answers, but on the question you missed," said the Department manager.

"And just how would one incorrect answer be better than the other?" the rejected applicant inquired.

"Simple," said the Department manager, "The other gentleman answered Question #5, 'I don't know.' Your answer to Question #5 was, 'Neither do I.'"


1. Saturday, April 30, 2011 - The NNHS Class will have a Luncheon. Team Leaders are Mickey Marcella ( - 757-249-3800), Betty Hamby Neher ( - 757-898-5099), and Dr. Harry Simpson ( - 804-694-0346). - CLASS OF 1954

2. Thursday, May 5, 2011 - 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.

3.  May 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 2011 - "The Marvelous Wonderettes" at Dinnertainment at The Grey Goose - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC - 

4. Wednesday, June 8, 2011 - 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.

5. Saturday, July 9, 2011 (6:30 PM to 11:30 PM) - The Class of 1971 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News. For details, contact Richard Rawls at - CLASS OF 1971

6. Saturday, August 20, 2011 - The Class of 1966 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at the Warwick Yacht Club, Newport News.  Further details will be available soon from Dee Hodges Bartram at - CLASS OF 1966

7. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 26, 27, and 28, 2011 - The Class of 1961 will hold its 50-Year Reunion. - For details, see: and contact Gary Fitzgerald at or 757-879-2847 - CLASS OF 1961

8. Wednesday and Thursday, October 19 and 20, 2011 - The Class of 1956 will hold its 55-Year Reunion. Be on the lookout for "snail mail" in early May. - CLASS OF 1956

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   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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Peter Cottontail
Written by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins, 1949

Here comes Peter Cottontail,
Hoppin' down the bunny trail,
Hippity, hoppity,
Easter's on its way.

Bringin' every girl and boy Baskets full of Easter joy,
Things to make your Easter bright and gay.
He's got jelly beans for Tommy,
Colored eggs for sister Sue,
There's an orchid for your Mommy
And an Easter bonnet, too.

Oh! here comes Peter Cottontail,
Hoppin' down the bunny trail,
Hippity hoppity,
Happy Easter day.

Here comes Peter Cottontail,
Hoppin' down the bunny trail,
Look at him stop,
and listen to him say:
"Try to do the things you should."
Maybe if you're extra good,
He'll roll lots of Easter eggs your way.

You'll wake up on Easter morning
And you'll know that he was there
When you find those choc'late bunnies
That he's hiding ev'rywhere.

Oh! here comes Peter Cottontail,
Hoppin' down the bunny trail,
Hippity hoppity,
Happy Easter day.

"Peter Cottontail" midi courtesy of midi courtesy of 
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/18/04
Thanks, Dave!

"Peter Cottontail" lyrics courtesy of 
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/18/04
Thanks again, Dave!

"Easter Bunny" title clip art courtesy of - 04/23/11

Easter Egg Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 07/18/04

Animated Cuddling Bunnies and Easter Basket clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 04/04/07
Thanks, Al!

Lamb clip art courtesy of - well, I cannot seem to locate that information, but it's been in my files since 10/18/09

Ducky and Flowers and Eggs clip art courtesy of - 04/23/11

Animated Chick courtesy of - 04/23/11

Image of Easter Candy courtesy of - 04/23/11

Animated Roses and Butterfly courtesy of Stacy Dorn Davis ('64) of VA - um, several years ago
Thanks, Joyce!

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

Army Seal clip art also courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

Animated Army Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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