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05/13/15 - NNHS Newsletter -
Kentucky Rain

"The best thing one can do when it's raining is to let it rain."

- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
(27 Feb 1807 - 24 Mar 1882)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   I'm not sure if it's raining in Kentucky today, but I wish we could share some of our abundant rains with poor California.....

BONUS #1 - - Kentucky Rain - Elvis Presley

BONUS #2 - - Kentucky Rain - Elvis Presley


"Kentucky Rain" was a 1970 hit song for Elvis Presley. Featuring then-unknown pianist Ronnie Milsap and written by Eddie Rabbitt and Dick Heard, the single peaked at number 16 on the pop charts.

Released as a single on January 29, 1970, "Kentucky Rain" was not included on an album until the compilation package Worldwide 50 Gold Award Hits Vol. 1 (LPM-6401); while the track does appear on the 2000 re-release of From Elvis in Memphis, it was not included on the original 1969 album. During Elvis' February 1970 engagement he performed this at every show, introducing it as a new song "out about a week". Live versions are available on the box sets Elvis Aaron Presley and Live in Las Vegas.

This song was played exclusively every home game pregame at Cleveland Browns Stadium when University of Kentucky quarterback Tim Couch played for the Browns from 1999-2003.


   Happy Birthday tomorrow to     Johnnie Bateman ('70) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

16 -    Jimmy Todd ('63) of the USA;

17 -     Don Coffey ('54) of VA AND the late    Susan Whitt Vest ('66) of VA (deceased 06/16/10);

19 -         David Whitley ('67) of VA;

20 -    Chuck Ragland ('66) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 


May 13, 1515 - Mary Tudor, Queen of France and Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk were officially married at Greenwich.


May 12, 1865 - American Civil War: The Battle of Palmito Ranch: In far south Texas, more than a month after Confederate General Robert E. Lee's surrender, the last land battle of the Civil War ended with a Confederate victory.


May 13, 1940 - Germany's conquest of France began as the German army crossed the Meuse. Winston Churchill made his "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat" speech to the House of Commons.

May 13, 1940 - Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands fled her country to Great Britain after the Nazi invasion. Princess Juliana took her children to Canada for their safety.

May 13, 1941 - Yugoslav royal colonel Dragoljub Mihailović started fighting with German occupation troops, beginning the Serbian resistance.

May 13, 1943 - German Afrika Korps and Italian troops in North Africa surrendered to Allied forces.

May 13, 1944 - Adolf Hitler gave permission for a full Germany withdrawal from the U.S.S.R.

TODAY IN 1965:

Thursday, May 13, 1965 - Mountaineer José Antonio Delgado was born José Antonio Delgado Sucre in Caracas, Venezuela. On July 22, 2006 at the age of 41 he died on Nanga Parbat while leading an expedition.

Thursday, May 13, 1965 - Violinist and educator Tasmin Little was born in London, England.

Thursday, May 13, 1965 - Footballer János Marozsán was born in Újfehértó, Hungary.

Thursday, May 13, 1965 - Comedian and actor Hikari Ōta (太田 光 ) was born in Kamifukuoka, Saitama Prefecture, Japan.

Thursday, May 13, 1965 - Singer-songwriter, producer, and actress Lari White was born in Dunedin, Florida.

From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 05/12/15:

“As we remain faithful during the fiery trial of our faith, we are spiritually refined and strengthened.

- Neil L. Andersen
(b. 09 Aug 1951)

    Thanks so much, Susan!

From My Friend, Tina, of SC - 05/12/15:

     Thanks, Tina!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 05/12/15 - "At A Cash Register In A Quiet Store, HOW TO IDENTIFY A STROKE VICTIM & More":

Hoping All You Ladies... had a Happy Mother's Day. Sorry did not reach out before now. Had the a virus, or flu.

   Oh, NO, Shari!   That horrible stuff is going around AGAIN! So sorry it found its way to you!


Jokes and Funny Quotes

One night at about 3am my wife was getting up from the toilet to return to bed when she heard a little noise. It was a suspiciously rodent like sound that seemed to be right in the bathroom with her.

She, of course, froze and listened attentively for any further sign of invaders. After a moment, satisfied that she was alone, she took a step for the door. Rodent scratchy sounds again! She froze, not breathing. Silence. Her heart beat fast as she once again tried to retreat from the bathroom.

This time the noise was accompanied by something touching the back of her leg! That was too much to bear. She literally flew the 8 feet to the bed, clearing the foot board by a couple feet, to land screaming by my side.

The culprit was right there in plain sight, a trail of toilet paper neatly marked the path from bed to the bathroom.


On a lonely, moonlit country road a young man's car engine started to cough. Immediately pulling over to a scenic little spot he said to the young lady next to him, "That's funny, I wonder what that knocking noise was?"

"I'll tell you one thing for sure," said the girl coolly, "It wasn't opportunity."


Laughter is the best medicine, unless you have diarrhea.


"Anybody go to the Olive Garden? Every table at the Olive Garden now has a computer. It's the perfect way for a family of four to ignore one another. And while you're there on the Olive Garden computer, you can get on the Internet and look up a better restaurant."

~Dave Letterman


Because an increasing number of people are having heart attacks while gambling, the big, high-class casinos are now equipped with sophisticated defibrillators. They are computer-controlled to deliver the exact electric shock needed to revive a heart attack victim. That is, if you're at a big, high-class casino.

At the cheaper casinos downtown, they just drag you across the carpet and touch your finger to the doorknob.


Seven months pregnant, my hand on my aching back, I stood in line at the post office for what seemed an eternity.

"Honey," said a woman behind me, "I had back pain during my pregnancy. I was bedridden for four months because my baby was sitting on a nerve."

Then the man in front of me piped up....

"You'd better get used to it now. Once those kids get on your nerves, they can stay there till they're 18."


Q: What did the chick say when it saw an orange in the nest?
A: Look at the orange mama laid.


Wisdom Tip

Conserve Water

To conserve water: Do not run water while brushing your teeth. It is unnecessary to waste water while brushing your teeth. Only run the water when rinsing your brush. It is a habit one can acquire easily and can be done for the rest of your life!



Honeybees use the sun as a compass and know how far to the left or right of the sun they must fly. When close to the hive, they can recognize landmarks such as trees and make a "beeline" for home.

In winter, honeybees cluster in the center of their wax house. They eat honey continuously to generate heat for the hive. In the heat of summer, worker bees fan their wings quickly to set up cooling air currents.

Beeswax from honeycombs is used to make chewing gum, lipsticks and crayons. Because it burns slowly and has a pleasant smell, it is also formed into pure beeswax candles.

Each hive has one queen bee. She is larger than the rest and has a long abdomen that looks somewhat like a wasp. A queen bee can live three to six years, much longer than other bees in the hive. Her only responsibility is to lay eggs which produce more bees.

Drone bees are males that don't do any work other than mating with the queen to produce fertile eggs. Drones rarely leave the hive and don't have stingers for self defense. When the winter food supply gets low, worker bees push the defenseless drones out of the hive and into the cold to die.

Worker bees are females who don't lay eggs and do almost all of the work around the hive. They live only four to five weeks during the summer, but clean the hive, feed bee larvae and take care of the queen. Workers also build new honeycombs and protect the hive's entrance, as well as collect nectar and pollen for the hive colony.



"Friends are those rare people who ask how we are and then wait to hear the answer."

- Anonymous


From MountainWings

At A Cash Register In A Quiet Store

It was 10:55 on a Sunday night and rather quiet as I waited for my shift behind a cash register at Wal-Mart to be over at 11:00. I was merely patiently waiting for the next five minutes to go away. Then came the exchange that I will remember for quite awhile.

A woman showed up at my register with a cart full of things. I scanned and processed her order and she paid for it. All seemed routine enough. Then she looked at me...

"I need to tell you something".

"Yes, ma'am. How can I help you?"

"I don't know if you remember me. I came through your line a couple of days ago. I was quite snippy and grouchy with you. You had done nothing wrong and didn't deserve that. You see, I had found out earlier that night that my sister-in-law had passed away, and I wasn't in a good mood. I just want to apologize for the way I acted."

I honestly did not remember the supposed incident from a couple of days prior. Since dealing with at least one or two grouchy people per day in this job seems to be the norm, I had become better at just blowing things off. For a moment, I was taken aback. Mine is a job where my customers take it for granted when things go as they are supposed to. Generally, no one has any kind of feedback unless it is to complain about something. I learned to understand that no feedback at all meant I was doing something right.

She continued, "You just kind of stood there and took my wrath, and remained patient and friendly. I want to thank you for that".

By now my eyes were welling up. How humbling it felt that in this woman's time of grief, she was taking time to think of the Wal-Mart cashier whom she felt she had offended. I said something about that we try to help in any way we can, that I accepted her apology and appreciated her kind words. Then I offered a handshake, which she accepted, and I told her I was sorry for her loss.

With that, she was on her way. I looked at my watch.....10:59. It was time to call it a night. I left my register, clocked out for the day and wept to myself as I walked to my car. I realized that this woman had reminded me of some life lessons that I hope stay with me for awhile.

I was reminded of the fact that when people act grouchy toward me, it usually isn't because of anything I did. More often, their actions are because of something going on with them that have little or nothing to do with me. I was reminded that when people act in such ways, those actions are not necessarily indicative of their character or worth as a person. This woman chose to offset her earlier actions (and then some) with a clearly heartfelt apology and kind words.

I was reminded -- perhaps most importantly of all -- that in all my actions with people, to the best of my ability, just how important the virtues of kindness, patience and understanding can be; that the people who seem at the time to deserve it the least often are the ones who need it the most. You just never know what difficulties life has thrown at them, or what demons they are battling or have battled. Jackie Robinson once said that "A life is unimportant except in the impact is has on other lives," and this encounter showed me that the opportunity to offer a positive impact is always there.

Even at a cash register, in a quiet store at 11 o'clock on a Sunday night.

~A MountainWings Original by Donald French, Knoxville, Iowa~


From MountainWings

(A repeat, but must know info. )

How To Identify A Stroke Victim

A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours, he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke-totally.

He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed and getting to the patient within 3 hours, which is tough.

That neurologist's statement may not be true in all cases but time is critical in all cases.

Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify.

Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.

Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:

1. *Ask the individual to SMILE.
Look for facial weakness, especially on one side.

2. *Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.
Watch for both arms to remain at the same height

3. *Ask the person to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE clearly such as:
"It is sunny out today." That sentence has plenty of sharp sounds so listen carefully for slurring.

If he or she has trouble with any of these 3 tasks, call an ambulance immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

After discovering that a group of non-medical volunteers could identify facial weakness, arm weakness and speech problems, researchers urged the general public to learn the three questions.

Widespread use of this test could result in prompt diagnosis and treatment of the stroke and prevent brain damage.

A cardiologist says if everyone who gets this e-mail sends it to 10 people, you can bet that at least one life will be saved.

Are you the one who could be responsible for saving one or more lives by forwarding this?

Often when trouble comes in the panic, we won't remember theses 3 simple things. Jot them down on a small piece of paper or on the back of a business card in keep it in your wallet or purse.


The Greatest Life Lesson

Tragic things in my life happened and I turned on God. I was angry that He would let these things happen to my family and me.

Until about a year ago when I redevoted my life to God, I never understood why those things happened. My Nanna and Poppa had devoted their lives to God, a faith I had never seen waiver even once during a time of crisis. I was in awe of them.

My Poppa was being transported to church one Sunday, about seven years ago in a wheelchair lift bus. The driver failed to comply with safety standards by making sure my Poppa was securely belted in, and as a result, when he ended up in an accident, my Poppa was thrown from the back of the bus into the front dash.

I was beyond livid when I heard the news. I called my Nanna and demanded to know what the driver's name was, begging her to press charges, and sue the company so she and my Poppa wouldn't have to struggle anymore.

She insisted she wasn't going to do anything about it; she was too busy tending to my Poppa. So I went behind her back and called the company screaming like a banshee at the owner for allowing such a person to work for him.

A couple of years later, I was sitting in the bar drinking my problems away till the next day, when I heard a guy I knew from karaoke describing this accident he'd once gotten into at work where an "old man" was hurt, and the family called his office to scream at his boss.

I walked over to his table, asked him if he worked at the same company my Poppa used to take; he nodded. I asked him if he remembered the guy's name, he said only the last name, and proceeded to tell me what it was.

I plowed him with my fist as hard as I could and left.

I never spoke of the issue again until about a month ago with my Nanna. We were discussing God's wrath and how I'd just recently realized His wrath may not be immediate, but in the end it is far worse than mine will ever be.

She asked me if I remembered her response to Poppa's accident. I hung my head in shame and nodded.

She told me that her faith in God's wrath is what stopped her from doing something. I was stunned like she had just hit me.

"He will be judged," she said, "and I don't want to be a part of it when he does."

The big revelation.

Allow God to judge, and you will have nothing to repent for.

We make enough mistakes of our own, why add someone else's to the pile?

~A MountainWings Original by subscriber Joanne M. Little~
Turkey Point, Ontario, Canada

   Thanks so much, Shari! Hope you're feeling better!

       From My Daughter, Adrienne Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL) of NC - 05/12/15 - "Ed Sheeran":

I think you'll enjoy these videos:

   Thank you, Adrienne, I do!

“If you don't have it in your part, leave it out, because there is enough missing already.

- Eugene Ormandy, conductor
(18 Nov 1899 - 12 Mar


BONUS KENTUCKY RECIPES: - Kentucky Recipes - "A variety of Kentucky recipes and Derby food traditions"


From - 05/12/15:

At a party of professionals, a doctor was having difficulty socializing. Everyone wanted to describe their symptoms, and get an opinion about diagnosis. The physician turned to a lawyer acquaintance, and asked, "How do you handle people who want advice outside of the office?"

"Simple," answered the attorney, "I send them a bill. That stops it."

The next day, the doctor, still feeling a bit uneasy about his experience, opened his mailbox to send the bills; there sat a bill from the lawyer. 

1. Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 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.

2. Friday and Saturday, October 16 and 17, 2015 - The NNHS Class of 1965 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News. Friday night will be open to all graduates of NNHS; Saturday night will be reserved for 1965 Class members and their guests. CONTACT: Lynn Walker Brothers @ or Pauline Collins Shofner @ 

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 05/11/15

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309


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Kentucky Rain

Words and Music by Eddie Rabbitt (27 Nov 1941 - 7 May 1998) and Dick Heard, 1970

(Elvis Presley)
(8 Jan 1935 - 16 Aug 1977)

 Seven lonely days
And a dozen towns ago
I reached out one night
And you were gone
Don't know why you'd run
What you're running to or from
All I know, is I want to bring you home

So I'm walkin' in the rain
Thumbin' for a ride
On this lonely, Kentucky backroad
I've loved you much too long
My love's too strong
To let you go, never knowing
What went wrong

Kentucky rain keeps pourin' down
And up ahead's another town
That I'll go walkin' thru
With the rain in my shoes
(rain in my shoes)
Searchin' for you
In the cold Kentucky rain
In the cold Kentucky rain

Showed your photographs
To some old, gray bearded men
Sitting on a bench
Outside a general store
They said, "Yes, she's been here"
But their memory wasn't clear
"Was it yesterday?
No wait, the day before."

Finally got a ride
With a preacher man who asked,
"Where you bound on such a cold, dark afternoon?"
As we drove on thru the rain
As he listened I explained
And he left me with a prayer
That I'd find you

Kentucky rain keeps pourin' down
And up ahead's another town
That I'll go walkin' thru
With the rain in my shoes
(rain in my shoes)
Searchin' for you
In the cold Kentucky rain
In the cold Kentucky rain

In the cold Kentucky rain
In the cold Kentucky rain
In the cold Kentucky rain

"Kentucky Rain" midi courtesy of - 05/13/08

"Kentucky Rain" lyrics courtesy of - 05/13/08

Rain Image courtesy of - 05/13/08

Animated Rain Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 03/30/07

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

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

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!

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

Animated Laughing Cat courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 07/29/08
Thanks, Joyce!

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

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

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