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05/29/09 - NNHS Newsletter - Shavuot

“You shall count for yourselves -- from the day after the Shabbat, from the day when you bring
the Omer of the waving -- seven Shabbats, they shall be complete. Until the day after the
seventh sabbath you shall count, fifty days... You shall convoke on this very day --
there shall be a holy convocation for yourselves -- you shall do no laborious work;
it is an eternal decree in your dwelling places for your generations.”

- Leviticus 21:15-16, 21

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   In this, the Jewish Year of 5769, Shavuot will last from sunset on May 28, 2009 to nightfall of May 30, 2009.  We have never before celebrated it together here, and I have no appropriate music added, but not for lack of trying. :o(

BONUS #1 - - Shavuot - Cheesecakes, Water and Torah Study

BONUS #2 - - Shavuot in Jerusalem with Carol Cantrell singing, Western Wall

BONUS #3 - - Shavuot to Go - probably not what you were expecting; certainly not what I was expecting!



   Happy Birthday today to   Donna Chadwell Nunemaker ('64) of VA and FL AND   Dee Hodges Bartram ('66) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Mickey Spivey ('65) of FL!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

31 - Calmet Sawyer ('57) AND   JoAnn Houston Parrott ('61) of NC AND Kathy Reece Burke (Warwick HS - '72);

01 - Dawn _____ Yevak of VA;

02 -     Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA;

03 -        Raoul Weinstein ('57) of FL;
04 -   Catherine Slusser Hudson ('64) of VA;
05 -
    Brian Blakley (Cheyenne HS, NV - '04) of NV (now in school in UT)!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!

        From My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of TX - 05/27/09 - "re: Memorial Day edition/Ft. Bliss Memorial Day":


Just in case you didn't see it, here our some pics of us this Saturday prior to Memorial Day.  Ft. Bliss has a tradition where (I think for the past 35 years) the local Boy Scouts come out and place flags on all 40,000 plus graves of soldiers and their families interred in the National Cemetery here on post.  It was an enjoyable time and an important effort to remember those who died in service to their Constitution and the people that inspired document represents.

Here is the link.  You may wish to post it in relation to your recent newsletter.

I also celebrated in a small way Memorial Day, but reading some more out of Jefferson Davis's State Sovereignty (which is an short excerpt from his book, The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government).  It is great to see his historical perspective on this ever American issue - that of government, and how it applies to each of us. 

Here is a great excerpt (although it is not quite the one I was thinking of, but will surely suffice) to sum up what I'm thinking of at this moment...

  Their story is known to all of you; it is the story of the American man-at-arms.  My estimate of him was formed on the battlefield many, many years ago, and has never changed.  I regarded him then as I regard him now - as one of the world's noblest figures, not only as one of the finest military characters but also as one of the most stainless. 

His name and fame are the birthright of every American citizen.  In his youth and strength, his love and loyalty he gave - all that mortality can give.  He needs no eulogy from me or from any other man.  He has written his own history and written it in red on his enemy's breast.

But when I think of his patience under adversity, of his courage under fire, and of his modesty in victory, I am filled with an emotion of admiration I cannot put into words.  He belongs to history as furnishing one of the greatest examples of successful patriotism; he belongs to posterity as the instructor of future generations in the principles of liberty and freedom; he belongs to the present, to us, by his virtues and by his achievements. 

In twenty campaigns, on a hundred battlefields, around a thousand campfires, I have witnessed the enduring fortitude, that patriotic self-abnegation, and that invincible determination which have carved his statue in the hearts of his people.  From one end of the world to the other he has drained deep the chalice of courage.

- General Douglas MacArthur, 12 May 1962 - to the Members of the Association of Graduates, USMA


These thoughts apply most aptly to those who gave all in battle, I think.  Well, I hope you find it appropriate. 

love bh

Brent Harty
"You may be whatever you resolve to be."  General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson

   Thank you so much for that inspiring quotation, Brent - as well as for your service! I'm sorry that space restraints prohibited me from posting all but one of your great Memorial Day images on that Newsletter:

    From Eric Huffstutler (Bethel HS - '75) of VA - 05/27/09 - "Flooding":


I can understand your concern when it comes to the heavy downfalls.  Here in Richmond we encountered the same thing from the 2004 remnants of Hurricane Gaston.  About 14 inches of rain fell within 24 hours and in the low lying area of downtown Richmond called "The Bottom " and "The Slip" flooded upwards to 10 feet in a flash flood.  Buildings collapsed and there was thousands of cars floating about and piled up like firewood in areas.  Many businesses closed while others rebuilt.  I was working that day and had to be rerouted miles out of my way to get home which is less than 2-miles from work.  A 10-minute commute ended up taking 2-hours.  A friend who works on the other side of town that also lives on the block - his 20-minute commute took 4-1/2 hours due to roadblocks, gridlock, and detours.


   Oh, Honey, I wasn't concerned at all - just reporting Da News from Edwardsville! But thanks for sharing these scary images and memories of my place of birth with us, Eric! I know that area of Richmond well.

 From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 05/27/09 - "House progress":


We went by our property today and were amazed at the progress that has been made! This morning they were working on the roof shingles and putting in the windows and exterior doors!! As we were standing there they finished the front shingles and over the garage. We went by about an hour later and all the doors and windows were in, shingles were done and they had started on the plumbing!!! We are blessed that they are moving so quickly. We may be able to move in weeks early!!! That would truly be a blessing!!

Sarah & Lou
Wednesday, May 27, 2009

   WOWZERONI-RINI! I didn't even know you were building a new home - how exciting!!! Congratulations, Sarah Sugah!

  From Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 05/27/09 - "Like Chocolate?????":

This totally worked!

Don't tell me your age; you probably would tell a falsehood anyway.

- but the Hershey Man will know!



This is pretty neat.

It takes less than a minute ..
Work this out as you read .
Be sure you don't read the bottom until you've worked it out!
This is not one of those waste of time things, it's fun.

1. First of all, pick the number of times a week that you would like to have chocolate
(more than once but less than 10)

2. Multiply this number by 2 (just to be bold)

3. Add 5

4. Multiply it by 50 -- I'll wait while you get the calculator

5. If you have already had your birthday this year add 1759 ....
If you haven't, add 1758.

6. Now subtract the four digit year that you were born.

You should have a three digit number

The first digit of this was your original number
(i.e., how many times you want to have chocolate each week).

The next two numbers are

YOUR AGE! (Oh YES, it is!!!!!)


Chocolate Calculator.

   WAY COOL! Thanks, Eva!

  From Al Simms ('60) of VA - 05/26/09 - "  Myra Wilkins Golden ('61) of MT":

I did not know (about Myra's recent heart attack) at all and am so sorry to hear about it.  Last contact I had with Myra she was worried about her husband's heart and never indicated that she had a problem too.  Perhaps she did not know it herself.  ... (I am) hoping that I will soon hear directly from her that she has beaten this thing. She will also be put on our prayer list at church.

...I will also try to contact Dianne Ligon Brooks who is one of her best friends back here in Virginia and let her know.

... (Myra) lived in North End of Newport News - 52nd Street. Her husband Ray is retired military ... and they live way back in the mountains of Montana; (they used to) raise horses, (but now) they're raising Hannah, their 5 year old granddaughter. It is a beautiful place but very rural and far from any main road - when it starts snowing it is either a 4 wheel drive or a horse to town. No electricity except from their generators and cell phone service only. I knew her from church and also Stonewall Jackson Elementary.

...Dianne Ligon Brooks who was her best friend and a member of the Class of 1961 of Warwick High School and also a member of our church. She currently lives in Newport News. The other member of the 3 best friends group was Ann Click (spelling may be wrong) and she was also from Warwick but a member of Calvary Baptist Church too. She currently lives in Florida and I am hoping that Dianne will be able to contact her about Myra.

I have attached 2 pictures of Myra:
1. From the Junior Class of my 1960 Anchor
2. In the mountains near Myra's home - Myra on the left and Dianne on the right.


   Thank you so much, Al! We're keeping Myra in our prayers!

Fall of 1959 Friday, August 22, 2003

  From Mark Friedman ('65) of VA - 05/28/09 - "tooth fillings":

  That's my story and I am sticking to it.

   WILD GIGGLES! Sounds perfectly plausible to me! Thanks, Mark!


       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/28/09 - "Germany's Model Railroad...":

I don’t know if you are into model railroads.

I am not … but this video is certainly worth a look, if only to marvel at the talent and effort required to construct it.

The Miniature Wunderland model railroad in Hamburg, Germany is the largest in the world, covering 16,146 square feet of space with more than 10,000 train cars running around its 6.8 miles of HO scale track. Now the makers of this huge layout have created a video that gives you a jaw-dropping look at the vast scope of this intricate work of art.

Its construction started in 2000 and is still underway -- with a tiny airport due for completion by the end of this year. This is just the beginning--  there are plans to double to layout by 2014. We especially like the Las Vegas portion, complete with dazzling LEDs lighting up the night.

You have to watch the new video below to get the full impact of this remarkable achievement, which has taken in excess of 500,000 working hours to build. There's good reason why this is Germany's most popular attraction, already visited by more than 5 million tourists. 

   WOWZERONI-RINI-ROONI!!! I shall need to watch this several more times, because I noticed almost from the Git-Go that my jaw had dropped and I was just gawking!  (I do so love trains - real or otherwise!)

   I should think it would be worth it to plan a trip to Hamburg solely to visit this fascinating museum!

   Thank you so much for the virtual tour, David!

    From Richard Dawes (NNHS / HHS - '62) of VA - 05/28/09 - "Satellite tracking":

Thought you guys might like this
Just put in a zip cod to see what is flying overhead.


   WOWZERS!!! This is so cool! And as an added bonus, it tells you the latitude and longitude of any Zip Code entered! Thanks so much, Dicky!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 05/28/09 - "The Card!!!":


   BIG SMILES!!! Thanks, Joyce!


  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 05/27/09 - "Getting Older":

Getting Older

Dear Family and friends, 

I have become a little older since I saw you last, and a few changes have come into my life since then. Frankly, I have become a frivolous old gal. I am seeing five gentlemen everyday.

As soon as I wake up, Will Power helps me get out of bed. Then I go to see John. Then Charlie Horse comes along, and when he is here he takes a lot of my time and attention.

When he leaves, Arthur Ritis shows up and stays the rest of the day. He doesn't like to stay in one place very long, so he takes me from joint to joint.

After such a busy day, I'm really tired and glad to go to bed with Ben Gay. What a life. Oh yes, I'm also flirting with Al Zymer.

Love, Ruthie

P.S. The preacher came to call the other day. He said at my age I should be thinking of the hereafter. I told him, "Oh, I do it all the time. No matter where I am, in the bedroom, in the kitchen, or even at the grocery store I ask myself, "Now, what am I here after?"

   Thanks, Ruthie!


1. Saturday and Sunday, June 13 and 14, 2009 - The Class of 1961 will hold a Mini-Reunion: Social get together Saturday night, June 13, 6:00 PM until ? at the David home on Parkway Drive; Breakfast Sunday, June 14, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM at the Saunders home in Isle of Wight. For details, contact Buddy David: Phone (757) 595-4500 or Fax (757) 595-6723 - CLASS OF 1961

2. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 4, 5 and 6 (Labor Day Weekend), 2009 - The Class of 1969 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at the Point Plaza Hotel, Newport News, VA. For details, see: and contact Jean Baker Howell at - OPEN TO ALL NNHS ALUMNI

3. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 18, 19, and 20, 2009 - The Warwick High School Class of 1959 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott Newport News at City Center, Newport News, VA. For details, contact

4. Friday and Saturday, October 9 and 10, 2009 - The Class of 1964 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at the Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News, VA 23606: For details, see: - CLASS OF 1964

5. Friday and Saturday, August 6 and 7, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1970 will hold its 40-Year Reunion. Friday night they will all meet at RJ's; Saturday night will be at the Kiln Creek Golf & Country Club. For details, contact Carol Comer Cutler at - CLASS OF 1970

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 05/28/09

BLOG: - updated 01/09/09

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
746 Hillsboro Avenue
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Shavuot Title clip art courtesy of - 05/29/09

Animated Star of David clip art courtesy of - 05/29/09

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!

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

Cheyenne High School (NV) Desert Shields Logo courtesy of - 02/05/08

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

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!

Bethel High School's Bruin clip art courtesy of Eric Huffstutler (Bethel HS - '75) of VA - 03/22/06 (replaced 02/23/09)
Thanks, Eric!

Animated Drooling Smiley courtesy of - 02/16/09

Animated Kissing Smiley clip art courtesy of my friend, Judy, of IL - 09/19/08
Thanks, Judy!

Animated Laughing Kitty courtesy of Tom Flax ('64) of VA - 06/03/06
Thanks, Tommy!

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