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07/03/08 - NNHS Newsletter -
White Flag

“We cannot, we will not, choose the path of surrender.”

 - Woodrow Wilson
(1856 - 1934)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Once again I really wasn't planning to publish a Newsletter today, but the input was such that I really didn't want to delay it - nor did I want to mix it with the holiday entries.  This theme was first used over three years ago, so I pulled it up to use once more - a "rerun", if you will:

BONUS - - White Flag - Dido - with David Boreanaz!


   The Battle of Gettysburg ended 145 years ago today:


   Happy Birthday this week to:

07 -      Frank Blechman ('65) of Northern VA AND    Steve Silsby (Ferguson HS - '72) of NC;

09 - Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


1.Bitsy Heath ('57) of VA:

    From Pat Beck Letzinger ('57) of VA - 07/02/08 - "NNHS Class of '57 - FYI - Bette (Bitsy) Heath":

Hi Carol:
If you want to post this on your Newsletter I think there are a lot of Classmates from NNHS that would like to know about Bitsy.
Pat Beck Letzinger
Hi Classmates:
Today I received the following email from Bitsy's daughter Brinie.  I was absolutely shocked to hear of Bitsy's health problems, as this was the first I'd heard of it.  I thought I would forward it on to the rest of you just in case you are in the dark about her also.  Please send Bitsy all the love and support you usually send to each other.
                                    (Contact information available upon request)
Pat Beck Letzinger
            = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =
Mom's abdominal aneurysm has grown and she is needing surgery for it.  She will go July 10th to schedule surgery.  She is also having other issues with breathing and pulmonary output......please put her on the prayer list as well.
Thanks so much for being such a great bunch! 
We love you all...

   YOWZERONI-RINI!!! Thank you, Pat - and Brinie - for letting us know this! We will certainly keep Bitsy in our prayers!

2.   Jamey Douglas Bacon ('66) of VA:

  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 07/02/08 - "Update on Jamey Bacon":

Carol, I came home tonight and started to send you a message to ask you to put Jamey Douglas Bacon on the prayer list.  She is really having a rough time and has been for quite a while. I went to the hospital to see her this afternoon and she was much better emotionally than last night. Her son's message below explains her condition better than I could have. Thanks to everyone in advance prayers, visits, or whatever.
Take care,
Judy Allen

Just an update on Jamey. I thought this might be a simple way to get the news out.   She’s pretty upset and did not want to have to explain her plight to everyone that called, so I thought I would do it for her. 

She went in to the hospital yesterday completely under the impression that she would be having surgery and having her new prosthetic knee installed.  She spent 4.5 hours in surgery and recovery and was put back in a room on the ortho floor.  A nurse later came in and told her that the knee had not been replaced, but instead, a new cement spacer was installed.  This just about crushed her.

I met with the orthopedic surgeon and the infectious disease specialist yesterday afternoon to find out why they did not install the new knee and why the spacer was chosen.  Both doctors agreed that this was best course of action at this time.  When the Orthopedist opened the knee he asked for cultures to be checked while he was performing the surgery.  The knee was inflamed and he was concerned that there may be infection.  The results came back negative for infection but the white cell counts were off the chart.  He did not want to install the new knee under those conditions.  Mom has been on antibiotics for some time and the medication may have masked the infection, so the doctors want to wait a couple of days to see if the cultures will present themselves.

Here is where we are today; If the cultures come back clear in the next 48 hours, they may go back in and replace the knee immediately.  If the cultures come back positive they will most likely put her on another long term dose of heavy antibiotics over a 10 week period and then try to replace the knee, if the infection disappears.  This is a very tough option for her because it means another 10 weeks at home with a non-weight bearing knee, not knowing if the treatment will even work.  The orthopedist is convinced that there is enough soft tissue for one more try and he is willing to do it.  They have thoroughly cleaned the knee out and the infectious disease specialist is optimistic that the infection can be beat.  Of course, we have heard this before and it is very upsetting for mom.  She has lost the optimism.

With all that being said, both doctors have indicated that there is a good chance that none of this will work and they may have to fuse the knee permanently and treat her for chronic bone infection over the balance of her lifetime.  Fusing has come up the ladder now as a possibility based on this last surgery.  The fused knee sounds pretty harsh but it would be 100% weight bearing and she may possibly be able to assume some normalcy in her life.  She would be able to walk, drive, etc.  This, however, is not an option she is ready to consider at this point.

I will try to keep you updated as we learn new information.  She is currently in room 575 and visitors are certainly welcome.  She needs the company right now.  Please let me know if you have any questions and thank you again for all of your help and concern over the last year.  She and I are both grateful.

C. Brian Bacon, PHR
Corporate Relations Director
Human Resources/Loss Prevention
David A. Nice Builders, Inc.
4571 Ware Creek Road
Williamsburg, VA 23188

   YOWZERONI-RINI!! Thank you, dearest Judy - and Brian - for letting us know this! Our thoughts and prayers are certainly with Jamey!

3.    Jimmy DeBerry ('64) of VA:

     From Melody Clendenin DeBerry (Warwick HS - '66) of VA - 07/02/08 - "Jimmy DeBerry's stroke recovery":

Dearest Carol,
I wanted to give you an update on Jimmy's stroke recovery progress.  He has been at Riverside Rehab Institute for a week and has made great improvement.  His speech is fine, he is still on thickened liquids and pureed foods, but starting to eat chopped foods.  He can walk up and down the halls unassisted, but tires quickly.  His right hand and arm are getting better each day, but it's a slow process.  All the prayers are working for him!  Thanks to all the Typhoons for their concern and support.  He will be coming home on July 10.  His plan is to get better, go back to work and then retire in December from the shipyard as he had planned.  How's that for positive thinking!
God Bless all of you for your concern and prayers.  Keep those prayers comin'.  We still need them.
Love to all
Melody DeBerry

   Thanks so much; that's fabulous news, Sweet Melody! Give your dear husband plenty of hugs and kisses from all of us!

    From Frances Goodson Wang ('65) of MD - 06/29/08:

Hi again Carol and NNHS friends,

Well, you can see my computer skills exist but at a modest level.  I wanted to share the very last picture with you. 

Among the interesting gallery pictures the one at the very end caught me by surprise and made me laugh.   I can see myself in him, a big bigger than forty years ago, not Hairy, thanks goodness, but luxuriating in a pool somewhere just cooling off and enjoying the experience to the max.   There were other cute photographs but that bear, floating in the water, just being himself and happy to Be, made me smile.  I had to share this with you and our group.  Enjoy.

   AHA! Image #25! The caption reads, "June 26: Himalayan black bear Dyno cools off, on a hot day in the Sofia city zoo, Bulgaria.":

   Yes, he DOES seem to have a great plan for escaping the heat! Thanks, Frances!

        From My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of OH - 06/03/08: - Lebanon Train Robbery - May 30 to June 1st, 2008

   Thanks, Brent! I hope you're having a great time at the Gettysburg Reenactment!

      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 07/02/08 - "Keepers":

As much as I liked the email, "Keepers",  and did forward it to those that I indeed consider keepers, those whose email address I have that is, I can be given no credit for starting it's run through the Typhoon Nation! To borrow the title of an old song, "We Didn't Start The Fire",    Judy (Phillips Allen - '66 - of VA) did ! However, with all sincerity, I kept it burning!
I'm really tired of everything you read or hear of late being so absolutely negative, that I thought that something truly felt and positive sent to good people was the thing to do; so, I did.

   And for that, we thank you, Wayne Honey!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 07/02/08:

Watch this, it's really pretty neat!

 Joyce Cahoon
I knew cornstarch had a weird consistency but never in my wildest dreams did I think one could do this!

   WOWZERONI-RINI!!! Doesn't that look like just such FUN?!? Thanks, Joyce!

          From My #6 Son, Dale Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - '02) of MA - phone conversation - 07/02/08:

Hey, Lady!  Guess what?!?  As you know, as part of my job, I work outside Fanueil Hall in Boston, drawing caricatures of passersby.  There are many other vendors and street performers working in the area as well.  One of the more regular groups is the band, Cahill.  I met them yesterday, and they asked if I could do a caricature of them for their website - so I did, and they've already posted it!


The duo Cahill is comprised of Boston natives Bob Antonelli and Scott O'Brien. 

July 2nd, 2008 - Faneuil Hall, Earthfest Interview
(Entry by Scott)

Hello to are a couple quick things I thought you all might enjoy.

  2) Bob and I made a new friend the other night at Faneuil Hall, and he was kind enough to make a sketch of us in action.  Many thanks to Dale for the first ever Cahill Caricature:

That's it...have a great holiday weekend.

~ Scott

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Cahill by Dale Harty

   WOWZERONI-RINI!!! That is just waaaay cool and highly exciting, Dale! From what I can tell, you did a great job of capturing their spirit! Thanks for letting us know! Don't forget to have them autograph their CD for you next time!

   I suppose as I'm giving them this spectacular plug, they won't really mind so much that I shamelessly ripped all the above right off their webpage!

  From Buz Groshong ('63) of Northern VA - 07/02/08:

All the talk about coaches has encouraged me to pass on my own story about   coach Helms and   Julie Conn.  In the 11th grade, I had a disagreement with coach Helms about staying in after school because my mom did not have time to write a note one morning to allow me to miss gym class due to a sore leg.  At one point we were in turn presenting our viewpoints in Julie Conn's office while coach Conn was observing and not taking sides.  At some point coach Helms prefaced his argument with "if I can beat this into your thick head" and, being the egalitarian that I am, I came back with the same.  Eventually the argument was taken up to   Mr. Keesee's office and after a lot of talk about how he knew my grandfather and other relatives, along with the threat of suspension, I was eventually convinced that it was in my best interest to comply even though I still didn't agree.  The next year, I saw Julie Conn in the hallway after school and he said "Hi, I haven't seen you since you ran coach Helms off."  I could easily tell by the wide grin on his face that he was teasing.  I know that Julie Conn could be a ball of fire when he was angry, but I always felt that he had his heart in the right place.
Buz Groshong, NNHS '63

   "Your thick head" ?!? OUCH! If I recall correctly, Buz, you graduated 22nd in your class of 249. Surely something must have been absorbed!

Thank you so much for sharing that classic story! I've added it to those pages:



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

1.   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; still short of $2000.00 goal; update of 04/28/08 - SEE: 04/28/08; update of 06/23/08 - surgery on right eye -  07/01/08; surgery on left eye to follow several weeks later as financial goals are met

Connie Bloxom Thompson
2237 Hunter Chase
Bel Air, M
D 21015

2.   Betty Brockwell McClure ('58) of VA - broken hip - early this year; still recovering and in pain; update of 06/17/08 - SEE: 06/18/08

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

4.     Jimmy DeBerry ('64) of VA - stroke on 06/17/08; update of 06/25/08 - SEE: 06/26/08; update of 07/02/08 - SEE: 07/03/08

5. 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; update of 04/14/08 - still in pain, running a fever; update of 04/18/08 - SEE: 04/18/08; update of 05/05/08 - "finally getting better. Her hamstring stretching is painful, but making a big difference. She has years of physical therapy ahead of her, but is doing soo much better"; update of 05/13/08 - has had a setback; going to see the surgeon in Richmond on 05/15/08; update of 06/15/08 - SEE: 06/17/08

6.   Jamey Douglas Bacon ('66) of VA - knee surgery with complications on 07/01/08 - SEE: 07/03/08

7. My second granddaughter,     Rachel Harty of IL - broke her ankle/leg in 3 places on 05/17/08; clean breaks, no surgery required, but located in a tricky place for a growing girl, so proper healing is essential; update of 05/30/08 - "healing nicely. They put her in a cast below the knee. She still can't put any weight on it for 2 more weeks. Then she will be in a walking cast for 3 weeks after that"; update of 06/14/08 - Her leg is healing much faster than the doctor had expected. She is in a waterproof walking cast now for 3 weeks, then this cast will come off and she will have physical therapy.

8. Bitsy Heath ('57) of VA - 07/02/08 - abdominal aneurysm requiring surgery; also having other issues with breathing and pulmonary output;  SEE: 07/03/08

9. Frances Heath Scott ('62) of VA - inflammation of nerves; due to have been released from hospital on 02/27/08; 
update of 04/14/08 - "at home recuperating"; update of 05/22/08 - "still at home recuperating"; update of 06/09/08 - "still at home recovering. I am sure they would love receiving cards/notes from NNHS friends."

Tommy and Fran Scott
11 Rutledge Road
Newport News, VA 23601-2422

10.   Bobby Hedrick ('58) of VA - recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer; update of 03/22/08: "doing very well, no pain, just some soreness"; update of 05/10/08: "continues to do well since the surgery for pancreatic cancer and will now begin the follow-up treatment to be decided upon following the consultation and evaluation at MD Anderson (Houston).

11. 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!;  update of 05/04/08 - "in about eight months she will indeed have to have the ablation process repeated. "

12. Tommy Scott ('61) of VA - update of 04/14/08 - "at home recuperating"; update of 05/22/08 - "still at home recuperating"; update of 06/09/08 - "still at home recovering. I am sure they would love receiving cards/notes from NNHS friends."

Tommy and Fran Scott
11 Rutledge Road
Newport News, VA 23601-2422

13. Jenny Willett Wilson (daughter of the late    Edie Hallett Willett - '63) of VA - 05/05/08 - "underwent a double mastectomy in 2007, has just completed vigorous chemo and is now undergoing radiation treatments every day for seven weeks"

14. Jim Wilson ('58) of VA recovering from prostate surgery on 06/02/08

15. All of Us


1. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 26 - 28, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1968: - 03/31/08

2. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 17 - 19, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1963:  - 03/26/08

    Y'all have a great holiday tomorrow; I'll be back then with a Special Edition. 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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White Flag

Dido), 2002
(b. 25 Dec 1971)

I know you think that I shouldn't still love you,
Or tell you that.
But if I didn't say it, well I'd still have felt it
where's the sense in that?

I promise I'm not trying to make your life harder
Or return to where we were

I will go down with this ship
And I won't put my hands up and surrender
There will be no white flag above my door
I'm in love and always will be

I know I left too much mess and
destruction to come back again
And I caused nothing but trouble
I understand if you can't talk to me again
And if you live by the rules of "it's over"
then I'm sure that that makes sense

I will go down with this ship
And I won't put my hands up and surrender
There will be no white flag above my door
I'm in love and always will be

And when we meet
Which I'm sure we will
All that was there
Will be there still
I'll let it pass
And hold my tongue
And you will think
That I've moved on....

I will go down with this ship
And I won't put my hands up and surrender
There will be no white flag above my door
I'm in love and always will be

I will go down with this ship
And I won't put my hands up and surrender
There will be no white flag above my door
I'm in love and always will be

I will go down with this ship
And I won't put my hands up and surrender
There will be no white flag above my door
I'm in love and always will be

"White Flag" midi courtesy of - 04/15/05

"White Flag" lyrics courtesy of - 04/15/05

White Flag image courtesy of – 04/15/05

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

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

Ferguson High School's Anchor clip art courtesy of Steve Silsby (FHS - '72) of NC - 12/14/05
Thanks, Steve!

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

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

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

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!

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