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07/03/15 - NNHS Newsletter - Free America

“Liberty must at all hazards be supported. We have a right to it, derived from our Maker.
But if we had not, our fathers have earned and bought it for us, at the expense
of their ease, their estates, their pleasure, and their blood.”

- John Adams, A Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law, 1765
(30 Oct 1735 - 04 July 1826)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   I'll start celebrating Independence Day one day early with the rest of the country.

BONUS #1 - The British Grenadiers (the tune to which Dr. Warren set his words in 1775)

SUPER BONUS #2 - - America Revolutionary War - 8-1/2 minute stirring video featuring a clip from The Patriot (2000)



   Happy Independence Day Birthday tomorrow to    Fred Hayman ('57) AND      Forrest Powell ('63) of VA!!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

05 - Doug Johnson ('57) of VA;

06 -    The late Gene Ellis ('61) (deceased 05/02/11);

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

09 -  The late Adrienne Price Cox ('57) (deceased 08/20/06) AND    Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL;

10 -   Nancy Gordon Schreier ('60) of VA AND    Bill Wynne ('63) of MD!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


July 03, 1940 - In order to stop the ships from falling into German hands the French fleet of the Atlantic based at Mers el Kébir, was bombarded by the British fleet, coming from Gibraltar, causing the loss of three battleships: Dunkerque, Provence and Bretagne. One thousand two hundred sailors perished.

July 03, 1944 - The U.S. First Army opened a general offensive to break out of the hedgerow area of Normandy, France.

July 03, 1944 - Minsk was liberated from Nazi control by Soviet troops during Operation Bagration.

July 03, 1945 - U.S. troops landed at Balikpapan and take Sepinggan airfield on Borneo in the Pacific.

July 03, 1954 -
Food rationing ended in Great Britain almost nine years after the end of World War II.


Saturday, July 03, 1965 - Wrestler Shinya Hashimoto (橋本 真也) was born in Toki City, Gifu, Japan. He died suddenly of a brain aneurysm in Tokyo, Japan, on July 11, 2005, eight days after celebrating his 40th birthday.

Saturday, July 03, 1965 - Actress Connie Nielsen was born Connie Inge-Lise Nielsen in Frederikshavn, Denmark.

Saturday, July 03, 1965 - Lawyer and academic Komsan Pohkong (คมสัน โพธิ์คง) was born in Thailand.

Saturday, July 03, 1965 - Movie horse Trigger (originally named Golden Cloud, b. about 04 July 1934) died about a day before his 32nd birthday. 

From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 07/02/15:

“If you are a little better than you were yesterday, then that's enough.”

- David A. Bednar
(b. 15 June 1952)

   Thanks so much, Susan!

  From Barbara Houston ('68) of Northern VA - 07/02/15, 7:34 PM:
Carol, thank you so much for all of your hard work.

Barbara Houston

   Thank you, Barbara! I'm glad you received my announcement!

From Robert O'Neal ('71) of VA - 07/02/15, 7:56 PM:

Thanks Carol. I hope you are doing well now.

   Thank you so much, Robert! I think I'm almost back to my own twisted version of "normal". My brain still hasn't completely rewired itself after unfortunately being off my thyroid meds for more than a week, which means that random simple computer procedures are still eluding me, but at least I'm no longer requiring two naps a day!

   SIDE NOTE TO 1965 REUNION COMMITTEE: THAT is why I haven't posted all your latest important information! I simply cannot quite remember what I'm doing or how to do it. Stay tuned; it should be done before too many more days pass. Yes, I do know how lame that sounds. That's what so embarrassing!


  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 07/02/15, 8:26 PM:


It came through fine to me.

I have been out of service too. Harry came out of retirement to work at the Salem NJ nuclear plants. The day before he was to leave, we got a call that the place on his head they had checked was Melanoma. The Gainesville VA hospital had him in at 8:30 the next morning and took it off. He had to stay here for 2 weeks and I went up there with him for 10 days. I have been back and forth there and to Virginia ever since. Still not 100% from the surgery on my neck and knee replacement the end of last year, but now that I can rest a little, it is getting better.

Love and prayers for you,

   Oh, Ruthie! I'm glad my announcement reached you, but I'm so sorry to hear about Harry and all your traveling excitement when you yourself are still not "up to snuff"! I've added Harry's name to our Prayer Roll, and we'll keep you both in our hearts and prayers!

   Thanks for letting me know!

  From Jim ('65) and   Lynne Dannelly Brinkley ('65) of IN - 07/03/15, 12:50 AM:


It is very good to hear from you. I knew there was something missing every time I checked my email messages. All the news seemed drab and boring. I couldn't figure out what it was. Now I know! I had not seen any of your messages and letters for awhile. I didn't realize how much I looked forward to seeing your newsletters. They really mean a lot to me and I greatly appreciate all the time you have put in to keep us all informed. I am sorry that you have been having some health problems. Lynne and I will be praying for you to receive good health and renewed strength and that you will find time for much needed rest. We will be looking forward to hearing a good report from you real soon. Thanks again for your friendship and all that you do for us.

Jim and Lynne

   Thanks so much, Sweetie-Pies! My health problems invariably pale in comparison with those of others, and are generally of the embarrassing nature, but I greatly appreciate your thoughts and prayers! For now I can definitely assure you that I always find time to rest; it's getting up to do anything productive that proves to be challenging!

From My Friend, Tina, of SC - 07/02/15:


   Thanks, Tina!


We made too many wrong mistakes.”

- Yogi Berra
b. 12 May 1925)

  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 06/01/15 - "Texas Humor (#19 in a series of 33)":

    Thanks, Dearest Judy!

BONUS ALL-AMERICAN CROCHET PATTERN: - Kara Gunza's All-American Wreath - "Decorate your door this summer with All-American Wreath. This patriotic craft project is great for hanging on your door anytime during the summer, but it's especially perfect for the 4th of July and Labor Day. Use a 12 inch Styrofoam wreath and red, white, and blue worsted weight yarn to complete this free crochet pattern. Your holiday decorations will definitely be the best on the block when you hang this holiday crochet pattern on your front door."


"Happy July! Independence Day festivities are this week, and just because you're gluten-free doesn't mean you have to sit on the sidelines." - Beast BBQ Burgers - "Other burgers are scared of these Beast BBQ Burgers. It's bigger, beefier, and has way more taste than regular burgers. A half inch thick and smothered with an amazing homemade barbecue sauce, this juicy hunk of juicy beef is guaranteed to be everybody's new favorite. Garlic powder, salt, and pepper are mixed into the meat to add a new level of fierce flavor. Forget your other burger recipes, this is the only one that you'll need to win the hearts of all those you're cooking for. " - Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dogs on a Stick - "Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dogs on a Stick follow the idea of corn dogs but aren't breaded and fried and are instead grilled. The bacon gets nice and crisp as it hugs the tender all-beef hot dog. Make these for your next cookout or potluck party and watch as they disappear; this is a unique entree that is sure to to delight people young and old. This recipe also includes a spicy "relish" made with jalapenos and tomatoes that complements the beef beautifully." - Classic Macaroni Salad - "Classic Macaroni Salad goes great with any picnic or BBQ entree. With gluten free pasta, the crunch of the celery and the tartly sweet pickled relish blends with spices for a great gluten free side dish that will disappear on any buffet. The creamy texture of this deli salad is so easily accomplished with a quick mix up of all ingredients making your job easy for the next potluck."


From - 07/03/15:


LOG ON: Making a wood stove hotter

LOG OFF: Don't add no more wood

MONITOR: Keeping an eye on the wood stove

DOWNLOAD: Gettin' the farwood off the truck

MEGA HERTZ: When yer not keerful gettin' the farwood

FLOPPY DISC: Whatcha git from tryin to carry too much farwood

RAM: That thing tha splits the farwood

HARD DRIVE: Gettin' home in the winter time

PROMPT: What the mail ain't in the winter time

WINDOWS: What to shut when it's cold outside

SCREEN: What to shut when it's black fly season

BYTE: What them dang flies do

CHIP: Munchies fer the TV

MICRO CHIP: What's in the bottom of the munchie bag

MODEM: Whatcha did to the hay fields

DOT MATRIX: Old Dan Matrix's wife

LAP TOP: Where the kitty sleeps

KEYBOARD: Where ya hang the dang truck keys

SOFTWARE: Them dang plastic forks and knives

MOUSE: What eats the grain in the barn

MOUSE PAD: That's hippie talk fer the mouse hole

MAIN FRAME: Holds up the barn roof

ENTER: Northerner talk fer "c'mon in, y'all"

RANDOM ACCESS MEMORY: When ya can't 'member what ya paid fer the rifle


1. Wednesday, July 8, 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, September 25 and 26, 2015 - The Warwick HS Class of 1960 will hold its 55-Year Reunion. Friday night: at the Warwick Yacht Club; Saturday night: James River Country Club. DETAILS: WWW.WARWICKFARMERS.COM

3. 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 07/03/15

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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Free America

Words by
Dr. Joseph Warren, 1775
(11 June 1741 - killed at the
Battle of Bunker Hill
, 17 June 1775)

Tune: The British Grenadiers

That seat of science Athens, And earth's proud mistress, Rome,
Where now are all their glories We scarce can find a tomb.
Then guard your rights, Americans, Nor stoop to lawless sway,
Oppose, oppose, oppose, oppose For North America.

Proud Albion bow'd to Caesar, And numerous lords before,
To Picts, to Danes, to Normans, And many masters more;
But we can boast Americans Have never fall'n a prey,
Huzza, huzza, huzza, huzza For Free America.

We led fair Freedom hither, And lo, the desert smiled,
A paradise of pleasure New opened in the wild;
Your harvest, bold Americans, No power shall snatch away,
Preserve, preserve, preserve your rights In Free America.

Torn from a world of tyrants Beneath this western sky
We formed a new dominion, A land of liberty;
The world shall own we're freemen here, And such will ever be,
Huzza, huzza, huzza, huzza For love and liberty.

God bless this maiden climate, And through her vast domain
May hosts of heroes cluster That scorn to wear a chain.
And blast the venal sycophants Who dare our rights betray;
Assert yourselves, yourselves, yourselves For brave America,

Lift up your hearts, my heroes, And swear with proud disdain,
The wretch that would ensnare you Shall spread his net in vain;
Should Europe empty all her force, We'd meet them in array,
And shout huzza, huzza, huzza For brave America.

The land where freedom reigns shall still Be masters of the main,
In giving laws and freedom To subject France and Spain;
And all the isles o'er ocean spread Shall tremble and obey,
The prince who rules by Freedom's laws In North America.

"Free America" (1775) midi (sequenced by Lesley Nelson) and lyrics courtesy
of - 07/02/09

Vintage Images courtesy of - 07/03/09

Patriotic Divider Line clip art courtesy of ... oops, I cannot seem to locate that information at the moment.....

Animated Nutsy Smiley courtesy of - 05/04/09

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 (Ferguson HS - '72) of NC - 12/14/05

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

Animated Laughing Smiley courtesy of Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 02/07/07
Thanks, Janice!

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