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07/09/09 - NNHS Newsletter - White Cliffs of Dover

“Life has loveliness to sell, all beautiful and splendid things, blue waves whitened on a cliff,
soaring fire that sways and sings, and children's faces looking up, holding wonder like a cup.”

- Sara Teasdale
(08 Aug 1884 - 29 Jan 1933)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   I always wanted to visit these beautiful cliffs.  Now through the magic of the internet, I can!

BONUS - - The White Cliffs Of Dover - Vera Lynn, 1942




"... contrary to the words of the famous song ("There'll be bluebirds over the white cliffs of Dover"), bluebirds are an American species not found in the UK."



  Happy Birthday this week to:

11 - Bobby Maddy ('57);

   Plaxo informed me on 07/04/09 that the 11th would also be     Aretie Gallins Patterson's ('59 - of TN) birthday, but the last time they informed me of an upcoming birthday, it was a Big Fat Whopper, so if you could confirm or deny, Aretie, that would be lovely!

13 - James Stidham ('57)!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!



From the Daily Press - 07/09/09:

Petitioners halt Buckroe development

July 9, 2009

HAMPTON - Plans to build condos and homes near Buckroe Beach Park were suspended Wednesday when petitioners delivered about 7,000 signatures of people opposed to the proposed development.

A committee of five petitioners and others went to graduations, church services, restaurants and shopping centers to get names. They had 30 days to gather 4,102 signatures of registered Hampton voters in order to freeze the City Council's 6-1 approval of a zoning ordinance on June 10.

The council voted to rezone 7.81 acres from a mix of residential and commercial zoning designations to a new "Buckroe Bayfront" designation.

Plans by developer Tommy Thompson and former NFL-players-turned-developers Bruce Smith and William Fuller were designed to match the city's master plan for that area, along with a pattern book that has a long list of architectural specifications.

Without the rezoning, the land can't be developed the way it has been proposed and agreed upon by builders and city officials.

For example, Thompson's Parade of Homes fits the zoning guidelines approved by the council in June, but not the previous commercial zoning on the 4-acre lot that the city agreed to sell him, said Senior City Planner James Freas.

So development is halted, and the City Council has two options: repeal the ordinance, or do nothing. If they do nothing, the petition eventually could become a referendum decided by voters at the polls.

The next step: The petition will be on the Aug. 12 council agenda, said Clerk of Council Katherine Glass.

Wednesday was the petitioners' day to celebrate and to talk about the work they had done.

"People even called us and asked us if we could come to their house so they could sign," said Mary Ashley.

The five-person committee leading the petition drive gathered Wednesday on the first floor of City Hall before heading up to the eighth floor to present the petitions. They talked about ousting council members who voted to rezone the land despite vocal opposition.

Shirley Gellis said to fellow petitioner Eddie Deerfield, "What did you hear from people — 'It's time for a change'?"

Deerfield replied, "A change on council."

Gellis, Deerfield, Ashley, Joan Charles and Sandra Canepa are on the committee. Charles checked the addresses of those who signed the petition and said at least 668 that she verified were people who live within the Buckroe ZIP code 23664.

The petitioners have until Friday to submit additional signatures.

"This is not all of them," Deerfield said. "We've got more."

Buckroe petition by the numbers
7,000 - Approximate signatures handed in Wednesday

4,102 - Signatures needed to be gathered within 30 days of June 10

770 - Pages turned in to the Clerk of Council

668 - Minimum signatures from people in the Buckroe ZIP code 23664

Buckroe Beach development

Petitioners recently delayed development plans at Buckroe Beach in Hampton. The petitions could lead to a referendum on the zoning ordinance for the area.

Do you think the development should go forward as planned?

117 total responses as of 10:35 AM Eastern Time

(Results not scientific)


      From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA - 07/08/09 - "Yorktown":

I greatly enjoyed reading        Bill Lee’s (Warwick HS - '54) remarks about Mary and Nick Matthews and their connection with the USS Yorktown.  When I began my law enforcement career as a York County Deputy in 1993 Miss Mary was still active at the restaurant and in the community.  Many people did not realize there were many occasions when a naval vessel would pull into the Weapons Station, only to receive an invitation to bring the entire crew to  Nick’s for a meal.  Mary and Nick also donated to the Commonwealth the land used for the Yorktown Victory Center.  Their burial site is on the grounds and maintained by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation.

At Christmas Miss Mary would appear at the Sheriff’s Office with hams, turkeys and other treats for those of us working for the Sheriff.   Miss Mary’s home was in Yorktown on the bluff overlooking the restaurant.  During her later years the deputies would take her to work and return her home in the evenings.  It’s hard to imagine two people who may have contributed more to their adopted country than Mary and Nick.  It was my pleasure to be a part of those they touched with their compassion and generosity.

Captain Dave Arnold
Director of Personnel and Training
Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail
9320 Merrimac Trail
Williamsburg, VA 23185

"My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government."  Thomas Jefferson

   Thanks so much, Dave! I've added your remarks - plus the three earlier ones on the same topic this week - to the Nick's Seafood Pavilion page:



       From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of IL - 07/08/09:

Sweet, beautiful Carol,

You and your classmates have really developed two wonderful, moving additions to your school's memory with these new updates. 

Sandi Patti and her rendition of the Star Spangled Banner really is an example of what a true love song about America consists of, and points the way for those who call themselves artist, to achieve the height of musical ability, rather than settling for the feeble efforts of people who do not know the words and who certainly do not know the meaning and significance of those words that they so carelessly sing and change to fit their weak talents.  I wonder when Americans will strive for the love of country that Sandi Patti exudes rather than apologizing for all of the perceived harm done by a people who mean well by reaching out and helping other people and never asking for a repayment of the time, money and sacrifices that had to be made for the people who are now ashamed of "her", (America that is)!  Shame on them.

God Bless America!  May we always be a light to the world, standing eternally for light and truth, an immovable force for good and defense of all that is good.  May we never forget who we are as a nation, where we came from and the sacrifices of those who have gone before us, and may we recognize, and strive for the very best world that we can live in.

Thanks for all that you guys do to help us all remember how much we love this wonderful, glorious country and thanks for all those who have served and continue to serve her.  I say again, GOD BLESS AMERICA, and may we remember to thank HIM constantly for this great country.  I shudder to think what it would be like living in a country that does not appreciate the truth and light that God blesses us with every second of every day!

Your devoted husband,

   Thanks so much, Paul!



        From My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of TX - 07/08/09 - "Sacrifices":

But of course, Mom.  Thank you for teaching me the importance of serving.  The seeds were planted by you and        Dad, for sure.  I think out of all the kids, the love of the history & lessons learned probably sank in the deepest with me.  Also, the past service in our Armed Forces of so many of our ancestors was a chief reason I volunteered.  It is my honor to be in the Army and I do it happily and humbly.  It really is a dream job, although it is sometimes a pain in the rump.  Last I checked, that is simply life.

As for the sacrifice, I was referring to sacrificing eating regularly tasty food so I can stay thin enough and in shape enough to be in the Army.  Probably didn't make that clear, but I was trying to make a joke!  :) 

love bh

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

   GIGGLES!!! Thank you, Brent! Your meaning was clear enough; I just chose to expand it a bit! 


        From George Helliesen ('61) of MI - 07/08/09 - "HERE'S TO US!!!!!!!!":

AMEN TO THIS.............

HERE IS TO US !!!!!!!!!!

No matter what our kids and the new generation think about us, WE ARE AWESOME !!!! OUR LIFE IS LIVING PROOF !!!!

To Those of Us Born
1930 - 1979

  TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED THE 1930's,40's, 50's, 60's and 70's!!  

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant..  

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can and didn't get tested for diabetes.

Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-base paints.  

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, locks on doors or cabinets, and when we rode our bikes,
we had baseball caps not helmets on our heads.

As infants & children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, no booster seats, no seat belts,
no air bags, bald tires and sometimes no brakes.

Riding in the back of a pick- up truck on a warm day was always a special treat.
We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle.  

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and no one actually died from this.

We ate cupcakes, white bread, real butter and bacon. We drank Kool-Aid made with real white sugar.
And, we weren't overweight. WHY?
Because we were always outside playing...that's why!  

We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.  

No one was able to reach us all day.
And, we were O.K.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride them down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes.
After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.

We did not have Play stations, Nintendo's and X-boxes. There were no video games, no 150 channels on cable,
no video movies or DVD's, no surround-sound or CD's, no cell phones, no personal computers, n o Internet and no chat rooms.

WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.

We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.
We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were told
it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes.

We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them.  

 Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team.. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment.

Imagine that!!

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!

These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever.

The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.
We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all..

If YOU are one of them?

You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers
and the government regulated so much of our lives for our own good.

While you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave and lucky their parents were. 

'With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up
the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, are we sure
this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?'

For those that prefer to think that God is not watching over us...go ahead and delete this.

For the rest of us...pass this on.


   Thanks, George!


      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 07/08/09 - "♥Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ♥ Friendship ♥Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ♥ and Humor":


My wife and I were having a very hypothetical discussion: In the unlikely event that Hollywood
made a movie based on our lives, we wondered what stars would play us.

"Who would you pick to portray you?" she asked me.

I thought about it for a minute, then answered, "Dennis Quaid."

"In that case," she said, "I'll play myself."



"I refuse to answer that question on the grounds that I don't know the answer."
 - Douglas Adams

"My mom was a ventriloquist and she always was throwing her voice. For ten years I thought the dog was telling me to kill my father."
 - Wendy Leibman

"I prefer Hostess fruit pies to pop-up toaster tarts because they don't require so much cooking."
- Carrie Snow


Just before their first long deployment two Navy buddies were talking about the stress of leaving their families.

A senior officer, a veteran of many deployments, overheard the conversation and offered the following advice:
"You must be sensitive to your wives' emotional needs," he said. "Never, ever, whistle while you pack!"


The Baltimore Police Department, famous for it's superior K-9 unit, was somewhat taken back by a recent incident. Returning home from work, a blonde was shocked to find her house ransacked and burglarized. She telephoned the police at once and reported the crime.

The police dispatcher broadcast the call on the channels, and a K-9 unit patrolling nearby was the first on the scene.

As the K-9 officer approached the house with his dog on a leash, the blonde ran out on the porch, clapped a hand to her head and moaned, "I come home from work to find all my possessions stolen, I call the police for help, and what do they do? They send a BLIND policeman."


Guaranteed To Make You Roll Your Eyes

The artist tried to concentrate on his work, but the attraction he felt for his model finally became irresistible. He threw down his palette, took her in his arms, and kissed her.

She pushed him away. "Maybe your other models let you kiss them," she said, "but I'm not that kind!"

"Actually, I've never tried to kiss a model before," he protested.

"Really?" she said, softening. "Well, how many models have there been?"

"Four so far," he replied, thinking back. "A jug, two apples and a vase."


Instructions Posted At A Local Golf Club

1. Back straight, knees bent, feet shoulder width apart.

2. Form a loose grip.

3. Keep your head down.

4.  Avoid a quick back swing.

5. Stay out of the water.

6. Try not to hit anyone.

7. If you are taking too long, please let others go ahead of you.

8. Don't stand directly in front of others.

9. Quiet please while others are preparing to go.

10. Don't take extra strokes.

Very good. Now flush the urinal, go outside, and tee off.

   MORE GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Shari!


From ArcaMax - 07/08/09:

Look Different

A kindergarten teacher at age 30 was talking to the children seated on the floor around her, absentmindedly she removed her glasses to clean them.

"Wow, Miss Collins!" one child exclaimed. "You look really different without your glasses on !"

Another child piped up, "I bet she looks different when she takes her teeth out, too!"


You Know You're Addicted to Coffee When...

-You've built a miniature city out of little plastic stirrers.

-People get dizzy just watching you.

-Instant coffee takes too long.

-You channel surf faster without a remote.

-You have a picture of your coffee mug on your coffee mug.

-You can outlast the Energizer bunny.

-You short out motion detectors.

-You don't even wait for the water to boil anymore.

-Your nervous twitch registers on the Richter scale.

-You help your dog chase its tail.

-You soak your dentures in coffee overnight.

-Your first-aid kit contains two pints of coffee with an I.V. hookup.

-You ski uphill.

-You get a speeding ticket even when you're parked.

-You answer the door before people knock.

-You haven't blinked since the last lunar eclipse.


        From My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of TX - 07/02/09 - "WW II posters :~ (#5 in a Series of 18)":

Thought you might like bh

  Some old fashioned  Patriotism.

I wonder whatever happened to this kind of thinking in America. I got a lump in my throat when I read this..  I "grew up" thinking: patriotism, it is the AMERICAN  way!  I am glad to see that somebody saved these. The statement at the end says it all!


These were our parents. What in God's name have we let happen to our Country? We were taught these values and then we let them die .....  I guess we are the last generation to see, or even remember anything like these? Whatever happened? Political correctness (or "re-education") happened, lack of God's name happened, lack of personal responsibility happened, lack of personal integrity and honesty happened, lack of respect and loyalty to our country happened, lack of being an American happened.

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

   Oh, I DO like them! Thanks so much, Brent!



1.   From Jane Chambers of VA - 07/01/09 - "CNC BOOK BROCHURE & AD":

Attached is the two-sided brochure.... It has an order form on it. All former CNC students (whether or not they got a degree from CNC) can get the $5 alumni discount if they order the book with this form. They will need to write on the order form "alumni discount" and put $24.95 in the blank beside $29.95. They will have to pay S&H also and (if in Virginia) 5% Sales Tax.
Attached also is an ad we ran in the Daily Press, which lists places where the book can be bought in the Tidewater area. Except for the CNU bookstore, there is no discount price for these copies. However, buyers can get signed copies at all of these places EXCEPT the CNU Bookstore, which did not want signed copies.  Signed means signed by all 3 authors: Chambers, Hubbard, and Wood.

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

   Thanks, Jane!

2.        From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/02/09 - "NNHS 64/45 REUNION PAGE UPDATES":


Attention all 1964 TYPHOONS:

If we have a current mailing address for you, then your 45th Reunion package was mailed to you on 23 June. In it you will find a letter detailing our plans for the reunion, a reservation form to be completed and returned to us no later than 1 September, and an input form for the 2009 Edition of the Old Rusty Anchor.

If you do not receive this package (or put it aside and misplace it - - yes, it happens), then you may find these same documents available to you on the NNHS web site at this address:

These documents are in Adobe PDF format. If you do not have the free Adobe Reader, you may download and install it from this address:

You may print out the forms, fill them in, and mail them to us WITH YOUR CHECK.

We look forward to seeing you at the Newport News Marriott City Center on October 9th and 10th … and at The Chamberlin for Sunday brunch.

Best wishes from your Class of 1964 45-Year Reunion Committee.

   Thank you, Captain!



  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 07/08/09 - "BEST EVER BLONDE JOKE":


A blonde calls her boyfriend and says, "Please come over here and help me. I have a killer jigsaw puzzle, and I can't figure out how to get started."

Her boyfriend asks, "What is it supposed to be when it's finished?"

The blonde says, "According to the picture on the box, it's a rooster."

Her boyfriend decides to go over and help with the puzzle.

She lets him in and shows him where she has the puzzle spread all over the table.

He studies the pieces for a moment, then looks at the box, then turns to her and says,

"First of all, no matter what we do, we're not going to be able to assemble these pieces into anything resembling a rooster."

He takes her hand and says, "Second, I want you to relax. Let's have a nice cup of tea, and then," he said with a deep sigh. .. . ... . ..

 (scroll down)

 "Let's put all the Corn Flakes back in the box."

      WILD GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Ruthie!



1. 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

2. 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 - WHS CLASS OF 1959

3. Friday and Saturday, October 9 and 10, 2009 - The Class of 1964 will hold its 45-Year Reunion - For details, see: - CLASS OF 1964

4. 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

5. Friday , Saturday, and Sunday, August 6, 7, and  8, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1960 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott Newport News at City Center. For details, contact Karen Weinstein Witte at  kwitte@tampabay, - CLASS OF 1960


PRAYER ROLL: - updated 07/08/09

BLOG: - updated 01/09/09


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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
746 Hillsboro Avenue
Edwardsville, IL 62025-1821  

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The White Cliffs of Dover

- Written in 1941 by Walter Kent and Nat Burton

Vera Lynn, 1942)
(b. 20 Mar 1917)

There'll be bluebirds over
The white cliffs of Dover
Just you wait and see

I'll never forget the people I met
Braving those angry skies
I remember well as the shadows fell
The light of hope in their eyes
And though I'm far away
I still can hear them say
Bombs up...
But when the dawn comes up

There'll be bluebirds over
The white cliffs of Dover
Just you wait and see

There'll be love and laughter
And peace ever after
When the world is free

The shepherd will tend his sheep
The valley will bloom again
And Jimmy will go to sleep
In his own little room again

There'll be bluebirds over
The white cliffs of Dover
Just you wait and see

There'll be bluebirds over
The white cliffs of Dover
Just you wait and see...


White Cliffs of Dover midi courtesy of - 07/06/09

White Cliffs of Dover lyrics courtesy of - 07/08/09

Image of White Cliffs of Dover courtesy of - 07/08/09

Animated Flying Bluebird clip art used to form Divider Lines courtesy of - 07/09/09

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

Animated Yehaa Typhoon clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05
Thanks, Al!

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

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

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!

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