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08/19/11 - NNHS Newsletter - Today

“No yesterdays are ever wasted for those who give themselves to today.”

- Brendan Francis

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Today's Newsletter theme repeats about this same time every year:

BONUS #1 - - Today - New Christy Minstrels

BONUS #2 - - Today - New Christy Minstrels


   Happy Birthday today to        Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA AND    Jimmy DeBerry ('64) of VA, who were born in Riverside Hospital on the same night as their fathers paced the halls together.  They are celebrating their 65th birthdays today.  Former      President Bill Clinton is also lighting 65 candles today, but he, of course, was born in Arkansas.

     Happy Birthday tomorrow to        The late Chip Clark ('65) - 1947 (deceased 06/12/10) AND Eddie Vest ('68) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, Gentlemen!


About August 20, 1946

   Happy Birthday this week to:

21 -   Bob Buchan ('61) of VA    Lynn Wright Hickman ('63) of VA;

23 - Charles Allen ('57) AND Pam Russell Hanzlik ('63) of NC AND         My Cousin, Cheryl White Wilson (John Marshall HS - '64) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


From Gary Fitzgerald ('61) of VA - 08/19/11, 7:46 AM - "reunion":

The class of 61 is holding our reunion next weekend. On Saturday, August 27th we will be at Mike's Place, 11000 Warwick, for a Dutch treat lunch starting at 1 PM.

Also   Joe Madagan ('57 - of FL) is having a bunch of old Marines from 97 Rifle Company at the same time in another room. Any and all Marines and normal persons are invited to join us. Please post. Thanks.


   COOL BEANS! Thanks so much, Gary!

   OH, WOW - I had no idea "normal persons" could join that Marine Reunion! I wish I could be there with y'all - what great fun that will be!

    Wait a minute... I'm no Marine (despite our
      Darlin' Herbie's best
efforts), but I'm a far cry from "normal".....
Carol as a Marine
PhotoShopped by the late Herb Hice
(22 Oct 1924 - 18 Apr 2008)

Somewhere in the eternities can still be heard the reverberating sounds of              my mama's (the late Maxine Frix Buckley - John Marshall HS - '25) (19 May 1908 - 15 Feb 1999) hysterical laughter from that day during my senior year when I came her from school and told her I had decided to join the Marine Corps.....



Monday, Aug. 19, 1861

The concept of “objectivity in news coverage” was not even an ambition in 1860’s America. Newspapers were the property and mouthpieces of individual owners. While the vast majority of papers in both North and South fell promptly in line with the politics of their regions, there were a few exceptions on both sides. Today the offices of the Easton and West Chester newspapers in Pennsylvania, and Haverhill, Massachusetts, received unwanted, albeit unofficial, visitors. The management was suspected to be holding pro-Southern sentiments, and various of the readership objected. The publisher in Haverhill was subjected to the tar-and-feather treatment in an attempt to change his feelings, while the other papers’ offices were attacked by mobs and damaged.

Tuesday, Aug. 19, 1862

The Louisville and Nashville Railroad was a vital transportation route, both for the Confederacy and for internal traffic within a very long state like Tennessee. Taking control of this facility was a matter of great urgency for both Union and Confederate forces. The Union side had the upper hand on parts of it and intended to keep it. A raid set out today that would last for three days. Areas covered along the rail line included Pilot Knob, Drake’s Creek, Manscoe Creek, Edgefield Junction, and the Hartsville Road near Gallatin. A similar mission was launched in northern Mississippi, from Rienzi through the Marietta area.

Wednesday, Aug. 19, 1863

The last time they had tried to hold the drawings for the Federal draft in New York City a massive riot had broken out which led to lynchings, arsons, looting, and the deaths of several hundred people. Troops who had just been through the battle of Gettysburg had to be called in to restore order. There was no escaping the inevitable, though, and today the call up was resumed. The bitterness of recent immigrants, primarily the Irish, who had no desire to fight for the liberation of slaves who they saw as competition in the search for jobs, had not abated, but violent resistance ceased. Some took the $300 bounty offered to serve as substitutes for others.

Friday, Aug. 19, 1864

The battle of the Weldon Railroad continued today south of Petersburg, Virginia. A. P. Hill’s Confederates slammed into the Union infantry of Gen. G. K. Warren. The ground being fought over today had been similarly contested the day before as the Federal forces pushed past the Globe Tavern. Today the contest went the other way as the Confederates regained much of the ground lost. The division of S. W. Crawford was particularly hard-hit and lost more than 2500 men to capture. At sunset, however, Warren still held the vital rail link.

  From Mary Blandford McGehee ('62) of LA - 08/18/11:

Hi, Carol,

Thanks for adding me to the list, and for sending the contact info for   Connie (McGhee Soles - '63 - of VA)!

I live in Louisiana now--in fact I've been here since 1974. Prior to that, I taught in NN for four years, then was in southern California for four years, and have lived in Louisiana since. We get back to VA once or twice a year.

Take care, and again, thanks!

   AHA! That's a mighty "fer piece down the road," I must say, but home is where you're happy!

  Thanks, Mary!

       From My Daughter, Adrienne Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL) of NC - 08/18/11 - "Final Countdown":

Having received my call on Thursday, June 16 to serve an 18-month mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Washington Seattle Mission beginning Wednesday, September 14, I'm making my final preparations now. I've finished with all the physicals, dental exams (all four wisdom teeth extracted), immunizations, eye exams (still waiting for my new glasses to arrive), and a plethora of other necessary details.

This Saturday I'll go to the Raleigh Temple with my family and close friends to receive my endowment.  On Wednesday, September 7 we'll fly back to Illinois, where President Holt will set me apart on Tuesday, September 13. Then I'll fly to Salt Lake City the next morning. My friend April will meet me at the airport and drive me down to Provo to the Missionary Training Center where I'll spend about two weeks before flying to Seattle.

Friday, April 15, 2011
Edwardsville, IL
Sunday, May 15, 2011
O'Fallon, IL
Sunday, June 31, 2011
Fayetteville, NC
Tuesday, August 02, 2011
Fayetteville, NC
Adrienne Harty submitting her mission papers online O'Fallon IL Stake President
Kent S. Holt and Adrienne Harty
- missionary interview, part two
Adrienne Harty and Fayetteville First Ward
Danny E. Penrod - temple
recommend interview, part one
Adrienne Harty, Fayetteville NC
Stake President Joseph N. Catlett,
and Fayetteville First Ward
Bishop Danny E. Penrod
 - temple
recommend interview, part

I'm so excited!

    And so are we, Baby Girl! I suppose I'll have to start calling you Sister Baby Girl from now on!

   From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/18/11 - "Our National Anthem sung by 'Dave's Highway' ":


... this is fantastic. Totally gave me goosebumps. These kids are amazing.

.....sung by a group known as "Dave's Highway".  No instruments, no microphones, no special effects. Just 3 young siblings (Erika, Delaney, and Zachary) singing the anthem as originally written, right in their own living room.

Sarah Kressaty

   WOWZERONI-RINI! Thank you so much, Sarah Sugah!

      From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 08/18/11 - "U.S. Service Dogs":


These are some of the U.S. Service dogs over in Iraq . It is one of the best power point presentations I have seen. Enjoy...

      Thanks so much, Dools!

    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 08/04/11 - "Some Thought Provoking Signs (#8 in a Series of 16)":

     Thanks, Glenn - I really enjoy these! There's far too little blatant goofiness in the world! 


From - 08/16/11:

The judge warned the witness, “Do you understand that you have sworn to tell the truth?”

“I do.”

“Do you understand what will happen if you are not truthful?”

“Sure,” said the witness. “My side will win.”

1. Friday and Saturday, August 19 and 20, 2011 - The Class of 1966 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at RJ's Restaurant and Pub AND the Point Plaza Hotel, 950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News.  DETAILS:; CONTACT: Dee Hodges Bartram at - OPEN REUNION!

2. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 26, 27, and 28, 2011 - The Class of 1961 will hold its 50-Year Reunion: Saturday, August 27, 2011, 1:00 PM - Mike O'Neil's Irish Pub, Warwick Shopping Center - Dutch Treat Luncheon. For details, see: and contact Gary Fitzgerald at or 757-879-2847 - CLASS OF 1961

3. Saturday, August 27, 2011, 1:00 PM - Mike O'Neil's Irish Pub, Warwick Shopping Center - Reunion Luncheon for the 97th Rifle Company, USMC - AND ALL "NORMAL PERSONS"

4. Thursday, September 1, 2011 - The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch gatherings on the first Thursday of every month at Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News at 11:00 AM. The luncheon is not limited to just the Class of '55; if you have friends in that year, go visit with them.

5. Saturday, September 17, 2011 - Evelyn's Birthday Party for Everyone - Canepa Cottage, Buckroe Beach - 2:00 PM. For details, contact Evelyn Fryer Fish ('58) of TX at - OPEN TO EVERYBODY!

6. Saturday, September 17, 2011 - Typhoon Tailgate at CNU - 4:00 PM - TIL. For details, see: and contact Chuck Jones ('66) of Northern VA at 703-474-1389 - OPEN TO ALL CLASSES!

7. Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 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.

8. Wednesday and Thursday, October 19 and 20, 2011 - The Class of 1956 will hold its 55-Year Reunion. Contact Judy Leggett Elliott at or 757-868-1111. - CLASS OF 1956

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Y'all take 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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Words and Music by Randy Sparks (b. 29 July 1933)

Recorded by the New Christy Minstrels, 1964

Today, while the blossoms still cling to the vine
I'll taste your strawberries, I'll drink your sweet wine
A million tomorrows shall all pass away
Ere I forget all the joy that is mine, today

I'll be a dandy, and I'll be a rover
You'll know who I am by the songs that I sing
I'll feast at your table, I'll sleep in your clover
Who cares what the morrow shall bring

Today, while the blossoms still cling to the vine
I'll taste your strawberries, I'll drink your sweet wine
A million tomorrows shall all pass away
Ere I forget all the joy that is mine, today

I can't be contented with yesterdays glory
I can't live on promises winter to spring
Today is my moment, now is my story
I'll laugh and I'll cry and I'll sing

Today, while the blossoms still cling to the vine
I'll taste your strawberries, I'll drink your sweet wine
A million tomorrows shall all pass away
Ere I forget all the joy that is mine, today

Today, while the blossoms still cling to the vine
I'll taste your strawberries, I'll drink your sweet wine
A million tomorrows shall all pass away
Ere I forget all the joy that is mine, today

"Today" midi courtesy of - 08/08/06

"Today" lyrics courtesy of - 08/08/06

Image of Bowl of Strawberries courtesy of - 08/08/06

Image of Glasses of Wine courtesy of - 08/08/06

Red and Pink Hearts Divider Line clip art courtesy
of - 02/16/06

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

John Marshall High School's Justice Scale clip art courtesy of Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05 (replaced 02/23/09)
Thanks, Cheryl!

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!!

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!

Animated United States Marine Corps Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

Animated Nutsy Smiley courtesy of - 05/04/09

Animated Kissing Smiley clip art courtesy of my friend, Judy Bundy Bowermaster (Litchfield HS, IL - '59), of IL - 09/19/08
Thanks, Judy!

Animated Laughing Smiley courtesy of Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 02/07/05
Thanks, Janice!

Animated Laughing Woman courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 02/23/09
Thanks, Joyce!

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