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08/26/09 - NNHS Newsletter -
Serenade in Blue

“If I love you, what business is it of yours?”

- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(28 Aug 1749 - 22 Mar 1832)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Today's BLUE Newsletter seems so very familiar, I was quite surprised I had not used this 1942 classic before.  As I could find no record that I had, I suppose I must be thinking of another song made popular by Glenn Miller.

BONUS #1 - - Serenade in Blue - Glenn Miller & His Orchestra - Lynn Bari (Pat Friday's voice actually)

BONUS #2 - - Serenade in Blue - Glenn Miller & His Orchestra with Pat Friday set to great images

"The story goes that Miller assigned Bill Finegan to compose moody, almost classical prologue to the Gordon-Warren melody. Finegan spent hours but couldn't come up with anything Miller liked. So Glenn handed it to Billy May, who came up with this introduction in half an hour. "

BONUS #3 - - Serenade in Blue - Doris Day

BONUS #4 - - Serenade in Blue - Tribute to Glenn Miller


" 'Serenade in Blue' is a 1942 popular song composed by Harry Warren, with lyrics written by Mack Gordon. It was introduced in the 1942 film Orchestra Wives by Lynn Bari (dubbed by Pat Friday).

"It was recorded by Glenn Miller & His Orchestra featuring vocalist Ray Eberle with backing vocals by The Modernaires."


Tuesday, August 26, 1969 - Well, whodathunkit?!?  Once again, nothing really memorable transpired on this day.


   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Pat Helmick Glover ('57) AND Nancy Timberlake Spencer ('57) AND   My Cousin, Jim Atkinson (John Randolph Tucker HS - '77) of AZ!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

28 -   Tony Lapides ('57) (deceased 06/18/09);

29 -    Richard Coltrane ('57) of __ AND    Connie Bloxom Thompson ('66) (deceased 09/17/08);

30 -      Me ('65) of IL AND    Chuck Springfield ('66) of VA;

31 -     Pat Beck Letzinger ('57) of VA AND      Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA AND    Elaine Wilkinson Bracken ('61) of VA AND    My Grandson, Jacob Harty of TX;

01 - Ellen Overton Weiss ('68) of VA;

02 - Frances Adams Smith ('57) AND   Dustin Baker (Norview HS - '65) of MA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


 Some of you are have been blocked from viewing the site since 07/20/09 out of safety concerns.  Most of y'all are not.  Our server, also hosts many, many other sites.  Five (down from six) of them are having malware "issues", so to protect the general public from any possible harm, a warning has been placed by some systems.  I don't want to think about it today.....

  From Angie Ray Smith ('64) of VA - 08/25/09 - "Attack Site":


My attempt at opening this site... indicates possible 'attack'... so I didn't go any further. It's been a long time since I've tried to open a newsletter, and I have a new computer with more safety nets. SO... will explore later...


Angela R. Smith, CAS, NCC
Certified Nurtured Heart Approach Practitioner
Hampton, VA
   Thanks, Angie! Even though it really doesn't even pertain to our site per se, that warning is certainly enough to scare the bravest soul away.....

  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 08/25/09 - "Bye, Bye, Fly":

This was sent by a friend.  Don't  know if it is true but passing it on anyway, just in case.

I was at a restaurant...eating outside...and they had the same things hanging around...NO FLIES!!! 

We went with some out of town friends to Sweety Pies on Sunday for breakfast, and we sat in the enclosed patio section beside the house.   We happened to notice a couple of zip lock baggies pinned to a post and a wall.  The bags were half filled with water, each contained 4 pennies, and they were zipped shut.  Naturally we were curious!  Ms. Sweety told us that these baggies kept the flies away!  So naturally we were even more curious!  We actually watched some flies come in the open window, stand around on the window sill, and then fly out again.  And there were no flies in the eating area!  This morning I checked this out on Google.  Below are comments on this fly control idea.  I'm now a believer!  More comments not included here were about pet dogs and fly problems. 

Zip-lock water bags

Sue says:

Many people swear that a zip-lock bag filled half-way with water and attached over entry-ways will repel flies. No one yet knows how or why it works, but there is speculation that it has something to do with the way the moving water refracts light. If you have tried this please use the comments form at the bottom of the page to share your results with the rest of us.

ann Says:

October 5th, 2008 at 5:51 pm

I did tried the ziplock bag and pennies this weekend. I have a horse trailer with full LQ. The flys were very bad this weekend while I was camping. I put the baggie with pennies above the door of the LQ. NOT ONE FLY came in the trailer. The horse trailer part had many. Not sure why it works but it does!!!!!!!

Danielle Martin Says:

September 20th, 2008 at 8:43 pm

Fill a ziplock bag with water and 5 or 6 pennies and hang it in the problem area. In my case it was a particular window in my home. It had a slight but significant passage way for insects. Every since I have done that, it has kept flies and wasps away. Some say, that wasps and flies mistake the bag for some sort of other insect nest and are threatened by this.

maggie Says:

June 7th, 2009 at 11:40 am

I swear by the plastic bag of water trick I have them on side porch ( our house entry) and all around the basement door. We saw these in Northeast Mo at an Amish grocery store & have used them since. They say it works because a fly sees a reflection & won't come around.

Just DJ Says:

May 16th, 2009 at 7:25 pm

Regarding the science behind zip log bags of water? My research found that each of the millions of molecules of water presents its own prism effect and given that flies have a lot of eyes, to them it's like a zillion disco balls reflecting light, colors and movement in a dizzying manner. When you figure that flies are basically prey for many other bugs, animals, birds, etc., they simply won't take the risk of being around that much perceived action. I moved to a rural area and thought these "hillbillies" were just yanking my city boy chain but I tried it, worked immediately! We went from hundreds of flies to seeing the occasional one, but he doesn't hang around long.

"I would think it's worth the try".

   Thanks, Ruthie!    Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA sent us this on August 7, but it's worth running again. I haven't tried it myself, because that would imply I might have actually stepped out into the Great Outdoors, and as you know that's generally against my principles.....

 From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA and   From Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 08/25/09 - "Please participate - September 11":

Please Participate

We have a little less than one month and counting to get the word out all across this great land and into every community in the United States of America   If you forward this email to least 11 people and each of those people do the same ... You get the idea. 

On Friday, September 11th, 2009, an American flag should be displayed outside every home, apartment, office, and store in the United States. Every individual should make it their duty to display an American flag on this eighth anniversary of one of our country's worst tragedies. We do this to honor those who lost their lives on 9/11, their families, friends and loved ones who continue to endure the pain, and those who today are fighting at home and abroad to preserve our cherished freedoms. 
In the days, weeks and months following 9/11, our country was bathed in American flags as citizens mourned the incredible losses and stood shoulder-to -shoulder against terrorism. Sadly, those flags have all but disappeared.  Our patriotism pulled us through some tough times and it shouldn't take another attack to galvanize us in solidarity. Our American flag is the fabric of our country and together we can prevail over terrorism of all kinds.  
Action Plan: So, here's what we need you to do...
(1) Forward this email to everyone you know (at least 11 people). Please don't be the one to break this chain. Take a moment to think back to how you felt on 9/11 and let those sentiments guide you. 
(2) Fly an American flag of any size on 9/11. Honestly, Americans should fly the flag year-round, but if you don't, then at least make it a priority on this day. 

Thank you for your participation. 

God Bless You and God Bless America !

   Thank you, Ladies, and a big AMEN!


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

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

   Thanks, Jane!

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


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 ArcaMax - 08/25/09:


Felix, my husband, was playing golf with our town's fire chief when he hit a ball into the rough. As Felix headed for the brush to find his ball, the chief warned him, "Be careful, the rattlesnakes are out."

The chief explained that calls had been coming in all week requesting assistance with removing the snakes.

"You've got to be kidding," Felix replied in astonishment. "People actually call the fire department to help them with rattlesnakes? What do you say to them?"

"Well," said the chief, "the first thing I ask is, 'Is it on fire?'"


Butcher Shop

A lady goes into the butcher shop and as she is walking around the store, she spies a beef tongue in the butcher's counter. The lady asks, "What in the world is that?"

"Beef tongue," replies the butcher!

The lady gives a little involuntary shudder, "No way would I put anything in my mouth that came out of an animal's mouth!"

The butcher nods sympathetically while peeking into the woman's shopping cart, "I see you're buying a dozen eggs!"


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: -

4. Friday and Saturday, August 6 and 7, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1970 will hold its 40-Year Reunion.  Saturday night will be at the Kiln Creek Golf & Country Club. For details, contact Carol Comer Cutler at or visit the reunion website 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 08/23/09

BLOG: - updated 08/04/09

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

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Serenade In Blue

Music by Harry Warren
(24 Dec 1893 – 22 Sept 1981)

Lyrics by Mack Gordon
(21 June 1904 – 01 Mar 1959)

Recorded by Glenn Miller & His Orchestra. 1942
Mar 1904 - missing 15 Dec 1944)

When I hear that Serenade In Blue,
I'm somewhere in another world alone with you,
Sharing all the joys we used to know,
Many moons ago.
Once again, your face comes back to me,
Just like the theme of some forgotten melody,
In the album of my memory,
Serenade In Blue.
It seems like only yesterday,
A small café, a crowded floor;
And as we dance the night away,
I hear you say, "Forever more;"
And then the song became a sigh,
Forever more became goodbye,
But you remained in my heart;
So, tell me, darling, is there still a spark,
Or only lonely ashes of the flame we knew;
Should I go on whistling in the dark?
Serenade In Blue.

"Serenade in Blue" midi courtesy of - 08/26/09

"Serenade in Blue" lyrics courtesy of - 08/26/09

Image of Marla Brate's Painting "Serenade in Blue" courtesy of - 08/26/09

Blue Celtic Divider Line clip art courtesy of somewhere within the first page or two of - some time ago...

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

J. R. Tucker High School's Orange Tiger Paw Print courtesy of - 11/12/07

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

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