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09/09/17 - NNHS Newsletter -
Take These Chains from My Heart

“You mean the world to me,
And I can't get you out of my mind

- Jeffrey Campbell

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

    This song seems to replay in my head on a regular basis...

BONUS #1 - - Take These Chains from My Heart - Hank Williams, about 1953

BONUS #2 - - Take These Chains from My Heart - Ray Charles, about 1963


"Take These Chains from My Heart" is a 1953 single by Hank Williams with His Drifting Cowboys, written by Fred Rose and Hy Heath. The song was the last of Hank Williams' country number-one hits. The song reached Number One on the Billboard Country & Western Best Sellers chart.[1]

Cover versions of "Take These Chains from My Heart" were recorded by numerous artists. Most notably:


   Happy Birthday today to  Wayne DeBerry ('65) of VA!  

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to The late Mr. Pete Robinson (deceased 12/23/03)!

   Happy Birthday this week to:  

11 -    The late Bobby Hedrick ('58) (deceased 08/31/09) AND  J. Harrison ('58) of GA AND   My Grandson, Jim Harty (Overhills HS, NC - '24), of NC;

12 - My Grandson (by My Children of Other Parents), James Mansfield of TX;

13 - The late Louis "Fuzzy" Turner ('63) (deceased 09/15/12);

14 -  The late Bill Brewer ('57) (deceased 08/30/12) AND Jeanette Parrish Houston ('64) of VA AND   Rick Harman ('65) of VA;

16 -   The late Tena Goodson Hensel (June '39) (deceased 06/09/15) AND The late Mr. John Huller ('43) (deceased 07/29/09) AND Brian Cooper of SC!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


September 09, 1939 - The Battle of Hel began, the longest-defended pocket of Polish Army resistance during the German invasion of Poland.

September 09, 1940 - Treznea Massacre: The Hungarian Army, supported by local Hungarians killed 93 Romanian civilians in Treznea, Sălaj, a village in Northern Transylvania, as part of attempts to ethnic cleansing

September 09, 1942 - A Japanese floatplane dropped an incendiary bomb over Oregon in an attempt to set fire to the forests in Oregon and Washington. The forest did not ignite.

September 09, 1943 - The Allies landed at Salerno and Taranto, Italy.

September 09, 1944 - The Fatherland Front took power in Bulgaria through a military coup in the capital and armed rebellion in the country. A new pro-Soviet government was established.

September 09, 1945 - Second Sino-Japanese War: Japan formally surrendered to China.


Saturday, September 09, 1967 - Basketball player and coach B. J. Armstrong was born Benjamin Roy Armstrong, Jr. in Detroit, Michigan.

Saturday, September 09, 1967 - Singer-songwriter and guitarist Chris Caffery was born in Suffern, New York.

Saturday, September 09, 1965 - Wrestler Mark Shrader was born in Ellicott City, Maryland.

From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 09/08/15:

“We need to be more grateful. I think there is no true character without gratitude. It is one of the marks of a real strong character to have a feeling of thanksgiving and gratitude for blessings.”

- Ezra Taft Benson
(04 Aug 1899 - 30 May 1994)

    Thanks so much, Susan!

From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 09/09/17:

  Thank you, Joan!

 From Mary Massey Lyle ('61) of PA - 09/08/17:
  Thank you, Mary!

 From Norman Olshansky ('64) of FL - 09/08/17, 7:55 PM:

  I was sent this very appropriate prayer from someone concerned about those of us in the path of Irma.

   Thank you so much, Norman!


   From My Cousin, Jean Atkinson Mallory (Warsaw HS / Rappahannock HS / John Marshall HS - '65) of VA - 09/08/17: 

  Thank you, Jean!

   From Harry Covert ('57) of MD - 09/07/17 - "ONE NOTE PLAYERS AND MONIKERS":

What’s in a Name?

Matters of ‘Over Sensitivity’!

By Harry M. Covert

It is difficult in these days of fragile feelings to find some humor and laughter. Maybe time is ripe to back off from wearing our feelings on sleeves.

Most of us have to learn to endure name-calling or insidious comments about nicknames, school mascots or off-the-cuff comments that start out to be witty but somehow end up hurtful.

A high court judge in my hometown, who happened to be a Sunday school teacher, told this story of an army sergeant named Robert Wolfguts who sought a name change. The judge read the application, feeling sensitive and eager to help, asked what name he preferred.

“Vincent, your honor.” There were no grins in the chambers. The moniker was approved immediately and filed in the court records. This tale is true and real but probably not proper in this day and age. That’s unfortunate.

Back in the day of classic “B” western movies, playing cowboys and Indians in neighborhoods was popular. Those of us in superannuated maturity can recall Davy Crockett and his coonskin hat. They were worn to grammar schools and even to early high schools. Today just backward brimmed hats.

Matters of “over sensitivity” have become a bit much to common sense. It seems like the major problem is the lack of courtesy, tasteful manners and good speech.

What has been described as “locker room talk” or “cursing like a sailor” has permeated live television and radio. Every supposed entertainment venue finds filthy language perfectly accepted.

Ever hear “watch your language, there are women present?” Not lately.

Recently in Frederick County, Maryland wearing Indian headdresses at school events was banned. In other schools throughout various states, students aren’t allowed to wear tee-shirts with logos of their political favorites. Yet it’s okay for some to put on a Che Guevara shirt or some other enemy of the American culture instead of school names like Lancers, Braves, Tribes and so many others. I won’t mention the Washington football Redskins formerly called the Boston Redskins.

Can I mention baseball’s Cleveland Indians who are being forced to remove their “Chief” logo, or the Atlanta Braves?

It’s getting rather stupid to become engrossed in changing names or nicknames because of one or two people or the latest fads.

In light of the horrible Hurricane Harvey, a Texas congresswoman thinks hurricane sobriquets aren’t including Black Americans. Now “Irma” is the latest and coming up the Atlantic coast. The worst thing is the trouble coming and hurting the citizens.

Can we get a grip on our lives, stop being “one note players.” My stars and garters, in the land of liberty, can we return to good taste in our talking, thinking and conduct?|

All the absurd conduct is out of hand and destroying all facets of what is good.

I was laughing about the sports story out of New York. The Boston Red Sox were accused of using a big Apple Watch to “steal signs” during a game with the Yankees. I’m shocked that stealing is prevalent in sports.

Coaches and players at all levels of athletic events know how to steal signs of the pitchers, catchers, and base coaches. And this has been going on forever and a day.

Watching players cover their mouths when discussing situations on the mounds or in huddles doesn’t fool anybody. All the razzle dazzle makes for good showmanship but nothing else.

One more idiocy. A school official fell apart the other day when a youngster said he was upset over the drawing of a handgun. Please “Mr. and Mrs. America and all the Ships at Sea” the symbolism of fear ain’t funny and shouldn’t be fearful.

It’s time to take two aspirins and go to bed. Or, find the cure in “oysters and champagne” and a long nap.

I must confess, my mother never washed out my mouth with Ivory soap. She did give me a slap once as a tyke in church. Amen!

   Thank you for your insights, Harry!

As a balloon expands, so too does my love for you with each passing day. To know how I truly feel about you, look no further than the balloon giraffe.”

- Jarod Kintz
(b. 05 Mar 1982

BONUS CHAIN OF HEARTS CROCHET PATTERN: - Moira's Chain of Hearts Bracelet - "Two interlaced chains of adorable little hearts results into this chunky but dainty crocheted bracelet. It's easy to make and can be worked in any yarn..."

BONUS CHAIN OF HEARTS RECIPE: - Chain of Hearts Cookie Necklaces - "These are a great substitute for children to take to school in lieu of Valentine's Day cards! Use a drinking straw to cut the holes in the pastry."


From - 09/08/17:

Four high school boys afflicted with spring fever skipped morning classes. After lunch they reported to the teacher that they had a flat tire.

Much to their relief she smiled and said, "Well, you missed a test today so take seats apart from one another and take out a piece of paper."

Still smiling, she waited for them to sit down. Then she said, "First Question: Which tire was flat?"


1. Every Tuesday, 7:30 AM - Male grads meet at Angelo's Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard for breakfast and camaraderie.

2. Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 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.

3. Friday and Saturday, September 22 and 23, 2017 - The NNHS Class of 1967 will hold their 50-Year Reunion. SEE: 

4. Wednesday, November 08, 2017 - 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.

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 06/10/17

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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

"Never underestimate
the power of a drop
in the bucket."


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Take These Chains from My Heart

Written by Fred Rose and Hy Heath

Recorded by Hank Williams, 1953

Recorded by Ray Charles, 1963

(Take these chains from my heart and set me free)

Take these chains from my heart and set me free
You've grown cold and no longer care for me
All my faith in you is gone but the heartaches linger on
Take these chains from my heart and set me free

Take these tears from my eyes and let me see
Just a spark of the love that used to be
If you love somebody new, let me find a new love, too
Take these chains from my heart and set me free

<instrumental interlude-one full verse>

Give my heart just a word of sympathy (sympathy)
Be as fair to my heart as you can be (you can be)
Then if you no longer care for the love that's beating there
Take these chains from my heart and set me free

Take these chains from my heart and set me free (set me free)

"Take These Chains from My Heart" midi courtesy of midi courtesy of - 09/09/10

"Take These Chains from My Hearts" lyrics courtesy of - 09/09/10

Heart in Chains clip art courtesy of - 09/09/10

Chain Link Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/08/03

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

Animated Military Flags clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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!

Jeffrey Holman's Image "A Drop in the Bucket" courtesy of - 05/23/16

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