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09/14/07 - NNHS Newsletter -
Sunshine on My Shoulders

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you will never see the shadow."

- Helen Keller
(27 June 1880 - 1 June 1968)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   This theme seemed a logical extension of the others.



   Happy Birthday today to  Jeanette Parrish Houston ('64) of VA!!. Have a great day, Lady!

   Following soon are      Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton HS - '65) of FL on the 18th;    Curt Overman ('59) of VA on the 22nd; and    Mary Anne Mays Davis ('58) of VA on the 24th.  On the 25th, we'll have another Two-Fer:   Don Wilson (John Marshall HS - '64) of VA and    Jerry Allen ('65) of VA; and then    Judy McCall Nesbitt ('65) of NC on the 27th.

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


   From Frank Blechman ('65) of Northern VA - 09/11/07 - "THE ROCK":

There is a huge rock near a gravel pit on Hwy 25 in rural Iowa.
For generations, kids have painted slogans, names, and obscenities on this rock, changing its character many times.
A few months back, the rock received its latest paint job, and since then it has been left completely undisturbed.
It's quite an impressive sight. Be sure to scroll down and check out the multiple photos. (all angles) of the rock.
I thought the flag was draped over the rock, but it's not. It's actually painted on the rock too.


Here's the artist, Ray "Bubba" Sorensen.

AWESOME Work, RAY... Thank you!

"God Bless America" and



...You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person. 



   Thank you so much, Frank!


  From Elizabeth Lankes (Hampton HS - '71) of VA - 09/11/07 - "Walter Post residence ":

Hi Carol,

Can't find my high school picture but here is one of me as a youngster.


That was a very interesting postcard of the Walter Post Residence on Huntington Avenue, posted by
       Dave Spriggs ('64 - of VA). I really enjoy his contributions. Here is another photo of the same house, taken in 1981.

1981 - Image by Elizabeth Lankes (HHS - '71) of VA
5600 Huntington Avenue

   Oh, what a gorgeous image! Thanks so much, Elizabeth!   I added it to the North End page:


Carol, you do some wonderful work in bringing the Ol' Stomping Grounds to the web! I hate to be sounding the least bit critical but I'm wondering if you could start posting the images a bit bigger (the larger versions you see when you click on a thumbnail). I know you may get some of them sent low-res in e-mail. But it is so nice when you can see details. And many more people have broadband now!

Thanks so much for putting together this amazing and most enjoyable web site!

Elizabeth (Betty) Lankes
Hampton High '71

   The problem with the photos lies not so much with the original resolution as with my need for compression - although there are quite a few more dial-up users among our readership than you might suspect.

   When I myself scan, I do so at a resolution of 200 dpi.  On images I receive, I normally resize them at heights of 600, 650, and 800 pixels, and set the thumbnails at anywhere from 95 to 150 pixels high, depending on the number per page.  If they arrive too small, I can only enlarge them as far as clarity will allow.  But I also compress almost every image I do use.  I neither compressed nor re-sized yours, however.  It appears on this Newsletter at 150 pixels high, and on the North End page at 120 pixels high.

   Original images are always saved in my files, and are available from me by request.  However, in order to save and post everything online, I must make some adjustments and concessions somewhere, as we're simply covering too much ground.  Often it's not so much a question of speed as it is of space.  I never remove anything from the site, and we're sharing many images that have far more to do with life itself than with either the school or the Peninsula.

   Thanks again, Betty!


 From Charlie Phillips ('65) of TN -  09/12/07 - "Do You Know How to Catch Wild Pigs?":

Well worth reading

There was a chemistry professor in a large college that had some exchange students in the class. One day while the class was in the lab the Prof. noticed one young man (exchange student) who kept rubbing his back and stretching as if his back hurt.

The professor asked the young man what was the matter. The student told him he had a bullet lodged in his back. He had been shot while fighting communists in his native country who were trying to overthrow his country's government and install a new communist government.

In the midst of his story he looked at the professor and asked a strange question. He asked, ' Do you know how to catch wild pigs?'

The professor thought it was a joke and asked for the punch line. The young man said this was no joke. You catch wild pigs by finding a suitable place in the woods and putting corn on the ground. The pigs find it and begin to come everyday to eat the free corn. When they are used to coming every day, you put a fence down one side of the place where they are used to coming. When they get used to the fence, they begin to eat the corn again and you put up another side of the fence. They get used to that and start to eat again. You continue until you have all four sides of the fence up with a gate in the last side. The pigs, who are used to the free corn, start to come through the gate to eat, you slam the gate on them and catch the whole herd.

Suddenly the wild pigs have lost their freedom. They run around and around inside the fence, but they are caught. Soon they go back to eating the free corn. They are so used to it that they have forgotten how to forage in the woods for themselves, so they accept their captivity.

The young man then told the professor that is exactly what he sees happening to America. The government keeps pushing us toward Communism/Socialism and keeps spreading the free corn out in the form of programs such as supplemental income, tax credit for unearned income, tobacco subsidies, dairy subsidies, payments not to plant crops (CRP), welfare, medicine, drugs, etc. while we continually lose our freedoms - just a little at a time.

One should always remember - 'There is no such thing as a free Lunch! Also, 'You can never hire someone to provide a service for you cheaper than you can do it yourself.

Also, if you see that all of this wonderful government 'help' is a problem confronting the future of democracy in America, you might want to send this on to your friends. If you think the free ride is essential to your way of life then you will probably delete this email, but God help you when the gate slams shut!

   This is certainly thought provoking!  Thanks, Charlie!



      From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA - 09/12/07:


Even though our daughter and grandson are safe in Germany, our son-in-law George is still in Iraq.  Even for a veteran it’s easy to fall back into our safe existence in the US and not be as cognizant of the sacrifices made daily on our behalf.  These photos put it all back into perspective.


Captain Dave Arnold

   Thank you so much for this reminder, Dave!


    From Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard ('56) of NC for     Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 09/11/07:


How about this ?  Instead of just me praying for your son, how about my entire Bible Study group putting him on the Prayer List, where in agreement, we pray for your handsome, intelligent son many times during the week ?  We meet on Thursdays, and for thirty-some years these lovely, Christian women have been getting some Powerful Results. This year will be my third year with the group and we consist of almost all denominations.  While we meet in the Church up the street, we are a group of Christian women that God has organized and Honors. It will be our pleasure to pray for your son and the entire family. Thank you for giving us the privilege. You and your entire family are now In His Hands.  Thank you Jesus !

"Dimples" a.k.a. Sepi

   How lovely!  Why not a Two-Fer?

Carol...Yes ! Of course, we will be delighted to include       Pam (Smith) and       Dave Arnold (both '65 of VA) and their precious family.  Know Pam is supposed to come back stateside around the first of October, why don't we include a prayer for traveling mercies for her and all of the NNHS  family that might be traveling in or out of our Great Country? 

"Dimples" a.k.a. Sepi

Jean: How wonderful.  I am overwhelmed with gratitude. 

Love, Jean

Dave: Thanks, Carol.


  From Christine Wilson Starkman ('68) of CA - 09/12/07 - "the bee":

Re: The Bee
Isn't the bee a Mormon symbol? Maybe that sting was an IM from God? Hmmm...makes ya wonder.
L'Shana Tovah to all. A sweet and happy new year. I like that the Jewish New Year comes in fall, like the start of the new school year. I used to love the first day of school: new pencils, new notebooks, new clothes...and a new chance to get it right this time!

   GIGGLES - and thanks, Chris! What a great perspective!


  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 09/12/07 - "What goes around comes along ~ AWESOME STORY":

One day a man saw an old lady, stranded on the side of the road, but even in the dim light of day, he could see she needed help. So he pulled up in front of her Mercedes and got out. His Pontiac was still sputtering when he approached her.

Even with the smile on his face, she was worried. No one had stopped to help for the last hour or so. Was he going to hurt her? He didn't look safe; he looked poor and hungry.

He could see that she was frightened, standing out there in the cold. He knew how she felt. It was that chill which only fear can put in you.

He said, "I'm here to help you, ma'am. Why don't you wait in the car where it's warm? By the way, my name is Bryan Anderson."

Well, all she had was a flat tire, but for an old lady, that was bad enough. Bryan crawled under the car looking for a place to put the jack, skinning his knuckles a time or two. Soon he was able to change the tire. But he had to get dirty and his hands hurt.

As he was tightening up the lug nuts, she rolled down the window and began to talk to him. She told him that she was from St. Louis and was only just passing through. She couldn't thank him enough for coming to her aid.

Bryan just! smiled as he closed her trunk. The lady asked how much she owed him. Any amount would have been all right with her. She already imagined all the awful things that could have happened had he not stopped. Bryan never thought twice about being paid. This was not a job to him. This was helping someone in need, and God knows there were plenty, who had given him a hand in the past. He had lived his whole life that way, and it never occurred to him to act any other way.

He told her that if she really wanted to pay him back, the next time she saw someone who needed help, she could give that person the assistance they needed, and Bryan added, "And think of me."

He waited until she started her car and drove off. It had been a cold and depressing day, but he felt good as he headed for home, disappearing into the twilight.

A few miles down the road the lady saw a small cafe. She went in to grab a bite to eat, and take the chill off before she made the last leg of her trip home. It was a dingy looking restaurant. Outside were two old gas pumps. The whole scene was unfamiliar to her. The waitress came over and brought a clean towel to wipe her wet hair. She had a sweet smile, one that even being on her feet for the whole day couldn't erase. The lady noticed the waitress was nearly eight months pregnant, but she never let the strain and aches change her attitude. The old lady wondered how someone who had so little could be so giving to a stranger. Then she remembered Bryan .

After the lady finished her meal, she paid with a hundred do! llar bil l. The waitress quickly went to get change for her hundred dollar bill, but the old lady had slipped right out the door. She was gone by the time the waitress came back. The waitress wondered where the lady could be. Then she noticed something written on the napkin.

There were tears in her eyes when she read what the lady wrote: "You don't owe me anything. I have been there too. Somebody once helped me out, the way I'm helping you. If you really want to pay me back, here is what you do: Do not let this chain of love end with you."

Under the napkin were four more $100 bills.

Well, there were tables to clear, sugar bowls to fill, and people to serve, but the waitress made it through another day. That night when she got home from work and climbed into bed, she was thinking about the money and what the lady had written. How could the lady have known how much she and her husband needed it? With the baby due next month, it was going to be hard....

She knew how worried her husband was, and as he lay sleeping next to her, she gave him a soft kiss and whispered soft and low, "Everything's going to be all right. I love you, Bryan Anderson."

There is an old saying "What goes around comes around." Today, I sent you this story, and I'm asking you to pass it on .. Let this light shine.

Good friends are like stars....You don't always see them, but you know they are always there.

   This is such a lovely selection! Thanks so much for sharing it, Judy!


    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 09/12/07 - "Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, Newport News, VA.":

Hi, Carol:
As promised, I spoke with classmate Bette Lee Heath, better known as "Bitsy" during our NNHS Class of 1957 Reunion last weekend to determine if she had any photographs of the three story red brick structure known as Thomas Jefferson Elementary School. She does not have any such photos, and her memories of the old building were that she and her friends used to sit on the steps and "make out" in their youth. She is a hoot!!!
She started her contagious laugh while classmate Donald Smith practiced running from the right side of the group photo to the left side to be shown twice in the photo, and has us all cracking up along with the antics of our class clown Donald Smith making his way around the floor against the rotating camera timer.
Our class adapted     Wilma Salmon Robinson as our Class Sponsor, and it was great to see her and her daughter, who has    Coach Robinson's curly hair.
TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   Thanks, Adonis!!!



    From Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard ('56) of NC - 09/12/07 - "    Norm Covert ('61 - of MD)":

Dear Carol...

This is for Norm Covert and adorable Little Nicholas.  I am glad to hear that Nicholas is doing better, that's a scary thing for all concerned.

North Carolina has to do a lot better job of everything.  Living here in the State Capitol is a trip, we just don't know where we are going.  Can you believe that the City of Raleigh just paid some guy from a Consulting Firm $50.000 just to find out what Raleigh IS ?  They know of course that it is the State Capitol, thank God, what they don't know or can't figure out is just what kind of city Raleigh is.  I'm gonna' tell everybody for Free !  It's a WANNABE City, only it's spread out like a jar of melting peanut butter, and with no form it just doesn't know WHAT it wants to be.  I've been here for 25 years and it gets stranger each year. To me a city or town will grow to be what it is supposed to be, like a growing child... all it needs is the right kind of guidance.  not a makeover every five years !  Have you read anything about our politicians ?  Of course everyone's heard about Mike Nifong. There are others and all of a sudden they are falling like ten pins, except that when they are picked up they are locked up !  At Last ! 

There is something wrong with a city that builds 48 story buildings but a black neighborhood about five miles from me just had their dirt roads paved four years ago...nice, well kept houses too.  The city and state government are forever putting the cart before the horse.  Our schools have classrooms in BATHROOMS for heaven's sake, saw that on T.V. news last night. 

Welcome to North Cackalacky !!!   Is it time to leave for
Buckroe yet ??????

Sepi aka "Dimples"

   Indeed! Thanks, Dimples!


  From Norm Covert ('61) of MD to       Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard ('56) of NC - 09/12/07:

"Dimples (if I may),
Thanks so much for the note. My son moved to Wilmington in May and had the problem of his health insurance lapsing here in Maryland and not being activated until 1 Sept. Nicholas was great until he went to what was billed as one of the best pre-schools in Wilmington. Nicholas and 15 other classmates came down with what has now been diagnosed as Salmonella, origin unknown.
My son was living in Burgaw, just outside Wilmington, and after talking with me on the phone, took him to the hospital there. Dr. sent him home (with a 104 temp) and said call your doctor, which Peter did not have yet. He found one on Monday in Wilmington who said the Burgaw hospital was the worst in the state! Immediately sent him by ambulance to the Wilmington Regional Hospital where they hooked up IVs, etc. and started his recovery. My wife was so upset, she instant messaged me from work on Wednesday asking why she wasn't in Wilmington? I still have residual problems from my heart surgery in April and don't do well on the highway. Thus, I said, "Go to the ATM, I'll make a pot of coffee for you, pack some tuna fish sandwiches, some water in the ice chest and you're on your way."
She was home and gone within the hour and arrived just in time. His IV had come out and his bed was soaked when she arrived at midnight. She's a veteran having taken care of me for almost five years so she took over and his recovery progressed rapidly.
I'm spoiled here in Maryland, our football teams aren't doing so well, but our high tax base at least fixes the roads and we have a couple of the best medical centers in the nation, including the Washington Hospital Center, ranked third nationally in cardiac care. They're my guys!
As a final note, I REMEMBER YOU. My brother,     Harry ('57), allowed me to tag along with him to all kinds of school events. I mentioned in one of the newsletters about falling for all the girls from 55-59 (I also doted over the girls from 60-63 and if I mention names it would take all day). I would never have called you "Dimples," but you deserved it.
Norm Covert ('61)

   Normie, that's one of the scariest stories I've heard lately!  We're all so very thankful that it had a happy ending!


  From Brian Blakley (some high school in NV - '04) of NV, currently at BYU - 09/12/07"

Bring me back......all me teachers are crazy and I have been doing homework all day!

-the blakley formerly known as Elder

   THERE you are!  Honey, it's just as I've always said.  EVERYBODY is crazy. The trick is to hang around with people whose crazinesses roughly correspond to your own.

   And apparently, life here in North Cackalacky (as Dimples says) is pretty much taking the lead in nutzoidism.

   On the other hand, if you find some people who appear to be perfectly sane, I'd steer really clear of them, because they're probably dangerous.


  From Gary Fitzgerald ('61) of VA - 09/12/07:

You can put my e mail on alumni page if you desire  

God bless.  

Gary class of 61

   I did, indeed, Gary! Thanks so much - for everything!



1.  Saturday, September 29, 2007 - Evelyn Fryer Fish's (Pot Luck) Birthday Party for All of Us - OPEN TO ALL

2. Thursday, October 4, 2007, 11:00 AM - Class of 1955 Lunch Bunch - Angelo's Steak and Pancake Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard - OPEN TO ALL WITH FRIENDS IN CLASS OF 1955

3. Saturday, October 6, 2007 - Reunion - NNHS CLASSES OF 1941 AND 1942

4. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 12 - 13, 2007 - NNHS CLASS OF 1962; FRIDAY NIGHT OPEN TO NNHS CLASSES OF 1960 - 1965

5. Thursday, November 1, 2007, 11:00 AM - Class of 1955 Lunch Bunch - Angelo's Steak and Pancake Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard - OPEN TO ALL WITH FRIENDS IN CLASS OF 1955

6. Thursday, December 6, 2007, 11:00 AM - Class of 1955 Lunch Bunch - Angelo's Steak and Pancake Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard - OPEN TO ALL WITH FRIENDS IN CLASS OF 1955

7. Friday and Saturday, May 16 - 17, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1958



   Reunion information is ALWAYS posted very near the top on the front page, and on the Reunion Page section:

Evelyn's Birthday Party for All of Us
Hosted by Evelyn Fryer Fish ('58) of TX
Saturday, September 29, 2007, 2:00 P.M.
The Canepa Cottage, 760 North 1st Street, Buckroe Beach, Virginia


Evelyn Fryer Fish's Birthday Party for All of Us - 09/29/07

The NNHS Classes of 1941 and 1942
will have a reunion on Saturday, October 6, 2007 at the James River Country Club at 12 noon.

Dr. Harold Cones will speak about the founding and development of the Mariners' Museum.

Cost is $30.00 per person - Includes Choice of Two Entrees

CONTACT: Jennings Bryan at 
or call him at 757-873-7701.

- 07/23/07

The NNHS Class of 1962
will hold its 45-Year Reunion
on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 12, 13, and 14, 2007
at the Point Plaza Suites, 950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23601.

All schoolmates from '60, '61, '63, '64 and' 65 are invited to attend the Friday night affair.

 The Friday night cost will be $20.00 per person, which includes being with all of us, food, and beverages
(including beer and wine), plus a cash bar. 

The 1962 classmates will be celebrating on that night and on the 13th, ending with breakfast on the 14th.

For information, email Brenda Amos Williams at or call her at 757-810-4000.

Visit Brenda's 1962 Web Page:




  From Christine Wilson Starkman ('68) of CA - 07/24/07 - "Summer's Not Over Yet! "- #25 in a Series of 38:

It's not Buckroe, but it'll do in a rush!

This is sand? Thought this was one you'd enjoy seeing; it all took place in British Columbia.


   WOWZERS!!! Thanks, Chris!


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

                          Love to all, Carol 





Carol Buckley Harty
219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305


Sunshine on My Shoulders

- Words by John Denver; Music by John Denver, Dick Kniss and Mike Taylor

Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy
Sunshine in my eyes can make me cry
Sunshine on the water looks so lovely
Sunshine almost always makes me high

If I had a day that I could give you
Id give to you a day just like today
If I had a song that I could sing for you
Id sing a song to make you feel this way

Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy
Sunshine in my eyes can make me cry
Sunshine on the water looks so lovely
Sunshine almost always makes me high

If I had a tale that I could tell you
Id tell a tale sure to make you smile
If I had a wish that I could wish for you
Id make a wish for sunshine all the while

Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy
Sunshine in my eyes can make me cry
Sunshine on the water looks so lovely
Sunshine almost always makes me high
Sunshine almost all the time makes me high
Sunshine almost always


"Sunshine on My Shoulders" midi courtesy of - 09/13/07

"Sunshine on My Shoulders" lyrics courtesy of - 09/13/07

"Morning Sunshine" Image courtesy of - 09/13/07

Sunshine Cartoon clip art used to form Divider Lines courtesy of - 09/14/07

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

Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

Justice Scale clip art courtesy of Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05
Thanks, Cheryl!

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

Army Seal clip art also courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
Thanks, Al!

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

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks, Herbie!

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