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10/17/07 - NNHS Newsletter - If

“Was this the face that launch'd a thousand ships,
And burnt the topless towers of Ilium?”

- Christopher Marlowe
(chr. 26 Feb 1564 - 30 May 1593)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   This song - which used to play endlessly on both radio and television - has been playing endlessly in my head for two days now.  This is my attempt to purge it.....

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   We have a Birthday Two-Fer tomorrow: Lou Kressaty (Butler HS, NJ - '57) of VA  AND    Carol Faith DeArment Blankenship ('61) of VA!

   Friday Birthday wishes are in order for    Danny Coleman ('63) of NC, and Saturday Birthday wishes for   John DiGiacomo ('69) of VA!  Sunday brings us a Three-Fer of sorts: the late Mr. Julius Conn  AND       Albert Dorner ('66) of VA  AND    Belinda Fortner Langston ('70) of VA!
Looking ahead, Monday is another one of those rare Four-Fers of sorts:       Herb Hice of MI,  AND    the late  Sharron Wanderer Dawes ('61),  AND    Craig Miller ('63) of FL,  AND   Al Farber ('64) of GA!  On Tuesday,   Jimmy Hines ('64) of Northern VA will also mark a birthday!

   Many Happy Returns to you all!

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     From Me ('65) of NC - 10/17/07:

   We're looking a bit farther ahead than usual with the birthdays, because in celebration of my daddy's       (Robert Buckley - John Marshall HS - '25)100th birthday (okay, so he only lived to be 52-1/2 - we STILL celebrate!) on Friday, we are going to Lexington, VA for a few days for a mini-family reunion.

   My #2 son,         Brent (HartyHillsboro High, IL - '90), his lovely wife,   Bethany (Winona Harty - Siuslaw High, OR - '94) and their five adorable children (whom we have not seen since Christmas) are meeting us there near the home of my #6 son,           Dale (Harty - Hillsboro High, IL/American School, IL - 2002).  
Saturday, August 11, 2007 - Franklin, MA Sunday, September 9, 2007 - Chillicothe, OH
Dale and Diana Harty Bethany and Brent Harty

   Brent and Bethany, having just moved from Illinois to Ohio at the beginning of September, and never having met Dale's beautiful new bride,   Diana Lyons Harty (Portsmouth High, NH / Eastlake High, CA - '05), and finding themselves MUCH closer to us now, thought the timing was perfect.  And so it is.

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  From Barbara Brewer ('69) of VA - 10/13/07 - "HI Carol":

I am getting ready to leave for an adventure in Spain. 

I was reading my NNHS1965 mail and noticed Richard Rawls' ('71 - of VA)  entry.   His parents were band chaperones and very interesting ones.  I enjoyed the time that they spent with the students.  

I always look forward to the news and information on your site

I look forward to the class of '57 posting their pictures of their 50th reunion.  I was in NNws and saw Joan Burcher.  She noticed my nametag and asked me if I was    Billy's sister.  I had not seen her in 50 years, since the two of them graduated from NNHS.  It was a week after their reunion.  I would love to see pictures of my brother and his friends of the NNHS Class of 1957.   I hope somebody with a scanner can send you some pictures. 

I am going to miss   Sarah Puckett Kressaty's ('65 - of VA) concert.  I am sure that I would have enjoyed the music as it encompassed some of the best years of my life.   I hope that they make a CD of the concert material.  Sarah's mother,   Virginia Puckett, was one of my Sunday School teachers, and in her death, she still had an amazing ability to bring her "young people" together with many fond memories of her dedication to God and family. 

My email address in Spain will be  I will be there 'til 10-24-07.  If you can, send the NNHS newsletter to me. If anyone else would like to contact me, they should feel free to do so.  I am very proud of my No.2 son, Aaron Dowaliby, Lakeland HS 1995, who is deployed to the Middle East.  He has worked very hard for his proficiency to serve this country.  His other brother, No.1 son Eli, LHS 1994,  keeps the bad guys off our streets.   I am very happy that he also worked very hard for this proficiency and am very proud of him, as well.

Stay well and thanks again for your ability to keep us together,
Barbara Brewer

   WOWZERONI!!! Thanks so much, Barbara - for everything! Have a fabulous time on your trip abroad, and we'll keep you and your sons in our prayers!

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  From Al Farber ('64) of GA - 10/13/07 - "Something to Think About":

    This is a Very GOOD Message  

There was a blind girl who hated herself because she was blind. She hated everyone, except her loving boyfriend. He was always there for her. She told her boyfriend, 'If I could only see the world, I will marry you.'

One day, someone donated a pair of eyes to her. When the bandages came off, she was able to see everything, including her boyfriend. 

He asked her, 'Now that you can see the world,
will you marry me?'
The girl looked at her boyfriend and saw that he was blind. The sight of his closed eyelids shocked her. She hadn't expected that. The thought of looking at them the rest of her life led her to refuse to marry him. 

Her boyfriend left her in tears and days later wrote a note to her saying: 'Take good care of your eyes, my dear, for before they were yours, they were mine.'  

This is how the human brain often works when our status changes. Only a very few remember what life was like before, and who was always by their side in the most painful situations.  
Life Is a Gift
Today before you say an unkind word - Think of someone who can't speak.  Before you complain about the taste of your food - Think of someone who has nothing to eat.  Before you complain about your husband or wife - Think of someone who's crying out to GOD for a companion. Today before you complain about life - Think of someone who went too early to heaven.  Before you complain about your children - Think of someone who desires children but they're barren.Before you argue about your dirty house someone didn't clean or sweep - Think of the people who are living in the streets.  Before whining about the distance you drive - Think of someone who walks the same distance with their feet.And when you are tired and complain about your job - Think of the unemployed, the disabled, and those who wish they had your job.  But before you think of pointing the finger or condemning another - Remember that not one of us is without sin and we all answer to one MAKER.And when depressing thoughts seem to get you down - Put a smile on your face and thank GOD you're alive and still around.
Enjoy everything about your life and be thankful every moment, for life is more than just a gift.  It's a gift from your One True Love.

Love Saves The Day       Typhoons Foreveral  

   Thank you so much for this important Pict-o-Gram reminder, AL!

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    From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 10/14/07 - "Stuff for Monday":

 I thought this first link was adorable.
                                          Have a good one,
Very Cute!
Reminds me of that movie Harold and Maude.


Can You Use Honey to Stay Young?

Adding a dollop of honey to your daily diet may help to fight your aging process, according to researchers from the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand.

The researchers fed 2-month-old rats a diet containing 10 percent honey, 8 percent sucrose, or no sugar at all for 12 months. They were tested every three months to measure their anxiety and spatial memory.

Honey-fed rats seemed to hold up better to the effects of aging. Specifically:

The researchers believe that a honey-sweetened diet may also decrease anxiety and improve memory in aging humans. The beneficial effects may be due to the antioxidant properties of honey.

The study was funded by Fonterra, a dairy company that’s looking to market a honey-sweetened yogurt.

Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour meeting at Newcastle University, UK September 5-7, 2007

   Thanks so much, Shari!

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    From Richard Dawes (NNHS/HHS - '62) of VA - 10/14/07 - "New Law:":

Wow... what a great idea!

New Law:

With the high rate of attacks on women in secluded parking lots, especially during evening hours, the Minneapolis City Council has established a "Women Only" parking lot at the Mall of America. Even the parking lot attendants are exclusively female so that a comfortable and safe environment is created for patrons.

Below is the first picture available of this world-first women-only parking lot in Minnesota.


   WILD GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Richard!


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From My Friend, Judy, of IL - 10/15/07 - "IRVING":

This sign was recently photographed in Beautiful Downtown Irving!!!!  LOL 

   MORE WILD GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Judy!

   For those of you who are unfamiliar with Beautiful Downtown Irving, this may shed a little light:


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    From Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 10/15/07 - "Crossing the James":


You are not the only one to tear up when you see the Shipyard to the right and the serene trees and residential areas on the left, as you come across the James River Bridge. O.K., I'll admit it, when I first moved to Raleigh it took me six months before I decided to visit 'home' again. ( I was afraid I wouldn't come back to Raleigh) The anticipation grew the closer I got to the bridge, and seeing the' Bridge' and the James River, and the familiar shoreline at the end of the JRB, manifested huge tears from deep down inside, tears that poured down my cheeks and dripped off my chin. Driving the bridge with both hands on the wheel was mandatory, so I couldn't wipe the tears away, not until I got off the bridge anyway. When I reached the end of the bridge I made the first right turn, pulled over to the curb and stopped and had a soul cleansing cry. Every time I came 'home' after that, tears would well up in my eyes and I would mentally dare them to go any further. Sometimes they were unstoppable. I am glad to know you have the same reaction, I don't feel so silly now that I know it happens to just one more person. Probably to more than most people would care to admit, but who's counting ?

When I went to
Buckroe in September for the party that almost ate Buckroe. I traveled a different route, off of 58 to the 'new' bridge-tunnel, quicker to get to Buckroe. When I came up out of the tunnel I couldn't believe my eyes ! Pile after pile of black coal, each beside a up-turned track, on the left, to the right tiny houses, multicolored and in different degrees or stages of repair or disrepair. I couldn't believe my eyes, how did my beloved city get so ugly ? Or had it been that way always and I had just either chosen to ignore it or didn't realize it existed ? Cities, I guess, are like people; you see what you choose to see and tend to ignore the things that are unpleasant and offensive. It just depends on your approach ! You learn something new everyday....If you want to.

And        Dave (Spriggs - '64 - of VA), thanks for those pictures, priceless !




"Dimples" aka Sepi

   OHHH - Thanks, Sepi!

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       From Carol Anne Comer Cutler ('70) of VA - 10/15/07 - "10/15/07 Newsletter":

I just wanted to let you know how the letter from      Sepi (Dinwiddie Prichard - '58 - of NC) about caregivers really hit home.  In December 1984 my mother had a massive stroke while undergoing surgery at Riverside Hospital in Newport News.  She was in the hospital for a month and was then transferred to a nursing home in Hampton.  She spent 6 months in the nursing home. Just before her house would have had to be sold, we found out about a new rehab program at Hampton General.  I moved back home and then I lost my job due to the time missed because the caregivers through Social Services didn't show up on time regularly. I took care of her for three years and nine months until her death in May,1989.
The only thing that kept me going was the time I was able to get out of the house, to have lunch with a friend or go to a movie with my niece and nephews.  Having grown up in the same neighborhood for my entire life, I was fortunate to have good neighbors who donated their time to give me a break.  My older brother took her for one weekend a month, unless she was sick.  My younger brother lived in Blacksburg and didn't get into town as much as he would have liked.  If it weren't for neighbors and my mother's old friends and church members, I don't know if I would have lasted until her death. 
I did find out there are services out there, but no one tells you about them unless you ask!!  Some system!!
Not too long before her death, I found out about the Peninsula Agency on Aging.  I don't know if the agency still exists, but if it does; it might help someone else out there who could use a break.
Carol '70 

   Thank you so much, Carol Anne! Caring for the elderly, as many of us can attest, is never either simple or easy, and is often marked with times we'd rather forget. I'm so sorry more help wasn't available for you when you needed it.  I noticed in the obituary for Mrs. Hoffman, thanks was given to Riverside Hospice and Visiting Angels, so perhaps it's more readily available now:

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        Spoken by My Daughter, Adrienne Harty (Hillsboro High, IL/American School, IL) of NC - 10/16/07:

"Did you know that adding a dollop of honey to your food two or three times a day is supposed to improve your memory and - uh - something else?"

No, Baby Girl, I did not know that, but I think we should all try some of that right away! Thanks, Adrienne!

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  From Elaine Wilkinson Bracken ('61) of VA - 10/16/07 - "Friends":

Dear Carol,
So many typhoon friends have touched my heart lately and I would like to respond to those feelings.

First is to acknowledge and thank Eva (Ellis - '61) and     Joe ('57) Madagan (of FL). I was visiting my 97 year old aunt in Mt. Dora, Fla. for a week, and they drove up to see me and meet my aunt. They asked before coming if I needed anything, and I said I love a bottle of water--they brought me a case, which I turned down--took only three bottles. They also brought us an apple pie, which my 80 lb. aunt enjoyed so much with a baseball-size scoop of vanilla ice cream. Thank you for helping her to gain some weight. She enjoyed their company very much, but when Joe leaned over to kiss my aunt goodbye, her protective dog bit Joe on the back of his leg. The dog didn't mind Eva giving her a kiss. I told her that he keeps just the men from her. She replied, "Well, there goes all my fun!!" I am so sorry that happened to you, Joe. Thank you both for everything you did to make two old ladies very happy that afternoon. You both are very special people.

Next I would like to tell      Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) that I thought she was the prettiest girl in high school, and she just improves with age. It's an honor to share birthdays with her.  AND it was great to see    Judy Horton Lindstrom ('63) . She was like a spark of sunshine every time I saw her at school--always had a smile on her face.
Thank you for all the work you do to keep us TYPHOONS connected. 

Elaine Wilkinson (Bracken) (61)    

   WOWZERONI!!!  I'm all choked up, Elaine!  Thanks so much for sharing this with us!

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1.   From Gary Fitzgerald ('61) of VA - 10/02/07 - "REDSKINS FOOTBALL GAME":


I have a bus trip going to the REDSKINS/CARDINALS football game on October 21, 2007. This is a day trip and the bus will leave from Norfolk/Newport News early in time for tail gate party. The price is $75.00 per person if you have tickets and $175.00 per person if you need tickets. Would love for some old Typhoons to make the trip.

Give me a call ASAP for reservation  757-879-2847

Gary Fitzgerald

   Thanks, Gary - it sounds like great and glorious fun!

3.      From Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 10/09/07 - "cancer walk":

Hi Carol.....

Would it be too much to ask for you to run the request that was posted on the 9/27 issue of your newsletter regarding the cancer walk every time a newsletter goes out this week?

   Not at all!

Blake and Rena are both walking to take strides against breast cancer....and sadly so many of our classmates have been victims of this horrible disease.  Thanks so much.  ....and ANY amount donated is appreciated.

The links for the breast cancer walk site are below..... The first one is Rena's and the second site is Blake's.  The walk in DC is October if you could run the reminder with each newsletter up to that date, it would be greatly appreciated.

   Our best to Blake and Rena in accomplishing their worthy goals!

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1. 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

2. 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

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

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      From one of my Famous Marines,  Herb Hice of MI, who served in the Pacific Theater during WWII -  10/03/07 - "Dear Carol, Here are some Happy Halloween Pumpkins" - #9 (sic) in a Series of 12:

Dear Carol,

The Halloween season is fast approaching, Here are some ideas to get everyone in the spirit of Haunting.....

Your Friend, Herbie

   Thanks, Herbie Darlin'!


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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
219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305

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- David Gates

If a picture paints a thousand words,
then why can't I paint you?
The words would never show,
the you I've come to know . . .

If a face could launch a thousand ships,
then where am I to go?
There's no one home but you,
you're all that's left me to . . .

And when my love for life
is running dry,
You come and pour
yourself on me . . .

If a man could be two places at one time,
I'd be with you,
tomorrow and today,
beside you all the way . . .

If the world should stop revolving,
Spinning slowly down to die,
I'd spend the end with you
when the world was through . . .

Then one by one
the stars would all go out . . .
Then you and I
would simply fly away!

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"If" midi and lyrics plus Hearts clip art courtesy of - 10/16/07

Animated Rolling on the Floor Laughing Boy courtesy of - 04/06/05

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

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!

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

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

Hillsboro Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

Siuslaw High School Viking Logo clip art courtesy of - 05/27/07

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

Eastlake High School Logo courtesy of - 10/17/07

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

Animated Laughter clip art courtesy of Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 01/24/06
Thanks, Janice!

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