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10/19/11 - NNHS Newsletter
Last Day of Sukkot

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G-d is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? G-d is the stronghold of my life; from whom shall I be frightened? When evildoers draw near to me to devour my flesh, my adversaries and my enemies against me -- they stumbled and fell. If a camp encamps against me, my heart shall not fear; if a war should rise up against me, in this I trust. One [thing] I ask of G-d, that I seek: that I may dwell in the house of G-d all the days of my life, to see the pleasantness of G-d and to visit His Temple every morning. That He will hide me in His tabernacle on the day of calamity; He will conceal me in the secrecy of His tent; He will lift me up on a rock. And now, my head will be raised over my enemies around me, and I will sacrifice in His tent sacrifices with joyous song; I will sing and chant praise to G-d. Hearken, O G-d, to my voice [which] I call out, and be gracious to me and answer me. On Your behalf, my heart says, "Seek My presence." Your presence, O G-d, I will seek. Do not hide Your presence from me; do not turn Your servant away with anger. You were my help; do not forsake me and do not abandon me, O G-d of my salvation. For my father and my mother have forsaken me, but G-d gathers me in. Instruct me, O G-d, in Your way, and lead me in the straight path because of those who lie in wait for me. Do not deliver me to the desires of my adversaries, for false witnesses and speakers of evil have risen against me. Had I not believed in seeing G-d's goodness in the land of the living! Hope for G-d, be strong and He will give your heart courage, and hope for G-d.”

- Psalm 27: 1-14

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   This is the Last Day of Sukkot..  We would have also observed the First Day of Sukkot here together as the one big happy Typhoon Family we have become, had the Ditsy Webmistress not fallen asleep at the controls.  My apologies to all.....

BONUS - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ML-pj6NU9gk - Sisu V'simchu, Moscow Male Jewish Cappella, cantor J. Malovany, Alexander Tsaliuk, solo - J. Malovany; Piano - Alexander Velikovskiy

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HOMEWORK:

From http://www.jewfaq.org/holiday5.htm:

"... Many Americans, upon seeing a decorated sukkah for the first time, remark on how much the sukkah (and the holiday generally) reminds them of Thanksgiving. This may not be entirely coincidental: I was taught that our American pilgrims, who originated the Thanksgiving holiday, borrowed the idea from Sukkot. The pilgrims were deeply religious people. When they were trying to find a way to express their thanks for their survival and for the harvest, they looked to the Bible for an appropriate way of celebrating and found Sukkot. This is not the standard story taught in public schools today (that a Thanksgiving holiday is an English custom that the Pilgrims brought over), but the Sukkot explanation of Thanksgiving fits better with the meticulous research of Mayflower historian Caleb Johnson, who believes that the original Thanksgiving was a harvest festival (as is Sukkot), that it was observed in October (as Sukkot usually is), and that Pilgrims would not have celebrated a holiday that was not in the Bible (but Sukkot is in the Bible). Although Mr. Johnson claims that the first Thanksgiving was 'not a religious holiday or observance,' he apparently means this in a Christian sense, because he goes on to say that the first Thanksgiving was instead 'a harvest festival that included feasts, sporting events, and other activities,' concepts very much in keeping with the Jewish religious observance of Sukkot...."

From http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/jewish/last-day-of-sukkot:

The last day of Sukkot (Succot, Succoth, Sukkoth) is the end of a period that is known as the Feast of Tabernacles. The Sukkot festival is observed during the week starting on 15th day of Tishri (or Tishrei), which is the first month of the year in the Jewish calendar.

This period marks a traditional time for many Jewish people to make a pilgrimage to the Temple in Jerusalem. Some or all of the holiday is spent in a temporary structure known as a sukkah.

What do people do?

Some sources claim that Sukkot lasts for about seven days while others state that it is an eight-day festival. The seventh day of Sukkot is known as Hoshana Rabbah while the eighth day is known as Shmini Atzeret and the day after is called Simchat Torah.

Hoshana Rabbah is marked by a special service at the synagogue. During the service, the rolls of the Torah are taken out of their ark and worshippers make seven circuits while holding the “four species” (plants) and reciting Hoshanot (Psalm 118:25). The four species (four plants with symbolic meanings) are waved in proscribed directions after a blessing is recited during Sukkot, except on Shabbat (the Sabbath). People may do this at a synagogue, in the sukkah or at home. The beating of the aravah, a willow branch, is also performed.

Many Jewish families build a temporary structure known as the sukkah, usually in a garden or on a balcony, prior to the first day of Sukkot. Some people spend some or all of Sukkot in the sukkah and may even sleep in it, although this is less likely in cooler climates. Some people construct a sukkah each year, while others have a foldable one, which is stored carefully for future years.

Public life

The last day of Sukkot is not a nationwide public holiday in countries such as Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom or the United States. However, many Jewish businesses, schools and organizations may be closed or offer a reduced level of service.

Background

In the time of the Temple, many Jewish people made a pilgrimage (Hakhel) to the Temple in Jerusalem at Sukkot once every seven years. There they would listen to readings from the Torah by the king of Israel. This custom stopped after the destruction of the Temple in the year 70 CE, but has been revived in recent times. Hoshana Rabbah is known as the day of the final sealing of judgment, which began on Rosh Hashanah.

Symbols

An important Sukkot symbol is the sukkah. This is a temporary structure with a roof made of sechach or s'chach, which is raw, unfinished plant material, such as palm branches, bamboo poles, reeds or even corn stalks. Most or all of its roof should be directly under the sky and the inside may be decorated with extracts from the Torah, real or imitation fruit and shiny decorations. Portable sukkahs are available for travelers.

The “four species” are also important symbols of Sukkot and represent the blessings of nature. These are lulav (a green, closed frond of a date palm tree), hadass (twigs and leaves from a myrtle tree), aravah (twigs and leaves from a willow tree) and etrog (a lemon-like fruit of the citron tree).

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NEXT MAJOR REUNION:
   The Class of 1956 is holding its 55-Year Reunion on Wednesday and Thursday, October 19 and 20, 2011!

Contact    Judy Leggett Elliott at jandcelliott@aol.com or 757-868-1111.

   BEST WISHES!

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REMINDER #1:

    From Brownie Shaffer Haracivet ('62) of VA - 10/13/11 - "Please post":

Hi Carol,
 

  I'm going to participate in an art show and sale at the Hampton Yacht Club and thought many NNHS grads may want to attend. Here is the information.


Hampton Yacht Club FALL MARKET

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2011

11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Thanks, Brownie Shaffer Haracivet - NNHS '62


   COOL BEANS! We wish you well, Brownie! (I love your bling-bling kitty cat!)

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REMINDER #2:

    From Jennie Sheppard ('62) of NC - 10/15/11 - "Lecture":

Hi Carol:
 
I love receiving the newsletter. Thank you.

I will be giving a lecture on "Finding Your Civil War Ancestor" at the Martin Memorial Library here in Williamston, NC on the 27th of October at 7:00 p.m.  It is sponsored by the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

 
It is free and open to the public. If any of you are in the area, you are most welcome to attend.

Thanks, Jen

Jennifer Sheppard
Certificate in Family History Research
Professional Research Option
Brigham Young University

   SUPER-DE-DUPER! Thanks so much, Jen - wish I could be there!

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NEWBIES:

1.   Dottie Pegram Daniels (NNHS / George Washington HS - '64) of WV - 10/16/11 / 10/18/11 - "Thank You":

Dear Carol,

I wanted to thank you for your web page & the NNHS newsletters. I just discovered them two days ago. I have been glued to my laptop and my yearbook since then. I think my husband thinks I have finally really lost it!

I followed a link & read the blog Gene Collins (Glave - Class of 1960) wrote. I remember her well as she was very kind to me when I was an insecure little ‘Mouse’. I laughed & cried as I read.

My mother decided to move us to Northern VA. in the middle of my 8th grade year. I was devastated. I would have been in the class of 1964. I have my well-thumbed yearbook . My photo was not included in the individual photos but I am in one small group photo. I still miss the people I grew up with. I didn’t stay in touch for long with any of my friends. I regret that more now than ever. One of my sisters still lives in Newport News & keeps me a little informed but I have so loved discovering your writings online. Thank you again. Please keep writing!

With warm regards,
Dottie Daniels (Dorothy Sue Pegram)

   Hi, Dottie! I'd be more than delighted to welcome you as a "Newbie"...

Carol,

I was so delighted to receive your email message. The information you requested follows. The photo is on page 27 and is titled Mouse Assembly. I am the one on the far right. I was so sad to not have my class photo included in the yearbook. I doubt if many remember me. My 5 older siblings graduated from NNHS by the way. I also attended George Washington High School in Alexandria VA. I currently live in West Virginia. My email address is dsdtgd@frontier.com. My maiden name was Dorothy Sue Pegram. My birthdate is 12/22/1945...

Many thanks! Dottie

   Welcome aboard, Dottie! We have several subscribers who never even darkened the door of NNHS. Our arms are wide open. I've added you to the oddly-named Alumni Page for your class:

http://nnhs65.com/SITE-MAP.html

     http://nnhs65.com/alumni-1963-to-1965.html

   I also added you to the Birthday Page, and if the beautiful and brilliant Pegram twins of the Class of '57 (  Hazel Pegram Southall and    Helen Pegram Ignace) are two of your five older siblings, you'll find them already listed there in March! (And who might the other three be??)

http://nnhs65.com/SITE-MAP.html

     http://nnhs65.com/Happy-Birthday.html 

By all means please publish my address. And yes, Hazel and Helen are my sisters. Margaret Ann Pegram is 10 years older than I am, Robert Revere Pegram (Bobby) is eleven years older and William Gardner Pegram, Jr. was thirteen years older than I. I will send photos of me ASAP.

..... Is there any place on line with news about our teachers?

Thank you again, Carol. I can't tell you how much this means too me.

Dottie

   You're most welcome, Dottie! The teachers can be found here:

http://nnhs65.com/SITE-MAP.html 

     http://nnhs65.com/faculty.html 

          http://www.nnhs65.com/teachers.html

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THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:

   Happy Birthday today to   Danny Coleman ('63) of NC!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Vera Lee Cutchins Hinnant ('57) AND    John DiGiacomo ('69) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

21 -   The late Mr. Julius Conn (deceased - Sept 1983)  AND Marlin Eby ('57) AND       Albert Dorner ('66) of VA AND    Belinda Fortner Langston ('70) of VA;

 22 -       the late Herb Hice (deceased 18 Apr 2008)  AND   the late Sharron Wanderer Dawes ('61) (deceased 22 Sept 2007) AND   Annette Funicello of CA AND    Craig Miller ('63) of FL AND   Al Farber ('64) of GA;

23 -   Jimmy Hines ('64) of Northern VA;

24 -   Agnes Dick Kump ('57) AND   Mark Friedman ('65) of VA;

25 - Kitty Taylor Hanrahan ('57) AND  Carol Wornom Sorenson ('57) AND     Bobby Turpin ('58) of VA;

26 -    Terry Hunsucker ('65) of KY AND   Randy Tate ('66) of DE!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!

http://www.nnhs65.com/Happy-Birthday.html

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YESTERDAY IN THE WAR BETWEEN THE STATES:

From http://www.civilwarinteractive.com/This%20Day/thisday1018.htm - INCLUDING:

Friday, Oct. 18, 1861
SHERMAN SEEKS SOLDIERS, SAILORS

There was a famous General Sherman in the Civil War. There was an obscure one as well, Thomas West Sherman, and he was in action today. Sherman, a long time Army regular who had started his career by walking 400 miles to Washington D.C. to ask President Andrew Jackson for an appointment to West Point, was assigned to lead an amphibious assault on Port Royal, South Carolina. Unfortunately the only soldiers available to send on this enterprise were currently under the command of Gen. George McClellan. Repeated requests for a few divisions to be sent were met by the same response from Little Mac: sorry, he couldn’t spare a single one. The conflict was so severe that it had worked all the way up to the Commander in Chief to resolve.

Saturday, Oct. 18, 1862
MORGAN’S MARAUDERS MAKE MILITARY MAYHEM


John Hunt Morgan belonged to that class of Confederate horsemen known as “cavalry raiders.” His mission, essentially, was to ride around Tennessee and Kentucky wreaking havoc with Union activities, breaking communications, isolating advance forces, and confiscating supplies. Along with occasional forays into southern Ohio and Indiana to sow fear, panic and pacifism in the Union itself, he accomplished his assignment well. Rarely did his men engage in pitched battles, but one of these occasions occurred today. They met and fought Federal cavalry near Lexington, Ky., today, beat them, and forced them back into the town. They went on to capture the garrison and then moved off, towards Versailles.

Sunday, Oct. 18, 1863
ROSECRANS' RANK RUDELY REDUCED

There was a massive realignment of Union forces in the “Western theater” today, as Gen. U. S. Grant was named head of the Military Division of the Mississippi, covering an area from the Mississippi River to the Appalachians. Included in his area of responsibility was the city of Chattanooga, which continued to be the involuntary base of operations for Gen. William S. Rosecrans’ army. Rumors were rampant that Rosecrans was planning to withdraw in the presence of the Army of Tennessee which had whipped him badly in the Battle of Chickamauga almost a month ago. Whatever he was planning was not going to be carried out, because one of Grant’s first acts was to relieve him of command of the army. Gen. George H. Thomas replaced him, and said, “We will hold this town till we starve.”

Tuesday, Oct. 18, 1864
COMMANDERS CONSULT CEDAR CREEK CONDITIONS


For awhile it had seemed that Gen. Richard Early’s Confederate cavalry force was doomed. Pursued relentlessly by Gen. Phil Sheridan, George Armstrong Custer, and a large number of lesser-known Union cavalrymen, Early had been losing far too many of his command to wounds, death or capture. Today Early and his staff went personally clambering around the edge of Massanutten Mountain, to peer down on the Federals camped in the creek valley below. Having concluded that retreat was getting them nowhere, Early planned out an alternative strategy: full-bore attack, come what may. It was scheduled for tomorrow.

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TODAY IN THE WAR BETWEEN THE STATES:

From http://www.civilwarinteractive.com/This%20Day/thisday1019.htm - INCLUDING:

Saturday, Oct. 19, 1861
SOUTHERN SHIPS SKIRMISH SUSTAINED

Once again, no large battles or other important events occurred on this day. There was considerable scuffling and skirmishing in western Virginia, and area in considerable dispute because of the divided loyalties of the people of the mountains, who favored the Union, and those of the eastern part of the state who not only favored the Confederacy but contained its capital. Aside from this unpleasantness, there was an engagement between the USS Massachusetts and the CSS Florida off the coast of Mississippi. Near Ship Island in the region known as Mississippi Sound the two ships exchanged fire for some time, to little effect.

Sunday, Oct. 19, 1862
CUMBERLAND CLOSENESS COMPRESSES CONFEDERATE CONVOY


The battle of Perryville, Kentucky, had been over a week ago, but armies were still being repositioned in the aftermath of it. Gen. Braxton Bragg’s Army of Tennessee was endeavoring to pass through the Cumberland Gap, in company with a very large quantity of supplies confiscated from the countryside. Unfortunately, these had to be carried in wagons, the wagons had to be pulled by horses, and they took up a lot of road. The Cumberland Gap is a fairly narrow passage, and getting all this through there was a considerable logistical challenge. Several regiments were ordered to pack up and be ready to march, only to wait all day for their turn, which never came, so they were ordered to unpack again and camp for the night where they were. The movement wound up taking five days to complete.

Monday, Oct. 19, 1863
BRISTOE BUCKLAND BATTLE BAFFLES BADLY

The campaign into the north by Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia had looked for awhile like it would end in the Third Battle of Bull Run, or Manassas. In the end Meade had managed to pull the Army of the Potomac back to defend Washington in time, and in the end not much had happened beyond a fight at Bristoe Station. Today occurred an event known as the Buckland Races, to the great embarrassment of Gen. Judson Kilpatrick, commander of the Union cavalry. Near a little place called Buckland Mills not far from Bristoe, Kilpatrick encountered his arch-nemesis, Gen. J.E.B. Stuart. As was the usual case in such encounters, Kilpatrick was outmaneuvered promptly and forced to retreat in great haste. The Northern press was quick to dub the event the “Buckland Races.”

Wednesday, Oct. 19, 1864
CEDAR CREEK COMBAT CONDUCTED

As the pursuit continued in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, things had gone pretty much all Phil Sheridan’s way. He had chased the Confederate cavalry of Jubal Early around the landscape, whittling down his numbers with each encounter. Early did what seemed logical today: he attacked the encamped Federals so early in the morning that many were overrun and captured still in their tents and underwear. Unfortunately after initial successes some of the Confederate men stopped to loot the deserted camps. In the afternoon Sheridan, who had been in Washington, returned, reorganized, and counterattacked, driving the Southerners back to Fisher’s Hill with heavy losses. In the northernmost land event that could be considered part of the Civil War, a group of some 25 Confederate sympathizers slipped across the border from Canada into St. Albans, Vermont, planning to burn several towns and rob banks for funds for the cause. They got away with some $200,000 before townsfolk organized resistance and chased them back to Canada where they were arrested. Only $75,000 of the stolen money was recovered.

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     From Me ('65) of NC - 10/19/11 - "NNHS Assemblies":

   The Mouse Assembly picture that   Dottie (Pegram Daniels - NNHS / George Washington HS - '64 - of WV) mentioned was "posta" have been posted on our site several years ago, but it was one of those forgotten areas that appear all over the site. I did run four Mouse Assembly scans this afternoon, so now it may be advancing somewhat (don't hold your breath; chances are excellent that I will decide to completely redesign this page sometime soon):
 
Fall 1959 - Class of 1964 Fall 1960 - Class of 1965 Fall 1961 - Class of 1966 Fall 1963 - Class of 1968
       
 
   If you want to feel a nice lump in your throat, read the memory that    Aretie Gallins Patterson ('59) of TN left on that page almost six years ago:

http://nnhs65.com/NNHS-ASSEMBLIES.html

   Thanks again, Aretie!

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   From Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 10/18/11 - "NINE THINGS THAT WILL DISAPPEAR IN OUR LIFETIMES":

NINE THINGS THAT WILL DISAPPEAR IN OUR LIFETIMES

Here is an article that should make you think about how fortunate you have been to have lived during the times you have.  I would bet this is just the tip of an iceberg we have not thought too much about. 

 
Check this out! Like everything else in our past these will be all great memories!!
 
NINE THINGS THAT WILL DISAPPEAR IN OUR LIFETIMES (OR CLOSE TO IT).
 
Whether these changes are good or bad depends in part on how we adapt to them. But, ready or not, here they come!!!!
 
1. The Post Office. Get ready to imagine a world without the post office. They are so deeply in financial trouble that there is probably no way to sustain it long term. E-mail, Fed Ex, and UPS have just about wiped out the minimum revenue needed to keep the post office alive. Most of your mail every day is junk mail and bills.
 
2. The Check. Great  Britain is already laying the groundwork to do away with checks by 2018. It costs the financial system billions of dollars a year to process checks. Plastic cards and online transactions will lead to the eventual demise of the check. This plays right into the death of the post office. If you never paid your bills by mail and never received them by mail, the post office would absolutely go out of business.
 
3. The Newspaper. The younger generation simply doesn't read the newspaper. They certainly don't subscribe to a daily delivered print edition. That may go the way of the milkman and the laundry man. As for reading the paper online, get ready to pay for it. The rise in mobile Internet devices and e-readers has caused all the newspaper and magazine publishers to form an alliance. They have met with Apple, Amazon, and the major cell phone companies to develop a model for paid subscription services.
 
4. The Book. You say you will never give up the physical book that you hold in your hand and turn the literal pages. I said the same thing about downloading music from iTunes. I wanted my hard copy CD. But I quickly changed my mind when I discovered that I could get albums for half the price without ever leaving home to get the latest music. The same thing will happen with books. You can browse a bookstore online and even read a preview chapter before you buy. And the price is less than half that of a real book. And think of the convenience! Once you start flicking your fingers on the screen instead of the book, you find that you are lost in the story, can't wait to see what happens next, and you forget that you're holding a gadget instead of a book.
 
5.  The Land Line Telephone. Unless you have a large family and make a lot of local calls, you don't need it anymore. Most people keep it simply because they've always had it. But you are paying double charges for that extra service. All the cell phone companies will let you call customers using the same cell provider for no charge against your minutes
 
6.  Music. This is one of the saddest parts of the change story. The music industry is dying a slow death. Not just because of illegal downloading. It's the lack of innovative new music being given a chance to get to the people who would like to hear it. Greed and corruption is the problem. The record labels and the radio conglomerates are simply self-destructing. Over 40% of the music purchased today is "catalog items," meaning traditional music that the public is familiar with. Older established artists. This is also true on the live concert circuit. To explore this fascinating and disturbing topic further, check out the book, "Appetite for Self -Destruction" by Steve Knopper, and the video documentary, "Before the Music Dies."
 
7.  Television. Revenues to the networks are down dramatically. Not just because of the economy. People are watching TV and movies streamed from their computers. And they're playing games and doing lots of other things that take up the time that used to be spent watching TV. Prime time shows have degenerated down to lower than the lowest common denominator. Cable rates are skyrocketing and commercials run about every 4 minutes and 30 seconds. I say good riddance to most of it. It's time for the cable companies to be put out of our misery. Let the people choose what they want to watch online and through Netflix.
 
8.  "Things" That You Own. Many of the very possessions that we used to own are still in our lives, but we may not actually own them in the future. They may simply reside in "the cloud." Today your computer has a hard drive and you store your pictures, music, movies, and documents. Your software is on a CD or DVD, and you can always re-install it if need be. But all of that is changing. Apple, Microsoft, and Google are all finishing up their latest "cloud services." That means that when you turn on a computer, the Internet will be built into the operating system. So, Windows, Google, and the Mac OS will be tied straight into the Internet. If you click an icon, it will open something in the Internet cloud. If you save something, it will be saved to the cloud. And you may pay a monthly subscription fee to the cloud provider. In this virtual world, you can access your music or your books, or your whatever from any laptop or handheld device. That's the good news. But, will you actually own any of this "stuff" or will it all be able to disappear at any moment in a big "Poof?" Will most of the things in our lives be disposable and whimsical? It makes you want to run to the closet and pull out that photo album, grab a book from the shelf, or open up a CD case and pull out the insert.
 
9.  Privacy. If there ever was a concept that we can look back on nostalgically, it would be privacy. That's gone. It's been gone for a long time anyway. There are cameras on the street, in most of the buildings, and even built into your computer and cell phone. But you can be sure that 24/7, "They" know who you are and where you are, right down to the GPS coordinates, and the Google StreetView. If you buy something, your habit is put into a zillion profiles, and your ads will change to reflect those habits. And "They" will try to get you to buy something else. Again and again.
 
All we will have that can't be changed are Memories. Let's enjoy them!!!!

   YOWZERONI-RINI! Thanks, Eva! Much of this is disturbing on a number of levels, but then I've never been overly fond of even small changes.....

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From My Friend, Cheryl, of NC - 10/18/11 - "WINTER IS COMING":

The Farmer's Almanac is predicting a very cold winter.

It must be true because the squirrels are gathering NUTS.

Three of my friends have disappeared.

Are you O.K.?

   WILD GIGGLES! I'm still here, Cheryl - thanks!

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    From Jerry ('65) and    Judy Phillips ('66) Allen of VA - 10/18/11 - "SENIOR HALLOWEEN":

SENIOR HALLOWEEN...

You know you are too old to Trick or Treat when:

10. You get winded from knocking on the door.


9.  You have to have another kid chew the candy for you.

8.  You ask for high fiber candy only.

7.  When someone drops a candy bar in your bag,
you lose your balance and fall over.

6.  People say: "Great Boris Karloff Mask," 
     And you're not wearing a mask.

5.  When the door opens you yell, "Trick or..." 
And can't remember the rest.


4.  By the end of the night, you have a bag full of restraining orders.

3.  You have to carefully choose a costume that won't dislodge your hairpiece.

2.  You're the only Power Ranger in the neighborhood with a walker.

And the number one reason Seniors should not go
Trick Or Treating...
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1.  You keep having to go home to pee.

No matter, have a HAPPY HALLOWEEN anyway.

   WILD SAD GIGGLES! Thanks, Sweetie-Pies!

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  From Michael Sisk ('63) of CA - 10/07/11 - "Ghoulishly grand carved pumpkins - these are totally amazing!!! (#8 in a series of 18)":

  Getting close to Halloween...

Artist Ray Villafane began carving pumpkins on a lark for his art students in a small rural school district in Michigan. The hobby changed his life as he gained a viral following online and unlocked his genuine love of sculpting. Here are images of pumpkin carvings Villafane created over the past five years.
    

   Thanks, Michael! These are incredible! Mostly gross, but incredible, nonetheless! 

 Predator pumpkin
 

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FINALLY:

From www.aJokeADay.com - 10/18/11:

Q: What do you call cheese that's not yours?

A: Nacho cheese!

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DATES TO REMEMBER:

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

2. Saturday, October 22, 2011 - Hampton Yacht Club Fall Market - 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM - Go see Brownie's art show and sale!

3. Thursday, November 3, 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.

4. Wednesday, December 14, 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.

5. Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 11:00 AM - The NNHS Breakfast Bunch will host a Breakfast Bunch Brunch at the Warwick Restaurant, 12306 Warwick Boulevard, (across from CNU) Newport News, Virginia 23606. "Please come join them for a Dutch Treat Brunch featuring a lot of 'War Stories' and maybe a lie or two. Everyone is welcome so bring your wife, husband, boy friend, girl friend, class mate, school friend or whomever you choose." Please RSVP to Bill Roady at duckbill1@verizon.net or call him at 757-595-0716 so they have a head count.

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PRAYER ROLL:

http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 09/02/11

BLOG:

http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11

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

                                 Love to all, Carol

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Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309
915-780-3048
 


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Sisu Vesimchu

Sisu Vesimchu B'simchat Torah

Ut'nu kavod laTorah

Ki tov sachra mikol sechora

Mipaz umip'ninim yekara

Nagil venasis b'zot haTorah

Ki hi lanu oz ve'ora

Rejoice and be merry on Simchat Torah

And give honor to the Torah!

For her reward is greater than any business,

More valuable than jewels.

We shall rejoice and be merry on Simchat Torah,

For it is for us strength and light.

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"Sisu Vesimchu" midi and lyrics courtesy of http://www.greatjewishmusic.com/Midifiles/Sukkot/Sisu-Vesimchu.html - 10/14/08

Howard Sandler's "Last Day of Sukkot" Image courtesy of http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/jewish/last-day-of-sukkot - 10/19/11

Clip art of Lulav used to form Divider Lines courtesy of http://www.bry-backmanor.org/holidayfun/sukkot.html - 10/14/08

Animated "NEW" clip art courtesy of http://gifsnow.com/ - 03/07/06

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 the late Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!!

Animated USMC Flag clip art courtesy of http://www.angelfire.com/ny4/KevsGifsGalore/Patriotic.html - 06/18/03

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!

Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of http://www1.va.gov/opa/feature/celebrate/milsongs.htm - 07/07/06

Sad Face clip art courtesy of http://www.designstop.com/free_stuff/clipart/smiles/smiles1.htm - 08/03/08 (re-saved 02/16/09)

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