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11/04/09 - NNHS Newsletter -
Break It to Me Gently

“If we must part forever,
Give me but one kind word to think upon,
And please myself with, while my heart's breaking.”

- Thomas Otway
(03 Mar 1652 – 14 Apr 1685)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   I had almost forgotten this great golden oldie from 1962!

BONUS #1 -

BONUS #2 - - Break It to Me Gently - Brenda Lee, 1961


    From Pat Beck Letzinger ('57) of VA - 11/03/09, 9:57 AM - "NNHS Class of '57 - FYI -  Edna Earle Martin Clemence":

Dear Classmates,

It is with great sadness that I have to report Edna is in St. Mary's Hospice House in Bogart, Georgia, in an unresponsive state.  At this time there isn't much any of us can do except to pray for her.

The story I was told is Edna had back surgery in September and went home to recuperate.  Her pain began to increase instead of decrease as expected.  She eventually (about 4 weeks later) went back into the hospital for a second surgery because something was definitely wrong. 

When the doctor operated they found that she had a very fast growing cancer that had metastasized to several vital organs.

Needless to say, this story makes me feel very humble and ashamed that I have been complaining about a few joints needing to be replaced.  Compared to what Edna has been through I now feel blessed.

As Edna is unresponsive I don't know if cards or phone calls would be of any help at this time, but  I'm sure prayers for her would be greatly appreciated by her family. 

If any of you feel you need to send cards to B.J. or talk with him on the phone I am including their address and phone number (available upon request).

I will, of course, keep you informed when I hear from her family.

Typhoon regards,

Pat Beck Letzinger

   Oh, Pat, I'm so very sorry to hear this, but I appreciate your letting us know!


   Happy Birthday today to the ever gorgeous   Mike Jeffers ('61) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to    Patsy Blackard Hallett ('65) of VA AND      My Grandson, Thomas Harty of TX!

   Happy Birthday this week to:
06 - Marion Timberlake Gitchel ('57) AND Maria Velma Vidales Scott ('57) AND       Pam Smith Arnold ('65) of VA!

07 -    Pam Larmer Traugott ('62) of VA;
08 - Lawson (Buddy) Sparrow ('53) of VA
AND Woody Hudson ('57) AND     Joe Madagan ('57) of FL AND David McCoy ('67) of VA;

09 - Hilton Henderson ('57) of NV and FL;
10 -
The United States Marine Corps - 1775 AND Tamsie Warren Ellis ('57) AND David Wittan ('57) AND   Angie Ray Smith ('64) of VA AND   Steve Pullen ('65) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


November 04, 1939- During World War II, the U.S. modified its neutrality stance with the Neutrality Act of 1939. The new policy allowed cash-and-carry purchases of arms by belligerents.

November 04, 1942 - During World War II, Axis forces retreated from El Alamein in North Africa. It was a major victory for the British.

November 04, 1944 - Axis forces in Greece surrendered.


Wednesday, November 04, 1964 - Apparently this was a very boring day that year.....

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 11/03/09 - "The Colony Inn -- Curiouser and Curiouser":

I visited the Hilton Library today to have a look at the Hill’s Directories. I was sure that I would finally put to rest all this controversy over the location of The Colony Inn.

But, alas, it was not to be.

I began with the 1946 Directory, believing that the Colony Inn would be listed, as well as the corresponding building across Main Street to which    Frank Blechman ('65 - of Northern VA) alluded, The Village Inn.

Well, The Colony Inn was there, listed at 90 Main Street, but there was no other listing on the 90-block of Main Street. Neither was there a listing on Piez Avenue, which might have been that building.

OK, let’s jump back to the 1939 Hill’s. Same listings … or lack of, I should say.

Now, I am getting perplexed. I know that Frank did not fabricate his recollection, yet the archives do not corroborate it.

So, I spent an hour looking through the photographic files. Under other circumstances, I would have had a wonderful time looking at old NN photos, but none of the Hilton Village (and there are literally scores of them) showed a view covering those two corners at Main and Piez. There did exist a number of exterior and interior views of The Colony Inn, all of which I had seen previously online in the Library of Virginia collection.

I am ready to chalk this one up as an unsolvable mystery, when I looked over and saw the Sanborn Maps. Experienced  researchers know that Sanborn Maps were detailed maps used by insurance underwriters to assess risk. The “book” is about three feet square and quite heavy.

When I opened it to the page showing Hilton Village, I saw this:


I wish that I could date the book for research purposes, but Sanborn Maps were continuously updated with paste-over corrections, so it is impossible to know exactly when this particular image created.

But, now we’re getting’ summers. It appear clearly that there was a mirror-image building across Main Street from the “90 Main Street” listing I found in Hill’s. This fits with the designers’ penchant for symmetry in HV. Assuming that the entire complex, notwithstanding its physical separation,  was named “The Colony Inn”, it made sense that it was listed only once at its mailing address: 90 Main Street.

So, now the puzzle pieces fit together. The buildings are exactly as Frank described them. The Hill’s listings are correct in listing only 90 Main Street.

Perhaps we can now file this on under “solved”.



   WOWZERONI!!! Thanks so much for tracking all this down for us, Captain!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 11/03/09 - "The fungus is among us AND 8 Gifts":

   OOOH, this is fascinating and strangely beautiful, Shari, thanks!

These priceless gifts are not seasonal. We can give them all year long. As we give them, we will find that giving enriches the giver as much as the recipient. These gifts are worth a million dollars, but they don't cost a cent.

1. The Gift of Listening
But you really have to listen. No interrupting, no planning your response. Just listening.

2. The Gift of Affection

Be generous with appropriate hugs, kisses, pats on the back, and handholds. Let these small actions demonstrate your love for family and friends.

3. The Gift of Laughter
Clip cartoons. Share great articles and funny stories. E-mail especially good ones to people you know are feeling blue. Your gift will say, "I love to laugh with you."

4. The Gift of A Written Note

It can be a simple "I love you" or "Thanks for your help." A brief, handwritten note may be remembered for a lifetime, and may even change a life.

5. The Gift of A Sincere Compliment
A simple and sincere, "You look great in red," "You did a super job," or "That was a wonderful meal," can make someone's day.

6. The Gift of A Favor
Every day, go out of your way to do something kind. Try it on your way to work, or wherever you go today.

7. The Gift of Solitude
There are times when we want only to be left alone. Be sensitive to other people's feelings, and give the gift of solitude to others.

8. The Gift of Good Cheer
The easiest way to feel good is to make others feel good

   Very nice! Thanks again, Shari!


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

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

   Thanks, Jane!


From ArcaMax Jokes - 11/03/09:

Procrastinator's Creed

You may wish to delay reading this until you have more free time.

1. I believe that if anything is worth doing, it would have been done already.

2. I shall never move quickly, except to avoid more work or find excuses.

3. I will never rush into a job without a lifetime of consideration.

4. I shall meet all of my deadlines directly in propoartion to the amount of bodily injury I could expect to recieve from missing them.

5. I firmly believe that tomorrow holds the possiblity for new technologies, astounding discoveries, and a reprieve from my obligations.

6. I truly believe that all deadlines are unreasonable regardless of the amount of time given.

7. If at first I don't succeed, there is always next year.

8. I shall always decide not to decide, unless of course I decide to change my mind.

9. I shall always begin, start, initiate, take the first step, and/or write the first word, when I get around to it.

10. I will never put off tomorrow, what I can forget about forever.


1. 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

2. 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 - CLASS OF 1960

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 10/26/09

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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Break It to Me Gently

Music by Joe Seneca

Lyrics by Diane Lampert

Recorded by Brenda Lee in 1961

Break it to me gently
Let me down the easy way
Make me feel that you still love me
If it's just, if it's just for one more day

Break it to me gently
So my tears, my tears won't fall too fast
If you must go, then go slowly
Let me love you to the last

The love we shared for, oh, so long
Is such a big part of me
If you must take your love away
Take it gradually

Oh, oh, break it, break it to me gently
Give me time, oh, give me a little time
To ease the pain
Love me just a little longer
'Cause I'll never, never love again
'Cause I'll never love again


"Break It to Me Gently" midi courtesy of - 11/08/09 (sic)

"Break It to Me Gently" lyrics courtesy of - 11/08/09 (sic)

"Break It to Me Gently" clip art courtesy of - 11/08/09 (sic)

Flower Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 07/18/09

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!

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!

Animated USMC Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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

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