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12/28/09 - NNHS Newsletter - Snowbird

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not
sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.

- Anne Dudley Bradstreet
(c. 1612 - 16 Sept 1672)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

  Today's Newsletter is in honor of all the recently fallen snow gracing and beautifying our world in so many places.

BONUS #1 - - Snowbird - Anne Murray, 1970

BONUS #2 - - Snowbird - Anne Murray, 1973


     From Me ('65) of IL - 12/13/09 (altered for date and repeated):

   I feel strongly impressed today to ask your fervent prayers on behalf of five people whose issues have not been mentioned here before. What I'm actually requesting is Five Christmas Miracles, as the various problems all need to find a resolution by New Year's Eve. I know that's only three days away now, but I also know among us there are some Mighty Prayer Warriors, and I would deeply appreciate your efforts, as I'm sure would they! Thank you all so very much - and Happy New Year!


    Happy Birthday tomorrow to Roy Tate ('57)!

    Happy Birthday this week to:

30 -  William Gwynn ('57) AND   Ron Miller ('59) of NC AND (if Plaxo is to be believed)   Carole Althaus Tanenhaus ('65) of MD AND Sarah Stewart Vance ('69) of VA;

31 - Pat Floyd Pride ('62) of VA AND     Susie Overton Jones ('63) of VA AND (again, if Plaxo is to be believed)   David Rosenwasser ('64) of MO;

01 - Gloria Hand Burns ('57);

04 - Norma Howell Morgan ('57) AND    Bill Bost ('61) of NC AND           My #6 Son, Dale Harty, (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - '02) of MA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


December 28, 1941 - U.S. Rear Admiral Ben Moreell requested authority from the Bureau of Navigation to create a contingent of construction units. The units, later known as the "Seabees," would be able to build everything from airfields to roads under battlefield conditions. 

December 28, 1943 - After eight days of brutal house-to-house fighting, the battle of Ortona concluded with the victory of the1st Canadian Infantry Division over the German 1st Parachute Division and the capture of the Italian town of Ortona.


Monday, December 28, 1964 - Athlete Maite Ziga was born in Eibar in the Basque Country of Spain.

Monday, December 28, 1964 -  Bill Haan ('67) (b. 21 Feb 1948), brother of    Katie Haan (Spaulding - '64 - of CA), was killed in a motorbike accident at the age of 16.

  From Kenny ('62) and Becky Braswell ('65) Branch of AR - 12/27/09 - "Newsletters":


For some reason we are no longer receiving the newsletters that are so informative of NNHS alumni news. I Googled NNHS alumni and got to this site. (You continue to make exceptional work to keep us informed of all sorts of alumni news.)  Please add us back to your list of e-mail addresses.

Thanks so much,
Kenny ('62) and Becky ('65) Branch

   Well, hey, Kenny and Becky! For once, this is not one of those crazy inexplicable "How-Can-This-Be?!?" mysteries! I simply had an old address for you! (Although, I suppose there is a bit of a mystery involving why I didn't have the newer address, but that would interfere with my story here...)

   Anyway, I have your addy switched on my mailing list now. Thanks so much for checking, welcome back - and Happy New Year!

       From Carol Anne Comer Cutler ('70) of VA - 12/27/09 - "  Carroll Buchanan ('60 - of VA)":

Please pass my email address on to Carroll.  His    sister (Debbie Buchanan Mariniak - '70) (07 June 1952 - 06 Sept 2006) was one of my hs bffs.  She passed away in September 2006.

I would love to chat with him & remember old times.

I will be out of town for a few days, & if I get an email from him I will email back when I return.
Thanks, Carol NNHS '70

   Thanks, Carol! I forwarded your note to Carroll; I hope you reconnect soon!

      From Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA - 12/27/09 - "CHRISTMAS":


First off I would like to wish all in TYPHOON land a Very Happy New Year. This Christmas will go down as one of my most memorable. For the first time in almost 20 years we had all 3 of my sons at home for Christmas! Our middle son has moved back to Va. from Ca. After 8 years in San Diego, he says it was time to come home. He retired from 20 years service in the NAVY in 2006. Also had all 8 grandchildren here, and was informed Barb and I will be Great Grandparents very soon! GOD is GREAT! And life is good!

Jerry B. (class of 62) of Va.

   HOW SUPER-WONDERFUL! Thanks for letting us know, Jerry - and congratulations to all!

  From Ivan Anker ('67) of VA - 12/27/09 - "Thank You":


Please thank        Dimples (Dinwiddie Prichard - '58 - of NC) for her concern for me. I am happy to report that I am on the road to recovery. No more repacking of the wound and it should be healed sometime this week. WOO HOO  

I hope you had a very nice holiday season with your family. I went to my brother's ( Jeff  WHS `78 ) in Charlottesville for Christmas. Five days before they had gotten a 22 inch snowfall there. Needless to say over half was still there. We went to his sister in law's for dinner in Locust Grove, about 15-20 miles west of Fredericksburg. They had had a 20 inch snow there. Everything looked so pure and perfect. One surprise for me was that I did not see any snowmen in front of any homes. Such a waste of good snow.

I wish everyone a very happy new year and hopes it brings only joy and good health for everyone.  


   Thanks, Ivan! That's great news! I sent your note to Dimples!

   BUT NO SNOWMEN?!? How sad! I LOVE snowmen!


   And speaking of snow.....


      From Phil Hammond ('64) of UT - 12/14/09 - "News from the Wasatch Back":

Hi Carol,

I thought the skiers out there would be glad to hear that we finally got a 3 day storm to get the mountains started.  I had almost 2 feet at my house and the higher elevations over 3 feet.  I skied today with my new Rossignol The Success fat ski and it was great every where on the mountain. So come on out to Deer Valley Resort and let me know when you come.

Phil Hammond

     Thank you so much for these breathtaking images, Phil!

   I'm sorry it took me so long to post them, but first I was swamped, and then my systems and computer were broken, and then I was all backlogged again!

   But just see how very nicely the pictures match today's Newsletter!

Sunday, December 13, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009


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

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

   Thanks, Jane!


From ArcaMax Jokes - 12/27/09:

What Movies Have Taught Us

1) All bombs are fitted with electronic timing devices, which have large red read-outs to tell you exactly when it will go off.

2) Should you need to pass yourself off as a German officer it will not be necessary to speak the language, a convincing accent will do.

3) All apartments in Paris overlook the Eiffel tower.

4) Most lap top computers are powerful enough to override a bank security system or the communication system of an invading alien civilization.

5) Every single person in martial arts Film has a black belt in karate.

6) When staying in a haunted house, women should investigate any strange noises in their most revealing underwear.

7) 1 man shooting at 20 men has more chance of hitting them than 20 men shooting at 1 man if he is the hero.

8) During a police investigation it will be necessary to visit a strip joint at least once.

9) Large studio-type apartments in big cities are affordable by single people with a low wage.

10) The entire British population lives in London.

11) It doesn't matter if you are heavily outnumbered in a martial arts fight; your enemies will attack you one at a time while the others dance around you menacingly.

12) In musicals everyone you meet in the street will know all the words to the songs and the steps to the dances.
YES! Wasn't I just saying this the other day?!?

13) When captured by an evil international terrorist, guns are not necessary to defeat them, sarcasm and wisecracks are your best weapons.


The Conch Light

In a misguided burst of creativity, I installed a night-light in a conch shell I found on the beach. My wife took an instant dislike to it, and at the next yard sale it was the first thing she put out.

I felt vindicated when a woman kept coming back to check it out then finally bought it. "That will look great in your home," I said. "Oh it is not for me," she explained. "My bridge club is having a charity auction and we were asked to bring in the most hideous thing we can find. What I've got here is a winner."



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 12/27/09

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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Written by Gene MacLellan
(02 Feb 1938 19 Jan 1995)

Recorded by Anne Murray, 1970
(b. 20 June 1945)


Beneath this snowy mantle cold and clean
The unborn grass lies waiting for its coat to turn to green
The snowbird sings the song he always sings
And speaks to me of flowers that will bloom again in spring

When I was young my heart was young then, too
Anything that it would tell me, that's the thing that I would do
But now I feel such emptiness within
For the thing that I want most in life's the thing that I can't win

Spread your tiny wings and fly away
And take the snow back with you
Where it came from on that day
The one I love forever is untrue
And if I could you know that I would
Fly away with you

The breeze along the river seems to say
That he'll only break my heart again should I decide to stay
So, little snowbird, take me with you when you go
To that land of gentle breezes where the peaceful waters flow


Yeah, if I could I know that I would fl-y-y-y-y away with you

"Snowbird" midi courtesy of - 12/10/09

"Snowbird" lyrics courtesy of - 12/28/09

Image of Snowbird courtesy of - 12/27/09

Christmas Pine Needles and Birds Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 12/28/09

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

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!

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

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

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

Animated Frosty and Animated Tiny Snowmen clip art courtesy of - 12/08/04

Animated Glitter Snowman and Snowman checking Mailbox clip art courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 12/06/08 and 12/03/08
Thanks, Joyce!

Animated Caroling Snowmen and Snowman in the Woods courtesy of Pat Beck Letzinger ('57) of VA - 12/13/07
Thanks, Pat!

Animated Cheering Smiley clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05 (re-saved 02/27/09)
Thanks, Al!

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