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12/28/12 - 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, 

   Is it snowing where you are? I miss the snow - unless, of course, I actually absolutely positively have to leave home the day it decides to fall.

BONUS #1 - - Snowbird - Anne Murray, 1970

BONUS #2 - - Snowbird - Anne Murray, 1973


"Snowbird" is a song by the Canadian songwriter Gene MacLellan. Though it has been recorded by many performers (including Bing Crosby and Elvis Presley), it is best known through Anne Murray's 1970 version, which launched her into a long career of international exposure. It was a #2 hit on Canada's pop chart and went to #1 on both the Canadian adult contemporary and country charts. The song reached #8 on the U.S. pop singles chart, spent six weeks atop the U.S. adult contemporary chart, and became a surprise Top 10 U.S. country hit as well. It was certified as a gold single by the RIAA, the first American Gold record ever awarded to a Canadian solo female artist.[1] The song peaked at #23 on the UK Singles Chart. In 2003 it was an inaugural song inductee of the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. [2]

The theme and approach broadly resemble that of the earlier hit "Yellow Bird" in contrasting the narrator's being stuck in the place of his/her heartache to the bird's ability to just up and fly away. "Snowbird" sold well over a million copies and was recently picked as 19th on the 50 Tracks: The Canadian Version list, a partially populist approach to defining the most influential songs by Canadians.


1.   Malcolm Davis ('65) of VA AND  2.   Polly Norris Davis ('65) of VA:

   Actually, Malcolm and Polly have been on my mailing list intermittently since mid-summer, and regularly now for at least a month.  Due to some scanning difficulties I encountered (no doubt while I was sick and couldn't figure out what I was doing; I think for the last nine months I've been sick more often than I've been well, but maybe I'm just imagining that...), I never announced their presence, nor added them to our strangely named Alumni List.  I think it's high-time we do that now!

   Welcome aboard, Sweetie-Pies! - Let me know if you'd like you email addies published; otherwise I'll keep them private.

   Send me your birthdays so we can add y'all here, too! 
    Thanks - for everything!


    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) AND   Bill Fitzgerald ('58) of VA;

03 - Carl Rossman of PA;

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.



Thursday, December 27, 1962 - Basketball coach Mark Few was born in Creswell, Oregon.

Thursday, December 27, 1962 - Basketball coach Bill Self was born in Okmulgee, Oklahoma.

Thursday, December 27, 1962 - Golfer Sherri Steinhauer was born in Madison, Wisconsin.

Thursday, December 27, 1962 - Security guard Pierlucio Tinazzi was born in Italy. He died on 24 Mar 1999 at the age of 36 while rescuing survivors of the 1999 Mont Blanc tunnel fire. His heroism and bravery saved at least 10 people from certain death.

      From Mickey Marcella ('54) of VA - 12/27/12, 8:18 PM - "  Ronnie Stallings":

Dear Carol,

We learned that Dr. Ronnie Stallings, Class of 1954 passed away on Nov. 17, 2012 in a nursing home in SC. He played football and baseball at NNHS and was a nice person.

Mickey Marcella

PS. Thanks for all you do, Carol.

   Thanks, Mickey!        Jack Nelson ('54 - of Northern VA) told me about this on 12/20, so I added Ronnie to the Class of '54 Memorial Page, but I've stood on my head six ways from Tuesday and still have been unable to find an obituary for him. I'll keep looking.....

   You have my deepest sympathies on the loss of your friend, classmate, and teammate.
Thanks again - and Happy New Year!

      From Dimples Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 12/27/12 - "RE: Adventure with Grandma: Something She Needed":

Carol...the rest of the story....

Years later I found that the Levy's had had a daughter and lost her to an illness that made her slip away at an early age. Some folks would have disliked little ones after a trauma like that, but then most are like the Levy's, who chose to shower their love on every little one that came in their store.

Later I realized that the store was really small. I hadn't been in for years, and was shocked to see that I was much taller than Mr. Levy and the store could not have been over 1400 sq. ft. if that. I had to bend down to kiss his soft cheek, and he gently grabbed both my arms and raised himself up on tiptoe to return the kiss. Then he would hold my arm as we walked around the store so he could show me the new things that he was forced to carry to make his customers happy.

And of course I had to hear the names of all the old customers that had passed away, and the catch in his voice as he once again reminded me of the loss of Alice, his wife with the dazzling smile. He was so lonely, but the store kept him going.

After I finished writing I remembered what it was I bought that day....a hairnet ! Drawn to it by the dreams of pretending to be a lady that wore a hairnet, either around the house or part of her 'Go to meeting dress,' so her hair would stay in place. Soon, within ten years, to be replaced by hair spray !

Mr. Levy passed away about three years later, in the early '60's. More blacks were moving into Highland Park and a few would come in his store and just walk out with what they wanted and not pay for it... not all, but a lot. He was tiny and helpless and soon the store closed and he went to live with a nephew and his wife and their little ones.


       WOW... Thank you, Dimples!

  From Malcolm Davis ('65) of VA - 12/27/12 - "Jane Seymour and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir - Sing Forth This Day":

Check out this video on YouTube:

   WOWZERS! Jane Seymour, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and gorgeous renaissance costumes - could it get any better than this?!? Thank you so much, Malcolm!

   Say, did I ever tell y'all that I once sang with the Tabernacle Choir? It's true! Well, sorta..... It was back in the spring of '68. I lived in Salt Lake City for five months (January through May), and living only a mile from Temple Square, I used to walk up there on a regular basis and attend their Tuesday night rehearsals and other events. One night in the spring they held a patriotic program of some sort. The Tabernacle was as adorned with red, white and blue flags, buntings, and flowers as the Conference Center was with silks and tapestries in the above video.

   At the end of the program, the audience was asked to stand and join the choir in singing our National Anthem. Following this, the announcer told us all we could now tell everyone that we sang with the world famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir - so I just did!

     From Me ('65) of NC - 12/27/12:



BONUS RECIPES: - Baked Crispy Chicken Casserole - "Topped with a mixture of crushed Ritz crackers, poppy seeds and melted butter, there's no way this Baked Crispy Chicken Casserole could be anything but delicious with unbelievable texture. If you're tired of making the same old easy casserole recipes, here's a new and unexpected version that will have the whole family saying "wow". Be sure to keep the recipe handy because once people get a taste of this awesome chicken casserole, they're going to be asking how you made it!" - Old Timey Country Potato Soup - "Indulge in the comforts of old-fashioned cooking with this classic recipe for Old Timey Country Potato Soup. With just a few simple ingredients and about 40 minutes, you can create one of the best soups imaginable. Sometimes simplicity is the key when looking for a great potato soup recipe, and this one is as simple as they come." - Party Potatoes - "When invited to a party, it is important that you only bring the best pot luck recipes; recipes that will have your guests talking about it all night. Party Potatoes are a versatile, creamy dish that is made with hash-browns, cheddar cheese and topped with corn flakes for an extra crunch. Bring them to your next party, and you might be considered the best chef there."


From - 12/22/12:  
Charlie took his girl friend to her first football game. They had really good seats, right above their team's dugout. At the end of the game, Charlie asked her if she liked it.

"Yeah, it was great," she said. "I mean, with all the tight pants and stuff. I just don't get why all the fuss about a quarter!"

Charlie was confused.

"At the beginning of the game," she explained, "I saw the two guys flip a quarter. Then the rest of the game, all they said was: 'Get the quarterback! Get the quarterback!' Hello! It's only 25 cents!"  

1. Thursday, January 3, 2013 - 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.

3. Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 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. 

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 12/17/12

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

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


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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 "NEW" clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

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!

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!!

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 BOO-HOO courtesy of Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 08/28/09
Thanks, Glenn!

Animated Laughing Smiley courtesy of Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 02/07/05
Thanks, Janice!

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