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01/01/08 - NNHS Newsletter


“One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: To rise above the little things."

- John Burroughs
(3 Apr 1837 - 29 Mar 1921) 

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   This observance - and this theme - repeats each year:

   Last year I opened with these words, which still work for me:

  Today is the beginning of our New Year.  I pray it will be a good one for us all. 



   Happy Birthday today to Gloria Hand Burns ('57)!  Later in the week we'll have:

04 -   Norma Howell Morgan ('57) AND           My #6 Son, Dale Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - '02) of VA;
05 -   Carolyn McCormick Holmes ('57),    Cammie Dick Gibson ('57), AND Leonard M. (Doc) Hudson (Warwick HS - '60) of VA;
06 -
    Harry Covert  ('57) of Northern VA,    Steve Veazey ('60) of VA, AND Diane Sandler Marcus ('69) of MD;
07 -   Jimmy Shires ('57) of VA, Brucey Smith Slama ('57), AND Paige Smith Morahan ('57)!

   Many Happy Returns to you all!



       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 12/30/07 - "   Gilmore Kirby '64":

Fellow Typhoons:  My Classmate, Gilmore Kirby ’64, passed away on 25 November 1998. An old Army buddy of his recently learned of his death by searching the Internet and landing on our NNHS web site. They had not been in contact since 1968.

 I was contacted by the buddy and asked if I knew the cause of death. I replied that I did not, but I offered to query the Alumni in hopes that someone does know. If you have this information, please e-mail me at

Dave Spriggs ‘64

   This is definitely worth trying, David. Surely someone knows.

   "Anyone?  Anyone?"

   Just to cover all bases, I cross-posted your note here:

   Thank you, Captain!



 1      From the Head Flagtwirler of 1965, Janice McCain Rose of VA - 12/23/07 - "This picture cracks me up":

Click Me!Click Me!.
This picture cracks me up......

   WILD GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Janice!



 2      From the Head Flagtwirler of 1965, Janice McCain Rose of VA - 12/24/07 - "Christmas Hugs":

The attached picture of granddaughter Claire and great granddaughter Leighann was taken during our Family Christmas last weekend.  It doesn't need any explanation!Click Me!Click Me!Click Me!

   AWWW!!! How beautifully sweet! Thanks, Lady! Happy New Year!



 3       From Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 12/29/07 - "A very special appeal re Fort Monroe's Future from Dimples":

  From Sandra Canepa ('56) of VA - 12/29/07:

Can any of us argue against saving Fort Monroe as a National Park for our Nation's now and future generations?  
I did not think so, and for that reason alone I am forwarding the following special appeal to you with the hope you can squeeze out one more needed gift as outlined below.  
Please keep in mind you, your family members and all Americans today, whether you live in California, Texas, New Jersey, or any of our other great states, own the three hundred acres which encompass Fortress Monroe, and unless the property is saved as a National Park,  a very small group of individuals known as the Fort Monroe Federal Area Development Authority, often called the "FMFADA", has the power to sell off parts of Fort Monroe piecemeal, privatizing land that has been publicly owned for 400 years. 
Only action by us today will ensure all of Fort Monroe stays in the hands of all Americans for generations to come; therefore, thank you for any immediate assistance you can provide.   Please spread the word to others as I have who might be interested in this opportunity to help.  
Happy New Year.
Sincerely, Sandra Canepa 
This is a special appeal from the Fort Monroe National Park Foundation, a nonprofit educational foundation formed by leaders of the separate and earlier established Citizens for a Fort Monroe National Park ( The foundation has commissioned -- and, with an initial stake contributed by foundation board members, has begun paying for -- a Hampton Roads regional waterfront parkland study by the Trust for Public Land. These respected national experts are already at work. The study will be vital for Fort Monroe's future, but it costs $15,000. We are asking for your IMMEDIATE HELP in raising the balance. Not one cent of your contribution would go to overhead or staff; we cover overhead, and we have no paid staff. Please help us by mailing a check as indicated at the bottom of this message.
Almost a half-century ago, our nation made a National Historic Landmark out of Fort Monroe, a peninsula nearly ten times the size of the moated fortress that it surrounds. We believe this entire Old Point Comfort peninsula, with four centuries in the public domain and going back to the origins of our nation, is precious in two fundamentally intertwined ways: historically and as a unique and scenic waterfront site lying exactly at the confluence of the Chesapeake Bay and Hampton Roads harbor in the geographic center of the region, featuring over three hundred acres of green space.
Others, however, perceive most of the open space of this National Historic Landmark as precious merely in a narrow, short-term financial sense. Virginia's 18-member Fort Monroe Authority (officially the Fort Monroe Federal Area Development Authority, often called the "FMFADA") has the power to sell off parts of Fort Monroe piecemeal, privatizing land that has been publicly owned for 400 years.
That's why an expert regional analysis is needed as to whether Virginia can afford to lose to development this precious open space, with its spectacular water views and two-mile promenade on the Chesapeake Bay. Public access to waterfront land is an important issue for the 1.6 million residents of Hampton Roads, and that issue intertwines in a fundamental way with the issue of preserving the National Historic Landmark for all Americans. 
Yet no one has actually looked at how Fort Monroe figures in the issue of waterfront park space in Hampton Roads. So we commissioned a formal study by the Trust for Public Land ( -- a "national, nonprofit, land conservation organization that conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, community gardens, historic sites, rural lands, and other natural places, ensuring livable communities for generations to come."
The completed study will be delivered to both Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources Preston Bryant, who chairs Virginia's Fort Monroe Authority, and Governor Tim Kaine, who has the power to act on whatever the authority recommends concerning Fort Monroe's future.
All of the foundation's board members have spent substantial personal sums supporting efforts to educate the public regarding Fort Monroe's great value and potential. Despite that effort, we still need help from friends of Fort Monroe. The foundation has approval from the Commonwealth of Virginia to solicit funds, is operating in conformance with Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code, and expects approval by the IRS as to tax-exempt status with respect to donations.
Please make checks payable to "Fort Monroe National Park Foundation" and send to:
Fort Monroe National Park Foundation
P.O. Box 097
Fort Monroe
VA 23651
Your assistance in securing this parkland study will help ensure an appropriate future for the national treasure that we all cherish. Ensuring that future is a once-in-400-years opportunity.
Please send any comments by reply e-mail, or enclose them with your check -- and please feel free to forward this message to any individuals or organizations that might be interested to know about this opportunity to help.
Thank you very much.
Henry O. Malone, President, and Louis L. Guy, Jr., Treasurer

  This is so critically important! Thanks so much, Sepi and Sandra!


4.   From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 12/29/07 - "One pen stroke":

This picture was done with one pen stroke.
It starts on tip of the nose and ends on the bottom.
Check out the copyright date.


   WOWZERONI!!! Thanks, Sarah Sugah!



  From Pam Larmer Traugott ('62) of VA - 12/30/07 - "The Latest opinion for fruitcake":

I have enjoyed everyone's comments regarding the mysterious fruitcake ingredients and those who enjoy going to all that fuss. Not being from a family who cooked this cake, I grew up on the A&P brand of fruitcake. It is really good but alas where do I find this unique fruitcake. Living out here more A&P stores but surely in someone's big city there is a forgotten shelf of delicious, just waiting to be purchased A&P fruitcakes. Just to set the record straight, my family enjoyed boiled custard on pound cake. If you were old enough????pour a little sherry into the delicious liquid custard. I remember with fondness that the custard was stored in a large milk bottle. I could be found late at night standing in front of that old refrig drinking from the "bottle" Ahem!!!

Happy New Year to you ALL


Pam Larmer Traugott '62

   WILDER GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Pam!


      From Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton HS - '65) of FL - 12/30/07 - "Senile-Virus":

This has been around before, but since I went to the store for milk and bought salads and remembered a LOT later that I didn't get milk, it's very timely.

Happy New Year to everyone.......and especially to you, Carol. Can you believe you've been doing this for how many years??  

   Thanks, Gloria! I've been maintaining the website for over seven years now. The Newsletters began sometime in mid-2004, and as with anything I ever do, have now become wildly over the top - just the way I like 'em! GIGGLES!

Did you get info on working up a blog?  Would make your life a lot more easier (and who doesn't want that?), AND you could enjoy reading everyone's inputs without doing all the work.

   Well, yes, so they say, and yet....uh.....duh......

   So, um, I'm thinking about it. As you can see, I've made tremendous progress:

   Meanwhile, life goes on as before......


  From Renee Helterbran Benton ('59) of VA - 12/30/07 - "More BLUE ANGELS Shot":

Awesome photos.





On this below...... It will give you goose bumps.....

   WOWZERONI!!! Thanks, Renee!


    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 12/30/07 - "Gospel for the New Year...Amen!!":

Family and friends:  Happy New Year!!!

   That's a mighty young child to have such a big voice! Thanks, Glenn!


From Tip of the Week - 12/31/07 - "Today, Dec. 31: Can eating fish make you skinnier?":

Fishing Around for a Trimmer You

No doubt you’ve started thinking about all the salads you’re going to eat when you start trimming down next year. But those salads might work better if you add a little salmon.

Here’s why: It seems that fish oil, besides boosting your heart health, may also help you burn fat. And if you add fish oil to your diet and you exercise, you could really boost your calorie burning!

Omega-3s, Please
Fish oil is full of anti-inflammatory and artery-clearing omega-3 fatty acids that help protect your ticker. (Read this article to learn how much fish you need to eat to help keep your brain young, too.) But these fatty acids may also help fuel your metabolism.

In a study, overweight people who took fish oil supplements daily and walked 3 days a week for 12 weeks lost a significant amount of weight and body fat.


      From Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 12/31/07 - "Happy New Year":

   Thanks, Sepi! This is lovely! Happy New Year!


    From Chandler Nelms (Hampton HS - '63) of MD to       Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC- 12/31/07:

For Dimples


Thanks for the fruitcake recipe. I am DEFINITELY going to try it. My mouth was watering while I was reading the ingredients and instructions.

Happy New Year!


   Mmmm - YUMMY! Thanks, Chandler Darlin'! Happy New Year!


    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 12/31/07, 9:00 PM - "Happy New Year":

Happy  New  Year

   Thank you, Glenn! Happy New Year to you!


    From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 12/31/07, 9:18 PM - "~ * ~ NEW YEAR GREETINGS ~ * ~":
For fireworks to display click above the scenic part

  HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
A few hours early.

   Thank you, Shari! Happy New Year to you!


 From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 12/31/07, 10:37 PM - "Happy New Year":

  Thank you, Sarah Sugah! Happy New Year to you!



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


      From one of my Famous Marines,  Herb Hice of MI, who served in the Pacific Theater during WWII -  12/14/07 - "Dear Carol / Dimples, This is Dog Logic" (#12 in a series of 12):

Dear Carol / Dimples
Something to ponder.


   Thanks, Herbie Darlin'!    

   These have been really cute!

If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then give him only two of them.
-Phil Pastoret


    May the spirit of this season bring you all as much joy as you've brought to me! 

   Remember - there are still several images and thought provoking topics yet to be covered - sometime soon - MAYBE even - next time!  Meanwhile, Happy New Year to you all!

   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


Lead, Kindly Light

Lyrics by John Henry Newman, 1833
Music by John B. Dykes, 1865

Lead, kindly Light, amid th’encircling gloom,
Lead Thou me on!
The night is dark, and I am far from home;
Lead Thou me on!
Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see
The distant scene; one step enough for me.

I was not ever thus, nor prayed that Thou
Shouldst lead me on;
I loved to choose and see my path; but now
Lead Thou me on!
I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears,
Pride ruled my will. Remember not past years!

So long Thy power hath blessed me, sure it will,
Will lead me on.
O’er moor and fen, o’er crag and torrent, till
The night is gone,
And with the morn those angel faces smile,
Which I have loved long since, and lost awhile!

Meantime, along the narrow rugged path,
Thyself hast trod,
Lead, Savior, lead me home in childlike faith,
Home to my God.
To rest forever after earthly strife
In the calm light of everlasting life.


"Lead, Kindly Light" midi (MIDI sequence copyright © 2002 Brian M. Ames) and lyrics courtesy of - 12/20/04

  Downloadable Sheet Music (Craig Petrie's TTBB arrangement) available at - 01/01/04

"Happy New Year" title clip art courtesy of - 12/31/07

Animated "Happy New Year" Herald Trumpets courtesy of - 12/31/07

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

Hillsboro 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

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

Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

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!

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