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02/26/08 - NNHS Newsletter
Always and Forever

"But will they come when you do call for them?"

- William Shakespeare

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   I must say I can't recall ever hearing this song before in my life, but I included it for a total change of pace, because it's still February, and we're still singing love songs.

BONUS - - Heatwave, 1978


  From Phil Hammond ('64) of UT -  02/24/08 - "birthdays":

Hi Carol,
I am not sure why I am telling you and the world this but my birthday is 2/27/46 (class of 1964) and 
  Sylvia Hall Hammond (class of 1966) is 4/4/48.

Post if you wish,


   You're not sure WHY?!? So we can all wish y'all a Happy Birthday, of course, Phil! And I certainly do wish!  And with 04/04/48, Sylvia gets my vote for the second coolest birthday among us! The coolest birthday belongs, of course, to     Chandler Nelms (Hampton HS - '63) of MD, with 01/23/45!

   Thanks, Phil - I've added your birthdays to our page!
Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Evelyn Vretos ('55) of VA, AND    Phil Hammond ('64) of UT, and on Thursday to   Wayne Agee ('58) of FL!
   And a Happy Leap Year Day Birthday to Bob Schweida ('54) of NH!

   Many Happy Returns to you all!


   Hit #70,500 was made on the evening of Sunday, February 17, 2008 when I wasn't feeling well, so I missed it.....


1.  Connie Bloxom Thompson ('66)  of MD:.

  From the President of the Class of 1965, Joe Wingo of NC - 02/24/08, 11:36 AM:

Dear Carol,

I hope this note finds you feeling better.

I had to write and offer my own thanks to    Mark Hutcherson ('66 - of VA) for his act of kindness and generosity toward Connie Bloxom Thompson ('66 - of MD).

His actions reveal a first rate human being. I  remember him as one of the good guys. Obviously, he still is.

My gift to Connie is on its way. Thatís my birthday present to myself.

Go Typhoons!


   Joe, you Sweetie-Pie, you are an incredibly generous man! Thanks so much - and Happy Belated Birthday!

   From Mark Hutcherson ('66) of VA - 02/24/08, 1:16 PM to    Connie Bloxom Thompson ('66) of MD - "eyeglasses":

Hi Connie,
Just a note to let you know that once you have had your cataracts removed and implants are in place and stable contact me and we can arrange to meet at the For Eyes Optical of your choice in Maryland.
I'll help you select your post cataract eyewear.
Mark Hutcherson R.O.

   Mark Honey, you too are an incredibly generous man! Thank you so much!

2.       Herb Hice of MI:

From Roy - 02/25/07 - "Herb Hice":

How is Herb doing? I miss his e-mails every day!
Semper Fi

   We all miss our dear Herbie, Roy!  Thanks - and Semper Fi!

      From Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 02/25/07 - "Herbie":

Carol and Typhoon Family......

Spoke with
  Heidi (Hice MacKay of MI) again this morning.  She reports that Herbie is slowly progressing.  He is able to be awake and aware about thirty minutes a day and is still in ICU because they have no room for him anywhere else in the hospital.  He is being weaned from the ventilator, and is up to sixteen hours a day without it.  As soon as he is off of it for good he will be moved to a Rehab Facility where they will start him on physical therapy in hopes that it will stimulate him to stay awake longer and want to become more active.  He is not talking because of the tracheotomy and tube that seem to have become part of him.  I have a feeling that once her gets around that, he will not be quiet for days on end.  Heidi is still frazzled, but gets a little better each day along with her Dad's progress.  The family, children and all, visit him every evening and he knows they are there.  I mentioned to her he might be hibernating and she had a nice laugh over that.  It was good to hear, since she has not had much to give her a good laugh lately !   She appreciates every one's concern and continues to ask for and thank all of us for our prayers, not just for Herbie, but for the entire family.   I didn't know until today that she has a Day Care Center in her home, I told her that that alone would fray my nerves, she said it was beginning to wear on her somewhat with Herbie in the hospital, the two dogs and noisy little children around each day.  But she was walking on her treadmill and so she is taking care of her self.   Don't stop praying !

Dimples aka Sepi

   Thanks so much, Dimples! I added Heidi and her family to our Prayer Roll at the bottom of the Newsletter.

3.   Jerry Allen ('65) of VA:

  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 02/25/08 - "RE: how are you doing?":

Several people have been asking about Jerry.  I have lost track of who knows what, so here an update.
Jerry went in last Tuesday to get his chest mapped off for  the radiation which was to begin on Wednesday.  He was complaining of chest pain.  On Wednesday, they checked him out before starting radiation and found that he had pneumonia.  They gave him antibiotics via his permanent port for IV meds.  He was to continue that daily for 5 days.  On Thursday, when he went to get his IV, he was in severe pain and could barely breathe due to pain.  Morphine did not help at all.  I asked for an EKG just to be sure, which they did and it was clear.  They gave him dilauded and after giving us the choice of admitting him or treating at home, we went home. I stayed home with him and took him each morning through Sunday morning for his IV drip. Today, a friend (thanks, Darlene) took him and I picked him up after his IV antibiotic, etc.  He has been taking antibiotics orally as well along with pain meds and anti-inflammatory meds.  He is much better today and they gave him his first radiation treatment.  He is doing much better.  He will continue all meds with the IV antibiotic Wednesday and Friday and radiation each day for four weeks. 
Please keep him in your prayers.  He will try to return to work next Monday. In spite of everything, we had a nice relaxing weekend and managed to do some special things to celebrate our 40th Anniversary.
Thanks for caring!

   Thank you, Judy! Please give your sweet husband our love!

4.     Jimmy Smith ('62) of VA and 5. Frances Heath Scott ('62) of VA:

From Marsha Rice ('62) of VA - 02/25/08 - "RE: Information on Jim Smith and Frances Heath Scott (Class of '62)":

On Feb. 13, 2008, Jim Smith had a heart attack.  He had a blood clot, which they were able to remove and put in a stint.  He has some other medical problems, but is doing okay.  If anyone would like to contact him his address is P.O. Box 609, Carrollton, VA 23314, and his phone number is 757-438-0287.
Frances Heath Scott had a problem with inflammation of nerves and could not hold her head up without getting sick, and her balance was affected.  She was transferred to Sentera Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Room 226, Hampton, VA.  She is supposed to get out on Wednesday.
Thought you might like to know.  If you want any other information contact me at
Marsha Rice

   Marsha, thank you so much for sharing this information with us - however distressing it is! We are Family!

      From Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 02/24/08 - "Louie's BEST RUM CAKE EVER":


Here's another recipe for you to try !


I haven't had this version of Louie's Rum Cake, but he says it's the best.
(Guaranteed to tickle your funny bone. :-)

1 or 2 quarts Rum
1 tsp sugar
1 cup dried fruit
1 tsp. soda
brown sugar
1 cup butter
2 large eggs
baking powder
lemon juice and nuts

Before you start, sample the rum to check for quality. Good, isn't it? Now, select a large mixing bowl, measuring cup, etc. Check the rum again. It must be just right. To be sure the rum is of the highest quality, pour one level cup of rum into a glass and drink it as fast as you can.


With an electric mixer, beat one cup of butter in a large fluffy bowl. Add 1 seaspoon of thugar and beat again.

Meanwhile, make sure that the rum is of the finest quality. Try another cup. Open second quart if necessary.

Add 2 arge leggs, 2 cups fried druit and beat til high. If druit gets stuck in beaters, just pry it loose with a drewscriver.

Sample the rum again, checking for tonscisticity. Next sift 3 cups of pepper or salt (it really doesn't matter).

Sample the rum again, sift 1/2 pint of lemon juice. Fold in chopped butter, and your strained nuts. Add 1 babblespoon of brown thugar or whatever color you can find. Wix mex.

Grease oven and turn cake pan to 350 gredees. Now put the whole mess into the coven and brake.

Check the rum again, and bo to ged.

   Thanks, Dimples!

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/24/08 - "BEACON - 19 APR 63":

Articles are attached.
Friday, April 19, 1963 Friday, April 19, 1963 Friday, April 19, 1963 Friday, April 19, 1963 Friday, April 19, 1963
Wilder Burger - Robert Fitzgerald ('63) and Edna Johnson ('64) Spring Fashions - NN Students Display Varied Taste - Edna Johnson ('64) Fashion News - Casual Clothes, Shoes Fashion News - Pocket Books, Hair Styles, Casual Clothes (Susie Jeffers and Buster Vest - both '63) Junior, Senior Choruses Present Variety Show; Profits to Be Used
for Music Equipment


   Thank you, Brown Eyes! These are such fun!

  From Jane Monfalcone Simmons ('61) of FL - 02/24/08:

Hi Carol,

Could you please change my e-mail address to  I would like to keep it published on the site.

Thanks so much!


   Certainly, Jane - and thanks!

 - heavily updated, at long last.....

      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 02/24/08 - "America Needs a Leader Like This"

This one has made the rounds previously, but during this time in our existence, is worthy of repeating. Although, here in the good 'ol USA, we are by nature more accepting of those with different religious beliefs than our own, much can be said regarding the principles upon which our "way of life" was founded. Regarding the "other issues" that are germane to the USA, the good Australian Prime Minister pretty much speaks what "WE" should; enough is enough!! If I move to Mexico, I don't think the entire country will be ordered to learn English, so that I may understand  "there way of life" through their words!?
Of course, you are untitled to your opinion, and you know what you can do with it if you don't like the country YOU have chosen to live within.
I didn't run this through "Snopes", because if it wasn't said, it should have been!!
End of lecture!!

Muslims who want to live under Islamic Sharia law were told on Wednesday to get out of Australia , as the government targeted radicals in a bid to head off potential terror attacks.

Separately, Howard angered some Australian Muslims on Wednesday by saying he supported spy agencies monitoring the nation's mosques..  Quote: 'IMMIGRANTS, NOT AUSTRALIANS, MUST ADAPT.  Take It Or Leave It.  I am tired of this nation worrying about whether we are offending some individual or their culture.  Since the terrorist attacks on Bali , we have experienced a surge in patriotism by the majority of Australians.'

'This culture has been developed over two centuries of struggles, trials and victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom'.

'We speak mainly ENGLISH; not Spanish, Lebanese, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or any other language.  Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society.  Learn the language!'

'Most Australians believe in God.  This is not some Christian, right wing, political push, but a fact, because Christian men and women, on Christian principles, founded this nation, and this is clearly documented.  It is certainly appropriate to display it on the walls of our schools.  If God offends you, then I suggest you consider another part of the world as your new home, because God is part of our culture.'

'We will accept your beliefs, and will not question why. All we ask is that you accept ours, and live in harmony and peaceful enjoyment with us.'

'This is OUR COUNTRY, OUR LAND, and OUR LIFESTYLE, and we will allow you every opportunity to enjoy all this. But once you are done complaining, whining, and griping about Our Flag, Our Pledge, Our Christian beliefs, or Our Way of Life, I highly encourage you take advantage of one other great Australian freedom,

'If you aren't happy here then LEAVE.  We didn't force you to come here.  You asked to be here.  So accept the country YOU accepted.'

Maybe if we circulate this amongst ourselves, American citizens will find the backbone to start speaking and voicing the same truths.

   Thanks, Wayne Honey! I did run it through Snopes, because having seen it before (and being wildly OCD), I wanted to pinpoint a date. "Summer of 2005" doesn't really do it for me, but the story is basically True:

From My Friend, Judy, of IL's Friend, Darin, of IL - 02/24/08 - "Bad Weather....":

  I was driving "Bobtail" with my T.E. (Training Engineer) last week on a VERY icy morning in "Chicagoland" during "Rush Hour" and we saw this jackknifed tractor-trailer. I managed to snap a couple of photos of it as we passed going the other direction. He has 3 of the 4 lanes blocked with traffic backed up for miles behind him!!!



Wednesday, February 20, 2008, 8:02 AM
 "Chicagoland", IL

   YIKESARONI!!! Thanks, Judy - and Darin!

   Yet here in the Sunny South it's our version of "cold" (40s), but my bulbs are sprouting and my daffodils are blooming and my neighbor's forsythia is about to pop into its full beauty, and spring cannot be but so far behind!

    From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 02/25/08 - "Stuart and Tide":

Some Mad T.V. humor.



Dear Tide...
I am writing to say what an excellent product you have! I've used it all of my married life, as my mom always told me it was the best. Now that I am in my fifties I find it even better! In fact, about a month ago, I spilled some red wine on my new white blouse. My inconsiderate and uncaring husband started to belittle me about how clumsy I was, and generally started becoming a pain in the neck. One thing led to another and somehow I ended up with his blood on my new white blouse! I grabbed my bottle of Tide with bleach alternative. To my surprise and satisfaction, all of the stains came out! In fact, the stains came out so well the detectives who came by yesterday told me that the DNA tests on my blouse were negative and then my attorney called and said that I was no longer considered a suspect in the disappearance of my husband.

What a relief! Going through menopause is bad enough without being a murder suspect! I thank you, once again, for having a great product.

Well, gotta go, have to write to the Hefty bag people.  

   GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Shari!

  From Christine Wilson Starkman ('68) of CA - 02/25/08 - "Remembering When":

       Dave Spriggs ('64 - of VA), who helps us remember...

   Thank you, Chris!   Wayne Agee ('58) of FL was the first to prompt me to post these images on the site back in November, but a dedication to our Wizard of Wonderment seems most appropriate to me! - newly dedicated!

  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 02/25/08 - "The Fisherman:


Read to the end; this is a beautiful story...

The Fisherman

Our house was directly across the street from the clinic entrance of Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. We lived downstairs and rented the upstairs rooms to out patients at the clinic.

One summer evening as I was fixing supper, there was a knock at the door. I opened it to see a truly awful looking man. "Why, he's hardly taller than my eight-year-old," I thought as I stared at the stooped, shriveled body. But the appalling thing was his face, lopsided from swelling, red and raw.

Yet his voice was pleasant as he said, "Good evening. I've come to see if you've a room for just one night. I came for a treatment this morning from the eastern shore, and there's no bus 'til morning."

He told me he'd been hunting for a room since noon but with no success; no one seemed to have a room...

"I guess it's my face... I know it looks terrible, but my doctor says with a few more treatments..."

For a moment I hesitated, but his next words convinced me: "I could sleep in this rocking chair on the porch. My bus leaves early in the morning."

I told him we would find him a bed, but to rest on the porch. I went inside and finished getting supper. When we were ready, I asked the old man if he would join us. "No thank you. I have plenty." And he held up a brown paper bag.

When I had finished the dishes, I went out on the porch to talk with him a few minutes. It didn't take a long time to see that this old man had an oversized heart crowded into that tiny body. He told me he fished for a living to support his daughter, her five children, and her husband, who was hopelessly crippled from a back injury.

He didn't tell it by way of complaint; in fact, every other sentence was preface with a thanks to God for a blessing. He was grateful that no pain accompanied his disease, which was apparently a form of skin cancer.

At bedtime, we put a camp cot in the children's room for him. When I got up in the morning, the bed linens were neatly folded and the little man was out on the porch

He refused breakfast, but just before he left for his bus, haltingly, as if asking a great favor, he said, "Could I please come back and stay the next time I have a treatment? I won't put you out a bit. I can sleep fine in a chair." He paused a moment and then added, "Your children made me feel at home. Grownups are bothered by my face, but children don't seem to mind."

I told him he was welcome to come again.

And on his next trip he arrived a little after seven in the morning. As a gift, he brought a big fish and a quart of the largest oysters I had ever seen. He said he had shucked them that morning before he left so that they'd be nice and fresh. I knew his bus left at 4:00 a.m. and I wondered what time he had to get up in order to do this for us.

In the years he came to stay overnight with us there was never a time that he did not bring us fish or oysters or vegetables from his garden.

Other times we received packages in the mail, always by special delivery; fish and oysters packed in a box of fresh young spinach or kale, every leaf carefully washed. Knowing that he must walk three miles to mail these, and knowing how little money he had, made the gifts doubly precious.

When I received these little remembrances, I often thought of a comment our next-door neighbor made after he left that first morning. "Did you keep that awful looking man last night? I turned him away! You can lose roomers by putting up such people!"

Maybe we did lose roomers once or twice. But oh! If only they could have known him, perhaps their illness' would have been easier to bear. I know our family always will be grateful to have known him; from him we learned what it was to accept the bad without complaint and the good with gratitude to God.

Recently I was visiting a friend who has a greenhouse. As she showed me her flowers, we came to the most beautiful one of all, a golden chrysanthemum, bursting with blooms. But to my great surprise, it was growing in an old dented, rusty bucket. I thought to myself, "If this were my plant, I'd put it in the loveliest container I had!"

My friend changed my mind.. "I ran short of pots," she explained, and knowing how beautiful this one would be, I thought it wouldn't mind starting out in this old pail. It's just for a little while, till I can put it out in the garden."

She must have wondered why I laughed so delightedly, but I was imagining just such a scene in heaven.. "Here's an especially beautiful one," God might have said when he came to the soul of the sweet old fisherman. "He won't mind starting in this small body."

All this happened long ago -- and now, in God's garden, how tall this lovely soul must stand.

The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart." (1 Samuel 16:7b)

Friends are very special. They make you smile and encourage you to succeed. They lend an ear and they share a word of praise. Show your friends how much you care.... Pass this on, and brighten someone's day. Nothing will happen if you do not decide to pass it along. The only thing that will happen if you DO pass it on, is that someone might smile (because of you).

Make someone smile today!

   Thank you so much, Darling Judy! You just did - just as you always have!

PRAYER ROLL (arranged alphabetically, but not necessarily complete):

1.   Jerry Allen ('65) of VA - begins radiation for cancer soon; it was delayed when he was diagnosed with pneumonia on 02/20/08

2.   Connie Bloxom Thompson ('66) of MD - multiple heath and financial issues; needing cataract surgery to prevent inevitable blindness ASAP

3. My Friend Judy of IL -  shoulder replacement surgery - 04/22/08

4. Clyde Bryant ('58) of PA - heart replacement surgery - 12/13/07

5.      Me ('65) of NC - recent escalation of shortness of breath, heart and blood pressure problems plus the usual .....

6. Emily (daughter of My Niece Shari) of VA - continuing problems with advancing scoliosis; surgery 03/11/08

7. Frances Heath Scott ('62) of VA - inflammation of nerves; due to be released from hospital on 02/27/08

8.   Heidi Hice MacKay of MI and her Family - stressing over their beloved patriarch since late January 2008

9.       Herb Hice of MI and the MacKay Family - triple bypass surgery plus carotid artery cleanup - @ 01/25/08

10. Patsy Lewis Hancock ('57) of VA - suffered second massive heart attack - 01/31/08

11.       John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA - lumbar surgery to fix a spinal stenosis [ laminectomy]; will also involve fusion of vertebrae - 02/05/08

12. Pam Pennington Cherry ('58) of VA - congestive heart failure; cardiac ablation procedure - 02/06/08

13.   Catherine Slusser Hudson ('64) of VA - recent surgery on right knee

14.     Jimmy Smith ('62) of VA - suffered heart attack 02/13/08

15. All of Us


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

    From Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA - 01/12/08 - "Gas Stations Of Yesteryear-------------------------this IS REAL Americana" (#23 in a Series of 37):

Carol, do not know if you would like to show these or not. Just brings back a lot memories from yesteryear. Hope you like them. 

Jerry Blanchard (62) of Va.

Gas Stations Of  Yesteryear

Back when life was much simpler and gas was 18-25 cents a gallon!!

(or there about) and as low as 17 cents during gas wars.


Old American Gas Stations from all around the country  
Some are abandoned, some are restored and many are still in use.  


Yeah . . .  I remember!

 And with a fill-up you got the gas pumped for you, your windshield cleaned, oil and fluids checked, tires checked,
a free map, if you wanted it, and greeted in ENGLISH !!!

Yeah! I remember!!!

Enjoy Your Days & Love Your Life.... Because...."Life is a journey to be savored."

  Thanks, Jerry, I remember them quite fondly, too!

   Remember, there's much more to come - next time - REALLY! 

   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  
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Always and Forever

Words and Music by Rod Temperton

(Heatwave, 1978)

Always and forever, Each moment with you
Is just like a dream to me, That somehow came true

And I know tomorrow, Will still be the same
'Cause we've got a life of love, That won't ever change and..

Every day Love me your own special way
Melt all my heart away, With a smile

Take time to tell me, You really care
And we'll share tomorrow together
I'll always love you Forever

There'll always be sunshine, When I look at you
It's something I can't explain, Just the things that you do

And if you get lonely, Phone me and take
A second to give to me, That magic you make and..

Every day, Love me your own special way
Melt all my heart away, With a smile

Take time to tell me, You really care
And we'll share tomorrow together
I'll always love you, Forever

"Always and Forever" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 02/26/08

First Phone Image courtesy of - 10/24/03

Second Phone Image taken by Me on Friday, December 3, 1999

Rose Hearts Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 03/24/06

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
Thanks, Al!

Hampton High School's 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 again, Herbie!!

Page Hit Counter clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

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

Animated Silly Bear (designed by AF Artist - Ryan Hagen) courtesy of - 10/04/05

Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of - 07/07/06

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