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02/29/08 - NNHS Newsletter
Happy Leap Year Day

"Mama exhorted her children at every opportunity to 'jump at the sun.'
We might not land on the sun, but at least we would get off the ground.

- Zora Neale Hurston

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   I asked our Wizard of Wonderment what song we could possibly use to commemorate Leap Year day.  Here is his response:

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/25/08:

OK, this is a tough one ... maybe. There is nothing I can think of which is uniquely associated with the concept of Leap Year or Leap Day.

So, perhaps a play on the word "Leap" .... like the word "Jump". That takes us directly to The Pointer Sisters.  OK, I know it's a stretch, but the MIDI is has a nice beat, you can dance to it .. I'd give it an 85.

   You, Sir, are a Sooper-Genius! Thanks so much!

   See how much better it is when David chooses the music?!? Here are the ladies singing it for you now:

BONUS - - Pointer Sisters


   Happy Leap Year Day Birthday to Bob Schweida ('54) of NH!

   Many Happy Returns, Bob!

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/27/08 - "BEACON - 17 MAY 63 - Part Two of Two":

This was a particularly newsy edition, and I was stressing over how to include it all by the scanning method I had been using.  Well I would like to offer my very belated, but very sincere thanks to the Beacon Staff for selecting a newsprint size in which each page is exactly twice the size of an 8 x 11 sheet. As a result, I found it to be embarrassingly simple to scan the top and bottom of each page with a bit of overlap.

So, herein is the entire edition. Indeed, I plan to similarly scan future issues. No longer will I have to decide what the alumni get to see; now they will be able to see it all.


Friday, May 17, 1963 Friday, May 17, 1963 Friday, May 17, 1963 Friday, May 17, 1963 Friday, May 17, 1963 Friday, May 17, 1963
Page Four - TOP Page Four - BOTTOM Page Five - TOP Page Five - BOTTOM Page Six - TOP Page Six - BOTTOM

   WOWZERS! This new format is going to save us both - and particularly you, I should hope - a great deal of time! I can hardly imagine how many hours you've spent scanning these individual articles!

   Thank you, Brown Eyes! These are so much fun!

       From Carol Anne Comer Cutler ('70) of VA - 02/28/08 - "NNHS Class of 1970":

Thanks for posting my request for help!  I went to check out your Class E-Mail Addresses & Web Pages, but couldn't click on 1968 & 1969.  Trying to find siblings of our missing classmates.
I have probably sent 50 emails through  The problem can sign up for free but if someone sends you an email, you have to join to be able to read it.  Most people don't!!
I'll keep searching!!!!
Hugs, Carol Anne Comer Cutler '70

   Hi, Carol Anne! The reason you couldn't get through to 1968 and 1969 is - those pages do not yet exist; they're only in reserve!  I'm waiting for someone to tell me their class colors before I make them.  We don't really have a very large number of people from those two classes, and no one has volunteered that "critical" information (think Adrian Monk...).  HAHAHAHA!

That's funny!!!  My husband always refers to me as Adrian Monk!!
Over the years I have found that the NNHS school spirit diminished the closer it got to the closing.
I see the spirit in the classes before 1963, 64, 65, 66, 67, & 1968 somewhat, but after that it seems almost nonexistent. 
I am about to pull my hair out by it's white roots, trying to find our former classmates.  I did find PeopleFinders, but even if you think you have pinpointed their location, when you check, they don't have a listed phone number.  I guess we can thank the telemarketers for that!!
I am going to pass my list to    Dale Lucado ('68 - of VA), Super Sleuth that he is.  After that I will have you list the M.I.A.
Thanks for all you hard work.

   Thanks, Carol Anne - we wish y'all well! 

   I'm not sure that I'd want to pit the school spirit of the younger ones against the older ones, but I do notice that somewhere in there (and I personally think the breaking point falls between the Classes of 1967 and 1968, but that's probably just a personal opinion), there exists a radical difference in thinking on many subjects. In no way do I mean that in a disrespectful or derogatory sense; neither am I trying to be provocative or inflammatory.  But the world changed radically during that time, and we - and our perceptions - changed with it.

    From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 02/28/08:

This is of great importance to me. If you have the time please view and if to your liking pass on. Having Emily opened my eyes, so much more, to the wonderful benefits of natural healing. Without it she would not be alive today. It can likewise be said of Western practices, in her case.

I do all things natural to the best of my ability and they often work. Some find they work in conjunction-interactions should be checked.  It is of real concern to me that we have the right to choose for ourselves and not allow those freedoms to be stripped. As many know autism is now 1 in every 166 children. It is my opinion that vaccinations have increased so much that there is a connection. Your opinion may differ and that's fine, but please at least look to see if you'd like this freedom not taken away, as that is not the whole issue here.

Having a child trapped in an nonfunctioning body is sometimes deeply felt and I know it must be so much harder on her. The simple things we take for granted are recognized and deeply appreciated when you see those who struggle to do the simplest of things. All of us (if we are blessed to live long lives) will function less well as we age. Vitamins, herbs, whole foods and the like better the quality of life and often heal or lessen the effects of disease. I'm including once more 2 of my favorite

((See movie link below.))

Natural Solutions Foundation

   Thanks so much, Shari!  

       From Carol Anne Comer Cutler ('70) of VA - 02/28/08 - "Handbags: GROSS":


Have you ever noticed gals who set their handbags on public toilet floors - then go directly to their dining tables and set it on the table? Happens a lot!

It's not always the 'restaurant food' that causes stomach distress.

Sometimes "what you don't know 'will' hurt you"!

Read on...

Mom got so upset when guests came in the door and plopped their handbags down on the counter where she was cooking or setting up food. She always said that handbags are really dirty, because of where they have been.

Smart Mom!!!

It's something just about every woman carries with them. While we may know what's inside our handbags, do you have any idea what's on the outside? Shauna Lake put handbags to the test - for bacteria - with surprising results. You may think twice about where you put your handbag.

Women carry handbags everywhere; from the office to public toilets to the floor of the car. Most women won't be caught without their handbags, but did you ever stop to think about where your handbag goes during the day?

"I drive a school bus, so my handbag has been on the floor of the bus a lot," says one woman. "On the floor of my car, and in toilets." "I put my handbag in grocery shopping carts, on the floor of the toilet while changing a nappy," says another woman "and of course in my home which should be clean."

We decided to find out if handbags harbor a lot of bacteria. We learned how to test them at Nelson Laboratories in Salt Lake, and then we set out to test the average woman's handbag.

Most women told us they didn't stop to think about what was on the bottom of their handbag. Most said at home they usually set their handbags on top of kitchen tables and counters where food is prepared.

Most of the ladies we talked to told us they wouldn't be surprised if their handbags were at least a little bit dirty. It turns out handbags are so surprisingly dirty, even the microbiologist who tested them was shocked.

Microbiologist Amy Karen of Nelson Labs says nearly all of the handbags tested were not only high in bacteria, but high in harmful kinds of bacteria. Pseudomonas can cause eye infections, staphylococcus aurous can cause serious skin infections, and salmonella and e-coli found on the handbags could make people very sick.

In one sampling, four of five handbags tested positive for salmonella, and that's not the worst of it. "There is fecal contamination on the handbags," says Amy.  Leather or vinyl handbags tended to be cleaner than cloth handbags, and lifestyle seemed to play a role. People with kids tended to have dirtier handbags than those without, with one exception. The handbag of one single woman who frequented nightclubs had one of the worst contaminations of all. "Some type of feces, or possibly vomit" says Amy.

So the moral of this story - your handbag won't kill you, but it does have the potential to make you very sick if you keep it on places where you eat.

Use hooks to hang your handbag at home and in toilets, and don't put it on your desk, a restaurant table, or on your kitchen countertop. Experts say you should think of your handbag the same way you would a pair of shoes. "If you think about putting a pair of shoes onto your countertops, that's the same thing you're doing when you put your handbag on the countertops" - your handbag has gone where individuals before you have sneezed, coughed, spat, urinated, emptied bowels, etc! Do you really want to bring that home with you? The microbiologists at Nelson also said cleaning a handbag will help.

   EEWWW - Thanks again, Carol Anne! I think I never put my handbag on the table, but it's primarily been because I do not like things on my table that are not supposed to be there. Just as a matter of habit, I keep mine on the floor, partially obscured by a straight chair. If I've ever thought all this through, though, it's only been subconsciously.

   Ladies, if I were you, I think I'd go shopping - NOW!

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" (#26 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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Jump (for My Love)

Written by Mitchell/Sharron/Skardina

(The Pointer Sisters)

Your eyes tell me how you love me
Can feel it in your heart beat
I know you like what you see
Hold me, I'll give that you need
Wrap your love around me
You're so excited, I can feel you
Getting hotter, oh baby
I'll take you down, I'll take you down
Where no one's ever gone before
And if you want more, if you want more
More, more, more

Jump for my love
Jump in and feel my touch
Jump you want to taste my kisses
In the night then

Jump, jump for my love
Jump, I know my heart can make you happy
Jump in, you know these arms
Can feel you up
Jump, you want to taste my kisses
In the night then
Jump, jump for my love

You told me, I'm the only woman for you
Nobody does you like I do
Then make a move before you try and
Go much farther, oh baby
You're the one, you, you are the one
And heaven waits here at my door
And if you want more,
If you want more, more, more then
When you are next to me, oh I come alive

Your love burns inside
Feels so right
Come to me if you want me tonight jump
Jump if you want to taste my kisses
In the night then
Jump, jump, jump
Jump, you know my heart can
Make you happy
Jump, you know these arms can feel you up
Jump in, you want to taste my kisses
In the night then
Jump, jump for my lov

"Jump (for My Love)" midi (sequenced by  Heinz Kannengiesser) courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/25/08
Thanks, Dave!

"Jump (for My Love)" lyrics courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/25/08
Thanks again, Dave!

Image of Flying Running Girl courtesy of - 09/05/05

World of Hearts Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 09/05/05

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

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 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
Thanks, Al!

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

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