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04/22/08 - NNHS Newsletter -
Earth Day Plus 38 Years

“I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time
proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and
respecting her seniority.”

- Elwyn Brooks White, Essays of E.B. White, 1977
(11 July 1899 - 1 Oct 1985)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Today is indeed Earth Day, which apparently we have never hitherto observed here before.

   The corresponding musical theme was suggested by         my daughter, Adrienne Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL) of NC.  Thanks, Baby Girl!

BONUS #1 - - The Beatles - Across The Universe (Anthology version) (rotating stills)

BONUS #2 - - Fiona Apple - Across The Universe

BONUS #3 - - Rufus Wainwright, 2002 - Across The Universe



   Happy Birthday today to Peggy Lovic Hooper-McLain ('57)!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to our Two-Fer:    Evelyn Casey Snead ('57) AND Peggy Hartsel Sack ('57)!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

24 - Donald Smith ('57) of VA;
25 - Lolly Wynne Burke ('57)!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!  


    From Frances Goodson Wang ('65) of MD - 04/21/08:


I need a favor.  Could you post the following notice RE:   Bill Black's ('66 - of GA) play reading.
I just talked to Le'Royce, the owner of Iron Street Productions.  She needs to know how many people are planning to attend the reading of Bill Black's play.  We have to have 30 for the event to go forward.   Please call 757-224-8937 to either buy the $12 ticket or to confirm plans to attend and buy tickets at the door.   Tickets can be bought on line, too.   There will be food, ticket give-aways and announcements of upcoming productions from this up and coming new theatre group.  Call, call, call.   Bring a  friend and support Bill and this new theatre effort in Hampton.   Tickets can be purchased at  Let's make this happen.  It will be Fun.
I am driving down Friday night to hear the reading.   Old age and my fluffiness won't keep me away.  I hope to see lots of familiar faces.  Donna Worsham Lonce ('65 - of VA) and I are going to be there; maybe another friend as well.   Start that phone ringing and reserve a ticket for Saturday night.  See Bill's ad in local newspapers and on the NNHS site for more information.
This will be a fun evening and maybe a mini reunion!

   WOWZERONI!!! "A fun evening and a mini reunion?!?" What could be better???

   Thanks, Frances! I'm so glad you're going; have a great time!

  From Dee Hodges Bartram ('66) of VA - 04/21/08 - "RE: 'Well, I Guess I'm Back' Premiere":


  Bill Black ('66 - of GA) has asked me to remind you about his play this weekend.  For those of you that are local, this would be a great night out at a very small cost, plus, you would be supporting a classmate.  For those not in the area, please send him your best wishes.

   Thanks, Dee!   Amen to all you've said!

  From Bill Black ('66) of GA to   Dee Hodges Bartram ('66) of VA - 04/21/08 - "'Well, I Guess I'm Back' Premiere":

I've spoken to Le'Royce E. Bratsveen about ticket sales for my little play reading this coming Saturday night, and she paints a pretty bleak picture. There'll be an ad in Thursday's Daily Press, and David Nicholson might be running a story in Friday's paper.    Dick Lamb will almost definitely have me on the air at 92.9 the Wave one day this week,  and there's a slim possibility I'll actually be on-camera with WTKR's noon news.  All of that is last minute stuff,  so I hope people would still to be able to make plans to attend the reading.

The reading of Bill Black's play, "Well I Guess I'm Back" is this Saturday night, April 26th, 8PM at the Dr. Mary Christian Auditorium at Thomas Nelson Community College.  Tickets are $12.00.  Bill says: "Don't let the fact that the name Jim Quinn appears as the playwright, it's me, but that's the air name I used for many years at the Sooper Q, WTAR, and WRVA in Richmond.  I thought it would help me with the media publicity, but that ain't happened, so the whole evening might turn out to be the second stupidest thing I ever did on the Peninsula.  The first was when I stood up at Mouse Assembly our senior year and described the in-coming eighth graders by saying: "Don't mock the afflicted...."   Which I hope everyone remembers as a line from "A Hard Day's Night"...  Huh?  The Beatles' first movie...What?  Those four guys from Liverpool .. Never mind.."

Anyone interested?  Hopefully everyone saw "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" last weekend, so there's nothing else worth seeing at the movies.  Call Le'Royce Bratsveen, artistic director of Iron Street Productions, at 244-8937.   Call often, buy lots of tickets.  One of you on the mailing list has knowledge of at least one of the other stupid things I've done.  I think I'll recognize you; just tug on your ear in case I don't.  It's been a long time.  

And if any of you can't attend, call    Margaret Burns Edwards ('67) at Floral Fashions, 868-0405, for a suitable memorial arrangement.  If you all pool your money, it won't cost much.

Oh!  What's "Well, I Guess I'm Back?" all about?  It's a love story, basically, and the third stupidest thing I've ever done...  Anything else, ya gotta pay.  But that also lets you rip me to bits at the Q&A afterwards. Careful, though, the director and the cast are on all my side.

Thanks, Dee.  Hope you can come.


   Thank you, Bill! I certainly wish I could there myself, but that isn't possible right now.    The rest of y'all have a great evening in store - so BUY THOSE TICKETS!!!


1. From My Friend, Judy, of IL - 04/21/08 - "Surgery":

Hi, All,
As most of you already know, and if you didn't - SURPRISE! - I'm having a total right shoulder replacement tomorrow morning at St John's in Springfield, IL. It is scheduled for 10:00 am. So-----------Prayers help!
I don't know how long I will have to recover as it hasn't come up yet.....
Love to all and please don't worry about me; I'll be fine.

   Our prayers are certainly with you, Jude! Take care!

2.    From Linda Lane Lane ('64) of VA - 04/18/08 - "Your Health":


I am concerned about your health and continued shortness of breath and weakness.  You are on two very good meds that I hope are prescribed by a doctor or nurse practitioner. It may not be the correct dosage but blood work probably needs to be done first.  I'm glad you are eating the banana but be very careful with extra potassium as well as sodium intake. I would advise you to check your BP and Pulse whenever you are in a grocery store or pharmacy and keep a record.  If you use the same machine, you can establish a more exact reading.  Also, most emergency rooms, doc-in-a-box type facilities will check your vitals for you at no charge.

I wish you were here so I could keep a closer check on you. Call me whenever....


   Thanks, Linda-Linda! Yes, the medications were all prescribed, first by a physician, and again last summer by a nurse practitioner. I really think the dosage on the HCTZ needs to be raised, which is why I increased my potassium intake in the meantime.

   I wish I were there with you too, Lady! Thanks so much!

3.     From Pat Beck Letzinger ('57) of VA - 04/21/08 - "Prayer List":

Please take care of yourself.......and I wanted you to know I will put you on "my" personal prayer list.  I can't imagine what
we (all Typhoons) would do without you.
My thanks and prayers go out to you,
Pat Beck Letzinger
P.S.   I'm sure it will be fine to remove Patsy Lewis Hancock ('57 - of VA) and    Jimmy Shires ('57 - of VA) from your prayer list.  I will keep you informed if I hear any more news.

   Thank you for everything, Pat! I've amended the Prayer Roll.

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 04/19/08 - "A Nifty Research Tool":

I came across this while searching today.  It will access any Daily Press article since 1989. Just click this link:

The catch is that you need a NN Library card to access the search engine.....

Have fun.


   OH, WOWZERONI - what a cool thought! The mind boggles! Can you believe the number of teacher obituaries alone this stands to offer us?!? I love it when you open these treasure chests! Just look at the value you've added - and are adding - to our archive! Thank you so much, Captain!

     From Me ('65) of NC - 04/19/08 - "Teachers":

   When I cannot think clearly enough to work on a Newsletter, I can usually work on the website itself. With this new research tool, I was able to add a considerable amount of content to the individual teacher pages:

 - too many updates to mention individually; check the dates

   In the process of pulling the obituary for Miss Eleanor Sherman (later known as Mrs. Eleanor Hennig), I discovered one for Willits Bowditch published the same day. That meant I finally added the page for Bowditch Ford, Inc. to the section called Our Old Automobile Dealerships:

 - brand new page

    From Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA - 04/20/08 - "squirrels":


I think I have a squirrel in my attic! Does anyone have any helpful advice on how to deal with it? It's very scary as I think it has a friend who may or may not be an elephant! HELP!!!

Linda May '66


   "I don' know NUFFIN 'bout no squirrels, Miss Scarlett," but maybe the good Captain does.  I think he knows pretty much everything worth knowing.


Keep us posted on your Great
Squirrel Adventure, Linda May.  I've dealt with a couple of birds from time to time, but no squirrels..... Well, not inside, anyway.

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 04/20/08 - "RE: squirrels":

Hello All,

I have been sharing quarters with attic squirrels for many years, and have some experience in removal.

First and foremost, determine just where they are entering your home and plan to repair it. Typically, an inside corner of an eave or soffet is where they will gnaw an entrance. If you merely capture and remove existing squirrels, you will find that new tenants will arrive almost immediately.  I have repaired the same entrance hole several times, so the next repair will include some additional measures.

If you, like I, do not wish to kill the lovable rodents, then there should be a listing in your yellow pages for humane critter removal. Usually, they will use a cage trap baited with peanut butter, but it takes a while to get them all. I have done this myself many times, but you have to relocate the squirrel far from your home, preferably over a body of water, lest he find his way home again.

I recently purchased a sonic device at Lowes, which is supposed to be very uncomfortable for all rodents. So far, this seems to have reduced the population, based on my not hearing the night time gnawing sounds.  Sonic deterrence would seem to be a good option, if you are unable to locate or repair the entry point. 

I should add that attic noises are not always squirrels. Other possibilities are raccoons, opossums, or attic rats.  I once had a raccoon family take up residence. After some Internet searching, I learned that they dislike light and noise, so I illuminated the area and played heavy metal music as loud as I could endure it from a floor below. Shortly, they checked out of the Spriggs Hotel for quieter digs. 

If it turns out to be attic rats, then it is time to call the professionals for some careful poisoning, They can do this now with little risk to house pets or other critters. In particular, the poison fatally ingested by the rat quickly becomes harmless to a cat which may find and eat the rat.

Some Googling should provide much additional information.

Hope this helps,
Dave Spriggs

   Thank you, Gorgeous! I knew you would know!

  From Kathie Avent Taylor ('64) of GA - 04/21/08:

Good Morning.  I enjoy getting the NNHS emails each day but I have a new email address.  Sorry for the inconvenience but would you please change mine to:


Thank you so much.  

Kathie Taylor, Atlanta

   That's no inconvenience at all, Kathie! You're all switched - thanks!

  From Elaine Wilkinson Bracken ('61) of VA - 04/21/08 - "Bananas--Amazing Fruit":


A professor at CCNY for a physiological psych class told his class about bananas.  He said the expression 'going bananas' is from the effects of bananas on the brain.  Read on:
Never, put your bananas in the refrigerator!!!
This is interesting.  After reading, you'll never look at a banana in the same way again....
Bananas contain three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy.
Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the n umber one fruit with the world's leading athletes.
But energy isn't the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.
PMS: Forget the pills - eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.
Anemia : High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.
Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.
Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school (England) were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.
Constipation: High in fibre, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.
Hangovers: One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey.. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system. 
Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.
Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.
Mosquito bites: Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.
Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.
Overweight and at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and chips. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.
Ulcers: The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.
Temperature control: Many other cultures see bananas as a 'cooling' fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand, for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.
Smoking &Tobacco Use: Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.
Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body's water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.  

Strokes: According to research in The New England Journal of Medicine, eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!

Warts: Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape!
So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrate, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase
that we say, 'A banana a day keeps the doctor away!'

PS: Bananas must be the reason monkeys are so happy all the time!

I will add one here; want a quick shine on our shoes?? Take the INSIDE of the banana skin, and rub directly on the shoe...polish with dry cloth.  Amazing fruit

PPS:  As soon as you get home from the store, take your bananas out of the bag and remove each banana from the others – they won’t ripen so fast that way.

ALSO,  don’t keep them in a container with apples, apples emit a “gas” that causes other fruits to go “bad” quicker   And do not put bananas in the fridge – you’ll quickly see why, if you do so.

   Mmmm - bananas - my favorite fruit! I had one for breakfast! I wonder if there's another one in the kitchen right now??

   Thanks, Elaine!

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 04/21/08 - "BEACON - 21 FEB 1964 (Part one of two)":

Friday, February 21, 1964 Friday, February 21, 1964 Friday, February 21, 1964 Friday, February 21, 1964 Friday, February 21, 1964
Page One - TOP Page One - BOTTOM Page Two - TOP Page Two - Mr. Lyeth Page Two- BOTTOM


   What a fabulous issue this is!

   Thank you, Brown Eyes!

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

1.   Jerry Allen ('65) of VA - began radiation for cancer last week of February; it was delayed when he was diagnosed with pneumonia on 02/20/08; update of 03/11/08: recovered from pneumonia, is in his third week of radiation, and seems to be doing well. He is back at work and comes home tired, but overall, he is in pretty good shape; update of 03/24/08: last radiation treatment was Friday; "looking good and feeling pretty good except for very irritated skin and fatigue"; update of 04/05/08: "getting better each day"; update of 04/14/08: "now dealing with a blood clot in his pic line; receiving daily injections in the abdomen and taking antibiotics and blood thinners; feels pretty good in spite of everything and his ATTITUDE is great---as usual"

2.   Connie Bloxom Thompson ('66) of MD - multiple heath and financial issues; needing cataract surgery to prevent inevitable blindness ASAP; update of 03/11/08: "SO FAR, 1/2 FUNDS FOR 1 EYE PROCEDURE"; update of 03/28/08: re-hospitalized; $1475.00 received so far; still short of $2000.00 goal

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 (late January) development of congestive heart failure plus the usual financial woes; update of 03/28/08: not as well as I'd hoped to be by now; more downs than ups..... ; update of 04/18/08 - SEE: 04/18/08

6. Emily (daughter of        My Niece Shari) of VA - advancing scoliosis; surgery 03/11/08; update of 03/12/08: surgery went well, running slight fever; update of 03/18/08: had some ups and lows, but is home again; update of 04/14/08 - still in pain, running a fever; update of 04/18/08 - SEE: 04/18/08

7. Karen Hampton (Hampton HS - '64) of VA - knee surgery on 03/13/08; update of 03/22/08: recovering nicely

8. Frances Heath Scott ('62) of VA - inflammation of nerves; due to have been released from hospital on 02/27/08;  update of 04/14/08 - "at home recuperating"

9. Bobby Hedrick ('58) of VA - recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer; update of 03/22/08: "doing very well, no pain, just some soreness"

10. Deloris Jackson Morgan ('66) of VA - recovering from surgery on her ankle; update of 04/05/08: "has had a cast reapplied and then replaced in the past 2 weeks, and will have to have the pin in her ankle replaced on April 22nd.  She is in good spirits and gets around on a little scooter.  She can't use crutches because of back surgery fairly recently.  She has a lot of pain and discomfort with that, too"; update of 04/14/08: "doing better and sounded great (on 04/12)"

11. Jesse Kersey ('58) of VA: update of 04/14/08 - "remains hospitalized, continues to undergo tests, and doctors suspect the problem may be thyroid related"; update of 04/18/08 - SEE ABOVE

12. Linda Lamb Stokes (Hampton HS - '66) of VA - surgery of the cervical spine on 3/5/08 to place a new stainless steel plate and screws to eliminate extremely severe pain; update of 03/13/08: "better, but still a bit away from 'good'"

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

14. Pam Pennington Cherry ('58) of VA - congestive heart failure; cardiac ablation procedure - 02/06/08; second surgery on 02/20/08 for aneurysm; update of 03/17/08 - still experiencing difficulty with heart racing, breathing and pressure in her chest; pray that cardiac ablation procedure will not have to be repeated, and that Pam can learn to REST!

15. Tommy Scott ('61) of VA - update of 04/14/08 - "at home recuperating"

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

17. All of Us

1. Saturday, April 26, 2008 - EVERYONE - 22nd Annual "Almost World Famous" Sertoma Sock Hop, Lakeland, FL

2. Saturday, April 26, 2008 - EVERYONE - the Mary Christian Auditorium, Thomas Nelson Community College, reception at 6:30, reading at 8:00, Q&A with the playwright -    Bill Black (a.k.a. Jim Quinn) ('66) of GA, director, and cast afterwards - 757-224-8937;

3. Friday and Saturday, May 16 - 17, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1958: - 03/18/08

4. Saturday, June 7, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1957 AND OTHER NNHS ALUMNI  

5. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 26 - 28, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1968: - 03/31/08

6. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 17 - 19, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1963:  - 03/26/08

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 03/31/08 - "Don't do this" (#11 in a Series of 23):

I hope you get all the pictures!!!  Also notice that most all the pictures have men in them!!  And they say women are dumb!!!  These guys don't even have the "blonde" excuse.
 Joyce Cahoon

These are very good examples of things that we should NOT do at home, work, or any where else for that matter.

   YOWZERONI-RINI!!! Thanks, Joyce!

Hey, I strapped it down.

   Have a Blessed Passover!

   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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Across the Universe

Words and Music by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, 1969

The Beatles

Words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup,
They slither while they pass, they slip away across the universe
Pools of sorrow, waves of joy are drifting through my open mind,
Possessing and caressing me.
Jai guru de va om
Nothing's gonna change my world,
Nothing's gonna change my world.

Images of broken light which dance before me like a million eyes,
That call me on and on across the universe,
Thoughts meander like a restless wind inside a letter box they
Tumble blindly as they make their way
Across the universe
Jai guru de va om
Nothing's gonna change my world,
Nothing's gonna change my world.

Sounds of laughter shades of earth are ringing
Through my open views inviting and inciting me
Limitless undying love which shines around me like a
million suns, it calls me on and on
Across the universe
Jai guru de va om
Nothing's gonna change my world,
Nothing's gonna change my world.

"Across the Universe" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 04/22/08,
at the suggestion of my daughter, Adrienne Harty of NC - 04/21/08
Thanks again, Adrienne!

Earth Day Logo courtesy of - 04/22/08

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

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

Trees Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 04/22/08

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

Crying Baby clip art courtesy of - 09/28/05

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

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

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

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

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