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05/29/08 - NNHS Newsletter -
Patrick Henry's 272nd Birthday

"Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?
Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take;
but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!"

- Patrick Henry
(29 May 1736 - 6 June 1799)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Through what could only be described as gross negligence, we have never before celebrated this day here.  This is but another of those days when we can take a moment from our busy routines and pause and reflect upon the sacrifices which were made on our behalf.


Reconstructed Speech:

      From Me ('65) of NC - 05/29/08:

   While in Mrs. Ballard's seventh grade Virginia History class at Walter Reed School, we were required to memorize this, the most accurately remembered portion of Patrick Henry's speech (which was not recorded until 1789 at the earliest, and possibly not until 1817). I remember it still:

"It is in vain, sir, to extentuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace--but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!"

- Patrick Henry, March 20, 1775, St. John's Church, Richmond, Virginia

   My paternal grandmother's brother, Parham Franklin Tuck ( 18 Jan 1887 - 23 Sept 1965), took as his second wife, Cornelia Carrington Scott (17 Dec 1891 - YIKES! I can't recall!), a great-granddaughter of Patrick Henry. We always addressed her as "Miss Scott".  In the summer of 1963, while I was visiting in their Richmond home to gather genealogy (of which Frank was a recognized authority), they showed me - and let me hold - Patrick Henry's walking stick, his monogrammed silver spoon, and a lock of his red hair.


   Happy Birthday today to  our Two-Fer:    Donna Chadwell Nunemaker ('64) of VA and FL AND    Dee Hodges Bartram ('66) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Mickey Spivey ('65) of FL!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

31 - Calmet Sawyer ('57) AND    JoAnn Houston Parrott ('61) of NC AND Kathy Reece Burke (Warwick HS - '72);

01 - Dawn Yevak (Hampton HS - '6_) of VA;

02 -     Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA;

03 -     Gail Kiger Bonsey (Ferguson HS - '73) of OR;

04 -     
  Raoul Weinstein ('57) of FL AND    Catherine Slusser Hudson ('64) of VA;

05 -     Brian Blakley (Cheyenne HS, NV - '04) of NV!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!  


1.   From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 05/28/08 - "Update and prayers":

Wow, Carol!  The report by        Shari on the abscess sound so awful!  Bless her heart.  May God heal her soon. She will be in my prayers.
Speaking of healing,   Jerry ('65 - of VA) has chemo again tomorrow (Thursday, May, 29th).  I'm requesting once again that all believers pray for his recovery.  We are hoping and praying that this is the last time he has to do this. 
We just spent a wonderful weekend on the Outer Banks and spent time with Chuck and Marilyn Springfield (both 66) (and the Springfield Clan) and   Skip Wood ('65 - of NC). Skip is pretty good at the grill.  We will return for a week on June 7th so Jerry can relax and do whatever he feels like doing.
Thanks for all you do!  I hope you are feeling better these days and I hope you take care of yourself.

   Thank you, dear Judy! We'll double our prayers for your sweet husband!


   From Cheryl Mays Howard ('66/'67) of VA - 05/27/08 - "Our first grandchild":

With great blessing we announce the arrival of our first grandchild.

He is first born to our first born Chera Howard Hope and husband Adrian.

Carson Monroe Hope, born 5/22/08 in NOVA, weighing 9 lbs., 21 1/2 in. long! We are so happy we finally have our first grandchild.
Carson and his aunts John, Cheryl, and Carson Adrian, Chera, Carson
God is good!
Peace & Blessing,
Cheryl Mays Howard '66/67

   CONGRATULATIONS, Cheryl! Give our love and best wishes to all! To tell y'all to enjoy that darling baby would be redundant!

    From Richard Dawes (NNHS / HHS - '62) of VA - 05/23/08 -"Having children and the outcome...":


To those of us who have children in our lives, whether they are our own, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, or students... here is something to make you chuckle. 

Whenever your children are out of control, you can take comfort from the thought that even God 's omnipotence did not extend to His own children. 

After creating heaven and earth, God created Adam and Eve. 

And the first thing he said was, 'DON'T ! ' 

'Don't what ?' 
Adam replied. 

'Don't eat the forbidden fruit.' 
God said. 
'Forbidden fruit ? 
We have forbidden fruit ? 
Hey Eve...we have forbidden fruit !' 

'No Way! '  

'Yes way ! '   
'Do NOT eat the fruit! ' said God. 

'Why? ' 

'Because I am your Father and I said so !' God replied, wondering why He hadn't stopped creation after making the elephants. 

A few minutes later, God saw His children having an apple break and He was ticked ! 

'Didn't I tell you not to eat the fruit ?' God asked. 
'Uh huh,' Adam replied. 
'Then why did you ?' said the Father. 
'I don't know,' said Eve. 
'She started it !' Adam said. 
'Did not !' 
'Did too !' 
'DID NOT !' 

Having had it with the two of them, God's punishment was that Adam and Eve should have children of their own. 

Thus the pattern was set and it has never changed. 


If you have persistently and lovingly tried to give children wisdom and they haven't taken it, don't be hard on yourself. 

If God had trouble raising children, what makes you think it would be a piece of cake for you ? 


1.  You spend the first two years of their life teaching them to walk and talk.  Then you spend the next sixteen telling them to sit down and shut up. 

2.  Grandchildren are God's reward for not killing your own children. 

3.  Mothers of teens now know why some animals eat their young. 

4.  Children seldom misquote you. In fact, they usually repeat word for word what you shouldn't have said. 

5.  The main purpose of holding children's parties is to remind yourself that there are children more awful than your own. 

6.  We childproofed our homes, but they are still getting in. 


Be nice to your kids. They will choose your nursing home one day. 



   Thanks, Dicky!

  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 05/28/08:

I should have sent this info sooner.  May 31 is the birthday of my sister, Mary Kathleen Reece Burke (Kathy)  Warwick class of '72
(should have been NNHS).   When Kathy was a little kid we siblings would sing "Rain Rain Go away. Come again the last of May."  She would cry to my Mom that we were sending rain for her birthday.  I hadn't thought of that in years.

   GIGGLES - you naughty babies! Thanks, Ruthie! I've added Kathy to our birthday list!

  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 05/28/08 - "AWESOME! ":

This is really AWESOME! Take the journey when you can relax and get the most from it.
You will be BLESSED!

take this journey...takes a little time....worth it!

   Thank you so much, dear Judy!

    From Jeannie Collier Fitzgerald ('65) of VA - 05/28/08 - "New email address":


My new email address is:



   Thanks, Jeannie, I have you all changed!

   (Jeannie's been here with us on the site since the very first day back in July of 2000 - and she's been my friend since first grade at Magruder School back in 1954!)

        From My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of OH - 05/28/08:

Hey all!

Due to a recent blog thread that I found appallingly full of ignorance surrounding the Civil War, I was led to this site.  I thought you would find it enlightening.  I doubt many of you study the Civil War in the present day as much as I do now (I'm sure a few of you have studied more of it than I have across your life, but I'm catching up fast!) - and I found this site very informative.  I don't think I've seen it before.  Maybe...can't recall.

Anyway, it is about the black Confederate soldier, in general and in Missouri.  Read it for just a few minutes and it should give you info enough to at least silence any politically correct idiot (or just the poor, ignorant person) who thinks the Civil War was about freeing slaves, or protecting slavery.  Maybe you might even convince them to go study history further.  Either statement of the Civil War is quite ignorant, especially the notion that the Federal armies were there to free slaves...Anyway, here is the link.

I've done my part today to enlighten and educate, thereby making our Nation a little bit greater!!  :) 


   Thanks so much, Brent! We were talking about this very subject just last night!

      From My Niece Shari of VA - 05/28/08 - "Think positive and add years to your life.":

   Thank you, Shari, there's some good advice here!

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"; update of update of 04/24/08: "no longer taking daily abdominal injections for blood clot that developed a few weeks ago; everything is looking pretty good.  The PET scan will be in the next few weeks.  We are expecting good results." update of 05/05/08 - "scheduled for two more chemo visits; will have the first chemo on Thursday, May 8th followed up by an injection on Friday to boost his immune system"; update of 05/08/08 - "did pretty well with the chemo today in spite of the risky business with the procedure without the pic line that was removed due to a clot"; update of 05/28/08: has chemo again on 05/29/08

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; update of 04/28/08 - SEE ABOVE

Connie Bloxom Thompson
2237 Hunter Chase
Bel Air, M
D 21015

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

4.       My Niece Shari of VA - 05/26/08 - dangerous abscess in mouth

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; update of 05/05/08 - "finally getting better. Her hamstring stretching is painful, but making a big difference. She has years of physical therapy ahead of her, but is doing soo much better"; update of 05/13/08 - has had a setback; going to see the surgeon in Richmond on 05/15/08.

7. My second granddaughter,      Rachel Harty of IL - broke her ankle/leg in 3 places on 05/17/08; clean breaks, no surgery required, but located in a tricky place for a growing girl, so proper healing is essential

. 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"; update of 05/22/08 - "still 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"; update of 05/10/08: "continues to do well since the surgery for pancreatic cancer and will now begin the follow-up treatment to be decided upon following the consultation and evaluation at MD Anderson (Houston)."

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

11. 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!;  update of 05/04/08 - "in about eight months she will indeed have to have the ablation process repeated. "

12. Tommy Scott ('61) of VA - update of 04/14/08 - "at home recuperating"; update of 05/22/08 - "still at home recuperating"

13. Jenny Willett Wilson (daughter of the late    Edie Hallett Willett - '63) of VA - 05/05/08 - "underwent a double mastectomy in 2007, has just completed vigorous chemo and is now undergoing radiation treatments every day for seven weeks"

14. All of Us

1. Saturday, June 7, 2008 - N

2. Saturday, June 7, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1961:

Mini reunion at the home of    Buddy and     Libby Blechman David of VA

3. Saturday and Sunday, June 14-15, 2008 - NNHS CLASSES OF FEBRUARY AND JUNE 1948:

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

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

   Remember, there's so much more to come - soon - REALLY-REALLY! 

   Y'all have a great day - and 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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The Liberty Bell March

- John Phillip Sousa, 1893
(6 Nov 1854 - 6 Mar 1932)

"Liberty Bell March" midi courtesy of - 11/10/06

First Image of Patrick Henry courtesy of - 05/26/08

Second Image of Patrick Henry courtesy of - 05/26/08

Flag Divider Bar clip art courtesy of - 02/09/05

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 the late Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!

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

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

Ferguson High School's Anchor clip art courtesy of Steve Silsby (FHS - '72) of NC - 12/14/05
Thanks, Steve!

Cheyenne High School's Desert Shields Logo courtesy of - 02/05/08

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

Animated Laughing Jerry courtesy of Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 06/14/06
Thanks, Cookie!

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

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

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