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11/01/09 - NNHS Newsletter -
All Saints Day

A saint is one who makes goodness attractive.

- Laurence Housman
(18 July 1865 - 20 Feb 1959)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Today's theme is supposed to repeat every year.  It doesn't, but it's posta:

BONUS - - All Saints' Hymn: "For All The Saints" - Mount Olivet United Methodist Church, Arlington, Virginia, November 2, 1997, Bob Swift, organist-choirmaster



   Happy Birthday today to   Russ Stephenson ('57) of MD AND   Colin Faison ('58) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to   John Clark ('57) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

04 -   Mike Jeffers ('61) of VA;

05 -   Patsy Blackard Hallett ('65) of VA AND My Grandson,      Thomas Harty of OR;

06 - Marion Timberlake Gitchel ('57)
AND Maria Velma Vidales Scott ('57) AND       Pam Smith Arnold ('65) of VA;

07 -     Pam Larmer Traugott ('62) of VA;

08 - Lawson (Buddy) Sparrow ('53) of VA AND Woody Hudson ('57) AND     Joe Madagan ('57) of FL AND David McCoy ('67) of VA!

    Many Happy Returns, One and All!


November 01, 1944 -WWII Operation Goodtime: United States Marines land on Bougainville in the Solomon Islands.


Sunday, November 01, 1964 - Mortar fire from North Vietnamese forces rains on the USAF base at Bien Hoa, South Vietnam, killing 4 U.S. servicemen, wounding 72, and destroying 5 B-57 jet bombers and other planes.

Sunday, November 01, 1964 - Actor Daran Norris  was born in Ferndale, Washington.

    From Linda Lane Lane ('64) of VA - 10/31/09 - "Have a Great Week":


Please take this time to rest and enjoy yourself.  You certainly deserve it.  I'll miss you though.

Love, Linda LL

   Thank you so much, Linda-Linda!

  From Sandye Jordan Murray ('67) of VA - 10/31/09 - "Henry Jordan":


I appreciate         Bill Lee's (Warwick HS - '54 - of NC) remembrance of my Uncle Henry (Uncle H to me) and correcting the graduation year from Warwick.  I guess that would make the graduation date from UVA 1957.  I should have known this, as I know so much else about him.  Bill was also correct about the nickname "HW".  Only friends and family knew and used that nickname though.  Bill, you must have been a friend.  Thanks again for the additional info you supplied about him.  He was truly a very special person in my life.

Sandye Jordan Murray
NNHS Class of '67

   Thanks, Sandye!

   From Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA - 10/31/09 - "Another little blessing":

  Our second grandson was born October 22 in Ashburn, Virginia. His name is    Camden John Hope. His big brother   Carson is excited, but cautious.

Peace & Blessing,
Cheryl Mays Howard

   AWWW! Another adorable member of your incredibly beautiful family!


   Thanks so much for sharing these, Cheryl - and congratulations to everyone!

  From Carol Moell Marcella ('56) of VA - 10/31/09 - "OH MY GOSH, IT'S ROBERT DeNIRO!":


Here is the picture of     Mickey (Marcella - '54 - of VA) in 1983 that was sent to us last week that we were surprised to see.  A friend was looking at some old photos and came upon this one of Mickey 26 years ago.  We have had fun with it.  Our son forwarded it to you but evidently he did not do it correctly.  We didn't know how to send it to you either.  Thanks for his write-up.

Happy Halloween!
Carol Marcella

January 1983
Mickey Marcella ('54)
of VA

   WOWZERONI! That's an amazing resemblance! Thank you so much for sharing this with us, Carol!


  From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 10/31/09 - "wow":

Burned GI's Portrait Smithsonian Bound

October 23, 2009, Associated Press

  SAN ANTONIO -- Retired Army Sgt. Richard Yarosh has gotten used to the stares. His face is blanketed in knotty scar tissue. His nose tip is missing. His ears are gone, as is part of his right leg. His fingers are permanently bent and rigid.

All is the result of an explosion in Iraq that doused him in fuel and fire three years ago.

"I know people are curious," he said. "They'll stop in their tracks and look. I guess I can understand. I probably would have stared, too."

Soon, a lot more people will be staring at Yarosh's face but in a very different way: A life-sized oil painting of him will go on display at the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington later this month. The portrait, by Matthew Mitchell, is a finalist in the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, which recognizes modern portraiture at the gallery known for its collection of notable Americans.

The gallery received more than 3,300 entries. Many are less conventional portraits, including video and photos, but others, like that of Yarosh, draw strength from the traditional head-and-shoulders composition, said curator Brandon Fortune.


Mitchell's use of the style - historically reserved for nobility, a high-ranking military officer or a president, not a disfigured soldier in an Army T-shirt - democratizes such paintings, Fortune said.

"The portrait is clearly meant to honor him. I think that contributes to the gravity of the presentation," she said.

The Yarosh painting is part of a series of portraits by Mitchell begun four years ago, when he set out to paint 100 military personnel or others who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. With 30 completed so far, each of the portraits is 26-by-30 inches with roughly the same head-and-shoulders framing. Yarosh's portrait is No. 23.

"There're a huge amount of people who have been deeply touched by these wars in America, and these wars are obviously some of the most formative events in the world," said Mitchell. "Yet, most people in America don't need to pay attention to these wars whatsoever. They don't feel compelled."

The 38-year-old Mitchell, of Amherst, Massachusetts, asks each of his subjects to write a brief description of his or her experience to go with the portraits. Yarosh's includes the line: "That day started the same as every other day, but that day has never ended."

The day was Sept. 1, 2006, and Yarosh was manning the turret of a Bradley assault vehicle, patrolling a road that he'd been on "a million times." Only this time, the vehicle hit an explosive device. The fuel tank blew, and Yarosh was instantly covered in flames.

He took a blind jump from the top of the vehicle, breaking his leg and severing an artery that would eventually force an amputation. He rolled around in the dirt, but with so much fuel, he couldn't get the fire out. He lay there, next to the burning vehicle, and gave up.

"I wasn't in pain. I could accept the fact that I was going to go. This was how the Lord would take me," he said.

But for reasons he still can't explain, Yarosh rolled to his right one more time and suddenly fell into a canal, where the flames were extinguished. Fellow soldiers pulled him from the water even as his body armor disintegrated into ash, and he survived. One of the other soldiers in the vehicle did not; Sgt. Luis Montes died about a week after the blast.

Yarosh, now 27, spent more than two years in full-time treatment and rehabilitation at Brooke Army Medical Center, home of the Army's only burn unit. A public affairs officer who had been contacted by Mitchell connected the two men.

Yarosh, who moved back to Windsor, New York, after his retirement in January, concedes he was a little uneasy when he sat for the portrait because he worried about how an artist, likely to be more liberal, might depict him. Still, Yarosh agreed because he thought having his portrait done would be "super cool."

He sat for sessions over two days. Mitchell developed the basic outline during the sittings and took photos and video to complete the portrait later.

The artist, who makes his living in part by doing traditional commission work, said Yarosh's injuries left the soldier without the typical landmarks - nose, ears and other features - that help an artist see a person's character.

But somehow, "I felt it was done when I felt I could see his personality. Still, that's a big mystery to me. I don't know how it happens," he said.

Yarosh was astonished when he saw the completed portrait.

"It was perfect. I couldn't believe that he captured me," he said. "It captures my pride. I'm proud of the way I look. I'm proud of the reason for the way I look."

The winner of the competition will be announced on Oct. 22, with a top-prize of $25,000 and the opportunity to do a commissioned work for the gallery's permanent collection. The exhibit of 49 finalists, including Yarosh's portrait, opens on Oct. 23 and will be on display until August.

   DITTO-WOW! Thanks so much, Bill!


  From Jane Chambers of VA - 07/01/09 - "CNC BOOK BROCHURE & AD":

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

  Thanks, Jane!


From ArcaMax Jokes - 10/31/09:

Buying Fabric

Walking up to a department store's fabric counter, a pretty girl asked, "I want to buy this material for a new dress. How much does it cost?"

"Only one kiss per yard, " replied the smirking male clerk.

"That's fine," replied the girl. "I'll take ten yards."

With expectation and anticipation written all over his face, the clerk hurriedly measured out and wrapped the cloth, then held it out teasingly.

The girl snapped up the package and pointed to a little old man standing beside her. "Grandpa will pay the bill," she smiled.


1. Friday and Saturday, August 6 and 7, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1970 will hold its 40-Year Reunion. Saturday night will be at the Kiln Creek Golf & Country Club. For details, contact Carol Comer Cutler at or visit the reunion website at - CLASS OF 1970

2. Friday , Saturday, and Sunday, August 6, 7, and  8, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1960 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott Newport News at City Center. For details, contact Karen Weinstein Witte at  kwitte@tampabay, - CLASS OF 1960

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 10/26/09

BLOG: - updated 08/04/09

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

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For All the Saints

- Lyrics by Anglican Bishop William Walsham How (13 Dec 1823 - 10 Aug 1897), 1864

Music (Sine Nomine - literally, "without name") by
Ralph Vaughan Williams (12 Oct 1872 - 26 Aug 1958), 1906

For all the saints
who from their labors rest,
Who thee by faith
before the world confessed.
Thy name, O Jesus,
be forever blest.

Thou wast their Rock,
their Fortress and their Might;
Thou, Lord, their captain
in the well-fought fight;
Thou, in the darkness drear,
their one true light.

O may Thy soldiers,
faithful, true, and bold,
Fight as the saints
who nobly fought of old,
And win with them
the victor's crown of gold.

And when the strife is fierce,
the warfare long,
Steals on the ear
the distant triumph song,
And hearts are brave again,
and arms are strong.

From earth's wide bounds,
from ocean's farthest coast,
Thro' gates of pearl
streams in the countless host,
Singing to Father,
Son, and Holy Ghost,

"For All the Saints" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 04/17/07

Image of Fra Angelico's Painting, "All Saints", courtesy of - 10/31/05

Multicolored Celtic Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 10/31/05

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

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

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!!

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

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

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