June 10, 2014
I haven't blogged here for a long time now.. Just can't believe that I am so
doing other things over this site.. I do miss being here and some thing just
up on me.. SO many things happened...I have been called in to do a lot of
computer work, being involved with the NC Council for the Deaf and Hard of
and as you know I am serving the broader spectrum for the Deaf in North Carolina
by doing writings for The Bugler.
Most of you are wondering what happened to the maintenance of the NCSD museum's
website. My side of the story is that the current President of the Museum has no
knowledge of the importance of having a website presence. As of April of this
the Museum had about 5 months of server time and domain name reservations left
and I offered my webmastering services free for the time remaining.
Philip Hailey paid me originally for the complete redesign of the new website
if Mr. Hailey volunteered his time for the Museum for 12 - 13 years, why can't I
volunteer for the 5 months, simple? They do know I provided technical expertise
for data exchange but they just won't take advantage of me. I was in the process
of getting videos ready to upload when they asked me to refrain updates on the
Moving on, another website was being developed for NCSD Classmates but currently
is on hold as I am involved in a larger project for The Bugler.
In the meantime, I'm trying my best to return to this site a well as getting
my family's website.
The next BIG project I'll be working on is our 45th Class Reunion. A lot of
and "bumps on the road" remains before I can even proceed.
Till my next post, keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the
October 09, 2013 - Due to paperwork, time restrictions, and other
factors on the date for the 2013 Homecoming, there were no options for me to
break away for the weekend. However, two rarities did come, Jim Gibbs and
Sherry Honeycutt Edwards. I am delighted they were able to visit and I regret
not being able to give them hugs.
November 28, 2012
As most of you know I have been tapped to rebuild the NCSD Museum's website
addition to continuing being a feature writer for The Bugler. Because my home
base is in Raleigh, I have also been tapped as a member of a 10 member
committee for researching historical paperwork regarding the Deaf Schools in
North Carolina located at the North Carolina Archives Building.
Then, plans were underway for the 43rd Class Reunion. First committee
occurred over the 2012 Homecoming weekend as shown in the picture below.
The Reunion committee has already
agreed that it's going to be hard to
top entertainment factor of the
40th Reunion event.
So the code name for the 43rd Reunion
event? Keep your feet on the ground
and keep reaching for the stars!
January 11, 2012
Hope everyone had a Happy Christmas and celebrated the New Year safely.
I'm still working on ongoing projects and more has been added to my list. One of
the last pages of the 10 year online celebratory pages are still in the works as
as the biannual website maintenance is pulling me away from the weekly updates.
bear with me. We wish everyone a Happy New Year and to all in good health.
November 21, 2011
Due to a number of ongoing projects and a special page being developed for
website, weekly postings of updates are delayed. In the meantime, please give
thanks, enjoy the holiday and if you are traveling, please be safe.
Right click on picture to download to save as wallpaper or screensaver.
January 24, 2011
During web clean up, a PDF file was found and was meant to be inserted as part
our yearlong 40th
Anniversary celebration. So to make it easier to find, as well as
faster weekly update, I'm posting it on this page for now and will put this in a
permanent location at a later date.
with a complete look at a week of your choice in news, trends and pop culture…
both sites are a variation of the other...the feature I enjoy is on the
site. Go to the lower part of that page and click on a decade. This will take
to an archived list of week by week for each year of that decade.
PDF file that I found in my PC was for the week of of
May 1, 1970.
AND! We found two pages that we inadvertently did not provide weblinks for:
Historical Moments 40 Years Ago 1969 - The Year in Review
Where What Happened During Our Last Year at NCSD is being Preserved Today
Historical Moments 40
Years Ago 1969-1970
And as Louise would say "DUH!"
So it's off to werk I go!
January 18, 2011
Did I do the yearend maintenance? Only half....had other new projects come my
way. My enjoyable project was Randy's Football Memories on his
Memories.....flashbacks! You be surprised at what you can remember, have a
conversation with a Classmate, a friend and bingo....memories flows!
Come back later...I'm sure I'll have more memories to share next week.
January 2, 2011
It's that time of year again when I perform year-end maintenance on the website,
finding dead links, re-linking missing files or links, maybe finding a page I
on and did not post or even finish a page I started.
We hope every one had a good Christmas and we hope you have a Happy and Safe
August 10, 2010
Posting of pages on the website seems to be slow recently, especially after the
first of June when in actuality website maintenance was taking the bulk of Ye
Webmeister's webmastering duties. All of the following had to be updated:
weblinks on various pages, Sitemap,
index page created for 2010 Reunions,
listings, aka, to do list for futuristic postings on
Things to Do,
don't forget to add Reunion duties...so let me stop here and publish
page 26 of our
Yearbook....again, thank you for visiting our little corner of the web.
Got a Droid? How about an IPod? If you have a bar scanner app installed,
QR Bar Code
Sorry blackberry users, I don't know if it's possible on your units.
Let me know.
June 8, 2010
Just wanted to show you guys my pictures before and after my surgery.
Click on the picture for my after surgery picture.
March 1, 2010
Yeah, we are back online! Disk drives on the hosting servers that that was
this website crashed thus bringing us down along with our mail servers as well
other websites hosted on the same drive (Those websites were not ours). The
hosting service had a hard time determining the problem as well as a lack of
speedy responses from their support staff.
Anyway, we have transferred the website to another company that is more
compatible with the web editors that we are using and has a feature or two to
safeguard website uptimes. In addition to relocating to a new server company,
you could say we have gone green,
the server farm is 100% wind powered.
And there will be a slight delay in posting the weekly update this week so
get to work.
October 26, 2009
Interesting things are already happening on our small corner of the web. Two
versions of "Very Historical Moments from 40 years Ago" are featured on this web
site. The home page shows about 2, 3,
or 4 Very Historical Moments during the
week of the events. The
Historical Moments 40
Years Ago page expands on this
concept by archiving events that are posted on the home page as well as
additional events and expanding information not posted on the home page because
of space limitations.
We hope you enjoy reading, learning from Very Historical Moments from 40
Ago as much as we enjoy discovering these events. Come back often, we will be
updating both of these pages several times a week during our 40th Anniversary
September 2, 2009
A couple of folks indicated I
should or why didn't I "make a campaign speech" on
this website. My response
is "I can't." WHY? Because I believe in fairness...none of
my competitors' has asked to create a forum page or run an e-mail campaign for
the President position for this organization. It would not be fair to anyone
for office if I say anything without giving her/him equal opportunity
to do the
same. They are more than welcome to e-mail me for this opportunity
to create a
new outlet of campaigning expressions here on this website or any
elsewhere on the web.
August 18, 2009
MamaPat is still alive and
kicking...we are upgrading our web editing and graphics
programs and we're
trying to fine tune the internals of the programs. Uncle Bill as
discontinued support of a feature
of their web editor and we are trying a
couple of workarounds, as they say in
the computer world.
In the meantime, continue emailing MP your recipes as she is trying to decide
to for her next posting.
As a reminder, August 30th is the last day to send in your nominations for
officers' elections for the first of September.
Hope to see ya'll at Lake Wheeler and @ HC!
LL & MP
July 24, 2009
MamaPat is upgrading to new scanner/printing equipment and is concentrating on
scanning the remaining pages of our yearbook, thus the reason she has not
"Historical Moment 40 Years Ago" is a year long series of memorial moments
we remember during our last year as students at NCSD. Imagine that! 40 years!
WOO HOO! What a ride!
June 12, 2009
MamaPats' seven year old PC up and quit on her the other day so she will not be
able to update her page for the weekend. We are...make that I am helping her
customize a new PC today from Tiger Direct. Based on experience, I don't think
they're going to have all the components that we need and we're going to end up
ordering from them.
Her data on her 3 hard drives are still intact, so after I do my magic,
she'll be able
to return to her webmistress duties. Oh, yeah, continue sending her e-mails as
is using my laptop to access e-mails and continue her research (surfing).
April 12, 2009
MamaPat is still doing fine. Kim's wife, Scarlett, is spending Easter week with
her. Brenda Davis came by yesterday and we all reminisced and compared school
life of the 60's and 80's. An idea for another page, eh...? Umm...that's
webmastering for another day.
Happy Bunny Day, folks!
Lester and the gang.
April 2, 2009
MamaPat's fine, the cardiac catheterization found nothing wrong with her heart
and was discharged from the hospital around noon. She is home and resting
April 1, 2009
Overnight, MamaPat had some minor pain from her back, around her right side to
her lower chest. This was a different pain from what she had in the past. She
took nitrol but this pain did not go away and she felt a little weak and had
some minor shaking. She called me about 7 am this morning and I took her to the
hospital, which was less than 3 miles down the road.
Blood test, all OK, EGK was normal, and chest x-ray was OK but her blood
pressure was high, higher than it's ever been. She was put on oxygen and given
some baby aspirin. She gradually got to feel better and the doctor wanted to
keep her overnight for observation. When she was moved to a room, oxygen was
removed and she was told to relax and be sure to take several walks up and down
the hallway (which was fine as she likes to walk anyway).
I returned later and the nurse checked her blood pressure again and it had
dropped from earlier this morning, still high but a lot better. The resident
doctor came by and he does not think she had a heart attack maybe a mild form of
angina. He wants to eliminate any suspicion and will do a cardiac
catheterization in the morning. If all is well she will be released around 9 am.
Her appetite is fine, feels a lot better, just a little weak but is in very good
spirits...watching TV and working on crossword puzzles...her favorite pastime.
I will post an update when I return from the hospital Thursday morning.
March 23, 2009
It's that time of the season again where Uncle Sam requires my attention
on the weekends. Web posting will continue on a weekly basis but it will be a
or so later than what we are accustomed to.
Thanks for stopping by in our corner of the web,
December 21, 2008
2008 is now drawing to a close with the annual festive celebrations.
2009 will see the move of a sorely missed Classmate back to the Tar Heel state
and maybe additional if not bigger Mini-Reunions will occur. Let's keep our
The ending of the year also necessitates the annual website maintenance which
means there may not be the usual weekly postings on Monday/Tuesday for the
next two weeks unless I find something worth mentioning on the home page.
We all hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
To your health and cheers,
from the Gang who makes this website possible
November 1, 2008
Just go out and vote. I voted last Sunday, October 26, 2008.
October 24, 2008
It was great to see everyone and especially some of these Football Champions
we haven't seen since we graduated! Let's not forget David Denton, Don
Westmorland, and even Tim Shane. Hope ya'll saw Ann Aldridge.
A total of 14 Classmates was at our annual meeting, the most ever without
being a major Reunion event.
Mary Beth wanted to pass this along: Lee is doing good. He is getting
everyday but still tires easily. Heard that you all had a good time at HC in
Morganton. We missed you all.
September 27, 2008
He has a long recovery ahead of him and needs a miracle. And I need God's
strength to help him through it.
September 27, 2008
May be discharged from hospital Sat or Sun instead. It is due too much fluid
his heart and lungs. He looks a lot better though and he is antsy to get home
11 days in the hospital.
September 23, 2008
Lee is getting better after the triple heart bypass last Saturday. Depending
recovery, he'll be home this Thursday or Friday.
September 19, 2008
Lee is resting comfortably and in good spirits. Doctors are scheduling
surgery around Sunday and Monday. Lee and Mary wants to thank you for your
concerns and prayers.
September 18, 2008
Lee Ethridge Room C311
% Pitt County Memorial Hospital
2100 Stantonsburg Rd.
Greenville, NC 27835
Pitt County Memorial Hospital
Pitt County Memorial Hospital
Guide containing PCMH info and map in
August 19, 2008
Things are hectic on my end as most weekends I'm harvesting and preserving
veggies from our garden. This year for the first time, we are pickling sweet
pickles and bread and butter pickles. We had an abundance of cherry tomatoes so
we're pickling those for the first time. I think this batch is going to be too
so next time I'm going to change the recipe.
So what is gardening doing here? Well, for one thing, I'm updating this page,
hee. Website updates, as a general rule are updated very early in the week.
areas are updated without notices and are mostly in the
Events page and the
Things To Do page as well as
Recently, a couple of questions was asked why are other pictures not posted
this website. As mentioned in the first paragraph of the
Why page, this website
is for the members of the NCSD Class of 1970. A single C70 classmate has their
own page for their use as they see fit. Pictures with one C70 classmate and
family and/or friends are posted on their page upon request.
Pictures with 2 C70 Classmates are posted on either of their page or in other
of the website, see
Superlatives page for a prime example.
Pictures with 3 or more C70 Classmates are considered as a Mini-Reunion event
happened at Randy's WDC
event this past August 2.
If you are not a member of the NCSD Class of 1970 and want your pictures
then I highly recommend posting at
MSN Deaf Chat moderated by NCSD
schoolmate Becky Riddle ('75).
Hope this clear things up and please be safe out there.
March 15, 2008
For Una Clark Caines,
It is even worst to lose another parent so soon after the other. The bond
a daughter and her father is a special one. Daughters mature from perfect little
angels to accomplished women who are dad's pride and joy. Your dad is proud of
you and I hope your memories of him comforts you in this sad time. He knows that
you know he is happy to be with his Queen. Let them go, but they are always in
December 30, 2007
For Una Clark Caines,
It is sad to lose a parent, especially during the holidays. No bond is as
great as that
between a parent and child. Our deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.
and Happy New
May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey be plump,
May your potatoes and gravy
Have never a lump.
May your yams be delicious
And your pies take the prize,
And may your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off your thighs!
Thank you, John, for sending!
As always, it was great to see Schoolmates and Classmates again. Again, as
always, time is not on our side, we always get cut short reminiscing, hee, hee.
Opening up the basement of Underhill Gym to serve food instead of out in the
field gives alumni the opportunity to observe sports history which were posted
on the walls. A grand idea, I think. If you missed this, then hopefully, the
school will repeat serving food from the new McAbee Conncession Stand so that
everyone can view the athletic highlights managed by the NCSD Museum.
July 30, 2007
Some of you may wonder why the Hoey Hall Renovation pictures were not posted
gallery style as in our 2005 Group
Picture Taking Event or the Classmates
at HC 2005, well, it's pretty simple really; Sion Moss's digital camera,
FujiFilm FinePix 59000 is the most advanced digital camera used to date on this website.
Lee Etheridge's and my camera takes anywhere from 300 to 500 kilobytes of memory
per picture whereas Moss's pictures takes an average of 3 megabytes per picture!
That's an average of 7.5 percent increase of memory per picture! In other words,
Lee and I can put roundabouts 3 pictures on a floppy disk whereas it would take 2 floppy
disks to hold one picture from Siom Moss!
Wow! The improvements in digital technology, eh? Well, this requires an
additional step in web optimizing each picture before posting on any webpage in
order to reduce downloading times so that you can see those pictures in these
web pages in a reasonable amount of time. In other words, one of Lee's pictures
might take 2 seconds to download on broadband but it might take one of Sion's
picture 8 seconds apiece if I did not optimize. So if there are 10 of Sion's
pictures not optimized on a webpage, then it would take over a minute and a half
to download just one page on broadband! Optimizing Moss's 10 pictures now takes
around 5 seconds on broadband.
Webmastering...not a piece of cake anymore...you have to make it and fix it so every one
can enjoy. Test, test, and test again.
The names of the two individuals in these pictures has been identified:
...it appears to me that Doug Pitts, NCSD Business Manager is wearing the hard
hat as well as Ruth Jones, NCSD Volunteer Coordinator (wearing the orange
hat)...are the ones that were roaming around during the picture taking.
Impressive pictures of Hoey especially the attic is awesome!
Keep it up!
July 08, 2007
Our hosting service relocated to a new and expanded datacenter beginning
at 10pm on 07/07/07, a process that took less than four hours to complete.
In effect, this website was not visible for some visitors until 2 am
early Sunday morning on 07/08/07. We apologize for the temporary
interruption but we look forward with the upgraded security, integrity and
stability of all equipment in order to minimize the possibility of any
interference in the future. And we thank you for your patience...
May 15, 2007
Much needed website maintenance was performed last week mostly upgrading the
links on the Sixties pages and miscellaneous webmastering fixes on other pages.
I did have webmaster's block (writer's block) when working on a new page for
this week. I just couldn't finish the page but did find an unpublished page that
was posted as mentioned on the home page.
March 26, 2007
I apologize, no website updates this week. I've been extremely busy itemizing
March 14, 2007
Looks like our spring Mini-Reunion in Raleigh will be either April 21 or the
January 21, 2007
Welcome to the New Year. Hope we all can see more of each other this year.
Mini-Reunion in Raleigh is still being planned for this Spring. Two groups of
"lost" pictures were "rediscovered" last weekend and as soon as I verify the
source of one group, we may have some more pictures from the 1994 Class Reunion
In the meantime, I am currently archiving additional North Carolinian issues
and Yearbooks and with the looming tax deadline coming up I'm trying my best to
do taxes early this year...wish me luck.
Ye Ole (hard working) Webmaster
December 25, 2006
A time to enjoy the lights
A time to take in the sights
A time to remember memories
A time to create memories
A time to savour the feast
A time to enjoy the sweets
A time to spend with your family
A time to share with your family
But most of all,
Merry Christmas to all
From angels on high,
Lester and Di
December 14, 2006
At about 7:30pm this evening some websites at the hosting service along with
ncsd1970.com were effected by an issue with one of their DNS servers. If you are
reading this now then the problem has been resolved as of 11pm.
The hosting service and the staff of ncsd1970.com apologize for the
Pictures of Bashie Crutchfield
posted November 1, 2006 has been moved to a
It was great to see all of our Schoolmates and Classmates during the Homecoming
weekend. I wished the day was longer than what nature allowed. Eating at the
China Buffet for dinner give me the opportunity to meet additional Schoolmates
and to try a rare delicacy at the restaurant....frog legs! Boy, much to my
surprise, they were good!
Two deals were made for two new articles for the website on this weekend and
I can't wait to get started, although I do have my hands full with many ongoing
website projects in the works, one of which I've been working on since this past
Hope to see Classmates and friends in Dunn, NC this weekend. Till then, trick
them ghouls and treat yourself to some sugary boos on Horrorween.
Our humble beginnings started as a Class newsletter sent through the internet, our first was emailed and
snail mailed in April 2001, 5 years ago. Exactly one month after we sent our 5th
and last newsletter in July of 2002, we upgraded from publishing newsletters by
establishing a Class website sponsored by Tripod/Lycos which went online on
August 31st, 2002.
The biggest advantage of having a website is the ease of publishing pictures.
After one and a half years, 20 megabytes of disk space on Tripod/Lycos' free
servers was getting full to the point where we had to trade old pictures with
new, which after a while became time consuming.
In the meantime, some research was done and after purchasing our domain name,
a hosting service with 500 megabytes of disk space was selected in January of
On February 26 of 2006, we transferred this website to a new, more reliable
hosting service with twice the server disk space, more than twice the bandwidth,
and a superior support staff.
Going with a fee required hosting service provided us with the opportunity to really
customize the website to the Class of 1970's roots at NCSD.
Let us not forget that this website is made possible with photographs and
memories from the members of the NCSD Class of 1970
as well as NCSD alumni associated with the the Class of 1970. Additional research is
also made possible
from the members of our Debris Team. Current and future publishing of articles
from the student newsmagazine,
The North Carolinian, is made possible from the
following sources: Deborah Spencer,
MamaPat Latkowski, Lester Latkowski, and of course but not the least,
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