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11/28/10 - NNHS Newsletter - O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

(First Sunday in Advent)

This Advent we look to the Wise Men to teach us where to focus our attention.
We set our sights on things above, where God is. We draw closer to Jesus...
When our Advent journey ends, and we reach the place where Jesus resides in Bethlehem,
may we, like the Wise Men, fall on our knees and adore him as our true and only King.

Mark Zimmermann

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

    Today, the first Sunday in Advent, officially opens the Christmas season according to the recognized church calendar.  St. Nicholas Day (December 6) is the opening date observed elsewhere in the world, as it was in Colonial Virginia.  We'll celebrate that, too. We try to celebrate everything together because we're family and that's what families do.

BONUS #1 - - O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

BONUS #2 - - O Come, O Come, Emmanuel - Enya

BONUS #3 - - O Come, O Come, Emmanuel - Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra



  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 11/26/10 - "I'm Back!":

I am sure some of you never missed me.  That is good.  I'm not bugging you too much with emails.  I have been out of commission for the past 2 weeks or so.

The end of October my GYN told me I needed a hysterectomy as they had again found some precancerous cells.  Because he did not feel he was qualified to deal with cancer if it was found, he sent me to Tampa to the Moffitt Cancer Center. I had my first appointment Oct 29 and robotic surgery was scheduled for Nov 16.  The way everyone talked this would be the "easy" surgery and I would be in the hospital over night.   Well, everything went great. They found no sign of cancer at all.  But instead of a partial they did a total hysterectomy.  I ended up in the hospital for 4 days and came home so out of it that all I have done is sleep and try to eat a little here and there.   I finally am getting around better, but this surgery was far from "easy".  Maybe it is better than the old fashion way but still a lot to recover from.  I was going to let everyone know what was happening but my computer had a stubborn streak and I never got it out.  And like I said, I thought it would only slow me down a little, not knock me out.  Thanks to all who knew and sent prayers and good wishes my way and an apology to those I didn't tell.  50 lashes with a wet noodle for me. 

I love you all and am lucky to have so many wonderful friends and family,

   Well, I certainly missed you, Ruthie, but it's the time of year when everyone begins to be swamped by this and that, so I never suspected anything untoward!  And after enduring all that you did, I wouldn't dream of adding 50 wet noodle lashes!  Take good care of yourself, Lady!



   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Jimmy Key ('57)!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

30 -      Rip Collins ('65) of TN AND      Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA;

02 - Ann Lillaston Wilson ('57) AND Jimmy McDonald ('57) AND    George Konstant ('65) of VA;

03 - The late  Barbara Nell Howard Floyd ('67) (deceased 10/01/88);

04 - William D. Dangler ('57) of VA AND  Howard Williamson (HHS - '63) of VA;

05 - Eugene Peters ('57) AND the late    Gene Peters ('57) (deceased - 07/24/09) AND      Melody Clendenin DeBerry (Warwick HS - '66) of VA! 

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!



November 27, 1940 - In Romania, the ruling party Iron Guard arrested and executed over 60 of exiled King Carol II of Romania's aides, including former minister Nicolae Iorga.

November 27, 1940 - At the Battle of Cape Spartivento, the Royal Navy engaged the Regia Marina in the Mediterranean Sea.

November 27, 1942 - At Toulon, the French navy scuttled its ships and submarines to keep them out of Nazi hands.

November 27, 1944 - An explosion at a Royal Air Force ammunition dump at Fauld, Staffordshire killed seventy people.

November 27, 1944 - The Battle of Peleliu ended. The battle had begun on September 15. The Battle of Peleliu, when considering the number of men involved, had the highest casualty rate of any battle in the Pacific.

November 27, 1944 - United States Secretary of State Cordell Hull retired from office due to poor health. He was replaced by Edward R. Stettinius. The next year Hull won the Nobel Peace Prize.


November 28, 1943 - Tehran Conference U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Joseph Stalin met in Tehran, Iran to discuss war strategy.



Saturday, November 27, 1965 - Vietnam War: The Pentagon told U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson that if planned operations were to succeed, the number of American troops in Vietnam had to be increased from 120,000 to 400,000.

TODAY IN 1965:

Sunday, November 28, 1965 - Vietnam War: In response to U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson's call for "more flags" in Vietnam, Philippines President Elect Ferdinand Marcos announced he would send troops to help fight in South Vietnam.

Sunday, November 28, 1965 - Footballer Peter Beagrie was born in Middlesbrough, England.

Sunday, November 28, 1965 - Author Erwin Mortier was born in Belgium.

Sunday, November 28, 1965 - Baseball player Matt Williams ("Matt the Bat") was born in Bishop, California.


  From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 08/05/10 - "Vote for Grace (REPEATED)":

  This is my daughter Laura's dog in a contest to be on the cover of a bag of dog food.

Vote every day for Grace. Thanks.

   Oh, Laura is your daughter, Norris! Well, that makes it all the more important!


   Grace has been named the
September 2010 People's Choice!

   BUT - She's falling considerably behind a dog in California named Dollar!

   The last time I checked Grace had 4322 votes and Dollar had 7274 votes. We cannot allow this to happen! Doncha wanna go shopping and spot Grace's image on a bag of dog food and know that YOU played a large part in placing her there?!?

   It only takes about two seconds to cast your allotted daily vote)!!!


  From Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 11/26/10 - "Some of you aren't old enuf yet....get ready!":

Somehow Maxine always seems to get it right.

  Thanks, Eva - sounds like a plan to me!


      From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of IL - 11/27/10 - "THE HAND":


Thanksgiving Day was near. The first grade teacher gave her class a fun assignment -- to draw a picture of something for which they were thankful.

Most of the class might be considered economically disadvantaged, but still many would celebrate the holiday with turkey and other traditional goodies of the season. These, the teacher thought, would be the subjects of most of her student's art. And they were.

But Douglas made a different kind of picture. Douglas was a different kind of boy. He was the teacher's true child of misery, frail and unhappy. As other children played at recess, Douglas was likely to stand close by her side. One could only guess at the pain Douglas felt behind those sad eyes.

Yes, his picture was different. When asked to draw a picture of something for which he was thankful, he drew a hand. Nothing else. Just an empty hand.

His abstract image captured the imagination of his peers. Whose hand could it be? One child guessed it was the hand of a farmer, because farmers raise turkeys. Another suggested a police officer, because the police protect and care for people. Still others guessed it was the hand of God, for God feeds us. And so the discussion went -- until the teacher almost forgot the young artist himself.

When the children had gone on to other assignments, she paused at Douglas' desk, bent down, and asked him whose hand it was.

The little boy looked away and murmured, "It's yours, teacher."

She recalled the times she had taken his hand and walked with him here or there, as she had the other students. How often had she said, "Take my hand, Douglas, we'll go outside." Or, "Let me show you how to hold your pencil." Or, "Let's do this together." Douglas was most thankful for his teacher's hand.

Brushing aside a tear, she went on with her work.

The story speaks of more than thankfulness. It says something about teachers teaching and parents parenting and friends showing friendship, and how much it means to the Douglases of the world. They might not always say thanks. But they'll remember the hand that reaches out.

     Thank you, Dools - this one got me!


      From John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA - 11/19/10 - "Newport News scenes." (#2 in a Series of 8):

  CarolDarlin -

I thought that you and the group might like to see a few images I made of Newport News scenes recently.

Hope you enjoy them.

- JohnDarlin

   WOWZERONI! Thank you, John Darlin', they're beautiful!

And of course, I enjoy them; I only hope I've labeled them all correctly!

Monday, November 15, 2010
The historic Warwick Hotel, downtown Newport News.



  From Jane Chambers of VA - 07/01/09, 02/07/10, AND 07/31/10 - "CNC BOOK BROCHURE & AD" AND 61-62 DECADERS ADDENDA AND DRAMATIC WORKSHOPS STUDENTS: 

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

   Thanks, Jane!



From - LadyHawke's Weekly Jokes - 11/28/10:

Blondes have more fun... but do they know it?



"Cab Unfare"

A blonde and her brunette friend were talking, when the blonde said, "I hate all the blonde jokes people tell."

"Oh, they are only jokes. There are a lot of stupid people out there. Here, I'll prove it to you."

They went outside and hailed a taxi driver.

"Please take me to 29 Nickel Street to see if I'm home," said the brunette.

The taxi drove them to Nickel Street, and when they finally got out, the brunette looked at the blonde and said, "See! That guy was really stupid."

"No kidding," replied the blonde. "There was a pay phone just around the corner. You could have called instead."



1. Thursday, December 2, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch gatherings on the first Thursday of every month at Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News at 11:00 AM. The luncheon is not limited to just the Class of '55; if you have fiends in that year, go visit with them.

2. Wednesday, December 8, 2010 - The NNHS Class of June 1942 meets at noon on the second Wednesday of every other month for a Dutch treat lunch at the James River Country Club, 1500 Country Club Road. PLEASE JOIN THEM. Give or take a few years makes no difference. Good conversation, food and atmosphere. For details, call Jennings Bryan at 803-7701 for reservations.

3. Sunday, December 12, 2010 - Noon to 4:00 PM - Holiday Open House at the Chamberlin Lobby - Go see Brownie!

4. Wednesday, December 15, 2010 - 6:00 PM - The NNHS Class of 1958 will hold its Holiday Party at Al Fresco Ristorante, 11710 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, VA 23606. CONTACT: Joe Drewry (, 757-244-4443, ext 4)

Saturday, April 30, 2011 - The NNHS Class will have a Luncheon. Team Leaders are Mickey Marcella ( - 757-249-3800), Betty Hamby Neher ( - 757-898-5099), and Dr. Harry Simpson ( - 804-694-0346). - CLASS OF 1954

6. Saturday, July 9, 2011 (6:30 PM to 11:30 PM) - The Class of 1971 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News. For details, contact Richard Rawls at - CLASS OF 1971


PRAYER ROLL : - updated 08/22/10

BLOG: - updated 10/21/10


 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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O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

Words: Combined from various antiphons by an unknown author, possibly in the 12th Century
(Veni, veni Emanuel); translated from
Latin to English by John M. Neale,
Mediaeval Hymns
, 1851. Neale’s original translation be­gan, “Draw nigh, draw nigh, Emmanuel"

Music: “Veni Emmanuel,” from a 15th Century processional of French Franciscan nuns
(the setting for the funeral hymn Libera me)

O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.

Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Wisdom from on high,
Who orderest all things mightily;
To us the path of knowledge show,
And teach us in her ways to go.

O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan’s tyranny;
From depths of hell Thy people save,
And give them victory over the grave.

O come, Thou Day-spring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here;
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
And death’s dark shadows put to flight.

O come, Thou Key of David, come,
And open wide our heavenly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high,
And close the path to misery.

O come, O come, great Lord of might,
Who to Thy tribes on Sinai’s height
In ancient times once gave the law
In cloud and majesty and awe.

O come, Thou Root of Jesse’s tree,
An ensign of Thy people be;
Before Thee rulers silent fall;
All peoples on Thy mercy call.

O come, Desire of nations, bind
In one the hearts of all mankind;
Bid Thou our sad divisions cease,
And be Thyself our King of Peace.

Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.


"O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" midi courtesy of - 11/23/05

"O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" lyrics and available history courtesy of - 11/23/05

Metal Advent Ring Image courtesy of - 11/23/05

First Candle Advent Wreath clip art used to form Divider Line courtesy of - 11/23/05

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
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

Animated Laughing Woman courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 02/23/09
Thanks, Joyce!

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

Animated BOO-HOO courtesy of Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 08/28/09
Thanks, Glenn!

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

Animated Hiding Mallard (by AF Artist - Josh Doohen) courtesy of  - 08/28/08

Animated Ringing Christmas Bell clip art (designed by Art Holden) courtesy of - 12/08/05

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