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12/02/07 - NNHS Newsletter -
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"Late on a sleepy, star-spangled night, those angels peeled back the sky just like you
would tear open a sparkling Christmas present. Then, with light and joy pouring
out of Heaven like water through a broken dam, they began to shout and sing
the message that baby Jesus had been born. The world had a Savior!
The angels called it 'Good News,' and it was."

-  Larry Libby ("The Angels Called it Good News" in Christmas Stories for the Heart)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   I thought it quite possible that this lovely old Christmas carol may be somewhat unfamiliar to you.  


We have a Happy Birthday Two-Fer today!    Ann Lillaston Wilson ('57) AND    George Konstant ('65) of VA are both celebrating!
On Tuesday Howard Williamson (Hampton HS - '63) of VA will be celebrating, and on Wednesday, so will
    Melody Clendenin DeBerry (Warwick HS - '66) of VA!  On the seventh, we'll have another Birthday Three-Fer!    Jay Styles ('68) of VA AND Janice Pratt McGrew (Hampton HS - '67) of VA AND   Tim Parsons ('73) of VA will all be lighting candles!

   Many Happy Returns to you all!

From the Daily Press - 12/01/07 - "Start Baking!":,0,180607.photogallery - ten more cookie recipes!

      From Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 12/01/07 - "More Light":

Carol and Typhoon Family....

Christmas is wonderful; what it means is better, His Birthday, or rather the day that most of us choose to Celebrate it.  However, there is something else about December.  Winter begins, the cold, bone chilling dampness that nips at our fingers and nose and finally makes it's way to the center of our very bones, and then begins to work its way from the inside to the outside.  Even for those that have moved to escape it, the lingering memories, thought about long enough, can still cause a shiver, making it impossible for some to find warmth no matter where they look. 

Winter is good, just like Mondays.  Without Winter, we cannot have a Spring; without Monday, we can not have a Friday.  Without January, February would not come bringing the faintest promise of days with just the tiniest bit more light at first, but by the end of February, the sun hangs longer in the sky and that promise of longer daylight hours is no longer a promise, it's a kiss, given by God to let us know Spring will come for certain again this year.   

And this year will be a Special Year for those of us that graduated with the Class of 1958.  We celebrate because we can, because we want to, and because it is our right.  We have earned it, and it is good. 

If you are thinking about NOT coming, rethink it.  There will be not just a reunion, but a rejoining of spirits, and friends that haven't seen one another for years.  We have known each other for at least 50 years, a lot of us much longer, maybe since first grade.  Where else can you go and find that kind of bond?  Family is not the same.  We are speaking of classmates here - important to us for a thousand and one reasons.  Those that are missing....we need to find you, now ! 

For those of you that are not from the Class of '58 but know of a friend or relative that does know of someone that was in the Class of '58: please do them a favor, beg them to let us find them, lead them to the Newsletter, do whatever you can.  We need them, need them to be complete, to be with us as we Celebrate this wonderful passing of Fifty years.  Examine your reasons for not wanting to come.  Just not interested ?  Come anyway, let us change your mind, let us make you glad you did change your mind.  The majority of us will not get a chance for the I00th.  I can promise you one will once again feel the headiness of youth, if just for that one weekend or one night, whatever you can manage, and you will be glad you came. Even though it will be Spring, you will finally find the warmth...without even looking.

Dimples Dinwiddie a.k.a. Sepi Prichard

   Amen to that, Dimples!

     From Hunter Todd ('57) of TX - 12/01/07 - "Season's Greetings from the 41st WorldFest-Houston Intl Film Festival":



Season's Greetings from WorldFest-Houston Intl Film Festival
Howdy from Houston! We wish you a Wonderful Christmas & a Bountiful New Year! 
We hope that you have a terrific and prosperous 2008 - filled with Peace and Joy! May we all have our hopes and dreams come true!
It is December 1st, and this is a little reminder that the Main Entry Deadline for the 41st Annual WorldFest is this coming December 15th, a Saturday. Your entries do not have to reach us by that date, as this is our usual "Mail-By / Ship-By" Deadline.

It is simple and easy to enter; just go to - then click on Enter Film Festival and then FAQ, CATEGORIES and ENTRY FORMS ... fill it out on line or print it out and send it in with your entry.

We will send you a personal email the day that we receive and process your entry. Be part of the 3rd oldest International Film Festival in North America ~ The Festival that discovered Spielberg, George Lucas, Ang Lee, Ridley Scott, The Coen Brothers, Brian De Palma, David Lynch and Randall Kleiser with their very first Awards!

All of us at Team WorldFest
The 41st Annual WorldFest-Houston Intl Film Festival
"Before there was Sundance or SXSW, before there was Toronto or Tribeca, there was WorldFest!"

   Thank you, Hunter! Our best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year for you and yours, too!

    From My #1 Daughter-in-Law, Mary Bennett Harty (Litchfield HS, IL) of IL - 12/01/07:

This needs to make headline news...not some of the other junk that makes the news these days!!!

It's a tough, but heartwarming story...with a picture of John Gebhardt in Iraq.

John Gebhardt's wife, Mindy, said that this little girl's entire family was executed. The insurgents intended to execute the little girl also, and shot her in the head...but they failed to kill her. She was cared for in John's hospital and is healing up, but continues to cry and moan. The nurses said John is the only one who seems to calm her down, so John has spent the last four nights holding her while they both slept in that chair. The girl is coming along with her healing.

He is a real Star of the war, and represents what America is trying to do.

This, my friends, is worth sharing with the WORLD! Go for it!! You'll never see things like this in the news. Please keep this going. Nothing will happen if you don't, but the American public needs to see pictures like this and needs to realize that what we're doing over there is making a difference. Even if it is just one little girl at a time.

James Gates U. S. Navy

October 2006
John Gebhardt and tiny friend

   Thank you, Mary! I ran this through, and it is a true story. For the follow-up, see here: 


The NNHS Class of 1958 Holiday Gathering will be held Tuesday, December 11, 2007 at 6:00 PM
(Dinner at 7:00 PM) at Mike's Place, An Irish Pub, (757-599-5500) 458 Warwick Village Shopping Center, (
Hilton Village,
across from the Cedar Lane entrance to the
Mariners' Museum
), Newport News, VA 23601-3240.

The NNHS Class of 1957 Holiday Party will be held Wednesday, December 12, 2007 at 6:00 PM
Angelo's (Route 17), Newport News, VA.


1. Thursday, December 6, 2007, 11:00 AM - Class of 1955 Lunch Bunch - Angelo's Steak and Pancake Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard - OPEN TO ALL WITH FRIENDS IN CLASS OF 1955

2. Tuesday, December 11, 2007, 6:00 PM - Class of 1958 Holiday Party - Mike O'Neal's (Warwick Village Shopping Center, Hilton Village, across from the Cedar Lane entrance to the Mariners' Museum) - NNHS CLASS OF 1958 

3. Wednesday, December 12, 2007, 6:00 PM - Class of 1957 Holiday Party - Angelo's (Route 17) - NNHS CLASS OF 1957 

4. Friday and Saturday, May 16 - 17, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1958

      From My #1 Daughter-in-Law, Mary Bennett Harty (Litchfield HS, IL) of IL - 11/27/07 - "Tweety - this is sweet" (#4 in a series of 5):

Words from Tweety

This is one of the cutest, nicest e-mails .... Enjoy!

   My Tweety Bird!!! Thanks, Miss Mary!


   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

Baloo Lammy

(16th Century Scottish Carol)

This day to you is born a child
of Mary meek, the Virgin mild.
That blessed bairn, so loving and kind
shall now rejoice both heart and mind.
Baloo Lammy.
A star appeared this blessed morn,
and unto us a child is born.
To heaven He'll lead us from near and far,
So follow, follow that wondrous star.
Baloo Lammy.

Collected in the Shetland Islands

*Bairn is Scots for Child
bairn "child". This is one of the most obviously Scandinavian words in Scots,
with a cognate - barn - used in practically all Nordic languages.

"Baloo, Lammy" midi courtesy of - 12/01/06

"Baloo, Lammy" lyrics and history courtesy of - 12/01/06

Image and available history of "The Nativity" from the picture by Sandro Botticelli, in the National Gallery, London, courtesy
of - 12/01/06

Image of "Nativity with Saints" (1520s) by Giovanni Battista Benvenuti, Ortolano Ferrarese courtesy
of - 12/01/06

Angel Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 12/05/05

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

Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

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

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks, Herbie!!

Coast Guard Seal clip art courtesy of - 10/03/07

Purple Panther Paw Print courtesy of - 06/23/07

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

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