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12/02/09 - NNHS Newsletter -
The Wexford Carol

“And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes,
and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.”

Luke 2: 7

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   We continue our month long celebration of all things December with a traditional (if not wildly familiar) Irish Christmas carol.

BONUS #1 - - The Wexford Carol - The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and The Temple Square Orchestra with soloists Shane Warby and Darren Bradford on the Pennywhistle, 2007

BONUS #2 - - The Wexford Carol - The same sound track as above (perhaps a bit more crackly), but this time set to a slide show "of images primarily regarding the birth of Christ" - and largely the work of Latter-day Saint artists

BONUS #3 - - The Wexford Carol - Celtic Woman


"The Wexford Carol (Irish: Carúl Loch Garman) is a traditional religious Irish Christmas carol originating from County Wexford, and specifically, Enniscorthy (whence its name), and dating to the 12th century.[1] The subject of the song is that of the nativity of Jesus Christ. The song is sometimes known by its first verse, 'Good people all this Christmas time.'"


Matthew Treat, brother of My Friend, Timpani Treat Puckett of IL - 11/29/09 - recovering fairly well, except that he's developed an infection on his hand due to all the knife wounds.

   That's encouraging news, Timpani; we'll keep praying for him.


     Happy Birthday today to  Ann Lillaston Wilson ('57) AND Jimmy McDonald ('57) AND    George Konstant ('65) of VA!

    Happy Birthday tomorrow to the late    Barbara Nell Howard Floyd ('67) (deceased 10/01/88)!

    Happy Birthday this week to:

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;

06 - Frances Scheinman Berkman ('57)

07 -   Jay Styles ('68) of VA AND  Janice Pratt McGrew (HHS - '67) of VA AND    Tim Parsons ('73) of VA;

09 - Shirley Smith Langston ('57)!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


December 2, 1942 - Manhattan Project: A team led by Enrico Fermi initiated the first self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction.

December 2, 1943 - A Luftwaffe bombing raid on the harbour of Bari, Italy, sank numerous cargo and transport ships, including an American Liberty ship, the John Harvey, with a stockpile of World War I-era mustard gas.


Wednesday, December 2, 1964 - Hmmm.  It appears to have been a rather boring Wednesday.....

    From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 12/01/09 - "I promised to post this...":

Still trying to get things done at home.  Put wreaths on the doors and have our tree in the garage in water...I have my moments of thinking of little things I want to tell my mother    (Elsie Watkins Poole - Hampton High School Class of @ 1939) or something cute I would like to get her for Christmas...but most of the time I am thankful that she is with my father and her beloved parents.  It is a journey and I am taking one day at a time.

   Thank you so much, Jean! The first year is usually the roughest, and we're thinking of you. Your note reminded me of the day after my father died and our home began filling with flower arrangements from all his many friends, and I thought, "Oh, WOW! Wait'll Daddy gets home and sees all THIS!  No, wait... ummm ....."

   Thank you so much for sharing your mama's eulogy with us, Jean! It's as delightful as the two of you, and I've added it to her Memorial Newsletter:

      From John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA - 12/01/09 - "Ivy Farm":

Hi Carol -

Please add my name to the roll call of folks that lived in that area. I lived on 24th Street where it dead-ended at Salters Creek. Had a good time playing around (and frequently stumbling into) the creek. I lived and played there during WWII. Jane Penn Clark ('57) was the only neighbor that I (fondly) recall. I started elementary school at THE OLD Magruder School. It was an old brick, Gothic-looking edifice even back then. Can't say exactly where it was located but I think that I recall walking to and from, not riding.

Anyhow, I have always longed to be one of 'the popular kids', so count this as yet another lame attempt. <sigh> and <ha>.

As always, Carol, I am in awe of your talent and dedication.

Merry Christmas to you and yours! - John London

Behold! What is a bell? A bell is that which sounds, far, and high ... It will echo far and wide like the peal of thunder but under utmost purity. And evil men, hearing the bell, will be saved.


   John Darlin', you're such a hoot! Last time I checked, even the kids that I thought were the popular kids were bemoaning the fact that they never were the "real" popular kids!   At any rate, I've delightedly added you to the Ivy Farm page, where you fit just fine:

   And according to      Forrest Powell ('63) of VA, who was certainly in a position to know, the old Magruder School was in the 1100 block of 22nd Street, so you probably wouldn't have had so terribly far to walk.

   Thanks, Sweetie - and Merry Christmas to you, too!


From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH 12/01/09 - "
Thanksgiving feast":

You may tell    Alice Fowler Edwards ('64 - of VA) that OF COURSE everyone can come for Thanksgiving, but I need to know in advance-- realistically I can only fit 24-30 in this unit for dinner (my former foster son invited 100 here for his 21st birthday party, and 54 turned up, after he'd told me he was inviting 40 and there would be no more than 30 attending-- fortunately, almost everyone brought something to eat or drink, but it was so crowded in here that although it was January and 5 below zero, we opened the windows and the balcony door for air, and I later found my best quilt on the balcony-- apparently two of his friends had snatched it off my bed and gone to sit in the two chairs on the balcony with it over their laps, and didn't bring it back in. There was butter on it, and salsa; it did clean up fine. And while no one was sleeping in my bed, Goldilocks and friends evidently sat on it, and my daughter's bed too-- she still lived here then-- there were crumbs.)  But if I know there will be a big crowd I can book the function room on the second floor, which gives me chairs and tables for an extra 50 or so, and another oven and refrigerator, and there is room for 20 or so at tables in the common room on the third floor where the puzzles are, and another 12-18 in the common room on the 4th floor where the bookshelves are, more if they bring their own chairs. Leisa the concierge is very cooperative-- if we clean up after ourselves, there is no charge for the function room, but if it's a mess she wants the maintenance crew tipped. (Generously). And Jerry from Maintenance will also cook and serve if asked-- last year he and Leisa put on the building pre-Christmas dinner, and the ham was meltingly tender. Jerry in a chef's hat, jeans, T-shirt, tattoos, beer in hand, serving up ham and potatoes smilingly to elderly ladies and gentlemen (I'm one of the YOUNG people in the building), is a sight. And in the lobby Paul Bordeleau who is quite elderly and quite talented a musician was playing the grand piano (seasonal music) through dinner-- Leisa took him down a plate, as she did for the July barbeque. It's a trip to come home and find the lobby seasonally decorated, and a group of retirees all sitting together in the lobby drinking cocktails and talking when I come in from work, and they try to entice me, urging each other---- give "the girl" a glass of wine, look at her, she's had a rough day-- she works at unemployment and they are mobbed these days-- sit down, sit down Domi  from the third floor! 

   What a super idea! Just think of the fun we'd have! Thanks, Domi!

  From Jay Styles ('68) of VA - 12/01/09 - "Virginia State Troopers":


Hope everything is going great with you and yours.  Just read the story from Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59 - of VA) of the Trooper and the juggling sobriety test on I-64 near W. Va.  Probably a joke, but I would bet that it actually happened.  Some of my old friends and I were having a talk the other day, and we ought to get together and write a book.  Over the years, I've had several people turn themselves in like that.  Have a great day, and keep up the great work.

Jay '68

Thanks, Jay Sweetie, that's a great idea - go for it!

    From Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA - 12/01/09 - "addresses":

Ms. Carol Honey,

Do 'we' have a home address for the m.i.a.s,    Chandler (Nelms - Hampton HS - '63 - of MD) and     Chip (Clark - '65 - of Northern VA) so 'we' might send them a snail mail- Christmas-miss you-where the heck are you- sorta card?

Linda May ' 66

Love ya, don't ya know.

   Why, yessss, yes, we do!  I don't want to publish them online, but I'll send them to you (and others) personally! Ya'll are just full of great ideas today!

   Thanks, Linda May - love you, too!

    From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 12/01/09 - "A touching Mom story":

Hope this touches you the way it touched me!


A young man shopping in a supermarket noticed a little old lady following him around. If he stopped, she stopped. Furthermore she kept staring at him..

She finally overtook him at the checkout, and she turned to him and said, "I hope I haven't made you feel ill at ease; it's just that you look so much like my late son."

He answered, "That's okay."

"I know it's silly, but if you'd call out 'Good bye, Mom' as I leave the store, it would make me feel so happy."

She then went through the checkout, and as she was on her way out of the store, the man called out, "Goodbye, Mom."

The little old lady waved and smiled back at him.

Pleased that he had brought a little sunshine into someone's day, he went to pay for his groceries.

"That comes to $121.85," said the clerk.

"How come so much? I only bought 5 items."

The clerk replied, "Yeah, but your Mother said you'd be paying for her things, too."

Bet you thought this was going to be a tear jerker. Don't trust Little Old Ladies!!

Thanks, Wayne Honey!



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

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

   Thanks, Jane!


From ArcaMax Jokes - 12/01/09:

Are you an Engineer?

If these remind you of yourself, it's a good bet you are an engineer.

- At Christmas, it goes without saying that you will be the one to find the burnt-out bulb in the string.

- In college you thought Spring Break was a metal fatigue failure.

- The salespeople at Circuit City can't answer any of your questions.

- You are at an air show and know how fast the skydivers are falling.

- You bought your wife a new CD ROM for her birthday.

- You can quote scenes from any Monty Python movie.

- You can't write unless the paper has both horizontal and vertical lines.

- You comment to your wife that her straight hair is nice and parallel.

- You forgot to get a haircut ... for 6 months.

- You have Dilbert comics displayed anywhere in your work area.

- You have ever saved the power cord from a broken appliance.

- You have more friends on the Internet than in real life.
- You have used coat hangers and duct tape for something other than hanging coats and taping ducts.

- You know what http:// actually stands for.

- You own one or more white short-sleeve dress shirts.

- You see a good design and still have to change it.

- You still own a slide rule and you know how to work it.

- You wear black socks with white tennis shoes (or vice versa).

- You're in the back seat of your car, she's looking wistfully at the moon, and you're trying to locate a geosynchronous satellite.

- You know what the geosynchronous satellite's function is.

- Your laptop computer costs more than your car.

- You've already calculated how much you make per second.

- You've ever tried to repair a $5 radio.



1. Wednesday, December 9, 2009 - The Class of 1957 will hold its Holiday Party at Angelo's on Route 17.  RSVP no later than December 6.  For details, contact Pat Beck Letzinger at - CLASS OF 1957
2. Saturday, December 12, 2009 - The NNHS Class of 1960 will again encourage the Laugh-A Lot Breakfast Bunch at 9:00 AM at the Candle Light Kitchen in Norge (Williamsburg). Directions: Take I-64 to Exit 231A-Norge, go 1-1/2 miles to Richmond Road, go through light, look for shopping center on left, Candle Light Kitchen on Right.  CLASS OF 1960 - RSVP to  NO LATER THAN December 8, 2009.
3. Tuesday, December 15, 2009 - The NNHS Class of 1958 will hold its annual Gathering and Dinner at Al Fresco Italian Ristorante, 11710 Jefferson Avenue. For details, contact Joe Drewry at - CLASS OF 1958 AND “other NNHS alums and friends of our 1958 class are invited to join with us”!

4. 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

5. 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 - CLASS OF 1960

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 12/02/09

BLOG: - updated 08/04/09

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

                          Love to all, Carol 





Carol Buckley Harty

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The Wexford Carol

 (Carúl Loch Garman)

Good people all, this Christmas time,
Consider well and bear in mind
What our good God for us has done
In sending his beloved son
With Mary holy we should pray,
To God with love this Christmas Day
In Bethlehem upon that morn,
There was a blessed Messiah born

The night before that happy tide
The noble Virgin and her guide
Were long time seeking up and down
To find a lodging in the town
But mark right well what came to pass
From every door repelled, alas
As was foretold, their refuge all
Was but a humble ox's stall

Near Bethlehem did shepherds keep
Their flocks of lambs and feeding sheep
To whom God's angel did appear
Which put the shepherds in great fear
Arise and go, the angels said
To Bethlehem, be not afraid
For there you'll find, this happy morn
A princely babe, sweet Jesus, born

With thankful heart and joyful mind
The shepherds went the babe to find
And as God's angel had foretold
They did our Saviour Christ behold
Within a manger he was laid
And by his side a virgin maid
Attending on the Lord of Life
Who came on earth to end all strife

There were three wise men from afar
Directed by a glorious star
And on they wandered night and day
Until they came where Jesus lay
And when they came unto that place
Where our beloved Messiah lay
They humbly cast them at his feet
With gifts of gold and incense sweet.

"The Wexford Carol" midi courtesy of - 10/06/09

"The Wexford Carol" lyrics courtesy of - 12/01/09

Image of Antonio Allegri da Correggio's (Aug 1489 – 05 Mar 1534) "Nativity (Adoration of the Shepherds, or Holy Night" (1528/30) courtesy
of - 12/01/09

Star Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 12/18/04

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

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

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!

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!

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

Animated Cheering Smiley clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05 (re-saved 02/27/09)
Thanks, Al!

Animated Laughing Smiley courtesy of Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 02/07/05
Thanks, Janice!

Animated Rolling on the Floor Laughing Boy courtesy of - 04/06/05

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

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