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12/04/07 - NNHS Newsletter - Happy Hanukkah!

Hanukkah is here!
May the warmth and glow
of each candle you light
make your heart
and home happy and
your Hanukkah bright.

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Hanukkah begins tonight at sunset.  We celebrate this event as one big happy Typhoon Family together every year - although of course the date varies.



 Happy Birthday today to Howard Williamson (Hampton HS - '63) of VA, and Happy Birthday tomorrow to      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 Al Farber ('64) of GA - 12/02/07 - "Tater People":


Some people never seem motivated to participate, but
are just content to watch while others do the work.
They are called "Spec Taters".

Some people never do anything to help, but are gifted
at finding fault with the way others do the work.
They are called "Comment Taters".

Some people are very bossy and like to tell others what
to do, but don't want to soil their own hands.
They are called "Dick Taters".

Some people are always looking to cause problems by
asking others to agree with them. It is too hot or
too cold, too sour or too sweet.
They  are called "Agie Taters".

There are those who say they will help, but somehow
just never get around to actually doing the promised help.
They are called "Hezzie Taters".

Some people can put up a front and pretend to be
someone they are not.
They are called "Emma Taters".

Then  there are those who love others and do what they
say they will. They are always prepared to stop whatever
they are doing and lend a helping hand. They bring real
sunshine into the lives of others.
They are called "Sweet  Taters".

If you know any "Sweet Taters" send this to them!!

    Thanks so much, Al - This is really cute!

  From Kenny Branch ('62) of AR - 12/03/07:

Hey All,

As most of you know, I am retiring at the end of the year (December 31st). Thus my work address (this one) will no longer exist after this month. So please correspond with us at our home address.

BTW,    Becky’s (Braswell Branch - '65 - of AR) and my home e-mail address has changed to: ____________________.

Thanks, you continue to do a tremendous service to all NNHS alumni. BTW, we enjoyed our time with you on the Friday of our ‘62 reunion.

Kenny Branch

   Congratulations on your retirement, Kenny!   I've changed your email addy; let me know if you'd like it posted.

   I enjoyed visiting with you and Becky again, too - it was great fun, thanks!

  From Ilene Levinson Lieberman ('65) of Israel - 12/03/07 - "  Harold S. Abraham obituary":

Hi Carol,

I read with shock about
Harold Abraham - His mother was my grandmother's sister - Harold and my father were first cousins.....

I also want to take this time to thank you for all the work you do on keeping everyone up to date - I read all the emails from you - It seems that you have so much love and dedication to do this.

Anyway, thanks, Ilene Lieberman

   Thank you, Ilene! My deepest condolences on the loss of your father's cousin.....  Please extend to your family all our sympathies.  I added your note to his Memorial Newsletter:

From the Daily Press - 12/03/07:

Local Hanukkah celebration starts Tuesday night at City Center

| 247-4733

10:21 AM EST, December 3, 2007

NEWPORT NEWS - The thinking is that if they put up the giant menorah, people will come.

"One of the things happening right now in the world is 'public space Judaism,'" said Jennifer Meyers, education assistant at the United Jewish Community of the Virginia Peninsula. "It's taking Judaism to the people."

The UJC is hosting its first Hanukkah Candle Lighting Extravaganza Tuesday at City Center in Oyster Point, with Newport News Mayor Joe Frank lighting the first candle of the 6 foot, electric menorah at 6 p.m.

The eight-day holiday known as the Festival of Lights celebrates religious freedom. When a new ruling power tried to force the Jews to worship other gods, they refused and ended up in battle. After their victory, they went to rededicate the temple in Jerusalem, but there was only enough oil to light the temple's flame for one day. It lasted for eight. Today, the holiday is observed in Jewish homes by lighting candles on a menorah on each night, playing games, singing songs and eating foods made with oil.

"It's festive. You're celebrating freedom, so it's a good time," said Meyers.

The organization's first purpose for this event is to make people more comfortable at Jewish events because some Jews may not be comfortable going to a synagogue or a Jewish community center. The second purpose is to bring the event to them.

"It is for people who aren't involved, I guess you would say 'on the fringes,' and also for people who are involved (in order) to bring everyone to one place," she said.

The free event is open to the public and will feature live music by Bagels and Fraylox Klezmer Band, latkes (kosher potato pancakes) and jelly doughnuts. Aroma's will sell beverages. The menorah will be set up at Market Stage near Chico's and Coldwater Creek. It will be lit each of the seven remaining nights by different Jewish organizations.

"I personally relate Hanukkah and all the holidays to family, getting together with family and celebrating my religion," said Meyers. "Hanukkah particularly is about religious freedom, so I'm grateful."

 From Charlie Phillips ('65) of TN - 12/03/07 - "Christmas Stress?":

Merry Christmas, Carol, to you and yours.

Charlie Phillips

See this

Click here:  Sands of Christmas

   This is beautiful, poignant reminder, Charlie! Thank you so much - and Merry Christmas to you and your family as well!

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 12/03/07 - "... and speaking of obituaries ...":

Were you already aware of this web page?  ..... It gives you an entry by letter to the data base.

Downside: You have to scroll thru umpteen pages looking for the name. Shoulda indexed it for direct access.

Next page up:    Look at link under "Other Resources".

Only problem is that it does not appear to be complete. My dad died in 1993, I placed the obit thru Peninsula Funeral Home ... and it does not appear.

Still ... what a resource!!!

   WOWZERONI!!! No, Captain, I was not! Thanks so much!

  From Barbara Brewer ('69) of VA - 12/03/07:

I have always enjoyed interaction with   Richard Rawls' ('71 - of VA) parents and the Whitcomb parents.  I hope that that Richard and    Adrian (Whitcomb - '67 - of VA) are able to do as much as possible to accomplish their dreams.
  Bill Hobbs ('66 - of Northern VA) is having some major health issues.  We need to keep him in our prayers.
May peace be with you all,

   YIKESARONI-RINI!!!  I'm very upset to learn this, Barbara! Our thoughts and prayers are most definitely with him!


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 Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 11/28/07 - "Feel good - AAAHHH!" (#1 in a series of 10):

Have a great week!

Live simply.
Love generously.
Care deeply.
Speak kindly.

Leave the rest to God!

Read books that you enjoy...

 "Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle."

   Thanks so much, Glenn! I love these images - and the advice is great!

   There's much more to come - next time! Meanwhile, Happy Hanukkah, Good Yule - and Merry Christmas!

   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

Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah

Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah
The sweet celebration
Around the feast we gather
in complete jubilation

Many are the reasons for good cheer
Now that the Season of Lights is here
Many are the reasons for good cheer
Now that the Season of Lights is here

Together we'll weather
whatever tomorrow may bring
So hear us rejoicing and merrily voicing
the Hanukkah song that we sing
So hear us rejoicing and merrily voicing
the Hanukkah song that we sing

Oh Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah
The Festival of Joy
A holiday, a jolly day
for every girl and boy
Whirling dreidels all week long
Eating latkes, singing songs
Whirling dreidels all week long
Eating latkes, singing songs

Now light them, tonight then
The candles all in a row
Retell the story of God in his glory
and dance by the flickering glow
Retell the story and God in his glory
dance by the flickering glow

"Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah" lyrics courtesy of - 12/24/05

"Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah" lyrics courtesy of - 12/24/05

Image of Menorah courtesy of - 12/03/07

Gold Star of David clip art used to form Divider Line courtesy of - 12/26/05

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!!

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

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

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