|12/04/11 - NNHS Newsletter - As Lately We Watched|
to one side sits a group of shepherds. They sit silently
on the floor, perhaps perplexed, perhaps in awe, no doubt
in amazement. Their night watch had been interrupted
by an explosion of light from heaven and a symphony of angels.
'God goes to those who have time to hear him' -- and so
on this cloudless night he went to simple shepherds.”
- Max Lucado
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
Today's old Austrian carol is being revisited from 2006.
BONUS #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AepbftF7B5c - As Lately We Watched - Wild Voices Choir, Christmas Midnight Service at Afghan Church, Mumbai, December 24th, 2007
BONUS #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvVjGn_En5E - As Lately We Watched - Ocarinaアンサンブル五重奏, 2010
... As Lately We Watched (Austrian) -- Both melody and lyrics are traditional, dating from the 19th century....
WOW. "Ya, think, DiNozzo?!?" Sheesh.....
From Me ('65) of NC - 12/02/11 - "December Themes":
Speaking of music, I can either start rerunning old themes for the rest of the month, or y'all can request some personal favorites. We are particularly lacking in Hanukkah music (I think I only have two!); any help you can render there would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today to William D. Dangler ('57) of VA AND Howard Williamson (Hampton HS - '63) of VA!
Happy Birthday tomorrow to Eugene Peters ('57) AND the late Gene Peters ('57) (deceased - 07/24/09) AND Melody Clendenin DeBerry (Warwick HS - '66) of VA!
Happy Birthday this week to:
06 - Frances Scheinman Berkman ('57);
07 - Jay Styles ('68) of VA AND Janice Pratt McGrew (Hampton HS - '67) of VA AND Tim Parsons ('73) of VA;
09 - Shirley Smith Langston ('57);
10 - John Murden ('60) of VA AND Glen Davenport ('63) of VA!
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
TODAY IN THE WAR BETWEEN THE STATES:
|Wednesday, Dec. 4,
BRAVE BRECKINRIDGE BLUNTLY BOOTED
One of the most brilliant political careers in United States history came to an untimely end today. John Cabell Breckinridge was 40 years old and a U.S. Senator representing Kentucky. This was a step down, as he had already been Vice President, under Buchanan, at the earliest age allowed by the Constitution, 35. Breckinridge was adamantly opposed to secession, and had worked tirelessly to prevent it, even remaining in Washington over the hot, humid summer to participate in the special session of Congress called to deal with the problem. Today the Senate voted, 36-0, to expel him from his seat. He was still a Kentuckian first, and when fighting broke out there last month he had accepted the post of commander of the (Confederate) 1st Kentucky Brigade. This unit would soon become known as the “Orphan Brigade”.
Thursday, Dec. 4, 1862
JOHNSTON JUGGLES JOINT JURISDICTION
Gen. Joseph Eggleston had been one of the premier Confederate generals in the Eastern theater in the earliest days of the War. He had fought from Manassas (Bull Run) through every major battle up to Seven Pines, when he had been wounded. What hurt his career more than bullets were his continual difficulties with Jefferson Davis, and he had, after recuperating from his injuries, been reassigned to command in the West. He official took over his duties today as overall commander of the most critical part of the Confederate defenses. His area of responsibility covered Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, and parts of North Carolina, Georgia, and Louisiana. His main task was to ride herd on Bragg in Tennessee and Pemberton at Vicksburg, Miss.
Friday, Dec. 4, 1863
LONGSTREET LEAVES, LAMENTS LABORS LOST
Gen. James Longstreet and his corps had been detached from the Army of Northern Virginia and send West in a desperate move to shore up the defenses of Confederate Tennessee. It had been a valiant effort, but in the end it had been too little, too late. Their last assault had been on the ramparts of Fort Sanders at Knoxville, which they had taken but could not hold. With Grant's reinforcements on the way, Longstreet was now establishing winter quarters farther east and north, at a place called Greeneville. This was, in terms of travel time, about equidistant from potential battle sites in the west or in Virginia, enabling the force to be shifted to whichever area needed them most.
Sunday, Dec. 4, 1864
RAILROAD WRECKERS RUDELY ROUSTED
“Infrastructure interdiction” was not a military term in use at the time, but that was what Federal troops were engaged in around Waynesborough, Ga. today. They thought they were just tearing up railroad tracks, a tactic both sides had learned could wreak just as much harm on the enemy as outright battle could, with much less danger of the railroad tracks fighting back. Confederate Cavalry commander Joseph Wheeler took a dim view of this demolition, and launched an attack. The track-tearer-uppers had been provided with a guard force, and they repulsed the initial attack long enough for the cavalry (Federal) to ride to the rescue. Wheelers Confederates and Kilpatrick’s Federal horsemen battled back and forth for most of the day, charging and countercharging. Kilpatrick’s men finally shifted to dismounted tactics and the riders in gray were repulsed.
From Jerry ('65) and Judy Phillips ('66) Allen of VA - 12/02/11 - "Where's The Line to See Jesus?":
Yes! It's time to revisit this one.
Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday to Jesus!
J & J
Where's The Line to See Jesus
About the Song
Thank you, Sweetie-Pies!
From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 12/03/11 - "Please sign-animal torture":
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/514/117/236/ - Stop Dr.
Christos Kioni From Burning Chickens Alive!
YOWZERONI! Thank you, Shari!
From Stacy Dorn Davis ('64) of VA - 12/03/11 - "Christmas":
"Let's approach Christmas with an expectant hush, rather than a
If I decorate my house perfectly
with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls, but do not
show love to my family, I'm just another decorator.
Thank you so much, Stacy!
Tammy C. Hildebrand's Mr. and Mrs. Frosty
http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/holly-table-runner - Holly Table Runner
http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/crochet-holly-stocking-0 - Marilyn Coleman's Holly Stocking
http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/country-christmas - Country Christmas Placemat and Coaster
http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/pinwheels-table-tree - Mary Jane Protus' Pinwheels for Table & Tree
http://www.ajokeaday.com - 12/03/11:
|A man calls home to his wife and says, "Honey, I have been asked to
go fishing at a big lake up in Canada with my boss and several of his
friends. We'll be gone for a week. This is a good opportunity for me to
get that promotion I've been wanting, so would you please pack me enough
clothes for a week and set out my rod and tackle box. We're leaving from
the office and I will swing by the house to pick my things up. Oh! And
please pack my new blue silk pajamas."
The wife thinks this sounds a little fishy but being a good wife she does exactly what her husband asked. The following weekend he comes home a little tired but otherwise looking good.
The wife welcomes him home and asks if he caught many fish. He says, "Yes! Lots of Walleye, some Blue gill, and a few Pike. But why didn't you pack my new blue silk pajamas like I asked you to do?"
The wife replies; "I did, they were in your tackle box."
DATES TO REMEMBER:
1. Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 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 friends in that
year, go visit with them.|
2. Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 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. Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 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 friends in that year, go visit with them.
4. Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 11:00 AM - The NNHS Breakfast Bunch will host a Breakfast Bunch Brunch at the Warwick Restaurant, 12306 Warwick Boulevard, (across from CNU) Newport News, Virginia 23606. "Please come join them for a Dutch Treat Brunch featuring a lot of 'War Stories' and maybe a lie or two. Everyone is welcome so bring your wife, husband, boy friend, girl friend, class mate, school friend or whomever you choose." Please RSVP to Bill Roady at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 757-595-0716 so they have a head count.
http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 10/22/11
http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11
Please find a few minutes of your busy
schedule to support
Thank you so much!
Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309
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3. Just mail it directly to my home. Thanks!
As Lately We Watched
As lately we
watch'd o'er our fields thro' the night,
A star there was seen of such glorious light.
All thro' the night, angels did sing
Carols so sweet of the birth of a King.
A King of such beauty was ne'er before seen,
And Mary His mother so like a queen.
Blessed be the hour, welcome the morn,
For Christ our dear Saviour on earth now is born.
His throne is a manger, His court is a loft,
But troops of bright angels, in lays sweet and soft,
Him they proclaim, our Christ by name,
And earth, sky and air straight are filled with his fame.
Then shepherds, be joyful; salute your new King,
Let hills and vales ring to the song that ye sing.
Blessed be the hour, welcome the morn,
For Christ our dear Saviour on earth now is born
"As Lately We
Watched" midi courtesy of
http://delongfarms.com/m_frame.html - 12/01/06
"As Lately We Watched" lyrics courtesy of http://www.chebucto.ns.ca/%7Eai251/xcarol.html - 12/02/06
"Let There Be Light" Image courtesy of http://jsmagic.net/xmasgraphicsnativity/page4.html - 12/01/05
Shepherds Silhouette clip art used to
form Divider Lines courtesy
of http://www.twoheartsdesign.com/images/clipart/catholic/christmas/nativity/nativity2.html - 12/01/05
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
Replaced courtesy of http://www.hamptonhigh1964.com - 02/17/09
Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
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!!
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my #5 Son, Nathaniel Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '97) of IL - 06/06/02
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