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12/04/19 - NNHS Newsletter - Ru, Ru, Chu

Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son,
and they shall call his name Emmanuel,
which being interpreted is, God with us.

- Matthew 1: 23

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Today's Newsletter theme is a Renaissance carol from Spain.

BONUS #1 - Ru, Ru, Chu - Matthew Hoch, baritone, The Shorter Chorale (Martha Shaw, conductor), 15th Annual Feaste of Caroles, Saturday, November 17, 2007

BONUS #2 - Ru, Ru, Chu - Kalenda Maya

BONUS #3 - Ru, Ru, Chu - The Monkees, 1967


Ru Ru Chu, also known as Ru Chu, is a Spanish villancico that has attained some contemporary fame as a Christmas carol.

The villancico is attributed by some sources[1] to Mateo Flecha the Elder, who died in 1553; it has also been described as anonymous.[2] The song also bears a strong resemblance to another villancico, Falalanlera, by Bartomeu Crceres, a Catalan composer.[3] It is known from a single source, the Cancionero de Upsala, published in 1556 in Venice; a unique copy is preserved at the library of the University of Uppsala. The song appears as the fortieth song of that collection.[4] Daniel R. Melamed described the song as "redoutable", and mentions it as a contender for the best known piece of Renaissance music.[5]

The nonsense syllables ru ru chu are often taken to represent the song of a nightingale,[6] but are more appropriately heard as the predator call of a kingfisher.[7]

The basic theme of the song is the nativity of Christ and the Immaculate Conception...


   Happy Birthday today to The late W. D. Dangler ('57) (d. 03/07/17) AND Howard Williamson (HHS - '63) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Eugene Peters ('57) AND the late Gene Peters ('57) (d. 07/24/09) AND     the late Melody Clendenin DeBerry (Warwick HS - '66) (d. 11/21/18)!

   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   the late Tim Parsons (NNHS / Menchville HS - '73) (d. 10/29/17);

09 - Shirley Smith Langston ('57);

10 -   John Murden ('60) of VA AND  Glen Davenport ('63) of VA;

11 -  Helen Bost Rainelle ('72) of FL!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


December 04, 1619 - Thirty-eight colonists arrived at Berkeley Hundred, Virginia. The group's charter proclaims that the day "be yearly and perpetually kept holy as a day of thanksgiving to Almighty God."


December 04, 1939 - World War II: HMS Nelson was struck by a mine (laid by U-31) off the Scottish coast and was laid up for repairs until August 1940.

December 04, 1942 - U.S. bombers attacked the Italian mainland for the first time during World War II.

December 04, 1942 - Holocaust: In Warsaw, Zofia Kossak-Szczucka and Wanda Krahelska-Filipowicz set up the Żegota organization.

December 04, 1942 - Carlson's patrol during the Guadalcanal Campaign ended.

December 04, 1943 - In Yugoslavia, resistance leader Marshal Tito proclaimed a provisional democratic Yugoslav government in-exile.

December 04, 1943 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt closed down the Works Progress Administration, because of the high levels of wartime employment in the United States.


December 04, 1969 - Black Panther Party members Fred Hampton and Mark Clark were shot and killed during a raid by 14 Chicago police officers.

December 04, 1969 - Singer-songwriter, producer and actress Dionne Farris was born Dionne Yvette Farris in Plainfield, New Jersey.

December 04, 1969 - Rapper, producer, actor, and co-founder of  Roc-A-Fella Records, Jay Z, was born Shawn Corey Carter in New York City, New York.

December 04, 1969 - Journalist and author Plum Sykes was born Victoria Sykes in London, England.

Overdoing it is especially common this time of the year for many of us. The causes for this might include too many Christmas activities to attend, too much to eat, too much money spent, too many expectations, and too much tension. Often our efforts at Christmastime result in our feeling stressed out, wrung out, and worn out during a time we should feel the simple joys of commemorating the birth of our Savior. Finding the real joy of Christmas comes not in the hurrying and the scurrying to get more done, nor is it found in the purchasing of gifts. We find real joy when we make the Savior the focus of the season.

- Thomas S. Monson
(21 Aug 1927 - 02 Jan 2018)

From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 12/04/19:

   Thank you, Joan!

 From the Boy Most Likely to Succeed in the Class of 1965, Frank Blechman ('65) of Northern VA - 12/03/19, 8:17 PM - "Pix":

On the Magruder Elementary School picture in the September 21st newsletter, I can't be sure of much but I can definitely say that   George Fenigsohn ('65) and I are not in there, since we both went to Hilton Elementary School.

 Thank you so much, Frank! Wal, yes and no. I don't know at what point Georgie moved up the road to your neck of the woods, but he began as a Stuart Gardens kid and therefore went to Magruder for a while. He was certainly there in third grade, as the picture above clearly indicates (See: Third Grade Swap Photos, Dec 1956). I also have clear memories of his mama attending class parties there.
To compensate, here's a graphic you can use someday:
 Thank you again, Frank! As my sainted grandmother (whom I never met) used to say, "There's no time like the present!"  I could scarcely agree more with the both of you.

  From Adrian Whitcomb ('67) of VA - 12/03/19, 4:11 PM - "Open House: HRSD Proposal to Buy Some City Farm Land":

The  Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD) has made a proposal to the Newport News City Council to buy some City Farm Land. Part of the deal would include preserving some of the waterfront for the public and building a trail. You can view the presentation made to City Council at 
Information is also on our website at
Please take time to review this information and plan to attend an open house at the James River Plant. The entrance is at the end of the road that leads to the gymnastics center and dog park on Riverview Farm Park. There is information below concerning the December 7 open house. There will be another one in January.
Adrian Whitcomb, President, Citizens for Riverview Farm Park


Newport News residents are invited to come learn more about the Sustainable Water Initiative for Tomorrow (SWIFT)

NEWPORT NEWS  HRSD will hold an informational open house on Saturday, December 7, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to share information and answer questions about upcoming plant expansion that will bring SWIFT, Advanced Water Treatment and aquifer replenishment to the James River Plant. The plant is located at 111 City Farm Road, Newport News, Virginia 23602.

While there, visitors can:

  • See preliminary expansion design plans and speak with project engineers
  • Learn more about the many environmental benefits of SWIFT
  • Ask questions and provide your feedback
  • Sample drinking-water quality SWIFT Water

Tours of the James River Plant will also be available to visitors 12 years and older*.

SWIFT is an innovative water treatment project designed to ensure a sustainable source of groundwater to meet current and future needs in the region. The project takes HRSD's already highly treated water that would otherwise be discharged into the Elizabeth, James or York rivers and puts it through additional rounds of advanced water treatment to produce drinking quality SWIFT Water. The SWIFT Water is then treated to match the existing groundwater chemistry and added to the Potomac Aquifer, the primary source of groundwater throughout eastern Virginia.

The SWIFT Research Center in Suffolk, Virginia, currently adds one million gallons of SWIFT Water to the Potomac Aquifer daily. Once fully implemented, SWIFT will replenish the aquifer with up to 100 million gallons of water daily, ensuring a sustainable source of groundwater while also addressing environmental challenges such as Chesapeake Bay restoration, sea level rise and saltwater intrusion.

HRSDs mission is to protect public health and the waters of Hampton Roads by treating wastewater effectively. A political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Virginia, HRSD was created by public referendum in 1940 and currently serves 18 cities and counties in southeast Virginia, an area with a population of 1.7 million.

 *Due to safety requirements, all plant tour participants must wear long pants and closed-toe shoes (no high heels).

Leila Rice, APR

HRSD Director of Communications
Office: 757-460-7056 | Mobile: 757-642-1321
1434 Air Rail Avenue | Virginia Beach, VA 23455 |

     Thank you, Adrian!

  From Hunter Todd ('57) of TX - 12/03/19, 2:16 PM - "WorldFest-Houston Film Festival wishes you a Wonderful Christmas!":

Howdy from Houston!
And our very best wishes for a Wonderful Christmas, the Happiest of  Holidays, Happy Hanukkah, and a Wonderful, Peaceful & Prosperous New Year from all of us at the 53rd WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival! The Oldest Indie Film Fest in the World!

You are cordially invited to participate in the upcoming 53rd  WorldFest-Houston! The Main Online Deadline is only a few days away! Sunday, December 15th! You may enter via our website or via ~ The festival that gave first honors to Spielberg, George Lucas, Ang Lee, the Coen Brothers, Francis Ford Coppola, John Lee Hancock, Oliver Stone, Guillermo del Toro, David Lynch, & Randal Kleiser, among hundreds of others! We offer competition in 10 major categories, including Shorts, Features, New Media, Screenplays, Student, Experimental, TV Production, Music Video, TV/Web Commercials, & Film & Video! We screen Remi Winners on big Cinemark Theatre screens, not little hotel meeting rooms. We have a great Festival Club for super networking, 3 HQ Hotels with great rates, the Remi Awards Gala, a VIP Tour of NASA with an official Police Escort and the only film festival in the world with a Regatta & Texas BBQ! You could be the next Spielberg or Ang Lee! We welcome your entry--so thank you for making our year great. We couldn't have done it without you! (Entries close Dec 15th!) The 53rd is April 17-26, 2020, 10 Great Days in April!) There is a Final Late Entry Deadline of January 15th, 2020, (with a Late Fee, natch!) just in case!

Wishing you great Joy, Happiness and Peace,

A Wonderful Christmas and a Very Bountiful New Year!
Most Sincerely,
Hunter, Kathleen, Katy, Lauren, Elease, Chandni, Adrienn, Josie, Henry, Brian, Catherine, Manisha,Tom and All of us at Team WorldFest​!
      Thank you, Hunter! Merry Christmas to you, too!

I was such an ugly kid. When I played in the sandbox the cat kept trying to cover me up.

- Rodney Dangerfield
(22 Nov 1921 - 05 Oct 2004)

 From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 11/29/19, 9:29 AM - "Smiles & Crafts" (#4 in a Series of 19):

  COOLThank you, Shari!

From My Friend, Jim, of NV - 12/03/14 - "Southern Strawberry Punch Bowl Cake":

  Southern Strawberry Punch Bowl Cake


1 yellow cake mix
1 (6 oz.) pkg. instant vanilla pudding
1 lg. can crushed pineapple, drained
2 (10 oz.) pkgs. frozen strawberries
2 bananas
1 (16 oz.) carton Cool Whip


Bake cake in two round cake pans and set aside to cool. Make pudding and set in refrigerator to get cold. Cut one layer of cake in small chunks; put in punch bowl. Spread half of pudding on top; then add half of pineapple and one package strawberries. Slice one banana on top; half of Cool Whip, spreading to cover completely. Repeat with the other layer the same - ending with Cool Whip. Let set in refrigerator overnight.


 OOH! Thank you, Jim!


Chewy Coconut Macaroons - "So easy to make, and so versatile - you'll want to try all the variations included with this recipe!"

Chewy Coconut Cookies - "Lots of coconut and sugar make these cookies chewy and delicious."

Coconut Macaroons III - "This recipe has won many 1st place ribbons at my state fair. They are very simple to make."

  From Me ('65) of NC - 12/03/08:

   This cookie - candy recipe is soooo yummy - and great for taking caroling to your friends!

Saltine Cracker Surprise

35 square saltine crackers
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup butter (NO margarine!)
2 cups chocolate chips
1/3 cup chopped pecans

   Cover a cookie sheet with aluminum foil, and place the saltines on top. Melt the brown sugar with the butter in a pan, stir, and boil hard for two minutes. Pour over the crackers and bake at 350 degrees F. for 5 minutes. Immediately cover the crackers with the chocolate chips. As the chocolate melts, spread it over the crackers. Sprinkle the chopped nuts on the top and chill. Peel off the foil and break the candy into pieces. Store in the refrigerator or freezer.                      


From - 12/03/18:

A 4-year old son was eating an apple in the back seat of the car, when he asked, "Daddy, why is my apple turning brown?"

"Because," his dad explained, "after you ate the skin off, the meat of the apple came into contact with the air, which caused it to oxidize, thus changing the molecular structure and turning it into a different color."

There was a long silence. Then the son asked softly, "Daddy, are you talking to me?"

1. Every Tuesday, 7:30 AM - Male grads meet at Angelo's Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard for breakfast and camaraderie.

2. Wednesday, January 08, 2020 -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.

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

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the power of a drop
in the bucket."


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Ru, Ru, Chu

Written in Castellano Antiguo (Old Spanish) by Mateo Flecha the Elder

Ru, ru, chu, la guarda ribera
Dios guard el lobo de nuestra cordera
Dios guard el lobo de nuestra cordera

El lobo rabioso la quiso morder
Mas Dios poderoso la supo defender
Qusola hacer que no pudiese pecar
Ni aun original esta Virgen no tuviera

(Estribillo 2x)

ste que es nacido es el gran monarca
Cristo patriarca de carne vestido
Hanos redimido con se hacer chiquito
Aunque era infinito, finito se hiciera

(Estribillo 2x)

River, river, the shepherd by the river
God guarded our sheep from the wolf
God guarded our sheep from the wolf

The raging wolf tried to bite her
But powerful God knew how to defend her
He wanted to make her so that she could not sin
This Virgin did not even have original sin

(Chorus 2x)

This one who is born is the great monarch
Christ the Father made flesh
He has redeemed us by making himself small
Although he was infinite, he made himself finite

(Chorus 2x)

"Ru, Ru, Chu" midi (sequenced by Curtis Clark) courtesy of - 11/05/08

"Ru, Ru, Chu" lyrics courtesy of - 12/03/08

Medieval Image of King David courtesy of - 12/03/08

Celtic Interlace clip art used to form Divider Lines courtesy of - 12/03/08

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!

Animated USMC Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03    

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

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

Animated Poinsettia courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon of VA - 12/06/08
Thanks, Joyce!

Jeffrey Holman's Image "A Drop in the Bucket" courtesy of - 05/23/16

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