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12/06/09 - NNHS Newsletter -
Happy St. Nicholas Day!

“A Christmas candle is a lovely thing;
It makes no noise at all,
But softly gives itself away;
While quite unselfish, it grows small.”

- Eva K. Logue

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Guess what?!?  It's St. Nicholas Day!  That's right!  We celebrate this day together every year (even if we don't personally celebrate it, and personally, I don't know anyone who DOES celebrate it).  But, HEY!  It's December, and surely there's something to celebrate - or remember - every day this month!

   This particular Holiday Edition repeats each year: - Jolly Old Saint Nicholas - Up On the Housetop - Santa Claus Is Coming to Town - Up On the Housetop - Here Comes Santa Claus

   BUT - this year it falls on Sunday (and the second Sunday in Advent, at that!), so I thought (as I'm ever on the alert for the obscure and the abstruse) we'd take a different approach, and go back to its origins in our observance.

BONUS - - Innu lil San Nikola ta' Bari / Hymn of St. Nicholas of Bari - This is the sing-along version, particularly if you're fluent in Maltese.....



"In the main square of the village of Siggiewi in Malta. St. Nicholas is the patron saint of this village and many people in the area are called Nicholas or Nichola as is the custom. People who hail from the village of Zebbug nearby are often called Philip or Philippa after their patron saint."


Happy Birthday today to Frances Scheinman Berkman ('57)!

     Happy Birthday tomorrow to     Jay Styles ('68) of VA AND   Janice Pratt McGrew (Hampton HS - '67) of VA AND   Tim Parsons ('73) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

09 - Shirley Smith Langston ('57);

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

12 -   Mary Massey Lyle ('61) of NJ AND      Marcus C. Higgins ('65) of AZ AND       Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) AND   My #2 Daughter-in-Law, Bethany Winona Harty (Siuslaw HS, OR - '94) of TX;

13 - Kay Davis Smith ('57)!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


December 06, 1941 - U.S. President Roosevelt sent a telegram to Japanese Emporor Hirohito that requested intervention "to prevent further death and destruction in the world." Intelligence reports had convinced Roosevelt that the Japanese fleet was headed for Thailand.

December 06, 1941 - The United Kingdom declared war on Finland in support of the Soviet Union during the Continuation War.



Sunday, December 6, 1964 - It was St. Nicholas Day then, too!

Sunday, December 6, 1964 - Socialite Consuelo Vanderbilt, Duchess of Marlborough (b. 02 Mar 1877 in New York City, New York) died at Southampton, Long Island, New York.

    From Bill Black ('66) of GA - 12/05/09 - "Beecroft and Bull Closing":

**sigh**.... With sadness, I noticed Beecroft & Bull in Hilton Village was closing.  I bought the first suit I ever paid for myself ( with my stage crew home room money, paid in cash by     Miss Crane ) back in the fall of 1966.  A brown window pane plaid...  Back in the old days, gentlemen were expected to wear a jacket and tie on dates.

I'm sure a couple of the girls remember how soft the shoulder was...   Modesty prohibits me from mentioning any names.  If I could remember any of them by something more than "Miss September, "Miss October", "Miss November", that is.

      Thanks, Bill! You're a hoot! 

  From Bill Roady ('60) of VA - 12/05/09 - "LAUGH-A-LOT BREAKFAST BUNCH":

Once again the LAUGH-A-LOT BREAKFAST BUNCH invites you to join us Saturday,  December 12, 2009 at 9am at the Candle Light Kitchen located at 7521 Richmond Road,  Williamsburg (Norge), Virginia for a fun filled morning with great friends and good food.
Directions:  Take I-64 to exit 231-A-Norge, go 1-1/2 miles to Richmond Road, go through the light, crossing Richmond Road, look for shopping center on the left, Candle Light Kitchen is on the right.
PLEASE  RSVP  to Bill Roady at no later than December 8, 2009.
We hope to see each and everyone of you.

   Thanks, Bill - Merry Christmas! Okay, you 1960 types - email Bill right away; time's a-wastin'!

      From Dimples Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 12/05/09 - "WAGS and SWAGS":


Just got back from Myrtle Beach yesterday after almost a whole week and read the Monday Newsletter. I can now access the Newsletter, thank goodness. There were WAGS and SWAGS as well as Phishing and that turned into the biggest reason I had a S.N.A.F.U.

    Joe (Madagan - '57 - of FL) and        Dave (Spriggs - '64 - of VA) will understand this.

Dimples aka Sepi

   GIGGLES! That's super! Thanks, Dimples!

      From Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA - 12/05/09 - "You have to watch this":


I am not sure, but I think this is me...Maybe not!

Jerry Blanchard  (Class of 62) of Va.

   WILD GIGGLES! I feel your pain! Thanks, Jerry!


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

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

   Thanks, Jane!


From ArcaMax Jokes - 12/05/09:

The Conspiracy

Have you noticed that stairs are getting steeper?

Groceries are heavier.

And, everything is farther away.

Yesterday I walked to the corner and I was dumbfounded to discover how long our street had become!

And, you know, people are less considerate now, especially the young ones. They speak in whispers all the time! If you ask them to speak up they just keep repeating themselves, endlessly mouthing the same silent message until they're red in the face! What do they think I am, a lip reader?

I also think they are much younger than I was at the same age. On the other hand, people my own age are so much older than I am. I ran into an old friend the other day and she has aged so much that she didn't even recognize me.

I got to thinking about the poor dear while I was combing my hair this morning, and in doing so, I glanced at my own refection ......... Well, REALLY NOW- even mirrors are not made the way they used to be!

Another thing, everyone drives so fast today!

You're risking life and limb if you happen to pull onto the freeway in front of them. All I can say is, their brakes must wear out awfully fast, the way I see them screech and swerve in my rear view mirror.

The people who make bathroom scales are pulling the same prank, but in reverse. Do they think I actually believe the number I see on that dial? HA! I would never let myself weigh that much! Just who do these people think they're fooling?

I'd like to call up someone in authority to report what's going on -- but the telephone company is in on the conspiracy too: they've printed the phone books in such small type that no one could ever find a number in here!

All I can do is pass along this warning: We are under attack! Unless something drastic happens, pretty soon everyone will have to suffer these awful indignities.



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 their friends - TYPHOON OR NOT, CLASS OF 1960 OR NOT - to meet with them for 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.  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 12/05/09

BLOG: - updated 08/04/09

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

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Insel Lmulek Missier Taghna

Versi: Dun Nikola Aquilina

Mons: Dun Lawrenz Mifsud

Insel lmulek Missier taghna
Ahna wliedek migburin;
Hawn madwarek ghax b'foh ri tek
Inhossuna wisq kburin.
Jum ta 'ferh jiddi gha
Iina fharstek qalbna kemm tis trieh,
Ghalik thabbat aktar qaw wighaliex fik issib mis trieh.

Ejjew nghajtu ghalenija
li Nikola qad dis kbir
Infahruh ghax matul hajjtu
Qatt ma kien tad dnub ilsir.


Fik ninsew ghawg, ghelt tba tija,
ttir marrih l'ghajja u l'hemm;
l'ghelm ta' hajtek ifakkarna
kif hajjitna ma tkunx semm.
Hsieb kulhadd kont tie hu f'haj tek,
morda ltiema, kbar u zghar
grejt bhal Kristu wara 'lmidneb, u ma nsejtx lgharajjes fqar.


"Insel Lmulek Missier Taghna" midi and lyrics (plus downloadable sheet music) courtesy of - 10/07/09

Johanna Mifsud's 2007 Image of St. Nicholas Statue in Malta courtesy of - 10/07/09

Gold Scroll Divider Line clip art courtesy of - well, I cannot seem to retrieve that information at the moment.....

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

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!

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

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!

Siuslaw High School's Viking Logo clip art courtesy of - 12/27/07

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

Animated Laughing Frog courtesy of Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 07/16/08
Thanks, Wayne!

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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