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12/08/09 - NNHS Newsletter -
Feast of the Immaculate Conception

“We never give more honour to Jesus than when we honour his Mother,
and we honour her simply and solely to honour him all the more perfectly.
We go to her only as a way leading to the goal we seek - Jesus, her Son.”

- Saint Louis Marie de Montfort
(31 Jan 1673 - 28 Apr 1716)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Today's Catholic Holiday celebration is a first for us here (probably because the ditzy webmistress was never paying close enough attention before...)! 

BONUS - - O Gloriosa Virginum, 2008



     Happy Birthday tomorrow to Shirley Smith Langston ('57)!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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);

14 - Elizabeth Mitchell Hedgepeth ('57) AND   Kathie Avant Taylor ('64) of GA;

15 - Jewell Hamner Crowe ('57) AND        Buster Vest ('63) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


December 08, 1941 - The United States entered World War II when it declared war against Japan. The act came one day after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Britain and Canada also declared war on Japan.

December 08, 1941 - Japan made an amphibious landing on the coast of Thailand. Thailand declared war on the United States and England on January 25, 1942.

December 08, 1941 - The Japanese invaded the British Crown Colony of Hong Kong, British Malaya and the Dutch East Indies. They also invaded the portions of Shanghai administered by European powers and bombed American bases in the Philippines.

December 08, 1941 - Pacific War – the Republic of China officially declaresd war against Japan.

December 08, 1941 - First Japanese attack on Wake Island.

December 08, 1941 - Holocaust: Gas vans were first used as a means of execution, at the Chelmno extermination camp near Łódź in Poland.


Tuesday, December 8, 2008 - Country singer James Blundell was born in Australia.

Tuesday, December 8, 2008 - Record producer Sandy Burnett was born in Nottingham, England.

Tuesday, December 8, 2008 - Actress Teri Hatcher was born in Palo Alto, California.

Tuesday, December 8, 2008 - Female wrestler Chigusa Nagayo was born in Omura, Nagasaki, Japan.

  From Jo Ann Stewart ('64) of Northern VA - 12/07/09 - "Pearl Harbor":

Hi Carol---

Around 1986 I went to Hawaii to visit a dear friend and her husband, a Navy Captain, who were stationed at Pearl Harbor-one night we were at a Luau on base right beside the Boathouse where the Navy keeps their private launches that take visitors to the Arizona.  All around the inside of the Boathouse were framed original newspapers depicting the devastation at Pearl--was both horrific and fascinating.  Obviously it made quite an impression on me as I have never forgot that experience. 

Jo Ann Stewart

   That must have been incredibly moving! Thank you for sharing it with us, Jo Ann!

  From Bill Roady ('60) of VA - 12/07/09 - "Jimmy Hall ('61 - of Northern VA)":


Attached please find a copy of a article about Jimmy Hall which appeared in the Sunday edition of the Daily Press in mid November this year.

I last saw Jimmy at Mary Ann Edwards Elliott's ('60) Ocean View beach house gig in August of 2008 and he looked great.  You could tell he had been working out, running, walking or something.  He looked like a pulling guard for Notre Dame.

Thought you would like to see this.



   WOWZERONI!!! That's amazing! Thanks for sending this to us, Bill! Way to go, Jimmy!

    From Bobby Turpin ('58) of VA - 12/07/09 - "Merry Christmas":

May you and your families have a "Merry Christmas 2009".  Keep "Christ" the main message of Christmas.

Bobby Turpin

I will be making a conscious effort to wish everyone a Merry Christmas this year ...
My way of saying that I am celebrating
the birth of Jesus Christ.

So I am asking my email buddies, if you agree with me, to please do the same.
And if you'll pass this on to
your email buddies, and so on...
maybe we can prevent one more American tradition from being lost
in the sea of  "Political Correctness".

To One and All ! ! ! ! !

   Thanks so much, Bobby! Merry Christmas to you and Anne, too!

      From Dimples Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 12/07/09 - "Christmas Decorations":

 Merry Christmas, all Y'all !

Dimples  aka Sepi

Well, there is good news and bad news about my Christmas decorations. 

The good news is that I truly outdid myself this year.  The bad news is that I had to take them down after only two days.  I had more people come screaming up to my house than ever. 
 Great stories.  But two things made me take it down. First, the cops advised me that it would cause traffic accidents as they almost wrecked when they drove by. Second, a 55 year old lady grabbed the ladder and almost killed herself putting it against my house and didn't realize it was fake until she climbed to the top (she was not happy). She was one of many people who attempted to do that. My yard couldn't take it either. I have more than a few tire tracks where people literally drove up my yard. 

I think I made him too real this time
. But it was fun while it lasted. ;) 

   WILD GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Dimples! Merry Christmas!

       From George Helliesen ('61) of MI - 12/07/09 - "What a neat e-mail":


TO: God.Com
Dear  Lord,


Every single evening
As I'm lying here in bed,
This tiny little Prayer
Keeps running through my head:

God  bless all my family
Wherever they may be,
Keep them warm and safe from harm
For they're so close to me.

And  God, there is one more thing
I wish that you could do;
Hope you don't mind me asking,
Please bless my computer too.

Now I know that it's unusual
To Bless a motherboard,
But listen just a second
While I explain it to you, Lord

You see, that little metal box
Holds more than odds and ends;
Inside those small compartments
Rest so many of my friends.

I know so much about them
By  the kindness that they give,
And this little scrap of metal
Takes me in to where they live.

By faith is how I know them
Much the same as you.
We share in what life brings us
And from that our friendships grew.

Please take an extra minute
From your duties up above,
To bless those in my address book
That's filled with so much love.


   Thank you so much, George! God bless you, too!

From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 12/07/09 - "The Christmas Pageant":

PAGEANT My husband and I had been happily married (most of the time) for five years but hadn't been blessed with a baby. 
I decided to do some serious praying and promised God that if he would give us a child.  I would be a perfect mother, love it with all my heart and raise it with His word as my guide. 
God answered my prayers and blessed us with a son. 
The next year God blessed us with another son. 
The following year, He blessed us with yet another son. 
The year after that we were blessed with a daughter. 
My husband thought we'd been blessed right into poverty. We now had four children, and the oldest was only four years old. 

I learned never to ask God for anything unless I meant it As a minister once told me,  "If you pray for rain, make sure you carry an umbrella." 

I began reading a few verses of the Bible to the children each day as they lay in their cribs. I was off to a good start. God had entrusted me with four children and I didn't want to disappoint Him. I tried to be patient the day the children smashed two dozen eggs on the kitchen floor searching for baby chicks. 
I tried to be understanding...when they started a hotel for homeless frogs in the spare bedroom, although it took me nearly two hours to catch all twenty-three frogs. When my daughter poured ketchup all over herself and rolled up in a blanket to see  how it felt to be a hot dog, I tried to see the humor rather than the mess. 

In spite of changing over twenty-five thousand diapers, never eating a hot meal and never sleeping for more than thirty minutes at a time, I still thank God daily for my children.. 

While I couldn't keep my promise to be a perfect mother - I didn't even come close... I did keep my promise to raise them in the Word of God. 
I knew I was missing the mark just a little when I told my daughter we were going to church to worship God, and she wanted to bring a bar of soap along to "wash up" Jesus, too. 
Something was lost in the translation when I explained that God gave us everlasting life, and my son thought it was generous of God to give us his "last wife." 
My proudest moment came during the children's Christmas pageant. 
My daughter was playing Mary, two of my sons were shepherds and my youngest son was a wise man. This was their moment to shine.

My five-year-old shepherd had practiced his line, "We found the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes." But he was nervous and said, "The baby was wrapped in wrinkled clothes." 

My four-year-old "Mary" said, "That's not 'wrinkled clothes,' silly. That's dirty, rotten clothes."

A wrestling match broke out between Mary and the shepherd and was stopped by an angel, who bent her halo and lost her left wing. I slouched a little lower in my seat when Mary dropped the doll representing Baby Jesus, and it bounced down the aisle crying, "Mama-mama." Mary grabbed the doll, wrapped it back up and held it tightly as the wise men arrived. My other son stepped forward wearing a bathrobe and a paper crown, knelt at the manger and announced, "We are the three wise men, and we are bringing gifts of gold, common sense and fur." 
The congregation dissolved into laughter, and the pageant got a standing ovation. 

"I've never enjoyed a Christmas program as much as this one," laughed the pastor, wiping tears from his eyes "For the rest of my life, I'll never hear the Christmas story without thinking of gold, common sense and fur." 

"My children are my pride and my joy and my greatest blessing," I said as I dug through my purse for an aspirin.

Jesus had no servants, yet they called Him Master. 
Had no degree, yet they called Him Teacher. 
Had no medicines, yet they called Him Healer. 

Had no army, yet kings feared Him. 

He won no military battles, yet He conquered the world. 

He committed no crime, yet they crucified Him. 

He was buried in a tomb, yet He lives today. 

Feel honored to serve such a Leader who loves us. 

   Thank you so much, Norris!

 From Mark Friedman ('65) of VA - 12/07/09 - "MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!":

Merry Christmas!!!

When you go to this site, click on the dogs and match them up and see what happens.

Merry Christmas and enjoy!!!!

Match the dogs

   Thanks, Mark, this is fun!


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

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

   Thanks, Jane!


From ArcaMax Jokes - 12/07/09:

Leaning Left

I have this friend who always seemed to lean slightly to the left all the time. It used to bother me, so I suggested he see a doctor, and have his legs checked out.

For years, he refused... told me I was crazy.

But last week, he finally went, and sure enough, the doctor discovered his left leg was 1/4 of an inch shorter than his right. A quick bit of orthopedic surgery later, he was cured, and both legs are exactly the same length now, and he no longer leans.

"So," I said, "You didn't believe me when I told you a doctor could fix your leg."

He just looked at me and said, "I, stand corrected."


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. THAT'S TODAY!!!
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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O Gloriosa Virginum

Ascribed to Saint Venantius Fortunatus, Bishop of Poitiers
(c. 530-c. 600/609)

O gloriósa vírginum,
sublímis inter sídera,
Qui te creávit párvulum
lacténte nutris úbere.

Quod Heva tristis ábstulit,
tu reddis almo gérmine,
Intrent ut astra flébiles,
caeli reclúdis cárdines.

Tu Regis Alti jánua
et aula lucis fúlgida,
Vitam datam per Vírginem,
gentes redémptae pláudite.

Jesu Tibi sit glória,
Qui natus es de Vírgine,
Cum Patre et almo Spíritu,
in sempitérna saécula.


O Queen of all the Virgin choir,
Enthroned above the starry sky;
Who with pure milk from thy own breast
Thy own Creator didst supply.

What man hath lost in hapless Eve,
Thy sacred womb to man restores;
Thou to the sorrowing here beneath
Hast open’d Heaven’s eternal doors.

Hail, O refulgent Hall of light!
Hail, Gate sublime of Heaven’s high King!
Through thee redeem’d to endless life,
Thy praise let all the nations sing.

O Jesu! born of Virgin bright,
Immortal glory be to Thee;
Praise to the Father infinite,
And Holy Ghost eternally.


"O Gloriosa Virginum" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 10/06/09

"O Gloriosa Virginum" English lyrics courtesy of - 12/07/09

Image of Bartolomé Esteban Murillo's (31 Dec 1617 - 03 Apr 1682) 1660 Painting, "The Immaculate Conception", courtesy
of - 12/07/09

Fancy Gold Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 12/17/08

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

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

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

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

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

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

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