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12/10/08 - NNHS Newsletter
Gesý Bambino

ďAnd it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds
said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing
which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.Ē

-  Luke 2: 15

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Today's Newsletter theme is also new to us this year, although I can scarcely imagine why we've never used it before.

BONUS - - Gesý bambino medley - Pavarotti and Joan Osborne with the East London Gospel Choir, 1996


   We received word last night of a tragic accident involving Chris White (Hillsboro HS, IL - '02) of IL and his brother, Jeremy White (Hillsboro HS, IL - '05) of IL.  Chris has been my #6 son            Dale's (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - '02 - of MA) best friend since they began kindergarten together, and Jeremy was in the same class in school as my daughter,         Adrienne (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - of NC).  Chris was a very frequent visitor in our home, and as he's only twelve days older than Dale, they were especially close, and have remained so over the years and despite the distance.

     Reports have been conflicting, but both young men are in critical condition.  We do know that Chris is in a coma, and his spinal cord has been broken in several places.  It is feared that should he recover, he'll be a paraplegic.

   We are all extremely distraught.  Your fervent prayers are earnestly requested for both of these exceptionally fine young men.

Sat., January 4, 1997
Taylor Springs, IL
Wed., October 22, 1997
Litchfield, IL - Halloween Party
October 2001
Taylor Springs, IL
Dale's 13th Birthday Party -
Chris Ben, Dale, and Tim
The Ghouls
Chris and Dale - age 13
Chris White (b. 23 Dec 1983) and
Dale Harty (b. 04 Jan 1984) - age 17 

From the (Illinois) State Journal-Register - 12/09/08:

Three injured in Montgomery County crash

Posted Dec 09, 2008 @ 04:56 PM

LITCHFIELD -- Two people are in critical condition following a crash in Montgomery County this morning.

Jeremy C. White, 21, of Taylor Springs and his passenger, Christopher A. White, 24, of Hillsboro were airlifted to Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

The second driver involved, Deborah A. Dour, 43, of Sorento was taken to St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield. Her condition is not known at this time.

The crash happened about 8:10 a.m. on Old Route 66 at North 10th Avenue near Litchfield.

According to police, Jeremy White was westbound in a 2000 Chevrolet Monte Carlo and failed to stop at the intersection, then struck a northbound Ford Mustang driven by Dour. She swerved to try to avoid a collision but was unable to.

Whiteís car overturned and landed in a field. The Mustang came to rest in a ditch.

Jeremy White and Christopher White were taken to St. Francis Hospital before being airlifted to Memorial.

The crash remains under investigation. Tickets are pending.


     Happy Birthday today to     John Murden ('60) of VA AND   Glen Davenport ('63) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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 OR;

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;

16 -   Betty Brockwell McClure ('58) of VA;

17 -   Tom Oxner ('65) of AR!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!

      From Me ('65) of NC - 12/09/08 - "December Newsletter Themes":

   Back in the fall I had a great plan - one in which I would actually produce some sort of special Newsletter for each day of the month.  I would rotate between secular and sacred music, pay ample time to Hanukkah and Winter Solstice - perhaps even Boxing Day - and of course, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.  I would also revisit some of the themes we had first used in 2004 and 2005, and find as many new and different songs and carols as I could.  It was a great plan, if I do say so myself.

   But it presupposed that I would actually BE here to make them.  I mean, "whoda thunk" I'd be going anywhere for the holidays?!?

   Now, as we're delightedly planning to leave to visit our little chickadees back in Illinois, I find myself shifting themes, scrambling and fretting, and sadly realizing that with the Winter Solstice falling on the 21st, and the first FULL day of Hanukkah on the 22nd, there is no way I'll be able to address them at all.  In fact, the only regular means I will have of communicating with y'all will be through the blog: 

   I'll continue to read the obituaries each morning, and to notify you if necessary through a regular emailing, but the creation of Memorial Editions will have to wait until I return (and I'm not certain when that date will be), as I'll not be able to access the site or my files while I'm gone, even if I had time to do so - which I won't.

   Soooo - this will be that great vacation so many of y'all have been urging me to take - and it all begins on the 18th.

   From Fred Field ('45) of CA - 12/09/08 - "Last Icon":

Apparently the last Mennonite dairy is leaving the scene. 
Others I remember were Colony Farms and Burkholder.  Don't know when they closed.
When urban development engulfed the Mennonite Colony they were able to extend their survival for many years by their agricultural tax status.  Finally when NN annexed the whole of Warwick Co., they were given a deadline.
The Colony faced the choice of struggling on with the tax burden, or making a structured sale of the communal property.  Their interesting decision was to sell the property in the most productive way - which surely meant many millions of dollars would be brought in.  Then the members had two choices:
1. They could take a monetary share, but remain as individuals in whatever business they wished to pursue.  I believe the local Mennonite Church continued to function. 
2. The remainder of the community would take their share and purchase a new rural site and set up again.  I believe the choice was WV.
Don't know the math of the split, but apparently a significant number chose to remain.
I remember that in the early thirties the Mennonites had a communal store on 30th Street., south side, just east of Washington Ave.  It was popular because of fresh produce and reasonable prices.  My grandmother used to go there to buy eggs.  They were sold by the pound. All the clerks were female and they all wore hair nets.
One of the old Mennonite barns survived and was made into a theater.  Also, somewhere, an old Colony silo has been preserved.
We had a few Mennonite boys who attended NNHS.  Don't remember any Mennonite girls there though.  The girls seemed to favor Morrison High School (later Warwick).  They were prominent in the annuals because they wore their hair nets for their senior photos.
Not sure all the details above are accurate.  Perhaps some of the locals can clarify. Many changes were made in the 56 years since I moved away.

Yoder Dairies to make last home milk deliveries Friday

From NN Daily Press, December 9, 2008

VIRGINIA BEACH - Yoder Dairies plans to stop its home-delivery service after nearly 80 years. The Virginia Beach-based institution said it plans to leave the last orders at customers' doorsteps on Friday.

Maria Olah, Yoder general manager, says Yoder lost 800 to 1,000 customers, about a quarter of its home-delivery base, since January because of the U.S. economic problems. Yoder struggled to pay its bills and ultimately couldn't afford buying, processing or transporting milk.

Olah says Yoder's Virginia Beach store will close after its inventory is sold. Yoder is considering keeping open its shop at the Virginia Beach Farmers Market to sell ice cream.

Fred W. Field
Fullerton, CA

   This is sad news indeed, Fred. Thank you for bringing it to our attention!

   I've added it to that page:


  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 12/08/08 - "LOVEMAKING TIPS FOR SENIORS":

1. Wear your glasses.  Make sure your partner is actually in the bed.
2. Set timer for 3 minutes, in case you doze off in the middle.
3. Set the mood with lighting.
(Turn them ALL OFF!) 
4. Make sure you put 911 on your speed dial before you begin.
5. Write partner's name on your
hand in case you can't remember.
6. Keep the polygrip close by so your teeth don't end up under the bed.
7. Have Tylenol ready in case you actually complete the act. 
8. Make all the noise you want.
The neighbors are deaf too. 
9. If it works, call everyone you
know with the good news.
10. Don't even think about trying it twice. 
 (This was printed in large type so you can read it.)

   YOWZERONI-GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Joyce - I think...!

     From Hunter Todd ('57) of TX - 12/09/08 - "Merry Christmas from WorldFest-Houston Intl Film Festival":

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

Wonderful Christmas!

Wishing you...

every happiness this Holiday Season and bountiful     
prosperity in the New Year. We know that this is a     
very busy time of the year, but we just wanted to     
remind you of the 42nd Annual WorldFest-Houston    
Entry Deadline. Postmarked or shipped by Monday,   
December 15th. If you enter only one competition    
this year, make it WorldFest! Fiercely Independent!    

Our warmest Holiday wishes from Texas,   

All of us at WorldFest-Houston Intl Film Festival   


Team WorldFest-Sponsored by HP, Kodak, Houston Arts Alliance (HAA), Boxer Properties

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   Thank you, Hunter! Merry Christmas to you and yours, too!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 12/09/08 - "Candy Cane":

This is so nice. I hope you enjoy it.  Have a truly blessed Christmas holiday.

This is a beautiful legend of the candy cane. 
As you watch do not click on anything (except "Start") as it will automatically turn the pages for you.

   I really did enjoy this, Joyce, thanks! will tell you that the legend isn't really true, but simply
"latter day attempts to infuse secular holiday traditions with specifically religious origins and meanings."

    To all such unimaginative souls who choose to believe that symbolism cannot be aptly and justly ascribed after the fact, I say - BAH! HUMBUG!!! You eat your candy cane and I'll eat mine!

   Merry Christmas, Lady!

  From Bill Prillaman ('60) of VA - 12/09/08 - "Julius Benton":

Please pass on to    Renee (Helterbran) Benton ('59 - of VA) and her family, my  condolences on the loss of her husband, Julius.
I remember many times listening to his great talent on the trumpet and marveling at his solos while I tried to keep up with my trombone in the background. 
Please know that my prayers are with the family for God's love and comfort at this sad time. 
Bill Prillaman (NNHS 60)

    Thank you, Bill! Julius' trumpet solos were nothing short of phenomenal! I forwarded your note to Renee.

  From Renee Helterbran Benton ('59) of VA - 12/09/08:

Hi, Bill
I remember you well.  Thank you so much for your message. It really helps that you and so many others have such fond memories of Julius. 

    Thank you, Renee! That is a comfort, isn't it? I posted both your notes on Julius' Memorial Newsletter:

  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 12/09/08:

Christmas is indeed upon us.  I have put up my big star on my TV tower.  Some may remember seeing my dad's huge star on his ham radio tower on Roanoke Avenue for years. It was his pride and joy.  After he moved, he said he was just too old to climb anymore.
Well, I carry on the family tradition here in Lecanto, Florida. 
May you have a wonderful Christmas,

   Ruthie, Dear, I remember your daddy's big star; it was a gift to the entire community! It does my heart good to see that you're carrying on your father's holiday tradition in your own family! Thanks for sharing this - and Merry Christmas!

      From Me ('65) of NC - 12/09/08 - "And speaking of food...":

   This is another recipe I might make while I'm visiting in Illinois:


From - 12/07/08 - "Achieving Goals":

Motivation - Achieve Your New Yearsí Resolutions -- or Any Goal!
By Jody Johnston Pawel, Nov. 30, 2008


Every New Year, many of us set goals and resolve to meet them ó only to become discouraged and quit. Here are suggestions for removing the most common barriers blocking our success ó in parenting, our careers, marriage...and Life!

First, set attainable goals. To illustrate, consider "Susan," who wants financial independence.

Write your intention and goal statements, then read them aloud every morning and night.

The key ingredients to goal achievement are the four levels of creative energy Peggy McColl describes in her book, 8 Proven Secrets to SMART Success.

  1. Thoughts. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "You become what you think about all day long." Think about that! When we repeatedly think about something with conviction, we put energy into creating whatever we are thinking about. Unfortunately, on average, 75% of thoughts are negative. When we wish for something and then cancel it out by thinking about all the reasons we canít get it or all the possible challenges we might encounter, McColl says, "itís like planting a healthy seed and immediately pouring weed killer on it."
  2. Words. The words we say aloud to ourselves or others add energy to our thoughts.
  3. Actions. When our thoughts, words and actions are all moving in the same direction, we get results.
  4. Being. This last level of creative energy stems from the other three, because we become what we think, say and do. Did you get that? We become what we think, say and do.

The first barrier to goal achievement is that our thoughts, words and actions often donít line up. If we take a positive action, but doubt we can succeed (a negative thought) or say we canít do it (negative words), our actions will not be as successful.

To take control of our creative energies, we must first become aware of what we are thinking, saying and doing. Then choose to replace non-productive thoughts, words and actions with supportive ones.

This may sound easy, but itís amazing how deeply ingrained our beliefs can be! Iím generally a positive person and have known about these energies for years. Yet, despite all my efforts, I simply wasnít reaching my goals. I thought there must be some deep subconscious blockage inside me. So I did an exercise McColl suggested to discover and remove the blockage:

Take two sheets of paper. For one week, on one sheet, write things you find yourself thinking, saying and doing that are positive and supportive. Keep this sheet. On the other sheet, write things you think, say and do that are holding you back from achieving your goals. Take this sheet and rewrite each negative statement as a positive statement on the first sheet. Then destroy the second sheet in some symbolic way, like tearing, burning or crumpling it.

The second barrier to goal achievement are excuses, which dis-empower us and keep us victimized. As long as we make excuses, we will not achieve our goals. Instead, we need to accept responsibility for solving the challenge we use as our excuse. Successful people arenít just lucky. Every successful person has overcome obstacles, endured adversity and worked through challenges.

The third barrier to goal achievement is our level of faith. Do we hope to reach our goal, but have great doubt we will? Do we believe weíll reach it, but have some doubts? Or do we have absolute faith and no question weíll succeed? The moment we start to doubt, we sabotage our success. So we must visualize our in advance and have absolute faith that we will achieve them. We may not know how, but we must have faith that the answer will come ó maybe from left field.

Many people live by the creed, "Iíll believe it when I see it." Our beliefs, however, filter everything we see and how we interpret events. We often twist the truth to fit our beliefs and ignore anything that doesnít fit our predictions. So naturally, we get a self-fulfilling prophecy! In reality, itís our beliefs that dictate what we see, so as Dr. Wayne Dyer says, "Youíll SEE it when you BELIEVE it."

The fourth barrier to goal achievement is a lack of sustained motivation. Rhonda Britten, in her book Change Your Life in 30 Days says, "Motivation is a reflection of how committed we are to our goal. If we are totally committed, itís easy to be motivated to do what we need to do, even when we donít feel like it." When we can say, "Thatís it, Iím doing this and nothing is going to stop me," we will conquer our fears and challenge ourselves to take the next step.

The following ancient Sanskrit saying sums it all up perfectly:


The Essence of Destiny

Watch your thoughts, for they become words.

Choose your words, for they become actions.

Understand your actions, for they become habits.

Study your habits, for they will become your character.

Develop your character, for it becomes your destiny.

Every day we are creating our future. What future will you choose to create?


Author's Bio

Jody Johnston Pawel is a Licensed Social Worker, Certified Family Life Educator, second-generation parent educator, founder of The Family Network, and President of Parents Toolshop Consulting. She is the author of 100+ parent education resources, including her award-winning book, The Parent's Toolshop. For 25+ years, Jody has trained parents and family professionals through her dynamic workshops and interviews with the media worldwide, including Parents and Working Mother magazines, and the Ident-a-Kid television series. Jody currently serves as the online parenting expert for Cox Ohio Publishingís mom-to-mom websites and also serves on the Advisory Board of the National Effective Parenting Initiative.

© Copyright by, Self Improvement Online, Inc.

From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 12/09/08 - "Mom - You got to love this!":



You don't even have to be a mother to enjoy this one...

Brian invited his mother over for dinner. During the course of the meal, Brian's mother couldn't help but notice how beautiful Brian's roommate, Jennifer, was. Brian's Mom had long been suspicious of the platonic relationship between Brian and Jennifer, and this had only made her more curious.

Over the course of the evening, while watching the two interact, she started to wonder if there was more between Brian and Jennifer than met the eye.

Reading his mom's thoughts, Brian volunteered, 'I know what you must be thinking, but I assure you Jennifer and I are just roommates.'

About a week later, Jennifer came to Brian saying, 'Ever since your mother came to dinner, I've been unable to find the beautiful silver gravy ladle. You don't suppose she took it, do you?'

Brian said, 'Well, I doubt it, but I'll send her an e-mail just to be sure. So he sat down and wrote:


Dear Mom,

I'm not saying that you 'did' take the gravy ladle from the house, I'm not saying that you 'did not' take the gravy ladle. But the fact remains that one has been missing ever since you were here for dinner.

Love, Brian


Several days later, Brian received an email back from his mother that read:


Dear Son,

I'm not saying that you 'do' sleep with Jennifer, I'm not saying that you 'do not' sleep with Jennifer. But the fact remains that if Jennifer is sleeping in her own bed, she would have found the gravy ladle by now.

Love, Mom


   WILD GIGGLES!  Thanks, Norris!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 12/09/08 - "Romantic Sleigh Ride":

This is funny!!!

   EWWWW!!!   Thanks, Joyce!

        From David Whitley ('67) of VA - 12/03/08 (but not discovered until 12/08/08) - "All these pictures are made from FOOD" (#3 in a Series of 7):

This is really cool, look closely at each picture; most everything is a kind of food.

Lots of detail & tons more imagination than I have...

   Thanks, Gorgeous! These are really incredible!



The NNHS Class of 1958 Gathering and Dinner will be held Wednesday, December 17, 2008 at 6:00 PM at Al Fresco Ristorante, 11710 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, VA 23606 CONTACT: Joe Drewry (, 757-244-4443, ext 4)


1. Thursday, January 1, 2009, 11:00 AM - Class of 1955 Lunch Bunch - Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News, VA  - OPEN TO ALL WITH FRIENDS IN CLASS OF 1955

2. April 23, 24, & 25, 2009 - Class of 1954 will hold their 55th-Year Reunion. For details contact Dr. Harry Simpson at 804-694-0346 or email him at - CLASS OF 1954

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 12/10/08
NNHS BLOG: - updated 12/08/08

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

                                  Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
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Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305  
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Gesý bambino

Words and Music by Pietro Yon, 1917
(08 Aug 1886 - 22 Nov 1943)

When blossoms flower e'er 'mid the snow
Upon a winter night
Was born the Child, the Christmas Rose
The King of Love and Light.

The angels sang, the shepherds sang
The grateful earth rejoiced
And at His blessed birth the stars
Their exultation voiced.

O come let us adore Him
O come let us adore Him
O come let us adore Him
Christ the Lord.

Again the heart with rapture glows
To greet the holy night
That gave the world its Christmas Rose
Its King of Love and Light.

Let ev'ry voice acclaim His name
The grateful chorus swell
From paradise to earth He came
That we with Him might dwell.

O come let us adore Him
O come let us adore Him
O come let us adore Him
Christ the Lord.

"Gesu Bambino" midi (sequenced by John Cowles) courtesy of - 11/05/08

"Gesu Bambino" lyrics courtesy of - 12/09/08

Image of Roberto Ferruzzi's (1854-1934) 1897 Painting, "Madonna_of_the_Streets", courtesy of ?? - 12/09/08

Angel Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 12/05/05

Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

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 - 10/02/05

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

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

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

Animated Laughing Smiley courtesy of Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 02/07/05
Thanks, Janice!

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
Thanks, Al!

Animated Rolling on the Floor Laughing Boy courtesy of - 04/06/05

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

Animated "NEW" clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

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