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12/14/10 - NNHS Newsletter - O Bethlehem of Holy Worth

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Juda, unto the city
of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while
they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought
forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger;
because there was no room for them in the inn.

- Luke 2: 4 - 7

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Okay, I think this time I have found a really obscure Christmas carol.  I never heard of it.  My cousin       Jean Atkinson Mallory (Rappahannock HS / John Marshall HS - '65) of VA never heard of it.  Apparently YouTube and Wikipedia never heard of it either, because I cannot find either a video or a history of it.  Nevertheless, here it is (the lyrics are printed at the bottom, as always).  I didn't want to leave you "bonus-less" though, so I found you a rather cool video to watch.

BONUS - - The Star Of Bethlehem Really Happened


     Happy Birthday today to Kay Elizabeth Mitchell Hedgepeth ('57) AND   Kathie Avant Taylor ('64) of GA!

     Happy Birthday tomorrow to Jewell Hamner Crowe ('57) AND        Buster Vest ('63) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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

17 -   Tom Oxner ('65) of AR;

18 - James Strickland ('57);

19 - Durwood Adams ('57)!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 


December 14, 1939 -
Winter War: The Soviet Union was expelled from the League of Nations for invading Finland.

December 14, 1941 - Japan signed a treaty of alliance with Thailand.

December 14, 1945 -
Josef Kramer, known as "the beast of Belsen," and 10 others were executed in Hamelin for the crimes they committed at the Belsen and Auschwitz Nazi concentration camps.

December 14, 1999 -
U.S. and German negotiators agreed to establish a $5.2 billion fund for Nazi-era slave and forced laborers.


Tuesday, December 14, 1965 - Baseball player Craig Biggio was born in Smithtown, New York.

Tuesday, December 14, 1965 - Baseball player Ken Hill was born in Lynn, Massachusetts.

Tuesday, December 14, 1965 - Actor Ted Raimi was born in Detroit, Michigan.

  From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 08/05/10 - "Vote for Grace (REPEATED)":

  This is my daughter Laura's dog in a contest to be on the cover of a bag of dog food.

Vote every day for Grace. Thanks.

   Oh, Laura is your daughter, Norris! Well, that makes it all the more important!


Grace was named the September 2010 People's Choice!  We only have 17 more days to vote for Grace!

   It only takes about two seconds to cast your allotted daily vote)!!!  

  Doncha wanna go shopping and spot Grace's image on a bag of dog food and know that YOU played a large part in placing her there?!?

   From the Head Cheerleader of 1958, Evelyn Fryer Fish of TX - 12/13/10 - "RE:   Jack Nelson ('54) of VA":

Hi Carol

Would you please send me Jack Nelson's email? 

Thanks - Evelyn <><

   I forwarded your note to Jack; lemme know if you don't make connection! Thanks, Ev!

    From Jennie Sheppard ('62) of NC - 12/13/10 - "":

Please let's do this.  I went to the web site and it has lots of cards and messages to choose from! Mine is in the queue to print.


If you go to this web site,  you can pick out a thank you card and Xerox will print it and it will be sent to a soldier that is currently serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. You can't pick out who gets it, but it will go to a member of the armed services. How AMAZING it would be if we could get everyone we know to send one!!! It is FREE and it only takes a second. Wouldn't it be wonderful if the soldiers received a bunch of these? Whether you are for or against the war, our soldiers over there need to know we are behind them.

This takes just 10 seconds and it's a wonderful way to say thank you.  Please take the time and please take the time to pass it on for others to do.  We can never say enough thank you's.
Thanks for taking the time to support our military!


   Thank you so much, Jennie!

  From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 12/13/10 - "Marine Stabbed by Suspected Shoplifter":

Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Ga. - A U.S. Marine reservist collecting toys for children was stabbed when he helped stop a suspected shoplifter in eastern Georgia.

Best Buy sales manager Orvin Smith told The Augusta Chronicle that man was seen on surveillance cameras Friday putting a laptop under his jacket at the Augusta store.

When confronted, the man became irate, knocked down an employee, pulled a knife and ran toward the door.  

Outside were four Marines collecting toys for the service branch's "Toys For Tots" program.

Smith said the Marines stopped the man, but he stabbed one of them, Cpl. Phillip Duggan, in the back. The cut did not appear to be severe.

The suspect was transported to the local hospital with two broken arms, a broken leg, possible broken ribs, assorted lacerations and bruises he obtained when he fell trying to run after stabbing the Marine.

The suspect, whose name was not released, was held until police arrived. The Richmond County Sheriff's office said it is investigating.

Rick Smythe Chaplain Marine Corps League St Charles County Detachment 725

   GIGGLES! As far as I can learn, the exciting ending seems to be a bit of an embellishment of the story, but I like your version better!

   Thanks, Bill!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 12/13/10 - "~~ Beautiful Versions Of Christmas Songs - and More ~~":

Have an awesome week!
Mary Did You Know--Clay Aiken
Oh Holy Night--Clay Aiken
Slient Night--Sinead O'Connor
I'll Be Home For Christmas --Josh Groban
Oh Come All Ye Faithful--Celtic Woman


Health Tips...

Your heart
Reach for tofu, the magnesium in this soy food prevents blood clots and high blood pressure.

Memory booster
Scientists have discovered that bushing your teeth with your opposite hand or driving to work a different way or even chewing gum is a form of mental exercise that increases blood flowing through your brain which helps to create and strengthen both brain lobes and the link between lobes.


Great Quotes

Success consists of getting up just one more time than you fall.
~Oliver Goldsmith~

"Joy is a net of love by which you catch souls."
~Mother Teresa

Life is like a mirror, if you frown at it, it frowns back; if you smile, it returns the greeting.

We forget more readily those that step on our toes than those that step on our feelings.
~Walt Haskins


Cleaning the Washing Machine

Fill the machine with warm water and add a gallon of distilled vinegar to it. Run the machine through the entire cycle to unclog and clean soap scum from hoses.


Without Force

She stood behind the register at the Bed, Bath and Beyond store. She was fantastic. Although she was mature in age, her body was in immaculate shape and her face glowed with health and joy.

I was under the force of number two of The Proclamation.

Number Two: I pledge that I will compliment someone each day and will say nothing negative about anyone. Each day I will find and tell someone something good or great about themselves.

I looked at her and said, "You have an amazing glow of health."

She beamed and said, "I work at it. It's all about the positive energy." She exuded positive energy.

As I left the store, I had fulfilled the requirement for the day to compliment someone. The thing was, that was the THIRD person of the day whom I had complimented. I was under no obligation of 42 to speak that compliment. I realized that the original forced behavior was now becoming more of a habit than a requirement.

None of the compliments were untrue or exaggerations. I was just becoming more sensitive to the light instead of to the darkness. I was seeing more of the good and less bad, but there was still just as much good and bad as before. I was different, not the good or bad.

As I saw people light up with the compliments, I saw another interpretation of "Ye are the light of the world."

Your words have the power to bring the light (or the darkness).

Number Two: I pledge that I will compliment someone each day and will say nothing negative about anyone. Each day I will find and tell someone something good or great about themselves.

from The Daily Proclamation of 42

~A MountainWings Original~


Is Life Ever A Failure?

I have heard several people in their 30s & 40s lament that their lives are a failure and/or their life is over just because they haven't reached this or that goal.

Well, I did some checking and life expectancy in developing countries is 78 years.

A person's first 18 years of life are basically a preparation for life. Therefore I believe that people don't start making something of their lives until adulthood (roughly age 18).

The average person then would have 60 years to do something with his or her life. 78 minus 18 equals 60.

A person's life then is not even half over until the age of 48.

Now how many people judge whether or not a "project" is successful when it is only half done? So the way I see it, no one can be a failure at life until at least past 60.

That said, has anyone ever had the experience of working on a deadline and not being able to get anywhere? Then all of a sudden... BOOM! Two hours before it's due you come up with a solution.

Who's to say someone at 70 can't save someone's life. Is that life a "failure?"

~A MountainWings Original by Dharma Faith Joy, Miami, FL~

   Thank you, Shari!

  From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 12/13/10 - "Abbey, Meredith and a lot of Love":


This is one of the kindest things I've ever experienced. I have no way to know who sent it, but there is a beautiful soul working in the dead letter office of the US postal service.

Our 14 year old dog, Abbey, died last month. The day after she died, my 4 year old daughter Meredith was crying and talking about how much she missed Abbey. She asked if we could write a letter to God so that when Abbey got to heaven, God would recognize her. I told her that I thought we could so she dictated these words:
Dear God,

Will you please take care of my dog? She died yesterday and is with you in heaven.

I miss her very much. I am happy that you let me have her as my dog even though she got sick.  

I hope you will play with her. She likes to play with balls and to swim. I am sending a picture of her so when you see her. You will know that she is my dog. I really miss her.

Love, Meredith

We put the letter in an envelope with a picture of Abbey and Meredith and addressed it to God/Heaven. We put our return address on it. Then Meredith pasted several stamps on the front of the envelope because she said it would take lots of stamps to get the letter all the way to heaven.. That afternoon she dropped it into the letter box at the post office. A few days later, she asked if God had gotten the letter yet. I told her that I thought He had.

Yesterday, there was a package wrapped in gold paper on our front porch addressed, 'To Meredith,  in an unfamiliar hand. Meredith opened it. Inside was a book by Mr. Rogers called, 'When a Pet Dies.' Taped to the inside front cover was the letter we had written to God in its opened envelope. On the opposite page was the picture of Abbey & Meredith and this note:


Dear Meredith,

Abbey arrived safely in heaven.

Having the picture was a big help. I recognized Abbey right away.

Abbey isn't sick anymore. Her spirit is here with me just like it stays in your heart. Abbey loved being your dog. Since we don't need our bodies in heaven, I don't have any pockets to keep your picture in, so I am sending it back to you in this little book for you to keep and have something to remember Abbey by.

Thank you for the beautiful letter and thank your mother for helping you write it and sending it to me. What a wonderful mother you have. I picked her especially for you.

I send my blessings every day and remember that I love you very much.

By the way, I' m easy to find, I am wherever there is love.



   Thank you, Norris Sweetie!

    From Jay Styles ('68) of VA - 12/13/10 - "This is a keeper":

This is a keeper

I grew up with practical parents who had been frightened by the Great Depression in the 1930's. A mother, God love her, who washed aluminum foil after she cooked in it, then reused it. She was the original recycle queen, before they had a Name for it... A father who was happier getting old shoes fixed than buying new ones.

Their marriage was good, their dreams focused. Their best friends lived barely a wave away. I can see them now, Dad in trousers, tee shirt and a hat and Mom in a house dress, lawn mower in one hand, and dish-towel in the other. It was the time for fixing things; a curtain rod, the kitchen radio, screen door, the oven door, the hem in a dress. Things we keep.

It was a way of life, and sometimes it made me crazy. All that repairing, eating, reusing, I wanted just once to be wasteful. Waste meant affluence. Throwing things away meant you knew there'd always be more.

But then my mother died, and on that clear summer's night, in the warmth of the hospital room, I was struck with the pain of learning that sometimes there isn't any more.

Sometimes, what we care about most gets all used up and goes away...never to return. So... While we have it... it's best we love it... And care for it.... And fix it when it's broken..... And heal it when it's sick.

This is true... For marriage.... And old cars.... And children with bad report cards..... And dogs and cats with bad hips.... And aging parents.... And grandparents. We keep them because they are worth it, because we are worth it. Some things we keep. Like a best friend that moved away or a classmate we grew up with.

There are just some things that make life important, like people we know who are special.... And so, we keep them close!

I received this from someone who thinks I am a "keeper," so I've sent it to the people I think of in the same way... Now it's your turn to send this to those people who are "keepers" in your life. Send it back to the person who sent it to you if they, too, are a keeper. Good friends are like stars.... You don't always see them, but you know they are always there.

Keep them close.


1.... God won't ask what kind of car you drove. He'll ask how many people you drove who didn't have transportation..

2.... God won't ask the square footage of your house, He'll ask how many people you welcomed into your home.

3.... God won't ask about the clothes you had in your closet, He'll ask how many you helped to clothe.

4..... God won't ask what your highest salary was. He'll ask if you compromised your character to obtain it.

5.... God won't ask what your job title was. He'll ask if you performed your job to the best of your ability.

6.... God won't ask how many friends you had. He'll ask how many people to whom you were a friend.

7.... God won't ask in what neighborhood you lived, He'll ask how you treated your neighbors.

8.... God won't ask about the color of your skin, He'll ask about the content of your character.

9.... God won't ask why it took you so long to seek Salvation. He'll lovingly take you to your mansion in heaven, and not to the gates of Hell.

10.... God won't have to ask how many people you forwarded this to, He already knows your decision.

   Thanks, Jay Sweetie!



"Heaven and Angels Sing"

At the Christmas Eve church service, I sat with my two boisterous grandchildren, ages three and five. Their parents sat in front of the church to present a nativity reading titled "Silent Night." They had warned the children to behave. I had warned the children to behave. With scrubbed angelic faces and Christmas wonder in their eyes, they looked like model children posing for a magazine holiday spread. I indulged myself in a few moments of pride.

Alec pinched Aubrey. I was grateful that the organ thundered into the first hymn just then, drowning out her yelp. I grabbed her hand before she could return the pinch. During the Lord's Prayer, Aubrey shredded the program I had given her to color on. The crayons had already rolled under the pew. I watched bits of paper fall on the carpet like snow. I would help her pick it up later, but for now the naughtiness I was allowing kept her occupied and her brother quietly admiring.

We were enjoying an uneasy truce when their parents stood to deliver the reading.

"Mommy!" Alec yelled.

She frowned, and he sat back in his seat.

"Silence," my son said to the congregation. "Think for a moment what that word means to you."

My daughter-in-law signed his words. Earlier that year, she began to use her new signing skills for the benefit of the few hearing-impaired members of our church.

Alec said a naughty word, thankfully too low for many to hear. I scowled at him, shaking my finger and my head. Aubrey grinned. Then she proclaimed, every syllable enunciated perfectly, in a clear voice that carried to far corners of the sanctuary, "Alec is a potty mouth!"

Everyone stared. I was too stunned to speak. My son and his wife looked at each other. But instead of anger, I saw surprise.

My son set aside his script and told another story. He told about their daughter being born profoundly deaf. He talked about four years of hearing aids and speech therapy with no guarantee she would ever learn to speak plainly. He talked about the rugged faith that kept the family praying she would have a normal life.

He said Aubrey's outburst was an answer to prayer: the first perfectly enunciated sentence she had ever spoken.

From the back of the room, a lone voice sang the last line of a beloved Christmas Carol: Hark! The herald angels sing, Glory to the newborn king.

While the congregation sang four verses of the unscheduled hymn, my two little angels wiggled in their parents' arms, adding laughter and giggles to the joyful Christmas noise.

-- By Carol Stigger


  From Jane Chambers of VA - 07/01/09, 02/07/10, AND 07/31/10 - "CNC BOOK BROCHURE & AD" AND 61-62 DECADERS ADDENDA AND DRAMATIC WORKSHOPS STUDENTS: 

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

   Thanks, Jane!




"Addicted to the Web (Sung to the tune of 'Winter Wonderland')"

Doorbell rings, I'm not list'nin',
From my mouth, drool is glist'nin',
I'm happy -- although
My boss let me go --
Happily addicted to the Web.
All night long, I sit clicking,
Unaware time is ticking,
There's beard on my cheek,
Same clothes for a week,
Happily addicted to the Web!

Friends come by; they shake me, Saying, "Yo, man!
Don't you know tonight's the senior prom?"
With a listless shrug, I mutter "No, man;
I just discovered laugh-a-lot-dot-com!"
I don't phone, don't send faxes,
Don't go out, don't pay taxes,
Who cares if someday
They drag me away?
I'm happily addicted to the Web!

Happ-ilyyyyy, ad-dict-eeeed to the Weeeeeb!!! (Yeah!)


1. Wednesday, December 15, 2010 - 6:00 PM - The NNHS Class of 1958 will hold its Holiday Party at Al Fresco Ristorante, 11710 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, VA 23606. CONTACT: Joe Drewry (, 757-244-4443, ext 4)

2. Thursday, January 6, 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 fiends in that year, go visit with them.

3. Wednesday, February 9, 2010 - 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.

4. Wednesday, April 13, 2010 - 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.
Saturday, April 30, 2011 - The NNHS Class will have a Luncheon. Team Leaders are Mickey Marcella ( - 757-249-3800), Betty Hamby Neher ( - 757-898-5099), and Dr. Harry Simpson ( - 804-694-0346). - CLASS OF 1954

6. Saturday, July 9, 2011 (6:30 PM to 11:30 PM) - The Class of 1971 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News. For details, contact Richard Rawls at - CLASS OF 1971

PRAYER ROLL : - updated 08/22/10

BLOG: - updated 10/21/10

   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 Bethlehem of Holy Worth

Edward C. Currie / Traditional Irish Melody (C.O'S.)

O Bethlehem of holy worth !
O hallowed town of Jesus' birth !
In thee a virgin mother's Child
Brought God from heav'n to earth.

No inn bade welcome at its door
To Mary on that holy night;
But in a stable Christ was born,
With only stars for light.

No pomp of kings, nor princes there,
With Joseph and the mother fair;
But angel voices from on high,
With glory filled the air.

O Bethlehem, we pray the Babe,
Once born within thy cheerless cave,
May grant the promised 'Peace on earth'
To us He came to save.


"O Bethlehem of Holy Worth" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 12/02/10

"The Star of Bethlehem" Image courtesy of - 12/13/10

John Marshall High School's Justice Scale clip art courtesy of Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05 (replaced 02/23/09)
Thanks, Cheryl!

Animated Star Line 23 Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 12/03/09

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

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

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

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!!

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

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