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12/14/19 - NNHS Newsletter
Mary, Did You Know?

“And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. 
And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. 
He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:
And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

- Luke 1: 30-33

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,                                              

   This song - a particular favorite of mine - and the accompanying paintings, which I thought would be unfamiliar to most of you, are my Christmas present to y'all.

    Merry Christmas!

BONUS #1 - Mary Did You Know - Kathy Mattea, 1994

BONUS #2 - Mary Did You Know - Kathy Mattea, 1994 - sing-along version

BONUS #3 - Mary Did You Know - Reba McIntire with very moving video

BONUS #4 - Mary Did You Know - Kenny Rogers and Wynonna Judd

BONUS #5 - Mary Did You Know - Donny Osmond with paintings by Simon Dewey and others

BONUS #6 - Mary Did You Know - Rascal Flatts - CMA Country Christmas, 2011

BONUS #7 - Mary Did You Know - Clay Aiken with paintings by Greg Olsen and others


"Mary, Did You Know?" is a Christmas song and Marian hymn with lyrics written by Mark Lowry and music written by Buddy Greene.

Mark Lowry wrote the words in 1984 "when his pastor asked him to write the program for the living Christmas tree choir presentation. The music was written by Buddy Greene. Michael English was the first recording artist to record and release 'Mary, Did You Know?" on his debut album titled Michael English which was released on January 1, 1992. Country music artist Kathy Mattea recorded her version of the song in 1993 for her Christmas album "Good News", thus giving the song its first wide-spread exposure to Country radio.

A duet version recorded by Wynonna Judd and Kenny Rogers peaked at #55 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts in 1997...


   Don't forget the Big Football Game today:

Navy vs. Army
Saturday, December 14, 3:00 PM on CBS
Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

   Go Navy!


   Happy Birthday today to 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 MA;

17 - Norma Helmick Burks ('63) AND  Tom Oxner ('65) of AR;

18 - James Strickland ('57);

19 - Durwood Adams ('57) AND   The late Suzie Bauz ('63) (d. 11/03/14);

20 -  Ellen Carney Manson ('63) of SC;

21 -  Ray Stinnette ('63) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


December 14, 1819 - Alabama became the 22nd U.S. state.


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.

December 14, 1969 - Baseball player and sportscaster Scott Hatteberg was born Scott Allen Hatteberg in Salem, Oregon.

December 14, 1969 - Actor and producer Archie Kao was born Archie David Kao in Washington, D.C.

December 14, 1969 - Footballer and manager Arthur Numan was born in Heemskerk, North Holland, Netherlands.

December 14, 1969 - Actress Natascha McElhone was born Natascha Abigail McElhone in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England.

“Here is something more than a babe in a manger; here is the creator of all that is good and beautiful. I have looked at majestic mountains rising high against the blue sky and thought of Jesus, the creator of heaven and earth. I have stood on the sand of an island in the Pacific and watched the dawn rise like thunder--a ball of gold surrounded by clouds of pink and white and purple--and thought of Jesus, the Word by whom all things were made and without whom was not anything made that was made. I have seen a beautiful child--bright-eyed, innocent, loving, and trusting--and marveled at the majesty and miracle of creation. What then shall we do with Jesus who is called Christ?”

- Gordon B. Hinckley, December, 1983
(23 June 1910 - 27 Jan 2008)

From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 12/14/17:

   Thank you, Joan!

  From Jimmy Dick ('65) of FL - 12/14/19, @ 5:30 AM:

  A good early Saturday morning to you all. It was a wild night last night with tornado watches up most of the hours of darkness and severe thunderstorms rolling through until about 4:30. We had a deluge of rain and I hope some of it gets to soak in since we've been almost as dry as a bone around here. The good news is we had no damage and the sun will come out later on and it will be a beautiful day. I'm just glad Santa wasn't winging his way through North Florida last night for it would have been, shall we say, most electrifying.

Today is a good day to try and finish up early for Christmas so that we can avoid the last minute madness, but whatever you do today, do it with a smile on your face and a word of kindness for others. Be blessed, and oh, while I love all of the military branches, I must end my morning greeting with GO ARMY. Game is at 3 and this old Infantry officer will be cheering for the "Brave old Army team." But may it be a good and sportsmanlike jousting of the warriors in Philadelphia this afternoon.

    Thank you, Jimmy!


   From Jimmy Hines ('64) of VA - 12/13/18:

   Thank you, Santa Jim!

From My Friend, Holly, (then) of NC - 12/13/15:

  AMEN! Thank you, Holly!

“ A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.”

- Steve Martin
(b. 14 Aug 1945)

 From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 11/29/19, 9:29 AM - "Smiles & Crafts" (#14 in a Series of 19):

  COOLThank you, Shari!


How to Make a Bow


Sandy Harris' Holiday Snowflake Scarf  - "RED HEART Holiday is used for this beautiful Holiday Snowflake Scarf. A free crochet scarf pattern like this is a great Christmas crochet pattern. You can make a scarf or even continue with the pattern to make some fun garland."


  From Me ('65) of NC - 12/13/15:

   This is one of my paternal grandmother's recipes.

Sudie's Brown Sugar Drops

1 egg, well beaten
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup unsifted all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1-1/2 cup medium fine chopped walnuts
   Stir together beaten egg, brown sugar, and vanilla.  Stir in flour, soda, and salt.  Add walnuts.  Drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased and floured cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for 7 - 9 minutes, or just until cookies start to brown at the edge.  Do not overbake.  Remove immediately to cooling rack.  Make about 4 dozen.

                                                       - Ursula Tuck Buckley, Richmond, VA


  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup tightly packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 beaten eggs
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
Combine oats and boiling water in a small bowl and let stand 20 minutes.  In a large bowl, cream thoroughly shortening and sugars.  Add beaten eggs.  Beat well at medium speed.  Add dry ingredients and blend.  Stir in oatmeal.  Bake in greased pan (12" x 9" x3") for 35 minutes in oven preheated to 350 degrees.  Allow to cool thoroughly before applying topping. 

  • 5 Tbsp. melted butter
  • 3/4 cup tightly packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Mix together in order given.  With a knife, spread sparingly on thoroughly cooled cake. 
Optional: If desired, place topped cake under broiler until bubbles form and topping is VERY slightly brown. 
                                                                                         - Dottie Berck, Portsmouth, Virginia, 1963

   This is a recipe I've had for at least forty-eleven years. 

Coconut Lace Cookies

5/8 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 large egg, slightly beaten
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup coconut
1 cup quick-cooking oats
   Cream shortening and sugar.  Add egg and mix well.  Add remaining ingredients, mixing well after each addition.  Drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased cookie sheet several inches apart and pat cookies flat.  Cookies will spread during baking.  Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.  Cookies are very fragile and do not pack or freeze well.  Makes about 3 dozen.


From - 12/13/18:

A wife went to an astrologer to learn more about her husband. The astrologer asked her, "Do you want to know about your husband's future?"

Without hesitation, the wife responded, "I will decide his future, you just tell me about his past."

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.

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 12/12/19

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

   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

"Never underestimate
the power of a drop
in the bucket."


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Mary, Did You Know?

 Words by Mark Lowry (b. 24 June 1958), 1982
Music by Buddy Greene, 1992

Mary, did you know
That your baby boy will one day walk on water?
Mary, did you know
That your baby boy will save our sons and daughters?
Did you know
That your baby boy has come to make you new?
This child that you've delivered
Will soon deliver you

Mary, did you know
That your baby boy will give sight to a blind man?
Mary, did you know
That your baby boy will calm the storm with his hand?
Did you know
That your baby boy has walked where angels trod?
And when you kiss your little baby
You've kissed the face of God

Mary, did you know?
The blind will see
The deaf will hear
The dead will live again
The lame will leap
The dumb will speak
The praises of the Lamb

Mary, did you know
That your baby boy is Lord of all creation?
Mary, did you know
That your baby boy will one day rule the nations?
Did you know
That your baby boy is heaven's perfect Lamb?
This sleeping child you're holding
Is the Great I Am

 "Mary, Did You Know?" midi courtesy of - 12/02/06

"Mary, Did You Know?" lyrics courtesy of - 12/02/06

Images of The Lord Jesus Christ (painted by Simon Dewey, Del Parson, Greg Olsen, and others) courtesy of - 12/02/06
and of - 12/04/06

Fancy Gold Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 11/29/05 (resaved 12/14/11)

Gold Scroll Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 03/21/05

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

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

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

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