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12/15/10 - NNHS Newsletter - The Holly and the Ivy

“False friendship, like the ivy, decays
and ruins the walls it embraces;
but true friendship gives new life and
animation to the object it supports.”

- Richard Burton
(10 Nov 1925 - 05 Aug 1984)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Today's Newsletter is being repeated from exactly five years ago today:

BONUS #1 - - The Holly and the Ivy - Winchester Cathedral Choir, 1986

BONUS #2 - - The Holly and the Ivy - Mediaeval Baebes - sing-along version

BONUS #3 - - The Holly and the Ivy - King's College Cambridge, 2008

BONUS #4 - - Free Sheet Music for Piano (click on "Listen")


"The Holly and the Ivy" is an English traditional Christmas carol. "Holly and ivy have been the mainstay of Christmas decoration for church use since at least the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, when they are mentioned regularly in churchwardens’ accounts" (Roud 2004). Holly and ivy also figure in the lyrics of the "Sans Day Carol". The music and most of the text was first published by Cecil Sharp.[1] Sir Henry Walford Davies wrote a popular choral arrangement that is often performed at the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols and by choirs around the world.


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

     Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Betty Brockwell McClure ('58) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

17 -   Tom Oxner ('65) of AR;

18 - James Strickland ('57);

19 - Durwood Adams ('57);

22 -   Kitty Norman Haskins ('57) of VA AND    Harry Barritt ('64) of VA AND    Dale Mueller ('64) of VA AND Bill Rash ('67) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 


December 15, 1941 - Holocaust: German troops executed over 15,000 Jews at Drobitsky Yar, a ravine southeast of the city of Kharkiv, Ukraine.

December 15, 1942 - The Battle of Mount Austen, the Galloping Horse, and the Sea Horse began during the Guadalcanal campaign.

December 15, 1944 - A single-engine plane carrying U.S. Army Major Glenn Miller disappeared in thick fog over the English Channel while en route to Paris. The true fate of the plane and its passengers has never been determined.

December 15, 1944 -
American forces invaded Mindoro Island in the Philippines.

December 15, 1961 -
Former Nazi official Adolf Eichmann was sentenced to death in Jerusalem by an Israeli court. He had been tried on charges for organizing the deportation of Jews to concentration camps.


Wednesday, December 15, 1965 - Gemini program: Gemini 6A, crewed by Wally Schirra and Thomas Stafford, was launched from Cape Kennedy, Florida. Four orbits later, it achieved the first space rendezvous, with Gemini 7.

  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 16 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 Flagtwirler of 1965, Janice McCain Rose of Northern VA AND       From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of IL - 12/13/10 - "DECK THE HALLS for animal lovers":

This is priceless.....made me laugh out loud....enjoy....Janice

Merry Christmas, my dear friends!!!!


   WILD GIGGLES! Thanks, Guys!

    From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 12/13/10 - "Southern Sayings":

Southern Sayings

He fell out of the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down.

She's so stuck up, she'd drown in a rainstorm.

It's so dry, the trees are bribing the dogs.

He's as country as cornflakes.

This is gooder'n grits.

If things get any better, I may have to hire someone to help me enjoy it.

   GIGGLES! Thanks, Joan! Your timing on this this really tickled me! 

   My sister,       Eleanor (Buckley Nowitzky - '59 - of NC), called me up Monday night from an informal meeting to gleefully report to me that just before refreshments were served, our mutual dear friend, Emily (a Daughter of the South if ever there was one), had said, "Oh, good! I'm so hungry I could eat the hind legs off a goat!" 

  From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 12/13/10 - "A Jeff Foxworthy Tale ............. just in time for Christmas !!!!!!!":

A Jeff Foxworthy Tale ............. just in time for Christmas !!!!!!!

As a joke, my brother used to hang a pair of panty hose over his fireplace before Christmas. He said all he wanted was for Santa to fill them.

What they say about Santa checking the list twice must be true because every Christmas morning, although Jay's kids' stockings were overflowed, his poor panty hose were always empty.

One year I decided to make his dream come true. I put on sunglasses and a fake beard and went in search of an inflatable love doll. Of course, they don't sell those things at Wal-mart. I had to go to an adult bookstore downtown. If you've never been in an X-rated store, don't go. You'll only confuse yourself. I was there almost three hours saying things like, "What does this do?" "You're kidding me!" "Who owns that?" "Do you have their phone number?"

Finally, I made it to the inflatable doll section. I wanted to buy a standard, uncomplicated doll suitable for a night of romance that could also substitute as a passenger in my tru! ck so I could use the car pool lane during rush hour. I'm not sure what a complicated doll is. Perhaps one that is subject to wild mood shifts and using a French accent for no reason at all.

(That also describes a few ex-girlfriends.) Finding what I wanted was difficult. Love dolls come in many different models. The top of the line, according to the side of the box, could do things I'd only seen in a book on animal husbandry. I figured the "vibro-motion" was a feature Jay could live without, so I settled for Lovable Louise. She was at the bottom of the price scale. To call Louise a "doll" took a huge leap of imagination.

On Christmas Eve, with the help of an old bicycle pump, Louise came to life.

My sister-in-law was in on the plan and cleverly left the front door key hidden under the mat. In the wee morning hours, long after Santa had come and gone, I snuck into the house and filled the dangling panty hose with Louise's pliant legs and bottom. I also ate some cookies and drank what remained of a glass of milk on a nearby tray.

Then I let myself out, went home, and giggled for a couple of hours.

The next morning my brother called to say that Santa had been to his house and left a present that had made him VERY happy but had left the dog confused. He would bark, start to walk away, then come back and bark some more. I suggested he purchase an inflatable Lassie to set Rover straight.

We also agreed that Louise should remain in her panty hose so the rest of the family could admire her when they came over for the traditional Christmas dinner. It seemed like a great idea, except that we forgot that Grandma and Grandpa would be there. My grandmother noticed Louise the moment she walked in the door. "What the hell is that?" she asked.

My brother quickly explained.

"It's a doll."

"Who would play with something like that?" Granny snapped. I had several candidates in mind, but kept my mouth shut. "Where are her clothes?"

Granny continued. I hadn't seen any in the box, but I kept this information to myself.

"Boy, that turkey sure smells nice, Gran," Jay said, trying to steer her into the dining room. But Granny was relentless.

"Why doesn't she have any teeth?"

Again, I could have answered, but why would I? It was Christmas and no one wanted to ride in the back of the ambulance saying, "Hang on Granny, Hang on!"

My grandfather, a delightful old man with poor eyesight, sidled up to me and said," Hey, who's the naked gal by the fireplace?" I told him she was Jay's friend. A few minutes later I noticed Grandpa by the mantel, talking to Louise. Not just talking, but actually flirting. It was then that we realized this might be Grandpa's last Christmas at home.

The dinner went well. We made the usual small talk about who had died, who was dying, and who should be killed, when suddenly Louise made a noise that sounded a lot like my father in the bathroom in the morning.

The she lurched from the panty hose, flew around the room twice, and fell in a heap in front of the sofa.

The cat screamed, I passed cranberry sauce through my nose, and Grandpa ran across the room, fell to his knees, and began administering mouth to mouth resuscitation. My brother wet his pants and Granny threw down her napkin, stomped out of the room, and sat in the car. It was indeed a Christmas to treasure and remember.

Later in my brother's garage, we conducted a thorough examination to decide the cause of Louise's collapse.

We discovered that Louise had suffered from a hot ember to the back of her right thigh. Fortunately, thanks to a wonder drug called duct tape, we restored her to perfect health. Louise went on to star in several bachelor party movies. I think Grandpa still calls her whenever he can get out of the house.

--Jeff Foxworthy

     Thanks, Norris!

      From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of IL - 12/14/10 - "FW: Shepherds with way too much time on their hands....":

Shepherds with way too much time on their hands....

   WILD GIGGLES! Thanks, Dools!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 12/13/10 - "Most Dangerous Cake Recipe in the World":

Most Dangerous Cake Recipe in the World


4 tablespoons flour 
4 tablespoons sugar 
2 tablespoons cocoa 
1 egg 
3 tablespoons milk 
3 tablespoons oil 
3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional) 
A small splash of vanilla essence 
large coffee mug

Add dry ingredients to your largest mug and mix well. Add the egg and mix thoroughly. Pour in the milk and oil and mix well. Add the chocolate chips (if using), vanilla essence, then mix again.

Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts (high). The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don't be alarmed!

Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired.

EAT! (This can serve 2 if you want to feel slightly more virtuous).

And why is this the most dangerous cake recipe in the world? Because now you are only 5 minutes away from chocolate cake at any time of the day or night!

   WOWZERS-YOWZERS! Thanks, Shari!

From My Friends, Tina and Cheryl, both of NC - 12/13/10 - "An iPhone and iPad Christmas Concert Extravaganza!":

Click on the video below to watch this really cool way music can be played without any instruments. This is so over my head!!!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! - Incredible Christmas Concert by The North Point iBand

This is a super cool video done by North Point Community Church--a full band performs some Christmas favorites without any “real” instruments. How do they do it you ask? Watch to find out! Download free music from North Point --

   WOWZERONI! Thanks, Tina and Cheryl!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 12/14/10 - "Mid Week Diversions":

..... Have a nice rest of the week. :)))

Hanging Christmas Lights

Things Not To Say When Hanging The Lights

Did you know that hanging lights on a Christmas tree is one of the three most stressful situations in an on-going relationship?

Page Six's Psychiatrist claims the other two danger zones are teaching your mate to drive and wallpapering. He is rarely wrong on these things.)

We rush to print with an emergency prompt list of Things Not To Say When Hanging Lights on the Christmas Tree.

... "You've got two red lights right next to each other, dummy. You're supposed to go yellow, green, red, blue, not yellow, red, red, green, blue..."

... "Up a little higher. You can reach it. Go on, try."

... "What the heck do you do to these lights when you put them away every year? Tie them in knots?"

... "Come away from that aluminum ladder, kids. I'm going to fry that sucker."

... "If you're not going to do it right, don't do it at all. Don't just throw them on, like you do the icicles. You're worse than your father."

... "Give me that."

... "You've got the whole thing on the tree upside-down. The electric pluggee thing should be down here at the bottom, not up at the top."

... "I don't care if you have found another two strings, I'm done, period!"

... "You've just wound 'em around and around -- I thought we agreed it shouldn't look like a spiral this year?"

... "Have you been drinking?"

... "Where's the cat?"



* Save those receipts for your return to the store! Many businesses offer promotion to customers who simply bring back a receipt from a previous purchase. Starbucks, for example, regularly runs a Treat Receipt offer: go in the afternoon with a receipt from earlier in the day and you'll get an automatic discount. Other retailers offer a percentage off for customers who've held onto receipts.

* You're already used to getting coupons in addition to your grocery store receipt, but now many retailers are putting those savings on the receipt. And the discount are often for goods and services at other local businesses.

* As many as 30 percent of receipts contain some sort of error, and from markdowns that haven't been registered to totally incorrect charges those mistakes can cost you big. So take a second to review your receipt!


Packing Your Suitcase

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote that, "Though we travel the world to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not." When I first read that, it’s truth and wisdom found a home in my heart. Since then I have always done my best to carry the beautiful with me wherever I may travel. Since then I have always strived to pack the suitcase of my soul as full as possible with the most beautiful memories, thoughts, and feelings that I can.

Here are just a few of the things I have packed over the years. Each one of them has made my travels a little more beautiful. The sight of the clouds turning pink, purple and yellow during a mountain sunrise. The sound of my children’s laughter. The smell of my Nana’s home cooked spaghetti sauce on a Sunday afternoon after Church. The taste of cold water from a pure, mountain stream. The feeling of a hug given in love. The sight of my daughter’s dog wiggling with delight when she comes home from school. The joy of singing along with an uplifting song. The pleasure of watching a butterfly feed on the flowers I planted in the Spring. The peace that comes from breathing in deep the fresh air right after a Summer rain. The bliss of saying, "I love You, God" and then hearing God’s gentle voice say in my heart, "I love you too, My Child". The glorious knowledge that love, laughter, joy, and oneness with God are choices that we can make everyday of our lives. The Heavenly happiness that comes when I share all my love, all my learning, and all that I am with everyone I can.

You don’t have to travel the world to find the beautiful. As Emerson said it is right there inside of you. Pack the suitcase of your own soul well. Fill it with all the beauty this world, this life, your spirit, and Heaven above has to offer. Then you will carry the beautiful with you always and you will forever share it with all of your fellow travelers.

~ Joseph J. Mazzella ~

[ by: Joseph J. Mazzella Copyright © 2010 (

   Thank you, Shari!

  From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 12/14/10 - "A Dozen Christmas Roses":

      Thank you again, Norris Sweetie!



"The Legend of the Poinsettia"

Maria and Pablo lived in a tiny village in Mexico. Because Christmastime at their house did not include many gifts, Maria and Pablo looked forward to the Christmas festivities at the village church with great joy and anticipation.

To honor the birth of Christ, the church displayed a beautiful manger that drew crowds of admirers. Villagers walked miles to admire the manger, bringing lovely, expensive gifts for the Baby Jesus. As Maria and Pablo watched the villagers place their gifts in the soft hay around the manger, they felt sad. They had no money to buy gifts for their family and no money to buy a gift for the Baby Jesus.

One Christmas Eve, Maria and Pablo walked to the church for that evening's services, wishing desperately that they had a gift to bring. Just then, a soft glowing light shone through the darkness, and the shadowy outline of an angel appeared above them.

Maria and Pablo were afraid, but the angel comforted them, instructing them to pick some of the short green weeds that were growing by the road. They should bring the plants to the church, the angel explained, and place them near the manger as their gift to the Baby Jesus. Then just as quickly as she had appeared, the angel was gone, leaving Maria and Pablo on the road looking up into the dark sky. Confused but excited, the children filled their arms with large bunches of the green weeds and hurried to the church.

When the children entered the church, many of the villagers turned to stare. As Maria and Pablo began placing the weeds around the manger, some of the villagers laughed at them. "Why are those children putting weeds by the manger?" they asked each other. Maria and Pablo began to feel embarrassed and ashamed of their gift to the Baby Jesus, but they stood bravely near the manger, placing the plants on the soft hay, as the angel had instructed.

Suddenly, the dull green leaves on the tops of the plants began to turn a beautiful shade of red, surrounding the Baby with beautiful blooms. The laughing villagers became silent as they watched the green plants transform into the lovely star-shaped crimson flowers we call poinsettias. As they watched the weeds bloom before their eyes, Maria and Pablo knew they had no reason to be ashamed anymore. They had given the Baby Jesus the only gift they could--and it was the most beautiful gift of all.

Today, poinsettias are a traditional symbol of Christmas, thanks to young Maria and Pablo and their special gifts to the Baby Jesus.

-- By Stephanie Herbek


  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!




"Some Musical Christmas Advice"

Make out your Chopin Liszt early before Debussy season, when you have time to check out Verdi good bargains are, can still get gifts Faure good price, not have to Handel large crowds and have time to give Bach things you decide you don't want.



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

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   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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The Holly and the Ivy

Traditional English Carol

The holly and the ivy,
When they are both full grown,
Of all the trees that are in the wood,
The holly bears the crown.

O the rising of the sun,
And the running of the deer,
The playing of the merry organ,
Sweet singing in the choir.

The holly bears a blossom
As white as lily flower;
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ
To be our sweet Savior.

The holly bears a berry
As red as any blood;
Any Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ
To do poor sinners good.

The holly bears a prickle
As sharp as any thorn;
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ
On Christmas day in the morn.

The holly bears a bark
As bitter as any gall;
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ
For to redeem us all.

The holly and the ivy,
When they are both full grown,
Of all the trees that are in the wood,
The holly bears the crown.

"The Holly and the Ivy" midi and lyrics courtesy of – 11/22/05

Rebecca Johns' Holly and Ivy" Illustration courtesy of - 12/05/05

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

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

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

Animated Laughing Frog courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon of VA - 05/31/08
Thanks, Joyce!

Animated BOO-HOO courtesy of Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 08/28/09
Thanks, Glenn!

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

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