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12/15/14 - NNHS Newsletter - Angelus ad Virginem

“And over all there lay a psaltery
Whereon he made an evening's melody,
Playing so sweetly that the chamber rang;
And Angelus ad virginem he sang;
And after that he warbled the King's Note:
Often in good voice was his merry throat.”

- Geoffrey Chaucer, Miller's Tale
(c. 1343 – 25 Oct 1400)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   What could be cooler than a Medieval Christmas carol?!?  This one was even mentioned by Chaucer in The Canterbury Tales, and you know how much I love that!

BONUS #1 - - Angelus ad Virginem - The Choir of the Church of the Advent, Boston

BONUS #2 - - Angelus ad Virginem, 12/21/07


Angelus ad Virginem (or its English title, Gabriel, From Heven King Was To The Maide Sende) was a popular medieval carol, whose text is a poetic version of the Hail Mary and the Annunciation to the Virgin Mary. Probably Franciscan in origin, it was brought to Britain by French friars in the 13th century. It is said to have originally consisted of 27 stanzas, with each following stanza beginning with the consecutive letter of the alphabet.

Surviving manuscripts may be found in a c. 1361 Dublin Troper (a music book for use at Mass) and a 13th or 14th century vellum Sequentiale that may have been connected with the Church of Addle, Yorkshire. It lyric also appears in the works of John Audelay (perhaps a priest, he definitely spent the last years of his life at Haughmond Abbey, where he wrote for the monks), in a group of four Marian poems...


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

18 - James Strickland ('57);

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

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

21 -   Ray Stinnette ('63) of VA;

22 -   Kitty Norman Haskins ('57) of VA AND Elliott Schlosser ('63) AND    Dottie Pegram Daniels (NNHS / George Washington HS - '64) of WV AND    Harry Barritt ('64) of VA AND    Dale Mueller ('64) of VA AND   Bill Rash ('67) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All! 


December 15, 1914
- World War I: The Serbian Army recaptured Belgrade from the invading Austro-Hungarian Army.

December 15, 1914 - A gas explosion at Mitsubishi Hōjō coal mine, in Kyushu, Japan, killed 687.


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, 1943 - The Battle of Arawe began during the New Britain 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, 1945 - Occupation of Japan: General Douglas MacArthur ordered that Shinto be abolished as the state religion of Japan.

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.


Tuesday, December 15, 1964 - Actor Michael Le Vell was born Michael Robert Turner in Newton Heath, Manchester, England.

Tuesday, December 15, 1964 - Comedian, actor, and screenwriter Paul Kaye was born in Clapton, London, England.


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1965 Anchor, p. 218 Thursday, January 15, 2004 Friday, December 12, 2014
12/02/03 Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/15/04
Thanks, Dave!
Courtesy of Facebook - 12/13/14

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  From Dee Hodges Bartram ('66) of VA - 12/14/14 - School Song":


Do you have the school song, with music, on your site? If so, please tell me how to access it. If there is no music, how about just words?


   Certainly, Dee! It's right on the front page - including sheet music - about half-way down:

The Alma Mater

Words and Music by Arthur Hundley, 1937
(d. 02 Sept 2008)


Within these sacred walls we stand,
To praise thine honored name,
We sing to thee, dear Newport High,
Thy glories we proclaim.


Hail, hail to the Gold and Blue,
We raise thy banners high,
And ever through thine endless days,
In triumph, may they fly.

O Alma Mater, in our hearts,
We'll often turn to thee,
And echo once again the songs
Of thy dear memory.

         From Bill Lee (Warwick HS - '54) of NC - 12/14/14 - "Giving - assisted by gravity":
   WOWZERONI!! Thank you so very much, Bill! The word has become grossly overused, but that man is one amazing individual!

   Merry Christmas to you and yours!  

     From Me ('65) of NC - 12/15/14 - "The Saga of the Christmas Trees and Playful Wildlife":

   Back when we used live Christmas trees, we put them up on December 6, to be removed on January 6. After we switched to artificial trees, we began putting them up on December 1. Somewhere along the way I found that planning to start on the day after Thanksgiving was more convenient, and gave greater allowance for emergencies, such as illnesses, plus gave me a longer time to delight in a home decorated for Christmas.

   This year because of illnesses and other nonsense, we ran far behind.

   It has come to my attention that we are far from alone in that this year, so I thought I'd share my silly saga with you.

   First we were too sick to begin until two days after Thanksgiving. So far, still good.

   We have two trees, a 6' pre-lit evergreen for the formal living room, and a 4' pre-lit white tree for the whimsical family room. I crocheted the tree skirts for both of them (because that's what I do... ).

   Not finding the living room's tree skirt right away, we thought we'd just begin with the little tree. We opened the box, and found it was no longer bright white, but a weird light tan - as though it had survived a forest fire. Thinking that might evoke images of Smokey the Bear (whom I've loved since early childhood), and realizing that it had SO many ornaments that the condition of the branches might not be all that noticeable in the far corner of the room        Adrienne (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL) and I had carefully prepared for it, we decided to assemble it anyway. That's when we discovered that only two of the three "legs" had survived. WHAT?!? I suppose they were lost in that forest fire. SHEESH! So we shifted gears and decorated the rest of that room and the adjoining kitchen. They're nicely gaudy now, all red, white and green.

   Still no joy in finding that missing tree skirt - OR the directions to (easily) make a duplicate. Rats.

   Finally on December 8 we decided to go with what we had and just use the other tree skirt, even though it was a bit more vibrant than what I had envisioned. Funny thing - it would require two more panels, but it had the advantage of opening in the back so we could go ahead and begin without further delay (the REAL tree skirt has only an opening for the tree trunk, so of necessity it's the first step). I remembered that each panel only required about 1-1/2 hour to complete, so all was still fine, if delayed. Up went the tree in the front window, with a lace tablecloth as a temporary skirt, and the gold and silver beaded garland. A little lame, still, but progressing.

   Then a whole bunchalotta other commitments required our time, so we didn't get back to it until the afternoon of December 13 - ALL decorated now. Adrienne had yet another commitment to attend, and I finished crocheting the missing tree skirt panels that evening. WHOO-HOO! Fifteen days late, but there ya' go.

   But the really crazy part was what happened when we began to trim it that afternoon. While Adrienne was out of the room looking for something, I heard a big commotion just outside the window.

   Back in early November,         Paul (Harty - Bardolph HS, IL - '61) had raked up the leaves from the yard and added them to the flower beds to protect the perennials throughout the winter. Thinking it was the naughty little squirrels throwing the hickory nuts and shells around wildly as they do, and already seated quite close to the window, I peeked out and saw a scene straight out of a cartoon: one rascally squirrel, five red-breasted robins, two sparrows, and one red-headed woodpecker - all thrashing around together in the leaves like children! I thought the birds at any rate must be looking for food, but as I watched, one fat robin in particular was simply lifting leaves and throwing them into the air in rapid succession! What a Christmas treat to behold! That's my story, and I'm sticking with it.

From John Patterson ('59) of TN - 12/13/14 - "Great response to 'Hands up, don't shoot'":

  A great response to looters, protesters, etc.

This was, I believe, on one of the I-70 overpasses that lead north into Ferguson.


     Thanks, John! Sounds like a plan!


  From Margaret Elmore Tolly ('58) of VA - 12/14/14 - "Incorrect Usage":

     OH! Margaret, don't get me started!  I suspect some of these errors are regional; I don't recall ever hearing anyone use #10, 9, 8, or 4.

   However, I routinely deliberately say "liberry", "nuculer", and "jewlery" to my sister
    Eleanor (Buckley Nowitzky of NC, the Best Dressed Girl in the Class of 1959) - just because she becomes so deliciously ballistic (and after all, it's my job to tease her, and I take my responsibilities seriously).

   #6, 2 and 1 set my teeth on edge and make me cringe, but at the moment I reserve my greatest wrath for #3. THERE'S NO SUCH WORD as "ANYWAYS"! It's all I can do to refrain from wringing their dear little necks and bopping them over the head with something! ARGHHH!!

   Oh, NO! I would never do that - especially not at this time of year! Why, no! MY, no! No, indeed! Thank you, Margaret!

From My Friend, Daniel, of UT - 12/13/14:

“Jesus . . . descended below all things that he might rise above all things and comprehend all things. No man descended lower than the Savior of the world. Born in a stable, cradled in a manger, he travelled from there to the cross through suffering mingled with blood to a throne of grace; and in all his life there was nothing of an earthly nature that seemed to be worth possessing. His whole life was passed in poverty, suffering, pain, affliction, labor, prayer, mourning and sorrow until he gave up the ghost on the cross. Still he was God's firstborn son and the Redeemer of the world.”

- Wilford Woodruff
(01 Mar 1807 – 02 Sept 1898)

    Thanks so much, Daniel!

     From Mark Hutcherson ('66) of VA - 12/14/14:

  WISE CHOICE! Thanks, Mark!

        From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 12/02/14 - "Some Grins (#3 in a series of 15)":

  Laughs for the day………..

           Thanks, Dools!



From My Friend, Tammy, of NC - 12/07/14 - "Daily Christmas Story (#13 in a Series of 24)":

This year I decided to share some of my favorite Christmas stories and quotes. It is a tradition in our family to read a Christmas story every night in December culminating with the Nativity on the 24th.

Christmas Story Day 13, The Story of Christmas Spiders by Stephanie Herbek

The Story of Christmas Spiders"

In a quiet cottage in the woods lived a gentle widow and her eight children. The widow worked very hard to keep her children warm and well-fed, but money was not plentiful. When the air grew crisp, and the snow began to fall, the widow knew Christmas was coming. But instead of feeling joyful as the holiday approached, she felt sadness and sorrow. She knew that she did not have enough money to buy her children any gifts to open on Christmas morning.

"I cannot afford new toys or books," she thought, walking home through the woods one night. "What will I give my children?"

On Christmas Eve the family ate their simple Christmas dinner together, and the widow tried to conceal her worries. After tucking her excited children snugly into bed, she pulled her chair close to the fire and tried to erase the visions of their little disappointed faces from her mind. After all, what fun is Christmas morning without gifts to open?

"Perhaps a Christmas tree would make my children happy," the widow sighed.

She put on her coat and hat and walked through the woods in search of the right tree. She chose a small but beautiful evergreen, chopped it down with her husband's axe, and brought it to the cottage.

For hours, the widow carefully decorated the fragrant tree branches with colorful fruits, bits of ribbon, and Christmas cookies. Then she blew out her candle and went to bed, hoping the tree would make her children's empty Christmas a little bit brighter.

While the tired widow slept, tiny spiders crept from the cracks and corners of the cottage. They had watched her hard at work, decorating the tree for her children. Onto the branches they jumped, spinning delicate strands of silky web which gracefully covered the small tree from trunk to top. It was a beautiful sight.

When the family awoke on Christmas morning, they could not believe their eyes. The webs of silk had been turned into pure silver, covering the tree with dazzling brightness! During the night, Santa Claus had come with gifts for the children and saw the tree covered with spiderwebs. He smiled as he saw how happy the spiders were, but knew how heartbroken the widow would be if she saw her tree covered with spiderwebs. So he turned the silky webs into pure, shining silver. The next morning, as the widow watched her children sing and dance around the beautiful shining tree, she knew it would be a wonderful Christmas after all!

From that day forward, people have hung strands of shiny silver tinsel on their Christmas trees in honor of the poor widow and her tiny Christmas spiders.

     Thank you so very much, Tammy!


BONUS WINTER CROCHET PATTERN: - 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 - 12/14/14:

  • 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 - 12/14/14:

Just think, in a few million years Barney will be motor oil.

1. Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 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.

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Angelus ad Virginem (The angel, coming secretly)

1. Angelus ad virginem The angel, coming secretly
Subintrans in conclave. to the Virgin's room
Virginis formidinum Calming the Virgin's fears, he said:
Demulcens inquit "Ave." "Hail"
Ave regina virginum, Hail, Queen of Virgins!
Coeli terraeque dominum You shall conceive the Lord of Heaven and Earth
Concipies Et paries and give birth,
Intacta,without being touched,
Salutem hominum. to the Salvation of mankind;
Tu porta coeli facta you, made the Gateway of Heaven,
Medela criminum. the cure for sins".

2. Quomodo conciperem, How shall I conceive,
quae virum non cognovi? seeing that I know not a man?
Qualiter infringerem, How shall make an infraction
quae firma mente vovi?, I who made a vow with my firm mind ?
'Spiritus sancti gratia The grace of the Holy ghost
Perficiet haec omnia; will do all this;
Ne timeas, don't be afraid
sed gaudeas, But be pleased
secura,and safe
quod castimonia because chastity
Manebit in te pura will remain in you, pure
Dei potentia.'power of God

3. Ad haec virgo nobilis "To these words the noble virgin"
Respondens inquit ei; "answered to him"
Ancilla sum humilis 'I am the humble handmaiden'
Omnipotentis Dei. 'Of the all powerful God'
Tibi coelesti nuntio, Tanta secreti conscio,
Consentiens "I'm OK"
Et cupiens "and I want"
Videre "to see"
factum quod audio, "what I hear done"
Parata sum parere. "I'm ready to obey"
Dei consilio. "God's will"

4. Angelus disparuit "The angel disappeared"
Et statim puellaris "and at once"
Uterus intumuit "the womb of the maiden swelled"
Vi partus salutaris. "by the force of the laying in of salvation"
Qui, circumdatus utero The one who, protected in thy womb
Novem mensium numero,
during nine months
Hinc Exiit from here got out
Et iniit and the conflict began
Conflictum, Affigens humero He fixed his shoulder
Crucem, qua dedit ictum On the cross, by which he gave a blow
Hosti mortifero. to the mortal Enemy

5. Eia Mater Domini, "Come on, mother of the Lord"
Quae pacem reddidisti "who has given back peace"
Angelis et homini, "to angels and man"
Cum Christum genuisti; "when you bore Christ".
Tuum exora filium. "Pray your Son"
Ut se nobis propitium "to be good to us"
Exhibeat, "Let Him show"
Et deleat "and wash away"
Peccata; "our sins"
Praestans auxilium giving help
Vita frui beata to enjoy a happy life
Post hoc exsilium. "after this exile"

"Angelus ad Virginem" midi courtesy of - 12/15/09

"Angelus ad Virginem" Latin and English lyrics courtesy of - 12/15/09

Image of "Angel Playing a Flageolet" by  Edward Burne-Jones (28 Aug 1833 – 17 June 1898) courtesy
of - 12/01/09

Angel 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

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

American School Logo courtesy of 09/05/06

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 Laughing Kitty courtesy of Tom Flax ('64) of VA - 06/03/06
Thanks, Tom!

Animated Angel clip art courtesy of - 08/14/05

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

Animated Laughing Jerry courtesy of Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 06/14/06
Thanks, Cookie!

Animated Laughing Cat courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 07/29/08
Thanks, Joyce!

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

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

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