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12/17/08 - NNHS Newsletter
For unto Us a Child Is Born

There is no name so sweet on earth, no name so sweet in heaven,
The name, before His wondrous birth, to Christ the Savior given.

- George Washington Bethune
(18 Mar 1805 - 27 Apr 1862)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Somewhat astonishingly, we've never used this magnificent chorus from Handel's Messiah here before today - which is absolutely one the "most funnerest" (English major, you know) to sing ever.

BONUS #1 - http://www.leewoof.org/leewoof/1999/12-19-99.htm - For Unto Us A Child Is Born

BONUS #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aofIXZHUnT0 - For Unto Us A Child Is Born - Oxford Church Choir


NEWBIES - 12/15/08:

1.   Kitty Dichtel Heffington (Ferguson HS - '73) of VA:

2. Terry Heffington (Warwick HS - '66) of VA:

Hi Carol!

I work with 
  Marty (Whitmore) McCoy ('67 of VA) and have heard about your newsletter from several people on the peninsula. Terry is a Warwick Farmer, class of 1966, and I'm a Ferguson Mariner, Class of 1973...we're both locals...can you please add us to your list??

We are connected to Ken Bransford ('63 - of VA) in numerous ways.....

Thanks so much for this great "service!"

Kitty (Dichtel) and Terry Heffington

   Thanks, Kitty and Terry - and Marty!

   Certainly, I'll be glad to add you!  I've already added you to my mailing list..... The timing is tricky, though; I'm leaving to visit my children in Illinois on Thursday morning, so there'll be a bit of a break.....

   But after that - prepare to be bombarded! Meanwhile, try some old Newsletters:

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/NNHS-Newsletters-2008.html 

   Welcome aboard!

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/SITE-MAP.html

     http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/alumni-list.html

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THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:

     Happy Birthday today to   Tom Oxner ('65) of AR!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to
  James Strickland ('57)!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

19 - Durwood Adams ('57);

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

23 -   Tom Flax ('64) of VA AND   Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA AND Holly Hill Campbell (Hampton Roads Academy - '72) of VA;

24 - James Gay ('57) AND Ann W. Hutcheson ('57)!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/Happy-Birthday.html


GUEST BOOK SIGNERS:

1.   Danny Crockett ('65) of FL - 12/16/08:

Tuesday 12/16/2008 10:21:58pm
Name: Dan Crockett
Homepage: http://www.newleafcenter.com
E-Mail: dlc1047@aol.com
Marital Status married
City/Country: Casselberry, Fl. 32707
Favorite Teachers Favorite Principal: Mr. Etheridge
Hobbies photography, reading, woodworking, gardening
Comments Reading about and seeing pics of my classmates brings back so many good memories. I long for those days and friends. Thank you for connecting me to these memories.

Dan

   Thanks, Danny!


    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 12/16/08 - "Loss of images.":

Hi, Carol:
 
I shuddered when I read your comment about loosing the library of images on your computer. Ugly!!!
 
Also, I read the comments by    Phil Hammond ('64 - of UT) to     Al Simms ('60 - of VA) regarding service in Vietnam during Christmas.
 
Since you have their email addresses, perhaps you might wish to send them an invitation to Army-Together We Serve.
 
I hope you can recover your late father's photo image in uniform, so you can post it in his profile at Army-Together We Serve.
 
Best wishes on your PC recovery efforts. Your "techie" kids can probably come to the rescue.
 
TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   Thank you, Major Madagan! Being extraordinarily pressed for time, I simply forwarded your note on to them. And yes, I am happily optimistic that Da Guys will be able to help me figure out just where my computer is hiding that file - or actually whatever it was I accidentally renamed it .....


  From Ron Miller ('59 ) of NC - 12/16/08 - "Disappearance of Images":

Carol -- what version of Windows are you using?
 
Ron

  Well, Ronnie, I don't really know, but I DO know that I managed to rename that file while trying to use fireftp while I was crying too hard from all the recent tragedies to see what I was doing..... 

   Thanks, Sweetie - we'll figure it out soon!


    From Al Simms ('60) of VA - 12/16/08 - "Thank You":

Carol,
 
I want to thank    Phil Hammond ('64 - of UT) and you for your website.  As a result of the recent series of emails between Phil and me that have been posted on your website in the last couple of days, I am now in contact by email with Don Jett (Warwick HS - '60) who lived near me in the North End of NN in the early 50s and was a childhood playmate until his family moved to Warwick when we were about 11 or 12 years old.  We have shared a lengthy email exchange with lots of memories from nearly 60 years ago and I suspect that we are not done yet.  This is the first contact that we have had since then as best I can remember.

Al

   WOWZERS! Thank you so very much, Al! On days such as today when I am trying to do twelve things simultaneously, and seriously wondering if it even matters if I do this at all, or if anyone even has time to read it right now, your words certainly buoyed me up for the task!


   From Phil Hammond ('64) of UT to Don Jett (Warwick HS - '60) - 12/16/08:

Don and Sister,

Open this site.  You will like what you read.  It is very interesting to find out what happened to classmates.  Join the site as a new member and request Carol send you daily newsletters.  Just hope you aren’t one of the memorials!  Go to the home site (map) to see years of work and labor by       Carol Buckley Harty ('65 - of NC).  She is amazing.  Be sure to visit the Utah page she made especially for me.  And now we have a VN page.

Phil / Brother

Thanks, Carol

   WOWZERS! Thanks so much for all your kind words, Phil! We'll look forward to hearing from Don soon - or as soon as I return, anyway!


From Norris Perry (Warwick - '59) of VA - 12/16/08 - "So true":

So true

I was walking around in a Target store, when I saw a cashier hand this little boy some money back. The boy couldn't have been more than 5 or 6 years old.

The cashier said, 'I'm sorry, but you don't have enough money to buy this doll.'

Then the little boy turned to the old woman next to him: ''Granny, are you sure I don't have enough money?''

The old lady replied, ''You know that you don't have enough money to buy this doll, my dear.''

Then she asked him to stay there for just 5 minutes while she went to look around. She left quickly. The little boy was still holding the doll in his hand.

Finally, I walked toward him and I asked him who he wished to give this doll to.

'It's the doll that my sister loved MOST and wanted so much for Christmas. She was sure that Santa Claus would bring it to her.'

I replied to him that maybe Santa Claus would bring it to her after all, and not to worry.

But he replied to me sadly. 'No, Santa Claus can't bring it to her where she is now. I have to give the doll to my mommy so that she can give it to my sister when she goes there.'

His eyes were so sad while saying this. 'My sister has gone to be with God. Daddy says that Mommy is going to see God very soon too, so I thought that she could take the doll with her to give it to my sister.''

My heart nearly stopped.

The little boy looked up at me and said: 'I told daddy to tell mommy not to go yet. I need her to wait until I come back from the mall.'

Then he showed me a very nice photo of himself. He was laughing. He then told me, 'I want mommy to take my picture with her so she won't forget me. I love my mommy and I wish she didn't have to leave me, but daddy says that she has to go to be with my little sister.'

Then he looked again at the doll with sad eyes, very quietly.

I quickly reached for my wallet and said to the boy. 'Suppose we check again, just in case you do have enough money for the doll!''

'OK' he said, 'I hope I do have enough.' I added some of my money to his without him seeing and we started to count it. There was enough for the doll and even some spare money..

The little boy said: 'Thank you God for giving me enough money!'

Then he looked at me and added, 'I asked last night before I went to sleep for God to make sure I had enough money to buy this doll, so that mommy could give it to my sister. He heard me!''

'I also wanted to have enough money to buy a white rose for my mommy, but I didn't dare to ask God for too much. But He gave me enough to buy the doll and a white rose.''

'My mommy loves white roses.'

A few minutes later, the old lady returned and I left with my basket. I finished my shopping in a totally different state of mind from when I started.

I couldn't get the little boy out of my mind.

Then I remembered a local news paper article two days ago, which mentioned a drunk man in a truck, who hit a car occupied by a young woman and a little girl. The little girl died right away, and the mother was left in a critical state. The family had to decide whether to pull the plug on the Life-sustaining machine, because the young woman would not be able to recover from the coma.

Was this the family of the little boy?

Two days after this encounter with the little boy, I read in the news paper that the young woman had passed away.

I couldn't stop myself as I bought a bunch of white roses and I went to the funeral home where the body of the young woman was for people to see and make last wishes before her burial. She was there, in her coffin, holding a beautiful white rose in her hand with the photo of the little boy and the doll placed over her chest.

I left the place, teary-eyed, feeling that my life had been changed for ever.. The love that the little boy had for his mother and his sister is still, to this day, hard to imagine. And in a fraction of a second, a drunk driver had taken all this away from him.

  
Thank you, Norris, for this very tender story! Once again, it doesn't really matter if it's absolutely factual. It's important because it gives us all pause to ponder about a great many things in life.


From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 12/16/08:

(For those of you just joining us, Domi is a Druid Priestess.)

Snow! Ice! Cold! Power outages! Recession! Job loss!
 
And through it all, I see neighbors reaching out to neighbors, Tons of Turkeys donated in food drives, people opening hearts and homes and putting their hands to work to those in more need than theirs.  Operation Santa Claus here is sponsoring more children than ever. People are reaching deep into their pockets to help others.
 
This Grove will celebrate abundance, invoke abundance, pray abundance. A gift requires a gift. We lay out offerings to the Kindreds, and are sure they will respond in kind. All of the festivals of this time of year, in culture after culture, celebrate light, renewal, sharing,  life everlasting.
 
In this Grove, we will have: 
 
Fire and ice ritual; toast, boast, oath format. Butter-tasting!
I intend to make some traditional breads. I will also do a beef roast, a duck, a roast chicken, and some baked fish (probably salmon).  I may add roast pork. I will have at least three kinds of butter, probably Irish, Danish, and French. I will have a bowl of nuts in their shells, and a bit of fruit.
 
To do a traditional/ modern mixed version of  a Yule smeared/covered table smeared/covered bread, there needs to be a very wide variety of foods. Some traditional offerings would include : herring,  scallops hot or cold, shrimp (cold cooked with  sauce on the side), meatballs or little meat patties, gravlax and/or smoked salmon, smoked sausage, and then add potato salad ( vinegary instead of mayonaissey), assorted cheeses, sweet and sour beets, pickled red cabbage,  rye crispbread, olives, pickles both sweet and sour, cucumber salad (thin sliced cucumbers with salt, vinegar, and dill; sour cream optional), rice pudding, ginger cookies or gingerbread or honey-ginger cake, butter cookies, almond cake or cookies, other cookies.   Norwegian potato dumplings with salt pork, onions, and allspice are wonderful if anyone is that ambitious.  (I will have some sort of chocolate Yule log, I think), deviled eggs, pate ( I don't like pate, lutefisk, or eels, but they would all be traditional), winter fruit. Note that aside from the roast meats and breads everything is expected to be in tiny sampler bites. Traditionally one would eat ones way slowly through an assortment of small appetizers  on breads,  digest a bit, welcome the roasts, eat heartily of roast meats poultry and  fish with a little salad or pickled vegetable on the side, digest a bit again, welcome the cakes/cookies/pudding, rest a bit, and look for cheese, fruit, and nuts to finish off.  I will make hot spiced wine (glogg) and have coffee, tea, wine, sparkling juice,  and some selzer and soft drinks available. I expect our Grove bee-keeper is bringing mead and honey. I've asked members and guests to let me know what they are bringing,  so we don't wind up with piles of deviled eggs and 8 kinds of herring but no salads or cookies.  (Or 17 kinds of cookies, but no cheese...) .
 
We will "pass the plate" for donations to Heifer Project International.  There will NOT be a gift exchange.   Political discussions will be actively discouraged. 
 
For those of you not joining us, may your Yule be bright with the promise of the coming light.
 
Domi

   WOWZERONI!!! That will certainly be some feast! Thanks for sharing that with us, Domi! Good Yule to you and yours!


      From Me ('65) of NC - 12/13/08 - "And speaking of food...":

   We will almost surely make this cake while I'm visiting in Illinois, as it it such a family favorite:

Chocolate Éclair Cake

1 box graham crackers
2 (3-oz.) pkgs. instant French Vanilla pudding
9-oz. Cool Whip
3 cups milk
  
   Butter a 9"x13" pan.  Line bottom of pan with graham crackers.  Mix milk and pudding together, then fold in whipped topping.  Spread half of filling on crackers, add another layer of crackers, then the rest of the filling mixture.  Top with a layer of crackers                                           

Chocolate Topping - OUTSTANDING!


   Bring to boil, cook one minute, and remove from heat:

1 box graham crackers
2 (3-oz.) pkgs. instant French Vanilla pudding
9-oz. Cool Whip
3 cups milk
  
     Add to mixture:
                          
1/3 cup cocoa
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup milk
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 (1/2 stick) butter (NO margarine!)
1 tsp. vanilla
   
     Pour over cake.  Chill.  


HOLIDAY REUNION NEWS:

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 (jwdvt@aol.com, 757-244-4443, ext 4)


DATES TO REMEMBER:

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 hdsdds@aol.com - CLASS OF 1954


PRAYER ROLL:
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NNHS BLOG:
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   Y'all take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                                  Love to all, Carol

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For unto Us a Child Is Born
from Messiah, 1741

Words from Isaiah 9: 6

Music by George Frideric Handel
(23 Feb 1685 - 14 Apr 1759)
 

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:
and the government shall be upon his shoulder:
and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor,
The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.


"For Unto Us A Child Is Born" midi (sequenced by Greg Garner) courtesy of http://www.classicalmidiconnection.com/cmc/xmas.html - 12/10/08

"For Unto Us A Child Is Born" "lyrics" (Isaiah 9: 6) courtesy of http://www.worshipmap.com/lyrics/messiahtext.html - 12/10/08

Image of Simon Dewey's Painting, "His Name Shall Be Called" courtesy of http://www.jesus-explained.org/picture-of-baby-jesus.html - 12/14/08

Fancy Gold Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.goldclipart.com/24k/filigree.htm - 12/17/08

Animated "NEW" clip art courtesy of http://gifsnow.com/ - 03/07/06

Ferguson High School's TEMPORARILY INVISIBLE Anchor clip art courtesy of Steve Silsby (FHS - '72) of NC - 12/14/05
Thanks, Steve!

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

Animated Guest Book clip art courtesy of http://www.feebleminds-gifs.com/guestbook-gifs.html - 03/07/06

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks, Herbie!

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

Animated Silly Bear (designed by AF Artist - Ryan Hagen) courtesy of http://www.animationfactory.com - 10/04/05

Christmas Bells clip art courtesy of http://www.christmas-graphics-plus.com/ - 12/15/08

Animated "NEW" clip art courtesy of http://gifsnow.com/ - 03/07/06

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