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12/17/13 - 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, 

   This magnificent chorus from Handel's Messiah is absolutely one the "most funnerest" (English major, you know) to sing ever.

BONUS - For Unto Us A Child Is Born - Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra, 2009


From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Messiah_Part_I:

Messiah (HWV 56), the English-language oratorio composed by George Frideric Handel in 1741, is structured in three parts. This article covers Part I and describes the relation of the musical setting to the text supplied by Charles Jennens. Part I begins with the prophecy of the Messiah and his virgin birth by several prophets, namely Isaiah. His birth is still rendered in words by Isaiah, followed by the annunciation to the shepherds as the only scene from a Gospel in the oratorio, and reflections on the Messiah's deeds. Part II covers the Passion, death, resurrection, ascension, and the later spreading of the Gospel. Part III concentrates on Paul's teaching of the resurrection of the dead and Christ's glorification in heaven.

The popular Part I of Messiah is sometimes called the "Christmas" portion[1] as it is frequently performed during Advent in concert, sing-along, or as a Scratch Messiah.

The libretto by Jennens is drawn from the Bible: mostly from the Old Testament of the King James Bible, but with several psalms taken from the Book of Common Prayer.[2][3] Regarding the text, Jennens commented: "...the Subject excells every other Subject. The Subject is Messiah ...".[4]


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) AND Susan Bauz ('63);

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

22 -   Kitty Norman Haskins ('57) of VA AND Elliot 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;

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) AND   Sandye Jordan Frost ('67) of NC!  

   Many Happy Returns to You All!

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


THIS DAY IN WWII:
 

December 17, 1939 - Battle of the River Plate – The Admiral Graf Spee was scuttled by Captain Hans Langsdorff outside Montevideo.

December 17, 1941 - Japanese forces landed in Northern Borneo.

December 17, 1944 - Battle of the Bulge Malmedy massacre American 285th Field Artillery Observation Battalion POWs were shot by Waffen-SS Kampfgruppe Peiper.


THIS DAY IN 1963:

Tuesday, December 17, 1963 -
Another apparently very boring day...


    From the President of the Class of 1965, Joe Wingo of NC - 12/16/13 - "A Different Christmas Poem":

Dear Carol,

Merry Christmas to all. Let us always remember the debt we owe to our brave men and women who serve our great country.

God Bless America.

Joe
 

A Different Christmas Poem
 

The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.
My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.
Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
Transforming the yard to a winter delight.

The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,
Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.
My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.
In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,
So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.

The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near,
But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear.
Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know, Then the
sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.
My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
And I crept to the door just to see who was near.
Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.
A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.
Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.

'What are you doing?' I asked without fear,
'Come in this moment, it's freezing out here!
Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,
You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!'
For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,
Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts.

To the window that danced with a warm fire's light
Then he sighed and he said 'Its really all right,
I'm out here by choice. I'm here every night.'
'It's my duty to stand at the front of the line,
That separates you from the darkest of times.
No one had to ask or beg or implore me,
I'm proud to stand here like my fathers before me.
My Gramps died at ' Pearl on a day in December,'
Then he sighed, 'That's a Christmas 'Gram always remembers.'
My dad stood his watch in the jungles of ' Nam ',
And now it is my turn and so, here I am.

I've not seen my own son in more than a while,
But my wife sends me pictures, he's sure got her smile.
Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,
The red, white, and blue... an American flag.
I can live through the cold and the being alone,
Away from my family, my house and my home.

I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,
I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat.
I can carry the weight of killing another,
Or lay down my life with my sister and brother..
Who stand at the front against any and all,
To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall.'
 

 

 


' So go back inside,' he said, 'harbor no fright,
Your family is waiting and I'll be all right.'
'But isn't there something I can do, at the least,
'Give you money,' I asked, 'or prepare you a feast?
It seems all too little for all that you've done,
For being away from your wife and your son.'

Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,
'Just tell us you love us, and never forget.
To fight for our rights back at home while we're gone,
To stand your own watch, no matter how long.
For when we come home, either standing or dead,
To know you remember we fought and we bled.
Is payment enough, and with that we will trust,
That we mattered to you as you mattered to us.'
 

 
Christmas will be coming soon and some credit is due to our service men and women for our being able to celebrate these festivities. Let's try in this small way to pay a tiny bit of what we owe. Make people stop and think of our heroes, living and dead, who sacrificed themselves for us.
 
   Thank you, Joe Sweetie! Merry Christmas to you, too!


   From Malcolm Davis ('65) of VA - 12/16/13 - "Fred Waring - Nutcracker Suite (original 12" 78 rpm, COMPLETE!)":

I never knew that there were words to this music.
Enjoy!
 

Fred Waring - Nutcracker Suite (original 12" 78 rpm, COMPLETE!), 1947

   WOWZERS! I never remember hearing that words had been set to Tchaikovsky's music either! Thank you, Malcolm!  Merry Christmas!


From John Patterson ('59) of TN - 12/16/13 - "Fairfield Glade":

Here are a couple videos that show what we've learned - - that Fairfield Glade is a great place to which to retire - - no income tax, very low property taxes, and the Golf Channel talks about our nice golf courses, etc. It's no wonder that so many Yankees have moved here!

http://www.golfchannel.com/media/ginella-budget-buddy-trip-rankings-no-10-crossville-tenn/

http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/finance/2013/August/Lower-Tax-States-Proving-Less-Really-Is-More/

   COOL BEANS! Thanks, John - good to know! Merry Christmas!


  From Charles Schneider ('60) of TX - 12/16/13 - "A German Wonderland - Take a Look":

A German Wonderland

Remember the two brothers in Germany who had a wonderful model railway that was something to see? This is an update for their German Wonderland. Enjoy. There have been little clips about this place for the past few years, it is still not finished but is growing to that conclusion as they will soon run out of space.

A short review, it was started by two brothers as a place to show their hobby, it started growing by leaps & bounds. Soon they were joined by other 'Model Railroad Clubs' and other craftsmen. Some were electricians, model makers, carpenters, computer programmers. Their wives would stop by to see what they were doing and usually bring them a lunch.

One thing led to another. Three of the ladies had worked at a bakery, several visitors would ask if they had a snack bar. The idea was planted; some of the carpenters came and built a nice restaurant area for the bakery and a kitchen too. If the fresh coffee smell didn't get you then the bakery definitely would.
This was about 5 years ago. One of the breweries came and furnished all of the tables and chairs, serving counter and, etc. Their latest finished area is the airport. Planes look like they are flying and landing. GERMAN WONDERLAND IN HAMBURG link below - AMAZING

https://www.youtube.com/embed/ACkmg3Y64_s?rel=0

   WOWZERONI! That's just incredible! Thank you so much, Charles - Merry Christmas!


     From Hunter Todd ('57) of TX - 12/16/13 - "A Very Merry Christmas from 47th WorldFest-Houston Intl Film Festival!":

Our Special Holiday Gift to You! 
 
Wonderful Christmas!

Wishing you...the Happiest of Holidays!

Our traditional Holiday Gift to You: The Online Entry Deadline Extended to Wednesday, January 15th, 2014! All Late Fees are Waived!

Holiday Cheers and a Very Bountiful New Year!

 

     WOWZERS! Thank you, Hunter! Merry Christmas to you and yours, too!
All of us at - The 47th WorldFest-Houston International Film & Video Festival


BONUS CHRISTMAS CROCHET PATTERN:

http://freepatternsdonnascrochetdesigns.com/penguins-free-crochet-pattern.html - Two Little Penguins By Donna Collinsworth


BONUS CHRISTMAS RECIPES:

      From Me ('65) of NC - 12/16/13:

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.  
 


http://www.mrfood.com/Pie/Gingersnap-Streusel-Pumpkin-Pie-5209/ml/1 - Gingersnap Streusel Pumpkin Pie - "The secret ingredients to this sweet, golden creation are the honey-roasted almonds and the cinnamon. That's all we're saying, though, because we don't wanna give the warm taste away too much. We promise you'll enjoy!"

http://www.mrfood.com/Cakes/Christmas-Crunch-Cake-3102/ml/1 - Christmas Crunch Cake - "Your holiday gathering will be extra special and extra easy, when you start with a store-bought cake and fancy it up with your own homemade frosting and garnishes. Our Christmas Crunch Cake will do you proud!"

http://www.mrfood.com/Pie/Peppermint-Pie-4921/ml/1 - Peppermint Pie - "Wanna know the not-so-secret recipe in this Peppermint Pie? You got it, it's peppermint and boy-oh-boy is it incredible in this dessert! Yum-my!"
 


FINALLY:

From http://www.ajokeaday.com - 12/16/13:
 
A  philanthropist is a man who gives away what he should be giving back.


DATES TO REMEMBER:

1. Thursday, January 2, 2014 - 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 friends in that year, go visit with them.

2. Wednesday, February 12, 2013 - 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.  


PRAYER ROLL:

http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 12/16/13

BLOG:

http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11



  
Y'all take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                                 Love to all, Carol

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PERSONAL WEB SITE: http://www.angelfire.com/weird2/cluckmeat

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Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309
915-780-3048
 


THREE WAYS TO DONATE:  

1. Visit the main page (http://www.nnhs65.com), scroll halfway down, and click on the Pay Pal Donate Button (nnhs65@gmail.com);

2. Go to www.PayPal.com, log in, select "Send Money (Services) to nnhs65@gmail.com; or

3. Just mail it directly to my home. Thanks!    
             


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 Christmas Tree clip art courtesy of Renee Helterbran Benton ('59) of VA - 12/11/08
Thanks, Renee!
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06

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!

Coast Guard Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.tioh.hqda.pentagon.mil/SealsEmblems/USCG.htm - 10/03/07

Animated Ringing Christmas Bell clip art (designed by Art Holden) courtesy of http://www.animationfactory.com - 12/08/05

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