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12/17/19 - 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


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]

   Today is Wright Brothers Day.


Wright Brothers Day is celebrated in the United States on December 17 each year. The date commemorates the Wright brothers' first successful flight in heavier-than-air, mechanically propelled craft, accomplished on December 17, 1903, near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Wright Brothers Day falls on the same day as Pan American Aviation Day. It must not be confused with National Aviation Day.

What do people do?

The United States president annually makes a proclamation inviting Americans to observe Wright Brothers Day with appropriate ceremonies and activities. Observations, including the annual Wright Brothers dinner where the Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy is awarded in Washington DC, take place on or around this day. Celebrations are also held at Kitty Hawk in North Carolina and in Dayton, Ohio, where the brothers were born.

Events focused on the day also take place at the Wright Brothers National Memorial, a 425-acre (about 1.7km2) area that features a 60-foot (about 18.3 meters) granite pylon (tower) on top of Kill Devil Hill, where the Wright Brothers' camp was located. Other activities include: luncheons in honor of the Wright brothers; school activities focused on aviation and the Wright brothers' achievements in opening doors for future flight advancements; and field trips to aviation and flight museums and centers...


Orville and his brother Wilbur are given credit for building the world's first successful airplane with aircraft controls that enabled them to steer the plane. The brothers' first aircraft, named Flyer, made its maiden flight for 12 seconds and 120 feet (about 36-37 meters) around the site of Wright Brothers National Memorial in North Carolina on December 17, 1903. This day is observed nationally since 1963 to honor Wilbur and Orville Wright.

The Wright brothers were not the first to build and fly experimental aircraft but they are the first to invent aircraft controls that made fixed wing flight possible. In the years that followed, aviation advancements were made. The Wright brothers' efforts paved the way for modern day aeronautics. The brothers' status as inventors of the airplane has been an issue of debate, particularly as there were competing claims regarding other early aviators.


   Happy Birthday today to Norma Helmick Burks ('63) AND  Tom Oxner ('65) of AR!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to James Strickland ('57)!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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;

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;

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  Malcolm Davis ('65) of VA AND Sandye Jordan Frost ('67) of NC!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!

December 17, 1919 - Uruguay became a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty.

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, 1943 - All Chinese were again permitted to become citizens of the United States with the repealing of the Act of 1882 and the introduction of the Magnuson Act.

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

  From Bill Lee (Warwick HS - '54) of NC - 12/16/10 - "December 17, 1944":

On the night of December 17, 1944, Pier 8, one of the largest covered piers on the Newport News waterfront caught fire and burned uncontrollably throughout the night; lighting up the sky for miles. A stiff breeze fanned the flames, and wind-borne sparks endangered nearby structures and piers, as well as private property outside the port area's security boundaries. Telephone calls from frightened citizens flooded the local newspaper office, but, incredibly, for twelve hours the military denied that there even was a fire!

The local fire department was allowed to enter the security perimeter to assist, but reporters and photographers were turned away at the gate. A resourceful Daily Press photographer went to the Warwick Hotel, the tallest and nearest public vantage point that overlooked the port area. Photos were taken and included in the next morning’s edition of the Daily Press, along with information gleaned from civilian dockworkers and firefighters.

Although completely destroyed, Pier 8 was rebuilt and back in use in only 75 days!

   YOWZERONI-WOWZERONI! Thank you again so very much for sharing this exciting story with us, Bill!


December 17, 1969 - Project Blue Book: The United States Air Force closed its study of UFOs.

December 17, 1969 - Actress and model Laurie Holden was born Heather Laurie Holden in Los Angeles, California.

December 17, 1969 - Triple jumper Inna Lasovskaya was born Inna Alexandrovna Lasovskaya (Инна Александровна Ласовская) in Russia.

December 17, 1969 - Mixed martial artist and kick-boxer Chuck Liddell was born Charles David Liddell in Santa Barbara, California.

December 17, 1969 - Singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer Mick Quinn was born Michael Quinn in Cambridge, England.

From My Friend, Daniel, of UT - 12/15/14:

“He came into the world . . . clothed with double power---power to die, which He derived from His mother; and power to resist death, if He had so willed it, which He had inherited from His Father. Thus He had power both to live forever and also power to pass through the ordeal of death, that He might suffer it for all men, and come forth out of the grave to a newness of life-a resurrected being, to be clothed with immortality and eternal life, that all men might come forth out of the grave unto life eternal.”

-  Joseph F. Smith
(13 Nov 1838 - 19 Nov 1918)

    Thanks so much, Daniel!

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

   Thank you, Joan!

From Jimmy Dick ('65) of FL - 12/17/19, 9:30 AM - "YOU BETTER GET READY, FOR SANTA IS RIGHT ON SCHEDULE":

  Santa is on his way back to the North Pole following a pre-Christmas Eve vacation which was directed by Mrs. Claus. She sent him alone, wanting him out of the house and workshop so that things she could get things done that were necessary before Christmas. If he was home, she wouldn’t be able to get all of her Christmas baking done since he would want to help which would result in a big mess in the kitchen. Not only that, but he would eat his weight in sweets, likely not being able to fit in the sleigh or, for that matter, being too heavy for lift off. The Chief Elf was also pleased, for it gave him the ability to have his staff get all the presents ready for shipment. If Santa were there, he’d be asking way too many questions, plus he would probably break a few toys while playing with them. Santa is, after all, a very big kid at heart and nothing or no one will ever change that.

Santa will admit, however, that he enjoyed his vacation. He likes to go to the same places each year and is now a regular at each stop. His first stop was for lobster, feasting in both Bar Harbor, Maine and Gloucester, Massachusetts. He enjoyed cracking them and picking the sweet meat piping hot right out of the boiling pot with drawn butter and a nice bottle of stout beer. From there, he headed south to the Chesapeake, enjoying succulent jimmies, the big male blue crabs that are meaty and so delicious. He enjoyed them in both Maryland and Virginia, first at Crisfield and then at Deltaville. Rumor has it that while in the area he also enjoyed a seasonal favorite on the north shore of the Potomac, St. Mary’s stuffed ham and oysters. He ate too much but not to worry, for his next two stops were for exercise and what could be better than either for what he intended.

Firing up his team of reindeer who were also using the trip for some in-flight refresher training, he eyed from above as he headed south over those beautiful exposed sand bars known as the Outer Banks and landed on the beach. While there he surfed the rough waters and, unbeknownst to most, Santa “ain’t bad” on a surfboard. He has good balance and coordination and rode the waves successfully, then walked his reindeer along the beach to get used to the sand before hitching them up for some touch and go landings. The landings were done on Portsmouth Island which is uninhabited, for he didn’t want any spectators to get in the way of his work, but he then went back to Nags Head to spend the night while the reindeer were housed in an empty barn courtesy of a small horse ranch.

His next stop was Myrtle Beach where he played four rounds of golf with a few business types with whom he does business. While his elves produce many of his products, some of the latest creations come from American toy manufacturers and Santa’s seal of approval means great success. The old boy is creative and more with the times than most of us knew and he gets a good deal on electronics and mechanical gadgetry so it is a win-win for all.

Now Santa is just a little bit naughty, but even Mrs. Claus just laughs and forgives him, for one of his favorite stops for last and it might surprise some when I say Old Santa has quite the eye for the pretty girls. But it’s all in good fun, he likes to flirt with them a bit and pose for pictures, but it’s all harmless. So, what better place to go than the beaches of Florida, culminating in a stop at South Beach. The girls love him and make over him and he basks in the sunshine and the glow of his fame at this, his time of year. But after a day or two, he knew it was time to head home so, after a photo op of having his sleigh pulled by dolphins while the reindeer are grazing in rich grass, he hitched Rudolph and the others and bid adieu to the warm sunshine and headed back to the frozen tundra of the North Pole.

What will he find when he gets there? Mrs. Claus will be waiting for him with a wonderful pot roast and a hot toddy to warm his spirits. He will gaze in the workshop, and all will be in neat order and all the toys and other gifts will be packed for shipment with a complete itemized list of the order of delivery in a notebook on his desk. He will be tanned and fit and ready to go, so he can relax knowing that when the big night arrives, all is in great shape thanks to his great staff and his adoring wife. No one could have it better. Oh, and he will carry a sack of Mrs. Claus’ treats for his long night ahead. And what about the rest of us? Are we ready? If not, consider this a warning, for we can’t have Christmas unless we all do our work. Just “GITTERDONE” and then we can have some fun.

   Thank you, Jimmy! Merry Christmas to you and yours!  

From - 12/12/11 - "3 Holiday Party Tips":

How to Thrive at Holiday Gatherings: 3 Preps Before You Go

By Belinda Lams

Whether you're going to gather with family or friends, many people find holiday events very stressful.
Here are some simple tips to help you prepare and make this year better than your last. Make sure you do these BEFORE you go!

Prep #1: Remember Why
Holidays were created because they have meaning. Due to of all the commercialism and busyness, much of the root meanings get swept aside and the holidays become something entirely different than their original intent.

However, if you can take a few moments to remind yourself about the larger themes that make this time special, you will be in a much bigger internal conversation than stressing on what to wear or bring.

What you can do:
Ask yourself, "Why does this day matter and why does it matter to me?" "What transcendent themes do I want to hold in my consciousness as I go to this gathering?"

Prep #2: Get Centered and Clear
Believe it or not, part of what creates those uncomfortable moments with other people comes from inside of you. Even if you're not the instigator, you are the responder or reactor to someone's negativity or clumsiness.
The more clear and centered you are, the more likely you are to act in the way that you really want to be. You'll have the most success if you clear yourself before you go.

What you can do:
Think of the situation you are going into. Who will be there? What is the nature of your relationship with each one? Is anything triggering you? If so, name it specifically.

Try to access your wise, observer self (the part of you that doesn't get triggered). What would that part of you say about these people and situations?

Work to get to a place of peace and compassion for each person that you will encounter.
Ask yourself, "What kind of person do I want to be at this gathering?"

Name all the attributes of your best self that you can bring into the situation for the highest good.

Prep #3: Devise Strategies for Difficult Moments

If you know that you will be in some situations that you find particularly awkward or toxic, plan some strategies to help you navigate those moments. Have them at the ready in your bag of tools so you won't be caught in a situation that you have difficulty getting out of.

One big idea to keep in mind is that you have choices. You may not feel like you have choices, but you do. You don't even "have" to go to anything unless you choose. Once you choose, that's where the wisdom comes in.

What you can do:
If you know you will be around someone who is particularly critical or demeaning, create several strategies to politely remove yourself.

Ex. If grandma starts getting mean and critical, I will suddenly have to use the restroom and excuse myself. (I got that one from Rabbi Finley).

Comb through each and every possible negative thing you can imagine and create ways to gracefully navigate them. And yes, even with all the prepping, there will still be those unexpected surprises. These are opportunities to learn.

Don't forget that other people may also have some anxiety about the event. Your clear energy will not only be good for you, it can actually make a positive impact on other people as well. If you don't believe that, just try it as an experiment this year. What do you have to lose?

About the Author:

Belinda Lams is a Certified Life Coach. She is passionate about helping people clarify a compelling vision for their lives and then take the transformational steps to realize this vision every day.

Utilizing her journey of brokenness and healing through the loss of her daughter to cancer, Belinda brings a unique and compassionate approach to life transitions; discovering life after death and loss, intentional living, practical tools, and living from your passion and purpose.

She was trained in the Co-Active Coaching Model and Reality Therapy Techniques through Refuah Institute in Jerusalem, Israel. She also studies Spiritual Formation and Moral Psychology with Rabbi Mordecai Finley of Ohr HaTorah in Los Angeles, CA.
Along with personal coaching, Belinda is available for speaking engagements and workshops.

Check out her self-coaching e-course Soul Activator: 90 Days to Kickstart Your Life from the Inside Out.
Visit or contact Belinda at

“If you're gonna be two-faced at least make one of them pretty.”

- Marilyn Monroe
(01 June 1926 - o5 Aug 1962)

 From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 11/29/19, 9:29 AM - "Smiles & Crafts" (#17 in a Series of 19):

The gnomes are super cute...

Have a nice day!

  COOLThank you, Shari!


Donna Collinsworth's Two Little Penguins


  From Me ('65) of NC - 12/16/12:

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:

1/3 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.  

Mr. Food's 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!"

Mr. Food's
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!"

Mr. Food's
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!"



From - 12/16/18:

My doctor was giving me a hard time about my health. To get back on his good side I bought a puppy and named him 'Five Miles'.

That way, when I went to see my doctor I could tell him, "I walk five miles every morning!"

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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For unto Us a Child Is Born

, 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 - 12/10/08

"For Unto Us A Child Is Born" "lyrics" (Isaiah 9: 6) courtesy of - 12/10/08

Image of Simon Dewey's Painting, "His Name Shall Be Called" courtesy of - 12/14/08

Fancy Gold Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 12/17/08

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

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of - 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!

Animated Poinsettia courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon of VA - 12/06/08
Thanks, Joyce!

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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