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12/18/21 - NNHS Newsletter - Ave Maria

And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her
womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: And she spake out with a loud voice, and said,
Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. And whence is this to me, that
the mother of my Lord should come to me? For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded
in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be
a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord. And Mary said,
My soul doth magnify the Lord,”

- Luke 1: 41-46 (KJV)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   When I was a little girl counting the days and eagerly awaiting Christmas Eve, it only became real to me when I heard Perry Como sing this lovely carol on his television show.  I found that version plus a couple of other renditions for you to enjoy.

BONUS #1 - Ave Maria - Perry Como, 1949 - with an extraordinarily unusual slide show

BONUS #2 - Ave Maria - André Rieu & Mirusia

BONUS #3 - Ave Maria - Il Divo, Dec.16, 2009


Ave Maria is a popular and much-recorded setting of the Latin text Ave Maria, originally published in 1853 as Méditation sur le Premier Prélude de Piano de S. Bach.

The piece consists of a melody by the French Romantic composer Charles Gounod especially designed to be superimposed over the Prelude No. 1 in C major, BWV 846, from Book I of J.S. Bach's The Well-Tempered Clavier, written some 137 years earlier. Although published in instrumental versions and fitted to various texts during Gounod's lifetime, the claim that he never 'wrote' it appears to be literally true...[1]

Gounod's father-in-law Pierre-Joseph-Guillaume Zimmermann transcribed the improvisation and in 1853 made an arrangement for violin (or cello) with piano and harmonium. The same year it appeared with the words of Alphonse de Lamartine's poem Le livre de la vie ("The Book of Life").[2] In 1859 Jacques Léopold Heugel published a version with the familiar Latin text. The version of Bach's prelude used by Gounod includes the "Schwencke measure" (m.23), a measure apparently added by Christian Friedrich Gottlieb Schwencke in an attempt to correct what he allegedly deemed a "faulty" progression, even though this sort of progression was standard in Bach's music.[3]

Alongside Schubert's Ave Maria (another contrafactum), the Bach/Gounod Ave Maria has become a fixture at wedding masses, funerals and quinceañeras. There are many different instrumental arrangements including for violin and guitar, string quartet, piano solo, cello, and even trombones. Opera singers, such as Luciano Pavarotti, as well as choirs have recorded it hundreds of times during the twentieth century.

Later in his career, Gounod composed an unrelated setting of Ave Maria for a four-part SATB choir.


   Happy Birthday today to James Strickland ('57)!

     Happy Birthday tomorrow to Durwood Adams ('57) AND the late Suzie Bauz ('63) (d. 11/03/14)!  

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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

21 - Ray Stinnette ('63) of VA;

22 -  Kitty Norman Haskins ('57) of VA AND the late Elliott Schlosser ('63) (d. 05/27/20) 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;

25 - The late Patsy Bloxom Meider (d. 09 Oct 2020) ('57) AND Doug Dickinson ('69) of VA! 

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


December 18, 1939 - The Battle of the Heligoland Bight, the first major air battle of the war, took place.

December 18, 1944 - 77 B-29 Superfortress and 200 other aircraft of U.S. Fourteenth Air Force bombed Hankow, China, a Japanese supply base.


December 18, 1971 - Radio and TV presenter Alan Khan was born in Durban, South Africa.

December 18, 1971 - Basketball player Antoine Rigaudeau was born Antoine Roger Rigaudeau in Cholet, Maine-et-Loire, France.

From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 12/17/14:

“As we seek Christ, as we find Him, as we follow Him, we shall have the Christmas spirit, not for one fleeting day each year, but as a companion always. We shall learn to forget ourselves. We shall turn our thoughts to the greater benefit of others.”

-  Thomas S. Monson, 1987
(21 Aug 1927 - 02 Jan 2018)

    Thanks so much, Susan!

From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 12/18/17:

   Thank you, Joan!


From Wade Foster (Menchville HS - '81) AND     From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 12/15/21 - "July 25, 1891 - The Great Fire of Newport News":

   WOWZERONI-RINI! Thank you for this amazing find, Gentlemen!

 From Mary Massey Lyle ('61) of PA - 12/17/17:

     EXACTAMUNDO! Thank you, Mary! Although they neglected to mention, "Good Yule" for Druids and "Happy Festivus" for the rest (of us ), and I personally prefer to extend the salutation to what the recipient is rather than what I am, they really nailed the closing thought: Say something nice to others, be thankful for kindly gestures towards you, and quit getting so easily offended!

   “… If a person says or does something that we consider offensive, our first obligation is to refuse to take offense and then communicate privately, honestly, and directly with that individual. Such an approach invites inspiration from the Holy Ghost and permits misperceptions to be clarified and true intent to be understood.” (David A. Bednar“And Nothing Shall Offend Them,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2006, 91, 92).

   By the way, Merry Christmas, Pretty Lady!


 From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 11/30/21:

     THAR YA GO! Thank you, Domi! I hope this puts this issue to rest!

   Good Yule, Domi!


  From Bobby Callis ('64) of WV - 12/14/15:

   Thanks, Bobby!

“Older people shouldn't eat health food, they need all the preservatives they can get.”

- Robert Orben
(b. 04 Mar 1927)


Nancy Anderson's Snowflake Pillow - "This stunning snowflake pillow will be enjoyed all winter long! Pillow cover is crocheted and snowflake motif is crocheted separately then stitched in place." and - Snowflake Pillow - "This stunning snowflake pillow will be enjoyed all winter long! Pillow cover is crocheted and snowflake motif is crochet separately then stitched in place."


 From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 12/10/18 - "Gluten-Free Popovers":

Gluten-Free Popovers

Really simple.

Preheat the oven to 425. Grease a standard 12 cup muffin pan or a 6 cup popover pan heavily.
Measure 3/4 of a cup of King Arthur or Bob's Red Mill gluten-free 1 to 1 flour mix (contains xanthan gum; don't use one without it. Don't use gluten-free Bisquick or gluten-free "baking mix") and 1/4 cup cornstarch.
Add 1/2 teaspoon salt. Whisk together.
Add 1 and a quarter cups whole milk and 4 large eggs.
Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 25 minutes, reduce oven to 375 and leave in about 20 minutes more for muffin pan and about 30 more for popover pan.
You want it well-puffed, golden, and firm, with a big air space inside. (I am told it will NOT puff properly if you substitute nut milk or soy milk.) Serve hot!

   Thank you, Domi! Again - Good Yule to you and yours!

  From Me ('65) of NC - 12/17/17:

   This is so fast and simple to make, it's long been a great favorite of mine. If you can tolerate the high sodium content, it might help you during the next few hectic days:

Hamburger Stroganoff

1 pkg. wide noodles
2 lbs. hamburger, browned & drained
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can cream of celery soup
1 pkg. dry onion soup mix
1 lg. container sour cream
   Prepare noodles, rinse and drain.  Add four soups to cooked hamburger; heat for 5 minutes.  Add sour cream and heat for 5 minutes.  Combine hamburger mixture with noodles.

                                                       - Carol Buckley Harty, Hillsboro, MO, 1984

Mr. Food's
Gooey Amish Caramel Pie - "Got a sweet tooth? If you do, then our Gooey Amish Caramel Pie may just satisfy your cravings. The rich sweetness of the caramel mixed with the crunchy pecans goes perfectly with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side."

Mr. Food's Cherry Nut Cobbler - "Be ready for loads of compliments when you serve up this yummy Cherry Nut Cobbler. Lots of shortcuts make it easy for you, but they'll never know that you didn't really fuss!"


From - 12/17/17:

A woman went to an astrologer to learn more about her husband. The astrologer asked her, "Do you want to know about your husband's future?"

Without hesitation, the wife responded, "I will decide his future, you just tell me about his past."

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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
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

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the power of a drop
in the bucket."


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Ave Maria

Music ("Ellens dritter Gesang") by Franz Schubert (31 Jan 1797 – 19 Nov 1828), 1825

Ave Maria
Gratia plena
Maria, gratia plena
Maria, gratia plena
Ave, ave dominus
Dominus tecum
Benedicta tu in mulieribus
Et benedictus
Et benedictus fructus ventris
Ventris tuae, Jesus.
Ave Maria

Ave Maria
Mater Dei
Ora pro nobis peccatoribus
Ora pro nobis
Ora, ora pro nobis peccatoribus
Nunc et in hora mortis
Et in hora mortis nostrae
Et in hora mortis nostrae
Et in hora mortis nostrae
Ave Maria

"Ave Maria" midi courtesy of - 11/22/05

"Ave Maria" lyrics courtesy of - 12/18/05

"Ave Maria" Image courtesy of - 12/26/09

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

Winter Ornaments courtesy of Wayne Agee of FL - 12/12/10
Thanks, Wayne!

Small Yule Log clip art courtesy of ??? - 12/22/06

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

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

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