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12/19/05 - NNHS Newsletter - Carol of the Bells

"When Christmas bells are swinging above the fields of snow,
We hear sweet voices ringing from lands of long ago,
And etched on vacant places
Are half-forgotten faces
Of friends we used to cherish, and loves we used to know."

~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox
(5 Nov 1850 - 30 Oct 1919)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

      I have been having a molasses day.  In case you've never experienced one of these, it's one in which you have plenty to do, but can't seem to accomplish much at all, as it feels as though you're walking through a foot of molasses.  I sincerely hope that your day has been more productive!  GIGGLES!  


NNHS Class of 1958 Holiday Dinner, 2005
Place:  Hampton Yacht Club
Date:  Monday, December 19, 2005
Time:  6:00 PM Social; 7:00 PM Dinner
Contact: Joe Drewry at



   That's tonight!  Y'all have a great time - and send us the pictures, please!

  From Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA - 12/18/05:

Dear Carol,

I tried once before to ask you this but it failed.

Can you ask our "group" if they have relatives from the Wise Co., Va. area? Names that ran in my family are: Hill, Davis, Smith, Bowyer, Campbell, Bond, Miller, Lawson, Hall, Gilliam, Ashworth and Wilson, for starters.


Thank you, Linda May 

   Actually, it didn't fail.  It ran in this edition two weeks ago:

   It just didn't seem to bring a response.  After five years I am still frequently astonished by what things are ignored and what things elicit huge outpourings of answers.  In this case it may just be that your timing is off; my stats are waaay down because people seem to be busy and/or on vacation at the moment.

   I personally have done a great deal of genealogy over the past 43 years, and none of the names you mention here are in my direct line.  I do have ancestors named Powell and Bruce which you listed earlier, but the latest appearance they make on my family tree is in the mid-1700's in eastern Virginia for the Powell's, and in the 1600's in Scotland for the Bruce's.

   Perhaps you'll hear more this time, Linda May.   Best wishes with your research!


From One of my Famous Marines -    Herb Hice of MI - 12/17/05 - "Christmas is cancelled":

Hi Carol,  

This was sent to me by one of my FRIENDS,


    Herbie, this is hysterical!  Thanks so much!  Thank you for the beautiful Christmas card you made me, too.

   Writing Christmas letters was one of my Goals de Jour, but it was at that point I first began to feel the molasses creeping over my toes......

   What was it Scarlett O'Hara said?  "I'll worry about that tomorrow."

   Thanks again, Herbie - and Merry Christmas!


  From Betty Brockwell McClure ('58) of VA - 12/19/05:

Hi, Carol,
Thank you for the birthday wishes.  Oh, by the way, Beethoven's birthday is December 16th - same as mine.  I have had a framed picture of him on the wall for years!
   Actually, I feel much better knowing that.  I had always celebrated the 16th as Beethoven's birthday, but everything I saw online said December 17th - although one did say that was his Christening date.


It's less than a week now until Christmas, and I'm excited!  We're flying to Boston on the 26th to be with my one and only child, David Atkins (Isle of Wight Academy - '85) (of MA), his wife, Jen and my one and only grandchild, Sharon Elizabeth, age 17 months (named for me - isn't that WILD?!  I was named Betty, a nickname for Elizabeth - for my grandmother Elizabeth.  Sharon's little brother, Alexander is expected to arrive on January 20

   How exciting!  Congratulations!  Have a nice trip and visit, Lady!

It's such fun to see people responding to my notes.    David Whitley ('67) (of VA) - you are the one!  Yes, Irie was one of my best friends, and the three of us would get together for lunch.  I lost touch with Irie just in the past couple of years.  If you still know how to contact her, I would greatly appreciate your giving her my e-mail address (  We had some crazy times together, even though I was old enough to be her mother!

   OH, GOODY!!!  We have another connection!  David will be off work until after the first of the year, and the last I heard, his home computer had decided to take a permanent sabbatical, but I'll be sure to pass this along to him upon his return!

  Tom Norris (HHS - '73):  Yes, Tom - I am that Doug McClure's wife, and Doug says he remembers you, too.  He started at Surry in '82, I think, and was in QC and QA.  I wasn't visiting anyone for those lunches, though - I worked there, too!  I started in '85 in Station Records, then went to Word Processing, which became Station Procedures and took early retirement in '94.  Doug took the separation package at the same time since he wasn't old enough for retirement then.  Doug and I met at Surry - each of us was going through a divorce at the time.

   And another connection!  SWEET!

Carol, I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas.  I would like to say Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and best wishes for the new year to everyone.

   Thanks so much, Betty!  Merry Christmas to you and yours, too!


  From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 12/19/05:

Howdy All!
I truly hope this finds you well and happy! I do, seriously. I also wish for you and those that you hold dear, the best of this Christmas and Holiday Season; may all your dreams, desires, wants, and needs come to pass! I truly wish for you happiness; it is a valuable asset.
R. Wayne Stokes, President Emeritus

   Thanks, Wayne Honey!  May the best of everything be yours as well!  Merry Christmas!


  I had much, much more for you, but it seems to have fallen in that moat of molasses.  As soon as I'm able
to clean it all off, I'll prepare it for you - say, tomorrow!!!  

   Y'all stay happy - and take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!

                          Love to all, Carol




"I only have two kinds of days: happy and hysterically happy."


Carol of the Bells

Lyrics and Music: Adapted by Peter J. Wilhousky, copyright 1936,
from original by Mykola Dmytrovich Leontovych, 1916

"The Ukraine region of the former Soviet Union has been frequently misunderstood. Although for centuries
it was more than large enough to be an independent medium-sized nation, which it now is, and had
a language, alphabet, and culture distinct from the dominant Russians, the Ukrainians were often
mistakenly labeled 'Russians.' This miscomprehension affected all sectors of their civilization,
including the one famous contribution to the literature of carols to emanate from the Ukraine.

"The music for the very popular holiday song, 'Carol of the Bells,' was created by the Ukraine's most
popular composer, Mykola Dmytrovich Leontovych (1877-1921). Despite being born in Ukraine,
living in Ukraine, and largely working with Ukrainian music, Leontovych and his works are most than
occasionally called 'Russian.' The composition from which 'Carol of the Bells' was derived, the choral
work Shchedryk, which was first performed by students at Kiev University in December 1916, has not
been exempted from the mislabeling. But the Ukrainians, from one perspective, have had the last laugh
in this cultural comedy of errors, for by far the best-known carol music to originate in any portion of the
former Soviet Union was Leontovych's brilliant musical portrayal of the sounds of Christmas bells.

"Only 20 years after its composition, the music from Shchedryk was converted into a carol halfway
around the world. Peter J. Wilhousky (1902-1978), a composer, lyricist, and conductor who worked
with Arturo Toscanini on NBC radio, adapted Leontovych's music and added some lyrics....

"Since the synthesis of 'Carol of the Bells' in 1936, the song, also known as 'Ukrainian Carol,' has
increasingly become a part of the celebration of Christmas in the United States....."

- William Studwell, The Christmas Carol Reader

Hark! how the bells
Sweet silver bells
All seem to say,
"Throw cares away."
Christmas is here
Bringing good cheer
To young and old
Meek and the bold

Ding, dong, ding, dong
That is their song
With joyful ring
All caroling
One seems to hear
Words of good cheer
From ev'rywhere
Filling the air

Oh, how they pound,
Raising the sound,
O'er hill and dale,
Telling their tale,
Gaily they ring
While people sing
Songs of good cheer
Christmas is here
Merry, merry, merry, merry Christmas
Merry, merry, merry, merry Christmas

On, on they send
On without end
Their joyful tone
To ev'ry home

Ding, dong, ding, dong.

"Carol of the Bells" midi courtesy of - 11/26/05

"Carol of the Bells" lyrics courtesy of - 12/19/05

"Carol of the Bells" History courtesy
of - 12/19/05

Snowy Bells clip art courtesy of - 12/18/04

Animated Ringing Christmas Bell clip art (designed by Art Holden) used to form Divider Lines courtesy
of - 12/08/05

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