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12/22/09 - NNHS Newsletter - O Holy Night

“Off to one side sits a group of shepherds. They sit silently on the floor,
perhaps perplexed, perhaps in awe, no doubt in amazement. Their night
watch had been interrupted by an explosion of light from heaven and
a symphony of angels. God goes to those who have time to hear
him--and so on this cloudless night he went to simple shepherds.”

- Max Lucado

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Didja miss me?!?  Well, I'm back (mostly) - and I certainly missed you!  More about that later...

   Today's lovely carol was first used here four years ago today: 

BONUS #1 - - O Holy Night - Celtic Woman

BONUS #2 - - O Holy Night - Josh Groban - December 4, 2002

BONUS #3 - - O Holy Night - Charlotte Church


     From Me ('65) of IL - 12/13/09 (altered for date and repeated):

   I feel strongly impressed today to ask your fervent prayers on behalf of five people whose issues have not been mentioned here before. What I'm actually requesting is Five Christmas Miracles, as the various problems all need to find a resolution by New Year's Eve. I know that's only nine days away now, but I also know among us there are some Mighty Prayer Warriors, and I would deeply appreciate your efforts, as I'm sure would they! Thank you all so very much - and Merry Christmas!


 From Mark Friedman ('65) of VA - 11/05/09:




   WHOO-HOO! Thanks, Mark!


     Happy Birthday today to   Kitty Norman Haskins ('57) of VA AND    Harry Barritt ('64) of VA AND    Dale Mueller ('64) of VA AND Bill Rash ('67) of VA!

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

     Happy Birthday this week to:

24 - James Gay ('57) AND Ann W. Hutcheson ('57) AND   Sandye Jordan Murray ('67) of VA;
25 -
  Patsy Bloxom Meider ('57) of NC AND
Doug Dickinson ('69) of VA;

27 -   Anita Morgan Becker ('66) of VA;

29 - Roy Tate ('57)!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


December 22, 1940 - Himarë was captured by the Greek army.

December 22, 1941 - British Prime Minister Winston Churchill arrived in Washington for a wartime conference, the Arcadia Conference, with U.S. President Roosevelt.

December 22, 1942 - Adolf Hitler signed the order to develop the V-2 rocket as a weapon.

December 22, 1944 - Battle of the Bulge German troops demanded the surrender of United States troops at Bastogne, Belgium, prompting the famous one word reply by General Anthony McAuliffe: "Nuts!"

December 22, 1944 - The People's Army of Vietnam was formed to resist Japanese occupation of Indo-China, now Vietnam.

December 22, 1948 -
Hideki Tojo was hanged after being convicted of war crimes by an international tribunal. Tojo had become the prime minister of Japan in October of 1940.

December 22, 1989 -
In Berlin, the Brandenburg Gate was opened.


Tuesday, December 22, 1964 - First flight of the SR-71 (Blackbird).

     From Me ('65) of IL - 12/22/09 - "Whodathunkit?!?  ":

   Last Wednesday night, the power flickered off for about a minute and a half. That's when it all began to come unraveled. After we turned the computer back on, Front Page "refused to respond". I thought it was a temporary glitch, so I went to bed - but the next day it still wouldn't cooperate. After, um, communicating with my computer for five and a half hours, I decided to restart it. Oh, Boy Howdy. Then everything slowed to the speed of the slowest of all dial-up systems.

   I called        my #5 son, Nathaniel (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL- '97 - of IL) over (from down the hall) to confer.  He said there was no other course but to reformat. Do you know how that sends shivers up my spine?!?

   As this was not exactly on his "to-do" list, we spent two days saving, transferring, reinstalling - oh, the humanity. It's good to have a tech rep in the house.

   Alas, it was all to no avail. Even trying to open a simple email to read was like digging for gold. We needed to buy new parts. Oh, joy. We found fantastic bargains, but this was the money I was hoarding for January to pay for the site space and my mandatory yearly physical and three months' supply of medicine. Rats. But as Scarlett so aptly said, "I can't think about that right now. If I do, I'll go crazy. I'll think about that tomorrow."

   We ordered a new motherboard and a processor and lots and lots of new RAM and a new power supply yesterday afternoon. It all arrived this morning, and Nathaniel (bless his sweet heart!) spent all day today rebuilding my computer and reinstalling everything all over again.

   Now it's far better than ever before - and everything is just the same, only totally different.

   Thank you, Faniel!

   I'll play catch-up as fast as I can.....

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 12/21/09 - "Brittany Murphy Tribute":
I didn't know she was the voice of Luanne on King of The Hill. RIP

   Thank you, Shari; that was such a shocking tragedy!

  From Chuck Jones ('66) of Northern VA - 12/21/09 - "For you during those high stress times": - 45 Lessons in Life

   Thanks, Chuck!

  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 12/21/09:

Just... sit back!

Have you ever been just sitting there and all of a sudden you feel like doing something nice for someone you care for? THAT'S GOD talking to you 

Have you ever been down and out and nobody seems to be around for you to talk to? THAT'S GOD wanting you to talk to Him.

Have you ever been thinking about somebody that you haven't seen in a long time and then next thing you know you see them or receive a phone call from them? THAT'S GOD. There is no such thing as coincidence.

Have you ever received something wonderful that you didn't even ask for? THAT'S GOD knowing the desires of your heart.

Have you ever been in a situation and you had no clue how it was going to get better, how the hurting would stop, how the pain would ease, but now you look back on it?  THAT'S GOD passing us through tribulation to see a brighter day.

Do you think that this e-mail was accidentally sent to you?  NO! I was thinking of you!                                  !

Keep this going. You have no idea which one of your e-mail buddies could use a little hope today..

So to you, my friends, I would like to say,
Thank you for being a part
Of all my daily contacts,
This comes right from my heart.

God bless you all is my prayer today,
I'm honoured to call you 'friend';
I pray God will keep you safe,
Until we write again.
Keep Smilin'.........

   Thanks, Dearest Judy!

        From My Cousin, Cheryl White Wilson (John Marshall HS - '64) of VA - 12/21/09 - "2010 Contract":

2010 Contract

After serious & cautious consideration... Your contract of friendship has been renewed

For the New Year 2010!

It was a very hard decision to make... So try not to screw it up!!!

My Wish for You in 2010

May peace break into your home and may thieves come to steal your debts.

May the pockets of your jeans become a magnet for $100 bills.

May love stick to your face like Vaseline and may laughter assault your lips!

May happiness slap you across the face and may your tears be that of joy

May the problems you had, forget your home address!

In simple words ............

May 2010 be the best year of your life!!!

   Thank you, Cheryl - you too!


  From Jane Chambers of VA - 07/01/09 - "CNC BOOK BROCHURE & AD":

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

   Thanks, Jane!


From ArcaMax Jokes - 12/21/09:

Missing School

The telephone rings in the principal's office at a school.

"Hello, this is Dunn Elementary," answers the principal.

"Hi. Jimmy won't be able to come to school all next week," replies the voice.

"Well, what seems to be the problem with him?"

We are all going on a family vacation," says the voice,

"I hope it is all right."

"I guess that would be fine," says the principal. "May I ask who is calling?"

"Sure. This is my father!"


1. Friday and Saturday, August 6 and 7, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1970 will hold its 40-Year Reunion. Saturday night will be at the Kiln Creek Golf & Country Club. For details, contact Carol Comer Cutler at or visit the reunion website at - CLASS OF 1970

2. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 6, 7, and  8, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1960 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott Newport News at City Center. For details, contact Karen Weinstein Witte at - CLASS OF 1960

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 12/14/09

BLOG: - updated 08/04/09

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

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Words by Placide Clappeau, 1847

Translated to English by John Sullivan Dwight (13 May 1812 - 5 Sep 1853)

Music by Adolphe Charles Adam (24 July 1803 - 3 May 1856)


Cantique de Noel

Minuit, chrétiens,
C’est l’heure solennelle
Où l’Homme Dieu descendit jusqu’à nous
Pour effacer la tache originelle
Et de Son Père arrêter le courroux.
Le monde entier tressaille d’espérance
En cette nuit qui lui donne un Sauveur.
Peuple à genoux,
Attends ta délivrance!
Noël! Noël!
Voici le Rédempteur!
Noël! Noël!
Voici le Rédempteur!

Le Rédempteur
A brisé toute entrave:
La terre est libre et le ciel est ouvert.
Il voit un Frère où n’était qu’un esclave;
L’amour unit ceux qu’enchaînait le fer.
Qui Lui dira notre reconnaissance?
C’est pour nous tous qu’Il naît,
Qu’Il souffre et meurt.
Peuple debout,
Chante ta délivrance!
Noël! Noël!
Chantons le Rédempteur!
Noël! Noël!
Chantons le Rédempteur!



O Holy Night

O holy night, the stars are brightly shining;
It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth!
Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope, the weary soul rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees, O hear the angel voices!
O night divine, O night when Christ was born!
O night, O holy night, O night divine!

Led by the light of faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming,
Here came the wise men from Orient land.
The King of kings lay thus in lowly manger,
In all our trials born to be our Friend!
He knows our need—to our weakness is no stranger.
Behold your King; before Him lowly bend!
Behold your King; before Him lowly bend!

Truly He taught us to love one another;
His law is love and His Gospel is peace.
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother
And in His Name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy Name!
Christ is the Lord! O praise His name forever!
His pow’r and glory evermore proclaim!
His pow’r and glory evermore proclaim!



"O Holy Night" midi courtesy of  - 11/22/05

"Cantique de Noel" and "O Holy Night" lyrics courtesy of - 12/21/05

Stained Glass Window of The Nativity over the High Altar of Church of St. Teresa, Beaconsfield, UK
courtesy of - 12/21/05

 Blue Stained Glass Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 12/21/05

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

Pine Forest High School (NC) Trojans Logo clip art courtesy of - 05/19/07

Hillsboro High School (IL) Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

John Marshall High School's Justice Scale clip art courtesy of Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05 (replaced 02/23/09)
Thanks, Cheryl!

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