12/28/11 - NNHS Newsletter - Last Day of Hanukkah!
“Blessed are You, Hashem our G-d,
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
This Newsletter theme is being repeated from 12/30/05, although it's not the fourth full day of Hanukkah; it's actually the eighth.
On a less celebratory note, it's also the 59th Anniversary of the NNHS Great Fire:
From Jamey Douglas Bacon ('66) of VA - 12/27/11, 9:23 PM - "Wheel chair":
I am in a slight mess. My electric wheel chair is broken and I can't afford to get it fixed. The company that I am working with is slow to replace it because I have Medicare and they only replace every 5 years; it has been less than 5 years. I spend most of the day in the bed because my manual wheel chair won't fit through my narrow doorways. Hilton Village, remember?
If anyone reading this knows of someone getting rid of one could you please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks, Jamey Douglas Bacon
TYPHOON NATION?!? I can think of several ways we can help with this; does anything come to your mind?!?
Hang in there, Jamey!
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday tomorrow to Roy Tate ('57)!
Happy Birthday this week to:
30 - William Gwynn ('57) AND Ron Miller ('59) of NC AND (if Plaxo is to be believed) Carole Althaus Tanenhaus ('65) of MD AND Joyce Tedder Rossman ('68) of PA AND Sarah Stewart Vance ('69) of VA!
31 - Pat Floyd Pride ('62) of VA AND Susie Overton Jones ('63) of VA AND (again, if Plaxo is to be believed) David Rosenwasser ('64) of MO;
01 - Gloria Hand Burns ('57) AND Bill Fitzgerald ('58) of VA;
03 - Carl Rossman
04 - Norma Howell Morgan ('57) AND Bill Bost ('61) of NC!
Many Happy Returns to You All!
TODAY IN THE WAR BETWEEN THE STATES:
Saturday, Dec. 28, 1861
INCLEMENCY INDUCES INCREASING IDLENESS
As most armies on both sides settled into winter quarters, only a few skirmishes took place today. Mount Zion Church, Missouri; Sacramento, Ky; and Grider’s Ferry, on the Cumberland River in Kentucky, were a few of the places where the peace was disturbed. Most soldiers were happy enough to stay in such shelters from winter weather as they had managed to contrive, or else to have time to work on improvements to same.
Sunday, Dec. 28, 1862
FRONTIER FEDERALS FIGHT FIERCELY
The town of Dripping Springs, Ark., which we can give thanks was never developed into a popular honeymoon resort, was the scene of battle today for the Federal Army of the Frontier. Commanded by James Blunt, the Federals drove the Confederates back as far as the next hamlet of Van Buren, capturing in the process some forty wagons and other equipment.
Monday, Dec. 28, 1863
TALES TOLD OF TERRIBLE TAXATION
On this date the Congress of the Confederacy faced up to the fact that the struggling new nation was basically broke, and also increasingly short of manpower. To correct the former, there was passed what was called the “tax in kind”, taking from every state one-tenth of all agricultural produce. To correct the manpower shortage, the system whereby a man could purchase a substitute to take his place in the army was abolished. This accomplished little as virtually every white man who could serve was either already doing so, engaged in vital industry or agriculture, or exercising passive resistance to the draft by taking to the hills if a recruiter entered the area.
Wednesday, Dec. 28, 1864
WILMINGTON WARFARE WOEFULLY WASTED
President Lincoln, who had been disappointed so often by other generals, wrote to Gen. Grant asking rather gently “what you now understand of the Wilmington expedition, present & prospective.” Grant replied, forthrightly, "The Wilmington expedition has proven a gross and culpable failure.” He added "Who is to blame will hopefully be known," possibly while gazing in the direction of Gen. Benjamin Butler, whose project it had been.
From Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 12/27/11 - "Lest We Forget":
Lest We Forget
Posted: 26 Dec 2011 08:16 PM PST
By NORMAN M. COVERT
The Covert Letter sends Christmas and New Year wishes to our faithful readers. I’m sure you agree that special greetings are due our soldiers, sailors, Marines, airmen, and Coast Guardsmen serving far away from their families. Christmas for these uniformed patriots is still “Duty, Honor, Country,” in the words of the late General of the Army Douglas MacArthur.
Packages from home are terrific, but you can’t beat being at the fireside with your loved ones.
Author on assignment in Korea March 1971, the Han River (background) marking the demarcation line with bridge to the so-called Freedom Village.
The majority of our troops may have come home from Iraq in November and December, but many Americans, including one of my own, are still there. Sunni and Shiite bombs wreck its people, streets and government buildings daily; the fragile government becoming more unstable as days pass.
May God keep our kinsmen in the palm of His hand!
The Afghanistan/Pakistan Theater continues to take its toll on our warriors. I wonder if we will see a victorious end to this quagmire of political and military turmoil. Again, we pray God’s protection for family and friends in those dangerous Forward Operating Bases (FOB).
Army and Air National Guard troops are still in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Other troops remain armed and at their posts in South Korea from the DMZ south to Pusan. Tensions are high this Christmas with the death of North Korean Leader Kim Il Sung.
Legends abound telling of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day truces at the battlefront. These include the true World War I account of an impromptu ceasefire and exchange of personal items. German and Allied soldiers made it happen in no-man’s land between the trenches in France and Belgium.
The story is told on good authority that Walter C. J. Wev, a bugler with the 16th Mississippi Infantry Regiment, gave an impromptu concert of carols on Christmas Eve 1862. Col. Carnot Posey’s 16th Infantry was encamped on the Rapidan River near Chancellorsville, Va., where federal troops on the opposite bank requested he play so they also could hear. My great-great-grandfather agreed and moved closer to the shore line.
My weapon card from Headquarters Company, 237th. Armorer had trouble spelling "Covert." It was in the middle rack, slot 11B, M-14 rifle No. 400462.
Christmas conjures memories of my military service in the Federal Republic of Germany (1968-69). I was a Chaplain’s assistant at Wharton Barracks, Heilbronn, Germany, assigned to the 237th Combat Engineer Battalion, VII US Army Corps.
Author with German Benedictine Monk Pr. Andreas Michalski at abbey, Bad Wimpfen im tal, Germany, 1968.
Christmas meant assisting Presbyterian Chaplain Maj. Richard George, Roman Catholic Chaplain Maj. Thomas J. Confroy and German Pr. Andrea Michalski (O.S.B.).
I was the weapons carrier (M-14 rifle) as well as resident organist and choir director for the military community chapel. My duties included ensuring preparations for all services. Transportation was arranged for Jewish soldiers taking part in Hanukkah activities at Robinson Barracks, Stuttgart.
View toward Choir Loft of Chapel, 2007, now a Coptic Christian Reformed Church. Author played role in obtaining stained glass windows shown.
My first Christmas Eve was decorated with a good-sized snow fall. All was quiet in the Casern with families celebrating in quarters and many soldiers celebrating together in G.I. Gasthofs. It was indeed a “Silent Night, Holy Night.”
Wharton Barracks Chapel was lighted inside by a small lamp in the choir loft, where I marked time until Midnight Mass. I played carols and other music that were traditions in my home church. Christmas memories came in a flood, undoubtedly mirrored this year in so many of our military members.
Christmas Eve ruminations recalled buddies who had been summarily shipped from the 237th to Military Assistance Command (Vietnam) (MACV). The war had taken a turn for the worse and it had priority. In Germany, we were short handed. Resupply problems hampered our ability to keep vehicles and equipment up to readiness standards. Spare parts were going to Southeast Asia. My Ford Jeep’s sparkplugs came from a German store.
Russian t-62 Main Battle Tank maneuvers on streets of Prague as freedom fighters cause havoc with Molotov Cocktails in background. (GUARDIAN Image)
We spent most of 1968 training on the Rhine River and at Grafenwohr, Hohenfels and Wildflecken. The coming of September saw my unit ”locked and loaded” on the German side of the Danube river, where a nearby village still lay in ruins from World War II fighting. Austria was south of our fighting position.
We were alerted because the Soviet Union boldly sent a force of T-62 Main Battle tanks into the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic August 21, 1968. Their purpose was to defeat a determined force of freedom fighters, who sought to overthrow President Ludwik Svoboda and the Communist government.
Our mission was to be the first line of defense for West Germany should Soviet leaders seek to expand their success in Czechoslovakia. Sadly for the Czech people, Soviet military might snuffed the uprising.
We were ordered back to garrison at Heilbronn-am-Neckar, aware that our 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment could see Eastern Bloc forces massed on the eastern opening in the Fulda Gap in anticipation of a “GO” order.
In the face of such tensions, soldiers doffed fatigues that Christmas Eve in favor of civilian attire, temporarily escaping the reality of their mission as defenders of freedom.
Christmas Day for me meant getting back into fatigues and combat boots, driving Chaplain Confroy to the outlying Nike missile sites. He offered Christmas Mass for the troops, who were sequestered in high security garrisons. It was a blessing for the son of a Church of God minister to serve as Altar Boy at these masses.
The 237th was disestablished March 15, 1992, almost one year after its gallant service in Kuwait and Operation Desert Storm. Transfer of the historic Casern ensued to Baden-Württemberg government. Only the chapel and my former barrack remain.
William A. (Bill) Kennedy, Sr., shared a 1944 V-Mail Christmas card he sent from Kunming, China to his widowed mother. The post card was unique for soldiers in the China, Burma, India (CBI) Theater of Operations. It depicts a soldier clutching his Garand rifle and thinking of home. The scene was replicated many times that momentous year, which saw victory in Europe in May 1945 and victory in Japan in August 1945.
We have lost thousands on the battlefields of history and many still have not been accounted for by the Department of Defense. Repatriation of remains continues and we pray the families of these unknown warriors will soon achieve some closure.
Coming home for Christmas 2012 should be a goal, but our troops deserve to come home to victory parades.
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to all –©Norman M. Covert, 2011.
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WOWZERONI! Thank you so much, Norm - for everything!
From Tommy Jenkins ('66) of VA - 12/27/11 - "Memories of Newport News, VA - YouTube":
I suspect you have seen this before; if not, it is awesome and certainly worth another look. It moves rather quickly but you can pause and then continue. Talk about old memories, this is full of them.
Thought you may want to share with all the other Typhoons out there.
Hope you and yours had a wonderful holiday and the upcoming New Year is the best ever.
Thanks for all you do for the Typhoon Nation.
We're still celebrating here; the Twelve Days of
Christmas don't end until January 6, and that still give us lots of
I get a big kick out of this video every time I see it! Many of those pictures I scanned myself - and at least six of the images were captured by our own Wizard of Wonderment, Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA, specifically for use on Our Old Stomping Grounds! There's even a shot I myself took back in 1963 while I was still in high school!
The video was created
Bill Sasser (Hampton HS - '61) of VA. We've had it linked to Our Old
Stomping Grounds for some time now:
From Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 12/20/11 - "Clever Ideas to Make Life Easier (#8 in a Series of 24)":
these ideas are really good.
Attach a Velcro strip to the wall to store soft toys.
EXCELLENT! Thank you so much, Eva - I do love clever tips!
|EASY MEALS FROM MR. FOOD'S TEST KITCHEN:|
http://www.mrfood.com/Fish/Tuna-Dumplings/ml/1 - Tuna Dumplings - "Tuna Dumplings give us a great deal of delicious comfort. They're easy homemade dumplings filled with a tuna and cream cheese mixture."
http://www.mrfood.com/Casseroles/Casserole-Barbecued-Chicken-6394/ml/1 - Casserole Barbecued Chicken - "Serve this mouthwatering chicken on a bed of cooked on a bed of cooked rice, topped with the cooking juices."
From http://www.SelfGrowth.com - 12/27/11 - "Top 7 New Year's Resolution Obstacles":
How to Overcome
7 Obstacles to New Year's Resolutions Success
By Peggy L. Ferguson
From http://www.FlyLady.net - 12/27/11 - "Testimonial: Pampering #26":
I guess that, being an author, I somehow always find something to write to you all about at FlyLady, testimonial-wise. But since it is Pampering Month & I actually (ahem...) listened to you this year & took the words to heart, I'd thought I'd quickly share what I'm doing for myself.
I decided that my feet were what I wanted to beautify, and make feel better. I already dress to socks & lace-up shoes every morning, putting on Neutrogena Foot Cream before doing so, and have done that for a few years. That keeps away flaking & aching, but I'm still prone to calluses. I hadn't painted my toenails in a long time, either, something that I enjoyed when I was younger - I've more recently deemed it frivolous. But then I decided that I really do like looking down at pretty feet, after all, even if I'm the only one who sees them! I bought an inexpensive tool from CoverGirl that has a brush on one side & a pumice stone, with a handle (it's even in my favorite color, turquoise :D). I also bought some equally inexpensive Freeman Plum & Peppermint Foot Scrub, and have been using the tool & foot scrub each day in the shower. I also painted my nails, including base coat, two coats of a pretty but neutral color & top coat - the whole nine yards. I do a new pedicure every three weeks now.
I already owned a diamond foot file (that was an investment, as they're not cheap. but they literally last a lifetime & are *so* superior in the end). I, being a master procrastinator, put off filing my feet constantly. So I just made it my mission to file for one minute a day per foot - no more, no less - right before putting on my foot cream daily. Worked like a charm. My feet haven't been so soft since I was literally a baby. My foot cream is working even better because my skin is properly exfoliated. A maximum of five minutes a day, and I have pretty & comfy feet even at the start of winter here. Thanks for the reminder each December to take time out for ourselves.
Kelly here: Our habit this month is pampering.
Have you take some time just for yourself during this very busy time?
I want you to find a way to pamper yourself everyday!
From http://www.ajokeaday.com - 12/27/11:
|DATES TO REMEMBER:|
1. Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 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. Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 11:00 AM - The NNHS Breakfast Bunch will host a Breakfast Bunch Brunch at the Warwick Restaurant, 12306 Warwick Boulevard, (across from CNU) Newport News, Virginia 23606. "Please come join them for a Dutch Treat Brunch featuring a lot of 'War Stories' and maybe a lie or two. Everyone is welcome so bring your wife, husband, boy friend, girl friend, class mate, school friend or whomever you choose." Please RSVP to Bill Roady at email@example.com or call him at 757-595-0716 so they have a head count.
3. Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - 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.
4. Friday and Saturday, October 5 and 6, 2012 - Class of 1962 - 50-Year Reunion - Crowne Plaza Hotel, Hampton on the Water. More information after the Holidays. Meetings are second Tuesday of each month. CONTACT: Brenda Amos Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org
http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 10/22/11
http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11
Please find a few minutes of your busy
schedule to support
Thank you so much!
Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309
2.Go to www.PayPal.com, log in, select "Send Money (Services) to email@example.com; or
3. Just mail it directly to my home. Thanks!
Y'all take care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe! Love to all, Carol
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lekha naeh leshabeah,
tikon bet tefilati
vesham todah nezebeah.
Leet tahkin matbeah,
az egmor beshir mizmor
az egmor beshir mizmor
Rock of Ages
let our song
Praise Thy saving power;
Thou amidst the raging foes
Wast our sheltt'ring tower.
Furious they assailed us,
But Thine arm availed us,
And Thy word broke their sword
When our own strength failed us.
And Thy word broke their sword
When our own strength failed us.
“Maoz Tsur” midi courtesy of http://www.jr.co.il/music/midi/jewish.htm - 12/24/05
lyrics (and available sheet music) transcribed from
http://www.leedscarroll.com/Misc/ChanukahMusic.html - 12/29/05
(My deepest apologies if I mutilated the transcription.)
Image of Jerusalem's Temple Institute's Solid Gold Menorah courtesy of http://www.templeinstitute.org/vessels_gallery_11.htm - 12/29/05
Hanukkah Image (©2006 Adam Rhine) used to form Divider Lines courtesy of http://www.hebrewart.com/images.htm - 12/29/05
Menorah clip art used to form Divider Lines courtesy of http://www.wisegorilla.com/images/jewish/ - 12/29/05
Bad Surprise Smiley courtesy ofhttp://picsdigger.com/image/a935ccd3/ - 10/21/10
Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Marine Corps Seal clip art
courtesy of the late
Herbert Hice of MI
- one of my
Famous Marines who served in the South
Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!!
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of
Replaced courtesy of http://www.hamptonhigh1964.com - 02/17/09
NNHS65 Home Page Banner created by
my #5 Son, Nathaniel Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '97) of IL - 06/06/02
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