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01/01/13 - NNHS Newsletter

“Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.”

- Benjamin Franklin
(17 Jan 1706 - 17 Apr 1790)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Here we are - a brand new year! 

BONUS #1 - - Lead, Kindly Light - Mormon Tabernacle Choir, 2009

BONUS #2 - - Lead, Kindly Light - with a little vintage gift book from 1902

BONUS #3 - - Lead, Kindly Light - Wells Cathedral Choir

BONUS #4 - - Lead, Kindly Light - Amelita Galli-Curci, December 22, 1925.

BONUS #5 - - Lead, Kindly Light - Brigham City. Utah Priesthood Choir

BONUS #6 - - Lead, Kindly Light - Instrumental, 2012

BONUS #7 - - Lead, Kindly Light - A Combined Choir from the Provo LDS Missionary Training Center, 2012


Lead, Kindly Light is a hymn with words written in 1833 by John Henry Newman as a poem titled "the Pillar of Cloud". In some hymnals, one may find a fourth verse added by Edward H. Bickersteth, Jr. It is usually sung to the tune Lux Benigna, composed by John Bacchus Dykes in 1865; or to Alberta, by William H Harris. Libera, a London-based boys choir, released a new interpretation of the song with an original composition and additional Latin lyrics by their musical director, Robert Prizeman, as track 10 in their album Peace (March 2010).[1][2]

As a young priest, John Newman became sick while in Italy and was unable to travel for almost three weeks. In his own words:

Before starting from my inn, I sat down on my bed and began to sob bitterly. My servant, who had acted as my nurse, asked what ailed me. I could only answer, "I have a work to do in England." I was aching to get home, yet for want of a vessel I was kept at Palermo for three weeks. I began to visit the churches, and they calmed my impatience, though I did not attend any services. At last I got off in an orange boat, bound for Marseilles. We were becalmed for whole week in the Straits of Bonifacio, and it was there that I wrote the lines, Lead, Kindly Light, which have since become so well known.

Lead, Kindly Light was sung by a soloist on the RMS Titanic during a hymn-singing gathering led by Rev. Ernest C. Carter, shortly before the ocean liner struck an iceberg on April 14, 1912.[3]



New Year's Day falls on January 1 and marks the start of a new year according to the Gregorian calendar. It marks the end of New Year's Eve celebrations in the United States and gives many Americans a chance to remember the previous year.

What do people do?

The start of New Year's Day, at midnight, is heralded by fireworks, parties and special events, which are often televised. Very few people have to work on the day itself. For many it is a day of recovery from the New Year's Eve celebrations the previous night. In some towns and cities, parades are held and special football games are played. The birth of the first baby in the New Year is often celebrated with gifts to his or her parents and appearances in local newspapers and on local news shows. Many people make New Year's resolutions. These are usually promises to themselves that they will improve something in their own lives. Common New Year's resolutions are to stop smoking or drinking alcohol, to lose weight, exercise more or to live a healthier lifestyle.

Public life

Government offices, organizations, schools and many businesses are closed in the USA on New Year's Day. Public transit systems do not run on their regular schedules. Where large public celebrations have been held, traffic may be disrupted by the clean-up operation. In general, public life is completely closed down.


The Gregorian calendar is widely used in many countries such as the United States. This was introduced in 1582 by Pope Gregory XIII. The Julian calendar that had been in use until then was slightly inaccurate, causing the vernal equinox to move backwards in the calendar year. The Gregorian calendar was not accepted everywhere and some churches, particularly with origins in Eastern Europe, still use other calendars. According to the Gregorian calendar, the first day of the year is January 1.


A common symbol of New Year's Day is Baby New Year. This is often a white male baby dressed in a diaper, a hat and a sash. The year he represents is printed on his sash. He is rarely a newborn baby, as many pictures show him sitting up or even standing alone. According to mythology, Baby New Year grows up and ages in a single year. At the end of the year he is an old man and hands his role over to the next Baby New Year. Other symbols of New Year's Day are spectacular fireworks exploding over landmarks and clocks striking midnight as the year begins.

From - Top Ten New Year's Resolutions

   Hmmm, mine is not listed. 
   Two years ago, I decided to resolve to try to emulate my uncle, the late
     Alton Frix - John Marshall HS - '23 (15 Jan 1906 - 02 Oct 1988).  When he died the family consensus was that no one had ever heard him make a negative remark about anyone - ever.  When any negativity was expressed in his presence, he tried at first to turn the conversation.  If this didn't work, he simply excused himself and left.  This to me is quite remarkable; I would like at this late stage in my life to be able to say the same thing about myself.

   In 2011 my resolution lasted nineteen minutes.

   This year I'm going to try again......


   Happy Birthday today to  Gloria Hand Burns ('57) AND   Bill Fitzgerald ('58) of VA!

    Happy Birthday this week to:

03 - Carl Rossman of PA;

04 - Norma Howell Morgan ('57) AND    Bill Bost ('61) of NC AND           My #6 Son, Dale Harty, (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - '02) of MA;

05 -   Carolyn McCormick Holmes ('57) AND  Cammie Dick Gibson ('57) AND the late     Doc Hudson (Warwick HS - '60) of VA (d. 24 Apr 2010);

06 -         Harry Covert ('57) of Northern VA AND    Steve Veazey ('60) of VA AND Diane Sandler Marcus ('69) of MD;

07 -     Jimmy Shires ('57) of VA AND Brucey Smith Slama ('57) AND Paige Smith Morahan ('57);

08 -    Mrs. Wilma Salmon Robinson (Warwick HS - '51) of VA AND Dreamadon Dillon Skidmore ('57) AND Sonja Settles Allen ('57) AND    Pat Branch Coltrane ('57)

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 


January 01, 1934 - Nazi Germany passed the "Law for the Prevention of Genetically Diseased Offspring".

January 01, 1942 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill issued a declaration called the "United Nations." It was signed by 26 countries that vowed to create an international postwar World War II peacekeeping organization.

January 01, 1945 - In retaliation for the Malmedy massacre, U.S. troops massacred 30 SS prisoners at Chenogne.

January 01, 1945 - The German Luftwaffe launched Unternehmen Bodenplatte, a massive, but failed attempt to knock out Allied air power in northern Europe in a single blow.

January 01, 1946 - About 20 Japanese soldiers surrendered to an American soldier after they read in the newspaper that the war was over.


Tuesday, January 01, 1963 - Footballer Alberigo Evani was born in Massa, Italy.

Tuesday, January 01, 1963 - Swimmer Lina Kačiušytė was born in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Tuesday, January 01, 1963 - Footballer Dražen Ladić was born in Čakovec, SFR Yugoslavia.

Tuesday, January 01, 1963 - Race car driver Jean-Marc Gounon was born in Aubenas, Ardčche, France.

  From Malcolm Davis ('65) of VA - 12/31/12 - "Typhoon Participation":
Dear     President Joe (Wingo - '65 - of NC) and       Editor Carol (Buckley Harty - '65 - of NC),

You two are super hard workers and we love you for keeping us strong. Thank you for being two super nice people who seem to really care.

Love visiting precious 
    Jamey (Douglas Bacon - '66 - of VA) and tiny ten pound adorable Maggie! They need lots of help and I hope that we can all hang in there with them.

Paleezz take care of yourselves!!! You have a HUGE job!!

Happy New Year!   We love you very much!!!!  
  Polly,   Malcolm and Lucky

    WOWZERS! Thank you so much, Malcolm - and Polly (and I'm thinking Lucky is "prolly" a puppy dog)!

   We love y'all, too!

  From Mary Blandford McGehee ('62) of LA - 12/31/12:


Happy New Year to you, and all good wishes that 2013 be even better than 2012! Thanks again for sending me contact info for   Connie McGhee Soles '63. She, my sister Agnes '68 and Carruth and I just had lunch together and spent almost three hours catching up. It was wonderful, and we'll most certainly continue the conversation the next time I'm back in Newport News.

Take care,
Mary Blandford McGehee '62

   SUPER-DE-DUPER! Thanks, Mary - how lovely! Happy New Year to you and yours as well!

    From Jack Nelson ('54) of Northern VA - 12/31/12 - "NNHS Class of '54 Healthtrends":

We wish each and everyone a Healthy & Prosperous New Year!

New Year's day is a time for eating and celebrating.  Don't forget the black eyed peas!  If you haven't already cooked for New Year's Day, you may want to read the attached news letter first.  Knowing what to use that is good and maybe not so good for you is the key.  This months newsletter contains bits of information that may be beneficial.

Have A Great Day!

Alvin & Jean

   MORE WOWZERS! Whodathunkit?!? Thanks so much, Jack - and Alvin and Jean!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 12/31/12 - "The Church Threw Out My Cookies":

This is a cute idea and I bet they would really sell!!


Some people just don't appreciate artistic works.

Well, the Church removed my cookies from the bake sale..... again!
I don't know what their problem is -- I just used a dog bone cookie cutter...cut them in half and decorated them!!
I thought they looked rather cute!!

  They have no sense of humor.

Remember, without a smile on your face, and laughter in your heart, then it's just a sour puss!

     Thanks, Joyce - you naughty baby!


From My Friend, Ed, of NC - 12/31/12:

  Thanks, Ed - what a great reminder!

     From Me ('65) of NC - 12/31/12:


BONUS CROCHET PATTERNS: - Allen Williams' Striped Scarf with Railroad Border (Unisex) - "Using a solid colored yarn along with a variegated yarn you can make this Crocheted Striped Scarf with Railroad Border. Alternate between the solid color and a stripe of variegated yarn. Double crochet is used for this free crochet scarf pattern. Allen also gives crochet instructions for one of his other scarves, which is what this one is based off of." - Allen Williams' Vertical Stripe Scarf (Unisex) - "Make a Vertical Stripe Scarf using this free crochet scarf pattern. It's a unisex design so you can make it for any man or woman. Single crochet is alternated with a single chain making this an easy crochet scarf. Matching fringe added at the end gives this free crochet scarf pattern the perfect finishing touch. Wear this homemade scarf all winter long to stay warm and stylish." - Heidi Hengel's Infinity Broomstick Lace Scarf - "Your wardrobe is begging you for an Infinity Broomstick Lace Scarf like this one. This cowl is great to sport during the fall and winter seasons. Broomstick crochet is a beautiful design that looks amazing in this color. The crochet instructions and chart help you create the perfect design."

BONUS NEW YEAR'S DAY RECIPES: - New Year's Day Black-Eyed Peas - " 'Remember, black-eyed peas on New Year's Day brings good luck for the entire year!' - ",1648,153178-255196,00.html - New Year's Day (Gone All Afternoon) Stew,1848,159162-224192,00.html - New Year's Day Good Luck Soup


Dear Lord,

So far this year I've done well.

I haven't gossiped, I haven't lost my temper, I haven't been greedy, grumpy, nasty, selfish, or overindulgent. I'm very thankful for that. But in a few minutes, Lord, I'm going to get out of bed, and from then on I'm probably going to need a lot more help.


1. Thursday, January 3, 2013 - 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.

3. Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 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. 

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 12/17/12

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

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

                                 Love to all, Carol





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Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309


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Lead, Kindly Light

Lyrics by
John Henry Newman, 1833
(21 Feb 1801 – 11 Aug 1890)

Fourth Verse written by Edward H. Bickersteth, Jr.

Music by John B. Dykes, 1865
(10 Mar 1823 – 22 Jan 1876)

Lead, kindly Light, amid th’encircling gloom,
Lead Thou me on!
The night is dark, and I am far from home;
Lead Thou me on!
Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see
The distant scene; one step enough for me.

I was not ever thus, nor prayed that Thou
Shouldst lead me on;
I loved to choose and see my path; but now
Lead Thou me on!
I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears,
Pride ruled my will. Remember not past years!

So long Thy power hath blessed me, sure it will,
Will lead me on.
O’er moor and fen, o’er crag and torrent, till
The night is gone,
And with the morn those angel faces smile,
Which I have loved long since, and lost awhile!

Meantime, along the narrow rugged path,
Thyself hast trod,
Lead, Savior, lead me home in childlike faith,
Home to my God.
To rest forever after earthly strife
In the calm light of everlasting life.

"Lead, Kindly Light" midi (MIDI sequence copyright © 2002 Brian M. Ames) and lyrics courtesy of - 12/20/04

Downloadable Sheet Music (Craig Petrie's TTBB arrangement) available at - 01/01/04

"Happy New Year" title image courtesy of My Friend, Tina of NC - 12/31/12

Thanks, Tina!

"Happy New Year" title courtesy of - well, I don't know, but it's been in my files for many years now...

Poinsettia Divider Line clip art courtesy of - umm, I cannot seem to locate that information
at the moment, but it seems to have been in my files since at least 12/12/09....

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!

Animated Navy and USMC Flags clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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

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!!

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

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of - 05/29/06

Animated Laughing Frog courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon of VA - 05/31/08
Thanks, Joyce!

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