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12/03/08 - NNHS Newsletter -
We Need a Little Christmas

"I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round,
as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable time; the only time I know of,
in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent
to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them
as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race
of creatures bound on other journeys."

- Charles Dickens
(07 Feb 1812 - 09 June 1870)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   This music for Newsletter theme is also new to us this year; the graphics I reused from years past.

BONUS #1 - - We Need a Little Christmas - Lucille Ball in Mame, 1966

BONUS #2 - - Lucille Ball on Mame: "I Can't Sing"

BONUS #3 - - We Need a Little Christmas - Mitzi Gaynor, 1967

BONUS #4 - - We Need a Little Christmas - SING-ALONG!

BONUS #5 - - We Need a Little Christmas -  Percy Faith, His Orchestra and Chorus


From Debbie Reece, daughter of    Brenda Davis English ('64) of KS - 12/02/08:

Please send a huge THANK YOU to    Jay Styles ('68) of VA - 11/30/08 - "Il Divo cantando - Amazing Grace...".  It was beautiful. 

I have been checking the website for my mother, Brenda Davis English ('64), and reading all the notes to her.  She had the most beautiful smile on her face when I went to youtube to play Amazing Grace.  Mom has battled lung cancer and won, breast cancer surgery in November of last year, and we thought she was defeating it but now the cancer has decided to attack her spine.   She is still making herself get up and dressed every day, even if it is for an hour.  Looks forward to going for her radiation and chemo and still had 38 people here for Thanksgiving dinner although she did not stay up very long - she did get to see the food she had been preparing for a week gobbled up and many, many happy faces.

Mom has asked me to send you and        Eleanor (Buckley Nowitzky - '59 - of NC) her condolences on the loss of your sister Margaret.

It is never easy to lose a loved one - out of 9 children in mom's family there are only 4 left.  We are the ones left to mourn while they are the ones to rejoice at the feet of the Father.

With all that she has gone through she says she is in God's hands and when He decides to bring her home He will.  She has no fear of dying nor of the pain she has been having since the allergic reactions to morphine and codeine.  Hopefully, next week they will be zapping the nerves around her lower lumbar area to ease her pain.  Keep her in your prayers, please.

Debbie Reece, daughter of Brenda Davis English

   Oh, Debbie, I am so very sorry to hear news of your mother's poor health! How very like her in the midst of her own pain to think of others!  Please let her know how much Eleanor and I appreciate her thoughtfulness. I'm so glad she enjoyed Il Divo's rendition of Amazing Grace, and that it brought her happiness. Please give her our deepest love, and let her know that we are indeed praying for her! 

Happy Birthday tomorrow to William D. Dangler ('57) AND    Howard Williamson (HHS - '63) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

05 - Eugene Peters ('57) AND Gene Peters ('57) AND      Melody Clendenin DeBerry (Warwick HS - '66) of VA;

06 - Frances Scheinman Berkman ('57);

07 -
  Jay Styles ('68) of VA AND   Janice Pratt McGrew (Hampton HS - '67) of VA AND   Tim Parsons ('73) of VA;

09 - Shirley Smith Langston ('57);

10 -     John Murden ('60) of VA AND   Glen Davenport ('63) of VA!

Many Happy Returns to You All!

   From Pam Larmer Traugott ('62) of VA - 12/02/08:

Dear Carol;:

Checking in as usual today, cup of coffee in hand, and decided to go to the site of the ll Divo and Amazing Grace. 

Can hardly see to type now. Oh my, how blessed I was to listen to this beautiful hymn by this group of young men. Absolutely a must see. Just so beautiful - doesn't hurt to have such handsome men and scenery to look at either to totally blow you away.

Happy Holidays and hugs to you.
Pam Larmer Traugott

   I'm glad you enjoyed that as much as I did, Pam - and thanks for the hug!

  From Joe Drewry ('58) of VA - 12/02/08 - "NNHS Class of 1958 Holiday Social & Dinner Reminder":

The Date and Time of our gathering is repeated below as a reminder.  A list of those who have emailed a RSVP is below.  You are encouraged to call friends and classmates who would enjoy joining us for great food and conversation to celebrate the season.
The following have RSVPed (we currently have 27 planning to attend)  We are particularly pleased that Carol Letts Fallin and Warren will be in town for the holidays and able to join us.
Joe & Letia Drewry                          2
Tzina Zwerdling Richman & LJ          2
LaRhue Nettles Mitchell & Johnny     2
Lydia Powell Mugler                          1
Kelly Loose Bustamante                      1
Bobby & Anne Turpin                        2
Lena Rowe Dishman                           0
Colin Faison                                      0
Allan & Ginny Willey                         2
Roger and Nancy Heflin                     2
Jimmy and Carlene Van Noy               2
Carol Letts Fallin & Warren               2
Carolyn Todd Taylor & Ernie              2
Mary Jo Edwards Pope & Bill             2
Jesse Kersey and Kathy                     2
Bill and Joyce Fitzgerald                   2
Jim Wilson                                        1
NNHS Class of 1958 Holiday Gathering and Dinner

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Al Fresco Ristorante


11710 Jefferson Ave, Newport News, VA, 23606

(between J. Clyde Morris Blvd. & Pilot House Drive)


NOTE: Al Fresco is considered by many to be the finest Italian restaurant on the Peninsula, and it is very reasonably priced.


Please let Joe Drewry know how many will be in your party so the restaurant will have an estimate of the number of guests to prepare for.


Call or email Joe (, 757-244-4443 ext 4)


Social begins at 6PM (cash bar)


Dinner served at 7PM


Orders will be placed at the dinner from the limited menu selections listed below. 

Main courses are priced between $15 & $25 and include a salad. 

Desserts are available for about $5 (Tiramisu is the signature dessert of Al Fresco Ristorante). 

An extensive wine selection is available, by bottle or the glass.


Guest will be responsible for their checks payable by cash or credit card.


Choose from the following menu selection (vegetarian selections available). No need to decide now -you will make your choice at the dinner.


·         Fettuccini Al Fresco: Shrimp & diced chicken, garlic, mushrooms, artichoke hearts and sun-dried tomatoes in a marinara sauce.

·         Vitello alla Marsala: Veal scaloppini sautéed with mushroom finished in a marsala wine sauce.

·         Polo Rustco:  Chicken breast, sausage, sun-dried tomato, red pepper & olives in white cream sauce.

·         Salmon salsa Bianca: Sautéed with artichoke hearts, mushrooms & Julian carrots in a white wine sauce.

·         Flounder Francese:  Filet of flounder dipped in a light egg batter, sautéed with sun-dried tomatoes, mushrooms & capers, finished in a white wine lemon sauce.

   It all sounds fabulous, Joe! Y'all have wonderful time!

  From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 12/02/08 - "Announcing the next Virginia Choral Society (VCS) Concert Series (Dec 13-14 and 19-22)":

Hi Everyone!

The message below is self explanatory!!  If you wish to come to a performance you can contact me for tickets, just let me know what night and I can put tickets at will call and you can pay for them when you come in.  Trinity concerts are the only exception as seating is limited.  I have to get special tickets for Trinity.  So just let me know and we can arrange it. This is really a terrific concert and I hope to see you there.  Williamsburg buddies note that we are singing at St. Bede Catholic Church on Dec. 19th!!! 

Blessings, Sarah

Announcing the next Virginia Choral Society (VCS) concert series, "A Family Festival of Carols".   

The concert series has always been a favorite for everyone, from young to old.  There will be several favorite Christmas tunes, some with new settings and other more contemporary seasonal music. We will also enjoy our audience singing along on for some favorite Christmas carols.  In short, there will be something for everyone.

VCS is a community chorus of over 100 voices currently in our 78th Concert Season. We will be performing six concerts at several venues.  The concert dates and times are:

Saturday, Dec 13 at 7:00pm at St. Andrews By the Sea Episcopal Church, Nags Head, NC. (4212 S. Virginia Dare Trail)

Sunday, Dec 14 at 4:00pm at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Hampton, VA (250 Fox Hill Road or Fox Hill Rd @ Willow Oaks Blvd).

Friday, Dec 19 at 8:00pm at St. Bede Catholic Church, Williamsburg, VA (3686 Ironbound Road)

*Saturday, Dec 20 at 8:00pm at Trinity Lutheran Church, Newport News, VA (6801 Huntington Avenue)

Sunday, Dec 21 at 8:00pm at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, Newport News, VA (100 Harpersville Road)

*Monday, Dec 22 at 8:00pm at Trinity Lutheran Church, Newport News, VA (6801 Huntington Avenue)

*Reserved seating is suggested and available at Trinity Lutheran concerts.

Ticket prices are $18.00 and $15.00 (at the door) or
Advance prices are $15.00 and $12.00. For advance tickets, contact a chorus member, visit our
webpage for ticket information or call (757) 851-9114.

For group sales of 10 or more, contact Jerry Cranfill at (757) 876-7613. 

For an information flyer that can be posted on your bulletin board, click here.

Invite some friends and family to join you this December at one of our concerts celebrating this glorious season in song! 

For more information, check our webpage at

And feel free to forward this along to you friends and family.

   Thanks, Sarah Sugah! Few things invite the Spirit of Christmas faster than all the beautiful music involved with the season! Have a wonderful time!

  Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 12/02/08 - "6/49 0r Millionaire For Life":

I'm such a sucker for these things!!!!!

Don't want to take a chance at losing out! 

649 or Millionaire for Life
Money Angel

This is a money angel. Pass it to 6 of your good friends or family and be rich in 4 days.
Pass it to 12 of your good friends
or family and be rich in 2 days.

I am not joking. You will find an unexpected windfall. If you delete it, you will beg. Trust me!!!

 Joyce Cahoon

   OH, BOY - ANOTHER Money Angel!!!  As I just sent the one from   Tommy Flax ('64) of VA yesterday, sending this one today should make me a triple billionaire or sumpin'!  WHOO-HOO!!!

   I must say I do not understand the significance of "649" (or "6/49"), and I liked the cute little angel yesterday better, but, HEY - no matter! I'm going to be rich, Rich, RICH!!!
Thanks so much, Joyce!

   SAY, you don't think I may have offended this angel by saying I preferred the other one, do ya? I hope that doesn't adversely impact my windfall.....

From ArcaMax Publishing - Health and Fitness - 12/02/02 - "Persistent pollutant may promote obesity":

Persistent pollutant may promote obesity

MISHIMA, Japan (UPI) -- Two Japanese researchers say it is "plausible and provocative" to associate the obesity epidemic with chemical triggers present in the modern environment.

Taisen Iguchi and Yoshinao Katsu of the Graduate University for Advanced Studies in Japan say the rise in obesity in humans over the past 40 years parallels the increased use of industrial chemicals during the same period.

The researchers note the chemical Tributyltin is used as a wood and textile preservative in paints for boats, as a pesticide on high-value food crops and many other applications.

Tributyltin affects sensitive receptors in the cells of animals, from water fleas to humans, at very low concentrations -- one-thousandth that of other pollutants known to interfere with sexual development of wildlife species.

The study, published in the journal BioScience, finds the harmful effects of the chemical on the liver and the nervous and immune systems in mammals are well known, but its powerful effects on the cellular components known as retinoid X receptors in a range of species are a recent discovery.

When activated, retinoid X receptors can migrate into the nuclei of cells and switch on genes that cause the growth of fat storage cells and regulate whole body metabolism, the researchers say.

Copyright 2008 by United Press International

   OH, GOODY - It's not my fault that I look like Blubberella!

      From Me ('65) of NC - 12/03/08 - "And Speaking of Food...":

   This is my favorite quick bread recipe; I've been enjoying it for forty years.

Pristine White Muffins

3 cups self-rising flour
8 Tbsp. sugar
8 Tbsp. white shortening
1-1/2 cups cold water

   Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix together flour and sugar. Cut in shortening with a pastry cutter. Then mix by hands until crumbly. Slowly add the water while mixing to form a soft dough. Drop pieces of this wet dough into ungreased muffin tins. Bake 15 minutes until they start to turn tan.

   Somehow, these taste even better at room temperature, so make them ahead if you can.                             

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 11/17/08 - "TWELVE WONDERFUL COMMANDMENTS" (#8 in a Series of 12):


   Thank you so much, Shari! These seem to take most of us an entire lifetime to learn.....

And don't forget to always be THANKFUL!

And Thank God for today!


The NNHS Class of 1958 Gathering and Dinner will be held Wednesday, December 17, 2008 at 6:00 PM at Al Fresco Ristorante, 11710 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, VA 23606 CONTACT: Joe Drewry (, 757-244-4443, ext 4)


1. Thursday, December 4, 2008, 11:00 AM - Class of 1955 Lunch Bunch - Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News, VA  - OPEN TO ALL WITH FRIENDS IN CLASS OF 1955

2. April 23, 24, & 25, 2009 - Class of 1954 will hold their 55th-Year Reunion. For details contact Dr. Harry Simpson at 804-694-0346 or email him at - CLASS OF 1954

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 12/03/08
NNHS BLOG: - updated 12/01/08

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

                                  Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305  
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We Need a Little Christmas

(From Mame, 1966)

Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman
(b. 10 July 1931)

Haul out the holly,
Put up the tree before my spirit falls again;
Fill up the stocking,
I may be rushing things,
But deck the halls again now.

For we need a little Christmas,
Right this very minute,
Candles in the window,
Carols at the spinet.
Yes, we need a little Christmas,
Right this very minute,
It hasn't snowed a single flurry,
But Santa, dear, we're in a hurry.

So climb down the chimney,
Turn on the brightest string of light I've ever seen;
Slice up the fruitcake,
It's time we hung some tinsel,
On that evergreen bough.

For I've grown a little leaner,
Grown a little colder,
Grown a little sadder,
Grown a little older.
And I need a little angel,
Sitting on my shoulder,
Need a little Christmas now.

Musical Chorus

For we need a little music,
Need a little laughter
Need a little singing,
Ringing through the rafter.
And we need a little snappy,
"Happy ever after"
Need a little Christmas now....

"We Need a Little Christmas" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 12/03/08

Animated Christmas Tree clip art courtesy of Judy Bowermaster of IL - 12/25/05
Thanks, Judy!

Pine Rope Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 12/18/04

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

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
Thanks, Al!

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!!

Animated Rolling on the Floor Laughing Boy courtesy of - 04/06/05

Animated Kissing Smiley clip art courtesy of my friend, Judy, of IL - 09/19/08
Thanks, Judy!

Animated Laughing Smiley courtesy of Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 02/07/05
Thanks, Janice!

Animated Fat Frog courtesy of Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 07/16/08
Thanks, Wayne!

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

Animated "NEW" clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

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