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12/04/11 - NNHS Newsletter - As Lately We Watched
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,

    Today's old Austrian carol is being revisited from 2006.

BONUS #1 - - As Lately We Watched - Wild Voices Choir, Christmas Midnight Service at Afghan Church, Mumbai, December 24th, 2007

BONUS #2 - - As Lately We Watched - Ocarinaアンサンブル五重奏, 2010



... As Lately We Watched (Austrian) -- Both melody and lyrics are traditional, dating from the 19th century....

   WOW.  "Ya, think, DiNozzo?!?" Sheesh.....



     From Me ('65) of NC - 12/02/11 - "December Themes":

   Speaking of music, I can either start rerunning old themes for the rest of the month, or y'all can request some personal favorites.  We are particularly lacking in Hanukkah music (I think I only have two!); any help you can render there would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks!



   Happy Birthday today to
William D. Dangler ('57) of VA AND  Howard Williamson (Hampton HS - '63) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Eugene Peters ('57) AND the late    Gene Peters ('57) (deceased - 07/24/09) AND      Melody Clendenin DeBerry (Warwick HS - '66) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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, One and All!




Wednesday, Dec. 4, 1861

One of the most brilliant political careers in United States history came to an untimely end today. John Cabell Breckinridge was 40 years old and a U.S. Senator representing Kentucky. This was a step down, as he had already been Vice President, under Buchanan, at the earliest age allowed by the Constitution, 35. Breckinridge was adamantly opposed to secession, and had worked tirelessly to prevent it, even remaining in Washington over the hot, humid summer to participate in the special session of Congress called to deal with the problem. Today the Senate voted, 36-0, to expel him from his seat. He was still a Kentuckian first, and when fighting broke out there last month he had accepted the post of commander of the (Confederate) 1st Kentucky Brigade. This unit would soon become known as the “Orphan Brigade”.

Thursday, Dec. 4, 1862

Gen. Joseph Eggleston had been one of the premier Confederate generals in the Eastern theater in the earliest days of the War. He had fought from Manassas (Bull Run) through every major battle up to Seven Pines, when he had been wounded. What hurt his career more than bullets were his continual difficulties with Jefferson Davis, and he had, after recuperating from his injuries, been reassigned to command in the West. He official took over his duties today as overall commander of the most critical part of the Confederate defenses. His area of responsibility covered Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, and parts of North Carolina, Georgia, and Louisiana. His main task was to ride herd on Bragg in Tennessee and Pemberton at Vicksburg, Miss.

Friday, Dec. 4, 1863

Gen. James Longstreet and his corps had been detached from the Army of Northern Virginia and send West in a desperate move to shore up the defenses of Confederate Tennessee. It had been a valiant effort, but in the end it had been too little, too late. Their last assault had been on the ramparts of Fort Sanders at Knoxville, which they had taken but could not hold. With Grant's reinforcements on the way, Longstreet was now establishing winter quarters farther east and north, at a place called Greeneville. This was, in terms of travel time, about equidistant from potential battle sites in the west or in Virginia, enabling the force to be shifted to whichever area needed them most.

Sunday, Dec. 4, 1864

“Infrastructure interdiction” was not a military term in use at the time, but that was what Federal troops were engaged in around Waynesborough, Ga. today. They thought they were just tearing up railroad tracks, a tactic both sides had learned could wreak just as much harm on the enemy as outright battle could, with much less danger of the railroad tracks fighting back. Confederate Cavalry commander Joseph Wheeler took a dim view of this demolition, and launched an attack. The track-tearer-uppers had been provided with a guard force, and they repulsed the initial attack long enough for the cavalry (Federal) to ride to the rescue. Wheelers Confederates and Kilpatrick’s Federal horsemen battled back and forth for most of the day, charging and countercharging. Kilpatrick’s men finally shifted to dismounted tactics and the riders in gray were repulsed. 


    From Jerry ('65) and    Judy Phillips ('66) Allen of VA - 12/02/11 - "Where's The Line to See Jesus?":

Yes!  It's time to revisit this one.
Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday to Jesus!
J & J
Where's The Line to See Jesus

About the Song

While at the mall a couple of years ago, my then four year old nephew, Spencer, saw kids lined up to see Santa Claus. Having been taught as a toddler that Christmas is the holiday that Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus, he asked his mom, "Where's the line to see Jesus"?

My sister mentioned this to my dad, who immediately became inspired and jotted words down to a song in just a few minutes. After putting music to the words, and doing a quick recording at home, he received a great response from friends. He sent the song off to Nashville without much response, except for a Christian song writer who suggested adding a bridge at the end of the first chorus.

My dad then asked if I wanted to record the song to see what we could do with it. I listened to the song, made a few changes to the words to make it flow better, and we headed to Shock City Studios.It was at the studio where Chris, owner and producer, rewrote the 2nd verse and part of the chorus... with goose bumps and emotions high, we were all hopeful and felt like we had something special.

The demo was recorded in just under 2 hours and sent off again to Nashville... still no response.Then 2 weeks before Christmas last year, my cousins Greg and Robbie decided to do a video to see what we could accomplish on YouTube.

The first day we had 3000 hits and it soared from there. We received e-mails, phone calls, Facebook messages from people all over asking for the music, CD's, iTunes, anything... we had nothing.

After a couple of meetings with Chris following the amazing response, we got serious. We headed back into the studio this past spring... this time with guitars, drums, bass, pianos, choirs... the real deal.... and here we are today. Getting iTunes set up, a website put together, and loving that thousands upon thousands of Christians have come together... remembering the true meaning of Christmas.

Out of the mouths of babes come profound truths that many adults can not understand.

Hopefully Spencer's observation will cause people all over to reflect on the love of Jesus, and that one day we will all stand in line to see Him. We are most thankful to our Heavenly Father to have this chance to share our music with you. Merry Christmas everyone.

Enjoy - Becky Kelley

 Thank you, Sweetie-Pies!


      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 12/03/11 - "Please sign-animal torture": - Stop Dr. Christos Kioni From Burning Chickens Alive!

   YOWZERONI! Thank you, Shari!


    From Stacy Dorn Davis ('64) of VA - 12/03/11 - "Christmas":

"Let's approach Christmas with an expectant hush, rather than a last-minute rush."

If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls, but do not show love to my family, I'm just another decorator.

If I slave away in the kitchen baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned table at meal time, but do not show love to my family, I'm just another cook.

If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home and give all that I have to charity, but do not show love to my family, it profits me nothing.

If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choir's cantata but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point.

Love stops the cooking to hug the child. Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the husband. Love is kind, though harried and tired. Love doesn't envy another's home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens. Love doesn't yell at the kids to get out of the way, but is thankful they are there to be in the way.

Love doesn't give only to those who are able to give in return but rejoices in giving to those who can't. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.

Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will rust, but giving the gift of love will endure.

Blessings to you in this Advent Season!

   Thank you so much, Stacy!


CROCHET PATTERNS: - Tammy C. Hildebrand's Mr. and Mrs. Frosty - Holly Table Runner - Marilyn Coleman's Holly Stocking - Country Christmas Placemat and Coaster - Mary Jane Protus' Pinwheels for Table & Tree



From - 12/03/11:
A man calls home to his wife and says, "Honey, I have been asked to go fishing at a big lake up in Canada with my boss and several of his friends. We'll be gone for a week. This is a good opportunity for me to get that promotion I've been wanting, so would you please pack me enough clothes for a week and set out my rod and tackle box. We're leaving from the office and I will swing by the house to pick my things up. Oh! And please pack my new blue silk pajamas."

The wife thinks this sounds a little fishy but being a good wife she does exactly what her husband asked. The following weekend he comes home a little tired but otherwise looking good.

The wife welcomes him home and asks if he caught many fish. He says, "Yes! Lots of Walleye, some Blue gill, and a few Pike. But why didn't you pack my new blue silk pajamas like I asked you to do?"

The wife replies; "I did, they were in your tackle box."



1. Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 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. Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 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.

3. 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.

4. 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 or call him at 757-595-0716 so they have a head count.


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As Lately We Watched

As lately we watch'd o'er our fields thro' the night,
A star there was seen of such glorious light.
All thro' the night, angels did sing
Carols so sweet of the birth of a King.

A King of such beauty was ne'er before seen,
And Mary His mother so like a queen.
Blessed be the hour, welcome the morn,
For Christ our dear Saviour on earth now is born.

His throne is a manger, His court is a loft,
But troops of bright angels, in lays sweet and soft,
Him they proclaim, our Christ by name,
And earth, sky and air straight are filled with his fame.

Then shepherds, be joyful; salute your new King,
Let hills and vales ring to the song that ye sing.
Blessed be the hour, welcome the morn,
For Christ our dear Saviour on earth now is born


"As Lately We Watched" midi courtesy of - 12/01/06

"As Lately We Watched" lyrics courtesy of - 12/02/06

"Let There Be Light" Image courtesy of - 12/01/05

Shepherds Silhouette clip art used to form Divider Lines courtesy
of - 12/01/05

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
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

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!!

NNHS65 Home Page Banner created by my #5 Son, Nathaniel Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '97) of IL - 06/06/02
Thanks, Nathaniel!

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