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12/05/13 - NNHS Newsletter
Last Day of Hanukkah

“Kindle the taper like the steadfast star
Ablaze on evening's forehead o'er the earth,
And add each night a lustre till afar
An eightfold splendor shine above thy hearth.”

- Emma Lazarus, "The Feast of Lights"
(22 July 1849 - 19 Nov 1887)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   On this last day of Hanukkah, we have Joe Madagan to thank for the theme music, Eight Days of Chanukah:

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 12/08/12 - "Chanukah Music Lyrics":

Hi, Carol:

Please find the attached .pdf file with Five Songs for your subscribers to celebrate the Festival of Lights (Dedication), compliments of The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry. The Tampa Bay Fellowship of the Friends of Israel met this afternoon and we had a wonderful time of celebration and fellowship.

TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   Once again, thanks so very much, Sweet Adonis! Revisiting the same four Hanukkah songs every year was becoming embarrassing!

BONUS - -  Eight Days of Hanukkah


Many Jewish people in the United States mark the last day of Hanukkah as the end of the Hanukkah celebrations. Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, is an eight-day Jewish observance to commemorate the Jewish people's struggle for religious freedom.

Hanukkah is one of the happiest Jewish events for many Jewish Americans. Many families light candles on the hanukiah, a type of candle holder, eat sizzling potato pancakes, give gifts and play with the dreidel, a spinning toy that is particularly popular during Hanukkah.

The last day of Hanukkah is the eighth day of Hanukkah. It is known as Zose Hanukkah, Zos Hanukkah or Zot Hanukkah.  It is the second day of the month of Tevet and marks the day on which the great miracle of oil occurred, according to Jewish belief. It is a particularly special day because it encapsulates all of Hanukkah.

Hanukkah events in the United States include daytime or evening events featuring make popular food eaten during Hanukkah, particularly food fried in oil. There are also music nights reserved for singing and playing the dreidel, games events, as well as concerts and plays...

Hanukkah commemorates the Jewish people’s successful rebellion against the Syrians in the Maccabean War in 162 BCE. A ritual cleansing and re-dedication of the Temple occurred after the Jewish people’s victory. It is believed that there was only enough consecrated oil to keep the lamp burning for one day but the small bottle of oil miraculously lasted for eight days. Hanukkah, also known as Chanukah, is referred as the Feast of Lights or Festival of Lights for this reason.

Moreover, the survival of Judaism over the many years is also celebrated during this period. Hanukkah is celebrated for eight days between the 25th day of the month of Kislev to the second day of Tevet in the Hebrew calendar. The first day of Hanukkah marks the start of eight-day Hanukkah period.  It is marked as the 25th day of the month of Kislev in the Jewish calendar. The Hanukkah period ends on the second day of the month of Tevet. It is important to note that many Jewish observances begin at sunset on the day before.

The dreidel is a toy that is popular during the Hanukkah celebrations. It is a spinning top with a different Hebrew letter inscribed in each of its four sides – the four letters form an acronym meaning “a great miracle happened here”. The hanukiah (or chanukkiyah) is a type of candelabrum that holds eight candles to commemorate the eight days that the oil burned and a ninth candle that sits apart, known as the shamash, or servant candle that lights the others. One candle is lit on the first night, another on the second, and so forth until all candles are lit on the last night...


   Happy Birthday today 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 tomorrow to Frances Scheinman Berkman ('57)!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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;

11 -   Helen Bost Rainelle ('72) of FL;

12 -    Mary Massey Lyle ('61) of NJ AND      Marcus C. Higgins ('65) of AZ AND       Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) AND    My Former Daughter-in-Law, Bethany Winona Harty (Siuslaw HS, OR - '94) of TX (soon to be UT)! 

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


December 05, 1941 - In the Battle of Moscow Georgy Zhukov launched a massive Soviet counter-attack against the German army, with the biggest offensive launched against Army Group Centre.

December 05, 1941 - Great Britain declared war on Finland, Hungary and Romania.

December 05, 1943 - U.S. Army Air Force began attacking Germany's secret weapons bases in Operation Crossbow.

December 05, 1944 - Allied troops took Ravenna, Italy.

December 05, 2006 - The USS Intrepid was moved from its anchorage in the Hudson River to a shipyard in Bayonne, NJ, for renovations. Two attempts were made to move the ship in November 2006 but were unsuccessful. The ship had survived five Japanese kamikaze attacks in the last two years of the Pacific war. It later served off Vietnam and Korea and was a recovery ship for NASA astronauts. After being decommissioned in the late 1970's it was transformed into a military and space museum in 1982.


Thursday, December 05, 1963 - Television and radio host Doctor Dré was born André Brown.

Thursday, December 05, 1963 - Ski jumper Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards was born Michael Edwards in Cheltenham, England.

Thursday, December 05, 1963 - Singer and guitarist Ty England was born Gary Tyler England in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Thursday, December 05, 1963 - Actress Carrie Hamilton was born Carrie Louise Hamilton to Carol Burnett and Joe Hamilton in New York City, New York. She died from lung and brain cancer in Los Angeles, California on 20 Jan 2002 at the age of 38.

Thursday, December 05, 1963 - Composer Karl Amadeus Hartmann (b. 02 Aug 1905 in Munich) died from stomach cancer at the age of 58.

Thursday, December 05, 1963 - 5th Prime Minister of Pakistan Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy (হোসেন শহীদ সোহ্‌রাওয়ার্দী) (b. 08 Sept 1892 in Midnapore, Bengal Presidency, British India) died in Beirut, Lebanon at the age of 71.

  From Ron Miller ('59) of NC - 12/04/13 - "Latest on SS United States":

Hi Carol – attached is an AP news release on Nov 29, 2013.

Many NNHS grads or members of their families contributed to building this ocean liner, which still holds the trans-Atlantic crossing speed record. 

   WOWZERONI! Thank you so much, Ronnie!

   From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 12/04/13 - "What do you get when you cross a '57 Chevy with a Harley?":

  What do you get when you cross a '57 Chevy with a Harley?

   MORE WOWZERONI! What a beauty! Thanks, Billy!


    From Jimmy Smith ('62 / '63) of VA - 12/04/13 - "Noah's Ark":

Everything I need to know, I learned from Noah's Ark.
ONE: Don't miss the boat.

TWO: Remember that we are all in the same boat.

THREE: Plan ahead. It wasn't raining when Noah built the Ark.

FOUR: Stay fit. When you're 60 years old, someone may ask you to do something really big.

FIVE: Don't listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done.

SIX: Build your future on high ground.

SEVEN: For safety's sake, travel in pairs.

EIGHT: Speed isn't always an advantage. The snails were on board with the cheetahs.

NINE: When you're stressed, float awhile.

TEN: Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals.

ELEVEN: No matter the storm, when you are with God, there's always a rainbow waiting.

   I really like this, Jimmy - thanks!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 11/07/13 - "A Bunch of Ponder Worthies (in pic. form)" (#5 in a series of 14)":

  Thanks, Shari!

BONUS CHRISTMAS CROCHET PATTERNS: - Nancy Anderson's Little Penguin Ornament -
Katherine Eng's Snowflake Ornament -
Christmas Love Hearts -
Linda Cyr's Tree Hearts -
Sweet Heart Sachets

   Is it just me, or do some of these heart patterns from Red Heart Yarns appear to be the very same pattern?!?

BONUS RECIPES (Sorry; not theme-related): - Meaty Stuffed Peppers - "A delicious and nutritious meal is only a half hour away with Meaty Stuffed Peppers. They'll be ready in no time." - Classic Goulash - "Classic dishes never go out of style, and this easy recipe for Hungarian goulash will be one of your favorites. With savory seasonings and hearty stick-to-your-ribs appeal, it's a perfect meal to satisfy a hungry gang!" - Hamburger Soup - "No, this isn't a mistake - it really is hamburger soup! This is hamburger that we eat with a spoon...and serve with a bun for dunking! But we do recommend serving it with a ladle instead of a spatula."


From - 12/04/13:

A guy was reading his paper when his wife walked up behind him and smacked him on the back of the head with a frying pan.

He asked, "What was that for?"

She said, "I found a piece of paper in your pocket with 'Betty Sue' written on it."

He said, "Jeez, honey, remember last week when I went to the track? 'Betty Sue' was the name of the horse I went there to bet on."

She shrugged and walked away. Three days later he was reading his paper when she walked up behind him and smacked him on the back of the head again with the frying pan.

He asked, "What was that for?"

She answered, "Your horse called."


1.Thursday, December 5, 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.

2. Wednesday, December 11, 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.  

3.Thursday, January 2, 2014 - 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.

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 11/19/13

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

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

                                 Love to all, Carol





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

                                 Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309


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Eight Days of Chanukah

Music by Boris Fomin
(1900 -1948)

Once there was a time we had a Temple
Where every Jew would go three times a year.
There we worshipped G_d in our tradition
Till suddenly a tyrant did appear.

Then at Modin Mattathias told us:
"Whoever is for us come join our band!"
Led by Judah and his faithful brothers
We drove the tyrant from our holy land.

Eight days of Chanukah, Eight days of Chanukah,
We celebrate the festival of light
Those days in history
Still live for you and me,
Let's keep the flame forever shining bright.

When they came to dedicate the Temple
How their hearts were heavy with despair.
Impurities and idols all around them
And just one jar of pure oil was there.

But with faith in G_d they cleansed the Temple
Kindled that small lamp with hope and love.
Then the story had a happy ending:
Eight days of blessed light came from above.

"Eight Days of Hanukkah" (a.k.a. "Those Were the Days"; a.k.a. "Dorogoi dlinnoyu") midi courtesy of - 12/15/12

"Eight Days of Hanukkah" lyrics courtesy of Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 12/08/12
Thanks, Joe!

Image courtesy of - 12/15/12

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!!

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!

Happy Hanukkah Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 12/15/12

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

Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of - 07/07/06

Siuslaw High School's Viking Logo clip art courtesy of - 12/27/07

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

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