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12/06/11 - NNHS Newsletter - Happy St. Nicholas Day!

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. . . . Thank God! He lives, and he lives forever.
A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay ten times ten thousand years from now,
he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.

Francis Pharcellus Church, "The Sun", September 21, 1897
(22 Feb 1839 - 11 Apr 1906)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   This theme repeats every year, but this version of it is being revisited from 2005.

BONUS #1 - - Up on the House Top - Gene Autry - sing-along version

BONUS #2 - - Up on the House Top - Eddy Arnold

BONUS #3 - - Up on the House Top - cartoon from 

BONUS #4 - - Up on the House Top - The Dapper Rapscallions - You'd never believe me.....


Up on the House Top" is a Christmas song written by Benjamin Hanby in 1864 in the town of New Paris, Ohio. [1]. It has been recorded by a multitude of singers, among the most notable Gene Autry, who is also known for his version of the classic "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer".

According to William Studwell in The Christmas Carol Reader, "Up on the House Top" was the second-oldest secular Christmas song, outdone only by "Jingle Bells", which was written in 1857 (although the latter was originally intended as a Thanksgiving song). It is also considered the first Yuletide song to focus primarily on Santa Claus. In fact, according to Readers Digest Merry Christmas Song Book Hanby was the first to offer up the idea that Santa and his sleigh land on the roof of homes. [2] Benjamin Russell Hanby was born in 1833 near Rushville, Ohio, the son of a minister involved with the Underground Railroad. During his short life he wrote some 80 songs before dying of tuberculosis in 1867. Other than "Up on the House Top" his best-known song is "Darling Nelly Gray".



     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. 

   I have a theme suggested on 12/08/10 by        my cousin, Jean Atkinson Mallory (Warsaw HS / Rappahannock HS / John Marshall HS - '65) of VA which will be used on Friday, December 9, and   Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH sent me a wealth of materials last night which will keep me busy in the very near future!  Here's one of the loveliest for y'all to enjoy now: - White is in the Winter Night - Enya

   Thank you so much, Ladies!


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

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Jay Styles ('68) of VA AND  Janice Pratt McGrew (Hampton HS - '67) of VA AND    Tim Parsons ('73) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

09 - Shirley Smith Langston ('57);

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

12 -    Mary Massey Lyle ('61) of NJ AND      Marcus C. Higgins ('65) of AZ AND       Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) AND   My #2 Daughter-in-Law, Bethany Winona Harty (Siuslaw HS, OR - '94) of TX;

13 - Kay Davis Smith ('57)! 

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!



Friday, Dec. 6, 1861

The saying an army travels on its stomach is usually attributed to Napoleon, but the truth of it was probably known by every commander since the dawn of time. The Army of the Potomac was stationed in the north of Virginia, so it made more sense to let the enemy's countryside provide the army's supplies. Brig. Gen. George G. Meade led a foraging expedition through the area of Dranesville, Va. today. He was an excellent choice for such a mission: during his one break from a lifelong army career he had been employed as a surveyor for a railroad. The area the road was to be built in was just the area this foraging party was covering.

Saturday, Dec. 6, 1862

Not all the actions of the Civil War took part between the forces of the Union and the Confederacy. Out on the western frontier the original Americans were not short of grievances with the white settlers who had been overtaking their land for hundreds of years now. With the withdrawal of every available soldier for duty in the East, the opportunity to correct some of these offenses took hold in some people's minds. The Sioux confined to a reservation in southwestern Minnesota were severely short of food and left the reservation to get some. Things soon got out of hand and it turned into a massacre over a period of several weeks. The number of dead is estimated at 400-600 whites. After the Sioux were defeated, 1000 were arrested. Today Abraham Lincoln signed orders for the execution, by hanging, of 19 believed to be ringleaders.

Sunday, Dec. 6, 1863

Like many accidents, the tragedy of the USS Weehawken today resulted from a number of causes taken together, none of which by themselves would necessarily have been fatal. The ship, under command of Commander Duncan, was patrolling Charleston Harbor. First, the ship was heavily overloaded with extra ammunition, the weight of which caused the vessel to ride unusually low in the water. Secondly, an inlet called a hawse pipe, along with a watertight hatch next to it, were left open when by usual practice they should have been dogged shut. Finally, a combination of a wind and a strong ebb tide cause a wave to wash up over the bow of the ship. Water poured into the open pipe and hatch, and the ship sank almost instantly. Some two dozen officers and men were drowned.

Tuesday, Dec. 6, 1864

Roger Taney, long-time Chief Justice of the United States, had died last month, and it was past time for his replacement to be named. To the surprise of many, Abraham Lincoln today named his former Secretary of the Treasury Salmon P. Chase to the post. The surprise was due to the fact that there had been more than one argument and dispute between the two during the time that Chase had been in the president's cabinet. Despite this, Lincoln said he had nothing but the highest respect for Chase's abilities, and felt he would be an asset to the Supreme Court during the difficult days of Reconstruction that were coming soon. This was not entirely altruism on Lincoln's part: Chase had also been a perennial presidential candidate, and this job would keep him out of political involvement.


  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 12/05/08 - "Bread":

Tis the season for cooking up good comfort food and what's more comforting than to come home to the smell of fresh baked bread.  
This recipe sounds yummy and simple.





No-Knead Multigrain Bread

Yield- 1 loaf     Preparation time:  5 minutes

Cooking and resting time: 2 Hours and 15 minutes


1 package active dry yeast

1-1/2 cups warm water 100-110o

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons honey

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup whole wheat flour

cup uncooked mixed-grain cereal or old fashioned rolled oats

Nonstick pan spray


In a liquid measuring cup, whisk the yeast into the warm water until it dissolves. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside for about 15 minutes (the mixture should become slightly foamy on top and cloudy throughout.)


Pour the yeast mixture into a large bowl and stir in the all-purpose flour, honey, melted butter and salt until well incorporated. Mix in the whole wheat flour and cereal, place a clean kitchen towel over the top of the bowl and place the bowl in a warm place away from any drafts to double in size, about 1 hour.


Fold the dough with a spatula to deflate it. Grease a 9 by 5 inch loaf pan with the pan spray and transfer the dough to the pan. Cover with the kitchen towel and set aside until the dough has doubled in size, about 25 minutes.


Preheat oven to 375o. Bake until browned and until the loaf sounds hollow when the top is tapped, about 35 minutes. Remove from the oven and the pan and cool on a wire rack before slicing and serving.


 Joyce Cahoon


   Oh, YUMMY! I just so happen to have all the ingredients to make this right now!  I might just go do that! Thanks again, Joyce!

       From My Daughter, Adrienne Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - of NC) - currently serving an eighteen-month mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Seattle, Washington - 12/05/11 - "miracle week":

As with every week and even every day here - there are huge ups and downs. This week we had a Nativity Activity and we have been sharing tons of door step lessons. They listen because we start by singing Christmas songs. Funny how people are willing to listen after the song soothes them. Anyway, the week started out well. We were able to do a plethora of things that we weren't able to do in weeks past. Throughout this transfer we have already gotten 7 new investigators. Last transfer we had 1. We are only halfway through this transfer and this week we found 5 of those 7 investigators. It's been amazing to witness the power of Christ in people's lives.

...You'll be glad to know that I deeply regret NOT learning Spanish (or at least giving it a better attempt than I did) before my mission. We have run into so many Spanish people that are ready for the Gospel of Jesus Christ and we have had to pawn them off onto the Spanish speaking sisters. :o( It's not funny...they are amazing people and I didn't like having to have someone else see them all the time. I love those dear families so much that I can't explain it - because I only met with them maybe once or twice.

The Nativity was amazing though - we went twice - once with an investigator and less active and the other time we were helping host that night. Anyway, I wish I could tell y'all more, but even if I told you it wouldn't make sense because you weren't there or wouldn't understand the full scenario.

Anyway, it was a great week...

Well, my dear family - I love and pray for you daily. I hope to hear from y'all soon.

Sister Harty

P.S. Have fun with        Cheryl (White Wilson - John Marshall HS - '64 - of VA). Tell her I love and miss her too!

P.P.S. I look forward to snail mail every day, but alas, haven't had any for like a week or two.

Sister Adrienne Helene Harty
Washington Seattle Mission
10675 NE 20th Street
Bellevue, WA 98004

   Thank you so much, Sister Baby Girl! We had cut back on the snail mail after that envelope arrived in Washington stamped but empty, but we'll just add tape and stickers to the back and hope for safer transit in the future! News from family and friends is always even more fun via snail mail than email!

    From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 12/05/11 - "Prayer Request...":

Please pray for our defenders.

We are asking everyone to say a prayer for "Darkhorse" 3rd Battalion 5th Marines and their families. They are fighting it out in Afghanistan & they have lost 9 marines in 4 days. IT WOULD BE NICE TO SEE the message spread if more could pass it on.

Semper Fi, God Bless America and God Bless the United States Marine Corps...

   ABSOLUTELY! Thanks, Glenn!

    From the Head Flagtwirler of 1965, Janice McCain Rose of Northern VA - 12/05/11 - "Christmas Lights":

Hi Sweetheart, 
I am sorry about getting into an argument about putting up the Christmas lights. 
I guess that sometimes I feel like you are pushing me too hard when you want something. 
I realize that I was wrong and I am apologizing for being such a hard-headed guy. 
All I want is for you to be happy and be able to enjoy the holiday season. 

Nothing brightens the Christmas spirit like Christmas lights!
Again, I am very sorry for the way I acted yesterday. 
I'll be home later. 
Love you


     Thanks, Janice - that's priceless!

From - 12/05/11 - "Pampering #4":

Hi FlyLady!

This will be my third December/Pamper Habit with you. The first year, when it was all new, I really did a double take when the habit for December was pampering.

WHAT!?!?! Is she NUTS?!?!?! In DECEMBER!?!?!?

I just couldn't imagine focusing on myself with all else that had to be done. But I had proof that doing things the FlyLady way had really helped me, plus my heels were painfully cracked not to mention ugly! I decided that I could spare a total of two minutes a day for my feet: 30 seconds pumicing each foot when showering and 30 seconds each foot for moisturizing. I had to bathe anyway, right? Within 3 days my heels were no longer painful and after a week they actually looked good and felt GREAT. Amazingly, I felt better! I have kept up with this habit more or less, never letting my poor feet go to the point of discomfort again. This year I started with a professional pedicure so I can just do daily maintenance. AND I am branching out to include my hands!

Of all that I have learned with you in the last 2.5 years, being kind to myself is the most valuable. After that, everything else falls into place! Have a joyous season and thank you!

Pampering in PA


Dear FlyLady,

Spinning on my wheel or knitting can totally trance me into complete relaxation -- especially when listening to calming, classical music. There is something about beautiful exotic fiber flowing over my fingers that makes me happy.

Elaine in NH


Kelly here: Our habit this month is pampering.

This is a busy time of year, but it is more important than ever for you to take a few minutes everyday and be good to yourself.

CROCHET PATTERNS: - Michele Wilcox's Santa Cookie Ornament - Kim Guzman's Infant Santa Suit & Hat


From - 12/05/11:
A woman walked up to a little old man rocking in a chair on his porch. "I couldn't help noticing how happy you look," she said. "What's your secret for a long happy life?"

"I smoke three packs of cigarettes a day," he said. "I also drink a case of whiskey a week, eat fatty foods, and never exercise."

"That's amazing," said the woman, "how old are you?"

"Twenty-six," he said. 


1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 10/22/11

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


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Up on the Housetop

Written by Benjamin Hanby (22 July 1833  16 Mar 1867), 1864 
Recorded by Gene Autry (29 Sept 1907  02 Oct 1998), 1952

Up on the housetop, reindeer pause
Out jumps good ol' Santa Claus
Down through the chimney with lots of toys
All for the little ones, Christmas joys
Ho, Ho, Ho! Who wouldn't go?
Ho, Ho, Ho! Who wouldn't go?
Up on the housetop, click, click, click
Down through the chimney with good Saint Nick

First comes the stocking of little Nell
Oh, dear Santa, fill it well
Give her a dolly that laughs and cries
One that will open and shut her eyes
Ho, Ho, Ho! Who wouldn't go?
Ho, Ho, Ho! Who wouldn't go?
Up on the housetop, click, click, click
Down through the chimney with good Saint Nick

Next comes the stocking of little Will
Oh, just see what a glorious fill
Here is a hammer and lots of tacks
Also a ball and a whip that cracks
Ho, Ho, Ho! Who wouldn't go?
Ho, Ho, Ho! Who wouldn't go?
Up on the housetop, click, click, click
Down through the chimney with good Saint Nick

 "Up On the Housetop" midi courtesy of - 12/03/05

"Up On the Housetop" lyrics courtesy of - 12/03/05

Santa Claus image courtesy of - 12/03/05

Animated Santa Claus Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 12/03/05

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 Tiny 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 missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

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!!

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

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

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

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

Animated Dancing Teddy courtesy of Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA - 03/08/11
Thanks, Sandi!

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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