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12/09/09 - NNHS Newsletter - Sing We All Noel

“Sing hey! Sing hey!
For Christmas Day;
Twine mistletoe and holly.
For a friendship glows
In winter snows,
And so let's all be jolly!”

- Author Unknown

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   I thought we would surely have at least ten versions of this lovely old carol on YouTube.  Instead - NADA!  Zero, zilch!  How can this be?!? 


     From Me ('65) of IL - 12/08/09:

   We received word that       Paul's (Harty - Bardolph HS, IL - '61 - of IL) brother-in-law suffered a fatal heart attack Monday at the age of 59.

From the (Illinois) State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL) - 12/09/09:

  Olin McGuire
  WINCHESTER - Olin McGuire, 59, of Winchester died Monday, Dec. 7, 2009, at St. Mary's Hospital in Decatur.

Coonrod Funeral Home in Winchester is in charge of arrangements.

Published in The State Journal-Register on 12/9/2009.


  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 12/08/09 - "Update on     Monty (Phillips - '62),   Jerry (Allen - '65) and his dad (Howard Hodnett - '45)":

Many have sent emails to wish us a happy Thanksgiving and ask how our TG was and, most of all, to ask about Monty, Jerry and Howard (Jerry's dad).  All are doing pretty well.  We had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  We spent the afternoon and evening together enjoying conversation, football, and an abundant meal. Monty came early and stayed late (first time he has stayed that long). We had eleven here all together.
Monty had a painful fall about 4 weeks ago and has had quite a time with that.  He is seeing an orthopedic guy for that.  He has limited movement in arms and shoulders due to that fall.  He had an attack of tachycardia one weekend, but has not had any problem since.  He has a cardiologist checking him out, too.  He is doing pretty well, all things considered.    Cookie (Phillips - '64 - of VA) and I went with him to see the oncologist the day before Thanksgiving and the report was good.  The mass on his pancreas as decreased in size, his blood work was good, and he is maintaining a healthy weight.  He looks great!  His color is actually healthy looking.  He is working.  He told me to tell everyone to keep the prayers up and to THANK everyone for them.  He said he knows that prayer is the reason he is still with us. He really does appreciate everyone's concern and attention.  He was so relieved and excited about the news.  Cookie and I were, too.  We all thank you for your prayers.  Thank God for the results!  Dr. Mattern said that "We will stay the course" since Monty is doing well and tolerating the chemo so well.  Dr. M is very pleased.  For now, everything is under control....not cured....but under control.
Jerry continues to get good reports from his urologist and oncologist.  He still has back pain and some issues with his leg, but the Big C is not a threat now.  He is not to be stopped either, bless his heart.  He sure keeps me hopping and on the move.
Howie is on the move, too.  He bags food for those in need every Monday at his church, attends lunches and dinners and bible studies during the week and keeps busy on weekends, too.  He comes over for dinner and football on the weekends, too.  Jerry and I have a friend who just moved here from NY and she is staying with Howard.  She cleans, cooks, and runs errands.  That is a big help and relieves our minds.  She has been in home health care for years and is pretty knowledgeable.
I have made this longer than I intended, but it has been a while since I sent an update.
God bless all of you and have a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!

   Thank you so much, Dearest Judy! Merry Christmas to all y'all, too!


     Happy Birthday today to Shirley Smith Langston ('57)!

     Happy Birthday tomorrow to      John Murden ('60) of VA AND   Glen Davenport ('63) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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);

14 - Elizabeth Mitchell Hedgepeth ('57) AND   Kathie Avant Taylor ('64) of GA;

15 - Jewell Hamner Crowe ('57) AND        Buster Vest ('63) of VA;

16 -   Betty Brockwell McClure ('58) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


December 09, 1940 - Operation Compass British and Indian troops under the command of Major-General Richard O'Connor attacked Italian forces near Sidi Barrani in Egypt, opening their first major offensive in North Africa.

December 09, 1941 - The Republic of China, Cuba, Guatemala, the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea, and the Philippine Commonwealth, declared war on Germany and Japan.

December 09, 1941 - The 19th Bombardment Group attacked Japanese ships off the coast of Vigan, Luzon.

December 09, 1946 - The "Subsequent Nuremberg Trials" began with the "Doctors' Trial", prosecuting doctors alleged to be involved in human experimentation.


Wednesday, December 9, 1964 - Actor, TV presenter and comedian Hape Kerkeling was born in Recklinghausen, Germany.

Wednesday, December 9, 1964 - TV personality Johannes B. Kerner was born in Bonn, Germany.

Wednesday, December 9, 1964 - Guitarist Paul Landers (Rammstein) was born in Berlin, Germany.

Wednesday, December 9, 1964 - Poet and critic Dame Edith Sitwell (b. 01 Sept 1887 in Scarborough, England) died in London at the age of 77.

     From  Mickey ('54) and    Carol Moell ('56) Marcella of VA - 12/08/09:

Just a note to say Merry Christmas to you and your family and to thank you for all of your good work keeping us all informed of the Typhoons.  It is most appreciated! 

Love, Mickey and Carol Marcella

   Thanks so much, Sweetie-Pies! Merry Christmas to y'all, too!

      From Dimples Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 12/08/09 - "Angels explained by Children":


Angels are a part of all seasons, but none more so than at the Christmas Season !  Children have their own explanation of these Beings.

When an angel gets mad, he takes a deep breath and counts to ten, and when he lets out his breath, somewhere there's a tornado.
Reagan, age 10

Angels work for God and watch over kids when God has to go do something else !
Mitchell, age 7

I only know the names of two angels...Hark and Harold.
Gregory, age 5

Everybody's got it all wrong.  Angels don't wear halos anymore.  I forget why, but scientists are working on it.
Olive, age 9

My guardian angel helps me with math, but he's not much good with science.
Henry, age 8

Angels talk all the way while they're flying you up to heaven.  The main subject is where you went wrong before you got dead
Daniel, age 9 

What I don't get about angels is why, when someone is in love, they shoot arrows at them.
Sarah, age 7

I now know more about angels than I used to !

Dimples aka Sepi

   Thanks, Dimples! These are delightful!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 12/08/09 - "Want to Go For A Ride?":

Want to Go For A Ride?

No!!!  Definitely not like this!! 

   YOWZERONI!!! No, this is certainly NOT my idea of a fun time! Thanks, Joyce!

From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 12/08/09 - "Merry Christmas":


I will be making a conscious effort to wish everyone a Merry Christmas this year ...
My way of saying that I am celebrating
the birth of Jesus Christ.

So I am asking my email buddies, if you agree with me, to please do the same.
And if you'll pass this on to
your email buddies, and so on...
maybe we can prevent one more American tradition from being lost
in the sea of  "Political Correctness".

To One and All...
Jesus is the reason for the season!

   Thanks so much, Norris! Merry Christmas to you, too!

  From Carol Collier Sparrow ('63) of VA - 12/08/09 - "Adventure With Grandma":

*Adventure With Grandma*

I remember my first Christmas adventure with Grandma. I was just a kid. I remember tearing across town on my bike to visit her on the day my big sister dropped the bomb: "There is no Santa Claus," she jeered. "Even dummies know that!"

My Grandma was not the gushy kind, never had been. I fled to her that day because I knew she would be straight with me. I knew Grandma always told the truth, and I knew that the truth always went down a whole lot easier when swallowed with one of her world-famous cinnamon buns. I knew they were world-famous, because Grandma said so. It had to be true.

Grandma was home, and the buns were still warm. Between bites, I told her everything. She was ready for me. "No Santa Claus!" she snorted. "Ridiculous! Don't believe it. That rumor has been going around for years, and it makes me mad, plain mad. Now, put on your coat, and let's go."

"Go? Go where, Grandma?" I asked. I hadn't even finished my second world-famous, cinnamon bun. "Where" turned out to be Kerby's General Store, the one store in town that had a little bit of just about everything. As we walked through its doors, Grandma handed me ten dollars. That was a bundle in those days. "Take this money," she said, "and buy something for someone who needs it.

I'll wait for you in the car." Then she turned and walked out of Kerby's.

I was only eight years old. I'd often gone shopping with my mother, but never had I shopped for anything all by myself. The store seemed big and crowded, full of people scrambling to finish their Christmas shopping. For a few moments I just stood there, confused, clutching that ten-dollar bill, wondering what to buy, and who on earth to buy it for.

I thought of everybody I knew: my family, my friends, my neighbors, the kids at school, the people who went to my church. I was just about thought out, when I suddenly thought of Bobby Decker. He was a kid with bad breath and messy hair, and he sat right behind me in Mrs. Pollock's grade-two class. Bobby Decker didn't have a coat. I knew that because he never went out for recess during the winter. His mother always wrote a note, telling the teacher that he had a cough, but all we kids knew that Bobby Decker didn't have a cough, and he didn't have a coat. I fingered the ten-dollar bill with growing excitement. I would buy Bobby Decker a coat!

I settled on a red corduroy one that had a hood to it. It looked real warm, and he would like that. "Is this a Christmas present for someone?" the lady behind the counter asked kindly, as I laid my ten dollars down. "Yes," I replied shyly. "It's .... for Bobby." The nice lady smiled at me. I didn't get any change, but she put the coat in a bag and wished me a Merry Christmas.

That evening, Grandma helped me wrap the coat in Christmas paper and ribbons (a little tag fell out of the coat, and Grandma tucked it in her Bible) and wrote on the package, "To Bobby, From Santa Claus" -- Grandma said that Santa always insisted on secrecy. Then she drove me over to Bobby Decker's house, explaining as we went that I was now and forever officially one of Santa's helpers.

Grandma parked down the street from Bobby's house, and she and I crept noiselessly and hid in the bushes by his front walk Then Grandma gave me a nudge. "All right, Santa Claus," she whispered, "get going."

I took a deep breath, dashed for his front door, threw the present down on his step, pounded his doorbell and flew back to the safety of the bushes and Grandma. Together we waited breathlessly in the darkness for the front door to open. Finally it did, and there stood Bobby.

Fifty years haven't dimmed the thrill of those moments spent shivering, beside my Grandma, in Bobby Decker's bushes. That night, I realized that those awful rumors about Santa Claus were just what Grandma said they were: ridiculous. Santa was alive and well, and we were on his team.

I still have the Bible, with the tag tucked inside: $19.95.


He who has no Christmas in his heart will never find Christmas under a tree.

   SNIFF-SNIFF! Thank you so much, Carol!


  From Jane Chambers of VA - 07/01/09 - "CNC BOOK BROCHURE & AD":

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

   Thanks, Jane!


From ArcaMax Jokes - 12/08/09:

The Witness

An old man was a witness in a burglary case.

The defense lawyer asked Richard, "Did you see my client commit this burglary?"

"Yes," said Richard , "I saw him plainly take the goods."

The lawyer asks Richard again, "Richard, this happened at night. Are you sure you saw my client commit this crime?"

"Yes," says Richard, "I saw him do it."

Then the lawyer asks Richard, "Richard, listen, you are 80 years old and your eye sight probably is bad. Just how far can you see at night?"

Richard says, "I can see the moon, how far is that?"


1. Wednesday, December 9, 2009 - The Class of 1957 will hold its Holiday Party at Angelo's on Route 17.  RSVP no later than December 6.  For details, contact Pat Beck Letzinger at - CLASS OF 1957
2. Saturday, December 12, 2009 - The NNHS Class of 1960 will again encourage their friends - TYPHOON OR NOT, CLASS OF 1960 OR NOT - to meet with them for the Laugh-A Lot Breakfast Bunch at 9:00 AM at the Candle Light Kitchen in Norge (Williamsburg). Directions: Take I-64 to Exit 231A-Norge, go 1-1/2 miles to Richmond Road, go through light, look for shopping center on left, Candle Light Kitchen on Right.  RSVP to  NO LATER THAN December 8, 2009. THAT WAS YESTERDAY!!!
3. Tuesday, December 15, 2009 - The NNHS Class of 1958 will hold its annual Gathering and Dinner at Al Fresco Italian Ristorante, 11710 Jefferson Avenue. For details, contact Joe Drewry at - CLASS OF 1958 AND “other NNHS alums and friends of our 1958 class are invited to join with us”!

4. Friday and Saturday, August 6 and 7, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1970 will hold its 40-Year Reunion. Saturday night will be at the Kiln Creek Golf & Country Club. For details, contact Carol Comer Cutler at or visit the reunion website at - CLASS OF 1970

5. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 6, 7, and  8, 2010 - The NNHS Class of 1960 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott Newport News at City Center. For details, contact Karen Weinstein Witte at - CLASS OF 1960

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 12/09/09

BLOG: - updated 08/04/09


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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

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Sing We All Noel

Sing we all Noel, hear the music all around.
Sing we all Noel, let the joy resound.

Noel, noel, noel, let our voices rise
As we sing a song of praise and lift our music to the skies.
Noel, noel, noel, sing it loud and clear
so that all on earth may know our joy this season of the year.

Sing we all Noel, with a joyous rondelay.
Sing we all Noel, hear the news today.

Sing we all Noel, a joyous song of praise
To our God incarnate, exalt Him all our days

Sing we all Noel, the gladsome tidings bring
Lift our God on high as His praises now we sing.
Sing we all Noel, our hearts with love aflame
Praising Christ our Saviour, we bless His holy name.

Sing we all Noel, to Jesus Christ on high
For our sins He suffered, left Heaven's throne to die.

Sing we all Noel, with all our heart's great joy
In our Saviour's praises our song we now employ.

"Sing We All Noel" midi courtesy of - 10/06/09

"Sing We All Noel" lyrics courtesy of - 12/08/09

Image of Christmas at Notre Dame courtesy of - 12/08/09

Gold Leaf Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 01/05/06

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

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of the late Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines
Thanks again, Herbie!

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

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

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

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

Coast Guard Seal clip art courtesy of - 10/03/07

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!

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

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