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12/14/06 - NNHS Newsletter
Mary, Did You Know?

"And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. 
And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. 
He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:
And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end."

- Luke 1: 30 -33

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

  This song - a particular favorite of mine - and the accompanying paintings, which I thought would be unfamiliar to most of you,  are my Christmas present to y'all.  Merry Christmas!


The NNHS Class of 1957 Holiday Party
will be on Thursday, December 14, 2006
at the Omni Hotel, Newport News, VA.

Forms and reservations were due by Monday, December 4, 2006.

The NNHS Class of 1958 Holiday Dinner Party

will be on Thursday, December 14, 2006 at 5:30 PM
at Port Anne Club House, Williamsburg, VA 23185.
Map and Directions to Port Anne Community:

Reservations were due by Monday, December 11, 2006.

Contact: Joe Drewry at

From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 12/12/06 - "Beautiful song for the holidays":
Mary Did You Know

   WOWZERS!!!  I had selected this lovely carol to use for today on 12/02/06.  I'm glad to see we're thinking alike here, Shari!    Thank you so much for this!

   That montage was created by Art Bundrick.  I also found this Clay Aiken version of the same song on YouTube:

   These videos are both worth watching.  I hope y'all enjoy them!  Merry Christmas!

From Roberta Hilsdon ('70) of GA - 12/13/06:

You are such a doll.  Happy holidays to you!

   Thank you, Roberta!  Merry Christmas!

From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 12/13/06:

Sorry you are losing close living with    Joshua (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL - '95 - of IL), but maybe his old area will be good for him. I hope this doesn't dampen your holiday spirit....


   Wellll, I'm trying to get past it....  At least I made it through the airport without breaking down in front of him.  Thanks so much, Shari!  I appreciate your thinking about me!

  From Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 12/13/06:

Greetings Webmistress Carol,


Once again, thanks for your wonderful work for Typhoons everywhere.    Coach Lefty Driesell would have a special foot stomp just for you!


Wanted readers to know I've shared the website address with Tim Morgan, 1960 Warwick High School Grad (star footballer for Farmers and up here at U. of Maryland ). He's probably well known by both Typhoons as well as WHS contemporaries. He attended Parkview Elementary, then WHS. We were neighbors at old Seven Oaks Apartments ( 36th Street ) for a time after WWII (I was responsible for helping    Jimmy Elliott ['61] break his arm there). I went on to Thomas Jefferson Elementary, Walter Reed and J.W. Daniel. Was disappointed that my family moved and I was enrolled at new Warwick Junior High in fall of 1956; then Warwick High, where Tim and I rekindled our friendship by his practicing his wrestling holds on me. I was transferred to NNHS in Feb. '58. Tim and I crossed paths again when he was introduced as a new member of our Rotary Club here in Frederick, MD, about 1987. His son Carter was one of my rambunctious Boy Scouts -- turnabout being fair play, because Tim's Dad was my Scoutmaster for a time in NN.  Carter and my son Patrick take care of our IT problems.  


I'll turn down the "Gaslight" and wish all a Joyous and Holy Christmas and Hanukkah.


Norm Covert ('61)

   What a great story of reconnecting!  Thanks so much for sharing it with us, Norm!  And thanks for your kind words, too!   I've not heard from Tim yet, but I'll be looking forward to it!  Merry Christmas!

  From David Whitley ('67) of VA - 12/13/06 - "WOOOW THIS IS A LOT OF DEER!":

Dinner Time in Eagle River, Wisconsin

These people living in Northern Wisconsin put some corn out in the dead of winter to sustain the area deer.

When I said the deer up here were as thick as cats and dogs, I wasn't far off. Wisconsin community of Eagle River.

(Be sure to move both "panoramic" pictures from left to right to see it all.)

Hmmmm .... , next to the house, lurking in the background, do I see 3 or 4 wolves (Canis Lupus Chewmore Deerius) ?
Is it just me, or was anyone else surprised that wolves eat corn, too?


     WOWZERONI-RINI-ROONI!!!  Would that be a freaky sight to see in your back yard, or what?!?  Lovely, but OH, MY!!!

   Thanks, Gorgeous - and Merry Christmas!


  From the President of the Class of 1965, Joe Wingo of NC - 12/13/06 - "A Different Christmas Poem  (UNCLASSIFIED)":


The poem at the bottom seems worthy of circulation at this time of year. Our military deserves all the recognition we can muster, I believe.

Thanks and a Merry Christmas and safe and Happy New Year to you and your family and to all NNHS alum wherever they may be.

Peace and Love,


  From Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA - 12/13/06 - "A Different Christmas Poem":

A Different Christmas Poem

The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.
My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.
Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
Transforming the yard to a winter delight.
The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,
Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.

My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.
In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,
So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.
The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near,
But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear.
Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know,
Then the sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.

My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
And I crept to the door just to see who was near.
Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.
A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.
Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.

"What are you doing?" I asked without fear,
"Come in this moment, it's freezing out here!
Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,
You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!"

For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,
Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts.
To the window that danced with a warm fire's light,
Then he sighed and he said "It's really all right,
I'm out here by choice. I'm here every night."
"It's my duty to stand at the front of the line,
That separates you from the darkest of times.

No one had to ask or beg or implore me,
I'm proud to stand here like my fathers before me.
My Gramps died at 'Pearl on a day in December,"
Then he sighed, "That's a Christmas 'Gram always remembers."
My dad stood his watch in the jungles of 'Nam',
And now it is my turn and so, here I am.
I've not seen my own son in more than a while,
But my wife sends me pictures; he's sure got her smile.

Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,
The red, white, and blue... an American flag.
I can live through the cold and the being alone,
Away from my family, my house and my home.
I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,
I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat.
I can carry the weight of killing another,
Or lay down my life with my sister and brother..

Who stand at the front against any and all,
To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall."
"So go back inside," he said, "harbor no fright,
Your family is waiting and I'll be all right."
"But isn't there something I can do, at the least,
"Give you money," I asked, "or prepare you a feast?
It seems all too little for all that you've done,
For being away from your wife and your son."

Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,
"Just tell us you love us, and never forget.
To fight for our rights back at home while we're gone,
To stand your own watch, no matter how long.
For when we come home, either standing or dead,
To know you remember we fought and we bled,
Is payment enough, and with that we will trust,
That we mattered to you as you mattered to us."

PLEASE, Would you do me the kind favor of sending this to as many people as you can? Christmas will be coming soon and some credit is due to our U.S. service men and women for our being able to celebrate these festivities. Let's try in this small way to pay a tiny bit of what we owe. Make people stop and think of our heroes, living and dead, who sacrificed themselves for us.

   Thank you so much, Joe and Sandi!   This poem, often attributed to LCDR Jeff Giles, SC, USN, 30th Naval Construction Regiment, OIC, Logistics Cell One, Al Taqqadum, Iraq, was actually penned by Michael Marks on December 7, 2000 as part of an effort to increase feelings of patriotism among the American public:

   I'm relatively certain I've printed it before, and I'll carry it again anytime, because I think it's so beautiful and so important.  It was particularly poignant to me this time, arriving as it did just two days after I received word of the death of a brave soldier I knew who was serving in Baghdad.  His name was not even released to the public until this afternoon:

    Shawn Murphy (York HS - '01) (24 Nov 1982 - 10 Dec 2006)

From - 12/14/06:

U.S. Casualties in Operation Iraqi Freedom
December 2006
# Service Member Age Date Unit Details
40  Pfc. Shawn M. Murphy 24 10 December 2006 3rd Bn, 509th Infantry (Airborne), 4th BCT, 25th Infantry Division, MND-Baghdad IED detonated near a Soldiers conducting a late night combat patrol / Dod Release: Died Dec. 10 in Baghdad, Iraq, of injuries sustained when an IED detonated near their HMMWV

From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 12/13/06 :

Midwinter duck (or goose):
Two to three days ahead prep, 4 and a half to six and a half hours to cook.
Soak the duck (or goose) in a non-reactive pot or bowl,  completely covered in sherry or mead or vermouth (or half wine and half apple cider or orange juice or just cider if you are a non-drinker) in a cold place for two or three days, with a good spoonful of salt, a few cloves of garlic, some sliced onions and peppers, and a few sprigs of rosemary.
Drain the marinade into a saucepan, and place the bird in a roasting pan in a HOT oven (475 to 500 degrees). (If you have smoke alarms be sure to unplug them or put on a fan to direct any smoke away from them).
If it looks really fatty in the pan  after the high heat cooking drain off the fat; you can mix it with birdseed and put it out by your feeders and make the live birds outside very happy.
Cook the bird at high heat 30 minutes for a duck, an hour for a goose.
Meanwhile bring the marinade to a boil and then reduce to simmer. Cook down to a quarter of original volume.
Reduce oven heat to 300, and baste duck with boiled marinade.
Cook another hour.
Slice together 4 to 8 large  potatoes (depending on duck or goose), 2 to 4 sweet onions, and 4 to 8  tart apples.  You can add a pound or two of mushrooms if you like them and 4 to 8 pared carrots, and 4 to 8 pared parsnips.
Surround bird with veggies and fruit. Baste bird with marinade. Pour rest of marinade over veggies and fruit.
Bake an additional 3 hours for duck,  or 4 or 5 for goose, basting every 45 minutes to an hour.
For a holiday dinner serve smoked salmon (or cold cooked spiced shrimp, or hot mussels in wine and garlic, or some other seafood) and thin slices of salt or spiced meat (corned beef, Irish spiced beef, hot sausage, ham, venison sausage, etc) with dark bread and cheese as an appetizer.
Serve some sort of  green salad next, with a vinegary or herbal dressing, not a creamy one.
Then the duck or goose, which should be falling off the bones tender, surrounded by the fruits and veggies, and some fresh bread or rolls-- something crusty works well to sop up the juices.  You will want to put the pan drippings in a gravy boat and pass them around but it's better not to thicken them. If you want to make it look pretty line your platter with watercress, peppercress,  argule, etc and then put the roast duck and veggies on top-- the brown, crisp contrast of roast poultry and veggies to the greens is attractive.
Follow with some kind of heavy winter cake or steamed pudding-- one rich in fruit and/or spice.
Nuts in their shells to crack, plus a bowl of plain fruit to peel and cut and pass around, next.
If you like wine with your meal, a dry mead or a dry sherry or a brut champagne works well with the appetizers. Duck or goose, though poultry, work well with a pinot noir or other full-flavoured red-- something with spice and fruit notes.  A sweet dessert wine like an ice wine or a cream sherry, port, or cherry kijafa works well with the cake and fruit and nuts. Or for a lighter taste, back to a not-too-sweet bubbly.  Or  cordials, brandy or cognac-- the Icelandic Brennevin,  Celtic Crossing, Remy Martin, etc.
If you don't drink alcohol, apple cider, lemon selzer, and sparkling grape juice or cider can be nice accompaniments.

   Mmmmm!  Thanks, Domi!    I started to save this for later, but I'm carrying it today so that those who wish can include it in their holiday preparations.

From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 12/13/06:
Talk, Talk, an interesting commercial using people to make forms.
A little similar to a former commercial, but more people creations.

Cool!  Thanks, Lady!

From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 12/13/06 - "Beck's Dark Star":

I think one of his best songs, yet! The video is kind of trippy but he always has deep meaning to things.

   Actually, Shari, I was so mesmerized by the video that I couldn't make out the lyrics - so I Googled them.


Dark Star

Disappointment condition
A perfunctory prescription
Of an indigent mindset
A belligerent silence
We got all we need
Turning out of a tin can
Thinking about the re-mend
Of the social hurt
Listen to the noise
On the battery tape deck
A Judas train wreck
Anonymous suspect
Hovering in carbon monoxide cremations
Of vacant locations
Think tanks empty
International dream bank
Plug in my reactor
To the fallout zone
The enemies' story is a lot like mine
And if you get to the point
Then you had better deny

Dark star ??
___ Eyelids closing
Cities grew themselves
From a sky lit terrain

Autopilot drivers
Riding out on the ice age
Infidels swallowed
In a vanishing point
Ammunition souls shooting
Holes in the ozone
Widows tears
Washing a soldier's bones
Sterilized egos
Delirium (sequels)
Punctured by the arrows
Of American eagles
Robot (teach you about the rules that belead you )
Backspace my brain
My equilibrium gone

Dark star
Just an eye (that's) closing
Cities grew themselves
From a sky lit terrain

One, two
One, two

   WOW!  Okay - thanks again, Lady!


   Reunion information is ALWAYS posted very near the top on the front page, and on the Reunion Page section:

   Henceforth, it will be repeated here, lest you forget:
The NNHS Class of 1957
will hold its Holiday Party on Thursday, December 14, 2006 at the Omni Hotel,
Newport News, VA.

Forms and reservations were due
by Monday, December 4, 2006.

The NNHS Class of 1958
will hold its Holiday Party on Thursday, December 14, 2006 at Port Anne Club House, Williamsburg, VA at 5:30 PM.
Map and Directions to Port Anne Community:

Reservations were due
by Monday, December 11, 2006.

The NNHS Class of 1962
will hold its 45-Year Reunion on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 21, 22 and 23, 2007 at the Point Plaza Suites, 950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23601.

Suites will be available that will include breakfast on Saturday and Sunday.

Visit Brenda's 1962 Web Page:


The NNHS Class of 1957 
is planning its 50-Year Class Reunion,
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday,
September 7, 8 and 9, 2007
at the Omni Hotel in Newport News, VA.

More details to follow!

The NNHS Class of 1958
is planning its 50th Anniversary Reunion,

Friday and Saturday, May 16 -17, 2008.

The Noble Gathering

More details to follow!

From One of my Famous Marines -    Herb Hice of MI, who served in the Pacific Theater during WWII - 12/07/06 - "Dear Carol, Some Cute Animal Pix" (#7 in a series of 20):


Dear Carol,

Everyone knows how much I love animals SO, I receive loads of these pictures.

Your Friend, Herbie  

  WOW!  Now that is a very cool picture!

  Thanks, Herbie Darlin'!


   Y'all have a super weekend - and take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305

Mary, Did You Know?

 Mary, did you know
That your baby boy will one day walk on water?
Mary, did you know
That your baby boy will save our sons and daughters?
Did you know
That your baby boy has come to make you new?
This child that you've delivered
Will soon deliver you

Mary, did you know
That your baby boy will give sight to a blind man?
Mary, did you know
That your baby boy will calm the storm with his hand?
Did you know
That your baby boy has walked where angels trod?
And when you kiss your little baby
You've kissed the face of God

Mary, did you know?
The blind will see
The deaf will hear
The dead will live again
The lame will leap
The dumb will speak
The praises of the Lamb

Mary, did you know
That your baby boy is Lord of all creation?
Mary, did you know
That your baby boy will one day rule the nations?
Did you know
That your baby boy is heaven's perfect Lamb?
This sleeping child you're holding
Is the Great I Am

"Mary, Did You Know?" midi courtesy of - 12/02/06

"Mary, Did You Know?" lyrics courtesy of - 12/02/06

Images of The Lord Jesus Christ (painted by Simon Dewey, Del Parson, Greg Olsen, and others) courtesy of - 12/02/06
and of - 12/04/06

Fancy Gold Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 11/29/05

Gold Scroll Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 03/21/05

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

York High School logo courtesy of - 12/14/06

Army Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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