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12/14/09 - NNHS Newsletter - Kling, Glöckchen

“When Christmas bells are swinging above the fields of snow, we hear
sweet voices ringing from lands of long ago, and etched on vacant places
are half-forgotten faces of friends we used to cherish, and loves we used to know.”

- Ella Wheeler Wilcox
(05 Nov 1850 - 30 Oct 1919)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   I was definitely in need of something soft and peaceful today, and this 19th Century German Christmas carol certainly fits that bill.

BONUS #1 - - Kling, Glöckchen - Mannheim Steamroller

BONUS #2 - - Kling, Glöckchen - Marianne & Michael, 1990

BONUS #3 - - Kling, Glöckchen - Rolf Zuckowski - with the sweetness of the voices of children


     From Me ('65) of IL - 12/13/09 (altered for date and repeated):

   I feel strongly impressed today to ask your fervent prayers on behalf of five people whose issues have not been mentioned here before. What I'm actually requesting is Five Christmas Miracles, as the various problems all need to find a resolution by New Year's Eve. I know that's only 17 days away now, but I also know among us there are some Mighty Prayer Warriors, and I would deeply appreciate your efforts, as I'm sure would they! Thank you all so very much - and Merry Christmas!

    From the President of the Class of 1965, Joe Wingo of NC - 12/13/09 - "RE: Prayer Request":

Having done battle with leukemia and our (at the time) three year old daughter, I know the power of prayer I’m convinced she was able to recently celebrate her 27th birthday because of prayers answered.

So, Dear Carol, you can count on mine and as many others as I can enlist.

God bless and Merry Christmas. It is the season of miracles!


   Thank you so much, Joe Sweetie! Merry Christmas!

    From Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA - 12/13/09 - "RE: Prayer Request":

My dearest Carol,

... Prayer is big on my mind, not asking God for silly rings of gold or fancy cars or even that someone like me, but that people everywhere be safe in their heart and at peace in their mind.( four walls do not a prison make, nor a vast field nor a dark street). I feel God has given us these gifts, and that in times of sickness and worry we must all pray together to re-strengthen that person so they are reminded we are one in God's care.

Our bodies (souls) are frail and and in the attempt to cover them in the dress of our neighbor we fall victim to outward appearance and lose our way - like a pair of shoes is not as important as where they take you.

Pray for you, my dear Carol? I do with all that is in my heart. In caring for us, your neighbors, you have become a strength to us all and lead our feet to God. I love you, Carol.....

God bless,
Linda May

   Thanks so much, Dear Linda May! I hope you don't mind my sharing your beautiful note "with the rest of the class".

   Technically, these five Christmas Miracles I seek are for others, though I'm sure I too would no doubt reap the attending blessings, through the good ol' "trickle down" process.... Merry Christmas!

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 12/14/09 - "RE: Prayer Request":

Thank you, Carol:

Leaning on the everlasting arms, and remembering how our God cared for the wandering Israelite nation in the desert, as an example of how he cares for us. And that He loved us enough to suffer and die on the cruel cross for us who will surrender and follow Him.

Joe Madagan

   Thank you so much, Sweet Adonis!


      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 12/13/09 - "LAURA":

Hi Carol,

Laura is better now. She is out of the hospital in Egypt, and is scheduled to return to her home in about a week. Thanks so much for including her on your prayer list! While she had tissue removed several times, she did not loose her leg, thankfully. I'm sure that is one trip she is unlikely to forget.


   That's wonderful news, Shari - that was one of the scariest stories I've heard lately! Thanks for letting us know - love you, too! 


     Happy Birthday today to Elizabeth Mitchell Hedgepeth ('57) AND   Kathie Avant Taylor ('64) of GA!

     Happy Birthday tomorrow to Jewell Hamner Crowe ('57) AND        Buster Vest ('63) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

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

17 -   Tom Oxner ('65) of AR;

18 - James Strickland ('57);

19 - Durwood Adams ('57)!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


December 14, 1939 - Winter War: The Soviet Union was expelled from the League of Nations for invading Finland.

December 14, 1941 - Japan signed a treaty of alliance with Thailand.

December 14, 1945 -
Josef Kramer, known as "the beast of Belsen," and 10 others were executed in Hamelin for the crimes they committed at the Belsen and Auschwitz Nazi concentration camps.

December 14, 1999 -
U.S. and German negotiators agreed to establish a $5.2 billion fund for Nazi-era slave and forced laborers.


Monday, December 14, 1964 - American Civil Rights Movement: Heart of Atlanta Motel v. United States – The United States Supreme Court ruled that the U.S. Congress can use the Constitution's Commerce Clause power to fight discrimination.

Monday, December 14, 1964 - Actor William Bendix (The Life of Riley) (b. 14 Jan 1906 in New York City, New York) died in Los Angeles, California of lobar pneumonia at the age of 58.

        From My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of TX - 12/13/09 AND        From My #5 Son, Nathaniel Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '97) of IL - 12/13/09 - "Burial at Sea":

Hello all

I got this from a friend from the 8th TTR CAV group I ride with (he is retired and sends lots of emails!).  This one is a very good one, and one like I've never read before. I hope that I would never have this assignment that this LTC George Goodson (Marines) relates of his experiences during the Viet Nam War.

I knew it would touch you and remind of your deep patriotism - and the price - that is ever present.  Mom, I'd recommend it to your newsletter.  It might be a bit long, though.

Anyway, best wishes, miss and love you all.  Hope to see you all before long. 

love bh

I found a link to the article as found in the Marine Corps Gazette. The email story changes the account a tad, and apparently without good reason. Anyway, here is the link, and thanks, Brent, for sending the story along in the first place.

Thank you so very much, Brent - and Nathaniel!  I was prepared to devote today's entire Newsletter to this important and incredibly moving selection if necessary, but Fan's link makes it so much easier six ways from Tuesday.  Given the time, location, and even the surnames of some of the participants, I have to wonder how many of my subscribers know some of those involved.

   BTW, if y'all are having trouble figuring our how to proceed to the next pages within the link, there are some blue Back and Forth arrows thingamajiggers near the top left of the Marine Corps Gazette (September 2007 issue) page - which I personally found to be practically invisible, but then we all know that I'm as blind as two bats.....


   From the Head Cheerleader of 1958, Evelyn Fryer Fish of TX - 12/13/09 - "CHRISTMAS SPIRIT":

This is beautiful.  Please listen to the choir at the end. 

lv, ev

Ashland College always does a beautiful Christmas card and this year they have done another one.  This should get you into the Christmas Spirit.  Make sure you have your speakers on and enjoy.

   Thank you, Pretty Ev! These are always delightful! Merry Christmas!

  From Al Simms ('60) of VA - 12/13/09:


When you get a chance you can remove my website listing as I no longer have one.  AOL stopped the service and I have not had the time or inclination to recreate my various websites elsewhere.  No change in my email address or other contact info.

Al Simms
Class of 1960

   Thanks, Al, I've been meaning to do this for some time now! I was hoping to hear that you HAD recreated them elsewhere, as they were excellent, informative, and entertaining. It being the Christmas Season of love and good wishes, I'll restrain and refrain from giving my opinion about AOL's removal of all these valuable websites.....


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

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

   Thanks, Jane!


From ArcaMax Jokes - 12/13/09:

Big Turkey

A lady was picking through the frozen turkeys at the grocery store, but couldn't find one big enough for her family.

She asked the stock boy, "Do these turkeys get any bigger?"

The stock boy answered, "No ma'am, they're dead."


Water Pistols

When my three-year-old son opened the birthday gift from his grandmother, he discovered a water pistol. He squealed with delight and headed for the nearest sink.

I was not so pleased. I turned to Mom and said, "I'm surprised at you. Don't you remember how we used to drive you crazy with water guns?"

Mom smiled and then replied, "OH YES! I do remember."


1. Tuesday, December 15, 2009 - THAT'S TOMORROW! - 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”!

2. 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

3. 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 12/14/09

BLOG: - updated 08/04/09

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   Kling, Glöckchen  

Lyrics by Karl Enslin (1814–1875)

Music by Benedikt Widmann (1820–1910), 1884

Kling, Glöckchen, klingelingeling,—
kling, Glöckchen, kling!
Laßt mich ein, ihr Kinder,
ist so kalt der Winter,
öffnet mir die Türen,
lasst mich nicht erfrieren!
Kling, Glöckchen, klingelingeling,
kling, Glöckchen, kling!

Kling, Glöckchen, klingelingeling,
Kling, Glöckchen, kling!
Mädchen, hört, und Bübchen,
macht mir auf das Stübchen,
bring euch viele Gaben,
sollt euch dran erlaben.
Kling, Glöckchen, klingelingeling,
kling, Glöckchen, kling!

Kling, Glöckchen, klingelingeling,
kling, Glöckchen, kling!
Hell erglühn die Kerzen,
öffnet mir die Herzen!
Will drin wohnen fröhlich,
frommes Kind, wie selig.
Kling, Glöckchen, klingelingeling,
kling, Glöckchen, kling!
Ring, little bell, ringalingaling,—
Ring, little bell, ring!
Let me in, you kids,
So cold is the winter,
Open the doors for me,
Don't let me freeze!
Ring, little bell, ringalingaling,
Ring, little bell, ring!

Ring, little bell, ringalingaling,
Ring, little bell, ring!
Girls, listen, and boys,
Open up the room for me,
I bring you many gifts,
You should enjoy them!
Ring, little bell, ringalingaling,
Ring, little bell, ring!

Ring, little bell, ringalingaling,
Ring, little bell, ring!
Brightly glow the candles,
Open your hearts to me!
I want to live there happily,
Devout child, how blessed!
Ring, little bell, ringalingaling,
Ring, little bell, ring!

"Kling, Glöckchen" midi courtesy of - 11/12/09

"Kling, Glöckchen" German and English lyrics courtesy of - 12/14/09

Image of Little Bells (11/01/09) courtesy of - 12/14/09

Golden Christmas Bells Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 12/14/09

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

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

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

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

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

Second Set of Christmas Bells clip art courtesy of - uh, I dunno, but they've been in my files since 12/15/08

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty