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12/15/11 - NNHS Newsletter - Angels We Have Heard on High
The earth has grown old with its burden of care
But at Christmas it always is young,
The heart of the jewel burns lustrous and fair
And its soul full of music breaks the air,
When the song of angels is sung.

-  Phillips Brooks
(13 Dec 1835 - 23 Jan 1893)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   This theme is being revisited from 2006.

BONUS #1 - - Angels We Have Heard on High - Robert Shaw Chamber Singers

BONUS #2 - - Angels We Have Heard on High - Las Vegas Master Singers with the Las Vegas Philharmonic - live performance with interesting lighting effects

BONUS #3 - - Angels We Have Heard on High - Andrea Bocelli 

BONUS #4 - - Angels We Have Heard on High - Boston Brass - live performance

BONUS #5 - - Angels We Have Heard on High - Big Broccoli Ocarina - completely different...

BONUS #6 - - Angels We Have Heard on High - Billy Gilman with paintings by Gilbert Williams

BONUS #7 - - Angels We Have Heard on High - Mormon Tabernacle Choir, 1994


"Angels We Have Heard on High" is a Christmas carol. The song commemorates the story of the birth of Jesus Christ found in the Gospel of Luke, in which shepherds outside Bethlehem encounter a multitude of angels singing and praising the newborn child.

The words of the song are based on a traditional French carol known as Les Anges dans nos campagnes (literally, "Angels in our countryside") composed by an unknown author in Languedoc, France. That song has received many adjustments or alignments including its most common English version that was translated in 1862 by James Chadwick, the Roman Catholic bishop of Hexham and Newcastle, north east England. The carol quickly became popular in the West Country, where it was described as 'Cornish' by R.R. Chope, and featured in Pickard-Cambridge's Collection of Dorset Carols.[1]

There is also a Scottish Gaelic (Gàidhlig) translation of the carol which is known as Ainglean chuala sinn gu h-ard (literally, "Angels We Have Heard on High"). This was translated into Gaelic by Iain MacMilan from James Chadwick's English translation.

Angels We Have Heard on High" is most commonly sung to the hymn tune "Gloria", as arranged by Edward Shippen Barnes. Its most memorable feature is its chorus:

Gloria in Excelsis Deo! (Latin for "Glory to God in the highest")

where the sung vowel sound "o" of "Gloria" is fluidly sustained through a lengthy rising and falling melismatic melodic sequence:

Glo-o-o-o-o-O-o-o-o-o-O-o-o-o-o-O-ri-a in Ex-cel-sis De-o!

"Gloria in Excelsis Deo" is the first line of the song of the angels in the Gospel according to Luke...


     From Fred Mays ('60) of VA - 12/14/11, 10:02 - "Brother of       Dave Arnold ('65 of VA)":

Hello Carol:

In case you have not been informed,    Spencer Arnold passed away tonight. He is the older brother of Dave Arnold, '65. I believe Spencer was 18 years older than Dave. He was a retired minister and a member of Northside Christian Church. He was well regarded and will certainly be missed. He graduated from Hampton High School. Arrangements have, of course, not been made at this point.

Thank you for all you are doing.
You are the best!

Take care, Fred Mays, '60

   Oh, Fred, I am so sorry to hear this! I met Spencer at Dave and Pam's celebration seven years ago, and was instantly impressed by a sense of his innate goodness and kindness. He will be missed by many, and our deepest condolences are extended to Dave and all of Spencer's family. Thank you for letting me know!


     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);

22 -   Kitty Norman Haskins ('57) of VA AND    Dottie Pegram Daniels (NNHS / George Washington HS - '64) of WV AND    Harry Barritt ('64) of VA AND    Dale Mueller ('64) of VA AND    Bill Rash ('67) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 


Sunday, Dec. 15, 1861

When it was first announced, the Union blockade of shipping in and out of Southern ports sounded like a bad joke. The Federal navy was an unimpressive force to begin with. Many of its vessels had been sailed South by captains and crews who sided with the Confederacy; others were caught in Southern ports or burned at their moorings by those would sooner see them destroyed than taken by the enemy. This late in the year, however, the Federal teeth were beginning to bite. Two blockade runners were taken today, one off Cape Fear and the other off Cape Hatteras. Rates charged by ship owners were beginning to rise rapidly.

Monday, Dec. 15, 1862

The blood still flowed on the field and in the hospitals set up in nearly every building still standing in the rear of Federal and Confederate lines alike, as the defeated Union army retreated back across the Rappahannock River. Blood, of a more metaphorical and political nature, flowed in the hallways of the War Departments in the respective capitals. In Richmond there were those who criticized Robert E. Lee for not following his successful defense of the heights with a counterattack. These critics seemed unaware that even after the bloodletting, the Confederate army was considerably outnumbered, and Federal artillery was undamaged across the river. In Washington, the rage against Burnside rained in from all directions. Hooker’s was perhaps the most vociferous, a fact which would be remembered later. Only Lincoln was unable to criticize; having fired McClellan for failing to fight, he could not very well castigate Burnside for having done so.

Tuesday, Dec. 15, 1863

There were those who fought their parts of the American Civil War, and had as much effect as a great many who marched and fired guns, but who never came near battlefields. One such person was US Ambassador to England Charles Francis Adams. Confederate Captain Barron wrote today from London to Confederate Secretary of the Navy Mallory. Barron was in a cold rage. Spies, he wrote bitterly, “are to be found following the footsteps of any Confederate agent in spite of all the precautions we can adopt.” Anywhere Southern agents went to arrange for ship repairs, fuel supplies, or armaments purchases, one of these “spies” would get word to Adams and shortly thereafter the promised work or purchase would be cancelled. And it wasn’t just in London that this happened: it was hard to get work done in any port in Europe.

Thursday, Dec. 15, 1864

Gen. George Thomas had nearly gotten himself relieved of command of the Union forces in Nashville for not attacking John Bell Hood’s Army of Tennessee when first told to do so some weeks ago. Thomas had insisted that he had been stripped of too many good soldiers, particularly cavalry units, when William T. Sherman left for Atlanta, and he needed time to rebuild. Then an ice storm had hit central Tennessee and brought everything to a halt for some days. Today the ice was gone and the Army of the Cumberland swept forth from the gates of Nashville. The strategy was simple: a small force on the Union left pinned down the Confederate right. The main Union strike, with some 35,000 troops, smashed the opposite end of the line, taking the fortifications and then Montgomery Hill. The Southern line was pushed back to Franklin Pike, where they managed to hold. Hood, in his report, claimed that this retreat was his intention all along, as the original line was overextended and the present one was better suited for defense. Both sides readjusted positions somewhat during the night, and waited for the dawn. 

  From Catherine Slusser Hudson ('64) of VA - 12/14/11 AND       From My Niece, Shari, of VA - "Merry Christmas":

A wish for you and all my Typhoon Friends.








   Thank you so much, Catherine - and Shari! We just sent this to over 650 people - and we're all friends! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, too!

       From George Helliesen ('61) of MI - 12/14/11 - "Christmas Greetings":

Christmas Greetings


I have a list of people
All written in a book -
And every year at Christmas time
I go and take a look.
 And that is when I realize
That those names are all a part -
Not of the book they're written in
But of my very heart.  

For each name stands for someone
Who has crossed my path some time -
And in that meeting they've become
A treasured friend of mine.

And once you've met some people
the years can not erase -
The memory of a pleasant word
Or of a friendly face.

So when I send an email

That is addressed to you -

It's because you're on that 'Special list'

Of folk that I'm indebted to.

And you are one of several folk

In times past that I've met -

And happen to be one of those

I don't want ever to forget.

And whether I have known you

For many years or few -

In some way you have had a part

In shaping things I do.

So this is the Spirit of Christmas

That forever still endures -

May it leave its richest blessing

In the hearts of you and yours.


    Thank you so much, George! Merry Christmas to you and yours, too!

  From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 12/14/11 - "GI Joe and Lillie":

To Daddy (USN), Uncle Billy (USAAF), and Mama too: You're all gone now, but thanks to you and your sacrifices I've enjoyed a good life thus far, and thank God I remain free in the greatest country the world has ever known. I hope I've earned what I have inherited from all of you and pray that we haven't let you down because we need to pass this on to the next generation and the next and the next.
Lest we forget.
Listen to the end, you may be as surprised as I was. - GI Joe and Lillie - The Oak Ridge Boys

   Thank you so much, Bill - and AMEN!

   From Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 12/14/11 - "Nativity Scene":

A Nativity Scene was erected in a church yard. During the night the folks came across this scene.

An abandoned dog was looking for a comfortable, protected place to sleep. He chose baby Jesus as his comfort. No one had the heart to send him away so he was there all night.

  We should all have the good sense of this dog and curl up in Jesus' lap from time to time.

This is too sweet not to share.

No one mentioned that the dog breed is a "shepherd"!

   AWWW! AMEN! Thanks so much, Eva!



"The Legend of the Poinsettia"

Maria and Pablo lived in a tiny village in Mexico. Because Christmastime at their house did not include many gifts, Maria and Pablo looked forward to the Christmas festivities at the village church with great joy and anticipation.

To honor the birth of Christ, the church displayed a beautiful manger that drew crowds of admirers. Villagers walked miles to admire the manger, bringing lovely, expensive gifts for the Baby Jesus. As Maria and Pablo watched the villagers place their gifts in the soft hay around the manger, they felt sad. They had no money to buy gifts for their family and no money to buy a gift for the Baby Jesus.

One Christmas Eve, Maria and Pablo walked to the church for that evening's services, wishing desperately that they had a gift to bring. Just then, a soft glowing light shone through the darkness, and the shadowy outline of an angel appeared above them.

Maria and Pablo were afraid, but the angel comforted them, instructing them to pick some of the short green weeds that were growing by the road. They should bring the plants to the church, the angel explained, and place them near the manger as their gift to the Baby Jesus. Then just as quickly as she had appeared, the angel was gone, leaving Maria and Pablo on the road looking up into the dark sky. Confused but excited, the children filled their arms with large bunches of the green weeds and hurried to the church.

When the children entered the church, many of the villagers turned to stare. As Maria and Pablo began placing the weeds around the manger, some of the villagers laughed at them. "Why are those children putting weeds by the manger?" they asked each other. Maria and Pablo began to feel embarrassed and ashamed of their gift to the Baby Jesus, but they stood bravely near the manger, placing the plants on the soft hay, as the angel had instructed.

Suddenly, the dull green leaves on the tops of the plants began to turn a beautiful shade of red, surrounding the Baby with beautiful blooms. The laughing villagers became silent as they watched the green plants transform into the lovely star-shaped crimson flowers we call poinsettias. As they watched the weeds bloom before their eyes, Maria and Pablo knew they had no reason to be ashamed anymore. They had given the Baby Jesus the only gift they could--and it was the most beautiful gift of all.

Today, poinsettias are a traditional symbol of Christmas, thanks to young Maria and Pablo and their special gifts to the Baby Jesus.

-- By Stephanie Herbek

CHRISTMAS CRAFT: - How to Make a Bow


     From Me ('65) of NC - 12/14/11 - "DOTTIE'S FAMOUS OATMEAL CAKE":

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup tightly packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 beaten eggs
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
Combine oats and boiling water in a small bowl and let stand 20 minutes.  In a large bowl, cream thoroughly shortening and sugars.  Add beaten eggs.  Beat well at medium speed.  Add dry ingredients and blend.  Stir in oatmeal.  Bake in greased pan (12" x 9" x3") for 35 minutes in oven preheated to 350 degrees.  Allow to cool thoroughly before applying topping. 

  • 5 Tbsp. melted butter
  • 3/4 cup tightly packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Mix together in order given.  With a knife, spread sparingly on thoroughly cooled cake. 
Optional: If desired, place topped cake under broiler until bubbles form and topping is VERY slightly brown. 
                                                                                         - Dottie Berck, Portsmouth, Virginia, 1963

From - 12/14/11 - "Young at Heart: The Christmas Mouse":

Young@Heart by Pam Young

Every year just a few days before Christmas I start looking for the Christmas letter written by the mouse family that lives in our house. Mrs. Mouse is the one who writes it and I'm sure she's a SHE because she leaves writing it to the last minute. I'm always amazed that she finds the time to write, considering how busy she is.

Well, the letter came today and as usual I love sharing it with you all (with her permission of course).

Dear Friends,

Merry Christmas from Washington State! We hope you all had a great year! As you all know by now, I hate Christmas letters because most of their authors brag about where they've traveled and what their kids are doing. I don't even know half the mice I read about in those letters, but I know they scored big points to win the soccer tournament and that they got straight As.

Our cousin Mickey's Christmas letter is the worst one every year. He's so obnoxious. He thinks he's such a big deal. Just because he's rich and famous he thinks we can't wait to read what he and his family are up to. What a bragger! I'm surprised he doesn't attach a copy of his income tax return so we all know how much money he made. We just got his letter today (that's what prompted me to write ours).

First of all it ticks me off that he puts his photo at the top of the letter and it's obvious he's had numerous facelifts. (How can you not change with time?) Anyway he and his family (he's on his 79th wife) just "summered" in Aruba and are now on a big deal cheese tasting spree in Wisconsin. Last year they went on a Disney Cruise (on a ship he owns) and his wife got cooking lessons from that rat in Ratatouille (I think his name is Remy). Big deal. I learn all I need to know from Rachael Ray.

Moving right along. . . speaking of moving we moved 34 times last year! Not to a different house, just different places in Terry and Pam's house. We love it here! The couple is pretty boring and they don't make much noise. We share the house with a few chipmunks and Box Elder Beetles and we all seem to get along quite well.

Cheddar usually picks the spot where we live and I swear last year his thermostat was off because he kept picking places that got hot! At first I thought it might be me (I've been having hot flashes lately) but then we realized we were either living in heat vents, next to loud motors that get hot or too close to light bulbs.

With our last move, we thought we had settled into the perfect home. It was not too hot, it was not too cold; it was just right-- until all hell broke loose!

Let me back up. We spent a whole month moving into this new place. Cheddar and the latest litter of kids gutted a Christmas Moose (Pam still stores some Christmas decorations in produce boxes and they're a piece of cake to bust into) and lined our new place in wonderful, white, fluffy stuffing while I spent my energy shopping for food. I took an on-line course in Bird Feeder Burglary which really helped me fill our little nest with yummy seeds much faster than last year.

We felt safe in this quiet dark place. Then, a few days ago, I had just got the kids down for a nap and Cheddar and I started playing a new board game called Cat Mah Jongg when we were BLASTED with the sound of that Christmas tune, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas! Where was this earsplitting noise coming from? Pam and Terry's TV wasn't on. It wasn't coming from their radio? It was coming from. . . OUR HOME!

It was at that moment I realized we were living in a piano, and Pam was PLAYING it! (I should've remembered she only plays that contraption at Christmas time. And I swear that's the only song she knows.) As she was playing and blasting us with that piercing noise, she hit the keys that were right where the kids were sleeping. Suddenly these big hammers started pounding on their bed and they bounced and flew every which way! Thank God no one was injured! She kept hitting those keys harder and harder because the only sound that was coming out of the piano was thunk, thunk, thunk. (Cheddar told me later that our bedroom was built on those piano wires at the end of the piano.)

The next thing I heard was, "TERRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" The poor guy came running to her distressed call.

"What?" He said.

"The piano is broken! Something's wrong when I hit C D E F and G!"

Terry lifted the lid on the piano and discovered our home.

Needless to say, we were evicted and had to find a new place to live. But Cheddar found a nice quiet getaway in a big boot in Terry's closet! We're so very thankful we're all settled again; because I'm due to have babies any day now and just in time for Christmas. Life is good!

Merry Christmas from Cheddar, Laura and family!

From - 12/14/11 - "Today is Anti-Procrastination Day! Get things done!":

Dear Friends,

Today is Anti-Procrastination Day. We have lots of things we need to get done! What have you been putting off!

... Let's Get Things Done Today!


How to play FlyLady Bingo.

List seven things that need to be done and number them
Write the numbers 1-7 on little pieces of paper and put them in a bowl.
Draw out one number and set your timer for 7 minutes and do it.

Keep going till you do all things on the list.

Rest and Repeat!

You are not behind! I don't want you to try to catch up; I just want you to jump in where we are. O.K.?

From - 12/14/11 - "Calm, Peaceful Mother":

Dear FlyLady and Crew,

After flying for 4+ years, I find there are still things to learn.

Not how to clean...I've known the techniques since before I found you. Not how often to clean things...different houses are different, and require different adjustments. I do get long-needed motivation from your emails and zones and missions.

Nope, here I am on the 9th of December with so much left to do before Christmas, but I feel...could it be...peace? Couldn't be. But it is.

All gifts bought and wrapped? Nope, although most are at least ordered. All food cooked and frozen or otherwise stored? Nope. House shining clean? Nope, it hardly ever is, but it's always 30 minutes to an hour from company ready. Cards all mailed out, with a personal note in each one? Working on it, but many are yet to be done (and some probably won't be at all).

Here's why I'm at peace: I finally "get" that for years I've carried around that picture of a (Yep, you guessed it) PERFECT Christmas in my head, which I should have had examined. Fire murmuring softly on the hearth, although I haven't had a hearth in 10 years and it's hardly ever cold enough here in south Georgia to warrant a fire. A table crowded with loved ones (we are usually five for Christmas dinner), perfect centerpiece, all matching Christmas dishes, crisply starched and ironed tablecloth, each place set with charger, goblets, polished sterling flatware, and a cloth napkin. A table favor at each place. GET REAL!

I have finally, at the age of 67, given myself permission to do what I CAN do and LET GO of what's not possible. This year my 90-year-old mother came to live with us in our small house, and my most important Christmas activity is to spend precious time with her. We talk about long ago, take turns on the piano, watch Christmas specials from "Rudolph" to "Charlie Brown" to her favorite romantic ones, and work together on gifts and table decor. I hope she has many Christmases still to enjoy, but since we don't always get another day, let alone another year, I'm focusing (there's that very hard word, huh?) on what will always matter.

And when my children get home for Christmas, they will find gifts, food, music and decorations...but the most important gift I will give them is a calm, peaceful mother.

Thank you, FlyLady, for saving us from ourselves. And bless you and all your family and crew with a joyous Christmas or Hanukah and a prosperous, IMperfect New Year!

FlyBaby Anne in Georgia

FlyLady here: Purple Puddles.

I love that I can help you give your children such a wonderful gift, a "calm, peaceful mother."

From - 12/14/11 - "Pampering #13":

Dear FlyLady,

To pamper myself this year, I joined an "at-home" Advent retreat at our church. Our pastor gave a group of us readings, prayers, and meditations for every day of this week, Monday thru Friday. I take about 15 or 20 minutes each day to read, meditate, and just THINK -- time to think is in pretty short supply around here! It refreshes my soul, and interestingly, my body too.

Trying to keep Him in Christmas,

Kelly here: Our habit this month is pampering.

This is a busy time of year, but you need to take time each day for yourself.

I am so proud of you.


- 12/14/11:

One day the school principal was talking to Little Johnny's teacher about his behavior, when all of a sudden Johnny came running down the hallway. The principal stopped Johnny and asked him, "Why are you running?"

Little Johnny said, "I’m keeping two kids from fighting, sir."

"Who?" asked the principal.

"Me and the kid chasing me!" and off he went.  


1. 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.

2. 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.

3. Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - 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.

4. Friday and Saturday, October 5 and 6, 2012 - Class of 1962 - 50-Year Reunion - Crowne Plaza Hotel, Hampton on the Water. More information after the Holidays. Meetings are second Tuesday of each month. CONTACT: Brenda Amos Williams at 

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Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309


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Angels We Have Heard on High

Traditional French carol (Les Anges dans nos Campanges)
translated from French to English by
James Chadwick (24 April 1813 - 14 May 1882) in Crown of Jesus, 1862

Music: "Gloria" (or "Iris"), arranged by Edward Shippen Barnes (14 Sept 1887 - 14 Feb 1958)

Angels we have heard on high,
Singing sweetly through the night,
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their brave delight.
Gloria in excelsis Deo.
Gloria in excelsis Deo.

Shepherds, why this jubilee?
Why these songs of happy cheer?
What great brightness did you see?
What glad tiding did you hear? Refrain

Come to Bethlehem and see
Him whose birth the angels sing;
Come, adore on bended knee
Christ, the Lord, the new-born King. Refrain

See him in a manger laid
Whom the angels praise above;
Mary, Joseph, lend your aid,
While we raise our hearts in love. Refrain

"Angels We Have Heard on High" midi courtesy of - 12/15/06

"Angels We Have Heard on High" lyrics courtesy of - 12/15/06

Image of "The Holy Night" (1522) by Antonio Allegri Correggio (c.1489 - 1534) courtesy of - 12/08/05

Image of "The Nativity" (1523) by Lorenzo Lotto (c.1480 - 1556/1557) courtesy of - 12/08/05

Angel Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 12/05/05

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

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

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

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

Animated Navy and Air Force Flags clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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

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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