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12/15/13 - 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 is surely one of our most joyous Christmas carols!

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 - David Archuletta, 2009


"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...


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

     Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Betty Brockwell McClure ('58) of VA!  

   Happy Birthday this week to:

17 -   Tom Oxner ('65) of AR;

18 - James Strickland ('57);

19 - Durwood Adams ('57) AND Susan Bauz ('63);

20 -   Ellen Carney Manson ('63) of SC;

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, One and All! 


December 15, 1941 - Holocaust: German troops executed over 15,000 Jews at Drobitsky Yar, a ravine southeast of the city of Kharkiv, Ukraine.

December 15, 1942 - The Battle of Mount Austen, the Galloping Horse, and the Sea Horse began during the Guadalcanal campaign.

December 15, 1943 - The Battle of Arawe began during the New Britain Campaign.

December 15, 1944 - A single-engine plane carrying U.S. Army Major Glenn Miller disappeared in thick fog over the English Channel while en route to Paris. The true fate of the plane and its passengers has never been determined.

December 15, 1944 -
American forces invaded Mindoro Island in the Philippines.

December 15, 1961 -
Former Nazi official Adolf Eichmann was sentenced to death in Jerusalem by an Israeli court. He had been tried on charges for organizing the deportation of Jews to concentration camps.


Sunday, December 15, 1963 - Actress Ellie Cornell was born in Glen Cove, Long Island, New York.

Sunday, December 15, 1963 - Rapist Andrew Luster, the great-grandson of cosmetics giant Max Factor, Sr. and an heir to the Max Factor cosmetics fortune, was born Andrew Stuart Luster in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Sunday, December 15, 1963 - Actress and singer Helen Slater was born Helen Rachel Slater in Bethpage, New York.

Sunday, December 15, 1963 - Basketball player David Wingate was born David Grover Stacey Wingate, Jr. in Baltimore, Maryland.

Sunday, December 15, 1963 - Screenwriter and producer Norman J. Grossfeld was born in New York City, New York.


   The Army-Navy Football Game was played on Saturday, December 14, 3:00 PM (carried on CBS). Navy beat Army 34 - 7. 

   GO, NAVY!

   From Malcolm Davis ('65) of VA - 12/14/13, 9:22 PM - "RE: Brian Stokes Mitchell Sings With Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas":

Carol, this is the correct link to the friendly beasts. It did not show up on your news letter correctly. Whoops!

   ARGHHH! I understand that there are people who do not become disoriented when they are interrupted from their work. I have never presumed to number myself among that group...

   Thanks for catching this, Malcolm! I saw your note and repaired it before 10:30 last night, but by then the damage was done. My linking processes have largely been forced to change in recent days, so just click on the blue title links:

11/30/13 - NNHS - The Friendly Beasts:

   BONUS - The Friendly Beasts - Brian Stokes Mitchell and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra

       From My #5 Son, Nathaniel Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '97) of IL - 12/14/13 - "RE: Famous Soldier Joel Higgins":

As you couldn't find a picture of Joel Higgins (in uniform), maybe you should link to this video. I gather that's the kind of thing he was doing while in the Army anyway.

   OH, WOW! What a beautiful voice he has! Thanks again, Nathaniel! I added that link to his entry!

       From George Helliesen ('61) of MI - 12/14/13 - "Happy Holidays":

      Thank you, George! We have that same problem here at our house! Merry Christmas!

   From Malcolm Davis ('65) of VA - 12/14/13 - "Tchaikovsky's "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" played on a glass harp.":

Here is a fun musical presentation. Merry Christmas

   WOWZERS! That's so lovely! Thanks again, Malcolm! Merry Christmas!


BONUS WINTER CROCHET PATTERN: - Sandy Harris' Holiday Snowflake Scarf  - "RED HEART Holiday is used for this beautiful Holiday Snowflake Scarf. A free crochet scarf pattern like this is a great Christmas crochet pattern. You can make a scarf or even continue with the pattern to make some fun garland."


     From Me ('65) of NC - 12/14/13 - "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

   This is a recipe I've had for at least forty-eleven years. 

Coconut Lace Cookies

5/8 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 large egg, slightly beaten
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup coconut
1 cup quick-cooking oats
   Cream shortening and sugar.  Add egg and mix well.  Add remaining ingredients, mixing well after each addition.  Drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased cookie sheet several inches apart and pat cookies flat.  Cookies will spread during baking.  Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.  Cookies are very fragile and do not pack or freeze well.  Makes about 3 dozen.

From - 12/14/13:
One man said to the other, "You know, there are really only three kinds of people in the world: those who can count, and those who can't."


1. Thursday, January 2, 2014 - 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. Wednesday, February 12, 2013 - 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.  

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

                                 Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
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

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

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

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

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

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

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