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12/16/09 - NNHS Newsletter -
O Little Town of Bethlehem

“Christmas in Bethlehem. The ancient dream: a cold, clear night made brilliant
by a glorious star, the smell of incense, shepherds and wise men falling
to their knees in adoration of the sweet baby, the incarnation of perfect love.”

- Lucinda Franks

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Today's Christmas carol - one of my favorites - is for all of y'all who have patiently endured my strange and abstruse and obscure musical selections for the past couple of weeks, silently wondering if I knew anything more familiar. Actually, it's simply that in the past five years we've already used all of those traditional carols and holiday songs before, and I was merely seeking to expand our horizons.   Well, mostly..... 

   This is being revisited from exactly four years ago today:

BONUS #1 - - O Little Town of Bethlehem - The incomparable Nat King Cole (though the attached slide show of Santa Claus images doesn't seem to match, IMHO)

BONUS #2 - - O Little Town of Bethlehem - beautifully gentle instrumental version, with more appropriate visuals

BONUS #3 - - O Little Town of Bethlehem - Vienna Boys Choir

BONUS #4 - - O Little Town of Bethlehem - Jim Reeves

BONUS #5 - - O Little Town of Bethlehem - Sarah McLachlan


1.    From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 12/15/09, 8:09 PM - "Harry in hospital":

Harry is back in the hospital for the 5th time this year.  I will be glad when the year is over.  His heart has been beating really fast and the meds they have him on are not controlling it.  They want to put him on a different med but to do so he must be in the hospital, on a monitor and get it by IV until the dose is determined. They say it should only take a day or two.  We shall see.  The last time he went in he was to be out in 3 days and stayed 11.  Please remember him (and me) in your prayers.
Love to all,

2.   From My Friend, Judy Bundy Bowermaster (Litchfield HS, IL - '59) of IL - 12/16/09, 7:51 AM - "health again":

I haven't been on the 'puter much lately as I got an early Christmas present that won't let me sit up for long.

I have a raging case of cellulitis in my right leg! Thank you Santa! Been to the doctor and after $47 worth of meds and a bad night's sleep I am determined to let all of you know I'm still around - not kicking too high but it will all come out in the wash! And YES, I had a beautiful blessing.

Know I love all you guys and wish you a Merry CHRISTmas and a better New Year.


3.   From Ivan Anker ('67) of VA - 12/16/09, 11:23 AM - "Greetings":

Hello Carol,

Sounds like you had a very busy Thanksgiving but that you enjoyed yourself. It's always great being around family. I was up in Detroit for the holiday visiting my girlfriend and her family. For some strange unknown reason they all like me. I will be visiting my brother and his wife for Christmas. My cousin    Judy (Anker Gabel - '65) held her annual Chanukah Party for our family last Sunday in Northern Virginia; for the first time in many years I was not there.

I have had a growth to form under my right arm. It was diagnosed as an abscess and I had it lanced last Wednesday. It was the MRSA bacteria which can be dangerous. As of now not all the infection has not drained yet. I go back Saturday to be repacked again. I describe the repacking as taking a beehive full of bees and inserting it under the skin. OUCH! I will be on antibiotics for at least another month. Please add me to your prayer list.

I want to wish everyone the Happiest of Holidays, whichever ones you celebrate.

Ivan Anker

   OH, NO, NO, NO!!! Thank you so much for letting us know, Ruthie, Judy, and Ivan! We'll certainly keep you all in our thoughts and prayers!


     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 15 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 Mark Friedman ('65) of VA - 11/05/09:




   WHOO-HOO! Thanks, Mark!


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

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


December 16, 1941 - Japanese forces occupied Miri, Sarawak.

December 16, 1942 - Holocaust: Porajmos Heinrich Himmler ordered that Roma candidates for extermination be deported to Auschwitz.

December 16, 1944 - The Battle of the Bulge began with the surprise offensive of three German armies through the Ardennes forest. It was the final major German counteroffensive in the war.


Wednesday, December 16, 1964 - Olympic sprinter Heike Drechsler was born in Gera, then East Germany.

Wednesday, December 16, 1964 - Actress Georgie Parker was born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Wednesday, December 16, 1964 - Baseball player and radio personality Billy Ripken was born in Havre de Grace, Maryland.


    From Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA - 12/15/09 - "e-mail":

Miss Carol,

I'm not on the e-mail list for '66. Think you should put me there?

I don't know; it's kind of scary. You decide.

Linda May '66

      EEEEK!!! ARGGHHH! How can this be?!?

   Never mind. I already know.....

   I'm so sorry, Linda May! I fixed it now:

   These contact pages are usually in disarray to some degree or another, but this is inexcusably outrageous. I'm so very sorry!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 12/15/09 - "Weeweechu":

  It's a romantic full moon, when Pedro said, "Hey, Mamacita, let's do Weeweechu."

Oh no, not now, let's look at the moon!" said Rosita.

Oh, c'mon baby, let's you and I do Weeweechu. I love you and it's the perfect time," Pedro begged.

"But I wanna just hold your hand and watch the moon." replied Rosita.

Please, Corazoncito, just once, do Weeweechu with me."

Rosita looked at Pedro and said, "OK, one time, we'll do Weeweechu."

Pedro grabbed his guitar and they both sang.....

"Weeweechu a Merry Christmas, Weeweechu a Merry Christmas, Weeweechu a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year."

   WILD GIGGLES! Thanks, Shari!

  From Marty Whitmore McCoy ('67) of VA - 12/15/09 - "Address":

Carol - what is your mailing address?  I have a Hampton Roads booklet that tells about Hampton's 400th Anniversary in 2010 and also has a couple of pages about the past Turkey Day games and thought you might want to see if there is anything in there you need to add to website.

Thanks :-) Marty
   OOOH, that would be lovely, Marty - thanks!

My mailing address in Illinois is found on the bottom of each email notification I send.

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 12/15/09 - "Brittle":

Nut Brittle

2 sticks butter
1 cup sugar
1/3  cup light corn syrup
2 teaspoons honey
3 cups nuts (any kind or mix them, it's all good!!)

Spread a long piece of foil out on your counter top (about 20 inches long.)  Spray very lightly with cooking spray (any brand will do).   Melt butter in large saucepan.  Stir in sugar and stir till dissolved.  Add honey, syrup and nuts.  Now set your timer for 12 minutes and stir often or continuously till the time is up.  Pour mixture out  and spread quickly and very thin.  Let cool 5 minutes, then score with a sharp knife.  When completely cooled (about 1 hour, break into desired size pieces.  Make sure it is thoroughly cooled before storing in containers or it will stick together.  Store on a cool area.  Really easy recipe!!

 Joyce Cahoon
   OH, YUM! Thanks, Joyce! 

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 12/15/09 - "THOUGHT FOR THE DAY":

Thought for the Day

Handle every stressful situation like a dog.
If you can't eat it or play with it,
Just pee on it and walk away.

   WILD GIGGLES! Thanks again, Joyce! 

From My Friend, Tina, of NC - 12/15/09 - "I Want a Hippo for Christmas - A Riot":

The kids may get a kick out of this one! I had heard the song before but never seen it put to a cartoon! Cute!

   MORE GIGGLES! Thanks, Tina!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 12/15/09 - "YOU'RE INVITED.....WON'T YOU PLEASE COME?!!":


  Very nice! Thank you, Lady! 


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

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

   Thanks, Jane!


From ArcaMax Jokes - 12/15/09:

Christmas Bonus

Ten signs you're not getting a Christmas bonus:

10. Co-workers refer to you as "the ghost of unemployment future"

9. The last time you saw your boss was when he testified against you at the embezzlement trial

8. On your door, you find a lovely wreath of pink slips

7. What you call "my new office," everybody else calls "the supply closet"

6. Boss's Christmas card says, "Don't let the door hit you on the way out"

5. You keep getting memos reminding you that employees are required to wear pants

4. When your boss came over for Thanksgiving, he was crushed under an avalanche of stolen office supplies

3. Whenever you ask for a raise, a guy shows up at your house and breaks your jaw

2. In your most recent performance evaluation, the word "terrible" appeared 78 times

1. You're the starting quarterback for the New York Jets  


School Age

Billy had reached school age. His mother managed with a blast of propaganda to make him enthusiastic about the idea.

She bought him lots of new clothes, told him of the new friends he'd meet, and so on.

When the first day came, Billy eagerly went off and came back home with a lot of glowing reports about school.

The next morning when his mother woke him up, he asked, "What for?" She told him it was time to get ready for school.

"What?" he asked. "Again?"


1. 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

2. 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 12/16/09

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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O Little Town of Bethlehem

Lyrics by Phillips Brooks, 1868
(13 Dec 1835 - 23 Jan 1893)

Music ("St. Louis") by Lewis Redner, 1868
(15 Dec 1831 - 29 Aug 1908)

O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie!
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by.
Yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting Light;
The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.

For Christ is born of Mary, and gathered all above,
While mortals sleep, the angels keep their watch of wondering love.
O morning stars together, proclaim the holy birth,
And praises sing to God the King, and peace to men on earth!

How silently, how silently, the wondrous Gift is giv’n;
So God imparts to human hearts the blessings of His Heav’n.
No ear may hear His coming, but in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive Him still, the dear Christ enters in.

Where children pure and happy pray to the blessèd Child,
Where misery cries out to Thee, Son of the mother mild;
Where charity stands watching and faith holds wide the door,
The dark night wakes, the glory breaks, and Christmas comes once more.

O holy Child of Bethlehem, descend to us, we pray;
Cast out our sin, and enter in, be born in us today.
We hear the Christmas angels the great glad tidings tell;
O come to us, abide with us, our Lord Emmanuel!

 "O Little Town of Bethlehem" midi courtesy of - 12/03/05

"O Little Town of Bethlehem" lyrics and additional history courtesy of - 12/10/05 

"O Little Town of Bethlehem" postcard courtesy of - 12/10/05 

Blue Jewels Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 04/07/05

Litchfield High School's Purple Panther Paw Print courtesy of - 06/23/07

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

Animated OOPS! Smiley Face clip art courtesy of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/27/09
Thanks, Dave!

Embarrassed Smiley clip art courtesy of - 03/01/09

Animated Silly Bear (designed by AF Artist - Ryan Hagen) courtesy of - 10/04/05

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     Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Tom Oxner ('65) of AR!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

18 - James Strickland ('57);

19 - Durwood Adams ('57);

22 -   Kitty Norman Haskins ('57) of VA AND    Harry Barritt ('64) of VA AND    Dale Mueller ('64) of VA AND Bill Rash ('67) of VA;

23 -   Tom Flax ('64) of VA AND   Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA AND Holly Hill Campbell (Hampton Roads Academy - '72) of VA!