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12/18/10 - NNHS Newsletter - From Starry Heav'n Descending

“Christmas hath a darkness; Brighter than the blazing noon;
Christmas hath a chillness Warmer than the heat of June,
Christmas hath a beauty Lovelier than the world can show:
For Christmas bringeth Jesus, Brought for us so low.”

- Christina Rossetti
(05 Dec 1830 - 29 Nov 1894)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

    Yeah, that's right.  I did not know this lovely Italian Christmas carol, either!

BONUS #1 - - Tu scendi dalle stelle - The Choral Arts Society

BONUS #2 - - Tu scendi dalle stelle

BONUS #3 - - Tu scendi dalle stelle - Andrea Bocelli

BONUS #4 - - Tu scendi dalle stelle - Luciano Pavarotti


"Tu scendi dalle stelle" (From Starry Skies Thou Comest, From Starry Skies Descending, You Came a Star from Heaven, You come down from the stars) is the best known Christmas carol originating in Italy. Though found in numerous arrangements and commonly sung, it is traditionally associated with the zampogna or large-format Italian bagpipe.

The melody and original lyrics for the hymn were written by Alfonso Maria de' Liguori, a prominent Neapolitan priest (later canonized) who founded the Redemptorist missionary order, seventh largest in the Catholic world. In 1744, while staying at Convent of the Consolation , one of his order's houses in the small city of Deliceto in the province of Foggia in southeastern Italy, he put together the Christmas song that begins "You come down from the stars" entitled "Little song to Child Jesus". Another song exists with lyrics in Neapolitan language entitled "For Jesus's birth" and that begins Quanno nascette Ninno (When the Child was Born) and sometimes referred to as the Carol of the Bagpipers. Since that time the Little song to Child Jesus became a widely popular Christmas carol in Italy. Recordings of the piece include that of the soprano Renata Scotto (1981).


     Happy Birthday today to James Strickland ('57)!

     Happy Birthday tomorrow to Durwood Adams ('57)!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

21 -   My Friend, Judy Bundy Bowermaster (Litchfield HS, IL - '59) of IL;

22 -    Kitty Norman Haskins ('57) 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;

24 - James Gay ('57) AND Ann W. Hutcheson ('57) AND     Sandye Jordan Murray ('67) of VA;

25 -   Patsy Bloxom Meider ('57) of NC AND Doug Dickinson ('69) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 


December 18, 1944 -
77 B-29 Superfortress and 200 other aircraft of U.S. Fourteenth Air Force bombed Hankow, China, a Japanese supply base.


Saturday, December 18, 1965 - Musician Mick Collins (The Gories, The Dirtbombs) was born, possibly in Detroit, Michigan.

  From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 08/05/10 - "Vote for Grace (REPEATED)":

  This is my daughter Laura's dog in a contest to be on the cover of a bag of dog food.

Vote every day for Grace. Thanks.

   Oh, Laura is your daughter, Norris! Well, that makes it all the more important!


Grace was named the September 2010 People's Choice!   We only have 13 more days to vote for Grace!

   It only takes about two seconds to cast your allotted daily vote)!!!  

   All that is necessary for Dollar to win is that Typhoons do nothing to help Grace!

    From Sandye Jordan Murray ('67) of VA - 12/17/10 - "Updated Picture":



Attached is an updated picture of me taken this past summer.  Hope you are having a wonderful holiday season and thanks for all you do.  I don’t know how you find time to do it.

Sandye Jordan Murray

   Thank you so much, Sandye!  

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

   I've added this to your entry on your Alumni listing:

   Time?!? This is pretty much all I do - Newsletters/website, make bed, wash laundry, lead music at church on Sunday, repeat.....

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 12/17/10 - "Newsletter Query":

As part of our project to locate all persons who attended CNC from 1961-1971, the CNC First Decaders Steering Committee is trying to locate Eugene Gerald (Gerry) Russell, NNHS 1963. If you know where or how to contact him, please ask him to get in touch with us.

David A. Spriggs  Chairman, Steering Committee
P.O. BOX 6387
Norfolk, VA  23508-0387
Phone: 757-627-1441
Email:  CNC6171@COX.NET

   Thanks, David! I forwarded your request on to     Susie (Overton Jones - '63 - of VA) and   Barbara (Fritsche Barnes - '63 - of VA) who hopefully have better information that I. Hopefully, we'll find some answers for you soon!

  From Jay Styles ('68) of VA - 12/17/10:

My Dear Carol,
Just wanted to say hi, and to wish you and everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  This will be my last Christmas where I have to work as retirement nears.  If you have to travel this Holiday Season, leave early, enjoy the trip and be safe.  Prepare as if you will encounter a problem, a blanket or two, some food and water, a couple of candles, (provides heat if you do break down), and check the tire pressure, cold temperatures, the pressure goes down, causing the sidewalls to flex more, which generates heat and blowouts.  The bottom line, get to your destination safely.  Again, be safe, and remember the Reason for the Season. 
God Bless you all!
Jay Styles, '68

   Jay Sweetie, how can you possibly be ready for retirement?!? Why, I'm sure you're still just a kid!

   Thank you for the cold weather travel tips! We always have blankets with us in the car, and occasionally some food and water, but as much as I love candles (particularly scented ones!), I would never have thought of keeping them in vehicles.....

   Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours, too!

From Tricia Mathews Sheen of VA - 12/17/10 - "Christmas Greeting":

Today... I wish you a day of Ordinary Miracles -

A fresh pot of coffee you didn't have to make yourself.
An unexpected phone call from an old friend.

Green stoplights on your way to work or shop.
I wish you a day of little things to rejoice in...
The fastest line at the grocery store.
A good sing along song on the radio.

Your keys right where you look.  
I wish you a day of happiness and little bite-size pieces of perfection that give
you the funny feeling that the Lord is smiling on you, holding
you so gently because you are someone special and rare.

I wish You a day of Peace, Happiness and Joy.

They say it takes a minute to find a special person,
An hour to appreciate them,

A day to love them,
But then an entire life to forget them.  

Send this phrase to the people you'll never forget .

Take the time!   

Wishing you the very best


   Thank you so much, Tricia! A Blessed Merry Christmas to you, too!

   From the Head Cheerleader of 1958, Evelyn Fryer Fish of TX - 12/17/10 - "Celebration (video)": 

Wishing you a very merry Christmas and hoping that your celebration brings a heart full of Joy.

Be sure to watch this .... It's sure to make you smile. - The Christmas Story by Kids

   AWWWW!!! That is sooo adorable! Thanks, Ev! Merry Christmas!

   From Carla Fine Cripps ('65) of Australia - 12/17/10 - "Two feet of snow hit Richmond":

Maybe not quite as bad as the "precip" that clobbered the Northern UK and Europe recently, but this just in from an American friend whose youngest daughter lives in Highland Springs (slightly South of Richmond for those familiar with the gen'ral vicinity)     Thanks, Carla!

  From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 12/17/10 - "THE AFFAIR!":

THE AFFAIR.....caught in the act
A man returns home a day early from a business trip. It's after midnight.
While enroute home, he asks the cabby if he would be a witness.
The man suspects his wife is having an affair and he wants to catch her in the act.
For $100 the cabby agrees.
Quietly arriving home, the husband and cabby tiptoe into the bedroom.
The husband switches on the lights, yanks the blanket back and there is his wife in bed with another man!
The husband puts a gun to the naked man's head.
The wife shouts, "Don’t do it!! I lied when I told you I inherited the money.
HE paid for the Corvette I gave you.
HE paid for our new cabin cruiser.
HE paid for your season football tickets.
He paid for our house at the lake.
He paid for our country club membership, and
HE even pays the monthly dues!"
Shaking his head from side-to-side, the husband lowers the gun.
He looks over at the cabby and says, "What would you do?"
The cabby replies, "I'd cover his a__ with that blanket before he catches a cold."

  Norris Sweetie, you are SOOOO baaaad! Thanks for the outrageous laugh!



"The Little Match Girl"

The weather was frosty and cold. It was growing dark, and a heavy snow had begun to fall. It was Christmas Eve. A little girl wandered in the darkening streets. She wore ragged clothes, and she carried a bundle of matches in her hand.

All day, the Little Match Girl had been trying to sell her matches. “A penny for a match!” she had called in a small, pitiful voice to shoppers on the streets. But the people just glanced at her and then hurried on their way. Now it was almost night. The poor girl had not sold a single match.

As she walked along, the Little Match Girl grew very cold. She wore only an old, thin pair of slippers. She had no socks, for she could not afford them. Suddenly, a voice bellowed, “Out of my way!” At that moment, she heard the thundering sound of horses’ hooves.

She scurried across the street, barely managing to get out of the way of a large carriage pulled by two enormous horses. When she stopped to catch her breath, the Little Match Girl looked down at her feet. In fleeing the carriage and horses, she had lost her slippers. Now the Little Match Girl had no shoes at all.

The Little Match Girl wandered through the streets as the hour grew later and later. Up ahead, she saw a light shining through the window of one of the houses.

The Little Match Girl looked in the window and saw a table spread with a white tablecloth and set with candles and silver. On the table was a grand Christmas feast -- a fat goose stuffed with the traditional apples and nuts, cakes and pies of all sorts, puddings, and every imaginable fruit. The Little Match Girl had never beheld such a feast.

A family came into the room and sat down at the table. The little girl wished that she could join the mother, father, and three young ones who were about to eat this beautiful Christmas dinner. How hungry she was! The Little Match Girl sighed and turned away, then continued down the street. Soon she saw a light shining from the window of another house.

This time when she looked inside, the Little Match Girl saw an extraordinarily lovely Christmas tree. There was a gold star at the top, and candles flickered on the branches. Gaily wrapped packages were piled beneath the tree. While the Little Match Girl watched, a group of joyous girls and boys entered the room.

They clapped their hands with delight when they saw the tree and all the presents.
How the Little Match Girl wished she could have laughed and played with the children around the Christmas tree! As she turned away from the window, the Little Match Girl heard singing from a group of carolers nearby:

Silent night, holy night,

All is calm, all is bright. . . .

The Little Match Girl thought the music so beautiful that she followed the carolers down the street listening to their song:

‘Round yon Virgin Mother and Child,

Holy Infant so tender and mild.

Sleep in heavenly peace,

Sleep in heavenly peace.

When they finished singing, the carolers were invited to come inside a brightly lit kitchen. Standing near the door, the Little Match Girl could smell bread baking inside. Once again, she was all alone. Now it was growing late, and the Little Match Girl was very cold. To keep warm, she decided to light one of her matches.

She struck the match, and the light flared. In the bright glow of the match, she imagined herself sitting at a table eating a Christmas feast just like the one she had seen through the lighted window. The Little Match Girl was eating Christmas goose, with pudding and fruit and cake and pie. How warm and full and happy she was!

Just then, the match went out. The bright light was gone, and the Little Match Girl was alone again in the dark. She shivered with cold.

The Little Match Girl decided to light a second match to try to get warm again. She struck the match, and once more a warm glow and bright light appeared. In the light from this match, she saw herself with the boys and girls around the Christmas tree. She was about to open a Christmas gift wrapped in red paper and tied with a gold ribbon. She was anxious to see what might be inside.

Just then, the match burned out. Suddenly, everything was dark, and again the Little Match Girl was cold and alone. Except for the light from streetlamps, the night was utterly dark, and the Little Match Girl grew so cold that she decided to light the entire bundle of matches.

When she struck all her matches, the whole world suddenly seemed to light up. Stars shot down from the sky. The Little Match Girl felt warm and wonderful. As she looked around, the Little Match Girl had an amazing vision. She saw an angel dressed all in white. The angel was smiling and coming toward her with outstretched arms.

The angel picked the Little Match Girl up in her arms and smiled upon the small face. The angel started to walk, carrying the Little Match Girl. “Where are we going?” asked the girl. “I am taking you to a place where you will never be cold,” the angel replied as they rose slowly into the night sky. “It is a place always filled with light and warmth. We will go where there are only laughter and smiles, and where you will never be hungry again.”

The next morning, those who emerged from their houses saw the bundle of burnt matches lying in the snow. They wondered what had happened. What they could not know was that the Little Match Girl had gone to a place where she would always be warm and loved and happy -- so happy that every single day would seem just like Christmas!


  From Jane Chambers of VA - 07/01/09, 02/07/10, AND 07/31/10 - "CNC BOOK BROCHURE & AD" AND 61-62 DECADERS ADDENDA AND DRAMATIC WORKSHOPS STUDENTS: 

   Contact Dr. Chambers at

   Thanks, Jane!



"I want to see something really cheap"

After being away on business for a week before Christmas, Tom thought it would be nice to bring his wife a little gift.

"How about some perfume?" he asked the cosmetics clerk. She showed him a bottle costing $50.

"That's a bit much," said Tom, so she returned with a smaller bottle for $30.

"Thats still quite a bit," Tom groused.

Growing disgusted, the clerk brought out a tiny $15 bottle.

Tom grew agitated, "What I mean," he said, "is I'd like to see something real cheap."

So the clerk handed him a mirror.


1. Thursday, January 6, 2011 - 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 fiends in that year, go visit with them.

2. Wednesday, February 9, 2010 - 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.

3. Wednesday, April 13, 2010 - 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.
Saturday, April 30, 2011 - The NNHS Class will have a Luncheon. Team Leaders are Mickey Marcella ( - 757-249-3800), Betty Hamby Neher ( - 757-898-5099), and Dr. Harry Simpson ( - 804-694-0346). - CLASS OF 1954

5. Saturday, July 9, 2011 (6:30 PM to 11:30 PM) - The Class of 1971 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News. For details, contact Richard Rawls at - CLASS OF 1971

PRAYER ROLL : - updated 08/22/10

BLOG: - updated 10/21/10

   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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From Starry Heav'n Descending (Tu scendi dalle stelle)

Melody and original Italian lyrics by
Alfonso Maria de' Liguori, C.SS.R., (27 Sept 1696 - 01 August 1787), 1755

From starry heav'n descending,
The King of worth untold
Was born in manger dwelling,
Amid the winter's cold.

Infant Savior, Child Divine!
Thy trembling, baby from I see.
O blessed Lord of all !
How great the cost to Thee to show Thy love for me,
How great the cost to Thee to show Thy love for me.

 For Thee, the world's creator,
My God, so great, so good !
There was no warming shelter,
Nor wealth of robe, nor food.

Dearest Babe, how poor Thy state,
To lie among the sheep and kine.
O Thou, my Chosen One,
Whatever love is mine, shall more and more be Thine,
Whatever love is mine, shall more and more be Thine.

Thou weepest, Lord, full knowing
Of my ingratitude,
When love alone Thou gavest
And ever sought my good.

Holy Babe, my heart's desire !
I've lived too long away from Thee.
I will no more Thee grieve;
For now my aim shall be to love and honor Thee,
For now my aim shall be to love and honor Thee.

“From Starry Heav'n Descending" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 12/02/10

 Image of "The Infant Jesus" Christmas card courtesy of - 12/18/10

Animated Star Bar Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/27/05

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

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

Pine Forest High School (NC) Trojans Logo clip art courtesy of - 05/19/07

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

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 Wildly Laughing Dog courtesy of Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 11/24/07
Thanks, Eva!

Animated "Happy Little Rabbits We Are" clip art courtesy of - 04/25/09

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

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