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12/22/05 - NNHS Newsletter
O Holy Night

"Off to one side sits a group of shepherds. They sit silently on the floor,
perhaps perplexed, perhaps in awe, no doubt in amazement. Their night
watch had been interrupted by an explosion of light from heaven and
a symphony of angels. God goes to those who have time to hear
him--and so on this cloudless night he went to simple shepherds."

 --  Max Lucado

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   I had meant to issue this Newsletter hours ago.  I somehow let down my guard, and the next thing I knew, I was being hauled out of the house - are you ready for this?  CHRISTMAS SHOPPING!!!  ARRGHHH!  


   Today is a Red-Letter Day!  We have three fellas all celebrating their birthdays today:  

  Harry Barritt ('64),    Dale Mueller ('64) of VA,
and    Bill Rash ('67) of VA.

   Have a great day, Gentlemen!

   Somehow the joy of the holiday season rarely escapes the pain which comes from the death of a loved
one, as though the balance is necessary in our lives.  This week is no exception.

  From Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA - 12/21/05 - "  Patti Elliott ('67) Smith's
Mom and    Ron Smith's ('65) mother-in-law":

Hi, Carol,
I don't know if you saw this in Monday's Daily Press, but thought you'd want to know about it. 
  Mary Barnhill Elliott

NEWPORT NEWS - Mary B. Elliott, 83, died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2005, at Mary Immaculate Hospital. A native of Florence, S.C., she had been a resident of Newport News for more than 60 years. Mrs. Elliott was a member of Chestnut United Methodist Church where she had been a past member of Circle 1. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Leslie Elliott; her parents; and two sisters, Grace Humphries and Maude Tatarynsky. Survivors include her daughter, Patricia E. Smith and her husband, Ron, of Newport News; a brother, Thomas Barnhill and his wife, Cynthia, of Suffolk; a brother-in-law, Matthew F. Elliott and his wife, Peggy, of Waynesboro, Va.; three granddaughters, Jennifer E. Brown and her husband, Tim, of Seaford, Amy L. Thomas and her husband, Terry, of Newport News and Betsy A. Smith of Flamingo Lodge, Fla.; five great-grandchildren, Matthew O'Neill, Danielle Brown, Reagan Brown, Emma Thomas and Sebastian Thomas; and five nieces and one nephew. The family would like to thank the kind and loving staff, especially Mary and Roz, of the Warwick Forest Retirement Community for their wonderful help in the past two years. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19, at Peninsula Funeral Home. A graveside service will be conducted 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20, in Peninsula Memorial Park by the Rev. Dr. Charles K. Root. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 1132, Fairfax, VA 22038-1132, or to the American Heart Association, Hampton Roads Area, 500 Plume Street East, Suite 110, Norfolk, VA 23510.

Published in the Daily Press from 12/18/2005 - 12/19/2005.

   Thank you for bringing this to my attention, Sandi.  I had not seen it, and of course, your email was one which was delayed.

   Our prayers and deepest sympathies are with Patti and Ron and their family at this very difficult time.


  From Kathy Pilgrim Clark ('63) of VA - 12/21/05 - "Driving home":

Carol, as I was driving home from work today, I was stopped at the light at the entrance to I-64 when I realized that the vehicle ahead of me had a license plate bracket that appeared to say "Typhoon" on it.  So I edged a bit closer and sure enough it did!  It was made of a yellow plastic (faded gold?) and the letters under Typhoon said 'Virginia' - or I think they did as their color was more faded than the yellow.  The vehicle was a Ford truck in gold and the back window had one of those little sliders that you can ventilate through.  The plate was a Jamestown commemorative one with the ship on it.  As I got on to the Interstate, I was able to come up beside the vehicle.  The driver was in his 30s so he must have been the son of a Typhoon.  I wonder if the owner reads your pages and will recognize himself?
Carol, I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and that you save some love and enthusiasm for January when your sons (  Joshua - Hillsboro HS - IL - '97, and    Dale - American School - IL - '02) return home.  Christmas Blessings to you and thanks for the Newsletters

Kathleen Pilgrim Clark ('63)

   OHHHH, Goody!  Another mystery!  Who knows the owner of the Typhoon Ford truck?!?

   Thanks, Kathy!  As a general rule, people around me seem to be more interested in having me curb some of my enthusiasm, rather than generate any more.  GIGGLES!!! 

   You know, as in, "Will you put a lid on it, Woman?!?"
But by and large, their attempts to calm me down are usually fruitless. 

   But thanks for your concern!  And have a wonderful, blessed Christmas, Lady!


  From Jean Baker Howell ('69) of VA - 12/21/05:


I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday.  Thanks for all you do for us.  Happy Holidays to all NNHS Typhoons!

Jean Baker Howell
Class of '69

   Thank you, Jean!  You have a marvelous and Merry Christmas, too!


  From Bill Black ('66) of GA - "Spanish Lottery":

Carol, your days of worrying when your computer will crash again are going to be over soon.
You've heard about the 2.4 Billion ( with a B, as in "Bill Black", or as in "Bill", or maybe "Black" so how could I lose? ) Spanish Lottery?  "El Gordo" The Fat One.  Well, I bought several tickets from a Mexican guy who cuts grass for a neighbor here in Lagrange.  Poor fellow, he's really down on his luck..  Seems his young sister is being held by some despots back in Toledo, and he only needed a hundred dollars to free her. 
I don't speak good Spanish, but what I translated was: "The lovely maiden whose pen is on the table, she is my se-es-ster."   Anyway, watch the drawing when it comes up.  If the numbers uno-duo-trez-dos-equis-cinqo-de-Mayo-arriba-arriba-ondelay come up, I'm rich.  And that ain't no "El Toro Crappo"  It'll be cold Coronas and hot hard Drives for everybody.
Hey.. Did anybody else know there's a Toledo in Ohio, too? 
Bill Black

  Well, Bill, I was wondering how on earth I was going to be able to stand it until that gorgeous    David Whitley ('67 - of VA) returned to work after the first of the year.  His primary job, of course, is to keep me laughing hysterically.  Thanks for picking up the slack!

   Just in case we all miss it, do keep us posted on this lottery.  Those were such exciting "numbers" you chose!


  From Pam Smith Arnold ('65) of VA - 12/21/05:

Unless I have my Nutcracker wrong, wasn't that a picture of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Prince?  The Flutes were part of the entertainment for Clara.  However, I think I did see a production where the Sugar Plum Fairy did a solo to that music.  I go to the Nutcracker when I can, and many years ago I danced in it - "Waltz of the Flowers."  But - the music, picture and mail was lovely, regardless.

Merry Christmas, Cousin Carol.  I'll get Christmas cards out soon....

Love, Pam
   YOWZERS!!!  Well, I wouldn't know; for all intents and purposes,
I was dabbling in the unknown.  I'd be loathe to try to estimate how many times I've seen The Nutcracker Suite, but all my dancing lessons transpired strictly in my imagination and yearnings.

   My source ( had assured me that image was of the Dance of the Reed Flutes, and that this one was of the Sugar Plum Fairy, and I, being gullible (and rather desperate for a lovely image!), gleefully took the bait.  Sigh.

  The Sugar Plum Fairy  
   A very Merry Christmas to you and    Dave (Arnold - '65 - of VA) and all your family, Cousin Pam!

   And I'll get my Christmas cards out - uh - one day.  Yes.


  From Dicky Dawes (NNHS/HHS - '62) of VA - 12/21/05:


Would you bring me out of the dark Nether region and put my eMail address into the class of '62” They sent me a reunion notice, so I think it will be OK.

Richard Dawes

   Sweetie, I would be delighted to do that for you, just as I'm sure that they would all be delighted to have you listed there with them.  I just needed your permission:

   Thanks, Dicky!  We certainly don't want you hovering around in the nether regions!  That would be dreadful!  GIGGLES!!!


  From Liz Breeden ('61) of VA - 12/21/05:

Just had to let you know how good it is to see old faces and hear about old places.  I still live in good ole Newport News. I sent your letter to my brother, Granville Breeden, and his wife, Carol Gardner, both NNHS grads, just so they could remember some of the old time too.
Liz Breeden 60-61

   Thanks so much, Liz!  I'm delighted to hear that you're enjoying everything!  Merry Christmas to you and your entire family!


  From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 12/21/05 - "Buckroe 1946":

My sister Debbie (71) sent this to me, didn't know if you had seen this,
                                                                                   Typhoon Forever,
                                                                                                     Bill Hobbs 66


1946 - Buckroe Beach and Amusement Park    

   I was a bit beyond normal speaking after taking a look at this exquisite shot of one of my Favorite Places on Earth, so I just sent it to David, who calmly replied:


  From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 12/21/05 - "Re: Buckroe 1946":


   Isn't that breathtaking?!?

   Thanks so much, Bill - and Debbie!  What a grand holiday gift for us all!

   I haven't done it yet, but I will be double-posting it:

   I still keep gawking at that image.  It's quite incredible!


  From Dicky Dawes (NNHS/HHS - '62) of VA - 12/21/05:


A Christmas card to you, that takes a little interaction yet lovely to see.

Have a very merry Christmas.

Richard Dawes

   Ohhhh, Dicky!  That is one of the most beautiful and thought provoking cards I've seen all year!  Thank you so much!  And a very Merry Christmas to you and     Sharron (Wanderer Dawes - '61 - of VA), too! 

From Bill Campbell ('54) of VA - 12/21/05 - "Message":

Hi Carol.

Here is my message to all:

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

   How pretty!!!  Thanks so much, Bill!  Merry Christmas to you , too!


From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 12/22/05:  


   Thank you, Shari!  Merry Christmas!!!


  From Sandra Ray ('61) of VA - 12/22/05:

Just wanted to wish you and your family a wonderful and memorable 
Christmas.  If they all only knew just how proud we are of you in keeping us informed of
NNHS Classmates with your newsletters, bringing back the memories we all remember and some we don't but are reminded.  Thank you so much for all the energy you put in your newsletters.  Hope you take some time for yourself during the holidays; we can wait.
Thank you for Robert's Old VA Spoon Bread recipe.  Hope to make it for Christmas.  Didn't get a chance for Thanksgiving.
Also, appreciate that you welcomed    Liz Breeden ('61 - of VA).  I hope she is enjoying your Web site as much as I have.
Merry Christmas to you!
Sandra Ray
Class of '61

Okay, Lady, ya made me cry!  (not that that's a terribly difficult feat - GIGGLES!!! )

    Seriously, thank you for your kind words.  I get a special kick hearing from y'all in the Class of '61, because you were mighty seniors when I was but a lowly mouse.  If I've brought you some smiles, that makes it all worth while.

   Merry Christmas to you, Sandra!


  From Me ('65) of NC - 12/22/05:

   I still haven't posted many of the previously sent items, but here are a few from me:

   First, there's a Christmas card of my #2 son, Brent (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) and his family in IL.

   Snow days are no fun without Hot Chocolate.  You can just keep this warm on the stove and enjoy it all day.

   The Rice in Cream Pudding recipe is the same one I gave you before Thanksgiving.  Adding the Raspberry Sauce makes it more festive for Christmas, although it's delicious either way.  Because it has no eggs, there's no gaggy "custardy" flavor.  Here's the recipe as I first found it almost 40 years ago.

   The last shot is of the editor of the cookbook

December 2005 Hot Chocolate by the Vat Rice in Cream Pudding with Raspberry Sauce Winnifred Cannon Jardine, Editor  
Brent, Bethany, Jacob, Thomas, Emeline, Joseph, and James Harty My Original Recipe - OOPS!  Add a sprinkle of salt to the hot water! Famous Mormon Recipes, 1967 Famous Mormon Recipes, 1967  
   And in case you hadn't figured it out, even though I still haven't written a Christmas letter and tucked it into a Christmas card and sent it to you via snail mail as I had certainly intended to do to many of you, I've sent you an illustrated, musical greeting almost every day this month.  And we haven't even started with Hanukkah yet!

   Y'all stay happy - and take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!


                          Love to all, Carol




"I only have two kinds of days: happy and hysterically happy."


Words by Placide Clappeau, 1847

Translated to English by John Sullivan Dwight (13 May 1812 - 5 Sep 1853)

Music by Adolphe Charles Adam (24 July 1803 - 3 May 1856)


Cantique de Noel

Minuit, chrétiens,
C’est l’heure solennelle
Où l’Homme Dieu descendit jusqu’à nous
Pour effacer la tache originelle
Et de Son Père arrêter le courroux.
Le monde entier tressaille d’espérance
En cette nuit qui lui donne un Sauveur.
Peuple à genoux,
Attends ta délivrance!
Noël! Noël!
Voici le Rédempteur!
Noël! Noël!
Voici le Rédempteur!

Le Rédempteur
A brisé toute entrave:
La terre est libre et le ciel est ouvert.
Il voit un Frère où n’était qu’un esclave;
L’amour unit ceux qu’enchaînait le fer.
Qui Lui dira notre reconnaissance?
C’est pour nous tous qu’Il naît,
Qu’Il souffre et meurt.
Peuple debout,
Chante ta délivrance!
Noël! Noël!
Chantons le Rédempteur!
Noël! Noël!
Chantons le Rédempteur!



O Holy Night

O holy night, the stars are brightly shining;
It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth!
Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope, the weary soul rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees, O hear the angel voices!
O night divine, O night when Christ was born!
O night, O holy night, O night divine!

Led by the light of faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming,
Here came the wise men from Orient land.
The King of kings lay thus in lowly manger,
In all our trials born to be our Friend!
He knows our need—to our weakness is no stranger.
Behold your King; before Him lowly bend!
Behold your King; before Him lowly bend!

Truly He taught us to love one another;
His law is love and His Gospel is peace.
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother
And in His Name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy Name!
Christ is the Lord! O praise His name forever!
His pow’r and glory evermore proclaim!
His pow’r and glory evermore proclaim!



"O Holy Night" midi courtesy of  - 11/22/05

"Cantique de Noel" and "O Holy Night" lyrics courtesy of - 12/21/05

Stained Glass Window of The Nativity over the High Altar of Church of St. Teresa, Beaconsfield, UK
courtesy of - 12/21/05

 Blue Stained Glass Divider Line clip art courtesy of  - 12/21/05

Animated Cheering Smiley clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05
Thanks, Al!

Animated Rolling on the Floor Laughing Boy courtesy of - 04/06/05

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