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12/26/11 - NNHS Newsletter -
Happy Boxing Day!

It's getting bigger and bigger (Boxing Day) because of the gift card
phenomenon. It's a no-brainer as a gift, you just give $50 on a gift
card and then the person can zip out and get what they want.”

- John Winter

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   This Newsletter theme is being repeated from 2009.

BONUS #1 - - How to Celebrate Boxing Day

BONUS #2 - - Good King Wenceslas - The Irish Rovers

BONUS #3 - - Good King Wenceslas - Candice Night of Blackmore's Night

BONUS #4 - - Good King Wenceslas - Yorkminster, 1995



    Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Anita Morgan Becker ('66) of VA!

    Happy Birthday this week to:

29 - Roy Tate ('57);

30 -  William Gwynn ('57) AND   Ron Miller ('59) of NC AND (if Plaxo is to be believed)   Carole Althaus Tanenhaus ('65) of MD AND Joyce Tedder Rossman ('68) of PA AND Sarah Stewart Vance ('69) of VA;

31 - Pat Floyd Pride ('62) of VA AND     Susie Overton Jones ('63) of VA AND (again, if Plaxo is to be believed)   David Rosenwasser ('64) of MO;

01 - Gloria Hand Burns ('57) AND   Bill Fitzgerald ('58) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 


Thursday, Dec. 26, 1861

After weeks of wrangling, and increasingly dire warnings from the British, the US Cabinet finally decided to accept the embarrassment rather than provoke another war. It was announced publicly that the seizure of Confederate agents Mason and Slidell from an English ship at sea had been illegal, and they were being released immediately. The Confederacy was the only disappointed party; the two had been accomplishing much more in jail than they possibly could with any lobbying activities in London and Paris. Everyone else was just glad to have the whole matter go away, as it had become boring.

Friday, Dec. 26, 1862

Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman led an expedition down the Mississippi River from Memphis, venturing as far as the Yazoo River’s mouth, near Steele’s Bayou. His forces advanced towards Walnut Hills and Haynes’ Bluff, a ridgeline on the far side of which was the town of Vicksburg. He took no action at this time, largely because there was no way to get close enough to the town to accomplish anything.

Saturday, Dec. 26, 1863

Captain Raphael Semmes, Confederate States Navy, now less than a week arrived from the Indies to South Africa, managed to capture and destroy the American ships Sonora and Highlander, both at anchor at the entrance of the Straits of Malacca. Semmes wrote home that one of the ships’ masters told him he had “been expecting every day for the last three years go fall in with that it is over I feel quite relieved.” The major financial impact of Semmes' efforts was on the rapidly rising insurance rates being charged to US flag shipping companies.

Monday, Dec. 26, 1864

President Abraham Lincoln, who had been disappointed so many, many times by his generals, responded today to Gen. William T. Sherman’s telegram giving him Savannah, South Carolina, for Christmas. “Many, many thanks for your Christmas gift...” he said. “I was anxious, if not fearful, but..I did not interfere. Now, the undertaking being a success, the honor is all yours....Please make my grateful acknowledgements to your whole army, officers and men.”

    From Don Chaney ('66) of MD - 12/25/11:

Merry Christmas Carol!!!  Effective Friday, 12/30, I am retiring.
Hope to see you at a future Class Reunion.

Don Chaney

   COOL BEANS! Congratulations, Donnie! There are probably several great jokes revolving around retiring from the Social Security Administration, but nothing really comes to my mind, and you've probably heard them all every day in triplicate for the last month, so I'll just offer my best wishes on a well-deserved retirement!

   We haven't long to wait until the next reunion - and I'm planning to be there:

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.

    From Bill Campbell ('54) of VA - 12/25/11 - "  Holly Campbell's Graduation Photo":

Hi there, Missy. How're things in N.C.? Cold up here in VA. 
A few days ago, I noticed that you were including Holly's birthday, 12/23,  in your birthday greetings section, and so I thought that I would send you her graduation photo to go with it (seems like everyone else has one there). However, I sent the message and photo to and just now noticed that this is not the correct address. (It is taking me longer and longer to catch on to things these days). Oh well, maybe you can use it in the coming years.
The photo was taken around this time of year 40 years ago (wow, where does the time go?), and it was the graduation photo in her 1972 yearbook. Also, she was smart enough to get married to me on her birthday (38 years ago tomorrow), so that I only have to buy one present for birthday and anniversary. Meanwhile, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your loved one. Keep up the good work, 
Holly Hill
Hampton Roads Academy
Class of 1972


   As I'm afraid I'll forget by next year (not that I ever forget anything... ), I've conducted one of my infamous  Revisionist History raids on last week's newsletters to include it for her fair share of birthday wishes:

   As you had an invalid email addy for me, I may have had an old one for you as well, so I switched you over to the newer one you used here.  On the other hand, I have ten working email addresses myself, so perhaps they both work.....

   Thanks so much, Bill - it's good to hear from you again!

  From Helen Avant Neal ('57) of VA - 12/25/11 - "Merry Christmas....":

Merry Christmas to my wonderful family and friends.  You are much loved and appreciated. May our Saviour and Lord, Jesus Christ, bless you this year.

Love you,

   Thank you so much, Helen! I hope your Christmas was lovely, and that you have a blessed New Year, too!

   From Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 12/20/11 - "Clever Ideas to Make Life Easier (#6 in a Series of 24)":

  Some of these ideas are really good.

Re-use a wet-wipes container to store plastic bags.

   EXCELLENT! Thank you so much, Eva - I do love clever tips!


From - 12/25/11 - "Testimonial: Pampering #24":

Dear FlyLady,

After fluttering for years (!) I am finally coming to terms with the daily routines. It's been a struggle, but now that I've got at least one or two of them established, I want to share how it helps me PAMPER MYSELF.

First let me set the stage. Every day I make the bed bright and early. OK, *almost* every day. LOL. I have a number of pillows which I still haven't figured out what to do with, so I plump them all and put them at the head of the bed, just like you'd see in a fancy hotel or B'n'B. Now that it's winter here in Chicago, more covers go on the bed, topped with my fluffy down comforter.

One of the most luxurious treats I can give myself is to take off my shoes and lie on top of all that fluffiness! Whenever I stay in a hotel room after a long day of travel, that's what I do, and it feels so relaxing! At a certain point I said to myself, "Why not do that here, in your lovely bedroom, cleared of clutter and looking just like a hotel room?" Talk about instant relaxation! It takes no effort and is easy to smooth over again after I get up. I don't take a nap, I just stretch out for a few minutes. This small act brings along with it the same feeling of relaxation I get when I'm on vacation, and costs no money. What could be better?

I love the inspiration you share on a daily basis and I really appreciate all your efforts to help us SHEs improve the quality of daily living!

Betsy in Chicago

Kelly here: Our habit this month is pampering.

Take a few minutes everyday and do something nice for yourself!


From LadyHawke's Weekly Jokes - 12/25/11:

"Odd Christmas Traditions"

In Italy they have no Christmas trees, instead they decorate small wooden pyramids with fruit.

In Caracas, the capital city of Venezuela, it is customary for the streets to be blocked off on Christmas eve so that the people can roller-skate to church.

An artificial spider and web are often included in the decorations on Ukrainian Christmas trees. A spider web found on Christmas morning is believed to bring good luck.

It is a British Christmas tradition that a wish made while mixing the Christmas pudding will come true only if the ingredients are stirred in a clockwise direction.

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 

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 10/22/11

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

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Thank you so much!

Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309


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                                 Love to all, Carol





Good King Wenceslas

Words by John Mason Neale (24 Jan 1818 - 06 Aug 1866), 1853

Music - Scandinavian, from Piae Cantiones, 1582

Good King Wenceslas looked out
On the feast of Stephen
When the snow lay round about
Deep and crisp and even
Brightly shone the moon that night
Though the frost was cruel
When a poor man came in sight
Gath'ring winter fuel

"Hither, page, and stand by me
If thou know'st it, telling
Yonder peasant, who is he?
Where and what his dwelling?"
"Sire, he lives a good league hence
Underneath the mountain
Right against the forest fence
By Saint Agnes' fountain."

"Bring me flesh and bring me wine
Bring me pine logs hither
Thou and I will see him dine
When we bear him thither."
Page and monarch forth they went
Forth they went together
Through the rude wind's wild lament
And the bitter weather

"Sire, the night is darker now
And the wind blows stronger
Fails my heart, I know not how,
I can go no longer."
"Mark my footsteps, my good page
Tread thou in them boldly
Thou shalt find the winter's rage
Freeze thy blood less coldly."

In his master's steps he trod
Where the snow lay dinted
Heat was in the very sod
Which the Saint had printed
Therefore, Christian men, be sure
Wealth or rank possessing
Ye who now will bless the poor
Shall yourselves find blessing

"Good King Wenceslas" midi courtesy of - 12/26/09

"Good King Wenceslas" lyrics courtesy of - 12/26/09

"Happy Boxing Day" Title Image courtesy of - 12/26/09

Red Leaf Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 11/14/05

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

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!

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of the late Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!!

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

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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