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12/27/05 - NNHS Newsletter
Second Day of Hanukkah

Wishing you and those you love
all the good fortunes of life,
health, happiness and peace
throughout the New Year.

Best Wishes at Hanukkah!

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Today is the second full day of Hanukkah.  I hope you're having a wonderful time!

  From Karen Weinstein Witte ('60) of FL - 12/26/05 - "Dreidles":

Hi Carol,
I started collecting dreidles some time ago and now have close to 150. I look for them everywhere I go and have some very unusual ones. I have dreidles in crystal, ceramic, wood, silver, brass, clay, paper, lucite.
Some of the unique dreidles: an ostrich egg handpainted as a dreidle (given to me by my son one Chanukah), a handpainted Elvis dreidle (painted and presented to me by my daughter), a stunning paper cut dreidle, a handmade silver and amber dreidle that I got in Jerusalem.
I have a Refusnik Dreidle handpainted by a man named Gregory Yossinsky who painted pictures of Lenin, Stalin, Brezchnev, and Gorbachev on the four sides. He explains that for so long these leaders controlled and played games with his life and now he wants Jews throughout the world to play games with them!
I also have dreidles by Gary Rosenthal, Danny Azoulay, Eran Greblar, Agam, Limoges and Lladro. I have everything from Chagall and Fiddler on the Roof to Winnie the Pooh and Mickey Mouse to a Mah Jong dreidle.
Dreidles are four-sided "spinning tops." There is a Hebrew letter on each side that stands for "a great miracle happened there." The miracle, of course, is the story of the Maccabees' victory to reclaim the Temple and sanctify it with a small jug of oil (one-day supply) that lasted for eight days.
Children traditionally played dreidle with candies or coins. The dreidle is spun and whatever letter comes up tells you what to do - take 1/2 of the pot, put all in the pot, etc.
A very Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, and a happy, healthy, and safe New Year to all my classmates.


   Karen, thank you so much for telling us about your fabulous dreidle collection!  I love collections, and yours sounds so exciting as well as meaningful.  Dreidles are such a nice size for a collectible, and I had no idea such a wide variety of styles, from the elegant to the humorous, was available!

   And thank you as well for the explanation of the game. It's been a long time since I played!

   I was delighted with the timing of your letter!  I had already chosen and prepared the dreidle theme for today's Newsletter!  Thanks so much!

   Happy Hanukkah to you and your family, Karen!



1.   Joan Ownby Mathieson ('58) of VA - 12/27/05:

Marital Status to James W. Mathieson, Hampton class 56
City/Country: Danville, Virginia
Favorite Teachers Miss Suttle - English
(can't remember names w/o book)

   Ah, then, have a look here:

Hobbies drawing and painting
indoor and outdoor gardening
needle craft
Comments I hate sitting at this computer, but love reading all about all of you!

   That's odd; I hate getting up from the computer!  WILD GIGGLES!!!

   Hi, Joan!  We're certainly delighted to hear from one of the most beautiful girls in the Class of '58! 

   For those of you who were not in school with Joan, there I believe there are at least a couple of images of her posted on our pages:

   (There could well be more which I've forgotten at the moment.)  Those of you who were attending NNHS at that time will surely have no trouble remembering the very lovely Joan!

   Thanks for signing the Guest Book!  Happy New Year!


  From Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) - 12/26/05 - "Gail Lucado pic from 1967":

Carol ...
I received a wonderful Christmas present from    Janice Pratt McGrew (HHS-67) yesterday ... a 1968 Krabba to add to my collection.

   Well, if that isn't the perfect gift for you, I never heard of one!  Congratulations - to both of you!

  Here is one scan from it that I think a lot of readers will enjoy .... meeting of the head cheerleaders, Molly Price (HHS-68) on the left and    Gail Lucado (NNHS-68) on the right.

   WOWZERS!!!  Thanks, Babe!  This was an easy and exciting addition to Odds and Ends:

Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 23, 1967 - Head Cheerleaders Molly Price (HHS - '68) and Gail Lucado ('68)    

Speaking of Buckroe, one of the donations for our Wythe pictorial history book is a home movie of the August 1933 hurricane which caused a lot of damage to the Peninsula. Included on this video is a scene of the damage at Buckroe Beach. We will get some scans from the video and send them soon. This video also showed the destruction of the Chesapeake Avenue (Boulevard) trolley line which was never rebuilt.

Enjoy ....

da Babe

   That sounds fascinating, Tommee; we'll be looking forward to seeing more!  Thanks again!  Y'all have a good New Year!


  From Dale Lucado ('68) of VA - 12/26/05 - "White Christmas":

This is way too cute!!! Enjoy it!!!!  Make sure your sound is on and loud enough!!!

   This is cute, Dale!  Thanks so much!  Happy New Year!


  From Me ('65) of NC to    Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 12/26/05 - "Paramount Theater":

Dear David,

   Are you familiar with this page?

   They seem to be somewhat acquainted with us.....


  From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 12/26/05 - "Paramount Theater":

I was not aware of that site, but it is gratifying that your site is so prominently cited. We have so much NN and NNHS stuff, that any Google search will list it.


   That is a fun thought, isn't it, David??  I shall have to link them to our Movie Pages soon......

   (And of course, most of that "NN and NNHS stuff" is there due to Captain Spriggs'  valiant efforts!)

    Thanks, Captain!  Happy New Year!


  From Me ('65) of NC - 12/27/05:

   Ahhh, the time has come for me to annoy you with my holiday photographs.  Fortunately for y'all, with just the three of us, it was a very quiet Christmas!
Monday, December 19, 2005, 7:29 PM
Adrienne, Carol, and Paul
Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24, 2005,6:31 PM - Our Main Tree Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25, 2005, 11:42 AM - Paul, Carol, and Adrienne Boxing Day, Monday, December 26, 2005, 5:49 PM - Tree Through LR Window  

   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."


S'vivon Sov Sov Sov

Dreidel Spin

L. Kipnis / Traditional Lyrics

S'vivon, sov, sov, sov
Chanukah hu chag tov
Chanukah hu chag tov
S'vivon, sov, sov, sov

Dreidel spin. Spin, spin, spin
Chanukah, Chanukah
Dreidel spin. Spin, spin, spin
Chanukah, Chanukah.

Nes gadol ha ya sham
Chag simcha hu-la-am
Nes gadol ha ya sham
Chag simcha hu-la-am

Nes gadol ha ya sham
A great miracle happened there
Nes gadol ha ya sham
A great miracle happened.

"S'vivon (S'veevon) is the Hebrew word for "Dreydel (sic)."

“S'vivon” midi courtesy of - 12/24/05

"S'vivon" lyrics and Dreidle clip art courtesy of - 12/26/05

Small Dreidle clip art used to form Divider Line courtesy of Google Images - 12/26/05

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