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12/27/11 - NNHS Newsletter -
More 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, 

   This Newsletter theme is being repeated from 12/28/05, although it's not the third full day of Hanukkah; it's actually the seventh.


    Happy Birthday today 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;

03 - Carl Rossman of PA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 


Friday, Dec. 27, 1861

New York’s Congressional delegation was restored to its proper size with the return of Rep. Alfred Ely from Richmond, Va. Ely had not been on a diplomatic mission, or even spying, or indeed anything of a remotely useful nature. He had attended the Battle of Bull Run as a civilian observer, a polite way of saying he was one of the mob of morons who brought carriages and picnic baskets to watch the "spectacle of battle" as if it were an entertainment. His curiosity was rewarded by capture by the Rebels and months of imprisonment.

Saturday, Dec. 27, 1862

Gen. William T. Sherman’s forces continued their progress, if such it could be called, towards Vicksburg. Minor battle took place at Snyder’s Mill between the Union men and pickets from the Confederate forces of Gen. John Pemberton defending the city. Pemberton was scurrying to find additional troops to boost his forces. Union troops were finding out that the one factor in the Vicksburg defenses that they could not overcome was geography.

Sunday, Dec. 27, 1863

President Abraham Lincoln, in company with Secretary of War Stanton, went for a visit on this day to the prisoner of war camp at Point Lookout, Maryland. Elsewhere, skirmishes took place at Somerville, New Castle, and Mossy Creek, Tenn., possibly in celebration of Gen. Joseph E. Johnston assuming command of the Department of Tennessee.

Tuesday, Dec. 27, 1864

The Army of Tennessee had once been the premier fighting force of the Confederacy in the West. Unlike the Army of Northern Virginia, whose only real assignment was to protect Richmond, the western army was supposed to defend a line from the Cumberland Gap to the Mississippi River. Cursed with a string of poor commanders to perform this overwhelming task, they had spent their last energies in disastrous battles at Franklin and then Nashville. Today they continued their retreat from the latter, crossing the Tennessee River in the direction of Tupelo, Mississippi. Between casualties and desertions the army had nearly ceased to exist as a fighting force.

      From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 12/26/11 - " 'We Remember' at the ICAS Convention":

This is a beautiful tribute to the men that flew the air machines of war during WWII, Korea, Vietnam and later conflicts that the U.S. has been involved in over the years. The song is a tribute to all those who have worn the uniform of the United States Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Merchant Marines, and U.S. Navy, and those that have supported them such as family, friends, employers and citizens in general. Dwayne O/Brien must have remembered some of the men in his life who have donned the uniform of one of the service branches to defend America, for his words and the video representing those words, recognize the sacrifices of those who have gone before us in the defense of America, while also paying tribute to those who supported the gallantry of our warriors.....

I hope you all remember, as do I, the men and women who have served our country over the many years that America has existed.


Country music recording artist Dwayne O'Brien performed his song "We Remember" live at the ICAS Convention 
recently in Las Vegas, Nevada. And he produced this video to be projected on the screens behind him while he sang.

Remember the cost of our freedom...?

    Thanks so much, Dools!

  From Jay Styles ('68) of VA - 12/26/11 - "ANGEL FLIGHT":

This video and song puts it in perspective... Merry Christmas and May Peace be with you all……
Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you...
Jesus Christ and the American Soldier.

One died for your soul, the other died for your freedom


This video is about a song called "Angel Flight"... It is terrific. The song is being performed with "effects." Listen to the words of the pilot and the tower, and make sure you sit quietly and listen at the very end.. You will understand why one of the singers said he would be glad to help with the song.....if he could just stop crying. This is beautiful. God bless our Vets!



The Soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

'Step forward now, Soldier,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?'

The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
'No, Lord, I guess I ain't.
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear...
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand.

There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the Soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

'Step forward now, you Soldier,
You've borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell.'

God bless our all of our veterans. And, God bless the United States of America.
Matty Ritch

     Thank you so much, Jay Sweetie! I lost it on the poem. By the time I reached the video, I could barely see what I was doing.....

      From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 12/26/11 - "Funny Christmas message":

Christmas at Rock-Away Rest

'Twas the night before Christmas at Rock-Away Rest,   
and all of us seniors were looking our best.       
Our glasses, how sparkly, our wrinkles, how merry;
Our punchbowl held prune juice plus three drops of sherry.
A bedsock was taped to each walker, in hope   
That Santa would bring us soft candy and soap.     
We surely were lucky to be there with friends,
Secure in this residence and in our Depends.
          Our grandkids had sent us some Christmasy crafts,          
   Like angels in snowsuits and penguins on rafts.
The dental assistant had borrowed our teeth,
And from them she'd crafted a holiday wreath. 
The bed pans, so shiny, all stood in a row,         
Reflecting our candle's magnificent glow.        
Our supper so festive -- the joy wouldn't stop --
Was creamy warm oatmeal with sprinkles on top.
Our salad was Jell-O, so jiggly and great,       
Then puree of fruitcake was spooned on each plate.  
The social director then had us play games, 
Like "Where Are You Living?" and "What Are Your Names?"
      Old Grandfather Looper was feeling his oats,            
    Proclaiming that reindeer were nothing but goats.           
Our resident wand'rer was tied to her chair,
In hopes that at bedtime she still would be there.
     Security lights on the new fallen snow           
Made outdoors seem noon to the old folks below.        
Then out on the porch there arose quite a clatter       
(But we are so deaf that it just didn't matter).
      A strange little fellow flew in through the door,         
      Then tripped on the sill and fell flat on the floor.         
'Twas just our director, all togged out in red.
He jiggled and chuckled and patted each head.

We knew from the way that he strutted and jived     
Our social-security checks had arrived. 
          We sang -- how we sang -- in our monotone croak,             
Till the clock tinkled out its soft eight PM stroke.
And soon we were snuggling deep in our beds.       
While nurses distributed nocturnal meds.
And so ends our Christmas at Rock-Away Rest.
'Fore long you'll be with us, We wish you the best!

   WILD SAD GIGGLES! Thanks again, Dools!

   From Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 12/20/11 - "Clever Ideas to Make Life Easier (#7 in a Series of 24)":

  Some of these ideas are really good.

Add this item to your beach bag. Baby powder gets sand off your skin easily, who knew?!

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


EASY MEALS FROM MR. FOOD'S TEST KITCHEN: - Quick Beef with Broccoli - "In a short amount of time, you'll have a whole meal on the table. Grab the family and you can all enjoy this home-cooked quick beef with broccoli dinner together." - Chicken Reuben Casserole - "This easy-to-make Chicken Reuben Casserole has the same tasty ingredients as the classic sandwich but presents them in a fresh, new way. See for yourself why it's one of our favorites."

From - 12/26/11 - "Testimonial: Pampering #25":

Dear Flylady and team,

I am pampering myself by munching on a shortbread biscuit I made yesterday with DD 9 and DS 4. Thanks to you I "had enough time" to make them and I washed and dried the dishes as I was going along. I have just finished my Weekly Home Blessing for the first time using the timer. Guess what? I finished in time and it didn't take two hours as it normally does. You know the saying, "Work expands to fill the time available."
Flying in the UK


Hi FlyLady & FlyCrew,

I wanted to tell you that I've combined my December Pampering habit with my Swish & Swipe!

To pamper myself, I make sure I use an all-in-one wipe to wash my face every morning - I always forget to wash my face! Not anymore! Then, since soap is soap, I use the back side of that same wipe to get the toothbrushing splatters off of our shiny faucet!

Working on two habits for the price of one
Thanks FlyLady!


Kelly here: Our habit this month is pampering.

You need to make a little time for yourself each day!

I am so proud of you.


From - 12/26/11:

Knock Knock

Who's there?


Alex who?

Alexplain later now let me in.

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

Please find a few minutes of your busy schedule to support

Thank you so much!

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


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   Y'all take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                                 Love to all, Carol





Chanuka Medley

“Chanuka Medley” midi courtesy of - 12/26/05

 Image of Hanukkah Gift Basket courtesy of - 12/26/05

Gold Star of David clip art used to form Divider Line courtesy of - 12/26/05

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!!

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

Animated BOO-HOO courtesy of Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 08/28/09
Thanks, Glenn!

Crying Baby clip art courtesy of - 09/28/05 (resaved 02/27/09)

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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