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12/28/11 - NNHS Newsletter - Last Day of Hanukkah!

“Blessed are You, Hashem our G-d,
King of the universe,
Who has wrought miracles for our forefathers,
in those days as in this season.”

(Traditional Hanukkah blessing)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   This Newsletter theme is being repeated from 12/30/05, although it's not the fourth full day of Hanukkah; it's actually the eighth.

   On a less celebratory note, it's also the 59th Anniversary of the NNHS Great Fire:




  From Jamey Douglas Bacon ('66) of VA - 12/27/11, 9:23 PM - "Wheel chair":

Dear Carol,

I am in a slight mess. My electric wheel chair is broken and I can't afford to get it fixed. The company that I am working with is slow to replace it because I have Medicare and they only replace every 5 years; it has been less than 5 years. I spend most of the day in the bed because my manual wheel chair won't fit through my narrow doorways. Hilton Village, remember?

If anyone reading this knows of someone getting rid of one could you please contact me at

Thanks, Jamey Douglas Bacon

     YOWZERONI-RINI! "A slight mess?!?" I'm so sorry to hear this, Jamey!

   TYPHOON NATION?!? I can think of several ways we can help with this; does anything come to your mind?!?

   Hang in there, Jamey!



    Happy Birthday tomorrow to Roy Tate ('57)!

    Happy Birthday this week to:

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;
04 - Norma Howell Morgan ('57) AND    Bill Bost ('61) of NC!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 



Saturday, Dec. 28, 1861

As most armies on both sides settled into winter quarters, only a few skirmishes took place today. Mount Zion Church, Missouri; Sacramento, Ky; and Grider’s Ferry, on the Cumberland River in Kentucky, were a few of the places where the peace was disturbed. Most soldiers were happy enough to stay in such shelters from winter weather as they had managed to contrive, or else to have time to work on improvements to same.

Sunday, Dec. 28, 1862

The town of Dripping Springs, Ark., which we can give thanks was never developed into a popular honeymoon resort, was the scene of battle today for the Federal Army of the Frontier. Commanded by James Blunt, the Federals drove the Confederates back as far as the next hamlet of Van Buren, capturing in the process some forty wagons and other equipment.

Monday, Dec. 28, 1863

On this date the Congress of the Confederacy faced up to the fact that the struggling new nation was basically broke, and also increasingly short of manpower. To correct the former, there was passed what was called the “tax in kind”, taking from every state one-tenth of all agricultural produce. To correct the manpower shortage, the system whereby a man could purchase a substitute to take his place in the army was abolished. This accomplished little as virtually every white man who could serve was either already doing so, engaged in vital industry or agriculture, or exercising passive resistance to the draft by taking to the hills if a recruiter entered the area.

Wednesday, Dec. 28, 1864

President Lincoln, who had been disappointed so often by other generals, wrote to Gen. Grant asking rather gently “what you now understand of the Wilmington expedition, present & prospective.” Grant replied, forthrightly, "The Wilmington expedition has proven a gross and culpable failure.” He added "Who is to blame will hopefully be known," possibly while gazing in the direction of Gen. Benjamin Butler, whose project it had been.


    From Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 12/27/11 - "Lest We Forget":

Lest We Forget

Posted: 26 Dec 2011 08:16 PM PST


The Covert Letter sends Christmas and New Year wishes to our faithful readers. I’m sure you agree that special greetings are due our soldiers, sailors, Marines, airmen, and Coast Guardsmen serving far away from their families. Christmas for these uniformed patriots is still “Duty, Honor, Country,” in the words of the late General of the Army Douglas MacArthur.

Packages from home are terrific, but you can’t beat being at the fireside with your loved ones.

Author on assignment in Korea March 1971, the Han River (background) marking the demarcation line with bridge to the so-called Freedom Village.

The majority of our troops may have come home from Iraq in November and December, but many Americans, including one of my own, are still there. Sunni and Shiite bombs wreck its people, streets and government buildings daily; the fragile government becoming more unstable as days pass.

May God keep our kinsmen in the palm of His hand!

The Afghanistan/Pakistan Theater continues to take its toll on our warriors. I wonder if we will see a victorious end to this quagmire of political and military turmoil. Again, we pray God’s protection for family and friends in those dangerous Forward Operating Bases (FOB).

Army and Air National Guard troops are still in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Other troops remain armed and at their posts in South Korea from the DMZ south to Pusan. Tensions are high this Christmas with the death of North Korean Leader Kim Il Sung.

Legends abound telling of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day truces at the battlefront. These include the true World War I account of an impromptu ceasefire and exchange of personal items. German and Allied soldiers made it happen in no-man’s land between the trenches in France and Belgium.

The story is told on good authority that Walter C. J. Wev, a bugler with the 16th Mississippi Infantry Regiment, gave an impromptu concert of carols on Christmas Eve 1862. Col. Carnot Posey’s 16th Infantry was encamped on the Rapidan River near Chancellorsville, Va., where federal troops on the opposite bank requested he play so they also could hear. My great-great-grandfather agreed and moved closer to the shore line.

My weapon card from Headquarters Company, 237th. Armorer had trouble spelling "Covert." It was in the middle rack, slot 11B, M-14 rifle No. 400462.

Christmas conjures memories of my military service in the Federal Republic of Germany (1968-69). I was a Chaplain’s assistant at Wharton Barracks, Heilbronn, Germany, assigned to the 237th Combat Engineer Battalion, VII US Army Corps. 

Author with German Benedictine Monk Pr. Andreas Michalski at abbey, Bad Wimpfen im tal, Germany, 1968.

Christmas meant  assisting Presbyterian Chaplain Maj. Richard George, Roman Catholic Chaplain Maj. Thomas J. Confroy and German Pr. Andrea Michalski (O.S.B.). 

I was the weapons carrier (M-14 rifle) as well as resident organist and choir director for the military community chapel. My duties included ensuring preparations for all services. Transportation was arranged for Jewish soldiers taking part in Hanukkah activities at Robinson Barracks, Stuttgart.

View toward Choir Loft of Chapel, 2007, now a Coptic Christian Reformed Church. Author played role in obtaining stained glass windows shown.

My first Christmas Eve was decorated with a good-sized snow fall.  All was quiet in the Casern with families celebrating in quarters and many soldiers celebrating together in G.I. Gasthofs. It was indeed a “Silent Night, Holy Night.”

Wharton Barracks Chapel was lighted inside by a small lamp in the choir loft, where I marked time until Midnight Mass. I played carols and other music that were traditions in my home  church. Christmas memories came in a flood, undoubtedly mirrored this year in so many of our military members.

Christmas Eve ruminations recalled buddies who had been summarily shipped from the 237th to Military Assistance Command (Vietnam) (MACV). The war had taken a turn for the worse and it had priority. In Germany, we were short handed. Resupply problems hampered our ability to keep vehicles and equipment up to readiness standards. Spare parts were going to Southeast Asia. My Ford Jeep’s sparkplugs came from a German store.

Russian t-62 Main Battle Tank maneuvers on streets of Prague as freedom fighters cause havoc with Molotov Cocktails in background. (GUARDIAN Image)

We spent most of 1968 training on the Rhine River and at Grafenwohr, Hohenfels and Wildflecken. The coming of September saw my unit ”locked and loaded” on the German side of the Danube river, where a nearby village still lay in ruins from World War II fighting.  Austria was south of our fighting position.

We were alerted because the Soviet Union boldly sent a force of T-62 Main Battle tanks into the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic August 21, 1968. Their purpose was to defeat a determined force of freedom fighters, who sought to overthrow President Ludwik Svoboda and the Communist government.

Our mission was to be the first line of defense for West Germany should Soviet leaders seek to expand their success in Czechoslovakia. Sadly for the Czech people, Soviet military might snuffed the uprising.

We were ordered back to garrison at Heilbronn-am-Neckar, aware that our 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment could see Eastern Bloc forces massed on the eastern opening in the Fulda Gap in anticipation of a “GO” order.

In the face of such tensions, soldiers doffed fatigues that Christmas Eve in favor of civilian attire, temporarily escaping the reality of  their mission as defenders of freedom. 

  Christmas Day for me meant getting back into fatigues and combat boots, driving Chaplain Confroy to the outlying Nike missile sites. He offered Christmas Mass for the troops, who were sequestered in high security garrisons. It was a blessing for the son of a Church of God minister to serve as Altar Boy at these masses. 

The 237th was disestablished March 15, 1992, almost one year after its gallant service in Kuwait and Operation Desert Storm. Transfer of the historic Casern ensued to Baden-Württemberg government. Only the chapel and my former barrack remain. 

William A. (Bill) Kennedy, Sr., shared a 1944 V-Mail Christmas card he sent from Kunming, China to his widowed mother.  The post card was unique for soldiers in the China, Burma, India (CBI) Theater of Operations. It depicts a soldier clutching his Garand rifle and thinking of home. The scene was replicated many times that momentous year, which saw victory in Europe in May 1945 and victory in Japan in August 1945.

  We have lost thousands on the battlefields of history and many still have not been accounted for by the Department of Defense. Repatriation of remains continues and we pray the families of these unknown warriors will soon achieve some closure.

Coming home for Christmas 2012 should be a goal, but our troops deserve to come home to victory parades.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to all –©Norman M. Covert, 2011.

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Mr. Covert may be contacted at or

   WOWZERONI! Thank you so much, Norm - for everything!


  From Tommy Jenkins ('66) of VA - 12/27/11 - "Memories of Newport News, VA - YouTube":


I suspect you have seen this before; if not, it is awesome and certainly worth another look. It moves rather quickly but you can pause and then continue. Talk about old memories, this is full of them.

Thought you may want to share with all the other Typhoons out there.

Hope you and yours had a wonderful holiday and the upcoming New Year is the best ever.

Thanks for all you do for the Typhoon Nation.
   Thanks, Tommy! We're still celebrating here; the Twelve Days of Christmas don't end until January 6, and that still give us lots of time!  

   I get a big kick out of this video every time I see it! Many of those pictures I scanned myself - and at least six of the images were captured by our own Wizard of Wonderment,        Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA, specifically for use on Our Old Stomping Grounds! There's even a shot I myself took back in 1963 while I was still in high school!

   The video was created by Bill Sasser (Hampton HS - '61) of VA. We've had it linked to Our Old Stomping Grounds for some time now:  


   From Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 12/20/11 - "Clever Ideas to Make Life Easier (#8 in a Series of 24)":

  Some of these ideas are really good.

Attach a Velcro strip to the wall to store soft toys.

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



EASY MEALS FROM MR. FOOD'S TEST KITCHEN: - Tuna Dumplings - "Tuna Dumplings give us a great deal of delicious comfort. They're easy homemade dumplings filled with a tuna and cream cheese mixture." - Casserole Barbecued Chicken - "Serve this mouthwatering chicken on a bed of cooked on a bed of cooked rice, topped with the cooking juices."


From - 12/27/11 - "Top 7 New Year's Resolution Obstacles":

How to Overcome 7 Obstacles to New Year's Resolutions Success

By Peggy L. Ferguson

I love the New Year. I feel like I am the threshold of a new year. I am glad that there is a week between Christmas and the New Year because it gives me a chance to recover, regroup, and rethink. Of course, I would like to think of a new year as a fresh, blank, Big Chief Tablet to write whatever I like on, but that is not really the case.

Our lives are not marked off in 365 day intervals, where everything begins a new on day one. There are many things, situations, circumstances, and processes that transcend years and even decades. Example include careers, an education, a marriage, self-improvement efforts, and other long term goals like financial management. Life is a continuous process.

Even in the midst of these processes, a new year, however, gives me an opportunity to evaluate my progress, assess my accomplishments, and rethink the areas that need improvement. I can look back over the last year and determine the progress I made and assess areas that continue to need a lot more work.

I hear people say that they don't make New Year's resolutions anymore, that they subjected themselves to making and breaking them year after year for decades.

I humbly suggest that New Year's resolutions still have a place in most of our lives.

"Resolutions" only have real resolve if they are initiated and owned by the person making the resolution. If they are "shoulds" directed by nameless and/or not-so-nameless others, they are not truly resolutions. These "shoulds" dressed up like resolutions seem to reflect a recognition of a need to change, yet without the commitment and/or the plan to do so.
We have all heard of the 80% failure rate of New Year's resolutions and perhaps have thought, "what's the use?" There are many possible reasons why New Year's resolutions fail, including the following:

l. They are/were other directed at the outset.
An example would be the resolution to quit smoking because your wife/husband demands it. If your significant others are demanding that you quit, don't grumble about quitting for them. Don't approach quitting with resentment and reservations. Instead, acknowledge that even though you have some mixed feelings about quitting, put all your effort into it and focus on the reasons that you want to quit. Make quitting (and any other New Year's resolutions) meaningful to you.

2. The expectation does not fit the reality of the goal.
An example would be the resolution to lose weight. No matter what methods you may be using to try to lose weight and regardless of the ads you see on tv and on the internet, the pounds will not magically fall off. No matter what your goal, make sure that your expectations are reasonable. Otherwise, you may just give up. With the example of losing weight, consider how often have you given up upon losing "only" five or ten pounds after changing eating habits and walking daily for three months? In reality, changing how you eat, regular exercise and utilizing other lifestyle changes should yield generally improved health and some weight reduction results within a year. For most difficult goals or resolutions, setbacks and less than perfect results should be anticipated.

3. The goal may not include an appropriate method to achieve it.
An example might be the resolution to cut back on drinking. When after multiple attempts at this New Year's resolution, it may become obvious that "cutting back" is not the appropriate approach to solving whatever problems are associated with the drinking. Previous attempts to cut back or to quit drinking may signal alcoholism, an illness that often requires formal treatment/help to arrest it--and total abstinence, not cutting back.

4. New Year's resolutions may involve a veritable laundry list, including everything but the kitchen sink.
This shotgun affect just identifies some things that you might not like about yourself or your life, but does little to bring about actual change.

5. New Year's resolution(s) are verbalized but not written down and so are easily forgotten.
There is no start date, no reminders, no criteria for measuring success along the way.

6. Resolutions may even be written down, but are not fleshed out with measurable goals or short term, mid-range, and long term objectives that serve as a roadmap or blue print for how to accomplish them.
If you have a resolution, turn it into a goal, make it measurable, then plot out a strategy over time on how to get there from here. Develop a time-frame. Example: For saving money this year, I will have $50 taken out of my checking account and moved to savings each pay period. By this time next year, I will have at least $1200.00 in savings.

7. Reluctance to make a commitment or to tell others about your resolutions or goals may reduce the vulnerability that you feel about possibly looking foolish, but it undermines your efforts.
When you let others know that you have a goal/resolution, you allow others to assist you in your efforts. Perhaps some of the people closest to you have the same ones. You could team up.

Some of the most common New Year's Resolutions are to 1) lose weight/get healthy, 2) save money/manage debt, 3) get a better job, 4) get an education, 5) stop drinking/smoking/gambling, 6) improve the quality of your life by spending time with loved ones/manage stress better/learning how to enjoy life, 7) find a partner/be a better partner. Most of these goals take longer than a year to accomplish, but much progress can be made within a year, and the process is the prize.

There are more recovery tools on my website for your use. There are a number of articles and worksheets on individual and family dynamics of addiction and recovery, Recommended Readings, an "Ask Peggy" column, a Links page with additional resources, and a newsletter that will alert you to new educational/informational opportunity releases. To purchase my ebook, "Understanding Cross Addiction to Prevent Relapse" go to

My website is a work in progress. To visit my website or to sign up for my newsletter, go to
Peggy L. Ferguson, Ph.D., Licensed Alcohol/Drug Counselor, Licensed Marital/Family Therapist, Author, Trainer, Consultant, Private Practice Professional providing services in Stillwater Oklahoma.


From - 12/27/11 - "Testimonial: Pampering #26":


I guess that, being an author, I somehow always find something to write to you all about at FlyLady, testimonial-wise. But since it is Pampering Month & I actually (ahem...) listened to you this year & took the words to heart, I'd thought I'd quickly share what I'm doing for myself.

I decided that my feet were what I wanted to beautify, and make feel better. I already dress to socks & lace-up shoes every morning, putting on Neutrogena Foot Cream before doing so, and have done that for a few years. That keeps away flaking & aching, but I'm still prone to calluses. I hadn't painted my toenails in a long time, either, something that I enjoyed when I was younger - I've more recently deemed it frivolous. But then I decided that I really do like looking down at pretty feet, after all, even if I'm the only one who sees them! I bought an inexpensive tool from CoverGirl that has a brush on one side & a pumice stone, with a handle (it's even in my favorite color, turquoise :D). I also bought some equally inexpensive Freeman Plum & Peppermint Foot Scrub, and have been using the tool & foot scrub each day in the shower. I also painted my nails, including base coat, two coats of a pretty but neutral color & top coat - the whole nine yards. I do a new pedicure every three weeks now.

I already owned a diamond foot file (that was an investment, as they're not cheap. but they literally last a lifetime & are *so* superior in the end). I, being a master procrastinator, put off filing my feet constantly. So I just made it my mission to file for one minute a day per foot - no more, no less - right before putting on my foot cream daily. Worked like a charm. My feet haven't been so soft since I was literally a baby. My foot cream is working even better because my skin is properly exfoliated. A maximum of five minutes a day, and I have pretty & comfy feet even at the start of winter here. Thanks for the reminder each December to take time out for ourselves.



Kelly here: Our habit this month is pampering.

Have you take some time just for yourself during this very busy time?

I want you to find a way to pamper yourself everyday!



From - 12/27/11:

Little Johnny's kindergarten class was on a field trip to their local police station where they saw pictures tacked to a bulletin board of the 10 most wanted criminals. One of the youngsters pointed to a picture and asked if it really was the photo of a wanted person.

'Yes,' said the policeman. 'The detectives want very badly to capture him.

'Little Johnny asked, 'Why didn't you keep him when you took his picture?’


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 


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                                 Love to all, Carol






Maoz Tsur

    Maoz Tsur yesuati
lekha naeh leshabeah,
tikon bet tefilati
vesham todah nezebeah.
Leet tahkin matbeah,
mitzar hamnabeah
az egmor beshir mizmor
hanukat hamizbeah.
az egmor beshir mizmor
hanukat hamizbeah.
  Rock of Ages let our song
Praise Thy saving power;
Thou amidst the raging foes
Wast our sheltt'ring tower.
Furious they assailed us,
But Thine arm availed us,
And Thy word broke their sword
When our own strength failed us.
And Thy word broke their sword
When our own strength failed us.


“Maoz Tsur” midi courtesy of - 12/24/05

"Maoz Tsur" lyrics (and available sheet music) transcribed from - 12/29/05
(My deepest apologies if I mutilated the transcription.)

Image of Jerusalem's Temple Institute's Solid Gold Menorah courtesy of - 12/29/05

Hanukkah Image (©2006 Adam Rhine) used to form Divider Lines courtesy of - 12/29/05

Menorah clip art used to form Divider Lines courtesy of - 12/29/05

Bad Surprise Smiley courtesy of - 10/21/10

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

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

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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