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12/30/11 - NNHS Newsletter - Ring Out, Wild Bells

“Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on,
with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.” 

- Hal Borland
(14 May 1900 - 22 Feb 1978)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   This Newsletter theme tends to repeat annually:

BONUS #1 - - Ring Out, Wild Bells - Mormon Tabernacle Choir

BONUS #2 - - Ring Out, Wild Bells - Electric guitar and violin duet

BONUS #3 - -  Ring Out, Wild Bells


"Alfred, Lord Tennyson is considered the most representative poet of the Victorian Age in England, and many of his works characterize the conflict between the Christian faith and the beginnings of the scientific revolution. The death of his sister's fiancé, Arthur Henry Hallam, at the age of 22 plunged Tennyson into profound shock and a lifelong struggle between faith and doubt. "Ring Out, Wild Bells," generally considered a New Year's hymn, is taken from the 106th Canto of In Memoriam, Tennyson's monumental elegy to Hallam that was published in 1850, the same year that he was appointed Poet Laureate."


    Happy Birthday today to 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!

    Happy Birthday tomorrow to 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!

    Happy Birthday this week to:

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;

05 -   Carolyn McCormick Holmes ('57) AND  Cammie Dick Gibson ('57) AND the late     Doc Hudson (Warwick HS - '60) of VA (d. 24 Apr 2010);

06 -       Harry Covert ('57) of Northern VA AND    Steve Veazey ('60) of VA AND Diane Sandler Marcus ('69) of MD!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 


Monday, Dec. 30, 1861

The United States Government, as well as independent banks in several cities, today suspended “specie payment.” This refers to the fact that at this time paper money was viewed with suspicion unless it could be readily converted into the equivalent amount of gold or silver. The suspension of specie frequently led to drastic inflation as the value of paper currency declined, sometimes to zero if the bank issuing it failed. The matter of a stable and uniform currency for the entire country was not yet settled and would not be for some time.

Tuesday, Dec. 30, 1862

The USS Monitor, although a tremendous breakthrough in warship technology and a terrific firing platform in good circumstances, was not a particularly seaworthy craft in heavy water. For this reason she had been ordered to be towed to her new assignment as part of the blockade off the Carolinas. The two vessels were passing off the point of Cape Hatteras as the sun went down today, with the wind rising and the waves growing to entirely dangerous heights. Around eight p.m. a red flare was fired from the Monitor to indicate to her towboat, the USS Rhode Island, that she was taking on water and in immediate distress.

Wednesday, Dec. 30, 1863

The governor of North Carolina, Zebulon B. Vance, looked around at the state of his state, and on this day was severely depressed. He was hearing nothing from his citizens at the end of this year but complaints. He today took pen in hand, and wrote to President Jefferson Davis, “I have concluded that it will perhaps be impossible to remove [the discontent of his people], except by making some effort at negotiation with the enemy.” This was not the sort of "Happy New Year" note Davis was hoping for.

Friday, Dec. 30, 1864

One might think that by this point in the proceedings that there were two kinds of assignments you could give Gen. Benjamin Butler. You could assign him to manage a site like Fort Monroe, or an occupied city like New Orleans, and he would do a spectacular job. Or you could send him to lead troops into battle, which was invariably an unmitigated disaster. The last such assignment had been the attack on Wilmington, N.C., and the predictable result had ensued. Lincoln suggested to his cabinet today that Butler would soon be on the unemployment line.

      From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 12/29/11 - "Origin of Amazing Grace - Watch and be amazed!":

This is powerful!

At Carnegie Hall, gospel singer Wintley Phipps delivers perhaps the most powerful rendition of Amazing Grace ever recorded. He says, "A lot of people don't realize that just about all Negro spirituals are written on the black notes of the piano. Probably the most famous on this slave scale was written by John Newton, who used to be the captain of a slave ship, and many believe he heard this melody that sounds very much like a West African sorrow chant. And it has a haunting, haunting plaintive quality to it that reaches past your arrogance, past your pride, and it speaks to that part of you that's in bondage. We feel it. It's just one of the most amazing melodies in all of human history." After sharing the noteworthy history of the song, Mr. Phipps delivers a stirring performance that brings the audience to its feet!

   WOWZERONI! Thank you so much, Dools! I had never read or heard this fascinating information about Negro spirituals using the piano's black keys exclusively, but I did notice that this written description is perhaps a bit misleading. John Newton wrote the lyrics; he did not compose the melody.  The one with which we are most familiar is known as "New Britain". Mr. Phipps clarifies it more fully in his introduction to the song - which is almost as powerful as his rendition.


... When originally used in Olney, it is unknown what music, if any, accompanied the verses written by John Newton. At the time, hymnbooks did not contain music and were simply small books of religious poetry. The first known instance of Newton's lines joined to music was in A Companion to the Countess of Huntingdon’s Hymns (London, 1808), where it is set to the tune "Hephzibah" by English composer John Jenkins Husband.[44] Common meter hymns were interchangeable with a variety of tunes; more than twenty musical settings of "Amazing Grace" circulated with varying popularity until 1835 when William Walker assigned Newton's words to a traditional song named "New Britain", which was itself an amalgamation of two melodies ("Gallaher" and "St. Mary") first published in the Columbian Harmony by Charles H. Spilman and Benjamin Shaw (Cincinnati, 1829). Spilman and Shaw, both students at Kentucky's Centre College, compiled their tunebook both for public worship and revivals, to satisfy "the wants of the Church in her triumphal march." Most of the tunes had been previously published, but "Gallaher" and "St. Mary" had not.[45] As neither tune is attributed, and both show elements of oral transmission, scholars can only speculate on the tune's origins. These guesses include a Scottish folk ballad as many of the new residents of Kentucky and Tennessee were immigrants from Scotland,[46] or folk songs developed in Virginia,[47] or South Carolina, William Walker's home state.[48]

"Amazing Grace", with the words written by Newton and joined with "New Britain", the melody most currently associated with it, appeared for the first time in Walker's shape note tunebook Southern Harmony in 1847.[48] It was, according to author Steve Turner, a "marriage made in heaven...The music behind 'amazing' had a sense of awe to it. The music behind 'grace' sounded graceful. There was a rise at the point of confession, as though the author was stepping out into the open and making a bold declaration, but a corresponding fall when admitting his blindness."[49] Walker's collection was enormously popular, selling about 600,000 copies all over the U.S. when the total population was just over 20 million. Another shape note tunebook named The Sacred Harp (1844) by Georgia residents Benjamin Franklin White and Elisha J. King became widely influential and continues to be used...[50]

   The Sacred Harp shape note tunebook is of course the very one that        our #5 son, Nathaniel Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '97) of IL gave me for Christmas last year. 

   Thanks again, Faniel - and thanks again for this powerful video, Dools!!

   From Jack Nelson ('54) of Northern VA - 12/29/11 - "Health Trends 'NNHS Class of '54':

It's that time of year again when we say good-bye to the old and ring in the new.  Hope you had a wonderful 2011 and are looking forward to a fantastic 2012. 

Imagine pulling a shiny new key out of your pocket, one that opens the door to a whole new future for you and your family.  It's not a metaphor; education on health can help you with the lifestyle you've always dreamed about.  Live well in 2012, your body will thank you for it.

 The answers to the questions in the December newsletter will not be published at this time as no one submitted their answers to qualify for a $100 healthy Christmas gift.  I will wait until a later date to reintroduce these questions.


Happy New Year !

“NNHS Class of ’54 – Health Trends”

January, 2012


Toxic chemicals leach out of polystyrene products into food that they contain.  These chemicals threaten human health and reproductive systems.  These products are made with petroleum, a non-sustainable, heavily polluting and disappearing commodity.

Studies suggest that styrene mimics estrogen in the body and can disrupt normal hormone functions, possibly contributing to thyroid problems, menstrual irregularity related problems as well as breast cancer and prostate cancer.

Styrene is a benzene-based molecule and the evidence against benzone is pretty clear, so we should avoid polystyrene and all plastic when it comes to consuming or storing food.

0.25% of styrene gets transformed into beverages or food in a single use from the containers.  What foods are at risk of accumulating styrene from their container?

·       Foods with high fat content

·       Tea with lemon

·       Hot foods and beverages

Not only is there a chance that foam containers are hazardous to our health, but they are not eco friendly and do not break down in landfills.  They are also polluting our streams, lakes and rivers.  There is a new bill in California to ban take out containers.  One county has already banned foam containers.  McDonalds and some other fast food restaurants have switched to paper.  However, McDonalds still has polystyrene cups for iced tea.

Styrene is a neurotoxin (causing hearing loss, spatial disorientation and impacting balance) and is associated with increased lymphoma, leukemia and other types of cancer.

Marine animals die from ingesting foam.  Polystyrene food containers are not recyclable as they are considered dirty by the recycling industry.

Alvin & Jean Mizelle

“Health Educators”

YOWZERONI! Thanks so much, Jack! Happy New Year to you and yours, too!

      From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - "Acapella Hymn":

Acapella Hymn

Take a minute in quietness for this beautiful piece to start or end your day...

   OH, WOW! Thanks again, Dools!

   From Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 12/20/11 - "Clever Ideas to Make Life Easier (#10 in a Series of 24)":

  Some of these ideas are really good.

Look up! Use wire to make a space to store gift wrap rolls against the ceiling, rather than cluttering up the floor.

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


EASY MEALS FROM MR. FOOD'S TEST KITCHEN: - Tangy Pork Chops - "Simmer these sweet 'n' tangy pork chops to bring out the citrusy orange flavor everybody will go crazy for." - Asian Chicken Supreme - "We can't decide if it's the ramen noodles, the crunchy veggies, the tender chicken, or the fact that it's a tasty meal-in-one that makes this Asian Chicken Supreme such a treat! What do you think?"

BONUS HOLIDAY RECIPES: - Recipes for a New Year's Buffet: Spinach and Bean Salad - Recipes for a New Year's Buffet: Pork with Cherry and Wild Rice Stuffing - Recipes for a New Year's Buffet: Roast Beef with Horseradish Cream

From - 12/29/11 - "Testimonial: Pampering #28":

Dear FlyLady,

I have a fear of being left alone or not able to shop while sick with the flu and not be able to take care of myself. So what I do is keep myself stocked up with simple remedies that I may need: like soup, jello, crackers, bananas, pudding, soda to settle my stomach, fever medicine. I don't know if this rates as pampering, but it is a way of taking some of the fear away.

A FlyBaby

Kelly here: Our habit this month is pampering.

Do something nice for yourself today!

I am so proud of you.


From - 12/29/11:

Shut Up and Trouble were walking down a path. Trouble got lost. So, Shut Up went to the police officer. The police officer asked, "What's your name?"

He answered, "Shut Up."

He asked again "What's your name?"

"Shut Up."

The police officer asked, "Are you looking for trouble?!"

"Yeah, I lost him down a path about two miles ago."

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

                                 Love to all, Carol





Ring Out, Wild Bells

Music by Crawford Gates, 1948
 (b. Dec 1921)

Words by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, 1850
(6 Aug 1809 - 6 Oct 1892)

  1. Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty light:
The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.

2. Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow;
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.

3. Ring out the grief that saps the mind,
For those that here we see no more;
Ring out the feud of rich and poor,
Ring in redress to all mankind.

4. Ring out a slowly dying cause,
And ancient forms of party strife;
Ring in the nobler modes of life,
With sweeter manners, purer laws.
5. Ring out the want, the care, the sin,
The faithless coldness of the times;
Ring out, ring out my mournful rhymes,
But ring the fuller minstrel in.

6. Ring out false pride in place and blood.
The civic slander and the spite;
Ring in the love of truth and right,
Ring in the common love of good.

7. Ring out old shapes of foul disease,
Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
Ring out the thousand wars of old,
Ring in the thousand years of peace.

8. Ring in the valiant man and free,
The larger heart, the kindlier hand;
Ring out the darkness of the land,
Ring in the Christ that is to be.

"Ring Out, Wild Bells" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 12/30/06

Animated White Bells clip art courtesy of - 12/29/10

Curly Red and White Ribbon Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 12/28/09

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!

Animated USMC Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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

Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

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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