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October 30, 2013

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The Suncook Valley Area Lions Club (formerly the Pittsfield/Barnstead club) will be selling SOUPS, CHOWDERS AND CHILIS at the Rotary Club Penny Sale on Sat. Nov. 2 starting at 6pm at the PMHS lobby.  Come early and enjoy a delicious homemade soup or chili and then have a great time at the Penny Sale.  For more information, contact Ed at 435-5052.




Veteran Benefits Class


As part of their continuing schedule of outreach/community events, your VFW department service office will be conducting an informative class concerning benefits widows of veterans are entitled to submit VA claims for, after the loss of their veteran spouse.  The event will be held with the Joseph J. Jeffrey Memorial Post #7217, at the Northwood Community Center, 135 Main Street, Northwood, NH 03261, on Saturday, November 9 from 12 noon to 2 pm.


All Veterans are invited and encouraged to attend this event and you do NOT have to be eligible for membership within the VFW to attend this class.



Wellspring Counseling will close on November 26, 2013. The address for records will continue to be: Wellspring, PO Box 74, Pittsfield, NH 03263.





Our Lady of Lourdes Women’s Club of Pittsfield and St. Joseph Women’s Club of Northwood will be holding their annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, 11/2/13, from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM in the parish hall in Northwood, NH. (Route 4, next to the Town Hall). There will be craft items, knitted goods, a white elephant table with some brand new items, raffles, which include Celtic tickets, and a bake sale. We will again have our ever-popular cookie walk with some new and different varieties. There will be morning muffins and coffee and a luncheon served with some delicious favorites. Drop by for a visit, you will not be sorry.



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Kristina Ingram and Dr. Sarath Bhimineni were married on August 17th at the Atkinson Resort and Country Club in Atkinson,  N.H. The ceremony was performed by Dana Swenson, uncle of the bride. Mrs. Bhimineni is the daughter of Deborah Swenson of Lakeland, FL and Willis Ingram of N. Conway, N.H.  She attended Coe-Brown Northwood Academy, Norwich college and Labore college. Mrs. Bhimineni is a registered nurse. Dr. Bhimineni is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Rao Bhimineni of Phoenix, AZ.  He recently completed his residency at the University of Massachusetts Memorial Hospital. The couple will be living in Glendale, AZ.



Harvey Lake Woman’s Club News

 Submitted By Lucy Silva And Roberta Stearns


Harvey Lake Woman’s Club Guest Night featured Don Silva speaking on Henry David Thoreau was enjoyed by all.  We welcomed new member Cindy Ego of Jenness Pond Road of Northwood.


The GFWC-New England Regional Conference, held in Hampton, New Hampshire, was attended by President Ginny Rogers, who participated in the Market Place.  Betty Smith and Ginny Rogers attended the GFWC-NH Fall Field Rally in Exeter.  Information was shared on domestic violence, community involvement, “sew much comfort,” shaken baby syndrome and fund raising.


At the October 11 Pillow Workshop twelve members and three guests completed 108 pillows.


The Northwood Food Pantry especially requests coffee and tea this month.


HLWC is a service organization and a member of General Federation of Women’s Clubs-NH.  Its object is to promote sociability and culture and to make itself a power for good in the community.  All women in the area are invited to join us.



Letter To The Editor


I am deeply concerned about the information we are receiving about Northern Pass and so went to web site for Deerfield,


Most interesting is the statement by Lisa Wolford of the Deerfield Planning Board that she had sent letters to all 70 abutters of the power lines.  Further that people voted against Northern Pass for our community but I wonder how many voting against the project know that the taxes to be paid by our highest tax payer would reduce their taxes by about $1.50 per thousand or $450 per 300 hundred thousand of assessed value.


While I am concerned about the height causing view problems can they be any worse than the present towers and lines?  What I am more looking at is we will get natural power without burning coal, oil or other products and save our air quality. If you have Asthma in family that should be just as much a concern.  I am further amazed that many say NH won’t benefit but since all electricity going to a central grid can be sold to state most in need at any one time I see a benefit albeit not all ours.


I would like to see more before the hysteria of the group think causes our elected officials to turn away that which could benefit society by cleaner air.


Admittedly there are costs to most industry and the cost of high power lines may just be our less than beneficial societal cost to have enough electricity for the population.  But at least in saving the air pollution that those with children with asthma or other breathing problems will be safer.


Harriet E. Cady




Neil English, A Complete Basket Case 

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The Northwood Historical Society will be hosting a harvest supper and program on November 12th at the Community Hall in the Northwood narrows.  The Program will be given by Neil English of Epsom on the ash splint basket making traditions of the Wabanaki tribes of Maine and the Canadian Maritimes which include Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, Maliseet and Mikmaq tribes.


Neil’s Interest in the basket making of these tribes stems from the fact that his Great Grandfather, Everett Scott was a Penobscot Indian. Neil’s “collection” is constantly growing and includes examples from each of the four tribes. Some of the baskets date back to 1835.  Neil will guide you on the trail of the brown ash and sweet grass basket, the utilitarian feather basket, on to baskets that hold a single sewing thimble, and to fancy Victorian styles. He will discuss how the craft declined in the 1940’s but made a come back in the 1970’s. Come listen to this great local speaker.


The Harvest supper will be potluck and begin at 6:00pm. Please bring your own utensils and plate. Drinks will be provided. The program will begin at 7:00.  See you there.



Else Cilley Chapter, NSDAR October News

Submitted By Jan Gilman

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Regent Nancy Gervino encourages partrons at the Nottingham Day Celebration to visit the Else Cilley Chapter, Daughtersof the American Revolution booth. Six dozen American flags were distributed during this event.


The Else Cilley Chapter, NSDAR, of Nottingham participated in the town’s Nottingham Day Celebrations. Members staffed a booth with information about the chapter, a coloring activity for children, and a variety of items for a drawing. Proceeds from the drawing benefit the many chapter projects, including scholarships, awards for several educational and environmental contests, as well as preservation of the chapter’s historic Nottingham Square Schoolhouse.


The Else Cilley Chapter of the DAR works with the State and National Societies to promote historic preservation, education, and patriotism. For a full list of Chapter meetins and more information about the chapter, visit our website at



Turkey Trot – 5K Trail Race


The Northwood Recreation Department will begin holding our first Turkey Trot 5K race.  The race will be held at the Northwood Meadows State Park on Thanksgiving Morning at 8:30 AM. This is a family friendly race on a beautiful trail with a fantastic finish. Build a new family tradition. The race day schedule is as follows.



7:30-8:15 AM: Race-day registration and bib pickup

8:30 AM:  5K Turkey Trot start

9:30 AM: Awards Ceremony at start/finish line


Online registration is available at Racers can also register in person with the Northwood Recreation Department.Register by November 1st to take advantage of the early registration discount.  The cost of the race is $25 for everyone over 10 years old and a t-shirt will be included.  10 years old and under will pay only $15.00 without a t-shirt.  After November 1st the price will increase by $5.00.


Contact the Northwood Recreation Department at 942-5586 x209 or by e-mail at [email protected] for additional information.



CBNA Parent Information Nights


Coe-Brown Northwood Academy will be holding Parent Information Nights for parents who are interested in learning more about the school.


For Barrington and Nottingham parents, this is an opportunity to learn more about the curriculum and what is available at Coe-Brown as they make their decisions of where to send their children to high school.  For Northwood and Strafford parents, it is an opportunity to learn more about the school as well as get acquainted with the various programs offered.


The night will include an information session, opportunity to ask questions, as well as a tour of the campus.  The Barrington Parent Night will be Monday, November 4 at 6:30 PM.  The Northwood/Strafford Parent Night will be Thursday, November 7 at 6:30 PM and the Nottingham Parent Night will be Tuesday, November 19 at 6:30 PM.


If you are from another town and are interested in Coe-Brown, you are welcome to attend one of these sessions as well.



Letter To The Editor


To the Editor,

I’d like to opine on some issues specific to Northwood School. It’s easy to harp, however we have reached a point where improvements are being made and you should know that too. These are “my” opinions.


* The SAU. We have a new Superintendent, Dr. Bob Gadomski, Special Education Director Scott Reuning and Business Administrator Marjorie Whitmore. Without singling out anyone except to say that Dr. Bob seems to know that everything, correctly, comes from the top, this new Administration has made remarkable and positive changes. Energy! Great start guys.


 Studies. We have a new SAU Management Study that is being implemented and a great help. Shortly we will have the results of a comprehensive Special Education Audit that will give us more help.


* The Budget. It’s not quite finished but is substantially reduced and honest.


* Teacher and support staff contracts are ongoing and we expect to bring approvable ones to you in March.


* 6 teacher retirements. We saved more than expected, 91K the first year. That’s allowing us to fix some safety issues and purchase needed items. A  party was held for those six with about 70 attendees. Great fun!


* Education. No specifics but there is a new “feel” to our school.


 A better working School Board, a vastly improved SAU and in Principal Hartford’s opinion the best school start up since he has been here are all part of it. Attitude! We are getting there.


A budget, a support staff and teacher contract that you will approve are goals for this year. Technology is an area that we need your help on. Without hardware, software and training our students will not be able to keep up with their peers here in NH, never mind the US or World.


Thanks for your continued support,

Tim Jandebeur,





Bion F. Gardner


Bion F. Gardner, 77, died October 21, 2013 at his home in Northwood, NH.


He was born January 19, 1936 in Deerfield, NH, son of the late Felix Edmund Gardner and Irene Pearl (Higgins) Wilson.


Bion grew up and lived most of his life in Deerfield, NH. He served in the United States Air Force from 1955-1956. Bion formerly worked as a logger for Dubois and Avery Campbell. He was a truck driver for Don Wheeler and lastly employed as a painter at the Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant. Bion had resided in Northwood, NH for the past 15 years.


He served on the Deerfield Volunteer Fire Department for many years.


His hobbies included, hunting deer and fishing.


Bion was predeceased by his siblings, Bobby, Ronald, Earl, and Juanita.


He is survived by his wife, Flora (Hodgdon) Gardner of Northwood, NH, daughter and son-in-law, Stephanie and Jim Dunn of Hooksett, NH, daughter, Bobbi Barden of Gilford, NH, three stepdaughters, Susan Wright and her husband Ken Wright, Nancy Nadeau, and Phyllis Archambault, stepsons, Wayne and his wife Stella Chase, Tim Chase, and Dennis Hurteau, 2 grandchildren, Mariah and Breanna, 5 step grandchildren, 2 brothers, Junior Gardner, Richard Gardner, 2 sisters, Pearl Demyonavich and Beverly Shepard, and numerous nieces and nephews.


A memorial service was held on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at the Brewitt Funeral Home, Raymond, NH. Graveside services followed at the Old North Cemetery, Garland Rd., Nottingham.


Donations may be made in his memory to the Concord Regional VNA & Hospice, 240 Pleasant St., Concord, NH 03301.


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