Northwood Girls Finish Terrific Soccer Season!
2012 Northwood Flying Squirrels Grade 3-4 Girls Soccer Team
finished its fall season with a terrific 10-3-1 record including 8
straight games without a loss. Front row, left to right, Alexandra
Elliot, Addison Cox, Isabella Mae, Mara Downie, Jennifer
Bettencourt, and Angelina Rene. Second row, left to right, Head
Coach Dave Elliot, Libby White, Miranda Compton, Jordan Dean, Meghan
Brieger, and Mary Joy. Back row, left to right, Team Manager Zachery
Elliot and Assistant Coach Mike Brieger.
Northwood’s Purple Flying Squirrels Grade 3-4 girls soccer team
finished first in its division in the regular season with a 8-1-1
Northwood opened the season with three straight wins versus
Pittsfield, Epsom 2, and Chichester before suffering its only
in-season loss to Epsom. The Squirrels then defeated Northwood 1 and
tied Epsom 1 before finishing regular season play with five straight
annual Epsom post-season tournament, Northwood defeated Epsom 2
(1-0) and Chichester (2-1, 4-1 on penalty kicks) before losing its
first game in more than a month of play, 1-0, to Epsom 1. The
Squirrels were then eliminated in a heartbreaking loss by Epsom 2 in
the double elimination round robin tournament.
Northwood finished its season with a sparkling 10-3-1 record.
Addison Cox and Jennifer Bettencourt led the team in scoring
followed closely by Angel Rene. Cox also stopped eight of 10 penalty
kicks in goal in the semi-final tournament loss to Epsom 1. Cox,
Bettencourt, Rene, and Elliot had PK goals in the win versus
Chichester. Elliot scored her second shootout PK of the tourney in
as many games against Epsom 2.
Grader Issy Mae was the anchor of the defense all season which
allowed only 16 goals in 14 games. Meghan Brieger, Libby White, and
Mara Downie also contributed to the team’s defensive success. 2nd
Grader Mary Joy, 3rd grader Jordan Dean, and 4th grader Miranda
Compton all helped power Northwood’s high scoring offense. The
Squirrels netted 32 goals on the season.
highlights included 3-goal hat trick performances by Cox versus
Northwood 1 and Bettencourt versus Epsom 2. Elliot also scored a
thrilling come from behind early season game-winning goal with just
two minutes to play versus Epsom 2 to give her team a 2-1 victory.
Letter To The Editor
clear, I am a School Board member. I do not speak for them, but
being a SB member does not take away my free speech rights.
with interest both the letter from Tom Chase last week and a
rebuttal from Jim Hadley today. I love stirring the pot; so let me
get right into the middle of it all.
takes an amount of money to operate Northwood School. There is a war
going on here in Northwood between the SB and the Budget Committee.
It should not cost over $17,000 to teach a fourth grader. There are
many colleges that cost less. It started small, 4 or 5 years ago, as
many wars do. The BC just wanted backup for a growing budget.
Northwood School Board has not really looked at, dissected and
accounted for every hard earned dollar you have been taxed for in
its budget for years. When Kenny and I wanted an audit to account
for a $538,000 overspend in Special Education we were voted down.
Make there be accountability. Keep that in mind when you vote in
believe in the BC. It is great for checks and balances. I believe
the SB started the war, and then pushed. But, the BC fell into the
same trap. Instead of going line by line and assessing what is
really needed to educate our children, they just took an easy way
out. Wham, bam, thank you Ma’am and off they went.
Chase is right. We need to cherish our children. And Mr. Hadley is
right, we have to do it in a responsible way, to them and the
taxpayers who foot the bill. The kids, specifically regular
education kids are the unintended casualties.
Northwood Food Pantry volunteers would like to extend a sincere
thank you to everyone who has made a donation in some way to the
food pantry during this holiday season. Your generosity has helped
our friends and neighbors who have fallen on hard times, to enjoy
the holiday season.
would like to thank the Northwood Fire Rescue Association for
organizing the Northwood Santa’s Helper Program. This year (63)
children in Northwood had a brighter Christmas because of their
efforts, and the contributions to the program from Northwood
Tribute To A Caring And Compassionate Neighbor
Submitted By Bobby And Rose Toye,
truly sorry it has taken this long to write “Daisy’s Tribute”, but I
am still grieving her loss. Yet, the following space is dedicated to
a very compassionate and blessed human being named Dave Docko.
words “Thank You” are trivial words we use everyday. Therefore, to
say thank you to Dave Docko in my heart and mind is not enough for
“Daisy” and myself.
assisted me in burying “Daisy” in a truly honored and respected way
in which this horse deserved.
horse “Daisy” came into my life in 2010 after Mom and Dad had just
passed away. We were living on Newfound Lake at the time and I chose
to quit work to allow Mom and Dad to pass peacefully at home as
their wishes stated.
resumed working in Exeter and decided the commute was just too much
for me since now my handicapped brother was my responsibility.
Deciding to place the home on the market in the summer was Bobby and
my decision. However, we started passing by this horse who was now
tied to a tree outside a house down the road. After seeing she
rarely had food and water and was standing in her own muck, I went
down and talked with the family.
house was on 10 acres on a mountain with an empty barn and had three
acres of fenced pasture. The man gladly gave “Daisy” to us. She was
15 years old, a previous sulky racer, Standardbred that was 14.2
hands high, could barely walk, had bald spots, and a dark brown
owning a horse at 58 years old, I immediately called the vet, who
wrote down exactly what “Daisy” needed to get back to a healthy
well-being. She weighed 750 pounds at this time.
and I finally sold the house with a huge loss due to the economy,
yet found a wonderful community called Northwood.
flourished during the next two years. She came to me on a Sunday
after Thanksgiving in 2010 and left me on the Sunday after
Thanksgiving in 2012.
started acting “funny” a month earlier and the vet told me she had
Lyme Disease that was chronic. After two weeks into the medicine,
she started acting like herself. She loved to be groomed and
massaged again as well as being in my company.
Sunday after Thanksgiving it was so warm and sunny. We spent all day
on Sundays together as well as up to five hours daily in each others
day all of a sudden she started to trot like her beautiful body did
with head up, tail up and legs just high and mighty. Then she turned
and ran up the hill in the middle of her pasture and collapsed. As
she was trying to get up, I realized she had broken her front leg.
By the time the vet came, she was on the ground moaning and rolling.
I knew what needed to be done, yet did not understand the logistics
of a death of a horse.
the knowledge of a wonderful family of horse owners down our Ridge
Road, we contacted Dave Docko.
came out with no hesitation asking me where I wished to have her
buried. I stayed with “Daisy” until her final breathe. I could not
stand seeing her buried, so I asked Dave to decide. He buried her
under her favorite group of apple trees.
this space gave you “Daisy’s” life with me, but I felt I needed to
tell everyone in Northwood what “Daisy” meant to me and having a
person like Dave give my “good girl” the respect and compassion she
deserved during her last moments on earth was necessary.
honestly hope Northwood understands what a wonderful person Dave
Docko is and how fortunate we are to have him in our community.
though Bobby and I have had nothing but trouble with this place we
bought, we have found out that the people in Northwood are very
thank you all for your presence in our lives. But, again, Dave Docko,
thank you just does not seem to be enough to show the gratitude we
feel for your service to “Daisy.”
donated all of “Daisy’s” belongings to Live and Let Live Farm in
Chichester. They accept abused, neglected animals as well as farm
animals a family cannot afford anymore. All donations and
volunteers are welcome.
Northwood Planning Board Invitation To Discuss Agriculture;
Revised Master Plan Update Work Session Schedule
Northwood Planning Board invites you to discuss Agriculture and
Related Issues at its January 10th work session at the Community
Center on Main Street at 6:30 pm. The board decided to address
agriculture in more depth since it has received some input on
agriculture from its visioning sessions and the community survey
responses as part of its Master Plan Update Review
public is encouraged to attend to listen, provide input, and take
part in the discussion.
board’s Master Plan Update work session schedule has been revised as
follows: Economic Development, Income and Employment will be
discussed on March 14 (no change); Transportation on April 11; and
Population and Housing will be discussed on May 9. Master plan
discussions begin at 6:30.