candidates for public office in the Northwood town and school
district election are invited to speak at a public forum to be held
at the Northwood Town Hall on Wednesday, February 27th at 7 p.m. All
Northwood citizens are urged to attend. This is a great opportunity
to meet the people who are running for the open positions and whose
names will appear on the ballot. Election Day is Tuesday March 12,
with voting to take place at St. Joseph’s Parish Center.
Northwood School Honor Roll
Adams, Benjamin Brieger, Makayla DeButts, Victoria Johnston, Evan
Lentz, Michael MacEachern, Ryan Reeves, Mark Sommer, Mary Thoms,
Paige Valli, Samantha Welch
Katherine Blake, Jaden Boulanger, Brianna Burke, James Cirillo,
Matthew Davis, Megan Edgecomb, Elizabeth Flanagan, Samuel Goad,
Sebastian Goulet, Hailie Holland, Ryan Hughes, Scott Ireland,
Brianna Jackson, Sophie Laird, Brynna Meeker, Ethan Meeker, Patrick
Murray, Kendall Nester, Eli Pinard, Elizabeth Reeves, Madison Tatem,
Morgan Tatem, Elijah Tomlinson-Burrell, Willow Tritter, Samantha
Allen, Braelin Ash, Benjamin Cote, Dylan DeTrude, Nicholas Dyer,
Emma Tobbe, Megan Wimsatt
Bailey, Isabelle Balch, Kylee Blad, Clayton Canfield, Derek Capo,
Madison Cunningham, Taylor Edgecomb, Olivia Farrar, Kevin Hennessey,
Ryan Holland, Sarah Jensen, Cooper Leduke, Mary Lee, Mason Lobello,
Lillian Marie, Jonathan Moehlmann, Carly Ramsey, Adrianna Reid,
Jacob Rich, Madison Rollins, Zachery Sheehan, Samuel Thurston, Emily
Iller, Julia Sommer
Annis, Ethan Chaney, Emily Cunningham, Hannah Halka, Brady Johnson,
Alexis Kendall, Nina-Marie Laramee, Emily Lentz, Stephanie Messina,
Scott Norwood, Kayla Pollak, Aiyana Rollins, Scott Spenard, Nicolas
Alexander Gray, Caitlyn Pitre, Sarah Turmel
Adcock, Isaiah Allen, Emily Barnes, Cassandra Barnhart, Joel
Boulanger, Matthew Brown, Abigail Devaney, River Groves, Joseph
Guptill, Emily Hughes, Sophia Menjivar, McKenzie Moehlmann, Jordain
Pierce, Samantha Roche, Thomas Sheehan, Shawn Spenard
February 6th issue of The Sun, Mr. Chase wrote in favor of
increasing our taxes. When most Americans are tightening their belts
and cutting spending, our elected representatives are looking for
creative ways to tax us more. Mr. Chase thinks it is a great idea to
increase our gas taxes from 19 cents/gallon to 31 cents/gallon over
3 years—an increase of 4 cents annually. That doesn’t sound like
much, right? Actually, it is a 21% tax increase annually,
culminating in a 63% increase on the 3rd year.
would result in transportation cost of goods and services increasing
in like manor. This 63% increase in our personal gas tax liability
would also increase a myriad of hidden costs. It could be argued
that it would cost an average family only $1.00 to $2.00 increase
per week, but the cost of food, oil and gas for heat, merchandise of
all kinds, and in home services would increase to accommodate the
added expense. There would be a domino effect—touching every aspect
of our economy.
However, in Mr. Chase’s short sighted words, he hoped Mr. Hodgdon
would support the tax because it would be “good for his business.”
Instead, it would drastically increase contractor’s overhead which
would inevitably be passed on to consumers.
of increasing taxes we should strive to find ways of cutting
spending by 10% annually for the next 3 years. That would free up
revenue to be applied to road construction and infrastructure. Mr.
Chase, you have it completely backwards. Mr. Bruce Hodgdon would be
correct to vote against increased taxes. We need fiscally
responsible legislators who prefer smaller, more effective
government. We do not need legislators who propose to swell the
government juggernaut to the financial demise of the constituents
Northwood Teachers’ Association
child, Every Chance, Every Day
Northwood Teachers’ Association (N.T.A.) is celebrating teaching and
teachers with its
Teacher of the Month:
things I love best about teaching are the moments when the children
understand something. I love teaching science units. The life cycle
of the butterfly, frog, and chicken are some of my favorites. I also
really love the nursery rhyme show that the children perform. They
develop a wonderful self-confidence!
been teaching kindergarten at Northwood School since the fall of
1986! I taught first grade in Exeter, NH, for one year before coming
to Northwood. I graduated from Keene State College with a degree in
Elementary Education/Early Childhood Education/Sociology.
the summer months I love to work in my garden, ride my bike and
read. I have two amazing daughters. Erica currently lives in San
Francisco, CA, teaching high school biology, and Dana is an
Education major at Keene State College. I have been married to my
high school sweetheart for 25 years.
Student Recognized By Governor – Katherine’s Story
Submitted By Emily Thurston, CBNA Class Of 2015
“Champion Child Dealing With a Chronic Health Condition” honoree
CBNA student Katherine Martel with (left to right) School Nurse
Laurie Foster, friend Emily Thurston, Katherine, and Staff Member
August all of the Barrington girls were so excited to start out at
Coe Brown. We were starting a new chapter in our lives, high school.
About a week into the new adventure, our lives changed forever.
August 25, 2011, my best friend, Katherine Martel, was diagnosed
with brain tumors. Katherine was rushed to Boston Children’s
Hospital and underwent an emergency bifrontal craniotomy, which is a
surgery on her brain to remove the tumors. Katherine went through
many surgeries on her head and was in ICU for over two weeks. I went
to see her a couple of times in ICU and I can tell you, that was one
of the hardest things I have ever done in my life.
stayed at Boston Children’s Hospital for another four weeks as an
inpatient. After that she was moved to The Franciscan Hospital for
Children where she got rehabilitation services. Katherine was there
for six and half weeks.
the past year, my friends and I have done many fundraisers and
raised a lot of money to help Katherine’s family with medical
expenses. We organized a car wash and held a dance too. We also
participated in the Boston Brain Tumor Walk in October, 2012, and
raised over $1,000. Thank you to everyone who donated money to this
great cause. We know that Katherine’s family appreciates the
outpouring of support they have received through this last year and
Katherine came back to school part time in August of 2012. Now,
since January, she is a full time student at Coe Brown Northwood
Academy! We are so happy to have her back! Katherine recently
received an award from the governor for being a “Champion Child
Dealing With a Chronic Health Condition.” She was recognized along
with other NH children and adolescents in a November ceremony at the
State House in Concord. Katherine has come so far since August of
2011, and we know she will continue to make great progress, as she
has shown us very clearly that she is a fighter, and does not give
Tuesday, March 12, Northwood voters will be asked to choose between
spending $12,300,000 or $12,200,000 to fund Northwood schools. In
addition we will be asked to approve many hundreds of thousands more
for personnel contracts, technology, and security.
real news is that the staff contracts themselves would cost a
million dollars over the next 3 years and after that over half a
million dollars a year indefinitely. Because of action at the school
district deliberative session, even if a majority votes no on all
items, spending will still increase, though not nearly as much.
this spending is to educate some 700 students.
Town Warrant we will be asked to pass a $750,000 bond issue so that
our roads can “be repaired at little or no cost to property
taxpayers.” Those are the words of the official Northwood Voters’
Guide. Despite an hour of heroic efforts on the part of several
people to explain how we can get these repairs done for nothing, or
next to nothing, I still don’t understand who will be paying, if not
will be open from 7 am to 7 pm at St. Joseph’s Church.
On Local School District Expenses?
According to the State Department of Revenue Administration, in 2011
Northwood had the 6th highest ‘full-value’ property tax rate out of
37 municipalities in Rockingham County. The primary reason for
having such a high tax rate is the level of over-spending in our
school taxes are higher than the total tax rate in Nottingham which,
in addition to their school, includes their town and county taxes.
Ironically, Nottingham has about 20 more students in grades K-12
than Northwood but their budget is about $1.7 million less than
Northwood’s. The main difference is that Nottingham treats most of
their expenditures as variable costs and not as fixed costs.
they are not just managing budgets, but managing costs within
categories of their budgets as well (e.g. special education, high
school tuition, etc.). There is a high degree of cost effectiveness
and accountability in the Nottingham school system.
the Northwood School Board has been unable to bring expenditures
under control, there is an urgent need to institute a local tax cap
so that more families are able to stay living in the community
without losing their homes. In order to implement such a tax cap, a
special school district meeting will have to be held in the spring.
tax cap “the school board shall not submit a recommended budget that
increases the amount to be raised by local taxes, based on the prior
fiscal year’s actual amount of local taxes raised, by more than 2%.”
Currently the school board is looking to increase your school taxes
by up to 25% per year.
time for a school tax cap is now. If the Nottingham School Board can
live within their means, it is time for Northwood to do the same. A
new School Board may also help.
other day a friend who insists that he’s at the other end of the
political spectrum from me, but admires my perseverance in political
matters, said he wanted to talk about guns. I have to admit I
cringed, but agreed to listen. And then he unloaded on me.
me that he was pro-gun, he owned a good number of guns, and he
enjoyed using them. Then he told me that when he was younger and
lived in another state, he had to pass a long, multiple choice test
before he could carry a gun.
me he was just fine with that and thought the current to-do about
guns for everyone, everywhere, was quite insane. He said that there
were people who shouldn’t have guns, and that it was fine with him
to limit who could have guns, and that there was no need for
everyone to have a gun.
takeaway from the conversation? Those recent polls are correct, and
the folks who insist on walking around with their assault rifles in
ready position, just because they can, are in the minority. The
folks who insist that banning guns from the NH House Chamber and
Gallery is an attack on people like them running for office (are you
listening, Rep. Tasker?) are in a minority. People who think
schools and churches and courts (for goodness sake, courts?!) are
fine places to carry weapons? They’re really in the minority. Whew!
Blizzards Can Be Fun!
Submitted By Kristina Folcik
major snow storm is on its way, the first thing people think of is
getting their pantry stocked, gas for the snow blower and making
sure the generator is ready to go. The dreaded shovel comes out of
hiding and brings back memories of a sore back and tired arms. Just
the thought of digging out or losing power terrifies most, but what
if you could turn that terror into excitement? Would you enjoy the
storm and its aftermath? Let me share how I have learned to love the
is always a priority with any major storm, but once you are prepared
it is possible to enjoy all that the storm has to offer! Nemo
brought a lot of snow to our area and once we had shoveled our way
out of the driveway we threw our snowshoes and hiking poles in the
truck and went to Bear Brook to enjoy the fresh snowfall.
the first people to arrive at the park and were excited about the
adventure that we were about to embark on. My fiancé and I have many
years of experience with hiking in the snow and have learned a lot
about our abilities and our limitations. When you start out by going
into the wilderness after fresh snowfall, there are a few things to
keep in mind.
you need to realize that hiking in fresh snow is going to be slow!
Don’t be too ambitious in the beginning and don’t get frustrated!
When you are new to winter hiking, bring a backpack that is big
enough to carry a warm jacket, map, extra mittens, an extra hat and
plenty of food and water. You will sweat a lot even on the coldest
days. You will become thirsty and hungry so bring enough water and
your favorite snacks. A trick to keeping your water from freezing is
to wrap it in your warm jacket and position it in your pack so the
water is close to your back. Your body will create a lot of heat
and your jacket will insulate your bottle. Keep your breaks short
and don’t stop for extended periods of time. If you do have to stop
for a while immediately put on your warm jacket. I keep snacks in
my pants or jacket pockets so I can eat while moving. When you sweat
in the cold weather your clothing becomes saturated and when you
stop it freezes. Fabrics that wick are the best as they will dry
quicker than cotton.
Snowshoes will keep you from post holing and sinking deep into the
snow. Cross Country skis are also another great way to stay on top
of the trail. Whether you are skiing or snowshoeing in deep snow
poles will reduce fatigue and help you move along more efficiently.
out on the trail expect to travel a lesser distance than you would
in the summer. Pay close attention to trail markers and signs. When
there are no footsteps to follow everything looks like a trail! If
you feel like you are lost simply turn back and follow your tracks.
Take your time and appreciate what is around you!
is a beautiful silence that comes after a snowstorm. Once the clouds
pass through and the sun comes out you will be treated to millions
of tiny snow crystal sparkling like little diamonds. If it is still
snowing, listen closely, you will be able to hear the snowflakes
falling on the ground. Take a moment to look up as you will see snow
covered branches and have a new perspective of the trail you are on!
Some of the trees in the forest are extremely tall! When it is cold
enough outside you may even hear the trees crackling or squeaking
and it can almost feel like the forest is talking to you.
you will see some animal tracks or possibly an animal tromping
through the fresh snow. As we approach March there will be birds
singing in the trees and if you head up into the White Mountains you
may even experience a Gray Jay landing on you! Hang onto your
snacks if the Gray Jays are out, I have experienced one flying down
and stealing my snack out of my hand!
your outing is over it is important to have a dry set of clothes
with you to put on right away. Wet clothing can make for a very
cold and uncomfortable trip home. I always keep a dry pair of boots
and an extra pair of socks in my car to put on immediately after I
get back to the car. If I am soaked I also change into a sweatshirt
and pair of sweatpants.
next time it snows consider going on an outdoor excursion. If you
have children, put small snowshoes on them and go for a walk in your
yard! You would be surprised at how the snow can turn your backyard
into an adventure for the whole family!
Outing For Sight Impaired
Wednesday, February 6th, Saddleback Mountain Lions Club hosted an
outing for the sight impaired at the Northwood Congregational Church
on Route 4. Shortly after 9:00 am, our guests were welcomed with hot
coffee and donuts, compliments of Dunkin Donuts in Epsom.
were approximately 80 folks who travelled from all parts of our
granite state to enjoy a wonderful day of fun-filled activities
which included riding in a horse drawn wagon, thanks to Wayne and
Kathleen Welch from Radio Grove in Raymond and snowmobile rides,
courtesy of Mike Castov from Northwood.
delicious spaghetti luncheon was served to those in attendance… A
big thank you to Coe Brown students who, under the direction of
their teacher, Mandy Morales, prepared the dessert, served the meal
and helped our guests in many ways. The students are members of the
Family Career and Community Leaders of America Program at Coe Brown;
those in attendance included: Paige Doucette, Claire Decker, Parker
Galloway, Justin Zampa, Adam Prevatt, Sadie Rollins, Ashley Lewis,
Scott Eastwood, Taylor Olsson and Sarah Guyette.
special thank you to NH Association For The Blind and their
associates, Guy Woodland and Nancy Druk for their support and
assistance in organizing this event, which was enjoyed by many.
Memorial Library News
Chesley Memorial Library will host a make-and-take winter craft
session on Saturday, February 23, from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm. No
registration required; all ages welcome.
the Chesley Book Chat on Thursday, February 21! If you like to read
and want to talk about books, our new program is for you. No “book
reports” — just read whatever interests you and share your opinions
with other readers. Bring a book you enjoyed reading and have a
lively informal discussion accompanied by light refreshments. Book
Chats will be held at the Chesley Memorial Library on the third
Thursday of every month at 10:30 a.m.
Northwood Teachers Prepare Your Child?
Northwood Teachers’ Association believes in a well-rounded education
for every child that includes music, art, history, health, physical
education, and library as well as math, reading, science, and
technology to prepare students for the world-wide economy.
Northwood teachers show their deep commitment to the success of
your child through the following activities, which are
representative of what we do every day:
Assistance Team, Mahesh Sharma math training, Skillful Teacher
training, Student 8 Conditions Awards, Leadership Program for grades
5-8, Author Visits, Reading Incentive program, Fisher Cats Reading
Challenge, Nursery Rhyme show, NECAP incentives, Student Technology
Use – IPads, Smartboards, computers, Northwood School Wellness
Committee marathon, Community professionals sharing their expertise
in the classroom, Planetarium Dome for Constellation Viewing,
Channel 9 Weatherman visit, Hampstead Players, Science Fair and
other research projects, Ryan Halligan bullying prevention
presentation, Spelling Bee, K-8 Field Day, Curriculum Nights, Book
Buddies, Art Club, Book Club, Game Club grades 1 and 2, Math Game
Club grades 4-6, Environmental Club, Snowshoe club, Soccer,
Basketball, Baseball, Softball, Cross country, Yoga, 8th Grade vs.
Staff basketball fundraiser, 6th Merrowvista, Leadership program to
donate to local food pantry, Drama – Fall play, Winter dinner
/dessert theatre, Spring play, Music – Holiday concert, Traveling
Art show, Deerfield Fair student work exhibited, Northwood School
Hiking Day at Northwood Meadows, “Share Because We Care” program in
schools are the foundation for strong communities and a vibrant
economy. Invest in our public schools and children’s future.
child. Every chance. Every day.
To The Editor
Patience, I’ll get to my point...
gentleman who wants to raise the gas tax, right on! And while you
are on it, let’s encourage smoking, open many more on the highway
liquor stores while lowering the drinking age to 12, and put a
casino on every corner of every city in NH like they have in
Montana; all great revenue makers for your excessive theft from our
course, the politicians could just give back to the highway fund all
of the monies stolen to balance budgets swollen by spending to curry
favors from special interest groups. Our highways could be paved in
gold then. Oh yes, your candidate lost, as many of mine did, I got
over it and moved on. Northwood knows a good man when they see one,
keep up the good work Mr. Hodgdon.
Which is, elections have consequences.
be a low information voter. Come to Candidates Night on February
27th at the Northwood Town Hall at 7 p.m. There is no excuse for not
knowing the candidates. The big election this year is for the School
Board seats, 2 of them. Do you want money spenders who only see lack
of financing as the problem? They are there. Shall we continue the
discourse with the Budget Committee?
a new Superintendent and I’m excited. I see a big bright light at
the end of the tunnel. Maybe we should give him some common sense
thinking people to work with. Don’t be a low information voter, Come
to Candidates Night. Get involved. And vote, darn it.
Northwood Town Meeting Deliberative Session on Saturday, Feb. 2
produced few surprises, and voters will see the warrant articles on
the ballot on Tuesday, March 12, essentially unchanged, including a
$750,000 Highway Improvement Bond warrant. And although an attempt
was made to amend the amount down to $1.00, the article survived
intact. But three important facts emerged from the extended
the bond has been presented by Selectman pro tem Jim Hadley as
costing Northwood nothing because the $100,000/year bond repayment
would be covered by the estimated amount of the State Highway Block
Grant. This amount was presented in an explanatory note as being
“approximately $100,000.” But in 2012, the State only paid out
$89,795. If that $10,000+ shortfall continued over the 10 year term
of the bond, it would be underfunded by $100,000+.
another explanatory note provided by the Selectmen said that “more
roads [will] be repaired at little or no cost to property
taxpayers.” In fact, the interest on the bond will total $97,423
according to an analysis prepared by Selectman pro tem Hadley. And
while this money may not technically come out of our pockets –
unless the Block Grant is insufficient – it is surely a cost of
taking this approach.
and most importantly, everybody seems to agree that we need to spend
about $100,000 more per year to keep our town-maintained roads from
deteriorating further. And the longer we put off the maintenance,
the more it will cost when it is finally done. In fact, at the
current level, some roads will always be on the bottom of the list
of priorities and will never be fixed.
encourage voters to defeat the bond idea, while encouraging the
Selectmen to listen to the Highway Advisory Committee’s request to
raise and spend more money on our roads.
like to announce my candidacy for Northwood School Board. My
husband, Mike, and I have been residents of Northwood for almost
eight years and have two children in the Elementary school.
human resource manager with over 20 years of human resource
experience, I constantly balance the best interest of employees and
those of the company. I believe these skills are transferable to
the role of a School Board member, whose responsibility is to
support the best interest of the school and students while balancing
the limited means of the community.
Recently I had the opportunity to participate as a search committee
member in our SAU’s search for a new Superintendent. Having a strong
leader in the SAU office is a key component to the overall success
of our school. I am proud of the work our committee did and feel we
put forward two very strong candidates. This experience inspired me
to run for the Northwood School Board, where I look forward to
working with our new Superintendent. I look forward to your support.
vote March 12th as both our town and school have important issues on
the e-mail I just received from the Northwood School Board. Are you
kidding me? I can’t afford an iPad so why should I pay with my taxes
for some ridiculous iPad for other kids?! If the parents want them
to have them, let them pay for them! Your kids should be outside
anyway and not getting fat playing with modern technology.
Northwood School Board will be holding a public forum on Monday
February 18th, at 6:30 pm in the school Gym to discuss the upcoming
Technology Warrant article. The School Board is asking voters to
approve $95,000 for the purpose of purchasing 10 new SMART boards
and 105 iPads and accessories. These iPads will be distributed to
each first grader in 2013/2014 (54) and 3 will be placed in each
classroom across all grade levels.
forum, representatives from Apple will be on hand to present the
features and benefits of integrating this technology in our school.
We will also have a number of iPads available for use by those in
attendance. This is a perfect opportunity for community members,
parents and staff to get hands on with this technology.
to see you on the 18th.
Northwood School Board
then buy your own! (sic)
February 13, 2013, our beloved Shirley Bredemeier lost her valiant
fight with cancer. She was born in Hillsboro, KS on July 20, 1946
and grew up in Marion, KS. After attending college, Shirley enlisted
in the Army in 1974 and served until 1978. During her military time
Shirley met her lifelong partner of 35 years, Connie Gilbert. Together they established their home in Northwood. Shirley then
worked as a clerk for the US Postal Service in Suncook, from which
was a capable and avid tinkerer who could fix, repair, or build
almost anything. She loved the outdoors, working in the yard where
she created a sanctuary, including a pond with coy fish, frogs, and
turtles. She also built a small rendition of a lighted church. In
addition Shirley was an avid crafter of clay. She could model and
create nearly anything including trucks, cars, pool tables, dogs,
and Disney characters. She would give away her works of art to
people she loved and whose love touched her. Her clay creations are
in homes, offices, and hospitals throughout New England. She loved
the New England Patriots and seldom missed their TV games.
diagnosed with multiple Myeloma cancer ten years ago, Shirley never
gave up. She seldom complained, maintaining a brave and cheerful
outlook, even through countless chemotherapy treatments, broken
bones, X-rays, stem cell transplant, hospitalization and much pain.
She continued to bring a smile and joy to everyone around her and
is the daughter of the late Charles Junior Bredemeier and her dear
mother, Lucille (Judd) Bredemeier of Marion, KS. Her partner,
Connie Gilbert, and her brother, Charles Bredemeier also survive
her. She leaves behind other loving family, including cousins,
nieces, and nephews. The list of friends is immense, but special
gratitude goes to the many neighbors, co-workers, and health care
personnel who provided her with boundless care, devotion and love.
of flowers, donations may be made to the giver’s favorite charity.
Shirley’s life will be celebrated in a small service on Friday,
February 22nd at 2 PM at the NH State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen.
Still Oaks Funeral & Memorial Home in Epsom is assisting with
arrangements and offers an on-line guestbook at
Dexter Sherman, 70, of Main St. died February 12th at the
Presidential Oaks in Concord following a brief illness. He was born
in Concord, the son of Herbert and Helen (Holmes) Sherman and has
lived in Northwood all his life. He was a self employed Auto
Detailer and also was an avid coin collector and trader. He was a US
Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam Era.
survived by a brother, John Sherman of Plaistow and a sister,
Marjorie Lawton of Concord; three nieces, Kathleen Sherman DeRoche
of Plaistow, Martha Lawton of Warner and Anne Wells of Albany, NY.
He was predeceased by a sister Marilyn Sherman.
graveside service with Military Honors will be scheduled in the
Fairview Cemetery, Northwood in the spring.
Perkins and Pollard Memorial Home, 60 Main St. Pittsfield, is
assisting the family with arrangements. To sign an on line guest
book log on to