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February 27, 2013

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Candidates Night


All 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.



Congratulations to Aaron Ash of Northwood, CBNA Class of 2012, who achieved Dean’s List with the distinction of Honors for Fall Semester 2012 at the University of Maine, Farmington. Parents are Helen and Kevin Ash.



Letter To The Editor


I wish to announce my candidacy for the office of treasurer for the Town of Northwood.


I have had the honor of serving as the Deputy Town Treasurer under Joe Knox for the past two years and acting town treasurer since September.


The addition of a computer in the office has allowed the accounts held by the treasurer to be computerized to go along with the required ledger books. We have reconstructed the accounts permitting us to expand cash management, saving tax dollars in lower banking fees, decrease auditing time and reinforce our internal control procedures.


My 42 years of banking experience in cash management, computer operations, customer service and loan operations has educated me in executing clear and accurate records, confidentiality of information, working within regulations while searching to lower expenses and to work as a team member.


As a Northwood resident for over 50 years, I am committed to community service.  I have served as an EMT for 40 years with Northwood Fire Rescue, past treasurer and chairperson of Northwood Santa’s Helpers. I am an active member of Northwood Historical Society and a Salvation Army welfare secretary.


Being the incumbent for the position for the past several months, I understand the commitment required to be your town treasurer.  I would appreciate your vote on March 12, 2013.


Sandra Priolo




Tax Days


As you may have noticed, Federal taxes this year have gone up for everyone, not just the rich.  The cost of medical insurance, food, heating oil, and so many more basics is rising. The LA Times reports that a “surge in vegetable prices pushed up wholesale inflation in January.” Adding insult to injury, the cost of gasoline has gone up every single day for more than a month.  Four years ago the national average was $1.90 a gallon.


In spite of these burdens, the newly elected NH legislature has proposed bills to increase the gasoline tax and car registration fees.  In addition, legislators have other plans to raise taxes on heating oil and diesel fuel, and to increase state revenue generally while decreasing ours. 


At the same time, the economy actually retreated in the last quarter, and unemployment, already historically high these last 4 years, may again be on the rise. Moreover, we now learn that “the Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index, which had declined in December, fell further in January.”


While all this is happening, Northwood taxpayers are being asked to spend more than $16,000,000 on our school and town.  And, just over the horizon, income tax day is April 15th.


It is at the local level that our vote counts most.  On March 12th, the polls will be open from 7 am to 7 pm at St. Joseph’s Church.


Michael Faiella




Northwood Teachers’ Association

Every Child. Every Chance. Every Day.


Northwood Teachers’ Association celebrates teachers and teaching with its Teacher of the Month.


February Teacher Of The Month:

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Susan Gokey, Music


I can’t remember a time when music wasn’t at the center of my life. By the time I was five, I had a repertoire of 500 songs, taught to me by two enthusiastic, gray-haired kindergarten teachers. We’d drag out a box of assorted tambourines and drums and sing and play away every day. From that time on, I jumped at the chance to do anything musical that came my way: accordion lessons, talent shows, church choir, or school band. There was never any question what I was going to do when I “grew up.”


Music is the most amazing subject to teach.  There isn’t anything that can’t be taught in the music room: from history to math to poetry to science and on and on. But that’s not what I love most. The most important thing learned in the classroom is teamwork. Whether we’re singing, dancing, exploring notation or playing instruments (from recorders to drums to xylophones to trumpets), we always have this goal: to work together, exploring a subject where we play in harmony, and everyone wins.


I have a B.S. in Music Education from UNH with graduate certification in the Orff/Schulwerk Process.  I’ve taught K-8 General Music at Northwood School since 2007. For the past three years, I have also directed the growing 5th – 8th grade band program. 



Recent CBNA FCCLA Chapter Community Service Activities

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CBNA FCCLA members who attended the recent Lion’s Club Outing for the Visually Impaired: Back row left to right: Ashley Lewis, Sadie Rollins, Scott Eastwood, Parker Galloway, and Adam Prevatt. Front row left to right: Claire Decker, Paige Doucette, Taylor Olsson, and Justin Zampa


The Coe-Brown Northwood Academy chapter of FCCLA (Family Career and Community Leaders of America) has recently been involved in many activities. FCCLA members have worked hard on community service projects including a coat drive during which members were able to collect forty coats and donate them to My Friend’s Place in Rochester, NH. Along with the coat drive, FCCLA members completed a food drive at CBNA and donated the food to different local food pantries. During the holidays our chapter collected toys and donations to help three local families to have a good holiday. Along with these community service projects, the students were able to reach out to the Saddleback Lions Club and were able to participate in their annual Outing for the Visually Impaired. The CBNA FCCLA chapter members had a wonderful day during this event. Chapter members hope to continue community service projects throughout the rest of the year.



SAU 44 Selects New Superintendent Of Schools


Bruce Patrick, Chairman of the SAU 44 School Board, is pleased to announce the selection of the new Superintendent of Schools for the school districts of Northwood, Nottingham and Strafford. Dr. Robert Gadomski will succeed Dr. Michael Ludwell, who is retiring at the end of June.


The decision to elect Dr. Gadomski came after the completion of a rigorous interview process, with two finalists, which culminated in a unanimous affirmed vote of the Board this past Wednesday, February 13, 2013. Throughout the process, those who met with him were impressed with his knowledge, background and ability to connect with teachers, staff and community members.


Dr. Gadomski is presently the assistant superintendent of schools for SAU 9, which serves multiple districts in the North Conway area. His responsibilities there include curriculum development and oversight, participation in the development and oversight of a $50,000,000 budget as well as other duties including personnel matters and food service programs.  Prior to coming to SAU 9 five years ago, Dr. Gadomiski served as the principal for the Belmont Middle School.


Dr. Gadomski received his Doctor of Education Degree from Argosy University in Sarasota Florida, with a focus on Educational Leadership. He has a C.A.G.S. Degree from Plymouth State College and a Master of Education Degree from Notre Dame College in Manchester.


Dr. Gadomski will officially begin his tenure in SAU 44 on July 1, 2013.



Coe-Brown Students Recognized For 2013 Scholastic Writing Awards


A number of Coe-Brown Northwood Academy students were recently recognized by the National Writing Project in New Hampshire through The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. This is a remarkable achievement and milestone for young writers at CBNA who were mentored by English department faculty. 


A panel of writers, teachers, and literary professionals selected their work as being among the best works submitted by New Hampshire teenagers. Students are judged against other entries in the following categories: fiction, flash fiction, poetry, personal narratives, persuasive essays, humor, science fiction and fantasy. Of the more than 300 submissions to The Scholastic Writing Awards, which New Hampshire students sent this year, the following students from CBNA were honored:


• Gold Key-Hannah Eaton (Strafford) 


• Silver Key-Molly Boodey (Barrington), Sophia Chartier (Nottingham), Bailey Docko (Northwood), Nicole Durell (Barrington), Christen Gallant (Nottingham), Claire Hammond (Nottingham), Brooke Laskowsky (Deerfield), Bethany Levenson (Nottingham), Jolene Levesque (Nottingham), Damian May (Strafford), Carter Rollins (Northwood), Holly Roman (Strafford), Meredith Roman(Strafford), Kristina Seavey (Nottingham)


• Honorable Mention- Leanne Baratier (Strafford) (2), Molly Boodey (Barrington) (2), Kayleigh Bounds (Nottingham), Elisabeth Danis (Nottingham) (2), Emily Greene (Strafford), Ashley Hodil (Strafford), Katheryn Huckins (Strafford), Lily Hunt (Northwood), Anna Jennison (Nottingham), Brooke Laskowsky (Deerfield), Damian May (Strafford), Billie Pingree (Northwood), Meredith Roman (Strafford), Kristina Seavey (Nottingham), Jake Scarponi (Barrington), Julie Souryavong (Northwood).


On Friday, May 3, 2013, all award recipients, including those whose work was selected as honorable mention, will be invited to attend the Middle High School Voices Conference and the NH Regional Awards Ceremony to be held at Plymouth State University. In addition, every piece of writing which received a gold or silver key will be published in this year’s edition of Middle/High School Voices.  Congratulations to this next generation of writers.



CBNA FBLA Chapter Celebrates FBLA Week


The Future Business Leaders of America Coe-Brown Northwood Academy recently celebrated FBLA Week, February 10 through February 16, with a number of activities, designed to raise awareness of FBLA’s many activities.  Members created several bulletin and display boards.  The Chapter hosted a guest speaker from UNH, Amy Davies, who spoke to members about a paid internship in technology during the summer. Members also participated in “Crush for a Crush,” a national FBLA fundraiser for Valentine’s Day which involved selling cans of Crush soda with special Valentine messages on them. Senior officers also presented a short program to the CBNA Board of Trustees about FBLA Activities.


During the week, members celebrated Valentine’s Day with Coe-Brown’s other Career and Technical Student Organizations FFA and FCCLA with a breakfast and networking about the State Leadership Conference preparations. To end the week, the chapter had some social time with several rounds of bowling and a pizza dinner afterword.  


This was a very full week of exciting activities for CBNA’s FBLA chapter and the chapter looks forward to the State Leadership Conference at the end of March.



CBNA Students To Participate In Youth Art Month Exhibition


Coe-Brown Northwood Academy Fine Arts Curriculum Coordinator, Mr. Scott Chatfield is pleased to announce that several CBNA students,

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Leanne Baratier of Strafford,


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 Jesse Carlson of Nottingham,


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 Lily Hunt of Northwood, and


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Moriah Mazzochi of Strafford,  have been selected to participate in the 52nd anniversary of March as Youth Art Month (YAM).


The celebration showcases artwork created by students in grades K-12.  YAM is a statewide exhibition of student art sponsored by the New Hampshire Art Educators’ Association. This observance emphasizes the value of art education for all children and encourages crucially needed public support for quality school art programs.


The exhibition will take place at the Karl Drerup Art Gallery on the Campus of Plymouth State University from March 1 to March 31, 2013. A reception at the Drerup Gallery will take place on Sunday afternoon, March 3 from 12-2 pm.



Coe-Brown FBLA Members Meet Governor

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Coe-Brown FBLA members meet with Governor Maggie Hassan from left to right:  Evan Horvath, Mason Twombly, Regan Butler, Governor Hassan, Alicia Gianelli and advisor Dr. JoAnn Zylak


In preparation for the Future Business Leaders of America week, a group of officers from the Coe-Brown Northwood Academy chapter of FBLA attended a meeting with Governor Maggie Hassan on February 5, 2013. The group consisted of three seniors, Alicia Giannelli, Evan Horvath, and Mason Twombly, one junior, Regan Butler, and advisor Dr. JoAnn Zylak. 


In the meeting, the group was given time to converse with Governor Hassan before taking pictures and receiving a signed NH FBLA Proclamation. Following the meeting, the group took a tour of the historic New Hampshire State House before returning to CBNA. The Gubernatorial Proclamation is proudly on display at Coe-Brown as a reminder of this wonderful accomplishment. 


The CBNA FBLA chapter thanks the Governor for her time and the opportunity to meet her and to receive the proclamation. 



Letter To The Editor


It is awesome to see the volume of letters coming out of Northwood. If only that energy could be turned into action. Vote! Remember, elections have consequences. While it is obvious that the school budget is most of the discussion the recent elections put people in place that have already had an impact on rising costs. And they are going to continue to escalate. All energy and food costs are rising while paychecks have gone down. A majority of voters who went and voted, elected politicians who would make that happen. They bought socialism.


The big deal on the school side is the teachers contract. Don’t be a low information voter. Go to the school website and check it out. In just money alone the teachers are asking for a 6%, 3% and another 3% increase over three years in the step raises. Then they want to be raised three steps in one move. Subsequently, there will be teachers who get over an $11,000 raise just in the first year. They want more in professional development, a 33% increase.


We have many teachers nearing retirement. They want us to allow 5 teachers a year to retire and receive a full year of pay, paid out at 20% a year, on top of their state retirement. They want us to pay for their dental plan for life. Unlike in the Chicago mess or Manchester debacle, here in Northwood you the voters decide, not a few politicians. I’m going to talk about benefits next week.


Tim Jandebeur

Northwood, NH



2013 Northwood Softball Baseball Registration


New this year is online registration. Now you can pay online with credit, debit or PayPal. You can do multiple registrations before you check out and pay. Registrations are due by March 16, 2013. Any registrations after that date will be accepted on a space available basis and will incur a late fee. When visiting our website at  please look to the upper right corner for the links.


Our Spring Clinics will be starting March 16th for Softball and March 17th. Clinics are free for all registered players. Please visit the website for more information.


If you have a business in the local area and would like to be a sponsor for the 2013 season please contact us at [email protected] so we can send you some information.


When you are visiting our website please don’t forget to register your email address so we can keep you informed about what’s going on.




Andrew John Lane


Mr. Andrew “John” Lane, 87, of Northwood, died Sunday, February 17, 2013, at Presidential Oaks in Concord, NH after a brief illness.


Born in Keene, NH on October 2, 1925, John was the son of the late Earl N. and Lilly (Lofgren) Lane. He graduated from Keene High School before entering the U.S. Army Air Corps as an aviation cadet during World War II. He was an alumnus of Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York graduating in June, 1950 with a B.S. Degree in Civil Engineering.  John was married to Jean Whitcomb on October 21, 1950.


John worked in construction for Arthur Whitcomb Construction Company of Keene for five years before moving to Northwood in 1955. He then began his career with the State of New Hampshire Department of Transportation as a civil engineer in the Bridge Division. Mr. Lane was promoted to Assistant Bridge Engineer in 1970 and retired as the State Bridge Engineer in 1989.


John was active in his community, having served on the Northwood Highway Advisory Committee, Northwood Budget Committee, Saddleback Mountain Lion’s Club, and the American Legion.  He was also active in the Northwood Congregational Church. Most of all, he enjoyed attending events at Coe-Brown Northwood Academy, where he and Jean were staples at sporting events, as well as plays and musicals. He also enjoyed snowmobiling and summers at their camp on Wild Goose Pond.


He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Jean Lane; two children, daughter Betsy Colburn and her husband Jim of Northwood and their children Steve, Brian, and Lindsey; daughter Peggy Riley and her husband Pat of San Antonio, Texas, and their children Sean, Kyle, and Kevin; nine great grandchildren, and thirteen nieces and nephews.  He is pre-deceased by his parents and brother Richard L. Lane of Swanzey, NH.


A special thank you to the wonderful staff at Concord Hospital and Presidential Oaks who provided boundless care, devotion, and love.


Memorial donations, in his memory, may be made to the Northwood Congregational Church, PO Box 65, Northwood, NH  03261 or Coe-Brown Northwood Academy, 907 First New Hampshire Turnpike, Northwood, NH  03261.


The Bennett Funeral Home in Concord is handling arrangements. Messages of condolences may be offered at



William L. Hudson


William L. Hudson, 71, of St. Joseph Drive, Pine Gardens Park, Belmont, died February 18th at his home following a long illness. He was born in Lynn, MA, the son of Herm and Nina Hudson. He lived in Northwood for many years where he owned and operated Hudson’s Fireside Restaurant. He also was a chef at the Laconia Soda Shop and the Epsom Manor Nursing Home. He has lived in Belmont for the past 10 years. 


He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Dorothy (Grigway) Hudson of Belmont; three sons, Nick of Las Vegas, NV, Frank of Lynn, MA., and Harold of Concord; three daughters, Lori Nelson of China, ME, Stacy Davis of Epsom and Terri Orman of Manchester; eleven grandchildren and one great grandchild. 


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