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April 10, 2013

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Are you thinking about enrolling your child in preschool for next fall? The Center School in Northwood is accepting registrations for the 2013-2014 school year. The Center School is a parent cooperative preschool located next to the town hall in Northwood, which provides a developmental program for three, four, and five year olds of Northwood and surrounding towns. There are openings in our two-day (T/Th) program and three-day (M/W/F) morning programs. Call or email us soon to get an information packet or to make an appointment to come for a visit! For information, please email director Karen Andersen at [email protected] or call her at the school at 942-7686.




Members of both political parties should care deeply about the corrosive influence of money in our elections. Voters are not unaware of how much money is being spent to influence their vote, and often feel as if their votes no longer matter. 


When citizens abandon their right to vote for those who will represent them in our legislatures, they diminish the hard and painful work that was done to expand the franchise, and they threaten the very democracy of which we have been so proud. As our New Hampshire icon, Doris “Granny D” Haddock, the woman who walked across the country at the age of 90 to carry her message for campaign finance reform, said, “Democracy is not something we have, it’s something we do.”  More than anything else, the undermining of our hard-won democracy is, for me, the most terrifying effect of Citizens United, corporate personhood, and the secret millions that they have unleashed.  

The New Hampshire legislature has several bills and a concurrent resolution concerning campaign finance reform on the docket this session. Both the House and Senate have retained bills that would close loopholes in our disclosure law for further study. There is a Senate bill for public funding, and the House has passed HCR2, asking Congress to move forward on a Constitutional Amendment declaring that corporations are not persons before the law.  Please ask your legislators to continue this work, for the sake of the democracy of which we are celebrated across the world.


Lucy Edwards




Northwood Teachers’  Association

Every child. Every chance. Every day

Northwood Teachers’ Association celebrates teachers and teaching with its Teacher of the Month.  Melissa Moore is April Teacher of the Month.


April Teacher of the Month

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Melissa Moore, Library Media Specialist


As the library media specialist here at Northwood School, I value the chance to encourage kids to be great readers and smart consumers of information. Across the grade levels, one of the goals is to help students acquire top notch skills in the area of information literacy. 


I enjoy working in the field of education. It is especially interesting to be a librarian in a K-8 school because you have the chance to collaborate on so many different curriculum themes.


I like to stay current with developments in my field by belonging to associations such as the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). “Think, Create, Share, Grow” is a phrase the AASL recently adopted to summarize the goals of an engaging school library program. We do this at Northwood School by examining print materials, learning new skills with digital tools, and sharing our new knowledge with others. I like to think of myself as a life-long learner. I hope we are encouraging students to be life-long learners as well. 


I am a New England native. I grew up in Vermont, but I have lived in NH the longest. My husband and I have been married for 30 years. Our three sons are young adults ranging in age from 22 to 26. 



Letter To The Editor


My name is Taylor Pitre and for my Senior Project I plan to travel with an organization called Global Leadership Adventures (GLA), an international education organization, that offers a unique three-week summer program that sends high school students to countries such as Peru, Costa Rica, Ghana, and India. GLA’s mission is to operate programs around the world, which offer educational, service and leadership opportunities for young people in order to foster leadership development and global citizenship. I am sincerely hoping people from the surrounding community will consider making a small donation to help me take part in an upcoming program and positively represent our community.


With my interest in the Dominican Republic, I am excited to meet the international staff and students, and volunteer with local communities and explore the history and culture of the Dominican Republic while developing my leadership potential. The 21 day trip I am interested in gives me the opportunity to work with the native people and help the Haitian resettlements with reforestation, while also teaching the local children English.


To go on this program I need financial assistance, which I hope you can help provide. Please visit to read more on my trip and make a donation. Should you have any questions, please contact me at [email protected], or Global Leadership Adventures at +1(858)-358-4321. Your support, and the support of those you know, is greatly appreciated. I look forward to sharing this extraordinary experience upon my return.


Thank you in advance.


Yours truly,

Taylor Pitre



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The Interfaith Community Kitchen will celebrate its one year anniversary on Monday, April 15, with a baked chicken dinner. The Kitchen, located at St. Joseph’s Church Parish Hall on Route 4, is a collaborative effort of local churches in Northwood and is open every Monday from 5-6:30. Meals are free. Join us for food and fellowship.




War on Women?


In case you missed it, the New Hampshire House, continuing its crusade to undo the work of the previous legislature, has narrowly passed HB130, which seeks to amend NH’s self-defense law by repealing its “Stand Your Ground” provision.


Repeal would remove the right to use deadly force in self-defense in a public place if retreat is possible.  The bill, sponsored by Penacook Representative Stephen Shurtleff, now goes to the Senate.


Durham Rep. Philip Ginsburg, who supports the repeal effort, asked, “Do we want a society in which the first thought is to say that I will use my weapon to shoot this person?” Another repeal supporter, Manchester Rep. Steve Vaillancourt, questioned whether we should “shoot first and ask questions later, or live like civilized human beings?”


But Alton Rep. Jane Cormier said, “I’m too old to run anymore and I shouldn’t have to.” Atkinson Rep. Debra DeSimone said she fears that repeal takes away “my freedom to protect myself and my children on a public street and gives that freedom only to the perpetrator.”


Merrimack Rep. Lenette Peterson said, “As a mother, it is my responsibility to protect my children from all harm, no matter what. Running from a would-be attacker would separate me from my children. What mother would knowingly separate herself from her children in a dangerous situation?”  If “Stand Your Ground” is repealed “women have no way to defend themselves.”


Rep. Bruce Hodgdon voted against repeal; Rep. Maureen Mann voted for repeal.


Michael Faiella




Letter To The Editor


I had to make one of the hardest decisions last week that I have made in a very long time.


For you who know me and see my newest member of my family as of last year you know about Sabel. Sabel is blue collar German Shepard from Tennessee, I got him as a new member of the family he was a working dog. Well, over the months Sabel was displaying an attitude that made him more then just a house pet. He was living up to his name and breed through and through.


The decision I had to make was to give up my best friend and protector to the Working Dog Foundation.


Sabel will be a detection dog when the training is done. Funny how things happen for a reason.


I had no idea that this foundation is  based on donations and run by volunteers.


Losing Sabel was the hardest thing I have been through in a very long time, but knowing I have helped people in this state at some point makes the pain just a little less.


I am asking if you have it in your heart to help this program to please do so. These dogs are trained to find people and search out drugs and explosions.


I am hoping some day Sabel will make me proud and save a life or two or many. If you want to help, send your donation to Working Dog Foundation P.O. Box 22312 Portsmouth NH 03802. Thank-you


Janet Delfuoco






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