Does someone’s drinking trouble you? Al-Anon is a
supportive program for anyone who has or has had a
problem of drinking in a relative, friend or parent.
Al-Anon is anonymous. What you say here is not said
outside of our room.
Al-Anon meeting continues to be held every Thursday evening at 7:15
pm at the Epsom Public Library. For further information visit
Northwood School Holds Safety Day
Officers from the Northwood Police Department present information
regarding safety in the community with students in 3rd and 4th
grade teacher Linda Kramas, a member of the school’s Safety
works with students in grades 1 and 2 to share safety
procedures on our playground.
D’Alessandro, owner of Northwood Transportation, speaks
students about bus safety on the school’s Safety Day.
many schools across the country, the Northwood Elementary School has
a renewed focus on safety and security this fall. Through a school
warrant article last year, the school is in the process of upgrading
and increasing the number of security cameras throughout the school
and grounds. In addition, swipe systems for entering the building
are being installed, allowing staff easier, quicker access to the
building in case of an emergency outside of the building.
school’s Safety Committee sponsored a school wide Safety Day on
Friday, September 6th. Students and staff in grades K-8 participated
in four separate sessions during the day focused on safety in a
variety of areas. The day began with the entire school practicing a
lock-down inside the building followed by a whole school assembly
kicking off the day. During the assembly, staff and students were
introduced to the day’s presenters: Sergeant Wells, Officer Preavy,
and K-9 Luna from the Northwood Police Department; Lieutenant
Wakeman and Firefighter Woodbury from the Northwood Fire Department;
Deb D’Alessandro and Angie MacLean from Northwood Transportation;
and Steve Robert, Technology Director from the Northwood School. In
addition, teachers from grades 1-4 presented safety procedures on
the playground for their grade levels.
also included lock-down procedures in the cafeteria and a full
school fire drill evacuation. Staff and students alike learned much
about different safety procedures to use both in the school and at
Hartford and the entire school staff would like to thank the
volunteers from each of the town’s departments for coming in and
sharing their expertise with the students.
Cilley Chapter, NSDAR August Meeting
Submitted By Jan Gilman, Vice Regent
August meeting of the Else Cilley Chapter, NSDAR, speaker Barbara
Corson presented a program entitled Patriots in Petticoats. Members
were in awe of the beautiful quilt made by Mrs. Corson and they
enjoyed the historical accounts of the women represented by each of
the quilt squares. Pictured left to right are: Deanna Rush, Barbara
Corson and Katherine Fernald.
August meeting of the Else Cilley Chapter, NSDAR was held in the
Nottingham Square Schoolhouse with Regent Nancy Gervino presiding.
Following light refreshments, speaker Barbara Corson told of her
participation in the DAR Quilt of the Month program. She completed
the two squares sent to her each month for a year. Each square
represented a famous woman in American history. Mrs. Corson gave
pictures of several of the squares to the members present. On the
back of each picture, was a brief story of the woman represented by
the quilt square. The members took turns reading the information of
such amazing women as Deborah Sampson, Mary Pickersgill, Nancy Hart
and Martha Washington. Finally, Mrs. Corson unfolded the large quilt
to the oohs and aahs of all present. It was a beautiful quilt and
truly a labor of love. Vice Regent Jan Gilman presented Barbara with
a DAR flashlight as a token of the chapter’s appreciation of her
program, Patriots in Petticoats.
the business portion of the meeting, the President General’s Messae,
a National Defense message, minutes and correspondence were read and
the treasurer’s and chaplain’s reports were given. American History,
American Indian, Conservation, Constitution and Flag spot
announcements were read. A prospective member was voted on and plans
for the September and October activities were discussed.
Else Cilley Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution
works with the State and National Societies to promote historic
preservation, education and patriotism. In lieu of a meeting, the
chapter will participate in the Nottingham Day celebration at the
Nottingham Elementary School on September 21st. The chapter’s booth
will consist of a Patriotic coloring activity for children who will
receive an American flag; gift baskets donated by members will be
raffled off to raise money for chapter projects; and genealogy and
flag fact information will be available for those interested. For a
full list of Chapter meetings and more information about the
chapter, visit our website at
Northwood Elementary has a School Board opening. It brings to mind
all the questions of how best to aid our school and community. The
intelligence, the communication skills, the experience, and ability
to remain calm all play a part in an ideal school board member, but
perhaps most important of all is their attitude towards NES.
seen many letters regarding Northwood School, loving it to loathing
it. Personally, I have been saddened to see so much negativity come
from some members of the school board itself. As a community we are
married to NES, for better or worse. I feel we have treated
Northwood Elementary like a battered wife, disparaging her in public
and denying the things needed to thrive, then blaming NES for not
being prettier and more attentive to our needs. We have acted like
NES is here to serve us but that we owe no reciprocal respect.
community school is not perfect in test scores and cost per student,
but I feel that we have been poor stewards in return. I have been,
at times, more ashamed of us as a community than I have of the
school. I hope as we go forward we can rebuild the trust that is so
essential and support our school. Like most of you, I must carefully
prioritize each dollar I spend yet I recognize that schooling
requires funds lest we lose our best teachers to other districts.
NES needs funds for essentials even like printer toner and paper
towels, appropriate programming, books, technology, and more. It is
my belief that, like in any good marriage, we would receive as much
back if not more then what we put in once the dedication and effort
comes from our side as well.
Husband, Father, Taxpayer
Young, Sr. passed away peacefully at home last Monday. Bruce was
born January 2, 1931 in Norwalk, Conn., the son of Harry and Esther
Young. He was a member of the Army, Third Infantry, and served
during the Korean War.
worked for the US Postal Service and was a rural mail carrier in
Northwood for many years. He was a former commander of the Northwood
American Legion and a volunteer member of the Northwood Fire
survived by his wife Gloria; a son, Bruce Young, Jr.; two daughters,
Kerry Young and Cathy Hershey; and a sister, Ginny Burley. He was
predeceased by his son Brian Young.
of flowers, donations may be sent to Robert Bailey for the American
Legion. A private memorial gathering will be held at the convenience
of the family.