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Northwood NH News

December 9, 2015

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It’s the Holiday Season and we must make sure the Northwood Food Pantry has enough food  to keep our whole community fed.


Please join us in a Food Drive Drive-Through on Saturday December 12thfrom 9am to 12noon at the Northwood Transfer Station/ Dump.  We  will make it easy for you as all you need to do is drive up and we will collect your non-perishable  food donations !  You don’t even need to get out of your car!


We will also have a Northwood Food Drive donation box at Northwood Garage until December 12th  for those that find that more convenient.


The Northwood Food Pantry is in need of soups, canned tuna, canned salmon, canned meat,  granola bars, fruit cups, peanut butter and nuts but any non perishable food donation is greatly appreciated.


Thank you in advance for your generosity!  See you Saturday December 12th!






Once again the ladies mission group would like to interest you in buying your holiday pies at their Pie Sale on December 12, Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Northwood Advent Christian Church (Route 107) 113 School Street, in the Narrows.  They will also be selling a nice homemade soup and cornbread lunch at 11:00.  It will be a good opportunity for some friendly conversation.  Can’t wait to see you.



Letter To The Editor


While Nancy Heath was quick to inform readers of Ledbetter vs Goodyear (SVS 11-18-15), she failed to tell the whole story.  Ledbetter vs Goodyear was actually a monumental case which paved the way in strengthening the already existing Equal Pay laws.  The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was made law as an amendment to the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  This ended the past statute of limitations on each paycheck which had caused the reduction in awards given to Lilly Ledbetter in her court case against Goodyear.


While Nancy says she experienced a pay and benefits cut while working for an airline, this is not an example of Unequal Pay.  The airline had reduced pay and benefits to ALL flight attendants.  In fact, in 1980 19.3% of all flight attendants were male.  I was affected by a similar reduction of costs a few years ago, which resulted in a dramatic cut in pay to everyone in my department.  It was simply a cost reducing effort made to the whole department.


Our Equal Pay laws are strong and enforced and the Department of Labor has made it easy to report all violations of Labor Laws and reports can even be made anonymously.   Reports will result in an investigation of the employer.  I have been through this simply process all the way through to a hearing and the results were fair and just. 


It infuriates me to see presidential candidates making dishonest campaign promises of equal pay, when we already have these rights.   Why aren’t these presidential candidates educating women on their Equal Pay Rights and encouraging women to stand up and report unequal pay?   How many women have fallen for this dishonest and radical campaign ploy?  Why are women being oppressed by dishonest presidential candidates again, even after we won the Equal Pay rights we fought for?


Thank you,

Cheryl Dean



Letter To The Editor

Socialist Security


In his recent letter, Tim Jandebur avers that I am a socialist.  And, in fact, I am. But, then, so is he.  And we have the cards to prove it.  And if you have a Social Security card, you, too, are a participant in the government-run savings system.  And if you’re like me, when you hit retirement age, you’ll be glad you are.


Just as you and Tim will be glad to participate in the other great socialist program: Medicare.


The fact that this is democratic socialism, i.e., brought about by democratic vs. totalitarian processes, is a point for Bernie Sanders to expound upon.


Instead, I will join Tim in discussing the role of the federal government in our schools.


In his letter, he places 35% of the blame for “our educational system grossly failing” on the federal government.


What strikes me as he says this is that his own children may not have received the education they needed were it not for the federal government.  On several occasions at and after Budget Committee meetings, he has talked about the Special Education services his three children received.


Does he really think that these services would have been available if not for federal government mandates?


Last year, I supported the expansion of our half-day kindergarten program to all-day.  It would cost $100,000.  The voters defeated it.  What does he think would happen if each Special Ed child’s Individual Educational Plan came before the voters?  How many of his kids would have been funded?


While the federal government is not always the answer to our problems, and sometimes even causes some of them, in the area of disabilities, it has helped us to do the right and just thing.


Tom Chase




CBNA FCCLA Chapter To Host Parent’s Night Out


Attention all busy parents needing to get some Christmas shopping done! Coe-Brown Northwood Academy’s FCCLA (Family Career and Community Leaders of America) chapter will be hosting a “Parent’s Night Out”, on December 12, 2015 from 4-7 pm at Cowabunga’s Indoor Playground in Hooksett, NH. The members of FCCLA are qualified for childcare, and are planning fun activities for all the children. The cost is $10 which includes a $2 donation going towards the FCCLA Chapter. Senior Alexis Arsenault is organizing the event as her Senior Portfolio Project. Please RSVP as soon as possible to either [email protected] or Mandy Morales at (603) 942-5531 ext. 141.



CBNA Students Earning College Credits


Coe-Brown Northwood Academy has established a partnership with Southern New Hampshire University through SNHU in the High School, a dual enrollment program allowing high school students to have the opportunity to earn college credits while still in high school.  Designated courses at CBNA have been aligned to meet the same content, rigor and learning outcomes as that of the University.  The courses are taught by our high school teachers who have met SNHU adjunct faculty requirements and have been approved by the University. Presently, CBNA has four teachers, Walter Damon, Amy Usinger, Mark Struthers and David Zink-Mailloux, who are offering Calculus, Public Speaking, Creative Writing, Anatomy and Physiology, and Environmental Science through this program.  More teachers and courses are in the approval process.


In addition, Dr. JoAnn Zylak has completed the BizInnovator Teacher Certification and is now able to offer juniors and seniors college credit for Entrepreneurship through the University of Iowa.  BizInnovator is a comprehensive online entrepreneurship curriculum that enables educators to teach the entrepreneurial mindset, encouraging creativity, innovation, critical thinking, and problem solving in preparing students for success in their chosen career paths.


CBNA is also in the process of allowing students to earn dual credit for classes through Great Bay Community College.


The advantage for students participating in these classes is that they are able to earn early college credit at a savings of more than 90% off regular college tuition. They also experience the academic requirements of university level courses, and establish official college transcripts that can be recognized and accepted by many other colleges and universities.



Letter To The Editor


To the Editor,

Finally political correctness is getting a much needed scrutiny. Good! If you can’t call something what it is, if you can’t talk about something that you should, you are being disingenuous and hiding your head in the sand. I am going to bring two things to your attention, one now and one next week that will not make me many friends.


I’m finding it impossible to trust any number that comes out of central bookkeeping at our SAU. Horrible thing to say. However, wildly changing financial statements, a $380,000 mistake last year in the default budget, two columns for 28 pages in this year’s budget all wrong ending in a $260,000 change and not understanding simple accounting to name a very few things lead me to feel this way. Here is a quote from our October 15th meeting, “Tim had sent an email saying that the increase/decrease and % change columns were wrong. I knew that, however, I did not have time to fix it before the packet went out.” Is that true? We were not alerted. Seven days before receiving a corrected budget, also wrong.  Filing the 14/15 school year end paperwork to the DRA after extentions and at the very last minute has put Northwood in a position where we might have to get a bridge loan until tax receipts start rolling in. What I’m seeing is just the tip of the iceberg.


I informed the Board that I was going to bring this up and invited a non-public session to discuss it. Watch the DVD of the November 19th meeting. No one wants to hear about it.  History shows that in every instance of a difficult personnel problem at the SAU and school in the last five years there was no documentation, costing you hundreds of thousands. Nothings changed.


Tim Jandebeur





Pamela A. Russell


September 28th, 1954 -­ November 27th, 2015 Pamela (Penny) Russell of Deerfield, NH, passed away in her home unexpectedly on November 27th.


Originally from Napoleonville, LA, Penny’s life’s work was spent helping others, first through Riverbend’s Parent Child Center and later their adult services program. Her greatest joy in life was her family, and she loved nothing more than spending time with her 5 grandchildren. She is remembered as a loving person who gave more to others than herself, who loved children and was loved by them, and who understood that such people make the world a better place. She worked hard, loved easily, laughed often, and will be sorely missed by many.


She is survived by her husband, John Russell, of Deerfield; her brother, Jim Clement of Napoleonville, LA; her best friend of 44 years, Dereth Dubuc of Grafton, NH, her children, Sadie Winslow of San Juan, PR, Ben Winslow of Tiverton, RI, Brian Winslow of Northwood, NH, and J. Kirby Russell of Deerfield, and her five grandchildren, Cecilia Irizarry­Winslow, Norah Winslow, Mabel Winslow, Elijah WInslow, and Miles Winslow.


In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Riverbend Community Support Programs in Penny’s name.






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