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Northwood NH News

January 14, 2015

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2015 Northwood Bean Hole Bash


The Northwood Bean Hole Bash committee is looking for additional members to improve and expand the Northwood Bean Hole Bash for 2015. 


We are looking for volunteers to join the committee and attend monthly and bi-weekly meetings closer to the event or just spend a few hours working an event.  Examples of opportunities available for this family community event include: help with a Facebook page and/or assisting in updating our website, ideas for new events and improving current events, selling advertisements for brochure, working on craft/flea market, set up, serving dinner, clean up and many more.  For additional information available contact John Difeo at 944-6078 or Susan Allard at 608-5573. Community Service hours are available for Coe-Brown students.


Our next committee meeting is schduled for tonight, Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 7:00 PM at the Northwood Community Hall.



Letter To The Editor


The Northwood Santa’s Helpers appreciate and send their thank you to the citizens and businesses of Northwood for your assistance in providing gifts to 46 children this year.  Your gifts of toys, gift cards and cash donations made it possible for  families to see the delight in their children’s eyes at the Christmas gifts and the warm winter clothing for the coming cold winter days. The thank you notes received from several families, let us know how much this program assisted in making this a special Christmas for their children. Thank you for making it possible for us to to continue this community program through your support.


Thank you to Northwood Heritage Tru Value Hardware, Northwood Post Office, Wilder Flooring, Northwood Garage and Northwood TDBank for providing space for our donation boxes.


On behalf of the members of Northwood Fire-Rescue Association and the families you assisted, may you and your family have a safe and healthy New Year.



Open Democracy Walk


Monday, January 19, the Northwood Congregational Church, UCC will host at least 40 walkers from the Open Democracy/NH Rebellion Walk.   Walkers will be braving the winter weather traversing the entire state, with our walkers originating from Portsmouth, ending in Concord to meet the other walkers on January 21.   The walk is a non-partisan effort to make a statement about how special interest money has infected our politics.


You are invited to join us on Monday, January 19 in Northwood for a Potluck Supper at 5:30 and a Town-Wide Martin Luther King, Jr. Service at 6:30.  The church is located at 881 First NH Turnpike (Route 4), just east of Coe Brown Academy.   Noted Blues and Jazz artist and activist T. J. Wheeler will be our featured speaker.


Learn about what Open Democracy is all about, catch the passion of these people for fair democracy, and celebrate the spirit of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with us.   All are welcome.


If you have questions, contact the Northwood Congregational Church, UCC at 942-7116 or at [email protected]   For more information about the walk check out



Northwood Alivia.jpg

Eighth grade student Alivia is the 2014-15 Northwood School winner of the VFW Patriot’s Pen essay contest.  This year’s theme was “Why America’s Veterans are Important to Me.” Congratulations to Alivia!  Also pictured is Mr. Daniel Barnhart, VFW Commander, Post 7217.



Letter To The Editor

Stop Common Core


If you are a Registered Northwood Voter, please call Marie Correa, 942-7689, to sign the petition to get the following Warrant Article on the Northwood Ballot:


“To see if the Northwood School District will vote to reject and immediately discontinue participation in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the Smarter Balance Assessment, in favor of our own locally developed Northwood School District academic standards and assessments, and recommend that the School Board form a committee (consisting of representatives from the school board, school administrators, teachers, and community members) to develop the Northwood  School District Academic Standards and Assessments.”


Call if you want more information.  



Marie L. Correa



Letter Of Thanks

Benedict Groeschel

Jul 23, 1933

Jersey City, New Jersey Died: Oct. 03, 2014


In his memory, I wish to thank him for answering my prayer today. During his ministry he had an association with Saint Padre Pio and was my VCR mentor during my teaching of Confirmation CCD classes in Lawrence, MA. His last days were in the service of EWTN and I believe in his humble existence, he is destined to be Blessed


Joyce L. 




Chesley Memorial Library News

Submitted By Donna Bunker, Library Director


Give your child the tools to become a successful reader! Join the “100 Books Before Club” sponsored by the Chesley Memorial Library with help from Northwood School teachers.  The program is open to any child from birth to the start of kindergarten.  Reading aloud to children at birth strengthens their language skills and builds their vocabulary – two important tools for learning to read when they enter kindergarten.  Join us at the library on Saturday, January 17, at 10:30 a.m. to learn more about the program. You can register at any time even if you are unable to attend the kickoff event. How does the program work?


Register at Chesley Memorial Library and take home your first reading log.


Track Your Reading – Each time you read a book with your child, color in a shape on the reading log.


Show us Your Reading Logs – When you reach 25 books, bring in your reading log and get a small prize. 


Read More Books! When you get all the way to 100, you will receive a library tote bag and will automatically be entered in the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Club.



Letter To The Editor

End of an Era


An era is coming to an end.  I have heard from “reliable sources” that long-serving town Road Agent Jim Wilson is not running for another term, but is taking another job.  This will also leave vacant his job as, quoting from the town budget, “road laborer – general.”

First, let us thank Jim for his service.  This is not always a fun job, especially in the heat of summer and the cold of winter.  And he had done it dutifully.


Going forward, we face two questions: who will fill this position and how?  With regards to the latter, the Selectmen will once again present a warrant article authorizing them to appoint the road agent rather than it being an elected position as it is now. 


I support this change primarily because there is too much money involved for this position to be left to the voters to fill.  The 2014 current budget puts $407,668 in the Road Agent’s domain (paving & reconstruction, cleaning & maintenance, snow & ice control).  


If we’re lucky, someone will run and be elected to this position who knows what they’re doing and will work well with the Selectmen and the Highway Advisory Committee.  If we’re not, we may elect an inexperienced and/or incompetent person for a three-year term.  How will we, as voters, know?


I would rather have this position be in the hands of the Selectmen, as are the positions of Town Administrator and Police Chief.  They can review applicants and their qualifications, and select someone who can do the job.  And if they don’t work out, then they can be dismissed, rather than wait three years to be voted out.


Some traditionalists will argue for the status quo from various angles, but I would prefer to put the selection of the Road Agent in the hands of the Selectmen.


Tom Chase, member

Northwood Budget Committee



Letter To The Editor


Did you know Northwood teachers’ salaries today are exactly the same as they were on July 1, 2010? In 2008, the salary scale for Northwood was made and we are still under that same salary schedule seven years later. Due to increasing costs, Social Security has increased 6.8% as a cost of living adjustment since 2010, yet Northwood teachers’ salaries have increased 0%. Our teachers’ flat salaries (NO STEP AND NO COST OF LIVING) have actually eroded due to the rising cost of gas, heating oil, groceries, and other everyday items.


To put this situation in perspective, a Northwood teacher with 13 years of experience is getting paid on step seven and has been on step seven every year since 2010. This same teacher has only made one step increase since 2008. The present salary schedule influences both retaining teachers and the ability to be competitive in the hiring process, as each new candidate has to take at least a four year downward slide on the pay schedule.


The newly proposed one year contract to be voted on in March, is a small step toward fair compensation for teachers. We encourage you to learn more about the proposed teachers’ contract by attending the deliberative session scheduled for February 5th. The proposed agreement calls for other positive outcomes for our students and staff  including a longer school day and more clubs for students. A “Yes!” vote in favor of the teachers’ contract is predicted to cost the town a total of $88,449. 


For more information call or email a Northwood teacher at [email protected]. A web search on Northwood Teachers for Learning will take you to our website with additional information.



Northwood School Teachers






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