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February 11, 2015

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There will be a CANDIDATES NIGHT on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at the Northwood Town Hall.  It will begin at 7:00 PM.  This will be an opportunity for all voters and interested people to meet those running for Northwood offices in the March elections. It will be moderated by former Moderator Robbie Robertson and all candidates will have an opportunity to speak briefly and answer questions from the audience.  This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Northwood Library and the Harvey Lake Woman’s Club.



Congratulations to Lily Allen, a resident of Northwood who has been honored with placement on the Dean’s List at Wheaton College in Norton, Mass., for the fall 2014 semester. A member of Wheaton’s Class of 2017, she is the daughter of Thomas Allen and Laura Holmes.



Coe-Brown Northwood Academy

Quarter 2 Honor Roll


Headmaster David S. Smith is pleased to announce the honor roll for the second quarter.


Grade 12 – Highest Honors

Willden Butler, Sarah Curtin, Bryan Ekstrom, Mariah Feegel, Audrey Getman, Nicholas Halka, Hannah Herter, Katheryn Huckins, Ashley LeBlanc, Megan Leduke, Kyle Nelson, Benjamin Porter, Madison Thivierge, Nicole Torosian


Grade 12 – High Honors

Samantha Beaupre, Ronald Berry III, Sophia Chartier, Ariel Clachar, Julia Collins, Joshua Conrad, Liam Corless, Kyana Currier, Rachel Dallaire, Hjalmer DeVarney, Gregory Doane, Olivia Drew, Nicole Durell, Emma Easler, Brianna Ferreira, Caitlin Foley, Molly Gibson, Aurora Goodwin, Kendall Goodwin, Hannah Grady, Erika Grand, Brianna Hanson, Mason Jimino, Bianca Ketenci, Garrett Kunz, Andrew Lambert, Alicia Lee, Elizabeth MacEachern, Hanna McCourt, Gaelyn O’Dwyer, Jessica Ohrenberger, Ashley Perron, Jamie Pratt, Cassandra Rogers, Mercedes Rollins, Colton Rush, Anthony Russo, Haley Ruth, Katelynn Scannell, Veronica Swindell, Kate Tomaszewski, Alexander Yonchak


Grade 12 – Honors

Kerry Baratier, Alexa Barnes, Natasha Canty, Dylan Clark, Tyler Comte, Catherine Farrar, Aisilyn Guivens, Zachary Huot, Jacob Jackman, Allison Jones, Samuel Langdon, Austin Leith, Hannah Mausteller, Lauren Montgomery, Corey Oles, Nicholas Rolser, Carrigan Smith, Lauren Velleca, Zachary Wood, Luke Zollman


Grade 11 – Highest Honors

Molly Boodey, Kayleigh Bounds, Elisabeth Danis, Ryu Kondrup, Jolene Levesque, Katherine Martel, Brianna O’Connor, Billie Pingree, Maria Rainey, Holly Roman, Henry Turcotte


Grade 11 – High Honors

Brandi Allen, Hannah Arroyo, Ryan Bailey, Nicole Beaupre, Chloe Bettencourt, Callie Brochu, Hannah Carlson, Christie Clause, Julia Cormier, Laura Cozine, Randall Daniels, Casey Davies, Erin Docko, Hayley Dunn, Megan Elwell, Sydney Fisher, Cheyenne Gardner, Tayla George, Lavender Goodwin, Rosemary Goodwin, Taylor Goodwin, Emily Greene, Brittany Guillemette, Arianna Gunderson, Maria Pia Hachem, Claire Hammond, Tyler Holman, Daphne Jordan, Cameron Lamarre, Brooke Laskowsky, Bethany Levenson, Cortney Lewis, Damian May, Thomas Mellor, Bianca Nardi, William Ohrenberger, Jason Palmer, Ashley Reiff, Zachary Rheaume, Meredith Roman, Jake Scarponi, Tyler Schroeder, Kristina Seavey, Kayleigh Sherman, Andrew Shultz, Henry Smith, Julie Souryavong, Megan Spainhower, Abigail Turcotte, Sydney Wilson


Grade 11 – Honors

Parker Aube, Jared Carlson, Nicholas Chase, Michaela Cirillo, David Coe, Andrew Comte, James Crosby, Gage Desrosiers, Caleb Dowe, Jack Fontes, Christen Gallant, Brian Gordon, Nicole Hodgdon, Lily Hunt, Daniell LaFlamme, Samuel Olewine, Kayla Patten, Christopher Perin, Hayley Pierce, Mackenzi Prina, Max Ravenelle, Julie Renner, Carter Rollins, Drew Tessier, Daven Thorne, Mariah Valerio


Grade 10 – Highest Honors

Cassandra Barnhart, Taylor Baxter-Orluk, Joshua Hall, Amanda Lee, Steven O’Donnell, Zackary Pine


Grade 10 – High Honors

Miranda Adcock, Ryan Barnard, Summer Barnes, Amanda Bolduc, Kayla Boucher, Joel Boulanger, Lauren Burrows, Colin Cain, Donovan Corless, Emelia Cronshaw, Kassandra Crosby, Davio DeLuca, Abigail Devaney, Abigail Dupuis, Shane Fillion, Sheridan Gancarz, Marissa Gast, William Girard, Jillian Gordon, Emily Goulas, Alexander Gray, Carter Greig, Brenda Hayes, Arianna Jones, Catherine Langdon, Caroline Lavoie, Samuel Lupinacci, Donald MacCallum, William Mathison, Sophia Menjivar, McKenzie Moehlmann, Cassidy O’Dwyer, Mallory Perron, Caitlyn Pitre, Allison Pratt, Mikayla Prina, Tanner Richards, Zachary Richards, Shannon Riley, Tatum Santos, Thomas Sheehan V, Jacob Snow, Jessica Tolento, Emery Travers, Kylee West, Noah Wojtkowski, LilyGrace York, Abigail Zollman


Grade 10 – Honors

Brody Ashley, Sierra Brady, Matthew Brown, Kate Clinch, Teagan Folland, Joseph Guptill, Emily Hughes, Tristan Jardon, Morgan Labrecque, Andrew Leas, Rebecca Masison, Jordan May, Michael Mulligan, Sarah Murphy, Gwynevere Norris, Gareth Owen, Katlyn Palumbo, Anne-Marie Peacock, Nathan Pinette, Shawn Spenard, Patrick Thurston, Kaylee Toleos, Kelsey Wallace


Grade 9 – Highest Honors

Raven Barnes, Sandra Black, Grace Blake, Paul Colson, Sarah Dupuis, Hannah Halka, Victoria Sheridan


Grade 9 – High Honors

Haley Arnold-Fuchs, Alicia Baratier, Maxim Begin, Taylor Bettencourt, Rachel Bouchard, Jaelyn Brooks, Suzannah Buzzell, Orion Clachar, Emily Cunningham, Domminique Depianti, Sarah Doiron, Jackson Douglas, Emma DuBois, Derek Elwell, Isabelle Feenstra, Aidan Fillion, Jocelyn Gagnon, Samuel Godwin, Julia Greene, John Grygiel, Jordan Haddock, Joseph Hebert-Morello, Cyrus Hiraldo, Brady Johnson, Nina-Marie Laramee, Olivia Lee, Emily Lentz, Isabelle Lupinacci, Abigail Mathison, Michaela McAllister, Ahna McCusker, Michael McKinney, Alexander Mercedes, Cailinn Monahan, Scott Norwood, Maxwell Nowak, Elizabeth Parece, Shania Patten, Kayla Pollak, Catrina Purington, Alyssa Reiff, Caleb Rollins, Allison Rose, Nathaniel Schroeder, Garrett Skidds, Jacob Spainhower, Kiley St. Francis, Drew Stevens, Hailey Stevens, Devin Sullivan, Evan Tanguay, Caitlyn Ustaszewski, Mitchell Wade, Ander Wensberg


Grade 9 – Honors

Emily Anderson, Bailey Arnold-Fuchs, Sarah Fortier, Sydney Gast, Sydney Ho-Sue, Jeremy Knight, Nicholas LaRose, Kathryn Levesque, Jacob Lock, Jacob Lorden, Eric Nelson, Amaya Newport, Nicole Rogier, Samantha Schroeder, Kailey Ward, Lindsay Wright



Letter To The Editor

Too Little Government?

Is more government always better?


To some it apparently is. The appetite for more government power, spending, and scrutiny often seems insatiable.


Taxes are never high enough. Regulations are never strong enough. Government workers are always underpaid. Kids never spend enough hours of the day or years of their lives in public school. Every government program and institution is underfunded. Every problem cries out for a government solution.


Did the New Englanders who gathered around the Liberty Tree before the Revolution demand a more powerful and paternal government? Is that why they established the Constitution? Were they asking for rulers who would scrupulously regulate their subjects and solve their problems for them? Was it in government that they had their faith?


Where is their spirit of liberty today, with the persistent clamor for more numerous and expanded government programs, especially, it seems, in New England?


As Judge Learned Hand said in 1944, “Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it; no constitution, no law, no court can even do much to help it. While it lies there, it needs no constitution, no law, no court to save it.”


Whenever we increase the power and scope of government we help extinguish a little more of our liberty. Still, there’s always hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again.


Michael Faiella




Strafford Regional Planning Commission Announces EDD Status


On Friday January 31, Strafford Regional Planning Commission received word that their request for federal designation as an Economic Development District (EDD) was approved by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA). This EDA status allows SRPC, and its communities, non-profits, and educational institutions access to funding opportunities for projects and planning related to local and regional economic development.


The Strafford Economic Development District includes the communities located in Strafford County, in addition to Brookfield and Wakefield in Carroll County. The communities of Northwood, Newmarket, and Nottingham are included within the boundary of the Regional Economic Development Center (REDC) of Southern New Hampshire.


Strafford Regional Planning Commission applied for this designation in November of 2013, with the application drawing a wide array of support from communities with the Strafford Region, in addition to economic development corporations, local banks, and adult learning institutions. SRPC was happy to apply for designation on behalf of these entities in order to secure eligibility for future funding opportunities to help our stakeholders accomplish their local and regional goals. Strafford Regional Planning Commission is excited to share this news with our communities, stakeholders, regional businesses, and residents.



Stanley Shares His Adventures With Second Grade


Submitted By Christy Bates, Vonda Cunningham, and Ellen Gibson

The students in second grade sent out their own Stanleys to friends and relatives around the world before the December break.  Those who received Flat Stanley went on all sorts of adventures taking pictures along the way to send back to Northwood. Each class has been plotting every adventure on the maps in our “Bubblegum” hallway as the envelopes arrive one by one. The maps are labeled with the locations that Stanley has visited. This project has been an exciting way to learn the states, continents and some countries. So far, these are places Flat Stanley has visited: New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, California, Florida, England, Sweden, Africa, Rhode Island, Washington, Arizona, Vermont, Mississippi, and Japan.



Northwood Recreation Update


On Saturday, February 21st, the Northwood Recreation will begin holding our Annual Ice Fishing Derby.  The Derby will be held on Harvey Lake from 8:00 AM to noon.  Children do not need a fishing license.  Adults are welcome to fish, but must be licensed to fish in the State of New Hampshire.  Prizes will be given to children 15 and under in a categories including first fish, shortest fish, and longest fish.  Please bring your ice fishing gear.  If you are not an avid ice fisherman, the Recreation Department will be providing some tip-ups and bait for those who would like to try something new.  This is a FREE event.  The Northwood Congregational Church will be opening their doors to offer bathroom facilities and will be selling light concessions.  Parking is available at the Northwood Congregational Church.  Register at the derby upon arrival.  The event will be held rain or shine, safe ice permitting. Contact the Northwood Recreation Department at 942-5586 x209 or by e-mail at [email protected] for additional information.



Chesley Memorial Library News


Chesley Memorial Library and Cornerstone VNA invite you to attend a Volunteer Information Session on Thursday, February 19th from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm.  Cornerstone VNA, a non-profit home, health and hospice agency, is currently seeking individuals to join their “Circle of Caring” by becoming a Companion Volunteer.  Companion volunteering provides much needed support, respite and friendship to patients, families and caregivers.  Just by visiting as little as two hours each week, volunteers can decrease loneliness for home bound patients and community members.  If you’d like to brighten someone’s day, share a cup of tea, play a game of cards, or just share some conversation, come to this information session to learn more.  Light refreshments will be served.  If you are unable to attend, but would like more information, please contact Erika Lee, Assistant Director of Advancement/Volunteer Coordinator, at 603-332-1133 x203.


Local NH Author Debuts The First Of Three Children’s Books


“Using his field scope to explore the backyard, Anthony can see all the tiny creatures that live between the blades of grass, in the pond, and deep down in a hole.


But that’s not all that he can do.”

Local author P.J. Holt (also known as Pam LaBrecque) will debut the first of three children’s books, Anthony’s Amazing Adventures and Incredible Discoveries in the Backyard, at Chesley Memorial Library in Northwood, NH on Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 9:30 a.m.  Copies of the book will be on sale for $10.00 each.  Her grandson, Anthony, was the inspiration for the book, and she collaborated with illustrator Elizabeth Moisan to bring the story to publication. In addition, P.J. Holt is the founder of an online blog “On My Mind Today - A Journal of a 50+ Woman’s Observations, Reflections and Life’s Lessons."



Teddy Bear Sleepover at the Chesley Memorial Library!


February 13 is the night the teddy bears (and their other stuffed friends!) have their sleepover at the library and get ready for Valentine’s Day!  Bring your cuddly friend to the library on Friday, February 13, at 6:00 p.m.  Make a Valentine for your friend then enjoy snacks and stories with special guest reader Sandy Ross.  Tuck your friend in for the night and come back to the library at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 14, to join your friend for breakfast.


Local author P.J. Holt (also known as Pam LaBrecque) will be on hand to read her book Anthony’s Amazing Adventures and Incredible Discoveries in the Backyard.  No registration required; all ages welcome.  (Don’t let the kids have all the fun, adults have stuffed friends too!)  If you would like your friend to join the sleepover but you are not able to drop him or her off on Friday night, please call the library at 942-5472 to make other arrangements.



Letter To The Editor


Did you know our public schools are for the public good?  It’s been this way since 1838, when the first public schools were supported by local tax dollars. The purpose of universal schooling was to create informed citizens and promote well-being in our communities through education.


It’s 177 years later, but the original goals endure. Teachers are the “hands and feet” of our local school. While some educational goals have remained constant, today we ask so much more or our teachers.  Every teacher on the Northwood School staff has revamped their teaching strategies and acquired new skills by furthering their education. Teachers are continuously updating strategies to achieve greater student engagement. Recognizing that societal issues have changed, teachers have responded by seeking opportunities to learn methods to help students who  may be dealing with mental health and family issues that influence their education. An educator’s responsibility is to consistently interpret data, analyze the results at Professional Learning Communities and adjust instruction accordingly.


Five years ago, when 6 certified teachers were cut from the staff at Northwood School, we learned to do more with less.  Teachers picked up additional committee assignments.  The amount of work that is done in committees after the last bell is impressive. Committees responsible for school safety, technology, school improvement, academic achievement, special education, and curriculum are just some of the additional expectations of teachers.


A “Yes” vote for the Teachers’ Contract is the right choice.  It’s been five years since a Teachers’ Contract has passed in Northwood. It’s time.  The proposed contract agreement was unanimously approved by the School Board and Budget Committee. On March 10th, please vote “Yes” on Article #4 of the School District Ballot. Contact [email protected] or visit our website at Northwood Teachers for Learning.



Northwood School Teachers 



Letter To The Editor


To the Editor,

The Inside Story: Northwood Teachers Contract.

This year the Northwood School Board and the Northwood Teachers’ Association began negotiations early, in May. Frankly, this is the most difficult aspect of being a Board Member. It can be a very harsh place, between you the taxpayer and 38 teachers who want to be fairly compensated for their work in educating our children. Opinions, rhetoric, and heart felt needs abound.


I want you to know that the Northwood School Board is 110% behind the NTA and our negotiated contract with them. The NTA truly came to the table this year ready to negotiate in good faith, willing to understand some of your concerns and finally, compromise. Our teachers have not had raises in 4 of the last 5 years. The contract will cost us $88K, a bargain.


We negotiated out the JY insurance plan. It was costing 36K but will go up 9K to around $45K next year. Yes, really, so this alone is worth approving the contract. All teachers will now pay part of their healthcare cost. No longer must the Board match sick bank days, another big savings. There are lots more including 15 additional minutes of instruction each day equaling 45 hours a year.  


To keep and attract good teachers we need to fairly compensate them. The NTA was professional, ready to listen and deal. Your support will not only show appreciation to them but will be a big help in future negotiations. Obamacare and its incredible costs are the future. Health Insurance costs alone increased the 15/16 year budget by $118,861. Approving this contract will mitigate some of that. Vote!!!! Vote in favor of the NTA and Support Staff contracts.


Tim Jandebeur




Letter To The Editor 

Step One towards All-Day K


The School Budget Deliberation Session was held last Thursday, 2/5, and I was gratified by the turnout and the outcome.  I presented the petitioned warrant article for All-Day Kindergarten, explaining as I had in my letter how I decided to do this when the School Board didn’t.  And I briefly stated my opinion that a full-day program is needed in order to cover the curriculum requirements and allow time for play, snack, socializing, “specials,” lunch and one-on-one teacher-student interaction.  What followed was a series of parents making their own points so that I didn’t need to make them.


One spoke as a high school special-ed teacher and parent who noted that it is a lot less expensive to educate youngsters than it is to try to correct the deficits later.  Several moms spoke of their wish to have their children better prepared going forward.


As expected, Mike Faiella spoke against it, citing the study he found online.  But he was refuted by Ellen Schreiber who quoted a Stanford University professor of Early Education who called the study methodologically flawed and making generalizations that were not supported by the data.


And Joe McCaffrey antagonized many by suggesting that parents were just looking for free day-care for their kids.


Most importantly, after conferring with Supt. Robert Gadomski about the estimated cost of implementation, I amended the amount upwards to $100,000.  Although some advised me to keep the figure at $46,000 to promote passage, I thought that this would be underhanded, and would necessitate that the balance be taken from regular education.


So now we are on to the March 10 ballot.  I think All-Day K for 20 kids at $100K is $5K per kid.  Considering that Coe-Brown costs over $14K/kid, it’s a bargain – and money well-spent.


Tom Chase 







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