2015 Northwood Softball Baseball Registration
Registration for the 2015 season of Northwood Softball Baseball is
underway. We continue to offer online registration right from the
website at www.nsbanh.org.
Look toward the upper right corner for the links. You can pay online
with credit, debit or PayPal. You can do multiple registrations per
division before you check out & pay. Payment is expected at time of
registration. Registrations are due by March 22, 2015. Please
register early. Any registrations received after that will be
accepted on a space available basis and will incur a late fee.
spring clinics gets underway Saturday March 21st for softball &
Sunday March 22nd for baseball at the Northwood School gym. All
registered players are eligible to participate. The cost is included
with the registration fee.
to welcome Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter as our guest speaker at
the Northwood Democrats meeting on March 18th at the Northwood
Community Center, 135 Main Street in Northwood Narrows. We will
hold our caucus to elect our officers for the next two years at 7
pm. All registered Democrats in Northwood may participate in the
caucus. Light refreshment will be available. Questions? Call Lucy
Edwards at 603-312-6049 or e-mail at LcedwardsATmetrocast.net.
to the Editor
didn’t think that I would write a letter this week since, by the
time you read this, the election will be over. But the last-minute
flurry of comment and commentary prompts me to say a few things in
I was gratified to hear from Jim Hadley, whose absence I recently
noted to a neighbor. He’s back and agreeing with me in support of
All-Day K, no less! Yes, he wants to delay its implementation, to
allow time for “planning,” until 2018, but he didn’t dispute its
value as some misguided souls have done. Fortunately, Jim, my
conversations with SAU Superintendant Robert Gadomski suggest that
implementation can begin immediately. After all, the school already
has All-Day K. It’s just the kids who don’t.
Speaking of misguided souls, I lament the attitude taken by Joe
McCaffrey towards expanding the access to All-Day K. He took the
wrong lesson from Joann Bailey’s history of kindergarten in
Northwood. Yes, the parents of children who attended Gladys
Gardner’s kindergarten paid for it, but those who couldn’t afford it
could’t send their kids. Do we, today, want to go back to those
days when All-Day K would be available only to those who can afford
it? How about 1st Grade? Or Second?
lament the late emergence of Party Politics into this election. The
inclusion of a voter’s guide from the Northwood Republican Committee
suggests that we should vote along party lines, even as we see how
dysfunctional this approach has become in Washington. And we read,
at the last moment, the opinion of our Republican state
representative on the road agent issue after he was a no-show at the
Town Deliberative Session and Candidate’s Night, where his opinion
could have been more fully expressed.
let’s see what the voters think.
to the Editor
like to join the full-day kindergarten discussion. First, I need to
address some misleading information provided by Mr. Faiella. He
referenced the Rand Education Study, stating “full-day kindergarten
was NOT associated with better performance” and suggesting that it
causes, “poorer dispositions toward learning, lower self-control
and poorer interpersonal skills.”
are major flaws in this study. According to Eric Hanushek,
(Stanford University & National Bureau of Economic Research), “The
analysis of these data is subject to significant analytical error...
RAND’s interpretation of its results far exceeds the normal bounds
of inference, suggesting that the authors had a prior policy
commitment.” The study makes statements based on inadequate data
analysis. It does not control for program quality or the single
biggest variable in school achievement; socio-economic status.
predicts educational outcomes for children to a greater degree than
any other factor. “Children from low-SES environments acquire
language skills more slowly, exhibit delayed letter recognition, and
are at risk for reading difficulties.” The less well-off you are,
the less well you do. Children living in poverty have the worst
academic outcomes of any group. Gaps in language, math and social
skills are huge by age 6. However, children from lower SES with
enhanced educational opportunities perform better in language and
math, and demonstrate higher executive functioning skills which are
key to success; (e.g. reduced impulsivity, better planning and less
we are not a wealthy town, we can choose to invest wisely. Every
dollar spent in early education and intervention saves $10.00-$16.00
in special education, behavioral health, substance abuse, and
criminal justice. Early experience shapes the brain, and the
greatest opportunity to impact brain development is in the earliest
years. This seems like a good investment to me.
Discover Your Family Roots!
Chesley Memorial Library will hold a basic genealogy workshop led by
David Ramsey on Saturday, March 14, from 1:00-3:00 p.m.
an hour or two learning the basics of genealogy through Ancestry
Library Edition. Participants will learn how to use the Ancestry
programs to find information about their parents and grandparents.
bring any information you have about your relatives… births, deaths,
and marriages all help to narrow down a search.
fun to discover who came before us! Where did previous generations
come from? How did they live? What did they fight for? And how did
their lives affect yours?
Historical records and photos hold so many answers about the
fascinating people in history. Ancestry Library Edition puts them at
your fingertips, enabling both research and inviting critical
thinking. Ancestry Library Edition provides access to billions of
historical documents, millions of historical photos, plus local
narratives, oral histories, indexes and other resources in over
30,000 databases that span from the 1500s to the 2000s.
Chesley Memorial Library once again has access to Ancestry Library
Edition thanks to the Friends of the Northwood Libraries. Join us
for the basic genealogy workshop or stop in and use one of our
public access computers to start your genealogy search today.
Afternoons or evenings… the choice is yours! The
Northwood/Nottingham Evening Book Discussion Group will meet at the
Chesley Memorial Library on Wednesday, March 25, at 7:00 p.m. to
discuss “One Summer: America, 1927” by Bill Bryson. The Afternoon
Book Discussion Group will meet at the Chesley Memorial Library on
Wednesday, April 1, at 2:00 p.m. to discuss “Beyond the Beautiful
Forevers” by Katherine Boo. New members are welcome in both groups!
To The Editor
surprise that Strafford and Northwood are different towns. Yes, they
both are located in the rural patch of New Hampshire that separates
our largest cities. However, the two towns have clear distinct
differences in size, agriculture and business. The question gets
even better when you introduce a city like Nashua into the equation.
Comparing Nashua to Northwood is like comparing New York City to
Manchester. It’s not compatible. We have more agriculture, a closer
community and a significantly smaller population. To us this seems
like common sense.
However, legislators in Concord sometimes fail to recognize these
differences. Instead, they create statewide mandates, fees and
regulations that affect all of New Hampshire without our town in
mind. What is good for Nashua is not necessarily good for Northwood.
Legislators in Concord are making decisions that directly affect our
town every day. However, our town is not always taken into
consideration. Our current Representative Bruce Hodgdon has fought
hard for our community in the State House. I promise I will do the
same. I will work to reign in big government and work to return
control back to our local communities. Selectmen, school boards and
members of our Northwood community should have the greatest say in
what happens in Northwood. Not legislators from Manchester or
Nashua. Please help me bring another voice for our district up in
Concord by voting for me in the Special Election State
Representative Republican Primary on March 31st.
Northwood PTA & Drama Club Present The Play “Unwrapped” In Dinner
And Dessert Theatre On March 17 And 18
Drama Club, directed by Ms. Becky Rush, will be performing the full
length play “Unwrapped” by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama,
Inc. in Dinner and Dessert Theatre. On Tuesday, March 17 doors
open at 5:45 p.m. for the Dinner Theatre with show beginning at 6:30
p.m., then on Wednesday, March 18 the doors open at 6:00 p.m. for
Dessert Theatre with show beginning at 6:30 p.m. The performance is
held in the Northwood School Cafe.
available at the door are $9 Adult and $6 Child for Dinner Theatre,
and $8 Adult and $5 Child for the Dessert Theatre. Admission for
children under age 2 is free.
details can be found on the Northwood School website.
come support the Northwood PTA and Drama Club!