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March 11, 2015

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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 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. 


2015 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.



Join us 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



Letter to the Editor

Last Words 


I 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 closing.


First, 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?


I also 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. 


So let’s see what the voters think. 


Tom Chase 




Letter to the Editor


I’d 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.” 


There 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. 


SES 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 aggressiveness).


While 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. 


Ellyn Schreiber



Discover Your Family Roots!


The Chesley Memorial Library will hold a basic genealogy workshop led by David Ramsey on Saturday, March 14, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. 


Spend 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. 


Please bring any information you have about your relatives… births, deaths, and marriages all help to narrow down a search. 


It’s 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.


The 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!



Letter To The Editor


It’s no 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. 


Yvonne M. Dean-Bailey




Northwood PTA & Drama Club Present The Play “Unwrapped” In Dinner And Dessert Theatre On March 17 And 18


The 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.


Tickets 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.


More details can be found  on the Northwood School website. 


Please come support the Northwood PTA and  Drama Club!






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