Northwood Board of Selectmen announces the formation of a town
administrator search committee. Town Administrator Brent Lemire
retired this month and the selectmen are seeking several interested
town citizens to be included on the search committee. They will join
two town employees and an elected official who have been chosen to
serve on the committee. Duties include reviewing applications,
interviewing candidates, and providing recommendations to the
selectmen. If interested, please send a letter of interest to the
Board of Selectmen, attention Sandy Garrett, 818 First NH Tpke.
Northwood, NH 03261 or e-mail
Deadline is Monday, April 13 at 4 pm.
Northwood PTA hosts Health & Safety information night
Northwood PTA will be hosting a Family Health and Wellness
Information Night on Tuesday April 7 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Featured will be Dr Alan Eaton of UNH Cooperative Extension with a
talk on preventing Tick borne illness. As we approach the warmer
weather this information is very timely. His talk will be 6-7 p.m.
and all community members are invited. In addition the PTA will host
several community groups providing information on other health and
safety topics. There will also be a fun Wildlife encounter for
children from 5:30-7:30. We hope you can participate in this
fun and informative event.
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wanted to respond to my position regarding support of a full-day
kindergarten program in Northwood beginning in 2018.
only reason I would support full-day beginning at that time would be
if our school board was able (and willing) to get their financial
house in order.
are currently implementing recommendations made as a result of a
60-page special education performance audit report issued on
December 6, 2013. However, many of the cost-effective measures that
are being adopted will not see financial savings for a few years.
Thus, once those measures are in place the cost of a full-day
kindergarten program will not increase the overall K-8 school
budget. Rather it would be absorbed into the existing school budget
and not increase current school taxes.
citizen petition voted down last month would have added more than
$100,000 to an already bloated school budget.
voters approving the school budget and other warrant articles, the
total increase in spending next year will be $400,000.
average cost to educate the 419 K-8 students next year is estimated
at $18,041 per student.
grade 9-12 level the average cost to educate the 236 students at
Coe-Brown is $14,683. However when you add in the special education
expenses budgeted separate from the Coe-Brown tuition rate provided
by the Trustees, the average cost per student increases to $16,721.
comparison purposes the only other public-private non-profit high
school in the state (Pinkerton Academy) is charging 25% less
($10,964) in their tuition rate than Coe-Brown. The in-state tuition
rate at UNH for residents is currently only $13,670. Too bad we
couldn’t put a cap on spending and not allow the costs per student
for K-12 to be higher than the tuition rate at UNH. We would save
over $2 million.
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Speech in Northwood
like to commend the Northwood School Board for voting to uphold the
right of freedom of speech.
board's March 19th meeting, board member Tim Jandebeur refused to
sign a statement requiring all board members to "support" the votes
and policies of the board. He said that although he had no objection
to the rest of the code of ethics, he objected to this particular
provision as a violation of his First Amendment rights. He pointed
out that last year the Timberlane School Board withdrew a similar
rule when the NH Civil Liberties Union threatened a lawsuit over its
their letter to the Timberlane School Board, the Civil Liberties
Union had asserted that such policies "imperil the open debate
necessary for the public to evaluate its elected officials." They
then quoted a US Supreme Court decision:
manifest function of the First Amendment in a representative
government requires that legislators be given the widest latitude to
express their views on issues of policy. The central commitment of
the First Amendment ... is that ‘debate on public issues should be
uninhibited, robust, and wide-open.' ... Just as erroneous
statements must be protected to give freedom of expression the
breathing space it needs to survive, so statements criticizing
public policy and the implementation of it must be similarly
NHCLU also cited another court case to demonstrate that "this
principle applies with particular force to school districts."
Northwood School Board, after a brief debate, voted 4-1 to remove
the objectionable provision. Good for them, good for Tim, and good
for all of us.
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Northwood resident and newly elected Selectman, I want to thank to
each and everyone who came out to cast their votes on March 10, 2015
and genuinely extend my gratitude to those who voted for me.
you for trusting and believing in me! You made this happen and it
will be a honor to serve you.
of you perhaps know already that I have the best interest in heart
for our community. I am committed to listen to you and working
together to build a better future for our town.
newly elected Selectman,
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haven't the patience to compete with all of the "blarney" out there
so I just want to say thank you. Thank you for reelecting me to the
Northwood School Board. Thank you for approving the school budget,
teacher and support staff contracts as well as the retirement
incentive. Finally thanks for the approval of the town budget. It
was a great turnout and you were more than generous. Now it’s time
for us to show you what we can accomplish.. What a great town to
you so much,
Northwood School 2nd Quarter Honor Roll
Brieger, Skye Loto, Alexander Quaglia, Eva Roy, Anne Thoms
Bocash, Burke Bulger, Thomas Cirillo, Elizabeth Cromer, Mallory
Farrar, Nicole Gaedtke, Seth Ireland, Denzel Martinez, Kailynn
Nicoll, Emma Pollak, Myranda St. Onge, Parker Tatem, Elizabeth White
Jennifer Bettencourt, Amelia Brackett, Addison Cox, Porter Heigis,
Liam Jozokos, Christian Kiernan, Emma Pinard, Andrew Quaglia, Brenna
Roy, Raina Skora
Bearden, Kaden Beliveau, Adrianna Bingham, Joshua Bowers, Gabrielle
Critchett, Tyler Hartford, Piper Leduke, Shelby Lefoley, Logan
Mihellich, William Moehlmann, Darin Sweet, Luke Tkaczyk, Caitlyn van
Gerena, Ty Votour
Katherine Blake, Benjamin Brieger, Evan Lentz, Ryan Nester, Kelsey
Pease, Mary Thoms, Samantha Troy
Adams, Jaden Boulanger, Brianna Burke, Stone Compton, Matthew Davis,
Makayla DeButts, Hailie Holland, Ryan Hughes, Brianna Jackson,
Victoria Johnston, Sophie Laird, Michael MacEachern, Brynna Meeker,
Ethan Meeker, Kendall Nester, Eli Pinard, Morgan Tatem, Elijah
Tomlinson-Burrell, Samantha Welch
Grade High Honors
DiPrizio, Olivia Farrar, Emma Tobbe, Megan Wimsat
Brown, Clayton Canfield, Alivia DiPrizio, Alyssa Hill, Lillian
Marie, Lucas McCusker, Caleb Mihelich, Jonathan Moehlmann, Jacob
Nesmith, Carly Ramsey, Jacob Rich, Zachery Sheehan
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wanted to take a quick moment to thank everyone who supported me in
the Special Election Republican Primary for State Representative. I
am constantly encouraged by the amount of community members who are
passionate about fiscal responsibility and the need for a fresh
conservative voice up in Concord.
general election for the May 19 State Representative Special
Election proceeds I am excited to work to keep the seat in the hands
of fiscally responsible leaders who will advocate for local control
of our communities. Thank you so much to all of my volunteers who
helped me spread my message and helped me gain support throughout
the primary. Thank you to all of my sign wavers (who stood out in
the snow at one point) and thank you to everyone who donated their
time and effort to help advocate for fiscal responsibility, liberty
and conservative values.
that come May 19th we can elect a fiscally responsible
Representative who will keep our community at the forefront of
conservation in Concord.
for all of the support!
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week, I reported that I had had my septic tank pumped and was
grateful to the citizens of Northwood for providing a septic lagoon
at the Transfer Station to receive the contents.
letter on the subject of All-Day K, Pittsfield Libertarian Willie
Matras celebrates its defeat and encourages us to "continue to take
back ground that has been lost." I hope that this does not include
the septic lagoon. Living in a very old house, as we do, teaches
the lesson of the need for governmental services.
bought the house in 1982 from Bob and Joann Bailey, we found that
the previous owners, the Towle sisters, had never installed running
water or central heat. They lived here with a privy off the back
shed – a three-holer no less – and a pump out front.
didn't take us long to get Joe and Fred Holmes to install the
"necessaries" – indoor plumbing and later central heat. So I know,
first hand, the value of a septic tank and a place to dump its
similar interest is the fact that there are two dumps on the
property. Since the house was built around 1820, according to town
historian Joann Bailey, the original builder John Stockman and then
the Towle family dumped their refuse back in the woods and over the
bank to the north. Not a bad solution when you have 42 acres and
most debris would rot or rust away. But this was not a sustainable
solution, especially if you had a small lot and non-biodegradable
the citizens of the town established a common dump, which has
evolved into a Transfer Station and recycling center.
note, Willie, that you still have the "freedom" to dump your trash
out back – or use an outhouse – but I prefer these governmental
solutions that citizens have chosen.
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appreciate the defense by Sharon Matras of a recent letter of mine.
I would like to assure her though, that I am not shamed by lame
arguments. Nevertheless, I do understand the techniques of "the
anointed" as the great economist Dr. Thomas Sowell describes.
Attempting to intrude on and manage other peoples lives (by those
that have enough trouble mismanaging their own) at various board and
committee meetings is too common. It is inane pretense for
deliberative consideration - knowing my own frailties and slips on
the ice (why is spring so elusive?) of shifting small town affairs I
think we all should eschew the inane.
Regarding Tom Chase's misuse of the word "misguided" it was an
insult to Joanne Bailey who misguided no one. She merely recounted
the historical fact that a local private citizen had provided a most
satisfactory kindergarten for Northwood children for 26 years. I
simply reflected (on) the meaning of the responsible and
self-reliant principal once evident in the towns of the live free or
die state. Further, according to many who availed themselves of
this service she charged with consideration as to the means of
greater point Mrs. Matras alluded, if there are those who want a
kindergarten - of debatable value - then why doesn’t one or more of
them step up and provide same? There are more than a few ways to
accomplish this. The answer is simple and inescapable: they want
others to do it and most definitely others to pay for it.
Finally, regarding those who disingenuously objected to some
(self-identified as Republicans) opining on town ballot items. How
about the complainants as members of the party of the Leviathan
(pretending they only have ‘local’ motives) admit that Big Brother
is their closest family relative.