Devin Maye Zylak Engaged To Donovan Ellsworth Funk III
David and Dr. JoAnn Zylak of Dunbarton are pleased to announce the
engagement of their daughter, Devin Zylak to Donovan Funk III, son
of Donovan Ellsworth Funk II and Wendy Funk of Farmington, NH.
bride-to-be is a 2006 graduate of Coe-Brown Northwood Academy,
attended Colby Sawyer College and graduated in 2010 with her
Bachelors of Exercise Science, and went on to Franklin Pierce
University, graduating with her Doctorates in Physical Therapy in
2013. She is currently working for Coppola Physical Therapy in
groom-to-be is a 2006 graduate of Farmington High School, a double
major in Health Science and Psychology at New England College,
graduating in 2011, and a 2015 graduate from the National College of
Technical Instruction as a certified paramedic. He is currently
working for American Ambulance in Kittery, ME.
couple got engaged on the top of Bretton Woods ski resort on March
8th and is planning a September 2016 wedding at the top of Pats
To The Editor
response to Ms. Dean-Bailey’s letter of 4/15/15: Now why didn’t I
think of that? Rockingham District 32 towns don’t need the State of
New Hampshire! We can set up on our own! Then we won’t have to
worry about the dreaded downshifting of costs from the state.
Actually, New Hampshire doesn’t have any sort of home rule, where
towns and cities can set up their own ways of running things.
of the laws in the New Hampshire RSAs deal with municipalities and
their operations, as I learned when I was a selectwoman. But I’m
sure Ms. Dean-Bailey will be fixing that if she wins the election.
We’d just have to change the NH Constitution and a bunch of laws. Or
maybe we will happily secede from the dreadful state and set up a
little federation here. The ultimate in local control. The Free
State Project in a nutshell.
suspect a good many citizens would be a bit wary of such a change.
There are advantages to being part of a larger governmental entity.
Some of us actually believe that there are projects that are best
funded and overseen by a larger entity than a town, if only for the
economies of scale. State highways are handy for commuting. And when
it comes to defending oneself, it’s a lot easier if you are bigger.
By the way, the resource I linked to above, which everyone should
read, notes that three times in the last 4 decades an amendment to
the NH Constitution to expand home rule authority has been presented
to the voters, and every time it failed to reach the 2/3 majority
necessary for passage.
To The Editor
choice is an issue in the May 19th election for state
and upper middle income families already have school choice. They
can pay their property taxes to support public schools and then pay
the thousands of dollars it takes to send their children to private
poor and lower middle income families haven’t been able to afford
any educational options--until recently, that is. Now many of these
families do have some educational choice, thanks to NH’s tax
education scholarship program.
Concord Monitor reports that through the Network for Educational
Opportunity, which administers the program, many low and moderate
income parents can send their children to “private schools or
out-of-district public schools, or help defray the cost of
home-schooling. The scholarships average $2,500 per student per year
for tuition at private schools or public schools, or $625 for
home-schoolers.” Not enough to pay for the child’s education, but
perhaps enough to make it possible for the family.
Network for Educational Opportunity’s stated goal is to “provide
education information and scholarships for New Hampshire students
who are struggling in their current school to allow them to attend a
school that is a better fit for them and their learning needs.” The
NEO can be reached at 888-325-1776 or
scholarship program survived a 2013 legislative repeal attempt when
the NH Senate refused to go along with the NH House. It also
weathered a constitutional legal challenge, when the NH Supreme
Court voted unanimously in favor of the program.
representative Maureen Mann voted to end the scholarships. Yvonne
Dean-Bailey supports this educational aid for needy kids and
To The Editor
April 3rd Northwood School Board meeting, I read a letter telling
them what had been transpiring at the State House.
to commend the Northwood School Board Members for their willingness
to do further research by looking at unbiased information regarding
Common Core Standards and the Smarter Balanced Testing.
meantime, SB101, the bill that states that School Districts are not
required to implement Common Core Standards has passed both the
State Senate and House.
To The Editor
letters ago I talked about the success of the New Hampshire House
Budget--and there are several successes: no new taxes or fees and a
balance between increased spending and fiscal responsibility.
However, there is one reduction I cannot endorse and that is the
decreased support to our New Hampshire veterans. As a daughter and a
granddaughter of veterans, I understand how vital it is that our
veterans receive the care and support they need and deserve.
veterans in New Hampshire must always be a priority. They have
fought tirelessly for our state and our country and we must ensure
their well being well past their time of service.
do the same for our first responders as well. Our local police and
firemen (our volunteer firemen) must have a voice in the State House
to ensure they get the credit they deserve.
Throughout the past year, the political left has isolated and
insulted our police officers, painting them as criminals. This is
clearly not the case.
first responders lay their lives on the line every day for our
communities and for our state. In return, we must ensure that our
first responders, our veterans and our other everyday heroes are
supported in our communities and up in Concord.
running in the Special Election on May 19th. I would appreciate your
support so I may have the opportunity to be a strong voice in the
State House that will support our veterans, first responders and the
Constitution they fight to protect everyday.
To The Editor
to Lucy Edwards regarding campaign funding for District #32
again biased information needs to be brought to light. True, most
people want to get excessive monies out of politics, do you? This
should be a bipartisan goal, and will take, time. You also forgot to
mention that Yvonne Dean-Bailey needs to run 2 campaigns during this
special election. She also is a newcomer starting from ZERO who
needs to generate name recognition. She and people who trust in her
have worked hard to get to the final election on May 19th. Signs and
flyers cost money and people have noticed her work and positions.
Meanwhile, you forgot to mention funding sources available to Ms
Mann, such as ACTBlue($5911.00 on Rockingham County Democratic
FaceBook page as of 4/16/2015). It has a regional office run out of
Somerville, MA., and is a National Democratic fund raising machine,
$721,895,510.00 having been raised since 2004. It has ties to a
liberal, Ben Barnes out of Austin TX. Also Granite PAC has been a
past resource, and Ms Mann currently has more money going into the
May 19th election than Yvonne.
the way, Yvonne Dean-Bailey is going to UNH this fall!
Hillary Clinton really need to spend $2,500,000,000.00 ($2.5
Billion) on her 2016 campaign? Does she need to spend more than
President Obama and Mitt Romney combined: $2,100,000,000.00? Is
THIS your idea of Democrat finance reform?
To The Editor
of Life and Death
talk about prostate cancer. While this disease afflicts one in
three men, like miscarriages, you don’t hear much about it until you
get it. And when you do – as I did – you hear from your brothers.
showed up six years ago as an elevated PSA (Prostate Specific
Antigen) reading, and I was into the first phase – watching and
waiting – to see if it went down. It didn’t, and the next step was
biopsies, which showed a few abnormal cells. But when there was an
uptick in the number, it was time to decide on a treatment strategy:
surgery, radiation or some combination.
stop here and ask you to imagine that this process had started when
I had just become insured for the first time under the Affordable
Care Act, and that the PSA test was done as part of my first heath
screening in a long time. Now, three years in, I’m about to lose
that insurance because in NH, the Medicaid Expansion will expire
unless the legislature renews it.
friend, Brendan Reddy, watched-and-waited too long and his cancer
spread out of the prostate and ate him alive. That would be my fate
without treatment. And without insurance, I can’t pay for it. What
am I to do?
Republican Rep. Dan McGuire, an advocate of “personal
responsibility” and an end to Medicaid Expansion, and he is reported
to have said that we should “get better jobs that offer health
benefits.” Which sounds like a death sentence to me.
going into this election, think about NOT sending another vote to
join Rep. McGuire. And ask our wanna-be Yvonne whose paying for her
health care. Under the ACA, she can stay on her parent’s plan till
26. Unless the Republicans repeal that, too.
To The Editor
it is quite commendable for a young person to be willing to serve
her community as a representative in the New Hampshire House. But I
find it difficult to understand how she would do that effectively
while attending college classes in Holyoke, Mass. This raises
another interesting question. If she is so concerned about our state
why is she going to an Ivy sister school outside of New Hampshire?
outside interests raise another, perhaps more serious question,
about her loyalty to her constituents. How is it that most of her
campaign funding comes from an out of state PAC that supports Tea
Party candidates nation-wide? As you can see, I am a little
confused. I know she has some local support. I’ve seen the letters,
but I’m not sure why some would back such an inexperienced candidate
when her opponent, Maureen Mann, has served effectively in the House
served her constituents well, crossing the aisle to get her bills
passed. She consistently worked to improve numerous aspects of the
district’s deficiencies including the traffic light at the
intersection of routes 107 and 4, that made the daily bus trip to
Concord safer for those students from Deerfield who attended school
there. A simplistic solution for an obvious need. Maureen was able
to get through the legislative maze. Unfortunately, it would take
Yvonne time to learn the ropes to get similar bills passed. For me,
experience is important, and that is why I am voting for Maureen.
Juniors Accepted Into St. Paul’s Advanced Studies Program
Coe-Brown Northwood Academy is pleased to announce that juniors
Tyler Holman of Barrington, Billie Pingree of Northwood, and Jake
Scarponi of Barrington have been accepted into the Advanced Studies
Program (ASP) at St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH for the summer of
2015. These students will spend five and a half weeks immersed in a
college level curriculum and challenged to discover new ways of
learning. The Advanced Studies program was established in 1957 to
provide academically talented New Hampshire public and parochial
high school students with challenging educational opportunities that
would otherwise be unavailable to them. Since its inception, more
than 11,000 students have participated in the program. According to
the Advanced Studies Program website, the program is committed to
educating the whole person and preparing students to make
contributions to a changing and challenging world. ASP defines
education as all of the structured experiences in which students
participate: coursework, athletics, extracurricular activities and
To The Editor
I had a
letter all prepared to run just before elections in March that
started out, “Every time I enter Northwood School I hear math (a
male) shrieking in horror in the basement as he is being horribly
abused.” It went on to explain how we had spent half a million
dollars on math for naught. Math was really at it last night, I feel
issue is what to do with math. We have a cobbled together mess at
present. A trip to schooldigger.com will show you that our school is
rated 154th of 234 schools in NH. Almost in the bottom third. Very
sad. We supply a lot of kids to McDonalds who can’t do change.
six month study, the Administration has decided that they would like
to purchase Go Math for just the 7th and 8th grade. They want to
stay with the enVision for K-6 grades. A one minute look at
schooldigger.com will show you that we are failing miserably in math
until the 7th and 8th grades when we start improving a little. For
whatever reason enVision has failed us. We need a seamless K-8 math
program now to turn this around. We need to provide the staff with
the professional development tools to teach math and expect results.
We have the money for this curriculum now. Every parent and
grandparent of a Northwood student should show up at the School
Board meeting on May 7th and demand action. I am tired of the lame
excuses and being so near the bottom of the academic food chain.
Year 15/16 budget ($12,014,987) divided by students (662) = $18,149
per student. Isn’t that enough to provide a decent education? Come