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April 29, 2015

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Volunteers wanted to join the Lake Host Program at Pleasant Lake in Deerfield.   If you like to spend time outside in the summer months you may really like to work as a volunteer Lake Host.  It is so important to help in keeping these Invasive Aquatic Species from spreading through out NH Lakes.  We inspect boats for the Invasive Aquatic Species.  Training provided, 2-hour shift per week afternoons and early evenings.  If interested please contact Holly at: 603-463-7496.



Letter To The Editor


Maureen Mann, as a former teacher and NH House Representative, always considered her students and constituents as her guide in advocating for their needs. Candia, Deerfield, Northwood, and Nottingham, do Rockingham District 32 a service; and vote on May 19th to re-elect Maureen!


Donna Duff




Skarin, Kraft and Cooper Post Winning Efforts in Corsair Classic; Bentley Finishes 2nd


Led by winning performances from junior David Cooper (Woburn/Woburn HS) and freshmen Nick Skarin (Sunapee, N.H./Sunapee HS) and Beau Kraft (Bayport, N.Y./Bayport-Blue Point HS), the Bentley University men’s outdoor track and field team finished second among 17 teams in the Corsair Classic Apr. 4 at UMass-Dartmouth.


Bentley totaled 106.5 points in the meet, a number exceeded only by Bridgewater State (118). The rest of the top five included Rhode Island College (77), Southern Maine (73) and UMass-Boston (63).


Skarin led a dominating performance by Bentley in the 800 meters with three of the top four Falcons. He finished in 1:59.87, a time that put him at number 10 on the Northeast-10 performance list, and was followed by senior Christian Connolly (Kingston/Silver Lake Regional HS) and sophomore Nik Haas (Ramsey, N.J./Ramsey HS). Connolly was third in the 35-runner field with a 2:00.60 and Haas was fourth (2:00.71).


Cooper ran to victory in the 5000 meters with his time of 16:27.58 giving him a winning margin of 4.97 seconds over Roger Williams’ Chris Busby. Bentley freshman Seamus Higgins (Randolph, N.J./ Randolph HS) followed in third as he crossed the line in 16:38.40.


Kraft, last week’s NE-10 Field Rookie of the Week, bettered his performances of seven days earlier while placing first of 42 in the discus and seventh of 37 in the shot put. His 144’5” throw in the discus elevated him to second best in program history, improved on his collegiate personal best by more than 15 feet and put him at number three on the NE-10 performance list. In the shot, his 40’0.75” ranked 14th on Bentley’s all-time list, tenth on the NE-10 list and exceeded his PR by 5.75 inches.


Sophomore Paul Bolick (Hopkinton/Hopkinton HS) finished second of 45 in the 1500 meters, posting a time of 4:16.84. Junior Anthony Lacey (Ogdensburg, N.J./Pope John XXIII) was two places behind him with a 4:21.95 and the 4:24.01 achieved by freshman Graham Chapski (East Greenwich, R.I./ East Greenwich HS) was good for seventh. It was also a PR by 5.67 seconds.


In the javelin, Bentley had five of the top 11 finishers, a group headed by freshman Holt Sihvonen (Lebanon, Conn./Lyman Memorial HS). His throw of 163’4”, a PR by nearly eight feet, was good for third in a field of 35 and also put him at number three on the NE-10 performance list. Junior Joe Simonini (Revere/Revere HS) also scored, placing seventh with his 154’11” fourth best to date in the conference.


Bentley also had four of the top 11 in the 10,000 meters with sophomore Eric Alatalo (Wilmington/Wilmington HS) taking fourth with a 34:01.27. That was a PR by 5.63 seconds and the third best so far in 2015 in the NE-10. Senior Mac Segura-Cook (Northwood, N.H./Coe-Brown Northwood Acad.) was immediately behind him in fifth, with his 34:11.08 fourth best in the NE-10 to date, and sophomore Andrew Bertini (West Hartford, Conn./Conant HS) was eighth (37:23.90).


In other field events, senior Anthony Charter (Hubbardston/Quabbin Reg. HS) was fourth of 29 in the long jump (19’8.75”), classmate John Chiulli (Lynbrook, N.Y./Lynbrook HS) was fifth of 42 in the discus (129’5”) and junior Connor Hichens (Sharon/Sharon HS) was both sixth of 17 in the high jump (5’10”) and eighth of 18 in the triple jump (40’3.5”). Hichens’ performance in the former was the fourth best this year in the NE-10 and Chiulli is sixth on the NE-10 performance list in the discus.

Bentley also saw senior Steve Maffiolini (Southington, Conn./Southington HS) finished eighth of 34 in the 400 meters (53.09).



Northwood School 3rd Quarter Honor Roll


5th Gr. High Honors

Megan Brieger, Skye Loto, Eva Roy, Natalie Sinnamon, Anne Thoms


5th Gr. Honors

Kylie Bocash, Elizabeth Cromer, Gretchen Fichera, Nicole Gaedtke, Seth Ireland, Makena Lee, Kailynn Nicoll, Tyler Prusia, Alexander Quaglia, Elizabeth White


6th Gr. High Honors

Amelia Brackett, Addison Cox, Porter Heigis, Liam Jozokos, Emma Pinard, Andrew Quaglia, Brenna Roy, Raina Skora


6th Gr. Honors

Gabrielle Critchett, Shelby Lefoley, John Levitow III, Logan Mihelich, Darin Sweet


7th Gr. High Honors

Katherine Blake, Benjamin Brieger, Evan Lentz, Michael MacEachern, Brynna Meeker, Kelsey Pease, Mary Thoms


7th Gr. Honors

Hunter Adams, Jaden Boulanger, Brianna Burke, Stone Compton, Matthew Davis, Makayla DeButts, Hailie Holland, Scott Ireland, Brianna Jackson, Sophie Laird, Ethan Meeker, Kendall Nester, Ryan Nester, Eli Pinard, Jacob Shutt, Elijah Tomlinson-Burrell, Samantha Troy, Samantha Welch


8th Grade High Honors

Alivia DiPrizio, Lillian Marie, Emma Tobbe, Megan Wimsat


8th Gr. Honors

Elijah Allen, Kylee Blad, Clayton Canfield, Dylan DeTrude, Olivia Farrar, Ryan Holland, Mary Lee, Lucas McCusker, Jonathan Moehlmann, Jacob Rich, Zachery Sheehan, Noah Sinnamon



Letter To The Editor

To Secure These Rights


Do you agree with Maureen Mann’s vote allowing government to seize private property under eminent domain “for the purpose of private development or other private use of the property?” (HB480)


Do you agree with her vote against a homeowner’s right to consent “before an electric utility may install a smart meter in a person’s home or business?” (HB454)


Do you agree with her vote against “the recognition of local control of education in the New Hampshire Constitution?” (CACR8)


Do you agree with her vote against a citizen’s right to record “a public official while in the course of his or her official duties?” (HB1550)


Do you agree with her vote to have the gas tax increased in the future automatically according to the Consumer Price Index, wthout a vote of the people’s representatives? (SB367)


Do you agree with her vote against a parent’s right to object to “immunization, or some immunizations, or the official age schedule for immunizations, because of conscientious beliefs?” (HB1555)


Do you agree with her vote to have “lobbyists and those connected with lobbyists sit on committees established by the judicial branch?” (SB33)


Yvonne Dean-Bailey is idealistic enough to believe, along with our country’s founders, that government is instituted to secure our rights. Do you agree?


Michael Faiella




Letter To The Editor


It is somewhat difficult for me to understand why any voter in District 32 would want to elect a candidate who wants to cut spending for our local schools. Don’t our children and grandchildren need the best educational opportunity we, as a caring state and community, can provide them. 


Again, why would we elect someone who wants to make cuts in Medicare and Medicaid, and privatize Social Security? This same candidate may even support the cuts to our state’s Veterans’ Home in Tilton. That is an even scarier thought. Aren’t there enough homeless vets already? My cousin, a Vietnam era vet is a resident there. Is Yvonne DEAN-BAILEY going to call me and tell me he can no longer live there? I am his guardian. I truly hope not. He suffers from short term memory loss, dementia and cannot live on his own. I am a paraplegic and can’t care for him. So let’s just throw him out and let him fend for himself, along with twenty-four other veterans who would be eligible to reside there. I can understand the desire to be fiscally responsible, but this takes that concept to a whole other level.


Budget cuts, budget cuts, fewer services for those in need, cuts in maintaining the infrastructure, cuts  everywhere. I think I’ll vote for a candidate who cares. I’ll vote for Maureen Mann.


Karl T. Bergeron




Letter To The Editor

A Stunning Break 


In what can only be described as a stunning break with her party, wanna-be-rep YD-B declared in a letter to the Sun that she “cannot endorse … the decreased support to our New Hampshire veterans.”  I assume that this statement was in response to my pointing out the 25-bed cut in the House budget.  So let’s see if she will tell us how she feels about this example of “government for the people.”


In 2010, at the height of the Great Recession, there were 4,000 foreclosures and only 5 housing counselors in the state to help those in need.  Sponsored by the Department of Justice, the Banking Department and the Housing Finance Authority, a three-year project was launched to provide free housing counseling and legal services for owners on the brink of foreclosure.  


With seven additional counselors, a 211 hotline and the website gave easy access to 1,800 households who sought help.  Of these, nearly 750 households avoided foreclosure, according to a report in the Concord Monitor (4/21/15). 


What would your self-described “strong, fiscally responsible voice” say about that?  Too much government interference in the marketplace?  Too little “personal responsibility” on the part of homeowners facing foreclosure? 


So far, you have campaigned with platitudes and generalities.  But what will you do if elected and facing specific votes on specific bills?  My bet is, given the knowledge, wisdom and experience you’ve amassed in your 19 years, you will dutifully vote with your elders in the Republican Party. 


Or you may surprise me – and them – by looking more closely at the issues, as you did with the veterans, and making up your own mind. 


Tom Chase 




Letter To The Editor

Northwood’s Special Election on May 19


Having read recent letters regarding the special election for state representative I needed to respond. The contest is between former state representative Maureen Mann of Deerfield and a newcomer, Northwood’s Yvonne Dean-Bailey, a soon to be full-time student at UNH.


The most recent letter by Ms. Dean-Bailey talks about ‘the success of the NH House passed budget’. One of the successes she claims is that there are no new taxes or fees imposed at the state level. However, she fails to mention that the House passed budget and related bills downshifts new taxes and expenses onto local property taxpayers. NH already has the third highest property tax rate in the country behind New Jersey and Illinois. Putting NH on the road to being #1 in property taxes should not be considered a successful budget.


The House passed budget makes sweeping cuts to state agencies that provide services to the elderly, disabled, the homeless, and the working poor. Their passed budget also discontinues New Hampshire’s expansion of Medicaid where 37,000 people will no longer have affordable access to healthcare. One would think that cutting these programs that are a lifeline for so many of our vulnerable citizens would be a difficult decision to make. Not so for the majority of House Republicans in Concord.


In a recent order issued by the NH Public Utilities Commission on April 17, it mentions that ‘the average retail price of electricity in New England is the highest in the continental US’. The House Republications voted to raid the dedicated funds which were earmarked for renewable energy projects for $50 million. They also voted to empty the state’s rainy day fund for $10 million. These actions were ill-conceived and short-sighted. Not considered successful by any means.


Please vote for Maureen Mann, a voice of reason.      

Jim Hadley




Letter To The Editor


Choosing a state representative may not feel like the most important thing you will do in May, but it’s up there with choosing a presidential candidate in next January or February’s primaries when it comes to how the your vote affects your everyday life.  


When I first moved to Northwood 21 years ago, Bob Johnson was our representative.  He was the epitome of a New Hampshire Republican of his day, a kind and gentle man and a thoughtful legislator. He served Northwood and eventually the four towns as a representative for 33 years. I also had the pleasure of getting to know Frank Case, another Republican who knew the value of compromise and working for the people of our district.  


When Bob Johnson stepped down from his seat mid-term in 2007, Maureen Mann was elected to serve out the rest of his term. She was elected twice after that. Maureen brought the same thoughtful attention to her work as a state representative as Mr. Johnson and Mr. Case did.  She worked hard at constituent service and at making sure the residents of her district knew what was going on in the legislature.


But the atmosphere has changed over the past decade. Now our candidates are expected to propose radical changes, to support defunding state government, to turn their backs on their less fortunate neighbors, and to propose one-size-fits-all legislation written by out-of-state lobbyists. 


Should we leave the legacy of Bob Johnson and Frank Case behind?  Or should we elect candidates like Ms. Mann, who will continue the work they did? I will vote for Maureen Mann on May 19 because she understands the job and will do it well. I urge voters who want thoughtful and mainstream legislators to turn out and join me. 


Lucy Edwards




The Veterans Corner May 2015

Richard Doucet

Northwood VFW Post helps celebrate Decoration Day


On May 25th we will celebrate Memorial Day, a tradition that dates back to May 5th 1868 when, in General Order No 11, General John Logan declared that May 30th would be set aside as Decoration Day.  On that day the graves of civil war soldiers were to be decorated with flowers in commemoration of the their sacrifices. The holiday saw several changes over the next hundred years of so.  In 1873, and again in 1890 more changes were made and by the end of WWI Decoration Day was seen as a day to honor all American war dead.  Up until that time the celebration of Decoration Day was held in most of the Northern /(Union) States but not in the former Confederate States.  Even today many of the former Confederate States still hold separate commemoration days for Confederated dead.


In 1971 the national standard was established and the last Monday in May was designated as Memorial Day.  Contrary to what some people believe the original date of May 30th was not chosen to remember any battle, it was just a date.  So in 1971 when the last Monday in May was set as the official date, to allow government employees to enjoy a three day week-end, no historical connection was lost, but it did start the trend to viewing this somber occasion as just one more reason to hold sales events and other activities that have no connection with, or hold any reverence for, the holiday we now call Memorial Day.


In preparation for the celebration on May 25th,  members of the Northwood Joseph J. Jeffrey VFW  Post 7217 will be placing flags on the graves of veterans in all of the town’s cemeteries.  The flags are paid for by post funds that have been raised during the year in various fund raisers. The flags are placed in cemeteries in Northwood by post members and other volunteers.  Volunteers are always needed for this task, especially if you are a VFW member. Those interested in helping placing the flags, veteran or not ( a great family activity) can see the post commander before the regularly scheduled meeting .The next meeting will held May 5th, in the old town hall on Main Street in the Northwood Narrows.


While it is good to take time off and enjoy long weekends, I hope that all of us make time to visit a cemetery, especially one where there is no one left to visit those that have been interred there.  To take a few minutes to say: “Thank you.  We appreciate what you did for us. You are  not forgotten.”


What better way is there to help our children, of any age, understand what the cost has been in human sacrifice to provide them with the freedom they have today?  What better way to help them understand a saying that started with Vietnam vets but now is synonymous with all war veterans:  “ All gave some, and some gave all”?  Is an hour or so out of three days so much to give up?



Northwood Recreation Update

Bear Cub Lacrosse – Summer Skills Program


The Northwood Recreation Department is organizing a Lacrosse program this summer again this summer. This is an introductory program for boys and girls entering 1st – 9th grade with practices on Tuesday & Thursday nights throughout the summer.  Not only will we be teaching the children lacrosse skills and rules, but we will also be teaching parents how to coach lacrosse. We will be holding an information night to answer questions you may have on Sunday, June 7th, 6:00PM at the Northwood Town Hall.  Register now with the Northwood Recreation Department. Registration on site will be available. Visit for registration information and additional information about these programs.  Details can be found in our Brochure on the website. Or call the Recreation Department at 942-5586 x209 with questions.



Letter To The Editor


Yvonne Dean-Bailey is a “liberty” candidate in the upcoming State Rep. Special Election, and supports the kind of “fiscally responsible principles” that led to the illogical, mean Budget that came out of the NH House this year.  These principles essentially condone deteriorating roads/bridges and other infrastructure; inadequate enforcement of environmental regulations that make NH a state people want to live in and visit; and a fraying of the social safety net - as personal liberty becomes ever more important than protecting the common good and the most vulnerable citizens.


Ms. Dean-Bailey has been endorsed by the NH Liberty Alliance, and in exchange she’ll be expected to vote according to the Liberty Alliance playbook published every week.  If she chooses to think for herself, listen to her local constituents about an issue/problem, and doesn’t vote according to the playbook, the Liberty Alliance will rate her harshly.  This is not some wild supposition.  Bruce Hodgdon, Northwood’s current other State Rep., was endorsed by the Liberty Alliance, and with rare exceptions he votes according to the playbook, as have many, many State Reps in NH over the past several years. I have no expectation that Mr. Hodgdon would be open to hearing from me on a particular issue.


A key reason I support Maureen Mann is that she is her own person, and holds to the corny idea that her role as a State Rep. is to represent all of her constituents, and to try to solve real problems facing them.


Victoria Parmele







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