MOTHER’S DAY FOOD AND
PERENNIAL PLANT SALE
annual Food and Plant Sale is Saturday, May 9, from 9 a.m. to
noon. It is held at the Advent Christian Church in Northwood
Narrows at 113 School Street, Route 107.
Stop by and purchase a nice dessert for your Mother’s Day
celebration. And select from the many plants - something
special for your garden.
proceeds will benefit our Home and Foreign mission projects.
Before you leave, sit and enjoy some coffee and conversation.
Hope to see you there.
Northwood Historical Society cordially invites everyone to a
potluck supper and program on May 12, 2015 at the Northwood
Community Hall, 135 Main Street.
Please bring a main dish, salad or dessert to share and your
place setting, supper will start at 6:00 PM with a free program
to start at 7:00 PM. A short annual business meeting is also on
program will be presented by Jan Sheehan on the history and the
making of braided rugs with examples of the craft on display.
Jan is a member of the Braiders of the Lost Art and has earned
many awards for her rugs. She has also taught many students the
skill of enjoying the old art we equate with home, hearth and
days gone by. We are sure you will enjoy her knowledge of the
art of braiding.
Please plan on joining us, meet our members and learn about our
mission to preserve Northwood’s rich past and current history.
Memory Café Update
Ma’s and Mine Restaurant at 188 1st NH Turnpike has been
generous in allowing the Memory Café to meet in the restaurant
on the 3rd Wednesday of every month. The memory café is a
congenial place for folks with slipping memory to meet and laugh
and gather information on memory loss, etc. This month the café
meets on Wednesday, May 20 from 10:30 a.m. until 12 noon. Call
Lucy Silva at 942 9848 with your questions.
Chesley Memorial Library will hold its first Cupcake War on May
13 and 14! Bring your own (undecorated) cupcake to the library
on Wednesday, May 13, between 10:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Decorations will be available here and cupcakes will be on
display once completed. Come back on Thursday, May 14, during
library hours (10:00am-7:00pm) to vote for your favorite
cupcake. All ages welcome; registration not required.
you thinking about enrolling your child in preschool for next
fall? The Center School in Northwood is accepting registrations
for the 2015-2016 school year. The Center School is a parent
cooperative preschool located next to the town hall in
Northwood, which provides a developmental program for three,
four, and five year-olds of Northwood and surrounding towns.
There are openings in our morning programs. Call or email us
soon to get an information packet or to make an appointment to
come for a visit! For information, please email at director
Karen Andersen [email protected]
or call her at the school at 942-7686. Check out our Facebook
or our website at www.northwoodcenterschool.com
Northwood residents can register now for swimming lessons
offered for free by the Recreation Department. Lessons will are
scheduled for July 6th – July 17th and July 27th – August 7th.
Day and evening lessons are available. These lessons are for
children 3 years old and older. We are also offering a
Parent-Child lesson for children 18 months – 3 years old, July
13th – July 16th. Register by June 29th.
Visit www.northwoodnh.org for
registration information and additional information about these
programs. Details can be found in our Brochure on the website.
Or email the Recreation Department at
Letter To The Editor
Mann for the Job
this time of political pledges and promises, an often overlooked
attribute of candidates is constituent service: can they and
will they help us get things done in Concord? In the case of
Rep. Maureen Mann, the answer is yes.
More than 10 years ago, the Jenness Pond Shoreowners Association
got legislation passed that allowed the construction of a dam to
control the lake’s level. But the final bill omitted a crucial
element: authorization to seasonally raise and lower the level
using a stop log.
Years passed as association officers attempted to correct the
omission, without success, until last year.
With Rep. Maureen Mann’s guidance and support, the legislation
was drafted and submitted, hearings were scheduled and held,
votes were cast, and the legislation was passed and signed by
Rep. Mann came to our assistance, and I know we can count on her
to get things done in Concord for the citizens of Northwood,
Deerfield, Candia and Nottingham. Her opponent seems to be on
an ideological crusade for freedom and liberty – lofty issues
where, some would say, “the rubber meets the air.”
prefer a track record of constituent service, and I’m voting for
Maureen Mann on May 19.
Jenness Pond Shoreowners Association
Northwood Veteran Starts a New Career…at 70!
Shannan Brown, Joseph J. Jeffrey VFW Post 7217
had a chance to turn the tables on one of our members recently
when I found out that Richard Doucet, who writes occasional
“Veteran’s Corner” articles for the Sun, has started a new
career…at the age of 70! It was his turn to be interviewed.
Richard served in the US Army from 1963 through 1985. Some of
his tours included Vietnam, two tours in Germany, teaching in a
private military academy and being “lent”, as he put it, to the
French Army by the American Army for four years.
After he retired in 1985 he spend 13 years working and training
in the armored car industry, then 10 years as the Director of
Security for the State Transportation Building in Boston and
lastly two years as per a diem instructor for a Lowell MA based
“When I retired for the last time”, he told me, “my wife said if
I got another job she would kill me. Three months later she said
if I didn’t find something to do she would kill me. So I took up
a hobby I hadn’t worked with in 30 years; wood burning and water
color art. Then it wasn’t long before she told me I simply could
not keep all the stuff I made.”
started selling in craft fairs but was also juried by, and
accepted into, the Valley Artisans Guild in Epsom where he now
sells his work.
“One fun thing I got to do“, he said, “ was to put on a
demonstration of wood burning in the Arts Building at the
Deerfield Fair last September. My wife, Tanya, and I also did
the Christmas in Strafford fair last December and loved it.
We’re going to do it again this December.”
Richard was able to put his love of teaching and his enjoyment
of wood burning art together when he met with Jesika and Robert,
owners of Hunky Dunk Farm on Route 4 in Northwood. Hunky Dunk
will now be hosting the Northwood Farmers Market on Tuesdays
from three to six pm in there store and Richard will be there
most Tuesdays, starting May 5 th, to demonstrate his work as
well as sell.
love the idea most of all because Jesika’s and Robert’s
philosophy of “Keeping it Local”.
Richard is just another example of how veterans keep being an
active part of the community…even at 70 years old!
Letter To The Editor
Role of Government
are a state and a nation dominated by two contrasting visions of
society. One goes something like this:
“Our taxes are too low. Government needs more of our money, and
it has a claim to it. There should be more and bigger government
“Government should intrude further into our lives. We need more
government regulations. These regulations should be rigorous.
They should carry harsher penalties.”
“Government should be making more of our decisions for us.
Government should take care of us and solve our problems. We
should turn to government as a first resort.”
so on. It’s a philosophy we sometimes see expressed, one way or
another, in The Suncook Sun and elsewhere.
opposite view is represented by Yvonne Dean-Bailey: She believes
in lower taxes, choice in education, local control of schools,
fewer regulations, more individual liberty, and limited,
the May 19th vote for State Representative we will get to choose
between these two very different ideas about the role of
government in our lives.
Humor & Harmony At The Chesley Memorial Library
Humor&Harmony is back! The Chesley Memorial Library and the
Friends of the Northwood Libraries will sponsor “Humor&Harmony”
featuring Rebecca Rule and Cordwood at the Masonic Hall on Route
4 in Northwood on Saturday, May 9, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Suggested
donation is $5.00 per person at the door. Refreshments will be
available to purchase.
Rebecca Rule, aka the Moose of Humor, is a humorist/writer who
specializes in funny stories about New Hampshire. Rebecca Rule
gathers and tells stories and she’ll be telling some of her
funniest ones for Humor and Harmony. Her latest book (and first
picture book for children) is The Iciest,Diciest, Scariest Sled
Ride Ever, illustrated by Jennifer Thermes. Other books
include: Moved and Seconded: NH Town Meeting and Could Have
Been Worse: True Stories, Embellishments, and Outright Lies.
She hosts Our Hometown, on NHPTV.
Cordwood is a bluegrass and folk quartet made up of
instrumental, vocal, and recording artists from Northwood,
Strafford, and Deerfield. This is not your local neighborhood
hobby band. They are a fine group of seasoned New England
musicians. Each can hold his or her own at field picking or a
back stage jam, and yet, as a band, they present a highly
polished on-stage performance. All four members of Cordwood are
storytellers and songwriters, creating original material for
instrumentalists who can sing and harmonize, sometimes taking
the lead vocal, other times hanging back and lending two, three,
or even four part harmonies to a song. Cordwood provides a
unique sound to both originals and the covers they perform.
Their tunes remain heartfelt and down-home. The band’s
material is a mixture of traditional bluegrass, folk, and swing.
Cordwood is Wini Young on banjo and guitar, Walt Kutylowski on
bass, Al Pratt on guitar, and Bob Young on mandolin, names you
may remember from Big Chicken, The Deerfield Coffeehouse Band,
and Fat Hands.
Letter To The Editor
Democrats are tax and spenders:
Much of NH revenue is based on user fees. If you fish or hunt
you pay. If you drive you pay. If you transfer real estate you
pay. If you buy cigarettes, booze, stay in a hotel or eat in a
restaurant you pay.
There is an 8.5 percent business profits tax on income over
$50,000, although there are tax credits which can reduce the
amount owed. There is a business enterprise tax of 0.75 percent
on total wages, interest and dividends paid by companies with
more than $200,000 gross receipts. This tax does need reform to
encourage employers to retain employees in hard times.
But, user fees and the BPT and BET are linked to specific
services or income. Property taxes, including the statewide
education tax, are due when you lose your job, when you live on
a fixed income, when you have huge medical expenses, and when
you don not utilize the services the taxes pay for.
when the state does not meet its responsibility by cutting
valuable services to citizens, those responsibilities become a
burden on local taxpayers. When $50 million of education funds
are diverted to the general fund school costs are downshifted to
local property tax payers. When $30 million in DOT funds are
diverted road costs are downshifted. When services for the
elderly, the mentally ill, the elderly and for the
developmentally disabled are diverted social service costs are
Does this really cut taxes and spending?
Else Cilley Chapter, NSDAR April Meeting
Members of the Else Cilley Chapter, NSDAR, and guests display
books to be donated to local shelter for women during their
April meeting held at the residence of a member at Havenwood in
Else Cilley Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution had
its first meeting of the year at Havenwood in Concord, residence
of long time member, Ann Chaplin. Delicious treats were served
in a common room.
After the opening ritual, members shared the children’s books
that they had brought to donate to a local women’s shelter. The
business meeting included the President General’s message read
by vice-regent Jan Gilman, a National Defense message, and
reports of officers and committee chairpersons.
Newest member, was welcomed to the group.
next meeting of the Else Cilley Chapter will be held at the
historic chapter-owned Nottingham Square Schoolhouse in
Nottingham, NH on Saturday, May 16, beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Chapter winners of the DAR American History Essay Contest,
Genevieve Harnois, Timberlane Regional Middle School, Taylor
Oakley, Isabella Nichols, and Abigail Farone, all of Sandown
Central Elementary School; winner of the Christopher Columbus
Essay contest, Haley Donovan of Timberlane Regional High School;
and Junior American Citizen Banner Contest winners, Reese Bower,
Joseph Dube, and Graham Zambrowicz, also of Sandown Central
Elementary School will be recognized, receive award certificates
and prizes. Refreshments and an American history trivia game
will be part of the awards ceremony.
Women interested in joining the DAR are encouraged to attend a
meeting. The DAR is a non-profit, non-political volunteer
women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism,
preserving American history and securing America’s future
through education. The public is always welcome to attend.
CBNA FBLA Chapter Attends State Leadership Conference
CBNA FBLA Members at the State Convention: left to right Taylor
Richardson, Cody Vaughn, Brittany Guillemette, Alex Yonchak,
Maxim Begin, Nate Schroeder, Lauren Velleca, Meghan Percy,
Nicole Beaupre, and advisor Dr. JoAnn Zylak.
Coe-Brown Northwood Academy’s Future Business Leaders of America
chapter participated in the FBLA State Leadership Conference
which was held at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester on March 31
and April 1, 2015. Students competed in many business related
areas and received several awards and recognitions. A Chapter
Award for Who’s Who in FBLA went to junior Brittany Guillemette
of Strafford for her work in Breast Cancer Awareness, and the
whole chapter received an Honorary Chapter Award for the number
of activities they have participated in throughout the year. The
Marketing Team of Brittany Guillemette, junior Nicole Beaupre of
Northwood and junior Meghan Percy of Barrington received a medal
for third place, and each received a $1,000 scholarship to SNHU.
Other awards included an honorable mention in Introduction to
Communications for freshman Nate Schroeder, of Strafford.
Taylor Richardson, a senior from Strafford placed third in the
state in Business Procedures and Maxim Begin, a freshman from
Northwood, placed third in Business Math. Others who attended
and competed were senior Alex Yonchak from Strafford in
Impromptu Speaking, senior Cody Vaughn from Northwood in Client
Services, and senior Lauren Velleca from Northwood in
Accounting. Every student who received an award is eligible to
compete in Chicago, Illinois, at the National FBLA Convention in
their respective areas later this year.
Letter to the Editor
was April, and time to get Cheddar a new license. But first, it
was also time to get him his tri-annual rabies shot. Both are
required by law, and in this time of diatribes about FREEDOM and
LIBERTY, I began to think about this restriction.
It’s really pretty simple: rabies is a fatal viral disease
carried by fox, raccoons, bats and other critters in the wild
where it is sometimes transmitted by bites to our best friends –
dogs, cats and ferrets - and then to us. Because it is
asymptomatic in its early stages, it is impossible to detect.
And unless treated, the virus travels up the nerves to the
brain, leading to a gruesome death.
Fortunately, Louis Pasteur – he of pasteurized milk fame –
developed a vaccine in 1885, and we were wise enough at some
time in the past to require that our dogs be vaccinated so as to
decrease the probability that they – and we – would be
Sounds like pretty good public health policy to me, but I wonder
how the Free Staters – and Yvonne Dean-Bailey - stand on this
issue. Some oppose the pasteurization of milk and prefer to
risk a salmonella infection drinking “raw” milk. Some may even
question the science, as is the case with climate change and the
think that this may be a case of too much scientific success:
only one or two people in the U.S. die from rabies each year –
and none from polio. So the reality of those diseases has
diminished as well. But having been born before the Salk
vaccine, I can remember the fear of summer when polio stalked
I don’t salute the Don’t Tread on Me flag, and I won’t vote for
a candidate who does.
Letter to the Editor
“Math” letter hit a nerve, as intended. In an early morning
meeting/discussion this week part of the conversation centered
around our SAU for many years taking the path of least
resistance. I would say that the Northwood School Board for ten
years now has embraced that path.
Strafford, three years ago, tested math programs and selected
Math in Focus implementing it in all their grades. Nottingham,
two years ago, studied several math programs and implemented
Math in Focus in all grades. Northwood studied several math
programs and would like the Northwood School Board to approve
implementing Go Math in just the seventh and eighth grades,
keeping enVision (which has consistently failed us) for the
remainder of the grades. “If” Go Math is successful they will,
over a number of years, spread it to the remainder of the
grades. If not successful, we will have spent less money on a
failure. This is a built-in pathway and ready excuse for
While which math program is less important to me, by all
accounts after an expected shaky changeover, both Nottingham and
Strafford are doing quite well with Math in Focus. My beef’s are
that we are way below the State average. We are, as usual, one
and two years behind our sister schools. We haven’t followed our
own policy to look at all curriculum every five years. And
finally, are probably going to take that path of least
resistance and continue with a cobbled together math program
that, I will bet, will be a failure in five years, continuing to
supply McDonald’s with a steady supply of workers that cannot
make change. It will not get my vote.
Letter to the Editor
Proportional Representation In District 32?
Some libertarians say Rockingham 32 is a Republican district, so
only a Republican can represent us. Because, you know, a
Democrat can’t represent our interests, being from a different
party and all.
sounds plausible. But if libertarians were truly concerned about
representative demographics, they would support Representative
Mann’s re-election bid. After all, 3/4 of the towns’
representatives are already Republican. Even in Rockingham 32,
the electorate is not 3/4 Republican. So, if they really wanted
the voters of the District to be represented, they’d support at
least one Democrat.
course, that kind of fairness is not on the libertarian menu.
The only thing really on their menu is taxes. Not meals on
wheels, not schools, not roads, not - well, much of anything. In
Libertarian Land it’s every man for himself, and the devil take
Fortunately, reasonable people know that how representatives
impact our lives the most is knowing our community, and working
together to solve problems. The vast majority of a
representative’s work is not headline issues like casino
gambling; it’s little things like tweaking state law to
streamline local government or getting the DOT to look at a
Representative Mann has repeatedly proven herself a dedicated
public servant, who listens to people and works with her
colleagues - regardless of party - to solve local problems. You
deserve to have an experienced, open minded Representative - and
Maureen Mann deserves your vote for that reason.
Letter to the Editor
attended a talk about Common Core. The presenter, Duke Pesta,
Phd., from the University of Wisconsin, gave a talk withcited
research from both sides of the political aisle as to why common
core will only provide our children with an extremely confusing,
basic education. I was pleased that there were a few State
Representatives present as well as one of our Northwood School
also have some disheartening news. The State Senate is falling
into the clutches of our State Department of Education, which is
dangling carrots, saying we will lose Federal Funds, if we do
not comply. Let’s face it, this is part of the problem with our
schools; mandates that come with some initial funds, but soon
become unfunded. Then we have to have our taxes raised to
continue to be in compliance. Other states, that have already
implemented Common Core are trying to get out of it for many
reasons, but one is that it that the costs keep going up and
they are not getting additional funds from the Feds. Please
contact our State Senator John Reagan,
Locally, The Northwood School is planning on implementing a
Common Core aligned math program. I agree with Tim Jandebeur,
please come to the School Board meeting on Thursday, May 7th, at
6:30 PM, in the Elementary School Library and demand action. I
am also 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. This is enough
to provide an excellent education for the children of Northwood.
Marie L. Correa
Lynwood C. Fife “Buddy"
Lynwood C. Fife “Buddy” passed in his home on 04/25/15 after a
long battle with heart disease. He was born and raised in
Deerfield, NH. He was the son of Willie C. and Charlotte Fife
(Codding). He was married to Clara Abby “Suzie” Fife (Tasker) on
October 3, 1956. Buddy was a master of all trades; from farming,
to wood working, auto mechanics, to carpentry, ferrier, he was a
published author and in his most recent years owned his own
clock repair shop. Buddy loved to travel and go camping with
his family and close friends. Buddy and Suzie had an open door
policy and all were welcome, relation by blood was not
necessary. His sense of humor and sarcasm were legendry. If you
knew Buddy there would’ve been a time when you would’ve heard
him say “There must be a party at the cemetery because everyone
is dying to get in.”
leaves behind his loving wife, Clara, his beloved dog Bear, his
daughters; Robin Kelley and her fiancé Robert Harkins of
Northwood, Penny and her husband Darryl Osborne of Nottingham,
his 2 sisters; Emily & her Husband Herb Yeaton of Barnstead and
Beverly Gardner of Pittsfield, 12 grandchildren, 10 great
grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was
predeceased by his parents Willie C. & Charlotte Fife, his
in-laws, Lawrence and Freda Tasker (Freeman), his sister Shirley
Higgins, his two sons; Lawrence “Pudgie” Fife and Tony Fife.
Buddy retired as a Sargent from the Army National Guard after 23
years of service. He was a true countrymen, patriotic to the
core, he loved his country.
Visiting hours were held Saturday, May 2, 2015, with a funeral
service following at Purdy Memorial Chapel. To sign an online
guestbook visit, www.purdyfuneralservice.com.
lieu of flowers please make donations to The NH American Heart
Association @ 2 Wall St #104 in Manchester NH 03103 or at