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May 6, 2015

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Our 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.


All proceeds will benefit our Home and Foreign mission projects. Before you leave, sit and enjoy some coffee and conversation. Hope to see you there.



The 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 the agenda.


The 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


The 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.



The 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.





Are 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 page at or our website at



Swimming Lessons


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 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 [email protected] with questions.



Letter To The Editor

Mann for the Job 


In 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 Governor Hassan. 


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.” 


I prefer a track record of constituent service, and I’m voting for Maureen Mann on May 19. 


Charles Dunbar 

Dam Committee 

Jenness Pond Shoreowners Association 




Northwood Veteran Starts a New Career…at 70! 

By Shannan Brown, Joseph J. Jeffrey VFW Post 7217 


I 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 security company. 


“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.”


He 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. 


“I 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

The Role of Government


We 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 programs.”


“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.”


And so on. It’s a philosophy we sometimes see expressed, one way or another, in The Suncook Sun and elsewhere.


The 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, constitutional government.


In 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.


Michael Faiella




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.


And 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 downshifted.


Does this really cut taxes and spending?

Maureen Mann




Else Cilley Chapter, NSDAR April Meeting

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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 Concord.


The 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.


The 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

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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

Cheddar’s License 


It 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 infected. 


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 Moon landings. 


I 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 the land. 


So I don’t salute the Don’t Tread on Me flag, and I won’t vote for a candidate who does. 


Tom Chase 




Letter to the Editor


To the Editor,

My “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 failure.


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.


Tim Jandebeur




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.


It 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.


Of 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 the hindmost.


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 traffic problem.


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.


Tom St.Martin




Letter to the Editor


Dear Editor,

I 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 Board members.


I 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, [email protected]


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"

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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.”


He 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,


In lieu of flowers please make donations to The NH American Heart Association @ 2 Wall St #104 in Manchester NH 03103 or at






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