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July 8, 2015

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Would you like to learn how to knit or crochet? Do you already know how but just need a little help with a project you are working on? The Chesley Memorial Library will hold two different sessions led by Norma Heroux. You can join us on July 13, 14, and 16 from 11:00am-noon OR you can join us August 3, 4, and 6 from 5:30-6:30pm.



Else Cilley Chapter, NSDAR, Nottingham


The Else Cilley Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution held its June meeting at the historic Nottingham Schoolhouse in Nottingham, NH.  Following delicious refreshments provided by members Barbara Frangione of Chichester and Peg Franz of Rochester, Regent Nancy Gervino of East Hampstead led a Flag Fact Quiz program.  This month’s agenda included the various reports from officers and committee chairman including American History, Constitution, and National Defense messages.


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Of special interest was information from the Ways and Means committee.  Katherine Fernald has secured a handmade well house to raffle as part of this year’s fundraisers.  All proceeds will be used for maintenance and restoration of the Nottingham Square Schoolhouse located on Ledge Farm Road in Nottingham, NH.


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The original Schoolhouse was built in 1770 and rebuilt in 1850.  It was used as a schoolhouse until 1920.  The Else Cilley Chapter, a non-profit, founded in Nottingham in 1898 has taken ownership and maintained the Schoolhouse since then.  The winner will be drawn at Nottingham Day, September 19, 2015.  You do not need to be present to win.  Free delivery to New Hampshire residents can be arranged.  All checks can be make payable to the Else Cilley Chapter, NSDAR.  For tickets or more information, please contact Katherine at [email protected] or (603) 396-9132. Thank you for your support.


The next meeting of the Else Cilley Chapter will be held at the Nottingham Square Schoolhouse on Saturday, July 16, beginning at 1:30 p.m.  State Regent Phyllis Gagnon will present a program on the Children’s Attic, the New Hampshire sponsored room in the NSDAR Museum in Washington DC.  


Women interested in joining the DAR are encouraged to attend a meeting.  The public is always welcome.  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 and various service projects.  For more information, visit our website,



Letter To The Editor

Attention Northwood Parents Of Cbna Students


A new school bus contract was recently signed by the School Board. Currently there are three CBNA buses with stops on many of our side roads.  Under the new contract there will only be TWO buses, and most stops will be on Routes 4, 43, or 202.  Students living on side roads must walk or get transported up to 1.5 miles to their designated bus stop on narrow, curving, icy roads in pouring rain or bitter winds and snow. Parents, are you able to drive your students to the bus stop and pick them up in the afternoon, or will they walk? 


The NH Department of Education agreed RSA 189:8 states if any student is walking to an approved bus stop, they shall not be subjected to unsafe conditions while walking to that stop, and all bus stops must be approved by the SB and in a safe location. 


Where will the approved Route 4 stops be located? Who will plow the areas for students to wait?  Will there be a shelter or must they stand waiting in the weather?  A question I didn’t ask:  Will 2 buses transport the same number of students as are transported on 3 buses, or will some students have no transportation?


The only reason to cut the 3rd CBNA bus is to save $25,000, a very small amount to pay for the safety of all our students.  The board refused my request to reconsider their decision at both the 6/4/15 & 6/18/15 meetings, and when asked “when do you plan to inform the parents”, I received no answer. I believe you should be informed as early as possible.  If this change affects your family, contact the SAU or individual board members to ask your questions or voice your concerns.  Let’s keep all our students safe.


Ginger Dole



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Meet Lindsay and Her Puppet Pals on Saturday, July 11, at 2:00 p.m. at the Northwood Masonic Hall. Lindsay’s highly interactive, comedic performances delight the young and the young at heart. Her jumbo sized, hand crafted puppets charm even the most timid audience members and provide lovable characters for thoughtful and memorable short tales. Kids are known to chatter about their favorite crazy puppets for weeks after a show! The Chesley Memorial Library received a Kids, Books & The Arts grant for this program.  Funding for the Kids, Books, and the Arts event is provided by the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation, CHILIS, Cogswell Benevolent Trust, and is supported in part by a grant from the NH State Council on the Arts & the National Endowment for the Arts as well as funds administered by the NH State Library and provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.



Northwood Selectmen Announce  Appointment Of Town Administrator


The Northwood Board of Selectmen announced the appointment of Joseph Gunter as Town Administrator, effective July 6, 2015.  Mr. Gunter has been serving as Program Officer for the AmeriCorps since 2013, managing community developments on foreign and domestic soil. Mr. Gunter has worked with budget constraints, compliances as well as being a member of the Financial Advisory team for his municipality.  He brings a vast knowledge of community development, grant writing, capital improvements and infrastructure.


Mr. Gunter brings a new energy and various community interests and cultures. Mr. Gunter received a Master of Science degree in Commerce and Economic Development degree from Northeastern University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from the University of Michigan.   


Mr. Gunter and his wife Bree will be relocating to Northwood, where he will be an active member and neighbor in the community in which he serves. 






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