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October 26, 2016

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Thanksgiving and Winter Holiday Food Baskets The Northwood Food Pantry and Northwood area churches will be sponsoring Thanksgiving and Winter Holiday Food Baskets for any Northwood resident in need. If you are in need of receiving a Thanksgiving or Winter Holiday Basket, please drop by the Northwood Town Hall and fill out the forms available at the front desk no later than Monday, November 7 for a Thanksgiving basket and no later than December 5 for a Holiday Basket.  Business hours are Monday-Friday 8-4.


If you have any questions, please contact the Human Services Director, at 942-5586 ext.208. If you would like to make a cash or goods donation to help fill these holiday baskets, please contact Ted Wilkinson at 942-8313.



Santa Helper Application


The members of the Northwood Fire-Rescue Association will be organizing the Northwood Santa’s Helpers Program.  You and your child(ren) must be residents of Northwood to apply and receive gifts from this program. We assist families in providing Christmas gifts for children ages birth through 18 years old.


If you would like your child(ren)’s name added to this year’s program, please stop by the Town Hall to complete a form by Wednesday, November 30. 



2nd Annual Soup’s On!

November 5th, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.


Please join the Friends of the Chesley Memorial Library on Saturday, November 5th, for our Soup’s On fundraising event that offers a selection of hot, homemade soups, cornbread, cookies, and beverages.  Soup is served in to-go packaging so you can enjoy it in the cozy Chesley Memorial Library or take it home for later.  Stop by for a tasty hot meal, enjoy the musical accompaniment and help support the services our community relies upon!


The Chesley Memorial Library is on the corner of Route 43 and the 1st NH Turnpike.  All proceeds go to the Friends of the Chesley Memorial Library for the support of Library services.



LRPA After Dark Celebrates Halloween

With 1968’s “Night Of The Living Dead”


Throughout October, join Lakes Region Public Access Television each Friday and Saturday night at 10:30 p.m. for a scary good time! “LRPA After Dark” celebrates Halloween with four frightening films from Hollywood’s past. This weekend (October 28 & 29), we present 1968’s horror masterpiece “Night of the Living Dead,” directed by George A. Romero and starring a cast of unknowns who would instantly become cult stars, including Judith O’Dea and Duane Jones.


The plot of “Night of the Living Dead” is very straightforward. Barbara (O’Dea) and her brother Johnny are visiting their father’s grave and get attacked by a strange man. Johnny is badly hurt, but Barbara manages to get away and barricades herself in a nearby abandoned house. By this time, several other ominous, shuffling figures have joined the original attacker and are trying to break into the house. A man named Ben (Jones) fights off the hoard and joins Barbara inside. He explains what’s happening – that radiation has caused the dead to rise from their graves and eat the living!  Soon, Ben and Barbara discover that there are other people hiding in the house, including a teenaged couple and a family with a young daughter who has been attacked by one of the undead. What will happen to our survivors? Will they make it out alive?


“Night of the Living Dead” is the granddaddy of all zombie movies, and is considered one of the most influential horror films ever made. It was shot in 30 days for less than $115,000 and many of the cast also served as crew, makeup artists, production workers and even investors. It was a hit with film goers, although many critics at the time of its release really didn’t know what to make of this low-budget movie that broke many taboos, and featured a young, handsome and successful African American male as its lead.  In 1999, “Night of the Living Dead” was inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress, and made the American Film Institute’s list of the 100 most thrilling horror films of all time. It’s as classic as it gets! So grab your candy corn and join LRPA after dark for this chilling, ghoulish freak show of a film that still has the power to make you squirm.


And mark your calendar for LRPA’s Halloween movie marathon, starting at 5:00 p.m. on October 31! We’ll be airing creepy cartoons and freaky films, culminating with 1972’s cult favorite, “Horror Express,” starring the Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and Telly Savalas! What’s not to love?



CBNA FFA Students Compete In Events At The Deerfield Fair


CBNA FFA students Hunter Tetu (left) and Caleb Rollins celebrate their first place win in the Deerfield Fair Tractor Driving Competition.


The CBNA FFA Much-To-Do Chapter Forestry and Tractor Driving Teams competed at Deerfield Fair in the Forestry and Safe Tractor Driving Events on Friday, September 30, 2016 in the Annual Competitions against other FFA Chapters across the state.


The Tractor Driving teams did very well with the team of Hunter Tetu and Calen Rollins winning a blue ribbon for safe tractor driving and the team of Brenda Hayes and Paul Bane placing fifth in the same event. The event involved driving tractors through a course, using an excavator to dig and fill in a hole, tractor parts identification, and trouble shooting.


In Forestry students competed in Log rolling, Cross Cutting, Bow Sawing, Tree Identification, Wood Split and Pulp Toss, with many students winning individual awards. The team of Ryan Graeme, Sam Whitehouse, Jacob McHugh, Wayne Libby, Devon Sullivan, Nick Jensen took home second place overall in Forestry events. Forestry Coaches are Vin and Nick Porcella and Much to Do Chapter advisors are Sarah Ward and Charles Whitten.



Letter To The Editor



Why would anyone vote from the bottom of the ballot up? I know some people who wish you would! NH has 400 state representatives and 24 state senators, plus county officials and executive councillors. Remember that the executive branch of government depends on the legislative branch to pass the laws and appropriate the funds to implement them.


That’s why the decisions made by the people elected from those down-ballot positions may have more effect on your everyday life than the top of the ballot choices. When I hear someone say they are so conflicted by the choices for President this year that they are thinking of just not going to vote at all, I literally shudder. Choosing the people who will sit in Congress and the NH General Court really matters!


If you can’t come to a decision about the top of the ballot, you can still be a responsible citizen. Here’s a way to approach this election that won’t hurt all of us while allowing you to do as you wish at the top of the ballot. Go to your polling place and start at the bottom of the ballot! And thank you!


Lucy Edwards




Letter To The Editor


This election is stressing everyone out. A friend asked me the other day: “What are you telling your students?”


I am discouraged by what is being said, how little has substance, how little of the business before this nation is being paid attention to. The Supreme Court nominee is yet to be confirmed, climate change unaddressed, student debt continues to accrue -  hello, is anybody home? I think we are witnessing the undoing of the two party system. Hopefully, it is not the undoing of democracy itself.


But this is what I tell my students. That no matter what, the culture is changing. There is momentum for a more inclusive, more compassionate culture. We have  wonderful students from China at Coe-Brown Northwood Academy now. “Chinese people like Americans!” Tang whispers to me during a US history lecture on the Red Scare.I tell him he is a diplomat simply by showing up each day. Communism is demystified. “He’s like us”, the kids think. The world is changing despite the politics.


I also tell my students that Pope Francis told the UN that climate change is the number one issue facing humanity. We will need to teach kids to have a  global identity to survive. We can teach them by building upon our successes: reduced acid rain, ozone repair, cleaned up water ways, advances in alternative energy. We can teach them to have that paying attention to our problems is the first step to solving them.


Maslow and Neizsche tell us the best way to raise kids is to transcend culture. I say transcend what is being sold along with the soap. Know that no matter who wins this election, what matters most is that we do not give up on what we want as active citizens of the global community.


Patricia Savage




Letter To The Editor

Election Draws Nigh


Election draws nigh. Those who support Clinton are either naively delusional or are “takers”- the candidates are diametrically opposed. One respects the Constitution as written, the other seeks to rewrite/reinterpret it. Denying “individual rights” in lieu of “collective rights” will hurt us all.


The latest smear of Trump is brilliant! Early enough to raise doubts, too late to disprove. What IS factual is 33k deleted emails, dead Americans in Benghazi and National Security documents on a non-secured computer/ server. A criminal error in judgement that would yield charges of treason for anybody else (ie. Snowden).


For stability and balance the pendulum needs to swing to and fro and it is overdue to swing the other way. We cannot afford another amplified 4 years of the last 8- we will not survive.


I work with brilliant doctors whose people skills are non-existent BUT their ability and skill is what truly matters so I call that most important, just as in the election. I want the best person and potential outcome, even if personally I don’t  like them.


We need tax breaks for all, rich and poor. We need jobs- more paying “in” yields a stronger economy and a higher GNP. We need to close the borders and screen immigrants. Come here legally- like my wife. Nobody named Smith rages Yihad on Americans as God’s will. Come here legally, obey the law, work, pay your share.


We’re not perfect but we’ve helped more nations than any country in history. We don’t need another leader to bow, scrape and apologize for us- we are America! I worry about Trumps mouth but not where he would lead us- her I do. I’m a lot like Trump… and I can be trusted, so can he. Get out and vote.


Paul A. Johnston




Letter To The Editor



Bernie Sanders won 60% of NH’s Democratic Primary vote, but Hillary Clinton got more NH delegates.  Wikileaks’ release of Democratic National Committee emails showed that the DNC colluded with the Clinton campaign to deny Bernie Sanders the nomination. Consequently, Debbie Wasserman Schultz was forced to resign as DNC National Chairman, whereupon she was immediately offered a position in the Clinton campaign.


Green Party Presidential candidate Jill Stein has taken up  Bernie Sanders’ causes, particularly regarding war and peace. In a recent interview she said:.


“Hillary Clinton wants to start an air war with Russia over Syria by calling for a no-fly zone. We have 2000 nuclear missiles on hair-trigger alert. They are saying we are closer to a nuclear war than we have ever been. Under Hillary Clinton, we could slide into nuclear war very quickly from her declared policy in Syria.”


Dr. Stein isn’t alone in worrying about the threat of war under a President Clinton. For example, Gerald Horne, history chair at the University of Houston says,  “In January 2017, she’ll be challenging Russian jets over Syria. This is a direct provocation. It could easily devolve into World War 3.” Professor Muhammad Sahimi, University of Southern California, expects “new catastrophic wars in the Middle East, especially one with Iran, if she is elected.”


Consider also some recent headlines:

“How Hillary Clinton Became a Warhawk” (NY Times 4/24/16) “Democrats are Now the Aggressive War Party” (Guardian 7/29/16) “Face it: A Vote for Hillary Clinton is a Vote for War” (Daily Beast 1/14/16) “Hillary is the Candidate of the War Machine” (Huffington Post 2/5/16) “Here Comes Hillary the Hawk” (New Republic 6/7/16)


“Clinton: I Support Women Registering for the Draft” (Politico 6/5/16) This election could be momentous.


Michael Faiella




End 68 Hours Of Hunger... Neighbors Stepping Up

Time to empty the table. Who’s going to help fill it again?


As we continue our Commitment to Community, Northwood Garage is proud to be teaming up with other local businesses, friends and neighbors to support  “End 68 Hours of Hunger.”


Special thanks to our Neighbors

We have to send out a special “thank you” to Aaron Wilder and Amy Zirpolo for their support to End 68 Hours of Hunger.  Linda and I were very happy to match their generosity.  The table is overflowing …. but soon will need filling once again.  Who’s next?


Match your donation

For every non-perishable donation at the Northwood Garage, Linda and I will match it!  100% of your donation goes directly to our community. No child should be hungry. Please show your support for this worthy cause.



Night Of Remembrance

Honoring the lives of those lost to Domestic Violence

Northwood resident Don Dodge, owner of Strawberry Banke Landscape & Design Company in Portsmouth, donated his time and creative abilities to design a memorial garden to raise awareness of domestic violence. He was enlisted by a subcommittee of the Greater Manchester Council Against Domestic & Sexual Violence to help build this garden in the YWCA-NH gym. This garden highlighted memorial stones with the names of Manchester area residents who died in the past 10 years as a result of domestic violence.


Co-sponsored by YWCA-NH and the Greater Manchester Council Against Domestic & Sexual Violence, this event featured keynote speaker Raychel Carpenter who shared her experience as a child witness to domestic violence, the unveiling of the memorial garden, and release of a report by the Greater Manchester Council Against Domestic & Sexual Violence entitled A Week in the Life of Victims of Domestic Violence in the Manchester area.


October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. There are many events occurring throughout the state. Check with your local crisis center agency for events near you. If you or someone you love is experiencing abuse there is support. To speak with a confidential crisis service advocate (24/7)call: Domestic Violence1-866-644-3574, Sexual Assault 1-800-277-5570 or  1-800 RELAYNH (1-800-735-2964 TTY/voice.



Letter To The Editor

Brian J. Who?


Did you notice the Brian J. Stone signs popping up around town after the primary in September? With Joe McCaffrey’s write-in campaign failing by a wide margin, Brian is now running as the Republican candidate to represent Northwood again.


I say “again,” because he first ran in 2014 in the Republican primary against Bruce Hodgdon and lost. He ran again in the 2015 special election primary to fill the District 32 seat left vacant by the resignation of Brian Dobson, who went to work for the about-to-be-defeated Frank Guinta. (Talk about betting on the wrong horse!) But after putting up a few signs, he disappeared, and Yvonne Dean-Bailey went on to face Maureen Mann in the general election. Why, I wondered, did he withdraw?


Turning to Google, I think that I found the answer. The UNH police log from Feb. 24, 2015, published in Fosters, reports “Brian J. Stone, 23, of 860 First New Hampshire Turnpike, Northwood, was charged Jan. 30 in connection with violation of protective order; a penalty, at the Dimond Library. He was taken to the Strafford County Department of Corrections.”


I will look to Mike Smith to represent my and the interests of Northwood in Concord.


With James Spillane, Howard Pearl and – oh, yes – Donald Trump, I’ve had my fill of men behaving badly.


Tom Chase







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