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Northwood NH News

November 23, 2016

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Northwood Santa’s Helpers


Request forms to participate in the 2016 Northwood Santa’s Helpers sponsored by the Northwood Fire Rescue Association are available at the Ridge fire station, Northwood town hall at the reception window and through the food pantry and on the Northwood Parks and Recreation website.  Forms are also available on the community board at the Northwood Post Office.


To participate in this community program, you and your children (ages birth to 18 years old) must be residents of Northwood at the time of application and at the time of delivery. This program was started to assist families having difficulty in being able to provide Christmas gifts for their children.


If you wish to assist Northwood families,  watch for our donation boxes the first week in December in location businesses clearly marked Northwood Santa’s Helpers.   We do not receive assistance from similar organizations providing gifts.  Thank you in advance for helping to make this community project possible.



Letter To The Editor

A Cornucopia of Gratitude


Occasionally some of us will wonder what the grocery stores do with all the rejected food.


Five years ago I approached Hannaford’s in Northwood where I live and farm. I asked them if I might be able to have some of their “ bumped and bruised” food for my farm animals. They kindly put me on a waiting list. One year later I was told to “come and get it.” My animals thought they’d died and went to Heaven!


So I have been collecting outdated, bumped, bruised, and rejected food from Hannaford’s for four years now, and while collecting, I have noticed virtually no waste. I have seen food set aside for the food pantry, fat set aside for soap makers... they have it covered. However, not once have I heard Hannaford boast. So I do a lot of boasting for them. I love you Hannaford’s. Thank you for making a difference in my life as a farmer, and my animals thank you, too. Happy Thanksgiving!



Farmer T,

of The Fairy Farm



CBNA Sophomores Selected In VFW Voice Of Democracy Contest

CBNA Voice of Democracy winners from left to right: third place winner Alice Ewing, second, place winner Taeva Ahern, first place winner Olivia Farrar with Mr. Daniel Barnhart of Northwood VFW.


Coe-Brown Northwood Academy proudly announces the local winners of the Voice of Democracy Essay Contest sponsored by the VFW.  This year 64 Coe-Brown students participated in this annual VFW speech and writing competition.  Coordinated through Mr. Daniel Barnhart of the Northwood VFW Post 7217, sophomore students in Mrs. Biery’s English classes submitted their audio and written essays based on this year’s topic “My Responsibility to America.”  At a recent school assembly, Mr. Barnhart presented first place winner Olivia Farrar with a prize of $100 and announced that her entry will be submitted to the next level of competition.  Second and third place winners Taeva Ahern and Alice Ewing also received monetary prizes.  Established in 1947, the Voice of Democracy audio-essay program provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves in regards to a democratic and patriotic-themed recorded essay. Each year, nearly 40,000 9-12 grade students from across the country enter to win their share of $2 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the program.



Letter To The Editor


It’s interesting to look back at some of the quotes made by Republican members of Congress following the election of President Obama in 2009. Republican senate minority leader Mitch McConnell summed up his plan to the National Journal by saying, “the single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”


House minority leader Republican John Boehner said about the President’s agenda, “we’re going to do everything, and I mean everything we can do, to kill it, stop it, slow it down, whatever we can.” It was all part of the GOP’s ‘no-compromise’ pledge.


Fast forward to October 2016 and Senator John McCain saying, “I promise  you that we will be united against any supreme court nominee that Hillary Clinton (if president) puts up.” Senator Richard Burr, Republican from North Carolina stated, “if Hillary Clinton becomes President, I am going to do everything I can do to make sure four years from now, we still got an opening on the supreme court.”


It has been months since President Obama nominated federal appeals judge Merrick Garland, the most qualified nominee ever nominated to the highest court. The Republicans have refused to even consider his nomination.


According to the Congressional Research Service, of the 67 times during the past 45 years that the filibuster was used on a judicial nominee, it was used 31 times (46%) during the Obama administration. The Republican senate also has 150 other judicial nominees waiting in limbo.


With the tables now turned, will senate Democrats thwart President-elect Trump’s judicial nominees? Will they threaten all of Trump’s nominations to the Court, not just to fill Justice Scalia’s seat but any other opening that might occur? Will Democrats resort to a filibuster to do so? Be careful what you wished for Republicans.


Jim Hadley




Letter To The Editor


To the Editor,

It’s a rigged system. Donald Trump was not my first or even tenth pick. I thought there were several (many) from either side that were better. I would have voted for anybody but Hillary. I liked that both Obamacare and Common Core were in his crosshairs, but I really didn’t warm up to him until he started talking about the rigged system.


Boy is the system rigged. I hope to bring several examples to you in the next few weeks.


One example is non-renewals and/or resignations in lieu of firings. So let’s say that a principal’s contract is not going to be renewed for a variety of excellent reasons. Often the principal is allowed to “resign” so as to not have a blemish (non-renewal) on the record. Or maybe a police officer is caught in a compromising position with a person underage or not his partner. The officer is allowed to resign. Both are very prevalent in local government. Often the reason given is humanitarian, or the expense of lawyers in a legal battle. Small towns are too often the recipient of bad management practices like these. We have been on both the receiving and sending side of this hideous practice.


I’ve seen three hirings in Northwood that come under this rigged system. In all three we were screwed, pardon the pun. I was a part of one, never again.


Tim Jandebeur




Letter To The Editor

Gracious in Victory


I appreciated Miss Yvonne Dean-Bailey’s letter to The Sun, thanking voters and her opponent, Hal Rafter. And I will hold her to her promise “to pass good, job growing [sic] reforms for NH families.”


One such reform I would encourage her to support is fully funding kindergarten.


Currently, state aid provides only half the amount for kindergarteners as it does for Grade 1-12 students. This may have made sense when most kindergarten programs were half-day, but more and more towns now offer full-day K.


The Northwood School Board has now voted to implement FDK in 2017-2018.


With the 20-year school building bond now paid off, over $200K is now freed up to devote to this initiative.That will make 3 of the 4 towns in Miss Dean-Bailey’s district that have FDK - Candia and Deerfield being the others.


If she wants to support NH families - and end the down-shifting of education costs to the towns she represents - she should support an increase in state aid to kindergartens.


Maybe when she has children, she’ll be glad she did.


Tom Chase





Two Important Meetings


Both the Northwood School Board and the Northwood Budget Committee appear to be on track to include full-time kindergarten and a full-time curriculum coordinator in the budget this year.


Each was rejected by Northwood voters last year. Kindergarten had also been voted down the previous year. Embedding these big ticket expenditures in the budget instead of presenting them as separate warrant items means voters may have not have a choice this time round.


Northwood residents concerned about our town and school budgets should try to attend the following two public Budget Committee hearings, both at the Northwood Town Hall:


Town Budget: Saturday, December 3rd, at 9 AM.


School Budget: Saturday, December 10th, at 9 AM.


Michael Faiella




Letter To The Editor


Full Day Kindergarten and Full Time Curriculum Director will be put into the Operating Budget and not on Warrant Articles, even though both items have been rejected at the polls by Northwood voters.


A big thank you to school board member, Bree Gunter, for listening to constituents last Monday and voting against the inclusion of Full Day Kindergarten and a Full Time Curriculum Director in the budget. However, probably a majority on both the School Board and Budget Committee will be voting against these concerns.


School Board Vice-Chair, Barbie Hartford, was correct in saying that the board has been discussing this openly, in fact; the Budget Committee Chairperson has recommended to the School Board that they put these items into the Operating Budget.  Betsy Coburn, a BC Member, was at this meeting and expressed her opinion that she is for Full Day Kindergarten and that it should be part of the Budget.  She also said that some costs would be offset by not having to run the midday buses.


I am not just against these items from a pure budgetary stance.  I am against Full Day Kindergarten because of my experience as an educator and through research I have done.  I brought two articles-- I could provide many more resources as well. One mother at this meeting stated we need Full Day Kindergarten because kindergarten is the new first grade and first grade is the new second, etc.  This is true and this is just part of the problem. 


As for the Full Time Curriculum Director, the School Board has approved the purchase of 2 Curricula for reading and math.  Therefore, I think the expert teachers should just have time to implement them.


Concerned Citizen,

Marie L. Correa



Lakes Region Public Access Tv Offers:

“All The Fixings” On Thanksgiving Day!


If you’re looking for something to watch on Thanksgiving that isn’t football, why not tune into Lakes Region Public Access Television (LRPA-TV)? Join us starting at 2:00 p.m. for a wonderful lineup of alternative, Thanksgiving-related programming. We’ve got the MGM classic cartoons “Tom Turkey and His Harmonica Humdingers” from 1940 and “Jerky Turkey” from 1945. We’re airing the seldom-seen MCA/Revue Studios “Calvin and the Colonel” cartoon “Thanksgiving Dinner” from 1961. We’ll also serve up some extra helpings of funky educational filmstrips from the past. Too fun! Then, just when you’re hungry for more, we’ll serve up some vintage television shows such as “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “The Andy Griffith Show,” “What’s My Line?,” and much more. Top off your evening with Two vintage MGM musicals: 1947’s “Till The Clouds Roll By,” and 1951’s “Royal Wedding.”


And don’t forget: Mark your calendars for the annual CruCon Greater Lakes Region Children’s Auction, December 6-10. Join LRPA for minute-by-minute coverage all week long on MetroCast Channel 25 and also on LiveStream through our website:



This Weekend’s LRPA After Dark Feature:

1950’s “The File On Thelma Jordan”


Join Lakes Region Public Access Television at 10:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday night (November 25 & 26) for our “LRPA After Dark” presentation of 1950’s filmnoir crime drama “The File on Thelma Jordan,” starring Barbara Stanwyck and Wendell Corey.


Assistant District Attorney Cleve Marshall (Corey) is having marriage problems, which aren’t helped by the fact that he’s gone on a drunken bender and missed his anniversary celebration with his wife. Enter into his office the seductive and mysterious Thelma Jordan (Stanwyck), to whom Cleve feels an immediate attraction. She’s there to report an attempted burglary at the house of her elderly Aunt Vera. Cleve can’t get Thelma out of his mind, and the two begin an affair. Meanwhile, Thelma has also been seeing Tony Laredo, a thug and a thief. Of course, she lies to Cleve about their relationship. Sometime later, Aunt Vera is shot by an intruder. Thelma calls Cleve to the house to help, all the while casting suspicion on Tony. Cleve gets assigned to the case. The evidence points to Thelma, and Cleve does everything he can to defend her, putting his reputation on the line. Although the odds are stacked against Thelma, Cleve chooses to believe her – but in the shadowy world of film noir, is anything ever the way it seems?


Barbara Stanwyck made her share of famous films noir, including two infamous films -- “The Strange Love of Martha Ivers” and “Double Indemnity,” – so it’s an interesting footnote that “The File on Thelma Jordan” is a relatively obscure film. It was generally well received by critics in its day, with Variety noting that it “…unfolds as an interesting, femme-slanted melodrama, told with a lot of restrained excitement.” It features very strong performances from both Stanwyck and Corey, the latter of whom was often relegated to supporting character roles.


“The File on Thelma Jordan” deserves to be better known by film fans everywhere. So grab your popcorn and meet us after dark for this seldom-seen crime thriller from the past.


You can’t find television like this it anywhere but LRPA TV, MetroCast Channel 25. Not a subscriber? Then log onto Live Stream through our website ( where you can catch all the fun.






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