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January 20, 2016

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Chesley Memorial Library News

Book Discussions


The Evening Book Discussion Group will meet in Northwood on Wednesday, January 27, at 7:00 p.m. to discuss “The Finest Hours” by Michael Tougias. Looking ahead to February: the Afternoon Book Discussion Group will meet on Wednesday, February 3, at 2:00 p.m. to discuss “The Boston Girl” by Anita Diamant.  The Evening Book Discussion Group will meet in Nottingham on Wednesday, Februury 24, at 7:00 p.m. to discuss “Eleanor & Park” by Rainbow Rowell. New members welcome!


Senior Café

Meet your friends and neighbors at the Chesley Memorial Library Senior Café during this winter season! The Senior Café meets every Monday from 1:00-2:30 p.m.  Are you looking for a chance to get out and make new friends? Would you like to enjoy some home baked goodies and a cup of coffee to warm you up?  Visit our Senior Café!



The Friends of the Northwood Libraries will hold their next meeting on Monday, February 8, at 6:45 p.m. The Chesley Memorial Library Board of Trustees will meet at the library on Friday, February 12, at 10:15 a.m.


Museum Pass

Many of our museum passes are still valid if you are looking for something to do this month.  The library has the following museum and local attraction passes available: Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Canterbury Shaker Village, Children’s Museum of NH, SEE Science Center, and Strawbery Banke.  Each pass works a little differently…some let you in free while others provide discounted admission.  We can also provide you with information on when to visit the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester for free admission.  Please call the library at 942-5472 for more information.


Lego Club @ Your Library

The weather is still cold so maybe you’re looking for something inside to do with your family.  LEGOs are out every Wednesday from 12:00-6:00 pm for your enjoyment. We have LEGOs for all ages so drop in and let your imagination be your guide. LEGO creations will be on display until the next session so bring your family and friends back to see your masterpieces! 


Maker Play Day

Drop in for our “Maker Play Days” any Thursday! We will be offering a variety of maker play programs throughout the year with many of the kits coming from the New Hampshire State Library.  This month features Brainflakes!  Brainflakes help to teach spatial reasoning and are suitable for children over three years old.  Just ask at the circulation desk and you can sign the kit out for thirty minutes on a first-come, first-serve basis on any Thursday during our regular hours. Have fun creating!


Junior Book Club

Readers ages 8-12 are invited to join Chesley Memorial Library’s Junior Book Club! We will meet on Thursday, February 4, from 5:00-6:00 pm to discuss “Pie” by Sarah Weeks.  Stop by the library to pick up your copy to read then come back to discuss the book…and to enjoy some pie too!


Bedtime Math

Join Bedtime Math’s Crazy 8s Club! It’s a totally new kind of math club for kids in grades three through five…you’ll build stuff, run and jump, make music, and make a mess! Join us at the library Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m. to make some mischief with math!


1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Give your child the tools to become a successful reader! Join the “1000 Books Club” sponsored by the Chesley Memorial Library with help from Northwood School teachers.  The program is open to any child from birth to the start of kindergarten.  Reading aloud to children at birth strengthens their language skills and builds their vocabulary – two important tools for learning to read when they enter kindergarten.  Join us at the library on Saturday, January 23, at 11:00 a.m. to learn more about the program. You can register at any time even if you are unable to attend.  If you signed up for the “100 Books Before Club” you will already be registered for the “1000 Books Club” but please join us at the party to learn how the program will work in this new phase.



Letter To The Editor

Boat ramps and kindergarten


As previously reported, the Town Budget was approved by the Budget  Committee with little disagreement, including a $61,060 warrant article  to “repair and rebuild” Mary Waldron Beach and boat ramp on Bow Lake Road.


I agreed with Selectman Jandebeur’s argument that the Town should provide services like this to its residents to make it a more attractive place to live and work.


While there was some discussion about how heavily the beach is used and the adequacy of parking, no one stood up and said, “If people want to swim or launch their boat, they should buy their own lake-front lot!”


Pretty crazy, huh? But this was the reaction of at least one person at the school deliberative session last year when we were considering a warrant article to offer full-day kindergarten to our children. “If these parents want full-day kindergarten, let them pay for it,” I recall it being said.


This was, of course, the way it was years ago when Gladys Gardner offered kindergarten in her home – for a fee. And when she retired, a number of years went by without any kindergarten in town.


Then, as I recently learned from Peter and Jan Stimmel, they and other young couples with children pushed the School Board to offer kindergarten for all the same reasons that this year we are petitioning to expand it to a full-day program.


Join us in that effort. And vote for Representatives and a Senator who will support increased kindergarten funding at the State level.

Tom Chase,


Budget Committee

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Amy Hanavan, parent

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Letter To The Editor


To the Editor,

All day kindergarten has reared its controversial head again. I had hoped that it would not. It’s devisive. It will almost always come down to “return on investment” to me.


For three years I have known an ugly little secret at Northwood School, students in our kindergarten program are not any more prepared to go into first grade than those students who do not participate in kindergarten.


I was on a roof in Deerfield helping a lady when I received a call from an SAU staff member about the subject. He said and I quote, “it’s worse than you thought.” So far since then, I have asked that the data, data, data be presented to the Board, the problem delineated and the plan to fix the problem be brought forward. The problems have not even been addressed. I started this process in a non-public venue and took it public when nothing was done. Think heads in the sand.


The last time I asked, a few week ago, the answer received was that it would be presented soon. It was explained that there might be new data, hopefully better. Of course. Two of us missed the last meeting due to an important Budget Committee meeting. Maybe? I want to see the old data and new raw data myself. I want a plan so that in a year there is accountability if the plan works, or not. Every problem in the last ten years and current ones are because of a lack of accountability.


The Board did not vote to have all day kindergarten. Several ache to. I will not, not until there is clear evidence that it is educationally working. Dumping another 105K  into a fire just doesn’t work for me.


Tim Jandebeur




Time to Dine-r

By Meggin Dail


Errol Enos Chef Owner of 3M Diner in Deerfield, making YUMMALICIOUS a household word.


3M Diner in Deerfield is literally minutes from Route 4, 107 or 43. I know because I go there once a week. I drive the beautiful scenic drive up 107 into Deerfield and find myself there in no time at all. Once there I’m greeted with warmth, smiles, happy customers and the wonderful smell of Errol’s omelettes.


How did I find 3M Diner? It wasn’t very hard, it’s not exactly off the beaten path at 43 North Road, Deerfield. It is situated in a building housing other businesses, tucked in on the bottom floor to your left with a welcome flag and a sign offering free coffee with every breakfast sandwich to go (perfect for you plow guys). After all, it may just be the breakfast sandwich that started it all. When Errol Enos was working for Harding Metals, he made breakfast sandwiches for his 20 co-workers on two griddles. Errol knows how to work a griddle.


When I ask Chef and Owner Errol what makes his breakfast/lunch joint different from the others, he doesn’t hesitate, “I make the best omelettes.” and then “And burgers.” A burger and omelette joint? What more can you ask for? That’s just it, ask for just about anything. Errol specializes in the made to order egg and burger dishes. “We stuff our burgers.” With what you ask? “Anything you want. One of the favorites, though is the stuffed bacon and blue cheese burger.” Mouth currently watering.


So where did Errol learn to cook? “ I traveled. I went out to Arizona and worked as a waiter at Randy’s Restaurant for a while, that’s when I decided I wanted to own my own diner someday. I also worked in Las Vegas.” When Errol came back home, you may remember seeing him at the old Northwood Country Market where he worked as the cook there for 11 years. Eventually Errol got his wish to become the owner of a diner when he purchased a place in Rochester before moving to Deerfield.


Why 3M? “People ask me, ‘what, you mean the tape?’ No, 3M is for my kids. They mean the world to me. Makayla, 8; Michael, 6 and Mason, 4 are the 3 Ms in my life.” By the twinkle in his eye, you know he means it. It’s almost that same look he gets when he tells you his omelettes are “YUMMALICIOUS!!!!” (and his staff groans and rolls their eyes).


Friendly Family Fun are the 3 Fs of 3M, check it out for yourself this week, 11 minutes from Route 4, 8 minutes from Routes 107 and 43. Tell Errol I sent you.






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