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February 10, 2016

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There will be a CANDIDATES NIGHT on Tuesday, February 16, 2016, at the Northwood Town Hall.  It will begin at 7:00 PM.  This will be an opportunity for all voters and interested people to meet those running for Northwood offices in the March elections. It will be moderated by former Moderator Robbie Robertson and all candidates will have an opportunity to speak briefly and answer questions from the audience.  This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Northwood Library and the Harvey Lake Woman’s Club.



Congratulations to NHTI Women’s Soccer player, Emily Blad, of Northwood who has been named to the 2015 YSCC Fall All-Academic Team by the conference office. To be honored, an individual must have achieved a grade point average of at least 3.2 for the fall semester and completed. Athletes recognized must have completed their season of competition in the fall semester.



CBNA To Offer College Credit For Entrepreneurship


Dr. JoAnn Zylak, a faculty member at Coe-Brown Northwood Academy, has successfully completed the BizInnovator Teacher Certification and is now able to offer high school juniors and seniors University of Iowa college credit for completing the Entrepreneurship course, which can be transferred to other secondary educational institutions as necessary.   


Developed by the Jacobson Institute for Youth Entrepreneurship at the University of Iowa, BizInnovator is a comprehensive online entrepreneurship curriculum that enables educators to teach the entrepreneurial mindset, encouraging creativity, innovation, critical thinking, and problem solving—and also to prepare students for success in their chosen career path.


This program is a key element in our initiative to promote Entrepreneurship to students at the local, state and national level. The University of Iowa tuition fee (over $1,000 value) has been waived and students simply pay a course fee of $150.  The program is ideal for students who have a passion to pave new paths, create new things or solve problems. The Entrepreneurship course and Innovation software provides students with a framework to apply these interests to the world of business.


Local economies depend on an ongoing creation of successful new businesses.  BizInnovator is a proven curriculum to provide our youth and young adults with the knowledge and confidence to be innovators for our community.


Another top priority is to boost student interest and achievement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).  The U.S. Department of Commerce estimates that jobs in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) will grow 17 percent by 2018—nearly double the growth for non-STEM fields. By 2018, the U.S. will have more than 1.2 million unfilled STEM jobs because there will not be enough qualified workers to fill them. STEM is where jobs are today and where the job growth will be in the future.


BizInnovator compliments the STEM initiative, giving students the know-how to take achievements in STEM to market.


For more information about BizInnovator, please visit Students seeking information about registering for the next Entrepreneurship course at CBNA, should see their Guidance Counselors or email Dr. Zylak for more information at [email protected].



Letter To The Editor


To the Editor,

DEATH AND TAXES. I see in the paper today that Jeanne Shaheen says the “attacks” on Planned Parenthood should stop. I submit if she wants to talk informatively about attacks, she should visit a Planned Parenthood office as an unborn fetus. Oh! I’m sorry, was that not politically correct?


Property taxes have been a big topic for discussion this year. Complicated. I received a call from a gentlemen on Lucas Pond thanking me for his lower taxes. Then the calls started coming in from those on Northwood Lake whose taxes skyrocketed. Every five years, by law, we have to re-evaluate your property. That is based on numerous data such as sales around you and the cost of building materials. Home values by and large went up, land went down. But people are not buying and building in Northwood, the overall town value is down 3%, therefore the tax rate per thousand value of your property went up.


A similar issue impacts the school. Clearly our school population is way down, about a hundred students and sinking. We get grant money from the state based on the number of students, some special education students and other data. That is way down.


So, if the budgets stay the same but we get less help from the state, there are fewer to spread the load to, then your taxes are going to go up. What to do, what to do. It is really easy to say, be more attractive with a better school, improve the towns infrastructure, be fair to people and businesses wanting to move here and work to improve things.


Tim Jandebeur




Letter To The Editor

Northwood Children Need Your Support


Northwood children need your support for full day Kindergarten. As a school that ranks 122nd out of 198th in the state of NH, we owe it to our children to make progressive changes to help prepare them for their academic experience at Northwood School and beyond.


Research continually confirms that full day kindergarten leads to academic and social benefits throughout primary school. These benefits include social and emotional stability regarding willingness to approach the teacher, and less display of frustrations such as anger and shyness.


Full day kindergarten is not an agenda to overwhelm our youngest students with common core curriculum; it’s quite the opposite. It gives flexibility for more movement, creativity, small group interactions, and increased social time between peers while allowing the children to absorb the routine and social dynamics of a classroom before the more challenging curriculum of 1st grade and beyond.


I sincerely hope the town can come together and put our children first. We need to give the future generation an opportunity to be prepared for first grade and beyond; socially, emotionally, and academically. Our children deserve a full day kindergarten program where the teachers and students have enough time in the day to master the social and behavioral dynamics of the classroom, with a developmentally appropriate pace and environment to foster a love of learning.



Shirley Glennon



Letter To The Editor

The Case for Full-day K


I want to thank Tim Jandebeur and Mike Faiella for making the case for expanding our current half-day kindergarten program into a full-day program in their letters to The Sun last week.


Tim made the case that the half-day program is not very effective, and has as much as said that it is no better that no kindergarten at all.


While I would not agree with the latter assertion, knowing that a statistical analysis of the data would be inconclusive at best and misleading at worst, I would agree that the half-day program is not as effective as a full-day program would be.


Mike, on the other hand, cautions against the demands for academic achievement driving out play and creative activities. This, of course, is more likely to happen when children have only a half-day program.


Writing in the journal of the National Association of School Psychologists, Dr. Mary Ann Roth writes: “Small group and individualized teacher-directed activities, as well as child-initiated activities, are essential to successful kindergarten programs. High quality programs recognize the importance of play and view teachers as facilitators of learning.”


She concludes, “The focus of the classroom is on the development of the whole child, not just academic readiness.”


This approach is reflected in the curriculum developed for Oyster River’s full-day program that I presented in my last letter. And I’m sure that Northwood School will follow their lead.


Let’s vote to give them the resources they need. Like justice, education delayed is education denied.


Tom Chase




Corporal Preve, with K9 Thor, accepts a check for $1000.00 for the Northwood  Police K9 program donated by the Northwood Bean Hole Bash Committee. Presenting the check for the committee are President Greg Bane, right and Vice-President Mike Smith, center.



Letter To The Editor

Settled Science?


Are the benefits of all-day kindergarten really settled science, as some would maintain? As Northwood citizens prepare to vote on switching our handful of kindergartners from part-time to full-time, maybe we should see how a more ambitious effort has fared.


Some 250,000 Ontario preschoolers  have recently made such a transition. Maclean’s, a leading Canadian newsweekly, reported on this “vast experiment in early-childhood education” in two articles: “Why full-day kindergarten doesn’t work,” and “Full-day kindergarten is failing our children.” Both are readily available online.


Maclean’s cites a number of previous studies in the US indicating that full-day academic preschools don’t produce lasting results but may indeed cause harm. Then the magazine gives its conclusions about the Ontario program, based on the official government report.


Some excerpts:

“Early intervention can improve school readiness for disadvantaged children. For everyone else, however, the Ontario results ranged from negligible to abysmal.”


“The results for many were lower than if they’d stayed in the old half-day system. This aligns with complaints that full-day programs impede the social and emotional development of some children by removing them from familial care too early.”


“Special-needs kids did particularly poorly.”


“Even those gains identified for some kids are likely to be temporary, a phenomenon that’s been identified in numerous other studies. Any positive academic effects arising from full-day kindergarten are largely gone by the end of Grade 1.”


“Full-day kindergarten does nothing to permanently improve academic performance. It may stunt the emotional and social development of many kids.”


“It appears that Ontario’s $1.5-billion-a-year full-day kindergarten experiment is a grave disappointment, from both pedagogical and financial perspectives.”


“It defies common sense and financial reality to provide this to all families on a universal basis.”


On March 8th we decide whether to conduct our own experiment in Northwood.


Michael Faiella




Letter To The Editor

Woebegone Thinking


I hate to pick on someone just because he always wants to spend taxpayers money on ill thought out projects.  Well, maybe I don’t. I and others have already pointed out in the limited space here the foibles of kindergarten AS IT IS PERPETRATED IN THIS AND OTHER COMMUNITIES. The over hyped miracle that is claimed will happen is  by the same people that have no demonstrable interest in fixing the following 8 years after kindergarten. This is an ongoing fact reaching back decades. Why is it that only kindergartners matter? What about the other children?


Tom Chase and others seem not to care about all the “gaps” he postulates ignoring the over $20,000 for each student we spend now in our relatively modest means community. Setting aside his misapplication of the “famous” bell curve, he makes up “levels” to suit his imagination. If in fact anyone is concerned about the “disservice” we do to the children there would be a h...ll of a lot more effort being made on behalf of children passing through a mediocre educational process. Again I will emphasize this is not to be placed at the doorstep of good teachers, a broken system and the lack of enthusiasm to fix it is the culprit.


Joseph McCaffrey,




Letter To The Editor

Support Full-Day Kindergarten


I am writing to the Northwood community to ask that you vote in favor of full-day kindergarten. It’s my hope that Northwood can do what’s right for the children and parents of the community this year.


Three quarters of the US and NH already have full-day kindergarten. The same people who railed against it last year are doing the same this year; I’m not surprised. I find their reasoning disingenuous and I’m almost certain it wouldn’t matter how beneficial we could “prove” full-day kindergarten was-they still wouldn’t want to pay for it.


My son is in the afternoon kindergarten program this year. I think they do a great job with the amount of time they have, but a full-day would allow for a much more relaxed and enriching school day. The first thing my son does when he gets to school at 11:15 is go to lunch. They don’t even get class time started until almost noon and then I’m picking him up at the bus stop at 2:35. Full day would offer more time for learning and group play, something children should be doing plenty of at this age.


For those who claim kindergarten is just day care, I ask that you educate yourself on what is actually expected of children by the time they enter first grade. Lots of learning is taking place and insulting early childhood educators is no way to win support for your cause. I have endless amounts of gratitude for what Lisa Magnusson and Beth Boudreau do for our children and so should you.


Like Northwood Community Members for Full-Day Kindergarten on Facebook if you agree and stay updated:


Thank you,

Amy Hanavan



Chesley Memorial Library News

The Moth


True stories, told live. The Moth is a podcast that brings people together tell different stories from their lives, all around a common theme. They can be funny, sad, heartwarming, or anywhere in between. For Coe-Brown senior Meredith Roman’s senior project, she will be holding a Moth-based storytelling night with the theme of “Love.” The event will be held at the Chesley Memorial Library on Thursday, February 11, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Donations will be accepted to help support The Moth podcast, and everyone is welcome to come watch, listen, and tell stories. If you would like to tell a story, please contact Meredith at [email protected]. Hope to see you there!


Movie Matinee/Chocolate Fountain

Enter a world of pure imagination! Watch “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” at the Chesley Memorial Library on Saturday, February 13, at 1:00 p.m.  Enjoy the original classic on the large screen and enjoy a special treat to pair up with your movie experience: a chocolate fountain!  There will be a wide assortment of items for your dipping pleasure so bring your family and celebrate Valentine’s a day early Sit ‘n’ Sew Learn paper-piecing the Carol Doak way!  Local resident Pam Williams and fellow seamstress from Lyndeborough, Carol Wright, will be at the Chesley Memorial Library on Thursday, February 25, from 12:00-3:00 p.m. to teach you how to paper-piece the easy way using Carol Doak’s patented method. Using this method, you can easily create quilt blocks which can then be joined together to create beautiful quilts or smaller projects such as wall hangings, trivets, tote bags, coasters, and more. The advantage to using Carol’s method is that points are more easily attained, a tricky undertaking in the more traditional way of piecing. The library has some Carol Doak books available to check out and Pam will bring some of her other books for you to review. We will demonstrate with the “Introduction to Paper Piecing Pattern” which is available for free on Carol’s website ( and is the only one we’re allowed to use for teaching purposes. If you own a Carol Doak book, please feel free to print your own foundations on newsprint (or other thin paper) and bring them in, along with your choice of fabrics if you would like to create another block with your own fabrics. Two extra sewing machines will be available for people’s use and all materials will be provided. No registration required; no fee. Ages 10 and up.


Maker Play Days

Drop in for our “Maker Play Days” any Thursday! We will be featuring Ozobots in February, one of the maker play program kits from the New Hampshire State Library. What is an Ozobot?   It’s a tiny robot, measuring one inch in height, which comes with a photo sensor array for recognition of patterns, lights, colors, and codes; automatic detection functionality for physical and digital playing surfaces; and color sensing technology.  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!



Join the fun at Chesley Memorial Library’s Story Time program!  Story Time for preschoolers is held on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m.  Children can listen to a story and make a craft to take home.  No registration required! 


Senior Café

Meet your friends and neighbors at the Chesley Memorial Library Senior Café!  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!


Lego Club @ Your Library

Have fun with LEGOs!  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! 


Book Discussions

The Evening Book Discussion Group will meet in Nottingham on Wednesday, February 24, at 7:00 p.m. to discuss “Eleanor & Park” by Rainbow Rowell. The Afternoon Book Discussion Group will meet at the Chesley Memorial Library on Wednesday, March 2, at 2:00 p.m. to discuss “Rin Tin Tin” by Susan Orlean.  The Junior Book Club will meet at the Chesley Memorial Library on Thursday, March 3, at 5:00 p.m. to discuss “The Island of Dr. Libris” by Chris Grabenstein.  New members welcome!






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