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Northwood NH News

March 16, 2016

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The Coe-Brown Northwood Academy Alumni Association is currently accepting scholarship applications for 2016. Scholarships are available at or by emailing [email protected]. Qualified applications will be graduates of Coe-Brown (including the graduating class of 2016).


Please mail completed applications to:



Northwood Academy Alumni Association

Attn: Rebecca Stevens

907 First NH Turnpike

Northwood, NH 03261


The submission deadline is April 1, 2016 at 12pm.


Any questions can be directed to Rebecca at [email protected]. Please do not contact Coe-Brown Northwood Academy for scholarship inquiries.





Are you thinking about enrolling your child in preschool for next fall? The Center School in Northwood is accepting registrations for the 2016-2017 school year. The Center School is a parent cooperative preschool located next to the town hall in Northwood, which provides an emergent developmental program for three, four, and five year-olds of Northwood and surrounding towns. There are openings in our two-day (T/Th) program and three-day (M/W/F) morning programs. Call or email us soon to get an information packet or to make an appointment to come for a visit! For information, please email at director Karen Andersen [email protected] or call her at the school at 942-7686.  Check out our Facebook page at





To the voters of Northwood,

The members of NESPA and NTA would like to thank you for supporting our contracts.


Thank you





The Rest of the Story


Sorry to drag this out, but last week’s Sun had a letter offering me “thanks” for a quotation I had used from a Maclean’s magazine article. The article was about full day kindergarten and preschool for Ontario’s 250,000 children. 


Maclean’s had said that the government report on this program indicated that “early intervention  can improve school readiness for disadvantaged children.”


Unfortunately the letter writer left out other pertinent and important quotations from my letter about the article, such as:


“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.”


“Special-needs kids did particularly poorly.”


Overall, “the Ontario results ranged from negligible to abysmal.”

So, as the omitted quotations indicate, even disadvantaged children don’t seem to have been helped in the long run by full day kindergarten.


Michael Faiella




Letter To The Editor

Election Post Mortem


If there’s one thing you can say about the 800+ voters who came to the polls on Tuesday, it’s that they sure do want to make sure that they have working defibrillators in town. Just like last election, making the defibrillator payment was the highest vote-getter on the ballot: 752 for, 71 against. Not even moving $400 into the Cemetery Trust Fund garnered as much support (701 for, 119 against).


So it came as no surprise to me that voters opposed full-day kindergarten again. After all, judging from the age of the majority who voted, they’re not going to need it for their children – and their grandchildren live elsewhere. More on this later.


It’s not that the voters were unwilling to fund worthy projects. With the prospect of Bow Lake Road being closed in three years, they voted for $84,000 to start a Red Listed Bridge Fund. But they figured that they could do without a $24,250 electronic sign in front of Town Hall.


Teachers and support personnel got modest raises, by a narrow margin, but the school budget failed, by a similar margin. Fortunately, the default budget in only 1.3% less than the proposed budget.


We decided to keep the Police Commission, although only one person was interested to run for a position on it. And we will continue to elect our Road Agent. I hope Charlie Pease knows how to do that job, and doesn’t quit so that we have to hold a special election!


Other than that, the big news has to be the ascension of Transfer Station Attendant Donald Hodgdon to Selectman, forcing the retirement of Tim Jandebeur. This in spite of the full-court press by the Northwood Republican Committee. For now, the voters have spoken.


Tom Chase




Northwood Election Results


863 voters cast their ballots for town and school warrants and elected officials.


The school board will have 2 new members this year: Shane Wells (401) and Bree Gunter (400) who received more votes than incumbent Dave Ruth and Dennis DeBello. The school warrant articles which did not pass include Article 2 for proposed 2016-2017 budget; the defeat of the article sets the default budget in place. The voters also did not approve 2 petition articles-to establish an all-day Kindergarten program and delegating the determination of the default budget to the Municipal Budget Committee. Both collective bargaining agreements on the ballot were approved by voters-Northwood Teachers Association and Northwood Educational Support Personnel Association.


On the town ballot, voters elected Donald Hodgdon as selectman (390) over incumbent Tim Jandebeur (347). In the only other contested race Joseph McCaffrey (369) and Hal Kreider (327) took the two open planning board seats. Current planning board members Victoria Parmele and Lee Baldwin were not returned to the board.  The proposed budget for 2016 was approved by voters.  The majority of warrant articles passed by a favorable margin. Voters turned down a proposal for an electronic sign 132/696 and did not authorize the selectmen to appoint the town highway road agent 370/455. Although voters did not approve adding a full time police officer to the department, they did vote to keep the police commission intact by defeating the petition warrant article asking to return the authority of the department to the selectmen.



Celebrate Holy Week With The Northwood Congregational Church

The Northwood Congregational Church, UCC has a busy week planned to celebrate Easter.  It began on March 20 with Palm Sunday.  A tradition in Spain is to lay palms across their walkway to indicate a blessing is desired.  Here in Northwood and in the digital age, we used phone and email to request blessings.  Then on Palm Sunday, Rev. Gayle Murphy travelled to various homes and gardens to offer an Easter Blessing.


On March 24, the celebration continues with Maundy Thursday.  Maundy Thursday is the commemoration of the last supper that Jesus shared with his disciples.  At 6:00 pm there will be a simple soup and bread supper at the church, followed at 7:00 pm by a Tennebrae Service and Communion.  Tennebrae is a Latin word, meaning shadows.  During this service we re-create the garden of Gethsemane and retell the story of the betrayal and death of Jesus.


Good Friday,  we will gather at 7:00 pm to carry a life size cross from the church, through the fields of Coe Brown and end with a brief service as the cross is planted in the ground.


Our celebration culminates on Easter Sunday as our church youth lead a Sunrise Service behind the church on the shores of Harvey Lake at 7:00 am.  Then we gather for breakfast indoors and finish up with our Easter Worship Service at 9:00 am.


You are welcome to join us for any or all of our Holy Week Events.  The church is located at 881 First NH Turnpike in Northwood, NH, just east of Coe Brown Academy.


Holy Week Events at the Northwood Congregational Church Maundy Thursday - March 24 - Soup and Bread Dinner 6:00 pm Tennebrae Service and Communion - 7:00 pm Good Friday - March 25  Carrying Jesus’ Cross - 7:00 pm Easter Sunday - March 27 - Sunrise Service - 7:00 am Easter Breakfast - 7:30 - 8:45 am Worship in the Sanctuary - 9:00 am






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