The Coe-Brown Northwood Academy Alumni Association is currently
accepting scholarship applications for 2016. Scholarships are
http://www.coebrown.org/alumni or by emailing
Qualified applications will be graduates of Coe-Brown (including
the graduating class of 2016).
Please mail completed applications to:
907 First NH
The submission deadline is April 1,
2016 at 12pm.
Any questions can be directed to Rebecca at
Please do not contact Coe-Brown Northwood Academy for
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
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.
NESPA and NTA
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
“Special-needs kids did particularly
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.
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.
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
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
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
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