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Northwood NH News

March 9, 2016

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Congratulations to Abigail MacCallum, a resident of Northwood, NH, who has been named to the Fall 2015 Dean’s List at Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I. Abigail is a Media Communication major. Full-time students who complete 12 or more credits per semester and earn a GPA of 3.4 or higher are placed on the Dean’s List that semester.




Tax Impact


Every year a number of Northwood Town and School Warrant Articles are followed by the sentence: “There is no additional tax impact if this Article passes.” Unfortunately, the statement still gives the impression that if we pass this warrant article it won’t cost us anything.


Sadly, that is not the case.


This wording is often used when the money is taken from surplus. The surplus, however, represents money we paid in taxes last year, so it cost us tax money at that time. If the surplus were used to reduce our tax rate, our upcoming taxes would be lower than they would be if we spent the surplus.  So using the surplus to buy things, or even “soaking it away” somewhere, would have a direct impact on our family budgets.


The sentence actually should read something like this: “If this Article is defeated, taxes will be reduced by as much as 10 cents per $1,000.”  This tax-money-without-an-impact is usually put into a capital reserve fund. Such funds are often defended as good examples of Yankee thrift.


Now I’m all for Yankee thrift. I’d love to have a “New Roof Fund,” a “New Car Fund,” a “Bad Winter Fund,”  a “House Painting Fund,” a “New Chicken Coop Capital Reserve Fund,”--shall I go on?


That would be awfully thrifty of me, if I could afford it, which I might be able to do, if my income had a surplus, and all these taxes didn’t have such an impact.


Michael Faiella




Letter To The Editor


I feel compelled to respond to an incorrect statement made in a recent letter Tom Chase wrote about Gladys Gardner’s kindergarten in Northwood.


To quote: “And when she retired, a number of years went by without any kindergarten in town.” There was in fact a kindergarten program that filled the gap between when Gladys Gardner retired and public kindergarten became a reality in Northwood School. We pushed the schoolboard with the help and dedication of Gladys, by writing a petition, getting enough signatures, and passing in 1980.


I am an Early Childhood educator of 20-plus years, one of the founders of the Center School  in Northwood, and an initiator of Northwood’s first non-profit kindergarten, the Children’s Village Kindergarten. We did indeed have an all-day program there, called daycare that worked on a sliding fee scale because of its non-profit status. This should be easily found in the history of Northwood. Gladys was intimately involved with the planning and implementation of the Children’s Village Kindergarten, located at the Brookside School in Northwood Narrows.


Later, when we succeeded in getting the public kindergarten approved, we closed the Children’s Village program as planned. I was one of the young parents at the time Gladys retired, and my youngest son would have gone without the benefit of her kindergarten expertise. But, because of Gladys and many volunteers as well as donations from local businesses and the cooperation of the church which owns the Brookside School, we were able to continue providing kindergarten service for the 4-5 year window of time it took to pass public kindergarten.


Gladys was a big reason why we were successful in achieving our goal. She did not want to retire without a kindergarten operation in place.


Gladys never stopped working for the children or thinking of others. 


Respectfully submitted to correct an omission, Diane Dalrymple-Robinson, Master’s of Ed.



Letter To The Editor

Better Late


This letter was to have appeared in last week’s Sun, but got lost in  cyberspace. Even though the vote has been taken, my argument for  full-day kindergarten remains valid, and win or lose, I encourage the  newly constituted School Board to move forward. When only 37% of our  kindergarteners are at “benchmark,” something needs to change.


Oh, and by the way, we might save $40+ thousand by not running a mid-day bus.


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My thanks to Mike Faiella for calling my attention to an article in the Canadian newsweekly Macleans on the implementation of full-day K in Ontario. Quoting from his recent letter, we read “Early intervention  can improve school readiness for disadvantaged children.”


That’s the argument in a nutshell. If you are an advantaged kid, you’ll do just fine. If not, early intervention helps.


This showed up quite clearly in data (Tim Jandebeur’s favorite word)  that was collected on last year’s half-day kindergarten class. As  presented at the last School Board meeting, the data showed that in May  of last year, only 37% of the 42 kids reached benchmark on identifying  letter sound (a foundational reading skill). 63% did not.


Fortunately, in the First Grade, additional time was spent on these  kids, so that in the Fall assessment, 52% reached benchmark, and in the Winter, 68% reached benchmark. After this assessment, “moving forward,…  more targeted instruction” was seen to be “beneficial,” according to the  report by Erica MacNeil, Assistant Special Education Director for S.A.U.  44.


It is my contention that a full-day kindergarten program will allow time  for additional instruction, so that ALL kids can be brought up to speed,  ready for First Grade. And that the time, energy and expense that are  currently being spent on “catch-up” will be unnecessary.


And thanks again, Mike.

Tom Chase




Coe-Brown Northwood Academy Alumni Association Scholarship


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:

Coe-Brown Northwood Academy Alumni Association

Attention: Rebecca Stevens

907 First New Hampshire 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.


Roy Herbert DeCota




Deerfield—Roy Herbert DeCota died February 24, 2016 at home surrounded by many of his loving family members.


He was born in Manchester on July 8, 1952, the son of Roy A. “Joe” and Donna (Yeaton) DeCota.  A lifelong resident of Deerfield, he graduated from Raymond High School in 1971. He was employed by Hutter Construction until his early retirement in 2000 when he began his career as a full time farmer. A practical, hands-on guy, he was always ready to lend a hand, share his knowledge of raising cattle, pigs and oxen, and teach others the skills for living off the land. He enjoyed gardening, contra dancing, fishing and hunting.


He spent most of his life out of doors, being a good steward of his land. He was beloved by his family who include his wife Evelyn DeCota; his children Emily Burtt (Adam) of Barnstead, and James DeCota (Jill) of Haverhill, MA; his stepchildren Ken Cronyn of Newark, DE and Sarah Miller (Lucas) of Worcester, MA; his mother Donna DeCota; his siblings Jerry DeCota (Diana), Debra DeCota Burtt (Russell) and Laurie DeCota, all of Deerfield; a nephew Jason DeCota (Kendra) of Strafford. He was proud to be called Grandpa Hey by his 9 grandchildren: Emmett, Isaac, Josie, Naomi, Simon and Wyatt Burtt, Kaleb and Kylie Cronyn, and Benjamin Miller. He was predeceased by his father, Joe DeCota, in 2005.


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Manchester Visiting Nurse Association—Hospice Services, 1070 Holt Ave, Suite 1400, Manchester NH 03109.


The celebration of Herb’s life will be on Thursday, March 10 at Still Oaks Funeral Home, Route 28, Epsom (1 mile north of Epsom traffic circle)  Calling hours will be from 2-3:30 pm, service at 3:30 pm followed by a reception there. Private burial will be at the family’s An on-line guestbook is available at






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