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April 13, 2016

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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



The Northwood Democratic Town Committee will be holding a caucus on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 7:00 pm at the Northwood Community Center, 135 Main St. in Northwood Narrows. Lucy Edwards is stepping down as chair and we will be electing a new chair for the committee, and making any other changes to the officers needed. All Northwood registered Democrats are welcome to attend. Please call or text Lucy Edwards at 603-312-6049 or e-mail her at [email protected] with any questions.



The Friends of the Northwood Libraries invites everyone who is either a member or interested in becoming a member of the Friends to its annual meeting on Monday, April 25.  The meeting will be held at the Chesley Memorial Library in Northwood, starting at 6:45. Topics that will be covered include:  a review of Friends’ accomplishments; review and approval of the bylaws; completion of plans related to the upcoming Humor and Harmony event; discussion of the Friends’ participation in the 2016 Bean Hole Bash; and election of officers.  Questions may be directed to the Friends’ President, Sue Robinson, at 942-8325.



CBNA FBLA Chapter Attends State Leadership Conference

CBNA senior Brittany Guillemette with FBLA advisor Dr. JoAnn Zylak at the recent NH FBLA state conference.


Sixteen members of Coe-Brown Northwood Academy’s Chapter of Future Business Leaders of America, along with their advisor Dr. JoAnn Zylak, attended the FBLA State Leadership Conference held on March 24 & 25 at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, NH.  The students competed in five chapter competitions and 16 individual or team events.  Senior Brittany Guillemette won the Who’s Who in FBLA award and placed second in the team competition for Business Ethics along with Nicole Beaupre and Meghan Percy. These three students not only won medals for this competition, but also earned scholarships to SNHU.  In chapter competitions, the CBNA chapter won first place in the largest increase in membership for NH (attributed to Brittany and all past members for their recruitment efforts), an Honorary Chapter award for achieving points for various activities (attributed to all the officers and members), second place in the Go Green Officer Project (with special thanks to Megan Elwell, Tayla George, Ambar Mercedes, Alexander Mercedes, Amaya Newport, and Aiden Ahern), and the NH FBLA State Chairperson’s Award for participation in ALL state-wide projects throughout the school year which included Green Schools, Red Cross Blood Drive, Make A Wish, Revealing Invisible Illnesses, and Save the Animals programs, along with tab collection for David’s House and Walking for a Cure for Multiple Sclerosis.  Congratulations to all the members and officers.


So how can you help?  The CBNA FBLA Chapter is always looking for more connections with local businesses and seeking more professional memberships. Community members are asked to bring in their tabs (from tops of cans) which are recycled at the end of the school year with proceeds donated to David’s House.  You may drop off your collection of can tabs at the CBNA main office for our local FBLA chapter.  The chapter will be walking for MS in Manchester on April 17, as they have done for the past 18 years, and are looking for sponsors to help find a cure for this debilitating disease. Please forward all donations to Dr. Zylak at CBNA before April 15 and with everyone’s help, we can make this disease disappear!  Contact Dr. Zylak at CBNA for more information about these meaningful and charitable activities.



Letter To The Editor

Medicaid Expension


As you might have heard, the NH House and Senate voted to extend the Medicaid Expansion program for another two years. There were many reasons to continue this feature of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.


Over 48,000 of your friends and neighbors now have health insurance. Last year, this saved hospitals over $140 million in “uncompensated care” which occurs, in part, when those same uninsured friends and neighbors show up in the emergency room.


Looked at another way, people are now receiving the care they need to avoid more expensive treatment later. And some are being treated so that they can continue to or return to work.


One of my friends had a much-needed joint replacement and is back on the job.


Because of these and other benefits (e.g., providing coverage for addiction treatment), I was dismayed to find that all of our representatives - Senator Reagan and Representatives Hodgdon and Dean-Bailey - voted against the expansion.


It wasn’t a totally partisan issue. Even the former Speaker of the House, Bill O’Brien, voted for it. So you may want to ask them for an explanation. And keep this in mind at the polls in November.


Tom Chase

Northwood, NH



Letter To The Editor

Suspended from Kindergarten


More than 100 NH kindergartners were suspended last year, according to a recent Concord Monitor article. Our legislature wants to know why.


The reasons may be many, but one possibility is that we’re expecting too much of young children.


Nancy Carlsson-Page, Professor Emerita at Lesley University, is a founder of the University’s Center for Peaceable Schools. She sees a connection “between these suspensions and ed reform policies.”


“Play is disappearing from classrooms.  Even though we know play is learning for young kids, we’re seeing it shoved aside to make room for academic instruction and rigor,” she says.


Kindergartners find themselves “enduring play-deficient classrooms where they get heavy doses of direct teaching and testing.  They have to sit still, be quiet in their seats, and comply.  Many young children can’t do this, and none should have to.”


Peter Gray, research professor of psychology at Boston College, echoes her concerns.


He says that kindergarten teachers “are battling the effects of No Child Left Behind, and now Common Core, which have trickled down from the higher grades to K and preschool.  They are battling policy makers who know nothing about childhood, who ignore the piles of research showing the value of play and the long-term harm of early academic training, and who see standardized test scores as the end-all and be-all of education.”


These beleaguered kindergarten teachers, Dr. Gray says, are also feeling pressure from administrators, who want high test scores,  and from “teachers in the grades above, who tell them that their job is to prepare little children for the next stage in school by teaching them to sit still, do worksheets, and suppress their urges to play and explore.”


Maybe a reason for so many kindergarten suspensions is that we’re just not letting children be children.


Michael Faiella




This Weekend’s LRPA After Dark Feature:

1940’S “Santa Fe Trail”


Join Lakes Region Public Access Television at 10:30 PM this Friday and Saturday night (April 15 & 16) for our “LRPA After Dark” presentation of 1940’s Western melodrama “Santa Fe Trail,” starring Errol Flynn, Ronald Reagan, Olivia de Havilland and Raymond Massey.


“Santa Fe Trail” tells the tale of recent West Point graduates George Custer (Reagan) and Jeb Stuart (Flynn), who, in 1854, are assigned to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas — the Army’s most dangerous post. While their original mission was to help secure the territory as the railroad was built from Missouri to New Mexico, they get caught up in the conflict between the Army and abolitionist John Brown (Massey). They also both fall in love with the beguiling Kit Carson Holliday (de Havilland).


“Santa Fe Trail” has been described as a “Western fantasy movie” by some critics, as it plays fast and loose with historical events. In reality, the film’s historical figures did not graduate together from West Point and were likely not friends, as Stuart rose through the ranks to become a Confederate general, while Custer served as a major general in the U.S. Army. Historical inaccuracies aside, “Santa Fe Trail” remains a solidly entertaining film, featuring excellent performances by all of the film’s leads (particularly Flynn and de Havilland, who starred in nine films together), as well as a notable supporting cast that includes Alan Hale, Ward Bond and Van Heflin. The New York Times noted that “Santa Fe Trail” “ … has about everything that a high-priced horse-opera should have —  hard riding, hard shooting, hard fighting, a bit of hard drinking and Errol Flynn.” It’s a film not seen very often television; reason enough to grab your popcorn and join LRPA after dark for this “horse-opera” from the past.


You can’t find television like this it anywhere but LRPA TV, MetroCast Channel 25. Not a subscriber? Then log onto Live Stream through our website ( where you can catch all the fun.


About Lakes Region Public Access Television (LRPA):

Lakes Region Public Access Television (LRPA) is a nonprofit, noncommercial public access TV station and community media center located on the Laconia High School campus in Laconia, NH. LRPA cablecasts locally on MetroCast Channel 24 (public bulletin board), Channel 25 (information and entertainment) and Channel 26 (government and school meetings) to nearly 12,000 viewers in our member towns and cities of Belmont, Gilford, Laconia, Meredith and Northwood. Programming is produced by and for the people of the greater Lakes Region. LRPA’s mission is to empower our community members to produce content that • fosters free speech and the open exchange of ideas, • encourages artistic and creative expression, • promotes a well-informed public through governmental transparency, and • unites our communities through the power of media and technology.


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