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Northwood NH News

July 13, 2016

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The Pittsfield High School Class Of 1966 50th Class Reunion  will be held in the Pittsfield Congregational Church vestry on July 23rd from 3-6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. If you can attend call Pete Riel at 603-269-8861.



The Northwood Democrats will meet at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at the Northwood Community Center, 135 Main St., Northwood Narrows. All are welcome. Please call Tom Chase with any questions at 942-8940.



Letter To The Editor

More Enthusiasm


I ran into Sally Aseltine at the recent Strawberryfest at the Northwood Congregational Church. She is the Dean of Student Services at Coe-Brown Northwood Academy, and – full disclosure – her son and my daughter went through 12 years of school together. More importantly, it is her job to monitor the progress of students at Coe-Brown. And if anyone should know how Northwood Elementary School students do at Coe-Brown, in comparison to students from Strafford and the other “feeder” schools, she should know.


So I asked her how they do. And she said, “fine; just like every one else.” Which I paraphrased to say, spread throughout the distribution. Some years a little stronger. Some years a little weaker. But overall, just like all the other kids.


So this isn’t Lake Wobegone, where “all the kids are above average.” This is Northwood, where our kids are fine.


I share this with you because of recent letters that seem to hold the school and the educators who work there in such contempt. Letters that would seem to suggest that the school is actually making kids dumber.


So I hope that you find Ms. Aseltine’s expert opinion reassuring, even as preparations for the start of another school year move forward. And I hope that part of that start will be a more positive and optimistic spirit. As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “nothing great was ever accomplished without enthusiasm.”


Tom Chase

Northwood, NH



Northwood Bean Hole Bash


The 2016 Northwood Bean Hole Bash (Northwood’s Old Home Day) is fast approaching, July 29th and 30th.


Craft and vendor space is still available, forms can be obtained by emailing [email protected] or the community bulletin board at the Northwood Post Office.  A 10x10 space is $25.00.


Please note the change of location to the Northwood Congregational Church and Coe Brown Northwood Academy.   Free parking will be available in the parking lots  across Route 4 with free shuttle service to event locations. Handicap and vendor parking will be in the parking lot between Coe Brown and the Congregational Church. 


Friday night will feature a free children’s movie night,Crankpullers food trailer, country auction and the important burying of the beans.  Saturday will start with a pancake breakfast followed by the XC race, children’s big games and free picture book give away plus a book sale,  traveling zoo, touch a truck,  craft and vendors in the church parking lot, bake sale, Crankpullers famous food trailer and much more.  The first Northwood Bedrace is also in the plans and do not forget the Police Association dunk tank-you never know which town official will be willing to be dunked. 


D.R. Dimes has generously donated a heirloom quality chair to raffle, ticket donations are one for $5.00 or three for $10.00, other surprise items will also be included in the raffle.


Bring your appetite for the bean hole bash supper starting at 5:00 pm featuring beans cooked under ground overnight, corn on the cob, hot dogs, cole slaw and beverage all for $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children 12 and under.


Please mark your calendar and join your neighbors and friends for this family friendly community event to celebrate the Town of Northwood and it’s citizens, organizations and businesses.



Letter To The Editor


I would like to say THANK YOU and GREAT JOB and KEEP up ALL the GREAT WORK to all of the professionals that work at the Northwood School. We have a great, wonderful, dynamic and energetic group of professionals that work in our town and I want to recognize them. Thank you for willingly coming to work everyday and teaching our children.


Our children are our future and you do a fantastic job of teaching them what they need to know with the resources presented to you.


Thank you for smiling, even when it is a hot day in the classroom with 20 plus kids and no A/C. Thank you for thinking outside the box to make sure every child in your classroom gets the lesson you are trying to teach. Thank you for spending your family time correcting papers and putting in grades.


I could go on and on but just a THANK YOU for becoming a teaching professional and willingly working in a job where you don’t always feel the support of the town around you. THANK YOU!!!


Barbie Hartford

Northwood, NH



This Weekend’s Lrpa After Dark Feature:

1938’S “The Lady Vanishes”


Join Lakes Region Public Access Television at 10:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday night (July 15 & 16) for our “LRPA After Dark” presentation of 1938’s early Hitchcock thriller “The Lady Vanishes,” starring Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave and Dame May Whitty.


In “The Lady Vanishes,” we meet young Iris Henderson (Lockwood), vacationing in Europe and traveling back to England via train. She and her fellow passengers, an interesting and mysterious group of people including a young musicologist named Gilbert (Redgrave), are delayed by an avalanche and must spend the night at a local inn. In doing so, Iris befriends an elderly woman named Miss Froy (Whitty). The next morning, while assisting Miss Froy with her luggage, Iris receives a blow to her head. Miss Froy helps her on the train, where they share tea and lovely conversation. Iris falls asleep across the compartment from her new friend, but when she awakes, Miss Froy has disappeared – and her fellow passengers claim that no such person ever existed! Was she a figment of Iris’s imagination? A result of her blow to the head? No one on the train will take her seriously or help her look except for Gilbert, and even he, while becoming smitten with the lovely Iris, has his doubts.


“The Lady Vanishes” was Alfred Hitchcock’s last film shot in Great Britain before he made his move to the United States. It was triumph with critics and movie audiences alike, and was in fact the most successful British film of its time. Upon its release in the U.S., it received the New York Film Critics Award for Best Director and was named one of the ten Best Pictures of 1938 by the New York Times, whose critic Frank S. Nugent wrote, “If it were not so brilliant a melodrama, we should class it as a brilliant comedy.”  Most film critics consider it to be the best of Hitch’s early (pre-1940) films. It was a favorite of many directors, including Orson Welles, Peter Bogdanovich and Francois Truffaut, and is included in the book 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die by Steven Schneider. Be sure to watch for Hitch’s trademark cameo appearance; hint, it’s near the end, in the Victoria train station. No wonder this is a must-see! Grab your popcorn and join LRPA after dark for this glorious thriller 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.



Else Cilley Press Release June Meeting

(Left to right)  Glenna Dunphy of Danvers, MA and Raymond, Regent Katherine Fernald of Nottingham, Lynne Sweet of Newmarket, and Peg Franz of Rochester admire Civil War memorabilia during June meeting of the Else Cilley Chapter, NSDAR.


The Else Cilley Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, recently met at the chapter owned Nottingham Square Schoolhouse.  Delicious refreshments and a program presented by member Glenna Dunphy highlighted the meeting.  Mrs. Dunphy shared her collection of Civil War memorabilia and a quilt honoring Revolutionary through the Civil War patriots.  Glenna shared stories of artifacts received from her father including buttons recovered from the field at Gettysburg, a powder horn, and a Kepi, which was a rain cover worn over soldiers’ caps.  Mrs. Dunphy read excerpts from letters written by Civil War soldiers back to loved ones at home.  She shared a canteen, an ID tag made from a coin, and a Unit citation medal listing battles fought during the war.   Glenna then shared a quilt that was in her father’s house that was made by local women to raise money for a Civil War Monument in Raymond in 1910.  The quilt included names of soldiers and the dates served.  Pictures were taken.


The next meeting of the Else Cilley Chapter will be held on Thursday, July 14th, beginning at 1:30 pm in the Nottingham Square Schoolhouse.  All are welcome to attend the meeting, which will include a program entitled “The Citizenship Test-Would you Pass?”  Women interested in joining the DAR are always welcome to chapter meetings.  For further information, contact Regent Fernald at [email protected] or Assistant Registrar Marshall at [email protected].



Chesley Memorial Library News

Book Discussions


Summer reading is here so maybe you’re in the mood to pick out a book you feel like talking about instead of reading a book someone else picked out for you! If so, the Afternoon Book Discussion Group will meet at the Chesley Memorial Library on Wednesday, August 3, at 2:00 p.m. to discuss “Garden Spells” By Sarah Addison Allen. Or maybe you feel like reading an old favorite…if so, the Evening Book Discussion Group will meet at the Chesley Memorial Library on Wednesday, September 7, to discuss “Gone With the Wind” by Margaret Mitchell. It’s a long book but we have all summer to read it! New members always welcome!


Senior Café

Summer heat is here and it may be hot outside, but it’s cool in the library so meet your friends and neighbors at the Chesley Memorial Library!  The Senior Café meets every Monday from 1:00-2:30 p.m.  Would you like to enjoy some home baked goodies and a glass of lemonade or iced tea while you socialize? How about singing some old time favorite songs accompanied by Boni Hibbard playing the ukulele? You can experience it all at the Senior Café!


Museum Passes

We have some new museum passes available and some returning favorites so make plans with your family to spend the day doing something fun! You can visit: Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Children’s Museum of NH, McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, New Hampshire Farm Museum, Seacoast Science Center, or SEE Science Center!  The Strawbery Banke is still available until July 31 but that pass will not be renewed. Each pass works a little differently…some let you in free while others provide discounted admission.  Call the library at 942-5472 for updated information regarding passes. We can also provide you with information on when to visit the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester for free admission. 


Lego Club @ Your Library

LEGO fever continues throughout the summer at the Chesley Memorial Library! Maybe you will want to come in and play with LEGOs to enjoy the cool air inside when it’s hot outside.  Or maybe you will want to find something to do inside if it’s raining outside…whatever the case, 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! 


Junior Book Club

Readers ages 8-12 are invited to join Chesley Memorial Library’s Junior Book Club! The club will meet on Thursday, July 14, from 5:00-6:00 pm to discuss “A Mango-Shaped Space” by Wendy Mass.  Stop by the library to pick up a copy to read, then come back to discuss the book and enjoy some light refreshments.


Movie Tuesday

Movies for kids: families can join us on Tuesday, July 26, at 11:00 a.m. to watch “Space Jam” on a large screen.  “Swackhammer, owner of the amusement park planet Moron Mountain is desperate get new attractions and he decides that the Looney Tune characters would be perfect. He sends his diminutive underlings to get them to him, whether Bugs Bunny & Co. want to go or not.  Bugs Bunny is forced to trick them into agreeing to a competition to determine their freedom. Taking advantage of their puny and stubby legged foes, the gang selects basketball for the surest chance of winning. However, the Nerdlucks turn the tables and steal the talents of leading professional basketball stars to become massive basketball bruisers known as the Monstars. In desperation, Bugs Bunny calls on the aid of Michael Jordan to help them have a chance at winning their freedom. “ Movies for adults: why let the kids have all the fun? Adults can join us that same day (Tuesday, July 26) at 3:00 p.m. to watch “The Age of Adaline” on our large screen.  “Adaline Bowman has miraculously remained a youthful 29 years of age for nearly eight decades, never allowing herself to get close to anyone lest they discover her secret. However, a chance encounter with a charismatic philanthropist named Ellis Jones reawakens Adaline’s long-suppressed passion for life and romance. When a weekend with Ellis’ parents threatens to expose the truth, Adaline makes a decision that changes her life forever.”


Of course there will be popcorn too, so relax and enjoy a movie at your library.


Night Owl Story Time

Night Owl Story Time (an old favorite from years ago!) is back at the library on Wednesday evenings. Join Miranda for stories, rhymes, and crafts. This is a drop-in family story time best suited for children five years and under. Please call the library or check the web site ( for program start time as we are still determining the time that works best for young families.  Pajamas welcome!


Talking Books Services

Marilyn Stevenson from the New Hampshire State Library’s Talking Book Services will be here at the Chesley Memorial Library on Monday, July 25, at 1:00 p.m.   The Talking Books Program meets the reading needs and interests of New Hampshire residents who are physically unable to see, handle or process printed material comfortably.  Examples of physical problems that may be eligible: arthritis of hands & wrists, blindness, cataracts not ready for surgery, dyslexia, epilepsy not fully controlled, full body cast, head injuries, macular degeneration, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, stroke aftermath, and Stryker frame.



Do you want to learn how to knit or crochet? Do you need help with knitting or crocheting projects?  Join local artisan Norma Heroux at the Chesley Memorial Library on the first and third Wednesday of every month from 5:30-6:30 p.m.   No registration required, all ages welcome.  If you are interested but can’t make it on Wednesdays, please let a library staff member know what days/times would be convenient for future consideration.



From The Desk Of The Northwood Town Administrator


On July 6th I celebrated my 1-year anniversary as Northwood Town Administrator.  I wanted to take this opportunity to reflect on the last year, reminisce about the Town’s progress over the past 365 days and most importantly, thank the Town for allowing me to serve them.


A few achievements I’m most proud of are: the baseball diamond is under construction and the field will be completed this year (we still need a backstop but we are working on that now); the roads are improving because of advanced planning and constant monitoring by the Highway Department; and the Recreation Department is taking credit cards now and we will be expanding the acceptance of cards to other departments over the rest of 2016.  The success I’m most proud of this year, however, is the elementary school being awarded a 3-year, $194,000 grant which will bring 20 tutors and hire a staff member to manage those tutors to Northwood School.  My wife Bree and I worked for months writing the grant and are very pleased Northwood received the award.


Northwood, however, runs on Volunteer Power and nothing in Town gets accomplished without the tremendous dedication of Northwood volunteers.  Specifically, I’d like to recognize Lance Benson, Mike Brieger, Heather Heigis, Steve Bailey, Jim Vaillancourt, Greg Bane, Hal Kreider, pretty much the entire Bassett family, the Peases, Sandy Priolo, Scott Bryer, Rick Wolf, Bruce Hodgdon, Tim Jandebeur and the rest of our town volunteers.  These folks spend nights and weekends away from their families working and volunteering for any number of committees just because they love the town they live in and want to see it improved. Thank you all for your dedication and your help, it has been a privilege working with you.


Life, however, is not always puppies and rainbows. There have been bumps in the road over the past year and, I’m sure, there will be more in the years to come. But honestly, this is to be expected; we’re all human and life gets in the way of our best laid plans. I strive to improve personally and professionally and those bumps are just learning experiences. If you would like to provide feedback on how things are going, how I’m doing, or just want to talk about Town business shoot me an email at [email protected], give me a call at the office 462-0456, or just stop in Town Hall for a chat.


So, Residents of Northwood, thank you for a wonderful first year. It has been a pleasure getting to know you and to serve you as the Town Administrator. 


I’m looking forward to another successful year.     







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