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Northwood NH News

July 20, 2016

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Congratulations to Carter Rollins of Northwood, a graduate of Coe Brown Northwood Academy, who will attend Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y., as a member of the Class of 2020. Rollins, who will be majoring in computer science, will begin studying at Clarkson in the fall.



The Northwood Parent Cooperative Preschool (The Center School) has openings for this fall. We also have exciting changes happening! We have two new teachers, Ms. Danielle and Ms. Kelley, starting this fall and extended hours! Please check out our website for information about tuition, curriculum, our new hours and to access our registration packet.


We also invite everyone interested in information about The Center School to come by our open house during The Bean Hole Bash from Saturday, July 30th from 9;30-11:30 at The Center School next to Town Hall. We’ll also have a booth at The Bean Hole Bash, as well. We hope to see you there!



Congratulations to Marianna Barnhart of Northwood who was inducted into the Emmanuel College circle of national leadership honor society Omicron Delta Kappa during the Spring 2016 semester.


Membership in Omicron Delta Kappa is granted to students who demonstrate leadership in athletics, campus or community service, social and religious activities, campus government, creative and performing arts, journalism and media, and scholarship. Undergraduate students who are juniors and seniors and rank in the upper 35 percent of their class are eligible for membership



Congratulations to Hailey Serino, a Veterinary Technology major from Northwood who has been named to the Spring 2016 Dean’s List at Mount Ida College in Newton, Mass. for achieving a GPA of 3.33 or higher.



Congratulations to Marianna Barnhart of Northwood has been named to the Dean’s List for the Spring 2016 semester at Emmanuel College. To earn a spot on the Dean’s List, Emmanuel students must achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or higher for a 16-credit semester.



Letter To The Editor

National Zoning Board?


Local zoning and planning boards take notice.  The Federal Government is about to seize even more control of local communities, through a new, under-the-radar Housing and Urban Development rule called “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing.”


Anyone put to sleep by this barely pronounceable bureaucratic title may wind up rudely awakened. According to Deroy Murdock in the Union Leader, under AFFH, “Federal ethnocrats now will dragoon local communities into adjusting their racial composition, housing density, zoning and other matters.”


AFFH requires that any town or city that has ever received Federal grants through HUD must  rezone neighborhoods to achieve racial and economic “balance.” Communities failing to comply may face expensive litigation.


This Federal takeover of local communities was opposed by Senator Mike Lee, who introduced an amendment to defund it. The amendment was defeated, however, as all Senate Democrats and 17 Republicans, including both NH Senators, voted against it.


As Senator Lee explained, “If any aspect of a community’s housing and demographic patterns fails to meet HUD bureaucrats’ expansive definition of ‘fair housing,’ the local government must submit a plan to reorganize the community’s housing practices according to the preferences and priorities of the bureaucrats. This rule turns HUD into a National Zoning Board with the power to unilaterally rewrite local zoning laws and land-use regulations in every city and town in America.”


In Westchester County, NY, which already has low-income and Section 8 housing, but not enough of it according to HUD, County Executive Rob Astorino is defending his county in court. He warns that the Federal Government is “planning to take control of the American suburb and forever change it in the false name of equality. If HUD gets its way, small town America will literally disappear. It will be forcibly urbanized by Washington social engineers.”


Michael Faiella




Pleasant Lake Watershed Restoration Project Presentation

July 23, 2016 Deerfield Town Hall


As part of the Pleasant Lake Preservation Association’s Annual Meeting there will be a Watershed Restoration Project presentation and workshop open to the public. The Restoration Project presentation will  commence by 10 AM (preceded by the PLPA Annual Meeting starting at 9 AM) and will help answer the following questions.


•What is watershed planning?

•Why do we need it for Pleasant Lake?

•What was involved in the process?

•What are the next steps?

•What can I do to help?


The Pleasant Lake Watershed Restoration project began over a year ago to ensure future generations can enjoy what we do today.  The concept was to understand storm water runoff in the watershed and its impact on the lake, and to set goals and prioritize actions that will allow for future use of the lake while protecting the water quality.  Funding for the project is being provided by NH Department of Environmental Services. At this meeting watershed scientist Forrest Bell will provide an update on the results they have compiled and facilitate breakout sessions to build stakeholder awareness and consensus on next steps.  Local citizens of the towns of Northwood and Deerfield, are welcome to attend and participate in this workshop. 


Forrest Bell is the owner of FB Environmental Associates and has been leading successful watershed projects since 1992. He has worked collaboratively with local expert Don Kretchmer on several recent lake management projects in New Hampshire.  They will provide an interesting and informative presentation and workshop highlighting the key components of a watershed management plan.


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Letter To The Editor

Say no to Trump/Clinton


Wouldn’t it be nice if we could start a “Say no to Trump/Clinton campaign?”  Think of it for a minute. What if every voter went to the polls in November and made a choice for someone else?  What if the morning after everyone woke up, there was one of two things happening?  One, there was no clear majority and the decision had to go to the House of Representatives.  Two, maybe one of the third party candidates (I myself am pulling for Gary Johnson) would pull off a victory and the current Republican and Democrat political machines would start to wither away and die.  After watching interviews from both the Libertarian Party candidate and the Green Party Candidate, both come off with more passion and integrity than either Trump or Clinton.  Both established parties might have unlimited resources right now, but if they were embarrassed at the polls maybe things would change.  So, say NO to Trump/Clinton this November and make a statement that you are tired of the garbage being presented to you on the ballet.


Steve Robert






Got junk???? We need it. The Bean Hole Bash is coming up fast. A wonderful group of your fellow town citizens are proud to bring on the 2016 event once again for your enjoyment. Check out the website to find a great selection of events going on July 29th and 30th. This is a community party, meant to bring us together in a fun, wholesome and very user friendly way.


One of those events is an old fashion country auction. The auction is to be held at 6pm on Friday night, July 29th. We need donations. If you have anything around your house, garage or barn that you no longer need we would love to have it to auction off. We are not fussy.  We’ll pick it up. We will put any money made to good use right here in Northwood. Anything from canning jars to unwanted cars and trucks, we’ll take them. Call Tim, 303-5224 for pick ups. Thanks And, come to the auction. We already have fish tanks, a doll house, some cages, books, books, and books and so much more. Bring the kids, the grandparents and yourselves for a great time. Support our community.


Tim Jandebeur




This Weekend’s LRPA After Dark Feature: 1945’s “Captain Kidd”


Join Lakes Region Public Access Television at 10:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday night (July 22 & 23) for our “LRPA After Dark” presentation of 1945’s swashbuckling adventure “Captain Kidd,” starring Charles Laughton, Randolph Scott and Barbara Britton.


In the unabashedly unhistorical “Captain Kidd,” the larger-than-life pirate (Laughton) convinces England’s King William III that he is an honest ship’s captain, and that he’s just the man to escort a treasure-laden vessel bound for England through the dangerous waters off of Madagascar. He further persuades the King that he needs a crew of condemned pirates for the job – and that they should be given a royal pardon. Kidd’s plan is to double-cross the King and take the treasures for himself. The pardoned crew is made up of scalawags and cutthroats (you’ll recognize the great character actors including John Carradine, Gilbert Roland and Sheldon Leonard, among others). One of them, Adam Mercy (Scott), is a smart and sophisticated rogue with manners and intelligence that very much please Kidd – and later, attract the attentions of Lady Anne Falconer (Britton). But soon things are not as they appear. Is Adam really who he says he is? What are his real intentions? Can a buccaneer such as Kidd trust anyone for very long?


Although woefully inaccurate in terms of history (there is a scene that includes the Tower Bridge, roughly 200 years before it would have been built!), “Captain Kidd” is well-regarded for strong performances from a deep and terrific cast, notably Laughton, who “binds the entire affair with his bravura villainy,” according to Turner Classic Movies. The legendary New York Times critic Bosley Crowther wrote, “‘Captain Kidd’ is strictly Charles Laughton’s vehicle; the rest of the crew are merely along for the ride.” The film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Score. Ahoy, Mateys! Get ready for a rollicking adventure. Grab your popcorn and join LRPA after dark – or walk the plank!


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.



Saddleback Mountain Lions have been busy testing eyes of preschoolers at the Center School in Northwood. On the day after Mothers’ Day, Lions Bill Lounsbury and Dave Linden using high tech equipment tested 12 students. We would like to extend a special thank you to Teacher, Karen Anderson for assisting.



During the 2015-2016 school year, students from the Northwood Elementary School & Oyster River Middle School were given the opportunity to participate in a Lions International Peace Poster competition which was being held in over 200 countries around the world. Saddleback Mtn. Lion, Bill Lounsbury presented awards to each of the students who won in their schools.



Letter To The Editor

More Less What


Did you know that fire fighting used to be a for-profit enterprise? If your house caught fire, a bucket brigade would - sometimes - arrive and bargain with you to agree on a price to fight the fire. Not a very satisfactory situation, and in 1736, Benjamin Franklin formed the Union Fire Company in Philadelphia, a mutual-aid, volunteer model.


Remarkably, the United States did not have government-run fire departments until the middle of the next century. Wikipedia says, “on April 1 of 1853, Cincinnati OH became the first professional fire department by being made up of 100% full-time, paid employees.”


I recount this history because our current Senator John Reagan was employed by the City of Baltimore Fire Department for 30 years, retiring, I assume, with a generous pension. And I assume, therefore, that fire fighting is one area where he does not want “less government,” as he called for in his campaign announcement.


On the other hand, looking at his votes in the last legislative session, one can see his ideology at work. For example, he voted – with seven of his Republican colleagues –to end the expansion of Medicaid, and thereby uninsure 40,000 people who had signed up in the previous two years.


One can only imagine the suffering this would have caused those who were in the middle of chemotherapy, only to see their treatment end. One can only speculate about how much these newly uninsured individuals would have cost to treat – often in emergency rooms, where costs are greatest.


As the election approaches, think about NOT sending John Reagan back to Concord. While government support for fire fighting might be safe, Medicaid expansion may not be. And with it will go the support it offers for drug treatment.


Tom Chase







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