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Northwood NH News

August 10, 2016

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Letter To The Editor

A Job Well Done


The 2016 Bean Hole Bash is history, and I’m writing to express my appreciation for all of those who made it happen. Strung out along the First NH Turnpike as we are, we have to work to overcome the geography that separates us, and this annual event, now revived, helps to build a sense of community.


Unfortunately, our politics seem to push us apart, as was evident by the Democratic and Republican booths competing for attention on Saturday afternoon. However, given the general level of disinterest in both, they didn’t seem to be too much of a distraction. After all, the conventional wisdom is that folks don’t begin to pay attention until after Labor Day.


However, the on-going antics of the Republican nominee seem to be calling that into question.


Just how divisive he is was evidenced by the absence of a single TRUMP sign at the Republican booth. That’s probably a wise move because a WMUR/UNH poll released today (8/4) shows him trailing the Democratic candidate in New Hampshire by 17(!) points. The same poll shows Governor Hassan leading by 10 points – 50% to 40%.


What WAS hung in the Republican booth was a large banner asserting that Northwood Votes Republican. I find that ludicrous. In fact, up to now, we are very evenly split. In 2012, Obama beat Romney 1,198 – 1,189. In 2014, Jeanne Shaheen beat Scott Brown, 866 – 842. More significantly, townspeople voted Tim Jandebeur off the Board of Selectmen last March.


We have a chance to continue the move to better representation this November by voting for Mike Smith as our State Representative. Last Saturday, Mike wasn’t “politicking,” as some were doing. He was working on shucking corn for the dinner. He was pitching in to help, as he has done in many ways. His opponent showed up for the food.


Tom Chase




1000 Books Before Kindergarten


It’s time to celebrate the first year of Northwood’s “1000 Books Before Kindergarten” program!  The club is co-sponsored by the Chesley Memorial Library and Northwood School.  There will be a special event at the Northwood School Library on Thursday, August 18, at 6:00 p.m. to congratulate participants who met their “1000 Books” goal and to recognize all participants entering kindergarten this fall. 


New participants are welcome to register at any time so why not give your child the tools to become a successful reader? The program is open to any child from birth to the start of kindergarten.  Reading aloud to children at birth strengthens their language skills and builds their vocabulary – two important tools for learning to read when they enter kindergarten.  Stop by the Chesley Memorial Library to register your child, learn more about the program, and receive a free canvas book bag for registering.


Liam Cooper was our first “1000 Book Reader” but not the last! Miles Winslow, Evelyn Seavey, and Norah Seavey are all “1000 Book Readers” and we hope to add more names soon. Congratulations to all of them! We recognize the readers on the sign outside the library when they reach their goal and post their names on the “1000 Books” wall display in the library’s youth room.  We are looking forward to more names joining them soon!



Letter To The Editor


I was saddened to read Mr. Jandebeur’s recent letter to this paper, where he implied that those members of our community who have kids in our schools are not “adults” and ought not be eligible to make decisions regarding our town’s school.  I find this attitude needlessly dividing and would much prefer to see a strong community in town where all voices are heard and encouraged to get involved in aspects of town business and leadership, without prejudice towards age, race, religion, income, or marital/family status.


We live in a small community and it behooves us to work together with our friends and neighbors to improve the community, educate our town’s children, and be financially responsible with taxpayers’ dollars.  The strategy of dividing the town and setting families and community members against each other is not constructive nor would it ultimately improve any of the town’s functioning.  However by working together I believe we can succeed at creating a town, school, and community that we ALL can be proud of.


The school board is very aware of the current trend of declining enrollment, and is certainly taking this into account when planning future budgets. However rather than reacting brashly and slashing away wildly at staffing or programs, we’d to like work together with the administration and community to find an intelligent approach towards getting us to where we need to be in the coming years.  To that end we’ve begun the process of creating a 5-Year Strategic Plan and hope to pull in community members from across the spectrum in helping us craft this plan and tailor it for our town.  Please keep an eye out for this in the future and plan on getting involved, as your opinions are both welcome and crucial.


With kind regards,

Keith McGuigan, Chairman Northwood School Board



Letter To The Editor


In a recent letter, Tim Jandebeur claims that school board members with kids in the system are subject to a conflict of interest.  I don’t see it.  Their interest as parents is in getting an excellent education for their kids.


Isn’t that also their interest as school board members? Isn’t giving our kids an excellent education in the interest of the whole community?  Where’s the conflict?  Is it supposed to be a conflict with the tax payers?  But parents with kids in our schools are also tax payers.  Does Jandebur think that the interest every citizen has in keeping taxes as low as possible, consistent with accomplishing the jobs of the school and town, necessarily conflicts with the community’s interest in educating our children properly?


Every town has interests both in keeping taxes low and in educating its children well, and they may not easily be reconciled.  But no one here is properly subjected to a charge of conflict of interest.  Jandebeur’s charge is an illegitimate attempt to claim the moral high ground in order to mask a narrowly selfish motive.


Willem A. deVries




This Weekend’s LRPA After Dark Feature:

1932’S “Rain”


Join Lakes Region Public Access Television at 10:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday night (August 12 & 13) for our “LRPA After Dark” presentation of 1932’s melodrama “Rain,” starring Joan Crawford and Walter Huston.


“Rain” opens in idyllic Pago Pago, located on the Pacific island of Tutuila. Life goes on there as it always has. One day, a boat arrives with various passengers, including the puritanical and moralistic missionaries Alfred and Martha Davidson (Huston and Beulah Bondi), as well as Sadie Thompson (Crawford), a “woman of ill repute” who has traveled from Honolulu looking for adventure and good times. A suspected cholera outbreak forces the passengers to remain quarantined ashore. There’s only one cramped hotel on Pago Pago, so all of the ship’s passengers must stay there together. One of the shipmates introduces Sadie to some Marines stationed on the island, and they welcome her with open arms. Sadie has brought along her Victrola and plays jazz day and night, dancing and carrying on with the Marines, one in particular who begins to fall in love with her. The nonstop festivities are more than the Davidsons can stand. Alfred intervenes, attempting to convert Sadie and save her mortal soul from eternal damnation. At first, he is unsuccessful, and conflict ensues. Will Sadie change her wicked ways? And what happens to the lives of those around her if she does?


“Rain” was both a critical and box office flop in its day. Crawford took the role hoping that it would prove her acting skills, but It seemed that no one wanted to see her cast against type. At that early point in her career, Crawford played women who were honest, virtuous and hardworking.  She herself later wrote about this role, “I hope they burn every print that’s in existence!” But eight decades later, critics and fans agree that the film and its performances are quite powerful, particularly for their time. “Rain” was an adaptation of a play by W. Somerset Maugham. It was first performed by in London and then later on Broadway and created quite the scandal in its day. The story was made into two other films: 1928’s silent “Sadie Thompson,” with Gloria Swanson and Lionel Barrymore, and 1953’s highly sanitized “Miss Sadie Thompson,” with Rita Hayworth and José Ferrer. The 1932 version is the closest to Maugham’s play, and the one that was made during that brief period of time known as Hollywood’s “Pre-Code” years, between 1929 (the advent of talking pictures) and 1934 (the strict enforcement of the Motion Picture Production Code). “Rain” has a frank sensuality that is lacking in the other adaptations, and portrays Sadie Thompson as exactly what she was: a prostitute with an unsavory past. So is “Rain” a gem or a flop? You be the judge! Grab your popcorn and meet us after dark for this tropical Pre-Code drama.



Coe-Brown Northwood Academy Girls Basketball Team Car Wash CoeBrown Girls Basketball team will be holding a car wash on Saturday, August 13th at the Northwood Garage from 9:00 to 12:00.  Have your car cleaned for a great cause! There will also be baked goods available for the hungry traveler.  Weather permitting.



Else Cilley Chapter Press Release


The Else Cilley Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution met in July at their chapter-owned and maintained historic building, the Nottingham Square Schoolhouse.  Regent Fernald spoke about the process for becoming a United States citizen, citing information from the US Citizen and Immigration Services website.  She “quizzed” the membership using questions from the actual test.  It was a group effort, but the members passed.  It was a fun and informative program.


During the meeting, members discussed ways to support the National theme of Moving Forward in Service to America.  Information about the DAR American History, Junior American Citizens, and Community Service contests and awards was provided to members, who will encourage participation in these outreach programs.  Members unanimously approved a motion of support for First Responders throughout the country.


The next meeting will be held on Thursday, August 18, beginning with refreshments at 1:30.  Regent Katherine Fernald will present a program on Interesting Women in New England History.  Meetings are open to the public.  For more information, visit our website.






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