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August 17, 2016

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This Weekend’s LRPA After Dark Feature:

1956’s “Please Murder Me!”


Join Lakes Region Public Access Television at 10:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday night (August 19 & 20) for our “LRPA After Dark” presentation of 1956’s crime drama “Please Murder Me!” starring Angela Lansbury and Raymond Burr.


Told in flashback, “Please Murder Me!” is the story of a deadly love triangle involving attorney Craig Carlson (Burr), who’s fallen hard for Myra Leeds (Lansbury), the wife of Joe (played by character actor Dick Foran), Craig’s close friend and WWII buddy. Craig owes Joe his life and so is tormented by his feelings for Myra. Joe tells Craig in confidence that he suspects Myra of having an affair. It’s too much for Craig to bear, so he confesses to Joe that he’s “the other man.” Surprisingly, Joe isn’t angry – he asks Craig for a few days to think things over. Craig is mystified by Joe’s behavior. When he asks Myra about it, she advises him to do nothing until Joe responds. A few nights later, Myrna shoots Joe, claiming self-defense. Craig, while shocked by his friend’s alleged behavior, agrees to serve as Myra’s attorney. He defends her superbly, even putting his own reputation on the line, anticipating a happy and peaceful life after the conclusion of the trial.  But there is more, it seems, to Myra than meets the eye.


“Please Murder Me!” is one of the least-known entries in the film noir genre. While it certainly is a small, low budget thriller, it is a thriller nonetheless, and features some wonderful plot twists wrapped up in a bracing 78-minute film. Angela Lansbury is terrific here, playing, as she often did early in her career, the heartless femme fatale. Classic television fans will likely recognize minor character actors including Dick Foran as the cuckolded husband and Denver Pyle (best known for shows such as “The Dukes of Hazard” and “The Doris Day Show”) as a police lieutenant. But the standout is Raymond Burr, who ironically, up until that point in his career, usually played the bad guy (who can forget him as the ruthless killer in Hitchcock’s “Rear Window”?). Burr’s intelligent and earnest lawyer, who is more than slightly unhinged by the film’s end, was likely the model for his biggest, career-defining role -- that of TV lawyer Perry Mason. “Please Murder Me!” deserves to be better known by film fans everywhere. So grab your popcorn and meet us after dark for this seldom-seen thriller from the past.



Letter To The Editor


To the Editor,


A lot of thank yous, well deserved.


*Thanks to all of you that donated “junk” to the Bean Hole Bash auction. We sold almost all of it. Great fun was had by all of us who participated, money was made that will stay here in Northwood and some very good sports put up with me.


*Thank you to the Congregational Church for their community service in allowing part of the Bash to be on their property. You really made it easy for the committee.


*Thank you to Coe-Brown, also, for letting us use their grounds. Its really nice to always be able to count on you.


*A very special thanks to DR Dimes. Your furniture is exquisite and your yearly donation is over the top.


*It wouldn’t have come off without the cooks, Crankpullers, fire department, and the yearlong hard work from the Bean Hole Bash Committee. Thank you one and all.


*And while I’m at it, thanks to all of you for the calls and emails concerning my last letter. My role on the Northwood School Board has been clearly defined. I absolutely believe in transparency in government. As you can see they hate the concept. I will not go along to get along.


For far longer than I’ve lived in this town, you have been paying for a Maserati but getting a Yugo. I will try to show you where every misspent dollar goes. 40% more of your taxes go to the school than the average NH town, yet we are well below the average town in educating our students. Enough.


Tim Jandebeur




Letter To The Editor

Mike Smith for State Representative


My name is Mike Smith. I am running for state representative in Northwood, Rockingham District 1.


My wife and I moved here 5 years ago.  We are both retired,  so we have time to devote to volunteering.  Betty holds 3 elected positions in Northwood. I am on the Bean Hole Bash committee, a driver for ready rides, a Northwood Food Pantry volunteer, a trustee at the Northwood Congregational Church, chairman of the Northwood Democrats committee.  I served our country for 20 years in the U.S. Navy, worked in management of three privately owned companies, before taking the position of Airport Maintenance Supervisor at the Portland International Jetport.


Since I moved to Northwood,  I have noticed that the legislature is split party-wise. The operating system used is , “Us against them.” This is wrong! I propose and will work for a bipartisan method of working through the problems at hand. We need to talk to each other, not at each other, reach across the aisle, find the common ground and make it work. I want a chance to work for you, and facilitate  the smooth and functional operation  of our legislature.


I can be reached at Mike Smith, P. O. Box 14, Northwood, N. H. 03261,  or [email protected]



Harvey Lake Watershed Association To Meet


A membership meeting of the Harvey Lake Watershed Association is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, at 6:30 p.m., at the Northwood Town Hall, Route 4, Northwood.


The association is a small group of volunteers consisting of lake residents who were formed 13 years ago to protect the watershed of Harvey Lake, which consists of the 116-acre lake behind Coe-Brown Academy and the immediate area of the lake.


The association sponsors the annual Lake Host program for Harvey Lake through the N.H. Lakes Association and conducts water testing through the state’s Volunteer Lake Assessment Program. Volunteers also conduct an organized weed watching program to be on the lookout for invasive aquatic plants.


The annual meeting will be to hear reports and organize the association’s activities during the upcoming year.


All members and those interested in the continued vitality of the lake are welcome and urged to attend. For more information, contact HLWA President Bob Charest at 892-3488 or by email at [email protected].



Letter To The Editor

Silly Slogans


In spite of the drought, the political yard signs are beginning to sprout up in yards. John Reagan is once again a “tax fighter.” Jim Adams again wants to “stop the spending,” which I think is, technically, unconstitutional – and it didn’t keep Executive Counselor Chris Pappas from winning last time.


I have inveighed against this silliness before, so let’s address the “less regulation” mantra of the Republicans – from the Trumpster on down.


I read in last week’s Monitor that 3 children had fallen 40 feet to the ground from a Ferris wheel in Tennessee. It turns out that “after a 2014 audit found shortcomings in Tennessee’s regulatory program for rides at fairs and amusement parks, state officials decided to get out of the inspection business altogether… Funding for the Amusement Device Unit … was denied.”


In the same edition, reporting continued about a 10-year-old boy who had been killed riding the world’s tallest waterside in Kansas City.


Seems that the Velcro shoulder straps often fell off. The fact that the boy is the son of a Republican state representative adds irony to tragedy.


Maybe more regulation wouldn’t have helped in these specific instances.


It didn’t help a maintenance worker who was sucked into a meat-processing machine. NPR reported that regulations required that the machine should have had a safety screen. But OHSA only has enough inspectors to visit the plants they have to inspect ONCE every 100 years.


So if you learn that a candidate wants “less regulation,” ask for more specifics. And don’t vote for them if they can’t – or won’t – give them. And as Sergeant Phil Esterhaus said, “Hey, let’s be careful out there.”


Tom Chase




Letter To The Editor

Police Night Out


I enjoyed attending the Northwood Police Department’s National Night Out program at Coe-Brown August 2nd. It was an opportunity to express appreciation to the police for their courage in taking on such a difficult job in an ever more dangerous country.

In these perilous times it’s important to show our support for those who put their lives on the line to defend us. Recent events in Dallas, New Orleans, and elsewhere, where police have been targeted by criminals and terrorists, show how risky their profession is. Meanwhile, the NY Times reports an overall “sharp spike in homicide rates in more than 20 cities.”


Further pressure on local police departments comes from the Justice Department which is increasingly attempting to manage town and city police.  Just as in housing, land use, and education, we’re seeing growing encroachments by the Federal Government in police matters.


This policy has received praise from the United Nations Human Rights Council, which reported, “The Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice has provided oversight and recommendations for improvement of police services in a number of cities with consent decrees. This is one of the most effective ways to reduce discrimination in law enforcement and it needs to be beefed up and increased to cover as many of the 18,000-plus local law enforcement jurisdictions.”[sic] Consent decrees usually follow the threat of litigation.  The town or city is then forced to agree to Federal supervision to avoid years of  expensive court costs. Another government tool is the threat to withhold Federal grants. So here, too, local control is diminishing.


As a result of all this, the police officer often has the Justice Department as an additional, and all-powerful, supervisor.


Thank your local police officers. Their  job is getting tougher and tougher.


Michael Faiella






Dear Northwood Friends and Neighbors:

Well, the “Bean Hole Bash” has come and gone. It was a great success. On behalf of Greg Bane, committee president, myself, and the rest of the committee, we want to thank all those who unselfishly gave time and effort to make the event a resounding success. There were so many who made the event work that I can’t name without missing some. But the “Bash” went well and we thank you very much.


Last year some of the profits went to purchase a safety vest for “Thor” Northwood’s police dog. This year we are going to purchase a cardiac difibrillator (AED), for the Chesley Library, in Northwood. Our goal it to pass it back to the town.


So, on behalf of Greg and myself and the rest of the committee I want to thank you all for a job well done. We look forward to doing it again next year. Keep July 28th and 29th, 2017 open for the 5th annual “Bean Hole Bash”.


Mike Smith

Committee Vice President






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