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August 31, 2016

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It isn’t too late to sign your little one up for preschool! The Center School Parent Cooperative Preschool in Northwood still has openings for this fall. First day of classes is September 7th. Call 942-7686 or go to for more information.





Northwood CrankPullers Annual Snowmobile WaterCross The Northwood CrankPullers Snowmobile Club is hosting its annual Snowmobile WaterCross event at Lake Shore Farm in Northwood, N.H on Sunday, September 11, 2016!


Gates open at 7am, registration 7-9am and the water crossing will start at 10am.



2016 Annual Northwood Trunk or Treat!

All ages are welcome.

Saturday, October 29, 4:30pm - 7:00pm

Route 4 Soccer Fields

Northwood, NH 03261



Harvey Lake Women’s Club News


The next meeting of the HLWC will be held at Joann Bailey’s on Tues., September 6th at 12:00 noon. Please bring a bag lunch. Drinks and desserts will be provided by Marie Bapple & Elaine Covey. This is the meeting where we hold our annual baby shower for Concord Hospital. New or gently used layette items and new baby supplies are appropriate.


It was voted at the July meeting to support monthly as our good neighbor program, “Stop 68 hours of hunger”. For more information call Betty Smith @ 942-6272, or Lucy Silva @ 942-9848. This will be our new monthly commitment, in lieu of the Food Pantry.


We received thank you’s from our Book Scholarship recipients, and from two comfort pillow recipients. 


Please keep Alice Gilchrist, Ruth Bencal, and Pat Moore in our prayer after their recent surgeries.    



CBNA To Host Run To Fall 5K


The Run to Fall 5k has been an annual community event for 15 years where runners and walkers come together to race on Coe-Brown Northwood Academy’s own cross country course. This year’s run will take place on Sunday, September 11 at 10 am at the CBNA track in Northwood.  Events for the day include a 2.5k walk, a 5k run and a 400 meter kids run, as well as “fun spots” throughout the course which encourage participation. Come support CBNA’s cross country team and sign up today! The first 125 entrants will receive free Nike shirts! Preregistration is $17. Sign up at Registration on the morning of the race between 8-9:45 am is $20. If you have any questions or need more information, please feel free to e-mail Tanner Richards or Allison Pratt at [email protected].



Letter To The Editor


To the Editor,


1. The #s used here are from the results of the Common Core tests done in the 15/16 year. The SAU has had them for some time, I had to ask to get them. Another town’s school board found out from a lawyer that they are public knowledge and therefore they had a right to them.


2. The overall scores show a slight improvement in ELA, English, language and arts. Math, despite all of the effort, fell one point overall. In short, while last year’s board whistled Dixie and this year’s played the fiddle (Nero/burning/Rome), the only principal in the last three who had a positive impact was chased out of town directly influencing the resigning of the best vice-principal in a long time, not to mention the loss of the best teacher in Northwood, in my opinion.


So, in ELA the lower grades are well above the state average. By 5th they are way behind. In math it’s really sad. Only 30% of 3rd graders are proficient or better. 7 out of ten are not. Nottingham number is 72%. In 5th grade only 32%. Our best is 8th grade at 52%. Thank goodness for Coe-Brown. You parents are fighting for the wrong thing.


Remember, the worst teacher (you can see we have them) gets the same pay increase as the best, and we have them. A crappy education won’t change until that does.


I believe the superintendent should drive curriculum, he is charged with student achievement. However, he says that he hasn’t the time (yes I have witnesses). Defensively, do we need a curriculum director? We just passed up a wonderful opportunity to achieve that goal.


I want you to know!

Tim Jandebeur




This Weekend’s LRPA After Dark Feature 1953’s “The Hitch-Hiker”


LACONIA—Join Lakes Region Public Access Television at 10:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday night (September 2 & 3) for our “LRPA After Dark” presentation of 1953’s gritty crime thriller “The Hitch-Hiker,” starring Edmond O’Brien, Frank Lovejoy, and William Talman.


“The Hitch-Hiker” was inspired by the events of real-life serial killer Billy Cook, a psychopath who murdered six people on a 22-day killing spree in the early 1950s. The film was directed by Ida Lupino, a well-known actress who went on to a successful career as a director at a time in Hollywood when female directors were very scarce. In fact, Lupino was the only female member of the Director’s Guild from the late 1940s through the early 1950s and is still considered one of Hollywood’s most prolific female directors. “The Hitch-Hiker” earned Lupino and her cast strong reviews and was a box-office success. It went on to be one of 25 films selected in 1998 for preservation by the National Film Registry. In his review of “The Hitch-Hiker,” noted critic Leonard Maltin said: “Well-made suspense yarn about two men on a hunting trip whose car is commandeered by a murderous fugitive. Good performances, especially by a venal Talman in the title role.” What more does a movie-lover need? So grab your popcorn and join LRPA after dark for this crime drama from the past.



Letter To The Editor


As a member of the Northwood School Board for the past six months, I have seen and heard good things and bad about Northwood School.  It’s unfortunate that I’ve seen the Administration, School Board, and teachers denigrated in print and on social media – not only by parents and residents, but by each other.  This accomplishes nothing.


We do not always agree on every issue.  We simply have different ideas about what is best for our school’s students.   


In the last six months, I have voted to begin standardizing our Math and Reading programs, to rework our budget to bring back a 2/5 Curriculum Director, to outsource the school lunch program to improve our students’ nutritional choices, and to spend $35,000 on computer technology for additional grades.  I also sat on a committee to hire our new Principal and wrote (and received) a $200,000 grant to bring the school a coordinator and 20 tutors. 


I am hard pressed to find an “anti-education” agenda in my past or recent history, and I am certain that our administrators, teachers, and other Board members can give examples of their own dedication to the improvement of education. 


In the past year, Northwood School took steps to standardize its curriculum, began regular meetings to improve the working relationship between the School and Town, ramped up its RTI program with impressive preliminary results, started a formal schoolwide leadership team, and saw the first improvement in testing scores in several years.  Being responsible for the education of our Town’s children is difficult, and we should respect those who give their time and their hearts to the process.  We are making progress, and I hope that will continue as we start this school year.  I also hope, however, that we can do so in a supportive and respectful environment.


Bree Gunter




McGee - Severance

Lindsay McGee of Concord and Scott Severance of Northwood announce their engagement.


McGee, daughter of Tracey Horner of Concord and Matthew McGee of Bedford, graduated from Keene State College in 2011 with a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and Psychology. She is currently enrolled at NHTI to receive her special education certification. She works full time as a 1:1 Educational Assistant for students with Autism at Abbot-Downing School in Concord. She is also the Instructional Coordinator part-time at Sylvan Learning Center in Bedford.


Severance, son of Marcia and Brian Severance of Northwood, graduated from NHTI in 2003 with an Associates Degree in Paramedic Emergency Medicine. He is currently enrolled at American Public University for his Bachelors Degree in Emergency and Disaster Management. He works full time as a Paramedic at Northwood Fire-Rescue. Their wedding date is set for August 12, 2017.



Letter To The Editor


To the editor,

Harriet Cady is a candidate for the office of State Representative serving Rockingham District #32 that includes Candia, Deerfield, Northwood and Nottingham.


Political corruption has permeated New Hampshire local cities, municipalities and school districts. Harriet understands that unresolved matters affecting citizens in Rockingham District #32 share commonality with other N.H. Districts. The remedies are engrained in the N.H. Constitution and N.H. RSA Laws.


All municipal and school district elected officials are public servants, agents answerable to the public. Right to know laws that protect the rights of the citizens are under constant attack. Whether elected officials are ignorant to or just dismissive of the rights of the electorate, the citizens are at a disadvantage while local school and municipal governments have the luxury of taxpayer funded law firms. 


Harriet has a degree in Public Administration and extensive experience serving on numerous local boards, committees and as a Town Administrator providing her with a hands on know-how of the inner workings of local government. Harriet has amassed an arsenal of knowledge gathered through her Right to know (RTK) championing.


Harriet is no stranger to Concord. She has assisted many committees and served in the legislature from 2002-2006. She is ready to serve on day one.


She would be a formidable force for the people of Candia, Deerfield, Northwood and Nottingham.


Jim Berlo & Jim Johnson Brentwood District #33



Letter To The Editor


On September 13th, Northwood, Nottingham, Deerfield and Candia, have the privilege and opportunity to cast their vote for our district’s State Representative in the Republican Primary.


Without hesitation, I will be supporting a dedicated woman who has worked very hard to serve our community since being in office. Yvonne Dean-Bailey, having resided in Northwood for 16 years, has experience and enthusiasm to continue representing us.  She is a strong supporter of the second amendment, is fiscally conservative, and advocates for the tax payer. Yvonne supports school choice rather than forcing common core. Her record is one of diligence and integrity. Yvonne on a personal level, if you have not had the pleasure of meeting her, has a contagious smile, and speaks with sincerity. She knows how to listen, and when to speak.  An anonymous quote reads  “Speak in such a way that others love to listen to you. Listen in such a way that others love to speak to you.” I encourage you to come out to the polls September 13th to join me in supporting Republican Yvonne Dean-Bailey.


Taryn Bassett




Letter To The Editor

Primary Choices


Harriet Cady signs popped up last week like mushrooms after a spring  rain, so now we have a real race in the Republican primary for Rockingham District 32 – Northwood, Deerfield, Candia and Nottingham.


The candidates couldn’t be more different: a septuagenarian real estate agent with a long history of activism – some would say, causing trouble – in civic life and a 20-something who lives with her mother, hasn’t finished college, doesn’t have a real job, has never paid property taxes – and wants to “represent NH.”


A letter in the Monitor points to Harriet’s “arsenal of knowledge gathered through her right-to-know championing” and notes her service as a town administrator. She served in Northwood in that role for 1 year, 1 month, and, I’m told by a neighbor, overspent the legal fees line item in that short time with her antics. FYI, the letter writers live in Brentwood!


Yvonne D-B, meanwhile is supported in a letter to The Suncook Sun by “tax-fighter” John Reagan, who points to her voting record that “shows her conservative appreciation for the taxpayers.” Not so for the taxpayers of Candia and Deerfield, whose full-day kindergarten programs will continue to receive HALF the state support they deserve thanks, in part, to YDB’s “no” vote. Down-shifting costs to towns is not a value that represents me.


Republican voters in Rockingham District 1 – Northwood are spared making such a difficult choice in the primary. Former failed candidate Brian J. Stone – another 20-something – is running unopposed because, after registering to run, Joe McCaffrey was discovered to be “Undeclared” and ineligible to run as a Republican. As Rick Perry might say, “Ooops!”


Not to worry, voters. In November, the Democrats will present two estimable candidates for your consideration: our own Mike Smith in District 1 and Nottingham’s Hal Rafter in District 32.


Tom Chase







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