To the Editor,
It’s time for the adults to step
forward again. Six years ago the student count had dropped to
the point that class sizes were ridiculously low. The taxpayers
reduced the school budget and the school board had to reduce
teachers. The loss of students has continued.
Preliminary numbers show that 26
kindergarteners are coming in and 59 8th graders are going to
Coe-Brown. It had been years since we reduced teachers, however
the student count has gone down by at least 60. That is not
When we had over 500 students we could
maybe justify two guidance counselors. One just quit, creating a
perfect opportunity to reduce a position without angst. We do
not need two, at all. Our vice principal quit. Again, state
standard say that a school with lower than 500 students does not
need a vice principal. We are going to be way under 400 when
school starts. We have at least 3 teachers too many.
You have filled the board with members
who have kids in the system. Clearly every time they vote it is
a conflict of interest. They want to add positions, not reduce.
As I said, It is time for the adults to step in and say “no” in
Weekend’s LRPA After Dark Feature: 1936’s “Great Guy”
Join Lakes Region Public Access
Television at 10:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday night (August
5 & 6) for our “LRPA After Dark” presentation of 1936’s
seldom-seen crime drama “Great Guy,” starring James Cagney and
The plot for “Great Guy” is fairly
straightforward. Retired prizefighter Johnny Cave (Cagney),
engaged to his girlfriend Janet Henry (Clarke) and trying to
make a decent living, accepts the position of Deputy Chief in
the New York City Bureau of Weights and Measures. Soon enough,
he discovers that his department is filled with corruption,
deceptive business practices and lies, all of which are cheating
hard-working families struggling through the final years of the
Great Depression. Cave takes on the dishonest bureaucrats and
businessmen, rebuffing threats and bribes, and getting into more
than his share of physical altercations. His career, his life
with Janet, and his future are all under attack, but what can an
ex-boxer and all-around “great guy” do, except to fight for what
he believes is right?
“Great Guy” was Cagney’s first film at
Grand National Pictures, one of the so-called “Poverty Row”
Hollywood studios that specialized in low budget B-movies.
Cagney had been out of the spotlight for more than a year due to
litigation over his walkout at Warner Bros. He was sick of being
typecast as the “tough guy” and wanted more control over the
types of roles he was being offered. The production values on
“Great Guy” are decidedly low, especially by comparison to the
movies that Cagney had made up until that time, but the
storyline is solid and entertaining, and the performances,
particularly those from the two leads and the many supporting
actors, are solid. The viewer will realty feel the influence of
the Great Depression on this film: the average American was
feeling the economic pinch, and our hero fought for their
everyday struggles. If you’re a Cagney lover, then “Great Guy”
is for you. It showcases the actor’s unique charisma and his
reflection of American integrity, doing what’s right, even if
the costs are high. It has been described by some film devotees
as the “most off-beat film noir that you’ll ever see.” How can
you resist? So grab your popcorn and meet us after dark for this
rare gem of a film.
Guest Preacher To Visit Northwood Congregationqal Church
On Sunday, August 7 at 9 am the Northwood Congregational Church
is pleased to welcome Joy Paulson as their guest preacher.
Ms. Paulson will also be sharing on Wednesday, August 10 at 7
pm. The community is welcome to join us for either of
these events to hear about Ms. Paulson’s experiences in sharing
Christianity in Asia.
Like many New Englanders, Joy attended
church as a child. However, it was only towards the end of her
college study that she allowed Jesus to be her lord and master.
Since that time, she has managed a Christian bookstore in New
York City, worked as an engineer in Boston, Bangkok and Hong
Kong and served in China. In each setting, she has sought to be
a light in the darkness. That’s included living in less safe
neighborhoods in New York City and Boston, and introducing urban
kids to Jesus. While in Asia, she has had opportunities to talk
about Jesus with Buddhist monks in Thailand and Chinese
government officials. For her, following Jesus has increasing
been about a daily relationship with the Giver of Life and less
about what she does for Him.
Northwood Congregational Church, UCC Celebrates Their
Pictured here are Arron Sturgis from Preservation Timber
Framing, Jenna Lapachinski from LCHIP, and Chris and Peggy
Kofer, the leaders of the Northwood Congregational Church
Thanks to all who made The Northwood
Congregational Church Strawberry Festival and Building
Dedication weekend a huge success.
On Saturday, June 25, we held our annual Strawberry
Festival. The dedicated members of the church worked hard to
serve the community breakfast, lunch, and of course, strawberry
shortcakes and other baked goods.
Many community members toured the
church during the festival so that members and friends of the
church could see all of the nearly complete restoration.
Visitors enjoyed several displays, including historical pictures
and artifacts, the church programs that are offered, and the
missions and community work that we do. The atmosphere was
welcoming and fun!
The Northwood Congregational Church,
UCC mission statement begins with the sentence: Our mission is
to be followers of Christ who are committed to building a
welcoming and loving community so that we may serve others. The
beautiful building is looking more and more welcoming every day,
and we wish to thank everyone who has contributed toward the
preservation and care of this building through donations of
time, talent, or both.
The detailed work on our historical
building was completed by Preservation Timber Framing of
Berwick, Maine. Of course, we could not have done all of this
work without the help of the Land and Community Heritage
Investment Program (LCHP), through their very generous grant of
During the church service on June 26,
the UCC Conference minister, Rev Gary M. Schulte, and our new
interim minister, Rev Teri Motley, presided over the building
dedication and prayers. After the church service, there was a
celebration with cake, coffee and lemonade.
Successful Shave-Off Benefits Children’s Cancer Research
From left: Cheryl Higgins, Heather Garrow, Charles
Pease, Joan Leffel and Sheila Holmes
Charles & Judy Pease were pleased to work with Cooper Hill
Pizzeria in Northwood, NH, the hosts of the 4th Annual St.
Baldrick’s Foundation shave-off for a cure for childhood cancer,
putting on another successful event earlier this year.
Twenty-four people, made up of men, women and children,
collected money and shaved their heads (and some of the
gentlemen shaved their beards and mustaches as well), raising
$4,357.00 Several businesses and friends also donated
items that were used to raise even more money. The final
tally of money raised this year was $6,305.00! A huge
thank you goes out to those who put so much time and effort into
this event. They are all the employees at Cooper Hill Pizzeria,
Sheila Holmes from Halo’s, Cheryl Higgins from Cheryl’s Haircuts
and Heather Garrow from The Salon, Amy Twombly, Joyce Colby,
Sharon Olsson and Ron Jock. Donations were received
from N.H. Distributors, Walmart, DB Imagine Inc., Hannafords,
Northwood Garage, Chuck’s Alignment, Northwood Country Market,
Heritage True Value Hardware, J & B Auto, Tough Tymes Grill and
Pub, Ma’s an Mine Tavern and Family Restaurant, Johnsons Seafood
& Steak, NH Fisher Cats, NH Motor Speedway, Manchester Monarchs,
Nippo Lake Golf Club, Rochester Country Club, M.D. Tasker, D. L.
Docko & Son and Northwood Oil. A hand-knit sweater was
donated by one of the shavees and several “anonymous” donations
were received as well. Look for news of the 5th annual
event coming in March of 2017, and consider joining in the fun
for this wonderful cause. Go the
www.stbaldricks.org for more information.