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Northwood NH News

August 3, 2016

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Letter To The Editor


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 fair.


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 March.


Tim Jandebeur




This 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 Mae Clarke.


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 Restoration

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 Capital Campaign.


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 $200,000.


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 for more information.






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