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Northwood NH News

September 14, 2016

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The Suncook Valley Sno-Riders snowmobile club is holding it’s annual Fall Mum Sale Fundraiser!


When: Saturday Sept 17 & Sunday Sept 18 (9am - 3pm)


Where: EXIT Reward Realty’s field (Corner of Rte 28 & River Rd) in Pittsfield.


For more information see the club’s Facebook page:



Northwood Church To Host Concert

September 16


The Northwood Advent Christian Church will host a one of a kind concert with baritone Steven A. Small, tenor Andrew J. Plummer, soprano Abigail Small, baritone and trumpeter Donald W. Plummer, violinist  Kimberly Plummer and pianist/organist Kristjon Imperio. This rare opportunity to hear these incredibly talented musicians will be held Friday night September 16 at 7:00pm at the church, 113 School St in Northwood. Admission is free.


Most of these musicians are related but have never before performed together. Steven Small has been critically hailed as one of New Englands outstanding soloists. He enjoys a distinguished reputation in oratorio, opera and recital in New England and beyond. A lyric baritone, Small has been acclaimed for the beauty, elegance and flexibility of his voice.


Andrew Plummer is a graduate of Coe Brown Northwood Academy where he was a soloist with the choir and in several drama productions. He has sung with the Manchester Chorale where he also has been a soloist, and with the NH Master Chorale both under the direction of Dr. Dan Perkins of Plymouth State University. He is the son of Donald Plummer.


Abigail Small is a coloratura soprano and has sung with chamber choirs and as a soloist. She received her BS from Marist College where she minored in vocal performance. She is the daughter of Steven Small.


Kim Plummer started her violin studies at the age of 3 and studied with Ronald Lantz of the Portland String Quartet for many years. She performed with the Nh Philharmonic for several years before taking a hiatus to raise her 3 children. She is married to Andrew Plummer Kristjon Imperio performs extensively as a pianist, organist, and conductor throughout New England.  A highly sought after coach and instructor, Imperio has served as chamber ensemble clinician with the QX Summer Chamber Music Institute in Lancaster MA (2006 & 2007), piano clinician with the Northern New England Music Clinic in Freeport ME (2005-2014), choral clinician with the Atlantic Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Music Clinic in Hartford CT (2011 & 2014), and festival chorus director with Thayer Performing Arts Center in Lancaster MA (2015).


Donald Plummer has performed in 36 states and Canada as a vocalist and trumpeter. He currently performs with the Strafford Wind Symphony as principle trumpet and a featured vocal soloist. He recently performed at the Alton Bay Christian Conference Center to a standing ovation.


All of these musicians while talented in their own right have never before performed together. And all are related except Kristjon they are very excited to share together in this performance. The concert will feature each soloing and a few duets and ensemble pieces. Also featured will be the rare Johnson pipe organ that Kristjon will play.



Letter To The Editor


To the Editor,

Facts need to be shared for a broader understanding of Northwood School’s assessment statistics.  NECAP existed from 2005-2014.  In 2005, 71% of Northwood students were proficient in ELA and 62% in math.  As years passed, proficiency in ELA climbed, twice reaching over 80% (83% in 2011-12 and 82% in 2012-13).  Math has climbed, fallen back, climbed, fallen back again, three times reaching over 70% proficiency (71% in 2008-09 and 2011-12, and 73% in 2012-13).  Gains, sometimes small ones, were made in EACH of the previous FOUR principals’ reigns at Northwood School (check the data, I did).  Most, if not all principals would deflect praise onto the teachers during those years.  Now in year 2, we have Smarter Balanced Assessment and schools can begin assessing scores year to year.  But, did our students go from 73% proficient to less than 50% proficient in math?  On two completely different assessments, yes.


There’s always work to be done in a school.  Developing curriculum, establishing a 5 year curriculum review cycle, determining overall program effectiveness and ongoing teacher training and SUPPORT are some areas.  Despite these needs, MY children haven’t received a “crappy” education and ME fighting for a second guidance counselor to remain on staff isn’t the “wrong thing” for MY children. 


Students aren’t statistics, rather living, breathing children who all have different needs.  Northwood School strives to meet all of these needs each day, despite the slap in the face received each week in The Sun letters to the editor.  Hope they know MOST of us care for all they do for our kids!


Oh, and educators leave our district for many reasons, just like in other districts - retirement, changing careers, advancing careers, relocation, and yes, being “run out of town.”  Then again, what would I know about that… Rich Hartford Northwood



This Weekend’s LRPA After Dark Feature:

1947’s “The Red House”


Join Lakes Region Public Access Television at 10:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday night (September 16 & 17) for our “LRPA After Dark” presentation of 1947’s psychological film noir “The Red House,” starring Edward G. Robinson, Judith Anderson, Allene Roberts and Lon McCallister.


“The Red House” introduces us to Pete Morgan (Robinson), a disabled farmer who lives on an isolated farm with his sister Ellen (Anderson) and Meg (Roberts), a teen that they adopted as an infant when her parents died. Pete is having trouble keeping up with the farm, so Meg’s classmate Nath Storm (McCallister) comes as a hired hand to help with the chores. Meg is delighted, as she has a crush on Nath, even though he has a girlfriend. The Morgan farm is surrounded by Ox Head Woods. Pete forbids the teens to enter the woods, and warns them of an abandoned building there known as The Red House. One night, Nath takes a shortcut through the woods, where someone knocks him out cold. As more strange events unfold, Nath and Meg become suspicious of Pete’s obsession with the woods and the Red House. They begin to ask questions and explore on their own, which fills Pete with unspeakable rage – and slowly drives him mad.  Meg and Nath feel that their lives may be in danger; what might have happened at The Red House to turn Pete into such a jealous, unstable person?


“The Red House” has all the makings of a film noir classic: great stars (Robinson and Anderson), along with fantastic performances from the supporting cast (including a young Rory Calhoun and a gorgeous Julie London); a cool plot with psychological surprises; creepy music that sets the film’s tone, etc. So why hasn’t it become a cinematic classic? Some reviewers think it’s because the pacing of the plot is a bit slow, while others feel that it’s because the subject matter was, for its time, distasteful. “The Red House” was well received by critics, who thought that Robinson’s performance was very strong. This truly is a film that is not shown very often, so grab your popcorn and meet us after dark for this rare cinematic gem.



Letter To The Editor


If my child were hit by a car, walking “a couple hundred feet” on a busy road, near a sharp intersection, I assure you that my last concern in that moment would be his/her proficiency in math. Mr. Jandebeur’s insinuation that parents don’t care about math proficiency is absurd. How can you compare a child’s safety to a test score?


What I find concerning is that Mr. Jandebeur will write to this paper stating “Having to walk a couple hundred feet to a bus stop is far more important than proficiency in math.” when he announced that he found parents’ concerns regarding bus routes to be “very reasonable” to their faces. Most readers don’t have time to dig into each of these issues to the degree parents, teachers, and board members do. Therefore, I urge you to take letters written by Mr. Jandebeur with a grain of salt. Please don’t assume parents, educators, and board members are as narrow-minded as he paints them to be.


Furthermore in regard to math proficiency – many are rallying to help Northwood’s children have an opportunity to improve math proficiency, in addition to literacy, social, and behavioral skills. Students need more TIME in the classroom to become successful life long learners. Adequate class time is NOT provided to our kindergarteners. It shows down the line when they can’t catch up to meet grade level standards. We’ve provided research, anecdotal experiences, and are handing the school board a specific tool to improve their success by advocating for Full Day Kindergarten.


Students NEED adequate time in the classroom. Students NEED safe transport to and from school. Such issues are disparate, and in no way relative matters. Readers, as voters, deserve the truth about tax paying citizens who are working to better this community.


Shirley Glennon




Letter To The Editor


In regard to Mr. Janderbeur’s letter on August 31st, which he concludes with “I want you to know!”, I would like to thank Mr. Janderbeur for a well-reasoned position with a minimum of hyperbole and rant. Mr. Janderbeur brings clear data and a balance of both praise and concern regarding Northwood School to our attention. It is a nice change of pace to read a letter that has the potential to do more good than harm. I hope to see many more such well-crafted letters in the future.



M. Tritter



Coe-Brown Northwood Academy New Staff


Coe-Brown Northwood Academy is pleased to introduce the newest members of its staff for the 2016-2017 school year.


Aaron Ash joins the CBNA staff as a paraprofessional. Mr. Ash is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire and this is his first year in education. He is also a graduate of CBNA.



Jennifer Enlund joins the CBNA staff as our new Finance and Human Resources Coordinator. She brings much experience from the business and corporate world to her new position at CBNA. Ms. Enlund attended Hesser College, UNLV and New Hampshire College.



Kevin Evans is CBNA’s new facilities manager and comes to the school with a wealth of industry experience. He will also serve on the school’s Safety Committee.



Kristen Everett joins the CBNA staff with 19 years of teaching experience and will teach classes in Latin and Spanish. She attended Lewis and Clark College in Portland OR, and Lesley University in Cambridge MA.



Danielle Gosselin also joins the CBNA staff as a member of the visual arts department. Ms. Gosselin will be teaching classes in basic art, drawing and painting and ceramics & sculpture. She is a graduate of Massachusetts College of Art and Design and has a master’s degree from Maine College of Art.



Tiffany Hatstat is one of two new members of the CBNA Science Department. She has a B.S in Chemistry from Worcester State University and a M.S. from the University of New Hampshire. Tiffany will be teaching Chemistry and Physical Science this year.



Peter Larson is the other new member of the Coe-Brown Science Department. Dr. Larson comes to CBNA with 16 years of teaching experience in both university and high school settings. He has a B.S. in Biology from the University of Richmond and a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Ohio University. He will be teaching classes in biology, zoology and introductory science.



Andrew Mason joins the CBNA Staff as a paraprofessional. Mr. Mason is a graduate of CBNA and attended Carroll University and Southern New Hampshire University.



Northwood Historical Society


The Northwood Historical Society is pleased to announce, Joe Gunter will be presenting a program on September 20, 2016, 7:00 PM at the Northwood Community Hall.


Before becoming Northwood’s Town Administrator, Joe served in the Peace Corps in Togo.  His program will provide insight of his experiences and photos of the area.  This will be a great opportunity for all ages to learn, in an informal setting, about the Peace Corps and information regarding a country and people you may never knew existed.


The program would be a great resource for anyone interested in finding out about this type of service. The program is free and open to the public.  Light refreshments will be served.




Gene F. Stearns

Former Casco Bay College President

Gene F. Stearns, 82, of Northwood died on August 31,2016, at Concord Hospital after repeated bouts of pneumonia and complications.


Born to George and Margaret Oakes on July 21, 1934, in Waterville, Maine.  He was raised by Edwin and Margaret Stearns. In 1953 he was graduated from Clinton (ME) High School where he participated in basketball and baseball.  He continued his love of those sports throughout his life. Another love of his was reading.  After retirement he read almost a book a day.  He was grateful to Chesley Memorial Library for their continuous supply of his favorite authors.


After high school graduation he joined the U.S. Marine Corps and served in an intelligence unit. Following serving his country, he attended Plymouth State College (now Plymouth State University) where he met his wife, Roberta Wallace Stearns.  They were married  for 55 years.  His first professional position was being teacher-principal at Canterbury Elementary School.  He later became principal of Gilford Elementary School while earning his master’s degree from the University of New Hampshire.


In 1970 he earned his doctorate in school administration at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Before returning East, he taught at Northern Illinois University and Western Michigan University. After returning to New England, he was an administrator at Framingham (MA)  State College (now Framingham State University).  and Southern Maine University. Later he served as superintendent of Schools in New Sweden, Woodland, and Stockholm, Maine. He spent a year as principal of Tripp Junior High in Turner, Maine,  before becoming president of Casco Bay College in Portand for 15 years.


Stearns is survived by his wife Roberta , a sister Marie Jenkins of Concord, sister-in law, Margaret P Wallace of West Roxbury, Massachusetts  and several nieces and nephews.


In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his sister Gertrude Goodwin Lawlor of Virginia Beach, Virginia; George Stearns of Canaan, Maine; Virgil Stearns of Fairfield, Maine;  Merritt Oakes of Penacook, New Hampshire; parents-in law,  Frank and Frances Wallace of Northwood.


A Memorial service was held Saturday, September 3, at the Northwood Advent Christian Church, and was officiated by The Reverend Donald Plummer. 


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may  be made to the Building Fund at Northwood Advent Christian Church  (PO Box 115, Northwood, NH 03261 or the girls’ and boys’ basketball programs at Coe-Brown Northwood Academy (907 First NH Turnpike, Northwood, NH 03261).


The Cremation Society of New Hampshire is assisting the family with arrangements.



Esther Tasker


Northwood: Esther Tasker, 94, of Jenness Pond Road, passed away on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at her residence with her family by her side.


Esther was born on December 29, 1921 in Saugus, MA; the daughter of Victor Oscar and Esther Viola (Carlson) Lundstrom.


Esther was a homemaker, a loving Mom, enjoying spending time with her family. She she loved going to church; a member of the Advent Christian Church of Northwood, NH. Esther served our country proudly in the Navy. 


She is predeceased by her husband, Murray Tasker in 1998.


Esther is survived by a son, Dana Tasker of Portsmouth; Karen Tasker of Northwood and inda Tasker of W. Newburyport, MA; three grandchildren, Colin Bryant, Austin Bryant and Derek Peterson.


Donations may be made in Esther’s name to the Advent Christian Church in Northwood NH.


Services were held on Friday, September 9, 2016 at the Advent Christian Church, Northwood with Pastor Donald Plummer, officiating. To sign our online guestbook, please go to






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