Hours of Hunger
As we continue our Commitment to Community, Northwood Garage is
proud to support End 68 Hours of Hunger. In our
small town there are children that do go hungry. The fact
is, nearly 1 in every 5 children go hungry. You can
make a difference… In our customer waiting area we have a
collection basket for non-perishable goods. The next
time you’re shopping at Hannaford or a nearby food store, pick
up an extra item or 2 of non-perishable food and bring it to our
front office/waiting area. The green basket is easily
For every non-perishable donation at the Northwood Garage, Linda
and I will match it! Together we can help feed twice as
many children. 100% of your donation goes directly to our
community. No child should be hungry. Please show your support
for this worthy cause. For more information about End 68
Hours of Hunger and other drop points in town go to
The Inn at Deerfield, a nonprofit home specializing in dementia
care, is hosting a Flu Clinic on Tuesday, October 11 from 2 to 4
The Concord Regional VNA will be
providing flu shots for ages 3 and over. The cost is $30, cash
or check. However, if you present an insurance card from a
Medicare Advantage Plan, Medicare Part B, Medicaid, Harvard
Pilgrim or Anthem (prefix of NHN, NHP, YGG, EHH or Federal),
your insurance will be billed for the immunization.
The Inn is located at 34 Ridge Road in Deerfield. Appointments
for the flu shot are encouraged, but drop-ins will be welcome as
supplies allow. Please contact Kelly at 463-7002 or
for questions or to make an appointment.
Letter To The Editor
To the Editor,
It must seem odd, two stories, one of
which is rosy, the other ominous but both on the same subject. I
posted the math Smarter Balance scores on the farce of a
Northwood School Board Facebook page. My post was taken off
within a very short time. “They” just don’t want you to know.
Here are the scores. The #s reflect “percent at level 3 or
above,” level 3 being proficient. 3rd-30%, 4th-48%, 5th-32%,
6th-47%, 7th-49%, 8th-52%. Only 43% of our students are
proficient in math. 57% are not. That’s the best that we
can do with what we have. So let’s review.
The % of Northwood tax dollars spent
on the school is 40% higher than the state average. We have a
beautiful immaculately clean, wonderfully maintained bigger
school than needed. We have 37 assorted teachers, a full
administration that exceeds state standards. Our class sizes are
considerably less than the state average or suggestions. We have
more computers than students, 469 student-use computers for 380
(official) students, really. Both #s are theirs, not mine. We
dropped another 30 students.
So, if while wearing your horn-rimmed,
tortoise shell, rosy-colored glasses you can make a silk purse
out of that sow’s ear, well so sad. For decades our students
have suffered while we have hidden our heads in the sand.
We had the money to purchase a
complete K8 superior math program. That is exactly what
Nottingham and Strafford did. We bought an inferior program for
only 7th and 8th grade. You see our results. You should see
Accountability, it is the only answer.
CBNA Ranked In The Top 500 Schools In
America By Newsweek Magazine
The entire CBNA community celebrates
being selected for a spot in Newsweek’s top 500 Schools in
Three New Hampshire schools were recently recognized by
Newsweek’s 2016 Top High Schools list, including Coe-Brown
Northwood Academy which was ranked #361 in America.
“This recognition and honor is a
testament to our strong community of students that are
determined and focus on their education as well as the faculty,
staff, and families that educate, guide them and support them
daily. It a dynamic relationship that helps our students
succeed,” says David S. Smith, Headmaster.
The list includes 500 high schools of
over 26,000 in the country, putting CBNA in the top 2% of high
schools in the nation. Newsweek selects its schools first by
looking at student proficiency on state tests. Then, schools are
ranked based on college enrollment rates, graduation rates,
weighted AP/IB/dual enrollment, weighted SAT/ACT composite,
student retention and counselor-to-student ratio.
The recognition validates CBNA’s mission to “strive to produce
graduates who are academically and socially prepared to be
responsible, caring and contributing members of the global
society.” “We are very proud of our CBNA community and we
celebrate our students’ achievement,” said Smith.
Congratulations to the entire CBNA
community for this remarkable achievement.
Letter To The Editor
Having just lost my primary race for
State Rep, I first and foremost wanted to thank those who voted
for me. Having spoken to probably all who did, I appreciate the
extra effort to write me in and the shared concern for many
important issues. Unfortunately many who also expressed these
concerns didn’t vote. Oh well.
I surprised myself in that what troubles me more than
losing is what voting means or doesn’t mean to people. Probably
because I was a candidate, I paid a bit more attention to the
characteristics of the vote. I was surprised AND saddened. Quite
frankly, many who voted did so without any awareness of who or
what issues they were voting for, merely casting their valuable
vote for a name on a line. This is really not new, it’s just
that I especially paid attention to it. I’m sure it applied in
various ways to other candidates and in many past elections.
A last thought. Of those I talked to, many expressed
grave concerns for what can only be described as the future of
American democracy. We all have to try harder if it is to be
conserved. The solution won’t be found in a single vote this
coming November. A lot of extra effort will be needed by all who
care for many years going forward. The price of Liberty is
eternal vigilance, a wise man said, and a lot of us haven’t been
That said, I would like to thank again
those who made the effort to vote for me.
This Weekend’s LRPA After Dark
1941’s “Meet John Doe”
Join Lakes Region Public Access
Television at 10:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday night
(September 30 & October 1) for this week’s “LRPA After Dark”
encore presentation of 1941’s romantic comedy “Meet John Doe,”
starring Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck.
In “Meet John Doe,” the viewer is
introduced to columnist Ann Mitchell (Stanwyck), who has been
laid off from her newspaper due to budget cuts. In her last act
at the paper, Ann composes and prints a fake letter in her
column from an anonymous, down-on-his luck man who threatens to
jump from the roof of City Hall on Christmas Eve as a protest
against the mistreatment of the little man and continued
societal injustices. She signs the letter “John Doe.” The column
becomes a sensation, selling papers and creating loads of
interest from the public. Everyone wants to meet John Doe! The
editor is delighted with the sensation that the column has
created, but is dismayed when Ann reveals that the story is
bogus. The two decide to hire an unemployed man to impersonate
John Doe, eventually settling on Long John Willoughby (Cooper),
a former baseball pitcher whose bad arm has forced him out of
the game and into hard times. He is kind, quiet and a bit naïve:
just the man for the job. John Doe’s story and popularity begin
to spread, and local “John Doe” political clubs begin to spring
up around the country. At first, Willoughby enjoys the attention
and perks that come with being John Doe, but soon starts to see
that many people want to use him for their own benefit. The
newspaper’s publisher, D.B. Norton (supporting actor Edward
Arnold), wants to use Doe’s popularity to run for political
office. When Willoughby realizes what’s happening, he faces a
moral dilemma: should he expose Norton and condemn his plan? If
he does so, what happens to his own credibility and his future?
Directed by Frank Capra, “Meet John
Doe” is considered to be one of the director’s finest films. The
plot’s concerns were a favorite of the director: how does an
ordinary man make his way, against all odds, in a difficult
situation? Film historians see this movie as the final film in
Capra’s trilogy about American Individualism, the other two
being “Mr. Deeds Goes to Town” and “Mr. Smith Goes to
Washington.” It is Capra’s powerful indictment of the dangers of
Fascism and “group think.” “Meet John Doe” was huge success with
movie goers and critics alike. It was one of the top grossing
films of the year, and helped to cement Gary Cooper’s status as
a film legend. Maybe you’ve never had the pleasure of seeing
“Meet John Doe.” If that’s true, then meet us on the couch, grab
your popcorn and join LRPA after dark for this heartwarming
“dramedy” from the past.
Letter To The Editor
New Hampshire’s Drug Epidemic
What are the causes of New Hampshire’s drug epidemic?
There undoubtedly are many, but one is the plentiful supply of
cheap and illegal narcotics.
The Daily Caller reports that “most
heroin is smuggled into the U.S. by illegal immigrants crossing
the border with help from Mexican drug cartels, according to
Department of Homeland Security officials.”
“Every single illegal alien that comes
into the country goes through the hands of a drug cartel,” says
Hector Garza, president of the Laredo, Texas, chapter of the
National Border Patrol Council. “When we talk about securing the
border, it’s not just about stopping illegal immigration. It’s
also about stopping dangerous drugs from entering our
communities and our schools and getting into the hands of kids
and affecting family members.”
According to Garza, “Most of the drugs
coming into the country are not coming into the ports of entry.
Coming across the border is the easiest way. You cannot imagine
how easy it is to cross the border. You would be shocked at how
open our borders are down here.”
The Mexican drug cartels help illegal
immigrants cross the border if they agree to smuggle drugs into
the US, using specially-prepared, drug-filled backpacks.“The
price for being led across is carrying one of those backpacks,”
Homeland Security Investigations Assistant Special
Agent-in-Charge Adam Parks told The Daily Caller News
These drugs find their way to New Hampshire. Just this summer in
Manchester, WMUR reported the “largest meth seizure in NH
History.” Jon Delena, DEA Assistant Special
Agent-in-Charge said, “This was a large amount of crystal meth
that was brought in from the border, from Mexico, that had been
brought into this area for distribution.”
Securing the Mexican border would help
fight NH’s drug epidemic.
CBNA 2016 Graduate Places Second In
Regional FFA Competition
CBNA 2016 graduate Sydney Wilson
awarded second place at FFA Event at the Big E.
Coe-Brown Northwood Academy 2016
graduate Sydney Wilson recently received second place in the FFA
Extemporaneous Speaking Career Development Event at the Eastern
States Exposition in Springfield. MA.
In the Extemporaneous Public Speaking
CDE, participants are given 30 minutes to deliver a speech on
one of three assigned agricultural topics. Students must learn
to think on their feet and develop an argument quickly and
Miss Wilson, a Nottingham resident,
who is currently attending NHTI, spoke about the Impact of Urban
Agriculture. She also won the state competition in the spring at
the NH FFA Convention, and will be representing NH at the
National FFA Convention in October.
Also attending the Big E from CBNA was
the Horse Evaluation team of Preston Bethke, Molly DeTrude, Ryan
Graeme, and Emery Travers, who also will be representing New
Hampshire at the national level in October. The CBNA FFA chapter
is advised by Sarah Ward and Charles Whitten.