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September 28, 2016

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End 68 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 seen.



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 PM.


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 [email protected] 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 theirs.


Accountability, it is the only answer.


Tim Jandebeur




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 America list.


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 paying attention.


That said, I would like to thank again those who made the effort to vote for me.


Joseph McCaffrey



This Weekend’s LRPA After Dark Feature:

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 Foundation.


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.


Michael Faiella




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 persuasively.


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.






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