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Northwood NH News

September 7, 2016

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Letter To The Editor


State Representative Yvonne Dean Bailey is one hard worker. It’s like she never stops going. Whether she’s fighting for taxpayers up in the State House or hosting an ice cream social for the local community - Yvonne is on the ball.


That’s why I am excited to support her in the September 13th Republican Primary. In the short time that Yvonne has served in the State House she has been an advocate and voice for the taxpayer. She has been a strong supporter of the Second Amendment and local control.


She has worked to help Northwood families and businesses by advocating for lower taxes, limited spending and nonintrusive government.


It has been a great pleasure to serve with her and sit next to her on the House floor. Yvonne shows up, get things done and works hard on behalf of the Greater Northwood community.


Yvonne Dean-Bailey is the clear choice for conservatives in the Primary on September 13th. I hope you will join me in supporting her so we can keep a strong, fresh, conservative voice representing Northwood.



Rep. Bruce Hodgdon





Letter To The Editor


It’s encouraging to see that recent test results show that the Northwood Elementary School is making some significant progress in providing a better education for the children of Northwood. Keeping in mind, of course, that test scores are but one aspect of measuring progress in education, as a tool they can still be useful to help give an overall picture and identify areas that the school may need to focus on.


The recently-released Smarter Balance Test scores for NES show some really good improvement in the areas of Math and Language this year.  There are some individual grade-level regressions (there always will be), and we’re still a bit behind the overall state average, but the improvement demonstrated by the student proficiency scores well outpaces increases in the state averages this year.  We’ve made up a lot of ground.


In the area of English and Language Arts, the school’s overall proficiency score increased by 14% from last year, while the state average only increased by 4%. In Math, Northwood’s overall proficiency increased by 8% while the state average remained stagnant.  In fact, our grade 6, 7, and 8th grade proficiency levels in Math, and 3rd and 4th grade ELA levels are at or above the state averages. A couple highlights: The number of Northwood 8th graders scoring proficient or higher in math is 7% more than the state average number. The number of 4th graders scoring proficient or higher in ELA is 11% more than the state average.


Kudos to the teachers and staff at Northwood Elementary for their positive impact on the students in town.  With the community’s support, I hope to see the positive trend continuing and putting the town on an even better footing going forward into the future.


Best regards,

Keith McGuigan, Chair, Northwood School Board



Letter To The Editor


To the Editor,

Where does the buck stop? The facts/data is there. Our local school tax is 40% more that the average NH town. School will show you that we have below average class sizes. We begged for and you funded an incredible array of technology. Our students begin school above average and leave below. More than half are below proficiency in math.


Is it the students? The data says not. Teachers? Hearing one say that they didn’t want a new math program shoved down their throats, the old one was fine, got my attention. Third grade teacher? 70% of third grade below proficiency. Wow! But no.  The school’s administration? They are not here long enough. It would be easy for me to stop it at the SAU. Dr. Gadomski and his assistant are in their fourth year. In Northwood alone they are on their third principal and third assistant principal. Our students are certainly not any better educated today.  A third of a million dollars for the SAU’s expertise. So who is left. Parents? It’s a different world. So many have abdicated parenting to the schools. Having to walk a couple hundred feet to a bus stop is far more important than proficiency in math. ???


No, it’s the board. A one hour a day bus guard cannot be hired without approval. All money by policy or vote goes through the board, however, the current and last board has ceded all local control away, and it shows. Or is it you, the voter? You voted the best chair out for a ridiculous reason and voted the worst one in. Go figure.


Tim Jandebeur




Letter To The Editor

Goldilocks’ Choice


In a letter to last week’s Suncook Sun, a Northwood Democratic activist implied that Republican “twenty-something” and “septuagenarian” candidates can’t be worthy state representatives because they’re either too young or too old.  Apparently the Democratic candidates’ ages are “just right.”


Michael Faiella




CBNA To Hold Fourth Annual Homecoming Weekend

September 9, 10 & 11


Coe-Brown Northwood Academy is pleased to announce that our Fourth Annual Homecoming weekend will be celebrated on Friday through Sunday, September 9, 10 and 11, 2016.


The weekend will kick off with “Red and White” day for students on Friday, followed by the family friendly Comedy Hypnosis Show Steve Wronker’s Funny Business at 7 pm ($10) in the Gerrish Gym.


A full day of fantastic family activities is planned across the campus for Saturday the 10th including athletic events: Bass Fishing at 8 am, Cross Country  at 9 am, Girls JV/V Soccer at noon, Boys JV/V Soccer at 2 pm and Girls R/JV/V Volleyball at 2:30, 3:45, and 5.


To get the day started, FCCLA will cooking a Pancake Breakfast in the Dining Hall from 8 am to 10 am. Tickets for the breakfast are $8 at the door, or contact Mrs. Morales at [email protected]  (603) 942-5531 for discounted presale tickets. The Homecoming Car Show featuring classic cars and trucks, race cars and classic snowmobiles, to benefit the CBNA Automotive program, will be held from 10 am to 2 pm. (Contact Mrs. Morales for registration information for this event as well).  The Northwood Fire Department will be on hand for a Touch-A-Truck event from 10 to 2. In addition, there will be a number of booths and carnival games sponsored by many of CBNA’s classes and school organizations including FFA Alpaca Bingo, an FFA Woodman’s demo, a FCCLA dunk- a-teacher dunk tank, and a whiffle-ball tournament for all ages. Concessions offered throughout the day.  Homecoming Saturday will end with a homecoming semi formal dance sponsored by the sophomore class for current students from 7 – 10 pm ($7).


The weekend will culminate with the annual Run to Fall 5K race starting at 9 am.  For more information about any of the events, contact CBNA at 603-942-5531.  Whether you attend Homecoming every year or have never been, this is the year to check it out! Hope to see you there.



Else Cilley Chapter


Nottingham, NH.  The Else Cilley Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution met in August at their chapter-owned and maintained historic building, the Nottingham Square Schoolhouse.  Regent Fernald presented a program on Interesting Women in New England History.  Members were fascinated by stories of Marilla Ricker (whose portrait will soon be in the NH State House), Rebecca Nurse, Goodie Cole, and Ona Judge Staines. Do you know who these women are?  Else Cilley meetings are always full of fascinating historical, patriotic, and educational programs and reports.  Come join us!  Meetings are open to the public.  For more information, visit our website. The Else Cilley Chapter will “woman” a booth for Nottingham Day at the Nottingham Elementary School on Saturday September 17.  Raffles will include a hand-made well house with all proceeds going towards the painting and repair of the historic Nottigham Square Schoolhouse.  Patriotic literature, information on becoming a DAR member, and coloring activities for children will be available.  Flags will also be given to children stopping by the booth.  Hope to see you there.



Chesley Memorial Library News


National Library Card Sign-Up Month

September is Library Card Sign-up Month—a time when libraries across the country remind their communities that a library card is the key to endless opportunities. Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year. It is a time when the American Library Association and libraries across the country join together to remind parents, caregivers, and students that signing up for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning. Snoopy, the world-famous beagle from Peanuts, is returning to be this year’s Honorary Chair of Library Card Sign-up Month. The Chesley Memorial Library will offer free replacement library cards all month and will celebrate with an open house on Saturday, September 10, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. We will also participate in the second annual Granite State Library Card Challenge to see if our library can sign up the most new library cards during the month of September.  It’s never too late for your first library card!


Open House/Local Author

The Chesley Memorial Library will hold an Open House on Saturday, September 10, from 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Stop by to see what’s going on at your local library and say hello to the library staff and trustees.  You will also have a chance to meet local author Robin Vergato from Candia.  Robin will be selling signed copies of her children’s picture book “Charlie Finds A Home: A Homeless Guinea Hen’s Journey” for $16.95 per copy. Autographed books make wonderful gifts!



Do you want to learn how to knit or crochet? Do you need help with knitting or crocheting projects?  Join local artisan Norma Heroux at the Chesley Memorial Library on the first and third Wednesday of every month from 5:30-6:30 p.m.   No registration required, all ages welcome.  If you are interested but can’t make it on Wednesdays, please let a library staff member know what days/times would be convenient for future consideration.


Book Discussions

The Afternoon Book Discussion Group will meet at the Chesley Memorial Library on Wednesday, September 7, at 2:00 p.m. to discuss “Reading Lolita In Tehran” by Azar Nafisi.  Or maybe you feel like reading an old favorite…if so, the Evening Book Discussion Group will meet at the Chesley Memorial Library that same date at 7:00 p.m. to discuss “Gone With the Wind” by Margaret Mitchell. New members always welcome! Looking ahead to October:  The Afternoon Book Discussion Group will meet at the Chesley Memorial Library on Wednesday, October 5, at 2:00 p.m. to discuss “Under the Wide and Starry Sky” by Nancy Horan. The Evening Book Discussion Group will meet at the Blaisdell Memorial Library in Nottingham on Wednesday, October 26, at 7:00 p.m. to discuss “Quiet” by Susan Cain.  New members always welcome!


Senior Café

The Senior Summer Café has morphed into the Senior Café for the fall months and will still meet every Monday from 1:00-2:30 p.m.  We are looking forward to home-baked goodies featuring apples and pumpkins, all of those fall favorites!  And you still have a chance to sing old-time favorites with our local ukulele Boni Hibbard. Boni takes special requests so don’t miss your chance to bring back some fond memories. 


Museum Passes

The fall weather is perfect for planning family weekend outings so why not try one of the library’s museum passes? We have the following available: Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Children’s Museum of NH, McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, New Hampshire Farm Museum, Seacoast Science Center, or SEE Science Center!  Each pass works a little differently…some let you in free while others provide discounted admission.  Call the library at 942-5472 for updated information regarding passes. We can also provide you with information on when to visit the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester for free admission. 


Lego Club @ Your Library/Recon Rover

Magformers were wildly popular at the library in August so we hope to bring them back again soon! We are scheduled to borrow a ReCon Rover for September. The ReCon Rover is a toy, a robot, and a tool for learning. The ReCon Rover is a toy robot that you program to move, turn, talk, record sounds, even deliver small items!  Program in simple step by step instructions, such as move forward 2 feet, turn 90 degrees, play sound 1, and then watch the Rover carry out your instructions! We plan to have our Rover active on Wednesdays from 12:00-6:00 p.m. but please call the library at 942-5472 to make sure Rover has arrived safely!


Don’t forget about the LEGO Club at the library! School is back in session so you might want to drop in after you’re done for the day just to relax and have some fun playing with LEGOs.  Or maybe you are looking for something to do with your younger children while your older children are in school!  Whatever the situation, LEGOs are out every Wednesday from 12:00-6:00 pm for your enjoyment. We have LEGOs for all ages so drop in and let your imagination be your guide. LEGO creations will be on display until the next session so bring your family and friends back to see your masterpieces! 


1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

JOIN THE 1000 BOOK CLUB!  The single most important thing you can do to prepare your children to read is to read to them every day. Research proves that children need to hear 1000 books before they begin to learn to read independently. Reading to children will increase their vocabulary and their listening and narrative skills. Reading with children will also help to instill in them self-awareness, confidence and an understanding of their place in the world.   The program is sponsored by the Chesley Memorial Library with help from Northwood School teachers.


HOW CAN I READ 1000 BOOKS?  It’s easy! One book a day for three years=1000; three books a day for one year=1000; ten books a week for two years=1000.


WHAT COUNTS?  Everything! Every book you read counts every time you read it! Books your child hears in Storytime count. Books that others read to your child count. It all counts!


WHERE CAN I SIGN UP? Sign up at the Chesley Memorial Library. We will give you sheets to help you keep count of the books you read. You will receive a book bag when you sign up and will continue to earn incentives as you read your way to 1000 books.


WHEN: Today! Register anytime when your child is between birth and five years old.


IMPORTANT: Please update your progress at the circulation desk every time you read 100 books! We keep track in a log at the library and update our milestone wall display in the youth area. 1000 book readers will be recognized with their name on the library’s sign and will be invited to attend a special ceremony at the Northwood School next August with recognition from the library staff and trustees, Northwood school teachers and personnel, and Northwood School Board.  We just hosted our first annual celebration on August 18. Congratulations to our first round of 1000 Book Readers: Liam Cooper, Abigail Costanza, Evelyn Seavey, Norah Seavey, Mabel Winslow, and Miles Winslow.  Congratulations to the following participants entering kindergarten: Peter Faris, Norah Naleid, and Marlena Thorn. We are very proud of our young readers! Check out our web site ( to see our 1000 Book slideshow.


Story Time

Story Time will be held on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. beginning September 14.  This program is best suited for children under the age of five, but older siblings are always welcome. Story Time sessions explore a variety of themes shared through books and crafts while introducing young children to the joys of reading and the library.  The early literacy practices featured help build a foundation for a lifelong love of learning. Registration not required, but please share your contact information with the library at the first session you attend in case of cancellations due to weather.


Meet The Pharmacist

“Meet the Pharmacist” at the Chesley Memorial Library on Monday, September 12, from 6:00-7:00 p.m. sponsored by Hannaford pharmacy. Have you ever wondered:  How your supplements interact with your prescription drugs? What foods may change the effectiveness of your medication? Timing: how critical are the intervals of taking medication? What immunizations do you really need? And just how do you manage your prescriptions? Learn the answers to these questions and others you might gave from your local Hannaford pharmacy team!  Enjoy light refreshments and giveaways provided by Hannaford Pharmacy.



This Weekend’s LRPA After Dark Feature:

1934’s “Of Human Bondage”


Join Lakes Region Public Access Television at 10:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday night (September 9 & 10) for our “LRPA After Dark” presentation of 1934’s melodrama “Of Human Bondage,” starring Bette Davis and Leslie Howard.


In “Of Human Bondage,” we meet Philip Carey (Howard), socially awkward and painfully self-conscious due to a clubfoot. He has dreams of becoming an artist, but is advised by his teacher to give up on those dreams due to limited talent. Philip returns home to London to enroll in medical school. Joining a fellow student at a tearoom, Philip meets Mildred Rogers (Davis), a vulgar Cockney waitress who attracts many of her male customers with her wanton ways. Philip tries to flirt with Mildred, but she rudely rebuffs him. Undaunted, he persuades her to go on a dinner date, where she continues to mistreat him. Philip becomes obsessed with Mildred, daydreaming of her instead of studying for his exams. He proposes marriage, but she rejects him for another man, taunting him for loving her, and leaving Philip brokenhearted. Just as Philip is getting back on his feet and finding contentment with another woman, Mildred returns – with another man’s child. Will Philip learn from his mistakes, or will the bond that he feels for Mildred  draw him back under her spell?


Bette Davis was so convinced that “Of Human Bondage” would be her breakthrough film that for six straight months, she begged Jack L. Warner, the head of Warner Brothers, to lend her out to RKO to make this picture. Warner felt that the terribly unglamorous and indecent part would ruin her career, but he eventually gave in. It was the right decision, as both critics and movie goers alike found her spellbinding in this sadistic, heartless role. Davis had made 21 films before “Of Human Bondage,” but Mildred the waitress was the character that catapulted her to Hollywood superstardom. “Of Human Bondage” was adapted from the W. Somerset Maugham novel and made into a movie two more times, once in 1946 with Paul Henreid and Eleanor Parker, and again in 1964, with Kim Novak and Laurence Harvey. Neither film was the critical success that is our original. The New York Times critic Mordaunt Hall wrote that Davis’s portrayal of Mildred was “enormously effective” and said this of Leslie Howard’s performance: “One might be tempted to say that his portrait of Philip Carey excels any performance he has given before the camera.” This movie truly is a classic. Grab your popcorn and meet us after dark for the movie that made la Davis a star.


You can’t find television like this it anywhere but LRPA TV, MetroCast Channel 25. Not a subscriber? Then log onto Live Stream through our website ( where you can catch all the fun.



Have you been in to see Heritage Corner Market yet? If not, it’s time you did. Located next Heritage Hardware, it’s a great place to find all you BBQ, Tailgating, and Lunchbox Needs!



Public Invited To Celebrate 10 Years In The NALMC Neighborhood!

This is a  Free Event on September 10 Connects People and Nature

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of working together across our stone walls. On Saturday, September 10th, NALMC will be hosting a free family-friendly event open to the public in celebration of their ten years..   The day will be a reflection of NALMC’s story of public and private neighbors in Northwood, that have discovered or rediscovered the value of talking as neighbors about their shared values  enabling them to maintain and enhance the ecological, social, recreational, and economic resources of the local landscape.


The public is invited to join NALMC from 1pm to 5pm at Short Creek Farm (the barn at Winding Hill and Harmony Road) in Northwood for an afternoon of activities that reflect their value of connecting people and nature.  In observation of NALMC’s roots and reflection of NALMC’s value of community gathering and collaboration, the day will start with a potluck lunch at 1:00 pm with a short program beginning at 1:30pm recognizing NALMC’s community contributors.,   Bring your appetite and if you can a dish to share.


Diverse nature-based programs begin at 2pm.


• Children’s activities will focus on creativity, curiosity and exploring nature. 


• Live music will be provided by indie-rock band the Pullstarts! 


• Discover wildlife and hunting on NH Fish & Game’s educational trailer. 


• Watch a portable saw mill process logs that are incorporated into Leopold benches for the NALMC neighborhood. 


• Meet the farmers (and their animals) of Short Creek Farm and learn about their farming practices. 


• Attend a field trip or all three!  Field trips, each with a different theme, will be offered at 2 pm, 3 pm, and 4 pm: learn about fall wild flowers, the watershed divide and habitat diversity.


NALMC, the Northwood Area Land Management Collaborative, has been meeting and collaborating on projects focused on improving wildlife habitat, outdoor recreational opportunities, and forest and water resources  for the past ten years.  Their community-wide efforts have enabled them to create publicly accessible hiking trails, build and provide Leopold benches throughout the community, offer nature-based educational opportunities and produce a stewardship report reviewing the people and natural ecosystems in the neighborhood.  For more information, visit



Northwood School AmeriCorps Grant


Northwood School is excited to have been granted an AmeriCorps grant that will allow us to provide tutors to Northwood School students before, during, and/or after school.


This will be the first year of a three year grant. Federal monies, along with some Northwood tax dollars, will fund this program.   These funds will be used for mentors and the training and materials they need to provide support to students in the areas of math, reading, and science.


We are looking for volunteers to serve as tutors.  A commitment for a certain number of hours during the year is needed by the service workers/volunteers, and in return, they can receive college tuition money, either to pay college loans or to put toward their own tuition.


Some, meeting certain age requirements, will be eligible for college money for their grandchildren. Applications will be available soon at the SAU 44 website,,, and (type in Northwood, NH as job location).  Our goal is to have 20 individuals at the school supporting our students in grades k-8.


Former Northwood teacher, Linda Kramas, has been hired to coordinate this program.  If you have any questions or are looking for more information, please email her at [email protected] or [email protected], or call the school at 942-5488.



Letter To The Editor


There is said to be a Chinese curse:  “may you live in interesting times.” Well, I guess the curse is upon us. This political season people I talk to are gritting their teeth. My look at American history tells me it has often been so, different issues and strong divisions. There is though, a relatively new division it seems to me  plaguing us: whether we will live as a free people or a kept people. Whether we leave the next generation with a land of opportunity or managed mediocrity.


We simply can’t afford every thing we’d like. Most of us live this in our personal lives and sometimes manage to teach it to our children. But politicians are not supposed to be children. It seems only proper that common sense frugality be followed by governments we elect. Politicians frequently promise what can only be paid for by raising taxes (and damaging our economy) and perhaps worse, diminishing the future of the next generation. It isn’t that these guys don’t have any money to work with now. They waste it. Not all, but spending frugally and wisely seems to escape the sensibilities of many. My motto is that it’s “always other people’s money,” be careful!


This fiscal motto is not as profound as the New Hampshire’s “Live Free or Die.” Not just our money is wasted but our liberties are being eroded: religion, free speech, private property and the right to defend ourselves are under constant assault. As General Stark said “... death is not the worst of evils...”


These are some things I think matter. Please WRITE IN for NH state representative Joseph McCaffrey District 1 on Republican ballot.



Joseph McCaffrey



Letter To The Editor



A cowardly vandal is riding around Northwood with a can of black spray paint.


Last week, I put up two signs in a neighbor’s yard. The next morning, they had been vandalized with black spray paint. He alerted the police, but it is unlikely that they can locate the culprit – unless one of you knows who it is and does your civic duty.


Some of you may be saying, “what’s the big deal?” So for those of you who need it spelled out, it’s the First Amendment of the Constitution. The freedom to speak and be heard – or in this case, read.


I must confess, however, that I, too, do not like all the signs I see along our highways. But I don’t obliterate their messages with spray paint.


So I would encourage our vandal to put down the spray paint and write a letter to the editor instead. And I would add the caution that Tractor Supply has game trail cameras on sale. You may become a YouTube celebrity.


Tom Chase







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