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April 18, 2018

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This Weekend’s LRPA After Dark Feature: 

1939’s “The Little Princess”


Join Lakes Region Public Access Television at 10:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday night (April 20 & 21) for our “LRPA After Dark” presentation of 1939’s family-friendly melodrama “The Little Princess,” starring Shirley Temple, Mary Nash, and Ian Hunter. 


Captain Crewe (Hunter) is called to Africa from his home in London to fight in the Second Boer War. The Captain is a widower with a young daughter named Sara (Temple). Before he departs, he enrolls Sara in Miss Minchin’s School for Girls, run by the cold and conniving Amanda Minchin (Nash). Sara’s social status and family privilege garners her preferential treatment from Miss Minchin, including a private room and riding lessons. As the war comes to an end, Sara eagerly anticipates her father’s arrival back in London. One day, the school receives tragic news: The Captain has been reported as killed in action, and his wealth has been confiscated in the spoils of the war. With no further financial support, Miss Minchin sells Sara’s belongings, turns her into a kitchen servant and relegates her to the bare and cheerless attic. Despite this terrible turn of events, Sara keeps up a brave front and remains cheerful. More than anything, she believes that her father may still be alive. She begins sneaking out of the attic, desperately searching the hospital in the hope that she’ll be reunited with her father. The drudgery of her hard work combined with her miserable surroundings elicits pity from a fellow servant, who tries to make her room more comfortable with blankets and other small tokens. When Miss Minchin discovers the addition to Sara’s quarters, she locks her in the attic as a prisoner and summons the police. Sara escapes and runs to the hospital, with Miss Minchin pursuing her the whole way. A new group of soldiers has arrived in the ward — could Sara’s father be among them? Will she escape the clutches of terrible Miss Minchin and live a life happily ever after? 


Shirley Temple, “America’s Little Sweetheart,” was by far the most famous child actress of her time, and perhaps of all time. Beginning her career at the tender age of three, she acted, sang and danced her way into the hearts of Depression-weary movie goers. Her superstardom was ubiquitous.  Millions of dollars’ worth of merchandise was sold bearing her likeness, including dolls, records, clothing and much more. Temple was the number one box office draw in the U.S. from 1935-1938. Ironically, “The Little Princess” was Temple’s first Technicolor feature – a film on which 20th Century Fox spared no expense, and which was very well received by both critics and film goers – but it was her last real box office success as a child star. It seems that fans began to lose interest in an older, more mature Temple. However, for the movie buff, everything that viewers loved about Temple the child actress is on display in “The Little Princess”: her sunny, disposition, song and dance routines, and a plot that can pluck at your heartstrings. What’s not to love? Grab your popcorn and meet us after dark for this uplifting musical melodrama.



Letter To The Editor

Joe and Bree Gunter


I am just as sad to hear that Bree Gunter is leaving the Northwood school board as I was to hear that Joe Gunter would no longer be our town administrator. 


What stands out in my mind from my discussions with Joe and Bree is how friendly they always were, even though we often had different opinions. They were good listeners who always gave careful thought to any concerns I might have.


For example, when I sent a magazine article about schooling to Bree, she read it, pointed out why she disagreed with the article, and thanked me for sending it to her. She in turn sent me an article about schooling that we both could agree on.  For his part, Joe cheerfully pointed out to me once that he and I were far apart politically. That never stopped him from being cordial.


Despite our differences, the Gunters always showed generosity of spirit.


I’ll always be thankful to them for their kindness and consideration to me and for their service to our town. They have been great neighbors, involving themselves wholeheartedly in our community. They’ve been a real blessing to Northwood, which is the better for their participation in our public life. 


I wish Bree and Joe the very best in all their future endeavors. 


Michael Faiella




Northwood School 2018-2019 Kindergarten Registration


Kindergarten registration for the 2018-2019 school year is being held at Northwood School on Tuesday, May 22nd.  Please call the main office at (603) 942-5488 or email: to schedule a screening/registration session.  There will be three sessions offered.


Session 1: 8:30am - 10:00am

Session 2: 10:15am - 11:45am

Session 3: 12:15pm -   1:45pm


During your visit, parents will have a tour of our school and meet our principal, assistant principal, school counselor and the school nurse.  The children will have a brief visit and assessment with our speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists and academic professionals, as well as an interactive activity with our kindergarten teachers.


Things to bring with you to the screening / registration session:

• The completed registration packet

• Copies of residency requirements (see residency form for specific items)

• A copy of your child’s birth certificate


We look forward to meeting you and your child.


Thank you,

The Kindergarten Team



Chesley Memorial Library News


It’s time for a little spring romance! On Saturday, April 21, 1:00 p.m. at the Chesley Memorial Library, Carol Owen will be reading from and signing her new book, Sassafras Summer. It’s the story of Annie, who drives cross-country to take refuge with her mother from her train wreck of a life — only to discover Mom is newly engaged. When Annie meets her mother’s soon-to-be stepson, enough sparks fly to start a three-alarm fire. But can Annie trust herself to let love in?


Afterwards, Carol will be joined by other local writers from the library’s weekly writing workshop, who will read from their works-in-progress. It’s sure to be a fun afternoon of stories and poems!


Carol Owen grew up in NYC and has been a professional artist for many years. Recently, she has come back to her love of writing, starting with her nonfiction book Crafting Personal Shrines and continuing with her novel Heartfelt. Sassafras Summer is the latest in Carol’s series of tender romances from Wild Rose Press. Visit her online at


For more information, please contact the library at 942-5472 or visit



Letter To The Editor

“Enough with the Swap Shop”


I’ve stopped by the swap shop a number of times and have seen nothing more than the residue left over at a yard sale that didn’t sell. I’m for saving and reusing items but protecting them from sun, rain, and snow is all it deserves- there is no need for painted walls, heat, electricity, insulation, etc-a waste of money. (Just because money is available doesn’t mean spend it!) The influence of the infectious influx of liberals who vote, tax, and spend has to stop. We are not Bedford or Portsmouth, we have a small tax base and low income overall. Be frugal, be Conservative: be of NH not MA!


Find a new “personal” project at YOUR house that doesn’t involve our town or our money. A novel idea: Save instead of spend! God Bless America and our President.


Paul A. Johnston




Giving Back: Northwood Friends Of Recreation Receives Donation

Selectmen Chairman Donald “DJ” Hodgdon, Northwood Recreation Director Sharon DeLuca, Recreation Commissioner Dave Ruth, Recreation Commissioner Amy Hanavan, Taylor Bryer, and Recreation Commissioner Ashley Martin. 

Coe-Brown Northwood Academy Senior Taylor Bryer presented funds she collected as a fundraiser for her senior project to the Northwood Recreation Commission on behalf of the Friends of Recreation. Through the support of the recreation commission, Ms. Bryer raised $152.60 by selling glow sticks, temporary tattoos and Northwood wrist bands at the Trunk or Treat event held last year. The funds will be provided to the Friends group who are planning to build a playground at the town ballfields property.  Ms. Bryer has participated in Northwood Recreation activities for many years and currently works as a lifeguard at the Northwood beaches. She will be finalizing her decision this week for which school she will be attending after graduation.  




Philip G Cummings


Philip G Cummings, aka Mooner, of Northwood/Somersworth/Berwick made his last orbit at 1:35 pm on Sunday, April 8th, 2018. Philip was the son of Richard H Cummings and Phyllis M. Cummings. Philip leaves behind his daughter Skye Marie Cummings of Dover and son Chad Cummings of Florida, brother Richard of Northwood, Eugene of Strafford, John Schaudel of Bow, sisters Kathryn of Northwood and Patricia Cummings Gerlt of Pittsfield, his Aunt Gertrude (Betty) Paine of Concord and cousins and nephews.


Philip graduated from Coe-Brown Academy and the University of New Hampshire. Philip worked many years with his Uncle at Russell Animal Hospital of Concord before going on to carpentry. He was a fisherman, loved all animals and all sports. He is a well known foodie and known for eating everything and clearing anyone’s frig. Phil loved cribbage and scat with family and friends.


We would like to give thanks to all of his friends and neighbors who have been so supportive and caring to him in the recent years as well to his Pepperland friends. Phil always needed to be home on Wednesday night to attend the church suppers at Berwick Methodist Church.


A celebration of his life will be held on May 5th at 1:00 pm at the Somersworth American Legion. In lieu of flowers please donate to the NH Humane Society or an animal shelter of your choice.






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