Friends of the Chesley Memorial Library will hold its Annual
Meeting on April 30th, starting at 6:45 pm at the library.
The public is welcome and refreshments will be served.
agenda will include: President’s report; Treasurer’s report;
statement of purpose, and final planning for Humor and Harmony,
the next fundraising event.
Joseph J. Jeffrey VFW Post 7217 in Northwood announces there
will be a remembrance and wreath laying ceremony at the grave
site of Private John Bickford at the Canterbury Cemetery, Olde
Canterbury Road, Northwood NH on June 16, 2018. The ceremony
will start promptly at 10:00 AM and last about an hour.
Private Bickford was a veteran of the Revolutionary War and
served in General Stark’s 1st NH Brigade, Dearborn’s Company in
1775. He has lain in an unmarked grave for over a century.
In April of 2018 the VFW succeeded in obtaining an appropriate
head stone from the Veterans Administration.
Veterans, general public, and veterans’ or civic groups are
invited to attend. Groups please limit your official
delegation to three-persons. Please contact Post Commander
Daniel Barnhart at NHVFWPost7217@gmail.com
for additional information or RSVP.
Letter To The Editor
Some years ago on the last Friday evening in August I suddenly
realized in a panic that I had stupidly forgotten to register my
car. Now I had no way to get to work on Monday.
sheepishly called the town clerk, my neighbor Arlene Johnson, to
ask if anyone would be at the town hall on Saturday. She said no
and asked why. I explained the situation. No problem, she said.
Just come round to my house and pick me up and we’ll go open up
town hall to register your car. No trouble at all. And so it
once read that the American artist and antiquarian Eric Sloane
had been inspired by an epitaph he saw on the gravestone of a
New England matron of many years who had passed on. All it said
was, “She did what she could.” He later discovered it to be a
verse from the Bible.
Arlene always did what she could, especially if it meant helping
out a neighbor in trouble. I mourn Arlene’s departure. Like all
Northwood, I will miss her presence among us.
Annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day
Northwood residents may bring up to 10 gallons of household
hazardous waste (HHW) to Turnkey Landfill, Rochester Neck Road,
Rochester on Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.
This is the one time each year you may bring items that may not
be disposed of at the Northwood Transfer Station. There is no
charge. Household hazardous waste include: House and Garden
products: weed killers, bug/rodent poison, oven cleaners, drain
and toilet cleaners, pool chemicals, flea repellents;
Garage products: fuel additives., creosote, antifreeze,
transmission & brake fluid; Workshop/paint products: oil or
enamel based paints & stains, paint strippers, photography
chemicals, glues, solvents, etc.
Properly disposing of HHW protects the environment from
contamination and reduces the risk of poisoning and health risks
to humans. A complete list of information that can be
brought to the collection, along with a list of alternatives to
hazardous products, can be found on the event flyer on the town
This Weekend’s LRPA After Dark Feature:
1940’s “Our Town”
Lakes Region Public Access Television at 10:30 p.m. this Friday
and Saturday night (April 27 & 28) for our “LRPA After Dark”
presentation of 1940’s film adaptation of Thornton Wilder’s
beloved play “Our Town,” starring William Holden, Martha Scott
and Frank Craven.
in the fictional town of Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, “Our
Town” uses a narrator (Mr. Morgan, played by Frank Craven) to
introduce us to the people living in this small New
England town. Life has not changed much here throughout the
years: people are born and grow up, fall in love, marry, raise
families and die. In that way, Grover’s Corners is like any
other place in the world. We meet Dr. and Mrs. Gibbs (Thomas
Mitchell and Fay Bainter), who live next door to their friends
Mr. and Mrs. Webb (Guy Kibbee and Beulah Bondi). Their oldest
children, George Gibbs (Holden) and Emily Webb (Scott) fall in
love and marry. Through the magic of the narrator, the viewer is
able to examine the characters’ most intimate thoughts, fears,
hopes and regrets. Will George and Emily live happily ever
Thornton Wilder was awarded the 1938 Pulitzer Prize in Drama for
“Our Town,” and often called it the favorite of his works. The
play debuted to rave reviews on Broadway that same year,
featuring both Craven and Scott debuting the very roles that
they would play in this film two years later. Both critics and
moviegoers had much praise for the movie “Our Town,” which went
on to receive six Academy Award nominations: Best Picture, Best
Actress (Scott). Best B&W Art Direction, Best Original Score
(written by Aaron Copeland) and Best Sound Recording. Bosley
Crowther of the New York Times lavished the film with praise --
something he rarely did -- stating “We hesitate to employ
superlatives, but of ‘Our Town’ the least we can say is that it
captures on film the simple beauties and truths of humble folks
as very few pictures ever do: it is rich and ennobling in its
plain philosophy – and it gives one a passionate desire to enjoy
the fullness of life even in these good old days of today.”
What else do you need to know? Grab your popcorn and meet us
after dark for this simple, dramatic and stunning film
adaptation of this most beautiful and tender story.
Thanks to Paul A. Johnston
Your letter of April 18 was the best my wife and I have ever
read in The Sun! We were both raised in conservative Yankee
families and have lived in New Hampshire all our lives. We
bought our home in Northwood 23 years ago, believing it far
enough north to avoid infectious influx or what we call; liberal
creep. However, progressively it slunk into Northwood like a
disease; replacing common sense values with erosive liberal
ideals, school and social programs, and taxation.
Repeatedly common sense community leaders were slandered, voted,
or frustrated out of office. Some gave up. Some passed away.
Some left. We are in fact selling our home, though we believe
there is nowhere that we can go to avoid the creep. Our home is
a small cape on two acres. No garage, no town water, sewer, or
amenities. We pay for trash pickup and avoid “the dump.”
We’ve no use for the declining school system (daughter married
and moved away). Yet property taxes continually climb into the
liberal stratosphere. We’re literally forced to seek a community
where taxes are low enough for us to swallow the thought of
chronically paying for things that we don’t want, approve of, or
good Northwood folks like Paul A. Johnston, whom we sadly leave
behind, we say regrettably; fare well with the best of luck and
health to you.
the Northwood liberal infectious influx i.e.; The Creep, we say;
Have it your way. We will no longer help you pay for it. We will
however, sadly observe from safe harbor while you slowly but
most assuredly, with a lack of common sense typical of liberal
idealism, send a once historically sturdy ship straight to the
and Chris Horne
Letter To The Editor
I’ve been told that I should try to get donations to finish the
NTS swap shop building. Walls, paint, etc. Who are these
selectmen that they would make the taxpayers pay twice to finish this building, when
the taxpayers have $62,000 for this purpose, money the taxpayers
earned already by recycling. Not to mention all of the things
that have been
this some plan by the selectmen to stop putting recycling money
into the expendable trust? Do they think by refusing to spend
this money that was put aside for this purpose, that they can get their
fingers on it for some other project they have in mind?
Disposing of our trash is expensive, buying equipment that
transfer station is expensive, we need to continue wlth our recycling programs and we need to continue depositing money
from recycling programs into the expendable trust so when
unavoidable expenses arise we can cover the costs.
just spent $8,000 for a larger compactor bin, money taken from
the expendable trust. We didn’t need to try to find a way to pay
for it, the money was there. This is the reason for this fund.
swap shop building is just as important, we need to finish our
swap shop. It will save taxpayer dollars, and I believe it will
help to encourage more people to recycle. We can’t let this
building sit unfinished and rot away. That’s just stupid!!!
Take a stand, together we can make.this happen. Call your
selectmen and let them know how you feel.
Letter To The Editor
Northwood School Board has a vacancy as of April 19, with the
resignation of member Bree Gunter, who is moving out of town.
board will appoint a replacement to fulfill the term through
March of 2019. If you are interested in serving on the
School Board, please submit a letter of intent to Board Chairman
Keith McGuigan via SAU #44, 23A Mountain Avenue, Northwood, NH
03261, or by email at
by 4pm on May 16th. Feel free to include any relevant
experience or qualifications. Thank you.
Northwood School Board
Barbara Jean Hopkins
Barbara Jean (Steeves) Hopkins, 78, of Northwood, came to her
rest on March 26th, after a 26 year battle with cancer.
was born in Portland, ME on November 26th, 1939, the daughter of
Lewis and Dorothy (Mollins) Steeves. She was a graduate of
Deering High School, in Portland, class of 1958. She worked for
Sears & Roebuck in CT and later in Concord, NH. She later
worked for Healthsource/Cigna in Concord for eight years. She
was a member of the First Congregational Church of Pittsfield
and sang in the Church choir and also served as a Deacon. She
was a member of the Concord Cancer Support Group for many
years. Her greatest enjoyments were spending time with family
and friends and working in her garden.
was the widow of Franklin Hopkins who died in 2011 and is
survived by a son, Brad Brooks and wife Sue of Northwood; a
daughter Bonnie- Lynn Maloney and husband John of Affton, MO;
two stepsons Jeffrey Hopkins and wife Sandra and Henry Hopkins
and wife Cheryl; several grandchildren, great grandchildren,
nieces and nephews. She was predeceasd by a brother Allen
Steeves, and three stepdaughters.
joint Memorial Service will be held Saturday May 5th at the
First Congregational Church, Main St. Pittsfield at 11:00 AM.The
Rev. David Stasiak, Pastor, will officiate. Military Honors for
her husband Franklin, a US Army veteran will conclude the
service. A collation will follow in the Church vestry.
lieu of flowers donations in their memory may be made to CVRNA-
Hospice Program, 33 Pillsbury St. Concord, NH 03301
Waters Funeral Home, David Pollard, director, is assisting the
family with arrangements.