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January 16, 2019

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Colby-Sawyer has named Megan Spainhower of Northwood to the Dean’s List for fall 2018. Spainhower, who majors in nursing, is a member of the class of 2020. To qualify for the Dean’s List students must achieve a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale while carrying a minimum of 12 credit hours in graded courses.


Congratulations, Megan!






Saturday, February 2 Deliberative Session of Town Meeting at Coe-Brown Northwood Academy 9 am. Snow date: Feb. 3 same location & time.



Ashley Foss, of Northwood has been named to the dean’s list at Becker College for the fall semester. The dean’s list recognizes all full-time students whose term grade point average is 3.50 or higher with no grade below a B- and no incomplete (I) or withdrawal/failing (WF) grades.


Congratulations, Ashley!



Northwood Emergency Food Pantry Receives Grant From The Thomas W. Haas Fund Of The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation


The Northwood Emergency Food Pantry recently received a $1000 grant from the Thomas W. Haas Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.  The grant will be used to purchase many of the needed food items for the pantry in the coming weeks.   The Northwood Emergency Food Pantry wishes to thank the support provided by the Thomas W. Haas Fund for their generous donation.  The pantry, a non-profit organization, provides assistance to Northwood residents in need of food throughout the year, as well as food baskets during the holiday season.


The Northwood Emergency Food Pantry located at 842 First New Hampshire Turnpike, Northwood, NH, has been assisting Northwood residents in need of food for over 35 years.  It relies on a dozen volunteer staff that is responsible for purchasing, transporting, stocking, and distributing food to clients.  The pantry supports up to 60 families per month and survives solely on the generosity of others.  The Northwood Emergency Food Pantry hours are the first Saturday of the month 9:30-11am; the second Monday from 2-3:30 pm and the last Wednesday of each month from 9-10:30am.  Emergency appointments can be made by calling (603) 664-6937 or (603) 942-8663.


The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation is a New Hampshire’s statewide community foundation, founded in 1962 by and for the people of New Hampshire.  The Foundation manages a growing collection of more than 1,800 funds created by generous individuals, families and businesses, and awards nearly $40 million in grants and scholarships every year.  The Foundation works with generous and visionary citizens to maximize the power of their giving, supports great work happening in our communities and leads and collaborated on high-impact initiatives.  For more information, please visit or call 603-225-6641.    



Opportunity Knocks


The filing period for open town and school positions opens on Wednesday, January 23 and runs through Friday, February 1 at 5 pm.  Check the ad in this week’s Sun which shows the list of positions to be filled.


The town and school district depend on volunteers to fill these slots. Selectmen and school board members do receive minimal compensation.  Many of the positions meet monthly and the only requirement is a willingness to serve and learn.  The budget committee meetings are condensed into December and January with only a few meetings during the remainder of the year.


If you would like to know more about any position, contact Town Clerk Savannah Audet or School Clerk Penny Hampl during regular business hours and they can assist you or direct you to someone who can answer your questions about a particular position. 


There are also a number of boards whose members are appointed in March. There is currently an urgent need for a zoning board member to complete the five person board. Alternates are needed on both planning and zoning boards; training is available and paid by the town. 


A complete list of elected and appointed boards and committees is listed in the annual town and school report available on the town and school websites. Consider serving your community and being a part of the decision making!



Letter To The Editor


Our recycling efforts are failing miserably! Why? Granted the markets are low but now more than ever, we need to do all we can to keep recycling. If we break even that’s still better than paying. We all realize the importance of recycling. The only ones who don’t realize it seem to be the selectmen. 


They wasted $20,000 on a useless gate and $8,500 on a compactor that isn’t big enough to solve the problem with our trash overflow and they don’t support any of our efforts to improve our facility. We need both compactors for trash and we need to find a better way to recycle plastic. Co-mingle is just one option. 


I’ve heard rumors that we are no longer recycling, this is not true. Taking your time to sort your trash at home and then going to the transfer station and throwing your trash in with furniture or demo seems like a waste of time, not to mention money. All of us want to do the right thing but we need the support of the people in charge. This situation is not going to resolve itself. We need selectmen who are at least going to try to fix these problems, not just shove them aside because they are either disinterested or they have a grudge against the facility they need to feed. 


We need a manager at the facility, someone to keep accurate records, oversee staff, and find the best deals on recyclables. This position would pay for itself. In 2003 an article was approved to hire a manager. 16 years have passed! How long does it take? 


When voting time comes around lets remember this mess and vote for someone who will at least try to fix our problems.


Until Next Time,

Viena Dow



Letter To The Editor

Safety Complex Proposal


Fire stations and police stations are like schools: you gotta have ‘em.


So the good news from the public session before the BOS meeting last week was that there was nobody getting up and saying “we don’t need this!”  Instead, the focus was on the cost and its impact on our property taxes.


The good news is that it won’t hit until next year, it will only be 1/20th of the total cost AND it may be less than estimated.  Payments on the 20-year bond begin when the project is completed in 2020.  Then each year, we pay back a portion.


More importantly, the total cost is a “not greater than” total that includes two $400k contingencies - one for construction over-runs and one for town over-runs.  In addition, there is an excellent chance that this project - a public safety complex in a town of less than 5,000 - will qualify for a USDA grant for $500K, reducing the cost by $1.3 million.


And now is the time to do this, when interest rates are at historic low levels around 4%.  So for those who want to delay the inevitable, I say “it will only cost more.”


But I genuinely sympathize with those in the town who are poor and/or living on fixed incomes and/or elderly.  I’m one of them.  All of the above.


But I have and will vote for this project, knowing that it is good for the town and more selfishly, will help to preserve, if not enhance the value of my home when I seek to sell it.


As for how we must pay for it - local property taxes - even as we must pay for our schools with inadequate so-called “adequacy funding” from the state is the topic of my next letter.


Tom Chase




Presentation About Private Well Contaminants In Northwood


In New Hampshire, water quality in private wells is typically NOT monitored by the state or federal government.  The Safe Drinking Water Act, which requires routine sampling, applies only to public water supplies.  The only way to know what is in water from your private well is to sample it and send the samples to a laboratory.


It can be dangerous to be unaware of the quality of your well water, because in Northwood there are naturally-occurring, tasteless, odorless, and colorless contaminants in some places that cause bladder and lung cancer, and other health issues.  Recent research by the Department of Environmental Services (DES) found that even at the EPA’s Maximum Contaminant level of 0.01 mg/L, arsenic poses a 1-in-300 to 1-in-900 risk of bladder cancer to someone drinking this low level of arsenic over a lifetime. 


A very limited sampling of Northwood’s private wells happened during Northwood’s 2018 Private Well Drive; and over the years, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) laboratory has compiled analytical results for all towns, including Northwood.


On Wednesday, January 23, at 7:00 in the Town Hall, the DHHS and DES will present data about private water quality in New Hampshire and Northwood.  Sets of sample bottles with sampling instructions and forms will be available from Monday through Friday of that week in the hallway at the Town Hall for your use.  A price list will be posted nearby the bottles.  The sample pick-up date is Sunday, January 28th at 4:00 in the afternoon outside of Town Hall.  Bacteria samples must be collected within 4 hours of drop-off.  Please be prepared to pay with a check.


Please be proactive about your health.



Thank You From Northwood Santa’s Helpers


Thank you to the citizens, businesses, and organizations of Northwood for your support and tremendous response to the 2018 Northwood Santa’s Helpers program. 


We were overwhelmed with the number of fantastic donations of toys for all ages, stuffed animals, gift cards and cash used to purchase winter clothing.


Once the toys were organized on tables, the room looked like any child’s dream come true toy store.


Your caring and thoughtfulness made it possible for 24 families to be assisted with gifts for their children to enjoy.


Additional thank you to Northwood Heritage Hardware, Northwood Diner, Northwood Post Office, Northwood TDBank, Wilder’s Flooring and Northwood Garage for donating space for our collection boxes.


Your assistance is greatly appreciated by our members and the families in making this community program possible.  We wish you and your families are safe and healthy New Year.


Northwood Fire-Rescue Association Santa’s Helpers Program



New NH Historical Highway Marker Honors ‘Nottingham Square’


The N.H. Division of Historical Resources is pleased to announce that a New Hampshire Historical Highway Marker has been installed on Route 156 in Nottingham, the site of Nottingham Square.


The marker reads: 


“Nottingham Square

The Town of Nottingham was created by a Royal Charter in 1722. A plan of the town was completed in 1724; at that time the design of the Nottingham Square was laid out with the house lots and the intersecting streets of Bow, Fish, King and North. The town’s first school, blockhouse and later meetinghouse were built on this summit. The site of militia drills in 1775 and home to four Revolutionary War generals, Nottingham Square served as the center of the town’s business and social life for more than a century and remains common land for all.”


This is the first marker in Nottingham, and is the 259th installed in the state.


Any municipality, agency, organization or individual wishing to propose a historical highway marker to commemorate significant New Hampshire places, persons or events must submit a petition of support signed by at least 20 New Hampshire residents. They must also draft the text of the marker and provide footnotes and copies of supporting documentation, as well as a suggested location for marker placement.


New Hampshire’s historical highway markers illustrate the depth and complexity of our history and the people who made it, from the last Revolutionary War soldier to contemporary sports figures to poets and painters who used New Hampshire for inspiration; from 18th-century meeting houses to stone arch bridges to long-lost villages; from factories and cemeteries to sites where international history was made.


An interactive map of all of the state’s historical highway markers is available at the N.H. Division of Historical Resources’ website,


The New Hampshire Historical Highway Marker program is jointly managed by the N.H. Division of Historical Resources and N.H. Department of Transportation.






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