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January 9, 2019

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On Monday Jan 14 at 7pm at the Northwood Community center, the Northwood Republican Committee is excited to present ...


Title: School Funding in Three Graphs and Two Jokes


In this talk, Ian Underwood will discuss a common misunderstanding about the relationship between school funding and student achievement, and present a novel way of thinking about ‘fairness’ that would allow us to achieve what we all say we want — an educated citizenry — at a fraction of current spending.


Speaker: Ian Underwood is a Learning Scientist, educator, and NH taxpayer representing the Coalition for Fairness in Education.


To reserve a seat, please email us at [email protected] or call Cheryl 603-344-2190.



Northwood Democrats will hold their first monthly meeting of 2019 on Wednesday, January 16 at 7pm in the Community Hall in Northwood Narrows, at the corner of Main and School Streets. We will be discussing the up-coming town election with a special focus on the Public Safety Complex proposal. Join us to learn more.



Northwood Congregational Church Epiphany Arts Festival

January 6 through March 3 and Coffee House Sunday January 27,  3:00 - 5:00 pm


The Northwood Congregational Church Epiphany Arts Festival for 2019 is back by popular demand.


The Epiphany Arts Festival visual arts display will return in all its glory on Epiphany Sunday, January 6 th and will run through and be taken down directly after worship service on Sunday, March 3rd , three days before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. Epiphany is also known as Three Kings Day and commemorates the day that the three kings arrived at the birthplace of baby Jesus after having followed the star in the Eastern sky for many days. They showered the infant Jesus with the gifts they had bought, gold and frankincense and myrrh and so we, to honor the occasion and celebrate the season of Epiphany, will showcase the artistic gifts of our church family including but not limited to: photographs, sculpture, paintings, poetry, jewelry, drawings, wood work, pottery, calligraphy, needlework, knitting, quilting etc.


To enhance the Epiphany Arts Festival, the church is also hosting a coffee house on Sunday January 27.  Church family and friends will share their gifts of music and writing from 3:00 – 5:00 pm in the Northwood Congregational Church fellowship hall. Coffee, tea, cookies and other snacks will be provided.


The Northwood Congregational Church is located at 881 First NH Turnpike, Northwood, NH.



Service Of Healing


On Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 5:00pm Northwood Congregational Church, UCC will hold a Service of Healing, for all those who suffer.  All are welcome to participate in this service which will acknowledge that the winter time can be a very difficult time for people who have experienced some type of suffering.  Our suffering can result from many things - loss of a loved one, loss of a beloved pet, loss of a job or the loss of good health, divorce, addiction, or empty nest.


During the service we will proclaim that God knows our grief, anger, frustration, and suffering and is there to comfort us through our experiences. God’s love for us is ever present and God will make all things new – this is the promise of the resurrection.


This service will include a welcome by NCC clergy, prayer, scripture readings and poems, reflective music, silent reflections, candle lighting, benediction/blessing and silent closing.


All members of the community are welcome to join for this important and timely service of healing. 


Northwood Congregational Church is located at 881 First NH Turnpike (Route 4) in Northwood, NH just east of Coe-Brown Northwood Academy.


The snow/inclement weather date is Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 5:00 pm.  If weather is questionable call the church office 603-942-7116.



Letter To The Editor

Safety Complex Proposal


Last night, 1/3/2019, the Budget Committee reviewed the Public Safety Complex warrant article, presented by Chief Glenn Drolet and representatives from the designer, SMP Architecture, and builder, Turnstone Corporation.


To build this complex, the town will use a 20-year bond through the NH Municipal Association. The total needed is $5,975,000, which includes purchase of the property ($229K), design ($321K), and construction ($4.673 million).


This is a “not to exceed” figure, and includes $800K in “contingency” or “just in case” funds which would be returned to the town if not needed.


The most memorable comment, IMHO, came from BC member Hal Kreider: “I feel like I have a gun at my head” to do this or else. I replied that “you feel that way because you do.”


So let me mention SOME of the negative outcomes that may befall us if we don’t proceed with this project.


Foremost is the fact that if we don’t do this now, the problem won’t go away, and it will only cost more later, as interest rates go up and the cost of steel increases. (Thank Trump’s trade war.)


Also, it was mentioned that if the State Fire Marshall condemns the ridge station, we will be parking our firetruck and emergency ambulance outside, and the EMT’s will have no place to sleep.


And since there will be no fire station at that end of town, home insurance rates will increase.


Then we have the risk of lawsuits because of the inadequacies of the police department. And the difficulty of finding officers to staff it.


Hence “the gun at the head” feeling. And yes, it’s a lot of money – but spread over 20 years – and it won’t hit tax bills until 2020.


The Bottom Line: The Budget Committee voted to support the warrant article 12-0.


Tom Chase




Letter To The Editor


The Antique Alley Regional Farmers’ Market had a successful season bringing products of a local nature to the community this year. The market is seeking new volunteers and vendors for next season to bring their products for sale and to act as board members for organizing the market.


In the increasingly globalized world we see foods being shipped coast to coast and around the world.  We see supposedly organic produce from China and we see problems and issues with contamination and trust. We see a centralized food distribution system where the produce of many farmers are being mixed together to the point where nobody knows where the contamination comes from and large scale recalls become commonplace.


Building a local capacity for food production can alleviate many of these problems.  Building community food sources builds community resilience. Trusted food sources where you know your farmer gives peace of mind and less waste from product recalls. Unfortunately, we as board members are seeing dwindling numbers of people coming to these local markets. The enthusiasm is there of participants, but farmers are falling away due to less people in attendance.  Unless we have a large upwelling of support from people willing to populate our board and vendors willing to sell their produce, we unfortunately will have to forgo the market next year.


Please reach out to us if you want to help.  Contact us at [email protected] or on our Facebook page or at P.O. box 278, Northwood, NH.  We would like to thank our our past sponsors including RPF Environmental, Deerfield Family Dentistry, Anytime Fitness, Umami Café, Deerfield Veterinary Clinic and Out House Ales and especially to Pirates Mechanical for their generous donations and use of their property.  Please get involved for the sake of our community and our values.


Submitted by

Robert Fenton

AARFM Board of Directors



CBNA Hosts First Annual Thomas Conway Classic Basketball Tournament In Smith Gymnasium

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The winning teams.  Nottingham Boys’ and Raymond Girls’.


On December 26th and 27th CBNA hosted the 1st Annual Thomas Conway Classic Basketball Tournament for 5th and 6th grade boys and girls from our local communities.


The tournament is in honor of Mr. Thomas R. Conway, a longtime principal at the Northwood School.  Mr. Conway led the Northwood School for nearly 20 years beginning in the mid 1970’s.  He organized and hosted a similar tournament for many years at Coe-Brown’s Garrish Gymnasium.  Although Mr. Conway was an enthusiast of basketball, his legacy was in the thoughtful development and nurturing of the youth of our community.  It is with his spirit of selfless giving and commitment to the youth of our community that we held this tournament.  


Proceeds from this year’s tournament will be used to fund The Tom Conway Scholarship, a scholarship presented to a Coe-Brown Northwood Academy graduate. 


Teams from Northwood, Strafford, Nottingham, Epping and Raymond were represented.  Nottingham Boys’ and Raymond Girls’ teams took home the first place trophies.






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