will be a candidates’ night for all Northwood candidates on
Wednesday, March 6 at 7:00 pm. It will be at the Northwood
candidates for town and school offices are invited to attend and
introduce themselves to the voters. Robert Robertson will
evening is sponsored by the Northwood Women’s Club and the Friends
of the Library.
Week Program: Color Burst Play Mats
Burst Play Mats will make their library debut on Wednesday, February
27! They will be out all day so you can stop in to play at any
time but we will hold “sock hops” at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Wear
your favorite socks and make plans to come together and have some
fun. What are Color Burst Play Mats? Interactive mats that respond
to movement and pressure with bright gel liquid colors that move
with every step, skip, jump, hop or hand movement!
Is Tuesday, March 12
Northwood voters will have the opportunity to select their local
officials for town and school district offices and to cast their
vote on both town and school district warrant articles, including
the proposed operating budgets. Polls will be open from 7 am to 7 pm
and voting is held at St. Joseph’s Parish Center on Rt. 4 next to
the Northwood Town Hall. Candidate’s Night will be held at the town
hall on Wednesday, March 6 at 7 pm. This will be an opportunity to
meet those who are running for for town and school positions. There
will be time for questions. The board of selectmen is changing from
a three person to five person board this year and both positions-one
year and three year- have multiple people interested in getting your
vote. Also, there are several openings on budget committee and
planning board with no one on the ballot. If you are interested in
running as a write-in candidate, you should attend Candidate’s Night
and make your position known.
Annual Town And School District Reports Are In!
2018 Annual Town and School District Report is available for pickup
at the town hall during regular business hours, Monday-Friday 8-4.
Copies will also be available at the polls on Election Day. You may
also view a pdf version of the town report on the town’s website:
www.northwoodnh.org Be sure to check out the photos, drawings
and paintings by Coe-Brown students which are included in the
Celebrate The Academy Awards All Month Long On LRPA After Dark!
Weekend’s Feature: 1952’s “The Snows of Kilimanjaro”
Throughout February, Lakes Region Public Access Television will
celebrate the Academy Awards with a month of Oscar®-nominated films.
For our final award weekend (March 1 & 2), we present 1952’s
adventurous melodrama “The Snows of Kilimanjaro,” starring Gregory
Peck, Susan Hayward and Ava Gardner. “The Snows of Kilimanjaro”
tells the story of American writer Harry Street (Peck) who is on
safari in Africa with his second wife Helen (Hayward). Their
marriage suffers from Harry’s drinking, womanizing and world-weary
cynicism. A wound on Harry’s leg becomes infected, and as he lays in
a feverish delirium, he reflects on his life and past loves. One of
his great regrets is losing his beautiful first wife, Cynthia Green
(Gardner). Her memory and the way that he lost her haunts his
dreams. As Harry clings to life, Helen nurses him and protects
him from the many dangers lurking just outside of the campfire. Will
Harry survive the long night, and will he and Helen be able to find
love again? Based on the short story by Ernest Hemingway, “The Snows
of Kilimanjaro” was well received by many critics and movie goers.
It was nominated for two Academy Awards, including Best Art
Direction and Best Cinematography. It also received a Directors
Guild of America nomination and was named one of the Top Ten Films
of 1952 by the National Board of Review. In his New York Times
column, critic Bosley Crowther noted “ … They have made a picture
that constantly fascinates the eye and stimulates the emotions in
small, isolated ways.” It is a beautiful and exotic Technicolor film
that exemplifies the often spectacular filmmaking of its generation.
Need we say more? Grab your popcorn and join LRPA after dark for
this gorgeous, dramatic adventure.
To The Editor
with interest Chief Drolet’s explanation of why the proposed Safety
Complex must cost more than the one Farmington built. The site is an
expensive piece of land, that is too narrow to permit using a single
story structure, that has structures on it that must be demolished,
that will require widening of the highway, that will require over a
quarter million dollars in site preparation in addition to well and
septic. Others have written that since the location is in the east
end of town, the fire station in the Narrows will continue to be
used. All these points suggest to me that the selected site may not
be an optimal one.
esteemed budget committee member says we need to borrow now because
interest rates are rising, not quite what the Fed has recently
hinted. He wants to belittle other community members for wasting
money on projects he deems wasted a total amount that is less than
the new elevator is going to cost. Not one of the items he cites
cost as much as the epoxy finish on the complex’s garage floor. He
mentions about one million dollars of new homes being for sale on
his road but forgets that the cost of educating the children
reasonably expected to live in those homes will cost more annually
than those homes will generate in property taxes.
suggest there needs to be more cost / benefit analysis put into a
proposal costing us six million dollars.
To The Editor
reading over the ballot for Northwood’s Board of Selectmen race, my
name may stick out like a sore thumb. More precisely, my name may
not resonate with many at all, as I am the only candidate in the
field to have not already held an elected office in the Town of
Northwood. With that said, all public servants begin their career
when they see a need to act.
it sometimes feels like we are living in an irreparably divided
community, I have found that we have much more in common than a few
letters to the editor, or Facebook fights may suggest. We all care
about our children, our tax burden, and the safety and well-being of
our neighbors. We all want to be heard. We want to feel like our
needs are being considered by our elected officials.
professor, my work is focused on information and knowledge. I
believe that one needs to gather information and increase knowledge
by hearing all sides of an issue before making a decision that will
affect others. Unshakable certainty that one is right without an
effort to understand alternate viewpoints can create a sense of
powerlessness among those with something to say. Making tough
decisions is part of the job, and I appreciate the need to take
action. But, to truly serve the town, the Board of Selectmen must
consider all facts, differences in opinion, and multiple viewpoints
before making a decision on a matter.
elected, I promise to remain fair, civil, and sensible, and I will
always strive to hear multiple thoughts on an issue. I look forward
to the opportunity to serve our entire town. Please consider voting
for me, Matthew S. Frye, for the Board of Selectmen on March 12th.
Northwood School Quarter 2 Honor Roll 2018-2019
Jocelyn Young, Principal and Mr. Adrian Alford, Assistant Principal
are pleased to announce the honor roll for the second quarter.
High Honor Roll
Adams, Gabri-el Collins, Aiden Cox, Nathaniel Curtis
Clemmer, Jayden Hartigan, Landon Huntington, Pacey Labelle, Allie
McGuigan, Ean Pinard, Tyler Tkaczyk, Katerina Xanthopoulos
High Honor Roll
Demontigny, Bailee DeTrude, Andrew George, Maxwell Heigis, Michaela
Linskey, Somer Loto, Holly Smith, Olivia Swett, Makennah Tatem
Blad, Corbin Carri, Campbell Hartford, Jaida Hurd, Saere McGuinness,
Kiley Murphy, Kylie Prusia, Judith Quinney, Hannah Shortt, Elizabeth
High Honor Roll
Serenity Brown, Eilah Crawn, Amy Demaine, Liam White
Elizabeth Abernathy, Joseph Allie, Sophia Arroyo, Lillian Biron,
Jeremy Bisson, Cameryn Drouin, Caleb Edgecomb, Jorgia Garrow,
Lillian Gonzalo, Kailyn Harlow, Aiden McGuigan, Marlee Millette,
Cara Nikolaus, Aiden Quaglia, Constance Russo, Emily Sheldon, Emily
High Honor Roll
Abernathy, Natalie George, Evelyn Heppler, Emma Mayo
Dobson, Kahlan Gilbert, Gabriella Grogan, Zoe Harlow, Maya Jacques,
Kaitlyn Linskey, Jackson Miller, Meghan Murphy, Breanne Peters,
Emma-Lee Place, Blake Spina, Madysen Sweet, Jake Wolf, Brayden Yeo
To The Editor
are considering voting yes on March 12th for a safety complex to
house the police and fire departments, please consider the long-term
consequences of what has been proposed. The initial cost, nearly $6
million alone, should set us all to thinking: for a town whose
population has not yet reached 5000, that’s a lot of increased taxes
to be borne by a relatively small number of taxpayers.
costs of this enterprise are not being talked about. To borrow as
large an amount as $6 million over 20 years as has been proposed
will exceed $2 million in interest costs. Think about that!
addition, the $6 million does not include furnishings. Also, every
year we will pay for increased operating costs for this new larger
building, including maintenance, utilities, and janitorial costs.
Financially responsible taxpayers will take all of this into
fellow Northwood citizens,
an update on my suit. It was heard, the Select Board has admitted
violating many NH RSA 91-A laws. The judge has ordered that
both sides have until Friday to submit any additional information.
She will make a final decision quickly. Thanks for your
support this, both financially and intellectually.
running for the selectman position for two reasons. One, is the
exorbitant cathedral-like proposed safety complex. I painfully read
Chief Drolet’s 600 word attack on Farmington’s bigger, better
constructed,and far cheaper complex. I would ask you to remember
three things. Unlike the committee in 2014, the 2018 committee
did not visit any complexes. They met, I believe, three times
illegally (admitted in court) over 70 days and came up with this
extravaganza, spending money that you told them not to in March
2015. What the committee did not look into is far more enlightening
than what was done.
the general condition of the towns management. We are on our fourth
Town Administrator in the space of 18 months Many boards and
committees are in disarray and in need of members. I’ve lost count
on how many building inspectors, three or four, and other town
employees that have quit or been fired. It’s a lot. It’s bad.
would say I’m negative. Not so. I positively believe that we can
build a safety complex in Northwood that meets our needs for under
$3 million. I positively believe that the issues at town hall can be
remedied with compassion and management. I would never knowingly
violate the 91-A laws as our selectmen did. I positively know that I
will work hard for you to fix these and many other problems.
Literary Magazine Receives National Recognition
National Recognition for CBNA’s Literary Magazine Paragon – Volume
Paragon, Coe-Brown Northwood Academy’s Literary/Arts magazine has
received two prestigious national awards for its 2018 edition. The
magazine received a Gold Medalist Certificate from The Columbia
Scholastic Press Association and a designation of Excellent from the
National Council of Teachers of English. CBNA teachers Anna
Hazen and Danielle Muir act as advisors for the club.
year’s staff included editors Alicia Baratier, Emily Cunningham and
Hannah Halka, with staffers Taeva Ahern, Emily Buehne, Madison
Cunningham and Jocelyn Gagnon. Literary works and visual art were
submitted by students school wide, then the student staff selected
the pieces to be included and designed the pages for the 52 page
Congratulations to all of the talented CBNA students who contributed
to Paragon’s success.
Letter To The Editor
Northwood Public Safety Complex
Architect Firm developed the $6 Million plan and cost estimate
including contingencies with Cornerstone Construction Management
Company that was presented on February 3, 2019 during the Northwood
Deliberative Session. lf the voters approve Article 2 ($5,975,000.00
Bond as the spending limit) then the final design will proceed.
Building structure estimates are usually more straight forward and
easier to figure out than the below ground surface site work
Concerns about the contingency money for the safety complex are a
concern for the taxpayers. For example: Sitework- one does not know
exactly what is below the ground surface. Contingency money might
not be enough to cover unknown items such as possible contaminated
soils, poor water quality, low percolation rates, ledge, etc. I am
not sure what programs for soil explorations are planned. Other cost
items include permits for access and development to meet State of NH
DOT and NH DES requirements. No one knows for sure if the
contingency money allocated is adequate.
point in time, it would be wise to vote “No” for Article 2. Next,
review the proposed plans to eliminate any possible items and
research for unknown costs. Do you remember the first meeting for
the Safety Complex last Fall? It was stated; no more money would be
spent than the $6 Million Bond or cuts would need to be made.
To The Editor
weeks ago, I had the pleasure of joining Police Chief Drolet on a
visit to the Farmington Public Safety Complex that has become the
point of comparison with the facility we have on the drawing board.
much of the visit dealt with the physical plant - what they have and
what we hope to have to house these two departments, I also had the
opportunity to talk with Police Chief Drury about some less tangible
aspects of the project.
started with the Farmington force some years ago, and when he rose
to become chief, began to actively advocate for this project. It
took about eight years to convince the Selectmen and the citizens
that new facilities were needed.
Fortunately, the Select Board began to set aside money each year
that significantly reduced the bond amount - another reason why
their bond is lower than what we contemplate.
meantime, he said, there were days when he didn’t want to return to
work in the run-down old police station.
Apparently, over the years, a number of his officers felt the same
way - coming as rookies and leaving when a better job came along.
seen this happen in Northwood.
said, he likes coming to work, and instead of being a “donor
department,” he has been able to hire talent from other departments.
leaving, a framed copy of The Puddledock Press (think Suncook Sun)
from March, 2017, caught my eye: “March 3rd Set for the Big Move to
the New Safety Building.” The article concludes, “The new
facilities will give us all something to be proud of and help make
us all safer.”
To The Editor
years ago, I was trying to build youth lacrosse in the community.
I had a parent volunteer to help coach our “Bear Cub” lacrosse
program, he introduced himself as Matt Frye and instantly made a
positive impact with the kids and parents. This is a group of four-
and five-year old kids that don’t have long attention spans.
Matt surveyed the situation, recruited additional parent support and
brought everyone together to create a fun and positive experience.
gotten to know Matt as a person and friend over the last five years
and this is exactly how he operates. Matt also volunteers as a Cub
Scout pack leader and dedicates time and energy into the Friends of
Northwood Recreation and Northwood Recreation Commission, where he
is constantly looking for ways to create more opportunities for
everyone in our town to come together.
genuinely cares about the community we live in and the people that
make it up. He understands that our community is built by a mix of
people with different backgrounds and beliefs and that we ultimately
want all of our voices heard. Matt listens, he doesn’t judge
or make things political, and he cares. He truly cares about making
this community better and that’s why I know he would be a perfect
addition to the Board of Selectmen.
Introduce yourself to Matt the next time you see him, you won’t
regret it. Vote for Matthew Frye, Board of Selectmen on March 12th.
To The Editor
far too much benefit of the doubt, here I make the following
observations related to Chief Drolet’s numbers regarding the
Farmington safety complex comparability.
Drolet’s numbers, the proposed price we are looking at for Northwood
is at least 1 to 2 million dollars more than other comparable
projects in the area suggest. Farmington has become a comparison
because it became apparent to some concerned residents that the six
million dollar project being boosted was faulty.
starters, Drolet and the BOS did not even look at Farmington as an
example to learn from.(Actually there are others that offer lessons
also). But let’s stick to Farmington. Of course there are
differences: land cost, site work, location access requirements, and
these do add to the Farmington cost scenario (and just perhaps these
are exacerbated by a poor site choice in Northwood). But not
Farmington started with a realistic grasp of what they could afford,
not allowing the tail to wag the dog. The dog in this case being the
most possibility that was affordable not a design first without hard
dollar constraints. Contingency money of some $800,000 should be
virtually non-existent. The proposed design/build should have a
confident number that the Builder can live with and the taxpayers of
Northwood not be hung with.
was not an upfront, community-visible project from the get go. The
police chief, who is sworn to uphold the law, has never expressed
his concern with what has become an illegal process, violating
numerous RSA’s - the first and foremost concern, though, lay with
the BOS’s lack of due diligence.
reason these RSA’s exist is to enable the best government possible
(even when we don’t deserve it…).
to start over and do it right.