Northwood NH News

October 4, 2017


During the month of October, the Northwood Congregational Church, UCC will be recognizing Domestic Violence Awareness Month by collecting items for several organizations.  Donations of shampoo, conditioner, soap, wash cloths, feminine hygiene products, toothbrushes, toothpaste, lotion, body wash, socks, toilet paper, bath and hand towels will be collected and distributed to organizations including - local New Hampshire domestic violence shelters, Rosie’s Place in Boston, End 68-Hours of Hunger, and several local Food Pantries.  Donations (of any size) can be brought to the church, located at 881 First NH Turnpike (Route 4) next to Coe-Brown Northwood Academy, and placed in the collection box (in Fellowship Hall) when the church is open ~~ Wednesday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., or Sunday 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.  Northwood Congregational Church, UCC services are open to all - we invite you to join us for our 9:00 service any Sunday morning.



Letter To The Editor


Sights and Sounds at Northwood School in our first month:

First and fifth graders sharing the joy of reading together, children expressing genuine care and concern for each other in the nurse’s office, brainstorming ways to help victims of natural disasters, intriguing new books in our library, students excited about starting to learn a new musical instrument, having fun and getting exercise playing new whacky games in gym class, helping a peer struggling with a mobility issue, offering to sit with someone new at lunch, staff and students being patient and tolerant with the heat and humidity in the building, middle schoolers stepping up to be leaders, staff gathering, preparing and setting up a student art exhibit at the Deerfield Fair, 8th graders taking responsibility for fundraising for their class trip, kindergarteners doing hands on learning about the life cycle and migration of monarchs, our new online student art museum at, energetic soccer players despite long, hot days, everyone - staff, students, parents -  working together with  caring and resilience despite the challenges we begin the year with.  Way to go, Northwood!


Beth Benham, RN

Northwood School Nurse



Northwood Lake Watershed Association Celebrates Selection As Hannaford Cause Bag Program Beneficiary


Northwood Lake Watershed Association (NLWA), a nonprofit committed to the preservation and health of Northwood Lake, has been selected as a beneficiary of the Hannaford Cause Bag program for the month of October 2017. 


The Hannaford Cause Bag program was launched in October 2015 and is designed to support local nonprofits through the sale of the reusable Hannaford Helps bag. 


NLWA was selected by Hannaford store leadership as the October beneficiary of the program at the 174 First NH Turnpike, Northwood NH Hannaford store. For every blue Hannaford Helps reusable bag with the good karma message purchased at the Northwood Hannaford during October, NLWA will receive a $1 donation. 


“We are honored and excited to be chosen as the beneficiary of the ‘Hannaford Helps’ bag program.  The NLWA and Hannaford are committed to protecting our lake and its watershed,” said NLWA President, Kevin Ash. “100% of donations received will be used to continue our mission of combating invasive aquatic plants in order to preserve Northwood Lake for all to enjoy.”


NLWA has a goal of raising $1,000 during October, which is equivalent to 1,000 bags bought in support of NLWA. 


NLWA is a nonprofit based in Northwood NH. Founded in 1992, a group of concerned Northwood Lake residents formed the NLWA to deal with the worsening milfoil infestation problem. Since then, our activities have continued to include the monitoring and control of the ever-present milfoil in our lake, as well as providing educational resources to our members and the lake community at large. Learn more about NLWA by visiting


For more information on the Hannaford Cause Bag program, visit  or



Letter To The Editor


In response to the September 20th opinion of Tim Jandebeur and the student test scores accompanying it.


To point out the obvious, data intended to demonstrate change over time must have at least two points, a start and end point.  It is not possible to back up a statement like “…after over four years… the three towns certainly show a decline” with the spring 2017 SBAC scores alone.


To point out what is not obvious, but what Mr. Jandebeur and school board members know, is that four years ago the state DOE mandated the NECAP, which is not comparable to the SBAC. The 2013 data isn’t comparable to the 2017 data. There are no data sets available which support nor refute Mr. Jandebeur’s claims, at least involving student test scores. It is misleading to imply otherwise.


It is not this author’s intention to persuade the community one way or the other, but those interested can compare school scores against the state average and can track grade levels back to the 2016 SBAC scores via For Northwood in 2017, five of six grades are at or above the state average in math and three in reading. The one year trend shows overall increases in math proficiency and declines in reading proficiency.


I provide this information to be transparent, interpret as you will, because I believe Mr. Jandebeur ignored this data along with the incompatibility of the SBAC/NECAP tests when he presented his opinion. In doing so, his opinion and incomplete data combination are misleading.


To declare that the district is in decline is one thing, to attempt to persuade us with faulty data is immoral.   


Brian Winslow

(a Northwood parent and taxpayer)



LRPA After Dark Celebrates Halloween With Its 2nd Annual “Shocktober” Festival, A Month Of Scary Cinema!

This Weekend’s Feature: 1965’s “Planet Of The Vampires”


Throughout October, join Lakes Region Public Access Television each Friday and Saturday night at 10:30 p.m. for a scary good time! “LRPA After Dark” celebrates Halloween with four frightening films from Hollywood’s past. This weekend (October 6 & 7), we get the month started with 1965’s eerie sci-fi-alien gem “Planet of the Vampires,” directed by Italian horror master Mario Bava and starring an international cast that features American film actor Barry Sullivan.


In “Planet of the Vampires,” two spaceships – the Argos and the Galliot – are sent on a mission to the uncharted planet of Aura. As the crew of the Galliot enters the planet’s murky atmosphere, the crew inexplicably begins to violently attack one another. Only Captain Mark Markary (Sullivan) has the ability to resist this murderous urge, and he keeps the crew from killing each other. Upon leaving the ship, the crew finds the remains of the Argo, only to discover that the entire crew is dead, having apparently killed one another! Markary and his crew bury some of the dead, but most seem to be locked in the Argos’ control room. When the Galliot’s crew returns with tools to unlock the doors, the dead bodies have disappeared. As the realization that not all is well begins to set in, the crew of the Galliot tries to leave, but their ship has some damage that must first be repaired. One by one, the crew begins to be found dead. Will Markary and the rest of the crew get back to civilization? Or will the mysterious planet Aura keep them all from returning home?


Many film critics and sci-fi writers agree that Ridley Scott, director of the classic horror movie “Alien,” was greatly influenced by “Planet of the Vampires.” Some of the plot points share similarities. It is also interesting to note that, as the cast was international, each actor spoke his or her own native language – Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and English – often with no way of understanding what the other actor was saying. The film was then dubbed for individual markets. The movie was made with a very low budget, and so Bava used miniatures, forced perspectives, colored lights, leftover props, etc. to achieve the look and atmosphere of the film. Sci-fi and horror fans love it, and you will too. So grab your candy corn and join LRPA after dark for this rarely screened gem from the past.


Mark your calendars for these coming Halloween treats:

October 13 & 14: 1959’s “A Bucket of Blood”

followed by Halloween cartoons

October 20 & 21: 1962’s “Carnival of Souls” 

October 27 & 28: 1972’s “Horror Express”



From The Town Administrator’s Desk

By Joe Gunter, Northwood Town Administrator


I have been lucky enough to serve the Town as Administrator for more than two years now and it has been a pleasure serving the community. Today, I want to acknowledge the progress in Northwood over the last year and thank all of those folks who quietly volunteer their time to keeping the town running.  You know who you are; thank you for your time and effort.


At the transfer station, the cost to haul our trash away has been reduced by as much as 27%, and the money we receive from recycling is at a 3-year high, up 21% over last year.   In addition to saving the town money and increasing recycling revenue, we have seen a big increase in volunteering at the Swap Shop.  We now have a group of 12 who quietly clean the “Shop” every week asking nothing in return.  As an added convenience we have started accepting credit and debit cards at the Transfer station.   


Another example of progress is the ongoing work at the athletic fields. Many people don’t know that the Town built a baseball diamond at the Route 4 ball fields and we received a $20,000 grant to install a picnic shelter. The shelter will be ready for the trunk-or-treat event on October 28th.  In addition, the Conservation Commission has created hiking trails on conservation land just south of the athletic fields.  Your Recreation Commission is working on expanding the small playground near the soccer fields.  Fingers crossed we receive a $30,000 grant from the Fed for new playground equipment in 2018.  Last week we received a $10,000 grant to refurbish the historic Town Hall windows.  After installing energy efficient heaters and AC units, this window project will help the Town save on energy costs in the future. I know, it’s boring, but improvements like these help keep the tax rate down.      


Other things that are important: the boat ramp and Mary Waldron Beach will be refurbished this year. All of the road work was completed before school was let out for the summer of 2017 and we are in the process of replacing one of our bridges on Bow Lake Road.  The best part about the bridge work is that 80% of the project, about $560,000, will be paid by the state just because we asked to be placed on the list to receive the money. By simply asking for the funds back in 2015 we are keeping the tax rate down and improving infrastructure. 


A plug for volunteers: we are always looking for more.  If you are passionate about soccer or recreation; keeping the swap shop looking good; recycling; economic development; or want to be part of the playground improvement/expansion or trunk-or-treat event, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. My number is 462-0456 and my email address is Or better yet stop by and chat - I’m around Town Hall from 7am to about 4:30pm almost every weekday and many days later than that. Stop by and see me.



Letter To The Editor

Full day Northwood kindergarten... can you believe it?!


The kids are all settled into the routine. There are two classes; one class has 22 kids and the other 20. The first few days were exhausting, with so many new things to do.


So far they have done their computer state testing and assessments for reading placements; they have hatched butterflies, made “apples” to enter at the Deerfield Fair, painted handprints in the kindergarten hallway (yes... on the walls!) and had a blast showing off their classroom at Open House evening. They have made lots of friends and have learned their names. They have “discovered” school lunches (pizza day being the favorite) and have classroom jobs including taking care of our class pet Teddy the guinea pig.


As of this writing, they have learned two sight words (I and can) and read them every chance they get! Today in math we learned about commutative properties: 5+3=8, so 3+5=8.  I acted like, “Are you sure?  It can’t be right!” They were so funny “teaching” me. Can you believe today was only day 14?!  Wow, we are amazing in Kindergarten!


The pace is so strange now that we have these kids all day.  It’s not a “big rush” to get things done... we actually have painted three times! 


They all love making projects and are so proud of their work that is hung up on the bulletin board. This is by far the best thing our town has done for our children!  I wish the doubters could ask the kids.  I try to post stuff on our Facebook page, “Northwood School Educators.”  I want everyone to know how special our school really is! We will be making applesauce next week and squeezing cider after that.


Beth Boudreau,

Northwood Kindergarten Paraeducator



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Thank you, Tom Chase, for showing NWS kindergarten students how to make apple cider! They loved learning about the process and participating in making their own cider!



CBNA To Host Opera Mozart And Salieri

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CBNA alumnus Michael Dodge (left) as Mozart and Rob McGinness (right) as Salieri will perform Rimsky-Korsakov’s Mozart and Salieri October 2 at CBNA.


On October 2nd, 2017, Coe-Brown Northwood Academy will present Mozart and Salieri, an opera in one act by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov.


This rare masterpiece will feature tenor and CBNA alumnus Michael Dodge in the role of Mozart, baritone Rob McGinness as Salieri, accompanied by Dr. Dan Perkins of Plymouth State University on piano.


The performance will take place in the Gerrish Gym on the CBNA Campus at 7pm. The opera will be sung in the original Russian with English translations supplied. Admission is by freewill donation. Rob McGuiness is a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory and will receive his Master of Music from Peabody Institute in May. As a scholar of musicology and theory, Michael Dodge has presented research papers on vocal music at conferences in the United States and abroad. Michael holds degrees from Plymouth State University in New Hampshire, and the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University where he worked as a graduate assistant and was awarded the George Woodhead Prize in Voice.  Dr. Dan Perkins is in his 24th year at Plymouth State University (NH), where he is professor of music and director of choral activities, and in 2007 was appointed the first Stevens-Bristow Distinguished Professor. 



Northwood Receives New Hampshire Division Of Historical Resources Grant

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Selectmen Richard Wolf (left) and Donald “D.J.” Hodgdon accept the $10,000 Moose Plate Grant for the Town of Northwood.


The Town of Northwood received a grant from the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources for its Town Hall refurbishment project. The Grant will go towards refurbishing the 7 Historic single pane windows in Town Hall.


The Town of Northwood recently received a $10,000 grant from the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources. The grant will help further Northwood’s mission of preserving it historical resources by refurbishing the 7 original 1847 windows in Town Hall while at the same time shrinking the Town’s carbon foot print through reduced energy consumption for heating the Hall. 


“With the help of the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources, the Town of Northwood is preserving its rich architectural history embodied in Town Hall.  We understand we are custodians of the Town’s historic resources and wish to preserve them for future generations to enjoy. Northwood thanks the NHDHR for its support.” – Joe Gunter, Town Administrator 


About the Town

The Town of Northwood, New Hampshire, seeks sustainable growth that protects its natural and historic resources, while preserving our values, qualities, and culture.


The town actively looks to promote and improve the quality of living for its residents, enhance the Town’s sense of community, and preserve the integrity of its small-town heritage.


The town is committed to providing excellence in service for all citizens, businesses, and visitors through constant improvement and determination. We strive to sustain the public trust through open and responsive government, and we encourage public participation from our citizens and businesses. 


About the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources

New Hampshire’s state historic preservation program began in 1974 as the State Historic Preservation Office in the Department of Resources and Economic Development. In 1985 it became the Division of Historical Resources (DHR) and was moved to a new department, and was renamed the Department of Cultural Resources in 1998, which also includes the State Council on the Arts, the State Library, the Film and Television Office, the Commission on Native American Affairs, and Curatorial Services. As of July 1, 2017, and since the adoption of the New Hampshire’s state budget for Fiscal Year 2018-2019, the Department of Cultural Resources’ four divisions have combined with the Division of Parks & Recreation and Division of Forest & Lands (both formerly divisions of the Department of Resources and Economic Development) to form the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.



Letter To Editor


Next time you ride through the Narrows, take a minute to check out the Community Hall. This building has been brought back to pristine condition because one person took an interest in it. Twenty years ago, the building was falling down, but because one person was willing to make an effort, this building is once again a valued part of our community. 


Community pride is something we should all think about and do what we can, when we can, to make our town the best it can be. Everyone is busy with life and all that it entails, but if you take a little time to give back, the rewards are usually worth it.


Which leads me to my favorite subject, the transfer station. I’ve started a petition to have a warrant article so the taxpayers can vote for a new swap shop building at the transfer station, which we are in dire need of. An interesting fact I didn’t know, the board of selectmen can refuse to put any warrant article in to be voted on. That doesn’t seem fair at all; it doesn’t even seem very democratic! It would seem the taxpayers should have a say in how their money is being spent by being allowed to vote on it. What are they hanging on to that expendable trust for? 


Meanwhile, if you see me around, stop and sign the petition. The new swap shop will save us money, and it’s always fun to fund a treasure. 


Til Next Time,

Viena Dow












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