Northwood NH News

January 18, 2017



Congregational Church Service Project

All are welcome!


Join us on Sunday, January 29th at 9am for our In-house “Service Service”. We will be assembling Blessing Bags to distribute to those in need who we encounter, as well as creating baskets of baked treats to deliver to our local emergency service personnel and town service workers. For ways you can contribute, as well as information on our future service projects, visit



Congratulations to Kayleigh Michelle Sherman of Northwood, who is majoring in Nursing. She  was named to the Dean’s List of the University of Rhode Island.


To qualify for the Dean’s List, students must have completed 12 or more credits during a semester for letter grades with at least a 3.30 quality point average. Part-time students qualify with the accumulation of 12 credits with a 3.30 quality point average.



Congratulations to Catherine Jarvis of Northwood who was named to the Emmanuel College Fall 2016 Dean’s List. To earn a spot on the Dean’s List, Emmanuel students must achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or higher for a 16-credit semester.



This Weekend’s LRPA After Dark Feature: 1936’s “Sabotage”


Join Lakes Region Public Access Television at 10:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday night (January 20 & 21) for our “LRPA After Dark” presentation of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1946 espionage thriller “Sabotage,” starring Sylvia Sidney, Oscar Homolka and John Loder. 


All of London goes dark, and people at a cinema are angry, demanding their money back. Just as the blackout occurs, the cinema’s owner, Karl Verloc (Homolka), secretly comes home to his upstairs residence through the back entrance, pretending that has been asleep. When his much younger wife (Sidney) comes to get him, Verloc tells her to refund the customers’ money, much to Mrs. Verloc’s surprise, as they are short of cash. Verloc reassures her, stating that her that he will be “coming into money soon.”   Shortly thereafter, the electricity is restored, and it is revealed that the blackout was an act of sabotage on the city’s power grid. Verloc is a member of a secret European terrorist group and took part in the thwarted blackout. As such, he gets a new, more serious and dangerous assignment – to place explosives at the Piccadilly Circus train station, a job that he makes him uncomfortable. Unbeknownst to Verloc, he has aroused the suspicions of Scotland Yard. Detective Ted Spencer (Loder) has been assigned to investigate Verloc. Spencer goes undercover as a greengrocer and befriends Mrs. Verloc’s younger brother Stevie, using his friendship with the boy to get closer to the family, as Scotland Yard is unsure as to whether or not Mrs. Verloc is part of the terrorist plot.  Spencer grows fonder of both Stevie and his sister as Verloc becomes more suspicious. The detective begins to create doubt in Mrs. Verloc’s mind: what is her husband really doing when he leaves the house? She starts to pay closer attention to her husband and question his actions. Verloc realizes that he’s being watched so his contacts come up with a devious plan to get the bomb to Piccadilly Circus, which includes getting Stevie to unknowingly deliver the package. Will Spencer be able to intervene in time? And what will happen to those who engage in sabotage?


The subject matter of “Sabotage” – organized terrorist activities – may have felt outrageous to pre-WWII audiences, but will seem very up-to-date to today’s viewer.  The film includes one of Hitchcock’s most infamous scenes, one that shocked audiences in 1936 and is still quite powerful more than 70 years later. “Sabotage” features outstanding performances from both Oscar Homolka and Sylvia Sidney, as well as first-rate production values and cinematography. Four years completing this film, Hitchcock moved to Hollywood and directed “Rebecca” for David O. Selznick, beginning his long and illustrious U.S. career. If you’ve never seen “Sabotage,” then grab your popcorn and meet us after dark for this thrilling movie from the past.



Letter To The Editor


To the Editor,

The Grinch here, reporting for duty. There’s a wonderful business here in Northwood. This business caters to our needs, hires our residents and stocks our wants. I don’t know if the owner and his family are flaming liberals or right wing wackos. I don’t care.


At their store they and their employees appear to be without politics, nonracist, and nondenominational. The owner, his family, and every great employee, without uttering a word, say the same thing, thanks for supporting us. This should be the business model for our public school that is supported by all taxpayers. Sadly it’s not.


I want to thank Nurse Benham for inadvertently showing you one of the three serious problems at Northwood School. A list is provided  by her of things, beyond teaching, that she and our (we pay them) teachers perform.  Apparently I do not appreciate all of these things. She is right.


What she doesn’t tell you is that while all of these things are being done by herself and the teachers our students don’t know that 2+2=4. 


It is not the job of our school employees to push their socialist agenda, their whole child mantra. We have parents, churches etc. The three R’s, Reading, wRiting and aRithmetic are. At that, they’re not so good. They excel at sending our kids out woefully unprepared. If you want all of our support take a page from a successful business. Keep your biases to yourself.


Tim Jandebeur




Letter To The Editor


Reading all the comments on the Ramp Issue, I am wondering why we have let the ramp fail  in the first place.


For many years I have used the ramp to launch my boat and it has gotten worse each year.  I hear the arguments, that only a few people use it, so how come, whenever I want to take my boat in or out, I have to wait?  And how about all the “seasonal  taxpayers” who pay all year long and will have no adequate launching ramp?


The issue of pollution is another red herring, since pollution spreads in a liquid all over the place and many boats are using the area even if they do not launch there


Regarding Milfoil: even launching the boat in Strafford will not reduce the possibility of getting it into the lake.


Ergo: let’s fix the beach and the ramp and have something to enjoy in Northwood.


Hubert R Bittner




Letter To The Editor

What to do with Grandma?


“You want grandma living in the guest room?” warns Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi. “You repeal the Affordable Care Act.”  That was her ominous prediction for Americans if the Republicans repeal Obamacare.


Her question reminded me of my childhood in a working class neighborhood of New York City. When my maternal grandmother died, my maternal grandfather moved in with us. When my paternal grandfather was diagnosed with a terminal illness, both paternal grandparents came to live with us. 


All told we had at least one grandparent living with us for the better part of two decades. All lived with us till they died. All died at home. None of them ever saw the inside of a nursing home.


I know that having Grandma in the guest room isn’t always possible, but that’s how my mother and father answered Nancy Pelosi’s question.  And I never regretted the fact that my parents welcomed their aging parents into our home.


Michael Faiella




Tire Pressure Warning Lights

By Jim Grant, Northwood Garage

Northwood TPMS warning light.jpg

Have you ever heard “Your tires need winter air”?  This has been sort of a joke for many years.  There’s more truth to it than you may realize, and the tires pressure warning light in today’s vehicles prove just that.


Did you know that the pressure of your car’s tires drops about 1 PSI for every 10 degrees of temperature drop?  If you had your tire pressure set on a warm day and now, overnight temperatures are dropping below freezing, the tire pressure could easily drop 4 PSI (which happens to be enough to turn on the low tire pressure warning light on most cars).  The fix is simple... when setting tire pressure this time of year, add about 4 to 5 PSI to the recommended pressure.  


Adding a little extra winter air pressure should cure your cold weather tire pressure warning light problems.  (Don’t forget to switch to summer air pressure in the spring, which won’t be here soon enough!!)


Stay warm.....



Letter To The Editor


There are some Northwood residents persistently presenting you with an old and rather silly argument against full day kindergarten. They stubbornly insist that because it has been defeated at the polls (as separate warrant articles), it should no longer be an option and they are furious that it has been put directly into the school budget for the next year, claiming that it’s a sneaky, back door way of doing business.  In truth, there are many opportunities for public comment and input along the budget building process but they are not usually well attended by busy working parents or anyone else really.


It seems, by their logic, that once a warrant has been defeated by those who showed up to vote (less than 900 total, for AND against) on one given day of the year, it should not be brought forth again.  If this practice was always followed,  the only people voting in this country in 2017 would be white male property owners.  Sometimes it takes many attempts to make a needed change the law of the land (think women’s right to vote, Civil rights and black voting rights to name a very few).


However you feel about all day kindergarten in Northwood, please don’t be swayed by this archaic argument.  And please do get out to vote in March, whichever way you plan to do so!


Beth Benham, RN, BSN

Northwood School Nurse



Letter To The Editor

Full-Day K and Economic Development


A number of letters on the issue of full-day kindergarten have referenced the fact that a stand-alone petition warrant article failed last year, and therefore, the School Board should not have built it into this year’s budget. But there are number of important differences between last year and this.


First, last year’s warrant could only call for raising the money needed for FTK. It could not also say that by not running a mid-day bus, $42,000 would be saved, making the actual cost around $60,000.


Also, as School Board Chair Keith McGuigan has pointed out, the Board went though the budget looking for savings that could be applied to the cost of FDK. For example, because of enrollment, there will be two fewer positions to fill, and those savings can be directed to FDK. And, of course, unlike last year, this coming year, there is no $200K bond payment.


I would also note that the budget would be significantly less had not 16 additional students moved in to attend Coe-Brown. But rather that bemoan this, let us learn from it.


People move to towns where there are good schools. A recent article in the Concord Monitor pointed out that enrollments in Hopkinton and Bow – both of which have FDK – have increased while surrounding towns without it have not seen these increases.


Offering FDK would make Northwood a more attractive town to move into, holding home values steady – if not increasing them, and that would increase our tax base.


Also, some of these new families might bring with them an entrepreneurial spirit, resulting in some new business. Think how many businesses in town are owned and operated by people who live here.


So you can think of FDK as an economic development tool – and also the right thing to do for our youngest citizens.


Tom Chase













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