Northwood NH News

January 25, 2017


 

Letter To The Editor

 

On Tuesday,  I testified at a hearing before the Education Committee of the State House of Representatives in favor of HB207.  HB207 will prohibit the State Department of Education and the State Board of Education from requiring any school district to implement Federal Common Core Standards.

 

I reminded them that our Town of Northwood (2015) voted to opt out of Common Core and Smarter Balance Testing by 61%.

 

At this hearing there was only one person, who spoke against the bill.  He was a paid lobbyist, paid by your tax dollars.  He was from the New Hampshire School Board Association.  How is he paid by your tax dollars?   Under the Northwood School District School Board Services Budget there is a line called School Board Dues and Fees which they have budgeted $4,200.00 in the proposed budget.  A certain percentage of this money goes to pay this association.  This is whom the current members of our School Board are listening to as experts.  This man noted that HB207 was redundant because the Common Core Standards are already not mandated by the state.  The State of New Hampshire has gone past this, for almost every district has implemented Common Core because the State Dept. of Education mandated the Smarter Balance Testing.  I wonder who else is paying this man’s salary.

 

Everybody else that testified spoke in favor of the bill.  There were five parents who spoke.  They came from all different parts of New Hampshire with children in Elementary, High School, both, and two had children out of school and children still in school.  Each stated that Common Core was dumbing down their children.  Their children were frustrated and bored because of Common Core not because we need Full Day Kindergarten or a Full Time Curriculum Director.

 

Sincerely,

Marie L. Correa

 


 

Letter To The Editor

 

Rebuttal to rebuttal:

I feel honored to have sparked letters rebutting my views- especially that the Tom Chase would reply- I guess he’s accepted the federal election so is remembering “all politics is local”. I will say that I admire the consistency of the Liberals- they consistently never let reality get in the way of their agenda.

 

Tom, et al, misses the point- Full Day Kindergarten was voted upon and defeated- more than once. Period. Thus it IS sneak backhanded for it to be tacked onto a budget no matter if 1 or 1000 people did it, voted for or against,  attended meetings or didn’t. It was voted on. It was defeated just as Hillary was- that being another example of Liberals not accepting reality (unfortunately in that case people have been hurt and tortured as a result).

 

The Town and its Committees need to realize this is NOT Washington DC, Manchester or New Jersey (Gunter). Taxes are already exorbitant and an added tax burden for all to benefit a few is always wrong. As we make America great again, let’s return New Hampshire to its rural, frugal, conservative roots…that worked for over 200 years. The last 8 years, with a gross national debt exceeding that of all the former administrations combined proves that liberalization and expenditure of large amounts hurts rather than helps, disenfranchises and divides the nation rather than uniting and improving the life of those who contribute in (rather than take out) this once Great Nation. But gratefully the nightmare’s over- no more apologies for being American.

 

Take time- as Tom said, to play a game with your child- beforehand, teach them how to count and read the alphabet, etc—it costs the taxpayers nothing and the return on your investment of time pays high returns. Thank you.

 

God Bless President Trump.

Paul Johnston

Northwood

 


 

Time To Sign Up

 

If you have an interest in becoming an active participant in local government one way is to serve on one of the many boards and committees that rely on its citizens to make decisions that affect our town and school. The time to sign up to have your name on the local ballot for the March election is now: Wednesday, January 25 through Friday, February 3 at 5 pm.  

 

One question often asked is are there qualifications for a particular position? There is no specific knowledge or training required, only an interest and willingness to serve. Some positions such as town treasurer, for example, are best served by a person with specific experience in the field (financial). There are residency requirements and some positions do not allow you to serve on multiple boards.  Workshops are available for many areas of local government at no cost to a volunteer. Don’t hesitate to ask about any particular position or go to a meeting and see how the board or committee conducts business. 

 

Open positions on the ballot include one each: selectmen, treasurer, cemetery trustee, library trustee, police commissioner, and trustee of trust funds, all with three year terms. There are 2 planning board positions open with three year terms. There are currently 6 openings on the budget committee: 4 for three year terms and 1 each for two year and one year term.  On the school side, there is one school board member position for a three year term. 

 

To sign up for an open town position, go to the town hall office of Town Clerk/Tax Collector Judy Pease during her normal business hours. Contact School District Clerk Penny Hampl at 234-8609 if you would like to be on the ballot for school board member. 

 


 

Letter To The Editor

The Cradle of Liberty

 

“The democratic process has failed our children.” So said a school board member at Northwood’s budget committee hearing on the proposed school budget.

 

She was reacting to my complaint that although all-day kindergarten had been rejected each of the last 3 years, the last 2 years by wide margins, this year the board decided to overturn the voters’ decision and deny people a choice. This year there will be no warrant item on all-day kindergarten. The board plans to institute all-day kindergarten whether voters support the proposed budget or the default budget.

 

It is certainly true that the democratic process doesn’t always give us what we want. But what’s the alternative? If not the democratic process, then what process do we use to make important community decisions? Who decides, if not the people?

 

“Democracy is the worst form of government,” Winston Churchill once said,  “except for all the others.”  

 

We live in New England, where the American democratic process was invented. We cannot possibly say, here in the cradle of liberty, that democracy is just fine as long as things come out the way we like.

 

By embedding a repeatedly defeated item in  the proposed budget, the school board is telling Northwood’s citizens that their views and votes don’t count. People may very well be reluctant to exercise their right to vote when they see that a local governing board can render their votes meaningless.

 

The people have spoken. Their voice should be heard. 

 

The deliberative session is Monday, February 6th, 6:30 PM. at the Northwood School Gym.

 

Michael Faiella

Northwood

 


 

Letter To The Editor

 

To the Editor,

Budgeting. Nottingham. Public input. Three hot buttons this year. Budgeting is not an art form, it’s more about common sense. The amount of money is not near as important as budgeting the amount of money on hand. Poor budgeting ends in two results. First, nothing is working, and second, there is never enough money, as in Northwood School.

 

Nottingham, over years, made a number of budgeting decisions that are completely different than Northwood. They have over a hundred more students yet less teachers is one example. Instead they have a curriculum director. Nottingham’s  2017/18 cost per student is just over 16K. Ours, without the teacher and support staff contract, is over 19K. Auburn, 903 students, 13,809 per student. Candia, 409 students, $16,059 per student. Northwood, 609 students, $19,330 per student. All three mentioned schools, far ahead of us in educating their students. All four schools in our SAU dropped in ranking.

 

I will be talking about Thursdays farce Budget Committee hearing on the school budget. There were a number of absolutely incredible statements, but I want to be able to quote them exactly. The DVD is not ready. But stay tuned. I now know why the budget committee was off by over $700,000 on the recently ended school year. And I finally understand why three board members and nine budget committee members feel free to ignore the will of Northwood.

 

Tim (the Grinch)

Jandebeur

Northwood

 


 

Letter To The Editor

Mary Waldron For the People

 

The letter that Tom Chase wrote about repairing the boat launch at Mary Waldron beach was filled with so much rhetoric, that I had to respond.  His “What If” scenarios defy logic.  Tom’s implication that the repair of the boat launch at Mary Waldron Beach will set off a series of chain reactions that will result in the lowering of property values in Northwood, is an imaginative joy ride.

 

The fictional comment about the use of the boat ramp totaling 6-8 people is another laughable hyperbole.  Spend an hour at the boat ramp on Memorial Day, and Labor Day and the numbers will tell the real story.

 

Public assets in the town need upkeep and sometimes repair.  The idea of closing these public offerings every time they need repair is unconscionable.

 

Bow Lake is a beautiful natural asset for our town, yet it seems incongruous that Tom thinks it should be impossible for Northwood residents to enjoy what is in their own backyard.  The approbation of this money will keep the boat launch usable for Northwood residents for many years to come.

 

This boat launch is the only public access to Bow Lake in Northwood.  It is used by the fire department for rescues on the lake.  Time is of the essence during emergencies, and having a boat launch usable for the Northwood side of the lake could be a life -saving asset.  What cost do you put on human life?

 

For those of you in the town that enjoy boating, fishing, swimming and the ability to view the wildlife and beauty of Bow Lake. Don’t let Tom’s illogical and elitist views take away your only access to this natural treasure.

 

Stephen Conway

 


 

This Weekend’s LRPA After Dark Feature:

1951’s “At War With The Army”

 

Join Lakes Region Public Access Television at 10:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday night (January 27 & 28) for our “LRPA After Dark” presentation of 1951’s musical comedy “At War With the Army,” starring the classic comedy team of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. 

 

Sergeant Victor Puccinelli and Private First Class Alvin Korwin serve in the U.S. Army during WWII. Before enlisting, they were best friends and partners in a nightclub song-and-dance act. Since enlisting and serving on the same base, they tend to get on each other’s nerves. Puccinelli (Martin), a suave ladies’ man, is good at his boring, paper-pushing desk job, but dreams of being transferred to active duty overseas. His CO has no intentions of letting him leave, intending instead to commission him as the company’s Warrant Officer. Korwin (Lewis) is a lovable goofball who works in the mess hall but can’t do anything right. Everything he touches turns to disaster. He’s on K.P. duty as a result of his incompetence. Korwin begs for a weekend pass visit his wife, but can’t seem to catch a break. Things are further complicated by Puccinelli’s love life, which is in a constant whirlwind, plus the fact that Korwin wants his old partner to record a song they have co-written and rehearse for a USO show, much to Puccinelli’s chagrin. Will Puccinelli get to see active duty? Will Korwin get to see his wife back home? Most importantly, will the guys get together and put on the show?

 

Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis made 16 movies together over the span of their careers. “At War With the Army” was their third movie, but their first starring vehicle. Their roles in this film, as in all of their movies, follow typecasting: Martin as the handsome Romeo, Lewis as the luckless jokester. “At War With the Army” has everything that you’d expect from a Martin and Lewis movie: loads of wonderful slapstick moments, as well as songs, shtick, crazy mix-ups and zany antics, and even a spoof of Bing Crosby and Barry Fitzgerald in “Going My Way.” This was vintage Martin and Lewis, before egos and jealousy got in the way. If it sounds like fun, then grab your popcorn and meet us after dark for this wacky sendup of Army bureaucracy. 

 


 

Northwood

Congregational Church Service Project

 

Have you felt powerless and sad listening to the news lately?  Do you feel the urge to feel and do good this New Year in the midst of turmoil in this great country of ours?  We know it’s better to give than to receive and in the news lately, if you’re like me, you feel overwhelmed and lost for ways we can make a difference.  But we CAN!!!  Ripple Effects ROCK!

 

Please join us for our third “Service Service” at Northwood Congregational Church on Route 4 next to Coe Brown at  9 am Sunday, January 29th with a two-fold project.

 

We have decided on the months with 5 Sundays, we’ll use that time to go forth and do good locally in lieu of traditional worship that day.  We cleaned the athletic fields last October and planted annuals at Families in Transition in downtown Manchester last May to bring seeds of hope to those in the roughest part of that city.

 

Firstly, we ask that you bring 42 of something “treaty.”   A Peace Treaty if you will!  Cookies, candies, nuts, etc.  We’ll put 6 each in 7 baskets.  We will assemble them for our town service workers with a note of appreciation for keeping Northwood Safe and Sound.  We will make up cards of thanks and then deliver to the Police and Fire Dept. (the weekday workers such as the 2 schools, library, town offices, Transportation Dept. who keep our roads safe and secure will be delivered on Monday by volunteers). 

 

Secondly, we will assemble Blessing Bags to have on hand for homeless and underserved.  We will attempt to make up bags to have on hand in your car to give out to those who you think might need a pick me up. Many of us see these unfortunate people and wonder what we can do.  Think of bringing items to put in the bags pondering what you might need if you had nothing  or little?  Some things that come to mind are warm socks, flashlights , hand warmers, gift cards for groceries (you can purchase through the church for a win win). The list is endless and whatever comes we will use and bless them in prayer. 

 

Please see flyer from a group that started these and there is an online video to explain the project.

 

We know, through GOD, small things can plant seeds and make a big difference.

 

Our church is the centerpoint gathering spot for END 48 HOURS OF HUNGER so we really do try to emulate the Golden Rule wherever and however we can.  We’d love to have you join us!  We will have enough bags so that all who come will leave with at least one Blessing Bag to have on hand in your car.  If you can’t attend, you may leave donations in the church.

 


 

Letter To The Editor 

It’s Not Fair! 

 

Northwood’s only public access to Bow Lake is slated to be left to ruin. The majority of the cottages and homes along the Northwood portion of Bow Lake use the ramp seasonally to launch their water craft. These cottage owners pay the highest rate of taxes in Northwood providing a huge support to the town’s tax base.

 

And what about all those boat owners who cannot afford to buy a cottage on the water; the ones, like myself, who live close by within a mile of the Mary Waldron Boat Ramp? Evenings and week nights those like myself trailer their boats, launch, and then take their trailers back to their homes. Those boat owners, Northwood taxpayers, bought close to the lake because they had access to the recreation - for their families. That includes the people in Gaviat Green and McCullen Boathouse that launch about 20 boats a season.

 

It is not fair to use the “conservation card” to keep a certain segment of Northwood’s population off the lake by making the ramp inaccessible to the town’s only public access. Does the Conservation Commission want to force people who live on the lake to create their own private boat ramps? How is that protecting the environment?

 

The Mary Waldron Boat Ramp is to the point of excluding all boats due to the slope of the ramp and erosion into the lake that does not allow the boats to float in order to disengage from the trailer. How is this fair or fiscally responsible to allow this ramp to continue to decline to the point of disuse?

 

Think about this resource for Northwood residents and how it contributes to a better life. Support Northwood by voting “yes” to repair Mary Waldron Beach & Boat Ramp.

 

John Boyd

 


 

Letter To The Editor 

Boat Ramp Blues

 

I’d like to thank Fred Tobbe and Hubert Bittner for their recent letters to The Sun: Fred for describing the $61K project in some detail and Hubert for providing the viewpoint of a property owner who lives close to Mary Waldron Beach on Bow Lake Road. Fred also lives nearby, and his family lives across the street from Hubert.

 

Some of the aspects of the project seem worthwhile to me, such as building a wall between the beach and the boat ramp. But the boat ramp – as planned – will involve dredging 50 feet out into the lake and installing concrete planks to handle boat trailers. Whether this will pass muster with the Division of Environmental Services remains to be seen.

 

Hubert addresses two of my concerns, but manages to miss the point in both instances.

 

I – and the Northwood Conservation Commission – have expressed concerns about outboard motor exhausts polluting the area next to the beach and stirring up sediments – and nutrients – that contribute to algal blooms. Obviously, this is not as much of a problem once the boats are out in the lake.

 

He also dismisses the risk of milfoil being introduced, suggesting that it may come in at the Strafford ramp, 4.9 mile away. But he fails to note that Strafford has supported a Lake Host program for years at that ramp.

 

What’s missing from this proposal is any mention of initiating a Lake Host program at this ramp. There is still time to do that at the Deliberative Session, by adding another $3,500 to the Invasive Aquatic Species Prevention Fund.

 

Until these issues are addressed, I continue to see this as an ill-conceived project that will add 13¢ per $1000 to our tax bills while benefiting a relative small number of folks.

 

Tom Chase

Northwood

 


 

Buy A Filter Or Be A Filter

Submitted By Jim Grant, Northwood Garage

Northwood cabin filter.jpg

A cabin air filter catches more than dust, sometimes.

 

An engine air filter, filters out dirt, dust, and debris from the air that the engine needs.  The air that comes from your heater and A/C is outside air, the same air your engine needs. This air enters your vehicle through the grill located at the base of the windshield. 

 

But there is a problem with the air entering your car. It’s full of dust and stuff!  Dust, debris, pollen, road salt dust, even tire rubber; yes tire rubber!  After all, where do you think that tire rubber stuff goes as the tires wear?  (Clearly, not in neat little piles on the side of the road.) 

 

When you’ve been following another vehicle and the sun light is just right, you can see the dust and stuff swirl in the air behind that car or truck. If you’re using your heater, defroster or A/C in the summer, this dust is entering your car! 

 

Before cabin filters were introduced, you and your family were breathing dirtier air than your engine!  With that thought you can better understand that cabin filters are a good thing.  Cabin filters do need to be serviced/replaced regularly; generally twice a year. Ideally, follow the car manufacturer’s recommended service interval, which can be found in your Owner’s Manual.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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