Northwood NH News

February 15, 2017




Northwood Democrats are invited to the next meeting at the Community Hall in the Narrows, Wed., Feb 15, at 7pm. Topics will include the upcoming town and school elections. RSVP to Johanna Chase, 942-8940,



Congratulations to Carter Rollins of Northwood, a freshman majoring in computer science, who was named to Clarkson University Dean’s List for the fall 2016 semester at Clarkson University.


Dean’s List students must achieve a minimum 3.25 grade-point average and also carry at least 14 credit hours.



Congratulations to Garrett William Kunz of Northwood, a sophomore majoring in mechanical engineering, who was named a Presidential Scholar for the fall 2016 semester at Clarkson University.


Presidential Scholars must achieve a minimum 3.80 grade-point average and carry at least 14 credit hours.



Congratulations to Randall Daniels  of Northwood, enrolled in Southern New Hampshire University’s BS Computer Information Technology - Degree in Three + Program. Randall was named to the President’s List at SNHU for the Fall 2016 semester.


Eligibility for the President’s List requires that a student accumulate an academic grade point average of 3.7-4.0.



Congratulations to Samuel Kenny  of Northwood, enrolled in Southern New Hampshire University’s BS Business Administration Program. Samuel was named to the President’s List at SNHU for the Fall 2016 semester.


Eligibility for the President’s List requires that a student accumulate an academic grade point average of 3.7-4.0.



Congratulations to William Ohrenberger  of Northwood, enrolled in Southern New Hampshire University’s BS Economics and Finance - Degree in Three + Program. William was named to the President’s List at SNHU for the Fall 2016 semester.


Eligibility for the President’s List requires that a student accumulate an academic grade point average of 3.7-4.0.



Letter To The Editor


To the Editor,

There is no shame. In her letter last week Ms. McGuigan tells us that she works in one of NH’s top 10 schools which has full day kindergarten. She makes the leap for us, fdk leads to a top 10 ranking. Horse manure!  A little homework will show that of the top ten schools, only five have full day kindergarten. Indeed, there is no correlation. Nor is there in student/teacher ratio. The top ten range from 10.1 students per teacher to 15.5. The three schools with the highest ratio, 15.5, 14.7 and 13.6 do not have fdk. Yet they can educate their children very well. Ours is 12. I’ll bet every one of the 10 has a much lower cost per student also. Don’t drink her Kool-Aid Fdk, full time curriculum director and $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ are all a smoke screen to hide the real issues at our elementary school...


How lucky her students are. I’m going to make some leaps too. Starting at the top I’ll bet she has a superintendent with a staff who manages to find the time to support her school in every way. Maybe she hasn’t had to put up with three principals and three assistant principals in under four years. Might she have a staff that tries to listen to all of the town’s residents and not just those that are politically like them? Could her school appreciate discipline? Do the teachers embrace new programs or fight them? Does her school board quash discussion, strive to limit other views, want to go home as soon as they get to a meeting, and support downright ineptitude? I’ll bet not. Does her district strive to get the support of taxpayers or ride roughshod and ignore the will of the people? Just asking.


The old Grinch,

Tim Jandebeur




Letter To The Editor


Well, my fellow Northwood residents, it’s time to set the record straight.  Mr. Jandebeur’s letter of 2/8/17 is full of misrepresentations.


The Public Hearing for the School budget was to offer the public the opportunity to hear and ask questions about the budget the Committee is proposing to the voters.  Therefore, it is for the Budget Committee to respond to any questions from the public.  All members are free to answer questions, and as Chair, it is my responsibility to answer as many as I can.  The Superintendent did respond to several questions, but when questions regarding transferring funds between lines were asked, our Board Administrator rightly reminded me that this line of questioning is more appropriate for Deliberative Session.  I did not refuse to allow it.


When asked if we looked at student or teacher counts, my exact response was “I took this budget as being one that was prepared and approved by the school board, that this was what met their needs, and I didn’t feel the need to challenge whether they had enough teachers, or too many teachers.  Again, I will tell you to check with the school board.”


As for the $700,000 that the BC was allegedly off on the 2015/2016 budget, here are the figures:  Health Insurance came in $184,201 less than budgeted.  Special Ed costs including transportation came in $360,825 less than budgeted. Some students moved out of town, others came back to mainstream, rather than out of district.  High School Tuition had $19,595 left at the end of the year. Finally, Unanticipated Revenue was received in the amount of $131,157, for a total of $695,678.   None of these lines could be predicted nor controlled by School Board or Budget Committee.


Folks, please do your own research, and Tim, let’s stick with the facts.


Ginger Dole




This Weekend’s LRPA After Dark Feature: 1930’s “Abraham Lincoln”


Lakes Region Public Access Television is throwing a cinematic celebration of Abe Lincoln’s birthday, and you’re all invited! Join us at 10:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday (February 17 & 18) for our “LRPA After Dark” feature, 1930’s dramatic biopic “Abraham Lincoln,” starring Walter Huston and Una Merkel. We are especially pleased to present this “lost classic,” as it is rarely seen on television. “Abraham Lincoln” was one of only two talkies directed by D.W. Griffith, a pioneer and innovator of silent film. It also was the first sound film about the Civil War that could be viewed by veterans of that war: historically remarkable! The film’s screenwriter was Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Stephen Vincent Benet. The movie is presented in a series of “personality sketches” – tableaus from Lincoln’s life and career. While the film was critically well received during its time, it has since fallen into relative obscurity, despite the fine performance of Walter Huston. If you love classic film, how can you resist? So grab your popcorn and join LRPA after dark for this vintage classic! 



Letter To The Editor


The School Deliberative Session was held last week at 6:30 pm at Northwood School.  Over 140 people were in attendance, including many parents with kids.


When the School Board presented the article for the operating budget, it was quickly amended to reduce the amount, removing funding for full-day kindergarten.  After discussion, the question was called for a vote.


At this point, a paper signed by 5 voters was handed to the Moderator requesting a paper ballot.  With a collective groan, the attendees began to line up to vote.


While this is certainly permissible under state law, it appeared to me that the signers were not worried about secrecy.  Rather, they clearly intended to slow the process down.  A friend of mine with two children in the school was upset and worried that she and many other parents might not be able to stay late enough to participate in the deliberations.  She was certain that this was planned by the five signers to use up time.   In fact, someone told me that I didn’t give him enough ballots because there were going to be more votes by paper ballots called for.


That first paper vote took almost half an hour.  At that rate, the article on full-day kindergarten, at the end of the warrant, would not be gotten to until much, much later – when many of the parents and those who had to go to work the next day might have left.


Fortunately, the amendment was soundly defeated – 90+ to 40+ - and the five signers didn’t repeat the ploy.


Even so, even with “show of hands” voting, the meeting took over 3 hours.  But before we left, in a final show of support, we amended a petition warrant article to “include” – not remove – funding for full-day kindergarten.  Please tell our State Legislators to vote for full funding of kindergarten by the State. 


Johanna Chase



Candidates For Town And School Officials


The filing period has closed for the March ballot and there are only two races for open positions.


On the school ballot, Marie Correa is challenging incumbent Keith McGuigan for a 3 year seat on the school board. 


James Vaillancourt and Lee Baldwin are both asking for your vote for the one-3 year term as Trustee of Trust Funds. Ms. Baldwin was appointed to the position following the resignation of a trustee last year.


All other candidates are unopposed on the town ballot: Selectmen-Scott Bryer; Treasurer-Sandy Priolo; Library Trustee-Patricia Vaillancourt; Cemetery Trustee-Stephen Bailey; Planning Board-Lee Baldwin; Budget Committee 4 openings for three year term-David Ruth, Betty Smith, Michael Smith, Brian Winslow; Budget Committee 1 opening for two years-Joseph McCaffrey; Budget Committee 1 opening for one year-Michael Faiella; Police Commission-John Schlang. 


Chesley Memorial Library and the Harvey Lake Woman’s Club will hold a Candidates Night on Tuesday, February 21 at 7 pm at the Northwood Town Hall. This will be an opportunity to meet the candidates, hear why they are running for office and for the audience to ask questions. 


A voter guide was included in last week’s Suncook Valley Sun. It includes all town warrant articles and zoning amendments that will appear on the ballot, along with a brief explanation of the articles. If you did not receive one, you may view the document online on the town website: or pick up a copy at the town hall during regular business hours Mon.-Fri. 8-4. 



Letter To The Editor

Re-establish Your Voice


February 6th, Northwood held its school budget deliberative session.  One observation realized was the friction amongst various groups within our town.


I can get this in Washington DC.  A deliberative session is time to discuss and work towards a common goal for the school children and the townspeople. There was NO community spirit to be had this year. Sharp lines of division were drawn on all sides, strategies were put into action, and in the end the voting public of Northwood will be denied their say on school matters. 


A small crowd of people have removed your ability as voters to accept or reject School Board spending and ideology in the operating budget this year. All petition warrant articles putting controls on the School Board activities have been nullified in favor of what they have decided is best. 


This is a disservice to all townspeople and students of Northwood.  In the end we see excess monies not producing stated goals (Northwood’s state ranking dropped again – now in bottom 1/3 of state) while hiking expenses, salaries, hiring people, and in my opinion not getting to real solutions to return Northwood Elementary to former status and glory.


But Election Day, March 14th, we the people can change the makeup of the School Board, and work in a new direction with Marie Correa (Candidate) who has worked in all 3 of our SAU schools over the years. This requires help from you the people of Northwood, since you will see on Election Day, you have been pushed aside, by the most autocrat School Board members who do not respect YOUR opinion.  Re-establish your rights as a citizen, vote Marie Correa – School Board    


Alec Correa




Letter To The Editor

Time to Up-shift


Downshifting, to many of you of a certain age, means shifting into a lower gear. But here in New Hampshire it all-too-often refers to the Legislature’s practice of cutting funding to towns to balance the State budget while leaving the towns to raise their property taxes.


Years ago, the State used to contribute to the building and renovation of schools. Our school expansion was funded in part by the State. Now the State’s contribution is zero, even as towns like Nottingham look at the cost of replacing the “temporary” modular classrooms – as we did – where some of their students are housed.


In the 1960’s, when the State started its employee retirement program, it matched towns that joined the system at 40¢ on the dollar. Six years ago, the matching ended and the full cost of employee retirement was down-shifted to towns – and to your and my property tax bill.


And when the school funding formula was written, the State provided only half the amount for kindergarten students as it did for Grades 1-12. That may have made sense when most kindergarten programs were ½-day. But now more that 60% of programs statewide are full day, and funding should be equal.


This session, House Bill 155 would raise kindergarten funding to the same level. Our Representatives should support this bill.


While she and her colleague, Rep. Brian J. Stone were no-shows at the Town Deliberative Session, to her credit, Rep. Yvonne Dean-Bailey did attend our School Deliberative Session. There she heard and saw 2-to-1 support for full-day kindergarten, both in the Operating Budget as proposed, and in the amending of contrarian petition warrant articles.


If they won’t come to town meetings to hear what we think, contact them directly to urge them to support HB155.


Tom Chase





Ellis A. Ring

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MANCHESTER- Mr. Ellis Albert Ring, 90, of Manchester, died February 1, 2017 at the Elliott Hospital after a period of declining health.


Born in Wilton, Ellis was the son of the late Joseph and Edwina (Weston) Ring.  He was raised and educated in Wilton.  He later enlisted in the United States Navy and proudly served his country during World War II.  Following his honorable discharge, he returned to New Hampshire and attended U.N.H., where he met his future wife.  He later matriculated to Springfield College where he graduated Class of 1953 with a degree in physical education.


Ellis was proud of his long career as a salesman.  He was employed for many years by the Grolier Corporation and later worked for the Here’s Where Company.  


A longtime resident of Northwood, NH, Mr. Ring was active in community affairs, as a member of the Bicentennial Committee in Northwood and an active volunteer with the Lions Club.  He was the first president and a founding member of the NH Snowmobile Association where he and his wife Eloise enjoyed the snowmobile ride-in for Easter Seals; as well as a founding member of the Saddleback Mountain Lions Club in Northwood and the Northwood Crankpullers Snowmobile Club. Ellis enjoyed his time as a caller for the Northwood Highsteppers and other square dance clubs. He was a member of Morrison #90 Masonic Lodge of Northwood and a life member of the Square Dance Foundation of New England.


He enjoyed square dancing, computers and above all, the time spent with family and friends at The Farm.  He enjoyed doing square dances for the kids at the Friday night cookouts at The Farm.


He was predeceased by his wife, Eloise (Watson) Ring, son, James Ring, and his brothers, Joseph Edward, Norman and Phillip.


He is survived by his children: Harry Ring of Penacook and Sandra Silva of Northwood.  He was the grandfather of Joshua and David Ring, Alicia Hullinger, April Lawrence, Melissa Burris, Sabrina Goss, and Arthur and Drew Ring.  He was the loving great grandfather to Keegan, Emmalynn, Margaret, Gray, Daniel, Mason, Starr, Erika, Emma, Dakota and Trevor.


There are no calling hours.  A Celebration of Ellis’ Life will be held on Saturday, February 18th, 2017 from 2 to 4 P.M. at Morrison Lodge 158 1st New Hampshire Turnpike in Northwood, NH.  During these hours, there will be a Masonic and Eastern Star Service presented.  Assisting the family with the arrangements is the Petit-Roan Funeral Home in Pembroke.  To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit












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