Northwood NH News

February 22, 2017



Millions of people across the country will celebrate the sixteenth annual Read Across America Day.  National Education Association’s Read Across America Day celebrates Dr. Seuss’s birthday and the joys of reading.  To honor the good doctor and promote the fun and value of reading, the Chesley Memorial Library will host a special story time (with birthday cake!) on Wednesday, March 1, at 10:30 a.m.   The Cat in the Hat (aka Town Administrator Joe Gunter) will be here (along with Thing One) to bring Northwood readers together under one hat, that famous red and white stovepipe, for a flurry (or furry) of reading excitement!  Local author Bree Gunter (“Buttertoast the Pirate Goat”) will be the guest reader and maybe we can even convince The Cat to read too!



We have ice!!! We raced last Saturday and will be back THIS Saturday. All Donations go Lions Camp Pride (501C) A special needs camp. For up-to-date information on racing call 303-4049. Thank You, Dave Linden Saddleback Mountain Lions Club.



Northeastern University is pleased to recognize those students who distinguish themselves academically during the course of the school year. Curtis Frye, a Northeastern University student majoring in General Studies, Business, was recently named to the University’s Dean’s list for the fall semester, which ended in December 2016.


To achieve the Dean’s list distinction, students must carry a full program of at least four courses, have a quality point average of 3.5 or greater out of a possible 4.0 and carry no single grade lower than a C- during the course of their college career. Each student receives a letter of commendation and congratulation from their college dean.

Congratulations to Jared Neal of Northwood, who excelled during the Fall 2016 semester at Hofstra University, achieving a GPA of at least 3.5 to earn a spot on the Dean’s List.

Suncook Valley Sno-Riders Poker Run, Saturday, February 25. Registration at Tilton Hill ball field from 9:00-11:00am. Parking available for snowmobile trailers.



Letter To The Editor


I can understand why parents bringing children to an evening deliberative session would be concerned lest the meeting run late. I can also understand their impatience with the pace of the proceedings.


Still, I was disheartened that a call for a ballot vote on a controversial article would be termed a “ploy” that was ”clearly intended to slow the process down” in order to get parents to leave the meeting early.


It turns out that what may have seemed clear to some just wasn’t so. As one of the five people asking for a ballot vote, I can say that we never had any conversations about delaying the process to get parents out early.  Not one. Nor did the thought even occur to me. We wanted a ballot vote so that people could feel free to vote their conscience without worrying about what their neighbors might think. For years people have told me they won’t  attend town meetings because they don’t want to antagonize their neighbors.


For some, it’s hard to vote against a boat ramp used by the family next door or against upgrading the road where your child’s teacher lives. A business owner might really have to think twice about casting a public vote that would alienate half the town...


The secret ballot is an integral part of our national democratic system. In fact, it’s required by state constitutions or laws in all 50 states.


Why does every state consider the secret ballot essential? Because it helps ensure integrity in elections by eliminating external influences on voters. When we see people voting against our wishes or interests, it can make us angry. We might even question their motives.


The secret ballot helps neighbors live on friendly terms.  Above all, let’s be good neighbors.


Michael Faiella



This Weekend’s LRPA After Dark Feature: 1928’s “Steamboat Bill, Jr.”


Join Lakes Region Public Access Television at 10:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday night (February 24 & 25) for our “LRPA After Dark” presentation of 1928’s silent comic masterpiece, “Steamboat Bill, Jr.,” starring the incomparable Buster Keaton.


Steamboat Bill Canfield is a rough-and-tumble Mississippi riverboat pilot. His riverboat rival is J.J. King, the wealthiest man in town. King’s goal is to put Steamboat Bill out of business. Luckily, Bill’s son, whom he has not seen since boyhood, is coming for a visit. Bill is sure that his son will be a chip off the old block: big, burly, and boat-ready. When Bill meets Willie (Keaton) at the train station, he’s in for a surprise. Willie is a “typical East Coast college man” – slight of build, with a mustache and beret, carrying a ukulele and definitely not ready for action. Bill and his crew take Willie for a makeover. At the local clothing store, he meets up with Kitty King, a girl he knows from school back East, who also happens to be the daughter of Bill’s rival. Much to their fathers’ chagrin, the two are attracted to one another and start to date. King decides to make matters worse for Bill by using his influence to get his boat condemned. There’s only one man who can come to his father’s rescue, Can Willie turn into Bill Jr,. save his father’s business and win the heart of fair Kitty?


“Steamboat Bill, Jr.” was Buster Keaton’s final independent silent feature before signing a contract with MGM – one that affectively ruined his career. Although he isn’t credited for the film’s script or direction, he played a great part in both of those areas, and the film is the better for it. The premise of the movie is simple, and one that Keaton used in many of his best roles: the “everyman little guy” steps up to an overwhelming challenge and goes from zero to hero. This film includes many examples of athletic prowess, characteristic of Keaton’s work, and features a deservedly famous climactic scene involving a perfectly timed collapsing wall. It was such a dangerous stunt that half of the film’s crew left before it was filmed, as they didn’t want to be on the set if things didn’t work out. Years later, Keaton himself remarked, “I was mad at the time, or I would never have done the thing.” While “Steamboat Bill, Jr.” opened to mixed reviews – some critics loved it, others not so much – it is now considered one of his classic roles, and holds a special place in the history of silent film. How can you resist? Grab your popcorn and meet us after dark for this wonder of silent film.



Letter To The Editor


On our March 14 ballot, the townspeople of Northwood are being asked to bind themselves to a new three year teachers’ contract.  The numbers on the ballot indicate that the school board estimates that the contract will cost the townspeople almost $500,000 over just the next three years.


But the way the information is presented on our school ballot doesn’t make that clear.


Article 3 tells us that the first year of the contract is estimated to increase our cost by $88,000.  The increase in the second year is pegged at $79,000 and in the third year at $78,000 (rounding all to the nearest thousand).


We must make the leap to understanding that the $88,000 cost occurs in all three years, the $79,000 cost is added in the second and in the third years, and the $78,000 cost comes in addition in the third year, for a total of almost half a million dollars.


At the school budget deliberative session, the school board’s lawyer said that the numbers are presented according to Division of Revenue Administration recommendations.   NH law requires that voters must be informed of the estimated costs of a multi-year contract if they are to be bound by it.  It seems likely that the DRA and the law would allow the ballot to make the actual three year $500,000 cost of the contract much clearer, and that would be the right thing to do.


Mary Faiella



Catamount Womenaid To Serve Northwood


Catamount Womenaid is pleased to announce that it has added Northwood to the towns it serves. Established in 2011, Catamount Womenaid has provided emergency financial assistance to men, women, and children in Deerfield, Epsom, Pittsfield and Strafford.


Requests for assistance are made through “validators” such as doctors, counselors, school personnel, clergy, and social workers. Potential validators in Northwood may learn more by accessing We are currently seeking a board member and fundraising volunteers from Northwood. Northwood residents who are interested in serving on the Catamount Womenaid board or volunteering for a committee can email


We are proud to welcome Northwood into our service area and hope you will help us spread the news throughout the town. Due to the success of fundraisers such as the Catamount 5K and the generosity of local donors, this expansion to Northwood is possible.


Fund raising events for 2017 include Catamount Bowling Night at Strikers East in Raymond on April 8, Catamount Spring Plant Sale on May 20 at Christie’s Antiques & Gifts in Epsom and the Catamount 5K at the Deerfield Fairgrounds on November 5.  Please visit us at and like us on Facebook @catamountwomenaid.



Letter To The Editor
Legislative Update


In a previous letter, I suggested that implementation of full-day kindergarten would be FREE. That is even more likely now with Governor Sununu including $9 million in his budget for additional assistance to towns with FDK.


At the same time, there is a bill in the House - HB155 - that would remove the distinction between funding for kindergarten and Grades 1-12, resulting in an additional $1,818.03/student, or $54,540.90 for an estimated 30 kids. That plus the $43,000 saved on the mid-day bus would make up almost the total cost of implementing FDK.


The Senate Bill - SB191 - is a little less generous in that it gives full-funding to districts that have FDK. But if we implement it, we could qualify for an additional $1,808.03/student.


What makes this bill noteworthy is the sponsorship. In addition to the Democrats, our own Senator John Reagan is a sponsor of this bill. Let us hope that our House representatives - Brian J. Stone and Yvonne Dean-Bailey - can do right by the town they represent and get behind the Governor and Senator to support this legislation.


Meanwhile, we need to go to the polls on Tuesday, March 14, and vote for the School operating budget and for the re-election of School Board Chair Keith McGuigan, whose opponent is opposed to this and other progress.


And if you need another argument for FDK, I suggest you google Merrimack County Sheriff Scott Hillard letter in the Laconia Daily Sun. His point: “The cost of investing in early education now is less than paying for costly interventions later. This is a smart and necessary investment.”


Right on, Sheriff.


Tom Chase





Philip Vultaggio


Philip Vultaggio from Northwood, NH, formerly of Belmont, MA passed away, Tuesday, January 24, 2017.


Born in Cambridge, MA, raised in Belmont, moved to Northwood in 1995. Phil was a 1973 graduate of Belmont High School and was enrolled in the USC film program, and was of 1of 7 selected to study at Universal Studios. He started his freelance writing and film career in 1975.


In his spare time Philip enjoyed doing creative miniature work and following sports, especially football.


He is survived by his loving wife Ruth (Hood) Vultaggio, his step-children Christopher Nawn of New Jersey, and Peter Nawn of Massachusetts, his loving sister Mari E. Harrison of Wilmington, MA and his devoted brother Joseph A. Vultaggio and his wife Leta of Nashua. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.


He was the brother-in-law of the late Frank Harrison.


Expressions of sympathy may be made to the American Kidney Fund by visiting


All rights reserved. This obituary is also archived at Brasco & Sons Memorial Chapels Waltham, MA.












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