Northwood NH News

February 1, 2017


There will be a CANDIDATES NIGHT on Tuesday, February 21, at the Northwood Town Hall.  It will begin at 7:00 p.m.  (Snow date: Wednesday, February 22, 7:00 pm) This will be an opportunity for all voters and interested people to meet those running for Northwood offices in the March elections. It will be moderated by former Moderator Robbie Robertson and all candidates will have an opportunity to speak briefly and answer questions from the audience.  This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Northwood Libraries and the Harvey Lake Woman’s Club.  Please call the Chesley Memorial Library at 942-5472 if you have any questions.



Congratulations to Emilee Gancarz of Northwood, a member of the class of 2018 majoring in environmental engineering, who was among 1,424 students from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) named to the university’s Dean’s List for academic excellence for the fall 2016 semester.


The criteria for the WPI Dean’s List differs from most other universities as WPI does not compute a grade point average (GPA). Instead, WPI defines the Dean’s List by the amount of work completed at the A level in courses and projects.



Letter To The Editor


To the Editor,
Having asked us in three successive years if we wanted all day kindergarten and clearly have been told a resounding no, no, and no, on a 3/2 vote, the School Board voted to hide it, bury it in the budget. Last year 77%, 193/642 said no to a full-time curriculum director. This year the cost is up twenty thousand to $111,000 and again the same three dug a bigger hole to bury it into the budget.


The NH Constitution, 1784, in Part First-Bill of Rights Article 32 states “and to request of the legislative body, by way of petition or remonstrance, redress of the wrongs done them.”  A group of concerned aggrieved Northwood citizens have done just that. There are four petition warrant articles addressing these two “wrongs.”


At the recently held public hearing farce there was a discussion going on about democratic process and the School Board votes. SB member Hartford went to the microphone and said that “the democratic process failed.”  WOW!   Because her cause did not prevail, the system failed making it OK to circumvent the democratic process.


Now is the time for all concerned taxpayers to come to the aid of their tax rate. Please come to the Northwood School Deliberative Session and support these four warrant articles. There will be an effort to change them, further denying the will of the people and our right to petition the governing body. Monday, Feb. 6th at 6:30 pm.


The Grinch,
Tim Jandebeur



10th Annual Kid’s Fish ‘N Freeze Ice Fishing Derby


Enjoy a fun time fishing on the ice at Harvey Lake and make great memories. Kids 15 and under can participate in the event which will take place on Saturday, February 11 from 8:00-11:00 am. No license is required for ages 15 and younger and this is a free event for Northwood residents. Parking will be at the Congregational Church; lunch will be available to purchase at the church at 11:00 am.


Derby participants can register online at the Northwood website: When you open the Northwood Recreation page there is a link for the ice fishing derby at the top of the page.  You can sign up and find all the details about the derby on this page. The event is organized and sponsored by Northwood Recreation. For further information contact Recreation Director Sharon DeLuca at or 942-5586 x 209



Letter To The Editor
Thank you Northwood School

I would like to take this opportunity to recognize my 10 year old son, Cameron Lee, and to thank the Northwood School for helping Cornerstone VNA raise money for a new initiative called the Kiddie Cornerstone Fund.


As the Director of Advancement at Cornerstone VNA, a non-profit home health and hospice organization, my son took an interest in the Fund when he heard me talking about it at home.  Thanks to his big heart and desire to make a difference, we received permission to organize fundraising activities with the school.  On January 20th, the students participated in Pajama Day by bringing in $1 each, which helped us raise $230 for the Kiddie Cornerstone Fund!


The purpose of the Kiddie Cornerstone Fund is to bring smiles to our pediatric patients to promote hope and healing at home.  Funds will be used to purchase gifts such as stickers, coloring books and crayons, stuffed animals, bubbles or other items for our smallest patients, especially those who have a chronic illness.  These gifts are a great way for our pediatric nurses to ease anxiety and develop positive relationships with their patients. We will also use the money to help families in need around the holidays and distribute gas cards as well to assist with travel expenses to and from the hospital for medical appointments.


Thank you, once again, to everyone at Northwood School for supporting the Kiddie Cornerstone Fund at Cornerstone VNA. We are proud to partner with such a caring community and we’re looking forward to coordinating additional fundraising activities in the near future.


Erika Lee



This Weekend’s LRPA After Dark Feature:
1940’s “Santa Fe Trail”


Join Lakes Region Public Access Television at 10:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday night (Feb. 3 & 4) for our “LRPA After Dark” presentation of 1940’s Western melodrama “Santa Fe Trail,” starring Errol Flynn, Ronald Reagan, Olivia de Havilland and Raymond Massey.


“Santa Fe Trail” tells the tale of recent West Point graduates George Custer (Reagan) and Jeb Stuart (Flynn), who, in 1854, are assigned to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas — the Army’s most dangerous post. While their original mission was to help secure the territory as the railroad was built from Missouri to New Mexico, they get caught up in the conflict between the Army and abolitionist John Brown (Massey). They also both fall in love with the beguiling Kit Carson Holliday (de Havilland).


“Santa Fe Trail” has been described as a “Western fantasy movie” by some critics, as it plays fast and loose with historical events. In reality, the film’s historical figures did not graduate together from West Point and were likely not friends, as Stuart rose through the ranks to become a Confederate general, while Custer served as a major general in the U.S. Army. Historical inaccuracies aside, “Santa Fe Trail” remains a solidly entertaining film, featuring excellent performances by all of the film’s leads (particularly Flynn and de Havilland, who starred in nine films together), as well as a notable supporting cast that includes Alan Hale, Ward Bond and Van Heflin. The New York Times noted that “Santa Fe Trail” “ … has about everything that a high-priced horse-opera should have —  hard riding, hard shooting, hard fighting, a bit of hard drinking and Errol Flynn.” It’s a film not seen very often television; reason enough to grab your popcorn and join LRPA after dark for this “horse-opera” from the past.



CBNA Announces Poetry Out Loud Contest


On Thursday, February 2, 2017, at 6 pm in the Gerrish Gym on the CBNA campus, twenty Coe-Brown students will participate in this year’s Coe-Brown Northwood Academy Poetry Out Loud school contest as part of the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest, presented in partnership with the NH Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Poetry Foundation.


This program is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. The CBNA winner will advance to the regional competition. New Hampshire’s champion will then advance to the Poetry Out Loud National Finals on April 25-26, 2017, in Washington, DC, where $50,000 in awards and school stipends will be distributed.


This event is free and open to the public.



Letter To The Editor
Town Meetings


Northwood’s proposed school budget is close to $12 million. Other proposed items add tens of thousands of dollars more. Citizens concerned about how, where, and why all these dollars are going can ask questions--and hopefully get answers--at the Northwood school deliberative session. They can also change the amount of money spent.


The deliberative sessions are our town meetings--one for the town, one for the school. They provide opportunities to express our opinions, get information, discuss, and debate--or just listen. Perfunctory votes are usually by a raise of hands, while controversial votes may be by paper ballot.


Thomas Jefferson, himself a Virginian, admired the New England town meeting, calling it the “the wisest invention ever devised by the wit of man for the perfect exercise of self-government.”

The meeting for the school will be this Monday, February 6th, at 6:30 PM, in the Northwood Elementary School gym.

Michael Faiella



Northwood Food Pantry


The Northwood Emergency Food Pantry wishes to extend a sincere THANK YOU to everyone who donated and help maintain the pantry this past year.  To all who organized and delivered Holiday Food Baskets, all the churches for their many contributions throughout the year, to each person who dropped off food and those who sent monetary donations.


We are pleased to include Hannaford’s, NH Masonic Charitable Foundation, Road One Paving, Eli Pinard-Halloween Haunted Trail, I.T.S. at Coe-Brown, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Knights of Columbus #1606, Northwood Diner, Coe-Brown Peer Helpers, Northwood School, Taskers Well, PSweet, Crescent Chapter 45 Order of Eastern Star, Northwood Crank Pullers, Coe-Brown Faculty, Northwood Recreation Department, Jack Hartman, Bob and Winni Young, William Bushnell, Barbara and Richard Blouin, Laurie and Steven Cascadden, Holly and Glenn Martin, David and Cheryl Turner, and those who to wish to remain anonymous.


As an all-volunteer organization, we rely on our community for continued support to leave no child or adult in the community without needed food or basic health supplies.  The Pantry is located in the Northwood Town Hall.


Current Pantry Hours:

1st Saturday of Month         10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
2nd Monday of Month          2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.          
Last Wednesday of Month   10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.



Letter To The Editor


In a random sampling of 10% of Northwood School’s student population across all grades, 100% of them do, in fact, know that 2+2=4, suggesting that  School Board member Jandebeur was wrong.  He  also insisted  that we should not be teaching a “socialist agenda, the whole child mantra.”  He wants us to teach only the 3 Rs.  Such low expectations for the future of this country.  Children who are only  taught the 3 Rs are set up to fail in their adult lives. Our nation is already being left behind as other countries provide more for their students.


Humans are social beings.  The world is a much smaller place than when Mr. J and I were growing up.  Well over half the children who attend grade school today will go into jobs that have not even been invented yet. Experts agree that while of course we need to teach good reading, writing and math skills,  “Communication, creativity, critical thinking, collaboration...these four skills are central to working in teams and a reflection of the hyper-connected world in which we live today.”  These are not soft skills that we add in if and when there’s time; they are crucial skills that kids today need to get good at to succeed as adults in jobs we can’t even imagine.


Ms. Black correctly stated that too many children don’t have access to “parents and churches” to teach and model social skills for them. For children to be able to learn the 3Rs, we must also be working on social-emotional skills, mental and physical health, and all the rest that Mr. Jandebeur refers to as our  “socialist agenda, whole child mantra.” 


Thank you,
Beth Benham, RN, BSN
Northwood School Nurse



CBNA FBLA Organ Donor Awareness Day


On January 11, 2017, the Coe-Brown Northwood Academy chapter of FBLA held activities related to Organ Donation Awareness Day. The chapter distributed green ribbons and talked to students about the statistical need for organ donors, as well as asking students to consider being organ donors when their drivers’ licenses come up for renewal. Coincidentally, CBNA sponsored a Red Cross Blood Drive on the same day, which FBLA members assisted with and many FBLA members donated blood for the first time. In addition, several Economics classes participated in a research writing project explaining reasons for the demand for organ donors, and reasons for the supply not meeting the demands for donors. CBNA FBLA chapter secretary senior Summer Barnes, who is heading the CBNA chapter initiative for the New Hampshire FBLA Organ Donor project contributed the following paper:


The Market for Organs by Summer Barnes, ‘17
The world is full of gracious people waiting to help those in need.  There are also many people looking out for themselves and ready to make a quick buck off anything they can.  These two types of people are what causes the debate on whether or not there should be a market for organ donation.  Around the world there are many people in need of organs, blood, bone marrow, etc.  People in need typically have a very short window of time to receive what they need. There are too little organs available to those who are in desperate need of them.  It seems obvious that a market for organs would solve the problem at hand.  However, the question remains on whether or not this would be equitable and efficient.  Despite these reasonable concerns, a market in organs is the only sensible solution to helping the people who are in urgent need of this vital necessity.


The government is utilized for its various resources in many aspects of everyday life.  Law enforcement is a major source of cost for the government.  Each year around 100 billion dollars are spent on police units and law enforcement in the United States (Justice Policy Institute).  Most of this spending is used to control illegal trade of drugs, people, organs, etc.  This valuable money and time could be being employed elsewhere in the country.  If an organ market was created there would be less pressure on the police forces to control this aspect of illegal trade.  The market would provide viable opportunity for the funds to be shifted elsewhere; thus creating more time and money to be spent on more pressing matters, such as the drastic rise in human trafficking and drug trade.  The United States is in desperate need of more law enforcement to control this rising problem, however they are lacking sufficient funds to increase the already extremely expensive budget.  The creation of an organ market would give more time and money to other more pressing needs (How the Government Controls What You Buy and Sell).  This is just one of the many reasons why the United States should legalize organ trade and provide the resources to establish an organ market.


America has always been known as a country of opportunity and promise.  However, there have been points throughout American history where a certain class of people have been left to greatly suffer.  Over the years the government has provided new ways to help the less fortunate.  Less governmental attention, and less suffering would occur if organs were allowed to be sold for money or in exchange of products or services.  As of 2014, 47 million Americans were reported to be living in poverty (Poverty Facts).  This is about 14 percent of the population.  In spite of this, these numbers could be greatly reduced if people were allowed to sell non-vital organs when they were in desperate need of money. For example, a kidney is estimated to be sold for around 262,000 dollars on the black market (Jade).  This large sum of money could greatly benefit people suffering from job loss.  Being able to sell organs would not only benefit the people selling them, but the people in desperate need of said organs.


Across the world, children, adults, and seniors are in need of an organ. This may be due to a rare illness or condition, an accident, etc.  Despite the cause, each day 22 people die while awaiting an organ transplant (Organ Donation Statistics).  Twenty-two people a day is far too many to be lost to a problem that could be resolved.  Most humans are walking around with two kidneys, one of which they do not need.  These useless organs could be vital to other people.  An organ market would instigate the beginning of more organ donations.  As of now not nearly enough organs are donated to cover the amount of demand.  If people were allowed to trade their organs on free choice with possible benefits to them, this may promote more donations.  A simple change of law would allow so many lives to be saved, so many families spared the suffering of losing a loved one.


The selling of ones’ organs comes across as gruesome and unethical. Despite the negative persona organ trade receives, it is absolutely necessary to save many people each year.  There are several reasons why organ trade should be legalized.  It would reduce the amount of law enforcement money and time spent on controlling illegal trade of organs.  An opportunity to make a large sum of money off an organ that is not necessarily needed, would provide people in poverty with a chance to get back on their feet. However, most importantly it would help save countless lives that are lost each day because they were awaiting an organ transplant.


Works Cited
“How the Government Controls What You Buy and Sell.” Lard Bucket. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Dec. 2016.


Jade. “How Much is Your Kidney Worth on the Black Market?” REV 96.7. N.p., 23 Apr 2012. Web. 02 Dec 2012.


Justice Policy Institute. “United States Continuing to Overspend on Police, Despite Decreasing Crime Rates”, Justice Policy Institute. N.p., 22 May 2012. Web. 02 Dec 2016.


“Organ Statistics.” N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Dec 2016.
“Poverty Facts.” Catholic Bishops. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Dec 2016.



Letter To The Editor
Proposed TIF a Plus for Northwood


On Tuesday, March 14th, we will be voting on the final steps we need to take in order to establish a TIF district on the west side of town.  There have been quite a few public hearings and presentations regarding the proposed TIF.  The overall response has been very positive.  There are good reasons for this support. Approval of the TIF would give us a tool that can be used to  1) to support the creation of living-wage jobs through the attraction of new business development and the retention and expansion of existing businesses 2) to develop underutilized properties in manner that increases our real estate tax base, and 3) to enhance the economic viability of the town through improvements to Town property within the District.  This could be a real plus for the town.


If approved, there will be a lot of hard work ahead to realize the TIF’s full potential.  While there is no guarantee that we will be successful, it costs us nothing to try.  We would like the opportunity to give it our best shot.


Please vote YES on article 17: Economic Development - TIF district


Respectfully, Your Northwood Economic Development Committee

PS – For more information about the TIF, please go to the TIF article in the Latest News and Announcements section of the town website or come to one of our EDC meetings (7 PM the first Wednesday of the month).



Why Flush Brake Fluid And Ducks?
Submitted By Jim Grant, Northwood Garage

 Northwood Brakes.jpg

Brake fluid is a special oil and a bit of an odd duck.   Before the duck. Brake fluid is designed to have a constant viscosity under a range of temperatures, including extreme cold. A consistent viscosity is critical on today’s vehicles equipped with ABS brakes, Traction Control Systems and/or  Vehicle Stability Control. These electronically controlled safety systems use the vehicle’s braking system to operate and do not understand viscosity change. They’re designed for the known viscosity of good brake fluid. Brake fluid, like any other fluid, degrades over time.  This degeneration results in a viscosity change; if bad enough, it will affect the operation of any of these systems. They will not operate as designed with old and contaminated brake fluid.


Unlike most other oils, brake fluid will not damage the rubber type components used in the brake system.  It has additives that help to keep them soft and pliable as designed. These additives also help to stop corrosion that could damage internal parts of  very expensive components found on today’s vehicles. Over time, the additives in brake fluid wear out and protection stops.


Meet the duck. Brake fluid is hygroscopic (meaning like a duck, it likes water) which contributes to problems mentioned earlier. Brakes create a lot of heat when stopping a vehicle.  Moisture does migrate into the brake system if enough moisture were to collect and form water drops. During braking that water could boil forming air in the brakes resulting in a loss of braking. By absorbing moisture, brake fluid prevents this from occurring.  Good brake fluid has a boiling point “over 400 degrees,” but after absorbing a little over 3% moisture the boiling point can drop to 280 degrees or lower.


That darn duck factor and today’s vehicles means you should flush your vehicle’s brake fluid.  Subaru, a great car for the north, wants the brake fluid flushed every 30k miles under normal operating conditions.  There are many other vehicle manufacturers that want their vehicle’s brake fluid flush as well. If you don’t follow the manufacturer’s recommended service intervals, have the brake fluid flushed whenever the brakes are being serviced. For many years brake fluid has just been ignored.  In today’s vehicles that cannot be done.












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