Northwood NH News

February 8, 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,



Letter To The Editor


There are many people who are saying that full-day kindergarten is not beneficial for children.  They are wrong.  


It’s 2017, and I can’t even believe we are having an argument about the benefits of full-day kindergarten in Northwood. I’m an educator in Portsmouth and I have been teaching for 15 years.  Portsmouth has had a full-day kindergarten for as long as I can remember and my elementary school has been in the top ten in the state of New Hampshire.  We have found that students leave full-day kindergarten with stronger reading and math skills, better social skills, and more independence. 


People assume that parents can educate their own children in the hours before or after half-day kindergarten.  If every parent were able to do that, then this would not even be an issue.  However, the reality is many students are going home and parked in front of a television because their parent needs to work.  Extending the day to a full-day program means that our youngest students have just doubled the amount of time they spend with quality teachers learning.  


The kindergarten curriculum is based on a full-day program, so in a half-day program, teachers are already having to make decisions about what they cannot teach.  When students don’t learn the basics in kindergarten, first grade teachers have to spend the first few months catching children up.  We do not want kids and teachers having to play the “catch-up” game every year.  Students in full-day kindergarten have the time to learn what they need to learn. They finish the year being fully prepared for first grade curriculum.  


Members of the School Board have already done the difficult work of paring down the budget while still committing to giving our students the best possible start in public education.  Now it’s our turn.    


Kim McGuigan




CBNA Students Receive Statewide Recognition In 

The Scholastic Art Awards Of New Hampshire 2017


The Coe-Brown Northwood Academy Art Department is pleased to announce that eighteen CBNA art students representing 28 works of art received recognition in The 2017 Scholastic Art Awards of New Hampshire - A Regional Affiliate of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, Inc. Their works are among the 925 pieces of Gold Key, Silver Key and Honorable Mention Award winning works on display beginning Tuesday, January 23 through Saturday, February 5 at the Stockbridge Theatre on the campus of Pinkerton Academy, Derry, NH.  The exhibition is open to the public Mon. – Fri. 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  An awards reception will take place in the theatre on Sunday, February 5.  Students in grades 7-9 will be honored at a ceremony beginning at noon, followed by grade 10-12 at 1:00 PM.  The exhibition will close at 3:00 PM. CBNA Student award totals: 12 Gold Keys, 4 Silver Keys, and 15 Honorable Mentions. In addition, two seniors, Sarah Turmell -  Honorable Mention and Curtis Lashon -  Silver Key and Honorable Mention, were recognized for their portfolios, an opportunity that will provide them with scholarship opportunities. The Gold Key artworks will continue on to compete in the national competition later this spring.


Coe-Brown Northwood Academy Student recipients are as follows:



Emma Arsenault (11) Silver Key Award – Photography Title: Kaleidoscopic



Annabella Fasulo (10) Gold Key Award – Mixed Media Title: Safety Pin


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Gold Key Award – Drawing Title: Elementary Hatred


Raven Barnes (11) Honorable Mention Award – Drawing Title: Secure


Sydney Jacques (9) Silver Key Award – Photography Title: Nailed Together


Silver Key Award – Photography Title: Decomposing


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Zowi Woodman (12) Gold Key Award – Drawing Title: Hidden


Kelsey Wallace (12) Honorable Mention Award – Photography Title: Cut Off


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Lily Grace York (12) Silver Key Award –Mixed Media Title: Paint Swatch Thoughts



Davio DeLuca (12) Gold Key Award – Photography Title: Adventure


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Gold Key Award – Photography Title: Drops


Silver Key Award – Photography Title: America


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Shannon Jackson (9) Gold Key Award – Drawing Title: Origins


Gold Key Award – Printmaking Title: Guitarist


Honorable Mention Award – Mixed Media Title: Empty Gold


Madelyn Dallaire (11) Honorable Mention Award – Photography Title: Stemmed


Mackenzie Ledoux (10) Silver Key Award – Printmaking Title: Brother



Cassandra Barnhart (12) Honorable Mention Award – Mixed Media Title: Say Anything


Honorable Mention Award – Painting Title: Tastes Like Travelling


Griffen Bono (10) Honorable Mention Award – Drawing Title:  Bottles and Circles


Curtis Lashon (12) Honorable Mention Award – Photography      Title: Northwood Sunrise


Silver Key Award – Portfolio 1 Title: Friendly Waters


Honorable Mention Award – Portfolio 2 Title: Oh Sun How You Shine


Sophia Menjivar (12) Honorable Mention Award – Drawing Title: Ange


Sarah Turmel (12) Silver Key Award – Drawing Title:  Flies and Cobwebs Unwind


Honorable Mention Award – Portfolio


Shemrey Lussier (11) Silver Key Award – Photography Title: Holding On 


Jordan May (12) Honorable Mention Award - Drawing Title: The Birch Tree



Letter To The Editor


To the Editor,

Seven years ago I attended a public hearing on the school budget. It was a disaster and was responsible for my interest in the Northwood School Board. The hall was packed with citizens, however, even simple questions could not be answered.


Three years ago the process was changed to streamline it. Since then the Budget Committee does what it does, votes for or against the budget and only then, several weeks later has a public hearing. Public input is meaningless, ignored, and frankly not appreciated. The chair stated that all of the towns around us do it the same. No, they don’t. None. Certainly not Nottingham or Deerfield. Their citizens are shown respect. She thinks that the same stupid magnet that obviously attracts students also brings in adults.


It was a remarkable meeting where she ran interference for the School Board. The SB rep was not asked or allowed to answer one question. Ditto for the SAU Business Administrator. No, almost all were answered by herself or she pushed the question to her good friend, Bunny. A few went to the Superintendent but when a questioner wanted him to clarify his answer she refused to allow it. Another wanted to know if the committee had looked at student or teacher counts. “I didn’t feel the need to challenge,” she said. Exactly.


The BC was off by over $700,000 on the budget year that ended 6/30/16. They asked for and received that year’s ending financial statement. It would have been the best tool to use in deliberations on the new budget. However, they did not spend one second looking at it. I guess the democratic process doesn’t work for the majority of them either.


Grinchy here,

Tim Jandebeur




This Weekend’s LRPA After Dark Feature: 1939’s “Love Affair”


Celebrate Valentine’s Day early! Join Lakes Region Public Access Television at 10:30 PM this Friday and Saturday night (February 10 & 11) for our “LRPA After Dark” presentation of 1939’s romantic melodrama “Love Affair,” starring Irene Dunne and Charles Boyer. 


In “Love Affair,” two strangers — French playboy Michel Marnet (Boyer) and American singer Terry McKay (Dunne) — meet aboard a cross-Atlantic ocean liner and fall in love, despite the fact that each are engaged to marry someone else. They agree to meet six months later at the top of the Empire State Building. Fate, however, intervenes, and their plan takes a different turn.


If this plot sounds familiar, it should be, as “Love Affair” has been remade twice; in 1957 as “An Affair to Remember” with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr, and again in 1994 as “Love Affair” starring Warren Beatty and Annette Bening. “Love Affair” was a very popular movie in its time, and received six Academy Award nominations, including Best Actress, Supporting Actress (a haunting Maria Ouspenskaya), Art Direction, Screenplay, Song and Picture. The New York Times described “Love Affair” as “ … an extraordinarily fine film … a glowing and memorable picture.” “Love Affair” is bona fide classic! So grab your popcorn and join LRPA after dark for this crime drama from the past. 



Letter To The Editor

It’s Northwood’s Economy 


Mary Waldron Beach and Boat Ramp was deeded to the State of NH by her family. The State of NH deeded it in 1957 to the Town of Northwood. There is no record that the Town of Northwood has ever done any significant repairs or upkeep to the beach area or launch since its inception.


Now it is a critical time. Party boats and regular boats have a very hard time launching without causing some damage to the pontoons and trailers. What impact does this have on Northwood’s economy? The waterways in Northwood contribute a huge boost to the local economy. For six months of the year the population of Northwood goes from 4,200 to 10,000 in the summer. All those extra summer people use our grocery stores, our hardware store, and our restaurants. They buy our local gas, fuel oil, and propane to heat their cottages. One thing they do not use is our schools, but they pay huge taxes that help keep mine and your taxes down.


Why would all of us cut off our noses by voting “no” to the Mary Waldron Beach and Boat Ramp Warrant Article? This is an important issue that we cannot just decide to vote down because it will save each of us 13 cents on each $1,000 of our assessed property value.


We little people who have boats and don’t live on the lake would be denied the bit of recreation we moved here to enjoy. Please consider all of the facts and quality of lives before you turn down the warrant article to fix the beach and boat ramp. Vote “yes” to support what is good about Northwood. 


Dan Burr



CBNA Students Recognized For 2017 Scholastic Writing Awards


A number of Coe-Brown Northwood Academy students were recently recognized by the National Writing Project in New Hampshire through The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. This is a remarkable achievement and milestone for young writers at CBNA who were mentored by English department faculty.  A panel of writers, teachers, and literary professionals selected their work as being among the best works submitted by New Hampshire teenagers. Students are judged against other entries in the following categories: fiction, flash fiction, poetry, personal memoirs, persuasive essays, humor, science fiction and fantasy.  Of the more than 750 submissions to The Scholastic Writing Awards that New Hampshire students sent this year, the following students from CBNA were honored:


Silver Keys—Cassandra Barnhart (Northwood), Shannon Jackson (2) (Nottingham), Tristan Jardon (Nottingham), Mirah Johnston (Nottingham), Caroline Lavoie (Barrington), Olivia Roach (Nottingham), Kelsey Wallace (Strafford) 


Honorable Mentions – Braelin Ash (Northwood), Alicia Baratier (Strafford), Lauren Best (Nottingham), Ruby Carr (Nottingham), Addison Craven (Strafford), Caroline Lavoie (2) (Barrington), Olivia Lee (Strafford), Lily Libbey (Strafford), Noah Olewine (Northwood), Nicholas Shutt (Northwood), Madison Tortorella-Lewis (Barrington)


In May, all award recipients, including those whose work was selected as honorable mention, will be invited to attend the NH regional awards ceremony to be held at Plymouth State University. In addition, every piece of writing which received a gold or silver key or an honorable mention will be published in this year’s edition of Middle/High School Voices.  Congratulations to this next generation of writers.



CBNA Science Students Work With UNH Professor

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CBNA sophomores Emerson Ross (left) and Logan Morton work with UNH professor Dr. Nan Yi on a project to create biodiesel.


Recently, some Coe-Brown Northwood Academy students taking introductory biology and introductory physical science classes have had the opportunity to work in an interdisciplinary collaboration featuring student designed experiments exploring calorimetry of food, connections to energy use in the human body, research into biological sources of fuel production, and research into the production of biodiesel using corn products, which led to classroom debate on the pros and cons of using biodiesel.


As a result of this collaboration, students had a unique opportunity to experience an in-class field trip, with Dr. Nan Yi, Professor of Chemical Engineering, at the University of New Hampshire as a culminating activity. Bringing chemical engineering into the CBNA classroom, Dr. Yi and the students chemically produced biodiesel from used cooking oil donated by the UNH dining halls. By the end of the extended class, the students had produced enough biodiesel to make small oil lamps which used the biodiesel as a fuel source.




Nona Claire (Woodward) Holmes

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Nona Claire (Woodward) Holmes, died on January 29 at Epsom Healthcare Center, the beloved wife of Allan (Joe) G. Holmes for sixth-five years.  Nona was born May 17, 1930 in Philadelphia, PA and was raised in Tucson, AZ.  She attended Wellesley College before her marriage.


In addition to her husband, she is survived by Ms. Deborah L. Ward of Virginia Beach, VA; Mr. Fred B. Holmes of Strafford, NH; Mrs. Pamela M. Wood of Meridian, ID; Mr. Craig A. Holmes of San Diego, CA; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.  She was predeceased by her parents, Horace B. and Kathryn Woodward, and her sister, Mrs. Marie Gardner, of Arkansas.


Nona was prominent on boards and community activities, including the Northwood Zoning Board of Adjustment, and was active in the NH Sheep Breeders Association.  She loved showing sheep across New England both professionally and with her children and neighborhood kids in 4-H.  She drove the Coe-Brown Northwood Academy school bus for many years.


A memorial service will be held on February 11 at 1 pm at the Advent Christian Church on School Street, Northwood, NH. Reception to follow in lower level of the church. 


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to:  The Building Fund at Northwood Advent Christian Church, PO Box 115, Northwood, NH  03261. 












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