Northwood NH News

March 29, 2017


Northwood Recreation Easter Egg Hunt


Join the Northwood Recreation Department for our 7th Annual Easter Egg Hunt for Northwood children ages 10 and under! The event will take place on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 10 am at Northwood Elementary School. Be on the lookout for the Easter Bunny around 9:45 am.  Where there is an egg hunt there is bound to be a bunny nearby.  The Easter Egg Hunt will begin at 10:00 AM SHARP with 2 golden eggs hidden in each age group.  Find a golden egg and receive a special prize! Don’t forget to bring your own basket and cameras to capture all the fun moments.  This is a free event and is open to Northwood residents only.

Easter Egg Hunt


Ages 11 and over are invited to join the race for the Golden Egg IN THE DARK on Friday, April 7, 2017 at 8:00ish (after it gets dark). Be sure to bring A FLASHLIGHT and something to collect eggs in. Location is Northwood Elementary School. This is a free event and is open to Northwood residents only. For additional information on either Easter Egg Hunt contact the Recreation Department Director Sharon at or 942-5586 x209.





To the Voters of Northwood,
Thank you for your continuing support of our school.





This Weekend’s LRPA After Dark Feature:
1932’s “The Most Dangerous Game”


Join Lakes Region Public Access Television at 10:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday night (March 31 & April 1) for our “LRPA After Dark” presentation of 1932’s mystery-adventure “The Most Dangerous Game,” starring Joel McCrea, Fay Wray and Leslie Banks.


“The Most Dangerous Game” opens aboard a luxury yacht sailing to South America. One of the passengers is big game hunter, author and adventurer Bob Rainsford (McCrea). The ship runs aground on a coral reef in dangerous, shark-infested waters. Several passengers enter the ocean but only Rainsford survives the shark attacks, swimming to a remote island. Looking for help, he comes upon the jungle fortress of Count Zaroff (Banks), an exiled Russian aristocrat. He also meets other victims of recent shipwrecks, including Eve Trowbridge (Wray) and her brother Martin. The Count, himself an avid sportsman who has turned the island into a private hunting preserve, knows of Rainsford’s hunting prowess and is delighted to host him as his island’s newest “guest.” Eve confides to Rainsford that she feels something is not right on the island – several other survivors have recently gone missing. Searching the fortress, they come across a room filled with big game trophies, and one of them is a man’s head! Rainsford realizes that the Count is a madman who hunts humans for sport. Rainsford and Eve soon find themselves as the prey in the most dangerous game! How will they escape with their lives?


“The Most Dangerous Game” began production at RKO Studios at the same time as “King Kong.” The films had the same producers, so to save money, they shared several of the same actors (notably, Fay Wray) and jungle sets, as well as the same editor, screenwriter and composer. Fans of “Kong” may feel a similar style and pace to “The Most Dangerous Game.” The film was very well received during its time by critics and moviegoers alike. Although the story has been adapted for film many times throughout the years, our version is considered to be the closest to the original story and still the very best. All three leads give solid performance, particularly Leslie Banks as the over-the-top Count Zaroff.  In his review, Mordaunt Hall of the New York Times noted, … “Through the imaginative fashion in which it has been produced … the fantastic theme of ‘The Most Dangerous Game’ makes a highly satisfactory melodrama.” What are you waiting for? Grab your popcorn and meet us after dark for this vintage thriller.



Letter To The Editor


On March 21st Northwood voters said--for the 4th consecutive year--that they don’t want full-day kindergarten. They also said--for the 2nd consecutive year--that they don’t want a full-time curriculum director. Will Northwood’s school board override the repeatedly expressed will of the people?


Michael Faiella



Northwood Election


The local election, postponed to March 21 due to a snowstorm, went on as planned with a total of 811 Northwood voters casting their ballots.  There were only two contested races: Keith McGuigan kept his seat on the school board for a 3 year term, defeating challenger Marie Correa 450/315 votes. James Vaillancourt was elected a trustee of trust funds over incumbent Lee Baldwin.


All town warrant articles proposed by the selectmen, and the budget committee’s recommended 2017 budget, were passed by voters with the exception of the backhoe lease/purchase. Approved petition articles included the removal of Sherburne Hill Road as a scenic road, to not consider Range Road as a scenic road, and funding for the Mary Waldron Beach boat ramp project.  Voters kept the police commission in place by voting against a petition to eliminate the 3 person board.


The Northwood zoning ordinance was amended with all planning board proposed changes adopted by voters except for a change in the definition of a structure to include driveways. The approved amendments include Home Business and Accessory Dwelling Units as permitted uses when specific criteria are met; content neutral sign regulations; adoption of the TIF (Tax Increment Financing) District; and  changes to non-conforming uses.


On the school ballot, voters approved the proposed 2017-2018 operating budget and the collective bargaining agreements for the teachers and para-professionals. All other school board recommended warrant articles passed; all 5 petition warrant articles did not receive voter approval. 





Thank you to the 314 people who voted for me, but I lost by 135 votes.


I very much want to thank those that helped me by putting out my signs, wrote letters, and stood with me at the Transfer Station and at the polls last Tuesday.


Again, thanks to those who supported me.


Marie Correa



Letter To The Editor


I have not often found myself on the prevailing side, and am still getting used to the idea. But it sure beats losing.


As I stood outside the polls last Tuesday, holding a Keith McGuigan sign, I wondered how things would turn out. After all, he was up against the Republican establishment that has proclaimed “Northwood votes Republican!” And there they were: Tim Jandebeur, Mike and Mary Faiella, Joe McCaffrey, and a seemingly endless stream of well-wishers. All in support of Marie Correa. Mailings. Signs along the highways. Visibilities at the transfer station. Letters and more letters in The Sun.


But in the end, 450 folks came out to vote for Keith, and only 315 for Ms. Correa. And the operating budget developed by Chair McGuigan and the Board received even more (572) support.


The people have spoken, and now it is time to stop talking and start working on improving our school. With the 3-year teachers’ contract and the 2-year support personnel’s contract approved as well, the focus can be on the education of our children.


Important to this effort will be the New England Association of Schools & Colleges Accreditation process. Feedback is, as they say, the breakfast of champions. And this will help to identify strengths and weaknesses.


It should be noted that both Strafford (by petition) and Chichester (in school meeting) approved full-day kindergarten. If you want to see why this is a good idea, I commend to you the YouTube video developed by two of the Strafford petitioners:


Now our attention should turn to Concord to encourage our legislators to support Senate Bill 191 that provides full funding - $3,600/student – for full-day kindergarteners. Our Senator John Reagan is a co-sponsor of this bill, but our Representatives – especially Yvonne Dean-Bailey – may need encouragement.


Tom Chase




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Leona “Lee” M. Guptill


Leona “Lee” M. Guptill, 84, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend died on March 12th at her home surrounded by family.  Lee was born February 9, 1933 in Bristol, CT, daughter of the late Alfred and Bertha Welch.


In 1954, Lee married Frank L. Guptill, who passed away in 1996, after 41 years of marriage.  They lived in Northwood where they raised their 3 children.  Lee was a homemaker and worked at various jobs until she entered the Postal Service in 1970.  Her career in the PO began in Gossville and Epsom. In 1982, she was appointed Postmaster of West Nottingham until her retirement in 1997.


Lee cherished time spent with her family and friends, was active in the community and enjoyed sewing, reading, crossword puzzles and, at age 83, learned to quilt.  She loved to cook and share what she made!  Lee was also a very talented artist/painter.  Much of her artwork can be found in the homes of family and friends.   


Lee leaves her daughter Sheri (Bruce) DeTrude of Northwood, sons Kerry (Susan) Guptill of Barnstead and Keith (Jamie) Guptill of Northwood; 6 grandchildren: grandchildren Kevin DeTrude, Alissa Keenliside, Megan Sikora, Kristen Kirouac, Jessica Guptill and Joseph Guptill; 9 great grandchildren; a number of relatives and close friends.


There will be a Celebration of Life held in the spring when the sun is shining, the grass is green and flowers are blooming...just the way Mum would like it. 


Memorial donations can be made in her name to Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association Hospice Program, 30 Pillsbury St. Concord, NH 03301.












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