Congratulations to Anastasia McFadden-Foy of Northwood, who was
named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2016 semester at The
University of Maine at Farmington.
Letter To The Editor
Hello, I’m Keith McGuigan and I’m running for re-election to the
Northwood School Board.
I’ve served on the school board for two years now, and been the
chair of the board for the past year.
About me: I’m an employed software engineer, having earned
my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees of Science from UNH. I’ve
lived in town for 13 years and am married with three kids who
attend Northwood Elementary School. I’ve been involved in
the community in a number of roles, from Budget Committee,
coaching youth baseball and soccer, as well as a stint as a
leader for the Cub Scouts. Politically, I’m a proud independent
whose only agenda is to do what I can to improve the school and
the community in a fiscally-responsible manner.
take on a long-term view of where our school should be going and
think that a highly-regarded elementary school, paired with a
great high school, will make Northwood a more desirable town to
live in. This in turn will drive up home prices and reduce our
tax rate. I’m proud to see that in the time that I’ve been
on the board, our students’ test scores have increased (more
than the state average has), even while our proposed budget is
the lowest it has been in over five years (even though it
includes a number of new unexpected new high school students’
it is the town’s wish to see me continue to serve, I will do my
best to research, brainstorm, and push for ways to improve our
school while using the available resources efficiently as
possible -- even if it means thinking outside of the box and
finding creative and non-traditional solutions. In any case, I
hope you make it out to vote on Tuesday, March 14th.
Voters of Northwood:
Tuesday, March 14 is Election Day in
Northwood. The ballot will include all warrant articles
including a petition warrant article asking you to either keep
the Northwood Police Commission intact or to give the authority
of the police department to the board of selectmen. Petition
warrant articles are allowed to be on the ballot if 25 or more
registered voters submit a petition to the town. There are
only 27 names on this petition.
history of the police commission in Northwood starts in 1985
when the selectmen appointed a police advisory committee to look
at budget and personnel concerns, as well as the overall
management of the police department. The advisory committee
concluded with a number of recommendations including changing
from a part time to a full time police chief and the
establishment of a police commission, both of which were
approved by voters in 1987. The police commission is made up of
three commissioners; each year one is elected to a three-year
term by the voters. The commission has met on a monthly basis
for the past 30 years with all meetings open to the public and a
time set aside for public input. The chief’s report is provided
which includes information on police activity, department
vehicles and facility, and correspondence.
police commission continues our commitment to the goal of
insuring a professional police department that serves and
protects the citizens of Northwood. As has been our practice, we
extend an invitation to all residents to attend a meeting or
address the commission in writing at any time. Elections will be
held at the Parish Center of St. Joseph’s Church on Rt. 4 on
March 14 from 8-7. Please get out and vote. Your support is
John Schlang, Chairman; Commissioner Richard Cummings;
Commissioner Ken Rick
We have been happy to live in Northwood
for the last thirty years and wish to see our schools excel.
There is positive movement at present and it needs to be
continued. We believe that this can be accomplished by
re-electing Keith McGuigan to the Northwood School Board.
Please vote for Keith on March 14.
Robbie and Sue Robertson
Letter To The Editor
Status Quo, “the existing state of affairs.” Is
that what you want at Northwood School? Really? Let’s review
where we are at.
Ranked in the bottom third of schools with only 47% of students
proficient or better in math. Rankings are “useless,” “Northwood
students are scoring higher but the rest of the state is simply
doing better” are Mr. McGuigan’s reasons for a 30 point drop in
school tax rate is 40% more than the average NH town for
education. Nottingham and Strafford both have student costs that
are thousands less than ours, yet they educate their students
far better. The cost per student next year will far exceed $19K
are on our third principal and third vice-principal in four
years. In a 3 to 2 vote the School Board completely ignored the
will of the people. Discipline has deteriorated to pre
Despres/Cremoni days. All discussion has been stifled, the board
is broken. Despite paying thousands to belong to the NH School
Board Association our delegate didn’t bother to go, depriving us
a big say in resolution voting.
years you have, for the most part, been electing the same old
cookie cutter parents who want access to the system for their
kids in school, that quit when their students move on to
Coe-Brown. Please, try something new.
Marie Correa is a mother (adult children), a teacher, and a
fiscally sound candidate that deserves your vote. She
understands the system and has some concrete ideas to start the
healing process. She is not afraid of work and will honor the
will of the people.
Please vote, and vote for Marie Correa.
the Grinch Jandebeur
Coe-Brown Northwood Academy
Quarter 2 Honor
Headmaster David S. Smith is pleased to announce the honor roll
for the first quarter.
Grade 12 – Highest Honors:
Matthew Brown, Emelia Cronshaw,
Hannah Daly, Brielle Macleod, Zackary Pine, Kelsey Wallace
Grade 12 – High Honors:
Miranda Adcock, Emily Barnes,
Cassandra Barnhart, Taylor Baxter-Orluk, Amanda Bolduc, Kayla
Boucher, Joel Boulanger, Lauren Burrows, Lynzie Chase, Kate
Clinch, Taryn Constantino, Tristan Cullen, Abigail Dupuis,
Teagan Folland, Sheridan Gancarz, Marissa Gast, Jillian Gordon,
Ryan Graeme, Alexander Gray, Nathan Griffiths, Joseph Guptill,
Joshua Hall, Brenda Hayes, Jonathan Hayes, Arianna Jones,
Catherine Langdon, Caroline Lavoie, Amanda Lee, Bradley Leith,
Samuel Lupinacci, Donald MacCallum, Sophia Menjivar, McKenzie
Moehlmann, Gwynevere Norris, Steven O’Donnell, Noah Olewine,
Katlyn Palumbo, Mallory Perron, Jordain Pierce, Caitlyn Pitre,
Allison Pratt, Mikayla Prina, Katie Rankins, Tanner
Richards, Zachary Richards, Kerry Riley, Shannon Riley, Samantha
Roche, Tatum Santos, Thomas Sheehan V, Shaun Stevens, Hunter
Tetu, Kylee West, Isabella Wilson, Evan Wimsatt, Zowi Woodman,
LilyGrace York, Abigail Zollman
Grade 12 – Honors:
Gabrielle Arena, Brody Ashley, Elizabeth
Bisson, Kira Cameron, Camryn Chick, Donovan Corless, Jesse
Cormier, Kassandra Crosby, Ian Desjardins, Sadie Donnelly, Shane
Fillion, Vincent Glidden, Emily Goulas, Samantha Jensen,
Jackalynn Joy, Emily Marie, Rebecca Masison, Jordan May, Chelsea
McCallion, Morgan Perkins, Shannon Riley, Christopher Rogers,
Jacob Snow, Shawn Spenard, Sarah Turmel, Kayla Whitcher, Liu
Grade 11 – Highest Honors:
Bailey Arnold-Fuchs, Sandra Black,
Isabelle Feenstra, Emily Lentz, Alyssa Reiff, Julia Sommer,
Grade 11 – High Honors:
Haley Arnold-Fuchs, Emma Arsenault,
Sierra Baker, Alicia Baratier, Raven Barnes, Gwendolyn Bearden,
Maxim Begin, Erin Boodey, Rachel Bouchard, Jaelyn Brooks,
Madelyn Dallaire, Domminique Depianti, Sarah Doiron, Sarah
Dupuis, Derek Elwell, Aidan Fillion, Jocelyn Gagnon, Samuel
Godwin, Brady Johnson, David Krunklevich, Nina-Marie Laramee,
Olivia Lee, Jacob Lock, Jacob Lorden, Eleanor McDonough, Erik
Nelson, Amaya Newport, Margaret Norman, Kayla Pollak, Catrina
Purington, Allison Rose, Nathanial Schroeder, Victoria Sheridan,
Garrett Skidds, Scott Spenard, Nikola Sweeney, Casey Szmyt,
Caitlyn Ustaszewski, Ander Wensberg, Faith Wilson, Lindsay
Grade 11 – Honors:
Emily Anderson, Taylor Bettencourt, Orion
Clachar, Paul Colson, Emily Cunningham, Emma DuBois, Sydney
Gast, Spencer Goad, Julia Greene, John Rygiel, Hannah Halka,
Joseph Hebert-Morello, Rebekah Hinrichsen, Sydney Ho-Sue,
Isabelle Lupinacci, Ahna McCusker, Shannon Perreault, Jacob
Spainhower, Kiley St. Francis, Deanna St. Laurent, Drew Stevens,
Cassandra Stover, Kailey Ward
Grade 10 – Highest Honors:
Shayla Ashley, Alice Ewing, Ian
Gollihur, Colby Hoffman, Adah Keeney, Maria Ortiz, Kelsey Pine,
Emma Tobbe, Megan Wimsatt
Grade 10 – High Honors:
Taevamaria Ahern, Elijah Allen, Gavin
Auclair, Tanner Bane, Shealyn Bedell, Griffen Bono, Susan
Burnap, Clayton Canfield, Travis Carbone, Evan Chauvey, Madison
Cunningham, Dylan DeTrude, Alivia DiPrizio, Brian Downer, Maggie
Eaton, Olivia Farrar, Cassuarina French, Kirsten Gunderson, Leah
Gustin, Benjamin Healey, Kayla Hicking, Alyssa Hill, Nathaniel
Hoffman, Todd Holman, Delaney Jean, Tyler LaMontagne, Albert
Lapiejko, Mackenzie Ledoux, Cooper Leduke, Gwyneth Locke,
Lillian Marie, Michael Marini, Paige Marston, Shane Marston,
Jacob McHugh, Sydney Neuman, Dylan Nigro, Jackson Noel, Cody
Peck, Serena Poulin, Anna Prescott-Nichols, Carly Ramsey,
Alexander Reynosa, Jacob Rich, Cameron Ronzano, Zachery Sheehan,
Jessica Sternberg, Jonathan Thorn, Bailey Travers, Julia Warren
Grade 10 – Honors:
Aidan Ahern, Luke Belbin, Jackson Burke,
Derek Capo, Luke Chalifour, Kristopher Cronshaw, Pietra
Depianti, Annabella Fasulo, Mackenzie Flanders, Riley Gaedtke,
Lilee Gustin, Nicholas LaMontagne, Benjamin Lavoie, Celia
Leighton, Brice Lussier, Holly Magowan, Hannah Mattson, Lucas
McCusker, Jonathan Moehlmann, Spencer Murphy, Hayden Murray,
Michael Nikolaus, Willow Normandin, Reegan Osborne, Alison
Routhier, Emily van Gerena
Grade 9 – Highest Honors:
Katherine Blake, Codi Boheen, Ruby
Carr, Riley Colby, Anthony Comte, Addison Craven, Lauren Curtin,
Celia Fogarty, Megan Frost, Mirah Johnston, Owen Judge, Evan
Lentz, Kaili Linscott, Michael MacEachern, Katherine Messenger,
Angelise Moss, Ryan Nester, Lauren Rose
Grade 9 – High Honors:
Hunter Adams, Isabelle Allan, Emily
Anderson, Seamus Baker, Lauren Best, Rylee Bouchard, Madison
Bowen, Benjamin Brieger, Lillian Broome, Alexis Call, Shane
Cameron, Matthew Davis, Hunter DeCota, Hazel Dellario, Maggie
Donovan, Dawson Dubois, Megan Edgecomb, George Fasulo, Olivia
Fontes, Jeremy Foster, Collin Gier, Joshua Heckman, Patrick
Helm, Seth Howard, Nathaniel Huckins, Shannon Jackson, Abigail
Jerome, Victoria Johnston, Hayden Knight, Madison Kriete, Sophie
Laird, Raymond Lapiejko, Malachy Leclere, Adeline Leifer,
Elizabeth Libbey, Hayleigh McNeil, Hannah Munck, Connor Nowak,
Abigail O’Connor, Fiona O’Shea, Samuel Patteson, Kelsey Pease,
Abigail Pelletier, Cole Perra, Michaela Power, Jacob Radwan,
Caitlin Reynolds, Kathleen Roach, Elizabeth Shultz, Grayson
Smith, Mark Sommer, Daniel Strum, Cody Tanguay, Madison Tatem,
Morgan Tatem, Mary Thoms, Madison Tortorella-Lewis, Matthew
Vachon, Isabella Valarese, Skylar Ward, Alexandra Wheeler, Dylan
White, Joseph Whiting, Luke Wiggin
Grade 9 – Honors:
Dominic Barbarito, Landon Budny, Brianna
Burke, Isis Chapman, Thomas Daly, Elizabeth Downer, Mikayla
Edgerly, Jacob Foster, Nikki Frasca, Ashley Gatchell, Samuel
Goad, Aubrey Ho-Sue, Scott Ireland, Sydney Jacques, Dakota
McPhee, Matthew Messenger, Tyler Nault, Madeline Nelson, James
Noble III, Kora Robito, Elijah Tomlinson-Burrell, Willow
Tritter, Meskerem Wallace, Amanda Womble
Attention Citizens of Deerfield, Epsom and Northwood--
YES to Continue to Support the Fight Against Invasive Milfoil!
Northwood Lake Watershed Association (NLWA), has spent a great
deal of time and effort over the years working to protect
Northwood Lake from the unchecked spread of invasive aquatic
species, including variable milfoil.
2016, 28 acres of the lake were treated with the herbicide
2-4,d. We also used diver-assisted suction harvesting for 27
days, removing and disposing of approximately 2,600 gallons of
Based on end-of-season surveys, we expect our
treatment budget for 2016 of $49,000 to expand to $56,000 in
2017. We have been working with the Boards of Selectmen in
Northwood, Deerfield, and Epsom to secure ongoing economic
support. All three towns have warrant articles that will be
presented to you, their citizens, in the upcoming March 2017
elections. Northwood’s Warrant Article #16 is for $12,000,
Deerfields Warrant Article #11 is for $8,000, and Epsom’s
Warrant Article #7 is for $4,000 of critical support.
This year, Northwood has another warrant article on the ballot
for “Milfoil Prevention.” It is critical that voters are not
confused by this additional warrant article and continue to
support the original Milfoil “Treatment and Control” warrant
article #16 that they have supported for years. Without that
support, we could lose Northwood lake, with its recreational
benefits and considerable tax base, to milfoil.
Please come out and vote to support Warrant Article #16 in
Northwood, Warrant Article #11 in Deerfield, and Warrant Article
#7 in Epsom to help the NLWA combat this ongoing threat to our
lake and its watershed.
Northwood Lake Watershed Association
your School Board Member, your Detective Sergeant of the
Northwood Police Department, your Community Service Officer,
your D.A.R.E. Officer, a coach, a parent of two kids in the
school system, I am expressing to you that I have been involved
with the Northwood Elementary School for a long time, wearing
many different hats, and I can promise you that the re-election
of Keith McGuigan is the right choice for Northwood. I
leave you with this.
Who are they?
They are people.
It’s their approach to the game
the game? Life is the game.
It’s the great that see things
differently, who act differently, who think differently.
great have a different view.
Every day the great awake and
say I’m alive.
Today is an opportunity not an obligation.
To be great?
You must hang around with great people.
Keith McGuigan is a one of those people. Re-elect him
and let’s continue on the path of GREATness for the Northwood
Letter To The Editor
Keith McGuigan For School Board!
Keith McGuigan has worked tirelessly to make Northwood School a
place that we can be proud of – from working with the technology
department to considering material and resource improvements,
working to create a balanced and fair budget with the board
members to adjust staffing and re-allocate positions and save
costs while advocating for a strong curriculum plan and working
to give our youngest students access to education.
personally – when we moved from a neighboring district where my
child excelled, I had some concerns about Northwood School. I
was met with driven, communicative, passionate teachers, yet
something was off, in particular, the work seemed a bit easy. I
started regularly attending school board meetings. It gave me
hope to see that members like Keith had a plan and vision to
help our school get to where it needed to be. Challenging
curriculum, a focus on early intervention to foster success,
appreciation for hard working teachers, and a sense of community
is coming to Northwood school because we have dedicated
teachers, passionate administration (who I’ve seen strengthen
and unite our school this year – thank you Mrs. Young and Mr.
Alford.) who are supported by the members of our school board –
most notably Keith McGuigan, Barbie Hartford, and Shane Wells.
Their determination to make our school one we can all be proud
of is something that would be sorely under-minded if we do not
re-elect Keith McGuigan. Let’s re-elect Keith so that the hopes
and goals set for our school can become reality. Keith is the
best candidate with proven drive, levelheaded demeanor, and
genuine care for our students.
If Northwood’s children and
their future success matter to you – please vote Keith McGuigan
for School Board on March 14th. Northwood’s Children are
counting on you.
Letter To The Editor
The information elves of The Forum - the
volunteer-run online newspaper for Northwood (along with Candia,
Deerfield and Nottingham) have begun rolling out their election
edition for the upcoming Town and School Elections. We will not
be sending a print edition this year. As a non-profit volunteer
organization, that has gotten too expensive, but you can find
candidate profiles, warrants, and other information about
Northwood’s March 14, 2017 election at
for the March Elections tab at the top of the page, click on it,
select Northwood and remember that this edition is a work in
progress, so check it out for updates, and after we vote, for
Lucy Edwards, Chair
Forum Board of Directors
To the Townspeople of Northwood:
I have been a
Para-educator at Northwood School for the past 20 years working
with many of Northwood’s children. I have a degree in
Special Education from Washington State University, but have
never applied to work as a teacher here. I am one of those
people who would feel like I had to go in early and leave late
as a teacher. As a Para I was free to leave when my kids
did and go in when they did. It worked for me and my
family and it made me happy, but as a result I only make 16+ an
This year’s Para contract, coming up for vote on March
14th, says that Northwood can hire a Para-educator with the same
qualifications as mine at four more steps an hour. Really?
That is about $3,700 more per year. The amount of money is not
as important to me as the fact that I feel undervalued.
I am saddened, but feel that I need to vote NO on the Support
Staff Contract. I hope you vote NO, too.
Letter To The Editor
A Poem about ESP (Education Support
Let’s suppose just for a moment, what
if there weren’t any ESP?
What would become of our schools
and where would education be?
If not for the dedication of
each Education Support Professional,
How could our schools
ever survive or even function at all?
For the bus driver
wouldn’t be there to pick up children along the way.
doors wouldn’t be unlocked, the lights on, or the buildings
heated each day.
The aides wouldn’t be there to help those
children with a special need,
Or the cooks wouldn’t have a
hot and tasty meal ready for all to feed.
wouldn’t be there to watch over the children with care.
child’s records wouldn’t be the secretary’s load to bear.
The computers would crash without the technician to keep them up
And if not for the maintenance personnel, one can
only guess the school’s fate.
And there are many more that
give so much, each in a different capacity,
For to each ESP,
education is far more than just another job or utility.
Education is each child’s future, the hope and prayers of our
For that future, each day, ESP give their work,
love, and dedication.
Please show your support
for the Northwood Education Support Personnel (NESPA) at
Northwood School by coming out to vote YES on Warrant Article 4
on March 14 from 7am-7pm at St. Joseph’s hall on Route 4. Thank
Paraprofessional, Northwood School
Letter To The Editor
I know what you’re thinking – you
probably do what I do first when I read a letter to the editor
in The Sun. You looked at who wrote the letter first to see
whether it would be worthy of your time. If it’s from someone
who has begun signing his letters from “The Grinch,” you know
it’s just his usual continuous bashing of the school that he
purports to represent, or the town’s employees, volunteers,
coaches, clergy, or anyone else that doesn’t agree with his
views. This one’s from the wife of the guy who’s running for
re-election to the School Board in Northwood. Well, of course
she supports his campaign – she’s his wife. However, I have
every reason to not want you to vote for him.
First of all,
Keith McGuigan is very dedicated to his position on the School
Board. You might not realize that there are many extra meetings
and committees that the School Board members are a part of. He’s
gone many nights, missing out on family dinners and the bedtime
Secondly, he is not shooting to win any popularity
contest in town. He is there to make the best decisions for the
school and for the children of Northwood, even if sometimes they
are not always the most popular decisions. He is weighing
options very carefully, but invariably, there will be those who
disapprove of any vote.
Finally, I have to say that you will
find that if you re-elect Keith McGuigan for School Board, he
will work hard for three more years, helping to provide that
level-headed continuity that Northwood School so strongly needs
right now. We’ve been through many administrative changes over
the years and we need to have someone who knows the school and
is really invested in making positive changes, even if that
means I’ll miss out on having him home for dinner.
Letter To The Editor
Please Come Out & Vote
Pleasant Lake Free of Invasive Species
Warrant Articles on
the Deerfield and Northwood ballot March 14th
Lake Preservation Association (PLPA) Lake Host Program was
established in 2002 to prevent the introduction and spread of
exotic aquatic plants such as variable milfoil and aquatic
nuisance animals like zebra mussels. The main way these species
are introduced into a lake is through transfer via boats and
trailers. Plant and animal infestations are undesirable
because they make recreation in and on the water dangerous and
unpleasant, disrupt the ecological balance, and reduce property
The Lake Host program is administered by the NH Lakes
Association and supported in part, by grants from the NH
Department of Environmental Services. Trained attendants provide
a courtesy boat inspection at the public access ramp on Gulf
Road. Current coverage accounts for about 2/3rds of normal
boating hours, 60% by volunteers and 40% by paid hosts.
Through these warrants, the PLPA are looking to secure
additional funding from the towns of Deerfield and Northwood in
the amount of $2,500 each to increase coverage to a total of
over 90% of normal boating hours. This coverage would
greatly enhance the PLPA Lake Host Program’s ability to prevent
the introduction of Milfoil and other invasive species into the
lake which, if introduced, would result in a more difficult and
expensive program to control.
Letter To The Editor
I support education, as do most people;
disagreements arise about how to reach the common goal of
excellence most effectively. The state of New Hampshire and the
Town of Northwood accept federal tax dollars that support
education requiring compliance with burdensome regulations,
subjugating our administration and teachers of much local
A sudden and extreme change to required student
testing has quickly altered what and how teachers are expected
to teach students in the classroom. The desire for successful
test scores creates a perceived need for a full-time Curriculum
Director and our Kindergartners to attend a full day of school.
Our current professionals, Superintendent, Principal, and
Teachers are all qualified to unite our school and SAU. We must
call upon them and the future School Board to plan, implement,
and support consistent Math and ELA programs that have the
strong methodology that produces excellent students both school
and district wide.
Parents should feel empowered to both
prepare their students for school and to be an advocate
throughout their education. School Boards are critical in
creating effective and accountable schools; members have the
duty to educate themselves and to take public concerns into
Marie Correa is a passionate supporter of
education; she stays current on the constant changes at the
Federal, State and Local levels. Marie’s professional teaching
experiences have given her an understanding of numerous
educational issues in our classrooms that would make her a
valuable asset to the Northwood School Board. Marie Correa, a
voice for students, parents, and taxpayers!
To all SB2 supporters,
At the recent Northwood
School District Deliberative Session, a couple of people
expressed their outrage at the amending of several petition
warrant articles, stating that petition articles should go on
the warrant as “originally written.”
According to the RSA
governing SB2, all warrant articles may be amended at the
Deliberative Session as long as the amendment does not change
the subject of the article.
If we still had the original
Town Meeting and School District Meeting formate, where all
warrant articles are actually voted on, those articles would
show on the warrant as “originally written.”
Sorry; you can’t
have it both ways.
Letter To The Editor
Please Vote March 14th, at St. Joseph
It will be my privilege to serve the citizens
of Northwood as a School Board Member.
This Weekend’s LRPA After Dark Feature: 1950’s “Quicksand”
Join Lakes Region Public Access Television at 10:30 p.m. this
Friday and Saturday night (March 10 & 11) for our “LRPA After
Dark” presentation of 1950’s forgotten noir “Quicksand,”
starring Mickey Rooney, Jeanne Cagney (sister to actor James)
and Peter Lorre.
Auto mechanic Dan Brady (Rooney) wants to
impress his hot date Vera Novak (Cagney), the sultry waitress
from the local diner, but she is a gold-digger with expensive
tastes and he doesn’t have the dough. Dan comes up with a
brilliant solution: he’ll “borrow” $20 for the date from the
garage’s cash register and return the money the next morning.
Dan’s friend Buzz owes him money, and had promised to pay him
tomorrow. Dan knows that the garage’s bookkeeper won’t be in to
check the cash drawer for a few days, which gives him plenty of
time to set things straight. While out on their date, Dan and
Vera run into her shady ex-boyfriend Nick (Lorre), who still has
a thing for Vera. The next morning, Dan can’t get a hold of Buzz
– and, unexpectedly, the bookkeeper arrives two days early to
reconcile the cash drawer! Dan comes up with a new scheme to
cover the missing $20 by purchasing, then pawning, an expensive
watch. That leads to more trouble from a detective who threatens
Dan with jail if he doesn’t pay back the pawnshop within 24
hours. Dan then turns to robbery, and that quickly spirals out
of control, eventually leading to blackmail, kidnapping and
more. And you thought your week was bad! How much further will
Dan stoop to resolve his problems? And how will he get himself
out of this quicksand of crime?
“Quicksand” was a rare film
in Mickey Rooney’s career. After years of playing the clean-cut,
All-American boy next door, Rooney was cast against type,
playing a small-time tough guy who, led astray by a pretty face,
makes one terrible choice after another. This was a conscious
choice on Rooney’s part, as he wanted to be known for more
serious, adult roles. In fact, his work in “Quicksand” did lead
to other noir-ish films, such as “The Strip and “Drive a Crooked
Road.” Fun fact: Rooney and Peter Lorre weren’t just the stars
of “Quicksand,” but also acted as behind-the-scenes executive
producers. The two stars co-financed its production, hoping to
start their own independent production company. However, the
deal never materialized, forcing Lorre to declare bankruptcy
and, for a time, move back to Europe. Regardless of the film’s
financial legacy, many critics and film buffs view “Quicksand”
as Rooney’s finest performance, much more real and gritty than
any “Andy Hardy” movie. Lorre also gives a dynamo performance,
resulting in a character that is immoral, untrustworthy and
menacing – a true pleasure to watch! What more does a
movie-lover need? So grab your popcorn and join LRPA after dark
for this melodramatic film noir from the past.
Fellow Northwood Residents
Once again, I must try
to correct the misinformation presented by Tim Jandebeur.
In his latest letter, he again blames the Budget Committee for
not reducing the school’s proposed operating budget, as he was
unable to do at the school board level for the past 3 years.
The SB made very compelling presentations to justify their
requests, and after review and discussion, the majority of
Budget Committee members voted to support the requests.
Our responsibility is to balance Town and School operating needs
with taxpayer ability to pay, not to slash a budget mindlessly.
Remember Tim, those surplus monies came from lines no one can
control. HS or Out of District student’s needs
change or leave, Health Insurance or other utilities end up
costing less than anticipated, or we receive more revenue than
expected. What lines should have been reduced Tim?
I would love to hear your solution to this problem, even with
the benefit of 20/20 hindsight!
Having served the town in
some capacity since 1985, including the School Board, I can
assure you we need Board members who can think outside the box,
are willing to spend the necessary time, and to be able to
think for themselves; not have an agenda prior to
I have been to most School Board meetings for the
past several years, and have rarely seen Marie Correa in
attendance. Several petition articles were sponsored by
her, yet when asked by the Budget Committee or at Deliberative
session to hear from a sponsor, Marie was in attendance, but did
not offer any information. Why? She hasn’t provided
any details as to why she would like to be elected or how things
can be improved.
For these reasons and others, I support
Keith McGuigan, and urge you to do likewise.
Letter To The Editor
Re-Elect School Board Member, Keith
Northwood School needs people on the school board
who are going to put children first. Keith McGuigan, up for
re-election for the Northwood school board, needs our votes to
continue to make the best choices for all children who attend
Northwood School. Keith and the other pro-education school board
members have worked tirelessly to come up with a fair budget.
The future is exciting at NES if we can keep people like Keith
on the board.
A little bit about Keith’s opponent, Marie
Correa. She turned in five signatures during the School
Deliberative Session and requested that the vote to amend
Warrant Article 2 be voted by secret ballot. Many of those in
attendance were parents who had children being cared for in the
school cafeteria. We feel this was a tactical move by Mrs.
Correa and her fellow anti-full day k and anti-curriculum
coordinator community members (including school board member Tim
Jandebeur). If they got the meeting to run long, you get those
parents to leave early. Does this sound like someone who cares
about the best interest of children and families in Northwood?
Marie also made a statement at Candidates Night that she
thought kindergarten was actually harmful to children. Then she
went on to say she thinks kids start school too soon. So, is 1st
grade too soon? 2nd grade? If she doesn’t support public school,
why is she trying to get on the school board? Could it be the
same motivation as her friend, Tim Jandebeur? To obstruct and
impede progress at NES because it’s cheaper. Marie Correa isn’t
fit to be on the school board.
Please vote for Keith McGuigan
on March 14th and put children first!
Amy and Ryan Hanavan
Letter To The Editor
Oh, give me a home
where the buffalo roam,
Where the deer and the antelope play,
Where seldom is heard a discouraging word,
And the skies are
not cloudy all day.
Dr. Brewster M. Higley
read the Northwood section in the latest issue of The Suncook
Valley Sun, it’s clear that Dr. Higley doesn’t live here. No
buffaloes. No antelope. And plenty of discouraging words.
cited statistic stands out: neighboring towns spend less per
elementary school student than Northwood. That comparison
depends upon two numbers: the numerator (spending) and the
If the numerator goes up, while the
denominator remains constant, the cost per student goes up.
Conversely, if the student body increases while spending remains
constant, the cost goes down.
One way to drive down the cost
per student is to enroll more students. And since a Northwood
“baby boom” seems unlikely, given our ever-aging population, the
answer would be to attract more young couples – and their
children - to our town.
That’s what happened this year at
Coe-Brown. Sixteen more students showed up. 16! Families with
teenagers moved to Northwood to send them to Coe-Brown.
we want to focus on that statistic, let’s improve Northwood
Let’s implement full-day kindergarten – both for the
kids as well as for their often-working parents. Let’s
coordinate the curriculum so that content and methods are
integrated vertically grade-to-grade and within grades. Let’s
pay our teachers and staff fairly to retain and attract quality
personnel. Let’s support the principal and her administration.
And let’s re-elect Keith McGuigan to the School Board. And maybe
dial back on the discouraging words.