Northwood NH News

April 19, 2017


Spring cleaning? Set aside your household hazardous waste for the upcoming collection day for Northwood. Mark your calendar now for May 6, 2017 from 8:30AM to 12:30PM at the Turnkey Landfill, 90 Rochester Neck Road, Rochester NH. More information in upcoming issue of The Sun.

The Friends of the Chesley Memorial Library will hold its Annual Meeting on April 24th, starting at 6:45 pm.  The public is welcome and refreshments will be served.


The agenda will include
The President’s report;
The Treasurer’s report;
The statement of purpose, and Final planning for Humor and Harmony, the next fundraising event.



Letter To The Editor


On behalf of the Northwood School Board, I would like to announce that we are starting a strategic planning process this spring. The purpose of the five-year strategic plan is to establish a road map to a brighter future for our school.


As a board, we are committed to ensuring that the voices of staff, students, parents, and the community are represented as we develop this long-range plan. The first step in ensuring that many voices are heard is to establish a volunteer Strategic Planning Team that will include teachers, students, parents, community members, and others. The Strategic Planning Team will be tasked with identifying strategic issues, setting goals, and selecting strategies to reach those goals. The Strategic Planning Team will meet approximately a dozen times between May 2017 and February 2018.


If you are interested in volunteering to participate on the Strategic Planning Team, please contact Superintendent Robert Gadomski ( or 603-942- 1290) prior to May 8, 2017.


The Strategic Planning Team will meet on the following dates: May 25, June 8, July 13, August 26 (Saturday – Retreat), September 28, October 12, October 26, November 9, November 30, January 11, January 18, and January 25.  Meetings will be in the evenings, likely from 6pm - 8pm.


If you cannot commit to participate as a member of the Strategic Planning Team, there will be other opportunities to provide feedback to the Strategic Planning Team. Future opportunities to provide feedback include through a survey (May) or one of two public forums (September 2017 and January 2018).


Keith McGuigan,
Chair, Northwood School Board



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Northwood Advent Christian Church: Do You Really Know Me? Part 2


Now that the church was built, all the members continued to support its ongoing operations by donating their services. The men helped with the building of the church while the women worked to set up, decorate, and prepare meals.  Financial support was necessary and each family gave what they could. The women of the church formed the Willing Workers Society and conducted sales twice a year where they sold homemade food, ice cream, candy and aprons with proceeds donated to the church.


God blessed the church with steady growth which presented the need for space to hold Sunday school, church suppers, meeting room, kitchen and bathroom. This need was met by raising the church and putting in a full foundation in 1956. The congregation and Sunday school continued to grow as did the need for more space.


Baptisms were held in Northwood Lake or Jenness Pond; church picnics were held at Bear Brook State Park.  Later both were held at Jenness Pond through the generosity of Bob and Joann Bailey, at their lakefront camp.  


God provided an answer to our prayers when in 1963, the Brookside School became available and was deeded to the church at a small fee. In the late 1970’s a private kindergarten entered an agreement with the church to use Brookside during the week and the church would use it for Sunday school classes on Sundays.  In 1981, the Northwood School District accepted responsibility for kindergarten and began using Brookside for their classes. Over the years the town worked with the church to use the school while they built a new school or addition. When the town provided a second exit and redid the second floor, the church and the school were able to use it for educational purposed.


After the town no longer had a need for Brookside, several major repairs were made such as the roofing organized by Stephen Bailey with volunteers and the church provided the shingles. Several attempts to use the school have been explored but not yet come to fruition. God’s time not ours is yet to be seen.


In 1965 under the leadership of Rev. Raymond Beecroft the church underwent a major redesign with new lights, carpet, pulpit area, shutters and paint. In 1970 a new exterior entrance allowed for easier access with the removal of the outside wooden stairs and the addition of landscaping.


Look for the final article on the Advent Christian Church in which we will share details in how God continues to bless this church. Our Church Worship meets on Sunday with Bible Study at 9 am and Worship Service at 10 am with Pastor Donald Plummer. If you are looking for a place to worship God and feel welcomed, we would love to have you join us.



NALMC’s Annual Woodcock Walk
Wednesday, April 26
7 PM
Led By Julie Robinson


Julie Robinson is an extraordinary wildlife biologist who worked as Small Game Project Leader for NH Fish and Game for 27 years. She will lead us on a tour of Short Creek Farm (formerly Harmony Hill Farm) to witness the dramatic mating dance of the woodcock and learn about its habitat.


Bring your binoculars.
Meet at the NALMC kiosk at the corner of Winding Hill Road and Harmony Road at 7:00 PM.


6 PM Special Bonus Event
Jeff Backer, farmer at Short Creek Farm: How to raise beef, pigs, and vegetables as part of a holistic approach to farm management.


Questions? Contact Carl Wallman at (603) 435-5209 or email



This Weekend’s LRPA After Dark Feature:
1919’s “Broken Blossoms”


Join Lakes Region Public Access Television at 10:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday night (April 21 &22) for our “LRPA After Dark” presentation of 1919’s silent film masterpiece, D.W. Griffith’s “Broken Blossoms,” starring Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess and Donald Crisp.


Cheng Huan (Barthelmess) is a shopkeeper who moved to London from China with the hopes of using his Buddhist teachings to change the violent ways of Western civilization. After several years in the city’s squalid Limehouse District, he has become disillusioned, often spending his free time smoking opium. One bright light in his dreary existence is Lucy (Gish), a lovely young girl who sometimes shops in his neighborhood. Lucy lives with her father, the brutish alcoholic boxer “Battling” Burrows (Crisp). Burrows regularly beats Lucy for any mistake, including accidentally spilling soup on his hand. After a particularly bad beating, Lucy wanders the streets and collapses in Huan’s shop. He dresses her wounds, nurses her back to health and through kindness, restores her humanity and dignity. She experiences hope and happiness for the first time in her wretched life, and the two begin to fall in love. By chance, one of Burrows’ friends discovers Lucy in Huan’s shop and tells the boxer. He is outraged that Lucy is associating with a foreigner and goes to the shop to seek his revenge. What will happen to young Lucy and her hero Cheng? Can their innocent yet forbidden love survive?


Anyone familiar with the films of director D.W. Griffith knows that he usually favored spectacle, including high production values, lengthy film times and elaborate sets. “Broken Blossoms” premiered in May of 1919, and critics and theatregoers alike were stunned by the story’s relative simplicity: three main characters, a straightforward story, and a brisk running time of 88 minutes. Critic were enchanted both by Gish’s ethereal beauty and Barthelmess’ restrained performance. It was a hit then, and, unlike some of Griffith’s more controversial films (“The Birth of a Nation” in particular), is considered one of his finest movies, and a silent film masterpiece. While contemporary viewers will note that the film’s ideas about race are woefully outdated (Huan is known as the “Yellow Man”), there is still much about the film that transcends time and place, particularly in its views of good and evil in everyday life.  In the decades since its release, “Broken Blossoms” continues to win over film historians and critics. “Broken Blossoms” is included in author Steven Schneider’s book 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die. In writing about “Broken Blossoms”, noted film critic Roger Ebert wrote:


Griffith in 1919 was the unchallenged king of serious American movies … “Broken Blossoms” was seen as brave and controversial. What remains today is the artistry of the production, the ethereal quality of Lillian Gish, the broad appeal of the melodrama, and the atmosphere of the elaborate sets. And its social impact. Films like this, naive as they seem today, helped nudge a xenophobic nation toward racial tolerance.


What else do you need to know? Grab your popcorn and meet us after dark for this treasure of the silent screen. 












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