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 Treasurer’s report;
of purpose, and Final planning for Humor and Harmony, the next
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org 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).
Chair, Northwood School
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
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
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
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
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:
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