Northwood NH News

July 19, 2017


 

The Inn at Deerfield, a non-profit residence for people with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia, is looking for board members.  This volunteer board oversees and approves the policies, direction, and administration of The Inn.  In addition, board members represent the communities which surround The Inn, and help with fundraisers and public events.  The time commitment is approximately 4 hours per quarter.  If you are interested in being a part of this organization, please contact Kelly Adams, Executive Director, at kelly@innatdeerfield.org.

 


 

Meet Mud Bud at the Chesley Memorial Library!

 

Mud Bud, a very lovable Golden Retriever, will be here with Crystal Myslinksi on Thursdays at 1:00 p.m. in July and August.  (Mud Bud will not be here on August 17, he will be on vacation!)  Mud Bud is registered and certified through the National Therapy Dog Program.  Mud Bud loves to visit with children and seniors so all ages are welcome, but young children in particular might be interested in reading aloud to Mud Bud.  The purpose of a reading to dogs program is to provide children with a comfortable environment to practice their reading skills. Children who read to dogs improve their own reading skills and often report a greater enjoyment of reading. Mud Bud is ready to meet some new buddies at the library this summer!

 


 

Oh!  The Possibilities For Northwood

 

When the Baptist Church, located next to Hannaford Supermarket in Northwood went up for sale last year, some Friends of Northwood thought that the building would make a wonderful community center.  A walk-through was scheduled to gage the possibilities.  The church part is a large empty space suited for entertainment, education, exhibits, voting and other town needs.  The 13 year old two-story addition measures 36 feet x 40 feet with a kitchen, great room and meeting rooms on the second floor.  The estimated cost to build the addition today is about $500,000.

 

When we saw the possibilities we invited all the Town of Northwood government entities to two scheduled walk-throughs to determine the viability of buying the church for a community center.  When all was said and done, the response was very positive, but we were told to do our due diligence and get estimates to bring the building up to code so it could be used as a public building.

 

While the building is structurally strong, some work may be needed to shore up the foundation in spots and the floor in the church part would need to be replaced.  Due to the cost of adding a sprinkler system, adding handicap exits, upgrading the security system, and installing a lift/elevator at the cost of about $150,000 to do all of the upgrades, we decided to step back and look for other alternatives.

 

Noting that the whole building has a 13 year old roof, heating system and water filtration system, it is a good solid historic building with so many possibilities.

 

Why do we need such a building? Northwood is handicapped due to lack of space to hold programs that the town people like to attend.  Recently, the library held a “Birds of Prey” program in which 62 people packed into the basement of the library to see four live birds of prey.  People were turned away due to lack of space. While the library previously tried to find another venue, none were available.  Beside the many programs the library could offer, the Boy and Girl Scouts could use a space.  The Northwood Recreation Department could offer programs to youth and seniors such as cooking classes, quilting/sewing classes, movie night or movie afternoon for the seniors and even dance night… so many possibilities.

 

Situated in the east side of town with a bank, gas stations, library, restaurant, flower shop, and supermarket, the location is the closest concept of  a town center Northwood has to offer.  It is noted that there is a community center in the Narrows; however, it is remote, almost always booked, and rather small for programs that require 100 plus seating.

 

How can a small town like Northwood afford to buy the building and bring it up to code?  The owner’s asking price was $150,000. Is there a talented grant writer in town that could acquire the funds to buy and upgrade the church?  Will a Northwood resident or residents come forward and donate the money to purchase and upgrade the church for a community center?  Is there someone in town that would like to leave a legacy that would continue to benefit the community for years to come?

 

You may think that is unlikely, but in 1991 town resident, Joseph Grano donated enough money to build the two story addition to the Chesley Memorial Library, and more recently, eight people in Andover, NH bought the old town hall in 2016, an historic building, to save it from being torn down, “to keep a piece of the past alive while being mindful of the needs of the town’s youth” and seniors.  Could that happen in Northwood?  Are there people of means that could afford to commit to providing for the community a center to be used for civic, cultural, and educational programs?

 

While this project is solely the idea of Friends of Northwood, anyone inclined to help in the funding may call the Town of Northwood at 942-5586 for more information.

 


 

This Weekend’s LRPA After Dark Feature:
1956’s “Please Murder Me!”

 

Join Lakes Region Public Access Television at 10:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday night (August 19 & 20) for our “LRPA After Dark” presentation of 1956’s crime drama “Please Murder Me!” starring Angela Lansbury and Raymond Burr.

 

Told in flashback, “Please Murder Me!” is the story of a deadly love triangle involving attorney Craig Carlson (Burr), who’s fallen hard for Myra Leeds (Lansbury), the wife of Joe (played by character actor Dick Foran), Craig’s close friend and WWII buddy. Craig owes Joe his life and so is tormented by his feelings for Myra. Joe tells Craig in confidence that he suspects Myra of having an affair. It’s too much for Craig to bear, so he confesses to Joe that he’s “the other man.” Surprisingly, Joe isn’t angry – he asks Craig for a few days to think things over. Craig is mystified by Joe’s behavior. When he asks Myra about it, she advises him to do nothing until Joe responds. A few nights later, Myrna shoots Joe, claiming self-defense. Craig, while shocked by his friend’s alleged behavior, agrees to serve as Myra’s attorney. He defends her superbly, even putting his own reputation on the line, anticipating a happy and peaceful life after the conclusion of the trial.  But there is more, it seems, to Myra than meets the eye.

 

“Please Murder Me!” is one of the least-known entries in the film noir genre. While it certainly is a small, low budget thriller, it is a thriller nonetheless, and features some wonderful plot twists wrapped up in a bracing 78-minute film. Angela Lansbury is terrific here, playing, as she often did early in her career, the heartless femme fatale. Classic television fans will likely recognize minor character actors including Dick Foran as the cuckolded husband and Denver Pyle (best known for shows such as “The Dukes of Hazard” and “The Doris Day Show”) as a police lieutenant. But the standout is Raymond Burr, who ironically, up until that point in his career, usually played the bad guy (who can forget him as the ruthless killer in Hitchcock’s “Rear Window”?). Burr’s intelligent and earnest lawyer, who is more than slightly unhinged by the film’s end, was likely the model for his biggest, career-defining role -- that of TV lawyer Perry Mason. “Please Murder Me!” deserves to be better known by film fans everywhere. So grab your popcorn and meet us after dark for this seldom-seen thriller from the past.

 


 

Letter To The Editor

 

Northwood Community,

As you may have heard, Northwood Transportation is no longer in operation and at the present time we do not have transportation to school this fall for students at Northwood School and CBNA.

 

We have put out an RFP for bids on the transportation contract and received no interest.  At the present time we are exploring all options, but the largest hurdle is finding available bus drivers.  Anyone interested in becoming a bus driver can contact Superintendent of Schools, Bob Gadomski, at 942-1290.

 

We are hopeful that we can find a creative solution to this problem by the opening of school.  The Northwood School Board will be discussing this further at their July 20, 2017 Board meeting.  The meeting will take place at the Northwood School Library at 6:30 pm.  All are welcome to attend and hear the discussion.

 

Keith McGuigan

 


 

Northwood Historical Society Museum

 

How much do you or your children know about the shoe industry in Northwood? At one time, Northwood was the home to 3 large three story buildings built for the manufacture of shoes. Digging in many Northwood yards will sometimes produce pieces of leather, wooden or medal shoe forms or tools as many family homes also manufactured shoes or did piece work for additional income.  We have a large display of items used in the old shoe mills along with photos of the buildings and the workers.  We hope you will plan a visit and learn about this time in Northwood’s history.

 

The museum is open Saturdays in July and August from 1 - 3 PM (except Bean Hole Bash weekend-July 29th), we are located in the brick building on School Street in the Narrows.  We will also have a display at the Bean Hole Bash, please stop by and talk with one of our members about membership and sign up for notification of our programs.

 


 

Northwood Bean Hole Bash

 

The 2017 Northwood Bean Hole Bash is almost here, July 28th and 29th  Many family events are planned for this year.

 

Friday night is the country auction with our auctioneer telling us there are going to be great items awaiting your bid.  The bean pots should be lowered into the pit around 10:00 PM.

 

The Northwood Park and Recreation Committee is sponsoring a bike and wagon parade on Saturday for all ages.  Bring you decorated bike or wagon to in front of Smith Hall at 1:00 PM to be part of this new event.  We are looking to see how many participants will show our red, white and blue community and patriotic spirit.  At 2:00 PM, old fashioned family field games will start such as sack and three legged races, water balloon toss and perhaps a few surprises.  Starting at 2:30 PM under the tent there will be a pie eating contest for different age groups, yes this also includes adults.  New Hampshire Fish and Game is bringing their Operation Game Thief trailer.

 

Raffle tickets will be on sale for many items ,first prize is a piece of furniture generously donated by D.R. Dimes and Company, Ltd.

 

Starting at 4:00 PM will be the Bean Hole Bash Supper featuring beans (pea, kidney and vegan), corn on the cob, hot dogs and beverage, prices are adults $10.00 and children 12 and under $5.00.

 

Visit our updated web page beanholebash,com for full schedule of events, our brochure is available at many locate merchants.  Please thank sponsors for their support of the Bean Hole Bash.

 

HOPE TO SEE EVERYONE AT THE BASH

 


 

Letter To The Editor
Suggestion #2

 

The dedicated reader will recall that Rock. 1 Rep. Brian J. Stone emailed me last month to request suggestions for “potential legislation for the next year that could benefit Northwood.”

 

In this installment, I would like to suggest that the Legislature fund kindergarten at the same level as Grades 1-12, and that they detach its funding from the proceeds of the newly legalized keno lottery.

 

The current bill, signed by the Governor on July 12, provides only an additional $1,100 to districts with full-day kindergarteners – rather than the $1,800 that would be needed to achieve parity with Grades 1-12 that receive $3,600 in “adequacy” funding. While the amount may increase if keno revenues allow, there is no reason to believe that they will. And, because it will take some time to set up the keno system, pay-outs to schools won’t begin until 2019, if then.

 

While the Governor has been taking victory laps, I am appalled by this 80% solution. Aside from being 20% short, it ties funding education – once again – to the gambling losses of those who often are those that can least afford it.

 

Instead, the Legislature should fund kindergarten at the same level as Grades 1-12.

 

If you agree – or have other legislation of your own to propose – contact Rep. Stone at 724-1404 or brian03261@gmail.com.

 

In our next installment, I will address why $3,600 in “adequacy” funding is inadequate and wonder if, after 20 years, it isn’t time for another Claremont case.

 

Tom Chase
Northwood

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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