Northwood NH News

July 5, 2017


Congratulations to Kayleigh Michelle Sherman of Northwood who was named to the Dean’s List at the University of Rhode Island for the Spring 2017 semester.


To be included on the Dean’s List, full-time students must have completed 12 or more credits for letter grades during a semester and achieved at least a 3.30 quality point average. Part-time students qualify with the accumulation of 12 or more credits for letter grades earning at least a 3.30 quality point average.


Congratulations to Brett Wimsatt of Northwood who was named to the Dean’s List at Paul Smith’s College during the spring 2017 semester. Brett earned a semester average of 3.3 or higher to receive this distinction.



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Michael and Kathleen Lachance of Hooksett announce the engagement of their daughter, Brittany Lachance, to David Ikewood, son of Dean and Sue Ikewood of Strafford.Lachance graduated from Coe-Brown Northwood Academy and is enrolled in a bachelor’s program at Granite State College. She works for BTE in Colorado. Ikewood graduated from Coe-Brown Northwood Academy and earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Granite State College. He works in marketing light therapies in Colorado. An October 5, 2018 wedding is planned.



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Saddleback Mountain Lions Club volunteering their day at Lions Camp Pride located on Merrymeeting Lake in New Durham, NH. This camp has been owned and supported by Lions Clubs of NH for over 30 years. Kids with all types of disabilities go there during the summer months. On Saturday, June 10th, Saddleback Lions spent the day helping to prepare the camp for the 2017 season by cleaning up the shallow waterfront and painting the pavilion. Lion volunteers include: Bill & Judy Lounsbury, Dave Linden, Bill & Robin Smith, Dan McNally and Billy Beauvais.



This Weekend’s LRPA After Dark Feature:
1946’s “The Strange Love Of Martha Ivers”


Join Lakes Region Public Access Television this Friday and Saturday night (July 7 & 8)  for our “LRPA After Dark” presentation of 1946’s film noir classic “The Strange Love of Martha Ivers,” starring Barbara Stanwyck, Van Heflin, Lizabeth Scott and Kirk Douglas (in his debut role!).


In 1928, the young heiress Martha Ivers tries to escape her claustrophobic life with her authoritarian aunt, Mrs. Ivers (Dame Judith Anderson). She wants to run away with local bad boy Sam Masterson, but the police catch them and bring her home. Martha and her aunt argue, and in the heat of the moment, the teenager pushes Mrs. Ivers down the stairs, killing her.  The son of her tutor, Walter O’Neill, witnesses the event. When Martha lies to her tutor about how the accident happened (an intruder killed her!), Walter backs up her story. Walter’s father suspects that young Martha is lying, and so manipulates the situation to one of financial gain for his son. Fast forward nearly 20 years. A grown Martha (Stanwyck) is now married to Walter (Douglas), an alcoholic district attorney. Martha has built her aunt’s factory into a small empire. Their marriage is a disaster, as he loves her, but she doesn’t return the feelings. Meanwhile, Sam Masterson (Heflin), now an aimless drifter, winds up back in his hometown due to a car wreck. While waiting for his car to be repaired, he meets the lovely Toni Marachek (Scott), who’s just gotten out of jail. After Toni gets picked up for violating her parole, Sam visits Walter to see if he can help her out of this jam. Walter is wary of Sam, as he thinks that Sam is in town to blackmail the couple for what he knows about Miss Iver’s death. Martha sees Sam again for the first time in nearly two decades, and Walter jealously realizes that Martha never lost her feelings for Sam. What follows is an unfortunate chain of events that prove the cold, calculating and vengeful nature of four human beings.


If you’re a lover of classic movies and of film noir in particular, then “Martha Ivers” has it all: murder, blackmail, greed, deceit, dirty secrets and ruthless dames. It received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Story, and deservedly so. Every actor gives a stellar performance, particularly Van Heflin, who played here against type as the sneering, hard-boiled bad boy. In writing about the film debut of Kirk Douglas, famed columnist Louella Parsons noted that Paramount Pictures had “unearthed themselves another wonder boy,” and she certainly was right. Critic Leonard Maltin described “Martha Ivers” as a “…gripping melodrama – 3 out of 4 stars.” What more do you need to know? So grab your popcorn and join LRPA after dark for this vintage classic! 



Coe-Brown Northwood Academy Alumni!


Join the CBNA Alumni Association for a fun evening of mingling, networking, music and karaoke!


Casual dress & atmosphere, food & drink available for purchase.


Where: Hilltop Pizzeria
1724 Dover Rd Epsom, NH


When: Thursday July 13, 2017


Contact Julie Smith Clarke ‘89 with any questions at 757-284-1990


See you there!




Meredith Drew Pickering


Meredith Drew Pickering, formerly of Northwood and Strafford, NH, passed away June 24, 2017 at Epsom Healthcare Center in Epsom.


She was born May 1, 1926 in Brockton, Massachusetts to John B. Drew and Helen (Wilde) Drew. After her parents divorced, she remained with her mother in Brockton, but then at age fourteen, she came to live with her father and stepmother in Pittsfield.  Meredith graduated from Pittsfield High School and went on to nursing school at the Elliot Hospital in Manchester.


She married Harold Pickering in 1947, a marriage that had lasted sixty years when he passed away in 2007. They had three children: John R. Pickering, now of Tilton, NH; L. Gail (Pickering) Brown, now of New Durham, NH; and Donna Lee (Pickering) Reeser, who passed away in 1989.


Meredith is also survived by her brother, John B. Drew IV; her sister, Suzanne Fitzgerald; six grandchildren: Sheri, Leonard, Tammi, Michael, Kathleen and Johna; eight great grandchildren; seven nieces and one nephew; her son-in-law, Ronald Brown; and many friends.


In addition to her husband and daughter, Meredith was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Deborah Park.


Meredith was well known by many while she waitressed at Johnson’s Dairy Bar and Chadbourn’s Restaurant in Northwood. She was a good friend and confidant to many. To know her was to love her.


As has always been my Mom’s wishes, there will be no calling hours or funeral. She will be interred at a later time when her family can all gather.  Friends and family may contact Gail Brown directly at 603-496-8523 for more information.  Brewitt Funeral Service, 2 Epping St., Raymond, NH ( )is assisting the family.












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