Northwood NH News

August 2, 2017




Join in Celebrating the Life of Meg McGoldrick, of Northwood, who passed away Friday July 7, 2017.


An active community member Meg managed the Northwood Food Pantry, and Northwood Farmers’ Market (where she sold flowers).  Celebration on Friday Aug 18, 7 – 9pm at the Knights of Columbus, 52 Bradley St Concord, NH.  Wear bright / flowered clothing.  Optional - bring a story and/or flower(s) from your garden.



This Weekend’s LRPA After Dark Feature:

1971’s “Evel Knievel”


Join Lakes Region Public Access Television at 10:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday night (August 4 & 5) for our “LRPA After Dark” presentation of 1971’s “Evel Knievel,” starring George Hamilton. 


“Evel Knievel” is a somewhat satiric but good-natured biography of Bobby “Evel” Knievel (Hamilton), famed motorcycle daredevil and self-proclaimed “last American gladiator.” As the film opens, Knievel is at California’s Ontario Motor Speedway, preparing for his next big stunt: jumping his bike over 19 automobiles. Knievel begins to reflect on his life and memories, and so the story is told in flashback. We see Knievel as a young boy, attending his first daredevil show, with tragic results; we see Knievel as a young man, full of ego and wild charm; and we see him in the present day, facing greater stunts and crazy challenges.


“Evel Knievel” is one of several biopics of the late, great stunt rider, but for many of his fans, this one is the very best. Don Druker of The Chicago Reader summed it up by writing, “George Hamilton’s performance as the amiable megalomaniac is an affectionate portrait of a truly crazy man, rounded out with casual, throwaway humor.” What better way to end Motorcycle Week? So grab your popcorn and meet us after dark for this bike-filled cult classic.  Not a MetroCast subscriber? Log onto Livestream ( where you can catch all the fun. 



Letter To The Editor


The Coe-Brown Northwood Academy “Class of 2020” is hosting a silent auction in November as a class fundraiser. As many are aware, a lot of planning, work, and donations are required in order to run a successful auction. We are wondering if any local businesses would be willing or  are able to donate an item to our silent auction. Any donation would be extremely helpful and all of the profits will go directly towards the sophomore class. If you are willing to donate anything please let me know!


Thank you,

Elizabeth Libbey;

Secretary, Class of 2020






To the parents of Northwood students,

As you know, Northwood Transportation is no longer providing bus services. We have been diligently exploring other options, but the shortage of bus drivers has proven to be a large hurdle.  Dail Transportation (STA) has agreed to provide school busses, as long as we are able to recruit drivers.


To provide the level of service we had last year, we would need six bus routes.  At the present time, we do not have enough drivers to do six routes. We are in the process of finalizing the number of drivers that we have and then we will attempt to set the routes to pick up our K-12 students. 


Since it is doubtful that we will start the year with enough drivers, the routes will need to be extended.  We appreciate your patience as we establish routes.  It is our hope that we will be able to post the routes to the website in early August.  If/when (September/October?) we recruit the six drivers we need, the routes will then be readjusted to provide the full service we have enjoyed in the past.


If you have any further questions, feel free to call the SAU offices at 942-1290.  Once again, thank you for your understanding.


Keith McGuigan,

Northwood School Board



New Regional Farmers’ Market Opening

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The Antique Alley Regional Farmers’ Market will open for the first time on Friday, August 4th.  The market will be located on the Pirate Mechanical property at 442 1st NH Turnpike (Route 4) in Northwood and will run from 4:00 to 6:30 every Friday through the end of September.  This is an expansive community endeavor bringing together volunteer board members, vendors, sponsors, and customers from several area towns in support of local food.


Our goal is to provide for this region of New Hampshire a thriving local food scene along the lines of what the Seacoast Eat Local organization offers to that region.  There will be a wide variety of local fruits and vegetables, meats, maple products, flowers, crafts, and more available at the market.  For more information and to stay updated, please visit and “like” our Facebook page at



A Big Note Of Thanks!


The volunteer staff of Willow’s Run would like to thank the community for such a successful race. In our third year we saw 121 runners and walkers hit the start line on the morning of July 15th on the beautiful cross country trails of Coe Brown Northwood Academy.


We appreciate the support of the raffle and we were especially grateful to the VFW Northwood, Lisa Riley, and Candice Pratt of The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Debbie Baird of the National Alliance for Mental Illness, and Justin Looser from Portsmouth Regional Hospital for manning resource tents where participants and their families could get free information and resources regarding mental health.


We are also grateful to Seacoast Pathways members for your assistance packing swag bags and running the raffle.  We appreciate Coe Brown’s continued support in allowing us to use their beautiful facility.  We are especially grateful to The Suncook Valley Sun and Ross Morse for your commitment to help us get the word out about this community event.  We know without you we would not be successful.


Many business owners came together to make the event possible: Anytime Fitness Northwood manned the water station, James Mertz of Suddenly Still Photography donated professional photography services, and many people donated to our swag bags—most notably Brian Gardner of J&B Auto donated 100 free auto inspections, $4,500 worth of services—making the swag bags more valuable than the cost of registration for the race.


We also are grateful to the generous team at Umami Café for the after party and your generous donation, and Sprout for Business helped us with flyers, banners, and emails.


There was an army of nearly 40 volunteers behind the scenes that made the race a success—a selfless show of community spirit.  It takes a village—and because of this incredible village we are able to spread hope, help, and healing to those living with mental illness and suicide loss survivors. If you’d like to help, please visit our website .  A donation presentation ceremony will be announced in early September and details posted on the website. Thank you!



“Ocean Frontiers Iii: Leaders In Ocean Stewardship & The New Blue Economy"

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The Chesley Memorial Library will show “Ocean Frontiers III: Leaders in Ocean Stewardship & the New Blue Economy” on Monday, August 7, at 2:00 p.m.  Ocean Frontiers III, produced by Green Fire Productions, chronicles recent efforts along the Eastern seaboard to plan for healthy oceans, robust ocean economies and a sustainable future. 


“Ocean planning is essential for protecting the health and resilience of our oceans,” said Karen Meyer, Executive Director of Green Fire Productions and producer of Ocean Frontiers III. “We want to use this film as a way to continue building support for the new Northeast and Mid-Atlantic ocean plans, and keep the momentum strong in the regions that are developing their plans – including the West Coast and the Pacific Islands.”


Ocean Frontiers III explores the intersection of national security, marine commerce, recreation and conservation. It also dives deeper into expanding industries such as offshore wind energy and aquaculture. The film allows viewers to witness an unprecedented collaboration of stakeholders – including fishermen, coastal planners, military officials, Native American leaders, environmental advocates, scientists and wind energy executives – who are working to manage and balance all the uses of the ocean so it can thrive for generations to come. 


The award-winning Ocean Frontiers film series follows North American ocean planning from its early days, highlighting the use of new ocean data and extensive stakeholder input to keep national security strong, the economy growing, and ocean habitats protected. 


“There’s a huge amount of pride in the work that’s been done to identify solutions that benefit our communities, our economy and our ocean,” Meyer said. “I’m inspired by all of the people who are part of this collaborative effort and are leading the way to a sustainable and thriving ocean.”



Letter To The Editor

Suggestion #4


The constant reader will recall that I was invited by our Representative to suggest “potential legislation for the next year that could benefit Northwood.”


This suggestion stems from my service on the Conservation Commission and my attendance at conferences put on by the N.H. Association of Conservation Commissions and the N.H. Lakes Association.


I also belong to the Jenness Pond Shore Owners Association and by living on Jenness, I came to learn about the threat posed by Eurasian milfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum).


Learning that it was already in Northwood Lake, in 2002, I wrote a grant and received some funding by the state to an initiate a Lake Host program to monitor boats coming into Jenness. That program continues to this day and has been successful – so far, but with less state funding.


And each year, at the N.H. Lakes conference, I learn about the 10 other plants and critters – think zebra mussels - that are invading our lakes and rivers.


Each year, at the NHACC meeting, I have learned about the invasive fauna and flora that are killing our forests and taking over our roadsides.


Our forests are endangered by the hemlock woolly adelgid (Adelges tsugae), the emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) and the red pine scale (Matsucoccus resinosae), to name three we are currently facing.


On the roadsides of Northwood and around the state, you are seeing flourishing stands of Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica). With stalks that resemble bamboo, this perennial develops a deep root system and expands its territory each year.


While the Department of Environmental Services is aware of these threats, they lack the manpower and resources to respond, nor is there a state-level strategy to respond – leaving it to the towns to do what they can.


More needs to be done by the Governor and Legislature.


Tom Chase

Northwood, NH












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