Northwood NH News

August 30, 2017




Dear Northwood Community families and friends,
We understand how challenging this unanticipated transportation and change in schedule is for your families. It is equally as challenging for our families and job schedules as well. As a staff, we are sacrificing hours from second jobs (e.g. wages we need to pay our mortgages, child care, food bills). We, too, are losing attendance to our children’s events and hours from our families; but as always we will continue to be there for your children, providing as much normalcy and positivity as we have in the past.


We appreciate our principal, vice principal, superintendent, and school board for their support as we bridge the gaps and solve the problems that our district currently faces. Additionally, we thank you, our Northwood families and friends, for your support and understanding.


To quote Dr. Seuss: “UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” -The Lorax


We care “a whole awful lot” about your children and you.



Northwood School Support Staff



Letter To The Editor


I met with our selectmen on 8/22 and informed them that our state representatives (Brian Stone) had agreed to file legislation on my behalf for the state to establish a property tax commission. NH has the third highest property tax rate in the country. Local representative Yvonne Dean-Bailey is very much interested in working on this commission. The state is notorious for downshifting costs to municipalities.


There are 610 Northwood residents age 65 and older which is 14% of our population. Many have to choose between heating their homes, buying food and medicine and paying their property taxes. Only 56 of them have filed papers to take advantage of the elderly property exemption program. The elderly population in NH is expected to increase to one-third of our total population by the year 2030.


I presented our selectboard with a 5-year analysis of Northwood’s full-value property tax rates as compared to nine surrounding towns. While our rate has gone down by 2% from 2012, Deerfield, Strafford and Candia have all gone down from 11% to 15%.


The Town has taken over by tax deed, $2.5 million in property (land and buildings) for non-payment of taxes over the years. Given the Town’s large portfolio of possible income-producing surplus real estate, there is an opportunity for selectmen to implement a ‘best practices’ plan for the orderly disposition of most of these properties over a 5-year period to put them back on the tax roll. The proceeds could go into the Town’s undesignated, unreserved fund balance to be used to offset our tax rate.   


The Town should not be large holders of real estate. Rather, the selectmen should manage the Town’s real estate activities for the greatest benefit to Northwood residents. Other towns have done it successfully and we should try.


Jim Hadley



Letter To The Editor


In an effort to bring our Northwood community together during the school bus driver shortage, I have created a Facebook group dedicated to those parents and community members looking to connect and create carpools and before school care.  Anyone in need of child care or a carpool is welcomed, as is anyone wanting to offer childcare or has availability in their carpool.  The name of the group is “Northwood NH Carpool and Care Exchange.”


For those not on Facebook, I am more than happy to post your contact info and needs and/or offerings for you.  Please reach out to me via call or text.  Together, as a community, we will get through this challenge.


Cheryl Dean



Letter To The Editor


To the Editor,
“Northwood will not provide bus transportation to students.” So says Union Leader reporter Kimberly Hass. Not true, of course, but the truth wasn’t sensational. It reminded me of a really poor reporting in The Forum some years ago concerning a selectman meeting. I called the editor, asking if I could provide a video of the meeting and then would they publish a correction. They declined and the reporter still rails her biased crap. She hasn’t been to one meeting regarding the bus issue but knows more than anyone about it. Eh!


I’ll have more to say when things settle down because this issue underscores how damaging the ceding of our local control can be. This board has completely ignored what residents vote for, their ideas and rights to a say. Kudos abound for everyone, even though all failed and we went with a plan that should have been approved two months earlier. Notable is who was missing throughout, who did the “negotiating” and why they both forgot a wonderful axiom, “don’t try to bs a bser.” Very notable is who, while Northwood was in need of their help, panhandled for themselves. Very disappointing.


I reiterate my disdain of closed door negotiations. Northwood should be privy to all negotiating. I can say with no reservation that negotiating would be far cleaner if done in the light because the absurd requests would never be made. A legal “Right to Know Request” of all correspondence relating to this issue back to the school start date in 2016 would be enlightening.  Making sausage, ugly work. Talk to ex-drivers of local bus companies in and out of business. You’ll see the light.


Tim Jandebeur



Letter To The Editor


Dear Editor,
I am a local high school student/resident of Northwood, New Hampshire. I am a very active young citizen in my community and rely on Coe-Brown to be able to be as active as I am in just a few of the many opportunities it has.


I cherish the opportunities like being a part of Coe-Brown’s science club and robotics team, as well as being an active member of the FFA chapter. In all my youth experiences I have been taught to lead by example and to stand up for what is right and just.


I write today, because our community has been facing an issue with getting transportation for our school. I don’t blame any single person or even a specific group of people for this. I do, however, recognize that people are stepping out of line in this debacle. Things have been said that perhaps shouldn’t have been, but lines have also been crossed that shouldn’t have been. So I ask, for the betterment of our community and for the sake of our youth, that everyone keep a level head reconsider what the problem is here.


Companies should always be willing to hear out their employees and reason with them to meet their needs. And no one should be using a license and children’s education as a weapon for arguing to get anything they want. I, personally, don’t enjoy having my education used as a threat in what is turning into an educational hostage-type situation. So, before this escalates any further and we all suffer, let’s work together as a community to figure this out.
Patrick Murray



An Invitation From The Northwood Congregational Church

Home Coming Sunday - September 10


Come on home.  We will all be here.  Sunday school students, choir members, summer vacationers, travelers, and wanderers will gather to give God praise and to get ready to work together.  It is a coming because we will all be here.  It is a home coming because our church is home – the place where everyone is always welcome and where people get the support and other things they need.  People will welcome each other again on September 10 as the church bell rings at 9:00 AM.


Northwood Congregational Church invites friends and neighbors to come home with them. Northwood Congregational Church is a small but active church.  The choir though small in numbers is outstanding in voice and performance.  Sunday school classes are led by faithful caring teachers.  Our building is welcoming to the differently abled with an easy to operate lift and spacious corridors.


Worship is led by the Interim Pastor, the Rev. Arthur Urie, who has a friendly manner and years of experience.  He provides good sermons and leadership while the church seeks its next settled pastor.  The church is not just waiting for the next pastor; the church is busy living and serving. Welcome friends and strangers!


The choir has been preparing and rehearsing, church school teachers have been preparing lessons and organizing classrooms, the worship team has the sanctuary, and the readers, and the candles ready.  All we need is the rest of the family to celebrate home coming.


Reports are that following worship, there will be a picnic brunch with sandwiches and ice cream.  Everyone is invited to come, join our home coming!



This Weekend’s LRPA After Dark Feature:
1947’s “The Red House”


Join Lakes Region Public Access Television at 10:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday night (September 1 & 2)) for our “LRPA After Dark” presentation of 1947’s psychological film noir “The Red House,” starring Edward G. Robinson, Judith Anderson, Allene Roberts and Lon McCallister.


“The Red House” introduces us to Pete Morgan (Robinson), a disabled farmer who lives on an isolated farm with his sister Ellen (Anderson) and Meg (Roberts), a teen that they adopted as an infant when her parents died. Pete is having trouble keeping up with the farm, so Meg’s classmate Nath Storm (McCallister) comes as a hired hand to help with the chores. Meg is delighted, as she has a crush on Nath, even though he has a girlfriend. The Morgan farm is surrounded by Ox Head Woods. Pete forbids the teens to enter the woods, and warns them of an abandoned building there known as The Red House. One night, Nath takes a shortcut through the woods, where someone knocks him out cold. As more strange events unfold, Nath and Meg become suspicious of Pete’s obsession with the woods and the Red House. They begin to ask questions and explore on their own, which fills Pete with unspeakable rage – and slowly drives him mad.  Meg and Nath feel that their lives may be in danger; what might have happened at The Red House to turn Pete into such a jealous, unstable person?


“The Red House” has all the makings of a film noir classic: great stars (Robinson and Anderson), along with fantastic performances from the supporting cast (including a young Rory Calhoun and a gorgeous Julie London); a cool plot with psychological surprises; creepy music that sets the film’s tone, etc. So why hasn’t it become a cinematic classic? Some reviewers think it’s because the pacing of the plot is a bit slow, while others feel that it’s because the subject matter was, for its time, distasteful. “The Red House” was well received by critics, who thought that Robinson’s performance was very strong. This truly is a film that is not shown very often, so grab your popcorn and meet us after dark for this rare cinematic gem.



Letter To The Editor
Another suggestion


On Saturday, August 19, the final resting place of the USS Indianapolis was discovered, 18,000 feet down in the Philippine Sea. The news of this was mostly overshadowed – or should I say ‘eclipsed’? – by the impending solar theatrics. But fortunately, Ray Duckler wrote about it three days later on the front page of the Monitor.


Most of you know the story from the scene in Jaws where Quint tells of surviving the sinking and spending four days in the ocean as the sharks pick off his fellow survivors one-by-one.


After delivering parts for the atomic bomb to Tinian Island, the Indianapolis sailed on toward Leyte, when it was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine on July 30, 1945, taking 400 of its 1,200-man crew down with the ship.


Of the 800 who survived the sinking, only 317 were rescued four days later when a bomber pilot spotted the oil slick by chance.


This story has a personal connection for me because as this was happening, my father was en route in the USS Numitor to Okinawa to prepare for the invasion of Japan. He arrived on August 10, 1945, eleven days after the sinking of the Indianapolis, and one day after the second atomic bomb fell on Nagasaki, ending the war.


Many years later, he moved up from Maryland to live with me. As part of the move, he registered to vote. And I’m wondering if he could still do so after the passage of SB3 this year. His Maryland license had expired. He had no proof of residency – other than my say-so.


SB3 makes it harder for some people to register. I encourage our representatives to find ways to make it easier to register and vote. In this on-line era, exercising these rights should be more user-friendly.


Tom Chase



Letter To The Editor


The Swap Shop has had an increase of volunteers (nine now) who come in at various times when the transfer station is open to make sure all is neat and uncluttered. If you have stopped in, you know what a great job they are doing.


I’m afraid our poor green building is almost dead! This building was donated in the 70’s or early 80’s and moved to where it sits today. The building was used as the road agent’s office for quite a few years and then as a place where the attendants could get in out of the cold when they were “on the hill.” Its last job has been as the Swap Shop.


This building has seen better days and has certainly served its purpose for 50 years or more. For all who have been in the building or just driven by, it is obvious the time has come to let it go. We need a new Swap Shop.


We are recycling more and more out of the building and this saves money for everyone and keeps a great amount of stuff out of the landfill, not to mention the re-use of things with lots of life left in them.


There is no downside to this new building. The Northwood Transfer Station Expendable Trust Fund was established for improvements to the transfer station and this would surely be an improvement. This fund has a balance of $63,678.33


Viena Dow












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