Northwood NH News

September 20, 2017


Letter To Editor


Twenty years ago the recycling committee, of which I was chair, brought the idea of a recycling building to the public. This was not a whim or a personal want, it was to insure that we kept moving forward with our recycling programs, knowing that the cost of disposal would continue to rise along with the volume of waste. 


The taxpayers approved this building. I thought my part in the process was done. Not so! I was told by the selectmen to find a builder and get the building done. So I did!


Long story short, when the building was almost done the selectmen decided I was over-stepping my bounds and usurping their position, when I was only doing what they told me to do in the first place. Needless to say, we had words and I walked. The building was finished but never used for its intended purpose. I’m glad to see that it is being used by the highway department. 


Whether or not this has anything to do with the selectmen’s attitude toward the transfer station or not, I don’t know, but I do know we need a new swap shop building.


We are trying to keep it neat and clean, but the building is pitiful. Reeds Ferry makes a shed that is called the American Classic. A 14’x18’ shed would cost under $7000. They set it up and it is warranted for 30 years. This is the least expensive they have and would meet our needs. 


Anything kept out of the bins saves us money and there is enough money in the expendable trust for this building.


Til next time,

Viena Dow



This Weekend’s LRPA After Dark Feature:

1945’s “Scarlet Street”


Join Lakes Region Public Access Television at 10:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday night (September 22 & 23) for our “LRPA After Dark” presentation of 1945’s dark melodrama “Scarlet Street,” starring Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett and Dan Duryea. 


Chris Cross (Robinson) is a loyal cashier at a downtown brokerage house who has just celebrated 25 years on the job with a party and a gold watch. On his way home, Cross breaks up a violent fight between a beautiful young woman (Bennett) and a drunken thug. The man takes off and the woman introduces herself as Kitty March. Chris offers to escort Kitty home, but she’d rather stop and get a drink. Kitty is impressed by Chris’s watch, and Chris is impressed by her looks. Chris tells her a bit about himself – that he “paints for fun” – and she assumes, from his fancy clothes, that he’s a wealthy artist. Chris, smitten with Kitty, lets her believe what she wants and promises to call her. The next day we glimpse Chris’s real life: he’s married to Adele, a complaining shrew who berates him at every turn and treats him like a servant. She was married to a cop who died in the line of duty, and Chris will never live up to her heroic first husband. Chris desperately sends a note to Kitty, asking to see her again. When the note arrives at her apartment, we see that Kitty’s attacker was her no-good boyfriend Johnny Prince (Duryea). Johnny, convinced that Chris really is a wealthy artist, tells Kitty “make friends” with him so that they may extort his money. Chris and Kitty meet. She tells him that she’s an actress, struggling to make a living; maybe he could rent her a place where they could spend time together? Chris confesses that he’s married – and though Kitty is “shocked,” she agrees to the studio set-up. Chris brings some of his paintings there, which leads Johnny to come up with a devious plan. As Chris gets in over his head, things go from bad to worse. How will he come up with funds to keep Kitty in her love nest? How will his paintings play into Johnny’s scheme? And what happens when a good man lies, cheats and steals to hold on to his desperate dreams?


“Scarlet Street” is a particularly bleak entry in the film noir genre, and holds the distinction of being one of the first Hollywood films to feature a criminal who is not punished for his crime. At the time of its premiere, censors across the country stridently objected to the film, describing it as “obscene,” “immoral,” “sordid,” “indecent,” and “contrary to the good order of the community”(!) According to TCM host Ben Mankiewicz, “Scarlet Street” was considered so debauched that, upon first release, it was banned in Milwaukee, Atlanta and throughout New York. Who better to direct this grim morality tale than Fritz Lang, one of the founding fathers of German Expressionism? Under his watchful eye, every detail of the film, from its carefully lit sets to the methodical folds of Bennett’s dresses, received equal amounts of obsessive attention. While “Scarlet Street” may have shocked critics in its day, it has won many over in the decades since. In 2008, the American Film Institute nominated “Scarlet Street” for its Top Ten Gangster Films list. So grab your popcorn and join LRPA after dark for this guilty pleasure from our cinematic past. 



Letter To The Editor


At the next School Board meeting, on Thursday, 9/21, the following motion will be considered:


“Motion that the Northwood School Board censure current board member Tim Jandebeur for interfering with, and contributing to the failure of, collaborative discussions between the school district and a group of bus drivers that were critical in providing transportation to the students of Northwood, via publication of an inflammatory ‘letter to the editor’ in the local newspaper which insulted the group and sabotaged any agreement with them.  As the result of his action, sufficient local bussing could not be obtained, resulting in the need for a sudden drastic change in school times, greatly inconveniencing community parents and families, and reductions in bus service, requiring students to walk greater distances to bus stops upon dangerously busy roads and in adverse road conditions.


In addition, the Northwood School Board requests the immediate voluntary resignation of member Tim Jandebeur from the school board due to his repeated dishonest, unethical and counterproductive behavior both in board meetings and in public which puts the district at increased risk of legal and financial liability.  His toxic, unprofessional presence on the board has irreparably injured both the district and community at large, and the town would benefit from having a new constructive-minded member that values education and respects the community.”


As always, regularly scheduled board meetings will have a public comment session both at the beginning and end of the public part of the meeting, for any member of the public who wishes to express their opinion on this or any other agenda item.  Meetings are held at the school library starting at 6:30pm.


(The contents of this letter originate from the author and are not a statement of the Northwood School Board) 


Keith McGuigan





To Northwood parents, taxpayers,

Don’t let them obfuscate the issue. This is about education and the management of that endeavor. The bus issue has given us a chance to see just how poor that management is. Management of our money, the business end. Management of personnel, the engine cylinders. Management of education, the end result of the other two.


Regarding business, frankly I’ve never been more concerned about the disregard of our hard earned money. The person who should have made sure of the performance bond clause in the bus contract received a 5.3% raise.


Personnel. A very sad event happened this last spring. Two teachers, one with us five years and the other 10 were non-renewed (fired). I found out via Facebook. The day before they had received excellent reviews. Neither had a single blemish on their record. The two people responsible collect close to a third of a million dollars in pay and benefits. They didn’t know the law or their teachers contract and a  month later had to reinstate the teachers. Good job teachers union. Those two responsible received a 3% raise. We are on our third principal and vice-principal in four years. Nottingham and Strafford are on at least two of each.


Inserted in The Sun is the latest Smarter Balance test score. They are very sad, after over four years of the present SAU regime  The aggregate of the three towns certainly show a decline. Strafford, a school that I revered five years ago has certainly come down to our level.


This is not a teaching issue but to a certainty is a management issue. There are no bad teams, just bad team leaders who in many cases failed elsewhere and landed here.


I’m not sure any of our cylinders are firing.


I’m going kayaking,


Tim Jandebeur




New Hampshire Bobcats

Adult male bobcat in Bow, NH.

Photo courtesy of Diane Lowe.


Learn about bobcats on Monday, September 25, 7:00 p.m. at the Masonic Hall!  Did you know that the most common wildcat in North America is the Bobcat?  The Bobcat gets its common name from its characteristic stubby, or “bobbed,” tail. The tail is only 4-7 inches in length with 2 or 3 black bars and a black tip above, while the underside is pale or white. Their upper legs have dark horizontal bands. 


New Hampshire Fish & Game partnered with the University of New Hampshire initiating a comprehensive bobcat study with on the ground work starting in the fall of 2009. Distribution, population abundance, habitat use, habitat connectivity, and methods to index populations were studied. This comprehensive research project was completed December 2014 and has provided a wealth of knowledge about bobcats in New Hampshire.


Protection afforded by the Department’s 1989 closure, coupled with the apparent benefits to bobcats of a thriving turkey population and a healthy deer population, appears to have facilitated a recovery of bobcats in our state. 


Come hear a speaker from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department discuss the history of wildlife in New Hampshire with a focus on the Bobcat.  Learn about the research that is ongoing in the state.  Learn new facts and interesting information.  This free program is sponsored by the Chesley Memorial Library.



Local author Rebecca Rule will be holding a book signing at Chesley Memorial Library’s Open House on Saturday, September 23, from 10:00 am until noon.  Don’t miss this chance to purchase your autographed copy of “Sixty Years of Cuttin’ the Cheese: Joel Sherburne and Calef’s Famous Country Store” for only $15.00!


The Open House will celebrate National Library Card Sign-Up Month so if it’s your first visit, sign up for a new library card…and help the library win the Granite State Library Card Challenge for adding the most new library cards in the month of September! September is also the month to replace lost library cards free of charge so make sure to visit if you need a replacement card.  Visit the library web site at for more information about our library.




Eugene T. Cronin


Eugene T. Cronin, 93, died September 7th at the Epsom Health Care Center, Epsom, following a long illness.


He was born in New York City, the son of Patrick and Mary (Hanley) Cronin and he lived in Brooklyn, NY where he was employed by Lewellan’s Department Store as a sales representative. He had been a resident of Northwood prior to moving to Epsom Manor. He was a US Navy Veteran of WW II. 


He was the widower of Josephine Cronin and he is survived by a son, Pat Cronin, of New Jersey, and a daughter Carol Bailey of Northwood, also, a sister in law Rose Martucci and a niece Peggy Monilaws.


An urn burial  with military honors was held at the NH Veterans Cemetery on September 15th.


The Waters Funeral Home, David Pollard, Director, assisted with arrangements.



Carol Gustafson Weddle (1929-2017)

Carol Gustafson Weddle, age 88, of Front Royal, VA, passed away at home in Rockland, VA early Friday morning, September 8th, 2017.  A funeral service was conducted on Saturday, September 16th, 2017 at Front Royal Presbyterian Church with retired Pastor  Dr. Tom Rhyne and Transitional Pastor Ed Dawkins officiating. A private graveside service will be conducted at the Rockland Community Cemetery at a later date.


Carol was born in Lynn, Massachusetts on September 4th, 1929 to the late Nils Robert and Gladys Moore Gustafson.  She graduated from Lynn English High School in 1946 and New England Deaconess Nursing School with honors as a Registered Nurse in 1950 and married Benjamin H. Weddle, Jr. in 1951. 


She was one of the most human, kind & benevolent people you would ever meet. On the phone with a needy person she was amazing in her ability to sooth and understand, or to calm down.


She was smart and able to talk on almost any subject, but nursing, travel, family, antiques and politics topped the list.


While Ben and Carol lived in Northwood, NH where they had an attached barn, she opened Cats Paw Antiques and Crafts shop. She loved it. Later at Rockland VA she and her best buddy, Scottie Thomson, turned the one-room schoolhouse into The Old Rockland School Antique and Craft Shop which they have managed for over 50 years.


She enjoyed reading and always took a book, if she suspected Ben would have to stop and gab 


She loved birds and bird watching. At least once in South Africa they drove over 350 miles-one way to hopefully see a Jackass penguin (They did!).


She loved flowers and was always looking forward to spring to see what was to come out first. 


Cats were a lifelong love. When a teenager, she was first given a Siamese by “Aunt” Alice Wilson, and had a cat almost all her life; in later life strays or farm drop-offs became a part of her life. 


She never missed her Saturday night British TV; starting with Judy Dent. 


In her younger years she loved to knit and crochet. She admired good work, and while in Africa she continually worked with the women who made and sold their knitting or crocheting on street corners how to improve their work. She tried to build a marketing system to send the women’s work to America to sell, but that never prospered after she left Africa. 


In Africa, not surprisingly, Carol and Ben enjoyed driving around every park to observe the animals in their natural habitat. They once passed this bull elephant along the road, Ben turned and drove back; the elephant was annoyed and came walking towards the car. When he got to within maybe 50 feet, Carol strongly urged Ben to back up faster. The elephant kept gaining on them until they no longer could see the elephant’s mouth ahead of the car. So Ben backed up really fast and finally got safely away. Carol then called to Ben, quite loudly, the very worst thing she could think of to say, “You are such a typical person!”


She is survived by her husband Ben Weddle, sister Deborah Avery of Bridgewater, NH, son Jeff Weddle and wife Alice of Moneta, VA, daughter Lisa Weddle and husband Frank of Cresskill, NJ, son Sam Weddle and wife Marianne of Front Royal, daughter Cynthia Weddle and husband Azzdine of Lovettsville, VA, her 8 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.


In addition to her parents, Carol was preceded in death by her older sister, Nancy C. Worth, in 2015, and daughter Caryl Leigh Weddle in 1986.


Flowers are welcome, memorial contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.












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