Northwood NH News

September 27, 2017


Letter To The Editor


My wife and I moved to New Hampshire in 2011 after living in five other states through school and work.  Northwood was a best fit (schools, taxes, services, and commute).  Our oldest is now in second grade and our youngest will be in kindergarten next year.


I wanted to take this opportunity to thank the teachers, school board, administrators, parents, bus drivers, and others in this community that have stepped up and kept things moving forward. Things happen, I learned that from Forrest Gump… it’s how you respond and recover that ultimately matters.  There is a national shortage of bus drivers, it’s no surprise it would be extremely difficult to keep buses moving in these times.  It’s not just this town, it’s all over the U.S. and it’s not getting any easier.  I want to say thank you to anyone in this community who continues to find positive solutions to this national epidemic.


I also understand how difficult it is to work in education and have read some really negative letters about Northwood School and I don’t get it.  I have been blown away by the positive attitudes and resiliency I have seen in every teacher, administrator and school board members I have gotten to know.  There really are a lot of people that care about the kids and it is refreshing to see. 


My son loves going to school and speaks so highly of his teachers (we see you Ms. Bolduc and Mrs. Gibson) and classes, and he gets excited for Mondays.  It has been great to watch his confidence grow in the last two years.  It’s not all puppies and rainbows and things happen, as I said earlier, but it has been great to see how people respond and recover in these times. Thank you!



Ryan P. Hanavan



The Northwood School Student Coucil has been selected for this school year and we want to congratulate the following students on their positions:


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8th​ ​Grade: President-​ Emma Pollak, Vice​ ​President-​ Eva Roy, Treasurer-​ Annie Thoms, Secretary-​ Skye Loto, Representatives-​ Jordan Dean and Seth Quinney


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7th​ ​Grade:

President-​ Henry Devaney, Vice​ ​President-​ Pacey LaBelle, Treasurer-​ Jayden Hartigan, Secretary-​ ​Allie McGuigan, Representatives-​ ​Mary Joy and Sam Wilcott



This Weekend’s LRPA After Dark Feature: 

1953’s “The Hitch-Hiker”


Join Lakes Region Public Access Television at 10:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday night (September 29 & 30) for our “LRPA After Dark” presentation of 1953’s gritty crime thriller “The Hitch-Hiker,” starring Edmond O’Brien, Frank Lovejoy, and William Talman. 


“The Hitch-Hiker” was inspired by the events of real-life serial killer Billy Cook, a psychopath who murdered six people on a 22-day killing spree in the early 1950s. The film was directed by Ida Lupino, a well-known actress who went on to a successful career as a director at a time in Hollywood when female directors were very scarce. In fact, Lupino was the only female member of the Director’s Guild from the late 1940s through the early 1950s and is still considered one of Hollywood’s most prolific female directors. “The Hitch-Hiker” earned Lupino and her cast strong reviews and was a box-office success. It went on to be one of 25 films selected in 1998 for preservation by the National Film Registry. In his review of “The Hitch-Hiker,” noted critic Leonard Maltin said: “Well-made suspense yarn about two men on a hunting trip whose car is commandeered by a murderous fugitive. Good performances, especially by a venal Talman in the title role.” What more does a movie-lover need? So grab your popcorn and join LRPA after dark for this crime drama from the past. 



Northwood Recreation Commission News


Our next event is our annual Trunk-or-Treat. It’s a hit every year! This is a FREE event at the Route 4 Athletic Fields. Parking begins at 4 pm, October 28th. Please check the website for more details

We are also looking to form a 501c3 non-profit, separate from the Recreation Commission, for the purpose of raising funds to purchase playground equipment for the Route 4 Athletic Fields. If you’re interested, please email Amy Hanavan at or attend a regularly scheduled Rec Commission meeting to learn more. 


Northwood Recreation Commission is looking for new community members! We have four open positions. If you’re interested, please attend our next meeting. We meet the 2nd Wednesday of every month, 6 pm at Town Hall.



Letter To Editor


I was thinking about getting old the other day and the lie about “the golden years.” I don’t know who came up with that phrase, and I don’t know anyone over 65 who believes it. It should be struck from the language, never to be spoken again!


That being said, when choosing between growing old and the alternative, I’m all for growing old. I turned 70 four years ago and decided to retire, looking forward to working in my garden, reading good books and sitting in the sun. That lasted about 15 minutes.


I am back to work but I thought it was time to get involved with the town again. My intentions are good, my approach may need some work.


I recently attended a recycling committee meeting. The chairman was not interested in anything I had to say and believe me, I’m not whining. I’m just saying I left after he said he thought the committee should go on hiatus until the board of selectmen call them back. I wonder how long he plans on waiting; he may be in for a long siege. 


We need a new swap shop building and it needs to be relocated so it will be more visible to the attendants. We have volunteers who keep the building in order and, as I have said before, the money would come from the expendable trust fund and will actually save us money. Seems like a win, win!


Til Next Time, 

Viena Dow 












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