Northwood NH News

September 6, 2017


The Northwood CrankPullers Snowmobile Club is hosting it’s annual Snowmobile WaterCross races at Lake Shore Farm in Northwood, N.H on Sunday, September 17, 2017.  There is lots going on this year, so bring your family and lawn chairs and get ready for some great fun or load up your sled and participate.  Adults $8.00, kids 12 and under FREE, as always, we will have lots of great food as well as club memberships and apparel. Visit our website for more details and guidelines on this event.   A reminder how much we appreciate our landowners and are always looking for new members.  Hope to see you there!!


Gates open @7am, registration 7-9am and the racing will start @10am.



Letter To The Editor


To the Editor,

Sadly, it is not over. The student busing saga is ongoing, but this too will pass. Normalcy will again reign. While it is extremely sad to hear all of the criticism of the Northwood School Board it is very appropriate.


There should be a critique, an examination, a post mortem, an independent after-event study of this debacle. This was (sorry is) a classic example of passing the buck and of poor management, the likes of which I’ve never seen. The Board completely ceded all local control and decision making to Dr. Gadomski and he violated every managerial and best practice policy by running a one man show.


As usual, School Board policies were ignored. Dr. Gadomski negotiated with everybody including the teachers and support staff unions completely bypassing our teacher and support staff negotiating teams. Where was our Business Manager? Where is our bond protection? Why weren’t there public hearings earlier, and frankly why didn’t parents get involved sooner? Why wouldn’t the “drivers” negotiate with the Board? Why would a bookkeeper with no real bookkeeping experience be hired by the SAU? What did the negotiator for the “drivers” want? Where was the Board when Dr. Gadomski needed us to rubber stamp his negotiations? Why was he, for the last month and a half, calling for Board meetings instead of the chair and vice chair.


There is a lot more, but you’ll probably let it go until the next crisis. For me, the most memorial highlight is once again from Ms. Hartford. I believe her yelling at the crowd of Northwood citizens, parents, and taxpayers (what a dozen times?), “if you have questions call Dr. Gadomski.” Says it all, huh?


I’m embarrassed,


Tim Jandebeur

Northwood School Board





Dear Northwood Community,

As we begin our second year working in Northwood, we would like to take the opportunity to say how proud we are of this community and Northwood School staff! Even in the face of adversity there has been a sense of determination and perseverance. Every member of Northwood School and SAU 44 has offered to help in any capacity they could, no matter what it entails.


Working with a staff so dedicated is rare; we are lucky to call them colleagues. Thank you, Northwood School staff members and Northwood community members for showing such heart and resilience to make sure our kids succeed. This is what makes Northwood such a special town!



Jocelyn Young, Principal and Adrian Alford, Assistant Principal

Northwood School



Northwood Historical Society program


With great pleasure, the Northwood Historical Society is pleased to announce the return of John Porter to present his program, “Interesting Features of New Hampshire Barns.”  This program is a follow up to the program he presented last year on “The History of Agriculture as Told by Barns.”


John’s program will be on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, at the Northwood Community Hall, starting at 7:00 PM. This illustrated Power Point talk will show various features of old New Hampshire barns, including many things we take for granted when describing old barns like: cupolas, cow stable, hay forks, barn bridges, built-in accessories, shuttle holes, etc.


John Porter was raised on a dairy farm in Lebanon, NH.  He graduated for the University of New Hampshire with a B.S. Degree in Animal Science, then went on to get a Master’s Degree from Cornell University in Animal Nutrition and Farm Management, and later got another Master’s Degree from Bob Jones University in Education Administration.  He served as a Dairy Specialist for the UNH Cooperative Extension from 1974 until his retirement in 2006. He still works part-time for UNH and operates his own consulting company, Farm Planning Services, LLC.  In 2001, he co-authored the book  “Preserving Old Barns.” in 2007, was editor and contributing author of “The History and Economics of the New Hampshire Dairy Industry” and in 2011, was contributing author of “Crosscurrents of Change,” an updated history of Concord, NH.


We hope you will mark your calendars to attend this FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC program that we know will be interesting, informative and entertaining.



This Weekend’s LRPA After Dark Feature:

1943’s “The Outlaw”


Join Lakes Region Public Access Television at 10:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday night (September 8 & 9) for our “LRPA After Dark” presentation of 1943’s gripping Western “The Outlaw,” starring Jane Russell, Walter Houston, Thomas Mitchell and Jack Buetel. 


Sheriff Pat Garrett (Mitchell) is pleased to greet his old friend Doc Holliday (Huston) as he arrives at the Lincoln, New Mexico train depot. Doc is there to search for his horse Red, who has been stolen by none other than Billy the Kid (Beutel). Garrett tries to arrest Billy, but Doc takes a liking to the young gunslinger – much to Garrett’s displeasure. Things take a turn for the worse after Billy is shot and Doc hides him at the home of his girlfriend, Rio McDonald (Russell). The two soon fall for one another. This love triangle comes to a head when Garrett needs the help of the two gunslingers during an Indian attack. But in the end, who will win the heart of the sultry Rio? And what’s to become of Doc’s trusty steed Red?


“The Outlaw” has the distinction of being directed and produced by none other than the illusive millionaire Howard Hughes, who wanted his film to be the “Western to break all the conventions of the Westerns.” Hughes did create a film that is upfront and unapologetic about the relationship between Rio and Billy, so much so that the Hayes Office strongly objected to the film’s “racy dialogue and situations.” Hughes defied the Hayes Code, making “The Outlaw” the first American film to do so. The movie may best be remembered as the debut of the gorgeous Jane Russell. Hughes worked with a Hollywood publicist to turn Russell’s “assets” into box office gold. The teaser billboards for “The Outlaw” featured Russell in a seductive pose, wearing a low-cut blouse while reclining on a haystack, with a caption that read, “What are the two reasons for Jane Russell’s rise to stardom?” Indeed, “The Outlaw” is the film that made her a star. So grab your popcorn and join LRPA after dark for this lusty Western from the past. 



Letter To Editor


The BOS didn’t give any reason for refusing my request to join the recycling committee, just an emphatic “not gonna happen” from DJ Hodgdon. Not very eloquent, but that seems to be his style.


I wonder why he has such a problem with the transfer station; he doesn’t want to move forward at all. I also wonder why the other two have nothing to say, probably easier to let a bully have his way, than to confront him.


He worked at the transfer station, and professes to know a lot about it. You would think he would want all the help he could get. He quit the transfer station, by the way. Could this be his payback?

Anyway, now the BOS wants to disband the recycling committee altogether! This is an advisory board. It has no power! The selectmen should be grateful to have a group of people willing to give their time and energy trying to move forward with recycling.


I get the feeling the BOS wants no interference from anyone. If running this town is none of our business, what does that make us? If getting involved turns into a confrontation, is it worth it? Make it as difficult as possible and people will give up! SOME WILL, SOME WON’T.


Till next time,

Viena Dow



Letter To Editor

Get ready for a hard rain.


I was reassured by the headline in David Brooks’ article in the 8/31 Monitor: “A hurricane like Harvey very unlikely in N.H.” But a closer reading leaves cause for concern.


While it is very unlikely that any hurricane will arrive in New Hampshire and linger long enough to drop over 50 inches of rain as Harvey did in Texas, hurricanes and tropical storms will come. And given our hilly terrain that concentrates the rain, flooding will follow.


Remember Irene in 2011 that did such damage to roads and bridges in Vermont? It took only 3-7 inches in eastern Vermont to do that damage.


The Mother’s Day Flood of 2006 dropped less than 9 inches of rain on Concord over 3 days, but this was enough cause flooding along the Merrimack and to close over 600 roads. Also of concern were dams in Milton and Newmarket, among others. And in Epsom, the Suncook River took a new course.


But Brooks does not go back to the Hurricane of 1938, and project what a  similar storm might do in a so much more heavily built up and populated New Hampshire.


Take a drive along Route 1A through Rye and Hampton and wonder how those oceanfront homes will fare, to say nothing of the Seabrook nuclear plant. Who thought that was a great place for a nuclear reactor? The same people who built Fukushima?


The people of Texas are paying a terrible price for the foolish decisions of politicians and the petro-chemical industry that funds them.


Our roads, bridges and dams are not in great shape. I call upon our representatives to devote more resources to their maintenance and upgrading. In a warmer world,“a hard rain is gonna fall.”


Tom Chase













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