Northwood NH News

July 28, 2010


Harvey Lake Residents Consider Theirs A Pretty Little Lake

Northwood - The preliminary results are in, and the residents of Harvey Lake think they have one of the prettiest lakes around.

The Harvey Lake Watershed Association has begun polling its members and lake users about what they think the lake needs for future planning. The 50-member volunteer watershed association recently sent a 20-item questionnaire to its members asking them to rate lake attributes and detail what they think needs to be done to improve the quality of the lake.

The watershed association is in the process of working on a long-term Watershed Management Plan to address growth and development and the resulting water quality problems in Harvey Lake. The plan will include input from residents, organizations, businesses, local officials and visitors in the watershed and its environs. Long-term management and education recommendations will set a plan for implementation to protect and care for the watershed.

The input and opinions of the area’s residents, property and business owners are critical ingredients in preparing a meaningful plan.

The overwhelming opinion of those polled so far indicates they’d like to work on preserving the natural beauty of the 116-acre lake that sits just behind Coe Brown Academy on Route 4. The lake is readily identified by the American flag that flies out near the center from a submerged boulder.

Harvey Lake Watershed Association President Bob Charest said the survey was revealing because several sections focused on the natural beauty of the lake. “Again and again, those who returned the survey kept pointing to our unspoiled natural environment and the importance of maintaining that character of our lake.”

Many of those responding said it was important to educate residents of the community about how to care for the lake, and when asked for the ways they enjoy the lake, including swimming, boating, and fishing, many said they enjoy just looking at it.

“We’ve been fortunate over the years because a quarter of our nearly three-mile shoreline is undeveloped. That’s because there are several tax-exempt groups along the lake, including Coe Brown Academy, that have kept it tree-lined and attractive to wildlife,” Charest said. “In fact, as I write this, there are two loons swimming out there and I see kayakers and fishermen enjoying the lake.”

Of those polled so far, most are full-time residents of the lake, with the rest seasonal. The average number of years that those who responded have been visiting the lake is more than 20 years. That ranges from two years all the way up to 56 years.

Lake users were asked to rate various attributes of Harvey Lake on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being highest, and the average scores were: Scenery: 8.78; Recreational opportunities: 6.66; Cleanliness: 7.38; Road access: 4.81; Boating facilities: 4.86.

“Obviously, we have work to do,” Charest said. “This is good for us as an organization because we can find out what’s on people’s minds. Many don’t show up at meetings, and we’d like to know what they think. Unfortunately, there are no easy answers. It will take money to solve some of our problems, and experts. A management plan will give us the momentum to apply for grants, to involve the town, and make sure everyone is on the same page.”

The survey is ongoing. Those who use the lake in any way and have not received a questionnaire may request one by emailing It is not necessary to own property at the lake. More information is available about the lake online at



Water Your Mind - Read

It’s not too late to join the Chesley Memorial Library Adult Summer Reading Program. The theme this year is “Water Your Mind - Read.” Join the program and you can enter your name for a library gift assortment (funded by the Friends of the Northwood Libraries) every time you visit the library.

Drawings will be held weekly until the program ends in August. The library has a huge assortment of items - books, magazines, DVDs, audiobooks,  downloadable audiobooks, and more! If you have any questions about the “Water Your Mind - Read” program, please call the library at 942-5472.


Local Student to Hold 2nd Annual “Stuff The Bus” Fundraiser For Cocheco Valley Humane Society

Northwood - In her endeavor to help the shelter animals at Cocheco Valley Humane Society as part of her portfolio project at Coe- Brown Northwood Academy, senior and CVHS volunteer, Nicole Roberts will be organizing and holding a “Stuff the Bus” fundraiser on Saturday, August 7, 2010.  The project will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Heritage True Value Hardware on Route 4 in Northwood.

The inspiration for this project began last year, by senior Danielle D’Alessandro, class of 2010. The outcome was a phenomenal outpouring of kindness and generosity from the local community and small businesses throughout Northwood and the surrounding towns. In total, D’ Alessandro with the help of her mother, Deb D’Alessandro and family, raised over $6,000 in pet products and supplies, as well as group and individual donations.

Roberts is hoping to raise even more for CVHS this year, keeping the original spirit of the event in mind by filling a school bus, which is being provided by Northwood Transportation Inc., with much needed items from the humane society’s “wish list. Items include canned food, kitty litter, dry kitten/cat food, dog toys, trash bags, and paper towels. Many of the “wish list” items will be on display at Heritage True Value Hardware at discounted prices up to, and on the day of the event.  For the society’s complete “wish list” and other details please visit

In addition, monetary donations will also be accepted and raffles for items donated by local businesses will occur throughout the day. Many of the local small businesses will also be challenged to make a group donation and then be entered into a raffle from Dunkin’ Donuts for coffee and doughnuts for the office.

Adoption information about the Cocheco Valley Humane Society will be on hand for the duration of the event, and one of the shelter dogs awaiting adoption will be present at the “Stuff the Bus” location from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. New to the event this year will be a dog “Kissing Booth” where previously adopted dogs will be available to kiss for donations. All proceeds will go to benefit the Cocheco Valley Humane Society and its efforts.

Cocheco Valley Humane Society is a community-funded, non-profit animal welfare organization.  The society’s mission is to provide quality, compassionate care and shelter to our animals, in partnership with educating the community concerning animal treatment and welfare. Adoption Center hours are Tuesday and Thursday from 11a.m. to 7p.m.; Wednesday and Sunday from 11a.m. to 4p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 11a.m. to 5p.m.; closed Monday. To learn more about CVHS’ community programs, please visit or call (603) 749-5322. For any questions regarding the project itself, please call Nicole Roberts at (603) 664- 6937.



Boat Parade  Returns To Northwood  Lake

Missing for several years, the Northwood Lake Boat Parade, sponsored by the Northwood Lake Watershed Association, will return on Saturday, July 31.

All boats, any size are welcome. The best dressed boat takes the prize. Selectman, Bob Holden, will judge. Be creative!

All boats will leave their own dock at 1PM and proceed to the right around the lake.

A BBQ will follow at the Northwood Town Beach. B.Y.O.F. (bring your own food). Grills will be provided (We can use more)..Need more information? Call Marie at 603-463-5929.

The Annual Meeting of the Northwood Lake Watershed Association was held Saturday, July 17, at the Northwood Town Hall. John Rockwell, the “Loon Man NH” was the guest speaker. John provided a wonderful and interesting talk on life stages, habitats and two special loon families he has known.

Following the speaker, elections were held with the following results:
President, Jim Vaillancourt; Vice Presidents, Kevin Ash, Doug Chamberlin; Returning Directors: Rick Geisler, Baker Ave.; Brad Hall, Cove Way; Pam Papadinis, Baker Ave.;  New Directors, Tom Barker, Sleepy Hollow; Frannie Klop, Kenoza; Luanne Pidgeon, Pine Point; Charlene Brodeur, Lynn Grove; Christine Anderson, Lynn Grove.
The new Directors offer a more thorough representation of associations around the lake.

Remember the BOAT PARADE, Saturday, July 31. Don’t miss the excitement and fun. See you there.



Summer Reading Luau!

The end of summer is closing in on us, along with the end of the Chesley Memorial Library’s Summer Reading Programs. This summer we held four different programs at the library -  “Set Sail for the Library” with preschoolers, “Make a Splash, Read!” with school aged children, “Make Waves at Your Library” for tweens and teens, and “Water Your Mind, Read” for adults.

We are celebrating Summer Reading with a luau at the Northwood Recreation Fields on Saturday, August 7, from 1:00 to 3:30.

The luau will feature a hot dog lunch, games, activities, prizes and lots of fun. The luau is free and open to everyone who read over the summer! If you plan on attending our luau, please RSVP to the library by August 2, so we know how much food we will need. If you have any questions or would like to help with the luau (donations or volunteers!) please call the Chesley Memorial Library at 942-5472 and ask for Danielle.

Join us at our luau and celebrate reading with us!




Andreas M. Turner

Topsfield, MA - Andreas (Andy) M. Turner, 88, of Northwood, NH, died peacefully Thursday, July 15, 2010, in the presence of family, at the Masconomet Healthcare Center in Topsfield, MA.

Andy was born March 22, 1922, in Lynn, MA, and was the son of Zelma E. and A.W.S. Turner. A graduate of Lynn English High School in 1939 and the University of New Hampshire in 1943, he served in the U.S Navy during World War II aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard CV31 in the Pacific. Returning from the military he dedicated his entire professional life to the New England Telephone Company including assignments with the (original) AT&T, 195 Broadway, New York.

On October 18, 1947, he married Priscilla Ruth Knox and they celebrated 61 years of marriage until her death in 2008. Through her, he became a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lynn, serving as one of its presidents during the 60’s.

Upon retirement in the early 80’s, Andy and his wife moved from Lynn to Pleasant Lake in Northwood, NH, to pursue his love of carpentry. He converted his wife’s grandparent’s summer home into their year-round home. He also loved to help others with their building projects.

He served as President of Pleasant Lake Association for two terms focusing on securing the natural beauty of the lake and creating a fun environment for its residents. He taught many how to sail using his two Turnabout Class (now N10 Class) sailboats. He ran the Lake’s annual Sailboat Races for years using the skills he learned as a teenager in Marblehead Harbor.

He was a man who fundamentally believed in helping others. His constant optimism in finding sensible and affordable solutions for his neighbors and friends made him one of the most remembered and loved members of the Northwood community. He volunteered for many years as Trustee of Trust Funds and as a Cemetery Trustee. It gave him enormous pride and purpose to work at the town cemeteries with the court-ordered youth who were assigned to him for community service. He loved golf and made it contagious to others. Andy loved snow skiing with life-long friends of equal age as late as 2003.

Andy is survived by his son, A. Knox Turner of Northwood, NH; his daughter, Kim Bickford and her husband Rick of Danvers, MA; his son, Ken Turner and his wife Sue of Topsfield, MA; his two grandsons, Matt Bickford and Chris Turner; and his two granddaughters, Amanda Bickford and Carrie Turner.

A graveside service will be held Wednesday, August 18, at 3:00 p.m. at Pine Grove Cemetery in Lynn, MA, followed by a gathering for family and friends from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at The Gould Barn, which is located next to the Parson Capen House (1 Howlett Street) just off the Town Common in Topsfield, MA.

Assisting the family with the arrangements is the Peterson-O’Donnell Funeral Home, 167 Maple St., (Rte. 62) Danvers. 978-774-6600.

Donations maybe made to Hospice of The North Shore, 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B102, Danvers, MA, 01923 or a charity of your choice.












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