Northwood NH News

April 8, 2009


Coe-Brown Earns Top Scores In Regional Tests Coe-Brown Northwood Academy (CBNA) students were among the top scorers in New Hampshire in the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP).


Of the 78 high schools in New Hampshire (not including charter or private schools), Coe Brown ranked fourth in writing (two-way tie with Lebanon), second in math (three-way tie with Hollis-Brookline and Portsmouth) and first in the state in reading.


“Our outstanding test results reflect highly not only on our students, but on the incredibly talented and dedicated faculty members who teach here at Coe-Brown,” says CBNA Headmaster David S. Smith. “I am extremely proud of our students and of the Academy as a whole.”


In reading, 34% of CBNA students tested achieved level 4 (proficient with distinction) and 59% achieved level 3 (proficient). In math, 2% scored at level 4 and 50% scored at level 3. In writing, 5% of CBNA student achieved level 4 and 52% achieved level 3. Each test contains a mix of multiple choice and constructed-response questions, which require students to develop their own responses to questions.


The New England Common Assessment Program is the result of collaboration among New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont to build a set of assessments for grades 3 through 8 and 11 to meet the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). NECAP is administered in October in grades 3-8 and 11 in Mathematics and20 Reading. Writing is assessed in grades 5, 8, and 11 at the same time.


Test results are often used by school districts and individual schools to help improve curriculum and instruction.


Coe-Brown Northwood Academy, founded in 1867, is a small co-educational public-private secondary school accepting students in grades 9-12 and offering the highest quality curriculum of studies. The academy campus is located on the shores of Harvey Lake in Northwood, New Hampshire.


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Share A Meal And Memories With Your Northwood Neighbors


Remember when a slice of homemade pie cost thirty-five cents and Johnson’s milk was sold in glass bottles? Come and share a meal and memories of Northwood Restaurants of Yester-year. The Northwood Historical Society and The Northwood Recreation committee invite you to a community potluck dinner, 5:30, Friday, April 17, 2009, at the Northwood Community Hall, 135 Main Street.

Owners of long established restaurants such as Johnson’s Dairy Bar, Chadbourn’s and The Northwood Diner will share stories and history, inviting all to share memories and memorabilia. Bring a favorite dish to share with your neighbors. Visiting begins at 5:30 and dinner at 6:00.


There is no charge for this event. We will be accepting voluntary donations for the Northwood Food Pantry. The pantry is especially in need of cleaning products, toiletries and cash donations. This event is being supported, in part, by donations from Hannaford’s, Chadbourn’s Restaurant and Johnson’s Dairy Bar.


Please RSVP to the Northwood Recreation Department at or phone  942-5586 x 209, and bring that old menu gathering dust in the back of your closet.



Northwood Recreation Update

By Kathy Boudreau, Recreation Director

Easter Egg Hunt


Join Northwood Recreation on Saturday, April 11th for the 2nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt. Be on the look out for the Easter Bunny around 9:45.


Where there is an egg hunt there is bound to be a bunny near by.  The Easter Egg Hunt will begin at 10:00 AM SHARP at the Northwood Elementary School. There will be 3 golden eggs hidden in each of the 4 age groups; 4 & under; 5 and 6; 7 – 9; and 10 & older.  Don’t forget to bring you own basket and cameras. For additional information call the Recreation Department at 942-5586 x209.



Pastor’s Corner

A Lesson from Nature

By Pastor Ted White


The ice storm we had this year can teach us a lesson about our present economic situation on a personal, business or national level. These storms don’t happen without reason, not if you understand that the God of all creation is in control of all creation… always. We can learn many things from them.


I heard that a few who usually produce maple syrup didn’t do so this year because of the ice storm's damage to the maple trees. Some trees were totally on the ground, snapped off and won’t produce again. Others had major branches broken off and will need time to recover.


Now, wouldn’t it be foolish to try to stand up trees that are lying on the ground, hoping the sap would once again flow? Or, how reasonable would it be to take branches that have split off the tree and try to reattach them?


Yet businesses that are lying on the ground or broken off are being propped up, or so the attempt, by some, hoping they will have life come back into them and become a vibrant part of economic flow once again.


Wasted resources are being poured in without any life and it is a futile attempt.


Creation shows us that there are times where there is loss, plain and simply. It could be loss of a whole tree or part, but there is loss.


But, a new tree can be planted in its place. It may take time for it to mature, but in time it will. Healthy trees bring life (Psalm 1), unhealthy trees do not (Matthew 7:17-19). So it is with individuals, businesses or nations—healthy ones bring life, unhealthy ones do not.


Jesus came to set us free; to give us healthy life, but you must come

on His terms. To find His terms go to  or

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Information and Outreach Efforts


The Northwood Area Land Management Collaborative (NALMC) is pleased to announce its recently expanded programs to develop and share information about lands within the NALMC neighborhood. NALMC seeks to build understanding and appreciation of the local landscape by encouraging public and private landowners to connect with their land, with their neighbors and with appropriate tools and resources to support collaborative land stewardship.


NALMC is a unique, voluntary public/private partnership working together across property boundaries to maintain and enhance the ecological, social, recreational, and economic resources. The NALMC neighborhood currently encompasses over 3,000 acres and includes lands owned by New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development, the Town of Northwood, Coe Brown Academy, the University of New Hampshire, Harmony Hill Farm and several other private landowners.


Through a generous grant from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, Ibis Wildlife Consulting of Newmarket, in partnership with Neatline Associates of Deerfield, will conduct an ecological assessment of the NALMC neighborhood.  The project will inventory and summarize the wildlife habitats, plant communities, soils, wetlands, trails, conserved lands, and other natural and cultural resources in the NALMC focus area.  Peter Lamb, Senior Philanthropic Advisor for the NH Charitable Foundation praised the collabo rative. “NALMC is pursuing cutting edge, ecosystem-based land stewardship work,” said Lamb. “We are pleased to be a partner in this effort.”


The grant has also allowed NALMC to hire an Outreach Coordinator.


Maryalice Fischer from The Center for Health, Energy & The Environment in Strafford, is assisting the mission of the collaborative through NALMC activities and direct landowner communication. Serving as the fiscal agent for NALMC, Bear-Paw Regional Greenways is enthusiastic about this partnership. “The ecological assessment and landowner outreach will illustrate the interconnectedness within the NALMC neighborhood and the benefits of working together to conserve our woodlands, waters, and wildlife,” said Dan Kern, Executive Director of Bear-Paw, a regional land trust.


Last year NALMC celebrated the opening of a new five-mile hiking trail that begins at Northwood Meadows State Park and continues across the privately owned Harmony Hill Farm, before returning to the State Park.


This trail was one of the first collaborative projects initiated by NALMC.


This year, several activities are planned including a community-wide open house on July 11th celebrating our forests, farms, wetlands and wildlife as part of the 20th anniversary of the Northwood Meadows State Park and the Forest Peters Wildlife Management Area, core public lands in the NALMC neighborhood. More information about the event will be coming soon.












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