Northwood NH News

October 18, 2017




During the month of October, the Northwood Congregational Church, UCC will be recognizing Domestic Violence Awareness Month by collecting items for several organizations.  Donations of shampoo, conditioner, soap, wash cloths, feminine hygiene products, toothbrushes, toothpaste, lotion, body wash, socks, toilet paper, bath and hand towels will be collected and distributed to organizations including - local New Hampshire domestic violence shelters, Rosie’s Place in Boston, End 68-Hours of Hunger, and several local Food Pantries.  Donations (of any size) can be brought to the church, located at 881 First NH Turnpike (Route 4) next to Coe-Brown Northwood Academy, and placed in the collection box (in Fellowship Hall) when the church is open ~~ Wednesday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., or Sunday 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.  Northwood Congregational Church, UCC services are open to all - we invite you to join us for our 9:00 service any Sunday morning.



Thanksgiving And Winter Holiday Food Baskets


The Northwood Emergency Food Pantry and Northwood area churches will be providing Thanksgiving and Winter Holiday Food Baskets for any Northwood resident in need. If you are in need of receiving a Thanksgiving or Winter Holiday Basket, please stop by the Northwood Town Hall and fill out the forms available at the front desk and return no later than 4 pm on Wednesday, November 1 for Thanksgiving and Friday, December 1 for holiday basket. Business hours for town hall are Monday-Friday 8-4.



Santa’s Helpers


The Northwood Fire-Rescue Association is once again organizing the Northwood Santa’s Helpers program to assist families who are finding it difficult to provide Christmas gifts for their children.  Santa’s Helpers assist with gifts for age’s birth to 18 years old.  To participate in this program, you and your child(ren) MUST BE RESIDENTS OF NORTHWOOD at the time of application and at the time of delivery.  


Forms are available at the Northwood Town Hall during regular business hours: Monday-Friday 8-4. The forms must be completed and returned no later than Thursday, November 30 at 4 pm.



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Northwood Fire did a great job presenting fire safety tips to kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade students. Thank you, NFD for making sure we’re all safe!!


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Northwood School has such amazing and dedicated students! These awesome eighth graders help second graders with math and reading twice a week! So proud of these young ladies for being a positive example and caring about the NWS students and community.



3rd Annual Soup’s On!

November 4th, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.


Please join the Friends of the Chesley Memorial Library on Saturday, November 4th, for our Soup’s On fundraising event that offers a selection of hot, homemade soups, cornbread, cookies, and beverages.  Soup is served in to-go packaging so you can enjoy it in the cozy Chesley Memorial Library or take it home for later.  Stop by for a tasty hot meal, enjoy the musical accompaniment and help support the services our community relies upon!


The Chesley Memorial Library is on the corner of Route 43 and the 1st NH Turnpike.  All proceeds go to the Friends of the Chesley Memorial Library for the support of Library services.



LRPA After Dark Celebrates Halloween With Its 2nd Annual “Shocktober” Festival, A Month Of Scary Cinema!

This Weekend’s Feature: 1962’s “Carnival of Souls”


Throughout October, join Lakes Region Public Access Television each Friday and Saturday night at 10:30 p.m. for a scary good time! “LRPA After Dark” celebrates Halloween with four frightening films from Hollywood’s past. This weekend (October 20 & 21), we present the eerily atmospheric cult favorite, 1962’s “Carnival of Souls,” directed by Herk Harvey and starring Candace Hilligoss.


Mary Henry (Hilligoss) and two friends are out in a car, enjoying the day. At a stop light, some guys in another car challenge them to a street race, and they accept. As the girls’ car speeds across a bridge, the driver loses control and the car plunges into a river.  A search party drags the river for the car, and just when things look dire, Mary emerges from the water, cold and dazed. She can’t seem to remember any details about the wreck and has no real answers for the searchers. To move on with her life, Mary accepts a job in a different state as a church organist. On the drive to her new position, she passes a mysterious deserted carnival pavilion to which she finds herself inexplicably drawn. As she is looking at the pavilion, Mary is startled by an ominous man looming in her path, nearly causing her to drive off the road. She blames this vision on a lingering aftereffect of the accident, composes herself, and drives to her destination. Mary arrives at her destination and takes a room at a boarding house, meets her new employer, and generally tries to get on with her life. However, she can’t stop seeing the apparition of the menacing man – nor can she get the vision of the abandoned carnival pavilion out of her head.  What do these frightening visions mean? Will she ever be able to move on with her life? 


Although it was an initial failure at the box office, “Carnival of Souls,” made on a shoestring budget of less than $20,000 and with a total crew of six, has since become a highly regarded and well-loved horror cult classic. Upon the film’s re-release in 1989, critic Roger Ebert awarded the film three out of four stars and wrote that the movie was “… an odd, obscure horror film that was made on a low budget in 1962 and still has an intriguing power. Unlike most of today’s horror movies, ‘Carnival of Souls’ has few special effects. Instead, it depends on crisp black-and-white photography, atmosphere and surprisingly effective acting.” Lead actress Candace Hilligoss studied with famed teacher Lee Strasberg at the Actor’s Studio in New York City, and brings remarkable depth to the character of Mary. This movie’s not to be missed! So grab your candy corn and join LRPA after dark for this fan favorite classic from the past.


Mark your calendars for our final Halloween treat:

October 27 & 28: 1972’s “Horror Express”



Braiders Of The Lost Art Open House


The Braiders of the Lost Art will be holding an Open House on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at the Northwood Community Hall from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.   The Community Hall is located on the corner of Main and School Streets.


Our group is dedicated to keeping alive this time-honored craft that will grace any style home and become a family heirloom.  Braiders will be on hand to demonstrate how strips of wool can be turned into beautiful rugs, bags, gift baskets and other items. We will have a display of items demonstrating how we go from the beginning to the finished project.. This informal setting will allow you to ask our members any questions you may have regarding this unique craft handed down from previous generations, as we hope to hand the skill down to future generations.


We hope you will join us whether you want to learn more about braiding, have questions or just want to look at the possibilities of what can be made starting with a simple braid.



Harvey Lake Woman’s Club Of Northwood


The Harvey Lake Woman’s Club of Northwood cordially invites all ladies to join us.  We have been an ecumenical and welcoming club since 1913. 


We thank the people of Northwood for supporting our fundraisers for all this time.  These fundraisers consist of our bake sales at voting times, Beanhole Bash and significant other events.  With these funds we are able to provide a sizeable scholarship to a graduating senior at Coe-Brown who intends to further her education and has been accepted at a college.  We also sponsor  the Northwood  68 Hours of Hunger.


One of our outreach programs consists of making small pillows for patients in the Concord Hospital, the VNA, and the Northwood Fire and Rescue Santa Fund.


Our regular meetings are held the first Tuesday of the month at 1 pm in the Fellowship Hall of the Northwood Congregational Church.  If you are interested in learning more about us, please contact our President, Betty, at 942-6272.



CBNA Theatre Students To Present Godspell October 26, 27, 28


Coe-Brown Northwood Academy Theatre will proudly present the classic musical Godspell, conceived and originally directed by John-Michael Tebelak with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz on Thursday, Friday and Saturday October 26, 27 & 28, 2017, in the Gerrish Gym on the CBNA campus. 


In Godspell, which is based on the Gospel according to St. Matthew, a small group of people help Jesus tell different parables by using a wide variety of games, storytelling techniques and a hefty dose of comedy. The show includes an eclectic blend of songs, ranging in style from pop to vaudeville which are employed as the story dances across the stage. Jesus’ messages of kindness, tolerance, community and love come vibrantly to life in this well-known musical.


The ensemble cast includes Braelin Ash, Shayla Ashley, Brian Downer, Mackenzie Flanders, Nina Laramee, Cooper Leduke, Paige Marston, Alex Mercedes, Connor Nowak, Alyssa Reiff, Rylee Rogers, Allison Rose, Aiden Schutte, Julia Sommer, and Darin Sweet with additional performances by Mirah Johnston, and Lily Marston.


Production stage manager junior Cody Peck will be leading an experienced production team of skilled theatre technicians who will bring Godspell to life. The production is directed by faculty member Elizabeth Lent with assistance and choreography from faculty member Kolby Hume. Music direction is by David Deardorff.


Reserved tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors, and are available at For further information, call 942-5531, ext. 237, or email Hope to see you there.



Letter To The Editor


We still have many things to do to bring the transfer station up to par. One, of course, is the new swap shop building. Margaret Walker and I will be bringing all of the information we have gathered to the board of selectmen on October 24. We have spent much time and effort, so hopefully, the board will approve the plan and we can get things rolling along.


I called the Reeds Ferry Sheds for an exact price for the building and was surprised to learn that if we install the building in Jan. or Feb. there is a 15% discount. The total cost for a 14’ x 18’ building with three 30” x 40” windows and one door with a window is $6767.06 With the 15% discount of $1015.06, the building will cost $5752.06 Delivery and set up are included in the price.


The selectmen approved $3,000 for the recycling committee to have magnets printed up with recycling information on them for your fridge and they were going to mail them out. Seems like an excessive amount of money to spend and I am not sure that they haven’t waited too long to get them this year. This recycling committee seems a little quiet about what they are doing. 


Anyway, $3,000 for magnets or $6,000 for a new swap shop building! Seems like a no brainer to me. 


I also have to say, the jungle surrounding the transfer station seems to be swallowing it. I don’t think it would take that much time or money to push the jungle back, not only around the burn pits but the highway building is about to disappear too. 


Till Next Time,

Viena Dow




Marion L. Knedler

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Marion L. Knedler, 73, of Northwood, NH, died suddenly on September 27, 2017.


Born in Portland, ME on July 11, 1944, she was the daughter of Irvin Dale and Jane (Flaherty) Knedler. Marion was proud to be raised in a military family and resided in many locations including Virginia, Okinawa, and Kansas.


Marion earned a Master Degree in social work from Springfield College. Afterwards, she pursed a career in human services.


She served with the United States Army Reserves. 


Until her retirement, Marion was employed with the United States Housing & Urban Development Department and the United States Social Security Administration. Afterwards, she pursued a new career in human services. Marion interned at the Moore Center, New Horizons for NH, and Easter Seals NH. She was the volunteer coordinator with New Horizons for several years. Later, she was employed with the NHJTC Family Independence Program. Marion found her passion as an adjunct professor at Manchester Community College where she was the director of the CAPS Program. In addition, she was an attendant at the Northwood Transfer Station.


Marion was outspoken and conscientious for the causes she espoused, particularly human services, social ethics, and women’s issues. 


Marion enjoyed riding her lawn mower and loved kayaking. She was proud of her “lettered sweater” which she earned from field hockey and volleyball. She will be remembered for being a staunch democrat as well as for her lifelong dedication to philanthropy and generosity to others, especially women in need. She was an avid Red Sox and New England Patriots fan. She enjoyed traveling to Key West, and lived their motto, “One Human Family”. Marion resided on Lucas Pond for twenty-two years and had a “Maine sense of humor” and believed “fear is a reaction, courage is a decision”.


She will be joining her mother and most beloved “Gram”, Margaret MacMinn Flaherty. She will return to her Friday evening dinners with Pauline and Lee. 


Family members include her wife, Cheryl Ann McDonald; three brothers, Richard Dale Knedler and his wife, Susan Gage-Knedler, of Standish, ME and the Sea Breeze Tea House, Harpswell, ME, Thomas Irvin Knedler and his wife, Marlene Klaus Knedler, of Cedar Hill, TX, and Timothy Knedler and his wife, Lisa Knedler; nephews, Thomas Irvin Knedler, Jr. and his partner, Geoff Phillips, of Baltimore, MD, Blake Liam Knedler, and Eben Tate Knedler, all of New Gloucester, ME; many dear extended family and wonderful neighbors. She was fond of her dogs, Libby, Seamus, Bennie Boo Boo, and Pete the cat.


Services: A celebration of life will be held Saturday, October 21, 2017, at 1 PM in the Northwood Congregational Church, 881 1st New Hampshire Turnpike, Northwood, NH. Casual dress is requested. 


Burial will take place Sunday, October 22, 2017 in Webber (Pineland) Cemetery, New Gloucester, ME, followed by a gathering at the Sea Breeze Tea House, Harpswell, ME.


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Girls at Work, 4 Elm Street, Manchester, NH 03104. 












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