Northwood NH News

November 15, 2017


 

REMINDER

 

The Northwood CrankPullers Snowmobile Club will be hosting a Snowmobile Safety Course for ages 12-15 at the Lake Shore Farm (275 Jenness Pond Rd, Northwood) on Saturday, December 2nd from 8 am to 3 pm. Lunch will be provided. To register, contact Jeremy DeTrude @ 603-833-7063 (no charge for course but donations are always welcome).  Space is limited so call early. And as always, we really appreciate our landowners and are always looking for new members. www.northwoodcrankpullers.com

 


 

Letter

 

The Northwood School Board approved (by a 5-0 vote) the following letter to be sent to the Teachers and Staff of the Northwood School:

 

Dear Teachers and Staff of Northwood School,

 

On behalf of the Northwood School Board, I’d like to take this opportunity to say, thank you!

 

We on the board appreciate the excellent job that you are doing in the school this year (and past years), and want to thank you for your continued efforts at educating our youths and making our school something to be proud of. We know that the sudden transition to a drastic new schedule has not been easy, and are very thankful that you’ve been able to work with us and with the new school times. Hopefully, we’ll be back to normal soon.

 

I’d also like to point out that we’re seeing that our standardized test scores from last year have shown some great improvement, with most grades showing year-over-year gains in Math, ELA, and Science, and many grades’ scores exceeding the NH state averages. We’ve seen a big jump in the school’s ranking on schooldigger.com, moving up over 55 spots and now sitting solidly in the top-half of the state, above 59.4% of the other elementary schools in New Hampshire. We understand that standardized test scores are only one aspect of a good education, but that is something to be proud of nonetheless. It does not go unnoticed by the board or the town.

 

So, please keep up the good work. It is appreciated and we hope everyone is having a great start to the academic year.

 

Gratefully,

Keith McGuigan,

Chairperson, Northwood School Board

 


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Thank you so much to local veterans Colleen Krochmal, Nick McLellan, Geoffrey Boffitto, and our technology director Steve Robert for coming in and sharing what it personally means to be a veteran. It was a pleasure and honor to have these speakers at Northwood School!

 


 

Letter To The Editor

 

I am proud to be a member of this community. I would like to thank the teachers, administrators, school board, and bus drivers who met a tremendous challenge head on and overcame a difficult situation.

 

We recently had great news in the form of test scores and state rankings that show the Northwood School is on the rise.  We also have a crew of newly licensed bus drivers who stepped up to help get our kids back on schedule. This is no small feat in a time when finding bus drivers in rural communities has become extremely difficult.

 

We have a staff of teachers and administrators that have made a lot of sacrifices to make the current schedule work and continue to show enthusiasm in teaching our kids regardless of the time of day. I can’t imagine how we could ever measure this but please know it is greatly appreciated. This will certainly bring positive energy and momentum to the Northwood School and community in the coming years.

 

It is up to all of us to continue to build on these positives and make our community stronger every day!

 

Sincerely,

Ryan P. Hanavan

 


 

This Weekend’s LRPA After Dark Feature:

1938’s “Algiers”

 

Join Lakes Region Public Access Television at 10:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday night (November 17& 18) for our “LRPA After Dark” presentation of 1938’s glamorous melodrama “Algiers,” starring Charles Boyer and Hedy Lamarr. “Algiers” was the first American film for Lamarr, considered by many to be the most beautiful woman to have ever appeared on screen, and the one that made her an international star. The film is also known for Boyer’s often repeated and much imitated line, “Come with me to the Casbah,” a line that he never actually spoke in the movie! Finally, Boyer’s character in the film, “Pepe le Moko,” was the inspiration for the Warner Brother’s cartoon character “Pepe le Pew.” How many of you baby boomers out there remember him? Need we say more? Grab your popcorn and join LRPA after dark for this gorgeous, exotic thriller. 

 


 

Harlem Rockets Comedy Basketball Team Coming to CBNA

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Members of Harlem Rockets Comedy Basketball will be coming to Coe-Brown on Friday, November 17, 2017 to benefit CBNA Hoop.

 

Coe-Brown Northwood Academy will be hosting some very special guests on Friday, November 17, at 6:30 pm at Smith Hall on the CBNA Campus, Northwood, NH.  The Harlem Rockets, a talented group of basketball entertainers who combine incredible show time basketball skills and family-friendly comedy will face the CBNA Faculty All-Stars in a game benefiting the CBNA boys and girls basketball programs.

 

Having played over 2500 games in 16 years without a single defeat, the Harlem Rockets offer something for everyone to enjoy.  Sports enthusiasts will be intrigued by the athleticism and size of the Rockets.  Basketball aficionados will be dazzled by the ball-handling wizardry of Kaseem “The Ankle Breaker” Williams, one of the world’s extraordinary street-ball dribblers. Audiences will also be intrigued by the game of Junie “King of the Battleground Champion” Sanders and left awestruck by high-flying dunks of Anthony “Amazing” Gordon and Angelo “TNT” Gordon, and since this is comedy basketball, the Harlem Rockets will present the Zaniest Showman of All Time… Tex Barnwell “One of Show Basketball’s All Time Greats,” the “Crown Prince of Laughs.” The Harlem Rockets incorporate the audience, especially children, into the show and are always available to meet the fans and give autographs at halftime and after the game.

 

In this special event to raise money for the CBNA Basketball Program, the CBNA Faculty All-Stars have graciously agreed to face the Harlem Rockets.  The Faculty All Stars include Sam Struthers, Mark Carrier, Brent Tkaczyk, Tim Cox, Bill Clarke, Joel Kutylowski, Nate Bassett, Michael Clauss, Karen Carey, Peter Attisano, Aaron Ash, Andrew Mason, Shawn White and Ryan Smith.

 

Advance tickets for what promises to be a fun-filled evening for the community are $8 for students and seniors and $10 for adults and are available from basketball team members or at the CBNA Main Office. Tickets will also be available at the door the night of the game at a cost of $10 for students and seniors and $12 for adults.  Get your tickets early. This is a special event you don’t want to miss.

 


 

Letter To The Editor

 

I was at the transfer station one day this week (surprise) and two young women came in. I asked if they were registered voters so they could sign my petition for the new building and was very surprised when they both said they were not registered to vote and they had no intentions of ever voting because their vote would make no difference to anything, that they would still have people telling them how to live their lives.

 

Shocked and surprised, I was almost speechless. I thought our young people were much more enlightened than that. In this day and age, to believe that your one vote won’t make a difference is bordering on ridiculous.

 

Your right to vote is why women have the right to choose. Your right to vote is why you have the right to voice your opinion. Your right to vote allows you to elect people, or in some case to get rid of people in authority, who are not doing the will of the people. Many things are wrong with our society, but the right to vote is certainly not one of them.

 

What is wrong is winning about things you think are wrong and not doing anything about it. Your one vote is all you need to make a change.

 

So my suggestion to the young women and men who are not registered is to get yourselves registered to vote and next time someone asks if you are a registered voter, you look them in the eye and say “I’m and American, of course I’m a registered voter”.

 

I know this letter was not my usual topic of discussion but next letter I will let you know how my meeting with the board of selectmen went.

 

Till Next Time,

Viena Dow

 


 

Letter To The Editor

 

To the Editor,

We’ve noticed that many letters from Northwood have not been posted in The Sun. While I don’t question your right to post whatever you wish in your wonderful newspaper, I would like to point out a number of things. I still purchase newspapers and read yours religiously. I have come to think of social media in the same way as others do the second amendment. I have to remind myself daily that social media is not the culprit but instead some pusillanimous human is.

 

I have, with great appreciation, used The Sun over the years to keep Northwood informed on many issues. There are those who would like to shut me up. However, it is impossible to go anywhere in town without people showing appreciation.

 

While Facebook says that the cost of education in Northwood is $14K per student, in reality it is closer to $20K. While Facebook touts how well we are doing educationally the reality is quite different.

 

A year ago when some were saying how good we were doing I posted the actual scores on Facebook. They were deleted in an hour. This year I spent $132.00 and posted them in your paper. 52% of third grade not proficient in reading, 57% of grade 5 not proficient in math. There’s worse. Yet at last weeks board meeting, they were clapping, and the board put more money in next year’s budget for raises over 3%.

 

Northwood taxes have skyrocketed this year, up $1.34/thousand of property value. $1.32 of that increase is local school taxes. Next year will be worse.

 

Northwood needs to know the facts. I stand behind everything I have ever said in The Sun. Your service in the past and the future is appreciated.

 

Tim Jandebeur

Northwood

 


 

Letter

 

We are writing to invite you to a conversation about the Northwood School District strategic plan. The Strategic Planning Team has been meeting for several months now and needs your feedback. The team has developed a new vision statement and raised eight strategic issues that need to be solved for the Northwood School District to achieve this vision.  The vision: “The Northwood School will engage and inspire life-long learners to become globally aware and prepared to take their next steps.” 

 

The following issues need to be addressed by the strategic plan: 

1) How might we effectively engage the community to increase support, trust, interest, and pride in our school?  

 

2) How might we create a high-quality academic system that assures a path to success for each student? 

 

3) How might we strategically pursue progressive changes to improve curriculum and instructional practices? 

 

4) How might we increase student engagement and empowerment? 

 

5) How might we assess performance and report growth across academic and non-academic domains? 

 

6) How might we assure that all students’ diverse emotional and social needs are being met? 

 

7) How might we attract and retain high quality, teachers, administrators, and staff? 

 

8) How might we improve culture and climate? 

 

Please join us (at a location TBD) on November 30th at 6:00 p.m. to share your ideas of how we might address these issues.   RSVP recommended, please notify Amy West, awest@nhsau44.org.

 

Northwood School Strategic Planning Committee

 


 

Program Aims To Provide Hungry With Hundreds Of Thousands Of Meals

 

Hannaford Supermarkets today announced the 2017 launch of Hannaford Helps Fight Hunger, a charitable campaign focused on helping feed individuals who do not have access to enough nutritious food.

 

Hannaford Helps Fight Hunger is a partnership between the supermarket and its customers in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and New York to provide food and monetary donations to local pantries and regional food banks. Donations benefit the nearly one in seven Americans – 41.2 million people -- who do not have access to all the nutritious food they need.

 

Last year, Hannaford Helps Fight Hunger generated enough food and cash donations to purchase 911,000 meals for individuals at risk of going hungry in the Northeast.

 

“Hannaford Helps Fight Hunger makes giving easy at a time of the year when many people are thinking about their neighbors in need,” said Eric Blom, Hannaford spokesman.  “This program is a powerful partnership between our customers, local hunger relief agencies and Hannaford to provide financially struggling individuals with nutritious food.”

 

Hannaford Helps Fight Hunger has three parts:

• Hannaford Helps Fight Hunger Boxes: Customers purchase a box of food staples for $10, and choose whether to have the box delivered to the local pantry or to donate it personally.

 

• Register Donation: Throughout the month of December, customers may donate money to a local food pantry, in $5 increments, right at the register.

 

• Buy One, Give One: For four weeks, starting Nov. 19 customers can trigger Hannaford donations to food banks by purchasing a particular product on specific days. For each item purchased, Hannaford will donate an identical product to the state or regional food bank.

 

Each Hannaford store determines what local food pantries to support. Stores compete with one another to encourage donations.

 

“No one should have to choose between paying to heat their home or eat a nutritious meal.  This program provides food for people who are facing that kind of hard choice each month,” Blom said. “Our customers make a real difference in the community with their donations through Hannaford Helps Fight Hunger.” 

 

Since 2008, Hannaford Helps Fight Hunger has contributed a total of more than $9 million in food, customer cash gifts and Hannaford cash donations to local food pantries and food banks. 

 

About Hannaford Supermarkets

Hannaford Supermarkets, based in Scarborough, Maine, operates 181 stores in the Northeast. Stores are located in Maine, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Hannaford employs more than 27,000 associates. Additional information can be found at www.hannaford.com.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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