Northwood NH News

November 8, 2017


Join us for a “Tick Talk” at the Chesley Memorial Library in Northwood on Monday, November 13, at 1:00 p.m.  (The program was rescheduled due to the inclement weather on the original date.)  The New Hampshire Division of Public Health services will provide an informational presentation on tickborne diseases.  The presentation will cover topics including: the signs and symptoms of tickborne diseases that cause illness in New Hampshire; the epidemiology and distribution of tickborne diseases in New Hampshire and throughout the United States; steps to take to prevent tick bites and transmission of tickborne diseases; and proper tick removal and disposal.



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.



Letter To The Editor


Wow, so many amazing things happened at Northwood School in October I’m afraid I’m going to leave something out, but here is what we’ve been up to this month.


If you haven’t already, consider following our Northwood School Educators Facebook page where you can see detailed pictures and videos of the gorgeous artwork and talented musicians we have here.


Some highlights:  Staff renewed CPR and first aid certifications and attended other professional workshops at NEA NH Fall Instructional Day as well as back at school October 6th; all grade levels had high quality presentations about safe touch from Haven educators; 25 staff got flu shots at school; Northwood Fire and Police Departments taught our youngest students all about safety; our 6th graders transformed Mrs. Bechtold’s classroom into a wonderful ancient Egyptian tomb and enthusiastically taught all our other students and staff all about their artifacts; 3rd grade had a terrific outdoor field trip to Great Bay Discover Center; staff organized another Trunk or Treat as a safe and fun Halloween activity for the children of Northwood; Middle School Halloween dance; the PTA held a K-5 Halloween dance;  and our Kindergarten sponsored a Hat Day to benefit hurricane victims in Puerto Rico.  To top it all off, we got the good news that both our 4th and 8th graders had above state average levels of proficiency on their NECAP Science tests. Way to go, Northwood School!


Beth Benham, RN, BSN

Northwood School Nurse



This Weekend’s LRPA After Dark Feature:

1953’s “The Limping Man”


Join Lakes Region Public Access Television at 10:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday night (November 10 & 11) for our “LRPA After Dark” presentation of 1950’s film noir crime drama “The Limping Man,” starring Lloyd Bridges, Moira Lister and Alan Wheatley. 


Former WWII GI Frank Pryor (Bridges) travels from the U.S. to England to visit his wartime flame Pauline French (Lister), whom he hasn’t seen in six years. Upon Frank’s arrival at the airport, a man standing next to him is shot by a sniper. Because of his proximity to the murder, Inspector Braddock (Wheatley) from Scotland Yard detains Frank for questioning. After, Frank goes to Pauline’s apartment, only to learn that she knew the man who was slain, but does not want to discuss it. The detectives from Scotland Yard know that something is amiss, and keep Frank and Pauline under surveillance. Frank discovers that Pauline has a dark secret in her past involving the slain man. As Frank get drawn further into Pauline’s intrigue, events become more dangerous for everyone involved. Who is the slain man, and what does he mean to Pauline?


Rarely seen in the U.S., “The Limping Man” is a British film noir directed by American Cy Endfield under the pseudonym of “Charles de Lautour.” Endfield was an associate of Orson Welles. He lost his contract at RKO, moved around to various production companies, and was eventually named as a Communist by the House Un-American Activities Committee. After being blacklisted in Hollywood, Endfield moved to Britain and continued to work on films, many of which were noir-ish in nature. Of “The Limping Man,” a reviewer wrote: “This film has more twists and turns than a roller coaster – and you’ll love every minute of it!” So grab your popcorn and meet us after dark for this surprising noir thriller crime thriller from the past.




Godspell Delivers!


Wow!  I just had the pleasure of attending several performances of the musical Godspell, performed on the stage of our very own Coe-Brown Northwood Academy.  Kudos to the cast, crew and faculty directors of this classical musical! The production was nothing short of amazing, a truly stunning performance which delivered on so many levels.


As we all know, the news these days, both nationally and locally, seems to be dominated by negativity. This production provided the audience with so many positive messages.  You could feel the passion, energy and enthusiasm throughout the performance. The emotion was palpable!  It was very evident that this talented cast of students had put a tremendous amount of time and effort into this production. We should all feel very proud to have so much artistic talent in all of the communities that CBNA serves. To that end, it was nice to see people in attendance who may not have had a personal connection to the students or staff,  people who came out just to enjoy and support a local community event.


I am the proud parent of two children who have both been very involved in music and/or theatre at CBNA.  As a result, I have attended many theatre productions, concerts and arts festivals. I have attended even when my children were not students at CBNA.  We are very fortunate to have such a wonderful resource in our community and I would like to encourage the community at large to attend more of these wonderful events.   You will not be disappointed. 


Thank you to all who had a hand in bringing Godspell to the stage last week! It was clearly evident how much you all enjoyed performing and one could feel the genuine spirit of comaraderie and caring. You inspired me. 


Helen Ash



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These lovely works of art were accomplished by our talented Northwood School students.



Letter To The Editor


The time is fast approaching (Nov. 14) when I will present all the information I’ve collected about getting a new swap shop building at the transfer station to the Board of Selectmen. This should be a stress­-free meeting as most people feel that it is a good plan. The new location of the swap shop will give the attendants clear site lines to all areas and hopefully there will be no surprises anywhere. Finding a gas stove in the bulb shed is a little off-putting. There are items that have a cost of disposal. Some people try to hide them so they don’t have to pay. This costs all of us money. 


I am also proposing moving the trailer that was used by the road agent and setting it up where we store the fridges, TVs, tires and ACs, to be used by the attendants when they are stripping recyclable materials from these. By adding a large door to the front half of the trailer we can store bulbs and electronics which will save the cost of a new shed for this purpose. Always good to save money by recycling!


The rest of the trailer will be a work and storage area for the stripped materials until we get enough to take to the dealer. This part of the shed will also need a large door, and it will have a lock to prevent any loss of materials. Moving this building and adding two doors is a lot cheaper than two new sheds. 


This will solve a lot of problems at the transfer station and increase our ability to run more efficiently, which is our goal. 


Hopefully, the Selectmen will agree with this proposal and we will be able to move ahead.


Til Next Time

Viena Dow



CBNA FFA Has A Successful Day At The Deerfield Fair

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CBNA FFA Forestry Team shows off their awards at the 2017 Deerfield Fair


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The CBNA Dairy Judging Team after winning third in the state at the 2017 Deerfield Fair.


The Coe-Brown Northwood Academy Much-To-Do FFA Chapter had a very successful day at the recent 2017 Deerfield Fair Career Development Event. This is an annual event that FFA Chapters from all over New Hampshire attend to compete in areas such as Forestry, Safe Tractor, Floral Design and Dairy Evaluation.


The CBNA Forestry team took first place overall with top individual recognitions going to students in the following categories: Cross Cut: First Place:  Riley Gadtke, Tyler Millette, Joseph Whiting and Elizabeth Parece; Second Place: Dakota McPhee, Faith Wilson, Jacob McHugh, and Patrick Murray; Third Place: John Renner. Cole Hodgdon, Danny Gallant, and Daydrian Morin. Log Rolling: First Place:  John Renner and Cole Hodgdon; Third Place: Ryan Bane and Collin Gollihur. Wood Split: First Place:  Luke Belbin. Bow Saw: Second Place: Devin Sullivan and Luke Belbin. Pulp Toss: Third Place: Patrick Murray and Jacob McHugh.


The Safe Tractor Team did well with Ben Peverly taking Fourth Place in individual and the team of Peverly, Caleb Rollins and Paul Bane taking Second in the state in that event.


The Horticulture Team also did well, with the team of Molly Swansburg and Faith Wilson in Second Place, Anna Prescott-Nichols and Madeleine Lounsbury placing Third and Sarah Jensen and Kennedi Stowell placing Fifth.


Rounding out the awards was the Dairy Judging Team of Samantha Schroeder, Eden Yurek, Molly Swansburg, and Ashley Gatchell, which took Third Place in the state.


Congratulations to all.



Northwood Historical Society


The Northwood Historical Society will be hosting a potluck supper and program on November 14, 2017 at the Northwood Community Hall located at the corner of Main and School Streets.


The supper will start at 6:00 PM, bring a dish to share: appetizer, salad, main dish or dessert and along with your place setting.


Starting at 7:00 PM the program will be on the history of schools in Northwood.  The first town meeting, March 23, 1773, raised the funds for the support of five schools. Eventually nine school districts were established so no child had to walk more than a mile to school. Each district had a school committee, hiring teachers and paying bills, with money raised by the town. Several of these early school houses are still standing in town.  How many can you locate?  Did you know there were once two high schools in Northwood?  Many more interesting facts will be presented in this unique look back on the early history of education in Northwood.


The supper and program are free and open to the public.  We hope you will plan on joining us for an evening of neighbors getting together for good food and fun facts.












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