Congregational Church Service Project
Join us on Sunday, January 29th at 9am for our In-house “Service
Service”. We will be assembling Blessing Bags to distribute to
those in need who we encounter, as well as creating baskets of
baked treats to deliver to our local emergency service personnel
and town service workers. For ways you can contribute, as well
as information on our future service projects, visit
Congratulations to Kayleigh Michelle Sherman of Northwood, who
is majoring in Nursing. She was named to the Dean’s List of the
University of Rhode Island.
qualify for the Dean’s List, students must have completed 12 or
more credits during a semester for letter grades with at least a
3.30 quality point average. Part-time students qualify with the
accumulation of 12 credits with a 3.30 quality point average.
Congratulations to Catherine Jarvis of Northwood who was named
to the Emmanuel College Fall 2016 Dean’s List. To earn a spot on
the Dean’s List, Emmanuel students must achieve a grade point
average of 3.5 or higher for a 16-credit semester.
This Weekend’s LRPA After Dark Feature: 1936’s “Sabotage”
Join Lakes Region Public Access Television at 10:30 p.m. this
Friday and Saturday night (January 20 & 21) for our “LRPA After
Dark” presentation of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1946 espionage thriller
“Sabotage,” starring Sylvia Sidney, Oscar Homolka and John
of London goes dark, and people at a cinema are angry, demanding
their money back. Just as the blackout occurs, the cinema’s
owner, Karl Verloc (Homolka), secretly comes home to his
upstairs residence through the back entrance, pretending that
has been asleep. When his much younger wife (Sidney) comes to
get him, Verloc tells her to refund the customers’ money, much
to Mrs. Verloc’s surprise, as they are short of cash. Verloc
reassures her, stating that her that he will be “coming into
money soon.” Shortly thereafter, the electricity is
restored, and it is revealed that the blackout was an act of
sabotage on the city’s power grid. Verloc is a member of a
secret European terrorist group and took part in the thwarted
blackout. As such, he gets a new, more serious and dangerous
assignment – to place explosives at the Piccadilly Circus train
station, a job that he makes him uncomfortable. Unbeknownst to
Verloc, he has aroused the suspicions of Scotland Yard.
Detective Ted Spencer (Loder) has been assigned to investigate
Verloc. Spencer goes undercover as a greengrocer and befriends
Mrs. Verloc’s younger brother Stevie, using his friendship with
the boy to get closer to the family, as Scotland Yard is unsure
as to whether or not Mrs. Verloc is part of the terrorist plot.
Spencer grows fonder of both Stevie and his sister as Verloc
becomes more suspicious. The detective begins to create doubt in
Mrs. Verloc’s mind: what is her husband really doing when he
leaves the house? She starts to pay closer attention to her
husband and question his actions. Verloc realizes that he’s
being watched so his contacts come up with a devious plan to get
the bomb to Piccadilly Circus, which includes getting Stevie to
unknowingly deliver the package. Will Spencer be able to
intervene in time? And what will happen to those who engage in
subject matter of “Sabotage” – organized terrorist activities –
may have felt outrageous to pre-WWII audiences, but will seem
very up-to-date to today’s viewer. The film includes one of
Hitchcock’s most infamous scenes, one that shocked audiences in
1936 and is still quite powerful more than 70 years later.
“Sabotage” features outstanding performances from both Oscar
Homolka and Sylvia Sidney, as well as first-rate production
values and cinematography. Four years completing this film,
Hitchcock moved to Hollywood and directed “Rebecca” for David O.
Selznick, beginning his long and illustrious U.S. career. If
you’ve never seen “Sabotage,” then grab your popcorn and meet us
after dark for this thrilling movie from the past.
Letter To The Editor
Grinch here, reporting for duty. There’s a wonderful business
here in Northwood. This business caters to our needs, hires our
residents and stocks our wants. I don’t know if the owner and
his family are flaming liberals or right wing wackos. I don’t
their store they and their employees appear to be without
politics, nonracist, and nondenominational. The owner, his
family, and every great employee, without uttering a word, say
the same thing, thanks for supporting us. This should be the
business model for our public school that is supported by all
taxpayers. Sadly it’s not.
want to thank Nurse Benham for inadvertently showing you one of
the three serious problems at Northwood School. A list is
provided by her of things, beyond teaching, that she and our
(we pay them) teachers perform. Apparently I do not appreciate
all of these things. She is right.
What she doesn’t tell you is that while all of these things are
being done by herself and the teachers our students don’t know
is not the job of our school employees to push their socialist
agenda, their whole child mantra. We have parents, churches etc.
The three R’s, Reading, wRiting and aRithmetic are. At that,
they’re not so good. They excel at sending our kids out woefully
unprepared. If you want all of our support take a page from a
successful business. Keep your biases to yourself.
Letter To The Editor
Reading all the comments on the Ramp Issue, I am wondering why
we have let the ramp fail in the first place.
many years I have used the ramp to launch my boat and it has
gotten worse each year. I hear the arguments, that only a few
people use it, so how come, whenever I want to take my boat in
or out, I have to wait? And how about all the “seasonal
taxpayers” who pay all year long and will have no adequate
issue of pollution is another red herring, since pollution
spreads in a liquid all over the place and many boats are using
the area even if they do not launch there
Regarding Milfoil: even launching the boat in Strafford will not
reduce the possibility of getting it into the lake.
Ergo: let’s fix the beach and the ramp and have something to
enjoy in Northwood.
Hubert R Bittner
Letter To The Editor
What to do with Grandma?
“You want grandma living in the guest room?” warns Democratic
leader Nancy Pelosi. “You repeal the Affordable Care Act.” That
was her ominous prediction for Americans if the Republicans
question reminded me of my childhood in a working class
neighborhood of New York City. When my maternal grandmother
died, my maternal grandfather moved in with us. When my paternal
grandfather was diagnosed with a terminal illness, both paternal
grandparents came to live with us.
told we had at least one grandparent living with us for the
better part of two decades. All lived with us till they died.
All died at home. None of them ever saw the inside of a nursing
know that having Grandma in the guest room isn’t always
possible, but that’s how my mother and father answered Nancy
Pelosi’s question. And I never regretted the fact that my
parents welcomed their aging parents into our home.
Tire Pressure Warning Lights
Jim Grant, Northwood Garage
Have you ever heard “Your tires need winter air”? This has been
sort of a joke for many years. There’s more truth to it than
you may realize, and the tires pressure warning light in today’s
vehicles prove just that.
you know that the pressure of your car’s tires drops about 1 PSI
for every 10 degrees of temperature drop? If you had your tire
pressure set on a warm day and now, overnight temperatures are
dropping below freezing, the tire pressure could easily drop 4
PSI (which happens to be enough to turn on the low tire pressure
warning light on most cars). The fix is simple... when setting
tire pressure this time of year, add about 4 to 5 PSI to the
Adding a little extra winter air pressure should cure your cold
weather tire pressure warning light problems. (Don’t forget to
switch to summer air pressure in the spring, which won’t be here
Letter To The Editor
There are some Northwood residents persistently presenting you
with an old and rather silly argument against full day
kindergarten. They stubbornly insist that because it has been
defeated at the polls (as separate warrant articles), it should
no longer be an option and they are furious that it has been put
directly into the school budget for the next year, claiming that
it’s a sneaky, back door way of doing business. In truth, there
are many opportunities for public comment and input along the
budget building process but they are not usually well attended
by busy working parents or anyone else really.
seems, by their logic, that once a warrant has been defeated by
those who showed up to vote (less than 900 total, for AND
against) on one given day of the year, it should not be brought
forth again. If this practice was always followed, the only
people voting in this country in 2017 would be white male
property owners. Sometimes it takes many attempts to make a
needed change the law of the land (think women’s right to vote,
Civil rights and black voting rights to name a very few).
However you feel about all day kindergarten in Northwood, please
don’t be swayed by this archaic argument. And please do get out
to vote in March, whichever way you plan to do so!
Beth Benham, RN, BSN
Northwood School Nurse
Letter To The Editor
Full-Day K and Economic Development
number of letters on the issue of full-day kindergarten have
referenced the fact that a stand-alone petition warrant article
failed last year, and therefore, the School Board should not
have built it into this year’s budget. But there are number of
important differences between last year and this.
First, last year’s warrant could only call for raising the money
needed for FTK. It could not also say that by not running a
mid-day bus, $42,000 would be saved, making the actual cost
Also, as School Board Chair Keith McGuigan has pointed out, the
Board went though the budget looking for savings that could be
applied to the cost of FDK. For example, because of enrollment,
there will be two fewer positions to fill, and those savings can
be directed to FDK. And, of course, unlike last year, this
coming year, there is no $200K bond payment.
would also note that the budget would be significantly less had
not 16 additional students moved in to attend Coe-Brown. But
rather that bemoan this, let us learn from it.
People move to towns where there are good schools. A recent
article in the Concord Monitor pointed out that enrollments in
Hopkinton and Bow – both of which have FDK – have increased
while surrounding towns without it have not seen these
Offering FDK would make Northwood a more attractive town to move
into, holding home values steady – if not increasing them, and
that would increase our tax base.
Also, some of these new families might bring with them an
entrepreneurial spirit, resulting in some new business. Think
how many businesses in town are owned and operated by people who
you can think of FDK as an economic development tool – and also
the right thing to do for our youngest citizens.