Northwood Post of the VFW, Joseph J. Jeffrey Post
7217, has been approved to refurbish and rededicate a grave site
of a Revolutionary War veteran. One of the guiding
criteria for choosing a grave was that there be no living family
survivors who still have legal claim to the site, the other was
that the site was in disrepair.
initial choice is that of John Bickford. His grave is in
the cemetery located on Canterbury Rd., Northwood.
This notice is to ask anyone who still may have legal rights to
the plot in question come forward to either endorse or contest
this project. Please send your information to the
Northwood Cemetery Commission, Northwood, NH.
Coe-Brown Alumni Scholarship applications will be available for
pick up on March 1, 2017 at Coe-Brown Northwood Academy .
Letter To The Editor
For the record, once the school budget is turned
over to the Budget Committee, by statute it is the BC’s budget.
In three years they have not changed one penny in the
school’s budget, rubber stamping it, and have been off by a
million and a half dollars.
Because of going four years without a new contract, the goal of
the SB was to try to bring all teachers to the correct step,
allowing us to hire correctly.That was going to cost about
$120,000. We wanted to offset some of that by increasing the
teachers share of their insurance from 5% to 15%, saving
$42,000, bringing the contract cost to $78,000.
were turned down by their negotiating team. Instead, a
convoluted remedy was concocted allowing us to hire new teachers
at their correct step, but leaving our existing teachers still
up to four steps behind. What that means is, an existing teacher
with a master’s degree that should be on step 6 making $44,798
is only on step 2 making $39,739. However, a new hire would be
brought in at the higher pay, making $5,059 more. War. I never
thought that they would approve it. We were told they did. A
retired teacher came in to the board saying that they did not
know this. Two current teachers have concurred. Using the
teacher contract as an example the support staff followed suit.
will not be voting for either contract. First and foremost
because the budget, in my opinion, is grossly high, costing
$19,550 per student if passed. That is $3,000 more per
student than Nottingham or Strafford. Second, these contracts
have already caused a rift and it will only get wider. They
should be renegotiated, in public.
the Grinch Jandebeur
Letter To The Editor
am supporting Keith McGuigan in his candidacy for re-election as
a Northwood School Board member.
believe he is an asset to both our school and our community. He
is dedicated, level-headed and is always professional both at
school board meetings and out and about town. I admire his
dedication to our children and school. He continues to make not
only a presence at school events, but is willing to pitch in
where needed. He is passionate about making Northwood School the
school all of our children deserve. Keith has listened to pleas
of our townspeople and has been a key proponent in putting full
day kindergarten within the school budget. Not by raising tax
dollars, but by looking at the needs of our students and
reallocating staff to better suit the needs of our school
without burdening the taxpayers.
He has gathered input from
parents, teachers and staff, as well as Northwood citizens about
what is working and what needs fixing. I believe he is the best
candidate for this position.
these reasons, I hope you’ll join me in giving Keith your vote
for school board on Election Day.
Northwood Sunset Selected
For 2016 Report Cover
Congratulations to Curtis Lashon! His photograph Northwood
Sunset was chosen for the cover of the 2016 Annual Town and
School Report from an interesting collection of entries
submitted by Coe-Brown Northwood Academy students. Curtis is a
senior, spending his first year at Coe-Brown having transferred
from Bishop Brady this fall. He resides in Northwood and is
interested in photography and graphic design. Two other
photographs taken by Curtis appear in this year’s report: Bird
Pole, which shows a bird house near Northwood Lake and Sunny
Sky, which depicts beautiful cloud cover.
This year’s report is dedicated to all of the Coe-Brown
Northwood Academy and Northwood School students who have
submitted photographs, drawings and paintings for inclusion in
the annual report. For the past 20 years, the town and schools
have worked together to provide a forum for students to showcase
their art on the report cover and inside pages.
Town reports are available to pick up at the town hall during
regular business hours Mon.-Fri. 8-4 and is available to view as
a document on the town website:
World Day Of Prayer
World Day of Prayer will be held on Friday, March 3, 2017, 1 pm,
at the Northwood Advent Christian Church located at 113 School
Each year WDP is focused on women’s leadership in the community
by all churches’Northwood Advent Christian, Northwood
Congregational and St. Joseph’s.
program for 2017 was written by the WDP Committee of the
Philippines. The Bible Study and worship service invite us
to explore concepts of economic justice, both in the
Philippines’ context and around the world, and our response in
light of God’s generosity.
Letter To The Editor
What about the Families…
I am that our town officials took the opportunity to pave the
Mary Waldron Beach parking lot when they were repaving Bow Lake
Road in the summer. The rain water used to come into the
beach and boat ramp areas from the road when it rained and
caused huge gullies in the beach and boat ramp.
boat owners have put up with this and tried their best to launch
without damaging their boats or trailers from the effects of
erosion. I know the Conservation Commission did not like
the paving of the parking area because asphalt does not let the
rain water permeate the ground. But it wasn’t leaching
down into the ground anyway. It was running across the
parking area causing huge gullies across the beach and ramp to
the water. Now the rain water is diverted down the road to
a culvert and into the lake.
Families who use this beach
noticed year after year the lack of sand to the point that this
year there was significant grass and weeds growing on the beach.
This beach is especially important for families of young
children. Because the beach is a natural beach with no
graduated steps to the water, mothers can better watch their
children play independently near the water’s edge. I
noticed a grandfather lying in the water with a one year old
grandchild sitting on the water’s edge. What better way
for the young and old to spend a summer afternoon. What a
wonderful developmental recreation for a baby.
consider a “yes” vote to fix Mary Waldron Beach and Boat Ramp.
Voting “yes” is a show of pride and support of our families of
Northwood and the town’s resources.
Letter To Editor
The definition of insanity is doing the
same thing over and over again and expecting a different result,
which is exactly what we are doing with the Northwood School.
Our school is ranked in the bottom third of the state’s schools
and that is hurting our children. We have an opportunity
to do something different and elect a new school board member
who will work diligently for each and every student, parent, and
taxpayer in Northwood.
I’ve know Marie Correa for 12 years
and know she would be the perfect choice for the Northwood
School Board. She is a dedicated, level-headed woman who
takes the time to do her homework to fully understand the
issues. Marie is qualified, energetic, and deeply committed to
the children, parents, and taxpayers of the Northwood community.
She is a champion of accountability, openness and transparency
and will be a tremendous asset to the Northwood School Board.
She deserves our vote.
Enough of the insanity that we have,
it is not working for our children, vote Marie Correa for
the change the Northwood School Board desperately needs.
Chesley Memorial Library News
School vacation week is upon us
so don’t forget about the museum passes at the library! We
have the following passes available: Boston Museum of Fine Arts,
Children’s Museum of NH, McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, New
Hampshire Farm Museum, Seacoast Science Center, or SEE Science
Each pass works a little differently… some let you
in free while others provide discounted admission. Call
the library at 942-5472 for updated information regarding
passes. We can also provide you with information on when to
visit the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester for free
Hello Voters of Northwood,
My name is Marie Correa
and I am running for the Northwood School Board.
background is as follows:
· Bachelors in Business
Administration from Suffolk University, Boston, MA
Certificate in Elementary Education from Salem State University,
· Taught as a Title 1 and Elementary School Teacher
in Haverhill, MA and Pittsfield, NH
· Parent of two former
students of the Northwood School System
· Started as a Title
I tutor then became the Reading Teacher for Northwood School
· Substitute Teacher throughout SAU # 44
I would like your
vote on March 14th because I would like to maintain local
control of our school by not over extending the taxpayers. If we
work together, citizens, parents and students, teachers, and
administration our children will be successful.
Letter To The Editor
Northwood voters have rejected full-day
kindergarten three consecutive years. Northwood voters
overwhelmingly rejected a full-time curriculum director last
year. Northwood voters said they didn’t want Common Core in
What was the school board’s response to
these mandates from the voters? It gave Northwood full-day
kindergarten and a full-time curriculum director, and it
implemented Common Core.
It’s time to change direction.
Please consider voting for Marie Correa for school board. She
will respect the decisions of Northwood voters.
Letter To The Editor
On our March 14th ballot, the
Northwood school board’s default school budget is over $170,000
more than the proposed new budget. Article 9 asks the
voters to let the Northwood budget committee take a good look at
the school default budget.
The default budget is
important. After voters refused the proposed budget last year,
the school is operating under the default budget amount from
last year’s ballot.
When the default budget on the ballot is
higher than it should be, it can deprive townspeople of their
power to decide not only how much of their resources should be
spent on the school, but whether new costs embedded in the
proposed budget should be rejected.
NH law requires that the
default budget include the same amounts as the current year’s
voter-approved budget for most spending. The only
exceptions are one-time expenses, which must be removed, any
expense that must be changed because of contractual situations
already approved by the voters, and legal requirements.
the challenges of decision-making about these modifications have
resulted in an erroneously high default budget? One of the
more obvious places that this seems to have happened is on the
Voters did not approve a contracted cafeteria
service in last year’s voting. But the default budget
includes $182,000 for a contracted cafeteria service, instead of
the $149,000 the voters did approve last year for an in-house
There are other questions, but, in the
cafeteria food service section alone, the default seems to be at
least $30,000 more than it ought to be under the law.
more attention to the default budget. Article 9 could
Letter To The Editor
Not Another Max
Being something of a
glutton for punishment, I spent some time re-reading the letters
of Tim Janderbeur - self-styled Grinch of the Northwood School
Board. What emerges is not an all-together attractive picture.
It has me reaching for my copy of Roget’s Thesaurus. How about
vindictive, vituperative and vain-glorious?
Some might opine
that, like sharks and lawyers, Tim is giving the Grinch a bad
name. Especially because in the Seuss fable, the charity and
kindness of the Whos in Whoville causes his heart to grow “three
sizes that day.”
But in our case, it may get worse.
seat is open on the School Board. And with member Brie Gunter
already playing Max (the reluctantly-antlered dog) to Tim’s
Grinch, that seat tips the balance.
One candidate has already
tipped her hand. Marie Correa joined Tim, Mike Faiella, and Joe
McCaffrey in petitioning for a secret ballot at the School
Deliberative Session. While perfectly legit and while Mr.
Faiella professes never to have seen this as ploy to extend the
meeting until those in attendance with kids and/or jobs went
home, it seemed to many of us that this was its intent.
other candidate, Keith McGuigan, on the other hand, has chaired
the Board with patience and integrity. Joined by Ms. Barbie
Hartford and Officer Shane Wells, they have brought in to the
school a new and promising administration. And he has sought to
counter – sometimes with poetry! – Tim’s negativity, published
Tim is a “my way or the highway” kind of guy. We don’t
want to be taken down that road. Re-elect Keith McGuigan to the
School Board, and keep the Board in the hands of those who want
to continue to restore and build.
Letter To The Editor
Wow! “Free” education... oh but wait...
it’s an “investment” don’t you know. You invest nothing and you
get nothing much. I suppose we can all agree that a good
education is a valuable thing to have. (This applies to adults
too.) There is good education that enables one to be a
productive AND competent citizen. Though productive is not
enough, for without a well-educated (and moral) citizenry
Liberty will perish, the Founders warned us. But that’s not what
the FDK advocates want you to pay for. They want the children
better “socialized” and trained to handle the next eight years
of confused Common Core “education.” The reason the 8 years
don’t work so well, we are told, is the absence of kindergarten!
By what logic is there going to be a miracle? It will be run by
the same people and pedagogy that produce a seriously
underperforming Elementary School now, compliant with Common
Core. This is absurd.
The majority of the school board has
gone along with this, most specifically Mr. McGuigan, who on
several occasions has told us “he knows better” than the
majority of people paying the bills. I suggest he doesn’t know
better. Knowing doesn’t come from ignorance of a subject. He
admitted to not knowing about Common Core when he ran the first
time, he “would defer to The Experts.” The experts clearly
don’t know how to make this a better school.
We need to move
towards a vision of an Excellent school and Marie Correa is one
of the few people to run for school board who understands this.
We need to start making some changes for the better. Vote for
Letter To The Editor
As educators living in
Northwood, we support the re-election of Keith McGuigan to
theNorthwood School Board.
During his tenure as Chairman, he
has providedvision and leadership to improve our school and the
education itprovides to our children. Join us in voting for
Keith on Tuesday,March 14.
Youth Financial Preparedness Incentive
For the second year in
a row the 7th grade math class will be participating in The
Youth Financial Preparedness Incentive (an activity on how to
prepare our youth for financial responsibility). For quarters 3
and 4 of the school year, 7th grade students will be given a
checkbook that they will have to keep track of for the rest of
the year. They will be keeping a check register, balancing a
checkbook, writing checks, depositing money in the form of a
point and checks (not actual currency).
At this time, our
math teacher, Mrs. Clemons, is accepting donations for the
students to bid on with the “money” they earned and saved during
this project. If you would like to help with this project or
know of a business that could help, please email Mrs. Clemons
Mrs. Clemons would also like to take this opportunity to thank
the donors from last year:
Canobie Lake, Chuckster’s, Cookies
By Design (Exeter), Deerfield Fair, Edible Arrangements
(Portsmouth), Flight Club, Funspot, GameStop (Woodbury Ave.,
Portsmouth), Hannafords (Northwood), Hilltop Fun Center, Kume
(Epping), McDonald’s (Epsom & Lee), National Wrecker, New
England Dragway, Piece Time Puzzle, Vertical Dreams, Nina Knapp,
Ms. Hermenau, Last years 7th grade parents, Ms. Feiden, Hermina
Cresta (Mrs. Clemons’s late grandmother)