Northwood CrankPullers Snowmobile Club is hosting it’s annual
Snowmobile WaterCross races at Lake Shore Farm in Northwood, N.H
on Sunday, September 17, 2017. There is lots going on this
year, so bring your family and lawn chairs and get ready for
some great fun or load up your sled and participate. Adults
$8.00, kids 12 and under FREE, as always, we will have lots of
great food as well as club memberships and apparel. Visit our
for more details and guidelines on this event. A
reminder how much we appreciate our landowners and are always
looking for new members. Hope to see you there!!
Gates open @7am, registration 7-9am and the racing will start
Letter To The Editor
Sadly, it is not over. The student busing saga is ongoing, but
this too will pass. Normalcy will again reign. While it is
extremely sad to hear all of the criticism of the Northwood
School Board it is very appropriate.
There should be a critique, an examination, a post mortem, an
independent after-event study of this debacle. This was (sorry
is) a classic example of passing the buck and of poor
management, the likes of which I’ve never seen. The Board
completely ceded all local control and decision making to Dr.
Gadomski and he violated every managerial and best practice
policy by running a one man show.
usual, School Board policies were ignored. Dr. Gadomski
negotiated with everybody including the teachers and support
staff unions completely bypassing our teacher and support staff
negotiating teams. Where was our Business Manager? Where is our
bond protection? Why weren’t there public hearings earlier, and
frankly why didn’t parents get involved sooner? Why wouldn’t the
“drivers” negotiate with the Board? Why would a bookkeeper with
no real bookkeeping experience be hired by the SAU? What did the
negotiator for the “drivers” want? Where was the Board when Dr.
Gadomski needed us to rubber stamp his negotiations? Why was he,
for the last month and a half, calling for Board meetings
instead of the chair and vice chair.
There is a lot more, but you’ll probably let it go until the
next crisis. For me, the most memorial highlight is once again
from Ms. Hartford. I believe her yelling at the crowd of
Northwood citizens, parents, and taxpayers (what a dozen
times?), “if you have questions call Dr. Gadomski.” Says it all,
Northwood School Board
Dear Northwood Community,
we begin our second year working in Northwood, we would like to
take the opportunity to say how proud we are of this community
and Northwood School staff! Even in the face of adversity there
has been a sense of determination and perseverance. Every member
of Northwood School and SAU 44 has offered to help in any
capacity they could, no matter what it entails.
Working with a staff so dedicated is rare; we are lucky to call
them colleagues. Thank you, Northwood School staff members and
Northwood community members for showing such heart and
resilience to make sure our kids succeed. This is what makes
Northwood such a special town!
Jocelyn Young, Principal and Adrian Alford, Assistant Principal
Northwood Historical Society program
With great pleasure, the Northwood Historical Society is pleased
to announce the return of John Porter to present his program,
“Interesting Features of New Hampshire Barns.” This program is
a follow up to the program he presented last year on “The
History of Agriculture as Told by Barns.”
John’s program will be on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, at the
Northwood Community Hall, starting at 7:00 PM. This illustrated
Power Point talk will show various features of old New Hampshire
barns, including many things we take for granted when describing
old barns like: cupolas, cow stable, hay forks, barn bridges,
built-in accessories, shuttle holes, etc.
John Porter was raised on a dairy farm in Lebanon, NH. He
graduated for the University of New Hampshire with a B.S. Degree
in Animal Science, then went on to get a Master’s Degree from
Cornell University in Animal Nutrition and Farm Management, and
later got another Master’s Degree from Bob Jones University in
Education Administration. He served as a Dairy Specialist for
the UNH Cooperative Extension from 1974 until his retirement in
2006. He still works part-time for UNH and operates his own
consulting company, Farm Planning Services, LLC. In 2001, he
co-authored the book “Preserving Old Barns.” in 2007, was
editor and contributing author of “The History and Economics of
the New Hampshire Dairy Industry” and in 2011, was contributing
author of “Crosscurrents of Change,” an updated history of
hope you will mark your calendars to attend this FREE AND OPEN
TO THE PUBLIC program that we know will be interesting,
informative and entertaining.
This Weekend’s LRPA After Dark Feature:
1943’s “The Outlaw”
Join Lakes Region Public Access Television at 10:30 p.m. this
Friday and Saturday night (September 8 & 9) for our “LRPA After
Dark” presentation of 1943’s gripping Western “The Outlaw,”
starring Jane Russell, Walter Houston, Thomas Mitchell and Jack
Sheriff Pat Garrett (Mitchell) is pleased to greet his old
friend Doc Holliday (Huston) as he arrives at the Lincoln, New
Mexico train depot. Doc is there to search for his horse Red,
who has been stolen by none other than Billy the Kid (Beutel).
Garrett tries to arrest Billy, but Doc takes a liking to the
young gunslinger – much to Garrett’s displeasure. Things take a
turn for the worse after Billy is shot and Doc hides him at the
home of his girlfriend, Rio McDonald (Russell). The two soon
fall for one another. This love triangle comes to a head when
Garrett needs the help of the two gunslingers during an Indian
attack. But in the end, who will win the heart of the sultry
Rio? And what’s to become of Doc’s trusty steed Red?
“The Outlaw” has the distinction of being directed and produced
by none other than the illusive millionaire Howard Hughes, who
wanted his film to be the “Western to break all the conventions
of the Westerns.” Hughes did create a film that is upfront and
unapologetic about the relationship between Rio and Billy, so
much so that the Hayes Office strongly objected to the film’s
“racy dialogue and situations.” Hughes defied the Hayes Code,
making “The Outlaw” the first American film to do so. The movie
may best be remembered as the debut of the gorgeous Jane
Russell. Hughes worked with a Hollywood publicist to turn
Russell’s “assets” into box office gold. The teaser billboards
for “The Outlaw” featured Russell in a seductive pose, wearing a
low-cut blouse while reclining on a haystack, with a caption
that read, “What are the two reasons for Jane Russell’s rise to
stardom?” Indeed, “The Outlaw” is the film that made her a star.
So grab your popcorn and join LRPA after dark for this lusty
Western from the past.
Letter To Editor
BOS didn’t give any reason for refusing my request to join the
recycling committee, just an emphatic “not gonna happen” from DJ
Hodgdon. Not very eloquent, but that seems to be his style.
wonder why he has such a problem with the transfer station; he
doesn’t want to move forward at all. I also wonder why the other
two have nothing to say, probably easier to let a bully have his
way, than to confront him.
worked at the transfer station, and professes to know a lot
about it. You would think he would want all the help he could
get. He quit the transfer station, by the way. Could this be his
Anyway, now the BOS wants to disband the recycling committee
altogether! This is an advisory board. It has no power! The
selectmen should be grateful to have a group of people willing
to give their time and energy trying to move forward with
get the feeling the BOS wants no interference from anyone. If
running this town is none of our business, what does that make
us? If getting involved turns into a confrontation, is it worth
it? Make it as difficult as possible and people will give up!
SOME WILL, SOME WON’T.
Till next time,
Letter To Editor
ready for a hard rain.
was reassured by the headline in David Brooks’ article in the
8/31 Monitor: “A hurricane like Harvey very unlikely in N.H.”
But a closer reading leaves cause for concern.
While it is very unlikely that any hurricane will arrive in New
Hampshire and linger long enough to drop over 50 inches of rain
as Harvey did in Texas, hurricanes and tropical storms will
come. And given our hilly terrain that concentrates the rain,
flooding will follow.
Remember Irene in 2011 that did such damage to roads and bridges
in Vermont? It took only 3-7 inches in eastern Vermont to do
Mother’s Day Flood of 2006 dropped less than 9 inches of rain on
Concord over 3 days, but this was enough cause flooding along
the Merrimack and to close over 600 roads. Also of concern were
dams in Milton and Newmarket, among others. And in Epsom, the
Suncook River took a new course.
Brooks does not go back to the Hurricane of 1938, and project
what a similar storm might do in a so much more heavily built
up and populated New Hampshire.
Take a drive along Route 1A through Rye and Hampton and wonder
how those oceanfront homes will fare, to say nothing of the
Seabrook nuclear plant. Who thought that was a great place for a
nuclear reactor? The same people who built Fukushima?
people of Texas are paying a terrible price for the foolish
decisions of politicians and the petro-chemical industry that
roads, bridges and dams are not in great shape. I call upon our
representatives to devote more resources to their maintenance
and upgrading. In a warmer world,“a hard rain is gonna fall.”