Northwood NH News

January 10, 2018


Congratulations to Megan Spainhower of Northwood, a member of the Colby-Sawyer College class of 2020, majoring nursing, for making the fall semester Dean’s List. To qualify for the Dean’s List, students must achieve a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale while carrying a minimum of 12 credit hours in graded courses.



Letter To The Editor


To the Editor,

I am a founding member of the School District Governance Association, and an officer. We are a group comprised of like-minded school board and budget committee members that are unhappy with the cost of educating our children and the quality of that education. At a seminar in November over budgeting issues, one of the speakers (there were several including State Representative Karen Umberger) made a profound statement.


“Interestingly, school districts with disciplined budgeting almost always have the highest academic results. The discipline seems to cross lines resulting in positive results across the board,  i.e. financially, educationally, public and personnel relations.” We were given Bedford, NH as an example. There is one closer.


The Nottingham Budget Committee met with the school board and SAU three times to go over draft Nottingham School budgets. A final budget will be presented to the residents of Nottingham, giving them an opportunity to have a say. After that, the Budget Committee will further discuss the budget, maybe amend it, and finally approve it.


In Northwood, well, we do it differently. The Northwood Budget Committee met with the school board and SAU one time. In one hour and seven minutes they, without making one cent of change, rubber stamped the $11,830,426 school budget. Now they will have a public hearing, after the budget has been approved. Don’t bother going. It’s a waste of your time.


Interestingly, Nottingham’s cost per student is near $3,000 less than ours, they are in the top tier of K-8 schools and their tax rate is far less than ours. In the ‘09/‘10 year we had 726 students and our budget was $12,035,197. This year it is $11,919,337 and we have 616 students. So our student count went down 15% but our budget less than 1%.


Tim Jandebeur




This Weekend’s LRPA After Dark Feature: 

1932’s “Rain”


Join Lakes Region Public Access Television at 10:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday night (January 12 & 13) for our “LRPA After Dark” presentation of 1932’s melodrama “Rain,” starring Joan Crawford and Walter Huston. 


“Rain” opens in idyllic Pago Pago, located on the Pacific island of Tutuila. Life goes on there as it always has. One day, a boat arrives with various passengers, including the puritanical and moralistic missionaries Alfred and Martha Davidson (Huston and Beulah Bondi), as well as Sadie Thompson (Crawford), a “woman of ill repute” who has traveled from Honolulu looking for adventure and good times. A suspected cholera outbreak forces the passengers to remain quarantined ashore. There’s only one cramped hotel on Pago Pago, so all of the ship’s passengers must stay there together. One of the shipmates introduces Sadie to some Marines stationed on the island, and they welcome her with open arms. Sadie has brought along her Victrola and plays jazz day and night, dancing and carrying on with the Marines, one in particular who begins to fall in love with her. The nonstop festivities are more than the Davidsons can stand. Alfred intervenes, attempting to convert Sadie and save her mortal soul from eternal damnation. At first, he is unsuccessful, and conflict ensues. Will Sadie change her wicked ways? And what happens to the lives of those around her if she does?


In its day, “Rain” was both a critical and box office flop. Crawford took the role hoping that it would prove her acting skills, but it seemed that no one wanted to see her cast against type. At that early point in her career, Crawford played women who were honest, virtuous and hardworking.  She herself later wrote about this role, “I hope they burn every print that’s in existence!” But eight decades later, critics and fans agree that the film and its performances are quite powerful, particularly for their time. “Rain” was an adaptation of a play by W. Somerset Maugham. It was first performed by in London and then later on Broadway and created quite the scandal in its day. The story was made into two other films: 1928’s silent “Sadie Thompson,” with Gloria Swanson and Lionel Barrymore, and 1953’s highly sanitized “Miss Sadie Thompson,” with Rita Hayworth and José Ferrer. The 1932 version is the closest to Maugham’s play, and the one that was made during that brief period of time known as Hollywood’s “Pre-Code” years, between 1929 (the advent of talking pictures) and 1934 (the strict enforcement of the Motion Picture Production Code). “Rain” has a frank sensuality that is lacking in the other adaptations, and portrays Sadie Thompson as exactly what she was: a prostitute with an unsavory past. So is “Rain” a gem or a flop? You be the judge! Grab your popcorn and meet us after dark for this tropical Pre-Code drama.



Northwood Rec News


With all of the holiday hustle and bustle over, the Recreation Commission wanted to say thank you to all that helped us make the season even brighter.


We started our annual Holiday Lights contest. Although only three won the contest, many participated and all enjoyed the light displays. We hope more families join the fun next year.


Santa’s Parade was a huge hit! With help from Northwood Police and Northwood Fire and Rescue, Santa was escorted around town with much fanfare. It was wonderful to see so many families along the parade route waving to Santa!


The annual tree lighting party was an afternoon filled with fun and games. Children were able to sit on Santa’s lap, and rattle off their Christmas list. There were games, crafts and cookies to decorate too. The event ended with caroling by the town tree.


Tootsie, the town elf was sent down from the North Pole too! She was welcomed by many, into their yards. With the amount of selfies would think she would have gotten a “big” head. She has since returned to the North Pole, but plans on returning next season.


Lastly, the town ice skating rink has been installed. This is sure to provide lots of enjoyment to the families of Northwood.


We have many more fun events and activities planned for 2018. However, these all require volunteers. If you would like to help us make Northwood even better, please consider helping out too.



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Northwood Recreation Commission  Town Ice Skating Rink


Northwood Recreation Commission is pleased to announce the opening of the town ice skating rink, located at the Recreation Fields on Route 4. 


A huge thanks goes to the volunteers that helped make this happen! The selectmen and fire department, as well as many townspeople, have created our very own winter wonderland right here in Northwood, for all to enjoy!


A hockey net, has also been lent to the recreation department for those that want to bring along their stick. We are currently looking for another net, if you have one that you’re willing to lend, please let us know. Volunteers are needed after each storm to help shovel off the rink, and surrounding picnic tables. If you are able to help, grab your shovel and head on over.


So, Northwood families grab your skates and fill up the thermos with cocoa; and go to the rink and have some fun!



Northwood Congregational Church Epiphany Arts Festival


January 7 through February 11 and Coffee House Sunday January 21, 3:00 - 5:00 pm, Northwood Congregational Church, 881 First NH Turnpike, Northwood NH


The Northwood Congregational Church Epiphany Arts Festival for 2018 is back by popular demand.


The Epiphany Arts Festival visual arts display will return in all its glory on Epiphany Sunday, January 7 th and will run through and be taken down directly after worship service on Sunday, February 11 th , three days before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. Epiphany is also known as Three Kings Day and commemorates the day that the three kings arrived at the birthplace of baby Jesus after having followed the star in the Eastern sky for many days. They showered the infant Jesus with the gifts they had bought, gold and frankincense and myrrh and so we, to honor the occasion and celebrate the season of Epiphany, will showcase the artistic gifts of our church family including but not limited to: photographs, sculpture, paintings, poetry, jewelry, drawings, wood work, pottery, calligraphy, needlework, knitting, quilting etc.


To enhance the Epiphany Arts Festival, the church is also hosting a coffee house on Sunday January 21. Church family and friends will share their gifts of music and writing from 3:00 – 5:00 pm in the Northwood Congregational Church fellowship hall. Coffee, tea, cookies and other snacks will be provided.


Donations will be accepted but not necessary.



Northwood Santa’s Helpers


Thank you to the citizens, businesses and organizations of Northwood for your support to make the 2017 Northwood Santa’s Helpers program another success.


We sincerely appreciate your generous donations of toys, gift cards, warm fleece blankets and so many wonderful gifts that made it possible to brighten the lives of 38 Northwood children this this year.  Cash donations were used to purchase winter clothing, especially needed with our rapid change in temperature.  Your thoughtfulness and caring has made a difference for these children and their families as they expressed their thanks when your gifts were delivered. We can just image their delight as they ripped open the wrapped packages (each labeled with the child’s name from Santa) and found their wonderful surprise gifts.


Thank you for helping to make this community project possible. The members of Northwood Fire-Rescue Association and the families you assisted, wish you and your families a happy, safe and healthy 2018.












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