Northwood NH News

January 31, 2018


Letter To The Editor


To the Editor,

Sacred Cow; an idea, custom, or institution held, especially unreasonably, to be above criticism. Coe-Brown Northwood Academy.


I just got off the phone with a grandmother who has less than a stellar view of CB or our new superintendent. Personally I’m still smarting from learning that Nottingham was able to negotiate a much better deal from CB than Northwood. Just so you know. I cannot, of course, talk about the Grandmother’s issue, but I can in generalities.


Coe-Brown is an excellent high school for college bound students. Every college bound student in NH should go to CB, I told Headmaster Smith. It is all that CB cares about. Most all of their effort, money, strategy and schooling goes to that endeavor. To a fault.


I break public education into four categories, college bound, votech (trades like plumbing, electric, landscaping, construction), special education and alternative education. CB for college prep is top rate. I feel that they push it too far. There is more college debt than charge card debt. But for votech and special education students there is far better available for Northwood students. Dover for instance is the Regional Technical Center and our students can go there. My daughter did and we feel that she received a  much better education there than being lost at CB. Finally, CB doesn’t have alternative education. Those students are put in a room above the SAU with a computer. A tragedy.


About a third of Nottingham students go to Dover.


We have many graduated CB students in Northwood who can barely read, rite (sic) or do rithmetic (sic), the three R’s. Taxpayers paid about $60,000 for that. No refunds.


Tim Jandebeur




CBNA FFA Chapter Attends FFA Winter Leadership Camp

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CBNA FFA Members at the FFA Winter Leadership Camp. Left to right: Front Row: Courtney Gervais, Bailey Travers, State President Sydney Wilson (CBNA Class of ‘16), Elizabeth Parece, Ashley Gatchell. Back Row:  Tucker Hill, Patrick Murray, Colin Gollihur, Tyler Millette, and Joe Garcia


Members of the Coe-Brown Northwood Academy Much-To-Do FFA chapter, along with advisors Charles Whitten and Sarah Ward, recently attended FFA Winter Leadership Camp, a two day camp focused on Personal Growth and Leadership Skills, presented by Corey Flournoy, former National FFA President and the New Hampshire State FFA Officer team.


Located at Camp Brookwoods in Alton, NH, FFA members from across the state gathered together to learn more about themselves in order to learn the skills necessary to grow to be better agriculture leaders.  Students participated in individual, small group and large group activities and to learn life skills in cooperation, sharing, role modelling and more.


The students truly enjoyed this experience because it gave them an opportunity to meet with other FFA members across the state in a non-competitive atmosphere helping to foster friendships and future agricultural connections.



CBNA Announces Poetry Out Loud Contest


On Thursday, February 1, 2018, at 6 pm in the Gerrish Gym, twenty Coe-Brown students will participate in this year’s Coe-Brown Northwood Academy Poetry Out Loud school contest as part of the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest, presented in partnership with the NH Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Poetry Foundation. This program is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition.


The CBNA winner will advance to the regional competition. New Hampshire’s champion will then advance to the Poetry Out Loud National Finals in Washington, DC, where $50,000 in awards and school stipends will be distributed.


This event is free and open to the public.



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 (February 2 & 3) for our “LRPA After Dark” presentation of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1936 espionage thriller “Sabotage,” starring Sylvia Sidney, Oscar Homolka and John Loder, followed by some vintage cartoons!


All 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 sabotage?


The 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.



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These Northwood School students earned a “camping experience” in their classroom because of their hard work and following expected behavior. Way to go, Mrs. Bongiovanni’s class!




Anne M. White


Northwood: Anne Maria (McCarthy) White, 94, of Rand Road died at her home following a lengthy illness.


She was born in Trealow, Wales, Great Britain, the daughter of Timothy and Catherine (O’Flynn) McCarthy.  She was raised in London, England where she met her late husband, David White, a US Army Corpsman during WWII.  They were married in Pittsfield, NH following the war. 


She is survived by three daughters, Christine Burton and husband, Gary, of Meredith, NH; Carole Dennis and husband, John Efroymson, of Ithaca, NY; and Catherine McLean and husband, Donald, of Milford, NH; eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren; a brother, Desmond McCarthy of Boca Raton, FL.


A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Saturday, January 27th at St. Joseph’s Church in Northwood.  Father John MacKenzie, Pastor, officiated. Burial will be in the Pine Grove Cemetery, Manchester at a later date. 


In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to CRVNA, Hospice Program, 33 Pillsbury Street, Concord, NH 03301.  The Waters Funeral Home, David Pollard Director, is assisting the family with arrangements.












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