Northwood NH News

October 17, 2018


Letter To The Editor


Rarely do I find politics a pleasant activity but I always make an effort to cast my vote.  This year, I am excited about David Coursin’s candidacy for Northwood’s State Representative.  I know David to be a true moderate when making difficult decisions.  He is a person who genuinely cares about people and the community where he lives.  He engages in discussions with people because he wants to understand how others think about current issues.  Dr. Coursin is new to the political arena and that is especially refreshing.  I believe he wants to make sure that local towns and municipalities in NH are not overly burdened by fiscal priorities at the state level.  


I have known David Coursin since he moved to Northwood.  I know how earnest he is about assuring that dwindling resources are equitably distributed.  He cares deeply about the quality of our public schools, our healthcare issues, the environment, and public safety.  Because David wants to hear from his constituents during this campaign, I am certain he will be an excellent home town listener in the future.


I hope that you will join me by voting for David Coursin.  That said, the most important thing right now is for all of us to get to the polls and vote.  With all of the internal strife our nation has experienced during the past several years, it is critical that we all stand up for what we believe.  David Coursin is working hard to do his civic duty.  We need to do the same.  Be part of the solution.


Susan Curtis




Letter To The Editor


The wonderful, magical $18,000 gate that the selectmen decided the highway dept. desperately needed to keep highwaymen and heathens from stealing our trash, is now $1,038 over budget. I’m sure that’s not where it will top off, but I’ll certainly keep you posted. 


Several people have suggested starting a pool similar to a football pool, but the winner of this pool would be the person who came closest to the date of the first break-down of our wonderful, magical gate. 


If we taxpayers have so little say in what our selectmen do and how they waste our hard-earned money, perhaps we should have a raffle every week so we could use the money to do the things that need doing to keep our town in better shape. 


Or better yet, come election time let’s be careful who we vote for. Maybe this time we can do a much better job than we’ve done in the past. 


On another note, I’d like to know how many people feel that we don’t need a town administrator. Wouldn’t an executive secretary suffice? The board of selectmen hasn’t listened to any suggestions or taken any advice from the last two we’ve had, so why not save a considerable amount of money and get an executive secretary that they can browbeat and not listen to? Maybe that should be a warrant article this year. 


I hear Tammy’s coming back as temporary administrator and that the board is planning to advertise the job in-house before putting it in the paper so that it will be easier for her to apply for the position full-time. 


What more could they possibly do before we stand up and say “no more!”?


Til Next Time

Viena Dow



LRPA After Dark Celebrates Halloween With Its Third Annual “Shocktoberfest,” A Month Of Scary Cinema!

This Weekend’s Feature: 1968’s “Night of the Living Dead”


It’s baaaaack! Throughout October, join Lakes Region Public Access Television each Friday and Saturday night at 10:30 p.m. for LRPA After Dark’s 3rd Annual “Shocktoberfest,” a scary celebration of vintage horror films. This weekend (October 19 & 20), we screen the granddaddy of all zombie movies: 1968’s horror masterpiece “Night of the Living Dead,” directed by George A. Romero and starring a cast of unknowns who would instantly become cult stars, including Judith O’Dea and Duane Jones. 


The plot of “Night of the Living Dead” is very straightforward. Barbara (O’Dea) and her brother Johnny are visiting their father’s grave and get attacked by a strange man. Johnny is badly hurt, but Barbara manages to get away and barricades herself in a nearby abandoned house. By this time, several other ominous, shuffling figures have joined the original attacker and are trying to break into the house. A man named Ben (Jones) fights off the hoard and joins Barbara inside. He explains what’s happening – that radiation has caused the dead to rise from their graves and eat the living!  Soon, Ben and Barbara discover that there are other people hiding in the house, including a teenaged couple and a family with a young daughter who has been attacked by one of the undead. What will happen to our survivors? Will they make it out alive?


While not the first zombie movie ever made  -- films featuring the undead have been around since the 1930s --  “Night of the Living Dead” is considered one of (if not the) most influential horror films ever made, and laid down ground rules for the zombie subgenre that are followed to this day. (Example: the only way to kill a zombie is to destroy its brain.) George Romero shot this film in 30 days for less than $115,000. Many of the cast also served as crew, makeup artists, production workers and even investors. It was a hit with film goers, who had never seen anything like it.  But many critics really didn’t know what to make of this low-budget movie that broke so many taboos, was brutal in its gory simplicity, and featured a young, handsome and courageous African American male as its lead. It was a lot to consider in 1968, and 50 years later, “Night of the Living Dead” still has the power to shock and terrify viewers. In 1999, “Night of the Living Dead” was inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress, and made the American Film Institute’s list of the 100 most thrilling horror films of all time. It’s as classic as it gets! So grab your candy corn and join LRPA after dark for this chilling, ghoulish freak show of a film.


Mark your calendars for our final Halloween treat:

October 26 & 78: 1964’s “Spider Baby”



Letter To The Editor

All Tricks and No Treats


David Coursin wrote an editorial for the Concord Monitor titled “Let’s Redefine What It Means To Be Pro-Gun.” In this editorial, David creates an alternate reality where he labels himself, and other gun control extremists, “pro-gun,” and then labels actual pro-gun folks the “push back minority.” This is why David continues to misrepresent himself as “pro-gun.”  Make no mistake, David is pro-GUN CONTROL. 


David Coursin also wrote another editorial for the Concord Monitor titled “Let The NRA Feel Our Strength” where he lists twelve of his steps for his extreme gun control agenda. Repealing constitutional carry, mandatory waiting periods, registries for guns (as well as ammo and ballistics), stopping reciprocity agreements and having credit card companies limit their services on firearm and accessory purchases to name just a few. This is extreme gun control.


Why is David hiding the truth? Why won’t he post his own editorials?  Why won’t he post the speeches on extreme gun control he has given with extreme gun control groups like Moms Demand and Gun Sense?  What else is David hiding?


The real Northwood pro-gun community knows David is a gun control extremist, he’s not fooling us with his “pro-gun” mask, don’t let him fool you, it’s a trick not a treat!


Cheryl Dean



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A beautiful poem was written and artwork to depict the poem was submitted by a 3rd grader at Northwood School.



Trunk Or Treat

Submitted By The Northwood Recreation Commission


Attention Northwood Residents! Trunk or Treat is on Saturday, October 27th at 4 pm at the Route 4 Athletic Fields! We’re very excited to see everyone’s costumes and decorated trunks. Our Spooky Walk will be the Spookiest yet! We’re even adding a daylight pumpkin walk for little ones. 


Our Trunk or Treat has gotten so big that we kindly ask that if you are NOT decorating a trunk, that you bring a bag of candy as donation at the entrance. There will also be a box for candy donations at the town hall if anyone not attending  would like to contribute. It would be greatly appreciated!


Without volunteers, we couldn’t pull off such a large event. We’re still looking for parking attendants, help setting up and breaking down, and spooky walk actors. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions!


We look forward to seeing you October 27th! 



Letter To The Editor

Bike Safe Card?


One of the great things about running for office is that people are interested in what your opinions are.


One of the more interesting surveys I received came from NHMRO - New Hampshire Motorcyclists’ Rights Organization. They want to know if I “support NH’s long standing tradition of freedom of choice on the issue of wearing a motorcycle helmet.”


Let me answer that by saying that I fell out of a tree in 1991 and shattered my knee cap. I had to travel for business a lot at that time, and I became a big fan of the Americans with Disabilities Act.


But what many of you take for granted - unless you’ve been incapacitated - was fought in Congress when it was proposed by two handicapped World War II veterans, Senators Bob Dole and Daniel Inouye. Expensive government regulation was the cry.


Fortunately for you and me, it passed, and has made America a more livable country.


So I’m not opposed to government regulation, especially when it supports clean air, clean water and workplace safety.


And speaking of safety, let’s look at the helmet issue. Plenty of research shows - and common sense tells us - that when the skull hits the pavement, bad things result. But NHMRO’s slogan is “Let those who ride decide.”


My slogan: “Let those who pay have a say.”


If all motorcyclists carried catastrophic medical insurance, I would have no problem with them riding helmetless. But they don’t, in many instances. And if they end up in a vegetative state, we pick up the bill.


A similar issue is the cost of rescues in the White Mountains. Dumb hikers are billed for the cost of their rescue, unless they buy a $25 Hike Safe card. Maybe we could do something like this for bikers.


Tom Chase


Candidate for Rockingham Co.

House District 32



Letter To The Editor


I was surprised to find a false page on Facebook using the title of my real campaign page.  My page had to pass Facebook scrutiny as a campaign candidate page with a confirmed email address, so I didn’t understand how another one could appear as a public, visible page.


My page is entitled David Coursin for State Representative, but the other differs by one letter. It’s entitled David Coursin “F”or State Representative with an upper case “F” as the only difference.


It contains repeats of the well-worn misrepresentations about me that have appeared around town and a defaced version of my photo of me with my campaign sign.  The only contact information is an anonymous Facebook messenger address so I don’t know who is responsible.


It’s a striking example of how political positions can be attacked without any ownership by the perpetrator. It’s a variation on attacks that appeared on my real campaign page by individuals that kept repeating the same falsehoods, more and more intensely, to a threatening point.


In that case, I was able to moderate their negative impact on honest discussion by reviewing comments. In the case of the anonymous, false Facebook page, I can’t do anything personally about it.


I can do something about overcoming the negativity and intentional misrepresentations it’s designed to spread.  I’ll continue to talk directly to as many townspeople as I can, knowing they will make their own decisions.  And voters in Northwood, Republican, Democrat, and Independent, can do something about it by rejecting this style of politicking in Northwood.


David Coursin




Opening Of New Trails In Northwood

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Wini Young by a boulder on the Boulder Loop trail.

Photo credit: Andrew Weeks


On November 10 members of the Northwood Conservation Commission will lead a hike through the new trails on the Guptill Lamprey Pasture Conservation Area and the Coe-Brown Academy Mead Lot conservation easement.  Access to the trails is through the Northwood Meadows State Park, so we will meet at the parking lot there at 9:00am.The 101 acre Guptill Lamprey Pasture Conservation Area was purchased by the town in 2011 using funds from the Conservation Commission’s conservation fund.


Conservation commission members have been working on the trails during the past year. Wini Young designed the routes for the six loop trails off the old Guptill logging road, made signs and blazed the trails and another member has done the cutting and trimming with Wini and several volunteers adding their efforts clearing and grubbing stumps. The trail system has many special features including a boulder field, a majestic stand of pines, a brook , Demon Pond, ledges topped by a stone wall, granite outcroppings, a west view of Fort Mountain, a huge wolf pine with 10 trunks, hemlock groves and an east view of Swains Lake and the ridge beyond. All loop trails are short and easy. The total hike of all trails will be five miles. Please see the map posted on the town’s website. If you explore on your own, there are maps posted in the trail system but it is always best to carry your own. Trails are color-coded with signs at both ends of each loop trail and all loop trails begin and end on the very distinct Guptill Road.  Be aware that wearing orange in the woods is a wise precaution. Muzzleloader season for deer is Nov.3 -13 and regular firearms season  is Nov.14- Dec 9. in the park and the new trail area.












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