Northwood NH News

October 24, 2018


Congratulations to Joel Boulanger, a Finance major from Northwood, who is among 700 students in Coastal Carolina University’s new Honors College.



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

This Weekend’s Feature: 1968’s “Spider Baby”


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 26 & 27), we close out the month with a cult classic from 1968: “Spider Baby,” starring Lon Chaney, Jr., Carol Ohmart, Beverly Washburn, Jill Banner, Sid Haig and Quinn Redeker. 


On the outskirts of town, a rundown mansion houses the Merrye family: three young adults named Ralph (Haig), Elizabeth (Washburn), and Virginia (Banner), plus an elderly aunt and uncle who live in the basement. They suffer from a genetic degenerative brain disease – “Merrye Syndrome” -- that leaves them demented, regressively childlike, and occasionally murderous. Since the death of the siblings’ father, the family has been looked after by their loyal chauffeur and caretaker, Bruno (Chaney), who loves them despite their many issues. Bruno protects them from the outside world as best as he can, but the progressive nature of their disease makes it harder and harder to cover up their misdeeds. The family’s secretive existence is shattered by the arrival of distant relatives Emily (Ohmart) and Peter (Redeker), along with their lawyer and his assistant. The greedy cousins have learned of Mr. Merrye’s death, and hope to gain possession of the mansion. The siblings don’t trust these outsiders, believing that they want to split up the family. The cousins insist on spending the night at the mansion. When Bruno leaves to run some errands, the visitors get an unforgettable lesson on just what the “Merrye Syndrome” is all about. Will everyone make it out of the mansion alive?


In an article for Turner Classic Movies, film critic Richard Harland Smith wrote, “Regardless of what may have inspired it or what subsequent films it may have influenced, “Spider Baby” remains very much its own animal.” Perhaps no truer words have ever been written about this blackly comedic horror film. “Spider Baby” has no graphic violence or nudity, but its creepy atmosphere and sexual innuendo definitely leave an impression upon its viewer. Director Jack Hill, a protégé of filmmaker Roger Corman and a UCLA film school classmate of Francis Ford Coppola,  shot this film in a mere 12 days for $65,000. He got great performances from his cast, including the very young Sid Haig, who went onto a successful career in horror films, and particularly Lon Chaney, Jr., who many critics felt gave the performance of his career. Quentin Tarantino has listed Hill’s movies (including the “Blaxploitation” films “Coffy” and “Foxy Brown”) as being influential on his own. “Spider Baby” was shot in 1964, but sat unreleased for nearly four years due to bankruptcy and distribution problems. It was eventually released to drive-in theaters with other campy classics such as “Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors.” Many filmgoers and critics of its day had no idea what to make of it, but more than 50 years after its debut, “Spider Baby” is rightly considered a cult classic. This film can still divide an audience – viewers either love it or hate it. Watch it for yourself and choose a side! So grab your candy corn and join LRPA after dark for this funny, freaky and frightening film from the past.





Dear friends,

My name is Terry Roy and I am running for the District 32 State Representative seat that covers Northwood, Candia, Deerfield and Nottingham. I have two decades of experience in law enforcement as well as having served in the U. S. Army during the Cold War and Persian Gulf War with the 3rd Armored Division. I live in Deerfield and am a recently retired stay-at-home dad for my 13 year-old son. 


I have a starkly different view of this job than my opponent. I believe that this is a volunteer position to represent your interests in Concord vs a platform for imposing my views on you. Unlike my opponent, I think the money you earn belongs to you and the more of it you keep the better. I think that the government exists for the sole purpose of fulfilling its constitutional obligations. I believe that “Live Free or Die” is more than a saying on our license plates. I think the citizens of Northwood do not need Mr. Coursin telling us what firearms we may own or how long we must wait to buy them. We do not need Mr. Chase to tell us we must wear a helmet on our motorcycles or where we should send our children to school. We do not need a socialist master plan for our lives and make no mistake, that is what they want. We are citizens and not subjects. We need good representation because WE know what’s best for our communities and our families.


If you honor me with your vote, I pledge to provide you with excellent representation. I have no agenda but yours and though we may not always agree, I will always listen and represent you.


Terry Roy


Candidate for State Representative

Rockingham District 32



Letter To The Editor

Take Off The Pro Gun Mask


Merriam Webster defines the word pro-gun as “favoring the right to own guns and opposing legislation restricting this right” David Coursin is obviously not pro-gun, David Coursin is pro GUN CONTROL.


David Coursin loves gun control.  This past summer he teamed up with extreme gun control groups like Gun Sense to give extreme gun control seminars at a left wing summit. David has also written editorials for the Concord Monitor on his extreme gun control.  Please read these editorials which are titled “Let’s Redefine What It Means To Be Pro Gun,” “Nobody  Can See through the NRA’s Blindfold,” and “Let The NRA Feel Our Strength,” in which David outlines his 12 step plan for extreme gun control and rails against the NRA, who provides hundreds of gun safety classes in NH each year.


These editorials reveal the truth of David Coursin’s extreme gun control agenda that he is hiding from Northwood voters.  Why is David Coursin hiding the extreme gun control editorials that HE WROTE?  Why is David Coursin deleting links to these editorials off of his Facebook page?  What else is David Coursin hiding?


Northwood voters deserve better and they deserve to know the truth about David Coursin and his extreme gun control agenda. Lies, falsehoods, and misrepresentations from a candidate seeking to be elected is completely unacceptable. Demand David Coursin be truthful and transparent, demand David stop hiding his exteme gun control agenda. 


Don’t take my word for it, read David Coursin’s  extreme gun control editorials and see for yourself. I will be happy to send you links to them or  copies of them.  Please email me at


Cheryl Dean



CBNA Theatre Students To Present Love’s Labor’s Lost

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From left – Ferdinand (Cooper Leduke), Berowne (Brian Downer), Longaville (Aiden Schutte), and Dumain (Connor Nowak) swear an oath for no fun, food or females in CBNA Theatre’s production of Love’s Labor’s Lost 


Coe-Brown Northwood Academy Theatre will proudly present William Shakespeare’s romantic romp, Love’s Labor’s Lost, Thursday, Friday and Saturday October 25, 26 & 27, 2018, in the Gerrish Gym on the CBNA campus.  One of Shakespeare’s early comedies, this adaptation is set in Navarre High School, circa 1999. The story concerns four students, led by Ferdinand, who swear oaths of no fun, no food and no females in order to focus on their studies, and ask a bunch of other students to do the same. However, when four young ladies led by the Princess of France, come for a visit, they (of course) break those oaths by falling in love, writing poetry and disguising themselves as Russians (What???).  Witty wordplay, misdirected love notes, tricks, the prom and the course of true love ensue.  The cast includes seniors Braelin Ash, Shayla Ashley, Brian Downer, Mackenzie Flanders, Cooper Leduke, Lily Marston, Paige Marston, Olivia Roach; juniors Emily Dallaire, Patrick Helm, Brianna Jackson, Shannon Jackson, Mirah Johnston, Connor Nowak, Caitlin Reynolds, Rylee Rogers, Lauren Rose, Eva Turcotte; sophomores Mary Katherine Patteson, Ben Poirier, Clayton Price, Aiden Schutte, Darin Sweet, Jordan Trahant and freshmen Sabrinalin Jeffers, Mairead O’Shea, Calvin Swett and Caleb Yates. Production stage manager junior Madison Bowen will be leading an experienced production team of skilled theatre technicians who will bring Love’s Labor’s Lost to life. The production is directed by faculty member Elizabeth Lent with assistance and choreography from faculty member Kolby Hume. Reserved tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors, and are available at For further information, call 942-5531, ext. 237, or email . Hope to see you there.



CBNA Forensics Students Remotely Access Electron Microscope

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Students, from left Jacob Rich, Emma Tobbe, and Olivia Roach, looking at forensic samples on a conference call with Mrs. Nancy Cherim of the UNH Instrumentation Center.  


Recently, Coe-Brown Northwood Academy Forensics students had the opportunity to remotely access a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) courtesy of the University of New Hampshire’s Instrumentation Center through the collaboration of science faculty member, Mrs. Tiffany Thompson, and Mrs. Nancy Cherim, an Analytical Instrumentation Scientist at UNH.


Forensic students and science faculty members had the opportunity to submit forensic samples to be analyzed. Through a video conference call with Mrs. Cherim, students were able to examine and measure the size of many different samples such as dog hairs, human hair, and other plant and animal specimens. From this opportunity, students were able to experience what is like to be a forensic scientist in the real world and see the difficulty in matching hair evidence to a single person or animal. 



Letter To The Editor

Candidates’ Night Question


I attended Northwood’s Candidates’ Night last Thursday, 10/18, at the Town Hall, and listened with interest as the candidates for Rockingham District 32, Democrat Tom Chase and Republican Terry Roy, delivered their prepared remarks. Then the floor was opened to questions.


Given the issues of sexual assault raised by the recent Kavanaugh hearings and State Senator Jeff Woodburn’s arrest for domestic abuse, I asked the two candidates if they had ever been involved in similar incidents.  Both said, “No.”


The question was also prompted by a Google search that turned up an article In The Gardner (MA) News dating from the time of Mr. Roy’s service on the police force there.  The headline reads:  “Ex-cop files suit against city officials.”


The article deals with the very convoluted case of Mr. Roy’s termination, but it is the final paragraph that is noteworthy.


“Roy is also claiming that his termination violated an agreement between himself, the city, {Mayor) Manca and (Police Chief) Dufort in June 1999.  Roy says that according to that agreement, the 1997 domestic assault complaint filed against him would be deleted and not used against him in disciplinary actions, provided there were no similar incidents for a period of one year.”  [Italics added]


I think that given Mr. Roy’s public denial, an explanation is in order.  We deserve better from those who would represent us.



Ted Wilkinson




Letter To The Editor



I got up this morning, thinking about last night’s Candidate’s Night.


I had worn a coat and tie(!), hoping that by giving up the straw hat and suspenders for the evening, I might make a better impression. I also wrote my remarks to be sure not to talk beyond my allotted three minutes.


I used that time to make the point that, as the seventh wealthiest state in the nation - and with an ever-growing GDP - we have the money to better meet our needs. However, the structure of our tax system and its lopsided reliance on property taxes does not generate the revenues needed to meet those needs.


Over the course of the evening, many of those needs were touched on. A mentally ill teenager spending two weeks sedated in an emergency room because no bed is available in a psychiatric unit. The opioid crisis that touches so many lives. The lack of affordable housing.


My opponent, Terry Roy, a self-described avid hunter, noted that the Fish & Game Commission, which relies on hunting license sales, no longer has the money to do the many things it needs to do. But when I asked how additional revenue might be raised, he had no answer.


Senator John Reagan suggested “better managers” could manage us out of this financial squeeze.


Yes, to a point. But at some point we must raise more revenue to repair the 250+ “red flagged” bridges around the state before they collapse.


As always, former moderator Robby Robertson provided guidance, almost keeping Joe McCaffrey from talking too much - and saying too little. And Joe, to his credit, acknowledged that he’s “just getting warmed up” when the time expires.


In contrast, David Coursin was clear, thoughtful and concise. Let’s send him to Concord to represent us.


Tom Chase, candidate

Rockingham Co. District 32



Letter To The Editor

Chris Roundy for Senate


Northwood’s Candidate Night confirmed my decision to vote for Chris Roundy for State Senate District 17. Roundy presented a fresh voice, new ideas and an openness to listen to constituents and work to solve problems facing our communities and our State.


As an attorney for individuals fighting to get benefits they’re entitled to under federal and state law, Roundy has seen firsthand how unnecessary bureaucracy costs the state money in avoidable legal battles while denying people their due. Streamlining the process of applying for disability benefits was the first idea Roundy presented as a way to save public funds.


In contrast, Senator Reagan who claims to be a “tax fighter,” used a late night maneuver last May to resurrect the school voucher bill that had already been killed twice by the NH House. By eliminating provisions in the House bill that limited eligibility for vouchers based on income and attending a school unable to pass state standards, Reagan’s version would have cost tax payers even more -- an estimated $265 million cut in state funding to local school districts and $239 million in state funding to fund vouchers over 13 years.


When asked about the constitutional amendments that will be on the ballot next month, only Roundy was able to offer an explanation. It was surprising that a sitting Senator couldn’t explain either amendment, given that he would have voted on them.


Roundy’s open and inviting demeanor contrasted sharply with Reagan. I know I want a State Senator who is approachable, knowledgeable, and who I can trust to listen to my concerns and represent me in Concord.


Please join me in voting for Chris Roundy on November 6.


Grace Mattern

Author and Nonprofit Advisor













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