Northwood NH News

November 14, 2018




Make Room For Joy & Peace, A Musical Celebrationwith Joyce Andersen And Harvey Reid


Sunday November 18, 4:00 - 6:00 pm


Northwood Congregational Church, 881 First NH Turnpike, Northwood NH


Suggested donation $12.00, Children Free


On the Sunday before Thanksgiving, we invite all to engage in the true holiday spirit with a concert with Joyce Andersen and Harvey Reid. These two accomplished musicians will be performing a mix of wonderful, uplifting music and perhaps some holiday tunes as well.


Any questions, or for concert presale tickets, please call Peggy Kofer at 603-608-8627 or e-mail at



Free Discover Girl Scouts Event


Come discover what makes Girl Scouts the leading expert on girls!

Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains will host a free information session for girls and parents on Monday, Nov. 19, from 6 to 7 p.m. at Northwood School, 511 1st New Hampshire Turnpike, Northwood. Girls and their families can meet local Girl Scouts and volunteers; learn about expanded STEM and outdoor programs; enjoy fun, girl-led activities; explore programs; learn about volunteer opportunities; and register to become a Girl Scout. Plus, girls will receive a free Discover Girl Scouts embroidered patch.


Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains serves over 10,000 girls throughout New Hampshire and Vermont. Offering hands-on, girl-led, girl-centered activities in STEM, the outdoors, and entrepreneurship, and abundant opportunities to develop invaluable life skills, Girl Scouts helps all girls take the lead early and often.


To learn more about Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains, visit, or call 1-888-474-9686 if you have any questions.



This Weekend’s LRPA After Dark Feature: 

1946’s “The Stranger”


Join Lakes Region Public Access Television at 10:30 PM this Friday and Saturday night (November 16 & 17) for our “LRPA After Dark” presentation of 1946’s suspenseful thriller “The Stranger,” starring Orson Welles (who also directed), Loretta Young and Edward G. Robinson. 


Wilson (Robinson), an investigator with the Allied War Crimes Commission, is looking for Franz Kindler (Welles), a notorious Nazi war criminal  — the mastermind behind their death camps — who has made his way from Germany to a sleepy Connecticut town. There, he has carefully constructed a new identity. He is now living incognito as Charles Rankin, a college professor and antique clock enthusiast who will soon marry lovely Mary Rankin (Young), the daughter of a respected judge. His cover is intact until Wilson, tailing another escaped Nazi prisoner, begins to suspect that there may be more to Professor Rankin than meets the eye. 


Released in 1946, “The Stranger” holds the distinction of being the first American feature film to include documentary footage of Nazi concentration camps.  “The Stranger” is by far the least well known, and perhaps most conventional, of Orson Welles’ movies. In fact, he only took on the project to prove to studio executives that he could direct a film that came in on time, within budget and without any problems, unlike his earlier masterpieces “Citizen Kane” and “The Magnificent Ambersons.” Welles readily accomplished that task, although the artistic and personal compromises he was forced to make on “The Stranger” resulted in it being his least favorite film.  


Despite all of Welles’ misgivings, “The Stranger” is a tense and suspenseful thriller with exceptional performances from its entire cast. Variety reviewed it as “ … socko melodrama, spinning an intriguing web of thrills and chills.”  If you love American film noir, this is the one for you. So grab your popcorn and join LRPA after dark for this thriller from the past. 



Northwood Historical Society


Please note the change of location of the Northwood Historical Society annual potluck supper and program from the Northwood Community Hall to the Advent Christian Church on November 20.


The church is located just around the corner from the Community Hall at 113 School Street.


The potluck supper will start at 6:00 PM. Please bring a dish to share: salad, side dish, main dish or dessert and your place setting.  Beverage will be provided.


Starting at 7:00 PM,  Neil English sharing his vast knowledge of antique tools. 


The event is free and open to the public.



You Could Save A Life!


The Northwood Congregational Church, a church with a heart is pleased to announce the recent purchase of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to be mounted in the lobby area adjacent to the north entrance and accessible from Fellowship Hall.


There will be an informative training session led by Mr. Bill Wood of the NH Department of Safety who will present an overview of the statewide AED efforts, the NH AED legal protections, and a review and demonstration of the new AED device.


Please join us for coffee and a “nibble”  in Fellowship Hall on SUNDAY NOVEMBER 25 at 10:30 as the use of this life saving device is discussed and demonstrated. NOTE the inclement weather date of December 2, 2018.

Questions? Call Jane at : 664-9202



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Ms. Cunningham’s students at Northwood School read Ms. Young and Mr. Alford their personal narratives! Wonderful job!



Letter To The Editor

Thank You’s Are In Order


First, I would like to thank the 2,000+ voters who braved the elements to vote last Tuesday. I’d especially like to thank the 964 voters who voted for me and 1,005 voters who voted for Dr. David Coursin, giving him a 17-vote edge over his opponent, Joe McCaffrey. Congratulations, David.


Second, I like to thank Joe McCaffrey for running and beating incumbent Brian J. Stone in the primary. This removed the incumbent Republican, and opened the way for voters to consider two “new” candidates.


Third, I would like to thank my opponent Terry Roy for NOT continuing to run a campaign of personal attacks. I say “not continuing” because early on, I was told of some posts that appeared labeling me as a tax-and-spend, anti-gun socialist, or something like that. But then I heard that the posts had been taken down. Thanks, Terry. And good luck representing us as a member of the minority party.


Finally, I would like to thank Cheryl Dean for her unremitting and unfounded attacks on David Coursin. And for never getting around to saying anything positive about his opponent.


While some may have bought what she was selling “hook, line and sinker,” I think that many more were turned off by this negativity. And I think that at least 17 people expressed their disgust by voting for David.


In that way, her “gun control extremist” campaign backfired. Pardon the pun.


Tom Chase, Candidate

Rockingham Co. District 32



Northwood Santa’s Helpers


The Northwood Fire-Rescue Association is sponsoring the 2018 Northwood Santa’s Helpers.  This program is designed to assist families living in Northwood with Christmas gifts for children ages birth to 18 years old that would not otherwise receive gifts this year.  To participle in this program you and your children must live in Northwood at the time of application and at the time of delivery.  


Applications are available at the Ridge Fire Station, Northwood Town Hall front window and from the Human Services Director, Northwood Food Pantry and the community bulletin board at the Northwood Post Office.


Donation boxes marked Northwood Santa’s Helpers will be available after December 1st at local merchants or gifts may be dropped off at the Ridge Fire Station. Your unwrapped gift will be matched to a child’s wish from the applications we receive and marked with the child’s name from Santa.  If you care to make a cash donation to be used to purchase winter clothing, please mail to Northwood Santa’s Helpers, PO Box 353, Northwood, NH 03261.   


Thank you in advance for your support of this neighbor helping neighbor program.



LFM Job Fair

Law Enforcement, First Responders, Military


On Saturday, November 17th from 12pm to 2pm, Dylan Harlow will be hosting a job fair at Coe-Brown Northwood Academy. This job fair is specific to law enforcement, first responders, and military. 


Attending organizations include: Northwood Police, State Police, Marine Patrol, State K-9 Unit, Department of Corrections, 9/11 Operator, Marines, National Guard, Coast Guard, Northwood Fire, and DHART. 


This event is meant to be educational and interesting. You can meet the men and women of these careers and learn about their jobs. Some of these organizations are recruiting for anyone looking for a job in these careers. 


Multiple organizations are also bringing vehicles. All organizations will be bringing visual materials. The K-9 unit will be doing a dog demonstration and all organizations will be answering questions and talking at their own tables. 


There will be a raffle at the event and all proceeds will go to the Lung Cancer Research Foundation.




Gary A. Hodgdon

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NOTTINGHAM – Gary A. Hodgdon, 60, of Nottingham, passed away on Monday, November 5, 2018 at his home with his family by his side following a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer.


Born on January 2, 1958 in Concord, he was the son of the late Maurice and Jean (Andersen) Hodgdon.


Gary worked for many years in the heating business before starting Hodgdon’s Heating, which he ran for 25 years. Gary had a big heart for helping those in need and was an all-around handyman who everyone looked up to. He enjoyed attending antique car shows, tending to his vegetable garden, spending time with his family, and had a love for making Windsor chairs. He was also a member of Walnut Grove Baptist Church in Rochester, NH. He will be missed by all who knew him and his stories will live on through his close family and friends.


Besides his parents, he is predeceased by his brother Kenneth Hodgdon.


He is survived by his wife Terry Hodgdon of Nottingham with whom he shared 39 wonderful years; his daughters, Sara Hodgdon and her husband Steven Blase of Barrington, and Mandy Morales and her husband Daryl of Barrington; his siblings, Wayne Hodgdon, Gloria Lanza, Mike Hodgdon, and Scott Hodgdon. He was Papa and super hero to Jackson, Connor, and Adelyn and also leaves his beloved family in Norway, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and lifelong friends.


A Celebration of Gary’s life will be held on Sunday, November 18, 1-3pm, at Still Oaks Funeral Home in Epsom, NH


We wish to acknowledge the wonderful team at Massachusetts General Hospital, including Drs. Justine Cohen and Priscilla Brastianos, and to support advances in melanoma and brain metastases research. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made online at or via check to MGH (note “in memory of Gary Hodgdon” in the tribute section or memo line). Checks may be sent to MGH Development Office, Attn: Megan Daniels, 125 Nashua St, Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114. To leave a memory or offer a condolence please visit












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