Northwood NH News

November 21, 2018


Letter To The Editor

Northwood Brings Thanksgiving to the Nation


Sarah Josepha Hale’s 1827 novel Northwood, or Life North and South provides the first detailed description of Thanksgiving. 


It was a festivity that had been celebrated for many years in New England, but not nationally. The author wanted Thanksgiving to be a national holiday to help foster unity in America during a time of serious political strife. Her 30 year campaign was ultimately successful when Abraham Lincoln issued his famous Thanksgiving Declaration during the Civil War.


In the novel, “The turnpike, leading from Concord New Hampshire to Portsmouth, passes directly through the retired but romantically situated town of Northwood, in the county of Rockingham.”


In this little Yankee village, at a Thanksgiving celebration, a Northwood farmer explains to an English visitor why it’s important that Thanksgiving be a holiday not just for New England, but for the country as a whole. It would be a day to put aside our differences and remind ourselves that we Americans have much to be thankful for.


The farmer understands Thanksgiving to be “a tribute of gratitude to God” for “the overflowing garners of America.” He hopes it will be “universally observed” as a way to show thanks “for our republican institutions, which are based on the acknowledgment that God is our Lord, and that, as a nation, we derive our privileges and blessings from Him.”


May we all be grateful for our many blessings this Thanksgiving Day.


Michael Faiella




Lakes Region Public Access Tv Serves Up

A Delicious Thanksgiving Weekend!


Join Lakes Region Public Access Television this Thanksgiving weekend for a bountiful buffet of creative, local programming! From wonderful movies on Thanksgiving Day to LIVE coverage of the “Light-Up Laconia” Holiday Parade, LRPA has the Lakes Region covered!


On Thursday, November 22, we’ll be serving up vintage movies, cartoons and TV shows starting at 2:30 p.m. and running until midnight. Screwball comedies! Bleak noir! Giant radiated monsters! Poultry infomercials! Fred Astaire! If you’re looking for something to watch that isn’t football, we’re the place to be. Tune into LRPA and leave us on all day!


The Thanksgiving afternoon lineup on Thursday, November 22:

2:30 p.m. 1963’s comedic Western “McLintock!” starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara


5:00 p.m. 1965’s classic Kaijū monster film “Daikaiju Gamera” (Gamera, the Giant Monster) 


6:30 p.m. 1951’s musical comedy “Royal Wedding” starring Fred Astaire and Jane Powell


8:30 p.m. 1940’s dramedy “His Girl Friday” starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell


10:00 p.m. 1955’s daring film-noir “The Big Combo” starring Cornel Wilde and Jean Wallace


11:30 p.m. A vintage episode of the Beverly Hillbillies


Plus classic cartoons and more!


Over the weekend, stay tuned for “LRPA After Dark”! Why go shopping when you can stay home and give yourself the gift of great, local TV? Join us at 10:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday (November 23 & 24) for our “LRPA After Dark” presentation of 1937’s delightful screwball comedy “Nothing Sacred,” starring Carole Lombard and Frederic March. “Nothing Sacred” is the story of an ambitious newspaper reporter Wally Cook (March) who uses the sad story of Hazel Flagg (Lombard), a small-town woman supposedly dying of radium poisoning, to redeem his own failing career. After Cook realizes that Hazel was misdiagnosed, he convinces her to go along with the rouse – and hijinks ensue. Carole Lombard often described “Nothing Sacred” as one of her favorite films, and the critics heartily agreed. We think that you will, too! So grab your popcorn and join LRPA after dark for this witty and romantic gem from the past.


LIVE coverage of the “Light-Up Laconia” Holiday Parade! On Sunday, November 25, LRPA will stream the “Light-Up Laconia” Holiday Parade LIVE! You can watch over the internet from any device – smartphone, tablet, laptop, computer or Smart TV. Join us at starting at 3:30 p.m. at to catch the fun! For more information about Light-Up Laconia, visit the Celebrate Laconia website at


And mark your calendars: It’s almost time for the annual Greater Lakes Region Children’s Auction presented by CruCon Cruise Outlet, Tuesday, December 4 – Saturday, December 8. Join LRPA for minute-by-minute coverage all week long, locally on Channel 25, over Atlantic Broadband Channel 12 and also on Live Stream at Or listen in with our fantastic radio partners 104.9 FM The Hawk and 101.5 FM WEEI! Stop by the Belknap Mall in Belmont to watch the action in person. Bid high and bid often!



Letter To The Editor

Public Safety Complex Proposal


As I sat through the briefing on the plans for the new Public Safety Complex last night, I was reminded of the battle over the school expansion project more than 20 years ago.


Before your time in Northwood?


Let me recall for you the modular classrooms that sat between the current entrance and Rte. 4. These two structures provided needed classroom space as the student population grew. Originally seen as “temporary,” they became more and more “permanent” as the townspeople refused to pay to replace them until ....


Until they became so moldy and decrepit that no one could make the case that they were “good for another year.”


We face a similar situation with the police station and the ridge fire station. Both are woefully inadequate and unsafe.


At the police station, there is no holding cell. Only a single chair bolted to the floor.


At the fire station, there is no sprinkler system and only one (narrow) stairway leading to the bunk room upstairs.


There is a long list - for both buildings - of their failings. And the legal/financial liabilities they present are catastrophic.


I was favorably impressed by the plans that are being developed by the Public Safety Building Committee, and look forward to reviewing them more closely when they are presented to the Budget Committee.


This will not come cheap - and Trump’s steel tariffs are driving up the cost of the metal building to house the fire trucks as we speak. But as with the modulars, these buildings are NOT “good for another year.”


Tom Chase

Member of, but not speaking for Northwood Budget Committee












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