Northwood NH News

November 28, 2018


Northwood Recreation Second annual Santa Parade


Northwood Recreation is happy to announce our second annual Santa Parade on Sunday, December 2nd! The parade will include Santa Claus, Northwood Police, Northwood Fire and Rescue, and Northwood Highway Department.


Santa will be hitching a ride in one of the fire trucks, while his elves get the sleigh ready for Christmas Eve. The Parade route is approximately one hour long. Santa is looking forward to seeing all the boys and girls in Northwood waving to him as he continues along the parade route. He is especially eager to see all of the houses in town decorated for our Holidays Light contest!


· The parade will start at Northwood School at 3:00, Santa will be traveling down Route 4 East  

· Right on Deer Run Lane

· Left to Mountain View

· Right on Route 4 East

· Right on Masten Drive

· Left to  Davlynn Drive

· Left on Route 4 West

· Right on Rochester Rd. (202)

· Left to Strafford Rd.

· Left to Allen Farm Rd. (loop)

· Right to Strafford Rd.

· Right at Church St. turning into Hannaford Parking lot

· Right on Route 4 West

· Right on Green St.

· Across Route 4 on to Bow St.  on left

· Across Route 4 on to Ridge Rd.

· Left on Sherburne Hill

· Right on Knowles Way

· Left on Pender Rd.

· Left on Bow Lake Rd.

· Right on to Route 4

· Left on Kelsey Mill Rd.

· Right to Blakes Hill Rd.

· Straight across Route 4 to Main St.

· Left on School St.

· Straight across Route 4 to Lakeshore Drive

· Right on to Route 4 to Town Hall


Please join us after the parade at the Town Hall for the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony from 4:00-6:00. There will be crafts for the children, photos with Santa, hot chocolate and snacks, and Christmas carols around the town tree.



This Weekend’s LRPA After Dark Feature: 

1940’s “Our Town”


Join Lakes Region Public Access Television at 10:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday night (November 30 & December 1) for our “LRPA After Dark” presentation of 1940’s film adaptation of Thornton Wilder’s beloved play “Our Town,” starring William Holden, Martha Scott and Frank Craven. 


Set in the fictional town of Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, “Our Town” uses a narrator (Mr. Morgan, played by Frank Craven) to introduce us to the people living  in this small New England town. Life has not changed much here throughout the years: people are born and grow up, fall in love, marry, raise families and die. In that way, Grover’s Corners is like any other place in the world. We meet Dr. and Mrs. Gibbs (Thomas Mitchell and Fay Bainter), who live next door to their friends Mr. and Mrs. Webb (Guy Kibbee and Beulah Bondi). Their oldest children, George Gibbs (Holden) and Emily Webb (Scott) fall in love and marry. Through the magic of the narrator, the viewer is able to examine the characters’ most intimate thoughts, fears, hopes and regrets. Will George and Emily live happily ever after? 


Thornton Wilder was awarded the 1938 Pulitzer Prize in Drama for “Our Town,” and often called it the favorite of his works. The play debuted to rave reviews on Broadway that same year, featuring both Craven and Scott in the same roles that they would reprise in the film two years later. Both critics and moviegoers had much praise for the movie “Our Town,” which went on to receive six Academy Award nominations: Best Picture, Best Actress (Scott). Best B&W Art Direction, Best Original Score (written by Aaron Copeland) and Best Sound Recording. Bosley Crowther of the New York Times lavished the film with praise -- something he rarely did -- stating “We hesitate to employ superlatives, but of ‘Our Town’ the least we can say is that it captures on film the simple beauties and truths of humble folks as very few pictures ever do: it is rich and ennobling in its plain philosophy – and it gives one a passionate desire to enjoy the fullness of life even in these good old days of today.”  What else do you need to know? Grab your popcorn and meet us after dark for this simple, dramatic and stunning film adaptation of this most beautiful and tender story.


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


With the 2018 tax rate set for Northwood and tax bills sent out, it is appropriate to compare our tax rates by category (town, county, state education and local education) over a several year period. A good benchmark is also to compare Northwood’s tax rate increases to Nottingham’s, a town similar to ours.


From 2011 to 2018 Northwood’s total tax rate increased by 4%. Our local school tax increased by only .1% while the state education tax decreased by 10% and our county rate increased by 3%. The biggest increase over this period was the town tax rate. It increased 30% while the total inflation rate during this period was 14% or less than half of the increase.


When comparing Nottingham’s tax rates over the same period there are stark contrasts. Their total tax rate increased by 12%,while their town tax increased by only 3%. Their local education tax increased by 21%. However, their school enrollment in K-8 grades is 525 students versus Northwood’s 381 or 27% more than Northwood’s. This would account for the increase in Nottingham’s local education tax over the years (an average of 3% per year). These enrollment numbers were issued by the NH Department of Education as of 10-1-18. Their county tax dropped by 3% and their state education tax decreased by 11%.


In March Northwood voters will be asked to approve a bond to fund a multi-million dollar fire/police safety complex. Although there is a need for such, its passage will most likely depend on whether voters will be presented with a reasonably priced facility or one that will have too many costly “bells and whistles” attached. Hopefully there will also be an article for the town to continue working toward studying a public safety building, if the bond fails.



Jim Hadley




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 What a wonderful job Northwood School third graders did on their Native American museum! So much thought and effort went into their projects! Bravo to third graders and Mrs. Clairmont, Ms. Walchak, and Ms. Garcea!



Letter To The Editor


It’s November and the summer residents have gone home, which means the transfer station should be seeing less people. Not the case! 


Whether due to an increase in residents or more of us using the facility, it’s obvious we need to take a look at what we can do to make our transfer station work more efficiently. 


One factor is that many people are not recycling as much as they can. Cardboard, paper, glass, and cans do not go in the trash compactor. We have had mandatory recycling for years, but it seems no one is paying attention. We have just two attendants and they are doing all they can to keep up, but we need to help as much as we can.


If you don’t have a sticker, get one. If you don’t sort your trash, start! These are small steps that will help save money for all of us. We need to be more aggressive with the rules for mandatory recycling. If you don’t like the rules you have the option of a pick-up service, but we need to enforce the rules, so we need to get used to it. There are so many things in life that are way harder then sorting your trash. 


The swap shop is doing well. The volunteers are keeping it neat and trying to keep items that don’t belong out. Things get by us once in a while. Our biggest problem is lack of heat. It’s very cold! I’m pricing a heating system, trying to find cheap as possible. We proposed a heating system when we brought this building before the board of selectmen, but they did not approve. I guess they needed the money for that magical gate that no one wanted and no one needed. $20,000 wasted.


Til Next Time,

Viena Dow












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