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
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.
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
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.
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
https://livestream.com/lrpatv/ca2018. 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%.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.