Northwood NH News

February 14, 2018




The Northwood Recreation 11th Annual Kid’s Fishing Derby will be held on Saturday, February 17 from 8 am to 11 am. Complete details on the event are available at the Northwood NH Recreation Commission Facebook page.



Candidates’ Night


Would you like to meet the people running for local office?  Friends of Northwood Libraries and the Harvey Lake Woman’s Club are co-sponsoring the event which will be held at the Northwood Town Hall on Wednesday, February 21 at 7 pm.  Former Moderator Robbie Robertson will lead the program and introduce the candidates who will have an opportunity to speak and answer questions from the audience.  



Northwood Town And School Filing Update


The filing period for town and school positions is closed and the results are three contested races.  Four people are seeking the one 3 year selectmen seat including incumbent Selectman Rick Wolf. Challengers Ann “Beth” Boudreau, Babette Morrill and Michael (Mike) Smith have also filed to secure the one opening for selectman.


Incumbent Richard Cummings is seeking re-election to the 3 year police commission position; Colleen Krochmal is also hoping to secure the one open seat on the commission.


The following names will appear on the ballot in March for one open position: Moderator for 3 years: Hal Kreider; Road Agent for 3 years: Charles Pease; Town Clerk/Tax Collector for 3 years: Savannah Audet; Library Trustee for 3 years: Betty Smith; Cemetery Trustee for 3 years: John Schlang; Trustee of Trust Funds for one year: Betsy Colburn; Trustee of Trust Funds for 3 years: Peter George, Jr.  Incumbents Betty Smith and Robert Strobel are seeking to retain their two open planning board seats. There are 4 open budget committee positions for 3 years. Incumbents Daniel McNally, Jon Boudreau and Tom Chase will be on the ballot. The fourth budget committee seat and one supervisor of the checklist position for 6 years may be filled by a write in candidate-if you are interested in either position, get the word out by attending Candidates’ Night on Wednesday, February 21 at the Northwood Town Hall.


On the school district ballot the only contested race is for school board member.  Three have filed for two open positions. Incumbent Tim Jandebeur is interested in returning to serve on the board.  Amy Hanavan and Brian Winslow are also looking to secure a 3 year term on the 5 person board.  Other candidates on the school district ballot are: Moderator: Hal Kreider; School District Treasurer: Betsy Colburn; School District Clerk: Penny Hampl. 


Election Day is Tuesday, March 13. Voters will choose their local elected officials; all town and school warrant articles including operating budgets; and the planning board’s proposed amendments to the zoning ordinance. Polls open 7 am to 7 pm.



Letter To The Editor


I attended the deliberative session at Coe-Brown on February 3rd.  During the discussion on Warrant Article 19, Northwood Narrows Fire Station Expansion ($200,000), I was astounded to learn that neither of our fire stations have adequate bathroom or shower facilities. It is disturbing to me that our First Responders do not even have a place to shower when they return from a fire or when they have to spend a 24 hour shift at the fire stations. 


Please join me in voting yes on Warrant Article 19 when you go to vote on March 13th.  Let’s support those who put their lives on the line every time they respond to a call.  Thank you.


Fred Borman




This Weekend’s LRPA After Dark Feature:

1930’s “Abraham Lincoln”


Lakes Region Public Access Television is throwing a cinematic celebration of the President’s Day celebration and you’re invited! Join us at 10:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday (February 16 & 17) for our “LRPA After Dark” feature, 1930’s dramatic biopic “Abraham Lincoln,” starring Walter Huston and Una Merkel. We are especially pleased to present this “lost classic,” as it is rarely seen on television. “Abraham Lincoln” was one of only two talkies directed by D.W. Griffith, a pioneer and innovator of silent film. It also was the first sound film about the Civil War that could be viewed by veterans of that war: historically remarkable! The film’s screenwriter was Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Stephen Vincent Benet. The movie is presented in a series of “personality sketches” – tableaus from Lincoln’s life and career. While the film was critically well received during its time, it has since fallen into relative obscurity, despite the fine performance of Walter Huston. If you love classic film, how can you resist? So grab your popcorn and join LRPA after dark for this vintage classic! 



Letter To The Editor

Good money after bad?


During a snowstorm earlier this month, my vintage snowblower ground to a halt. Upon inspection, I determined that a drive gear had lost a tooth. Consulting the parts manual, I called the manufacturer and found that this part cost $66, plus s&h.


I then went to a dealer in Concord and consulted with their mechanic who warned me that it might not just be the gear, but also the axle shaft. And at $75/hour, I was probably looking at a minimum of $200 labor. And who knows how much for the additional parts that might be needed. A new machine - with the fewest bells and whistles - costs $950.


A similar dilemma faced the town last year with the aging loader/backhoe at the transfer station. Some selectmen wanted to allocate $25,000 for repairs. Instead, the remedy appeared as a warrant article to purchase a new machine with a five-year lease/purchase agreement.


Though defeated by the voters last year, a similar article appears this year with an important fact: the old backhoe will be traded in for $15,900.


So last year, serious consideration was given to spending $25,000 on a machine that’s worth less than $16,000.


This year, the Budget Committee recommends (13-2) the purchase of a new backhoe, and I voted with the majority. AND I think that we need a new Select Board member who isn’t so inclined to “throw good money after bad.”


I bought the new machine, and so should we.


Tom Chase













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