Northwood NH News

February 21, 2018


Chesley Memorial Library News, Northwood

Candidates Night


There will be a Candidates Night on Wednesday, February 21, at the Northwood Town Hall.  It will begin at 7:00 p.m.  This will be an opportunity for all voters and interested people to meet those running for Northwood offices in the March elections. It will be moderated by former Moderator Robbie Robertson and all candidates will have an opportunity to speak briefly and answer questions from the audience.  This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Northwood Libraries and the Harvey Lake Woman’s Club.


Fourth Grade Art Display

Northwood School fourth graders in Mrs. Desmarais’ class have displayed their talking stick art work at the library this month. Each student selected an animal from New Hampshire that reflected their personality and their pictures include explanations of why they chose that animal to represent them.  Fourth graders in Mrs. Ahlberg’s class have a layered topographical map of New Hampshire on display that includes mountains, counties, water sources, and elevation.


Senior Café

February might be a short month, but the cold weather can make it feel much longer.  Are you looking for something to do inside when it’s cold outside? Try meeting your friends and neighbors at the library to enjoy some good refreshments and good conversation.  Social connections can help seniors maintain physical and emotional health so check out the Chesley Memorial Library Senior Café on Mondays from 1:00-2:30 p.m.


Story Time

Join Mrs. Blake on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. for Story Time.  Preschoolers of all ages can listen to a story and make a craft to take home.  Registration is encouraged but new participants are always welcome at any time.  Story Times are not held during vacation weeks, but you can always come and create some fun on Wednesdays from 12:00-6:00 p.m. with the LEGOs, Magformers, and Brainflakes!  Please call 942-5472 or check out our web site ( for more information.


Book Discussions 

The Evening Book Discussion Group will meet at the Blaisdell Memorial Library in Nottingham on Wednesday, February 28, at 7:00 p.m. to discuss “Landline” by Rainbow Rowell.  If you got a second chance at love, would you make the same call? Read “Landline” and find out! The Afternoon Book Discussion Group will meet on Wednesday, March 7, at 2:00 p.m. to discuss “Unravelling” by Elizabeth Graver.  Aimee Slater longs for a life beyond the small New Hampshire farm she lives on with her family and moves to Lowell to work in a factory against her family’s wishes.



The Chesley Memorial Library Board of Trustees will meet at the library on Friday, February 23, at 9:00 a.m.  The Friends of the Library will meet at the library on Monday, February 26, at 6:45 p.m. 


Museum Passes

Are you looking for something to do with the family during February vacation?  The library has passes for: Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Children’s Museum of NH, McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, Seacoast Science Center, and the SEE Science Center.  Each pass works a little differently…some let you in free while others provide discounted admission.  Call the library at 942-5472 for updated information regarding passes. We can also provide you with information on when to visit the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester for free admission.



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Northwood School’s first grade teachers celebrated “100 Day” with their students by dressing up as 100 year old teachers.  It was a fun day for all.


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Megan Brieger, Skye Loto and Eva Roy have been selected to represent Northwood School at the New Hampshire Music Educators Association Southeast District Music Festival on May 5th, 2018 at Winnacunnet High School in Hampton.  These students were selected to participate with other middle school students from across the southeast region of the state, representing the top musicians from 16 area middle schools.  All three students will be playing in the Southeast Middle School Festival Band.



Letter To The Editor


I’ve already been told by one selectman that I should mind my own business, but as far as I’m concerned, anything I’m interested in is my business. The selectmen should encourage citizen involvement, not try to discourage it. People have been treated badly by the Board of Selectmen over the last year, and if either of them say they did nothing wrong, they need to remember it is a board of three and each is responsible for its actions, all must take responsibility. 


It’s almost voting time again and this time we need to be very sure about who we are electing to be the face and voice of Northwood. Let’s do our homework and be absolutely sure the person we’re putting in the position of selectman is who we think he or she is. 


On another favorite subject of mine, the new storage trailer is ready for use so all the fluorescent bulbs, electronics and batteries are now going to this area. Look for the new signs generously donated by AMI Graphics. 


The new swap shop building will be here soon and we will be looking for help to get it up and running. All who have already signed up will be getting a call from me. Those who would like to join the fun can sign up at the swap shop. 


The Board of Selectmen haven’t made any decision as to the plastic recycling situation, as far as I know, but hopefully it will be resolved before spring. I’m sure the selectmen will do the right thing and find a better way to handle plastic. Throwing it in a bin and hauling it to a landfill is not recycling plastic, no matter what anyone says.


Til Next Time

Viena Dow



This Weekend’s LRPA After Dark Feature: 1950’s “Quicksand”


Join Lakes Region Public Access Television at 10:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday night (February 23 & 24) for our “LRPA After Dark” presentation of 1950’s forgotten noir “Quicksand,” starring Mickey Rooney, Jeanne Cagney (sister to actor James) and Peter Lorre. 


Auto mechanic Dan Brady (Rooney) wants to impress his hot date Vera Novak (Cagney), the sultry waitress from the local diner, but she is a gold-digger with expensive tastes and he doesn’t have the dough. Dan comes up with a brilliant solution: he’ll “borrow” $20 for the date from the garage’s cash register and return the money the next morning. Dan’s friend Buzz owes him money, and had promised to pay him tomorrow. Dan knows that the garage’s bookkeeper won’t be in to check the cash drawer for a few days, which gives him plenty of time to set things straight. While out on their date, Dan and Vera run into her shady ex-boyfriend Nick (Lorre), who still has a thing for Vera. The next morning, Dan can’t get a hold of Buzz – and, unexpectedly, the bookkeeper arrives two days early to reconcile the cash drawer! Dan comes up with a new scheme to cover the missing $20 by purchasing, then pawning, an expensive watch. That leads to more trouble from a detective who threatens Dan with jail if he doesn’t pay back the pawnshop within 24 hours. Dan then turns to robbery, and that quickly spirals out of control, eventually leading to blackmail, kidnapping and more. And you thought your week was bad! How much further will Dan stoop to resolve his problems? And how will he get himself out of this quicksand of crime? 


“Quicksand” was a rare film in Mickey Rooney’s career. After years of playing the clean-cut, All-American boy next door, Rooney was cast against type, playing a small-time tough guy who, led astray by a pretty face, makes one terrible choice after another. This was a conscious choice on Rooney’s part, as he wanted to be known for more serious, adult roles. In fact, his work in “Quicksand” did lead to other noir-ish films, such as “The Strip and “Drive a Crooked Road.” Fun fact: Rooney and Peter Lorre weren’t just the stars of “Quicksand,” but also acted as behind-the-scenes executive producers. The two stars co-financed its production, hoping to start their own independent production company. However, the deal never materialized, forcing Lorre to declare bankruptcy and, for a time, move back to Europe. Regardless of the film’s financial legacy, many critics and film buffs view “Quicksand” as Rooney’s finest performance, much more real and gritty than any “Andy hardy” movie. Lorre also gives a dynamo performance, resulting in a character that is immoral, untrustworthy and menacing – a true pleasure to watch! What more does a movie-lover need? So grab your popcorn and join LRPA after dark for this melodramatic film noir from the past. 



Letter To The Editor


To the Editor,

My school choice letter started a fireball of angst on Facebook. It was expected. I wanted you to know that you have a choice. Feeding, clothing and housing children is a part of parenting, the best education possible is also. During my time on the Northwood School Board students went to Dover High, the Gunnery in Ct. Cocheco School  of Arts, Pinkerton Academy and others that  I’ve forgotten. One student wanted to play football, another wanted to be in the equestrian program. A young lady floundering at Coe-Brown needed a different approach. All of these students have parents who stepped up and made it possible, whatever the cost or effort. My hat is off to them.


We have three children whose biological parents couldn’t fulfill their obligations. Our two sons went to Coe-Brown. Finding out that we had a choice, our daughter went to the Regional Technical Center at Dover High. Awesome, just awesome. You have that choice, and more are coming.


Coe-Brown is an absolute wonderful college prep high school.  Many students should get a leg up into the trades etc. That is exactly why NH set up regional technical centers. Too many students are simply on the conveyor belt to be dropped off uneducated at the end. Non college students are just as entitled to a good education.  


Special Education students are near and dear to our hearts. All students should have equal access to sports. It is truly glorious to see handicapped students racing up and down a court, part of a school team learning to be a team player. Dover has that. Feel free to call or email me. 303-5224 or


As an aside, have you noticed that the very same people that go to the mat for a woman’s right to choose would deprive a parent their right to choose a school for their child?


Tim Jandebeur




Letter To The Editor

A Belated Thank You


The school deliberative session was finished in record time. Which was fine, because many in attendance had work or school the next day. But in the thrill of the moment, I forgot to say “thank you.”


First, let me say thanks to Dr. Robert Gadomski for his service to the town through the S.A.U. office. I had many interactions with him over the years, at Budget Committee hearings on the school budget and in preparing the two petition warrant articles that I brought before the voters to implement full-day kindergarten. He was always knowledgable and well-informed, providing information in a professional manner. I was deeply troubled to learn that his decision not to renew his contract was driven, in part, by a lack of respect shown to him by some of my fellow citizens. Shame on you.


Second, let me thank Ms. Barbie Hartford for her three years of service on the Board. I’m sure that to work all day as an oncology nurse and then to return home to a School Board meeting was not easy. But she served with distinction and joined her two colleagues, Chair Keith McGuigan and Shane Wells, in bringing full-day kindergarten to Northwood. Hoorah!


Finally, let me also thank Tim Jandebeur for what I hope will be his six years of service. During that time, we have disagreed about many things, and during the years, when I mounted kindergarten petitions, he insulted me by calling me “Mr. Kindergarten” when we encountered each other at meetings. But I must thank Tim, because I think that his negativity and hostility to the school and its administrators rallied us to come to its defense and support.


Let us show our appreciation by voting for Amy Hanavan and Brian Winslow for School Board.


Tom Chase




Northwood School Quarter 2 Honor Roll 2017-2018


Ms. Jocelyn Young, Principal and Mr. Adrian Alford, Assistant Principal are pleased to announce the honor roll for the second quarter.


Grade 8 High Honor Roll

Megan Brieger, Jordan Dean, Skye Loto, Eva Roy, Kiara Summers, Anne Thoms


Grade 8 Honor Roll

Mikaela Belanger, Burke Bulger, Lacy Davis, Alexandra Elliot, Mallory Farrar, Nicole Gaedtke, Lucas Laliotis, Kailynne Nicoll


Grade 7 High Honor Roll

Megan Adams, Aidan Cox, Nathaniel Curtis, Jayden Hartigan, Adam Ludwikowski, Olivia McGrail, Allie McGuigan, Tyler Tkaczyk, Sophia Wells


Grade 7 Honor Roll

Caleb Adams, Wyatt Clark, Carly Clemmer, Rylye Coe, Maximus Compton, Pacey Labelle, Cecilia Mello, Ean Pinard, Katerina Xanthopoulos


Grade 6 High Honor Roll

Kyla Demontigny, Bailee DeTrude, Andrew George, Maxwell Heigis, Somer Loto, Kiley Murphy, Holly Smith, Olivia Swett, Makennah Tatem, Elizabeth Wolf


Grade 6 Honor Roll

Alyviah Blad, Braiden Currier, Campbell Hartford, Jaida Hurd, Isabelle Laliberte, Michaela Linskey, Saere McGuinness, Kylie Prusia, Judith Quinney, Hannah Shortt, Julia Stevens, Chloe Walters


Grade 5 High Honor Roll

Eilah Crawn, Amy Demaine


Grade 5 Honor Roll

Sophia Arroyo, Ryan Bailey, Lillian Biron, Jeremy Bisson, Austin Companion, Caleb Edgecomb, Lillian Gonzalo, Kaylyn Harlow, Aiden McGuigan, Isaiah Petrin, Aiden Quaglia, Constance Russo, Emili Sheldon, Emily Valli, Owen Wood




Helen L. McGary


Northwood – Helen L. McGary, 73, of Northwood, formerly of Seabrook and Amesbury, MA died Monday, February 12, 2018 at Elliot Hospital in Manchester.


She was born in Amesbury December 5, 1944 a daughter of the late Romeo Hebert and the late Albertine (Hamel) Breteau.


Raised in Amesbury she attended local schools and later made her home in Seabrook before moving to Northwood in 2013.  Her grandchildren and great grandchildren were her enjoyment.


Family members include her son, Scott Jones and his wife Michele of Goffstown, Bonnie Jordan and her husband Joshua, Blinda Tower and her husband John all of Northwood, 8 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, two brothers, Norman Hebert of Northwood, Robert Hebert of North Hampton, three sisters, Yvonne Laskut of Missouri, Sheila Vivoda of Delaware, Shirley Clocher of Seabrook, nieces and nephews.


Services were held February 16 at the Remick & Gendron Funeral Home-Crematory, Hampton. Please visit to view Helen’s memorial website, sign her tribute wall or for directions.












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