Northwood NH News

February 28, 2018


Election Day

Is Tuesday, March 13


Northwood voters will have the opportunity to select their local officials for town and school district offices and to cast their vote on both town and school district warrant articles, including the proposed operating budgets. Polls will be open from 7 am to 7 pm and voting is held at St. Joseph’s Parish Center on Rt. 4 next to the Northwood Town Hall. There are a number of warrant articles being proposed including the purchase of a backhoe and expansion of the Narrows Fire Station. The planning board’s proposed amendments to the zoning ordinance will also be on the ballot. 



Annual Town And School District Reports Are In!


The 2017 Annual Town and School District Report is available for pickup at the town hall during regular business hours, Monday-Friday 8-4. Copies will also be available at the polls on Election Day. You may view a pdf version of the town report on the town’s website:



Letter To The Editor


May I take a minute out of your busy day and tell you about a candidate running for School Board this March? Very simply, I have known Brian Winslow for over twenty years and he is one of the finest men in town. He is a devoted father and husband, an elementary school music teacher, a farmer, a handyman - and just a wonderful human being.


The idea of having his caring heart, open and intelligent mind, strong work ethic and affable personal manner on our school board - well, it makes me feel very optimistic for our little town. Imagine having a school board where all the members speak with civility and respect. Don’t you think we should go for this?


Patricia Savage




Letter To The Editor


Northwood is ready for a change. It is time to put aside political parties and personal agendas so we can come together as a community. I am asking for your support to elect me to the Board of Selectmen.


I have lived in Northwood for 26 years, almost all of which I have volunteered in some capacity. This will be my first opportunity to work in town politics. I am eager to learn all about town government, and am ready to serve as a voice for our community. I understand the role of a responsible leader takes diligence, dedication, and strong communication skills. I have these, and the ability to make decisions that’s in the best interest of Northwood, not my own.


I love our town and would appreciate your vote. Please vote for Ann “Beth” Boudreau for Selectmen.


Beth Boudreau



Letter To The Editor


To the Editor,

Years ago, our  School Board refused to study our atrocious special education department.  I was able to team up with a member from Nottingham and get through the Joint Board  a study of all three towns. That study resulted in Northwood saving many hundreds of thousands of dollars and significantly improving SpEd at Northwood School.


At the joint Board meeting Monday (where only one of your five members was in attendance) it was decided that we would no longer have a dedicated special education person. So we no longer had a SpEd Director and no Assistant SpEd Director.  And it shows.


Fake news in Northwood. There’s a graph online and handed out a Board meeting. It shows the cost of educating a student in Northwood at over $14K. The State, Dr. Gadomski, and the business administrator use this number. But they use an * and at the bottom of the page, a statement that tuitioned out students and transportation are not included. All of out high school students are tuitioned out. If you add in that 3.5 million and transportation you get a truer figure if over $19K Fake news.


The same author put out a statement that there was a group that was going to try to reduce the budget by $600K and even reduce bus runs on “dangerous” Northwood roads. Totally bogus.


Northwood School is wonderful they say. You should see some of the responses from this year’s 9th graders, when asked how well they were prepared for CBNA. “Nothing, the school was not the best for my education for the last two years,” “my school didn’t prepare me for anything,” “they...ahhhh... I can’t think of a single thing,” are three of many similar answers. 


Your call,

Tim Jandebeur




Letter To The Editor


I had the privilege of putting a grant proposal together with Ms. Magnusson and Ms. Lenharth at the Northwood School to establish a pollinator garden and certified Monarch Butterfly Waystation.  This garden was a perfect fit with the current curriculum and will create opportunities for older and younger students to work together on making observations, learning about science and math, and ultimately strengthening the school community environment. 


I am a forest entomologist (bug guy) so this was exciting to hear from teachers at our local school about developing this garden for educational opportunities along with promoting habitat for ecologically important pollinating insects. I was so excited when my oldest son came home from kindergarten two years ago to tell me about monarch butterflies.  He continues to bring home valuable knowledge of math and science skills through both first and second grade. 


This project is also a great opportunity to bring our school and local community together.  We have a couple of very knowledgeable gardeners and landscape experts who will be assisting on the development and implementation of this garden, and further bringing our school and community together.  I’m looking forward to getting this project going and look forward to the opportunities to work with future classes on learning about the natural sciences.


I am also excited to see my wife, Amy Hanavan, running for a school board position. She shares interest in bringing positive solutions to our community and would be a strong supporter for the school. 



Ryan P. Hanavan



Letter To The Editor


Why am I, Ann “Beth” Boudreau, running for Selectmen? I’m concerned about the negativity we read in The Sun and on Facebook. I’m concerned that our town loses valuable employees, and their positions remain vacant too long. My candidacy is not about Republicans, Democrats, conservatives or liberals, but a community coming together for the greater good. It’s time for a change.


We are neighbors, not just residents. A good town is a place where you can raise a family, with good schools, and quick response time from the police and fire departments. But what makes a good town great? Our lakes? New books at the Library? Roads plowed so we can get to work safely? Recycling for our children’s future? It’s all of this and more.


Over these past few months, people have said Northwood’s felt more like a community than ever before. With the recreation department, I’ve helped organize events to build community: neighbors gathering for the Santa Parade, at Trunk or Treat, or enjoying our ice rink. These are just the first steps of many to make our little town great!


At Family Winter Day one of our neighbors said that she felt like she lived in a Hallmark movie town — families coming together to have fun. I want to live in that town, that idyllic Hallmark town.


This is not about raising taxes, it’s about spending tax dollars wisely, encouraging small businesses to come to Northwood, and supporting those we already have. 


I am eager to learn all about town government and ready to serve as a positive voice for our community and to be a responsible leader, who’s diligent, dedicated, with strong communication skills, and the ability to make decisions in the best interests of Northwood.


I love this town and would appreciate your vote.



Letter To The Editor


Please Come Out & Vote Keeping Pleasant Lake Free of Invasive Species Warrant Articles on the Deerfield and Northwood ballot March 13th


Thank you for supporting this Article last year.  The results have been terrific.  We inspected an additional 500+ boats.  Hopefully this will result in additional grant money.  We were also able to increase the paid Lake Host coverage by 35%.  Please vote yes on this article to help prevent the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species and to protect this valuable resource. 


The Pleasant Lake Preservation Association (PLPA) Lake Host Program was established in 2002 to prevent the introduction and spread of exotic aquatic plants such as variable milfoil and aquatic nuisance animals like zebra mussels. The main way these species are introduced into a lake is through transfer via boats and trailers.  Plant and animal infestations are undesirable because they make recreation in and on the water dangerous and unpleasant, disrupt the ecological balance, and reduce property values.


The Lake Host program is administered by the NH Lakes Association and supported in part, by grants from the NH Department of Environmental Services. Trained attendants provide a courtesy boat inspection at the public access ramp on Gulf Road.  Current coverage accounts for about 2/3rds of normal boating hours, 60% by volunteers and 40% by paid hosts.


Through these warrants, the PLPA are looking to secure additional funding from the towns of Deerfield and Northwood in the amount of $2,500 each to increase coverage to a total of over 90% of normal boating hours.  This coverage would greatly enhance the PLPA Lake Host Program’s ability to prevent the introduction of Milfoil and other invasive species into the lake which, if introduced, would result in a more difficult and expensive program to control.


Holly Martin

Lake Host Point Person at Pleasant Lake, Deerfield, NH




Your Well’s Water Quality


Presentation on Wednesday, March 7 at Northwood Town Hall and Water Sample Collection Day on March 13 at Voting Location


Approximately 75% of Northwood’s year-round residents drink water from private wells. Testing of water from private wells is recommended at least once every five years, yet many homeowners do not routinely sample their water quality. While residents served by a public water supply benefit from federal regulations requiring routine testing for contaminants, it is up to the private well owner to test and if needed, treat his/her well water. Northwood’s Conservation Commission is hosting a presentation about private wells and drinking water quality, prepared by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in town hall. Sampling instructions and laboratory containers will be available at the presentation and at town hall during business hours March 8-13. 


The conservation commission will take your filled sampling containers at the voting location, St. Joseph’s Church Parish Center on Tuesday, March 13  (find the table near the bake sale table); or you can pick up a bag of bottles and bring the samples with your check ($85 for standard analysis of 17 parameters including pH, arsenic, lead, manganese, and bacteria; $20 extra for radon, $80 extra for radiological parameters) to the DHHS laboratory at 29 Hazen Drive in Concord. The laboratory’s entrance is on the west (river) side of the building. 


The MtBE Bureau of NHDES has generously offered to pay to analyze up to 140 samples from private wells for Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), which typically costs $125 to $160 per sample. VOC analysis detects gasoline compounds, solvents, and other carbon-based contaminants. You may take advantage of this offer by picking up bottles and being among the first 140 residents to deliver your sample on March 13.



Letter To The Editor



We are cruisin’. Not only did both Deliberative Sessions end before lunch, the Budget Committee meetings did, too. We were so efficient and agreeable that we approved 14 of 19 spending articles unanimously.


And we were also in unanimous DISAPPROVAL of Article 13 to purchase a new police cruiser.


That wasn’t because we disagreed with Chief Drolet that a new cruiser was needed to replace one of the worn-out cars. Rather, it was because we, as a group, agreed with the Chief that cruisers should be seen as an operating expense of the department and as such, should be included in the operating budget.


So the Budget Committee put money into the operating budget to purchase a cruiser and passed it 15/0.


Then we came to a warrant article to purchase a new cruiser and we voted unanimously against it. So I was surprised when the Selectmen included it in the warrant articles brought forward at the Deliberative Session.


This created a difficult situation because if the voters approve the operating budget but defeat the warrant article, the cruiser that we need cannot be purchased. “No means no,” as the town attorney explained.


Budget Committee Chair Ginger Dole saved the day - and the cruiser - by amending the article “to establish a committee to study the best way to fund police cruisers on an ongoing basis.”


But the question remains: What were the Selectmen thinking?


IMHO, it’s time for some better thinking on the BOS.


And while you’re at it, re-elect me to the Budget Committee.


Tom Chase




This Weekend’s LRPA After Dark Feature:

1950’s “The File On Thelma Jordan”


Join Lakes Region Public Access Television at 10:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday night (March 2 & 3) for our “LRPA After Dark” presentation of 1950’s film noir crime drama “The File on Thelma Jordan,” starring Barbara Stanwyck and Wendell Corey. 


Assistant District Attorney Cleve Marshall (Corey) is having marriage problems, which aren’t helped by the fact that he’s gone on a drunken bender and missed his anniversary celebration with his wife. Enter into his office the seductive and mysterious Thelma Jordan (Stanwyck), to whom Cleve feels an immediate attraction. She’s there to report an attempted burglary at the house of her elderly Aunt Vera. Cleve can’t get Thelma out of his mind, and the two begin an affair. Meanwhile, Thelma has also been seeing Tony Laredo, a thug and a thief. Of course, she lies to Cleve about their relationship. Sometime later, Aunt Vera is shot by an intruder. Thelma calls Cleve to the house to help, all the while casting suspicion on Tony. Cleve gets assigned to the case. The evidence points to Thelma, and Cleve does everything he can to defend her, putting his reputation on the line. Although the odds are stacked against Thelma, Cleve chooses to believe her – but in the shadowy world of film noir, is anything ever the way it seems?


Barbara Stanwyck made her share of famous films noir, including two infamous films -- “The Strange Love of Martha Ivers” and “Double Indemnity,” – so it’s an interesting footnote that “The File on Thelma Jordan” is a relatively obscure film. It was generally well received by critics in its day, with Variety noting that it “…unfolds as an interesting, femme-slanted melodrama, told with a lot of restrained excitement.” It features very strong performances from both Stanwyck and Corey, the latter of whom was often relegated to supporting character roles. 


“The File on Thelma Jordan” deserves to be better known by film fans everywhere. So grab your popcorn and meet us after dark for this seldom-seen crime thriller from the past.



Congratulations to Stephen Dayton of Northwood on his retirement from the National Guard and Army after 37 years of service! His wife,  Kim, shares her pride with of all  us, for his sacrifices and service to this great country and the protection and defense of our freedoms and well-being!  Thank you for your service, Stephen!​












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