Northwood NH News

February 7, 2018




The Coe-Brown Northwood Academy chapter of Future Business Leaders of America will be celebrating FBLA Week during the week of February 4 through the 10th. FBLA members are America’s future leaders in our community.  The group participates in five activities throughout the year -Professional Development; fundraising for attendance to workshops, socials/networking, and State Leadership Conferences; civic activities locally; social/networking activities to connect education with businesses/government; and service—helping local businesses with getting THEIR work done while learning at the same time.


Wednesday, Feb. 7, will bring a presentation on the Opioid Crisis and awareness in CBNA’s Library from 2:30 pm until 3:30 pm. All Career and Technical Student Organizations will be in attendance. On Thursday, Feb. 8, the group will celebrate FBLA Awareness Day. Members will wear blue and gold and distribute FBLA flyers and applications, and on Friday, Feb. 9, the winner of the Wellness/Fitness Challenge will be announced and members plan to end the week with a pizza social.


If you have any questions about this organization, want more information, or just want to learn more about FBLA, contact Dr. Zylak - at CBNA or our State and Local Officer, senior Nathaniel Schroeder for details.



Letter To The Editor

Bennett Island Saved


Last weekend (1/27), I attended the annual meeting of Bear-Paw Regional Greenways, the non-profit conservation organization with which the Northwood Conservation Commission has worked. I was delighted to learn that the effort to raise $200,000 to purchase a conservation easement on Bennett Island had reached its goal and the deal is getting done.


Bennett Island is a 10+-acre island that sits just off Mary Waldron Beach in Bow Lake, partly in Strafford and partly in Northwood. It hosts a Bald Eagle’s nest and a loon nest along its shores.


I also learned that when the fund-raising faltered, the Strafford Conservation Commission doubled their initial $25,000 pledge to $50,000.


The Northwood Conservation Commission, on which I serve, considered a similar $25,000 contribution, but when we presented this idea to the Select Board in the fall, we were “shot down.”


I am not here to re-litigate the matter. The island is protected from development in perpetuity, and that is the important thing.


But I am here to ask voters who care about conserving special places to consider this when they cast their vote for Selectman in the upcoming election.


Tom Chase




Important Dates To Remember


School Deliberative Session: Thursday, February 8, at 6 pm at Northwood School Gymnasium.  Northwood registered voters will discuss the school district warrant articles, including the 2018-2019 proposed school budget, and take any action on them before the articles are placed on the official ballot.


Town Meeting Second Session-Elections: Tuesday, March 13 at St. Joseph’s Parish Center next to the town hall. Ballot voting will take place for town and school positions; town and school warrant articles including proposed budgets; and proposed amendments to the zoning ordinance.  Polls are open 7 am to 7 pm.


Northwood Recreation has two events coming up this month that you won’t want to miss. Winter Family Fun Day is Saturday, February 10 from 2-4 at the recreation field at Northwood Ridge.  There will be lots of activities including ice skating, snowman contest, snow games and a bonfire.  On Saturday, February 18, 8 am to 11 am, the 11th Annual Ice Fishing Derby will be held on Harvey Lake. Children ages 15 and under can try their hand at ice fishing to win prizes and enjoy a fun outdoor winter activity. Complete details on both events may be viewed at the Northwood NH Recreation Commission Facebook page. 


Letter To The Editor


To the Editor,

School choice is coming. It won’t be in a big swoosh but it’s on its way.


In NH it really started with a legal ruling between Croydon and the Department of Education. You can look up the case but to cut to the chase it broke the glass ceiling on the monopoly that public schools have had on education.


Further bills have passed both the House and Senate here in NH. This is just the beginning. Of course the issue is money, not the best education possible for our children. We’ll have plenty of time to talk as this change takes hold.


Choice scares the heck out of those in public education, even though they are the ones driving the desire of many parents. Right now only the rich have a real choice. However, there are parents with little means that give up a lot to send their children to private schools.


Private school for K-8 run $6K and high schools over $7K in NH. In the 2009/10 year, we have an average of 15 homeschooled children. It has more than doubled now. Why? Poor education, politics in school, religion and pushing false science were some of the reasons given at a public meeting in Deerfield.


However, some towns do their best to provide choice. I mentioned that Coe-Brown gave Nottingham a three year, much better cost than Northwood has. Trying to tilt who goes where. Nottingham high school students can go to and are bussed to their choice, Dover High or CB.


If asked, 95 out of 100 Northwood residents would assume that most would go to CB. Not so. Of the 60 students going to high school next year, two thirds are going to Dover, their choice. Chew on that awhile.


Tim Jandebeur




Letter To The Editor


To the Editor,

Last May, Center School Cooperative Preschool in Northwood made the difficult decision to close their doors. For over 35 years the school had provided preschool education to the children of Northwood, Nottingham, Strafford, and Pittsfield.


The board of directors wanted to ensure that the surplus they had after closing would continue to serve the children in these communities. The board presented End 68 Hours of Hunger SAU #44 with a generous donation. 


With this money, we hope to start providing some fresh options to our menu. We would like to sincerely thank the board for their generosity and support.


End 68 Hours of Hunger provides food bags to students in our schools that may not have access to food over the weekends and during school vacations. If you or a family member you know could benefit from our program, please reach out to your school’s guidance counselors or administration.


We never know the identity of the students receiving weekend food, we do not ask about family finances that would qualify children, we do not turn away anyone in need.


For more information about our program or information on volunteering or donating, you can email us at


Sarah Laliotis and Linda Kramas

End 68 Hours of Hunger Coordinators



This Weekend’s LRPA After Dark Feature: 

1939’s “Love Affair”


Celebrate Valentine’s Day early! Join Lakes Region Public Access Television at 10:30 PM this Friday and Saturday night (February 9 & 10) for our “LRPA After Dark” presentation of 1939’s romantic melodrama “Love Affair,” starring Irene Dunne and Charles Boyer. 


In “Love Affair,” two strangers — French playboy Michel Marnet (Boyer) and American singer Terry McKay (Dunne) — meet aboard a cross-Atlantic ocean liner and fall in love, despite the fact that each are engaged to marry someone else. They agree to meet six months later at the top of the Empire State Building. Fate, however, intervenes, and their plan takes a different turn.


If this plot sounds familiar, it should be, as “Love Affair” has been remade twice; in 1957 as “An Affair to Remember” with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr, and again in 1994 as “Love Affair” starring Warren Beatty and Annette Bening. “Love Affair” was a very popular movie in its time, and received six Academy Award nominations, including Best Actress, Supporting Actress (a haunting Maria Ouspenskaya), Art Direction, Screenplay, Song and Picture. The New York Times described “Love Affair” as “ … an extraordinarily fine film … a glowing and memorable picture.” “Love Affair” is bona fide classic! So grab your popcorn and join LRPA after dark for this crime drama from the past. 



Letter To The Editor


I went to the last selectmen’s meeting with information about our plastic recycling and TV disposal programs. My intention was not to tell them what to do, it was to give them the cost figures so they could make an informed decision about these programs. 


We’re paying over $400 per ton to dispose of TVs. Someone needs to be checking to find the best hauling deals around. If this is the best deal, so be it, but we need to know this is our only option. It doesn’t mean we charge more to residents to cover the cost, it means find a better way. 


Six loads of plastic were hauled in 2017 and because we have only one compactor for garbage we had to put the overflow in the furniture bin sixteen times. All six loads were polluted with either cardboard or the wrong kind of plastic which means they were land-filled not recycled.


So, the next time you rinse out a plastic jug, squash it to fit in your bin, then bring it to the transfer station and put it in the compactor that should be used for trash, remember that it’s being buried just like our garbage. We are not saving the world from plastic, it is not being made into anything else, it’s being buried. 


Our plastic program is not accomplishing anything except making a mess when our one trash compactor is full. We need to find a better way to dispose of plastic. Until that time, the selectmen have to make the right decision, and start using both compactors for trash. There are better ways to dispose of plastic, we just need to find them.


Viena Dow












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