Northwood NH News

March 14, 2018


Easter Egg Hunt

​Attention kids of ALL ages-be on the lookout around town for the Easter Bunny’s little helper. He will soon be hopping down the bunny trail spreading springtime cheer throughout Northwood! You never know where he will be seen from day to day.


Join the Northwood Recreation Department for our 8th Annual Easter Egg Hunt! There are two Easter Egg Hunts based on the age of the participants. For children ages 10 and under the date is Saturday, March 24. Be on the lookout for the Easter Bunny around 9:45am.  Where there is an egg hunt there is bound to be a bunny nearby.  The Easter Egg Hunt will begin at 10:00 AM SHARP at the Northwood Elementary School.  There will be 2 golden eggs hidden in each age group.  Find a golden egg and receive a special prize! Don’t forget to bring your own basket and cameras.  This is a free event and is open to Northwood Residents only.


For youth ages 11 and over there is a FLASHLIGHT Easter Egg Hunt on Friday, March 23 at 8:00ish (after it gets dark) at Northwood Elementary School.  Join the race for the Golden Egg IN THE DARK. Be sure to bring A FLASHLIGHT and something to collect eggs in. This is also a free event and is open to Northwood Residents only. For additional information contact the Recreation Department at or 942-5586 x209.



This Weekend’s LRPA After Dark Feature: 

1936’s “Great Guy”


Join Lakes Region Public Access Television at 10:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday night (March 16 & 17) for our “LRPA After Dark” presentation of 1936’s seldom-seen crime drama “Great Guy,” starring James Cagney and Mae Clarke. Stay with us after the movie, as we run some vintage cartoons!


The plot for “Great Guy” is fairly straightforward. Retired prizefighter Johnny Cave (Cagney), engaged to his girlfriend Janet Henry (Clarke) and trying to make a decent living, accepts the position of Deputy Chief in the New York City Bureau of Weights and Measures. Soon enough, he discovers that his department is filled with corruption, deceptive business practices and lies, all of which are cheating hard-working families struggling through the final years of the Great Depression. Cave takes on the dishonest bureaucrats and businessmen, rebuffing threats and bribes, and getting into more than his share of physical altercations. His career, his life with Janet, and his future are all under attack, but what can an ex-boxer and all-around “great guy” do, except to fight for what he believes is right?


“Great Guy” was Cagney’s first film at Grand National Pictures, one of the so-called “Poverty Row” Hollywood studios that specialized in low budget B-movies. Cagney had been out of the spotlight for more than a year due to litigation over his walkout at Warner Bros. He was sick of being typecast as the “tough guy” and wanted more control over the types of roles he was being offered. The production values on “Great Guy” are decidedly low, especially by comparison to the movies that Cagney had made up until that time, but the storyline is solid and entertaining, and the performances, particularly those from the two leads and the many supporting actors, are solid. The viewer will realty feel the influence of the Great Depression on this film: the average American was feeling the economic pinch, and our hero fought for their everyday struggles. If you’re a Cagney lover, then “Great Guy” is for you. It showcases the actor’s unique charisma and his reflection of American integrity, doing what’s right, even if the costs are high. It has been described by some film devotees as the “most off-beat film noir that you’ll ever see.” How can you resist? So grab your popcorn and meet us after dark for this rare gem of a film.



Pvt. John Bickford Gets His Headstone

Submitted By Richard Doucet, Joseph J. Jeffrey Post 7217, Communications Officer


“Any nation that does not honor its heroes will not long endure”

-Abraham Lincoln


There is a philosophy in the military that is codified in the US Army Ranger motto “No one is left behind”.  An American hero, Northwood native son, and military veteran has been left behind. His remains are buried in an unmarked grave in a closed cemetery. His identity and location known only to a few dedicated persons in Northwood.  However, that will now change.


Pvt. John Bickford of Starks Regiment, Dearborn’s Company, Continental Army will now have a headstone indicating who he was and how he served in the Revolutionary War.


This nearly two-year long journey of discovery started at our June 2016 VFW meeting when some of us noted that it was a shame that many really old grave markers were in disrepair or even missing. As the post’s communications officer I was asked to do a story on the Northwood cemeteries, especially the really old sites.


With the patient help of Mr. Stephen Bailey of Northwood I learned a lot about the cemeteries and their upkeep and produced an article carried in the SVS.


In a following meeting we voted to petition the Town of Northwood to allow the post to attempt to do something about a site.  We decided that the most likely candidate would be the site of a Revolutionary War soldier.  This would be an older site as these are more likely to need reconditioning and are least likely to have any remaining family to maintain them.  But who to pick and how to find them?  


We were greatly helped by Mr. Sherman Elliot of Northwood.  His detailed knowledge of the history of the town pointed us to the documents we needed to find revolutionary war veterans’ names.  Mr. Bailey stepped in again to help by locating the resting place of Pvt. Bickford.  When I discussed finding someone who could produce a period headstone for Pvt. Bickford he pointed out that the Veterans’ Administration (VA) might do that.  Shannon Brown, Past State Commander of the NH VFW, and member of the Northwood post, provided me with the VA web page that verified that the VA would provide a headstone for Pvt. Bickford if , and that was a big if, it could be proven that Pvt. Bickford served in the Continental Army and was paid or received other certain compensations for his service.


Once again Mr. Elliot provided me with the documents needed to try and get this proof.  Ninety days and $30.00 later I received the copies of the pay records of Pvt. Bickford, dating back to 1775, from the National Archives in Washington DC.  Now we were really on a roll!


Two other hurdles had to be overcome:  authorization from the family for the monument and some proof of death/internment.


On the first count there was no family to go to. And, though I tried through the town, the Sate of NH Office of Vital Statistics and even the Governor’s Office, there were no records that go back to 1842, the year Pvt. Bickford died.  Once again Mr. Bailey came forward and the Town of Northwood provided documentation that gave us permission to install the headstone and attested that other historical documentation proved that Pvt. Bickford was indeed buried in the Canterbury Cemetery in Northwood.  All that was now needed was someone to accept the headstone and certify it was installed  


Mr. John A Hall, Hall Monuments of Northwood agreed to do both. I sent off the application to Quantico, VA on Nov 25, 2017.  On March 1, 2018 I was informed by Mr. Hall that headstone had been delivered…Pvt. Bickford would not be forgotten!


We are now starting to plan a rededication ceremony and wreath laying at the site in the near future. We will be looking for the participation of other veterans’, community, military, and historical organization to join us.  If your organization would be interested in participating send me a short letter (e-mail) of intent to: Commander Post 7217, to assist us in our planning.


As I pointed out in my article on the cemeteries, we do so much to house the items that were used in great events in museums but do so little to remember the people who were there and used those items.  The marking of a location where lies the remains of one of these heroes seems one way to help the younger generations understand who helped establish and defend the freedoms that we all have today.


The charter of the VFW states that we are dedicated to honoring the memory of all of our veterans…but we need not be the only ones who do that.  Any civic group…(Scouts, are you looking for and Eagle Scout project?)…can do what we did.  It took nearly two years to find the path to doing it but now the path is clear…it can be done again.


President John F Kennedy may have said it best…and I take the liberty to update what he said: 


“A nation reveals itself not only by the men (and women) it produces but also by the men (and women) it honors.  The men (and women) it remembers.


Pvt. John Bickford is not forgotten.



Letter To The Editor


As we know, something has to be done about the trash overflow at the transfer station. The Board of Selectmen have purchased a new container for the compactor. This one is a 45 yd. container, the old one is a 40yd. Hopefully this extra 5 yards will be enough. The cost was $8,040 and the monies came from the expendable trust, so no tax impact. The monies from this fund comes from recycling programs and is used for improvements to the facility. This is where the money came from for the new swap shop and bulb, battery storage trailer. The trailer is set up for use and the new building will be here Friday. (March 9) 


Everything we recycle is not only kept out of landfills, it earns money so that when we need to make improvements to the facility the money is there. 


I’ve noticed over the last few weeks that many who use the facility are not recycling and some don’t have a permit on their windshield. If you don’t have a permit, you are not allowed to use the facility. Permits are available at the town hall. Recycling is mandatory, if you don’t understand the term, call me and I’ll explain it. 


If you don’t choose to recycle, get a dumpster or have curb-side pick-up. That way you won’t have to sort anything and you can act like it’s 1952 and there are no consequences to your actions. For anyone who thinks this letter is too harsh, and I know some of you do, remember your paying the bill.


Til Next Time

Viena Dow



Northwood School And Cbna Registered Nurses Attend Nh School Nurse Association Conference

Submitted By Beth Benham, Rn,  Bsn


Northwood School and CBNA Registered Nurses Beth Benham and Laurie Foster attended the NH School Nurse Association conference on Saturday, March 10 to become Stop the Bleeding Trainers. 


They learned and practice the skills necessary to help stop significant bleeding that can result from a variety of injuries, including gunshot wounds.  Being able to stop or slow bleeding from severe injuries can reduce loss of life in mass casualty incidents like active shooter events.


Mrs. Foster and Mrs. Benham plan to have trauma kits placed around their respective school buildings and to train at least some of their school colleagues in how to Stop the Bleeding, a skill that is being taught to non-medical people all across the country. 


Much as laypeople have contributed to saving lives by learning and performing CPR, AED use and emergency first aid, they can also learn when and how to properly apply strong, steady pressure, pack a wound and apply a pressure dressing and/or tourniquet while waiting for EMS to arrive.  The more people in a community that are able to do this, the more lives can be saved.












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