Northwood NH News

March 7, 2018


Congratulations to Northwood resident Curtis Frye, a Northeastern University student majoring in Business Administration. In addition to achieving distinction through the dean’s list, Frye is a member of the Northeastern University Honors Program.


To achieve the dean’s list distinction, students must carry a full program of at least four courses, have a quality point average of 3.5 or greater out of a possible 4.0 and carry no single grade lower than a C- during the course of their college career.



Mr. and Mrs. Charles LaMonica of Center Tuftonboro, New Hampshire are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Shannon LaMonica, to James Savage, son of Patricia Savage and the late Mr. John Savage of Northwood, New Hampshire. Ms. LaMonica, who received a Bachelors Degree from the University of Arizona in 1999 and a Masters Degree from Southern New Hampshire University in 2012, is employed as an IT Project Manager at Liberty Mutual in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.Mr. Savage, who graduated from Skidmore College in 1998 with a Bachelors Degree, is a commercial fisherman and the charter captain of the couple’s boat that fishes out of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A July 2019 wedding is planned.



This Weekend’s LRPA After Dark Feature: 

1932’s “The Most Dangerous Game”


Join Lakes Region Public Access Television at 10:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday night (March 9 & 10) for our “LRPA After Dark” presentation of 1932’s mystery-adventure “The Most Dangerous Game,” starring Joel McCrea, Fay Wray and Leslie Banks. Immediately following is an episode of vintage television: “Medic,” an early medical television show (1955) starring Richard Boone. This episode is a “what if” scenario – what happens after a nuclear strike to the city of Los Angeles? This seldom-seen episode is considered to be way ahead of its time.


“The Most Dangerous Game” opens aboard a luxury yacht sailing to South America. One of the passengers is big game hunter, author and adventurer Bob Rainsford (McCrea). The ship runs aground on a coral reef in dangerous, shark-infested waters. Several passengers enter the ocean but only Rainsford survives the shark attacks, swimming to a remote island. Looking for help, he comes upon the jungle fortress of Count Zaroff (Banks), an exiled Russian aristocrat. He also meets other victims of recent shipwrecks, including Eve Trowbridge (Wray) and her brother Martin. The Count, himself an avid sportsman who has turned the island into a private hunting preserve, knows of Rainsford’s hunting prowess and is delighted to host him as his island’s newest “guest.” Eve confides to Rainsford that she feels something is not right on the island – several other survivors have recently gone missing. Searching the fortress, they come across a room filled with big game trophies, and one of them is a man’s head! Rainsford realizes that the Count is a madman who hunts humans for sport. Rainsford and Eve soon find themselves as the prey in the most dangerous game! How will they escape with their lives?


“The Most Dangerous Game” began production at RKO Studios at the same time as “King Kong.” The films had the same producers, so to save money, they shared several of the same actors (notably, Fay Wray) and jungle sets, as well as the same editor, screenwriter and composer. Fans of “Kong” may feel a similar style and pace to “The Most Dangerous Game.” The film was very well received during its time by critics and moviegoers alike. Although the story has been adapted for film many times throughout the years, our version is considered to be the closest to the original story and still the very best. All three leads give solid performance, particularly Leslie Banks as the over-the-top Count Zaroff.  In his review, Mordaunt Hall of the New York Times noted, … “Through the imaginative fashion in which it has been produced … the fantastic theme of ‘The Most Dangerous Game’ makes a highly satisfactory melodrama.” What are you waiting for? Grab your popcorn and meet us after dark for this vintage thriller.​



Letter To The Editor

The Magliozzi Conjecture


Ray and the late Tom Magliozzi, AKA The Car Guys of NPR’s Car Talk, used to muse as to whether two heads were always better than one. Specifically, if the two heads were cognitively challenged – or “unencumbered by the thought process,” as they used to say – was the resulting decision better or, in fact, worse.


Worse, they concluded.


This seems to have been the case in the decision to fire Town Administrator Joe Gunter, with Rick Wolf joining D.J. Hodgdon in dismissing him. 


So what are we to do in light of the Magliozzi Conjecture?


I’m going to vote to increase the size of the Select Board from three to five. This will significantly reduce the probability that two members will make a dumb decision. Now you will need three!


I would also argue that there would then be five members to monitor and sit in on the meetings of other town committees and commissions. (Something they didn’t do before deciding to fire Joe.) Law requires that the Select Board send a representative to the Budget Committee, but others do not have this requirement.


For example, as a multi-year member of the Conservation Commission, I cannot remember a time when a Select Board member sat in on our monthly meetings. No wonder that they were so clueless when we came before them to discuss a conservation easement on Bennett Island.


So vote for the increase, and while you’re at, vote for some new blood – and brains – on the Select Board.


Oh, and re-elect me to the Budget Committee. After 15 years, I’m beginning to get the hang of it.


Tom Chase




Letter To The Editor


Tim Jandebeur is the only reasonable choice for Northwood’s school board. Tim’s credentials are impeccable: decades as a taxpayer in Northwood, a parent of Northwood children, a former Selectman and a current member of our school board. When others are afraid to ask the tough questions - Tim doesn’t hold back.


Why? Because he firmly believes it his duty is to protect the students and taxpayers or Northwood. Tim has a big heart and dedication to Northwood schools, the faculty, staff and students while providing essential transparency to our community.   


Unlike other school board members, Tim doesn’t do back room deals or political games. He puts us first. 


That’s why I hope you’ll vote for Tim [and only Tim] on Election Day. His opponents simply don’t hold his integrity. Tim’s opponents will forget the taxpayers and continue to approve big spending items that don’t help our students.


We must re-elect Tim. He’s the only candidate who can get our schools back on track and keep our taxes from rising.  


Cheryl Dean




Letter To The Editor


To the Editor,

“When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.” Benjamin Franklin.  Two horrible statements that I heard from Northwood School Board members will stay with me forever. One said “It’s not about the little old lady whose taxes will go up fifteen dollars.” the other, “democracy has not been very good for me and my family.” Well, the lady’s taxes went up far more than fifteen dollars last year and they will be far higher this November. The school tax alone is slated to go up $1.84 per thousand of your assessed value.


I do not support the school budget because it should reflect over $400 thousand due to saving like $126,519 in health insurance, $92,002 in transportation, $89,505 in special education, $29,999 in high school other and $80,385 in overstated Coe-Brown students. Our superintendent said that the Coe-Brown student count would be adjusted at the deliberative session to reflect the correct  number. Not surprising, it wasn’t. Not to mention another $200K on two positions that we said no to, over and over.


The default budget is overstated by that same $80,385. To me “fake news” is a fancy way of saying “lied.” Falsifying the default budget is “managing” it. There was another favorable legal ruling last week for taxpayers, many more to come.


A perfect storm is brewing. You have two more rubber stampers running for school board and a union president running for selectman. Money, money, money.  It could get a lot worse for that little old lady.


Tim Jandebeur






To the Residents of Northwood,

I wanted to take a moment to express my gratitude to the residents of Northwood and say it was truly a pleasure to have been part of the community over the last few years. I am very proud of what we accomplished and I wish the new Administrator every bit of luck and success during her time in the town. I hear she has good experience and is expected to do a great job, I hope she does.


But to that point, Northwood is changing and the town needs competent elected officials, which it is currently lacking, to help its new Administrator succeed.  Luckily there are emerging leaders that care for the town.  Leaders like Mike Smith, Colleen Krochmal, and Brian Winslow honestly care and want to make the town a nice place to live.  These people can be trusted to not slide back door contracts or tax breaks to their friends like we have seen selectmen do in 2016 and 2017.


We have a chance to put some excellent leaders in place during the March election.  Please get out and vote on March 13 vote and let’s get some honesty back into town government.  


Joe Gunter 

FormerTown Administrator





Earth Day is April 22 this year and the theme is “End Plastic Pollution.” 


Scientists predict that if nothing changes, by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans by weight. 


Earth Day is celebrated by 180 countries around the world. 


Every year in the US nearly 200 billion beverage containers are sold, 2/3 are land­filled. Recycling saves 3-5 times the energy that waste incinerator power plants generate. 


These are just a small sample of facts about plastic, many more are on Google if you care to look. The simple fact is we need to do better and we all know that we are responsible for our planet’s pollution to some extent. 


I think it would be great if someone at Coe-Brown organized a group of students to come and paint an Earth Day mural on our new storage trailer. If anyone wants to get this started, give me a call and we’ll start the process. 


As to the new swap shop building, I thought it would be here on March 2, but it is not arriving until March 9. Then we can get started on all that needs to be done to get it up and running. Our Coe-Brown kids need 40 hours of community service to graduate, maybe some would like to join us. We’d be glad to have them. 


In the meantime, remember if we all do what we can to recycle, we can save tax dollars and reduce the amount of trash we landfill. 


Til Next Time,

Viena Dow



Letter To The Editor

Vote for 5-Member Selectboard


On March 13th voters will be asked to vote on whether to expand our current three-member Selectboard to five. Having served as a Northwood selectmen (both elected twice and appointed twice), I am voting in favor of this article for the following reasons:


Better distribution of Selectmen workload – would allow for greater opportunity to assign executive-level work. More work can be completed and faster decision-making in a shorter amount of time.


Better Selectmen accessibility – would allow residents to have greater success in reaching a Selectman with issues of concern.


Greater Efficiency/Opportunities for offline discussions between Selectmen – the resolution of many of the executive-level decisions that Selectmen are asked to make requires significant analysis and discussion. Allowing some of this analysis and discussion to be completed and discussed by two Selectmen between meetings could produce more efficient and effective decision-making and increase the likelihood of more quickly achieving consensus.


More Flexibility/Opportunity for Selectmen Subcommittees – larger number of Selectmen would allow for the organization of two-person subcommittees. Such subcommittees could work in between regular Selectmen meetings to organize, delegate and complete required work.


Ease of Operation on Difficult/Controversial Issues – bringing a larger number of Selectmen perspectives to bear on difficult or controversial issues increases the likelihood that at least three members could agree and successfully address such issues.


Broader Diversity of Views/Skill Sets – increases the likelihood that there would be a greater number of perspectives on any given issue.


In summary, an expanded number of selectmen creates greater oversight of the town administrator position and broadens resident representation on the board. The board would have greater capacity to explore issues by allocating responsibilities to more members and decisions would be more thorough because two additional perspectives are present. Please vote YES on Warrant Article # 21.


Thank you,

Jim Hadley, MPA, MBA, MS





I am a combat veteran, having served active duty in the U.S Army from 2002-2004. During this time I learned about rank structure, leadership, and the basics of public safety.


After the military I became an RN, working closely with local police officers in the ER. I have continued to work closely with law enforcement, as an AEMT(Advanced Emergency Medical Technician).


As a lieutenant for Northwood Fire, I have had the honor of working directly with Northwood Police Department for the last couple years. In addition to my own personal experience, my husband was employed by Northwood Police Department for over five years.


Throughout this time I have learned about many of the strengths and weaknesses of our police department. I have seen first hand the hard work that our officers do. I’ve also had the opportunity to speak to many members of our PD, to hear their concerns, as well as the concerns of many community members.  This has given me a unique perspective of our police department, perhaps stronger than our current commission.


One of my primary concerns for Northwood is retention, or lack thereof. In the last seven months Northwood Police has had three officers resign. All of these officers are still police officers, but chose to leave Northwood.


Currently our town is significantly understaffed, and the safety of our citizens is certainly in question. I believe it is time for our police commission to start questioning why so many officers are leaving Northwood?


My hope is to gain a better understanding of the Northwood Police Department by asking more questions. I plan to get to the root of the issues, to increase retention, and to make accountability and community safety a priority.  


Colleen Krochmal





To the Northwood Voters,

Town elections are Tuesday, March 13th, and we have three candidates running for the two school board seats. No doubt, readers of The Sun are familiar with the incumbent, Tim Jandebeur.  He has printed in this publication that he feels his purpose on the board is to inform the taxpayers of the ways the school is misusing taxpayer money. We have no doubt that that’s what he believes he’s done, and hope that he was motivated by doing what he felt was in the best interests of the community.


We feel, however, that our community deserves more from its elected officials, namely, solutions. While we don’t agree and won’t agree on everything, we know that to improve our school and to keep our budget lean, we must be able to discuss concerns with an aim for finding solutions and making improvements. We understand that writing and speaking negatively about people we disagree with causes hostility, and that a hostile work environment is not one where solutions and improvements are found. In short, a respectful environment is not just nice, it’s essential for a productive environment. 


So our town has a choice on March 13th. We sincerely hope that you will come out to vote in favor of ideas and neighborly respect.


Thank you,

Brian Winslow and Amy Hanavan



Letter To The Editor


Northwood deserves better.


A school board works best when there is a level of trust and harmony between board members.  Cooperation does not require agreement on issues -- indeed, a diversity of opinions and viewpoints that leads to vigorous discussions and deliberations improves the quality and efficiency of the school.  But there does need to be a measure of honesty and respect present in order for this to achieve the goals that we all want, such as an improved education and more efficient budgets.


Unfortunately, the past few years, we’ve been saddled with a board member that routinely violates these cooperative and ethical principles and continues to try to sabotage the board’s work while often skipping participation in the relevant discussions at public board meetings.  Instead we see his negative views showcased in letters-to-the-editor and other mediums where public discussion is not possible.  Such attempts to torpedo our school and personnel leads to strife both at the school and in town. These actions lead to situations where critical staff, such as superintendents and bus drivers, no longer want to work with the town.  This has a huge negative impact on the school, the kids, and the taxpayers.


A school board member receives a $2000 annual stipend from the taxpayers, and it is expected that they will do the job they are elected for. Our incumbent board member happily takes this money but fails to deliver on the basic job requirements such as being prepared for meetings, reviewing and endorsing state financial forms, pledging to operate ethically, and voting on critical school policies.


We deserve better. 


Please join me on voting for fresh faces and a new commitment to cooperation and trust on the school board by voting for Amy Hanavan and Brian Winslow for school board on March 13th.


Keith McGuigan



Letter To The Editor


It has been a privilege to serve the citizens of Northwood as a police commissioner and I appreciate the support that has been shown to me over the years.   I seek your vote on March 13 to continue to serve the community in this position. 


I am a lifelong resident of Northwood, attended Coe-Brown Academy and NH Technical Institute, and am a Vietnam Veteran. I have served as chairman of the recreation commission, member and past president of the Saddleback Mountain Lions Club, and represented the police commission as a member of the Safety Complex Committee.  Supporting local youth sports, particularly Little League teams, has been important to me for many years.


If re-elected to the commission, I will continue to work together with my fellow commissioners to provide proper equipment and training for the officers, provide competitive pay and benefits in order to retain qualified personnel, and continue to update technology to insure an efficient and cost-effective department that serves its citizens well. I ask for your vote for Northwood Police Commissioner on March 13. 


Richard Cummings












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