Northwood NH News

April 4, 2018


Letter To The Editor


For many years my family and I have often had the pleasure of attending musical performances and religious services at the Chapel of Saints Peter and Paul at St. Paul’s School in Concord.


This magnificent church will soon be celebrating its 125th anniversary. When I’m at a concert or service there it’s easy to imagine I’m in an historic English cathedral. 


St. Paul’s School Chapel Music Director Nicholas White is a remarkably accomplished choir director, organist, and composer. His has held positions at Cambridge University, Washington National Cathedral, Columbia University, and elsewhere. He is also Music Director at The Boston Cecilia, a choral society founded in 1876.


This Sunday, April  8th, at 4 PM, Mr. White will be conducting a service of Choral Evensong at the Chapel with the combined choirs of St. Paul’s School and the Episcopal High School of Alexandria Virginia. The public is welcome, and it’s free.


Choral Evensong is an Anglican tradition that began in 1549, but its roots go back to the monasteries and churches of the Middle Ages. The approximately 45 minute service at St. Paul’s is held several times each academic year. It is celebrated using the traditional Anglican Book of Common Prayer. 


The Chapel is on the campus of St. Paul’s School, 325 Pleasant Street in Concord. For more information visit the website of the Keiser Concert Series at St. Paul’s School.


Michael Faiella



Bumblebee Haven

Sarah Madore’s digital photo Bumblebee Haven was selected for the cover of the Northwood Annual Report from a large group of artwork submitted by Coe-Brown Northwood Academy students. The colors and intensity of the photo evoke a feeling of a New England summer.  Sarah is a senior at Coe-Brown and has taken a variety of art classes over the four years which have helped her to develop her own style.  She always leans toward drawing and painting, and also pursues photography as a hobby.


The annual report also includes many other photos and drawings of Coe-Brown students throughout its pages. The Northwood Board of Selectmen and the Coe-Brown Northwood Academy Art Department has worked collaboratively for many years to include student artwork on the pages of the annual report.


If you have not yet picked up your printed copy of the report, be sure to stop in the town office during regular business hours Monday-Friday 8-4. The report includes financial reports of the town and school district, reports of boards and committees, meeting dates, contact information, vital statistics and much more. 



This Weekend’s LRPA After Dark Feature: 

1919’s “Broken Blossoms”


Join Lakes Region Public Access Television at 10:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday night (April 6 & 7) for our “LRPA After Dark” presentation of 1919’s silent film masterpiece, D.W. Griffith’s “Broken Blossoms,” starring Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess and Donald Crisp. 


Cheng Huan (Barthelmess) is a shopkeeper who moved to London from China with the hopes of using his Buddhist teachings to change the violent ways of Western civilization. After several years in the city’s squalid Limehouse District, he has become disillusioned, often spending his free time smoking opium. One bright light in his dreary existence is Lucy (Gish), a lovely young girl who sometimes shops in his neighborhood. Lucy lives with her father, the brutish alcoholic boxer “Battling” Burrows (Crisp). Burrows regularly beats Lucy for any mistake, including accidentally spilling soup on his hand. After a particularly bad beating, Lucy wanders the streets and collapses in Huan’s shop. He dresses her wounds, nurses her back to health and through kindness, restores her humanity and dignity. She experiences hope and happiness for the first time in her wretched life, and the two begin to fall in love. By chance, one of Burrows’ friends discovers Lucy in Huan’s shop and tells the boxer. He is outraged that Lucy is associating with a foreigner and goes to the shop to seek his revenge. What will happen to young Lucy and her hero Cheng? Can their innocent yet forbidden love survive?


Anyone familiar with the films of director D.W. Griffith knows that he usually favored spectacle, including high production values, lengthy film times and elaborate sets. “Broken Blossoms” premiered in May of 1919, and critics and theatregoers alike were stunned by the story’s relative simplicity: three main characters, a straightforward story, and a brisk running time of 88 minutes. Critic were enchanted both by Gish’s ethereal beauty and Barthelmess’ restrained performance. It was a hit then, and, unlike some of Griffith’s more controversial films (“The Birth of a Nation” in particular), is considered one of his finest movies, and a silent film masterpiece. While contemporary viewers will note that the film’s ideas about race are woefully outdated (Huan is known as the “Yellow Man”), there is still much about the film that transcends time and place, particularly in its views of good and evil in everyday life.  In the decades since its release, “Broken Blossoms” continues to win over film historians and critics. “Broken Blossoms” is included in author Steven Schneider’s book 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die. In writing about “Broken Blossoms”, noted film critic Roger Ebert wrote: 


Griffith in 1919 was the unchallenged king of serious American movies … “Broken Blossoms” was seen as brave and controversial. What remains today is the artistry of the production, the ethereal quality of Lillian Gish, the broad appeal of the melodrama, and the atmosphere of the elaborate sets. And its social impact. Films like this, naive as they seem today, helped nudge a xenophobic nation toward racial tolerance.


What else do you need to know? Grab your popcorn and meet us after dark for this treasure of the silent screen.




Merritt P. Kathan II

Merritt P. Kathan II, 53, a long time resident of Northwood, NH, passed away December 13, 2017 at his home in Ashland, NH, of heart condition.


Born October 31, 1960  in Boston, MA, he lived in Warren, VT, Deerfield, NH and Epsom, NH, but it was in Northwood, NH where he settled down and raised his two children with former spouse Heather Head Kathan of Newton, NH. Merritt P. Kathan III of Lakewood, Washington, who has a son and Kaitlyn Marie Eason of Dover, NH who has a daughter, a son and is expecting another daughter in May. 


Merritt was the redheaded youngest brother of 8 children: brothers Anthony Kathan of Webster, NH, Eric Sutphen of Epsom, NH, Charles Dean of Hampden, ME and Harry Dean of Allenstown, NH and sisters, Pamela Dulong of Allenstown, NH and Carole Nichols of Weed, CA. He was predeceased by brother William Sutphen of Pembroke, NH.


Merritt’s final resting place will be in Warren, VT beside his mother, Irene E. Zela and father, Merritt P. Kathan.


A celebration of life will be set for late summer at his church, Liberty Baptist, in Nottingham, NH, Date and time to be determined.












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