BAKE AND PLANT SALE
It’s Mother’s Day!--the time of year when you take Mom out to
eat and enjoy a nice meal together. But you are too full
for dessert. That’s OK, ‘cause by the time you get back to
Mom’s house, you can whip out a nice dessert you bought from the
ladies’ mission group at the Bake and Plant Sale at the
Northwood Advent Christian Church.
haven’t missed the sale! It is Saturday, May 12, 9-1 at 113
School Street (Route 107) in Northwood in The Narrows. Oh!
Some perennial plants would make a nice gift, too.
Letter To The Editor
was saddened by Ren and Chris Horne’s letter regarding pervasive
“liberal creep” in Northwood. Ron shared that “erosive liberal
ideals” (with ‘school and social programs cited) are a “disease”
which has replaced ‘common sense values.’ He concluded with “a
lack of common sense typical of liberal idealism.”
am a Northwood resident, and a liberal, and disagree, being
entitled to my opinion, just as Ron is entitled to his as a
conservative. Yet, let us all remember that opinions are only
that, opinions. Ron heaped derision and insult upon a broad
group of people who believe differently than he does, people who
are his neighbors and townsfolk; who likely attend his church,
who might be relations. I personally do not believe it possible
for the 4,000+ citizens of Northwood to be of a single opinion
on every issue, therefore a difference of opinion is inevitable.
Indeed, I believe a difference of opinion healthy, leading to
growth, freedom, and choice.
Since complete uniformity of thought is impossible, I’d rather
we strive towards tolerance, and even kindness and respect for
those with differing views than our own. Share your viewpoint,
yes, by citing specific items coming up for vote and presenting
a well-reasoned and empirical argument as to why the vote should
go one way or another. The Hornes are moving, apparently, though
they fear that people who disagree with them are everywhere, yet
I am staying in Northwood, not because people agree with me
here, but because I am optimistic that we can have a community
that respects each other and abides by the basic tenants of
civility, tolerance, open-mindedness, maturity, and compassion.
I believe Northwood to be that community as much as any other.
It’s “May Murder Madness” As LRPA Highlights Cinema Noir
All Month Long!
Weekend’s Feature: 1956’s “Please Murder Me!”
Throughout May, Lakes Region Public Access Television will
highlight some of the most dark and gritty movies ever to come
out of Hollywood! Join us each Friday and Saturday night at
10:30 p.m. for “May Murder Madness,” a tribute to vintage film
noir. This weekend (May 11 & 12), we’re proud to present 1956’s
crime drama “Please Murder Me!” starring Angela Lansbury and
Told in flashback, “Please Murder Me!” is the story of a deadly
love triangle involving attorney Craig Carlson (Burr), who’s
fallen hard for Myra Leeds (Lansbury), the wife of Joe (played
by character actor Dick Foran), Craig’s close friend and WWII
buddy. Craig owes Joe his life and so is tormented by his
feelings for Myra. Joe tells Craig in confidence that he
suspects Myra of having an affair. It’s too much for Craig to
bear, so he confesses to Joe that he’s “the other man.”
Surprisingly, Joe isn’t angry – he asks Craig for a few days to
think things over. Craig is mystified by Joe’s behavior. When he
asks Myra about it, she advises him to do nothing until Joe
responds. A few nights later, Myrna shoots Joe, claiming
self-defense. Craig, while shocked by his friend’s alleged
behavior, agrees to serve as Myra’s attorney. He defends her
superbly, even putting his own reputation on the line,
anticipating a happy and peaceful life after the conclusion of
the trial. But there is more, it seems, to Myra than meets
“Please Murder Me!” is one of the least-known entries in the
film noir genre. While it certainly is a small, low budget
thriller, it is a thriller nonetheless, and features some
wonderful plot twists wrapped up in a bracing 78-minute film.
Angela Lansbury is terrific here, playing, as she often did
early in her career, the heartless femme fatale. Classic
television fans will likely recognize minor character actors
including Dick Foran as the cuckolded husband and Denver Pyle
(best known for shows such as “The Dukes of Hazard” and “The
Doris Day Show”) as a police lieutenant. But the standout is
Raymond Burr, who ironically, up until that point in his career,
usually played the bad guy (who can forget him as the ruthless
killer in Hitchcock’s “Rear Window”?). Burr’s intelligent and
earnest lawyer, who is more than slightly unhinged by the film’s
end, was likely the model for his biggest, career-defining role
-- that of TV lawyer Perry Mason. “Please Murder Me!” deserves
to be better known by film fans everywhere. So grab your popcorn
and meet us after dark for this seldom-seen thriller from the
Mark your calendars for these upcoming murderous movies:
18 & 19: 1946’s “The Strange Love of Martha Ivers”
24 & 25: 1950’s “D.O.A.”
Northwood Historical Society
2018 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Northwood Historical
Society. The first event to celebrate this milestone will
be our annual meeting on May 15, 2018 at the Northwood Community
Hall starting with a potluck supper followed by a brief business
meeting and a program.
potluck supper will be starting at 6:00 PM, please bring a dish
to share-salad, main dish or dessert and your place setting,
beverage will be provided.
program will start at 7:00 PM. Sarah Josepha Hale’s 1827
novel “Northwood” is probably the single most important reason
we now have a national Thanksgiving holiday. Northwood
resident Michael Faiella, will talk about Hale’s life, her
famous novel, her decades-long campaign for Thanksgiving, and
her many other accomplishments.
hope you will make plans to join us for this free and open to
the public event to help us celebrate our 50th Anniversary of
preserving the rich history of Northwood. New members are
Harvey Lake Watershed Association To Meet May 30
membership meeting of the Harvey Lake Watershed Association is
scheduled for Wednesday, May 30, 2018, at 6:30 p.m., at the
Northwood Town Hall, Route 4, Northwood.
meeting is to elect officers of the association for the next two
years. This annual meeting was postponed from last fall.
association is a small group of volunteers consisting of lake
residents who were formed fifteen years ago to protect the
watershed of Harvey Lake, which consists of the 116-acre lake
behind Coe Brown Academy and the immediate area of the lake.
association sponsors the annual Lake Host program for Harvey
Lake and conducts water testing through the state’s Volunteer
Lake Assessment Program. Volunteers also conduct an organized
weed-watching program to be on the lookout for invasive aquatic
annual meeting will be to hear reports and organize the
association’s activities during the upcoming year. To assure the
continued existence and vitality of the association, it is
absolutely essential that members attend and support their lake
association. Without continued volunteer support, the
organization cannot carry out its mission.
following positions are up for election at the May 30th meeting:
president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, weed watcher
captain, Lake Host point person, water quality coordinator, and
at-large directors. Any current member of the association is
eligible to be nominated for office.
members and those interested in the continued vitality of the
lake are welcome and urged to attend. For more information,
contact HLWA President Bob Charest at 892-3488 (text or voice)
or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Harvey Lake Watershed Association has again been awarded a Lake
Host grant to staff the boat ramp on Shore Drive through summer
of 2018. If you or someone you know would like to earn extra
money this summer, please send a letter of interest to
We seek responsible adults (age 18 and over) who will sit at the
boat ramp Saturdays or Sundays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. greeting
boaters and checking boats and trailers for invasive species.
The job pays $11 an hour. You must attend a paid two-hour
training session in May or June, and the position begins in late
June. For more information about the job, visit online at
Judge Judy or Supreme Court?
Although considered a “quasi-judicial board” the Northwood
Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) is neither led by a judge or
the highest court in the land. What is the zoning board and what
role does it have in municipal government? The ZBA consists of 5
regular members and 3 alternate members who decide on
applications for relief from the Northwood Zoning Ordinance.
The board is made up of volunteers who are residents of
Northwood, appointed by the selectmen who serve for a 3 year
term. There are currently three openings for alternate members
who vote when regular members are absent or recuse themselves.
There is no required knowledge or training. Numerous workshops
are available and the cost is paid by the town.
properties in Northwood are subject to the zoning ordinance and
each request for relief is heard based on the specifics of the
individual case and the criteria the state recommends as the
basis for granting a variance. The board meets the fourth
Monday of each month at the town hall. If you would like to
serve the community and have a willingness to learn, the zoning
board needs your help! Contact Administrator Kate Lafond
to submit a letter of interest.
Letter To The Editor
reminder that the the Northwood School Board still has a vacancy
(as of April 19), and will appoint a replacement to fulfill the
term through March of 2019. Anyone interested in serving
on the School Board should please submit a letter of intent to
Board Chairman Keith McGuigan via SAU #44, 23A Mountain Avenue,
Northwood, NH 03261, or by email at
by 4pm on May 16th. Feel free to include any relevant
experience or qualifications. Thank you.
Northwood School Board
Chesley Memorial Library News
Library Patron Survey
you miss the chance to respond to our patron survey? There’s
still time to fill one out online until June 30! We are
interested in your opinion about the Chesley Memorial Library
and the services we provide. Patron surveys help us to
determine what materials and services to offer at the Chesley
Memorial Library. This survey will give you the opportunity to
make valuable and specific suggestions to us as we plan for the
future. Please go to our web site (www.chesleylib.com) and
take a moment to provide us with this important information.
Thank you for your input.
Cupcake War Winner
Congratulations to Anthony DeBello, winner of the fourth annual
Chesley Memorial Library Cupcake War! The cupcakes are getting
more elaborate every year and we heard lots of comments this
year about how wonderful all of the cupcakes looked so
congratulations to all of our participants. And thank you
to everyone who voted!
Humor&Harmony is back! The Chesley Memorial Library and
the Friends of the Northwood Libraries will sponsor
“Humor&Harmony” featuring Rebecca Rule and Cordwood at the
Masonic Hall on Route 4 in Northwood on Saturday, May 19, from
7:00-9:00 p.m. Special guest Joel Sherburne from Calef’s Country
Store will also be on hand to delight the audience with his own
special brand of humor. Suggested donation is $6.00 per
person at the door. Refreshments will be available to
purchase and the Friends will hold a silent auction to raise
funds to benefit the library.
Rebecca Rule is a humorist/writer who specializes in funny
stories about New Hampshire. Rebecca Rule gathers and
tells stories and she’ll be telling some of her funniest ones
for Humor and Harmony. Her latest book is Sixty years of cuttin’
the cheese: Joel Sherburne and Calef’s famous country store.
Other books include: N is for NH, an ABC book for children and
adults with photographs by Scott Snyder; The Iciest, Diciest,
Scariest Sled Ride Ever, illustrated by Jennifer Thermes; Moved
and Seconded: NH Town Meeting; and Could Have Been Worse:
True Stories, Embellishments, and Outright Lies. She hosts
Our Hometown on NHPTV.
Cordwood is a bluegrass and folk quartet made up of
instrumental, vocal, and recording artists from Northwood,
Durham, and Deerfield. This is not your local neighborhood
hobby band. They are a fine group of seasoned New England
musicians. Each can hold his or her own at field picking
or a back stage jam, and yet, as a band, they present a highly
polished on-stage performance. All four members of
Cordwood are storytellers and songwriters, creating original
material for instrumentalists who can sing and harmonize,
sometimes taking the lead vocal, other times hanging back and
lending two, three, or even four part harmonies to a song.
Cordwood provides a unique sound to both originals and the
covers they perform. Their tunes remain heartfelt and
down-home. The band’s material is a mixture of traditional
bluegrass, folk, and swing. Cordwood is Wini Scovill Young
on banjo and guitar, Walt Kutylowski on bass, Al Pratt on
guitar, and Bob Young on mandolin, names you may remember from
Big Chicken, The Deerfield Coffeehouse Band, and Fat Hands.
Writers In Bloom Group
Still too cold for your flowers gardens to bloom? Don’t
worry; writers are blooming at the Chesley Memorial Library!
Local writers — whether beginner, much published, or somewhere
in between — are invited to a free weekly writers’ workshop on
Tuesdays from 2:00 to 3:30 pm at the Chesley Memorial Library
now through May 22. Sessions include group critique,
writing exercises, and craft discussion. Some participants may
want to come early or stay late for some quiet writing time. All
genres welcome. Get some writing done, learn from each
other, and have some fun, too! Local writers like Carol Owen
will take turns leading the group sessions with Becky and Adi
Rule popping in to lead some of the sessions as well.
Think Spring! Words And Watercolors
“Think Spring! Words and Watercolors” will be on display at the
Chesley Memorial Library until May 23. Northwood School
students in Mrs. Ahlberg’s fourth grade class have kindly shared
their paintings and poems with a spring theme to help us
decorate the library this month.
you want to learn how to knit or crochet? Do you need help with
knitting or crocheting projects? Local artisan Norma
Heroux will provide free lessons at the Chesley Memorial Library
on Thursdays from 5:00-7:00 p.m. No registration required, but
we do suggest that you call ahead (942-5472) for availability.
Spring weather really is here (no more “sprinter” weather!) so
it’s much easier to get out and about. Invite your friends
and neighbors to meet you at the Chesley Memorial Library Senior
Cafe! The Senior Café meets every Monday from 1:00-2:30
p.m. so make time to enjoy some delicious treats and a cup of
coffee or tea while you socialize. You can even check out
the new books, magazines, and movies while you’re here and go
home with something to keep you busy in between lawn and garden