Northwood NH News

June 6, 2018


Northwood Food Pantry Drive Up Collection


Northwood Republican committee will be at the Northwood transfer station entrance on Saturday, June 9th, 9am-12 noon, for a drive up collection benefitting the Northwood Food Pantry, which is in great need of the following items: toilet paper, paper towels, toothpaste, toothbrushes, bath soap, shampoo, laundry detergent and Tuna fish . Thank you.



Strawberry Festival


That “berry-sweet” time of year has arrived, and on Saturday, June 23 the Northwood Congregational Church, UCC welcomes you to their Annual Strawberry Festival and Outdoor Yard Sale from 8am to 2pm. 


Start your day with a hearty breakfast of sausage and pancakes topped with freshly-picked strawberries, or stop by between 11am and 2pm for a grilled hot dog or hamburger served with chips and a fresh side salad.  Strawberry smoothies and homemade strawberry shortcakes piled with whipped cream or ice cream will be served all day long.  Our Bake Sale offering creatively-themed strawberry items, including pies (show up early, they sell quickly!) handmade in kitchens of the local chefs of our church will also be available! Plenty of quarts of locally picked strawberries will also be on sale for your own baking and canning needs.


You may also find a treasure (or two) at our Outdoor Yard Sale under the big tent!   


For more details regarding the Strawberry Festival, please contact the church office at (603) 942-7116.


The Northwood Congregational Church is located next to Coe-Brown Northwood Academy, 881 First NH Turnpike/Route 4.



Five CBNA Students Selected For 2018 Advanced Studies Program


CBNA Headmaster David Smith is pleased to announce that five Coe-Brown Northwood Academy juniors, Shayla Ashley, Brian Downer, Sydney Newman, Holly Magowan, and Cooper Leduke have been accepted into the highly selective St. Paul’s School Advanced Studies Program this summer.  


Each year, St. Paul’s opens its doors to the most highly qualified juniors in New Hampshire’s public high schools for an intensive, five-week program of study. Through a competitive application process, students are selected to attend this program which runs for five weeks during the summer. Students live on campus and have an opportunity to study one topic in depth, as well as participate in a wide variety of activities and athletics during their stay.


Congratulations to these talented and highly qualified students.



This Weekend’s LRPA After Dark Feature: 

1971’s “Evel Knievel”


Join Lakes Region Public Access Television at 10:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday night (June 8 & 9) for our “LRPA After Dark” presentation of 1971’s “Evel Knievel,” starring George Hamilton. 


“Evel Knievel” is a somewhat satiric but good-natured biography of Bobby “Evel” Knievel (Hamilton), famed motorcycle daredevil and self-proclaimed “last American gladiator.” As the film opens, Knievel is at California’s Ontario Motor Speedway, preparing for his next big stunt: jumping his bike over 19 automobiles. Knievel begins to reflect on his life and memories, and so the story is told in flashback. We see Knievel as a young boy, attending his first daredevil show, with tragic results; we see Knievel as a young man, full of ego and wild charm; and we see him in the present day, facing greater stunts and crazy challenges.


“Evel Knievel” is one of several biopics of the late, great stunt rider, but for many of his fans, this one is the very best. Don Druker of The Chicago Reader summed it up by writing, “George Hamilton’s performance as the amiable megalomaniac is an affectionate portrait of a truly crazy man, rounded out with casual, throwaway humor.” What better way to end Motorcycle Week? So grab your popcorn and meet us after dark for this bike-filled cult classic.  Not a MetroCast subscriber? Log onto Livestream ( where you can catch all the fun.




Maj. Gen. John H. Jacobsmeyer Jr., USAF, Ret.

NORTHWOOD - Gen. Jacobsmeyer (known to family as “Jack” and to friends as “Jake”) passed away in the early morning hours of May 24, 2018. Jack was born in 1930 in Portsmouth, NH to John H. and Priscilla (Hooper) Jacobsmeyer Sr. He and his brother, Bill, grew up there during the Great Depression and World War II with the hard working, small community values of that period. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1952 with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. As a distinguished military graduate of the AFROTC program, he entered active duty with an assignment to missile and flight testing.


Jack’s first career as a USAF officer lasted for 29 years, with duties in communications research and development interspersed with graduate studies at the University of Michigan and the Air War College. He also served in Saigon from 1971 to 1972 during the Vietnam War, supervising combat communications. The last nine years of his career were spent with the North American Air Defense Command and as Vice Director of the Defense Communications Agency. His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit and the Distinguished Service Medal.


After Jack’s retirement from the Air Force in 1981, he returned to New Hampshire, settling in Northwood in a now 232-year-old farmhouse to operate Spring Run Farm, where he raised Black Angus cattle, provided some defense consulting services, and supported town affairs. The latter service included being a town Selectman, the Water District Commissioner and other planning and organizational positions.


Jack was always a formidable intellect, seeing connections and patterns that most others would miss, and he often regaled friends and family with great stories ranging from his official duties in the Air Force to the daily tasks of managing his cattle operation. Although his professions were in engineering and agriculture, he also had a knack for artistic design that became visible in a number of his home projects. Jack was a man with many more projects to accomplish than could ever be finished, and he would have had it no other way.


Jack is survived by his wife of 65 years, Patricia (McDonough) of Portsmouth; his brother William Edward (Anna Mae) Jacobsmeyer, and by his children, Joanne Elizabeth (Matthew) Sprott, Jay Michael (Joyce) Jacobsmeyer, Susan Eileen (Paul) Kowalski, John Henry III (Katrina) Jacobsmeyer, eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.


Funeral services were held May 31 at Christ Episcopal Church in Portsmouth, NH. A military service and burial were held the same day at the New Hampshire State Veteran’s Cemetery, Boscawen, NH.


In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to the Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust, PO Box 14301 Cincinnati, OH 45250.


Arrangements are entrusted to the Bennett Funeral Home of Concord. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Jacobsmeyer family.












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