Northwood NH News

September 19, 2018


Would you like to learn more about mason bees? Come to the Chesley Memorial Library on Wednesday, September 19, at 6:00 p.m. and find out why mason bees are so important!  With the honey bee population on the decline, we need to find other pollinators and the gentle mason bee just might be the solution.  Mason bees require much less attention than honey bees and the cost to set up their habitat is minimal. The mason bee presentation will be led by Master Gardener Ruth Droescher from the UNH Extension’s Speakers Bureau.



Letter To The Editor

David Coursin – The Right Choice for Northwood State Representative


You may think I’m hopelessly biased in my support for David Coursin as State Representative for Northwood, since he’s my husband. But my 40 years in public life, as a member of town boards and committees, and my extensive public policy work at the state and federal level as Executive Director of the NH Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, give me a solid base of experience to judge who makes a good public official.


David Coursin has what it takes. He’s thoughtful, smart, and respectful. He’s a careful listener and works to find solutions to problems that can address concerns of people who might appear to be on opposite sides. He studies issues carefully before making judgments, weighing facts and the consequences of different actions. He’s patient and thorough, qualities that made him a successful doctor for 40 years. His experience as a doctor also makes him well-qualified to address the need for more effective mental health and substance abuse treatment programs in our state.  


David has already demonstrated how much he cares about being a true representative of the interests of Northwood citizens. He’s met with the Select Board, the School Board, the police chief, the Northwood School Principal and the Superintendent of Schools. He’s started an information and discussion series of talks to bring information to the people of Northwood and hear about your concerns. His first talk addressed the opioid crisis and his next will look at the education funding system in NH.


If you want to learn more about David visit his Facebook page @DrDavidCoursin. Reach out if you’d like to talk with him – he’s eager to hear what you’d like raised as an issue at the State House so he can bring Northwood the solid, respectful and successful representation it deserves. 


Grace Mattern




Northwood School Board News

Summer 2018 Highlights


Greetings from the Northwood School Board! Over the summer, many discussions took place regarding school safety. The school board is considering the addition of an SRO (School Resource Officer) and has already approved an engineering study to look at the safety of the school entry vestibule. A presentation and public forum discussing the SRO will be scheduled in the near future. The public is encouraged to attend.


We’re very pleased to see the beautification of the school landscaping that was completed by the Northwood Garden Club. Many volunteers from the Northwood community worked hard in the summer heat to landscape the school. DL Docko & Sons donated all of the mulch and stone for the project and Cavaretta Gardens donated many plants and flowers. A special thank you to all from the Northwood School Board.


For your information:

• Did you know there are TWO opportunities to speak at every school board meeting? Each individual seeking to address the board is allowed three minutes in the beginning and end of the meeting. We encourage members of the public and parents to attend!


• If you aren’t able to attend meetings, the minutes are available on the school website and SAU 44 website. Meetings are also videotaped and available on YouTube under Northwood New Hampshire School Board.


• Our next meeting will be Thursday, September 20th, 6:30 pm in the school library.


The new school year has just begun and we wish all the administrators, teachers and staff a happy and smooth start to the new year. Many of us have children in the school and were feeling their excitement as we approached the first day back. Here’s to a great year, everyone!



Harvey Lake Watershed Association To Meet


A membership meeting of the Harvey Lake Watershed Association is scheduled for Wednesday, September 19, 2018, at 6:30 p.m., at the Northwood Town Hall, Route 4, Northwood.


The 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 plants.


Members will hear a report of the Lake Host season at the lake, along with the results of our most recent water testing. 


Members will also be asked to consider the future needs of the Harvey Lake community, with discussion expected on the Kelsey Brook dam, which was an issue this summer due to several large rain events. Also scheduled is a discussion of the boat ramp/beach area on Shore Drive. 


The 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 105-acre lake behind Coe Brown Academy and the immediate area of the lake. 


Those who use the lake or live nearby are invited to become members of the association and may do so by attending the meeting.


For more information, contact HLWA President Bob Charest at 892-3488 (text or voice) or by email at



Thank You!


The Northwood CrankPullers Snowmobile Club would like to thank all who attended the Annual WaterCross @Lake Shore Farm in Northwood. We hope you all had a chance to check out our food trailer, it was a beautiful fall day and thank you for supporting the event.   


And, as a reminder our Clubs next monthly meeting is October 2nd at 7pm, Lake Shore Farm, Northwood, remember we are always looking for new members.  It’s also that time of year for trail work, our first day will be Sunday, October 14th, we meet at the Northwood Mobil @ 8am. Please join us and find our what it’s all about. Also, stay up to date on our activities via our FaceBook page. 



Letter To The Editor

Primary Learnings


It was a great day at the polls last Tuesday, if only because the drizzle ended, and the sun came out. But in addition to the sun, so did the voters: 370 Democratic and 384 Republican ballots were cast (not counting absentees).


This was especially gratifying to me, as a Democrat, because we only have 710 declared Democrats on the checklist. So 370 represents over 50% participation, while the Republicans turned out less than 38% of their 1030 registered voters.


This enthusiasm gap was noted at polling places across the state.


It was also a great day because I won my primary, demonstrating once again that it’s easy to win when one is unopposed! In fact, because I am vying for the District 32 seat, I also won in Deerfield, Nottingham and Candia.


Dr. David Coursin also won his (uncontested) race for District 1 - Northwood only.


On the Republican side, in the most interesting contest of the day IMHO, self-described “independent Republican” Joe McCaffrey defeated incumbent Brian J. Stone, 228-140. It seems that Brian’s social media “persona” caught up with him “bigly.”


This sets up an interesting race for November, about which I will have more to say going forward.


Tom Chase, candidate

Rockingham Co. House District 32












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