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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Baldwin, Friel re-elected in Atkinson


ATKINSON — Incumbents William Baldwin and William Friel will return to the Board of Selectmen.

They were re-elected to the board Tuesday as residents turned out at the Atkinson Community Center to choose town and school officials. They also voted on numerous warrant articles. 

Baldwin, the board's chairman, received 690 votes while Friel picked up 608 votes to win the three-year seats. They beat out Craig Schuster, who received 416 votes.

The town saw an 18.7 percent voter turnout.

In the only other contested town race, Kathleen Friel defeated Dennis Winsett, 512-420, in the race for a three-year cemetery trustee slot.

While campaigning next to Friel outside the community center, Schuster expressed doubt he would win because of a sluggish voter turnout.  

Friel also wasn't ready to declare victory because of the low turnout, saying a lack of big-ticket questions on the ballot and the recent presidential primary likely discouraged many from voting.

Anything could happen when turnout is low, they said. 

"It's voter fatigue," Friel said.

Town Moderator James Garrity, who ran uncontested, said turnout was slow from the time the polls opened at 7 a.m. until at least 5 p.m. — just as a surge of voters arrived to vote.

"There's not a lot of contested stuff," Garrity said.

When asked if there was a particular candidate or issue they came to support at the polls, several voters said there was not.

The residents said they were just fulfilling their civic duty by voting.

Among the top issues on the ballot was an article seeking $10,000 for cemetery improvements, which failed, 550-470. But an article to contribute $35,000 to a cemetery capital reserve fund was approved, 665-354.

Voters also allocated $340,314 for roadwork, 784-234. But they rejected a $79,043 lease purchase agreement for a highway department truck, 600-416.  

70 comments:

Anonymous said...

Where are the complete results?























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Anonymous said...

Same old same old in Atkinson. The rumor is that the cemetery improvements WILL be made regardless of the fact that the article failed. Let's watch how they pull this off. Actually, the work has already started.............

Anonymous said...

Damn deliberative session nothing but a feeding trough for the agenda orientated townies. When are we going to stop the thievery that is bestowed on the hard work of the budget committee?

Anonymous said...

LOL! WINNING! YOU LOOSE AGAIN!

Anonymous said...

"Loose" Another idiot heard from. Seriously, where did these people go to school??

Anonymous said...

I was part of the 18%, civic duty and all. I'm sure the Doc
at Timberlane is pleased as punch that Leonitas got vote smoked
on his Budcom bid. Kate, you can release your breath and Billy,
sorry, no extra detail work for you, not necessary, as it wasn't before..

Anonymous said...

It's too bad that Leon lost, he was the better candidate but in Atkinson, it's about politics, not qualifications. Many of those who vote are uninformed about the problems and vote by name recognition, like sheep going over a cliff. I consider myself an informed voter and take the time to watch and research the issues but I'm amazed that others take this process so lightly. No wonder our world is in this shape.

Anonymous said...

Just look at candidates night. Leon had the facts. Julie, the incumbent, who should have had the inside knowledge of the numbers and process, had a deer in headlights look.

Anonymous said...

We voters don't vote in babbling old fools, now go lay down and lick your wounds.

Anonymous said...

You voted in a dabbling old fool. I'm just waiting for his next Atkinson scandal.

Anonymous said...

Poor turnouts equal the "mooching off the town class" wins.

Anonymous said...

Anyone watching candidates night saw Mr. Artus had the facts. The incumbent did not. If we had an Acciard, Sawyer, Cole, or Boyle on that committee, you can bet THEY would have had the enrollment declines, budget increases, tax apportionment figures, at the tip of their tongues.

Anonymous said...

If "If's and but's were candy and nuts everyday would be Christmas"

Anonymous said...

You obviously have no serious rebuttal. Why do you post and confirm your ineptitude?

Anonymous said...

Great news in all the local elections around the area, the best was watching Donna Green and Buco getting slapped down hard, can't wait until next election when they get voted out, sure would be nice to see Donna green sitting in the crowd at the TRSB meetings like a lap dog, and our town of Atkinson did well also keeping the riff raff out of office we don't want a mess on our hand like Sandown has with the radical nuts.

Anonymous said...

No Greens in our town, just Lemmings

Anonymous said...

Thank god no Greens, lemmings we can deal with.

Anonymous said...

The lemmings cost you money.

Anonymous said...

The riff raff is sitting in the front of the room making obscene gestures at people. You're worried about Mrs. Green and Mrs. Buco? Well you SHOULD be. Shining a light on problems is not the Atkinson way and it BOTHERS you.

Anonymous said...

Those that pay the towns taxes are the lemmings and pay their money to go over the cliff as lemmings do by not coming out to vote. I think that says it all.

Anonymous said...

It does say it all, albeit in a roundabout hard to follow way.

Anonymous said...

At least you and I do understand but what about the rest of the readers? They can't be all that stupid or are they? Those who didn't vote are the biggest of the lemming "death" toll and blindly follow and continue to jump off the cliff for not voting and pay dearly for not doing so.

Anonymous said...

As far as the cemetery goes, if your not going to be buried there don't worry about it. We have one of the nicer cemetery's in the area. People are just dieing to get in there. My family is there and it always looks well groomed. Kudos the the people who take care of it, keep up the good job!!!!

Anonymous said...

Adding lights and water after it was voted down is NOT a fair thing to be doing by those who take care of the place. Not the best cemetery around in my opinion.

Anonymous said...

It's the whole town that pay the bills not the dead.

Anonymous said...

got a ten foot hole dug in my back yard, that's
where I'm going...

Leonitas jumped on the Green Bus quite a while ago,
not a passenger you want to have, Donna... And the numbers
recited were Arthur's, oh well, it's over-- our board reps
worship the feet of the Earl...that has not changed...


Anonymous said...

Every one I voted for won and stayed in, have to keep the Xenaphobes and unstable Green types from having there hands in the cookie jar, we like things just they way they are and as you can see the voters have spoken.

Anonymous said...

No only the moochers voted

Anonymous said...

@5:23 Hah! hardly 35 years in Atkinson and I own a large business in the area, I know who the corrupt minded people are, and so do the voters....beware of the types who mask a personal agenda with a good intention.

Anonymous said...

" it's for the children" best mask ever. :)

Anonymous said...

The best mask is the badge.

Anonymous said...

And behind that badge is an officer that might
have to save your sorry arse someday.

Anonymous said...

Unless you ever questioned his illegal actions while being an elected town official and acting as the bully and commander of your police department. Just ask a number of people in town how much faith they have in your statement.

Anonymous said...

Be they good or bad cops there is always some who stand out in their job performance.They too are human with faults just like anyone else. The good ones doing the job will always out survive the bad ones. Time catches up with the bad ones one way or another.

Anonymous said...

To 10:30 - they don't have to do anything for anyone. They can do nothing rather than to save or help someone if they please. No rules no obligation. Sorry, didn't see a thing.

Anonymous said...

You're not completely wrong but then you are . All calls are recorded and have to be answered. If the dispatcher doesn't send help then they are in trouble and have to answer to their superiors. If an officer doesn't respond to a call site in proper time or to a dispatchers directive then they can be fired for their failure for having to do so. I could go on but I think you and the readers get the message, hopefully that is.

Anonymous said...

One cannot be completely wrong while being completely wrong. The message I get is that you are on something when you post.

Anonymous said...

Well that may be true ,then again may be not. I'm not from "Medication Lane" as are others here and it should answer your claim of my well being. -- When you post try being more in tune with what others have posted for you to read. You didn't give any thought to any out come or punishments for failing to do ones job ,especially one with an oath.

Anonymous said...

You don't know what I think about "punishments for failing to do ones job" because I didn't comment on it. I commented on the ridiculous statement "You're not completely wrong but then you are" made by some nut.

Anonymous said...

I brought out to you and the readers what they are and have been responsible for in their job descriptions and oath. You seem to be some what negative to the police generally. Did they do some thing to you personally that makes you negative to them? I'd hope you never have an emergency of a family member or of your own because you'd be the first one to make a complaint of the or any response if it weren't within five minutes of your calling. I have no idea where you live in town and you would have to live next to the APD to get a response within 5 minutes.

Anonymous said...

Awful hard to get a quick response when the Ex chief was guarding the roads for trick or treaters, laying in wait to bully residents that called his illegal actions out, playing touchy feely with the person that was supposed to be taking your emergency call, out electioneering the elderly so he could remain on the bos, in court and then being in contempt of that court's actions for years and years, then if you belief that all calls are handled in a timely manner over the many years the bully was chief then I have a bridge you can buy.

Anonymous said...

You two sausageheads keep Biddie battling here and, while
amusing, it says a lot about your lack of character and knowledge
of the truth.... And if any of you old farts watch the Selectmens Meetings,
you'll see for yourself that he's the only one that rolls up his sleeves and gets
stuff done, old school style...


Your repetious dump on him for years and years is so old
it's laughable.... and that's why the board has only 3 posters,
You two sAusageheads and me...

Attack away....

Oh, and
and Mark. King of the Haters

Anonymous said...

@ 8:35 Thank you spot on, nothing but old cranks I am surprised this board has not been reported to the AG office , there sure is a lot of libel and slander in here.

Anonymous said...

3/22@8:37AM, It made sense to me. Your just another poor reader. 3/23@5:38AM, do we have the same pervert running the ATPD -answer- no not any more. 3:23@5:38AM, What you posted is the truth and it all made sense to me and due to well established past records of true happenings. 3/3@8:35AM, You should talk? Also why is it that this stuff has been going on for years-answer-because it is the truth and no one can deny the truth. 3/23@9:36Am, Then why wont you report it to the AG's office if its so libelous and slanderous.No one can deny a truth can they?

Anonymous said...

There hasn't been any " punishments for failing to do ones job " ever in Atkinson, though it's beyond me why anyone would even take the chance. What surprises me more is that people still support the Town criminal network. Make a mistake in Town, you get out of trouble but your name goes into the book for the day you are chosen to pay back the favor. Then you're screwed.

Anonymous said...

@ 9:15 stop being a whining cry baby and get a life, you seem to be consumed by all those whom you think jilted you and the system, really get a life...move on

Paranoia to the max with you.

Anonymous said...

9:15 AM, I can't understand what and why you say "its beyond me why anyone would even take the chance" to do wrong things from the past to the recent present. Are you not aware of the things brought to the attention of and to the public of certain town officials recorded on local tv , newspapers, and the states court records. Why not just awaken to these things of truth and admit your just trying to cover their arses with your fools attempt to convince us of your blindness to what is going on. Truth is truth and wouldn't be published for all to see.

Anonymous said...

NICE TRY WHACK PACK! HAHAHAHAHAHA

Anonymous said...

I said "its beyond me why anyone would even take the chance" meaning, why would anyone take a chance on not doing their job and possibly face punishment when there are cushy jobs in town? I think it would be dumb to not do your job and risk losing it. I know some people in town don't seem to care about being punished for not doing it and are protected.

Anonymous said...

Above, I'm sorry I miss under stood what you meant in your earlier blog and I am glad you corrected it for me with your explanation. 3/25@1:47PM, Now who is the nice try WACK PACK HAHAHAHAHAHA and one more HA knowing that you are the WACK JOB not us. Get real life else where.

Anonymous said...

I left out -a- in between get and real.

Anonymous said...

It's ok, you crack me up...
Reminded of the "Church Lady" on Saturday Night Live....

Anonymous said...

Dana ? as the 'Church Lady" I'm not and so I'll just say "Isn't that special" of you to compare me with him.

Anonymous said...

Atkinson police do not have a recorded phone line only plastow does why do you think that is and don't say they don't have the money

Anonymous said...

Naughty naughty! "What diffrace does it make" only the faces change,the corruption and good old boy syndrome just gets handed down...

Anonymous said...

They don't want calls recorded. Call 911 if you expect anything.

Anonymous said...

If I remember right the reason Atkinson has no recorded phone line[s] is because Plaistow was taking the calls and then forwarding the calls to the APD personal. That was arranged by the town with Plaistow. What and who was responsible for it to happen that way is another question. I'm sure with this becoming a new site revelation it will be taken care of now that there are new people and a far better functioning department that it will happen. The selectmen or their friends read this blog site and can't say they aren't aware of this to take action on it.

Anonymous said...

Atkinson has recorded lines and answers their own calls during the day. They answer them in Plaistow 4pm to 8 am. The selectmen voted to continue doing it this way, though it was another illegal vote.

Anonymous said...

Illegal or not they did make an attempt at making a some what reasonable decision of answering the phones in town during the day. I say some what because they could have made the decision to implement a 24 hour a day answering the peoples needs especially in emergency situations. I do not agree with illegal voting by any board ,etc., when it comes to making any vote of concern for the best well fair of its citizens safety or well being. There are officers working nights [or sleeping some place on duty] and a dispatcher should be hired to accept the calls as they come in.

Anonymous said...

We have a 24 hour system for answering phones in emergencies, and when Atkinson doesn't pick up it goes over to Plaistow. As far as sleeping on the job, it's been rumored for decades that they sleep at the station on night shift.

Anonymous said...

"it's been rumored for decades that they sleep at the station on night shift"

LIBEL AND SLANDER ALERT!!!!

Anonymous said...

Hmm... and will the unnamed sleepyhead sue? Funny.

Anonymous said...

A way to stop any sleeping at the APD station is to walk in on them at various hours of the night and at unexpected nightly times.

Anonymous said...

The doors are only open from 8 to 4 and with that new fence, it's harder to count the cars in the parking lot.

Anonymous said...

Billy boy got fired from Kingston for sleeping on the job.

Anonymous said...

If they are police awake in town then the APD shouldn't be locked tight and with closed and or locked fencing. There should be someone ,officer or dispatcher, on duty at all hours 365 days a year. Why pay taxes if your not going to get the value of paying for quick APD and town response especially for safety and emergency situations.

Anonymous said...

There is someone on duty 24/7, 365. They just don't have a dispatcher in Atkinson all day and night. Isn't this common knowledge?????????????????

Anonymous said...

It may or may not be common knowledge but a dispatcher should be on duty in town 24/7and 365days of the year 366 on leap years.

Anonymous said...

It's common knowledge NOW!

Anonymous said...

Thank God !!!! Someone agrees with it being common knowledge now.