Incumbents recapture seats on Adams Select Board


ADAMS — It will be status quo for the Board of Selectmen as the two incumbents up for re-election on Monday each won another three-year term of office.

During the annual town election, Joseph Nowak and Chairman Richard Blanchard beat out challenger Michael Ouellette in a three-way race for the two board seats. Nowak was the top vote-getter with 600, with Blanchard garnering 411.

Ouellette finished with 329, falling short in his bid to return to the board.

Last year, newcomer Jeffrey Snoonian ousted Ouellette for a spot on the five-member panel.

The selectmen's race was the only contest on the ballot, which drew a only 13.5 percent of Adams voters to the polls. Of the 5,763 registered voters in town, only 780 cast ballots at the Department of Public Works garage.

Write-in candidates grabbed four of the vacancies listed on the ballot. Jennifer Andrews took a seat on the Adams-Cheshire Regional School Committee, James Taylor is now on the Cemetery Commission, David Krzeminski won a Planning Board seat and Virginia Duval joins the Library Board of Trustees.

The remaining candidates listed on the ballot seeking municipal office ran unopposed, including several new people sailing into office.

Peter Hoyt is the newest member of the Board of Health; Anita Jamros took a one-year term as a library trustee; James DiCicco joins the Housing Authority, and Peter Tatro is headed to the School Committee.

Tatro is from Cheshire, but in regional school district elections, candidates are voted on by the voters in all member towns.

Incumbents winning unopposed were Paul Butler of Adams for School Committee; Edward Driscoll, moderator; Karen Kettles, library trustee; Kelly Rice, treasurer; Lorraine Kalisz, Board of Assessors; David Rhinemiller, Planning Board, and Carol Roberts, Housing Authority.

Contact Dick Lindsay at 413 496-6233


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