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March 12, 2014

Incumbents take selectmen's race in Seabrook

Old South Meetinghouse passes; ladder truck fails

SEABROOK — Selectmen Aboul Khan and Ray Smith will retain their seats on the Board of Selectmen, with an approved budget to work with, and voters also gave the 250-year old Old South Meetinghouse an early birthday present by agreeing to pay for a face lift for the local landmark which had fallen on hard time.

Khan, who will assume his third term on the board, said he was very grateful to voters for entrusting him with another three years.

“I want to express my thanks to the great residents of Seabrook for taking the time to vote,” Khan said. “I want to especially thank the young voters who came to vote for the first time. I want to proclaim that the better days in Seabrook are ahead of us and we will work together to achieve our great destiny.”

Smith, who will take his seat for the next two years, also was very grateful last night when the tallies were read out at the Community Center.

“I appreciate all the residents of Seabrook for their support and trust in me in this election,” Smith said. “Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

Although voters were generous in approving articles that related to human services organizations, equipment to support youth athletic programs, the purchase of library books, and refurbishing the Fire Station, they turned down some big-ticket items, like a hoped-for fire engine/ladder truck, backhoes, sidewalk plows and a new generator for Town Hall.

At press time, Seabrook and Winnacunnet school districts warrants were not completely tallied. However, it appeared Maria Y. Brown and Mike Kimball had earned seats on the Seabrook School Board over incumbent Michael Chase. And voters approved full-day Kindergarten, as well as the Seabrook School district budget.

Clint Allen Felch was the top voter-getter over Frances Henderson in Seabrook to represent the town on the Winnacunnet School Board, but results from Hampton Fall, North Hampton and Hampton are needed before that race is final.

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