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November 2, 2012

New deputy fire chief no stranger to department

The town has a new deputy fire chief in veteran firefighter Koko Perkins.

An 18-year veteran of the department, Perkins has an associate degree in fire science from Laconia, N.H., Community College and is also a certified hazardous materials technician as well as an emergency medical technician.

As deputy chief, Perkins will assume responsibility for fleet and building maintenance as well as personnel issues, he said.

“I’m hoping to hit the ground running in being deputy chief,” he said yesterday.

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Tuesday is election day and voters will go to the polls to make their choices for national offices, such as president and U.S. representative for the 1st Congressional District, as well as statewide offices, such as governor, senator and representative.

There are also three ballot questions. The first seeks to amend the state constitution to prevent the implementation of an income tax. The second aims to alter the powers of the state Supreme Court. And the third asks voters if they would like a Constitutional Convention to be called.

Constitutional ballot questions require a super majority of two-thirds of voters to gain approval.

Seabrook’s polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Community Center on Route 1. Those who are not yet registered to vote may do so at the polls by bringing proof of age and residency.

Voters are reminded that this is the first election in which voters should bring a picture ID with them to expedite the voting process.

When going to the polls, voters on Tuesday can also help those less fortunate in town by contributing to the Seabrook Lions Club food and winter clothing drive. Lions Club members will be in the lobby outside the polls all election day to collect nonperishable food items as well as gently worn, warm winter clothing for families in need. Warm gloves, hats, jackets and coats, boots and winter sweaters and snow suits are needed.

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