, Kingston, NH


March 8, 2012

Dworman for Selectman

In 2009, our friend and neighbor, Matthew Dworman, defeated Rob Caron, the incumbent selectman. By doing so, Matthew got a toehold in our town government, and was determined to bring order out of the fiscal and management chaos wreaked by the several previous, dysfunctional boards of selectmen. Matthew is once again running for selectmen, and I strongly encourage you to support him in that endeavor.

You may recall that immediately after the 2009 election, the select board elected Matthew as its chairman. He was in fact the most experienced board member, and understood what needed to be done to set East Kingston's municipal affairs in order. He worked diligently to that end, but still met resistance from the other board members whose laissez-faire attitudes and reluctance to deal with difficult management problems slowed needed progress to rational, competent local government.

Others of our neighbors recognized Matthew's dilemma, and, with a determination to help finish the job Matthew had begun, Mark Cook soundly defeated incumbent selectman Dave Pendell in 2011. Now that the majority of the board was finally level-headed, rational, and fiscally responsible, much change was effected. Employee salary abuses were eliminated, office management tensions were relieved by corrective dismissal and promotion, oversight of the budget was given the highest priority, and department heads were encouraged to manage their areas without destructive meddling from board members. Matthew had succeeded in his stated goal to restore the voters' faith and confidence in their board of selectmen.

For reasons unbeknownst to me, Matthew has a challenger in this race for selectman. That challenger, when asked, could not give me a good reason for his candidacy. When pressed, he offered that perhaps someone else should have a turn at it. The challenger, long known to me personally, remains an unknown with regard to his ability to lead and remain dispassionate and objective in serious decision-making. Were there pressing issues of government requiring new thinking, I would be more sanguine about him running, but his stated reason for doing so does not instill confidence in his maturity and perspective.

The present selectman board majority, with Matthew as chairman, is assuredly the most competent board we have had since the early 2000s. I believe Matthew's intention for running again is a desire to solidify the gains we have made through his superior leadership and management. I admire him for his determination, and strongly support him in that effort. I would encourage you to do likewise on 13 March.

Roby Day

Former Selectman

East Kingston

Text Only

New England News
  • Alan J. Walker, 68

    Kingston, N.H. — Mr. Alan James Walker, 68, passed away peacefully at his home on July 8, 2014, after a long, brave battle with cancer.

    Continued ...
    2 days
  • James Reese

    Raymond, NH — James Edwin Reese, 74, passed away on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, surrounded by his family and friends at his home in Raymond, N.H. He was the son of John and Ruth Reese, born on Oct. 29, 1939 in Edensburg, Pa. James graduated from Central Cambria High School in Pennsylvania before proudly serving in the U.S. Army as a food inspector. His military service was followed by 31 years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a meat inspector. Mr. Reese was an avid outdoorsman and spent much of his time fishing, camping and hiking in the White Mountains. He became involved in the Boy Scouts and enjoyed passing on his vast knowledge of the wilderness to others. Throughout his retirement years he enjoyed woodworking, raising rabbits and working in his garden.

    Continued ...
    2 days 1 Photo
  • Velma J. Reid

    South Hampton, NH — Velma J. Reid, 80, died peacefully on July 17, 2014 at Exeter Hospital, surrounded by family. She was born in Haverhill, Mass. on June 8, 1934, the daughter of the late George C.W. and Alta I. (Kimball) Haynes. A graduate of Haverhill High School, Velma worked at Western Electric until she had children. For years, she was a devoted “stay-at-home” mom who raised her three children in a loving, nurturing environment. She later worked various manufacturing jobs until her retirement. After retiring, she volunteered her time at various organizations and was very involved at the East Kingston Community United Methodist Church as a member of the women’s guild, assisting with the holiday fair, and helping out wherever she could. She had a passion for animals, and would donate money, food, and blankets to the NH SPCA. She loved to sew and made a personalized quilt for every member of her family. She was also a member of the “Ugly Quilts” group, which made blankets and sleeping bags for the homeless using recycled fabric. She is survived by her husband, Clyde Reid of South Hampton, N.H.; daughter, Pam Eaton of Danville, N.H.; son and daughter-in-law, Douglas and Kim Reid of Raymond, N.H.; daughter, Shirley Reid of South Hampton, N.H.; two sisters, Gwen Stuart of Haverhill, and Norma Taplin of Dracut; four grandchildren, Cheryl and Marc Welch, and Kristen and Joshua Reid, and several nieces and nephews.

    Continued ...
    2 days 1 Photo
  • Carleen A. Knowlton, 80

    Danville, NH — Carleen A. (Rhoadhouse) Knowlton, 80, of Danville and formerly of Hampstead, died on July 7, 2014, at her home.

    Continued ...
    9 days 1 Photo
  • Miriam O. (Graham) Graham, 84

    Kingston, NH — Miriam O. (Graham) Graham, 84, a resident of Kingston since 2001, and former longtime resident of Grafton, Mass., died peacefully, surrounded by her family, on July 11, 2014, following a long illness.

    Continued ...
    9 days 1 Photo