Farmington breaks tradition for town meeting, elections

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FARMINGTON – Friday’s town elections and Saturday’s annual meeting are a break from longstanding tradition, local historian Paul Mills said.

The meetings were held the second Monday night of March since 1958, with elections during the day, he said.

But after last year’s session, Corabel McEntee, 91, and her son, Jim, asked selectmen to consider changing to a Saturday because the night sessions were difficult, especially since she no longer drives.

“I’m not going to town meeting in the dead of winter,” she said Thursday. “Other towns have it on Saturday. I hope it works.”

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Unfortunately because of a recent hospitalization, she doesn’t feel up to attending this year, she said.

“The selectmen, always willing to listen to citizens, held a straw poll last year,” Town Manager Richard Davis said, and agreed to try a Saturday meeting for this year. “It’s an experiment. The board will see how it goes and re-evaluate,” he said.

Mills said he expects the Saturday meeting will bring an “older demographic, but some younger voters will still show.”

abryant@sunjournal.com

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