ADAMS -- Though low turnout was reported, interest was high on Monday among the crowd of people who gathered in the Department of Public Works garage on North Summer Street after polls closed to hear the results of this year's annual town election.
Town voters elected two new Selectmen in Richard Blanchard and Joseph Nowak -- an Army National Guard veteran and frequent observer of town politics, and a former state employee of the Department of Environmental Management and Conservation Commission member, respectively.
Nowak led with 888 votes, and Blanchard received 663. The other candidates were Donald Sommer and Michael Young, who received 337 and 238 votes.
Blanchard, who missed winning a seat on the board by a hair in 2011 and 2012, told the Transcript he was "extremely excited" after the results came in.
"You hear the word on the street and little bits of what people are thinking but at the end of the day you've got to wait until the votes are counted," Blanchard said.
The new official said he plans to get to work immediately.
"Tomorrow will be spent picking up [yard] signs, and figuring out what's first," Blanchard said.
Memorial School and how the town plans to deal with the vacant building rank high on Blanchard's list.
In a race for town moderator between two former Selectmen, Edward Driscoll and Scott Nichols, Driscoll came out on top. The race was a relatively close one, 621 to 525.
Both had campaigned all day and in the weeks leading up to the election, and shook hands once the results were heard.
"I'm happy," Driscoll said. "We'll have fun at Town Meeting."
Resident George Dimipropolis said the results were exactly to his liking.
"All day you heard it -- Joe and Rick, Joe and Rick ... I know I don't have to worry for three years," he said.
Many present at the garage Monday noted a very low turnout -- 1,182 of the town's 5,827 registered voters.
"That's a shame," said Tony McBride, former town moderator, who recalled past elections where the turnout averaged 3,000 and 4,000.
"It was a beautiful day for an election. It's just too bad the turnout wasn't great," said Town Clerk Haley Meczywor.
"We're really sick," said resident Jeffrey Lefebvre. "Ten percent turn out and 90 percent complain."
Candidates, though, weren't slacking. Most put in 12-hour days outside the garage doing last-minute campaigning.
"They're all sunburned," said resident Tim Rowley.
Two other races, between Dennis Gajda, Susan Rowe and Lorraine Kalicz for moderator and Allen Mendel and Glen Demarsico for the Board of Health resulted in victories for Kalicz and Mendel.
Turnout aside, the crowd's mood never dipped, as all in the garage broke into applause when the voting was closed, and proceeded to crowd in to hear 25-year veteran poll worker Fran Meier read off the results.
By the numbers
Selectmen (2 seats)
Joseph Nowak: 888
Richard Blanchard: 663
Donald Sommer: 337
Michael Young: 238
Edward Driscoll: 621
Scott Nicholsr: 525
Holly Denault: 925
Lorraine Kalicz: 613
Susan Rowe: 223
Dennis Gajda: 256
Board of Health (three years)
Roy Thompson,: 963
Board of Health (one year)
Allen Mendel, : 780
Glen Demarsico: 295
Library Trustee (2)
Karen Kettles: 943
Martha Stohlmann: 936
Lawrence Clairemont: 910
Elizabeth Bushey: 823
Northern Berkshire Regional Vocational School District Committee
Joseph Allard,: 894
Adams-Cheshire Regional School Committee
Paul Butler: 841
Brian Astorino: 888