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Fruit Trees blossom at Clarkdale Fruit Farms in Deerfield on Tuesday.

Recorder/Paul Franz Fruit Trees blossom at Clarkdale Fruit Farms in Deerfield on Tuesday.

ASHFIELD — A total of 174 out of 1,360 voters (13 percent voter turnout) cast ballots in Saturday’s annual town election, which had only one contest, for a three-year Board of Health seat.

Michelle Carter edged out James Kerr for the Board of Health position by a 79 to 71 vote.

Also, a debt exclusion vote to borrow $150,000 to help pay for a new road grader was approved by a 117 to 48 vote.

For a vacant seat on the Sewer Commission, Robert Abbatiello picked up 31 write-in votes.

The following candidates and incumbents ran unopposed and were elected to new terms of office:

Selectman Tom Carter, Moderator Stewart “Buz” Eisenberg, Tree Warden Thomas Poissant, Board of Assessors Sandy Lilly, Finance Committee members Edwin “Ted” Murray, Janet Rogers and David Newell.

Constables John LaBelle and Elizabeth Lesure; Park Commissioner Judith Haupt, School Committee Hele “Poppy” Doyle, Planning Board Sarah Holbrook, and Library Trustee Caroline Murray.

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