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Town Council picks replacement

MERRIMACK – The Town Council Thursday night selected Lon S. Woods, a 44-year resident of Merrimack, to fill the council seat left vacant by the passing in June of six-year member David Yakuboff Sr.

Vice chairman Nancy Harrington took over as chairman following Yakuboff’s death, and council member Thomas
Mahon became vice chairman. ...

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MERRIMACK – The Town Council Thursday night selected Lon S. Woods, a 44-year resident of Merrimack, to fill the council seat left vacant by the passing in June of six-year member David Yakuboff Sr.

Vice chairman Nancy Harrington took over as chairman following Yakuboff’s death, and council member Thomas
Mahon became vice chairman.

Woods, 71, received three votes Thursday night, while candidates Bob L’Heureux and Lynette Peterson got one each.

Harrington, Mahon and member Tom Koenig voted for Woods, while Bill Boyd supported L’Heureux and Dan Dwire voted for Peterson.

The council then approved, by a vote of 5-0, a motion to have the record reflect that Woods was selected unanimously to indicate the Town Council’s full support.

Koenig told fellow councilors and a handful of residents present that he chose Woods in large part for his communication skills.

“Lon has a great bedside manner, so to speak; he’s very good at communicating, conversing with people,” Koenig said. “He has a history of service in town, including experience with (town) charter issues. Mostly, Lon has the ability to sit down and understand the issues.”

“I believe he’ll complement the council well,” Koenig added.

Each of the councilors who spoke to their choices agreed on at least one thing: Having to select a replacement for Yakuboff is about the last piece of business they wanted to undertake.

“This is a lousy job for us tonight,” Dwire said, while also expressing his support for Peterson, a former 4-year state representative who fell short in her
2012 bid for the council.

Dwire said he was backing Peterson in part because she’s someone who embodies the volunteer spirit that town officials seek.

“We’ve been asking for volunteers to come forward ... we’ve been almost begging people,” he said. “Lynette represents that new blood we keep asking for.”

Boyd said he chose L’Heureux because he wanted “someone to succeed David from a caretaker’s position,” but added that the difficulty of having to make the selection was compounded because “I’m disappointing two people tonight, and I don’t like to disappoint people.”

Woods, meanwhile, can now add Town Council to the list of panels on which he’s served. At different times he has been a member of the school board, zoning board, town charter commission and municipal budget committee. He is also currently serving as a commissioner of the Merrimack Village District, the town’s water utility.

A past member of the Merrimack Exchange and Lions clubs and a former volunteer with the MYA, Woods is married to Kathryn Woods. The couple lives at 2 Arbor St. They have two daughters and two grandchildren.

Woods retired several years ago as the secretary and scale operator for the town transfer station.

Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-6443 or dshalhoup@nashuatelegraph.com. Also follow Shalhoup on Twitter (@Telegraph_DeanS).