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Audio Slideshow: Town Meeting Multitaskers

  • Special education teacher Tracy Flickinger creates a visual aid for multiplication as residents vote during Lyme’s Town Meeting at the school last week. Flickinger was able to work and participate in voice votes while her class was taking a test. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)

    Special education teacher Tracy Flickinger creates a visual aid for multiplication as residents vote during Lyme’s Town Meeting at the school last week. Flickinger was able to work and participate in voice votes while her class was taking a test. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Ruth Fontaine makes needle felted wood sculptures at Corinth’s Town Meeting. “ I don’t like to be sitting just doing nothing,” she said. “It gives you something to pass the time.”(Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)

    Ruth Fontaine makes needle felted wood sculptures at Corinth’s Town Meeting. “ I don’t like to be sitting just doing nothing,” she said. “It gives you something to pass the time.”(Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Lynne Adams goes barefoot while knitting and taking part in Lyme’s Town Meeting. (Valley News - James M. Patterson)

    Lynne Adams goes barefoot while knitting and taking part in Lyme’s Town Meeting. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Sarah Austin, 11, plays "Wipeout" on a portable gaming device while at the Grantham Town Meeting on March 12, 2013. <br/>Valley News - Sarah Priestap

    Sarah Austin, 11, plays "Wipeout" on a portable gaming device while at the Grantham Town Meeting on March 12, 2013.
    Valley News - Sarah Priestap Purchase photo reprints »

  • Mary Victor Giersch reads To Heaven and Back at Strafford’s Town Meeting. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)

    Mary Victor Giersch reads To Heaven and Back at Strafford’s Town Meeting. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Ballot clerks Grace Dickerson, right, Carol Campbell, center, and Nancy Gerow came prepared for lulls in voting at Lebanon’s Ward 1. Dickerson brought her iPad, iPhone, a laptop and knitting. Campbell was knitting too, while Gerow brought her cross-stitching. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)

    Ballot clerks Grace Dickerson, right, Carol Campbell, center, and Nancy Gerow came prepared for lulls in voting at Lebanon’s Ward 1. Dickerson brought her iPad, iPhone, a laptop and knitting. Campbell was knitting too, while Gerow brought her cross-stitching. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Purchase photo reprints »

  • During a lull in voting, Claremont Ballot Clerk Debbie Dombroski keeps busy with a needlepoint project at the polls last week. Others pass the time in different ways while participating in Town Meeting and balloting. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)

    During a lull in voting, Claremont Ballot Clerk Debbie Dombroski keeps busy with a needlepoint project at the polls last week. Others pass the time in different ways while participating in Town Meeting and balloting. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Special education teacher Tracy Flickinger creates a visual aid for multiplication as residents vote during Lyme’s Town Meeting at the school last week. Flickinger was able to work and participate in voice votes while her class was taking a test. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)
  • Ruth Fontaine makes needle felted wood sculptures at Corinth’s Town Meeting. “ I don’t like to be sitting just doing nothing,” she said. “It gives you something to pass the time.”(Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)
  • Lynne Adams goes barefoot while knitting and taking part in Lyme’s Town Meeting. (Valley News - James M. Patterson)
  • Sarah Austin, 11, plays "Wipeout" on a portable gaming device while at the Grantham Town Meeting on March 12, 2013. <br/>Valley News - Sarah Priestap
  • Mary Victor Giersch reads To Heaven and Back at Strafford’s Town Meeting. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)
  • Ballot clerks Grace Dickerson, right, Carol Campbell, center, and Nancy Gerow came prepared for lulls in voting at Lebanon’s Ward 1. Dickerson brought her iPad, iPhone, a laptop and knitting. Campbell was knitting too, while Gerow brought her cross-stitching. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)
  • During a lull in voting, Claremont Ballot Clerk Debbie Dombroski keeps busy with a needlepoint project at the polls last week. Others pass the time in different ways while participating in Town Meeting and balloting. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)

Not long into Tuesday’s town meeting in Lyme, Elizabeth Glenshaw put down her town report and took up her knitting. She’s working on a bright pink sweater for a baby due in May. “It keeps you relaxed, but yet in the moment,” she said. “I find it actually helps me focus my attention on what’s going on.” She wasn’t alone. Around the Upper Valley, Town Meeting attendees and poll workers whiled away the hours by working on craft projects, listening to their iPods, or reading the newspaper. Enfield’s town moderator brought his travel mandolin to the polls in case things got slow. Glenshaw said she saw one woman paying her bills during the meeting. “I’m glad that they’re making the commitment to come to Town Meeting and be part of the process,” she said. “So if they need to pay their bills, go for it. They’re here, which is the point.” Want to hear what else occupied Granite Staters’ time at meetings and polling places on Tuesday? Check out our latest podcast below.