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May 2, 2014

Paving planned in Hampstead

HAMPSTEAD — A part of busy East Road will be shut down for paving next week as the town's highway department gears up to fix several roads.

East Road from Route 111 to Emerson Avenue, about a half mile long, will be repaved on Tuesday, Hampstead Road Agent Jon Worthen said.

The section of road will be closed for the day as paving moves forward. Bus routes won't be affected, so students will still be picked up for school, Worthen said.

Soon after, crews will be hitting Ashford, Country, Marshall, Odd Fellows and Valley Roads in no particular order. No closures are expected, Worthen said, and the work will take about a week.

Page Lane is also targeted for work, which will be more involved, but that hasn't been scheduled, Worthen said.

Depot Crossing dispute continues

HAMPSTEAD — A contested gas station proposal has made it to the state Supreme Court.

The Depot Crossing gas station project at the corner of Derry Road and Main Street was approved by the town Planning Board in 2012. The decision was appealed by neighbors to Rockingham Superior Court, which denied reconsideration last June.

That decision was appealed to the state Supreme Court. Both sides — residents fighting to reverse the approval, and the developer trying to move forward — have filed briefs in the case.

Next, the court will either make a decision based on the briefs or call for oral arguments, according to Joshua Gordon, the attorney for the neighbors.

That process could take months, Gordon said.

Donations needed for book sale

ATKINSON — Kimball Library on Academy Avenue is in search of donations for its annual spring book sale, scheduled for the townwide yard sale on May 17.

Donated items take some time to be sorted through which is why donating them in advance is encouraged.

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