---- — PLAISTOW— A public meeting will be held at Town Hall at 7 p.m. today on the study of a potential extension of MBTA commuter rail service from Haverhill, Mass., to Plaistow.
The study is being conducted by the state Department of Transportation, in partnership with Plaistow, Atkinson and the Rockingham Planning Commission. It will examine potential impacts of a train station and layover facility, including cost-benefit analysis and ridership projections.
During the meeting, the engineering firm conducting the survey will summarize the study process to be followed, including study organization, schedule, and tools to be used for communication of study information.
The remainder of the time will be for stakeholders and area residents to provide input regarding the content of the study.
Plaistow Town Hall is located at 145 Main St.
Derry charter school plan OK’d
DERRY — The state Board of Education has granted approval for a charter school to open in Derry next year.
Granite State Academy for the Arts would serve approximately 160 high school students when it opens in August 2014, according to academy Chairman Wendie Leweck.
Leweck said the school is expected to be near the Salem and Atkinson lines. An occupancy agreement is still under negotiation, she said.
The state board approved the proposal at its meeting Monday. Last month, the board adopted a proposal for The Founders Academy, a middle school scheduled to open in the Londonderry area in January.
Another new charter school, Next School, opens this fall in Derry.
Nature sketching workshop is Sunday
HAMPSTEAD — The Hampstead Conservation Commission is hosting the Art in Nature workshop Sunday.
The workshop, hosted by Michael Terrile, is for artists of all levels. It will focus on nature sketching.
The group will meet at the West Road parking lot at 10 a.m. and hike a short distance. Participants can bring their own supplies or they will be furnished.
For more information, call Terrile at 329-4207 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lions donate iPads to library
PLAISTOW —The Plaistow Lions Club has donated two iPad 2s, which are now available for use in the children’s area at Plaistow Public Library.
These iPads are loaded with quality learning applications to meet educational and recreational needs, and improve technological literacy of children of all ages.
Call the library at 382-6011 or ask at the children’s desk for more information about use of the iPads. The library is located at 85 Main St.
Half-price sale at thrift shop
HAMPSTEAD— The Hollyhock Thrift Shop’s half-price sale continues until Aug. 31. Now is the time to pick up bargains for the end of summer and the beginning of next summer.
Following the sale, the shop will be closed until Tuesday, Sept. 17, for restocking. All proceeds from the thrift shop go to the Friends of the Hampstead Library.
Donations of good quality, clean, wearable fall and winter clothing may be brought to the library after Labor Day, when the restocking will begin. The Thrift Shop sells men’s, women’s and children’s clothing that is of good quality, clean and in good repair.
The Hollyhock Thrift Shop is located in the basement of Hampstead Public Library at 5 Mary E. Clark Drive. It is open on Tuesday and Saturday mornings.
Harding resigns from Danville board
DANVILLE — Russell Harding has resigned from the Board of Selectmen.
Selectmen received a resignation letter from Harding on Tuesday. They will meet Monday to discuss finding a replacement, Chairman Shawn O’Neil said. His three-year tern was to end in March.
Harding pleaded guilty in June to assaulting a teenage boy and received a 60-day suspended jail sentence.
Harding was charged with simple assault in August 2012 after a confrontation with the boy during the town’s Movie Night. Harding, charged with grabbing the teen and slamming his head against a table, said he was trying to prevent the boy from damaging the movie equipment.
After the incident, selectmen asked that Harding resign, but he refused.