Poets to gather in Hampstead

New York poet George Drew is the featured reader at the Robert Frost Farm's Hyla Brook Reading Series on May 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at BeanTowne Coffee House and Café©, 201 Route 111 in Hampstead. Also reading is Hyla Brook poet Stephen Redic. It's free and open to the public.

An Open Mic follows the readings and all audience members are invited to share their work.

Starting in June, the Hyla Brook Reading Series moves to its summer home at the Robert Frost Farm, Route 28, in Derry. The group also organizes a monthly writing workshop. The next workshop is at 10 a.m. May 15 at the Coffee Factory in Derry. E-mail bobik9@aol.com for details.

Town approves health grant renewal

Town Council unanimously voted to approve the renewal of the town's Public Health Network grant for fiscal tear 2011 and 2012.

Renewal of this grant allows Derry's public health network coordinator to coordinate emergency public health planning for the nine towns that have signed agreements with Derry, the state Department of Health and Human Services, and the state Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

The Public Health Network administered 3,000 doses of H1N1 vaccinations at more than 20 clinics in the region, 12 in Derry.

The grant funding also supports infrastructure, planning, supplies and personnel that were part of the vaccine program.

Transfer station to change hours

The Derry transfer station will change its hours May 12 through Sept. 1. The summer hours are: Sunday and Monday, closed; Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Contact recycling coordinator Joan Cornetta for more information at 432-4650.

New voting locations announced for fall

Residents will head to the polls on Sept. 14 and Nov. 2 to vote for state officials. Voters in Derry will be casting ballots in three locations.

Districts 1 and 4 voters will vote at Gilbert H. Hood Middle School; District 3 residents will vote at West Running Brook Middle School; and District 2 voters head to Calvary Bible Church in East Derry.

Town Clerk Denise Neale told the Town Council the state had concerns about using West Running Brook for two districts for state and/or federal elections.

She added it would be a minimal cost to the town to split the two districts into two different polling locations.

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