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DHHS Announces Changes in Food Stamp Benefits

CONCORD —  The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Division of Family Assistance (DFA) is announcing upcoming changes to Food Stamp benefits.

Recipients will see two changes in their benefits this fall. On October 1, benefits increase slightly for most households to reflect the costs of living. However, on November 1, most families will see a decrease in their benefits as that's when extra funds provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 will expire.

"We are reaching out to all our clients that receive food stamp benefits so that they are aware of the changes and understand how this will affect them," said DFA Director Terry Smith. "Every October the federal government adjusts food stamp benefits to reflect changes in the costs of living. What's different this year is the decrease a month later."


Last Updated on Friday, 27 September 2013 09:16

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Presentation on Women's Role as 1700's Tavern Keepers

MEREDITH — In 1736 Ann Jose Harvey became the owner of a prominent Portsmouth tavern when her husband died and left her the guardian of seven small children. On Tuesday, October 1, at 7 p.m., Marcia Schmidt Blaine will explore why a woman would take on the challenge of running the potentially most disruptive place in town.

Marcia Schmidt Blaine, Ph.D., is a historian of NH & New England history and the Chair of the Department of History and Philosophy at Plymouth State University. Blaine also studies various aspects of White Mountain history through her work with the Museum of the White Mountains in Plymouth.

The Meredith Public Library and the Meredith Historical Society are pleased to co-offer this program through a grant from the NH Humanities Council. It is free and open to the public. The program will be presented at the Historical Society Building, 45 Main St., at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 1. Refreshments will be served. For more information call 524-6586.


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Gold Star Mother's Day will be observed Sept. 29

LACONIA — Gold Star Mothers Day will be observed on Sunday, September 29.

The United States began observing Gold Star Mothers Day on the last Sunday of September in 1936. It is a day for people to recognize and honor those who have lost a son or daughter while serving the United States Armed Forces.

Mothers of fallen service members began calling themselves "Gold Star Mothers" during the First World War. In 1918 President Woodrow Wilson approved the wearing of black armbands bearing a gold star by those who had a family member who died in the military service to the United States. This distinguished them from the blue stars, representing a family member presently serving in the armed forces.

American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. was incorporated in 1929, obtaining a federal charter from the US Congress. It began with 25 mothers living in the Washington DC area and soon expanded to include affiliated groups throughout the nation. On June 23, 1936, a joint congressional resolution designated the last Sunday in September as Gold Star Mother's Day, a holiday that has been observed each year by a presidential proclamation.

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Sip and Dip Painting Parties at Pitman's Freight House

LACONIA — Pitman's Freight Room is hosting Sip n Dip painting parties every Tuesday evening in October from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Classes are instructed by Maureen Bieniarz-Pond and participants complete a 16 x 20 inch acrylic painting on canvas in just three hours.

"Its all about learning how to paint and taking home a original piece of art by just getting down the basics,'' says Pond, who adds that step by step instuctions are given for those who have never painted before.

Price for the parties, including all supplies are $40. Two-hour parties are also available for teens for $25, including all supplies.

Registrations are required and can be made by contacting Maureen Bieniarz-Pond at 603-235-2777 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .'; document.write(''); document.write(addy_text89788); document.write('<\/a>'); //-->\n This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Sip and Dip Painting Parties will be offered at Pitman's Freight Room on Tuesday nights in October. (Courtesy photo)

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