Food Stamp replacement deadline is Nov. 22

CONCORD —  The state Department of Health and Human Services Division of Family Assistance has announced that Food Stamp recipients will have until Nov. 22 to report the loss of food due to spoilage.

Following a wind and rain storm on Oct. 30 that left 145,000 households without power, Gov. Chris Sununu announced that Food Stamp recipients could request replacement benefits through Nov. 9. However, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved a waiver request to allow DHHS to accept requests through Nov. 22.

“The October storm left our residents without power for an extended period of time, and many households were unable to reach our offices to request replacement benefits,” said DHHS Commissioner Jeffrey A. Meyers. “The department appreciates the waiver to extend the typical 10-day reporting requirement, providing Food Stamps recipients who lost food due to storm damage with more time to recover from power outages and request replacement food stamps.”

Food stamp benefits are 100 percent federally funded. Federal Food Stamp policy includes replacement benefits for food lost as a result of circumstances such as this. Replacements will be authorized for the amount of the loss, not to exceed the monthly allotment for the household.

Individuals participating in the Food Stamp Program on Oct. 30, may request replacement food stamps by signing a statement indicating the food loss was due to a power outage related to the storm, and state the total value of the lost food.

Participants may use convenient forms available in English pdf file, Spanish pdf file, and Nepalese pdf file.

Recipients may also contact either their local DHHS district office or call 1 (800) 852-3345 x 9700.

Tin Mountain to present 'Conifers of New Hampshire: Natural History and Identification' nature program Nov. 18


ALBANY — Tin Mountain Conservation Center will be presenting the nature program "Conifers of New Hampshire: Natural History and Identification" with David Govatskion Saturday, Nov. 18, from 9 a.m. through 3 p.m. at the Tin Mountain Nature Learning Center on Bald Hill Road in Albany.

The morning session will be a slide lecture presentation and the afternoon session is a field session, so wear sturdy shoes. Those interested are welcome to come to the morning session, afternoon session or both.

In this program participants will learn about the natural history of native New Hampshire conifers and how to identify them. The term conifer is a Latin word, a compound of conus (cone) and ferre (to bear), meaning one that bears cones. There are about 97 species of native conifer trees in the United States of which 13 are found in New Hampshire.

Conifers are fascinating woody plants. The world’s oldest, tallest and largest trees are all conifers. Govatski, an unabashed conifer lover, will briefly discuss the difference between gymnosperms that include conifers and angiosperms that produce seeds typically inside of fruit. Particpants will also learn how to tell the difference between male and female cones.

The conifers to be identified and studies include: northern white cedar; balsam fir; eastern hemlock; eastern red cedar; eastern larch; eastern white pine; red pine; pitch pine; Jack pine; black spruce; red spruce; white spruce; and Atlantic white cedar.

Govatski is a forester by vocation and a naturalist by avocation.

Reservations are preferred by calling Tin Mountain at (603) 447-6991


Cutline - Weldathon raises nearly $8,500 for CHaD

Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD) representative Hillary Hubbard recently accepted a check for $8,420, raised at an all-day May 4 weldathon hosted by 38 welding students and five instructors at White Mountains Community College in Berlin. Participating students celebrated their success at “giving back,” along with interim WMCC president Dr. Charles Lloyd and Vice President Dr. Fran Rancourt, Community College System of New Hampshire trustee Darrin Daniels and program supporter Bob Chapman, who owns Chapman Scrap Metal, plus instructors Michael Pike, Heather Wells, Stewart White and Jonathan Mullins. Wells announced a second annual weldathon to benefit CHaD would be held this spring. (EDITH TUCKER PHOTO)

Team Rubicon helps storm victims in Coos and Carroll Counties

Team Rubicon, a veteran-led disaster response organization, has launched Operation River Driver to support residents of North Carroll and Southern Coos Counties following the recent severe weather.

Team Rubicon will conduct damage assessments, muck outs and debris removal to assist residents affected by the recent storm.

“Our volunteers will be spending their Veterans Day weekend assisting families in Berlin and Bartlett in their recovery. The recent severe weather caused flooding and wind damage in both of these exceptionally hard hit communities,” Rick Treiss, Army veteran and incident commander said last week.

Through a strong communications infrastructure supported by cutting-edge technological solutions, Team Rubicon volunteers efficiently and effectively respond to natural disasters and help get stricken families back into their homes as soon as possible. Beyond disaster relief, Team Rubicon helps veterans find a renewed sense of purpose, which is vital as many veterans return to civilian life after their time in the military.

U.S. Marine Corps veterans Jake Wood and William McNulty founded the nonprofit in 2010 following the massive Haiti earthquake. It has grown from eight to over 65,000 volunteers with over 225 operations under its belt.

Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. Team Rubicon is a nonprofit organization offering veterans a chance to continue their service by helping and empowering those afflicted by disasters, and also themselves. Programs and services are made possible by the support of individual donors, corporate partners, and the dedication of volunteers across the country. To join or support Team Rubicon’s mission, visit


Eversource donates to Nansen cutline


Catalina Celentano (third from left), Eversource’s community relations specialist for the Northern Region, presented $1,000 check last month at the historic site to the Friends of Nansen Jump: Vaughn Roy, left, Peter Higbee, representing the Nansen Ski Club that serves as fiscal agent, Scott Halvorson, his brother Bret Halvorson, and Friends chairman Shawn Costello. The grant will be used to plan and budget for the ski jump site’s restoration, allowing it once again to be used for regular competition. (EDITH TUCKER PHOTO)