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NH DHHS - Holiday Food Safety 

Food Safety Tips for the Holiday Season

Concord, NH – As we enter the busy holiday season, the Department of Health

and Human Services’ (DHHS) Food Protection Section is promoting important

food safety practices by encouraging residents to follow some simple tips

to avoid foodborne illnesses, such as Salmonella, E. coli, and


“Don’t let germs ruin your holiday activities by not taking proper

precautions against foodborne disease,” said Marcella Bobinsky, Acting

Director of the Division of Public Health Services at DHHS. “There are

simple tips for safe food preparation that we should all be following every

day, not just at holidays. Sometimes at large family gatherings our

attention may not be focused as closely on safe food handling and this can

present an opportunity for bacteria to be introduced.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there

are 31 pathogens known to cause foodborne illness. Every year there are an

estimated 48 million cases of illness, 128,000 hospitalizations, and 3,000

deaths in the United States due to foodborne diseases. Symptoms can vary

depending on the illness, but some common symptoms are diarrhea, abdominal

cramps, and nausea. It is difficult to say with certainty which microbe is

causing a given illness without laboratory testing.

The following simple precautions should always be followed by cooks and

food service workers to reduce the possibility of anyone becoming sick:

Separate: Use a separate cutting board for cooked foods and raw foods

and always wash them after use. Do not cut raw vegetables on the same

cutting board as raw meat. Avoid cross contamination. Wash any

utensil after preparing one food item before going on to the next


Clean: Always wash hands before touching any food. Wash hands and

surfaces often during food preparation and afterward.

Cook: Make sure all meats are thoroughly cooked by using a meat

thermometer: turkey, stuffing, and casseroles to 165ºF; veal, beef,

and lamb roasts to 145ºF; and ham, pork, ground beef, and egg dishes

to 160ºF. When reheating, leftovers should be thoroughly heated to


Chill: Refrigerate or freeze leftovers within two hours. The

refrigerator should be maintained at 40ºF or lower and the freezer

should be at 0ºF or lower. Keep hot foods hot, 140ºF or hotter, and

cold foods cold, 40ºF or below. Never defrost food at room

temperature. Thaw food in the refrigerator, in a cold-water bath, or

in the microwave. When using a microwave, meat must be cooked

immediately after. Marinate foods in the refrigerator.

Report: Report suspected foodborne illnesses to the NH Department of

Health and Human Services by calling 603-271-4496. Often calls from

concerned citizens are how outbreaks are first detected. If a public

health official calls you to talk about an outbreak your cooperation

is important, even if you are not ill.

For more information, visit ,, , or To report a foodborne outbreak, call the DHHS

Division of Public Health Services at 603-271-4496.


Sununu For Governor - Executive Councilors endorse Chris Sununu for Governor 


EXETER, NH - Today, seven current and former Executive Councilors endorsed Chris Sununu for Governor. The announcement follows last week's endorsements by two former Governors of New Hampshire.
Executive Councilor Joe Kenney of Wakefield, representing New Hampshire's North Country and Lakes Region, said, "I have had the privilege to watch and serve with Chris Sununu on the Executive Council and to see his incredible potential as a future Governor. He has the ability to lead the State in a new direction to foster a new business climate, educational opportunities and lessen the burden of governmental regulations to grow jobs. As a northern CEO of Waterville Valley, he understands and will be a friend of the North Country in support of economic development projects and with the promotion of travel and tourism. I wholeheartedly support him in his race for Governor."
Ruth Griffin, a former long-time Executive Councilor (1987-2007) from the Seacoast, said, "Chris Sununu is exactly the leader New Hampshire needs as Governor. He's earned my support by being an Executive Councilor who provides excellent constituent service, is a true friend to taxpayers, and never walks away from the tough votes. His public service and private sector experience, combined with his youth and energy, make Chris exceptionally qualified to be our Governor. Chris Sununu will be a Governor the Granite State can be proud of."
Ray Wieczorek, a former Executive Councilor (2002-13) and Mayor of Manchester, said, "Chris has a deep commitment to finding workable solutions to problems. He is knowledgeable, hardworking and determined to bring meaningful change to New Hampshire. No one is better prepared to tackle the challenges facing our state today than Chris Sununu."
Earl Rinker, a former Executive Councilor (1987-97) who represented greater Manchester, said, "Chris Sununu has proven himself to be a trusted leader for the entire state. He's made education a top priority, and he's fought hard to ensure that the issue of substance abuse is dealt with in a clear and decisive manner. Constituent service is at the core of an Executive Councilor's job, and Chris is keenly familiar with the kinds of problems that people face. He knows how government can help, and how it can hurt, and there's no doubt in my mind that he will be a difference maker for our state. I'm proud to support Chris Sununu for Governor."
Other former Executive Councilors endorsing Sununu include Louis Georgopoulos (1981-87), Bill Cahill (1985-87), and Dan St. Hilaire (2011-13).
Chris Sununu, first elected in 2010, is serving his third term on the Executive Council. He attributed the endorsements to recognition of his efforts to bring greater fiscal discipline and accountability to New Hampshire's executive branch.
"I appreciate the support of these Executive Councilors very much," Sununu said. "More than anyone, they know what the job of governor takes, and who it takes to do it. They understand the role I've played and the skills and work ethic that I will bring to the corner office. Together, we've shared the commitment to holding the executive branch, and its many unelected bureaucrats, accountable to the taxpayers."
Sununu added, "On the Council, I've been fortunate to serve along side and learn from some of our finest political leaders, not the least of whom was the late Ray Burton. The Council is a collegial group, but must be principled and forceful, insisting on integrity, fiscal discipline, and effective state government. I've learned from these Councilors that good government requires collaboration and cooperation, and positive change requires leadership. These lessons will guide me as governor, and I will be a leader for the next generation."

NH House Agenda-Joint Task Force, 11/24/2015 


Please see the attached agenda for tomorrow’s organizational meeting of the Joint Task Force for the response to the Heroin and Opioid Epidemic in New Hampshire that was created with the passage of SSHCR1 on November 18th



All Task Force sessions will be available via video stream on the General Court website. 

Tomorrow’s session will be available starting at


Please note the change in the link to view the video stream of today’s Joint Task Force meeting

It will be available beginning at 9 a.m. at:

The link to each subsequent video stream will be posted on the front page of the General Court website each day of the meetings.

Documents that are made available by presenters during these sessions will also be available on our website at:



Tuesday, November 24 in the NH House 


tuesday, november 24 in the nh house

BALLOT LAW COMMISSION (RSA 665:1), Rooms 305-307, LOB

9:00 a.m.         Regular meeting.


1:00 p.m.        Subcommittee meeting on screening.


9:00 a.m.         Full task force organizational meeting.

9:15 a.m.         Informational presentations.


10:00 a.m.       Regular meeting.


10:00 a.m.       Regular meeting.


Please note the change in the link to view the video stream of today’s Joint Task Force meeting

It will be available beginning at 9 a.m. at:



FreeKeeneNews - Robin Hooders Victorious in Court AGAIN - City Denied Injunction 

Court DENIES City of Keene’s Injunction Request Against Robin Hooders

Robin Hood of KeeneIt has been a long road, but thanks to free speech attorney Jon Meyer and judge John C Kissinger of the Cheshire superior court, Keene's Robin Hooders are again victorious! Nearly two years ago, the same court dismissed the two cases brought against the charitable meter-feeders, alleging we were "threatening, intimidating, and harassing" their parking enforcement officers and demanding a 50ft floating, constitution-free buffer zone to protect them.

The city appealed to the NH supreme court which ultimately upheld the superior court's dismissal except for one part. They affirmed the lower court's ruling to dismiss based on free speech grounds, but said the superior court needed to look at the request for the "buffer zone" injunction separately from the allegations of "tortious interference", "civil conspiracy", "negligence", and the demand for financial compensation, all of which the city failed to prove to the court's satisfaction.

Thankfully, the superior court agreed with attorney Meyer's arguments and denied the city's request for any injunction against us whatsoever! This effectively kills their case, unless they decide to continue spending ridiculous amounts of taxpayer money to appeal this latest failure to the NH supreme court.

James Cleaveland, Attorney Jon Meyer, Ian FreemanThe city, which had originally wanted a 50 foot floating buffer zone around each enforcer that would prevent all speech and recording by the Robin Hooders, had whittled that down over the 2.5 years this has been in court to a 5-10ft zone that would only be temporary and only if the parking enforcer requested said distance from the Robin Hooder. Mind you, we generally do not wish to be so close to them - it's best to fill meters at a greater distance, so as to have enough time to fill the meter and leave the Robin Hood calling card on the windshield, BEFORE the parking enforcer catches up to us and gets ahead. That would mean she could successfully write a ticket if she gets ahead, so having distance is my goal, but the enforcer is constantly trying to close that gap, so sometimes we do get within ten feet. That would mean that such an injunction (besides being unconstitutional) would also prevent us from Robin Hooding, as anytime the enforcer managed to close the gap, we'd be subject to arrest for "contempt of court".

In a fifteen-page order issued on 11/20, Kissinger writes of the city's request for injunction:

The Court cannot conceive of any more narrow or alternative relief that would provide any meaningful protection to the PEOs without running afoul of the Respondents' First Amendment rights...the government interests here are not sufficient to warrant an infringement on the Respondents' First Amendment rights. Any injunction requiring a buffer zone of any meaningful distance would require a significant change in the method used by the Respondents to disseminate their protected speech.

So, despite the city's interests in their parking enforcement continuing unabated, their significantly-reduced proposal for injunction is still beyond what is constitutionally permissible, and further, the court could not think of any lesser restrictions that would pass constitutional muster.

Kissinger, in his conclusion, does remind the city that if Robin Hooders' conduct is rising to the level of violating criminal statutes, that they can bring such charges. Of course, the reason they never have brought criminal harassment or assault charges is because Robin Hooders are peaceful. There is zero evidence of "harassment, threatening, or intimidating" - the claims the city has long libeled us with throughout this lawsuit.

Sheriff of NottinghamIn a classic case of projection, the people in this who are actually harassing, threatening, and intimidating others are the parking enforcers. They harass, threaten, and intimidate the good motorists of Keene six days a week by giving them threatening tickets for just trying to do some business downtown. Those tickets threaten, intimidate, and harass their victims into paying their fines so as to avoid the threat of having their car stolen. Talk about intimidation! This is why Robin Hood of Keene exists - we are here to save people from having to deal with the city's threats. That's always been the primary motivation, at least for me. I certainly don't speak for everyone.

If the parking enforcers don't like being called out for their threatening, intimidating, and harassing behavior, they should get jobs in the productive economy. Until the city council ends the parking department and turns over the spaces to downtown businesses to decide how to administer, per market forces, Robin Hooding will continue to rescue peaceful motorists from the threats of the city government. The city has 30 days to appeal this latest failure. Stay tuned here to Free Keene for the latest.