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Reception Honoring 2015 Citizens's Arts Advocate of the Year Tim Sink 

Reception for 2015 Citizens' Arts Advocate of the Year Tim Sink

and Beethoven Forever Concert


Concord, NH -- On Friday, January 23rd, 2015, New Hampshire Citizens for the Arts is honoring Timothy Sink, President, Concord Chamber of Commerce for being a champion of the arts.  A reception in his honor will be held at the Robert M. Larsen Gallery in Concord located at 29 School Street. The reception begins at 6:30pm and includes remarks from Symphony New Hampshire conductor, Jonathan McPhee, as well as the presentation of the award.

Immediately following the reception is a concert Beethoven Forever performed by Symphony New Hampshire at the Concord City Auditorium. The concert will feature an evening dedicated to the work of a master. Violinist Irina Muresanu, hailed as "not just a virtuoso, but an artist," will tackle his violin concerto, one of the genre's most beloved. The composer's Egmont Overture and his Symphony No. 1 complete this program.

Tickets for the concert and reception - which benefit NH Citizens for the Arts - can be purchased online by clicking this link.

The reception is sponsored by: b-fresh consulting, LLC, Louis Karno & Company, Talient Action Group, and Sulloway & Hollis, P.L.L.C.


NH DHHS - Statehouse Event to Honor NH’s Adoptive Families

Celebrating New Hampshire’s Adoptive Families

During National Adoption Month

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

(DHHS) will honor New Hampshire’s Adoptive Families during a celebration at

the State House in Concord on Tuesday, November 18, 2014. The event will

celebrate the 127 adoptions finalized in the State between October 2013 and

September 2014. Governor Maggie Hassan, DHHS Commissioner Nicholas

Toumpas, and DHHS’ Division for Children, Youth and Families Administrator

Eileen Mullen will be speaking at the celebration. This will also be an

opportunity to hear from an adoptive parent.

EVENT: DHHS Celebrates New

Hampshire’s Adoptive Families

WHEN: Tuesday, November 18, 2014

3 PM

LOCATION: NH State House

Governor and Council


107 North Main St –

Concord, NH


NH DHHS - Awarded $891,494 in High Performance Bonuses 

Concord, NH – Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas today announced that the New

Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has received two

federal high performance bonuses from the US Department of Agriculture

(USDA) for its quality administration of the Food Stamp Program in Federal

Fiscal Year 2013.

Awarded on September 25, 2014, the first bonus of $314,141 was given in

recognition of accurate determination of eligibility for food stamps. More

specifically, DHHS excelled at ensuring food stamp recipients and

applicants were not closed or denied benefits for inappropriate reasons. A

second bonus of $577,353 was awarded on October 1, 2014, in recognition of

DHHS’ work to ensure that families at risk of hunger are connected to food

benefits through food stamps. Currently 52,222 households in the State

receive food stamps.

"The Food Stamp program provides critical assistance to some of our most

vulnerable citizens, and I applaud the New Hampshire Department of Health

and Human Services for their efficient administration of this important

program," Governor Maggie Hassan said. "New Hampshire runs a program that

is nationally recognized as outstanding for accountability and accuracy,

while also ensuring that our children and families receive assistance to

access healthy food if they need it."

“It's gratifying to be recognized for quality administration of this

important program,” said Commissioner Toumpas. “I am pleased to say that

receiving such bonuses is not unusual for us. This is the 12th food stamp

high performance bonus award in the past 11 years.” According to

Commissioner Toumpas, the awards reflect the excellent teamwork of DHHS

staff on behalf of the citizens of New Hampshire. “Our eligibility workers

perform accurate eligibility and our Food Stamp Program staff ensures

proper adherence to policies so we can be successful in helping those in

need in our State.”

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NH Senate Republicans - Sharon Carson is NH's Most Effective Senator 

The New Hampshire Senate

Republican Majority Office

Sunlight Foundation gives Carson high marks


Concord, NH – The Sunlight Foundation, a nonpartisan nonprofit pushing for open government, ranks Senator Sharon Carson (R-Londonderry) as the most effective Senator in New Hampshire. The ranking is based on Carson’s record of sponsoring successful legislation during the 2013-14 Session.


Carson sponsored 34 bills that were approved by the Senate, 17 of which also won approval from the Democratically-controlled New Hampshire House. Eleven of Carson’s bills were signed into law over the last two years. The Sunlight Foundation found that Carson had the most success getting her proposals through the legislative process.


“Our goal as Legislators should be to find ways to improve New Hampshire’s laws to benefit the people of our state,” Carson said. “That means not only finding good ideas, but shepherding them through the legislative process and into law. I’m proud of the results I’ve had sponsoring successful legislation.”


The Sunlight Foundation ranks Sen. Nancy Stiles (R-Hampton) as the second most effective Senator and Sen. David Boutin (R-Hooksett) third. Each sponsored twelve bills that made it into law over the past two years.


Sunlight Foundation Report


Stay Work Play NH Announces the 2014 Rising Stars Awards Winners 

Six awards given to winners across New Hampshire as recognition for their hard work


The fifth annual Rising Stars Awards, an initiative of Stay Work Play in partnership with New Hampshire Public Radio, welcomed more than 450 guests to celebrate six of New Hampshire’s outstanding young business men and women and organizations who received awards on Oct. 6.  



The 2014 Rising Stars Awards winners are:  



Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Michael Carlton, Northwood, Calling All Cargo 

College Student of the Year: 
Ian Gagnon, Enfield, UNH 

Young Professional of the Year: 
Corey MacDonald, Portsmouth Police Department and MacDonald & Black Law Firm 

Civic Leader of the Year: 
Laura Brusseau, Laconia, Interlakes High School 

Coolest Companies for Young Professionals:

·             Calypso Communications, Portsmouth 

·             W.S. Badger Company, Gilsum 

·             LAUCHLANWORKS, Exeter 

Leadership Development Program of the Year: 
Leadership College, Leadership New Hampshire 



“This year’s Rising Stars Awards ceremony was the biggest event yet. In five years we have seen some incredible young people and organizations win these awards, and this year was no different,” said Kate Luczko, Executive Director of Stay Work Play.  “I expect to see the competition continue to grow and expand in the future.”



“This year’s winners are an amazing display of the entrepreneurial talent that lives, works, and plays in New Hampshire. We would also like to recognize and thank all of our wonderful sponsors and all of the local businesses that donated more than 70 auction items and truly help make this year’s event a success. ”



Referred to as “the networking event of the year,” the Rising Stars Awards works to celebrate and recognize New Hampshire’s remarkable young professionals and college students, the initiatives to keep them here, and the businesses and programs that go the extra mile to recruit and retain them.



The event was hosted by Virginia Prescott, host of NHPR’s Word of Mouth and welcomed keynote speaker Victoria Arlen, Paralympic swimmer and gold medalist, Governor Maggie Hassan, Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas, representatives from the 12 Young Professional Networks from across the state, music from Pat and the Hats, and many others.



More information about The Rising Stars Awards:

About Stay Work Play
Stay Work Play is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is “To work collaboratively across New Hampshire to support ongoing economic, workforce, and community development by promoting the state as a favorable place for young workers and recent college graduates to stay, work and play, when considering employment and lifestyle opportunities.” Additional information on the organization can be found on the website, or by contacting Executive Director, Kate Luczko,  or (603) 860-2245.


About New Hampshire Public Radio 
Since 1981, NHPR has shaped the media landscape in the Granite State and beyond. Their mission is to help create a more informed public, one challenged and enriched by a deeper understanding and appreciation of state, national, and world events, ideas, and culture. NHPR is broadcast from thirteen different sites, making it by far New Hampshire’s largest (and only) statewide radio news service. Every week NHPR is the choice of more than 184,000 listeners as a primary source of in-depth and intelligent news coverage. Each day New Hampshire Public Radio delivers several hours of local news reported by NHPR’s award-winning News Department, locally produced shows such as The Exchange and Word of Mouth, and national and world news from NPR and the BBC. NHPR is the exclusive outlet for NPR News in the Granite State and broadcast national weekly programs such as Car Talk, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! and This American Life.