New Hampshire Thrift Bancshares, Inc. Appoints New Director

New Hampshire Thrift Bancshares, Inc. Appoints New Director 
NEWPORT, NH -- (Marketwire) -- 12/19/12 --  New Hampshire Thrift
Bancshares, Inc. (the "Company") (NASDAQ: NHTB), the holding company
for Lake Sunapee Bank, fsb (the "Bank"), today announced that on
December 13, 2012, it appointed Catherine A. Feeney, Esq. to the
Board of Directors as an independent director. Ms. Feeney will fill
the vacancy created by Mr. Michael Putziger's resignation from the
Board on August 9, 2012, and will hold office until the Company's
2014 annual meeting of shareholders or until her successor is elected
and qualified. Ms. Feeney will also serve as a director of the Bank. 
Ms. Feeney is currently an adjunct professor of commercial and
residential landlord-tenant law at Vermont Law School, a certified
guardian ad litem and a mediator. During Ms. Feeney's 17 years as an
attorney, she practiced primarily in the areas of civil litigation
and domestic and business law and was formerly a partner at the
Feeney Law Offices. Ms. Feeney currently serves on the board of
directors and nominating committee of a private organization. Ms.
Feeney's knowledge of the customers and communities in the Newport,
New Hampshire marketplace are beneficial to the Company and will
provide the Board valuable insight into the current market. 
Stephen W. Ensign, Executive Chairman, commented, "We are very
pleased to welcome Ms. Feeney to our Board of Directors, bringing
with her an array of personal and professional experiences in the
fields of general banking, mortgage loan origination and real estate,
as well as the general practice of law. We look forward to her
becoming an active and contributing member of the Board."  
About New Hampshire Thrift Bancshares, Inc. 
New Hampshire Thrift Bancshares, Inc. is the parent company of Lake
Sunapee Bank, fsb, a federally chartered stock savings bank providing
a wide range of banking and financial services through 28 offices
strategically located within the greater Dartmouth-Lake
Sunapee-Kearsarge and Monadnock regions of west-central New Hampshire
and central Vermont. New Hampshire Thrift Bancshares, Inc. has total
assets of approximately $1.1 billion. 
Forward-Looking Statements 
The Company wishes to caution readers not to place undue reliance on 
any such forward-looking statements contained in this press release,
which speak only as of the date made. Actual results may differ
materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements as
a result of various important factors discussed under the caption
"Risk Factors" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended
December 31, 2011, and in subsequent filings with the Securities and
Exchange Commission. In addition, the forward-looking statements
included in this press release represent our views as of the date of
this release. The Company and the Bank do not undertake and
specifically decline any obligation to publicly release the result of
any revisions that may be made to any forward-looking statements to
reflect events or circumstances after the date of such statements or
to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events. 
For additional information contact:
Stephen R. Theroux
President & CEO
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