NEWPORT, NH--(Marketwire - October 9, 2009) - New Hampshire Thrift Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: NHTB) has declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of thirteen cents ($0.13) per share payable October 30, 2009, to shareholders of record as of October 23, 2009.

New Hampshire Thrift Bancshares, Inc. (NHTB) 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 twenty-eight offices strategically located in west-central New Hampshire and central Vermont.

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