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Putman Fund brings career CIA lawyer John Rizzo to Laconia on Saturday

LACONIA — The Laconia Putnam Fund will present John Rizzo, author of ''The Company Man',' on Saturday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Laconia High School Auditorium.

Tickets to the event, which is free, will be available at the door on a first-come, first-served basis.

Former CIA Director George Tenet once described the agency's first course of action during a crisis: "You don't call in the tough guys; you call in the lawyers." For more than three decades, the CIA called in John Rizzo, whom the Los Angeles Times dubbed "the most influential career lawyer in CIA history."

As an Agency lawyer from 1976 to 2009—and its top lawyer for seven years in 9/11's wake—John Rizzo made sweeping legal calls on virtually every major CIA issue of the past thirty years, from rules governing waterboarding and drones to answering for the Iran Contra scandal. In COMPANY MAN: Thirty Years of Controversy and Crisis in the CIA, Rizzo provides the most comprehensive insider's history of the CIA ever written.

In 1975, fresh out of law school and working a numbing job at the Treasury Department, John Rizzo took "a total shot in the dark" and sent his résumé to the Central Intelligence Agency. He had no notion that more than thirty years later, after serving under eleven CIA directors and seven presidents, he would become a notorious public figure—a symbol and a victim of the toxic winds swirling in post-9/11 Washington. From serving as the point person answering for the Iran-contra scandal to approving the rules that govern waterboarding and other "enhanced interrogation techniques," John Rizzo witnessed and participated in virtually all of the significant operations of the CIA's modern history. In Company Man, Rizzo re-visits and reflects on those operations and his involvement in them, revealing shocking, controversial, and sometimes amusing insider stories and details along the way.

The narrative of Rizzo's career, climbing from junior lawyer to chief legal counsel, parallels the transformation of the CIA itself: from cloak-and-dagger Cold War bureaucracy to a multi-faceted anti-terrorism enterprise—an agency exposed to new laws, rules, and a seemingly never-ending string of public controversies. Spanning more than three decades, Company Man is the most authoritative insider account of the CIA ever written—a groundbreaking, timely, and remarkably candid history of American intelligence, and as Booklist praised in an early review, "about as close-up as you can get."

John Rizzo had a thirty-four-year career as a lawyer at CIA, culminating with seven years as the Agency's chief legal officer. In the post-9/11 era, he helped create and implement the full spectrum of aggressive counterterrorist operations against Al Qaeda, including the so-called "enhanced interrogation program" and lethal strikes against the Al Qaeda leadership. Since retiring from the CIA, he has served as senior counsel at a Washington, D.C., law firm and is a visiting scholar at the Hoover Institution. He is a graduate of Brown University and George Washington University Law School.

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‘Stories of Our Town’ oral history program at Gordon-Nash Library on Oct. 23

NEW HAMPTON — The Gordon-Nash Library will be holding its "Stories of Our Town" program on Thursday, October 23 at 7 p.m.
The history of the community can best be told through the voices of the people who have lived that history. The first "Stories of Our Town" program, was held in November, 2013, and was a hugely successful storytelling event. The evening whetted local appetites for town history, triggered many individual memories, and brought the old-timers and new residents in the audience together with the gift of a common trove of local knowledge. Twenty-two elders were interviewed for the NHHS Oral History project and told stories about life in the community. In Part II, residents will tell stories revealing values that shaped the character of our town.

For more information, contact Gordon DuBois 279-0379.

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Meredith Community Craft Fair to be held on Nov. 22

MEREDITH — The Meredith Parks & Recreation Department will be holding its 3rd annual Craft Fair on Saturday, November 22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Meredith Community Center.

The premise of this craft fair is homemade/handmade crafts, foods and items that can be sold to help local crafters while stimulating the economy and giving back to the community. This craft fair has provided many local, as well as non-local crafters with the opportunity to share their talents with the general public. Over the last 2 years the craft fair has been held there have been various artists that have participated including woodworking, knitters, painters, crafters, jewelers, bakers and musicians as well as many others. 
Those interested in participating as a vendor or are seeking more general information, can visit www.meredithnh.org or call the Community Center at 279-8197. 

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Thrift Clothes Closet gives $1,000 to Opera House

FRANKLIN — The Franklin Opera House is pleased to acknowledge the receipt of a generous donation of $1,000 from the Thrift Clothes Closet of Franklin.

The Opera House currently serves as home to Franklin Footlights Theatre, FHS Player (Franklin High School's theater group) and FACT (Franklin Area Childrens' Theater), a summer program for students K-12 to learn theater skills, working cooperatively with others and self-confidence. The Opera House welcomes performers from the greater Franklin area and New England, and sometimes reaches out to performers beyond.

On October 9, 10, 11 and 12, the theater will host Franklin Footlights Theatre's production of "Run for the Hills", the creation of "Doc" Barry Taylor and his father William. This is community theater at its very best. On November 8th we will host NH artists Joe Deleault and the Reel Tuckermans on our stage.
The building at 316 Central Street was originally constructed in 1892 and served as a theater and function hall, as well as serving the office needs of City Hall, the police and water departments and city court. After World War II, many communities found the use of their theaters in decline and for several years the theater ceased to operate.

In 1999 a group of citizens took up the task of transforming City Hall back into the Opera House. A drop ceiling was removed, partitions which had formed offices on the stage were removed and many other aesthetic and technical improvements were made. By 2001, the first shows in 30 years graced the stage of the Opera House.

Today, the Franklin Opera House still shares space with the City Manager's office, the City Clerk and other business offices and appreciates the cooperative working relationship it has with the City. The Franklin community is fortunate to have this tremendous asset, a place where people of all ages can hone their theatrical and musical skills as well as seasoned performers bringing quality entertainment to the greater Franklin area.
The Franklin Opera House invites people to visit its website: franklinoperahouse.org for more history, activities and listings of up-coming events. The volunteer organization welcomes people with all kinds of skills and interests to join as ushers, membership, refreshments, maintenance, fundraising, Board members, to name a few. Donations can be mailed to: Franklin Opera House, PO Box 172, Franklin NH 03235, and we are a 501 c(3) organization. The office (on the Memorial Street side of City Hall) is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (staffed by volunteers) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and messages can be left at 934-1901 as well.

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