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Paint night at Frog Rock


MEREDITH — The Frog Rock Tavern is bringing back the paint night in a "spooktacular way."

Cole Harper, local native artist, will be walking painters through a ghoulish painting that features glow-in-the-dark paint, perfect for Halloween décor.

This special event is scheduled to take place Tuesday Oct. 14, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The tavern, at 67 Main St., will be open and serving a full menu and a full bar.

Spaces are limited. Reservations can be made at www.wineanddesignevents.com or emailing Chantelle Moynihan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Monday, 06 October 2014 10:19

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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. 

Last Updated on Monday, 06 October 2014 10:04

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