Steele Hill Resort makes donation of $430 in books to Sanbornton Library

SANBORNTON — With one of the Lakes Region’s best views as a backdrop, Nancy Sapak, Steele Hill Resorts’ Activities Director, recently presented Sanbornton Public Library Director Marcia Haigh with over $430 in Usborne and Kane-Miller children’s books. The book donation is a result of a collaboration between Steele Hill Resorts and Carol Varney of Belmont, local Usborne Books & More representative, who provided children’s book fairs at the Resort for their guests over the summer. For hosting the book fairs, Steele Hill Resorts received free books which they then used to fulfill a wishlist of the Sanbornton Public Library.

“This is our third year hosting book fairs and it has been a wonderful opportunity for our families to purchase great books to enjoy during their stay with us, while also helping us stock the shelves of the children’s room at the Sanbornton Library,” stated Sapak.

According to Library Director Marcia Haigh the library has used these donations of books to not only enhance their children’s room selections but also as prizes for events during the summer reading program. “Adding these fresh, new books from Usborne builds excitement for reading. The selection is greatly appreciated by the parents as well as the children. I thank Nancy and Steele Hill Resort visitors for helping to put these books into the hands of Sanbornton children,“ stated Haigh.

Science center selling detailed charts of Squam Lake


HOLDERNESS — The detailed charts of Squam Lake by noted American cartographer Bradford Washburn are now available on-line through the auspices of the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center.

Washburn, who achieved fame as an explorer, mountaineer, photographer, in addition to being cartographer, published a detailed survey of Squam Lake in the 1960s.

For the first time, these in-depth maps of Squam Lake are available online thanks to the efforts of Holderness resident and Squam Lakes Natural Science Center volunteer Tom Stepp. Stepp researched, scanned, and labeled maps from the Washburn collection at the Science Center. Stepp hopes that lovers of maps, property owners around Squam Lake, students of history, and people interested in Washburn's extraordinary life will enjoy viewing the original work plans.

Brad Washburn's Squam Lake maps can be found at or by going to and following the Your Visit link to the Brad Washburn Squam Lake Maps

Washburn produced his first chart of Squam Lake in 1936, which was simply a tracing of a mosaic of vertical aerial photos taken in 1935 from an airplane flying at 10,000 feet. His 1948, 1954, and 1962 editions included refinements and a modest amount of new information. Later in the 1960s he spent a tremendous amount of time surveying Squam Lake and the surrounding area in detail, building an extensive and extremely accurate three-dimensional database. He used this new information for the major upgrade (1968) to the Squam Lake Chart, and eventually for his map of the Squam Range in 1973.

The 1968 edition of the lake chart not only had huge improvements in accuracy, it featured contour lines on the land surrounding the lake and a 300-foot grid of depth soundings, 99 percent of which were taken in the winter through the laborious process of drilling over 3,000 holes in the ice.

In addition to his work in the field of cartography, Washburn is credited for first ascents and creating new routes on many major Alaskan peaks. He also established the use of aerial photography for analyzing mountains and planning expeditions. Washburn is also well known for his long tenure as director of Boston's Museum of Science. In addition, Washburn created maps of various mountain ranges including the Presidential Range in New Hampshire.


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 or emailing Chantelle Moynihan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.