Blues legend Larry Garner performing at Pitman’s Freight Room


LACONIA — Blues Legend Larry Garner will perform at Pitman's Freight Room at 94 New Salem Street in downtown Laconia on Saturday October 4 at 8 pm.

Admission is $20 in advance and $25 at the door and Pitman's is a BYOB venue.

Garner, who is perhaps the most talented blues songwriter alive today, one of the top five bluesmen on the planet.

"I started playing guitar because I had an uncle, George, who taught me. He was a paraplegic, and he played like Jimmy Reed. I learned through him, and started playing at the church and behind a gospel group that played on the radio.''

Garner continued playing music during his military service, and playing in army bands while stationed in Korea steeled him for the life of a full-time musician. "I'm on tour all the time," he says. "I go to Europe and England a few times a year. Over there they really like my original stuff. They hear guys playing the blues, but when I come in, they come right up and say, 'Thank God — a real blues band."

Catered dinner available before the show. Call 527-0043 for details and reservations.

PSU hosting counter-terrorism conference


PLYMOUTH – A major conference zeroing in on topics related to security measures and terrorist activity -- both here and abroad -- will be conducted on Friday, Oct. 3, at the Plymouth State University Welcome Center and Ice Arena.

Several of the nation's top federal, state and local experts will present a wide range of current topics during this Northeast Summit on Cyber Security, Critical Infrastructure and Counter-Terrorism. The conference will run from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and will feature speakers, including Plymouth State University President Sara Jayne Steen, New Hampshire Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Perry Plummer, New Hampshire Fusion Center Director and State Police Sgt. Chris Scott and several other law enforcement, cyber security and terrorism experts.

Global-threat Research LLC is presenting the summit at which law enforcement, emergency management, first responders, infrastructure companies and utilities will hear and speak with top counter-terrorism authorities.

Speakers headlining the summit include an FBI special agent who will speak on critical infrastructure protection, and PSU Assistant Vice President and Information Officer Richard Grossman who will speak on cyber crime prevention and strategies. Also an FBI supervisory special agent will speak on critical infrastructure protection.

PSU Special Investigator Jennifer Frank will speak on social media problems, and a U.S. Secret Service special agent will be speaking about counter-terrorism.

Several displays of materials featuring many important programs will be featured, including a CD, "The Grand Deception," recently produced by Steven Emerson, executive director of The Investigative Project. Authorities will also speak on networking, crypto, cyber and banking security.

The summit is being produced by the Global-threat Research LLC team led by Managing Director Richard Dion, Ph.D.

LRGH Auxiliary Fall Craft Fair is on October 18

LACONIA —The LRGH Auxiliary Annual Fall Craft Fair being held on Saturday, October 18 at Laconia High School from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. 

Since 2002 it has been the commitment of the LRGH Auxiliary to provide breast cancer patients with a "comfort" tote bag of products and informational materials to help with recovery following surgery. Hundreds of patients have been helped by the Auxiliary's effort in the past twelve years.

The gym and hallway will be filled to capacity with vendors selling a wide variety of handcrafted creations, artwork and home cooked foods. Some terrific new vendors have joined the event to enhance variety and add to the talented works of our returning vendors. Shoppers need to arrive early to shop for the best selection. Plenty of parking is available and the event is handicap accessible.

The annual bake sale will offer a huge selection of delicious baked goods. The craft raffle this year will feature over 50 items, which have been donated to us by our vendor participants, area merchants and friends of the Auxiliary.

Once again a "Dine the Lakes Region" door prize will be awarded. It is valued at $100 and features gift certificates to Lakes Region restaurants. Anyone that attends is eligible to enter to win. Entry tickets for the door prizes will be available at the main entrance. You do not have to be present to win the door prize. Food and drink will again be offered by Annie's Café and Catering. A variety of breakfast and lunch selections and baked goodies will be for sale. Annie will again offer a "Pink Plate Combo Special" with a portion of the proceeds donated to help the Auxiliary provide "comfort" bags. Annie will offer food and beverages from the start of the fair until 2:30 p.m.