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Funny business
A look at the local comedy scene

By Michael Witthaus

A guy walks into a bar …

At a weekly promotion

at Mottley’s Comedy Club in Boston, anyone who shows up on a Wednesday night with a pink slip, unemployment check stub or some other proof of joblessness gets into the club for free. Mottley’s calls it a “Comedy Bailout” — when everything else fails, all that’s left is laughter.

THEATER: Winnipesaukee Playhouse rolling forward
Company receives $1 million matching pledge
By Heidi Masek

Winnipesaukee Playhouse is a joint venture of a brother and sister and their respective spouses, including a London theater educator who has worked for film and television, which they opened in 2004. The hybrid company runs a high-quality professional summer season, community productions in other months, plus children’s programs.

LONGSHOTS: The 2000s decade gets a last blast from the past
by Dave Long 

I’ve been trying to do this column for three weeks — but with the Patriots first in the playoffs and then out of them in a blink of an eye they were the bigger priority. Unless of course you’ve already put the first decade of the 21st century in the rear view mirror — which will make a column about the best collective sports decade in sports history a little stale. But since I’m someone who tends to live ahead of his time or behind it, but rarely in it, and I wrote this a while back and I need a little R & R on MLK Day after spending the weekend on the couch watching football, I’m going to run it today.

FOOD: Veano’s Italian Kitchen returns
A Georgopolous brother re-opens Concord institution

By Linda A. Thompson-Odum

Concord celebrated the return of Veano’s Italian Kitchen just before Christmas. An area institution for more than 30 years, the restaurant closed in 2007 when the four Georgopoulos brothers sold the Loudon Road location to Walgreen’s. Three of the four brothers moved on to other things, but Billy Georgopoulos knew he wanted to bring the restaurant back.

PEOPLE: The small-bank booster
NH banker, 11 others meet with Obama

William Pierce, along with 11 other community bank leaders, sat down with President Barack Obama in December to talk about how community banks are affected by regulations, as well as their role in the economic recovery. Pierce, 56, is president and CEO of the Monadnock Community Bank ( in Peterborough. Twelve members of the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) got the president’s ear in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on Dec. 22. Pierce, who has lived in Peterborough for 16 years, said community banks didn’t cause the economic meltdown but they do want to be part of the solution.

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