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Stanley Magdziarz on his farm in Hooksett.
(GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff)

Ray Duckler: In a one-shot deal, Magdziarz finally gets his prize

Friday, October 24, 2014

The woods, Stanley Magdziarz says, insulate him from life’s harsh terms. There, he’s able to put aside his sadness, caused by family tragedies, feeling safe, fulfilled, at peace. And there, in the woods of Berlin last Sunday, after waiting 26 years for the right to go moose hunting, after successfully killing a few dozen deer through his life, and after his 78th birthday, Magdziarz bagged a 755-pound bull. A former Marine and expert sharpshooter, one shot, first time out. “I can’t explain it,” said Magdziarz, sitting in his kitchen, a rifle lying on the table in front of him. “Very thrilling to get a moose. …

Ray Duckler: As Shaheen, Brown camps battle over territory before debate, a chicken works ‘undercover’

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Why didn’t the chicken cross the road? Because he didn’t have to, and that was fine with the chicken. Let me explain, and please, be patient. Before we address the chicken, we must first address who received permits to make noise and carry signs during the lead-up to last night’s debate between U.S. …

Ray Duckler: Listen up: There’s more to her than meets the eye

Monday, October 20, 2014

Metaphorically speaking, Kristen Vermilyea wants you to look in a mirror, at yourselves. Not at her chest. At least not for too long. She’s an actress, writer and filmmaker, formerly of Pembroke, living in Switzerland, who believes in something dear to her heart, about two features located close to her heart. “The point …

Ray Duckler: Walking me through history, with the help of a cane

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Boston Post Cane, lying on the mantelpiece in Edith Carr’s Contoocook living room, can be used for a walk in the park, or a stroll down memory lane. So lean on it and take a walk with …

Ray Duckler: Judy Smith was a horse of a different color

Saturday, October 11, 2014

The disciples of Judy Smith, who died from cancer Oct. 1 at age 72, walk through horse manure like it was shag carpeting. In years past, they’ve delivered baby horses in their pajamas at 3 in the morning. …

Ray Duckler: Leave the rest behind and come over here

Friday, October 10, 2014

‘I have to show you,” Deborah Ramsey said, with the enthusiasm of a child. “I have some in the trailer.” Ramsey rushed inside, dressed in khaki shorts, a pink top and sandals, as though she had something precious …

Ray Duckler: McCann speaks softly and carries a big stick

Sunday, October 5, 2014

‘Something’s off,” the Sports Illustrated editor told the Concord law professor. “Figure it out.” So Mike McCann did. He requested records from the University of Arkansas and pieced together a story, about sex, betrayal and corruption, that brought …

Ray Duckler: From domestic violence to murder, McCann judges the facts

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Sometimes, touchdowns and jump shots are nudged aside on the sports pages, replaced by legal issues that are harder to understand. For us, Mike McCann, a professor at the University of New Hampshire School of Law, simplified these topics, some of which he’s written about as a correspondent …

Ray Duckler: An event is held to help spike domestic violence

Thursday, October 2, 2014

I exposed a cover-up within the Concord Police Department last night. Evidence suggests Lt. Timothy O’Malley has ugly toes. He refused to take his athletic socks off, breaking a rule in the “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” …

Ray Duckler: A vote for me is a vote for change - honest

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Send me to Washington, D.C., in November. I want to be your senator. With all due respect to incumbent Jeanne Shaheen and Scott Brown, the two New Hampshire candidates vying for a Senate seat, my policies are better than theirs. I’m everything you want in a politician. I’m …

Ray Duckler: State trooper honored for bravery under fire

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Trooper Chris Storm knew there was trouble when he heard the dead bolt unlock. Ca-chunk. The apartment door swung open and the man inside started shooting, forcing Storm and a Dover police officer to run for their lives …

Ray Duckler: Running in memory of their dads

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Victor Potvin and Jack Langridge never met, but their deaths from pancreatic cancer have created a family bond. Their daughters, Aimee Sherman and Katie Langridge, are running in the 13.1-mile New England Half Marathon on Sunday. They’ll run …

Ray Duckler: Looking to inspire others through a clear vision

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Randy Pierce is blind, but his tunnel vision is 20/20. Sure, he slipped on a rock during a recent hike, and walked into a branch because his guide dog, Autumn, was sniffing on the job. But Pierce sets …

Ray Duckler: Jumping into a new phase in life

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Spencer Reed, emotionally guarded most of his life, landed Friday with the eyes of a child who’d just gotten a puppy. He turned 90 on Thursday, but his seven children are enjoying his rebirth lately, a face-lift of …

Ray Duckler: Remembering how we got here, and where we might be going

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Mike Pelletier gave the Iraqi children backpacks filled with chalk, pencils and paper. The children, in turn, gave Pelletier hope. He said yesterday he could see the appreciation in their eyes 10 years ago while serving in the …