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Olympic gold medal winner and Concord native Tara Mounsey plays with team Babes of Glory during the Black Ice Pond Hockey Championships at White Park in Concord on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015.

(ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

Ray Duckler: Mounsey skates again, and people notice - again

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Her name wasn’t on the back of her jersey during the Black Ice Hockey Championship yesterday at White Park. Neither was the No. 2 Tara Mounsey wore during two Olympics, in 1998 and four years later. But the Angry Pirates, all six players, recognized Mounsey, surrounding her for a photo shoot after their game against Mounsey’s team, the Babes of …

Ray Duckler: Is the Patriots controversy a lot of hot air? Coaches weigh in

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Sean McDonnell, one of the most successful college football coaches in the country, a man respected for his integrity and honor, wants to know what all the fuss is about. Deflated balls? So? “Let me put it this way,” the University of New Hampshire football coach told me yesterday by phone. “If someone on the other team had done that against us, it …

Ray Duckler : The passing of a man who changed a campus

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

More than 30 years ago, the rector at St. Paul’s School, a man with sharper vision than a bald eagle, spoke in front of his students and fought back tears. Bill Oates explained why he had expelled a student, and his eye, as usual, was on the future, on making things better through …

Ray Duckler: If you’ve never heard of Jonathan Daniels, read this

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Jonathan Daniels, answering a call from God and Martin Luther King Jr., went to Alabama in the spring of 1965 and died there five months later. He was killed by a shotgun blast from a man named Thomas …

Ray Duckler: In this case, silence is the golden rule

Friday, January 16, 2015

Sometimes, a half-hour of silence says a lot. Take yesterday, for example, in front of the New Hampshire Supreme Court. No one said a word from 8:45 to 9:15 a.m., yet the voices were loud and clear, varied …

Ray Duckler: A stroke of genius outweighs sour grapes

Monday, January 12, 2015

Bill Belichick, head coach of the New England Patriots, is a super genius, and that’s from someone, me, who hates the Patriots. Belichick pulled a fast one Saturday in a playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens, leaving football …

Ray Duckler: Settle in for the new year with a little kindness

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The holiday season is over, meaning it’s time to clean up and make good on those promises for 2015. There’s lots to do: Pack up the lights, move the tree outside, chuck the fruitcake, return the Chia Pet, lose weight, pay the credit card bill, sponsor a child, …

Ray Duckler: Ronnie Berlack, Franconia skiing star, killed in avalanche

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The news broke like the avalanche itself, quick, powerful, unforgiving. Ronnie Berlack, a 20-year-old skier from Franconia, a prospect on the U.S. ski team, a young talent who nearly competed on the World Cup circuit, died yesterday, the …

Ray Duckler: A couple of dedicated women honored in big ways

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Check the photos used for today’s column and you’ll notice two local people, each shown in a 15-minutes-of-fame snapshot that grew from their personal stories. On Dec. 3, Dottie Spofford, an 80-year-old Concord farm girl with the wisdom …

Ray Duckler: He sure proved me wrong. How about you?

Monday, December 29, 2014

Forget leftovers from the holidays, the turkey, the ham, the Christmas goose. For me, pass the crow. I deserve it. Three months ago, before he donned a cape on his back and an “S” on his chest, I …

Ray Duckler: Concord High student shows plenty of class

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Alyssa Pellegrini doesn’t care what you think about her. Not anymore. Once, when a digestive disorder made her throw up in the school bathroom and leak stuff from a tube during class and miss weeks of school, causing …

Stories of the Year #10. With heroin use surging, state looks across its borders

Friday, December 26, 2014

Opioid abuse, specifically heroin, emerged as a major threat in 2014, forcing the state’s safety, medical and political leaders to scramble in search of a solution. According to data released in a recent report, 911 calls for drug …

Ray Duckler: In her perfect world, her sister fits right in

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

She says her artwork is perfectly imperfect, meaning there’s a human element in everything she creates. So maybe this is a case of art imitating life. After all, nothing has been perfect for Katie Johnson, and that’s just …

Ray Duckler: War and sand replaced by magic and snow

Sunday, December 21, 2014

For Greg and Amber Card, neither place seemed real. Not the Middle East, with its enemy soldiers, blood and death. Not the North Pole, with its Santa Claus, elves and magic. Call them contrasting visions, fighting for a …

Ray Duckler: Katherine Drouin’s battle moves in front of the camera

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Katherine Drouin’s fight against an eating disorder, featured in a two-part Monitor series last August, will be one of three segments chronicled in a TV documentary Monday night. The hourlong show, called My Strange Criminal Addiction, will start at 10 on Investigation Discovery. Drouin compulsively eats and purges, …