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Seven-year-old Luc Gautreaux, who has diabetes, poses for a portrait with his service dog, Shadow, outside Gilmanton Elementary School in Gilmanton on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015.

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Ray Duckler: The highs and lows of a diabetic grade school boy

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Luc Gautreaux, 7, pulled off the top like a pen cap, exposing a pinpoint sharp enough to pop a balloon. He pricked the end of his index finger and squeezed, creating a tiny pool of blood, then smeared it onto a strip inserted into what looked like an old cell phone. His sister, Mellie Gautreaux, then took over, reading the …

Ray Duckler: In New York City, tis the season to be worried

Saturday, November 21, 2015

I worry about my family. They live near New York City, a 25-minute train ride from Grand Central Station. The site of the World Trade Center has been labeled Ground Zero for 14 years, and, beyond Washington, D.C., New York City is undoubtedly the No. 1 target in the minds of terrorists. So …

Ray Duckler: On Main Street USA, towers are a state of mind

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The Eiffel Tower, shiny, silver and blinking, faced Main Street on Monday, giving reason to pause. If you saw it, in the window of Depot Antiques and Toys, how did it make you feel? Angry? Sad? Scared? What did you think about? The Twin Towers falling, perhaps? Christina Smith, daughter of the shop’s …

Ray Duckler: Sarah Merchant, Stage IV cancer victim, wondered if anyone was listening

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Pink is big today. We’ll see pink ribbons and pink hats and pink sneakers, weaving through a five-mile course from Memorial Field and back. As part of the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides of Concord, we’ll hear about …

Ray Duckler: Howdy, sheriff Huntsman. Can you bring us law and order?

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

He looked like the good guy from a Hollywood western, handsome, silver hair swept to the side and blue jeans that were a slender, perfect fit. He rode into Manchester on Monday, during the first-ever No Labels Problem …

Ray Duckler: Historic start to our bipartisan future? We’ll see about that

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

History was made Monday at a hotel in downtown Manchester. Or was it? The light of reason shone brightly as well. Or did it? We’ll know more in the days and weeks and months and years ahead, after eight presidential candidates, from both sides of the aisle, spoke …

Ray Duckler: Retelling a day of horror and bravery that lingers

Sunday, October 4, 2015

‘We have a few characters from that day who are present tonight,” author Richard Adams Carey told us. We turned our heads and searched the book store, eyes wide and scanning, waiting for Carey to introduce people connected …

Ray Duckler: The doctor, Munro Proctor, was always in, somewhere around the world

Sunday, September 27, 2015

When Dr. Munro Proctor wasn’t taking care of someone’s heart, he was showing how big his was, seemingly to the whole world. The local cardiologist, who died on Sept. 14 at the age of 89 from Alzheimer’s disease, …

Ray Duckler: Yogi Berra: A small man who lived as a giant

Friday, September 25, 2015

To this day, 30 years later, I’ll never forget the time I met Yogi Berra. It was opening day at Fenway Park, 1985. Berra, the manager of the New York Yankees at the time, walked slowly through the dimly-lit tunnel that connected the visitors dugout to the clubhouse. …

Ray Duckler: Look, up in the sky, it’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Dr. Carlson!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Dr. Berger Carlson should have worn a red cape and a big “S” on his chest. How else to describe a man who saved lives with surgery that no one had tried before, who played competitive tennis, who …

Ray Duckler: He could lead the free world, and you can call him Joe

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Sometimes, the name just fits. In this case, the name is Joe, as in, he’s a regular Joe, or, “What’s up, Joe?” You’d certainly feel comfortable having a cup of Joe with him, and lately, we’ve heard another …

Ray Duckler: Following the missing $20 million from HHS; gone today, here tomorrow

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Kellie Denoncourt, the guardian of two nonverbal adult sisters lost in emotional darkness, doesn’t want to hear excuses. All she knows is $20 million, money recently lost then found by the Department of Health and Human Services, money …

Ray Duckler: A man and a boy share a vision together

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Sometimes, evolution can happen quickly, even in just an hour or so. I saw a quick change in Tom Proulx, aided by a 14-year-old boy from Bow, on Friday night at NHTI, site of the Concord Friendly Kitchen …

Ray Duckler: Three voices look back on Sept. 11, while an event lends a helping hand

Friday, September 11, 2015

Bill Campbell, a firefighter in New York City at the time, packed his bag before the towers even fell. He was visiting his parents’ house in Amherst, where he grew up. He had a lot on his mind …

Ray Duckler: 100 years later, Polly Johnson still has strong opinions about the GOP

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Polly Johnson, two days short of her 100th birthday, remains unsure who to vote for, five months before the Republican primary. She saw last month’s debate and watches Fox News, but no one jumps out in the GOP’s …