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A Boston Marathon competitor and Boston police run from the area of an explosion near the finish line in Boston, Monday, April 15, 2013. (AP Photo/MetroWest Daily News, Ken McGagh)  MANDATORY CREDIT

Ray Duckler: Doctor, nurses recall Boston Marathon bombings

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

One year ago today, an emergency broadcast at a Boston hospital on Charles Street crackled with chilling words. “Multiple victims. Code Red.” “We knew this was not a drill,” said Deb Trocchi, a registered nurse at Massachusetts Eye and Ear. Trocchi, Maureen Martinez, also a nurse, and Dr. Aaron Remenschneider were on duty at Mass. Eye and Ear when two … 0

Ray Duckler: Couple to return to Boston after a marathon of indecision

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Vicki Miller, approaching the Boston Marathon finish line a year ago today, ducked between two parked trucks and waited for a third explosion. Or, she wondered, maybe gunshots would be fired. She simply didn’t know. Her husband, Tom, two blocks away when the bombs detonated, said he felt the power, and he pushed down hard on his chest with both hands to emphasize … 0

Ray Duckler: Move over, Teddy; here comes Big Papi

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Teddy Roosevelt once spoke at the State House, and he built the Panama Canal. Dwight Eisenhower spoke there, too, and he led the invasion of Nazi-controlled Europe during World War II. And now, add David Ortiz to that list of greatness. He’s single-handedly torn apart the Yankees over the past decade. He’s led … 5

Ray Duckler: Marty Capodice’s love for the Capitol Center helped him fight to the end

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Marty Capodice, an atheist, worshipped the Capitol Center for the Arts and everything connected to it. He worshipped the plays, the music, the high ceiling that he once helped paint. He worshipped the electricity that events there pumped … 1

Ray Duckler: Is Christie creating a smoke screen in Fort Lee?

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Yesterday morning, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stood in front of a pack of hungry media members and essentially said this to his deputy chief of staff and others close to him: “Liar, liar, pants on fire.” Then, … 46

Ray Duckler: A visionary, Sabrina Matteson saw farming as more than just a job

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Even as she lay dying, Sabrina Matteson, the agricultural pioneer who spread her vision from Epsom to our nation’s capital, had it all figured out. A little pain reliever, sure, but don’t drag this out with IVs or … 1

Ray Duckler: Remembering Kyara, a light that never dims

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Kyara Mailhot’s photo, showing the bluest eyes you ever saw, provided some warmth on a really cold day. The people raising money in Kyara’s name stood shivering outside two markets, their faces red and raw. Kyara’s story only … 0

Ray Duckler: Problems in Pittsfield? Step right up and see the changes

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Anyone seeking to bad-mouth Pittsfield needs to get past me first. I was in town last Thursday night, at the Scenic Theater, with its colorful cylindrical lights on the walls, and its 20-foot Christmas tree on stage, and … 4

Ray Duckler: All in the family: market is now day-care center

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Listen to the patriarch’s children, Margaret Gegas and Chris Pappas, and the rocking horse and tiny tables in the new Tot Spot day-care center recede. Meanwhile, the past gently moves in, like the breeze once produced by an … 0

Ray Duckler: This Thanksgiving, plenty to be thankful for

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thank you. Isn’t that why we’re here, eating turkey and pie? Isn’t that what today is all about, the dinner between Native Americans and the Pilgrims serving as a metaphor for something grander, something bigger, something we can relate to, the simplest things? What are you thankful for? … 0

Ray Duckler: Bhutanese refugees move to the head of the class

Thursday, November 21, 2013

An interpreter was needed to translate what the woman with flowing pink pants and dark hair, pulled straight back, had sung about to the class. Durga Pokhrel, a Bhutanese refugee, wants education for her children, their children and … 0

Ray Duckler: Moving on, past the team to join another team

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Emma Bradley’s walk from the coach’s office to her locker, a stretch of hallway no more than 100 feet, covered a lot of ground. The eighth-grader at Bow Memorial School, cut from the school’s basketball team just moments … 2

Citizen of the Year George Segal: Sanel Auto Parts giant, a lot more

Friday, November 15, 2013

A slide show and two big screens showed the future of downtown last night during the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce’s 94th annual meeting. A packed ballroom of diners could see an artist’s rendition of the Main Street … 0

Ray Duckler: After picking up the tab, Ellen Degeneres takes care of Henniker's Sarah Hoidahl

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The lone figure rolled the Bissell sweeper over the carpet, near a section of empty booths. It was quiet, about 3:15 p.m., midway between the lunch and dinner crowds at the Concord Ruby Tuesday restaurant. Nothing seemed out … 1

Ray Duckler: Eight, in this case, was more than enough

Sunday, November 10, 2013

More than six decades ago, with war raging in Korea, 17-year-old Elton Warriner wanted to join the Marines. His parents, though, insisted he stay in Dunbarton, on the family farm. Milk the cows, they told him. Pick the … 5