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Gary and Beanie David in their home on Clinton Street in Concord with homemade posters for their annual Blues for Beanie festival to be held Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014. (SUSAN DOUCET / Monitor staff)

Ray Duckler: Time to pay back Beanie for all she’s done

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Things got done on a recent afternoon on Clinton Street in Concord. All in the name of Beanie. “Melanie and Paul will be cooking hot dogs and hamburgers.” “Don’t worry about posts for the fencing.” “Saturday night I’ll put up the big posters.” “I’m trying to get a deal on porta-potties.” That’s how it went, crisp and efficient dialogue by … 0

Ray Duckler: Birth of a legend, while patrolling the streets

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Charles Lapierre’s strong-yet-gentle hands touched many lives around here. And that included the lives of newborn babies. That’s one of the stories you’ll hear about Lapierre, who died earlier this month at the age of 100. It’s the one about the former Concord police officer who made several deliveries during his 25 years … 0

Ray Duckler: A meeting of the minds for Pembroke? Maybe

Thursday, August 7, 2014

With the speed of a poorly run half-court offense, it appears that, finally, a dispute involving the Pembroke Academy boys’ basketball team might be nearing an end. Optimism emerged from a meeting held yesterday at Southern New Hampshire University, where the Pembroke administration and a segment of athletic directors continued a dialogue that … 2

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 … 5

Ray Duckler: Merrimack Valley took pride in change; Will Belmont follow?

Sunday, April 6, 2014

A light clicked on at Merrimack Valley High School 10 years ago, when the school changed its nickname from the Indians to the Pride. Will Belmont High School soon flip the switch, too? We’ll know more on April 16, when the school’s student council hosts an open forum … 0

Ray Duckler: A tragedy in Boston hits home here

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Phil Tirrell pulled the bill of his hat down to hide his tears. Already emotionally vulnerable after the deaths of two Boston firefighters, he choked up over childhood memories of his father, the longtime fire chief in Lempster. … 0

Ray Duckler: Laura Zerra of Belmont steals show on Discovery’s ‘Naked and Afraid’

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Think you’re tough? Think you possess an adventurous spirit? Well, you’re not, and you don’t. Not compared with Laura Zerra, whose home address is Earth, but whose mind-set is out of this world. For our purposes, she lives … 1

Ray Duckler: Let Pembroke's Pat Welch be an example: Choose your words carefully

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

For the past few years, Pat Welch, a star basketball player at Pembroke Academy, has been giving tips to young players eager to learn from the best. And now, after officials stripped him of an award and banned … 14

Ray Duckler: Selecting a woman who doesn’t fit the mold

Friday, March 21, 2014

A new light is shining in Andover: a 21-year-old selectwoman who has nothing in common with the town’s old guard. Her name is Sophie Viandier, and she once hitchhiked across New Zealand, fell in love there and lived … 0

Ray Duckler: Chomping at the bit, Bonner sees a national title for Florida Gators

Thursday, March 20, 2014

In a major scoop you’ll get here and nowhere else, Matt Bonner predicts the University of Florida will win the NCAA championship. Okay, it’s not stunning news, since Bonner played ball at Florida, competing in four-straight NCAA tournaments … 0

Ray Duckler: Continuing a tradition, towns meet to decide future

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Three years ago, Mark Sisti switched on the town meeting spotlight and aimed it directly at me. I didn’t throw in my two cents on the purchase of a fire truck, but I experienced what many of you have felt through the years, and the unique institution continues … 0

Ray Duckler: Henniker voters have no vote of confidence

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Tina and Tom Roe won’t be at the Henniker Community School gym today voting in their local election. They were not allowed to vote in 2010, they say, even though they lived in Henniker, at the Rock ‘N’ … 2

Ray Duckler: Time to spring ahead and melt away the past

Sunday, March 9, 2014

The man who plays guitar for a living feels it. So do several women yearning for colorful clothing, and a pair of men preparing for the upcoming youth baseball season. Do you feel it? Do you feel that spring has sprung, that the frigid temps and silver-dollar-sized snowflakes … 1

Ray Duckler: Driving around, looking for the hole story

Friday, March 7, 2014

The roads around here are a pain in the butt. They dip and rise like gas prices, spilling coffee and knocking GPS devices off dashboards and windshields. Have you driven on Minot Street, between Pleasant and School streets, … 2

Ray Duckler: Sarah Thompson chronicles her pain and pleasure

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Three years in, Sarah Thompson’s blog about her fight with leukemia says it all. She documents what she feels, the ironic sense of liberation, her heightened appreciation for simplicity and, of course, her fears, all rolled into one. … 0