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Rob Thomas of Portsmouth, left, reads a birthday card to his grandfather Charlie Lapierre near the end of a 100th birthday celebration for Lapierre held at New Hampshire Veterans Home in Tilton on Wednesday, November 20, 2013. Lapierre, who grew up in Concord, served in the Army during World War II, returned home in 1946 and worked in the Concord Police Department until 1971. The celebration was attended by retired and current police officers, as well as veterans and family members including two great-grand children, but another family celebration will be held on Lapierre's official 100th birthday on November 30. He is the oldest resident at the New Hampshire Veterans Home.

(Libby March for The Concord Monitor)

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 on the force. “He didn’t go into … 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: Witnessing a mother’s sorrow at a very private moment

Monday, August 4, 2014

The car rolled downhill on the narrow cemetery road in Concord, an innocuous part of a peaceful landscape. Debbie Sargent had no reason to think someone, a Jehovah’s Witness, had targeted her on a visit to see her daughter, Jen Ahern, who died four years ago Thursday. No doubt someone else coming to … 11

Ray Duckler: In Henniker, cloudy times on a sunny day

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Like any family-oriented community, residents at the Rock ’N’ Birch Campground in Henniker enjoyed last Thursday’s warmer weather. Parents walked their dogs, kids in tow. They chatted with neighbors on snow-covered street corners. They shoveled snow off their … 1

Ray Duckler: Mounsey was there when the greatest rivalry began

Thursday, February 20, 2014

The U.S. and Canadian women’s hockey teams, forever knocking each other down in a sport that doesn’t permit checking, actually brawled during exhibition play last fall. To which former Olympian and gold-medal winner Tara Mounsey, formerly of Concord, … 1

Ray Duckler: Touched by tragedy, Bode Miller lets his guard down for all to see

Monday, February 17, 2014

With the speed of a downhill run, after years of interviews that cast him as selfish and indifferent, Bode Miller struck gold Sunday by not saying a word. His tears did the talking for him. NBC reporter Christin … 3

Ray Duckler: For Concord, Audubon Society is a feather in city’s cap

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Bird lovers flocked to the New Hampshire Audubon’s Concord headquarters yesterday to celebrate 100 years of all things birds. Near a table of cakes, baked to resemble our feathered friends in their natural habitats, stood Cynthia Neale, her … 0

Ray Duckler: Gold, silver, bronze? Sometimes medals don’t tell the whole story

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Sometimes, Olympians don’t need a space on the medal podium to win. Sometimes, they can crash-land and slide into a padded wall, tiny ice particles sprinkling overhead, then lie there still, causing us to wonder about their minds … 0

Ray Duckler: Missouri's Michael Sam comes out of the closet, breaks down the door

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Michael Sam, big, strong and tougher than we knew, acknowledged this weekend that he’s gay, which had football players and coaches on all levels buzzing. The 260-pound star defensive lineman, a recent graduate from the University of Missouri, … 0

Ray Duckler: Ally’s allies help her wings to grow

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Arianna wrote about caterpillars changing into butterflies last week at Beaver Meadow School. In effect, she could have been writing about her friend, Ally Girouard. Ally’s wings grow longer and stronger each day, at a school that won’t … 1

Ray Duckler: Teaching calculus, playing guitar and doing both very well

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

His life sounds like a dumb sitcom. But it’s more like reality TV. He’s a guitar-jamming cowboy who teaches calculus. He’s a former ranch hand whose fingers race across a guitar neck as quickly as his mind grasps … 0

Ray Duckler: Unifying, on and off the court

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Last Tuesday, Sarah Lane had enough dishes to fill a kitchen cabinet. She dished the basketball to Zach Jukoski and she dished it to Jack Rich. She dished it to Hunter Murray and Keith Descoteaux and Jonathan Chern. … 0

Ray Duckler: Following Christa’s lead 28 years later, a teacher aims high

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Two decades ago, during warm summer nights, Lizzie Rosenberger ignored the mosquitoes and lay on the cool grass outside her Concord home, stargazing, dreaming and wondering. She thought about galaxies and planets, her mind racing like a rocket. … 0

Ray Duckler: To record, or not to record; that is the question

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

He may not know it yet, but Joe Hamel owes Rep. Rick Watrous a cup of coffee. At the very least. Watrous is the voice and face behind House Bill 1550, legislation aimed at permitting the audio and … 3

Ray Duckler: Fighting cancer while finding herself at the same time

Sunday, January 19, 2014

The cancer has changed Haley Roy, but not like you’d think. Yes, she’s scared, sometimes even mad. Yes, she’s bald, and in fact has gone out in public without a scarf on her head just twice the past … 2