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Chris Spannweitz cleans off a roof on Hall Street Monday. He started cleaning off roofs with his parents' broom and with the cold weather, business is booming.
(GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff)

Ray Duckler: Around here, some like the snow, while some like it hot

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

For Chris Spannweitz, the snow means cash in his pocket. For Jim Bashios, it means a pain in his tush. One is a private contractor who shovels roofs in a business he started last month. The other is a landlord and well-known convenience store owner whose tenants might need his help before the sun even rises. Welcome to 2015, with its North Pole-like storms and snow totals and temperatures, which lead to all sorts of stories, subplots about hardship and business and grit and humor. And to think, through the holiday season things were relatively calm around here, with flakes connected more to dandruff than …

Ray Duckler: A Porsche, a truck, a snowmobile? What would you buy?

Saturday, February 14, 2015

The salesman quoted me a price for the Porsche Boxster, a two-door silver convertible with a sound system that could reach Vermont. “Around $70,000,” he told me. “$69,712 actually.” “That’s it?” I said. I reached into my winter coat, for my checkbook stored in the inner pocket, and smirked. “Got a pen?” If …

Ray Duckler: Kendall wins, on the mat and everywhere else, too

Thursday, February 12, 2015

He could have been a ringmaster or the lead in a Broadway show or a rock star on stage. And, in a sense, Concord High wrestler Kendall Thompson was all three last night, illuminated on the school’s basketball court by a single spotlight above in the darkened gymnasium. Kendall, who has Down syndrome, …

Ray Duckler: Listen up: There’s more to her than meets the eye

Monday, October 20, 2014

Metaphorically speaking, Kristen Vermilyea wants you to look in a mirror, at yourselves. Not at her chest. At least not for too long. She’s an actress, writer and filmmaker, formerly of Pembroke, living in Switzerland, who believes in …

Ray Duckler: Walking me through history, with the help of a cane

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Boston Post Cane, lying on the mantelpiece in Edith Carr’s Contoocook living room, can be used for a walk in the park, or a stroll down memory lane. So lean on it and take a walk with …

Ray Duckler: Judy Smith was a horse of a different color

Saturday, October 11, 2014

The disciples of Judy Smith, who died from cancer Oct. 1 at age 72, walk through horse manure like it was shag carpeting. In years past, they’ve delivered baby horses in their pajamas at 3 in the morning. …

Ray Duckler: Leave the rest behind and come over here

Friday, October 10, 2014

‘I have to show you,” Deborah Ramsey said, with the enthusiasm of a child. “I have some in the trailer.” Ramsey rushed inside, dressed in khaki shorts, a pink top and sandals, as though she had something precious …

Ray Duckler: McCann speaks softly and carries a big stick

Sunday, October 5, 2014

‘Something’s off,” the Sports Illustrated editor told the Concord law professor. “Figure it out.” So Mike McCann did. He requested records from the University of Arkansas and pieced together a story, about sex, betrayal and corruption, that brought …

Ray Duckler: From domestic violence to murder, McCann judges the facts

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Sometimes, touchdowns and jump shots are nudged aside on the sports pages, replaced by legal issues that are harder to understand. For us, Mike McCann, a professor at the University of New Hampshire School of Law, simplified these topics, some of which he’s written about as a correspondent …

Ray Duckler: An event is held to help spike domestic violence

Thursday, October 2, 2014

I exposed a cover-up within the Concord Police Department last night. Evidence suggests Lt. Timothy O’Malley has ugly toes. He refused to take his athletic socks off, breaking a rule in the “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” …

Ray Duckler: A vote for me is a vote for change - honest

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Send me to Washington, D.C., in November. I want to be your senator. With all due respect to incumbent Jeanne Shaheen and Scott Brown, the two New Hampshire candidates vying for a Senate seat, my policies are better than theirs. I’m everything you want in a politician. I’m …

Ray Duckler: State trooper honored for bravery under fire

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Trooper Chris Storm knew there was trouble when he heard the dead bolt unlock. Ca-chunk. The apartment door swung open and the man inside started shooting, forcing Storm and a Dover police officer to run for their lives …

Ray Duckler: Running in memory of their dads

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Victor Potvin and Jack Langridge never met, but their deaths from pancreatic cancer have created a family bond. Their daughters, Aimee Sherman and Katie Langridge, are running in the 13.1-mile New England Half Marathon on Sunday. They’ll run …

Ray Duckler: Looking to inspire others through a clear vision

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Randy Pierce is blind, but his tunnel vision is 20/20. Sure, he slipped on a rock during a recent hike, and walked into a branch because his guide dog, Autumn, was sniffing on the job. But Pierce sets …

Ray Duckler: Jumping into a new phase in life

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Spencer Reed, emotionally guarded most of his life, landed Friday with the eyes of a child who’d just gotten a puppy. He turned 90 on Thursday, but his seven children are enjoying his rebirth lately, a face-lift of …