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Ray Duckler
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(SUSAN DOUCET/ Monitor staff)

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 the soul. He jumped from a plane 13,500 feet in the air and says, “I’d do it again tomorrow. Out of this … 0

Ray Duckler: Remembering how we got here, and where we might be going

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Mike Pelletier gave the Iraqi children backpacks filled with chalk, pencils and paper. The children, in turn, gave Pelletier hope. He said yesterday he could see the appreciation in their eyes 10 years ago while serving in the National Guard. He said those snapshots of innocence have stuck with him, a comforting thought … 0

Ray Duckler: Revisiting the past will shape the future

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The war on terror is back. Back in our minds. The voters’ minds. It’s no longer just jobs and the economy and immigration. Not since a group of Sunni extremists, once known as ISIS, now widely referred to as the Islamic State, began killing people in Syria. Not since that same group branched over to Iraq, turning a country we’ve tried to stabilize … 0

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

Ray Duckler: For Dale Earnhardt Jr., it’s about time

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Okay, so what does Dale Earnhardt Jr. do for an encore? He needs an encore, I think, to complete the picture. In fact, he needs to win the championship, and he’s off to a good start. Winning the … 0

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