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Ray Duckler

Ray Duckler: A great trip for the Greatest Generation

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The Navy veteran blamed his tears on pollen. Pollen, Roger Hamel of Claremont said, caused his eyes to mist like the wind-blown spray from the memorial’s two fountains. Not the 1,000 gold stars, each representing 100 Americans killed during World War II, or the Boy Scouts and other tourists who stopped to thank Hamel for his service, or the bronze sculptures showing soldiers storming beaches and dying while fighting the Germans and Japanese. Just pollen. “I acted like I believed him,” Nicolette Burns, a 35-year-old health care professional, told me. “Then I started crying, too.” Hamel, an 88-year-old cabinet maker, and Burns sat with me …

Ray Duckler: Clinton comes to town, spin cycle and all

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Jeff Zeleny, CNN’s senior Washington correspondent, got in close yesterday and threw his best punch. Hillary Clinton, as she often does, ducked, then left the ring without a scratch. It’s a tactic that’s worked for Clinton during the early stages of her campaign for president. Ask and you shall not receive. In fact, …

Ray Duckler: She’s as strong as ever

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Want to get on Pat Pelletier’s bad side? Suggest she use a wheelchair, or a cane, or a walker. That’ll do it. She doesn’t care that she lost the lower portion of both legs when a trolley ran her over in 1929, the day before her third birthday. And it doesn’t matter that …

Ray Duckler: Katherine Drouin’s battle moves in front of the camera

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Katherine Drouin’s fight against an eating disorder, featured in a two-part Monitor series last August, will be one of three segments chronicled in a TV documentary Monday night. The hourlong show, called My Strange Criminal Addiction, will start at 10 on Investigation Discovery. Drouin compulsively eats and purges, …

Ray Duckler: Alosa’s team a traveling show you won’t want to miss

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Bring a pressure gauge to the Pembroke Academy gym, and the needle might spin out of control. Pressure is part of the culture there these days. From the pressure of expectations, to the pressure to succeed at a …

Ray Duckler: A great aunt and great nurse leads on Day of Infamy

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Lucy Gentilhomme picks up one of the four books displayed in her office at Beaver Meadow School. She flips open to one of several pages, marked with a slip of paper, that documents the role her great-aunt, G.B. …

Ray Duckler: Officers touch on an issue that’s divisive – and hard to discuss

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Some say the police-related killings in Ferguson and New York City are a black and white issue. Others aren’t so sure. The protesters have spoken, blocking traffic on major New York City roadways and bridges, and demonstrating across the country. But what do local cops say? Did the …

Ray Duckler: Half-baked idea? Not to Concord dogs

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

From her kitchen in Concord, Abigail Tremblay is spreading happiness like the peanut butter she uses to bake biscuits. A pair of struggling local kids are happy – or will be happy – because of Abigail’s contribution to …

Ray Duckler: A man with clean morals, values and clothing

Sunday, November 23, 2014

When I looked into the background of the late Jay Rosenfield, something didn’t jibe. Two of his children are physicians, one is a retired doctor, one is a lawyer and another co-founded a giant energy consulting company. Rosenfield, …

Ray Duckler: Families who adopt kindness are honored at the State House

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Joan Shaw, the guest speaker, draped her right arm around 11-year-old CC, her left around Cheyenne, 10. Trust, Shaw said from the podium, came slowly, as did love, affection and anything else the girls lost during early childhood. …

Ray Duckler: Tiffany, if you’re reading this, know that you made a difference

Sunday, November 16, 2014

I wonder if Tiffany, last name unknown, realizes the difference she’s made. I wonder if this woman, a student in the Kearsarge adult education program at the time, had any inkling that her fears would inject Carol Conforti-Adams …

Michael Green, a man of patience, named Citizen of the Year

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Mike Green, lauded as a visionary and evenhanded leader while serving as the CEO at Concord Hospital, was named the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce’s Outstanding Citizen of the Year last night. Green, 65, retired last December after …

Ray Duckler: The start of a tradition, on a day made for tradition

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Kathleen Vincent chose to be with her husband during yesterday’s Veterans Day ceremony in Boscawen. She sat in the grass, legs outstretched, one ankle crossed over the other. Her right shoulder rested against one end of his headstone, …

Ray Duckler: After lots of pain, lots of gain

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Daphne Hegreness once felt desperate to find the source of her pain, later diagnosed as cancer. She once felt taller than usual after rising on her prosthetic leg, finally pain free. And she once suffered dizzy spells from …

Ray Duckler: Lights, cameras, action: N.H. is in the spotlight, as usual

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Once again, our cows, our moose, our flannel shirts, our suspenders, our tractors and our state motto have become more important than they were in the past. And it’s not even first-in-the-nation primary time. Instead, our race for …