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A Boston Marathon competitor and Boston police run from the area of an explosion near the finish line in Boston, Monday, April 15, 2013. (AP Photo/MetroWest Daily News, Ken McGagh)  MANDATORY CREDIT

Ray Duckler: Doctor, nurses recall Boston Marathon bombings

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

One year ago today, an emergency broadcast at a Boston hospital on Charles Street crackled with chilling words. “Multiple victims. Code Red.” “We knew this was not a drill,” said Deb Trocchi, a registered nurse at Massachusetts Eye and Ear. Trocchi, Maureen Martinez, also a nurse, and Dr. Aaron Remenschneider were on duty at Mass. Eye and Ear when two … 0

Ray Duckler: Couple to return to Boston after a marathon of indecision

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Vicki Miller, approaching the Boston Marathon finish line a year ago today, ducked between two parked trucks and waited for a third explosion. Or, she wondered, maybe gunshots would be fired. She simply didn’t know. Her husband, Tom, two blocks away when the bombs detonated, said he felt the power, and he pushed down hard on his chest with both hands to emphasize … 0

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 list of greatness. He’s single-handedly torn apart the Yankees over the past decade. He’s led … 5

Ray Duckler: Treating the wounded, with the bombs bursting in air

Friday, October 4, 2013

Listen to Carrie Ayers’s story and a central question surfaces: What in the world are you thinking? Why take the oath and join the Army Reserve last week after the death and blood you’ve already seen as a … 0

Ray Duckler: Honoring those dedicated to helping others

Thursday, October 3, 2013

The two figures stood 20 feet apart in the middle of dimly lit Route 4, snow blowing, nerves tight, violence looming. The woman, mentally ill, had a knife; the state trooper was armed with his gun and training he hoped would snuff the fuse before it reached the … 0

Ray Duckler: After the horror, Wheelmen pedal down a new path

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Some saw blood, twisted bicycles, people lying on the bridge. But they hoped things weren’t as bad as they seemed. After all, members of the Granite State Wheelmen bicycle club figured, accidents happen, right? Spills leading to scraped … 0

Ray Duckler: Years ago, the Belmont postmaster delivered

Friday, September 27, 2013

Richard Pavlick, Belmont Postmaster Tom Murphy remembered, had always been a bit off. Pavlick was the guy who complained about everything, oftentimes reaching ridiculous levels, the guy who made residents roll their eyes at town meetings. Once, he … 1

Ray Duckler: Jim Stone worked and gave, until the day he died

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

It’s quieter these days around the Stonehurst Farm in Dunbarton. The noise that shaped Jim Stone’s world, noise from the mowing and the logging and the chain-sawing, has gone silent since the dairy farmer died suddenly Sept. 12. … 0

Ray Duckler: Matt Kenseth puts controversy, competition in rearview mirror 

Monday, September 23, 2013

NASCAR’s public relations machine got just what it needed yesterday at the Sprint Cup race in Loudon. The winner, Matt Kenseth, choked up while addressing the 100,000 fans at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He also thanked the lord … 0

Ray Duckler: The president, back for a second term, looks to the past

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Is David O’Neal the right man to jump-start the Deerfield Fair? Let’s look. Born and raised in Deerfield? Check. Began attending the fair before he could walk? Check. Represents his family’s fifth generation of employees at the fair? … 0

Ray Duckler: You’re not my grandson! Who is this?

Sunday, September 8, 2013

The voice sounded like her grandson, even called her what he’d always called her. “Gram?” “Nicky?” It wasn’t long, though, before Carol Flamand knew something was fishy. Her “grandson” quickly handed the phone to another man, who said Nicholas needed $33,000, for one reason or another. Flamand, 71, … 0

Ray Duckler: Paddling together, in both a canoe and in life

Monday, September 2, 2013

No one expected anything different. Not really. Not from Nancy Gero and John Jenkins, the couple who paddled into each other’s hearts a dozen years ago. They met paddling and they grew close paddling, so why not paddle … 0

Ray Duckler: Saunderson, a jack of all trades, still fairing well

Friday, August 30, 2013

George Saunderson of Loudon is an annual part of the Hopkinton State Fair, like fried dough and sweet sausage. He’s worn many hats, moving from blacksmith to farrier to board member to treasurer to vice president to secretary … 0

Ray Duckler: Louie gave and gave, then he gave some more

Thursday, August 29, 2013

The Windmill Restaurant won’t be open tomorrow. And that’s a big deal. It will mark the first time in 23 years that the Windmill will be closed on a day other than Christmas. Instead of working, the staff … 4

Ray Duckler: Marines run their boot camp to bring MV together

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The Marines invaded Penacook yesterday, hoping to whip a football team into shape. They created a conveyor belt of sweat and grunts, six stations surrounding Merrimack Valley High’s practice field, with players punching pads, lifting weights, flipping tires, … 3