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Ray Duckler
Kyle Tiddes was a senior at Pembroke Academy when he joined Market Basket 10 years ago. During an interview Thursday at the Storrs Street store, he said, “This absolutely saved the business and I think we’re going to come back much stronger.”

Ray Duckler: Labor of love as Market Basket employees celebrate holiday

Monday, September 1, 2014

Today is Labor Day, celebrated the first Monday each September. And thanks to a New England-based grocery store chain, the last Wednesday each August should also be declared Labor Day, a different one of sorts. At least around here. This one, connected to the Market Basket settlement five days ago, has its roots in loyalty and appreciation for the chance … 0

Ray Duckler: ‘A long battle’ for treatment

Sunday, August 31, 2014

To Katherine Drouin and her supporters, none of this makes sense. Forget the drawn-out process of getting lab work and a psychiatric evaluation, tests needed before Drouin could receive treatment for her eating disorder. Forget the lack of resources in New Hampshire. And forget the miscommunication between agencies, and the lack of guidelines … 0

Ray Duckler: Time to pay back Beanie for all she’s done

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Things got done on a recent afternoon on Clinton Street in Concord. All in the name of Beanie. “Melanie and Paul will be cooking hot dogs and hamburgers.” “Don’t worry about posts for the fencing.” “Saturday night I’ll put up the big posters.” “I’m trying to get a deal on porta-potties.” That’s how … 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

Ray Duckler: Marty Capodice’s love for the Capitol Center helped him fight to the end

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Marty Capodice, an atheist, worshipped the Capitol Center for the Arts and everything connected to it. He worshipped the plays, the music, the high ceiling that he once helped paint. He worshipped the electricity that events there pumped … 1

Ray Duckler: Is Christie creating a smoke screen in Fort Lee?

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Yesterday morning, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stood in front of a pack of hungry media members and essentially said this to his deputy chief of staff and others close to him: “Liar, liar, pants on fire.” Then, … 46

Ray Duckler: A visionary, Sabrina Matteson saw farming as more than just a job

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Even as she lay dying, Sabrina Matteson, the agricultural pioneer who spread her vision from Epsom to our nation’s capital, had it all figured out. A little pain reliever, sure, but don’t drag this out with IVs or … 1

Ray Duckler: Remembering Kyara, a light that never dims

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Kyara Mailhot’s photo, showing the bluest eyes you ever saw, provided some warmth on a really cold day. The people raising money in Kyara’s name stood shivering outside two markets, their faces red and raw. Kyara’s story only … 0

Ray Duckler: Problems in Pittsfield? Step right up and see the changes

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Anyone seeking to bad-mouth Pittsfield needs to get past me first. I was in town last Thursday night, at the Scenic Theater, with its colorful cylindrical lights on the walls, and its 20-foot Christmas tree on stage, and … 4

Ray Duckler: All in the family: market is now day-care center

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Listen to the patriarch’s children, Margaret Gegas and Chris Pappas, and the rocking horse and tiny tables in the new Tot Spot day-care center recede. Meanwhile, the past gently moves in, like the breeze once produced by an … 0

Ray Duckler: This Thanksgiving, plenty to be thankful for

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thank you. Isn’t that why we’re here, eating turkey and pie? Isn’t that what today is all about, the dinner between Native Americans and the Pilgrims serving as a metaphor for something grander, something bigger, something we can relate to, the simplest things? What are you thankful for? … 0

Ray Duckler: Bhutanese refugees move to the head of the class

Thursday, November 21, 2013

An interpreter was needed to translate what the woman with flowing pink pants and dark hair, pulled straight back, had sung about to the class. Durga Pokhrel, a Bhutanese refugee, wants education for her children, their children and … 0

Ray Duckler: Moving on, past the team to join another team

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Emma Bradley’s walk from the coach’s office to her locker, a stretch of hallway no more than 100 feet, covered a lot of ground. The eighth-grader at Bow Memorial School, cut from the school’s basketball team just moments … 2