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Colonel Kevin Jordan, chief of law enforcement for the New Hampshire fish and game department, at his office on Hazen Drive on Friday.

(GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff)

Ray Duckler: Retelling a day of horror and bravery that lingers

Sunday, October 4, 2015

‘We have a few characters from that day who are present tonight,” author Richard Adams Carey told us. We turned our heads and searched the book store, eyes wide and scanning, waiting for Carey to introduce people connected to the Colebrook shootings 18 years ago. Soon we met Col. Kevin Jordan of Brentwood, chief of law enforcement for the Fish and Game Department; Sam Sprague of Unity, a former Fish and Game officer; and David King of Loudon, a lawyer and part time judge. They’re in Carey’s book, In the Evil Day, which recalls Aug. 19, 1997, the day a vengeful man shot and killed …

Ray Duckler: The doctor, Munro Proctor, was always in, somewhere around the world

Sunday, September 27, 2015

When Dr. Munro Proctor wasn’t taking care of someone’s heart, he was showing how big his was, seemingly to the whole world. The local cardiologist, who died on Sept. 14 at the age of 89 from Alzheimer’s disease, gave of himself to those who needed help, in Africa, in Colombia, in Ecuador and …

Ray Duckler: Yogi Berra: A small man who lived as a giant

Friday, September 25, 2015

To this day, 30 years later, I’ll never forget the time I met Yogi Berra. It was opening day at Fenway Park, 1985. Berra, the manager of the New York Yankees at the time, walked slowly through the dimly-lit tunnel that connected the visitors dugout to the clubhouse. Armed with a notepad, butterflies and an assignment to capture the flavor of baseball’s greatest …

Ray Duckler: The man behind the Donald: tough as granite

Saturday, August 15, 2015

John Lynch stands in a back office at the state’s chapter of Americans for Prosperity, stiff, speechless and defenseless, just like he was five years ago. The effigy of the former governor has been there for a while, …

Ray Duckler: Come fly with me, Jeanne Gerulskis says

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Jeanne Gerulskis, the executive director of the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, needs her space. Nine years ago, she drove to an auction in New York City and bought a jumpsuit worn by a character from Star Trek: The Motion …

Ray Duckler: A party 250 years in the making

Saturday, August 8, 2015

There’s a birthday party this week, all week, and you’re all invited to attend. Whether your thing is music, dancing, history, farming, sports or parades, Concord 250, the organization in charge of coordinating and promoting this celebration, has …

Ray Duckler: An activist continues to spread a message calling for no nuclear weapons

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Look at life through Arnie Alpert’s eyes, and you’ll see peace signs and doves, not weapons and wars. A nonthreatening presence, he’s a slight man with a small, narrow face that almost disappears behind his mustache and glasses. …

Ray Duckler: A very dark problem on a very sunny day

Monday, August 3, 2015

‘Hi, Ray. How ya been?” That’s how the conversation started downtown, on a perfect Sunday afternoon, with an acquaintance whose name will remain hidden, for now. My friend, Kevin Clark, was working, playing his guitar at the entrance to Eagle Square, and I was sitting in what amounts …

Ray Duckler: I wanted to track a moose, at a time when calves are dying

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Henry Jones peered through the trees, flashed a peace sign-like symbol, then flicked his index and middle fingers quickly back and forth, over and over, one at a time. “We’re close,” whispered Jones, a graduate student in a …

Ray Duckler: Carrying on, and spitting a cancer diagnosis in its face

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Michelle Tanguay taught her fitness class in Boscawen two months ago, on the day she learned her cancer had returned. Get your weights, she told her students, in her nonthreatening yet authoritative manner. Work. Stretch. Lift. Sweat. If …

Ray Duckler: For local Episcopal pastors, the Scouts are nearly there

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The leaders of a local church, known for rolling out a red carpet of inclusion, applauded the recent policy change implemented by the Boy Scouts of America. But the pastors of St. Paul’s Church, the Revs. Kate Atkinson and Keith Patterson, would prefer to give a standing ovation, …

Ray Duckler: Rock Hudson told the world he had AIDS, and everyone listened

Sunday, July 26, 2015

A press conference 30 years ago Saturday pushed fear and hope onto the same stage, at the same time. Rock Hudson’s publicist told the world that one of Hollywood’s greatest leading men, gaunt and unrecognizable from the days when his stunning good looks jumped off the screen, had …

Ray Duckler: Furor over the Confederate flag comes to NASCAR

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Race cars backfire now and then. So does public relations strategy. I saw it, felt it and lived it Saturday along Route 106, near New Hampshire Motor Speedway, home of Sunday’s 5-Hour Energy 301. NASCAR, the governing body …

Ray Duckler: A daughter binges and purges, and a father feels helpless

Thursday, July 16, 2015

They sat in the waiting area outside the courtroom, a father trying to save his bulimic daughter before it’s too late. “A big part of it, dad, is I don’t want to give it up,” Katherine Drouin told …

Ray Duckler: Does Harper Lee’s sequel kill a man’s image?

Monday, July 13, 2015

Sarah May Schultz swiped her thumb along the smart phone screen, moving deeper into the newspaper article about Harper Lee’s new book. It didn’t take long to notice sadness in her blue eyes, wide and hopeful just moments …