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Olympic gold medal winner and Concord native Tara Mounsey plays with team Babes of Glory during the Black Ice Pond Hockey Championships at White Park in Concord on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015.

(ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

Ray Duckler: Mounsey skates again, and people notice - again

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Her name wasn’t on the back of her jersey during the Black Ice Hockey Championship yesterday at White Park. Neither was the No. 2 Tara Mounsey wore during two Olympics, in 1998 and four years later. But the Angry Pirates, all six players, recognized Mounsey, surrounding her for a photo shoot after their game against Mounsey’s team, the Babes of …

Ray Duckler: Is the Patriots controversy a lot of hot air? Coaches weigh in

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Sean McDonnell, one of the most successful college football coaches in the country, a man respected for his integrity and honor, wants to know what all the fuss is about. Deflated balls? So? “Let me put it this way,” the University of New Hampshire football coach told me yesterday by phone. “If someone on the other team had done that against us, it …

Ray Duckler : The passing of a man who changed a campus

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

More than 30 years ago, the rector at St. Paul’s School, a man with sharper vision than a bald eagle, spoke in front of his students and fought back tears. Bill Oates explained why he had expelled a student, and his eye, as usual, was on the future, on making things better through …

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 …

Ray Duckler: The guard is on the move again. Anyone listening?

Thursday, October 30, 2014

If you want to upset Brig. Gen. Craig Bennett, disrespect the men and women under his command in the New Hampshire Army National Guard. Go ahead, raise your eyebrows in shock upon hearing the Guard is still needed …