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Ray Duckler
Randy Pierce hiked up the red trail of the south peak of Uncanoonuc mountain in Goffstown last week. Here Autumn gives Pierce a lick at the top of the mountain. Manchester is seen in the backround.
(GEOFF FORESTER/Monitor staff

Ray Duckler: Looking to inspire others through a clear vision

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Randy Pierce is blind, but his tunnel vision is 20/20. Sure, he slipped on a rock during a recent hike, and walked into a branch because his guide dog, Autumn, was sniffing on the job. But Pierce sets goals, and he pursues them with the passion of a man who’s climbed all 48 of the state’s 4,000-foot mountains. While not … 0

Ray Duckler: Jumping into a new phase in life

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Spencer Reed, emotionally guarded most of his life, landed Friday with the eyes of a child who’d just gotten a puppy. He turned 90 on Thursday, but his seven children are enjoying his rebirth lately, a face-lift of the soul. He jumped from a plane 13,500 feet in the air and says, “I’d … 0

Ray Duckler: Remembering how we got here, and where we might be going

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Mike Pelletier gave the Iraqi children backpacks filled with chalk, pencils and paper. The children, in turn, gave Pelletier hope. He said yesterday he could see the appreciation in their eyes 10 years ago while serving in the National Guard. He said those snapshots of innocence have stuck with him, a comforting thought … 0

Ray Duckler: Let Pembroke's Pat Welch be an example: Choose your words carefully

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

For the past few years, Pat Welch, a star basketball player at Pembroke Academy, has been giving tips to young players eager to learn from the best. And now, after officials stripped him of an award and banned … 14

Ray Duckler: Selecting a woman who doesn’t fit the mold

Friday, March 21, 2014

A new light is shining in Andover: a 21-year-old selectwoman who has nothing in common with the town’s old guard. Her name is Sophie Viandier, and she once hitchhiked across New Zealand, fell in love there and lived … 0

Ray Duckler: Chomping at the bit, Bonner sees a national title for Florida Gators

Thursday, March 20, 2014

In a major scoop you’ll get here and nowhere else, Matt Bonner predicts the University of Florida will win the NCAA championship. Okay, it’s not stunning news, since Bonner played ball at Florida, competing in four-straight NCAA tournaments … 0

Ray Duckler: Continuing a tradition, towns meet to decide future

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Three years ago, Mark Sisti switched on the town meeting spotlight and aimed it directly at me. I didn’t throw in my two cents on the purchase of a fire truck, but I experienced what many of you have felt through the years, and the unique institution continues … 0

Ray Duckler: Henniker voters have no vote of confidence

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Tina and Tom Roe won’t be at the Henniker Community School gym today voting in their local election. They were not allowed to vote in 2010, they say, even though they lived in Henniker, at the Rock ‘N’ … 2

Ray Duckler: Time to spring ahead and melt away the past

Sunday, March 9, 2014

The man who plays guitar for a living feels it. So do several women yearning for colorful clothing, and a pair of men preparing for the upcoming youth baseball season. Do you feel it? Do you feel that spring has sprung, that the frigid temps and silver-dollar-sized snowflakes … 1

Ray Duckler: Driving around, looking for the hole story

Friday, March 7, 2014

The roads around here are a pain in the butt. They dip and rise like gas prices, spilling coffee and knocking GPS devices off dashboards and windshields. Have you driven on Minot Street, between Pleasant and School streets, … 2

Ray Duckler: Sarah Thompson chronicles her pain and pleasure

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Three years in, Sarah Thompson’s blog about her fight with leukemia says it all. She documents what she feels, the ironic sense of liberation, her heightened appreciation for simplicity and, of course, her fears, all rolled into one. … 0

Ray Duckler: For Dale Earnhardt Jr., it’s about time

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Okay, so what does Dale Earnhardt Jr. do for an encore? He needs an encore, I think, to complete the picture. In fact, he needs to win the championship, and he’s off to a good start. Winning the … 0

Ray Duckler: In Henniker, cloudy times on a sunny day

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Like any family-oriented community, residents at the Rock ’N’ Birch Campground in Henniker enjoyed last Thursday’s warmer weather. Parents walked their dogs, kids in tow. They chatted with neighbors on snow-covered street corners. They shoveled snow off their … 1

Ray Duckler: Mounsey was there when the greatest rivalry began

Thursday, February 20, 2014

The U.S. and Canadian women’s hockey teams, forever knocking each other down in a sport that doesn’t permit checking, actually brawled during exhibition play last fall. To which former Olympian and gold-medal winner Tara Mounsey, formerly of Concord, … 1

Ray Duckler: Touched by tragedy, Bode Miller lets his guard down for all to see

Monday, February 17, 2014

With the speed of a downhill run, after years of interviews that cast him as selfish and indifferent, Bode Miller struck gold Sunday by not saying a word. His tears did the talking for him. NBC reporter Christin … 3