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Bom Rai talks with Hindu priest Beda Bidhi Subedi in the parking lot in Hooksett after the Nepal earthquake vigil last week. By the end of the vigil, Bom felt more comfortable being able to talk to local Nepalese and Bhutanese attendees.

(GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff)

Ray Duckler: An earthquake, far away, is felt close to home

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Not many world events could resonate with Bom Rai while he tries to build a new life in a new country. It took an earthquake to do that. That’s why Bom, a Nepalese refugee, attended a vigil last week in a Hooksett parking lot, in the shadow of a tattoo parlor and an orthodontist’s office. He joined other refugees in …

Greg Grappone, a father and survivor, dies at 35

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Greg Grappone, whose family began selling cars in the region nearly 100 year ago and now owns dealerships that line Route 3A in Bow, died yesterday from complications related to a rare form of cancer. He was 35. News of Grappone’s death was posted on the dealership’s Facebook page yesterday afternoon. According to …

Ray Duckler: Finding the good in something very bad

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Finding the positives here isn’t easy. Tomorrow night, though, starting at Merrimack Valley High School, you’re invited to participate in something good that came from something awful. This is the 10th edition of the Angels 5K Road Race, with proceeds going to local scholarships while, initially, celebrating the lives of Kristin Wagner and …

Stories of the Year #10. With heroin use surging, state looks across its borders

Friday, December 26, 2014

Opioid abuse, specifically heroin, emerged as a major threat in 2014, forcing the state’s safety, medical and political leaders to scramble in search of a solution. According to data released in a recent report, 911 calls for drug …

Ray Duckler: In her perfect world, her sister fits right in

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

She says her artwork is perfectly imperfect, meaning there’s a human element in everything she creates. So maybe this is a case of art imitating life. After all, nothing has been perfect for Katie Johnson, and that’s just …

Ray Duckler: War and sand replaced by magic and snow

Sunday, December 21, 2014

For Greg and Amber Card, neither place seemed real. Not the Middle East, with its enemy soldiers, blood and death. Not the North Pole, with its Santa Claus, elves and magic. Call them contrasting visions, fighting for a …

Ray Duckler: Katherine Drouin’s battle moves in front of the camera

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Katherine Drouin’s fight against an eating disorder, featured in a two-part Monitor series last August, will be one of three segments chronicled in a TV documentary Monday night. The hourlong show, called My Strange Criminal Addiction, will start at 10 on Investigation Discovery. Drouin compulsively eats and purges, …

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 …