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Patricia Pelletier shows her prosthetic legs she wears after her accident with a trolley car in Portland, Maine when she was a smalll child.

(GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff)

Ray Duckler: She’s as strong as ever

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Want to get on Pat Pelletier’s bad side? Suggest she use a wheelchair, or a cane, or a walker. That’ll do it. She doesn’t care that she lost the lower portion of both legs when a trolley ran her over in 1929, the day before her third birthday. And it doesn’t matter that she turns 89 next weekend, or that her prosthetics, old and worn, no longer fit properly, or that many of her neighbors at the Havenwood Heritage Heights retirement home are often wheeled to their meals. Pelletier is optimistic that Tuesday’s appointment at a clinic in Methuen, Mass. – run by a man …

Ray Duckler: Two years to the day, the doctor is in

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Today is David Hirsch’s anniversary. It’s been two years since the Concord doctor ran the wrong way on Boylston Street, toward the chaos and blood and death, near perhaps the most recognizable yellow stripe in the country. Two years since the good doctor showed the tunnel vision and heart of a marathon runner, …

Ray Duckler: 30 years ago, a CHS student took hostages and was killed by the police

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Pat Lena wondered if the gun was real. Scot Hayes did, too. So Louis Cartier showed them the cartridges inside, cracking open his double-barreled shotgun into the shape of a jackknifed truck, then snapping it shut with a tight click. “Does it look (f------) real to you?” Cartier asked, according to Lena. Soon, …

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 …

Ray Duckler: Bob Ryan never met a sport he didn’t like

Sunday, October 26, 2014

I had a preconceived notion about Bob Ryan, the Boston Globe sports columnist who will sign his new book, Scribe: My Life in Sports, on Tuesday at Gibson’s Bookstore. Ryan, I figured, was the kind of guy who …