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Dick Wright of Loudon, who recently retired as Chief Coordinator for the Capital Area Mutual Aide Fire Compact, stands in the newly renamed Richard E. Wright Loudon Fire Department Station 2 on July 23, 2014.

(WILL PARSON/Monitor staff)

Ray Duckler: Wright knew what was right when it came to fire fighting

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Dick Wright, modest and gentle, is 81 years old and lives alone in Loudon. His house, though, is filled with muffled voices, high-pitched beeps and static that crackles, just as it has for decades. The sounds are from a radio transmitter in his kitchen and a scanner in his living room, and Wright just can’t seem to turn them off, … 0

Ray Duckler: Bond forged years ago draws NYC man back to his 'other' family in Concord

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Read the text, from a man who once raced down a dangerous road in life faster than a New York City cabbie, and you begin to understand. “If I ever become rich beyond my wildest dreams I’ll be sure to donate to the Fresh Air Fund,” Obreight Ingram, who lives in NYC, texted … 0

Ray Duckler: Destigmatizing mental illness is no easy task

Friday, July 18, 2014

Debbie Dion’s ringtone – the song “Do You Want to Build a Snowman” – interrupted Thursday’s calm outside the New Hampshire State Hospital. So did the voice on the other end. Officials at the hospital had relayed concerns to the social worker who works with Dion’s son, 15-year-old Shay Perselay. They felt uneasy … 2

Ray Duckler: Problems in Pittsfield? Step right up and see the changes

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Anyone seeking to bad-mouth Pittsfield needs to get past me first. I was in town last Thursday night, at the Scenic Theater, with its colorful cylindrical lights on the walls, and its 20-foot Christmas tree on stage, and … 4

Ray Duckler: All in the family: market is now day-care center

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Listen to the patriarch’s children, Margaret Gegas and Chris Pappas, and the rocking horse and tiny tables in the new Tot Spot day-care center recede. Meanwhile, the past gently moves in, like the breeze once produced by an … 0

Ray Duckler: This Thanksgiving, plenty to be thankful for

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thank you. Isn’t that why we’re here, eating turkey and pie? Isn’t that what today is all about, the dinner between Native Americans and the Pilgrims serving as a metaphor for something grander, something bigger, something we can relate to, the simplest things? What are you thankful for? … 0

Ray Duckler: Bhutanese refugees move to the head of the class

Thursday, November 21, 2013

An interpreter was needed to translate what the woman with flowing pink pants and dark hair, pulled straight back, had sung about to the class. Durga Pokhrel, a Bhutanese refugee, wants education for her children, their children and … 0

Ray Duckler: Moving on, past the team to join another team

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Emma Bradley’s walk from the coach’s office to her locker, a stretch of hallway no more than 100 feet, covered a lot of ground. The eighth-grader at Bow Memorial School, cut from the school’s basketball team just moments … 2

Citizen of the Year George Segal: Sanel Auto Parts giant, a lot more

Friday, November 15, 2013

A slide show and two big screens showed the future of downtown last night during the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce’s 94th annual meeting. A packed ballroom of diners could see an artist’s rendition of the Main Street … 0

Ray Duckler: After picking up the tab, Ellen Degeneres takes care of Henniker's Sarah Hoidahl

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The lone figure rolled the Bissell sweeper over the carpet, near a section of empty booths. It was quiet, about 3:15 p.m., midway between the lunch and dinner crowds at the Concord Ruby Tuesday restaurant. Nothing seemed out … 1

Ray Duckler: Eight, in this case, was more than enough

Sunday, November 10, 2013

More than six decades ago, with war raging in Korea, 17-year-old Elton Warriner wanted to join the Marines. His parents, though, insisted he stay in Dunbarton, on the family farm. Milk the cows, they told him. Pick the … 5

Ray Duckler: Caring for kids, Mary Jane Wallner never goes out of style

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Where do you begin? Chairwoman of the House Finance Committee? Nearly 3½ decades as a member of the House? The face of day care in this region? Mom, wife, friend? How about starting with the picture displayed the … 0

Ray Duckler: A balancing act between sadness, justice in Addison case

Friday, November 8, 2013

This may surprise you, but Nick Willard, the lead investigator in the Michael Addison case, says he’s in no rush. No rush for a final resolution. No rush to put Addison to death, even though seven years ago … 0

Ray Duckler: Finding peace by fighting stigmas and accepting death

Sunday, November 3, 2013

The other day, the director of the state’s National Alliance for the Mentally Ill mentioned Ken Braiterman and “courage” in the same sentence. More information was needed. Was NAMI’s Ken Norton referring to the longtime pioneer, the voice … 1

Ray Duckler: Take me out to the ballgame, to watch him pitch and meet his mom

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Bill Glahn turned around and expressed support for World Series hero John Lackey, once a maligned figure, Wednesday night during Game 6 of the World Series. And Lackey’s mother appreciated it. “I said something that may have been … 0