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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.
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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: For Concord, Audubon Society is a feather in city’s cap

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Bird lovers flocked to the New Hampshire Audubon’s Concord headquarters yesterday to celebrate 100 years of all things birds. Near a table of cakes, baked to resemble our feathered friends in their natural habitats, stood Cynthia Neale, her … 0

Ray Duckler: Gold, silver, bronze? Sometimes medals don’t tell the whole story

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Sometimes, Olympians don’t need a space on the medal podium to win. Sometimes, they can crash-land and slide into a padded wall, tiny ice particles sprinkling overhead, then lie there still, causing us to wonder about their minds … 0

Ray Duckler: Missouri's Michael Sam comes out of the closet, breaks down the door

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Michael Sam, big, strong and tougher than we knew, acknowledged this weekend that he’s gay, which had football players and coaches on all levels buzzing. The 260-pound star defensive lineman, a recent graduate from the University of Missouri, … 0

Ray Duckler: Ally’s allies help her wings to grow

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Arianna wrote about caterpillars changing into butterflies last week at Beaver Meadow School. In effect, she could have been writing about her friend, Ally Girouard. Ally’s wings grow longer and stronger each day, at a school that won’t … 1

Ray Duckler: Teaching calculus, playing guitar and doing both very well

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

His life sounds like a dumb sitcom. But it’s more like reality TV. He’s a guitar-jamming cowboy who teaches calculus. He’s a former ranch hand whose fingers race across a guitar neck as quickly as his mind grasps … 0

Ray Duckler: Unifying, on and off the court

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Last Tuesday, Sarah Lane had enough dishes to fill a kitchen cabinet. She dished the basketball to Zach Jukoski and she dished it to Jack Rich. She dished it to Hunter Murray and Keith Descoteaux and Jonathan Chern. … 0

Ray Duckler: Following Christa’s lead 28 years later, a teacher aims high

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Two decades ago, during warm summer nights, Lizzie Rosenberger ignored the mosquitoes and lay on the cool grass outside her Concord home, stargazing, dreaming and wondering. She thought about galaxies and planets, her mind racing like a rocket. … 0

Ray Duckler: To record, or not to record; that is the question

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

He may not know it yet, but Joe Hamel owes Rep. Rick Watrous a cup of coffee. At the very least. Watrous is the voice and face behind House Bill 1550, legislation aimed at permitting the audio and … 3

Ray Duckler: Fighting cancer while finding herself at the same time

Sunday, January 19, 2014

The cancer has changed Haley Roy, but not like you’d think. Yes, she’s scared, sometimes even mad. Yes, she’s bald, and in fact has gone out in public without a scarf on her head just twice the past … 2

Ray Duckler: Marty Capodice’s love for the Capitol Center helped him fight to the end

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Marty Capodice, an atheist, worshipped the Capitol Center for the Arts and everything connected to it. He worshipped the plays, the music, the high ceiling that he once helped paint. He worshipped the electricity that events there pumped … 1

Ray Duckler: Is Christie creating a smoke screen in Fort Lee?

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Yesterday morning, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stood in front of a pack of hungry media members and essentially said this to his deputy chief of staff and others close to him: “Liar, liar, pants on fire.” Then, … 46

Ray Duckler: A visionary, Sabrina Matteson saw farming as more than just a job

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Even as she lay dying, Sabrina Matteson, the agricultural pioneer who spread her vision from Epsom to our nation’s capital, had it all figured out. A little pain reliever, sure, but don’t drag this out with IVs or … 1