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Edith Carr reminisces about her life and what it means to get the Hopkinton Boston Post cane at her home.
(GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff)

Ray Duckler: Walking me through history, with the help of a cane

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Boston Post Cane, lying on the mantelpiece in Edith Carr’s Contoocook living room, can be used for a walk in the park, or a stroll down memory lane. So lean on it and take a walk with me, because Carr, who’s 99 years old, is a walking history lesson. The cane she possesses is a shiny piece of ebony with a gold-plated knob. It’s given to the oldest resident in 700 New England towns, and it’s a staple that some natives know about, while others do not. Eleanor Roosevelt, I’m sure, would be proud of Carr. So would David Niven and Robert Frost. Carr …

Ray Duckler: Judy Smith was a horse of a different color

Saturday, October 11, 2014

The disciples of Judy Smith, who died from cancer Oct. 1 at age 72, walk through horse manure like it was shag carpeting. In years past, they’ve delivered baby horses in their pajamas at 3 in the morning. Nowadays, they flex their muscles, literally and figuratively, to show their strength and independence. And …

Ray Duckler: Leave the rest behind and come over here

Friday, October 10, 2014

‘I have to show you,” Deborah Ramsey said, with the enthusiasm of a child. “I have some in the trailer.” Ramsey rushed inside, dressed in khaki shorts, a pink top and sandals, as though she had something precious to show. And she did. They were in a large brown envelope, protected by bubble …

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 …

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’ …

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 …

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, …

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. …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …