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Fourteen local women were honored as Extraordinary Women for their outstanding contributions to their professions and the community. They talk about why they love doing the work they do in thi…

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Scenes from the 2018 celebration of Extraordinary Women, held Aug. 30 at the Redfern Arts Center at Keene State College.

It’s 7 a.m. at Kristin’s Bistro and Bakery in Keene, and Pat Barber comes bounding in, not in need of a muffin or caffeine jolt but thirsty for a bottle of water. Sure, she’s tireless — “walks at 60 mph,” friend Kathleen Birch at Linda’s Closet likes to say — but Barber’s day won’t end for a…

About 10 years ago, Norma Wyman received an envelope addressed to her from a former inmate, with the words “I Can” scrawled in large block letters across the back. Inside, the letter writer had tucked a hand-written note thanking Wyman for her generosity. The cryptic message had private mean…

Suelaine Poling has spent 41 years working with children at the Keene Day Care Center, reading picture books, driving toy cars, and coloring in schools of paper fish. She has emerged from the experience with a sharpened sense of curiosity and a gentle humor that plays across her face as she …

ebra Bowie is a practical advocate — she knows positive change is borne from daily actions. Though her feet are firmly planted in the ground, the longtime Keene resident can’t help but admire Wonder Woman, a comic book character who could perhaps, in one fell swoop, rid the world of inequali…

Stacy Cibula grew up in Lake Orion, Mich., a suburb a half hour north of Detroit. It’s a part of the country that’s as urban as urban gets.