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Farewell to BDN readers: Thank you for sharing your stories for 29 years

By Renee Ordway on Oct. 10, 2014, at 12:04 p.m.
When I read the story last weekend about Hampden Mayor Carol Duprey’s slimy and amateurish robocalls to voters in an attempt to influence the outcome of the upcoming council election, I predicted out loud that I may have to start taking blood pressure medication. What I wanted to do, at …
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‘It has been humbling beyond belief’: Community rallies after priest’s arrest on child porn charge

By Renee Ordway on Sept. 26, 2014, at 11:30 a.m.
Community support is often talked about but can be difficult to measure until you need it. The son of a career military man, Lee Speronis moved a lot, and he has relocated a few times as an adult as well. In 2003, however, Speronis and his wife, Cathy, and their …
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NFL player’s indictment brings back unpleasant memories of corporal punishment

By Renee Ordway on Sept. 19, 2014, at 2:49 p.m.
I bit my son. Once. A long time ago. Some days I feel like I’m still making it up to him. I am that ashamed. It left a mark on his little leg. He was young enough so that he would probably not even remember it, but my guilt forces …
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Maine voters should be smart enough to look beyond secret recordings

By Renee Ordway on Sept. 12, 2014, at 12:15 p.m.
This week brings proof that even the smartest among us are not immune to a “gotcha” moment. And with recording devices at our fingertips, “gotcha” moments have become the shining stars of political campaigns. There is little doubt that state Sen. Geoffrey Gratwick of Bangor is a smart guy. He’s …
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Closure of L.L. Bean’s call center in Bangor is sad but not surprising

By Renee Ordway on Aug. 29, 2014, at 3:03 p.m.
I am among the 500 or 600 seasonal and 220 year-round employees who heard the news this week that L.L. Bean plans to close the Bangor call center that opened here in 2005. I suspect I also am one of the many who, while saddened and initially shocked, realized with …
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Pain of taking a child to college will be eased by sweet sounds, tastes of the American Folk Festival

By Renee Ordway on Aug. 22, 2014, at 12:32 p.m.
I promise this. I will make my son’s bed on Saturday morning. I may put away his clothes and I will survey his room and discuss a possible organizational plan for his belongings. I will make polite conversation with his roommate while trying to get a bead on his personality. …
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Remember, ALS is the focus of the ice bucket challenge

By Renee Ordway on Aug. 15, 2014, at 3:43 p.m.
I just returned from the Bangor Humane Society, where I willingly dumped a bucket of ice water over my head. In doing so, I joined millions across the country who have done the same. If you haven’t witnessed this odd behavior, which has gone viral in the world of social …
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Police, parents can’t be skeptical when children report attempted abductions

By Renee Ordway on July 25, 2014, at 3:42 p.m.
Apparently white and blue vans have fallen out of favor. It seemed as though most made-up attempted child abductions that occurred during the 1990s involved a suspicious white or blue van. As a reporter sitting in a newsroom listening to a police scanner all day, urgent reports of attempted abductions …
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Sudden move to Portland shows KahBang’s biggest problem is bad management

By Renee Ordway on July 18, 2014, at 2:38 p.m.
Well, KAHBANG! Or shall we now call it KAHPORT? Yes, it’s true. The organizers of Bangor’s KahBang music festival are taking their show on the road — Interstate 95 to be exact — and heading south to Portland, and oh, what a buzz they’ve created. Why the sudden venue change …
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Hampden woman serves community by recording history of rape response organization

By Renee Ordway on July 11, 2014, at 1:36 p.m.
It’s no secret that great work gets done every day behind the doors of nonprofit agencies throughout our area, but over time and with the passing of those who did the work, how will it be remembered? The importance of keeping and preserving a record led Kathy Walker of Hampden …
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Police department Duck of Justice gaining fame in Bangor

By Renee Ordway on July 04, 2014, at 5:31 a.m.
If you spend much time in Bangor and you have not met the Duck of Justice, well stand by, it’s probably just a matter of time. There was photographic evidence that he made a brief appearance in front of author Stephen King’s house on Wednesday and as the sun went …
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LePage’s tough stance on welfare reform could get him re-elected

By Renee Ordway on June 27, 2014, at 4:04 p.m.
Sometimes we only see what is right in front of us. That may serve Gov. Paul LePage well during his bid for re-election in November. At least that would appear to be what he is counting on. Many Mainers are crawling out of bed each morning and heading to work, …
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This generation of kids may grow up thinking they’re less interesting than our ‘smartphones’

By Renee Ordway on June 20, 2014, at 2:16 p.m.
Look around and pay attention for just a moment. There is no scientific proof for what I’m about to say, but I’m guessing in a few years there will be. Recently I took my son to have his wisdom teeth extracted. It would be the last time I had to …
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Bangor High School students in the graduating Class of 2013 walk into the Cross Insurance Center for their commencement ceremony Sunday afternoon. There are 280 graduates in this year's graduating class.

As you look at those graduating from high school, think of their untold stories of perseverance

By Renee Ordway on June 13, 2014, at 11:28 a.m.
I planned on writing about my son who is graduating from high school this weekend. I thought about recalling how 30 minutes after bringing him home from the hospital, at 2 days old, we had to call 911 and return to Eastern Maine Medical Center in the back of an …
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Bangor murder case shows men can be victims of domestic violence

By Renee Ordway on June 06, 2014, at 1:39 p.m.
There may be no way for us to know exactly what was going on in the lives of Richard and Roxanne Jeskey during the days that led up to his brutal murder inside the couple’s Ohio Street apartment three years ago. We simply know how it ended, and that was …
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Jurors in Bangor triple murder trial should restore our faith in American legal system

By Renee Ordway on May 30, 2014, at 1:29 p.m.
Controversial verdicts handed up by juries in the murder trials of O.J. Simpson, Casey Anthony and George Zimmerman have caused many to question the effectiveness of the jury process in today’s complicated judicial system. Closer to home this week, the nearly 45-hour deliberation marathon of the jury hearing the triple …
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Starved Bangor girl Tavielle Kigas was a victim of untreated mental illness

By Renee Ordway on May 23, 2014, at 3:36 p.m.
I was four months pregnant with my first child in 1993 when I stood outside Tonia Porter Kigas’ Bangor apartment as police put up crime scene tape and began to process a crime scene that we would soon learn to be one of the most horrific in the city’s history. …
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Smartphones mean we’re all on camera a lot more than we may know

By Renee Ordway on May 16, 2014, at 3:36 p.m.
I got a new phone for Mother’s Day. It doesn’t flip or slide open and apparently that’s a good thing. Personally, I thought those were nice, practical features that protected the screen from damage. I’m told I was wrong. Anyway, now my phone is smart even if I am not …
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It’s no surprise that child abuse is growing along with Maine’s drug problem

By Renee Ordway on May 09, 2014, at 2:59 p.m.
Stories about dead and injured babies and children always get our attention. Men and women alike, parents or not, most of us recognize the difference and feel the tragedy more deeply when an infant or a child is hurt or killed. Especially when at the hands of an adult — …
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How dangerous is the Bangor area drug culture? Look no further than the triple murder trial

By Renee Ordway on May 02, 2014, at 3:33 p.m.
The massive murder trial under way in Bangor is of course about the execution-style killings of three people in August of 2012, but the sidebar, if you will, is surely going to be the revelation of the frightening and enormous drug culture that permeates this region. Nicholas Sexton, 33, of …
 
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