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Don Winslow listens as his wife Dora talks about the couple's srtuggle with cancer during a interview at the couple's home in this January 2012 file photo. Don Winslow's cancer returned in February.

Former Bangor police chief again takes the lead on a difficult journey after cancer returns

By Renee Ordway on Feb. 28, 2014, at 1:15 p.m.
A few months ago, after a decade-long struggle with his own health and his wife’s, Don Winslow was finally feeling good. New medications for his Parkinson’s disease had made a big difference. His tremors were greatly reduced. He had energy and most of all a sense of optimism — cautious …
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Cameron (left) and Tim Ward.

Bangor father’s love for his son means ‘anything I’m invited to he’s invited to’

By Renee Ordway on Feb. 21, 2014, at 12:21 p.m.
If you live in the Bangor area and you haven’t seen Tim and Cam Ward out on the town, you are either not hitting the right spots or you’re not paying attention, because this father and son team — and they truly are a team — are everywhere. They are …
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Caratunk man whose wife was killed by son advocates for families of mentally ill

By Renee Ordway on Feb. 14, 2014, at 11:32 a.m.
Joe Bruce, a retired Department of Transportation worker, might tell you that the worst day of his life was when he came home from work in June 2006 and found his wife, Amy, dead in the shower of the family’s home in Caratunk. She had been killed with a hatchet. …
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Judge should be held accountable for future conduct of teen in ‘affluenza’ case

By Renee Ordway on Feb. 07, 2014, at 2:49 p.m.
I was the youngest child in my family. I think I may suffer from “coddleuenza”: the affliction associated with being the baby of the family and getting away with more than your older siblings. Of course, we used to just call it being babied or spoiled, but with the birth …
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As a detective and Penobscot County Sheriff, Glenn Ross has met challenges head-on

By Renee Ordway on Jan. 31, 2014, at 11:18 a.m.
I first met Penobscot County Sheriff Glenn Ross sometime back in the 1980s and remember thinking he was sort of a hero — my hero anyway. He was a detective at the sheriff’s office at the time and a good one. I was working two jobs — a reporter for …
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George Mitchell’s greatest achievement could be teaching Maine lawmakers how to get things done

By Renee Ordway on Jan. 24, 2014, at 10:55 a.m.
He mediated a conclusion to the hostilities that plagued Northern Ireland for generations, actually facilitated a handshake in the summer of 2012 between Queen Elizabeth and former Irish Republican Army Chief Martin McGuinness, chaired an international committee on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and even tackled steroid use by professional baseball players. …
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Maine Board of Bar Examiners right in not allowing F. Lee Bailey to practice law in Maine

By Renee Ordway on Jan. 17, 2014, at 12:31 p.m.
I never once considered becoming a lawyer. Mostly because when I was at the age when people consider such things I in no way considered myself smart enough to go to law school. Unexpectedly, however, I found myself in a career in which I actually spent more time in a …
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While politicians argue, Maine’s welfare cheats will laugh all the way to the ATM

By Renee Ordway on Jan. 10, 2014, at 3:50 p.m.
I don’t really like to make predictions because I hate to be wrong unnecessarily. I have teenagers. I’m wrong all of the time without ever saying a word. I rarely feel the need to throw myself under the bus without great cause. After watching the recent furor over welfare fraud …
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Most-read stories of 2013 prove media outlets are providing readers with what they want

By Renee Ordway on Jan. 03, 2014, at 3:29 p.m.
There was a time, not long ago, when readers took little responsibility for the news fed to them each morning. All of that was laid at the feet of editors. Sure, a slight bump in circulation on a particular day might be tied to the popularity of a particular story …
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This storm was bad, but covering the Ice Storm of 1998 was a different story

By Renee Ordway on Dec. 27, 2013, at 1:54 p.m.
The only discomfort I experienced during the ice storm of 2013 were pangs of guilt and bouts of sympathy for the thousands who have spent days and nights, including Christmas, in the cold and darkness that such a storm brings. I had power at my house and I was home …
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‘Duck Dynasty’ star’s inane anti-gay comments not worth debating

By Renee Ordway on Dec. 20, 2013, at 3:52 p.m.
Sometimes the less said the better. My husband reminds me of that from time to time. It’s not bad advice and it’s advice leaders in the gay and lesbian community should consider as the ridiculous debate about Phil Robertson and his inane remarks to GQ magazine roars on. Phil Robertson …
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Bangor burglaries and Georgia tragedy raise questions about shooting intruders

By Renee Ordway on Dec. 13, 2013, at 9:30 a.m.
I’ll be truthful. We have not always been good about locking our doors during the day. For most of our time here we have not felt the need. We have nearby neighbors. For many years we had a busy house with kids and teenagers coming and going. We have a …
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LePage’s sunny view of climate change is insult to Maine’s fishermen

By Renee Ordway on Dec. 06, 2013, at 2:56 p.m.
I do agree with Gov. Paul LePage on one thing. It is difficult to keep up with the latest official title of what is basically the warming of our planet. In this week’s story about LePage offering up the sunny side of this well-established yet heavily disputed and debated phenomenon, …
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Organ donor’s gifts keep on giving 13½ years after her death

By Renee Ordway on Nov. 29, 2013, at 11:02 a.m.
I saw the Facebook posting by chance as I was browsing aimlessly during a break from cooking on the day before Thanksgiving. Many people, of course, already were chatting about the things they were thankful for and the dishes they were preparing for the next day’s feast. Then a post …
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LePage spending a lot of money for welfare consultant to sit by his side and say ‘atta boy’

By Renee Ordway on Nov. 22, 2013, at 3:12 p.m.
First, know this as we continue down the painstaking path toward the next gubernatorial election: Gov. Paul LePage most likely doesn’t care what you think about his decision to pay nearly $1 million to a Rhode Island consulting firm to examine Maine’s welfare system. Nor, I would suggest, does he …
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Mike Michaud’s personal life was never an issue for me

By Renee Ordway on Nov. 15, 2013, at 3:54 p.m.
I heard the news that Democratic gubernatorial candidate and U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud was gay a week before it was officially announced by him to the media. I was sitting in a doctor’s waiting room. The elderly gentleman seated beside me said so. Journalists never know where a good source …
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Trying to keep up with changing technology gets harder with age

By Renee Ordway on Nov. 08, 2013, at 4:11 p.m.
Earlier this week I sat in the driver’s seat with a set of keys in my hand with no idea how to start the car I had just rented. My husband was standing outside waiting for me to pull it forward just a bit so he could put my suitcase …
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Recent fatal accidents involving teen drivers leave license examiner, every parent shaken

By Renee Ordway on Nov. 01, 2013, at 2:40 p.m.
For 35 years Don Saunders has had teenagers shaking in their sneakers. They have feared him like no other adult. For thousands of teenagers it was Saunders and Saunders alone who stood between them and the freedom they daydreamed about during countless algebra classes. Saunders recently retired from his position …
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Is Odlin Road bus route in Bangor worth $20,000? Just ask Joe Baldacci

By Renee Ordway on Oct. 25, 2013, at 2:18 p.m.
One must be careful when launching into conversation with Bangor City Councilor Joe Baldacci about his latest cause. I did so one recent evening and now I’m set to be serving up spaghetti next week. Looking beyond government coffers to keep things afloat is not new to Baldacci. He did …
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Maine couple facing life’s challenges in a secluded camp they call home

By Renee Ordway on Oct. 18, 2013, at 3:12 p.m.
What strikes you first when you arrive at Dam Camp is the camouflage vinyl siding that nearly makes the structure disappear into the pine and birch forest that surrounds it. The siding is appropriate. The owners appreciate their privacy and seclusion, hence their location, eight miles in from the pavement. …
 
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