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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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Seeking charitable donations shouldn’t be a negative experience for those who ask or those who answer

By Renee Ordway on Oct. 04, 2013, at 12 p.m.
This week found me hunting for hot dogs — free hot dogs that is — and lunches — free lunches of course — and well, pretty much anything else our generous business community would slide my way. I did pretty well. I have 10 cases of water in my car, …
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Placement of campaign signs can say a lot about a candidate’s integrity

By Renee Ordway on Sept. 27, 2013, at 3:05 p.m.
I discovered this week that campaign signs are popping up. I noticed it when I stepped outside of our house to cut a few hydrangeas from the bush in front of our house and found one posted in the yard. It wasn’t in our yard, exactly. It was on the …
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Bangor City Council candidates offer voters clear choices

By Renee Ordway on Sept. 20, 2013, at 5:38 p.m.
A few observations from Thursday night’s forum of the six men running for the three seats open on the Bangor City Council. 1. There are six men running. That’s fine of course, but notable just the same. Two women, Pat Blanchette and Pauline Civiello, are in the middle of their …
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Fairfield learns a bad social media policy is worse than no policy at all

By Renee Ordway on Sept. 13, 2013, at 6:21 p.m.
A decade or two ago in the midst of a very nasty argument with a former supervisor, I seem to recall threatening to quit my job and it’s possible I called him a bad name — to his face, of course. In that particular instance it was determined that I …
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Does your kid know Molly? It’s time to find out

By Renee Ordway on Sept. 06, 2013, at 1:31 p.m.
If you think that your son or daughter isn’t the type of kid who would ever die from using drugs, then I suggest you take a look at the online obituary of 20-year-old Olivia Rotondo. She was a junior at the University of New Hampshire and a member of the …
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It’s time for Gov. LePage to leave his troubled childhood behind

By Renee Ordway on Aug. 30, 2013, at 2:40 p.m.
Governor Paul LePage had a tough childhood. Were you not aware of that? If not, then you certainly haven’t been paying attention for the last four years, the first while he was campaigning for governor and the last three while he has been in office. While campaigning it was at …
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Fussing about the folk festival

By Renee Ordway on Aug. 23, 2013, at 4:37 p.m.
The folk festival has always caused a fuss. Fuss, fuss, fuss. The original dreamers, among them former BDN arts reporter Alicia Anstead and former Bangor Mayor John Rohman, started it back in the year 2000. They caused a fuss when they teamed up with others and envisioned Bangor being the …
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Nothing excites us like a reality TV crew in the vicinity

By Renee Ordway on Aug. 16, 2013, at 2:38 p.m.
My first Facebook message of the day on Friday came at the uncivilized hour of 6 a.m. “I thought for sure the next reality show in Bangor would be about you and yours,” it stated. Only off-the-wall early morning radio show hosts can get away with such things. Since I …
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Secret of Bangor’s success is people who work hard to make the city better

By Renee Ordway on Aug. 09, 2013, at 6:35 p.m.
“What’s Bangor’s secret?” a retired gentleman from New Jersey asked my husband and I earlier this week as we chatted over Belgian waffles topped with strawberries and cream. We paused for a moment considering the right answer. His question was a valid one upon hearing us brag a bit about …
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If calling two killers ‘evil’ is wrong, I’ll gladly ride to hell with retired detective Brian Strout

By Renee Ordway on Aug. 02, 2013, at 6:45 p.m.
In a story earlier this week, newly retired Maine State Police Detective Brian Strout recalled his 25-year career, spent mostly investigating the state’s worst crimes and interviewing vicious killers. In the article, written by BDN reporter Judy Harrison, Strout called a couple of the men he encountered “evil,” specifically Jeffrey …
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Rude language and noise are all part of living in a city, even Bangor

By Renee Ordway on July 26, 2013, at 11:06 a.m.
Let me tell you about the T-shirt I saw on a guy in downtown Bangor recently. Or let me try to tell you as best I can given that this is a family newspaper. In large letters it said “DRUNK?” Beneath that it indicated the gentleman was a human breathalyzer …
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Rolling Stone cover photo shows monsters among us can be hard to spot

By Renee Ordway on July 19, 2013, at 3:28 p.m.
Why at a time when we are crying for real truth in the media are we so terribly offended when we actually get it? Clearly we are angry because Rolling Stone Magazine’s attempt to get us to face or at least understand the truth has been vilified and shunned. The …
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Bangor neighborhood in turmoil transforms into peaceful community, thanks to residents

By Renee Ordway on July 12, 2013, at 3:59 p.m.
Sometimes speaking up pays off, and in at least one case in Bangor, it has. Last fall, neighbors along Webster Avenue North felt like hostages in their homes. One afternoon, a woman in the late stages of pregnancy lay writhing in the middle of the street in the throes of …
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New Bangor police chief has experience handling emergencies

By Renee Ordway on July 05, 2013, at 4:48 p.m.
Mark Hathaway doesn’t get rattled easily. He’s sort of the “everything’s going to be OK” kind of guy. The “stay calm and carry on” sort. I learned this about him about a dozen years ago as I sat beside him in a police vehicle in the middle of the night …
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Empty nest means it’s time to take up a hobby and start talking to each other again

By Renee Ordway on June 28, 2013, at 3:17 p.m.
“How about fly fishing?” I shouted out as my husband and I drove along Interstate 95 last week. He appeared puzzled. “Maybe we could learn to fly fish,” I said with enthusiasm. Granted my question was out of the blue, but it was in response to a conversation I’ve been …
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Decency and decorum in short supply among 3 elected officials

By Renee Ordway on June 21, 2013, at 6:21 p.m.
Last week I accused Bangor City Councilor Charlie Longo of being amateurish for calling our governor a lush during a recent city council meeting. He needs an intervention, I asserted. Someone to show him the way. Six days later our fine governor stepped right up to the plate — or …
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Bangor’s Charlie Longo needs an intervention

By Renee Ordway on June 14, 2013, at 5:38 p.m.
Now don’t get me wrong here. I say this with the utmost respect. Bangor City Councilor Charlie Longo needs an intervention. This week Longo took the opportunity at a City Council meeting to tap on his microphone and accuse Gov. Paul LePage of spending too much time bellied up to …
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Parent forgot to pay the school lunch bill? Don’t blame the school

By Renee Ordway on June 07, 2013, at 1:05 p.m.
My apologies to all of those I am about to offend and there will be many. Send your kid to school with his lunch money or send your kid to school with a sandwich! I’m sorry that your son was embarrassed and I’m sorry your son was hungry. It was …
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Being a parent means bringing up a lot of ‘buts’

By Renee Ordway on May 31, 2013, at 3:47 p.m.
The other day my daughter and a friend decided on the spur of a moment to take some kayaks and head to Pushaw Lake for a paddle. It was before this warm weather was upon us. It had been cold. It was breezy. She’s 20, so I can’t really say …
 
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