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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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Maine Democrats stooped to the governor’s level with TV complaint

By Renee Ordway on May 24, 2013, at 4:22 p.m.
My husband would like to have a 46-inch TV. Even my sister, when over for dinner a few weeks ago, commented that we should have a bigger TV. So much for sibling loyalty. I’m happy with the smallish flat screen mounted on the wall. It does the job, in my …
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Arguments over gun control and abortion will never be settled

By Renee Ordway on May 17, 2013, at 2:58 p.m.
Attempts at any legislation that would make it tougher for criminals or the seriously mentally ill to purchase guns, or any law that would limit the sale of certain assault rifles or magazine clips, would surely land government agents on the doorstep of every law-abiding gun owner in the country …
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Contaminated food stories make me want to eat local

By Renee Ordway on May 10, 2013, at 4 p.m.
I went to a psychic “party” this week. Before you set about judging me, please note that it was my first time and I went home with a pound of fiddleheads. It is probably safe to say that only in Maine and only in May could you do that. The …
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We can’t all move to Cape Elizabeth or Bangor’s east side, so what do we do about our schools?

By Renee Ordway on May 03, 2013, at 1:17 p.m.
Many years ago a family in our west side neighborhood moved across town to the east side. Other than being sad to see them go I didn’t spend too much time considering the reason. Families do move, after all. But then a couple of other parents mentioned that the family …
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Pat Pinkham is the animal control officer for the City of Bangor.

Bangor animal control officer retiring after rescuing boas, bulls and harbor seals

By Renee Ordway on April 26, 2013, at 2:07 p.m.
Pat Pinkham stands about 5 feet tall. She has a pronounced limp that she’s had her entire 63 years of life. Don’t let any of that fool you. By any measure Pat Pinkham is probably one of the toughest folks in town — and also one of the most devoted …
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Media performances in Boston have ranged from heroic to inexcusable

By Renee Ordway on April 19, 2013, at 7:21 p.m.
On a cold January morning back in 1999, shortly after my newspaper was tossed upon my porch, my phone rang. It was Donna Gormley who was working as an anchor and news director at WLBZ CH. 2. She was a good friend, a neighbor and a fierce competitor, and she …
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The Hermit of North Pond slipped into the woods and never came home for supper

By Renee Ordway on April 12, 2013, at 5:16 p.m.
When I was a kid, I had a secret spot I snuck off to on occasion to play or just sit by myself. To get there I simply crossed my quiet, dead-end street, dashed behind the Hendersons’ house to a back field that ran behind the McKays, the Dodges and …
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Excise tax can be a painful rite of passage

By Renee Ordway on April 05, 2013, at 5:13 p.m.
Our daughter learned about excise tax this week. I’m not going to lie, I believe a tear trickled down her cheek. Jacyi turns 20 next week, is a sophomore in college, works hard during the summer, saves her money and made the dean’s list this year. She was able to …
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It’s time to spread the health when it comes to methadone treatment

By Renee Ordway on March 29, 2013, at 5:55 p.m.
Perhaps it’s a good time to ask the question. What has the presence of three methadone clinics in Bangor done for the city? In 2000, when the community was struggling with whether to allow one clinic to open, residents attending crowded community forums were told that a clinic could reduce …
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Captain’s vengeance backfired in Windham pepper spray incident

By Renee Ordway on March 22, 2013, at 8:49 p.m.
I suspect it takes a high degree of self control and character to be spit on and called vile names and not react, at least not overreact. Certainly, police officers and corrections officers face that behavior routinely from people who have done very bad things. I suspect it is not …
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Maine appears ready for battle against meth addiction

By Renee Ordway on March 15, 2013, at 7:45 p.m.
This state was not prepared when heroin crept across its borders. It was not prepared for the subsequent onslaught of opiate addicts who outwitted doctors who themselves had much to learn about the determination and the level of sickness and desperation of their patients. Since that time in the mid …
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No matter how vote turns out, town of Byron can’t make residents arm themselves

By Renee Ordway on March 08, 2013, at 3:48 p.m.
The selectmen in Byron are fed up with state and federal lawmakers passing unjust laws, failing to enforce the laws already passed and generally interfering with the lives of the residents of their tiny community set along the Swift River on Route 17 in Oxford County. So they are taking …
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Have sympathy for jurors who endure being watched as they watch sex videos

By Renee Ordway on March 01, 2013, at 4:11 p.m.
Someone close to me got her very first jury notice in the mail this week. She didn’t seem terribly excited. I said, “How fun. Take a lot of crossword puzzles, your Kindle and a healthy dose of patience with you and hope you get selected to hear an interesting case.” …
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Reading online comments requires a strong constitution

By Renee Ordway on Feb. 22, 2013, at 6:08 p.m.
Some days one needs a strong constitution to embark down the mean streets of the Bangor Daily News online comment section. Truth be told, for those of us who write the piece being commented on, that is probably most days. Some days I’m emboldened, tough and ready for the onslaught …
 
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