Articles by Renee Ordway

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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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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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