Articles by Debra Bell


NIE Week 2013

on Feb. 20, 2013, at 12 p.m.
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Marry ME Magazine’s new FREE issue

on Jan. 30, 2013, at 2:08 p.m.
Congratulations! As a bridal magazine, we want to share our ideas and love stories with as many brides and grooms-to-be as possible. We want to inspire you, and be your guide to a memorable Maine wedding. Our challenge in reaching you? Cost. It costs money to buy a content-rich magazine. …

Where to find our 2013 Magazine

on Jan. 30, 2013, at 2 p.m.
Want your own FREE copy of Marry ME Magazine’s Spring/Summer 2013 issue? Check out our distribution points (below). Marry ME can be found wherever the BDN is found! More locations to come! EVENTS Northern Maine Bridal Expo, Feb. 16, 2013, Crow’s Nest in Presque IsleStory continues below advertisement. Bangor Hannaford Supermarket: …

Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce Annual Report

on Jan. 17, 2013, at 12 p.m.
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County bridal salon holds bridal runway show

on Jan. 10, 2013, at 8:01 a.m.
On Saturday night, January 5, brides, bridesmaids, mothers, and those interested in bridal fashion flocked to the Crow’s Nest in Presque Isle, where Pancsofar’s Bridal Boutique held their second ever Night of Bridal Fashion. The event was met with so much enthusiasm from the community last year that it was …

A Maine Love Story: Rebecca and Jason

on Jan. 03, 2013, at 1:03 p.m.
By Debra Bell A “singing beach” paired the call of the ocean with new love. On the north shore of Boston, Rebecca Longworth and Jason Korb met through mutual friends on a beach outing. That beach date with friends turned into a romance followed by time apart. When they reconnected, …

on Jan. 01, 2013, at 12 p.m.
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A Maine Love Story: Abby and Jason

on Dec. 01, 2012, at 8 a.m.
Story by Debra Bell Photography by Kristina O’Brien Boston, mutual friends, and a Red Sox game were the prescription that Deer Isle native Abby Gross needed for a sweet romance.Story continues below advertisement. Abby, a middle school science teacher met IT Engineer Jason (Jay) while enjoying the excitement of city …

Skating on fun ice

By Debra Bell on Nov. 29, 2012, at 2:56 p.m.
This winter, welcome the quintessential tradition of ice skating as soon as the ice gets hard or a rink is opened. Imagine it: You arrive at the ice rink all bundled up. You lace on a pair of skates — figure, recreational, or hockey — and once arriving at the …
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Mike Brasslett is the owner of Quality Saw and Supply, located in West Enfield. The company sells and services saw blades, large diameter knives, grounding knives, and other items used in the forest-products industry.

Quality Saw: A sharp focus on wood

By Debra Bell, Special Sections Writer on Oct. 25, 2012, at 2:16 p.m.
Trees may be the heart of the forest products industry, but it’s the saw blades and chipper knives used in harvesting and preparing the wood for sale that brings the forest to the consumer. That’s where Quality Saw and Supply comes into play. Quality Saw and Supply is a retail …
When children face cancer, having a warm and inviting space to receive treatments or consult with physicians is important. Alexa Jarvis, an 11-year-old Bangor resident, was diagnosed with an osteosarcoma in November 2011. She receives her treatments at the Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Clinic at Eastern Maine Medical Center. However, children like Alexa will soon have a new facility to receive treatment that will not only be more convenient, but will offer more options and space. From left to right, Sister Nicole Jarvis, friend Kelly Pellegrino, Alexa Jarvis, Diane Jarvis, and Dr. Robert Jarvis visit during one of Alexa’s treatments at EMMC.

New Children’s Cancer and Treatment Center floor to open Dec. 13

By Debra Bell, Of The Weekly Staff on Oct. 24, 2012, at 10:48 a.m.
BANGOR — Fifth grader Alexa Jarvis has spent a lot of time in the last year at the Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Clinic located in the Webber Building on the Eastern Maine Medical Center campus. Last year Alexa said she started to complain about leg pain to her parents. …

A knockout fundraising idea for Pine Tree Camp

By Debra Bell, Of The Weekly Staff on Oct. 24, 2012, at 10:06 a.m.
Karate kids will compete locally to be named the best at a local karate tournament on Oct. 27 with check in at 9 a.m. and tournament starting at 10 a.m. However, it’ll be the Pine Tree Camp in Rome, Maine that will be the real winner. For the second year …
Dirigo Pines Retirement Community resident Cynthia Ellis lives independently and safely partly due to A Matter of Balance, a program offered through the Eastern Area Agency on Aging. Health and safety will be the focus of an expo held on Oct. 25 at Spectacular Event Center.

Empowering seniors to stay safe and healthy

By Debra Bell, Of The Weekly Staff on Oct. 18, 2012, at 10:19 a.m.
Dirigo Pines Retirement Community resident Cynthia Ellis remembers that when she started falling more often, she didn’t like it. So when she learned about the Matter of Balance program offered through Eastern Area Agency on Aging, she took control. And the Orono resident, now in her 90s, says it was …

Remembrance Walk provides opportunity to celebrate babies lost

By Debra Bell, Of The Weekly Staff on Oct. 10, 2012, at 3:28 p.m.
The volunteers at Empty Arms Healthcare Charities know how difficult it can be for a family struggling with a pregnancy or infant loss to take the first steps toward healing. That’s why they’re hosting the Remembrance Walk, a one-mile walk at Mount Hope Cemetery on Oct. 13 at 9 a.m. …
Visitors to any of the United Maine Craftsmen’s shows will discover a wide array of items ready for gift giving and holiday decor. A Maine tradition, the United Maine Craftsmen shows are held in Bangor, Augusta, Brewer, Westbrook, and Portland throughout November and December.

Prepare for the holidays by attending a craft fair

By Debra Bell, Of The Weekly Staff on Oct. 10, 2012, at 3:16 p.m.
Fall is the time when Maine creativity blooms and the craft fair tradition will kick into high gear leading up to the holidays. Craft fairs, festivals, and shows are places for Mainers to see the handiwork of Maine artisans. Here are just a few of the shows happening in the …
Bucksport resident Dan Horowitz finds tranquility in the turn of a lathe and creation of custom pens for clients

Zen comes in the form of a pen

By Debra Bell, Of The Weekly Staff on Oct. 04, 2012, at 12:32 p.m.
Bucksport resident Dan Horowitz found zen in the turning of a lathe. After being laid off from a local stove shop around Thanksgiving in 2010, Horowitz found himself in need of holiday gifts on a restricted budget. That’s when he discovered the hobby of wood turning. Most wood turners, Horowitz …
Ten-year-old Samantha Moore from Milbridge was the recipient of the Girl Scout Medal of Honor for her lifesaving skills.

Girl Scouts share “pearls of wisdom” by honoring three of their own

By Debra Bell, Of The Weekly Staff on Oct. 04, 2012, at 10:13 a.m.
  On Sept. 27, the Girl Scouts of Maine honored three Girl Scouts in its annual Pearls of Wisdom luncheon at the University of Maine’s Wells Commons in Orono. According to Girl Scouts of Maine, the Pearls of Wisdom event “recognizes and honors the accomplishments, leadership and vision of distinguished …

Making sure your music offers sweet harmony

on Sept. 28, 2012, at 8 a.m.
Story Debra Bell The music you use for your wedding is as important as the colors you choose, the attendants you surround yourselves with, and the food you serve your guests. Your music will set the scene for each part of your wedding. So: live, canned, DJ, or a mix? …
Dr. Gaston To’olo is a pediatric dentist who relates to children on their level. He is the owner of Katahdin Pediatric Dentistry at 24 Penn Plaza in Bangor and wants his office to feel like a home to children and their families.

Big kids smile for the new dentist

By Debra Bell, Of The Weekly Staff on Sept. 26, 2012, at 10:40 a.m.
Enter the doors of Katahdin Pediatric Dentistry, located at 24 Penn Plaza in Bangor, and you’ll notice immediately that it’s not your normal waiting room. Instead it feels more like a playground. And that’s the approach that pediatric dentist Gaston To’olo, D.M.D, M.S. wants. “I want my patients to feel …
The 2012 Chevrolet Volt offers sleek style in the form of a four-door sedan. Painted Summit White with black trim, this Volt, a five-door hatchback, offers a Color Touch AM/FM stereo with CD player and MP3 playback and six speaker surround sound, Vehicle Connectivity, accessory jacks, and 17-inch wheels. This 2012 Volt is available at Varney Chevrolet, 384 Somerset Road, Pittsfield.

Silence is electric in the 2012 Chevrolet Volt

By Debra Bell, Of The Weekly Staff on Sept. 26, 2012, at 10:13 a.m.
If a ninja was going to buy a new vehicle, it would be the 2012 Chevrolet Volt. That’s because the Volt offers speed, intelligence, and silence in an eco-friendly, comfortable package. And it looks good doing it. I test drove a 2012 Chevrolet Volt from Varney Chevrolet in Pittsfield. Painted …