Articles by Debra Bell

 
Duffy Higgins Taylor looking handsome for his annual holiday portrait.

Holiday pet portraits fundraiser for food bank

By Carol Higgins Taylor, Senior Beat on Sept. 26, 2012, at 10:01 a.m.
A picture is worth a thousand words as they say. Specifically, a thousand words of love when the photo is of the beloved family pet. Duffy, my own dog, is always ready for his close-up when the time comes for the Holiday Pet Portraits sessions with Debra Bell from Bell …
Aunt Nellie’s Attic will be the site of some creative seniors on Sept. 29 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Seniors celebrate “The Creative Side” in Holden

By Debra Bell, Of The Weekly Staff on Sept. 19, 2012, at 10:55 a.m.
Hammond Street Senior Center seniors will show locals what it means to be creative on Sat., Sept. 29 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Aunt Nellie’s Attic, 233 Main Road in Holden. The event, dubbed “The Creative Side,” is an art showcase featuring artists who are also members of the Hammond …

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month locally

By Debra Bell, Of The Weekly Staff on Sept. 19, 2012, at 10:36 a.m.
The Bangor Public Library’s Lecture Room is the site for Latin flavor in Sept. and Oct. That’s because CHISPA Centro Hispano will present its fifth annual lectures series. Each presentation will be held from 6:30-7:45 p.m. The lecture series kicked of on Sept. 15 with a lecture by Mexican author …
Matthew Gross, 10, was inspired to help the Bangor Humane Society raise money to care for pets in its care after his family adopted Buddy, a 12 year old Beagle. Gross promoted and collected pledges for his 15 mile bike ride “The Ride for the Wet Nose.” His goal was $300. He raised over $1,000. Gross and Buddy pause for a photo op at the Bangor Humane Society on Aug. 30.

Brewer youth raises funds for Humane Society

By Debra Bell, Of The Weekly Staff on Sept. 14, 2012, at 8:08 a.m.
When Brewer resident Matthew Gross, 10, and his family adopted Buddy from the Bangor Humane Society, they ensured that Buddy would have a loving home. The 12-year-old beagle with “just four teeth” came to the BHS as a stray. After seven days of waiting for his owner to pick him …
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Etiquette Corner: Thanking your guests

on Sept. 07, 2012, at 9:41 a.m.
By Paula Paradis Your family, friends, and wedding guests went to great lengths and expense to choose a gift for your wedding. Acknowledging their thoughtfulness in a personalized note, is the least you can do. This handwritten note of appreciation, written in honor of every gift you receive, is a …
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For your wedding? DIY or place value in vendors?

on Sept. 07, 2012, at 9:39 a.m.
By Brian Swartz Engaged couples working with a tight budget can find ways to reduce expenses without compromising quality. This can be accomplished by striking a balance between value — hiring a wedding professional — and do-it-yourself — utilizing the talents of friends and relatives to perform specific tasks. Consider …
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As her kayak tour group returned from a sunset kayak tour, Debra Bell photographed the August sun almost touching the Mount Desert Island horizon off Bar Harbor.

Get to know Frenchman’s Bay by taking a sea kayak tour

By Debra Bell, Of the Weekly Staff on Sept. 07, 2012, at 9:10 a.m.
If you want to enjoy the scenic vistas of Bar Harbor, there’s no better way than by kayak. On Aug. 13, my husband, Bill, and I decided to try sea kayaking while on vacation on Mt. Desert Island. Bill had previously kayaked, but it was my first time. And unlike …

BDN Maine Outdoors Fall 2012

on Aug. 31, 2012, at 11:43 a.m.
Fall is right around the corner and the BDN Maine Outdoors section is your go-to guide to Maine’s outdoor wonders. From articles about camp heritages, duck decoys, fall foliage and moose stories.
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Who’s Who in the Wedding Party

on Aug. 28, 2012, at 2:46 p.m.
Story by Debra Bell Bride: The leading lady. Prior to the Big Day: She’s the gal with the plan and the honored attendee of many parties. On the Big Day: She should be tasked only with being the lovely leading lady. No more, no less. Maid (or matron) of Honor: …

Photographer’s book tells about second chance at life

By Debra Bell, Of The Weekly Staff on Aug. 22, 2012, at 10:51 a.m.
One thing Brewer photographer Thomas Morelli never expected on February 23, 1978 was to experience “Two Minutes at the Gate.” And by gate, he doesn’t mean garden gate. Instead Morelli believes he spent two minutes at heaven’s gate. And he came back to tell the tale of his near death …
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A Maine love story: Lizzy and Ian

on Aug. 21, 2012, at 10:12 a.m.
Story by Debra Bell, BDN Maine Marry ME Magazine Photographs by Kevin Couture Photography On the night of a friend’s wedding, meteors weren’t the only things lighting up the night sky. The sparks of romance were pulling one Maine couple together. At a wedding at Webb Lake in Weld, Lizzy …
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A Maine love story: Lizzy and Ian

on Aug. 21, 2012, at 10:12 a.m.
Story by Debra Bell, BDN Maine Marry ME Magazine Photographs by Kevin Couture Photography On the night of a friend’s wedding, meteors weren’t the only things lighting up the night sky. The sparks of romance were pulling one Maine couple together. At a wedding at Webb Lake in Weld, Lizzy …
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Easy ways to include family and friends

on Aug. 21, 2012, at 9:02 a.m.
By Sheila Grant The bride and groom have selected their maid of honor, best man, bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower girl and ring bearer. But what about all of the other friends and family who want to feel involved in your special day? Traditional ways to involve loved ones include having them …
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La Excelencia: Salsa Dura

By Debra L. Bell, Custom Publications Writer on Aug. 20, 2012, at 2:17 p.m.
Dust off your dancing shoes because you won’t be able to sit still when La Excelencia takes the stage with its sexy sounds of salsa. Salsa musical roots are in Cuban, Dominican, and Puerto Rican culture, but the style of music represents a wild musical experience making it perfect for …
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Mary Jane Lamond and Wendy MacIsaac: Cape Breton Music

By Debra L. Bell, Custom Publications Writer on Aug. 20, 2012, at 2:15 p.m.
Gaelic and fiddle tunes have been an important part of the American Folk Festival. Their upbeat, sometimes mournful, melodies are crowd pleasers. Maine’s neighbor to the north is once again proudly representing itself with performances by singer Mary Jane Lamond and fiddler, pianist and dancer Wendy MacIsaac. The women, who …
Collection bags like this one can be found throughout Bangor. In the month of August, Gentiva will be collecting cat and dog food and related supplies for the Furry Friends Food Bank.

Gentiva collecting food and supplies for pet food pantry

By Debra Bell, Of The Weekly Staff on Aug. 15, 2012, at 10:45 a.m.
One local home healthcare agency is collecting food and supplies to keep pets healthy and at home with their senior owners. Gentiva Home Healthcare, located at 175 Exchange Street in Bangor, chose to use its annual August food drive to benefit the Furry Friends Food Bank, a program of the …
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Bangor Humane Society Executive Director Suzan Bell plays with a frisky orange tiger kitten while two other kittens come over to see what is going on.

Finding fur-ever homes for pets could net Bangor Humane Society $100K

By Debra Bell, Of the Weekly Staff on Aug. 08, 2012, at 3:50 p.m.
When the Bangor Humane Society emptied the shelter of animals in March as part of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’s Mega Match-a-thon, Executive Director Suzan Bell was beyond words. “We were not ready for the emotion of having every animal adopted,” Bell said. “I will …
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Contributors to the local anthology "A Quiet Blue Wheel" pose with copies of their book. From left: David M. Fitzpatrick, class instructor and editor; Christopher Olsen; Kelly Jean Richardson; Greg Westrich; Anette Ruppel Rodrigues; and Paula Burnett. Not pictured: Charles O'Leary, Marsha Libby, and Amanda and Josh Updegraff.

Local writing students’ “Quiet Blue Wheel” benefits Literacy Volunteers

By Debra Bell, Of the Weekly Staff on Aug. 08, 2012, at 3:25 p.m.
When the quiet blue wheel of inspiration started turning in 2009, students in David M. Fitzpatrick’s Bangor Adult Education class, “Creative Writing: The Short Story,” turned ideas into a finished anthology of short fiction that Fitzpatrick has independently published. That anthology “A Quiet Blue Wheel” is now available for purchase. …
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Trucker’s Love

on Aug. 08, 2012, at 8:29 a.m.
Angie and Danny Caron… a match made in Northern Maine!
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Maine Couple Finds Lifelong Love through Hotel Music Scene

on Aug. 08, 2012, at 8:26 a.m.
The Fireside Inn & Suites has served many roles over the years: a place to rest, a place to celebrate, a place to entertain, and a place to dine. For two former employees of the hotel, Fireside Inn & Suites is, and will always be known as, a place for …
 
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