Articles by Robin Clifford Wood

 
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Bidding goodbye to Conversations with Maine

By Robin Clifford Wood, Special to the BDN on Sept. 12, 2015, at 7:50 a.m.
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John Jemison, founder of the Orono Community Garden, carries a bunch of recently harvested garlic to the food gathering area behind Orono's senior center.  The garlic would become part of that week's food delivery to local senior citizens.

Orono community garden a model to emulate

By Robin Clifford Wood on Aug. 15, 2015, at 3:12 p.m.
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Jennifer Sapiel Neptune (right) poses with Penobscot Chief Kirk Francis at his inauguration ceremony in 2014.  Jennifer created the headdress, collar and cuffs by hand, a reproduction of Penobscot artifacts from 1870 that are part of the collection at Orono's Hudson Museum.

Anthropologist artist brings Penobscot artifact to life

By Robin Clifford Wood on June 05, 2015, at 1:44 p.m.
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One of the illustrations that will appear in the book, "Believe in Miracles," a collaboration by Joyce Pomeroy, owner/operator of the Last Stop Horse Rescue; Susan Mullaney, director of marketing and communications for the University of Maine Alumni Association; and artist Deb Lindsay.

Stories from Last Stop Horse Rescue to become a book

By Robin Clifford Wood on May 23, 2015, at 12:50 p.m.
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Joyce Pomeroy, of Last Stop Horse Rescue, gets some love from her furry friend, Denali.

Inside the Last Stop Horse Rescue in Prentiss

By Robin Clifford Wood on May 09, 2015, at 7:02 a.m.
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Eddie Harrow, retired pulmonologist and skilled woodcarver, works on a large woodcarving project in his home workshop in Dedham.

From the Bronx to medicine to Maine woodworker

By Robin Clifford Wood on April 25, 2015, at 6:43 a.m.
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Robert Sypitkowski, who went from a career in theater design to a career as an environmental engineer, talked about his international work on water systems for regions in crisis last week at his home in Bangor. He will be a guest speaker at the HOPE festival in Orono on April 25.

International volunteer from Bangor to speak at HOPE fest

By Robin Clifford Wood on April 07, 2015, at 5:08 p.m.
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24-year-old ski director calls Mt. Abram a second home, place to aid young skiers

By Robin Clifford Wood on March 24, 2015, at 8 p.m.
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Senior housing volunteer finds outlets for art throughout life

By Robin Clifford Wood on March 10, 2015, at 6:16 p.m.
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In this recent photo, Beth Haines, part of the family at Fisher Farm in Winterport, prepares a hot lunch in the kitchen of the cabin that she and Dennis Fisher built for themselves and their daughter.

‘Learn to value what you have’: Maine couple choose farm life, have no regrets

By Robin Clifford Wood on Feb. 24, 2015, at 5:44 p.m.
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Lauren Jacobs (second from left), instructor for the Maine Winter Sports Center, checks in participants for a cross-country ski class on the Bangor Municipal Golf Course last week.

Organization builds grit through Maine’s great outdoors

By Robin Clifford Wood on Feb. 10, 2015, at 5:32 p.m.
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Seen is a view of the coast near the town of Howth, Ireland.

The Irish are generous with their stories

By Robin Clifford Wood, Special to the BDN on Jan. 27, 2015, at 12:42 p.m.
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Mary Lawrence Clifford, mother of columnist Robin Clifford Wood, died at her home on March 15, 2014.

End of the year thoughts about the end of life

By Robin Clifford Wood on Dec. 30, 2014, at 7:30 p.m.
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Rolfe Richter, a Passamaquoddy flute player and flute maker from Perry, Maine, holds one of his handmade wooden flutes.

Passamaquoddy musician lets each flute “tell its own story”

By Robin Clifford Wood on Dec. 16, 2014, at 2:18 p.m.
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Pam Mailman, Karen Gallop, Louann Ritchie, and Tricia McCarthy, four sisters from Houlton, Maine, created a craft business called "Syn-Cyr-Ly Sisters." They are pictured here at their first experience at a vendor's event, last August at the American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront.

Four sisters, Mom’s sweaters, warm hands

By Robin Clifford Wood on Dec. 03, 2014, at 12:35 p.m.
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Karen MacGregor (right) with her husband Peter Sargent (left) and son Mac Sargent (center) in 2008. Peter Sargent died in October of complications form early-onset (also known as younger-onset) Alzheimer's disease.

Widow gives voice to younger-onset Alzheimer’s

By Robin Clifford Wood on Nov. 18, 2014, at 5:32 p.m.
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Katie and Allen Schaffer sit together on a fish bench, one of many unique artistic touches in the Bangor home, which they have fully renovated together.

Bangor couple’s creative home highlights bacon and eggs

By Robin Clifford Wood on Nov. 11, 2014, at 7:48 a.m.
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Bob Tweedie of Westfield sits at the desk where he spent about seven years writing the book "Events."

Westfield man’s stories bring history to life

By Robin Clifford Wood on Oct. 21, 2014, at 5:26 p.m.
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Bruce Brown tries out the sail on his handmade boat for the first time, off the dock at the Wooden Boat School in Brooklin, Maine.

Retired pediatrician turns to boatbuilding

By Robin Clifford Wood on Oct. 07, 2014, at 5:05 p.m.
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BDN columnist Robin Clifford Wood (far right) enjoys getting acquainted for the first time with her Maine cousins, Kim Clifford (left) and Rebecca Clifford Pride (center).

Two sisters deeply tied to Maine, each other, one BDN columnist

By Robin Clifford Wood on Sept. 23, 2014, at 10 p.m.