January 2, 2018
Chamber Chatter
In This Issue

January After Hours at American Legion Post #155
Membership Renewal
2018 Maine Lakes Winter Carnival
Member Highlights
Cold Weather Tips


Join us for January's After Hours!

American Legion Post #155

26 Casco Road, Naples

Thursday, January 25th
5-7pm
Membership Renewals are DUE!
Please contact us if you would like to make a payment arrangement or pay over the phone with your credit card.
SAVE THE DATE!
Member Highlights
At The Lakes Real Estate
You can count on us to fulfill all your real estate needs throughout the Lakes Region and Oxford Hills area. When you want to buy or sell property anywhere in our region contact one of our professional Realtors with years of experience.
Bridgton Easy Riders Snowmobile Club
The Club is great and strong. We have an outstanding trail system! Our Team partnership with all of our landowners has come a long way. Much gratitude a job well done.
Don’t just enjoy the trails enjoy the camaraderie at meetings Oct through April the 2nd Friday at 6 PM for pot luck supper at the Bridgton Community Center 15 Depot Street.
Clipper Merchant Tea House
Clipper Merchant Tea House is a traditional British-style tea house serving over 100 teas from around the world and light fate like scones, soups, salads, tea sandwiches and savories. We offer high tea and are also available for private parties. Open Wed-Sun from 11am-5pm.
Diane Reo - State Farm Agent
Our mission at Diane Reo, State Farm is to be your resource for insurance and financial services. Providing exceptional good neighbor service is what helps us build lifelong relationships with our customers. Advanced technology makes it easy for customers to reach us 24 hours a day/7 days a week. So walk-in, call-in, or click-in anytime and let us serve you.
Everlast Roofing, Inc.
Everlast metal roofing and siding is far superior to anything else of its kind on the market. The secret to the success of Everlast metal roofing and siding is our one-of-a-kind heat forming?process. Heat forming?prevents microscopic paint cracks, which also enables the use of harder, more scratch resistant paints. Excellent for commercial, residential, agricultural, architectural, and industrial buildings.
Cold Weather Tips
What You Can Do to Prevent Hypothermia

  • Dress in layers.
  • Wear a warm hat – 30% of heat loss is through the head.
  • Wear a scarf and gloves.
  • Infants should be in a room in which the temperature is 61-68 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Drink plenty of fluids and warm/hot drinks.
  • Eat regular balanced meals to give you energy – good nutrition is important.
  • Keep active when it’s cold, but not to the point where you’re sweating.
  • Keep dry and change out of wet clothes as soon as possible.
  • Cut down on alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine, since all three cause heat loss.
  • Try to keep one room in the house warm.
  • Ask your doctor if you are on any medications that affect your ability to maintain a steady body temperature (such as neuroleptic medications and sedative hypnotics).

Symptoms of hypothermia include:
  • Decreased consciousness, sleepiness, confusion, and/or disorientation
  • Shivering, pale or blue skin, numbness, poor coordination, slurred speech
  • In severe hypothermia, shivering decreases or goes away, and the person becomes unconscious and has very shallow breaths.

Winter Driving Tips and Holiday Travel
 
If you plan to travel over the holiday weekend , be sure to watch the weather reports and plan accordingly. 
 
  • Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area such as a garage to avoid Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
  • Make sure tires are properly inflated and in good condition
  • Check windshield wiper fluid
  • Ensure the vehicle is clear of all ice and snow
  • Never mix radial tires with other types of tires
  • Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid the gas line freezing up or running out of gas and becoming stranded
  • Bring a fully-charged cell phone and program roadside assistance numbers
  • If you become stranded in your vehicle, stay with the vehicle and tie a brightly-colored cloth to the antenna or use other distress signal
  • Run the engine and heater just long enough to remove chill to conserve gas
 
Update the   emergency kits in your vehicles with the items below and be sure to let someone know when and where you will be traveling and when you expect to arrive at your destination.

  • A shovel
  • Windshield scraper and small broom
  • Flashlight
  • Battery powered radio
  • Extra batteries
  • Water
  • Snack food
  • Matches
  • Extra hats, socks and mittens
  • First aid kit with pocket knife
  • Necessary medications
  • Blanket(s)
  • Tow chain or rope
  • Road salt and sand
  • Booster cables
  • Emergency flares
  • Fluorescent distress flag
This Week at Shawnee Peak
Jan 3-4 - Racing with the Moon - For more information on to sign up for Racing with the Moon click here

Jan 5 - New England Ski Day - New England Residents mark your Calendars!
You love it so we're sticking with the New England Ski Day! Purchase your ticket to ski or ride all day and night on Friday, January 6 th for just $32 with the presentation of your New England driver’s license.
The deal just keeps getting better - rentals will just be $32 all day too.
Kids get the deal with a license holder. Don't forget we ski till 9pm on a Friday! 
NEW ENGLAND SKI DAY IS SPONSORED BY OUR FRIENDS AT BRIDGTON ACADEMY.

Jan 6 - Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester Day
In an effort to get more kids from inner-city neighborhoods introduced to the sports of skiing and snowboarding, Shawnee Peak hosts a FREE Learn to Ski or Snowboard day for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester, Massachusetts on January 6th, 2018.
Shawnee Peak provides free lift tickets, lessons, rental equipment and subsidized food for 150 kids ages 8-15. The Children arrive at 9:30am, gather their rental equipment, join a 1 1/2 Hour Group Lesson, have lunch, then ski and snowboard for the rest of the afternoon. At 5pm, buses take the kids and their chaperones home to Dorchester.

Jan 6 - Apres Ski in Blizzards Pub -Join us for live music by Pete Finkle from 4:30pm-7:30pm 
January Entertainment

JANUARY 4-KARAOKE W/BILLY ADAMS@9:30PM
 
JANUARY 6 - THE RILEY PARKHURST PROJECT@9:30PM
 
JANUARY 12 - DJ BILLY ADAMS@9:30PM
THEME-TBA
 
JANUARY 13 - BAREFOOT FOSSIE & THE COOP@9:30PM
 
JANUARY 20 - DAN MERRILL@9PM
 
JANUARY 27 - TILDEN KATZ@9:30PM






INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE
BY AARP TAX-AIDE VOLUNTEERS
 
 Make your appointment today if you need assistance with the preparation of your federal and state income tax forms. IRS trained and certified AARP Tax-Aid specialists will begin service at the Bridgton Community Center, 15 Depot Street on Friday February 2 and will continue to be at your service every Friday through April 6. Appointments may be made at 647-3116. This service is also available at the Fryeburg Library, 515 Main St., Fryeburg Tuesdays beginning February 6 through April 10.  Please call 207-935-2731 for an appointment.
 
Persons using this private and confidential free tax service are required to bring to their appointment; a valid photo ID for taxpayer and spouse, social security cards for themselves and any dependents, and a copy of their 2016 tax return.
 
Also bring any tax-related forms or statements you have received from employers, Social Security Administration, pension providers, interest and dividends received from banks and/or investment firms, health insurance information for taxpayer, spouse and all dependents, any other income documents you believe to be relevant and finally any receipts or summary of deductions to which you believe you are entitled. A more detailed list of what you may need to bring is available at the Bridgton Community Center.
 
Preparation of your income tax returns is a free service and is sponsored jointly by Internal Revenue Service and the AARP Foundation.
Bear Mountain Inn
Grand Re-Opening in Spring 2018!
As we prepare for an early Spring grand reopening, we welcome you to explore our current site, call us with any questions, request a tour, or book your 2018 stay, wedding or event. We are creating a fresh, hip, relaxing, place for our guests to enjoy and look forward to sharing our space with you... a storybook setting capturing the essence of the perfect Maine getaway.

Oxford Hills SCORE announces a business workshop –“QuickBooks for Intermediate Users” – January 8 th .
For more information click on following link http://conta.cc/2zamkjr

Oxford Hills SCORE  announces a Business Roundtable for January 17th:
Exit Strategies: Every Business Owner Needs Them
For more information  click here.
The Chamber would like to thank our
Premiere Members for their
continued support!









Maine Office of Tourism
The call is out for nominations! Please send us your nominations of outstanding people, businesses and organizations in our industry that are helping to advance the growth of tourism in Maine. The award winners will be recognized at the 2018 Governor’s Conference on Tourism to be held April 3-4 th in Portland. The deadline to submit a nomination is January 8, 2018. Click here to submit your nomination online or to download a copy of the nomination form and guidelines.
We wish all our Maine tourism partners a prosperous holiday season, with thanks for all you do to make Maine an exciting four-season destination! Help us follow your celebrations on social media by tagging your posts with #MaineThing
Sebago Long Lake Music Festival - New Years Greetings
Another year is ending and we all look forward to welcoming 2018. We hope as you look back at 2017 that it will include fond memories of the concerts you attended with us.
The Board of Trustees wants to wish each and every one of you a healthy, happy, and safe New Year filled with promise and prosperity.
We would also like to bring your attention to the new tax rules beginning in 2018 that may not allow you to deduct charitable donations in the future, so please consider making your gift this year by going to our support page before the end of the year. We have another wonderful concert series planned already that we know you will love. So from all of the Board members, Happy New Year and we hope to see you all again next summer.
Do you have something going on in your neck of the woods? Let us know !
  • We will put your event in our weekly Chamber Chatter
  • Deadline for the chatter is Friday!
  • Your event will post the upcoming Tuesday
Call the Chamber at 207-647-3472 or email to officemanager@mainelakeschamber.com
Shawnee Peak Ski Area
Chamber Members are elidgible for a $379 Mid-Week Season Pass
McIver Electric, Inc.
10% discount on all electrical materials.
Northeast Snowmobile Rentals
10% off snowmobile rental
SportsHaus
50% discount on a canoe or kayak rental 50% off any ski or snowboard rental
 (non-holiday weekends only)