February 13, 2018
Chamber Chatter
In This Issue

2018 Maine Lakes Winter Carnival
5k Snow Shoe Race
Freezing for a Reason
Member Highlights


Have you been thinking about hosting an After Hours?

Well now is your chance!

This month's After Hours hasn't been reserved!

Call the Chamber and reserve today!
647-3472
Have you bought your button yet? You still have time!
Stop by the Chamber today and get yours today!

SEE YOU SATURDAY!

Bridgton Winter Carnival Snow Shoe Race Information
Bridgton Winter Carnival Snowshoe Race.
We think it's very important for kids to participate, so we're not going to charge an entry fee to anyone under 18. We're hoping this catches on as a trend for road races, too! It can be tough for a family to race together if everybody on the starting line has paid $35.00 for a race number.
We'd love to see runners, skiers, hikers, and snow-shoers of all levels show up for this event. It's a fun outdoor community builder, and any proceeds go to a great cause.
Team Long Run is a (Bridgton) Maine-based nonprofit that connects kids with little or no access to sports with expert volunteer mentor-coaches, giving them a chance to benefit from athletics on a more flexible schedule.

Enjoy Towanda's specially created " Dinner & a treat for you and your Sweet"! 

A hand selected bottle of wine

Italian Chopped Salad with rolls and whipped Herb Butter

End on a sweet note, with a duo of Chocolate Merlot Cupcakes! 

Dinner for two...$49.99









Valentines Brunch 10am-2pm
Heart shaped red velvet pancakes with cream cheese glaze, maple and pecans ❤️. Strawberry Mimosas 🥂 and so much more
Chocolate Dipped Decadent Delicious Strawberries available in Both our North Conway, NH and Bridgton, ME stores TODAY AND TOMORROW (2-13 and 2-14) while supplies last! Come on by to pick up some of these beauties, and maybe some other Valentine themed delights!
Member Highlights
White Mountain Orthodontics
Dr. Burton L. Rankie is your preferred Orthodontic Specialist for the Maine Lakes Region and the Mt. Washington Valley areas.
Dr. Rankie offers the latest technology including Invisalign and Esthetic Braces for children, teens and adults.
You deserve a beautiful smile. Complimentary consultation, no referral necessary.
Tasteful Things
Tasteful Things is a specialty food store in Bridgton Maine. Our foundation is in specialty infused Oils and Vinegars, we are proud to carry the Olivelle line of Oils and Vinegars. We also carry Rubs, Sauces, flavored Salts, Hot Sauces, Salsas, custom made Cutting Boards, Coffee and Kitchen items (Cutting boards, Peppermills and wooden products). Many of the products we carry are Maine made and we strive to carry local products when we can.  

SportsHaus
A ski and board shop by winter and a summer fun and paddle sport shop come summer. Western Maine is a great place to recreate and we have the toys and the local knowledge to make sure you enjoy your time in the mountains or on the water.
Shawnee Peak
For 80 years, Shawnee Peak has become home to generations upon generations of skiers and riders. Families and friends have grown up side-by-side on the slopes, and every season we make a commitment to introducing the Shawnee Peak experience to a new group of skiers and riders.
Open 7 days and 6 nights each week with 42 trails and 5 lifts and 98% snow making coverage! We're the longest operating ski resort in Maine!
Northeast Snowmobile & ATV Rentals
Customers come to Northeast Snowmobile for a complete, hassle-free rental experience and leave convinced we offer the best experience in the New England. Need more proof? Here’s what a few of our customers have said after a day at Northeast Snowmobile / ATV Rentals. We make sure your accommodation is everything you’re expecting and that you leave 100% satisfied.
Maine’s Hottest Towns of 2017: Real Estate Matters
State and national news were filled with stories about real estate this past year: Prices were up and demand was high in most areas especially in Southern Maine. 

This year’s annual list of the Hottest Towns in Maine in terms of the real estate market provides a look back at what happened and where. To find the winners, we gather data from the MLS run by Maine Real Estate Information Services Inc. to calculate which Maine municipalities had the largest increases in the number of home and condo sales in 2017 and we then compare these to 2016 numbers.

Bridgton is #2!!! Way to Go!
Picturesque Bridgton is best known as a resort town in Maine's Lakes Region. Located at the western end of Cumberland County, Bridgton is home to the renowned private prep school Bridgton Academy, Pondicherry Park and Shawnee Peak Ski Area. The town of 5,000 inhabitants saw a 14.29% increase in the number of homes sold from 2016 to 2017. Along with this increase, the average sale price rose from $166,750 to $176,750.
To read full article click HERE
Hancock Lumber Welcomes Mainely Trusses to the Team



Hancock Lumber Welcomes Mainely Trusses to the Team! Hancock blazes new trail, acquires roof and floor truss manufacturing facility.

Hancock Lumber is proud to announce their acquisition of Mainely Trusses, a market-leading roof and floor truss manufacturing facility based in Fairfield, Maine. Two successful Maine businesses are joining forces with this acquisition, adding a unique product line to Hancock’s manufacturing portfolio.
Mainely Trusses is a great fit for Hancock Lumber and likewise, Hancock Lumber is a great fit for Mainely Trusses. The addition of Mainely Trusses makes Hancock Lumber the first retailer in Maine to own and operate their own roof and floor truss manufacturing facility.

Manufacturing is not new to Hancock Lumber; in fact, the company’s roots began in 1848 with milling logs into lumber and continues today with their three Eastern White Pine sawmills and wall panel manufacturing facility. Adding engineered truss systems to their manufacturing portfolio offers another key product line for their customers in Maine and New Hampshire.

To read more click HERE
***COME SEE US AT THE WINTER CARNIVAL, SAT. FEBRUARY 17TH AT HIGHLAND LAKE IN BRIDGTON***



House of Lights in Bridgton

is now

OPEN!
Cabin Fever Reliever Open Mic in Denmark
Come out! Come out! Where ever you are! Join the fun and bust out of your cabin fever madness by connecting with the local community through art, music, talent, non-talent and good cheer. Share a song, a poem, a two~step, a mime, a joke, a quirk, a story, a skit, a musical display, or the like. All welcome! Doors open at 7pm on Saturday, Feb 17. 
Are you looking for a job?
Check out these members that are hiring!
We use "Spa Boutique" Fountain of Youth Skin Care & Zuii Makeup.
Call Serenity (207)647-2840 to ask about our February Specials!
February Valentine's Special

Buy 1 massage at our regular rate and get your next massage at 50% off

RELAX-REJUVENATE: Get in touch with your mind and body with our relaxing Stress Relieving Facial: Includes a 30 minute hand and foot massage and a complimentary makeup application, our full service spa offers a variety of vegan skin care and makeup.
****Also available at the Salon****

Hot Stone Pedicure - Picking your own herbs in our organic garden of lavender, lemon, verbena and mint before relaxing in our reclining chair with a glass of fruit filled water while you are enjoying an herbal foot soak and thorough exfoliation which removes dry, dead skin cells and then receive a warm stone massage eliminating tension. $50.....Complimentary Makeup is available with all spa packages.
We have new 2018 Snowmobile Trail Maps at the Chamber office! Stop in and get yours today!
This Week at Shawnee Peak
Wed, February 14 — Valentines Dinner in Blizzard's Pub
Blizzard's Pub is running a dinner special for Valentine's Day! Take your special someone out to eat for $18pp
10oz Flat Iron Steak with garlic rosemary compound butter. rosemary fries and a simple dressed salad
or
Grilled Chicken with sage and brown butter alfredo, sauteed veggies and a small ceasr salad
and
Vanilla New York Cheesecake.
Yum!!

Fri, February 16 - College Night #3
new this year! COLLEGE NIGHTS at Shawnee Peak! 
grab your classmates, or your professor if you dare, and Sneak to the Peak! 
Friday Night's from 3pm to 9pm! 
Lift Tickets are JUST $20, a savings of $15 and Rentals are JUST $15, a savings of $12! 
we've got Open Mic in Blizzard's Pub for the 21+ crowd and each week we may feature new and exciting offerings! stay tuned to this page for updates each week! 
* YOU MUST SHOW COLLEGE ID AT TICKET BOOTH *

Sat, February 17 - Apres Ski in Blizzard's Pub
Entertainment will be supplied by Chad Porter from 4-7pm

Sun, February 16 - Apres Ski in Blizzard's Pub
Join us for live music by the Andrew Gravel Project from 4pm-7pm 
February Entertainment

February 16 - Shark Martin@9:30pm
February 24 - Distractions@9:30pm

President's Day - February 19th
Washington's Birthday is a United States federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February in honor of George Washington, the first President of the United States, who was born on February 22, 1732. [1] It can occur on the 15th through the 21st of February inclusive. [2]
Colloquially, the day is also now widely known as Presidents' Day and is often an occasion to honor the incumbent president and all persons who have served as president, not just George Washington. [3] [4]
The day is a state holiday in most states, with official names including Washington's Birthday, Presidents' Day, President's Day, and Washington's and Lincoln's Birthday. [3] Depending upon the specific law, the state holiday might officially celebrate Washington alone, Washington and Abraham Lincoln (whose birthday is February 12), or some other combination of U.S. presidents (such as Washington and the third president Thomas Jefferson, who was born in April). [3]
If you you have enjoyed our choice of Celtic Music over the past few years then we have a very special performance this year - Friday 6th July, check out Riverdance, Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center Performers, ‘Open the Door for Three’.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEzEV36bboM
Go to deertrees-theatre.org for the season and brownpapertickets.com for all tickets.
 


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 3 and will continue to be at your service every Friday through April 7. Appointments may be made at 647-3116. This service is also available at the Fryeburg Library, 515 Main St., Fryeburg Tuesdays beginning February 7 through April 4.  Please call 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 2015 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.


Babysitting Class
 
The Bridgton Community Center will be offering a Babysitter’s Training Course on Friday, February 23 from 9 am to 3 pm at the community center.
Allison Ross, EMT, “United Ambulance” will be conducting this course. Attendees will receive a certificate at the end of the course
The basic course gears toward 11 to 14 year-old youth, teaching the information on Leadership: Safe and Responsible Babysitting, Basic Care: The Heart of Babysitting, Stop: Think Safety, Safe Play, and Basic First Aid including infant and child Heartsaver CPR.
Fee for this class is $40.00 which covers the cost of the book and a CD as well as other information that participants will be able to take home with them for reference.
Class size is limited to 14 candidates
Bring a bag lunch.
Registration for this class must be made before February 16. For more information or to register, please contact the Bridgton Community Center at 647-3116 .
The Chamber would like to thank our
Premiere Members for their
continued support!









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Call the Chamber at 207-647-3472 or email to officemanager@mainelakeschamber.com
Shawnee Peak Ski Area
Chamber Members are eligible 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)