BBACC Connects
April 11, 2019
Last Week's poll results: Does your business have a website?
Yes - 81.3%
No - 18.8%

Did you get ice cream on opening day at Wahl's Dairy Port?
Take the poll at the bottom of the newsletter.
Fundraising Campaign
As I am sure you know The Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce has been leasing the Verona Grange building at 54 Main Street in Bucksport, right next door to our old home. What you may not know is that since entering into said lease the Verona Grange has dissolved and that we have further entered into a purchase
and sale agreement with the Maine State Grange to purchase the building. 

Blossoms By The Bay is committed to offering only the finest floral arrangements and gifts, backed by service that is friendly and prompt. Because their customers are important to them, the professional staff is dedicated to making your experience a pleasant one. That is why they always go the extra mile to make your floral gift perfect.

With the upcoming Bucksport YMCA Father or Caregiver/Daughter dance coming up on April 19th there will be a 10% discount off corsages and boutonnieres if you pre-order by TOMORROW, April 12th!  

Candles are 20% off for the entire month of APRIL! If you're as excited about Spring as we are then visit 74 Main Street in Bucksport!
Bucksport Bay Festival July 19-21, 2019
​The Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to celebrate this year’s 22nd Annual Bucksport Bay Festival, a three-day event on the Bucksport Waterfront and Main Street starting on Friday, July 19th and concluding Sunday, July 21st.  The Bucksport Bay Festival has something for everyone! 

If you would like to discuss your sponsorship opportunities feel free to contact Festival Coordinator, Nathalie Arruda at 207.479.1167 or email Nathalie will gladly talk with you about ways you can partner with the 2019 Bucksport Bay Festival.
Invest in your local Chambers!
Thank you for renewing your membership with us!

  • Penobscot Bay Terminals, Inc. DBA Webber Tanks

BBACC Presentation
Membership 101
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
54 Main Street
Bucksport, ME 04416

This presentation is for current members & prospective members of the chamber. We will have a quick guide on event planning! 

  • How to plan an event
  • Hosting/Co-Hosting
  • Local Events to join 
  • When to host an event
  • And more! there will be time for questions after a short presentation! 

Bring your own lunch and join the fun!

Private Home Care, Inc. sponsors these gatherings and sends their multi media coordinator, Jesse Rishani to share what she knows. Thanks Private Home Care!!

For more information please contact Leslie at or 207.469.6818
2nd Friday Coffee Half Hour
2nd Friday Coffee (half) Hour Returns to
Local Variety (insert a cheer from the crowd!)

Join your downtown friends and neighbors at 2nd Friday coffee (half) hour on Friday, April 12 at 8am.

Coffee is generously paid for by Bangor Savings Bank. Come hungry and buy breakfast from Local Variety. There is no set agenda.

It's just a time to network and share information. 
Senior Center Meals & Activities

Our meals here at the Center are prepared fresh daily. Our kitchen is supervised by local restaurateur Glenn Redman. The meals are available to local Seniors in Bucksport and the surrounding towns. But, it is important to note that these delicious meals are also available to anyone in the community, regardless of age. The meals are also available for delivery at no extra charge. Many businesses in the area order and have the meals delivered. Everyone is welcome to come and join us for lunch here at the Center as well. We sit down to enjoy lunch ever Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 11:30 am. These delicious freshly prepared meals are available for the unbelievably low price of $5.00 dollars. The meals include an entree, sides and even a dessert. If you join us at the Center there is even coffee and cold drinks.
For reservations please call 469.3632
Please call in advance as soon as you know you are able to attend no later than 9:00am the morning of the scheduled meal.

Aerobics 8-9am 
Knitting and Crocheting 9:30-11am
Bone Builders Exercise 1:00-2:30pm
Poker & Hand and Foot Cards 5:30-9pm
Bridge Games - 6:30pm (not during the summer months)

Evening Bingo 5:45-8pm
Day Quilters - 1st Tuesday 9am to 3pm

Aerobics 8-9am 
Scrabble 12:15-2pm
Bone Builders Exercise 1:00-2:30pm

Bridge 12:30-4pm
Poker & Scat/31 Cards 5:30-9pm

Aerobics 8-9am 
Playing at the Alamo
"How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World"
Sponsored in honor of Team 6329 : Bucksport High School Robotics.
April 12-18, 2019
104 minutes

From DreamWorks Animation comes a surprising tale about growing up, finding the courage to face the unknown… and how nothing can ever train you to let go. What began as an unlikely friendship between an adolescent Viking and a fearsome Night Fury dragon has become an epic trilogy spanning their lives. When the sudden appearance of a female Light Fury coincides with the darkest threat their village has ever faced, Hiccup and Toothless must journey to a hidden world thought only to exist in myth. In this last chapter, Hiccup and Toothless will finally discover their true destinies, and dragon and rider will fight together to protect everything they've grown to treasure.

Fri 12 Apr, 6:00pm
Sat 13 Apr, 6:00pm
Sun 14 Apr, 2:00pm*
Sun 14 Apr, 6:00pm
Mon 15 Apr, 2:00pm
Tue 16 Apr, 2:00pm
Wed 17 Apr, 2:00pm
Thur 18 Apr, 6:00pm

*The Sunday matinee will feature OPEN CAPTIONS.

General Admission $8
Students/Seniors $7
Members $5

The Alamo will be closed Easter Weekend as usual. (April 19-21)


We are always in need of sponsors for future films, especially those we book at the last minute. 
Please consider? 
$100 for Individuals, Non-Profits 
and now Businesses.
You get your name on the marquee, big screen, lobby card, print ads & your provided information & links to websites in our weekly email blast, website & social media. (No politics please.)
The Knights of Columbus Fish Fry
This month’s Fish Fry at St. Vincent's is on Saturday April 13th from 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Dinner includes fried haddock, mashed potatoes, coleslaw and a dessert. 
$9 per adult
$4 per child
St. Vincent’s is located at the corner of Franklin and Central street in the Town of Bucksport, Maine
Enjoy some great food, company and help out
Crosby's Drive-In Opening Day!
We heard that Crosby's is opening this weekend. While you are enjoying the sunshine this weekend don't forget to welcome back the Crosby's Crew!

OPENING Saturday April 13, 2019
Upcoming at Lighthouse Arts & Education
Kids Easter Workshop
April 16 from 10am to 12pm
In this workshop, we'll have fun working with fiber as we create felted Easter eggs (just in time for Easter!), make fiber jewelry, and create small bowls that will turn into a night light once we put an electric tea-light in them. Parents and grandparents may also join us for this exploration of fiber. Ages: 7-12 Cost: $23 per student
To register for this workshop, please give us a call at (207)-702-9135, or stop by in person. Registration deadline is Saturday, April 13th.

Handmade Book & Paper Techniques Workshop with Janalee Welch
April 24 from 10AM-4PM
Ages 15+. Students will learn basic art and printing techniques which can be used for a variety of art making methods. These will vary from session to session and will include gelatin printing, methods to make stamps, paper altering methods, and paper folding and gluing. As time permits, students will go home with a finished product. All supplies provided. Cost is $85 per student. 

For more information like their Facebook page
Whole Oceans is Hiring!
Whole Oceans is looking for a few dynamic people to grow our corporate management team and office staff. We also hope you will be excited about the future of seafood and aquaculture in Maine! These corporate positions will support the overall goals of the project and promote communication between team members and our business contacts. Applications for these positions will be reviewed until a suitable candidate is found. We expect to have more aquaculture-centric positions available later this year so stay tuned!  

If you have any questions about these positions please contact:
Lucy Ditzel at KMA Consulting, LLC
Phone: (207) 781-2774
Island Pool N' Spa is Hiring!
Island Pool & Spa is looking to fill several positions for the 2019 Season. Seasonal positions will be from approximately 5/1/19 thru 10/31/19.

  • Full and Seasonal Service Technician
  • Seasonal Service Assistants

If you enjoy the outdoors and working in beautiful surrounding this is the job for you.
Stop in to Island Pool & Spa, Verona Island to get an application. Call 469-6004 or visit
Private Home Care, Inc.
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Be sure to like our Facebook page to stay up to date!

Private Home Care, Inc. is a personal care agency serving in-home clients in the Belfast, Maine and surrounding areas. Our services address health, safety and nutrition needs, as well as individual aspects of care such as personal interests and activities. 

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust names Jaime Frederes as Senior VP and Director of Lending
Frederes is responsible for the overall bank leadership, franchise growth and business-line profitability of the Residential Lending division throughout the Bank’s footprint of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. Frederes’ office is located at 1000 Elm Street in Manchester, New Hampshire. 

With over 20 years’ experience in residential lending leadership at both regional and national lending institutions, Frederes is especially skilled at developing successful processes and training to provide the best products and customer service to those seeking home financing. Most recently Frederes was Vice President, Area Lending Manger for Bank of America in Southern/Central Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Prior to that role he served as Vice President, Area Lending Manager for Bank of America for Northern New England.

Wahl's Dairy Port
Flavor Calendar

Specialty Soft Serve Flavors
Over 30 Flavors of Gifford's Hard Serve
Hours 11am to 9pm Daily
79 Main Street, Bucksport ME
Orland Community Center April Calendar

So much is offered at the Orland Community Center. Take advantage of all the great classes and activities going on this month.
  • Zumba
  • Adult Pickleball
  • TRX
  • Cycling
  • Yoga
  • Strength Training
  • Adult Volleyball
To learn more please visit Orland Community Center on Facebook or call 207.469.7691

The Orland Fitness Center is open
M-F 5am to 8pm
Sat-Sun 7am to 7pm
Healthy Acadia News
Healthy Acadia’s Advisory Council will meet on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 , from 11:30am to 2:00pm, at Machias Veteran’s Home (32 Veterans Way, Machias). Healthy Acadia encourages all who are interested from Washington and Hancock counties to attend. Video and call-in options will be available for those who cannot attend in person and wish to participate.

Machias Savings Bank Supports Community Health with $6,000 Donation to Healthy Acadia
Machias Savings Bank has generously donated $6,000 to Healthy Acadia to support healthy food systems, Diabetes Prevention programming, and Cancer Patient Navigation in select areas of Washington County.

Healthy Acadia to offer Responsible Beverage Server and Seller Training
The next Responsible Beverage Server & Seller training will be held on Thursday, April 25, 2019 , at Ramada Inn, 215 High Street, Ellsworth. Off-premise seller training session (for retail, grocery, liquor store employees) will begin at 8:30am; On-premise server training session (for restaurant, tavern/bar staff) will begin at 12:00pm. Registration fee is $25 per participant per session

One World…One Breath: World Tai Chi and Qiqong Day Event Set for April 27
World Tai Chi and Qigong Day has been celebrated on the last Saturday in April for nearly twenty years. On April 27, 2019 , people in hundreds of communities, in over 80 nations across six continents, will come together to perform tai chi and qigong at 10:00am, creating a circle of health and healing around the world. Healthy Acadia plans a free community gathering in Ellsworth this year to mark the occasion. 

Healthy Acadia to Offer Recovery Coach Academy in April
 Are you are interested in supporting others along their journey to recovery? Are you an individual in long-term recovery from substance use, a friend or family member of someone in recovery, or a recovery ally? Healthy Acadia is thrilled to offer a 30-hour Connecticut Community for Addiction (CCAR) Recovery Coach Academy, a training session for those interested in serving as peer-to-peer coaches for those seeking recovery from substance use, from April 30 to May 3 , 2019 at the Ramada Inn, Ellsworth. Classes will meet from 8:30AM to 5:00PM each day. 

May 4 Dessert Auction, Spaghetti Supper to Help Local Teens Attend DownEast Teen Leadership Camp
Healthy Acadia invites area residents and visitors to attend a spaghetti supper and dessert auction on Saturday, May 4, 2019 , from 5-7pm at Rose M. Gaffney School, 1 Bulldog Lane, Machias, with event proceeds to benefit Healthy Acadia’s DownEast Teen Leadership Camp. 

Evidence-based Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
Healthy Acadia, in partnership with Access Health, will host an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) on Thursday and Friday, May 9-10, 2019 from 8:00am to 4:00pm at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 130 Beechland Road, Ellsworth. The two-day, ASIST training uses an evidence-based curriculum from Living Works Education, focused on suicide intervention and prevention.
Bean Supper
The Orland United Methodist Church will be having their Baked Bean and Casserole Supper on Saturday May 4th from 5 to 6 PM. 

The menu will include baked beans, casseroles, salads, biscuits, beverage and pie. The cost is $8 for ages 12 to adult, $4 for ages 5 through 12 and free for children under 5. The church is located off route 1 by the river in Orland Village. 

For more information call Cindi Kimball at 902-2250 or Len Haseltine at 702-1255 .
The Local Variety Upcoming Events
Saturday, April 27 at 1:00-2:30PM

Get rid of those "maybe someday" clothes, shoes, bags and jewelry that don't spark joy in your life! Share your fabulousness with someone who will love and appreciate them!

Bring 25 or less pieces with you- clothing, shoes, jewelry/accessories or purses. Please make sure everything is freshly washed and still has plenty of life left in them! You'll get one ticket for each item that you bring to swap that can be redeemed for a new (to you!) item. 

All attendees will also get a 20% off shopping pass at The Local Variety for the day!

Any leftover items will be donated to the Talk & Shop thrift store that benefits Bucksport Area Community Concerns. This is a FREE event!

Saturday, May 4 at 12:30PM

Saturday, May 18 at 1:00PM
7 Dinners? No Dishes? Here's your chance!
Winner! WInner! 7 dinners! We are only selling 100 chances so you have a 100 to 1 chance to be the lucky winner! The winner will be drawn as soon as 100 chances are sold so hurry in to BookStacks to get yours. $20 per chance to win and only 100 chances up for grabs. The winner will receive a coupon book with 7 dinner coupons ($175 dollar value) to these local eateries:
  • Bucksport House of Pizza
  • Carrier's Mainely Lobster
  • Crosby's Drive-In
  • Harbor View Grille
  • The Island Rise & Shine Restaurant
  • MacLeod's Restaurant
  • Verona Wine and Design
You may also purchase a chance or two at the chamber's new office space at 54 Main street, Bucksport but BookStacks is open more hours
Uniquely Tour Castine: Past and Present
The Castine History Partners has launched the Castine Virtual History Tour covering 27 places in town spanning four centuries in time. Using the latest technology, as users wander through town they can read and hear about a variety of places while viewing galleries of historic images and documents that bring the stop to life. 

How can you take the tour? While it’s preferable to take the tour while visiting Castine where tour goers can see the sites in person, anyone can “take” the tour no matter where you are. The tour is available as a free program, or “app,” that can be downloaded at any time to a mobile device from the Google Play or Apple App Store. To access them visit If tour goers don't have a smartphone or tablet, they can also take the tour online at

IRS News

2. IRS expands penalty relief for taxpayers whose payments fell short in 2018

The IRS provided additional expanded penalty relief to taxpayers whose federal income tax withholding and estimated tax payments fell short of their total tax liability for 2018 by lowering to 80 percent the threshold required to qualify.

The IRS is now waiving the estimated tax penalty for any taxpayer who paid at least 80 percent of their total tax liability through federal income tax withholding, quarterly estimated tax payments or a combination of the two. The revised waiver computation will be integrated into commercially-available tax software and reflected in the forthcoming revision of the instructions for Form 2210, Underpayment of Estimated Tax by Individuals, Estates, and Trusts.

3. Two IRS publications every business owner and self-employed individual should read

The 2019 revision of Form 656-Booklet, Offer in Compromise (OIC) will be available for download on, Monday, March 25. The booklet contains current forms and instructions for submitting an OIC. Using previous versions of the booklet may result in delayed processing of OIC applications.

Publication 5318, Tax Reform: What’s New for Your Business, provides an overview of many of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act changes that affect business taxes. Topics include:

  • Qualified business income deduction
  • Depreciation
  • Business related losses, exclusions and deductions
  • Other miscellaneous provisions

Additional help for filing business taxes is available in Publication 17, Your Federal Income Tax, and the tax reform information page.

Yoga with Naomi 
Beginner-Friendly Healing Hatha Yoga
Bucksport: Wednesdays
Every Wednesday, our longest-running Yoga with Naomi class meets from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at Bucksport Regional Health Center in Bucksport. Gentle, warm and friendly, this class is a welcoming space for yogis of any ability, age, or body type.

Bucksport Regional Health Center
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Gentle, healing hatha
Mats and props provided.
Everyone welcome.
$12 to drop in for a single class.
Sign up at the start of a 5-week series and pay $50 for 5 classes.
Free to cancer patients, survivors, and their caregivers.
Ellsworth: Tuesdays
These classes are gentle, healing hatha classes; free and open to cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers. Call the Center at 207-664-0339 or email You can find us at 23 Commerce Park in Ellsworth. Drop-in any time.

4 - 5 p.m.
Gentle, healing hatha
Mats and props provided.
Everyone welcome.
No cost.
Welcome New Sales Agents to Ocean's Edge Realty
Mark Eastman, owner of Ocean's Edge Realty, is pleased to announce the addition of two new sales agents to the company, Kim LaPlant and Emily Wascholl. 

Kim grew up in Maine and has lived in Bucksport for 16 years. She is committed to providing clients with an honest, positive real estate experience. Kim spent the past year working as the Administrative Assistant at Ocean' Edge Realty. She currently serves on the Board of the Cancer Support Center of Maine, instructs Dance Fitness Classes through the YMCA, and has a home-based business collecting and selling vintage clothing. Her husband, Seth, is a science teacher at Deer-Isle Stonington High School and her 2 boys are students at the Miles Lane School and Bucksport Middle School. Always excited to meet new clients, Kim looks forward to assisting buyers and sellers with their real estate needs.  

Emily was born and raised in Brooksville, ME and moved to Bucksport as a child. Emily is a Bucksport High School graduate class of 2011. She is enjoying raising her 5-year-old son with her husband in the Bucksport community and is excited about the future of the community. Emily was previously working as an Administrative Assistant at a real estate office. Emily is excited to use her experience and knowledge to help buyers and sellers with any of their residential, land, commercial, and waterfront needs. 

Ocean's Edge Realty is locally owned and operated and has been serving the Bucksport community since 2003.  
Stockton Springs Community Library News & Upcoming Events
Stockton Springs Library
Stockton Springs Community Library will host three free blood pressure and blood sugar clinics this spring as part of its Access Wellness health literacy programming. The events will be held at the library from 11 a.m. to noon on Friday, April 19 . The clinics are open to the general public on a drop-in basis. Members of the town’s ambulance crew will perform the testing.

Writer Susan Hand Shetterly at SSCL
SSCL will present author and naturalist Susan Hand Shetterly on Wednesday, April 24th at 6:30pm. She will share readings and insights from her latest book, Seaweed Chronicles: A World at the Water's Edge.
The program is free and all are welcome.

The Stockton Springs Community Library is an all volunteer library. Any questions feel free to call 207.567.4147
Bucksport Regional Health Center Health Beat

Happy April. I think we are finally rid of the
snow. It’s time for yard clean-up and spring
cleaning. We want to help, so we are having a clothing drive and e-waste clinic at our Annual Health Fair.
If you are having any vascular problems, remember our next free vascular screening at our Ellsworth location is Tuesday, April 23, from 4:30 - 6:00. These screenings are
perfect for anyone who has painful varicose veins, leg swelling, venous leg ulcers, chronic leg fatigue, and leg heaviness and discomfort. Just call our Ellsworth office for your appointment.
Along with Distracted Driving Month (details on the back) it is also Alcohol Awareness Month. 
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