BBACC Connects
April 18, 2019
Last Week's poll results: Does your business have a website?
Yes - 25%
No - 75%

What prevents you from shopping at the Bucksport Bay Farmers' Market?
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.

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!

Wedding planning season is here! Did you know Blossoms By The Bay also has a professional Photographer Cindy Violette Polley Photography, available for consults. They would love to help make your special day magical. Call today! 702.9030
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!
Welcome New Member:
The Telephone Museum is a hands-on, interactive museum, that invites you to learn about how telephone calls were made before the digital age.
166 Winkumpaugh Road
Ellsworth, Maine

Open Saturdays from 1pm to 4pm in July, August, and September, or by appointment.
Thank you for renewing your membership with us!

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
Upcoming at Lighthouse Arts & Education
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
BBACC Website -
We are currently working on updating our website with new and exciting information about the area. We recently added a "where to play - on the water" page including the many lakes and ponds nearby. Do you think we covered it? If not, please send suggestions to Keep in mind we are the Bucksport Bay AREA Chamber of Commerce and any open water that has public access within a 30 minute drive is acceptable.🌊🌊
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.)
BookStacks this Weekend!
April 15-20
Running through Saturday, April 20:


So get here early--and often--there will be coffee. 

BookStacks is OPEN every day
Monday through Saturday 9 to 6
Sunday 9am to 3pm

*Fine print: Sorry to say that the sale does not include the purchase of magazines, newspapers, special orders, gift certificates, coffee, wine, or cats. But you knew that.  
Wine Tasting Saturday, April 20 
4pm to 6pm

And still we wait...But a couple of nice sunny days feel pretty good, and there is a sense of hope. It really is coming.  

In the meantime... We've got some wine to taste. As you'll see below, it's a pretty delightful list, capped with a pink sparkler from Oregon that ought to be just super. Our good friend Dan Tarr, of Easterly Wine, will return to BookStacks to pour, and talk about the wine, answer questions, comment... Our own Denise #1 will provide her dangerously delicious munchies to pair with the wines. All-around good time, if I do say; hope you can make it.


For more information call us at 469-8992
*remember, the spring break sale does NOT include wine
Bucksport YMCA Late Spring Session

Late Spring Session is now open for registration! Call 469-3518 or register online at
Small Adventures in the Wildlands Series with GPMCT
Join Jennifer Riefler for our annual Woodcock Display Walk Saturday April 27 at 7:30 PM. We will provide sit- down viewing of the male woodcock display. Walkers will head down to Hothole Brook. We also expect to hear nighthawks and owls. Meet Jennifer and GPMCT President, Chris Johnson at the Wildland's South Gate on Rte 1 between Bucksport and Ellsworth at 7:30 PM and we will drive into the heart of the property. FMI, contact Jennifer. Find the event on Facebook: Annual Woodcock Walk, aka: Timberdoodle Trot

The Small Adventure Series explores the natural history in the Wildlands at a leisurely pace. Generally we walk for about 2 hours, stopping frequently for discussion. The walks are suitable for all ages. 

May 25: Spring Wildflowers
June 29: Focus on Ferns 
July 27: Focus on Moss 
Aug 31: TBA 
Details coming. Or, FMI, contact Jennifer at
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.
Love seeing our photos, post and blogs?
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. 

Special Easter Menu at MacLeod's Restaurant
Open from 12pm-7pm this Sunday, April 21 serving a special menu for Easter. 
Regular menu also available.
We hope to see you then!
Reservations please call (207) 469-3963
Flushing Notice from Bucksport Town Office
Monday, April 29 2019 through
Friday, May 10, 2019

The Bucksport Division of The Maine Water Company will be flushing the water mains in the next few weeks between the hours of 7:00am through 4:00pm. Due to the flushing, you may experience changes in your tap water such as discoloration or low water pressure. These flushing activities are a vital part of The Maine Water Company's maintenance program that enables them to continue to supply high quality water service. Please be sure to check the water quality before you wash your laundry, or wait until after 4:00pm when the flushing is complete. We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause you. If you have any questions, please contact a customer service specialist at 1-800-287-1643. Thank you.
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.

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.
10th Annual Poem In Your Pocket Day Reunion Reading
Thursday, April 25, 4pm
Bucksport waterfront gazebo at the memory of the 4 o'clock whistle

Bring your own or another's family-friendly poetry to share or come to listen.

Hosted by Pat Ranzoni, Bucksport Poet Laureate
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
1. IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig’s message to taxpayers: Thank you for filing

As the tax filing deadline approaches on April 15, I’d like to thank taxpayers for taking the time to file and pay their taxes. Our nation’s tax system is built around the concept of voluntary tax compliance, meaning citizens comply with their civic duty each year by preparing and filing their taxes – without direct government intervention.

2. Important message for your employees: Even if you can’t pay, file tax returns on time

The IRS advises that even if you can’t pay, you should file your taxes on time. Taxpayers who do not file returns timely and do not pay the amount owed with their return will see their tax debt grow due to penalties and interest.
Options available on the website: Filing your taxes, Tax payment options

4. Latest information on the 199A qualified business income deduction

Owners of businesses operated through sole proprietorships, partnerships, S corporations, trusts and estates may be eligible to deduct up to 20 percent of their qualified business income, plus 20 percent of qualified real estate investment trust dividends and qualified publicly traded partnership income. Those eligible can claim it for the first time on their 2018 federal income tax returns filed in 2019. IRS Fact Sheet

5. Revised EIN application process to enhance security begins May 13

As part of an ongoing IRS security review, only individuals with tax identification numbers may request an Employer Identification Number (EIN) as the “responsible party” on the application. This goes into effect May 13, 2019. The change will prohibit entities from using their own EINs to obtain additional EINs.

See the March 27 news release: IRS revises EIN application process; seeks to enhance security for more information.
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.
Advertising Opportunity for Businesses in Downtown Bucksport
More than half a million people pass through the Maine Office of Tourism's Visitor Center's each year.
Main Street Bucksport is putting together a brochure that highlights all downtown Bucksport has to offer that will go to each Visitor Center across the state. This is a very affordable opportunity to reach new markets and help spread the word about your business and about our downtown as a destination. 
Depending on how many business participate, rates are low as $90-$125 per business for up to 6,000 brochures. Interested? Contact Brook by April 26 at or 207-479-3933. 
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. 
Bean Supper in Orland
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 .
Bucksport Regional Health Center Annual Spring Health Fair
Bucksport Regional Health Center is holding their Annual Spring Health Fair, Saturday, May 4, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m at BRHC in Bucksport. It will be fun for the whole family. They'll have lots of vendors, health screenings, games & crafts for kids, car safety seat checks by certified technicians, nature walks, cooking demos, fitness demos, prizes, and giveaways. 

They will also have an E-Waste event so bring your unwanted devices and we’ll recycle them for you. We’ll even destroy your hardware in front of you, or give back to you to keep. We are having a clothing drive for charity so this is a great time to clean out those closets. 

Find the event on Facebook: Annual Spring Health Fair
Bucksport Bay Farmers' Market Opening Day
May 16, 2019
2:00PM - 5:00PM
99 Main Street - Bucksport, ME
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