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BBACC Connects
December 13, 2018
Last Week's poll results: The majority of our subscribers do not get paid time off, probably because the majority of you are owner/operator small businesses! We appreciate your hard work.

Where have you done your holiday shopping so far?
Take the poll at the bottom of the newsletter.

Please remember to always share your news with us by emailing  office@bucksportbaychamber.com .
Volunteers Needed for a Work Session at BBACC
When we moved to our new location we had limited storage so everything we use for events and daily operations was placed on the stage. We are hoping to get it moved downstairs before our Open House next month.

On Tuesday, December 18 at 4pm we are hoping to get a good group of able bodied volunteers to carry bins down the stairs.

If you are available on this day to help please call 469.6818 or email office@bucksportbaychamber.com
Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce Invites You to a Business After Hours and Open House in January
Join us in sharing your business and community thoughts on how to best utilize the new space

After more than 20 years at our previous location at 52 Main Street, in a building provided to us by the Town of Bucksport, the Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce was able to find temporary quarters right next door. The Verona Grange was gracious enough to allow us to share their space.

This all took place back in April of this year. Since then, through a series of events, we have a signed purchase and sale agreement to buy the Grange building, the closing to take place in August 2019.

In January we will be launching a capital campaign to raise $110,000 to be used for the purchase and renovation to the building. A Business after Hours and Open House will be held at the Chamber of Commerce building at 54 Main Street on Monday, January 14, 2018 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Join us in sharing your business and community thoughts, to view our new home, our renovation plans and other campaign details.
Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce Presents Checks to Local Organizations
The Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce and Hannaford will present checks to Bucksport Community Concerns and the MLS Friday Food Program on Friday, December 14 at 1:10pm at the Miles Lane School located at 52 Miles Lane in Bucksport.

In October, the Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce held the 10th Annual Ghostport event downtown which includes the “Jonathan Buck’s Race to the Grave” coffin race. Employees from Hannaford in Bucksport competed against two other teams and secured the first place spot, allowing them to donate a check co-sponsored by Bangor Savings Bank and PCT Communications to the charity organization of their choice.

Hannaford selected the Miles Lane School Friday Food Program. This program provides snacks and meals to MLS students over the weekend and holiday breaks, free of charge. The approximate cost of a bag, per week, per student is $5. Store Manager, Eric Breton has pledged to match the check provided by the Chamber totaling the contribution of $1,000 to the MLS Friday Food Program.

In addition, this year at Tozier’s Turkey Trail the Chamber collected donations to help the Bucksport Community Concerns food pantry as they have experienced continuous flooding this season and endured many unexpected expenses. Leslie Wombacher, Executive Director will present Bucksport Community Concerns with the proceeds from that event.
Membership 101
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
12pm to 1pm
BBACC │54 Main Street │ Bucksport, ME

Bring your brown bag lunch with you!

This Chamber luncheon is sponsored by Private Home Care, Inc. and will focus on
networking! Private Home Care will
have their Multi-Media Coordinator available to answer questions on social media networking and more!

The meeting is open to new, existing & potential members alike.

Expect to get new ideas, discuss how to get the most out of your Membership, plus meet and network with other Chamber Members. Attend this Membership 101 to get to know the staff and get the facts about how we can serve you and your business.

In this Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce Membership 101 session you will also learn how to maximize the benefits of your Chamber investment. 
Business After Hours at Osborne's Plumbing & Heating, Inc. co-hosted by Askhelpful.com
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Osborne's Heating, Kitchen & Bath Showplace
15 Heritage Park Road, Bucksport, Maine

After careful consideration, the decision was made to reschedule the December Business after Hours at Osborne’s Plumbing & Heating, Inc. to Wednesday, March 6, 2019. The vendors would like to contribute in a larger way and offer specials and prizes and in order to do that they need to get through the holidays. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend. 

Gather your coworkers for a fun and exciting gathering for barbecue and conversation. Join us Wednesday, March 6, 2019 between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. for a Business after Hours to network with other attendees as well as learn about our hosts Dick Peterson from Askhelpful.com and Osborne's Plumbing & Heating, Inc., the services they offer, and how they worked together recently to better serve their customers.

This also will give you a chance to stop by their new showroom. Osborne's will have a delicious spread of food available so come on out to the Buckstown Heritage Park at 15 Heritage Park Road located off of State Route 46 in Bucksport!

This is a free event that allows Chamber members to network, strengthen professional relationships and develop new opportunities to work together. You can RSVP through Eventbrite and get your free tickets. Find the link on our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/BucksportBayAreaChamber. You may also call 207.469.6818 or email office@bucksportbaychamber.com and let us know you’ll be there. We’re looking forward to seeing you!
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
After School Special at Subway
Subway, in Bucksport, will be offering an after school special 3 for $18.
Any 3 regular footlong sandwiches for just $18 Monday through Friday
from 3 PM to 8 PM
Limited time offer not valid with any other offer or coupons. You must ask for their special when ordering. Only Valid at Bucksport Subway. Additional charge me apply for extras Plus applicable tax.
Wine Tasting at BookStacks
Wine Tasting Saturday, Dec. 15
4 to 6 p.m.
BookStacks, Bucksport ME

Here's a nice little easy thing to do as we all wind up to the Big Day.  I've said it before and I'll say it again, our wine tastings are definitely, fundamentally, exquisitely Pinkies Down. Just a relaxed, informative and fun couple of hours after a busy day shopping in downtown Bucksport. And, for the Holidays, we've got Champagne. Seriously. And because it's certainly not cheap, we're also offering half bottles. The other good news is our old friend Jack Scully, of Easterly Wine, will return to BookStacks to pour the flights and talk about them. BookStacks' Denise #1 will bring some of her super delicious munchies to pair with the wines, so it will be, I promise, a nice little relaxed time for you.


For more information call us at 469-8992
Kid's Christmas Musical in Bucksport
Bucksport Bible Church to a Christmas Program featuring a Kid's Christmas play, Christmas music, and of course, hot cocoa & cookies afterwards!
Sunday, December 16 at 6PM
Celebrate God with us
This season, you and your friends, family, and neighbors are invited to an unforgettable Christmas celebration where we learn the significance of God with Us.
Sundays's at 10:30am now through Christmas

Senior Center Meals & Activities
Bucksport Senior Center Meals Program
Meals are serves 11:30am at 125 Broadway in Bucksport!
Meals are prepared by RSU 25 Food Service Staff
Home cooked meals prepared on site are served with coffee & 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
"Fantastic Beasts:
The Crimes of Grindelwald"
December 14-16, 2018
134 minutes

"J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World is one that is so special and creative, we are immediately transported there with a simple swish and flick. There's no one way to surmise just how fantastic this world is, but I am here to explain to you why so many love it, why it persists, and what makes Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald so enchanting.
The Crimes of Grindelwald is a direct sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, and a prequel to the beloved Harry Potter franchise. The worlds are vastly interconnected and we begin to see their ties more and more as the Beasts world progresses. In follow up to the last, after being recruited by Albus Dumbledore, we are to follow Newt Scamander, Tina, Jacob, and Company as they fight the battle against Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) - one of the most powerful wizards who seeks to dis-empower muggles (non-magic folk) by using Credence (Ezra Miller)... Once we can understand who he is, that is. Credence is one that has survived as an obscurial and contains much power, as we began to see in the first Fantastic Beasts."  

Fri 14 Dec, 6:00pm
Fri 14 Dec, 8:40pm
Sat 15 Dec, 6:00pm
Sat 15 Dec, 8:40pm
Sun 16 Dec, 2:00pm*
Sun 16 Dec, 6:00pm

*The Sunday matinees will feature OPEN CAPTIONS

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

What's up next?
Private Home Care, Inc.
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. 

Orland Community Center December 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
  • 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
Dave's Auto Repair & Towing is Hiring!
Dave's Auto is looking to hire full and part time tow truck operators and Class A heavy wrecker drivers. Must have a clean driving record. Experience preferred but not required. Please call 469-1105 to set up a time for an interview.
Book of the Week at Nautical Scribe Books in Stockton Springs
Book of the Week
THE OCEAN TO CROSS: Daring the Atlantic, Claiming a Life
Liz Fordred with Susan Blackmun

Liz Fordred and her husband Pete are paralyzed from the waist down. Liz from a horse riding accident and Pete from a car accident. With no sailing experience, they built a boat, hauled it 1,200 miles to the coast of Florida and set off to see the world.

If you don’t have time to get over to the store, just email us and will mail the book to you.

Nautical Scribe Books and Coffee Bar
247 U.S. Route 1, Stockton Springs
Open Tues & Wed 11 – 5
Thurs – Saturday 9 – 5
Printable Poster Minimum Wage 2019
Minimum Wage Under Maine labor laws, any business operating in the state with one employee is automatically covered by state law. This includes all public and private employers regardless of profit or size. Effective January 1, 2019, the minimum wage in Maine is $11 per hour.

Jingle & Mingle
Jingle & Mingle
Caroling, Cookies, Cocoa, Comradery
Thursday, December 20, 2018

Everyone is invited to share their holiday spirit at 5:30 pm on Thursday, December 20, 2018. We will gather at Verona Wine and Design, 77 Main St., Bucksport then board the school bus for transportation about Town for Christmas caroling. The bus will return to VWD in approximately 1 ½ hours where we will partake in refreshments and socializing. This is year #3 for this event and the numbers are growing every year. Please join us in celebrating Christmas in our community!    

Thanks to The Bridge Church, First Student Transportation and Verona Wine and Design for teaming up to make this happen.
Storefront Decorating Contest
New this year! We've made a few changes in the downtown Christmas decorating process. Instead of town funds being used to place Christmas trees in the town, we're looking for businesses to take their decorating into their own hands!

All businesses in town are encouraged to participate - those in the "downtown district" as well as those way out of town.

Once your business is decorated for the holidays, send us some photos of it. You can email them to chris.grindle@bucksportmaine.gov to be entered for judging. Submissions will be posted to the Town of Bucksport's Facebook page where the first and second place winner will be chosen through votes and shared by our online community. This is a great opportunity for businesses to receive positive holiday press and promotion alone with other area organizations together.

Prizes awarded to first and second place. First place $100 Visa gift card, second place $50 Visa gift card.

Storefronts/yard must be decorated by Friday, December 21, 2018 (don't forget to submit photos for judging!)
Judging takes place Christmas week! Winners announced on December 28, 2019.

For more information visit the Town of Bucksport's Facebook Page or contact Chris Grindle at 207.610.9793 or email chris.grindle@bucksportmaine.gov
IRS News
1. Latest IRS video details options to pay balance due tax returns

It’s always best for taxpayers, including businesses and self-employed individuals, to file and pay on time. However, if the tax due can’t be paid at the time of filing, taxpayers should still file and pay as much as possible to avoid penalties and interest and keep any balance due to a minimum.

Watch Online Payment Agreement Overview for more information on the available options to pay a balance due when not paid in full, including:
  • A short-term payment plan to pay within 11-120 days.
  • A long-term payment plan, also called an installment agreement, to pay the balance due in monthly installment payments.

2. IRS launches Instagram account

As part of a larger mission of helping individual and business taxpayers understand and meet their tax responsibilities, the IRS recently announced its debut on Instagram, adding this platform to its social media portfolio.

The IRSNews Instagram account will offer taxpayers the latest information on a variety of topics, especially as they face changes for the upcoming 2019 filing season related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

3. Tax reform changes qualified moving expense reimbursements

Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, employers must include moving expense reimbursements in employees’ taxable wages.

Generally, members of the U.S. Armed Forces can exclude qualified moving reimbursements if:
  • They’re on active duty.
  • They move per a military order and incident to a permanent change of station.
  • The moving expenses would qualify as a deduction if they didn’t get reimbursement.
Employers may exclude any 2018 reimbursements or payments on behalf of employees for a move that took place before Jan. 1, 2018, and would have been deductible had they been paid before that date.

4. Tax law creates new opportunity zone program

Recent changes in the tax law created qualified opportunity zones to encourage tax-favored investment in distressed communities throughout the country and U.S. territories. Under the new law, investors may be able to defer tax on almost all capital gains they invest after Dec. 31, 2017, through Dec. 31, 2026.

For a complete list of opportunity zones, see Notice 2018-48. More information is on the Tax Reform page of IRS.gov.

5. Tax reform affects employee achievement awards

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act prohibits certain property as an employee achievement award.

The law allows employers to deduct the cost of certain awards and exclude them from employees’ income.

For more information visit IRS.gov
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 info@bethwrightcancercenter.org. 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.

Mary Cline has been filling in for me at the Beth Wright Center, and she will continue to teach a Thursday afternoon class (1-2pm) for a few more weeks. Call the Center at 207-664-0339 with any questions about yoga at Beth Wright.
Stockton Springs Community Library Events
Stockton Springs Library
Free LEGO Club at the Stockton Springs Community Library

 The Stockton Springs Community Library (SSCL) is proud to offer free LEGO programs on the 3rd Thursday of every month from 4:00 – 5:00 PM. Focus age group is 4 through 10 years old, however children of all ages are welcome to participate in the LEGO Fun!

Duplo and Mega Blocks will be available for younger builders (0 – 3 yrs)

The purpose is to become a creative, engaged, lifelong learner while having fun. The library provides the LEGO bricks and participants provide their imagination and creativity! LEGO creations will be displayed in the library until the following month’s LEGO Club.

Mark your calendars:
December 20, 2018
January 17, 2019
February 21, 2019
March 21, 2019
Stockton Springs Community Library Story Time First Saturday of the Month Through April

The Stockton Springs Community Library will host a Story Time on the first Saturday of each month from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm through April. The program began on November 3rd and will end on April 6th.

Dates for the Story Time will be January 5, February 2, March 2, and April 6.

Each story time will include a story and activities. A light lunch will be provided. All are welcome!

Bucksport Regional Health Center Health Beat
Bucksport Regional Health Center has new providers! You can view their profiles in the latest newsletter. Also, they wanted to let you know they have Tai Chi and FREE cooking classes coming up. Click the blue buttons for more information. 
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