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BBACC Connects
December 20, 2018
Last Week's poll results: The majority of our subscribers choose to do their holiday shopping both online and locally.

Since the first day of winter is right around the corner, what is your favorite activity?
Take the poll at the bottom of the newsletter.

Please remember to always share your news with us by emailing  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 Presented Checks to Local Organizations
On Friday, December 14 The Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce and Hannaford presented checks to Bucksport Community Concerns and the MLS Friday Food Program

In October, the Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce held the 10th Annual Ghostport, ME 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 $500 check co-sponsored by Bangor Savings Bank and PCT Communications to the charity organization of their choice.

Hannaford selected the Miles Lane Elementary 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 matched their winning check totaling a 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 presented Marsha Mushrall with a check for $310!
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. 
Advertise in our 2019 Visitor's Guide
It's time to start thinking about Spring already! Advertising in our 2019 Visitor's Guide is coming right up. Wendi and Jenn will be available to answer questions about advertising at our Chamber Luncheon on January 23!


If you have questions before January 23 about advertising please feel free to contact Wendi, 207.713.7533 or rfbadvertising@gmail.com
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.
Jingle & Mingle
Jingle & Mingle
Caroling, Cookies, Cocoa, Comradery
Thursday, December 20, 2018
5:30PM

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
Senior Center Meals & Activities
Bucksport Senior Center Meals Program
Meals are serves 11:30am at 125 Broadway in Bucksport!
MONDAY, WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY
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.

Mondays:
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)

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

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

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

Fridays:
Aerobics 8-9am 
Playing at the Alamo
"Bohemian Rhapsody"
December 21-23, 2018
biography/drama/music
134 minutes
PG-13

Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury. Freddie defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound. They reach unparalleled success, but in an unexpected turn Freddie, surrounded by darker influences, shuns Queen in pursuit of his solo career. Having suffered greatly without the collaboration of Queen, Freddie manages to reunite with his bandmates just in time for Live Aid. While bravely facing a recent AIDS diagnosis, Freddie leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. Queen cements a legacy that continues to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day. 
-thehollywoodoutsider.com 

Fri 21 Dec, 6:00pm
Fri 21 Dec, 8:40pm
Sat 22 Dec, 6:00pm
Sat 22 Dec, 8:40pm
Sun 23 Dec, 2:00pm*
Sun 23 Dec, 6:00pm

*The Sunday matinees will feature OPEN CAPTIONS

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

What's up next?
12/28-30 INSTANT FAMILY
New Member Relocating to Bucksport!
One of our newest member, Port O’ Call from Eastport, will be relocating to Bucksport in the spring, and will be selling clothing, accessories and other gifts.

They will also have a division of country cupboards and other country furniture, along with table linens, kitchen towels and other home decor. 

For more information follow them on Facebook or visit their website!
Bucksport United Methodist Church Upcoming Holiday Events
12/21 The Winter Solstice - The Longest Night - Blue Christmas 6pm for those for whom the holiday's may not be so bright from grief and loss, loneliness, or depression

12/23 Fill up the house Sunday!! bring an extra person

12/23 Leadership Team - End of Year Review! If you would like to join the team please plan to attend or let Pastor Pete know.

12/24 Christmas Eve Candle light Services: 2pm, 4pm, & 7pm. Please let the office know if you are able to help provide rides for people of any of the services! If you need a ride, let the office know!

12/31 New Year's Eve Covenant Service TBA

1/20 Ecumenical Service of Christian Unity of honor of MLK Day 6PM Location TBA
Bucksport YMCA has opened the Ice Rink!
We are proud to announce that the Bucksport Municipal Ice Rink is open for limited skating during daylight hours! Our weather dependent winter hours will be:

Open skating: Daylight-9pm everyday
Warming hut: 9am-7pm M-F and Noon-4pm Sat/Sun

Please stay within boundaries marked by cones to help us preserve our ice! Clearing of snow 12/17 revealed some solid ice on about half our rink. To allow for dicey December slush/ice to become thick January ice, we have closed half of our surface to skating. Please enjoy full use of the warming shack tomorrow from 3pm-7pm and skating from sunrise to 9pm. Expect bumps near the boards and smooth skating everywhere else.

Looking forward, reports call for rain and warm temps later this week. This could be a great thing for our surface moving into late December! Big thank you to the Bucksport Fire Department & the Bucksport YMCA Sharpen your skates folks! For updates please visit the Bucksport Recreation Facebook page!
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
Welcome New Member
Wood 'N' Nichols
Residential Construction & Maintenance
207.567.3967
78 Steamboat Wharf Road
P.O. Box 11
Sandy Point, ME 04972
Book of the Week at Nautical Scribe Books in Stockton Springs
Book of the Week
Cyrus L. Day’s “Knots & Splices” revised by Colin Jarman in 2012
NEW book: $7.95

This classis rope-working handbook was first published in 1953. It has easy to understand step-by-step color diagrams and is only 4”x6” so it can fit in a pocket. The perfect stocking stuffer for the boater or sailer.

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
Will be open Christmas Eve 9 - 5
Open Tues & Wed 11 – 5
Thurs – Saturday 9 – 5
207.567.8111
Winter Solstice Celebration
Saturday, December 22
6 PM – 9 PM
Bald Mountain Community Center
1287 Bald Mountain Rd
North Orland, Maine 04472

Join us to celebrate the return of the sun! We'll be lighting up the dark night in rockin' BMCC style with music, feasting, and a bonfire. Join friends and neighbors for the fun!

This fabulous event is a true community collaboration!

Please bring a dish to share for the potluck dinner.

Raise your hand (and send Nathalie a message) if you're willing to

1) share your musical talent
2) lead a craft or other activity
3) help with set-up or clean-up

And most of all we are SO looking forward to celebrating together!!
Winter Solstice Hike
Saturday, December 22
3:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Join GPMCT for a Winter Solstice hike. We will meet at the North Gate (off the Bald Mountain Road) at 3:30 pm and hike/ski/snowshoe about 1.3 miles into the Great Meadow. The enthusiastic hikers can head up Flying Moose Mountain from there (another 1.2 miles). Immediately afterwards there is the option for food, fire and music (starting at 6 pm) at the Winter Solstice Celebration at the Bald Mountain Community Center which is just down the road from the North Gate. Please contact Jennifer, jenniferr@greatpondtrust.org, for more information.
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.

Tuesdays
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.
New Year's Eve Celebration in Bucksport
Verona Wine & Design will again organize the New Year's Eve ball drop, December 31 in Bucksport! This year, the Bucksport Fire Department will park the ladder truck in the parking lot behind the Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce building along the waterfront.

Refreshments and Music will be available and the lower level of the Chamber building will be open for a warming spot. Look for more details in next week's newsletter.
Shop Locally this Holiday Season
Time is running out! Get out there in your neighborhood and shop at home for the Holidays!
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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