BBACC Connects
February 20, 2020
Last Week's poll results: Have you participated in the Warm your Heart drawing happening in Bucksport?

Yes - 66.7%
No - 33.3%

How will you help with the 9th Annual Hancock County Food Drive next month?
Take the poll at the bottom of the newsletter.
BBACC New Location
We have found our new home at 83 Main Street in Bucksport, ME! We are currently sorting through things and setting up our storage but stay tuned for an open house when we're ready!

We're really excited for you to see what we have planned. Don't forget our Annual Meeting is coming up, see below for details.

We are open 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. We hope these new hours will make it more convenient for our members and others to connect with us.

We look forward to serving you. You can now contact Teri Doty, Executive Director at teri@bucksportbaychamber.com or call 207.469.6818.
Advertise in 2020 Bucksport Bay Area Visitor's Guide
The Bucksport Bay area Chamber guide is a comprehensive regional travel and recreation guide available, free to tourists and residents, in print and online in its entirety. The guide provides readers with information on individual communities within our region, places to EAT, STAY, PLAY, and SHOP, as well as information on services provided. Your business can reach more than 25,000 readers with the printed version and several more thousands online! This guide is your opportunity to promote your business to a target audience of people looking to vacation in, and relocate to, the Bucksport Bay area region! 


Our members receive a discounted ad rate as well as a free listing in the directory.
BBACC Business After Hours at SSCL
Wednesday, February 26
6:00pm-8:00pm
Stockton Springs Community Library
6 Station Street
Stockton Springs, ME

Take advantage of great networking in a fun and relaxed environment at a Business After Hours at Stockton Springs Community Library. This event is FREE to attend. Bring your business cards, invite your coworkers and head out to celebrate with us! 

Please RSVP with the Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce so SSCL can plan for enough refreshments. Email office@bucksportbaychamber.com or call 207.469.6818

The Stockton Springs Community Library (SSCL) is run by an all volunteer staff and has become the center of the community of Stockton Springs and surrounding towns since it was founded in 2001. For a small library, SSCL host many events and programs for children and adults. They have two reading groups, a genealogy group, a gardening group, story hour for children. Weekly they have a painting group that consists of anywhere from 4 to 10 people. During tax time they also host the AARP Tax Program on Saturdays.
Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony
Thursday, March 19, 2020
Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at The Alamo Theatre

6:00pm: Networking and Appetizers from Glenn's Place
7:00pm: Guest Speaker, Maine Maritime Academy President, Dr. William Brennan & Awards Ceremony

$20 online | $25 at the door
Learn more and buy your tickets at bucksportbaychamber.com/bbaccparty
Free Movie Night at SSCL
Stockton Springs Community Library will host a movie night February 21st at 6:30 PM 

We will have drinks, popcorn, and some candy. So wear your jammies bring your favorite blanket and pillow and join us as we watch ABOMINABLE.

This event is open to all and is a free event. 
The Stockton Springs Community Library is an all-Volunteer library. If you have any questions feel free to call 567-4147
Join the fun at Bolt!
Friday, February 28th
6:00pm-9:00pm

Plan ahead and bring your projects to work on with like-minded sewing/quilting enthusiasts! 

Complimentary wine and bubbly will be provided by Verona Wine and Design and we will eat chocolate, fruit, crackers, and cheese while we stitch on our projects and show and tell! 

Please register as space is limited!

March Events Coming up at Bolt Fabrics...

Open Sew | $5
Sundays, March 1st, March 15th, and March 29th | 2:00-5:30pm

Reserve your spot! Bring in your own project and you will get advice, get your questions answered, and enjoy by sewing with others!

Classes 

Easy Backpack | Sunday, March 8th
3:00-5:30pm
Instructor: Patty Rowley
$25 plus materials
Beginner

Stand and Stow Tote Bag | Sunday, March 22nd
3:00-5:30pm
Instructor: Patty Rowley
$25 plus materials
Confident Beginner

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 $6.00 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.

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
Homemakes - 2nd Tuesday 10am

Wednesdays:
Aerobics 8-9am 
Scrabble 12:15-2pm

Thursdays:
Bone Builders Exercise 10:30am-12pm
Bridge 12:30-4pm
Poker & Scat/31 Cards 5:30-9pm

Fridays:
Aerobics 8-9am 
Playing at the Alamo
"1917"
sponsored by George & Katie MacLeod
February 21-23, 2020
drama/war
119 minutes
R

Just won three OSCARS! A feature-length single-shot approach, and its technical accomplishments cannot be denied. Sam Mendes orchestrates World War I as a one-shot action ride.

April 6th, 1917. As a regiment assembles to wage war deep in enemy territory, two soldiers are assigned to race against time and deliver a message that will stop 1,600 men from walking straight into a deadly trap.

Fri. 21 Feb., 6:00pm
Fri. 21 Feb., 8:30pm
Sat. 22 Feb., 6:00pm
Sat. 22 Feb., 8:30pm
Sun. 23 Feb., 2:00pm*
Sun. 23 Feb., 6:00pm

*The Sunday matinee Will feature OPEN CAPTIONS.

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

COMING SOON...

Maine in the Movies
State-wide film festival March 6-15, 2020
How we are seen, and how we see ourselves celebrated at 15 venues

At the Alamo Theatre, March 9th: It Happened to Jane at 6pm, The Lighthouse at 8pm and House of Dark Shadows at 6pm on the 12th.

PLEASE SPONSOR A FILM? 

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.)
Island Pool n Spa is Hiring
Hiring an Administrative Assistant

This position starts at $15/hr. 40 hours a week with an increase in pay after 3 month
evaluation.

The qualified candidate should possess excellent communication skills, a working knowledge of
computers, and have good organizational skills. It is very important that the person chosen for
this job be a self-starter, someone who can perform the job given to them and have the initiative to complete the routine chores without having to be directed at each turn.

Some of the tasks you will be expected to do are:
  • Conduct various office duties such as answering phones, taking messages, data entry, scheduling jobs.
  • Performing water tests and helping customers with the results.
  • Answering customers questions and selling products.
  • Maintain and update customer files and information.
  • Maintaining cleanliness of store.
  • Occasional errands in town.
SKILLS REQUIRED:
  • Dependable
  • Ability to deal with public in professional manner
  • Energetic personality
  • Extremely organized with a strong attention to detail
  • Self-motivated
  • Good writing and grammar skills

Call 469.6004 to set up an interview or stop by the Verona Island store for an application.
Huckleberries Card & Gift Raising Money for Bucksport Animal Shelter
Valentine's Day last year was very hard for Diane at Huckleberries Card & Gift. Her beautiful kitty, Sophie, lost her battle with kidney disease.

They had been together 18 years. In her memory, Diane is holding a fundraiser for the Bucksport Animal Shelter. Let's continue the Warm Your Heart spirit in Bucksport. Bring a 4"x6" photo (or more) of a beloved pet, either past or present to Huckleberries Card & Gift.

She will surround it with a beautiful red heart, along with your pet's name and display in the windows on Main St and Elm St. For each picture, she is asking that you donate just $2 to the shelter and she will match the first $100.

This fundraiser will end on March 31. Let's fill the windows with our furry companions that warm our hearts each and every day.
9th Annual Hancock County Food Drive in March
The Hancock County Food Security Network is excited to host the 9th Annual Hancock County Food Drive in March. The month-long collaborative fundraising project supports 17 food pantries, meal sites, and school backpack programs that collectively serve thousands of community members across Hancock County.

The 2019 Food Drive raised $26,833
and collected 7,250 food items, resulting in 113,374 meals for community members in need. This year the Network aims to raise $30,000.
According to Kids Count Data Center, 1 in 5 children in Hancock County is food insecure. By
supporting this important cause, you are helping to ensure that these children and their families
have access to affordable food.

There are a number of ways to support this year’s Food Drive:
Volunteer
o Help out at a Food Drive event in your community, such as the big Kick-Off
Event on March 7, 2020, or collect and sort food donations - a great activity for
students to get involved.
Donate
o 100% of your donation goes toward feeding people in need.
o Become an official sponsor of Hancock County Food Drive by donating $50 or
more, or by hosting a fundraising event.
o Make checks payable to United Way of Eastern Maine with “Hancock County
Food Drive” in the memo line. Mail to: Healthy Acadia, 140 State St, Ellsworth,
Maine 04605.
Participate
o Attend Food Drive events, engage via Facebook @hcfooddrive, and help spread
awareness about the issue of food insecurity.
For more information on how you can get involved, contact Rachel Emus at 207-667-7171 or rachel@healthyacadia.org.
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Employees Donate More Than $9,000 to Local Non-Profits
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust recently presented donations totaling more than $9,000 to local non-profits from its employee-driven charitable giving program, Casual for a Cause. The program pools employee contributions collected each quarter and distributes them to non-profits selected by and voted on by the employees. The recipients of the Q4 2019 contributions are: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bath/Brunswick; Emmaus Homeless Shelter; Upper Valley Habitat for Humanity; and Girls on the Run Vermont.

“These nonprofit organizations play a very important role in supporting those in need in our communities,” said Jack Frost, VP Director of Community Giving at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. “Our employees are proud to support their efforts through our Casual for a Cause program.”

IRS News
1. IRS Webinar: “Understanding the Gig Economy” explains key tax concepts to the self-employed community

The IRS will host a webinar on the gig, or “sharing” economy on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020 at 2 p.m. ET. The free 60-minute webinar is open to all, and will cover the following:

  • What is the Gig Economy?
  • How does a gig worker know if they are an employee or self-employed?
  • Business expenses and recordkeeping for gig workers
  • Rules for home rentals
  • Tax payment options for gig workers
Click here to register. For questions, email cl.sl.web.conference.team@irs.gov. Closed captioning will be offered.

2. New Identity Theft Central now available at IRS.gov

The IRS has launched Identity Theft Central, designed to improve online access to information on identity theft and data security protection for businesses, individual taxpayers and tax pros.

Identity Theft Central is available 24/7 at IRS.gov/identitytheft and includes:

  • How businesses can recognize the signs of identity theft.
  • The Taxpayer Guide to Identity Theft, including what to do when a victim of identity theft.
  • Identity theft Information for tax professionals, including knowing responsibilities under the law.

3. Work Opportunity Tax Credit extended to January 2021

The IRS recently announced that the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) has been extended to Jan. 1, 2021.The WOTC is a federal tax credit available to employers for hiring individuals from certain targeted groups who have consistently faced significant barriers to employment.
BRHC News
Message from the CEO Carol Carew
Happy New Year! We have some exciting
things coming up this year.

February is American Heart Month. We have good information on the back about how to keep your heart healthy. It’s also Children’s Dental Health Month. Starting children with dental care early is the best way for them to continue that habit into adulthood. This is an important component to being a healthy adult because some studies suggest that there is a connection between poor oral health and heart disease. Our dental program is happy to treat children so give us a call.

And speaking of being healthy, if you have not had your flu shot yet, there is still time for it to be effective. We are deep into flu season and numerous deaths have been reported across the country. Getting the flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and those around you. The flu is now considered widespread across Maine with all 16 counties reporting cases.

Groundhog day is upon us so here’s hoping for an early spring. February 2020 Newsletter
Bridge the Gap Race
May 2, 2020
Registration is NOW OPEN for the 9th running of the Bridge the Gap Race !

NEW FOR 2020:
• New race date! Saturday, May 2nd
• Your registration now includes a fitted, gender specific race singlet (or youth t-shirt) and commemorative drawstring race bag! You must be signed up by February 3rd to guarantee your size.

Held annually since 2012, Bridge the Gap has quickly gained popularity as one of Eastern Maine's rites of spring!

Registration is limited, sign up today: http://bridgethegap.crowathletics.com/

In 2017 Crow Athletics became the newest caretakers of this important community event, and changed the course slightly; both races continue to start at Fort Knox in Prospect, and cross the stunning Penobscot Narrows Bridge. The 10-Miler tours Verona Island from west to east, while the 3-Miler follows the scenic river walk. Both races finish on Main Street in the heart of downtown Bucksport!

Crow Athletics has partnered with Main Street Bucksport to help bring this race into their friendly community. We encourage all runners and their friends/family to explore the fun downtown businesses and restaurants — plan to make a day of it!
Bucksport/Fort Knox KOA Sewing Retreat Weekend
We are now taking reservations for our first ever sewing retreat weekend. You pay for your site we will supply most of the meals for your stay. May 14th-17th .The retreat starts Thursday night with a meet and greet in the rec hall and sewing or whatever you feel like. Friday , Saturday and Sunday are all day sews.

Patty from the fabulous quilt shop Bolt in Bucksport will be at our retreat with great projects and materials for us to purchase and work on. This is a great time for you to bring your fun projects to share and show off. This retreat will hopefully be a bi-annual event and this first group will help plan and offer ideas for future events.

Bring your materials that you are not using and trade in with some of ours in our closet. Don’t forget your husbands we do have some great golf courses close by, corn hole and horseshoes on site.

Book now or call for more information. More information will follow as retreat comes closer.

(207) 469-7739
Castine Historical Society Announces House and Garden Tour 2020
The Castine Historical Society, which serves as a window into Castine’s extraordinary past as one of the first settled towns in Maine, has announced that it will host its House and Garden Tour on July 23, 2020. The upcoming tour will incorporate Maine’s Bicentennial into the walking tour throughout the village. The tour will include 9 homes, 5 gardens, and Castine’s Dyce’s Head Lighthouse and John Perkins House.

Bucksport Arts Festival August 7-8, 2020
6th Annual Bucksport Arts Festival
Downtown Bucksport, Maine
Friday August 7 and Saturday August 8
Rain or Shine
A project of Main Street Bucksport
and Lighthouse Arts Center

Save the date for this year's festival!
Join us in celebrating the Arts on Bucksport's beautiful waterfront. 

If you are interested in applying to be an artist at this year's festival, please call Sadie at 207-702-9135. 
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