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BBACC Connects
February 22, 2018
Last Week's poll results: You said, No, you wish you had more time in the day!

What's up next? Our Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony is March 22, 2018.
Did you know you don't have to be a Chamber member to celebrate with us?
Have you purchased your tickets yet?
Take the poll at the bottom of the newsletter.

Please remember to always share your news with us by emailing  office@bucksportbaychamber.com .
Thank you for a successful Frost Fest!
Thank you for attending Frost Fest and supporting the Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, Bucksport YMCA, and Our Community PTO!

Phil Smith returned with his magic tricks that stunned the crowds. The PTO offered the most delicious chili, hot dogs, and treats. We had the most entries in the snow sculpture competition we've ever had! The winners were Wynn Therrien and Ella Orcutt with the Rhino!! Really impressive considering the snow was almost impossible to sculpt because of the ice this year. For pictures please visit our Frost Fest Facebook page

We would like to thank our sponsors once again, Seaboard Federal Credit Union, Crosby's Drive In, D G Arts, Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust, Penobscot Home Performance, The Bridge Church, and Woodbury Law, LLC. Thank you to PCT Communications for donating our prizes for our winners! A special thank you to all the volunteers who came out and helped construct our miniature golf course out of snow, to Nick Tymoczko at the Bucksport YMCA and the Bucksport Fire Department for taking care of our ice rink, and to all the PTO volunteers!

2018 Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony
Thursday, March 22, 2018
The Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce will hold their Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony Thursday, March 22, 2018 at The Alamo Theatre in Bucksport.

6:00pm: Pizza, wings, and salad catered by Bucksport House of Pizza & Cash bar

7:00pm: Guest Speaker, David Grima
& Awards Ceremony

Come celebrate a year of Bucksport Bay Area Chamber accomplishments while highlighting those members that have had an exceptional influence on the Bucksport Bay Area community and economy. Board Members are celebrated for their commitment to the Chamber including announcing new Board Members and thanking out-going Board Members. For more information please contact Leslie or Alecia at 469.6818 or email office@bucksportbaychamber.com

$20.00 per person, space is limited Make checks payable to BBACC, send to BBACC, P.O. Box 1676 Bucksport ME 04416
Senior Meals Calendar & Center Activities
Aerobics 8-9am 
Knitting and Crocheting 9:30-11am
Skip-Bo Cards 9:30-11am 
"3-13" Cards 12:30-2pm
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 
Skip-Bo Cards 9:30-11am
Scrabble 12:15-2pm

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

Aerobics 8-9am 
Skip-Bo Cards 10-11am
Playing at the Alamo Theatre...
Phantom Thread
Sponsored by Anonymous
February 23-25, 2018  
130 minutes

Set in 1950's London, Reynolds Woodcock is a renowned dressmaker whose fastidious life is disrupted by a young, strong-willed woman, Alma, who becomes his muse and lover.

Fri 23 Feb, 6:00pm
Fri 23 Feb, 8:40pm
Sat 24 Feb, 6:00pm
Sat 24 Feb, 8:40pm
Sun 25 Feb, 2:00pm*
Sun 25 Feb, 6:00pm

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

*The Sunday matinees will feature OPEN CAPTIONS
BookStacks Cabin Fever Reliever Sale
Friday, February 23 through
Sunday, February 25


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

BookStacks is OPEN every day
Monday through Saturday 9:00am to 6:00pm
Sunday 9:00am to 3:00pm
and Thursdays 9:00am to 8:00pm

*Fine print: Sorry to say that the sale does does not include the purchase of magazines, newspapers, special orders, gift certificates, coffee, wine, or cats. But you knew that.  
Welcome New Chamber Members
Welcome Stephanie Carignan, Carignan Health, to the Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce! Stephanie is a distributor for Shaklee Corporation, a natural nutritional product distributor. You can email her at carignanhealth@gmail.com or visit the link below to learn more!

Welcome Dr. Robert S. Atwell at Bucksport Dentistry. Bucksport Dentistry is working along side Fort View Dental to create a full service dental home at 154 Main Street in Bucksport. Be sure to like their Facebook page or call 207.469.2912 to schedule an appointment.

Welcome Nautical Scribe Books! Relocating to 247 US Route 1 in Stockton Springs, ME and re-opening in July 2018. A Bookstore specializing in maritime subjects!

Welcome Freshwater Stone in Orland! Freshwater Stone has over 40 years of stone construction experience. Check out their Facebook page or visit their website, www.freshwaterstone.com to learn more!
Ask the Experts - Regional Resources that Support Small Businesses!
When: Monday Feb, 26th
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Where: Bucksport High School Library, 102 Broadway, Bucksport

Join Eastern Maine Development Corporation (EMDC) and other small business experts for this event. Ask the Experts is a unique opportunity to engage with a wide range of resources in our region that suppport small businesses. Business owners (or would be business owners) will have the opportunity to ask questions and have converstions with Small Business Experts in the region. Resources include: EMDC, Camden National Bank, Maine PTAC, TPL Financial, Maine SBDC, Pulse Marketing and More!

This event is made possible by: EMDC, the Town of Bucksport Economic Development, the Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, and Main Street Bucksport.

Register for FREE at emdc.org/events
IRS News
Below are links to an important news release and tax tip regarding key information that we feel is of the utmost importance for tax filing season. 

Avoid the Rush: Track Tax Refunds Online at IRS.gov - With millions of tax refunds being processed, the IRS reminds taxpayers they can get fast answers about their refund by using the "Where's My Refund?" tool available on IRS.gov and through the IRS2Go app.

Tax Filing Season is Here – Things for Taxpayers to Consider - The IRS is now accepting tax returns as the annual tax filing season is underway. The IRS expects taxpayers to file more than 155 million returns this year. Here are some things for taxpayers to consider as they are filing.

IR-2018-27 Scam Alert: IRS Urges Taxpayers to Watch Out for Erroneous Refunds; Beware of Fake Calls to Return Money to a Collection Agency – The IRS today warned taxpayers of a quickly growing scam involving erroneous tax refunds being deposited into their bank accounts.

Tax Tip 2018-24 Get to Know the Earned Income Tax Credit and How It Benefits Taxpayers – The earned income tax credit is a benefit for working people with low and moderate incomes. To qualify, taxpayers must meet certain requirements and file a tax return, even if they don’t owe any tax or aren’t required to file.

The IRS Tax Calendar for Small Businesses and Self-Employed is a free tool offered by the IRS to help you keep track of upcoming tax due dates. Available in both online and Spanish language versions at the IRS Tax Calendar page on IRS.gov .

Need a Tax Payment Plan? Consider Using the IRS Online Payment Agreement
Learn what to do if you can’t pay your tax bill in full within 120 days. Watch this IRS YouTube video to see if you’re eligible for an online payment agreement.
Yoga with Naomi 
Beginner-Friendly Healing Hatha Yoga
Orland: Tuesdays
Gentle, beginner-friendly yoga classes for adults and teens.

Tuesday nights, 6:30-7:30 p.m. 
Orland Community Center, Room 20
$12 to drop in
$50 for 5 classes
Discounts for first-responders
Free to cancer patients, survivors, and their caregivers

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.
Ellsworth: Tuesdays & Thursdays
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.

1 - 2 p.m.
Gentle, healing hatha
Mats and props provided.
Everyone welcome.
No cost.

David Walker also teaches a Beth Wright-sponsored gentle yoga class for cancer patients and survivors at Blue Hill Yoga on Mondays 3-4 p.m. There is no cost for the class and all are welcome.
Intro to Printmaking at Lighthouse Arts Center
Tuesday, Feb. 27 to April 10, 2018 (6 weeks) **no class March 20**
This 6-week class will introduce students to basic methods of printmaking. Within this class, students will be introduced to basic techniques and applications of monoprinting and relief printing. Students will first be introduced to monoprinting with plexiglass plates, which will lead into developing relief prints using either linoleum or wood. The instructor will introduce concepts and techniques, and students will be encouraged to develop compositions with content and themes of their choice.

Instructor: Sadie Personeni
Cost: $150 (Cost does not include supplies.)
Stay at Bucksport/Fort Knox KOA this Spring
Bucksport/Fort Knox KOA is running a great deal this spring. Stay every weekend May 11th till June 17th for $300.00. You can leave your camper on site during the week at no extra charge. So if you are tired of the snow and cold book your spring weekends getaway now. Call campground to book 207-469-7739.
Bay Festival Meeting
Shelby Wright will be the Bay Festival Coordinator again this year! Who wants to help?? There are a lot of opportunities for you to get involved in 2018's event! 

Want to help? Join the Planning Committee on Thursday March 1st at 4:30pm for the first meeting at the Chamber office.

The Planning Committee is seeking volunteer leaders for the 5k, Parade, Kid's Area, Live Music and much more. Email Shelby at shelby.d.wright@gmail.com if you are interested and lets do this!
Bangor Savings Bank Community Matters More
Community Matters More Logo
The Bangor Savings Bank Foundation is offering a simple way for you to show support for your favorite nonprofits during the month of February; and it only takes a few minutes! We are looking to you, our community, to assist us in distributing more than $100,000 to charitable organizations in Maine and New Hampshire. Last year, we garnered over 70,000 votes from community members who supported nonprofits of all types and sizes by voting in the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation’s Community Matters More grant-making initiative.

A total of 36 grants will be awarded to the organizations listed on the ballot and to the top 9 write-in recipients. The top two organizations in each of the nine regions (including write-ins) that get the most votes will receive $5,000 each. The remaining 27 organizations will each receive $1,000. 
Community Matters More voting takes place during the month of February; beginning February 1 and ending February 28. Winners will be announced in April.
It’s easy to vote for your favorite nonprofits by visiting www.bangor.com/cmm  or stopping by any of our 55 locations. 
A complete list of voting guidelines and eligibility requirements for write-in nominations are also available at www.bangor.com/cmm .
Help to make the 2018 Community Matters More program a success!
Please cast your votes today!
Social Media Survey
Main Street Bucksport is partnering with the Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, the Economic and Community Development Director in Bucksport, and Eastern Maine Development Corporation to plan some business resource and development events this spring.

To prepare, we would like to gather some information about your business's current social media use.

Please take a few minutes to review and respond to the questions as honestly and as best as you can. There are no right or wrong answers, and our best work will come from a survey that is completed as thoroughly as possible.

By sharing your email address, you will receive a copy of this survey.
If there is another member of your team who should chime in, you can either work on this together or allow them to complete their own version.

Questions? Contact Brook at
SSCL Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Stockton Springs Library
 “Neighbors Helping Neighbors: Seniors at Home in Stockton Springs” 2018 speaker series will present Courtney O’Donnell, Town Manager of Stockton Springs, on Sunday, February 25 at 2pm. Ms. O’Donnell will be discussing:
“What are the services that the town helps seniors with?” Bring your questions so that Courtney can help with getting you an answer.

This will be the third year of monthly talks at SSCL in response to the growing interest in “Aging in Place” a widespread movement geared towards helping senior citizens stay in their homes as long as possible as they age. With the current growing number of elders, this movement has the potential to improve the quality of life for many seniors.  

Thanks to the support of the Maine Charity Foundation Fund of the Maine Community Foundation this year’s talks will begin in February and continue through June. 
Admission is free and all are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. For more information visit www.stocktonspringslibrary.org or phone 207-567-4147.
Time to take Action! with Bucksport Heart & Soul in February
Please join Bucksport Heart & Soul in February for the last "Time for Action" workshop, also called “Clicker Events." You will record your vote with a click on your keypad for the feasibility and impact of the citizen-generated ideas. As a community, we will create an Action Plan that sets us up to accomplish our dreams of the best Bucksport. 

Every Click will Count at these events which will use anonymous electronic keypad voting with Immediate results available on each item.

Each workshop will vote on a different list of forty ideas for action.The list of ideas for action will be made available prior to the events. We welcome your attendance at both events.

WHEN: February 28, 5:30 pm-8:30 pm.

WHERE: Heart & Soul headquarters on Main Street, Bucksport.

WHY: To work with Jane LaFleur, Community Heart & Soul Coach, alongside the citizens and community organizations to identify the interest, benefit, and potential leadership for these many community ideas!

Refreshments and childcare will be provided.
Penobscot Bay Stewards Program Accepting Applications
Applications are currently available for the Penobscot Bay Stewards Program

Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition in partnership with Searsport Shores Oceanfront Camping will offer the Penobscot Bay Stewards Program to area residents. This is a unique opportunity to learn about the Penobscot Bay region and ways to conserve its resources.

The program will run all day on Tuesdays and Thursdays from April 24 through May 24. It will include classroom presentations, short hikes in nature preserves and state parks, and field trips to Rockland, Hurricane Island, Indian Island, Blue Hill / Stonington, Searsport, and the Belfast area. Some days will require early morning departures and boat trips. Participants should be prepared to car pool and bring a bag lunch.

The course is free of charge, and is limited to 20 enthusiastic participants who will participate in the entire program. 
After completing the program, participants commit to volunteering thirty hours with local conservation efforts of their choice.

Applications are now available online:

The application deadline is April 1

If you would like more information, email stewards@belfastbaywatershed.org
or call Edie at 207-338-0048 or Ernie at 207-505-1767
Participate in the BMS Voice 2 Voice Poetry Contest by reading a poem to Students!
In collaboration with Opera House Arts, 5th grade ELA classes at Bucksport Middle School are participating in the Voice 2 Voice poetry declamation contest, which kicked off the morning of 1/19 with a visit by Maine’s Poet Laureate, Stuart Kestenbaum. Mr. Kestenbaum spoke about why he writes poetry, where he finds his inspiration, and how to get on “poetry time.” He also shared some of his poems, including the first poem he wrote many years ago as a 5th grader!

Voice 2 Voice is part of our year-long theme of “Telling Our Stories” and is focused on the speaking and listening standards in the ELA curriculum and providing students an opportunity to learn and practice public speaking skills. The project begins with a 30-day poetry recitation run where students hear one poem read aloud each day from the project’s anthology of 30 poems. After the recitation run, a teaching artist will visit throughout the month of March to help student select, analyze, memorize, and present a poem. Students will connect their voice to the voice of the poet through the poem. Winners from the class round will perform their poems for the school and three winners will travel to the Stonington Opera House to compete against students from other Hancock County schools in April.

Our goal is to invite community members in to read the poems as part of the recitation run so that the students can hear a variety of voices from our community and see that poetry is something that people from all walks of life are interested in. The recitation run stretches from 1/19 to 3/2 and would involve a 5 to 45 minute commitment, depending on how many classes the speaker reads to, so there is a lot of flexibility to work around people's busy schedules. If you are interested please contact Todd West, Principal of the Bucksport Middle School.
Phone: 207-469-6647
Succulent Plant & Sip Party at The Local Variety!
Join us Thursday, March 8th for a night of fun, learning & getting your hands a little dirty! Prepare to become addicted to succulents!

Enjoy a Beginners Succulent Planting Class from 6-7pm with Lauren from Mainely Succulents. This interactive class will walk you through choosing, planting and caring for your own succulent creation. Each attendee will take home their own individual succulent masterpiece.

BYOB- we will have some light snickety snacks available & a hot pot of tea, you are more than welcome to bring an adult beverage to enjoy while you plant!

But that's not all! You're also getting a sneak peak at all of our fabulous new retail inventory as we gear up for our March 13th re-opening, and you VIP's will be able to enjoy a private Local Variety shopping experience with your own special 20% off discount on all in-store purchases from 7-8pm!

Limited seating is available so don't wait, order your tickets online now! Cost is $40 and includes everything you need to make your own 'totes adorbs' succulent planting, light snacks and tea!

Share with your friends! Have a fun night out with your friends! We are so excited to bring Lauren from Mainely Succulents to Bucksport for our first Plant and Sip!
Vacationland Bluegrass Jam Camp 2018 Registration
Join us Friday, September 14, 2018 through Sunday, September 16 for a fun-filled, jam-packed weekend of Bluegrass Music at Vacationland ​Jam ​Camp. We offer ​a friendly, ​low-key​ ​environment where you can learn ​​to play ​​Bluegrass ​music, nestled on the shores of Penobscot Bay ​in ​beautiful Searsport, Maine  

Registration is up! Click here to learn more
Bucksport Arts Festival Accepting Applications
The Bucksport Arts Festival is a juried fine art and craft festival located on the Bucksport Waterfront on the banks of the Penobscot River. This year’s festival is scheduled for August 10 and 11, 2018. 

How to Apply for the 2018 Festival:
Please complete the 2018 Artist Application here. Bucksport Arts Festival is now accepting applications for local, artisanal food vendors. For more information please contact Brook Minner
IMFF OFF SEASON Announces Program
Main Street Bucksport and Wooden Boat Publications are pleased to announce the program for a new project, IMFF OFF-SEASON. The International Maritime Film Festival (IMFF) was founded in 2016 and is now entering its 3rd year. IMFF OFF SEASON is a series of three documentary films presented in the lead up festival weekend, September 28-30, 2018 at the Alamo Theatre in downtown Bucksport. 

IMFF OFF SEASON includes the following films, all presented at 6pm at the Alamo Theatre located at 85 Main Street in Bucksport. IMFF OFF SEASON films are offered for free thanks to a generous grant from the Maine Expansion Arts Fund of the Maine Community Foundation. Donations to support the IMFF are greatly accepted at the door. 




You can watch the trailers and learn more about IMFF OFF SEASON at the website, https://www.maritimefilmfestival.com/imff-off-season
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