BBACC Connects
February 28, 2019
Last Week's poll results: Do you use the Bucksport Bay Area Visitor's Guide? All Chamber members with phone numbers are listed in the directory in the back, like a phone book!
Yes - 87.5%
No, I didn't know about the directory - 12.5%

Did you know the Bucksport Bay Area Chamber is the fiscal agent of the Bucksport Bay Farmers' Market making it possible for the market customers to use credit/debit and EBT cards? We also hold the permit, insure the event, and set up and take down the sponsor signs each week.
Take the poll at the bottom of the newsletter.
There's still time...Advertise in our 2019 Bucksport Bay Area Visitor's Guide
Ad sales end and all contracts due by March 2, 2019. Member & Non-Member ad rates available!

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! 

If you have questions about advertising please feel free to contact Wendi, 207.713.7533 or
Business After Hours at Osborne's Plumbing & Heating, Inc. RSVP today!
Wed, Mar 6, 2019 5:00 PM EST
BBACC Business After Hours
Osborne's Heating, Kitchen & Bath Showplace, Bucksport
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 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 barbecue spread 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.
Invest in your local Chamber!
BBACC Annual Meeting & Awards Celebration! Tuesday March 19, 2019
Healthy Acadia's News & Trainings
$25,000 grant from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation awarded to Healthy Acadia to enhance volunteer support for its gleaning program. 

The next Responsible Beverage Server & Seller training will be held on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 , from 10:00am to 1:00pm, at Fogtown Brewing Company, 25 Pine Street, Ellsworth, ME, 04605. Cost is $25 per participant.

Healthy Acadia, Health Equity Alliance, and UMA Ellsworth Center Student Association, and will offer a free Naloxone Overdose Reversal Training on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 , from 4:00pm to 5:30pm, at the UMA Ellsworth Center, Mill Mall, 248 State St., Suite 1, Ellsworth. 

Teen climbing wall program offered by Healthy Acadia and Camp Beech Cliff

Healthy Acadia, a community health organization serving Hancock and Washington counties, received national recognition for its exemplary efforts to reduce cancer incidence and improve health outcomes for cancer patients. In a February 6, 2019 ceremony during the National Cancer Conference in Washington, D.C., the nonprofit organization received the national Leadership Award from Less Cancer for it’s efforts to reduce cancer incidence and mortality through community health education and programming, including the Downeast Cancer Navigation Program.
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
"They Shall Not Grow Old" sponsored by Anonymous
March 1-3, 2019
99 minutes

On the centenary of the end of First World War, Academy Award-winner Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) presents the World Premiere of an extraordinary new work showing the Great War as you have never seen it.
Using state of the art technology to restore original archival footage which is more than a 100-years old, Jackson brings to life the people who can best tell this story: the men who were there. Driven by a personal interest in the First World War, Jackson set out to bring to life the day-to-day experience of its soldiers. After months immersed in the BBC and Imperial War Museums' archives, narratives and strategies on how to tell this story began to emerge for Jackson. Using the voices of the men involved, the film explores the reality of war on the front line; their attitudes to the conflict; how they ate; slept and formed friendships, as well what their lives were like away from the trenches during their periods of downtime.
Jackson and his team have used cutting edge techniques to make the images of a hundred years ago appear as if they were shot yesterday. The transformation from black and white footage to colourised footage can be seen throughout the film revealing never before seen details. Reaching into the mists of time, Jackson aims to give these men voices, investigate the hopes and fears of the veterans, the humility and humanity that represented a generation changed forever by a global war.

Fri 01 Mar, 6:00pm
Fri 01 Mar, 8:10pm
Sat 02 Mar, 6:00pm
Sat 02 Mar, 8:10pm
Sun 03 Mar, 2:00pm*
Sun 03 Mar, 6:00pm

*The Sunday matinee will feature OPEN CAPTIONS.

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


The latest installment of the Design Norvmbega lecture series is coming to the Alamo on Thursday, March 21. 
Lighthouse Arts & Education will Return to Normal Business Hours
Lighthouse Arts & Education is excited to announce that beginning on March 1st , they will be resuming their normal business hours, which are Tuesday - Saturday from 10AM-5PM.

Thank you for all of your support!
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 February 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
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
Free Fly-Tying at Buck's Mills Rod & Gun Club
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
at 6 PM – 7:30 PM
Buck's Mills Rod & Gun Club
360 Bucksmills Road
Bucksport, Maine 04416

Join Downeast Salmon Federation (DSF) and Maine Outdoor School to learn the basics of how to make a traditional fishing fly used in fly-fishing. Also learn about the conservation efforts DSF is engaged in. Every participant will walk away with their very own hand-tied fly! 

This workshop is made possible by the generous support from the Belvedere Traditional Handcrafts Fund through Maine Community Foundation.
Support the 44th Annual Orland River Day!
Your donation of $75 supports the Orland River Day Raft Race!
Please make checks payable to:
Orland River Day

Orland River Day: Saturday, June 22, 2019 10:00am – 3:00pm

The Orland River Day Planning Committee is made up of volunteer members from the community. Join us at our next meeting, Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 6pm at the Orland Town Office!

Thank you for your donation and support!
Bucksport YMCA Hosts Laser Tag with G-Force for kids and adults
Laser Tag with G-Force on Saturday
March 9, 2019 at the Bucksport Middle School. Admission is $10 at the door.
Two sessions available...

Session 1: 5th to 8th grade
4:00pm to 6:00pm

Session 2: 9th grade to Adult
6:00pm to 8:00pm

Concessions will be available
BUMC Public Breakfast Buffet
The Bucksport United Methodist Church, at 71 Franklin Street, Bucksport, will host a Public Breakfast Buffet on Saturday, March 9, from 6:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m.

This All-You-Care-To-Eat meal features many delicious entrees, beverages and homemade baked goods. The cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children, and $25 for a family of five or more. 

For more information, please call the church office at 469-3622 or Ed Petravicz at 469-9979.
WERU Community Radio
Our Winter Pledge Drive is taking place Saturday, February 23 – Saturday, March 2, and we just had an awesome weekend of fundraising, thanks to our generous listeners! Hopefully you’ve been enjoying and appreciating WERU Community Radio this winter and are ready to pitch in a few dollars to help pay the bills! (800) 643-6273 is the Pledge Drive phone line and give online here. Our goals for the week are $17,000 and 100 New Members. Thank you in advance for your support!

IRS News
Key messages/resources from a IRS current initiative:

1. Beware of ‘ghost’ tax return preparers

The IRS warns taxpayers to avoid unethical tax return preparers, known as ghost preparers. By law, anyone who is paid to prepare or assist in preparing federal tax returns must sign the return and include their Preparer Tax Identification Number.

‘Ghost’ preparers, however, avoid signing the tax return. Instead, they often inflate any potential refund and print the return and instruct the taxpayer to sign and mail it to the IRS. Or, for e-filed returns, they prepare but do not digitally sign it as a paid preparer to avoid scrutiny.

The Choosing a Tax Professional page has information about tax preparer credentials and qualifications. The IRS Directory of Federal Tax Return Preparers with Credentials and Select Qualifications can help identify many preparers by type of credential or qualification.

Taxpayers can report abusive tax preparers to the IRS. Use Form 14157, Complaint: Tax Return Preparer. If a taxpayer suspects a tax preparer filed or changed their tax return without their consent, they should file Form 14157-A, Tax Return Preparer Fraud or Misconduct Affidavit.

2. IRS urges businesses to e-file cash transaction reports; It’s fast, easy and free

IR-2019-20, February 21, 2019

WASHINGTON — The IRS yesterday urged businesses required to file reports of large cash transactions to take advantage of the speed and convenience of filing these reports electronically. See IRS news release.

3. Taxpayer Advocate report includes study on pay-as-you-earn withholding system

The 2018 Annual Report to Congress includes the study “A Conceptual Analysis of Pay-As-You-Earn (PAYE) Withholding Systems as a Mechanism for Simplifying and Improving U.S. Tax Administration.” This study discusses the possible expansion of PAYE systems (tax withholding processes) and may be of interest to both small and large businesses.
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.
Island Pool & 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
Blacksmith Artisan Patrick Roy Blow Out Sale at Lupine Cottage
Patrick Roy, Owner of Big Rock Forge, joined the Lupine Cottage artisan co-op in 2011. Unfortunately, we have to say goodbye to Pat and his family as they head out on a new adventure down south. All of Pat's remaining products at the store are 25% off. Stop by the store in East Belfast on Route 1.

We are open this winter Friday afternoons from noon until 4pm.  

Or, you can shop online HERE
Stockton Springs Community Library News & Upcoming Events
Stockton Springs Library
Saturday, March 2nd , 11:30am -12:30pm is story time. This month we will be celebrating Dr. Seuss with a visit from the Cat in the Hat there will be a light lunch provided and Birthday cake. This event is open to all and is free. Stockton Springs Community Library is an all volunteer library

The Stockton Springs Community Library will be hosting an “Author Talk” featuring former Waldo Independent staff writer and retired educator, Jeff Shula, author of Fireside Chats on Sunday March 10, at 2PM .

Save the date March 13th 6-8 pm we will be having a family and friends “Game Night” at the Stockton Springs Community Library located at 6 Station St. All you need is yourself, we will provide the games and snacks. This is a free event and open to all. 

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, March 15; Friday, April 5; and 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.

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

February is full of good news! We have several
wonderful things happening that will improve the health of our patients and the community.
If you missed last month’s Vascular Screening in our Ellsworth office, don’t worry. You will have more chances to attend. We have decided to expand the free screenings to the fourth Tuesday of every month, at least until summer.

You do not have to be a patient of BRHC to attend but appointments are required. Call Ellsworth at 667-5064 if you want an appointment Feb. 26. The screening is from
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. These screenings are for anyone living with, and suffering from, painful varicose veins, leg swelling, venous leg ulcers, chronic leg fatigue, or leg heaviness and discomfort. You do not need a referral. Just make an appointment and Dr. Nightingale will take a look. Again, this is a completely free screening.
Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust
Volunteer Opportunity
GPMCT will have a table at the 2019 Cabin Fever Reliever at the World-Famous Brewer Auditorium March 2nd (10-5) and March 3rd (10-3). We are looking for volunteers to host the display for a 2-hour stint. This event is very well attended. Past years have been very productive for the Trust, and an information sheet will be available to help with questions. Can you help us tell folks about our organization and the Wildlands? Contact

We're Seeking Public Comment...
The Land Trust Alliance’s land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national standards for protecting important natural places and working lands. After 5 years accreditation, GPMCT is applying to renew its accreditation. A public comment period is now open.

Hillside Multi-use Trail Getting Closer
We received a State/Federal grant to rebuild the Hillside Trail- from an old skid road to a high-quality snowmobile, horse, bike, hike trail. We've just finished the bid process and are announcing the winning bidder soon. Construction will start this spring. The existing Hillside Trail will be closed for construction at times, but it will be worth the wait.

For more information
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