BBACC Connects
January 16, 2020
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Last Week's poll results: New Year's resolutions are....??

Pointless, I never stick to it - 50%
Setting a goal is always a good way to start a new year! I'm in!- 50%

Do you live in Maine year round?
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BBACC Welcomes New Executive Director
The Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Teri Doty has been appointed the new Executive Director of the organization effective January 7, 2020. 

“I want to thank the Chamber’s board of directors for their vote of confidence and enthusiasm as I transition to the Executive Director role at the Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce,” Said Teri. “I am very excited to work with this Chamber as we determine our future while we focus on an inclusive and vibrant membership”.

She will be able to jump right into the position and gain ground immediately with moving the Chamber forward in a positive manner – from strengthening our member base to forming civic and community partnerships. Her marketing background will give great value to existing and potential Chamber members. 

Teri has eighteen years of experience in the publishing industry on both coasts and enjoys building and maintaining relationships with people. It also helps that she is familiar with the Bucksport Bay area. “I was impressed by Teri's enthusiasm and involvement in Bucksport events in the past five years since she's lived here. I like her energy and fresh perspective” said Catherine Ring, Chamber Board Member. 
Recognition Party for Leslie Wombacher!
Join us for a recognition party for Leslie Wombacher
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
5:00pm and 7:00pm
Lighthouse Arts & Education
86 Main Street, Bucksport

Leslie has served as the Executive Director of the Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce since July 2012. Although her last day in the office was December 20, for nearly eight years, Leslie has been an indelible leader of the Bucksport Bay Area and we want to say thank you.

She has worked tirelessly to put Bucksport and its surrounding towns on the map. It took her less than a year to revitalize the Bucksport Bay Farmers' Market, which has brought new life to our downtown. She is the creator who formed the beloved Ghostport community event, and you probably have seen her out on the streets at midnight decorating the town for special occasions. She has also implemented many new programs benefiting our members including: "Invite your Neighbor", a recruitment program; and "Win Win" a member to member discount program.

Leslie has been instrumental in growing our membership and collaborating with businesses and organizations to make a long lasting impact on the area we love. She also successfully partnered with other resources like the Maine Downtown Center Program and Community Heart and Soul when this town needed it most. 
Her passion and drive has led us all to tackle new opportunities and further ourselves as potential leaders.

Leslie hasn't shared what's next for her, but she did allude to a new career direction, one that will allow her to slow down and spend more time with her family. She has assured us that she will remain an active volunteer and a contributing member of her community.

Please join us in showing our appreciation to Leslie for the unbelievable work she’s done! And join us on January 22, 2020 so we can gather together and celebrate our friend and leader. This is a free event and very casual, so please stop by to wish her well on her next escapade. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the office, 469.6818 or office@bucksportbaychamber.com
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. Chamber members: check your emails for a special offer!
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
"Dark Waters"
sponsored by Penobscot Film Society
January 17-19, 2020
biography/drama/history
126 minutes
PG-13

From Participant (Spotlight, Green Book), DARK WATERS tells the shocking and heroic story of an attorney ( Mark Ruffalo) who risks his career and family to uncover a dark secret hidden by one of the world’s largest corporations and to bring justice to a community dangerously exposed for decades to deadly chemicals.
Corporate environmental defense attorney Rob Bilott ( Academy Award®-nominee Mark Ruffalo) has just made partner at his prestigious Cincinnati law firm in large part due to his work defending Big Chem companies. He finds himself conflicted after he’s contacted by two West Virginia farmers who believe that the local DuPont plant is dumping toxic waste in the area landfill that is destroying their fields and killing their cattle. Hoping to learn the truth about just what is happening, Bilott, with help from his supervising partner in the firm, Tom Terp ( Academy Award®-winner Tim Robbins) , files a complaint that marks the beginning of an epic 15-year fight—one that will not only test his relationship with his wife, Sarah ( Academy Award®-winner Anne Hathaway) but also his reputation, his health and his livelihood.

Fri. 17 Jan., 6:00pm
Fri. 17 Jan., 8:30pm
Sat. 18 Jan., 6:00pm
Sat. 18 Jan., 8:30pm
Sun. 19 Jan., 2:00pm*
Sun. 19 Jan., 6:00pm

*The Sunday matinee Will feature OPEN CAPTIONS.

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

COMING SOON...
Richard Jewell
January 24-26, 2020

A Hidden Life
January 31-Feb 2, 2020

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.)
Maine CPR & First Aid on The Farm
Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 9:30 AM

We are very excited to offer our community an opportunity to become CPR/AED and first aid certified through this in-depth and interactive course presented by our friends at Maine CPR & First Aid! This is a six hour course which will take place here at the farm and will include breaks for snacks and regrouping. We will provide a snack to share and welcome our guests to bring some potluck style snacks as well! 
****pre registration for this course is required as only 11 spots are available****
Please register by emailing us at Lonesprucefarmhomeschool@gmail.com 
The fee for this course is $60 and includes your two-year certification. 
This course is available for individuals age 12 & up! 
St. Vincent de Paul Fish Fry to Benefit Richard Tenant
St. Vincent de Paul
Knights of Columbus

Fish Fry will take place on January 18th at 5:00 pm. At St. Vincent’s Church on the corner of Franklin & Central Streets. 
To benefit Richard Tenant

Adults $9.00 per person.
Captain Nickels Inn House Concert Series
Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 3 PM – 4:30 PM
Captain Nickels Inn
127 E Main St, Searsport, Maine 04974
Tickets

Join us for a house concert at Captain Nickels Inn featuring The Whispering Tree. The Whispering Tree brings their alt folk rock music to our first intimate gathering of music lovers.  Click here for more information and to RSVP.
New England Institute Offering Winter Courses
Join us for a winter course! The New England Institute is offering courses on many important topics in education. 

Good Friends and Colleagues at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine
Suzanne Goulet, Argy Nestor, Catherine Ring
If you follow my friend, Argy’s advice, which she includes with her signature on any correspondence, you will “Make it a great day!” So why not make it a great winter season to catch up on your recertification courses? You can do it online, in the comfort of your own home, AND take quality, creative courses to inspire your students! Here are some ideas:

Are you looking for ways to encourage creativity and critical thinking for your students? Learn techniques for stimulating creative thinking and creating a challenging and nurturing learning environment in EDE 524: Critical and Creative Thinking with instructor Theresa Cerceo (who joins us from Aroostook County). Welcome, Theresa! (This course qualifies for earning a GT endorsement).

Need to revive your literacy game? Learn creative strategies to engage reluctant readers, ways to analyze children’s literature from a variety of genres, and how to differentiate for diverse populations. Join educator and NEI instructor Alyson Spearin in EDEN 541: Engaging Literature for Children and Adolescents, K-12. Did you know Alyson just had a precious baby girl? Alyson is home with her baby and raring to go with teaching this course for us! Congratulations, Alyson!

Artist and educator Lindsay Pinchbeck is teaching a new course, EDAR 531: Encountering the Arts: Choice, Voice & Creativity in the K-12 Classroom. This course offers inspiration and experiences in the arts in a thematic, student-centered, project-based environment. Learn ways drama, movement, music, poetry, storytelling, and visual arts can engage students and facilitate learning in all content areas. Lindsay just finished teaching this course and opening the New England Institute to a whole new world in Malawi, Africa. More information on this is coming soon!

It’s not too late to register! Courses begin January 20th. All courses are approved by the Maine Department of Education for 4.5 CEUs (45 contact hours).

And, there are more options on our courses page!

Hope to hear from you soon. Happy 2020 from all of us at the New England Institute!
4th Annual Hancock County Ice Quilting Derby!
Official announcement! Derbyers, come join Bolt Fabrics, Quilt NFabric and Fabricate in Vacationland! Wait till you see the free blocks we have in store for you...and the fabric ideas to make them with!

Stop by Bolt Fab

Lupine Cottage Classes
Knitting Classes Every Wednesday
Crochet Classes Every Friday

$5.00/class
Get out of the house this winter and join your friends at Lupine Cottage Artisan Co-op. Learn how to knit and crochet. Bring a project or learn something new. We will have hot water. Bring your own mug and tea.

For more information visit lupinecottage.net or call 207.338.4300
Reclaimed Maine March Classes are now Open
The following dates in March are now open for booking a wirewrapping class at the Stockton Springs Studio:
Monday - 2, 16, 30 (10:00 am - 12:00)
Tuesday - 10, 24 (10:00 am - 12:00)
Saturday - 7, 21 (10:00 am - 12:00)

Classes are $45 per person and includes all materials to make a seaglass pendant.

January and February classes are completely booked. If you have any questions please call 207.323.4251 or message them on Facebook
Waffles and Wisdom: Peace in the Winter Series
Sandy Point Congregational Church

Waffles and Wisdom: Peace in the Winter Series

Waffles and beverages prepared by Pastor Steve Alspach, will be served at 12:00 noon, at the Sandy Point Congregational Church on Wednesdays in January on the 15th, 22nd, and 29th. The theme is PEACE in our lives and among our family, friends and community. Take a break from whatever you are doing and stop, have a lunch and an interactive discussion about the concept of peace.

Please join us for our weekly Sunday Service at 9:15 am. Children's Sunday school is at the same time. Fellowship follows the service. The Congregational Church at Sandy Point is located at 698 Rt1 Stockton Springs. FMI 567-3073
Walk Through the Grades
Walk through the Grades
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
at 8:15 AM – 10:15 AM
The Bay School
Blue Hill, ME

Interested parents are invited to sign up to visit and observe Main Lesson, the heart of the Waldorf curriculum, which fully integrates academics and the arts. Call 207-374-2187 to reserve your seat for Wednesday, January 29th from 8:15 to 10:15 a.m. Please join us! 

U.S. Census
The next decennial census is just around the corner in 2020. Make sure you’re counted! An accurate snapshot means that communities across the nation receive the funding, services, and business support they deserve and need. And your responses are confidential.

For the first time, in 2020 the U.S. Census Bureau will accept responses online. The process will be quick and secure. You can respond to the census in less time than it takes to finish your morning coffee. You’ll still be able to respond by mail. To learn more
about what to expect, visit 2020census.gov.
#2020Census
BRHC News
Message from the CEO Carol Carew
Happy New Year! We have some exciting
things coming up this year.

First, we listened to our patients’ feedback on how they think would be the easiest way to reach us. The result is a new Phone Directory. You can clip and save the directory at the right. It is also available on our website. We really strive to make being our patient a great experience and as easy as possible.

We are also instituting increased vascular care in our Ellsworth location. Dr. Nightingale, our vascular expert,
will be holding Vascular Care Tuesdays starting Jan. 7. If you have any venous problems at all, make an appointment
with us. You can read more about our Ellsworth providers on the back.
January is Thyroid Awareness Month. Having a thyroid condition is pretty common but should not be left untreated. Read the story on the back and call us if you have any symptoms.

Here’s to a happy and healthy start to 2020. BRHC January Newsletter
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.

Senior Center Receives Support from BSB
Congratulations to The Bucksport Area Senior Citizens Center who received a generous donation of two thousand dollars recently from the local Bangor Savings Bank.

This is to help the senior meals program. More information about the program can be found in this newsletter or on Facebook, facebook.com/events/483162795674368/
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
IRS News
IRS opens 2019 tax filing season for individual filers on Jan. 27

IR-2020-02
WASHINGTON ― The Internal Revenue Service confirmed that the nation’s tax season will start for individual tax return filers on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, when the tax agency will begin accepting and processing 2019 tax year returns.
 
The deadline to file 2019 tax returns and pay any tax owed is Wednesday, April 15, 2020. More than 150 million individual tax returns for the 2019 tax year are expected to be filed, with the vast majority of those coming before the traditional April tax deadline.  


The new W-4 FAQs have been updated:
Annual Ice Fishing Derby
Sunday, February 16, 2020
7 AM – 3 PM
Silver Lake Bucksport

1st place Prize of $50 & 2nd place Prize of $30 and 3rd place prize of $20 for the following categories: 
    Bass
    Perch 
    Pickerel

$2 for children 15 an under
$5 for those 16 and over
$10 for a family.

*2 trap limit per person. 

This event will also offer the sale of food and 50/50 raffle tickets!
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