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BBACC Connects
January 18, 2018
Last Week's poll results: You said have volunteered your time for a local non-profit recently. If you're interested in volunteering with us give us a call 469.6818!

Where do you do the majority of your grocery shopping in the winter?
Take the poll at the bottom of the newsletter.

Please remember to always share your news with us by emailing  office@bucksportbaychamber.com .
Frost Fest is an annual winter celebration held in Bucksport during February school vacation. Activities this year will be on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at the ice skating rink on Miles Lane in Bucksport.

An old fashioned ice skating party will have music, skating & dancing and will kick it off at 11am. Other activities include a snow sculpture competition brought to us by Seaboard Federal Credit Union and miniature golf in a course made of SNOW! To rent a putter and a ball is $5, under 5 years old FREE. 

Phil Smith, master magician, entertains children, and adults. He entertains at homes, schools, and many other settings from Maine to Boston and beyond. Smith is a ‘kid at heart,’ which makes his magic dazzle everyone. Phil Smith of Abracadabra Productions will be at Frost Fest from 12 AM to 2 PM for Strolling interactive magical experiences. 

Funds raised support the Bucksport YMCA and the Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce. All the fun will wrap up at 3pm when the snow sculptures will be judged and the winner awarded their prize!

Our Community PTO will be joining us this year and will be selling warm food and drinks. All proceeds of food and drink sales benefit the PTO who assist with the needs and wants of the students and staff throughout the school year.

We hope to provide a fun, healthy, invigorating cold weather experience for children and their families in our local communities. This event helps us demonstrate that our multi-faceted communities are active destinations for those looking for exciting and diverse activities during the winter months.

To become a Frost Fest partner please contact the Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce at 207.469.6818 or email office@bucksportbaychamber.com.

Visit our website or Facebook page for more information
Senior Meals Calendar & Center Activities
Mondays:
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)

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

Wednesdays:
Aerobics 8-9am 
Skip-Bo Cards 9:30-11am
Scrabble 12:15-2pm

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

Fridays:
Aerobics 8-9am 
Skip-Bo Cards 10-11am
Playing at the Alamo Theatre...
Goodbye Christopher Robin
Sponsored by Castine Cinema Club
January 19-21, 2018  
biography/family/history
107 minutes
PG

GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN gives a rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children's author A. A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) and his son Christopher Robin (Will TIlston), whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie-the-Pooh. Along with his mother Daphne (Margot Robbie), and his nanny Olive (Kelly Macdonald), Christopher Robin and his family are swept up in the international success of the books; the enchanting tales bringing hope and comfort to England after the First World War. But with the eyes of the world on Christopher Robin, what will the cost be to the family?

Fri 19 Jan, 6:00pm
Fri 19 Jan, 8:20pm
Sat 20 Jan, 6:00pm
Sat 20 Jan, 8:20pm
Sun 21 Jan, 2:00pm*
Sun 21 Jan, 6:00pm

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

*The Sunday matinees will feature OPEN CAPTIONS
Welcome New Member
We are happy to announce that Elaine Pelletier - Better Homes & Gardens / The Masiello Group is our newest Chamber member! Elaine can help you find the "just right" home! Visit her website or give her a call at 207.852.4021 to get started! 

You will receive honest, dependable and personalized service. Whether Listing, Buying, Relocation, First Time Home Buyers, New Construction, Waterfront, call Elaine and the Pelletier Team today!
Private Home Care
Private Home Care, Inc. is happy to start this new year off with hope, goodwill and a passion to help our community. Your Home, Your Comfort, Our Care.

Join us as we roll into 2018!

Bucksport Heart & Soul invites you to discuss and generate ideas for a "Healthy Community" and "Education"
Thursday, January 18, 2018
Bucksport High School Library at 5:00 pm.
Please join Bucksport Heart & Soul Phase 3 Discussions.
Refreshments provided by RSU25. 
We welcome your input as we discuss your hopes, concerns and ideas for Bucksport and enjoy refreshments together. We will talk about the ways that each of our Community Statements has been strengthened or eroded over time. Where are we now? Where do we want to be? What are our goals to strengthen what matters most in our Community?
At this event we will generate ideas for "Healthy Community" and "Education" to create a Community Heart & Soul Action Plan.
Orland Rabies Clinic
The Town of Orland is pleased to announce a Rabies Clinic will be held at the Orland Fire Department on Saturday, January 20, 2018, from 10am-12pm. People from any town are welcome to attend with their pets! The clinic is for cats & dogs, and the shots are only $13 each! Dogs are expected to be on leash, & cats are expected to be in a carrier. The Town of Orland would like to thank the Orland Fire Department, & Dr. Joan Kasoff! 

*This is rescheduled for the Orland Rabies Clinic that was cancelled on January 13th, 2018 because of the ice storm.
Health Talk Tuesday at BRHC
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
at 12 PM - 1 PM
Bucksport Regional Health Center
110 Broadway, Bucksport, Maine 04416

Topic: Falls Risk Arete Rehabilitation
Tripping hazards can be everywhere. Be Safe. Enjoy a short talk on preventing falls and get a free falls-risk assessment. As always, bring your lunch and we will provide a healthy side dish.
Hannaford Helps Purple Iris Foundation
We are elated to share that The Purple Iris Foundation has been chosen by the Brewer Hannaford as the latest beneficiary of the Hannaford Cause Bag program! Every time the reusable Hannaford Helps bag with the good karma message is purchased at the Brewer Hannaford during the month of January, The Purple Iris Foundation receives $1. This is truly a great opportunity for us! Please visit the store, find the reusable bag rack and buy the blue Hannaford Helps bag!
Use Smart Datamap Services Free Scan Tool
For 2018 Fix Your Business Listings
 
Smart DataMap Services has added a Free Scan Tool so you may see how your business looks on the internet.
 
 
Chamber Members Host Senior Game Day
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
9am to 12pm
Jewett School Conference Room
66 Bridge Street in Bucksport

Private Home Care, Inc. and Bucksport YMCA are hosting the very first ever Senior Game Day!

Free to the community! Local transportation provided, with registration. Please call Jesse Rishani at 207.322.3949.
*if you are unable to register, come anyways!

All participants will need to sign in at the main lobby as this is during school hours. If schools close due to weather, the event will be rescheduled for a later date.
IRS News
*New mailing address for Forms 8809 — Faxes no longer accepted
 
All Forms 8809, Application for Extension of Time to File Information Returns, filed on paper are now processed by the Internal Revenue Service Center in Ogden, Utah. These paper forms must be mailed. Faxes will not be accepted. 
 
The mailing address is:
 
Department of the Treasury 
Internal Revenue Service Center 
Ogden, UT 84201-0209
 
The IRS will only grant extensions for very specific reasons. For example, records were lost in a disaster or someone responsible for filing the company’s returns has an unavoidable absence. You can get details on these and other exceptions on Form 8809. 

*The Internal Revenue Service announced that the nation’s tax season will begin Monday, Jan. 29, 2018 and remind taxpayers claiming certain tax credits that refunds won’t be available before late February.
The nation’s tax deadline will be April 17 this year – so taxpayers will have two additional days to file beyond April 15.  

*You are invited to attend a free webinar, Protecting Sensitive Business and Customer Data: Practical Identity Safety Practices for Your Business, on Thursday, February 1, 2018.  
 
The webinar is part of Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week (January 29-February 2, 2018).

A free webinar for small businesses 
Presented by the Federal Trade Commission & Internal Revenue Service
 
Thursday, February 1, 2018
1pm - 2pm
Identity thieves target small businesses to steal passwords, bank account information, Social Security numbers and more.
 
Join us for a free webinar to learn about:
  • Protecting your customers, employees and business against ID theft
  • Imposter scams targeting businesses
  • Business cybersecurity practices
  • Responding to a data breach
 
To register, click here
(offered with closed captioning*)
 
Problems registering? Contact us at SBSE.SL.Web.Conference.Team@irs.gov
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.

Tuesdays
4 - 5 p.m.
Gentle, healing hatha
Mats and props provided.
Everyone welcome.
No cost.

Thursdays
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.
Lighthouse Arts Center Classes January-March
The Lighthouse Arts Center has some really great things planned starting this month and going all the way through March. Click on the image above to download the schedule!
January Newsletter from BRHC
Inside our first newsletter of the year, you will find information on upcoming classes and programs at Bucksport Regional Health Center, many of which can help you meet your goals for the new year! For example, we have two FREE weight loss classes beginning in a couple of weeks. We also included a trip to the local acupuncture center, preventing cold-weather injuries, glaucoma information, Wear Red event details and our latest Health Talk Tuesday offering free balance and fall risk screenings.  Click here to download and read
Tea Garden Watercolour Doodling Class at The Local Variety
Join Aeriana Blue for a cozy night of creativity and fun! Treat yourself to an evening tea party complete with relaxing and rejuvenating colorful art. No previous art experience needed! 

Aeriana will be showing us how to create watercolour floral doodles. $22 price includes all supplies (including a frame!) and light refreshments!

Wear Red Day at BRHC
Bucksport Regional Health Center is holding a Wear Red Day event to celebrate the American Heart Association’s National Wear Red Day, Friday, February 2, from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at BRHC, 110 Broadway, Bucksport, to raise awareness of heart disease in women.

There will be Zumba dancing, nail painting, massages, yoga and deep breathing, health education demos and screenings, sampling of delicious and healthy foods, prizes and giveaways. Everyone who wears red will be entered into a drawing for prizes.
Miles Lane Students take part in WinterKids
WinterKids, a statewide initiative to encourage kids and their families to get active outdoors throughout the winter months, is inspiring students and faculty to have some winter fun. Miles Lane Principal Christina Ellis said, “Our kids are so excited and having so much fun with it. Even the staff are getting involved; one of our teachers tried skating for the first time too.”
 
The inclement weather has prompted a switch in the planned order of the activities at the school, an adjustment that the WinterKids program allows to keep the statewide competition fair.
 
This week, students bring their newfound knowledge home; the students become the teachers during family engagement week and will be logging hours spent as a family on healthy physical activity and nutrition initiatives. In addition, Miles Lane will be partnering with the Bucksport YMCA to bring a family skate night to the skating rink on Wednesday January 24 at 6pm. 
 
Ellis said that the school gains points not just from the percentage of students participating in the WinterKids activities, but also from partnering with community organizations for support. Throughout the challenge, Miles Lane has also been working with Healthy Acadia, utilizing Let’s Go 5210 resources around physical activity and healthy nutrition and the US Department of Agriculture’s SNAP Ed nutrition classes.
 
For more information about the WinterKids program, visit their website at www.winterkids.org
Maine Teacher of the Year Program Accepting Nominations
bangor savings logo
As a supporter of the Maine Teacher of the Year program through our partnership with Educate Maine, Bangor Savings Bank is pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 County Teachers of the Year, one of whom will be selected as the 2019 Maine Teacher of the Year.

Do you know a great teacher? Someone who inspires students? A teacher who is a leader in the profession and deserves recognition for their great work with students? Here is your chance to nominate him/her for County Teacher of the Year!​


Teachers may be nominated by students, parents, teaching colleagues, principals, superintendents or anyone from the community who has an interest in honoring an outstanding educator. 

To recognize a teacher’s role in engaging his/her students positively to improve student achievement click here to nominate a teacher.  

Deadline for nominations is 5:00 p.m. on February 5, 2018.

Hire-A-Vet Campaign Offers Employers Veteran Recruitment, Retention Training
Military Culture 202 Training
No cost to attend.
Registration required.

You asked! We are delivering. Please join us for Military Culture 202, a no-cost training seminar to help employers recruit and retain veterans to their workforce. In addition to a quick review of Military Culture 101*, Chaplain/COL Andrew Gibson will explore the big picture, misconceptions, importance of structure, mission and purpose, utilizing leadership skills and experience, educational advantages, and communication.

A panel of employers, including IDEXX, Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems (EMHS) and the State of Maine, will share their best practices for recruiting, hiring, and retaining veterans.


January 25, 2018
1:00-4:00 p.m.
Bangor Savings Bank
5 Senator Way, Augusta, ME

February 1, 2018
1:00-4:00 p.m.
Greater Portland CareerCenter
151 Jetport Blvd., Portland, ME

Instructor: Chaplain/COL Andrew Gibson, Director of Deployment Cycle Support - Maine Army National Guard
Bridge the Gap Race April 8, 2018
Held annually since 2012, Bridge the Gap has quickly gained popularity as one of Eastern Maine's rites of spring!

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!

We have been working closely Main Street Bucksport and we are thrilled to bring this race into their friendly downtown! In addition to hosting another successful race, our goals include encouraging runners (and their friends and family) to spend money in this former mill town that is working hard to revitalize itself -- there are so many exciting new businesses in town!

The first 300 who register or by March 1 (whichever comes first) will receive a commemorative sublimated beanie at bib pick-up from Atayne, Maine's performance outfitter; inspiring positive environmental and social change through the power of active lifestyles.

The Local Variety wants to Coordinate with you!
Have a talent you want to share but don't really know how to go about organizing and marketing a class or event?

The Local Variety is looking to fill their 2nd floor with fun events, gatherings and classes in 2018 and they want YOU!

Have an idea OR have you heard of a class that you'd love to see brought to Bucksport?

Love Stories BY Mainers
Wednesday on Main and WERU Community Radio Present Storytellers: 'Love Stories BY Mainers'
The Alamo Theatre
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
6:30-8pm

Halfway through winter means longer days, dreams of spring, and of course, Valentine’s Day. Having paid our dues for surviving the season so far, we’re all ready for some LOVE, and we’ve got just the thing. Wednesday On Main and WERU Community Radio present a winter Wednesday night of storytelling – laughter, tears, horror and more when these gifted tellers of tales share Love Stories by Mainers. This event may not be kid friendly, so grownups only!

Suggested donations of $10 gratefully accepted at the door-show your LOVE because half of the donations go to WERU COMMUNITY RADIO!!

For more information, contact Paula Kee at 207-266- 7999 or browse the websites:
Learn to make Herbal Salve
Friday, February 16
7:00-8:30pm
Buck's Mills Rod & Gun Club
Bucksmills Road, Bucksport

This introductory class is hosted and put on by the Bucksmill's Rod & Gun Club. 
The Class is $2 for club members and $4 for non members. 

In this class you can learn to make your own herbal salve. The salve can be used for lip balm, cuts, bug bites, poison ivy, and rashes. 
Each participant will leave with a sample of salve and the knowledge of how it was made. 

Space is limited so please email Nicole Dyer at nicolevdyer@gmail.com to reserve your spot!
Annual Ice Fishing Derby
Sunday, February 18
7:00am to 3:00pm
Silverlake, Silverlake Road, Bucksport

Please join us for the Annual Bucksmill's Rod & Gun Club Ice Fishing Derby!

1st place Prize of $50 & 2nd place Prize of $25 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!
Candlelight Restorative Yoga
Yoga with Naomi's next special candlelight restorative yoga class will be Sunday, February 18th, 4-5:30 p.m. at the Orland Community Center. Come and let me help your body ease into the deepest part of the winter.

$22 per person
Subsidies available for cancer patients, survivors, and their caregivers. Ask me how!
Space is limited. You must pre-pay and pre-register. (No refunds, unless you can find someone to take your place.)
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!
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