BBACC Connects
January 24, 2020
Last Week's poll results: Do you live in Maine year round?

Yes - 89.5%
No - 10.5%

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Thank you for coming!
At our recognition party for Leslie on Jan. 22, Board President Dick Petersen thanked Leslie for her years of service and dedication to the Chamber, and introduced our new Executive Director, Teri Doty. Change brings opportunity, and we are excited to move this organization forward.

Thank you to everyone who came out for this event to thank Leslie. If you had the pleasure of working with her over the years you know how much she loves Bucksport. Your appreciation for her dedication and service to this community really showed!
THANK YOU Leslie Wombacher ❤

A special thank you to Blossoms By The Bay, Warren's Waterfront Restaurant, Larry Wahl, Dick Petersen, Justin Yarbrough and Amber Harvey for their contributions! Thank you Lighthouse Arts & Education for being a wonderful place to host an event!
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.
SAVE THE DATE: Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony
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. Social Hour begins at 6:00pm
Guest Speaker & Awards begin at 7:00pm
Upcoming Changes...
BBACC New Hours!
Because we think it is important to be open for business five days a week, Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce expanded hours of operation.

Starting January 27, 2020 we’ll be open from 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 during these new hours. You can now contact Teri Doty, Executive Director at or call 207.469.6818.
BBACC Newsletter will be changing to bi-weekly!
In order to provide our subscribers with high quality newsletter content we are changing the frequency of our newsletter to biweekly effective today.

This continues to be a valued benefit to our membership but allows them the time to create their content and us to provide a quality newsletter.

The next newsletter will be
Thursday, February 6, 2020

Note to Chamber Members: 
To place an announcement in the next bi-weekly news email, send an email to by the end of the day on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 for the next newsletter Feb. 6, 2020

Please edit your announcement carefully and make sure that your announcement includes all important information, and can be published exactly as written. Specify how long you'd like the announcement to run (just one week, for a specific period of weeks, or indefinitely). If there is an image or flyer you would like to include please attach a JPG or PDF file.
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.

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
Homemakes - 2nd Tuesday 10am

Aerobics 8-9am 
Scrabble 12:15-2pm

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

Aerobics 8-9am 
Playing at the Alamo
"Richard Jewell"
sponsored by Your Narramissic Neighbors
January 24-26, 2020
131 minutes

Directed by Clint Eastwood and based on true events, “Richard Jewell” is a story of what happens when what is reported as fact obscures the truth.
“There is a bomb in Centennial Park. You have thirty minutes.” The world is first introduced to Richard Jewell as the security guard who reports finding the device at the 1996 Atlanta bombing—his report making him a hero whose swift actions save countless lives. But within days, the law enforcement wannabe becomes the FBI’s number one suspect, vilified by press and public alike, his life ripped apart. Reaching out to independent, anti-establishment attorney Watson Bryant, Jewell staunchly professes his innocence. But Bryant finds he is out of his depth as he fights the combined powers of the FBI, GBI and APD to clear his client’s name, while keeping Richard from trusting the very people trying to destroy him.

Fri. 24 Jan., 6:00pm
Fri. 24 Jan., 8:30pm
Sat. 25 Jan., 6:00pm
Sat. 25 Jan., 8:30pm
Sun. 24 Jan., 2:00pm*
Sun. 24 Jan., 6:00pm

*The Sunday matinee Will feature OPEN CAPTIONS.

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

A Hidden Life
January 31-Feb 2, 2020

Little Women
February 14-16, 2020


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.)
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! 

Jim is Awarded Level 8 Status as a Google Local Guide
Jim was recently award Level 8 Status as a Google Local Guide. While working with clients by pinpointing their location and business information, Jim LeClair of Smart DataMap Services views many businesses. Jim is a Google Local Guide of Google Maps and Google awards point for participation.

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

Author Talk at Stockton Springs Community Library
The Stockton Springs Community Library will be hosting an “Author Talk” featuring Bangor Daily
News Sportswriter, John Holyoke author of Evergreens on Sunday, February 9th at 2 PM.
V. Paul Reynolds says” Evergreens is an authentic slice of the Maine outdoors heritage and Holyoke’s best writing over his career, a wonderful addition to the bookshelf of any outdoors person.”

Please join us at the Stockton Springs Community Library on Sunday, February 9th at 2 PM to hear about these interesting stories. Books will be available to purchase.
Gleaners Collected, Distributed 28,000 Pounds of Food in 2019
Thanks to the incredible generosity of community members across the Downeast region, Healthy Acadia’s Downeast Gleaning Initiative collected and distributed 28,042 pounds of produce from farms and gardens across Hancock and Washington counties in 2019. This achievement wouldn’t have been possible without the 155 volunteers, including the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Master Gardeners, public school and college students, and community members who supported the project.

The Gleaning Initiative partners with farms and food pantries to make fresh, local produce available to more people across the two counties. Developed in 2013 in partnership with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, the project has collected 256,000 pounds of produce from farms, farmers markets, orchards, and gardens across the Downeast region. 

IRS News
IRS opens 2019 tax filing season for individual filers on Jan. 27

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: 

$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!
Lupine Cottage Classes
Knitting Classes Every Wednesday
Crochet Classes Every Friday

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 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
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
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,
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:

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
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