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BBACC Connects
January 25, 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
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...
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
January 26-28, 2018  
119 minutes

In the brand new adventure Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, the tables are turned as four teenagers in detention are sucked into the world of Jumanji. When they discover an old video game console with a game they've never heard of, they are immediately thrust into the game's jungle setting, into the bodies of their avatars, played by Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan. What they discover is that you don't just play Jumanji - Jumanji plays you. They'll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, or they'll be stuck in the game forever...

Fri 19 Jan, 6:00pm
Fri 19 Jan, 8:30pm
Sat 20 Jan, 6:00pm
Sat 20 Jan, 8:30pm
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 Breaking Even Communications has joined as our newest Chamber member! Nicole has built over 300 websites and helped over 500 clients do more online with their websites, social media, blogs, and email newsletters. The Breaking Even Communications team has provided website, blogging, email marketing, and social media marketing services for businesses & nonprofits since 2008.

Located at 337 Main Street, Suite 1 in Bar Harbor, Maine. nicole@breakingeveninc.com
Contact Breaking Even Communications today, 2017.812.0285
The IRS's Best Kept Secret: First Time Penalty Abatement (FTA)
You started a business and are pretty excited. Excited that is until you get a letter from the IRS that the business failed to file its taxes, pay on time, and/or deposit taxes when due! Oops! While understandable, the penalty letter and associated fee has just ruined your day… and perhaps your budget as well.

Before you start looking into calling it quits or taking out a small loan, there might be some help! Read more...
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.
IRS News
The IRS invites you to join us in raising awareness of the Earned Income Tax Credit by signing up for our EITC Awareness Day Thunderclap.

Last year, thanks to the efforts of our partners, we had 543 supporters with an initial reach of 926,358 people and potentially even more.

Thunderclap is a crowd speaking social media platform that allows people to support a tweet, Facebook or TUMBLR message all at the same time. Think of it as a massive flash mob on social media. It will automatically post exactly one message on your own social media account. Here’s how to sign up for the EITC Awareness Day Thunderclap:

Follow this link: 

Click on Support with (Facebook/Twitter/Tumbler)
Authorize Thunderclap to post this 1-time message to your social media platform by clicking on the “Add My Support” tab. You will need to input your Social Media username and password.  

When we have 100 or more participants, the message will be set to go out on EITC Awareness Day, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, at 1 p.m. EST. It will blast out automatically by each organization and person that backed the cause which in turn reaches every one of their friends, followers and beyond…all at the same time. Thunderclap will amplify the message throughout all social media. Please consider participating.

We will flood Twitter, Facebook and TUMBLR with this message:

On #EITCAwarenessDay, help #IRS put money in the pockets of working Americans who are eligible. http://thndr.me/7qYUfl
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.
My Thrill Studio Hosts a Voiceover Training Workshop
My Thrill Studio will be hosting a Voiceover Training Workshop offered by Voice Coaches of Albany N.Y. on Monday, February 12th. This is being offered as an RSU 22 Adult Ed workshop. The hours are 6:30-9 and the cost is $25. One may contact the studio at 223-5082 or e-mail mfrancis@mythrillstudio.com for further info or may register by contacting the RSU 22 Adult Ed office at 862-6422. On line registrants would go to http://orono-hampden.maineadulted.org/

Getting Paid to Talk, Making Money with your Voice

Whether you've been told you have a great voice, had compliments on your speaking style, or use effective communication in a current profession, this workshop will give you a behind-the-scenes look at how people make money every day with their voices. 

From audio books and training material, cartoons, documentaries, commercials and more, this workshop will introduce you to the growing field of voice-over. Today, opportunities for voice professionals have increased dramatically and unlike a decade ago, the range of voices cast for these opportunities continue to grow. Skilled voice professionals are more in demand than ever before.

Join us to learn what the pros look for and how to avoid many common mistakes. We'll help you avoid web-based pitfalls and instead develop an action plan designed to build lasting success close to home! We’ll discuss industry pros and cons, answer questions, and play samples from working voice professionals. We'll also give you an opportunity to record a short script under the direction of your instructor.

This seminar is fun, realistic, and a great first step for anyone interested in the voice over field.
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
Maine Home Sales & Values up in 2017
The Masiello Group sent us this exciting news about the Maine home sales in 2017 from Maine Listings:

"Despite tight inventory of single-family existing homes for sale at the beginning of 2017, statewide sales volume in 2018 ended in positive territory, with a 0.72 percent increase. According to Maine Listings, the median sales price (MSP) for homes sold last year reached $200,000, a 5.6 percent increase in one year. The MSP indicates that half of the homes were sold for more and half sold for less. Statewide
sales for the month of December 2017 were up 2.02 percent while the statewide MSP increased 9.19 percent to $202,000 compared to December 2016."  Read More...
Maine Teacher of the Year Program Accepting Nominations
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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.

Maine DOL Offers Free Safety Classes
The Maine Department of Labor offers safety and health and labor law classes - at no charge.

February 2018 Classes
(all in Augusta unless indicated otherwise)

February 1: Work Zone Safety (This is a hands-on workshop)

February 5: Safety Officer

February 6: A Practical Approach to NFPA 70E

February 12, 13, 14, 15: Trainer Course in OSHA Standards for Construction

February 20: Noise/Hearing Protection

February 22, 23: 10-hour construction standards

February 26, 27: National Fire Academy Health and Safety Officer (HSO) Training

February 28: Wage and Hour Compliance Assistance

Call 207.623.7900 to enroll
TTY users call Maine Relay 711
Maine Department of Labor
Bureau of Labor Standards
45 State House Station, Augusta

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

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
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!
Winter Fun Day at GPMCT February 18
Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018
Start: 12 noon
Registration: starts at 11 a.m.

Location: Great Pond Mountain Wildlands, accessed via Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery, off Route 1 in East Orland

A 4.4-mile run and walk on snowshoes (or not), on snow-covered dirt roads and a bit of single track trail with plenty of up and down running. You can expect the chance encounter of wildlife including moose. Footing is rough at best for much of this run and there are hills to climb and small stream crossings to maneuver around. Distance may be modified based on conditions the day of the event. The course will be clearly marked with orange and red flagging.

This run is only for the type of person who knows what to expect and prepares for an off-road event year round. This is a winter event and subject to extreme cold. Dress appropriately.

For questions and information, please contact Peter John Keeney, 35 Greeley Avenue, Bar Harbor, Maine 04609, 207-288-3909 and pktrldrt@myfairpoint.net

Thanks to our sponsor: Peacock Builders!
Sunday, February 18 
10:00am to 11:30am 
OR 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Location: Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery Visitor Center
Ever wonder what animals do in winter? Who made those tracks in the snow? Join Julianne Taylor for Winter Animal Forensics! Learn how to identify animals active during the winter months and the amazing adaptations that help them survive. There will be a scavenger hunt and the chance to make and take home a track casting. 

Space is limited, so pre-register at julianne@greatpondtrust.org or 469-6929. Come prepared to be outside, snow or no-snow! Sponsored by Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust and the Explore Outdoors! Program.
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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