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BBACC Connects
March 1, 2018
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2018 Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony
Thursday, March 22, 2018
The Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce will hold their Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony Thursday, March 22, 2018 at The Alamo Theatre in Bucksport.

6:00pm: Pizza, wings, and salad catered by Bucksport House of Pizza & Cash bar

7:00pm: Guest Speaker, David Grima
& Awards Ceremony

Come celebrate a year of Bucksport Bay Area Chamber accomplishments while highlighting those members that have had an exceptional influence on the Bucksport Bay Area community and economy. Board Members are celebrated for their commitment to the Chamber including announcing new Board Members and thanking out-going Board Members. For more information please contact Leslie or Alecia at 469.6818 or email office@bucksportbaychamber.com

$20.00 per person, space is limited Make checks payable to BBACC, send to BBACC, P.O. Box 1676 Bucksport ME 04416
Congratulations Award Recipients
New Business of the Year
Verona Wine & Design, LLC

Business Person of the Year
Dino Kisamitakis,
Bucksport House of Pizza

Non Profit of the Year
Bucksport Heart & Soul

Hans Honders
Valorie Shaffner

Chamber Volunteer of the Year
Amber Harvey

Super Supporter
Adele Berzinis, Camden National Bank

Long Standing Chamber Member
Jerry Harriman, Bucksport True Value
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...
12 Strong
The declassified true story of the horse soldiers 
March 2-4, 2018  
130 minutes

Set in the harrowing days following 9/11 when an elite U.S. Special Forces unit, led by their Captain, Mitch Nelson (Hemsworth), is chosen to be the first U.S. soldiers sent into Afghanistan for an extremely dangerous mission in response to the attacks. Leaving their families behind, the team is dropped into the remote, rugged landscape of northern Afghanistan, where they must convince General Rashid Dostum (Navid Negahban) to join forces with them to fight their common adversary: the Taliban and their Al Qaeda allies.

Fri 02 Mar, 6:00pm
Fri 02 Mar, 8:40pm
Sat 03 Mar, 6:00pm
Sat 03 Mar, 8:40pm
Sun 04 Mar, 2:00pm*
Sun 04 Mar, 6:00pm

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

*The Sunday matinees will feature OPEN CAPTIONS
Bay Festival Planning Committee Meeting
Shelby Wright will be the Bay Festival Coordinator again this year! Who wants to help?? There are a lot of opportunities for you to get involved in 2018's event! 

Want to help? Join the Planning Committee on Thursday March 1st at 4:30pm for the first meeting at the Chamber office.

The Planning Committee is seeking volunteer leaders for the 5k, Parade, Kid's Area, Live Music and much more. Email Shelby at shelby.d.wright@gmail.com if you are interested and lets do this!
Lighthouse Arts Center
Paint n Sip
March 6th, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Relax, enjoy a glass of wine, and paint as you are guided by our instructor!

The painting projects change from month to month but the basic design is as simple or complex as you wish to make it.

Painting and having fun!

The fee for this class is $40. The fee covers one glass of wine and all art supplies needed. If you do not wish to drink, the fee is $30. Please sign up online or call in person by noon on the 6th. Click here to register or call 702-9135.
Kids Art Fridays
Everyone needs a little practice!
We have tons of great kids art projects for our upcoming summer camps, Mommy/Daddy & Me, and Kids Afternoon workshops, but we want to do a test run of some of our new art projects, get some promotional pictures, and just have a whole lot of fun in the process.
Because it's a test run, we are offering the workshops at a discounted rate, just $5! Please sign up today, there is a limited number of seats available. We are having the test workshops from 3:30-5pm on the below Fridays in March
March 9th (K-6 grade)
March 16th (K-3)
March 23 (4-8)
Please call 702.9135 or email info@lighthouseartscenter.com with any questions.
IRS News
The Internal Revenue Service is releasing an updated Withholding Calculator on IRS.gov and a new version of Form W-4 to help taxpayers check their 2018 tax withholding following passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in December. Click on link below:

Every day, the theft of personal and financial information puts people at risk of identity theft. Generally, thieves try to use the stolen data as quickly as possible to:

Sell the information to other criminals.
Withdraw money from a bank account.
Make credit card purchases.
File a fraudulent tax return for a refund using victims’ names.
Victims of a data loss should follow these steps to minimize the effect of the theft: Steps Victims Can Take to Minimize Effect of Data Theft

Where’s My Refund Resources at Your Fingertips
Using your Social Security number, filing status and amount of your refund, you can find your refund status.

IRS2GoApp Mobile App
Check your refund status, make a payment, find free tax preparation assistance, sign up for helpful tax tips, and more!  IRS2Go is available in both English and Spanish.
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 & 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.
IMFF OFF SEASON Announces Program
IMFF OFF SEASON includes three films, all presented at 6pm at the Alamo Theatre located at 85 Main Street in Bucksport (March 15, May 3, and July 12). IMFF OFF SEASON films are offered for free thanks to a generous grant from the Maine Expansion Arts Fund of the Maine Community Foundation. Donations to support the International Maritime Film Festival (IMFF) are greatly accepted at the door. 

You can watch the trailers and learn more about IMFF OFF SEASON at the website, https://www.maritimefilmfestival.com/imff-off-season
LulaRoe Pop Up Boutique
Friday, March 23 at 1 PM - 3 PM

Celebrate Spring with a stroll down Main Street and check out the LuLaRoe loveliness happening with Jenn Saunders! She'll be taking over the 2nd floor at The Local Variety with buttery soft and colorful leggings, tops, dresses, skirts and more. Come check it out, try on things you like and shop!

Make a LuLaRoe purchase upstairs with Jenn and you'll receive a coupon for 20% off any retail shopping downstairs at The Local Variety!
Wahl's Dairy Port Opening Day
This weather has me thinking about spring and when I think of spring I think of waiting in line at Wahl's Dairy Port. Sometimes it's raining, snowing, we're in our hats and gloves, standing in line for ice cream! Get ready, March 31st is the day! Pay attention to their Facebook page to vote for your opening day flavor!
Penobscot Bay Stewards Program Accepting Applications
Applications are currently available for the Penobscot Bay Stewards Program

Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition in partnership with Searsport Shores Oceanfront Camping will offer the Penobscot Bay Stewards Program to area residents. This is a unique opportunity to learn about the Penobscot Bay region and ways to conserve its resources.

The program will run all day on Tuesdays and Thursdays from April 24 through May 24. It will include classroom presentations, short hikes in nature preserves and state parks, and field trips to Rockland, Hurricane Island, Indian Island, Blue Hill / Stonington, Searsport, and the Belfast area. Some days will require early morning departures and boat trips. Participants should be prepared to car pool and bring a bag lunch.

The course is free of charge, and is limited to 20 enthusiastic participants who will participate in the entire program. 
After completing the program, participants commit to volunteering thirty hours with local conservation efforts of their choice.

Applications are now available online:

The application deadline is April 1

If you would like more information, email stewards@belfastbaywatershed.org
or call Edie at 207-338-0048 or Ernie at 207-505-1767
Participate in the BMS Voice 2 Voice Poetry Contest by reading a poem to Students!
In collaboration with Opera House Arts, 5th grade ELA classes at Bucksport Middle School are participating in the Voice 2 Voice poetry declamation contest, which kicked off the morning of 1/19 with a visit by Maine’s Poet Laureate, Stuart Kestenbaum. Mr. Kestenbaum spoke about why he writes poetry, where he finds his inspiration, and how to get on “poetry time.” He also shared some of his poems, including the first poem he wrote many years ago as a 5th grader!

Voice 2 Voice is part of our year-long theme of “Telling Our Stories” and is focused on the speaking and listening standards in the ELA curriculum and providing students an opportunity to learn and practice public speaking skills. The project begins with a 30-day poetry recitation run where students hear one poem read aloud each day from the project’s anthology of 30 poems. After the recitation run, a teaching artist will visit throughout the month of March to help student select, analyze, memorize, and present a poem. Students will connect their voice to the voice of the poet through the poem. Winners from the class round will perform their poems for the school and three winners will travel to the Stonington Opera House to compete against students from other Hancock County schools in April.

Our goal is to invite community members in to read the poems as part of the recitation run so that the students can hear a variety of voices from our community and see that poetry is something that people from all walks of life are interested in. The recitation run stretches from 1/19 to 3/2 and would involve a 5 to 45 minute commitment, depending on how many classes the speaker reads to, so there is a lot of flexibility to work around people's busy schedules. If you are interested please contact Todd West, Principal of the Bucksport Middle School.
Phone: 207-469-6647
Buck's Mills Rod & Gun Club Upcoming Events
7th Annual Gun Show at the Orland Community Center
March 17 9am to 5pm
March 18 9am to 2pm

Admission is only $5
Under 15 FREE with Adult

Snacks, treats and drinks available from the kitchen. For Information please contact Isaac Dorr at 207-944-8039
Free Paper Shredding Event in Bucksport
Saturday, May 5th
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Bucksport High School
Parking Lot
102 Broadway
Bucksport, Maine 04416

Get ready for spring cleaning now and safeguard your identity from being stolen!
Every two seconds someone’s identity is stolen. Shredding confidential documents you no longer need is one good way to protect yourself, your donors, and your customers. The AARP Fraud Watch Network wants to help. Bring any confidential documents to the Operation Stop Scams event, and we’ll shred them for free. It only takes a few minutes and can save you lots of headaches later on!  

This event is sponsored by AARP Fraud Watch Network – Operation Stop Scams and supported by Age-Friendly Bucksport, RSU 25,
BBHCC's Senior Resource Committee, and the Bucksport Police Department.
For more information, please call 469-2335.
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