BBACC Connects
March 14, 2019
Last Week's poll results: Are you aware that the Chamber of Commerce is not part of town government? 
Yes - 100%
No - 0.0%

Do you know that the Chamber coordinates and pays for the Bucksport Bay Festival?
It is our biggest fundraiser of the year!
Take the poll at the bottom of the newsletter.
BBACC Annual Meeting & Awards Celebration! Tuesday March 19, 2019
The Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce will hold their Annual Meeting & Awards Celebration Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at the Bucksport Golf Club on State Route 46 in Bucksport. 

6:00pm: Check in to get your table number and enjoy a buffet from Ming’s Garden Restaurant and cash bar

7:00pm: Let the games begin! Each table will be playing a different game and competing for various prizes. Don’t like the table you’re at? Want to compete for a different prize? Now’s your chance to switch it up! Table teams can bid to take over a different game. Bidding starts at $5 per person. We’ll all play one round and crown a winner! Remember folks, this is a FUNdraiser bring extra cash! 

7:40pm: Celebrate a year of Bucksport Bay Area Chamber accomplishments while awarding those that have had an exceptional influence on the Bucksport Bay Area community and economy. 
Thank you 2019 Sponsors!
Bangor Savings Bank
Invest in your local Chamber!
Welcome New Members:

Whole Oceans, LLC
Land-based recirculating aquaculture facility for production of Atlantic Salmon

2 Union Street
Portland, ME 04101

Back Ridge Bee Farm & Supply
Back Ridge Bee Farm & Supply is a local small business selling beekeeping supplies, honeybees, and local raw honey. They also have a greenhouse and sell annuals, perennials and hanging baskets. Check out the farm stand selling local produce and strawberries, blueberries and raspberries along with some organic peaches, plums and blueberries. Into the Fall they sell pumpkins, mums, cornstalks and hay bales.

594 Acadia Highway
Orland, ME 04472
Bringing Stories to Life
Children are invited to participate in a spring-themed interactive read aloud incorporating their five senses, movement, and age-appropriate book talk. Each class will contain a read aloud, then a craft that will be an extension of story; each child can take home the craft after class. Parents should plan to attend with their child(ren). Classes lead by Angela Bishop, a former K-2 teacher of 10+ years, now stay-at-home-mom.
The Bucksport YMCA is for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. You can find YMCA staff and the fitness center at 66 Bridge Street, located in the Jewett School in Bucksport. Just in the last 2 years Nick Tymoczko, the recreation Operations Director, has really brought a lot of new energy to our community. Always looking for ways to meaningfully engage and meet the needs of the community, the Bucksport YMCA has made many significant contributions! We all need community support to be successful so we encourage you to dedicate some time to coaching, chaperoning a dance or any other needs that need to be filled to make this the best community to live, work and play in!

If you have interest in leading a class or want to learn more about membership through the Y give their office a call at 207.469.3518 or stop by to find out more! Like the Bucksport Recreation Facebook page or visit their website
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 $5.00 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

Aerobics 8-9am 
Scrabble 12:15-2pm
Bone Builders Exercise 1:00-2:30pm

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

Aerobics 8-9am 
Playing at the Alamo
"The Upside" sponsored by
Bucksport Garden Club
March 15-17, 2019
126 minutes

THE UPSIDE is director Neil Burger's heartfelt comedy about a recently paroled ex-convict (Kevin Hart) who strikes up an unlikely friendship with a paralyzed billionaire (Bryan Cranston). The film also stars Nicole Kidman, Julianna Margulies and Aja Naomi King.  This is a remake of the French film The Intouchables . In Germany and The Netherlands, it was the most successful French film in history. 

Fri 15 Mar, 6:00pm
Fri 15 Mar, 8:30pm
Sat 16 Mar, 6:00pm
Sat 16 Mar, 8:30pm
Sun 17 Mar, 2:00pm*
Sun 17 Mar, 6:00pm

*The Sunday matinee will feature OPEN CAPTIONS.

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


The latest installment of the Design Norvmbega lecture series is coming to the Alamo on  Thursday, March 21. 
Reception 6-6:30pm 
Lecture: 6:30-8pm

FREE and open to all interested community members, architects & designers


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.)
8th Annual Bridge the Gap Race
Saturday April 6, 2019 10am

Over 600 runners will soon arrive in downtown Bucksport for the Bridge the Gap Race. Let's make them feel welcome! Main Street Bucksport will be distributing "Welcome Runners" signs for businesses to display at their location. 

Can you offer runners any discounts of specials? If so, let us know and we'll help promote it. 

We are still looking for volunteers to help with the race. It's simple and fun! Interested? Contact Brook at 207-479-3933 or

There are less than 90 spots left. Register to run (3 or 10 mile course) today and spread the word!

Knights of Columbus Fish Fry
This month’s Fish Fry at St. Vincent's is on March 16th at 5:00pm 

Dinner includes fried haddock, mashed potatoes, coleslaw and a dessert. 
$9 for adults
$4 for children
Take out dinners available too!
St. Vincent’s is located at the corner of Franklin and Central street in Bucksport
Nautical Scribe Books has Cookies!
Nautical Scribe Books has added more types of cookies. We now have chocolate chip, peanut butter, molasses, and ginger. We also have a limited selection of Gluten Free cookies.

Nautical Scribe Books and Coffee Bar
247 U.S. Route 1
Stockton Springs

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Open Tuesday and Wednesday 11-5, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9 – 5 and other days and time when the open flag is flying.
Private Home Care, Inc.
Private Home Care, Inc. is a personal care agency serving in-home clients in the Belfast, Maine and surrounding areas. Our services address health, safety and nutrition needs, as well as individual aspects of care such as personal interests and activities. 

Orland Community Center March Calendar

So much is offered at the Orland Community Center. Take advantage of all the great classes and activities going on this month.
  • Zumba
  • Adult Pickleball
  • TRX
  • Cycling
  • Yoga
  • Strength Training
  • Adult Volleyball
To learn more please visit Orland Community Center on Facebook or call 207.469.7691

The Orland Fitness Center is open
M-F 5am to 8pm
Sat-Sun 7am to 7pm
The 8th Annual Hancock County Food Drive
The 8th Annual Hancock County Food Drive has begun! Through March 31, members of the Hancock County Food Security Network and partner organizations are working together to raise funds and collect food items for 17 food pantries, free meal programs, and school backpack programs.

In 2018, the Food Drive generated enough resources to provide almost 92,000 meals for households experiencing food insecurity in Hancock County. This year, we aim to collect 5,000 food items and raise $25,000 for participating food security organizations.

The 2019 Food Drive kicked off with a multi-site, county-wide collection event on March 2nd. In just a few hours, Food Drive volunteers collected nearly $6,300 and over 1,000 food items from community members shopping at any of the 14 participating retailers, grocery stores, and downtown businesses across the county. Star 97.7FM broadcasted live from Friends and Family Market in Ellsworth during the event, and will continue to promote the Food Drive throughout March.

Other exciting events to benefit food security programs and organizations across Hancock County during the Food Drive include a Lip Sync contest on March 23 (click here to register), and a live concert at Pleasant Street Pub in Blue Hill (TBA). Visit the Hancock County Food Drive’s Facebook page (@hcfooddrive) for information about these and other planned events.
If you would like to contribute to the Food Drive, please donate non-perishable, non-expired, healthy food items, such as the following:

  • Canned Fruit, canned in water or 100% fruit juice
  • Canned Vegetables, low sodium or no salt added
  • Canned Meats or Fish, canned in water
  • Peanut Butter
  • Whole Wheat Pasta
  • Healthy Soups
  • Healthy Snacks
  • Low-sugar Cereal

To reach our fundraising goal of $25,000, the Hancock County Food Drive also needs your help financially! You can donate by texting “FeedME2019” to the number 41444 or by clicking here
The Hancock County Food Drive is organized in partnership with University of Maine Cooperative Extension of Hancock County and the many benefiting food security organizations, and is sponsored in large part by Maine Community Foundation , United Way of Eastern Maine , the Maine Coast Mall , Star 97.7 FM , many local businesses, and members of our community. For more information about the Hancock County Food Drive, contact Rachel Emus at or (207) 667-7171. To find an official collection site near you or to donate online, visit the group’s Facebook page .
7 Dinners? No Dishes? Here's your chance!
Winner! WInner! 7 dinners! We are only selling 100 chances so you have a 100 to 1 chance to be the lucky winner! The winner will be drawn as soon as 100 chances are sold so hurry in to BookStacks to get yours. $20 per chance to win and only 100 chances up for grabs. The winner will receive a coupon book with 7 dinner coupons ($175 dollar value) to these local eateries:
  • Bucksport House of Pizza
  • Carrier's Mainely Lobster
  • Crosby's Drive-In
  • Harbor View Grille
  • The Island Rise & Shine Restaurant
  • MacLeod's Restaurant
  • Verona Wine and Design
You may also purchase a chance or two at the chamber's new office space at 54 Main street, Bucksport but BookStacks is open more hours
Uniquely Tour Castine: Past and Present
The Castine History Partners has launched the Castine Virtual History Tour covering 27 places in town spanning four centuries in time. Using the latest technology, as users wander through town they can read and hear about a variety of places while viewing galleries of historic images and documents that bring the stop to life. 

How can you take the tour? While it’s preferable to take the tour while visiting Castine where tour goers can see the sites in person, anyone can “take” the tour no matter where you are. The tour is available as a free program, or “app,” that can be downloaded at any time to a mobile device from the Google Play or Apple App Store. To access them visit If tour goers don't have a smartphone or tablet, they can also take the tour online at

IRS News
Three very important key messages that we would like to share with you:

Understanding Tax Relief for Disasters: FREE WEBINAR
Thursday, March 21, 2019

This free 120-minute webinar is open to all
  • Identifying types of relief available to taxpayers in a disaster area 
  • Calculating disaster area casualty losses 
  • Documenting disaster area casualty losses 
  • Obtaining information about federally declared disaster areas 
  • Learning about IRS Disaster Assistance and Emergency Relief Program 
  • Plus a live Q & A

Learn more and REGISTER for the webinar
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
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 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.
Island Pool & Spa is Hiring
Island Pool & Spa is looking to fill several positions for the 2019 Season. Seasonal positions will be from approximately 5/1/19 thru 10/31/19.

  • Full and Seasonal Service Technician
  • Seasonal Service Assistants

If you enjoy the outdoors and working in beautiful surrounding this is the job for you.
Stop in to Island Pool & Spa, Verona Island to get an application. Call 469-6004 or visit
Bucksport Regional Health Center Health Beat

BRHC Health Beat - March Newsletter
We're hiring! Check out our latest newsletter, below, for openings. Also, if you or someone you love is addicted to opioids/pain killers, we are here to help. This newsletter highlights our Medication Assisted Treatment program and shares what our current participants have to say about it.
Stockton Springs Community Library News & Upcoming Events
Stockton Springs Library
Stockton Springs Community Library will host three free blood pressure and blood sugar clinics this spring as part of its Access Wellness health literacy programming. The events will be held at the library from 11 a.m. to noon on Friday, March 15; Friday, April 5; and Friday, April 19 . The clinics are open to the general public on a drop-in basis. Members of the town’s ambulance crew will perform the testing.

The Stockton Springs Community Library is an all volunteer library. Any questions feel free to call 207.567.4147
An Open House at The Bay School!
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
4 PM to 5:30 PM
17 Bay School Dr, Blue Hill, Maine 04614
Hosted by The Bay School Alumni, Families & Friends

Have you considered The Bay School? Our academic program offers an integrated curriculum, daily music and art, and extended outdoor exploration. Teachers develop long-term, collaborative relationships with students and parents over many years. Come with your children and learn more about our wonderful school!  

Handmade Book & Paper Techniques Workshop
Pysanky Eggs Workshop with Sadie Personeni April 6 from 1-4PM
Ages 15+. Join us in creating beautiful Pysanky Eggs! This traditional Ukranian method of decorating eggs uses a wax-resist and dye method that allows you to create beautiful designs and achieve rich colors! This workshop is perfect for the total beginner, novice, or expert! The instructor will demonstrate each part of the process, and will ensure that each student is able to leave the workshop with a finished egg! All supplies provided. Cost is $28 per student.

Handmade Book & Paper Techniques Workshop with Janalee Welch
April 24 from 10AM-4PM
Ages 15+. Students will learn basic art and printing techniques which can be used for a variety of art making methods. These will vary from session to session and will include gelatin printing, methods to make stamps, paper altering methods, and paper folding and gluing. As time permits, students will go home with a finished product. All supplies provided. Cost is $85 per student. 

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