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BBACC Connects
March 15, 2018
Last Week's poll results: You said you use Social Media the most for marketing your business.

Do you feel it is important to actively pursue new customers?
Take the poll at the bottom of the newsletter.

Please remember to always share your news with us by emailing  office@bucksportbaychamber.com .
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
Thank you Golden Globe Sponsors
Thank you Emmy Sponsors
Bangor Savings Bank
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...
Black Panther 
March 16-18, 2018
134 minutes
Marvel Studios' "Black Panther" follows T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king.But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T'Challa's mettle as king-and Black Panther-is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life

Fri 16 Mar, 6:00pm
Fri 16 Mar, 8:40pm
Sat 17 Mar, 6:00pm
Sat 17 Mar, 8:40pm
Sun 18 Mar, 2:00pm*
Sun 18 Mar, 6:00pm

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

*The Sunday matinees will feature OPEN CAPTIONS
Lighthouse Arts Center
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 16th (K-3)
March 23 (4-8)
Please call 702.9135 or email info@lighthouseartscenter.com with any questions.
Free Tai Chi for Health in Bucksport
Free Tai Chi Class Set to Begin March 16 in Bucksport

Bucksport Regional Health Center is one of several sites hosting free Tai Chi for Health classes offered by Healthy Acadia across Hancock and Washington counties. 

A beginner-level class is set to run on Fridays, from 10:00am to 11:00am, beginning March 16 and continuing through May 4, 2018.

While classes are free, a $5 per-class donation is suggested. To register or for more information about Tai Chi for Health classes in Bucksport and other locations across Hancock and Washington counties, contact Nina Zeldin at 667-7171 or nina@healthyacadia.org or visit https://healthyacadia.org.
Blush Salon and Boutique March Offers
March into Spring

15% off full balayage, highlights or all over single process color

10% off shellac manicure or luxury pedicure

add partial highlights to any color service for only $25

$5 brow wax with any service
20% off salon products

Give us a call or message us on Facebook, 469-2500
Looking for work? These folks are now hiring!
Crosby's Drive In is now hiring for the 2018 season!

Seasonal short order cook 
30-40 hours week 
mid april - labor day 
pay based on experience 

If interested please call 991.2878
Carrier's Mainely Lobster is hiring for the 2018 season

Customer service representative/ Cashier
$10 / hour
Looking for happy, hard working individuals for fast paced work place.
Pay depends on work ethic.
Get it back to us by US Mail or contact us via Facebook
10 Duck Cove Rd
Orland, ME 04472

Island Pool n Spa
JOB OPENING: Service Assistant 
Full Time, Seasonal Employee
$12 an hour after 2 week trial 
We are in need of hard-working, fun-loving, 
all-around-great-and-outgoing personalities 
to join our GROWING Service Team Family!
Click on the link below to apply or stop in to Island Pool & Spa, Verona Island 
to get an application. 
Call Island Pool & Spa at 469-6004 or visit islandpoolspa.com
Island Rise & Shine is now hiring!

Cook or server
Part-time job
Spring is coming soon and we need more help! We could use another cook and another server. Flexible hours and friendly so if you're interested message them on Facebook, call 469-1110 or stop by in person, 1 Maple Street on Verona Island.
Friends of Fort Knox is hiring for the 2018 season!

Fort Knox and Observatory Staff
Part-time job
Fort Knox and Observatory seasonal part-time Friends of Fort Knox are looking for tour guides, observatory and gate attendants. Six month positions send resume to FOFK1@aol.com, or FFK, PO Box 456, Bucksport, ME 04416, respond by March 23rd, no phone calls, please.
IRS News
Winter storm extension: Many businesses have extra time to request a 6-month extension ( more )...

The Internal Revenue Service today granted many businesses affected by severe winter storms additional time to request a six-month extension to file their 2017 federal income tax returns.

The IRS is providing this relief to victims and tax professionals affected by last week’s storm--known as Winter Storm Quinn—and this week’s storm –known as Winter Storm Skylar--that primarily hit portions of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.

Business taxpayers who are unable to file their return by the regular due date—Thursday, March 15, 2018--can request an automatic extension by filing Form 7004, on or before Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Form 7004, available on IRS.gov, provides a six-month extension for returns filed by partnerships (Forms 1065 and 1065-B) and S corporations (Form 1120S).

e-News for Small Business
1. Report Suspected Abusive Tax Promotions or Preparers

The IRS needs your help with identifying promoters of “too good to be true” abusive tax schemes, or tax preparers using illegal schemes to avoid paying taxes.

2. Choose Reputable Tax Preparers

With more than half of the nation's taxpayers relying on someone else to prepare their tax return, the IRS reminds small business owners to watch out for unscrupulous tax preparers looking to make a fast buck from honest people seeking tax assistance. For more information on how to protect yourself by choosing a paid tax preparer who meets IRS requirements, visit Choose a Tax Preparer Wisely.
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.

Thursdays *March 22nd will be the last class during this time period*
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.
Get Paid to Talk/Intro to Voiceover Acting
The Riverside Adult Ed Partnership with RSU 22/RSU 26/ RSU 34 Spring 2018 Session offerings are now available.

Included in this issue is the second "GET PAID TO TALK/Introduction to Voiceover Acting” workshop held by Voice Coaches of Albany N.Y. in cooperation with My Thrill Studio located at 46 Blueberry Hill in Winterport.

The offering will be held on Thursday, May 3rd from 6:30-9:00. This session is designed to introduce adults to the voice over field in a manner that is easy to understand, upbeat and fun. Voice overs are everywhere, from commercials, audio books, cartoons, gaming and documentaries.

You’ll learn about the business and you’ll have an opportunity to record a real script under the direction of a producer in the studio and have it played back to be assessed. If you have interest, call the studio @ 207-223-5082, text 207-944-9509, email mfrancis@mythrillstudio.com or Facebook message us. You may also call the RSU #22 Adult Ed office at 207-862-6422 or to register on-line visit their website

The fee is $25.00. Registering on-line is the fastest way to insure your spot. The number is limited to 15 and there is presently a wait list from the last session. Thanks for your time.
Healthy Acadia Food Drive
Healthy Acadia partners with UMaine Cooperative Extension, United Way of Eastern Maine, Maine Community Foundation, Star 97.7, Maine Coast Mall, and food security organizations across Hancock County to implement the Food Drive each year during the month of March. This collaborative effort to collect food and funds benefits a number of Hancock County food pantries, community meals, and school backpack programs. Donations are collected through businesses, schools, churches, and other organizations that agree to be official collection sites and sponsors for the drive.

To find a drop off location or learn more visit www.healthyacadia.org
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
Main Street Bucksport Friday Coffee Hour
Second Friday Coffee Hour is 
Third Friday Coffee Hour in March
Friday, March 16 from 8-8:30am, at
The Local Variety

This is a one-time date change due to scheduling conflicts. Join Main Street Bucksport and your downtown neighbors to chat business, upcoming plans, and possible collaborations. 

Coffee is on Main Street Bucksport. Come hungry and buy delicious food from The Local Variety. 

For more information about upcoming Main Street Bucksport events please visit their website, www.mainstreetbucksport.org
Private Home Care, Inc has a new website!
Take a look at Private Home Care Inc.'s new and improved website! There is also a special page listing all the events they are involved in in the area! Click here
Bucksport YMCA Father/Daughter Dance
Tickets are now on sale for our father/daughter dance April 13th from 6:00pm-8:00pm! Pick up your tickets at either the YMCA office at 66 Bridge Street in Bucksport or at the Miles Lane school office. Space is limited to 400 participants, $10 covers one caregiver and up to two children. Our theme is Think Spring!
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
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!
SBDC is back in Bucksport with helpful resource at no cost!
Thinking about starting a business? Or do you already own one? There's a helpful (free!) small business resource for the Bucksport Bay area ready to help you with everything from starting, to maintaining and growing your business. The business advising is confidential, offered at no charge and provided by the Maine Small Business Development Centers. Space for the consultations is graciously provided by Bangor Savings Bank.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Bangor Savings Bank
89 Main Street, Bucksport
By appointment only
Please contact Shannon Byers 664.2990 to set up an appointment today!
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
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!
Django ME Gypsy Jazz Workshop
Django ME Gypsy Jazz Workshops coming to the Lighthouse Arts Center on Monday evenings from 4-6:30pm. August 6, 13, 20 & 27. Student concert on labor day September 3rd at 5:00pm.  Reserve today and get the "Early Bird" price. After May 15th tuition is $300

Who is this for? This workshop series will focus on Gypsy Jazz style and repertoire. Also covered will be basic concepts of ensemble playing, improvisation and performance technique. Typical instruments in the style are guitar, violin, clarinet, and upright bass, but all musicians are welcome! (Ages 15 and up) mandolin and ukulele too! 

What kind of skill level is required? Students should have some basic proficiency on their instrument and some background with music theory, as well as knowledge of noted and chords. Reading music is not required but would be helpful. Tab will be provided for string players who don't read notation. 

What will you learn? Each week students will have a one hour group lesson specifically for their instrument, followed by an hour of ensemble playing. Ensembles will be formed with a brief introductory lecture followed by rehearsal. The goal will be for each ensemble to learn, arrange and play a minimum of one new tune each week, while maintaining the music from the previous weeks. The workshop will culminate with a student ensemble and faculty concert at the Lighthouse Arts Center. 

How do I pay? There is a PayPal button at https://wellsgordonmusic.com/ - Payment must be in full to reserve your seat - make sure to mention what instrument you will be bringing to the workshop. Please provide contact information so we can reach you if plans change. 

You can mail a check to: Wells Gordon, 232 River Road, Bucksport, ME 04416
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.
Bridge the Gap Race seeking volunteers
We need volunteers for the following work the day of the race, April 8:

Main Street Bucksport needs one more small group of people (3-6 adults or kids) to volunteer at a water station for the Bridge the Gap Race. The commitment is from roughly 10am-12pm (possibly ending earlier depending where you are on the course) on Sunday, April 8. We provide the table and all the supplies. All you do is show up, cheer on the runners, hand them water and pick up their cups when they toss them on the side of the road. It's a fun activity for families, groups of friends, etc.

Interested? Join the fun! Contact Brook at mainstreetbucksport@gmail.com or 479-3933. Thanks!
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