BBACC Connects
March 28, 2019
Last Week's poll results: Will you be attending Opening Day of the Bucksport Bay Farmers' Market? 
Yes - 75%
No - 25%

It's the first weekend of spring, and everyone is getting ready for another busy season in Maine. Which re-opening featured in this newsletter will you be attending this weekend?
Take the poll at the bottom of the newsletter.
A Message from Chamber President
Our mission states that the Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce is organized to promote the prosperity and quality of life in our area so that the citizens and business community will thrive. One of our many objectives is connecting business to community. 

We all work hard to this end and do it well through the long list of benefits our Chamber provides, the well-attended community events we offer and the awesome staff we have on the front line, all supported by a respectable membership of nearly 200 strong. Members that hail from Rockland to Augusta over to Bangor and Brewer and Downeast to Bar Harbor and Eastport. 

Although this past year was successful in most arenas it was not without its challenges and losses. In late March we found ourselves without a building to house our Chamber office and information center. Thankfully we were able to lease the building next door and soon thereafter we entered into a purchase and sale agreement with the State Grange to buy the building. We are in the midst of raising $110,000 to cover the purchase and renovations of our new home and future community space. 

For many years Leon Seymour was Executive Director of the Friends of Fort Knox. Leon’s passing last May not only left a gap in the Friends’ Organization but in the Chamber’s as well as he was our treasurer. Andy stepped down as President to fill the gap and I stepped in as President. 

We regret that Andy has termed out as a board member, serving 9 years plus an initial 3 years as representative of the then Downtown Merchants Association. Thank you Andy for your commitment to the Chamber. We will miss you and look forward to your return in a year. 

Thank you to our Board of Directors:

• Vice President, Jen Davenport of Bangor Savings Bank
• Secretary, Kathy Coogan of Two Rivers Realty
• Treasurer, Colleen Gross of Verona Wine & Design
• Tim Sampson of T.K. Sampson, Building Contractor
• Kathy James of Lighthouse Arts & Education
• Jessica Carter of The Local Variety
• Shawn Mercer of Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust
• Charley Earley of Lewis and Malm Architecture
• Tracy Sullens of The Bridge Church
• Colin Meshey of Coastal Maintainers
• Rich Rotella, Community and Economic Development Director for the Town of Bucksport

And Newly Elected:

• Catherine Ring of New England Institute for Teacher Education
• Eric Woodbury of Woodbury Law LLC

Thank you to our members, volunteers, sponsors and most of all our office staff Executive Director Leslie Wombacher and Administrative Assistant Alecia Smith. You both and an awesome job. 

Thanks to Wayne Hand of the Bucksport Golf Club for hosting this event and to Ming’s Garden Restaurant for providing the buffet. 

And lastly, don’t forget to contribute to our building fund so that we can continue to provide our members and the community with the services and events they have come to expect and that we strive to improve. 

Thank you for the honor of being your President.
Biz Best, 
Larry Wahl

Pictured Above from left to right: Marissa Thompson, Amanda Piper, Abrina Patterson, Larry Wahl, Lauren Stubbs, and Colin Meshey
credit: Jennifer Osborn, Ellsworth American
Fundraising Campaign
As I am sure you know The Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce has been leasing the Verona Grange building at 54 Main Street in Bucksport, right next door to our old home. What you may not know is that since entering into said lease the Verona Grange has dissolved and that we have further entered into a purchase
and sale agreement with the Maine State Grange to purchase the building. 

Stonewall Kitchen Jam Tour at Huckleberries Card & Gift
Join us on Friday, March 29 or Saturday, March 30 as we sample various jams and products from Stonewall Kitchen. Try a delicious dip made with just 2 ingredients, or a cheese ball made with 3 ingredients, or a yummy pasta sauce that is not tomato based, or a couple of sweet treats perfect for spring and Easter. Best of all, most SWK products will be discounted with a $2 coupon and you will receive a free mini jar of their famous wild Maine blueberry jam.  

Invest in your local Chamber!
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
Chamber Members Supporting Local Student Lead Event Hosted by Bucksport YMCA
Because of the organization and leadership of 7 year old RSU-25 student Payson Rishani, the YMCA will be offering a free to the community semi-formal! Payson wanted to give back to her school community and has been working with the Bucksport YMCA to host a FREE semi-formal for grades K-4! Photos and refreshments will be available through local business donations, drop the kids off and we will take care of the chaperones

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
March 29-31, 2019
98 minutes

A man stranded in the Arctic after an airplane crash must decide whether to remain in the relative safety of his makeshift camp or to embark on a deadly trek through the unknown.  

"Mads Mikkelsen gives a career-best performance." -Indiewire

Fri 29 Mar, 6:00pm
Fri 29 Mar, 8:10pm
Sat 30 Mar, 6:00pm
Sat 30 Mar, 8:10pm
Sun 31 Mar, 2:00pm*
Sun 31 Mar, 6:00pm

*The Sunday matinee will feature OPEN CAPTIONS.

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

What's Coming?
Run The Race
April 5-7, 2019

School Vacation Week Update:
We are doing our best to get How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World for April 12-18

It is not going as smoothly as we would like and the booking may take a while or it might not happen. We are hoping to have Team 6329, the Bucksport High School Robotics team, on hand throughout that week to show off their robot, answer questions, and gain your support as they battle to qualify for Worlds. (Please consider donating to help get them there.) 


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.)
Piano Concert at Bucksport Bible Church
Friday, March 29, 2019
Bucksport Bible Church
16 Central Street, Bucksport

Reflections at the Keyboard
A classical and sacred concert featuring pianist Jennifer Bell, New Brunswick native and Bucksport resident.

FREE admission
Suggested $10 donation with proceeds supporting Bucksport Christian School

Refreshments following the concert.
Live Music at Verona Wine & Design
Appearing Saturday, March 30, 2019
6:30 - 9:00 PM at Verona Wine & Design, Bucksport, ME. Call ahead for reservations.
An Overview of Bucksport's Successes
Main Street Bucksport is helping several community organizations celebrate some of the successes and new initiatives launched over the past few years. Most of this work was made possible by countless volunteers giving more hours than anyone wants to count in order to create positive change in our community.

Over the next few weeks, MSB will be posting more details on their Facebook page about some of these events and groups that make them happen.

This is just the beginning of a long period of change and growth.
Thanks to Main Street Bucksport and Wednesday on Main for gathering the information and creating this very impactful flyer!
Back Ridge Bee Farm & Supply Opens for the Season
We are looking forward to our 2019 season! Come on by on Saturday, March 30 and get all your beekeeping supplies and talk bees with us!!

594 Acadia Highway
Orland, Maine
Hours: 9am to 5pm! 
Wilson Museum Coffee House
On Monday night, April 1 from 6:30 to 9 p.m., the Hutchins Education Center will open its doors transformed into a Coffee House featuring coffee, delicious baked goods, and local, acoustic music. 

The Coffee House is free and open to the public. Coffee from Bucklyn Coffee of Blue Hill as well as baked goods from Compass Rose Books of Castine will be available for purchase with funds raised going toward educational programming at the Wilson Museum. Can't wait to see you there!
8th Annual Bridge the Gap Race
Saturday April 6

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. 

Attention procrastinators:
2019 Bridge the Gap Race only has 20 spots left. There will NOT be day of registration. Run right over to their website to sign up for April 6

Two Rivers Realty is hiring an Agency Assistant!
This key position manages administrative functions, marketing & policies/procedures. Strong customer service and computer/social media skills required.

Please email resume to or mail to 
P O Box 875, Bucksport, ME 04416
Private Home Care, Inc.
Maine has one of the highest elderly populations yet it also has the least amount of nursing homes! With more homes closing each year what is the best option for you and your loved ones? 

2019 Historical Society Internship on the Maine Coast 
The Castine Historical Society is pleased to invite applications for its 2019 graduate level internship. Students enrolled in a Master's degree or Ph.D. program in a museum studies, history, public history, archival science or related field may apply. The internship is 35 hours per week for ten weeks with a stipend of $2,800. 

This educational opportunity is a way for the Historical Society to participate in and serve the field of history and museum work. Students gain experience with professional staff in a local history setting. The primary project this year is cataloging and preserving the photograph collections housed in the Grindle House storage facility on School Street. The annual program also involves the student in learning Castine area history and providing walking tours along with local volunteer guides.

Applications are due by Tuesday, April 16, 2019. To view the full internship description and application instructions, visit   or contact Paige Lilly via email at
Wahl's Dairy Port
Flavor Calendar Opening Day
March 30, 2019

Specialty Soft Serve Flavors
Over 30 Flavors of Gifford's Hard Serve
Hours 11am to 9pm Daily
79 Main Street, Bucksport ME
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
Healthy Acadia News
Healthy Acadia to Offer Recovery Coach Academy in April

Are you are interested in supporting others along their journey to recovery? Are you an individual in long-term recovery from substance use, a friend or family member of someone in recovery, or a recovery ally? Healthy Acadia is thrilled to offer a 30-hour Connecticut Community for Addiction (CCAR) Recovery Coach Academy, a training session for those interested in serving as peer-to-peer coaches for those seeking recovery from substance use, from April 30 to May 3 , 2019 at the Ramada Inn, Ellsworth. Classes will meet from 8:30AM to 5:00PM each day. 

“Adverse Childhood Events (ACES)” Training Set for April 1 in Ellsworth

Healthy Acadia and the Hancock County Drug Free Communities Initiative will sponsor, "The Role of Life Experiences in Raising Healthy & Thriving Children & Communities,” a free presentation and community discussion featuring Kristen Plummer of the Maine Resilience Building Network. This presentation is an introduction to the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study. Download the Flyer here

Evidence-based Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) Coming to Ellsworth

Ellsworth. Healthy Acadia, in partnership with Access Health, will host an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) on Thursday and Friday, May 9-10, 2019 from 8:00am to 4:00pm at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 130 Beechland Road, Ellsworth. The two-day, ASIST training uses an evidence-based curriculum from Living Works Education, focused on suicide intervention and prevention.
The Local Variety is NOW OPEN for the Season
Saturday, April 27 at 1:00-2:30PM

Get rid of those "maybe someday" clothes, shoes, bags and jewelry that don't spark joy in your life! Share your fabulousness with someone who will love and appreciate them!

Bring 25 or less pieces with you- clothing, shoes, jewelry/accessories or purses. Please make sure everything is freshly washed and still has plenty of life left in them! You'll get one ticket for each item that you bring to swap that can be redeemed for a new (to you!) item. 

All attendees will also get a 20% off shopping pass at The Local Variety for the day!

Any leftover items will be donated to the Talk & Shop thrift store that benefits Bucksport Area Community Concerns. This is a FREE event!

Saturday, May 4 at 12:30PM

Saturday, May 18 at 1:00PM
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

2. IRS expands penalty relief for taxpayers whose payments fell short in 2018

The IRS provided additional expanded penalty relief to taxpayers whose federal income tax withholding and estimated tax payments fell short of their total tax liability for 2018 by lowering to 80 percent the threshold required to qualify.

The IRS is now waiving the estimated tax penalty for any taxpayer who paid at least 80 percent of their total tax liability through federal income tax withholding, quarterly estimated tax payments or a combination of the two. The revised waiver computation will be integrated into commercially-available tax software and reflected in the forthcoming revision of the instructions for Form 2210, Underpayment of Estimated Tax by Individuals, Estates, and Trusts.

3. Two IRS publications every business owner and self-employed individual should read

The 2019 revision of Form 656-Booklet, Offer in Compromise (OIC) will be available for download on, Monday, March 25. The booklet contains current forms and instructions for submitting an OIC. Using previous versions of the booklet may result in delayed processing of OIC applications.

Publication 5318, Tax Reform: What’s New for Your Business, provides an overview of many of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act changes that affect business taxes. Topics include:

  • Qualified business income deduction
  • Depreciation
  • Business related losses, exclusions and deductions
  • Other miscellaneous provisions

Additional help for filing business taxes is available in Publication 17, Your Federal Income Tax, and the tax reform information page.

Filing Is The Thing To Do, Even If You Have A Balance Due
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, April 5 and 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
Free Health Literacy presentation at H.O.M.E. in Orland
Do you have questions about your health and wellness? Is a loved one struggling with physical, mental health or substance abuse problems? Learn where to find accurate, reliable health information online, without being exposed to advertisements, misinformation or personal risk. Bring a friend or family member to this free, 1-hour talk. All community members are welcome. 

Access Wellness through Health Literacy
10 a.m. -- 11 a.m., Thursday, April 11, 2019 
H.O.M.E. 90 Schoolhouse Rd, Orland, ME 04472

For more information, call H.O.M.E. at 469-7961

Presented by the Stockton Springs Community Library with funding through Healthy Acadia and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.  
Upcoming at Lighthouse Arts & Eduaction
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.

Kids Easter Workshop
April 16 from 10am to 12pm
In this workshop, we'll have fun working with fiber as we create felted Easter eggs (just in time for Easter!), make fiber jewelry, and create small bowls that will turn into a night light once we put an electric tea-light in them. Parents and grandparents may also join us for this exploration of fiber. Ages: 7-12 Cost: $23 per student
To register for this workshop, please give us a call at (207)-702-9135, or stop by in person. Registration deadline is Saturday, April 13th.

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. 

For more information like their Facebook page
Weekly Poll
Which re-opening featured in this newsletter will you be attending this weekend?
Wahl's Dairy Port
The Local Variety
Back Ridge Bee Farm & Supply
All of the above!
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