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BBACC Connects
March 29, 2018
Last Week's poll results: Your early predictions for the upcoming season is that your business will do better than last year.

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Take the poll at the bottom of the newsletter.

Please remember to always share your news with us by emailing  office@bucksportbaychamber.com .
Submit Photos of the Bucksport Bay Area for the 2018 Visitor's Guide
If you have some great photos of the Bucksport Bay Area that you would like to have considered for inclusion in the 2018 Area Guide, please send them to BBACC at office@bucksportbaychamber.com 
by March 30, 2018  

Please include a brief description of the picture as well as the name of the person who took the picture.

Photos must be at least 300dpi.  

Sending a picture to BBACC does not guarantee inclusion in the 2018 Area Guide.
Providing a picture for use is voluntary.  
By sending a picture for use in the 2018 Visitor's Guide, you are consenting to use in print and giving permission to the Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce to utilize your photograph.
New Equipment at the Bucksport YMCA!
Swap your Sporting Goods...
Kids grow like weeds and specialized equipment tends to be outgrown very quickly. That means our parents are sometimes burdened by program fees and the additional cost of purchasing new sports gear every season.

The Bucksport YMCA invites you to participate in our sporting goods swap hosted at the Jewett School Gym from 3pm-7pm on Wednesday, May 16th. Please bring in donations at your convenience to the Bucksport YMCA office at least a week before the event.

To take advantage of this event you are not required to donate any used sports equipment, just show up and grab your child's size! Any equipment that is left over will be available for anyone involved in youth sports who might need it.

Some examples of equipment that could be donated: Cleats, Catching mitts, Basketball sneakers, Batting gloves, Bike Helmets, Skates, Bikes, Shin guards, Wrestling gear, Bats, balls, etc.
BookStacks Wine Tasting
Celebrate Spring with Wine
Saturday, March 31
4PM to 6PM

Brilliant days are here with the promise of Spring, so I think we'd all like to raise a glass to that and say good bye and good riddance to winter. I've had just about enough. But enough about the seasons.  Let me just get to the point and announce this next wine tasting: our good buddy Jack Scully, of Easterly Wine, in Belfast, will return to BookStacks to present this great line-up, and answer your questions and comments about wine in general.  And yes, our own Denise #1 will deliver her excellent munchies to pair with the wines as we make our way through.


For more information call 469-8992
Paint n' Munch
Saturday, March 31
2PM to 4PM
Lighthouse Arts Center
86 Main Street, Bucksport ME

Relax, enjoy some tasty munchies, and paint a delicious cupcake guided by our instructor!

The fee covers one plate full of munchies and all art supplies needed. Half the fee for this event will go directly to the Hancock County Food Drive, the rest covers the cost of supplies and food.

Ages: 10 to 110
Cost: $30
If you are having any trouble signing up online, please, just give them a call (207) 702-9135 and they can sign you up in our book and you can pay when you arrive.
Rug Hooking Workshop at Wilson Hall
Rug Hooking Workshop with Guest Speaker, Judith Burger-Gossart
April 3, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Wilson Museum, Hutchins Education Center, 112 Perkins Street, Castine, ME

Attention all hooked rug artists, enthusiasts and historians! The Wilson Museum and Castine Woman’s Club are co-hosting a day of rug hooking at the Museum’s Hutchins Education Center in Castine, Tuesday, April 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Do you have a UFO (Un-Finished Object) hooked rug project you would like to finish, or a new one to begin? Bring it to work on at this day-long workshop: hook, visit, share ideas, and meet new friends. You will be in good company with other area rug hookers. The Museum will provide lunch, along with what promises to be a rug hooker’s dream of a program with speaker Judith Burger-Gossart, rug hooker, artist, designer, and author of Sadie’s Winter Dream: Fishermen’s Wives & Maine Sea Coast Mission Hooked Rugs, 1923-1938. Judith’s presentation will focus on her research for Sadie’s Dream with photos of the Mission hooked rug collection and the women who made them. Her presentation will begin at 1:00 p.m.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Wilson Museum at 207-326-9247 or visit the website at wilsonmuseum.org.
Emergency BBACC Board Meeting
Recently the Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce has had to vacate our office building due to poor air quality. For the past 16 years the Town of Bucksport has generously allowed us to occupy 52 Main Street rent free. We are very thankful for what this opportunity has provided us along with the support of the town crew, fire and police when have our events, and of course annual appropriations. Sadly, the current status of the building is forcing us to find another space to house our offices. The Town Council has recommended that the building be put on the market. The Town Manager and council members are being supportive as we find a new home. We are currently still working and serving our membership and community from the Chamber Director's living room. We have moved our computers and some basic needs to Leslie's house but now we need your help!

Tuesday, April 3, 2018
6:00PM at BookStacks
Bucksport, ME

The Board of Directors is holding a special emergency meeting on April 3 to discuss ideas on how to move forward. The entire membership is invited to join the Board of Directors in this discussion. Please meet us there to share your thoughts and ideas.

If you have questions before the meeting please call Andy Lacher, Board President at 469.8992.
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
Wahl's Dairy Port Flavor Calendar
The wait is almost over! Come get in line at The Dairy Port on March 31st!
Main Street Bucksport Kicks Off Bridge the Gap with Film screening: "Boston: The Marathon"
“BOSTON” is the first feature-length documentary film about the world’s most legendary running race – the Boston Marathon. The film chronicles the story of the iconic race from its humble origins 120 years ago, starting with only 15 runners, to the present day.

Main Street Bucksport brings this film to the Alamo to kick off the Bridge the Gap Race weekend. The race is scheduled for 10am on Sunday, April 8.  Learn More...

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children.  Click here for the Facebook Event page
The Local Variety
April Events
Friday, April 6 at 6:30PM

Join us for an evening of fun at The Local Variety in Bucksport! We will be created a lighted canvas image that is sure to stun the eyes of others! Class is $35pp and includes all supplies, materials and step by step instruction. No experience necessary to attend! We work with you through each step, start to finish. This is a BYOB venue so feel free to bring your favorite beverage n snack. Come with a friend or alone and meet new friends! Limited seating available so get your tickets today! 

Tickets can be purchased online HERE

Wednesday, April 11 at 6PM

Wednesday, April 18 at 6:30PM

Saturday, April 21 at 1:00PM

Thursday, April 26 at 6PM

Saturday, April 28 at 12PM
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! Snack Shack will have items for $1 each.
Buck's Mills Rod & Gun Club Upcoming Events
The Bucksmill’s Rod & Gun Club will be sponsoring a Family Field day, April 14th 10am to 3pm, intended to
provide fun and safe outdoor activities for kids in our area. The purpose of our club is
promote an interest in fishing and wildlife conservation in order to ensure good hunting
and fishing for future generations. At this event we will focus on getting young children
active and interested in the great outdoors. We will be giving away goodie bags, door
prizes and raffle items focused on keeping kids and families active outside. 
For more information please visit their Facebook page or contact Nicky Dyer at 991-0033. If you or your area business would like to help make our event successful by making a donation please let Nicky know!
Paint n' Sip at Bald Mountain Community Center
We are excited to announce BMCC's First Ever PAINT 'N SIP Saturday April 14th 2018!

All skill levels welcome!
Total noob? No worries! Your artist host, Jen Sansosti will walk you through the painting process step by step -OR- you can utilize the time to paint your very own creation! All materials are provided.

Seats are (VERY) limited! 
THE ONLY WAY TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT is to buy tickets here at this link
[$40 per person]

Feel free to bring a potluck style dish if you'd like, some snacks will be provided but be sure to --> BYOB!! <--
(All ages welcome but 21+ to drink)

See you there - Cheers!

Another Paint n' Sip is planned Saturday, April 28 at 6 PM - 9 PM - click here for more information.
Marketing Main Street: Get Noticed in the Noise
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Cony Flatiron Auditorium
110 Cony Street, Augusta

Join us for two boot-camp strategies on how to market your boutique or mission on a shoe-string. Abbe Levin, Cultural Tourism Coordinator for the Maine Office of Tourism will teach you how the professionals spark foot traffic. Whitney Moreau from Marshall Communications will tell you how you have social media all wrong and what to do about it. Turn your brand into a celebrity this summer!

$29 Main Street/Network program community member/Maine Development Foundation member
$34 general public

IRS News
Following recent tax changes and the approach of the April tax deadline, the IRS is launching a special week beginning Monday, March 26 to encourage taxpayers to do a “paycheck checkup” to ensure they are having the right amount of taxes withheld at work. 

The week-long campaign will show taxpayers how a “paycheck checkup” can help them prevent having too much or too little tax withheld from their paychecks. These steps can help avoid an unexpected tax bill or potential penalty at tax time in 2019. And with the average refund topping $2,800, some may prefer to get more money in their paychecks now. 

The campaign will also show taxpayers how the Withholding Calculator tool on IRS.gov can help them accomplish a “paycheck checkup” and decide if they need to change their withholding with their employer. Several categories of taxpayers will be especially encouraged to review their tax withholding. 

The “Paycheck Checkup” week will include a series of: 

  • Tax reform tax tips
  • Special news releases this week and in the weeks ahead
  • YouTube videos:
  • Social media efforts about #PaycheckCheckup, including an IRS Thunderclap‎. ‎To support this effort and help spread the word about a national #PaycheckCheckup, please sign up now ‎at http://thndr.me/7BvGKI.‎ ‎
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 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.

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.
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.
Tozier's Family Markets

Stop in to any of our three locations Searsport and Bucksport or Brewer and fill out an application today.
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.
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.
Maine Home Sales and Values Remain Healthy
AUGUSTA (March 21, 2018)— Single-family existing home values in Maine continue
to rise, and sales have remained in healthy territory. Maine Listings today reported
that 822 homes changed hands in February, an increase of 5.93 percent compared to
February 2017. The median sales price for homes sold reached $194,450, up 8.03
percent, comparing February 2018 to February 2017. The MSP indicates that half of
the homes were sold for more and half sold for less.
“In a tight, competitive real estate market, working with a REALTOR® is a smart
move,” says Kim Gleason, 2018 President of the Maine Association of REALTORS®
and Broker/Owner of McAllister Real Estate in Hallowell. “Available for-sale
inventory in February 2018 was nearly two percent below a month ago and 16 percent
below a year ago. REALTORS® have experience, industry relationships, and expert
market insights to help sellers and buyers be informed decision-makers and
successfully navigate their real estate transaction.
Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust Hires New Executive Director
Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust is pleased to welcome Landon Fake as their new Executive Director. Fake will officially start in April, following the departure of long-time Director Cheri Domina. 

Fake comes to the land trust world with a broad background in outdoor recreation and conservation, having served more than ten years as the Atlantic Region Director for Outward Bound, and most recently as Parks and Rec Director for Camden and general manager of the Camden Snow Bowl. Fake was also founder and first Executive Director for Mahoosuc Pathways in Bethel, where he led the community group in acquiring and managing a town forest and creating multi-use trails as a local amenity and economic driver. He served on the board of Mahoosuc Land Trust for ten years. Landon and his wife Margaret currently live in Hope and have two millennial daughters; he’s an avid outdoors person and has skied, paddled, climbed, hiked, and sailed all over the world, but always comes back to Maine.

“GPMCT is an exemplary land trust with a wide range of deep ties to the community,” Fake says. “Its large flagship property (the Great Pond Mountain Wildlands) accommodates several different types of recreation while maintaining strong wildlife conservation values. I’m honored and excited to be part of that and to work toward the next chapter in GPMCT’s history.”
GPMCT Board President Emily Hawkins noted that the GPMCT Board and staff are excited to welcome Landon as the organization's first full-time director. “Landon has a depth and breadth of experience that will benefit all involved with the organization," Hawkins said.

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