BBACC Connects
March 5, 2020
Last Week's poll results: How will you help with the 9th Annual Hancock County Food Drive next month?

Volunteer - 0%
Participate - 33.3%
Donate - 66.7%

Would you like the option to pay for your Chamber membership online?
Take the poll at the bottom of the newsletter.
BBACC New Location
We have found our new home at 83 Main Street in Bucksport, ME! We are currently sorting through things and setting up our storage but stay tuned for an open house when we're ready!

We're really excited for you to see what we have planned. Don't forget our Annual Meeting is coming up, see below for details.

We are open 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. We hope these new hours will make it more convenient for our members and others to connect with us.

We look forward to serving you. You can now contact Teri Doty, Executive Director at or call 207.469.6818.
Advertise in 2020 Bucksport Bay Area Visitor's Guide
The Bucksport Bay area Chamber guide is a comprehensive regional travel and recreation guide available, free to tourists and residents, in print and online in its entirety. The guide provides readers with information on individual communities within our region, places to EAT, STAY, PLAY, and SHOP, as well as information on services provided. Your business can reach more than 25,000 readers with the printed version and several more thousands online! This guide is your opportunity to promote your business to a target audience of people looking to vacation in, and relocate to, the Bucksport Bay area region! 

Our members receive a discounted ad rate as well as a free listing in the directory.
Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony
Thursday, March 19, 2020
Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at The Alamo Theatre

6:00pm: Networking and Appetizers from Glenn's Place
7:00pm: Guest Speaker, Maine Maritime Academy President, Dr. William Brennan & Awards Ceremony

$20 online | $25 at the door
Learn more and buy your tickets at
Thanks for coming to our latest Business After Hours
Thank you to the wonderful volunteers at the Stockton Springs Community Library for hosting our latest Business After Hours last week! If you haven't had a chance to see their events or know how much they offer the community we encourage you to visit their website or stop by the library.

The Stockton Springs Community Library (SSCL) is run by an all volunteer staff and has become the center of the community of Stockton Springs and surrounding towns since it was founded in 2001. For a small library, SSCL host many events and programs for children and adults. They have two reading groups, a genealogy group, a gardening group, story hour for children. Weekly they have a painting group that consists of anywhere from 4 to 10 people. During tax time they also host the AARP Tax Program on Saturdays.
Senior College Comes to Bucksport
As a result of the work of Bucksport Heart & Soul, PVSC will offer two courses in the springs and more in the future!
Visit to register
Registration closes March 13, 2020
Join the fun at Bolt!
March Events Coming up at Bolt Fabrics...

Open Sew | $5
Sundays, March 1st, March 15th, and March 29th | 2:00-5:30pm

Reserve your spot! Bring in your own project and you will get advice, get your questions answered, and enjoy by sewing with others!


Easy Backpack | Sunday, March 8th
Instructor: Patty Rowley
$25 plus materials

Stand and Stow Tote Bag | Sunday, March 22nd
Instructor: Patty Rowley
$25 plus materials
Confident Beginner

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 $6.00 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
Homemakes - 2nd Tuesday 10am

Aerobics 8-9am 
Scrabble 12:15-2pm

Bone Builders Exercise 10:30am-12pm
Bridge 12:30-4pm
Poker & Scat/31 Cards 5:30-9pm

Aerobics 8-9am 
Playing at the Alamo
March 6-8, 2020
109 minutes

“Bombshell” depicts, with equal parts bemusement and outrage, the explosion that occurred when the women of Fox News Channel dared to expose the culture of sexual harassment that had prevailed for so long at the cable television juggernaut. More than a year before allegations of abuse and harassment against Harvey Weinstein would spark the #MeToo movement and crater his career, there was Roger Ailes, the fearsome TV news titan whose personal empire came crumbling down. Director Jay Roach’s film follows those fraught days during the summer of 2016, when “Fox & Friends” morning show co-host Gretchen Carlson filed a lawsuit against the former Fox News CEO and Megyn Kelly—the network’s biggest star at that point—came forward with Ailes harassment tales of her own.

*The Sunday matinee will feature OPEN CAPTIONS.

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



Mon 9 Mar, 6:00 pm

Mon 9 Mar, 8:00 pm

Thu 12 Mar, 6:00 pm

Fri 13 Mar, 6:00 pm+8:20 pm
Sat 14 Mar, 6:00 pm+8:20 pm
Sun 15 Mar, 2:00 pm+6:00 pm


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.)
Who is Hiring?
Island Pool & Spa Openings!

Job Service Assistant
May 1 through October. $12-15/hour after 2 week trial. Please apply if you are hard-working, fun-loving, and have an all-around-great-and-outgoing personality.
Store Clerk
May 1 through August. The qualified candidate should possess excellent communication skills, a working knowledge of computers, and good organizational skills. It is very important that the person chosen for this job be a self-starter, someone who can perform the job given to them and have the initiative to complete the routine chores without having to be directed at each turn.
Bucksport House of Pizza Openings!

Sandwich Artist/Cashier
Seeking super reliable and clean part-time worker. Make sandwiches, salads, cashier, clean, and run food. $12.00 to $13.00/hour plus tips. Weekends required.
Welcome New Members
Ed's Sheds
223 Danforth Road
Carroll Plt, ME 04487

Wing Dingahs
Food Truck
Stanley Grindle

Kathryn's Antiques 
98 Main Street
Bucksport, ME 04416

Edward K Arey Community Center
1160 River Road
Bucksport, ME 04416
Hall Rental

Dragwater Plumbing
20 Bridge Street
Bucksport, ME 04416

Frame by Frame 
101 E. Main Street
Searsport,ME 09874

Edward Jones
Seth Funk
132 Church Street
Belfast, ME 04915

Healing Hollow
Therapeutic Massage
23 Hollow Lane
Bucksport, ME 04416

Maine Maritime Academy
The Center for Professional Development
24 Mariner Way
Bucksport, ME 04416
Fill-A-Cruiser for the Hancock County Food Drive
Stop by the Bucksport Hannaford on Saturday, March 7 between 10am-2pm and help us fill a Bucksport Police cruiser with groceries!! Portions of this event's proceeds benefits the MLS Friday Food Program!

Bring the kids along for a chance to get a photo inside the cruiser and a Junior Bucksport Police Officer badge sticker!!!

The Hancock County Food Security Network is excited to host the 9th Annual Hancock County Food Drive in March. The month-long collaborative fundraising project supports 17 food pantries, meal sites, and school backpack programs that collectively serve thousands of community members across Hancock County.

The 2019 Food Drive raised $26,833
and collected 7,250 food items, resulting in 113,374 meals for community members in need. This year the Network aims to raise $30,000.
According to Kids Count Data Center, 1 in 5 children in Hancock County is food insecure. By
supporting this important cause, you are helping to ensure that these children and their families
have access to affordable food.

For more information on how you can get involved with the food drive, contact Rachel Emus at 207-667-7171 or
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Sponsors “Maine in the Movies” Film Festival in Celebration of Maine’s Bicentennial
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is pleased to be a presenting sponsor for “Maine in the Movies,” a statewide film festival featuring 35 movies set in Maine. The 11-day festival, which runs from March 5-15 in 17 cities across the state, is being held in honor of Maine’s bicentennial. The festival is organized by the Maine Film Center and co-presented with 19 arts and education organizations and independent cinemas.

“Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is honored to sponsor ‘Maine in the Movies’ in celebration of films that have been inspired by the place we have called home since 1887,” said Joseph Schmitt, SVP and Chief Marketing Officer at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. “Maine is a special place, and we are thrilled to be a part of the state’s 200th birthday celebration.”

The films screening during the festival include Maine’s oldest narrative movie, Jean the Match-Maker (1910); beloved classics Bambi (1942) and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel (1956); and recent movies Aquaman (2018) and The Lighthouse (2019). Visit to see the complete list of movies and a detailed schedule.
Sandy Point Congregational Church Celebrates Maine's 200th Anniversary
On March 15th, at the 9:15 service, the Sandy Point church will celebrate the State of Maine’s 200th Anniversary at their monthly Special Music Sunday.

There will be featured musicians, Karen Hawthorne and Shawn Smith. Come celebrate singing traditional songs and listening to inspiring words from the 1820s.

The Congregational Church of Sandy Point is located on 698 US Rt1 in Stockton Springs. Regular Sunday Services are at 9:15 am followed by fellowship. FMI 567-3073.
“The Changing Bird Population in Maine” at SSCL
The Stockton Springs Community Library will be hosting “The Changing Bird Population in Maine” featuring Nick Lund, Maine Audubon's Outreach & Network Manager, Wednesday March 18 at 6 PM.

Nick is a birder and bird writer, with a regular column on the National Audubon Society website, as well as works appearing in, The Washington Post, National Geographic and other outlets.

This presentation will cover the last few decades of change and discuss which species are disappearing, which are increasing and then looks into the future to identify what the future of Maine birds might be.

Please join us at the Stockton Springs Community Library on Wednesday, March 18th at 6 PM.
Castine Historical Society Internship
For the seventh year, the Castine Historical Society is offering a graduate level internship, this year with an emphasis on photograph preservation and digitization. Students enrolled in a master’s degree or Ph.D. program in a museum studies, history, public history, or archival studies, may apply. 

The internship requires a commitment of 35 hours/week for eight weeks and comes with a $3000 stipend.

This educational opportunity is a tangible means for the Castine Historical Society to engage with the fields of public history and museum work. Students gain experience with professional staff in a local history setting learning new skills and sharing their expertise. 
The primary project this year is digitizing and preserving the photograph collections housed in the Grindle House office and storage facility on School Street in Castine. The annual program also involves the student in learning Castine area history and providing free walking tours along with local volunteer guides.

Applications are due by Tuesday March 24, 2020. To view the full internship description and application instructions, visit or contact Paige Lilly via email at
Huckleberries Card & Gift Raising Money for Bucksport Animal Shelter
Valentine's Day last year was very hard for Diane at Huckleberries Card & Gift. Her beautiful kitty, Sophie, lost her battle with kidney disease.

They had been together 18 years. In her memory, Diane is holding a fundraiser for the Bucksport Animal Shelter. Let's continue the Warm Your Heart spirit in Bucksport. Bring a 4"x6" photo (or more) of a beloved pet, either past or present to Huckleberries Card & Gift.

She will surround it with a beautiful red heart, along with your pet's name and display in the windows on Main St and Elm St. For each picture, she is asking that you donate just $2 to the shelter and she will match the first $100.

This fundraiser will end on March 31. Let's fill the windows with our furry companions that warm our hearts each and every day.
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Message from the CEO Carol Carew
It’s finally March! Spring is on its way and the days are getting much longer. Reminder, we turn the clocks ahead early this year on March 8.

March is National Poison Prevention Month. On the back page, we have important information from the federal website . It is a good idea to write down the Poison Help Line number 1-800-222-1222 and
keep it on your refrigerator as a handy resource.

March is also National Nutrition Month. There is a helpful guide below. Reading nutrition labels on food containers is
one of the best ways to know just how much you are eating.

Most restaurants also have calorie counts on the menus. We have good news. We have opened our lab in Ellsworth
to everyone - patients and non-patients! Just like in our Bucksport location. This means if you need lab work done, come see us. You can make an appointment or simply walk-in. It’s hassle free and we take all insurances.

Be sure to come see us at the Ellsworth American/ Newspapers in Education Yard Sale, March 28, 8:00 to 2:00, at the Ellsworth Middle School behind Mill Mall. We are very excited to be sponsoring this year. We will have giveaways and screenings. Stop by our table. 
Healthy Acadia Celebrates Selection as Shaw’s GIVE BACK WHERE IT COUNTS
Reusable Bag Program Beneficiary
Healthy Acadia has been selected as a beneficiary of the Shaw’s GIVE BACK WHERE IT
COUNTS Reusable Bag Program for the month of March.
The Shaw’s GIVE BACK WHERE IT COUNTS, which launched in April 2019, is a reusable
bag program that facilitates community support with the goal to make a difference in the
communities where shoppers live and work. Healthy Acadia was selected as the March 2020
beneficiary of the program by store leadership at the Ellsworth Shaw’s store located at 175 High
Street. Healthy Acadia will receive a $1 donation every time the $2.50 reusable GIVE BACK
WHERE IT COUNTS Bag is purchased at this location during the month of March unless
otherwise directed by the customer through the Giving Tag attached to the bag.

Friends of Fort Knox has been selected as the beneficiary of the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program
Have you heard the news? Friends of Fort Knox has been selected as the beneficiary of the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program!

Each time the $2.50 reusable Community Bag is purchased at the Hannaford in Bucksport during the month of March Friends of Fort Knox will receive a $1 donation.
"Singspration" and "Fruitfest" at BUMC
Bucksport United Methodist will host an evening of Pot Luck music, March 29th from 6-8pm.

The "Singspration" will feature solos and singalongs. For refreshment we will have a Pot Luck "Fruitfest". 

Bring along fruit dishes, fruit salads, fruit treats to share. FMI call 669-3622 or check our facebook page:
Fast Forward Maine Business Conference
Fast Forward Maine Business Conference
April 7th in Portland
This full day conference focuses on topics such as business growth, leadership, attracting the best employees, creating company culture, and more. The day will include amazing business experts, critical topics around growth, and great networking opportunities.

Use the promo code mesbdc for 25% ticket prices. Learn more or register...
Bridge the Gap Race
May 2, 2020
Registration is NOW OPEN for the 9th running of the Bridge the Gap Race !

NEW FOR 2020:
• New race date! Saturday, May 2nd
• Your registration now includes a fitted, gender specific race singlet (or youth t-shirt) and commemorative drawstring race bag! You must be signed up by February 3rd to guarantee your size.

Held annually since 2012, Bridge the Gap has quickly gained popularity as one of Eastern Maine's rites of spring!

Registration is limited, sign up today:

In 2017 Crow Athletics became the newest caretakers of this important community event, and changed the course slightly; both races continue to start at Fort Knox in Prospect, and cross the stunning Penobscot Narrows Bridge. The 10-Miler tours Verona Island from west to east, while the 3-Miler follows the scenic river walk. Both races finish on Main Street in the heart of downtown Bucksport!

Crow Athletics has partnered with Main Street Bucksport to help bring this race into their friendly community. We encourage all runners and their friends/family to explore the fun downtown businesses and restaurants — plan to make a day of it!
Bucksport/Fort Knox KOA Sewing Retreat Weekend
We are now taking reservations for our first ever sewing retreat weekend. You pay for your site we will supply most of the meals for your stay. May 14th-17th .The retreat starts Thursday night with a meet and greet in the rec hall and sewing or whatever you feel like. Friday , Saturday and Sunday are all day sews.

Patty from the fabulous quilt shop Bolt in Bucksport will be at our retreat with great projects and materials for us to purchase and work on. This is a great time for you to bring your fun projects to share and show off. This retreat will hopefully be a bi-annual event and this first group will help plan and offer ideas for future events.

Bring your materials that you are not using and trade in with some of ours in our closet. Don’t forget your husbands we do have some great golf courses close by, corn hole and horseshoes on site.

Book now or call for more information. More information will follow as retreat comes closer.

(207) 469-7739
Castine Historical Society Announces House and Garden Tour 2020
The Castine Historical Society, which serves as a window into Castine’s extraordinary past as one of the first settled towns in Maine, has announced that it will host its House and Garden Tour on July 23, 2020. The upcoming tour will incorporate Maine’s Bicentennial into the walking tour throughout the village. The tour will include 9 homes, 5 gardens, and Castine’s Dyce’s Head Lighthouse and John Perkins House.

Bucksport Arts Festival August 7-8, 2020
6th Annual Bucksport Arts Festival
Downtown Bucksport, Maine
Friday August 7 and Saturday August 8
Rain or Shine
A project of Main Street Bucksport
and Lighthouse Arts Center

Save the date for this year's festival!
Join us in celebrating the Arts on Bucksport's beautiful waterfront. 

If you are interested in applying to be an artist at this year's festival, please call Sadie at 207-702-9135. 
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