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BBACC Connects
May 10, 2018
Last Week's poll results: Your favorite type of weather was "Sunny/Partly Cloudy 70's (fall), most popular with 11 votes!

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Please remember to always share your news with us by emailing  office@bucksportbaychamber.com .
Pixie Harbor Hoopla in Bucksport
Calling all fairies, pirates, elves, wizards, hobbits and gnomes to Pixie Harbor Hoopla in Bucksport!

Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce brings this third year event to Bucksport this summer. Pixie Harbor Hoopla is a "magical" themed festival and a friendly uplifting fun day! Fairies & Pirates of all ages are invited to join us on the waterfront for a day of enchantment on Sunday, June 10th, 2018 from 11am to 4pm.

Dress in your finest Fairy and Pirate Costumes or come as you are! 

Attendees can visit Pixie Harbor Hoopla's “Gnome Depot,” a one-stop-shop for bark, leaves, shells and other natural materials perfect for building fairy houses. Then display your creation for the day on the Bucksport Waterfront. It is said that fairy spirits reside among the trees, flowers, plants, and creatures that live in gardens. The act of building a fairy house is believed to bring good luck as well as help the plants and flowers to grow.

For more information find the event page on Facebook or website, www.bucksportbaychamber.com/pixie-harbor-hoopla contact the Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce at 469.6818 if you’d like to be a vendor or have questions about the day! 
Help Fight Hunger - Donate PB&J at BSB
Hooray for PB&J! During the month of May, you can donate peanut butter and jelly at any of the Bangor Savings Bank branches.

These donations will benefit local food pantries across Northern New England in an effort to end the fight against hunger. Learn more at www.bangor.com/pbj
2018 Guides Available Soon!
Here's a sneak peak at the inside of our 2018 Visitor's Guide! They will be here hopefully by the end of the week.
Main Street Bucksport News
Second Friday Coffee Hour is Friday, May 11 from 8-8:30am at The Local Variety
Join Main Street Bucksport and your downtown neighbors to chat business, upcoming plans, and possible collaborations. Please note this will be our final 2nd Friday coffeehour hour until September. We're taking a summer break so we can, you know, work really hard because it's summer in Maine! 

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

Friday, May 11 is also downtown clean up day! Can you or some of your colleagues take an hour (Or less! Or more!) and help pick up our downtown and village district? It's easy to do and with lots of help, we'll have the town looking sharp in no time. Simply come to the Town Office anytime between 9am-2pm, pick up bags and gloves and get a route assignment. Bring trash bags back to the Town Office and we'll get them to the dump. 

Finally, although we are not scheduling a coffee hour in June, Abbe Levin from the Maine Office of Tourism has offered to come to Bucksport one morning and talk with us about her experience in seeing downtown districts transform and revive. Abbe is a wonderful speaker that brings a lot of enthusiasm to her work. This wouldn't be a formal presentation. It's more of a way to help us think about positive changes in our downtown and how we can work together to promote success for all downtown businesses. Interested? Email Brook and let her know if you're available at 8am on Tuesday, June 12 or Thursday, June 14 (Abbe can come on either day!) Use the link above or write to brook@mainstreetbucksport.org
Bucksport United Methodist Church Breakfast
The Bucksport United Methodist Church, at 71 Franklin Street, Bucksport, will host a Breakfast Buffet on Saturday, May 12th, from 6:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m.

This All-You-Care-To-Eat meal features many delicious entrees, beverages and homemade baked goods. The cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children, and $25 for a family of four or more. 

For more information, please call the church office at 469-3622, or Ed Petravicz at 469-9979.
Bucksport Regional Health Center April Newsletter
The Local Variety
May Events
Sat. MAY 12

Learn how to attract native pollinators to your little patch of garden heaven. Each flower harkens to be pollinated and there are so many wonderful buzzing, flapping and marching pollinators just waiting to find them. Methods for attracting and keeping native pollinators will be discussed.

Pollinator identification will be compared to garden pests to help you keep the good bugs in, and the naughty bugs out. A quick identification guide will be provided to take home. Each participant will also receive a tin of native self-seeding annual, biennial, and perennial seeds to cast over a strip of soil this spring.

Wed. MAY 16

Sat. MAY 19

Wed. MAY 23

Thur. MAY 24
Senior Center Activities
Download your printable version (new meals calendar coming soon...)
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

Specialty Soft Serve Flavors
Over 30 Flavors of Gifford's Hard Serve
Hours 11am to 8pm Daily
79 Main Street, Bucksport ME
Help count alewives at Toddy Pond
Volunteers are needed to count alewives (river herring) as they return to the Narramissic River watershed this spring. Starting in early May, people will count fish ascending the Toddy Pond fish ladder, and contribute to the Maine Dept. of Marine Resources’ knowledge of how well the Toddy Pond dam’s ladder is working.

“Last year’s Orland count was pretty experimental—we were learning from what’s being done on other rivers, and how to best do our own citizen science count here,” said Cheri Domina, a volunteer counter and organizer. “We’re working with Downeast Salmon Federation this year to improve data gathering and analysis.”

Orland is one of about 19 towns in Maine where alewives are still harvested, and the local harvester collects sample data from the fish and sends harvest numbers to the State. The DMR, however, has little information on how many alewives are using Toddy Pond, vs. Alamoosook Lake. If the town could improve fish passage at any of its three dams, that could mean a bigger harvest in coming years, and more fish surviving to enter the food chain in Orland and the Gulf of Maine.

Counting alewives is easy, and only involves 10 minute time slots. Volunteers will be asked to attend a brief orientation at the site. To sign up to volunteer, contact Jake Maier at 207 944-0032 or (preferred) j.m@jmforestry.com as soon as possible – alewives will arrive any day!
Playing at the Alamo Theatre...
Finding Your Feet
Sponsored by: Piero
May 11-13, 2018
111 minutes

"A tart, sharp, life-affirming dramedy, one that is slightly more edgy and far less predictable than it probably has any right to be. Celia Imrie and Imelda Staunton are magnificent" 

On the eve of retirement a middle class, judgmental snob discovers her husband has been having an affair with her best friend and is forced into exile with her bohemian sister who lives on an impoverished inner-city council estate. 

Fri 11 May, 6:00pm
Fri 11 May, 8:20pm
Sat 12 May, 6:00pm
Sat 12 May, 8:20pm
Sun 13 May, 2:00pm*
Sun 13 May, 6:00pm

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

*The Sunday matinees will feature OPEN CAPTIONS
Find Mom a Very Cool Gift for Mother's Day
Find something made by local women for your mom at The Local Variety. Sassy mugs, confidence cuff bracelets, a gift card to a quiet place to drink coffee, and so much more!
If you find that you just don't have time before Sunday to select a great card and gift, Huckleberries will be open on Sunday from 10am to 2pm. Let us help you find that perfect something to bring a smile to her face.
For Mothers day Blossoms By the Bay will have hanging flowering plants: fuchsias, begonias, petunias, assorted annuals,and planters all made up for your convenience.
Congratulations Castine Kayak Adventure!
Karen Francoeur/Owner, Master Maine Guide of Castine Kayak Adventures is so pleased to receive recognition as Yankee Magazine's Editors' Choice for "Best Nature Experience 2018!" We love sharing the beauty of Nature and our Bioluminescence Night Paddle trips in "Castine, Maine's own Bioluminescent Bay" unique in Downeast Maine and a highlight to the annual Acadia Night Sky Festival program. We offer these trips throughout the summer! Check the web for details and join us for our floating planetarium as we explore the constellations, meteors and planets of the universe out under the stars in the sky as we paddle through the bioluminescence of the sea!!!@ http://www.castinekayak.com/bioluminescence-trips.php

Congratulations Castine Historical Society!
The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) announced today that the organization will be donating $5,000 to the Castine Historical Society to assist in funding the Historical Society’s 2019/20 exhibition, “Risky Business: Castine Shipping 1820-1870.” Funding for this project was made possible through the sponsorship of the Majabigwaduce Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, located in Brooksville.  

The Historical Society will work with an exhibit designer to plan an educational history exhibit focused on the 19th century realities of transporting cargo around the world in Castine-built ships. Through first-hand accounts, art, documents, and artifacts, this interactive exhibit will invite visitors of all ages to set aside nostalgic notions of seafaring life in the age of sail. Instead they will grapple with the risks, hardships, and rewards experienced by ship owners, captains, crews, and families.

Lisa Simpson Lutts, Executive Director of the Castine Historical Society, said, “We are thrilled to be receiving such a generous donation from the DAR. We realize that our grant is just one of many that they made this year to preserve our nation’s history. We feel fortunate that they have chosen to fund our exhibition on Castine’s international role in maritime shipping.” 
IRS News
1. Safeguarding EINs to Prevent Identity Theft

The IRS is warning small businesses to be on guard against a growing wave of identity theft attempts against employers. Identity thieves have long made use of stolen Employer Identification Numbers (EINs) to create fake Forms W-2 to file with bogus tax returns. Now they are using company names and EINs to file fraudulent returns.

See the May 3, 2018, IRS news release, “IRS Urges small businesses: Protect IT systems from identity theft” for more information.

2. Tax Relief for Puerto Rico

Attention taxpayers doing business in Puerto Rico: the IRS has announced additional tax relief, further extending certain tax deadlines until June 29, 2018, for Puerto Rico's 78 municipalities and the U.S. Virgin Islands. IRS.gov provides the latest information for those affected by disasters , including FAQs for Disaster Victims.

3. YouTube Small Business Playlist

Small business/self-employed individuals can visit the small business playlist on the IRS YouTube channel and watch a series of videos that can help them navigate tax topics that affect their businesses. Topics include paying estimated taxes, employment tax, worker classification, the sharing economy, and more.

YouTube is just one social media website the IRS uses to share important information about taxes. Visit the Social Media page on IRS.gov to connect with the IRS through other sites and apps.
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.
Bird Walk at Fish Hatchery
Celebrate World Migratory Bird Day Saturday, May 12, 7am with a Bird Walk at Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery and the Dead River side of the Wildlands, led by Naturalist Cheri Domina. Meet at 7 am in the hatchery parking lot, and be prepared for an easy hike to explore habitats from old forest to field to lakeshore. Scarlet tanagers, indigo buntings, black-throated blue warblers, loons and other avian delights are likely!

Bring binoculars, sturdy shoes and bug protection. For more info, 930-9730 or cheri.domina@gmail.com.
Sponsored by Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust.
Open Mic at Sandy Point Community Club
Wednesday, May 16 - Gordon Bok
Traditional and Original Music of Maine and the Sea

7-8pm community open mic format
8pm break with snacks and drinks for sale
8:15-9:15pm featured performers
Searsport Pines Golf Course Offering
Bonus 10-Play Pass
Searsport Pines Golf Course is now offering a Bonus 10-Play Pass (includes a bonus round) for only $150.00. The pass is for 11 nine-hole rounds at this greatly reduced price (formerly $180.00). Cost for each nine-hole round of golf is only $13.64 !!. This bonus pass is available for purchase through May 15, 2018 for use during the 2018 Season. Purchase of a 10-Play pass after 5/1518 will be good for ten (10) nine hole rounds, equaling $15. per round; also substantial savings at the new low price of $150.00. 

Please all 207-548-2854 to purchase a pass or for further information
Sporting Goods Swap in Bucksport
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.
Bucksport Bay Farmers' Market
OPENING DAY - Thursday, May 17!!
It’s almost summertime, and what is more exciting than the prospect of fresh local produce provided by your nearby farmers’ market? This season, don’t forget to buy your produce and goods at the Bucksport Bay Farmers' Market. 

Starting on May 17, you can find Bucksport Bay Farmers' Market at 99 Main Street every Thursday from 2pm to 5pm through October 25.  

The Bucksport Bay Farmers' Market is not only a great place to purchase local produce and goods, but it is a place to enjoy the day with family and friends. This season, all sorts of wonderful things will be offered at the market!

We also accept SNAP/EBT and Credit/Debit cards! Shoppers who use SNAP/EBT receive bonus local fruits and vegetables for every SNAP dollar spen through the Maine Harvest Bucks Program we participate in. If you have any questions about how to use your EBT or Credit card at the market, please contact us, office@bucksportbaychamber.com or 469.6818.
SSCL's "Neighbors Helping Neighbors: Seniors at Home" Death Café
Stockton Springs Library
Stockton Springs Community Library’s “Neighbors Helping Neighbors: Seniors at Home” Speakers’ Series invites you to attend a Death Café on Friday May 18 from 9am-4pm. Chuck Lakin and Nancy McAlley will lead the all day conference which will deal with issues related to end of life, death and choices. The event will be held in the lower level of the Town Office, on Friday May 18th from 9am-4pm. Lunch will be offered, as well as morning and afternoon snacks. All are welcome, but pre-registration is required.

Death Café is not a physical location, but is an event hosted at someone’s house, library or other pop-up temporary venue. The official objective of a death café is to help people to make the most of their finite lives. Individuals can discuss their understanding, thoughts, dreams, fears and all other thoughts of death and dying at these events.

Nancy McAlley is a retired nurse with extensive end-of-life experience. She is also an interfaith minister, a home funeral advocate, and a member of Hospice Volunteers of Waldo County and the Funeral Consumers Alliance of Maine. 

Chuck Lakin is a home funeral educator, who teaches people how to make their own wooden coffins, which he says are cheaper and can be decorated.

Limited seating. Prior registration is required for this event. Call SSCL to sign-up: 207-567-4147 or stop by the library to register in person.

Thanks to the support of the Maine Charity Foundation Fund of the Maine Community Foundation for their support of this program.
Public Supper at Elm St. Church
Elm Street Congregational Church at 31 Elm Street in Bucksport will have a public supper on Saturday, May 19 at 5-6 p.m.

The supper will have homemade casseroles, salads, baked beans, rolls, pies and beverages. Admission is $7.00 for adults, $25.00 for a family and there is no cost for children 5 and under.  
Bucksport Garden Club Plant and Bake Sale
Bucksport Garden Club
Spring Plant and Bake Sale
Saturday May 26, 2018 from 9 am - noon
Main St, Bucksport across from Community Pharmacy
Annuals, Perennials, Baked Goods, Books, Crafts, Raffle and more
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