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BBACC Connects
November 15, 2018
*The Chamber will be closed next Thursday*
We hope you are surrounded by friends and family this Thanksgiving!
Last Week's poll results: Everyone who responded said yes, they voted on November 6 or earlier! Thank you for voting!

What do you serve for Thanksgiving?
Take the poll at the bottom of the newsletter.

Please remember to always share your news with us by emailing  office@bucksportbaychamber.com .
Tozier's Turkey Trail - Sunday, November 18
What does it cost?
Normally we ask for toiletry donations that help the Bucksport food pantry but this year Bucksport Community Concerns needs our help in a different way. On November 7, the volunteers who run the pantry went in to find that it had flooded. This year instead of collecting of personal hygiene products we will be asking folks to just bring cash to Tozier’s Turkey Trail 2018. You can decide how much you want to give to help them get over this hurdle. They need to raise $1000 to off-set immediate cost.

What are we racing for?  
Like a traditional scavenger hunt, you’ll meet at the beginning, split into teams and compete against each other. There are 6 hidden Turkey Idols, all within 30 minutes of Bucksport. Teams receive a clue sheet at the start of the race. Each clue will lead you to an idol or other challenge. As teams complete each challenge, which may have them find cool things, solve riddles, take goofy photos and more, they’ll upload their pictures to the Tozier’s Turkey Trail 2018 event page on Facebook. If done correctly, each time your team will be awarded a point towards the grand prize. The teams that retrieve the Idols, complete the Idol Picture Challenges and bring them back to the Chamber will be awarded a frozen turkey Certificate (Thanks to Tozier’s Family Markets). Limit one TURKEY idol per team.

I want in! When and where do I need to be?
The race officially begins at 12 PM, November 18, 2018 so please arrive at the Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce office, 54 Main Street, Bucksport at 11 AM. There will be a check-in desk to make your donation and receive your team bibs. Clues will be handed out to the team captains right before the race begins. You only have two hours to complete your quest! Teams will be disqualified if they have not returned to the chamber by 2:00pm.

Main Street Ribbon Cutting on Small Business Saturday - November 24!
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
Ellsworth-Bucksport Dental Assoaciates Will take your Candy!
Ellsworth-Bucksport Dental Associates both Bucksport and Ellsworth locations are collecting candy in exchange for a toothbrush, in turn they will send the candy overseas to our troops deployed.

For more information please contact Dr. Ahern
Ellsworth Office: 207-667-7117
Bucksport Office: 207-469-6191
Senior Center Meals & Activities

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
"First Man"
Sponsored by Pat & Lee Snyder
November 16-18, 2018
141 minutes

On the heels of their six-time Academy Award®-winning smash, La La Land, Oscar®-winning director Damien Chazelle and star Ryan Gosling reteam for Universal Pictures' First Man, the riveting story behind the first manned mission to the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the decade leading to the historic Apollo 11 flight. A visceral and intimate account told from Armstrong's perspective, based on the book by James R. Hansen, the film explores the triumphs and the cost-on Armstrong, his family, his colleagues and the nation itself-of one of the most dangerous missions in history.

Fri 16 Nov, 6:00pm
Sat 17 Nov, 6:00pm
Sun 18 Nov, 2:00pm*
Sun 18 Nov, 6:00pm

*The Sunday matinees will feature OPEN CAPTIONS

General Admission $8
Students/Seniors $7
Members $5
Private Home Care, Inc.
Private Home Care, Inc. is a personal care agency serving in-home clients in the Belfast, Maine and surrounding areas. Our services address health, safety and nutrition needs, as well as individual aspects of care such as personal interests and activities. 

Orland Community Center November 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
  • Cycling
  • Yoga
  • Body Bootcamp
  • 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
Purple Iris Foundation World Pancreatic Cancer DAY!
Wear purple for #pancreaticcancerawareness 
on World #Pancreatic #Cancer Day
today, November 15 #wpcd and the entire month of November!
We #challenge you to
1. Wear purple
2. Take a selfie of you wearing purple
3. Post your selfie on Instagram and/or Facebook 🌈
4. Make sure to use the #purpleforpc 
5. #Share this post 💜
So excited to see your pics!

Stockton Springs Community Library Events
Free LEGO Club at the Stockton Springs Community Library

 The Stockton Springs Community Library (SSCL) is proud to offer free LEGO programs on the 3rd Thursday of every month from 4:00 – 5:00 PM starting November 15th 2018 through March 21, 2019.

Focus age group is 4 through 10 years old, however children of all ages are welcome to participate in the LEGO Fun!

Duplo and Mega Blocks will be available for younger builders (0 – 3 yrs)

The purpose is to become a creative, engaged, lifelong learner while having fun. The library provides the LEGO bricks and participants provide their imagination and creativity! LEGO creations will be displayed in the library until the following month’s LEGO Club.

Mark your calendars:
November 15, 2018
December 20, 2018
January 17, 2019
February 21, 2019
March 21, 2019

Stockton Springs Community Library Story Time First Saturday of the Month Through April

The Stockton Springs Community Library will host a Story Time on the first Saturday of each month from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm through April. The program began on November 3rd and will end on April 6th.

Dates for the Story Time will be November 3, December 1, January 5, February 2, March 2, and April 6.

Each story time will include a story and activities. A light lunch will be provided. All are welcome!

Verona Wine & Design Pre-Black Friday Sale
Verona Wine & Design will be closed for Thanksgiving break so we are holding our Black Friday and Shop Small Saturday sale early!
Friday, 11/16/18  4-9PM
Saturday, 11/17/18  12 noon - 9 PM
Get a jumpstart on your gift shopping with 15% off all wine barrel products and 10% of all wines in our retail shop.

Wine Tasting at BookStacks
Wine Tasting at BookStacks
Saturday, Nov. 17, from 4 to 6 p.m.

"I don't know how it got here so soon, but. Here it comes, my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving. And whether you're traveling or hosting, we've got some super nice wines for you to present. Our friend Dan Tarr, of Easterly Wine, returns to BookStacks to pour and talk about the different wines, answer your questions. Denise #1 will be here to serve some of her tasty munchies to pair with the wines. It ought to be delightful, and I hope you can make it."


For more information call BookStacks at
Building a Recover-Ready Community to Celebrate 1st Year
Healthy Acadia invites recovery resource volunteers and community members interested in helping others on their journey to recovery from substance use addiction to join them in celebrating their first, and very successful, year of volunteer-led efforts to build a recovery-ready community. 

Join Healthy Acadia’s substance prevention and recovery program specialists and community volunteers for a potluck dinner and celebration on Monday, November 19, 2018 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm, at Your Place, Inc., Old Mill Road, Ellsworth. Hear about the recovery supports now in place in our communities, learn how you can help others along their recovery journey, and explore opportunities to become actively involved in building a robust recovery-ready community. 
For more information, or Denise Black (Hancock County) at 667-7171 or email denise@healthyacadia.org or find Healthy Acadia on Facebook.
Chamber Members Hiring...
Penobscot Home Performance is hiring!
Penobscot Home Performance is looking to bring on a Weatherization Technician and a Weatherization Crew lead.

They offer starting pay of $18 to $25 per hour, 2 weeks paid vacation, holiday pay, profit sharing, and a retirement package not to mention a fun and varied work environment.

Do you want to help make a real difference on a local and global scale? Give us a call at 469.6100, email Matt Damon, or message them on Facebook.

Bucksport Regional Health Center is Hiring!
Consider joining a team of healthcare professionals providing quality services to a broad community.

Contact Details
110 Broadway
Bucksport, Maine 04416
Phone: 207-469-7371
Freshwater Stone is Hiring!
The success of Freshwater Stone depends on the men and women who come to work here every day. Our commitment towards our crew grows from an appreciation of their dedicated craftsmanship and exceptional work ethic.

To work at Freshwater Stone means to share our core values of hard work, family and health. To support these values, we offer a social, yet challenging health and fitness program that is free to all Freshwater Stone employees, as well as their families. We also have a safety and regulatory professional who is available every day.

Positions currently available at Freshwater Stone:

Construction Department:
  • Stone Mason’s Tender
  • Class A Truck Driver with Crane Certification

Fabrication Department:
  • Interior Stone Fabricator
  • Interior Stone Templater/Installer
  • CAD Draftsman/Installer

Architectural Stone Department:
  • Saw Operator
  • Laborer

Facilities Maintenance:
  • Facilities Assistant

Bucksport Area Child Care Center 2018 Annual Sock Drive
November 1 thru November 21, 2018

The season of Thanksgiving is upon us; a time of family and friends. Many people in our communities have little to be thankful for, and many go without basic necessities. In the hopes of easing their suffering and to help teach our children compassion and community responsibility we will start this week, our annual sock drive. We will be collecting pairs of socks to give to the Bangor Homeless Shelter on Wednesday, November 21, 2018.

We are collecting new, adult size, male or female socks. For every pair of socks your child brings in they will receive a sticker to place on our giant sock. Last year, we collected 274 pairs of socks! The folks that run the shelter were so thankful for our gift to them. They were especially thankful to provide their guests with dry, clean socks to sleep in that night. Please help us to meet or break our previous record of 274 pairs of the socks.

If you have questions you can call the center at 207-469-7623
Seaboard Federal Credit Union Sock Drive
Seaboard Federal Credit Union is collecting socks again this year for the less fortunate. They had 1,158 donations last year. Let’s work together as a community to meet their goal of 1,500! They will be collecting socks for adults, teens and children November 15 through December 15. Please consider donating new socks and help keep those in need warm this winter. They will be distributing the socks to three local shelters at the end of December.

Drop off locations are all of the Seaboard Federal Credit Union locations as well as The Grand in Ellsworth. For more information please contact SFCU 800.639.2206
IRS News
1. Here’s how tax reform changed accounting methods for small businesses

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act — better known simply as tax reform — allows more small business taxpayers to use the cash method of accounting. The new law defines a small business taxpayer as a taxpayer who has average annual gross receipts of $25 million or less for the three prior tax years and is not a tax shelter.

Here’s how tax reform changed the rules for small business taxpayers. The law:

  • Expands the number of small business taxpayers eligible to use the cash method of accounting by increasing the average annual gross receipts threshold from $5 million to $25 million, indexed for inflation.
  • Allows small business taxpayers with average annual gross receipts of $25 million or less for the three prior tax years to use the cash method of accounting.
  • Exempts small business taxpayers from certain accounting rules for inventories, cost capitalization and long-term contracts.
  • Allows more small business taxpayers to use the cash method of accounting for tax years beginning after December 31, 2017.

2. After tax reform, many corporations will pay blended tax rate

Tax reform legislation replaced the graduated corporate tax structure with a flat 21 percent corporate tax rate. This new maximum tax rate for corporations is effective for tax years beginning after December 31, 2017.

A corporation with a fiscal year that includes January 1, 2018, will pay federal income tax using what is called a blended tax rate. They will not use the flat 21 percent tax rate for their entire fiscal year.

This change will affect many tax forms and instructions that corporations use. See the 2017 Fiscal Tax Year Filers Must Use Blended Corporate Tax Rates page on IRS.gov for a complete list.

3. Proposed regulations may affect certain domestic corporations

The IRS issued proposed regulations reducing the amount for potential income inclusions determined under Internal Revenue Code Section 956, for certain domestic corporations that own (or are treated as owning) stock in controlled foreign corporations. 

4. Check out new, redesigned tax reform pages on IRS.gov

To help business and indivdiual taxpayers find the latest tax reform news, tips, articles and more by topic, the IRS recently redesigned the Tax Reform Resources page on IRS.gov. See the Small Business Initiatives section for our latest business materials.

The IRS also added a special Paycheck Checkup page to IRS.gov. The page helps taxpayers understand how the major changes from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act can affect their tax situation.
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.

Mary Cline has been filling in for me at the Beth Wright Center, and she will continue to teach a Thursday afternoon class (1-2pm) for a few more weeks. Call the Center at 207-664-0339 with any questions about yoga at Beth Wright.
Bucksport YMCA's 2nd Annual Craft Fair
November 24, 2018 9am to 3pm
66 Bridge st Bucksport @ the Jewett school
Spaces are full at this time, come out and support local crafters and get something special for your friends and family.
Orland United Methodist Church Christmas Fair
The Orland United Methodist Church will be holding their Annual Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday November 24th in their Parish Hall in Orland Village from 9 to 2. It will feature crafts, baked goods, candy and fudge, wreaths, cookie walk, and white elephant room. We will serve brunch all day! For additional information call Pam Haseltine at 496-7475 or Liz White at 469-7071
Getting Paid to Talk: An Introduction to Voice Over Acting
Have you ever been told you have a great voice? Whether you're looking for a new career or just interested in making some extra money on the side, this workshop gives you a fun, realistic behind-the-scenes look at the voice-over industry. From audiobooks to training material, cartoons, documentaries, commercials and more, you'll learn the ins and outs of this growing field and how to avoid the common mistakes made by newcomers. Hear what a professional voice demo sounds like, discover which vocal types are most in-demand and record a short script under the direction of your instructor.

The next RSU 22 Adult Education class will be held on Wednesday, November 28th from 6:30-9 @ My Thrill Studio located at 46 Blueberry Hill Rd. in Winterport. If interested, one may register online HERE , or call the adult ed office @ 862-6422.
Bucksport Regional Health Center to hold Annual Senior Health Fair
Bucksport Regional Health Center is holding a Senior Health Fair, Wednesday, November 28, from 9:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m., at 110 Broadway, Bucksport. 

There will be more than two dozen vendors, health screenings, including blood pressure checks, blood glucose tests and flu shots. 
The Bucksport Police Department will be participating in a Drug Take-Back, and Adult Education  instructors will help seniors learn to use their smart phones.  

There will also be prizes, giveaways, fitness demonstrations and the Scottish Country Dancing lessons.  

The Senior Fair is free and everyone is welcome. 

Bucksport United Methodist Church Public Breakfast (postponed until 11/30 due to weather)
at Bucksport United Methodist  Church
71 Franklin Street in Bucksport 
 *Reservation Only*
Call Church Office: 469-3622
Friday, November 30th
Seating at 5:30 p.m. 

$10.00 per person 
Choice of Roasted Turkey or Pork Loin 
All the fixings, beverage,  
and choice of pie for dessert.
Tai Chi for Health in Hancock County
Keep Active this Winter with Healthy Acadia’s
Tai chi is the perfect antidote to help bring balance to our fast-paced daily lives – to the benefit of our physical and mental health. This ancient Chinese practice incorporates slow, gentle and controlled movements to improve relaxation, flexibility, balance, concentration, and muscle strength. 

Healthy Acadia is thrilled to offer free, eight-week beginner-level “Tai Chi for Health” courses at three locations in Hancock County this winter. While classes are free, a $5 per-class donation is suggested. Classes are scheduled to begin in November and December as follows:

Bucksport –Fridays, 10:00am to 11:00am, November 30, 2018 – January 18, 2019 at Bucksport Regional Health Center (110 Broadway).  

An on-going intermediate-level class is offered on Fridays, from 10:00am to 11:00am at Bucksport Regional Health Center (110 Broadway).

Ellsworth – Thursdays, 10:45am to 11:45am, December 6 – January 24, 2018 at the Moore Community Center (133 State Street).  

An on-going intermediate-level class is offered on Wednesdays, from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm, at Moore Community Center (133 State Street).

Blue Hill – Tuesdays, 2:00pm to 3:00pm, December 4, 2018 – January 29, 2019 at Parker Ridge Retirement Community (63 Parker Ridge). 
Please Join Us for a Benefit Evening for Daniel Watt
December 7, 2018 
Orland Community Center
6-8 pm

Dan was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer in September of 2018. He grew up on Verona Island and has lived in the area all his life.
He has been a local business owner for the last 17 years and member of the Bucksport Chamber of Commerce.

Suggested Donation for entry: $5 per adult and $3 per child (under the age of 3 are free)
Entry includes:
  • Spaghetti dinner, non-alcoholic beverages (BYOB allowed) and dessert as well as 5 tickets for our raffle items. Additional raffle tickets may be purchased at $1 each or $10 for an arm’s length.
  • Music by Big K’s Entertainment Service featuring DJ Kevin Megno
  • Silent Auction with some fantastic items including:
  • Hampton Inn gift certificate *PENSOTTI oil fired boiler
  • Disc Golf Certificates *Michael Kors purse
  • Oakley and Ran Ban Sunglasses
  • Nail Salon gift certificate
  • And so much more!
Shutter Images Photography and Framing merchandise will be available for sale, just in time for the holiday season!
Cash and Checks will be accepted, Sorry no Credit or Debit Cards
For more information, to volunteer or donate to our event, please email Tammy Arrico at mainelyeyes@aol.com
Business After Hours at Osborne's Plumbing & Heating, Inc.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
5pm to 7pm

We hope you can come to this Business After Hours to network with other attendees as well as learn about our hosts Dick Peterson from Askhelpful.com and Osborne's Plumbing & Heating, Inc., the services they offer and how they worked together with Dick recently to better serve their customers.

This also will give you a chance to stop by their new showroom and see the end of the year sales.

Light refreshments will be provided.

This is a free event that allows Chamber members to network, strengthen professional relationships and develop new opportunities to work together.

Please RSVP to 469.6818 or email  office@bucksportbaychamber.com
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