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BBACC Connects
November 21, 2018
*The Chamber will be closed tomorrow, Thursday 11/22*
We hope you are surrounded by friends and family this Thanksgiving!
Last Week's poll results: The majority of the votes told us you feast on Turkey for Thanksgiving!

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Main Street Ribbon Cutting on Small Business Saturday - November 24!
Castine Historical Society Opens Downtown Christmas Pop-Up Shop For Small Business Saturday
Castine is a great place for holiday shopping this year, with several new stores opening downtown, along with other businesses hosting pop-up shops. The Castine Historical Society is joining the excitement with their own Christmas Pop-Up Shop hosted by Saltmeadow Properties at 7 Main Street. The shop will open on Saturday, November 24th for Small Business Saturday and then be open Monday-Friday from 10-4 and Saturdays by chance through December 21. For those unable to make these hours, items can also be purchased on-line at www.CastineHistoricalSociety.org and be either shipped or picked up at the Historical Society.

Among the items available for purchase are Castine or nautical-themed clothing, gifts, Christmas ornaments, mugs, and books for children and adults. Another fantastic giving opportunity is purchasing a gift memberships to the Castine Historical Society for friends or family. 

While the Castine Historical Society exhibits are closed for the 2018 season, the Grindle House offices and research library located at 13 School Street, Castine are open year-round. Researchers are welcome by advance appointment. 

For more information visit www.castinehistoricalsociety.org, call
207-326-4118, or email info@castinehistoricalsociety.org.
Shop Small - Shop Local - Shop Castine
Hosted by Castine Historical Society and Compass Rose Books

Bring your list, the kids, the dog and a warm coat to Castine on Saturday, Nov 24th for Small Business Saturday!

Organized shoppers will find neatly arranged rows of books, puzzles, journals and cards at Compass Rose Books.

Hungry shoppers will find good things to eat at MarKels.

Shoppers with bare walls will find artwork at Gallery B.

Cold shoppers will find fuzzy socks and cozy things at Mary Margaret Mercantile.

Bored shoppers will find 11 miles of trails to walk in Castine (those aren't for sale, but gift memberships and merchandise for Blue Hill Heritage Trust are available at Compass Rose Books!)

Shoppers who want to take a piece of Castine with them will find all things Castine at the Historical Society Pop Up Shop on Main St.

Intrepid shoppers with drysuits will find a waterfront with good paddleboard access. (also not for sale, but if you show up with a paddleboard and a drysuit, you get 25% off your order at Compass Rose Books.)

thank you. Small businesses thrive because of you.
Are your Thanksgiving Hours Correct on Smart Devices?
Smart Datamap Services wants to remind you to check your holiday hours on Google...

With so many travelers using Smart Devices to navigate to holiday shopping, it's imperative to let them know when you're "OPEN." Your hours need to be updated to show which days around each holiday you're "OPEN" or "CLOSED." Each site you're listed on handles it differently!

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
November 23-25, 2018
105 minutes

Don't miss the blaze that Carey Mulligan ignites in "Wildlife." The British actress gives her considerable all to the role of Jeanette Brinson, a young housewife in Montana, circa 1960, who starts to unravel when her husband Jerry ( Jake Gyllenhaal) heads to the mountains 40 miles away to fight wildfires and leaves her alone to raise their 14-year-old son Joe (Ed Oxenbould). In a beautifully nuanced directing debut, actor Paul Dano mines the smallest details in Richard Ford's acclaimed 1990 novel - he and his partner Zoe Kazan wrote the emotionally-attuned script - to create a portrait of a woman who can't quite catch up with the frustration and feminist stirrings she feels inside.
- Rolling Stone 

Fri 23 Nov, 6:00pm
Fri 23 Nov, 8:10pm
Sat 24 Nov, 6:00pm
Sat 24 Nov, 8:10pm
Sun 25 Nov, 2:00pm*
Sun 25 Nov, 6:00pm

*The Sunday matinees will feature OPEN CAPTIONS

General Admission $8
Students/Seniors $7
Members $5
Black Friday and Small Business Saturday SALE at BookStacks
30% off hardcovers
(40% off when you buy more than two)
20% off Everything Else*
Nov. 23 & 24 only
Open 9 to 6

*Please note that this sale does not include the purchase of any gift certificates,
special orders, better bottles of wine,
and/or periodicals; it further excludes the purchase of any cup of pretty good coffee; finally, any stray polydactyl ginger cats who may wander by,
keenly indifferent,
and apparently annoyed,
depending, are also excluded.

Thank you.
Come celebrate Small Business Saturday with The Local Variety
We will be offering 20% off EVERYTHING in the store* all day long. Many of our neighbors on Main Street will be offering specials as well so come visit Bucksport and Shop Small at the official kickoff weekend to holiday shopping! We will have a fresh case of pastries, hot coffee and lots of amazing products all made by women-owned small businesses!

Shopping small and local supports our town and the families who pour their heart and souls into their storefronts here. We've all been working hard to make Bucksport your one-stop-shop for all things unique, fun, handmade, delicious, beautiful and thoughtful. See you soon!

*A few items that we carry on commission will NOT be included in the sale but will be clearly marked and still available for purchase. :-)
After School Special at Subway
Subway, in Bucksport, will be offering an after school special 3 for $18.
Any 3 regular footlong sandwiches for just $18 Monday through Friday
from 3 PM to 8 PM
Limited time offer not valid with any other offer or coupons. You must ask for their special when ordering. Only Valid at Bucksport Subway. Additional charge me apply for extras Plus applicable tax.
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
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. New tax law allows small businesses to expense more, expands bonus depreciation

In a November 15 news release, the IRS reminded small business taxpayers that changes to the tax law per the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) mean they can immediately expense more of the cost of certain business property. Many are now able to write off most depreciable assets in the year they are placed into service.

Section 179 expensing changes
A taxpayer may elect to expense all or part of the cost of any Section 179 property and deduct it in the year the property is placed in service. The new law increased the maximum deduction from $500,000 to $1 million. It also increased the phase-out threshold from $2 million to $2.5 million. These changes apply to property placed in service in taxable years beginning after December 31, 2017, and will most likely affect 2018 business tax returns filed next year.

New 100 percent, first-year ‘bonus’ depreciation
The 100 percent depreciation deduction generally applies to depreciable business assets with a recovery period of 20 years or less and certain other property. Machinery, equipment, computers, appliances and furniture generally qualify. The law also allows expensing for certain film, television, and live theatrical productions, and used qualified property with certain restrictions.

See the proposed regulations for more details.

2. Important news for U.S. residency certification applicants

A U.S. Residency Certificate is an important tool that resident individuals and corporations can use to alleviate their foreign withholding tax.

Beginning December 1, the user fee for non-individual taxpayers who file Form 8802, Application for United States Residency Certification, will increase from $85 to a flat fee of $185 per application. This increase will not affect individual taxpayer applications, which will remain $85 each.

See IRS.gov for more details.
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). 
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. 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:
December 20, 2018
January 17, 2019
February 21, 2019
March 21, 2019
Stockton Springs Library
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 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!

Congregational Church Ladies Aid Christmas Fair
Congregational Church at Sandy Point will have its annual Ladies Aid Christmas Fair on Saturday December 1, 2018 from 9:00am to 1:00 pm at the American Legion Hall at 697 US Rt. 1 in Stockton Springs. A delicious luncheon will be served from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm. Home-made candy and fudge, Christmas baskets, handmade jewelry, crafts, Vt. Cheddar cheese, baked goods and a raffle with other items highlight the day. The raffle items include art prints, a Christmas centerpiece, creative door wreath and gift cards. FYI call 567-3073 and leave a message.
Bucksoprt Area Community Thanksgiving Eve Service
Area clergy will come together at Elm Street Congregational Church Bucksport to lead the annual Thanksgiving Eve Service that is open to people of all faith traditions whether you have a local church connection or not.

Wednesday November 21
6:00 p.m. Community Choir Rehearsal
7:00 p.m. Thanksgiving Eve Service

Love offering to benefit "Helen's Kitchen fund" of the Bucksport Community Concerns"
The fund provides help for people in need with medical expenses, car repairs, rent, utilities and other special needs.
Donations to the fund may be made to BCC-Helen's Kitchen P O Box 603 Bucksport ME 04416
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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