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BBACC Connects
November 29, 2018
Last Week's poll results: The majority of the votes told us you agree that sharing other business information on Facebook helps everyone including you're own business!

Did you Think Local First on Small Business Saturday?
Take the poll at the bottom of the newsletter.

Please remember to always share your news with us by emailing  office@bucksportbaychamber.com .
Business After Hours at Osborne's Plumbing & Heating, Inc. co-hosted by Askhelpful.com
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Osborne's Heating, Kitchen & Bath Showplace
15 Heritage Park Road, Bucksport, Maine

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.

Osborne's will have a delicious barbecue spread available so come on out to the Buckstown Heritage Park off of State Route 46 in Bucksport!

This is a free event that allows Chamber members to network, strengthen professional relationships and develop new opportunities to work together. To RSVP please register through our eventbrite event or click "get tickets" on our Facebook event page.
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

Mondays:
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)

Tuesdays:
Evening Bingo 5:45-8pm
Day Quilters - 1st Tuesday 9am to 3pm

Wednesdays:
Aerobics 8-9am 
Scrabble 12:15-2pm
Bone Builders Exercise 1:00-2:30pm

Thursdays:
Bridge 12:30-4pm
Poker & Scat/31 Cards 5:30-9pm

Fridays:
Aerobics 8-9am 
Playing at the Alamo
"The Old Man & the Gun"
Sponsored by Sid & Jane
November 30 - December 2, 2018
comedy/crime/drama
93 minutes
PG-13

THE OLD MAN & THE GUN is based on the true story of Forrest Tucker (Robert Redford), from his audacious escape from San Quentin at the age of 70 to an unprecedented string of heists that confounded authorities and enchanted the public. Wrapped up in the pursuit are detective John Hunt (Casey Affleck), who becomes captivated with Forrest's commitment to his craft, and a woman (Sissy Spacek), who loves him in spite of his chosen profession. 

Fri 30 Nov, 6:00pm
Fri 30 Nov, 8:00pm
Sat 01 Dec, 6:00pm
Sat 01 Dec, 8:00pm
Sun 02 Dec, 2:00pm*
Sun 02 Dec, 6:00pm

*The Sunday matinees will feature OPEN CAPTIONS

General Admission $8
Students/Seniors $7
Members $5
Bucksport United Methodist Church Public Breakfast
HARVEST DINNER
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). 
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
Welcome New Chamber Members
Heartfelt Pampering by Amber Harvey
Heartfelt Pampering by Amber Harvey, Independent Perfectly Posh Consultant
Orland, ME
207.949.0870
amberharvey14@gmail.com
New England Institute for Teacher Education
PO Box 902
Bucksport, Maine 04416
207.702.9292
Coastal Maintainers
Residential and Commercial Cleaning
Carpet extraction, floor stripping and waxing, office cleaning, routine cleaning
207.478.2857
Port O'Call
Port O' Call - A seaside gift store
54 Water Street
Eastport, Maine
207.853.0800
Hammond Lumber Company
4 Gross Point Road
Orland, ME
207.469.7313
Huckleberries Celebrates 5 YEARS!
Help us celebrate being in business for 5 years! 2-1/2 years in Brewer and 2-1/2 years in Bucksport.

Friday, November 30 - 10am to 5pm
Saturday, December 1 - 10am to 5pm
Sunday, December 2 - 10am to 5pm

Sample jams from Stonewall Kitchen, 20% off Christmas cards and ornaments, discounts on all Stonewall Kitchen products, as well as many discounts throughout the shop.

Thank you gifts, and drawings to win prizes. Please join us!

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
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.
Buck Memorial Library "The Joy of the Holidays"
The Buck Memorial Library invite you to share in "The joy of the holidays" with a gift of new books for children of all ages and jars (no glass) of peanut butter, jelly and cinnamon and sugar (cinnamon toast)

Please bring all gifts to the Buck Memorial Library by 11am, Wednesday December 12
IRS News
1. Wage and Tax Statements due January 31 

The IRS reminds employers and other businesses that January 31 remains the filing deadline for wage statements and independent contractor forms.

Employers are required to file their copies of Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, and Form W-3, Transmittal of Wage and Tax Statements, with the Social Security Administration by January 31. Certain Forms 1099-MISC, Miscellaneous Income, filed with the IRS to report non-employee compensation to independent contractors, are also due at this time.

Visit IRS.gov and read the instructions for Forms W-2 & W-3 and the Information Return Penalties page for more information.

2. IRS warns businesses of “Tax Transcript” email scam

The IRS and Security Summit partners recently warned the public of a problematic scam affecting businesses. A surge of fraudulent emails impersonating the IRS and using tax transcripts as bait to entice users to open documents containing malware are on the rise. If a business’s employees open the malware, it can spread throughout the network and potentially take months to successfully remove.

This well-known malicious code, known as Emotet, generally poses as specific banks and financial institutions in its effort to trick people into opening infected documents. However, in the past few weeks, the scam masqueraded as the IRS, pretending to be from “IRS Online.” The scam email carries an attachment labeled “Tax Account Transcript” or something similar, and the subject line uses some variation of the phrase “tax transcript.”

Businesses should instruct employees to not open the email or the attachment, and to instead delete or forward the scam email to phishing@irs.gov.

3. Latest tax reform tip for businesses engaging in like-kind exchanges

Per the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed last December, like-kind exchanges are now generally limited to exchanges of real property. Effective January 1, 2018, exchanges of personal or intangible property such as machinery, equipment, vehicles, artwork, collectibles, patents and other intellectual property generally don’t qualify for nonrecognition of gain or loss as like-kind exchanges.

Like-kind exchange tax treatment now applies only to exchanges of real property that’s held for use in a trade or business or for investment. Real property, also called real estate, includes land and generally anything built on or attached to it. An exchange of real property held primarily for sale still doesn’t qualify as a like-kind exchange.

See the recent IRS news release: Like-kind exchanges now limited to real property for more information.

4. National Tax Security Awareness Week

December 3-7 is the third annual National Tax Security Awareness Week. It will feature events nationwide, highlight a daily security topic and mark the launch of a special @IRSTaxSecurity Twitter handle to keep the public aware of emerging threats throughout the 2019 tax filing season.

To kick off this campaign, the IRS is offering a free webinar to help taxpayers understand the Dark Web and how it is used as a repository for stolen identities, credit data, tax information and banking/financial information.

This webinar will be held at 2 p.m. EST on Monday, December 3, 2018. To register, go to Tax Security Awareness: Understanding the Dark Web.
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.

Tuesdays
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.
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.
Play Group at Bucksport Christian School
Bucksport Bible Church has an Exercise & Socialize Playgroup for pre-school aged children.

It is a time that Mom's and their kids can get together with others and enjoy a story time, snacks, and play time in the gym. It is meeting at Bucksport Christian School next Tuesday, December 4th at 9:30am to 11:30am.
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
Bucksport UMC Christmas Cantata / Vesper Service
On December 9 at 6:00p.m.

Bucksport United Methodist Church
71 Franklin Street, will host "Get in The Spirit" Christmas Vesper Service with the Cantata "The Lamb of God" special solos, and a Carol Sing. 

Don’t forget your Jingle Bells! Hot Chocolate and Cookies to follow! Bring Cookies to share! For more information call 469-3622 or check our Facebook page

The church is also doing a "Free Shopping Event" for families in need where the children pick out gifts to give to parents and family on December 15th. We are are looking for new "household" items and mom and dad gifts. Please bring a gift to the church to put under the tree with you if you would like to help! 
Weekly Poll
Did you Think Local First on Small Business Saturday?
Yes, I spent my money at small businesses throughout the different communities
I didn't get out on Small Business Saturday, but plan to spend my money locally
No, the convenience of big box stores is the only way I can do my shopping
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