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BBACC Connects
December 27, 2018
Last Week's poll results: The majority of our subscribers said their favorite winter activity is shoveling!! Good think we live in Maine! You'll have plenty of time for that.

Will you be attending a ball drop on NYE? (Trust us, don't Google it)
Take the poll at the bottom of the newsletter.

Please remember to always share your news with us by emailing  office@bucksportbaychamber.com .
Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce Invites You to a Business After Hours and Open House in January
Join us in sharing your business and community thoughts on how to best utilize the new space

After more than 20 years at our previous location at 52 Main Street, in a building provided to us by the Town of Bucksport, the Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce was able to find temporary quarters right next door. The Verona Grange was gracious enough to allow us to share their space.

This all took place back in April of this year. Since then, through a series of events, we have a signed purchase and sale agreement to buy the Grange building, the closing to take place in August 2019.

In January we will be launching a capital campaign to raise $110,000 to be used for the purchase and renovation to the building. A Business after Hours and Open House will be held at the Chamber of Commerce building at 54 Main Street on Monday, January 14, 2018 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Join us in sharing your business and community thoughts, to view our new home, our renovation plans and other campaign details.
NYE "Bucksport Ball Drop"
NYE Bucksport Ball Drop
12/31/18 10PM to Midnight

This is an all ages welcome, Chem free, community gathering! The Ball will drop in the parking lot behind Town of Bucksport, Maine's Office. Park on Main Street and walk down the parking lot access road, next to Rufus Googin's Park! The Bucksport Fire Department's ladder truck will be hoisting the Ball into the air right on our waterfront.

The Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce building will be open on the lower level for warming, music and refreshments! Larry McNamara of Flannel Doughboys fame will be providing entertainment and invites you to share your musical talents as well!.

Hot chocolate and refreshments. Bring something to add to the celebration and a friend!
Membership 101
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
12pm to 1pm
BBACC │54 Main Street │ Bucksport, ME

Bring your brown bag lunch with you!

This Chamber luncheon is sponsored by Private Home Care, Inc. and will focus on
networking! Private Home Care will
have their Multi-Media Coordinator available to answer questions on social media networking and more!

The meeting is open to new, existing & potential members alike.

Expect to get new ideas, discuss how to get the most out of your Membership, plus meet and network with other Chamber Members. Attend this Membership 101 to get to know the staff and get the facts about how we can serve you and your business.

In this Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce Membership 101 session you will also learn how to maximize the benefits of your Chamber investment. 
Advertise in our 2019 Visitor's Guide
It's time to start thinking about Spring already! Advertising in our 2019 Visitor's Guide is coming right up. Wendi and Jenn will be available to answer questions about advertising at our Chamber Luncheon on January 23!

If you have questions before January 23 about advertising please feel free to contact Wendi, 207.713.7533 or rfbadvertising@gmail.com
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
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.
Senior Center Meals & Activities
Bucksport Senior Center Meals Program
Meals are serves 11:30am at 125 Broadway in Bucksport!
Meals are prepared by RSU 25 Food Service Staff
Home cooked meals prepared on site are served with coffee & 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

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
"Instant Family"
December 28-30, 2018
118 minutes

When Pete (Mark Wahlberg) and Ellie (Rose Byrne) decide to start a family, they stumble into the world of foster care adoption. They hope to take in one small child but when they meet three siblings, including a rebellious 15 year old girl (Isabela Moner), they find themselves speeding from zero to three kids overnight. Now, Pete and Ellie must hilariously try to learn the ropes of instant parenthood in the hopes of becoming a family. INSTANT FAMILY is inspired by the real events from the life of writer/director Sean Anders and also stars Octavia Spencer, Tig Notaro and Margo Martindale. 

Fri 28 Dec, 6:00pm
Fri 28 Dec, 8:20pm
Sat 29 Dec, 6:00pm
Sat 29 Dec, 8:20pm
Sun 30 Dec, 2:00pm*
Sun 30 Dec, 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 January 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
  • Strength Training
  • 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
Thank you for Renewing your Membership!
Gary's Fuel Service
Bucksport Garden Club
Bucksport Historical Society
Woodbury Law, LLC
The Ellsworth American
Star 97.7 WNSX-FM
Wahl's Dairy Port
Osborne's Plumbing & Heating, Inc.
Fort View Dental Hygiene
Reclaimed Maine
Cancer Support Center of Maine
Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust
Unique Rock Shop
Book of the Week at Nautical Scribe Books in Stockton Springs
Book of the Week
NAUTICAL EMERGENCIES: Seamanship for the Unexpected by Tony Mesisel
USED book: $11.95

Written with the average sailor in mind. It has step-by-step illustrated instructions showing you exactly how to deal with problems afloat.

If you don’t have time to get over to the store, just email us and will mail the book to you.

Nautical Scribe Books and Coffee Bar
247 U.S. Route 1, Stockton Springs
Open Tues & Wed 11 – 5
Thurs – Saturday 9 – 5
IRS News
1. Latest IRS video details options to pay balance due tax returns

It’s always best for taxpayers, including businesses and self-employed individuals, to file and pay on time. However, if the tax due can’t be paid at the time of filing, taxpayers should still file and pay as much as possible to avoid penalties and interest and keep any balance due to a minimum.

Watch Online Payment Agreement Overview for more information on the available options to pay a balance due when not paid in full, including:
  • A short-term payment plan to pay within 11-120 days.
  • A long-term payment plan, also called an installment agreement, to pay the balance due in monthly installment payments.

2. IRS launches Instagram account

As part of a larger mission of helping individual and business taxpayers understand and meet their tax responsibilities, the IRS recently announced its debut on Instagram, adding this platform to its social media portfolio.

The IRSNews Instagram account will offer taxpayers the latest information on a variety of topics, especially as they face changes for the upcoming 2019 filing season related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

3. Tax reform changes qualified moving expense reimbursements

Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, employers must include moving expense reimbursements in employees’ taxable wages.

Generally, members of the U.S. Armed Forces can exclude qualified moving reimbursements if:
  • They’re on active duty.
  • They move per a military order and incident to a permanent change of station.
  • The moving expenses would qualify as a deduction if they didn’t get reimbursement.
Employers may exclude any 2018 reimbursements or payments on behalf of employees for a move that took place before Jan. 1, 2018, and would have been deductible had they been paid before that date.

4. Tax law creates new opportunity zone program

Recent changes in the tax law created qualified opportunity zones to encourage tax-favored investment in distressed communities throughout the country and U.S. territories. Under the new law, investors may be able to defer tax on almost all capital gains they invest after Dec. 31, 2017, through Dec. 31, 2026.

For a complete list of opportunity zones, see Notice 2018-48. More information is on the Tax Reform page of IRS.gov.

5. Tax reform affects employee achievement awards

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act prohibits certain property as an employee achievement award.

The law allows employers to deduct the cost of certain awards and exclude them from employees’ income.

For more information visit IRS.gov
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.
Main Street Bucksport receives Downeast Innovation grant
Main Street Bucksport is pleased to announce the award of a Downeast Innovation grant from the Maine Community Foundation. The $9700 grant will be used to increase the efficiency and capacity of the 4-year-old organization by allowing for several initiatives including the purchase of new equipment and software, hiring a consultant to lead in the creation of a strategic plan and other professional development work, and a website overhaul to better promote the wonderful assets of downtown Bucksport.

The mission of Main Street Bucksport is to promote a vibrant downtown by supporting existing businesses, attracting new businesses and hosting high-quality events that bring people downtown. Main Street Bucksport currently brings the Bridge the Gap Race, the Bucksport Arts Festival, the International Maritime Film Festival and several other smaller events to downtown Bucksport. In 2018, Main Street Bucksport's events were attended by 6,300 people.
Stockton Springs Community Library Events
Stockton Springs Library
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:
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 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!

Bucksport Regional Health Center Health Beat
Bucksport Regional Health Center has new providers! You can view their profiles in the latest newsletter. Also, they wanted to let you know they have Tai Chi and FREE cooking classes coming up. Click the blue buttons for more information. 
Weekly Poll
Will you be attending a ball drop on NYE?
Yes, Bucksport: NYE Bucksport Ball Drop
Yes, Belfast: New Year's by the Bay
Yes, Bangor: NYE Ball Drop
No, I prefer to watch it on TV
No, I'll be sleeping long before midnight!
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