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**Oops! The Bay Festival coordinator Shelby Wright's email is shelby.d.wright@gmail.com . It was incorrectly spelled in the previous email.
BBACC Connects
February 15, 2018
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Frost Fest is an annual winter celebration held in Bucksport during February school vacation. Activities this year will be on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at the ice skating rink on Miles Lane in Bucksport.

An old fashioned ice skating party will have music, skating & dancing and will kick it off at 11am. Other activities include a snow sculpture competition brought to us by Seaboard Federal Credit Union and miniature golf in a course made of SNOW! To rent a putter and a ball is $5, under 5 years old FREE. 

Phil Smith, master magician, entertains children, and adults. He entertains at homes, schools, and many other settings from Maine to Boston and beyond. Smith is a ‘kid at heart,’ which makes his magic dazzle everyone. Phil Smith of Abracadabra Productions will be at Frost Fest from 12 AM to 2 PM for Strolling interactive magical experiences. 

Funds raised support the Bucksport YMCA and the Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce. All the fun will wrap up at 3pm when the snow sculptures will be judged and the winner awarded their prize!

Our Community PTO will be joining us this year and will be selling warm food and drinks. All proceeds of food and drink sales benefit the PTO who assist with the needs and wants of the students and staff throughout the school year.

We hope to provide a fun, healthy, invigorating cold weather experience for children and their families in our local communities. This event helps us demonstrate that our multi-faceted communities are active destinations for those looking for exciting and diverse activities during the winter months.

Thank you to our 2018 sponsors, Seaboard Federal Credit Union, Penobscot Home Performance, The Bridge Church, Woodbury Law, LLC, Crosby's Drive-In, and D G Arts. To become a Frost Fest partner please contact the Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce at 207.469.6818 or email office@bucksportbaychamber.com.

Visit our website or Facebook page for more information
2018 February Winter Junior/Youth Fencing Tournament in Bucksport
Saturday, February 17
10:00am to 5:00pm
Jewett School, 66 Bridge Street, Bucksport

Down East School of Fencing is hosting a Junior and Youth Fencing Tournament at the Jewett School in Bucksport, ME. Foil, Epee and Saber will be fenced with electric gear. Spectators are always welcome for free. Fencers can register at AskFRED. Visit Down East School of Fencing 's Facebook page to learn more
Senior Meals Calendar & Center Activities
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
Playing at the Alamo Theatre...
Paddington 2
Sponsored by Lava
February 16-22, 2018  
104 minutes

While searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy's hundredth birthday, Paddington sees a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber's antique shop, and embarks upon a series of odd jobs to buy it. But when the book is stolen, it's up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief.

Fri 16 Feb, 6:00pm
Sat 17 Feb, 6:00pm
Sun 18 Feb, 2:00pm*
Sun 18 Feb, 6:00pm
Mon 19 Feb, 2:00pm
Tue 20 Feb, 2:00pm
Wed 21 Feb, 2:00pm
Thur 22 Feb, 2:00pm

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

*The Sunday matinees will feature OPEN CAPTIONS
“Cars 3” Children’s Movie at SSCL
Learn to make Herbal Salve
Stockton Springs Community Library (SSCL) will present a Children’s Movie “Cars 3” on Friday, February 16 th at 6:30 pm.
“Cars 3” is a 2017 American 3D computer-animated sports comedy-drama film produced by Pixar and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The film is the sequel to Cars and Cars 2. The returning voices of Owen Wilson, Bonnie Hunt and Larry the Cable Guy are joined by Cristela Alonzo, Chris Cooper, Kerry Washington, and Lea Delaria, in addition to a dozen NASCAR personalities.
Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers led by arrogant hotshot Jackson Storm, the legendary Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) is suddenly sidelined and pushed from the sport he loves. To get back on track, he’ll need the help of eager young racing technician Cruz Ramirez, inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected twists and turns of fate. This high-octane hit is fully loaded with unforgettable characters.
Come enjoy “Cars 3” in the comfort of the Stockton Springs Community Library. Movies are always more fun when you watch them with others!
This free event will include movie snacks and surprises.
For more information call 567-4147
Friday, February 16
Buck's Mills Rod & Gun Club
Bucksmills Road, Bucksport

This introductory class is hosted and put on by the Bucksmill's Rod & Gun Club. 
The Class is $2 for club members and $4 for non members. 

In this class you can learn to make your own herbal salve. The salve can be used for lip balm, cuts, bug bites, poison ivy, and rashes. 
Each participant will leave with a sample of salve and the knowledge of how it was made. 

Space is limited so please email Nicole Dyer at nicolevdyer@gmail.com to reserve your spot!
Penobscot Bay Stewards Program Accepting Applications
Applications are currently available for the Penobscot Bay Stewards Program

Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition in partnership with Searsport Shores Oceanfront Camping will offer the Penobscot Bay Stewards Program to area residents. This is a unique opportunity to learn about the Penobscot Bay region and ways to conserve its resources.

The program will run all day on Tuesdays and Thursdays from April 24 through May 24. It will include classroom presentations, short hikes in nature preserves and state parks, and field trips to Rockland, Hurricane Island, Indian Island, Blue Hill / Stonington, Searsport, and the Belfast area. Some days will require early morning departures and boat trips. Participants should be prepared to car pool and bring a bag lunch.

The course is free of charge, and is limited to 20 enthusiastic participants who will participate in the entire program. 
After completing the program, participants commit to volunteering thirty hours with local conservation efforts of their choice.

Applications are now available online:

The application deadline is April 1

If you would like more information, email stewards@belfastbaywatershed.org
or call Edie at 207-338-0048 or Ernie at 207-505-1767
Participate in the BMS Voice 2 Voice Poetry Contest by reading a poem to Students!
In collaboration with Opera House Arts, 5th grade ELA classes at Bucksport Middle School are participating in the Voice 2 Voice poetry declamation contest, which kicked off the morning of 1/19 with a visit by Maine’s Poet Laureate, Stuart Kestenbaum. Mr. Kestenbaum spoke about why he writes poetry, where he finds his inspiration, and how to get on “poetry time.” He also shared some of his poems, including the first poem he wrote many years ago as a 5th grader!

Voice 2 Voice is part of our year-long theme of “Telling Our Stories” and is focused on the speaking and listening standards in the ELA curriculum and providing students an opportunity to learn and practice public speaking skills. The project begins with a 30-day poetry recitation run where students hear one poem read aloud each day from the project’s anthology of 30 poems. After the recitation run, a teaching artist will visit throughout the month of March to help student select, analyze, memorize, and present a poem. Students will connect their voice to the voice of the poet through the poem. Winners from the class round will perform their poems for the school and three winners will travel to the Stonington Opera House to compete against students from other Hancock County schools in April.

Our goal is to invite community members in to read the poems as part of the recitation run so that the students can hear a variety of voices from our community and see that poetry is something that people from all walks of life are interested in. The recitation run stretches from 1/19 to 3/2 and would involve a 5 to 45 minute commitment, depending on how many classes the speaker reads to, so there is a lot of flexibility to work around people's busy schedules. If you are interested please contact Todd West, Principal of the Bucksport Middle School.
Phone: 207-469-6647
Stay at Bucksport/Fort Knox KOA this Spring
Bucksport/Fort Knox KOA is running a great deal this spring. Stay every weekend May 11th till June 17th for $300.00. You can leave your camper on site during the week at no extra charge. So if you are tired of the snow and cold book your spring weekends getaway now. Call campground to book 207-469-7739.
Shelby Wright will be the Bay Festival Coordinator again this year! Who wants to help?? There are a lot of opportunities for you to get involved in 2018's event! 

The Planning Committee is going to be meeting soon and volunteer leaders are needed for the 5k, Parade, Kid's Area, Live Music and much more. Email Shelby at shelby.d.wright@gmail.com if you are interested and lets talk!!
IRS News
The Internal Revenue Service and its partners across the country remind taxpayers about the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) on EITC Awareness Day. January 26th marked the 12th year of this awareness campaign to alert millions of low- and moderate-income workers who may be missing out on this significant tax credit.

There are more than 250 total outreach events and activities scheduled to promote EITC Awareness around the country. 

Millions of taxpayers who earned $53,930 or less during 2017 may qualify for EITC for the first time, making awareness critical. Local officials and community organizations nationwide hold events on EITC Awareness Day highlighting this key tax benefit.

Workers, self-employed individuals and farmers who earned $53,930 or less last year could receive larger refunds if they qualify for the EITC. Eligible families with three or more qualifying children could get a maximum credit of up to $6,318. 

For those without a qualifying child, they could get up to $510. Unlike most deductions and credits, the EITC is refundable. This means those eligible may get a refund from the IRS even if they owe no tax. In 2017, almost 27 million taxpayers received over $65 billion in EITC. The average amount of EITC received was $2,445.

The IRS recommends that all workers who earned $54,000 or less learn about EITC eligibility and use the EITC Assistant to find out if they qualify. 

By law the IRS cannot issue refunds before mid-February for tax returns that claim the EITC or the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC). The IRS must hold the entire refund — even the portion not associated with EITC or ACTC. This change helps ensure taxpayers receive the refund they deserve and gives the agency more time to detect and prevent errors and fraud.
The IRS expects the earliest EITC/ACTC related refunds to be in taxpayer bank accounts or debit cards starting Feb. 27, 2018, if they chose direct deposit and there are no issues with the tax return.

Yoga with Naomi 
Beginner-Friendly Healing Hatha Yoga
Orland: Tuesdays
Gentle, beginner-friendly yoga classes for adults and teens.

Tuesday nights, 6:30-7:30 p.m. 
Orland Community Center, Room 20
$12 to drop in
$50 for 5 classes
Discounts for first-responders
Free to cancer patients, survivors, and their caregivers

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.
Ellsworth: Tuesdays & Thursdays
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.

1 - 2 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.
Winter Fun Day at GPMCT February 18
Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018
Start: 12 noon
Registration: starts at 11 a.m.

Location: Great Pond Mountain Wildlands, accessed via Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery, off Route 1 in East Orland

A 4.4-mile run and walk on snowshoes (or not), on snow-covered dirt roads and a bit of single track trail with plenty of up and down running. You can expect the chance encounter of wildlife including moose. Footing is rough at best for much of this run and there are hills to climb and small stream crossings to maneuver around. Distance may be modified based on conditions the day of the event. The course will be clearly marked with orange and red flagging.

This run is only for the type of person who knows what to expect and prepares for an off-road event year round. This is a winter event and subject to extreme cold. Dress appropriately.

For questions and information, please contact Peter John Keeney, 35 Greeley Avenue, Bar Harbor, Maine 04609, 207-288-3909 and pktrldrt@myfairpoint.net

Thanks to our sponsor: Peacock Builders!
Sunday, February 18 
10:00am to 11:30am 
OR 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Location: Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery Visitor Center
Ever wonder what animals do in winter? Who made those tracks in the snow? Join Julianne Taylor for Winter Animal Forensics! Learn how to identify animals active during the winter months and the amazing adaptations that help them survive. There will be a scavenger hunt and the chance to make and take home a track casting. 

Space is limited, so pre-register at julianne@greatpondtrust.org or 469-6929. Come prepared to be outside, snow or no-snow! Sponsored by Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust and the Explore Outdoors! Program.
Annual Ice Fishing Derby
Sunday, February 18
7:00am to 3:00pm
Silverlake, Silverlake Road, Bucksport

Please join us for the Annual Bucksmill's Rod & Gun Club Ice Fishing Derby!

1st place Prize of $50 & 2nd place Prize of $25 for the following categories: 
Bass, Perch, Pickerel

$2 for children 15 an under
$5 for those 16 and over
$10 for a family.

*2 trap limit per person. 

This event will also offer the sale of food and 50/50 raffle tickets!
Candlelight Restorative Yoga
Yoga with Naomi's next special candlelight restorative yoga class will be Sunday, February 18th, 4-5:30 p.m. at the Orland Community Center. Come and let me help your body ease into the deepest part of the winter.

$22 per person
Subsidies available for cancer patients, survivors, and their caregivers. Ask me how!
Space is limited. You must pre-pay and pre-register. (No refunds, unless you can find someone to take your place.)
Bangor Savings Bank Community Matters More
Community Matters More Logo
The Bangor Savings Bank Foundation is offering a simple way for you to show support for your favorite nonprofits during the month of February; and it only takes a few minutes! We are looking to you, our community, to assist us in distributing more than $100,000 to charitable organizations in Maine and New Hampshire. Last year, we garnered over 70,000 votes from community members who supported nonprofits of all types and sizes by voting in the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation’s Community Matters More grant-making initiative.

A total of 36 grants will be awarded to the organizations listed on the ballot and to the top 9 write-in recipients. The top two organizations in each of the nine regions (including write-ins) that get the most votes will receive $5,000 each. The remaining 27 organizations will each receive $1,000. 
Community Matters More voting takes place during the month of February; beginning February 1 and ending February 28. Winners will be announced in April.
It’s easy to vote for your favorite nonprofits by visiting www.bangor.com/cmm  or stopping by any of our 55 locations. 
A complete list of voting guidelines and eligibility requirements for write-in nominations are also available at www.bangor.com/cmm .
Help to make the 2018 Community Matters More program a success!
Please cast your votes today!
Social Media Survey
Main Street Bucksport is partnering with the Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, the Economic and Community Development Director in Bucksport, and Eastern Maine Development Corporation to plan some business resource and development events this spring.

To prepare, we would like to gather some information about your business's current social media use.

Please take a few minutes to review and respond to the questions as honestly and as best as you can. There are no right or wrong answers, and our best work will come from a survey that is completed as thoroughly as possible.

By sharing your email address, you will receive a copy of this survey.
If there is another member of your team who should chime in, you can either work on this together or allow them to complete their own version.

Questions? Contact Brook at
Wilson Museum February Vacation Day Camp
February 20-23, 8:30am--12:30pm
Wilson Museum, Hutchins Education Center 
112 Perkins Street, Castine, ME

Ahoy Matey! The Wilson Museum is hosting a February vacation day-camp Museum by the Sea: An Ocean of Activities for grades 1-8, beginning Tuesday, February 20, through Friday, February 23 (8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) at the Hutchins Education Center on Perkins Street in Castine. 

We’ll follow in the wake of historic vessels 100 years ago, “sailing” above the Arctic Circle like the schooner Bowdoin, to learn about sea creatures and the natural resources of that region. On another voyage, we will “visit” tropical islands such as Barbados to explore ships, shells and sailors’ valentines. There’ll be lots of hands-on activities as well as outdoor games and adventures, so campers should bring weather appropriate clothing. 

One thing campers won’t need to bring is lunch. The Museum, with a little help from camp participants, will provide lunch each day. The four-day menu and registration form are on the Museum’s website www.wilsonmuseum.org/calendar.html. And, as always, parents are invited to attend and participate. Cost per child to attend Museum by the Sea is $15 for all four days or $5 per day for individual days. Space is limited. Call 207-326-9247 or email info@wilsonmuseum.org for more information.
GPMCT February Vacation Programs
Join us in this collaborative effort between the Bucksport YMCA, Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust and Maine Survival Solutions! Participants will gain skills in wilderness first aid, winter shelter and fire building, map and compass skills and emerge an all around rugged outdoors-person! This is a February vacation camp you will not want to miss.

Come for a day program or add on a one evening overnight camping experience at the Baker Brook campsite! Cook and eat by the campfire while gazing at the beautiful winter night sky.

Snacks will be provided during the day program, dinner will be provided for our Friday overnight. Please pack a lunch that will not freeze in cold temperatures. A full suggested gear list will be made available to participants by Friday the 16th. A limited supply of loaner equipment will be available upon request.

Space is limited!

Please call 667-3086 to register, e-mail NTymoczko@defymca.org for more information/with any questions!

Ages 10-15

Meet everyday from the 21st-23rd at the North Gate of Great Pond Wildlands (Off Bald Mountain Road, map available at Greatpondtrust.org) at 10:00am, Pick up at 2:00pm.

If participating in the overnight, pick up will be at the north gate at 12:00pm Saturday 2/24.  

$25 for day program, add $5 for overnight experience. *Overnight is an additional optional experience. 

Click here for more details! Note: Space is limited so reserve your spot soon!

Please call 667-3086 to register, e-mail NTymoczko@defymca.org for more information/with any questions
Ask the Experts - Regional Resources that Support Small Businesses!
When: Monday Feb, 26th
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Where: Bucksport High School Library, 102 Broadway, Bucksport

Join Eastern Maine Development Corporation (EMDC) and other small business experts for this event. Ask the Experts is a unique opportunity to engage with a wide range of resources in our region that suppport small businesses. Business owners (or would be business owners) will have the opportunity to ask questions and have converstions with Small Business Experts in the region. Resources include: EMDC, Camden National Bank, Maine PTAC, TPL Financial, Maine SBDC, Pulse Marketing and More!

This event is made possible by: EMDC, the Town of Bucksport Economic Development, the Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, and Main Street Bucksport.

Register for FREE at emdc.org/events
SSCL Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Stockton Springs Library
 “Neighbors Helping Neighbors: Seniors at Home in Stockton Springs” 2018 speaker series will present Courtney O’Donnell, Town Manager of Stockton Springs, on Sunday, February 25 at 2pm. Ms. O’Donnell will be discussing:
“What are the services that the town helps seniors with?” Bring your questions so that Courtney can help with getting you an answer.

This will be the third year of monthly talks at SSCL in response to the growing interest in “Aging in Place” a widespread movement geared towards helping senior citizens stay in their homes as long as possible as they age. With the current growing number of elders, this movement has the potential to improve the quality of life for many seniors.  

Thanks to the support of the Maine Charity Foundation Fund of the Maine Community Foundation this year’s talks will begin in February and continue through June. 
Admission is free and all are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. For more information visit www.stocktonspringslibrary.org or phone 207-567-4147.
Time to take Action! with Bucksport Heart & Soul in February
Please join Bucksport Heart & Soul in February for the last "Time for Action" workshop, also called “Clicker Events." You will record your vote with a click on your keypad for the feasibility and impact of the citizen-generated ideas. As a community, we will create an Action Plan that sets us up to accomplish our dreams of the best Bucksport. 

Every Click will Count at these events which will use anonymous electronic keypad voting with Immediate results available on each item.

Each workshop will vote on a different list of forty ideas for action.The list of ideas for action will be made available prior to the events. We welcome your attendance at both events.

WHEN: February 28, 5:30 pm-8:30 pm.

WHERE: Heart & Soul headquarters on Main Street, Bucksport.

WHY: To work with Jane LaFleur, Community Heart & Soul Coach, alongside the citizens and community organizations to identify the interest, benefit, and potential leadership for these many community ideas!

Refreshments and childcare will be provided.
Succulent Plant & Sip Party at The Local Variety!
Join us Thursday, March 8th for a night of fun, learning & getting your hands a little dirty! Prepare to become addicted to succulents!

Enjoy a Beginners Succulent Planting Class from 6-7pm with Lauren from Mainely Succulents. This interactive class will walk you through choosing, planting and caring for your own succulent creation. Each attendee will take home their own individual succulent masterpiece.

BYOB- we will have some light snickety snacks available & a hot pot of tea, you are more than welcome to bring an adult beverage to enjoy while you plant!

But that's not all! You're also getting a sneak peak at all of our fabulous new retail inventory as we gear up for our March 13th re-opening, and you VIP's will be able to enjoy a private Local Variety shopping experience with your own special 20% off discount on all in-store purchases from 7-8pm!

Limited seating is available so don't wait, order your tickets online now! Cost is $40 and includes everything you need to make your own 'totes adorbs' succulent planting, light snacks and tea!

Share with your friends! Have a fun night out with your friends! We are so excited to bring Lauren from Mainely Succulents to Bucksport for our first Plant and Sip!
Vacationland Bluegrass Jam Camp 2018 Registration
Join us Friday, September 14, 2018 through Sunday, September 16 for a fun-filled, jam-packed weekend of Bluegrass Music at Vacationland ​Jam ​Camp. We offer ​a friendly, ​low-key​ ​environment where you can learn ​​to play ​​Bluegrass ​music, nestled on the shores of Penobscot Bay ​in ​beautiful Searsport, Maine  

Registration is up! Click here to learn more
Bucksport Arts Festival Accepting Applications
The Bucksport Arts Festival is a juried fine art and craft festival located on the Bucksport Waterfront on the banks of the Penobscot River. This year’s festival is scheduled for August 10 and 11, 2018. 

How to Apply for the 2018 Festival:
Please complete the 2018 Artist Application here. Bucksport Arts Festival is now accepting applications for local, artisanal food vendors. For more information please contact Brook Minner
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