Full House at Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce Dinner



VERONA ISLAND — It was a full house at the Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Dinner March 27 at the Verona Island Town Hall.

BookStacks owner Andy Lacher presents the Service Award to Bucksport Police Chief Doug Gray and his department at the Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Dinner March 27.—CYNDI WOOD
BookStacks owner Andy Lacher presents the Service Award to Bucksport Police Chief Doug Gray and his department at the Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Dinner March 27.—CYNDI WOOD

The Bucksport Police Department, which took home the Service Award, and the Elm Street Congregational Church, whose members earned the Nonprofit of the Year Award, were well represented, as were many other area organizations and businesses.

Chamber President Bill Cohen spoke about the importance of working regionally to promote area attractions.

Guest speaker Mark Woodward, executive editor of the Bangor Daily News, spoke about challenges facing the newspaper industry.

He said newspapers are struggling to stay afloat at a time when many readers prefer to get their news online for free.

This poses a threat to many of the traditional ideals of print journalism, including operating independently and serving as a government watchdog, according to Woodward.

Woodward also spoke briefly about the Penobscot River Corridor Coalition, which has united area chamber of commerce offices to promote the Penobscot region.

The evening capped off with the annual awards ceremony. Business of the Year went to Seaboard Federal Credit Union. Wilson’s Express Tire & Lube was new business of the year. Bucksport Town Manager Roger Raymond won the Hans Honder Award in honor of his many years of service to the town.

MacLeod’s Catering catered the dinner, which was sponsored by The American Cruise Lines.

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Nicole Ouellette

Nicole Ouellette

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