CLICK HERE FOR WEATHER or go to the BOAT YARD WEBCAM (click on webcam) and see for yourself!
photo You never know who is lurking outside your window. Suzanne Rugh saw this eagle and Aaron took the photo Feb 25, 2014.
March 8, 2014 - Tonight is GAME NIGHT- 7:30 at the Hall!
March 7, 2014 - Dinner's In The Freezer!!!! Our experimental new program of preparing family friendly dinners that are frozen and ready to thaw and cook kicks off this coming Wednesday, March 12, 6:00-8:00. We will be preparing a star anise chicken over rice, herb and citrus pork medallions, and a bacon and leek mac and cheese. Call The Rec @ 846 5068 and sign up by 12:00 monday so that groceries can be purchased, the price will be according to the grocery tab and we will all prep and put into freezer bags four servings of each of these three meals to take home and freeze for emergency dinner nights! This should be a fun and incredibly productive night out.
A few new internship-related pages have been added to the Island Institute website. There are various types of internships (for islanders or non-islanders) from the site.
Sorry, I made a mistake, there is no Groovy Movie at the LIbrary tonight.
March 5, 2014 - The Foot Doctor, Russell Rybka, will be on the Island Wednesday 12th March starting at 9am Call 829 6463 for an appt.
Just a reminder to please keep voting for Yarmouth Middle School
student in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest; you can vote every day
until March 14th.
Click here for an article about how to get live help signing up for affordable healthcare insurance here in Maine. The deadline is fast approaching...March 31st. After that a penalty will be assessed if a person does not have health insurance of 1% of their income or $95 which ever is greater.
This morning’s Bangor Daily News has a very nice article about life on Isle Au Haut - click here to see.
The Selectmen are having a Special Meeting tonight at 6pm at the Hall - click here for agenda.
Save the Date: 2014 Island Commons Wine Tasting and Silent Auction at Chebeague Island Inn, Sunday June 29th from 2:00-4:30pm
March 4, 2014 - The soups for the lunch at the Hall tomorrow are: Taco Soup (meat), and Potato and Leek Soup (vegetarian)
Dinner's in the freezer! We are trying out a new program of preparing ready to cook meals straight from the freezer. The ingredients will be here for us to prep and freeze into family size freezer bags so that on any given night you can pull out a meal that needs only to thaw and cook. March 12, Wednesday 6:00-8:00 we will meet and prep three family friendly meals to take home and freeze. The cost will be based on the price of the ingredients, it is necessary for shopping reasons that you call and sign up by Sunday March 9 if you plan to be here to make dinners. This will hopefully be a fun and social time that will ease the pain of last minute dinner dilemmas we all run into. If you are interested please call to put your name on the list so we can get a head count and a price. Hope to see you there!! email@example.com or 846-5068
School Committee Meeting tonight at the school, 6 pm - see agenda.
March 2, 2014 - ASH WEDNESDAY at the church - the evening service on Wednesday March 5th has been cancelled so that people can attend the Fire/Rescue meeting. Pastor Mary Jane will be at the church from 3:00 to 5:00 Wednesday afternoon for anyone who would like to receive ashes at the start of the Lenten season.
Joseph Moffatt sent this chuckle to share - click here. He took my photo of the snowy and Aarons photo of the eagle.
February 28, 2014 - Today was an interesting day on the Golf Course where there were five eagles taking turns and fightiing over a carcass of what looked like a bird. There were two mature and three immature ones. After a little while a couple of Ravens came along as well and get going to it every chance. When I went back an hour later I was there just in time to get a photo of one of the immature eagles picking up and taking off with the carcass. Click here to see the photos.
For those who are still trying to see the Snowy Owl he is still here and click here to see a photo taken from Cottage Road above Stavropoulos. The owl is next to the log near one of the signs at the bottom near the parking at the bottom of the hook. I think he spends much time in that area when he is not seen sitting on one of the structures around there.
Chebeague Island Democratic Caucus, Sunday 3/2 at 12:45 at the Chebeague Island Hall and Community Center. Then, if interested, meet the candidates, Chellie Pingree, Mike Michaud, Shenna Bellows, Cathy Breen and Steve Woods at 3:00 at the Falmouth Elementary School, 58 Woodville Road in Falmouth.
Don't forget tonight is Groovy Movie at the LIbrary - 7:30 pm.
February 27, 2014 - The March Calendar has been published and should be in the mail boxes soon - click here or click above on the heading of this page under Island Council Calendar to see it on the web.
Yarmouth's H. Harrison Middle School has been named as one of 15 national finalists for the Samsung Solve to Tomorrow Grant. The environmental issue they focused on was the invasive European Green Crab that is currently having a negative impact on Maine’s shellfish industry and coastal environments. HMS could receive at least $35,000 worth of Samsung equipment for this accomplishment but they need our votes - click here to learn more and vote for them.
CHEBEAGUE FIRE/RESCUE DEPARTMENT Will be holding a Special Workshop on Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 at the Island Hall beginning at 6:00pm with the Town Board of Selectmen to discuss departmental structure, operations, and relationship. (A full agenda can be found on the town website) --- The Public is encouraged to attend.
February 25, 2014 - The Hall soup for tomorrow is Turkey Chili and the vegetarian soup will be Brazilian Black Bean.
I finally had an opportunity to start reading Fukushima, co-written by Susan Stranahan, and love it. It really tells the whole story of the disaster and nucleur power in a way that is very readable. I was able to get my copy on February 16th at the Library book signing. Click here to see photos taken by Cathy MacNeill. Michael Hiltzik of the Los Angelos Times on February 21, 2014 wrote: "Stranahan, a journalist and writer whose experience with nuclear power dates back to her coverage of the Three Mile Island accident in 1979, is evidently responsible for the book's lucid and gripping narrative."
A new session of TKD starts this week at CRC. Tuesday: grades pre-k-2 and Thursday: grades 3 and up. Our Watercolor program starts Wednesday and the 12 week reset challenge information night is Wednesday too. Music lessons on Thursday and Dance for grades 5-8 resumes on Friday. Visit our website, www.chebeaguerec.com, for details.
February 24, 2014 - The Sustainable Working Waterfronts Webinar | Thursday, March 6, 2014 | 2:00 – 3:15 p.m. EST. Click here to register and to learn more.
The Maine Fisherman’s Forum will be held from February 27th - March 1st at the Samoset and there are a lot of items of interest to everyone including fishermen and clammers. There is no cost to attend the trade show, seminars and auction and the guest speaker is Keith Colburn from the TV Show "The Deadliest Catch" on Thursday. Click here for more information. Click here for a list of interesting topics.
Town of Chebeague is holding a Special Meeting tonight at the Freeport Fire Station - click here for agenda.
Weatherization Week Applications are due tomorrow so please take a look at the information and take advantage of this terrific opportunity to save energy and money - Click here!
February 23, 2014 - photo taken Feb 23 early morning down the Hook. Not sure if this is a yawn or if she was telling us to go away. We were still a few hundred feet away and she is still sitting on the bow of the boat which you can see from above.
February 22, 2014 - Click here to see two Job Opportunities at The Kids Place.
February 21, 2014 - Message from Methodist Church: Sunday breakfast! Last week to enjoy a fabulous, nourishing, full breakfast at the Parish House at 9:00 a.m. Free-will donations welcome. And stay for informal and interactive worship around the tables. This week we will have a hymn sing as part of the worship celebration. Come and sing some old favorites.
February 20, 2014 - photo taken Feb 20th from Cottage Road looking down to the right side of the hook with the snowy owl where he tends to spend most of his time on the ramp.
Groovy Movie, 7:30 Friday at the Library!
Note from the CRC: We have a busy week ahead at CRC. Monday: Chess club and music lessons, Tuesday: Circuit Training, Tae Kwon Do and Floor Hockey, Wednesday 12 week reset challenge and Water colors, Thursday: Circuit training, Music lessons and Tae Kwon Do and Friday: Dance. Visit our website, www.chebeaguerec.com, for details!
Game Night, this Saturday at the Hall - 7 to 9 pm. Come and play and bring your friends and games if you like! Games and goodies are supplied as well! Sponsored by the CIHCC (Hall).
February 19, 2014 - photo taken Feb 19th after a small snowstorm the night before - YUK! Here is another from the front of the house.
CRC has two one day passes to Sunday River with a May 1st expiration date on them that we are auctioning off starting now! Starting bid is $20 and the auction will end at 9 AM Friday, February 21, morning. The tickets are worth $174. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your bid. Include your phone number so we can call you Friday morning when you win.
February 18, 2014 - Tomorrow at the Hall is the Community Luncheon which is a Turkey Dinner! Come at noon and enjoy this months community dinner.
Don't forget that the Weatherization Week application needs to be in by February 25th - click here for more information. Paper copies available at the Library.
Message from CTC: It is snowing again and clearing the Cousins Lot is a significant problem. If possible, Cousins customers are asked to move to Route One for a few days so we can try to clear as many spots as possible. Thank you!
Sharing a link to a newsletter the Town received from the Town Auditors, It has some valuable information that could help when people are filing their taxes called “SIX TAX CHANGES BENEFITTING TAXPAYERS IN 2013”
Congratulations to the Greely girls Indoor Track Team who got State Class B runners up! Brennah Martin won her 200 m race and got her personal best time, and got the 4th fastest time in the state! Her 4x2 relay team got the 5th fastest time in the state! (Brennah, 3rd from right with yellow jacket)
Click here for Nancy's Pre-School Newsletter through Feb 7.
February 17, 2014 - For Tuesday, February 18th only, the Health Center will be closed. If anyone needs labs drawn this week, please call Claire Ross at 846-1254. The Health Center will be open as usual next week on Tuesday, February 25th from 7:30 to 9:30.
CRC is offering a brand new program for adults starting February 26, at 7 PM. Please click here for more information.
February 16, 2014 - Yesterday was quite eventful for the Recreation Center. It all started with the Polar Plunge at the Boat Yard with Plungers Celia Whitehead, Daniel Creisher, Tiffany Calder, Laura Hamilton, Caroline Loder, Beverly Johnson, Topher Neuman, Penny Walstram, Kristin Westra, Josh Doughty, and two of Josh's band members Josh Upton and Mike Lawrence- click here to see a video by Vika and lots of photos by Cathy MacNeill. Pledges can be made out to CRC and mailed to the rec at 382 North Rd, Chebeague Island ME 04017.
The Chili, Chowder and Soup Challenge was next at the Rec Center with lots of food and a packed gym - Wow was it great. Cathy again took tons of photos and click here to see some of them. The results of the challenge are Soup Winners: 1st place - Linda Ewing (Root Soup), 2nd place - Alyson Smith (Cream of Brocoli), 3rd place - Beth Howe - Mexican Tortilla ---Chowder Winners: 1st place - Caroline Loder, 2nd place - Christine Englund, 3rd place - Jade Morlock and Hanna Ryder ----Chili Winners: 1st place - Beverly Johnson, 2nd place - Julie Doughty, 3rd place - Courtney Breslin.
The evening ended with a dance featuring Josh and his band, Celia and Mark and guest entertainers Jonny Miller and Jesse Russo - click here to see some photos by Cathy.
February 15, 2014 - THE PLUNGE is today at NOON - Boat Yard - and I have created a video as a prelude of the fifteen previous plunges. I have included three songs in the background by the Wagoneers! Click here to see. I am thrilled that Josh Doughty' band will be joining us as we frolic in the warm waters of Casco Bay! They all need pledges and would love to have some so please email the CRC@chebeague.net and be a sponsor to one or more of the plungers!!!
February 14, 2014 - photo taken Valentine's Day at noon.
Special Event - Author Susan Stranahan will be at the Library Sunday, February 16th at 12:30 to discuss her new book. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. Light refreshments will be served. Please call the Library at 846-4351 for more information.
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!
Don't forget about music and dancing at the Hall tomorrow night at 8 PM. Josh Doughty and the Pine Wood Plains as well as Mark Bowman and Celia Whitehead will be providing us with LIVE music!! Need a babysitter? No problem! Bring your child (preschool and up) to CRC at 7 PM to watch a movie on the big screen in the gym with the teens and preteens and enjoy some popcorn!
Tommorow: POLAR PLUNGE - NOON - Chili, Chowder, Soup following it! Dancing at night!
February 13, 2014 - Important Notice from CTC: The last ferry today (February 13th) will be the 6:30PM from Cousins Island. The last bus service will be the 5:00PM transporting customers from Cousins to Route One parking lot.
Groovy Movie, Friday 7:30 at the Library! Please come and join us sometime - tomorrow's movie is a pretty fun one. It's an easy, modern kinda funny love story with Steve Carell and Julianne Moore. See you there!
February 12, 2014 - Please Read this about this weekend - click here! Baby sitting information for Saturday Evening - 7-10! The Winter Festival starts Friday evening with the pre-teen/teen game-a-thon!
The weatherization program application is available online and I have it posted above as well - click here. Paper copies are available at the library. The application is due by Tuesday, February 25. You can drop it off at the Library or return it to Celia Whitehead. If you need more information contact Celia at email@example.com - phone 504-6922 or Bob Earnest. I want to also thank the Island Institute for their support financially and organizationally for making this program available to Islands!
Josh Doughty has just signed up to do the PLUNGE this Saturday- go Josh - he needs pledges!
February 11, 2013 - Byrle O'Neil and Skipper want to thank everyone for their love and outpouring of sympathy and affection since Valerie's death. Byrle says that she will have a memorial celebration in the spring for Valerie.
Weatherization meeting tonight 7:15 at the Hall!
The soups for the Hall lunch tomorrow are Beef Goulash, and Creamy Carrot and Parsnip Soup.
Yippee! Just added another plunger to the list: Hayat Spencer has just signed on!!
February 10, 2013 - Click here to get the info on the Polar Plunge for 2014 including pledge sheets and waivers and then sign up!
Weatherization Week Public Meeting is TOMORROW - February 11th 7:15pm at the Island Hall - see flyer! To learn more about this program being lead by the Island Institute with support from CICA and the Island Council, please click here. To see the incentive worksheet - click here.
I have to share a news cast that was just on in Virginia with Suzy Mink who was the torchbearer from Virginia talking about the 1980 relay - click here to see.
We need cooks!!! People who want to make CHILI, CHOWDER or SOUP for the Chili, Chowder and Soup challenge that happens this Saturday following the PLUNGE! Please call the rec 846-5068 email firstname.lastname@example.org or email Kathy email@example.com - see flyer.
February 8, 2014 - I am back to reality today after a whirlwind trip to Lake Placid and feeling like I had gone back 34 years to 1980! Lake Placid was so happy to have three of the orignal torchbearers return for the relighting of the 1980 Olympic Cauldron and a torch relay for the opening of the 2014 Empire State Winter Games. I was so happy that Vika was able to go with me and share the excitement and take some photos and film. I have put together a page for the Torch Relay Page - click here to see. Looking forward to four years from now!
Today Stephen and I walked down to the Hook and the Snowy Owl is still there - click here for a shot taken today.
Found: a pair of brown-rimmed eye glasses on Sandy Point Beach. Call Peter Carleton at 522-4107.
February 7, 2014 -photos taken Bill Calthorpe of eagles on Chebeague over the last few weeks. There have been many sightings of eagles this year around Chebeague. There are a number of young ones that don't have the white head but are as large as the adults.
Game Night Feb 8 and 22 at the Hall. Come and join the fun, bring a friend, or more. Many games to choose from, or bring your own. Light refreshments provided.
February 6, 2014 - Sunday morning breakfast at the Parish House - join us for another wonderful breakfast this Sunday at 9:00 am. Waffles are on the menu this week! Come for great food and fellowship, and if you like, stay on for an informal worship service at 10:00 right in the Parish House. Children welcome!
We are hoping to get a group together to clear the pond tomorrow Friday. If you are available to help and/or have a snowblower please call CRC at 846 5068.
Groovy Movie, Friday night at the Library 7:30! (and all through February)
One week away is the Rec Centers Winter Carnival - see Forecaster notice - click here. Please call the Rec 846-5068 and sign up!
The Chebeague Island School third – fifth graders are raising money for their end-of-the-year field trip. For Valentine’s Day, they are offering Sweets for Your Sweetie! For just $15, you can get homemade fudge or cookies and a rose delivered to your Valentine. Click here for more information.
I have the honor and enjoyment of taking part in the relighting of the 1980 Olympic Cauldren in Lake Placid which will take place tomorrow around 6pm. The flame will burn throughout the time of the Olympics again as it did four years ago. This will be a smaller event than the last one but for me just as rewarding. I think there will be two other torchbearers attending the ceremony as well as me, Suzy Mink from Virginia and Sandee Norris from Indiana. Years ago I started a torch website which I have shared before and continue to update - www.chebeague.org/torch.
February 5 2014 - Michael Porter has an update for the "Live-Anywhere" Boat - Cruise_2013-14, Part I, Summer & Chebeagie tp Bermuda - updated Jan, 2014 - click here.
The Selectmen are having a Special Meeting and Workshop this coming Sunday, February 9th. They will be starting with Executive Session meetings at 9am and the Budget Workshop starting at 11am - click here to see the agenda and times.
Congratulations on Gwendolyn Steven's newest book, Love Sun and Lizard Poop; finding love while building a house in American Paradise. It is about Nick Wessell and her adventure in building the house on Water Island. Click here to see more.
February 4, 2014 - The CRC are offering a water color class at the Rec Center for all levels. Caroline Loder will be teaching it Wednesdays 3:30-4:30 beginning Feb 26 and running thru April 30 (we will not have the class over April break). All of the materials will be provided, please call and sign up soon so we know what to order! The cost of this program is $45.
Floor Hockey is back with all new equipment, new players, new energy and one not so new goalie. Tuesday nights, 7:00-all fall down.The soup for tomorrow at the Hall will be Corn Chowder and Middle eastern spinach soup (vegetarian).
February 3, 2014 - School Committee Meeting Tuesday at 6pm - see agenda.
February 2, 2014 - The Library would like to borrow your fake flowers for the OZ event in March. They will tag them, store them and then return them to you after the event. Many thanks!
Pat StCyr is now home and doing well and she wants to thank everyone for their well wishes.
February 1, 2014 - Message from the CTC: CTC is holding a meeting with commuters at 4pm tomorrow (Sunday 2/2) at the Public Safety Building to discuss our planned conversion to a point of sale (POS) system where we can accept credit cards and offer some other enhancements. We will also discuss possible changes in commuter passes and fees. All commuters are welcome.
Reminder - join us at the Parish House for breakfast at 9:00 am Sunday morning. In honor of Groundhog Day, we will sing some Groundhog Carols! Stay for church at 10:00 if you like, as we celebrate Black History Month in song and story.
Weatherization Week Meeting is February 11th at the Island Hall - see flyer! To learn more about this program being lead by the Island Institute with support from CICA and the Island Council, please click here. To see the incentive worksheet - click here.
Pat St Cyr had hip replacement surgery at Mercy Fore Street and is doing well. She may be coming home soon.
Note from CTC: Responding to requests from some of our riders who found the benches in the Cousins Island freight shed too low for comfort, CTC is happy to announce that a new, higher bench is now installed. Enjoy.
The Snowy Owl is still at the Hook - click here to see another article about them in the New York Times.
January 31, 2014 - I just watched Jennifer Levey DeCristoforo on television showing an example of one of the crafts from her new book "Lucky Bamboo Book of Crafts." Click here to go to the WCSH6 TV 207 website and see the interview and learn lots more! Congratulations Jenny.
Groovy Movie tonight at the Library, 7:30!
Casonova (the White Swan) has been captured and is on his way home. After he left the Cricks the other day he headed toward Portland and stopped at Diamond Island where Will (caretaker on Hope), this afternoon, had and exhilarating time chasing him around the flats and finally grabbing him. He wanted me to thank all the people around who have been watching and reporting on him.
January 30, 2014 - The 2nd and 3rd Chebeague Grace Books are now available. Cathy MacNeill and Linda Brewster over the years have taken photos of over 200 people included in these books along with poetry, and scripture. If you are interested in getting a copy or learning more about them, contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. She has certainly not gotten everyone yet on the island and is now considering doing a 4th book.
Worship at the Parish House in February: the Chebeague United Methodist Church will be holding Sunday morning worship services in the Parish House during the month of February. Join us for some informal, child-friendly worship in a comfortable setting at 10:00 am. Come early at 9:00 and join us for breakfast!
CRC is gearing up for another fun winter carnival this year on February 15, 2014. We will start the day with our famous Polar Plunge, followed by our AWESOME chili, chowder, soup challenge and we will end the day with some live music at the Chebeague Island Hall! We hope you all will join us and chase away the winter blues!!
Last year was a ton of fun with our highest turnout of attendees yet and we hope to top it this year. If you haven't already done so, we hope that you will consider making a chili, chowder and/or soup for our friendly competition. We will have prizes for the top 3 winners in each category. Or, if you can't make an entry for the challenge, please let us know if you would be able to make a dessert or help serve the entrees at the big event.
To sign up or for more information, please feel free to email us back or give us a call at 846-5068.
January 29, 2014 - The February Monthly Calendar is available now online - click here to view and remember they are also found above on upper left corner of this page.
January 28, 2014 - Click here for a letter from Tiffany about a Blood Drive her science class is having in Yarmouth on February 5th.
NOTICE: Only a few weeks away - THE WINTER CARNIVAL -February 15th PLUNGE, CHILI CHOWDER SOUP CHALLENGE AND DANCE click here to see the Flyer! We need and want more plungers and if you are not plunging please consider donating to someone who is. Participants so far are teachers Kristin Westra, Penny Walstrom; Island Institute Fellow, Celia Whitehead, Students: Tiffany Calder, Laura Hamilton, Others: Caroline Loder, Bev Johnson.
The soup for tomorrow is is Cauliflower Cheese and the Vegetarian Carrot and Coriander.
Congratulations to Jay Morse who has just released a new CD which you can learn all about - click here. Jay is the son of the Ned and Eleanor Morse.
January 27, 2014 - photo taken by Wink Houghton of the sunset January 27.
Floor hockey is back on at CRC starting tomorrow (Tuesday) night. We have new sticks and goals too!! Come join the fun from 7:00 PM -8:30'ish…or whenever you need a break! $1 drop in fee.
Special Event - Author Susan Stranahan will be at the Library Sunday, February 16th at 12:30 to discuss her new book. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. Light refreshments will be served. Please call the Library at 846-4351 for more information.
Tonight there will be a segment from Bill Green on Avian Haven, the wild bird rehabilitation site. You can also keep up with what is going on there by going to their facebook page. They also have a terrific website - click here.
The Methodist Church would like to invite you to breakfast Sunday mornings at 9:00 am throughout the month of February at the Parish House. All are welcome!
The swan from Hope was in the Cricks today but this afternoon started heading for Colemans maybe.
January 26, 2014 - Click here for the Pre-K Newsletter.
School Committee/Selectmen Joint Meeting at the School on Tuesday, January 28th - click here for the agenda.
The pond will be open for skating from 1:30-4:00 PM today, Sunday!
Message from Mary: Rusty is only going Scalloping Monday 1/27 and possibly Friday 1/31. He will be lobstering the other three days unless mother nature changes her mind. The price is now $15 for Ziploc bags and $16 for the vacuum sealing. Let me know by tomorrow if you need some for this week. Enjoy your Sunny Sunday :) Thank you, Mary 846-5901
The Snowy who I now call Snooky is still hanging around the Hook! Yesterday Stephen and I came across three Dunlins (pretty sure they are Dunlins) on the Springettes Beach. Click here to see a few photos and a little video.
The White Swan from Hope has not been seen since yesterday before noon at the Boatyard. Will from Hope is planning on coming to the island tomorrow to try and get Casanova back. Please let me or Will 508-237-6389 if you happen to see him.
January 25, 2014 - Yesterday the students shared thier Greeen Crab Books at the Library for a full house. Following the readings tea and cookies were served. Click here to see a photo of most of the students. The yellow sticky notes were comments people had shared with the students on their writing. The books will be on display at the library so don't forget to check them out.
The Snowy Owl was at the school for a visit yesterday and then returned to his "home" at the Hook. Using a telephoto lens, without disturbing him/her, Bill Calthorpe took some remarkable photos - click here to see.
Casanova, the missing swan from Hope Island, is now hanging around the Boat Yard and you can see him on the webcam. He seems fine and it is too windy right now to get him back. Click here to see a screen shot of the swan at the Boat Yard.
January 24, 2014 - GAME NIGHT tomorrow evening, Saturday, 7 pm, at the Hall!
The Working Waterfront has a nice article about Melanie Floyd who is the daughter of Kathleen Floyd and has worked at the Niblic the last few years - click here to see.
Baby it's cold outside!! But, that means the ice at Sanford's Pond is ready for skating as long as we can find a chaperone. Please let CRC know if you are available to open the pond today after school at 3:15 until 5:00
A white swan named Casanova is missing from Hope Island. He was last seen heading toward's Cliff Island. If you see him please call Will at 508 237-6389.
Chili, chowder and soup Contest is coming soon! February 15th following the Polar Plunge! If you would like to enter - please contact Kathy Leighton email@example.com or call the Rec 846-5068. Please call too if you would like to help serve, decorate, cleanup.
The Snowy Owl is at the Rec and School this morning and the school children have all had the opportunity to see.
January 23, 2014 - Tomorrow Night: Groovy Movie, Friday 7:30 at the Library.
REMINDER: Book opening at the library! Tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 24th, at 1pm the 3-5th grade class will be sharing the Green Crab picture books that they wrote and illustrated, based on their research (remember the green crab video?!) and creative imaginations. Join us for tea and a look at what our students can teach us about green crabs!
There are still a few copies of the 18 month themed art and poetry calendar the 3-5 class created as a fundraiser for their end of year trip - contact Merideth Beaupre´ firstname.lastname@example.org or call 846-0766.
January 22, 2014 - Get your scallop orders for the weekend in today. Rusty's hauling Thursday and Friday. 846-5901 or 420-1220. Click here to see photo by Rusty today while scalloping - it must be frigid!
Community Luncheon today at the Hall45
January 21, 2014 - There is NO School Committee Meeting tonight.
The Snowy Owl has been hanging around Indian Island Preserve at the Hook. Yesterday we took a walk down to the bar and back and didn't see her/him until we were at the top of the road and she flew over us. Today Stephen and I walked down and were on the bar when she flew from the grass and went over to the chimney. I took a photo from a distance and she stayed on the chimney the whole time as we walked back up the hill. Click here to see. With binoculars you can see her from the top of the road.
Click here to see another story about Weatherization on Swan's Island.
January 19, 2014 - UPDATE FROM THE CHEBEAGUE ISLAND COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION: CICA’s first year round housing effort, a home on South Road, was recently sold to a young family who moved here from Yarmouth. They have two kids in the Chebeague Island School; they were attracted to the community that is Chebeague, and they are jumping in with both feet! The home on South Road was purchased several years ago by CICA with the intent to rent it for a few years to a family who might not be able to come here, or stay here, otherwise; then to sell it on the same basis; all with the intent of learning more about what we can do to help with year round housing. The family who rented for a few years are long term residents, with kids who are (and were) in the School, who can now stay here, and who have gone on to build their own home on Chebeague. The second renting family has now purchased the south Road home; the kids are doing great at the School, and the parents have learned about our community, from the challenges of the commute to the joys of volunteering. Thanks to all the current and past CICA board members who helped this happen, and thanks to the renters who have become homeowners on a year round basis!
Change in Town Office Winter Hours beginning January 23, 2014 - check out their website - click here or above under Town of Cheb Island.
January 18, 2014 - photo of a Snowy Owl taken by me down at the Hook on January 18 click here to see more taken during the snow storm - and I also added a little movie on youtube I took after getting the photos click here. Jeff Champagne was able to get some great photos the day before click here to see. The males are generally more white unless it is an immature male. This Owl is probably an immature (year old) male or female. Click here to learn more about the erruption of the snowy..
Congratulations to Andy and Dorothy Grannell's granddaughter Kiana Lynn Sawyer, who sang yesterday at Merrill Auditorium MLK - click here to see.
Tighten up that drafty house with Chebeague Weatherization Week. Public introductory meeting Tuesday, Feb 11, 7:15pm at the Island Hall. The Chebeague Island Community Association, Chebeague's Island Council, and the Island Institute have teamed up to sponsor bringing “Weatherization Week” to Chebeague. Come learn more details and pick up applications!
By scheduling projects together and taking advantage of rebates and incentives, community members can get ~$800 worth of energy assessment and air sealing work for ~$300 (final number dependent on funding. Scholarships to be made available). This program allows homeowners to participate in Efficiency’s Maine’s Home Energy Savings Program which provides a $400 incentive for air sealing. Weatherization Week participants from other Maine islands are saving $400 or more every year in heating costs by making their homes warmer, more comfortable and less drafty! The first Weatherization Week on Chebeague will follow the public meeting on February 11. Contact Celia (email@example.com) or Bob (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Articles and videos about Peaks Island Weatherization Week - click here : and another click here
January 17, 2014 - photo of moon rise taken on January 17th by Marc Minkler - click here to see another view over the water.
Groovy Movie Night - tonight Friday 7:30!
The church is looking for an upright piano to replace the one currently in the parish house. If you have one you'd be willing to donate, please contact Peter Carleton (846-6129 or 522-4107) or the church office (846-4106).
Next Friday, January 24th, 2014, at the Library, the 3-5th grade class will be sharing the Green Crab picture books that they wrote and illustrated, based on their research. Join us for tea and a look at what our students can teach us about green crabs!
January 15, 2014 - A fabulous article in the Forecaster today - click here to see "Waste reduction is like a religion for Chebeague Island faithful."
Today we saw Bluebirds on Cousins Island as you are walking into the parking lot on the right side. I have seen them there many times and they flutter around by the banking on the low bushes.
January 13, 2014 - photo of a Bluebird taken down at Sandy Point on January 13, 2014. Click here to see a lot more photos of bluebirds taken today. I counted about 10 but there were probably more.
The Community Luncheon scheduled for this Wednesday at the Hall will be held next week on January 22nd. Hope to see you all then.
The School Committee Meeting will be tomorrow, Tuesday, January 14, at 6pm at the school - see agenda.
January 12, 2014 - David Hill has done this to me again and I thought he was too busy in New York City! please dont believe anything he writes on my birthday! thank you to all who have wished me a happy birthday and some day I will really see a whooping crane. The following was fiction except for being 65. FICTION(I am sooo excited! When I called the sighting into the Audubon Society, they informed me of the Whooping Cranes's threatened extinction and referred me to this report. Moments ago, I got a phone call from Lester Holt at NBC News who will be arriving next week to do a story about me saving the Whooping Cranes. All this happening on my 65th birthday. It doesn't get any better than this!)
Change of Date for the Book opening at the library! 1-2 Friday, Jan. 24th the 3-5th grade class will be sharing the Green Crab picture books that they wrote and illustrated, based on their research (remember the green crab video?!) and creative imaginations. Join us for tea and a look at what our students can teach us about green crabs!
January 10, 2014 - photo by Polly Wentworth of Sanford's Skating Pond 10/10/14 waiting for the children to get out of school and go skating. Check out their facebook page for up to date information!
Groovy Movie tonight, 7:30 at the Library!
Tomorrow evening is Game Night at the Hall - 7:00pm!.
January 9, 2014 - Casco Bay Lines is excited to announce the arrival of the M/V Wabanaki in Portland. After a 17 hour journey from Warren, RI the Wabanaki arrived in Portland at approximately 8:00 AM on Thursday (1/9). A Coast Guard inspection and crew familiarization training must be completed prior to placing her into service. We hope to accomplish this in the next few weeks. For photos of her arrival please visit us on Facebook or click here.
Book opening at the library! 1-2 Friday, Jan. 24th the 3-5th grade class will be sharing the Green Crab picture books that they wrote and illustrated, based on their research (remember the green crab video?!) and creative imaginations. Join us for tea and a look at what our students can teach us about green crabs!
Save the date!!! CRC's annual winter festival including the polar plunge, chili/chowder/soup challenge and live music at the hall is scheduled for Saturday, February 15th. If you would like to take the plunge and/or enter a chili, chowder, or soup (or all of the above) in our contest please call or email the CRC office, 846-5068 or email@example.com.
Plungers so far: - and they all need your pledges! Kristin Westra (3-5 teacher), Penny W. from the school, Caroline Loder, Tiffany Calder, and Laura Hamilton, Celia Whitehead (our Island Fellow), and me Bev Johnson. If I missed your name please let me know.
Last August Courtney Hartman, lead guitarist of the band Della Mae, spend a few days on Chebeague. While she was here she played a memorable set at the Slow Bell with Josh Doughty, and also wrote a song about her Chebeague experience. The whole band came back in September for a band retreat, during which they added Courtney's new song, Take One Day, to their stage repertoire. Della Mae's current album, This World Oft Can Be, is up for a Grammy (Best Bluegrass Album) on January 26.
Here's a link to the only complete video of the song: http://youtu.be/G6l8q-9Y5dM
January 7, 2014 - The soup tomorrow at the Hall will be Turkey Noodle plus the vegetarian offering will be mushroom barley soup.
It's that time of year for Ralph Munroe to do the Boston stair cllimb and he needs donations to be able to do so. The climb is on February 1, 2014 and he will be climbing 41 floors in full fire fighter gear. He is hooping to break 9 minutes this year as he was 9 min 3 seconds last year. Thank you for your continued support and encouragement! Click here to go to his site.
January 5, 2014 - Yesterday there was an interesting article in the Portland Press Herald about winters in Maine and how cold it could get with lots of references to Chebeague Island - click here.
In December the Chebeague Island School met with other islands to review the Weatherblur investigation findings for our Bycatch Study. Click here to see the discussion - Chebeague's presentation part starts about 4:40 minutes on the tape. Peaks, Long, North Haven and Cliff participated as well.
Click here to see Holly Earnest performing on stage with Marco Benevento after he asked her to join the encore on 12/30/13 in New York City. Holly played with Marco earlier in the show. She first met him at a California show.
January 3, 2014 - Today Stephen and I did a job down the West End and I decided to do another drive showing the island after the storm. It starts on South Shore Drive and then back to the East End by way of Roy Hill Road. I used Wagoneers CD music featuring Brother Ross singing Slowpoke and then ending with the music the Wagoneers always ended their dances with. Click here to see! It is a fifteen minute drive down to 3 1/2 so it is a little slower.
Nate Conroy left Monday for another winter on El Monstruo to work on his trail to the base, summit and back. Click here to see a photo and the link for his blog which he recently updated. Also is another blog from his 2010 adventures along with more terrific photos!
Due to the storm the Chebeague Town Office will be closed today.
Thank you to all the brave souls that headed out in the freezing, snowy, windy evening yesterday to clear the Pond! A lot of progress was made but there is more to clear. Please bring a shovel and/or a snow blower and help us save the pond! Looks like bad weather is coming on Monday so the more we clear now the better off the ice will be then!!
January 2, 2014 - photo by David Stevens of an immature Bald Eagle on the water side of his house with Bangs Island in the background. There are lots of Snow Bunting being seen around the island and Lew Holman took this photo of them in his yard.
Due to the weather the Chebeague Town office will be closing at 5:00pm today, rather than our usual 8:00pm time.
The library will close today at 6:00 pm because of the weather.
Here comes the snow again! Hopefully we will be able to save Sanford's so the community can enjoy more skating. It has been awesome over the past few days!! There will be a group gathering to clear the first round of snow tonight at 6 PM. Please bring whatever equipment you might have that would be helpful and join the efforts. We will regroup tomorrow when we know more about when the snow will end so we can clear again. Stay tuned…like us on Facebook for more information.
Do computers scare you? Do you feel like you don't even know where to begin while trying to use a computer? If you answered yes to either of these questions you are not alone and CRC is going to offer a class specifically for you. We need to know how many people might take advantage of this workshop so call the CRC office, 846-5068, if you would to attend a class like this. Also, let us know if you have specific questions that you want covered in the class. Spread the word and call today!
January 1 2014 - photo by Cathy MacNeill of Sanford's Pond as this vacation is getting plenty of use.
HAPPY NEW YEAR! - SAILING SCHOOL SUMMER 2014 registration is now open. Click Here to go to the the Chebeague Island Community Sailing School page to view the info sheet and download the two registration forms. Note that they have a new address for emails: firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Porter has updated their site with pictures and a few words about their trip home last spring - click here.
Message from the Golf Course: Please do not go on the Golf Club/Town Pond. This pond always has water moving under the ice and could have weak spots.
The Guatemala sewing day scheduled for New Year's Day at the parish house is postponed until further notice.
December 31, 2013 - The Pond is ready for skating!! Thank you to Jon Rich and Stephen Todd for flooding it yesterday. Please let me know if you are available to chaperone today, tomorrow or any time this week. Looks like we have another storm coming so hopefully we can get a clearing crew together for Thursday/Friday. We will have preteen/teen at the pond tonight (and the rest of the week) too! Dress warm, brrrr!!
Do computers scare you? Do you feel like you don't even know where to begin while trying to use a computer? If you answered yes to either of these questions you are not alone and CRC is going to offer a class specifically for you. We need to know how many people might take advantage of this workshop so call the CRC office, 846-5068, if you would to attend a class like this.
Also, let us know if you have specific questions that you want covered in the class.
Spread the word and call today!
December 30, 2013 - The January 2014 Calendar has been printed and will be in the mail soon. The editors have sent me two version of the online one. One is in the format of a spread and the other the traditional way. It may be easier for tablets one way or the other so check them out and see which is best for you - click here or remember that the upper left corner of this page has a link.
photos of the CBC Christmas Bird Count was December 29th and here is uncommon Northern Shrike. This bird swoops down on its prey of rodents, birds and insects which they then impale on thorns and pointed branches.
Yesterday was the Annual Christmas Bird Count and one of the areas included is about half of Chebeague. Robby Lambert came over the night before so we could get an early start on Sunday. I put together a page of rather dark photos as it was cold, damp and dark all day but was very exciting! We heard the Hermit Thrush and saw the Horned Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Carolina Wrens, a Shrike along with all the other regulars. I will be posting the list later. As he was leaving he noticed an Eagle on Carters Point chomping on what looked like a Mourning Dove. For me the Shrike and Carolina Wrens were the best finds. Stephen saw the Snowy Owl down by the Sandy Point. The day before Geoff Summa got a photo of a Great Horned Owl near the boatyard.
December 28, 2013 - New Year's Eve movie, Tuesday 5:00 at the Library.
Yesterday Stephen and I drove around the island and I used my camera to make another video of the island with all the new snow. It really is rough and guaranteed to make you sea sick. Thirty-five minutes down to four with a stop at Chandlers Wharf and then the Boatyard for gas back to the end of East End and as far back until I ran out of battery.
December 27, 2013 - Message from the Rec: Family Movie Night postponed due to Sanfords Pond being open!!!!!!
The Historical Society would love to get the 2013 Newsletter published early in 2014 this year so we are hoping to get all the articles for the book by the middle of January. If you are an organization and would like to be part of this historical document please email me email@example.com or Sarah McKinnon <firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how to get the article to us. Office doc. or Pages format works for us. I am going through my photos and taking photos for the publication but if you have any you would like included please contact me to see how to get them to me in high resolution.
December 25, 2013 - photo of Christmas Sunset by Cathy MacNeill at Bennetts Cove - beautiful!
Merry Christmas! It was a beautiful sunny but cold day on the island and all the ice is still all over the trees. Yesterday I had the pleasure of going caroling with a large group organized by Erika and then last night the candlelight service at the church was beautiful.
The newsletter from the PreK class for the last two weeks before vacation is out - click here.
The FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Map Consultation Coordination Officers (CCO) Meetings for Cumberland County have been set for January 8th. Click here to see the letter announcing the meeting from FEMA. The Flood Plain Maps are on the Town Website and can be seen by clicking here.
December 23, 2013 - Christmas Eve service of carols and candles - 7:00 p.m. Tuesday evening at the church. Children welcome!
From the Chebeague Island Boat Yard: CIBY's holiday hours are: Dec 24th 7:30 to 11:30, closed Christmas Day. Dec 31st 7:30 to 11:30, closed New Year's Day. We wish you a Merry Christmas & Happy & Healthy New Year!
December 22, 2013 - A reminder that if the power goes out for a while, the Hall will be opened. The Hall has heat, bathrooms, and even the internet and everyone is welcome.
The CTC message No interruption in bus service is expected.
December 21, 2013 - The Library will be open on Tuesday, December 24th and Tuesday, December 31st until 1:00 pm. The Library will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day. After New Year's Day, the new hours go into effect. They are: Sunday, Monday CLOSED Tuesday & Thursday 4-8 PM, Wednesday & Friday 10-1 and Saturday 10-1.
There are still quite a few Chebeague Island School 18 month calendars available! Click here for a preview of what each page looks like and how to order.
SAVE THE DATE: February 15th for the Annual Winter Carnival! In 2014 it will be at the beginning of the February vacation and I already of a list of plungers for the Polar Plunge. Contact me or the rec if you are planning taking the plunge- I would love to have a record number of participants. I am planning on doing it this year along with Kristin Westra and Penny W. from the school and would love to add lots of names. Adding Caroline Loder, Tiffany Calder, and Laura Hamilton.
December 19, 2013 - Message from the Rec about Sanford's Pond: We have checked the ice at Sanford's Pond several times and it is not safe at this time. The weather is supposed to warm up and with any luck melt some of the snow that is there. Then, if mother nature cooperates, it will freeze and be ready to skate on. Stay tuned and please stay off the pond!! Thank you!
The Chebeague Island Center Clinic will be closed on Christmas Eve Day and will be reopened New Years Eve Day for blood pressure checks and blood drawn - appointments not needed and there is no charge.
The community received a thank you card from the Root Cellar for the contributions to the Giving Tree - click here to see.
Holiday Party, Saturday, December 21, at the Slow Bell 6-11 pm. Potluck with a fundraiser for Bruce and Cindy whose truck burned up while plowing. Island acoustic evening of music.
December 18, 2013 - The CRC office will not be open for regular hours next week however we will be checking voicemail and email regularly. If you have a question please feel free to call and leave a message or send an email to CRC@chebeague.net. The building will be open for patrons from 7:30-4:30 Monday-Friday. Please remember, all children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult to enter the facility when the office is closed. Check out our website, www.chebeaguerec.com for information about our programs (especially the Kids' Place Link).
Don't forget CRC's pre-teen/teen holiday party and yankee swap on Friday, December 20th at 7 PM. It's an hors d'oeuvre/dessert potluck so please bring a goodie to share. Parents and preteen/teen friends are welcome to come and join in the fun. Happy Holidays!
Calling all singers to Christmas carol! Please come join us Tuesday, Dec. 24th to sing and bring holiday cheer around the island! Meet at the store at 9AM. All welcomed!! Contact Erika Neumann, email@example.com or 207-749-8022.
Last night we had another 10" or more of snow and I heard it may rain on Friday - that would be a mess!
Message from Florence: "Island Riches is a very cold building but our home is warm and we have lots of handcrafts to sell. Herb has rings,earrings,napkin rings,easels,bracelets and more. I have handcrafted hats, scarfs ,handbags. If you would like to have something embroided I have lots of designs to pick from. Saturday december 20th I will be up to Ed's store so if you can't come to the house I hope to see you there. 15% off for the holidays. Florence
December 17, 2013 - photos The Chebeague School Holiday Show was a delight as usual. I was especially excited to see Neil Diamond singing "Coming to America" along with a handfull of immigrants from around the world (K-2 class who had been studying immigration). Click here to see a few photos along with a link to a youtube of some of the acts!
There are quite a few telephone numbers on Chebeague that start with 847 instead of 846 and it is hard on people who have the same number with 846 so please check and make sure you are using the correct beginning.
If you would like to see what driving to the school and back home yesterday was like in 110 seconds - I put my ipad in the window of my car just for the fun of it and then speeded up the tape. I had been to the Portland Museum of Art where they have a video of an eight hour walk in one minute - so I thought it would be fun to try it with a drive. - click here for the youtube. It might make you car sick.
Taize Worship for the Longest Night - come and warm your heart at the church this Saturday evening at 7:00 while we celebrate the longest night with candlelight, silence, gentle music, and prayer. This is a wonderful time to step away from the busyness of the season and be still. All are welcome.
Today - Chebeague Island School Holiday Concert - 5:30pm at the Hall!
Don't forget the last day of the Museum's 20% off EVERYTHING sale! Tuesday 4:30-7:30. Great selection of wonderful children's books, cook books including Harbor Fish and Standard Bakery plus much much more!
December 16, 2013 - If you don't want to spend New Year's Day watching football, come and sew at the Parish House! We will again, be making chair back book pouches for the school in Guatemala. You get lunch, great company and you can start the new year off by doing something wonderful for kids who need and use them. For more information, call Deb Bowman or Lola Armstrong.
Chebeague Island School Holdiday Concert is tomorrow, December 17th at 5:30 PM - Everyone is welcome. They always have a delightful show.
December 14, 2013 - photo of Cooper's Hawk (I think) on the North Road in front of McCuskey's house on 12/14/13 (thank you to Geof Summa for letting me know about him). Note that there have been seen a lot of Snowy Owls in Maine and Tom Calder came across one down near Chandlers this morning. I would love to get a photo myself someday.
The Chebeague Methodist Church Service for tomorrow has been cancelled because of the impending snow storm.
xcChildren's Christmas Party TODAY 4 pm - Come join us at the Chebeague Island Hall Community Center for the annual tree lighting and Christmas Party. We will sing carols while the children await Santa arriving by fire truck. Hot cocoa and cookies will be served.
Tonight at 9pm on Natioanl Geographic Wild - Stephen Todd, Brad Martin and Alex Todd will be seen on the show "Jobs that Bite" show which starts with Northern Maine about bears and then the Portland Docks, lobster boat and Smack. (On Dish it is channel 190 on Direct it is 283)
Calendar - The 3-5 class at the Chebeague Island School have created an 18 month Chebeague Themed Art and Poetry Calendar. They are excited to share the beautiful artwork created with the help of their teachers and volunteer LeeAnn Robinson. They are selling these calendars to raise money for their year end trip. Each month is a different scene with poetry and words expressing their feelings. Contact Meredith Beaupres to order yours at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 846-0766.
December 13, 2013 - Groovy Movie 7:30 tonight at the Library.
Remember that submissions for the Island Council Calendar deadline is less than a week away.
December 12, 2013 - Chebeague Island School had 100% participation in the Hour of Code Week!! Over 10 million students to date have taken place as well. We even had a few guest children and a couple of Middle School students joined us at Technology Club. The 3-5 classroom, who had been practicing in Tech Club teamed up with the Pre-K class as well as the K-2 class and taught coding. It was lots of fun and each child will get a certificate for their participation. Click here to see some photos as well as learning more about this week.
CRC's annual Kids' Holiday Craft Program was a ton of fun! The kids were able to create a variety of different projects that are sure to make the perfect gift. Thank you to our volunteers: Althea Dugliss, Sam Birkett, Celia Whitehead, Nancy Earnest, May Hall, Lily Englund, Ellen Maher, Amy Rich and Vicki Todd for making the program so wonderful.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Giving Tree. The gifts were delivered to the Root Cellar yesterday. Thank you also to the Ladies Aid who contributed loads of knitted items. Merry Christmas!
The Historical Society would like to thank the community for the tremendous support we have received this year! More than 2000 people visited the Museum. To celebrate the season all merchandise will be discounted 20% for the rest of the season. We have many stocking stuffers, gift and glass items, children's books and cookbooks. Don't be disappointed. Pick up Cathy MacNeill's 2014 calendar - only a few left.
Given the possibility of a snow storm on Sunday, the Museum Gift Shop will be open on Saturday, December 14 from 3-7; closed Sunday; and open Tuesday night December from 4:30-7. Then we will be closed until next summer. Hope to see you on Saturday and Tuesday.
Need a stocking stuffer? How about a gift certificate for a 2014 Pied Piper cruise? Call (846-3700) or email (email@example.com) the CTC office for more information!
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