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To contact me, Beverly Johnson : bjohnson@chebeague.net. ---------BIRDS OF CHEBEAGUE - Latest Video Migratory Birds of Chebeagues -Links to the Seabird Conservation and Restoration Program PUFFIN VIDEO! Bufflehead Movie - Common Goldeneye Movie

CLICK HERE FOR WEATHER or go to the BOAT YARD WEBCAM   (click on webcam) and see for yourself!

Photo of the Chebeague students giving a big thumbs up for their pavement games done by Chuck Elder. Chebeague Island School is grateful for the little things that keep them smiling!! With a thank you for thinking of them!!

May 23, 2016 - ISLAND COMMONS Wine Tasting & Silent Auction is less than a month away! We would like to thank our Event Sponsors and our many Auction Donors for supporting our largest annual fundraiser. Watch for auction item previews and updates here. Invitations are in the mail…if you’re not on our mailing list and would like to attend, please call Nancy at Island Commons to reserve tickets (846-5610). Thank you! Click here to see some of the auction items.

Strap on your sneakers and join us for the 39th Annual Great Chebeague Island Road Race and Fun Run! The race is a great way to start your 4th of July! Registration begins at 8:30am at the Historical Society. The Fun Run starts at 9am (free) and the Road Race starts at 10am ($5/per participant). Questions? Call Martha (Muffie) Vernon at 201-961-2914 or email me at mwvernon@us.ibm.com. See you there!

The Grange Thrift Shop WILL OPEN again this summer! We look forward to seeing all of our wonderfully loyal customers and new shoppers as well. Gently used items can now be left inside the back doors of the Grange...... clothing, hats, shoes, kitchen items, dishes, gadgets, small electrical appliances, books, linens, and so much more...... Please do not leave furniture, televisions, or other large items. Mark your calendars.......our doors open Tuesday June 28th !

The CTC June newsletter is here now posted on their website chebeaguetrans.com on the News & Info page. If you want to get the newsletter emailed to you each month you can sign up on the News & Info page.

Sorry to report that a piece of equipment for the internet went down earlier and we were able to replace it this morning and get the system back up and running at 8:30 AM. Your equipment may have to be rebooted as the all the lines get back up and running.

Don't forget to pre-register by today for the FREE QuickBooks: Set Up and Customizing to be held at the School from 3:00-6:00pm on Wednesday, May 25th. Axiom along with the Island Institute will also be offering QuickBooks: Generation Reports free class on Wednesday, June 1st from 3:00-6:00pm with pre-registering by 5?31. Contact Sharon at Axiom: 255-4917 or classes@connectwithaxiom.com ------- CLICK HERE for more information.

May 21, 2016 - Click here to see a 22 degree halo taken on Chebeague by Bob Earnest.

The Tennis Club is hiring court sweepers. For more info contact: Jill Malony at 347-1974

May 20, 2016 - Message from CTC: Due to congestion in our Cousins Island parking lot we can no longer allow daily parking in the lot before 8AM except for Annual Parking Permit holders and the five daily parking allowances for Yarmouth. If you need to go to Chebeague on the first boat, please park at our Route One lot and take the bus. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused.
May 18, 2016 - Message from Carrie of Kids Place:

The Kids' Place has moved back to its home!!! The beautiful mural is complete... we are still getting settled and going to be purchasing a new rug... The kids are thrilled to be back, although they still love visiting the gym! The new playset for The Kids' Place is barging over on May 23rd! If you would like to give a hand assembling this playset ( it is designed for the average homeowner to be able to do...) let me know! If you would like to volunteer or contribute in any other way, please reach out to me, I would love to see more of the community! Email: kidsplace@chebeague.net or Call: 846-8712

The Great Chebeague Golf Club will open its clubhouse and the course on May 26th. We expect that many of the golfers who are on the island this early will be anxious to see one another, dust off their clubs and play a round and possibly get caught up on the porch afterwards. The after-golf social will be open to anyone who cares join us from approximately 4-6 PM. As the new clubhouse manager, Tom Adams is hoping to reach out to more island residents who might be considering joining so please “swing by” whether you are a member or not. There will be no charge for the social although it is essentially a BYOB and members are encouraged to bring some “pot luck” hors d’oeuvres. Any questions can be directed to the clubhouse phone, 846-9478, or Tom at 409-3872.

May 17, 2016 -The soups for tomorrow are: White Chili (chicken) and Curried Eggplant (Vegetarian). These are the last soups for the season.
May 16, 2016 - Thanks to the 47 volunteers LINK TO cleanup - SEE PHOTOS - who turned out Saturday for the Island Commons’ annual spring cleanup and barbeque. With perfect weather, and all ages pitching in, the gardens and grounds received a fantastic makeover. As part of the project, we also weeded out our bulging storage shed of old, damaged or excess equipment, donated over many years. We still have a good supply of walkers, wheelchairs and commodes – all in good condition – available for loan to anyone, including summer visitors.

May 15, 2016 - Today - MENTAL WELLNESS FOR ALL - Special event at 2pm in the library - click here

Message from Florence Rich: "Hi, It is time again to start ordering plants for Memorial Day. Most of you know that I broke my ankle 3 weeks ago but with lots of help. I will be still be getting the plants this coming weekend of 23and 24. If you need a large order or something special call me 846-4986 or email me at islandriches@chebeague.net Thank You, Florence"

May 14, 2016 - A reminder to all the non-profits on Chebeague that the Recompense Grant Application is due on May 31st! Recompense Fund is also working with the Island Institute for a Fall ILead program by special request for non-profits to be held on Chebeague Island at the Niblic on October 1st. A number of people attended the program in Belfast this winterl and it was very well received and a terrific program.

Yesterday, the Elizabeth Wadsworth Chapter, DAR Awards Program for the American History Essay Contest came to Chebeague to honor and celebrate the essays that were written by the 5th grade students. The subject was "A Colonial FAmily's Reaction to the Stamp Act." All five of the students did a wonderful job and I'm sure that it was very hard to choose from hundreds of entries. Joquin Bonneville came in 3rd in the State and 1st in the chapter. Cooper Israel came in 2nd in chapter and Kyla Sawtelle 3rd in the chapter. Click here to see some of the photos from the Ceremony.

May 13, 2016 - MENTAL WELLNESS FOR ALL - Special event on SUNDAY at 2pm in the library - please join us to hear Greg Marley, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)- Maine,www.namimaine.org, share valuable insights and resources on how to help a friend or loved one through mental challenges. FREE. All Welcome. Sponsored by the Chebeague Parents’ Association - Community Support Series: Taking Care of Our Own. Click here for more info.
Important addition: Free childcare is available upon request. Contact Erika at 749-8022.

May 12, 2016 - CRC has two program leader opportunities! We are looking for someone to lead our Children's Thearter program in July and our Baseball Camp in August. Please contact the CRC office, 846-5068 or crc@chebeague.net, if you are interested in either of these positions.

Employment Opportunity: The Kids' Place is looking to hire someone for a good part time position.
15 to 25 hours a week, potentially more, if desired.
Must be 18 years old - Must enjoy children - Must want to spend lots of time outside, at the beach, at the pool, or at the playground - A desire to engage in some fun crafts would be helpful.
Please email: kidsplace@chebeague.net
Or call: 846-5068 This job could be a summer position, or could be year round.... Contact us, and join our dynamic and awesome team

As of May 9, 2016, the Town Office can issue NEW REGISTRATIONS for passenger vehicles, motorcycles, etc. This means you can get your license plates here on Chebeague Island for new vehicles or new to you! Thank you for your patience! Marjorie E. Stratton, Town Administrator

Horseshoe Crabs are Coming Ashore - learn all about their secret lives. Join t he Chebeague & Cumberland Land Trust and Marine Educators Carol Steingart and Alyssa Lyon - Saturday, June 4th - 10-noon, Sunday, June 5th -11am-1pm - Broad Cove Reserve, 179 Foreside Road, Cumberland Foreside - paring is limited - please RSVP. Click here for all the details!

For those interested on World War ll History - Eldon Mayer recently discovered a 1944 Life Magazine article written by his godfather, Admiral Melvyn McCoy, detailing his experience in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp in 1942-‘43.  He would be glad to share a copy of it with anyone who might be interested.

The chebeague.net internet was down for a few hours and was back up at 9:40. Sorry for the inconvenience.

May 11, 2016 - I received this message from Jaye who was hoping to set up a taxi service this year: "I am sorry to have to make this announcement but I will not be able to launch a taxi service at this time. I am unable to find affordable taxi insurance, which is required by state law. When I ran the taxi in 2013, my premium was $3900. This month, I was quoted $7100. That amount is simply impossible. There is only one company underwriting taxi insurance in America and they don't seem to care that I can't easily take my taxi to the Old Port on a Saturday night. I have looked into Uber and it appears to be an option but not one I'm interested in pursuing. I would encourage others to sign up with Uber and give it a try. To drive, you must have a car that's no older than 2005 and your name must be on the title. I hope a workable solution can be found for Chebeague."

Chebeague Island School Department is hiring an Ed Tech III to work in a Pre-K to Grade 5 - click here for details.

A service in celebration of the life of Ginger Hobart will take place on Saturday, May 28 at 1 pm at the Chebeague Methodist Church. A reception will immediately follow at Khatmandhu with light fare and beverages. All are welcome!

May 10, 2016 - The Chebeague Island Cemetery Committee will be conducting a spring clean-up at the Chebeague Cemetery on Sat. May 14, 2016. All inorganic material will be removed including a few unused, broken urn planters, artificial flowers and trinkets. This does not include stone, metal or concrete items. Please take any inorganic items from your plot that you would like to save or call Gail Miller for more info – 846-4369

The Chebeague Island Hall will be closed from Thursday-Monday while the floors are refinished.

Wednesday's Soup at the Hall is Spicy Sausage Soup w/pesto and the vegetarian is Butternut Squash Apple Soup.

May 9, 2016 - This Saturday night May 14, 7:30 at the Library a free event with donations for the performers welcome Fendrick and Peck!

ARTS NIGHT! Tomorrow, Tuesday, is the Chebeague Island School Arts Night at the Hall. The doors open at 5:15 and the concert starts at 5:30. Come and see the wonderful artwork the students have been creating over the last few months and hear performances in Music and Spanish.

May 7, 2016 - FREE QUICKBOOK CLASSES: Island Institute and Axiom Technologies is offering free Quickbooks classes on May 25th and June 1st at the school. Classes are from 3 to 6 in the afternoon. Please preregister at classes@connectwithaxiom.com. Click here for information!

Reminder: Next Saturday, 10am-1pm, is Island Commons SPRING CLEANUP & BBQ. Give us a hand sprucing up…and then join us for a delicious barbecue lunch! We’ll have a list of various tasks to accomplish…everything from weeding & raking to scraping & painting. There’ll be a job for everyone, so grab your gloves and tools and come on down. Thank you!!

May 6, 2016 - This morning in Rockland Donna Damon was recognized by the Maine Islands Coalition for all that she has contributed as a volunteer in all aspects of island life on Chebeague and for other Maine Islands. Roger Berle read a tribute to Donna and presented to her a plaque. The MIC met today and all the Islands had representativse from their historical Societies. State Representatives were there as well as people from Chellie Pingree's office and Senator King's office.

REMINDER, tonight, 7 - 9 pm at the Hall - coffee and cinnamon buns and meet the Axiom Technology People. Susan Corbett, Chief Executive Officer and Mark Ouellette, Chief Operating Officer will join us to talk about the exciting changes in Internet and Telephone services on Chebeague and what the future holds! Hope to see you there.

May 5, 2016 - On Sunday, May 15th the CPA's Community Support Series: Taking Care of Our Own 2015-2016 is providing another program, "Mental Health and Mental Illness: It's All in the Mind" with Greg Marley, LCSW NAMI-Maine. Click here to learn more about this FREE meeting 2pm at the Library on Sunday, May 15th.

May 4, 2016 - If you are interested in public access to the shore; access for Town functions; walking trails; access to land- locked parcels and utility easements etc the Selectmen are creating criteria to help them decide which paper streets they should preserve. They are asking for input. Hope you can come. It is at the Hall on Thursday May 5 at 6 pm.

The CTC May Newsletter is now available on their webpage chebeaguetrans.com and HERE.

May 3, 2016 - Island Institute Film Screening: 'A Climate of Change' - Thursday May 5th at 7:00 to 8:30 pm at Bowdoin College - click here to see details. Julia Maine, Bowdoin senior, Collin Roesler, Bowdoin Professor of Earth and Oceanographic Science and Nick Battista of Bigelow Laboratory will participate in the panel following the screening.

Congratulations to Caroline Loder whose painting is the cover of the LLBean Summer 2016 Catalog that came in the mail today! They featured "Before the Start"

May 2, 2016 - Important Message: "Residents of Chebeague Island: The Vector-borne Disease Laboratory at Maine Medical Center is seeking your input on tick control and disease prevention on Chebeague Island. Please take a few minutes to fill out the Island Tick Control Survey at http://tinyurl.com/h5tkju5 so we can better understand your perspective on ticks on Chebeague Island. Responses are anonymous."

NOTICE: Please come this Friday, 7 - 9 pm at the Hall - coffee and cinnamon buns and meet the Axiom Technology People. Susan Corbett, Chief Executive Officer and Mark Ouellette, Chief Operating Officer will join us to talk about the exciting changes in Internet and Telephone services on Chebeague and what the future holds! Hope to see you there.

School Committee Meeting is Tuesday, May 3 at 6pm - see agenda.

Wednesday soup will be Lemony Chicken and Orzo and the vegetarian will be Thai Portobello Tortellini Bisque!YUMMY!

The Hall has amassed a large number of dishes, bakeware, serving trays, and clothing. Next time you are at the Hall, please check the shelf above the coat rack and the box beneath it to claim your things. Any item that remains unclaimed after May 15 will be passed on to the Grange, giving you a second opportunity to be reunited with your stuff.

May 1, 2016 - Photo taken by Vika Johnson at Bennett's Cove at sunset before our Painting Islands Photo with Howie Motenko. Click here to see some of the hardy islanders who came out for this unique experience.

Wednesday's soup will be It was a fun time last night at Bennett's Cove where about 40 people gathered and spread out around the rocks and ledges of the Nubble at Bennett's Cove for a light painting photography project by Howie Motenko. He showed us the beginning results at the Hall afterwards using a projector from his computer. The final results will be shared later. He is heading tonight to North Haven and next week Monhegan.

Click here for interesting Press Herald article today; it explains the threat to soft shell clams in Maine. What can we do about it? Click here for an article talking about a potential method to fight back. It describes a project similar to what Chebeague's Shellfish Committee will be doing in Johnson Cove, thanks to a grant and assistance from the Manomet Foundation. We will be planting the nets and the spat in the next few weeks; if you would like to help, contact Bob Earnest (chair of the Shellfish Conservation Committee).

Kevin Wentworth has created a movie of the International Space Station passing in front of the Sun yesterday. Taken from Little John bridge. The Sun is 93 million miles away and the ISS was 475 miles away and they were all lined up for about 1 second.

April 30, 2016 - TONIGHT! Everyone - bring your flashlight and meet at Bennetts Cove at 7:15 to light up the area for a time exposure photo by Howie Motenko - click here for more information. Last night on Long Island they had 90+ people show up for the lighting islands project! Click here for a clip of them doing this on Isle au Haut.

Please Save The Date: Sunday, May 15th, 2PM at the Hall.The CPA's Community Support Series is very pleased to announce our next event. We will be hosting Greg Marley, National Association of Mental Illness, who will present on the topic of "First Aid for Mental Health." Many of us know some basic first aid for physical health, but fewer of us know first aid for mental health situations.
Please join us for an informative, community event. FREE. All are welcome. For more information contact CPA@chebeague.net or Erika Neumann at 749-8022.

I (Beverly) am back after a wonderful week in the Netherlands with my niece Elizabeth Hill Schutte and family. Dennis joined me there and we had a wonderful time exploring Holland and celebrating King's Day with the whole family. I especially enjoyed biking around the Hague and traveling to and from school and day care with the three children on bikes. It is amazing how different life is without a car or school busses. School is over a mile away and Evie's afternoon dance lessons were almost two miles away and it didn't matter that it was raining and sleeting and cold you get on your bicycle and ride through city streets, intersections, across highways, and down bike paths!

April 29, 2016 - Photo taken by Jeff Putnam Friday morning April 29th using his drone at 1500' above the island - WOW!

April 28, 2016 - At 2:15 pm, Axiom got the Internet up and running again after doubling available bandwidth and doing a lot of installation updates. Thank you, everyone, for your patience!

Today's the day Axiom increases the Internet bandwidth available to the Island from 100 Mbps to 200 Mbps. Please expect a fairly lengthy interruption to service during the day. We hope to have it all running smoothly by day's end.

April 27, 2016 - Reminder for this evening: Public Hearing re: Shoreland Zoning amendments tonight, 7PM at the Island Hall

Lighting up Bennetts Cove - Saturday night at 7:15 - community fun activity - click here.

Todays non vegetarian soup is White Bean with Kale.

Gardeners — We’re looking for donations. Now that warm weather is on the horizon (we can only hope!), and your gardens beckon, please remember the Island Commons Bake and Plant Sale on Saturday, May 28 at the Hall. This popular event has become a Memorial Day tradition on Chebeague.
As you head to the garden, remember that we’re eagerly looking for donations of plants of all types. Divide or lift plants you would be happy to donate (and please identify them).
For more information, email Annie Thaxter (ann3boys@chebeague.net) or Susan Stranahan (susan.stranahan@gmail.com). We’ve got extra pots and potting soil to make your donation easier, and we can even bring our spades to help.
And thanks for thinking of the Commons!

April 26, 2016 - Photo taken by Vika Johnson April 26th on Chebeague!

Michael and Barbara have once again updated our site -- the last for a while -- with the story of our trip from La Coruna to Lagos, on to Tenerife, and back across the Atlantic to the British Virgin Islands. Click here to see.

April 25, 2016 - This Thursday the 28th, Axiom Technologies will be on the Island to upgrade our Internet service from 100 Mbps to 200 Mbps. Two years ago we thought it was great when we increased it from 20 to 30 Mbps! So please bear with us as we will experience outages during the day...it will be worth it.

Hoping to have lots of people help with the lighting of Bennetts Cove Saturday evening at 7:15! Please bring your flashlights, camera flashes and wear dark clothes - this should be a fun family night and after the photo shoot we will meet back at the Hall for refreshments and see the long exposure photo of Bennett's Cove on a screen. Click here for more information.

April 23, 2016 - Tonight the Chebeague Island School is hosting a talent show. Saturday, April 23rd 6pm at the Hall.

Volunteers Needed
Boats and kayaks are being sought to assist with the Casco Bay Islands SwimRun race being held on Sunday August 14. The race is to be held on (runs) and between (swim) 8 islands in Casco Bay from Chebeague to Peaks. Boating volunteers coming from Chebeague would likely be deployed between 1) Indian Point and Little Chebeague and 2) Little Chebeague and Long Island. The race is anticipated to be in these areas between 7 and 8AM. Additionally, some land based volunteers will be sought. If interested, please contact Jeff at usaswimrun@gmail.com
The Casco Bay Islands SwimRun is the first of its kind to be introduced in North America after a decade of expanding popularity in Europe, principally Sweden. 125 elite, two-person teams were selected in February from more than 600 applications from across the US and Canada, and the local event will serve as a qualifier to the OTILLO (Swedish for 'island to island") World Championship in September.
More information can be found at www.usa-swimrun.com The event is also serving to benefit the Travis Mills Foundation www.travismills.org

April 21, 2016 - Don't forget the Talent Show this Saturday, April 23rd 6pm at the Hall.

Save the Date: May 6th at the Hall 7pm come and meet Axiom's Susan Corbett and Mark Ouellete. Enjoy some refreshments and learn more about their company and what they are and will be doing for our community and the internet service.

I will be away until April 29th but I will have David update this page when I am unable. So you can email David (drhill@chebeague.net) as well as me and we will get items posted as needed.

April 20, 2016 - Message from Howie Motenko: "We have a date, Saturday, April 30th for creating the image of Bennett’s Cove. Please spread the word, as we will need as many people (and bright lights) as we can get. Please post to your island Facebook page, place some posters in prominent locations, spread the word with people, and do whatever else you can to get as many islanders as possible out for the light painting photo shoot of Bennett’s Cove." Click here for more details! Howie did the community shoot last Saturday on Great Diamond Island and Sunday on Cliff. He will be shooting Long on the 29th.

The Chebeague Island School Arts Night will be held on Tuesday, May 10 at the Hall. Doors will open at 5:15 to enable viewing of the art projects. Music will begin at 5:30. The program will conclude by 7pm.

April 19, 2016 - Kidsplace earthday cleanup pickup is on Wednesday for a walk down North Rd - click here to see photos of last week and learn more about this project and how you can participate and help!

Breakfast at the Hall Week continues today with blueberry or plain pancakes, bacon,and fresh fruit. Wednesday will consist of the the usual coffee and baked goods, Ham and egg crescent bake with fresh fruit will help you start off your Thursday morning with a smile, and Friday ends the week with a feast of eggs, sausage, homefries, gravy, fresh fruit, and roast beef hash. All meals come with juice, cocoa, or milk for the kids and coffee, tea, or cocoa for the grownups,

April 18, 2016 - It's Breakfast at the Hall Week! While Julie is on vacation, the creative chefs at the Hall are serving up hearty breakfasts every morning but Wednesday. On Wednesday, the usual coffee and baked goods will be available so that you can save room for the delicious roast beef Community Lunch sponsored by Mark H. Dyer, Inc. Today's breakfast includes French toast casserole with fresh fruit and your choice of coffee, assorted teas, and cocoa. So come on down from 9:00 to 10:00 and enjoy some great food and good company!

April 17, 2016 - Reminder! The Chebeague Island School is hosting a talent show. Mark your calendar for this Saturday, April 23rd 6pm at the Hall. Would you like to be in the show? Don’t keep your talents buried! Do you sing, dance, do magic, or comedy? Take the stage and share your talent! Contact Laurie Hegarty about getting into the show at (207) 420-7171 or mainehegartyfamily@gmail.com. All proceeds go toward the end-of-year school field trip. Thank you for your support!

School Committee Meeting is Tuesday evening 6 pm at the school - see agenda.

April 15, 2016 - Click here to see a 13 minute documentary all about Holly Earnest Bowling "Distilling A Dream." It tells about her interpreting and recording the music of Phish. Holly is the daughter of Bob and Nancy Earnest and granddaughter of Anne Brown.

The Island Market will be closed April 16-22. There will not be papers for sale these days. Thank you.

April 14, 2016 - The knitting program schedule has been changed to 5-6 PM at CRC tonight. Come have some fun and bring the whole family!!
April 13, 2016 - Coffee hour at the Hall from 9:00 to 10:00 this morning. Soup is at 12 and today Beef Barley and the vegetarian will be Garbanzo and Bean Stew.

April 12, 2016 - Axiom Technology is proposing to bring FTTH (fiber to the household) to Chebeague! This would mean faster and more reliable Internet service and is a huge step forward in meeting present and future demands. Please click here for more information and PLEASE send an e-mail of support to Axiom by THURSDAY. A large show of support can make it happen!

The Kids' Place is celebrating Earth Day by cleaning up our roads and beaches!
This week we will be at Chandlers on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. We will be walking every week from now until May 4, 2016 and cleaning different areas of the island. You can join us if you like.
If you would like to sponsor our children in their clean up efforts, all sponsors will go toward purchasing a new 4 child stroller! Email: kidsplace@chebeague.net for questions, details, or if you would like to make a sponsor!

The Kids' Place has a part time position open for the summer.
Approximately 24 hours a week.
lots of time outside with kids!
lots of trips to the beach!
lots of fun!
Must be 18 years old and enjoy the company of children of all ages!
You will be working with another adult most days.
You will be responsible for caring for children, helping out during summer camps, some afternoons at the pool with kids and some cleaning! Please email: kidsplace@chebeague.net for more details or stop by the rec. center! The Kids' Place is doing amazing things right now, come and join the team!

April 11, 2016 - Maine State Senate posthumously honoring Mabel Knowles Doughty with a legislative sentiment will take place on Chebeague sometime this summer.

The Soup for this Wednesday will be Beef Barley and the vegetarian will be Garbanzo and Bean Stew.

April 9, 2016 - The Island Market will be closed April 16-22. There will not be papers for sale these days. Thank you.

Peter and Linda Carleton invite the Chebeague community to follow our journey with metastatic prostate cancer on the Peter Carleton page at caringbridge.com and Linda's mandala blog at lindacarleton.com. They'll be back on the island May 1 when he returns from Guatemala.

April 8, 2016 - Click here to learn about the work that is taking place at the Stone Wharf now.
April 7, 2016 - Photo taken by Kevin Wentworth of the tagged Snowy Owl on April 7, 2016. Click here for another. The owl has been here off and on all winter and Kevin has been able to get some extraordinary shots. We hope to find out more about this owl from the tag.

April 5, 2016 - Come to CRC tonight at 5:45 and test out your knitting skills. Needles and yarn will be provided so come have some fun and learn a new skill. For all ages!!

The School Committee Meeting is today at 6pm - click here for the agenda. The energy audit discussion has been postponed and will not be tonight.

April 4, 2016 - Mrs. Westra's 3-5 grade class had to do persuasive writing on why you should live or visit Chebeague Island. They then took their writing and made a poster with drawings. Click here to see all their creative work. There are 18 students but one is missing and as soon as we find it I will add it.

Wednesday's coffee is from 9 to 10 and the soup is at noon. The soup for Wednesday is Tai Chicken Noodle and the vegetarian is Summer Harvest Tortilla Soup (from The Oh She Glows Cookbook).

April 3, 2016 - The Island Fellow is looking for summer housing from June 15th through August 31st. If you have any ideas, please call 714-470-0298."

Just a note to let people know that chebeague.net email accounts have nothing to do with Axiom and their internet service. Chebeague.net Email is being run by an independent person who actually started it when we with Mainly Wired. Mr. Baxter has graciously letting us all hold on to our email addresses but we won't be offering any new ones. Today the account was down because it is on a server down east and the high winds caused a power outage in the area and the backup batteries failed. They have also noticed a few downs lately and are planning on replacing the backup battery UPS. When you are not getting chebeague.net email please check your websites to make sure that it is not the internet but merely chebeague.net email. Sorry that this may seem confusing.

April 2, 2016 - Notice: Poet Wes McNair reading, Sunday, April 3rd, 2:00 pm at the Library. Reception to follow. See Poster!

School Committee Meeting Tuesday 6pm at the school - see agenda.

April 1, 2016 - CTC April Newsletter is posted on their website chebeaguetrans.com and available here.

March 31, 2016 - CRC is hiring a swim lesson instructor for the 2016 summer season. Hours are 8 AM-Noon on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays for six weeks beginning in July. Please contact Kelley Rich at the CRC office if you are interested in applying, 846-5068 or crc@chebeague.net.

There is a tribute to Mabel in the latest Working Waterfront by Donna click here to see.

Don't forget The second half of FY16 taxes were due April 1, 2016.

Michael and Barbara have again updated their site - click here. "This time with our really quick visit to Ghent and Bruges. We did not spend enough time there to understand enough to make a reasonable commentary, but we hope you enjoy the pictures."

March 30, 2016 - Photo taken at the Hook by Adrian Cole and click here for one by Conrad Cole.

Starting soon will be the Taxi Service 207-200-6188 again starting in May 1st - check out their facebook page - click here. Jaye is interested in learning about other other needs and possibly interest in a commuter shuttle?

Today's soups at the Hall will be Reuben sandwich soup and the vegetarian is cream of tomato with roasted Italian croutons. And don't forget to start your day with Susie's coffee and Gina's delicious breakfast pastries!

March 29, 2016 - CRC has a new program starting next week!! Knitting for Beginners! Learn the basics of this versatile and satisfying craft. We'll work through casting on, basic stitches, simple increases and decreases, reading patterns and binding off. A variety of yarns and needles will be available to borrow or you can bring your own project! All ages welcome. Any questions, email Jaye Nunan at jaye@chebeague.net.
Tuesday 4/5-5:45-6:45
Thursday 4/14-5:45-6:45
Tuesday 4/19-5:45-6:45
Suggested donation $5 per session

Click here to see the children lined up and ready to start looking for eggs at the 1st Annual Island Commons Easter Egg Hunt!

March 28, 2016 - Click here for the latest Pre-school Newsletter.

March 27, 2016 - Next Sunday - Poet Wes McNair reading, Sunday, April 3rd, 2:00 pm at the Library. Reception to follow. See Poster!

HAPPY EASTER - Island Commons 1st ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT Easter Sunday, March 27 At 11:45 A.M. Island Commons Yard (132 Littlefield Road, Chebeague Island) Bring Your Own Basket!All Ages Welcome! A Family Community Event! Coffee & Lemonade provided For more information or to help, call Polly @ 233-8382 or email polly22@chebeague.net

March 26, 2016 - The USM Health/Island Council Screening Clinic was very successful in no small part due to the donuts! The Recreation Center Membership winners are Nancy Ernest and Beverly Johnson!! Congratulations! Thank you Mac and Beth, the Rec. Center and all the volunteers who helped make this a success.

TODAY - USM/Island Council Health Screening on Saturday March 26th at 9:00 am in the Hall. The Rec. Center has generously donated TWO free memberships for a drawing. This a chance to get your blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol checked for free. Dr. Riemann, the dermatologist, will be here again to do free skin checks too! And you can get a tetanus booster while you are at it! Learn what you need to know to get healthy, stay healthy and have a chance to win a year long gym membership just for taking care of yourself!

Chebeague Recreation Center has a year-round, part-time office position open. This position will require 10-20 hours per week with the potential for more. Responsibilities include bookkeeping, general office work, preparing advertisements and some program planning. Please contact Kelley Rich in the CRC office for more information. Applications can be found on our website too at www.chebeaguerec.com.

March 24, 2016 - TONIGHT - SEA LEVEL Rise Study Discussion at the Island Hall on Thursday, March 24th, 6:00 to 7:30 PM. This meeting is to hear the results of a study undertaken with a Coastal Communities Grant from The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. The purpose of this study is to evaluate potential impacts of sea level rise, extreme weather events, and flooding on the town’s natural and built environments and to incorporate adaptation and resilience strategies into the Comprehensive Plan, land-use and floodplain ordinances. The final project task will identify and evaluate specific adaptation options for the Stone Wharf. Stephanie Carver and Rick Harbison will be here from the Greater Portland Council of Governments (GPCOG) as well as Pete Slovinsky of Maine Geological Survey. Carol White is the Chebeague Island representative working with this group. Please come and participate in this important discussion.

TONIGHT - Please join us tonight at the Chebeague United Methodist church for a Maundy Thursday service. It will begin at 7 pm in the Parish House. On Sunday we will celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus. Sunrise service is at the East End Point at 6:15 am for a 6:30 am sunrise. Coffee and a light breakfast will be served at the Parish House after that service. The traditional Easter service is at the church at 10am. Come and join in the Easter celebration!

March 21, 2016 - Nominating papers are available at the Town Office for the following offices:
Two three-year terms for Board of Selectmen for the seats currently held by Bo Beaupré and Christopher Loder.
Two three-year terms for School Board Committee for seats currently held by Suzanne Rugh and Carol White.
The deadline for filing nomination papers is 5 PM, Monday, May 2, 2016. The election of officers will be on Tuesday, June 14, 2016.

There is still time to take advantage of CRC's March fitness special, only $99 for 1 year. Sign up or renew before March 31st!! If the building hours don't work for your schedule let us know. We can provide you with a code so you can workout (with a buddy) at a time that works for you.

Start your Wednesday morning off right with a made-to-order McDyer breakfast sandwich at the Hall. Susie and Arlene will make a meal that will tide you over until the soup lunch at noon. Ruth, Wanda, and their crew will be serving a hearty kielbasa-cheese soup and a satisfying vegetarian option featuring tomatoes and cabbage. Eat in, or take it to go!

Joint Budget Workshop of the School Board and the Board of Selectmen at the school on Tuesday, March 22, at 6:00 PM. This is a good time and place to learn about and discuss the budget we will be voting on at Town Meeting on June 11, 2016. See agenda

Sea Level Rise Study Discussion at the Island Hall on Thursday, March 24th, 6:00 to 7:30 PM. This meeting is to hear the results of a study undertaken with a Coastal Communities Grant from The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. The purpose of this study is to evaluate potential impacts of sea level rise, extreme weather events, and flooding on the town’s natural and built environments and to incorporate adaptation and resilience strategies into the Comprehensive Plan, land-use and floodplain ordinances. The final project task will identify and evaluate specific adaptation options for the stone pier. Stephanie Carver and Rick Harbison will be here from the Greater Portland Council of Governments (GPCOG) as well as Pete Slovinsky of Maine Geological Survey. Carol White is the Chebeague Island representative working with this group. Please come and participate in this important discussion.

March 20, 2016 - Win a free membership to the Rec Center!! The Rec. Center has generously donated TWO free memberships for a drawing at the USM/Island Council Health Screening on Saturday March 26th at 9:00 am in the Hall. This a chance to get your blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol checked for free. Dr. Riemann, the dermatologist, will be here again to do free skin checks too! And you can get a tetanus booster while you are at it! Learn what you need to know to get healthy, stay healthy and have a chance to win a year long gym membership just for taking care of yourself!

March 16, 2016 - Reminder that the Community Luncheon is today Corned beef, cabbage, carrots, potatoes, salad, and mint ice cream and cupcakes.

Anthony Gomez is now at the RiverRidge Center in Kennebunk and would love to hear from people - his address is RiverRidge Center, Saco River Unit, 3 Brazier Ln, Kennebunk, ME 04043.

March 15, 2016 - Photo of a sketch by Anna Martin for the mural at Kids Place. Please click here to learn more about how you can help!

A reminder that Mabel Doughty's service is this Friday the 18th, at 1:30 at the Church with reception at the Hall.

In the Bangor Daily News Online recently they featured a film done in 1954 written and narrated by author EB White about lobstering off the Maine Coast - Pretty cool and I don't think much has changed except the type of lobster traps and a lot of electronics added - click here to see.

March 14, 2016 - Last week Mrs. Hoidal's K-2 class did a quick project for 100 days of school. I have been asked by everyone to share this project online with everyone - so click here and see what our students plan on doing when they are 100 years old!

We have received approval for conservation closure of Johnson Cove to shellfish harvesting. Attached is a copy of the letter and map. Or you could direct people to the left column of the Town’s home page.

Reminder from CTC: Due to planned maintenance on the engine, the 10:00 AM and the 10:15 AM ferries and buses will not run on 3/15. We apologize for any inconvenience

Community Luncheon this Wednesday: Corned beef, cabbage, carrots, potatoes, salad, and mint ice cream and cupcakes. This is one of my favorites!

Click here for a message from Carrie of Kids Place!

March 11, 2016 - NEW RULES FOR BRUSH DUMP -Also found on the Town Website
As you begin your spring yard work, please keep in mind that we have cleaned and organized the Brush Dump and have new rules. You will need to separate debris into four categories:
1. Brush Only
2. Grass, Leaves, and Vegetation Only
3. Pulp Wood Only
4. Wood Chips Only
There are signs to indicate where to dump each category of material. Our goal is to keep the Brush Dump clean and organized. We appreciate your cooperation. There will be discussions about whether or not we should be charging for this service as there has been a significant cost to provide this area for dumping and to keep it maintained. Thank you for your cooperation.

Dr. Rybka will be here at the Wellness Center Wednesday March 23rd. Please call his office at 829-6463 to schedule an appointment.

The town office has new Town Clerk hours and the Transfer Station "spring ahead" hours start this Sunday. Click here to go to the Town Website and see what they are.

March 10, 2016 - Don't forget tomorrow, March 11th at 3:15, Caroline Moore from the Island Institute will be at the Library scholarship information meeting .

The Library has begun putting together the new Chebeague Phone Directory. Once again, we invite submissions of original artwork or photographs for the cover. Please submit your work to the Library at cheblib@hotmail.com or drop it off. Deadline for submissions is April 20th. Call the Library at 846-4351 if you have any questions.

CRC has an immediate opening for a part time office support position. This is a year round position requiring 10-20 hours per week. We also have a variety of summer positions open including lifeguards, teen center leaders, pool operator, child care providers, camp leaders and children's theater directors. Please call the CRC office, 846-5068 or send us an email at crc@chebeague.net for more information.

March 9, 2016 - Bob Follette has been very sick lately and is recovering in a Nursing/Rehab near his home and it would be great if people would like to send him cards or a note. Bob's address is Wingate at South Hadley, 573 Ganby Road, South Hadley, MA 01075. Bob and his partner used to own the Island View House and he is in his 90's.

NOTICE: Important message from CTC: Due to scheduled maintenance on the engine, the 10:00 AM and 10:15 AM ferries on TUESDAY 3/15 will be cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Island Commons 1st ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT Easter Sunday, March 27 At 11:45 A.M. Island Commons Yard (132 Littlefield Road, Chebeague Island) Bring Your Own Basket!All Ages Welcome! A Family Community Event! Coffee & Lemonade provided For more information or to help, call Polly @ 233-8382 or email polly22@chebeague.net

March 7, 2016 -Cassidy sends greetings from New Zealand and Australia. He is now settled at CQU in Rockhampton, Australia. He can receive mail at: Cassidy Jeffers, 554-700 Yaamba Road, North Rockhampton, Australia QLD 4701
Thanks so much for everyone who has helped to make this possible!

Wednesday soup will be Turkey Noodle and the vegetarian will be Asparagus and Cheese Potato Soup.

March 6, 2016 - Photo taken by Vika Johnson March 6th sunset.

Today, 53 Chebeague Island voters participated in the Democratic Caucus at the Island Hall: Forty-five Democrats, one Democrat who voted by Absentee Ballot, and seven Un-enrolled/Independents, who registered as Democrats, joined the process to have their voice heard. Nine Bernie supporters, ten Hillary supporters and three undecided voters shared comments regarding candidates during more than an hour of congenial discourse. The result of the vote - Bernie 29, Hillary 20, Undecided 4 - earned each candidate one of Chebeague's two delegates to the Maine State Democratic Convention. David Hamilton and Roman Folk will represent Chebeague Island Democrats at the Convention, which is scheduled to take place in Portland in early May.

Michael and Barbara have updated their blog with their trip to Terneuzen, in the south of Holland - click here.

March 4, 2016 - Reminder: The Democratic Caucus will be held on Sunday, 3/6, at the Island Hall. Doors open at Noon. Caucus starts PROMPTLY at 1 pm (no admittance after 1 pm!). The Registrar of Voters will be at the Hall at noon to register New Voters (must be 18 by November 8th) and INDEPENDENT/UN-ENROLLED voters who would like to participate in the Caucus.

Many thanks to those who purchased Hannaford reusable shopping bags during the month of February….232 bags were purchased and Hannaford will be sending ISLAND COMMONS a donation of $232! A big thank you to Hannaford for this great monthly program which supports local non-profits!

Reverend Priscilla Dreyman has begun her three months as our supply pastor while Pastor Melissa is on maternity leave. Please feel free to contact her with pastoral concerns or if you would like a visit. (207) 899-5689, Blessings CUMC

March 3, 2016 - Carrie from Kids Place has posted another great book - click here to see her review.

The email-plus list now shows all update requests through March 3rd. Please check YOUR listing and let us know that it is STILL correct OR you have changes. Thank you John for your work on this site.

March 2, 2016 - Between 7 and 7:30 am tomorrow morning chebeague.net will be rebooting its equipment so you may notice a short interuption in internet service around that time.

Chebeague Island Historical Society Exhibit Committee members will soon be taking photos of Island houses and architectural elements that align with the 2016 exhibit which will feature architecture of Chebeague Island, settlement to 1890. If you do not wish to have your house photographed, please email the Historical Society at chebeaguehistory@gmail.com.

Message from the Island Institute: If your organization is interested in learning more about hosting an Island Institute Island Fellow for the coming year (starting September 2016), please contact Karen Burns at Kburns@islandinstitute.org; or click here to go to thier website.

It's time for CRC's FITNESS Special. Purchase a 12 month fitness pass during the month of March and SAVE!! Just $99 for a full year of fitness room use. If our facility hours don't fit your schedule, no worries. We can give you an access code to get in and workout at a time that works for you. But don't forget to bring a buddy!!

Message from the Rec: There were a few people that could not join Katy's Dance Party class on Tuesdays, so with some juggling she was able to move it back to Wednesdays beginning 3/9. We need one more person to register before the end of the day tomorrow so we know we have enough to run the program.

Tickets for the 9th Annual Inter-Island Cruise are on sale now and available for purchase online! Friday, April 1st 6-10:30 PM
Tickets are $20 if you buy them before March 15th ($25 after March 15th) and are available to purchase at Casco Bay Lines or online.

March 1, 2016 - Election results are in and David Stevens won for the 16 month seat and Beau Beaupres won for the four month seat - full results are on the Town Website.

JOB OPENING: Island Commons is looking for an experienced Care Coordinator. CRMA certification required. Knowledge of Point Click Care software a plus. Competitive wages and benefits. Contact Amy Rich, Administrator 846-5610 or icadmin@chebeague.net We are an equal opportunity employer

Soup for tomorrow is Red Beans and Rice and the vegetarian is Mushroom ginger Noodle Soup.

Don't forget to vote today for your Selectmen and the Hall from 8 to 8. The candidates running for a 4 month term are Jean-Louis Beaupre, Susan D. Campbell and John H. Corson, Jr.. There is one candidate for the 16-month seat and that is Nelson D. Stevens.

February 29, 2016 -Important Updates on the Rec Center -
We brought together a group of people to discuss the Rec Center, and here is what happened.... click here.

The CTC Newsletter is now posted on their site - click here!

Message from the Chebeague Cumberland Land Trust: Please join us Friday, March 4th at 10:00am for a walk with local naturalist Karen Herold at the Rines Forest in Cumberland, Maine. The hike will be held rain or shine! Please wear your boots because some of the trails will be muddy. All ages are welcome and encouraged to come. Directions:
The Rines Forest is located on Range Road across from the Idlewood neighborhood. Please either park along the trail head on Range Road or along Idlewood Drive. For more information call Penny Asherman at 807.8532

February 28, 2016 - As you may know Chebeague was a semifinalist in the DownEast Magazine Best Places to Live in Maine. They wrote about Chebeague and the other places in their latest magazine - click here to see.

February 27, 2016 - The Chebeague Island School is hosting a talent show. Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 23rd 6pm at the Hall. Would you like to be in the show? Don’t keep your talents buried! Do you sing, dance, do magic, or comedy? Take the stage and share your talent! Contact Laurie Hegarty about getting into the show at (207) 420-7171 or mainehegartyfamily@gmail.com. All proceeds go toward the end-of-year school field trip. Thank you for your support! Click here for more information!

Don't forget the Town Election for Selectmen is this Tuesday from 8am to 8pm. The candidates running for a 4 month term are Jean-Louis Beaupre, Susan D. Campbell and John H. Corson, Jr.. There is one candidate for the 16-month seat and that is Nelson D. Stevens. There is also a candidates Forum being put on by CICA tomorrow, Sunday, February 28th, 2pm at the Hall!

The second half of our tax bills have to be paid by April 1, 2016!

February 25, 2016 - Caroline Moore from the Island Institute has changed her scholarship information meeting from March 18th to March 11th at 3:15pm at the Library.

Katy McCann is going to run an additional 6 week session of Dance Party at CRC. This fun class is perfect for all ages (14 and up) and all fitness levels. We need at least 5 people to run the program then anyone can drop in for $6 if we meet the minimum and the program runs. The program will be Tuesday evenings March 8-April 12 at 5:45pm. The cost is $30 for 6 weeks. Please make sure to sign up by March 4th so we can let people know if its happening.

Calling Fishermen, Bookkeepers, Business Owners, Self-Employed! Let us know your interest in the following FREE-to-you workshops, up to two of which will be offered this May, by emailing Stephenie smaclagan@islandinstitute.org.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: the Planning Board has a vacancy.
If you would like to serve, please complete a Volunteer Application and get it to the Town Office by March 8, 2016. Click here for the Volunteer Application.

For anyone who missed chebeague.net's letter to all islanders and off-island customers, Click here for a link to it. We're very excited about this collaboration and what it will mean to Chebeague.

February 24, 2016 - Candidates Forum
Sunday Feb. 28th 2pm at the Hall. Come meet the selectmen candidates, hear them answer questions from the moderator, Bob Earnest, and take this opportunity to ask your questions. Sponsored by CICA.
February 23, 2016 - Back by popular demand: Wednesday morning at the Hall, Arlene is whipping up her fabulous McDyer breakfast sandwiches and Susie is serving her "World's Best Coffee," as described by one of her regular customers. Don't miss out! Come hungry, leave happy!

February 22, 2016 - Wednesday soup this week is Chicken Tortellini Soup and the vegetarian soup will be Indian Dal Soup (split pea).

As I’m sure you have heard, the newest addition to the island is home!!! Ben and Melissa Yosua- Davis (the new pastor) have arrived home with their new bundle of joy Michael Frederick…We have started a calendar to keep track of the food to help support them during this wonderful transition. If anyone wants to help with a meal please contact Polly Wentworth@ 233-8382. Thank you all in advance for your help!!!! Let make them feel the love this community has to give.

February 21, 2016 - Congratulations to Anna Maine who ran the LA Marathon on Valentines Day - Click here to see a message from her and some photos!

February 20 2016 - Click here to see photos from the Polar Plunge and Chili, Chowder and Soup Challenge. Video of the plunge and the list of winners are also included. Congratulations and a big thank you to the many, many people who help make this event so great. I think there were 35 cooks who contributed! WOW!

Chebeague Pre-K News- January/February 2016 - click here.

Dear Island Friends and Family,
The Ross family would like to express our heartfelt thank you's to everyone who showed us such love and kindness during Mom's long illness and since her passing. We are overwhelmed by the many, many acts of generosity and love shown in more ways than we could ever count. Losing a loved one is such a difficult passage in one's life but this island community knows, so well, how to support, sustain and encourage those of us who are struggling. We are so very blessed and so grateful to you all.
Poochie and family

Sunday, March 6th at the Island Hall, Democratic Caucus: 12 Noon - Doors open to those Independents who wish to register as a Democrat to participate in the caucus. 1:00pm - Doors to be locked, official caucus process will begin. Participants may politely share statements of support for candidate of choice. No participant should expect to feel coerced into changing his/her personal choice. Chebeague may send 2 delegates to the State Convention, which is scheduled to take place in Portland on May 6&7. It would be great to have at least 2 volunteers interested in representing Chebeague. Contact Mary Holt at democrats@chebeague.net with questions.

School Committee Meeting is Tuesday, February 23, 6pm at the School - see agenda.

February 19, 2016 - The Board of Selectmen will conduct a budget workshop on Saturday, February 20, 2016, beginning at 8:00 AM.
The public is encouraged to attend.

We have three more Polar Plungers to add to our list -Brian Phipps, Allana Cleaves and Dylan Cleaves will be plunging too along with Laura Hamilton, Tiffany Calder and Miss Nancy (Earnest). Tomorrow at NOON - don't miss it.

February 18, 2016 - The ballots have been counted and the winner of the Paint Islands for Chebeague is Coleman's Cove taken from Sandy Point. I will be posting more information about how and when this will be done. We will be looking for lots of people with flashlights shining on all the houses of Coleman's Cove - I think it will be spectacular so stay tuned!There were 30 votes for Coleman's Cove followed by 25 for Bennetts Cove, 9 for Fish House and 8 for the Ovens.

The Island Institute will be having a Scholarship Workshop and Information Session at the Chebeague Island Library on Friday, March 18th at 3:15 - click here to learn more about post secondary education and the Geiger Scholarship that is available to students in 6th grade and up for travel and enrichment programs.

February 17, 2016 - The service for Bob Dayton will be tomorrow at 5pm EST and will be live streamed at www.live.worshipchannels.com/WestminsterMPLS

TODAY is Thanksgiving in February at the Hall Community Luncheon.

February 16, 2016 - Photo taken by Jackie Doughty Trask February 16th.

Tomorrow is the "Thanksgiving in February" Community Lunch at the Hall sponsored by Island Electric. The menu consists of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, squash, green beans, rolls, and apple crisp, so bring your appetites! The suggested donation is $5.00, and the dining room opens at noon. And don't forget to start your Wednesday with Susie's coffee hour. Susie Stav is at the Hall every Wednesday morning and any weekday morning the store is closed, providing coffee, several types of tea, and cocoa, plus delicious breakfast treats supplied by Gina Ross. Please use the front entrance, as the side entrances and access are quite slippery.

Thank you for all of your support for the Chebeague Island School kids 3rd through 5 th grade class!
This Valentine fundraiser brings lots of joy to the communityand a special thanks to Laura summa for the many hours of hard work baking for over 90 orders!

Don't forget CRC's Winter Carnival this weekend...starting with Teen Rock-a-thon Friday night. There are a couple teens in need of a rocking chair. If you have one that you are willing to loan out for the night, please call Sam Birkett, 846-4467. The Polar Plunge is at noon on Saturday at the boat yard followed by the chili, chowder soup challenge at CRC. We are still looking for cooks to enter the challenge and we have some awesome prizes for the top three winners in each category. If you'd like to have an entry in the challenge please call or email CRC 846-5068 or crc@chebeague.net. Join Deb at the Library for a fun craft at starting at 1:30...Then, come out for a fun night music and dancing with Mark and Chuck at the Hall.

Chebeague Grace #1 is being re-published. Many people have expressed an interest in purchasing this book which was first published
in 2010 by Pastor Linda Brewster. It is the first in a series of four books. I will ordering Grace #1 by request only. I have very few of the other three books.
I can share a link to Shutterfly if you want one of those books. All four books are available for viewing at the library. Please be in touch soon.
Thank you. Cathy

Another book for the lending library at The Kids' Place.
This Book, Under Pressure written by Carl Honore is a great, fast read. The book addresses the culture of hyper-parenting that is prevalent in the developed world today. This book discusses how the best of intentions for encouraging our children to be motivated, to take advantage of all opportunities and always do their best can have the opposite effect.
Carl Honore is a journalist, and the book is written in a journalistic style. The book addresses all ages, but is very prevalent for school aged children. It is truly a page turner, and very interesting in its point of view.
I highly recommend it, and have it to lend out through The Kids' Place.

Michael Porter has again updated his website - click here.

February 15, 2016 - POLAR PLUNGE! Coming this Saturday, January 20th, NOON at the Niblic (thank goodness it is this coming weekend and not last weekend) Please go to the CRC website and sign up and don't forget to get your pledges! I only know of three people plunging this weekend so far - Laura Hamilton, Tiffany Calder and Nancy Earnest - If you are afraid of the cold - no problem - wear a wetsuit! It will still be fun and I'm sure people will sponsor you. After the nice little dip you can go to the Rec for the Chili, Chowder and Soup - I will have my chili there again this year. Click here to see a movie from last year which had been postponed because of ice. Makes me remember how much fun it was.
February 14, 2016 - HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY! Today is the last day to cast your vote for the Painting Island's location on Chebeague! Click here to see the choices and vote. We will be letting everyone know soon the place we will be lighting up for Howie Motenko to photograph.

February 12, 2016 - We are pleased to announce that Axiom Technologies, LLC will be taking over the operation and ownership of chebeague.net effective March 1, 2016. Early next week, we will mail a letter to everyone describing the services we will be offering. In a nutshell, we'll be providing faster speeds, lower prices, and unlimited local and long distance telephone service. David and I will be employees and we are very excited about what this means for the Island! Please remit your payment within the next week or contact us right away to discuss any outstanding balances as we move forward.

There will be upcoming workshops provided FREE to islanders provided by Axiom Education and Training Center in conjunction with the Island Institute coming up soon. They will be offering digital education classes including Quickbooks, Social Media for Business, Web Design and more probably in May. Please contact me at bjohnson@chebeague if you are interested. You don't have to be a chebeague.net customer to participate and they will have 10 laptops for people to use and practice. More information will be coming soon about this opportunity for anyone on Chebeague to learn more.

February 11, 2016 - Don't forget to sign up for sailing school - click here to go to there new website where you can sign up and get all the information. There is also a link above on Sailing School.

Don't miss a fun time at the Hall on Saturday, February 20th with Mark & Chuck. Come listen to some awesome music and have some fun shaking off those winter blues starting at 8 PM. $10 suggested donation. All proceeds benefit CRC!

February 10, 2016 - John Holt has done so much work keeping the Email list up to date and active in such a way that the information cannot be used by a spammer. Please check it out and see if you information is correct and if you would like to add other information to it.

NOTICE: Ash Wednesday - Today, the church will be open starting at 12 PM for prayer and meditation. There will be a station if you would like to put ashes on your hand or forehead as a symbol of the beginning of Lent - a season of introspection and repentance in preparation for Easter. There will be an Ash Wednesday worship service this evening at 6 PM.

Soup today is Pork Chili and the vegetarian is Russian Cabbage Borscht.

For the entire month of February, when you pick up a Hannaford Helps reusable bag at the Yarmouth Hannaford, ISLAND COMMONS will receive $1! Help support the Commons and purchase the blue bag with the good karma logo. Thanks for joining Hannaford in supporting local non-profits!

PIZZA GRAZIE!! Thank you to all the pizza supporters and the parents and students in the 3-5th grades who made our Super Bowl fundraiser a big success! A huge thank you to our school chef, Laura Summa and wood fire extraordinaire, Bob Earnest. All of the proceeds will go toward the end-of-year field trip to Boston to study the Revolutionary War. Thank you everyone!

February 9, 2016 - Photo taken by John Holt on February 9th High Tide at the Stone Wharf. Click here to see all the images and a movie John took yesterday at the wharf

corrected vote: Election results - Feb. 9, 2016 - 160 ballots voted.
Referendum #1 (Fire Truck): Yes: 103, No: 57, passed.
Referendum #2 (Golf Course / Parking): Yes: 99, No: 60, blank: 1, passed.

SWEETS FOR YOUR SWEETIE (or friend or neighbor)- has been extended to Thursday! So check out the order and call 846-4162 or email mainehegartyfamily@gmail.com or drop by school.

Click here for a message from Carrie of Kidsplace about This Week's book called Parenting Young Children which is part of a series of books for Systematic Training for Effective Parenting. (STEP).

School Committee joint meeting with Selectmen on Wednesday, February 10- click here for School Committee agenda part.

February 8, 2016 - Don't forget to VOTE tomorrow: REMINDER: Vote on Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 8 AM - 8 PM at the Island Hall. This a special local referendum election.

“Town of Chebeague Island Press Release – February 8, 2016 “ Click Here.

The Chebeague Winter Carnival is only a few weeks away - click here to see all the events for February 19th and 20th!

"The Chebeague Island Community Sailing School website is ready for registrations for 2016. Please go to http://chebeaguesailing.com to register your child." Thanks for your patience, and we look forward to seeing you in the summer!

lRemember today is the last day to order "Sweets for Your Sweetie"!

February 7, 2016 - Message from CTC: We are very pleased to announce that Matt Ridgway has been promoted to Senior Captain. Matt has been with CTC for three years and is not only a skilled captain but a respected leader of our crew. Matt is also our Safety Officer.
We are also welcoming Jeremy Ames to our team. Jeremy will be a full time captain and will start his training shortly. Jeremy has many years’ experience on the water. In recent years he has been a lobsterman and knows many people on the Island. Jeremy has spent quite a bit of time on Chebeague and he and his family (wife and two children) have wanted to move to the Island for several years. They are looking for a house to rent, so if anyone knows of an opportunity, please let Jeremy or the office know. Our plan is that he will assume his full schedule in early April.
When you see them, please congratulate Matt and welcome Jeremy to the island!

The February CTC Board of Directors meeting will be held on February 25th at 7PM at the CTC Office, 16 North Road. As always, the public is welcome

February 6, 2016 - Photo of Chebeague from Hope Island taken by Will Wotherspoon morning of February 6.

Community Breakfasts start this Sunday, February 7th, at the Chebeague Island United Methodist Church! Join us each Sunday morning at the Parish House during the month of February at 9 AM for a free breakfast from 9 to 9:45 AM. You are invited to stay for a more casual, informal worship gathering, also at the Parish House, at 10 AM. All are welcome. Hope to see you there!

Click here to see T-Pollack at Island Music Night 2015 at the Chebeague Island Hall. They had not played in over a year - since last years 2014 Music Night. This video captured their original " Rope in the Wheel." Enjoy! Recorded by Emily Todd on an iphone.

February 5, 2016 - Please, if you are thinking about switching internet carriers call me at 846-4850 before you do. chebeague.net is not going away and this coming week we will be letting everyone know about the great changes we will be making with Axiom Technologies. Click here to listen to WGAN's Inside Maine with Senator Angus King and Axiom Technologies CEO Susan Corbett , June 2015. Susan and her company have received so many accolades and awards for their business and even have an offshoot non-profit to help with education. Click here to read a blog on the GWI website.

No School today - a snow storm hit and it is turning out to be a lot of snow.

The Board of Selectmen will conduct a budget workshop on Saturday, February 6, 2016, 8:00 AM -11:30 AM.
The public is encouraged to attend.

February 4, 2016 - Don't forget: Superbowl Pizza - Click here for more information

The Chebeague Island Hall Community Center is asking anyone who may have a Hall key to please return them to Dianne Brewer or any of the Hall committee members.

February 3, 2016 - Last Sunday was the CPA's first Community Support Series with Sandy Lovell from the Center For Grieving Children (www.cgcmaine.org). We had a wonderful turn out! Thanks for coming and a special thank you to the volunteers who donated food and time; the supporting organizations; and a great team of volunteers who provided childcare at the Rec Center. It was a true community event. If you would like to be more involved or have suggestions, please email the CPA at CPA@chebeague.net.
Click here for a few photos.

The Memorial Service for Priscilla Ross will be on Saturday the 13th of February at 1PM.

Michael Porter has updated his blog - Berlin to Minden - click here.

February 2, 2016 - Chebeague.net, LLC had a very productive meeting with Axiom Technologies last weekend and a purchase and sale agreement is in the works that will ensure that chebeague.net will continue to provide Internet services to the Island at higher speeds and lower costs to you -- plus local and long distance telephone service for less than $20 extra. So, please, if you're thinking of changing your Internet company, wait a few days and see what the new chebeague.net will be able to offer you -- you may be surprised! They are also committed to supplying free internet to our non-profits and the town. They are also seriously looking at working with the fiber we now have and extending it. This will be so much better for the future of Chebeague. David and I will still be here along with the experts from Axiom to help you with your computer needs and you will be able to keep your chebeague.net email address. Please check out Axiom's mission statement/values and you will see why we are thrilled.

February 1, 2016 - 2016 Rock-A-Thon
Teens and Preteens will be participating in the Rock-A-Thon on February 19th. They will be rocking the night away to raise money pay for various teen activities and would love your support! Please consider pledging a teen to help them reach their fundraising goals.

Teen Center will be selling T-Shirts and Sweatshirts at the Winter Carnival on February 20th to raise money for their trips and activities. CLICK HERE TO SEE!
T-Shirts: $15 - Sweatshirts: $30
If you aren't going to be around, but would still like to buy one, contact Tracy at Farmingtongirl27@aim.com

Next week, February 9th is a Special Referendum Warrant with the polls opening up at 8am until 8pm at the Chebeague Island Hall Community Center. Click here to see the referendum that is on the town website. One of the items is voting for a new Fire Truck and the other is on land for parking near the Stone Wharf. Click here to read the agreement to transfer real property between the Town and Golf Club. Click here to read the proposed agreement between the Town and Abutters.

Click here to get a message from Carrie about The Kids' Place has starting a new lending library of books that could be helpful to parents and grandparents!

School Committee Meeting, Tuesday, 6pm at the school - see agenda.

Wednesday's Soup will be Split Pea w/potatoes and Bacon - the vegetarian will be Minestrone.

January 31, 2016 - Back by popular demand is Superbowl Pizza - Click here for more information (I wish the Patriots were playing but I'm still ordering mine).

Don't forget today at 11:30 at the Hall - Supporting Our Children through Loss and Grief.

Portland Press Herald has an article in today's paper about Chebeague 'Growing pains' on Chebeague Island, Maine's newest town.

January 29, 2016 - Common Goldeneye: a new movie from the Chebeague Island School. A 3rd grader and a 4th grader have researched, written and created an iMovie video about the Common Goldeneye. They worked with a Kindergartener for the filming of the Common Goldeneye. They even created the background music in garageband. We hope to have another bird video done for next week so please check out the student's video. We discovered a mistake on the video and have reloaded it on Youtube.

The Snowy Owl as been seen lately on Chebeague and Polly Wentworth got this photo today - click here!

January 28, 2016 - Photo taken by Steve Todd at Sanford's Pond January 28, click here for another.

The pond will be open for skating tomorrow after school until 5:30 - Vika Johnson will be there. Please call the Rec Center 846-5068 before 2pm if you would like to chaperone on Saturday.

Stephen checked the ice this morning and says it is good to go!! It may be short-lived as we have warmer weather on the way but thought people may want to get some skating in. We will need chaperones so please call CRC if you can "man" the shed over the next few days.

The Chebeague Island School 3rd– 5th grade students are raising money for their annual end of the year field trip. For just $15, the students will deliver your choice of fudge or shortbread cookies, made by Mrs. Summa in the CIS kitchen, along with a single rose to your valentine for Valentine’s Day! Click here to place an order.

Reminder-THIS SUNDAY is Taking Care Of Our Own,
The Community Support Series, sponsored by the Chebeague Parents' Association. Starts at 11:30 a.m. at the Hall. "Supporting Our Children through Loss and Grief" will be presented by Sandy Lovell, Outreach Coordinator for the Center for Grieving Children Portland.
We, as a community, have had multiple losses recently. The CPA’s intention with this presentation is to provide helpful information and answers about loss, grief and death for everyone at any stage of life. The presentation will have a focus for supporting our children but is intended for all.
- Lunch will be provided as well as childcare at the Rec Center (11-2pm) PLEASE JOIN US
- For more information please contact Erika Neumann or Lisa Tucker at CPA@chebeague.net or call 207-847-7944.

January 27, 2016 - Photo of a family created January 26 at the school by the children taken by Vika Johnson. Click here to see the creators!

The Public Works Department is cleaning up the brush dump. Therefore, they have closed the brush dump from receiving any materials from now through February 6th.

Sanford's pond is looking a little more promising. If we can get some cold weather before we get any more snow we might get some skating in. We will keep you updated with any changes but still no skating for now.

January 26, 2016 - Tomorrow's soup is Sweet Potato with Chicken and Barley and the vegetarian is Middle Eastern Spinach Soup.

CTC's February newsletter is available on their website - click here.

I am happy to report that Chebeague.net LLC, your locally owned and operated Internet company, is entering into collaboration with Axiom Technologies and will be able to continue internet service on the island. We will be offering higher speeds, lower costs and telephone service that will include long distance and call waiting for an extra $20. We will be working out the details within the next few weeks.

A message from Anna Maine, who is in Los Angeles serving as an Americorps member of City Year LA and is running the LA Marathon next month:
“ My goal is to raise $700 for City Year, the education non-profit I have served with for over a year. I'll be running 26.2 miles in honor of the incredible students I've met in Watts and Koreatown through my service with City Year. Donations will go towards school supplies for our kids. The marathon is a few weeks away - on Valentine’s Day. I would appreciate any support, whether it's $5 or $50!
Click here for a link to make a donation.
Thank you for your support!

January 25, 2016 - Ralph is doing the Boston American Lung Association stair climbagain this year, click on the link below to donate to his fundraising effort. http://action.lung.org/site/TR/Climb/ALANE_Northeast?px=3904566&pg=personal&fr_id=12781

January 24, 2016 - CTC has an immediate opening for a full time ferry captain. For more information, please visit our website, http://www.chebeaguetrans.com/Employment.html

School Committee meeting is Monday, January 25, at 6pm at the school - see agenda.

January 23 2016 - Reminder: nomination papers for the March 1st special election for Selectmen to fill vacancies on the Board of Selectmen are available at the Town Office. There are two vacancies: one for 4 months, the other for 16 months. The nomination papers require more than 10 but fewer than 25 signatures. Friday, January 29 at 5 PM is the deadline for filing completed nomination papers.

January 22, 2016 - Mrs. Westra's 3-5 classroom are researching different birds along with Mrs. Hoidals K-2 classroom and then creating videos to share with the world. They have split into groups and as they finish their video I will put it on youtube. Today Logan and Aiden finished their video about Buffleheads. Click here and please go ahead and like it. Buffleheads are the smallest diving duck in North America.

Just a reminder that next week CRC will start Kids Yoga with Katy grades 3-9. Yoga will take place on Wednesdays 1/27 through 3/9 at the rec from 3:30-4:15. If you haven't signed your kids up, please do so by Monday so we can get an accurate count. The cost is $30.

Also the Dance Party with Katy has started and is a big hit. Its not too late to join. Wednesdays 5:45-6:45 in the CRC gym. Program runs from 1/13-2/11. $6 drop in fee.

Taking Care Of Our Own
The Community Support Series, sponsored by the Chebeague Parents' Association, is having it's first event January 31, Sunday, 11:30 a.m. at the Hall. "Supporting Our Children through Loss and Grief" will be presented by Sandy Lovell, Outreach Coordinator for the Center for Grieving Children Portland.
- We, as a community, have had multiple losses recently. The CPA’s intention with this presentation is to provide helpful information and answers about loss, grief and death for everyone at any stage of life. The presentation will have a focus for supporting our children but is intended for all.
- Lunch will be provided as well as childcare at the Rec Center. PLEASE JOIN US
- For more information please contact Erika Neumann or Lisa Tucker at CPA@chebeague.net or call 207-847-7944.

January 21, 2016 - BABY ON BOARD!: Come help us celebrate Melissa & Ben Yosua-Davis’ baby-on-the-way! We will meet this Sunday 1/24 at 1pm at the Parish House to help Ben and Melissa get ready for their baby. They are not finding out if it is a boy or a girl. If you want to see their baby wish list go to: https://babyli.st/yosua-davis. Any questions call Erika Neumann at 846-4370, or Carrie Ridgeway 846-0130. Let us know if you want to bring a dish!

There is a pilgrim goose that doesn't fly missing from Hope Island and was swimming our way. If he happens to come ashore over on Chebeague please call Will at (207) 205-4240.

January 20, 2016 - Photo by Cathy MacNeill taken January 20, 2016.

Painting Islands: Uniting Community with Art is a community project started by Howie Motenko to produce a photograph on each of the 15 year-round islands using light at night to illuminate a place. Please click here to learn more about this project and vote for the place where islanders could come together to lightup and produce a photo. During last Saturday's snowstorm a group of islanders got together with Howie and through an interesting process narrowed down quite a number of places on the island to four and now it is everyones chance to pick one of them.

Today is Bob and Beverly Dyer's 67th wedding anniversary and a facebook page has been created - click here.

Reminder: There will be public hearings tonight for the referendum questions to be voted on the February 9th ballot. 6 PM at the Island Hall.

January 19, 2016 - The Rec has been checking the the conditions at Sanford's Pond and it's still not skatable. The most recent storm soaked into the ice a bit and made it very bumpy AND the edges are still too thin. We'll keep checking and let everyone know when it's safe to go on the ice.

January 18, 2016 - Wednesday is the Community Lunch at the Hall with baked fish, salad, Broccoli veggie mix, rice and Lemon Ginger Cheesecake. See you all there!

NOTICE: Don't forget tomorrow, Tuesday, January 19th's program at the Parish House 6pm where our fellow Sidra Nasir will be there for a subject about the Islam religion. Soup, bread and sweets will also be there and I'm looking forward to learning more about Islam as well as how to put where a Hijab.

The School Committee Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, January 19th has been postponed to Monday, January 25th at 6pm.

SAVE the DATE: POLAR PLUNGE and CHILI, SOUP, AND CHOWDER CHALLENGE will be Saturday, February 20th, with the plunge at NOON followed by the challenge! I have decided not to do it this year unless I find a wetsuit that fits me but I do know that Tiffany Calder and Laura Hamilton plan on jumping in again! So I have pledged each of them and I hope others will also. Better still you may be thinking of doing it yourself so contact the Rec and sign up - crc@chebeague.net!

January 17, 2016 - Photo of the pre-K - 2nd graders with the peace flags they created for equal rights day inspired by Tibetan prayer flags.

The Town of Chebeague website seems to be down at the moment and I'm pretty sure it has to do with the Domain Name and that will probably be corrected soon and you will be able to access it.

January 15, 2016 - Last weekend I was fortunate to be part of an Island Institute Seminar for non-profits. The I Lead for non-profits retreat was partially funded by the Recompense Fund. It was one of the best programs I have ever attended and other participants also were equally impressed. Click here to see the comments by those attendees.

Town Office will be closed on Monday, January 18th, for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Nomination papers are available at the Town Office for the Special Election scheduled for March 1st. The election is to fill two vacancies on the Board of Selectmen: one for a 4-month term, the other for a 16-month term. The deadline for filing nomination papers is January 29th.

Although the Town Office is only open on Mondays and Fridays, you may call and make an appointment for other times. 846-3148.

January 14, 2016 - All are invited to the Parish House Tuesday, January 19, at 6 PM for soup, bread and sweets. The subject is Islamic Relations. Sidra Nasir our Island Fellow and possibly several other Muslims will be there to talk about the Islam religion. It has many common roots to Christian and Hebrew faiths. It will be a great learning experience, good food, fellowship. There will be a demonstration of how and why to wear a Hijab. If you have a pashmina or scarf you want to wear bring it and we will assist you. If you have any Islamic friends you would like to invite please do so.

January 13, 2016 - For now the Town Office open hours have been reduced to Monday and Friday 9AM – 5PM, also by appointment.

Unfortunately our ability to register motor vehicles has been restricted to re-registrations and same-plate transfers. This means for new cars and trucks, you will need to come into the office to start the process by paying excise tax and then going to a Bureau Motor Vehicle office to complete the registration.

Absentee ballots for the February 9, 2016 Special Referendum Election will be available at the Town Office during open-office hours beginning Monday, January 11th. Applications for absentee ballots may be requested by mail, in person, by fax, by telephone, or electronically at the town’s website: www.townofchebeagueisland.org.

Priscilla Ross's memorial service will be held at the island church on 2/13 (Saturday) at 1PM with a reception to follow at the Parish Hall.

January 11, 2016 - Wednesday soup at the Hall is Vegetable Beef and the vegetarian is Creamy Carrot Ginger.

Katy's DANCE PARTY at CRC on Wednesday is a go!! Sign up for all 5 sessions for $25 or pay a $6 drop in fee each time you go. Come have some fun and get some exercise!!

January 8, 2016 - The Great Chebeague Golf Club is looking for a person to fill the position of Clubhouse Manager for the coming season. Click here for a copy of the job description. Contact Carl Tubbesing, the club’s First Vice President, if you are interested. (carldt@gwi.net; 207-865-4451)

The Chebeague UMC Visioning Retreat previously scheduled for Saturday at the Parish House has been rescheduled for Sunday, June 12th. Save the date!

January 6, 2016 - Photo of sunset from Cousins taken January 6th by John Durgin

The Chebeague Island Democratic Caucus is scheduled for 1:00pm on Sunday, March 6th at the Island Hall.

"CICSS is preparing to roll out its new website. Registration and payment for the summer sessions can take place directly on the site, which will be up and running in the next couple of weeks."

January 5, 2016 - The turkey supper fundraiser for the church, scheduled for January 16th, has been postponed until further notice. We are hoping to reschedule in March, more information to follow, thank you.

Katy McCann is starting a new program on Wednesdays beginning January 13th at CRC. Come join the Dance Party (similar to Zumba) at 5:45 and have some fun. There is a minimum of 5 participants to run the program so please sign up ahead of time. Once we have 5 people registered drop ins are welcome! Click here for a listing of other programs happening at CRC!

January 4, 2016 - This week's soup will be soup will be Hearty Goulash Soup and the vegetarian will be Onion Soup. Don't forget that the Hall has coffee in the morning and soup at noon - absolutely delicious!

The Island Calendar has incorrectly listed the time for the Selectmans meeting January 20th meeting as 7:30 pm - the correct time is 6pm and they will be discussing the fire truck and golf course parking lot.

Thinking about changing your Internet supplier? Please know that chebeague.net is currently hard at work to (1) negotiate lower costs from our providers thus reducing our prices to our customers, (2) increase speeds to households, and (3) possibly offer local and long-distance telephone service for as low as $15 per month. So, before you switch, please talk to us as we strive to best serve the Chebeague community.

The Recompense Fund reports that donations continue to arrive, and thanks all Chebeaguers for their generous support.

January 3, 2016 - "The Board of Selectmen have issued a statement regarding their emergency meeting last night. Click here to see. The minutes to the public meeting will be posted to the Town Website later in the week.” Christopher Loder, Chairman, Chebeague Island Board of Selectmen.

Today is the CBC (Christmas Bird Count) for the Brunswick Area that includes the Northeast end of Chebeague as far as Parkers Woods and so Stephen and I have been out counting birds. If you see any unusual ones in this area today please let me know bjohnson@chebeague.net or call cell 939-9643 - thank you.

January 2, 2016 - Click here for the School Committee Meeing agenda for Tuesday January 5th meeting.

Chebeague has moved up to the third level of the Downeast Magazine after beating out Cape Elizabeth as the Best Place to live in Maine. We are now competing against Damariscotta. Although a lot of people think it would be cool to win the honor there are a lot of people who wish we wouldn't win and are hoping people will vote for the other town. Click here to read a note I received from one of my readers who asked me to put it on my website.

The Board of Selectmen will hold an Emergency Meeting on Saturday, January 2, 2016 at 5:00 PM in the Town Office to accept resignations of two Board members and to discuss and act on a law enforcement issue.

January 1, 2016 - Photo on New Years Day

December 29, 2015 - Message from CTC:
As of 10:00 AM the CTC bus is running. We expect it will be running all day/evening. Of course, weather could change. If we have to cancel any bus trips we will post the cancellation on facebook and our website as soon as possible as well as send our notifications to subscribers.

Wednesday's non-vegetarian soup will be Turkey Noodle the vegetarian is Mushroom Farro (please notice I had put the wrong soup on yesterday and this is the correct one now).

December 28, 2015 - CTC is pleased to welcome two new captains!

Amanda Campbell grew up on Chebeague. She is the daughter of David and Susan (Dyer) Campbell. Amanda is a student at Maine Maritime Academy. She has worked as a CTC employee since 2012 - starting as a deckhand. Amanda took advantage of CTC’s captain training benefit and earned a Captain’s license. Despite that, she needed to pass CTC Captain Training Program - which she accomplished with flying colors. You will be seeing a lot of Captain Amanda this month and next summer.

David Etnier grew up in Harpswell and currently lives in South Freeport. He is an experienced mariner. For 8 years he was the Deputy Commissioner at Maine’s Department of Marine Resources after many years as a state representative. We know David because last summer he was the captain of the Pied Piper at Maine Maritime Museum. He has proven his skills to us both on the Kennebec and our route. Please welcome David to our team.

Weather forecasts predict snow, sleet and freezing rains on Tuesday. Therefore, CTC customers should be aware that bus service may be cancelled. Mild winds are predicted so the ferry should run on schedule all day.

December 25, 2015 - Click here for an update from Michael and Barbara and also Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!

December 24, 2015 - CTC has an immediate opening for a part time deckhand - 20 hours per week. For more information, click here.

A snowy owl was seen on the Cottage Road this afternoon so keep your eyes open.

December 23, 2015 - Don't forget FA LA LA LA LA! Tomorrow we meet to Christmas carol around the island. RSVP to erikagneumann@yahoo.com, or just show up with bells and good a spirit. Meet at 9am at the Store! Flyer attached. Everyone is welcomed.

Message from Carrie and the Kids' Place: "The Kids' Place would like to wish everyone a happy holiday, Merry Christmas and Glad tidings for the new year.
As I reflect on the year, and our teaching, I have thought a lot about our mission to teach children to be kind and gentle to one another. We strive to teach children to use their words when they are angry and to express their frustrations with one another when they occur.
Recently, I have started to wonder how many of us model this behavior? and what the world would be if we all strived to be kind and gentle. I have been working hard to practice what I preach.
I encourage everyone to look within themselves and reach for their kindness and their gentleness. We are role models for our children, we want them to care for humanity, the environment and our earth.
Have a happy, kind, gentle and wonderful holiday season."

December 22, 2015 - On the first round Chebeague Island beat out Kittery for one of the best places to live - click here to vote for Chebeague or Cape Elizabeth for the best place to live.

Click here for the Chebeague Pre-K - November/December newsletter.

December 21, 2015 - The CTC January 2016 Newsletter is available on their website or click here.

Last Friday we were honored to have Sue Schubel (Seabird Sue) from the National Audubon Society come to the school and work with the children. Click here to see lots of photos of some of the things she did with them.

Miller Designs 36 Fenderson Rd Chebeague is having a 20% off ORNAMENT SALE. Open this week Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 8:30 am- 7:00 pm
Ornament Sale also on my web store: gailmillerdesign.com - until 12/31/15

Wednesday Soup this week will be White Chili and the vegetarian will be Vegetable Cheese Chowder - Yummy!

December 20, 2015 - Photo of the children in the Christmas Pageant that we all enjoyed so much at church December 20th.

The students in Mrs Westra's 3-5 classroom have created their own adaptive creatures and then they wrote about them with descriptions and stories. You have to read about them and see them so please click here.

The CPA would like to thank the wonderful volunteers, parents, elves, and man-in-red for making our annual holiday party December 12th a success! Photos are here!

December 19, 2015 - Sing for the season - Please join us for CHRISTMAS CAROLLING on the morning of Christmas Eve! Meet at the store at 9am Thursday, December 24th! Questions call Erika Neumann 207-749-8022. Click here for flyer.

December 18, 2015 - Sunday morning at 10 o'clock please join us at the Chebeague United Methodist church for the annual pageant. The kids have done a great job with all of their other activities during this busy time of year, fitting in the preparation of this fun story of Christmas. We have a lot of return actors from last year who have helped tremendously in the memory of how it works as well as a real baby Jesus. It is a wonderful time to pause and remember what this time of year is really about. See you there!!!

Wednesday"s Chebeague Island Council meeting went well and they had their attorney Meg Greene there to answer questions. Click here for a synopsis of that meeting from Deborah Bowman. I will also change the Health Center block above to Island Council where they will be able to provide updates.

Click here for a message from Linda Brewster who has been asked to provide care on the island.

The CTC office will close at noon on 12/24 and 12/31. The office will be closed on 12/25 and 1/1/16. Holiday ferry and bus schedule is posted on our website, chebeaguetrans.com. Happy Holidays to All!

Thank you to all who attended Island Commons holiday party last Friday night! We had a terrific turnout, with islanders of all ages gathering together to ring in the season. Your response to our raffles was tremendous, and raised over $800. Congratulations to the raffle winners, and thanks to all for your generous support of Island Commons!

December 17, 2015 - Photo of Mrs. Hoidal's K-2 classroom in front of the owl box Ken Pelton built for the school and was put up last year. We are hoping that this spring it will be found by an owl of course.

Historical Society Gift Shop Hours: Sunday, December 20, 11:00 - 4:00; closed on the 19th due to Free Boat Day. If you need to shop at the Museum Gift Shop at another time, contact Mary Holt at 846-5040 or islelive@chebeague.net.

Message from Island Riches: I will be at Doughty's Market sat 19th 10am- 2pm and Sun 20th 10am-1pm . You can do some last minute shopping. hope to see you there," Florence

Vicki Todd, LMT has 10% off gift certificates through December for the best massage anyone could ask for! Send her and email vtodd@chebeague.net or call 207 400-4313.

Do you have some fun ideas for programs and/or summer camps that we could offer at CRC? Let us know!! Give us a call, 846-5068, or send us an email, crc@chebeague.net to share your ideas. Wishing you all a safe and happy holiday season!

December 16, 2015 - Today is the last day to double your impact of a donation to Shannon Adams for her Walk to End Breast Cancer in July next year. Click here to go to her page.

Don't forget the COMMUNITY LUNCH today at the Hall - birng food to fill the Food Pantry's fridge and freezer if you would like in lieu of the usual $5 suggested donation! See you there for roast pork, mashed potatoes, green salad, chocolate pudding and applesauce. See the note below for suggested food items.

For those who couldn't make it to the Chebeague Island School Holiday Concert or would like to see it again I have youtubed most of it - click here to see.

December 15, 2015 - The Council invites your questions at its monthly board meeting Wednesday, December 16th at the Parish House. Attorney Martha Greene of Brann & Isaacson will be present. The meeting starts at 7:00 pm and the public portion of the meeting will end at 8:00 pm. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Deborah A. Bowman, President 846-0609

Dana Bourgeois is going to be on 207 tonight!

This year, Downeast Magazine is doing a Maine Madness tournament bracket. They have "seeded" the bracket with 16 of their favorite towns in the state — selected for quantitative reasons like home prices, employment, and median income, but also using more subjective criteria like natural beauty, community vibe, local businesses we admire, and so on. Chebeague Island is one of the seeds and this week we are up against Kittery click here to go to the site and sign in and vote - you don't have to pay anything - when you get on the site go to travel and you will see the bracket.

CRC's annual Kids Holiday Craft program was a huge success. We had 30 kids participate this year! Thank you to our volunteer crafters; Meredith Beaupre, Jen Belesca, Sam Birkett, Althea Dugliss, Christine Englund, Caroline Loder (and Christopher), Katy McCann (and Adrian), Betts Mayer and Erika Neumann. They planned some amazing projects this year and the kids had a blast making presents for friends and family. Click here to see some pictures.

COMMUNITY LUNCH: Please join the Hall chefs at noon on Wednesday for a special "Hall"iday Community Lunch. We are serving roast pork, applesauce made from Roy Jackson's apples, mashed potatoes and gravy, a green salad, and chocolate pudding with whipped cream, and each attendee will receive a wee, homemade gift to express our thanks for making the lunches so successful. This month, the CIHCC is collaborating with the Chebeague Island Food Pantry to hold a "food"-raiser, with the aim of raising 100 lb of food to fill the Food Pantry's fridge and freezer. In lieu of the usual $5 suggested donation, we are asking for edible contributions, with special emphasis on the following items: fresh and frozen fruit, frozen vegetables, canned fruit, canned tuna and chicken, oatmeal and cereals, breakfast bars, individual servings of fruit, rice and pasta, peanut butter, low- or reduced-salt items, oranges and grapefruit, potatoes and sweet potatoes, onions, beets, and carrots. All proceeds, whether edible greens or spendable greens, will go to the Food Pantry. So, do a good thing while enjoying great food and fabulous company!

December 14, 2015 - Message from the Island Council: The Council board meeting is Wednesday, December 16 at 7:00 pm at the Parish House. It was my error the wrong date appeared in the Calendar. Deborah Bowman, President

The Chebeague School Holiday Concert is Tuesday, December 15th at 5:30 pm at the Hall. There will be no School Committee meeting.

December 13, 2015 - Historical Society Festive Pot Luck Christmas Party: Community members are invited to join the Chebeague Island Historical Society on December14th, Monday evening at 6 p.m. Join us at the Museum for an evening of celebration, tasty food and fun. Bring a casserole or other food item to share and a gift valued $10 or less if you'd like to participate in the gift exchange. We look forward to seeing you all at the Museum during the coming weeks. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

December 11, 2015 - If you haven't signed the ONLINE PETITION to ask the Island Council to restore our Health Center - click here.

Today the whole Chebeague Island School participated in the Hour of Code program. The upper class paired up with the younger students and they worked on programs learning how to code. They all loved it and after almost an hour the older class worked for another half hour on their own and they all enjoyed the time. Click here to see them all working and learning!

Message from Shannon Adams: "Mark your calendars for Wednesday Dec. 16th! I'm participating in the Avon39 2-Day Walk to End Breast Cancer in July next year. However! I have an anonymous donor who is willing to MATCH ALL DONATIONS that I receive on Wednesday December 16th. This is a unique opportunity to DOUBLE your impact! Last year I was lucky enough to meet some of the doctors, scientists, and non-profit organization leaders as they received their grants made possible by your donations! It was amazing. If you would like to once again support this cause and help me reach my minimum goal required to participate, mark your calendars for this coming Wednesday, December 16th and follow this link. Thank you!"

Tonight is Paint Party with Caroline Loder at the Hall from 7:00 - 9:00 (arrive 15 minutes early) - still plenty of room - $35 and go home with a work of art!

Please remember the CPA Holiday Party is this SATURDAY, Dec 12th, 4-6pm at the Hall. Come one, come all! Songs, treats and a special friend-in-red with elves will be there. Call Meredith for Qs 846-8712.

Holiday shopping? Order wrapping paper, bows, chocolates and more from Innisbrook (www.innisbrook.com)and support the Chebeague Island School at the same time! A percentage of sales will support our CPA. Just FOUR more days to order! Flyer attached.

Don't forget today from 4:30-6:30 the ISLAND COMMONS HOLIDAY PARTY - see flyer

Photo "Chebeague island painters, a reminder that if you live on a Maine island, painting is just somehow in your blood. Just ask Hopper, Homer, and the Wyeths if you're not convinced. Thank you painters who've accompanied me on Friday nights." —Caroline Loder

December 10, 2015 - I have just added the eulogy Donna Damon wrote for Edmund's funeral to Edmunds page.

Message from May: Just wanted to thank the folks who stopped for our girl in the road and helped us put her down. It's so hard to lose a pet. Thanks to the folks who stopped and offered kind words. Special thanks to Chuck for his astounding compassion, and to my brother and Henry for helping us lay her to rest. May, Cassidy and Bea.

December 9, 2015 - Press Release: Click here for a Press Release following a press conference which I spoke at this morning. They even had a quote from me. You can also now download the full Tillson Broadband Report.I believe the whole conference will be on MPBN at some point.

Holiday Shopping at the Museum of Chebeague History: Thursday 12/10, 5:30 - 7:30; Saturday 12/19, 11:00 - 4:00. Shop early and often for the best selection.
Historical Society Festive Pot Luck Christmas Party: Community members are invited to join the Chebeague Island Historical Society on December14th, Monday evening at 6 p.m. Join us at the Museum for an evening of celebration, tasty food and fun. Bring a casserole or other food item to share and a gift valued $10 or less if you'd like to participate in the gift exchange. We look forward to seeing you all at the Museum during the coming weeks. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Reminder: ISLAND COMMONS HOLIDAY PARTY this Friday (Dec.11th) 4:30-6:30! Gather with friends & neighbors to celebrate the season, enjoy delightful refreshments, listen to a little holiday music…and take a chance on many great RAFFLES! See Flyer - Can’t make it but want to take a chance on a raffle item? Call Nancy Olney to purchase raffle tickets - 846-5610. Here are a few more items that have come in since our earlier post… See you on Friday!

December 8, 2015 - Please click here to sign a PETITION ONLINE and around the island asking the Island Council to restore our Health Center at the Hall.

Please see a note of gratitude to Nurse Nancy from some of her patients.

Wednesday's soup will be will be Potato, Bacon, and Chive Soup with Horseradish and the vegetarian will be Brazilian Black Bean (from Moosewood).

Applications for the ILead need to be in by December 9th - please click here to learn how you can be part of this.This is a well-designed, well funded workshop where Board members and staff in only a few days can learn a lot from professionals about leading a successful island nonprofit. Scholarships are available. Write Kburns@islandinstitute.org for information and the application.

Barrie Shepherd still has a few copies of his Advent-Christmas book, Destination Bethlehem - Daily Meditations, Prayers and Poems to Light the Way to the Manger - available. The list price (on Amazon) is $28, but he is offerring it at $20, and all proceeds, beyond cost - are donated to the Chebeague Food Pantry. Anyone interested should call 510 1637 or email barrieshep@aol.com and he will mail autographed and inscribed copies. The book makes a thoughtful and unusual Xmas gift.

CPA Holiday party - Saturday, December 12, 4-6pm (flyer attached). CPA welcomes you to come celebrate the holidays with your children at our annual party with singing, tree lighting, treats and a visit from you-know-who. All children are welcome from near and far- just let the CPA know we we can plan ahead for each child. If you would like to volunteer, contact Meredith at jakylory@chebeague.net. See you on the 12th.

December 7, 2015 - Message from Nurse Nancy: "It is with regret that Tuesday, December 8th will be my last day for doing blood draws, and nursing tasks. It has been too difficult without appropriate space and privacy. I want to thank the Chebeague Island Hall Community Center for allowing me to use the Hall but it just isn’t working well for me and the public. I also want to thank everyone for all the support I received in trying to keep this service going.”

Tonight Lock Kiermaier, Host "Matinicus Wannabe", Mondays 9-11 PM EST will be featuring music in honor of Edmund Doughty and will include some of Josh's music. Click here to get the online program.

December 6, 2015 - Photo taken by David Stevens the morning of December 6, 2015.

The Church, Parish House and surroundings were full of people for Edmund's service yesterday and there were not enough programs to go around. If you didn't get one and would like to see it or print it out click here.

The Library has a part-time, as needed job opportunity to assist in daily operations. If you are interested in becoming part of our beloved Library or have any questions call Sarah McKinnon Koerber (846-0565) or the Library (846-4351) - see job description.

December 5, 2015 - The Recompense Fund is partnering with the Island Institute to offer all Chebeague nonprofits training in running a successful nonprofit January 8-10. Board members and staff must apply by December 9th. Scholarships are available. For click here for more information and click here for the application or write Kburns@islandinstitute.org and find out about the scholarships.

Tonight: WHALERS CONCERT: With our new Director Ben Yosua-Davis, the program will celebrate “A Chebeague Christmas” with songs of the season sung by the Whalers and a children’s chorus, poetry readings by some of Chebeague’s poets and stories shared by additional guests. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday, December 5, at the Hall. Tickets are $8 with no charge for those under 12.

December 4, 2015 - Have you seen a lot of winter moths lately, they have been all over our doors the lately. Click here for an article in the Bangor Daily News today. The State of Maine is asking people to report sightings by filling out survey online - click here.

December 3, 2015 - The December 6th poetry reading by Wesley McNair has been postponed until sometime in February. Deborah A. Bowman, Director

The Transfer station hours are slightly different for December 5, 2015 they will be 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Blue Christmas Service - The holidays can be a difficult time for many. Join us on Sunday, December 13th at 7 PM at the Chebeague Island UMC for a holiday service for any of us who are stressed, lonely, hurting, or grieving, or struggling at this time of year. It will be an informal time of worship and community support. All are welcome. The church will be open starting at 6:30 PM for any who wish to gather for silence and meditation. Contact Melissa at 846.4106 or at ml.yosuadavis@gmail.com if you have any questions regarding the service. See flyer

December 2, 2015 - PLEASE SAVE THE DATE for the CPA Holiday party - Saturday, December 12, 4-6pm (flyer attached). CPA welcomes you to come celebrate the holidays with your children at our annual party with singing, tree lighting, treats and a visit from you-know-who. All children are welcome from near and far- just let the CPA know we we can plan ahead for each child. If you would like to volunteer, contact Meredith at jakylory@chebeague.net. See you on the 12th.

December 1, 2015 - The CTC December newsletter is posted on our website - click here.
Get your holiday schedule on the CTC website or on the ferry. http://www.chebeaguetrans.com/Documents/Holiday_Schedule_2015.pdf
CTC is adding a third "free boat day" this December recognizing that many Islanders will be attending a service on the Island on 12/5 and not traveling to the mainland.
Our free boat days will be 12/5, 12/12, and 12/19.

The soup at the Hall tomorrow will be Hamburger rice. The vegetarian soup will be corn chowder.

WHALERS CONCERT: With our new Director Ben Yosua-Davis, the program will celebrate “A Chebeague Christmas” with songs of the season sung by the Whalers and a children’s chorus, poetry readings by some of Chebeague’s poets and stories shared by additional guests. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday, December 5, at the Hall. Tickets are $8 with no charge for those under 12.

Island painters: this is the last paint night for 2015. Please call in advance to reserve a canvas—only a limited supply left. Enjoy a glass of wine while I queue the Christmas music. As always, this is a fund raiser for the Chebeague Recreation Center. 207-846-5068 - click here to see flyer.

YEAR ROUND RENTAL now available at CICA’s School House Road homes. Unit #1 of the duplex is now available; 3 bedroom / 2.5 bath, full basement (storage and utilities only). No smoking, no pets. Walk to the island school for preK thru grade 5; middle and high school in Yarmouth school district. Rent is $750/mo. For a family of four, the maximum income is $86,760/yr, Please visit the CICA site to learn more, click here or contact Bob Earnest. Applications must be postmarked no later than 12/15/2015.


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