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Photo - Newspaper clippings from Mildred Johnson's scrapbook. This time one of the clippings is of the fire that burned down the Hillcrest Hotel of 1924. Don't forget to check out the Chebeague Historical Society Website or their Facebook Page.

March 27, 2017 - Thank you to all of those who contributed to the Chebeague Island School’s Pennies for Patients fundraiser. Truly every penny counts! Chebeague Island Students collected $201.00 to donate in support of Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Research. Students walked the neighborhood to collect money, donated their own change and one Pre-K student went so far as to do extra chores around the house to earn money to donate. The week of the drive filled the school with the spirit of giving. We are honored to be a part of such a worthwhile cause. Special thanks to Bangor Savings bank for assisting in turning the change into a check! Our fifth graders were leaders of the drive and were able to lead the process of donating, representing and receiving.
March 25, 2017 - Today at 9 AM- USM Nurses and Dr. Reimann, dermatologist, will be here at the Hall for the annual free Health Screening. You can get your blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol checked and see Dr. Reimann for a skin check. Enter to win a free fitness center membership and then reward yourself with Mac and Beth's homemade donuts!

March 24, 2017 - Message from Kristin Westra: Please join us for a book publishing party! Students will be sharing their Casco Bay animal books!
When: Friday, 3/31 2:00 p.m.
Where: Library
We hope you can join us!
Thanks, Kristin

At the request of several Islanders, Dr Redmond is now seeing patients at the Wellness Center. Please call his office, Casco Bay Chiropractic, at 829-1200 to schedule your on Island appointment. He will be here monthly but is willing to come more often as needed.

March 23, 2017 - Don't forget! The USM Nurses and Dr. Reimann, dermatologist, will be here Sat. March 25th at 9:00 AM at the Hall for the annual free Health Screening. You can get your blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol checked and see Dr. Reimann for a skin check. Enter to win a free fitness center membership and then reward yourself with Mac and Beth's homemade donuts!

March 22, 2017 - Have you checked out the Great Chebeague Golf Club’s website lately? (https://chebeagueislandgolf.com/) It has an exciting, new look, just in time for Spring. John Emery, son of Chip and Vicki Emery, was the designer and Cathy MacNeill was responsible for the gorgeous photographs. Betcha it makes you want to polish up your clubs and take them to the 1st tee to wait for the grass to turn green. Meet you there!

Sing with the Chebeague Island Whalers This Season!The Whalers are looking for singers to help us celebrate our 10th Anniversary as a town, no previous experience required! Rehearsals are from 7:00-9:00PM on Tuesday nights at the hall, starting on March 28th, with the concert scheduled for Saturday, June 24th. We accept singers of all ages, experience, and abilities, so come join the fun and sing with us! (Our director even bakes us cookies every week!)
This year, we're also offering a 101 music theory class that will help even the most basic novice feel comfortable learning the concert's music. It will be held for four weeks, starting on March 28th, from 6:15-7:00, right before Whaler's rehearsal (with bonus cookies for all who come!)
Interested in signing up or learning more? Just e-mail Ben at b.yosuadavis@gmail.com or show up on Tuesday night!

Congratulations to Richard Hackel who will be one of the artists featured at Open Studios at 11 Miller Street, Somerville, MA. click here to learn more.

CTC's April newsletter is now available on their website, chebeaguetrans.com and here.

March 21, 2017 - Congratulations and thank you to Bea Crossman! She was our top fundraiser for CRC's Teen Center Rock-a-thon this year. All donations received for this event will be designated to the teen center program. Way to go Bea!!

March 20, 2017 - Photo - Newspaper clippings from Mildred Johnson's scrapbook. This time it is a clipping of Mildren when she was the star basketball player around 1912. In addition to Mildred there were two other Chebeaguers on the team. Helen Hill - Charlie Wheldon's grandmother; and Ada Litttlefield, Bob Brown's grandmother! On the lower left clipping is from 1861 clipping. Click here to learn more about this page.

Click here to learn about the programs going on this month at Kids Place.

March 19, 2017 - Tiffany Calder and Virginia Tatakis are doing the 2017 Trek Across Maine in June and need your help. We are raising funds for the American Lung Association and will trek 180 miles in 3 days from Bethel to Belfast June 16th-18th. Tiffany has mild asthma, which we have been lucky only effects her when she is sick so far. Her father, and grand mother as well as one of her grandfathers all have COPD. Then we have the family and friends who have fought Lung Cancer. So this is how we can help by raising money for research and assisting people with lung issues. Can YOU HELP? Please follow the links for Tiffany and the link for Virginia to donate.

This Wednesday Soups will be Beef Vegetable and the vegetarian will be Tomato and Carolina Gold Rice Soup with Fresh Thyme and Sherry Vinegar. Come join us at the Hall on Wednesday at noon.

School Committee Meeting this Tuesday, 5pm at the School see agenda. At 6:30 there will be a joint meeting Workshop with the Town Selectmen - see agenda.

Miss Nancy's Chebeague Island School Preschool blog - click here.

Join CCLT for "Spring Fever" at Frog Pond & Salamander Swamp March/April 2017 - Click here to learn the details of this fun experience. The timing is dependent on the weather and the frogs.

March 16, 2017 - From Chebeague United Methodist Church - Forms for Easter memorial flower listing are available at the Parish House and narthex of the church. Deadline for submission is Thursday, April 13th. Questions? Call the church office 846-6987.

The Recompense Fund opens new doors to off-island resources for Chebeague nonprofits, the School and Town committees. Click here to learn more.

Hope to see you all at ISLAND COMMONS SHAMROCK SHINDIG this Friday from 4:30-6:30… the RED STUDIO shop will be open during the party so be sure to stop in and see what’s new! We’ll be raffling off 2 tickets to our exciting new summer fundraising event: a cruise aboard the Bay Mist!

March 14, 2017 - Tomorrow afternoon is the Grant Writing Workshop from 5:30 to 7:30 at the Chebeague Island School sponsored by the Recompense Fund. If you were thinking about joining the group and learning from the experts of Maine Community Foundation please check out the invitation click here and sign up.

Message from the Hall: Once you're done digging out on Wednesday, reward yourself with a delicious Community Lunch at the Hall sponsored by Linda White. We will be having corned beef, colcannon, stout-glazed rainbow carrots, Irish flag salad (mixed greens with white beans and carrots in a lemon vinaigrette), soda bread, and your choice of Irish whiskey cake, chocolate stout or whiskey cake, or Bailey's chocolate mousse--all for a suggested donation of $7.

The Library won't be open today because of weather.

CTC 3/14 Storm Update: We will be cancelling the Bus service after the 11:45am trip today. The ferry will stop service after the 5:00pm trip. We expect normal service to resume tomorrow 3/15.

The storm is getting here sooner than expected and they decided to close Yarmouth and Chebeague School all day today.

March 13, 2017 - Photo - Newspaper clippings from Mildred Johnson's scrapbook. They are from different years that might be fun to try and figure out when. The bottom article about Pearl Rines (before she was Bill Ross's wife) was in the 1930's when she ran into someone on the Stone Pier. I thought it would be fun to highlight these every so often. Lincoln Ciampa the artist was David Hill's mother's brother. Click here to see what people have shared with me about the articles.

Storm predicted for tomorrow and as a result Chebeague and Yarmouth Schools will be let out early Tuesday for the storm.

ISLAND COMMONS invites you to our SHAMROCK SHINDIG, this Friday March 17th 4:30-6:30. Join us for delicious appetizers, good cheer…catch up with friends & neighbors and beat the winter blues! Just bring yourself and your friends, the food and drink are on us. If you’d like to bring something, we can always use cleaning supplies, but not mandatory. Come have some fun with us!!!

From the Island Council: Dr. Redmond from Casco Bay Chiropractic is looking forward to seeing his Island patients at the Wellness Center. Please call his office at 829-1200 to schedule your appointment. He will be here Friday March 24th.

The Free Annual Health Screening is Sat. March 25th from 9-11:30AM. Come and have the USM nurses check your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar! Dr. Reimann will be here again for skin checks! Enter to win a Free 1 year membership to the Rec Center! And, if that isn't enough, Mac and Beth will be providing homemade donuts!!!

Dr. Rybka will be here on April 12th. Please call his office at 829-6463 to schedule your appointment.

The Wellness Center will be open March 21st, April 4th and April 18th. Through our connection with Maine Health, the Wellness Center is getting a centrifuge so Steve can draw your blood first thing in the morning. No appointment needed and home visits can be arranged if needed.

March 11, 2017 - Message from May: Getting ready for tonight. Just FYI...pies tonight are blueberry with a crumble top and pumpkin. See you at the Slow Bell!

Peter Carleton will be sharing a presentation about Guatemala during coffee fellowship following worship at the Chebeague Island UMC on Sunday, March 12. He will be traveling to Guatemala on the next mission trip in April and will be bringing medical supplies and toys for kids. For information about how you can donate, come on Sunday or contact the church for the list of needs.

March 10, 2017 - Starting Sunday March 12th, Transfer Station hours are extended until 5 PM on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Also the Transfer Station will be open on Monday and Thursday mornings from 9 to 11

March 9, 2017 - Message from May: "Hi folks: A reminder that the Slow Bell is open on Saturday night (5-9 p.m. for dinner, bar until midnight). Our specials this week are: chicken or eggplant parm with pasta, fried haddock, and our "soup" is beef stew. We'll also be taste testing some different kinds of fries and will ask you to fill out some comment cards about what you like best! Haven't been in a while? Come check us out! See you at the Slow Bell! 846-3078"

Michael and Barbara have updated their blog - click here to learn where the "Live-Anywhere" Boat is now or going.

CRC has openings for two more camp leaders this summer. Our schedule is shaping up with some old favorites; Farm Camp, Soccer Camp and Tennis Camp..and James will be returning this summer to lead gymnastic camp and some other fun programs. We are searching for an Art Camp candidate to round out our schedule. If you are interested or have other ideas give us a call! 846-5068.

We are also hiring a new Certified Pool Operator (training provided), Lifeguards and Teen Center Leaders.. Call today or go to our website and fill out an employment application.

March 8, 2017 - Photo - sent to me by Russ Hunter. This is taken from the Chebeague Inn on August 5, 1938 by G.S.Ellis. On the back was written: "The view from the front corner of the new Hillcrest Hotel .... A bus now runs from the Columbia Hotel in Portland to the landing for Chebeague (4 trips daily) where a fine island gasoline launch completes the trip to Chebeague. Round trip only 65¢.

Don't miss CRC's March FITNESS PASS SPECIAL! For the month of March only you may purchase or renew a fitness room membership (12 months) for $99. Sign up today!

The soups at the Hall today are cheese tortellini and vegetarian Asian noodle.

March 7, 2017 - "The Chebeague Island School is hosting a talent show. Mark your calendar for Saturday, March 18th, 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 Polly Wentworth about getting into the show at (207) 233-8382 or pkwentworth@chebeague.net . All proceeds go toward the 3-5 end-of-year school field trip. Thank you for your support!”

ART LAB CLOSING RECEPTION FOR STUDENT ART: Please join us this Thursday, March 9th at the Niblic from 4:45-5:45pm to celebrate Chebeague Island student art. Free. All are welcome!

March 6, 2017 - The Recompense Fund announces new 2017 grant cycle - Please Click here to learn more. At the top of the website click on Apply for Grants or click here. You will find attached the four files; two are MS Word documents and two are PDFs. Just choose the one that works for your organization. Some people like to use MS Word and some PDF documents.One version of the application does not include a budget table (look for “npb”—no project budget). You can use this version if your proposal does not include expenditures on consultants, contractors or large capital items.

Message from May: "The Slow Bell will be open next Saturday, 3/11, at 5 p.m. for dinner and the bar until midnight. Our specials will be chicken or eggplant parm, fried haddock dinner, and our "soup" will be beef stew with rolls. We'll also be doing a taste testing in the bar to compare our usual fries with a hand-cut option. We'll have some free fries to try and opinion cards for you to fill out. Hope you'll come in and share in the fun! See you at the Slow Bell. (Call ahead for take-out 846-3078)."

Wellness Center open this Tuesday 9-11:30AM. No appointment needed.

March 5, 2017 - The Recompense Fund announces new 2017 grant cycle - Please Click here to learn more.

School Committee Meeting this Tuesday at 6pm - click here for agenda.

Message from Sam McLean: "Thanks to all who braved the winds to attend the Hall's Bean and Bingo Night. You were a fun group, and we appreciate your support and enthusiasm. Many thanks to Maine Island Energy for sponsoring the event and to our on-island prize donors: Julie Doughty, Bev Johnson, and CTC. A huge thank you to our non-board volunteer staff and cooks: Pam, Binkie, Lynne, Marjorie, Ester, Deb, Allyson, Beth, Ruth, and Lindy. We could do so little of this without you, and Lindy, you do make the best darn beans and Beth the best coleslaw! Finally, please give our hardworking board members a big thanks: Gina, Dianne, Tad, and Mary!
We hope to see you all again at our Saint Patrick's Day Community Lunch on Wednesday March 15! " -A big thank you to Sam McLean for all her hard work too!

March 4, 2017 - At the Town Meeting today Article 3 lost by a vote of 40 to 23 in a written ballot. This was to amend the Official Zoning Map of the Town of Chebeague Island Maine to amend the shoreland overlay district on Tax Map I04, Lot 64 from Limited Commercial to Commercial/Maritime Activities. This was needed in order to maximize the number of parking spaces that can be constructed in this space. Article 4 which was to appropriate money towards the construction of a parking lot was not brought up because it was contingent upon passage of Article 3.

Don't forget to come to tonight's Baked Bean and Bingo Night at the Hall sponsored by Maine Island Energy. We will have all kinds of homemade baked beans, mac and cheese, hotdogs, coleslaw, cornbread, and a large assortment of desserts. Bingo prizes include gift certificates from Julie's, Clayton's, Otto's, Yarmouth Book Store, and Rosemont, as well as movie tickets and CTC tickets! This is meant to be a fun night for the whole family. Supper and 2 bingo cards cost $7 for adults and $2.50 for kids, or $5 for adults for supper alone. Doors open at 5:30!

March 3, 2017 - Don't forget - Tomorrow morning 9am TOWN MEETING at the Hall! Come and vote for or against the proposals. Click here to see the warrant.
March 2, 2017 - Do you want to earn some extra $$ during summer months? CRC has a perfect opportunity for you. We are searching for a part time Certified Pool Operator (CPO) to begin work and training in May. The job requires 3-10 hours per week through September each year. The CPO's main responsibility is managing the chemical balance in the pool and checking it daily to make appropriate adjustments when needed. Must be able to bend and stoop and lift up to 50 pounds. If you are interested in this position please call Kelley, 846-5068.
March 1, 2017 - Chebeague Library Is On Facebook! Did you know that the Chebeague Island Library is on Facebook? Like the page to get the most up to date information about new DVD's and books as they arrive, new book displays, and other new programs going on at the library!

Tom Damon is in his 12th year at the Maine Adaptive and their Ski-a-thon is coming right up! Click here to see a video of Tom going down the mountain in ski adaptive equipment! Click here to go to his page and learn how you can donate. GO TOM!

February 28, 2017 - This coming Thursday, March 2nd will be the rescheduled Special School Program at the Niblic Gallery from 4:45 - 5:45: Art Lab Art Show featuring works from five of our students. Click here to learn more!

Tomorrow's soups at the Hall are being sponsored by David Scrase and Melanie Gustafson and are Middle Eastern harissa lamb and caramelized onion and portobello mushroom.

SPECIAL TOWN MEETING - SATURDAY, MARCH 4, 2017- -9:00 AM AT THE ISLAND HALL Click here for Town Meeting Warrant
paper copies available at Town Office and at the Hall on March 4th

Baked Bean and Community Supper - Saturday, March 4 from 5:30-8pm. Come for a night of good food and fun! $7 for supper and 2 bingo cards; $5 for bean supper alone; $2.50 for kids.

February 25, 2017 - Photo - of the plungers for the 19th Annual Polar Plunge on February 25, 2017. Click here to see the video of the plunge and photos of the plunge, the rockathon and the Chili, Chowder, and Soup at the Rec. Next year will be the 20th anniversary and we already have a number of people signed up.

The Books We Love: Library Community Nominations--
One of our island's greatest strength is the close-knit group of diverse members which makes up our community. The library wants to tap into the wisdom of that community through our new series: "The Books We Love". Ever month, a different island resident will put together a display of the books they love, along with the stories of why each work speaks to them.--
To do this, we need your help: Who would you like to put together a book display in the coming year?-
Nominate someone by writing their name down at the library or by e-mailing us at cheblib@hotmail.com!

February 24, 2017 - Plungers! Plungers! where are you - come out tomorrow for the Annual Polar Plunge at Noon February 25th and then head out to the Chili, Chowder, and Soup challenge at the Rec! The weather will be warm and an easy dip - I think we may have at least 4 plunging at this time - let me know if you are planning on it.

February 23, 2017 - Photo - I was able to get a few shots of the Snowy Owl 2/23/17 who is back to Chebeague. Kevin Wentworth was able to see it's tags and it is the same owl that was here last year. Click here for a closeup of her face. She is also an acrobat as seen in Kevin's photo taken today - click here to see.

The CTC March newsletter is now posted on the "News and Info" page of their website, chebeaguetrans.com and here

Message from the Town: "WE NOW ACCEPT CREDIT CARD" ..We accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover & American Express ---The service is provided through Information Resource of Maine (InforME) which will collect a processing fee for the use of the credit card. For transactions up to $40-there will be a $1 processing fee. Transactions over $40- there will be a 2.5% processing fee.
Please be patient with us as we learn how to use this service."

Reminder: The golf club has a great opportunity for someone with good management, supervisory and communication skills—and a knowledge of golf. It’s the position of Clubhouse Manager for the 2017 season. Interested? Contact Carl Tubbesing, Club President, for a copy of the full position description (carldt@gwi.net; 202-865-4451). The deadline for applying is March 15, 2017.

February 21, 2017 - In the interest of safety effective March 1, 2017, the first CTC bus of the day (leaving at 6:15 AM from the Route One Lot) will be automatically cancelled if school is cancelled in Yarmouth for the day. Trip is not automatically cancelled for “delayed starts”. Cancellations beyond the first trip will be posted on the Company’s Facebook page and a notification will be sent to those people who signed up for the cancellation notice service.

Dr. Redmond, Casco Bay Chiropractic, is coming to Chebeague! He will be at the Wellness Center once a month starting Friday March 24th. You can call his office at 829-1200 to schedule your appointment and his office will handle the billing as well. Dr. Redmond sees many Islanders and the Council is happy to welcome him to the Wellness Center.

Chebeague Island Library presents Cold Winter Nights. This Friday, Feb 24th, 7pm at the library. A Night of True Stories, Told Live, with Music and Refreshments at intermission.

CTC has an opening for full time deckhand. This position has an average of 40 hours per week. More hours may be required in the summer. Must be available for flexible schedule that will include nights and weekends. Successful applicant must exhibit good customer relations skills. Applications due by 3/3/2017

February 20, 2017 - Yoga with Celia at the Rec Center tonight ,Monday, 5:30pm. Come unwind those tight muscles while building strength and mobility!

WINTER CARNIVAL - Rockathon, Crafts, Polar Plunge, Chile,Chowder & Soup Challenge - this coming weekend - Plunge is noon Saturday followed by the Challenge. Please email me if you are plunging so I can add your name to Brians.

See the following message from Brian and I just donated online for his plunge and it was easy! I won't be plunging but I will be there to support all of them - so please come out and plunge or donate to someone who is. -----from Brian Phipps: "Doing the polar dip this Saturday looking for pledges/donations for the Rec center, just go on the Rec web site and use the PayPal option. Also we could use some more people to take the plunge!!! Come on down to the boatyard Saturday and jump in!!! Be a little crazy!!!!" -

The Rec Center’s Winter Carnival weekend is fast approaching! Just a reminder that the Slow Bell will be open on Saturday night starting at 5 p.m. for dinner. The Westenders will be playing with an $8 cover and the bar will be open until midnight. Our dinner specials are pot roast, chicken marsala, and fried haddock, along with our usual winter menu. We hope you’ll all head out for the Polar Plunge, Chili/Chowder/Soup Challenge, (click here for flyer) and then a fun night at the Slow Bell. We’ll be donating the cover charge plus 25% of our profits along with any donations made that night to the CRC. Please call ahead for takeout (846-3078). Hope to see you at the Slow Bell!

February 18, 2017 - Interested in a discussion group about making sense of the Civil War? We are pleased to have this group led by Phil Jordan and Jerry Wiles using books provided by Maine Humanities Council. If you are interested, please call the Library or email cheblib@hotmail.com The group will follow the outline as shown in the link provided. Space is limited, we have 10 sets of books. First meeting is Thursday, February 23rd at 7:00 pm at the Library.

Jaye Nunan is planning a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project on the island and wants your input! Please take a few moments to complete this short survey:

February 15, 2017 -  Storytelling workshop at the library February 17th, 7pm. Have fun telling YOUR stories with confidence. All ages welcome.

No Soup or coffee at the Hall today - come next week for turkey dinner.

On Monday I did another drive to the store and around the island. I quickly put it together and you may have to turn down the sound because I think it gets too loud. Click here to see. I switched from my camera to Vika's iPhone half way through and you can see how great the iphone camera are.

February 14, 2017 - CRC's Chili, Chowder, Soup challenge is coming right up on February 25th (immediately following the Polar Plunge). We have room for more entries in each category. Let us know if you'd like to enter your favorite recipe in the challenge this year. There will be prizes for the top 3 winners in each category.


The School Committee's normal meeting would be next Tuesday but has been changed to this coming Thursday, February 16th. Click here to see the agenda.

Now you can go to the EVENT CALENDAR above and click on Calendars and actually sign up for a date and see if the time is available. The Hall Rules and Rental Agreement are also there. Of course you can still call Diane Brewer and find out the availability and sign up with her.

February 13, 2017 - CTC will not run the 8:00 PM or 9:15 PM ferries tonight (2/13).
Normal ferry and bus operations will resume tomorrow 2/14.

There will be no soup or coffee at the Hall this Wednesday. Next Wednesday will be our Thanksgiving in February Community Lunch. See you there!

WHAT A LOT OF SNOW! There are a few power outages on the island and we want to remind everyone that the Hall is open and has a generator if you need

February 12, 2017 - Just received a note from CTCat about 5pm: CTC Service Cancelled 2/13
Both ferry and bus service are cancelled tomorrow. If weather improves we may run the 8PM ferry in case someone needs to get on or off the island. We will send a notice when that determination is made. The bus is cancelled for the entire day..

The Town of Chebeague Office will be closed tomorrow because of the storm.

We just shoveled out from 10"± of snow and are now in the midst of another huge storm predicting a couple of feet of snow here along the coast. It is 5pm and schools are already closed for Chebeague and Yarmouth. It is going to be a whopper of a storm!!

Message from Melissa: Hi everyone! Don't forget that during the month of February, the Chebeague Island United Methodist Church hosts a Free Community Breakfast in the Parish House staring at 9 AM on Sundays. You are more than welcome to stay after for worship (also in the Parish House), such gets underway between 9:45 and 10.

February 11, 2017 - Casco Bay Estuary Partnership (CBEP) has announced its 2017 Casco Bay Community Grant awards and CICA is among one of the them. They are planning a oe-day Festival on the island about aquaculture and importance of water quality. Click here to see the announcement and the rest of the recipients!

February 10, 2017 - Photo - Caleb holding the Snow Moon. Click here to see Cameron holding it also (photos by Vicki Emery). Click here for the fort that was made while watching the moon rise. They even made a snowfort while the moon was rising.

The Red Studio Resale Shop Will be Open This Saturday for All Your Valentine Shopping!We have so many new items, as well as cannoli and chocolates! Why go to the mainland?
Saturday February 11 from 1:00 to 2:30 or by request

Meet at the Niblic at 4:50 pm on Friday, Feb 10 to view the rising of the full moon at 4:56pm.

It’s Time for the Annual Thanksgiving in February Community Lunch! February 15 at noon at the Hall! Featuring all your favorites—Roast Turkey, Stuffing, Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Squash, Broccoli, Cranberry Sauce, Rolls, and Spiced Pumpkin Roll or Pie This electrifying event is being sponsored by Island Electric!! Suggested donation, $7

February 9, 2017 - Photo - Teamwork making a bus at school!

For those who are not able to venture out to watch the moon rise with us tomorrow night this link has more information about the moon rise, lunar eclipse, and comet as well as a link for the live feed that will enable you to watch it all from the comfort of your home.

February 9th Coastal Waters Commission Meeting cancelled due to snow storm. Rescheduled to Thursday, February 16, 2017, 6:00 PM at the Rec Center.

The CTC bus service will be cancelled after the 12:15 PM run today 2/9. We expect the ferry to run on schedule for the rest of the day.

February 7, 2017 - Click here for updated Shellfish Harvesting Area Classification-Notification.

This coming Thursday, February 9th will be a Special School Program at the Niblic Gallery from 4:45 - 5:45: Art Lab Art Show featuring works from five of our students. Click here to learn more!

The Town of Chebeague has two wharf applications that you may review on their website.

Tomorrow's soups at the Hall are Carrot Parsnip and Cauliflower Cheese with bacon. We will have our usual coffee-hour goodies as well!

February 6, 2017 - The school has extended the time to order Sweets for your Sweetie to Friday February 10th. The students at the school for the 3-5 classroom trip are again offering their wonderful choice of Fudge or Valentine chocolate chip, M&M cookies, made by Mrs. Summa in the CIS kitchen. Your sweet treat will be delivered with a Rose directly to your "Sweetie" before Valentine's Day! Click here to learn more.

Click here for a Shellfish Harvesting Area Classification-Notification from the Clam Warden - Genaro Balzano.

Tuesday February 7th: The Wellness Center is open from 9AM to 11:30AM for Blood Pressure checks, blood draws, and health checks. No appointment needed and there is no charge.

CRC's annual PRE-TEEN and TEEN ROCK-A-THON and POLAR PLUNGE (2/25 at Noon at CIBY) are coming right up on February 24th and 25th. The Rock-a-thon is a fundraiser that raises money specifically for our teen center program and the plunge raises money for all of CRC. We hope that you will consider sponsoring a rocker and/or a plunger this year. You can now donate on our website! Visit www.chebeaguerec.com and click on the donate button on the home page.

The Chili, Chowder Soup challenge will be on February 25th at CRC immediately following the Polar Plunge. Do you have a yummy recipe that you'd like to enter in the challenge? Call CRC today and let us know what you'd like to make, 846-5068. Prizes and bragging rights to the top three winners in each category.

School Committee Meeting tomorrow night, February 7 at 6pm at the school - see agenda.

February 5, 2017 - Super Sunday - Don't forget to get your orders in for Sweets for your Sweetie. The students at the school for the 3-5 classroom trip are again offering their wonderful choice of Fudge or Valentine chocolate chip, M&M cookies, made by Mrs. Summa in the CIS kitchen. Your sweet treat will be delivered with a Rose directly to your "Sweetie" before Valentine's Day! Click here to learn more.

Miss Nancy's PreK class news - click here.

February 3, 2017 - Join Miss Nancy and Beverly at the Niblic at 4:50 pm on Friday, Feb 10 to view the rising of the full moon at 4:56pm. February’s moon is known as the Snow Moon or Hunger Moon. Weather permitting we will walk the beach to Rose Point. Dress warmly and join us in some winter fun.

The RED STUDIO shop at Island Commons will be open this Saturday, February 4th, from 10:30 to noon…come shop for your valentine, or yourself! Many new items available. See Island Commons Facebook page or click the Red Studio tab on our website ( www.islandcommons.com )to see photos of some of our items. Thank you for shopping to support The Commons (all proceeds go toward costs not reimbursed by MaineCare)

February 2, 2017 - Please join us for breakfast in the parish house on Sundays in February. Breakfast at 9:00 am, followed by Sunday School for everyone at 9:45 am. Our "Deep Blue" Sunday School curriculum under the direction of Cheryl Hillicoss, will be a fun and relaxed way to be church.

Don't forget to order:: SuperBowl + PIZZA - 14" pizzas prepared at CIS -- SUNDAY, FEB 5th Text: 318-8588 Phone: 846-0766
***Order early for preferred pick-up or delivery times***
**An order confirmation will ensure your order was received.
A fundraiser for the school's year-end trip to Quebec. Click here for flyer!

February 1, 2017 - The Slow Bell will be open this Saturday night from 5-9 for dinner, with the bar open until 12. Our specials this week are stuffed pork loin and fried haddock. We'll also have my hearty minestrone with shaved parm, chocolate cream pie, and our usual limited menu. We'll have plenty of wings to go if you want to order some to heat up for Sunday. Hope you can make it out! See you at the Slow Bell (call ahead for takeout 846-3078).

Pat Jackson Septic Co. is making an emergency trip to the island this Friday. Please contact them if you would like your tank pumped at the same time. Their number is 623-3223 or call Jon Rich at 522-3439.

The golf club has a great opportunity for someone with good management, supervisory and communication skills—and a knowledge of golf. It’s the position of Clubhouse Manager for the 2017 season. Interested? Contact Carl Tubbesing, Club President, for a copy of the full position description (carldt@gwi.net; 202-865-4451). The deadline for applying is March 15, 2017.

January 31, 2017 - Get your "Truth" or "truth" star pin by island business Miller Designs. It is available in Brass, Copper, Red Copper, and Nickel. go to www.gailmillerdesigns.com. $9 and free shipping on the web site - 20% off all orders on the
web site until Feb 24!! If you go to Gail's shop they are $8 and she has made all kinds of them.
January 30, 2017 - Wednesday's soup will be White Chicken Chili and the vegetarian will be Tuscan White Bean and Olive Soup.
January 29, 2017 - The Hall board would like to thank all who came to our Community Supper last night. We couldn't have asked for a better group, either at the tables or behind the scenes in the kitchen. We are grateful to Michael and Janna for sponsoring the event and for their handout. You may noticed that one of the ways they suggesting of keeping healthy is to give back where you can. Chebeague sure does! (More info can be found at http://deconstructingstigma.org/.) We would especially like to thank all our non-board workers. We truly could not have pulled it off without them. So thank you Ruth, Deb Hall, Binkie, Pam, Marjorie, Ester, and Linda--and an enormous thank you to our hardest workers: Logan and Riley Beaupre. You are the best!
January 27, 2017 - Don't miss the Italian Community Supper Saturday night starting at 5:00! BYOB!
Featuring seafood, meatball, classic, chicken, and vegetarian lasagna; eggplant Parmesan and chicken Parmesan for those who don't want pasta; salad; garlic bread; dessert table. The dessert table will include classic fare such as cannoli, biscotti, Barozzi torte (flourless chocolate cake), Duchess of Parma torte, macaroons, cuccidati, and amaretti. There is something for everyone at this Community Supper, which is sponsored by Michael Hollander and Janna Hobbs to promote mental health awareness in our community! Suggested donation $7.

January 26, 2017 - Click here to hear a PBS show about scalloping featuring Alex Todd!

Click here to see an article in the Portland Press Herald that features Danielle Rich Rideout who is now working for the Westbrook Police Department and is Recovery Liaison for a program funded by a state grant. She was also on the 6 oclock news - congratualtions Danielle.

Click here for an article in the Island Institute Working Waterfront about the newest water taxi for Chebeague Island. Congratulations to Polly and Kevin.

January 25, 2017 - Storytelling workshop at the library February 17th, 7pm. Have fun telling YOUR stories with confidence. All ages welcome.

The February 2017 CTC newsletter is now available on their website, chebeaguetrans.com

SuperBowl + PIZZA - 14" pizzas prepared at CIS -- SUNDAY, FEB 5th Text: 318-8588 Phone: 846-0766
***Order early for preferred pick-up or delivery times***
**An order confirmation will ensure your order was received.
A fundraiser for the school's year-end trip to Quebec. Click here for flyer!

January 24, 2017 - The power is off in some parts of the island and the Hall is open for people.

Enjoy this wet day at home, but come to the Hall for breakfast and lunch tomorrow. We will have pastries made by Gina and modified croque monsieur breakfast sandwiches--Canadian bacon, chili-smoked or sharp cheddar, and a chebegg nestled in French toast--in the morning. The soup this week is sponsored by David Scrase and Melanie Gustafson, and David picked out a heritage soup for the meat selection: mulligatawny, full of Maine-raised tender lamb and chicken. The vegetarian selection is the ever-popular minestrone. Don't miss the soup this week, and our thanks go out to David and Melanie for supporting our community program.
And don't forget about our BYOB Community Supper on Saturday....Details to come tomorrow!

The LIbrary is closing tonight, Tuesday January 24 at 6:00 pm.

Sunday, January 29 at 2:00 pm at the Library, join Tom Cushman for a talk about dreams.

January 22, 2107 - Ralph Munroe is once again doing the Boston Stair Climb fundraiser for the American Lung Association. He will be climbing 41 floors, 82 flights of stairs, in full fire fighting turn out gear and airpack. Here is a link if you would like to donate to help him reach his fund raising goal this year.

January 21, 2017 - Miss Nancy's Pre-K Chebeague Island School Blog - click here!

Today a number of islanders marched for women's rights today in Portland, Boston, Washington DC and all over the world. I was in Portland with my daughter, sister and niece along with 10,000 others and the line of people was from the Eastern Prom all the way to Congress Square - very exciting day.

January 20, 2017 - The 2017 Chebeague Island Sailing School season is open for registration! Go to www.chebeaguesailing.com to sign up.

Message from my daughter, Viktoria: "On Sunday I leave for Jamaica. This trip is organized though my Masters of Social Work program though the University of New England. I, along with other fellow social workers from all over the country, will spend every day in a different agency experiencing what it's like to be a social worker in Jamaica. The following link is a fundraiser for one of the locations we will be visiting. Please consider making a donation. The school that we are raising the money for operates on $1,600 annually. We are so close to our goal. Please support me in this great cause and consider making a small donation.

January 18, 2017 - Today's Community Lunch at the Hall is generously sponsored by Suhail and Leila Bisharat and consists of baked haddock in a crumb crust, green beans, twice-baked potatoes, Arlene's homemade rolls, and apple crisp. Count on Linda to make the tables look beautiful! Don't let the snow discourage you. Come on down to the Hall for a delicious lunch! Doors open at noon, and the suggested donation is $7.

Message from May: Thanks for the support this past weekend! We had a good time, and though most of you headed into warmer places to watch the game, I appreciate all who came out for dinner. We've figured out the heat issue, so things should be toastier if you join us this weekend. This Saturday (1/21) we'll be open again (and then not for a few weeks because of the Community Supper on 1/28) and will have live music after 8. Hope you make it out. Our specials this week will be turkey dinner and fried haddock. I'll also be making a haddock chowder. Call ahead for takeout. See you at the Slow Bell!

January 16, 2017 - Greetings everyone! Put away those winter blues and join us at Wednesday's Community Luncheon! Fish casserole and twice-baked potatoes and beans to start the warm-up. A choice of crisps for desert will leave you ready for any weather!
See you there!

Mark and Chuck as the Westenders Band are travelling down to Londonderry NH on January 28th to play at the Stumble Inn, 20 Rockingham Road. Bringing a little Chebeague South to make it through a long winter.

January 14, 2017 - Handicap Accessibility for CIUMC - Following worship on Sunday, January 15th, the Trustees of the Chebeague Island United Methodist Church will be hosting a public forum to present 3 options for handicap accessibility for the sanctuary, specifically in regards to ramp access that is compliant with the American Disabilities Act. This forum is for informational purposes only and we invite questions and feedback from the community as we seek to make our building more accessible.
January 13, 2017 - School Committee Meeting on Tuesday, January 17th at 6pm at the school - see agenda.

January 10, 2017 - Wednesday soup will be: split pea with ham, corn bread and brownies. The vegetarian will be Pesto/Pasta Vegetable Soup.

DATE CORRECTION for ADULT POTTERY CLASSES at CRC. The intermediate class will be on Saturdays from 12:30-2:30 and the beginners classes will be on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. So sorry for any confusion. Space is limited so sign up today!

The Slow Bell will be open on Saturday, January 14, at 5 p.m. for dinner and the bar will be open until midnight. Our dinner specials are pot roast and fried haddock dinner. Will update with more information about the night as we have it! Hope to see you at the Slow Bell! (Call ahead for takeout 846-3078).

More Pottery classes at CRC. Children's Wheel Throwing, Kids grades 3-5, Tuesday and Wednesday after school until 4:30, 1/10-2/14 AND 2 adult sessions. Intermediate, Saturday 12:30-2:30, begins 1/14 for 6 weeks. Beginners Tuesday and Wednesday, begins 1/17 & 1/18 for 8 weeks. Space is limited to 3 students for each adult class and 2 students in the children's class. Register to reserve your spot.

January 3, 2017 - Soup at the Hall on Wednesday will be a little bit different because our regular soup chefs are on hiatus. We will be having chicken noodle and some Italian wedding soup for the meat choices and French onion and spicy Moroccan mushroom for the veggie choices, with Maine caramel apple cake for dessert.

Peace Corps Paraguay
A slideshow story presented by Island resident Barbara Davis - Saturday, January 21st, 7:00pm
The Hall. Typical Paraguayan refreshments will be served. No Charge - see flyer.

December 30, 2016 - Photo - of a Bald Eagle who has been hanging around the East End. The Christmas Bird Count is Saturday, December 31, and we will be looking for all kinds of birds.

Back by popular demand is a drive around the island. I got out a little late to get the full beauty of the snow that was stuck to all the trees but you can get a little idea of the drive around the island. It was about a 30 minutes of taping that I speeded up to 9 minutes. I did speed up to 4 minutes but that really makes you sick and is pointless. Click here to see the drive around the island at about 11:30 today.

Tomorrow morning is this regions Christmas Bird Count and this year Patrick Keenan from Biodiversity of Maine will be joining me to count the birds in the north east of the island. Patrick is the man who taught the school children all about bird banding on our field trip to their banding location in West Falmouth. If there are any students or anyone who would like to join us please give me a call on my cell 939-9643. He will be coming on the 8 boat and leaving at noon.

Slow Bell will be opened today FRIDAY NIGHT, 12/30, starting at 5 p.m. for dinner, with the bar open until midnight. This week we'll have two of our favorites, pot roast and seafood chowder, and we'll also be serving haddock tacos. We'll also have our regular limited menu with some bar specials.

Message from the Town Office as half the island is without power. "CMP hopes to have a crew free to get out to Chebeague Island about noon, so the estimate for power to be restored is 3:00 p.m. I will give you updates as I receive them from Cumberland County Emergency Management."

School Committee Meeting, Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at 6pm - see agenda.

Photo - December 30 - morning snow - pretty but limbs heavy and falling and a few people without power.


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