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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 - Clarke's Weather Station at the Hook

Photo - Maine Junior golf Jamboree June 24, 2017. Congratulations to Quinn Federle and Phillip Traina in the winning foursome.

June 26, 2017 - The Fourth of July parade and picnic is just over a week away!
The Kids' Place has sold a lot of lobster roll tickets.
Please reserve your lobster roll today!!!
$15 gets you a gourmet lobster roll and a bag of chips
All proceeds benefit The Kids' Place and the children of Chebeague Island.
To reserve yours call: 846-8712 or just e mail: kidsplace@chebeague.net
Thanks so much for supporting Kids' Place and the children of Chebeague

GRAND OPENING! School House Seconds (formerly the Grange) thrift shop is opening Tuesday June 27, 10AM - 12noon and &7PM-8PM. If you can't find it here you don't really need it!

June 25, 2017 - Comedian Bob Marley
July 9th at 6:30 PM
Location: Volunteer Field (Rain? CRC Gym)
Bring a lawn chair or blanket
4:30-6:00 - Pizza, Concessions & T-Shirts for sale
Tickets: $25 in advance (Available at CRC, Chebeague Island Library & by contacting Tracy Calder(Farmingtongirl27@aim.com) or Meredith Beaupré(meredithbeaupre@myfairpoint.net))
All Proceeds to Benefit Teen Center Programming

The Great Chebeague Golf Club expresses our deepest gratitude to the entire Chebeague community for its support of the first-ever Maine Junior Golf Jamboree, which was held on Saturday, June 24. The Board of Selectmen and others in the Town government were incredibly supportive and we couldn’t have done the event without the cooperation of the Chebeague Transportation Company. Especially gratifying were all the well wishes we got from everyone we encountered as we rushed around the island getting ready for the event. Forty junior golfers and fifty family members came out for the really fun outing. Two Chebeague juniors—Quinn Federle and Phillip Traina—were in foursomes that won top prizes.

June 24, 2017 - The CTC Annual Members Meeting will be held on Saturday July 15th at 9AM at the Hall.

The Whalers Concert is tonight at 7pm at the Hall.

This weekend is the Grand Opening of the Ebb and Thyme with Christine England. She is open this weekend from 11-2 at the site of the old Clam Shack.

A message from Jen at The Niblic: Happy Summer Season everyone! Our summer hours have kicked in starting today we are open Monday thru Saturday 8-5 and Sunday 9-3. And the Veggie Boat starts today as well arriving at CIBY at 10am. Hope you stop by and grab some delicious things fresh off the boat, swing through The Niblic and check out our new line of clothing, hats & gifts, and then enjoy lunch up on the deck as they say the weather will improve, fingers crossed. And yes, Toot’s Ice Cream is here! Hope to see you soon and thank you for supporting an island business!

The CTC July Newsletter - click here.

June 23, 2017 - Don't forget to check out the link above and get your tickets for the Bay Mist Cruise - it is going to be a great time that you won't want to miss - and a great cause as well.

Today, Friday, June 23 at 4:30 Poet Kate Hollander at the Library. Reception to follow.

Click here to get the latest news from Audubon Seabird Restoration Program. Last summer when Steve Kress came to the island to talk about Puffin Restoration he also talked a little about Outer Green Island where there are interns spending the summer helping the terns to reclaim their nesting sites. Outer Green Island is now the largest tern colony in Maine and it is only a few miles from Chebeague (seen from Deer Point)! If you would like to keep this program going there are ways to help - click here. If you recall last summer they had the first Roseate Tern chick. Chebeague islanders will be able to enjoy more 'sea swallows' this summer as we know they feed close to Chebeague shores. They winter in coastal Argentina.

June 22, 2017 - Photo - The verdict is in! The Big Bad Wolf was found innocent by the unanimous decision of the 3-5 class jury. Special thanks to the honorable Judge Lady Linda overseeing the proceedings. The K-2 defense team presented overwhelming evidence of the Wolf's innocence. The prosecution did their best to persuade the jury on behalf of the pigs' family. The pigs have yet to appeal.

10 Year Anniversary Sunrise Service, July 1st - Celebrate our 10th anniversary as a town with a sunrise gathering at 5 AM on July 1st at the boatyard (we will have coffee!) The church will have a community project to share our hopes and dreams around what the next 10 years will be for us as a community. All are welcome - rain or shine! Contact the church office at 846.6987 or Melissa at ml.yosuadavis@gmail.com with any questions.

June 21, 2017 - IMPORTANT REMINDER About Wharf Road Parking, SATURDAY, JUNE 24. The Great Chebeague Golf Club is deeply grateful to the Town’s Board of Selectmen for allowing us to make alternative parking arrangements on Wharf Road for Saturday, June 24.  On that day, the golf club will host Maine’s first-ever Junior Golf Jamboree, with 40 mainland and island young golfers playing our course and having a picnic afterwards.  To make the experience as fun as possible for the kids, we are striving to have a portion of Wharf Road clear of vehicles for the day.  To accomplish that, we are encouraging Saturday commuters to park in our parking lot and will post signs discouraging parking in front of the 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th fairways.  This exciting event is a feather in the golf caps of the club—and of Chebeague.  We greatly appreciate the support and understanding of the island community in helping make the Jamboree a success.

The Slow Bell is OPEN this THURSDAY. Please spread the word! We will be open on Thursdays for the rest of the summer! This week's specials are eggplant parm casserole and fried clams. Call ahead for takeout 846-3078! Open from 5-9 p.m. for dinner, bar open until midnight.

The Chebeague Island Group of Alcoholics Anonymous begins meeting this Saturday, June 24th, and will meet on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 8 a.m. at the CI Library through Labor Day weekend. See the link at the top of this page for more information.

Schedule update from the Chebeague Island Historical Society for the museum hours for this week:
Wednesday, June 21: open from 10am to 4pm
Thursday, June 22: closed.
Friday, June 23: open from 10am to 4pm
Saturday, June 24: open from 10am to 4pm
Sunday, June 25: open from 1pm to 4pm

Church Stained Glass Restoration Project – Many saw the first stained glass window leaving on the Islander on Monday. After two weeks in the shop it will be reinstalled. Every two weeks another window will be restored. Quite a few requests have been received for memorial inscriptions to be engraved in the lower sections of the windows. Anyone interested should contact Eldon Mayer, vixenskipper@gmail.com.

June 20, 2017 - Pool Update: All of the rain we had this spring set the workers back by at least two weeks as they couldn't do any tiling or plastering while it was wet. The repairs were completed on Thursday and we have been filling the pool as quickly as possible since Thursday afternoon. If you've been by the Rec Center, you've probably noticed the hose running across the street from May Hall's house. She has been kind enough to let us fill from her well to help speed up the process. And thank you to the Fire Department for the help they have provided as well. The water level is close to the halfway mark but based on how long it has taken to get to this point it will not be full and ready for opening this weekend. We are doing everything we can to get the pool up and running as soon as possible. Please stay tuned...

June 19, 2017 - Get ready for Chebeague's music festival in July and August. All events are sponsored by CICA and the FCF. Print out the linked poster and keep it on the fridge for easy reference! Donations ($15pp would help a lot) at each event are tax deductible and always appreciated, though not required. Enjoy classical, jazz, pop, folk,and ethnic musings from visiting and local musicians. Support live music performances! They will make you smile.

The Tennis Club has had to postpone the GCTC Round Robin/Cookout scheduled for this Thursday 6/22 due to the weather and courts. The event has been changed to June 29th (weather permitting). Mixed doubles round robin tennis starts at 4:00 followed by a cookout at 6:30 at Marilyn Butter’s home, outside, on the Cottage Road. Sign up sheets are posted on the tennis board, or you can contact Sarah Parker at Weepl@aol.com to RSVP. Members and their guests are welcome. Please sign up by 6/27 so we have a headcount.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 7:00pm   9:00pm - Emerald Rae Fiddler & Folksinger at the Wilson House - Come hear this terrific blend of fiddling and vocal. At John and Courtney Wilson's House. Donation of $15 per person for musicians appreciated -BYOB. Click here to see her website.

School Committee meeting tomorrow night at 6pm at the school - see agenda.

June 18, 2017 - Photo - Congratulations to Ethan and Aaron Belesca (pictured here with their coach and and history teacher Marc Halsted) and the whole Yarmouth Varsity Baseball Team for winning the 2017 Class B State Championship defeating defending state champs Old Town 3-0 yesterday (6-17-17) at St. Joseph's College. Yarmouth has not won a state championship in baseball since 1995.

The last day of school boats will be June 21st. On 6/21 the 7:05AM school boat leaving Chebeague will run as usual. However, there will be no 2:50PM boat leaving Chebeague. Because of early release of students, there will be a ferry leaving Chebeague at 11:05AM and leaving Cousins at 11:20AM.
There will be no more school boats until the fall 2017 school session starts.
Refer to the CTC schedule for our normal ferry trips.

I really enjoyed last nights Historical Society Annual Meeting. It was also the first lecture of the Ellsworth Miller Summer Lecture Series and featured: Joseph Conforti “Imagining Maine: The Case of Ruth Moore & Island Life” Before the lecture Cap Leonard who had been inspired by Ellsworth gave a brief comment which you can see by clicking here. Also congratulations to the volunteers of the year who were David Hill and Binkie Boxer.

June 17, 2017 - Please see the Pre-K latest blog from Miss Nancy's class - click here. What a great school we have!

TONIGHT - Chebeague Island Historical Society Annual Meeting is on Saturday, June 17th at 7 p.m. at the Island Hall. Following the brief meeting , the First Ellsworth Miller Summer Lecture will feature: Joseph Conforti “Imagining Maine: The Case of Ruth Moore & Island Life

Last month Mrs. Westra's 3-5 class went to Quebec City. They are so thankful for all the support and help in getting there and have a short video of their trip to share. Click here.

June 16, 2017 - Town Meeting Minutes from the June 10th Annual Meeting are ready at http://www.townofchebeagueisland.org/

Today at the school was volunteer appreciation day and many came to enjoy Mrs. Summa's pizza and be recognized. Jeremy Miller from the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve came to the school and island to retrieve temperature probes and talk to the students about marine invasives that they had been studying the last few months. Click here to see the student's wanted posters along with a short video of their inspection of the floats at the Stone Wharf.

Important Notice About Wharf Road Parking, Saturday, June 24. The Great Chebeague Golf Club is deeply grateful to the Town’s Board of Selectmen for allowing us to make alternative parking arrangements on Wharf Road for Saturday, June 24.  On that day, the golf club will host Maine’s first-ever Junior Golf Jamboree, with 52 mainland and island young golfers playing our course and having a picnic afterwards.  To make the experience as fun as possible for the kids, we are striving to have a portion of Wharf Road clear of vehicles for the day.  To accomplish that, we are encouraging Saturday commuters to park in our parking lot and will post signs discouraging parking in front of the 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th fairways.  This exciting event is a feather in the golf caps of the club—and of Chebeague.  We greatly appreciate the support and understanding of the island community in helping make the Jamboree a success.

I just put a link above for the Island Commons Bay Mist Cruise fundraising event. Click to view event information and for a secure link to purchase tickets. Many thanks to our Sponsors for making this event possible!

June 15, 2017 - For the Whalers' Summer Concert on June 24th, we will be doing a musical tribute to all our dearly departed who have made our island what it is today.
What we we need are pictures of some of those people. If you have any (with family's consent as necessary), would you send them to to us at b.yosuadavis@gmail.com by Tuesday, June 20th?

June 14, 2017 - There will be a graveside interment service for Dick Cross on Friday, July 7th at 4:30. All are welcome.

Are you still looking for some extra money this summer? CRC has some fun opportunities for you. Have you ever wanted to work at the pool but don't want to take the lifeguard course? We have two pool check in positions open beginning June 24-Labor day (no certification required). We are also hiring an Assistant Director for the Children's Theater program beginning June 30 and ending July 22. If you are interested in either of these positions or have any questions please give us a call, 846-5068, or stop by to see us.

Message from May: We are open this week at the Slow Bell on Friday/Saturday/Sunday nights starting at 5 p.m. for dinner and the bar is open until midnight. We'll have open mic on Friday night and karaoke again on Saturday. Our dinner special this week is (and back by popular demand) is pot roast, served with mashed potatoes, salad and a roll. Our desserts will include black bottom key lime and blueberry bread pudding. Hope to see you at the Slow Bell.

June 13, 2017 -ELECTION RESULTS Board of Selectmen:  Herb Maine:  106 yes votes; 5 write-ins; 2 blanks
School Board:  Courtney Doughty: 112 yes votes; 1 blank
Total votes cast in our local election:  113 !
State Referendum Question:  82 yes votes; 29 no votes; 2 blanks
30% of a total of 376 registered voters

Kids Place has an opening for a part time child care helper (must be at least18 years old) on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 11:30-4:30 PM. Call 846-8712 if you are interested in applying.

Tickets are on sale online for Island Commons Bay Mist Cruise fundraising event. Click to view event information and for a secure link to purchase tickets. Many thanks to our Sponsors for making this event possible! http://www.islandcommons.com/cruise/

June 12, 2017 - The Chebeague Island Historical Society Annual Meeting is on Saturday, June 17th at 7 p.m. at the Island Hall. Following the brief meeting , the First Ellsworth Miller Summer Lecture will feature: Joseph Conforti “Imaging Maine: The Case of Ruth Moore & Island Life”

The Kids' Place will be selling lobster rolls for the fourth of July! Call now to reserve yours
846-8712 or email: kidsplace@chebeague.net -- $15 gets you a gourmet lobster roll with a bag of chips The lobster rolls will be served at the fourth of July picnic.. Look for The Kids' Place sign!!
All proceeds benefit The Kids' Place and the young children of Chebeague Island. We appreciate your support!!!
Happy Fourth of July!!!!

June 11, 2017 - The church trustees are having the church’s 100 year old stained glass windows restored, and are helping raise the money for this by offering opportunities to have memorial inscriptions engraved in the existing unused dedication plates in the bottom sections of the windows. Anyone interested in “in memory of” or “in honor of” inscriptions contact Eldon Mayer, vixenskipper@gmail.com, re details and cost.

June 10, 2017 - CATHOLIC MASS - Father Daniel Greenleaf will be here on the island to celebrate Holy Mass on the following Saturdays - July 1st, July 29th and Aug 26th - at 10:00 A.M. at the Chebeague Methodist Church. Please come and join us.

TOWN MEETING - Hall 9am.

Don't forget that the Red Studio is now open every Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to noon. The inventory changes every week. We have some great new pieces, including a Mid-Century Modern Lane walnut burl coffee table and a lovely compact desk or Welsh cupboard. We also have a wealth of vintage Bates bedspreads, made in Lewiston, as well as vintage jewelry. You no longer have to go to town to find unique gifts or new and used quality items! Shop the Red Studio!

June 9, 2017 - Starting Saturday, June 17th, we will be offering yoga from 8:45am-9:45am for $10. Fridays & Saturdays (but no Friday classes in June/September). Mats and towels can also be rented for $2.

June 8, 2017 - Tomorrow is Chebeague World Connections! Please join us at 4:30 to share in an afternoon to tour the world with our own island school children! Come visit 16 different countries, enjoy international food, music and attire!!!! See Flyer

Sing With the Little Whalers this Summer! - The Whalers would like to invite any and all interested children to join us in song to celebrate the Island’s Tenth Anniversary, at our concert, “Tunes for the Tenth” on Saturday, June 24th!
No prior singing experience is necessary! There will be two sixty minute rehearsals before the concert, on Tuesday, June 20th, from 5:00-6:00PM and on Thursday afternoon, June 22nd, from 5:00-6:00PM, both at the Hall. (We’d like it if you could make at least one of the two, plus the dress rehearsal!) The dress rehearsal will be on Friday, June 23rd, from 6:30-7:15 PM, with the concert at 7:00PM on Saturday, June 24th. (The kids will sing at the end of the first half of the concert!)
Would you be interested in having your child participate?
Contact Ben Yosua-Davis at b.yosuadavis@gmail.com!

Looking forward to this weekend at the Slow Bell. Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting at 5 p.m. We will have open mic Friday night starting at 8:30 and KARAOKE again this Saturday night. We've had to make some slight price increases to out menu. Please check it out. These go into place this weekend. Thanks for being there for us and hope to see you at the Slow Bell! Call ahead for takeout 846-3078.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS 2017 - The Chebeague Island Group of Alcoholics Anonymous will meet on Wednesday and Saturday mornings at 8 am starting Saturday, June 24th, 2017 and continuing through Labor Day weekend.
We meet at the Chebeague Island Library, which is located next to the Island Hall and is near the Island Market. Please park in the library parking lot and use the back door. For more information, call 914-980-6107.

On Saturday, June 24, the Great Chebeague Golf Club will host the first-ever Maine Junior Golf Jamboree, sponsored by Junior Golf of Maine. As many as 52 junior golfers from the mainland and Chebeague are expected to participate. This fun competition will feature nine holes of golf and a barbeque at the club. Chebeague junior golfers are encouraged to participate. For more information and to sign-up, visit the Junior Golf Maine website at http://www.mesga.org/club/scripts/section/section.asp?NS=JRG

June 7, 2017 -A note to everyone that the last day of school on Chebeague is June 23rd but the last CTC mainland school extra boat is on the 21st of June.

An important message from CTC.
Due to ongoing and repeated violations to our parking policies, CTC will begin towing violators in the very near future. Violations include: parking without a valid parking sticker or ticket, overdue parking tickets, and those who are trying to use another parking sticker (as a loaner). Annual parking stickers are not transferable and can only be used by one vehicle. Loaner cars are only allowed if the vehicle with the sticker is being repaired - not to allow multiple vehicles under one sticker.
We will be increasing our surveillance of both lots. Both lots will post the telephone number for people who have towed vehicles to call.

June 6, 2017 - Photo - June 6th late afternoon at the cemetery there were quite a few bluebirds flying around and landing on the tops of the stones. Click here to see another.

Message from the Town: "The 2016 Annual Report books have finally arrived! This report includes the warrant for the Annual Town Meeting to be held June 10th at the Island Hall. Please stop by the Town Office or Library to pick up your copy. We will also have copies available at the Town Meeting."

June 7 Wednesday - Dr. O'Donnell will be at the Wellness Center 9-11:30AM. No appointment needed.

June 5, 2017 - A few weeks ago I posted photos of the work the Land Trust and volunteers did to make the new Curit Trail that starts across from the Cemetery next to the Parish House. Click here for a map to go with the photos.

Nostalgia Night at the Inn starts this Sunday, June 11th at 5:30 (our normal dinner time).

Click here to see the Fairy House Vika and Riley built yesterday - hope she had a building permit.

June 3, 2017 - Sunday, June 4 - 11am-2pm - Join the parents to plant and beautify the Chebeague Island School front garden (flagpole and front flower garden). Garden design by Tracy Ames, inspired by the memory of William Robinson. B.Y.O.G.T.A.L. ( Bring Your Own Garden Tools And Lunch). Students welcomed and encouraged to attend. (Volunteer hours possible for high school students.) For any questions on this CPA project, feel free contact Erica.

Message from Florence (Island Riches): "I have some plants in and still taking orders. Call 846-4986 or email me at islandriches@chebeague.net.

June 2, 2017 - The Island Institute and Axiom are extending the deadline to June 14th for Islanders to sign up for the free online classes they are offering on June 19th. Click here to learn about the one hour session on Quickbooks and click here to learn about the web design three hour lesson.

School Committee Meeting next Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 6pm - click here for agenda.

June 1, 2017 - The Red Studio Resale Shop at Island Commons will be open Saturdays from 10-noon on a regular basis beginning June 3. Stop in to see the ever-changing inventory, including furniture and home furnishings. Items for the Commons Yard Sale can be dropped off at that time, or contact Susan Stranahan or Sam McLean.

May 31, 2017 - Just a reminder, Chebeague Island School is presenting “Chebeague World Connections”…an evening to tour the world with our own island school children! Come visit 16 different countries, enjoy international food, music and attire on Friday, June 9th, 4:30-6:30pm. If you can bring an international dish to share, contact Barb at barbpots57@gmail.com. See Flyer

The last day of school is 6/21. Therefore, that will be the last day that the two school boats run. School boats will resume in when school starts in the fall.

Message from Kim Boehm: "I am pleased to announce that Island Services will be assuming the trucking service (which include junk vehicle removal) of Island Electric as of July 1, 2017. Before that date call 846 2468, and after that call 415 5485. I want to thank all past patrons, for moral and financial support."

May 30, 2017 - Message from May: "Thanks so much for everyone who came out for our season opener! We had an amazing time! Thanks again to Mark and Chuck for a great Saturday night! This week we will be open Fri/Sat/Sun for dinner at 5, with the bar open until midnight. I'm trying to put together some open mic talent for Friday night, so if you're interested, give me a call. Our dinner special this week is chicken marsala and our "Catch of the Day" is fried scallops. I'll also be making a chowder this weekend (weather seems to suggest a continued chill in the air). Hope you'll make it out or call for takeout. 846-3078."

There is a great article in the Working Waterfront about Chirs Rich and the internet and how valuable the internet can be for a working lobsterman.

Last week Margaret Gaston turned 100! Happy Birthday Margaret! She will be on the island soon and thought people may like to send their greetings. Her address is 55 Highwood Drive, Manchester, NH 03104.

May 29, 2017 - Memorial Day - A Memorial Day service will be held today at 1pm at the Chebeague Methodis Church - hope to see you there!

May 25, 2017 - Photo - of a Magnolia Warbler who arrived at the school May 25th probably tired from a long trip. He rested a while and then flew off.

Please join us for our annual community Memorial Day Service Monday May 29 th at the Chebeague Methodist Church . Program will begin at 1:00 pm. Hopefully weather permitting , we will be able to decorate our veterans graves after the service.

Message from Jen at The Niblic: Happy Memorial Weekend everyone! We open for the season tomorrow. Our hours are Friday, Saturday, & Sunday 8am – 2pm. We will be closed Monday in observance of Memorial Day. We will reopen again on Wednesday with our spring hours being Wednesday thru Saturday 8am – 2pm. Summer hours begin the 21st of June. Hope you brave the Nor'easter Friday and stop in for a free cup a coffee. I’m thinking it will be a good soup and chowder day. Have a safe & fun holiday weekend and hope you stop by!

CRC still has openings for lifeguards, pool check-in, and teen center leaders! If you are interested please go to our website and fill out an application or call the office, 846-5068, and we will email one to you. Click here for an updated photo of the pool lane/target project. The tile work is almost complete (despite the weather)...next they will re-plaster the surface. I can't wait to see the finished product!

Island Commons annual BAKE & PLANT SALE is this Saturday, 10-noon at the Hall….don’t miss it! Visit us on Facebook, or the Events page of our website for a listing of perennials: http://www.islandcommons.com/news/

The Red Studio at the Island Commons will be open from 1-3 on Saturday and Sunday. Stop by and see the terrific collection of home furnishings, antiques, kids’ toys, furniture and treasures you can’t live without. All proceeds benefit Island Commons.

Chebeague Island Boat Yard would like to inform everyone that the Portland Harbor Fuel barge and push boat will be hauled out for seasonal repairs and Coast Guard inspections on Friday June 2nd. Depending on the scope of work to be completed, it may be out of service until Monday June 12th. We will fill the tanks right before the drydock period and estimate that we will have adequate quantities for the duration of the time that the vessels are out of the water. However, people who may be impacted by a limited supply of gasoline are strongly encouraged to fill their vehicles or portable cans before Thursday June 1st.

May 24, 2017 - Thanks to all who walked, ran, pledged and volunteered, the JENNY WREN 5K was great success in so many ways! The event brought people of all ages together to honor the special women in their lives…and to celebrate the day with a festive brunch at the Commons. Many thanks to the family of Jeanette “Jenny Wren” Hamilton for organizing the event in her honor, and to benefit The Commons. Total proceeds are approaching the $10,000 mark!

NOTICE: Clam flats are closed due to red tide - mussels, clams, quahogs, European oysters and carnivorous snails etc.!

I thought I should mention that Chebeague.net is still very much around. Axiom now owns the equipment and David Hill and I work for them and actually get a paycheck. We have been very fortunate to have them step up when we needed them to. They continue to offer FREE internet to all the non-profits, do FREE education services, support our non-profits with donations and also took over giving FREE internet to the Town office, Town Garage, Administrator and the Police. Remember also that when a problem arises with your equipment and Axiom is not available you can call David and me (Beverly 939-9643) anytime. I prefer at times working on the weekend so it is not a bother to me and sometimes problems can be solved over the phone. The chebeague.net email is not part of Axiom but is something David and I had supplied through a friend and have continued to offer it free to those who already had it. Many do not realize that we use the same copper telephone wires as any other provider and therefore can offer the same speeds as any other provider at comparable prices.

The town is accepting applications for a part-time (15-20 hours) Office Assistant/Deputy Clerk to help out as an extra set of hands. You can find more information on the town website- http://www.townofchebeagueisland.org/

There will be no change in the school boat schedule this fall as the Yarmouth Town Council last night voted 6-1 to continue the current schedule. About twenty islanders attended the meeting to make the case for the status quo.

The Slow Bell is open for the season. We will be open Fri/Sat/Sun 5-9 p.m. for dinner with the bar open until midnight. Starting June 22nd, we'll add Thursday nights, too, and watch for our ice cream hours starting that week as well! Here's the schedule for this weekend:
FRI Open mic 8-11
SAT Music with the Westenders 8-11 ($5 cover)
SUN Wine Tasting with SoPo Wine Company 2-4 (50 cents a taste).
Call ahead for takeout 846-3078.

Tiffany is only a few hundred dollars from her goal - She and Virginia Tatakis are doing the 2017 Trek Across Maine in June and need your help. They 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 grandmother as well as one of her grandfathers all have COPD. Then they have the family and friends who have fought Lung Cancer. So this is how they 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.

May 22, 2017 - Anyone who would like to view the Yarmouth Town Council's workshop on 5/4 where the additional school ferry trips was discussed can click here. That portion of the meeting starts at 57 minutes. The Council will vote on continuing the school boats at their Town Council meeting tomorrow, 5/23 at 7PM at the Log Cabin. Islanders wishing to support the continuation of the school boats are urged to attend.

May 21, 2017 - Photo - I took of a Sandhill Crane taken May 15th that was hanging around the East End for three days. I have to apologize for not realizing what it was until I downloaded my photos days later and blew them up. You don't see these amazing birds on Chebeague and this was quite a find by David Keyes if only we realized what it was. Click here for another.

Please come today from 5 to 7 for free pizza and learn about all the plans the School Committee has been working on over the last couple of years. Architect and islander David Brunner has been working hard and will also be there with our plans and information. You can also go to the School Website and see the renovation plans and studies.

May 19, 2017 - The Great Chebeague Golf Club is hiring Clubhouse Attendants for this season. If you are available at least 1 or 2 days every week and enjoy interfacing with the public this could be a rewarding opportunity. More hours per week are certainly available. If interested please contact: John Rent at 207-846-3652 or Carl Tubbesing at 207-239-1962.

Please join me and the rest of the Chebeague Island School Committee on Sunday, May 21st from 5 to 7 at the school to have pizza and learn about the renovation plans and work we have been doing over the last few years. Click here to see the invitation.

Spring Concert at the Hall Tuesday, May 23rd at 5:30? I also would like to remind everyone to visit our new website http://www.chebeagueisland.net/ for up to date information on school events, photos and important school documents. We have recently added a calendar of event, to view the calendar click on the orange “calendar” tab in the upper right hand corner of the home page.

May 17, 2017 - The CRC facility will be closed to all foot traffic on Sunday and Monday, May 21 and 22 while the tile floors are being refinished. We plan to be open to the community again on Tuesday, May 23. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

May 15, 2017 - The Town is looking for a one day paid position as the Town Deputy Moderator/Warden at the polls, Tuesday, June 13th from 8am to 8pm.

Tuesday, May 16th, School Committee Meeting at 6pm at the school. Click here for agenda.

May 13, 2017 - Photo - On Saturday May 13th the Chebeague Cumberland Land Trust under the direction of Caitlin Whetham with John Wilson and Geoff Summa got a crew together and made a trail on the Curit Land across from the Church to the Ocean. Click here to see them working or click here for another. Photo by Caitlin. Thank you also to Mark Bowman who is the Steward of the property. Map of the trail.

Cemetery Clean-up Day Saturday May 20 at 9 AM. Bring your tools and bring your pals and participate in this old Chebeague tradition. Refreshments will be served. Rain date: Sunday May 21 @ 1 PM.

Message from Florence: "This is a reminder that I will be ordering plants soon. If you need something special or a large order please call me at 846-4986 or email me at islandriches@chebeague.net.We may get some good weather yet. Thank you, Florence"

May 12, 2017 - Two quick notes from the Chebeague Island UMC. First, Sunday worship will be in the Parish House on May 14th as the new furnace won't be ready quite yet to heat the sanctuary. Secondly, on Sunday, May 21st we will have a blessing of the graduates during our 10 AM worship gathering. Graduating from high school? College? Another program? Join us as we celebrate all your hard work and give thanks for the road ahead!

Island Commons RED STUDIO shop will be open tomorrow during the JENNY WREN 5K event…stop by and show your support for the runners & walkers, and find a treasure to make your mother’s day a special one!

May 10, 2017 - A message from Kim Boehm: "Update on junk car removals...If the vehicle can be safely driven on and off the barge, it will be removed at no cost...If it needs to be towed there is a minimum charge of 100 dollars, due to increased operating costs and a declining metal market. If you feel you cannot afford to have it towed, call, and we can figure out something...Junk vehicles have been identified as the #1 source of potential groundwater pollution, on the Island. I am not accepting light iron at this time. Heavy iron and non ferrous metals will be taken.
As most of you know, I am trying to pass my trucking business on to some interested person. Haul off junk cars and scrap metal off, and return with backloads....a profitable business for the motivated owner. I am willing to donate (yes, as in free!) the truck and all of its support equipment, to someone who can make an effort to keep up this valuable community service....Call me 846-2468. And thanks to all of you who have supported me, in the past...
Kim "

May 9, 2017 -Photo - The CRC pool repairs and improvements are underway! All of the old tile has been removed, the targets are tiled in the shallow end and they've started on the "T" at the end of the lanes. The pool company says we should be up and running by June 17th. Hopefully the weather cooperates a little better than it has so far.

The Island Institute is sponsoring a couple of Free Virtual Workshops for digital literacy in June. Click here to learn about the WordPress: Website Design for Business class on June 19th from 1-4. Click here to learn about the QuickBooks Online: Bookkeeping for Business on June 19th from 12 - 1. Registration deadline is May 31st. You can contact Sharon at Axiom 255-4917 or email classes@connectwithaxiom.com.

The Chebeague Island Broadband Committee is meeting regularly and working to improve the internet for now and the future. Click here to go to the Broadband Committee blog and please sign up for periodic messages and information.

Message from May and the Slowbell: Hi folks! The Slow Bell will be open this weekend on Saturday, 5/13 starting at 5 p.m. Our dinner special this week will be pot roast (probably the last time until fall for this "winter" special) with mashed, served with salad and a roll. We'll also have our fried haddock and a chowder. Don't forget it is Mothers Day weekend, so why not bring your mom out for a special dinner Saturday. We'll have flowers for all the mothers and a special dessert or two. Also, I'll be at the Slow Bell in the morning on Saturday (9-11 a.m.) meeting with folks interested in working. If you can't make it in to talk to me, give me a call at 846-3078. Opening for the season Friday, 5/26.

May 8, 2017 - Dick Collin's family will be having a graveside burial service for Dick at the island cemetary on Sunday, May 28th at 3:00. You are all welcome to join us.

The Recompense Fund is now receiving 2017 grant applications. The final due date is May 31st. Go to www.recompensefund.com “Apply for a Grant”. Last year, the fund awarded $44,860 in grants.  This year, thanks to the generosity of many donors, the fund is able to make awards that are similar to or greater than last year’s.

May 7, 2017 -Save the Date - July 1 is the 10th anniversary of Chebeague becoming its own town. The Mari Black Trio will be here on the island July w from 5:30 to 8 pm at the HALL for a Potluck dinner, Line, contra and square dances. Free - donations gratefully accepted - Sponsored by the Town of Chebeague and CICA. Sunday July 2nd the trio will perform for your listening pleasure at John and Courtney Wilson's home, 81 Spruce Point Rd, 7-9 pm. BYOB. Donations to support CICA accepted. Click here to see posting.

Click here to see highlights of our family vacation to Venice, Italy. It is a little long and the last five minutes is a speedup of our trip from the Airbnb out of the city on a water taxi. We really had a wonderful time as you can see and there are so many photos I could have included.

Today is Spring Cleanup at the Island Commons - from 9 to Noon - come stay for lunch!

Congralulations to Caleb and Riley who were received DAR Essay Contest awards last Friday at the school. It wa a wonderful celebration from the Elizabeth Wadsworth Chapter of the DAR. Click here to see.

May 6, 2017 - Due to soggy, foggy weather Lacrosse For Fun on May 7 will be postponed. Contact Erika with any questions, 846-4370.

May 5, 2017 - Photo - Newspaper clippings from Mildred Johnson's scrapbook.

In a show of epic bad timing, ISLAND COMMONS gas grill has gone kaput, and we’re desperately seeking a “loaner” for this Sunday’s Spring Cleanup & BBQ. ( We have plenty of propane tanks!). If you can help us out, please contact Nancy Olney at 228-3709. THANKS, and we hope you’ll join us for the Clean Up this Sunday

The Chebeague Island School has a part-time Ed Tech need for our summer school program. Interested applicants should send a letter of interest to me, no later than Friday, May 19th. Click here for more information.

May 4, 2017 - Come to the volunteer field on Sunday at 2PM for lacrosse with Erika Neumann. Click here for the flyer.

Rain Date! Island Commons spring cleanup & BBQ is postponed to this Sunday, May 7th, due to the forecast. Join us at 9 for the cleanup and stay for lunch!

May 3, 2017 - Storytelling at the Library. Friday, May 5th at 7:00 pm. Theme: It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time. Refreshments. Please call to get your name on the list of storytellers or come and listen!

Message from Island Riches: "I will be taking orders this month for memorial day plants. At least this year I will be walking. If I am unable to answer the phone please leave a message. It is voice mail and I hate it but this will help me remember to check my messages. Hope to see you or hear from you." Florence

Click here for a beautiful photo and here for another by Bob Earnest from this last night.

Congratulations to Avis Flemming who has a new art opening at the Alexandria's Torpedo Factory Art Center where she has taught for 25 years and is in a printmaking studio and gallery.

The Annual Craft Fair will be held on Saturday, July 8th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hall. Anyone interested in participating can contact Annette at: annettekincaid03@gmail.com.

May 2, 2017 - Photo - Newspaper clippings from Mildred Johnson's scrapbook.

The Kids' Place is looking for Summer help!
If you are interested in having a great time with great kids come and work with our dynamic team!!! You must be 18 years or older. Hours are somewhat flexible... but Mornings from 8 to 12 4 days a week.
Bring creativity and excitement for craft and art projects for adventures and exploration.
Please call: 846-8712 -- Or email: kidsplace@chebeague.net --Ask for Carrie RIdgway

MAY 1-5th is TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK! Please join the CPA in a week of events and celebrations of gratitude. Join the students and CIS families as we say thanks to our wonderful Chebeague Island School teachers! Email the CPA at cpa@chebeague.net to get involved.

Please Save the Date

The Hall
Join the CPA and CIS for a community celebration of food, culture and presentations by the CIS 3-5th grade class on their global studies projects. Did you know your neighbor might have been interviewed about a foreign land where they lived or visited? You will be amazed by Chebeague’s stretch around the globe. As a bonus, come hear the stories and highlights of the 2017 CIS field trip to Quebec.
Everyone is welcome!
If you would like to cook an international dish, decorate or get involved, please contact the CPA at cpa@chebeague.net or Erika at erikagneumann@yahoo.com or 846-4370.

April 30, 2017 - Photo - Newspaper clippings from Mildred Johnson's scrapbook. Poem by Shirley Ross Burgess. Maybe I will try to find the article that goes with the Higgins Farm photos.

School Committee Meeting this Tuesday, May 2nd at 6pm - see Agenda.

April 27, 2017 - Island Commons SPRING CLEANUP & BBQ is next Saturday morning, May 6th, 9-noon. Help us spruce up the grounds and enjoy lunch on us! Teens: we have several great community service projects. If you can’t make it next Saturday, call and set up a time to tackle one! 846-5610
April 26, 2017 - SATURDAY, MAY 13, 2017 - The Jenny Wren Run/Walk is a great way to celebrate Mother’s Day Weekend with family and friends to honor all the amazing women in our lives. Please visit: http://www.islandcommons.com/jenny-wren-run to register. The first 100 to register on-line will receive a Jenny Wren Buff!! You can register on the website, download a Pledge Sheet and/or donate or sponsor a runner or walker (scroll all the way to the bottom of the page).
We will be providing a brunch for all participants after the 5K and you can even buy your Mom a Mother’s Day gift at Red Studio, it will open during the event! Please join us at 9am at Island Commons rain or shine!
Do you want to participate but do not have time to raise the money? No worries, we have people that want to Sponsor you!
Do you want to get involved but are not up for walking or running? We would love your help and have ways for you to volunteer!
Call Vicki Todd at Island Commons 846-5610 for more information.

April 25, 2017 - Photo - Newspaper clippings from Mildred Johnson's scrapbook. Poem by Shirley Ross Burgess. Maybe I will try to find the article that goes with the Higgins Farm photos.

I'm Back! I will post a video of our trip when I get a chance to compile some photos. There have been lots of great comments about our family trip to Venice on facebook and it really was a trip of a lifetime for all of us.

The May newsletter is now available on the CTC website, chebeaguetrans.com and here. The newsletter included in the Island Calendar had some pricing errors on the Ferry Fee Schedule. They have been corrected on this copy.

April 22, 2017 - From Polly Wentling Wentworth and Family: Just wanted to thank you all for your prayers for mom and our family as we have navigated the new waters after her ordeal. We deeply love our community of friends here on Chebeague. Your prayers and love have given us the strength to carry on. Moms new chapter started on April 22, as she moved into Ocean View. Her new address is 20 Blueberry Lane, #L-229, Falmouth ME 04105. Her new Phone number is 207-747-7161. She is still healing and regaining her strength but would love to hear from you all. Thank you again,

April 21, 2017 - The Slow Bell will be open this Saturday night at 5 p.m. for dinner and the bar open until midnight. This week our special is lasagna (veggie or meat, comes with salad and rolls for $16). We'll also be serving fried haddock, seafood chowder, and our usual limited winter menu. Rumor has it a few of our favorite musicians may be out to share some tunes. Call ahead for take-out 846-3078. We'll also be taking applications soon for summer employment. If you're interested, text May at (207)332-2368 with your contact info.

April 15, 2017 - Photo - Newspaper clippings from Mildred Johnson's scrapbook. This one talks about the Golf Club Cemetery. Click on the photo, a larger one will come up and then click again and you should be able to read it clearly.

I will be away until April 25th so if you need something put on the page during that time please contact David Hill and he will take care of it. If you have a problem with Axiom internet or phone call Axiom at 255-0679 and if you have a problem getting a message to them contact David at 712-0349 - thank you.

Town Office will be closed on April 17th in observance of Patriots’ Day.

Nominating papers are available at the Town Office. We will have one vacancy on theBoard of Selectmen and one on the School Committee. Nominees need to collect signatures from 26 registered voters on Chebeague and return the completed nominating papers to the Town Clerk by 9:30 AM on Monday, May 1st.

April 13, 2017 - Holy Week and Easter Services - The church has several services these coming days to commemorate Holy Week and Easter:
- Thursday, April 13th - Maundy Thursday Service at 7 PM
- Friday, April 14th - The church will be open for prayer and reflection all day; Good Friday Tenebrae Service at 7 PM
- Saturday, April 15th - The church will be open for prayer and reflection
- Sunday, April 16th - Easter Sunrise Service at 5:45 AM at the East End, Breakfast at the Parish House at 8:30 AM, Sunday School at 9:45 AM, and Worship at 10 AM.

April 11, 2017 - The Chebeague Island Historical Society is taking orders for a newly designed Chebeague throw. The new throw is 3 ply and 48in X 68in and has many new places including Sanford's Pond, the Islander, the Town seal designed by Martha Hamilton, and much much more. Available in crimson, green and blue, the throw is sure to add a splash of color to any decor and keep you cozy on a cold winter night! Click here to see the design!
The throws will be available the summer at the Museum Gift Shop for $60 plus tax, but you can order yours in advance and save $5. We have rolled back the price to that of the original throw - $55 plus tax for one week only!
If you want to take advantage of this advanced sale email chebeaguehistory@gmail.com or call the Museum at 207-846-5237 by April 19 and leave your name, address, phone number or email and tell us how many of which color you would like. We will contact you when they come in and you can pay at that time.

This Thursday, April 13th is an informational meeting on Municipal Solar Power, at 7pm - 7:45 at the Hall.

Tomorrow's soups are the non-vegetarian is South of the Boarder Soup (Pinto beans with ham) and the vegetarian is Cream of parsnip and carrot.

April 10, 2017 - Photo - Newspaper clippings from Mildred Johnson's scrapbook. This one has Lewis Ross and Stanley Bennett along with a few little notes. Click on the photo, a larger one will come up and then click again and you should be able to read it clearly.

SATURDAY, MAY 13, 2017: Don’t miss out on the first Jenny Run 5K walk/run! Celebrate Mother’s Day Weekend by walking or running in memory or honor of the amazing women in your life. Check out this link: http://www.islandcommons.com/jenny-wren-run to learn all about it. Please join us at ISLAND COMMONS at 9am to join in the fun. A casual brunch will follow with Mother’s Day themed gifts awarded to several winners. Make sure that you REGISTER on-line. We, the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Jeanette Hamilton (Jenny Wren) are excited to be organizing what we hope is a fun family-filled morning to honor and remember the many women that we all love. Please walk, run, or just stop by to show your support for ISLAND COMMONS. We look forward to seeing you!

School Committee Meeting Thursday April 13th at the School at 6pm - see agenda.

April 8, 2017 - Last year the K-2 classroom did their 100's project with making posters of themselves at 100 and everyone just loved it. This year they decided to make a video of themselves at 100 and of course they were at the Commons - click here to see.

April 7, 2017 - Photo - Newspaper clippings from Mildred Johnson's scrapbook.This time featuring Albert and Gladys Bennett. Click on the photo, a larger one will come up and then click again and you should be able to read it clearly.

The Town Office is going to be closed on April 17th in observance of Patriots’ Day.

Message from the Historical Society: The Museum is looking for a small (4-5 feet) desk with at least 2 drawers and enough surface to hold a computer, notebook, phone , file folders etc. if you have one that you would like to donate please email chebeaguehistory@gmail.com. We could use 2 but are desperate for 1. Doesn't have to be beautiful!

Island Commons has an immediate full-time opening for a Certified Residential Medication Aid, will train good candidate, call Amy Rich 207-846-5610.

Today at the Library at 2:00 the K-2 classroom will have an Author's Tea. They will also be showing their video - "When I am 100 Years Old"

From Polly and Kevin and their new venture: - Click here. You could also go to their website chebeaguewatertaxi.com.

Click here to learn about a program this Tuesday, April 11, 6:30 - 8 pm at the Merrill Memorial Library in Yarmouth - The Experience of Muslims in Maine.

April 4, 2017 - The Chebeague Island Board of Selectmen has chartered the Chebeague Island Broadband Committee to look towards the island's future connectivity needs. The first step is getting input and guidance. We meet the second Monday of every month (location can change) Please visit our page and add your support - at the bottom of it you can sign up for email updates!

Do you need a "buddy" to work out with at CRC at times when the office is closed? One of our fitness pass holders is looking for a buddy during the early evening hours. If you could be a buddy a few days per week please contact the CRC office, 846-5068.

Tomorrows soups will be Portuguese Kale with Sausage and the Vegetarian soup will be Broccoli Cheddar.

Click here for a photo of Billy Hill, the grandfather of David Hill and greatgrandfather of Jeff Putnam. This photo was taken about 1897 when he was 16 years old and worked at the Rangely Lake House. Click here to see an article written by David that was in the Forecaster in 2000 about the play that Billy's great grandchildren Bradley and Tyler Putnam were in at Greeley "Annie Get Your Gun"

April 2, 2017 - Message from Celia: Don't be intimidated by the word Yoga! Come to the Rec Center at 5:30pm tomorrow evening (Monday) for some stretchin' and strengthenin'. Yoga IS for Yankees...

Congratulations to Joquin Bonville who recently did really well in Yarmouth has talent - click here to download and see a video of his performance.

For those who haven't heard about Eileen (Croudis) and Richrd Horton's great grandson Brock who is battling brain cancer - click here to see an article that was recently in the PPH. A relative has started a YouCaring Funding site (click here to donate) and on Chebeague there will be a donation can at the Recycling Center for people to donate as well.

Click here to learn about Capital Needs Assessments (CNA) - Road Maps to the Future for Chebeague’s Nonprofits: Sharing Lessons Learned from The Recompense Fund.

School Committee Meeting this coming Tuesday, April 4 at 6pm at the school - see agenda.

April 1, 2017 - Photo - Newspaper clippings from Mildred Johnson's scrapbook. This time one of them is about Chebeague during the war.

From Bob Earnest: "Woodcocks (AKA snipe, aka timber doodle) are plentiful all over the island these days! They are difficult to see, even if you’re standing right next to one… but, at dusk, you can not only hear them, you can also see them flying over meadows, at the Boatyard, and even looking up at the evening sky thru road cut openings in the forest canopy. Here’s a great article and video on the importance of cutting (some, not all!) mature forest to support woodcocks and many other species."

Click here to see a mean April Fool's Joke! Click here for another view. The only problem is that it is really what we woke up to today.

Message from May: Hi folks: Just a reminder that the snow is supposed to pass, and as long as we have power, the Slow Bell will be open. I'm making hearty chicken and dumplings (all-white meat), haddock chowder, and fried haddock. I'm serving black forest cake for dessert, Cheryl will be mixing up some of your favorite beverages, and rumor has it some musicians may even be afoot. Hope to see you at the Slow Bell!

March 31, 2017 - 3rd - 5th grade class will be having Book PublishingParty. Each student has written and illustrated an original children's book about a sea creature of their choice. The event will be held Friday, March 31st, 2 pm at the library and is open to the public.

March 30, 2017 - The Chebeague United Methodist Church is collecting items to send with Peter Carleton on his upcoming mission trip to Guatemala. The deadline for items is the morning of April 2nd. Items can be placed in the box in the entryway of the sanctuary and checks placed in the mission donation box. Thanks for your support of this mission! Click here to see the list.

From Chebeague United Methodist Church - Forms for Easter memorial flower listing are available at the Parish House and narthex of the church. You can also email your information to chebeagueislandUMC@gmail.com. Deadline for submission is Thursday, April 13th. Questions? Call the church office 846-6987.

There are 2 days left to take advantage of CRC's discounted fitness pass rate. Just $99 for a 12 month membership. Sign up or renew today. The business hours don't work for you? No problem, we can give you a code so you can get into the building to work out before or after hours. PLEASE make sure you do not workout alone...bring a buddy that can be in the building with you, even if they aren't working out.

Message from Polly Wentworth: "As some of you know Mom has been in the hospital for the last 9 days. Yesterday we moved her to a rehab. I know she would love to hear from people. Please send mail to: Jan Wentling RM111, Seaside Rehab, 850 Baxter Boulevard • Portland, Maine 04103 • The phone number there is 207-774-7878 and she is in room 111. I will let you all know when she moves on from there. Thank you to all who have helped our family out during this time. Child care, meals, as well as offers of help and prayers have not gone unnoticed. This is a time for transition that I’m sure will give Mom a wonderful life moving forward. Blessings to you all and thank you, Polly "

March 28, 2017 - The Kids' Place is looking for part time help.Work mornings from 8 to noon or 1. Must like working with kids. --Must be 18 years of age.
More hours could be available if desired.
Please call: 846-8712
E mail: kidsplace@chebeague.net
Or stop by and check things out!!!!
This position is through the summer, starting as early as May....
Come join the team and have some fun!!!!!

Message from May Hall: "Hey folks: We will be open this Saturday, April 1. Our specials this week will be chicken and dumplings, fried haddock, and haddock chowder. We'll be serving up a little mischief and some musical fun with some of your favorites, so come out and shake off the March blues. Dinner from 5-9 p.m. with the bar until midnight. Call head for takeout 846-3078. Hope to see you at the Slow Bell."

Don't forget that property taxes are due by this Friday, March 31.

March 27, 2017 - 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. Click here to see some notes from people. Don't forget to check out the Chebeague Historical Society Website or their Facebook Page.

Wednesday's soups at the Hall will be chicken tortilla lime and the vegetarian white bean with truffle oil.

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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