CLICK HERE FOR WEATHER or go to the BOAT YARD WEBCAM (click on webcam) and see for yourself!
Photo by Rachel Szala Grant of the first place float with Johnny Miller as Repunzel. More 4th of July photos coming soon.
July 6, 2015 - THIS AFTERNOON 5:30 at the Rec is a Pool BBQ - $8 for pass holders and $12 for non pass holders - includes a burger or hot do, a side and a drink. The Rec center wifi is down today so no emails are going through at this time.
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS - 2015 - CHANGE IN MEETING LOCATION. The Chebeague Island Group of Alcoholics Anonymous has changed the location of its meetings to the Chebeague Island Library. We will continue to meet at 8 am on Saturday mornings through Labor Day weekend. The Library 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.
Peter Kaufman has been featured lately on Fox News regarding Greece and thier financial crisis - click here for Peter with Marie Bartiromo and click here for another news cast.
Click here for the results of the 2015 Parade!
Message from Martha Vernon: "2015 Fun Run and Road Race Results are in! This race had the largest number of racers in recent history!! My thanks to everyone who participated, and in particular to those who helped make this a success! I could not have done this without my family, water station families (the Wiles and the Bisharats) and the timers (Johanna Hunter and Erika Neumann). Here are the results from yesterday's race. Have a great rest of the summer!!" (ROAD RACE RESULTS) and (FUN RUN RESULTS)
July 4, 2015 - HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!
Memorial Service for Martha Hamilton is Sunday, July 12th, 1:30 pm at the Chebeague Methodist Church with a reception to follow at the Chebeague Island Hall.
July 3, 2015 - TONIGHT: MUSIC AT THE HALL!!! Southbound Reunion!!! Join Mark, Chuck, Scott and Pete on July 3, doors open at 9:00 pm. Come listen to music, dance and have fun with friends. $10 at the door. All proceeds benefit the Rec Center
Great Chebeague Tennis Club wishes all a safe and happy Fourth of July weekend. Our annual Mixed Doubles Round Robin & Barbecue is on Thursday, July 9th at 4 pm. Please sign up at the courts; players and non-players are welcome to attend the BBQ but advance sign-up is requested. All sustaining members of GCTC are welcome to watch play and enjoy the fun at club social events. For more information, please see the updated website (you may have to refresh your browser) or contact Activities Chair, Mary Capra 846-0650 or firstname.lastname@example.org Luv Tennis!
Second Wind Farm Stand is open! There is an abundance of Swiss chard, baby beets and beet greens, baby carrots, loose leaf lettuce, arugula, and sugar snap peas with more coming into season soon. Please think about including fresh local produce when planning your meals!
July 2, 2015 - Miss Nancy's PreK school newsletter for June is now available - click here to see all the fun they have!
“Chai & Chat” at CRC is now being held on Sunday, July 5th at 6:30 p.m. “Eat Your Prana!” Come join me in an enlivening conversation about FOOD! We will explore simple food principles that will energize your life, optimize your weight, and replenish your vitality. Participants will leave equipped and inspired to delve into a plant-based eating approach that honors the body, the spirit, and the natural world. Best of all, there will be homemade chai and delicious cookies!
Please email email@example.com if you plan to attend. $9 per person. Bring your favorite mug!
CRC's basket and pottery programs start on Tuesday and so far we don't have enough people registered to run the programs. July 7 is Island Candle Baskets for Adults and Creatures & Critters pottery class for kids. July 9 we will make Pocket Baskets with adults and finish up our creatures and critters with the kids. Register today! Give us a call for details, 846-5068, or visit our website, www.chebeaguerec.com.
Message from Island Riches: "Hi, Island Riches is open from 10 am to 4 pm except Thursdays from 12-2pm when I'm at Ladies Aid. For those who do not know where we are yet or are new to the Island. We are at the top of the hill from the west end wharf. If you are going to the wharf we are at the top on your left. If coming from the wharf it is on the right. We have lots of handcrafts .I hope to see you soon. We have a few plants left and are still taking orders. Thank you, Florence"
This summer the Chebeague Sailing School and the Chebeague Boatyard are providing a rack and space for you to store your kayak, at your own risk. No boats can be hauled into the barrier dune grass along the beach to Rose’s Point. Please click here to learn more about the rack and importance of preserving our DUNES!
July 1, 2015 - Craft Fair on Saturday, July 11th at the Hall. It's from 10-1 and there is still plenty of room for additional vendors. They can contact me to sign up or for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
4th of July TEEN DUNK TANK AND PIE THROWING: click here to see a list and times of dunk tank and pie throws! There will also be a tug of war.
MUSIC AT THE HALL!!! Southbound Reunion!!! Join Mark, Chuck, Scott and Pete on July 3, doors open at 9:00 pm. Come listen to music, dance and have fun with friends. $10 at the door. All proceeds benefit the Rec Center
The REC is working to finalize the swim lesson schedule for next week (starting July 6). Get your registrations in to reserve your spot. You can find the forms on our website or outside the CRC office. If you show up the day lessons start it may be too late!
The theme this year 4th of July parade is "Favorite Children's Book." The Fun Run begins at 9am, the Road Race begins at 10 am and the parade muster at the Inn at 11:00 am. The Community Picnic at the School/Rec complex. Check out the July Calendar or click here.
Join the Chebeague Island Historical Society Friday, July 24th, Noon to 4:00pm for a Pied Piper Cruise to Peaks Island and the 5th Maine Museum. $35 per person includes lunch en route and Museum admission. Only 85 tickets will be sold - don’t delay – buy your tickets at the Museum.
June 30, 2015 - Pool hours on the 4th of July will be 2-4 PM. Stop by for a swim!! Swim Lessons, Baskets and Pottery all start next week. Farm Camp, Island Trails, lunch/swim and a ton of exercise programs too. Check out our website or call the office for details, www.chebeaguerec.com or 846-5068.
Town Office is closed on Friday, July 3, 2015.
Please welcome, meet and hear our new pastor Melissa Yosua-Davis (and meet her husband, Ben Yosua-Davis!) this Sunday at 10:00 July 5th. There will be a coffee fellowship after church in the parish house.
Nurse Nancy is open today for blood draws and other nursing services at no charge from 7 to 9:30 at her house 13 South Road (on the East End just beyond wetlands before the Wentworth House that is for sale) This is the same service which used to be provided at the Hall Health Clinic on Tuesday morning. Nancy is in the process of getting estimates for ADA compliance. See website.
June 29, 2015 - Don't forget the PASTA DINNER Tuesday, June 30 to benefit the TEEN CENTER. Pasta, salad, bread, and dessert. $8 adults, $4 children. 50/50 raffle.
Grand Opening of the Grange Thriftshop is tomorrow, Tuesday! Doors are open from 9:30-12:00 and again from 7-8:00 at night.
There are shoes, clothes, dishes, linens, games, puzzles, kitchen items and fleeces in all sizes and colors. We are absolutely packed with treasures. Shop, shop, shop.... for what you need, or what you don't need! All proceeds support island organizations.
Kelley Rich is again doing the Tri for a Cure on July 26th and is hoping for your support - click here to see how.
June 28, 2015 - We have a busy week ahead at CRC! Children's theater auditions are Monday at 1 PM at the Hall, Dance Workout and Clown Camp start on Tuesday at CRC and the pool is in full swing. Next week (July 6th) we will kick off swimming lessons, Farm Camp, Island Trails, exercise for seniors, basket & pottery classes for all ages and so much more. We have tons of programs planned so be sure to check out our website for details, www.chebeaguerec.com, click on the links on the home page to see what's coming up for all ages.
There are soooo many wonderful items for the WINE TASTING and SILENT AUCTION - Don't let the rain keep you away just wear your rubber dress boots! It’s going to be a soggy day, but that won’t stop the festivities…we’ll be dry and cozy under the tent! See you there...
June 27, 2015 - Tonight is the WHALERS CONCERT: The theme of this year’s concert is “What’s In a Name” . The music covers the ground from a “oldies” to surfer music to rock and includes a tribute to one of the Whalers’ long-time members, Martha Hamilton. 7:30 p.m. this Saturday, June 27 at the Chebeague Island Hall. Tickets are $8 ; $4 for age 12 and under. Come join the fun!
Click here to see Sheila Read (Cookie's wife) discusses Climate Change and a Catholic response to Pope Francis' Laudato Si'.
June 26, 2015 - Don’t forget tonight from 5 to 7 an Artist Reception and Trunk Show at The Niblic Gallery at Chebeague Island Boat Yard featuring the works of Louisa Wickard as well as jewelry designer Morgan Mcgeehan and fiber artist Annette Kincaid. Refreshments will be served. Gallery proceeds will be donated to the Bump Hadley Scholarship Fund.
Very Adult exercise group will begin on Wednesday, July 1st, 8-8:45 in the gym at the rec center. Bring a yoga mat if you have one and wear exercise shoes.
June 25, 2015 - Tomorrow, Friday, June 26th, chebeague.net will be adding more bandwidth and when this is done there shouldn't be more than a few minutes down time unless you have a static IP and then we will individually take care of those.
This weekend is going to be a busy one!! WHALERS CONCERT: The theme of this year’s concert is “What’s In a Name” . The music covers the ground from a “oldies” to surfer music to rock and includes a tribute to one of the Whalers’ long-time members, Martha Hamilton. 7:30 p.m. this Saturday, June 27 at the Chebeague Island Hall. Tickets are $8 ; $4 for age 12 and under. Come join the fun!
Sunday is the WINE TASTING & SILENT AUCTION, Sunday June 28th 2:00-4:30at the Chebeague Island Inn. Please click the ad for the Commons that didn't make it to the publisher. There is so much happening in July and you won't want to miss the activities.
Click here for the flyer for the ANNUAL ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR, Saturday, July 11th from 10 AM to 1PM at the Chebeague Island Hall - Jewelry, paintings, wood working, rugs and many other crafts and a raffle.
The Fourth of July is coming soon and you can get all the information on the July Island Council Calendar which you may access upper left corner of this website or click here. The theme this year for the parade is "Favorite Children's Book." The Fun Run begins at 9am, the Road Race begins at 10 am and the parade muster at the Inn at 11:00 am. The Community Picnic at the School/Rec including a dunk tank!
June 24, 2015 - Last night, June 23rd, Kevin Wentworth did a stop action video of an aurora borealis from the East End of Chebeague - click here to see!
The Island Commons WINE TASTING & SILENT AUCTION, Sunday June 28th 2:00-4:30at the Chebeague Island Inn. Click here to see some of the items that will be at the silent auction.
Notice to all Chebeague nonprofits from The Recompense Fund - Grant applications must be submitted by August 31. Obtain applications by contacting IslandLife@chebeague.net, and also let us know if you would like assistance or have any questions.
The Museum is now open for the season. Monday-Sat 10-4 and Sunday 1-4.
The Niblic cordially invites everyone to an art opening reception, Friday, June 26 from 5 to 7 for Louisa Wickard as well as also featuring a Trunk Show with jewelry designer Morgan Mcgeehan and Fiber Artist Annette Kincaid. Click here to see the invitation. All Gallery proceeds will be donated to the Bump Hadley Scholarship Fund.
The Niblic is now on its full summer hours Monday - Saturday: 8:00 - 5:00 Sunday: 9:00 - 3:00.
The Maine Humanities Robert Frost program scheduled for Saturday, June 27 at the Library has been cancelled.
Pasta Dinner at the Hall.!!!! This coming Tuesday evening, June 30, Pasta and home made meatballs, salads and an array of desserts… Take a break from making dinner and kick the summer off with the kids from teen center waiting on you!!! All benefits go to teen center programs. Hope to see you there!
Messages from the Rec: We are offering some expanded hours for preteen/teen, starting with Tuesday nights in July, swim night! We will begin at 7:00 and swim until dusk, then go inside for games and more fun. We have a fire pit and want to do some s"mores soon too!!! Pool fees apply.
Sign ups for Rippleffect are available now. It is an annual trip that the Recreation Center offers for preteen and teens on Cow Island. We are going to be camping out Aug 4-5, tuesday morning to Wednesday afternoon. There is kayaking, huge zip lines, rock wall, hikes, games and more. Call the Rec for more info or go online.
The Pool is OPEN and incredible!!! Come down and enjoy the water after all of the improvements made to get it running so beautifully. Adult Lap Swim and Water Aerobics schedule is posted for the mornings, and daily noon-1:00 is adult lap swim, then we have open swim from 1:00-5:00 so come with the kids and enjoy!!!
Pool Party BBQ are back starting in July, Every Monday 5-7:00 the pool will be open and we will be selling Burgers and Hot Dogs!!!! $8 for Pass holders and $12 for non Pass holders, price includes a burger or hot dog, chips and a drink.
Check out the website for our swim lesson schedules too!!!
June 23, 2015 - Photos - Mrs Hoidal's K-2 grade class on Chebeague Island were learning about writing biographies. They also researched biographies about famous artists. They decided to share what they learned and also create their own masterpieces. See the Youtube about the artists!
I will be traveling to North Carolina to visit Dennis from today until Sunday. I will continue to update the page when I am able and if you have a plumbing emergency call Rich Plumbing 522-3439 if you have an internet problem call my cell 939-9643 or David Hill 712-0349..
Remember that Sew Good meets on Wednesday, June 24th at the Parish House. We start around 10 am & end when the last person turns out the lights & shuts the door. Bring a sewing project you'd like to work on or participate in one of the community projects we are offering. Everyone is welcome. Join us for any part of the day, we have lunch around noon. Enjoy the fun of sewing whether by hand or machine.
June 22, 2015 - Father Daniel Greenleaf from the Parish of the Holy Eucharist (Sacred Heart/Holy Martyrs) will be here on the Island to celebrate Mass for us on this Saturday, June 27th at 10 A.M. at the Chebeague Methodist Church. We hope that many people will attend.. PLEASE COME
On June 9th at the Library, Dave Holman talked about his book, the Coffee Smuggler - click here to see.
If you haven’t mailed your RSVP and plan to attend the WINE TASTING this Sunday, please call Nancy Olney at 846-5610 so that we can finalize our food and wine provisioning! Thank you…
GCGC 9 HOLE SCRAMBLE- Tuesday, June 30, 3 PM START, 2:45 PM SIGN-UP. ALL ARE WELCOME, Members and Non-members, Single Players or Couples. Casual Golf and Serious Fun, After Golf Social-BYO Refreshments. $5 for GCGC Members and Non-members. We will be finished in time to go to the 6PM Pasta Dinner to benefit the Teen Center.
June 19, 2015 - The Chebeague Island Historical Society will hold its annual meeting on Saturday June 20 at 7:30 pm at the Hall. Following the meeting and election of officers, Donna Miller Damon will give an illustrated talk entitled: Learning about Chebeague's History through its Material Culture.
The Chebeague Tennis Club invites all to the first free adult clinic next Friday - click here to see the flyer.
Click here for an updated Island Commons Wine Tasting Sponsorship list.
There will be a gathering in memory of Gail Williams and Jane Scifres's mother, Elizabeth Duff Shute, from 2 to 5 PM on July 5 at Betty's former cottage on 9 Moulton Rd. All of Betty's Island friends are invited to attend and share their memories of Betty. Light refreshments will be served.
Help the Monarch Butterfly population rebound on the Islands of Casco Bay - click here to find out how.
The Kids Place is still taking orders for Lobster rolls. Please call: 846-8712 or e mail: email@example.com We have sold over 50! Help support the islands youth, daycare, preschool and summer camp programs!
The Chebeague Board of Selectmen will have an emergency meeting tonight at 7:00 at the Fire Station to 1)discuss the status of the 1985 International tank truck with the fire chief, and 2) hold a brief executive session on a legal matter.
June 18, 2015 - Island Riches has new beautiful plants that came in last night. I am still taking orders so if you need something that I don't have call 846-4986 or email me firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you, Florence
Come hear Swami Sankarandanda talk about his new book "Pilgrimage Home: Journey to the Heart" at the Library, Wednesday, June 24th at 7:00 pm.
Yesterday at the Harrison Middle School Awards Ceremony for 8th Graders two of Chebeague’s own were recognized. Elias Rich received the National Geographic Geography Award & Aaron Belesca received the American Legion Athletic Award for good sportsmanship. Great job guys!
Just over a week until Island Commons 13th ANNUAL WINE TASTING & SILENT AUCTION Sunday, June 28th 2-4:30 at the Inn. Auction items are streaming in…see us on Facebook for 2015 Wine Tasting Album. We thank our many auction donors…too numerous to list! CLICK HERE for a thank you to our Event Sponsors. If you’d like to attend and did not receive an invitation in the mail, click HERE for a reply card. Hope to see you on the 28th!
June 17, 2015 - Today at the Library is the K-2 Gallery at 2pm where the students will be unveiling their masterpieces!
At 1pm the 3-5 class will be sharing their Middle East Projects at the School!
This is CRC's week at Chedemption and we are still hoping to find some volunteers for Saturday, June 20th. If you could stop by the transfer station and help for a little while that day it would be much appreciated. Please call, 846-5068 or email, email@example.com for more information.
The pool project is complete and the pool is beautiful!! We are looking forward to opening day on June 20th!! Get your pool pass today! And, CRC summer programs start in less than two weeks!! VIsit our website and check out all the fun programs we have planned. Programs are filling up! Send your registration forms in today to reserve your spot...camps, swim lessons, theater, pottery, baskets, exercise and more! Visit, www.chebeaguerec.com, for details and registration forms.
June 16, 2015 - This Sunday, June 21st, is Pastor Mary Jane's last Sunday at the church. She would love to see you in church, or stop by after church to say goodbye at the Parish House. A farewell cookout is being planned - contact Polly Wentworth for details.
Donna Damon's last day of school was today and the early boat was decked out in her honor - see the photo. She has also retired from the Selectmen and Chris Loder made a wonderful presentation and honored Donna at the last Town Meeting. Click here to see the video.
The Grange Thrift Shop volunteers are in desparate need of skirt hangers and hangers wtih clips. If you have extras, please leave them nside the back door. Thank you.
I have finally put the photos of the Memorial Day taken by Cathy MacNeill! Click here to see them.
June 15, 2015 - School Committee meeting tomorrow night 6:30 at the School - see agenda.
Congratulations to Jim VanFleet as Mainely Tubs triples space in Scarborough - click here to read.
June 14, 2015 - ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS 2015 - The Chebeague Island Group of Alcoholics Anonymous will meet at 8 am on Saturday mornings beginning June 20, 2015 and continuing through Labor Day weekend. The meetings will be held at the Parish Hall of the CI United Methodist Church. For more information, call 914-980-6107.
Nurse Nancy will be open to do blood draws this Monday and this Wednesday from 7 to 9:30 but will not be available on Tuesday this week. She will be back on her regular Tuesday schedule on June 23rd. Don't hesitate to call if you have any special needs or questions 712-3184.
June 13, 2015 - Photos - Mrs Summa has lots of yogurt containers and she was so excited to see that we found a use for them. She was happy to see us reuse, reduce and recycle which we did. Mrs. Hoidel's class is studying famous artists and they were inspired to paint their bird feeders in the impressionistic style of Claude Monet. You will be seeing them all around now.
Michael Porter has updated his website click here for The "Live-Anywhere" Boat - Cruise 2015, Part III, North to Stockholm.
Click here for an article about Ray Shevenell whose family has been coming to Chebeague for years. Ray was a multiple winner of the 4th of July Race and #1 was reserved for him each year.
June 12, 2015 - CRC is reaching out to the community to ask for help volunteering at the Chedemption shed on June 17, June 19 and June 20. CRC is assigned two weeks. We designate the proceeds from one of the weeks to cover expenses (phone, power, supplies) at Sanford's pond and the other week supports all CRC programs. We hope that those of you that have enjoyed time at CRC and/or Sanford's pond will consider helping out for a couple of hours this year. Please contact the CRC office, 846-5068 or firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information or to sign up. Thank you!!
The Hall is looking for the whereabouts of the "Milk Cooler" that the Hall has used in the past for serving Ice Cream on the 4th. It's last known location was in the Parish House. If you know of its location after the Parish House, please let Ruth know - email@example.com
June 10, 2015 -Indian Point (the Hook) and Roses have lots of DUNE GRASS! It is really, really important to not walk on this grass. This grass is able to withstand a lot but stepping on it will kill it.
Ethan, Aaron, & Jen Belesca are running the Maine Cancer Foundation’s Twilight 5K Thursday night to raise money for the fight against cancer. This is the same route Jen will run as part of her participation again this year doing the Tri For A Cure on July 26th. To make donations to either events go to http://twilight5k.kintera.org/ethanbelesca, http://twilight5k.kintera.org/aaronbelesca or http://triforacure.kintera.org/jbelesca You can also mail donations to Maine Cancer Foundation 170 US Route 1 Suite 250 Falmouth, ME 04105. Your contribution is greatly appreciated. Funds raised by these events will support research, education and patient support programs IN MAINE for all cancers! THANK YOU!
You’re invited to Island Commons 13th Annual WINE TASTING & SILENT AUCTION, Sunday June 28th, 2:00-4:30 at the Chebeague Island Inn. Invitations are in the mail! If you don’t receive one and would like to attend, click here for a reply card….and remember to check our website over the next few weeks for previews of our many auction items: islandcommonsresourcecenter.org HOPE TO SEE YOU ON THE 28th!
PASTA DINNER!!! At the hall to benefit the Teen Center. June 30, Tuesday. There will be pasta and meatballs, salads, breads, cupcakes and bars, coffee tea and lemonade. Take the night off from cooking and let the island teens do their thing! There will also be a 50/50 raffle!!! Suggested donations are adults $8 and $4 children under 12. Festivities kick off at 6:00.
If you get a message that says you have exceeded the maximum number of attemps allowed for your current Password - DON'T click Unlock - It is a spammer!
The results from yesterday's election are posted on the Town's Website - click here to see.
Another message from Kids Place: Hello and happy summer from The Kids Place! I have been getting a lot of calls about summer camps and summer daycare. In fact, for the first time since I started working here, we are actually filling camps and child care spots with two staff members!! This is great news for The Kids Place! We have over 12 children signed up for one of our July Camps, which means there is only 4 spots left! So please, check your calendars and let me know your child care needs and your camp desires. The ability to drop in this summer is going to be very limited!
And Remember to buy your lobster roll tickets! 846-8712 or e mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
June 9, 2015 - Tonight David Holman will speak at the library about his new book, Coffee Smuggler - see flyer.
Don't forget to vote today! Click here for specimen ballot. The selectmen would like to know whether the island voters want to continue discussions and negotiations with the Great Chebeague Golf Club and the Holmbom Family regarding the construction of a parking lot near the Stone Wharf. Jeff Putnam and Jen Belesca are running for two seats on the School Committee and David Hill and Pete Pellerin are running for two Selectmen seats.
The 3-5 class have been doing research and investigation on Little Chebeague. They have downloaded little podcast/video of five sites and using a QRcode so you are able to hear about the remains of a few cottages and hotel. When you are visiting the area you may use your cell phone and hear from the students. Click here to see a pdf of the five cottages they have reported on - you will have to use your qrcode reader.
June 8, 2015 - Message from Kids Place: "The Kids Place is hopping with as many as 9 children attending Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
We are looking for some volunteers to join The Kids Place Community. Do you like to read stories? Do puzzles? Are you an artist or musician who enjoys children? If so, and you would like to share some of your time with the children at Kids Place, please contact Carrie Ridgway at email@example.com or call: 846-8712. Lets mix up the generations and create new bonds. Lets explore the arts and music with young minds!
I look forward to hearing from you!"
I have done it again - I have lost a portable 3/8" drill with a long 1/4" bit - I had it on a job at the West End and may have put it on my hood and driven off. I used it Saturday May 30th. Maybe someone found it on the side of the road.
June 6, 2015 - TOWN MEETING today at 9am at the Hall.
Click here to read an article in the Portland Press Herald about twins including Abbie and Tess Hinchman who are graduating from No. Yarmouth Academy.
Message from Sarah Van Fleet on the Grange Thrift Shop: We will be open again this summer! Please leave your clean and saleable items inside the back door of the Grange. We accept dishes, linens, toys, games, books, shoes, and of course clothes of all sizes. Please do not leave any heavy items. We are already busy preparing for Opening Day, Tuesday June 30th 9:30- 12:00 and again from 7-8pm. See you soon.
June 5, 2015 - Message from the Clam Shack: Clam Shack will be closed due to Tim's Graduation festivities! Sorry for any inconveniences! We will be open the weekend of the 12-14 to continue our spring schedule.. See you ALL SOON!!
Tuesday, June 9th 7:00 pm - David Holman will speak about his new book, Coffee Smuggler - see flyer.
Kevin Burns of Carpet Cleaning Services will be on island from June 24 - June 29. Please be in touch with Laura Summa if you are interested in scheduling his service. As you may know, he uses a professional hot steam cleaning process on carpets, upholstery and tile/grout. If you have questions about his processes or prices, you can contact Laura. He has wowed and pleased many Chebeaguers! Let me know you're interested in getting on the list.
June 4, 2015 - There is a now a bulletin board outside the library (inside the main entry foyer) that is titled "Volunteer." It is a place where your organization can place notices to solicit volunteer help, whatever your needs might be. Whether for short-term or long-term help, for a few hours or for many, please consider posting a note on the new board with your volunteer needs and your contact information. Also, the new board can be particularly helpful in connecting with individuals who are interested in brief or drop-in commitments - like our many enthusiastic summer visitors. The board is not particularly large, so please try to use a 8.5" x 5.5" size note or smaller so there is room for everyone's notices. Please contact Ariette at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Chebeague Island Historical Society's Annual Meeting & Program will be held at the Island Hall on June 20th at 7:30 p.m.
June 3, 2015 - The Town Meeting is this Saturday at 9am at the Hall. CPA will be having a bake sale just before the town meeting on Saturday morning. Bring your money for some yummy things to eat.
Two weeks ago the Pre-K and the K-2nd grade classes went on a field trip which included the morning at River Point Conservation Area to learn about the bird banding project by the Biodiversity Research Institute. It was a wonderful experience and every child had the opportunity to release a previously banded and measured bird. Click here to learn more about this project and see some photos and a short video of the experience!
In a few short weeks, chebeague.net will be tripling available bandwidth (again), so there will more to share among our rapidly increasing seasonal population. So, please bear with us and soon the interruptions to Netflix, YouTube, etc. should decrease or, we hope, disappear.
Save the Date: Friday, July 24th Noon to 4:00 - The 2015 Chebeague Island Historical Society Fund Raiser Pied Piper Cruise to Peaks Island and the 5th Maine Museum ---- Under the stewardship of the Fifth Maine Regiment Community Association, the Regiment Memorial Hall built in 1888 is maintained as the 5th Maine Museum, a Civil War and local history museum and cultural center for the Peaks Island community. There will be time for exploring the Island and visiting shops and galleries. $35 per person includes lunch and Museum admission. Only 85 tickets will be sold. The Pied Piper will depart the Stone pier at noon and return at 4:00pm. For more information call or email Mary Holt at 846-5040 or email@example.com. Tickets will be available for purchase at the Museum starting June 20th. Ticket requests, accompanied by payment, may be sent to the Chebeague Island Historical Society, Chebeague Island, ME 04017, attention: Mary Holt.
June 2, 2015 - Photo -of some of the Island Institute Chebeague Island Scholarship recipients with Donna Damon at the annual scholarship dinner. Congratulations to Cassidy Jeffers, Lily England, Tracy Calder, Amanda Campbell, Jade Morlock, Chloe Dyer, Genevieve Dyer, and Julia Maine. Missing from the photo is Caroline Summa. Click here to learn where they are all going and who is graduating.
Kids Place has reopened its doors in The Kids Place Building! Click here to learn more and see photos of some of the children. The Kids Place is doing the Lobster roll fundraiser as usual this fourth of July. To reserve tickets please e mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 846-8712. Tickets are $15 per lobster roll, and they come with a bag of chips!
June 1, 2015 - Tomorrow, because the Health Center is no longer providing a service to the community for taking blood draws. Nancy Hill is opening up her home between 7 and 9:30 am, free of charge to do blood draws for people. Nancy has been volunteering her time to do this off and on since 1992 with the various doctors and practitioners who have been on the island. Click here to see her website and learn more.
School Committee Meeting, Tuesday, June 2nd at the school - see agenda.
Message from Island Riches: "I am going to pick up plants Wednesday morning. If you need something special or a large amount of plants you can call me or email me 207 846-4986 or email@example.com. I hope the rain slows down a little by then but I will be picking up plants just the same. I am also picking up veg. plants. Thank you, Florence"
Bob Follette's 90th birthday is coming up June 9th and we are sure he would love to get messages from Chebeague. Bob along with his partner Mort used to own and run the Island View Inn. Bob's contact info:
884 Federal St.
Belchertown, MA 01007-9358
Also, he does still read emails, and his e-dress is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here for last month's Pre-K Newsletter from Miss Nancy.
There is an article in the Portland Press Herald today about Ben Morse who has been doing humanitarian work around the world. Ben is the son of Ted and Barbara Morse and grandson of Ted and Sidney Morse.
May 28, 2015 -Photo -of the 3-5 class in front of a Bernard Langlais sculpture with Kristin Westra, Marty Trower, the art teacher Louisa Wickard and Annette Naegel on our way to Acadia. Click here to see the first day of our trip and learn about the Bernard Langlais Sculpture Preserve. Click here to see day two of our adventure.
NOTE DATE CHANGE “Calling all Crafters” July 11, 2015 – Chebeague Island Hall - $10.00 per table – ½ tables availableContact Annette Kincaid - email@example.com
May 26, 2015 - British Soccer Camp at the CRC this summer If you are interested in hosting the coaches this year, please contact the CRC office at (207) 846-5068.
Message from Jen @ The Niblic: We opened for the season this past weekend! Our spring hours are Wednesday thru Saturday 8-2, Closed Sunday, Monday, & Tuesday (the boys are still busy with baseball season hence the limited hours). Tomorrow we will have Haddock Chowder and Chicken & Rice Soup, as well as sandwiches & wraps. Stop by for a Bacon, Egg, & Cheddar Breakfast Sandwich made on a Parmesan Herb Biscuit or try our new Morning Glory muffins. Also new this year are bagels (with cream cheese, butter, or peanut butter) to enjoy a cup of Chebeague Blend Coffee. Things are slowly coming in so stop by and see what’s new. Thanks in advance for your support!
May 25, 2015 - The service today that Beth Wiles put together was wonderful and I will have some photos of it soon. We showed a video of World War II Veterans who have connections to Chebeague. Through the Historical Society and families we tried over the last couple of weeks to find as many vets and photos as we could. There are so many more to get and if you know of one and especially have a photo (great when in uniform) if you could send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will add it to the list and website which I am also putting together. Click here to see the video from today which I updated since the ceremony. I have included Veterans who are still with us Kenneth Hamilton, Woody Chamberlin, Russ Hunter, Mac Passano, and Gerald Colbeth. I want to thank all the veterans for their service!!
If you missed the Island Commons Plant sale IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO PICK UP A FEW MORE PERENNIALS and FRUITS FOR YOUR GARDEN…. Stop by Ann Thaxter’s..you’ll see an area near the house with a sign indicating which plants are available. The BAKE & PLANT sale was our best ever! Many thanks to all who turned out to purchase delicious home baked treats and wide selection of beautiful plants, including some unusual varieties. We couldn’t have done it without the tireless efforts of scores of Bakers, Diggers, Luggers, and Sale Volunteers.
MEMORIAL DAY! Don't forget the Memorial Day Service at the Church today at 1pm. We have been working on a slide show of ALL World War II Veterans. We have photos of 62 of them with connections to Chebeague living and dead.We know there are a lot more and would love to have photos (especially in uniform if you have them - I can't find one of my father yet but am looking). After the service there will be an ice cream social honoring Dick and Dianne Calder for there dedication and duties surrounding the cemetery.
May 24, 2015 - Click here for the CTC's June newsletter is now posted on their website.
Michael and Barbara Porter have updated their travel page - click here to see all the wonderful places they are able to visit.
May 22, 2015 -Photo -of Beth Wiles during a Memorial Day Service
Great Chebeague Tennis Club wishes all islanders a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend. The courts will open on Sunday thanks to the tremendous efforts of hard-working Chebeaguers. Thanks, guys. You rock! We look forward to seeing familiar faces and new members as we kick off another great season. Luv tennis!
Don't forget the Bake and Plant Sale tomorrow at the Hall starting at 10.
New Adult program starting this Sunday May 24th from 6:30-8 at the Rec. Chai & Chat Led by Rebecca Pellerin. Future dates and prices are on the Rec website.
Click here for a worksheet presented to the Town from the Holmbom family regarding the Proposed Parking Area at the Stone Pier.
Since the Chebeague Island Council no longer provides Tuesday morning hours at its Health Center office, Nancy Hill, RN is preparing to offer blood drawing services at a nurse's station located at her home beginning Tuesday, June 2nd and every following Tuesday with the exception of June 16th. The service will be provided free of charge, but donations to the Recompense Fund will be gratefully accepted and appreciated. Please click here for more details.
Message from the Island Council: The Council continues to work thoughtfully on how the Health Center operates and how the services are delivered. It is a slow process; providing health care today is a complicated undertaking. The Council has administrative issues it is reviewing and updating and that also takes time. Please know that every member of the Board understands the hardship of having that office closed. It isinconvenient, we know that a trip to town is a daunting expedition. Please make use of our remedy, let the CTC deck hand know you are going over because you can’t have your blood drawn on island. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Deborah A. Bowman, President
Chebeague Island Council
The Folbot kayak offered for sale has been SOLD! Thank you to the buyer for generously supporting Island Commons with their purchase of this great item!
2015 Memorial day Service to be held at the Chebeague Methodist Church on Monday May 25th at 1:00 PM . Our Island school children and members of the community are helping to make this another meaningful event. An Ice Cream Social will follow at the Parish House hosted by the Cemetery committee and honoring Dick and Dianne Calder. We will be celebrating Dick and Dianne's much deserved retirement from their years of dedication and duties surrounding our Island Cemetery. Please join us in wishing them well in their retirement.
May 20, 2015 - The Chebeague Island School is now accepting bids for Lawn Mowing and Trimming at the school and field - click here for more information.
Message from Jen at The Niblic: We are opening for the season this weekend Friday, Saturday, & Sunday 8am to 2pm. Closed Monday. Please stop in Friday for a free cup of coffee! Come see what’s new. We are looking forward to seeing everyone and hope you can swing by. For more info go to chebeagueislandboatyard.com/the-niblic/ and don’t forget to like us on Facebook. Thanks so much!!
Island Commons BAKE & PLANT SALE this Saturday, May 23rd 10am at the Hall. Gardeners: We’ll be offering unusual varieties donated by Pine Tree Garden Seeds in addition to many lovely ones divided from island gardens. Come early for the best selection! And remember, the pies go fast… don’t miss out on your favorites. See you there! [note: there will be an area at the transfer station for recycling plant pots…we’d love to have your empties for next year!]
ps from Sam: (Thanks to everyone who has volunteered to bake for the Bake Sale this weekend!!! Just a reminder to remember to use foil pie pans (I'll have extras available) Any extra bakers are welcome! Call Sam Birkett at 846-4467 if you'd like to bake! Hope to se you between 10-12:30 at the Hall May 23rd.)
May 19, 2015 - Thank You to the 42 energetic volunteers who turned out last Saturday for Island Commons Spring Cleanup. The grounds look wonderful and several home repairs are now behind us…and of course, our residents enjoyed all the activity and the spectacular results! Click here for a couple of photos.
Congratulation to the Chebeague Island School Department listed among 50 Inspiring Schools Meeting the Challenge - click here to go to the website. TheBestSchools.org selected Chebeague Island based on several weighted factors, including academic excellence, extracurricular richness, geographical and demographical diversity, and reputation. (Not sure where they got 24 1/2 sq miles but we know that it is a lot smaller, they also didn't mention travel by CTC)
May 18, 2015 - Photo - of a Rose-breasted Grosbeak on Chebeague. Click here to see one at the school recycled yogurt container birdfeeder.
Golf Club Wharf Road Parking Proposal. On Wednesday, May 20, the Board of Selectmen will hold a public workshop on an offer the golf club has made to donate to the Town a parcel of land near the Stone Wharf that the Town would turn into a parking lot. The Board wants input from islanders before proceeding. The golf club has prepared a one-page fact sheet on the proposal that it hopes will be helpful. Click here to read it.
School Committee Meeting tomorrow night, Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - click here to see agenda.
FOR SALE: To benefit Island Commons! "Folbot" folding kayak. Complete with paddle, instructions. Disassembles for storage in 2 bags! Assembled and ready to go. $500 or best reasonable offer. Retail value over $1500. Will be on display at the Plant & Bake Sale this Saturday, 10am at the Hall. Can't wait? Call Nancy Olney at the Commons 846-5610.
Meditation with Michelle, Bellyfit with Katie and Personal Training and Kettlebell with Brian continue this month at CRC. And, we are starting another new program on Sunday, May 24th; Join Becky for Chai & Chat at 6:30 PM at CRC. Then, June 5th, join Caroline for another fun Paint Night (be sure to register with the CRC office to make sure you reserve your canvas). Check our website for details about any of our programs, www.chebeaguerec.com.
May 15, 2015 - Remember - tomorrow is ISLAND COMMONS SPRING CLEANUP & BBQ - it looks like it will be a beautiful day. Starting at 10 AM till 1:30.
There is no Teen Center Saturday night, May 23.
The Town Meeting is June 6, 2015, beginning at 9:00 AM at the Island Hall the Local Election is Tuesday, June 9 2015, 8 AM to 8 PM at the Island Hall. Absentee ballots are available for the June 9, 2015 election. You may go to the Town Office during regular business - click here to see when the office is open.
Click here for a Press Release from the Greater Portland Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society. Donna Damon will be a guest speaker on June 6th and it sounds really interesting.
The Chebeague Inn is opening today - yesterday was an open house soft opening.
May 14, 2015 - ISLAND COMMONS SPRING CLEANUP & BBQ ~ this Saturday, May 16th 10am-1pm….bring your gardening tools and help us spiff up the grounds, then join us for a barbecue lunch with all the fixings as our way of saying Thank You! (rain date Sunday the 17th)
Message from Shannon: Thank you to everyone that donated to my Avon39 Walk to End Breast Cancer! It's this weekend and I am so excited to be a part of it! Thank you for your support of me and this cause. Together, we raised over $5000! I hope to make you all proud and finish the 39 miles with a big smile and just slightly sore feet! Support has come from all over this island; I could not be more proud of Chebeague.
Thank you, Shannon
p.s For those of you who are interested - there is still time to learn about this walk and donate at: http://info.avonfoundation.org/goto/shannonsisterstrong
Tonight the Spring School Arts Night is at the Hall starting at 5:30 all welcome!
Health Center update: The Chebeague Island Council board is working thoughtfully on restructuring plans for the Health Care Center. We are very aware of the inconvenience this has presented to those people who used the services offered. Please let me know if you have specific questions or concerns. In the meantime, the Council will pay for your CTC boat fare and reimburse you for cab fare. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Deborah A. Bowman, President
The Island Council meets at the Parish House every third Wednesday of the month at 5:30 and you are welcome to stop in. The next meeting is next Wednesday, May 20th.
2015 Memorial day Service to be held at the Chebeague Methodist Church on Monday May 25th at 1:00 PM . Our Island school children and members of the community are helping to make this another meaningful event. An Ice Cream Social will follow at the Parish House hosted by the Cemetery committee and honoring Dick and Dianne Calder. We will be celebrating Dick and Dianne's much deserved retirement from their years of dedication and duties surrounding our Island Cemetery. Please join us in wishing them well in their retirement.
May 12, 2015 - Photo - of students at the DAR award ceremony, May 8th at the school. Click here to see the program. Congratualtions to Henry Hall who won FIRST PLACE State and Chapter and Conrad Cole who won third place Chapter. Back in October, the Chebeague Island School fifth graders entered an essay contest sponsored by the DAR. The subject of the essay was a child’s journey through Ellis Island. Henry went to Augusta on April 23 to a meeting of the DAR and read his essay and received his prize. Today, members of the DAR came out to the school to celebrate with the class and award Conrad his prize. They even brought a huge cake for the school - see here.
Miss Nancy's Pre-K Newsletter - click here.
Congratulations to Mikhele Kuntz and John Gaudet who took ownership of the OOB House of Pizza yesterday. Their web page is under construction, but they are on Facebook.
May 5, 2015 - S/P Black Fitbit found on the ground where the CTC bus parks after the 10:15am boat on Monday 5/4. Call Jen Belesca 846-1097 if its yours.
The soups for tomorrow, Wednesday, are Gazpacho and Mulligatawny (and Anglo-Indian chicken and lamb stew).
Caroline's Art night is coming up this weekend!! Saturday, May 9th at CIHCC. Click here to see the flyer. Also, Join us Fridays during the Month of May for Breathe Meditation with Michelle. 4:30-5:30 at CRC. Go to our website, www.chebeaguerec.com, for details.
May 4, 2015 - Photo - of an Eastern Towhee on Chebeague taken May 4, 2015. Click here for a Belted Kingfisher that is hanging around the Golf Club Pond.
There is an article in the Working Waterfront about Donna Damon and her retirement this year from teaching - click here to see. I, for one, am looking forward to her book!
School Committee Meeting Tuesday, 6pm at the school - see agenda.
May 2, 2015 - Message from Florence Rich: "It is that time again and this year and I welcome it. I am taking orders for plants so if you need a lot of plants for Memorial Day, call me (207 846-4986 ) or email me at email@example.com , also if you want something special. Today the sun is out and days are getting warmer .I am thinking plants and flowers.Thanks, Florence"
I have recently updated the Yacht Club website for this years information.
May 1, 2015 - Maine Approves Chebeague Golf Course for National Register of Historic Places. CLICK HERE for news release.
There has been much discussion of parking changes along with possible added parking area at the Stone Pier. The Selectman are having a workshop May 20th at the Island Hall, after which there will be a referendum on June 9th to vote on whether we want our elected officials to continue working on the parking proposal currently before them.
April 29, 2015 - The Island Council May Calendar has been published and you can see it online now - click on Island Council Calendar above left corner.
A reminder that CHEBEAGUE CARES in-home care service is available to help with many tasks of daily living…either briefly while you recuperate at home, or longer term. We’re here to meet your needs! Contact Amy Rich or Randy Bento at Island Commons 846-5610 for more information click here!
The students of the Chebeague Island School would like to thank those who attended the Talent Show last Saturday, and especially the performers from the community. It is very inspiring for them to be alongside such wonderful artists. We had 21 students from Chebeague participate in making the show a success, both behind the scenes and in the show. A special thanks to Meredith Beaupre and Christina Skillin for working the kitchen and Stephen Todd for helping with the sound system. A big thank you to the Hall for letting us use the space and the library for loaning us the AV equipment. We hope everyone enjoyed the show. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Chebeague Island School end-of-year field trip. Thanks to all!
April 28, 2015 - CRC's Paint Night that was scheduled for Friday, May 1st has been rescheduled for Saturday, May 9th. Same time, same place. Please call or email CRC to let us know if you would like to join the fun. firstname.lastname@example.org or 846-5068.
The soup tomorrow at the Hall will be Smoky Bell Pepper Soup and the non-vegetarian soup will be Greek Lemon Chicken Soup.
I didn't see the beaver yesterday but today there is an article about a beaver biting a woman on Peaks Island after she tried to get her dog away. I also got a photo from Hope Island where a beaver had been a couple of weeks ago and cut a few trees down but hasn't been see since - Will thinks it is the same beaver that is at the Golf Course.
April 27, 2015 - Susan E. (Woolfrey) Teachout has been working on documenting all the graves on Chebeague Island. She would love help in adding missing stones and information and correcting any errors. Click here to do a search and see how she has been linking information to make it easier for people to find their roots. You can contact her at email@example.com and she will be on the island for four weeks early this summer and will be continueing her work.
My shoes were found in the driveway of another house I had been working on and they still ok two weeks later. Now I have nothing missing or lost except maybe my mind.
April 25, 2015 - Photo - of a beaver who was seen walking down North Road and then ended up at the Golf Course Pond. I put a youtube video of him at the pond - click here to see. It is a little rough as the sun was out and had a hard time keeping it steady on the subject.
Don't forget - tonight at 6:30 is the Chebeague Island Talent Show. We have a fabulous line up! Come down to the Hall and watch performers from both the school and the community. We will be serving popcorn, cupcakes, and refreshments too! All proceeds to benefit the end-of-year school field trip. Click here to see the latest information!
For the last few weeks an immature Black Guillemot has been hanging around the Chandler's Wharf. Click here to see and here for another view. We watched him go into the water and catch and eat fish the other night but not sure why he is staying around.
April 23 2015 - Message from Kim Boehm: "I would like to thank everyone for all the great support I have recvd after the passing of my great friend Leon.... From phone calls and invitations for meals, to the wonderful turnout at his visiting hours in town, and service on the Island.
Whoever said "It takes a village...." knew their stuff.... --Namaste, Kim"
The final Community Lunch of the season was a sellout, with a record sixty attendees! The Hall would like to thank Mark Dyer for sponsoring this fabulous roast beef dinner. Don't forget that the Hall has slots open next year for sponsors. Name your meal and the month in which you would like to enjoy it, and the Hall chefs will be happy to oblige. The coffee and soup lunches are also winding down until next fall, and the Hall would like to thank the many people who make these Wednesday get togethers happen. The goal of these lunches is not to fill the coffers, but to fill a gap during the off season, on a day when the store is closed (and Julie gets a little breather) and the cold weather has people wishing for a hot cup of coffee and some warm soup to cheer them. We salute, not just our faithful attendees, but all our faithful volunteers, led, of course, by the inimitable Ruth Slagle, shopper and chef extraordinaire. To Susie Stav, whose devotion to her "boys" led her to open the Hall for coffee every morning last week when the store was closed. To Wanda, Ester, and Deb Hall for their endlessly inventive vegetarian soup offerings. To Gina for her mouth-watering breakfast baked goods. To Mabel, Binkie, Diane, Pat, Allison, Sidra, Jane F., and Mimi for their cheerful enthusiasm and ability to make each Wednesday fun and delicious. Pardon the omission of anyone from this list. We are very thankful to you all.
Did you know that you can get a Portland Public Library card right here at Chebeague Island Library - click here to find out how.
April 22, 2015 - This Saturday at 6:30pm is the Chebeague Island Talent Show. We have a fabulous line up! Come down to the Hall and watch performers from both the school and the community. We will be serving popcorn, cupcakes, and refreshments too! All proceeds to benefit the end-of-year school field trip. Click here to see the latest information!
TODAY- Community Luncheon sponsored by Mark Dyer featuring Roast Beef and all the trimmings!
April 20, 2015 - Her Heart Can See: The Fanny Crosby Story will be presented on Sunday, April 26th at 3:00 pm at the Parish House, with refreshments following. Free will donations are welcome. Fanny Crosby, blind from infancy, wrote more hymns than anyone in history - more than 8,000! She was also a poet, musician, evangelist, and humanitarian. Step into the past with Ann Partner Nelson (a retired United Methodist minister and neighbor of Pastor Mary Jane) as she offers a first-person interpretation of Fanny Crosby, assisted by her husband John. Ann has offered this in many churches as well as at denominational conferences. We are pleased to welcome her and John to Chebeague and to the church.
Found today in a cellar the box of internet tools that lost track of last August - WOW makes my day. Now if I could find the shoes I switched off to go under someone elses house to do plumbing.
April 19, 2015 - Click here for a Milky Way Time Lapse from Chebeague Island made by Kevin Wentworth.
Last Monday I (Beverly) left a pair of brown leather Danzco shoes on the side of the road at the West End and when I remembered the next day they were gone. Please call me if you happened to pick them up 939-9643.
April 18, 2015 - Yesterday I got a message on my phone about a new emergency call system and you can click here to learn about the Cumberland County Regional Communications Center to test new CODERED emergency alert system.
Message from Deb Bowman, President Chebeague Island Council: "The Council is restructuring how the Health Center operates and it will remain closed until that restructuring is completed. We know this is a hardship for those patients who received care on Tuesday mornings and for that, we are truly sorry. If you had been receiving services and need to go to town for those services, the Council would like to help. Please contact Ginny Ballard at 653-5651 or me at 846-0609 for more information."
Click here to see the Night Lapse Star Trails created a few weeks ago by Kevin Wentworth. 1,010 30 second exposures added together - it is so cool.
April 13, 2015 - A new chapter for the island church: Melissa Yosua-Davis will be appointed as the new pastor effective July 1. A native of greater Portland, graduate of Colby College and Drew Seminary; Melissa's first church was in Haverhill, Ma. Melissa, her husband, Ben, and two dogs will soon be moving to the island. Welcome to Chebeague, Melissa, Ben and dogs.
THANK YOU to everyone that contributed to the Stephen Ross Scholarship Community Dinner. Whether you attended, donated food/raffle items or volunteered your time, your support is greatly appreciated and thanks to you, it was a wonderful night. Note: If you haven't picked yours up yet, dishes are ready for pick-up in the entryway to the Hall.
April 12, 2015 - The Talent Show is just around the corner and we need more acts! Don't keep your talents buried! Contact Laurie Hegarty at 420-7171 or firstname.lastname@example.org about getting into the show. Save the date April 25th 6-7:30pm at the Hall. Click here for event details. All proceeds to benefit the Chebeague Island School end-of-year field trip. Click here to see flyer!
I was away and was unable to attend and my family said that the Stephen Ross Scholarship trivia/dinner night was a tremendous success - click here to see a photo I received from Chris Loder.
April 11, 2015- Click here to hear the wonderful music created by Brad and Bren Martin with Brennah singing "Jolene"
Just in case you haven't heard, spring IS here so come out to the hall tonight at 6 pm for food, trivia, a raffle and music! Hope you can make it to the Stephen Ross Community Dinner and thank you in advance for your support of higher education for island students. Click here to see the beautiful Pommy Rug donated for the raffle!
April 10, 2015 - There WILL be Teen Center on Saturday night, 4/11, but it will begin AFTER the Stephen Ross Scholarship Dinner and Trivia Night.
The Town Clerks Office will be closed on Thursday, April 16, 2015. Gloria and Michelle will be at Training.
The Transfer Station and Town Office will be CLOSED on Monday, April 20, 2015 for Patriot’s Day.
The Health Clinic will NOT be open on Tuesday, April 14th.
Don't forget the Stephen Ross Scholarship Community Dinner and Trivia Night this Saturday at 6pm at the Hall.. Some of the wonderful things that have been donated to the raffle include this hand painted monarch butterfly hook by Linda Ewing and this intricately hand loomed dish towel by Annette Kincaid. Raffle tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20 -click here to see.
Please join Michelle at CRC on Friday, April 10 at 5:30 for the second of four sessions of Breath Meditation, discovering and exploring our breath.
April 8, 2015 - CRC is preparing our annual summer brochure and would like to reach out to the Island community to see if anyone would like to run an ad in this year's edition. There are many businesses that purchase ad space each year and we are hoping to add to our list of generous supporters. For more information please contact the CRC office by email, email@example.com or by phone, 846-5068.
The winners of the Islander birthday quiz are Suzanne Rugh (first prize, two guest books of tickets), Donna Damon (one guest book of tickets), and Gin Ballard (Islander hat). The winners may pick up their prizes onboard the Islander on Thursday. Thanks to all who participated!
Don't forget the Stephen Ross Scholarship Community Dinner and Trivia Night this Saturday at 6pm at the Hall. It will include a raffle with some fantastic things including this one of a kind pieces made by Morgan McGeehan Designs with a piece of Chebeague Seaglass!
The soup for today is Venison Stew and the veggie soup for today is Mushroom Barley Soup with Tarragon.
News from the Chebeague Church - join us this Sunday, April 12, for "Holy Humor Sunday." The 10:00 worship service will feature upbeat hymns, plenty of humor, and a chance to celebrate the new life ushered in by Easter and warmer weather. "Holy Humor Sunday" is a tradition in some parts of the Christian Church, based on the idea that with the Resurrection, God had the last laugh on the devil. Join us for this special time of celebration.
April 6 2015 - Photo - taken by Joan Robinson of the launching of the Islander 30 years ago April 6, 1985 - HAPPY BIRTHDAY ISLANDER!!! Click here for another photo taken from the film made by Clipper Leonard and Mike Leonard. Click here for the video shown. Sorry that I spelled Scott McCollom's name incorrectly in the video.
"Coming up this weekend, April 11th, the Stephen Ross Scholarship Community Dinner and Trivia Night! It starts at 6 pm at the Hall. There will be food followed by trivia for the whole family. Cost: $8 for adults, $5 for children and a family max of $22. If you can't make it but you'd like to donate checks can be written out to the Stephen Ross Scholarship Fund and can be sent to The Maine Community Foundation, 245 Main Street, Ellsworth, ME 04605 or 12 South Road, Chebeague Island. All donations are tax deductible. Please contact Caitlin Gerber 653-7129 for more information. Hope to see you there!"
School Committee Meeting tommorow, Tuesday night at 6pm - see agenda.
Don’t Forget: Today is the Islander’s 30th birthday. CTC is celebrating with a free boat day, cookies, a contest with great prizes — and a video of the Islander’s launching on April 6, 1985. Come see who you can pick out in the crowd of islanders who attended. And don’t forget to sign the birthday card for our workhorse boat.
Miss Nancy's Pre-K School Newsletter - click here.
April 4, 2015 - Rise and shine on Easter Sunday for the 6:00 am sunrise service at the East End, followed by coffee and Holy Donuts (yes, really!) in the Parish House. Not an early riser? Then come to the festive Celebration of the Resurrection at 10:00 am. Peter Carleton will be commissioned for his upcoming mission trip to Guatemala at this time.
Tomorrow, Easter Sunday, the store will be open from 9 to 12.
April 2, 2015 - Message from Chief Ralph Munroe: Diana Calder will no longer be giving out burning permits, Diane has decided to retire. The members of the Chebeague Fire Rescue department would like to thank her for her 55 years of service to the community. If you need a burning permit please contact Tom Calder, Lisa Isreal, Ralph Munroe or stop by the town office during normal business hours.
Breath Meditation with Michelle starts Friday, April 3rd at 5:30 PM at CRC. Let us know if you are planning to attend. We have 9 people on the list for Paint Nite at the Hall with Caroline Friday night at 7 PM!! If you are planning to go please be sure to let us know so we can make sure we have enough canvases and brushes for everyone…firstname.lastname@example.org. Go have some fun with paint and friends!! Details for both of these programs are on our website: www.chebeaguerec.com
Message from Julie Doughty: "The store will be closed a week in April, Vacation week, Friday April 10th closing at 2pm, and CLOSED Saturday April 11th thru the 18th. I plan to have Portland papers in the paper bin daily. Thanks."
Message from the CTC: "For the very few of you who thought we were actually changing the colors of CTC's boats - APRIL FOOLS' DAY!!"
April 1, 2015 -A new look for CTC!! --- 2015 is a big year for CTC! The 30th anniversary of the launch of the Islander and our first full year as a non-profit! In celebration, we felt we should do something dramatic. After several meetings with directors and staff, we have decided that the most visible way to celebrate is to change the color of our boats! If you want to see the new boat color scheme, click here for the Islander and here for the Piper.
Don't forget meeting tonight PUBLIC HEARING regarding the creation of a parking lot near the Stone Wharf on land that may be donated to the Town by the Great Chebeague Golf Club. At the Hall 6pm.
March 31, 2015 - Please Click here for a message from Virginia Tatakis.
Tomorrow's The non-vegetarian soup will be White Chili and vegetarian will be Russian Cabbage Borscht.
CRC would like to send out a HUGE thank you to Mark Dyer and Chuck McCatherin for suppling us with awesome live music Saturday night and to everyone that came out to enjoy it. As always, it was a great time!!
This is the last day to take advantage of CRC's $99 March fitness special. Sign up today and enjoy our new fitness room equipment at a reduced rate. You will also receive a $5 discount on Brian's personal training session with a fitness pass purchase.
AND, We have two fun programs scheduled for this Friday, April 3rd. Come to CRC at 5:30 and enjoy a new Breath Meditation program lead by Michelle. Then head over to the Hall at 7 PM to have some fun at Paint Nite with Caroline. Call or visit our website for details about any of our programs. 846-5068 or www.chebeaguerec.com
March 30, 2015 - Don’t forget to complete your online Maine Island Scholarship application by midnight on Wednesday, April 1st. Call or email Julia with questions: email@example.com 207-594-9209 ext 132.
A week from today, April 6th, will be the 30th anniversary of the launch of the Islander. We plan to celebrate! The boat, those who designed her, those who raised the money to build her, those who built her, as well as our employees and vendors who have cared for her over the last 30 years deserve much credit! We will thank our customers with a free boat day on 4/6. In addition, we will have a birthday celebration including contests and treats on the Islander. Join us in celebrating and thanking all those who have provided Chebeague the boat and the consistent service of the Islander!
On Wednesday, April 1st, at the Island Hall, 6:00 pm, the Chebeague Island Board of Selectmen will hold a PUBLIC HEARING regarding the creation of a parking lot near the Stone Wharf on land that may be donated to the Town by the Great Chebeague Golf Club.
Following the public hearing, votes may be taken regarding if and how to proceed with the project. All interested parties are urged to attend this meeting and be heard.
Holy Week and Easter at the Chebeague Church - join us for a Maundy Thursday service with Holy Communion at 7:00 pm in the church. On Good Friday the church will be open for prayer and meditation from 12 noon to 3:00 pm. Rise and shine on Easter Sunday for the 6:00 am sunrise service at the East End, followed by coffee and Holy Donuts (yes, really!) in the Parish House. Not an early riser? Then come to the festive Celebration of the Resurrection at 10:00 am. Peter Carleton will be commissioned for his upcoming mission trip to Guatemala at this time.
Message from Linda & Jim Brewter and Peter Carleton: We would like to offer our sincere thanks for all who came to the Guatemala presentation/dinner and for all who donated to the mission. The money will be used to provide clean water, medications and vitamins to the people of Cunen, Guatemala. Their nutrition is poor and there is much malnutrition. Cunen has no clean water currently. We will be installing several community water units and providing education about clean water. We will also be carrying with us nearly $4000.00 worth of medications and vitamins to Guatemala. Your donation has already made a difference in the lives of the people.
Linda + Jim Brewster
March 27, 2015 -Tomorrow, Saturday, March 28th is FREE HEALTH SCREENING CLINIC - FREE Blood pressure, Cholesterol and Blood Sugar testing! Dr. Helge Riemann returns to provide FREE Skin screening - FREE tdap vaccination (includes tetanus) from 9-11:30 am at the Chebeague Island Hall.
3 - 5 Classrom March Newsletter - click here to see.
Press Release from the Town about our new Town Administrator Marjorie Stratton- click here!
Linda Carleton has just completed a readers' draft of her first novel, "Elmina's Fire". It is a spiritual memoir of a young woman living in 13th c. France during the outbreak of the Albigensian Crusade. If anyone would like to be a reader between now and July 1 contact Linda at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Message from Shannon Adams: "May 16th is fast approaching! I'm participating in the Avon39 in Boston: The 2 Day Walk to End Breast Cancer! I’ll walk 39.3 miles in two days with my sister to raise funds for breast cancer research, prevention, and education. I ask that you take a minute to read my page and learn more about this event... Will you help me reach my goal? Thank you! - click here to help."
March 26, 2015 - The Chebeague Island school will be selling whole PIZZAS from the wood fired oven this Saturday night. Click here for menu and event details. How does it work? Pick your pizza, place the order ASAP, drive up to the front door of the school at your order time, pick up your hot delicious pizza, take it home, and enjoy! Or you can have our driver deliver it right to your door. Don't forget to order a Double-Chocolate Bliss Brownie for dessert! All proceeds to benefit the Chebeague Island School end-of-year field trip.
"To the people we saw pull up outside our house at 403 South Road, with their lights off, on Monday night (3/23) at 9:10 and stole our hitching post: Please return it. This is theft, and we would like it back. Just because the plow sheared it off does not make it public property. Return it to where you found it and we will leave it at that. And in future kindly leave our private property alone. Adrian, Katy, Conrad, Gemma, Esme Cole. "
March 25, 2015 - Board of Selectmen are holding an Emergency Executive Session Meeting today, Wednesday, March 25th at 5:30 at the Chebeague Recreation Center to discuss real estate matters pursuant to 1 MRSA, Section 405, subsection 6(C).
The Island Council April Calendar is now online - click Island Council Calendar above.
March 24, 2015 - Photo - taken by Kevin Wentworth - if you go to his facebook you can see this image within a video he put together of the Milkyway rising over Chebeague.
Wednesday, March 25th is "Sew Good" at the Parish House, bring a project or come help out with one our projects, we start around 10 a.m. & end when the last person leaves. The Parish House is open to crafters all day, whether its morning, noon or night. If enough people are around there's a pot luck if you bring a dish around 5:30. We either bring lunch or join the Soup Crowd at the Hall for their delicious soups. Hope to see you.
At the Hall tomorrow's Vegetarian Soup is Vegetable and Cheese Chowder and Tomorrow's non-vegetarian soup is Fish Soup (not chowder).
Reminder to save the date for the Stephen Ross Scholarship dinner April 11th! It is such a great benefit and lots of fun. Click here for more information or go to the Stephen Ross Scholarshp page.
March 23, 2015 - ?Click here to learn more about the Chebeague & Cumberland Land Trust for "Spring Fever" at Frog Pond & Salamander Swamp. Date to be determined by the frogs. Please email Penny Asherman at email@example.com if you are interested in coming and provide your cell phone number for a text message.
The forms for Easter Memorial Flowers are available in the entryway to the church. Please return the completed forms by Wednesday, April 1 for inclusion in the Easter memorial program.
Kevin has put together a video with all his aurora borealis photos and you can tell that it was a cold night- click here to see.
School Committee Meeting with Selectmen on Tuesday, March 24th at 6pm at the school - click here for agenda.
The Wednesday, March 25th meeting of the Board of Selectmen will be held at the Chebeague Recreation Center not the Island Hall. Starting time for the public meeting is 6:00 PM.
Back by popular demand, the Chebeague Island School will be selling Laura Summa's famous PIZZA, cooked by wood fire master Bob Earnest, this Saturday night, March 28th. All proceeds to benefit the Chebeague Island School end-of-year field trip. Also, now serving Laura Summa's 3" Double-Chocolate Bliss Brownies! Click here for event details. Order early for preferred pick-up or delivery times.
USM College of Nursing & Health Professions - Casco Bay Fishing and Islands Community Partnership HEALTH SCREENING CLINIC - FREE Blood pressure, Cholesterol and Blood Sugar testing! Dr. Helge Riemann returns to provide FREE Skin screening - FREE tdap vaccination (includes tetanus) Saturday, March 28th 9-11:30 am at the Chebeague Island Hall. (Co-sponsored by the Island Council and the CIHCC)
This week at CRC: Tuesday- open gym after school-4:30 PM, Wednesday-Island Spies after school - 4:30 PM, Thursday-Music lessons by appointment (all ages), Teen Center Friday and Saturday 7-10 PM, Bellyfit- Monday & Thursday 6 PM and Saturday 8 AM, Kettlebell-Tuesday 8 AM and Friday 5:30 PM, Personal training daily by appointment, Mark and Chuck are playing at the Hall on Saturday night at 8:30 PM (must be 21 or older to attend). All proceeds benefit CRC. Breath Meditation and Paint Nite April 3rd. Check our website for details and a full listing of programs. www.chebeaguerec.com
March 22, 2015 - Photo - taken by Cathy MacNeill of the plungers for Chebeague Recreation Center's Polar Plunge. Click here to see a few more photos and a very short youtube. Thank you so much to the Chebeague Rescue for standing by. Big thank you for all the donations toward this dip - much appreciated. I have updated Polar Plunges above which have links and photos of all 17 plunges.
After a brief hospital stay and a diagnosis of throat cancer, Margery Howard (92) has moved to a nursing home under Hospice care at Hillsboro House, 67 School St., Hillsboro NH, 03244. Very glad to be out of the hospital, she is enjoying crossword puzzles, her music and the company of her family in friendly surroundings.
March 21, 2015 - TONIGHT At 6:00 there’ll be a program and dinner at the church parish house to tell you about the upcoming mission trip to Guatemala in April. Peter Carleton and Linda Brewster will present a slide show and short video describing conditions and needs of the Mayans in the mountains outside of Guatemala City and the work being done on these mission trips. A plus is that Jim Brewster is preparing the dinner! If you would like to support this mission, make checks out to “Works for Grace.” They may be mailed to the Chebeague United Methodist Church, 258 North Road, or give them to Peter by the 21st at the latest.
APRIL CTC Newsletter is online - click here!
We took a refreshing dip in the waters today at 11 and Conrad Cole joined us as well! It was the same temperature as last year even though it is a month later. It is hard to believe that today is the first full day of Spring! Photos and video coming soon.
March 20, 2015 - POLAR PLUNGE!!! Tomorrow at 11 AM! Come and cheer on the plungers and the list is growing - adding Chris Towle, Tiffany Calder to Caroline Loder, Laura Hamilton, Caitlin Gerber and Bev Johnson. The tide will be too high to have a fire tomorrow but since it will be the first full day of Spring maybe it will be a lot warmer. You can also go online to the CRC page to make donations with the click of a button to sponsor any or all of the plungers.
There's still time to take advantage of CRC's $99 fitness pass special. Sign up by March 31st and save!!
March 19, 2015 - CTC has an opening for a part time deckhand. Hours and schedule will vary. Estimated hours through August are 20-25 per week. Employee will be subject to pre-employment and random drug testing. All ferry trips begin and end on Chebeague Island.
CTC has an opening for a part time ferry captain, starting in May. Hours and schedule may vary. Estimated hours through August are 25-35 per week. Duties could include operating ferry, barge, cruises, and charters. 100 Ton Master License required. Employee will be subject to pre-employment and random drug testing. All trips begin and end on Chebeague Island.
Applications available on the CTC website chebeaguetrans.com (JOBS page), at the CTC office, and on the ferry. For more information, call 207-319-3061. Email resume and application to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to the CTC office, PO Box 27, Chebeague Island ME 04017
March 18, 2015 - Photo - taken by Kevin Wentworth from the East End of Chebeague on March 17 of an aurora borealis.
UPDATED as a web page with email links: On behalf of the board of the Island Commons, we need your HELP. A bill now pending in the Maine legislature would provide an additional 15 percent to the MaineCare reimbursement rate for three island eldercare facilities, including the Island Commons. That increase would help offset the significantly higher operating costs faced by eldercare facilities on unbridged islands. Passage by the House is expected soon, but the bill faces an uncertain future in the Senate in coming weeks. Support from islanders for passage is critical. For more information, and how to contact key lawmakers, click here.
The teens have done an awesome job with their annual fundraiser this year. So far, they have collected $2,390 in pledge payments for their Game-A-Thon on February 20th. You may be receiving some follow up calls if you pledged a teen this year and haven't sent in your payment. Payments can be sent to CRC, 382 North RD. All proceeds benefit teen center. Thanks so much!!
March 17, 2015 - Photo - School children enjoying this winter on the playground! See Pellet Palooza!
Happy St. Patrick's Day
Just a reminder that Wednesday's St. Patrick's Day Community Lunch will be at the PARISH HOUSE, rather than the Hall because of the on-going work at the Hall. See you at noon at the Parish House. As always, the suggested donation is $5.
POLAR PLUNGE - I'm looking forward to getting some spring in my step as I run into the warm waters of Casco Bay on Saturday at 11 (note the time) - with Caroline Loder, Laura Hamilton, Caitlin Gerber, Tiffany Calder. We can all celebrate the first day of spring!
March 16, 2015 - Messages from the Rec: We have some fun coming our way Saturday, March 28th!! Mark and Chuck will be playing at the Hall so call your friends and get your dancing shoes ready to shake off those winter blues!! $10 at the door. All proceeds will benefit CRC.
Join Caroline Loder for another fun Paint Nite at CIHCC. Click here for the flyer. Also starting is April, Breath Meditation with Michelle Jackson at CRC. Fridays from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. Details about these (and other) programs are on our website: www.chebeaguerec.com. Pre-registration is required as minimums are needed to run the programs. Please sign up ahead of time.
Summer will get here eventually and we've been busy planning. Check our website for the 2015 Swim Lesson and Camp Chebeague schedule. We are planning a couple other camps too so check back periodically to see what's been added.
School Committee Meeting Tuesday, March 17th, 6pm at the School - click here for agenda.
It's almost time for the 7th Annual Community Dinner and Trivia Night to support the Stephen Ross Scholarship Fund! The fund was set up in the memory of Stephen Ross and assists island students pursue higher education by awarding scholarships annually. This year's event will be held on Saturday, April 11th at 6 pm at the Hall. There will be fantastic food, raffle prizes and of course, fun-filled trivia. Cost: $8 for adults, $5 for children and a family max of $22. If you can't make it but you'd like to donate checks can be written out to the Stephen Ross Scholarship Fund and can be sent to The Maine Community Foundation, 245 Main Street, Ellsworth, ME 04605 or 12 South Road, Chebeague Island. All donations are tax deductible. Please contact Caitlin Gerber 653-7129 for more information.
The FOOT DOCTOR, Russell Rybka, will be at the Health Center Wed 18th at 9am. Call 829-6463 for an appt. or walk in.
Michael and Barbara have updated their site with the continuing story of our stay in Leiden - click here.
March 12, 2015 - NOTICE!! Chebeague.net will be off for an hour or so this morning or early afternoon while CMP works on the lines!
Guest preacher at the Chebeague Church this Sunday will be the Rev. Dr. Sam Johnson who will share some of his experiences in Russia. For 16 years, until retirement, Sam was the Director of Professional Education at Boston University School of Theology (BUSth) where he taught field education and life long learning. During that time he taught in Russia four times including a contextual education class where students from the Moscow United Methodist Theological Seminary and BUSth went to Ukraine, Moscow, and the greater Boston area. He currently is on the Board of Trustees for the Moscow UM Theological Seminary. He has also served churches throughout southern New England. He now lives with his wife Donna at Wesley by the Sea in Wells where they can keep an eye on the Rev. Mary Jane O'Connor-Ropp, her husband Steve, and their dog Allie.Sam will lead an adult education class in Moscow next year. If you are interested in being a part of this class, please let him know by e-mail: email@example.com.
March 11, 2015 - Todays soups are Vegetarian: Minestrone (by May Hall) and the Non-Vegetarian: Broccoli Cheddar with bacon.
Renovation work is starting on the Hall on Thursday, and this first phase should last around a week. As a result, the Hall will be off limits to all but Jon Riley and his crew for the next week. The coffee hour and soup lunch will still be at the Hall today, but next week's St Patrick's Day Community Lunch (Wednesday March 18) has been moved to the Parish House. There will be no coffee hour next Wednesday at either location.
Also, mark your calendars for next month's Community Lunch, which will be held on April 22 (Earth Day) and is being sponsored by Mark Dyer. He has asked for roast beef with all the trimmings, so it should be quite a feast. Thank you Mark, and thank you Kim Boehm for sponsoring last month's turkey dinner. It was the most successful and well-attended Community Lunch the Hall has had. And, again, thank you to all islanders near and far for your overwhelming and enthusiastic support of the Hall. We are glad to have a place in your hearts and memories and hope to continue to serve our much-loved island community.
Reminder from the Town of Chebeague: The second half Tax payments are due March 31, 2015.
Notice to Chebeague Island Residents
NOMINATION PAPERS are available beginning
Monday, March 16, 2015 for the offices of:
Board of Selectmen – (Donna Damon, David Hill)
· One three-year term to expire June 2018
· One three-year term to expire June 2018
School Board- (Jen Belesca, Ken Pelton)
· One three-year term to expire June 2018
· One three-year term to expire June 2018
March 10, 2015 - CRC is offering a discounted fitness pass rate during the month of March. You can purchase a 12-month membership to CRC's fitness room for only $99!! We have new equipment and it's never been more worth it!! Start working out those winter blues. Entry codes available for pass holders that would like to use the facility outside of business hours. Email or call for details!
A column by Sarah Lindemann-Komarova "Maine Voices: In Siberia, Celsius meets Fahrenheit" in the Portland Press Herald. Sarah started the Siberian Civic Initiatives Support Center and used to live on Chebeague with her family and owned and ran the store on the Stone Wharf after the Varney's.
March 8, 2015 - Yesterday Stephen and I took a drive around with the go-pro on the roof and went down a few side streets for the fun of it. I put together the video 4x actual speed and added Wagoneers music to it that I hadn't used before I think from their CD "time slips away." We went down Carters Pt., Old Cart Road, Division, Roy Hill, Central Landing, Littlefield, Capps and Wharf Road if you would like to see what the roads looked like then click here. Wagoneers Just Bummin' Around, Louise, Luckenbach and What's Going On In Your World?
The Hall board would like to thank all those who spent their Saturday morning cleaning out the attic in preparation for phase I of our rehab project. We are especially grateful to Dylan Doughty, Tyler Campbell, Cyrus McLean, and Nate Richards for supplying their muscle power and saving us many trips up and down the rickety attic stairs, not to mention a few trips on the Rescue. The clean out uncovered many treasures, most of which seem to belong to the CPA. To make room at the tables for Wednesday's soup lunch, we need CPA members to come and claim the items they want. As a preliminary to additional rehab work, we need someone from the CRC to clear out the many items from the Children's Theater productions that are stored in the back room. This needs to be done within the next two weeks in order for us to move forward. You may call anyone on the Hall board to arrange a clean-out time. Thank you very much.
March 7, 2015 - At 6:00 on Saturday, March 21 there’ll be a program and dinner at the church parish house to tell you about the upcoming mission trip to Guatemala in April. Peter Carleton and Linda Brewster will present a slide show and short video describing conditions and needs of the Mayans in the mountains outside of Guatemala City and the work being done on these mission trips. A plus is that Jim Brewster is preparing the dinner! If you would like to support this mission, make checks out to “Works for Grace.” They may be mailed to the Chebeague United Methodist Church, 258 North Road, or give them to Peter by the 21st at the latest.
Spring is coming - I promise: Transfer Station Hours effective March 8, 2015:
Sunday 9 – 5
Monday 9 – 11 AM
Wednesday 1:30 – 5 PM
Thursday 9 – 11AM
Friday 1:30 – 5 PM
Saturday 9 - 5
POLAR PLUNGE! It is going to happen and the new date is Saturday, March 21st at 11am! This means you can do the plunge with us and then get on the Noon Boat. Please contact the CRC if you would like to plunge or donate. The four plungers signed up for it are Caroline Loder, Bev Johnson, Laura Hamilton and Caitlin Gerber!
Click here to see PHOTOS by Cathy MacNeill of the Chili, Chowder and Soup Challenge!
Tomorrow, Sunday from 2 to 5 at the Hall ANY “PORTABLE” CRAFT (i.e. knitting, crocheting, embroidery, small loom weaving, no loom weaving, braiding, hooking, you name it, if you can get it there, it is probably acceptable) Come learn or improve your skills in a craft, or teach someone else a craft, or just enjoy the company. Hope to see you there. FMYI call Ruth Slagle at 846-6345 All ages welcome. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an Adult.
Remember that Scholarships are available for island students to attend college. Click here to go to the Maine Community Foundation where the Stephen Ross Scholarship application due May 1 and there may be other scholarships on their list that you could apply for. The Island Institute Scholarship application is due April 1.
March 6, 2015 - Click here to see a new video of the Snowy Owl by Kevin Wentworth with his award winning, absolutely breathtaking photos of the Snowy Owl!
Thanks to all the donations we received on our weatherization campaign for the hall the project is commencing next week. Work will start with the attic. Therefore, all items stored in the attic will have to be removed this week-end.
We will start work cleaning it out Saturday, at 9:00 A.M. *All *organizations that have items stored up there should be present to to claim, and remove them Many items have been up there for a number of years, and you may not be aware that you even have "stuff" there, In all probability, there is stuff there that belongs to the Rec Center, the CPA, the Whalers, the Library and many more groups.There will probably be many trips to the dump. If you know you have stuff there, but are unable to be there Saturday, please call and make arrangements to pick it up.
March 5, 2015 - Island Institute Scholars Internships: These internships are available for rising high school seniors to students who have just graduated from college. Students must be Island Scholars—which means they must have received or plan to apply for a college scholarship from the Island Institute Maine Island Scholarship Fund. Applications are due April 15th 2015. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and applications. Click here to see all the fantastic opportunities on Chebeague and other Islands.
SAP FULL MOON WALK- The moon rose but it was too cloudy to see it and we had a fun brisk walk along the beach and through to the Roses Point Road and back to the Boat Yard. Eight fun loving students and seven happy adults! Maybe next month we will see the moon. Click here to see a couple of photos by Jon Rich and Nancy Earnest.
Congratulations to 8th grader Elias Rich who has now moved into the next level of the National Geographic Bee. Click here to learn more about this exciting program!
Click here for February's Pre-K Newsletter from Miss Nancy.
March Full Moon walk tonight at 5:40 at the Boat Yard.
March 4, 2015 - Photo - People complain about the snow and weather but at our school the students have been having a blast and love their recess. Penny took this photo March 4th just before lunch.
Photo - Photo of a Barred Owl taken March 1st over Burgess's bird feeders. The Barred Owls are having a very bad winter and right now there are 18 being taken care of at Avian Haven. One Barred Owl was found dead on the island by Nancy Earnest and she took it to Audobon who reported that it probably starved. Click here for another photo of this bird and here for another. Please don't use d-con, especially the new stronger 2nd generation type - click here to see.
The link to Josephine's Obit is up now and I have added a paragraph that I had previously omitted.
March 3 2015 - Tomorrow's soups are: Vegetarian -- 15 bean soup
Non vegetarian -- 15 bean soup with ham
Don't miss out on CRC's $99 annual fitness pass special for the month of March. Come on in and check out our new Cybex equipment too. Pass holders can request a code to enter the building outside of business hours, but please stay safe and bring a buddy! Check our website for details on the many programs we are offering including personal training sessions with Brian Phipps. He has flexible hours and can meet with you morning, noon or evening; 846-5068 or email@example.com. Our March Kettlebell schedule is also out. Click here to print it out.
And, Caroline's art night was a huge success and a ton of fun. She is working on planning another fun evening so stay tuned for details.
March 2, 2015 - Congratulations to the fifth grade girls Falmouth Travel Basketball team won the league championship on Sunday, March 1 in Yarmouth. Whitney Adams, grand daughter of Mike Robinson and Lee Ann Robinson was one of the team members.
School Committee Meeting tomorrow night at the school 6pm see agenda.
Pair of royal blue LLBean gloves found by the Tennis court - call Sam at 846-4467 if you lost them.
We will be having another Full March Moon Walk this Thursday meeting at the Boat Yard at 5:40pm. Friday is a backup date to meet at 6:40. The weather report sounds like we may even see the moon!
February 28, 2015 - Photo - Photo taken in 1978! The top photo shows the boat Chesuncook that took us back and forth all winter. It is now at the Boat Yard. Jen Belesca is standing next to the car that Beth Wiles is sitting in. The bottom picture is at the buoy and left to right are Cheryl and Don Buxbaum, Doug Ross, Jennette Hamilton, Rose Bradshaw, Jason Hamilton on the Buoy and David Stevens. Click here to see a photo from 1918 with Roy Hill's son Freeland on the ice in front of Crow Island. (photos from Doug Ross and Joan Robinson)
Today is a Selectmen's Public Budget Workshop at the Hall, 9am.
February 26, 2015 - The students celebrated Chinese New Year today at the Chebeague Island School. Mrs. Summa prepared pot stickers, pork, rice, stir-fried veggies, fruit, tea, and fortune cookies. The students even ate with chopsticks. The Pre-K class also performed with their Chinese Dragon. It was a fabulous celebration. Happy Chinese New Year! I was sad because I was away today but fortunately Laurie Hegarty is becoming a professional film maker with iMovie - click here to see what the fun lunch can be at the Chebeague School!
A Snowy Owl was back at the Hook yesterday after being gone for three weeks. Kevin Wentworth took some unbelievably great photos he has shared on his Facebook. Click here for one flying, here for one sitting on the float and click here for one with the lobster trap.
February 25, 2015 - For those who use facebook a new site has been established called Chebeague Island swap, sell or borrow. Helping out our community.
Bill Calthorpe got some beautiful photos of an Immature Bald Eagle - click here and here to see them.
February 24, 2015 -
SAVE THE DATE : Chebeague Island School Talent Show, Saturday April 25, 2015 at the Hall.
Proceeds to fund the end-of-year school field trip. Student and Adult acts welcome. Contact Laurie Hegarty about getting into the show, firstname.lastname@example.org or text/call 207-420-7171.
Sew Good will meet tomorrow, Wednesday, February 25 at the Parish House. Bring a project to sew; or come join us as we make St. Pat's napkins for the Commons & placemats. We start around 10 & go to the last person leaves. Lunch is at the Hall or bring your own & if enough sewers are about a potluck @5:30.
February 23, 2015 - ?Wednesday's Soups for the Hall are: Vegetarian: Asian Mushroom Noodle Soup and Non-Vegetarian: Sweet Potato, Chicken Barley.
School Committee Meeting, Tuesday, February 24, 6pm at the school - see agenda.
The selectmen will hold a meeting on Wed. Feb 25 at 6 PM at the Hall to receive public input re: what the community is looking for in a Town Administrator. This is your chance to share your ideas about how the job should be structured and how the position should interact with the Selectmen and employees, duties etc. The discussion will start at 6 sharp. The Board will go into its regular agenda after the discussion. Don't be late if you want to share your ideas!If you can't make it call or write to one of the Selectmen to give input.
To view the March CTC Newsletter, click here.
I just received and phony email from apple telling me that my icloud/iTunes account was in jeopardy - do not click on the links - not sure what would happen and after going online people said they will ask for your social security number. The email I received had come from a European email address. It looked kinda real but I'm sure it wasn't!
February 22, 2015 - Photo - Photo of the Glorianna (school boat) c. 1968. 7-12 graders from Chebeague travelled through the ice in this wooden boat and did it for more than 20 years! Sometimes the students walked on the ice to get to the boat; sometimes students were stuck in the ice, the captain couldn’t reach the coast guard and the only option was to off load the students at the Fishermen’s Wharf at Chandlers. When it got really bad students commuted to school via CBL and a bus to Cumberland for weeks at a time. The boys travelled in the area with canvas sides with only a coal stove for heat. The girls travelled in the cabin which had a heater because they had to wear skirts! So if you have heard some folks downplaying this winter’s ice it is probably because they travelled on this wooden boat when conditions were much more extreme!
Craft Sunday at the Hall, 2-5, come and go when you like. Children 10 and over welcome, accompanied by an adult.
The students in grades 3-5 at the Chebeague Island School have been building robots, complete with eye sensors, sound detection sensors, light sensors and more. They are learning how to program the sensors to work together and move around the school by following a black line on the hall floor. The students try to challenge themselves by building courses, some with ramps and curves, and then, they have to figure out how to program the robot around the course. The students are also learning how to troubleshoot and to work together by sharing ideas on how to solve problems. Its amazing how far they have come in such a short amount of time! Click here to see them working on their robots, programs and having fun. Thank you again to Laurie Hegarty and the Perloffs for making this happen. Video created by Laurie and son Jack.
February 21, 2015 - Thanks to the volunteers and kids who got more the $2500 in pledges for the Teen Center! The gameathon was a great success! Special thanks to Virgina for her help with the games! Chicken Run was a ton of fun! Please help the kids collect their pledges by March 15! Thanks! Click here to see a few photos from them.
The Chili, Chowder and Soup Challenge was lots of fun with lots of entries. Thank you to all the cooks, servers, organizers, cleanups and more! The winners were SOUP: Donna Damon - 1st place, The Chebeague Inn - 2nd place, Jennifer Belesca - 3rd Place....CHILI: Bev Johnson - 1st Place, Vickie Todd - 2nd Place, Julie Doughty - 3rd Place... CHOWDER: Donna Damon - 1st Place, Jade Morlock - 2nd Place, Cindy Riddle - 3rd Place.
Polar Plunge postponed but the Chili, Chowder and Soup Challenge is still on - see you all there!
Message from MaryJane: "Polar Plunge cancelled, chili/chowdah all gone, but you still want to plunge into a great breakfast on a "chili" morning? Join us at the Parish House at 9:00 am Sunday morning for the last of our February breakfasts. Stay for church at 10:00 if you like.
February 20, 2015 - Photo - by Allyson Smith of Uncle Jack's Ledges East End on morning of Feb 20, 2015. Uncle Jack was John Hamilton who used to own the whole East End and lived in the Gwillim house. Thank you Donna Damon who can tell you all the relatives and dates.
The Chili, Chowder and Soup Challenge is tomorrow at noon and it will be a great time for everyone and especially me because we have decided to postpone the Polar Plunge - date and time to be announced. We have had the polar plunge every year since 1998 and in 2004 we moved it from Bennetts because there was too much ice there! We have never had this much ice at the Boat Yard and when I looked back at all the plunges the beach was ice free. Now I can work on my Chili and not be chilly - ha ha. Maybe also we can round up some more plungers and collect more donations. I have actually had people offer me a donation not to do the plunge! Please contact crc if you are able to make a chili, chowder and soup. The other plungers who are scheduled to do the plunge so far are Laura Hamilton, Caroline Loder, and Caitlin Gerber so please contact me or the CRC if you want to join us when it happens. Click here to see a youtube of the site where it would have happened.
Lost: a bag of groceries on Wednesday afternoon school boat time with a roast pork, steak, red hotdogs, chicken, cold cuts and cheese. If found and put away by mistake please contact Arlene Dyer 846-3348.
February 19, 2015 - The Board of Selectmen’s Budget Workshop originally scheduled for Saturday, February 21, has been postponed to February 28, 9:00 AM, at the Island Hall.
Today on the North Road there were two pileated woodpeckers who I have seen there a few times in the last week on the trees across and up from Victoria's house. Click here, and here, and here for photos. The male is on the left and the female on the right.
So far we have one team, The Wentworth's, signed up for the snow sculpture contest. They are busy making snow art right in their yard. Your sculpture can be anywhere…your house, the Golf Course, the Rec parking lot…where ever you choose. Make sure you let CRC know where yours will be so we know where to send our judges. Winner will be announced at the Chili, Chowder, Soup Challenge.
There are still a few spots left for chili, chowder and soup entries. Let us know what you would like to make and we will add you to the ballot. We have lots of great prizes this year,
The teens have been working hard to raise money for teen center too. Friday night at CRC, they will be participating in the game-a-thon in the gym. If you haven't already done so, please consider pledging a "plunger" or "gamer" today!!
CTC is looking for photos from the launching of the Islander in 1985. If anybody has photos of the launch or the boat from her early days, we’d love to make copies. Please email Susan Stranahan at email@example.com, call her at 846-9378, or drop them off at the CTC office (with your name so we can return them).
The other day we were watching the Antique Road Show and there, one of the experts was Kelley Wright! Click here and about 41 minutes into the show you can see him talking about a lamp. I hope he gets back for the polar plunge that he and his children have been doing almost every year! (Kelley is Misa's husband and the son-n-law of Leila and Suhail)
February 17, 2015 - Back in 2011 the students interviewed islanders and asked questions about the weather for a video they were doing for the Island Institute Storms (Students and Teachers Observing and Recording Meteorological Systems) Click here to see the video - the discussion of the bay freezing over starts at about 4 minutes into the video.
February 16, 2015 - Photo - sent by Carol Sabasteanski of the CTC boat trudging through the ice on February 16th..
The COMMUNITY LUNCHEON is this Wednesday (February 18) at the Hall. This month's lunch is sponsored by Island Electric, and Kim has asked for a turkey dinner with all the trimmings. The Hall cooks are happy to oblige and grateful for Island Electric's steadfast support of the Hall. As always, a $5 donation is suggested. If you or your company would like to sponsor a Community Lunch, there are still a few open spots. Stop in at the kitchen and talk with Ruth or Mabel. Thank you, and see you on Wednesday!
The Chebeague Island School’s 3rd-5th grade class would like to thank everyone that supported the end of year class trip through the “Sweets for your Sweetie” fundraiser. Over 70 valentines were delivered! Each box and card were handcrafted by the class and each delivery made by a smiling student! Needless to say it was huge success that warmed the hearts of many Islanders. Remember us for next year, we already have it on the agenda!
Special thanks to Mrs. Summa for spending late nights making her famous fudge and chocolate dipped shortbread cookies, to Shaw’s supermarket for their monetary donation and for Hannaford donating four dozen roses!
Sincerely, CIS 3rd-5th grade class.
NEWS FLASH! Message from CTC: Channel 8 News has been on the island this afternoon (2/16) to report on the conditions with the ice. There will be a report on Channel 8 News at their 5PM and 6PM broadcast.
I can't believe I said yes again to taking the plunge and so far I only know of one other person (Laura Hamilton) so please let me know so I can add your name and people could send pledges to the Rec to sponsor those foolish few like me!
The Winter Carnival is on for the 21st starting with the Polar Plunge at CIBY Noon. Take the plunge and help raise money for CRC. Let us know if you're going to plunge so we can add you to the list. We also have a few more spots for chili, chowder and soup entries. Enter your best recipe and win one of our awesome gift certificates. Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each category.
We've decided to make the best of all this snow are bringing back the SCULPTURE CONTEST! Get your team together, pick a snow bank and give us a call. Prize awarded to the best sculpture.
We have been unable to secure a band for the 21st so will not be having live music at the hall:( We hope to reschedule in the coming months so stay tuned...
School Committee Meeting tomorrow, 6 pm, at the school - see agenda.
February 15, 2015 - The expected storm didn't do much on Chebeague except give us a little wind and only a few inches of snow. Captain Kevin has made a wonderful video about ICE and the CTC and ICE - click here!
The CTC office has a new email address. Please update your contact list to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will continue to check email@example.com during the transition.
February 14, 2015 - Message from CTC:
Bus service is cancelled tonight (2/14) for the 9:15 PM and 10:30 PM ferries. Route One customers should park at Cousins Island. Please carpool if possible. Both ferry and bus service are cancelled tomorrow 2/15. Normal operations will resume on Monday 2/16.
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY
STORM WARNING from the Town of Chebeague.
Transfer Station will be closed Feb 15, 2015.
February 13, 2015 - Message from CTC: Given current forecasts, customers should anticipate that the bus service will be cancelled after the 8:15PM ferry on Saturday night and that both bus and ferry service will be cancelled on Sunday. We will provide updates as needed.
The lost and found at the Community Center/Hall is OVERFLOWING with dishes and coats and hats and umbrellas and more! Please come and retrieve your missing items by Friday, February 20th. The items are located on the table by the bathrooms - click here to see some of the items.
NO CHURCH on Sunday 2/15! Because of the predicted blizzard conditions on Sunday morning, the breakfast and worship in the Parish House are cancelled. Please join us on 2/22 (if there's no storm).
A reminder that Ash Wednesday is February 18, beginning the season of Lent. If you would like to receive ashes, you may come to the church between 12 noon and 2:00 pm (weather permitting).
February 11, 2015 - Click here for the latest Portland Press Herald story showing Kevins' time lapse video going through the ice. Click here to go directly to Kevin's youtube.
Don't forget SWEETS FOR YOUR SWEETIE get your order into the school - firstname.lastname@example.org - to see the order form click here.
February 9, 2015 - No School on Chebeague today and the snow is accumulating!
Click here for an article in the Bangor Daily News about phone scammers and your computer! Remember if you get a call about your computer - hang up - unless it is from me or David and we wouldn't have to call you anyway.
February 8, 2015 - Photo - of deer coming up a side street on Chebeague Feb 8, 2015.
Another snow storm is upon us - where is it all going to go?
As most everyone knows by now Mary Gomez had to have her right arm and shoulder amputated because of cancer and has recently been able to get back home on Chebeague. She has been so thankful for Ginny Ballard, Arlene Dyer, Nancy Hill and others for helping her be able to be at home with her son Anthony who also is ill. People have asked me about the bathroom fund and it is still online. She asked me if I would put the following note on my website:
Message from Mary Gomez: "I want to thank everyone who contributed to the fund for my bathroom. This was such a big surprize for me as my granddaughter knew how much work was needed to be done and took upon herself to start the fund. Now, if it ever stops snowing we will be able to get the work started. Thanks again to the Chebeague Community near and far and it means so much to me!"
February 6, 2015 - Today is a beautiful day giving us a chance to clear away all the snow from roofs and driveways and walks to make room for the storms coming Sunday and next week. Yesterday I did another drive with my go-pro in the window on the way to the school during the snow storm and then when I left to a long drive around. I had trouble getting it on youtube so changed the quality a little and it went on today click here to see a 25 minute drive down to 12 1/2minutes.
Casco Bay Island Development Association announces its 2015 grant program. Click here to learn more and get the application.
February 5, 2015 - I am happy to report that John Howard's cat Holly finally was found and is home where she belongs. She has been seen as far as Deer Point, the Hook and ended up in Lindy and Allyson's barn. They have been feeding her for the last week and John was able to get her.
I have just added John W. Paynter's information on the Chebeague Business page. He now owns the Howard House on John Small Road and is an Antique Clock repairer and restorer. He is excited to offer antique clock repair and sales on Chebeague as he is spending lots of time here now.
Don't forget that now on Sundays at the Hall is is craft day at the Hall from 2 to 5. ANY “PORTABLE” CRAFT (i.e. knitting, crocheting, embroidery, small loom weaving, no loom weaving, braiding, hooking, you name it, if you can get it there, it is probably acceptable) Come learn or improve your skills in a craft, or teach someone else a craft, or just enjoy the company. Hope to see you there. FMYI call Ruth Slagle at 846-6345 All ages welcome. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an Adult.
THINK SPRING!! Chebeague Cares is accepting applications for IN-HOME CARE SERVICES for spring/summer 2015. We are anticipating a busy season and want to meet all your needs. If you or a loved one needs help with meal prep, housekeeping, medication reminders, personal care, on-island transportation or companionship, please Contact Amy or Randi at 846-5610 OR COMPLETE THIS INQUIRY FORM.(as a pdf) (as a docx)
SWEETS FOR YOUR SWEETIE!! Click here to see how you can give a wonderful Valentine gift to people in your life! This is another way for our 3-5 class to raise funds for their end of the year trip!
The Chebeague Parent's Association and the Chebeague Island School's 3-5 class would like to thank everyone for their support on Super Bowl Sunday. We had a wonderful turn out. We hope you enjoyed the pizza. It was a great kick start for funding the end-of-year school field trip to Acadia. A BIG thank you to Laura Summa for her pizza perfection and Bob Earnest for his expert wood fired pizza oven cooking. We would also like to thank Caroline Loder for the fabulous poster, Sidra Nasir for helping with the drive-up, and Micucci's Wholesale Foods for all the pizza making products. Thanks to all for making this a success.
The Full Moon Walk last night was a blast. We never did see the moon but after Nancy read a short poem about the February "Snow" Moon about 17 of us walked along the beach from the Boat Yard to the point and then most of us walked on a trail that Nancy Earnest had walked on a few times over to Roses Point Road, down the road and back to the Boat Yard. It was fun as we tried not to sink in and we all loved walking in the dark (we never did see the moon but it probably gave us a little light through the clouds). We would like to make this a regular event and maybe the March Full Moon will be visible.
I got a great photo of the moon from Ken Pelton taken on Feb 1st when the moon was visible - click here to see.
February 4, 2015 - Photo - taken by Suzanne Rugh on the morning of February 4th.
The Full Moon Walk is still on for tonight - yesterday it was perfect but too many other things happening. Hope to see you at the Boat Yard at 5:45.
Teen Center Outing for Feb vacation!! We are planning a trip to the trampoline park, Get Air on Wed Feb. 18. Call and sign up now to save your spot!!! $25 includes 2 hours of bouncing, "grippy" socks (required) and lunch, if you throw up you go on the naughty list early this year!
February 3, 2015 - Pre-K Newsletter from Miss Nancy's class - click here.
Tomorrow's soup is Jacob's cattle Bean with Bacon and sage and the vegetarian is: Portugese Kale with Vegetarian Andouille and Kielbasa! (made with veggie sausages)
Please note all the great things the rec is doing and it looks like I will also be making a chili and getting quite chilly by taking the plunge again! Maybe next year I will go to Florida and escape. Let me know if you are plunging and I will post on the site.
CRC has a variety of fitness program for adults. Not only do we have awesome new fitness equipment but we also have a new Personal Trainer, Bellyfit and Kettlebell classes available. Check out the Adult Program link on our website. Youth programs include after school sports on Tuesdays, Tae Kwon Do on Wednesdays, Basketball on Thursdays, Crafts on Fridays, Teen Center on Fridays and Saturdays and the Kids Place offers programs whenever there is a need. Call CRC or visit our website for details.
We hope you all have your calendars marked for our WINTER CARNIVAL on February 21st. Will you take the plunge? Will your entry win the chili, chowder, soup challenge? There's plenty of room for brave souls that are willing to jump into the icy water of Casco Bay and help raise money to benefit CRC. We also still have spots available for chili/chowder/soup challenge entries. Call or email today for more information.
AND, the Teens are getting excited for their annual fundraiser that will be happening in the CRC gym on Friday, February 20th. You may be receiving calls, if you haven't already, and we hope you will consider sponsoring a teen for the "game-a-thon" this year and help support our teen center program.
Tomorrow, Feb 4th, weather permitting, will be a February FULL MOON WALK which will take place on the beach from the Boat Yard to Rose Point Road. Click here to see details. We will meet at the Boat Yard at 5:45 - dress warmly - no pets as we will try to call owls.
February 2, 2015 - News Flash! Kevin Wentworth will be on the WMTW Channel 8 News at 6:15! If you missed the live interview - click here to see it - Kevin did a great job.
I think I'm pretty cool with my bird videos but Kevin is really cool with his storm videos. You have to click here and see his latest video creation! He has people coming and going to work on Chebeague as well as the trip - What a lovely day it is today - NOT!
Bus service will be cancelled after the 5:00pm boat tonight. Rt 1 Stickers can park in Cousins for the evening. Boats will run all trips
No School Today because of the snow storm. It has been snowing all day and I have been messing around with my go-pro camera trying to see what kind of videos I might get. I attached it to one of our feeders looking at the suet and after about an hour of video I use about four minutes speeding it up to 2 minutes. I was hoping for the red-bellied woodpecker and the hairy who were there earlier but it is fun to see the starling, chickadee, downy and cardinals and the wind. Click here to see - I now have it videoing the ground and as soon as I make more room on my new computer for all my videos I might be able to see what that looks like.
School Committee Meeting tomorrow, February 3, at the school 6pm - see agenda.
The Sunset Committee will not meet today, February 2nd. The Sunset Committee will meet on Monday, March 2 at 5:30 at the Museum.
February 1, 2015 - Go Patriots!!! THEY WON 28 to 24!
Don't forget today is craft day at the Hall from 2 to 5 . ANY “PORTABLE” CRAFT (i.e. knitting, crocheting, embroidery, small loom weaving, no loom weaving, braiding, hooking, you name it, if you can get it there, it is probably acceptable) Come learn or improve your skills in a craft, or teach someone else a craft, or just enjoy the company. Hope to see you there. FMYI call Ruth Slagle at 846-6345All ages welcome. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an Adult.
January 30, 2015 - Click here for an article that was inadvertently left out of the February Calendar. It is included in the online version, which is accessible at the top of this page.
Today’s Planning Board workshop has been canceled and will be rescheduled.
Breakfast at the Parish House Sunday mornings in February - join us at 9:00 for a hearty complimentary breakfast (donations welcome) and stay for worship around the tables at 10:00 if you like. Enjoy great food and fellowship! Children welcome.
January 29, 2015 - The Snowy Owl is back at the Hook - click here to see a photo by Kevin Wentworth taken this afternoon. Not sure if it is the same one or not. She is a lot cleaner than she was two weeks ago if the same one. Maybe it is because of all the snow.
Don't forget to order your pizza for Super Bowl Sunday - all proceeds to benefit the Chebeague School end of the year field trip. Click here for more information.
Can we save the ice for skating? Stephen Todd did his best yesterday to clear the pond as much as possible (thank you!!) but there is still more there. If anyone has the time and will, snow blowing the edges and shoveling the middle might help to save it but there's now way to tell with more snow in the forecast. Unfortunately, once we get this much snow/weight on the ice it is not safe for trucks and tractors so what is there can't be plowed. Please call CRC if you plan to go to the pond so I can go over a couple details with you, 846-5068.
January 28, 2015 - Go-pro drive Video- on January 28, 2015, a day after the storm when Vika and I drove around the island with a few stops. This video is 31 minutes down to 7 minutes with piano accompaniment from a piano recital of Holly Earnest Bowling when she was a Junior in High School. If this trip is too rough on you then click here to watch the 31 minutes in 16 minutes (less stressful) but lower definition.
Message from Sarah McKinnon: "Hello friends and community members, Winter can be a challenging time for many, with shorter days, cold weather and not enough sun, depression and loneliness can set in, but help is out there! I wanted to remind you of my private counseling practice located in Yarmouth. I work with adolescents, adults and couples on a variety of mental health needs from depression and anxiety, to trauma, grief and relationship concerns. Please keep me in mind when you, your family, friends or colleagues may be looking for a counseling professional. Word of mouth is an important source of referrals in this line of work! Please take a moment to look at my website for further information about me and my counseling practice! http://www.anchoredcounseling.com/
The CTC February Newsletter is available on the News and Info page of their website, chebeaguetrans.com
If the IRS calls you and tells you to call them back because they are trying to reach you - Don't Do IT - it is a spam, scam, trickery! Same thing goes with anyone calling and telling you that your computer has a problem. DON'T BELIEVE THEM and ignore them.
January 27, 2015 - Click here for a cool aerial photo of Chebeague taken yesterday from a plane around 4pm.
Tomorrow's Soups are: Vegetarian: Cauliflower Cheese
Non-Vegetarian: Chicken Tortilla and Lime Soup
Click here to see the storm from my bird feeder. I used my go-pro around noon and then sped about 1/2 hour of video. The birds are everywhere and we have had over 20 cardinals at the feeders in the yard along with tons of other birds. They really appreciate the extra food.
The Library is closed today.
The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office has sent out Deputy Mailman to stay on the island for the duration of the storm. As always, in the event of an emergency call 911 and they will dispatch to him directly.
The 2015 Chebeague Island Community Sailing School will have a session on Long Island this year: June 29 – July 3. Boating and sailing skills are essential for those who spend so much time on such wonderful waters as Casco Bay! Click here to get the forms and learn more.
We are so excited to be able to offer personal training services at CRC. Brian Phipps recently moved to the island year round and is an ACE certified personal trainer specializing in functional fitness and nutrition. To set up a 1 on 1 personal training appointment or for more information call CRC at 846-5068 or send us an email. He has a flexible schedule and can offer sessions at a time that works for you. Morning, afternoon and evening times available. $25/hour for fitness pass holders and $30/hour for non fitness pass holders. This is half the cost of personal training services on the mainland!!
Huge snow storm today!
CTC ferry and bus service are cancelled for today and tonight - Tuesday 1/27. Normal service will resume on Wednesday.
January 26, 2015 - Today is the last day to sign up for Caroline's Painting Class - click here for more information.
Given current weather prediction, there is a high possibility that both CTC bus and boat service will be cancelled on Tuesday 1/27/15. We will continue to monitor the weather and send a final notice at 5:30am 1/27/15.
The Town Office will be closed tomorrow. Please don't park your cars on the wharf tonight or tomorrow as the storm surge is predicted to be large.
Sundays in February - breakfast at the Parish House at 9:00, followed by worship at 10:00 also in the Parish House. Join us for a hearty complimentary breakfast (donations welcome) and stay for informal worship around the table. Beginning on Sunday, February 1. Hope to see you there!
SEW GOOD is postponing it's first meeting from Wed. 1/25 to Wed. 2/4 due to the prospect of Blizzardly weather! We look forward to having you drop by to sew or craft a project of your choice & to help with our monthly 'Give Back' project. This month we're making pillowcases for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, plus a special Valentine for the Commons Residents. For more details contact Lola Armstrong or Karen Corson.
January 25, 2015 - Don't forget that today and Sundays is Craft Sunday at the Hall, 2-5 p.m.. ANY “PORTABLE” CRAFT (i.e. knitting, crocheting, embroidery, small loom weaving, no loom weaving, braiding, hooking, you name it, if you can get it there, it is probably acceptable) Come learn or improve your skills in a craft, or teach someone else a craft, or just enjoy the company. Hope to see you there. FMYI call Ruth Slagle at 846-6345All ages welcome. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an Adult.
Ralph Munroe is again doing the Fight for Air Climb for the American Lung Association participating soon - click here to learn more and to support the cause.
January 22, 2015 - Congratulations to Elias Rich, 8th grader (son of Chris Rich and Lori Hamilton) who won the Geography Bee at Harrison Middle School. He now has a chance to compete for a $50,000 Scholarship. Click here to learn more!
CRC's winter carnival is set for February 21st. Chili/Chowder/soup cooks and Polar Plungers wanted!! Call or email CRC today to sign up. We have some amazing prizes for winners this year: GC's to Allen, Sterling & Lothrop, European Bakery, Rainbow toys and many more…plus bragging rights:)
The Migratory Bird Video that the school produced now has 118 likes and we are hoping to get a lot more at the CornellLab of Ornithology BirdSleuth K-12 site! Click here if you haven't already liked it. Mrs. Hoidal also commented on some of the things we will be doing this half of the year. We have located an area in the trail behind the school where we have put suet for the woodpeckers and will be adding some bird feeders as soon as we get them. If you have an extra bird feeder or any bird houses we could put up in our nature area the students would love it. We are studying owls now and will also be putting up an owl box in hopes of getting one near the school. click here to see. Last year this was an eagle's nest and live cam and then these Great-horned showed up and made it their own - quite facinating!
EXTRA 1099-MISC FORMS I have 30 extra 1099-misc blank forms and 1 1096; plus envelopes. Hate to waste them! Call Bob at 846 0924 if you can use them.
January 20, 2015 - School Committee Meeting tonight, Tuesday, 6pm at the school - see agenda.
Click here for an interesting article in the New York Times about how Maine Islands are looking toward green energy alternatives- click here. A group of islanders and the Island Institute traveled to Denmark to learn more.
January 17, 2015 - Photo - of Sanfords Pond today January 17th taken this afternoon by Chris Loder.
Message from the town: On February 1, 2015, if the dogs remain unregistered the owner will receive a $25.00 additional late fee. So please remember to get in and register your dogs. Click here to learn more.
January 15, 2015 - Muskie School of Public Health needs our help. Muskie is holding 3 focus groups and are looking for people 65 and older to participate. Click here to see how you might be able to participate.
The pond will be open today after school and we are hoping to get another clearing crew together. If you have some time and could help scrape/shovel today please do! Thanks!!
Message from Pommy Hatfield: "I am gathering photos and memories for a book of Trot's bachelorhood days. His Chebeague years that interest me are between 1945 and 1958. Please contact me if you have or know of anything about him that may fit the time period. Does anyone remember him working with Dick McCormack, delivering milk in 1955? Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks, Pommy Hatfield (contact info in the island directory)"
CRAFTS SUNDAYS AT THE HALL2:00 – 5:00 P.M.ANY “PORTABLE” CRAFT (i.e. knitting, crocheting, embroidery, small loom weaving, no loom weaving, braiding, hooking, you name it, if you can get it there, it is probably acceptable) Come learn or improve your skills in a craft, or teach someone else a craft, or just enjoy the company. Hope to see you there. FMYI call Ruth Slagle at 846-6345All ages welcome. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an Adult.
Our Migratory Bird Video has been submitted to Cornell's Ornithology BirdSleuth k-12 Action Map and has the opportunity to win a prize if they get lots of likes by people. I put the submission in the Community Builders catagory because of the impact this type of educational experience has on everyone on Chebeague, Maine, and everywhere as well as the students themselves. Please click here and click the heart to show your like.
NOTICE: Please do not respond to email spams that appear to come from chebeague.net - We will never ask for your password and information in an email under any circumstances EVER! The latest one says it is coming form Help Desk.
January 13, 2015 - Soups for tomorrow at the Hall - Vegetarian is Tomato and Carolina Gold Rice Soup with fresh Thyme and Sherry Vinegar - Non-vegetarian is South of the Border Soup (Pork with Pinto Beans, Carrots, etc.), which may be slightly spicy but can be adjusted upward. YUMMY! Just what we all need in these frigid but sunny days!
Thanks to a group of community volunteers: Dylan Doughty, Lucas Phipps, Cassidy Jeffers, Jess Ryan, Hannah Birkett, Bea Crossman, John Birkett, and Aaron Rugh…skating at Sanford's will continue. We have chaperones for the rest of the week after school until 5:30 PM but still need chaperones for this weekend. Please let CRC know by Friday at 11:30 what times you can do over the weekend.
January 12, 2015 - Mary Todd won't be selling scallops this winter , but Alex and Heidi Todd are. Heidi's number is (207) 415-4547
Wow! I'm 66 years old today. Here's a Photo of the lovely lap quilt my sister Nancy gave me, all covered with birds and butterflies. I guess it's official -- I'm wicked old! Thank you Nancy and David.
January 11, 2015 - The Recompense Fund reports that its end-of-year solicitation for support went exceptionally well, and thanks the community for its generous support. As a result it expects to significantly increase its support of Chebeague’s nonprofits this year.
Michael Porter has updated his blog - click here to see Part VIII, Leiden.
Congratulations to Mac Passano and Gail Miller who were the recipients of the Seabury Award this year given by the Island Council for exceptional community service!
SEABURY AWARD: To be presented at a reception at the Hall Sunday January 11th, 3-5 pm. This Award is given by the Island Council for exceptional community service and the recipient will be announced at this gathering. Please join us in celebrating the generous spirit that makes our community unique.
January 9, 2015 - Photo taken by Bob Earnest early 1/8/15 - coldest day of the winter so far!
SEA SMOKE VIDEO - Click here to see a 12 hour time-lapse video taken from Chebeague Island, Maine, looking at Rogue Island. Taken on January 8, 2015 by Richard Hackell, the temperature throughout the day was -6° to +10°
The Qigong class that was scheduled to start January 16th has been postponed until spring. Stay tuned for a new date.
The POND will be open from 3:15-5:30 today (be ready to do a little scraping if this snow keeps up) and tomorrow 10AM-1:30PM. Chaperones are needed from 1:30-5:30 tomorrow, 10-5:30 Sunday and all next week after school. If you would like to be a chaperone make sure to return your forms to CRC.
Congratulations to Caroline Loder whose first art show will be installed at Clayton's Cafe in Yarmouth from this Saturday through Feb 28. She is really excited to share this work with islanders who may be following her painting progress on Facebook. Her website has the complete details of the works that will be on display: www.carolineloder.com. She sends a hearty thanks to all the islanders who have encouraged her in this pursuit with all the kind words of enthusiasm.
January 7, 2015 - The ice at Sanford's Pond is ready for skating!! Now we just need someone to chaperone and your signed forms. Call the CRC office if you are available for chaperoning at the Pond. The hours are Monday-Friday after school (3:15) until 5:30, Saturday and Sunday 10AM-5:30 PM as long as there is a chaperone present. For information about how to become a chaperone visit our website or call the CRC office.
All Juniors, Seniors and Parents - Please join Julia Maher from the Island Institute for information about college scholarships. Saturday, January 10th at the Library 11:00 - 1:00 pm. For more information call 846-4351.
SEABURY AWARD: To be presented at a reception at the Hall Sunday January 11th, 3-5 pm. This Award is given by the Island Council for exceptional community service and the recipient will be announced at this gathering. Please join us in celebrating the generous spirit that makes our community unique.
Congratulations to Maddie Kate Kaufman, who in September won the Jr. Girls and Ladies Class B Women tournaments at Westchester County Club New York!
The Email List has undergone a major upgrade. Please check it out ... Already in the list? Please check your listing for accuracy ... NOT in the list, but would like to be? Send a request to email@example.com
January 6, 2015 - Tomorrows soup at the Hall is Vegetarian -- Vegetable --Non-vegetarian -- Turkey Noodle.
School Committee Meeting tonight, Tuesday at the school - 6pm - click here for agenda.
January 5, 2015 - State Senator Cathy Breen and Representative Janice Cooper will meet with Chebeague Island constituents at 10:45am on Saturday, January 10th at the Island Hall. Please attend and share your concerns, ideas and questions. All issues are on the table — transportation, healthcare, education, etc. Contact your elected officials directly and sign up for their e-newsletters: Senator Breen at Cathy.Breen@legislature.maine.gov and Representative Cooper at firstname.lastname@example.org. Newsletters are a great way of staying informed regarding what's happening in the Maine State Legislature.
Upcoming Programs for January at The Kids Place Come and join the fun!!! If anyone is interested in sharing a craft, or helping out with a craft that is listed here please e-mail: email@example.com - click here to see all the fun programs coming up!
The annual meeting (Church Conference) of the Chebeague United Methodist Church will be held this coming Saturday, January 10th. Following lunch at 12 noon, the meeting will begin at 1:00 with District Superintendent Jim McPhee. All are welcome at the meeting.
January 2, 2015 - Last year Richard Hackel made a cool tidelapse video at Johnson Cove, Chebeague - click here to see.
Join us Sunday afternoon 2-5 for a craft workshop at the Chebeague Island Hall. Bring along any craft you may have been meaning to get back to, start, or plan. Any craft is acceptable, so long as you are able to carry it, and have the equipment, such as, knitting, crocheting, spinning, small loom weaving (or no loom weaving),
All ages are welcome. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.
Hope to see you there.
Cathy Breen and Janice Cooper are scheduled to meet with Chebeague residents at 10:45am on Saturday, January 10th at the Island Hall.
January 1, 2015 - December's Pre-K newsletter from Miss Nancy - Click here!
Happy New Year!
SAILING SCHOOL 2015 APPLICATIONS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED; info and forms can be found at http://www.chebeague.org/cicss.html. Please be sure to fill out all forms and send in your check to reserve a space!
December 31, 2014 - Photo of a 6' star created by Herb Rich for the holidays.
Ice Skating Party & Pond Hockey at Knight's Pond Saturday, January 3rd from 1:00-4:00pm Cumberland and North Yarmouth, Maine - click here for more information.
December 30, 2014 - The Hall Committee is so excited about how the fundraising is going for the needed Hall repairs! Over a hundred and twenty donors and we are near our goal to get the repairs and weatherization started. Thank you to everyone and if you haven't already done so you can donate through our Online Save the Hall Campaign which will be extended for another month or you can mail the Hall a donation which many have done to 257 South Road, Unit 1, Chebeague Island, ME 04017.
Don't like football? Come to the parish house on New Years Day and sew for Guatemala. We are making chair pockets for the school. Pastor Linda Brewster will bring them on her mission trip next year. All materials provided, just bring your sewing machine and some thread. Soup and snacks provided. 9:30 am. FMY call Deb Bowman 846-0609.
December 29, 2014 - Photo by Wink Houghton of a Merganser. He is getting lots of action bird photos these days and there are a lot of wintering sea birds back to Chebeague including Buffleheads, Goldeneyes, and Long-tailed (Old Squaws).
The CTC January 2015 newsletter is available on the News and Info page of their website. You can sign up there to have it emailed to you every month.
Deb Bowman will take and recycle your old Christmas cards. You can drop them off at the Library through the book slot.
December 23, 2014 - Christmas Eve - Tonight at 7pm is the Christmas Eve Service at the church - see you there.
I have a message from Mike Grunko about the Fairpoint workers - click here.
COME CAROLING! All are welcome to join us Christmas Caroling tomorrow, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 24th at 9 AM. We will begin at the store. Bring your voices, an umbrella, rain gear and help spread holiday cheer! Questions? Contact Erika Neumann, 207-749-8022 or firstname.lastname@example.org - see poster.
News from 2002 - through January
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NEWS FROM AUGUST 1999 THROUGH DECEMBER 1999
NEWS FROM APRIL 1999 THROUGH JULY 1999
NEWS FROM DEC 24 1998 THROUGH MARCH 30 1999
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NEWS FROM DECEMBER
1996 AND JANUARY 1997
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