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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

Jaye Nunan is planning a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project on the island and wants your input! Please take a few moments to complete this short survey:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HVGNT9X


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

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

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


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

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

February 10, 2017 - The Red Studio Resale Shop Will be Open This Saturday for All Your Valentine Shopping!We have so many new items, as well as cannoli and chocolates! Why go to the mainland?
Saturday February 11 from 1:00 to 2:30 or by request

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Miss Nancy's PreK class news - click here.


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

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


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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

Message from my daughter, Viktoria: "On Sunday I leave for Jamaica. This trip is organized though my Masters of Social Work program though the University of New England. I, along with other fellow social workers from all over the country, will spend every day in a different agency experiencing what it's like to be a social worker in Jamaica. The following link is a fundraiser for one of the locations we will be visiting. Please consider making a donation. The school that we are raising the money for operates on $1,600 annually. We are so close to our goal. Please support me in this great cause and consider making a small donation.
https://dm2.gofund.me/une-jamaica-2017"


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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