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To contact me, Beverly Johnson : bjohnson4850@gmail.com. ---------BIRDS OF CHEBEAGUE - Latest Video Migratory Birds of Chebeagues -Links to the Seabird Conservation and Restoration Program PUFFIN VIDEO! Bufflehead Movie - Common Goldeneye Movie

CLICK HERE FOR WEATHER or go to the BOAT YARD WEBCAM   (click on webcam) and see for yourself - Clarke's Weather Station at the Hook

photo of a snowy owl taken 2/19/19 down at Sandy Point. It is a little blurry because I didn't want to get too close. We stayed on the main road and she was on the pole closest to the house - see here.

February 15, 2019 - NOTICE: Reminder that the Island Market will be open tomorrow, Saturday from 9 to 1pm and then be closed until next Saturday February 23rd. from 9 - 4:30.

I have added the obituaries for Jim Dayton and Bob Follette.

February 13, 2019 - The Casco Bay Islands Alliance offers small grants to island non-profits in support of projects and activities that benefit Casco Bay island communities.
We are especially interested in receiving proposals that focus on these areas: environment; historical; education; public safety; and quality of life. The deadline for submitting applications is March 20, 2019. More information and application forms are available on our website www.cbialliance.org

The February 21st meeting of the CTC Board of Directors is cancelled. The next meeting will be March 21st at 6:30 PM at the CTC office. As always, the public is welcome!

Beef bourguignon
Spaetzle with roasted broccoli
Sourdough loaves
Pavlova with key lime cream and strawberries
Doors open at noon
Suggested donation: $7

February 11, 2019 - photo by Kevin Wentworth of M51, the whirlpool galaxy - check out his Chebeague Island Skywatchers Facebook Page.


Planning Board meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Feb 12, 2019 is rescheduled to Feb 26, 2019.

Special Town Meeting on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 6:00PM, at the Chebeague Island Hall - To see if the Town Meeting will grant easements to property owners for a Shoreline Stabilization Project on Bar Point Road.

February 9, 2019 - The RED STUDIO will be open Sunday from 1 to 3, just in time to find that perfect, unique gift for Valentine’s Day (for your sweetie, or for yourself). Wonderful new collection of vintage clothes, craft and vintage jewelry, antiques, vintage aprons and all sorts of great temptations. Get out of the house, come see what's new, and support a good cause.

February 8, 2019 - Special Town Meeting on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 6:00PM, at the Chebeague Island Hall - To see if the Town Meeting will grant easements to property owners for a Shoreline Stabilization Project on Bar Point Road.

Note that the Island Market will be open Saturday February 16th and then CLOSED Sunday February 17th through Friday February 22nd for a Vacation.

February 7, 2019 - Message from May: Hey folks: We are still working on our goal of $6500 to go to Zanzibar on the Baobab Canopy Medical Mission March 2. Towards that end, and in support of their community service mission, the Teen Center is sponsoring a TURKEY DINNER at the Hall Saturday, February 9 at 5:30 p.m. We will be serving turkey, mashed potatoes, squash, stuffing, rolls, cranberry relish, and apple crisp. Donation is $12 pp, children under 12 $6, family max $35. We will have a slide show available of last year's mission, a 50/50 raffle, and karaoke following dinner. Come out and support this great cause. Donations can be made at the event or through our GoFundMe page. Need more info? Call or text May 332.2368.

Come sing with the CUMC Youth Choir, for ages 8-12, which practices after Sunday morning worship (11:30AM) and sings in worship twice a month. We’ll learn the basics of vocal technique through a combination of games, songs, and exercises, and we’ll explore how to connect with God in our everyday lives, all in the context of a fun, lively community (cookies always included!)
--- Our first rehearsal (February 10th) is an open rehearsal with lunch afterwards, so feel free to come to check it out and see if it’s right for you! There’s no audition or prior experience required and if you have questions, just email Ben at ben.yosuadavis@gmail.com!

Reminder: Winter Festival for the Rec is March 2nd! - Lots of details coming soon. The plunge will be at 11 with the Chile, Chowder and Soup at noon. I think we have a lot of plungers so it will be exciting!

February 6, 2019 - For those who remember Bob Follette who once owned and ran the Island View along with Alexander Morton (Mort) he is in failing health and people may want to send him a note at: Robert Follette
Wingate at South Hadley
573 Granby Rd.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Bob has always followed this website and kept in touch with Chebeague.
Click here for a photo of the Island View from Polly Hunneman. Click here for a much older photo from Polly.

February 5, 2019 - There was an article in the Forecaster this past week about the Independence - the new CTC boat - click here.

School Committee Meeting tonight 5pm Tuesday, February 5 at 6pm - click here for agenda.

February 4, 2019 - If you are calling to making an appointment with Dr. Rybka for this Wednesday be sure to call the correct number 829-6463. The ad in the Council Calendar is correct but the number is incorrect in the back page calendar.

Wednesday Soups this week are -- Vegetarian = Spanish Gypsy Soup ---Non-Vegetarian = Turkey Noodle

Chris Auffont found a childs wallet at the Stone Wharf today - call her at 203 675-3983 if it is yours.

February 3, 2019 - Patriots won the Super Bowl 13-3 against the LA Rams. Whoopy!!
February 1, 2019 -There is an article about Chebeague's new boat Independence in the online Working Waterfront- click here.

January 31, 2019 - photo taken by Sam Birkett on January 31st - the air temp is 1 degree and the wind chill is -17 degrees.

FROM THE PLANNING BOARD click HERE to learn more about good septic system maintenance. Well maintained septic systems save you money in the long run, and, help protect the aquifer! Here are 10 Ways to be a Good Septic Owner.

I am sorry to report that the Great Black Hawk had to be euthanized - you can read all about it on Avian Haven's facebook page.

January 30, 2019 - The CTC February Newsletter very important. It defines conditions under which CTC will safely provide assistance to passengers. CTC also provides a calendar of trips where the crew can provide assistance through 3/31. Visit the News and Info page of chebeaguetrans.com for more information.
January 29, 2019 - Tomorrow Hall Wednesday at Noon soups will be - Vegetarian = Tomato with Cheese Croutons -- Non-Vegetarian = Barley Soup

Reminder that tonight Tuesday at 6pm, Yvonne Thomas from the Island Institute is at the Rec Center for Scholarship Information Session. FMI contact Yvonne Thomas, Education Specialist at ythomas@islandinstitute.org or 207-701-1537.

January 28, 2019 - Donations are still coming in from our recent mailing of the Annual Report - please if you haven't seen it check it by clicking here. Let me know if you would like a hard copy sent to you. Donations are still being matched so send your donation to Recompense Fund c/o Maine Community Foundation,  245 Main Street, Ellsworth, ME 04605. THANK YOU to all those who have sent their donations! We will be accepting grant applications soon from our non-profits.

SAVE THE DATE - . Winter Carnival NEW DATE will be MARCH 2ND this year. Plungers and chili/soup/chowder contestants should please contact Christine Englund via text 508-410-560 no later than Feb 22. Look for more updates on timelines and events along the way.

January 27, 2019 - Please go to the GoFund Page to see how you may help the family after the tragic death of Emily. "Emily Todd, island girl, daughter, sister to her adoring brothers, lover of light and the most peaceful soul’s life was taken from this earth in early December by a senseless act of violence. Many of you have asked how you can help the Todds after this horrible tragedy."
January 26, 2019 - Winner of ferry naming contest! 475 people voted in the contest to name the new CTC ferry. The breakdown of the votes were:
Hamilton - 50 votes
Chebeaguer - 91 votes
Ambrose Hamilton - 93 votes
Islander II - 95 votes
Three people submitted the name Independence. We drew the winner from a hat - congratulations Beth Dyer!!

January 25, 2019 - Tomorrow morning at 9am at the Hall is an important Broadband Workshop, Saturday, January 26, 2019, 9:00 AM- 11:00 AM at the Hall - Refreshments will be served.The committee and selectmen really want to hear your thoughts and opinions. Please don't forget to check out the video - click here.

Remember that tomorrow evening DON’T MISS THE HALL’S COMMUNITY SUPPER ON JANUARY 26 - Featuring your favorite Italian comfort foods!!! The doors open at 5:30pm - with several kinds of homemade lasagna, stuffed shells, prochetta, chicken parmesan, salad and garlic bread. Dessert table including Gina's world-famous cannoli. Bring your favorite bottle of wine to complement this fabulous meal. Generously sponsored by Michael Hollander and Janna Hobbs to promote mental health awareness. Suggested donation: $7.

January 24, 2019 - Just a reminder that there is Cribbage on Friday nights at the Parish House at 7 PM! Don't worry if you don't know how to play; there are folks available to help teach you if you'd like to learn. Hope you can join us!

CUMC will host one final Parent/Caregiver Support Group meeting on Sunday, January 27th from 2 - 3:30 PM in the sanctuary (childcare provided in the Parish House). We'll simply touch base with each other and share where we find ourselves after the holidays and in the middle of the winter season. Open to all.

Today's weather and wind is a concern so it is a good idea to keep tabs on the CTC boat and bus situation just in case it becomes necessary to cancel a boat or bus. For updates, follow their Facebook page or sign up for emails and/or texts on the Cancellation page of their website.

May Hall and Beatrice Crossman have a GoFundMe campaign to help with their costs of the Baobab Medical Mission in Zanzibar in March. Please congtribute if you can. Check out their link: https://www.gofundme.com/zanzibar-medical-mission-2019

January 23, 2019 - DON’T MISS THE HALL’S COMMUNITY SUPPER ON JANUARY 26 - Featuring your favorite Italian comfort foods!!! The doors open at 5:30pm - with several kinds of homemade lasagna, stuffed shells, prochetta, chicken parmesan, salad and garlic bread. Dessert table including Gina's world-famous cannoli. Bring your favorite bottle of wine to complement this fabulous meal. Generously sponsored by Michael Hollander and Janna Hobbs to promote mental health awareness. Suggested donation: $7.

January 22, 2019 - All dogs must be registered by Friday, January 31, 2019. Effective February 1st, a late fee of $25.00 will be added to the $6.00 fee as mandated by the State of Maine

Tomorrows soups at the CIHCC are Vegetarian = Potato Leek and the Non-Vegetarian = Seafood (scallops, shrimp and crabmeat) Chili .

The famous Great Black Hawk that was hanging around Deering Oaks in Portland was found hurt on the ground during the storm on Sunday morning and was transported to Avian Haven (we have brought many sick birds to them) where he/she is recovering from frost bite - Avian Haven's Facebook page is keeping us informed about the bird's condition.

January 21, 2019 - School Committee Meeting tomorrow evening, January 22, 2019 starting at 5:45 - see agenda.

Bruce Tompkins stayed up for the super blood wolf moon and took an amazing group of photos - click here to see.

January 20, 2019 -photo taken by Steve Todd of the teens clearing the ice last night, January 20th. Hopefully there still will be skating this week - we only got about 6 inches of snow. Click here for another view from last night.

Island Institute is hosting a Scholarship Information Session Monday, Jan. 28 from 3:00-5:00 at the Casco Bay Lines conference room in Portland. Click here to see a poster about it. FMI contact Yvonne Thomas, Education Specialist at ythomas@islandinstitute.org or 207-701-1537. Yvonnewill also be visiting the school on Chebeague the following day, Tuesday, Jan. 29, and will be having an on island scholarship information session that evening. More details to come.

Message from John Howard: "It's time to spread the word of open heart surgery performed successfully on John Howard this past Wednesday at Maine Medical. I'm writing this myself but not ready for visits. See Steve for details. Or ask Melissa Y-D to call me or Ginny ( to give Steve a break too). I may be home Tuesday. Planning on a 12 week recovery, so it will be quiet. Maybe some music later on. Go Pats!"

Message from CTC: The 4:45/5 PM and 7:15/7:30 PM ferry and bus are cancelled today (1/20) due to unsafe conditions on the roads and on the floats/ramps/wharves

January 19, 2019 - Sunday's storm may force cancellation of the 10:00/10:15 AM ferry. We will send notices and post on Facebook whether or not cancellation is needed. Also, the storm surge may result in flooding near the fence at the Cousins Island parking lot. Customers may want to consider moving their cars to Route One. It would certainly help in clean up after the storm!
January 17, 2019 - Save the Date: March 2, 2019, 9-11am. Planning Board will hold a public workshop to gather ideas on how we can develop our Land Use ordinances to best support the Comprehensive Plan goals of "Preserve the Character of the Town of Chebeague" at the Hall.

January 15, 2019 - Wednesday's Community Lunch features turkey and gravy, cranberry sauce, Brussels sprouts with bacon and shallots, mashed potatoes, butternut squash, green salad, rolls, and sticky cranberry gingerbread with maple whipped cream or apple Charlotte Russe. Doors open at noon. Suggested donation: $7. Sponsored by Island Electric.

Following the luncheon around 1pm, Steve Baybutt, Clinical Director of MaineHealth Care at Home will be presenting about Tele-Medicine on Chebeague! Click here for their brochure. Click here for their website.

Reminder from The Recompense Fund to all non-profits on Chebeague that one month from today grant proposals for the Maine Community Foundation - Community Building Grant Program need to be submitted. Last year the Maine Community Foundation gave out over a million dollars to communities in Maine with an average grant of $6100. Click here for more information.

January 14, 2018 - Sanford's Pond is up and running!! The Rec Center will be posting times when chaperones will be at the pond. Tomorrow, Tuesday, it will be open from 3:15 with pickup by 5. It is also scheduled to be open on Wednesday from 3:15 to 5 as well. Click here to see the guidlines and to sign the waiver.

Message from the Rec: MEET YOUR 2019 HEALTH GOALS with a team behind you. Wednesdays 4:45-5:15 beginning 1/16. Meet at the Rec Ctr Fitness Room for POSTAL CORE, a program to chart your goals, get inspired in a team setting and do a 20 minute work out of your choice. See Flyer. $5 drop in fee.

The Chedemption Baggettes are sending out an SOS!
We need a couple of folks to help us load banana boxes at 8:00 am this Tuesday January 15 at the transfer station and then unload them at Chandlers. The boxes weigh approximately 20 pounds, we will be moving 48 and it takes approximately one hour.
Please call Ann Thaxter (653-9823) if you can help lend a hand. Thanks!

January 13, 2018 - Kate (not Krista) Hayward, after graduating from high school is taking a gap year with wonderful plans to travel. She has started a blog so her friends and family can follow and you too. Click here and then put your email in the lower right part of the screen. It is called Mind The Gap as she travels to Kenya, Madagascar and Sri Lanka.

January 9, 2018 - Message from Sew Good - Please join us to help make Chair Book Bags. Sew Good meets the second & fourth Wednesday of the month from 1 - 5 at the Parish House. This month we are making Chair Book Bags for Guatemala. There are 4 Chebeaguers going this February. We hope to send 50 Book Bags with them. For details contact Lola or Karen.

Learn about Tele-Medicine on Chebeague, join Steve Baybutt, Clinical Director of MaineHealth Care at Home. January 16th, at 1:00pm following the Community Lunch. Click here for their brochure. Click here for their website.

Save the DATE: Broadband Workshop, Saturday, January 26, 2019, 9:00 AM- 11:00 AMat the Hall - Refreshments will be served.The committee and selectmen really want to hear your thoughts and opinions. Please don't forget to check out the video - click here.

January 8, 2018 - Tomorrow's Soups are: Vegetarian -- Corn Chowder and the Non-vegetarian --Russian Beef and Cabbage. There will be NO Coffee tomorrow because of illness.

January 4, 2018 - School Committee Meeting, Thursday, January 10th at 6pm - click here for agenda.

Updated pictures of the new ferry have been added to the News and Info page of chebeaguetrans.com.
The CTC board meeting has been rescheduled from 1/17 to 1/10. The meeting is held at 6:30 PM at the CTC office. The public is welcome.

January 3, 2018 - Click here for a cool story about a painting that Gabby and Dave Tracy used to own.

January 2, 2019 - Message from Jen Belesca from the Niblic: "I am pleased to share that the week before last I stopped by the offices of Maine Cancer Foundation to present them with a check in the amount of $830 in loving memory of my sweet friend Althea Dugliss who lost her fight with metastatic breast cancer in April of last year. We sold 166 pink CIBY stickers this past season. Thank you from all of us here at CIBY & The Niblic who purchased a sticker to help the fight against cancer. Click here to see photo.

Click here for a message from the Planning Board about our island aquifer.

Message from the Historical Society: Bookkeeper Needed! Our long-time bookkeeper is retiring. The Historical Society is looking for someone to take over that role. Must be Quickbooks capable, entering our transactions, cutting our checks and creating monthly reports. $15 per hour, probably averaging three hours per week. Training from the current bookkeeper available through 2019 to get up to speed. If interested, please contact : Toby Webb, tobywebb1947@gmail.com or Gretchen Tonks-Hartling, GTHartling604@comcast.net

January 1, 2019 - Happy New Year!

December 31, 2018 - photo Sunrise, December 31, 2018 by Phil Soderstrom.

Cast your ballot for one of the 5 finalists in the CTC "Name That Ferry" contest at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/63JJHQ9

Wednesday Soups this week are vegetarian: Creamy Parsnip and Carrot Soup and the non-vegetarian: Booya(h) - a chicken and beef vegetable.

Ralph munroe is participating in 2 stair climbs this March. the first is for the MS society on March 2, 2019. It will be 61 floors and Ralph's first time competing in this climb. please help him reach or even pass his fund raising goal of $600 for Multiple Sclerosis, Climb to the Top Boston 2019 is going to be awesome
Go to Ralph's personal fundraising page: Ralph Munroe's Fundraising Page
Thank You for your help

Our island has a significant demographic problem. We have very few young families, largely because real estate inflation has rendered few houses within the financial reach of most of them. ECHO, LLC was recently formed to address this situation. We are early in the process of developing various plans.
Some have asked why it is important for Chebeague to have more young families. Aside from their important role of populating our school, in the future they will manage our government, our transportation company, our assisted living facility, our recreation center, our boatyard, our library and our small businesses including property management.
Chebeague needs ECHO in order to support a sustainable future! You may reach us via echo@chebeague.net.
December 28, 2018 - On January 1st from 1 - 5 at the Parish House, the Sew Good members & anyone who wants to help are putting together Chair Book Bags for our intrepid Island volunteers to take with them to Guatemala So bring your enthusiasm & sewing, folding, pressing/ironing skills & join our happy group. We’re hoping to complete 50 units before they depart. So if we still need fabricate some. We will meet again the 2nd & 4th Wednesday same place same time

December 27, 2018 - This Sunday, December 30th, come to the Parish House at 11am to celebrate Jackie Doughty Trask's 75th birthday with cake and coffee!

The CTC January newsletter is now available on their website, chebeaguetrans.com and here.

December 24, 2018- photo Christmas carolers at the store on Christmas Eve. Click here for a photo from the boat when caroling there.

Message from May: Hi folks: The Slow Bell will be open this weekend for two special events. Friday night we're offering a special Italian buffet. Lasagna, seafood fettuccini, salads, chicken cacciatore, soup, pizzas, and desserts $24. This will be instead of our regular menu. Friday night we will have karaoke at the bar. On Saturday we will have our annual Holiday Dinner...prime rib or crab stuffed haddock or veggie loaf with cashew gravy. All come with choice of soup or salad and dessert $38. There will also be live music featuring Jerry Smith. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR SATURDAY ONLY. TWO SEATINGS 5:00 and 7:30. Please specify your seating preference and dinner choice. 846.3078 or 332.2368.

December 22, 2018 - Come Sing! Caroling around Chebeague on Dec. 24th - 9AM start at the store and sing around the island and then Christmas Eve 7pm at the Church. Contact Erika at 749-8022 for any questions! See Flyer.

December 21, 2018 - Message from the Hall: Don't forget to pick up your dishes and clothing from the coat rack by the bathrooms at the Community Center. There is a large collection of stuff, including the insert to someone's crock pot, as well as a large insulated cooler on wheels.

There will be Cribbage at the Parish House tonight, Dec 21st!

Florence Rich of Island Riches will be at the store today until 3 and tomorrow December 22nd from 10 until 2pm!

Are you concerned about someone dealing with trauma or loss?
Michael Hollander, PhD is offering confidential assessments and consultations on the island in December and January. Dr. Hollander is a clinical psychologist with over 40 years of experience treating adults, adolescents and families. He is an Assistant Professor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School, Director of Training at 3East at McLean Hospital and in private practice. 45 minutes appointments are being offered free of charge and will take place between 10 and 12:15 on designated Sundays. Contact him directly at 617-251-6635 for more details and to schedule an appointment.



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