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To contact me, Beverly Johnson : bjohnson @chebeague.net. ---------BIRDS OF CHEBEAGUE - Latest Video Migratory Birds of Chebeague

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

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.

May 6, 2015 - Click here to see a New York Times article about a fire that raged at Mount Herman school while Jim VanFleet played in a football game in 1965.

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 - 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 3, 2015 - Click here for a message from Susan (Woolfrey) Teachout on the progress being made to document the Chebeague Cemetery as well as the other cemeteries around the island.

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 islandriches@chebeague.net , 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. crc@chebeague.net 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 susan@amitycomputer.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 24, 2015 - The May CTC newsletter is now posted on the News and Info page of their website chebeaguetrans.com.

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 21 2015 - Sew Good is meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, April 22, Earth Day at the Parish House from @10:00 a.m. until the last sewers turn out the lights & close the door. We hope to see anyone interested in stitching together or putting stitches into material with or without a project. We are currently working on placemats & napkins for the Commons. All are welcome!!

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 15, 2015 - Last summer I lost a clear box with tools and equipment for making wireless and internet connections. I may have left it in someone's cellar, attic or closet and you may not even know that it is there or where it came from. If found please let me know (bjohnson@chebeague.net) - thank you.
April 14, 2015 - Photo - taken by Wink Houghton of the West End on April 14. Click here to see the East End as well.

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 mainehegartyfamily@gmail.com 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 9, 2015 - Remember that tomorrow, Friday at 2 the store will be closed at 2pm, and CLOSED Saturday April 11th thru the 18th. Portland papers in the paper bin daily.

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, crc@chebeague.net 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 7, 2015 - I have just added to youtube a portion of the video of the Launching of the Islander that people were able to see yesterday on the boat - click here.

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 3, 2015 - The Chebeague students K-5 will be on Channel 8 WMTW news tonight. They visited the station before their Planetarium field trip this morning.

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…crc@chebeague.net. 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: jmaher@islandinstitute.org 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.
Thank You!
Many Blessings,
Linda + Jim Brewster
Peter Carleton

March 28, 2015 - Tonight, Saturday, Mark and Chuck are playing at the Hall on at 8:30 PM (must be 21 or older to attend). All proceeds benefit CRC.

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: lindacarleton01@gmail.com

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 pennyash@maine.rr.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 chebeaguetrans@gmail.com 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 15, 2015 - Please go to Event Calendar and submit your upcoming events if you have the information.
March 14, 2015 - New site EVENT CALENDAR started up by Chip and Jon Emery -- “The place to list any event...spoken, sung, played, danced.” I have it listed above called Event Calendar. This will make it soooo much easier to find an event that I may have listed on this site or even on facebook. I don't know how many times I go looking on this site trying to find an event that I have included, this should be a big help.

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: sjohnson@bu.edu.

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 9, 2015 - Last Friday was Pellet Palooza at the Chebeague Island School! The students dissected owl pellets, made owl hats, nature games at the gym and owl snacks! Laurie Hegarty made another iMovie putting together clips from the day that you won't want to miss - thank you Laurie. Big thank you to Ken Pelton who built the school an owl box from wood from Eric Weagle and Sue Stranahan.

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 jmaher@islandinstitute.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 crc@chebeague.net. 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 27, 2015 - PLEASE TAKE SURVEY: The Chebeague United Methodist Church is looking to the future and finding ways to be of greater relevance and support to the island community. We invite island residents and others with island ties to take a survey that will help us discern future directions. There are copies of the survey in the library and the Island Market (after this Thursday), and you may also complete the survey on-line. The link is Take CUMC Survey. Your responses are very important to us. Thank you for helping us with your comments and suggestions.

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, mainehegartyfamily@gmail.com 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.

February 18, 2015 - The Winter Carnival is just a few days away and we need plungers! So far Beverly Johnson, Laura Hamilton, Caroline Loder and Caitlin Gerber are the brave soul's willing to jump into the icy bay to raise money for CRC. Are you brave enough to take the plunge? Sign up today and get pledges to help support the Rec Center.

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 sstranahan@chebeague.net, 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 chebeaguetrans@gmail.com. We will continue to check ctc@chebeague.net 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.


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 - althea.dugliss@chebeague.k12.me.us - to see the order form click here.

February 10, 2015 - The Soup for tomorrow is Red Bean and Rice and the vegetarian is Vegetable Chowder with Cheese

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/
Thank you,

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 24, 2015 - The Chebeague Parents Association will be selling and delivering Mrs. Summa's famous school pizza on SuperBowl Sunday. Click here for a menu and order early for preferred pick up or delivery times. Go Pats! All proceeds to benefit the Chebeague Island School's end-of-year field trip.

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 18, 2015 - Photo - taken of the snowy down at the Hook - she has been seen every few days since last week. Not sure if she is here to stay or not.

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 14, 2015 - Photo - The SNOWY OWL is back down at the Hook! Today, January 14, around 4:15 I was able to get a photo of her. I wonder if it is the same one and if we will be able to tell. Click here for a photo of the building with the owl on the chimney as I tried not to get to close. It was January 17th last year when it first came to the Hook and stayed for three months.

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 10, 2015 - State Senator Cathy Breen and Representative Janice Cooper will meet with Chebeague Island constituents at 10:45am today at the Island Hall. Please attend and share your concerns, ideas and questions: 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 janicecooperforhouse@gmail.com. Newsletters are a great way of staying informed regarding what's happening in the Maine State Legislature.

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.list@chebeague.net

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 janicecooperforhouse@gmail.com. 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: kidsplace@chebeague.net - 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 erikagneumann@yahoo.com - see poster.

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