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Photo - Father's day sunrise by Art Ryder at Coleman's Cove.

June 23, 2019 - Independence launch rescheduled. The new CTC ferry, the Independence, launch date has been rescheduled. The launch will be at 1:30 PM on July 19th at Washburn & Doughty, 7 Enterprise Street, East Boothbay. CTC will provide free bus transportation – meeting the noon boat and returning for the 4 PM ferry. Sign up for the bus on the Islander or in the office. Launch tee shirts will be available for purchase and we will provide complimentary refreshments. Join us for this memorable occasion!

Professional window cleaner, Chris Leveris, owner of Maine Coast Window Cleaning will be on Chebeague from 7/1 through 7/11 (see website). Chris pleased many Chebeaguers last summer and has blocked time off to accommodate as many as new customers as possible. Please let him know if you're interested in his services call or email only. Cell phone number is 319.5386. Email address is chrisleveris@gmail.com. Be sure to mention that you are on Chebeague Island

June 22, 2019 - The Great Chebeague Tennis Club (GCTC) is a fun way to get to know people on the island, get a little exercise and fine-tune your tennis skills. Individual, family and flex memberships are available. Please reach out to Kim Venkataraman at kim@venkataraman.net to learn more. We would love to see you out there playing on the clay courts.
---The GCTC will again offer adult tennis clinics every Friday during two sessions – 3 - 4:30 p.m. and 4:30 - 6 p.m. with tennis pro Jeff Barrett. Information about the on-line sign up process will be posted at the courts. The clinic will begin Friday, July 5, and then will continue on Fridays through the end of August. These sessions have been very popular in the past, so sign up early. Hope to see you there!
---Calling all high school or college tennis players! The GCTC is looking for a young “pro” to teach island kids at a Junior Clinic on Wednesdays from 10 - 11 a.m. If you know of someone who might be interested in teaching in July and August, please reach out to Kim Venkataraman at kim@venkataraman.net. This is also a wonderful opportunity to cultivate private lessons outside of the clinic for added income!

June 21, 2019 - Independence Launch postponed! Due to construction delays, the launch will be rescheduled for July. We will publish the date as soon as it is available.

Second Annual Junior Golf Camp. Last year’s inaugural junior golf camp, jointly sponsored by the Great Chebeague Golf Club and the Chebeague Recreation Center, was a huge success. We are pleased to announce that the camp is back for its second year and encourage juniors ages 7—16 to register for this fun and instructive event. It will be held July 29—August 2, 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon, at the Great Chebeague Golf Club. Our professionals this year will be Karen Nicolleti, teaching pro at Portland Country Club, and Keith Johnson, formerly at Woodlands Country Club. The registration form is on the Rec Center website http://www.chebeaguerec.com/store/c2/CRC_Summer_Camp_Registration_2019.html For more information contact Joan Dayton (joandayton@mac.com) or Steve Auffant (crc@chebeague.net).

Congratulations to the 5th graders who participated in the DAR writing contest. Alex won his age group for the state and Drake, runner up. All the students were recognized at a ceremony where the kids will learn about Portland and defending our seacoast, all sponsored by the DAR. Sascha and Drake also read their papers at a statewide program - click here.

Helen Doughty Curran's graveside service will be June 26th, 2019 at 1pm at the Chebeague Cemetery.

June 19, 2019 - On Monday, July 22, a group from CBIA (Casco Bay Island Alliance) will visit Chebeague. At noon, we will be at the Niblic for lunch. Please join us if you are a member of CBIA, or even if you are not, to meet some people from other islands in Casco Bay and renew ties of friendship and community. Questions? Call Marcia Howell 846-3480.

July 18, 2019 - Save the Date: July 6, 2019 from 3-5 at the Niblic, please join The Recompense Fund for a community gathering in celebration of our 2019 awards. Our nonprofit recipients will share news about their grant awards and their continuing sustainability of Chebeague! We encourage everyone to come, hear the stories and enjoy refreshments with the board of advisors, nonprofits and friends.

Message from May: Hey folks! The Slow Bell will be open this week and until Labor Day on THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY. This week our specials include lasagna, fried or pan seared scallops, haddock chowder and beet salad. Our SUNDAY buffet is BBQ picnic, and will include BBQ chicken, ribs, pasta salad, potato salad, green salad and hummus wraps. Eat in or take it to go and find a comfy spot on the beach! ($12 adults, $6 kids). Hope to see you at the Slow Bell. 846.3078

Click here for the Consumer Fireworks Permit that needs to be filled out in order to have fireworks on Chebeague. Click here to see the new Fireworks Ordinance again.

June 16, 2019 - Independence Launch POSTPONED TO JULY-- Join us for the launch of the new CTC ferry, the Independence, POSTPONED TO JULYsat Washburn & Doughty – 7 Enterprise Street, East Boothbay. CTC will provide a free bus ride to the event - leaving Cousins wharf at 8:15am and returning for the 2:15pm ferry. Help us celebrate with christening, remarks by the builder and CTC, and refreshments. And bring your checkbook to purchase a launch tee shirt! Sign up for the bus on the ferry or at the office. See you there!

Message from Island Riches: Island Riches is now open. The hours are 10am -4pm every day for the rest of June. We are going over Tuesday morning to get plants so if you need something please call 207 846-4986 or email islandriches@chebeague.net. I will put my hours for August and September out the end of June. Thank you, Florence

June 15, 2019 - Thursday evening the students of Chebeague presented their technology project they have been working on. They are creating websites about the history of some areas of Chebeague. In doing this they picked out a couple an old photo of certain areas and then tried taking a present day photo from the same place. They then put the two together in an iMovie so you can see how the landscape has changed. Click here to see how things have changed over 100 years in some places.

Congratulations to Linda Grant who recently received the 2019 Yarmouth Latchstring Award.The name is derived from the town motto “Our Latchstring Always Out”, is intended as an acknowledgment of those citizens whose examples of citizenship and leadership keep Yarmouth a warm and welcoming community of caring individuals.

June 13, 2019 - At the Town Meeting we passed this Consumer Fireworks Ordinance. You can also see the link on the top of this page.

Historical Society Annual Meeting, 7 pm on Saturday June 15th at the Hall. A short business meeting will be followed by refreshments and a presentation by Donna Damon on Chebeague in World War I. ALL WELCOME.

June 12, 2019 - Tomorrow is the School Concert at 5:30 at the Hall - you won't want to miss it.

Island Commons clean-up on Thursday from 10-noon. Bring rakes, shovels, clippers and muscle. We’ll have mulch, tarps and wheelbarrows. In two hours, we hope to get the grounds looking ready for summer! Thanks! Questions: Contact Susan Stranahan.

June 11, 2019 - Click here to see the local election results from today.

To celebrate Independence Day the Community Center is giving away American flags generously donated by the family of Fran Calder. They will be available in the lobby from now until July 4th. Come get a few for your yard!

Alanon Meetings - Every Saturday morning, 8:00 AM at the Rec Craft Room, starting June 29th.

Message from May: Hey folks: The Slow Bell is open this weekend on Friday and Saturday for our regular menu and on Sunday for our buffet ($12 adults/$6 kids under 12). Our dinner specials this week include nicoise salad, corn and crab chowder, braised beef tips in mushroom gravy, and tuna steaks. On Sunday, our buffet will include pizza, caesar salad, green salad, caprese salad, corn and crab chowder, chicken and mushroom soup, and rolls. We'll sing karaoke this weekend, so come on out and join us. Hope to see you at the Slow Bell. Call ahead for takeout. 846-3078.

Voting today for Selectman and School Committee. Two seats each and Donna Damon and Jay Corson for selectma and Suzanne Rugh and Christine Nadeau for School Committee. Polls close at 8pm.

Message from Florence: Island Riches has some plants now ( flowers and veg.) I will be taking orders for my next trip over. call 207 846-4986 or email islandriches@chebeague.net

June 10, 2019 - Photo - This is a photo from a Chebeague school trip a few years back. Featured are our graduates from yesterday along with two from last year. Elias, Ethan, Laura, Aaron, Stephen, Tiffany and Braeden. Click here for one that shows the five graduates really young.

"SAVE THE DATE: THE WHALERS -- JUNE 29 7:00 pm at The Hall. This year's program, "What's Love Got To Do With It" is sure to entertain and delight. Music Director, Ben Yoshua-Davis will include an original composition too. Make your plans now to arrive early and get your seat. $8 adults, $4 under 12.

Attemtion: I made a mistake earlier: the second fireworks ordinance did pass which means that we are adopting a similar ordinance to Long Island. Everyone should become familiar with it if you are planning on setting off fireworks.

The Chebeague Island Group of Alcoholics Anonymous will meet on Wednesday and Saturday mornings at 8 am starting Saturday, June 15th and continuing through Labor Day weekend. We meet at the Chebeague Island Library, which is located next to the Island Hall and is near the Island Market. Please park in the library parking lot and use the back door. For more information, call 207-210-1714.

Have rake, will travel? We’re looking for some help with the (postponed) Island Commons yard clean-up on Thursday from 10 until noon. If you’re available and able to help, even for a little while, stop by with tools. We’ll have mulch and tarps, but would love to get the outside looking great. If the weather is bad, we’ll post information about a rain date. And if another time works better for you, stop by when you can, pick a spot and go at it. Many thanks from the Commons. Questions? Contact Susan Stranahan.

June 9, 2019 - Photo - Pictured are Tiffany Calder, Aaron Belesca, Laura Hamilton, & Elias Rich (missing Braeden Rich) Yarmouth High School held their Award Recognition Ceremony this Friday. Tiffany Calder received the Stephen Lewis Ross Scholarship and the Yarmouth Lions Club Scholarship. She is attending Saint Anselm College in the fall. Aaron Belesca received the Stephen Lewis Ross Scholarship and the Yarmouth HS Athletic Award and will be attending the University of New Hampshire. Laura Hamilton received the Yarmouth HS Photography Award and will be attending the University of New England. Elias Rich will be attending Maine Maritime Academy in the fall. Congratulations to our island graduates who graduated today!

June 8, 2019 - Town Meeting Day - 9am at the Hall. A lot of people showed up for the Town Meeting. The BroadbandCommittee initiative was voted down, the Sunset Land motion was voted down and the first firework's ordinances was voted down and the second one was approved. Everything else in the warrant passed with a few little increases of funds in a couple of items. The meeting went from 9am until after 1pm.

Mark your calendars. The Chebeague Mystery Theater’s 2019 play, Ricker Returns, will be held at the Hall Saturday evening, July 13th at 7:30 PM. A cast of a dozen of your friends and neighbors features Jen Corson and Jonny Miller in starring roles. Reserve seating tickets can be purchased at Kids’ Place;

June 7, 2019 - The Red Studio will be closed Saturday because of the Town Meeting.

SAVE THE DATE! Sunday, July 21st at 4pm- 3rd annual BAY MIST CRUISE to benefit Island Commons. Tickets are now available online. Raffle & Auction items will be posted soon, so stay tuned! Join us at this fun summertime event and support a good cause.

June 6, 2019 - Just a reminder that there is a Catholic Communion Service - without a priest every Saturday at 4 P.M. at the Parish House or at the Church - whichever is available. All are welcome

Poochie's Ross turns a spry 90 years young tomorrow, Friday, June 7th. His favorite line is "I can't believe my life is half over already!". He wants no fanfare but we thought simple message announcing his big day would be ok.

The Stephen L. Ross Scholarship is pleased to share that we had 3 applicants and we were able to give each applicant an award. We have awarded Tiffany Calder $5,000 for her first year at St. Anselm, in New Hampshire; Aaron Belesca $5,000 for his first year at University of New Hampshire; and Ethan Belesca $5,000 for his second year at Maine Maritime Academy. We are proud to be able to assist our island students and we thank you for your continued support of the Stephen L. Ross Scholarship. With your generosity we were able to award $15,000 in scholarships this year. Congratulations to all of our island graduates.

Check out this event for July 25th from the Historical Society.

June 5, 2019 - The Town of Chebeague Island has the following Committee Openings:
1 opening for the Planning Board
2 openings for the Cemetery Committee
4 openings for the Road Planning Committee
If you are interested in one of these committees, please stop by the Town Office this week to fill out an application.

Don't forget that Town Meeting (see warrant) is this Saturday, 9am at the Chebeague Island Hall Community Center. Check out the town website for more information.

May 31, 2019 - Photo - by Mary Holt taken at 7:30pm, May 31, 2019.

Reminder that the Island Commons Clean up this Sunday is cancelled.

Message from the Chebeague Island Town Broadband Committee: Fellow Chebeaguers:
--- A YES vote on Article 4 will provide initial funding for a Broadband Reserve Account to position the town to seek grant funding from the State and other sources. (please see our documents on the town website or click here).
--- A NO vote will not provide funding for a Broadband Reserve Account to position the town to seek grant funding from State and other sources.
We encourage all voters and non voters to attend so that everyone has a chance to speak. email: chebeguebroadband@gmail.com.

50 years ago there was a major extended Vietnam battle for a mountain named Dong Ap Bia know as Hamburger Hill following a vicious, 11-day fight. Only 30% of the force that landed on May 10 would reach the top on May 20. Bruce Tompkins, was there then and at the 50th reunion of the 3/187 that took place at Fort Campbell, Kentucky recently. Bruce created this video of the event click here to see. I love it at the end when they all were honored as they came into the hall.

Click here to see the flyer about the 4th of July celebration.

Aquaculture Scoping Session - Summit Point, LLC
A public scoping session will be conducted by Summit Point LLC on two separate, proposed standard aquaculture lease applications with 20-year terms. One 100-acre lease is proposed northeast of Clapboard Island in the towns of Falmouth & Cumberland and the other 100-acre lease is proposed off the west shore of Chebeague in the Towns of Chebeague Island and Long Island. The public scoping sessions will be held in succession on Tuesday June 4, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at the Harrison Middle School in Yarmouth, ME. Copies of the draft applications can be found on the DMR website at: https://www.maine.gov/dmr/about/meeting-details.html?id=1277428. Information on public participation in leasing review process can be found on the DMR website at: https://www.maine.gov/dmr/aquaculture/public-participation.html

May 29, 2019 - Message from Jen: The Niblic is now open for the season. Our current spring hours are Wednesday thru Saturday 8am – 2pm. We will be closed this Saturday so employees can attend Dick Calder’s service. CIBY will be open this Saturday for gas from 7:30am to 10:30am. Thanks to all of you that have stopped in as we slowly get things up & going. Hope to see you again soon!

This Sunday marks the first House Concert of the season. Back by popular demand are Fendrick and Peck, traveling troubadours extraordinaire. On Sunday. June 2 at 7:00 PM they will perform their beautiful harmonies at the home of Beth and Michael Grunko.
-- No charge for admission, but donations will be accepted. Refreshments will be served and attendees are welcome to bring their own creations and libations.
--- Folks should park on North Road and walk to our house. Attendeeswith limited mobility may be shuttled.

The June CTC newsletter and crew assistance schedule for June and July are posted on the News and Info page of chebeaguetrans.com and posted here.

May 28, 2019 - Don't forget today - Open House at the Chebeague Island School from 6pm to 7:30pm. - refreshments will be served.

Message from the Commons: Due to multiple conflicts the Island Commons Clean up this Sunday is cancelled.

May 27, 2019 -MEMORIAL DAY - Today don't forget to come to the Church at 1pm for our annual Memorial Day Service. Students and community members will be singing and afterwards flags will be placed on veteran's graves.

May 25, 2019 - Photo - of a few of the Chebeague Island Students who were guests of honor at Hadlock Field SeaDog Game.The whole school got tickets and one of the teachers made up hats for them. They had a fun day.

The Chebeague Tick page has been updated - latest tick study results and a few new website links - click here.

The Great Chebeague Golf Course closed to all play until May 31st. The decision has been made to close the course to all play until May 31st for several reasons:
- Moisture remaining from heavy spring rains and damage from winter weather
- Several greens have been overseeded and should not be played
- Several tee boxes have been seeded and have not had enough sun to promote growth.
Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

SAVE THE DATE -- JUNE 1st, for the new MacBeth Concert Series opener! Tyler Putnam, bass and Sarah Nordin, mezzo-soprano, with special guest artists Holly Flack, coloratura soprano, and Richard Cordova, pianist. They have prepared what we know will be an outstanding concert of beloved arias and show tunes. You don't want to miss their engaging performances. The concert starts at 7:00 pm and will be held at the Chebeague United Methodist Church. Click here for the concert calendar which lists the programs for the entire summer, (good to post on your refrigerator!) Click here for the newsletter to fill you in on the variety of entertainment we have arranged.

ROAD SAFETY. Summery weathery seems to be trying to arrive at long last, and Chebeague’s pedestrians and cyclists are out, often two or more abreast on our narrow roads. Drivers, please keep your eyes out and slow way down as you approach them. Thanks from the Road Safety Committee.

May 24, 2019 - Sing in the Community Memorial Day Chorus! -- All people ages 11 and up are invited to join in the Community Memorial Day Chorus, which will be singing at the 1PM Memorial Day Service. Join us for rehearsal from 10AM-11AM on Memorial Day in the Parish House, and then come at 1PM to sing! If you have questions, contact Ben at ben.yosuadavis@gmail.com

Come get a pie and some books to read while you eat your pie! Saturday, May 25th from 10:00 - 11:30 am at the Hall. All proceeds benefit the Library

News from the Rec Center: It is with regret that we announce that Dave Hoidal has moved off the island and will be leaving the position of Executive Director next month. We are delighted to announce, however, that Steve Auffant will be Executive Director. Many people know Steve through his work at Chebeague Fire and Rescue, as well as his caring, competent work as the Animal Control Officer. His background is in business, marketing and sales. Please stop by and say hello to Steve in his new position!

There is a CPA's meeting planned for Friday 3p at the CIS picnic tables? If you are connected to Chebeague and care about it's resident children, you are a member of the CPA.

Hello past, present and future supporters of the Great Chebeague Tennis Club! We are looking forward to a great 2019 summer season with all of you. Just a few reminders:
-We truly value (and need!) every single membership to keep the tennis club viable and a resource for everyone on the island. Please submit your membership by June 1 (visit the Chebeague Tennis website for details) to receive your 2019 sticker AND you will be entered to win custom GCTC hats!
-All members are welcome to the kick-off cocktail party on Sunday, June 30th. Email kim@venkataraman.net for more info.
-Despite the uncooperative spring weather, we are working hard to have the courts open as soon as we can in the next few weeks.
-Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook for additional information and updates.
Thank you for your support!

May 22, 2019 - Photo - by Adam Kagan taken Sunday evening with his iPhone.

The Red Studio at the Island Commons will open for the season Saturday from 10 until 1. The industrious Red Studio Elves have been busy all winter gathering antiques, vintage clothing, lovely household goods, jewelry and assorted must-have’s. The Studio and Annex are bursting at the seams. This year, a new feature: Recognizing the wellspring of creative juices and generous spirits that thrive on this island, the Red Studio is establishing THE TRANSFORMER CORNER. Comb through some of our well-used donations, take home one that fires your imagination, TRANSFORM IT with paint, carpentry, woodwork, whatever. Return it to us by July 31, and we’ll auction off your donated masterpiece at our big annual sale August 3. Stop in, browse and celebrate the arrival of the new season (finally). Shop for a good cause — the Island Commons.

Message from Slowbell: Hey folks...thanks for all the support at the Slow Bell! We will be open Fri/Sat/Sun this weekend starting at noon for ice cream, 5 for dinner, and the bar until midnight. Friday night we'll welcome back The Pinwheel Brothers ($5 cover), Saturday the Westenders will rock the house ($5 cover), and Sunday we'll have Kids Karaoke from 7 to 9. Friday and Saturday we'll be serving up our new menu along with specials that include turkey dinner, fried clams, and apple crisp. ON SUNDAYs for the season we'll be serving a themed buffet each week ($12 adults, $6 kids under 12). This Sunday's theme will be PIZZA, SOUPS, AND SALAD. Come in and eat or fill takeout containers and take it to go (Sunday only)! Hope to see you at the Bell. 846.3078

May 20, 2019 - Wednesday is the last coffee hour at the Hall until fall. Come and raise a cup and catch up on the latest news!

School Committee Meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, May 21, 6pm - see agenda.

Message from CTC: The CTC Office will be closed: Memorial Day (5/27), July 4th, and Labor Day (9/2). Ferries and buses will run on their normal daily schedules. Ferries and buses will run their normal daily schedule on those dates. (5/57,7/4,9/2)

Open House at the Chebeague Island School next Tuesday, May 28th from 6pm to 7:30pm. - refreshments will be served.

Message from Island Riches - I am going over wed. morning to pick out plants for the memorial day weekend. If you need plants call me at( 207 846-4986) or email me at (islandriches@chebeague.net.) Thank you, Florence

Genevieve Calder Carter will be celebrating her 100th Birthday on May 30, 2019. She is the sister of John, Chesley, Norman, Mary, Elizabeth, Beverly and Richard Calder. Our family members are all planning to send her birthday cards for this special occasion. We all hope that you will join us in celebrating by sending cards as well! Her address is: 317 Maple Ridge Rd, C/O Don & Paula Carter, South China, ME 04358. Be sure to tell her your island heritage as well so she can put a name to a face or connect a family to a home on the island.

Yard Sale at 57 North Road. Friday, May 24th and Saturday, May 25th. Weather Permitting. Many items for your home or for those young people starting out in an apartment. Lots of items to choose from!

May 18, 2019 - For information on the upcoming congregational vote on Sunday, May 26th for the Chebeague United Methodist Church, please visit their website at www.chebeagueumc.org. Information is on their front page.

I am back from a fabulous school trip in Boston. Three days and two nights - Minute Man Park, Tea Party Ship and Museum, Hampton Inn (swimming), Oyster House, Freedom Trail, Paul Revere House, Dancing at Fanuell Hall, Commons, T-green line, Boston scavenger hunt, Science Museum, Omni Theater, Planetarium, Sleeping on floor of Museum, Cheese Cake Factory, Duck Boat - WOW.

When I went to add to the website - I lost it all but was able to recover up to the 14th. If there is something I left off please let me know.

The 4th of July Parade theme this year will be “We Have The Music In Us”. The Council received 10 suggestions and it was a close vote. The winning suggestion came from Eliza Jane Helpin. Thanks to everyone who submitted a suggestion. Time to start designing your float!

The CRC is looking for lifeguards for the 2019 season. Willing to train the right people. If you have a current lifeguard certificate OR are willing to get one and want employment, contact Dave at 846.5068 or May at 332.2368.

Something different is coming to the Red Studio this summer: the Transformer Corner! Do you see an old crash cart and picture it as a garden cart? Does that rusty old iron headboard scream garden centerpiece to you? Have you seen a vintage wooden ironing board and imagined it reincarnated as a bar, a kitchen island, a wall shelf? Have you longed to paint a vignette of the Stone Pier on a funky MCM bureau? If so, the Red Studio has a challenge for you: take an unloved piece from our annex and transform it into a work of art, a fun and functional piece of furniture, or a bit of whimsy. Each unique piece will be included in our August auction. Auction? Yes! There's always something old and something new afoot at the Red Studio!

May 14, 2019 -Thank you to everyone who participated in & pledged the 2019 Jenny Wren 5k!
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNERS: Zach Rich: 1st Place Runner Henry Hall: 2nd Place Runner
Bradley Vining: “Freshest” (youngest) son of Alissa & Dustin
Bev Johnson “Wisest” (…you know what that means!)
We had a fabulous (rare!) morning for the 3rd annual 5k event, with a great turnout of walkers & a nice crowd of supporters. Thanks to all our volunteers, and to the Jeanette & Ken Hamilton extended family for spearheading this terrific & festive fundraising event. See photos and stay tuned for final fundraising figures… still tallying but we’re closing in on $9,000!

Message from May: Hi folks: The Slow Bell will be open this weekend Friday and Saturday night. We'll be showcasing our new menu and our drink specials. We'll also be serving pot roast with potatoes, salad, and roll, scallops, and black bean chicken chili. Look for our new menus around the island this week for those of you who want take-out.This weekend we'll sing karaoke both nights, but NEXT weekend (Memorial Day weekend), we'll welcome back Ben Hatfield and the Pinwheel Brothers on Friday and the Westenders on Saturday night ($5 cover for live music). Call ahead for takeout 846-3078.

The second half of Chebeague Island property tax was due March 29, 2019. Next month we will begin the tax lien procedure which adds more costs and fees to your tax bill. To avoid these extra fees, please make sure your property taxes are paid. If you are not sure, please call the Town Office at 207-846-3148. Thank you, Marjorie E. Stratton, Tax Collector.

May 11, 2019 - Photos - taken of the walkers at the Jenny Wren 5k just after the four runners left. Click on the photo to see lots of pictures of the event!

Out of respect for the family and friends of Carlton Nida, the transfer station will be closed Saturday May 11 from 12:30 to 1:30. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

May 8, 2019 - From the Town Office and Public Works Department. Please use caution if you are traveling on Roy Hill Road. The shoulders are VERY SOFT! We have already pulled two vehicles out of the ditch. Both sides are very soft.

May 7, 2019 - Really Big Concert News! Native son Tyler Putnam and adopted Chebeaguer Sarah Nordin, whose concerts have thrilled Chebeague audiences over the past several years, will be back on Saturday, June 1 to kick-off the new season of the MacBeth Concert Series (formerly known as the Free Concert Fund). Tyler, Sarah and the their special guests will be here in less than a month; make your plans now so you don't miss out. The concert will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Church) - Click here to learn more about MacBeth Concert Series and how it all began!

Mark your calendars for the first House Concert of the season. Back by popular demand are Fendrick and Peck, traveling troubadours extraordinaire. On Sunday. June 2 at 7:00 PM they will perform their beautiful harmonies at the home of Beth and Michael Grunko.
-- No charge for admission, but donations will be accepted. Refreshments will be served and attendees are welcome to bring their own creations and libations.
--- Folks should park on North Road and walk to our house. Attendees with limited mobility may be shuttled.

Susie's Wednesday coffee hour at the Hall will continue through May 29.

May 6, 2019 - Message from Forence: I am taking orders for memorial day. If you want something different or a large order call me at 207 846-4986 or email me at
islandriches@chebeague.net. I am looking forward to the plants and the warm weather.????? Florence

The RED STUDIO will be open Saturday from 9 to 11 to help celebrate the fun Jenny Wren 5K event at the Commons. Come browse even if you’re not walking or running. And watch for our season opening Memorial Day weekend. A winter’s worth of treasures are just waiting to find new homes!

The Route One parking lot will be sprayed for brown-tail moth early next week - weather permitting.
The date for the May CTC Board meeting has been changed to 5/9 at 6:30 PM at the CTC office.

The annual Chebeague Craft Fair will be held on Saturday, July 13th, at the Hall this summer. If anyone is interested in participating can contact Annette Kincaid at: annettekincaid03@gmail.com.

May 3, 2019 - School Committee Meeting this coming Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - see agenda.

May 2, 2019 - From Church: The Finnan Haddie dinner Friday, May 3 is being postponed. Life circumstances! Will update with new information when it is received!

Reminder : the annual JENNY WREN 5K is Saturday, May 11th 9am at Island Commons. Click HERE for full event details & online registration/pledging. Click HERE for a list of registered walkers/runners as of today. I'm adding my name to the list in memory of Darlene Eyester. Let’s hope we have a beautiful day to celebrate those special women in our lives & enjoy the festivities at the finish line. Hope to see you there, and thank you!

May 1, 2019 - Click here for an article in the Forecaster about the CTC and seeking tax exemption for ambulance service.

April 29, 2019 - Gin Ballard says a big THANK YOU for all of yours prayers & thoughts while I was in Mid-Coast hospital for a perforated intestine. I'm in my Yarmouth home now. Copper Lee & Spooky are providing care, with my cousin Ted, lots of other cousins, and, of course, my brother, JoeD. & Barb, my sister-in-law. I couldn't be at my home without their help. Looking forward to seeing you on the Island. Thanks again. Gin

Reminder, that this year (as in past years) Island Electric sponsors a scholarship for persons from Chebeague who enter trade school (Tech College) or what ever they call them....Send apps to Kim via snail mail, 49 Meeting House Lane.

4/28/19 - Photo - 4/28/19 by Art Ryder.

April 27, 2019 - High School Seniors and Parents ~ Do not forget that applications for the Stephen L. Ross Scholarship are due NEXT WEEK May 1st! All seniors that live on island full time are eligible for this scholarship. You can find the application on the Maine Community Foundation Scholarship page under scholarships available in Cumberland County. We look forward to receiving your application. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call Sarah McKinnon Koerber at 846-0565 or 650-9292

CTC's May Newsletter and June Crew Assistance Schedule are now available on the News and Info page of chebeaguetrans.com and here.

April 24, 2019 - The town’s website Board of Selectmen page is currently under repair and cannot be accessed for the latest agendas and minutes. We are working as fast as we can to make it available, in the meantime all of the information is available through the calendar. If you are looking for the agenda and packet for April 24th meeting please go to the home page (www.townofchebeagueisland.org) and on the calendar click on April 24. All of the information is available that way. Previous meeting’s information can be found like that as well.
April 22, 2019 - Photo - 4/22/19 Students returned to the newly renovated school.

April 21, 2019 - Graveside service for Carlton Nida will take place on Saturday, May 11th at the Chebeague Island Cemetery, at 1:00 PM all are welcome to attend.

Wednesday will be our last soup for the season. They will be Chili, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian.

April 20, 2019 - Island Commons 5th Annual Easter Egg Hunt - Easter Sunday at the Island Commons Yard from 12 noon to 12:45pm. Bring your own basket for yummy treats - there will be stickers and bubbles too! This is for kids up to 5th grade! They would ove to have the older kids come and help the little kids find the eggs. See flyer.
April 19, 2019 - With the weather projections for this weekend, CUMC is keeping an eye on the sky for Easter Sunrise Service on the East End (scheduled for 5:45 AM). If there is rain, meet at the Parish House at 7 AM for our Easter Potluck Breakfast, and we'll still have an opportunity for a short Easter morning celebration before our larger worship gathering at 10 AM. Check on the church's Facebook page for updates (https://www.facebook.com/chebeagueislandumc/) - we'll make the call by 5:15 AM!
April 17, 2019 - Wednesday is the last Community Lunch of the season. Sponsored by Mark H. Dyer, Inc., it features roast beef with garlic and rosemary, mashed potatoes with gravy, roasted asparagus with Parmesan cheese, green salad, rolls and butter, and Pavlova with mixed berries and whipped cream. Suggested donation is $7. Doors open at noon. The meal is served family style, so each table receives enough of the various menu items to serve eight.
April 15, 2019 - Messages from CTC:
-- If there is a Delayed Start at Yarmouth schools, the school boat will leave Chebeague at 9:05 AM instead of 7:05 AM. The 7:05/7:20 AM ferry will not run.
--- SPRAYING FOR BROWN-TAIL. During the first or second week in May, Bartlett Tree will spray the Route One lot for brown-tail moth. The spraying should be completed before the first bus of the day. The spray may get on vehicles but it will not damage the paint. Customers are urged to park in the center rows of the lower part of the lot to minimize exposure. As soon as we have a definite date, we will post it. However, it would be prudent to park away from trees beginning the end of April.

April 12, 2019 - Message from the Rec about a fitness health program called Postal Core - click here.

Messages from Mellissa: Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter Services:
Palm Sunday - Sunday, April 14th - We remember Jesus's entry into Jerusalem - Sunday School for all ages at 9:45 AM, Worship at 10 AM.
Mandy Thursday – Thursday, April 18th, 7 PM – We remember the servanthood of Christ and his Last Supper with a handwashing service and Communion.
-Good Friday Tenebrae Service – Friday, April 19th , 7 PM – We journey with Jesus over his last few hours on earth with this service of light into darkness.
-Easter Sunday – Sunday, April 21st – Easter Sunrise service on the East End at 5:45 AM, with a light, informal, potluck-style breakfast to follow at the Parish House. Easter Worship service at 10 AM in the sanctuary, with Sunday School at the Parish House at 9:45.

Easter Flower Forms in memory or in honor of loved ones are available in the Parish House. Forms are due on Thursday, April 18th, or you can email the church office. Flower drop-off is Saturday, April 20th between 9 AM and 1 PM. If you are unable to get to town to purchase flowers, contact the church office at 846-6987 and we can get flowers for you. Please pick up your flowers after Easter Sunday worship.

April 11, 2019 - CICA meeting tonight at the Parish House at 5:30 see agenda. sn
April 10, 2019 - Message from the Island Council: Thanks to everyone who came to the Chebeague Island Council's Health Screening, Mac and Beth for the donuts and to the generous folks who donated such great prizes for the drawing. And the winners are: Rec. Center Gym memberships, Jennifer Hamilton and Donna Damon. Personal Trainer time with Brian Phipps, Mary Soderstrom. Two Thursday Night Dinners from Christine Englund, Ann Thaxter. $25.00 Gift Certificates to the Red Studio, Lola Armstrong and Nancy Earnest. $25.00 Gift Certificate to the Slow Bell Cafe, Gayle Helbig, $25.00 Gift Certificate to School House Seconds, Binkie Boxer. Hair Cut with Alyssa, Jackie Trask. $40.00 Gift Certificate to Chebeague Water Taxi, Bob Earnest. Six Lobsters from Andrew Todd, Will Vaughan. Chebeague Island Library Tote Bag, Beth Howe. CTC Guest tickets, John Thaxter. Winners should watch their mail for information on how to claim their prize!

It is not too early to start thinking about the 4th of July Parade. Please submit your ideas to chebeagueislandcouncil@gmail.com or send a note to P.O. Box 12, Chebeague Island ME 04017. The winner will get 15 minutes of private shopping time before the grand opening at School House Seconds!

April 9, 2019 - Photo - 4/9/19 The fence is down and most of the work for the new school is done! Looking forward to moving back when we are able. More info to follow. Now if it would only stop snowing.

Mark your calendar for Island Commons’ 3rd Annual JENNY WREN 5K: Sat. May 11th, 9am-12noon. Walk/Run in honor of a special woman in your life, and support a great cause. For event details, Online Registration, or to make a pledge, please visit https://www.islandcommons.com/jenny-wren-run Hope to see you there!!

Wednesday Soups are: Vegetarian = Pasta Fajioli and the Non-Vegetarian = Beef Stroganoff.

April 8, 2019 - School Committee Meeting, Tuesday, April 9, starting at five with executive session - click here for agenda.

Congratulations to Scott Webber and his Math team at Mast Landing School in Freeport who came in first - click here to read about it and see a photo of the team.

April 4, 2019 - This Saturday April 6 is the day! U.S.M.Student Nurses and Dr. Seiverling will be here for the ANNUAL FREE Health Screening! Get blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol checked, get a tetanus booster, see dermatologist Dr. Seiverling for a skin check. And if that is not enough, there will be Mac and Beth's homemade donuts and a drawing for lots of great prizes - things like Rec. Center gym memberships, personal trainer time, gift certificates to the Chebeague Water Taxi, the Red Studio, the Slow Bell and School House Seconds, a library tote bag, a hair cut with Alyssa, 6 lobsters from Andrew Todd, a book of CTC guest tickets, or 2 Thursday night dinners from Christine. Please join us and show the U.S.M. Nursing Program and Dr. Seiverling know that we appreciate their willingness to keep bringing these services to Chebeague!
April 3, 2019 - Message from May: "Hi Folks: We are back! The Slow Bell will be open this weekend, both Friday and Saturday, April 5 and 6. This week we'll be serving braised beef with onion gravy on mashed potatoes with salad and a roll, Ahi tuna burger with Asian slaw, and wasabi aoli, crab and corn chowder, and mixed fruit cobbler. We'll also be serving your favorites, including pizzas, chicken fingers, fries, salads, and burgers. We'll continue to serve our limited winter menu until mid-May, when we'll introduce our new summer menu. Also check out our drink and beer specials and KARAOKE both nights. Hope to see you at the Slow Bell. 846-3078 Call ahead for take-out."

April 2, 2019 - Tomorrow there will be only one soup and that will be Venison Stew.

DATE CHANGE: The DMR Aquaculture Public hearing has been rescheduled to Monday, April 8, 2019 at 6:00PM at the Chebeague Island Hall.

April 1, 2019 - High School Seniors and Parents ~ Do not forget that applications for the Stephen L. Ross Scholarship are due May 1st! All seniors that live on full time are eligible for this scholarship. You can find the application on the Maine Community Foundation Scholarship page under scholarships available in Cumberland County. We look forward to receiving your application. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call Sarah McKinnon Koerber at 846-0565 or 650-9292 - Click here to go to find the application online at the Maine Community Foundation.

March 29, 2019 - School Committee Meeting next Tuesday April 2, at 6pm at the Rec - see agenda.

The CTC April newsletter is now posted on the news and information page of their website, chebeaguetrans.com. The crew assistance schedules for April and May are also posted there. Both can also be found here

Parents are reminded that they must pay for their children's ferry trips to off island activities (e.g. sport teams) or obtain tickets from the Parents Association.

March 27, 2019 - ATTENTION!! - Property Taxes are due this Friday, March 29th!!!

Please click here for a message from the Chebeague Methodist Church.

Wednesday's non-vegetarian soup will be Potato Leek with Ham. The vegetarian will be Indian Lentil Cauliflower Soup. See you there!

April 2019 Adult Programs at CRC - Boot Camp with Brian Phipps --Please visit the following link for complete description and schedule. http://www.chebeaguerec.com/2019-adult-programs.html

Message from Jen at The Niblic: The Niblic is currently looking for seasonal sales associates/kitchen help. Duties include assisting customers, keeping the store organized & visually appealing, operating our point of sale system, receiving shipments, restocking merchandise, and all kitchen duties. Position available May through October. Fun, lively atmosphere in a team oriented environment. Competitive wages. If interested please email us at theniblic@chebeague.net

March 24, 2019 - TELE-MEDICINE IS HERE!! The Wellness Center will be open for Tele-Medicine Monday mornings 10:00 - 11:00 and Tuesday evenings 6:00 - 7:00. Stop in and see how it works! A volunteer will be there to help.
March 22, 2019 - Photo - Friday the Chebeague Island School took a field trip to the Museum of Chebeague History. They are working on a project to compare sites around the island from over a 100 years ago to today. Donna gave them a wonderful tour and they were able to participate in a scavenger hunt of historical information. Click on the photo and see some other photos.

March 19, 2019 - The Board of Selectmen will hold a Public Workshop on the Stone Wharf Concept Plan Review this Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 9:00AM at the Chebeague Island Hall. All are encouraged to attend.

Kim Martin has a new website - click here to see her wonderful work.

If you want to run for selectmen or school board, nomination papers are available. Please click here for more information.

This Wednesday's Soups will be: Non-Vegetarian = White Chili --Vegetarian = Nordic Winter Vegetable

School Committee Meeting tonight, Tuesday, at the Rec Center - see agenda.

March 17, 2019 - Ralph is once again doing the Boston fight for a cure climb on March 30th, for the American Lung Association. Click here for the link so that you can donate to the cause.

March 16, 2019 - Congratulations to Susan Stranahan who has a terrific Opinion peice in The Washington Post called "Why don't US nuclear regulators acknowledge the dangers of climate change?"

In a continuing effort to protect Chebeagues' Aquifer, Kim Boehm will be removing junk cars for the 2019 season. If they can be safely driven on and off the barge there will be no charge, but donations are always accepted. If they need to be towed, the charge will be approximately $400.00, possibly more....so get rid of that clunker before it dies. Thanks, and remember No Clean Water, No Island Community....Kim Boehm 846-2468. If vehicles do not run, but can be made to do so with minor work, I can assist in that also...Thanks. and think "Clean Water"....KIm

March 14, 2019 - Congratulations to Danielle Rich Rideout who was the news last night talking about the her job as the Westbrook Recovery Liason in Westbrook. Click here to see the report.

A few weeks ago the Selectman had a Public Workshop along with the Broadband Committee about improvements to the internet on Chebeague. You can see and hear the meeting by clicking here or go to the site listed above under the EVENT CALENDAR.

Don't forget tomorrow SHAMROCK SHINDIG at Island Commons - Friday, March 15th 4:30-6:30 pm Don your green & come celebrate St. Patty's (and perhaps the end of winter?). Enjoy delicious appetizers & good cheer. This is a free community event, open to all.

The Red Studio will be open for shopping during the event, and we have loads of terrific new items.

March 13, 2019 - Sing With the Whalers, Chebeague Island's Community Chorus
The Whalers, Chebeague Island's community chorus, is looking for singers to sing with us for our summer concert, "What's Love Got To Do With It?" Rehearsals are from 7:00-9:00PM on Tuesday nights at the hall, starting on March 26th, with the concert scheduled for Saturday, June 22nd.
-We accept singers of all experiences and abilities. We also accept youth as young as eleven or twelve, so long as they come with an adult guardian or mentor.
-Come join the fun and sing with us! (Our director even bakes us cookies every week!)
-Interested in signing up or learning more? Just e-mail Ben at b.yosuadavis@gmail.com or show up on Tuesday night at the Hall!

March 12, 2019 - Come to the Saint Patrick’s Day Community Lunch at the Hall This Wednesday
Generously Sponsored by Jack's Property Service!
Corned Beef • Colcannon • Carrots• Clapshot• Green Salad • Soda Bread • Chocolate Stout Cake Suggested donation: $7 -- Doors Open at NOON!
If you’re lucky enough to be Irish, you’re lucky enough!

Come by the CRC this month to view our upgrades and take advantage of our March Annual Fitness Special $99 (regularly $120)!

March 11, 2019 - SHAMROCK SHINDIG at Island Commons - Friday, March 15th 4:30-6:30 pm. If you're on Chebeague this Friday, please join us at Island Commons' annual Shamrock Shindig! Don your green & come celebrate St. Patty's (and perhaps the end of winter?). Enjoy delicious appetizers & good cheer. This is a free community event, open to all.

The Red Studio will be open for shopping during the event, and we have loads of terrific new items.

School Committee Meeting at the Rec Center starting at 5 with Executive Session - click here for agenda.

Message from the Todd Family: The love and support we have received from our family, friends and community has been overwhelming. We are grateful for each and every one of you.
With appreciation,
Stephen, Vicki, Cameron and Caleb Todd


March 5, 2019 - CUMC is hosting a Mardi Gras Pancake Dinner tonight from 4 - 7 PM! Crafts for all ages start at 4 with dinner beginning at 5. On the menu: pancakes, bacon, sausages, berries and fruit, crepes with creamed chicken and mushroom, and more. Cost is by donation; all funds will go to support the island ministry of this church.

Click here to see photos of the Winter Festival taken by Cathy MacNeill!

March 4, 2019 - Today there was a snow storm and no school - about 4 inches of wet heavy snow.

The Board of Selectmen would like your input. Please come to the Board Of Selectmen Public Workshop on Conceptual Plan Review-Sunset and Stone Pier, Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 6:00PM at the Chebeague Island Hall.

School Committee meeting Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at the Rec Center - see agenda.

The soup for Wednesday is a non-vegetarian Mulligatawny (Anglo-Indian chicken and lamb). The vegetarian will be Cream of Asparagus Soup with Leaks and Tarragon.

March 2, 2019 - Photo - March 2nd 21st Polar Plunge had a large group of plungers ranging from 5years old to 70 years old! They were Andrew, Wilder, Anna, Chris, Brian, Bev, Cameron, Alex, Erika, Nate, Carly, Savannah,Travis, Lucas and Ben!! Click here to see the WINNERS OF THE CHILI, CHOWDER SOUP! Click here for a video of the plunge. Click here for photos of the day.

LOTS HAPPENING TODAY!! 9am Planning Board at the Hall --- 11am POLAR PLUNGE (Erika, Bev, , Brian, Nate, Anna, Savannah, Carly, and more) --- 12 Noon CHILI, CHOWDER, SOUP CHALLENGE! ---2:30 CURIT TRAIL HIKE!

March 1, 2019 - CCLT TRAIL HIKE 3/2 SATURDAY UPDATE we’ve checked the Curit trail this afternoon, and it’s pretty good walking. Wear boots; snowshoes not needed (unless we get heavy snowfall Saturday). Meet at 230pm Saturday 3/2 at the Curit Trail trailhead, just south of the Parish House on North Road. Hope to see you there!

REMINDER: THIS SATURDAY, March 2, 2019, 9-11am. Planning Board will hold a public workshop to gather ideas on how we can develop our Land Use ordinances to best support the Comprehensive Plan goals of "Preserve the Character of the Town of Chebeague" at the Hall.  Come join in the conversation, then head on down to The Plunge!

The Board of Selectmen would like your input. Please come to the Board Of Selectmen Public Workshop on
Conceptual Plan Review-Sunset and Stone Pier, Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 6:00PM at the Chebeague Island Hall.

Lots of work going on for tomorrow's Polar Plunge and Chili, Chowder Soup Challenge! Some of the plungers are Erika, Nate, Savannah, Anna so you won't want to miss it at 11am at the niblic. Click here for a waiver to plunge if you would like to sign it ahead of time - I will have some with me at the plunge. There will be lots of food at the challenge and some great prizes - see you all there with my chili. Don't forget the Get Out to Nature Walk on Chebeague after the Chili, Chowder, Soup Challenge - 2:30 Curit Trail - click here for more info.

For CUMC's response to the recent news about the United Methodist Church, please read this email (https://mailchi.mp/479d005e68a4/lent-and-love-979259?e=981d1c27a7) from Pastor Melissa

February 28, 2019 - photo taken by Phil Soderstrom of a barred owl on their bird feeder February 27, 2019. Click here to see another barred owl photo taken by Denise Hamilton on February 20th as she was walking to the Hall. Click here for the reason we are seeing so many barred owls these days!

CTC has an opening for a part-time deckhand. The employee would work as a fill-in for vacations, etc. during the winter. However, more hours will be available starting in April when barging starts and through the summer. For more information, visit the Jobs page of our website chebeaguetrans.com or call the office at 207-846-5227. Island residents preferred.

February 27, 2019 - POLAR PLUNGE! March 2nd - Looking for plungers!! We have three people so far who say they are going in and are looking for pledges. Please contact me if you are thinking of going in and I will let you know how easy it is and how much fun! You also can contact the Rec Center. Of course I haven't decided yet if I'm doing it but I will know for sure in a couple of days! Remember to come down and support our brave plungers at 11 am at the Niblic. You are welcome to plunge and not collect pledges but of course if you do collect all the better! Don't forget to sign the release or have your parents sign if you are under age.

CHILI, CHOWDER AND SOUP CHALLENGE! Please sign up to make a chili, chowder or soup - some of the usual competitors aren't here this year so your chances of winning are even greater! Text (712-8412) or email Laura Summa and let her know what you will make. March 2nd NOON.

SKATING FRIDAYEVENING SKATE - Sanford's Pond Friday, March 1st 7-10pm - enjoy hot cocoa, refreshments and family skating.

Click here for flyer

The CTC March Newsletter is available on the News and Info page of their website, chebeguetrans.com. Also posted on that page are the Crew Assistance Schedules (trips where the crew can assist passengers in getting up and down the ramps) for February - April.
All documents are also posted here.

There is only one soup today: turkey tetrazzini at the Hall at noon.

February 26, 2019 - CHEBEAGUE & CUMBERLAND LAND TRUST HIKE come join us at 2:30pm March 2, after the Chili Chowder Cookoff, for a short hike on the new Curit Trail. Meet at the trailhead, just south of the Church, on North Road; it’s about 2/3 mile round trip. Easy hike, depending on what sort of snow we have for ground cover; we’ll post more details as we get closer and trail conditions become clear. Come join in! Click here to learn more!

February 25, 2019 - School Committee Meeting Tuesday, February 26th at the Rec Center starting at 5pm with executive session - click here for agenda.

Nomination papers will be available on Friday, March 1, 2019. Please click here for more information

May and Bea leave Friday on the Baobab Canopy's medical mission in Zanzibar. There is still time to help them reach their funding goal. Thanks for the support! Click here to learn more and donate.

February 24, 2019 - Important Notice From CTC: There is a forecast for high winds for tomorrow (2/25) especially in the evening.
Keeping safety our priority, we will continue watching the weather and post news of any cancellations as early as possible.
February 22, 2019 - A week from tomorrow, March 2nd will be the 21st Chili, Chowder, Soup Challenge and the Polar Plunge!! Christine England is looking for soup, chowder and chili challengers - please give her a call (508) 410-5601 or email and let her know what you will be bringing! We are also looking for plungers - time is set for 11:00 am at the Niblic!
February 19, 2019 - photo of a snowy owl taken 2/19/19 down at Sandy Point. It is a little blurry because I didn't want to get too close. We stayed on the main road and she was on the pole closest to the house - see here.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 1, 2019 - Happy New Year!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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