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

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

Photo taken by John Holt on February 9th High Tide at the Stone Wharf. Click here to see all the images and a movie John took yesterday at the wharf


February 10, 2016 - John Holt has done so much work keeping the Email list up to date and active in such a way that the information cannot be used by a spammer. Please check it out and see if you information is correct and if you would like to add other information to it.

NOTICE: Ash Wednesday - Today, the church will be open starting at 12 PM for prayer and meditation. There will be a station if you would like to put ashes on your hand or forehead as a symbol of the beginning of Lent - a season of introspection and repentance in preparation for Easter. There will be an Ash Wednesday worship service this evening at 6 PM.

Soup today is Pork Chili and the vegetarian is Russian Cabbage Borscht.

For the entire month of February, when you pick up a Hannaford Helps reusable bag at the Yarmouth Hannaford, ISLAND COMMONS will receive $1! Help support the Commons and purchase the blue bag with the good karma logo. Thanks for joining Hannaford in supporting local non-profits!

PIZZA GRAZIE!! Thank you to all the pizza supporters and the parents and students in the 3-5th grades who made our Super Bowl fundraiser a big success! A huge thank you to our school chef, Laura Summa and wood fire extraordinaire, Bob Earnest. All of the proceeds will go toward the end-of-year field trip to Boston to study the Revolutionary War. Thank you everyone!


February 9, 2016 - corrected vote: Election results - Feb. 9, 2016 - 160 ballots voted.
Referendum #1 (Fire Truck): Yes: 103, No: 57, passed.
Referendum #2 (Golf Course / Parking): Yes: 99, No: 60, blank: 1, passed.

SWEETS FOR YOUR SWEETIE (or friend or neighbor)- has been extended to Thursday! So check out the order and call 846-4162 or email mainehegartyfamily@gmail.com or drop by school.

Click here for a message from Carrie of Kidsplace about This Week's book called Parenting Young Children which is part of a series of books for Systematic Training for Effective Parenting. (STEP).

School Committee joint meeting with Selectmen on Wednesday, February 10- click here for School Committee agenda part.


February 8, 2016 - Don't forget to VOTE tomorrow: REMINDER: Vote on Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 8 AM - 8 PM at the Island Hall. This a special local referendum election.

“Town of Chebeague Island Press Release – February 8, 2016 “ Click Here.

The Chebeague Winter Carnival is only a few weeks away - click here to see all the events for February 19th and 20th!

"The Chebeague Island Community Sailing School website is ready for registrations for 2016. Please go to http://chebeaguesailing.com to register your child." Thanks for your patience, and we look forward to seeing you in the summer!

lRemember today is the last day to order "Sweets for Your Sweetie"!


February 7, 2016 - Message from CTC: We are very pleased to announce that Matt Ridgway has been promoted to Senior Captain. Matt has been with CTC for three years and is not only a skilled captain but a respected leader of our crew. Matt is also our Safety Officer.
We are also welcoming Jeremy Ames to our team. Jeremy will be a full time captain and will start his training shortly. Jeremy has many years’ experience on the water. In recent years he has been a lobsterman and knows many people on the Island. Jeremy has spent quite a bit of time on Chebeague and he and his family (wife and two children) have wanted to move to the Island for several years. They are looking for a house to rent, so if anyone knows of an opportunity, please let Jeremy or the office know. Our plan is that he will assume his full schedule in early April.
When you see them, please congratulate Matt and welcome Jeremy to the island!

The February CTC Board of Directors meeting will be held on February 25th at 7PM at the CTC Office, 16 North Road. As always, the public is welcome


February 6, 2016 - Photo of Chebeague from Hope Island taken by Will Wotherspoon morning of February 6.

Community Breakfasts start this Sunday, February 7th, at the Chebeague Island United Methodist Church! Join us each Sunday morning at the Parish House during the month of February at 9 AM for a free breakfast from 9 to 9:45 AM. You are invited to stay for a more casual, informal worship gathering, also at the Parish House, at 10 AM. All are welcome. Hope to see you there!

Click here to see T-Pollack at Island Music Night 2015 at the Chebeague Island Hall. They had not played in over a year - since last years 2014 Music Night. This video captured their original " Rope in the Wheel." Enjoy! Recorded by Emily Todd on an iphone.


February 5, 2016 - Please, if you are thinking about switching internet carriers call me at 846-4850 before you do. chebeague.net is not going away and this coming week we will be letting everyone know about the great changes we will be making with Axiom Technologies. Click here to listen to WGAN's Inside Maine with Senator Angus King and Axiom Technologies CEO Susan Corbett , June 2015. Susan and her company have received so many accolades and awards for their business and even have an offshoot non-profit to help with education. Click here to read a blog on the GWI website.

No School today - a snow storm hit and it is turning out to be a lot of snow.

The Board of Selectmen will conduct a budget workshop on Saturday, February 6, 2016, 8:00 AM -11:30 AM.
The public is encouraged to attend.


February 4, 2016 - Don't forget: Superbowl Pizza - Click here for more information

The Chebeague Island Hall Community Center is asking anyone who may have a Hall key to please return them to Dianne Brewer or any of the Hall committee members.


February 3, 2016 - Last Sunday was the CPA's first Community Support Series with Sandy Lovell from the Center For Grieving Children (www.cgcmaine.org). We had a wonderful turn out! Thanks for coming and a special thank you to the volunteers who donated food and time; the supporting organizations; and a great team of volunteers who provided childcare at the Rec Center. It was a true community event. If you would like to be more involved or have suggestions, please email the CPA at CPA@chebeague.net.
Click here for a few photos.

The Memorial Service for Priscilla Ross will be on Saturday the 13th of February at 1PM.

Michael Porter has updated his blog - Berlin to Minden - click here.


February 2, 2016 - Chebeague.net, LLC had a very productive meeting with Axiom Technologies last weekend and a purchase and sale agreement is in the works that will ensure that chebeague.net will continue to provide Internet services to the Island at higher speeds and lower costs to you -- plus local and long distance telephone service for less than $20 extra. So, please, if you're thinking of changing your Internet company, wait a few days and see what the new chebeague.net will be able to offer you -- you may be surprised! They are also committed to supplying free internet to our non-profits and the town. They are also seriously looking at working with the fiber we now have and extending it. This will be so much better for the future of Chebeague. David and I will still be here along with the experts from Axiom to help you with your computer needs and you will be able to keep your chebeague.net email address. Please check out Axiom's mission statement/values and you will see why we are thrilled.

February 1, 2016 - 2016 Rock-A-Thon
Teens and Preteens will be participating in the Rock-A-Thon on February 19th. They will be rocking the night away to raise money pay for various teen activities and would love your support! Please consider pledging a teen to help them reach their fundraising goals.

Teen Center will be selling T-Shirts and Sweatshirts at the Winter Carnival on February 20th to raise money for their trips and activities. CLICK HERE TO SEE!
T-Shirts: $15 - Sweatshirts: $30
If you aren't going to be around, but would still like to buy one, contact Tracy at Farmingtongirl27@aim.com

Next week, February 9th is a Special Referendum Warrant with the polls opening up at 8am until 8pm at the Chebeague Island Hall Community Center. Click here to see the referendum that is on the town website. One of the items is voting for a new Fire Truck and the other is on land for parking near the Stone Wharf. Click here to read the agreement to transfer real property between the Town and Golf Club. Click here to read the proposed agreement between the Town and Abutters.

Click here to get a message from Carrie about The Kids' Place has starting a new lending library of books that could be helpful to parents and grandparents!

School Committee Meeting, Tuesday, 6pm at the school - see agenda.

Wednesday's Soup will be Split Pea w/potatoes and Bacon - the vegetarian will be Minestrone.


January 31, 2016 - Back by popular demand is Superbowl Pizza - Click here for more information (I wish the Patriots were playing but I'm still ordering mine).

Don't forget today at 11:30 at the Hall - Supporting Our Children through Loss and Grief.

Portland Press Herald has an article in today's paper about Chebeague 'Growing pains' on Chebeague Island, Maine's newest town.


January 29, 2016 - Common Goldeneye: a new movie from the Chebeague Island School. A 3rd grader and a 4th grader have researched, written and created an iMovie video about the Common Goldeneye. They worked with a Kindergartener for the filming of the Common Goldeneye. They even created the background music in garageband. We hope to have another bird video done for next week so please check out the student's video. We discovered a mistake on the video and have reloaded it on Youtube.

The Snowy Owl as been seen lately on Chebeague and Polly Wentworth got this photo today - click here!


January 28, 2016 - Photo taken by Steve Todd at Sanford's Pond January 28, click here for another.

The pond will be open for skating tomorrow after school until 5:30 - Vika Johnson will be there. Please call the Rec Center 846-5068 before 2pm if you would like to chaperone on Saturday.

Stephen checked the ice this morning and says it is good to go!! It may be short-lived as we have warmer weather on the way but thought people may want to get some skating in. We will need chaperones so please call CRC if you can "man" the shed over the next few days.

The Chebeague Island School 3rd– 5th grade students are raising money for their annual end of the year field trip. For just $15, the students will deliver your choice of fudge or shortbread cookies, made by Mrs. Summa in the CIS kitchen, along with a single rose to your valentine for Valentine’s Day! Click here to place an order.

Reminder-THIS SUNDAY is Taking Care Of Our Own,
The Community Support Series, sponsored by the Chebeague Parents' Association. Starts at 11:30 a.m. at the Hall. "Supporting Our Children through Loss and Grief" will be presented by Sandy Lovell, Outreach Coordinator for the Center for Grieving Children Portland.
We, as a community, have had multiple losses recently. The CPA’s intention with this presentation is to provide helpful information and answers about loss, grief and death for everyone at any stage of life. The presentation will have a focus for supporting our children but is intended for all.
- Lunch will be provided as well as childcare at the Rec Center (11-2pm) PLEASE JOIN US
- For more information please contact Erika Neumann or Lisa Tucker at CPA@chebeague.net or call 207-847-7944.


January 27, 2016 - Photo of a family created January 26 at the school by the children taken by Vika Johnson. Click here to see the creators!

The Public Works Department is cleaning up the brush dump. Therefore, they have closed the brush dump from receiving any materials from now through February 6th.

Sanford's pond is looking a little more promising. If we can get some cold weather before we get any more snow we might get some skating in. We will keep you updated with any changes but still no skating for now.


January 26, 2016 - Tomorrow's soup is Sweet Potato with Chicken and Barley and the vegetarian is Middle Eastern Spinach Soup.

CTC's February newsletter is available on their website - click here.

I am happy to report that Chebeague.net LLC, your locally owned and operated Internet company, is entering into collaboration with Axiom Technologies and will be able to continue internet service on the island. We will be offering higher speeds, lower costs and telephone service that will include long distance and call waiting for an extra $20. We will be working out the details within the next few weeks.

A message from Anna Maine, who is in Los Angeles serving as an Americorps member of City Year LA and is running the LA Marathon next month:
“ My goal is to raise $700 for City Year, the education non-profit I have served with for over a year. I'll be running 26.2 miles in honor of the incredible students I've met in Watts and Koreatown through my service with City Year. Donations will go towards school supplies for our kids. The marathon is a few weeks away - on Valentine’s Day. I would appreciate any support, whether it's $5 or $50!
Click here for a link to make a donation.
Thank you for your support!
Anna”


January 25, 2016 - Ralph is doing the Boston American Lung Association stair climbagain this year, click on the link below to donate to his fundraising effort. http://action.lung.org/site/TR/Climb/ALANE_Northeast?px=3904566&pg=personal&fr_id=12781

January 24, 2016 - CTC has an immediate opening for a full time ferry captain. For more information, please visit our website, http://www.chebeaguetrans.com/Employment.html

School Committee meeting is Monday, January 25, at 6pm at the school - see agenda.


January 23 2016 - Reminder: nomination papers for the March 1st special election for Selectmen to fill vacancies on the Board of Selectmen are available at the Town Office. There are two vacancies: one for 4 months, the other for 16 months. The nomination papers require more than 10 but fewer than 25 signatures. Friday, January 29 at 5 PM is the deadline for filing completed nomination papers.

January 22, 2016 - Mrs. Westra's 3-5 classroom are researching different birds along with Mrs. Hoidals K-2 classroom and then creating videos to share with the world. They have split into groups and as they finish their video I will put it on youtube. Today Logan and Aiden finished their video about Buffleheads. Click here and please go ahead and like it. Buffleheads are the smallest diving duck in North America.

Just a reminder that next week CRC will start Kids Yoga with Katy grades 3-9. Yoga will take place on Wednesdays 1/27 through 3/9 at the rec from 3:30-4:15. If you haven't signed your kids up, please do so by Monday so we can get an accurate count. The cost is $30.

Also the Dance Party with Katy has started and is a big hit. Its not too late to join. Wednesdays 5:45-6:45 in the CRC gym. Program runs from 1/13-2/11. $6 drop in fee.

Taking Care Of Our Own
The Community Support Series, sponsored by the Chebeague Parents' Association, is having it's first event January 31, Sunday, 11:30 a.m. at the Hall. "Supporting Our Children through Loss and Grief" will be presented by Sandy Lovell, Outreach Coordinator for the Center for Grieving Children Portland.
- We, as a community, have had multiple losses recently. The CPA’s intention with this presentation is to provide helpful information and answers about loss, grief and death for everyone at any stage of life. The presentation will have a focus for supporting our children but is intended for all.
- Lunch will be provided as well as childcare at the Rec Center. PLEASE JOIN US
- For more information please contact Erika Neumann or Lisa Tucker at CPA@chebeague.net or call 207-847-7944.


January 21, 2016 - BABY ON BOARD!: Come help us celebrate Melissa & Ben Yosua-Davis’ baby-on-the-way! We will meet this Sunday 1/24 at 1pm at the Parish House to help Ben and Melissa get ready for their baby. They are not finding out if it is a boy or a girl. If you want to see their baby wish list go to: https://babyli.st/yosua-davis. Any questions call Erika Neumann at 846-4370, or Carrie Ridgeway 846-0130. Let us know if you want to bring a dish!

There is a pilgrim goose that doesn't fly missing from Hope Island and was swimming our way. If he happens to come ashore over on Chebeague please call Will at (207) 205-4240.


January 20, 2016 - Photo by Cathy MacNeill taken January 20, 2016.

Painting Islands: Uniting Community with Art is a community project started by Howie Motenko to produce a photograph on each of the 15 year-round islands using light at night to illuminate a place. Please click here to learn more about this project and vote for the place where islanders could come together to lightup and produce a photo. During last Saturday's snowstorm a group of islanders got together with Howie and through an interesting process narrowed down quite a number of places on the island to four and now it is everyones chance to pick one of them.

Today is Bob and Beverly Dyer's 67th wedding anniversary and a facebook page has been created - click here.

Reminder: There will be public hearings tonight for the referendum questions to be voted on the February 9th ballot. 6 PM at the Island Hall.


January 19, 2016 - The Rec has been checking the the conditions at Sanford's Pond and it's still not skatable. The most recent storm soaked into the ice a bit and made it very bumpy AND the edges are still too thin. We'll keep checking and let everyone know when it's safe to go on the ice.

January 18, 2016 - Wednesday is the Community Lunch at the Hall with baked fish, salad, Broccoli veggie mix, rice and Lemon Ginger Cheesecake. See you all there!

NOTICE: Don't forget tomorrow, Tuesday, January 19th's program at the Parish House 6pm where our fellow Sidra Nasir will be there for a subject about the Islam religion. Soup, bread and sweets will also be there and I'm looking forward to learning more about Islam as well as how to put where a Hijab.

The School Committee Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, January 19th has been postponed to Monday, January 25th at 6pm.

SAVE the DATE: POLAR PLUNGE and CHILI, SOUP, AND CHOWDER CHALLENGE will be Saturday, February 20th, with the plunge at NOON followed by the challenge! I have decided not to do it this year unless I find a wetsuit that fits me but I do know that Tiffany Calder and Laura Hamilton plan on jumping in again! So I have pledged each of them and I hope others will also. Better still you may be thinking of doing it yourself so contact the Rec and sign up - crc@chebeague.net!


January 17, 2016 - Photo of the pre-K - 2nd graders with the peace flags they created for equal rights day inspired by Tibetan prayer flags.

The Town of Chebeague website seems to be down at the moment and I'm pretty sure it has to do with the Domain Name and that will probably be corrected soon and you will be able to access it.


January 15, 2016 - Last weekend I was fortunate to be part of an Island Institute Seminar for non-profits. The I Lead for non-profits retreat was partially funded by the Recompense Fund. It was one of the best programs I have ever attended and other participants also were equally impressed. Click here to see the comments by those attendees.

Town Office will be closed on Monday, January 18th, for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Nomination papers are available at the Town Office for the Special Election scheduled for March 1st. The election is to fill two vacancies on the Board of Selectmen: one for a 4-month term, the other for a 16-month term. The deadline for filing nomination papers is January 29th.

Although the Town Office is only open on Mondays and Fridays, you may call and make an appointment for other times. 846-3148.


January 14, 2016 - All are invited to the Parish House Tuesday, January 19, at 6 PM for soup, bread and sweets. The subject is Islamic Relations. Sidra Nasir our Island Fellow and possibly several other Muslims will be there to talk about the Islam religion. It has many common roots to Christian and Hebrew faiths. It will be a great learning experience, good food, fellowship. There will be a demonstration of how and why to wear a Hijab. If you have a pashmina or scarf you want to wear bring it and we will assist you. If you have any Islamic friends you would like to invite please do so.

January 13, 2016 - For now the Town Office open hours have been reduced to Monday and Friday 9AM – 5PM, also by appointment.

Unfortunately our ability to register motor vehicles has been restricted to re-registrations and same-plate transfers. This means for new cars and trucks, you will need to come into the office to start the process by paying excise tax and then going to a Bureau Motor Vehicle office to complete the registration.

Absentee ballots for the February 9, 2016 Special Referendum Election will be available at the Town Office during open-office hours beginning Monday, January 11th. Applications for absentee ballots may be requested by mail, in person, by fax, by telephone, or electronically at the town’s website: www.townofchebeagueisland.org.

Priscilla Ross's memorial service will be held at the island church on 2/13 (Saturday) at 1PM with a reception to follow at the Parish Hall.


January 11, 2016 - Wednesday soup at the Hall is Vegetable Beef and the vegetarian is Creamy Carrot Ginger.

Katy's DANCE PARTY at CRC on Wednesday is a go!! Sign up for all 5 sessions for $25 or pay a $6 drop in fee each time you go. Come have some fun and get some exercise!!


January 8, 2016 - The Great Chebeague Golf Club is looking for a person to fill the position of Clubhouse Manager for the coming season. Click here for a copy of the job description. Contact Carl Tubbesing, the club’s First Vice President, if you are interested. (carldt@gwi.net; 207-865-4451)

The Chebeague UMC Visioning Retreat previously scheduled for Saturday at the Parish House has been rescheduled for Sunday, June 12th. Save the date!


January 6, 2016 - Photo of sunset from Cousins taken January 6th by John Durgin

The Chebeague Island Democratic Caucus is scheduled for 1:00pm on Sunday, March 6th at the Island Hall.

"CICSS is preparing to roll out its new website. Registration and payment for the summer sessions can take place directly on the site, which will be up and running in the next couple of weeks."


January 5, 2016 - The turkey supper fundraiser for the church, scheduled for January 16th, has been postponed until further notice. We are hoping to reschedule in March, more information to follow, thank you.

Katy McCann is starting a new program on Wednesdays beginning January 13th at CRC. Come join the Dance Party (similar to Zumba) at 5:45 and have some fun. There is a minimum of 5 participants to run the program so please sign up ahead of time. Once we have 5 people registered drop ins are welcome! Click here for a listing of other programs happening at CRC!


January 4, 2016 - This week's soup will be soup will be Hearty Goulash Soup and the vegetarian will be Onion Soup. Don't forget that the Hall has coffee in the morning and soup at noon - absolutely delicious!

The Island Calendar has incorrectly listed the time for the Selectmans meeting January 20th meeting as 7:30 pm - the correct time is 6pm and they will be discussing the fire truck and golf course parking lot.

Thinking about changing your Internet supplier? Please know that chebeague.net is currently hard at work to (1) negotiate lower costs from our providers thus reducing our prices to our customers, (2) increase speeds to households, and (3) possibly offer local and long-distance telephone service for as low as $15 per month. So, before you switch, please talk to us as we strive to best serve the Chebeague community.

The Recompense Fund reports that donations continue to arrive, and thanks all Chebeaguers for their generous support.


January 3, 2016 - "The Board of Selectmen have issued a statement regarding their emergency meeting last night. Click here to see. The minutes to the public meeting will be posted to the Town Website later in the week.” Christopher Loder, Chairman, Chebeague Island Board of Selectmen.

Today is the CBC (Christmas Bird Count) for the Brunswick Area that includes the Northeast end of Chebeague as far as Parkers Woods and so Stephen and I have been out counting birds. If you see any unusual ones in this area today please let me know bjohnson@chebeague.net or call cell 939-9643 - thank you.


January 2, 2016 - Click here for the School Committee Meeing agenda for Tuesday January 5th meeting.

Chebeague has moved up to the third level of the Downeast Magazine after beating out Cape Elizabeth as the Best Place to live in Maine. We are now competing against Damariscotta. Although a lot of people think it would be cool to win the honor there are a lot of people who wish we wouldn't win and are hoping people will vote for the other town. Click here to read a note I received from one of my readers who asked me to put it on my website.

The Board of Selectmen will hold an Emergency Meeting on Saturday, January 2, 2016 at 5:00 PM in the Town Office to accept resignations of two Board members and to discuss and act on a law enforcement issue.


January 1, 2016 - Photo on New Years Day

December 29, 2015 - Message from CTC:
As of 10:00 AM the CTC bus is running. We expect it will be running all day/evening. Of course, weather could change. If we have to cancel any bus trips we will post the cancellation on facebook and our website as soon as possible as well as send our notifications to subscribers.

Wednesday's non-vegetarian soup will be Turkey Noodle the vegetarian is Mushroom Farro (please notice I had put the wrong soup on yesterday and this is the correct one now).


December 28, 2015 - CTC is pleased to welcome two new captains!

Amanda Campbell grew up on Chebeague. She is the daughter of David and Susan (Dyer) Campbell. Amanda is a student at Maine Maritime Academy. She has worked as a CTC employee since 2012 - starting as a deckhand. Amanda took advantage of CTC’s captain training benefit and earned a Captain’s license. Despite that, she needed to pass CTC Captain Training Program - which she accomplished with flying colors. You will be seeing a lot of Captain Amanda this month and next summer.

David Etnier grew up in Harpswell and currently lives in South Freeport. He is an experienced mariner. For 8 years he was the Deputy Commissioner at Maine’s Department of Marine Resources after many years as a state representative. We know David because last summer he was the captain of the Pied Piper at Maine Maritime Museum. He has proven his skills to us both on the Kennebec and our route. Please welcome David to our team.

Weather forecasts predict snow, sleet and freezing rains on Tuesday. Therefore, CTC customers should be aware that bus service may be cancelled. Mild winds are predicted so the ferry should run on schedule all day.


December 25, 2015 - Click here for an update from Michael and Barbara and also Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!

December 24, 2015 - CTC has an immediate opening for a part time deckhand - 20 hours per week. For more information, click here.

A snowy owl was seen on the Cottage Road this afternoon so keep your eyes open.


December 23, 2015 - Don't forget FA LA LA LA LA! Tomorrow we meet to Christmas carol around the island. RSVP to erikagneumann@yahoo.com, or just show up with bells and good a spirit. Meet at 9am at the Store! Flyer attached. Everyone is welcomed.

Message from Carrie and the Kids' Place: "The Kids' Place would like to wish everyone a happy holiday, Merry Christmas and Glad tidings for the new year.
As I reflect on the year, and our teaching, I have thought a lot about our mission to teach children to be kind and gentle to one another. We strive to teach children to use their words when they are angry and to express their frustrations with one another when they occur.
Recently, I have started to wonder how many of us model this behavior? and what the world would be if we all strived to be kind and gentle. I have been working hard to practice what I preach.
I encourage everyone to look within themselves and reach for their kindness and their gentleness. We are role models for our children, we want them to care for humanity, the environment and our earth.
Have a happy, kind, gentle and wonderful holiday season."


December 22, 2015 - On the first round Chebeague Island beat out Kittery for one of the best places to live - click here to vote for Chebeague or Cape Elizabeth for the best place to live.

Click here for the Chebeague Pre-K - November/December newsletter.


December 21, 2015 - The CTC January 2016 Newsletter is available on their website or click here.

Last Friday we were honored to have Sue Schubel (Seabird Sue) from the National Audubon Society come to the school and work with the children. Click here to see lots of photos of some of the things she did with them.

Miller Designs 36 Fenderson Rd Chebeague is having a 20% off ORNAMENT SALE. Open this week Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 8:30 am- 7:00 pm
Ornament Sale also on my web store: gailmillerdesign.com - until 12/31/15

Wednesday Soup this week will be White Chili and the vegetarian will be Vegetable Cheese Chowder - Yummy!


December 20, 2015 - Photo of the children in the Christmas Pageant that we all enjoyed so much at church December 20th.

The students in Mrs Westra's 3-5 classroom have created their own adaptive creatures and then they wrote about them with descriptions and stories. You have to read about them and see them so please click here.

The CPA would like to thank the wonderful volunteers, parents, elves, and man-in-red for making our annual holiday party December 12th a success! Photos are here!


December 19, 2015 - Sing for the season - Please join us for CHRISTMAS CAROLLING on the morning of Christmas Eve! Meet at the store at 9am Thursday, December 24th! Questions call Erika Neumann 207-749-8022. Click here for flyer.

December 18, 2015 - Sunday morning at 10 o'clock please join us at the Chebeague United Methodist church for the annual pageant. The kids have done a great job with all of their other activities during this busy time of year, fitting in the preparation of this fun story of Christmas. We have a lot of return actors from last year who have helped tremendously in the memory of how it works as well as a real baby Jesus. It is a wonderful time to pause and remember what this time of year is really about. See you there!!!

Wednesday"s Chebeague Island Council meeting went well and they had their attorney Meg Greene there to answer questions. Click here for a synopsis of that meeting from Deborah Bowman. I will also change the Health Center block above to Island Council where they will be able to provide updates.

Click here for a message from Linda Brewster who has been asked to provide care on the island.

The CTC office will close at noon on 12/24 and 12/31. The office will be closed on 12/25 and 1/1/16. Holiday ferry and bus schedule is posted on our website, chebeaguetrans.com. Happy Holidays to All!

Thank you to all who attended Island Commons holiday party last Friday night! We had a terrific turnout, with islanders of all ages gathering together to ring in the season. Your response to our raffles was tremendous, and raised over $800. Congratulations to the raffle winners, and thanks to all for your generous support of Island Commons!


December 17, 2015 - Photo of Mrs. Hoidal's K-2 classroom in front of the owl box Ken Pelton built for the school and was put up last year. We are hoping that this spring it will be found by an owl of course.

Historical Society Gift Shop Hours: Sunday, December 20, 11:00 - 4:00; closed on the 19th due to Free Boat Day. If you need to shop at the Museum Gift Shop at another time, contact Mary Holt at 846-5040 or islelive@chebeague.net.

Message from Island Riches: I will be at Doughty's Market sat 19th 10am- 2pm and Sun 20th 10am-1pm . You can do some last minute shopping. hope to see you there," Florence

Vicki Todd, LMT has 10% off gift certificates through December for the best massage anyone could ask for! Send her and email vtodd@chebeague.net or call 207 400-4313.

Do you have some fun ideas for programs and/or summer camps that we could offer at CRC? Let us know!! Give us a call, 846-5068, or send us an email, crc@chebeague.net to share your ideas. Wishing you all a safe and happy holiday season!


December 16, 2015 - Today is the last day to double your impact of a donation to Shannon Adams for her Walk to End Breast Cancer in July next year. Click here to go to her page.

Don't forget the COMMUNITY LUNCH today at the Hall - birng food to fill the Food Pantry's fridge and freezer if you would like in lieu of the usual $5 suggested donation! See you there for roast pork, mashed potatoes, green salad, chocolate pudding and applesauce. See the note below for suggested food items.

For those who couldn't make it to the Chebeague Island School Holiday Concert or would like to see it again I have youtubed most of it - click here to see.


December 15, 2015 - The Council invites your questions at its monthly board meeting Wednesday, December 16th at the Parish House. Attorney Martha Greene of Brann & Isaacson will be present. The meeting starts at 7:00 pm and the public portion of the meeting will end at 8:00 pm. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Deborah A. Bowman, President 846-0609

Dana Bourgeois is going to be on 207 tonight!

This year, Downeast Magazine is doing a Maine Madness tournament bracket. They have "seeded" the bracket with 16 of their favorite towns in the state — selected for quantitative reasons like home prices, employment, and median income, but also using more subjective criteria like natural beauty, community vibe, local businesses we admire, and so on. Chebeague Island is one of the seeds and this week we are up against Kittery click here to go to the site and sign in and vote - you don't have to pay anything - when you get on the site go to travel and you will see the bracket.

CRC's annual Kids Holiday Craft program was a huge success. We had 30 kids participate this year! Thank you to our volunteer crafters; Meredith Beaupre, Jen Belesca, Sam Birkett, Althea Dugliss, Christine Englund, Caroline Loder (and Christopher), Katy McCann (and Adrian), Betts Mayer and Erika Neumann. They planned some amazing projects this year and the kids had a blast making presents for friends and family. Click here to see some pictures.

COMMUNITY LUNCH: Please join the Hall chefs at noon on Wednesday for a special "Hall"iday Community Lunch. We are serving roast pork, applesauce made from Roy Jackson's apples, mashed potatoes and gravy, a green salad, and chocolate pudding with whipped cream, and each attendee will receive a wee, homemade gift to express our thanks for making the lunches so successful. This month, the CIHCC is collaborating with the Chebeague Island Food Pantry to hold a "food"-raiser, with the aim of raising 100 lb of food to fill the Food Pantry's fridge and freezer. In lieu of the usual $5 suggested donation, we are asking for edible contributions, with special emphasis on the following items: fresh and frozen fruit, frozen vegetables, canned fruit, canned tuna and chicken, oatmeal and cereals, breakfast bars, individual servings of fruit, rice and pasta, peanut butter, low- or reduced-salt items, oranges and grapefruit, potatoes and sweet potatoes, onions, beets, and carrots. All proceeds, whether edible greens or spendable greens, will go to the Food Pantry. So, do a good thing while enjoying great food and fabulous company!


December 14, 2015 - Message from the Island Council: The Council board meeting is Wednesday, December 16 at 7:00 pm at the Parish House. It was my error the wrong date appeared in the Calendar. Deborah Bowman, President

The Chebeague School Holiday Concert is Tuesday, December 15th at 5:30 pm at the Hall. There will be no School Committee meeting.


December 13, 2015 - Historical Society Festive Pot Luck Christmas Party: Community members are invited to join the Chebeague Island Historical Society on December14th, Monday evening at 6 p.m. Join us at the Museum for an evening of celebration, tasty food and fun. Bring a casserole or other food item to share and a gift valued $10 or less if you'd like to participate in the gift exchange. We look forward to seeing you all at the Museum during the coming weeks. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

December 11, 2015 - If you haven't signed the ONLINE PETITION to ask the Island Council to restore our Health Center - click here.

Today the whole Chebeague Island School participated in the Hour of Code program. The upper class paired up with the younger students and they worked on programs learning how to code. They all loved it and after almost an hour the older class worked for another half hour on their own and they all enjoyed the time. Click here to see them all working and learning!

Message from Shannon Adams: "Mark your calendars for Wednesday Dec. 16th! I'm participating in the Avon39 2-Day Walk to End Breast Cancer in July next year. However! I have an anonymous donor who is willing to MATCH ALL DONATIONS that I receive on Wednesday December 16th. This is a unique opportunity to DOUBLE your impact! Last year I was lucky enough to meet some of the doctors, scientists, and non-profit organization leaders as they received their grants made possible by your donations! It was amazing. If you would like to once again support this cause and help me reach my minimum goal required to participate, mark your calendars for this coming Wednesday, December 16th and follow this link. Thank you!"
http://info.avonfoundation.org/goto/ShannonAdams

Tonight is Paint Party with Caroline Loder at the Hall from 7:00 - 9:00 (arrive 15 minutes early) - still plenty of room - $35 and go home with a work of art!

Please remember the CPA Holiday Party is this SATURDAY, Dec 12th, 4-6pm at the Hall. Come one, come all! Songs, treats and a special friend-in-red with elves will be there. Call Meredith for Qs 846-8712.

Holiday shopping? Order wrapping paper, bows, chocolates and more from Innisbrook (www.innisbrook.com)and support the Chebeague Island School at the same time! A percentage of sales will support our CPA. Just FOUR more days to order! Flyer attached.

Don't forget today from 4:30-6:30 the ISLAND COMMONS HOLIDAY PARTY - see flyer

Photo "Chebeague island painters, a reminder that if you live on a Maine island, painting is just somehow in your blood. Just ask Hopper, Homer, and the Wyeths if you're not convinced. Thank you painters who've accompanied me on Friday nights." —Caroline Loder


December 10, 2015 - I have just added the eulogy Donna Damon wrote for Edmund's funeral to Edmunds page.

Message from May: Just wanted to thank the folks who stopped for our girl in the road and helped us put her down. It's so hard to lose a pet. Thanks to the folks who stopped and offered kind words. Special thanks to Chuck for his astounding compassion, and to my brother and Henry for helping us lay her to rest. May, Cassidy and Bea.


December 9, 2015 - Press Release: Click here for a Press Release following a press conference which I spoke at this morning. They even had a quote from me. You can also now download the full Tillson Broadband Report.I believe the whole conference will be on MPBN at some point.

Holiday Shopping at the Museum of Chebeague History: Thursday 12/10, 5:30 - 7:30; Saturday 12/19, 11:00 - 4:00. Shop early and often for the best selection.
Historical Society Festive Pot Luck Christmas Party: Community members are invited to join the Chebeague Island Historical Society on December14th, Monday evening at 6 p.m. Join us at the Museum for an evening of celebration, tasty food and fun. Bring a casserole or other food item to share and a gift valued $10 or less if you'd like to participate in the gift exchange. We look forward to seeing you all at the Museum during the coming weeks. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Reminder: ISLAND COMMONS HOLIDAY PARTY this Friday (Dec.11th) 4:30-6:30! Gather with friends & neighbors to celebrate the season, enjoy delightful refreshments, listen to a little holiday music…and take a chance on many great RAFFLES! See Flyer - Can’t make it but want to take a chance on a raffle item? Call Nancy Olney to purchase raffle tickets - 846-5610. Here are a few more items that have come in since our earlier post… See you on Friday!


December 8, 2015 - Please click here to sign a PETITION ONLINE and around the island asking the Island Council to restore our Health Center at the Hall.

Please see a note of gratitude to Nurse Nancy from some of her patients.

Wednesday's soup will be will be Potato, Bacon, and Chive Soup with Horseradish and the vegetarian will be Brazilian Black Bean (from Moosewood).

Applications for the ILead need to be in by December 9th - please click here to learn how you can be part of this.This is a well-designed, well funded workshop where Board members and staff in only a few days can learn a lot from professionals about leading a successful island nonprofit. Scholarships are available. Write Kburns@islandinstitute.org for information and the application.

Barrie Shepherd still has a few copies of his Advent-Christmas book, Destination Bethlehem - Daily Meditations, Prayers and Poems to Light the Way to the Manger - available. The list price (on Amazon) is $28, but he is offerring it at $20, and all proceeds, beyond cost - are donated to the Chebeague Food Pantry. Anyone interested should call 510 1637 or email barrieshep@aol.com and he will mail autographed and inscribed copies. The book makes a thoughtful and unusual Xmas gift.

CPA Holiday party - Saturday, December 12, 4-6pm (flyer attached). CPA welcomes you to come celebrate the holidays with your children at our annual party with singing, tree lighting, treats and a visit from you-know-who. All children are welcome from near and far- just let the CPA know we we can plan ahead for each child. If you would like to volunteer, contact Meredith at jakylory@chebeague.net. See you on the 12th.


December 7, 2015 - Message from Nurse Nancy: "It is with regret that Tuesday, December 8th will be my last day for doing blood draws, and nursing tasks. It has been too difficult without appropriate space and privacy. I want to thank the Chebeague Island Hall Community Center for allowing me to use the Hall but it just isn’t working well for me and the public. I also want to thank everyone for all the support I received in trying to keep this service going.”

Tonight Lock Kiermaier, Host "Matinicus Wannabe", Mondays 9-11 PM EST will be featuring music in honor of Edmund Doughty and will include some of Josh's music. Click here to get the online program.


December 6, 2015 - Photo taken by David Stevens the morning of December 6, 2015.

The Church, Parish House and surroundings were full of people for Edmund's service yesterday and there were not enough programs to go around. If you didn't get one and would like to see it or print it out click here.

The Library has a part-time, as needed job opportunity to assist in daily operations. If you are interested in becoming part of our beloved Library or have any questions call Sarah McKinnon Koerber (846-0565) or the Library (846-4351) - see job description.


December 5, 2015 - The Recompense Fund is partnering with the Island Institute to offer all Chebeague nonprofits training in running a successful nonprofit January 8-10. Board members and staff must apply by December 9th. Scholarships are available. For click here for more information and click here for the application or write Kburns@islandinstitute.org and find out about the scholarships.

Tonight: WHALERS CONCERT: With our new Director Ben Yosua-Davis, the program will celebrate “A Chebeague Christmas” with songs of the season sung by the Whalers and a children’s chorus, poetry readings by some of Chebeague’s poets and stories shared by additional guests. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday, December 5, at the Hall. Tickets are $8 with no charge for those under 12.


December 4, 2015 - Have you seen a lot of winter moths lately, they have been all over our doors the lately. Click here for an article in the Bangor Daily News today. The State of Maine is asking people to report sightings by filling out survey online - click here.

December 3, 2015 - The December 6th poetry reading by Wesley McNair has been postponed until sometime in February. Deborah A. Bowman, Director

The Transfer station hours are slightly different for December 5, 2015 they will be 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Blue Christmas Service - The holidays can be a difficult time for many. Join us on Sunday, December 13th at 7 PM at the Chebeague Island UMC for a holiday service for any of us who are stressed, lonely, hurting, or grieving, or struggling at this time of year. It will be an informal time of worship and community support. All are welcome. The church will be open starting at 6:30 PM for any who wish to gather for silence and meditation. Contact Melissa at 846.4106 or at ml.yosuadavis@gmail.com if you have any questions regarding the service. See flyer


December 2, 2015 - PLEASE SAVE THE DATE for the CPA Holiday party - Saturday, December 12, 4-6pm (flyer attached). CPA welcomes you to come celebrate the holidays with your children at our annual party with singing, tree lighting, treats and a visit from you-know-who. All children are welcome from near and far- just let the CPA know we we can plan ahead for each child. If you would like to volunteer, contact Meredith at jakylory@chebeague.net. See you on the 12th.

December 1, 2015 - The CTC December newsletter is posted on our website - click here.
Get your holiday schedule on the CTC website or on the ferry. http://www.chebeaguetrans.com/Documents/Holiday_Schedule_2015.pdf
CTC is adding a third "free boat day" this December recognizing that many Islanders will be attending a service on the Island on 12/5 and not traveling to the mainland.
Our free boat days will be 12/5, 12/12, and 12/19.

The soup at the Hall tomorrow will be Hamburger rice. The vegetarian soup will be corn chowder.

WHALERS CONCERT: With our new Director Ben Yosua-Davis, the program will celebrate “A Chebeague Christmas” with songs of the season sung by the Whalers and a children’s chorus, poetry readings by some of Chebeague’s poets and stories shared by additional guests. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday, December 5, at the Hall. Tickets are $8 with no charge for those under 12.

Island painters: this is the last paint night for 2015. Please call in advance to reserve a canvas—only a limited supply left. Enjoy a glass of wine while I queue the Christmas music. As always, this is a fund raiser for the Chebeague Recreation Center. 207-846-5068 - click here to see flyer.

YEAR ROUND RENTAL now available at CICA’s School House Road homes. Unit #1 of the duplex is now available; 3 bedroom / 2.5 bath, full basement (storage and utilities only). No smoking, no pets. Walk to the island school for preK thru grade 5; middle and high school in Yarmouth school district. Rent is $750/mo. For a family of four, the maximum income is $86,760/yr, Please visit the CICA site to learn more, click here or contact Bob Earnest. Applications must be postmarked no later than 12/15/2015.


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