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

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

photo by Doug Ross of a mysterious tree in the middle of South Road in front of Daytons after the storm on October 17th. Click here for another photo he took of the tree on the CMP truck.


October 22, 2019 - Power is still off for a few people on the island. Telephone line down on South Road just beyond John Small Road that effects telephone and internet part of the South Road, Commons and most of Littlefield Road.

Andrew from Richardson monument will be coming very soon. If people need any engraving done they should call him directly at 767-2761.

SOUP ON WEDNESDAYS!! Wednesday’s meat soup will be chorizo and red bean, made by John Howard, and the vegetarian soup will be minestrone, made by Wanda.


October 20, 2019 - TODAY - SUNDAY from 1 to 4 at the Chebeague Island Historical Society - click here to see the goodies waiting for you.

A green bag full of family photos was left at the stone pier and were retrieved and put on the boat. May have been left there yesterday.

According to CMP, 106 out of 582 customers are still without power, scattered all around the island. Everyone else is grateful to have power restored.


October 18, 2019 - Tomorrow's memorial service for Marianne Durgin will happen at 11 am at the church with a luncheon at the Parish House at 1pm. All welcome to come and share a memory and join for lunch.

CMP crew was on the island this afternoon to assess the damage and have gone home for the evening and will be back tomorrow. CMP has put out a notice that estimated restore time is by 10pm on Sunday. I think it will be sooner but you all know that I'm an optimist.

Chebeague Recreation Center - Closing Update 10/18/19
Do to the lack of power, and a very large pine tree leaning on the power lines at our driveway entrance the Rec Center & Kids' Place is closed. Once power is restored and the tree is removed we will reopen. The Rec Center and Kids' Place does not have power or water. Please do not enter the buildings.

The Ice Cream Social for Friday 10/18 will be postponed, a new date will be selected for next month.

Movie Night at the Rec - Join us for Dinner and a Movie! - Friday, October 25th from 4:30-7:30 pm. You will Choose the Movie! A vote will be taken for: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial - PG Or Hocus Pocus - PG. We will be serving a Pasta Dinner & Popcorn
All ages welcome! Cost is $10 for the first person and $5 for each additional family member. To help plan our food purchase, please RSVP by Tuesday, October 22nd. Please email your name and the number that will attend to: ChebeagueRecreation@gmail.com

The next Board of Selectmen meeting will be Wednesday, October 23, 2019. Click here to go to agenda on town website.

CUMC will have a community breakfast at the Parish House on Sunday the 20th at 9 AM and worship at 10 AM. Join us for pancakes and bacon. All are welcome!

Due to the power outage, the compactors cannot operate at the dump and we are unable to accumulate trash until the power is restored. The brush dump will be open and can be accessed through Littlefield Road (town garage).

The power is still out on the island and David and I will keep the Axiom internet working until 11 at night and then turn on in the morning.


October 17, 2019 - We woke up this morning, some people woke up, but most people were up all night listening to the wind - it was wild. The power has been out all day and we don't know when it will be back. I have a generator going at the DSLAM for those who have Axiom but will be shutting it off around 11pm and will get it back up in the morning for those who have generators. I just drove around the island and there are a lot of trees on power lines and one part of South Road is blocked off from the Historical Society to Firehouse Road.

October 16, 2019 - Moxie, Beverly and Pat Murray’s dog, was attacked and injured by two coyotes yesterday morning at 5:30. He is recovering and will be ok. Beverly thanks all the calls and well wishes. Beverly was able to get the coyotes away using the light from her flashlight and probably a few screams. They then wandered away.

The museum is now closed for regular visiting hours. However, please join us THIS COMING Sunday October 20th for our "End of the Season" Open House from 1pm to 4pm. This will be your LAST opportunity to view the current "Chebeague Maritime Enterprises" exhibit, which is ending this year. Come and enjoy cider and treats with friends and visit the gift shop, where sale items will be available.

!!! TICK ALERT !!!
Adult deer ticks are crawling around and HUNGRY!
--Be careful when walking near brush or fallen leaf piles. Wear protective clothing and do tick checks.
-- Last year, over 50% of Chebeague adult deer ticks were infected with Lyme Disease and 5% were infected with Anaplasmosis. They were not tested for other organisms but undoubtedly they are carrying other nasty things as well. This past weekend Mary Holman collected 22 deer ticks on the edges of her yard in 1 hour!


October 15, 2019 - Tomorrow is the first day of soup at the Hall. Ruth says that it will be Chicken Rice and the Vegetarian: Hearty Tortellini.

October 14, 2019 - Marianne Durgin's memorial service - a celebration of her life - will be at 11 AM on Saturday, October 19, at the Methodist Church. There will be a catered lunch at 1 at the parish house. All welcome to come and share a memory and join for lunch. There will be a bus meeting the 10:15 boat (probably making a couple trips) to get people to the church.

Click here to see some of the items in an Exhibit of the late Jim Dayton's work ---Jim Dayton: Artist in His Studio --October 3 - October 24 at the Laura H. Miles Gallery, Minnetonka Center for the Arts.

School Committee Meeting, Tuesday, October 15 at 6pm - click here for agenda.


October 13, 2019 - The Niblic will be open today for the last day of the season 9 - 2.

Today is the Sunday brunch benefit at the SlowBell for Deb Bowman - don't forget to get your raffle tickets for some fabulous items!

Today is also appreciation day for the Chebeague Island Inn from 5-8pm - see flyer.


October 12, 2019 - Click here to see some photos of the some of the items being raffled off at the Slow Bell to benefit Deb Bowman. You are encouraged to stop by the Slow Bell to get raffle tickets and see the items that are being raffled off. The raffle will take place Sunday after the Sunday brunch benefit that goes from 10 to 1. Lee Bowman brought 3 amazing photos and Doug donated a chair and a troy truck! Donna donated a House History, Caitlin & BJ paintings and prints by Kim Martin and Caroline Loder, canvases by Kevin Wentworth. Phots by Sam Birkett, Pottery by Paul and Avis and more.

October 11, 2019 - The Chebeague Island Historical Society museum will not be open on Saturday Oct. 12, as sign of our deep respect for long time supporter and Board member, Mimi Moulton, who just passed away. Her funeral service will be Saturday afternoon at the church at 1:30. The museum will be open on Sunday Oct. 13 and Monday Oct 14, from 1pm to 4pm, which are the last regular days of this season. Don’t miss the Museum’s annual Fall Open House on Sunday October 20. It will be the last chance to see the Maritime Enterprise exhibit! Refreshments will be served!

The Chebeague library is looking to hire a Children’s Librarian and Library Assistant - click here to learn more and see the application.

Message from Florence: Island Riches will be open this weekend Saturday & Sunday from 10am 4pm.
Most items are 20% and 30% off. We also have pumpkins, cucumbers, large
tomatoes and blueberry bushes. Come down early and shop while they last.

The Red Studio will be open from 10-noon on Saturday, full of great treasures, new markdowns, and — as always — stuff you really can use! Even if you didn’t realize it! The Red Studio Elves took a few weeks off, but have been busy getting ready for a fun sales event. Stop by and check it out!

The Planning Board has extended its deadline to accept applications for 3 open positions on the board until October 21, 2019. All interested parties can pick up an application at the Town Office or contact the Town Office to have one emailed to you.


October 10, 2019 - Message from May: "If you can't make it out to one of our fundraisers for Deb Bowman on Friday or Saturday, we will be hosting a buffet brunch at the Slow Bell on Sunday with all profits going to Deb. We will be serving strata, eggs Benedict, pancakes, soup and salads, fruit, homefries and more! $20 for adults, $6 for kids under 12."

October 8, 2019 - Chebeague Inn is having an end-of-the-year island party. It’s going to be on Oct 13th from 5-8pm. Click her for flyer!

Selectmens Meeting tomorrow night, October 9, at 6pm at the Hall - click here for link to agenda and click here to link of the packet.

A Go-Fund site has been established for Deb Bowman who has recently been diagnosed with cancer - click here to learn more.

Message from May: "Hi folks: A lot of you have probably heard that we are doing some fundraising at the Slow Bell this weekend. A dear and wonderful friend of ours is struggling with breast cancer and we are coming together as a community to do all we can to help. On Friday night, Ketch Secor, Stephen Todd, and friends will come out and play starting at 6:00 p.m. On Saturday, we will welcome back our friends the Westenders, who will also contribute the income from their show. We are recommending a $10 donation each night, with all proceeds going to help Deb Bowman fight this battle. If you've ever borrowed a book, listened to a lecture, had a burger at the July 4th picnic, bought aprons from the Ladies Aid, found a valuable affirmation on a small piece of paper, or attended church services, you've been touched by this incredible woman. If you can't make one or both of these events, check out the GoFundMe page friends have set up at https://www.gofundme.com/f/debra-bowman

On a less inspiring note, we will be serving turkey dinner with all the fixin's, beer-battered lobster, and crab stuffed haddock. We'll also have butternut squash soup, apple pie, and beer-battered cheesecake. Hope to see you at the Slow Bell!!"


October 5, 2019 - There is a new boat show going on this weekend at Thompson’s Point in Portland. It is produced by Maine Marine Trades Association. Go to themaineboatshow.com for details. Stop in and say hello to Jen Belesca who is helping with the show.

School Committee Meeting today - see agenda.


October 4, 2019 - Message from Sam: "If you are thinking about donating an item to the Red Studio, please contact Susan or Sam first; do NOT drop it off in the Commons garage or on the Red Studio ramp. We have very limited storage space overall and even less space that is mouse proof over the winter. As much as we appreciate the thought, we cannot accept unsolicited donations of TVs, large upholstered pieces, or appliances, even if they "work fine." If the Red Studio cannot use or store your unwanted appliance, sofa, computer, or TV, please advertise them on Swap and Sell. Thank you!"

Message from May: "Hey folks: This week as Slow Bell is open Friday and Saturday. Friday we welcome back Boston musician Corey Hales ($5 cover). Saturday we will sing loudly with karaoke! Our specials include roasted half chicken with mashed potatoes and veg, lobster tacos, and broccoli and cheddar soup. Dinner starts at 5 and the restaurant will be open until 9 for food, midnight for the bar. Hope to see you at the Bell!"


October 3, 2019 - Chebeague Recreation Center is hosting an Ice Cream Social on Friday 10/18 - 7pm
Please join us at the Rec Center for this FREE event!

Chebeague Recreation Center has released its Fall 2019 After School Programs. Weekly programs will vary in content examples are: Open Gym, Seasonal Craft Projects, Outdoor Field Events, and Tennis Court Games. This is a multi-age program for grades K thru 5.
For more information or a pre-registration form go to: www.ChebeagueRec.com

The Kids' Place - a Licensed Child Care Center is looking for your help.
The Babies are Coming! The Babies are Coming!
In preparation for our new arrivals, The Kids’ Place is seeking your help!
Volunteer and Part-Time Positions are available. Schedules are flexible.
If you have the time, we have the babies!
For more information please contact:
Steve Auffant - 207-846-5068 - ChebeagueRecreation@gmail.com

PC Towers - I have been able to get three PC towers for my technology class but could use another if there is one hanging around your cellar on the island. We would be glad to remove the hard drive and destroy it - the kids would like that part I'm sure.

October 1, 2019 - Registration is now open for the Odyssey SwimRun in 2020! Casco Bay Islands, Maine - August 9th, 2020 click here to learn more and register.

Message from Mellisa: This may be a difficult week for some people. The Church sanctuary is always open for prayer, reflection, contemplation and remembrance. Votives are located in the Church and Parish House entrance. Please feel free to take one home with you.


September 29, 2019 - Don't forget that your property taxes are due tomorrow, September 30th.


September 26, 2019 - Island Parsonage Spruce Up! Please lend a hand with the Island Parsonage Spruce Up this Saturday, September 28th, between 9:00am and Noon. The Yosua-Davis family has grown and our historic (and aging) Greek Revival parsonage needs some TLC. The parsonage is located across from the church at 258 North Road. Yard cleanup, siding repair, challenging light bulb changing, tricky exhaust fan cover reattachment, light painting, and basement cobweb removal (ewwww) await you. Come and help for the morning or just an hour. Pot luck lunch to follow. FMI contact Jackie Trask 319-6656.

September 25, 2019 -Chebeague Island School has an opening for an Administrative Secretary. The primary responsibility of this position is to professionally ensure the smooth and efficient operation of the Chebeague Island School Office. To assist in the development and coordinating well-organized systems and procedures that support the administration and staff.  To serve as the frontline in communicating and interacting with students,guests, vendors, teachers, staff and members of the community.Minimum Qualification: Associate Degree or 2 years related work experience. Current State of Maine Criminal History Records Check approval.Must be organized, ability to multitask, exercise independent judgement including maintaining a high level of ethical behavior and confidentiality of information.This is a 35+ hour a week position during the school year 7:30am - 3:30pm.  Some work in the summer is required. Open until a suitable candidate is found.


September 24, 2019 - CTC's October Newsletter and October and November Crew Assistance Schedules are posted on the News and Info page of chebeaguetrans.com and available here.

September 23, 2019 - photo Sunrise the first day of Autumn by Erika Neumann of Central Landing.

The Hall’s soup and Community Lunch programs are in transition. Community Lunch will now become Community Supper and be offered three times a year: Anything but Turkey in November, Italian Night in January, and International Night in March. Each supper will include a BYOB option. Soup will be offered each Wednesday if possible from mid-October through April, but to do so, Ruth is asking for weekly volunteers in the kitchen. Menus will be posted weekly on this web page. The three suppers already have sponsors, but you may also sponsor a month of soups for $300. Give Sam, Ruth, or Gina a call if you would like to learn more about helping with the soup program or become a sponsor.
Come winter, the Hall is the only place that serves food to the public on Wednesdays, so if you value this service, please show your support by volunteering. If no one volunteers to help shop, cook, serve, and clean, the soup program may go the way of Community Lunch.

The Planning Board is looking for 3 new members. Please consider helping out in your community. Please stop by the Town Office for an application.


September 20, 2019 - A link to the town website with basic information on coyotes.

September 19, 2019 - The Red Studio, after a fabulous summer of treasure-hunting, will be closed until Oct. 12, the Columbus Day weekend, or if you prefer, Indigenous People’s Weekend or Thanksgiving weekend in Canada. In the meantime, the Red Studio elves will be busy adding inventory, marking down prices, and getting ready for our fabulous (whatever holiday you want to call it) sale on Oct. 12 from 10 to noon. If you need to talk to the elves before then, contact Susan Stranahan or Sam McLean. And our sincere thanks for supporting Island Commons.

Message from May: Thanks again for the continued support. We've decided to try off season PUB TRIVIA this Friday night to see how it goes. Come out alone or with a team at 8 to sign up with play beginning at 8:3O. On Saturday night we will have Karaoke! Pick a song or two ahead of time or pick from our long list of favorites! For dinner this week we will be serving roasted pork loin with gravy, mashed pots, and roasted vegetables, lobster rolls, beer battered lobster, crab and corn chowder, and chocolate cream pie, along with all your other Slow Bell favorites. Hope to see you at the Bell. CaII ahead for takeout. 846-3078.

CICA is covering Chedemption and we need help with coverage on two shifts. Sunday, September 22nd 3-5PM and Monday. September 23rd 9-11 AM. Please contact Vika if you can help viktoria@chebeague.net

Click here for an informational poster about coyotes.


September 18, 2019 - photos of Coyotes taken by Jeff Champagne between John Small Road and South Road last year on Chebeague. Public Workshop- Coyotes- Come meet Scott Lindsay, State Wildlife Biologist for a Q & A session on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 6:00PM at the Hall. The Hall was packed tonight for the meeting with Scott Lindsay about coyotes on Chebeague. I had so many people contact me about the meeting that I decided to do an audio tape for those who were unable to attend. Click here to go to the page and tape. The meeting went for an hour and forty minutes and was really interesting and informative.

REMINDER: Taxes are due September 30th .


September 17, 2019 - The Commons HARVEST PARTY was a great success! A huge shout-out to volunteer musicians Mark Bowman, Gary Ross, Jonathan KomLosy, Andrew Martelle & Steve Todd for two hours of fantastic music. Many thanks to all of you who turned out, in record numbers, and made the event so much fun. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! Click here to see a video on Facebook of the event taken by Terry Stevens! Click here to see a composite video I put together and is on youtube.

Happy Birthday to Gail Helbig who turns 90 years young tomorrow!!

Click here to see an article in the Working Waterfront that features the Common's Red Studiot!

Message from Chedemption: Thank you to all who have participated in Chedemption this busy season. You probably have seen the overflowing trailer of boxes and giant mountain of bags. We have been shipping to Brighton Redemption in Portland weekly. A great group of volunteers makes this happen. We will be shipping weekly and hopefully the mountain will disappear!
Thank you
the Baggettes


September 16, 2019 - I would like to thank the Library for their contribution to help defray the cost of hosting of the Chebeague.org website. I plan on keeping it up and running and to help pay for the hosting of it I'm sure that the $25 per year for the individual rental page ads will be enough. I would also like to thank others who have contributed toward the cost of hosting. Click here for a message from The Chebeague Island Library Board of Directors.

School Committee Meeting Tuesday, September 17 at 6pm at the school - see agenda.


September 15, 2019 - The Historical Society has had a wonderful summer season with many visitors. We have now moved to our fall schedule, open only on weekends. Our new hours are Saturdays and Sundays, from 1pm to 4pm on both weekend days, through Sunday October 13. We will also be open for the Monday, October 14th holiday, from 1pm to 4pm. We will then close for this season. Be sure to come and visit the "Maritime Enterprises" exhibit one last time.... as we are already beginning preparation of next year's exhibit, "Growing Up on Chebeague."

September 14, 2019 - Click here to see photos of coyotes from Margo Myles who lives up off of Roy Hill Road. Message from her: "We have many pictures of them. Three are attached. We are interested in hearing what is recommended. The wildlife camera shows they are going through our yard regularly between 9 and 12 pm headed toward Kim's and then back down and across between 4 and 6 am. We certainly heard them almost every night when we up there recently. The most we have seen in one picture is three of them."

I teach technology at the Chebeague Island School and am looking for a couple of old PC computer towers to have the students take apart to learn how they all function. I think it would be a fun exercise and help them get over the fears that I had first time and still do when working on the insides of a computer. If you have one that is just hanging around and you would let us use it - they don't have to work and probably won't after we get done anyway. Email me bjohnson4850@gmail.com.


September 13, 2019 - The CTC Board Meeting scheduled for September 19th has been rescheduled until September 30th. The Meeting will be at 6:30 PM at the CTC office. As always, the public is wel

Board of Selectmen Public Workshop- Coyotes- Come meet Scott Lindsay, State Wildlife Biologist for a Q & A session on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 6:00PM at the Hall. On the island we know a dog was killed by them and we are missing at least 10 cats around the island they may be because of the coyotes.

You may remember a few years ago we did Painting Islands with Howie Motenko. He has been doing an artist in residence at Acadia National Park and is having an Acadia Moon Dance Exhibit Opening, Northeast Harbor Library, Friday, October 4th 5pm - 8pm. Click here to see some wonderful photos!


September 12, 2019 - Saturday, September 14th, 7:00 pm. Folk duo Fendrick & Peck at the Library.

Reminder! Island Commons HARVEST PARTY Friday 4:30-6:30. Kick off your weekend with rockin’ live music, hearty fare, beer & wine and some fun raffles! Don’t miss it…hope to see you there. The RED STUDIO shop will be open during the event. Be sure to check out all the great new items that have recently arrived!

After the HARVEST PARTY - you can enjoy the FULL MOON rise at about 6:45!

Holly (Earnest) Bowling is playing at Port City Music Hall, Friday night at 7pm. Holly is the daughter of Bob and Nancy Earnest!


September 10, 2019 - Sing with the Chebeague Island Whalers This Season!
-- The Whalers are looking for singers to sing with us for our holiday concert, no previous experience required! Rehearsals are from 7:00-9:00PM on Tuesday nights at the hall, starting on September 17th, with the concert scheduled for Saturday, December 7th.
--We’re also offering a program for younger singers this rehearsal season. Kids ages 11 and up will join us for regular practices, from 7-8PM on Tuesdays and will sing about half of the full program with us, with a special anthem just for them as well.
-- 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!


September 9, 2019 - Message from Sue Stavropoulus: Coffee at the Hall starts this Wednesday 9am to 10am!

Click here for a message from Carl Tubbesing and the MacBeth committee. What a great year they had!

TONIGHT: “Stories of Aqua-farming in Maine”at the Hall, 7 pm!


September 8, 2019 - Tomorrow Night! Monday, September 9th, 7 pm at the Hall, come hear author Muriel Hendrix speak about her book, “Stories of Aqua-farming in Maine”. Sponsored by the Historical Society as part of the Ellsworth Miller Memorial Lecture Series. Hope to see you there!
September 7, 2019 - NOTICE: Don’t miss tonight’s exciting finale concert of the 2019 MacBeth Concert Series season. The Halcyon String Quartet, a group of young, highly-accomplished musicians, will present a program of Mozart and Schubert string quartets, an arrangement of a song by Danish composer Rune Sorensen and a multi-media performance of “Envisioning Change in the Gulf of Maine.” The evening will begin at 7:00 p.m. See you at the church.

September 6, 2019 - Message from Island Riches: "Our fall hours are 10-4 Saturday and Sundays until we close on Columbus Day weekend. New potted Mums and Asters have just arrived. Stop by before they are gone"!

Annual HARVEST PARTY! Join us at Island Commons on Friday, September 13th, 4:30-6:30. Dinner buffet, Beer & Wine, Raffle. LIVE MUSIC by Mark Bowman, Gary Ross, Andrew Martelle & Jon KomLosy! This is a free community event, open to all. Hope to see you there!

Message from CILHF: "Dear Chebeague Friends & Neighbors - We are pleased to introduce to you the Chebeague Island Living History Farm (CILHF), a new non-profit organization partnering with Second Wind Farm to offer a three-dimensional setting to learn about the island’s significant agricultural past and its folk culture. You can learn more about CILHF at chebeaguefarm.com. Thank you!"

A couple of messages from Kim Boehm: "I wanted to let everyone know I have drastically reduced the amount of time I am spending as an Electrician (partially due to Drs' orders) , and focusing on 2 of my favorite crusades....First I want to thank all customers for their patronage over the years...
My first and most important venture is Chebeague Aquifer Protection...I am re-aligning my equipment so I can remove disabled vehicles, scrap metals and old oil tanks....I am also removing running, but unwanted vehicles, as I have in the past".
-------- "The second thing I am focusing on is Monarch (butterfly) preservation.... Over the past 3 years,I have quit mowing my milkweed in order to give the Monarchs a food supply. This year has been a banner year with over 100 chrysalis, and an almost 100% hatch rate. I will be expanding my milkweed, and building butterfly "kiosks" for future generations. I also ask Islanders to stave off mowing of milkweed (Monarchs #1 food choice) until first frost. This will help to ensure an adequate food supply is available.
Thanks, Kim Boehm ,846 2468 or islndelt@juno.com"


September 5, 2019 - photo 9/5/19 from Stone Wharf by Geoff Summa.

September 4, 2019 - Message from Jen at The Niblic: We are in to our fall hours and are open Wednesday thru Saturday 8-2. We will close for the season the Sunday of Columbus Weekend. Hope you stop by for a hot muffin, one of Mum’s delicious sandwiches, or maybe you are starting your holiday shopping! Either way we hope to see you soon. Thanks for a busy summer everyone!

The Red Studio is brimming with new inventory — again. Stop by on Saturday from 10-noon. HOWEVER, because our storage space is limited (and not very weather-tight), please DO NOT drop off donations at the Commons garage. Please contact Susan Stranahan or Sam McLean in advance if you have something to donate. And thanks for making this such a successful season.


September 3, 2019 - Message from the Historical Society: Our season ending SALE has been extended at the Museum Gift Shop.... 25% off our entire stock, plus 35% off the specially designed Chebeague blanket/throw, with unique island highlights, AND 50% off at a super-bargain table. Come and visit the "Maritime Exhibit" one last time before it is "retired" in October.
September 2 2019 - The highly-successful 2019 season of the MacBeth Concert Series concludes on Saturday, September 7 at 7:00 p.m. with a unique and compelling program performed by the Halcyon String Quartet, a group dedicated to using music and the arts to promote environmental stewardship. The backgrounds of these young musicians are breathtaking—appearances on NPR’s From the Top, performances at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball for Barack Obama, to name a few.  Their program at the United Methodist Church includes Mozart’s String Quartet no. 21, written when Mozart was at the zenith of his powers as a chamber music composer; Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden,” one of the pillars of the chamber music repertoire; a multimedia performance called “Envisioning Change in the Gulf of Maine;” and an arrangement of a song by Danish composer Rune Sorensen.   Please join us for this exciting finale to the MacBeth season.

August 31, 2019 - The Library is no longer hosting the chebeague.org website that I have been managing for 23 years and has been hosted at the library almost as long. As a result of this change there is a cost to host the site that I am doing now on GoDaddy. To help with the expenses of running this site I am asking those who advertise on the rental page to send the annual cost of $25 to me instead of donating it to the library.

School Committee Workshop Meeting this Tuesday, September 3 at 6pm - see agenda.


August 30, 2019 - The paving project has been delayed until September 3rd or 9th due to problems with barging. When I hear something more definite, I will let people know. We will start with the hot mix application at the School and across from the tennis courts on South Road. Please call Marjorie Stratton with questions.

Message from Island Richs: Stop by on Saturday Aug 31 for our customer appreciation sale. 20% off most items. Raffle for a basket with Island handmade items, drinks and bites.10-4 by Chandlers Wharf.

The Red Studio has a slew of new merchandise: bedside and occasional tables, a bookcase bonanza, vintage glassware and linens, beautiful curtain rods that can double as jousting poles or mammoth s'mores sticks, toddler beds and teddie bears, island and nautical art. Check it out Saturday from 10:00 to noon.

Message from CTC: We provide carts for our customers' freight between the Stone Wharf and Cousins Island. Unfortunately, we have found carts around the island on lawns and in vehicles. One of our employees even saw one of our carts at Hannaford in the back of a car! Please respect the purpose of these carts and do not remove them from either wharf. Thank you.


August 28, 2019 - Restricted Parking at Cousins Lot effective 9/1/2019. Due to lack of available parking spaces, vehicles without an annual permit (Overnight or Weekday worker) will not be able to park at the lot before 7 AM for September and October.

The Chebeague Island Historical Society 2020 calendar is for sale.
Get them before they are gone, at the Niblic, the Library and the Museum gift shop.

Message from May: Hi folks! Busy week this week. Please remember we are open from 12 to 4 for ice cream today through Sunday, as well as our dinner hours. For entertainment this week we have our last Pub Trivia Night for the season Thursday...sign up at 8, play starts at 8:30. On Friday, we will be celebrating the season with Competitive Karaoke. Sign up from 8 to 8:30 for round 1, 9 to 9:30 for round 2, and 10 to 10:30 for round 3. Prizes for winner of each round. One song per person per round. Saturday night we welcome the Westenders back ($5 cover) and we will again collect donations for Stephen Ross Scholarship Fund. This will be our last collection for the season. Sunday we welcome Backshore and Thompson's Hill for an early evening show starting at 6:30. Phew. Ok. So now on to the food...how do scallops, fried clams, lobster rolls, and turkey dinner sound? We'll also have haddock chowder and beet and goat cheese salad. On Sunday, our buffet will include Slow Bell favorites....Mac n Cheese, Chicken Marsala, Mashed Potatoes, Caprese Salad, Summer Veggies and Haddock Tacos. Hope to see you at the Slow Bell.


August 27, 2019 - The Museum is having a sale. What a summer! If you haven't seen the Museum's Maritime exhibit time is running out. It will come down in October. While you are checking out the exhibit don't miss the big sale at the Museum now through Labor Day! 25% off everything! What a deal! Just arrived Hamilton shirts for adults and kids. Shop early for the best selection!

August 26, 2019 - NOTICE - Wednesday, August 28, 7pm at the church: Diane Walsh has been guest soloist with leading orchestras around the world and played recitals in some of the country’s most distinguished venues, including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the 92nd Street Y. She returns on Wednesday, August 28 to Chebeague’s own distinguished venue, the United Methodist Church. The recital, which will begin at 7:00 p.m., will feature works by Beethoven, Brahms and Chopin—and even a couple of rags. The MacBeth season has been full of memorable musical moments. Ms. Walsh’s concert promises to be one of the most thrilling of the summer. Please join us—and let Carl (carldt@gwi.net) know if you have any questions.

Message from Florence: People have asked me if I would get plants for the end of summer. I have some mums and asters that are just starting to blossom If you would like something different or special call me or stop in to the shop. 207 846-4986 email me at islandriches@chebeague.net Thank You, Florence (Island Riches)


August 24, 2019 - Message from Sally Crapser: HELP! Bean bag with green trim lost on the 12:15 boat from Cousins, Friday. Has important medications for our grandkids (one prescription written to Owen Klorer), plus some food & personal items. Must find, thanks! If found call or text (860) 604-9671.

The farm stand at Second Wind Farm is full of a large variety of this season's locally grown, organic practice produce. Thank you for your patronage!

come out for a great night of music at John and Courtney Wilson's on Thursday, August 29th from 7-9. Doors open at 6:30, BYOB, light snacks provided. $15 suggested donation, all proceeds go the the musicians! Press Gang bandmates Junior Stevens on concertina and fiddler Alden Robinson return to Chebeague for a farewell to summer concert! Junior and Alden are supremely talented Irish traditional musicians and put on a great show. Expect to stomp your feet and hum along to tunes from across the Atlantic! Don't miss these engaging and extraordinary musicians for great night of music...


August 21, 2019 - Another cat is missing from the West End near Chandlers Wharf - grey tuxedo cat named Toilet has been missing since Monday night. He was last seen that night in his yard right next to Chandler dock. Please contact Jake and Hi’ilei Hobart at (646) 578-1776.

Please come and join us on Sunday, August 25th at 3 o'clock as we celebrate Sally Tubbesing's long and joyful commitment to the Chebeague Island Library with the placement of a garden plaque in her name and memory. No speeches, just thoughts and appreciation!
There will, of course, be cookies!
FMI 846-4351

Message from May: Hi folks. Hope you will take a minute to read all of this. Before I tell you about our amazing specials, I've got some incredible news! Thursday (tomorrow night), we will welcome 4 of the 6 members of the Mallett Brothers to the Slow Bell. Doors will open at 7:30 and there will be a limited number of bracelets sold for $15 each. Once we reach capacity, no one else will be able to come in, some come early! We will be splitting our share of the profits from the door with the Stephen Ross Fund! We are open this week for ice cream and sandwiches starting at noon. Thursday-Saturday we will be open from 5 to 9 for dinner with the bar open until 12. Specials include BBQ chicken, lobster rolls, scallops and crab and corn chowder. Sunday buffet will be pot roast (with a veggie option). Friday we'll have PUB TRIVIA and Saturday we'll welcome back Jerry Smith ($5 cover). Hope to see you at the Slow Bell.


August 20, 2019 - Save the Date: Chebeague Island Yacht Club Annual Meeting Friday, August 23, 5-7 PM at the Niblic.

August 19, 2019 - Message from Ann and John Thaxter: "Our beloved dog Vannah, was attacked and killed by wild animals early Sunday morning only yards from our home. Please keep your animals safe and sound and know where they are at all times. We learned this too late."

Thanks to island music supporters, the Island Music Night was able to split proceeds of $1,187 between CICA and the Hall. Thank you all for attending. See you next year !

After a triumphant double concert by Paul English and friends, the MacBeth Concert Series continues this week with a performance by long-time Chebeague favorites the Seaside Brass Quintet. Their program at the church on Saturday evening, August 24 at 7:00 p.m. will feature an eclectic program of classical, jazz and popular tunes. Then, on Wednesday, August 28 at 7:00 p.m., internationally-acclaimed concert pianist Diane Walsh returns for her third appearance on Chebeague. Her recital will include works by Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin and even a couple of rags. Plan to attend both concerts to experience two more Chebeague magical musical moments.


August 18, 2019 - Another Missing Cat - Missing from Springettes Road: Our large black-faced tucedo cat Buster has been missing since Friday evening. He is very friendly. Please call Lew 329-9939 or Mary 671-3240 if you've seen him.

Our cat Bailey - a grey tiger cat has been missing over a week now from the East End. Please call 846-4850 if you have seen her.

School Committee Meeting, Tuesday, August 20, 6pm at the school - see agenda.


August 16, 2019 - photo of Bill St Cyr and Chris Bogle at Chandlers Wharf loving their work making sure our deliveries are made - thank you guys. Photo by Mary Capra.

School House Seconds has only two more Tuesdays that it will be open from 9:30-12 in the morning and 7 to 8 in the evening. On Tuesday August 20, the sale will be “Everything you can put in a bag for $5” and the final day will be “Make us an offer.” School House Seconds would like to thank all of its contributors and customers for helping to make this another successful year.

If you are planning to attend the Hamilton Reunion you need to email 1756ahamilton@gmail.com. If you want lunch you need to fill out the form and let us know your choice. If you live on Chebeague and don't want lunch the charge is $10. $30 with lunch, tour etc. Hope to hear from you asap. Deadline for lunch orders is Monday August 19.


August 15, 2019 - Featured on Bill Green's Maine was the story of Chebeague's own Billy Hill who outshot Annie Oakley! Click here to see it now.

CIYC Ocean Race: Saturday, August 17. Start is 1:00 p.m. Location of start is off of Central Landing. Course is around Hope Island @ 8 miles. Instructions are available at Niblic bulletin board, on committee boat or call Jay Corson 846-0938. Race start is weather dependent


August 14, 2019 - Reminder that there will be a memorial service for Bob Follette today at Bennett's Cove at 5pm.

August 13, 2019 - Wednesday, August 14th at 7 pm at the Hall, Maine State Historian Earle Shettleworth will speak on Roadside Maine: The Development of Route 1, 1900-1960. Hope to see you there! Part of the Ellsworth Miller Lecture Series Summer 2019.

SAT IS ISLAND MUSIC NIGHT - Doors open at 6:30pm (see flyer) - Bring whole family - "Family-friendly, alcohol-free event!!"


August 12, 2019 - NOTICE FROM CTC: The noon boat (12/12:15PM) is cancelled tomorrow 8/13 due to the annual Coast Guard safety inspection. We apologize for the inconvenience.

August 11, 2019 - photos of Sunday's Casco Bay Swim Run on Chebeague: Click on the photo to see a message from Jen Belesca about the event. The Stephen Ross Scholarship Fund received $1000 for help on Chebeague.

TRUNK SHOW. Original repurposed vintage clothing creations by Blue Betty Designs. Sunday August 11th, 12-3 at the Stone House, 7 Central landing Rd.


August 10, 2019 - Missing tiger cat on East End, last seen Friday afternoon. Click here for a photo!

NOTICE!!! BULKY WASTE CANCELLED FOR SUNDAY!! All the containers are already FULL!


August 9, 2019 - Save the date: Wednesday, August 14th at 7 pm at the Hall, Maine State Historian Earle Shettleworth will speak on Roadside Maine: The Development of Route 1, 1900-1960. Hope to see you there! Part of the Ellsworth Miller Lecture Series Summer 2019.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 10th at 7:30pm (note special time) at Chebeague United Methodist Church, the MacBeth Concert Series presents a DOUBLE JAZZ CONCERT featuring Grammy Award winning artists: jazz vocalist and founder of the New York Voices, Kim Nazarian and her husband and associate professor of jazz studies at Oberlin, Jay Ashby who join the Paul English Jazz Quartet, featuring violinist, Mari Black. Paul has worked with Kim and Mari in the past on special programs (Mari is no stranger to Chebeague audiences, nor is Paul) and together they all intend to WOW us with an incredibly creative and exciting double program. Joining the ensembles are guitarist, David Clarke, and drummer Bill Manning (both with Novel Jazz Septet) and Ian Ashby (bass and Kim and Jay's son) who round out the sound. And, lucky for us, Herb Maine was available and will be be playing bass with Paul's quartet. BTW, all of the musicians have agreed to spend the night on Chebeague so that the concert is not cut short because of the ferry schedule AND because they will be up bright and early Sunday morning for the 10:00 am Bossa Nova Sunday Service at CUMC. Read below:

SUNDAY, AUGUST 11TH AT 10:00am at Chebeague United Methodist Church a Bossa Nova Worship. Composer Paul English has arranged a number of Brazilian standards by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Ivan Lins ,Gilberto Gil and Leila Pinheiro, along with hymns and some of his original sacred works arranged in Bossa Nova Style. 18 of our island vocalists have been rehearsing for weeks under the direction of Ben Yosua-Davis, to prepare for this beautiful celebration of Brazilian popular music. A timely testament to the father of Bossa Nova, Joao Gilberto, who recently passed away.

ATTENTION ISLAND RESIDENTS!!! The Planning Board will be holding a PUBLIC WORKSHOP at the HALL on AUGUST 13, @ 6 pm. The Workshop will be facilitated by Amanda Shearin from Beginning with Habitat, and will address the importance and benefits of Open Space Plans and conservation of habitats for plants and animals on Chebeague. https://www.beginningwithhabitat.org/. Thank you!!

The Historical Society 2019 House Tour is scheduled for Tuesday, August 13, 10:30 - 4:30. Mark your calendars and plan to join us for "Three Centuries of Homes, Featuring Island Artists." Tickets are now on sale at the museum. The 2019 House Tour includes six wonderful locations and a luncheon, from 11:00 - 3:00 at Noddle Head, the beautifully restored home of Beth and Michael McNulty. The 2019 individual ticket price is $30; advance sales cost is $25 through August 9th. (Note that museum closes at 4pm, daily) Full location and parking information is provided via the ticket.

IMPORTANT NOTICE FROM CTC:
The 12 noon/12:15 PM ferry WILL BE CANCELLED on Tuesday 8/13 due to the annual Coast Guard Safety Inspection. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Starting Monday, August 12th, come on out and bring your friends to FIT HAPPENS, a low impact, high intensity, body-weight workout for ALL LEVELS, AGES and ABILITIES! M-W-F 8:30 at the Chebeague Recreation Center. We'll do easy-to-learn moves to today's dance music, and build aerobic capacity and strength. If you can walk and swing your arms this class is for you! $2 drop-in fee, all proceeds go to the CRC! For more information, contact ACE Group Fitness Instructor Amy Demers at amywdemers@gmail.com!

“Don’t miss the ISLAND MUSIC NIGHT Saturday 17th. Doors open at 6:30 so get there early!!- "Family-friendly, alcohol-free event!!"
30 performers. Admission $10 (please bring small bills). Limited T Shirts $15 (new design!) “


August 7, 2019 - “Don’t miss the Island Music Night this Saturday 17th. Doors open at 6:30 30 performers. Admission $10 (please bring small bills). Limited T Shirts $15 (new design!) “

Casco Bay Island Swim Run is this Sunday, August 11, Inspired by the international swimrun race series ÖTILLÖ (island to island), originating in Sweden in 2006, Ödyssey SwimRun is pleased to bring you one of only two island-to-island swimrun events in North America! Consisting of multiple, alternating swim and overland running legs (island roads, trails, and shoreline scrambles) between a variety of islands in Portland, Maine’s spectacular Casco Bay. Click here to see the route.


August 6, 2019 - The Town of Chebeague Island paving project will begin August 26th. The project includes South Road / East Shore Drive on the East End, Division Point Road, Bar Point Road, South Road across from the Tennis Courts and at the School. There are always contingencies due to weather or equipment. We will keep you posted as to details of paving locations as the information comes to us. Questions should go to Marjorie Stratton at 846-3148.

Bill Green’s Maine, 7:00 pm on Saturday, August 10 (WCSH, channel 6) will feature a piece about Chebeague’s Billy Hill who outshot Annie Oakley and went on to a career with Remington Arms as a sharpshooter demonstrating firearm expertise and safety.

Due to the location of the bulky waste dumpsters, chedemption will be closed this Saturday and Sunday August 10 and 11. Please save your returnables for another visit. Sorry for the inconvenience.
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August 5, 2019 - photo of Golf Camp that is took place last week with golf professionals Karen Nicolleti and Keith Johnson. Program run by the Great Chebeague Golf Club with Chebeague Recreation Center.

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

The Board of Selectmen will run a workshop on Sunset Landing-Conceptual Plan on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 from 6:00PM-7:30PM at the Chebeague Island Hall. All are encouraged to attend and bring their questions and suggestions. To review the Sunset Landing Conceptual Plan please visit the Town website at Townofchebeagueisland.org where you will find this plan on the home page.

Dr. Rybka (podiatrist) will be at the Wellness Center on Wednesday August 7th. Please call 829-6463 to schedule an appointment.

The Chebeague Island Council’s Annual Meeting is Saturday August 10th at 9AM at the Hall.

Message from Slow Bell: Trying to get the message out early...we have a busy week and some schedule challenges at the Slow Bell coming up this weekend. To start, we will be open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday for regular dinner. Our specials will include mac n cheese, lobster mac n cheese, lobster rolls and lobster tacos. We'll also be serving beet salad and haddock chowder along with all your favorites. On Sunday, our buffet will be pizza, soup, and salad. Thursday night we'll host pub trivia, Friday karaoke, and Sunday kids karaoke. Now...the scheduling issue....half our staff want to go to a wedding reception and the other half to a family party (both on Saturday), so we will be CLOSING at 8 PM on Saturday night ONLY. Please come in early, eat early, or call for takeout EARLY. Thanks! Hope to see you at the Slow Bell. 846.3078.


August 4, 2019 - Message from Florence: I will be on the mainland tomorrow Monday and will be back and Island Riches will be open on Tuesday.

August 3, 2019 - A million thanks to all who came out to the sale and auction at the Red Studio at Island Commons. We are so very grateful for your support and good sportsmanship. We hope you had fun and got some fantastic bargains. And thanks once again to our tireless volunteers and the world's best group of transformers! See you next Saturday at 10:00 with a whole new batch of amazing finds!

MacBeth Series Continues with a Unique Double Feature.  Celebrated jazz pianist and composer Paul English returns to Chebeague this weekend for two not-to-be missed concerts.  The first half of Saturday evening’s performance will feature members of Maine’s own Novel Jazz Septet—plus champion fiddle player Mari Black. For the second half, the group will be joined by New York musicians Kim Nazarian, a member of New York Voices; Grammy-award winning trombonist and producer Jay Ashby; and bassist Jay Ashby.  On Sunday at 10:00 a.m., Paul and colleagues will join forces with the United Methodist Church choir to present an exciting Bossa Nova worship service.  Please note that the Saturday concert begins at 7:30 p.m.  Both will be held at the church. 

TRUNK SHOW. Original repurposed vintage clothing creations by Blue Betty Designs. Sunday August 11th, 12-3 at the Stone House, 7 Central landing Rd.

The Transfer Station will be closed Saturday August 3rd from 11:45 until 1:00 for two burials. Thank you for your kind consideration for the deceased families and friends.

A Memorial Service for Nancy Sharp will take place on Saturday, August 3rd at 1 p.m. at the church. The Family invites you to share with us in a celebration of her life. A reception will follow in the Parish House.


August 2, 2019 - The Historical Society 2019 House Tour is scheduled for Tuesday, August 13, 10:30 - 4:30. Mark your calendars and plan to join us for "Three Centuries of Homes, Featuring Island Artists." Tickets are now on sale at the museum. The 2019 House Tour includes six wonderful locations and a luncheon, from 11:00 - 3:00 at Noddle Head, the beautifully restored home of Beth and Michael McNulty. The 2019 individual ticket price is $30; advance sales cost is $25 through August 9th. Full location and parking information is provided via the ticket.
August 1, 2019 - The Town of Chebeague Island will be paving this month on South Road / East Shore Drive from the Chebeague Island Inn to the end of the paved road, Division Point Road, Bar Point Road, South Road near the Tennis Courts and at the School grounds. Trucks will begin delivering Cold Mix to the Town Garage next Monday, August 5th. We will keep you posted about the actual dates of paving activity. Please call Marjorie Stratton with questions. 846-3148

July 31, 2019 - The Museum's Christmas in July sale is underway from July 31- August 4! Great deals ! 20% off on selected items including some shirts, candles, jewelry, Toys, Books, mobiles, Funky Rocks, all Kate Nelligan items and more! Shop early for the best deals!

IMPORTANT NOTICE FROM CTC:
The 12 noon/12:15 PM ferry WILL BE CANCELLED on Tuesday 8/13 due to the annual Coast Guard Safety Inspection. We apologize for the inconvenience.

The Red Studio Tent Sale and Auction at the Island Commons will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday (Aug. 3). Come browse our collection of fantastic furniture, rugs, home furnishings, jewelry, vintage clothing, housewares and island ephemera — with most items 15% off to celebrate this new and fun event. At 11, the first-ever Red Studio auction begins, with an amazing assortment of fascinating island antiques as well as the handiwork and creativity of island artists, who have TRANSFORMED some of our inventory into magical collector’s items. Bidding begins at 11 with a preview at 10 — so come early and pick out your favorite piece of art and get ready to bid. For a glimpse of a few of the items to be auctioned, go to https://www.32auctions.com/redstudioatislandcommons and for a complete list of auction items, click here. Grab some lemonade and treats, courtesy of the Chebeague Island Council, with all proceeds to benefit Chebeague Cares. All Red Studio sales and auction proceeds to benefit Island Commons. See you Saturday!

The August CTC Newletter and the September Crew Assistance Schedule are not posted on the News and Info page of chebeaguetrans.com and available here.

Learning With Fun is holding a Free Fun Learning Morning for Chebeague Island Children between the Ages of 5 – 12 on August 16th from 9:00 – 11:30. Location is at: 27 Thompsons Hill Road. We will explore science experiments, cooking and art. All children that attend will be using math and literacy skills while enjoying fun activities! Space is limited to 9 Chebeague Island Children so registration on FB events is required: www.facebook.com/events/438479976999329 . Any donations for the event will be forwarded onto Kid’s Place.

July 30, 2019 - LADIES AID FAIR. THURSDAY AUG.1. 12-2 at the HALL. LUNCH. CRAFTS HANDKNITS OF ALL KINDS. CARDS. KNIVES BAKED GOODS WHITE ELEPHANT AND "THE FUDGE".PLEASE COME. WE SUPPORT THE CHURCH AND ISLAND NON PROFITS.

Please join this brief public meeting about the new schedule this Wednesday the 31st of this month. Contact Polly Wentworth the Chebeague representative with any questions.
https://www.cascobaylines.com/ferry-news/public-meeting-notice/


July 29, 2019 - photo of Golf Camp that is taking place all week with golf professionals Karen Nicolleti and Keith Johnson. Program being run by the Great Chebeague Golf Club with Chebeague Recreation Center.

Plans are under way for the Hamilton Reunion on Saturday, August 24 from 9-4:30. You don’t need to be a Hamilton to attend. This is a great opportunity to learn more about island history. We need to know who will attend to finalize the plans. If we have at least 30 people the cost person will be $30, and we can rent the school bus. The price will go down if more people come! The event will include coffee, snacks, lunch, a lecture, cemetery tour, bus tour (you will learn something even if you live on Chebeague), a cemetery tour, access to the Museum’s genealogy and photo collections, and an opportunity to meet some great folks who share your roots. Folks will gather at the Parish House at 9. If you are coming by CTC you will be picked up at the Stone Wharf. Sponsored by the Chebeague Historical Society. Email: 1756ahamilton@gmail.com ASAP if you plan to attend.
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On Friday a boat with some teenagers was broken down and a good samaritan tried to fix the motor and then towed the boat with the teenagers to Chandlers to be picked up by parents. He left his tool box on the stranded boat and just discovered it missing this morning. If you have any information contact 415-4501 and/or leave the tool box at the Chebeague Boat Yard with Paul.

School House Seconds would like to thank all the wonderful people who support us! Below is a list of our specials for the remaining weeks: Please note due to an abundance of generosity we can no longer accept donations.
-- July 31, 2019 A,B,C days starts with A,B or C buy 1 get 1 free
--- August 6, 2019 Open and Closes sales- opens and closes it's buy 1 get 1 free
--- August 13, 2019 All you can wear $7.00
--- August 20, 2019 Fill a bag 7.00 and 10:00 for bean bags
--- August 28, 2019 Make a donation

Sebago-Long Lake Chamber Music, Thursday, August 1.  The MacBeth Concert Series, once known as the Free Concert Fund, began 19 years ago when the world-class musicians of the Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival made their first appearance on Chebeague.  They have been back every year since.  They delight in coming here and Chebeaguers find inspiration in their exciting and varied programs.  Come to the church on Thursday, August 1 at 7:00 p.m. to hear a string trio by Beethoven, a flute trio by Louis Farrenc and the great C Major Piano Quartet by Brahms, often called one of the composers finest achievements.  Sponsored by the MacBeth Concert Series


July 28, 2019 - Jack has returned!! Not missing from Deer Point this morning a mixed breed small 3 year old dog - black with white on front named Jack. Please call 508 685-4634.

Come hear Preservationist Ford Reiche speak on “The Restoration of the Lighthouse on Halfway Rock”. This Monday, July 29, 7 pm at the Hall. Part of the Historical Society’s Ellsworth Miller Memorial Lecture Series. Hope to see you there!

Don't forget that today at 2pm - Chebeague Island Children's Theater presents Elf, Christmas Sunday, July 28th at 2pm - click here to see poster.


July 27, 2019 - You can now check out and bid on a few of the many items the Red Studio will auction off on August 3. The auction starts at 11:00 at Island Commons Leave a bid if you can't be there in person: https://www.32auctions.com/redstudioatislandcommons

The Bay Mist cruise was a wonderful time with the youngest guest was 4, and our oldest 95, making it the type of community event we'd hoped for. Capt. Gene Willard took great pains to chart a course to waters some of us had never before seen...like the back side of Eagle Island. Many thanks to all our sponsors, donors, attendees and volunteers who joined together & raised close to $20,000 to support the Commons. We wouldn't be here without all of you on our team. THANK YOU! --- Click HERE to see Cathy MacNeill's fabulous photos of the Cruise. SAVE THE DATE: Bay Mist Cruise 2020 will be on Sunday, July 12th


July 26, 2019 - The Rec Center will now begin its Session 3 and Session 4 - Swim Lessons with a Revised Date and Time Schedule: CLICK HERE!

A big thank you from the Webbs to Chebeague’s wonderful EMTs and to Officer Mailman for helping us last weekend with an emergency with our young grandchild. We really appreciate it!!! Stacie and Toby

Professional Carpet Cleaner, Kevin Burns of Carpet Cleaning Services will be on island beginning Tuesday, 7/30. Please be in touch with him via email if you are interested in scheduling his service. As you may know, he uses a steam cleaning process on carpets, upholstery and tile/grout. If you have questions about his processes or prices, you can contact him at carpetservicesme@gmail.com or text/call
(207)772-6225. He has wowed and pleased many Chebeaguers!

The video of Ricker Returns can be obtained at Kids’ Place, any time.

The Board of Selectmen will run a workshop on Sunset Landing-Conceptual Plan on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 6:00PM at the Chebeague Island Hall. All are encouraged to attend and bring their questions and suggestions. To review the Sunset Landing Conceptual Plan please visit the Town website at Townofchebeagueisland.org where you will find this plan on the home page.

Chebeague Island Children's Theater presents Elf, Christmas in July, Saturday, July 27th at 7pm and Sunday, July 28th at 2pm - click here to see poster.


July 24, 2019 - A Memorial Service for Nancy Sharp will take place on Saturday, August 3rd at 1 p.m. at the church. The Family invites you to share with us in a celebration of her life. A reception will follow in the Parish House.

Don’t miss this weeks Ellsworth Miller Lecture Thursday July 25. Learn about early Maine history on the Northern Frontier and hear the story of how Chebeague’s Doughty ancestor arrived in Maine in the 1660s! 7:00 at the Hall.


July 23, 2019 - Special Event, Friday, July 26 at 4:30 at the Library, Poet Wesley McNair reads his work, reception to follow.

Duke! Sweet Pea!  Herb!  Barney!  The Novel Jazz Septet returns to Chebeague Island on Saturday, July 27 at 7:00 p.m. at the Chebeague United Methodist Church.  They’ll play some of the Ellington and Strayhorn tunes you already know, plus treasures they have unearthed during years of research at the Smithsonian Institution.  If you have heard them before, you’ll want to come back for more.  If you’ve never heard them, come Saturday evening to see what the excitement is all about.  Either way, you are in for a treat.  See you there!  Sponsored by the MacBeth Concert Series

Eleven days to go until the annual Red Studio Big Tent Sale and first ever auction! The deadline for the return of your transformer items is July 31. We are also accepting donations for the auction and sale until July 31. We cannot accept spontaneous drop offs in the Commons garage, so please contact Sam McLean or Susan Stranahan regarding potential donations. Thank you! See you on the third!

Professional Carpet Cleaner, Kevin Burns of Carpet Cleaning Services will be on island beginning Tuesday, 7/30. Please be in touch with him via email if you are interested in scheduling his service. As you may know, he uses a steam cleaning process on carpets, upholstery and tile/grout. If you have questions about his processes or prices, you can contact him at carpetservicesme@gmail.com or text/call
(207)772-6225. He has wowed and pleased many Chebeaguers!


July 22, 2019 - Ted Curtis & Family wish to thank everyone including the expert team of First Responders and CTC crew who assisted in a safe and speedy transport to Maine Medical Center.

This coming Wednesday: Join Chebeague and Cumberland Land Trust and Royal River Conservation Trust for a guided Get Out! Nature Walk on Deer Point on July 24th. Meeting on South Rd at 9 am, wrapping up by noon. No cost, all ages welcome, rain or shine. Check out ccltmaine.org webpage and click here for the information about the walk.

Notice: The Board of Selectmen Meeting this Wednesday, July 24th at 6:00PM will be held at the Recreation Center.

Coffee with the Sheriff's from Cumberland County, Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 8:45 AM - Outside of Doughty's Market!

This week at School House Seconds it's P Day! If it starts with P it's buy one get one free!!


July 21, 2019 - Tomorrow Monday, July 22 at 2:25 - Coffee and cookies at the Hall. Come meet some neighbors from Peaks, Great Diamond, and Long Islands, members of the Casco Bay Island Alliance.

LADIES AID FAIR. THURSDAY AUG.1. 12-2 at the HALL. LUNCH. CRAFTS HANDKNITS OF ALL KINDS. CARDS. KNIVES BAKED GOODS WHITE ELEPHANT AND "THE FUDGE".PLEASE COME. WE SUPPORT THE CHURCH AND ISLAND NON PROFITS.

There will be a Catholic Mass on Saturday July 27th at 10 A.M. at the Chebeague Methodist Church. We hope that many people will attend to welcome Fr. Phillip Tracy who has been named pastor of the Parish of the Holy Eucharist


July 20, 2019 - Congratulations to all the Chebeaguers who participated today in the 2.4 mile Peaks to Portland swim that was held today. Chebeague was well represented with five swimmers: Jamie Shea, Bill Daugherty, Scott Sawyer and his daughter and Jim Lunt. In their age groups: Jamie was 3rd, Bill 11th, Scott 6th, daughter unknown, Jim was 1st. Photo of Jim, Jamie and Bill!

Great Chebeague Tennis Club Founders Cup
All tennis club members are cordially invited to the GCTC Founders Cup Tournament & Cookout on Saturday, July 27 at 3:30. Sign up sheet to compete in the tournament will be posted this week at the courts. Members are asked to bring a side dish or dessert for the cook out after the tournament, burgers, dogs and beverages provided. Questions? Contact Carolyn McNeil at 617-957-1644!

CTC Annual meeting today at 9am at the Hall.


July 19, 2019 -video - of the CTC's Independence being launched on Friday, July 19, 2019. The full ceremony video will come later.

Click here for those of you who missed Tyler Putnam and Sarah Nordin (who were joined by guest artists Holly Flack, coloratura soprano, and Richard Cordova, pianist) 2019 concert on Chebeague.


July 18, 2019 - There will be a memorial for Bob Follette at Bennett’s Cove. Aug 14th at 5pm. For more information contact Jackie Trask.

Monday, July 22 at 2:25 - Coffee and cookies at the Hall. Come meet some neighbors from Peaks, Great Diamond, and Long Islands, members of the Casco Bay Island Alliance.


June 17, 2019 - The Independence launch is scheduled for 1:30 PM on Friday (7/19). We will be supplying transportation. The bus will meet the noon boat, stop by the Route One lot, and then head for East Boothbay. There will be a brief ceremony - complete with a blessing and christening - followed by refreshments. The bus will leave a 3:15PM to make the 5PM ferry home. If you are driving, there will be a parking sign. If you are taking the bus and haven't signed up yet - call the office tomorrow. We look forward to seeing you there!

Don’t Forget the Golf Club-Rec Center Junior Golf Camp, July 29—August 2.  Last year’s Junior Golf Camp was a big hit.  The good news is that there is still space available for the 2019 edition.  We’ve got two great teaching golf professionals lined up to provide instruction, a fun format to build skills and offer challenges for juniors ages 7—16 and spiffy prizes.  The camp will run from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon each day.  It’s a great opportunity for beginners to get a sound introduction to this life-long game and for more experienced juniors to take their game to a higher level.  To sign up, go the Rec Center web site http://www.chebeaguerec.com/store/c2/CRC_Summer_Camp_Registration_2019.html Questions, contact Joan Dayton, joandayton@mac.com.  The cost is $100.

This Week at the Slow Bell -FRIDAY, July 19, 8-11 p.m. PAT FOLEY ($5 Cover)- SATURDAY, July 12, 8:30-11 p.m. KARAOKE
This Week’s Specials: Rib Dinner, Corn and Crab Chowder, Pan Seared Scallops, Lobster Rolls, Strawberry Rhubarb Pie.
Buffet: Pizza, Soups, and Salads! $12 adults/$6 kids under 12.
Regular dinner from 5-9 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, bar until 12. Sunday dinner buffet starting at 5 p.m. Ice cream 12-9 p.m.


June 16, 2019 - CORRECTION: Reminder: School House Seconds is also open Thursday Mornings from 9am to 11:00PM

Reminder: get your tickets to the BAY MIST CRUISE before they sell out! Event is Sunday, July 21st, 4:00 boarding at the Boatyard. Tickets are available online, or by check to Island Commons. Hope to see you aboard!
https://www.islandcommons.com/cruise


July 15, 2019 - Today in The Wall Street Journal there was reference to Ralph Ragan and his computer guidance system used 50 years ago for the moon landing - WOW that is so impressive - I couldn't get the article online but found this about him.

Chebeague Island United Methodist Church’s youth are preparing Health Kits for the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). Click here to learn more and see how you can help them.

Monday, July 22 at 2:25 - Coffee and cookies at the Hall. Come meet some neighbors from Peaks, Great Diamond, and Long Islands, members of the Casco Bay Island Alliance.

The fun, free KIDS TENNIS clinic is starting on July 17. Free to all kids age 4 - 12 at the Chebeague Tennis clay courts, the clinic will be offered WEDNESDAY MORNINGS 10-11am. Racquets and balls provided. The Tennis Club has also just added a new Island Resident Teen tennis membership for 13-19 year olds for $30 per year. More information and the form to sign up is on our website - www.chebeaguetennis.com.

The Slow Bell will be open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for ice cream from 12 to 4 in addition to our regular hours.


July 14, 2019 - photo - by Herb Maine, 6:30 AM Sunday morning.

July 12, 2019 - video - How Chebeague Has Changed by the 3-5 Chebeague Island Technology Class. These photos are 1908 top and 2019 bottom. I have received a lot of requests for the address of this video - fun to see how the island has changed in some places.

There will be a graveside gathering for friends and family of Peter Johnson on Sunday, at 1pm at the Chebeague Cemetery.

Chebeague Fire / Rescue Dept - Open House - This Saturday 7/13 - 11 AM to 2 PM. All are welcome, please stop by, have and hot dog and enjoy some fun activities!

The Annual Chebeague Island Craft Fair is at the Hall next Saturday, July 13th, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Great time to do your Christmas shopping!

NOTICE - Today there may be a couple of internet disruptions as Axiom is working on the internet system to improve quality. Thank you for your understaning.


July 11, 2019 - Mystery Theater. Saturday night July 13th at the Hall 7:30. Reserved seats recommended. Available at Kids’ Place until 4 PM Friday.

The Hall needs help covering its Chedemption week duties for Friday July 19 and Saturday July 20. Please let Sam or Gina know if you can help. Thank you!

Deer Point Visitors: please remember Deer Point is restricted to foottraffic only. Please park your vehicles on the town road, as blocking the entrance to the road needs to remain open for residents and emergency vehicles. Please carry out your trash and leash dog at all times. Most importantly, no fires are ever permitted due to extreme fire danger. We appreciate your respect for the land and hope you enjoy your visit to the Point.

I go to the beach early mornings and my dog meets and plays with other dogs - we are all very careful to pick up dog waste every time. We want to make sure that it is clean for the beachgoers later in the day. There are people and lose dogs who are using the beach and not picking up the waste - we are afraid that that will ruin it for all dogs. Please, please clean up your dog waste from the beach.


July 9, 2019 - ATTENTION ISLAND RESIDENTS!!! The Planning Board will be holding a PUBLIC WORKSHOP at the HALL on AUGUST 13, @ 6 pm. The Workshop will be facilitated by Amanda Shearin from Beginning with Habitat, and will address the importance and benefits of Open Space Plans and conservation of habitats for plants and animals on Chebeague.https:// www.beginningwithhabitat.org/. Thank you!!

Message from Martha Vernon (race director): "The 2019 Road Race results are now available! Sorry for the delay but life got in the way. It is official - this year's race was the largest! 97 runners which easily surpasses last year's mark of 77.
-- Click here for the Fun Run results. Many, many thanks to everyone who helped to make this a success - it certainly does take a town to make things happen and my hat goes off to all of you!"


July 8, 2019 - Urgent: Chebeague Recreation Center needs housing for 2 UK Soccer coaches coming to the island to teach soccer camp from July 14- July 20. Free soccer camp for your child/grandchild if you are willing to house these fine young men. Please contact Steve Auffant at 203 675-3984.

If you get a call from Apple saying there is suspicious activity on your iCloud account - JUST hangup - it is a scam. The same with the phone calls saying your microsoft has been compromised. SCAM SCAM SCAM - everyday I get those calls.

I finally put together a video of the last Whaler's Concert - I took 30 to 40 seconds of each song and put them together. A 1 1/2 hour program down to 12 minutes so you will be able to see some of the highlights of the show if you were unable to attend or just enjoy parts of it again. The talent on Chebeague is remarkable!

School Committee Meeting tomorrow at 6pm - click here for agenda.

Click here for more parade photo from Cathy MacNeill.


July 7, 2019 - US Women's soccer just won the World championships - Hurray!! Click here to see Etta and Tom Schutte in the Netherlands rooting for both teams. Click here to see their son obviously not happy with the outcome!

Historical Society Lecture at the Hall, Monday, July 8 at 7 pm: The Story of Malaga Island. Come hear John Mosher, Historical Archaeologist at the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, tell the story of Malaga Island, an interracial community in Casco Bay from the Civil War until 1911, when it was evicted by the State of Maine. Malaga Island is only 11 miles from Chebeague.

The Parade and Picnic Committee would like to thank everyone for pitching in and making the 2019 celebration a rousing success. The parade floats showed great creativity, reflecting how there is music in “All of US.”   The community picnic was lively and musical and delicious, showing pride in our community and new school.  The picnic was a joyous gathering, for reunions with old friends and making new friends.   Thank you to everyone! Click here for Results from the 4th of July Parade. Click here for a quick speeded up video of the parade.

MYSTERY THEATER. “Ricker Returns” Saturday July 13th, 7:30 PM at Island Hall. Reserved seats available at Kids’ Place through Friday noon; suggested as attendance is usually Standing Room Only. This is Kids’ Place's Annual Benefit.

TODAY 2PM AT THE REC ---I have to say the children's play last night at the Recreation Center was fabulous! The show is under an hour long and the children's voices were terrific. I have to say that I was impressed on how they set it up in the gym with lots of seats and really a super fun show. Fortunately they will do it again today at 2pm with a suggested donation of $5. I'm pretty sure there are some future broadway stars in the cast!! You don't want to miss Anna as Annie.


July 6, 2019 - NOTICE CANCELLATION 195th Maine Army National Band WILL NOT BE PLAYING TONIGHT because of weather concerns

Today at 3pm at the Niblic with refreshments -Everyone is invited to hear from our nonprofits about their Recompense Fund grant and their organization.

Today at 7pm - childrens play at the Recreation Center and again Sunday July 7th at 2pm. Admission is $5 suggested donation - click here for poster.

The Annual Chebeague Island Craft Fair is at the Hall next Saturday, July 13th, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Great time to do your Christmas shopping!

Calling all Descendants of John and Dorcas Hamilton Ross to gather on Chebeague Island on Saturday, August 24th. Dorcas Hamilton Ross was one of Ambrose Hamilton’s 72 grandchildren. She and her husband had 10 children and at least 40 grandchildren. Please click here for more information!


July 5, 2019 - NOTICE! - everyone is welcome to the Niblic from 3 to 5 tommorow, Saturday to hear about the grants received by our nonprofits from the Recompense Fund. The Recompense Fund recently awarded $45,000 dollars worth of grants to the nonprofits who are working tirelessly for the sustainablilty of our year round community. We have also given out this year three $500 mini grants to MacBeth Group, Historical Society and School Garden. Refreshments will also be there!

Yoga & Mindful Movement Classes with Katy --Slow Flow by the Sea at the Chebeague Inn: Fridays & Saturdays 8:00 - 9:00 am
Yoga & Mindful Movement at the Parish House: that blends yoga, Restorative Exercise™ & natural movement. Tuesdays 8:00 - 9:15 am and Wednesdays 5:45 - 7:00 pm.
All classes $10 drop-in.
More information at www.katymccann.com or (207) 400-7023

TODAY Poetry reading with Doug Rawlings, 4:30 at the Library. Reception to follow. The Library will close at 3:30 pm so we can prepare for this event.


July 3, 2019 - Photo - by Sam Birkett of the sunrise July 3rd from Roses Point.

The CRC is presenting Annie kids at the Recreation Center Gymnasium Saturday, July 6 at 7pm and Sunday July 7th at 2pm. Admission is $5 suggested donation - click here for poster.

Grab your sneakers and join us for the 42nd annual Great Chebeague Island Fun Run and Road Race! The Fun Run is approximately 1.1 miles and starts at 9am - free of charge. The Road Race is approximately 4.6 miles and starts at 10am. The participation cost for the Road Race is $5/person. Registration for both the Fun Run and Road Race begins at 8:30 at the Historical Society. Please remember to bring sunscreen and water. Got questions? Email me at marthawvernon@gmail.com or call me at 201-961-2914. The weather forecast looks to be great and I can’t wait to see you there!

Chebeague Island Yacht Club Commodore's Reception, Sat, July 6, 5-7, at the Porters' House, 27 Soule Road.

CTC has immediate opening for full or part time deckhands. Visit the Jobs page chebeaguetrans.com for more information and the job description.
-- The launch of the Independence is 7/19. The bus will meet the noon boat and return on the 5 PM ferry - not the 4 as previously stated.
--- The CTC July newsletter and August Crew Assistance schedule are posted on the News and Info page of Chebeaguetrans.com and available here.


July 2, 2019 - Please join us to honor our donors and our nonprofits. Saturday, July 6 from 3 to 5 at The Niblic — Refreshments served. Our donor’s generosity allows the Recompense Fund to support Chebeague’s non profits who work tirelessly to keep our Island sustainable. Come hear the nonprofits speak about the outcome of their Grants.

Chebeague Recreation Center
POOL UPDATE Pool Opening Day! - Wednesday 7/3/19
-- New Pool Hours: Everyday
Adult Lap Swim: 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Open Swim 12:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Rec Center & Pool Closed - Thursday - July 4th - All Programs & Pool CLOSED FOR 4th of July
Rec Center & Pool Re-Opens - Friday - 7/5/19
Pool Now Open Sat & Sun! --- IMPORTANT - We are opening in July without Lifeguards, please see information below:

LIFEGUARD UPDATE ---- Pool to Open without lifeguards
As you may have read Maine has a shortage of available lifeguards. This is affecting pools and beaches that normally offer lifeguards. Only two lifeguards are returning but will not be back on island until August. This year when the pool opens in July we will open without lifeguards.
-- Pool Attendants will be on deck to monitor the entry gate, check and sell pool passes, sell food from the new Snack Shack, and Open and Close the pool. Pool Attendants are not lifeguards.
--- This change has caused new pool rules effective immediately - Please note NO exceptions can be made:
All Children must be supervised by an Adult that is 18 or older. No one under the age of 18 can enter the pool area unless they are supervised by an Adult that is 18 or older. Adults must sign-in and list any children they are supervising. Pool Memberships or Drop-in Day Fees must be paid prior to entering the pool. (Please Plan ahead) -- All Guests Must Follow Staff Directions --
Any questions or concerns should be brought to the attention of our Executive Director. -- New Warning Signs have been installed around the pool area:
--- WARNING NO LIFEGUARD ON DUTY - CHILDREN SHOULD NOT USE SWIMMING POOL WITHOUT ADULT SUPERVISION ADULTS SHOULD NOT SWIM ALONE
---- ATTENTION CHILDREN MUST BE SUPERVISED - ATTENTION NO DIVING


July 1, 2019 - Saturday Night Fun! 195th Maine Army National Band Concert at 6:00PM at the Chebeague Island Hall.

The Red Studio at the Island Commons is chock full of great stuff, waiting to find new homes. Antiques, unique apparel, books, games, puzzles, fantastic furniture, household goods. The Studio is open Saturdays from 10 until noon during the summer.

A huge congratulations to Chebeague’s Ehryn Groothoff, a junior midfielder star on the Yarmouth High team,was named to the Maine All-State team.

Join Chebeague and Cumberland Land Trust and Royal River Conservation Trust for a guided Get Out! Nature Walk on Deer Point on July 24th. Meeting on South Rd at 9 am, wrapping up by noon. No cost, all ages welcome, rain or shine. Check out ccltmaine.org webpage and click here for the information about the walk.


June 30, 2019 - This week the Town Office will be open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 9am to 4pm. The Town Office will be closed July 4th and July 5th.
Firework Permits need to be approved at least 2 days prior to any event. Permits can be printed from the Town website (or click here) and then brought to the office for approval.

Barrie Shepherd's book of Chebeague poems, If You Don't Have Twenty Minutes Don't Stop, is available again this summer? Copies may be purchased ($10) at the Library, the Museum and Island Gifts, or by calling me at 846 6864, or email at barrieshep@aol.com. As last year, all proceeds from sales (beyond cost) are donated to island charities through The Recompense Fund.


June 29, 2019 - Photo - by Norah Alper of Thunderclouds, 7:57pm, June 29th at the West End.

Tonight! - WHALERS CONCERT, 7pm at the Hall! Come hear our community singers and island musicians present a concert all about love, “WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT”.

ROAD SAFETY - The Road Safety Committee would like to remind all bicyclists and pedestrians that bicycles should be ridden single file with traffic (on the right side of the road). Pedestrians should walk facing traffic (on the left side of the road). In the interest of safety bikers and walkers should stay well to the side of the road. If you are biking or walking and see that you are about to run into a biker or walker, one of you is on the wrong side, so be mindful!


June 27, 2019 - Grab your sneakers and join us for the 42nd annual Great Chebeague Island Fun Run and Road Race! The Fun Run is approximately 1.1 miles and starts at 9am - free of charge. The Road Race is approximately 4.6 miles and starts at 10am. The participation cost for the Road Race is $5/person. Registration for both the Fun Run and Road Race begins at 8:30 at the Historical Society. Please remember to bring sunscreen and water. Got questions? Email me at marthawvernon@gmail.com or call me at 201-961-2914. The weather forecast looks to be great and I can’t wait to see you there!

June 26, 2019 - Message from May: Hi folks: The Slow Bell is open this week Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Our specials Thurs-Sat include beet salad, corn and crab chowder, scallops, meatloaf with mashed potatoes, and strawberry shortcake. On Friday we'll sing karaoke and on Saturday we'll welcome back Jerry Smith starting at 8 p.m. ($5 cover). On Sunday, our buffet ($12 adults, $6 kids) will include Island Favorites (lasagna, mac n cheese, turkey and gravy, beef stew, baked haddock, chowder, salads, and rolls). Hope to see you at the Slow Bell. Call ahead for takeout. 846-3078

The Library will be closed on Thursday evening 6-8 pm, June 27, Monday evening, July 1 and Thursday, July 4th. . Thank you for your patience while we have work done on the building.

4TH OF JULY IS COMING: Start your float planning for the parade! This year’s theme is “We Have the Music in US” followed by a community picnic at the new, beautiful big, blue school (open for tours during the picnic). Many hands make light work - to help out contact: Anne Brenton anne.berg1@yahoo.com, Sarah Hopkins, greenehopkins@gmail.com, Erika Neumann at erikagneumann@gmail.com, Eliza Jane Adams at elizaadams78@yahoo.com, 4th of July supporting organizations: The Council, Kids’Place,The Rec, Town of Chebeague, Teen Ctr, Whalers, Road Race Committee and a host of volunteers


June 25, 2019 - Message from CTC: The bus service carries freight for Route One parking customers only. If you are not riding the bus, please do not load your freight on the bus at Route One to be delivered to the wharf. Thank you.

The Library will be closed on Thursday evening 6-8 pm, June 27, Monday evening, July 1 and Thursday, July 4th. . Thank you for your patience while we have work done on the building.

NOTICE: The Vet is coming this Thursday, June 27th instead of July 4th. Dr. Smith's son, Zach, is the veterinarian now as Dr. Peter Smith has passed the Chebeague torch to his son after 30+ years of coming to Chebeague every month!

MYSTERY THEATER. “Ricker Returns” will be performed on Saturday, July 13th, 7:30 PM at the Hall. The star-studded cast this year includes Jen Corson, Sally Crapser, Jenny Hackel, Laura Hamilton, Jim Hood, Fred Martindale, Blackford Middleton, Jonny Miller(as a woman!), Greta Morrissett, Barrie Shepherd, Geoff Summa and Ozick Stewart. Reserved seats can be purchased at Kids’ Place. Just one performance as the whodunnit cat will be out of the bag after just one. Mystery Theater is Kids’ Place’s annual benefit.


June 24, 2019 - WHALERS CONCERT this coming Saturday, June 29th, 7pm at the Hall! Come hear our community singers and island musicians present a concert all about love, “WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT”.

Kids' Place LOBSTER ROLL SALE! Kids' Place is selling lobster rolls again at the Annual July 4th picnic. Please contact Courtney Doughty to place an order at courtney.breslin@gmail.com or call 603-540-9703. Cost is $20 for a lobster roll, bag of chips, cookie or brownie, and a drink. Please expect an email or phone call confirmation after you place your order within 24 hours. Thank you for supporting our island daycare!


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

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.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS 2019
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
THANK YOU!!!


March 7, 2019 - FERRY TRIP CANCELLATION ON FRIDAY 3/8 ON FRIDAY 3/8 THE ISLANDER WILL RECEIVE SOME NEEDED MECHANICAL MAINTENANCE.
THEREFORE, IT IS NECESSARY FOR US TO CANCEL THE 10:00/10:15 AM FERRY ON MARCH 8TH. THE NOON BOAT WILL RUN ON SCHEDULE.
WE APOLOGIZE FOR THE INCONVENIENCE TO OUR CUSTOMERS.

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!


February 12, 2019 - JOIN US AT THE HALL FOR A SPECIAL VALENTINE’S DAY COMMUNITY LUNCH WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 13
Beef bourguignon
Spaetzle with roasted broccoli
Salad
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.

ATTENTION: THE TOWN DUMP IS NOT ACCEPTING STUMPS OR LOGS AT THE BRUSH DUMP UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

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
INDEPENDENCE - 146 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


December 29, 2018 - Message from ENTERPRISE FOR CHEBEAGUE HOUSING OPTIONS (ECHO)
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 25, 2018 - MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
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.
Thanks!

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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