Click here to learn how you can join the Virtual Community Sing Video _CART. CART's mobile news team can do the recording if you contact them. I am excited to see all the fun!
June 1, 2020 - Tomorrow, Tuesday, June 2nd is the Community Advisory Response Team Zoom meeting at 2pm. Click here for information on how to get on the zoom meeting.
There are two openings for School Committee and one opening for Selectmen. This year, because no one turned in papers before the deadline, the election for both will have to be a write-in. You will have to write-in the name or names of people you want and check the box.
So far we have two people running for Selectmen, Susan Campbell and Jean-Louis "Bo" Beaupre. Please contact me if you would like to add your name to Selectmen or School Committee write-in.
May 31, 2020 - NOTICE: CTC will resume Route One parking lot service and buses starting Monday 6/1. Due to COVID-19, we are implementing several important changes in our service. Under direction from the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development, we are prohibited from allowing persons who are not Maine residents and have not quarantined in Maine for 14 days to ride our bus. Please visit our website below for other important information. Thank you.
Today was the deadline for non-profits to submit their Recompense Grant Application and we all realize what a hard time it has been to get things done these days. The Recompense Board has decided to extend the deadline for ALL applications to June 6th.
Message from Jon Rich: " I am following up on the YES or NO group email I sent for water activation. That message gave me the go ahead to activate your water if I have a chance before hearing from you with an arrival date. As I had mentioned earlier on the Chebeague page, you still need to contact me in advance to be sure your water system is activated before making the journey to your Island residence. Given the continued threat of this virus, If you arrive and find you have no water we will both be in predicament where I will need to tell you I won't be coming to activate your water system. PLEASE remember to check in before making the trip to the Island."
"GOOD DAY SUNSHINE" - Go to CHEBWEB.com for a Chebeague Virtual singalong - all you need is a cell phone!
May 28, 2020 - Poochie Ross turns 91 on 6/7 (Sunday) and the family and Island would love to see if he could manage to get 91 ( or more) birthday cards! Due to our "new normal" of social distancing" it would be a very special treat for him in lieu of a gathering! His address is 142 John Small Rd, Chebeague Is, 04017.
Message from CTC. We have updated our ferry ticket collection and boarding procedures. To view the changes, please visit our website at http://www.chebeaguetrans.com/About-Us.html
School Committee Meeting is Tuesday, June 2, 6pm - see agenda.
May 27, 2020 - Message from CTC: Click here for a message for returning annual parking permit vehicles to Route One and Cousins.
Message from the CTC: Effective 6/1, CTC will sell ferry ticket books at regular pricing (pre COVID-19). Tickets must still be purchased through the CTC office. For our commuters, we are introduction a new monthly pass at a discounted price. For complete information, please visit http://www.chebeaguetrans.com/About-Us.html
May 26, 2020 - The moving picture demonstrates how far germs can travel without a facemask as shown in the New Yorker article by renowned physician-author Atul Gawande. Please click here to see a Video created by Dr. Kip Webb and Dr. Jim Cox-Chapman discussing the article and what it can mean for Chebeague. This is a terrific conversation and hopefully answers lots of questions.
CART Community Advisory Response Team meeting is at 2pm - see zoom sign in (same zoom address as Selectmen's meetings) information. These meetings are public and everyone is welcome! Click here for mnutes of the May 19th meeting.
Message from the Town Office – Just a reminder that you need to have your cars and boats registered by June 12th. In March there was an Executive Order from the Governor stating that we didn’t have to register vehicles until after the end of the State Emergency Declaration, but on May 12, a new Executive Order from the Governor states that registrations must be completed by June 12th if they are expired. Please call the Town Office if you have questions. 846-3148
May 25, 2020 - Memorial Day - We are not having a service today but I thought I would share the video I put together for a service five years ago of World War II Veterans who are connected to the island. I especially want to share and thank Russ Hunter and Mac Passano who are still with us today. I have been collecting photos of all veterans from all time as we prepare for other Memorial Day Services when we can all be together again. I know there are a lot more including Sally Hicks Sanderson, Ruth Caplin, Jack Zaugg, George Gordon Breed, Sam Hackenberger, Stafford Hayes "Mac" MacArthur, Howard N. Porter, Neil Tonks, Edward K White and H Lawson McClellan. Please send photos to email@example.com so I can add them and send to Donna at the Historical Society firstname.lastname@example.org.
Renowned physician-author Atul Gawande just published a New Yorker article on how we can safely reopen the economy. In this video, Dr Kip Webb and Dr Jim Cox-Chapman discuss the article and what it can mean for Chebeague.
May 24, 2020 - A Quiet Summer Video - We hope you enjoy the video that was produced by the town's Covid Committee. It is a collection of information and interviews about living on Chebeague during these times. Thanks for watching it. There is also a CTC Service video on the page.
Message from Chebeague Tennis Club - The tennis club will be opening one of the clay tennis courts on June 15-ish. Court usage by club members will be subject to several COVID-related restrictions. For questions or more information please contact Kim (email@example.com or 617.699.9124)
Message from the Historical Society (CIHS) regarding Summer 2020: ELECTIONS and CANCELLATIONS. CIHS is adjusting to the public health requirements of COVID-19 and has carefully considered the implications for the organization and the museum.
ANNUAL MEETING: Our annual meeting and the talk by Michael Porter, scheduled for June 20, are cancelled. Michael's presentation will be on zoom in July. To fill officer vacancies that would have been filled by election at that meeting, the Governing Board of the Historical Society at its May meeting elected Roman Folk, Recording Secretary, and Mary Holt, Corresponding Secretary. President David Hill, Vice President Jackie Trask, and Treasurer Gretchen Tonks Hartling remain in their offices, all to serve until the next election by our members. Evin Erder, Pat Festino, Ehrhardt Groothoff, Cathy MacNeill, Beth McNulty and Marjorie Munroe were elected to fill vacancies as Trustees. An enthusiastic welcome to each of them for new or renewal terms!
THIS SUMMER: CIHS has decided with great regret that the Museum building and its outside public bathroom will not be open to the public this year. Our exciting new exhibit, Growing Up on Chebeague, planned for this June, will be featured in 2021 and 2022 instead. (A preview video on our website already has had almost 600 views!) We will be looking for other ways to bring programs to the public this summer, to deliver the annual Cathy MacNeill photo calendar which has become so beloved, and to serve the research and genealogy needs of our members. Stay tuned! Our website is chebeaguehistory.com
Congratulations to Margaret Gaston who on Friday celebrated her 103rd birthday!
May 22, 2020 - NOTICE: A lot of questions have come up about what does it mean to quarantine? Click here to see a very informative video by Kip Webb that will help explain it all. Click here for the chart that goes with the video.
Message from Florence: "We have some plants left for Memorial Day Weekend - a few geraniums -please call at 846-4986. First come first served."
The CTC June Newsletter and July Crew Assistance Schedules are now posted on the News & Info Page of CTC's website.
Click here for a letter from Sam and John Birkett about coming to Chebeague.
Message from May Hall: "Sorry folks! Due to a few paperwork glitches, we will not be opened this weekend. Fingers crossed for next weekend. Just for informational purposes, I'm no longer on isolation per the Maine CDC. Hope if you have questions or concerns, you'll speak with me directly. I'm a straight shooter and will give real answers."
May 21, 2020 - After many months at the Royal River Boatyard, the Islander came home today. Matt arrived at the Stone Wharf this afternoon. Many thanks to Mary Todd and her crew - and to the folks at RRBY - for taking such good care of our boat! Click here for a photo and here for another.
Lost keys-today, Thursday, May 21, somewhere along the North Road, between the Museum and Town Office. Please call 846-5040 if you happen to find keys on a small black carabiner. It had 2 key rings, a few keys on each ring. Sincere thanks, Mary - Keys were found - thank you!
Wildflower seeds are being provided to "Grow Together" by the CRC, CUMC and CIL. Seeds are available in the "seed cooler" on the steps of the Parish Hall, along with directions to cultivate. There are also vegetable seeds from the CIL available for the taking. Click here for the flyer!
Click here to hear the Selectmen's Meeting from last night.
CTC will resume the 3:45/4PM ferry daily starting tomorrow, 5/22.
May 20, 2020 - Sharon McDonnell MD MPH, an epidemiologist has invited us to join her Zoom Session: "What the Heck? Ask an epidemiologist(s)" as she and her husband Gib Parrish MD
These sessions may have some brief presentations – “Cool things this week in epidemiology” – but we hope to leave most of the time for questions and discussion. Please feel free to put questions that you would like us to think about in the comments below and we will give them priority."
WHEN: Thursdays 4pm to 5:30 pm
WHERE: Zoom. Link: https://zoom.us/j/207536632 Meeting ID: 207 536 632
Click here for a message from May Hall - about the Slow Bell takeout opening for this weekend.
Tonight the Selectmen have a zoom meeting at 6pm - click here for details on agenda and packet.
May 19, 2020 - Video answering the question: What should I do if I have been exposed to COVID-19? Click here for a printable chart.
CART Community Advisory Response Team meeting is at 2pm - see zoom sign in (same zoom address as Selectmen's meetings) information. These meetings are public and everyone is welcome! Click here for mnutes of the May 12th meeting.
No School Committee Meeting tonight.
May 18, 2020 - "Click here" for a first chat with Dr. Kip Webb, a medical doctor and public health specialist, who is our neighbor on Chebeague and is helping to answer questions about: What should I do if I have been exposed to COVID-19? Click here for the chart that goes with the video.
Message from the CTC - Bus service bulletin!
May 16, 2020 - Click here for a lovely Everyday People - Berklee Virtual Commencement Concert Tribute! Thank you Tee (and Jack) for sharing.
Message from the Golf Club: "Golf Club Update. With help from a cooperative recent weather pattern and the hard work of our staff--Cary Espeaignette, Denise Hamilton and Mike Hamilton--the club’s opening day for 2020 has been moved from June 15 to May 30. The course will be open only for club members and year-round island residents, who, following a long club tradition, play for free after 5:00 p.m. Members who reside in another state will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days before they can play. Golf courses in Maine have a detailed list of protocols that they must adhere to in order to qualify to open. Our club will be in compliance with those protocols when it opens. These rules are designed to ensure the safety of golfers, staff and the rest of the community and the club’s leadership has the greatest confidence that our members will respect and honor them. Please contact Jim Gallagher or Carl Tubbesing if you have any questions."
Message from the NIBLIC: "Dear Friends,
It is very strange to not be knee deep in organizing and displaying inventory and being excited about welcoming back everyone for coffee and a cinnamon bun a week from today. My how things have changed in a very short time!
Along with you, we are closely watching the impact the pandemic is having on our Maine communities. We are carefully planning a tentative opening date for The Niblic of June 19th. This may change at anytime while we continue to review the governor’s guidelines and develop a site specific protection plan for how to make this cautiously happen. Our prime concern is for the safety of our employees and our patrons.
Our heartfelt thanks to our friends and loyal customers who have reached out to us with care and concern. It means a great deal and is sincerely appreciated. My very best to all of you, ~Jen "
May 15, 2020 - NOTICE: Click here for a May 15th letter from our Town Administrator, Marjorie Stratton.
The Island Institute Working Waterfront recently put an article "Our island communities value our seasonal residents, but we worry" by Roger Berle and Donna Wiegle.
The Island Institute has launched a wonderful new website "Community Learning for Maine: This site is a volunteer driven, grassroots effort designed in community for community as a resource to support parents and teachers while school is not in session due to COVID-19. Rural Aspirations is working with various community organizations and businesses, as well as school leaders to identify areas of need, and develop a comprehensive resource to support learning from home. Our intention is to provide parents and teachers with resources, support, and networking opportunities to support students in this difficult time."
Message from the Inn: “Dear Friends,
The health, safety and well-being of our guests and staff is paramount at Chebeague Island Inn. With this in mind and against a daily-changing backdrop of travel restrictions around the world, we have made the careful decision to keep the Inn closed this summer.
Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns
NOTICE: From the Town Office - Governor Mills issued an Executive Order May 12, 2020 concerning Vehicle Registrations, which includes motor vehicle, all-terrain vehicle, watercraft, and snowmobile and trailer. A vehicle required to be registered in this State for which a registration expires or has expired must be registered within 30 days of the effective date of this Order (May 12, 2020). If your registration has expired or is due, it must be registered by June 12, 2020. A previous Executive Order had suspended registration requirements until 30 days after the end of the State of Emergency. So give us a call and we will re-register your vehicles. Remember that we must see your insurance card before processing the registration.
Message from Ann Thaxter for the Chebeague Island Council: "In keeping with Governor Mills covid 19 rules prohibiting gatherings of 50 or more for July and August, the Chebeague Island Council regretfully announces the cancellation of the 4th of July parade and road race. The School Seconds will not open this summer as it would be extremely difficult to sanitize the donated items and maintain social distancing in our building. Please do not leave donations as they will be thrown away. Thank you for helping us keep our community safe."
If you send me a message to put upon this website and don't see it within a day, please let me know as I get a lot of emails, and sometimes they get missed.
May 11, 2020 - Photo of one of Vika & Tom's honey bees gathering pollen. Click here for another. The two new hives seem to be thriving. Click here for a video of the bee at work.
Tomorrow's CART Community Advisory Response Team meeting is at 2pm - see zoom sign in information. Click here for minutes from May 5th meeting.
May 10, 2020 - Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers and people who are like mothers!
Whole Foods in Portland is now accepting new island customers and that one may call and set up an account - click here for more information.
Message from Barrie Shepherd: "I have put together a slim (15 pieces) collection of my recent writings. It is called A Pandemic Portfolio, and each poem reflects in some way (anger, humor, puzzlement, faith) upon our current corona emergency. It is available at a cost of $5 plus $2 for shipping.
As is my custom, all "profits" will be donated to the Chebeague and Scarborough food pantries. If you would like a copy please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call - 207 510 1637, then send a check and your mailing address. If you would like an inscription or dedication to someone (for a gift) include the name or names."
NOTICE: Message from the Town Administrator: " I know there is a long tradition of leaving items at the Transfer Station that people believe can be re-used. We are immediately asking people to stop leaving these items. Unfortunately, there are even more items showing up as the Red Studio and Schoolhouse Seconds are both closed. We cannot be responsible to disinfecting all of these items for re-use and must throw them in with the trash. You can either keep the items for another time or throw them in the trash yourself. Please understand that we are just trying to keep Gail safe and all Chebeague people. Be Safe, Be Kind. Marjorie E. Stratton, Town Administrator."
May 9, 2020 - Message from May Hall: "I want to thank the island community for your outpouring of support. I also want to thank the Chebeague and Long Island rescues for safely transporting me off when I took a turn yesterday. I've returned to the island and am practicing appropriate social distancing and quarantining. At this time, I'm bed bound. The CDC has been actively involved in my case as I am a healthcare worker exposed on the job. I hope you will continue to take precautions and wear protection whenever possible. I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy! Xoxo"
NOTICE: Click here for an update from the CTC.
May 8, 2020 - NOTICE: Click here for the latest Chebeague Covid Update - it is also above in the orange box.
As of last week, you no longer have to sign a covid release form from the CTC in order to board and ride their vessels.
CTC has immediate openings for part time deckhands based on the Island. For more information, please visit the Jobs page on our website.
May 7, 2020 -Photo of a Rock Concert created by the Kellums. They also created: clamchoir, redfacedrocks, ontherocks, and village. Check out the painted rocks on the CRC facebook. Click here to hear the Selectmen's Meeting from Wednesday, May 6th. All the audios of the Selectmen's meetings can be found above on Selectmen Meetings Audios.
NOTICE: Message from Sailing School: “Like everyone else, we are working on a plan for how to handle the summer, and are coordinating our activities with other island entities. The State of Maine has issued a go-ahead for summer camps as of July. However, there will still be adaptations needed in all camps, and ours is particularly difficult because kids will be in close quarters on boats, so implementing social distancing will be impossible. Also, all out-of-staters will be in quarantine for two weeks which may make things impossible for some families traveling from away.
---As of today, we are most likely to cancel the first session in early July, and will therefore be looking at the possibility of holding the two later sessions, through mid-August, which will coordinate with phase 3-4 of the state’s opening plan. We are also mindful that all parts of the state’s plan are provisional, and will depend upon an improving public health profile. Hopefully we can issue a more complete statement within the coming weeks. In the meantime, know that anything you have booked online with us can be refunded. Many thanks for your patience.”
Click here for the Greely Middle School staff sending a big High-Five that includes two Chebeague alumni, Ryan Ross and Tracy Calder! Also our old teacher Vance Benoit and my students art teacher.
May 6, 2020 - Message from Beth and Jerry Wiles: For the safety of Chebeague and in conjunction with ?the State of Maine guidelines, our Chebeague Memorial Day Service is cancelled. In the last week of May we, along with Ann Thaxter’s assistance, will place the flags on each grave honoring our Veterans. As you pass by our Chebeague Cemetery please remember the men and women who have served our Country. Our thanks go out to all who have assisted us in the past and may we reunite in May 2021 and carry on this very important and heartfelt tradition.
Messages from the Island Council: The 4th of July Parade and Road Race have been cancelled.
----The School House Seconds will NOT be opening this season.
Click here for an article in today's Portland Press Herald: "Maine's two-week quarantine a deal-breaker for some seasonal residents."
Tonight the Selectmen have a zoom meeting at 6pm - click here for details on agenda and packet.
May 5, 2020 - Message from Greeks of Peaks: The Greeks of Peaks Mobile Eats is a Greek food truck based out of Portland owned by Haley Campbell and her partner. We are now offering "take-and-bake" meal delivery to Chebeague islanders. The menu will change each week and all meals will require minimal cooking. Prices range from $45-$55 for two people depending on selection.
---Head to www.thegreeksofpeaks.com to view the menu and place your order for Saturday 5/09 delivery to the island off of the 5:00 CTC. Select your meal preference and serving size, and when you are ready to check out click the RED CART at the top of the page. A form will pop up where you can choose 'Chebeague Island' as your pickup spot and enter your name and phone number. Please note that ordering closes Wednesday night at 7 PM (or earlier if we sell out!). Virtual gift cards are also available on the website for purchase!
---- Looking forward to serving new and returning islanders! Email us at email@example.com with any questions!
NOTICE: MacBeth Concert Series Cancelled for 2020. The MacBeth Steering Committee is very saddened to announce that we have had to cancel our concerts for this season. So many people have told us how badly Chebeaguers will crave music over the coming summer and we are heartbroken to leave this void in the spiritual and cultural life of our community. We were overwhelmed by the enthusiastic response last year’s concerts received and look forward to bringing back that incredible musical excitement in 2021.
Click here for the latest message and information from the FOOD PANTRY.
Click here for COVID-19 HELP AND EMOTIONAL SUPPORT FOR YOU! This one page sheet created by Eliza Jane and Erika is an important document to help us all as we deal with the pandemic as it hits us in so many different ways. There are clickable links of all the information on the page.
CART Community Advisory Response Team meeting today at 2pm - see zoom sign in information. Click here for minutes of April 27th meeting.
Click here to see a video shared by the Yarmouth School Teachers.
May 4, 2020 - Photo of WWI tablet in front of the Grange.
School Committee Meeting tomorrow 5/5/20 at 6pm - click here for agenda.
May 3, 2020 - Click here for an article in the Portland Press Herald by Susan Stranahan. I have every year supported and contributed to the Jenny Wren Run/Walk and as you see below it has been postponed but I will give a donation now that I would have at the walk/run and I will go out and take a lap on my own. The Commons and all our Nonprofits are going to need more help now than ever.
Message from the Commons: The annual Jenny Wren Run/Walk, which normally would have happened next Saturday, May 9, has been postponed until a later date. Thanks to the Hamilton family who sponsors this fun event in remembrance of Jeanette “Jenny Wren” Hamilton to benefit Island Commons. We hope to reschedule for sometime later in the summer — when we can all be together to remember all the important women in our lives.
NOTICE: Message from Great Chebeague Golf Club - click here. The Golf course is CLOSED, even to casual golfing, and will not open on our usual Memorial Day weekend schedule.
Click here for the Maine Island Coalition Minutes from the May 1st Zoom Meeting.
May 1, 2020 - NOTICE: Order from Governor Mills starting May 1st.
The CTC Board of Directors is extremely pleased to announce Matt Ridgway’s promotion to Assistant General Manager effective May 1, 2020.
April 30, 2020 -NOTICE: From Casco Bay Lines: Requirement goes into effect tomorrow, Friday, May 1st, and Casco Bay Lines will adhere by requiring, until further notice, that all persons wear cloth face coverings at all times when present at our facilities or onboard our vessels.
Click here for a booklet issued by the Governor's Office.
Click here for the latest information from Economic & Community Development on Maine.gov.
Governor's order requires everyone to wear face masks in public places, starting Friday. Click here for Press Herald notice.
NOTICE: Messages from Town of Chebeague: New Governor Mills Executive Order Issued April 29, 2020 – We are reviewing this new order to see how it might impact Chebeague Island. Please check for updates under COVID-19 on the Town of Chebeague Island website.
New Rules for Chandlers Wharf freight pickup – I have received numerous complaints about the chaos at Chandlers Wharf for picking up supplies. Casco Bay Lines has also expressed a concern about having so many people on the dock when they are trying to unload. So, for now, you will not be allowed to drive or walk down to the end of the dock until it is safe. We will let one or two people at a time down to retrieve their freight. Genaro and I will be there to help organize the freight and make sure people are taking the right boxes. Billy St. Cyr, Island Market, Mail Delivery and the Island Commons will have priority for picking up large orders. Please be patient. We hope that this will work more efficiently and minimize the reports of missing freight and other issues.
Tie-Up Stickers – Early on this Spring, we were not trying to sell the tie-up stickers, as the usual process was for someone to come into the Town Office and fill out a form. Last week it was decided to send the 2020 form to everyone that had a Tie-Up sticker last year. This has caused some confusion. To be clear, we are giving people until May 15th to get a tie-up sticker if you plan to leave a boat at Stone Wharf or at Chandlers. If you have questions, please call the Town Office at 846-3148.
John Wilkinson who drives for the CTC is offering a driving/errands service and you can learn all about it on Chebweb.com - click here.
April 29, 2020 - Gov. Janet Mills issued a tentative timeline Tuesday for reopening Maine’s economy. Grocery stores, pharmacies, financial institutions, home repair services, car repair services and child care agencies are among those that have been allowed to operate while the stay-at-home order has been in effect.
--- The 14-day quarantine of people entering or returning to Maine will continue through at least August. Most people who can work from home will continue to do so, and people will be required to wear cloth face coverings in public settings where physical distancing measures are difficult.
Community Advisory Response Team meeting today at 2pm - see zoom sign in information. Minutes from the April 21 Meeting.
April 28, 2020 - Video created by Chip Emery for a preview of Growing Up on Chebeague's 20 - 21 Exhibit at the Museum of Chebeague History. This photo is of palsTheron Hamilton and Archie Ross.
Governor Mills Presents Safe, Gradual Plan to Restart Maine's Economy, the new Stay Safer at Home Order will also allow Maine people to visit businesses or participate in activities that are deemed safe to open under Stage 1 of the reopening plan. The Order will extend through May 31, 2020 but is subject to change.- click here.
Message from May: Looking for work once the state opens for business? Looking for summer, part-time, full-time, kitchen, server, bartender work? There are lots of options at the Slow Bell, including some early morning, days, evenings, etc. Competitive compensation and benefits that include uniforms and staff meals. Want to know more? Contact May Hall at 332.2368 or firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks!
The contractors working for Central Maine Power will be back on Chebeague today and start work Tuesday, April 28th. I know that people are nervous about workers going back and forth on the boat and working on Chebeague Island. Please try to keep in mind that their work is considered essential. They are aware of our anxiety and have their own social distancing rules and guidelines in place. If you have questions or concerns, please give me a call. 846-3148 or cell 975-3074 Marjorie E. Stratton, Town Administrator
April 26, 2020 - The CTC May Newsletter and May and June Crew Assistance Schedules are posted on the News & Info Page of CTC's website.
May Hall has a survey she would like poeple on the island to take - click here.
April 24, 2020 - I forgot to mention that I put the Audio of the Selectmen's meeting on the Selectmen Meetings Audio page - click here to listen.
NOTICE: Message from the CTC: Boarding Ferry 5 Minutes Before Departure Effective Saturday April 25, 202. As CTC tries to streamline the COVID-19 ferry ticket collection process, we are finding it difficult to try to keep track of passengers who arrive early, board the ferry, and then get off the ferry for a few minutes. Consequently, effective tomorrow, 4/25, we are reducing our early boarding time from 15 minutes to 5 minutes before departure. Please do not board the ferry more than 5 minutes before departure from Chebeague. Once on the ferry, please stay aboard. Thank you for your cooperation.
Reminder that Olivia's Garden weekly orders (Order Form) should be placed BY SATURDAY at 5pm for delivery via CTC on Monday at 12:30. Q? Call Kim 617.699.9124
April 23, 2020 - NOTICE: Click here for a letter from the Town Administrator to Chebeague Friends and Neighbors.
The Maine Coast Fishermen's Association is hosting a fishermen-focused webinar today Thursday, April 23, at 4 pm, to help those in the fishing industry navigate the complicated process of getting personal and business relief through the Paycheck Protection Program and/or the new state unemployment benefits. The format is a short presentation by experts on each topic, with specific guidance to your fishing operation, business, and crew, followed by an attendee Q & A.
The link to webinar info is: https://www.mainecoastfishermen.org/covidresources
April 22, 2020 - COVID-19 General Passenger Boarding Agreement Update. A few passengers have expressed concern that the Agreement was too broad and did not appear to be specific to COVID-19. Accordingly, we have asked our lawyers to revise the form. The revised General Passenger Boarding Agreement can be found here.
You can also sign the Agreement on the ferry.
Once you have signed the agreement, you will be issued an ID Card which should be carried with you when using our ferry service. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
HAPPY EARTH DAY - In honor of earth day the Recreation Center is invting all Chebeaguers: on-Island or off-Island to participate in a challenge with prizes. Click here to learn more.
April 21, 2020 - Notice from CTC: The COVID-19 Passenger Boarding Agreement that must be signed by all CTC ferry passengers is here. The agreement can be signed online at http://www.chebeaguetrans.com/About-Us.html or on the ferry. Passengers who have signed the agreement will be issued an ID card. Thank you for your cooperation. The agreement is required by our insurance company in order for us to be able to transport 911 suspected COVID-19 patients on the ferry.
Don't forget to order your PIZZA for delivery tomorrow by Ottos to the Island by Ottos with free transport by CTC - click here for details.
Tomorrow there is a Zoom Selectmen's meeting at 6 pm - click here to links to the agenda and packet.
Community Advisory Response Team meeting today at 2pm - see zoom sign in information.
School Committee Virtual Meeting is this Tuesday, April 21st at 6pm - see agenda.
Scallops for sale on Chebeague - order today - click here for information.
April 18, 2020 - FREIGHT at CHANDLERS: with so many of us ordering from Native Maine, WFM & others, please be sure to look at EVERY label to make sure the boxes are really yours. It is very easy to grab someone else's items & not realize it for days or weeks (or never), especially non-perishables. Island Commons has lost 10lb of rice, sour cream and cheese just this past week. Appreciate your consideration, and stay safe.
Click here to see the minutes from the Maine Islands Coalition Meeting on April 15th.
Message from the Food Pantry - click here.
School Committee Virtual Meeting is this Tuesday, April 21st at 6pm - see agenda.
Message from Mellisa: From CUMC: We are still in the midst of a discernment process regarding our relationship with the greater United Methodist denomination. Our next discernment session is Sunday, April 26th at 1 PM via Zoom. You can access it via Zoom.com using Meeting ID: 815 200 0968, Password: 20152020.
--- While all our sessions are open to everyone connected to the Chebeague community, this one particularly solicits input and feedback from members of the wider community. This session will talk about the impact of our connection to the United Methodist Denomination as it relates to the community as a whole. Your voices are important for us as we seek to serve this place in the best way possible.
--- Please contact Melissa with any concerns or questions you may have.
April 16, 2020 - OTTO pizza is launching a weekly delivery service to Chebeague Island. Starting next Wednesday and every Wednesday thereafter, OTTO will bring fresh pizzas as well as a great choice of appetizers, salads, pastas, desserts, beer & wine for easy pick up at the ferry landing. Click here for details!
Click here for a letter from the Recreation Center.
NOTICE: Message from the CTC: On Monday, 4/20, a new ticket system will be implemented by CTC and remain in effect for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency. This system is designed to allow fare collection while ensuring social distancing between our employees and passengers — and to protect everyone. As of Monday, only COVID-19 tickets may be used for travel on our ferry.
---How to obtain tickets: The COVID-19 ticket book has 10 detachable tickets. The cost is $30 per book – or $3 per ride. Children under the age of 12 will ride for free. To purchase, call the CTC office (846-3700) during regular business hours Monday through Thursday 9AM – 4PM and pay with a credit card. If you prefer to use a check, you may deposit the check for $30 in the mailbox attached to the CTC office building at 16 North Road or mail it to our office. The tickets will be on the ferry the next morning during the business week. Be sure to purchase tickets in advance if you are traveling on the weekend since our office is closed Friday-Sunday.
----If you have already pre-purchased a ticket book, it will be waiting for you on the ferry Monday morning 4/20.
----All passengers will deposit a ticket or tickets from the book in a special box on the stern when boarding the ferry, avoiding contact with the deckhands and each other.
----If you have COVID-19 tickets remaining after the emergency, you may trade in unused tickets and their value will be credited toward one of our usual 10-ride ticket books.
----Regular tickets will again be sold and collected when the emergency is over.
----Thank you for your cooperation!
Click here to listen to the Selectmen's Meeting from last night.
Click here for an article in the Portland Press Herald yesterday-"Chebeague Island ferry will carry suspected COVID-19 patients after all.
April 14, 2020 - Town of Chebeague Selectmen's Virtual Meeting tomorrow night at 6pm - click here for agenda and packet.
NOTICE: Message from Ann Kirkpatrick, the Superintendent/Principal Chebeague Island School:
"This is a follow up to you from the message that the school building is closed to the public for the rest of the school year. Last week the Board of Selectman and the Chebeague Island School Committee decided that it is necessary to also share that the grounds are also closed to non-school employees. The grounds include the playground, ball field, pizza oven area and all other land that is the property of the town and the recreation center.
--- This is to ensure that all the people on the island remain safe as we adhere to the requests of the governor and CDC; i.e. wash hands, no gatherings, stay at home except for necessary trips to the store and stay at least 6 feet apart. This out of the concern for the health and safety of the children, the families and all citizens of Chebeague Island.
---- Within the next few days you will notice signs being posted to remind bikers and pedestrians to please not stop on this property. Having everyone following these rules will hopefully help to end this quarantine and allow us to meet together again soon. Thank you for your attention to this notice."
Message from Kim Boehm: "I will be barging my flatbed off and on the Island on a regular basis, starting today. I can haul loads up to 24 feet long and 7 feet wide. No gravel etc, as I do not have a dump body. I also am still removing unwanted vehicles, and scrap metals. Please call for details...
Kim Boehm 846 2468."
Community Advisory Response Team meeting today at 2pm - see zoom sign in information. Approved minutes from April 9 meetign - click here.
April 13, 2020 - NOTICE: Please click here for CTC's COVID-19 emergency transport policy.
NOTICE: Due to anticipated high winds, the last ferry today 4/13 will be the noon/12:15PM boat.
Message from The Recompense Fund: The Recompense Fund (RF) Board is keenly aware of the significant disruptions in our lives, the scope of which will likely be unparalleled in our lifetime. We understand the needs of our island non-profits may be changing dramatically, and that some organizations may need to re-think both long and short term plans. Key RF Board members are aiding the Town's Covid-19 task force. Others are stepping up to enhance our islands communications channels. Our Board members offer "extended arms" in this hour of need, and each of us would welcome any calls for support.
---The Recompense Fund (RF) Board, in light of Covid-19's impact on island non-profits, acted today to relax immediately the expenditure requirements of previously granted, unexpended RF funds to any Chebeague non-profit. This includes allowing the use of said funds for operating purposes as authorized by any recipient's Board of Directors/Trustees.
----Recompense also would like to remind you about the availability of emergency small $500 grants submitted by a letter of need. Additionally, early grant applications are welcomed with final grant applications due May 31st.
April 12, 2020 - Photo of sunrise Easter Sunday on Hamilton Beach with Riley and Piper. Click here for another view. Happy Easter!
NOTICE: CTC has important new COVID-19 policies. We will require all passengers to wear masks effective 4/14. Passengers who do not have masks will be supplied a cloth mask by CTC - to keep and reuse. (A donation is requested - it will go to an island charity that is helping the community through this difficult time).
Additionally, CTC will begin collecting ferry fees again in the near future with special COVID-19 tickets. We are having the tickets printed now. Please review the new policies (Safety) and here (Tickets) and let us know if you have any questions. You can also find these policies on our Facebook page or http://www.chebeaguetrans.com/About-Us.html
Congratulations to George Bates who has completed his ebook on the Wildflowers of Chebeague and the Casco Bay Islands. This has been two years in the making. He is going to share the royalties equally with the Chebeague Historical Society, the Island Library, and the Chebeague and Cumberland Land Trust; The book is published on Lulu Publishing, and can be viewed on any computer, tablet or phone -- except Kindle (Amazon's Kindle uses a different epub format and Amazon takes most of the revenues, Lulu takes 10%). He hopes this book will brighten the day for some folks during this time of crisis and confusion, and he looks forward to seeing you all when they can travel safely again.
Message from the Food Pantry: We continue to stock our shelves so you can supplement yours and stay at home. While the Food Pantry typically helps those on the island with food insecurity, in these uncertain times we are available to supplement your grocery needs.
If you aretrying to:
• Avoid going to town for a few needed items
• Waiting for a delayed shipment
• Or just feel like having soup for lunch and you just ran out.
We have masks...
We will be open on Wednesday from 10:30 - 12:30. We can arrange for pick up or delivery other times when needed. Please bring a bag!
• If possible email us a list of items and we will package them and bring them outside for you to pick up. email@example.com
•If you need to call you can call Jenn 415-271-0096 or Denise 207-838-6107
•If you need to drive up and bring a list that is OK too. Just toot your horn and someone will come out and get your list.
Easter Sunrise "Service" - Even in this time of shelter in place, we can still share in the sunrise together. For you early-risers, take a sunrise picture (around 5:40 AM) from the beach, from your porch, wherever you find yourself. Email it to the church (firstname.lastname@example.org) or upload it to social media using #CUMCEasterSunrise and I will create a collage of our pictures to put on CUMC's Facebook Page.
Easter Worship is at 10 AM! Join us via Zoom at https://zoom.us/j/308728697?pwd=RW1YdkpFUzZtZitWY0RXdDhManZOQT09
(Meeting ID: 308 728 697, PW: 20152020)
April 9, 2020 - The zoom meeting audio recording from last night's Selectmen's Meeting has been uploaded to the website. Click here to listen or go to Selectmen Meetings Audios to listen to them all.
NOTICE: In a further effort to encourage social distancing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chebeague Island School has CLOSED the school grounds including the playground, outdoor classroom picnic benches and volunteer field until further notice. Please remind everyone in your families not to utilize these facilities.
Every day the Community Advisory Committee responsible for putting out the town and other updates will be uploading the changes and can be found in the COVID UPDATE above. Today you should see the April 9 update but sometimes browsers such as Safari, Chrome and other do not refresh in a timely manner so look for the date such as today should say April 9.
Reminder that today Zoom Meeting Community Advisory Response Team meeting a 2pm - Town code: 326-962-753 pw 175989. Minutes of the April 6th meeting - click here.
Message from Kim Boehm: In these trying times a bit of good news...
As part of my ongoing Aquifer Protection Program, (an essential service if ever there was one!) , I am pleased to announce the remediation of another lot of land. Perhaps you have noticed the change in a small parcel on the West End. The lot was seeded today, and am anxious to see the land reclaimed by Mother Nature. Thanks to those who helped me either in time, material or mental and moral support. My plan is to continue my efforts,on additional properties, as my time,energy, budget and world affairs allows.
April 8, 2020 - I have just uploaded the latest Covid-19 update for the community - click on the COVID UPDATE above.
NATIVE MAINE PRODUCE has launched a retail division with delivery to the 12:00 CBL ferry on M-Tu-Th-F Produce, Meats, Dairy & More. Free delivery for orders $150 and over. $15 delivery for orders under $150.
They are continually adding items, and there’s a feedback form, so let them know what else you’d like to see.
Here’s the link: https://www.nativemainedirect.com/shop/
Please click here or visit http://www.chebeaguetrans.com/About-Us.html to see policy updates from CTC.
NOTICE: Please see this important message from Jon Rich - click here.
Reminder that ChebWeb.com has lots of valuable information such as restaurant and food diliveries, how to make a your own mask, using venmo, how to shop at the Julie's Island Market. There are even photos of all the shelves so you can see what she may have.
April 7, 2020 - Click here for FAQ about the Emergency Declaration of April 6th.
Message from CTC: Due to COVID 19 many families are facing financial stress. In response, CTC is extending its due date for the final payment for annual parking permits from March 31st to June 30th. Thank you and stay well!
Tommorow night the Board of Selectman have a virtual meeting at 6pm. Click here for the sign in for the meeting that includes a password. If for some reason the password does not work - I will post it here at the time of the meeting. Remember to go to the Town Website and click on the date of the meeting to get the agenda and the packet.
Message from Marjorie Stratton, Town Administrator: I wanted you all to know that a crew from Central Maine Power will be working on the island beginning Wednesday this week. Please remember that this work is considered Essential Services under Governor Mills’ emergency proclamation. They are well aware of the anxiety we have about people coming to Chebeague Island from the mainland during this pandemic. Try to remember that in a different situation such as a power outage, you would be begging them to come and bringing them coffee! They will bring their own porta potty. They have their own social distancing rules in place which follows the CDC guidelines. If you have any questions, please call me. Stay safe, stay healthy, stay home. 846-3148 or cell 975-3074
April 6, 2020 - Photo of sunrise April 6th taken by Jon Rich.
Message from Chebeague Island United Methodist Church Food Pantry:
Greetings from the Food Pantry! We have stocked our shelves so you can supplement yours and stay at home. While the Food Pantry typically helps those on the island with food insecurity, in these uncertain times we are available to supplement your grocery needs.
If you are:
--trying to avoid going to town for a few needed items
-- Waiting for a delayed shipment
-- Or just feel like having soup for lunch and you just ran out.
Go to Chebweb.com and see what they have and a button to donate.
NOTICE: Town of Chebeague Emergency Declaration on April 6, 2020 - click here.
Click here for the message from the Surgeon General of the United States from yesterday.
Message from the Chebeague Island Inn: Friends and Family of the Chebeague Island Inn and the Chebeague Island Community,
--We thought it important to reach out to reassure our islanders that we are taking COVID-19 very seriously and are adhering to all state and federal guidelines. To our core, we care not only about delighting and surprising our guests, but what's in the best interest of our community at large and are taking all precautions necessary to ensure that your safety is our top priority. Currently, we have had two Maine associates at the Inn because their family owned home on the island is currently being renovated. They are practicing quarantine like the rest of us due to high risk if exposed. Please call me directly should you have any further questions, I can be reached on my cell 207.869.0715. I look forward to seeing you all this summer.
We are all in this together,
April 5, 2020 - Next Zoom Meeting Community Advisory Response Team Sunday April 5 at 3 on Town Zoom. Click here for minutes of last meeting. The password today is 175989.
Today's schedule delivery from Olivia's Garden has been postponed until Monday 12:15 CTC boat."
The Chebeague Methodist Church is still having services at 10 am. Check out their website for how to attend.
The New York Times Coronavirus Tips: Frequently Asked Questions and Advice.
Click here for an article in today's Portland Press Herald about the State and fears of outsiders.
Click here for an article in the Portland Press Herald about the ferry.
April 4, 2020 - Letter from the CTC to the Community - Click here.
Covid19 4/4/20 update from the CTC click here.
This year, CUMC is doing a virtual Easter Flower Garden in lieu of our regular Easter flowers. You can give in honor of or in memory of your loved one. Simply email the church at email@example.com and mail your contribution to the church (info at www.chebeagueumc.org/donate.html). We'll create an Easter Flower Program to celebrate the lives and legacies of our friends and family. Deadline: April 8th.
NOTICE: Letter from the Town Administrator - CLICK HERE.
COVID - 19 Town Update as of April 3rd.
NOTICE: Upcoming changes to CTCs service can be found here: http://www.chebeaguetrans.com/About-Us.html
The Chebeague Historical Society has created a Resilience Project - Please Click Here.
April 3, 2020 -Photo of the flags at the Historical Society taken by Donnie MacNeill. Every day he comes and puts the flags up and takes them down. We are all in this together.
Click here for Governor Mills: Stay healthy. Stay home Order.
The Wave Parade that was scheduled for tomorrow has been CANCELLED due to Governor's "Stay Healthy at Home" executive order.
Don't forget to go to Chebweb.com where food places are posting their options for delivery and other valuable information may be found.
"Olivia's Garden will deliver Chebeague orders via 12:15 CTC boat on Sunday.
If you wish to order: You may view produce options on O. G. web site.
Then email your selections to Jackie Trask by noon on Sat. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
You may also text or call in your order to Jackie 207-319-6656. Jackie will put in one group order. Payment: is done by each individual via Pay Pal to email@example.com
Jackie will pay the single $ 10 delivery fee."
The School Committee will hold a Meeting by Teleconference on Tuesday, aparil 7, 2020 at 6pm - see agenda.
Message from Kim Boehm: Island Electric is available for electrical work on an emergency basis only. Emergencies include, loss of power, failure of critical circuits (heating systems,laundry, water heater, etc) or life safety devices. While all of us are doing the "shelter in place" thing, please remember to check all of your life safety devices for proper operation. This includes smoke, heat and CO detectors. Always available by phone for questions or concerns. Stay well. Kim 846 2468
April 2, 2020 - Live Stream of the hatching of Eagle chicks in Northwest Florida Live Web Cam on March 31, 2020. Harriet has been nesting here since 2006 and with her new partner M15 since 2015. I have changed to a better site.
I have uploaded last night's Selectmen Meeting - click here to hear it.
Remember that if you are picking up groceries or items off the Casco Bay Boat to please let the delivery trucks pick their items up first and then take turns going down to pick up items. Remember to stay a distance from any Casco Bay workers and others. One by one go and get your groceries.
The Selectmen Board: BOS will have an Executive Session tomorrow, April 3rd at 11:00AM to discuss pursuant to M.R.S.A § 405 (6) (E) –Consultation with legal counsel.
The Community Response committee will have a Zoom meeting at 1:00 pm on Today April 2nd. Zoom directions are on the Town website. See the zoom information at the town website.
Message from Whole Foods: As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, in one week Whole Foods has had more requests from new customers wanting to sign up for provisions deliveries than they had had in three years. Unfortunately, right now they are not able to sign up new customers but are hoping they will be able to in the future. If you happen to be helping a neighbor by letting them order onyour account that is fine but Whole Foods would prefer separate emails for each order. They are limited by the CDC as to how many employees they can have in their packaging room and they are also limited to only filling 10 orders per day. It would be most helpful for us to send larger orders, as smaller orders hold up the works and this will help Whole Foods be more efficient. We can also help the provisions department by making our lists as specific as possible (number of items, size, brand, ext.). They are currently not able to call while shopping for clarifications as they have in the past and instead they will do their best with substitutions. Try to plan ahead, as there is a possibility of having to wait up to a week to get your order; right now most orders are coming in four days. This all will make it easier for them to help us. Because of the high volume of orders they are asking customers not to call back with changes or additions to their orders. Whole foods is also not allowed to accept returned cooler bags and ice sleeves due to covid-19. Thanks again for your patience and co-operation.
April 1, 2020 - The town has posted "what to do if you feel sick" click here to see. Or go to the town website.
Selectmen's meeting tonight at 6pm via zoom. Click here to see how to attend. Remember that all the meeting information is on the Town Website - click on the meeting on the calendar that is on the main page - http://www.townofchebeagueisland.org/
During the current crisis, Olivia's Garden is not accepting email orders. Please text(2073196656) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) your order with your name and phone number to Jackie Trask. Jackie will place orders via text. Delivery time not yet confirmed.
Message from the Chebeague Ad hoc Tick-borne Disease Committee: With all that is going on, please don't forget about the DEER TICKS! Click here for photo!
People and their pets have been reporting them crawling around on the warm days all winter. As the temperature continues to climb, there will be more of them out in the brushy areas.
--- The ticks that are out now are adult males and females left over from last Fall. Below is a picture of some found on the island last October. The top row are females and the smaller ones on the lower row are males - beside them for comparison is a sunflower seed.
---- The much smaller nymphs will be emerging in a few weeks. Be careful out there and Stay Well!
March 31, 2020 - NOTICE: Message from the Food Pantry:
Dear Chebeague Island!
The UMC Food Pantry now has a PayPal account for making donations simpler:
www.chebeagueumc.org/donate.html and email the church at email@example.com noting that it's ear-marked for the food pantry.
You can also mail a check to:
PO Box 1
Chebeague Island, ME 04017
----Please stay tuned for a list of weekly dates the FP will be open to the public to get the supplies you need. Also, please don’t hesitate to call or email Jen (415-271-0096; firstname.lastname@example.org) if you need something any day of the week. We are working diligently to make the Food Pantry well stocked for supplementing your own pantry and we are available for everyone. Please check to see if we may have some of the items you need, especially if it saves you a trip to town.
---- Again, thank you very much to all who have reached out and donated to the Food Pantry. We are so grateful for the support that is coming in from Islanders, for Islanders, far and wide!
March 30, 2020 - Click here for an informative information session by Dr. David Price, Weill Cornell Medical Center.
The Community Response committee will have a Zoom meeting at 1:00 pm on March 31 to discuss next steps. Zoom directions are on the Town website. See the zoom information at the town website.
Click here for the call-in notes from Friday's Maine Island Coalition Meeting .
March 28, 2020 - The Board of Selectmen met today online at 10am and you can listen to the recording of the meeting by clicking here. The agenda and important document as well as the latest COVID Resolution may be found on the Town Website.
NOTICE: Chebeague Rec Center / Kids’ Place – Closing Extended through 4/26/2020
The Chebeague Recreation Center / Kids’ Place / the Fitness room / the Gymnasium, and all Rec Center programs will continue to be closed to the public through 4/26/2020. On March 24, 2020 Governor Mills issued an Executive order that requires all non-essential businesses to close to the public. Please note or executive team and our board members will continue to conduct Rec business and will continue to keep you updated. Please be safe and patient with one another.
Reminder that property taxes are due by the end of March.
March 27, 2020 - Board of Selectmen are having a teleconference meeting tomorrow, Saturday, March 28th at 10 am. Click here for the agenda. In the agenda is the zoom and call in information you would need. Click here to learn how to log into a zoom meeting. All of this information is on the Town Website along with any documents that they may be using.
This is a great time to go to the beach and do cleanup along the shores with your family. Click here to see what Ann and John Thaxter collected in 20 minutes at Bennett's Cove.
NOTICE: Message from the Baggetes: Chedemption will be closed temporarily as our redemption center in Portland is unable to pick our returnables as the have been deemed nonessential and must close..
Please either leave your returnables at home or put them in the recycling
compactor. Please do not leave them at the shed or trailer.
We will hopefully be able to open again.
Click here to see the Message from the Island Commons that was omitted from the Island Calendar.
March 26, 2020 - What the World Needs Now - Virtual Orchestra
I have downloaded the the Selectmen's meeting from last night so you can click here to listen. There will be another meeting Saturday March 28th at 10 AM - see agenda.
The Town is currently chipping all the brush and logs at the Brush Dump between the Town Garage and the Transfer Station. There is some hard wood that would be great for your wood stoves if you want to pick it up. Please call first! It will be on a first come, first serve basis. We hate to chip it up if it is needed. Please practice social distancing.
The Selectmen had a great virtual meeting last night with over 50 participants. I'm hoping to get the audio of the meeting for everyone to listen to. A lot of great work is being done to help the community with the challenges we are all experiencing during this crisis. It was reassuring to hear all that was being discussed. The Selectmen passed a resolution last night - click here to see it.
The Maine Island Coalition recently had their virtual meeting - click here to learn what other islands are doing during this time. The Island Institute turned to the Maine Islands Coalition (MIC), a network with a 17-year history of helping to solve problems in the year-round islands of Maine. Click here to see a summary blog post of a summary of what all the islands are doing.
We’ve just launched a site to work in conjunction with this page.
As ISLAND NEWS is more of “daily news”, we wanted to add a place for other types of information. CHEBWEB
Things people - Need, Can Provide or Helpful tips. Pease visit and sign up for email updates. And, please SUBMIT A LISTING, that could help you or someone else. I have put a link above as well but the name chebweb.com will be easy to remember. Since its launch three days ago we have had 300 unique visitors, 800 page views and a posting.
March 25, 2020 - There is a Selectmen's Meeting tonight, March 25th at 6 pm and will be done virtually on zoom. Click here to learn how you may be able to join the meeting. Remember that you can see the agenda and all the paperwork that goes along with the meeting by going to the town website. If you go to the Town Website and click on the event on the calendar, you will be able to see a link to the agenda and a link to the packet of material that the Selectmen will be using.
General directions on how to participate in Zoom webinars - click here.
From Mellissa: Creating Affirmations in Uncertain Times
Time: March 26, 2020 4:00 PM
On Zoom - please click here to see how to get into the meeting.
The school classes are going wonderfully and I want to share a site the children are going to that is bringing much enjoyment - Cornell's Sapsucker Woods live bird feeder - click here.
March 24, 2020 - Photo Today March 24th was a snow day and for once the students still had school (online). One of their assignments was to build a snowman as did my granddaughter and family did. Families are doing lots of fun things together as you can see.
NOTICE: Melissa and CUMC's Administrative Council has made the difficult decision to restrict access to the church's buildings - particularly the Parish House - starting Wednesday, March 25th. We're doing this so that we can maintain a safe environment for the Food Pantry. You can still donate to the Food Pantry by dropping items off in the coolers that will be on the porch. You can still contact Jen Corson with any food pantry needs at email@example.com. If you want any notecards to send to friends and family, contact Melissa at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll leave some out on the parsonage porch for you.
The church continues to be in ministry with the island (our friends and neighbors both near and far) during this time. Please visit the church's website (www.chebeagueumc.org) for all of the opportunities we are offering for connection during these days. There will be more offerings in the days to come, so please stay tuned!
The CTC April Newsletter and May Crew assistance schedule are now posted on our website. http://www.chebeaguetrans.com/News-and-Info.html
Message from CTC: "Effective 3/25/2020, the CTC office will be closed to anyone other than CTC staff. The office manager will continue to work in the office for normal hours and can be reached by phone or email. In addition, there is a mailbox on the outside of the door where payments, etc. can be dropped off. Thank you."
Message from Ruth: "As of 7:00 A.M. this morning all newspapers HAVE BEEN DELIVERED. Hopefully this will be the case going forward. For those who may be concerned about the plastic bags, currently I am not using any "recycled" bags. If you wish to leave your bag in your box, you will be receiving a bag touched only by you and me."
March 22, 2020 - During this voluntary shelter-in-place the school has iPads that can be loaned to people on Chebeague and the Island Institute has ordered some Hot Spots that may be able to be used for wifi to an iPad. If you know anyone on the island who could benefit from being able to connect virtually and would like to try it please get in touch with me at email@example.com.
Congratulations to Jack Turner who has been honored with an endownment in his name at MIT- Click here to learn more.
NOTICE: from the Marjorie at the Town Office: "All Town Departments are continuing to operate. Public Works will plow the snow. The Transfer Station is still open. The Town Office staff is working from home and sometimes at the office. Our Fire and Rescue Department is ready to go as always. I'll do my best to keep you informed about Town services as this crisis progresses. Continue with social distancing. I'll be at the Town Office if you have questions. Please give me a call. 846-3148 or cell 975-3074."
Don't forget to go to the Town Website for Updates as they come in.
Message from Solo Italiano, a restaurant that serves delicious food at 100 Commercial Street, same block as Harbor Fish, has made arrangements with Casco Bay Lines to deliver take out orders to the Islands Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Orders would have to be made by 3:00pm in order to make the ferry departure. Options will be limited to, and asterisked on their menu for, items that are either fully prepared by the customer (i.e. uncooked pasta) or easily reheated (i.e. pizza, lasagne, etc.). Orders for Chebeague would be delivered to the CBL 5:45pm which departs from Chebeague at 6:35pm. CBL delivery charge will be $3:50. Take Out or Delivery! (207) 780-0227 Friday & Saturday 3-8 | Sunday 1-6 *option for island delivery
today's menu http://www.soloitalianorestaurant.com/menu2
March 21, 2020 - There will be a School Committee Meeting this Tuesday, March 24th 6pm and it will be via Zoom platform - please contact Jeff Putnam if you want to listen. Click here for the agenda.
NOTICE: For the duration of the current voluntary shelter-in-place restrictions, the Town will be conducting public meetings via Zoom, an online or telephone based meeting platform. It will enable the Town to continue to conduct business while providing the public the ability to view the proceedings and participate as appropriate. Please look at the Town’s website, www.townofchebeagueisland.org and follow the directions under “News and Announcements,” “How to Access a Zoom Meeting.” As always, meetings will be announced on the “Meeting and Events Calendar.”
Selectmen's meeting was held today and you can find the audio click here. Click here for the agenda.
Reminder that the link to the Selectmen's meeting audios are above right on this site.
There will be a teleconference Selectmen's meeting this Wednesday, March 25th at 6pm - click here for agenda. The packet is on the Town website for the meeting.
NOTICE: Message from Ruth, our loyal hard working paper person: "Considering the current Casco Bay Lines schedule, it is difficult to determine just what boat the papers will come on. This morning they did not make the boat scheduled to depart Portland at 5:00 a.m. and will be on the next boat (leaving Portland at noon). This could be the case for the time being. I will make every effort to get the papers delivered as soon as they get here."
March 20, 2020 - POEM by Kitty O'Meara shared by Jen Howard.
NOTICE: from Sheila at the Post Office--We’re still in business, but Casco Bay Lines is reducing their number of boats. Starting Saturday March 21 our mail will be getting to the Island around 2:00, and Kathleen will deliver the route late afternoon. Monday-Friday office hours are unchanged, but starting March 28 Saturday hours will be 11:30-3:30. If you want stamps delivered to your mailbox, or have any other special needs, just call the office @ 846-5820.
Click here for the Temporary CTC Schedule effective March 21st..
Just a reminder from the Hall that the vet clinic scheduled for Thursday April 2 has been canceled.
NOTICE: Click here to see a Message from Casco Bay Lines announced a temporary reduction in service that will take effect Saturday, March 21, 2020.See their new schedule for Chebeague click here.
NOTICE: Click here for a message from Mellisa and the Chebeague United Methodist Church that was mailed out to residents yesterday.
Message from Jon Rich: "Dear Valued Customers and Friends,
-- I have been getting many early requests to activate water systems. I’d like to share my concerns in light of what we understand of COVID 19 and the challenges Chebeague faces. The island community is on alert with spring time coming, knowing the influx of those who’ll be returning from across the bay and from other parts of the country and world.
---- Based upon information available today from our leaders in government and science regarding this virus, how it spreads and how to best cope with it, I ask that you consider the recommendation of social distancing and self isolation. This is especially important to us on island, given our aging population and limited vital support systems. It is crucial we stay healthy to support those who are most vulnerable. In light of its currently known characteristics, I respectfully ask all to consider weathering the storm at your current location at least for the next couple weeks to help reduce the risk of spreading the virus. We all depend on each other to be well. If it is imperative you have your cottage water activated please contact me."
March 19, 2020 - NOTICE: Notice to CTC Customers and the Chebeague Community Because the welfare of our crew members is essential to the welfare of the Chebeague community, CTC is taking additional steps to protect them (and all of us) from exposure to the COVID-19 virus.
----- Effective Saturday, March 21, CTC is cancelling evening boat trips Monday through Saturday. The last boat each day will depart Chebeague at 6:15 p.m., returning from Cousins at 6:30 p.m. On Sundays, the last boat will depart Chebeague at 4:45 p.m. returning from Cousins at 5:00 p.m. This new schedule will remain in effect until further notice.
----- With this temporary, shortened schedule we will be able to reduce the number of employees working and their potential for exposure. Without a healthy crew, CTC cannot serve this island. The safety of everyone is our highest priority. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEE THE WHOLE MESSAGE
NOTICE: Library update: The Library will remain closed for the foreseeable future. Based upon information from both the American Library Association and Maine State Library, I must walk back the offer of curbside and home delivery of materials and to ask that any materials you have at home now, keep them for now. Please do not put anything through the book slot.
March 18, 2020 - Today the Chebeague Students on the island were all back to work. It was a very sucessful online video meeting for all the classes. At 8am was Miss Nancy's class, at 9 all of the students participated in Mrs. Klein's class and at 10 all of the students participated in Ms. Hoidal's class. It was really cool how they all got to see each other and communicate virtually. Lessons were given and each child from K up through 5th grade have their own computer with links to many educational programs. Notebooks with many resources had been given out along with other materials they will need for special projects. Teachers can watch and see them work and send messages back and forth. In my Tech Class all the students have put in 10 to 15 minutes of typing today and I already see progress. This has been a terrific start to a new normal. We really want to thank Google for the google classroom and their hangout program and the people that work for google such as our own Karen Greenleaf who has been a wonderful resource for us and comes to Chebeague in the summer and whenever she can.
NOTICE: From the Town Office: The Town Office will be closed to the public until further notice. Please call 207-846-3148 for information and/or assistance. The Maine State Legislature enacted emergency legislation yesterday for Licenses & Registrations which extends until 30 days after the end of the public health emergency, registrations for motor vehicles, all-terrain vehicles (ATV), watercraft and dogs issued by the municipality. We will have a drop box available outside the Town Office door to accept tax payments which are due March 31, 2020. This situation is very fluid. We are doing our best to limit social contact while still conducting the Town’s business. Please call for information. We will do our best to assist you. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Please remember that the application deadline for the Stephen L. Ross Scholarship Fund is May 1. The application can be found at https://www.mainecf.org/find-a-scholarship/available-scholarships/cumberland-county-scholarships/ or
If you have any questions, need help with your application, or have questions about eligibility please contact Sarah McKinnon at firstname.lastname@example.org
More information about the Scholarship including how to support our island students achieve their education goals can be found at https://stephenlross.org
March 17, 2020 - NOTICE from CTC: Often passengers board the ferry significantly before departure time (30 minutes or more!). This can interrupt crew training, meetings, and cleaning.
With our expanded cleaning procedures, the crew needs all available time between boats to clean the cabin, carts, etc.
Therefore, effective immediately, passengers are prohibited from boarding the ferry more than 15 minutes before departure.
NOTICE: From the Food Pantry: Now more than ever is the time to extend a hand to your neighbors in our wonderful Island community. On behalf of the Chebeague Methodist Church Food Pantry, we are reaching out to ask for donations to help us stock up on necessary staples for those in our community who may not be able to safely leave our Island during this COVID-19 critical period, and for those in our community who perhaps need a little extra help as our schools and businesses temporarily shut-down.
Because of all of You, throughout the year, we are able to supplement with groceries and household essentials to those in need, and this will be especially important during the next couple months, as we all learn, together, how to best to navigate life during a national crisis such as this. Please Click Here to see the List!
The USM Student Nurse Health Screening Clinic scheduled for April 4th has been cancelled.
NOTICE: Click here for a message from Casco Bay Lines.
March 16, 2020 -NOTICE: From the Hall: After meeting with the town and in accordance with the policies put in place by other Maine towns and recommended by the CDC, the Chebeague Island Community Center (i.e., the Chebeague Island Council, the Chebeague Island Library [846-4351 and email@example.com], and the Chebeague Island Hall) will be closed to all activities until further notice. We are sorry for the inconvenience, but we had to weigh the safety of all who use our building. Please call Sam McLean (846-0510) with questions.
NOTICE: Message from the Library: Effective immediately, the Library will be closed. I cannot say when it will reopen as things are changing so rapidly. Our WiFi stays on 24/7 and can be accessed from your car in the parking lot or street. Our online catalogue is accessible https://cheblib.wixsite.com/chebeaguelibrary/catalog and through the Library link at www.chebeague.org
-- You may return items you have through our dropbox. The Library has school and craft supplies on hand. We can still check materials out. Staff will continue to go in on a limited basis, so please leave a message on the Library phone 846-4351 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will find a way to deliver items to you.
-- This was an agonizing and scary decision to make, but with help from the Library Board, Governor Mills and others, it is the right decision for this time. Deborah A. Bowman
March 15, 2020 - Axiom Technologies, after hearing about the schools being closed on Chebeague, will be upping the bandwidth to the maximum available at the home for those students without added cost during the mandatory closing. This applies to Axiom customers who have school children. I will be in touch with all the families before I make any changes. This should help with doing zoom and some of the videos they may need to watch.
Many of the schools in Maine are now closed and the Chebeague Teachers are busy setting up zoom, google classroom and activities so that the students do not lose any educational time. Thank goodness for broadband on Chebeague - I just worry about the people who barely have it or don't at all have it. I think most of our students will be ok and we are testing the system tonight and tomorrow.
NOTICE: CTC school ferry trips suspended effective Wednesday 3/18. Chebeague and Yarmouth schools are suspended effective 3/16. Consequently, the twice daily ferry trips for school children will also be suspended—but NOT until 3/18. The suspension will last until at least 3/27.
CTC will run the school ferry trips (leaving Chebeague at 7:05AM and at 2:50PM) on 3/16 and 3/17 in order to ensure that our passengers who normally travel on these ferries are given adequate notice.
We will provide updates as they become available.
NOTICE: Rec Center Building & Program Closings - Chebeague Rec Center / Kids’ Place – Closing from 3/15/2020 through 3/29/2020 - Please click here to see the whole message from the Rec.
Article in the Portland Press Herald today about Chebeague and its responses to the Coronavirus . It mentions Donna's daughter in Boston but it is her neice Carla's daughter. Donna's daughter Rachel is in lockdown in Albania where if you are caught outside and have been to Greece or Italy within the last few weeks you get a fine of 5,000 Euros. They have taken away the drivers licenses from 7000 people for driving during curfew.
March 14, 2020 - Message from Melissa: CUMC has a Zoom account and we'd love to let other island organizations use it as we find creative ways to meet together. Please contact Melissa or the church office for the account information - http://www.chebeagueumc.org/
To view CTC's coronavirus response plan, click here.
March 12, 2020 - Message from the Commons: DUE TO CDC AND DHHS RECOMMENDATIONS WE ARE ASKING FOR NO VISITORS AT THE COMMONS AT THIS TIME.
For those that would like to listen to last night's Selectmen's Meeting - I have added it to the list of audios or click here.
Message from Melissa: Food Pantry in need of Donations -- Please consider picking up some extra supplies for CUMC's food pantry on your next grocery run on the mainland. With the uncertainty surrounding the spread of COVID-19, CUMC wants to be prepared with extra food for those who may be unable to visit the grocery store for any reason (due to illness or risk of exposure) or for those experiencing delays in obtaining their usual orders from depleted suppliers. We have room in the Parish House's fridge and freezer for perishable items, our shelves have plenty of space for canned and boxed goods, but we are also looking for supplies like tissues, soap, cold medicine, and other necessary items. We'll be continuing to have conversation about how the church can serve those who live on the island in this time; if you have thoughts or would like to help, please contact Pastor Melissa at email@example.com or drop a line to the church office.
Monday nights from 7 to 8pm at the school the Rec Center will be offering free Mac computer lessons and help. I'll will be running the program. I will be showing basic Mac instructions. We have extra laptops to use during the class if you have an iMac or are thinking of buying a laptop.
Tonight on channel 6 207, Lock Kiermaier's mother will be featured. She is a 93 year old artist.
From the Town of Chebeague Island Board of Selectmen
Adopted March 11, 2020
-- Recognizing that Coronavirus (COVID-19) may present a serious threat to Chebeague Island's residents and visitors, the Board of Selectmen will take the following actions and makes these recommendations:
1. Urge everyone to educate themselves about the Coronavirus through links to the Maine Center for Disease Control (Maine CDC) on Beverly Johnson's website (www.chebeague.org) and the Town website (www.townofchebeagueisland.org) . We urge residents and visitors to practice good hand hygiene, cover coughs and sneezes, and stay home if you are sick.
2. The Town will work to place hand sanitizers around the Island in locations such as the CTC ferry, Town Office, Transfer Station, Chedemption, Island Market, Church, Parish House, and other public locations frequented by residents and visitors.
3. The Town will coordinate with the Maine CDC, Chebeague's Fire Chief and Health Officer, Town Office Staff, Chebeague and Yarmouth School Staff, and other authorities regarding forward planning, any necessary quarantines, or other recommended actions.
4. The Town will keep the populace informed through all available means of communication.
5. The Town will explore the possibility of providing on-Island testing for Coronavirus, thereby eliminating the possibility of spreading the disease on the boat or in transit.
--- We believe that through proper education and prudent actions, we can protect ourselves and our neighbors from what appears to be a very serious health challenge.
March 9, 2020 - photo of moon rise over Hamilton Beach 3/9/20.
School Committee Meeting tomorrow 6pm at the school - see agenda.
Just a reminder that there will be no St Patrick's Day community lunch at the Hall on Wednesday, but there will be delicious soup or stew. This Wednesday will be Meat: Creamy White Bean with Chorizo (made by Ruth), and the Vegetarian: Latin Tortilla with tasty grains (made by Wanda).
Message from the Commons: Much as we’d love to celebrate with everybody at the Commons' Shamrock Shindig this Friday, we’re canceling the event. Call us overly-cautious, but the health of our residents and staff is our highest priority. Even if somebody came down with a sniffle after the party, we’d not be happy. We’ll have other opportunities to get together in the future. Stay healthy!
Spring is here! I just had a 100 Grackles and male Red Winged Blackbirds descend on our feeders.
March 6, 2020 - Click here to see how one Islander has gone from Chebeague to Steinbrenner Field! Congratulations to Tyler Putnam singing the National Anthem!
Democratic Caucus is Sunday, March 8th at the Chebeague Island Hall
Doors Open 1:00pm Caucus Convenes at 2:00pm
“Independent” voters and those turning 18 by November 3rd
May register as Democrats with the Town Clerk between 1:00pm and 2:00pm at the Hall before the doors close for the Caucus.
Doors close for Caucus at 2:00pm.
March 3, 2020 - Results of the election on Chebeague can be found on the Town Website- click here.
Message from the CTC: Some vehicles that had annual permits in 2019 are parking in our Route One lot and have not purchased a 2020 annual parking permit. These vehicles will be subject to a $100 daily fine and possible towing effective 3/15/2020.
Some people who have purchased 2020 permits at both lots have not put the permit on their vehicle. These vehicles will be subject to a $10 daily fine starting 4/1/2020 unless the owner has extraordinary circumstances (e.g. currently out of state) and contacts the office.
Soup this Wednesday is; Beef and Rice (made by Ruth); Vegetarian: Creamy Carrot and Parsnip (made by Wanda); Dessert: Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars (made by Ruth).
Growing Up on Chebeague, an update.
Work is well underway to mount our new exhibit, Growing Up on Chebeague, which will open in June. Over 100 donors have contributed nearly 4000 photographs for possible inclusion! A committee of eleven is hard at work scanning and categorizing the photos and planning the exhibit. Important: Many photos we have received are of large groups. If, for any reason, you would not want a picture of you or of someone in your family used in the exhibit or accompanying materials, please leave a message at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 846-5237.
March 2, 2020 - The Recompense Fund note in the Calendar had the wrong date for early submission for application review. The date for early submission for review is MAY 15th. The final submission date is May 31st.
Join 24 teenagers from Chebeague, Peaks and other islands in Casco Bay on a 5 day, 4 night adventure living and sailing aboard the 130' Maine built Schooner Harvey Gamage. Teens become part of the official ship's crew and learn to steer, set sail, navigate, stand watch and be responsible members of the team running the ship. Nine professional crew serve as instructors. Every student will receive a high school academic credit issued by Falmouth High School. A professional chef provides healthy meals while on board.
-- Cost: $1,250 per student (financial aid available). Ages 13 to 18. Coordinated by Chebeague Island Community Sailing School. Any one interested call Adrian Cole a call at 712 0431. Or email email@example.com
March 1, 2020 - Message from Kathleen, the mail carrier: "In case you didn’t know, Casco Bay Lines is initiating a ‘new and improved’ boat schedule beginning on February 29. How it all works out remains to be seen, but one thing that has the potential to affect you is the fact that the mail will be arriving a little earlier year round than we are accustomed to, which I believe will be a good thing. That being said, my hope is that along with getting an earlier start, I will also be able to wrap up my day earlier and take advantage of a new 2:00 departure from Chebeague. The current weekday dispatch time for the mail is 1:00 PM, but because of the way the boats have always worked, we have gone by an unofficial time of 3:30PM. Starting next week we will be going by the posted time, and any outgoing mail needs to be in the office by 1:00 PM. Anything you put in your mailbox as outgoing mail will be dispatched the same day, as long as you have it in the box before I get there. I cannot give you actual times until I get a feel for how it all works, and yes, there may be heavy days when I don’t leave till that 4:20 boat, but pleased be advised that 1:00 pm will be the time for you to focus on. Saturdays will remain the same, with an 11:00 dispatch."
Notice from CTC:
The Independence will undergo its 500 hour engine maintenance checkup by Cummins on Thursday March 5th. Cummins tells us it will take several hours to complete the work. Instead of cancelling ferry trips, our friends at Casco Bay Lines will once again run some ferry trips for us that day. CBL will start with the 10 AM ferry and will continue until the maintenance work is completed.
From the Library: The LORE - and the LURE - of Chebeague, Saturday, March 7th at the Library, 6-8pm. Come for an evening of storytelling. Create a five minute tale, tell a story or sit back and enjoy the lore of Chebeague. Free. All Welcome. Light snacks. Contact: Eliza Jane, 233-8553 or Erika, 749-8022. ATTACHED FLYER.
February 28, 2020 - Saturday, March 7th, Ralph Munroe will again be doing the stair climb to raise money for National MS Society - click here to donate to his climb.
February 24, 2020 - Soups for Wednesday are Meat: Chicken Noodle (made by Sara Hopkins), Vegetarian: Tortelloni and Curry Cream (made by Wanda) and Dessert: Cherry Crisp (made by Ruth)
I have just added the audio from the February 12th Selectmen's Meeting - click here or go to Town Meetings above to see all of them.
On Valentines day I was fortunate to be part of a torch relay in Lake Placid, reigniting the Cauldren 40 years after we did it in 1980. Eight of the original 52 runners were there for the event. Click here to see an article in the Lake Placid News.
CTC March Newsletter and April Crew Assistance Schedule are now on the http://www.chebeaguetrans.com.
Message from CTC: .After several weeks of operating experience with the Independence, some issues that need to be addressed by Washburn & Doughty have been identified. Those will require the boat to be taken out of service on Tuesday 2/25 for part of the day. While the work is being done in Portland, CTC will be using Casco Bay Line’s to perform our ferry service. CBL will start service with the 10:00 AM ferry on 2/25. The Independence will be back in operation by the end of the day.
February 22, 2020 - photo by Caroline Loder of the plunges for the 22nd year - weather was beautiful for the event and the water was cold. Click here for another by Riley A.
The plunge had eight participants for this year and a big thank you for the Amy Bonville and Jeremy Ames for standing by with the rescue (we didn't need it but are happy they were there just in case), also thank you to Stephen Johnson who again made a nice little fire for us to keep warm.
A huge thank you for all the servers and cooks -all entries were delicious:
The winners of the Chili, Chowder and Soup are:
for Chili ...
1st: Abby Julien ... Cincinnati Chili
2nd: Travis Nadeau ... Chicken Bacon Chili
3rd: Beverly Johnson ... Sweet Beef Chili
for Chowder ...
1st -- a tie:
Chris Loder ... His Chowder
Christine Englund ... Haddock Chowder
2nd: Eliza Jane Adams .. Roasted Sweet Potato Chowder
3rd: Caroline Loder ... Her Chowder
for Soup ...
1st: Sam McClean ... Borscht
2nd: Lily Englund Marcu ... Loaded Potato Soup
3rd: May Hall ... Curried Squash Soup
PLUNGE - at 11am at the Niblic so far we have besides myself: Riley Beaupre, Lucas and Travis Nadeau, Nancy Earnest, Anna Wasenisu, Savannah Loder, and hopefull you. You can always send a donation to the Rec Center in honor of all these brave and crazy people.
February 21, 2020 - We have two more plungers: Lucas and Travis Nadeau - please email me if you are thinking about it - the weather will be a balmy 38 degrees and I'm sure the ocean will be almost as warm.
A reminder that Island Electric is still awarding cash prizes to any Chebeague student who graduates high school. Kim is also still sponsoring a scholarship for anyone entering the trades...I prefer (of course) the electrical field, but other trades will be considered. Call Kim 207 846 2468 for further info...
February 19, 2020 - Message from Melissa: Join your friends and neighbors on Friday, February 21st from 4 PM - 7 PM for Game Night at the Parish House! Bring an old favorite or come to learn a new one. We'll have decks of cards, games for large groups, strategy games, games for families, and everything in-between. Drop-in for an hour or stay the whole time. Hope to see you there!
Pastor, Chebeague United Methodist Church
February 17, 2020 - Chebeague Rec Center Presents
2020 Polar Plunge & Chili/Chowder/Soup Challenge --Saturday 2/22/2020
11 AM - Polar Plunge at the Boat Yard
12 PM - Chili Challenge at the Rec Center
Donations at the Door
$15 Per Person
$7 Per Child
$40 Max Per Family
Plungers, Soup Makers, and Volunteers Needed
For more information Contact Steve Auffant at:
Message from May "Hey folks! Don't forget that the Slow bell is open this weekend!!! FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHTS, 5 to midnight. Our dinner specials include pork roast with apple stuffing, halibut with jasmine rice, haddock chowder.. and more. Let's hope for power this week! We have a few items left from the silent auction that will be available to the highest bidder if anyone is interested, so come check those out. We well also be collecting donations for Zanzibar for anyone who doesn't want to use the GoFundMe site. We leave in a few weeks! Thanks everyone!"
Soup for Wednesday is Venison Stew (made by Ruth), and Vegetable (made by Esther Knight). We would like to thank Cecil Doughty and Bruce Hutchinson for their generous donation of the venison for the stew.
There has been a lot of interest in being able to hear the Selectmen's meetings. I would love a way that we could hear them live and hopefully that will happen someday. I am planning on getting the audio from the meetings and sharing them here. I have started a page with the audio from this year's meetings - click here. I have put a link above called Town Meetings.
February 16, 2020 - Message from the Rec and Suhail: "Rec Center Game Night - Thanks to all who attended our first backgammon night. We all had a great time. Many thanks to everyone who shared their backgammon sets with us.
Our next game night will be on Tuesday, February 25 starting at 7pm. We hope to see you there!
Please bring along anyone else you think might like to play.
Warm wishes to all."
Message from Terry Collins Stevens and family: "Words simply fall short in expressing our gratitude to the Island Community for your generous care and support over the course of many years with our parents, Audrey and Dick Collins.
So many times you were a specific answer to prayer with your help on the bus, the boat and so many offers for transportation that improved the quality of life for our parents and put our minds at ease. We also know that there were many times that you lent a helping hand of which we were unaware.
Your generous food and time contributions for Audrey's memorial reception were arms of love wrapped around each of us during an emotional and difficult time.
Thank you for every expression of love that made all the difference for our family as we maneuver through grief and loss. We are forever grateful to this small but mighty Island Community."
February 14, 2020 - photo by Norah Alper taken February 14th after another storm
Chebeague Island School has an immediate opening for a part-time general music teacher grades K-5. This position is for one afternoon per week teaching 2 multi-aged classrooms. The island is accessed by a 15 minute ferry ride from Cousins Island in Yarmouth. The students have had a great experience the last few years in music. There is an expectation of 2 concerts per year; December and May to show case the student's learning. The school and community are very supportive of the enrichment of the unified arts programs; art, music, library, technology, physical education and Spanish for the elementary students. To apply, please send a cover letter with your completed teaching application found on our website at www.chebeagueislandschool.net to Ann C. Kirkpatrick, Superintendent, Chebeague Island School 14 School House Road, Chebeague Island, Maine 04017 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
February 12, 2020 - Selectmen's meeting tonight with School Committee - click here for more information.
Congratulations to Avis Flemming who just won the second highest award, the Clemente Faculty Award, at The Art League Patrons Art Show. The award, for her watercolor "Early Morning" includes a check for $3,500.
February 10, 2020 - Marci Train, who is one of the teachers on Long Island was chosen to work on a research vessel in the Southern Ocean as part of a Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences team. She has been on the ship three weeks now and I should have posted this when she started. She has been engaging with the students of Chebeague and other classrooms around the country that Chebeague School is working with. This is such a wonderful experience for her as well as all the students here and on Long Island. Click here to go to her blog and see what she is doing and sharing with the students.
Wednesday Soups will be Will be: Mexican beef and rice, by John Howard
And French Onion, by Wanda.
Chebeague Recreation Center - Backgammon Night
Tuesdays – 7 PM -Free Event: All are Welcome!
Whether you are a beginner, or a master come and enjoy playing Backgammon! This evening of fun will be hosted by Evin Erder and Suhail Basharat.
February 8, 2020 - photo February 8th after the ice storm with 1/4" of ice on most of the trees. Power went off on the 7th and was back on the next day!.
Sorry to all our Red Studio fans, but we are not going to open today (Saturday) due to the power outage and temperature (outside and inside). Please contact Susan or Sam if you’d like to shop anytime before Feb. 14. We’ll meet you and let you shop to your HEART’S content.
The Tooth Protectors Are Coming! The Island Council and the Rec. Center are sponsoring a FREE dental clinic for the Island School children. The children can get their teeth cleaned and evaluated right here on the Island during the regular school day. The dental hygienist will set up at the Rec. Center and the children will be escorted over from the school. Parents, please return the permission slips as soon as possible. Once we know how many are interested, the Tooth Protectors Program will give us a date. For more information about the Tooth Protectors Program check their web site, ToothProtctors.org.
February 7, 2020 - Attention Chebeague Residents: The last day to change your Political Party Affiliation before the March 3, 2020 Primary is Friday, February 14, 2020. Please come to the Town Office if you need assistance.
Message from May: "Hi folks!! Thanks for all the support last weekend. There are still a few things left to be picked up at the Slow Bell from the auction, and we will be open this weekend! Our dinner specials will include bacon wrapped scallops, bacon wrapped meatloaf with mashed potatoes, halibut with jasmine rice, minestrone soup, and spiced fried dough bites with ganache dipping sauce. On Friday night we will celebrate with a wild night of karaoke. On Saturday, we will welcome back some of our favorites, including Mark Dyer, Chip Emery, Charles Hall, and more! Hope you can make it out for a fun night of music!!"
February 6, 2020 - The Red Studio will be open Saturday from 1-3 for your Valentine’s Day shopping. Treat your sweetie, or treat yourself, sweetie. Treasures galore.
February 4, 2020 - Chebeague Recreation Center - Sanford’s Pond – Ice Skating
Special Opening– Tomorrow Wed 2/5 from 3-6 PM
-Jeff Putnam has inspected the ice and will be on hand as a monitor.
-A signed permission / Skate at your own risk form - must be given to Jeff prior to being allowed to skate or to be on the ice.
-Additional Days may be announced pending weather and an available volunteer monitor.
-For more information contact Steve Auffant at email@example.com
The Rec Center & Kids' Place Board of Directors has started an information campaign called Kid's Place News - Did you Know. Please see our first information bulletin attached. Please feel free to share the news with your family and friends. I hope you have a great weekend!
There will be a Board of Selectmen Meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 6PM at the Chebeague Island Hall see agenda and documents.
Tomorrow's soups are: Non-vegetarian == Fish Chowder by Jackie and Vegetarian == Mulligatawny by Ruth .
February 3, 2020 - School committee meeting tomorrow night at 5:30 at the school - see agenda.
Sunday, February 9, 1:00pm at the Hall: Meet Heather Abbott, one of three hopeful Democratic candidates who wish to represent Chebeague, Long, and Yarmouth in the State Legislature. It is my hope to also get Art Bell out to Chebeague. Peter Fromuth met with a dozen Chebeague voters on January 26th and found the conversation with Islanders invaluable. Representative Janice Cooper, who has diligently and successfully served our community, has termed out and is not able to run again at this time. Chebeague's Democratic Caucus is scheduled for 1:30 on Sunday, March 8th at the Hall. Please join in greeting Heather Abbott on Sunday, February 9, at the 1pm at the Hall.
February 2, 2020 - Moonrise gathering at the Niblic: Please join Miss Nancy in predicting where on the horizon the “Snow Moon" will rise on Sunday evening. Moonrise is 5:33pm. Gather at 5:20 and walk the beach with us as the moon comes up. For the benefit of little people please just two legged friends. This is obviously weather permitting.
Message from CTC: We have had several incidents lately where a dog was not leashed or was not under the owner's control (owner let dog free on the ferry, wharf, or bus). Transportation could be refused on the ferry or bus if the dog is not leashed and under the owner's control at all times. Thank you for your cooperation.
January 27, 2020 - Wednesday's soups at the Hall will be German goulash (made by Ruth) and Thai creamy mushroom (made by Wanda).
SAVE THE DATE - The CRC Winter Festival is coming soon February 22nd at 11am- time to start practicing jumping in the water for the Polar Plunge (just kidding) - you could start practicing making soups, chowders and chilies! Details will be out soon for the day's events. For inspiration for the plunge and to see a video that I put together in 2014 of plunges from 1999 through 2013 - It's fun to listen to it because of the wonderful Wagoneers music in the background!
ATTENTION NONPROFITS- The Casco Bay Alliance has announced a request for grant applications. CBIA is a by-wide organization that supports Casco Bay island communities. Click here to get the application and see what the guidelines are.
The February CTC News is available - click here to see.
January 23, 2020 - Attention Island Dog Owners!! You have until January 30, 2020 to get your 2020 dog license renewed before we have to a apply a $25.00 late fee.
Don't miss the Hall's third annual Italian Night Community Supper on Saturday January 25th featuring your favorite Italian comfort foods! The doors open at 5:30 pm. The menu includes several kinds of homemade lasagna, veggie and gluten-free options, meatballs, porchetta, chicken parmesan, shrimp scampi, salad, and a dessert table featuring the hall board's world famous cannoli! As always, the leftovers are up for grabs! Bring your favorite bottle of wine or beer to complement this fabulous meal! This event is generously sponsored by Michael Hollander and Janna Hobbs to promote mental health awareness in our community. The cost is $7 per person.
January 22, 2020 - This Saturday the Annual Italian Night Supper to Promote Mental Health Awareness in our community is at the Hall from 5:30 to 7:00. Admission is $7 with proceeds going toward the Hall's new sound system, coming this spring! (BYOB)
Last month or so I posted a video of an interview I had done in 2012 with 102 year old Ray Hamilton. I meant to post the second have of the video where he continues to talk about trawl fishing - click here.
January 16, 2020 - No School - Snow day here on Chebeague today as the snow is coming down! It is heavy and wet!
Message from May: "Hi folks:
The Slow Bell is open this weekend, both Friday and Saturday nights. Our specials include scallops wrapped in bacon, fried scallops, pot roast, and nicoise salad. We'll also be serving corn and crab chowder. The bar will be open both nights for karaoke if folks come down. If anyone wants to bring an instrument and shift it to an open mic, we're happy to make that happen. Hope to see you at the Slow Bell. Call ahead for takeout. 846-3078."
January 13, 2020 - photo of a Bluebird at my feeders today January 13th. Last week Donna Damon had them at her feeders so keep your eyes open for them. Last week I had a Carolina Wren but didn't get a decent photo.
Soups for Wed. will be: Corn and Shellfish Chowder (made by John Howard), and Indian Lentil Cauliflower Soup (made by Wanda). On Wednesday at noon the Hall invites anyone to soup that includes a biscuit, coffee and dessert for only $5 donation. Please come and enjoy the camaraderie and delicious food.
It has been a while since adding anything to the website as not much has been going on. The new boat Independence has been in use for over a week now and has been working beautifully. The weather this past weekend was quite warm and we didn't experience the ice storm we thought might be coming that they did get in other parts of Maine. The Clarks Hook Bluff Weather station has been repaired on the west end near the hook and I am putting that back up at the top and here.
The Recompense Fund is grateful for all the donations that have been coming in since we sent out our Annual Report. If you didn't get a copy or misplaced yours we do have it online on our website or you can click here to see it. The cover is a wonderful painting by Caroline Loder of her daughter Savannah with their dog. I know that all the nonprofits on Chebeague have benefited from the generosity of the community that continues to help them monetarily as well as with the important volunteerism. All of this is what makes Chebeague such a special place!
Richard Hackel will be showing work in a 2-person exhibit at the Fort Point Gallery in Boston. There will be an artists’ reception on Thursday, January 16. Your welcome to come if you’re in the neighborhood! See Flyer.
January 6, 2020 - Message from May Hall: Beatrice and I are returning to Zanzibar in March to work for two weeks in the village of Chuini. Last year's trip was life changing for Bea and reminded me of my commitment as a health care provider to world health issues. We are still hoping to raise funds to help us get there and bring necessary supplies. You can help by accessing our GoFundMe page here.
If you'd prefer not to use this service, you can mail me directly at 3 Will Ross Lane. Thanks in advance for your help! May Hall
Soups for Wednesday will be: Chicken and Rice (made by Linda Larrabee), and White Bean with Olive Tapenade and Truffle Oil (made by Wanda).
January 3, 2020 - Good News from CTC!!
Guess what's happening this weekend! Yes....the long awaited Independence will be put into service!!! The crew has undergone training and is anxious for her to be operational. We are still working out the timing, but don't be surprised if the next time you go to "catch the ferry" you are boarding the Independence. Captain Amanda will soon be announcing a date and time for the island to tour the boat and learn about its many safety and operational benefits/features. Our faithful workhorse, the Islander, will be hauled for its Coast Guard hull inspection and maintenance in the next few days. She deserves a rest!
Yesterday, I had a chance to get a few photos of the inside of the Independence which is getting prepared to go into service.
Today and Tomorrow the Rec Center is sponsoring along with a Small $500 grant from The Recompense Fund a program called "Island Lifelines", a NAMI suicide awareness and prevention program. Click here for more information.
Ralph Munroe will again be doing the stair climb in Boston to benefit National Multiple Sclerosis Society- you can help him reach his goal of $150 by clicking here.
School Committee Meeting will be on Wednesday, January 8th next week - see agenda.
December 29, 2019 - photo by Riley Adamaitis of the two CTC boats as the Islander passes by the Independence in early evening December 29th.
News from 2002 - through January
NEWS FROM JULY 9, 2000 THROUGH DECEMBER 2000
NEWS FROM JANUARY 2000 THROUGH JUNE 2000
NEWS FROM AUGUST 1999 THROUGH DECEMBER 1999
NEWS FROM APRIL 1999 THROUGH JULY 1999
NEWS FROM DEC 24 1998 THROUGH MARCH 30 1999
NEWS FROM OCT 98 THROUGH DEC 21 1998
NEWS FROM JUNE 98 THROUGH SEPT 98
NEWS FROM FEB 98 THROUGH MAY 98
NEWS FROM DEC 97 THROUGH JAN 98
NEWS FROM OCTOBER THROUGH NOVEMBER 1997
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NEWS FROM FEBRUARY THROUGH APRIL 1997
NEWS FROM DECEMBER
1996 AND JANUARY 1997
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