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photo - by Doug Ross June 15th sunset.


June 16, 2024 - We have confirmed at least 3 baby Piping Plovers at the hook - as a reminder that no dogs or drones are permitted at The Hook (Indian Point) as we watch over the survival of these precious birds. Thank you to all who are working for their survival and I will have some fabulous Krista photos soon to share.
June 14, 2024 - Town of Chebeague Island is Hiring a Full Time Public Works Laborer. Expected hours are Monday-Friday 730-330 and as needed for snow events and emergencies. The pay range is between $20-25/ hour. Health Insurance, Retirement contribution, holiday, sick and vacation time are all applicable.
The Full-time Public Works Department Employee is expected to perform whatever duties are necessary to support and provide public services for the Town of Chebeague Island. Working with other Public Works employees in maintenance and repair activities is a primary responsibility. Work may include but is not limited to vehicle and equipment maintenance, road maintenance and repair, marine infrastructure maintenance and repair, Transfer Station assistance as needed, and maintenance of town property. The work may at times involve heavy lifting and physical labor, use of power tools and pneumatic equipment, and operation of heavy trucks and equipment.
For anyone interested in the position, please reach out to Viktoria Wood at townadmin@townofchebeagueisland.org. The position will remain open until filled.

June 12, 2024 - photo - by Cheryl Stevens on June 12th.

Mark your Calendars! School House Seconds Announces
A VERY Grand Opening
Tuesday, June 18, 2024, 9-noon and 7-8pm
Come See our Bright, New Look with Tempting Treasures
Open Tuesdays: 9-noon and 7-8pm
Some Saturdays: July 6, July 20, August 24, 10-noon.


June 11, 2024 - Saturday, June 15, 2024, 7:00pm - CIHS Annual Meeting at the Island Hall - All are welcome! Presentation by Donna Miller Damon "40 Years of Chebeague Island Historical Society" Click here for flyer.

Yesterday, under the pickleball master Michael Hamilton, we were able to add another pickleball court to the rec and hopefully tonight there will be a fourth court. Click here to see the work


June 10, 2024 - The teen improv class will NOT be tomorrow Tuesday the 11th due to Election Day and will be on Wednesday the 12th instead. Thanks!

Time to purchase your Lobster roll for July 4th! This is a very important fundraiser for Kids' Place, our island daycare. You can purchase your lobster roll online here or email Courtney Doughty at doughtycb@gmail.com to place your order. $25 includes lobster roll, bag of chips, drink AND a dessert. The pick up time will be 12-1 (after the parade) at the Rec Center. Thank you in advance for your support!

A Thank You Note and a Request from School House Seconds: The donations to School House Seconds are amazing and appreciated. Thank you! A reminder, prior to donation we respetfully request items be cleaned and inspected for rips, stain, mouse droppings, etc. We can only sell clean, gently used items. Thank you for your help with this.


June 8, 2024 - Today - TOWN MEETING AT THE HALL - Saturday, June 8, 2024 at 9:00 AM - Click here for Warrant

4TH OF JULY PARADE!! Start planning your floats! The theme of the 4th of July parade is The OLYMPICS... Chebeague Style.
Muster at the Inn at 11:00 am, parade starts at 11:30 am.


June 7, 2024 - photo - by Steve Todd June 7th

June 6, 2024 - Message from the Chebeague Island Fire/Rescue: "Do you have family or friends visiting? Do you rent out your property? Let us find you or them faster by placing this (click here) 3" x 5" informational magnet in your home. This free magnet is available at the Town Hall or the Chebeague Library."

The Great Chebeague Golf Club is looking for an Assistant Turf Manager- click here to learn about the position for supporting the Golf Course Superintendent in all facets of golf course maintenance.


June 5, 2024 - SELECTBOARD MEETING- 5:30PM EXECUTIVE SESSION, 6:00PM TRANSFER STATION WORKSHOP WITH MEETING TO FOLLOW- Wednesday, June 5, 2024 at 5:30 PM - see agenda and packet.

TOWN MEETING AT THE HALL - Saturday, June 8, 2024 at 9:00 AM - Click here for Warrant

PLANNING BOARD MEETING AT THE RECREATION CENTER- Monday, June 10, 2024 at 6:30 PM - see agenda

ELECTION DAY - Tuesday, June 11, 2024 at 8:00 AM
June 4, 2024 - The Yarmouth vet will NOT be coming to the island this month.
June 3, 2024 - ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS 2024 - Starting June 19th and continuing until Labor Day, the Chebeague/Cliff Island Group of Alcoholics Anonymous will meet on Wednesdays at 8 am at the CI Library. The Library is located next to the Island Hall and is near the Island Market. Please park in the library parking lot and use the back door. For more information, call or text 207-210-1714.

May 31, 2024 - SAVE THE DATE - JUNE 1ST - 8:00 PM AT CHEBEAGUE COMMUNITY CHURCH - The MacBeth Concert Series and the Chebeague Community Church are honored to invite you to a special night of choral music composed by jazz icon Dave Brubeck. Date: Saturday, June 1. Time: 8:30 p.m. Place: Chebeague Community Church. The concert will be streamed live from Houston, Texas and will feature island favorite Paul English, the Brubeck Brothers Quartet, a Grammy-award winning chorus and a 20 piece orchestra. Questions? Contact Adele Gorody or Chaplain Victor Diaz. See Flyer.

Join the Chebeague Community Church for yard and garden cleanup and coffee tomorrow June 1st from 9am to 11am- see flyer! Bring your gloves and garden tools!!

Saturday is the June session of POETRY FOR THE PEOPLE @3pm at the Chebeague Island Library. Open mic to share some poetry or stories you love- published authors or your own
works. All are welcome! Come and we will LISTEN . See Flyer??


May 30, 2024 - photo - by Art Ryder taken May 30th

Come join us Saturday morning 6/1 at 9:00 am for a Tick Talk at the Hall! The Chebeague Island Council has invited experts to the island to report the latest news on tick-borne illnesses and prevention measures. There will be muffins and coffee.

Bounty of Art - Artist Co-op- Friday, May 31st,11am-2pm at 630 South Road, thereafter Saturdays and Sundays 11-2pm

Improv classes at the hall start next week-no experience needed! Drop in or sign up for a 6 week session. Text/call Katie at 207-272-9045 for more information. Click here for flyer.

There is lots going on at the Chebeague Recreation Center this spring! Please join us:
Bat House Making: All ages, June 6th 3-4:30, $20
Beginner Yoga with Hayley: Fridays, 12pm-1pm starting JUNE 7th
Learn to play Ultimate Frisbee: Older kids, June 27th
Pool Opening and Solstice Party: June 20th
There will be fitness classes provided five days per week in July, just check out our calendar and website for more information.
Summer camps start June 17th!
And don't forget our fun regular programs - Pickleball, Mahjong, and a special Dessert and Discussion "Healthy Aging is a Team Sport" on June 25th 7-8:30.
Be sure to check out our new website URL: www.chebeaguerecreation.com to sign up for the 4th of July road race and to buy your July 4th lobster rolls before they sell out!
Finally, don't miss our Contradance on Saturday, July 6th starting at 6:30.

The MacBeth Concert Series and the Chebeague Community Church are honored to invite you to a special night of choral music composed by jazz icon Dave Brubeck. Date: Saturday, June 1. Time: 8:30 p.m. Place: Chebeague Community Church. The concert will be streamed live from Houston, Texas and will feature island favorite Paul English, the Brubeck Brothers Quartet, a Grammy-award winning chorus and a 20 piece orchestra. Questions? Contact Adele Gorody or Chaplain Victor Diaz.

Click here for the CTC Newsletter. Click here for June Crew Assistance Schedule.


May 27, 2024 - Please join us for a Candidate's Night forum at the Hall on Wednesday, May 29th, at 7 pm. It is an opportunity for the Select Board candidates to introduce themselves and share their thoughts on current issues facing the Town of Chebeague Island such as Stone Pier Improvements, solid waste management, Bennet's Cove, beach erosion, and remediation, to name a few.

Today's Memorial Day Service honored Vietnam Era Veterans and the Historical Society put together a video of Chebeague Connections to that time - Click here to see.


May 25, 2024 - The Historical Society gift shop will be open Saturday 10-4:00, Sunday 1-4:00, and Monday 10-12:30 and 2-4:00 (closed midday for the island Memorial Day observance). We have many new offerings including hats, t-shirts and sweatshirts, books, kid's crafts and other fun items. Check out our special pickleball swag before it's gone! We’re working hard on our new exhibit that will open July 1.

Memorial Day weekend SOFTBALL GAME Sunday afternoon. Come have a hot dog at the ballpark at 4pm. ALL ARE WELCOME!

No Beginner Pickelabb on Mosday, Memorial Day.

Great News at the Hook - we now have 2 families of Piping Plovers. One of the pairs has already laid four eggs. Click here to learn more!!!


May 24, 2024 - See the current Church Calendar here. This week John Emery will be speaking and, as always, all are welcome!
May 23, 2024 - Second reminder from the Broadband Committee --
Just in case you missed it while this website wsnn't updating properly, IF you want a fiber optic connection, and IF your power line comes to you underground, and IF you are not SURE that you have an open conduit, then you REALLY need to get hold of someone who can dig a trench and put in the conduit for you. The people who can do this will be busy this summer, and it will be hard to get the work done at the last minute! For full details about underground installations, please look at the Chebeague Island Broadband website.

Thursday, May 23, 7:00 p.m. at Cumberland Town Hall or watch live at https://www.youtube.com/@townofcumberlandmaine8414. Join representatives of the Chebeague & Cumberland Land Trust, Cumberland Lands and Conservation Commission’s Sustainability Subcommittee, and the Chebeague Climate Action Team to learn about these groups’ climate action plans and progress, success stories, and collaborative projects that make our communities more resilient to climate change. The presenters will also discuss ways community members can join in these important efforts.

TWO BIRDS CAFÉ will be open this weekend, Friday - Sunday. 10 - 3. See you soon!

The Library's Pie and Bake Sale is coming up this Saturday! More information here.

Island Commons is bringing back the BAY MIST CRUISE fundraising event this year, in celebration our 25th Anniversary! Please join us, and consider becoming a sponsor of our event. Follow this link for information and ticketing: https://www.islandcommons.com/cruise. Thank you! Hope to see you on the Bay Mist July 28th

Once again, Island Electric is offering a (sort of) crisp 100 dollar bill to all Island High school Seniors, who can show me a Diploma, Certificate of Completion or GED...Call me before you arrive. Kim @ 846 2468... Also I still am sponsoring a scholarship (albeit small) for any Islander who goes into the trades, or attends a Trade School, Technical College or what ever they call them these days...

Saturday, May 25th at the Store- Concert at 2:30pm. FREE. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Stone Soup and Friends featuring Josh Doughty. See Flyer.


May 22, 2024 - Don't miss this year's Memorial Day program. The Chebeague Island Historical Society will be honoring those with Chebeague ties who served in Vietnam and as well as those who served during the Vietnam Era. Monday, May 27 at 1:00 pm at the Church. Following the service please join us as we place flags on our 218 veterans' graves. See Flyer.

May 21, 2024 - Wednesday, May 22nd - Joint presentation from the selectboard and the school board at the Hall - 6pm.

I will be away from Tuesday through Memorial day so if you have something to add to the website please contact drhill@chebeague.net.


May 20, 2024 - The tennis club will have Court 2 open for Memorial Day weekend! Become a member today and join us for the season kick-off event, men's and women's scrambles, social mixers, and ball machine clinics. Visit www.chebeaguetennis.com for more info and to sign up online - see you on the courts!

A case of very expensive WINE WENT MISSING from Chandlers Cove Wharf last Saturday, May 18. If you accidentally picked it up or you have information please contact Laura Summa -207 400-2024.


May 19, 2024 -CCLT is having another Horseshoe Crab Event!! - Click here to learn about this FREE adventure taking place at Broad Cove Reserve June 8th, 12:30 - 2:30 with a rain date of Sunday June 9, 1:15 - 3:15. Space is limited so please register.

If your child was lucky enough to be in Margaret Brown's CIS classroom, we have some exciting news! Margaret is retiring this year, and we’d love your help to make her farewell extra special. We're putting together a fun video with her former and current students sharing their favorite memories or well wishes. It can be anything that brings a smile! If you have any photos from that time, we'd love to include those too.
--- If you would like to contribute please email your videos and/or photos to Lauren Magnusun at lmagnuson@msad51.org by Friday, May 24th.
Thanks a bunch for helping us celebrate Margaret's amazing career!


May 17, 2024 - It’s that time of the year once again. Kevin from Carpet Services is coming out to Chebeague for two weeks starting on the 4th of June to take care of all you carpet, upholstery or tile and grout cleaning needs! Feel free to email carpetservicesme@gmail.com or call/ text 207-772-6225 to set up an appointment. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone again this trip!

Reminder from the Broadband Committee --
IF you want a fiber optic connection, and IF your power line comes to you underground, and IF you are not SURE that you have an open conduit, then you REALLY need to get hold of someone who can dig a trench and put in the conduit for you. The people who can do this will be busy this summer, and it will be hard to get the work done at the last minute! For full details about underground installations, please look at the Chebeague Island Broadband website.

The Chebeague School is looking for an Administrative Secretary - click here for the job description.


May 16, 2024 - Message from Two Birds: TWO BIRDS CAFÉ. This is our opening weekend, Yay! Come and enjoy a glass of wine or a cold beer on the deck! We are looking forward to seeing everyone……

Please join us for a Candidate's Night forum on Wednesday, May 29th at 7 pm at the Hall It is an opportunity for the Select Board candidates to introduce themselves and their thoughts on current issues facing the Town of Chebeague Island such as Stone Pier Improvements, Solid Waste management, Bennet's Cove, beach erosion, and remediation, to name a few.


May 15, 2024 - Want to learn “Bystander CPR?” The Thursday Dessert and Discussion this week at the CRC ( May 16) at 1pm is learning the most basic CPR and abdominal thrust Save a life - and eat cookies while learning. This class is for public safety - not for certification .

Selectperson Meeting and Executive Session Wednesday, May 15th starting at 5:30pm - click here.


May 14, 2024 - Tonight, Tuesday, a Zoom event Natural Solutios for Stabilizing Our Coastlines - 7 to 8:15 PM - click here for more information and to register (you have to register ahead). Learn about the role of nature-based coastal resilience solutions in combatting the effects of climate change in our communities. A representative of the Climate Ready Casco Bay project will talk about the process for developing a collaborative regional resilience plan to mitigate flood risks and manage erosion. This joint project facilitated by the Greater Portland Council of Governments and the Gulf of Maine Research Institute is focusing on 11 Casco Bay communities, including Chebeague Island and Cumberland. We'll also hear from an expert in ecological restoration and coastal stabilization projects about his extensive on-the-ground experience helping land trusts, conservation commissions, and private landowners through his business Wilkinson Ecological Design.

Today at the Hall at 6pm: A public hearing will be held between the MaineDOT and Island Residents to discuss proposed improvements to the Chebeague Island Wharf Ferry Terminal. The hearing is scheduled for Tuesday May 14th at 6:00 p.m. to be held at Island Hall located on Chebeague Island.  MaineDOT’s Consultant will present the proposed improvements and take any comments and questions. For any questions, please email brian.keezer@maine.gov or call (207) 462-0697

The TRANSFER STATION will remain closed Wednesday 5/5 and Thursday 5/16. All containers are full. We apologize for the inconvenience.

ISLAND COMMONS will be emailing a survey this week. We are hoping for broad participation to hear many opinions as we chart the future of Island Commons. There will be paper copies at the library for anyone who prefers. The electronic survey takes less than 15 minutes to complete. Please check your email and share your opinions with us! All responses are completely confidential. Thank you!


May 13, 2024 - TWO BIRDS CAFÉ - The Cafe will be open this Friday, Saturday & Sunday (May 17, 18,19) from 10 -3. We will open fully in June. See you soon!!

Planning Board Meeting - TODAY May 13, 6:30 at the Rec Center.

Broadband Meeting by Zoom at 5:00PM- Monday, May 13, 2024 at 5:00 PM - Click here to learn more an see photos of work at Town Office that was done last week.

Selectperson Meeting and Executive Session Wednesday, May 15th starting at 5:30pm - click here.

Facilities Committee Meeting via Zoom- Thursday, May 16, 2024 at 6:00 PM

Click here to hear the LOONS down at Central Landing recorded on May 4th `1 q;p-by Cheryl Stevens!! Click here for distinct reasons. Click here to find out what they might mean.


May 12, 2024 - HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!
May 10, 2024 - photo - I took May 10th from Stone Pier of the Northern Lights. Click here for another and here for another taken by Darya from the golf course. Click here for Melissa Yosua-Davis facebook with absolutely stunning photos of last night.

May 7, 2024 - Mother’s Day Brunch will be Sunday May 12 from 10am-12 noon at the Rec Center Community Room. If you are going to church, please come afterward as the after church coffee hour and we will be sure to have fresh brunch offerings starting at 11 am! Suggested donation is $15 for adults and $5 for children <12. Click here for flyer.

Come Join the Chebeague Island Yacht Club and Sailing School this summer for Sailing School and for the various social and racing opportunities that the Yacht Club provides.
---Sailing School signups are underway! There will be three sessions running from July 1 to August 9. Learn more and sign up here: https://cicss.corsizio.com/. All children are eligible for confidential partial and full scholarships - please reach out to Kim (kim@venkataraman.net, 617-699-9124) if this is of interest.
----And NEW THIS SUMMER for sailing school participants, we will hold racing clinics on 4 dates throughout the summer. (7/7, 7/20. 7/27, & 8/4). This is an excellent opportunity to learn racing techniques from Sally Madsen—a former captain of the Stanford sailing team and an active racer on Chebeague. Space is limited, so sign up with the above link today!
---The Chebeague Island Yacht Club offers events and fun to all boaters and non-boaters, and we hope you'll join us! Your membership supports the ongoing operations of the Sailing School - learn more at chebeagueyachtclub.com.


May 6, 2024 - MEMORIAL DAY CELEBRATION: This year we plan to honor veterans who served in the military during the Vietnam Era. We want to be inclusive so if you, a family member, or a friend, who is in some way connected to Chebeague, served in Vietnam or in the military during the years 1965-1975, please email the CIHS at chebeaguehistory@gmail.com. If you have a service photo we’d love to add it to the program. You can attach an image or we can scan. The deadline to include vets in the 2024 service is this Friday, May 10- the slide show movie will be put together this Saturday. (Memorial Day is May 27th at 1pm)

Got Stress? The Chebeague Island Fire Department is holding an ASAP (Acute Stress Adaptive Protocol) on Wednesday, May 8 at the Rec Center from 7-8 pm. This effective program is based on EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) principles. Please register by email: blputnam22@gmail.com. We hope to offer these opportunities monthly or one-on-one as requested.
---Members of the Chebeague Island Fire and Rescue Department were recently trained in this method to heal stress and process trauma. Acute Stress Adaptive Protocol (ASAP) is a confidential peer support program originally designed to treat first responders but can be helpful to anyone dealing with stress, anxiety, or trauma.
---The ASAP is unique because participants work in silence. There is no dialog among the participants; only the facilitator speaks as they guide participants through an 8-step worksheet.
----Members of the Fire and Rescue Departments of both Chebeague and Long Island took part in an ASAP this winter and found it to be extremely valuable and useful, so much so that three EMT’s were trained in this intervention treatment to bring it back to our department and the community.

COASTAL WATERS COMMISSION MEETING IN THE ROSS ROOM - Wednesday, May 8, 2024 at 6:00 PM

Message from the CTC: We are planning to do some much-needed maintenance on the Cousins Island lot on Thursday, May 9th between 10am and 2pm. This will include grading and some tree work. In order to do this safely, it will be extremely helpful to have as few vehicles in the lot as possible. If at all possible, please have your vehicle out of the lot between 10am and 2pm on Thursday, May 9th. Also there will be No day parking during that time. Cousins Island Day parkers should use the Route One lot.
-- We’d like to thank our customers in advance for helping us get the lot cleared and back to a much more usable condition!


May 4, 2024 - For those who missed yesterday's School Concert - Click here! The music teacher, Sharon Trace put the concert together and on the walls were the artwork by the students whose Art Teacher is Christine Day. What a wonderful job by all!!

May 2, 2024 - Chebeague School Spring Concert - Friday, 5:30 at the Hall!! Everyone is invited.

CRC - Trivia and Pasta Dinner in the community room - Friday May 3rd from 6-8pm. $10 for adults and $5 for kids.

Saturday 10:45 at the Library - Join Chebeague & Cumberland Land Trust and the Chebeague Island Library for a family-friendly event to celebrate the island's piping plovers! Local author and teacher Andrew Fersch and artist Bruce Hutchison will read from their new children's book The Piping Plover. A book signing, art activity for kiddos, and refreshments will follow the reading.

Sat. May 4 at 11 at the site of Central Landing. Join the CIHS on a walking tour led by Donna Damon. Participants will receive an illustrated handout. There is still space available. Meet at the site of Central Landing (below the Gilmartins). We will be staying on the roads - no bushwacking! Park on the South Road, and we will walk to Firehouse Rd. You will be amazed at all that happened over the years along South Road! This is part of Jane's Walk - an international celebration of community. email chebeaguehistory@gmail.com to reserve a space!

Click here to learn about a job opportunity for the Chebeague Historical Society - Operations Coordinator CIHS Museum.

A public hearing will be held between the MaineDOT and Island Residents to discuss proposed improvements to the Chebeague Island Wharf Ferry Terminal. The hearing is scheduled for Tuesday May 14th at 6:00 p.m. to be held at Island Hall located on Chebeague Island. MaineDOT’s Consultant will present the proposed improvements and take any comments and questions. For any questions, please email brian.keezer@maine.gov or call (207) 462-0697.”


May 1, 2024 - The Yarmouth vet will be at the Hall this Thursday from 8:45 to 11:30 A.M. The sign-up sheet will be on the door around 6:00 A.M. Call Sam 846-0510 with any questions.

Message from the INN: "Hello all!
The Chebeague Island Inn is hiring linecook, dishwasher, bellman, and maintenance positions for the 2024 season. I would love to have more locals working up at the Inn. Please feel free to reach out with any questions. kitchen@chebeagueislandinn.com
Thank you,
Chef Marsh"

Click here for a message from Lionel Plante to the Chebeague Community on barging costs.

Town Selectboard Meeting Tonight at 6pm at the Hall - see agenda and packet.

Message from Historical Society: Did you ever wonder why people call the area around the store the Center? Join the CIHS on a walking tour led by Donna Damon on Sat. May 4 at 11 at the site of Central Landing. Participants will receive an illustrated handout. Three is still space available. Meet at the site of Central Landing (below the Gilmartins). We will be staying on the roads - no bushwacking! Park on the South Road, and we will walk to Firehouse Rd. You will be amazed at all that happened over the years along South Road! This is part of Jane's Walk - an international celebration of community. email chebeaguehistory@gmail.com to reserve a space!

From the Historical Society: Part Time employment opportunity - Chebeague Historical Society is looking for Museum Shop Clerks for the summer season. If interested please contact Anne at cihsstore@gmail.com.


April 30, 2024 - photo - of a muskrat taken by Esther Danielson at the pond where there are a pair making their home.

The Chebeague Island Council has COVID tests available. Call Sarah at (207) 329-6538 for delivery.

Selectboard Meeting Wednesday, 6pm at the Hall - see packet.


April 29, 2024 - Message from the REC: Friday May 3rd from 6-8pm, join us at the Rec for a Trivia and Pasta Dinner in the community room. $10 for adults and $5 for kids.

Sat., May 4, 10:45 a.m.: Join Chebeague & Cumberland Land Trust and the Chebeague Island Library for a family-friendly event to celebrate the island's piping plovers! Local author and teacher Andrew Fersch and artist Bruce Hutchison will read from their new children's book The Piping Plover. A book signing, art activity for kiddos, and refreshments will follow the reading.


April 28, 2024 - Click here to donate to the the Tom Sawyer Memorial Scholarship that was started to keep Tom's legacy as a teacher and coach alive. Tom was the brother to Sue Sawyer. “A man who bore all his burdens with grace and fortitude. A man who can be an example for us all. Our Tom.”

Click here for the May CTC Newsletter.

Judy Doughty's graveside service will be held on Saturday June 8th at 1:00pm.


April 26, 2024 - Tomorrow, Saturday, April 27th at 9AM - Ad Hoc Finance Committee Public Presentation and Discussion, at the Hall! Join the ad-hoc finance committee for a short presentation of the work done by them to evaluate the need for a separate standing finance committee. The presentation will include a brief history of our Municipal finances to date, a proposal for capital planning process and role and a public discussion about the pros and cons of forming a new finance committee to assist the Selectboard in financial planning and budgeting. Coffee and doughnuts will be provided.

The School Committee is happy to announce they have a new superintendent! His name is Aaron Townsend.. He will be taking over for Ann at the end of June. Below is a message from Aaron for the community:

"Dear Chebeague Island Community,
Greetings! My name is Aaron Townsend, and I am very excited to be joining the Chebeague Island School community as the new Superintendent next year!
I am currently the Deputy Superintendent in Portland Public Schools, and I live locally in Yarmouth with my family, including my wife and two boys who are students at Harrison Middle School. I have been a teacher, principal, and district leader over the past 25 years in Maine and California, and I am excited to now be able to use my professional experiences to support such a wonderful school community here in my backyard!
I will be working with the current leadership and staff to ensure a smooth transition in the coming months, and I look forward to working with you all in the years ahead to continue to make the Chebeague Island School a warm and welcoming community.
Best
Aaron Townsend"


April 23, 2024 - photo - of a Golden-Crowned Kinglet by Krista Hayward taken last year. Click here to see a Ruby-Crowned Kinglet taken April 23, 2024.

The Piping Plovers are back down at the Hook! Please no dogs or drones while they are nesting. We will be marking out where they have laid their eggs soon. It looks like they are nesting near the same area as last year so please be careful. Click here to see the photos of them taken today.


April 22, 2024 - TODAY - Click here for information about the Historical Society's ZOOM lecture by Thomas Bennett on "Subterranean Ancient Clues: Activities in Casco Bay Archaeology, 2022-24" on Monday, April 22 at 7 pm.

Message from the Town of Chebeague: Code Enforcemet Update - click here.

Congratulations to Evelyn Schutte (Nancy & David's granddaughter) who has been accepted to the Aerospace Engineering bachelors program at the Delft University of Technology.


photo - of a Summer Tanager by Krista Hayward at Rose Point Beach near the Boat Yard - RARE.
April 19, 2024 - UPDATE: The Chebeague Inn has just added two $25 gift certificates to the raffle. So clean the beach and win a gift certificate from the Inn! During the weekend of April 20-21 join the Rec in cleaning up the beaches of Chebeague. Collect as much trash as you can, and send a text with a picture of the trash and your name to Jack at 781-686-6865 and we will select 5 winners via raffle to win a giant candy bar.

April 17, 2024- CMP will turn power off for roughly 30 minutes at 9:00 am today to finish fixing the powerlines on North Road by the pit.

:Coastal property owners and island residents:
You are invited to join the virtual meeting on Sunday afternoon April 21st on Coastal Erosion on the Casco Bay Islands. This session promises to provide invaluable insights into our islands' changing coastline. Join the other islands in Casco Bay for this discussion of the causes and potential solutions for mitigating shoreline erosion with a focus on sites in Casco Bay. See this link for information and registration: . Calling Your Bluff: Coastal Erosion on Casco Bay's Islands (gdipartnership.com)
You must pre-register to attend.


April 16, 2024- Memorial Day May 27 at 1 at the Church - Mark your calendars!
After many years of creating wonderful programs, Beth and Gerry Wiles have retired from organizing the island’s Memorial Day observance. The Chebeague Historical Society enthusiastically agreed to take it over when Beth asked. This year we plan to honor veterans who served in the military during the Vietnam Era. We want to be inclusive so if you, a family member, or a friend, who is in some way connected to Chebeague, served in Vietnam or in the military during the years 1965-1975, please email the CIHS at chebeaguehistory@gmail.com. If you have a service photo we’d love to add it to the program. You can attach an image or we can scan. The deadline to include vets in the 2024 Memorial Day service is May 10.

Jane’s Walk 2024! If you enjoyed the previous tours of the East End and Coleman's Cove you will love learning about Chebeague's Center - loosely defined for this purpose as running along the shore from Central to Fenderson's and along South Rd. from Central to Firehouse Rd. The big question: which came first - the wharf or the stores??? Space is limited; Read the flyer and click on the link! For more info email: chebeaguehistory@gmail.com.


April 15, 2024- Click here for information about the Historical Society's ZOOM lecture by Thomas Bennett on "Subterranean Ancient Clues: Activities in Casco Bay Archaeology, 2022-24" on Monday, April 22 at 7 pm.


April 13, 2024- Hello GCTC Community! We hope you've had a great winter with lots of tennis and we are looking forward to seeing you all on Chebeague. Please visit our website for information about the upcoming season.

Beginner Pickleball Monday 5 to 7 at the Rec Center.

April 11, 2024- For the Friday Crafternoon at the CRC, Ester Danielson is doing a class on weaving with paper. Sure to be fun, easy and creative. Ester is a remarkably talented weaver.
Friday April 12, from 1-3pm, Free. Click HERE to learn more. c(Remember to bring your solar eclipse glasses to donate to the next eclipse in Latin America)

The annual Council Health Fair is this Saturday from 9-11:30 am at the Hall. The USM nursing students are returning to do blood pressure and cholesterol checks, hearing and dental screenings, and provide skin cancer information. We will also have Tetanus shots available if you are overdue.

Summer approaches! Reminder to contact Island Commons soon to lock in a time slot for in-home care services, or our adult day program. 207-846-5610 or navigator@islandcommons.com
We also have a lovely private room with half bath available for immediate occupancy. Contact Amy Rich 207-846-5610.


April 10, 2024 - I will be on vacation with most of my family from April 10 through April 18. Please contact David Hill drhill@chebeague.net with any updates for this website.

Message from the Library: April 18th at 5-8pm: Join us for a night of Puzzles and Coloring. Bring your friends and we'll provide everything else. All Ages Welcome!

Have you looked at your Island Directory listing recently? Is your information correct? Do you have changes to make? Email us at gulldirect@hotmail.com


April 9, 2024 - Please join us at the Rec Friday April 12th from 1-3pm for a Paper Weaving Crafternoon with Esther Danielson. Free*

On April 20, 2024, representatives from FEMA will be visiting the Chebeague Island Hall Community Center between 9am and 3pm to assist residents in registering any damages that were incurred during the January 10-13 storms. Please see attached flyer for information on what to bring with you.


April 8, 2024 - photos - April 8, people gathered at the Rec to see the Partial Eclipse - so exciting!

Message from Jon Rich to all his plumbing customers: If you haven't already called and are not on the list to activate your plumbing it most likely won't be able to be done until approximately May 1st.

The Yarmouth vet will be at the Hall Thursday morning from 8:45 to 11:30. The sign-up sheet will be on the door by around 6:30. Call Sam (846 0510) with any questions.

Message from Kim Boehm: Starting (hopefully) April 22, I will resume my service of removing junk vehicles. I also will offer return freight service to the Island for building materials, furniture, etc. I cannot haul gravel, etc as the truck body does not dump. Please call Kim at 846 2468 for details. Thanks.

TOMORROW: Tuesday at the CRC: Victor Diaz is talking about Finding Spirituality in Nature Dessert and Discussion in the Community Room Tuesday, April 9, 1 - 2pm

TONIGHT: Planning Board Meeting at the Recreation Center, 6:30 PM: Click here for the agenda.

School Committee Meeting Tuesday, April 9, 5pm at the school - see agenda. Also following the School Committee Meeting there is a joint Selectboard/School Committee Meeting at the Hall at 6pm.

Thursday, April 11, 2024 at 7:00 PM - FACILITIES COMMITTEE MEETING VIA ZOOM HOSTED BY DAVID BRUNNER MEETING ID 823 3808 7973 PASSWORD 885966.

Message from Kim Boehm: I plan on relocating in the near future, and am still looking for someone to take over the business of removing junk vehicles and scrap metals, from our beautiful Island. I will offer training,and share my Mainland contacts. I also will be selling the equipment needed to operate this much needed venture, at below market value, for any person interested in this needed service. It is a chance to make a good income, in as little as 2 days a week, for 6 months of the year. Please contact me for details, if interested. Thanks, Kim @ 846 2468,


April 5, 2024 - TOMORROW- SaturdayAPRIL 6 @3PM at the library come celebrate National Poetry Month. See Flyer. POETRY FOR THE PEOPLE. Open mic style, read a favorite poem or share one of your own. Come and we will listen

School Committee Meeting Tuesday, April 9, 5pm at the school - see agenda.


April 4, 2024 - photo - April 4th snow storm - Tree down on the North Road on the power lines on April 4 and will be taken care of on Friday by CMP crew.

There is a tree down on the North Road at the top of the hill across from the sand pit and no way around. It will be taken care of tomorrow so use alternate route.

Another nasty storm and the power is out all over the island. The Hall is open for people who need to stay warm. Power came back around 5pm.

The transfer station is closed today because of the power outage and the Town office will close at noon.


April 3, 2024 - Theatre classes at the hall tomorrow are cancelled due to the impending storm? Classes will resume Thursday, April 18th.

April 2, 2024 - Come watch the partial solar eclipse at the CRC on Monday, April 8. The viewing party will be in the CRC parking lot between 3-4pm. and the maximum eclipse is from 3:28-3:35! The CRC has 15 pairs of Solar eclipse glasses to share from the State of Maine. These glasses provide certified eye protection for safely viewing the eclipse. See flyer.

Because of the anticipated storm, the YARMOUTH VET will NOT be coming to the Hall this Thursday. Instead, they will be here next Thursday April 11 from 9:00 to 11:30.

MacBeth Announces Date Change for Carmen. Please note that the date for Tyler Putnam and Sarah Nordin's performance of Carmen has changed since we announced our season two weeks ago. They will now treat us to their rendition of the world's most popular opera on Sunday, September 8 at 7:00 p.m. The attached newsletter (click here) includes this update. The newsletter also includes an updated description of "Satchmo on Sunday," Paul English's program for the musical gathering at the Chebeague Community Church on Sunday morning, July 14, at 10:00 a.m. Questions? Carl Tubbesing (carldt@gwi.net).

Selectboard Meeting Wednesday, April 3, 5:30 executive session and around 6:30 for meeting - click here for agenda and packet.

Facilities Committee via zoom on Thursday at 6pm.

The Stephen L. Ross Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance for students who have been residents of Chebeague Island for at least 6 consecutive months preceding May 1, and who are pursuing post-secondary education at a college, university, community college or vocational school. This is a renewable scholarship.
--- The application deadline is May 1, and the application is available via our online application portal. More information can be found at this link!
https://www.mainecf.org/find-a-scholarship/available-scholarships/cumberland-county-scholarships/


April 1, 2024 - photo - Watch for Woodcocks crossing the streets - took this guy over five minutes to cross! Click here for another.

March 31, 2024 - photo - Krista Hayward captured a photo of the Easter Bunny today on Easter.

Happy Easter - don't forget the Easter Egg Hunt at the Commons at NOON.

Hope you didn't forget like I did that property taxes are due this month - sorry I didn't remind everyone.


March 28, 2024 - Message from the Town Administrator, Vika Wood: The Town of Chebeague is happy to announce the implementation of a new Code Enforcement Software program that was implemented this winter. Although this program is still very much in the development phase with various modules, we have completed our permitting module prior to the Spring Season. We now have an online permitting portal for residents to submit building permit applications. The Town will continue to operate in a "hybrid "manner" and will still accept paper applications in the office or via the new portal. This will allow for an expansion of services to many individuals who can't always make it into the office. We are aiming to improve customer service, and this is our first step in improving the "ease of doing business" on the island.

This Sunday is Easter Sunday and you won't want to miss Sunrise Service - click here to learn more!

CRC is restructuring and actively seeking a new Managing Director for hire in the next two weeks. A link to the job posting/job description is available at indeed.com. CRC is also accepting applications emailed to HR@chebeaguerec.onmicrosoft.com.

Island Commons is hiring for in-home care. Part time, year-round or seasonal! Click here to learn more.

Planning Board workshop, Monday April 1, Island Hall 7:00 PM. Seeking public input & discussion on proposed changes to the Planning Board, Floodplain Management, and Zoning Ordinances, as well as on the Comprehensive Plan summary and update. Materials available for review at Town Hall.


March 27, 2024 - Nurse Peggy Akres will be at the Wellness Center on Thursday (instead of her usual Wednesday).

This Wednesday will be our last soup of the season. We hope you will stop in and bring a friend. We are offering Chicken Vegetable and Carrot with Ginger. There will also be a special dessert.

The annual Health Fair will be on Saturday, April 13 from 9-11:30 am. Mark your calendars!

Tommorrow, March 28, 6pm at the Hall is a selectboard meeting to discuss MOU with CRC, Kids Place and School - click here.


March 26, 2024 - For those who missed yesterday's Historical Society's Earle Shettleworth's "Postcard History of Portland Maine" - click here to see!

Message from the Church about Easter Flowers - click here.

Power is back on for most of Chebeague. CMP shows that 31 customers still have no power on Chebeague. There is a lot of cleanup to be done. I had two large trees come down in my yard and another branch on my power line.

Today - Ben Yosua-Davis the March 26 dessert and discussion speaker at the CRC. Ben will be speaking on organizations taking cues from the natural world. Sure to be an interesting topic! Click here for more information.

Pick up basketball with Jack, CRC program director EVERY Tuesday from 5:30-7.


March 24, 2024 - NO POWER on Chebeague after an ice storm all night. Lines down all over the island and low hanging branches over the roads. Church is cancelled and the transfer station is closed.

March 21, 2024 - Interested in becoming a lifeguard? The Chebeague Rec Center has openings for lifeguards this summer. The CRC will pay costs of training for the Red Cross Certification, and offer a flexible schedule for a fun summer at the pool. The CRC will also provide an opportunity for becoming Red Cross Water Safety Instructors. The pay is in the form of a scholarship in the amount of $1500, payable at the end of the summer. For lifeguards who work more than 125 hours, that rate will increase. There are also opportunities to make additional money teaching swim lessons. Click here for more information! The ad has the wrong

Piping Plovers are back in Maine and we are hoping that they will nest again at the hook! I have been taking walks down there with Piper, my dog, but will stop now in order to give the Plovers a chance to nest.


March 20, 2024 - Easter Egg Hunt at The Commons! Easter Sunday, March 31st at 12 noon see flyer.

NOTICE: School Committee Meeting tomorrow March 21st 6pm - see updated agenda.


March 19, 2024 - Tonight on 207 featured Sumner Rugh and his quest to save an historic Maine fishing boat that sank in a storm. Click here to see.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, March 20 at 6 pm is the Selectperson's Meeting at the Hall and zoom -executive session at 5:30 and meeting starting at 6:30 - click here for agenda and packet.

Ben Yosua-Davis the March 26 dessert and discussion speaker at the CRC. Ben will be speaking on organizations taking cues from the natural world. Sure to be an interesting topic! Click here for more information.

Join together at Tacos and Trivia Night at the CRC Friday, March 29 from 6-8pm. Taco dinner $10 adults, $5 kids. Jack will be running the trivia event.

Theater Classes at the Hall, Thursdays, April 4th through May 30th (no class April 11) with Katie Urich- click here for more information!

MacBeth Concert Series Announces Its Exhilarating 2024 Season! Last season was our most thrilling so far—record-setting attendance, rapturous applause, world-class musicianship.  This next one promises to be even more exciting.  For the second year in a row, Tyler Putnam and Sarah Nordin will bring opera to Chebeague, this time with Carmen, the world’s most popular opera.  Our “children of all ages” program, created and performed by the Halcyon String Quartet, will feature Robert McCloskey’s classic Make Way for Ducklings.  Paul English will return with hot Saturday night jazz and a unique church service on Sunday morning.  Our old friends from the Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival will perform an eclectic program, which will include Robert Schumann’s romantic Piano Quartet in E-flat Major.  Classical pianist Henry Kramer, who has been praised for his “astonishingly confident technique,” will make his first appearance on Chebeague,  The Seaside Brass Quintet will wind up our season with an outdoor concert featuring their fun mixture of pop, jazz, show tunes and jazz.  Click here for more details about the schedule and programs.  See you soon!  Questions?  Contact Carl Tubbesing, carldt@gwi.net

The Chebeague Island Library is collecting information for the 2024 telephone directory. If you have moved to Chebeague in the last 2 years, or if you have updates to make to your white pages listing, please reachout to us at gulldirect@hotmail.com to ensure your information is correct!

Are you a business who would like to advertise in the yellow pages of the 2024 Telephone Directory? Email us at gulldirect@hotmail.com to save your spot.


March 18, 2024 - For those who missed the 2nd Annual St Patrick's Day Parade on Chebeague - CLICK HERE! You will definitely want to participate next year - I'm sorry that I missed it.

Tonight from 5 to 7 at the Rec will be Beginner Pickleball for those who would like to learn more and practice.


March 16, 2024 - Join the Historical Society on Monday, March 25 at 7:00 pm on Zooom ONLY (Zoom login number is 82962476056. No password required) to see Earle Shettleworth's "Postcard History of Portland Maine." Click HERE to learn more.


March 14, 2024 - Join the Chebeague Climate Action Team for a poster gallery on the Team's work from 8:30-10:30am on Saturday March 16.. There will be a presentation from Efficiency Maine from 9-9:30am on programs and incentives to help you upgrade the energy efficiency of your home or business. Click HERE to learn more.


March 12, 2024 - Broadband Internet is on the Way!
Construction of the new high speed Internet network is expected to start in mid-April with connections completed by July. Even if you already subscribe to Axiom service, call 207-255-0679 before Memorial Day for free installation. Installation requests that come later could be subject to a minimum $300 fee. Sign up now to ensure you receive free installation even if you are not on the Island. If you are considering an underground cable feed, please call early to plan the installation. If you don’t get through to Axiom right away, please leave a message and they will return your call.

The school committee is hosting the Chebeague Island School Sustainability Forum on Wednesday March 13th 6pm at the hall. All community attendance and participation is welcomed!

Please join us on Wednesday at the Hall at noon for an Irish feast. We are celebrating St. Patrick's Day a few days early with corned beef, cabbage, and soda bread. The meal is free!

The Rec center invites anyone interested to the following events: Thursday March 14th from 1-2 pm- come have a piece of pie for Pi day! On Friday the 15th from 1-3 come decorate Easter eggs. And next Tuesday from 1-2 will be Dessert $ Discussion led by Ben Yosua Davis on sociology, theology and climate change. Then pick up basketball with Jack, our program director EVERY Tuesday from 5:30-7. More programs can be found on our monthly ad. Thank you!


March 11, 2024 - This Friday, March 15th, is the Island Commons SHAMROCK SHINDIG party, 4:30-6:30. See the flyer

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Assistant Turf Manager - Great Chebeague Golf Club
Come join the Grounds Staff at the historic Great Chebeague Golf Club! Click here to learn more.


March 10, 2024 - Beverly will be on vacation for a few days, so in the meantime please send any announcments to drhill@chebeague.net.


 


March 6, 2024 - The Yarmouth vet will be at the Hall Thursday morning from 9:00 to 11:30. Call Sam (846 0510) with questions.

Broadband Committee News!
We have heard from CMP and CCI -- and we now expect (hope?) that their make ready work will be done by the first week of April and that construction can start mid-April! This means that the first people hooked up should have connections in July!
SO SIGN UP NOW -- CALL 207-255-0679

The Primary results were on the Democratic Ticket Biden 65, Phillips 5, Lyons 0 and Blank 3. On the Republican ticket Binkley 0, Desantis 0, Haley 18, Ramaswamy 1, Trump 15, Blank 3.


March 5, 2024 - Election Day - Primary Elections TODAY - The polls at the Hall will be open from 8 to 8! Click here for the results of the primary.

SAVE THE DATES for Chebeague Cumberland Land Trust (CCLT) Programs:
--- March 14 -7 PM-8:15 PM
Sea Changes: Understanding and Preparing for Coastal Maine’s Extreme Weather Events, Zoom event. Please register on CCLT’s website.
--- April 25 - 7 PM-8 PM
The State of Casco Bay: Climate Challenges and Solutions, Zoom event. Please register on CCLT’s website.
---- May 4 10:30-11:30 AM
Piping Plover Book Reading on Chebeague Island. Join us in person at the Chebeague Island Library.


March 4, 2024 - Wednesday's soups will be Black Bean and Turkey lentil. See you at the Hall at noon.

Lee Bowman and Richard Hackel Show featured at Cove Street Arts "Along the Coast" March 14th - May 4th with an opening reception Thursday, March 14th from 5-7. Click here for flyer.

Selectperson Meeting Wednesday, March 6 at 6pm - click here for agenda and packet.

BEGINNER or practice Pickleball tonight from 5 to 7 at the Rec Center.


March 2, 2024 - Message from the Community Church: Join Us Tomorrow for our Sunday Gathering (we are back in the Sanctuary) at 10am.
All are welcome after the Church Service for a Welcome Brunch for Victor in The Parish House! Click here for a message from Viktor!

School Committee Meeting, Tuesday, March 5, 2024, 5pm at the school - click here for agenda.

Covid vaccine boosters will be available at the Wellness Center on March 13th. Please call the Council at 846-4988, leave your name and number and we will call you to arrange an appointment, or you can email us at chebeagueislandcouncil@gmail.com. The CDC is recommending spring boosters for people aged 65 and up.

The Chebeague Island Council invites you to an early St. Patrick's Day lunch on Wednesday, March 13 with corned beef and all the fixings.


February 29, 2024 - MITA is looking for another caretaker for Little Chebeague this summer. Posting is up on their website click here.

Poetry For the People: Sat March 2nd: 3pm Poetry At the Chebeague Library: HOPE TO SEE YOU IF YOU ARE HERE AND NEAR - see flyer.


photos - Deer on side of road near Historical Society taken February 28th. Click here for another view.

February 27, 2024 - photos - winter early 70's of Coast Guard helping break ice for the CTC passenger boat Chesuncook. Click here to see Abenaki pulling a dory out of the ice and here for another. Photos from Patti Rich.

Coffee Hour is back! Join Susie for coffee, muffins, and good company 9-10:30 on Wednesdays at the Hall.

Soups this week are Potato Bacon and Hungarian Mushroom.

Sign-ups for Sailing School will open March 1 at 9am online using this link - SAILING SCHOOL SIGN-UPS. Information about the 3 sessions can be viewed ahead of time using the same link. We can't wait for summer - and we want every child on Chebeague to participate in sailing school if they want to. Confidential partial and full scholarships are available to anyone - please reach out to Kim (kim@venkataraman.net, 617-699-9124). And NEW THIS SUMMER we'll be introducing more fun opportunities to learn about racing - stay tuned!

Click here to see the Zoom program from yesterday's Ellsworth Miller Memorial Lecture featuring Rachel Church with her grandmother Beverly Merril on Community Cookbooks.

School Committee Meeting, Tuesday, February 27th at 6pm - click here for agenda.


February 26, 2024 - photos - Deer on side of road near Historical Society taken February 28th. Click here for another view.

Beginner Pickleball 5pm at the rec or if you already play and want to practice some of your shots.

Tonight the Ellsworth Miller Memorial Lecture will feature PHD candidate, Rachel Church, granddaughter of former Chebeague pastor Tom Merrill and his wife Beverly will discuss the importance of community cookbooks. She was inspired by the Chebeague Ladies Aid 1961 cookbook that her grandmother helped produce. 7PM on Zoom 82962476056.


February 25, 2024 - Click here for the results of the Chili, Chowder, & Soup Challenge and to see photos of the 120+ people who attended. It was a terrific delicious event!
February 24, 2024 - POLAR PLUNGE today at 11 - Click here to see the huge group we had plunge this year!! 16 plungers!

February 23, 2024 - TOMORROW!! POLAR PLUNGE and CHILI, CHOWDER, SOUP CHALLENGE! Plunge is at 11am at the Niblic - We have a lot of people plunging so contact the rec center and sponsor one or more of the plungers - Oliver, Nancy, Nancy, Bev, Anna, Esme, Jack, Brian, Cristina, Erika, Eva, Nora, Lauren, Rachel so far (please let me know to add your name)- Come join us and take the plunge too!! Come and enjoy the Chili, Chowder and Soup at NOON!!
Click here to see what it looked like last year at the plunge.

School Committee Meeting, Tuesday, February 27th at 6pm - click here for agenda.


February 22, 2024 - The CIHS Monday, February 26th, 7pm, Ellsworth Miller Memorial Lecture will feature PHD candidate, Rachel Church, granddaughter of former Chebeague pastor Tom Merrill and his wife Beverly will discuss the importance of community cookbooks. She was inspired by the Chebeague Ladies Aid 1961 cookbook that her grandmother helped produce. 7PM on Zoom 82962476056.

February 21, 2024 - Tonight is Barbie Movie Night at the CRC, at 5 pm. Come see the movie on the BIG SCREEN! Free, open to all ages, and popcorn will be served. See Flyer!

Today’s soups at the Hall are turkey chili and Mediterranean lentil. Come join us!


February 20, 2024 - A Gofund has been set up to support my niece Stephanie Martin who has been struggling with complications following a severe reaction following a Covid Vacination. Stef was accepted into a groundbreaking treatment program for individuals experiencing long covid/vaccine injury complications that has benefited many patients. Unfortunately, insurance will not cover the cost. This fundraiser was created in the hopes of helping Stef cover this expense, easing her burden just slightly. Click here to learn more and help her.

February 19, 2024 - Selectboard Meeting Wednesday, February 21, 2024 6pm at the Hall and on youtube channel. Click here for agenda and packet.

This weekend is the Polar Plunge and Chili, chowder, soup Challenge!! I hope we will have lot of people plunging this year. I haven't yet made up my mind if I will do it or not. Please let me know if you are planning on going in and I will let everyone know!! Amazon gift cards for those who raise the most money!! click here for flyer.

Beginning Pickleball tonight at the rec from 5 to 7 - come see what it is all about and try hitting the ball around. If you already play then come and practice some of the skills.


February 17, 2024 - The Island Institute has lots of scholarships for educational, enrichment, and workforce experiences to help prepare island middle and high school students and young adults for post-secondary education and training opportunities. The Deadlines are Approaching! Click here to learn more about these opportunities.
February 16, 2024 - Skating Party at Sanfords Pond this afternoon starting after school and later.

February 14, 2024 - HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!

Come enjoy three Valentine’s Day soups. We’ll have chilled beet, red pepper and lime, and split pea with ham. Of course there will be dessert.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Assistant Turf Manager - Great Chebeague Golf Club
Come join the Grounds Staff at the historic Great Chebeague Golf Club! Click here to learn more.

CLICK here for the latest Island Commons Newsletter.

Looking for a shed or garage?
Make it easy by going Tuff!
The CRC is partnering with Tuff Sheds of Portland to offer a quality building product on the island. Tuff Sheds already has two sheds on the island, including the "Bounty of Art," and very satisfied customers. Delivery will begin with the CTC barge in April. On Wednesday, March 5 from 10:30-2, Rick will be at the CRC to show sample materials, answer questions and take any orders. This promotion is in place until November 2024.
--- With the sale of 10 sheds/garages, the CRC will receive a free shed!


February 12, 2024 - The CIS students would like to invite the Chebeague Island Community to their "Pop-up Performance" of The Mitten, by Jan Brett. They will also be hosting a "Valentine Social" immediately following the show. The play starts at 5:30pm at the Island Hall on Tuesday, February 13th. Click here for flyer!

Planniing Board Meeting, 6:30 at the Recreation Center - click here for agenda.

Tommorow: From 10 to 11 at the Rec: Is your TV STILL smarter than you? This is a Part 2 for people who want to know more about using a smart TV, how to make your TV smart, and connecting your phone to a TV.
Also discussed: How to “Ditch the Dish,” watch local channels, record endless numbers of shows, and get your favorite sports channels, and SAVE MONEY! See flyer.

Tommorow: “The Backyard Bird count livestream webinar” and we can watch it together at the Rec at 1- 2 pm on Tuesday 2/13, Get ready to flock together for the 2024 Great Backyard Bird Count(GBBC)! Panelists will explain how to participate in this exciting global event and how participation might extend past your back door. Discover how to join a group taking part in the GBBC and explore fun ways to involve kids. From bird ID tips to counting birds with ease, this webinar is your ticket to an engaging and confident GBBC experience.


February 11, 2024 - photos -of the the Hope Island Adult Eagles and an immature eagle taken from Chebeague by Krista Hayward on February 11th.

February 9, 2024 - photo -Patti Rich donated slides to CIHS that Chris Doughty converted for us to see (1968 or 1971). This one is Coast Guard getting Jimmy Kuntz boat that was built by Herb Rich out of the ice on Chandlers Cove.

Message from the Library - Join us tomorrow 2/10/24 @10:30 AM for a VALENTINE BOX and CARD making party. All ages are welcome and materials will be provided! See Flyer!


February 8, 2024 - PICKLEBALL for beginners or practice session for others. Monday nights 5 to 7 at the rec come and learn how to play pickleball. If you already play then come and practice your dinking, serves and third shot drops!

Climate Action Team Virtual meeting tonight, 6pm, Thursday, Feb 8th - click here for agenda.

Click here for Chebeague Recreation Center summer activities as well as what is happening this month! Don't forget the Polar Plunge and Chili, Chowder and Soup Event February 24th.

Is your TV STILL smarter than you? This is a Part 2 for people who want to know more about using a smart TV, how to make your TV smart, and connecting your phone to a TV.
Also discussed: How to “Ditch the Dish,” watch local channels, record endless numbers of shows, and get your favorite sports channels, and SAVE MONEY!


February 7, 2024 - The Rec Center has registered for the “The Backyard Bird count livestream webinar” and we can watch it together at the Rec at 1- 2 pm on Tuesday 2/13, Get ready to flock together for the 2024 Great Backyard Bird Count(GBBC)! Panelists will explain how to participate in this exciting global event and how participation might extend past your back door. Discover how to join a group taking part in the GBBC and explore fun ways to involve kids. From bird ID tips to counting birds with ease, this webinar is your ticket to an engaging and confident GBBC experience.

Tonight the Selectboard Meeting at 6pm followed by an Executive Session- click here for agenda and packet. Remember that you can view the meetings on the town youtube channel.

Soup Today will be FRANKS and BEANS!

The Chebeague Island Library is now collecting artwork submissions for the 2024 Telephone Directory. Are you an artist and have created something island related that would look great on this year's phonebook cover? Or maybe you have some great photography that would look great? Each person can submit a total of 2 pieces of artwork. All submissions should be emailed to gulldirect@hotmail.com by March 1st. See flyer.


February 6, 2024 - Board of Adjustment and Appeals Meeting tonight at the Hall - 5pm - see agenda and packet.

School Committee Budget Workshop tonight at school.

Fun thing for the island to do is the global Bird Count in February - February 16-19, 2024 - you can click here to learn more about what we can do on Chebeague. If you have any questions about this you can contact Krista Hayward (khayward3@yahoo.com)


February 5, 2024 - The podiatrist, Dr. Rybka, will be on the island on Wednesday, February 21. Call his office at 829-6463 to set an appointment.

Soup on Wednesday will be FRANKS and BEANS! Hooray!


January 31, 2024 - Message from the Rec: On Thursday Feb 1 at 10 am there is an orientation to Silver Sneakers at the Rec.
And on Friday at 6:30 pm there is a showing of the movie “Groundhog Day” on the new big screen in the Rec’s community room;
The cost is free for members, or $5 for non-members, and pop corn will be served to all.
Come meet Jack our new program manager and let him know what programs you want to see at the Rec.
Click here for February at the Rec information.

Message from the Library: Join us Thursday February 1st (tomorrow!!) 7pm @ Chebeague Island Library. Sharon Bowman will be our guest to discuss her book, A Daughter of the Island.

Soup today is Pasta Fagioli and Vegetarian Chili!


January 30, 2024 - The Yarmouth vet will be at the Hall Thursday morning from 8:45 to 11:30. The sign-up sheet will go up around 6:15. Call Sam (846 0510) with any questions.

Poetry for the People at The Chebeague Island Library - All are welcome - 3pm on the first Saturday of the month! See flyer!


January 29, 2024 - Click here for those who missed or want to see again Donna Damon's lecture: How Educational Decisions Changed the Course of Chebeague’s History - 1945-2024.

PICKLEBALL FOR BEGINNERS: Today from 5 to 7 at the rec. We have a few paddles so come learn how to score and play and hit a few balls around. Text or call Bev 939-9643 for any questions.

Congratulaltions to Luke Rothschild who did all the music for a feature documentary he's been working on for years and has just come out on major streaming platforms.It's a fantastic and important look at the state of modern agriculture through multiple lenses. He collaborated with the directors / close friends Oliver and Simon English. Please watch this film on Apple TV if possible, since they are working to break the top #10 out of #100 docs ( currently #14! :)


January 26, 2024 - Got Stress? The Chebeague Island Fire Department is holding an ASAP (Acute Stress Adaptive Protocol) on Thursday, February 1 at the Rec Center from 7-8pm. This effective program is based on EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) principles.
Please register by email: blputnam22@gmail.com. We hope to offer these opportunities monthly or one-on-one as requested.
Members of the Chebeague Island Fire and Rescue Department were recently trained in this method to heal stress and process trauma. Acute Stress Adaptive Protocol (ASAP) is a confidential peer support program originally designed to treat first responders but can be helpful to anyone dealing with stress, anxiety, or trauma.
The ASAP is unique because participants work in silence. There is no dialog among the participants; only the facilitator speaks as they guide participants through an 8-step worksheet.
Members of the Fire and Rescue Departments of both Chebeague and Long Island took part in an ASAP this winter and found it to be extremely valuable and useful, so much so that three EMT’s were trained in this intervention treatment to bring it back to our department and the community.

PICKLEBALL FOR BEGINNERS: The rec is going to have a four week beginner pickleball time on Monday's 5 to 7 starting this Monday, January 29th for those who want to learn how to play or just want to hit a ball around a little.


January 25, 2024 - JOB OPPORTUNITY: Assistant Turf Manager - Great Chebeague Golf Club
Come join the Grounds Staff at the historic Great Chebeague Golf Club! Click here to learn more.

January 24, 2024 - Message from The Town: Due to the final stages of renovation at the town office, the office will remain closed to the public on Thursday, January 25th and Friday, January 26th.
We plan to reopen on Monday. In the meantime, if anyone needs assistance please reach out to Vika (townadmin@townofchebeagueisland.org) and we will do our best to assist you. Click here to see photos.

For those who were unable to download or see the the Historical Society zoom lecture by Andy Grannell about the restoration of the 150 year old Grannell Cottage on North Rd. , you can click here.

Democratic Caucus: Chebeague Democrats at the Chebeague Island Hall on Sunday, February 4, at 2pm to share information and opinions, discuss ideas and candidates, and enjoy refreshments. We will nominate election clerks and vote for delegates who will have the opportunity to represent Chebeague Dems at the Maine Democratic Convention, May 31 and June 1st at the Cross Insurance Arena in Bangor. Click here for more information.


January 23, 2024 - photo -by Doug Ross on January 23, 2024 between Fenderson Rd and Springettes.

Please join us for soup on Wednesday. Choices include chorizo kidney bean and mushroom tortelloni in curry cream.


January 22, 2024 - Save the date! Lee Bowman and Richard Hackel will be in an exhibition of their photographs at the Cove Street Gallery, 71 Cove Street, Portland, March 11- May 11. There’ll be a reception on Thursday, March 14, 5-7 pm. All are invited! https://www.covestreetarts.com/

Click here for a letter from the Town Administrator regarding storm damage from the last two significant storms.

School Committee Meeting, Tuesday, January 2, 6pm at the school and may be televised - click here for agenda.

Island Institute provides financial support for educational, enrichment, and workforce experiences to help prepare island middle and high school students and young adults for post-secondary education and training opportunities.
Don't delay! It's time to apply as some deadlines are coming up. Read on to learn about opportunities and help us spread the word to anyone you know who might be eligible and interested! Click here to learn more.


January 18, 2024 -Don't forget to visit the Town of Chebeague Website for information on storm damage reporting and assistance for individual and businesses.

Employment Opportunity! CIHS is looking for a Museum Shop Coordinator, which is a part time seasonal position, March to September, to oversee the operation of the Museum Shop, including supervising staff and working with the Merchandise Committee. Duties include: Ordering merchandise, pricing, updating Square for Retail, stocking, arranging merchandise, and working in the Museum Shop at least two days a week. Position starts in March and hours will increase when the shop opens in June. For more information please contact: Beth McNulty at mcnultyb2@gmail.com


January 16, 2024 - Selectboard Meeting Tomorrow 6pm at the Hall - click here for agenda and packet.

Don’t miss the January Ellsworth Miller Memorial Lecture on Monday, January 22 at 7pm on Zoom when Donna Miller Damon presents: How Educational Decisions Changed the Course of Chebeague’s History - 1945-2024. Lecture Zoom code is 829-6247-6056. All are welcome. Tell your friends!


January 15, 2024 - Along with all the storms will come some birds not generally found here. Of course they all still show up at Poochie and Priscilla's home. Click here to see a Snow Goose taken by Krista Hayward. Click here for another view.

January 14, 2024 - Storm Recovery and Resources: Tuesday, January 16th from 10:00 - 11:00 AM
The Island Institute is hosting a virtual meeting with Maine Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher and Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Heather Johnson to discuss impacts of the recent storms that have affected island and coastal communities, and resources for recovery. The discussion will be moderated by Island Institute President Kim Hamilton. For info and to register see: link to Storm Recovery and Resources webinar

How to be Smarter Than Your TV
Join Dessert and Discussion this Tuesday from 1-2pm to learn the BASICS of a Smart TV, how to “cast” from your phone onto a Smart TV, how different TV providers work and ways to spend or save money. There will be a brief introduction to the world of Google, including Google docs and Google Calendar. The meeting will be in the Community Room using the new and VERY LARGE media TV, which can be used by members.

I took a walk down Hamilton Beach this morning and took photos of the changes from the last two storms. I could see more damage from last night's high tide - click here to see.


January 13, 2024 - photo - high tide at Cousins Saturday January 13th taken from Harmony Hill.

The Chebeague Community Church Service is tomorrow, January 14th at 10am at the Parish House or on Zoom. Click here for all the details and zoom link along with a message from Victor, the new Chaplain. The program for the service is also at the bottom of the announcement.

Click here to see another photo of the hook by Steve Hinchman and click here for another. Click here for a .mov.

Click here to see photo of the Stone Wharf at high tide today by Nancy Hill. Click here to see Chandler's Wharf at high tide by Doug Ross. Click here to see the Hook just after high tide by Doug Ross.

Due to flooding the Transfer Station is closed at 11am today.

ROAD CLOSURE: please note that a section of North Road had to close due to flooding. Please stay off roads if possible, there is a lot of running water.

The CTC Noon boat is cancelled today because the wharfs will be submerged.

I just came back to the island on the 8am boat and it was quite rough over on Cousins's side. It is raining and very windy.


January 12, 2024 - photo - by Erika Neumann on January 12th at Chandlers "Calm before the Storm".

Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Says Brace and Prepare for Saturday's Storm
A significant storm event is expected to start overnight tonight and continue into Saturday. The NWS says we can expect major coastal flooding, gusty winds and heavy rain. Near historic levels of flooding are expected for the noon high tide Saturday. The forecast calls for higher water levels than we experienced on Wednesday. See this link to info from MEMA about what is expected and how to prepare. See also: DMR-precautions-urged for-fishermen-and-aquaculturists-ahead-Saturday's-storm.

Please Report January 10, 2024 Storm Damage
If you had damage to your working waterfront infrastructure or primary residence as a result of the January 10 storm, please follow this link to an update from Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) for reporting those damages.

NOTICE: Because of weather impacts on the ferry schedule tomorrow, the family would like to pass the word that the funeral service for Ann Belesca will be held at 3PM on Saturday, not as originally planned at 1PM.

Message from Ann Thaxter: The cemetery roads are extremely soft due to all the rain and lack of frost. Please refrain from driving on them until conditions firm up.


January 10, 2024 - What a storm we had last night and this morning. The tide was so high that they had to cancel the 10 boat and it was so bad boards were popping up off the wharf on Cousins Island. On Chebeague the water was way over the wharf and another high water is coming this weekend as well. A lot of coastal damage around the island. I will try to get some photos online later.

Message from the LIBRARY: With the new year comes some much needed system upgrades at the Library. To make things more efficient for all, we will be closed from January 12th-26th to allow us to complete a full inventory of our collection and to begin the process of upgrading online access to our catalogue. Stop in before Friday to stock up on books to get you through the break and we look forward to seeing you when we reopen!"


January 8, 2024 - There will be soup at the Hall on Wednesday at noon. We are offering French onion soup and stuffed cabbage soup.

January 7, 2024 - Last Sunday, New Year's Eve, Krista and Neil Hayward andI (Bev Johnson) participated in the annual Christmas Bird Count that canvases the Northeast area of Chebeague that has been monitored for many years. The total results are in and you can click here to see Krista's photos as well as the birds we saw that day. You can also click on the results for all the areas that were observed - CLICK HERE!

Snow storm today and as of 10am about 4" on Chebeague!


January 5, 2024 - Message from CRC: Postponed Rec Center Events:
Because of a continued upsurge of infections on the island the Rec Center is going to Postpone several of its scheduled events.
Postponed events:
Friday 1/5 - Game Night
Monday 1/8 - College Football Championship Viewing
Friday 1/12 - Barbie Movie Viewing
For all other programs please reach out to your coordinators for any other planned updates or changes.

A message from Genaro and Town of Chebeague: If you are resident or contractor leaving the island this weekend, it would be much appreciated if you leave your vehicle at home or at the work site. If that's not possible please park in the dirt parking area on either side of Stone Wharf Road. Leaving the asphalt spaces as empty as possible makes for easy cleanup.

Because of the recent upsurge in nasty infections on the island the Hall's Italian Night Supper is being postponed until March.


January 4, 2024 - The Yarmouth Vet WILL NOT be coming this morning, Thursday, January 4, but if you call their office, Dr. Zach will be able to see you today in Yarmouth. Our appologies, and we will see you next month!

Message from Kim Boehm: During the calendar year of 2023, (with help from others, most notable Paul Cleary) 55 vehicles (and many loads of scrap) were removed from our beautiful Island...Thanks to all of you who got rid of these eyesores. Keep in mind exterior oil tanks and junk vehicles, are identified as the two most likely sources of groundwater pollution. I will continue with my efforts in the Spring of 2024, but still need someone or group, to take over my efforts. A very special "Thank You" to CTC for providing barging (free for driveable vehicles) for my project...Kim Boehm

Click here for the Chebeague Island School Committee
Tuesday, January 9, 2024
6:30 PM
PLEASE NOTE THE TIME CHANGE FOR THIS MEETING
THIS MEETING MAY BE TELEVISED


January 1, 2024 - HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Click here for a graph by Bill Danielson constructed for solar income over the past two years. The graph shows over 700 red dots, one for each day’s solar radiation income every day over the past two years, measured by my backyard weather station. The blue dots depict the calculated theoretical maximum we might expect if there were clouds, air pollution, trees or leaves blocking the sun. Notice that in 2022, the red dots tend to accumulate toward the upper part of the graph, whereas they are more evenly distributed in 2023. In other words, 2022 saw more sun than the past year, especially in the summer and autumn months. Overall, we measured about 11% less solar income in 2023 than in 2022. So, if you felt gloomy in 2023, you can blame it in part on the weather!

Selectboard Meeting Wednesday, January 3, 2024 at 6pm - see agenda and packet.


December 31, 2023 - photo - by Jon Rich early morning 12/31/23 at the Hook.

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