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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 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 New 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 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.

December 27, 2023 - photo - 12/27/23 First rolls of fiber arrive on the island - it is really going to happen! Click on the 2024 Broadband site for more photos and information.

At the Rec - Friday 12/29 @ 5:30pm - Spaghetti and Bingo Join us at the Rec for a Spaghetti dinner and some fun Bingo. The Dinner cost is $5 for Children and $10 for Adults.Then stay and play Bingo for Fun and Free.

The library has a new book called Lobstering Women of Maine. Among other women, it features Ruth Houghton. It’s a wonderful book with both photos and paintings.


December 25, 2023 - Merry Christmas!

December 23, 2023 - Christmas Eve - The Chebeague Community Church invites you to join us for the Christmas Eve service on Sunday, December 24th @ 7pm. We will be live in person at the church and on Zoom as well. Vicki Todd will be our onsite lector for the evening Victor Diaz will be delivering his message remotely. We also have some very special guests joining us! Hope to see you there!
Zoom link: http://www.chebeaguechurch.org/worship.html

A blanket has been left on the CTC boat for the last couple of days if you are missing it.

Barbie on the Big TV
When: Wednesday, December 27
Where: CRC Community Room
Time: 6:00pm cookie decorating with pink and blue frosting
6:30pm movie begins
It's Barbie on the BIG TV in the Community Room! Come dressed in your favorite shades of pink or baby blue. Open to all girls, and to boys who are courageous enough to learn if they can be Kenough.*
-- This event is open to all youth on the island with their friends and families, and welcoming any and all guests from the mainland.

The CRC has a Barbie movie night scheduled for the entire community on January 12; the movie on December 27 is a special event for kids and teens over the vacation week.* OK: in the movie, Ken struggles with his identity...does he only exist for Barbie?
FMI call Eliza at 233-8533


December 19, 2023 - Message from Tracy Calder and the Library: Thank you to the 102 people who completed our recent community survey about the new remote workspace. We got some valuable feedback and great ideas. Congratulations to the lucky respondent who won the $50 CIBY giftcard - Kate Drabecki! Next we'll be talking with architects. FMI contact the Library!

Yesterday there was a storm that had many down trees. The whole island was without power for at least 12 hours and probably there are a few areas that still don't have power yet.

School Committee Meeting tonight at 6pm.

Selectboard meeting tomorrow night at 6pm click here for agenda and packet.

Selectboard Meeting with DEP at Bennett's Cove Wednesday, December 20, 2023 at 10:00 AM.

Selectboard Meeting at December 20, 2pm at the Hall - click here for agenda.


December 16, 2023 - If you missed the school concert or want to share with relatives click here.

Tomorrow is Carolling in the Woods, December 17th at 2:30, sponsored by the Rec and Chebeague Cumberland Land Trust. See you in Littlefield Woods! Click here for flyer.


December 15, 2023 - Chebeague Island School Concert is tonight at 5:30 at the Hall - see you there! See flyer!

December 13, 2023 - Click here for an article about our new minister that was in the Forecaster. "New Chebeague Island church leader ‘right person at right time’"

TONIGHT The Museum Shop is open from 5:30 to 7:30 and most items are 25% off - see you there.


December 12, 2023 -Back by Special Request
Chebeague Rec - Lost Valley Ski & Snowboard Program - 6 Weeks Starting Friday 1/5/2024
Please act Fast the Registration Deadline is this Friday 12/15
For More Information or to Register Click Here!

Soup at the Hall on Wednesday! We will have Butternut Squash and Chicken and Cheese Tortellini

Update! Get your glow on! The Island Commons’ Holiday Night Light Ride is now Wednesday, December 20th at 5:30pm. The winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to The Red Studio!

The Broadband Committee has been working with Axiom, CMP, Consolidated, the Maine Connectivity Authority, and the Town of Chebeague to deliver high speed fiber Internet service available to every home and business on the Island by the end of summer, 2024. Information about signing up for free installation will be found here, or at the”2024 Broadband” link at the top of this page, or by calling Axiom at 207-255-0679.  Free installation by Axiom is only available at the time of the initial roll-out, after which time they will charge over $300 to do so, so act quickly!


December 11, 2023 - Join us Tuesday, December 12th at 1 pm at the Rec center for our monthly Dessert & Discussion series. This month, Jerry Wiles will lead the discussion about the historic “Christmas at the White House” in 1941 when Winston Churchill visited the Roosevelts after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The vent is free. Coffee and cookies will be served. Flyer attached.
December 9, 2023 - The Chebeague School's Winter Concertis Friday, December 15 @5:30 at the Island Hall. It's a short event lasting about 30 minutes and the community is invited! Click here for the Flyer..
December 8, 2023 - Carol In the Woods is POSTPONED TO DECEMBER 17th (see flyer) please spread word

December 7, 2023 - Tomorrow, Friday, December 8th is the Commons holiday party from 4:30 - 6:30 with food/drink, raffles & live music by Tyler Stanley and Katie Urich.

The Museum Shop will be open for last minute gifts on Sunday, December 10th from 1-4 PM and again on Wednesday, December 13 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM. The CIHS is also happy to accommodate Santa's helpers if you see a car outside that means that someone may be there to accomodate you! Most items are 25% off. A Museum Membership, the new Sloop's Log, or Sharon Bowman's book are all great gift ideas!


December 6, 2023 - The Yarmouth Vet will be at the Hall tomorrow morning from 9:00 to 11:30. The sign-up sheet will be up by around 6:15. Please call Sam McLean with questions (846 0510).

Click here for the CTC December Newsletter.

Don't forget this Sunday: Come sing in the woods together again! See flyer — please spread the word. It will be on a Sunday, Dec 10th at a time we hope meets lots of schedules (2:30PM-4:30PM). It is after church, before dark and brief (sing in the woods at 2:30pm and pop over to the Rec for Cocoa and Tree Lighting at 3:30). I love this pandemic-inspired event. First we sang outside because it seemed the safest way post-vaccines— then we just fell in love singing under the island pines and oaks.


December 4, 2023 - CIS CHRISTMAS TREE SALE! If you were not able to get your Christmas Tree or Poinsettia from the school on (Saturday 12-2-23), you can come to the school during school hours this Monday - Wednesday! Thank You everyone for your wonderful support!!!

For those who missed the Whalers wonderful holiday concert I put most of it on my youtube channel - click here to see.

The School Committee is meeting Tuesday, December 5, at 6pm at the school. Click here for agenda.

The Chebeague Recreation Center announces: Dessert & Discussion, Tuesday, December 12, 1-2 pm - Jerry Wiles will lead the discussion on Winston Churchill’s visit to the White House in December 1941 after Pearl Harbor. Click here for flyer.

Click here to see what is happening in December at the Chebeague Recreation Center!

Selectmen's meeting this Wednesday, December 6th Executive Session at 5:30PM with a meeting to follow at 6:00PM and an Executive Session after the meeting at The Chebeague Island Hall- see agenda and packet.


December 2, 2023 - Tonight 7pm - Winter Whalers Concert at the Church. Song, refreshments and winter cheer for all!! See Flyer.

November 30, 2023 - If you ordered a wreath from Ladies Aid, they are ready for pick up at the Parish house. If you haven't paid the checks should be made out to Chebeague Community Church.

Message from the Land Trust: On Saturday 12/2/23 from 9 to 11 or so we'll have a clean up session at Sanford's Pond (on Chebeague Island!) to get ready for the upcoming skating season. Rakes, loppers, a tarp, gloves, weed wacker, skiff / canoe will be the tools of the day. It'll be the same as / similar to last year -- we'll clean up around the warming hut, make sure gear is in order, tidy up the paths, pull whatever we can from the water that might interfere with skating. Please spread the word and come if you can!

For those who missed or want to see again: Earle Shettleworth- A Century of Portland Artists 1820-1920 - click here.

Check out the Fall 2023 edition of the new Island Commons Connection. Bravo to Activities Coordinator Katie Urich for all her work putting this together!
If you’d like to be added to our newsletter email list, please contact nancy.olney@islandcommons.com and we will add you to the list!


November 27, 2023 - Message from the Council: Please join us for soup at the Hall at noon on Wednesday. We are cooking up tomato bisque with grilled cheese croutons and beef chili.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 28th is the School Committee meeting at 6pm - click here for agenda.

Wednesday, November 29 is a town Adhoc Finance Committee meeting at 7pm..

Thursday, November 30, 2023 at 6:00 is Facilities Committee Meeting via Zoom.

Remember Santa Claus is Coming to Town!! All ages are welcome! Saturday, December 2nd - 3pm to 5pm at the Chebeague Island Hall. See flyer.

Next Saturday, December 2nd is also the Winter Whalers Concert at the Church. Song, refreshments and winter cheer for all!! See Flyer.

***Last Call to take the Chebeague Island Library Remote Workspace Survey!* If you have not had a chance to take the survey and would like to provide input into the new workspace we are designing for the Library, please do! The space will provide a place to focus on work, school, reading, writing, research, projects, meetings, and more. The survey is open until Thursday, November 30th. Thank you! https://forms.gle/3h6MezGHwu6UHp6J9

November 23, 2023 - HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

photo from the Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot - what a beautiful day it is!

The Museum shop is open from 11-4 on Black Friday! 25% off most items!!


November 22, 2023 - TOMORROW: Join the Chebeague Recreation Center on November 23rd for the annual Turkey Trot. Meet at the Rec Center on Thanksgiving morning to walk, run, stroll, scoot, ride, and more with other community members! Routes are outlined, shorter route is roughly 1.5 miles and the longer route is roughly 3 miles. Meet at 8:45am and set off at 9am. Refreshments will be served! SEE FLYER. I will see you all there if I get the turkey in the oven.

Congratulations to Steve Auffant for front-page recognition in today's Portland Press Herald, as a "Mainer to be Thankful For!"

The Red Studio will be open for holiday shopping on Saturday (Nov. 25) from 10-noon, Sunday (December 3) from 1-3, and during the Commons' gala Christmas party for the community on Friday, December 8, from 4:30-6:30. The Studio is crammed with great gifts for all ages. Antiques, artworks, books, beautiful jewelry, toys, housewares and everything you need for entertaining during the holidays. If you can’t decide on the perfect gift, our friendly elves will help you choose.


November 21, 2023 - Santa Claus is Coming to Town!! All ages are welcome! Saturday, December 2nd - 3pm to 5pm at the Chebeague Island Hall. See flyer.

There will be no soup this week!

The town is actively looking for a Town Clerk/Registrar of Votes. This is a full time position (40 hours a week) with benefits included. Starting salary is between $20-25 per hour. Anyone interested in applying should please contact the Town Administrator, George Sutherland at townadmin@townofchebeagueisland.org or by calling 207-846-3148.

Message from Erika: Hello dear friends and Chebeague neighbors,
Come sing in the woods together again! Here is the flyer for “Carol in the Woods 2023” — please spread the word. It will be on a Sunday, Dec 10th at a time we hope meets lots of schedules (2:30PM-4:30PM). It is after church, before dark and brief (sing in the woods at 2:30pm and pop over to the Rec for Cocoa and Tree Lighting at 3:30). I love this pandemic-inspired event. First we sang outside because it seemed the safest way post-vaccines— then we just fell in love singing under the island pines and oaks.


November 19, 2023 - Florence Rich left Chebeague this Fall after living at Chandlers for many years. She would love to receive holiday greetings from her island friends at 40 Merrill Road, Gray, ME. 04039.

Thanks to all who made the fair was great success. We have aprox. 20 WREATHS not spoken for. Call Kathy Kuntz 846-1496 before Dec 1st.


November 17, 2023 - There is a Department of Marine Resources (DMR) aquaculture scoping session tomorrow at 3pm at the Hall. It is for a suspended culture marine algae 16 acres for 20 years in Casco Bay Chebeague Waters. Click here for more information.

November 15, 2023 - CCLT's Sanford's cleanup has been postponed to December 2nd from 9 to 11 - we can all get ready for the skating season.

Ladies Aid Christmas Fair on Saturday November 18 from 11-1 at the Parish House!

Tomorrow, the DEP is voting on " provisional adoption of 2023 Maine Geologic Survey mapping of coastal frontal sand dunes." Click here for agenda.

One of the soups today at the Hall is ministrone and I don't know the other. See you a noon.

The Chebeague Island School is hosting an hour of gratitude after the after school program today from 4:30-5:30. If you can make it, stop in and do a few activities and have a little snack. See flyer!

Click here to see Maine Audobon's Coastal Birds Newsletter in which Chebeague's Piping Plovers are mentioned. Click here to see the Audobon Flyer about the endangered Least Terns and Piping Plovers.


November 14, 2023 - NEXT MONDAY: CIHS Ellsworth Miller Memorial Lecture Series presents Earle Shettleworth, 6th State Historian on zoom, Monday, 11/27/2023. See Flyer.

November 13, 2023 - Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 14th from 1-2 pm, please come to the Rec for
Dessert & Discussion hosted by Barry Fitzsimmons on a discussion of his career in Photojournalism.
Barry has worked as numerous newspapers and was on the ground for many a dramatic scene - murders, disasters, protests, and much more. Should journalists push to show the public more?
Or shield the reader from some of the the more emotionally charged scenes?
Come taste some treats and discuss this interesting topic.

Wednesday, November 15 is Selectmen's meeting - see agenda and packet.


November 11, 2023 - Veteren's Day and a big THANK YOU to Doug Ross, with the help of his son Eric, who three times a year (Memorial Day, Independence Day and Veteran’s Day) sets out American flags on the telephone poles at the island center.

TONIGHT: Community dinner at the Hall see flyer.

Don't miss the Ladies Aid Christmas Fair on Saturday November 18 from 11-1 at the Parish House! It's time to pick up those homemade gifts, cards, and the special Ladies Aid knives.
There will be plenty of fudge and lots of goodies on the food table. Get there early pies fly out the door! There is a limited number of wreaths to order. Place your order at the Fair! See flyer.


November 9, 2023 - photo November 9, 2023 by Will Vaughan.

There is a community dinner at the Hall on Saturday night, 11/11, to raise money for Bea's (May's daughter) study abroad program. I hope folks will come out for it. Here is the flyer.


November 8, 2023 - Please take a 5-minute survey to help us design the remote workspace at Chebeague Island Library!
--- Our brief May survey showed a need for remote workspace on the island, and the Library received a generous grant to help create the space. Now we’d appreciate your input on what it could look like. Whether you need a place to work, study, read, or just focus on a project, this space will be for everyone. We’d love to hear from you!
--- Thanks in advance for completing the survey; it will take about 5 minutes. It’s anonymous but if you’d like to be entered into a raffle for a $50 gift card there’s an opportunity for that at the end!
--- Link to online survey: https://forms.gle/3h6MezGHwu6UHp6J9
---- Paper copies available at the Library.

Barrie Shepherd's 2023 Advent/Christmas poetry collection, "To Bethlehem and Back..." is now available. At $10 a copy it makes an attractive seasonal gift. All proceeds from sales - beyond cost - are donated to the Chebeague and Scarborough food pantries. To order email Barrie at barrieshep@aol.com, phone 510 1637 or write 15 Piper Road - K325, Scarborough, ME 04074.


November 7, 2023 - photo November 7 2023 just before the storm on November 7, 2023 by Jon Rich looking over to Little Chebeague.

The election results are posted for Chebeague on the Town Website - click here to see.

"Come one, come all! Please join CCLT at Sanford's Pond on Chebeague Island from 9:00 to 11:00 or so on Saturday 11/18/2023. We'll do a clean up to get ready for the upcoming skating season. Bring loppers / rakes / tarp / gloves if you can! Cider and cookies will be served. Questions? Contact CCLT's Jonathan Dawson at steward@ccltmaine.org."

Don't forget to VOTE today!

Wednesday soups are Chicken Chili and Butternut Squash. See you at noon at the Hall.

ATTENTION: Nurse Peggy Akers will be back on Wednesday morning to finish up COVID and flu shots. Call the Council office at 846-4988 and leave a message with your name and phone number. We will call you with an appointment time.


November 6, 2023 - Save the Date: Saturday, Dec 2nd @7pm for the annual Whalers Winter Concert. Click here to see the wonderful flyer with pictures I remember well.

The Transfer Station Winter hours are:
Monday CLOSED
Tuesday CLOSED
Wednesday 1:30PM-4PM
Thursday: CLOSED
Friday 1:30PM -4PM
Saturday: 9AM - 4PM
Sunday: 9AM - 4PM


November 5, 2023 - photo November 5, 2023 of the dredging equipment at the Stone Wharf. Click here to see the dredge Plymouth Rock and tug Willard Clapp. They were used to dredge the extension to the Stone Wharf in 1886. They were owned by Chebeaguer's Robert Hamilton Jr. and Soloman Sawyer.

For those who missed the Historical Society zoom lecture when Andy Grannell about the restoration of the 150 year old Grannell Cottage on North Rd. , you can click here and download.


November 2, 2023 - The Chebeague School is selling Christmas trees again this year: Xmas trees are 6-8 ft. @ $50 chebeaguechristmastrees@gmail.com to order
Poinsettias are 3 sizes and different color choices ranging from $7-$22 Order online: https://www.estabrooksonline.com/chebeague/
Pick up at school on Dec 2 from 9:00am-11:30pm. Email for delivery on Sunday if needed. Order by November 22.

October 30, 2023 - This Wednesday's soups are Vegetarian Lentil and Chicken Noodle. We can't wait to see you.

For those of you who were unable to get your COVID booster last week when we ran out (twice!), Nurse Peggy Akers will be back on Wednesday, November 8 to give the boosters. She will be at the Hall from 9:00 am - until we are done. We will contact you this week to arrange a specific time that morning. If you were not at the previous clinic and would like to come in for a booster, call the Council Office at 846-4988 and leave us a message with your name and phone number. We will call you back to set up an appointment with Peggy.

CIS students and Kids Place will be doing a Walking School "Ghoul" Bus from Town Hall/Fire Station to CIS in the morning beginning at 8:30am. Please know that there will be a lot of costumed children and adults walking down the road between 8:30 and 9am. Please be mindful and feel free to give a honk as you drive by all the characters on their way to school!

We are hosting a community dinner on 11/11 to raise money for Bea's semester in London. Pot roast (with vegetarian option), mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, salad, and apple crisp for dessert. $10 recommended donation. 50/50 raffle and live music by Charles Hall, Chip Emery, John Howard, and friends! See the flyer here!


October 28, 2023 - Maine Community Foundation has established funds relative to the Lewiston Tragedy if people want to make a donation to help families of victims or community recovery efforts here.


October 27, 2023 - Out of respect for all those suffering, grieving, and worrying, we have decided to postpone the Turd Pollack Halloween dance. We WILL have a dance as soon as some healing happens. Thank you all! Please look out for each other.

Schools in Yarmouth will remain closed on Friday, October 27. Offices will also be closed, and no student activities will be held. Superintendent Dolloff will be providing a more extensive update to all staff and families later today. See yesterday's annoucement here.

The town office will close at 12PM today, Friday October 27th.

Absentee Ballots will be available Monday, October 30th.

Thanks to everyone who attended the Chebeague Island Historical Society’s Harvest Open House on Sunday, 10/22. Be sure to join our November lecture on 11/27 at 7PM via Zoom. Earle Shettleworth, 6th State Historian, will speak on "A Century of Portland Artists 1820 - 1920." Please find more information in our November newsletter, here.


October 26, 2023 - Stephen and Vicki Todd will be holding the space this evening, Thursday, Oct 26th, for silent prayer from 7-8pm at the Chebeague Community Church. All are welcome to attend.

Message from Yarmouth School: "Yarmouth Schools will be closed today - Thursday, October 26 - due to the shelter-in-place and ongoing search for a person of interest in last evening's tragedy in Lewiston that impacts many of our staff and families. All offices will be closed as we urge folks to remain off the roads as much as possible. Information on resources for supporting students and adults in the face of this tragedy will be shared by email later this morning."

I will be away for a week and David Hill drhill@chebeague.net will be updating the website.


October 25, 2023 - photo taken by Paul Cleary from Sunnyside @ 7:12 am on Oct.25th. Gary Ross & the Wanderer getting ready for the day.

October 24, 2023 - photo of Halloween decoration on the island. Click here for another one. People are really getting inspired this year. Click here for a beautiful mailbox display.

Tomorrow, Wednesday The Island Council is hosting a walk-in Flu and COVID clinic next Wednesday, 10/25 9am - 1pm at the Hall. Be sure to bring your insurance info (no worries if you don’t have insurance) and your COVID card.
Due to the clinic, there will be no soup.


October 23, 2023 - Don’t miss tonight’s Ellsworth Miller zoom lecture when Andy Grannell will talk about the restoration of the 150 year old Grannell Cottage on North Rd. And how the descendants of Charles and Etta Hamilton Grannell have insured it’s future! (Zoom log in number is 82962476056. No password required.)
October 21, 2023 - Vail Devereux Traina will celebrate her 90th birthday on Tuesday, Oct. 24. Her address is: 640 Ocean Ave., Apt. 212, Portland, ME. 04103.

October 20, 2023 - Tomorrow: Saturday October 21, 6-8 pm: The Rec and the Hall together: Vegetarian Community Potluck and Harvest Celebration at the Hall. Wear a Hat or costume to get a free ticket for the door prize.

Friday October 27 Family night at the Rec: 7 pm Treasure Hunt - Register at ChebeagueRec.com

Saturday October 28 - 11 am pumpkin decorating at Kids Place to follow the story time at the library.


October 19, 2023 - Join us at the Museum for the CIHS Annual Harvest Open House on Sunday 10/22 from 1-4 PM. It is the last chance to see the Growing Up on Chebeague exhibit. The Shop will be open and all items will be 20% off! Click here for thee flyer.

October 17, 2023 - The Island Council is hosting a walk-in Flu and COVID clinic next Wednesday, 10/25 9am - 1pm at the Hall. Be sure to bring your insurance info (no worries if you don’t have insurance) and your COVID card.
Due to the clinic, there will be no soup.

Maddie Downs will be on the island Wednesday and Thursday, October 25th and 26th for those who need help with medicare and drug plans. Contact her at 207-522-5321.


October 16, 2023 - photo by Art Ryder, Sunrise October 16th from Coleman's Cove.

Tomorrow: Oct 17th, 1-2pm: DESSERT & DISCUSSION with Jerry Wiles at the Chebeague Recreation Center.

NOTICE from Rich Plumbing: The weather can change quickly so if you know your cottage is ready to shut down for the winter please let him know. I have seen three days of freezing weather in the last week of October. His email is jonrich@chebeague.net and his cell is 207-522-3439.

Soup starts this Wednesday at noon. We will be serving Vegetable Beef and Hungarian Mushroom. Bring a friend!

Selectmen's Meeting this Wednesday, 7pm at the Hall and on youtube channel - click here for agenda and packet.


October 15, 2023 - Note from Two Birds - Dear Friends of Two Birds Café
We decided that this shall be our last weekend (October 13-15) until the Spring of 2024!!
Thank You, One & All, for your tremendous support & friendship this Season as we had a wonderful time & loved every minute of seeing old friends and making many more as the season progressed.
We were lucky enough to have had a dedicated and delightful crew, that we love so much, with great hopes of a reunion next Spring:
Aoife, Lucy, Regina, Uncle Bruce & Aunt Dorrit, the A Team, really!! Alden, Sister Bird Polly (luv u), Amanda (aka Manders, aka Captain), Tacey, Janet, my other Mother ( I miss you), Mama Karen & Dad, a steady supply of gorgeous flowers, & endless support on so many levels Tina Mom, Maddie, Hayden & of course, Chip, who literally, makes the world go round! We Love this Life……in case you didn’t notice! Love, The Birds
October 13, 2023 - HISTORICAL SOCIETY HARVEST OPEN HOUSE - OCTOBER 22nd—1PM to 4PM
Please join the Chebeague Island Historical Society on Sunday October 22nd for our annual Harvest Open House at the Museum from 1PM to 4PM. This will be your last chance to visit our current exhibit - “Growing Up on Chebeague”. The exhibit opened in 2022 and will soon be coming down! The thousands of people who visited have enjoyed all the photos and artifacts from our past. In 2024 an exciting new exhibit will open. Please help us celebrate “Growing Up on Chebeague”. And of course, refreshments will be served and the Museum Shop will be open – with a 20% off sale!
October 12, 2023 - TODAY: Join Senator Mattie Daughtry for office hours today, Thursday, Oct. 12 from 3-4pm. Mattie will be in the Community Room at the CRC, ready to listen, answer questions, and provide legislative updates.

October 11, 2023 - Note from Island Commons: Our annual invitation to come to the Commons for Trick or Treat was incorrectly labeled a “party” in the October island calendar. Please see our flyer for details on our annual Trick or Treat activity. Thanks, and sorry for the confusion!

The Chebeague Island Council will hold a Flu/COVID walk-in clinic on Wednesday, October 25 from 9 am-1pm. Paperwork is available outside the Wellness Center office. Please bring your insurance card if you have one (no worries if you don't) and your COVID card. The COVID booster is from Pfizer. There will be a pediatric flu vaccine but no pediatric COVID.

Wednesday SOUP is starting up on October 18 at noon. We can't wait!


October 9, 2023 - TOMORROW, Tuesday, October 10: The Chebeague Inn with a kill the keg from 6 to 8 with free food, discounted gift shop, and drink specials!!

Asian jumping worms are here on the island and are more numerous in some places than others. Although there is no current way to control them, minimizing the spread can be helpful. Please look at the links below for more information. If you need help identifying them please feel free to email BJ at barefootbj@yahoo.com or CarlaClarke@gmail.com
Click here for a fact sheet about these worms.
click here for Umass site.
Click here to see a photo of one I took recently from a friends garden.


October 8, 2023 - photo by Susan Gaskins early morning October 8th at Sandy Point. Click here for another and click here for another.

Greetings! The Board of Trustees of the Chebeague Island Historical Society is planning for its future, and we are asking for your input. Following is a link to an online survey. Please take a few minutes and let us know your thoughts and ideas.
-- Please click this link (https://forms.gle/X4juN92Y3q1zHBS96) to take the CIHS Survey. If you cannot click the link, please copy and paste the address into an internet browser.

Don't miss the Museum's 20% off nearly everything sale - Sunday 1-4 and Monday 11-4. Last chance to buy raffle tickets for the framed high quality prints - tickets will be drawn tomorrow before closing. Also next to the last chnce to see the Growing Up on Chebeague Exhibit before it comes down.


October 7, 2023 - Ahoy Matey!!! Today is the day! Please join the Chebeague Island Library at 4pm as we set sail aboard the Hispaniola. Gather your treasure, adorn your best pirate attire and get ready to walk the plank. See Flyer and times!
-- While this is a community event, we ask that if you're not feeling well, please help keep our community safe and healthy by joining us in spirit.

October 6, 2023 - Chebeague Community Church will not have a formal worship service this Sunday, October 8. Instead, we cordially invite one and all to a Drop In Fellowship Hour between 10 and 11 AM at the Parish House. Please join us for coffee, conversation and treats! There is a rumor that quiche will be served…

The Frost/Blanchard Tournament on Saturday October 7th will take place rain or shine. (Some think it never rains on a golf course!)
12 Noon, Callaway Format (no handicap required)
Nine holes or 18
And, as always the End of Season party will also take place at the Clubhouse @ 5 PM.
BYOB and an app to share!
Come One Come All! You don't have to be a member!!

TODAY and other days: Come enjoy the crafternoon series at the Rec: For October we have a pottery class starting October 6! Want to make a unique mug and a dish or holiday gift? Ellen Maher, ceramacist, will lead us in hand building several pieces at the Rec Center on Fridays, October 6, 13 and 20 from 1-3 pm. She will take home pieces for firing and return them at the follow up class. Sign up on line at ChebeagueRec.com - materials are included in the price. Hope to see you soon!

The Rec Center's October newsletter is out! Click here to read it. CRAFTERNOONS (Pottery making) with Ellen Maher begin this Friday, Oct 6th. Register here. Please save the dates for some fun Rec Center community events in October: Oct 17th, 1-2pm: DESSERT & DISCUSSION with Jerry Wiles; Oct 21st, 6-8pm: FALL HARVEST CELEBRATION, a Vegetarian Potluck; Oct 27th, 7-9pm: FAMILY NIGHT, an Island Treasure Hunt; and Oct 28th, 10-11am: PUMPKIN DECORATING at the Kids' Place. FMI: chebeaguerecreation@gmail.com

TOMORROW: Saturday, October 7, Join the Chebeague Island Library as we voyage into the world of Treasure Island - click here for flyer.
Activities begin at 4pm
Chicken Dinner at 5pm
Treasure Island Movie Viewing at 7pm
Pirate Costumes Strongly Encouraged!
Questions? Call us at 846-4351


October 4, 2023- photo by Joe Chamberlin of the Hook early morning on October 4.

Message from Kim Boehm: Barging days are limited, so if you have junk vehicles that need to be removed, please contact me soon. I also have trips returning to the Island, if you need items brought over from the Mainland. Thanks. Kim@ 846 2468


October 3, 2023 - CIHS Museum Exhibit and Shop will be open this weekend. Saturday 11-4, Sunday 1-4 and Monday 11-4. The Museum Shop will be having a 20% off Sale. Come join us!

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

Click here for a summer review from the Chebeague Island Yacht Club.

Chebeague Recreation Center: Click here for an overview of our October programming, as well as a reminder of our weekly offerings.  Is there something we're missing?  Reach out to share your program ideas with us (chebeaguerecreation@gmail.com). We're listening!

Remember Otto Pizza tomorrow but there will be a 10 order max so get your order in early.


October 1, 2023 - Chebeague School Committee Meeting, Tuesday, October 3, 2023, 6pm at the school and on youtube at 6 pm - see agenda.

Selectmen's Meeting, Wednesday, October 4, at the Hall and on youtube - see agenda.


September 29, 2023 - TODAY - “Hot Diggety Dog” Family night on Friday 9/29 at 5:30.
We will cook hot dogs and serve with lemonade- iced tea.
Bring a side dish or a dessert and we will enjoy some time together and family games at the Rec!

TOMORROW: At the Hall from 11 to 12 with refreshments - The CCLT (Chebeague Cumberland Land Trust) Annual Meeting with guest speaker Brad Zitske from Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. He is an expert on the Piping Plover.

SUNDAY: Victor Diaz will preach during the worship service on October 1st. The Church Council will present the candidate to the congregation at the Membership Meeting immediately following the worship service. The decision to hire the pastor shall be by consent, (without objection) or a majority vote of members present in person or virtually. Everyone is encouraged to attend; everyone may ask questions and make comments. Click here for link to zoom.
We hope you will come meet Victor and be a part of this historic occasion!
Meet Victor Diaz: Please click here.


September 28, 2023 - The Portland Press Herald had an article about the resignation of Town Administrator, Code Enforcement Officer and the chair of the Selectboard - click here. The meeting last night was only about 20 minutes long after the board came out of executive session. There was no public comment until after all the votes were taken and unfortunately some of the youtube cutout before a number of people spoke.

September 27, 2023 - The Rec is hosting a “Hot Diggety Dog” Family night on Friday 9/29 at 5:30-
We will cook hot dogs and serve with lemonade- iced tea.
Bring a side dish or a dessert and we will enjoy some time together and family games at the Rec!

This Saturday, September 30th from 11 to 12 - The CCLT (Chebeague Cumberland Land Trust) Annual Meeting is on Chebeague this year at the Hall. The guest speaker will be Brad Zitske from the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and provide education and updates on the Piping Plovers that nested on Indian Point this summer. We will offer refreshments and gather to celebrate a year of conservation and community events!


September 26, 2023 - TODAY September 26 - 4:30to 6 at the School - OPEN HOUSE - everyone is invited!! Please come and meet the new teachers and see what the children are doing. Click here for flyer.

TOMORROW - Selectmen's Meeting - 6pm - see agenda.

CTC October Newsletter - click here. Notice that the schedule has changed and there are no late evening boats on Friday and Saturday.


September 24, 2023 - Click here for the Chebeague Island Historical Society October Newsletter!

September 23, 2023 -Join the Chebeague Island Library as we voyage into the world of Treasure Island - click here for flyer.
Saturday, October 7th
Activities begin at 4pm
Chicken Dinner at 5pm
Treasure Island Movie Viewing at 7pm
Pirate Costumes Strongly Encouraged!
Questions? Call us at 846-4351

The New York Times Style Magazine is featuring Chebeague Inn "A Local's Guide to Portland, Maine and Beyond"- click here.


September 22, 2023 - For those who missed Nick Wessell's presentation on Putin's war on Ukraine and what it means for Americans you can click here to see.

Chebeague Community Church will welcome Rev. Nancy Collins back to the pulpit on Sunday, September 24 at 10:00 AM. Pastor Nancy will introduce and continue the worship series "Come to the Table". All are welcome! Coffee is served after church in the Parish Hall.

Chebeague Island's community chorus, The Whalers, will be starting up its rehearsals soon for our holiday concert. We'll be meeting at 7PM on Monday nights in the Parish House, with our concert on Saturday, December 2nd. This is an amazing way to get to know your neighbors, sing in a judgment-free environment (beginners welcome!), and eat home baked cookies every week (made by yours truly.) We start this Monday, but you could start coming anytime in the next three weeks and be ready for the concert. If you're interested, reach out to Ben Yosua-Davis at ben.yosuadavis@gmail.com. Hope to see you there!


September 20, 2023 - Tommorow night - September 21st, 7pm at the Hall and on Zoom (Zoom log in number is 82962476056. No password required.) Chebeague Island Historical Society Ellsworth Miller Memorial Lecture Series presents: Nick Wessell What does it mean for Americans? Putin's war on Ukraine is going badly for him. Can he salvage victory from the jaws of defeat? Three ways it could turn out. Click here for flyer.

September 19, 2023 - photo of Poochie Ross' fishhouse by Beverly Murray.

MUMS FUNDRAISER- Thank you to all of those who took the time to order Mums though the 3rd annual Mums Fundraiser supporting Kid's Place. We raised $850 dollars that will go to providing educational and fun activities to the children of KP. PICK UP will take place starting Wednesday, September 20th at Kids Place lawn. When arriving please note the sale sheet and cross off your order. Mums will be arranged by color. Thank you for your support and happy fall.

The transfer station will be closed on Saturday September 23 from 12:45 until 1:45 for a burial in the cemetery.The compactors are very noisy and are distracting during a burial. The family and friends of the deceased appreciate your kind consideration.


September 18, 2023 - Selectmen's meeting this Wednesday, September 20th - click here for packet and agenda.

Join the discussion on Friday, September 22nd at 1pm at the Rec Center. Diane Lukac of CCLT will lead a free "Dessert & Discussion" about conservation on Chebeague at 1 pm in the Community Room. Click here for flyer.

The Chebeague Cumberland Land Trust is working on Thursday, September 21st with Maine Island Trails to remove about 50 lobster traps from the beach at Indian Point. Click here to learn more. Great opportunites for volunteers.

Saturday, September 23 Littlefield Woods at 9am!! The invasive plants at Littlefield Woods have grown again. The Chebeague Cumberland Land Trust will meet at 9:00 at the Littlefield Woods trailhead on Littlefield Road and then hike into the clearing with the horse chestnut tree. Beating back the bittersweet from the edges of the clearing will be our priority. CCLT will bring loppers and fiskar saws, but please bring your own if you can. If we have time, some of us will break away and tackle the barberry at Curit. Questions? Please contact Jonathan Dawson at steward@ccltmaine.org.

The CCLT (Chebeague Cumberland Land Trust) Annual Meeting is on Chebeague this year on Saturday September 30th from 11 to 12 at the Hall. The guest speakers will be from the Maine Audubon and provide education and updates on the Piping Plovers that nested on Indian Point this summer. We will offer refreshments and gather to celebrate a year of conservation and community events!


September 17, 2023 - photo by Joe Chamberlin on September 17th.

The Chebeague Island School will be holding an Open House on September 26 from 4:30-6pm. Click here for the flyer. Everyone is invited!!

Message from Chebeague Island School Staff:
Dear Chebeague Island Residents,
---Please be aware that our beautiful playground is not being used appropriately in the off hours and on the weekends. The school staff is cleaning empty beer cans and broken bottles of alcohol and vape containers from the children's play area. The hardest piece of vandalism that we have dealt with are the vulgar words and words that can only be described as hate language that are written on the picnic tables. We have had this situation 4 times now since the start of the school year.
--- Please know that the playground is part of the community. The playground should be considered 'closed' at dusk or sunset. The island students aged 3- 10 should not have to come to school and be exposed to this garbage and ugly words in the place were they learn and play.
--- We are asking for your help to monitor the property. And to be aware that there are people disrespecting the beautiful island.
--- Thank you for doing your part in keeping the school year and playground clean and safe!


September 15, 2023 - Chebeague Community Church will not be having a service this Sunday due to the storm.

Message from Chebeague Community Church: Dear Members and Friends, We are pleased to announce that on September 7th, the Church Council approved the Pastor Search Committee's recommendation of Victor Diaz as our new pastor / chaplain. Victor will preach during the worship service on October 1st. The Church Council will present the candidate to the congregation at the Membership Meeting immediately following the worship service. The decision to hire the pastor shall be by consent, (without objection) or a majority vote of members present in person or virtually. Everyone is encouraged to attend; everyone may ask questions and make comments.
We hope you will come meet Victor and be a part of this historic occasion!
Meet Victor Diaz: Please click here.

Due to the anticipated storm, Chebeague Historical Society’s Museum Shop will be closed tomorrow, 9/16.

Due to Saturday’s forecast, the Red Studio at the Island Commons will be closed. We’ll reopen Saturday, Sept. 23 from 10-noon, and (hopefully) be open every Saturday until Columbus Day weekend. Thanks for your support.

School Committee Meeting at the School Tuesday, September 19th at 6pm - click here for agenda. It may be televised on the towns youtube channel.


September 14, 2023 - Message from Two Birds Cafe: We’ve decided to close the Café due to the impending storm and all its uncertainties. It doesn’t make sense for us to order all our food when we would most likely need to close on Saturday, perhaps Sunday if we lose power or internet. Anyhow, its never an easy decision so we apologize if you had your tummy set on maple bread pudding!!!
Please Note:
We have New Fall Hours going forward:
Friday
Saturday & Sunday
10:00 - 3:00

September 13, 2023 - The Treasure Island event by the Library has been postponed due to the impending storm. A new date will be posted in the near future.

Last weeks Selectmen's Meeting Youtube didn't work during the meeting but it did get taped and you are able to access now by going to the youtube station .

Save the Date: Friday, September 22, 1:00-2:00pm for Dessert & Discussion at the CRC. The topic will be Conservation Goals for the Land Trust on Chebeague: Why does it mater? Discussion let by Diane Lukac of the Chebeague Cumberland Land Trust.


September 12, 2023 - TWO BIRDS CAFE - New Fall Hours: Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10:00 - 3:00. There number is (415) 271-0096.

The Chebeague Community Church wishes to thank the island community for their enthusiastic support of our summer worship programs! We continue to look forward to a very special worship series of five services that will be brought to us by Rev. Joy Toll-Chandler and Rev. Nancy Collins during September and October. The series, entitled "Come to the Table," will explore the many "tables" of faith, including hospitality, love, peace, grace and joy. The first service in the series will take place next Sunday, September 17, at 10:00, with Pastor Joy presiding, and all are invited to attend!

Portland Press Herald: Maine Voices: Summer-vacation books outstay summer vacations. Thank goodness.I live on Chebeague Island, which is blessed to be littered with books. This summer, they were put to good use. Click here to read Susan Stranahan's voice. Click here if unable to read in the paper.

Thursday, September 21st, 7pm at the Hall and on Zoom (Zoom log in number is 82962476056. No password required.) Chebeague Island Historical Society Ellsworth Miller Memorial Lecture Series presents: Nick Wessell What does it mean for Americans? Putin's war on Ukraine is going badly for him. Can he salvage victory from the jaws of defeat? Three ways it could turn out. Click here for flyer.

Message from Kim Boehm: Be prepared for bad weather!. If you have a portable generator, remember to test run it (under load) and stock up on some fresh fuel. If you have an automatic generator set up, check your fuel level (usually propane) and monitor the generator panel for system status...

I am back from North Carolina with Dennis, who is moving back to the island along with Darya who moved back last week while they look for a house in the Portland area.


September 9, 2023 - photo by Thomas Chamberlin on Septemeber 9 - timelapse.

September 7, 2023 - TOMORROW: Join the fun. The Island Commons’ Harvest Party is FRIDAY (Sept. 8) from 4:30-6:30. Food, great music, drinks, raffles and a good time for all. (If you were there last year, you’ll remember the fun!) This is our thanks to the Chebeague community!!! See you at the Commons. See Flyer!

TODAY!! The Chebeague Community Church Council will hold their meeting today, Thursday, Sept 7th at 4pm. on Zoom. Agenda items include a report from the Pastor Search Committee and a proposal to insulate the Parsonage. All are welcome to attend. To join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84592923241?pwd=NHkxa1FSMDFtRVRWQXZEaDArTW90Zz09


September 6, 2023 - photo by Erika Neumann taken September 6

Selectmen's meeting tonight at the Hall at 6pm - click here for agenda and packet - click here to watch live on the Town Youtube channel.

Tomorrow night, Thursday, is the Climate Action Team meeting 7pm at the Library - click here for agenda.

The Munjoy Hill Neighborhood Organization did a nice review of the Chebeague Historical Society Exihibit on their newsletter - click here to see.

You won't want to miss the Common's Harvest Party with music by T-Polluck on Friday, September 8th from 4:30 to 6:30 - A free event and is always so much fun and and their way of giving back to the community. Click here for more information.

Today is Otto's Pizza Day - order before 12 and get your pizza off the 4 boat.


September 4, 2023 - The Vet .will be here on Thursday morning 8:45 -11:30. A sign up sheet will be put on library door at 7:30 and will be the only sign up sheet.

Click here for a Maine public Radio about the changing landscape of the hook. Today's Portland Press Herald also has a report on the "Erosion on Chebeague Island seen as warning to other coastal communities" - click here.


September 2, 2023 - Dance tonight at the Hall! Please join the westenders and Friends from 7 - 11 pm - $10 per person to benefit the Chebeague Island Library. Great music, dancing, friends and BYOB, all to benefit an essential island service!

September 1, 2023 - The transfer station will be closed Saturday September 2nd from 11:45 to 1:00 for a burial in the cemetery. The compactors in the transfer station are noisy and can be distracting during a burial service. Thank you for your kind consideration for the family and friends of the deceased.

Please help improve access to nature and recreation on our Chebeague Island properties. Is something holding you back from enjoying Chebeague & Cumberland Land Trust's amazing properties? Are there aspects of our properties that could be improved to give you or your family member a better experience on our trails? Please help us by completing a brief survey you can access here. If you have questions or comments, please contact CCLT at steward@ccltmaine.org.


August 31, 2023 - The Town of Chebeague Island is hiring. Effective immediately the town is seeking to hire an Office Assistant/Deputy Clerk. This is a 3-day ( 24 hour a week) position. Benefits, vacation, and sick times apply. Town is also looking for a Code Enforcement Officer. Please go to the town site for more information. Any questions can be directed to Viktoria Wood, Town Administrator.

There were a lot of meetings going on Monday night and some of us missed the wonderful Historical Society Program about the Portland Gale of 1898 by Bill Danielson and Cap Leonard - I will be reposting it later after we realized some problems with the recording.

School Committee Meeting next Tuesday, September 5, 2023 - see agenda.


August 30, 2023 - photo by Art Ryder taken morning of August 30th Colemans Cove.

CIHS Labor Day Sale is this weekend. 15% Off sale runs Friday and Saturday 11-4, Sun 1-4 and Monday 11-4.


August 29, 2023 - Join us on Sunday, September 3rd at 9:00am for a free Birding Event! This event is hosted by the Chebeague and Cumberland Land Trust (CCLT) and led by Derek Lovitch of Wild Bird Supply. Space is limited to 12 participants so you need to register - click here for details and to register.

Please find the September newsletter from the Historical Society here.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Chebeague Yacht Club 2023 racing season. Look forward to seeing you on the water next year!
2023 Results -
1. Lyra
2. Halcyon
3. Clarity
4. Biscuit
5. Occam's Razor
6. Sea Jay
7. Sea Glass
Interested in CIYC? Join us at the Annual Meeting on Thursday, August 31 at 4pm at 330 South Road.


August 28, 2023 - School House Seconds is open tomorrow, Tuesday, August 29, 9 to noon ONLY (no evening hours). Last Day Open for the Season! Click here for a photo of the rugs and click here for a gazebo that is available!

"Move the Merch Sale", help us clear out the building! Take what you want and make a donation to the Island Council for your items. Still available, 4 oriental rugs and a 10 x 10 screened gazebo (new, in the box).

"Year-rounders! Are you concerned about the island's open spaces, level of development, business friendliness, and general character as we head into the future? Here's your opportunity (obligation?) to have an impact; JOIN THE PLANNING BOARD!! There are openings and lots of interesting work ahead such as rewriting the zoning & subdivision ordinances and reviewing upcoming development projects. Apply by letter of intent to the Town Administrator. Chebeague is a wonderful place; can we keep it that way? It's your call."


August 27, 2023 - The Poetry event on August 29 by the Coastal Poets is canceled due to illness. To be rescheduled.

Kids' Place and the Chebeague Recreation Center are hiring for a full-time position! The person who is hired for this position will spend half of their time working as the Program Manager at CRC and half the time as assistant teacher at Kids Place, in particular helping our five amazing pre-k students transition back to Kids' Place after their morning spent at the Chebeague Island School. We're offering a competitive salary and fantastic benefits. Check out our website to see the full job description: www.chebeaguerec.com. E-mail a resume to Steve Auffant (chebeaguerecreation@gmail.com) or Caitlin Whetham (caitlin.whetham.kidsplace@gmail.com) if you're interested. Until we find the right candidate, we need some extra help at Kids' Place, particularly on Wednesday afternoons. Please e-mail caitlin.whetham.kidsplace@gmail.com if you are interested in helping out. Thanks so much for your support!


August 26, 2023 - Monday August 28, 2023 @7pm via zoom and In Person Chebeague Island Historical Society Ellsworth Miller Memorial Lecture Series presents Cap Leonard and Bill Danielson "Portland Gale of 1898" The storm claimed over 400 lives. *Zoom log in number is 82962476056. No password required. See Flyer.
August 25, 2023 - On Tuesday, August 29 at 2:15 the Library will host a poetry reading of the Coastal Poets. The Coastal Poets are a group of poets formed from the creative community of the Maine Writers and Publishers Association. Five poets will share original works inspired by the coast and islands of Maine. FMI contact Corie, 846-4351 Click here for flyer and to see who the poets are. CANCELLED to be rescheduled.

August 22, 2023 - Message from Kim Boehm: "I am still taking junk vehicles (running and not so much) off the Island. I also am still looking for someone to take that duty over....Also a reminder that I usually have an empty truck returning to the Island, so if you have stuff to bring to the Island, keep me in mind. Again, it does not have a dump body, so no gravel, etc can be hauled, unless you want to shovel it off. Thanks... Kim Boehm 846 2468"

TODAY 10 AM- Donuts and Discussion at the rec!!


August 21, 2023 - TODAY - 5PM at the Recreation Center - 3rd annual Celebration of Chebeague's Nonprofits sponsored by The Recompense Fund - learn from all our nonprofits and enjoy refreshments too!

Click here to see some photos from the Barn Museum opening Saturday, August 19th.

Seaside Brass:  A Fun Finale for a Glorious MacBeth Concert Season.  Join us on Sunday, August 27 at 2:00 p.m. when we welcome back the Seaside Brass Quintet, who have been a part of the series almost since its beginning.  Their program this year, “Cruisin’ With the Seaside Brass,” will feature their unique treatments of jazz, classical, pop and Gilbert and Sullivan.  For starters, think “An American in Paris,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” and “Basin Street Blues.”  Their concert two-years ago was one of the most popular of that season—familiar music, a beautiful, relaxed setting.  Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to Jim and Anne Gallagher’s yard, 113 Cottage Road.  In case of rain, the concert will be held at the Chebeague Community Church.  Questions?  Contact Carl Tubbesing (carldt@gwi.nete) or Barrie Shepherd (barrieshep@aol.com).   

School Committee Meeting Tomorrow August 22, 6pm at the school and it may be televised on the town youtube channel.


August 20, 2023 - REMINDER: Tomorrow at 5pm at the Rec Center Tennis Courts will be a Celebration of all of Chebeague's Nonprofits! Please come to this annual short event with refreshments sponsored by The Recompense Fund. It is so great to hear and learn all of the wonderful things our nonprofits do to help sustain our community!

Message from Kim Boehm: "Thanks to a very honest neighbor, my Hammer Drill is now home again! With chocolate cookies for late fee!! Only on Chebeague....Kim


August 18, 2023 - Message from Kim Boehm: A few months back, someone borrowed my Milwaukee Corded Hammer Drill. It was in a red metal case with lots of concrete drill bits and fasteners. If this was you, please return it. I forgot who borrowed it and I need it for a project" Thanks. Kim 846 2468

REMINDER: The Chebeague Island Living History Farm (CILHF) will have a Community celebration and Barn Museum open house Saturday the 19th from 11 am to 3 pm. We are located at the Second Wind Farm on Roy Hill Road, behind the Farm Stand. Come and view Chuck’s antique farm tools collection.


August 16, 2023 - photo by Art Ryder taken morning of August 16th Colemans Cove. Click here to see August 15th.

Come join us at the Hall on Saturday August 19 for a TURKEY DINNER and a performance/dance by THE FEW.
Dinner will begin at 5:30. Concert will follow. 7:00-10:00pm
Please bring a dessert to share and a drink of choice.
All donations will benefit band members as they head off to school.

Click here for messages from the Chebeague Yacht Club and learn about the August 19 Ocen Race and the Annual Meeting August 31st.

Selectmen's meeting tonight at the Hall at 6pm - click here for the agenda and packet.

Please don’t forget to place your OTTO Pizza before noon today - click here for menue and order.The orders come on the 4pm boat.
Parallel park on the wharf road and walk over to grab your food while being mindful of those that aren’t using the OTTO Pizza service. The town has received complaints about congestion once again. if more complaints are received, I may be forced to skip a Wednesday or possibly cancel these deliveries and we would really like to avoid that. I appreciate everyone’s help making sure all have safe access to the wharf. The last several weeks have been much improved, thanks to all!
Find our menu here: https://www.ottoportland.com/menu


August 15, 2023 - photo by Will Vaughan taken morning of August 15th from the bend on John Small Road.

Click here for a message of appreciation from the CRC for this year's Come Together on the Field Fundraiser and community celebration.

A Honda key went missing on the Stone Wharf yesterday or today. If you found it please contact Eldon at 846-9760 vixenskipper@gmail.com

Huge Estate Sale on Sunday, Aug. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Furniture, antiques, housewares, tools, craft supplies, books (of all varieties!!!) and collectibles are being offered. The new owners of the house at 410 South Road (across from Katy McCann and Adrian Cole) have generously offered the contents with all proceeds to benefit the Island Commons. Come browse and find some treasures.

Ann Thaxter found money in the cemetery on Sunday. Contact her at 207-653-9823 to claim it.


August 14, 2023 - A memorial service will be held at the Island Community Church on August 15 at 1:30 PM for Ruth Ragan.

The Ladies Aid would like to thank all those who helped put on our Annual Summer Fair. It takes the efforts of all of you to make it a success. And it was a success again in 2023!
Our thanks also go to all those who came, and purchased, and took home our crafts and sweet stuff.
See you at the Fall Fair; and, if you’re not here in November (which is a most wonderful month on Chebeague), see you next summer!

CILHF Barn Museum Opening - This Saturday, August 19th, join the Community celebration of the opening of the CILHF Barn Museum. The Barn will be open from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm that day. The Barn Museum is located at the Second Wind Farm (next to the Farm Stand) on Roy Hill Road. Chuck will be leading tours of the amazing antique farm tools collection from past Chebeague Island farms.

MacBeth’s Jazz August Continues with the Novel Jazz Septet, Sunday, August 20, 2:00 p.m., Chebeague Island Schoolyard.  What could be more compelling?  A sunny Sunday afternoon (we hope!), folks in lawn chairs scattered around the schoolyard, dogs and kids darting around and the alluring music of Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington.  The “cats” (jazzspeak for musicians) tell us that Chebeague is their favorite place to play—and it shows in the joy their take in playing familiar standards such as “Lotus Blossom,” “Day-Dream,” and “Take the A Train” and in introducing us to rare tunes they’ve found at the Smithsonian Institution.  So, bring your lawn chairs and blankets and settle in for another entrancing installment of “America’s classical music.”  (In case of inclement weather, the concert will move to the Chebeague Community Church.)  Questions?  Contact Carl Tubbesing (carldt@gwi.net) or Jack Turner (jack@tagturn.net). 

If you get an invoice email from the Island Commons that says JUNE_STATEMENT UPDATED! do NOT open it.

I am back from a wonderful, exhausting hike in the White Mountains to Madison Hut over to Lakes of the Clouds and then Mount Washington so you can send your items to me now - thank you David Hill.


August 11, 2023 - Click here to see a great article about the Chebeague Historical Society.

Pirates, Whales and the Coast of Maine: a presentation by Jeanne Christie. At the Rec Center on Monday, August 14 at 7pm. Free to all ages, pirates will be charged one doubloon.

I will be away hiking in the White Mountains until Monday, so if you have an important item for chebeague.org contact David Hill drhill@chebeague.net.


August 9, 2023 - We had so much fun at the Chebeague Recreation Center Come together on the field afternoon last Saturday - Click here to see a little video by Ann Brenton that shows how much fun it was!!! The food and entertainment was very special!

A SPECIAL SERVICE: Chebeague Community Church issues an invitation to the entire island community to participate in worship this Sunday, August 13. Paul English, in addition to his Saturday night concert, is presenting a worship service called "Sacred Works of Poets, Friends, and Jazzers." There will be several superb guest musicians, a choir made up of island singers, and a wealth of beautiful sacred jazz by masters such as Brubek, Ellington, and Coltrane -- as well as "guest composers" J.S. Bach, A. Dvorak, G.M. Hopkins, F. Crosby, G. Miller, and Paul himself! This service is not to be missed! Please plan to arrive around 9:45 in order not to miss the pre-service music and the preludes. Coffee will be served afterward at the Parish House.

If you missed the August 6th Mystery Theater you can click here to see a video. Proceeds went to the Chebeague Kids Place Daycare.


August 8, 2023 - Message from Yacht Club: click here for the Ocean Race Schedule Change.

School Committee Meeting tonight and they will try to put it on the Town Youtube Channel. Click here for agenda.

TODAY - School House Seconds is open 9 to noon and 7-8pm

Well Survey and Sampling Update:  We’ve had a great community response to the well survey -thanks to all who filled out the form. This week the Chebeague Climate Action Team started collecting water samples from homes on the island. The volunteer Team will be sampling on Chebeague through mid-August and has a lot of ground to cover. Last Friday was the deadline to get on the Team’s sampling list. But it’s not too late! We are still accepting survey forms, either online or in paper format, and you can still participate in the free water testing program.  To do so you will need to pick up a sample kit, collect your own water sample and drop it off at the Town office on a designated date and time.  If you haven’t submitted your form survey form yet , we encourage you to do so and to take advantage of the free water testing program. Here is the link to the online form https://forms.gle/8ub7SK4JpA5U5mah9 and extra paper forms are available at the Town Office and Library.  Just indicate on the form that you would like a free water test, and we will be in touch.  QUESTIONS: Email us at ChebeagueCAT@gmail.com or call Carol White at 846-4769.

For those who started watching Dwayne Tomah, from the Passamaquoddy Language and Cultural Knowledge Carrier - "Stories told through Passamaquoddy Song and Dance" presented by the Chebeague Historical Society - I think it is repaired click here!


August 7, 2023 - School House Seconds is open tomorrow, Tuesday, August 8, 9 to noon and 7-8pm.
Join us for “S” Day. If it begins with an “S” it’s buy one, get one free (BOGO) and All through August Sales: Pants BOG2Free, Holiday/Christmas BOG2Free, Artwork/Frames ½ price and almost everything in the front room ½ off. Oriental rugs are still available; make an offer and support projects of the Island Council. Note: Special Saturday Opening this Saturday, August 12, 9-noon!

The Chebeague Island Library is holding community input sessions to gather feedback in regards to what the community would like to see in regards to remote workspace at the library. We recently received a grant from the State of Maine that will help us gauge the need for remote work spaces. Please join us for our community input sessions on
Monday, August 7th from 6:30-8 pm
Wednesday, August 9th from 2-4 pm
Saturday, August 12th from 10 am – noon
Refreshments will be served!

Next Up for MacBeth: Not One, But Two Special Concerts from the Wonderful World of Jazz.  The rich jazz tradition encompasses many sub-genres.  The weekend of August 12-13 will feature two quite disparate, equally rewarding approaches to “America’s classical music.”  On Saturday, August 12 at 7:00 p.m., Paul English, celebrated musician and composer, will return to Chebeague with a unique double-saxophone quintet.  They’ll be riffing on an enthralling mix of jazz and songbook standards, as well as Paul’s own compositions.  On Sunday, August 13 at 10:00 a.m., he will serve as music director of “Sacred Music of Poets, Friends and Jazzers,” which will include deeply spiritual music of Duke Ellington, Dave Brubeck and John Coltrane.  Both concerts will be held at the Chebeague Community Church.  Questions?  Contact Adele Gorody (adele@gorody.com). 

For those who missed Donna Damon's lecture on Chebeague's District 9 Schoolhouse that was done on June 10th - click here to see.

 


August 6, 2023 - photo of the director and cast of CRC Childrens Theater Matilda Jr. - click to see Sunday's performance!

TODAY - Matilda Jr. by the Chebeague Childrens Theater at 1pm at the Hall! $10 donation.

TONIGHT - Mystery Theater - benefitting the Kids Place at 7:30pm at the Hall!


August 5, 2023 - Piping Plovers are still on the island and practicing their skills to fly south - click here to learn more. Please keep your dogs close. Other migrating birds are on the flats getting fat for their long trips so please don't ever let your dogs chase them.

August 4, 2023 - TONIGHT: CRC Children's Theater presents - Matilda Jr. the Musical tonight at 7pm at the Hall $10 at the door -

For those who missed the July 24th Dwayne Tomah, from the Passamaquoddy Language and Cultural Knowledge Carrier - "Stories told through Passamaquoddy Song and Dance" presented by the Chebeague Historical Society - click here!


August 3, 2023 - The Wellness Center will be closed on Friday August 4th. Dr Larson will return Friday August 18th.

Topic: Deb Bowman's Memorial Service
Time: Aug 4, 2023 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 846 6413 9237
Passcode: 700965


August 2, 2023 - The Yarmouth Vet will be at the Hall on Thursday morning from 9:00 to 11:30. The sign-up sheet will be on the front door by around 6:30. Call Sam (846-0510) with any questions.

Come help solve the murder mystery! Chebeague Island Mystery Theater is at the Hall on Sunday, August 6 at 7:30 pm. Admission is $8 and all proceeds will benefit the Kids' Place. The game's afoot!

COME TOGETHER ON THE FIELD, Sat, August 5th 4-8pm: Join the CRC for its 3rd annual Come Together on the Field fundraiser and community celebration. Tickets available NOW via this link: $50 per adult; $10 per child; $800 for an 8-person sponsorship table under the tent. Your ticket includes: a complete summer BBQ spread (Chicken, Pulled Pork, Vegetarian or Kids Option), entertainment from Chebeague musicians & Nashville singer-songerwriters, Sam Robbins & Halley Neal, raffles, auction, and lawn games. This event is a vitally important fundraiser for the Chebeague Recreation Center. Thank you for helping to make year-round programming at our Rec possible! FMI: chebeaguerec.com

The Historical Society Lobster Bake scheduled for August 13th is sold out. The good news is that we have 50 music only tickets available for $20 each for the 7-9:30 pm music portion of the event. You can buy the MUSIC ONLY tickets at the museum or on the night of the event, if there are any left. The professional jazz musicians and vocalist Lauren Massey (a founder of Manhattan Transfer) will perform a set of jazz music from various decades before presenting a more varied program that will be great for listening as well as dancing. The event will take place under the tent at the Museum. We hope to see you at the evening event or the afternoon Celebration of the District 9 schoolhouse – all taking place at the Museum on Sunday, August 13. More detail to come on the specifics of the free afternoon event, which will be held from 1-3 and will include activities for folks of all ages.

The LIBRARY will be closed on Friday to allow staff to attend Deb Bowman's service and honor her years of hard work at the library.

Thanks to the volunteers from CICA, Chebeague Historical Society, Chebeague Island Council, Sailing School, Rec Center, and Island Commons over 720 clynk bags have been sent off island since mid June. Well over 10,000 pounds of cans and bottles have been eliminated from the town waste stream and shipped for free by Casco Bay Lines. Volunteers from Chebeague Library, Stephen Ross Scholarship, Kids Place, Chebeague and Cumberland Land Trust, and the Chebeague Community Church will be helping out in the next several weeks. If you have a couple of hours to spare, get in touch with one of these organizations and lend a hand.
MANY THANKS TO ALL WHO MAKE THIS HAPPEN.


August 1, 2023 - SAVE THE DATE: Monday, August 21, 5pm for the Annual Celebration of our Island Nonprofits hosted by The Recompense Fund! We will hear from all of our nonprofits about what they are doing while enjoying refreshements at the Recreation Center Tennis Courts. I am looking forward to seeing everyone and learning more about the wonderful work our island nonprofits do to help sustain our community!!

TODAY - School House Seconds, for our SupercaliFRAGIListic Sale, Fragile items are Buy One Get One free (BOGO).
We are open 9-noon and 7-8pm.

Message from the COMMONS: Two new wheelchairs added to the Island Commons’ popular Medical Loan Closet
--- As many Chebeaguers know, the Commons for years has operated a medical loan closet, stocked with a variety of home health equipment, including crutches, commodes, shower seats and walkers, available free of charge. Accidents happen, and the loan closet has come to the rescue numerous times for the year-round and seasonal Chebeague community.
---- Thanks to a grant from the Jonah and Elizabeth Dyer Charitable Foundation of South Portland to support the Commons’ community care programs, we have acquired two new wheelchairs to augment the loan closet inventory. One is a 19-inch-wide transport chair (compatible with ramps to CTC ferry) and the other a 20-inch- wide standard wheelchair.
____ The Commons is pleased to be able to offer use of these chairs to islanders at no charge. Special arrangements can be made for extended use. For insurance purposes, borrowers are asked to complete a sign-out sheet (available at www.islandcommons.com ). Please contact Commons Administrator Amy Rich (amy.rich@islandcommons.com) or Care Manager Christina Sawtelle (christina.sawtelle@islandcommons.com) or call (207) 846-5610.

Another message from Commons: Our 2023 online auction wrapped up on Friday, the 21st with a frenzy of last-minute bidding. Thanks to all our sponsors, donors and very competitive bidders, we raised over $23,000 to support The Commons. This year we achieved a remarkable 160% return on value, with most items going well over their market price!
--- Many thanks to everyone who participated in making our summer fundraiser a great success!


July 31, 2023 - Jazz and Pop Music to Highlight a Special MacBeth August.  MacBeth’s 2023 season so far has treated Chebeaguers to stunning music from the classical repertoire and charmed us with musical depictions of children’s stories.  In August, our focus will shift to jazz and pop.  Here is the month in a nutshell:  Paul English’s Jazz on the Half-Shell, Saturday, August 12, 7:00 p.m.; Paul English’s Sacred Music of Poets, Friends and Jazzers, Sunday, August 13, 10:00 a.m.; Novel Jazz Septet, Newly-Found Ellington and Strayhorn Jazz Works, Sunday, August 20, 2:00 p.m.; Cruising with the Seaside Brass Quintet, Sunday, August 27, 2:00 p.m.  [click here] for more detail about each of the concerts. 

CRC Chebeague Recreation Center Week of 7/30: Come Together on the Field is this Saturday!

MYSTERY THEATER. Donna Damon and Jonny Miller will star in the Mystery Theater on Sunday, August 6th at 7:30 PM.

Today, July 31, is the last day to bring donations to School House Seconds. Thank you for your support and cooperation!

Come visit us at School House Seconds, Tuesday, August 1 for our SupercaliFRAGIListic Sale, Fragile items are Buy One Get One free (BOGO).
We are open 9-noon and 7-8pm.


July 28, 2023 - The Round Island Race is tomorrow July 29th - click here for all the information!
July 27, 2023 - Don't Forget: Second Annual MacBeth "Children of All Ages" Concert, Saturday, July 29, 4:00 p.m., Chebeague Community Church. The young musicians of the Halcyon String Quartet will celebrate two of Maine's most beloved children's authors--Robert McCloskey and Ashley Bryan-- with their musical retelling of Blueberries for Sal, It's a Wonderful World and Let It Shine. We will be giving out a copy of one of the books to each family that attends. And, don't let the bear alarm you. She's really quite charming. Questions? Contact Jill Marsee (jill.marsee@gmail.com).
July 26, 2023 - The CIHS 150th Anniversary Celebration of District 9 Schoolhouse is on Sunday, August 13th under the tent at the CIHS Museum. The tickets are going fast for this exciting event—but there is still time to get yours and join us! The afternoon festivities (1PM to 3PM) are free and will include a rededication of the building, entertainment, remembrances, activities for kids, book signings, music, refreshments and more. Evening activities (5PM to 9:30PM) cost $85 per ticket and will include an old-fashioned lobster bake with entertainment provided by a jazz band with a nationally known vocalist. BYOB. More information is available on Facebook and our website. Tickets may be purchased at the Museum Shop in person or by calling 207-846-5237 during regular museum hours. Please see our August Newsletter here.

July 25, 2023 - Today: School House Seconds - 9 to noon and 7-8pm.

Today: An informal open house with the theme of "Margaret Ingram's Time on Chebeague" 3-5pm on Tuesday, July 25, 2023 at 16 Capps Road

CCLT - Get Out! Nature Walk - Tide Pooling at Bennett's Cove followed by a picnic lunch at Sanford's Pond with volunteer leader Caitlin Gerber! Wednesday, July 26, from 10:45 to 2pm - click here for more information.

The Chebeague Island Yacht Club invites you to the annual Round Island sailing race!
When/Where
Saturday July 29, 1:00 pm start
Start/finish by Crow Island
Race info and course— chebeagueyachtclub.com/round-island-race-2023
--- Need a boat? Need crew?
Add your info to the crew matchmaking list— bit.ly/RIcrew23
--- Sign up
Email Rich Hubbell— hubbell.rich@gmail.com

The tickets are going fast for the Historical Society's District 9 Schoolhouse150th Anniversary Lobsterbake from 5-9 on Sunday, 13th under the tent at the Museum. The event will include music for listening and dancing by a professional jazz orchestra with vocalist Laura Masse, a founding member of Manhattan Transfer! Lobster, Chicken, and Vegan options. Stop by the Museum or call 846-5237 Tuesday - Saturday 11-4 to reserve a spot. As of Monday, only 25 tickets left! BYOB.

Save the Date: Tuesday, August 29th, 2:15pm at the Library for a poetry reading by the Coastal Poets. The Coastal Poets are a group of poets formed from the creative community of the Maine Writers and Publishers Association. 5 poets will share original works inspired by the coast and islands of Maine. Click here for more information.


July 24, 2023 - photo by Krista Hayward. Chick almost ready to fledge. Click here for the latest on the plovers.

I am so happy to report that all four of our baby Piping Plovers are still alive along with their parents and are learning to fly!!! We are hoping they will take off for their long journey soon and in the mean time please don't bring your dogs to the hook - it will be just a few more days. This has been an amazing success story here in Maine and we are all so thankful for ALL the volunteer stewards as well as all the poeple who have been so respectful of the situation. We always have asked that you don't let your dogs chase the birds as the sandpipers and plovers stop by the hook to replenish and then fly a few thousand miles more.

School House Seconds is open Tuesday, July 25, 9-noon and 7-8pm. Time to stock up on clothing with our Same Type of Clothing BOGO (buy one, get one). BOGO item must be of the same type of clothing and…pants are BOG2Free! Your purchases support Island Council projects on Chebeague Island. Reminder: July 30 is the last day we will accept donations this year.

COME TOGETHER ON THE FIELD, Sat, August 5th 4-8pm: Join the CRC for its 3rd annual Come Together on the Field fundraiser and community celebration. Tickets available NOW via this link: $50 per adult; $10 per child; $800 for an 8-person sponsorship table under the tent. Your ticket includes: a complete summer BBQ spread (Chicken, Pulled Pork, Vegetarian or Kids Option), entertainment from Chebeague musicians & Nashville singer-songerwriters, Sam Robbins & Halley Neal, raffles, auction, and lawn games. This event is a vitally important fundraiser for the Chebeague Recreation Center. Thank you for helping to make year-round programming at our Rec possible! FMI: chebeaguerec.com


July 20, 2023 -Just a few hours left to place your final bids! After two fun weeks, the Commons online auction draws to a close this Friday, July 21st at 5pm.
--- Thanks to our many generous donors, and to all the enthusiastic bidders, we've surpassed $20,000 (and counting) in support of Chebeague Island Commons elder services. We wouldn't exist without the dedication & support of our community and the generosity of our donors. THANK YOU, and good luck with the final bidding!!
---- CLICK for the Commons Auction page...

Dear Members & Friends of the Rec:
We hope you are enjoying your summer!
With so much going on we forgot to mention that this Friday Night is our Family Fun Night! Click here for more information
Also this weekend is the Rec's turn to staff the Chedemption bottle return at the Transfer Station. We are looking for any adult volunteers that may be able to help this Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. Please reach out to Eliza Jane Adams for more information. Her Cell is 207-233-8533.
Thank you for all of your support!
Steve Auffant, Executive Director
Jenny Hackel, President

MacBeth To Present Our Second Annual “Children of All Ages” Program, Saturday, July 29, 4:00 p.m.  Kids, parents, grandparents and all of us who are young at heart will be charmed, captivated and moved when the Halcyon String Quartet returns to the Chebeague Community Church with “Wonderful World,” their lively musical retelling of Robert McCloskey’s Blueberries for Sal and Ashley Bryan’s Wonderful World and Let It Shine.  Don’t let that bear on the stage worry you.  She’s really quite delightful, as are the tunes the players will use to tell the stories—What a Wonderful World, The Teddy Bear’s Picnic, Tiptoe Through the Tulips, Help! and many more.  As if the music weren’t enough, we’ll be handing out a copy of one of the books to each family attending.  And be sure to check out the Wonderful World activities the Chebeague Island Library is planning for the week of the concert.  Questions?  Contact Jill Whitman Marsee (jill.marsee@gmail.com).


July 19, 2023 - FUN AT THE FIREHOUSE!
Chebeague Fire & Rescue would like to invite you and your little ones to an open house at the fire house on July 22nd, 11am-2pm. There will be demonstrations on fire trucks and bike safety tips. We’ll play games, practice using a fire hose, and host a raffle. Meet our firefighters and EMTs, ask questions and tour the fire department and we’ll even share our hopeful plans for the new station and explain why it’s important for the safety of our community. We’ll be serving firehouse hot dogs and sweet treats. Hope to see you there!

July 17, 2023 - School House Seconds is open tomorrow, Tuesday, July 18, from 9-noon and 7-8pm. Join the fun with our “Open and Shut BOGO Sale” this week; purchase an item that can open and shut and get another similar item for free! Also, check out the many nice appliances, framed artwork and four oriental rugs for sale. Reminder: July 31 is the last day this year we are able to accept your donations.

Please join Jan Wentling's family, Saturday, August 5th at 11am at the Chebeague Community Church for a memorial service followed by a luncheon at Polly and Kevin's house directly afterward. Please contact Polly Wentworth at pkwentworth@gmail.com or 207-233-8382 with any questions.


July 15, 2023 - An informal open house with the theme of "Margaret Ingram's Time on Chebeague" 3-5pm on Tuesday, July 25, 2023 at 16 Capps Road. Her ashes will have been buried at the cemetery by family earlier that day. All are welcome and light refreshments will be served. https://chebeague.org/obits/ingrammargaret/index.html

TONIGHT: July 16th 6:30-9pm, please join the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Rec Center with “Dessert and Dancing” at the Inn. Emceed by Chebeague's own, Jonny Miller! $20 per person, includes music and sweet treats. Cash bar. Tickets at the door - OR - grab your tickets ONLINE via this link and be entered to win a 10-punch pool pass! A name from online ticket sales will be drawn at Sunday's event. We'll see you there! FMI: chebeaguerecreation@gmail.com


July 14, 2023 - TOMORROW: Poetry For The People at the library from 3 to 4pm.

TOMORROW: Linda White's Celebration of Life, 4:30 to 6:30 at Christine Englund's Backyard Oasis - 18 Back Shore Drive

TOMORROW: Game night at the Hall from 7 to 9 PM - Free

Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival Next Up for the MacBeth Concert Series.  Overheard on the ferry:  “Wasn’t that first concert absolutely stunning?”  “It really was.  I can’t wait for the next one!”  Chebeague music lovers don’t have long to wait.  Our next concert will be held in less than two weeks when the beloved musicians of the Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival return to Chebeague with a program featuring chamber works by Franz Josef Haydn, Zoltan Kodaly, and Antonin Dvorak, whose Piano Quintet in A Major is acknowledged to be “one of the finest examples of late Romantic chamber music.”  As many Chebeaguers know, the world-class musicians of the Sebago-Long Lake festival got our concert series started over 20 years ago.  Join us on Thursday, July 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Chebeague Community Church when their music and musicianship once again will inspire and delight us. Please note the special starting time of 6:30 p.m.  Questions?  Contact Carl Tubbesing (carldt@gwi.net) or John Howard (ceciljohn6@gmail.com).   

The transfer station will be closed Sunday July 16 from 2:45 to 3:30 for a burial in the cemetery. The compactors in the transfer station are noisy and maybe distracting during a burial service. Thank you for your kind consideration for the family and friends of the deceased.


July 13, 2023 - photos by Krista and Kate Hayward. Four chicks are still doing well so far.

For an update on the Chebeague Island Broadband project, please visit the 2023 Broadband site.

For members and people who would like to join the Chebeague Island Yacht Club: CIYC Upcoming Events

The Town of Chebeague Island is hiring. Effective immediately the town is seeking to hire an Office Assistant/Deputy Clerk. This is a 3-day ( 24 hour a week) position. Benefits, vacation, and sick times apply. Please go to the town site for more information. Any questions can be directed to Viktoria Wood, Town Administrator.

Chebeague Community Church will present a service called "Lessons and Carols for a Summer Day" this Sunday, July 16 at 10:00 AM. Music will be provided by guest artist John Howard. Coffee and fellowship at the Parish House will follow the service. All are welcome!

Aquaculture Public Hearing - August 15, Chebeague Island Hall 1:30 PM for the first one and 3 PM for the second one Great Ledge Cove Seafood, LLC and Stewart Hunt proposals. Click here for details.

Please mark your calendars: Tuesday, July 31, is the last day to bring in donations to School House Seconds this year. We are having a great year selling items and generating funds to be used by the Island Council for community projects. Thank you to our generous donors who've consistently jammed the front entrance of the building with "treasures" for shoppers. And thank you to our shoppers. You make it all possible!


July 12, 2023 - This Sunday, July 16th 6:30-9pm, please join the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Rec Center with “Dessert and Dancing” at the Inn. Emceed by Chebeague's own, Jonny Miller! $20 per person, includes music and sweet treats. Cash bar. Tickets at the door - OR - grab your tickets ONLINE via this link and be entered to win a 10-punch pool pass! A name from online ticket sales will be drawn at Sunday's event. We'll see you there! FMI: chebeaguerecreation@gmail.com

Owing to a paucity of donations, the Hall is postponing its Martha Hamilton Arts and Crafts Swap, scheduled for July 29th. We hope to wow you all next year with an amazing array of art and craft supplies and inspire your creativity!


July 11, 2023 - photo by Kate Hayward of one of the 2 1/2 week chick on 7/11.

Kids' Place is hiring an Assistant Teacher. Competitive Benefits, high pay, flexible schedule, boat tickets and parking included for commuters and best of all, you get to work with our wonderful island kids! E-mail caitlin.whetham.kidsplace@gmail.com or check out the website to learn more: http://www.chebeaguerec.com/kids-place.html.

Bounty of Art open days Thursday and Saturday, 11:00am to 2:00 pm. South Road. Lots of unique gifts and craftsmen. Come check it out!

Today - School House Seconds - 9 to noon and 7-8pm.


July 10, 2023 - Help the Historical Society celebrate the 150th anniversary of the District 9 schoolhouse on August 13th at the Museum. We will have free afternoon activities from 1-3 PM followed by a lobster bake with live entertainment from 5 to 9:30 PM. Tickets for the evening event are $85 each and on sale at the Museum. For more information about the event, click here. For biographies of the eight musicians and vocalists who will perform, click here. It will be a great event, join us!

The Chebeague Island Yacht Club will be reviving the Picnic Race under the new format of Sailing Picnic and Race, with a race back to Chebeague as optional. The picnic will be held, with special permission, on Bates Island, on Saturday, July 15, at noon. All members of the Chebeague Island Yacht Club are encouraged to attend the picnic on Bates Island. It’s BYOP (Bring Your Own Picnic). If you’re not a member, you’re encouraged to join before the race! Your membership helps to support the sailing school as well as activities of the yacht club. See more at https://chebeagueyachtclub.com/ Please check our website by 10am on Saturday in case we need to change the date to Sunday due to rain.

The latest Sailing School and Yacht Club email update can be viewed here - Sailing School and Yacht Club update.

School registration for new students enrolling in PreK - 5th grade is currently open for the 2023-2024 school year! Please call the Chebeague Island School at 207-846-4162 or email admin@chebeagueschool.net to start the registration process.

School House Seconds Open Tomorrow. Tuesday July 11, 9-noon and 7-8pm.
Come shop at this week's fun "Shop til you Drop Surprise Sale".
Proceeds benefit Island Council projects like the Soup Lunch, Flu Clinics and Fuel Assistance. Come shop with us!


July 9, 2023 - From Jen Belesca: On Sunday July 16th I will be participating in the 16th annual TRI for a Cure in South Portland. Thank you to all that have donated this year and previous years! I am proud to participate in this event and raise money for Maine Cancer Foundation. Please take a moment to look at my fundraising page https://mainecancer.donordrive.com/participant/33543 and consider contributing, joining me in the fight against cancer. We all know people affected by cancer and we have all lost friends, family, neighbors, acquaintances, to this horrible disease. This is how I choose to honor those I have lost. Please join me as I TRI for a CURE. Thank you for your consideration & support!

School Committee Meeting, Tuesday, July 11 at 6pm at the Rec Center- see agenda.


July 8, 2023 - TODAY: ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR! July 8th from 10am to 1pm at the Hall - jewelry, paintings, wood working, rugs and many other crafts! RAFFLE TOO!

TODAY: - School House Seconds - 9 to noon and 7-8pm.

I recommend always checking on the EVENT CALENDAR (listed above in red) that Chip maintains about the events happening on the island. Sometimes I don't get the information and when I do it then gets buried below. This is how I keep up with things happening on the island!

TOMORROW MORNING: at 6am (I know it is early but such fun) the Odyssey Swim/Run begins at the chandlers dock!!!! I have attached the map for people to line the streets and cheer these amazing athletes on. They run and swim to the NIBLIC and then run to the hook and swim to Little Chebeague. The Stephen L Ross Scholarship Fund gets a donation for volunteering for this great Organization. https://www.odysseyswimrun.com/casco if you want more info. Click here for map.

“For the Seedlings storytime Program at Second Wind Farm please email chebeaguefarm@gmail.com to register. “

CICA Annual Meeting, Sunday July 16th, 4-6PM - please RSVP - all Chebeaguers welcome! A brief annual business meeting will be followed by a barbecue potluck at the home of Pips and Bill, 66 North Road. Kids welcome too! Bring a side or dessert to share. RSVP with Bill Mackenzie (Alaskamckenzie@gmail.com)


July 7, 2023 - Message from Chris Bogle: FOR 2 DAYS ONLY! Package pickup spot in the lot of the slow bell.

TONIGHT: at dusk (about 8:30), the Rec Center will host an outdoor movie night at dusk at Volunteer Field courtesy of the Ultimate Disc coach who is coming to Chebeague for the Ultimate events. We have a suggested donation of $10 adults and $5 students but no one will be turned away and there will be popcorn! The movie will be Tom Hanks in “Castaway.” Bring your beach chairs and enjoy a fun movie night under the stars.

The Island Commons’ popular auction, Bid Hello to Summer, begins on Saturday, July 8, and will run through Friday, July 21. Items up for bid include artwork, Chebeague and Casco Bay adventures, taste-tempting “fresh from the bay” seafood offerings and a dazzling array of gift cards. All items will be available for bidding during the two-week auction. This is the Commons’ main fundraising event. Thanks to our sponsors and item donors. Check out the fun at https://www.32auctions.com/bidhellotosummer2023 and get ready for some competitive bidding!

There will be an estate sale at 27 Fenderson Rd the weekends of July 1st and 2nd and July 8th and 9th. From 10-5 each day. There are lots of books, dishes, knickknacks, furniture, appliances and many random things to look through. We will be excepting cash or Venmo. It will be indoors, so rain or shine we hope to see you there, everything must go.

The transfer station will be closed Saturday July 8 from 11:15 until 12:15 for a burial in the cemetery. It will enable the family to have peace and quiet during the service. Thank you for your kind consideration for the family and friends.


July 6, 2023 - Selectmen's Meeting Tonight starting at 5 with Executive Session and then 6 regular meeting. Click here for agenda and packet.

“ The Seedlings Program is starting at Second Wind Farm, on Wednesday, July 12, from 11-12 Noon.
--- Seedlings is a program for 3-5 year-olds for farm/nature-themed stories and crafts presented by Chebeague’s own Farm Fairy. Children must have a parent or guardian in attendance.The program runs through July and August at the same time every Wednesday and Saturday.
Cost is $10.00 per child. Space is limited to five children per session.
For questions please call or text Esme Cole at (207) 712 4021
To register, please email chebeaguefarm@gmail.com to sign up.

Thanks to all who came out to celebrate and participate in the 43rd Annual 4th of July Fun Run & Road Race! We had 85 people participate in the Road Race (see photo of start) and 65 people in the Fun Run (see photo of start), for a total of 150 participants, and $1,660 raised to support youth and family programming at the Rec Center! Photos taken by Barry Fitzsimmons (thank you, Barry!)
___ A very special thanks to all of the volunteers who made it possible to bring back this special 4th of July tradition: Suhail Bisharat, Vicki & Chip Emery, Barry Fitzsimmons, Jenny Hackel, Nancy Hill, Johanna Hunter, Gavin McCarthy, Beth McNulty, Sandy Ragan, Beth & Gerry Wiles, and the Chebeague Rescue (thank you, Eliza Jane!)
--- Linked here are the time results of the 4.6 mile Road Race. Congratulations to our Fun Run & Road Race top finishers:
--- 1st Place Female, Fun Run: Katherine MacDonald, 9:53
1st Place Male, Fun Run: Teddy Greenleaf, 8:54
---- 1st Place Overall Female: Morgan Melkonian
2nd Place Overall Female: Caroline Dunn
3rd Place Overall Female: Jamie Gronningsater
--- 1st Place Overall Male: Sam Hamilton
2nd Place Overall Male: Ian MacNeill
3rd Place Overall Male: Zachary Lopes
--- 1st Under 40 Female: Kathleen Hager
1st 40+ Female: Molly Hoyt
1st 60+ Female: Barbara Merrill
--- 1st Under 40 Male: Aidan Dean
1st 40+ Male: Zach Grunko
1st 60+ Male: Michele Tagliati
--- We have a few awards left for those who missed the ceremony. Please reach out to Kate Emery McCarthy to pick up your award: kwemery20@gmail.com

Bounty of Art open Thursdays and Saturdays 11-2 - 630 South Road.

July 5, 2023 - The Yarmouth vet will be at the Hall Thursday from 8:45 to 11:30. Contact Sam with questions (846 0510). The sign-up sheet will be on the front door.

Click here to learn how the Piping Plovers are doing and how we are all working to protect these birds that haven't been in Casco Bay for 40 years.

On Friday evening July 7th at dusk (about 8:30), the Rec Center will host an outdoor movie night at dusk at Volunteer Field courtesy of the Ultimate Disc coach who is coming to Chebeague for the Ultimate events. We have a suggested donation of $10 adults and $5 students but no one will be turned away and there will be popcorn! The movie will be Tom Hanks in “Castaway.” Bring your beach chairs and enjoy a fun movie night under the stars.

Saturday is the ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR! July 8th from 10am to 1pm at the Hall - jewelry, paintings, wood working, rugs and many other crafts! RAFFLE TOO!

"The Howard family is having a celebration of the life of Christopher Howard (10/12/45 - 12/12/22) Sunday, July 16 at 2 p.m. at the Chebeague Island Community Church. The graveside interment will be for family and friends and there will be a Parish Hall reception open to everyone following the service. For more information contact John Howard.

Message from the Library: Ahoy Mateys! This is the summer to hunt for the perfect reading spot on Chebeague. Gather your eye patches, compass and telescopes and stop by the library to sign up for summer reading! Where will you be reading this summer?
--- Are you in Middle School? Want to get out of the house for a couple of hours? Join us on July 5th from 7-9pm at the Library for Middle School Night! Spend time with friends, Check out books, Play board games or do puzzles, Work on an art project
---- Join Fern for Storytime at the Library on July 8th at 10:30am


"Looking for long lasting oriental rugs for your home? A generous donor gifted School House Seconds with four rugs, appraised by Chebeaguer Tad Runge of Runge Oriental Rugs in Yarmouth (nationally recognized expert), they are available for sale. Click on link to see photo. View them at SHS during open hours this week; Weds, July 5, 9-noon and 7-8pm and Saturday, July 8, 9-11am."


July 4, 2023 - From Sarah and the Island Council: Thanks to all who participated in and cheered on the 4th of July Parade! The floats, golf carts, and tractors were fantastic!
---Thank you to our Parade Marshals, Hartley and Diane Brewere, and to our esteemed judges, Pam Curran, Abbie Isenberg, Lily Distler, and Bill Hopkins.
---the winners are:
First Place Float - Shipload of Fools
2nd Place - Bounty Pub..
3rd place - Awesome Kelp
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First Place Golf Cart - Chebeague is Our Treasure
2nd Place - Fishing Adventure
3rd Place - Bounty of the Sea
---First Place Tractor - Vintage Tractor Boys
2nd Place - Plastic Bounty of the Sea
Honorable (and loving) Mention to The Osprey
There are certifiates and prizes coming your way. ---Congratulations and thanks again!!!


July 3, 2023 - TODAY!!! It's time to DANCE! Join us at the Rec on Monday, July 3rd for a stompin' good time.
---- 5:30 p.m. Open House: Tour our facilities, and find out about new and old favorite summer happenings. We’ve “spruced-up” inside and out! Join us for a tour, meet staff, and learn about summer programming for all ages.
----- 6:30-8:30 p.m. Contra Dance: All ages welcome! Join the fun with this well-known contra dance trio: Dela Taylor Murphy (caller), Glen Loper (mandolin, tenor banjo) and Bethany Waickman (guitar, piano) as we line dance and stomp to traditional Oldtime, Irish, and New England folk/country music.
------ Lemonade, water, and sweets provided. Bring a favorite finger food to share.
Tickets at the door: $10 - student; $15 - adult; $40 - family. FMI: chebeaguerecreation@gmail.com; See you at the Rec!

July 2, 2023 - Here’s the June weather summary and graphics from Bill Dnnielson: The best thing about Chebeague’s June weather was that persistent light onshore winds deflected most of Canada’s wildfire smoke to our west The worst thing was that persistent light onshore winds made for a cool, cloudy, foggy, rainy month. We measured 5.42 inches, which fell on 21 different days. In Portland it was 5.64 inches, on 22 days.
Click here data and click here for temp graph: The graph depicts days with temperatures above normal shaded in red, and below normal in blue. High temps made it above the normal line for the date on only 5 days!

Everyone is invited to the celebration of Linda D. White's life!!!
When: July 15th from 4:30 to 6:30pm
Where: Christine Englund's Backyard Oasis - 18 Back Shore Drive, Chebeague Island
Bring your stories to share while you mingle. Questions: Contact Polly Wentworth pkwentworth@gmail.com or 207-233-8382. Please make sure to park on the South Road and walt to the house.

Mark your calendars: The MYSTERY THEATER will be performed at The Hall on Sunday, August 6th at 7:30 PM. It will be a benefit for Kids’ Place.


July 1, 2023 - Chuck will be opening the Second Wind Farm Stand on Roy Hill Road on Sunday July 2nd.
Chebeague grown lettuce, Swiss chard, and scapes are being harvested now. More vegetables will soon follow. The Farm Stand is open every day from 9:00 am until dusk.

Message from Katherine Bass: My son and daughter-in-law arrived today and sent all their things via freight and one didn’t get there. Small black suitcase with wheels, has a blue lanyard wrapped on the handle, children’s books in the front pocket and toys inside. We are presuming someone got it by accident as everybody’s items were all distributed among different carts. They can contact me at 410-236-6685 or Eric at 410-262-9924.

The GCTC season is in full swing, join us!
--Junior tennis on Wednesdays 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. beginning July 5th. Men’s scrambles on Mondays 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. beginning July 3rd. Women’s scrambles on Thursdays 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. beginning July 6th. Season Kick-off with the Golf Club Friday July 7th. Sunday Socials 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. beginning July 9th. For membership information please visit chebeaguetenns.com.

Special Holiday Shopping Hours at School House Seconds! Mark your calendars.
Special Wednesday Hours, July 5, 9-noon and 7-8pm.
Special Saturday Hours, July 8, 9-11am.
We will not be open on Tuesday, July 4th so we can participate in island events.

The Chebeague Historical Society is pleased that the CRC has chosen our location for the 43rd Annual Fun Run and the Road Race on July 4th. Both races will start and finish at the Museum, followed by the Award Ceremony. Come join us for the races! The Museum and Museum Shop will be open.
---- We will also be selling tickets to our 150th Anniversary Celebration of the District 9 Schoolhouse on Sunday August 13th . Tickets are $85 each and include a lobster bake (with chicken and vegan options) and live entertainment. BYOB. Visit our website chebeaguehistory.com for more information about the event. Visit chebeaguerec.com for more information about the 4th of July events.
----Our updated July newsletter click here.


June 30, 2023 - Kick off the 4th of July weekend with Turd Pollack at the Island Hall Saturday July 1st !!
BYOB and dancing from 8:00 to Midnight. $10 at the door

Chebeague Community Church will welcome John Emery as guest speaker on Sunday, July 2 at 10:00 AM. Please join the congregation for this exciting and vibrant service, which will also feature guest pianist Bob Eaton! Coffee and refreshments at the Parish House will follow the service.


June 29, 2023 - We are pleased to announce the formation the Chebeague Island Fire & Rescue Association. We have been awarded the status of a 501c3 non-profit. The purpose is to assist our Town of Chebeague Island Fire & Rescue Department for such things as raising and spending funds for deserving non-budget items, enhancing department morale, helping recruit and retain members, fostering and enhancing community support and respect for the Department.
Click here to see a photo of our newly elected board members from left to right. Tad Runge, secretary/treasurer. Jeff Wescott, President. Denise Hamilton, Vice President. Beth Putnam, member at large. And John Ash, member at large.

Community Breakfast, Saturday, July 1st, 8:30 to 10:00am at the Chebeague Island Hall Community Center FREE! Join us for breakfast, trivia and door prizes - sponsored by the Chebeague Cliimate Action Team - bring your postcard (that was mailed) with you to use as a raffle ticket!

Saturday night 7pm live music with Turd Pollack at the HALL!


June 28, 2023 - Reminders from the Rec Center:
FRIDAY, 6/30: Come celebrate the reopening of the pool this Friday from 12-4pm. FREE and open to the community; Hot dogs and chips will be available.
MONDAY, 7/3: Join us for our Open House and Contra Dance. Open House starts at 5:30, Contra Dance starts at 6:30pm. Tickets at the door: $10 for students; $15 for adults; $40 per family.
TUESDAY, 7/4: 4th of July Fun Run & Road Race at the Historical Society. Please pre-register via this link! 1.1 mile Fun Run at 8:00AM, $5; 4.6 mile Road Race at 9:00am, $15. FMI: Contact Kate at kwemery20@gmail.com.

Do not open email from Sally Crapser asking for money for the Golf Course - it is a scam.

In Maine Voices, Portland Press Herald, yesterday was a story about Bette Davis's Gloves on Chebeague by Susan Stranahan - click here to see. Click here if you are unable to view it in the paper.


June 27, 2023 - The transfer station will be closed Wednesday June 28 until 3:00. The family and friends attending a burial in the cemetery will enjoy the peace and quiet during the service. Thank you for your patience and understanding

July 4th is next Tuesday! Are you ready? Diane and Hartley Brewer are our esteemed Parade Marshals. Parade will muster at the Inn at 11:00 and will start at 11:30.
The theme of this year’s parade is “Bounty of the Sea.” Prizes for best entries will be awarded at Volunteer Field after the parade.
You have one week to design your float, decorate your golf cart, and spiff up your bike. See you there!

Only one more week to until the 4th of July and Lobster Roll lunches are going fast. Don't forget to reserve yours today at www.chebeaguerec.com or by e-mailing gerber_c@hotmail.com. Lunches include fresh lobster roll, drink, dessert, and chips for $25. Pickup is available at Chebeague Recreation Center from 11-1pm on July 4th. Please order by 7/2. Thank you!

Today - School House Seconds - 9 to noon and 7-8pm.


June 26, 2023 - photo by Krista Hayward (using a long lens) of parent and four chicks - count the legs - 10.

There will be an estate sale at 27 Fenderson Rd the weekends of July 1st and 2nd and July 8th and 9th. From 10-5 each day. There are lots of books, dishes, knickknacks, furniture, appliances and many random things to look through. We will be excepting cash or Venmo. It will be indoors, so rain or shine we hope to see you there, everything must go.

Join us for fun island shopping at the School House Seconds this week, Tuesday, June 27!
--- We hope so see you shopping with us during our open hours this week, Tuesdays: 9am-noon and 7-8pm
Mark your Calendar, New Saturday hours: July 8 and August 12, 9am-11am
Shop unbelievable useful items and keepsakes. Clothing, children's "keep them happy puzzles and games" items and much more.
Your purchases and donations support projects of the Island Council.

Chebeague Island Historical Society has some special events planned for this summer! On July 24th we will be visited by Dwayne Tomah – the youngest fluent speaker of the Passamaquoddy Tribe’s language. Dwayne will share Passamaquoddy songs and dance – and be performing! On August 13th we will host a 150th anniversary celebration of the District 9 Schoolhouse – our home. Lots of activities are planned – including a band and lobster bake. See our July newsletter for more information here.


June 25, 2023 - photo by Krista Hayward of our newest resident! Yes, the piping plovers have confirmed 4 new chicks on the Hook.

June 24, 2023 - Message from the Town: The TRANSFER Station will be CLOSED this weekend due to full capacity on everything. We will open on Tuesday at 9AM - We apologize for any inconveniences.

TODAY - 11 to 12:30 at the Hall: The Chebeague Cumberland Land Trust presenting: "Building a Biodiverse and Climate Resistent Yard with the Wild Seed Project"

TONIGHT - At the Church (not Hall) 7pm - Whalers are thrilled to invite you to join us for our summer concert, "Reunion"

Chebeague Community Church welcomes Pastor Nancy Collins back to the pulpit this Sunday, June 25 at 10:00 AM. Pastor Nancy will conduct the service and also celebrate Communion. Please join us for worship, and for fellowship afterward!

Due to an unavoidable conflict, we must reschedule Donna Damon’s June 26 lecture to the fall. The next Ellsworth Miller lecture will be on July 24, when we welcome Dwayne Tomah from the Passamaquoddy tribe, who will share his work with the Library Congress to preserve the Passamaquoddy language. He will also present a program of dance and song that he performed at the Kennedy Center in D.C


June 22, 2023 - photo of a piping plover by Karl Ramsdell - Very exciting news - we have a nesting pair at the Hook! Please click here to learn about them and how we are protecting them. It has been 40 years since they have bred in Casco Bay!CCLT and Indian Island Association are working closely with experts at Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and Maine Audubon to monitor the plovers and help protect them.

After a three and a half year hiatus, the Whalers are thrilled to invite you to join us for our summer concert, "Reunion", this Saturday, June 24th, at 7PM in the Church. Come for the concert and stay afterwards for a reception with delicious home baked treats. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children.

Message from Chebeague Island Historical Society:
Due to necessary repair work, the Museum will be closed on Tuesday, June 27th. We apologize for any inconvenience!

It's time to DANCE! Join us at the Rec on Monday, July 3rd for a stompin' good time.
---- 5:30 p.m. Open House: Tour our facilities, and find out about new and old favorite summer happenings. We’ve “spruced-up” inside and out! Join us for a tour, meet staff, and learn about summer programming for all ages.
----- 6:30-8:30 p.m. Contra Dance: All ages welcome! Join the fun with this well-known contra dance trio: Dela Taylor Murphy (caller), Glen Loper (mandolin, tenor banjo) and Bethany Waickman (guitar, piano) as we line dance and stomp to traditional Oldtime, Irish, and New England folk/country music.
------ Lemonade, water, and sweets provided. Bring a favorite finger food to share.
Tickets at the door: $10 - student; $15 - adult; $40 - family. FMI: chebeaguerecreation@gmail.com; See you at the Rec!

The 4th of July race is back! Dust off those running shoes, grab some family & friends, and get pre-registered for the 43rd Annual 4th of July Fun Run + Road Race. All proceeds benefit youth & family programming at the Rec! Prizes for 1st finishers in several categories. Help us save resources on race-day morning by pre-registering via this link.
---- Fun Run is 1.1 miles and will start at 8:00AM.
____Road Race is 4.6 miles and will start at 9:00AM.
Race day registration starts at 7:30AM (Fun Run is $5, Road Race is $15, Cash only please!)
-- Still looking to fill a few volunteer spots: Run a stop watch? Record finish times? Help with race-day registration? Contact Kate Emery McCarthy at kwemery20@gmail or 207-838-8117 if you're up for joining us!
--- Still seeking a few Family ($50) or Business ($100) Sponsors: Help the Rec bring this favorite 4th of July tradition back! Consider sponsoring this year's event via the registration link to help us defray the costs of relaunching.

SAVE THE DATE: Poetry for the People - July 15th 3pm - Join us for Poetry and Community! Click here to learn more.

The MYSTERY THEATER will be performed at The Hall on Sunday, August 6th at 7:30 PM. It is a benefit for Kids' Place.


June 20, 2023 - The Chebeague Cumberland Land Trust presenting: "Building a Biodiverse and Climate Resistent Yard with the Wild Seed Project" this Saturday, June 24, 11am to 12:30 pm at the Hall. I know I am very interested in how to handle my yard. Hope to see you there.

Cocktail Party at the Commons this FRIDAY, 4:30-6:30. The date was changed due to the weekend forecast. Hope to see you there! Red Studio will be open for shopping during the party. Click here for flyer.

Wednesday 6pm - Selectmen's Meeting - click here for agenda and packet.


June 19, 2023 - Tyler Putnam and Sarah Nordin's 10th Anniversary Concert on Sunday afternoon was an unqualified triumph. The church was packed, the music electrifying. Standing ovations, sustained applause. What an experience! The MacBeth Steering Committee is grateful to Sarah and Tyler for bringing this memorable afternoon to Chebeague--and to the many Chebeaguers who support the series in so many ways. Next up: the Sebabago Long Lake Music Festival, Thursday, July 20, 6:30 p.m. See you there. Click here to see a photo of the group with Kaden Putnam who took part in the program as a non singing waiter.
June 18, 2023 - REMINDER - Today at 4:00 at the Church: The MacBeth Series’ first concert of the 2023 season is going to be a BIG, BIG DEAL. Tyler Putnam and Sarah Nordin’s 10th Anniversary Celebratory Concert

The 2023 season at the School House Seconds is here!
Grand Opening is this Tuesday, June 20.
Tuesday hours: 9am-noon and 7-8pm
New Saturday hours: July 8 and August 12, 9am-11am
Come find your Treasures and a "New" Wardrobe. Your donations and purchases help support Island Council Projects. We will continue to accept your donations of clean, salable items through July 31. Thank you for them!


June 17, 2023 - 100% chance of rain, therefore we have moved the graveside ceremony for Stephen (Mr. Johnson) into the church. After the service everyone is invited back to Bev and Steve's house where there is a large tent and plenty of room and refreshments! See you all there!

Remember:  Tyler Putnam and Sarah Nordin’s 10th Anniversary Celebratory Concert, Sunday, June 18, 4:00 p.m.  The MacBeth Series’ first concert of the 2023 season is going to be a BIG, BIG DEAL.  There is no other way to say it.  Tyler and Sarah first performed together on Chebeague ten years ago.  Since that first performance, their careers in opera and musicals have blossomed, Pauline has joined their family troupe and, each summer, they have returned to bless island audiences with their thrilling treatments of selections from the world’s of opera and musical theater.  When they appear on Sunday, they will premiere Cheek to Cheek:  A Duet Concert of Songs that Tells Their Own True Love Story, a program of songs by some of the most celebrated lyricists and composers of the past hundred years.  For the second half of the concert they will be joined by world-class artists from the New York opera community to perform a condensed version of La Boheme, one of the world’s most popular operas.  Their resumes are packed with rave reviews of performances in Rigoletto, Don Giovanni, Barber of Seville, A Little Night Music, among many othersLove songs and opera—what better way to celebrate ten years of musical inspiration!  When:  Sunday, June 18, 4:00 p.m. Where: Chebeague Community Church


June 14, 2023 - The Transfer Station will be closed this Saturday from 1pm to 2:30 for Stephen Johnson's graveside service.

Message from Jen: The Niblic is opening for the season Friday June 16th . We will be open 8-3 Friday, 8-12 Saturday, and 9-2 Sunday. We will be closed Monday and Tuesday June 19th & 20th but from then on (starting June 21st), we will be open 7 days a week. Please go to our website for updates or like our social media pages. ( I promise I am working on getting better at posting.) We look forward to seeing you all soon with lots of new additions to share. Thank you in advance for supporting an island business. Here’s to a summer of sunshine & adventures that bring you by to say hello!

Chebeague Community Church will be welcoming Rev. Betsy Waters to the pulpit on Sunday, June 18 at 10:00 AM. Pastor Betsy has been acting as consultant to the Search Team of the church in their quest to find a new pastor. She has become a valuable mentor and friend, and we look forward to greeting her in person and hearing the message she will bring. Coffee and refreshments will follow the service.

Catholic Communion Service (without a priest) every Saturday at 4pm at the Parish House. Any questions please contact Ann Belesca at 846-4252

Arts and Crafts Show - Saturday, July 8th, 10:00 – 1:00
Island Hall – Woodworking, Art in many medias, Jewelry, Cards and many other hand made items.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS 2023 - starting June 21st and continuing until Labor Day, the Chebeague/Cliff Island Group of Alcoholics Anonymous will meet on Wednesdays at 8 am at the Chebeague Island 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.

The Chebeague Island Library is gearing up for a community event that will take place on Saturday, September 16th. Here is a list of items that we are looking to collect for the event. More info on the event will follow. We can't wait to share the details with you!

CCLT program at the Hall, Saturday, June 24th, 11am to 12:30pm - "Building a Biodiverse and Climate Resistent Yard with the Wild Seed Project"


June 13, 2023 - photo - by Jon Rich on June 13, 2023 - click here for another view.

Good morning, Chebeague!
We’re excited to return to Chebeague Island tomorrow at our usual time of 4:20PM with par-baked OTTO Pizza for everyone!
For this week’s delivery please order through me. Please email me your order; be sure to include your phone number and I’ll call you back for payment. If you’ve ordered recently and would like to use the same form of payment, please let me know in your order email. Our order window will close tomorrow at 1PM.

Maddie Downs (207) 522-5321 will be on the island this Wednesday and next Wednesday to talk about long term care insurance. After June 29th her company won't be offering it.

Remember:  Tyler Putnam and Sarah Nordin’s 10th Anniversary Celebratory Concert, Sunday, June 18, 4:00 p.m.  The MacBeth Series’ first concert of the 2023 season is going to be a BIG, BIG DEAL.  There is no other way to say it.  Tyler and Sarah first performed together on Chebeague ten years ago.  Since that first performance, their careers in opera and musicals have blossomed, Pauline has joined their family troupe and, each summer, they have returned to bless island audiences with their thrilling treatments of selections from the world’s of opera and musical theater.  When they appear on Sunday, they will premiere Cheek to Cheek:  A Duet Concert of Songs that Tells Their Own True Love Story, a program of songs by some of the most celebrated lyricists and composers of the past hundred years.  For the second half of the concert they will be joined by world-class artists from the New York opera community to perform a condensed version of La Boheme, one of the world’s most popular operas.  Their resumes are packed with rave reviews of performances in Rigoletto, Don Giovanni, Barber of Seville, A Little Night Music, among many othersLove songs and opera—what better way to celebrate ten years of musical inspiration!  When:  Sunday, June 18, 4:00 p.m. Where: Chebeague Community Church

There are still spots available in the Sailing School which starts in July, for kids 6 - 15 of all experience levels. The Yacht Club is also looking for new members - whether you're a boat owner or not. Several new sailing, boating, and social events will take place this summer and we'd love to have you join us. Learn more and see our new t-shirts and hats for sale at CHEBEAGUE YACHT CLUB - proceeds support the sailing school.
June 12, 2023 - Tuesday, June 13 from 1-2 pm, Sue Burgess will present “Gardening to Draw Birds & Butterflies” at the monthly Desert & Discussion series at the Chebeague Rec Center. Come see our new community room, have cake and coffee, and join the discussion. A perfect rainy day activity! Free to all.
June 9, 2023 - The Red Studio at Island Commons will be open from 10 until noon tomorrow (Saturday), and will feature a collection of Doug Damon’s beautifully restored chairs in addition to our usual eclectic inventory. A portion of the chair sales will benefit Island Commons. (Thanks, Doug!)

June 8, 2023 - Community Potluck to celebrate our students and their families! Friday, June 9th, 5:30 pm at the Recreation Center in the newly painted gym! RSVP Jenny Hackel 846-9004 with main, side dish, dessert an number of people in your party.

Pastor Nancy Collins will be the guest preacher at Chebeague Community Church this Sunday, June 11 at 10:00 AM. Pastor Nancy is a close friend and colleague of Pastor Joy Toll-Chandler who has preached several times from our pulpit and who is covering pastoral care for the church throughout the summer. Please come and welcome Pastor Nancy, and stay for coffee and fellowship after the service at the Parish House!


June 7, 2023 - photo - by Art Ryder June 7th from Colemens over to Hope Island.

The Candidates Forum will be held this Thursday, June 8 at 7:00 pm at the Hall. This will be an opportunity to hear from the candidates on a wide range of topics and answer questions from residents. The forum will be moderated by John Wilson. The candidates are Pam Curran, Josh Doughty, and David Hill. Refreshments will be served. Candidates for School Committee are Erin Layng and Jeff Putnam.

Please don’t forget to place your OTTO Pizza orders through me, Benjamin Cooper, (benc@ottoportland.com) before 1PM today with your order and phone number and I’ll give you a call back for payment.
Please spread the word amongst your neighbors!
Find our menu here: https://www.ottoportland.com/menu

4th of July Lobster Roll lunches are now for sale at www.chebeaguerec.com. Lunches include fresh lobster roll, drink, dessert, and chips for $25. Pickup available at Chebeague Recreation Center from 11-1pm on July 4th. Please order by 7/2. All proceeds go to our island childcare facility, Kids' Place. Thank you for the support. E-mail Caitlin Whetham at gerber_c@hotmail.com with questions.


June 4, 2023 - 911-Dispatcher Meet-And-Greet Days
Saturday - 6/10 - 1:30 PM - Fire Station
Monday - 6/12 - 1:30 PM - Fire Station
Chebeague Fire Rescue will host a Meet-and-Greet with our Regional Communications, 911-Dispatchers. Please join us in welcoming this dedicated team to our island. All Department members and all Community members are welcome. Click here for flyer!

Historical Society notice of the CIHS Annual Meeting and Nominees June 10th at 7pm - click here to learn more!

Greetings Chebeague islanders!
Kevin from Carpet Services will be coming out to the island on June the 15th through the 29th for all your carpet, upholstery and tile and grout cleaning needs. Please call or text 207-772-6225 or email CarpetServicesme@gmail.com to make an appointment. I’m
Looking forward to seeing everybody soon.

Bill Danielson's report on May’s weather --actually began on May Day eve (April 30th) when 3.32 inches of rain fell, and it kept raining off and on for the next five days. Then it was nearly done for the month, raining on only 3 of the next 26 days. Bottom line: we received 4.96 inches from May 1-31, but if you include April 30th the total leaps to 8.28 inches!
-- Because all that rain was packed into just eight days, most of the month was mostly clear, producing a May that, strangely, was both wetter and sunnier than normal! Smoke from Canadian fires enhanced many Chebeague sunrises and sunsets.
--Daily high temperatures were above normal for the first half of May, then below normal except for the 27th-29th, the beautiful Memorial Day weekend. Low temps exhibited almost no warming throughout the month. A low of 35 on the 18th caused some patchy frost.
Click here for Chebeague Temp graph.
Click here for data chart.

School Committee Meeting this Tuesday, June 6, at 6pm - click here for agenda.


June 2, 2023 - photo - by Jon Rich of lightening storm from Chandlers on Friday afternoon.

This Sunday at Chebeague Community Church, Vicki Todd will present a service based on the spiritual journey she has taken over the past several months. Please join us for this special service, June 4 at 10:00 AM.

Note from Kim Boehm ..A special Thanks to Jim and Roseann Stewart for the gift of a nice vehicle. This car (a 2007 Chevy HHR) needs minor repairs and will be repurposed. I will take the proceeds and put towards my ongoing effort to clean up junk vehicles and illegal junkyards on our beautiful island...Donations like these help offset costs of higher fuel and operating costs and a less than stellar scrap market...

Clam Flats are closed on Chebeague - check the town website for updates!


June 1, 2023 - Coming Soon.  Tyler Putnam, Sarah Nordin and Friends in a Special 10th Anniversary Concert.  Join the MacBeth Concert Series on Sunday, June 18 at 4:00 p.m. as we celebrate the ten years of musical joy that Tyler and Sarah have brought to Chebeague Island.  The performance will be in two thrilling parts:  Cheek to Cheek: A Love Story Told in Song; and La Boheme:  A Special Abridged Adaptation of one the World’s Most Popular Operas (Sung in Italian with English Supertitles.).  Please note that we have changed the day and time of this concert, which will be held at the Chebeague Community Church,  from Saturday, June 17 to Sunday, June 18.

Message from Natalie Parker: Thanks to those who helped search for my missing purse. Luckily, it was found and brought to the Inn, and it's now on the way back to me. I truly appreciate everyone who made up the search team, with extra thanks to those who contacted me and sent it along! Wishing you a pleasant and safe summer,
Natalie

Jim Millenger's Celebration will be at the Chebeague Community Church Sunday July 2 at 3:00pm, with a time to socialize in the Parish House from 4-5pm. Bring and share your memories and stories of Jim.


May 30, 2023 - CIHS Annual Members Meeting is 6/10 at 7 PM at the Hall and on Zoom. Zoom ID is 829 6247 6056. No password is required. Please join us. For more information, see our June Newsletter here.

The Yarmouth Vet will be at the Hall Thursday from 8:45 to 11:30. Call Sam with questions (845 0510)

Message from Otto Pizza: We’re excited to return to Chebeague Island tomorrow at our usual time of 4:20PM with par-baked OTTO Pizza for everyone!
For this week’s delivery please order through me. Feel free to call 207.245.8038 or email me your order; be sure to include your phone number and I’ll call you back for payment. Our order window will close tomorrow at 1PM.
SPRING SPECIALS:
Pizza: Asparagus, Prosciutto & Pesto
Salad: Radicchio, Asparagus, Edamame & Asiago with Pesto Vinaigrette
Please find our menu here: https://www.ottoportland.com/menu
I look forward to seeing you all on the Stone Wharf tomorrow!
Cheers,
Ben


May 29, 2023 - FOUND! Natalie Parker, lost her purse on the island on Sunday 5/28 in the morning. She was at the cemetery when it was last seen.. It is a small, purplish/grayish cross body purse. Unfortunately everything - cards, cash, license, everything was in it.
Please call 207-712-8310 if anyone picked it up. Thank you

May 27, 2023 - There are a LOT of new events and camps happening at the CRC this summer! Check out the recently updated and expanded CRC Summer Activities brochure. Newly added camps include Adventure Camp and the Lunch and Swim program. Check it out parents and grandparents! Swim lessons are still TBA ( awaiting the schedule of the swim instructors ) and we expect a full roster of life guards and pool attendants.

The Historical Society Lecture Series last Monday featured Earle Shettleworth- A Century of Portland Artists 1820-1920 - click here to see.

"Raffle tickets for the CIHS Fine Art Giclee Raffle, to benefit the Museum of Chebeague History, are on sale at the Museum Shop." Click here to learn more.


May 26, 2023 - Chebeague Island Library Pie Sale - Saturday, May 27, 2023 from 10 am to 12 pm.

Benefit concert for Stephen Ross Scholarship Saturday night 7 to 11 at the Hall - Westenders 8 to 11and special guests opening up from 7 to 8.

Chebeague Community Church is inviting you to a the Memorial Day Service which will be live at the Church but for those who are unable to attend there will be a Zoom:

Topic: Memorial Day Service
Time: May 29, 2023 1 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86075345556?pwd=dG1qVUhHb01IaFdURUlYU21qTVZNdz09
Meeting ID: 860 7534 5556
Passcode: 965008


May 23, 2023 - Message from Florence Rich at the west end: I have flowers for sale for Memorial Day!

May 22, 2023 -photo - by Jon Rich early morning on May 22, 2023.

photo - by Jon Rich early morning stone wharf on May 22, 2023.

 Memorial Day 2023
Live at the Chebeague Community Church
Monday May 29 at 1:00PM
Please join us !


May 21, 2023 - The Red Studio at the Island Commons will open for the season on Saturday, May 27, from 10-noon. Thanks to many generous donors, our inventory is the best ever. Opening a new cottage? Sprucing up an old one? We have furniture, housewares, antiques, lamps, linens and just about anything you might want. We’ll be open every Saturday through the summer. Please stop in often, and check our ever-changing inventory.

You're invited! A Community Potluck at the Rec Center on Friday, June 9th at 5:30pm to celebrate Chebeague's students completing another year of their education. Parents or caregivers, please fill out this RSVP form so that we can recognize and celebrate your student's big accomplishment at our event! You are also welcome to RSVP to Jenny Hackel via phone 846-9004. If you're able to contribute to the potluck, please include that information on your RSVP (main dishes, side dishes, and desserts needed!).



May 17, 2023 - Joquin and THE FEW will be performing at Pat's Pizza in Yarmouth this Saturday ( May 20) from 7-10pm. Please join us!!

The Museum Store and Exhibit will be opening for the season Memorial Day weekend. We will be open Saturday, May 27th - Monday 11AM- 4PM.

Click here for a Letter to the Editor of the Portland Press Herald by Ellen Goodman about protecting local news.

School House Seconds is currently taking donations of clean, gently used clothing and household items. Please leave your donations inside the front door of the building. Please be sure the front door is completely closed when you leave. Thanks, and stay tuned for our Grand Opening!


May 16, 2023 -Message from Otto Pizza: We’re excited to return to Chebeague Island tomorrow at our usual time of 4:20PM with par-baked OTTO Pizza for everyone!
For this week’s delivery please order through me. Feel free to call 207.245.8038 or email me your order; be sure to include your phone number and I’ll call you back for payment. Our order window will close tomorrow at 1PM.
SPRING SPECIALS:
Pizza: Asparagus, Prosciutto & Pesto
Salad: Radicchio, Asparagus, Edamame & Asiago with Pesto Vinaigrette
Please find our menu here: https://www.ottoportland.com/menu
I look forward to seeing you all on the Stone Wharf tomorrow!
Cheers, Ben

TWO BIRDS CAFE will be open this weekend, May 20th & 21st from 10:00 - 3:00
Hours for the following week:
Closed: Mondays and Tuesdays
Open: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 9:00 - 3:00
Saturday & Sunday from 10:00 - 3:00
--- After next week we will be open Friday’s, from 9-3 &
Saturday’s & Sunday’s from 10-3 until the end of June after which we will open for extended Summer hours!
--- So looking forward to seeing all our friends of the Two Old Birds, and really excited for another fabulous Summer!
-- Xo Birds..


May 15, 2023 - Nurse Peggy Akers will not be visiting the island next Wednesday, 5/24.

May 14, 2023 - Happy Mother's Day!

Help wanted Saturday May 20!
This past winter's storms have left the much loved Indian Point a bit of a mess. Please join Chebeague & Cumberland Land Trust (CCLT) and Indian Island members on Saturday, May 20 from 9 to 11 AM to help clean up in preparation for the summer. We'll gather all the flotsam and jetsam we can (a.k.a. "trash") and haul it to the transfer station. Bring gloves and water and CCLT / Indian Island will bring the rest.
Questions? -- Contact Jonathan Dawson at CCLT at steward@ccltmaine.org or Ted Ballard from Indian Island at ballard.eab@gmail.com. Thank you!


May 11, 2023 - The Chebeague Island Library is exploring options for creating a remote work area. We would love the community's input in helping to gauge the need for a space on Chebeague that would allow the community to work remotely or study. Please take a minute to fill out this quick survey. The survey will be live through Sunday, May 14th. See survey here


May 10, 2023 - The Chebeague Island Inn is excited to kick off the 2023 season on May 12th! Overnight stays, restaurant reservations, and activities are now open for booking, so start making plans…we can’t wait to see you!

On May 6th, the healing for frontline nurses began via Infinite Kindness Project, www.infinite-kindness.org and the RNRnR retreat to help heal the healers after years of extreme caregiving. 3 of the 5 founders hail from Chebeague- Adrian Cerezo, Eliza Jane Adams and Erika Neumann were featured on the NewsCenter Maine coverage of this very special program. See coverage here. If you would like to get involved contact Erika at infinitekindnessmaine@gmail.com.

On Mother’s Day, the Chebeague Rec center is hosting brunch! We will be open 10:30-1 and serving cheese or bacon Quiche, coffee cake and muffins, fruit and coffee. Take out or dine in. To preorder, instead of calling the Rec office, please call Jenny Hackel at 734-660-3461. Thank you!


May 8, 2023 - photo - by teacher Sarah Klein of the School Children who did a beach cleanup at the Stone Pier to recognize earth day!

Congratulations to Elias Rich who graduated Summa Cum Laude from Maine Maritime Academy with a BS in Science. Third Assistant Engineer Unlimited Horsepower License.


May 7, 2023 - Tuesday May 9th, 1-2 pm please come to "Dessert & Discussion" at 1 pm and hear Lock Kiermaier’s brief presentation on the "Long Ago Cottages of Little Chebeague" at the Chebeague Rec Center. Free and open to all - in the teen room.

Nurse Peggy Akers will return to the Chebeague Wellness Center next Wednesday morning 5/10 for blood draws and walk-ins. She will be bringing more COVID boosters for anyone needing one and meeting the following guidelines.
-65 and above
-4 months since last booster
-3 months from active covid
-If immune compromised
-age 12 plus for first-time bivalent or first-time for any covid vaccine.
If you would like a booster, call the Island Council (846-4988) by Tuesday at noon and leave a message letting us know which booster--Pfizer or Moderna--you want. If you have any questions, you can call Nurse Peggy at 232-7695.


May 6, 2023 - The Chebeague Community Church is seeking to hire a Part-time Settled Pastor. If you or someone you know is interested, please email Emily Muller egmuller@live.com for more information.

John’s Personal Service Is Closing For Ever At 1PM Friday!
I want to thank my many customers over the years for allowing me to serve you in many different ways. I hope I was of help. My list of services provided and my customer base grew each year. The “covid” years were very difficult but I’m glad I could help some of you to get through them. I can always look back at some great friendships I gained and stories I will be able to tell. If I have your spare car keys from winter snow clearing please reach out to me by the end of next week so you can get them back. Thanks once again for allowing me to serve you! Take care.


May 5, 2023 - We are sad to report that Jim (James Ferguson) Millinger died this morning - May 5, - at Topsham ME; he was 88. He wanted any memorial donations sent to the Stephen Ross Scholarship Fund, which he supported over the years. More information to follow.

I will be gone for a week starting today and David Hill (drhill@chebeague.net) will be updating the webpage so please send notices to him. I will be checking my email and forwarding messages when I am able.

School Committee Meeting on Tuesday at 5:30pm at the school - see agenda.


May 4, 2023 - BIRD WALK - today starting at Hook at 9am - hope to see you all there. Chebeague Cumberland Land Trust Bird Migration Walk at Indian Point and Littlefield Woods with Derek Lovitch.

Message from the Hall: "The Hall's many water pitchers have all gone walkabout. The kitchen cupboard where they belong is bare and is longing for their return. Thanks!"

Yarmouth Vet is on the island today - call Sam with any qeustions (846-0510)


May 2, 2023 - Message from our Island Weatherman, Bill Danielson: "Last week I heard people say, “We need rain.” They’re not saying that any more!
When the deluge, thunder, lightning, and tree-toppling winds ended on the morning of May 1st, our gauges had collected 3.90 inches of rain. So April went quickly from a rainfall deficit to a surplus!
--- Temperature-wise, the month warmed up steadily at first, reaching 76.5° on the 14th, but then it slid downward, averaging just 45° for the final two weeks. Most impressive was the span of nearly three full days, from the 23rd to the 26th, when the temp was stuck between 42 and 44 degrees, under sullen skies. A friend described it as “British weather.”"

Tomorrow night is a Selectmen's 5:30 Executive Session and Meeting and Budget Workshop at 6pm at the Hall - see agenda and packet!

Thursday evening is a Planning Board Public Meeting at 6pm - see information. Remember that Town Meeting Schedule is located on the town website - https://www.townofchebeagueisland.org/

Commons staff are throwing a Cinco de Mayo fiesta Friday from 12-2. Everyone is welcome to join us for tacos and margarita’s. Asking for RSVP’s so we can plan quantities - click here for flyer.


May 1, 2023 - Just a reminder that the Yarmouth Vet will be at the Hall this Thursday morning, May 4th. Call Sam with any questions (846 0510).

For the second year, the Chebeague Island Historical Society is participating in Jane's Walk, an international day that celebrates community by encouraging people to learn more about the place they live. Last year the CIHS toured the East End, and this year participants will have an opportunity to learn more about the evolution of the Coleman Cove Neighborhood. There is no fee for a Jane's Walk. Click here for more information!

Next time you are in Portland, you might want to stop by the Makers Galley https://themakersgalley.com/ for a snack and catch up with Arianna Stefanilo. Better yet – sign up for one of Arianna’s cooking classes like the one she held this past weekend, Cooking with Kelp, that a few Chebeaguers were lucky enough to attend. Click here for a few photos from Carol White.


April 30, 2023 - movie - 04-30-23 by Sam Birkett of Woodcocks in the parking lot of the Chebeague Recreation Center on their way to school!!.

Joquin Bonville and his bandmates (THE FEW) will open for THE MALLETT BROTHERS band on Friday June 2 at The Regatta Room in Eliot, Maine. Tickets are on sale now. Ordering is online. Come join us!!


April 28, 2023 - You can find the Chebeague Island Historical Society May newsletter click here

For those who missed the CIHS program on Monday - Click here to see Donna Damon's presentation: The Charlatan, the Con Man, and the Saint: When Religious Revivals Reigned on Chebeague

To Chebeague’s Lobstermen- Starting this year all lobstermen are required to electronically report landings to DMR. If you have a lobster license, whether you land lobsters or not, you have to file the reports at least monthly. I have found that the reporting is easiest done on the App that DMR designed called VESL. You can also report on DMRs Leeds website. attached are the step by step instructions if using the VESL app
Creating a Positive Lobster Report, State-only version (PDF file, 17 pages, 2.4 MB)
Creating a Did Not Fish Report (PDF file, 556 kb)


April 26, 2023 - photo - JOIN birdwatching May 4th from 9 to 11 with Derek Lovich. Photo from last year with Derek. I saw my first Crossbill. We will be starting at Indian Point/Hook.

Chebeague Housing's first official newsletter is out! You can check it out at the link below and subscribe as well to get regular updates in your inbox as soon as new editions are released!
https://mailchi.mp/9422a8d8d524/april-newsletter?e=485471f60a

Chebeague Community Church will be holding a special session on Sunday April 30, as part of regular worship in the sanctuary. The church profile that is being sent out in the pastoral search process will be presented to the congregation, as information and for discussion. Please join us to review the results of hours of effort on the part of the Search Team! These are exciting times for our church!

The other day John Ash took a remarkable photo of something that is very rare these days and almost extinct - click here to see.


April 25, 2023 - The Chebeague Island Library is exploring ways to better serve our community and we are considering developing workspaces for patrons to work and study in comfortable surroundings with needed technology. Libraries are often places that offer quiet space away from distractions where you can focus, think, do your research, and get your work done, yet our current facility offers little space for this kind of activity. To help us understand community interest, please take a moment to answer two questions. - click here.

Tonight: Chebeague Climate Action Team: Community Kick-Off virtual meeting.
Tuesday, April 25th, 2023 at 7:00 pm - https://us02web.zoom.us/j/326962753
Meeting ID: 326 962 753
Passcode: 175989
On your phone: +1.929.205.6099 Meeting ID: 326962753# - Click here for agenda.

A reminder to the island that Kim Boehm sponsors a scholarship for people going into the trades...Call Kim @ 846 2468 for details...


April 24, 2023 - SAVE the DATE - for a wonderful bird walk starting at Indian Point- May 4th at 9am to 11am- Bird Migration Walk at Indian Point and Littlefield Woods with Derek Lovitch - "The best bird walk I (Bev) ever went on was with Derek Lovich last year!!!" Click here for a list of other island programs that the Chebeague Cumberland Land Trust have planned.

Congratulations to Logan Beaupré who competed in Skills USA competition through their programs at Portland Arts and Technology High School (PATHS). Logan won a silver medal in Carpentry.

Tonight the CIHS presentation: The Charlatan, the Con Man, and the Saint: When Religious Revivals Reigned on Chebeague - click here to learn more!

Tomorrow evening, Tuesday is the Chebeague Climate Action Team: Community Kick-Off virtual meeting.
Tuesday, April 25th, 2023 at 7:00 pm - https://us02web.zoom.us/j/326962753
Meeting ID: 326 962 753
Passcode: 175989
On your phone: +1.929.205.6099 Meeting ID: 326962753# - Click here for agenda.

Wednesday is a Selectmen's Executive Session and a Budget Workshop meeting starting at 5:30.


April 23, 2023 - You won't want to miss tomorrow night (April 24th - 7pm) Chebeague Historical Society Presentation on Zoom (829-6247-6056): The Charlatan, the Con Man, and the Saint: When Religious Revivals Reigned on Chebeague - click here to learn more!
Donna Miller Damon will tell the story of how Chebeaguers interacted with a charlatan, a con man, and a saint.


April 21, 2023 - Get out on Earth Day for Casco Bay. Please join the Island Council as we clean up Bennetts Cove.
Saturday at 10:00. We'll have bags and gloves. Many hands make light work.
April 20, 2023 - Come hear The Few! FREE outside concert!!
Friday April 21st 6:30-8:30 pm at the Chebeague Island Library
Bring friends and family, lawn chairs and snacks, and dance your way into SPRING!
April 19, 2023 - message from the Chebeague Climate Action Team:
Please join us on Zoom for the Community Kick-Off virtual meeting.
Tuesday, April 25th, 2023 at 7:00 pm
A Zoom link to the meeting will be provided on Town and Bev’s website prior to the meeting.
Learn more about what CCAT has been working on
Learn about our new partnership with ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability) and the Team’s work on a Community Greenhouse Gas Inventory
Questions? Email us at ChebeagueCAT@gmail.com

April 18, 2023 - Chebeague Yacht Club invites everyone in the Chebeague community to join CIYC and help support the island's sailing school. More info at chebeagueyachtclub.com. This summer's events for sailors, powerboaters and non-boat owners include:
July 6 - Commodore’s Commissioning Party
July 15 - Sailboat race and picnic
July 19 - Power Lunch at the Dolphin
July 29 - Round Island Race
August 12 - Ocean sailboat race
August 24 - Blessing of the Fleet

Otto's Pizza: We’re excited to return to Chebeague Island tomorrow at our usual time of 4:20PM with par-baked OTTO Pizza for everyone!For this week’s delivery please order through me. Feel free to call 207.245.8038 or email me your order; be sure to include your phone number and I’ll call you back for payment. Our order window will close tomorrow at 1PM.
SPRING SPECIALS:
Pizza: Asparagus, Prosciutto & Pesto
Salad: Radicchio, Asparagus, Edamame & Asiago with Pesto Vinaigrette
Please find our menu here:
https://www.ottoportland.com/menu


April 17, 2023 - The Chebeague Island Council will be joining with the Friends of Casco Bay for their Get out on Earth Day for Casco Bay. We will meeting on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22 at 10:00 at Bennetts Cove to clean up the beach. We will have bags and gloves available. If you would like to clean up a different beach, feel free to come get bags and gloves from the council. Hope youcan join us for an hour or two.

Today is a Board of Adjustment and Appeals meeting starting at 5pm - see agenda.

Wednesday, April 19, is the Selectmen's meeting starting with Executive Session at 5pm with meeting at 6pm - see agenda and packet.

Thursday, April 20, is a joint Selectmen's meeting with Long Island starting at 3:30 - see zoom information.


April 16, 2023 - Message from Barbara Ballard: Mayflower Gardens will be opening on May 20th! Click here for the flyer.
April 15, 2023 - You are invited tomorrow Sunday April 16 at the Library POETRY FOR THE PEOPLE, open mic readings for all poetry and lyrics lovers. 2-4pm Free.

April 14, 2023 - "Chebeague Community Church will be holding its weekly service Sunday, April 16 at 10:00 AM in the church sanctuary. Donna Damon will present Part 3 of her study about the history of the church on Chebeague. All are welcome!"

Mayflower Gardens will be opening on May 20th! Click here to see their flyer.

The Chebeague Community Church 2023 Community Survey was initiated by the CCC Pastoral Search Committee. The purpose was to understand the church’s role in the community and how the church can better serve and engage the community. The Council is committed to creating future programming based on the results of the survey. Our sincere thanks for your participation in the survey. Click here to see the results!


April 12, 2023 - Congratulations to Sharon Bowman who has just published her first novel; A Daughter of the Island! It is available at Barnes and Nobel, Amazon and soon at the Chebeague Island Library and the Historical Society. Click here to learn more about how she got started on this story.

Message from Recreation Center:
1. Kim Boehm will come to the Rec this Saturday 4/15 at 9 am to talk about basic home electrics. Dont bring a broken appliance, maybe a lamp that needs repair if you like or just come learn about basic electrical wiring at home.
2. Jerry Wiles will lead the discussion this Tuesday 4/18 at 1 pm following the Patriot’s Day holiday to talk about American History- English tea and colonial desserts will be served. Come enjoy our monthly Dessert and Discussion series!


April 11, 2023 - Message from Ottos: "We’re excited to return to Chebeague Island tomorrow at our usual time of 4:20PM with par-baked OTTO Pizza for everyone!
For this week’s delivery please order through me. Feel free to call 207.245.8038 or email me your order; be sure to include your phone number and I’ll call you back for payment. Our order window will close tomorrow at 1PM.
SPRING SPECIALS:
Pizza: Asparagus, Prosciutto & Pesto
Salad: Radicchio, Asparagus, Edamame & Asiago with Pesto Vinaigrette
Please find our menu here: https://www.ottoportland.com/menu
I look forward to seeing you all on the Stone Wharf tomorrow!
Cheers, Ben
Benjamin S. Cooper
Catering Manager – Maine
207-245-8038 cell
benc@ottoportland.com

April 10, 2023 - The Great Chebeague Tennis Club is gearing up for summer and accepting memberships for the 2023 season! Join us for scrambles, socials, a fantastic kick-off party, Founder’s Cup round robin, and lots of opportunities to meet new people and play some fun tennis. Junior clinics and private lessons for kids will also be available. All levels welcome!
Support the GCTC or become a member today. For more information, visit www.chebeaguetennis.com.

Message from Kim Boehm: "Once again I am removing junk cars (running and non running) and available to bring freight back to the Island. I cannot bring gravel, loam, etc, as my truck does not have a dump body. Call Kim 846- 2468 FMI."

Planning Board Meeting, Monday, 6:30 at the Hall - see agenda.

Selectmen/School Committee Budget Workshop Meeting at the Hall 6pm, Tuesday, April 11.

Thursday, April 13 at the school is the Climate Action Team at 7pm.


April 9, 2023 - HAPPY EASTER - photo - Happy Easter! Easter Bunny and carrot with the children at the annual Island Commons Easter Egg Hunt!

April 8, 2023 - I hope everyone is able to read a wonderful op-ed in the New York Times by our own Ketch Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show Band: Country Music Can Lead America Out of Its Obsession With Guns! Click here if you are unable to read it in the New York Times.

Congratulations to KIM HAMILTON who is now the president of the Island Institute! Click here for the news release. "Kim is uniquely qualified, bringing to the organization years of national and international nonprofit, philanthropy, and policy experience, a Ph.D. in demography, and a master's degree in international economics and African Studies. And she has deep family roots on Chebeague Island!"

SAVE THE DATE: Poetry for the People - Sunday, April 16th from 2 to 4. Come celebrate National Poetry Mongy

Sunday at NOON - The Easter Bunny will be at the Commons - Easter Egg Hunt for children grade 5 and under - see flyer!


April 6, 2023 - The Health Fair is this Saturday 9-11:30am at the Hall. (The Council calendar had a typo saying 11:30.) USM nursing students will offer BP checks, cholesterol screening, blood sugar tests, and skin cancer information. We will also have an ophthalmologist check vision and hearing screening.
We have fabulous raffle prizes!

April 5, 2023 - From Otto's Pizza: Good morning, Islanders!
We’re excited to return to Chebeague Island tomorrow at our usual time of 4:20PM with par-baked OTTO Pizza for everyone!
For this week’s delivery please order through me. Feel free to call 207.245.8038 or email me your order; be sure to include your phone number and I’ll call you back for payment. Our order window will close tomorrow at 1PM.
SPRING SPECIALS:
Pizza: Asparagus, Prosciutto & Pesto
Salad: Radicchio, Asparagus, Edamame & Asiago with Pesto Vinaigrette
Please find our menu here: https://www.ottoportland.com/menu

Reminder to all of our island nonprofits that applications for The Recompense Grant are do by April 30th. If your nonprofit would like an early review of your application before final submission then it has to be sent by April 8th. Please also remember that progress reports on previous grants need to be also be done. Applications can be found on recompensefund.com.


April 4, 2023 - Facilities Meeding tonight at 6 pm on zoom.

Tomorrow night at 6 is the 4th budget meeting of the Selectmen. Click here for agenda and packet.

The Yarmouth Vet will be at the Hall this Thursday morning April 6 from 8:45 to 11:30. The sign-up sheet will be on the door by around 7:00. Please call Sam McLean (846-0510) with any questions.


April 3, 2023 - Nomination Papers are available at the Town Office. There is one 3-year term for a Selectboard Member available and one 3- year term for a School Committee member available. Nomination papers are due back in the Town Office by Wednesday, April 12, 2023. Any questions, please call the Town Office at 846-3148.


April 1, 2023 - Click here to see the Casco Bay Archaeological Project Presentation: Casco Bay Islands and Public Archaeology that took place at the Hall on Sunday, March 19 at 1pm at the Hall.

School Committee Meeting, Tuesday, April 4, 6pm at the school - see agenda.


March 30, 2023 - Are you interested in joining a book club? Come meet with us TONIGHT - Thursday - at 7pm at the CHEBEAGUE ISLAND LIBRARY to help us plan one! We'd love to hear your ideas! Can't make it? Give us a call to let us know your interest! Would you like to join a book group, but can't make it to the library? Fill out this survey https://docs.google.com/.../1FAIpQLSekGUgqI7A.../viewform...

March 29, 2023 - Click here if you missed the wonderful program Monday night "Maine Fisheries: Past, Present and Future."

Join us Thursday 3/30 at 7pm at the Library for a meeting to help plan our book group.

Are you a high school student? Are you working on a scholarship application? Need some help with your homework?
Join library staff and volunteers on Tuesday April 11th at 7pm at the library. Want to learn about scholarship opportunities? Need help with your Stephen Ross Scholarship application? Have questions about other scholarships? Just need a place to work on some homework? Click here for flyer.

Save the Date: Sunday 8/13/23 for the Historical Society. We are celebrating the 150th anniversary of the schoolhouse building with an event 3-9 pm that includes special childrens and former schoolhouse attendee program followed by appetizers and a lobster dinner and accompanied by a Jazz musical review from 1920's to present.


March 27, 2023 - Get ready for spring with Elizabeth Doughty on Wednesday from 10:30-11:30. She will give us tips on getting our knees and shoulders ready for spring chores. Stop in earlier for coffee and treats at 9:00 am, then stay for soup lunch.

The final soups of the season will be served on Wednesday! We will have fish chowder and pasta/bean soup. Please join us to say goodbye to soup season and hello to spring.

TONIGHT 7PM- "Maine Fisheries: Past, Present and Future." The presenters will be Alex Todd, 10th-generation fisherman and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Maine Coast Fishermen's Association (MCFA), and Alan Tracy, President of Vessel Services in Portland and appointed At-Large Member of the New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC). Zoom.us. The Meeting ID is 829 6247 6056. No password is required.


March 26, 2023 - Board of Adjustment and Appeals Public Hearing - Wednesday, March 29th, 5pm at the Hall - click here for the agenda and notice.The meeting will be on the Town's youtube channel and zoom.

Please enjoy the Chebeague Island Historical Society’s April newsletter and be sure to Zoom in on our March lecture. The topic will be "Maine Fisheries: Past, Present and Future." The presenters will be Alex Todd, 10th-generation fisherman and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Maine Coast Fishermen's Association (MCFA), and Alan Tracy, President of Vessel Services in Portland and appointed At-Large Member of the New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC). Join us on Monday March 27th at 7 PM on Zoom.us. The Meeting ID is 829 6247 6056. No password is required.


March 24, 2023 - Great Chebeague Tennis Club Membership Notice and 2023 Undates - click here to learn more.

March 23, 2023 - Tomorrow morning at around 3 am there will be a very short outage on Axiom Internet Network as they switch out a router in Portland.

SATURDAY MARCH 25th from 2-4 pm at the Rec Center will be the final JAM-ALONG of the winter season.
John Howard has a large song list and can also bring up a huge number of other songs on the screen so we all see lyrics and keys.
Bring your voice, bring an instrument, and bring a friend to celebrate spring! Refreshments. Free of charge.
If questions call Jenny Hackel 734-660-3461

CCLT's Annual Big Night is coming soon now that Spring is here! I would love to see us locate a place on Chebeague where we could witness the big event. I was thinking that Littlefield Road or Roy Hill Road because of the Vernal Pools in the area. Also there are vernal pools off of School House Road.


March 22, 2023 - Nomination Papers are available at the Town Office. There is one 3-year term for a Selectboard Member available and one 3- year term for a School Committee member available. Nomination papers are due back in the Town Office by Wednesday, April 12, 2023. Any questions, please call the Town Office at 846-3148.

MacBeth Concert Series Announces Its Electrifying Season . Tyler and Sarah ’s Tenth Anniversary Concert! Paul English and his unique Double Saxophone Qunitet! Our Second Annual “ Children of All Ages” Concert! But, wait, there’s more! Sebago Long Lake Festival plays a Dvorak masterpiece! The Novel Jazz Septet plays Ellington and Strayhorn! The Seaside Brass Quintet plays Rogers and Hammerstein and Lennon and McCartney! That’s our 2023 season in a nutshell. Six performances to thrill, inspire and transport you. Our musical summer begins on June 17 and continues through August 27. Click here for the details. We can’t wait to see you. Questions? Contact Carl Tubbesing, (carldt@gwi.net).


March 21, 2023 - photo - on the last day of winter by Erika Neumann.

Message from Benjamin Cooper of Otto Pizza: We’re excited to return to Chebeague Island tomorrow at our usual time of 4:20PM with par-baked OTTO Pizza for everyone!
--- For this week’s delivery please order through me. Feel free to call 207.245.8038 or email me your order; be sure to include your phone number and I’ll call you back for payment. Our order window will close tomorrow at 1PM.
SPRING SPECIALS:
Pizza: Asparagus, Prosciutto & Pesto
Salad: Radicchio, Asparagus, Edamame & Asiago with Pesto Vinaigrette
Please find our menu here: https://www.ottoportland.com/menu

The Rec is hosting a monthly Dessert and Discussion today, 3/21/ at 1 pm.
It is a postponed Pie Day event from last week (when we had the storm.)
There is free pie and coffee and Bill Danielson will lead the discussion.
All islanders welcome to this FREE event. YUMMY

Facilities Committee Meeting - via zoom -326962753 password 175989


March 18, 2023 - Online signup for the Chebeague Island Community Sailing School summer sessions is now open! We are very excited to have SEVERAL new sailboats and a new launch this summer. We’re also offering some new programming and expanding Boating Basics to include kids age 6 and up.
The 3 two-week sessions begin the first week of July and will offer:
Boating Basics
*NEW* Intro to Sailing
Beginner & Intermediate Sailing
Intermediate & Advanced Sailing
Optional Racing Sessions
More information is available at chebeagueyachtclub.com and the online sign-up portal SAILING SCHOOL SIGN-UPS.

March 17, 2023 - video - Inaugural Chebeague Island St. Paddy's Day Parade. Happy St. Patrick's Day to all our Irish friends and family.  You won't want to miss it!

If you receive a message that your chebeague.net email has expired please ignore this - it is a SCAM! Please delete and don't do anything. Never believe these kinds of messages.


March 16, 2023 - Click here for The Chebeague Recreation Center Summer Activities Guidebook and information.

Message from Kim Boehm: "The aluminum boat I am building is progressing nicely. Next week I will start the mechanical and electrical installation.....Later I will also be installing foam floatation and finalizing the build. If anyone is interested in watching or learning, please contact me  @ 846 2468."


March 15, 2023 - Last Call for COVID boosters! If you couldn't get the last booster, now is your chance. Peggy Akers RN from Northern Light will give boosters on Wednesday, March 22, from 9 - 11:00 am. Reserve yours NOW. Leave a message at 846-4988 with your name and telephone number by 3 pm this Friday, March 17. She will bring as many as possible. The booster can be Moderna or Pfizer.
March 14, 2023 - Lunch at the Hall -- Due to the storm, we are postponing our St.Patrick's Day lunch at the Hall to Thursday at noon.

On Sunday, February 26th, Chebeague Housing hosted a Community Q&A session at the Hall, facilitated by the Island Institute, with panelists Clyde Barr, Travis Nadeau, and Carol White. Catch up if you missed it with a recording here! (Passcode: Tk*R3x5$ if necessary)

Hungry and Want to Learn more about Chebeague?
Save the Date - March 18 - 5:30pm at the Parish House
Whether you are new to Chebeague or have been here for years and want to know more about your island home, you are invited to community potluck supper and illustrated talk: “How Chebeague Evolved into the Community We Love Today”. Donna Miller Damon will share photos and some highlights of life on Chebeague over the centuries. The program will be informal, and there will be plenty of time for questions and discussion!
---The event is free of charge. To insure we don’t all eat dessert, please email Donna at publicservantone@gmail.com to let us know if you plan to bring bread, salad, main dish, or dessert. Please include the number of people in your party, so we will set up enough tables!
Sponsored by the Chebeague Community Church and the Chebeague Recreation Center.

Casco Bay Archaeological Project Presentation
Sunday, March 19 at 1pm at the Hall
--- If you have ever wondered about the people who inhabited Chebeague for more than 4000 years, there will be a presentation and discussion led by a USM archaeologist. The Chebeague Island Historical Society is pleased to partner with the Project. If you attended last summer’s meeting, you won’t want to miss the next chapter! The following is their press release.
---Maine’s island communities are the primary stewards of archaeological heritage. The Casco Bay Archaeological Project connects archaeologists, island communities, and natural and cultural heritage organizations in their shared concerns for preserving Maine’s shell midden sites. Zoe Jopp and Dr. Erin Crowley-Champoux have been working with Thomas Bennett, who directs the Project, and USM's archaeological collections to develop a mobile exhibit with animal bone remains and artifacts from Paul Barker's 1960s excavations on Goose Island and Little Chebeague Island. We'll be coming to Chebeague to talk, answer questions, and share information about Maine's shell middens (their potential and their threats), previous archaeological surveys, and the renewed archaeological excavation in the Bay.


March 13, 2023 - POSTPONED PI- DAY event at the Rec Center for Islanders to enjoy Coffee, Pie and Conversation in the Teen room. The event is rescheduled from 3/14 to the following Tuesday, March 21st from 1-2 PM.

We will still have pie and Bill Danielson will lead the discussion. Stay safe in the storm! If questions, call the Rec Center 846-5068.


March 12, 2023 - MITA has a caretaker position open on Little Chebeague Island, which is a paid summer gig that involves staying in a small cabin on the island. Our prior caretaker for the past 4 years (Lou) is moving on. Job posting info here: https://mita.org/jobs/

Click here to learn more about a Historical Society program on Zoom - Monday, March 27th at 7pm. Alex Todd and Alan Tracy will host an informative interactive discussion of Maine Fisheries: Past, Present, and Future.


March 9, 2023 - The Chebeague Island Community has a new website! Check it out for more information about Chebeague Housing, meeting minutes, and to sign up for our newsletter, which will publish its first edition this month! You can find it at: https://www.cicachebeague.org/

You can also sign up for our newsletter directly here.


March 7, 2023 - Otto Pizza is excited to return to Chebeague Island tomorrow at our usual time of 4:20PM with par-baked OTTO Pizza for everyone!
--For this week’s delivery please order through me, Benjamin Cooper. Feel free to call 207.245.8038 or email me your order; be sure to include your phone number and I’ll call you back for payment. Our order window will close tomorrow at 1PM.
SPRING SPECIALS:
Pizza: Asparagus, Prosciutto & Pesto
Salad: Radicchio, Asparagus, Edamame & Asiago with Pesto Vinaigrete
Click here for Menu.

March 6, 2023 - Full moon rising! Join the CRC and CCLT to watch the full moon rising this Wednesday, March 8 at 6:30. Meet at the boat yard and gather around the fire pit for hot cocoa and marshmallows. We will begin the stroll to Roses Point at 6:45 as the full moon rises at 6:55 ---FMI call Chebeague Rec at 846-5068

I (Beverly) will be away from the 7th until the 15th and David Hill will be adding items to the website as needed. I will pass on any requests that I receive if I am able.

School Committee Meeting Tuesday, March 7 see agenda (rescheduled from the 28th)

Selectmen's Budget Workshop 3rd draft departmental and Capital Expenditures, Wednesday, March 8, 6pm. Regular Selectboard meeting at 6pm on March 15th. As always check the Town Website for meeting. They are now on the Town of Chebeague Youtube Channel.

Casco Bay Archaeological Project Presentation
Sunday, March 19 at 1pm at the Hall
--- If you have ever wondered about the people who inhabited Chebeague for more than 4000 years, there will be a presentation and discussion led by a USM archaeologist. The Chebeague Island Historical Society is pleased to partner with the Project. If you attended last summer’s meeting, you won’t want to miss the next chapter! The following is their press release.
---Maine’s island communities are the primary stewards of archaeological heritage. The Casco Bay Archaeological Project connects archaeologists, island communities, and natural and cultural heritage organizations in their shared concerns for preserving Maine’s shell midden sites. Zoe Jopp and Dr. Erin Crowley-Champoux have been working with Thomas Bennett, who directs the Project, and USM's archaeological collections to develop a mobile exhibit with animal bone remains and artifacts from Paul Barker's 1960s excavations on Goose Island and Little Chebeague Island. We'll be coming to Chebeague to talk, answer questions, and share information about Maine's shell middens (their potential and their threats), previous archaeological surveys, and the renewed archaeological excavation in the Bay.


March 5, 2023 - Message from Ben: The Whalers will be singing again for a summer concert in June! We'll be meeting on Thursday nights, starting on Thursday, March 16th, from 7:00-9:00PM.
-- We're changing venues for this coming season as well. The Chebeague Community Church has graciously offered to host us, and we'll be meeting for rehearsals in the Parish House, with our concert in the sanctuary.
--- There will be more details to come - but what I can promise is a ridiculously fun concert season, music that's easy enough for all of us who have been on nearly a three year hiatus, and, of course, lots of home baked cookies!
---- If you know anyone new who has not sung with us before, please feel free to send them along an invite. This concert will be a perfect on-ramp for anyone who hasn't sung in a long time (or at all) with others, and I hope we get to see some new faces as well as a lot of familiar ones!

Casco Bay Islands Transit District is working with CBL staff to review the Down Bay summer schedule. The current schedule was instituted last year, to be reviewed after one year. There will be a second public hearing set for March 7th (public notice to follow) at CBL to discuss input from the public, the shore staff, Captains, and management. We looking to receive input from all the DB users.
The initial meeting last month received some great input and it was agreed in general that the schedule may require some tweaks versus a major overhaul. The general consensus was that the staff gained some insight and they will work those ideas into a new proposed schedule, if doable. The major areas discussed focused on; efficient use of boats and crews, freight handling on shore and islands, inter-island transport plus the convenience of commuters and island business staffs. We became well versed that any tweaks can have unintended consequences to other areas of the operation.
If you have any input you would like to share, please send it along to your DB island representatives. Any and all input will be appreciated but try to limit to summer schedule issues.
Long Island-joed@cascobaylines.com
Cliff Island-davec@cascobaylines.com ordavecrowley030@gmail.com
Chebeague Island-pollywentworth@cascobaylines.com
Great Diamond Island-jamesl@cascobaylines.com
Little Diamond Island-maxp@cascobaylines.com


March 4, 2023 - photo - March 4, by Esther Danielson early morning.

A wet heavy snow falling all day, power out around 2pm and hoping to have it back by 5:30. A tree was down on Division somewhere.

The Chebeague Rec Center's mission is to provide the Chebeague Island community with recreational and educational opportunities that strengthen overall health and social connection to enhance lives and secure futures. With limited staff and resources, much of the programming relies on participation from members of the community like you.
With this in mind, would like your input to help determine future programming, facility updates, and priorities for our community. This survey will take about 10 minutes to complete. We greatly appreciate your time and input.


March 3, 2023 - Hungry and Want to Learn more about Chebeague?
Save the Date - March 18 - 5:30pm at the Parish House
Whether you are new to Chebeague or have been here for years and want to know more about your island home, you are invited to community potluck supper and illustrated talk: “How Chebeague Evolved into the Community We Love Today”. Donna Miller Damon will share photos and some highlights of life on Chebeague over the centuries. The program will be informal, and there will be plenty of time for questions and discussion!
---The event is free of charge. To insure we don’t all eat dessert, please email Donna at publicservantone@gmail.com to let us know if you plan to bring bread, salad, main dish, or dessert. Please include the number of people in your party, so we will set up enough tables!
Sponsored by the Chebeague Community Church and the Chebeague Recreation Center.

February 28, 2023 - Click here for a message from the Rec about the polar plunge and results of the Chili Chowder and Soup. Photos from the event will be coming soon. Congratulations to all the eleven plungers and for all the tremendous cooks!!

Message from Greta Morresette: “I am collecting donations for an immigrant family in Portland who is getting an apartment. They have an 18-month-old baby. They need everything from kitchen supplies, to furniture, to decorations, to a bed/comforter/sheets. If you can donate anything, please text Greta at (207) 632-1142. Thank you!!”

For those who missed or would like to watch again Richard Hackel's Landscapes of Chebeague, you can see it now - click here.

Save the Date!!!! Linda White’s Celebration of life will be July 15th from 4:30-6:30. More details will follow as the date gets closer.

The School Committee meeting tonight was canceled.They will meet next Tuesday, March 7, 2023. - same agenda.

Message from Kim Boehm: After much thought and consideration, this upcoming barging season will be my last for removing unwanted vehicles and scrap. This is a very important service which I have provided (sometimes at a financial loss) to ensure protection of our one and only aquifer. I charge our Island residents, both full time and seasonal, to come up with a plan, (I am available for comment and consultation) to continue my efforts. In the past, the Town has shown no interest in getting involved. I understand their position, so it is up to the private sector to get a plan. Please help.


February 27, 2023 - School Committee Budget workshop - Tuesday at 5pm - see agenda.

Selectmen's meeting Wednesday starting with Executive Session at 5pm and meeting at 6pm - see agenda and packet.


February 25, 2023 - video - of the Polar Plunge February 25, 2023 - outside temperature was 8º so I know the water had to feel a little warmer! Click here for results of the Chile Chowder Soup Challenge.

The annual POLAR PLUNGE is ON at 11 am at boatyard followed by the CRC CHILI-CHOWDER-SOUP cook-off at noon in the gym. There are 21 entries! Come taste and vote and enjoy the unity in Community! $10 adults $5 kids

Zoom link for Sunday's Affordable Housing Workshop is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86287203048
Topic: Chebeague Housing Panel Discussion and Q&A
Time: Feb 26, 2023 at 2:00 - 4:00 PM Eastern Time
Location: Chebeague Island Hall
Refreshments and childcare provided


February 23, 2023 - Quite a snow storm on Chebeague today and tonight - I have been in Boston where there is a lot of sludgy snow.

Joquin Bonville and THE FEW will be performing at the Birchwood Brewery and Restaurant in Gray on Friday night (Feb.24) from 5-8pm. They will also be performing at Sunday River in Bethel on Saturday night (Feb.25) from 8pm-11pm.

POLAR PLUNGE - THIS SATURDAY!!!
The Polar Plunge has five hearty islanders signed up to plunge this Saturday(space available for more!)! Come cheer them on at the Boat Yard at 11am.

The Chili Chowder Challenge is back! After the Polar Plunge, arrive at the CRC sat noon to sample chili, chowder and soups. Come vote for your favorites. Macaroni and cheese for the kids! $10 per adult, $5 per kids. Yahoo!

Chebeague Housing Q & A Session (Updated Information)
Sunday, February 26th - 2-4PM at the Hall.
Refreshments and childcare provided. Zoom option available. (Link)
On Sunday, 26th, from 2-4PM at the Hall, there will be a panel discussion and community Q&A on island housing, facilitated by the Island Institute and sponsored by Chebeague Housing, a project of the Chebeague Island Community Association.
This community meeting is focused on sharing information from outside experts about the context of affordable housing in the state and on the island, such as information on state legislation and zoning changes, how the Affordable Housing for Maine Islands Initiative works, aquifer management, and other related topics. Information about current plans for housing on Chebeague that builds both on the community conversations and surveys from last year will be shared in future communications and gatherings.
Our guests panelists include:
Brenna Cohen, Island Institute, Facilitator
Clyde Barr, Maine State Housing
Travis Nadeau, Chebeague Planning Board
Carol White, Geologist and Hydrology
Mark Primeau, Genesis Fund


February 21, 2022 - Don't forget - SOUP - tomorrow at noon and Soup in the Hall. Suhail Bisharat will provide a special Damascene dessert.

Tomorrow night is a Town Budget workshop at the Hall at 6pm.


February 16, 2023 - The monthly Jam-Along is this Saturday, 2/18 from 2-4 pm at the Rec Center.
Bring your voices or instruments or just bring yourselves.
Attached is the song list - lets sing for spring - or you can bring a song to share.

For those who missed Preparing Coastal Communities for Sea Level Rise, a Historical Society Lecture you can see it now click here.


February 14, 2023 - HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!

Don't forget that Wednesday is soup day! Soup’s on at noon! Choices are Creamy Tomato with Cheese Tortellini and Pasta Fagoli. Bring a friend and come join us. Coffee with Susie at 9 too!

Selectmen's meeting 6pm tomorrow Wednesday - click here for agenda and packet.


February 13, 2023 - How does housing impact access to the working waterfront?
On the latest episode of the Working Waterfronts podcast, we visit the towns of Stonington and Deer Isle. These two communities share an island, a public school system, deep family ties, a culture rooted in commercial fishing and art, and, like much of the nation, a dire housing crisis. There are simply not enough places for working people to live.
-- We examine what is at risk if there are no long-lasting solutions for year-round housing, how these communities are addressing this challenge, and how housing affects not only the fabric of a community but also access to a working waterfront. Click here to listen to the podcast.

February 12, 2023 - Chebeague Housing Q & A Session
Sunday, February 26th - 2-4PM; the Hall
Refreshments and childcare provided
--- On Sunday, 26th, from 2-4PM at the Hall, there will be a panel discussion and community Q&A on island housing, facilitated by the Island Institute, as we learn from experts about the funding opportunities and regulations surrounding the construction of sustainable housing on Chebeague Island.
--- What questions do you have about housing on the island? Zoning? State legislation? Best practice? All questions are welcome.
--- If possible, please email your questions to Ben Yosua-Davis (ben.yosuadavis@gmail.com) by Tuesday, February 14th, so we can ensure that they're covered as part of our panel discussion at the beginning of the program. Thank you and we hope to see you all there on February 26th!

There are many ways that stress works its way into our lives and can have a damaging effect on your heart. As we recognize heart health month with Valentine’s Day, look at ways to manage stress. You can google “Press Reset on Stress” or click this link to look at info from the National Institute of Health -
https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/so-stressed-out-fact-sheet
And also come to the Rec for a community walk at 1 pm Monday 2/13. Lets help our hearts stay healthy together!
- CRC programming team.


February 11, 2023 -Ralph Munroe will be doing the fight for air climb in Boston again this year on May 6th. He will be climbing in full fire gear up 41 floors, 789 steps. Anyone is welcome to join in on his fun, you don't have to be a firefighter or wear the gear. All donation go to help support their mission to end lung disease for all. Thank you for your donations. --Donate - American Lung Association

February 9, 2023 - The Chebeague Community Church invites you to participate in CCC's 2023 Community Survey. All people are welcome to take the survey. You do not need to be a member of the church to participate. The information will inform the Pastoral Search Committee and the Church Council in our plans for the future. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Church Office at 846-6987 or church.chebeague@gmail.com.
Thank you! SURVEY LINK: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZKYXDSN

Michael Grew will be performing at the Good Theater as Rudolf Nureyev in their upcoming production of NUREYEV'S EYES. The show will run from February 22nd-March 12th. Tickets and more information can be found at www.goodtheater.com/nureyevs-eyes. All seats are $30, and 2 hours before showtime all remaining seats will be sold for $10. Hope to see you there! Michael and his wife Kell have been living on Chebeague for a few years now and recently purchased the Calder home.

Heating Assistance Program KEEPING CUMBERLAND COUNTY WARM HEATING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM - Cumberland County Government has allocated American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds for homeowners who are struggling to pay for heat this winter.  Funds from the “Keeping Cumberland County Warm” project will be distributed to Maine residents through municipal offices.  The Town of Chebeague Island applied for a grant to assist its residents.  The program runs through April 15, 2023.  Click here to learn more and find eligiblity requirements!!! Click here for the application.

A RING was found this morning on Chebeague when one of the teachers was getting off the boat - it is at the school if you lost it or call school 846-4162.


February 8, 2023 -Town of Chebeague Budget Workshop-Departmental budgets Saturday, February 11, 2023 at 9:00 AM at the Hall.

February 7, 2023 - Soup is on at the Hall Wednesday at noon. Choices are lentil vegetable and chicken noodle soup. Bring a friend and come join us.

Dr Rybka had to cancel his visit for tomorrow, Wednesday February 8th. He will let us know when he will reschedule.

Peggy Akers RN will be at the Community Center tomorrow, Wednesday February 8th. Stop in and say hello, have a cup of coffee and a muffin, and welcome Northern Lights/Mercy Home Care to the Wellness Center team of providers. Dr St. John will be here this Friday and Dr Larson will be back next Friday.

On Thursday evening, the Lincoln County Historical Society hosted Kate McBrien, Maine State Archivist, for an excellent presentation on Malaga Island and it is online now so click here. She explores the true history of the community who lived on Malaga Island, off the coast of Phippsburg, Maine, in the late 1800s with an engaging presentation and discussion. This program examines the individuals who were part of this community and the State’s actions to evict them from their homes through the complex history of racism and eugenics in Maine.


February 6, 2023 - Rehearsals for the Hall's musical comedy, "You Can't Get There From Here," start Tuesday evening at 6:00!
Be a part of the long island tradition of home-grown theater! Such fun!

February 5, 2023 - photo - taken Saturday 2/4/23 by Jon Rich - Click here for another view and click here for another and one more with lots of cold seabirds.

Are you looking for a part time job? The Chebeague Community Church is looking for an administrative assistant to work about 30 hrs per month. The hours are flexible.
This is a support position and religious affiliation is not expected. Please click here find the job description and learn how to apply.

Click here for an article about the Main Street Hospitality that will be taking over the running of the Chebeague Island Inn.


February 4, 2023 - photo - taken 2/4/23 by Stephen Todd - The temperatures over night were -14º and it was -12º when this was taken. I know that Jon and Stephen have been working all night and day with frozen pipes and heat problems.

The Chebeague Historical Society's Ellsworth Miller Lecture Series on Monday February 27th at 7pm via Zoom only will be Richard Hackel - Photographer: Chebeague Island Landscape Photography - click here for more information.


February 3, 2023 - photo - taken Friday night 2/3/23 by Jon Rich - Click here for another view..

Today at noon was a very interesting and informative Zoom presentation about Captain Frederick Drinkwater: A Maine Slave Ship Captain. He was born in Yarmouth, Maine and was quite notorious. If you missed it you can click here and see the presentation that was put on by the Maine Conservation Voters. It is quite eye opening about the history of the slave ships and how Maine was involved.

School Committee Meeting next Tuesday, February 7 at 6pm - see agenda.


February 2, 2023 - photo - taken 2/2/23 by Geoff Summa at sunset.

The Chebeague Recreation Center is aligning with the American Heart Association (AHA) Campaign to Love your Heart for February - Valentine month. Heart disease continues to be the number one cause of death in the US, and everyone can benefit from learning about how to reduce their risk of heart disease.
Please check out this AHA website to learn about the “Essential 8” for heart healthy living:
https://www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/healthy-lifestyle/lifes-essential-8
The Rec center will be hosting myriad events to support everyone in achieving in their essential 8, including posting heart healthy recipes, encouraging aerobic exercise, and offering “Love Your Heart” events on valentine's week. Stay tuned!


February 1, 2023 - Soup is on at the Hall today - see you there!

There was an Aquaculture Session yesterday at the Hall with the Department of Marine Resources and the Maine Sea Grant. For those who missed the meeting you can watch it on the Town of Chebeague Youtube Chanell - click here.

Chebeague Housing Q & A Session
Sunday, February 26th - 2-4PM; the Hall
Refreshments and childcare provided
--- On Sunday, 26th, from 2-4PM at the Hall, there will be a panel discussion and community Q&A on island housing, facilitated by the Island Institute, as we learn from experts about the funding opportunities and regulations surrounding the construction of sustainable housing on Chebeague Island.
--- What questions do you have about housing on the island? Zoning? State legislation? Best practice? All questions are welcome.
--- If possible, please email your questions to Ben Yosua-Davis (ben.yosuadavis@gmail.com) by Tuesday, February 14th, so we can ensure that they're covered as part of our panel discussion at the beginning of the program. Thank you and we hope to see you all there on February 26th!


January 31, 2023 - Ladies Aid.will resume this Thursday Feb 2nd at the Parish House at.11.
We welcome all ladies who enjoy fellowship together.Bring your lunch and enjoy the friendship.

January 29, 2023 - Ctc would like to thank all those that moved their cars to help us get the lot cleared this past Saturday. We were able to get the lot back into pretty good shape in short order thanks to the lot being almost empty. Thank you!

From the Chebeague Island Historical Society: The presenter for our next lecture will be Gayle Bowness from The Gulf of Maine Research Center. The lecture topic will be: "Preparing Coastal Communities for Sea Level Rise". Join us at Zoom.us on 1/30 at 7 PM. The Meeting ID is 829 6247 6056. No password is required. And, many thanks to Michael Porter for his December lecture on sundials!
Please see our February Newsletter - click here.

Casco Bay Lines Down Bay Schedule Sub-Committee Meeting - In Person or Virtual is Tuesday, February 1, 7:45am to 8:45am - click here to get more information.


January 27, 2023 - The CTC is working on clearing the Cousins Island lot due to the substantial amount of wet and heavy snow. In order to help them clear the lot efficiently and safely, they are asking that the Cousins Parking lot customers help by moving their car out of the Cousins lot beteen 10:15am and 3:30pm on Saturday, January 28. Cars with Cousins Island permits are welcome to park any time at the Route One parking lot, which has a lot of cleared space right now. Additionally, if you are a Cousins Island parking customer and go over this Saturday morning to move your car on the 10am ferry and you return on the 4pm ferry the same day, you may ride at no cost. They would like to thank their customers in advance for helping to get the lot cleared and back to a much more usable condition.

Dont forget to get your dog license by January 31st. If you register after the 31st the State requires a fee of $25.

Due to the rain and until further notice, the clam flats on Chebeague Island are CLOSED.


January 26, 2023 - Chebeague Rec Center - Program Updates
--Teen Comedy Night - Friday 1/27 - 7-9pm
An Event for Teens.
--Drum Circle - Sat 1/28 - 3-5pm
Bring your Drum and have some fun!
--Game Night - Tuesday 1/31 7-9pm
Backgammon, Scrabble, or Chess

At around 11 last night the power went off on the island and was restored early this morning. The internet was back on and for some reason it went off about 10:30 and Axiom is working on getting it restored - sorry for the inconvenience. The internet is back up at 11:20.


January 24, 2023 - Soup is on at the Hall at noon. Students from the school will be joining us. Donations will go toward the Chebeague Island School. Don't forget coffee too at 9.
Please join us!

Message from John Wilkinson: "The cars I service will take a couple of days to clean out due to the storm ending late last night and the 14" of snow we received! Let alone the cousins parking lot lack of space."


January 23, 2023 - photo - taken 01/23/23 by Doug Ross early morning. Click here for another and click here for one more.

School Committee Meeting Tuesday, January 24th at 6pm - click here for agenda. Of interest Yvonne from the Island Institute will be hooking into our meeting to discuss school populations on the islands. Ann can send a Zoom link to people who are interested.

Click here to learn more about a Historical Society program on Climate Change that is happening on zoom January 30th at 7pm. There will be discussion on the effects of climate change on Chebeague.

Another snow storm today and no school again as there was one last Friday as well.


January 21, 2023 - A dead deer was discovered on the West end Thursday. No injuries were visible and Kim Boehm contacted the Warden Service. They think it died from bloat, due to eating feed corn. They cannot process corn in the winter, so if you use corn to feed other animals (turkeys,birds, etc) please try to do so in such a manner, that it can be contained. Possibly in a container that can be brought in at night.

January 20, 2023 - photo of the Stone Wharf submitted by the Danielsons on January 20th.

Snow storm today and no school!


January 19, 2023 - Friday Jan 19: Dr Larson will NOT be coming. She will return Friday Feb. 3. Please contact her at 233-2502 to schedule an appointment. You do not have to be a Direct Primary Care patient to be seen.

January 18, 2023 - Board of Selectmen's Meeting is this Wednesday, tonight at 6:00 PM -It is live at the Hall but you can watch it by going to the youtube channel - click here Agenda: click here


January 17, 2023 - Tomorrow, Wednesday, the Soup is on! Hungarian Mushroom and Taco soup will be served at noon at the Hall. Come join us! Coffee with Susie at 9!

The Yarmouth Vet will NOT be coming to the Hall in February.

Also, a reminder that dogs need to be licensed in the town before the end of the month.


January 12, 2023 - Message from May: "Thank you, Chebeaguers! Over the past three months, most of the members of this amazing community have offered their physical, social, spiritual, financial, and emotional support as I work to recover from a serious back injury. For more than a month, I couldn't even tolerate sitting up, so I spent much of my time making hats. I've left a supply of hats at the library and hope you will come take one. If they don't suit your style, grab one and share it with a friend or someone who needs a pick-me-up."
January 11, 2023 - Ever looked at a beautiful scene and wished you could paint a picture? Now you can with Sandra Rice’s 4 session watercolor class. It starts Tuesday January 17, 1-2:30pm for four weeks; final Tuesday 2/7 will be 1-4 pm to finish your creation.) Sandra is in Florida so this will be by zoom, though we can have some people meet at the Rec if desired and use the large TV - Call Steve Auffant at the Rec to discuss options other than zooming from your home. Sliding scale registration available. Please register at this link: http://www.chebeaguerec.com/store/p197/Watercolor_Series_with_Sandra_Rice_via_ZOOM.html

January 10, 2023 - photo - of a Barred Owl take by Mark Dyer - a lot of people have been seeing them around these days so keep your eyes open.

Don't forget SOUPS on today from noon to 1 at the Hall! Soups are Tortelloni in Curry Cream and Tomato Soup with Gnocchi. Coffee with Suzie at 9 as well!

Tonight is a Selectmen's Meeting at 6pm at the Hall- click here for the packet. We are fortunate now to be able to view it as well on our Town of Chebeague Youtube Channel.


January 9, 2023 - Soup's on! Please join us for Wednesday soup at the Hall, noon-1. Soups are Tortelloni in Curry Cream and Tomato Soup with Gnocchi.

January 8, 2023 - It is time to start thinking about the POLAR PLUNGE! This year the tide will again be a little low but it makes it more exciting having to run a quarter mile to find water. The date for the plunge this year will be February 25th at 11am - hope to see you there!

I was sorry to learn recently that Jeffrey Bates passed away in May of 2020 from Covid and I have added his obituary to the people page. Jeffrey had a house built on the end of Deer Point a number of years back.


January 7, 2023 - School Committee meeting this Tuesday at 6 pm at the school - see agenda.

Yvonne Thomas from the Island Institute will be at the Chebeague Island School with her new colleague Ken Stevenson on Tuesday, January 10 and invite people to come talk about the Island Institute's scholarships and workforce grants.. They will be at school from about 9:00am to 2:00pm. If you want to set up a time, please email Yvonne at ythomas@islandinstitute.org, or just drop in at school on Tuesday.


January 4, 2023 - Don't forget coffee at the Hall at 9 and soup at the Hall at noon!

Congratulations to the Groothoff children (they sure grew up fast): Luke Groothoff wrapped up his academic and athletic career at Messiah University this past December. Luke graduated with a BA in Biomedical Art & Design (Summa Cum Laude) and was awarded both All American and Academic All American honors as a midfielder for the Messiah Men's Soccer Team following a successful season (20 wins, 0 losses, 2 ties). Luke is starting his own medical illustration/animation business and will be working from his home office here on Chebeague! His brother, Jonathan, is a First Year medical student at Wake Forest School of Medicine and his sister, Ehryn, is a third year nursing student at Messiah, is playing lacrosse, and will be working at the Commons this coming summer as a CRMA.


January 3, 2023 - Message from Jen and Christine: "Dear Friends,
Two Birds Cafe will be closed until March 30, 2023…
We want to Thank You All, for your generous and heartfelt support over the past several months. We set out on this business adventure to curate and present beautiful, healthy & homemade fare. We love our job, and the camaraderie we feel with each of You is so important to Us, especially as you are all so supportive and encouraging!
It’s been a tremendous learning curve with plenty of hiccups… but we truly hope that the venue we have created and will continue to perfect, makes you feel welcomed and nourished, as we put our heart & soul into everything we present.
We will re-open on March 30, 2023…continuing our same hours:
Thursday & Friday 11:00- 3:00
Saturday 10:00- 3:00
Our hours will increase as we progress happily into Spring!
Cheers & Love,
The Two Birds!!"

The first soup lunch of 2023 will be served on Wednesday, 1/4. Come join us and bring a friend. Don't forget coffee from 9 to 11as well.

The selectmen's meeting has been rescheduled to January 11th at 6pm.


January 1, 2023 - Happy New Year!

Lock Kiermaier did a wonderful presentation about what he is learning about Little Chebeague at the Parish House this morning and we will be able to share it at some time. They talked about the project the Chebeague school children did in 2016 and I said I would share it. They are little videos done by the students about 6 of the cottages and hotel - click here to see.


December 31, 2022 - photo - of the last sunrise in 2022 at Coleman's Cove by Art Ryder.

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