Photo by Jon Rich of Little Chebeague sunset February 26th.
March 2, 2021 - GOOD NEWS: Cumberland County Public Health Nurses are returning on March 17 to give the second dose of the Moderna Vaccine. More exciting, they have agreed to vaccinate residents over 60 years of age. They will be administering the new Johnson & Johnson vaccine which is the most effective in preventing death from COVID-19. It only requires one shot and you are done. If you haven’t already signed up for a vaccination, please do so ASAP so we can be sure to get enough vaccine. Sign up on Chebeague websites: Chebeague Island COVID-19 Registry. — if you already signed up last month you are still signed up. if you want assistance signing up, call Nancy Hill. 846-4126 and she will enter your information.
Message from May: The Slow Bell will be open NEXT on March 13. We will be serving family specials and pizza specials only. When you come in to pick up, please mark off a suggestion on our suggestion board for the next time we open. Also, keep in mind that while we like you to order ahead of time (call or text Cheryl at 233-6603), we can take orders starting at 4 p.m. on Saturday (call 846-3078), though specials will be limited. Our family specials serve 2 people and include: corned beef and cabbage ($25), chicken marsala with mashed potatoes ($25), and shrimp kabobs with peppers, onions and tomatoes on rice ($25), all served with salad and rolls. Our pizza specials include large pizza, fries and salad ($25) or large pizza, fries and mozzarella sticks ($25). Our soup is smoked pork green chili with blackbeans, served with salad and rolls (serves 4, $25). We'll also have shamrock icebox cake for dessert ($6/slice). Hope to see you at the Bell!
March 1, 2021 - Chebeague Island School is having a Plant Sale!
This spring CIS has teamed up with Flower Power Fundraising to provide a fun and unique way to support the Prek-5 school kids. This fundraiser will help fund field trips and other fun activities to honor all the kids and their hard work throughout the school year. Flower Power Fundraising offers guaranteed, top quality flowers and bulbs all directly shipped to customers homes. All orders will be done online thru our personalized web store where customers can view the full color catalog. The online store also enables out of state sales so be sure to pass this along to friends and family far and wide! You can view our online fundraising webstore here! Thank you for supporting CIS kids!
Selectmen's Zoom Meeting, Wednesday, March 3rd, 6pm - click here for agenda and packet. Click here for the Audio from the last Selectmen meeting on February 17th.
February 27, 2021 - THE COVID-19 SURVEY IS GOING LIVE AGAIN AS WE PREPARE FOR THE NEXT ROUND OF VACCINATIONS The Town of Chebeague Island is gathering information about residents who would like to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. Please visit Chebeague Island COVID-19 Registry as soon as possible to register for possible vaccinations on Island. Completing this survey does not guarantee that you or a family member will receive a COVID-19 vaccine on Chebeague. All responses will be held confidential. If you have already registered there is no need to register again.
Sunday is right around the corner! The Food Pantry is open from 11:30 - 1. The plan is to have it open the same hours through March. If you have any questions or need anything off hours please contact Denise. To make a donation you can stop by on Sunday or you may go to the CUMC website and click the Donate button which is posted below:
Donate CUMC Food Pantry
Our email is firstname.lastname@example.org
February 25, 2021 - Message from the Wellness Center: Dr. Larson will NOT be here this Friday, February 26th.
Though it has taken some special considerations and planning this year, the Chebeague Rec Center will be holding this year's Polar Bear Plunge and Chili, Chowder, & Soup Sale on Saturday, March 13. The plunge will take place at 11am at the Boatyard. Plungers are looking for sponsors, so please give generously! At 11:30 am, the Rec will also continue the chili, chowder, and soup tradition with a special pick-up and takeout service. We will announce our famous Chebeague cooks soon! $5 takeout cups will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Please stop by and select several of your favorite flavors.
If you want more info, or want to be one of this year's amazing polar plungers, go to chebeaguerec.com.
How can our coast be more resilient to climate change? Join us online at noon on Wednesday, March 3 as Casco Baykeeper Ivy Frignoca and special guest, Marine Geologist Peter Slovinsky from Maine Geological Survey, share a special presentation on how Maine’s coast can be resilient to climate change. Grab your lunch and join them online! Click here to register.
Message from May: The Slow Bell will open for take-out only from 5 to 8 this Saturday, 2/27/2021. We will ONLY be serving pizza and dinner specials. These will include pulled pork with beans and slaw, white meat chicken and dumplings, or eggplant parm casserole (each serves 2) $25, large cheese, veg or pepperoni pizza with fries and salad OR with fries and cheese sticks $25, and tomato soup with grilled cheese croutons (serves 4) $25. We will also have apple crisp with vanilla ice cream $6. Dinner and Soup Specials come with salad and rolls. CASH OR CHECK ONLY PLEASE. To order ahead, call or text Cheryl Hillicoss 207.233.6603 and leave a message BY FRIDAY. Same day orders will be taken but supply is limited. Call 846.3078 after 4 p.m.
February 24, 2021 -
COMMUNITY MUSIC: HERE COMES THE SUN Sat Feb 27th 7pm
- click here for flyer. Click here for information on how to set up your computer/phone for a music night zoom.
Meeting ID: 875 0529 4441
February 23, 2021 - From CUMC: Sunday, February 21st, members of the Chebeague United Methodist Church met with District Superintendent Karen Munson and officially voted to disaffiliate from the United Methodist Church denomination. This was a large step forward for a small church. Next, we will negotiate our exit with the New England Annual Conference which actually holds our assets (including buildings) in trust for the denomination. For additional information, please visit www.chebeagueumc.org/disaffiliation.html.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES- 2021 -The Board of Selectmen are seeking volunteers for the following committee vacancies:
Broadband Committee: 5 people needed, term to expire in June 2022.
Building Facility Committee Ad Hoc: 3 people needed to fill this committee.
For more information, contact the Town Office at 846-3148. To apply, submit a letter of interest and application, which are available on the Town website under “volunteer opportunities”, or at the Town Office. Deadline to submit an application is Friday, March 12, 2021.
Board of Selectmen are having a Budget Workshop-Non-Profits and Capital Expenditures this Saturday, February 27th at 9:00AM via Zoom - click here for the packet. Zoom number is 326 962 753 with password 175989.
Miss Nancy's PreK and K Reflections from 2/8 - 2/12 - click here.
February 21, 2021 - From CUMC: Sunday, February 21st at 1 PM is a special charge conference to vote on our relationship with the greater United Methodist Church. All professing members are welcome to vote; anyone from the community is welcome to attend. For more information and for meeting access info, visit www.chebeagueumc.org/disaffiliation.html.
School Committee Meeting this Tuesday at 6pm, February 23 - see agenda.
February 18, 2021 - Photos from the Covid Vaccination Day on Chebeague for 70 year olds and older.
Kids' Place is looking for an Assistant Child Care Teacher. Please reach out to Steve Auffant (846-5068) at CRC with any questions. Click here for the Job information. Click here to apply online. Click here to go to the Chebeague & Cumberland Land Trust to see more about Littlefield Woods and Sanford's Pond. There is a cool video by Jodi and Quinn Federle of the view from the top of the trees in Littlefield Woods.
Message from May: The Slow Bell is looking for kitchen, bar and take-out staff to help with our 2021 summer season. Preference will be given to people who can be flexible or work multiple positions. Looking for independent workers who can take direction and complete tasks. Compensation includes wages and tips, uniform, shift meals, and worker discounts. We are expecting to open in mid-May, We have a covid plan in place and have shields and masks for daily use. Interested in helping us move towards a successful 2021 season? Call or email May Hall (332.2368 or email@example.com).
The CART (Community Advisory Response Team) zoom meeting is today at 4pm - Zoom number is 326 962 753 with password 175989. Remember that the public is invited and are encouraged to take part.
Grant Opportunity - Once again the Casco Bay Islands Alliance is offering a few small grants in support of projects that benefit Casco Bay Island communities. Applicants must be a non-profit organization or, if not, must partner with a non-profit organization that will act as a fiscal agent for the applicant. CBIA is most interested in projects that address environmental, historical, and/or educational needs as well as public safety and quality of life. During this difficult time CBIA will also consider projects that focus on covid related needs.
- The deadline for submitting requests is March 20, 2021. To obtain an application please check www.cbialliance.net or contact the grant program
manager Kim MacIsaac at 207-766-5514 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The CART (Community Action Response team) Subcommittee on Covid Vaccination would like to thank the CDC nurses from Cumberland County for coming to Chebeague 2/17 to provide vaccinations on Chebeague at the Recreation Center. Thanks to a host of CART volunteers, the first Covid Vaccine clinic in Tier 1B (which prioritizes the vaccination of citizens over age 70) went off without a hitch. Gail Jenkins received the first vaccine of the day. While two nurses provided the second dose for the residents of the Island Commons and multiple critical team members of the Rescue and Fire Department in Tier 1A, three extra nurses came to provide dose #1 for a long list of residents over age 70 at the Chebeague Recreation Center. The nurses reported that “This was the best run vaccine clinic ever.” The CART committee was grateful that the lead CDC Nurse was able to obtain a few extra doses (though we wish it could have been more) to provide the first vaccination to a few more critical infrastructure workers as these doses became available. The nurses chose these workers based on CDC criteria for prioritization. Thank you to the Town as well as a long list of volunteers and non-profit organizations who made this effort a success.
Click here for a message from the CCLT to theLittlefield Woods supporters! They have reached and exceeded their goal to purchase the woods and for long term stewardship as well as other protections for Chebeague.
February 17, 2021 - Photo by Jon Rich of icy sunset February 17th.
Selectmen's meeting tonight - see agenda and packet.
February 16, 2021 - Unfortunately we are having an icestorm this morning - don't forget to wear your cleats or stay home.
Message from the CTC: CTC bus service is suspended at least through the noon trip today (2/16). We will give an update early this afternoon as to when service will resume. Rt. 1 customers may park at the Cousins lot if necessary.
February 15, 2021 - Message from CTC: Due to predicted heavy snow/freezing rain tomorrow (2/16), bus service may be suspended. Will update in the morning. Ferry cancellations are not anticipated at this time.
For those of you who are interested in the lives of coyotes, click here for a facinating educational study by the Coyote Lady, Janet Kessler, of SanFrancisco and the coyotes of the area. I found it to be really interesting and learned a lot. Thank you to Claire Ellis who shared it with me. About 26 minutes into the presentation she shows lots of vocalization.
February 14, 2021 - Regrettably, the golf course is closed to motorized vehicles until further notice. The club has become increasingly concerned about the damage to the course that snowmobiles, four-wheelers and other motorized conveyances can cause. We continue to welcome cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Thanks for your understand and cooperation.
Sanford's Pond will be open for ice skating today, Sunday February 14, from 12:30-4:30pm. Ice skating and skates are free! Please remember to wear a mask and remain socially distanced.
Beth & Jeff Putnam, will monitor the outdoor fire ring, have snacks, and will be sharpening skates. Also stop by and say Hi to Miss Emily from Kids' Place she will be on the ice with her family!
Please check the Rec's website daily as additional adult volunteer monitors are needed, and additional skate times will be added
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!
Message from Melissa: For those who were unable to attend CUMC's public forum on the 13th about the church's upcoming vote to disaffiliate from the United Methodist Church, there is a recording available here. If you wish to listen to the audio only, you can access that file here.
Our vote is scheduled for Sunday, February 21st at 1 PM via Zoom. Due to the bylaws of the United Methodist Church, this vote is for members only (you can check your membership status by contacting the church office at email@example.com). We know, however, that this decision impacts the whole community and we value your input and feedback. You can read more about why we are making this vote, as well as take a brief survey for your thoughts, at http://www.chebeagueumc.org/disaffiliation.html.
I have uploaded the latest Selectmen's Budget Workshop from February 3rd - click here or click on Selectmens Audios above where you can go back and listen to any of the meetings.
I finally have uploaded the video of the January 20th Selectmen's Meeting where at 1 hour and 8 minutes into the meeting Bob Earnest talks about the new digital mapping tool that the town has access to and then comes back at 1:33:40 with the visual demonstration.
February 12, 2021 - Rec Center - Ice Skating Update
- Sanford's Pond will be open for ice skating today, Friday February 12, from 3-5pm. Ice skating and skates are free! Please remember to wear a mask and remain socially distanced.
A special time tonight is reserved for "Adults" Open Skating & Hockey at 6:30pm.
Please check the Recs website daily as additional adult volunteer monitors are needed, and additional skate times will be added!
Congratulations to Michael Hollander who has been honored with a one million dollar endowed directorship at McLean Hospital - click here to read all about it.
February 11, 2021 - For those who missed Donna's Historical Society program "The Place WE Call Home" you can click here to see it or see it again. (I will upload the presentation again as only the first part seems to be working - the problem was with my own Safari that is outdated.)
The Chebeague Rec Center is hosting a second paint and sip event on February 25 at 7pm. In this casual online class, an instructor will lead you through painting a winter scene. We'll send you all the supplies you need. We welcome all skill levels - no painting experience necessary! Learn more and register at chebeaguerec.com.
A reminder to all Axiom customers that I am always available to answer questions and concerns when they arise if you are not able to get in touch with Axiom support. They are very busy with lots of projects and sometimes are unable to answer questions. Please remember you can call my cell 939-9643 or text me and I will get back to you as soon as am able. It doesn't matter if it is the evening or weekends because sometimes it is easier for me to deal with problems at those times. I am able to check and see if you are getting the connection you are supposed to and sometimes a problem may be a line issue going back to the DSLAM at the North Road and sometimes it is just a bad modem/router.
February 10, 2021 - Click here for a message from the Justin Poirier, the Town Administrator in order to update the island on vaccines for Chebeague.
ZOOM WORKSHOP MARCH 3 AT NOON EASTERN TIME Join us online at noon on March 3 as Casco Baykeeper Ivy Frignoca and special guest, Marine Geologist Peter Slovinsky from Maine Geological Survey, share a special presentation on how Maine’s coast can be resilient to climate change. MGS has been very helpful in expanding the mapping and monitoring some of the shores and beaches of Chebeague. Learn more and sign up at https://www.cascobay.org/how-can-our-coast-be-more-resilient-to-climate-change/
February 9, 2021 - Click here for a letter from the Maine CDC that our local Health Oficer, Anita Anderson has asked to post.
The Chebeague Rec Center needs volunteers for a snow-clearing party at Sanford's Pond to get ready for ice skating this season, now that the ice is thick enough! Join us at the pond tomorrow, Feb 10, at 3pm to help out. We have plenty of shovels to go around. Thank you in advance!
Don't Forget Tonight! The Place WE Call Home. Illustrated with photographs from the CIHS Collection, Donna Damon will discuss the Chebeague's early history and how the island's economy has evolved.
Zoom: 829 6247 6056 All are welcome. Spread the word!
Every year island students make it possible to send a Valentine’s treat to your island sweetheart. This year we’re going to keep with tradition and arrange a box of shortbread and fudge with a single rose. When you place your order please include your personal message and we’ll fashion a nice card on your behalf. As always, the proceeds from this fundraiser support the kids of the island school. Email orders and your personal message to Caroline@Loder.com by February 10.
NOTE: When your order is received you will get an email confirmation. If you don't receive a confirmation, please call me at 207-607-0822.
The Slow Bell will open for take-out only from 5 to 8 this Saturday, 2/13/2021. We will ONLY be serving pizza and dinner specials. These will include stuffed pork roast with mashed, coc au vin with mashed, or crab stuffed haddock with rice (each serves 2) $25, large cheese, veg or pepperoni pizza with fries and salad OR with fries and cheese sticks $25, and corn chowder (serves 4) $25. We will also have a duet of cupcakes (1 vanilla with raspberry filling/one choc with ganache) $6. Dinner and Soup Specials come with salad and rolls. CASH OR CHECK ONLY PLEASE. To order ahead, call or text Cheryl Hillicoss 207.233.6603 and leave a message BY FRIDAY. Same day orders will be taken but supply is limited. Call 846.3078 after 4 p.m. Treat your sweetheart to a delicious meal!
Click here for PreK-K Reflections from Miss Nancy.
DON'T BE FOOLED - like I was. Don't answer quickly to any email you get. There are a couple of spams going around. For one that I got fooled on was a friend asking if I was available to help with a problem? I answered very quickly "sure" without looking at the address from the email that was supposed to be my friend. It was not my friends email address. Another friend who answered with a telephone number back got a call right away offering some fake deal. The other scam I just received was an email saying that if I didn't respond to the email about getting a Covid vaccine, my email account would be cancelled. Don't believe these and check the email address to see if it is real. The one I just got said it was from armforce.live.
February 6, 2021 - REMINDER: The Town of Chebeague Island is gathering information about residents who would like to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. Please visit Chebeague Island COVID-19 Census SUNDAY or MONDAY to register for possible vaccinations on Island. All responses will be held confidential. Please know that due to supply shortages of vaccine, not everyone will be able to receive vaccine immediately.
Donna Damon will give the Historical Society's next Ellsworth Miller Lecture On Monday February 8 at 7:00 on Zoom.
The topic will be: Chebeague Island - The Place WE Call Home. Illustrated with photographs from the CIHS Collection, Donna will discuss the Chebeague's early history and how the island's economy has evolved.
Zoom: 829 6247 6056 All are welcome. Spread the word!
Click here for the Casco Bay Ferry February Newsletter.
From Bill Danielson: Here’s January’s weather summary at 66 North Road. A dry month, and a mild one for temperatures except for the final three days. We have no long-term records for comparison (yet!), but Portland averaged 5.5 degrees above its long-term normal, which is probably about the same for us. Heating degree days also were less than the long-term normal, reflecting the milder temps. (January 2020 on Chebeague actually averaged 3.3 degrees warmer than this year.) Click here to see the numbers.
Congrtulations to Luke Rothschild who was feature in ShoutoutLA - click here to see.
February 4, 2021 - I have been asked to share that B J underwent a surgical procedure to repair a congenital aortic valve issue. The surgery was successful and he is grateful for healing thoughts being sent his way.
"The Town of Chebeague Island is gathering information about residents who would like to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. Please visit Chebeague Island COVID-19 Census as soon as possible to register for possible vaccinations on Island. Completing this survey does not guarantee that you or a family member will receive a COVID-19 vaccine on Chebeague.. All responses will be held confidential." Please fill out the survey even if you have already had the vaccine.
Message from the Church: Chebeague UMC has information and a brief survey about our upcoming vote around disaffiliation from the United Methodist Church. There will be a public forum on Saturday, February 13th at 10 AM via Zoom. Our charge conference vote is Sunday, February 21st at 1 PM vai Zoom. Information for accessing can be found at the website: http://www.chebeagueumc.org/disaffiliation.html.
Kids' Place - Assistant Daycare Provider - Position Open - Now Hiring - click here to apply on JOB LINK.
Click here for link on CHEBWEB for "Here Comes the Sun" It's time to sing event on zoom Feburary 27th at 7pm.
February 3, 2021 - Now that winter has returned, the golf club reminds folks that we are happy that the course is used for winter activities, such as snowmobiling and cross country skiing. We ask, though, that you avoid the greens and tees when you are on the course. The snowmobiles especially could do significant damage to them. We are grateful for your cooperation. Please let Carl Tubbesing, Cary Espeaignette or Mike Hamilton know if you have any questions. Thanks very much.
This coming Saturday at 9am is a Town Zoom budget workshop on Department Budgets. the Nonprofit and Capital Expenditures workshop will be February 27th.
The CART (Community Advisory Response Team) zoom meeting is tomorrow at 4pm - Zoom number is 326 962 753 with password 175989. Remember that the public is invited and are encouraged to take part.
Message from May: "The Slow Bell will open for take-out only from 5 to 8 this Saturday, 2/6/2021. We will ONLY be serving pizza and dinner specials. These will include shrimp scampi, chicken pot pie, OR penne pasta with feta and roasted grape tomatoes (each serves 2) $25, large cheese, veg or pepperoni pizza with fries and salad OR with fries and cheese sticks $25, and turkey soup (serves 4) $25. We will also have berry cobbler and chocolate cake for $6 each. Dinner and Soup Specials come with salad and rolls. CASH OR CHECK ONLY PLEASE. To order ahead, call or text 332.2368 and leave a message BY FRIDAY. Same day orders will be taken but supply is limited. Call 846.3078 after 4 p.m. We will also be open Saturday, February 13th if you want us to make a nice Valentine's weekend meal for your sweetheart! Watch for our posting on Monday!"
February 1, 2021 - Due to predicted heavy snow and strong winds, cancellation of CTC bus service tomorrow (February 2) is likely. Cancellation of ferry service is possible. CTC will update tomorrow morning.
Message from Ann Thaxter and the cemetery committee:" Please do not ride snowmobiles in the cemetery. With the new deep snow many of the flat stones are hidden. Enjoy the cemetery with a peaceful walk around. Thank you."
Click here to see Miss Nancy's PreK and K Reflections from 1/24-1/29!
Click here to see Miss Nancy's PreK and K Reflections from 1/18 - 1/22!
January 31, 2021 - Photo - photo taken January 31st by Jon Rich down at the Hook.
School Committee Meeting this coming Tuesday, February 2nd at 6pm - see agenda.
January 28, 2021 - It has been over 40 years since I got my first Rubik's Cube and worked on solving it. I loved the challenge and now I love the challenge of remembering all the steps I took to solve it so I decided to make a movie "How to with Bev" on my youtube channel to teach anyone to solve it in a few simple formulas. I am now trying to learn other methods that you can find online. I know what you are all thinking - haven't I got better things to do? The answer is yes!
Click here to take the two question survey monkey asking residents and non residents about the creation of a Town committee to evaluate improved internet options for Chebeague. The online survey will close on February 15.
Click here for a letter from State of Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry about the significantly detected populations of Browntail Moth .
January 27, 2021 - Website - photo of the Rosette Nebula by Kevin Wentworth! You have to go to his Skywatchers Facebook page and experience the photo in 3D and see all the rest of his fantastic photos.
Click here to see the results of the Town Referendum vote.
Thank you note from Lynda & Gary Oderda: "We were very pleased to hear that our Mother (and Mother-in-Law) Joan Deming received the Covid vaccine at the Commons. We would like to thank everyone involved in making it happen including Amy Rich, Christina Skillin and the Covid testing team for all their help. It is comforting to know that the residents and staff are on their way to being protected. We would also like to thank Amy and the staff at the Commons for everything they have done in providing care and a safe environment for residents. Given the challenges, it is wonderful that not a single resident at the Commons has become Covid positive due to their diligence. We also greatly appreciate the help that many, including the CTC crew, have provided in getting Joan to her medical appointments."
January 26, 2021 - When you vote today there is a two question survey you can take that is outside the voting area. Click here to print one out and fill it in if you wish.
A reminder to everyone on the island that Otto's Pizza delivers right to Chebeague every Wednesday. They bring all the pizzas, drinks, sallads and food over on the CTC boat and all you have to do is make up your order and then pick it up on the wharf. They set up shop at the Stone Wharf from 3pm-3:30pm. Click here to go to chebweb.com and see how to get yourself a meal on Wednesdays.
VOTE TODAY - 8 to 8 at the hall. Click here to see the warrant.
Vote Tuesday January 26th - 8 to 8 at the Hall.
-- Maine Sunday Portland Press Herald has a long article about the problem we all have on Chebeague about access to the wharf at low tides and the efforts by the town to get dredging done soon. Click here for the article. For the final report click here.
January 22, 2021 - Message from the CTC: The Independence will undergo her annual safety inspection on Monday, January 25'th. CTC doesn't anticipate any service interruptions, but there is a possibility the 10am/10:15am trip may be delayed.
With wonderful assistance from a team from Public Health Nursing of the Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Commons residents and staff all received their first round of COVID vaccinations on Wednesday. In all, 32 vaccinations were administered. Because a few extra doses were available in this lot, and the CDC deemed them eligible under state guidelines, four members of the CTC crew, four island volunteer firefighters and Jackie Trask of the Chebeague Covid Testing Team also were vaccinated. Here, Commons resident Bill Overlock gets his shot. All went smoothly and everyone is doing well. After months of lockdown and nonstop concerns about the safety of residents and staff, Commons administrator Amy Rich reported that Wednesday "was a goose bump day.”
January 21, 2021 - The CART (Community Advisory Response Team) zoom meeting is today at 4pm - Zoom number is 326 962 753 with password 175989.
The Planning Board and the Town have set up a new online viewer for a range of maps related to the Town of Chebeague Island. You can use the Viewer at this link: http://bit.ly/ChebeagueGIS We’ll hold a public workshop via Zoom meeting on Thursday, Jan 28 at 630pm to introduce the Viewer, and to answer any questions from Chebeaguers far and wide. Zoom meeting ID: 821 3803 5206; passcode 281889.
January 20, 2021 - Click here for last weeks Public Hearing on the Referendum that is coming up next week.
Reminder from the Town of Chebeague: There will be Special Town Referendum voting on January 26, 2021 from 8:00AM to 8:00PM at the Chebeague Island Hall. Absentee Ballots are available at the Town Office. If you have any questions, or would like a ballot please call the Town Office 846-3148.
Yesterday Donna had a voice of the people letter in the Portland Press Herald about the inaugurations. I was so happy to be able to go with Donna for both of Obama's inaugurations and we had a fabulous time. Click here to see the letter. If it hadn't been for the Coronavirus we would have been there today.
From the Council: There is still a lot of confusion about where, who, when, and how to get the COVID vaccine. The Maine CDC is moving through the various eligible groups as quickly as possible. The Council volunteers are available to help provide transportation for those Islanders who need help getting to their appointment. Please call the Council office, 846-4988. If we are not there, please leave a message with your name, best number to reach you, and we will call you back. If you or a family member are unable to leave the Island, please call and we can work with your doctor to help arrange a way for you to get vaccinated.
Tonight is the Selecmen's Zoom Meeting at 6 pm - click here to see the agenda and packet for the meeting.
January 19, 2021 - If you are 70 or older call this number if you would like to set up an appointment for the Covid Vaccine. They will call you back within 3 hrs. Keep trying if you don't get that message. Several people on the island already have appointments so this is real. They will give you several locations where you can go. The new number 877-780-7545.
Message from May: "The Slow Bell will open for take-out only from 5 to 8 this Saturday, 1/23/2021. We will ONLY be serving pizza and dinner specials. These will include pot roast OR turkey dinner (serves 2) $25, spanikopita (serves 2) $25, large cheese or pepperoni pizza with fries and salad OR with fries and cheese sticks $25, and haddock chowder (serves 4) $25. We will also have blueberry bread pudding and chocolate cake for $6 each. Dinners (except pizza) come with salad and rolls. CASH OR CHECK ONLY PLEASE. To order ahead, call or text 332.2368 and leave a message BY FRIDAY. Same day orders will be taken but supply is limited. Call 846.3078 after 4 p.m. Thanks!"
January 18, 2021 - School Committee Zoom Meeting is Tuesday, January 19th at 6pm - see agenda and meeting information.
January 17, 2021 - The Chebeague UMC invites the Chebeague Community near and far to join together on Tuesday, January 19th at 5:30 PM ET for a national moment of unity and remembrance. The Presidential Inaugural Committee has announced this event to renew our commitment to come together as one nation and to honor those who have lost their lives to COVID-19. Cities and towns around the country have been invited to join Washington, D.C. in illuminating buildings and ringing church bells.
-- Our church will ring the historic Meneely Bell, installed when the narthex and steeple were added to the church in the early 20th century. The bell will be rung for each family member or friend of those in our island community who has lost their life due to COVID-19. Please call or email Melissa Yosua-Davis at 207-846-4106 or chebeagueislandUMC@gmail.com to have the bell rung for your loved one.
-- Also, please join us by turning on your porch light, ringing a bell, lighting a candle, or however you wish to honor those who are no longer with us and to commit to coming together to end the pandemic and heal our nation.
Click here to see PreK and K Reflections from January 4-15 for Miss Nancy's room.
The next CART Meeting is Thursday Jan 21 4 pm Zoom. The zoom meeting is always the town Zoom account. Zoom number is 326 962 753 with password 175989.
January 15, 2021 - Photo - of a closeup of part of the dredging area. Click here to see the whole pdf from the Army Corp of Engineers. Click here to see a closeup of the dredging notes. The town is waiting for the updated information.
Click here to see the Chebeague Island School winter Newsletter.
Click here to see AMAZING scholarship opportunities for middle school and high school students from the Island Institute!
Click here to see the letter that was sent to the Army Corp from the Chebeague Transportation Company.
January 14, 2021 - For those who missed the CIHS program with Earle Shettleworth on Monday or who would like to see and/or listen to the program again, I have uploaded them. Click here for the video and audio and here for just the audio.
Message from Melissa: From CUMC: In observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., on Sunday, January 17th, the church will be focusing on excerpts from his Letter from a Birmingham Jail. Join us at 10 AM on Sunday via Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/308728697?pwd=RW1YdkpFUzZtZitWY0RXdDhManZOQT09. Bring a candle and elements for communion (bread or cracker and water or juice) to participate.
Pastor, Chebeague United Methodist Church
Click here for an article in the Forcaster about the Slow Bell Cafe and May Hall's efforts to keeping it operating.
January 13, 2020 - Message from Donna: Here is background information related to the dredging of the Stone Wharf channel. We hope to see you on the Town Zoom tonight at 6.
Tonight Public Hearing about the dredging project and the other other warrant articles on January 13 at 6 on the Town’s Zoom.
The Chebeague Rec Center is offering a virtual 4-week meditation course starting this Sunday, January 17 at 4pm. A great opportunity to focus on your mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing and connect with others!
This group class will center on meditation and reflection during these challenging times. We will practice a simple meditation, reflect/write/or draw, share in confidentiality, and together create a sustaining refuge with and for one another. $60 for four classes. Classes will take place over Zoom. Find more info and register at chebeaguerec.com.
January 12, 2021 - Photo - by Jon Rich on January 12th of sunrise.
Don't forget tonight Backyard Birding Basics tonight at 7 with the Maine Audobon Society. Click here to learn more and how to register for this program.
The Chebeague Rec Center is hosting a virtual event with Maine Audubon on Tuesday, Jan 12 at 7pm. Join Staff Naturalist Doug Hitchcox for a program to learn best practices for attracting and supporting birds in your yard throughout the winter. Your backyard provides a window into the natural world and there are a number of steps you can take to make it wildlife-friendly.
-This live presentation will take place over Zoom. Suggested donation $10. All proceeds will go to Maine Audubon. Register online at chebeaguerec.com!
From the Board of Selectmen. As we all know the channel at the Stone Wharf is filling in and dredging is long overdue. CTC is in the position of cancelling trips at -1' tides because of the silting. The Town has been working on this problem for a dozen years. Now we are in a crisis situation. We hope that the project will begin by the end of 2021 but there are no guarantees. The Army Corps of Engineers needs to hear how the silting of the channel and boat cancellations are impacting you and your family. Please send a letter of concern to: (Chebweb has created a template for people to use if you would like)
Chief of Planning
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
New England District
696 Virginia Road
Concord, MA 01742-2751
January 11, 2021 - Island Electric has scholarships available for HS graduates entering the trades.
Kim Boehm gives preference to those entering the Electrical trades, but other trades are welcome to apply as well. This is for any Island resident...call Kim @ 846 2468 for details.
Remember tonight CIHS Ellsworth Miller Lecture series is featuring Earle Shettleworth continuing series about Portland - 7pm - Zoom log in number is: 829 6247 6056.
Click here for January's CTC Low Tide Cancellations.
January 10, 2021 - I started this website in 1996 after learning HTML and used what is now a historic frames setup. It is really combining two websites into one so that you see the People page on one side and the news on the other side. It seems to be working in most cases ok but at some point I may have to change the way the site looks. I recently discovered that anyone that has wifi with Consolidated cannot get the combined chebeague.org on their phones and ipads. Some people just go off their wifi to to cell to get it but you can get it individually at www.chebeague.org/news.html or www.chebeague.org/people.html. The site still comes up on computers on Consolidated wifi so I don't understand yet why and Consolidated Techs say they don't understand why. Works fine on all the other wifi and cell services.
Click here to hear the Selectmen's Zoom Meeting from Wednesday, January 6th.
January 9, 2021 - Photo - by Kevin Wentworth taken 01-09-21 of the Needle Galaxy NGC4565. It is estimated to have a Trillion stars that make up this gorgeous edge on galaxy and is 35 million light years away. See all his photos on his Chebeague Skywatchers Facebook page that he started five years ago.
The Historical Society is pleased to announce that the next Ellsworth Miller Lecture will feature Maine State historian, Earle Shettleworth continuing his series about Portland on Monday January 11th at 7 PM. on Zoom. The topic will be Portland’s 19th Century Architecture. The Zoom log in number is: 82962476056. All are welcome.
From Donna Damon Chair, Chebeague Board of Selectmen. Please note that I made a big mistake in the explanation that we sent out last week regarding the Town Meeting Warrant Article #2 related to the cost of dredging at the Stone Wharf. The amount of money that we are asking to take from the undesignated fund is correct, however, the cost of the project should be somewhere between $2,000,000 and $2,250,000. The numbers for the cost in the explanation were off by one million dollars. I apologize for any confusion that this might have caused. We will not have an exact figure until it goes out to bid, which is the reason for the range. The Town’s share will range from $400,000-$500,000 by the time the project is completed because we have to pay an additional 10% when the project is completed.
-- We have $100,000 in a reserve fund. We are asking voters to approve taking $150,000 from the undesignated fund. The reserve fund and the money from the undesignated fund gives us the up to $250,000 that we need for our first payment. (10% of the total cost yet to be determined.) We will also have to pay another 10% - up to $250,000 when the project is completed. That can be paid over 30 years if we choose. I am so sorry about sharing incorrect numbers, and I am sorry if this is confusing. For more information please tune in to the Public Hearing about the dredging project and the other other warrant articles on January 13 at 6 on the Town’s Zoom. Check the Town WEB site for Zoom log in information.
January 8, 2021 - Chedemption Re-opening: Last March Chedemption was shuttered as Covid had reared it's ugly head. It's transmission was thought to be on surfaces so out of concern for volunteers it was closed. Our long time support on the mainland, Brighton Redemption Center was closed as it was deemed an unessential business. They were able to reopen but their increase in business made them unable to take our returnables. This fall Bill Calthorpe used Clynk to send returnables to the mainland. After discussion with Clynk, Chedemption decided to give it a try. Our trailer had over 50 banana boxes of glass bottles which we have spent the last month getting bagged and sent to them. We are now ready to begin our long tradition of providing redemption funds to Chebeague's non profits. Please bring your returnables to the green redemption building at the transfer station. All cans will go in the two windows on the left, no need to sort beer or soda. All plastic will go in the two windows on the right, no need to remove caps.(milk containers please put in the recycling bin) All glass bottles with 5 or 15 cent redemption will go in the marked bins.
Thank you for your continued support of Chedemption. We'll be re-opening Saturday January 9th.
Click here for news from Casco Bay Lines about an employee with COVID-19 diagnosis and also how to sign up for email notices.
January 6, 2021 - In response to today's events in our nation's capital, CUMC will be holding a time of prayer tonight at 8 PM via Zoom. Link is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8152000968?pwd=d3pMc051dTFLT3ZkcFlldWJTTmNTZz09.
Message from the town: All dogs need to renew their licenses before January 29th or be subject to additional fines.
Message from May: The Slow Bell will open for take-out only from 5 to 8 this Saturday, 1/9/2021. We will ONLY be serving pizza and dinner specials. These will include crab stuffed haddock with herbed rice (serves 2) $25, veg lasagna (serves 2) $25, beef stew (serves 2) $25, large cheese or pepperoni pizza with fries and salad OR with fries and cheese sticks $25, and curried squash soup (serves 4) $25. We will also have key lime pie and cream puffs for $6 each. Dinners (except pizza) come with salad and rolls. CASH OR CHECK ONLY PLEASE. To order ahead, call or text 332.2368 and leave a message. Same day orders will be taken but supply is limited. Call 846.3078 after 4 p.m.
January 4, 2021 - Made a New Year's resolution to be more active in 2021? The Chebeague Recreation Center is hosting weekly virtual yoga classes in January! Join us on Zoom Thursdays from 5:30-6:30pm for a gentle, instructor-led session open to people of all skill levels. Starting this Thursday, January 7. $60 for all four classes. Register at chebeaguerec.com!
Yesterday's Church service focused on Hope and Joy. Technical difficulties prevented us from being able to share Kate Nyhan' singing Ode to Joy. That said she sang it acapella on the spot! But what she had planned is truly amazing! Click here to her rendition of Ode to Joy in 4 part harmony. Focusing on hope and joy is a great way to start the New Year.
Eventually the entire service with its original poetry and inspirational messages and music will be on the Church Facebook page of WEB site.
The Selectmen's zoom meeting is this Wednesday at 6pm - click here to go to the Town Website and get the agenda and packet.
The CART (Community Advisory Response Team) zoom meeting will be Thursday at 4pm - The zoom meeting is always the town Zoom account - click here to find out how to join or call in. Zoom number is 326 962 753 with password 175989.
There has been a lot of conversations about the Coyotes on Chebeague and I thought it would be good to repost the meeting we had with the State Wildlife Biologist for a Q & A session on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - click here to hear the meeting. Also the website from the inland Fisheries and Wildlife have a website about coyotes - click here.
January 2, 2021 - The Church will be presenting a special program on Sunday January 3 at 10 on Zoom. Melissa is on a well-deserved vacation so the service will be a bit different.The theme of the service is that in hope we can find joy. It seems like a fitting topic for the beginning of a new year. Participants will include Andy Grannell, Barrie Shepherd, Alex Kern, KAte Nyhan, Mary Holt, and Donna damon. This service will include an uplifting message, special music, and poetry,
Meeting ID: 308 728 697
Happy 2021! The Food Pantry is open Sundays in January from 11:30- 1 PM. If you have any questions or need items at a different time you can contact Denise Hamilton @ 838-6107. Eat well and be well in 2021!
January 1, 2021 - Photo - of a bluebird taken by Bill Danielson on New Year's Day on Chebeague!
Message from Chebweb: Thanks to all who participated in Lighting Up Chebeague. The lights were plentiful, beautiful and lent an air of peace over our community. Happy New Year to all Chebeaguers - near and far. The Raffle winners will receive their gifts (donated by islanders) in the next few days.
Ursula King…$25 Niblic Gas Card
Herb Maine and Carol White…$20 Card for Doughty’s Market
Tom and Vika Wood…$CTC 10 Ticket Book
Thanks again - see you next year
School Committee Zoom Meeting next Tuesday at 6pm - see agenda.
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