Photo I took of a Snowy Owl, January 22nd, on East End on top of the Amy Bonville/Jeff Wescott's (Todd House) house. It had been hanging around the yard all day. At around 1:30 it flew down in direction of Layng House.
January 20, 2022 - Lisa Webber Schumacher passed away recently and her husband died a few weeks before her and a gofund has been set up for the family - click here to learn more.
Axiom internet and phone were down today for a few hours as there was a problem with equipment between Portland and Boston. This affected many communities around Maine.
January 19, 2022 - INFO ON HOME COVID-19 FREE TEST KITS. From the Maine Dept of Health and Human Services (DHHS) “The National Association of Community Health Workers (NACHW) has opened up ordering for COVID-19 tests. Ordering today will be available to zip codes with the highest vulnerability to COVID-19 (based on a social vulnerability and COVID-19 risk assessment by the Federal government). You can use this link to order tests both for yourself and for community members that you are working with, depending on the ZIP code eligibility of where they are being shipped to. CHW and Partner Access to Free COVID-19 At-home Rapid Tests – NACHW On Wednesday, this will open up more broadly (nationally) both through NACHW and through the new Federal website to order kits."
___Starting on Wednesday 1/19, everybody can use this link to order tests: COVIDtests.gov - Free at-home COVID-19 tests.
Message from Selectmen Chair Donna Damon: "On behalf of the Town of Chebeague Island, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Viktoria Wood as Chebeague’s new Town Administrator and Christine Auffant as Chebeague’s new Town Clerk.
--- Viktoria Wood grew up on Chebeague after being adopted from Russia by Stephen and Beverly Johnson. She graduated from Greely High School and received a Bachelor of Social Work from USM. After living off the island for a decade, she returned to the island when her daughter started school and was soon employed by the Town of Chebeague. While working for the Town, she completed her Master of Social Work, but realized that her real passion was in municipal government. She was appointed Town Clerk in 2017. After a comprehensive Town Administrator search, the Board of Selectmen appointed her to replace former Town Administrator, Justin Poirier, who recently became Monmouth’s Town Manager. Viktoria, her husband, Tom and two daughters live on Chebeague and are building a new home on the island. She has a deep commitment to the community and looks forward to working for the people of Chebeague.
--- Christine Auffant has owned a house on Chebeague for 15 years and has lived on the island full time for five years. She has worked for the Town for five years as Deputy Clerk and assistant to the Board of Selectmen. Christine and her husband, Steve have two grown sons who live in Maine. Christine looks forward to continuing to work for the Town of Chebeague as its new Town Clerk."
The Slow Bell is open this Friday and Saturday night from 5 to 8 for dinner and the bar open until 11. Our dinner specials (while they last) include turkey pot pie, pork and barley soup and haddock with crab stuffing on risotto. For desserts, we have carrot cake, choc cream pie and frosted brownies. We will try for karaoke Saturday night! Don't forget to return your votes for our summer menu for a 10% discount on your meal this week! If you didn't get one and want to vote, order and fill one out and we will give you the discount! Thanks!
A few people have been experiencing some unusual notes coming up when accessing this website. I have been on the phone with GoDaddy and they are making a few changes to the hosting that I hope will work. Hopefully this will be corrected. I believe that GoDaddy has resolved this issue now.
January 17, 2022 - Photosby Vika Wood of Stone Wharf at high tide January 17th. Click here for a video she took. Click here for another video.
School Committee Budget Workshop tomorrow evening January 18th at 6pm at the school.
There is a Selectmen's Meeting this Wednesday, January 19th via zoom at 6pm - see agenda and packet.
The power went out on island around 9 AM and we are expecting it to get back on around 6PM we hope.There is a tree on the power lines near the Hook. Please do not drive under it.
Message from CTC - The 10/10:15am and 12/12:15pm ferry trips are canceled today due to high winds. Other cancellations remain possible and we will continue to evaluate throughout the day.
January 14, 2022 - For those who missed the Chebeague Community Housing Discussion on Wednesday evening you can click here to see the recording of the group discussion.
Don't forget to sign up for the Chebeague Recreation Center's Paint & Sip! Both beginners and experienced artists will have fun with watercolors recreating a view of Chebeague. The class will take place on January 20 from 7-9pm on Zoom. Learn more and register at ChebeagueRec.com
Are you a student, teacher, or school administrator connected to an unbridged island community school in Maine? The Island Institute is excited to announce that our 2022 scholarship applications are now open!
Some applications are rolling, with first-come, first-served awards, and some deadlines are coming up February 28, 2022. If you haven't submitted your application yet, don't delay—check out all of our options and apply today!
Please CLICK HERE to learn more, and help us spread the word to anyone you know who might be eligible and interested!
Many probably already know that Archie Ross's granddaughter, Browen Dosch (Gale's daughter) is having major medical issues and a fund has been started to help the family out -CLICK HERE for more information.
January 12, 2022 - CART (Community Action Response Team) Meeting, Thursday 1/13/2022 3:30 via the Town Zoom (Meeting ID: 326962753, Passcode: 175989
Things are always happening at the Chebeague Community Church. A very visible sign, literally, will be the installation of a new sign with our new name. Within the next few weeks, the old one will come down to be carefully measured, dried and cleaned and made ready to accept an insert that represents our future. Together. We are the Chebeague Community Church.
January 9, 2022 - Postponed: CIHS Ellsworth Miller Lecture scheduled for Monday, January 10th, Donna Damon's: "Part II: Island Non-Profit Organizations and their History of Building Community." Sincere thanks for your interest, participation, and continued support. reschedule date to be announced
The Council will be hosting Soup to Go on Wednesday, January 12 at noon. There will be vegetarian and non-vegetarian soup options, as well as biscuits and dessert. The meal is free!
Please bring your own bag if taking away more than one serving.
January 7, 2022 - CTC's bus service is canceled today through the 1:45pm/2:15pm trips due to heavy snow. More cancellations are possible in the afternoon. We apologize for any inconvenience but the safety of our passengers and employees is our priority. Notices of additional cancellations will be sent and posted on CTC's Facebook page.
Message from Chloe: The library is closed today, Friday 1/7 due to the snowstorm. Stay safe and thank you to those who are out plowing and removing snow! Happy snow day! We are open again tomorrow at 10 and we hope to see you for story time at 10:30.
Message from Casco Bay Lines: CASCO BAY LINES SHARES COVID UPDATE As businesses and transit operators across the region are grappling with the impact of the recent wave of the COVID pandemic, CBL continues to operate while prioritizing the health and safety of our customers, employees and communities. While no schedule reductions are planned at this time, we are experiencing short-term staffing shortages as a result of COVID. We expect this will continue, and potentially increase, over the next few weeks.
As we have shared throughout the pandemic, we encourage customers to be aware that operational changes, including one-time or recurring reductions in service, may still occur as a result of the pandemic.Any such changes will be communicated on our website, via this email list and sent through our text alert system. We strongly encourage all riders to subscribe to our text alerts to receive any schedule updates in real-time. To subscribe, text CBLAlerts to 41411 or visit this page on our website. Finally, we continue to encourage you to review our COVID-19 information on our website prior to traveling with us. Thank you.
January 6, 2022 - Photoby Tom Schutte at Sandy Point and click here for shells on beach at Coleman's Cove..
Message from Mellssa: Given the current omicron surge and the recommendation of the Maine Council of Churches for congregations to switch to virtual gatherings, worship will be remote only for 1/9, 1/16 and 1/23 via Zoom at this link - we will continue to monitor the situation as the month progresses.
Zoom link for Sunday worship: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83441145219?pwd=YnBaa1ZRblV6VXc0dU16bkFaUWhZQT09
Message from Katy McCann: "Winter 2022 Yoga & Movement - Yoga and Mindful Movement Classes with Katy are back. I’ll be offering in-person classes with the support and cooperation of the Hall and the Island Council.
Classes are Tuesday/Thursday, 7:30 - 8:45 am (no class on vet Thursdays),
Tuesday Jan 11 - Thursday March 17 (10 weeks). I’m thrilled to share that the Island Council will sponsor 1/3 of the cost of each class for each participant! So, normally $15 per class, for these 10 weeks classes will be $10 each and you are welcome to purchase a 5-class pass for $50. (If this is cost prohibitive for you, please contact me privately for sliding scale options.)
The Hall and Council asks that all participants are vaccinated. Masks are optional. The Hall is spacious enough for us to spread out and also is equipped with 3 high-quality air filters. My classes are for all bodies, all levels, all experiences. Classes are a blend of yoga and restorative exercises with unique cues that help you work with your body as it is right now, while creating the strength, mobility and ease of movement you crave. No super bendy, acrobatic stuff – just feeling better.
Please contact Katy for more info and/or to be added to my Chebeague email list - Kathleenmccann@usa.net"
The YARMOUTH VET will be at the Hall this morning from 8:40 or so until 11:30. the signup sheet will go up around 8:00. Call Sam (846-0510) if you have any difficulty signing up.
January 5, 2022 - Tonight is the Selectmen's Meeting at 6pm - see agenda and packet.
Tommorow, Thursday at 6pm there is an informational meeting with Wright-Pierce Engineers regarding Stone Wharf. Not on the town zoom.
Wright-Pierce is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Stone Wharf Study Update
Time: Jan 6, 2022 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 891 3720 0803
January 4, 2022 - The Chebeague Recreation Center is hosting a Paint & Sip event over Zoom on Thursday, January 20 from 7-9pm. In this guided class, will be using watercolors to paint a view of Chebeague! Learn more and register at ChebeagueRec.com.
The Slow Bell will be open Friday and Saturday this weekend! Looking forward to seeing you all! We will be serving our limited menu of favorites including burgers, pizza, etc. We will also be serving turkey dinner, haddock chowder, baked haddock with peppers, onions and tomatoes with risotto, limoncello tarts, and frosted brownies. Dinner until 8, karaoke on Saturday night in the bar. Call ahead for takeout 846.3078
Chebeague Island Historical Society Ellsworth Miller Lecture Series Upcoming Lecture
Monday, January 10, 2022 at 7PM
Donna Damon, CIHS Curator
Part II: Island Non-Profit Organizations and their History of Building Community - Try signing in a few minutes before 7:00pm by going to Join a Meeting Log in ID number is 82962476056 - no password needed.
January 3, 2022 -The School Committee Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, January 4, 2022 has been changed - we would not have a quorum for the entire meeting. The School Committee will meet on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at 6:00. The agenda will stay the same.
Click here for an update from Chebeague Covid Testing Team. I hope everyone stays safe and is vacinated and getting their boosters.
January 1, 2022 - Chebeague Island to The Outback Bowl Tampa Florida - so exciting to see Tyler Putnam singing the National Anthem! Click here to see - extremely impressive!!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
One of the exciting things that are happening in the bird world is a Stellar Sea Eagle has been seen in Maine and right now is in Georgetown/Reid State Park. There have been a few people on the island including Stephen who saw a huge eagle with white on it from a distance and decided it was an owl so I hope everyone is keeping their eyes open because it is only a few miles away from here right now. If it ever did decide to stay here a while I don't think the boat could handle the swarms of people who would show up.
Tomorrow Stephen and I will be walking and travelling around the East End of Chebeague for the annual Christmas Bird Count that we have been doing for many years. I will post the results when I get them. The area that is included is North of Littlefield Road and the waters toward Harpswell. We always check out the bird feeders in all the yards to count. So far I will be able to report on is a Baltimore Oriole that has been at the Burgess feeders.
December 31, 2021 - Selectmen's Meeting is this Wednesday at 6pm and is on zoom - click here for agenda and packet.
School Committee Meeting this Tuesday, January 4th at 6pm at the school - see agenda.
December 28, 2021 - Photo to show what you do on Chebeague when you come from the Netherlands on December 28th.
By now most everyone has received The Recompense Fund Annual Report and we hope you all have enjoyed it. Just in case you didn't get yours or it has been misplaced you can always go to the Recompense Website (www.recompensefund.com) and click on the report or just click here to see it and learn how we are doing. A huge thank you for your contributions and support to us and all the nonprofits that really keep Chebeague vibrant!
The Town of Chebeague is advertising for a fulltime Bookkeeper postition - click here for more information that is on the Town Website.
Message from Chloe: Join us at the library on Thursday 1/20 from 3:30-6pm for Young adult/high school night! We will be going over the Compass Workforce Grant available from the Island Institute for ages 15-30! You do not have to be a student. We will also provide information on other scholarships available for travel, school and gap year. High school students can get off the bus from the school boat. Please bring masks and a snack if you wish. Students are also welcome to work on homework instead or come to socialize and connect with other young islanders. This event is open to all ages high school -age 30.
The library will be moving to new hours starting 1/3:
Tuesday - Saturday 10am-1pm
December 27, 2021 - CTC would like to remind all of our passengers that the ferry begins boarding 10 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time at the Stone Wharf. Please plan your arrival accordingly. Also, our January newsletter along with the January and February crew assistance/low tide schedule changes are now posted on our website. We wish everyone a happy New Year and thanks for all the support in 2021!
I hope everyone has been as busy as I have, enjoying family and friends over the holidays! Last week a group of people sang carols in the center of the island in Littlefield Woods. Looks like it was a great time and I will try to make it next year for sure. Click here to see a video of the Caroling in the Woods with photos by Cathy MacNeill, videos by John Howard and Chip Emery.
December 22, 2021 - COMMUNITY CAROLING update from Erika — thanks to everyone who came to Carol in the Woods on Dec 14th! It felt very "Whos down in Whoville” in the middle of the woods where all trails meet. We will soon be sharing some video and photos. On Christmas Eve morning, for many years I have looked forward to meeting at the store, seeing Julie, enjoying her nice spread on the counter that she puts on for her holiday open house at the store and most of all, seeing islanders of all ages kick off Community caroling around the island. Sadly, due to the Omicron virus, Julie and I decided to cancel this year’s community caroling event. Even outside, even masked we do not feel comfortable singing en masse. The store will still be open (masks required). Wishing everyone a safe, patient and happy holiday!
KN95 masks purchased by the Town of Chebeague are available for the community. A KN95 mask provides better protection than many other face masks, if you want more protection than most cloth or disposable masks. These masks are reusable, and available free of charge.
Masks are available at: Town Office, Rec Center, Library, Transfer Station, CTC Ferry. FMI contact the Town Office
December 21, 2021 - Click here for a letter from Beth and Jeff Putnam about a kelp application they are appying for from the Department of Marine Resources. If you have any questions please contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTICE: Today there is a Maine wide issue with an internet trunk line that is causing intermitent problems with the internet and phone lines here on Chebeague and other areas around the state. Axiom and Consolidated are working on the problem and are hoping to have it resolved by the end of today. I will keep you updated on the progress. As of 4pm a cable on CCIs equipment was replaced and everything is back to normal.
Message from May: Last chance to buy a pie for the Slow Bell's fundraiser for the Island Commons. Key lime, chocolate cream, coconut, pumpkin, mince, pecan! Respond to this email or text 332.2368. $25 pie includes tax. 20% of the proceeds got to the Island Commons along with 3 pies. Pick up Thursday morning at the Slow Bell or make arrangements to have them dropped off.
Message from Kim Boehm: "I would like to thank CTC and all of its employees, for assisting in my junk car removal/aquifer protection project. Over 35 vehicle (or parts thereof) were removed, as well as many loads of scrap metal. old tires, lead acid batteries and several hundred gallons of waste fluids. This not only saves the Town money, but goes a long way in protecting our one and only water source. Also thanks for all the people who have helped in my efforts, either physically, mentality or otherwise....Kim"
December 20, 2021- Photo taken morning of 12/19/21 by Doug Ross. Click here to see the trees decorated by the Fire and Rescue Volunteers.
Barrie Shepherd has a few copies of A Way with Words, his Christmas 2021 poetry collection, left on the shelves, and five days to go before the book becomes out of date. You have probably already purchased a copy, or copies, in good time for your Xmas list. But might someone have been forgotten? Or have you just remembered a friend who would appreciate a small selection of verse to add depth and height, plus an occasional smile, to these rare and holy days? Help him clear off his shelves. Order another copy - or two - and increase the checks to the food pantries. They are not exactly pricey at $10 per copy (plus $2 postage) and $7 of that price goes to help feed the hungry. And by the way, poetry will never go out of date.
To order email email@example.com, call 207 510 1637, or drop a note to 15 Piper Road - K325, Scarborough, ME 0004074.
Click here for a different (updated) version of "The Night Before Christmas" that Barrie shared with me.
December 17, 2021 - Christmas Eve is only a week away but you still have time to pick up that last minute gift at the Museum Shop. We'll be open on Sunday December 19 from 12-3 with 20% off!! We specialize in Chebeague Swag. Connection to place is what we are all about! Books, Shirts, glasses, mugs and Miller Designs and much more! And if you have a Hamilton or Doughty on your family tree you may want one of our new shirts dedicated to those families! They are going fast! Hope to see you on Sunday! A special bonus is the 1990s photo of a Christmas play!
Chebeague Island School Committee Meeting is this Tuesday, December 21, at 6pm at the School - click here for agenda.
December 16, 2021 - Photo of lights by Steve Todd in memory of his daughter Emily.
The Chebeague School Holiday Concert was tonight and we tried to zoom it for all the families and friends that couldn't be here. It is a little rough on the sound and sometimes hard to hear and understand but we will perfect it for the next concert. This was our first attempt at a concert live zoom. We did try to tape it as well but there was a glitch and we only got 10 minutes. You can CLICK HERE to see what you missed or to see it again. It starts about 3 minutes into it.
For those who missed last weeks Community Housing Discussion Series - you can click here to hear the audio!
The CRC has events coming up this month for younger ones and families!
Holiday Craft Fair - December 17
Dinner & A Movie - December 22
Children's Movement & Mindfulness Class - January 8 & 22
Learn more about each of our upcoming programs on chebeaguerec.com.
The Chebeague Island School Holiday Concert is today at 5:30 and you will be able to see it by zoom. Click here to go into the Zoom meeting or use the following address and password: Meeting ID: 835 9569 9765 Passcode: chebeague .
December 15, 2021 - Just a reminder from the Chebeague Community Church that you must register ahead of time if you plan on attending our 7 PM in-person Christmas Eve service. http://www.chebeaguechurch.org/christmas-eve-2021.html. Our 7 PM service will also be broadcast over Zoom: (Meeting ID: 834 4114 5219, Passcode: 20152020). Please do this ASAP to help us plan seating and physical distancing. Thank you! Contact the church with any questions.
CHRISTMAS TREES: Haven’t gotten your tree yet? The Chebeague island school still has a few Christmas trees left! Contact Carrie Ridgway at Carrie.firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll set up a time for you to pick your tree! Happy holidays! And thank you to everyone who purchased trees up to this point. Your support is greatly appreciated!
Message from May: Reminder that we are open for the LAST TIME until well into 2022. Please come out and show us your support and make it a great weekend for the Slow Bell family. We will be open Friday and Saturday of this weekend and are welcoming AMANDA CAMPBELL AND GARY ROSS for a night of music Friday night. We’ve got great specials, including crab stuffed haddock and chicken marsala, as well as our limited menu with fried haddock, pizzas, burgers, and all your favorites! We will be taking orders for pies that will be available for pick up on Thursday the 23rd. Don’t forget to place your order and 20% of sales go to the Island Commons (along with 3 pies). Hope to see you at the Slow Bell! Call ahead for takeout 846.3078. For pies ONLY, call or text 332.2368 (leave a message).
December 13, 2021 - Tomorrow is the first Carol in the Woods - where we will be singing carols in the center of the island in Littlefield Woods (where all the trails meet) starting about 1pm. Click here for more information about this new musical adventure.
SALE: Island Christmas shopping - 5 to 7:30, Tomorow, Tuesday, December 14 at the MUSEUM! 20% off and then on Sunday, December 19th 12 - 3. Friday, December 17th is the last day for online ordering.
The CRC's weekly Backgammon nights return tomorrow, Tuesday 12/7 at 7pm. Beginners and experienced players alike are welcome to play backgammon, cribbage, and more! Come learn a new game or play a familiar favorite on Tuesday evenings. See photo from the last time.
Message from the Commons: The ticket has been drawn, and the lucky winner of Island Commons 2021 Holiday Raffle is Cheryl Buxbaum! Thanks to Ellen Maher for donating her beautiful ceramics, and to all who bought tickets to support the Commons. We raised over $600 dollars! Happy Holidays everyone.
TONIGHT -7PM is the Historical Society’s monthly Miller Lecture Series presentation. JERRY WILES will present "President Washington's New England Travels during the Autumn of 1790". “When George Washington became president in 1789, the United States of America was still a loose and quarrelsome confederation and a tentative political experiment. Washington undertook a tour of the ex-colonies to talk to ordinary citizens about his new government, and to imbue in them the idea of being one thing–Americans.” Nathaniel Philbrick.
---- Everyone is welcome to join us on Zoom. Please sign in a few minutes before 7 by going to zoom.us and selecting Join a Meeting. The Meeting ID is 82962476056.
IMPORTANT Message from the Town: The Public Works Department is removing floats from the Stone Wharf this week.
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