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To contact me, Beverly Johnson : bjohnson4850@gmail.com.

CLICK HERE FOR WEATHER or go to the BOAT YARD WEBCAM   (click on webcam) and see for yourself - HOOK BLUFF WEATHER STATION

Photo Today March 24th was a snow day and for once the students still had school (online). One of their assignments was to build a snowman as did my granddaughter and family did. Families are doing lots of fun things together as you can see.

March 28, 2020 - The Board of Selectmen met today online at 10am and you can listen to the recording of the meeting by clicking here. The agenda and important document as well as the latest COVID Resolution may be found on the Town Website.

NOTICE: Chebeague Rec Center / Kids’ Place – Closing Extended through 4/26/2020
The Chebeague Recreation Center / Kids’ Place / the Fitness room / the Gymnasium, and all Rec Center programs will continue to be closed to the public through 4/26/2020. On March 24, 2020 Governor Mills issued an Executive order that requires all non-essential businesses to close to the public. Please note or executive team and our board members will continue to conduct Rec business and will continue to keep you updated. Please be safe and patient with one another.

Reminder that property taxes are due by the end of March.

March 27, 2020 - Board of Selectmen are having a teleconference meeting tomorrow, Saturday, March 28th at 10 am. Click here for the agenda. In the agenda is the zoom and call in information you would need. Click here to learn how to log into a zoom meeting. All of this information is on the Town Website along with any documents that they may be using.

This is a great time to go to the beach and do cleanup along the shores with your family. Click here to see what Ann and John Thaxter collected in 20 minutes at Bennett's Cove.

NOTICE: Message from the Baggetes: Chedemption will be closed temporarily as our redemption center in Portland is unable to pick our returnables as the have been deemed nonessential and must close..
Please either leave your returnables at home or put them in the recycling
compactor. Please do not leave them at the shed or trailer.
We will hopefully be able to open again.
Thank you

Click here to see the Message from the Island Commons that was omitted from the Island Calendar.

March 26, 2020 - What the World Needs Now - Virtual Orchestra

I have downloaded the the Selectmen's meeting from last night so you can click here to listen. There will be another meeting Saturday March 28th at 10 AM - see agenda.

The Town is currently chipping all the brush and logs at the Brush Dump between the Town Garage and the Transfer Station. There is some hard wood that would be great for your wood stoves if you want to pick it up. Please call first! It will be on a first come, first serve basis. We hate to chip it up if it is needed. Please practice social distancing.

The Selectmen had a great virtual meeting last night with over 50 participants. I'm hoping to get the audio of the meeting for everyone to listen to. A lot of great work is being done to help the community with the challenges we are all experiencing during this crisis. It was reassuring to hear all that was being discussed. The Selectmen passed a resolution last night - click here to see it.

The Maine Island Coalition recently had their virtual meeting - click here to learn what other islands are doing during this time. The Island Institute turned to the Maine Islands Coalition (MIC), a network with a 17-year history of helping to solve problems in the year-round islands of Maine. Click here to see a summary blog post of a summary of what all the islands are doing.

We’ve just launched a site to work in conjunction with this page.
As ISLAND NEWS is more of “daily news”, we wanted to add a place for other types of information. CHEBWEB
Things people - Need, Can Provide or Helpful tips. Pease visit and sign up for email updates. And, please SUBMIT A LISTING, that could help you or someone else. I have put a link above as well but the name chebweb.com will be easy to remember. Since its launch three days ago we have had 300 unique visitors, 800 page views and a posting.

March 25, 2020 - There is a Selectmen's Meeting tonight, March 25th at 6 pm and will be done virtually on zoom. Click here to learn how you may be able to join the meeting. Remember that you can see the agenda and all the paperwork that goes along with the meeting by going to the town website. If you go to the Town Website and click on the event on the calendar, you will be able to see a link to the agenda and a link to the packet of material that the Selectmen will be using.

General directions on how to participate in Zoom webinars - click here.

From Mellissa: Creating Affirmations in Uncertain Times
Time: March 26, 2020 4:00 PM
On Zoom - please click here to see how to get into the meeting.

The school classes are going wonderfully and I want to share a site the children are going to that is bringing much enjoyment - Cornell's Sapsucker Woods live bird feeder - click here.

March 24, 2020 - NOTICE: Melissa and CUMC's Administrative Council has made the difficult decision to restrict access to the church's buildings - particularly the Parish House - starting Wednesday, March 25th. We're doing this so that we can maintain a safe environment for the Food Pantry. You can still donate to the Food Pantry by dropping items off in the coolers that will be on the porch. You can still contact Jen Corson with any food pantry needs at jahoward2@gmail.com. If you want any notecards to send to friends and family, contact Melissa at ml.yosuadavis@gmail.com and we'll leave some out on the parsonage porch for you.

The church continues to be in ministry with the island (our friends and neighbors both near and far) during this time. Please visit the church's website (www.chebeagueumc.org) for all of the opportunities we are offering for connection during these days. There will be more offerings in the days to come, so please stay tuned!

The CTC April Newsletter and May Crew assistance schedule are now posted on our website. http://www.chebeaguetrans.com/News-and-Info.html

Message from CTC: "Effective 3/25/2020, the CTC office will be closed to anyone other than CTC staff. The office manager will continue to work in the office for normal hours and can be reached by phone or email. In addition, there is a mailbox on the outside of the door where payments, etc. can be dropped off. Thank you."

Message from Ruth: "As of 7:00 A.M. this morning all newspapers HAVE BEEN DELIVERED. Hopefully this will be the case going forward. For those who may be concerned about the plastic bags, currently I am not using any "recycled" bags. If you wish to leave your bag in your box, you will be receiving a bag touched only by you and me."

March 23, 2020 - The Commons reports: Residents are well & adjusting to the new “normal”, but sure miss family and visitors! Brighten their day and stay connected via Skype, FaceTime or Google. The email address for all of these services is islandcommonsresidents@gmail.com If you have a fun video clip to share, send it via email and staff will play it! Thanks. Stay safe, and we miss you all!

March 22, 2020 - During this voluntary shelter-in-place the school has iPads that can be loaned to people on Chebeague and the Island Institute has ordered some Hot Spots that may be able to be used for wifi to an iPad. If you know anyone on the island who could benefit from being able to connect virtually and would like to try it please get in touch with me at bjohnson4850@gmail.com.

Congratulations to Jack Turner who has been honored with an endownment in his name at MIT-  Click here to learn more.

NOTICE: from the Marjorie at the Town Office: "All Town Departments are continuing to operate. Public Works will plow the snow. The Transfer Station is still open. The Town Office staff is working from home and sometimes at the office. Our Fire and Rescue Department is ready to go as always. I'll do my best to keep you informed about Town services as this crisis progresses. Continue with social distancing. I'll be at the Town Office if you have questions. Please give me a call. 846-3148 or cell 975-3074."
Don't forget to go to the Town Website for Updates as they come in.

Message from Solo Italiano, a restaurant that serves delicious food at 100 Commercial Street, same block as Harbor Fish, has made arrangements with Casco Bay Lines to deliver take out orders to the Islands Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Orders would have to be made by 3:00pm in order to make the ferry departure. Options will be limited to, and asterisked on their menu for, items that are either fully prepared by the customer (i.e. uncooked pasta) or easily reheated (i.e. pizza, lasagne, etc.). Orders for Chebeague would be delivered to the CBL 5:45pm which departs from Chebeague at 6:35pm. CBL delivery charge will be $3:50. Take Out or Delivery! (207) 780-0227 Friday & Saturday 3-8 | Sunday 1-6 *option for island delivery
today's menu http://www.soloitalianorestaurant.com/menu2

March 21, 2020 - There will be a School Committee Meeting this Tuesday, March 24th 6pm and it will be via Zoom platform - please contact Jeff Putnam if you want to listen. Click here for the agenda.

NOTICE: For the duration of the current voluntary shelter-in-place restrictions, the Town will be conducting public meetings via Zoom, an online or telephone based meeting platform.  It will enable the Town to continue to conduct business while providing the public the ability to view the proceedings and participate as appropriate.  Please look at the Town’s website, www.townofchebeagueisland.org and follow the directions under “News and Announcements,” “How to Access a Zoom Meeting.”  As always, meetings will be announced on the “Meeting and Events Calendar.”
Selectmen's meeting was held today and you can find the audio click here. Click here for the agenda.
Reminder that the link to the Selectmen's meeting audios are above right on this site.

There will be a teleconference Selectmen's meeting this Wednesday, March 25th at 6pm - click here for agenda. The packet is on the Town website for the meeting.

NOTICE: Message from Ruth, our loyal hard working paper person: "Considering the current Casco Bay Lines schedule, it is difficult to determine just what boat the papers will come on. This morning they did not make the boat scheduled to depart Portland at 5:00 a.m. and will be on the next boat (leaving Portland at noon). This could be the case for the time being. I will make every effort to get the papers delivered as soon as they get here."

March 20, 2020 - POEM by Kitty O'Meara shared by Jen Howard.

NOTICE: from Sheila at the Post Office--We’re still in business, but Casco Bay Lines is reducing their number of boats. Starting Saturday March 21 our mail will be getting to the Island around 2:00, and Kathleen will deliver the route late afternoon. Monday-Friday office hours are unchanged, but starting March 28 Saturday hours will be 11:30-3:30. If you want stamps delivered to your mailbox, or have any other special needs, just call the office @ 846-5820.

Click here for the Temporary CTC Schedule effective March 21st..

Just a reminder from the Hall that the vet clinic scheduled for Thursday April 2 has been canceled.

NOTICE: Click here to see a Message from Casco Bay Lines announced a temporary reduction in service that will take effect Saturday, March 21, 2020.See their new schedule for Chebeague click here.

NOTICE: Click here for a message from Mellisa and the Chebeague United Methodist Church that was mailed out to residents yesterday.

Message from Jon Rich: "Dear Valued Customers and Friends,
-- I have been getting many early requests to activate water systems. I’d like to share my concerns in light of what we understand of COVID 19 and the challenges Chebeague faces. The island community is on alert with spring time coming, knowing the influx of those who’ll be returning from across the bay and from other parts of the country and world.
---- Based upon information available today from our leaders in government and science regarding this virus, how it spreads and how to best cope with it, I ask that you consider the recommendation of social distancing and self isolation. This is especially important to us on island, given our aging population and limited vital support systems. It is crucial we stay healthy to support those who are most vulnerable. In light of its currently known characteristics, I respectfully ask all to consider weathering the storm at your current location at least for the next couple weeks to help reduce the risk of spreading the virus. We all depend on each other to be well. If it is imperative you have your cottage water activated please contact me."

March 19, 2020 - NOTICE: Notice to CTC Customers and the Chebeague Community Because the welfare of our crew members is essential to the welfare of the Chebeague community, CTC is taking additional steps to protect them (and all of us) from exposure to the COVID-19 virus.
----- Effective Saturday, March 21, CTC is cancelling evening boat trips Monday through Saturday. The last boat each day will depart Chebeague at 6:15 p.m., returning from Cousins at 6:30 p.m. On Sundays, the last boat will depart Chebeague at 4:45 p.m. returning from Cousins at 5:00 p.m. This new schedule will remain in effect until further notice.
With this temporary, shortened schedule we will be able to reduce the number of employees working and their potential for exposure. Without a healthy crew, CTC cannot serve this island. The safety of everyone is our highest priority. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEE THE WHOLE MESSAGE

NOTICE: Library update: The Library will remain closed for the foreseeable future. Based upon information from both the American Library Association and Maine State Library, I must walk back the offer of curbside and home delivery of materials and to ask that any materials you have at home now, keep them for now. Please do not put anything through the book slot.

March 18, 2020 - Today the Chebeague Students on the island were all back to work. It was a very sucessful online video meeting for all the classes. At 8am was Miss Nancy's class, at 9 all of the students participated in Mrs. Klein's class and at 10 all of the students participated in Ms. Hoidal's class. It was really cool how they all got to see each other and communicate virtually. Lessons were given and each child from K up through 5th grade have their own computer with links to many educational programs. Notebooks with many resources had been given out along with other materials they will need for special projects. Teachers can watch and see them work and send messages back and forth. In my Tech Class all the students have put in 10 to 15 minutes of typing today and I already see progress. This has been a terrific start to a new normal. We really want to thank Google for the google classroom and their hangout program and the people that work for google such as our own Karen Greenleaf who has been a wonderful resource for us and comes to Chebeague in the summer and whenever she can.

NOTICE: From the Town Office: The Town Office will be closed to the public until further notice. Please call 207-846-3148 for information and/or assistance. The Maine State Legislature enacted emergency legislation yesterday for Licenses & Registrations which extends until 30 days after the end of the public health emergency, registrations for motor vehicles, all-terrain vehicles (ATV), watercraft and dogs issued by the municipality. We will have a drop box available outside the Town Office door to accept tax payments which are due March 31, 2020. This situation is very fluid. We are doing our best to limit social contact while still conducting the Town’s business. Please call for information. We will do our best to assist you. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Please remember that the application deadline for the Stephen L. Ross Scholarship Fund is May 1. The application can be found at https://www.mainecf.org/find-a-scholarship/available-scholarships/cumberland-county-scholarships/ or
If you have any questions, need help with your application, or have questions about eligibility please contact Sarah McKinnon at sarahmckinnon@chebeague.net
More information about the Scholarship including how to support our island students achieve their education goals can be found at https://stephenlross.org

March 17, 2020 - NOTICE from CTC: Often passengers board the ferry significantly before departure time (30 minutes or more!). This can interrupt crew training, meetings, and cleaning.
With our expanded cleaning procedures, the crew needs all available time between boats to clean the cabin, carts, etc.
Therefore, effective immediately, passengers are prohibited from boarding the ferry more than 15 minutes before departure.

NOTICE: From the Food Pantry: Now more than ever is the time to extend a hand to your neighbors in our wonderful Island community. On behalf of the Chebeague Methodist Church Food Pantry, we are reaching out to ask for donations to help us stock up on necessary staples for those in our community who may not be able to safely leave our Island during this COVID-19 critical period, and for those in our community who perhaps need a little extra help as our schools and businesses temporarily shut-down.
Because of all of You, throughout the year, we are able to supplement with groceries and household essentials to those in need, and this will be especially important during the next couple months, as we all learn, together, how to best to navigate life during a national crisis such as this. Please Click Here to see the List!

The USM Student Nurse Health Screening Clinic scheduled for April 4th has been cancelled.

NOTICE: Click here for a message from Casco Bay Lines.

March 16, 2020 -NOTICE: From the Hall: After meeting with the town and in accordance with the policies put in place by other Maine towns and recommended by the CDC, the Chebeague Island Community Center (i.e., the Chebeague Island Council, the Chebeague Island Library [846-4351 and cheblib@hotmail.com], and the Chebeague Island Hall) will be closed to all activities until further notice. We are sorry for the inconvenience, but we had to weigh the safety of all who use our building. Please call Sam McLean (846-0510) with questions.

NOTICE: Message from the Library: Effective immediately, the Library will be closed. I cannot say when it will reopen as things are changing so rapidly. Our WiFi stays on 24/7 and can be accessed from your car in the parking lot or street. Our online catalogue is accessible https://cheblib.wixsite.com/chebeaguelibrary/catalog and through the Library link at www.chebeague.org
-- You may return items you have through our dropbox. The Library has school and craft supplies on hand. We can still check materials out. Staff will continue to go in on a limited basis, so please leave a message on the Library phone 846-4351 or email cheblib@hotmail.com and we will find a way to deliver items to you.
-- This was an agonizing and scary decision to make, but with help from the Library Board, Governor Mills and others, it is the right decision for this time. Deborah A. Bowman

March 15, 2020 - Axiom Technologies, after hearing about the schools being closed on Chebeague, will be upping the bandwidth to the maximum available at the home for those students without added cost during the mandatory closing. This applies to Axiom customers who have school children. I will be in touch with all the families before I make any changes. This should help with doing zoom and some of the videos they may need to watch.

Many of the schools in Maine are now closed and the Chebeague Teachers are busy setting up zoom, google classroom and activities so that the students do not lose any educational time. Thank goodness for broadband on Chebeague - I just worry about the people who barely have it or don't at all have it. I think most of our students will be ok and we are testing the system tonight and tomorrow.

NOTICE: CTC school ferry trips suspended effective Wednesday 3/18. Chebeague and Yarmouth schools are suspended effective 3/16. Consequently, the twice daily ferry trips for school children will also be suspended—but NOT until 3/18. The suspension will last until at least 3/27.
CTC will run the school ferry trips (leaving Chebeague at 7:05AM and at 2:50PM) on 3/16 and 3/17 in order to ensure that our passengers who normally travel on these ferries are given adequate notice.
We will provide updates as they become available.

NOTICE: Rec Center Building & Program Closings - Chebeague Rec Center / Kids’ Place – Closing from 3/15/2020 through 3/29/2020 - Please click here to see the whole message from the Rec.

Article in the Portland Press Herald today about Chebeague and its responses to the Coronavirus . It mentions Donna's daughter in Boston but it is her neice Carla's daughter. Donna's daughter Rachel is in lockdown in Albania where if you are caught outside and have been to Greece or Italy within the last few weeks you get a fine of 5,000 Euros. They have taken away the drivers licenses from 7000 people for driving during curfew.

March 14, 2020 - Message from Melissa: CUMC has a Zoom account and we'd love to let other island organizations use it as we find creative ways to meet together. Please contact Melissa or the church office for the account information - http://www.chebeagueumc.org/

To view CTC's coronavirus response plan, click here.

March 13, 2020 - With all the worries about coronavirus I have decided to postponed the Mac classes until later in the spring. I am always happy to help people who have a problem and want to call me.


For those that would like to listen to last night's Selectmen's Meeting - I have added it to the list of audios or click here.

Message from Melissa: Food Pantry in need of Donations -- Please consider picking up some extra supplies for CUMC's food pantry on your next grocery run on the mainland. With the uncertainty surrounding the spread of COVID-19, CUMC wants to be prepared with extra food for those who may be unable to visit the grocery store for any reason (due to illness or risk of exposure) or for those experiencing delays in obtaining their usual orders from depleted suppliers. We have room in the Parish House's fridge and freezer for perishable items, our shelves have plenty of space for canned and boxed goods, but we are also looking for supplies like tissues, soap, cold medicine, and other necessary items. We'll be continuing to have conversation about how the church can serve those who live on the island in this time; if you have thoughts or would like to help, please contact Pastor Melissa at ml.yosuadavis@gmail.com or drop a line to the church office.

Monday nights from 7 to 8pm at the school the Rec Center will be offering free Mac computer lessons and help. I'll will be running the program. I will be showing basic Mac instructions. We have extra laptops to use during the class if you have an iMac or are thinking of buying a laptop.

Tonight on channel 6 207, Lock Kiermaier's mother will be featured. She is a 93 year old artist.

From the Town of Chebeague Island Board of Selectmen
Adopted March 11, 2020
-- Recognizing that Coronavirus (COVID-19) may present a serious threat to Chebeague Island's residents and visitors, the Board of Selectmen will take the following actions and makes these recommendations:
1. Urge everyone to educate themselves about the Coronavirus through links to the Maine Center for Disease Control (Maine CDC) on Beverly Johnson's website (www.chebeague.org) and the Town website (www.townofchebeagueisland.org) . We urge residents and visitors to practice good hand hygiene, cover coughs and sneezes, and stay home if you are sick.
2. The Town will work to place hand sanitizers around the Island in locations such as the CTC ferry, Town Office, Transfer Station, Chedemption, Island Market, Church, Parish House, and other public locations frequented by residents and visitors.
3. The Town will coordinate with the Maine CDC, Chebeague's Fire Chief and Health Officer, Town Office Staff, Chebeague and Yarmouth School Staff, and other authorities regarding forward planning, any necessary quarantines, or other recommended actions.
4. The Town will keep the populace informed through all available means of communication.
5. The Town will explore the possibility of providing on-Island testing for Coronavirus, thereby eliminating the possibility of spreading the disease on the boat or in transit.
--- We believe that through proper education and prudent actions, we can protect ourselves and our neighbors from what appears to be a very serious health challenge.

March 11, 2020 - Maine CDC will continue to regularly update its page - click here. I have also put a link above.

March 9, 2020 - photo of moon rise over Hamilton Beach 3/9/20.

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

Just a reminder that there will be no St Patrick's Day community lunch at the Hall on Wednesday, but there will be delicious soup or stew. This Wednesday will be Meat: Creamy White Bean with Chorizo (made by Ruth), and the Vegetarian: Latin Tortilla with tasty grains (made by Wanda).

Message from the Commons: Much as we’d love to celebrate with everybody at the Commons' Shamrock Shindig this Friday, we’re canceling the event. Call us overly-cautious, but the health of our residents and staff is our highest priority. Even if somebody came down with a sniffle after the party, we’d not be happy. We’ll have other opportunities to get together in the future. Stay healthy!

Spring is here! I just had a 100 Grackles and male Red Winged Blackbirds descend on our feeders.

March 7, 2020 - From the Library: The LORE - and the LURE - of Chebeague, Saturday, March 7th at the Library, 6-8pm. Come for an evening of storytelling. Create a five minute tale, tell a story or sit back and enjoy the lore of Chebeague. Free. All Welcome. Light snacks. Contact: Eliza Jane, 233-8553 or Erika, 749-8022. ATTACHED FLYER.

March 6, 2020 - Click here to see how one Islander has gone from Chebeague to Steinbrenner Field! Congratulations to Tyler Putnam singing the National Anthem!

Democratic Caucus is Sunday, March 8th at the Chebeague Island Hall
Doors Open 1:00pm Caucus Convenes at 2:00pm
“Independent” voters and those turning 18 by November 3rd
May register as Democrats with the Town Clerk between 1:00pm and 2:00pm at the Hall before the doors close for the Caucus.
Doors close for Caucus at 2:00pm.

March 5, 2020 - The 4th of July picnic this year is gearing up to celebrate 200 years of Maine! There will be a meeting for all non-profits and organizations who would like to have a table at the picnic this year. We will share some new ideas for the event. People may attend the meeting or join by telephone conference call (267-930-4000 code 378511) Meeting time: Thursday Night 3/12 at 7 PM at the Rec Center. for more info contact Steve Auffant at ChebeagueRecreation@gmail.com, 207-846-5068 or Eliza Adams at 207-233-8533.
March 4, 2020 - The Independence has a number of safety features. It also has some differences from the Islander. Our boat crew has been hearing many opinions regarding the features of our new boat. While we welcome opinions and suggestions, they should be directed to the office or Carol. Negative comments, sometimes confrontational, have been directed at our deckhands. Such comments only add to the stress of their jobs. Thank you for your cooperation.

March 3, 2020 - Results of the election on Chebeague can be found on the Town Website- click here.

Message from the CTC: Some vehicles that had annual permits in 2019 are parking in our Route One lot and have not purchased a 2020 annual parking permit. These vehicles will be subject to a $100 daily fine and possible towing effective 3/15/2020.
Some people who have purchased 2020 permits at both lots have not put the permit on their vehicle. These vehicles will be subject to a $10 daily fine starting 4/1/2020 unless the owner has extraordinary circumstances (e.g. currently out of state) and contacts the office.

Soup this Wednesday is; Beef and Rice (made by Ruth); Vegetarian: Creamy Carrot and Parsnip (made by Wanda); Dessert: Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars (made by Ruth).

Growing Up on Chebeague, an update.
Work is well underway to mount our new exhibit, Growing Up on Chebeague, which will open in June. Over 100 donors have contributed nearly 4000 photographs for possible inclusion! A committee of eleven is hard at work scanning and categorizing the photos and planning the exhibit. Important: Many photos we have received are of large groups. If, for any reason, you would not want a picture of you or of someone in your family used in the exhibit or accompanying materials, please leave a message at chebeaguehistory@gmail.com or at 846-5237.

March 2, 2020 - The Recompense Fund note in the Calendar had the wrong date for early submission for application review. The date for early submission for review is MAY 15th. The final submission date is May 31st.

Join 24 teenagers from Chebeague, Peaks and other islands in Casco Bay on a 5 day, 4 night adventure living and sailing aboard the 130' Maine built Schooner Harvey Gamage. Teens become part of the official ship's crew and learn to steer, set sail, navigate, stand watch and be responsible members of the team running the ship. Nine professional crew serve as instructors. Every student will receive a high school academic credit issued by Falmouth High School. A professional chef provides healthy meals while on board.
-- Cost: $1,250 per student (financial aid available). Ages 13 to 18. Coordinated by Chebeague Island Community Sailing School. Any one interested call Adrian Cole a call at 712 0431. Or email avcole1@gmail.com

March 1, 2020 - Message from Kathleen, the mail carrier: "In case you didn’t know, Casco Bay Lines is initiating a ‘new and improved’ boat schedule beginning on February 29. How it all works out remains to be seen, but one thing that has the potential to affect you is the fact that the mail will be arriving a little earlier year round than we are accustomed to, which I believe will be a good thing. That being said, my hope is that along with getting an earlier start, I will also be able to wrap up my day earlier and take advantage of a new 2:00 departure from Chebeague. The current weekday dispatch time for the mail is 1:00 PM, but because of the way the boats have always worked, we have gone by an unofficial time of 3:30PM. Starting next week we will be going by the posted time, and any outgoing mail needs to be in the office by 1:00 PM. Anything you put in your mailbox as outgoing mail will be dispatched the same day, as long as you have it in the box before I get there. I cannot give you actual times until I get a feel for how it all works, and yes, there may be heavy days when I don’t leave till that 4:20 boat, but pleased be advised that 1:00 pm will be the time for you to focus on. Saturdays will remain the same, with an 11:00 dispatch."

Notice from CTC:
The Independence will undergo its 500 hour engine maintenance checkup by Cummins on Thursday March 5th. Cummins tells us it will take several hours to complete the work. Instead of cancelling ferry trips, our friends at Casco Bay Lines will once again run some ferry trips for us that day. CBL will start with the 10 AM ferry and will continue until the maintenance work is completed.

From the Library: The LORE - and the LURE - of Chebeague, Saturday, March 7th at the Library, 6-8pm. Come for an evening of storytelling. Create a five minute tale, tell a story or sit back and enjoy the lore of Chebeague. Free. All Welcome. Light snacks. Contact: Eliza Jane, 233-8553 or Erika, 749-8022. ATTACHED FLYER.

February 28, 2020 - Saturday, March 7th, Ralph Munroe will again be doing the stair climb to raise money for National MS Society - click here to donate to his climb.

February 27, 2020 - Click here to listen to the Selectmen's workshop meeting that took place last night on the Stone Wharf and Sunset Landing.
February 26, 2020 - Tonight - Selectmen's Meeting Workshop - Stone Wharf and Sunset Landing Information Meeting - 6pm at the Hall.
February 25, 2020 - School Committee Meeting tonight at 6pm at school.

February 24, 2020 - Soups for Wednesday are Meat: Chicken Noodle (made by Sara Hopkins), Vegetarian: Tortelloni and Curry Cream (made by Wanda) and Dessert: Cherry Crisp (made by Ruth)

I have just added the audio from the February 12th Selectmen's Meeting - click here or go to Town Meetings above to see all of them.

On Valentines day I was fortunate to be part of a torch relay in Lake Placid, reigniting the Cauldren 40 years after we did it in 1980. Eight of the original 52 runners were there for the event. Click here to see an article in the Lake Placid News.

CTC March Newsletter and April Crew Assistance Schedule are now on the http://www.chebeaguetrans.com.

Message from CTC: .After several weeks of  operating experience with the Independence, some issues that need to be addressed by Washburn & Doughty have been identified. Those will require the boat to be taken out of service on Tuesday 2/25 for part of the day. While the work is being done in Portland, CTC will be using Casco Bay Line’s to perform our ferry service.  CBL will start service with the 10:00 AM ferry on 2/25.  The Independence will be back in operation by the end of the day.

February 22, 2020 - photo by Caroline Loder of the plunges for the 22nd year - weather was beautiful for the event and the water was cold. Click here for another by Riley A.

The plunge had eight participants for this year and a big thank you for the Amy Bonville and Jeremy Ames for standing by with the rescue (we didn't need it but are happy they were there just in case), also thank you to Stephen Johnson who again made a nice little fire for us to keep warm.

A huge thank you for all the servers and cooks -all entries were delicious:
The winners of the Chili, Chowder and Soup are:
for Chili ...
1st: Abby Julien ... Cincinnati Chili
2nd: Travis Nadeau ... Chicken Bacon Chili
3rd: Beverly Johnson ... Sweet Beef Chili
for Chowder ...
1st -- a tie:
Chris Loder ... His Chowder
Christine Englund ... Haddock Chowder
2nd: Eliza Jane Adams .. Roasted Sweet Potato Chowder
3rd: Caroline Loder ... Her Chowder
for Soup ...
1st: Sam McClean ... Borscht
2nd: Lily Englund Marcu ... Loaded Potato Soup
3rd: May Hall ... Curried Squash Soup

PLUNGE - at 11am at the Niblic so far we have besides myself: Riley Beaupre, Lucas and Travis Nadeau, Nancy Earnest, Anna Wasenisu, Savannah Loder, and hopefull you. You can always send a donation to the Rec Center in honor of all these brave and crazy people.

February 21, 2020 - We have two more plungers: Lucas and Travis Nadeau - please email me if you are thinking about it - the weather will be a balmy 38 degrees and I'm sure the ocean will be almost as warm.

A reminder that Island Electric is still awarding cash prizes to any Chebeague student who graduates high school. Kim is also still sponsoring a scholarship for anyone entering the trades...I prefer (of course) the electrical field, but other trades will be considered. Call Kim 207 846 2468 for further info...

February 20, 2020 - I'm a little late getting all this information out but it is really important! THE 22ND POLAR PLUNGE! Yes it has been happening for 22 years and I am planning on going in for my 20th time (I missed a couple). Please click here to see how you can participate - I hear the weather will be really mild, probably 35 degrees and I'm sure the water won't be too cold. If people that are planning on taking the dip will contact me I will get your names listed. Please fill out the waiver and try to get some pledges and bring it with you on Saturday. Plungers get a free lunch at the Chili, chowder, soup challenge that is at Noon.

February 19, 2020 - Message from Melissa: Join your friends and neighbors on Friday, February 21st from 4 PM - 7 PM for Game Night at the Parish House! Bring an old favorite or come to learn a new one. We'll have decks of cards, games for large groups, strategy games, games for families, and everything in-between. Drop-in for an hour or stay the whole time. Hope to see you there!
Pastor, Chebeague United Methodist Church

February 17, 2020 - Chebeague Rec Center Presents
2020 Polar Plunge & Chili/Chowder/Soup Challenge --Saturday 2/22/2020
11 AM - Polar Plunge at the Boat Yard
12 PM - Chili Challenge at the Rec Center
Donations at the Door
$15 Per Person
$7 Per Child
$40 Max Per Family
Plungers, Soup Makers, and Volunteers Needed
For more information Contact Steve Auffant at:

Message from May "Hey folks! Don't forget that the Slow bell is open this weekend!!! FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHTS, 5 to midnight. Our dinner specials include pork roast with apple stuffing, halibut with jasmine rice, haddock chowder.. and more. Let's hope for power this week! We have a few items left from the silent auction that will be available to the highest bidder if anyone is interested, so come check those out. We well also be collecting donations for Zanzibar for anyone who doesn't want to use the GoFundMe site. We leave in a few weeks! Thanks everyone!"

Soup for Wednesday is Venison Stew (made by Ruth), and Vegetable (made by Esther Knight). We would like to thank Cecil Doughty and Bruce Hutchinson for their generous donation of the venison for the stew.

There has been a lot of interest in being able to hear the Selectmen's meetings. I would love a way that we could hear them live and hopefully that will happen someday. I am planning on getting the audio from the meetings and sharing them here. I have started a page with the audio from this year's meetings - click here. I have put a link above called Town Meetings.

February 16, 2020 - Message from the Rec and Suhail: "Rec Center Game Night - Thanks to all who attended our first backgammon night. We all had a great time. Many thanks to everyone who shared their backgammon sets with us.
Our next game night will be on Tuesday, February 25 starting at 7pm. We hope to see you there!
Please bring along anyone else you think might like to play.
Warm wishes to all."

Message from Terry Collins Stevens and family: "Words simply fall short in expressing our gratitude to the Island Community for your generous care and support over the course of many years with our parents, Audrey and Dick Collins.
So many times you were a specific answer to prayer with your help on the bus, the boat and so many offers for transportation that improved the quality of life for our parents and put our minds at ease. We also know that there were many times that you lent a helping hand of which we were unaware.
Your generous food and time contributions for Audrey's memorial reception were arms of love wrapped around each of us during an emotional and difficult time.
Thank you for every expression of love that made all the difference for our family as we maneuver through grief and loss. We are forever grateful to this small but mighty Island Community."

February 14, 2020 - photo by Norah Alper taken February 14th after another storm

Chebeague Island School has an immediate opening for a part-time general music teacher grades K-5. This position is for one afternoon per week teaching 2 multi-aged classrooms. The island is accessed by a 15 minute ferry ride from Cousins Island in Yarmouth. The students have had a great experience the last few years in music. There is an expectation of 2 concerts per year; December and May to show case the student's learning. The school and community are very supportive of the enrichment of the unified arts programs; art, music, library, technology, physical education and Spanish for the elementary students. To apply, please send a cover letter with your completed teaching application found on our website at www.chebeagueislandschool.net to Ann C. Kirkpatrick, Superintendent, Chebeague Island School 14 School House Road, Chebeague Island, Maine 04017 or email kirkpatrick@chebeagueschool.net

February 12, 2020 - Selectmen's meeting tonight with School Committee - click here for more information.

Congratulations to Avis Flemming who just won the second highest award, the Clemente Faculty Award, at The Art League Patrons Art Show. The award, for her watercolor "Early Morning" includes a check for $3,500.

February 10, 2020 - Marci Train, who is one of the teachers on Long Island was chosen to work on a research vessel in the Southern Ocean as part of a Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences team. She has been on the ship three weeks now and I should have posted this when she started. She has been engaging with the students of Chebeague and other classrooms around the country that Chebeague School is working with. This is such a wonderful experience for her as well as all the students here and on Long Island. Click here to go to her blog and see what she is doing and sharing with the students.

Wednesday Soups will be Will be: Mexican beef and rice, by John Howard
And French Onion, by Wanda.

Chebeague Recreation Center - Backgammon Night
Tuesdays – 7 PM -Free Event: All are Welcome!
Whether you are a beginner, or a master come and enjoy playing Backgammon! This evening of fun will be hosted by Evin Erder and Suhail Basharat.

February 9, 2020 - Moonrise gathering at the Niblic: Please join Miss Nancy in predicting where on the horizon the “Snow Moon" will rise on Sunday evening. Moonrise is 5:33pm. Gather at 5:20 and walk the beach with us as the moon comes up. For the benefit of little people please just two legged friends. This is obviously weather permitting.

February 8, 2020 - photo February 8th after the ice storm with 1/4" of ice on most of the trees. Power went off on the 7th and was back on the next day!.

Sorry to all our Red Studio fans, but we are not going to open today (Saturday) due to the power outage and temperature (outside and inside). Please contact Susan or Sam if you’d like to shop anytime before Feb. 14. We’ll meet you and let you shop to your HEART’S content.

The Tooth Protectors Are Coming! The Island Council and the Rec. Center are sponsoring a FREE dental clinic for the Island School children. The children can get their teeth cleaned and evaluated right here on the Island during the regular school day. The dental hygienist will set up at the Rec. Center and the children will be escorted over from the school. Parents, please return the permission slips as soon as possible. Once we know how many are interested, the Tooth Protectors Program will give us a date. For more information about the Tooth Protectors Program check their web site, ToothProtctors.org.

February 7, 2020 - Attention Chebeague Residents: The last day to change your Political Party Affiliation before the March 3, 2020 Primary is Friday, February 14, 2020. Please come to the Town Office if you need assistance.

Message from May: "Hi folks!! Thanks for all the support last weekend. There are still a few things left to be picked up at the Slow Bell from the auction, and we will be open this weekend! Our dinner specials will include bacon wrapped scallops, bacon wrapped meatloaf with mashed potatoes, halibut with jasmine rice, minestrone soup, and spiced fried dough bites with ganache dipping sauce. On Friday night we will celebrate with a wild night of karaoke. On Saturday, we will welcome back some of our favorites, including Mark Dyer, Chip Emery, Charles Hall, and more! Hope you can make it out for a fun night of music!!"

February 6, 2020 - The Red Studio will be open Saturday from 1-3 for your Valentine’s Day shopping. Treat your sweetie, or treat yourself, sweetie. Treasures galore.

February 4, 2020 - Chebeague Recreation Center - Sanford’s Pond – Ice Skating
Special Opening– Tomorrow Wed 2/5 from 3-6 PM
-Jeff Putnam has inspected the ice and will be on hand as a monitor.
-A signed permission / Skate at your own risk form - must be given to Jeff prior to being allowed to skate or to be on the ice.
-Additional Days may be announced pending weather and an available volunteer monitor.
-For more information contact Steve Auffant at chebeaguerecreation@gmail.com

The Rec Center & Kids' Place Board of Directors has started an information campaign called Kid's Place News - Did you Know. Please see our first information bulletin attached. Please feel free to share the news with your family and friends. I hope you have a great weekend!

There will be a Board of Selectmen Meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 6PM at the Chebeague Island Hall see agenda and documents.

Tomorrow's soups are: Non-vegetarian == Fish Chowder by Jackie and Vegetarian == Mulligatawny by Ruth .

February 3, 2020 - School committee meeting tomorrow night at 5:30 at the school - see agenda.

Sunday, February 9, 1:00pm at the Hall: Meet Heather Abbott, one of three hopeful Democratic candidates who wish to represent Chebeague, Long, and Yarmouth in the State Legislature. It is my hope to also get Art Bell out to Chebeague. Peter Fromuth met with a dozen Chebeague voters on January 26th and found the conversation with Islanders invaluable. Representative Janice Cooper, who has diligently and successfully served our community, has termed out and is not able to run again at this time. Chebeague's Democratic Caucus is scheduled for 1:30 on Sunday, March 8th at the Hall. Please join in greeting Heather Abbott on Sunday, February 9, at the 1pm at the Hall.

February 2, 2020 - Moonrise gathering at the Niblic: Please join Miss Nancy in predicting where on the horizon the “Snow Moon" will rise on Sunday evening. Moonrise is 5:33pm. Gather at 5:20 and walk the beach with us as the moon comes up. For the benefit of little people please just two legged friends. This is obviously weather permitting.

Message from CTC: We have had several incidents lately where a dog was not leashed or was not under the owner's control (owner let dog free on the ferry, wharf, or bus). Transportation could be refused on the ferry or bus if the dog is not leashed and under the owner's control at all times. Thank you for your cooperation.

February 1, 2020 - Message from May: Here is a partial list of the items available at the Silent Auction. SILENT AUCTION BIDS WILL CLOSE AT 7 p.m. SHARP. If you can't be here to bid, text me at 332.2368 we'll put a bid in for you!!! Thanks! May
January 29, 2020 - Message from May and the Slow Bell: "On Saturday, February 1, I will be hosting an event at the Slow Bell from 4 p.m to 7 p.m. with complimentary Zanzabarian snacks, music, a slide show, cash bar, and a silent auction. I hope you will come out so I can show my appreciation for all the help islanders have given me in the past. I also hope to continue my efforts to raise funds for the mission. The Silent Auction will include crafts from folks like Sam McLean, Mary Todd and Sharon Fournier, services from Steven Todd and Billy Calthorpe, art work from Sam Birkett and Emily Jellis, gift certificates for the Slow Bell, Flint Energetics, Megan's Cupcakes, and Dinners by Christine, bread by Bob Earnest and many others. Thanks for your support." Click here for more information! Click here for May's goFund account.

January 27, 2020 - Wednesday's soups at the Hall will be German goulash (made by Ruth) and Thai creamy mushroom (made by Wanda).

SAVE THE DATE - The CRC Winter Festival is coming soon February 22nd at 11am- time to start practicing jumping in the water for the Polar Plunge (just kidding) - you could start practicing making soups, chowders and chilies! Details will be out soon for the day's events. For inspiration for the plunge and to see a video that I put together in 2014 of plunges from 1999 through 2013 - It's fun to listen to it because of the wonderful Wagoneers music in the background!

ATTENTION NONPROFITS- The Casco Bay Alliance has announced a request for grant applications. CBIA is a by-wide organization that supports Casco Bay island communities. Click here to get the application and see what the guidelines are.

The February CTC News is available - click here to see.

January 24, 2020 - Don't cook Saturday night! Come to the Hall's Italian Night, where the only thing better than the food is the theme: to promote mental health awareness! There's something for everyone, and it's all made with love, just like Nonna used to make it! It's BYOB, basically all you can eat, and only $7 per person. Plus, if you, like our kitchen staff, are feeling crabby by the end of the night, the leftovers are yours! Doors open at 5:30 p..m.!

January 23, 2020 - Attention Island Dog Owners!! You have until January 30, 2020 to get your 2020 dog license renewed before we have to a apply a $25.00 late fee.

Don't miss the Hall's third annual Italian Night Community Supper on Saturday January 25th featuring your favorite Italian comfort foods! The doors open at 5:30 pm. The menu includes several kinds of homemade lasagna, veggie and gluten-free options, meatballs, porchetta, chicken parmesan, shrimp scampi, salad, and a dessert table featuring the hall board's world famous cannoli! As always, the leftovers are up for grabs! Bring your favorite bottle of wine or beer to complement this fabulous meal! This event is generously sponsored by Michael Hollander and Janna Hobbs to promote mental health awareness in our community. The cost is $7 per person.

January 22, 2020 - This Saturday the Annual Italian Night Supper to Promote Mental Health Awareness in our community is at the Hall from 5:30 to 7:00. Admission is $7 with proceeds going toward the Hall's new sound system, coming this spring! (BYOB)

Last month or so I posted a video of an interview I had done in 2012 with 102 year old Ray Hamilton. I meant to post the second have of the video where he continues to talk about trawl fishing - click here.

January 20, 2020 - Wednesday's soups at the Hall will be minestrone, made by Sarah Greene Hopkins, and chicken Stew with mushrooms, parsnips, and sage, made by Ruth Slagle. Doors open at noon; suggested donation, $5.
January 19, 2020 - School Committee Meetings January 21, 2020 starting at 5pm at the school - see agenda.
January 18, 2020 - Just a reminder that CUMC is hosting a free community brunch at 9 AM on Sundays in January and February in the Parish House. All are welcome to come and eat with us (or bring a container for takeaway!). You are also welcome to stay for worship in the Parish House at 10 AM.
January 17, 2020 - Message from May and Slow Bell: Just a reminder we are open this weekend! Pot roast, crab and corn chowder, scallops, and lots more. We will have some visiting musicians tonight, including Charles Hall, Mark Dyer, and Chip Emery, among others, starting at 8.

January 16, 2020 - No School - Snow day here on Chebeague today as the snow is coming down! It is heavy and wet!

Message from May: "Hi folks:
The Slow Bell is open this weekend, both Friday and Saturday nights. Our specials include scallops wrapped in bacon, fried scallops, pot roast, and nicoise salad. We'll also be serving corn and crab chowder. The bar will be open both nights for karaoke if folks come down. If anyone wants to bring an instrument and shift it to an open mic, we're happy to make that happen. Hope to see you at the Slow Bell. Call ahead for takeout. 846-3078."

January 14, 2020 - The Chebeague Island School has been fortunate to benefit from having the Welcoming Library of Maine - please click here to learn all about it!

January 13, 2020 - photo of a Bluebird at my feeders today January 13th. Last week Donna Damon had them at her feeders so keep your eyes open for them. Last week I had a Carolina Wren but didn't get a decent photo.

Soups for Wed. will be: Corn and Shellfish Chowder (made by John Howard), and Indian Lentil Cauliflower Soup (made by Wanda). On Wednesday at noon the Hall invites anyone to soup that includes a biscuit, coffee and dessert for only $5 donation. Please come and enjoy the camaraderie and delicious food.

It has been a while since adding anything to the website as not much has been going on. The new boat Independence has been in use for over a week now and has been working beautifully. The weather this past weekend was quite warm and we didn't experience the ice storm we thought might be coming that they did get in other parts of Maine. The Clarks Hook Bluff Weather station has been repaired on the west end near the hook and I am putting that back up at the top and here.

The Recompense Fund is grateful for all the donations that have been coming in since we sent out our Annual Report. If you didn't get a copy or misplaced yours we do have it online on our website or you can click here to see it. The cover is a wonderful painting by Caroline Loder of her daughter Savannah with their dog. I know that all the nonprofits on Chebeague have benefited from the generosity of the community that continues to help them monetarily as well as with the important volunteerism. All of this is what makes Chebeague such a special place!

January 7, 2020 - Yoga & Movement Exploration and Cardio/Core classes start up again this week
at the Rec! Come feel what they're all about! All classes are for all levels
of experience, all ages and all bodies. If you are wondering if a class is
right for you, please get in touch :)
-- Yoga & Movement Exploration: mat-based class that combines yoga, Restorative
Exercise, & natural movement. Tuesday/Friday mornings 8 - 9:10.
-- Cardio/Core: half hour cardio dance plus half hour of mat-based strength &
stretch. Thursday 6 - 7 pm & Saturday 8-9 am.
-- Contact Rec to register or just show up.
Non Rec Member drop in: $15
Rec Member drop-in: $10
Non Member 10-class pass: $120
Member 10-class pass: $80

Richard Hackel will be showing work in a 2-person exhibit at the Fort Point Gallery in Boston. There will be an artists’ reception on Thursday, January 16. Your welcome to come if you’re in the neighborhood! See Flyer.

January 6, 2020 - Message from May Hall: Beatrice and I are returning to Zanzibar in March to work for two weeks in the village of Chuini. Last year's trip was life changing for Bea and reminded me of my commitment as a health care provider to world health issues. We are still hoping to raise funds to help us get there and bring necessary supplies. You can help by accessing our GoFundMe page here.
If you'd prefer not to use this service, you can mail me directly at 3 Will Ross Lane. Thanks in advance for your help! May Hall

Soups for Wednesday will be: Chicken and Rice (made by Linda Larrabee), and White Bean with Olive Tapenade and Truffle Oil (made by Wanda).

January 3, 2020 - Good News from CTC!!
Guess what's happening this weekend! Yes....the long awaited Independence will be put into service!!! The crew has undergone training and is anxious for her to be operational. We are still working out the timing, but don't be surprised if the next time you go to "catch the ferry" you are boarding the Independence. Captain Amanda will soon be announcing a date and time for the island to tour the boat and learn about its many safety and operational benefits/features. Our faithful workhorse, the Islander, will be hauled for its Coast Guard hull inspection and maintenance in the next few days. She deserves a rest!

Yesterday, I had a chance to get a few photos of the inside of the Independence which is getting prepared to go into service.

Today and Tomorrow the Rec Center is sponsoring along with a Small $500 grant from The Recompense Fund a program called "Island Lifelines", a NAMI suicide awareness and prevention program. Click here for more information.

Ralph Munroe will again be doing the stair climb in Boston to benefit National Multiple Sclerosis Society- you can help him reach his goal of $150 by clicking here.

School Committee Meeting will be on Wednesday, January 8th next week - see agenda.

December 29, 2019 - photo by Riley Adamaitis of the two CTC boats as the Islander passes by the Independence in early evening December 29th.


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