Click on the photo of the Stone Pier 12/30/04 to get weather page-. To contact me, Beverly Johnson:

January 1, 2005 - HAPPY NEW YEAR! 2005 NEWS
December 31, 2004 - Hope everyone has a Good New Year.

Today is Don Buxbaum's last day working for the CTC - he has been working for us for nearly 30 years. Happy retirement Donny - you have earned it! Congratulations to Darren Hillicoss who has been promoted to full-time Captain.

December 30, 2004 - Congratulations to Amy Quattrucci and Jon Rich who announced their engagement on December 25. They are planning a Fall wedding!

The School Board meeting agenda for 1/3/05 and the 12/20/04 meeting minutes are available here.

December 26, 2004 - This is the day of one of the worst natural disasters in modern times. Tsunami hits South Asia and East Africa. Indonesia, with around 80,000 dead, was the worst hit, followed by Sri Lanka, India and Thailand. The total across 12 nations in southern Asia and East Africa is likely to rise, with thousands still missing and fears that disease could bring a new wave of deaths.

December 24, 2004 - Twas the night before Christmas and the lights around Chebeague are wonderful especially at the Riddles where Barry, Melanie and Greg have created a magical winter wonderland. Click here for more of their yard.
December 20, 2004
- There are a couple of last minute stocking stuffers available on Chebeague. The Whalers new 2004 Christmas Revels CD can be found at the library, Island Market and Miller Designs for $10.

Louis Todd still has some Calendars available for $20 - call Vicki Todd (207 846-1379) or get them at Miller Designs.

Miller Design's studio showroom is open 10 till 5 through Christmas Eve.

December 15, 2004 - Groovy Movie night on Friday will feature The 400 Blows (France, Francois Truffant), 7:30 pm.
December 12, 2004 - Happy Birthday to Raymond Hamilton, Cynthia Sheketoff and John Holt!!

Donna Martindale was in the hospital for extensive hysterectomy surgery and is home recovering now. She sends her hello and she and Fred are now living in Savannah Georgia.

Today was the Whalers concert which was fabulous. I have some photos from the event which you may see here.

December 11, 2004 - Tonight, Saturday, the CPA Holiday Party is at the church at 7pm. Tomorrow the Parsonage open house is at 11 right after church and then from 1 to 3 is the children's holiday craft fair at the Rec Center and then the Whalers at 4 at the Hall. Plenty happening and lots of fun for everyone!!
December 9, 2004 - Ginny Ballard has had her second knee replacement and is doing well and should be home shortly.
December 8, 2004 - NO SCHOOL - ice storm - I hope it doesn't get windy -we will be in a mess.

A note from the fire chief: Island fire dept has bought an ice rescue sled to be used in case anyone falls through a pond, or ice on the bay, it's ordered but will take a few weeks to come in and get us trained on its use, the town paid for about half and the rest came from our own funds, many thanks to all of you who support us with donations through the year, we're proud of the items your monies help us buy to keep the island safe.

December 7, 2004 - The CPA is having its annual children's holiday party this Saturday, December 11th at 7 pm at the church. Refreshments to follow at Parish house. The kids will be providing entertainment with a short play and a musical performance, then we hope to have a visit from Santa! FMI please call Jen Belesca at 846-1097.

The CRC is having its annual Children's Holiday Craft Fair on Sunday, December 12th from 1-3 pm at the CRC. Kids can come and make crafty gifts for family and friends and wrap them on the spot. Crafts range from 25 cents each to $2. Volunteer teens and adults will be available to help kids make the items. FMI Call Virginia at 846-5068.

December 6, 2004 - This Friday, Dec 10th, Groovy Movie Night with Wild Strawberries (Sweden, Ingmar Bergman) I hope nobody went last Fridy because I made a mistake and was looking at November's schedule.

The Annual WHALER'S and Friends CONCERT will be next Sunday, December 12, at 4 in the afternoon.

The Maine Youth Orchestra will also be having a concert next weekend and some other events which you may read by clicking here. Caroline Summa, a sixth grader from Chebeague who got her first violin in our violin program a couple of years ago on Chebeague is now part of this orchestra.

The town has invited the Structural and Wave Study Engineers who designed the Wave break to meet Tuesday Dec.14, 2004 from 7 PM to 8:30 on Chebeague to discuss the addition of a camel behind the wave fence.

December 4, 2004 - Happy Birthday Lena Taliento who turns seven today!

This January 16th will be the seventh annual WINTER FESTIVAL which includes the Rec Center's major fundraiser of the POLAR PLUNGE! This year will be a special year in that we are going to include some of the students from the Hyde School who have been working with our teens in our Leadership Program. Our students have been having lots of fun working on this program and last month spent a night at Hyde which included hours on the ropes course where they tested their strengths, stamina and team leadership skills. The proceeds from the Winter Festival have been used to help offset the costs of running the Teen Center. There is no charge for the teens but there are many costs associated with the program that are met from individual donations and rec center fundraising events. This year we already have one anonymous donor associated with the Hyde School who has promised to match all the polar bear pledges that will go to the CRC-Hyde School Leadership Program. Chebeague teens will be working with Hyde School Students to bring other donors on board.

December 3, 2004 - Tonight there is a chowder supper at the Hall for the benefit of the Church at 6 PM.

Don't forget to get your Christmas Tree tomorrow between 9 and 12 at the Fire Station!

There will be teen center tonight - no teen center tomorrow because of the Mall Crawl.

November 26, 2004 - Tonight is Groovy Movie Night.

Note from Tom Calder: The fire department is selling Christmas trees again this year for $25.00 across the board. they are all seven footers and they are only for sale on Saturdays and Sundays (due to some trees not being paid for last year) The hours are from 9am to noon. Thank you!

November 25, 2004 - HAPPY THANKSGIVING -
November 24, 2004
- No one will believe me about how cold it can get around Thanksgiving because tomorrow it will be in the 50's and 60's. It should be a great day for having a huge Thanksgiving meal on Chebeague. I have a new operating system on my computer and wonder why I waited so long to upgrade my Mac, I must be foolish.

This Saturday is the Christmas Craft Fair from 10 am to 1 pm at the CIHCC - Island artisans get together to sell their crafts and talents.

November 17, 2004 - Today is the last day to get your comments to the CTC about their possibly eliminating the last boat on Sunday and the last boat on Saturday night for the winter months.

My computer will be down for about four days while I do some major work on it so I won't be adding anything to the web page until next week. Don't forget that the Ladies Aid Fair will be this Saturday from 12:30 to 3 at the Parish House.

November 16, 2004 - I'm back from a beautiful wedding in Denver.

Flu shot clinic which was to have been held November 19 from 9 to noon has been CANCELED. Earlier CHS said it would go on more or less as usual and there was a notice in the November Calendar to that effect. But this past week they said they had run out of vaccine.

Sad news today that Poco the beluga whale died and was found beached in South Portland.

November 12, 2004 -School Board Meeting this coming Monday, November 15th. Click here for the minutes of the Nov 1st meeting and the Agenda for Monday.

I will be flying out to Denver tomorrow to my neice Vicki's wedding and won't be back until Tuesday.

The Freeport Inn is again offering the Chebeague Islander's Island Rate of $39.95 + tax. Whether you are staying for a meeting, missed the last ferry to the Island, or just needed a warm place to stay for the night. Offer valid October 31, 2004 ­ May 19, 2005
Best available room at the Inn without exception

November 10, 2004 - Neil Taliento is 50 Today! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

The Stone Wharf Committee recommended the Floats at Stone Wharf be taken out of the water for the Season on Monday, December 6, 2004 (weather permitting).

Floats A (CTC), C & D (Commercial) will remain in the water for the Winter, all other floats will be removed. The committee also recommended that Next Season Floats D& C be used for Commercial use and no tie-ups be assigned. The Commercial Float will be used for Fueling, Repair of Boats unloading when open and other uses authorized by the Harbormaster.

The committee will be meeting with engineers in the next few weeks to discuss the addition of a Camel at the Stone Wharf behind the wave fence. The Camel will an additional energy dissipation devise to further knock down waves out of the Northeast.

Click here for the plan of the Stone Wharf in pdf format.

November 8, 2004 - Today is Tom Damon's 18th birthday - Happy Birthday Tom!!!
November 4, 2004 - LADIES AID FAIR -
is going to be Saturday, November 20th at the Parish House - 12:30 to 3:00. This is a great opportunity to get Christmas Gifts for the family and your cherrished friends. Wreaths will be made the first Thursday in December and orders will be taken at the fair and until that date.

Pilate's (a low impact workout) is happening at the Rec Center Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 7:30 - just a 20 minute workout before breakfast or maybe after breakfast - you are even welcome in your jammies. $2 drop-in fee or 4 weeks for $12.

Gail Miller is also having a Scrap Booking on Friday, November 12 from 10 am to noon OR you can come Saturday, November 13th from 1-3 pm. Bring your pictures and learn a new way to preserve them and have fun doing it.

Tomorrow's Groovy Movie night at 7:30 will feature "The Passion of Joan of Arc (Carl Theodor Dreyer - Denmark/France.

November 2, 2004 - VOTE TODAY!!

Cathy MacNeill took some beautiful photos of Levey's Pond the other day and here they are - I've already done a water color from one of them.

October 31, 2004 - HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Don't forget to change the batteries in your smoke and CO2 detectors now that we have turned our clocks back.

Jill Malony will be at the polls to collect signatures for a change in the way the School Budget is voted on. Click here to see her flyer on this issue.

October 30, 2004 - Monday night Bertha Gray was awarded the Boston Post Cane for being the oldest citizen in Cumberland. Click here to see photos taken by Cathy from the event and read the forecaster article about this event.

Yesterday the CRC hosted a pumpkin carving day - check out all the photos and fun on their website.

October 28, 2004 - THE RED SOX DID IT! Finally after 86 years, the Red Sox won against the Cardinals in four straight, for the World Series! Official Website. To go along with the victory last night was a spectacular lunar eclipse which will not accur again for us until March 2007.
October 26, 2004 - The Chebeague Parents Association invites children to the Annual Halloween Party to be held at the Hall this Saturday, October 30th from 6:30 pm to 8 pm. Wear costumes and come prepared to have a spooky, fun time! Besides the traditional Cake Walks, there will be new games and activities this year! Call CPA President Jen Belesca if you need more info.

The CPA would also like to remind you that there is still time to take advantage of the Sally Foster sale. Anyone can shop on-line at for high-quality gift wrapping supplies and lots of great gifts. The Chebeague Island School earns 50% of your purchase! Be sure to put in our account number: 050698 so we get the credit. Your support is greatly appreciated.

October 22, 2004 - My condolences to the two or maybe threeYankee Fans on Chebeague but to the rest of us HURRAY! Can't get much better than that except for winning the World Series this week! I hope they do it in four games cause I have to get more sleep!

A Reminder to everyone that the Island Market will be closing at 5:30 for the week and will reopen next Saturday, October 30th. The Boatyard will be closed at 11 today for the weekend and will reopen Monday, the 18th.

A note from the Fire Department: CHANGE the batteries in the smoke detectors,and also the Carbon Monoxide detectors, and PLEASE be sure your chimneys are cleaned before you light up the wood stove. The fire dept will be selling X-mas trees again, hopefully right after thanksgiving.

Check out the new Chebeague Island Inn Fall schedule and special Thanksgiving Dinner Information.

October 18, 2004 - Stacy has announced next year's show will be: LI'L ABNER, Music by Gene de Paul, Lyrics by Johnny Mercer, Book by Norman Panama & Melvin Frank. For a synopsis go to The music is fun, the script is funny, the characters are over the top, the set is a cartoon, and the costumes are wild! - Auditions will be like last year - early June so we can have lots of time to prepare.

October 14, 2004 - School Board meeting at Chebeague Island School, Monday October 18th, 7 pm
We will hear some info re: effects proposed tax cap on CIS and the rest of District.
October 8, 2004 - A reminder from Donna that Monday night on October 11th Bill Healey assessor and Ken Cole Town Attorney will be present to offer info and answer questions about the tax cap and what it would mean to the Town.

Now that Lida is all better from her long illness she will be putting on a presentation on Sunday about her trip to Japan. There will be a pot luck with the slides following at 6 pm at the Hall.

October 7, 2004 - Columbus Weekend Spagetti Supper at the CIHCC to benefit the Hall - Saturday October 9 - 6 pm, $6.00 Adults, $3.00 children 12 and under, 3 and under are free.

We have a couple of football stars from the island - in case you haven't been watching the sports news on TV or in the paper; Chris Martin and Will Gleason (Elsie Hamilton's great grandson) have been doing great on the Greely Rangers Football Team!

The Frost Tournament is this Saturday - shot gun start 12 (optional morning rounds if sign up exceeds 56) - Modified Calloway System scoring - lots of fun - social to follow at 5 pm - the tournament is open to all and is a great way to finish up the season. Last year's winners were BJ Abrahamson for the 9 hole Vi Houghton Trophy and DG Perkins for the 18 hole Billy Hill Cup.

September 29, 2004 - The Church supper will be at the Parish House on Friday October 1st at 6 pm. There also will be a Christmas snowman raffled off for $1 a ticket.

Congratulations to Naomi Leonard who is one of just 23 scientists, artists, scholars and activists who will each receive a $500,000 no-strings-attached grant over a five-year period from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The fellowships, known informally as "genius grants," recognize people who have "shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits, and a marked capacity for self-direction." Naomi has been a summer islander for many years and is married to Tim Leonard the son of Jim. To see more about the winners click here.

Congratulations to Tyler Putnam who is starring in South Portland's Lyric Theater production of "Damn Yankees" to find out more about the play and how to get tickets go to!!!

September 26, 2004 - An important message from Donna Damon (our Town Councilor) about upcoming vote and impacts on Chebeague and how you can help sort out the information.

The Chebeague United Methodist Church will host a Corned Beef Dinner on Friday, October 1st, starting at 6 pm. The money raised will be donated to the Samaritian Fund which helps the people, living here on the island, buy much needed medical items. The price of the dinner will be $6 for adults and children over 12 years old. Children 3-12 are $3 and under 3 years old will be free. We will have hot dogs for those who would like something different. Hope to see all of you there.

Recreation Center News: The Collins Pool closed on Wednesday, September 22nd. We thank everyone who supported and used the pool this summer and congratulate our Pool Operator (Gail Miller) and excellent team of lifeguards for a job well done.
Virginia will take a well-deserved vacation the week of September 20-25. Although we have arranged some office coverage, there may be times when no one is in the building when you expect there to be. Please call ahead to make sure we are open before you come. Call us at the CRC if you are interested in volunteering next week or anytime!

September 20, 2004 - The Grange Fair discussed below has been postponed to this Saturday! Lets hope for good weather!
September 15, 2004 - The Grange Fair is this coming Saturday, September 18th! There is lots of fun and excitement for everyone. It starts at 11am and the Auction starts at 12 noon. There will be hot dogs, coffee and soda; bake table; lobster raffle; turkey raffle; white elephant table; exhibit of handcrafts and hobbies; sawdust pile with money for the kids; widget game (guess number of plastic peanuts in a jar); and more! The Auction has lots of items this year including a color TV and a microwave.

The Islands Committee (appointed by the Town last year) has a message about rumors circulating the island - click here.

September 12, 2004 - Tomorrow night the Historical Society guest speaker is Gordon Corbett and he will be giving a presentation - Orbit with Corbett at the CIHCC 7:30 p.m. Many of you will remember that he was one of many chosen for teacher in space program which Christa Mc Auliffe was chosen for on the ill fated Challenger in 1986. He was supposed to present in May but that meeting had to be cancelled because of an important Town Council Meeting.

I have just received some more photos of Poco at the Stone Pier hanging around the floats and playing with propellers!

September 11, 2004 - Weight Watchers on the island is looking for some new members in order to keep going. We have a great group but aren't up to the number needed. There will be a free introductory meeting September 16th at 7 pm at the Recreation Center. Please come and see what it is all about and how you can make some lifetime changes for the better. The regular classes will start September 23rd.

Tomorrow at 12 is the Blanchard Golf Tournament and we are hoping to get as many year-round residents who can make it. It is a lot of fun and we use the Calloway system for scoring so anyone might be lucky and win the trophies and prizes.$5.00 entrance fee and at 5pm we start the social (bring an hors d'oeuvre and drink). We are so fortunate to have a Golf club which allows year round residents to play for free after 5pm. It is a wonderful opportunity for so many to get the opportunity to learn about golf. I know I took advantage of this offer and am totally hooked.

September 8, 2004 - I have finally updated the Gitane page with Jenny's closure notes including the trip through the Panama Canal.

On July 29th while many of us were at an LNG symposium at Bowdoin we had a visitor to the Stone Wharf. Poco the wayward beluga whale hung around most of the day tyring to get as much attention as he could. Here is one of the stories reported on about Poco.

September 3, 2004 - There will be a memorial service for Nancy Plummer on Chebeague at Springettes on Sunday, September 5, at 3 pm.

Lida's presentation has to be postponed so it won't be taking place on Sunday as scheduled - I will let everyone know when it is rescheduled.

September 1, 2004 - I had a great road trip down to Virginia and back with the kids and Vika is well established at Ferrum College.

Lida and Ralph Munroe had a wonderful trip to Japan this summer through the Greely/Japanese exchange program. Lida's presentation about their trip at the Hall has been Postponed!

Saturday Sept 4th is the Annual GCGC Swat Fest, 8:45, followed by a picnic lunch (rain date September 5th). Don't forget that the Blanchard Invitational tournement is Sunday September 12 for Year round Chebeague residents only.

The CIYC Annual Meeting/Commodore's Reception is at 6 pm. Click here for news from the CIYC and CICSS

August 24, 2004 - I'm off this morning for Ferrum, Virginia where Vika will be starting college in a few days. How will we fit all her stuff in the car?
August 22, 2004 - Today is the CRC's Taco Blast & Aqua Fest from 6-7:30 pm, $7 - pool will be open and lots of games - award of the Volunteer of the Year will be presented. On Tuesday Dennis Sheehey will again be on the island to help people create their own Gnome Homes from 9-noon $17. CRC is also hosting Pepsi Punt/Pass & Kick Competition September 25 at 10:00am contact the rec center for details 846-5068.

A beautiful Calendar is now available of Louise Todd's paintings. You can get yours at the Artisan's Icehouse or contact Heidi Todd at 865-9316. Notecards and postcards of her work will also be available this week.

August 18, 2004 - This Saturday August 21, there will be a dance at the Hall to benefit the purchase of sound system for the Hall. Mark Dyer and his band will be playing and it is a BYOB dance. The dance starts at 9 pm and there will be a $10 donation.

Friday night, August 20th, Joe Bennett, Maine Humorist will be at the Hall entertaining us with his humor. Look for details on the signs around the island.

August 16, 2004 - Note from Tom Calder: "The fire and rescue would like to thank all those who stopped by to check out our open house, over 150 hot dogs went someplace ... we had lots of other delicious goodies, and door prizes, even sparky the fire dog spent the day with us, thanks again."

August 15, 2004 - The cast and crew want to thank all the people who came and saw our show and supported our performances. Thank you also to David Hill who saw the show through a view finder for two nights in a row. It was a blast and Stacey is looking for suggestions for next years show.

I personally would like to thank all the people who helped make the Golf Tournament such a success: the golfers, sponsors, cookers, greeters, servers, cleaners, donors etc.... life is almost back to normal-whatever normal is. I might have some time to update the page. Tomorrow night the Chebeague Historical Society is having Parker Albee talk about his books and research about Maine and the world at 7:30 at the Hall!

August 9, 2004 - Just a reminder that there are still reserved tickets for sale at the recreations center for the paly and the Luau. There are about 35 seats available for all the shows that are first come first served tickets. We have lots of tickets available for the luau reception and silent auction. They can be purchased at the rec center.
August 6, 2004 - I have just added a few more items to the silent auction page and will be adding more details and a few more items on Monday. You can see a better photo of BJ's sculpture. I have to leave this morning for Iowa where my nephew Ben is getting married.

You don't have to play golf to join everyone Wednesday at 6 pm for our Luau barbecue dinner and silent auction at the Golf club - tickets are on sale at the Rec Center for $15 adults and $7 children. Also, if you are planning on playing golf, there are only 10 spaces left for the 18 hole scramble so please contact the rec center and sign up. Take a look at our Sponsor list and see if your name or company is missing and should or could be added.

August 5, 2004 - Tomorow night at 7 pm at the Hall the Sebego-Long Lake Music Festival - their fifth annual Chebeague Concert. Free! Childrens's concet tomorrow morning at 10 am at the Hall.

Don't forget that Monday the Town Council will be be having a hearing about the proposed affordable housing grant for Chebeague. The meeting is at the Cumberland Town Office, 7pm.

August 2, 2004 - Tickets are now on sale at the recreation center for 42nd Street which is happening August 12, 13 and 14, 8:00. I heard that today Saturday's tickets are almost sold out.

I finally have some of the AUCTION ITEMS ONLINE!!!! We have some wonderful items -We also have a Big Bertha Driver.- BJ has donated a wonderful sculpture of a boy and a trapwhich you may see in person at the library. I will have the bid sheets up there before the actual silent auction at the Luau Golf Reception Dinner. You may bid by emailing me or goining into the library before Tuesday at 12pm when all online bidding ends. So when you get your tickets for the play you can pick up your dinner tickets too for August 11.

July 27, 2004 - Just a note to remind you that there is a Contra Dance on Chebeague Saturday, July 31st! Heathen Creek from Massachusetts with join us (fiddle, mandolin and guitar) with caller Bennett Verbeck. Proceeds from the dance will benefit the CRC Teen Center. Here are the details: 7:30-12 midnight, Potluck 6:00-7:00 p.m.,$8 adults/$4 children under 12/$20 family maximum. Questions? Call May Hall 846-4178 or 319-6248 (cell)

July 21, 2004 cont- There are still a few spaces open for Plein air drawing workshop from San Francisco based artist Diane Olivier July 25-31. Diane's web page is FMI call Vickie 846.9488
July 21, 2004 - Things are still happening on Chebeague although you may not think so by checking the web page. Vika comes home from Russia this Friday and has had quite a time of it. The orphanage she volunteered at spent most of its time on the Black Sea on vacation. I'm sure she was working very hard on her tan, but we can find out all about it this weekend. The Maine Adoption Agency (MAPS) has been wonderful and helpful to make this all happen. They really care about all the children they place and all the ones still back in the orphanages.

This eekend the CRC will present the childrens's play under the direction of Rachel Damon called "THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT" - YOU CAN BUY TICKETS AT THE DOOR Friday and Saturday nights 7:30 $7.00 adults and $4.00 for children.

July 14, 2004 - The fire and rescue will have an open house August 15 - noon till 300 pm, with door prizes, food, games etc. - watch for future details.

Congratulations to A. Catriona Shepherd. MD, Family Medicine, will be joining Bowdoin Medical Group in South Portland in mid-July and will be accepting new patients. The office is located at 51 Ocean Street. Phone 799-8596

I have just put online information about the Slow Bell Café. Information sheet handed out on the fourth of July. A letter to the community about what John's intentions and a cover letter to the Planning Board for the July 20th meeting.

July 8, 2004 - The Chebeague Parents Association announces a date change for the upcoming Lobster Roll Luncheon and Kids Tag Sale.....instead of the date of July 25th as reported in the Calendar, the event will take place Saturday, July 17th at the Hall from 10:30 am- 2:00 pm. Donations of gently used clothing, toys, baby equipment, children's furniture, etc. will be accepted until Thursday the 15th and can be brought to the Recreation Center.

Chebeague Island schoolchildren are currently selling Sally Foster gift wrap and accessories. This is great quality stuff! See any island school child to order, or make your order online at and use our school account number 0506968. Thanks for your support of island schoolchildren!

July 7, 2004 - Next Weekend on July 10th, the Whalers will perform a concert of children's songs and songs about children. We will be performing at 7:30 at the Hall, Adults $8.00 and children $3.50. Hope to see you all there.

The Island Commons is raffling off a wonderful reproduction of an 18th century windsor armchair hand crafted by Tom Cushman - for details click here.

What a wonderful weekend we all had - the weather was beautiful! The Historical Society opened with it's new exhibit on the history and people of the West End of the Island - "where it all began." The fourth of July parade and picnic were lots of fun for everyone . Here is a note from Mike Grunko about the Road Races:

The 27th Annual Chebeague 4th of July Road Race and Fun Run set 60 adults 30 children running down the
roads of our island. The effort involved more than 10 volunteers to plan, advertise, register, time and dispense awards, water and popcicles to the participants. For the second year the race started and ended at the Chebeague Historical Society. The Road Race was run on the 4.6 mile course. There were 60 registered runners. The winners were:

Men: 1st: Gordon Murphy - 31:22, 2nd Dave Lynch - 31:34, 3rd Paul Brown - 32:44 -Women: 1st Dana Borland-33:49, 2nd Kate Emery-35:15, 3rd Sara Dimick - 36:08 Boys under 14: Davis Jaenike - 34:33 40 and over: Men -John Stevenson - 34:35, Women Nancy Earnest - 39.47 50 and over: Men - Michael Duffy -36:06 60 and over: Men Ray Shevenell - 40:33. This was his 25th consecutive run.

The Fun Run covered a 1.1 mile course. There were 30 participants. The first boy was Alec McGovern who finished in 8:58. Katie Vernon was the first girl to finish. Her time was 10:45. The race is run under the auspices of the Chebeague Island Council. Beth and Michael Grunko would like to thank The Chebeague Historical Society for allowing us to use their property, the Cumberland Police Dept. for following the runners, Jeannette and Ken Hamilton and Leila and Suhail Bisharat for providing water for the runners. We are very grateful to members of the McCullough family and a host of would-be spectators for volunteering to help.

June 30, 2004 - The 3 Chebeague 7th graders: Christy Phipps, Alissa Hamilton and Anna Maine will be giving a car wash at the Fire House on Saturday, July 3rd from 10am to 1pm. The purpose of the car wash is to earn money for their Camp Kieve experience in September, will all Greely Middle School incoming 7th graders. The program promotes friendship, team-building, self-reliance and appropriate school interactions. Each student needs to earn their money to participate in the experience. The girls are selling advance tickets for $5 each, though they will accept cars and donations during the time of the car wash as well. There will also be some baked goods for sale to keep your mouth happy while your car is being washed. Don't miss the chance to get the grime off your vehicle in time for the parade!

June 29, 2004 - The 4th of July parade will start at 11 am and will end at Chandler's Cove. There will be hot dogs, hamburgers, lobster rolls, and sodas for sale at the picnic. Hope to see you there. The theme of the parade is PRESIDENTS.

Can't think of anything to do the 4th of July weekend? How about dancing at the Chebeague Island Hall. We have two bands ready to get your feet moving. On Friday, July 2nd, come dance to the sounds of Mark Dyer and his band from 9 pm- 1 am. Admission is $5 and BYOB. Adults only will be admitted. Then if you haven't had enough dancing, Gary Ross and the Long Islander's band (Rock Hoppers) will delight you with their music on Saturday, July 3. The dance will be from 9 pm - 1 am. Admission is $5 and BYOB. Adults only will be admitted. So come out and have a good time.

Don't forget that tomorrow night (June 30) Gerry Wiles ABIGAIL ADAMS lecture at the Hall, 7:30 pm!

June 27, 2004 - It has been a busy week for me! Vika left yesterday for a month in Russia where she will work at the Medevedovski Orphanage where her brother and sister had been and then look for some of her friends and family. Hopefully when she returns she be speaking fluent Russian which will help her in her Russian studies next year.

We are all winding down for the opening of the Historical Society Exhibit, West End, Where it all Began. Thanks to Mark Bowman we now have the a record produced by Goldie Doughty.

Thank you to all the people who have responded to our letter for the CRC Golf Tournament. There are still a few places left for golf so please go online and fill out the application and send it in to the Rec. I have started to update the page but haven't put all the silent auction items in - in fact I think there are only two listed but I have lots to add. As soon as the Historical Society Exhibit is done I will be putting together the Silent Auction so it is not too late to get me your item. We already have a number of paintings by local artists, a $350 watch, food, craft items. The beauty of this will be that you don't even have to be there to bid - you may do it right through email. I hope to have it all online by July 5th.

June 21, 2004 - I have just included a link to Casco Courseware, LLC, founded in 2002 by William Vaughan Jr., to the Anchor Page.

27th Fourth of July Road Race is coming up and for more information please see the ad!

June 20, 2004 - ABIGAIL ADAMS - a talk by JERRY WILES, Wednesday, June 30th, 7:30 at the CIHCC. Sponsored by the CIHCC and the Library. Any donations will go to the Hall building fund - for further information, call 846-4351.

There will be a graveside service for Priscilla Rich who passed away on 1/14/04. It's going to be held on 06/26/04, Saturday, at 2pm. Light refreshments will be served at the parish house following the service.

June 17, 2004 - The Chebeague Inn is open for dinner starting Friday, June 18th , every night (except this Sunday for the Island Commons Wine Tasting Celebration). Sunday Brunch starts this weekend from 10 am-2 pm. Beginning Wednesday the 23rd, lunch will be served and, Friday the 25th, rooms will be open and Breakfast will start. The Inn is looking beautiful and has had a remarkable transformation.
June 16, 2004 - Important Town Council Meeting tonight on CHEBEAGUE, 7 pm at the CIHCC. the town will hear public comment and act on changes to the parking and wharf ordinances which includes increased fines and proposed elimation of haul-off on the wharf.
June 15, 2004 - Today's Portland Press Herald Harpswell group petitions for second vote on gas terminal.

A reminder that coming up July 2nd is Chebeague Orchard B & B First Annual Art Show and Sale - click here for more information.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY ANNUAL MEETING: June 19th, 7:30 at the CIHCC with Special guest speaker Bill Green - Bill is a television journalist for WCSH and has a popular program Bill Green's Maine and lives in Cumberland. He will talk about his career in journalism.

June 12, 2004 - There will be a Catholic Mass on the Island this Summer. Fr. Fred Morse from St. Christopher;s, Peaks Island will be here to say Mass on Saturday evenings at 6:15 P.M. at the Chebeague Methodist Church during the months of July and August. This will begin on Saturday, July 3rd and it is hoped that many people will attend.

June 10, 2004 - Congratulations to all our High School Graduates. Last week Nora Bisharat, Katherine Hill, Heather Buxbaum, Gina Klenda and this weekend Vika Johnson, Chris McCullum, Kelly Joyce and Brad Martin.

The recreation center is auctioning off its bus on Ebay so if anyone is interest you may go to:

June 8, 2004 - Today is voting day - Donna Damon is on the ballot for Town Council representative for the Island and she said she welcomes write-in-candidates.

The fire dept is selling car window decals for 5.00 each, contact Arthur Lynch if intetested in buying one, also they have 3 new members; Ginny Ballard, Nancy Earnest, and Mark Dyer, thanks to all 3 for helping to keep the best island in Casco Bay safe!

June 5, 2004 - Today's Portland Press Herald article
June 4, 2004 - Article in the Globe about offshore liquefied natural gas terminals and Boston officials.

Raffle of Red Sox Tickets to benefit a number of organizations - Click Here for more information!

June 3, 2004 - Intern Position at Chebeague Recreation Center: Work with teens at the Rec Center-at Teen Center and in other programs in areas such as community service, trail work on surrounding islands, adventure leadership, and more. A stipend will be paid for the summer's work. Interested? See and click on Proposed Intern --- Or, to learn more, call Bob at (207) 846 4983

Maine Island Trail Association Volunteer Youth Service Opportunity - please click here to find out more. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn a lot and get some valuable volunteer service and help towards future resumes!

June 2, 2004 - Article in the Globe today: DistriGas contests hazard study findings. Here is the letter that Save Casco Bay sent to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission last week.
June 1, 2004 - Consider Joining the Golf Club: The Golf Club is looking for new members. Normally, to join the Club you must pay, in addition to the Annual Dues, an Initiation Fee of $500, and a Stock Purchase Fee of $150. However, to encourage new membership the Club is temporarily waiving the Initiation Fee and reducing the cost of a share of stock to $25. The Club will revert back to normal fees on June 15, 2004. The next few days are an ideal time to apply for membership at an initial cost of only $25.

The Annual Dues for a Member for the year 2004 are $460 for those under 70 years of age, and $350 for those over.
Anyone interested should contact the Clubhouse, Amanda Layng, Malcolm Rice, Schuyler Grant, or Beverly Johnson. Think about it, but not too long.

May 28, 2004 - Sunday - May 30th at the Hall 12-2 pm: 10th Annual Silent Auction and Bake Sale - we have a lot of wonderful donated items and services as well as home baked goods and a raffle for a wooden easel. Please come support the CPA which funds many school and preschool programs and services on the island and on the mainland.
May 25, 2004 - Today in the Portland Press Herald an article about the future of the Harpswell fuel depot. There were also some letters to the editor about LNG's in the bay.
May 24, 2004 - I have updated the Library Page including the video and book sections.

Barkers are having a Yard Sale, Sat. May 29th, At the "Red House"23 Chandlers Cove Rd. For a list of items click here.

May 23, continued - This weekend CRC sponsored a teen hike up to Lonesome Lake and a great, wet time was had by all! Click here to see some more photos!
May 23, 2004 - Today's
May 22, 2004 - I have some catching up to do! Next weekend there are three big events I need to let people know about (probably more)

Chebeague School Reunion... Saturday, May 29th from 11 to 3 pm at the Parish House. Sandwiches and desserts, etc. will be available and there may be a short Memorial service at 1 to remember lost classmates. Mr. Vernon Bolster who taught school on the island 1941-42 will be an honored guest. Anyone who attended school at any time on Chebeague is welcome. Contact the classmates you'd like to see there so that you don't miss this opportunity to visit with them. We will make a trip to the Scholl/Museum sometime during the day for those who have not seen the restoration and additions there. For more information and to help with food or transportation please call Martha Hamilton at 846-4078 or Sylvia Ross at 846-4117. Please try to let us know if you plan to attend so that we may plan accordingly, meet boats, etc.

Silent Auction, bake sale, raffle for children's easel - Sunday, May 30, 12 to 2 pm at the Hall sponsored by the Chebeague Parents Association (this has been an annual event for many years).

Memorial Day Service at the Chebeague Island Methodist Church, Monday May 31st at 1 pm., sponsored by the Chebeague Island Grange #576. Veteran's graves will be decorated following the service. Speaker will be Susan Stavropoulos and patriotic songs sung by the school children.

May 19, 2004 - Tomorrow night, Thursday, May 20, is a busy night for islanders! There is the School Board Budget Vote and Yarmouth Town Council will be hearing from citizens in regard to LNG at Wyman Station. SAD51 has scheduled a 10:45 boat from Cousins.
May 18, 2004 - For everyone who has been thinking about donating to Save Casco Bay, Inc but haven't yet - we have it set up with a secure site online. Just click here or go to and click on the red button. It is so easy. Thank you so much for everyone who has already sent their donations in. This Thursday the Yarmouth Town Council will be hearing from individuals about the idea of turning Wyman Station into an LNG facility.
May 16, 2004 - Congratulations to Marlene Bowen, who on May 10, was presented with the Citizen of the Year Award for 29 years of service with the Cumberland Rescue. Twenty-six of those years as Captain and this past year she was made Deputy Chief of Chebeague Rescue. Marlene recently revived a man at the McDonalds in Falmouth and is attributed to saving his life! He had no pulse or breathing and when revived went in to defibrilation when the rescue got there -- he and his family have since been in contact with Marlene to thank her.

In todays Portland Prees Herald there is another AP news article about LNGs.

May 15, 2004 - Lots of people including many teenagers met at the Parish House where we had talked about the LNG prospects and wrote letters to the Governor and others. In todays Boston Globe there was another article: Boston Globe Article:Report cites risk of wide damage in LNG blast

May 14, 2004 - New York Times article in todays paper!, click here to go directly to New York Times with picture
May 13, 2004 - Yesterday, Save Casco Bay Inc. sent a letter to Governor Baldacci outlining recommendations supporting a collaborative process for a regional approach to siting an LNG terminal.

May 12, 2004 - The headline in the Portland Press Herald "Critics not comforted by canceled LNG vote." We still have a long way to go with the possibity of LNG's looming over us. Save Casco Bay Inc. needs volunteers at the Parish House for a work party at 9:00 am Saturday. Please bring your favorite pen for a letter writing session and if you have children who need watching, we are setting up the Rec Center with babysitters. Please come we need help getting our message across!

For all of you who have tried to email the Town Council through my site or at the Town website, the email addresses were incorrect. I had cut and pasted the info to my site and now I have them correct on the Town Council News page.

May 11, 2004 - Last night the Town of Cumberland rescinded their recent order to hold an advisory referendum concerning the possibility of exploring the siting of an LNG terminal on Hope Island. Therefore, the vote on June 8 will not be held. Also, the Council decided to not proceed with public informational meetings, which were to be scheduled within the next two weeks. This may be considered to be winning a major battle but next week the Yarmouth Town Council will be considering locating an LNG terminal at Wyman Station on Cousins Island.

May 10, 2004 - Please remember tonight's meeting -Cumberland Town Office Council Chambers - 7 pm - See you There!
May 9, 2004 - Today's Portland Press Herald has a number of articles about the LNG facility pro and con.

Tomorrow' Historical Society presentation by Gordon Corbett has been canceled because of the important Town Council Meeting at 7pm council chambers.

A note from Jim Phipps:
At their Executive Committee meeting yesterday, the CBL Board of Directors decided to add an item concerning the LNG proposal on Hope Island to the Board of Director's agenda for their regular monthly meeting on Friday, 5/21, at 7:45 A.M. Directors from Cliff and Chebeague briefed the Executive Committee and it was decided to have the President of the Board of Directors and the General Manager meet with representatives of the Hope Island project before 5/21 in an effort to obtain more information for presentation to the Directors of CBL at their May meeting. Peaks Island Director, Gene Taylor, suggested a resolution for consideration by the CBL Board of Directors on 5/21 expressing the "grave concern" of CBL for the potential impact of the proposed LNG terminal on CBL's operations. Larry Walden, President of the CBL Board of Directors is a Peaks Island resident and a lawyer who now
practices in Kennebunk, but who until a few years ago practiced law in Portland as Bob Stevens partner. Bob Stevens is the attorney who is representing TransCanada, the proponent of the LNG proposal for Hope Island.

A turn out of those concerned about the LNG project would be helpful at the CBL Directors' meeting on 5/21 at 7:45 A.M. If any one has questions, they should contact Jim Phipps, Chebeague's representative on the CBL Board of Directors. Jim can be reached by phone or email as follows:

207.846.6274 or

May 8, 2004 - As you may all imagine we have been very busy on Chebeague, Cliff and Long to save Casco Bay! We are now incorporated and are called Save Casco Bay Inc. Donations may be sent to Save Casco Bay Inc., c/o Tom Cushman, 6 Huddum Circle, Chebeague Island, ME 04017. There will be a meeting Monday Night at the Council Chambers at the Town of Cumberland 7pm. I have posted the agenda for Monday on the Town Council News. At the bottom of the Agenda is listed all the counselors with their numbers and email addresses. I am still working on setting up a new website which should be up soon.
May 6 continued - We had quite a good meeting tonight and were happy to have people from Cliff Island, Long Island, Harpswell , Diamond Island and the mainland. We are looking for volunteers to help with different aspects of our work to get the information to the voters in Cumberland so they will be able to make an informed vote and realize exactly what they could be doing to Casco Bay. I will be having a new website up soon for getting out information. Various committees have been and are being formed and lot of financial help will be needed. I will post tomorrow more information on that.
May 6, 2004 - There is an online poll at the Portland Press herald this morning asking whether you support placing an LNG terminal on Cumberland's Hope Island. Today's Poll Question is linked to the right hand column. Thank you for voting

May 5 continued - I really try to keep this site non-political but I really can't when it comes to what has happened here lately.  The Town Councilors know how the majority of the Islanders feel about this or any proposal in Casco Bay for an LNG plant. Why would the town ignor the wishes of a whole segment of town to bring this to a vote? I couldn't believe that this was happening in Harpswell and now am totally dismayed that it is happening here! Have they thought about the impact on Cliff Island and Long Island - doesn't anyone care about people and their lives anymore?

I was hoping to draw attention to our CRC Golf Tournament page which as co-chair with Kim Bogle I was working on. By now most people have received an information packet and I have started updating the page with new sponsors as they come in. I hope everyone will take a look and plan on being around August 11, for the tournament or the luau party and silent auction following the golf.
May 5 continued - Tomorrow there will be a citizen intiated emergency meeting about the proposed vote and LNG terminal at 7:00 pm, Thursday night at the Hall. Everyone is invited.
May 5, 2004 - NOTICE NOTICE - the following information is taken from the Town of Cumberland Website

The Cumberland Town Council will hold a press conference regarding the Town Council's decision last evening to hold an ADVISORY Referendum on June 8, 2004, to coincide with the State Primary Election, in order to determine whether the voters of the Town of Cumberland favor the Town Council negotiating a Contract Zone Agreement with TransCanada Pipelines Limited regarding siting a liquid natural gas facility on Hope Island. The press conference will be held Wednesday, MAY 5, 2004 at 9:00 a.m. in the Cumberland Town Council Chambers, 290 Tuttle Road.

ORDER #04-052

ORDERED, the Cumberland Town Council hereby authorizes an ADVISORY Referendum to be held June 8, 2004 in order to coincide with the State Primary Election. Said advisory referendum will be held to determine whether the voters of the Town of Cumberland favor the Town Council negotiating a Contract Zone Agreement with TransCanada Pipelines Limited regarding siting a liquid natural gas facility on Hope Island. The Town Council has taken no position on this project.

You can still view all the information on my Fairwinds site which is still in the title bar above - I wonder what this site will be called. I'll be posting more information as it comes in.

May 3, 2004 - The town is repaving the end of the wharf this week. They are taking away all the existing pavement and repaving it as you can see in the photo. I guess the beaver has decided not to stay on the island as it hasn't been seen since last week. I put the photo in the picweek page.

Next Monday, May 10, the Chebeague Island Historical Society invites you to explore science and its connection with history presented in true storyteller form. Gordon Corbett will be giving a presentation - Orbit with Corbett at the CIHCC 7:30 p.m. Many of you will remember that he was the alternate chosen for teacher in space program for Christa Mc Auliffe who was aboard the ill fated Challenger in 1986. It is hard to believe it has been almost 20 years.

April 30, 2004 - The Fire Department has asked me to pass on these important tips to ensure the emergency people can arrive as fast as possible for people renting their homes:
1. The correct address where the house is, street name etc,
2. Be sure the renter gives the name of the person who owns the home, not the renter's name.
3. Be sure the proper emergency numbers are listed by the phone.

I have added the SAD51 agenda for next week and have included the minutes from this weeks meeting.

An update from Mary and the Gitane: Jenny, J and John successfully transited the Panama Canal yesterday(4/28). It was exciting to be able to welcome them to the Atlantic Ocean. Jenny reported that according to their charting, they are only 20 days from Maine...IF they don't make any stops along the way...that'll be the day...

Adult Theater Information: This year's production will be 42nd Street! Auditions will be held on Monday June 21 (Music) and Tuesday June 22 (Readings) @ the Hall, 7-9 pm. Questions? Email Stacy Stewart:

The CRC is looking for volunteers to help with cleanup around the building and new construction - please contact Beth Dyer 846-5068 if you can help.

I just updated the Town Council site with the agenda for a SPECIAL MEETING Tuesday, May 4, 2004, budget and executive session.

We have a beaver hanging around the golf club pond who doesn't seem to know what she/he is doing on an island - probably waiting for a mate to show up - wonder how long it will hang around - I have a few trees I'd like to get cut down.

April 25, 2004 - I had a wonderful warm time in New York City and now I'm back home freezing. Last night the bird bath froze over as the temperature was about 30 this morning. I have included the agenda for the Town Council Meeting as well as the approved minutes from March 22nd meeting in the Town Council News - as long as the town sends me this information I will try to keep it updated with the current town information.

I also have the agenda for the School Board Meeting and the Minutes from the April 14th meeting.

April 21, 2004 - I'll be away for a few days during this school vacation. We have been able to play golf the last few days - Spring is finally here! The gulley on the ninth still had a foot thick slab of ice in it. Maybe next week it will be gone.
April 17, 2004 - The fire department has asked me to remind everyone to check their smoke detectors. If your detector is over ten years old, it is time to replace it. The are a very inexpensive insurance which you can get anywhere for about $10.

The town put in the new ramp and floats this week and they are starting to be used.

April 15, 2004 - If anyone wants a beautiful Singer Cabinet Grand Piano - its at the Chebeague Inn for the taking - free. It has to be out of there right away. The outside is in good condition but the workings need some work. Just go up to the Inn and get it.
April 14, 2004 - The Chebeague Inn has their new website up and running. The workers are there now getting it all renovated for its opening in June.
April 11, 2004 - I have started to update the Chebeague Methodist Church page with a few photos from today's service. It was a beautiful Easter Sunday on Chebeague.
April 7, 2004 - Tonight the SAD 51 Board of Directors are meeting to approve the new school budget.

April 2, 2004 - Don't forget that tonight is Groovy Movie Night at the library and the feature will be the 1989 movie "Do the Right Thing" by Spike Lee. Showtime is 7:30 at the library and they accept donations.

The adventure for Jay Holt and Jen continues on the Gitane! I have just updated their story just stroll down to pictures of BJ who met up with them in Mexico (I think) - I haven't read the whole journal yet. It is quite an adventure.

April 1, 2004 - Next Monday night the Town Council will be on Chebeague and one of their items is to set prices on tie up and mooring fees at the stone wharf. (I know - which is it a wharf or a pier - I can't remember).

Yesterday there was another article relating to LNG safety in the Boston Globe.

A note from Martha: Update on Chebeague School Reunion "We have set the date May29th at the Parish House. Between 11 am and 3 pm we will have light lunch.available.sandwiches, Donation of food and kitchen help will be appreciated. We will put out a jar for $ that day to cover expenses.I have written to Vernon Bolster and someone is going to try to contact Anne Meserve..If you know of any other teachers please let us know. Write Martha Hamilton at 32 South Rd 04017 or call her 846-4078 or Sylvia Ross at 846-4117."

The next meeting of the School Board is Wednesday, April 7, 2004 at the Cumberland Town Hall. Click here for agenda and minutes of the last meeting.

March 28, 2004 - Monday night there will be a meeting at the Hall at 7:00 pm about the parking at the boat ramps and floats at the Stone Pier.
March 26, 2004 - Pommy wanted me to report that in just a few days the chairs were all sold! Thank you to all who bought them and to the Inn for their donation.

Two days ago their was an article in the Boston Globe about the problem of security and LNGs were mentioned.

Boopie has asked me to let everyone know they are invited to attend the Cumberland Taxpayers Association meeting being held in Council Chambers on Monday, March 29, at 7PM. For more information about the meeting click here.

Monday night

March 24, 2004 - I hope nothing comes of it but here is an article in today's Portland Press Herald about a petition drive to have another vote in Harpswell about the proposed LNG facility.

Message from the Town Office about Brown Tail Moth Spraying.

March 23, 2004- Pat St. Cyr and Valerie Riddle are creating a lobstering experience book to raise money for the Chebeague Island Hall Community Center (CIHCC). They are looking for and would appreciate receiving any background information; pictures; funny, happy, etc stories of lobstering experiences as far back in years as possible. Please call Pat 846-5901 or Valerie 846-9688.

The Island Commons Resource Center is having a Special Benefit Sale of recently donated 100 of the Chebeague Island Inn's chairs. Please click here to see these chairs and to learn how to get them.

March 18, 2004 - A reminder that Saturday, March 20th there is a Benefit Dinner/Dance for Alnah Doughty Robinson. Turkey dinner 6pm and Dance 9pm - Donations welcomed. There will be a huge raffle at the Turkey Dinner/Dance which includes many wonderful items (click here to see list). The drawing will be held at 10 PM.
March 12, 2004 - Just a reminder that the there are only two days left for the Greely Drama Club Online Silent Auction bidding- if you can't be there for the final live auction you might want to get your high bid in now. I mentioned before that Donna Damon, Bob Putnam, Gail Miller and Bruce Bowman all have items in the auction.
March 11, 2004 - Saturday, March 13, 6 pm there will be a potluck supper at the Hall to benefit the Hall. Adults $5.00, Children under 12 are $3.00 and 3 and under free.

The man who was on Chebeague last Sunday stalking our children had been arrested numerous times, spent a few years in jail and was being sought after for another crime in Illinois and our police were unable to hold him or send him back to be prosecuted in Illinois. There seems to be a loophole in the laws which allows a person to have a warrant for their arrest on a charge of unlawful sexual contact in another state and we are unable to extradite that person. I told people I would put the addresses on the web of the Attorney General so people could write. Click here to see a sample letter written by one concerned citizen to the Attorney General.

March 10, 2003 - An article in the Portland Press Herald about the LNG vote.

There was also an article about the meeting held on Chebeague about the sex offender who had been seen on the island and what the police were able to do.

March 9, 2003 - The votes are in and Harpswell is saying NO to the LNG proposal!!! I want to thank all those who contributed to our ad in the Harpswell.
March 8, 2004 - Many of us have a lot of questions regarding the incident on the playground that occurred this weekend. To address our concerns, the Cumberland Police Department is having an Information Night tomorrow night, Tuesday March 9th at 7 pm at the Hall. The Public is invited. Sunday a transcient was at the school playground where some children were playing. This person has been seen on the island a number of times and just comes over for day trips on the Casco Bay Boat. If you see this person you should contact the Cumberland Police. Click here for a link to the Maine Sex Offender Registry. No one was hurt.

This Saturday, March 13th there will be a pot luck supper at the Hall at 6pm to benefit the Hall.

March 4, 2004 - March 20th there is a Benefit Dinner/Dance for Alnah Doughty Robinson. Turkey dinner 6pm and Dance 9pm - Donations welcomed. If you can't make the Dinner/Dance donations may be sent to the Chebeague Methodist Church for the Alnah Robinson fund. She has been diagnosed with severe lung cancer. You can write her at Alnah Robinson, PO Box 341, Cumberland, ME 04021.

I just added a letter to the editor from Jon Rich reflecting the meeting in Harpswell last Saturday.

March 3, 2004 - There are so many letters to the editor in the Portland Press Herald opposing the LNG facility and a number are from Chebeague. There are at least four in Brunswick Times Record from Chebeague today but as of this morning they aren't online but at least you can read the ones from yesterday. The Casco Bay Community film airs again today at 1pm. This morning on Chanell 23 the opponents to the LNG did a great job getting their point across with some help of a few Chebeague callers.
March 2, 2004 - Mike Robinson and Ernie Burgess were featured today in on a discussion of the LNG and it was terrific and I will let you know when it will air again. The Casco Bay Comunity film produced by Dick Merriman was on and Donna, Claire, Mike, Ernie, Susie and all the people around the Bay did such a fine job. That show will be on again tomorrow at 1 pm.
March 1, 2004 cont. - Tomorrow night at 7 pm on TV14 will be a new show produced by opponents of the LNG from the point of view of the Casco Bay Community. Many of our islanders will be in it and they will have a fly over of the area. In the morning on Channel 23 there is a live call-in show and the featured guest will be a proponent of the LNG. On Wednesday from 7- 9 there will be featured guests against the LNG. This show can also be heard on WPOR Radio 96???.
March 1, 2004 - There were three articles regarding the Fairwinds project yesterday in the Sunday Telegram. Harpswell's Neighbors Anxious about the LNG Vote, Harpswell Divided over its future(on this page there is a place to VOTE -258 votes so far), Bill Nimitz had an editorial about the selectman.
February 29, 2004 - A lot of us went to the Harpswell Town Meeting yesterday - started at 12 and ended after 6pm - It was obvious that there were more people against the proposal than for it but that doesn't mean the people sitting at home watching the meeting on TV feel the same. Non residents (including taxpayers were told to sit in the bleachers - later which I didn't hear someone suggested that there were plenty of chairs). Nonresidents were able to finally speak around 5:30 so there were not many people left to hear (fortunately it was televised). The first thing the selectmen did was read a letter from the Cumberland Town Manager. Donna, Ernie and Mike all did wonderful jobs expressing the concerns of the islanders and fisherman.
February 27, 2004 - In today's Globe there is an article about LNGs and safety.
February 26, 2004 cont. - There is going to be a Summer Barbecue Church Supper at the Parish House on Saturday at 6 pm. This benefit supper for the church $7 chicken, $6 hamburger and $5 hotdog - served with baked beans and salad with a surprise dessert. Children five and under are free! Everyone is encouraged to come!
February 26, 2004 - The Greely Drama Club has asked me to create a website for their Silent Auction fundraiser for the new High School Theater. Please take a look at some of the items - they're great and include a few Island items like lobstering with Bob Putnam, a tour of the island with Donna Damon and napkin rings by Gail Miller!
February 25, 2004 - There are Tshirts at the Island Market for sale to benefit the fffh (fishing families for Harpswell) organization. The fishing families feel that it would be great if everyone wears their T-shirt to the Harpswell Town Meeting on Saturday to show their support against the Fairwinds project.

The SAD51 School Board is meeting March 1 - click here for the Agenda which is PDF format. They have also sent me the minutes of the February 24th meeting in PDF format. If someone has trouble accessing them you may email me and I will send along the document.

I am on the committee for the Historical Society 2004 Exhibit which is planned for June and I am looking for any records or tapes of Goldie Doughty singing. I am hoping to be able to have a display including her singing. There use to be quite a few around the island and no one seems to know where they have gone. So please if you know of any get in touch with me. Thanks

February 24, 2004 cont. - Some of us decided to put a full page ad in the Harpswell Anchor - a simple ad from Chebeague with a map showing the pipeline, tanker route and our daily commute. The paper goes out to every household in Harpswell and I had to have it to them today. The cost of the ad is $810 which I have a commitment from a number of people towards paying for it. If anyone would like to contribute to the ad - please send or give me, Mike Robinson or David Stevens. We have $425 towards it already. You may see the ad click here.
February 24, 2004 - Tonight at 7 - Channel 14 - live forum about the Fairwinds Project.

Notice to all ALUMNI of Chebeague Schools: Martha Hamilton is hoping to get together another reunion on the island. She is hoping for around Memorial Day when a lot of people come back to decorate graves at the cemetery. She is thinking of a light lunch and gathering at the Parish house, nothing fancy, coffee/tea sandwiches and reservations or great expense... just a day time reunion. Possibly Mr. Vernon Boster who taught here 1941-42 could come for the day. Please contact classmates and then contact Martha Hamilton, 32 South Road, 207-846-4078.

Congratulations to Marion Read (Robin's daughter) who is currently studying African history and government at the University of Cape Town in Cape Town, South Africa. In August Marion will return to Georgetown University where she will be a senior government major. Recent she was an intern in the Portsmouth office of the Kerry for President campaign.

February 23, 2004 - Here is a link to the audio of the Fred Bever report on Maine Things Considered, Maine Public Broadcasting from Friday 2/20/04. The topic is the You can listen to Peter M (Conoco-Phillips rep, pressing LNG vote) Chris D (Citizen's group Fairplay for Harpswell, against LNG), Gordon W, (Dr. Weil is one of the Selectmen of Harpswell that has brought this LNG issue to a vote without studies); and Galen Rose of the Maine State Planning Office who is emphasizing that Conoco-Phillips entered the data into a State Planning office program and is now touting that the State of Maine is behind the rosy financial report that is being used in advertising for Conoco-Phillips.

If you have a letter to the editor or comments you would like posted on the Harpswell site please go to their site and do so or you may email to Claire Ross and she will post it per your wishes.

February 22, 2004 - There will be something about Fairwinds on at 7 and yesterday's rally will be on at 8:30 tonight. There were about 42 Chebeaguers at the rally yesterday which demonstrates the concern of islanders about the proposed Fairwinds project. There are 5000 voters in Harpswell who will be voting for something which will affect a number of fisherman in Harpswell and all the fishermen of Chebeague. It will affect a number of people whose home are near the facility. I just made up a page which shows the bow of a tanker with two large tugs beside it, addresses of our representatives and an article about LNG tankers. I am really worried about how people in Harpswell will vote on our future.
February 21, 2004 - Today a large group of islanders showed up at the LNG Rally where we all helped form a 1000' LNG tanker and show our support against the vote in Harpswell. Yesterday the Portland Press Herald published a letter from Susie Stavropoulos.
February 20, 2004 - I'm back from a very quick trip to Virginia where Vika visited Ferrum College where she will be studying Russian next year. Although it's not in a big city, she still loved it, and is looking forward to going there.

Tonight is Groovy Movie night at the Library, 7:30. Charlie Chaplin Modern Times and a couple of shorts. Donations accepted.

Saturday at 1 PM is the Harpswell Human LNG Tanker - snow date is Sunday, for more information go to!

I am posting here a note from Claire for those who haven't received an email from her on what people can do:

There are 17 days left until Harpswell votes on whether or not to lease the tank farm to Conoco-Phillips for 50 years. This project includes a pipeline across Casco Bay from Harpswell, between the islands, to the Portland end of Cousins Island and up on the shore in Cumberland. The pipeline is projected to run somewhere overland to connect with the Westbrook pipeline. There is no permitting process with a pipeline.

Your kind, brief, but direct questions and opinions need to be heard by the people of Harpswell. You can register and write your own direct post at: Go to: Community Calendar - To express your opinions and learn what others are thinking about the proposed Fairwinds LNG Project at the Harpswell Fuel Depot site click here. Then: Anchor Community forum, [c0c58c.jpg] Fairwinds Proposal, Discussions about the LNG Project - There have been 4,232 posts to this forum. The thread we can post to is called: Other Towns Heard From You can scroll to the bottom of the thread page and click subscribe and you will be notified of any postings as soon as they occur. If you have any difficulty or would like me to post anything for you - let me know. There are only 2 post there as of right now.Here is a direct opportunity. Harpswell is watching!

February 14, 2004 - HAPPY VALENTINES DAY - Today on Harpswell TV 14 you can see last nights call in show at 8:30 pm and again at 7pm. Fairwinds -What's in it for Harpswell is on at 11am and again 7pm. If you want to see the schedule you can go to then click on Whats on Community Television and somewhere you will find the schedule on the last page. If you are having trouble finding it call Donna Frisoli at the station 833-2363 or email at

I will be away until Thursday or Friday with Vika to look at a college in Virginia so unless something important comes up the page won't be updated.

February 13, 2004 - Tonight at 7 on the Harpswell Channel 14 there will be a live call in show featuring the author of the recent study of Potential Economic and Fiscal Impacts as a result of the LNG.

Don't forget the Valentine Dance tomorrow with the Wagoneers to benefit the Hall. Starts at 8 pm and is $6.00 per person.

Article in Wednesday's Portland Press Herald about Fairwinds project.

The Brunswick Times Record is doing an internet poll on the Fairwinds Project and even if you don't live in Harpswell you may vote - so check out the site.

February 11, 2004 - Today at 1 pm on Channel 14 you can see Chebeague without a vote tape of the meeting which took place last Sunday on Chebeague.

Tonight at the Recreation Center there is a program with Andrew Stickney -"Funding Higher Education"

Valentine Dance at the Hall this Saturday Night BYOB - Dips and crackers available - Wagoneers

February 8, 2004 - I just returned from the meeting at the Hall about the Fairwinds Project. The hall was packed with many concerned islanders and about a dozen people from Harpswell came to discuss the project and hear our concerns. The meeting was filmed and will be televised on the Harpswell Channel 14. This month they will be doubling their sending capacity so that if you couldn't receive the channel before you may be able to now. I put a couple of pictures on the Fairwinds page and also ways islanders can help to defeat this project.
February 7, 2004 - Tomorow there will be a meeting at 1 pm at the hall about the Fairwinds Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Depot and pipeline and what it means to Chebeague. We will be hosting some guests from the Fishing Families for Harpswell.

Happy Birthday to Elizabeth Hill who is in the Netherlands.

We had a great time in New York and you can see some images from our trip.

February 2, 2004 - For the next few days I will be in New York with the Historical Society. Some of us will also be seeing 42nd Street the musical which is what Stacy Stewart will be directing us in this summer. I hear there is lots of tapping! Yippee!
February 1, 2004 - Hurrah Patriots! They did it again!
I received more news from Jay and Jen (I think Jen's writing a book) what an adventure and you can read the details on the my site with a new picture. It sounds pretty rough!
January 29, 2004 - This Saturday, January 31, May is having a free contra dance at the hall's a celebration of Beatrice's birthday, but the other BIG reason for the DANCE is to raise money for Lida Munroe's trip to Japan. That's right, Lida has been saving her babysitting money and other work so she can go to Japan! Lida has been selected as one of 15 students going to Japan this summer. This dance is an effort to raise money for Lida's trip. Donations are welcome!!!

Here are the details from May:
FreeContra Dance
Saturday, January 31, 2004
Chebeague Island Hall

with Caller Ted Crane and The Mere Mortals including Chebeague Island School's own Maggie Robinson
Potluck 5:30
Dance 7-10

I have also updated the Yacht club site with it's August minutes.

The School Board meets this Monday, February 2 - I have included the agenda and minutes from the last meeting on the site.

January 27, 2004 - The CRC is pleased to announce that the newly-expanded fitness room is now complete and ready to use! It is much more spacious and shiny clean. Current fitness pass holders will have their passes automatically extended by two months, (the length of the project). Anyone interested in trying out the new room please feel free to come by for a free trial! Fitness room pass rates are scheduled to go up April 1st so get your passes soon if you don't yet have one. We hope to add a second treadmill in the near future. So come on in and shake off those winter doldrums. Call CRC at 846-5068 for information about schedules or prices.

January 26, 2004 - Tonight you can watch the Harpwell Town Meeting live on Channel 14 if you can get it. At least you can listen to it there. It comes in pretty well on one of our televisions. As everyone knows, if Harpswell passes this project it will have a major impact on all of our lives. I have added box above to get more information about this project.

Yesterday, I along with many other Chebeaguers saw Anything Goes put on by the Portland Players which included our own Stacey Stewart and Tyler Putnam. They can seen here after the performance where they were greeted by their adoring fans.

Gordon Murphy while running on Hamilton Beach came across a sleeping seal - he thought it was sick/injured so he called that number on the Cousins Island dock - Ryan and he went back to make sure it was still there (see picture) and it was just fine - "it had made a big trail in the dunes and it looked at us for a while before scooting back into the water. The woman from the Marine Animal Lifeline was on the next boat after I called her with all her gear so they really respond well - turns out it was a harp seal, who like to 'haul out' occasionally to roll in the snow and eat the snow."

Happy Birthday Marty Trower Rossoll!!

January 22, 2004 - If anyone wants shrimp you can call Heidi and Alex 865-9316.

Dredging at the wharf is now going on 24 hours a day.

Click here to see a video Herb made of the Polar Plunge.

Today there were a couple of letters to the Editor of the Portland Press Herald about the LNG proposal in Harpwell from Ernie Burgess and Mike Robinson and I have included them on the site.

January 20, 2004 - Sunday, February 8th at 1 pm there will be a meeting at the hall concerning the proposed LNG pipeline from Harpswell to the mainland. It is an informational meeting for all who are concerned. For more information contact Sky Yenco.

This project proposed for Harpswell will not only effect the lobstermen - it will effect the sailors, boaters, recreational fishermen and site seers. When the pipeline gets built it will disturb everyone's lifestyle as it is put in between Chebeague and Cousins. I just watched an interview on the Harpswell Channel 14 with a husband and wife lobstermen team from Marblehead, Massachusetts where a LNG pipeline was put through their area. It was interesting hearing what they went through and how it effected their life for more than two years and now the uncertainty of what is coming. We will be getting copies of the interview from Harpswell for people to pass around shortly. Today in Algeria an explosion at a LNG plant killed 22 people.

Valentine's Dance at the Hall on Saturday, February 14th. From 8 pm to Midnight. Snacks, door prizes and other goodies will be provided by the Hall. BYOB. Bring your favorite sweetheart and dance the night away or just visit with your neighbors. See you there!

January 19, 2004 - The Stone Wharf Committee meeting is tonight at 7pm at the Hall. The public is welcome. There is a lot of work going on at the wharf right now. You can see some photos taken by Bob Earnest and Polly Wentling of the work and the ice we have had lately by clicking here - you can see what a difference one week makes in weather and ice.
January 17, 2004 - What a day for the POLAR PLUNGE! The weather cooperated with us and the plunge went off beautifully - of course the swimmers had to walk 1/2 mile through mud flats and ankle water before they could get all the way wet. I'd like to thank all the helpers including the rescue (who stood by just in case) Jill Malony and Med Bowen; Bob Libby for the wood and delivery; Hartley and Dianne for the use of the Boat Yard (great venue except tricky at low tide); Geof for fire; all the plungers; and especially all the pledgers!!! If you want to send in a pledge in the name of any of the swimmers - they would sure love it.

There is also a link to the Chili Challenge and Rockathon. There are so many people to thank for all their help. Gail Miller and Shirley Barker set up the challenge with lots of help from so many - you can see most of them in the photos. The rock-a-thon had a few participants and we would like to thank Laura who got the food and set it up and those people who came out in the middle of the night to chaperone - they included Polly Wentling, Kim Munroe, Gina Ross, Deb Bowman, Virginia, Lauren Miller and me (I had it easy from 10-12).

Tonight at 6:00 is the Corned Beef Dinner at the Hall. Karen Hamilton along with many other volunteers are putting it on for the CIHCC. There will be homemade pies and all. See you there!

January 16, 2004 - In todays Portland Press Herald there is a wonderful article about the years the bay froze over. I had a picture I put on line a couple of years ago which shows Richard Bowen, Elliot Thompson, Albert Bennett, Milton Webber and Clyde Bowen in the paper in 1933 or 34. Click here to see it larger.
January 16, 2004 - Polar Plunge has to be moved to the Boat Yard. Bennetts Cove is plugged up with ice and I'm afraid it might not go out by tomorrow morning. Right now we only have about five people plunging but we are looking for any more crazy people. The rock-a-thon starts tonight at 10pm and so if your not doing anything in the middle of the night stop by and visit the teens at the rec.
January 15, 2004 - Rachel Damon is studying in England this semester as part of her education at Colby. She is having a wonderful time so far and has a website we can all visit her on. The site is so bookmark it and check back often - and email her - that will inspire her to keep it up.

It is colder than ever and my phone has been ringing off the hook with freezeups and I'm hearing about a lot more. It hasn't even gone above 0 as I write this message.

I received this note from Stacy who is in the Portland Players production of Anything Goes. "Tyler Putnam and I are having fun in this very different production of our summer show. Tyler is playing the cameraman, Steward, and one of the China men. He is also learning to lift me off the ground! I am having the pleasure of playing Bonnie, the gangsters moll. I hope that everyone will be able to see the show! I haven't yet decided on next summers show, but will have a decision sometime in the next few weeks. Stacy" Click here for dates of shows.

THE POLAR BEAR PLUNGE IS ON for Saturday, January 17th at 12 noon! We talked about it at the meeting tonight and decided to go with it as planned unless it becomes terribly windy along with the cold - after all last year it was 9 degrees and we all survived. I'm not doing this year - five in a row was plenty for me unless someone comes up with $1000 pledge I might think about it.

The Chili Chowder Challenge is at the rec at 12:30 - $5.00 and you get a great lunch and get to vote on your favorite entries. We have a lot of people signed up so far. If you want to participate in the event and make something just call Gail Miller or Shirley Barker.

Hall Corned Beef Supper next Saturday night at 6:00 pm - $6.00 adults, $3.00 under 12, and free for under three.

Famous people born on January 12 - Rush Limbaugh, Howard Stern, Kirstie Alley, Beverly Johnson, Bruce Tompkins
January 12, 2004 - Thank you to all for the birthday wishes - David did it to me again - I went to get my emails and knew something was up - He thinks that by making spelling mistakes you would all think I wrote it. I really love getting older and taking my Aleve everyday to deal with arthritis - sooo much fun. I could have joined AARP when I was 50 five years ago.
January 12, 2004 - It's my AARP celebration day!!  Today I'm eligible for all the advantages of senior citizenship!  I'm so happy!  And I'm not even a grandmother yet!  The picture to the left shows what I looked like forty years ago (I haven't changed a bit, have I?) when my sisters, my brothers and I came to the Island and took Chebeague by storm...I think you'll agree the place hasn't been the same since!  I just love getting e-mail birthday greetings, so please help me celebrate!
January 10, 2004 - Next week (Saturday, January 17, 12 NOON) is the 6th annual Polar Bear Plunge and the weather is supposed to be cold - as cold as this week. There are about six people signed up so far for the plunge - we are hoping for more - so come on over - it is really fun. I'm not doing this year after five years I've decided to take a different role, watching. Some of the participants who would love to have your pledges are Lida Munroe, Tom Calder, Glenn Coombs, Bob Earnest, Scott Earnest, Anna Maine. So if you haven't pledged for anyone yet I'm sure these participants and the Teen Center would love a pledge. I think I have most of their email addresses correct so just click on them. Thank you from all the Teens.

There are also a bunch of kids doing a Rockathon (sitting and rocking in a rocking chair all night without stopping) on Friday night the 16th. They will take a 2 hour break to see the Polar Plunge if they go that long. I will get a list to you of who is doing it. I know so far that Jim Stefanilo, Darya Johnson, Arianna Stefanilo, Dennis Johnson, Megan Munroe and more will be doing it so they will be looking for pledges also.

January 7, 2004 - I have just updated the Library Page with important information about its schedule. Important changes to note are that the Library will be open from 6-8 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and closed Wednesday evening. The rest of the schedule will stay the same I think.

The Chebeague Island Historical Society is sponsoring a trip led by Suhail Bisharat: REDISCOVERING PETRA IN NEW YORK FEBRUARY 3-6, 2004 - for details go to

January 6, 2004 - I have just added some great photos from last year's sailing school.
January 4, 2004 - HAPPY NEW YEAR! - I was away for a few days celebrating my baby brother's 50th birthday - Happy birthday Glenn! -

As I write this note I want to wish Sarah and Rob Prescott good luck as they head to the Ukraine to adopt a brother or sister for Seth - they will be back hopefully by Feb 1.

The Freeport Inn wanted me to remind all the islanders that they are still offering the $39.95 a night Chebeague Islander rate through 5/21/04. Tom Calder wanted me to thank everyone for purchasing a Christmas tree from the fire department and if you still owe for the tree you may send the check to him or Doug Ross.

I would also like to remind people that the Fairwinds project is coming up for a vote in Harpswell and anyone who would like to know more informtion can go to where you can find competing sites about the proposal. You could also email the Town of Harpswell and let them know how you feel about the proposal and how it might impact their neighbors at

I just added some pictures to Jay and Jen's adventures on the Gitane!

December 27, 2003 - Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas! The snow around here is almost gone with some clear, warm weather. Jenny and J Holt are sailing their boat from San Diego to Chebeague. The first 1000 miles are behind them, and they are in Mazatlan, México, where J is working on Gitane's transmission. Jenny is keeping a log and Mary forwarded it to me for the website so now we can all travel with them on their journey! Here is their first entry on They will be setting up their own website but for now you can see it here.

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