To get the weather just click on the photo of the Stone Wharf. To contact me, Beverly Johnson:

December 31, 2005 - Well, here it is the last day of the year and Beverly and her family are off for a well-deserved vacation. She'll be back on the 8th day of the New Year. If, in the meantime, there are any announcements of note to post on this Island Website, please send them to

A safe and sane New Year's Eve to all with best wishes for a wonderful New Year!

December 23, 2005 - Thanks to everyone who donated to the CPA Giving Tree!  Our little helpers, Cameron, Aaron & Henry worked hard loading all the wonderful gifts onto the Casco Bay Boat.  Happy Holidays from the Chebeague Parents Association.

The CRC will be closed Saturday, December 24th and Sunday, December 25th. Also, it will be closed Saturday, December 31st and Sunday, January 1st. Look for posters and signs with special teen center hours and children's activities over the school break.
The Staff and Board of Directors would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

December 19, 2005 - This coming Friday, December 23rd there will be a birthday party for Eleanor Morse at 3:00 pm. at the Commons. The family would love to have people come and visit Eleanor and wish her a happy birthday!
December 15, 2005 - This is a message from the Chebeague Parents Association: This is just a reminder that, as you finish up your holiday shopping, please keep in mind the CPA Giving Tree. This is the third year we have teamed up with PROP to help a local family have a better Christmas. This year we are helping a single mom with two daughters. There are still a lot of presents left on the list that no one has signed up to get for them. The tree and list are at the library in the Children's section.
The gifts need to be wrapped and returned to the library or to Althea Dugliss Hall by Sunday, December 18th.
Please consider helping out a family in need. Thanks, and call Althea at 846-5126 if you have any questions.

December 11, 2005 - Last night the Whalers concert was wonderful and I took some photos which you can see by clicking here.

Today the annual Christmas party is taking place at the Church from 4 to 6. If you are attending with children who are not residents please call Jen Belesca so she can let Santa know.

December 10, 2005 - Tonight the annual Christmas Whalers Concert is taking place at 7 pm at the Hall.
December 9, 2005 - The birthday party for Bertha Gray is postponed until 3 pm tomorrow - Saturday. Please join Bertha at the Island Commons to celebrate her 100th birthday, Saturday, December 10th from 3 to 5.

December 6, 2005 - The Explorer Post of the Cumberland Fire Department are having a toy drive for the Salvation Army. Lida Munroe will be collecting unwrapped new toys and people can drop them of at her house or call 846-4654 to pick them. They need collected by December 20th.

Tomorrow night Jim Rier from the Department of Education will be at the Cumberland Town office to explain how the Essential Services and Programs (EPS) Funding formula works and how the numbers are affected by Chebeague's Secession.

December 5, 2005 - There is a lot going on this week! This Friday Bertha Gray turns 100! She is as agile and active as ever and a celebration has been planned - check out the mailed out Calendar for details.

Some of the floats at the Stone Pier are coming out soon starting with tomorrow. The Float plan is attached so click here.

Tomorrow night the Town Council is going to be on the island for a workshop on wharfs at the Hall 7pm.

Negotiations started last week with the Town Council and the five representatives of the Territory. These negotiations will be ongoing with meetins at least twice a week. There is not much that can be reported on at this time.

The Aquaculture DMR Hearing took place last Thursday on the Mussell bed application and testimony was taken. I will let people know when decision is made.

December 2, 2005 - The annual kids Holiday Craft Fair at CRC is this Sunday from 1-3, where kids of all ages can come and make xmas gifts to give away.

Sunday at 3pm is an informational public meeting to hear a report from the secession representatives on the status of the secession.

November 30, 2005 - The DMR mussell bed public hearing will be on Chebeague Tomorrow at 2pm at the Hall.

New CPA Cookbooks are here. They are $12 or 2 for $20 and would make fantastic Christmas presents. The kids art work is great and I'll attach a picture of the cover (by Catie Bowman). They are available at the Library or you can call or email Jen Belesca 846-1097.

The Ladies Aid Fair is this Saturday from 12:30 to 3pm and is at the Parish House. There will be light lunch available. If you ordered a wreath you can pick them up before 3pm on Thursday December 1, at the Parish House.

November 29, 2005 - Last night the Town of Cumberland Town Council voted no to Chebeague's Secession. They indicated that this NO does not mean that they couldn't come back after negotiations with a YES vote on our secession. The representatives start today at 1pm to get the negotiations going. See Portland Press Herald article today.

CICA will have their regular meeting tonight at 7pm and are planning a public meeting this coming Sunday at 3pm at the Hall. As we move into this next phase of the process our intention shifts to the negotiating table and we will no longer hold the weekly Tuesday evening meetings at the Parish House. Frequent public updates will be announced on the bulletin boards, this website and our mailings.

November 25, 2005 - The Fire dept will be selling Christmas trees on Sat and Sundays from 9:00-noon every weekend until Dec 24, price is $28.00, all trees same price and same size!

Tomorrow is the Island's Craft and Art Fair - starts at 10 AM to 4 PM.

This Monday night the Town Council has an agenda item to consider and act on the Chebeague Island Secession. They will also be hearing a report on the Aquaculture Lease Application scheduled for public hearing on Chebeague Island, December 1, 2005. Click here for the agenda.

November 22, 2005 - The regular CICA meeting tonight is cancelled.
November 18, 2005 - Please note. The Ladies Aid will make Christmas wreaths on Dec 1st.  You must get your orders in by that date. Call Betsey Ross @846-4083  or Dianne Calder @ 846-4176. We may have a few wreaths to sell at the Fair on Dec. 3rd. Orders can be picked up there or on the 1st at the parish House after 1 p.m. Wreaths are $10.00 each with red or plaid bow and cones, etc.
Ladies Aid Christmas Fair..Sat. Dec. 3 from 12:30 to 3 pm...get a hot dog there for your lunch. Lots of gift items, Christmas trims, fudge, cookies, cake, stationery, greeting cards, knitting, baby clothes, white elephants and a raffle or 2. Hope to see you there.
November 17, 2005 - Congratulations to Chris Martin who has just been elected to the CAMPBELL AWARD CLASS B FOOTBALL 2005 All -Star team.
November 16, 2006 - Portland Press Herald article in the paper today.
November 15, 2005 - The mussel aquaculture public hearing is scheduled for Chebeague on December 1, 2005. You can click here to see the Department Site Review for the site proposed East of Hope Island.

There is a Planning Board meeting on the mainland. There will be a public hearing on the Roy Hill Subdivision and also an item on the piers, docks and wharfs. Click here for the agenda.

Tonight the regular CICA meeting will be at the Parish House.

Senior Luncheon will be at the Parish House on Wed. Nov. 16th at noon. 

November 10, 2005 - In view of the terrorist attack(s) in Amman yesterday -- and local concern for Leila & Suhail, who stayed on in Jordan following the Historical Soc. trip last month, it might be of interest to you and others to know that the Bisharats are OK !  It was a close call, however, as they'd been out for dinner at the time those bombs went off - but, thankfully, a mile & 1/2 from the hotel area in downtown Amman.
L&S expect to return here on 11/22, with Nora (who turns 19 on that date), after a few days in DC.
November 8, 2005 - Election Day - VOTE TODAY! will report later on the results - don't forget to vote! If you, or someone you know, needs a ride to vote today, there are drivers available.  Fran Calder, Dave Stevens, and Bob Earnest are on call.
On Chebeague total votes counted: votes 246 YES for secessesion votes 41 NO for secession one blank.
Mainland: 2973 voters -  54% turnout

Chebeague Island: 287 voters - 89% turnout

TOWN-WIDE: 3260 voters -  56% turnout

click here for all the Chebeague RESULTS OF THE ELECTION

November 7, 2005 - The Department of Marine Resources will be on the island TODAY to conduct a public scoping session on the proposed aquaculture lease application . Click here to see the flyer we just received and to learn more about today's meeting and the public hearing on December 1, 2005. The lobstermen on the island are hoping that you will attend, hear the issues and support the lobster industry of Chebeague.

Last Friday Governor Baldacci gave out "Governor's Awards for Environmental Excellence" at a ceremony in Augusta. Wayne Dyer and Kim Boehm were honored!! CONGRATULATIONS

The event recognized and celebrated outstanding environmental protection efforts in a variety of categories including Pollution Prevention, STEP-UP, Environmental Stewardship, Public Health & Environment, and Toxic and Hazardous Waste Reductions. They demonstrated how a couple of individuals can take on a massive cleanup effort and get the job done as they did with the 200+ junk cars, batteries, tires, metal they were able to get off Chebeague. Thank you so much!

November 4, 2005 - Portland Press Herald - Maine Voices - an editorial by Andy Grannell.

The meeting scheduled for 3 pm on Sunday, Nov 6th is being moved to 4 pm. at the Hall. Peter Lowe and Bob Lyman along with the five representatives will be there to answer questions and give the latest information about the process of becoming our own town and running our own school.

Happy birthday Sanford Doughty!!!

November 1, 2005 - A SUPPER to help fuel assistance program for heating oil this winter on Chebeague will be held at the CIHCC (hall) this Saturday, November 5th at 6 pm. The dinner will be casseroles, salads and pies. For more information contact Peggie Jones at 846-5616 or 846-4106 (church office phone).
October 31, 2005 - Article in the Portland Press Herald about mainland's position on Chebeague's leaving the town. There will be an informational meeting November 6th at 3pm at the CIHCC. This will be an opportunity to ask questions about self governance for Chebeague and get the latest details.
October 30, 2005 - The next meeting of the Chebeague Parents Association is: Tuesday night, November 1, 7:00 p.m. at the Rec Center! Hope to see you there!

Reminder that the CIHCC annual meeting is Tuesday, November 1, 7:00 pm at the Hall

October 27, 2005 - Today the Legislative Council voted to accept our Bill Request 2562 for secession thanks to Richardson, Cummings, Duplessie, Bowles Tardy and Edmonds who voted in favor.
October 26, 2005 - Article in Portland Press Herald about the process of leaving the town.
October 24, 2005 - A Bible study on the Minor Prophets will begin tonight, October 24, 7:15 at the parsonage.  We will meet on Monday nights 7:15-8:30 under the leadership of Gloria Brown.  Workbooks are available for this study.  All are welcome to attend.

Article in the Portland Press Herald today about secession - don't forget to take the opinion poll.

There is a meeting this Thursday night at the Parish House, 7 pm, to discuss and solicit input on the Town of Chebeague Island Draft Education Plan. Bob Lyman, former superintendent of Freeport and Cape Elizabeth, has been assisting the education committee in discussions with state and local educational bodies and developing a draft education plan for a future Town of Chebeague. If you have questions call Carol White 846-4769.

October 23, 2005 - The Email page has been updated and recreated by John Holt. It has been developed in a manner so spammers will not be able to use the addresses. If you have not wanted your email on the page because of that you may want to add it now after you read John's notes. It is also color coded so we can keep track on addresses which are up to date. Any yellow address we have not had any confirmation of and it would be good to check it out and then contact John Holt with the updates. Thank you John for taking on this task - he has put a lot of work into it and I do appreciate it.

The Chebeague Island School CPA/Preschool has registered with Hannaford Helps Schools program to participate in a fundraiser that shouldn't take too much effort.
The program runs from Sept. 4, 2005 through Dec. 19, 2005.
It's very simple: When you purchase various products at Hannaford you will get "School Dollars" that will print out with your receipt. (Like their in-store coupons do.)  Turn them into The Chebeague Island School  or to a member of the Chebeague Parents Association. 
Chery will collect them and turn them in to Hannaford and receive a check from Hannaford for the amount of school dollars that we turn in.  Please send in all School Dollars prior to Dec. 12, 2005 because we need to submit them to Hannaford by Dec. 19th.

If you want to know what products will create "school dollars" go to:

So please take a little time and ask friends & family for their School Dollars to support The Chebeague Island School CPA/Preschool.

October 22, 2005 - Monday night at 6pm at the Cumberland Town Office there will be a WORKSHOP re: November 8, 2005 constitutional amendment ballot question re: assessing waterfront land used for commercial fishing activities based on the land's current use. The council meeting will follow at 7 and will include another Public Hearing re: Secession. similar information will be presented to the mainland which was presented on the Island Tuesday night. To see the agenda click here. (If you have word). You can also go to Town of Cumberland Website

Just a quick note from the Historical Society.  For the past year or so the Historical Society has been bidding for items pertaining to island history on EBAY using Donna Damon's account.  We know that this was confusing for some of you who wanted to defer to the Museum, so we have opened up our own account which is easy to remember.  Chebeaguehist--  We are not trying to suggest that you not bid on items that you really want, but just thought you might like to know when the Museum is serious
about an item so none of us pay a lot more than necessary.  Many of the items that we have bought over the past year will be available to the public in our research room and may be seen in uncoming exhibits.

Speaking of exhibits, next year is the 250th anniversary of Ambrose Hamilton buying land on Chebeague.  Therefore next year (2006) will be the year of the Hamiltons.  We are planning lectures, a reunion, and an exhibit that will look island businesses over time.  Hamilton descendants played an important role in the development of stores, hotels, stone slooping etc.  They even had their own pogey oil factory.  To this end we will have an exhibit that that should have wide appeal, but we need your help.  We need store and hotel records, account books, photos, merchandise etc that would have been sold/used including dishes and trinkets from Henry Bowen's store etc.  While we welcome donations, we understand that these items mean a lot to families so it would be fine if you would just lend them to us.  We are also looking for the large beautifully framed ancestrial portraits that were done as a photograph/charcoal combination. We knw that there are many around. We hope to hang these portraits around the room above the displays.  Remember the person's last name does not have to be Hamilton if he/she is a descendant.

For more information call Donna Damon 846-5140 or Jane Frizzell 846-4937.  Don't just drop things off at the Museum!  We need to have you sign a form and we need to know where the items come from. 

October 17, 2005 - School Board meeting tonight has been moved to the Hall!

Senior Luncheon scheduled for Wed. Oct. 19th, has been rescheduled for the following week, Oct. 26th at the Parish House. 

October 13, 2005 - There are a couple of important meetings next week on Chebeague - The first meeting is the School Board meeting at the school at 7 pm. They will be addressing questions we have raised regarding our children continuing to go to school at Greely as tuition students if we are able to secede. Their lawyer also will be at the meeting to give insights. Click here for the agenda. Please come and let the school Board know how you feel.

Tuesday night at 7pm the Town Council will be here at the Hall for the second meeting on secession. It will be a workshop format and they will be discussing the impact of our secession to the taxes of Cumberland. We will have a reception with coffee, juice and snacks at 6:30 so please come for dessert and questions.

There were two articles and a letter to the editor in the Portland Press Herald yesterday which all pertain to Chebeague. The first was on an aquaculture lease application in the fishing grounds around Hope Island, the second was on the WIFI internet access we are hoping to get island wide soon and the letter was about how someone thinks we should have an oil refinery on one of our outer islands.

October 6, 2005 - NEWS FLASH - The Casserole dinner for Saturday has been CANCELLED- they will try to reschedule and send their appologies.
October 5, 2005 - There is an article in Todays about David Hill and his job in Mississippi.

The Frost Tournament is this Saturday, October 8 Noon "shotgun" start - modified callaway handicap system - social to follow at 5pm.

CANCELLED - Casserole dinner on Saturday, October 8, 6 pm at the Hall!!

October 3, 2005 - The Recreation Center has just changed their webpage address and have a new look so please check it out at!

David Hill, along with a few others from the State has volunteered and is now down South for two weeks to work with the Mississippi Small Business Development Center to aid the people of Mississippi who have been devestated by Katrina. He is helping people to complete their application forms, working with the Mississippi Small Business Development Centers.

October 1, 2005 - Sunday, October 2nd at 7 pm at the Parish house there will be a CICA workshop on public relations - public is always invited so please come, participate and be heard.

The Hall is putting on a Casserole dinner on Saturday, October 8, 6 pm, during the Columbus Day Weekend.

September 27, 2005 - On Thursday, September 22nd, volunteers from area Shaw's Supermarkets came to Chebeague to volunteer at the Rec Center. They volunteered thru United Way; 4 times per year they get out into the community for such organizations. At the Rec
they worked with 5 or 6 Chebeaguers sprucing up the landscaping, weeding the gravel paths and planting areas, and cleaning up fences - continuing work that was started by a crew of Chebeague volunteers earlier this summer. Chebeaguers showered the Shaw's folks with homemade muffins at coffee break, and, with a great lunch (including Linda Ewing's "Texas pepper pasta" for lunch!). Then we took them on a driving tour of the island, where they recognized many of their island customers.

Next time you're shopping at Shaw's, say "thanks" for their great volunteer work at the Rec! Some of the photos of the day thanks to Bob Earnest.

September 23, 2005 - Congratulations to Nancy Barton who was married on September 10th. See a few photos of the celebration.
September 21, 2005 - In todays Portland Press Herald there is an article about the sinking of the Shady Lady.
September 19, 2005 - Message from Bob and Nancy: The school garden lives! In addition to the very healthy stand of tomatoes, we found potatoes (which were grown from a few "gone by" spuds in one teacher's produce bin at home, last spring); lettuce; pumpkins; mint; and purple stringbeans. All in spite of a summer of less attention than the garden deserves (think of what we could have done had we stuck with it all summer!).

Ann (chef extraordinaire at CIS) has prepared these and other garden fresh veggies from the island into salads, "snacking" tomatoes, and soups; and, from last spring's plantings, there is more to come in the weeks ahead. We also just planted several lettuces and swiss chard for fall harvest.

For next year, we hope to raise the funds to pay a few interns to work a few hours per week, with the school kids, to keep the garden going through the summer months.

If you're interested or want to help, call Bob or Nancy at 846 0924. Click here to see the photos of the children and the garden!

September 18, 2005 - This morning Barry Riddle's boat was discovered sunk. During the evening someone ran into the stern of it and the impact caused damaged which eventually sank it. Early this morning four lobster boats surrounded the boat and were able to get it to the float and then many, many people got together to get the water out while Matt McCullum dove under to plug up the leaking seams. The Shady Lady was finally taken out of the water and I have lots of photos from the time it was into the wharf.

Cumberland Planning Board Agenda for September 20th which includes Roy Hill Road Subdivision item.

September 17, 2005 - The public hearing Thursday night went very well with many people from Chebeague going over to the Town Hall in the pooring rain. The Portland Press Herald reported on the meeting and I think did a very good job - click here

Today the Portland Press Herald had another article - Chebeague, Cumberland may spar over small islands.

Bea Kendall's family wanted me to let everyone know that there will be a memorial service for Bea today at 1 pm at the Oderda's home on Cottage Road.

September 14, 2005 - Tomorrow, 7:00 at the Cumberland Town Hall - Public Hearing to discuss secession! John Ash has volunteered to drive a CTC bus from the 6:30 pm boat to the Town Hall and back to the on-call boat back to the Island (not from Route 1 parking lot). Thanks, John!
September 13, 2005 - Tonight 7:30 at the Hall - public meeting to discuss secession and upcoming Public Hearing!

Job Posting: Chebeague Recreation Center "Youth Director"
In addition to our recent posting for Recreation Director, we are looking for a Youth Director.  A job description and proposed schedule are shown below.  If you are interested in this position, or would like to learn more, please contact Bob Libby or Bob Earnest at work or at home.  We will accept applications until October 5, 2005.
Phone number at the Rec is 846-5068. Click here for job description.

September 12, 2005 - Tomorrow night there will be a public meeting at the Hall at 7:30 to discuss the upcoming Thursday night Public Hearing at the Town of Cumberland Town Hall at 7pm. The five representatives of the Seceding territory will be there to make a presentation and answer questions. The decision will be made Wednesday regarding postponing the meeting if Tropical Storm Ophelia is forecast to hit the coast. There will be refreshments and coffee Tuesday night.
September 7, 2005 - In the wake of the Katrina disaster, one of our summer islanders is offering his house for a family from the stricken area. In order to do this we would need a commitment by a lot of people to help with supplying the many other needs besides the shelter. If you would like to help with this effort please call Ehrhardt Groothoff at (415) 710-1203 or Banu KomLosy at 846-6568.

This coming Sunday, September 11 is the Blanchard Golf Tournament. This tournement is for all island residents - lots of fun - 12 NOON Shotgun start at noon, sign up from 11:30 to 11:50, teams by draw with callaway scoring- social at 5pm.

A couple of VERY IMPORTANT MEETINGS coming up next week. Tuesday night at the Hall - 7:30 - a public discussion and workshop in preparation for the Thursday night PUBLIC HEARING which is at the Cumberland Town Hall at 7 PM. The five representatives of the Secession Territory will be presenting our report to the Cumberland Town Council. These meeting are extremely important for Chebeague.

September 2, 2005 - The Chebeague United Methodist Church Sunday School children will be sponsoring a Lemon AID stand on Saturday, September 3rd. Please stop by and purchase a drink of lemonade and help the children raise money for a good cause. Thank you for your support.

September 1, 2005 - The Chebeague Island Fire Department is sending $200.00 to the American Red Cross for the purpose of disaster relief in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. We challenge other Island organizations as well as individuals to do the same.  The Island opened up it's pocket books for the victims of the tsunami last year and now is the time for the victims of the hurricane in the gulf coast. Your donations can be sent to The American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, FEMA or The Catholic Charities. PLEASE, THEY NEED OUR HELP NOW! You can send your donations to the local chapter of the American Red Cross @ 2401 Congress Street, Portland  ME 04102 and designate for the hurricane disaster relief. They will forward it on.

Daisy was at the Clam Shack on Tuesday and I took a photo of some children around her.

The presentation by Gordon Corbett on the Titanic was so entertaining - I hope he will come back and talk to the island about more subjects he is interested in - children who had him as a Science teacher must be all be scientist now -he is very inspiring.

August 30, 2005 - Thank you to all who took chances for the Red Sox Tickets and helped to support this fundraiser. The winning tickets were drawn and congratulations to Henry Edwards (grandson of Anne Belesca), Jane Leonard, Jon Torres, and Ben Johnson!
August 29, 2005 - There is a great article about Molly Shattuck in the Baltimore Sun.

Note from Tom: Daisy the pot bellied pig will make an apperance at the Clam Shack on Tuesday, 8/30 from 530-800 pm. Bring a camera,s Daisy likes cut up watermellon also.Paul Minor hopes all her friends will stop on by.

August 28, 2005 - Tonight the Island Commons is having a benefit supper at 5 pm at the Hall. Join for great food conversation and fun - raffles - Donation Only!!! Resident staff and board members are hosting.

Monday night there will be a presentation about the TITANIC with Gordon Corbett (remember teacher in space) - This will be at the Hall at 7:30 - Gordon always captivates his audience - donations are appreciated! Sponsored by the Historical Society.

August 26,2005 - John Holt has volunteered to take on the tedious job of reworking the email list page and put it in a format which will be less likely to be spamed. He will be contacting everyone on the list to have the emails checked and updated and/or removed if undeliverable. Please contact John by clicking here with changes.

If anyone is heading over to Harpswell's Shore Dinner Fundraiser and need a place to tie up please contact Tom Allen 833-0562. Toby's (Tom Butler's) Wharf is officially available for any from Chebeague who might wish to come by boat. His float can accommodate 1 larger boat and two smaller ones.

August 25, 2005 -There is an article in the New York Times today about Chebeague's seeking independence from Cumberland.
August 24, 2005 - The Chebeague Island Church and The Chebeague Island Grange with the help of The Chebeague Island Inn, is sponsoring a blood drive.  The blood drive will be held at the Community Center, Thursday from 9:30am-2:30pm.  The American Red Cross is in urgent need as they are currently down 362 units of blood and urges all eligible donors to donate.  Eligible donors are at least 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds.  Please be sure to bring ID with you to the blood drive.
August 23, 2005 - Last night Jeff Putnam presented the petitions to the Town of Cumberland requesting a public hearing for secession. Islanders collected 273 signatures of people supporting the process going forward to public hearing and then referendum vote. The town scheduled the public hearing for Thursday, September 15 at 7 pm at the Town Hall and the referendum vote will be November 8th. To find more information about the process and documents about the seperation including draft budget information you can go to the CICA page.

Katie Phipps thanks all who supported her ambassadorship to Europe, especially local island businesses who contributed goods and services.  Barbara Hayden pulled the lucky ticket, which was bought by a shocked Katharine Brosseau.  Barbara also received a phone book from the Library and a lovely Chebeague hat from the Cobbler shop.  Katie showed some wonderful slides and photos from her amazing trip and told the hair-raising story of her attempts to fly home from Greece.

August 19, 2005 - This Sunday, August 21 from 11 to 2 the Fire Department Open House - come and see demonstrations, enjoy snacks and have lots of fun!

A reminder: Fishing Families for Harpswell is having a Shore Dinner Fundraiser Saturday August 27, at Basin Point,. Harpswell (just past Dolphin Marina and Dolphin Chowder House). Starts at 5 pm and you can prepurchase tickets through August 20 by calling 833-7804. For more information check out the flyer.

August 18, 2005 - Friday night CICA will be having an informational meeting about our exploration into secession. at 7 pm at the Hall.

Congratulations to Molly Shattuck who recently became one of the Baltimore Raven's Cheerleaders.

August 16, 2005 - A message about the Teen Center which needs staffing help for the rest of the summer and then for Weedends during the school year:

:As some of you know, most of the staff for the summer were college or post-college age people.  A few board members will be meeting with most of those staff next week for an exit interview: what did they see, what worked well for them, what suggestions might they have for improvements to program?
However, with the end-of-summer departure of most of these folks, we will be back where we were last winter ­ looking for TC chaperones, either paid or volunteer.  We currently have one volunteer signed up for 3 Friday nights starting in late August.
The current schedule for Teen Center is:
Tuesday and Thursday nights: Preteen, 7-10pm
Wednesday night: Teen, 7-10pm
Friday and Saturday nights: Teen, 7-11pm
Please consider signing up as a chaperone ­ either paid or volunteer.  If there is a night that you can commit to for several weeks in a row, that makes scheduling even easier.  The pay rate is $15 / hour.  If you know of others who might be interested, please pass this email along to them.  If we have volunteers or paid staff who sign up, and who have not been trained or would like a refresher course, I'll find a time that works to walk them through the processes, potential issues, log sheets, FAQ's, etc.
Your help and your suggestions of others who might help would be greatly appreciated.  Remember, Teen Center was one of the principle reasons we first opened a Rec Center on Chebeague; it's important, and we can't keep it open without chaperones.  You can reach Bob Earnest via email or at the Rec at 5068.

August 14, 2005 - I have a few photos from CRC's adult theater presentation of Lil Abner, directed by Stacy Stewart.

This coming Friday, August 19th, 7 pm, at the CIHCC (Hall), CICA will be having an INFORMATIONAL MEETING to discuss and answer questions about our exploration into Secession. CICA voted recently to turn in the petition signatures which means that the Town will have to set a date for a public hearing. There have been lots of questions from summer and year round residents and this would be a great opportunity to get more information.

August 13, 2005 - A review of Wednesday night's Chamber Msic Concert from one of my readers and I agree completey! "The performance was so fine that it would have been a hit in New York or Boston. It is amazing that our little island is so fortunate to have a group of this caliber entertain us each summer. The acoustics in the church (150 year old wood) were near perfect, bringing out the best of this group's awesome talent."

I saw Lil Abner last night and it was wonderful - I took a few photos but am going back tonight for more. It is really funny and very witty. I hope to have some photos of the show soon.

Fishing Families for Harpswell is having a Shore Dinner Fundraiser Saturday August 27, at Basin Point,. Harpswell (just past Dolphin Marina and Dolphin Chowder House). Starts at 5 pm and you can prepurchase tickets through August 20 by calling 833-7804. For more information check out the flyer.

August 10, 2005 - Attached is the Planning Board agenda for August 16th.
August 10, 2005 - Tonight is the sixth Chamber Music Concert on Chebeague by the Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival - Admission Free and this year it will be held at the Church.

Tomorrow, Thursday, August 11 at 10am at the Chebeague Island Hall the Sebago-Long Lake Festival will give a free concert for kids of all ages.

For residents and summer islanders who have misplaced their questionaire for the housing survey I have included them here along with the survey from people who don't live here: Thank you for taking the time to fill the survey in - the Island's Committee needs this valuable information in order to make informed decisions on what our island housing needs are and make a case for affordable housing. I know I am unable to find the copy sent to me so now I will download the form and fill it out.

August 8, 2005 - Tomorrow night, August 9th at the Chebeague Island School from 6 to 7 pm there will be a meeting with Rob Snyder from the Island Institute to review the Chebeague Working Waterfront Inventory Map and update on the status of Statewide efforts to protect working waterfronts.

Tickets are on sale for LIL ABNER - get your tickets at the door or at the Recreation Center for reserved seating for the first nine rows. More than half sold out so you better hurry. Show starts at 8 pm at the CIHCC and performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

Update from Kim Boehm about the car crushing and vehicle removing.

August 7, 2005 - Over $9,000 dollars was raised Saturday to benefit Island Commons.  Donations (totalling over 2,500 absolutely amazing items) from 78 households and organizations helped to make this truly the BEST and BIGGEST sale ever. To find out more and see some photos of the $uper Fanta$tic Fundrai$er benefit sale for Island Commons please click here.
August 2, 2004 - Thursday, August 4th is the Ladies Aid Fair at the Hall from 12:30 - 3 - Please come and enjoy and buy the handcrafts and have your lunch of chicken salad, hot dog, and dessert.

Saturday, August 6th is the *YARD SALE* to benefit the Island Commons - at the Hall from 10 to 1. Check out the flyer by clicking here!

Please, if you haven't filled out the Housing Survey, take some time now and send it back to Beth Howe. We have not received very many yet and it is important to our community to get some of the items answered. Thank you from the Islands Committee.

July 30, 2005 - CHEBEAGUE METHODIST CHURCH 150th anniversity celebration is tomorrow at 10 am at the church - luncheon follows. There will be visiting past clergy, choir with special guests will be singing. This is a special time for the island.
July 26, 2005 - Last weekend the Calder's Clamshack opened for business with lots to offer. They are open every day except Monday and offer lots more besides clams. I had the onion rings, pizza and a BLT and everything was delicious.

This weekend the Recreation Centers's Children's Theater will be putting on Peter Pan under the direction of Rachel Damon. Performances are Friday and Saturday at the Hall at 7:30, $6 for adults and $4 for children.

July 20, 2005 - This Friday night, July 22, from 7-9 there will be an extensive 2-hour slide lecture by researcher and bestselling author Freddy Silva at the Chebeague Island Hall Community Center. Suggested donation $10. To learn more about Freddy's book, research and notoriety go to

The Islands Committee is working on gathering information about Affordable housing needs on Chebeague Island. We are hoping that people will send back their questionaires they received in the mail even if you or your family are not looking into affordable housing opportunities. For all those who are not on the island and have not received a questionaire in the mail we hope you will download the questionaire and send it back to Beth Howe at 168 South Road, Chebeague Island, ME 04017.We are hoping to find adults related to Chebeague Island and Chebeaguers who went to Greely.

July 18, 2005 - A reminder that Roberta Ricker, author of West By North...A quarter North" once upon a tide and time in Casco Bay, Maine, will be a guest speaker today at the Hall at 7:30 for the Chebeague Historical Society.

Saturday, August 6, 2005 - The Chebeague United Methodist Church Choir Is Performing A Benefit Dinner and Concert To Support the Music Program including New Choir Robes! Dinner 6pm at the Parish House - Choice of Lobster Roll or BBQ Chicken
Concert Following at 7pm in the Church
$15.00 Donation
Buy your Tickets Today from anyone in The Choir!

July 15, 2005 - The Junk cars are gone thanks to Kim Boehm and Wayne Dyer. Over the last few weeks they managed to pull out over 200 junk cars around the island and get them to Waynes pit where they were dismantled , crushed and taken away! Thank you to Kim and Wayne and all the other volunteers who helped make it happen! I have a few photos of the area and work and it is amazing what they did.

Don't forget that tomorrow is Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day from 9 am to 12 noon at the Transfer Station! Click here to see what you may bring.

July 13, 2005 - POOL IS OPEN -

SWIMMING LESSONS are the best deal for all - you can sign your children up for a week or five weeks (Mon, Wed, and Fri mornings) and the teacher is certified instructor Nancy Earnest. Swim lessons start this week and are 30 minutes per class from 9am to noon - Fee is $50 (passholder) for the 5 week session - $100 if not a passholder or $25 weekly rate.

LAP SWIM 7:30 to 9:00 Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday - also every day from noon to 1pm and also Monday and Wednesdays 4:00 to 5:00pm.

WATER AEROBICS with Gail Miller Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays 8:15-9am and Mondays and Wednesdays 4-5pm ($5 drop-in fee and free for passholders)

OPEN SWIM - Each afternoon 1 - 4pm- unattended children must be at least 8 years old AND have attained a Level 3 Red Cross swim level (or pass a swim test from lifeguard). All other children must be accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult, or a babysitter over 14 with no more than 2 children in his/her charge along with a weekly note or permissio from child's parent.

July 11, 2005 - If you like  Antiques Roadshow, you will LOVE - What's in Chebeague's Attics!
Did you ever wonder what treasures were in Chebeague's attics and what they are worth?  This is your chance to find out!  On Saturday July 16 from 11-3 you can bring your treasures to the Hall where they will be verbally appraised for a $5 per item donation to the Historical Society.  Three qualified appraisers will be on hand to talk to you about your special items.  You are welcome to stay around and watch others as they find out if they have that million dollar vase gathering dust in the cellar! Stop by even if you don't have an item, watch the fun, and have some refreshments. ( a donation cup will be available on the refreshment table if you didn't bring in a treasure!   This will be loads of fun!  We hope to see you there!
No stamps, coins or postcards please.
Call Joan Robinson for more info.  846-4075
July 9, 2005 - A lot of people have signed the petition to request the Cumberland Town Council to hold a public hearing for the purpose of discusing whether the territory of Chebeague and outer islands should secede from the Town. There are eight people who are getting signatures and I know a lot of people who are interested in signing but have not had a chance to do so. The people who have petitions are Jeff Putnam, Herb Maine, Esther Knight, Sam Birkett, David Stevens, Mabel Doughty, Beth Wiles amd Beverly Johnson. If you would like to contact me at 846-4850 or email me , I will make arrangements to have someone bring the petition to you.

Last week the Great Chebeague Golf Club directors voted to allow non-member play beginning at 12 noon Saturday, Sunday and Holidays. During the week non-member play is welcome except during Monday and Thursday mornings for Ladies day and Mens day. Thursday afternoon is also set aside for junior clinic. The Golf Club has always welcomed and encouraged play for year-round residents free after 5 pm. This has been a wonderful way for the club to give back to the community and has been well received over the years by islanders. As an islander I can say we all have appreciated the ability to play golf and would hope more year rounders would take advantage of this opportunity to learn the game of golf and to develop their skills. The number for the club house is 846-9478. Members please remember to sign up for the family scramble which takes place next Saturday, July16th.

July 6, 2005 - Message from Chebeague United Methodist Church: Sunday, July 10th, will be Children's Day at the Chebeague United Methodist Church. The children will be doing the entire service. We hope all of you will join us for the service. Thursday July 7, there will be a rehersal for the Chebeague United Methodists Childrens Day. All children involved in the Children's Day on Sunday are asked to be at the practice on Thursday, 6 pm at the church.

July 4, 2005 - The Fourth of July events have been going on as usual - I don't have the results yet of the road races and the parade but I do have the images downloaded so you may see them now. This year we had 1st and 2nd place on the 4.6mile race were women! To view the photos click below:

1.4 mile FUN RUN The first boy was Will Poell, age 11, who finished in 8:42, and won the Fun Run for the second consecutive year. Zoe Johnston, age 11, was the first girl to finish. Her time was 9:57.

4.6 mile ROAD RACE Women: 1st Dina Porter ­ 30:58, 2nd Jeanne Hackett ­ 30:59, 3rd Kate Emery ­ 31:42 Men: 1st: Paul Toohey - 31:15, 2nd Dave Lynch ­ 31:27, 3rd Gordon Murphy ­ 31:42 Boys 14 and under: Terrence Tyler ­ 36:31; Girls 14 and under: Kathleen Ragan 36:59 Under 40: Men: David Lynch ­ 31:27; Women ­ Kate Emery ­ 31:42
40 and over: Men: Paul Toohey - 31:15; Women - Dina Porter ­ 30:58 50 and over: Men: Dennis Kearney ­ 53:00. 60 and over: Men: Michael Beaudoin ­ 33:37.


June 30, 2005 cont. - There was an article in the Portland Press Herald yesterday about Chebeague looking into becoming our own town and I have included it here. The last two paragraphs of the article did not make it into the paper but were online.

Katie Phipps was selected to represent our country as a People to People Student Ambassador.  In order to assist with her efforts, she is having a wonderful raffle worth over $750.  I have attached her flyer about the raffle.

June 30, 2005 - There will be a 4th of July parade and picnic this year. The Chebeague Island Council did find people to run the picnic and it will be as usual at Chandlers. The Parade theme is "what you do the other nine months"

Because of a family commitment I was unable to attend the Sunday meeting and petition presentation but heard that in spite of the very hot weather it was well attended. There are a number of us who are gathering signatures on the petition. If you haven't had a chance to sign and/or would like more information about the process and what this means you can contact a number of people. Mabel Doughty, David Stevens, Esther Knight, Herb Maine, Beverly Johnson and a few others have copies of the petition to sign. We will also be around over the weekend at various places to gather signatures.

Anyone interested in teaching a one week creative writing workshop for kids at the Rec in August should contact Eldon Mayer at 846 9760?

There will be a 4th of July celebration dance on Sunday, July 3rd at the CIHCC with Mark Dyer's band.

June 25, 2005 - Just a reminder that there is the Petition Presentation Sunday 3:00 p.m. at the Hall.

June 22, 2005 - Congratulations to Donna Colbeth who is retiring from teaching elementary school in Cumberland. Donna is the longest known commuter on CTC/smitty - 37 years and tomorrow is her last day. I bet she would love to hear from everyone.

Lobster Tales program by the Chebeague Island School 3-5 classroom was last night. We got to look at lobster larvae under a microscope, see all the work done by the children for their website and see a short documentary film by Rachel Damon and Colby schoolmates. Click here to see a few images of the evening.

There was a working water front workshop before the Lobster program at the school with Jim Connors from the Coastal Program, Maine State Planning Office along with Rob Snyder and Shey Veditz of the Island Institute. They updated the lobstermen on the status of Statewide efforts to protect working waterfronts in Maine and discussed the upcoming legislation related to working waterfronts which provides for the option of taking working waterfront at current use.

Note from Kim and Wayne: Carcrusher update: do to barging issues the crusher had to be rescheduled - as soon as a new date is set a notice will be published. We will continute to accept cars and metal goods. Due to the changing metal market we are asking for donations for all vehicles and metals. Please be as generous as possible to help defray expenses. Also please make sure that no trash is left in vehicles or in the pit. For safety reasons there can be no salvaging of items in the pit. Thank you for your cooperation. If you have questions call 846-2468.

June 21, 2005 -a reminder...Li'l Abner Auditions will be Thursday June 23rd and Friday June 24th from 7-9 at the Hall. Also, Sunday June 26th from 12:30-3:00 at the CRC we will have a read thru. Monday 27th, Tuesday 28th & Wednesday 30th will be music rehearsals from 7-10 at the Hall. This is going to be a great show -- bring anyone with you that has an interest

June 20, 2005
- Chebeague Parents Association Annual Silent Auction, Lobster Roll Luncheon, and Bake Sale - Saturday, June 25th 11:00 am-1:00 pm CIHCC

Please come support the Chebeague Island School

Tonight Beth Howe and Mac Passano are the guest speakers at the Historical Society meeting to talk about whaling and the Antarctica where they spent some time this past winter.

Tuesday night 6-8 at the school - The photo to the left is a baby lobster who was raised by the children at the Chebeague Island School as part of the Lobster Tales banding project. The 3-5 grade class are having an open house tomorrow night to celebrate their lobster projects. You will be able to see the larval lobsters that they are raising, see the website and the lobstermen biographies they wrote, hear about the lobster Tales banding project, watch "The Thrill of the Haul" (Rachel Damon's 10 minute documentary film about lobstering on Chebeague, and hear how to say Chebeague! The program runs from 6 - 8 and you can come in anytime and see their work.

There will be a Working Waterfront Workshop at the Chebeague Island School on Tuesday from 5-6 pm. Rob Snyder and Shey Veditz of the Island Institute and Jim Connors, Coastal Program, Maine State Planning Office will be facilitating the workshop and are hoping to get lots of input from the island fishermen on important points of historical fishing significance. This will provide information on the status of Statewide efforts to protect working waterfronts in Maine. For more information call Carol White 846-4769 or Rob Snyder at the Island Institute 594-9209.

June 19, 2005 - Congratulations to Chris Martin who has been voted into the Western Maine Baseball Allstars as a catcher and will be playing this afternoon at Hadlock Field Western vs Eastern Maine Allstar game.

This Spring the Chebeague Island School along with the help of BJ Abrahamson, Bob and Nancy Earnest, Sue Burgess, Barbara Porter and the Island Commons started a community garden at the Commons. The Chebeague Island students visited with their classmates and have planted beans, pumpkins, lettuce, broccoli, tomatoes, mint , potatoes, snow peas, radishes etc. Summer work bees will be needed - please contact Bob Earnest if you would like to help out. The residents of the Commons were looking forward to having mint tea and the children are looking forward to adding the bounty to their healthy lunch choices this fall.

June 15, 2005 - This Saturday's CICA meeting will be at the Parish House at 8am not at the Hall. There is an editorial in today's Portland Press Herald about issue of becoming our own town.

Yesterday was FLAG DAY and to celebrate the school children from Chebeague, Cliff, Long and Peaks got together for a wonderful day and learning time. Click here to learn more and see some of the photos from that day.

The Chebeague Island School has created a website that was created in the spring of 2005 as a collaborative effort between students at Bowdoin College and the Chebeague Island School. The content for this site was inspired by the third-fifth graders who attend the island school. Bowdoin College students, as part of a service learning project for their class entitled the "Anthropology of Islands", designed and built the website. The project was made possible through important connections made by the Island Institute and LobtserTales project.

June 14, 2005 cont.- The election was for 3 Town Council seats which were uncontested and 2 SAD51 seats which were also uncontested. Only 252 people voted in today's election, the next lowest was 418 in June of 1995. You can see the stats by clicking here. There are 5788 registered voters in the town and there were196 mainland votes and 56 Chebeague votes. That means that 3.5% of the registered voters on the mainland voted and 17.5% of Chebeague Islanders voted.

The Town Council is interested in creating a permanent Chandlers' Cove Advisory Committee and is looking for volunteers.  Any interested folks should contact Nadeen Daniels at 829-2205 or

June 14, 2005 - Last night fourteen representatives from the island joined the Town Council for a discussion about the possibility of Chebeague becoming it's own town. There is an article in this morning's Press Herald which fairly accurately describes the what happened. You can go to the Chebeague Island Community Association (CICA) website for updated information about what is happening.
June 12, 2005 - Today after Nancy Hill (my sister) got out of her car, it started rolling - she tried to get back in to stop it and was unsucsessful. She wanted me to thank all those who helped pick her up and then rescue the car, Ted Houghton, Marty Trower, Peter Rice, Rich Brewer, Wayne Dyer, Roy Jackson, and David Hill and more that she can't remember.

I was browsing the Town website and saw that training awards were given to Lieutenant Gordon Murphy - 331 Hours, he was second only to Firefighter Matthew McCollom - 451 Hours - congratulations to both of you!

You can click here to see the Town of Cumberland's Agenda for tomorrow evening's meeting. Before the meeting there will be a workshop with representatives from the island from 6 - 7. We will be discussing the exploration of Chebeague becoming its own town.

June 9, 2005 - A few weeks ago National Public Radio visited Chebeague as well as other rural areas who were exploring the idea of self-governence or even deorganizing there towns. The broadcast of the program they put together will be some time today - probably between 6am and 9am (I think 7:40 but that could change). In Maine the radio station is about FM 90.1. You can learn more and hear more at npr online.

As I have indicated before and are on the signs around the island, the Chebeague Island Community Association is meeting Saturday mornings at 8 am. We really hope to have people come and participate in our discussions and help with our pursuits. Please come to the Parish House, even if you have reservations about the process and/or idea of self governence - we really want your input. We will even have coffee this time!

Wi-Fi Update:  Verizon hasn't dropped the T1 line yet, but Ubiquitair has gone live with its website.  Even though Wi-Fi is not yet available, you can express your interest in the service by registering online.  I can't say that the service will start any sooner if hundreds of people indicate an interest (no obligation), but it would certainly convince Ubiquitair that they've got a good thing going!  And continue to monitor the Chebeague News page for progress updates.

June 8, 2005 - An important notice from Island Electric and Chebeague Sand and Gravel about the removal of junk vehicles and any metal objects. Click her for more information!
June 6, 2005 - Congratulations to our graduates: Tyler Putnam, Thomas Damon and Cooper Bowman!

Roberta Ricker, author of West By North...A quarter North" once upon a tide and time in Casco Bay, Maine, will be a guest speaker this July 18th at the Chebeague Historical Society. Click here for a list of her other engagements this summer and fall. Some of her paintings may be viewed at Casco Bay Lines terminal.

June 5, 2005 - Yesterday was the first annual Cancer Walk-A-Thon on Chebeague. This event was sponsored by the Chebeague Methodist Church and the Chebeague Recreation Center. They raised over $3000 for the American Cancer Society. Click here for a photo of the group starting out.

Yesterday was the first day of the pool and click here to see one of our lifeguards, Lauren Miller, as the first lap swimmers started their summer workouts at 7:30 am . The pool is open for lap swimming Tues, Thurs, Sat and Sunday from 7:30 till 9 am and everyday at noon.

June 2, 2005 - Please join the Cancer Awareness Walk-a-thon which is taking place Saturday, June 4th, at 10 am - for a five miles starting from the Church! Adults will walk five mile and children may walk 2.5 miles - pledge sheets are available at the rec center. This is to benefit the American Cancer Society!

Message from David about WIFI: Everyone has been asking about when the Wi-Fi is going to be available and how it's going to work. The latest word is that Verizon has given Ubiquitair an absolute date of July 6 to install the first T1 line. But Verizon and Ubiquitair are working hard to move that date up since the T1 order has been in for almost two months. Once the T1 line is in place, Wi-Fi should be available almost immediately. Watch this news page for the latest updates and visit for more information about wi-fi in general and the Chebeague project in particular.

There is a new organization on the island whose purpose is to ensure the viability of a year round community. It will be called the Chebeague Island Community Association. All the meetings are public and we encourage participation and input. Look for signs at the store, library, boat for times and place. I have put online some of the documents and information we are all looking at and working with. Click here to access these items which include a pdf of the 1992 Long Island Report which was submitted before they left Portland and also our own Chebeague Island Comprehensive plan from 2002.

May 30, 2005 - MEMORIAL DAY - Today at 1 pm a Memorial Day program at the church with Dr. Philip Jordan as the speaker.

Yesterday the rec center had a carwash to raise money for a hike to Zealand Falls Hut next weekend. I heard they raised over $200! Click here to see photos of the event.

May 29, 2005 - The audition dates for Li'l Abner have changed, they will now be on....Thursday June 23rd (music) 7-9 PM at the Hall Women's songs: Namely You or Put'em Back - Men's songs: Druthers or Jubilation T. Cornpone - Friday June 24th (readings and music if necessary) 7-9 PM at the Hall - Read thru on Sunday June 26th 2-5 PM at the Hall - For more information contact Stacy Stewart
May 28, 2005 - The Chebeague Recreation Center is accepting applications for a Recreation Director - for more information please click here!
May 27, 2005 - If you or someone you know might be interested in living year-round on Chebeague but may not be able to afford it, please give us your or their name and address so that they can be included in the "off-island" survey.  This could be you,. your children, friends, or acquaintances.   Names and addresses can be sent to: Mabel Doughty, 23 Bennett Cove Road,  846-4077 or Beth Howe, 168 South Road, 846-7829; email:  

The off-island survey itself will also be posted here on if you or they would find that an easy way to respond.

Please help us.  The future of Chebeague as a diverse, year-round community depends on many things.  One of them is an adequate supply of housing that people can afford to live in. For more information on this request click here.

Last night was Chebeague School Appreciation Night. The children displayed their artwork, sang and played the violin and other instruments. We also had the special treat of having the Greely High School Jazz Band perform for us with Tyler Putnam accompanying the group. Our graduate from the Chebeague School is Julia Maine and from High School are Tyler Putnam, Cooper Bowman and Thomas Damon. You can see photos from the night by clicking here.

May 25, 2005 - The results of the referendum vote taken yesterday in Cumberland and No Yarmouth was 1,053 YES and 1,108 NO (Chebeague had 115 yes and 27 no) (Cumberland had 648 yes and 784 no) (No Yarmouth had 290 yes and 297 no)

The Island Commons workshop scheduled for tonight is postponed til further notice because of the forecast of high winds and possibility of boat cancellation.

I have just added to the website "Maine Memories" by Judith Horky. This is an essay of her memories of coming to Chebeague as a child.

May 23, 2005 - Tuesday, May 24th: Please remember to vote on refrerendum on proposed change to MSAD 51 budget approval process. The polls are open from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM at the Chebeague Island Hall. Absentee ballots are available.

For information on the pros and cons of the proposed Budget Validation Process see the MSAD51 web site and the and web sites.

School Budget Vote: Thursday May 19th was the school budget for the 2005-06 school year. Next years' budget is approximately $23,800,000. This represents an increase of approximately 6% ($1,400,000) The budget passed by a wide margin (about 235 to 35) with approximately 270 people in attendance. Although the budget increased the mill rate on the school side of the budget will actually decrease do to changing state funding formulas.

May 22, 2005 - Today the newly launched Aucocisco III stopped in on Chebeague to give people a chance to ride on it and see what it was like. I found out about it just in time to get a few photos of people disembarking. Those who went to church heard about the chance to get a ride on it with a supply of coffee and donuts. They let me aboard to get some photos of the inside. Dave O'donnell was there and also had a book which showed his great grandfather who was the first captain of the very first Aucosisco. Click here to see the photos!

This Thursday is School Appreciation night on Chebeague at the CIHCC. The actual appreciations start a 7 but we have a special treat from 6 pm to 6:45 the Greely High Jazz Band and Tyler Putnam will be accompanying them with some songs.

May 15 cont. - The Island Common's sponsored Senior Luncheon scheduled for this Wednesday has been postponed until next Wednesday, May 25th.

The Island Commons Resource Center sponsors a community seminar on:
 Prescription Drug Benefit Programs Overview New Medicare Drug Benefit Coverage-Eligibility-Cost-Enrollment-Assistance on Wednesday, May 25, 2005 In the Parish House At 7:00. Presented by Katlyn Blackstone Medicare-D specialist at Southern Maine Agency on Aging Rob Clark Public Affairs specialist at Social Security Office
*Katlyn and Rob will distribute informative hand-outs, and will be available after their presentations to meet personally with anyone to discuss individual concerns about drug benefits

This is a free program.  Refreshments will be offered.

May 15, 2005 - The Community meeting at the Hall was very well attended. Herb Maine facilitated the meeting various reports were given by the various research groups which were set up at the March Meeting. After much discussion a straw vote was taken and 82 people said yes they think it's a good idea to continue to explore self-government for Great Chebeague Island. 6 people voted no and one questioned it. I will be presenting more information about the meeting and data tomorrow.
May 14, 2005 - Chebeague Parenting Workshop is again meeting this Tuesday at the Chebeague Island School at 7. This week Malcolm Gauld will be joining his wife Laura to facilitate. Please come and if child care is a problem call or email Laura Summa at 846-1575 who has a pool of volunteer sitters.
May 13, 2005 - REMINDER: This SUNDAY at 3 PM at the HALL - ALL COMMUNITY MEMBERS are urged to attend this important meeting. At this meeting the committees established at the previous community meeting in March will report their findings to the group. After these reports are presented we will discuss a strategy and what actions(s) to take next as a community. There will be a straw vote taken to help decide whether we continue with our work.

The SAD 51 Board of Directors are meeting Monday, May 9 , click here for Agenda in pdf format and click here for the minutes of the last meeting in pdf format.

May 10, cont. - There is a public meeting Thursday night on Chandler's Cove at the Hall 7 PM - CHANDLER'S COVE DRAFT POLICIES AND RULES will be presented. Click and click here for web format.

The SAD 51 2005-2006 School Budget Vote
Greely High School Gym
Thursday, May 19, 2005
Registration Begins: 5:45pm
Meeting Begins: 7:00pm SHARP!

Click here for a WEB format for the BUDGET VOTE MEETING GUIDE, click here for the same guide in a doc format.

That meeting is May 19th and the vote on Chebeague for changing the way voting is done will be May 24 - there are two websites you may go to to learn more - The Vote YES site and the Vote NO site

May 10, 2005 - The Greely Middle School Drama Club presents the inaugural theater performance on the new GMS stage. Don't miss "One Night at Tango's," an original comedy starring the very talented GMS Drama Club. WHEN: Friday, May 13th, and Saturday, May 14th, at 7:00 p.m. Free admission! In the gymnasium and suitable for all ages. If you have kids coming up through the Greely school system, this is a great, free way to get them inspired to try out drama when they get to middle school! Please join us. Questions? Call Janie Downey, 829-4042. Hope to see you this weekend.

The Planning Board Agenda is linked here for May 17th meeting.

May 9, 2005 - The Agenda for the Town Council meeting tonight is attached here. The School Board is also meeting and they have just a couple of items of executive session.
May 7, 2005 - Today is a cold, windy, and rainy day and about noon the float in the cove with about 10 outboards attached broke free. It caught up temporarily on an outhaul and then got away. It was about 30 seconds from hitting land on the other side of the cove when Wink, Teddy and Stephen were able with three outboard attach lines and pull it back to safety. Click here to see more pictures and a little film.

IMPORTANT MEETING - SUNDAY MAY 15TH - 3 PM - AT THE HALL - Community Meeting including Status reports on Chebeague Island School! At this meeting the committees established at the previous community meeting in March will report their findings to the group. After these reports are presented we will discuss a strategy and what actions(s) to take next as a community. ALL COMMUNITY MEMBERS are urged to attend this important meeting. Following the meeting I will be posting information derived from the meeting for interested people who are not on the island at this time.

May 5, cont. -Cumberland-North Yarmouth Taxpayers Association activated its informational web site:

May 5, 2005 - Tomorrow, May 6th at 10:30 am there will be a Service in Thanksgiving for the life of David Nyhan at the Memorial Church, Harvard University. A reception hosted by the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at the Kennedy School and the Nieman Foundation at Harvard will follow the service.

There will be a Memorial Service for James (Jim) Leonard at the Chebeague Methodist Church, Chebeague Island, Maine at 1100 AM Saturday June 18, 2005. There will be a reception for friends and family immediately following the Service at the Chebeague Island Hall. Those needing help with transportation or logistics can contact either Cap Leonard (207 846 0801) or Priscilla Ross (207 846 4072).

May 2, 2005 - There has been a lot of talk around the Island lately about wireless broadband Internet service coming to Chebeague.  The good news is that all the rumors are true!  Wi-Fi service should be available from the East End to the Center in two to four weeks.  Read all the details here !  And be sure to check this Island News page frequently as we provide updates on the progress of this exciting new service.  Bye-bye dial-up!

A reminder that tonight is the beginning of the second session of the Hyde Parenting Program. It is a wonderful opportunity to learn more strategies and how to deal with day to day child/teen concerns. It is only an hour and half and lots of fun. You don't have to have participated in the previous one to join tonight! Click here for the brochure.

The Cumberland-North Yarmouth Taxpayers Association has asked me to pass on their new website which is at

April 28, 2005 - The Casco Bay Forum is having a meeting on Affordable housing Wednesday, May 11, 8 am to 10 am at the Casco Bay Lines. They are hoping to have all the islands represented - click here to learn more about this meetings.
April 24, 2005 - Remember if you have a seal stranding to call the Marine Animal Lifeline at 851-6625. You can check out what to do at their site
April 22, 2005 - The official notice of the Planning Board Site Walk for Saturday, April 30 can be seen by clicking here.

Some of the 3rd through 4th grade students from the Chebeague School visited the Historical Society Museum to learn more about the island and their roots. The full size figure in one of the photos is of Jim Rich with his great granddaughter sitting below. The students have been working with students from Bowdoin to create a website which will be up and online soon. You can see some photos of the children working at the school on the project and then visiting the museum.

April 20, 2005 - This Saturday, April 23, 2005 the Hall is putting on a pot luck supper at 6 PM. The roof needs workand we are working at replacing it. Casseroles, salads and pies - $6 adults, $3 for 3 12 years and under 3 free. We are planning to have all kinds of games following the supper. Please come even if you don't want to play!!

Planning Board scheduled a site walk for the proposed Roy Hill subdivision on Chebeague Island.  They will be meeting at the Route One satellite parking lot at 7:45 a.m. on Saturday, April 30th.  They will be returning on the 10:00 a.m. boat.

Auditions for Li'l Abner will be June 27th (Music) 7-9pm and June 28th (Readings) 7-9pm at the hall. The cast list will be posted on the 29th and we will have our first reading that evening from 7-9pm at the hall. This is going to be a really fun and exciting show. We will need as many people as possible. If you know of anyone that is interested please feel free to give them my email address. Tom Adams, who lives on the island, will be our accompanist!! Welcome Tom! Listed below are the audition songs. The CD is at the island library and I will soon have a script available too!
Audition Songs: Men: If I Had My Druthers- Jubilation T. Cornpone
  Women: Namely You (up to the point where Abner begins to sing) - Put'em Back

 If you have questions just email Stacy Stewart

April 18, 2005 - There are a couple of important dates to remember for this summer. There will be Household Hazardous Waste Collection on July 16 from 9 to 12 at the Chebeague Transfer Station. Information about this collection have been added to this website click here for pdf format and her for wordformat..

Bulky Waste Weekend
August 5th, 6th, and 7th
Transfer Station
Residential: Demolition Waste- Metals- Tires (no rims), Brush and Yardwaste will be accepted at no cost.

o Commercial Waste must pay full rates
o No Hazardous Waste (you can take care of that on July 16th- see above)

There will be charges for Universal Waste and Freon Containing Appliances

April 15, 2005 - I just received a note from Lisa Smith of the Marine Animal Lifeline and she said "the seal is #136, and she is a female.  She is doing very well here and gaining her health back.  She has a nasty cough and is on antibiotics for that, but has gained much weight and we hope to release her in a couple of weeks." If you see any seals coming ashore and hanging out it is best not to go near them and if you think they have a problem you can call The Marine Animal Lifeline at 851-6625. Last time Pam Pulsifer called them and they had me take a photo of the seal and email it to the them and they were able to determine that it needed to be helped.
April 12, 2005 - The snow is coming down at 8 AM this morning - I expect it will be light and only for a while.
April 11, 2005 continued - Alnah Doughty Robinson is having a gathering of family and friends on Saturday, April 16th at the American Legion Hall in Gray, Maine, located on Route 100 /202..  There will be two bands and a cash bar.

This is a potluck event, please let Jami KomLosy know what you are bringing to share, please contact her at:  207-893-1899 home or 207-939-8496 cell phone or e-mail: by Friday, April 15th, thank you.

Everyone is invited including children!

April 11, 2005 - Tomorrow night at the school is the Parents Advisory Meeting at 7 PM. It would be great if lots of parents and community members would become involved with this group.

The agenda for the town council meeting tonight.

April 5, 2005 cont - Interested in the Antarctic? Mac Passano and Beth Howe have just returned from a three-week cruise from Tierra Del Fuego to the Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands. They will give a slide show on their trip Wednesday, April 6th at 7PM at the Parish House.

The second session of THE BIGGEST JOB We'll Ever Have is starting up April 26th! This is a fantastic program which is open to everyone; parents, grandparents, friends, neighbors and interested people who want to learn more about parenting. If you didn't do the first session it doesn't matter please come anyway. Check out the flyer!

April 5, 2005 - Joanne LaPomarda from Cliff Island is inviting artist and craftspeople to the Cliff Island Craft Show to be held Sat. July 31 10-3.  A table is $15.00 or half a table for $7.50.  Call or e-mail Joanne: 766-5172

The CTC boat and parking rates have all gone up as of April 1 - you can see the new rates on their page at: -

April 3, 2005 - Last night the pond area at Roses Beach between the Boat Yard and Roses Point filled with water from all the rain and then today it let go. Yesterday you could have driven from the point to the boat yard and now we have a huge gully. I put some more images online of it I took today about 4:30 at half tide.
April 2, 2005 - There was an article in the Globe today about Ferc and LNG site proposals which is why SaveCascoBay is still an organization watching out for our interests in the Bay.
April 1, 2005 - Tomorrow night, Saturday at 6pm there will be a SPAGHETTI SUPPER at the Parish House. $6.00 adults, $3.00 children 4-12, 3 and under free.

Thursday, April 7th, 7pm at the Hall - Friends and Neighbors of Cumberland and North Yarmouth will be meeting and speaking about their position regarding the MSAD 51 Budget Validation Referendum Process which has been proposed by the Taxpayers Association. You can see their fact sheet which they had at the poles in November.

Click here for the Agenda for the Town Council Meeting next Thursday. You can click here to get the agenda for Monday's April 4th School Board Meeting.

March 27, 2005 - HAPPY EASTER - It is a beautiful day and I was able to get a nice picture of the sunrise. To see it larger click here.
March 26, 2005 - I found this a picture of the Chesuncook when we use to travel back and forth during the winter. It held about 30 + people - you really felt like you were a sardine. I took another picture of it the other day when I saw it down near Royal River Grill.
March 24, 2005 - Congratulations to Ralph Munroe who was accepted into the Portland Fire Department.
March 23, 2005 A Service in Thanksgiving for the life of David Nyhan will be held on Friday, May 6th at 10.30 a.m. at the Memorial Church, Harvard University. A reception hosted by the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at the Kennedy School and the Nieman Foundation at Harvard will follow the service.

There will also be a service on Chebeague in August which might be preferable to Chebeaguers!

March 21, 2005 We had a well attended meeting yesterday to discuss "where we go from here?" We set up lots of committees to look into various aspects of our situation and if you would like to be added to our listserver please contact Herb Maine at

Congratulations to Dick Calder who along with George Small received a special award at Val Halla Cumberland Firemen's banquet for his 50 years of service and more. (actually 53 years)! Thank you Dick for all you do and are still doing!

There will be a spaghetti supper Sat April 2nd at Parish House at 6:00 pm watch signs for details amd mark your calender $6 per person - kids $3 under 4 eat free.

March 17, 2005 Happy St. Patricks Day - There's action in the legislature that might pave the way for broadband Internet (high-speed DSL service) on the Island.  Anyone who's tired of dial-up and interested in improving the speed of Internet access on Chebeague should look at to learn about what's happening.  Also, there are signature sheets at the Library and Doughty's Market to express support for L.D. 789, "to ensure that the Public Utilities Commission will pursue the expansion of affordable, high-speed Internet service throughout the State." 
March 15, 2005 - Future of the Chebeague Island School -Where Do we Go from Here? Sunday, March 20th, 1 pm at the Hall - see flyer. (originally scheduled for 3 pm)

Special Church Program: The Greater Portland United Methodist Cluster is hosted this Sunday by the Chebeague United Methodist Church at 3pm - Guest preacher is Reverend Tom Merrill (Tom was our paster from 1957 to 1962) - The theme is Stations of the Cross and Tom's sermon is the "Final Twelve Hours". We are also having a guest choir from the Tuttle Road United Methodist Church. Glen Coombs also wanted me to remind everyone that there will be a time of fellowship following.

March 14, 2005 - This weekend we had a juvenile hooded seal hang out on the seventh tee. He was left alone but after most of the day it was decided that he didn't seem well so the Marine Animal Lifeline was called and came to the island to care for the seal. A couple more pictures are on the photo page.

A note from Rachel Damon: "Hi Everyone! This is Rachel Damon, and I am working on my senior project at Colby College which is a documentary film about Maine Lobstermen (and women). I will be filming on Chebeague on Friday March 18 and Saturday March 19 with several members of my group, as well as from March 20-27 on my own. If you would be willing to be interviewed; please e-mail me ( or give me a call (207 318 8115) and we can set something up. It is a really minimal time commitment, and we are focusing on personal stories of the family, generational, and community aspects of lobstering, as opposed to the commercial side. I would love it if alot of you would participate, I think it is going to be a great film, and will be screened at Colby in the beginning of May. I am also looking for pictures or video of people lobstering. Thanks so much and hope to hear from many of you! - Rachel"

March 11, 2005 - Snow, snow, snow and more snow - that is the forecast for the next week - YUK! If you are coming to Chebeague or trying to get off don't forget to check with the CTC. Last night the night trips were cancelled because of the impending storm. We still had our swim meet so we found a place to stay on the mainland

The School District agreed on Thursday to remove the proposal to send fourth and fifth graders to the mainland and there is an article in the Portland Press Herald about some extra funding available through the state to help isolated schools. Some of the board members have said they still want to revisit the issue and I feel that they have heard it all and there is no need to revisit the issue EVER! (I try not to be political but this time I'm mad) Thank you to John Wilson who had researched the States funding situation and informed the School District at their meeting Monday night.

March 8, continued - There was an article in the Portland Press Herald today about the meeting last night. The minutes of last nights meeting have been posted here and the agenda for March 10 School Board Meeting is here. This includes item 5a) Chebeaqgue Island School: Discussion of 3/7/05 presentation on the proposal to reduce CIS by a Grades 4 & 5 teacher and whether the proposal should remain as part of the budget process.

Today at 3:45 I was at the rec center and there were the 3-4th graders practicing and learning basketball - they were having so much fun. They had come over from the school at 3:15 and were there till 4:30 having a blast. All I could think of was that these were the children who if they were going to the mainland at that time would have been on a bus on the way to a boat after school and missing a very valuable social, educational and athletic experience! Click here to see a picture of the children!

March 8, 2005 - An update about what has been happening the last few days about the SAD51 proposal to move the 4th and 5th graders to the mainland. A meeting was held on Chebeague by concerned citizens and as can be seen in the photo there were about 80 residents attending. Polly Frawley, the chairman of the School Board came to apologize for the lack of proper process in coming up with their proposal. She said that the Board would still keep it on their agenda for the following evening in order to hear our concerns and comments. She said that they would not make a decision to take it out of the budget process at that time but would considerate at a later meeting. After she left we had a wonderful dialogue and meeting and worked on our response to the Board.

Last night we met with the School Board and most everyone who was at the Hall meeting and more were there to present our feelings, facts and information and especially to get across the "unintended consequences" of sending our 4th and 5th graders to the mainland. The School Board listened to all of us and each board member made their comments which mostly stated that they will probably take this out of the budget process this year. It is my feeling that Jim Moulton and Bob Vail made it clear that it should be dropped forever and never brought up again and stated that it was ridiculous to subject 8 to 10 year olds with the kind of commute that is being considered.

There will be a Hall Pot Luck Supper this Saturday March 12th! We are planning to have all kinds of games following the supper. The supper starts at 6 and will cost $6 for adults and $3 for 4-12 yearolds and 3 and under is free. Games will start as tables are being cleared. Please come even if you don't want to PLAY.

Martin Avery will be turning 100 years old on March 20th - His address is 179 Dogwood Drive, Hartford, NC 27944.

The Application and the information about the Wharf Tie Up are now online and I have added them to the website so you may print and send in your application by March 31, 2005. Click here for the Application/information and click here for the PLAN.

March 6, 2005 - In todays Portland Press Herald there is an article about the school as well as one of their daily questions asking if people think island schools should be able to keep them. Remember the meeting at the Hall today 3pm.
March 5, 2005 - Tomorrow's meeting has been changed to the Hall anticipating that we have 80 to 100 people because Polly Frawley (chairman of the School Board) will be coming to the meeting. Please come and support out school!!!
March 4, 2005 - A community meeting to update everyone and discuss the School District's position and our position about sending the 4th and 5th graders to the mainland will take place at the Rec Center Sunday at 3PM. There is the meeting Monday night at the Town of Cumberland Council Chambers at 7 pm and as stated before this is planned to be discussed. We are encouraging the communnity to attend.
March 3, 2005 - An update on what is happening with the schools: A letter was sent to the SAD51 Board of Directors from the parents, along with the petition. Dr. Hassen has stated that the proposal of sending the 4th and 5th grade will be discussed on Monday, March 7th at their budget meeting. I have put the agenda and minutes of the previous meeting on the website. There was also an article in the Community Leader about this issue. I received a letter to the editor for the Portland Press Herald which may or may not be printed so you may see it here. If anyone would like me to include their comments just let me know and I will post them on the site.

Jane Hahn has had her cancer operation (which was successful) and is doing extremely well ,thanks to great surgeons and husband Toms' wonderful care. She wishes to thank all  of you for the prayers said on her behalf at church and for the many wonderful cards and notes and pictures  that cheered her up. She'll see you in the early spring.

March 2, 2005 - Al Traina is doing very well after successful surgery in Boston. His address while recovering is (S. Albert Traina) Brigham and Women's Hospital, 75 Francis Street, Boston, MA 02115. He is in the eleventh floor Room 33.
February 28, 2005 - We had a beautiful weekend and this morning it was an incredible red sky so I guess that means that the rest of this week is going to be awful. We are supposed to get around a foot of snow tonight.

A note of thanks from Tom to all who helped and came to the great dinner/BBQ, the church made about 250.00 for the general funds - hope to see you next time, think spring....

February 23, 2005 - Come celebrate the warm winter we have had and join us at a LUAU this Saturday, Feb. 26th at 6pm, at the Parish house. The menu consists of Hamburgers, cheeseburgers, and chicken for $6 and hot dogs for $4. They all come with salads, beverages and yummy desserts.
February 21, 2005 - The meeting went really well yesterday with about 70 members of the community attending. Click here for a copy of the agenda and contact numbers and email addresses. We will be working on getting signatures on the petition and asking the School Board to meet with us on Chebeague soon to discuss the proposal to send the 4th and 5th graders to the mainland.
February 20, 2005 - There is a meeting today at the Hall to discuss our response to the School District will be at 3. For residents who are away and would like to sign the petition are circulating on the island may download a copy of it, sign it, and send it back to me or Carol White.
February 19, 2005 - IMPORTANT MEETING: There will be a community meeting at the Hall, Sunday, Feb 20th at 3 pm to discuss the School District's proposal to eliminate the 3-5 classroom on Chebeague!
February 13, 2005 - It was a beautiful weekend weather wise and we had a couple of events that were very memorable. Saturday Don Buxbaulms Retirement Party at the hall. Click here for a few pictures!

Today the Tsunami Benefit Talent Show - and what a show - the talent on Chebeague is amazing! Click here to see images from the event!

A message from Alison Manion:Don't miss the boat. Recipes wanted for the new 2005 Chebeague Island Parents Association cookbook. Please send your family favorite(s) to Alison Manion to be included in this wonderful book. Due on or before March 1st, 2005.
Original artwork and poetry may also be submitted for publication.
Real mail: 105 Roy Hill Rd., Chebeague Island 04017
Email: Email: or put your recipes in the flowered box at the Chebeague Island library.

February 10, 2005 - NO SCHOOL - a storm started this moring with rain and then changing to heavy, wet snow - by 3:30 there was about 5" and it is weightting down the trees - if it continues and then gets windy we will be in a mess. The tides are astronocally high and people have been moving their cars from the Blanchard lot up to Route One lot. I added some winter pictures on the photo page click here.

February 8, 2005 -Another reminder that Don's retirement party is on Saturday, February 12, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the C.I.H.C.C.  Light refreshements will be served.
February 7, 2005 - Message from May and Cheryl: Just a reminder that we are having a talent show/coffee house THIS SUNDAY, February 13th, starting at 3 p.m. at the Chebeague Island Hall.   We will be asking for donations for tsunami relief for three different charitable organizations while watching wonderful performers and consuming home-baked goodies and java.   Performers will include:  Jesse Russo, Mark Dyer, Mark Bowman, Allison Manion, The Chebeague Island School, The Whalers, John Howard, Herb and Julia Maine...and many, many more... Plan to come and stay for as much (or as little) of the show as suits you.  Any/all contributions are welcome. If you would like to perform, please let us know ASAP.  Thanks!!!
Happy Birthday Elizabeth Hill!

February 6, 2005 - Message from the Rec: "The weather is beautiful, BUTTTT it's too beautiful. The ice is getting quite soft, so we are rescheduling the Skating Party till next Saturday night the 12th at 6:00-9:00pm. Hope you can all be there. If you can bring goodies please let us know what you might bring so we can have a variety of goodies. Thank you and see you on the ice and GO PATRIOTS!"
The boat schedule changes daily and sometimes hourly so please call the CTC 846-3700 before counting on a boat.

February 3, 2005 - Skating Party at Sanford's Pond for this Sunday, Feb. 6th  from 4-6 pm. Donations of food/drinks welcome.Call CRC at 846-5068 FMI.
The ice is starting to diminish and they are even talking about the possibility of running the last boat tonight.

February 1, 2005 - Tomorrow, Wednesday, Feb 2nd the CTC has a different schedule: from Chebeague 6:40, 8, 12, 3, 4:45, and 6:15 - from Cousins 7, 8:15, 1:45 no bus, 3:15, 5, 6:30. The noon boat is only from Chebeague and will not return until 1:45.  This schedule is in order to accomodate the early release and the recreation ski program.

There is still lots of ice in the bay and the CTC is running a limited schedule. Today, Tuesday the trips are (these could change at a moments notice so call 846-3700 to be sure) 6:40, 10:00, 2:15, 4:45 and 6:15 from Chebeague and 7, 10:15, 2:30, 5, and 6:30 from Cousins. My daughter has swimming on the mainland from 6-7 so we are spending the nights on the mainland and hoping for warmer weather.

The Chebeague Transportation Company invites everyone to Captain Don Buxbaum's Retirement Party at the Island Hall on Saturday, February 12th, 2005 from 1-4pm.  Light Refreshments Served.

Besides my website (which isn't always updated in a timely manner) you can stay informed about Town of Cumberland items by subscribing to their mailing at:

I have just added the agenda for the February 15th Planning Board Meeting.

January 29, 2005 - If you would like to see what the ice is like on Chebeague it is similar to January 25, 2003 when I took these pictures - click here!

The Town of Cumberland has posted two ads which you may see here: Job opportunity as Harbor Master and a Committee opening for Chandlers Cove Committee

Don't forget the abbreviated CTC schedule today. I hope I got all the times right, but even if I did, it's a good idea to call your friendly CTC travel consultant when you're making your plans -- 846-3700.

Also, tonight is the Baked Bean Supper at and for the Hall - there will be beans, hotdogs, coleslaw, bisquits and PIES! $6 adults and $3 children.

January 28, 2005 - Heavy ice has formed in the bay and CTC's services are being hampered. Until futher notice, all evening trips after 6:30 pm are cancelled, and riders should be aware that all other trips may be called off at the last minute, depending on ice, wind and tide conditions.

Today (and we hope today only!), CTC has cut back the schedule so that only the following trips will run:
6:40/7:00 am
10:00/10:15 am
2:15/2:30 pm
4:45/5:00 pm

UPDATE: The CTC schedule for tomorrow, Saturday, January 29th is:
8:00/8:15 am
12:00/12:15 pm
3:45/4:00 pm
6:15/6:30 pm
Plan your day accordingly!

January 24, 2005 - We are all so saddened to hear of the death of David Nyhan yesterday - we will miss him so.

It is a cold, sunny day on Chebeague today. We were in Boston for the weekend and fortunately took the downeaster train down Saturday morning and then back yesterday afternoon. I think it was the only thing running and it actually left North Station on time (Getting from Park Street to North Station was a little difficult). There was only one boat for the CTC yesterday because of the wind and ice and we were able to get back for the last Casco Bay Boat just in time for the Patriots game. Chebeague looks like it got less than a foot of snow but the drifting snow was a problem.

January 21, 2005 - The Town Council Meeting will be held on Chebeague Island Monday night, January 24th. I have added the agenda to the notice.
January 19, 2005 - A message from Boopie: The bill was submitted yesterday to the Taxation Committee. In addition to contacting your district legislators, I urge you to also contact Committee members. And be sure to specify LD 189, not LD 2. LD 189 also provides for limiting the change in taxable valuation of homestead lands, again at the option of a community's voting majority. Information about this may be found on her website -which is also located above under Taxes, Save our Island.

So many birthdays this month: Carol Seabasteanski, Amos and Louise Doughty, Polly Hunneman, Richard Yenco, Jennifer Belesca, Betsey Wemesfelder, Beth Dyer,Vickie Taliento, Ken Hamilton, Ruth Houghton, Glenn Ross, David Miller, Marty Trower, Arlene Dyer,... Happy birthday to all and the ones I missed.

The MSAD #51 School Board was going to meeting on 1/24/05, but that date has been moved to 1/31/05. The meeting will be at 7:00 PM in the Cumberland Town Hall Council Chamber. An agenda will be distributed on 1/26/05.

January 18, 2005 - The agenda for the Planning Board Meeting.
January 16, 2005 - A few pics here from the event - click here!
January 15, 2005
- Tomorrow SUNDAY is the Polar Bear Plunge at 12 noon - not Saturday as some people think. I is supposed to be coooooold!

Baked Bean Supper will be January 29th at 6 PM for the Hall - there will be beans, hotdogs, coleslaw, bisquits and PIES! $6 adults and $3 children.

January 13, 2005 - Thank you so much for all the birthday wishes I received. I hope everyone realizes that every year I get hacked by my dear brother-in-law and every year I calmly start reading my emails and then realize that I have to check my page to see what has been done or said. David was very kind to me this year and I loved seeing that clip which I think his father had taped 25 years ago tomorrow! I can't believe it has been that long - I don't feel a bit different until I move, or try to remember something that happened ten minutes ago. Well, now back to what is really happening around the island. I don't know if anyone else noticed but I have had the wrong year listed since the 1st and no one even told me.

There will be a Cumberland Town Meeting on Chebeague Island, Monday, January 24, 2005 and you can see the tentative items for the agenda by clicking here.

January 12, 2005 - Well, here it is...once again it's my birthday. please remember to e-mail me, because I love to get e-mail.

This year I have a special treat. But those of you with dial-up will just have to wait a few minutes to see it. You see, here on Chebeague we don't have broadband Internet service. No cable modems. No DSL. Nothing but dial-up. Sheesh! Do they have it in Cumberland. Of course! But do we have it here? Nooooo! It's a good thing they didn't feel like that about telephone service, or we wouldn't even have dial-up!

But, anyhoo, here's a video originally aired on nationwide ABC television in 1980, so it's celebrating its 25th anniversary. In it, I give my age. It's a round number, so you shouldn't have any trouble doing the math. I had a little trouble, but you should be able to do it OK.

Actually, I fudged it a bit. You see, they shot the spot just before my birthday which as you all know is today, January 12. So at the time I was like 30.98 years old. But they didn't run it until the 14th, and by then I was really 31 years old. But I had already said I was 30. Just another indiscretion of my misspent youth, I guess. But that was a long time ago. A very long time ago. Heck, Jimmy Carter was still President. And that's four or five Presidents ago. I have trouble keeping track.

So, here it is. And those of you with dial-up, you have my deepest sympathies, but I'm sure you'll agree that it's well worth the wait!

January 11, 2005 - By now most people are aware of the POLAR BEAR PLUNGE which takes place this SUNDAY at noon! Tonight some of the teens from the island are going to be making calls and sending out emails looking for pledges for the plungers who are raising money toward the teen center programs. If you will be home and want a call please email me at and I will let them know. The teens will also be sending out emails. Thank you for all your support!

People who are signed up to plunge so far who we know of are: Lida Munroe, Anna Maine, Bob Earnest, Gail Miller, Beverly Johnson, Ed Manion, Leah McDonald and twelve students and staff from the Hyde School in Bath (Chebeague Youth Leadership Program is in partnership with the Hyde School)!

January 10, 2005 - Stacy KomLosy Stewart is playing Cousin Hebe in the Portland Player production of H.M.S. Pinafore.  The show dates are...January 21, 22, 23 --January 28, 29, 30 -- February 4, 5, 6

Show times are Friday and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m.

For more information call the Box Office at 207.799.7337

Portland Players
420 Cottage Road
South Portland, ME

Also, Chebeague Players auditions for Li'l Abner will be June 27 & 28. Show dates are August 11, 12 , 13. Mark your calendars!

January 9, 2005 - Ever since the article in Working Waterfront came out Michael has had lots of interest in his new boat. He talks about his boat and shows the designs and concepts on his website ( I'm looking forward to my trips to Europe to visit them.
January 8, 2005 - I took the following off the CBS website for the Sunday morning show where Shelly Rice will be a guest tomorrow at 9am: "WEIGHTY MATTERS Each New Year, millions of Americans resolve to lose weight, many aiming to drop the five or ten pesky pounds that always seem so hard get rid of. Are they just focusing on vanity weight? Or can those few extra pounds actually be bad for their health? Tracy Smith explores the issue. For more information: "

January 6, 2005 - I just received this email: "I poured myself a glass of Chablis and lit the fireplace.  Put on the lastest Whaler's CD and expected to be serenaded by Christmas music.  I was totally surprised and I am still enjoying it.  It was great and reminded me of why I loved the Island .  The spirit and singing  reminded me of the plays in the summer which are so great.   The children singing etc. and the backroom noise was wonderful.  As last years but even more flavor.  I will treasure this one.  I can picture the kids sledding etc.  Any true Chebeagurer will enjoy this CD or anyone who grew up in the 30ies  or 40ies And I believe you have an  Irish Jig in the end.  You Guys did a great job on this one. Especially tell it on the mountain."

For anyone who hasn't picked up their Whaler's CD, they are still available at the Library and the Store or send a check $10 per CD which will include postage. You can send them to me Bev Johnson, 14 Soule Road, Chebeague Island, ME 04017.

January 1, 2005 - HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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.

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