To get the weather just click photo ovens(click to see larger). To contact me, Beverly Johnson: bjohnson

December 28, 2006 - Hope all are having a great winter break! We are looking for more plungers for the Polar Bear Plunge which is scheduled for February 3rd - I can't wait to feel the refreshing waters - this year it will be at the Boat Yard so look for more info.

A reminder that "an inconvenient truth" - documentary about Global Warming will be shown at the Hall - Saturday, December 30th at 7pm - popcorn and juice will be available. For more information - call the Library 846-4351

December 19, cont -Hark the Herald Angels call to...
Ask if you'll come caroling?
 What? Annual Island Christmas Caroling with Island Children
When?   Thursday December 21st from 3:30-5:30 pm
Why?  To show the island our voices and to have fun
Where?  Starting at the Rec Center and going around the island and ending up at the Stone Pier to serenade the
5 pm boat   (if you have to leave early that's ok.)
How?  Meet us at the Rec. around 3:30.  
All ages are welcome. Kindergarden-age children or younger need an adult chaperone.
Cookies and hot-cocoa will be provided at the Rec. before we start.
Drivers are needed! 
Please RSVP to Julia Maine at 846-4769 or email so we can plan on enough drivers

December 19, 2006 - Ginny is Back! Today is Chris' last day at the medical center. Last week I was able to get a photo of Joan, Chris, Ginny, Nancy and Sasha. Today you can stop by and say hello and goodbye. I know everyone has appreciated Chris stepping up and helping us out while Ginny was recovering.

December 16, 2006 - I just returned from another wonderful Whalers and Friends Christmas Concert!

Remember tomorrow on Montel Williams "we'll meet a pig who inspires kids to read and has even been invited inside the U.S. Capitol.", "promotes reading to children across America with Daisy, a pot belly pig and their "Pig Out on Reading" program"

December 15, 2006 - Wooden bowls, platters, cutting boards, etc. are available from David Scrase, who will be on Chebeague from December 19 to January 10th. Please call at 846 3486 or stop by and browse.

"an inconvenient truth" - documentary about Global Warming will be shown at the Hall - Saturday, December 30th at 7pm - popcorn and juice will be available. For more information - call the Library 846-4351

December 13, 2006 - A note from Jen B: "Please join us this Sunday, 12/17 @4:30 pm at the Chebeague United Methodist Church for the Annual CPA Community Christmas Party. We will be treated to singing by the CIS students and a special visit by Santa of course. It will all be followed by a potluck dinner at the Parish House. Everyone is welcome! Please contact Jamie Calthorpe if you'd like to bring a dish or dessert or 846-9473. Please contact Jen Belesca, if you haven't already done so, if you know of any children that will be attending other than island residents. or 846-1097. Hope to see you there!

WHALERS CONCERT - This Saturday night Christmas Concert December 16th at 7:30pm at the Island Hall. Adults $8.00, Children $4.00.

The fire in Falmouth on Monday was Kelly Rich's brother Mark Soule's home. He lost his home, everything in it, all of his business equipment and two of his cats.  He has a 13 year old son and is now jobless and homeless.  A lot of people have heard about it and are asking Kelly how they can help.Anyone that would like to help can send donations (made payable to Mark Soule) to:
Kelley Rich
85 John Small Rd
Chebeague Is, Me 04017
or directly to him at:
Mark Soule
c/o Cindy Berrill
125 Ledgewood Dr
Falmouth, Maine 04105

December 8, 2006 - ANNUAL KIDS HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR at the CRC this Sunday, December 10th from 1 pm to 3 pm. Kids of all ages are welcome! We ask that children under 10 be accompanied by an adult. There will be a variety of craft projects for kids to pick and choose from. Prices range from 25 cents to $2.50 per craft. This is a great opportunity for kids to make some gifts for loved ones (even the family cat!). There is also a gift wrapping station so when they leave, kids feel all ready for Christmas. For more info please call 846-5068 or e-mail

The ANNUAL CPA Christmas party will be held on Sunday, December 17th at 4:30PM.  There will musical performance at the Church by the school kids, a "special guest" appearance, and a potluck dinner at the Parish House immediately following.  Please contact Jamie Calthorpe 846-9473 if you would like to bring a dish / sandwich / desert.  Hope to see everyone there!

The Chebeague Library is having a COOKIE SWAP for Wednesday, December 20th 2-4pm at the Library.  Bring your favorite cookies and an empty tin.  The library will supply tea, Christmas music and relaxation.  Not a fundraiser, just a community event.  See you there with my favorite cookies!

The CPA's Giving Tree is up at the library. The deadline for donations is the 19th. This year's family is a Mom and 10 year old son and there is a list of suggested gifts at the Library.

December 6, 2006 - Daisy's appearance on the Montel Williams Show has been pushed back to Mon Dec 18th.

The Chebeague Parents Association cookbooks and notecards make wonderful Christmas presents! They are on sale at the Library or you can email Jen Belesca at She will mail them out to you. They both are $12 each or 2 for $20. And if you are still interested in purchasing any Sally Foster wrapping paper or gifts, there's still time! 50% of all Internet orders now through Jan.15th 2007 will go to the Chebeague Island School. Just go to and put in our school account number 0506968. Thank you in advance for your support and Happy Holidays from the CPA!


December 2, 2006 - Last night the power was out for a few hours - making for a fun night talking or playing cards or something other than watching television. I heard there was a tree down on the North Road.

Daisy the Pot Bellied Pig is scheduled to be on the Montel Williams Show on December 8th. I will try to find out what time the show is around here - she does keep busy.

The Whalers are performing their Christmas Concert December 16th at 7:30pm at the Island Hall. Adults $8.00, Children $4.00. Last summer's Cole POrter and Gershwin CD's are available at th library for $10 - Makes a great gift!!!

DON'T FORGET!: The Transition Committee will be having an Informational Meeting for everyone at the Hall on SUNDAY DECEMBER 3RD starting at 1pm.

November 29, 2006 - WE ARE BACK ONLINE - Hurrah! Jim, our Chebeague Verizon repair person was here and repaired the lines outside the library where the server is and all is well now. People who are now connected to should bookmark their email page if you use internet so that you won't have to go through the web page to get there. That page is not on the library server - it is

The Holidays are here and there are many ways to get gifts from Chebeague so I'll mention of a few here:

Gift certificates to the Chebeague Island Inn make a perfect gift. In the spirit of giving, purchase a gift certificate in the months of November and December and 10% of the amount will be donated to Island Commons. Gift certificates must be used in the 2007 season. To purchase certificates, please call Leanne Krudner or Amy Rich at (207) 846-5155 or email:  HAPPY HOLIDAYS! Also go to the Island Commons website for cookbooks.

The Chebeague Parents Association also has cookbooks and notecards for sale- contact Jennifer Belesca 846-1097.

Gail Miller's Miller Designs website so has many great gifts or just call her at 207 846-4369

November 24, 2006 - ISLAND ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR is Saturday November 25th 10-2 at the Hall. Get all your holiday shopping done without leaving the island! Come out and support local artisans and island organizations. Be sure to stop by for a hot bowl or chowder or chili for lunch. Something for everyone! Raffle to benefit the Chebeague Island Hall Community Center. Hope to see you there!
November 22, 2006 - Attention: Christmas Trees are here! They will be on sale Saturdays and Sundays from 9 to 12 starting this week till Christmas. Benefit the Fire Department for more information contact: Tom Calder at

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

November 21, 2006 - Please read the notice from yesterday that didn't get posted to the website about a meeting tonight.

Yesterday made its 32nd wireless installation! We have been very sucessful on the East End with the signal coming from the Hotel. We can't thank Martha Dumont enough for providing us with the means to be able to get the East End wired and eventually the whole island. The signal is coming in strong as far as Roy HIll Road in most areas. We are still working on the plans for an antenna in order to supply the rest of the island with high speed internet! We want to thank everyone for their patience as we work through the logistics and complications of signal sending. Most people who have it now are experience almost 1 megabyte download and upload. Please contact us if you are in this area and are interested in getting WIRED -



The Transition Committee will be having an Informational Meeting for everyone at the Hall on SUNDAY DECEMBER 3RD starting at 1pm.  We will be providing an update to the community on where we are as a committee and where our subcommittees are and will be looking for community feedback on some important items.
We want everyone to come on by and let us know what they think.  This will be an open forum for folks to ask questions, get information, give us their thoughts, etc., and allow us to give a brief status on how things are going.

November 18, 2006 - Today is the Ladies Aid Fair 12:30 to 3:00 - You can order your Christmas Wreaths today and if you can't make it Call Diane Calder 846-4176 - they will be made and ready for pickup at the Parish House at 1 PM Thursday, Novemeber 30th - $10.00 each.
November 13, 2006 - The Chebeague Island Council with Homehealth Vising Nurses of Southern Maine will be having the annual Flu Clinic is this Friday, November 17th from 8:45 to 11:45 at the Chebeague Island Hall. The flu vaccine shot is available for people of all ages, for anyone who wants it. The cost this year is $20 but any person who has Medicare coverage (and brings their Medicare card) can get it from Medicare at no charge. Home made doughnuts, and coffee or tea, will be provided to sustain you through your ordeal.

Sue Hansen Smith from Hansen's Well Drilling is coming to look at well locations on Wednesday November 15th - If you are interested in having a well drilled this fall, Please contact us....Bevery 846-4850 or Sue at 839-3293.

November 12, 2006 - The senior Luncheon is Wed. Nov. 15th at the Parish House.
November 9, 2006 - Molly Shattuck will be appearing on the HBO Show, "Inside the NFL"it aired last night and will air again tonight at 8:00 p.m. and again on Friday and Saturday---not sure of times.

The Chebeague Parents Association is having a Thanksgiving Pie Sale! You may order your Thanksgiving day pies and have them delivered to your door the day before Thanksgiving. Proceeds to benefit the Chebeague Island School. Click here to get your coupon and information about ordering. There are also coupons on the boat.

November 8, 2006 - Meredith Burgess has won the House District 108 seat over Donna Damon, 2663 (54%) to 2266 (46%), a difference of 397 votes. The full Cumberland results may be viewed here, but they don't include the North Yarmouth part of District 108 or Long Island. We congratulate Meredith Burgess. And to Donna, congratulations on your great campaign and strong showing -- Chebeague Island is proud of you!
Mainland Chebeague No. Yarmouth Long Island Total
Donna Damon 1620 222 299 125 2266
Meredith Burgess 2252 44 320 47 2663

November 5, 2006 - Don't forget to vote November 7th!!!!.  Don't take anything for granted!

Happy 18th birthday Dennis.

November 1, 2006 - I finally have put the photos that Cathy MacNeill took at the talent show online - just click here.
October 30, 2006 - The winds were strong all weekend and Saturday easterly breeze took half of the Leonards tree and yesterday the westerly wind took the other half. The tree has been around a long time - Louis Leonard remembers it being as tall as he was as a child 90+ ago. I took a little video of the tree yesterday before it lost its top but the problem is I did it sideways and my program won't let me turn it but I'll put it on anyway - just click here.
October 28, 2006 - UPDATE: Halloween party has been rescheduled for Sunday 10/29 at 4:30pm due to the "unexpected" power outage today. 

The Government Structure Committee is hoping to get input from the community on what structure would be preferred by the island. Please click here to get the list of possibilities and let your voice be heard by contacting Bette Tellinghuisen by tomorrow night so that she may compile the results for Tuesday's meeting.

There are lots of people running for political office in Augusta and I know that many of them could use lots of help!!! Please contact anyone you know who is running for office - especially if you could help in lots of ways: door to door, letter writing, phone calls, etc. It would be especially appreciated. We even have someone from the island running for Statewide office so if you have a favorite candidate call them to see how you can help.

October 27, 2006 - The annual CPA Halloween Party is Saturday Night (October 28th) from 6:30 to 8pm at the Chebeague Island Community Hall. Costume Parade, Spooky Games, Cake Walk, Creepy Cafe, and much more. We have been asked by the Hall Committee to advise you not to allow your child to wear "roller sneakers" as it marks up the newly re-finished floors. Thank you for your co-operation and hope to see you there!

Welcome to Chris Silva, nurse practitioner, who will be covering for Ginny Ballard at the Chebeague Island Health Center while she recovers from surgury. He is seeing patients on Tuesdays.

Congratulations to Katie Phipps and her Varsity Soccer team at Pine Tree Academy who took the championship of their league Wednesday night.

October 19, 2006 - Back by popular demand: the CIHCC Brunch - Sunday, October 22, 11:30 - 1 PM - adults $8 - children under 12 $6. - Fried dough, stratas, quiches, etc.

The Chebeague Island Historical Society is presenting the Life and Times of Walter Cronkite by Jerry Wiles on Monday, October 23rd at the Chebeague Island Hall - 7:30 Admission $5.00. This evening will be recorded for Mr. Cronkite as a special tribute as he nears his 90th birthday. The conclusion will contain a "Happy Birthday Salute" by all attending. Please join us!

October 18, 2006 - TALENT SHOW! Please join us as an audience member or performer at the Talent Show at the Hall this Saturday evening, October 21st at 7 pm! Organized by Genny Dyer and Lena Taliento, this show benefits the Hall Roof Fund. Many great acts are already lining up...we will be entertained by a variety of talented people of all ages! So far we have acts by Genny and Lena, Tracy Calder and friends, Tim Calder, Tom Adams, the Whalers, Deb Bowman, Marguerite Bowman and Keegan McDonough, AND MORE!! Master of Ceremonies will be Malcolm Rice. There's still time to sign up, just give Genny (846-6522) or Lena (846-3897)a call. There is a $5 entry fee per act. Donations will be accepted at the door to attend. We plan to have door prizes too. We hope to see you there!

Next week the Island Market will be closed from Monday through Friday October 23 -27.

October 12, 2006 - Tomorrow is International Walk to School -We will meet at 8am at the Historical Museum and walk up North Road to the school. Please come and help encourage physical fitness and raise awareness of how walkable our community is.
All are welcome!

I have just added the approved minutes from last weeks transition meeting on the Transition page.

October 9, 2006 - Tonight and tomorrow night there will be a one hour Education Transition Committee meeting at the school at 7pm. If interested you may go to either meeting - for more information contact Carol White.
October 8, 2007 - Just got back from the Engine 4 House Ceremony and have put some photos from the event - click here.
October 7, 2006 - Today is the annual Frost Tournament at the Golf Club - starts at 12 and for a small registration fee anyone can play.

Don't forget that tomorrow (Sunday, oct 8) at 1 PM there will be a Traditional House Ceremony for our new ENGINE 4 - All are welcome and light refreshments will be available

TOMORROW - Chebeague Island Historical Society is hosting a homemade meal at the Hall Sunday, October 8th at 5:30, Yum!
Adults $7
Under 12 $4
Little Ones Free
Benefits the Chebeague Island Historical Society. It's an effort to get those who may be closing up their homes this weekend out for a homecooked meal.

October 1, 2006 - Frank and Marianne Durgin have lots of cut wood stacked and available for anyone who would like it.
September 29, 2006 - Please note: the burial service for Virginia Kane will be at 11 am and not 1pm as previously noticed.
September 28, 2006 - The Chebeague Island Transition Committee met last night and reviewed the charges for the ten Operational Development Sub-Committees which may be seen here.  Please look at what each of the committees will be addressing over the next several months and if you'd like to serve on one or more committees, please contact the chair of the committee(s) you're interested in.  The committee appointments will be made at next Wednesday's Transition Committee meeting, 7:15 pm at the Parish House.
September 25, 2006 - The transition committee is still looking for volunteers for various committees : if you would like to add your name to a committee you may contact
September 23, 2006 - I have included the Agenda for the next Transition Committee meeting as well as the minutes of the last meeting. I have added a link on the top of the page.
September 22, 2006 - On Sunday, October 8th at 1 PM there will be a Traditional House Ceremony for our new ENGINE 4 - All are welcome and light refreshments will be available.

There is a great revue of the Chebeague Island Inn online at - click here.

September 18, 2006 - There will a meeting of the Chebeague Island Preschool Steering Committee tomorrow night (Tuesday September 19th) at the Chebeague Island School, at 7PM. It is the committee's goal to meet on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, to provide support to the preschool program.  All parents, teachers and interested people are invited to attend.
September 16, 2006 - The agenda for the September 20th transition committee is now posted.

Islanders: don't forget the Blanchard Golf Tournament is tommorrw at noon (you don't have to be a member - you just have to live here).

September 15, 2006 - The transition committee will be meeting each Wed at 7:15pm at the Parish House and everyone is welcome to attend
September 13, 2006 - The Great Chebeague Golf Club has teamed up with the Chebeague Recreation Center to offer a Wednesday afternoon golf clinic for the children. Today we had 16 children grades K through 6th learning and practicing their golf strokes and golf etiquette! Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make the first session such a success. We are looking forward to next Wednesday at 2 where there will probably be even more children and we welcome any volunteers to help go out on the course with the kids.
September 12, 2006 - Transition Representatives will be  posting updates about their activities and upcoming meetings on this page, the boat and the store: I will be adding a heading for this information - for now go to: for the first notice.

Click here to see a message from Tim Lesiege about a Jaycees raffle opportunity.

September 11, 2006 - Every year the Golf Club puts on a tournament the Blanchard Golf Tournament, Chebeague Island Residents ONLY, Sunday, September 17 - 12 Noon.  $5. entry fee. Social to follow at 5 PM.  BYOB and Hors d' oeuvre. Rain or Shine - it is really fun.

September 10, 2006 - Today the vote for the nine transition representatives took place. There were about 25 nominees on the ballot and many more people were nominated and declined the nomination and all of them volunteered to be on committees. 175 registered people voted and the results will be listed soon. Click here for some photos from the meeting where 174 ballots cast and eight of the nine representatives are: Mark Dyer, Carol White, John Martin, Doug Ross, Donna Damon, Steve Todd, Dave Hill, and Leon Hamilton. There was a tie for the ninth spot and we had to go to another vote for that position between Jim Phipps and Susan Campbell. Jim Phipps won the ninth position in a very close vote. Congratulations to all who were nominated and our elected nine.
September 7, 2006 cont.- FISHERMEN'S COUNTRY FAIR - Come to the Hall, Play, learn at the FISHERMEN'S COUNTRY FAIR, Saturday, September 9 from 11 am to 2 pm!!!!! Can you toss the ring on the buoy? Grow huge vegetables? Whittle a bowl? - Have your picture taken as a mermaid! Win pies, cakes or lobsters! Lunch on hotdogs, potato ships, cookies and lemonade. - Proceeds for the CIHCC Roof Fund.

The concert by "Quintopia" was fabulous tonight at the Church - the brass quintet entertained a full house of very appreciative Islanders!

The Chebeague United Methodist Church Choir Concert of Spirituals will be Saturday, September 16th at 7pm at the church - donations are welcomed!

September 7, 2006 - Note from the antenna was successfully installed at the Inn this week and a few installations have been completed with upload and download speeds of 1 Mbps. We are continuing to check signals at various locations around the island and engineering the next rollout phase so that the whole island will be served and not just the East End. IF you have tried to contact us by email to in the last week and have not received a reply, please resend your message, as it was probably lost in the transition from our old server to our new server. We are being trained, getting up to speed, and ordering necessary equipment. Thank you all for your encouragements!

Chebeague Parents Association September 2006 Calendar Raffle Winners have been announced and the list of prizes and winners is online now - check them out.

September 6, 2006 - Reminder of the free concert this Thursday - September 7 - at 7 PM at Chebeague Methodist Church by "QUINTOPIA" brass quintet. "From Bach to Bernstein" A pleasant mix of Classical, Jazz, Dixieland and Broadway music arranged or written for brass quintet. An evening of fanfare and fun!

Maine property tax and rent refund program has been expanded - to get details go to: - you may qualify!

September 3, 2006 - An Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings will be held every Friday, beginning 9/8/06, at 7:00 PM at the Parish House.  These meetings are open to Alcoholics and/or anyone who thinks they may have a problem and has the desire to stop drinking. 
September 1, 2006 - Notice from the Cumberland Town Office: You are hereby notified that a public meeting to select nine (9) transition representatives by written ballot will be held at 1:00 p.m. at the Chebeague Island Recreation Center on Sunday, September 10, 2006. All registered voters of Chebeague Island are eligible to serve on the transition committee. All meeting attendees may participate in the discussions prior to nomination; however, only registered voters may cast a ballot. Immediately upon close of the nomination process, a written ballot will be prepared and printed by the Town Clerk and issued to registered voters in attendance at that time. At the conclusion of the voting process, ballots will be tallied by the Town Clerk and the selected representatives announced. Council Chairman, Stephen Moriarty, has agreed to serve as Moderator during the public meeting. The Town Manager and Deputy Town Clerk will be on hand to assist the Town Clerk in the voting process. Please contact the Town Clerk or Town Manager, 829-2205, with questions.

The Great Chebeague Golf Club SWATFEST is scheduled for tomorrow morning (Saturday, Sept 2nd) at 8:45 and another reminder from the Golf Club is that Island Residents may play for free after 5. (please sign up at the clubhouse when open) This is such a great opportunity for people to learn to play golf and/or recreation benefit at no cost. A wonderful community benefit the club provides.

August 30, 2006 - First day of school for Greely and Chebeague and probably many other places.

I have just added photos from sailing school which show just how much fun the kids have and how proficient they are all getting.

August 29, 2006 - Sorry the news has been scarce and a few events were not noted here - I traveled down to Virginia with Vika and just returned.

There will be a FREE CONCERT Thursday, September 7 at 7 PM at the Chebeague Methodist Church
- Brass Quintet ---- "From Bach to Bernstein" Consisting of five local musicians: Quintopia members are Michelle Kingston and Catriona Shepherd - trumpets, Yvonne Mumm - horn, Meg Hausman - trombone, Eric Sanborn - tuba. The concert will offer a pleasant mix of Classical, Jazz, Dixieland, and Broadway music arranged or written for brass quintet. The brass quintet is a wonderfully flexible group allowing the musicians to easily perform music of varying styles and time periods. Please join us for an evening of fanfare and fun!

If you missed the newscast on WCSH Channel 6 about you can see it online by going to and then clicking on About You will only be able to view it if you have high speed internet access.

August 23, 2006 - Back by popular demand the Whalers and friends will be performing their Gershwin program again this Saturday evening at the Hall - 8PM.

Dianne McPherson will be having a Dancemeditation Demonstration & Introductory class at the Rec Center next Wednesday. To learn more about this click here.

August 22, 2006 - Last night we presented our wirelesss company and now people who couldn't make it and would like to be added to the list of those who want wireless as soon as they can get it may sign up by sending an email to I had the wrong address earlier today)

There's still time to buy a ticket for the   Chebeague Parents Association   CALENDAR RAFFLE   The tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. The raffle ticket is a calendar for the month of September where each day of the month has a prize. One winner will be drawn at random every day for the entire month of September. If you win the prize for that day your name goes back in so you can win more then once. We have thirty (30) wonderful prizes including many chances to win $100 cash. Look for it on sale at the Library, or email Jen Belesca Please help support the island children.
Thank you!!

August 21, 2006 - Anna Maine is selling chrysanthemums for her field hockey team. They're $7.50 each or 6 for $40. (regular potted ones) Color choices: white yellow lavender bronze & maroon. Please order by August 29th. Delivered to your house Labor Day weekend. To order please call her @ 846-4769 or email her

Reminder that will be having an informational meeting at the Parish House tonight at 7pm. People will be able to sign up for wireless at that time and get more details on the coming service.

Here are photos from the most recent school garden activities. Our intern has now left for the summer; over the last several weeks he worked in the garden with Evan and Noah Boisvert, Cassidy Jeffers, Chloe and Gen Dyer, Ben Hillicoss, and Julia Maine. We've taken produce from the garden to the Island Commons, and when the CIS kids return to class they'll have tomatoes, winter squash, carrots, beets, and pumpkins to enjoy; and we hope to plant some fall greens as soon as the kids return.

August 16, 2006 - There is going to be a "Flea Market" at the Island Hall  on the 20th of August, from 10AM to 2PM.
August 15, 2006 - Just a reminder that The Rec Center will be hosting a Free (contributions always welcome) Investment Workshop August 15, 17, 29, and 31 presented by Eldon Mayer. (revision of dates - August 15, 16, 17 and 19. Saturday's session will be at 9 am at the rec.
August 14, 2006 - Back by popular demand - The LOVE LIST (Rich Brewer, Mary Holt and BJ Abrahamson )will be performed again on Friday and Saturday nights at the Hall 8PM benefitting the roof fund! Adult Comedy $8 donation.

Annual Meeting of the Cumberland Mainland & Islands Trust is this Wednesday, August 16, 7pm at the Recreation Center. Featuring Guest Speaker Philip Conkling.

Annual meeting of the Chebeague Recreation Center is tonight 6pm at the rec center.

August 12, 2006 - Last night was the second night of the Chebeague Recreation Center's Adult Theater of Hello Dolly. It was wonderful and lots of fun and you can see some photos I took from last night's performance. The last night is tonight at 8pm and you may get tickets at the door. The play starts at 8pm. Click here to see some photos! Some day we will have wireless and it won't take 30 minutes to open up all the photos.

Please add to your calendars - back by popular demand is the FISHERMEN'S FAIR! September 9th at the Hall. The Chebeague Island Hall Community Center is bringing back this fun exciting event which will also be a fundraiser for our new ROOF - more details to follow.

August 9, 2006 - Exciting News! Inc has been formed by a group of Chebeaguers to bring broadband wireless service to the island. Service will begin to come available towards the end of August. An informational meeting will take place at the Parish House, August 21st at 7 pm. We will begin taking orders at that time and after that evening you may contact us by email an address to be given out later. Click here for more information.
August 8, 2006 - Florence Rich has just opened Island Riches at the head of Chandler's Wharf. Crafts and whatnots are featured. Many island talents are on display and for sale! The shop is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 11 - 4. Click here to see some photos and also see the bicycle car Herb has created.
August 4, 2006 - I have the photos from the Golf Tournament online now and we all want to thank everyone who participated and also the many volunteers, organizing, cooking, collecting, .... the list goes on.

This Sunday is the ANNUAL CRAFT FAIR at the Hall from 10am to 1pm.

August 3, 2006 - We found out yesterday why the Golf Tournament was Golf like an Egyptian - because it was like golfing in the desert. The volunteers did an excellant job keeping us all cooled off and there were plenty of liquids. In spite of the heat it was a great time and I will have photos of the reception later. I have put sponsor list online so please check it out and learn a little more about Egypt!

Ladies Aid Fair Today!!! at the Hall

    The ninth annual community YARD $ALE to benefit Island Commons is this Sat. (Aug 5) at the Hall from 10-1. Donations may be dropped off at Pommy Hatfield's through Thursday.  Call her at 846.3253 if you have an item you'd like to be picked up.  Please do not bring donations to the Hall Friday or Saturday.
    All donations are pretty classy, and of course useful, practical, handy, AND reasonable. In addition to thousands of smaller items, we are offering: a Bob Dyer punt, a David Burgess punt, and a 15' O'Day "Ospray" sailboat - ALL three boats to be sold by Silent Auction; bid sheets to be collected at 12 noon
Sale items include a 12' x 15' machine braided rug, a large hutch, a sleigh seat, two bathroom vanities, a washer, a dryer, a refridgerator, many tables & chairs, dressers, beds, children's bicycles, items for construction, sewing, crafts, gardening, collecting, recreation, reading, entertaining, cooking, picnicking, traveling, enjoying, and relaxing.
***You simply cannot afford to miss this $UPER FANTA$TIC summer event. All wise people shop at this renowned bargain sale!  If you would like to volunteer on Saturday (to be cashier, seller, to help customers, or to help clean-up) call Pommy ASAP.  Thank you all, especially the over 70 families who have contributed items for sale.  See you on Saturday!       

August 1, 2006 - Tickets go on sale for HELLO DOLLY today. You can get reserved seats for the first nine rows! The rest of the rows at the Hall are first come first serve on the days of the show. Hello Dolly is August 10, 11, and 12th. Tickets at the Rec Center.

There are a few remaining spaces for the golf tournament Golf Like and Egyptian, this Wednesday August 2nd. Contact the Rec Center for more information 846-5068.

I have just added Jane Leonard's website to the Chebeague Page.

July 25, 2006 - The Chebeague Island School's garden is thriving this summer. On July 19 our intern, Jay Cox-Chapman, worked with Evan and Noah; they banked the potato plants, planted more beets, weeded, and watered; and they harvested Rainbow Chard (which was delivered to the Island Commons). Jay will be calling CIS kids as the days progress, but if your child would like to participate, call Jay at 5037.
July 23, 2006 - Next Sunday, July 30th, 8PM, Rich Brewer, Mary Holt, and BJ Abrahamson will be presenting a Staged Reading of the "LOVE LIST" directed by Rachel Damon. $8.00 donation toward the Roof Fund. "What are the ten qualities you look for in a mate?" Come and find out!!!!
July 22, 2006 - On Tuesday, July 25 at 7:00 PM at the Hall - Frank M. Bryan, a professor of political science at the University of Vermont and Author of: Real Democracy:  The New England Town Meeting and How it Works wil be here to speak on town meeting. There will be refreshments. To learn more about him check out his website:

Congratulations to Luke Rothschild whose website tells all about his artistic endeavors. In 2002 he began his company and performance group call String Theory. You can go to to hear his music and watch videos. They were even at the Grammys!

July 21, 2006 - Chebeague Rec Center Children's Theater production of INTO THE WOODS is being presented tonight and tomorrow night at 7:30 at the Hall! Adults $7.00 and children $4.00.
July 20, 2006 - This summer Mia and Lena Taliento are hosting two boys from Spain and two from England.   The kids are from left (the photo): Shaun Gluyas from  England Soccer Coach , Ignacio (Nacho) from  Asturias Northern Spain  of course Lena,  Javier from Madrid and Andy trout Soccer Coach from England.  Nacho and Javier were so excited to meet the coaches and to play soccer they stayed home from "school" to lend their talents and time to the Rec program for the day. 

GOLFERS! please hurray up and sign up for the Golf Like and Egyptian Golf Tournament! I know I haven't signed up but plan on today- I'm looking for others for my team if your interested, call. It is always a fun time - 18 hole best ball with lots of prizes and fun - Wednesday, August 2nd. This would be a great time to Golf with your Mummy!

July 19, 2006 - Bill Shane has forwarded me the Maine Moderators Manual - A Guide to Town Meeting which you can download by clicking here.
July 18, 2007 - The Island Institute and the Chebeague HIstorical Society will present an evening of information and entertainment on Thursday July 27 beginning at 6:30 PM at the Hall.
Cookies and lemonade will be served from 6:30-7 and you will have an opportunity to talk informally with Philip Conkling, Peter Ralston, our Island Fellow Carly Knight, and others from the Institute staff. 
At 7 PM sharp, Rachel Damon will show her documentary about lobstering entitled, "The Thrill of the Haul" featuring Ray Hamilton, Bob Putnam, Linda Greenlaw and Mark Bowman, whose music is heard throughout the film.
Donna Damon will follow with an illustrated discussion about island connections (both summer/winter) entitled "What is a Doughty to do on the day of the Hamilton Reunion,"
The Institute staff will end the evening by showing a new DVD and talking about the challenges of sustaining island communities.
Please come and enjoy this great evening of free entertainment!
July 17, 2006 - CORRECTION! Household Hazardous Waste Collection on Chebeague is August 4th from 10:00AM to 12:00 PM at the TOWN GARAGE not the transfer station. To see what you may bring click here for PDF format and here for Word format.

Bulky Waste at the Transfer station is August 4, 5, and 6.

July 16, 2006 - Recompense Foundation has placed a memorial plaque on Deer Point to commemorate the spot where the submarine barricade came across from Long Island during World War II. Signs on the path to Deer Point point to the location of the plaque. (If you go to see it please walk in from the main road - there is little parking and the road is in disrepair) Check out photos of the plaque taken today and photos by Betts taken when the plaque was installed on June 20th.

Chebeague Island's Friend of Folk Art (CIFFA) are having another Contra Dance on July 29, 2006 - for more information click here.

Congratulations to Chris Martin and Sam Green (Sam worked at the wharf the last two summer) who were named to the Telegram All-State Baseball Team! Chris is considered to be the best hitter in the Western Maine Conference with a .471 batting average. He was a three-time all-conference selection and batted in the .400 in all three varsity seasos.

Congratulations Daniel Flynn, PHD , (son of Jane Hahn and stepson of Tom Hahn) has been named Deputy Director of The Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center at the University of West Virginia Medical center.  Announcement of this appointment was sent country wide to all medical schools and medical journals. Jane and Tom are so proud!

July 14, 2006 - Today Beth Howe and Mac Passano were doing their monthly baby lobster monitoring for the Lobster Conservancy (TLC)- studying them tells about the life cycle and the future lobsterstock. Click here to see todays pictures. More informatioin you can go to

The Rec Center will be hosting a Free (contributions always welcome) Investment Workshop August 15, 17, 29, and 31 presented by Eldon Mayer. Click here for more information about this valuable program!

Where is Maxine?

July 13, 2006 - Last evening, Councilors Steve Moriarty, Donna Damon and Bill Shane lead a meeting at the Island Hall to discuss the upcoming election of the 9 member steering committee. A concern was raised about the timing of the election (then August 27th) being in conflict with the language in the law.

After consulting with our Town attorney he believes even though the meeting date is 90 days beyond the adjournment of the legislature, the advertisement date can not occur in
advance of the 90 day period.

Therefore....... The Official new meeting date will be September 10, 2006 at 1 PM at the Rec Hall on Chebeague Island. Bill apologizes for the inconvenience, but believe this is too important not to follow the letter of the law.

July 12, 2006 - The Recreation Center is having an Island Olympics
FRIDAY and SATURDAY 12:30-4:30 
EVENT                                   TIME              LOCATION     AGE              STAFF
SOCCER KICK-OFF            12-12:30 F/S    VF                   ALL                 MH
KICKBALL (TEAMS)            12-1     F/S       VF                   ALL                 MH
TENNIS (SINGLES/DBLS)    ALL DAY       COURTS         ALL                
VOLLYBALL                         12-1    F/S       GYM               ALL                 LM
TRACK AND FIELD              1-2       F/S       VF                   ALL                 MH
            30 M DASH
            90 M DASH
SWIM EVENTS                      2-4       F/S       POOL              ALL                 VJ
            TEAM RELAY           
            2 LAP RACE
            NOODLE RACE
For pool events, please sign up at the pool when you arrive!  Participants in swim events should either bring their pool pass or pay the daily use fee of $3 (for guests of passholders) or $5.
(VF:  Volunteer Field; Courts:  CRC Tennis Courts)
July 10, 2006 -
This Friday night the Library is hosting "A solo storytelling performance for all ages by Len Cabral, thanks to a grant from Bank of America - IT IS FREE! click here to see the flyer about the night which includes a Kids only sleepover (the 2nd Annual) sleepover starts after Len 's performance - children Grade 3 and up (younger children with an adult) sign up at library - spce may be limited. To learn more about Len Cabral go to

NOTICE!!! - Steve Moriarty and Bill Shane will be at the Hall this Wednesday, July 12th from 7 PM - 9:30 PM to discuss the upcoming August 27th 1 PM meeting for the election of the 9 member steering committee and any other issue on the minds of the people on Chebeague. The meeting will be loosely structured to allow for many questions. They will bring copies of the legislation for distribution (click here for word format) (click here for pdf format).

The HAMILTON REUNION is this coming Saturday July 15, 2006 - Check out the Flyer for more information!

July 7, 2006 - I just received the results of the Parade and the Road Races.
July 5, 2006 -
There is a nice article about the new chef at the Chebeague Inn in the Portland Press Herald today.

Chebeague Island Community Sailing School's first session starts July 17 and the second session starts on August 7. We still have a few slots in each class, but they're filling fast! This is a great way for kids to learn about sailing and to have a great time on the water, and we welcome those with no experience as well as those who have sailed before. Please visit to learn more, or call Bob at 846 0924.

July 4, 2006 - Click here for the FUN RUN -- ROAD RACE -- PARADE!
July 1, 2006 - Yesterday afternoon Josh Doughty's band BAYROOTS had a concert on the deck of the store from 2 to 4.
June 30, 2006 -
I received a note from Tom Calder and he says that it looks like the brand new fire engine will be here in time for the parade on the 4th, it wont be in service,but will be ready to be inspected/checked out by everyone following the parade at the picnic, watch for it in the parade.

Mark Dyer's band is playing Saturday Night at the Hall.

The parking at the Stone Wharf is very difficult - yesterday cars were parked all the way down Wharf Road and then on down South Road. There are so many people leaving cars for the week and/or for more than 24 hours. I saw one person who is handicapped have to walk the whole length of Wharf Road. There is Veterans Taxi 846-4876 and Cindy and Bruce Riddle have a car service where they will move your car for you 846-1055. I am able to walk to the wharf often or get a ride but some people are in a different situation and don't have a choice. We only have 3 handicap spaces and people with small children really need to park closer.

June 27, 2006 - Jerry Wiles will be doing another one of his wonderful historical presentations this coming Monday, July 3rd at the Hall at 7:30 to benefit the roof fund. He will be talking about Rachel Carson.

July 8th at 3 PM there will be a celebration of Bob Morin's life at the home of Ben and Pat Prescott, 33 Back Shore Road. Please come and greet his family and friends.

June 26, 2006 - The fourth of July Parade, picnic and road race are coming soon. The Parade theme is ISLAND OCCUPATIONS. Road Race is starts at the Historical Society at 9 am for the fun run and 10 for the 4.2 mile run. Registration starts 30 minutes before the race.
June 24, 2006 - Don't forget that tonight is the Whaler's Concert at the Hall 8pm.

Most everyone received the notice about the get together tomorrow at Katmandu at 1pm in order to thank the legislators and others who helped in our secession efforts. It is a pot luck for islanders - if you haven't already told someone you are coming - please call Cathy at 846-4133 or Mabel 846-4077.

The Chebeague Parents Association is selling lobster roll tickets for the 4th of July picnic at Chandler's. They will be on sale Sunday, June 25th and Sunday, July 2nd from 11:30 to 1pm in front of Island Market. Tickets are $12 each and include a lobster roll and bag of chips. Their are a limited number of lobster rolls available so please buy your ticket in advance. We will also be selling cookbooks, note cards, and Sally Foster wrapping paper as well. Thank you in advance for helping to support the CPA.

The GRAND THRIFT STORE is starting up July 11 and will be Tuesday 9:30 to 12 during the day and 7-8 at night - For more information please contact Sarah VanFleet at 846-5087.

June 21, 2006 - The Chebeague Island Community Association Annual meeting will be Wednesday, June 28th from 5:30 - 6:30 at the Parish House. It will be a will be over in time to go to the Affordable Housing meeting at the Hall at 7. A report to members is to be distributed - all are welcome to attend - bring your thoughts ans suggestions.

The Report on Chebeague Affordable Housing by the Islands Committee will be 7pm at the Hall - Wednesday,

June 20, 2006 - The Whalers and friend's Concert "Cole Porter and George and Ira Gershwin" is this Saturday night, June 24th, 8 pm at the Island Hall.

June 17, 2006 - Don't forget the Historical Society annual meeting at the Hall tonight at 7:30 - The Grannell siblings will share their stories searching for their Chebeague roots. This Monday night, June 19th the Historical Society has a guest speaker, Rev Jack Flies, at the Hall 7:30pm.
June 13, 2006 - Congratulations to Lucy Cox-Chapman who graduated from Williams College, where she was business manager for her a cappella group and won the Hafford Prize for excellence in teaching political science. Four days after graduation, she got a job on Capital Hill working for Senator Christopher Dodd of Connecticut.
June 12, 2006 - Congratulations to John Emery who graduated on June 2nd from Westford Academy. He'll be attending Endicott College in September.

Congratulations to Simon Brown who has graduated from Portland High and heading to Roger Williams University in Sept.

The Yacht Club schedule is now online.

June 11, 2006 - Congratulations to Chris Martin and Jimmy Stefanilo who gradtuated today from Greely High School!
June 10, 2006 -   The Chebeague Historical Society have planned the following events Events:

Annual Meeting: Genealogical Journeys June 17th 7:30 PM at the Hall. Three Grannell siblings will share their stories of searching for their Chebeague roots. It is bound to be an entertaining and informative evening. All are welcome to attend and refreshments will be served. Donations are always appreciated.

Creating Community: The Hamilton Connection - Exhibit Opens June 24th at 1:00 PM All are welcome to come to the commencement of this exhibit and refreshments will be served. The exhibit will be open Tuesday thru Sunday from 1:00 to 4:30 for the remainder of the season. The Museum will be closed on Mondays.

Hamilton Reunion - July 15th
The Museum will be open at 9 AM for research and viewing of the exhibit. The Hall will also be open for additional research and opportunities to view photos and research your family roots. Other events include a cemetery tour at 1 PM and an evening slide show by Donna Damon giving an overview of island history and the Hamilton's contribution to the community. Watch for more specific events to be posted after July 1st
 Island Commons Resource Center Wine Tasting & Silent Auction Benefit Sponsored by the Chebeague Island Inn Sunday, June 18th  2:00-5:00pm
tickets still available, call Vicki at 846-1379

June 8, 2006 - Here is a photo of Wayne at the awards exhibition in the Colby Art Museum Tuesday night with architect Carol Wilson. Wayne was recognized for "Excavation and Landscaping" as part of the award winning team.

Here are photos from the School Trip to Peary's Eagle Island.

June 6, 2005 continued - Congratulations to Leila and Suhail Bisharat along with Wayne Dyer and the Architect Carol Wilson who are heading to Colby College tomorrow to recieve an Honor Award for Excellence in Architecture. You can see the recepients of this years awards at the Website for the AIA (American Institute of Architects) Maine's 2006 Award Winning Projects

Congratulations to Katie Phipps who is one of 10 Maine winners in the 2006 Lewis and Clark Youth Rendezvous national essay contest for high school Juniors and Seniors.  Winners receive an expense-paid trip to North Dakota to participate in activities surrounding the 200th anniversary of the Corps of Discovery and exploration of the west.

June 5, 2006 - At Eagle Island the Chebeague Island School children were the first visitors for the season! After an enjoyable boat trip captained by Chris Rich and Stephen Johnson we were greeted by the Park Manager extrodanaire Jeanie Dorrington who gave a couple of guided tours. To learn more about Peary's Eagle Island go to:
June 2, 2006 - Congratulations to Chris Martin who was Portland Press Herald's athlete of the week last week for Greely Baseball. Chris is a Senior and his accomplishments they listed were that in three games Martin went 8 for 9 and had two doubles, a triple and two home runs. He drove in seven runs and scored six. Martin, a left fielder is batting .467 with 14 RBI and 15 runs scored.

The American Cancer Annual Island Walkathon scheduled for tomorrow has been postponed to the end of August. This event has been put on by the Chebeague Methodist Church and the Recreation Center. This gives us plenty of time to gather our pledges - you can pick up pledge sheets at the rec.

June 1, 2006 - A wonderful article in the Forecaster about the School's Middle East Project! Thank you to Barbara Porter, Kristin Rohrbach, Leila and Suhail Bisharat, Karen Hamilton, Rich Brewer and all the others who created such a wonderful program!
May 29, 2006 - The Chebeague Post Office has moved to a temporary trailer located at the Boat Yard.
May 26, 2006 - Saturday night at the Hall Mark Dyer's group will be playing.

Stacy has already put together a rehearsal schedule so you can see what is planned in the way of practices and time committment. Click here for the schedule.

May 24, 2006 - Stacy has sent on information about the Recreation Center Summer Theatre production and tryouts of Hello Dolly! Click here to see the flyer in jpeg format .

This from the CRC: This is a reminder about two WONDERFUL fundraisers planned by our Pre-Teen/Teen Council.  Please come out and show your support for these very energetic kids and help them raise money for some GREAT events this summer, including and evening with the Sea Dogs and a trip to Six Flags in Massachusetts.
Is your car grimy from all the winter sand and salt?  Bring it to the Fire Station on Saturday, May 27 from 11-2.  The Pre-Teens are having a CAR WASH AND BAKE SALE! 
Come Join Us for Breakfast!!  Sunday, May 28th, 2006.
Enjoy pancakes, eggs, sausage, potatoes, fruit salad, coffee, tea and juice and support a GREAT cause! 
There will be two servings, one at 8 and one at 9.  Each seating is limited to 50 people, so please make reservations by calling 846-5068 and leaving your name and the number of people in your party. 

May 20, 2006 - Yesterday I was able to take a couple of photos of a bald eagle just hanging around the Johnson house on Roses Point.

There was a great article about Sarah Grant and riding her 21-speed Bianchi bicycle 3,637 miles across America this summer. She is determined to raise money and awareness for SPLORE which arranges adventures for the disabled.

May 18, 2006 - I took a photo of the sun yesterday when it came out for a few hours - it was beautiful and bright - maybe it will reappear next week!

Saturday, May 20th is the Island Commons Spring Clean-Up & BBQ from 10-3. Stop by for any length of time and join us for some spring cleaning and lunch.

Calling all Hamiltons! The Historical Society has all kinds of events planned involving Hamiltons which culminates with a HUGE reunion on July 15th. Click here to get all the information - and remember that there is a little bit of Hamilton in all of us.

May 15, 2006 - ATTENTION: APPRECIATION NIGHT IS TOMORROW NIGHT - not in June but May 16th Tomorrow!
May 14, 2006 - Please join the CPA for the Chebeague Island School Education Appreciation Night, Tuesday MAY 16th from 7 to 8:30 pm at the Hall. There will be musical performances, student artwork displayed, graduate and volunteer recognition and refreshments will be served. All are welcome and we look forward to seeing you there!
May 13, 2006 - Tonight - 6 pm Cummunity Supper put on by the Island Commons.
May 12, 2006 - Island Common's Community Supper is tomorrow night, Saturday, May 13th at 6 pm - hope to see you all there!

Last Thursday, May 4th, Governor Baldacci there was a signing ceremony at the State House and I was able to get some photos of the event which you may see here.

May 6, 2006 - Don't forget - tomorrow May 7th at the Hall - The CIHCC is hosting a Sunday Brunch from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm - Adults $8.00, children 4 years to age ten $4.00. Mabel will even have her fried dough - also pancakes, sausage, strata, quiche, fruit, coffee and juice!
April 28, 2006 - A lot of news to report - that's what happens when I don't keep up with the page. Made some changes above and added some new pages which are being worked on.

REMINDER: CHURCH SUPPER - Beef Stew and Pie tomorrow night (APRIL 29) at the PARISH HOUSE - 6 PM - Donation $6 adults and $3 for children 5-12, under 5 free. Benefit for the Church Stewardship Campaign!

There will be a signing Ceremony with Governor Baldacci for LD1735 on Thursday, May 4th, 2006 at 4 pm in Augusta. The exact location will be determined based on how many people want to attend. If you would like to attend the ceremony please email and include name, number of people in group as soon as possible. Although the bill was officially signed on April 5th, the same day the legislature voted, this will provide a chance for people to meet some of the lawmakers and the governor.

Islands Commons latest news: Community Supper at the Hall has been rescheduled for Saturday, May 13th at 6pm. (was going to be April 30th). The last Senior Luncheon of the season is on May 17th at the Parish House. Spring Clean-up day & BBQ at Island Commons. Saturday, May 20th 10-3.  Bring a rake, your appetite and have some fun!

The Chebeague Recreations Center fundraiser for the Pre-Teen/Teen Center on Sunday, May 28th.  Pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage (reg. and veggie), fruit salad, coffee, tea and juice.  Two at 8 a.m. and one at 9 a.m.  Reservations are being taken for both seatings by calling the Rec. Center (846-5068) and leaving your name and the number in your party.  $6 minimum donation requested. 50 person maximum per seating, so make your reservations early!

Sarah Grant, Sky and Linda Grant's daughter will be pedaling from ocean to ocean this summer as she does a "Ride Across America" for the benefit of SPLORE(Special People Loving Outdoor Recreation Experiences). SPLORE is a Salt Lake City based non-profit organization that provides outdoor recreation services to children and adults with disabilities and special needs. Sarah has throughout her life volunteered and worked with people with special needs as she wants these individuals to be able to experience and explore as the rest of the population can do without difficulty. Sarah lives in Salt Lake City and is an Occupational Therapist there as well as a dedicated volunteer with SPLORE.
Sarah's goal is to raise $20,000 for SPLORE and she is over 3/4 of the way to that figure.

Her ride starts on June 18th in Oregon and will end in Portsmouth, NH on August 7th. She will then have a few well deserved relaxation days on Chebeague. Check out her website

April 20, 2006 - There is a benefit this Saturday for the Nate Stewart Memorial Scholarship Fund. Everyone is invited, the more the merrier.. April 22nd from 5-9 at Brian Boru, 57 Center Street, Portland, Maine. For more information you may contact Jaedra at 978 807-9751 or Brooke at 233-8951. There will be live music by the "A" Band, free food and cash bar. Asking for a ten dollar donation at the door and all proceeds to benefit the fund.

The Chebeague Island Hall is having a SUNDAY BRUNCH - MAY 7TH 11:30 TO 1:00 the "Roof Fund." A donation of $8.00 adults and $4.00 children - we are even hoping to have fried dough as well as all the other breakfast items people love.

April 18, 2006 - There is a Chebeague Island Community Association meeting tonight at the Parish House at 7 pm tonight.
April 15, 2006 - A few photos of today's Health Screening Clinic.
April 14, 2006 - Click here to see our new fire truck in production - H-3177. Delivery is sometime in May

University of Southern Maine College of Nursing & Health Professions and Casco Bay Fishing and Islands Community Partnership Health Screening Clinic is tomorrow, Saturday, April 15th between 9 and 11:30 at the Hall. Voluntary donations are used only to defray supply costs - refreshments will be provided. Co-sponsored by the Island Council and with thanks to the Chebeague Hall Committee for making the hall available.

April 11, 2006 - Letter to the editor in todays Portland Press Herald.

There will be a SENIOR LUNCHEON at the Parish House on April 26th. The lunch will be baked Ham, mashed potato, vegetable, biscuits and dessert and is sponsored by the Island Commons Resource Center. Following the luncheon will be a presentation about Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit. Katlyn Blacksone MS, LSW is the speaker and is a licensed social worker and educator. She is the Medicare Prescription Benefit Specialist at the Southern Maine Agency on Aging covering Cumberland and York counties. The initial enrollment period for the drug benefit ends on May 15, 2006.

Next steps in self-governance: There will be an election of 9 transition committee members who will be legally empowered by the legislation to draft agreements and government structure. Their drafts would be discussed and voted on at the first Town Meeting which will be held after July 1, 2007. The election for the representatives will be supervised by the Cumberland Town Clerk, Nadeen Daniels and will be held within the next 60 days. Any registered voter in the secession territory may vote and are eligible to be nominated to serve on the committee.

April 7, 2006 - Portland Press editorial in today's paper.

Gerry Wiles now has his own website at You can even see a live video of one of his presentations!

April 6, 2006 - The Portland Press Herald has reported about yesterday. They have reported that the governor signed the bill but we are not sure if that is accurate. Another story in the paper. (The governor did sign it but I have heard that there will be a ceremonial signing sometime in May)
April 5, 2006 continued - The secession bill has been enacted by both the House of Representatives and the Senate! It now goes to the Governor who will sign it within 10 days - there will be a public signing ceremony - date and time to be announced. In the House the vote was 136 to 1 and in the Senate it was 31 to 3. Senator Karl Turner has promised a State Flag and US Flag that were flown over the Capital Building to the new town of Chebeague Island to commerate this date.

April 5, 2006 - The first and second reading of the Secession Bill have now gone through the Senate and House - However there was a clarification addendum at the Senate and now has to go back to the House to be read. This is going to be heard this morning at the House and can be viewed at

March 31 cont. - At 9:45 the first reading was heard in the House of Representatives and carried through to the second day reading which will probably be Monday.
March 31, 2006 - The House will be having it's first reading of LD1735 on Chebeague's becoming its own Town today. You may listen to the proceediings online at
March 24, 2006 - A booklet published by the Maine Municipal Association called Local Government in Maine has been put into pdf format and is on the website for everyone. It talks about the art of self government and describes the different forms of government in Maine which if the secession is successful the people of Chebeague will have to vote on the best for our needs. The report is also available at the library.

The Library website is back and all repairs to the server are complete.

Caroline Partlow Design is finally online. Nancy Kricorian and wife of Brokeback Mountain producer James Schamus was wearing one of her creations on Academy Awards night and was even seen on the redcarpet with Joan Rivers!!!

March 21, 2006 - Capt. Dick Thurlow ,who was the skipper for CBL for many years is at home now after a week in the hospital with congestive heart failure.  He would be delighted to hear from some Chebeaguers who knew him on the boats and as the late Anne Komlosy's husband. His address is 836 W. Deacon Place, Citrus Springs , FL. 34434..
March 20, 2006 - The website may be down off and on over the next few days while maintenance is being done on the server. You will not be able to access the library site while work is being done.
March 18, 2006 - Tonight the Church is putting on a benefit supper - the proceeds to go to the Church and resupply the medical clinic. The meal is pot roast, potato, carrots, onions, icecream for dessert. At the Community Center Hall at 6 pm.

We are so fortunate to have two veterinary services who come to the island on a regular basis. Dr. Smith from the Yarmouth Veterinary Center 846-6515 comes to the island on the first Thursday of each month 8:45 to 11:30 at the Hall.

The other vet is from the Bracket Street Veterinary Clinic and comes Saturdays to the wharf at the west end. They can be reached clinic at 772-3385 or at home at 854-3139. They also have a website

March 13, 2006 - To see the revised committee amendment for LD 1735 - click here. In the legislation it describes a public written ballot vote for nine transition representatives for the purpose of setting up agreements, letters of intent and all which would then be ratified after the incorporation by the town legislative body. This committee would expire July 1, 2007 and then municipal officers and school board members would then be elected by the town legislative body.
March 10, 2006 - 2006 Louise Todd Calendars still available.  Marked down to half price $10.00. Call Vicki at 846-1379 or email at 

Chebeague Island Community Association (CICA) will be having its next meeting March 21, 7 pm at the Parish House.

The Island Commons has a new website at that Vicki has put together and will keep up - so check it out.

Congratulations to Greely High School Principal Chris Mosca who has been named the Maine Principals' Association 2006 High School Principal of the Year!

March 8 continued 10:30am- The State and Local Government Committee voted unanimously "ought to pass". Now it goes to House of Representatives and then the Senate.

March 8, 2006 - There was an editorial in yesterday's Portland Press Herald. The workshop session with the State and Local is scheduled for this morning.

Join us for the fourth annual Family Arts Night on Tuesday, March 21st, from 6-7:30 pm (snow date: Thursday, 3/23rd). In a new location this year: Greely Middle School. Bring the whole family to a fun evening that celebrates the Arts in our community. Suited for kids of all ages. Free. Activities include theater games, and hands-on art projects. There will be several music performances throughout the evening, featuring the bands and chorus from GMS, local singer/songwriter Carolyn Currie, and the Kantele Harp Trio. The raffle this year will include hand made pottery, kid created art, and fun art items. Buy 3 raffle tickets for $5 and get an art-themed bracelet. Sponsored by the MSAD 51 Arts Alliance. Questions? Call Janie Downey @ 829-4042.

Congratulations to the North Yarmouth Memorial School 5th grade Math Team
who took second place overall at the Southern Maine Regional Math meet on January 26th.

March 6, 2006 - The MSAD #51(Cumberland/North Yarmouth) School Board meeting scheduled for this evening at 7:00 PM has been canceled and rescheduled on 3/8/06 at 7:00 PM in the Cumberland Town Hall Council Chambers.
March 4, 2006 - Yesterday's hearing was held in Augusta and you can read about it in the Portland Press Herald article today - click here.
March 2, 2006 - Tomorrow is our day to present testimony to the State and Local Committee for and against LD1735 on Chebeague's becoming its own Town. The hearing is scheduled for 9 AM but it is second and will probably not be heard until 9:30 to 10:00. For those who are unable to be there you can listen to the proceediings online at If you click on Audio near the right bottom and then I think Special Programming or maybe it will be listed.

Click here for the directions to Augusta.

February 27, 2006 - Cumberland Town Council Voted tonight 7-0 in favor to endorse the proposed amendment to the legislation which incorporates the details of the agreements between Chebeague and the Town and Chebeague and SAD#51..

Article in the Portland Press Herald today.

If you would like to email members of the State and Local Committee click here.

February 26, 2006 - Our report was been submitted February 24th to the State and Local Committee of the Legislature. For a copy of the full report click here. For an abbreviated report for faster loading click here (1/2 size of the first report).

There is a sign up sheet at the store for people who want to take the bus to Augusta on March 3rd. There are a limited number of seats and it is first come first serve.

February 24, 2006 - Sunday, February 26 at 3:00 there will be an important meeting at the Hall to go over the plans for our Public Hearing presentation for March 3rd in Augusta. We will have coffee and goodies. This is a great time to learn all the details of what will happen and timing for the bill.

Click here for the agenda for Monday's Town Council meeting which includes another public hearing on our separation agreements from the Town of Cumberland.

February 22, 2006 - Tonight there will be a meeting at the Hall, 7 pm to plan our trip to Augusta on March 3rd. We will make arrangements for bus and carpool transportation and talk about the messages we plan to deliver to the State and Local Government. Our presence in Augusta is important to our success. We will also be having an all day reception at the Hall of Flags with information about Chebeague. Islanders were mailed an information packet yesterday summarizing the status of the secession effort and the agreements with the SAD and the town as well as the resulting projected budget. Click here for a pdf of the mailing.
February 19, 2006 - POLAR PLUNGE - 12:30 today at Bennetts Cove - followed by the Chile/Chowder Challenge at the rec! Check out the photos of the plunge! We had 14 plungers today, plus Bob Earnest plunged last Wednesday so 15 all together.

The 2006 Chowder/Chili/Soup Challenge was held Sunday after the Polar Bear Plunge.  Thanks to lots of volunteers and the cooks it was a fun time!  Each person votes for their favorite in each catagory and most people said it was hard to choose and that every cook should get a prize!
Here are the contest results:
Andrew Todd  1st prize
Donna Damon  2nd prize
May Hall  3rd prize
Honorable Mention
Cindy Riddle
Tom Calder
Gail Miller
Paula Libby  1st prize
Polly Wentworth and crew 2nd prize
Virginia Calder  3rd prize
Honorable Mention
Vicki Todd
Linda Ewing
Jill Hamilton
Ester Knight
Beth Howe  1st prize
Ellen Maher  2nd prize
Deb Bowman   3rd prize
Honorable Mention
Arlene Dyer
Sarah McKinnon
Prizes were gift certificates from these area restaurants:  The Village Cafe, Gilbert's Chowder House,  233 Grill, Bill's Pizza, O'Naturals, Pat's Pizza, Freeport Cafe, Calder's Clam Shack, Muddy Rudder, and Falmouth House of Pizza. Thank you to all the sponsors!

February 16, 2006 - Today the Portland Press Herald reported on the tentative agreements between the Chebeague Representatives and the School District as well as the Town. There was also an article in the Forecaster about our separation from the SAD.

There was a Town of Cumberland public meeting tonight to discuss the agreement as written in the legislation which I do not have a copy of yet. They will be having another public meeting February 21 at 5pm at the Town office to discuss further on the town's part of the agreement and they then talked about voting on the agreement on Monday, February 27 which is only a few days before the public hearing scheduled for the State and Local Committee of the Legislature. The school board has scheduled an executive session meeting and then a public meeting for Friday morning, February 17, at 8 am for the purpose of discussing their portion of the legislation. The State and Local Government is scheduled to have a public hearing on Friday, March 3rd for LD1735 An Act To Authorize Chebeague Island To Secede from the Town of Cumberland. The Hall of Flags has also been reserved by us so that we may give further information about Chebeague and the Community and what we are hoping to do. To see the original tentative agreements go to the CICA page.

We are hoping to have a mailing within the next few days with more information about the agreements and the impacts of seceding.

February 10, 2005 - NOTICE - With the impending storm arriving Sunday Morning the decision has been made to postpone the Sunday events of the Polar Plung and the Chili/Chowder/Soup Challenge to next Sunday, February 19th. Because of the tide the plunge will take place at 12:30 instead of 11:30 and the Chili challenge will follow. So please mark your calendars. That also gives me more time to prepare and maybe even collect some pledges. As everyone knows I have done the plunge 6 out of the last 7 years and enjoyed every refreshing moment! There probably are a few who were supposed to have done it this weekend and won't be around so I'm going to find them and get them to do it anyway and I'll get a photo. The preteen rock a thon will also take place but the Teen rock-a-thon has been cancelled.
January 28, 2006 - WINTER CARNIVAL AND POLAR PLUNGE are coming soon! Notice the times - you won't want to miss anything. There is no ice this year so the plunge will be back at Bennett's Cove where it all began.

Schedule Of Events:
Saturday 2/11
Skating Party at Sanford's Pond 4-7 with hot dogs and hot cocoa*
if the pond is not frozen play floor hockey at the CRC from 4-6

Rock-a-thon: Pledge a Teen or Pre-Teen to rock all night long!
7-10 Pre-Teens Rock
10-??? Teens Rock

Sunday 2/12
Polar Bear Plunge: 11:30
Chili/Chowder/Soup Challenge: Come to the Snowflake Cafe in the CRC gymnasium for the best Chilis/Chowders/Soups on the island and vote for the best!

Click on the Rec Center link to learn more!

Congratulations to Tim "Spyke" LeSeige who was elected as a National Vice President of the US Junior Chamber (Jaycees). He has been a member of the Augusta Area Jaycees since 1989 and recently served as State President of the Maine Jaycees from 2002 through 2005. He is the first person from Maine since 1968 to serve the US Jaycees as a National Vice President. His position entails traveling to the states assigned and teach leadership skills to other members of the Jaycees. He is assigned to New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Colorado, Alabama, Louisiana and Michigan and just returned from Louisiana during which he had a chance to tour New Orleans. His term will last for all of 2006 and is currently helping form a chapter of the Jaycees in Portland. For more information about the Maine Jaycees you can visit or the US Jaycees at  he can be reached at 207-215-7459 if anyone is interested.

January 20, 2006 - This coming Sunday (1/23/06) at the Hall there will be a public meeting at 3pm by the secession representatives and CICA. This is an opportunity for people to learn more about where we are in our negotiations and our legislative process. There will even be refreshments.

The Island's Committee has finished it's Affordable Housing Study which I now have online. Beth and other committee members along with Carla and the Town have worked hard on this report and welcome comments and ideas.

January 14, 2006 - Congratulations to Hartley and Dianne, and to the new owners of the Boatyard! As explained in the recent letter from Dianne and Hartley the Boatyard will continue as a boatyard and has been purchased by islanders Scott Searway and Paul Belesca.

Congratulations to Julia Middleton who was featured in the Wellesley Townsman and honored by her town for her generosity.

Article in the Forecaster- Council backs secession by Chebeague, 16 smaller islands.

Don't forget about tomorrows Teen Center Pancake Breakfast at the Parish House.

January 12, 2006 - There was an editorial in the Portland Press Herald yesterday: Talks the right way to deal with secession.

This Sunday the FIRST ANNUAL TEEN CENTER PANCAKE BREAKFAST with two seatings at 8 am and 9 am at the Parish House. $5 donation per person for a breakfast of pancakes (regular or blueberry), sausage (regular and vegetarian), fruit salad, coffee, tea, hot cocoa and juice. Feel free to call ahead 846-5068 and let us know which seating you would prefer. Reservations are suggested but not required.

January 10, 2006 - I'm back after a wonderful week in the Carribean with my family. We visited Costa Maya, Grand Cayman and Jamaica. Now back to reality and lots of work. I was so pleased that the negotiations went well with the Town and I am confident that the school negotiations will go well also.

Today's Portland Press Herald there is an article about Saturday's negotiations! I wish I could have been there.

Check out the Washington Post where there is a terrific article about Mayo Shattuck III and all the Mayo Shattucks - congratulations to all.

January 7, 2006 - BULLETIN: Good news! The negotiating team from the group of five secession representatives, and the negotiating team from Cumberland,s Town Council, signed a tentative agreement today outlining the terms of secession. There is still much work to do -- negotiations are also underway with MSAD #51 -- and then we have the legislative process to work through. But, a tentative agreement with the Town is good news indeed.

CICA,s board will be meeting at 7pm Tuesday night to schedule and plan our next island-wide public meeting on Chebeague. Stay tuned for more details! (see next item).

January 2, 2006 - Announcing a CICA Board Meeting
Topic: Regular Board meeting; public is welcome.
When: Tuesday, January 10 at 7pm
Where: Parish Hall
Agenda to include: update of January 7 negotiations session with the Town; and, scheduling of, and preparation for, an upcoming island-wide meeting.

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