Title

One key to Chebeague Island's successful secession from Cumberland is the high d

Authors

Virginia Wright

Source

Down East

Date

12-1-2007

Pages

62-67, 88-90

Abstract

One key to Chebeague Island's successful secession from Cumberland is the high degree of volunteerism on the island. Long-time resident Mabel Doughty notes that islanders have always made their own decisions. The 350 year-round residents interact with summer people in a way that is uncommon in some socially stratified coastal communities. Chebeague first tried to secede in 1831. The current impetus followed successful fund-raising efforts for island projects such as a new library and $1 million recreation center. A threat to the elementary school in 2005 catalyzed the rift between the affluent suburb of Cumberland and the tight-knit fishing village, and eventually an amicable separation was crafted. With details on the new town.

Subjects

Chebeague Island Casco Bay, Secession

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