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2018 Chesterville postcard
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   The Chesterville Center Union Meeting House is a non-profit-run community events center supported by volunteers, located at 3 Borough Road in Chesterville. FMI call 779-0660





Coming up next:

Sunday, October 2, 2022 at 2 pm



  A slide show entitled "Wilderness Canoeing When You're Almost Too Old To" will be presented at the Chesterville Center Union Meeting House at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 2 by Paul and Cynthia Stancioff.

Now in their 60's, the couple have undertaken canoeing/fishing trips in the contiguous wilderness preserves of northern Minnesota and western Ontario numerous times over the past four decades, most recently in July of 2022.

Acknowledging the questionable need to travel so far when they live in a state full of lakes, they nonetheless maintain that the drive to Quetico Provincial Park and Minnesota's Boundary Waters Wilderness Canoe Area is worth the trouble because of the quality and scale of the wilderness experience.

While the Stancioffs' trips have always involved fishing, canoeing, and portaging (carrying all gear from lake to lake), they avoided portaging on their most recent trip due to physical limitations. Nevertheless they say the trip was as worthwhile as ever in terms of their objectives, which include getting away from stress, detaching from society, catching fish, and relaxing fully immersed in Nature.

Their presentation will include tips for provisioning a 10-12 day trip in a low-tech, low-cost, high-enjoyment manner, even if you are feeling a bit past your Best-If-Used-By date. The event is free and open to all.










Bell Tower Restoration Complete!

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Bell Tower Restoration Continues...

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Bell and Tower removed for Restoration
Bell and Tower Removed 2019
Work on bell tower update: The upper section of the bell tower and bell were removed with a crane on November 22, 2019 and a temporary cap was put in place over the base of tower.  The belfry will be restored at an offsite location and then returned to the building later this year or early in 2020.

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Assessment and Stabilization of Bell Tower

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CCUMH 2018
Chesterville Center Union Meeting House, 2018

Recent Events
2022
 
July 14 2022




Friday May 20, 2022
An Evening with Bernd Heinrich
 7:00 p.m.

   
   On May 20, 2022 at 7:00 p.m., internationally renowned author, field biologist, illustrator, and long distance runner Bernd Heinrich appeared at the Chesterville Center Meeting House. After a childhood in the forest of post-war northern Europe, then Weld and Fairfield, Maine, and an academic career spanning the continent, Heinrich has retired to his true home, a forest in Weld. He reflected on the significance of Franklin County in his long life and entertained questions from the audience on many of his works. Having set numerous distance running records and authored 2 dozen books on various nature topics as well as on running, the conversation could ranged broadly. "The more unusual the question, the better," he smiled, when asked about potential topics.





A fun time was had!!
June 2022








Welcome to the website of the Chesterville Center Union Meeting House. 

The Meeting House is maintained and owned by a non-profit organization called Chesterville Center Union Meeting House, Inc.  This corporation was formed in the 1960's for the purpose of raising funds "to restore and maintain the Chesterville Union meeting house as a place of worship...without favor or discrimination...it being the purpose of the corporation to encourage religious activities of all creeds as first instituted by the Union Meeting House Society upon its organization in 1851."

In 2005 the Meeting House organization was revitalized and the corporate purposes were amended to include arts, culture and community-building.  In 2013, the corporation received an IRS non-profit 501(c)3 designation and  applied for a grant from the Davis Family Foundation of Falmouth, Maine. In April 2014 the Davis Family Foundation awarded the Chesterville Center Union Meeting House, Inc. a grant in the amount of $10,000 for construction of an accessible restroom facility and wheelchair ramp.

This Fall (2014) the Board and other community volunteers have spent approximately 200 hours on design and construction of the restroom, ramp, and entryway.  The goal is to have the restroom structure closed in by winter.  Further grant funds will be sought to complete this project and to add a heating system to make the building available during cold weather.  It is hoped that this beautiful antique and historic building will be even more useful to not only current residents, but for generations to come. 

Chesterville Connections

The vision of the Board is that the Meeting House will be seen by Chesterville residents as a community resource - a place to hold events, from concerts to exhibits, to readings, presentations, movies, exhibits, children's shows and events, and other things yet to be thought of.  Chesterville remains a tight-knit community despite its sprawling geography, and it is hoped that this commodious building will inspire more interaction among residents and serve as a common center for connecting with neighbors near and far, for bringing people together from all corners of town, and to encourage the strong sense of "community" in Chesterville.

    We always welcome new Board members.  Please feel free to participate in any way. 
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