Mike Corthell

Mike Corthell
Editor & Publisher at Fryeburg Free Press MEDIA

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Picture Us Like Dolphins

Picture Us Like Dolphins

Picture us like Dolphins swimming in the sea,
a weightless blue world
made for you and me.

We wake up to the sun each morning,
swimming to the top
we float on air too...never wanting to stop

I love you like the ocean loves the sky,
we exist just like water...
flowing by and by...

October, 23, 2012

Sunday, October 21, 2012

The Town of Fryeburg, Maine

Photo: Mike Corthell

Opening Day 2012

About Fryeburg
There are so many defining factors of Fryeburg. Fryeburg is a recreational and agricultural paradise that exemplifies Maine's motto "the way life should be". With thirty-three miles of winding river, unparalleled views of the White Mountains and the fertile bottomland, locally known as the Interval, it is hard for visitors and locals alike to imagine a higher quality of life anywhere else.
People are drawn to Fryeburg for the four seasons of great natural recreation such as canoeing, camping, water sports, endless hiking and biking trails, National Forests, snowmobile trails that reach to Canada,  major ski resorts, wildlife viewing, wild berry picking, and the list goes on. Another major attraction is the 160 year old agricultural Fryeburg Fair. Organized and established in 1851, this eight day event is held annually on the first week of October. Hundreds of thousands of visitors descend on the tranquility of this quaint community during this autumn week.

Fryeburg - Today:

Fryeburg today is a year-round resort area and a strong academic town with the Fryeburg Academy, its' state of the art library and cultural center.
The Town of Fryeburg consists of the village and business district, North Fryeburg, Center Fryeburg, West Fryeburg and East Fryeburg.  It has much to offer its visitors such as Jockey Cap for hiking and breathtaking views, wonderful historical monuments and buildings, and it boasts several beautiful town parks that offer a wide variety of recreational and educational opportunities to residents and visitors, restaurants, churches, and businesses.
Fryeburg still holds the charm and originality of yesteryear but it would be a mistake to assume time has stood still. Over the years farmers have moved from cattle and dairy to produce and crops such as potato, beans, corn, and such. Industry also includes turf farms, tree and nursery farms, Down East Cycle, maple syrup, bottled water, and pellet mills. Fryeburg is also home to the Eastern Slope Airport which has attracted such high-tech industries as Dearborn Precision. Several recreational rental shops have also opened in the area. The Fryeburg Home, Garden and Flower Show has found a home at the Fryeburg Fairgrounds. Entrepreneurs are attracted to Fryeburg because of the quality of life and opportunities that are available.

History of Fryeburg's Beginnings:

A grant of the township of Fryeburg was made to General Joseph Frye by the General Court of Massachusetts for his valiant services in the expedition against Louisburg, and as commander of a regiment at Fort William Henry on Lake George, in 1757. This grant made on March 3, 1762, gave General Frye the privilege of selecting a township six miles square, lying on either side of the Saco river between the Great Ossipee and the White Mountains. Many of the pioneers of Fryeburg were veterans of either the Revolution or the earlier French and Indian Wars where many of them had gained titles for their gallantry. Among such veterans were Paul Langdon, the first principal of the Academy; Wm. Russell, Caleb Swan, Henry Y. B. Osgood, Rev. Wm. Fessenden and Dr. Joseph Emery, the first physician, who came in 1768, were all graduates of Harvard, and Captain Joseph Frye attended Harvard for two years. In 1776, during the troublous times of the Revolution, application was made for incorporation as a town and the following year this act was granted. The town of Fryeburg is older than the county (Oxford) that it is part of, originally being part of York County.

From Wikipedia:

 The area was once a major Abenaki Indian village known as Pequawket, meaning "crooked place," a reference to the large bend in the Saco River. (Because of this the term 'Freyburg' is now known to mean "Crooked place" or "crooked town") It was inhabited by the Sokokis tribe, whose territory along the stream extended from what is now Saco on the coast, to Conway, New Hampshire in the White Mountains. In 1706, Chief Nescambious would be the only Indian knighted by the French.[5] The tribe was not hostile to English settlements, even hiring British carpenters to build at Pequawket a 14-foot (4.3 m) high palisade fort as protection against their traditional enemy, the Mohawks. In 1713, Sokokis sachems signed the Treaty of Portsmouth to ensure peace with English colonists. Nevertheless, during Father Rale's War, Pequawket was attacked in the Battle at Pequawket on May 8, 1725 by John Lovewell and his militia. Lovewell was killed, as were Chief Paugus and others. The tribe subsequently abandoned their village and moved to Canada.[6]

First Schools:

The first appropriation made by the voters of Fryeburg for the maintenance of public schools was in September 1777. A free grammar school in Fryeburg was established in 1791. In or around 1830, two stone school houses were erected in the village. One now occupied by the village library; the second was burned, and rebuilt in 1850 which continues today as part of Fryeburg Academy. On August 17, 1892 Fryeburg Academy was established and in 1902 Daniel Webster as preceptor and thus the beginning of one of a strong academic town to this today.

Yesterday's Industry:

Excellent soil helped Fryeburg develop into a prosperous agricultural center, with the first gristmill established in 1766. Other mills and factories produced lumber, leather, harness, tin ware, cheese and canned vegetables. After the Civil War, the Portland and Ogdensburg Railroad passed through the town, bringing tourists escaping the heat and pollution of cities. Inns, hotels and boarding houses were built.


 A Congregational church was organized in 1775. The Universalist Church was organized in 1810, and the chapel at North Fryeburg erected in 1838.The New Jerusalem Church is over a century old and other churches include Christian Science Church, Methodist Church, Church of Christ, Assembly of God, Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness, and Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church to date.

Resting Places:

In the Town of Fryeburg there are twenty-seven cemeteries and gravesites. The town maintains all of these with the exception of Pine Grove Cemetery and Austin Bemis Cemetery who have associations that maintain them.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Molly Bouchard: Reaching for Miss America's Crown

Molly Bouchard (Photo by Shannon McIntosh)

LEWISTON, Maine — Molly Bouchard, Miss Maine 2012 was seen meeting and greeting the participants of The Dempsey Challenge in Lewiston, Maine on Saturday. (watch video)
A former Miss Caribou and Miss Potato Blossom, Bouchard is a graduate of Caribou High School and a graduate of the Boston Conservatory of Music, majoring in vocal performance. She presented a classical vocal selection for her talent and her platform is STARS: Sharing Talents and Reducing Stereotypes. Bouchard also received the Steven Jensen Award and the Talent Award during the June 16 pageant.
Molly will be competing in the Miss America Pageant on Saturday January 12, 2013
 on ABC - 9 PM Eastern.
Talent: Vocal  Platform: Raising Voices:  No Means No Every Time

Education: Caribou High School; Boston Conservatory, Boston (senior)

Scholastic/Career Ambition: To obtain a Masters Degree in Speech Communication Disorders and become a motivational and inspirational speaker

Scholastic Honors: Conservatory Dean's List; Opera Workshop Member, Member of the Boston Conservatory "Troubadours" Opera Group

Leadership Roles: Secretary of Boston Conservatory Student Government Association; Sister in Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity, Held Office as Vice President of Membership, Corresponding and Recording Secretary and Yearbook/Editor

Accomplishments: The Boston Conservatory Four Year Merit Scholarship Recipient; Recognized by the Boston Conservatory Student Affairs Department for Outstanding Student Leadership; Recipient of the Corbett-Synder Memorial Scholarship

Interesting Facts: Semi-finalist Junior Singer Category on the CBS Television Show Star Search 2003; Winner's Circle Junior Singer Category Star Search 2004; has found over 286 four-leaf clovers

Employment: Saks Fifth Avenue, Boston, Stylist in WEAR; White House Black Market, Stylist; Cary Medical Center, Public Relations Intern; Laborer, J. D. Bouchard Construction

Monday, October 15, 2012

Raise Money for The Patrick Dempsey Center

The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing

Independent Fundraising Guidelines

Molly Bouchard, Miss Maine
 at the 2012 Dempsey Challenge
In order to protect the integrity of our organization (The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing at Central Maine Medical Center) and event (The Dempsey Challenge), we require all Independent Fundraisers and Independent Fundraising Events (IFEs) abide by the below policies and procedures. Due to the hands-off nature of these fundraisers, the Dempsey Center and The Dempsey Challenge take no responsibility for the activities conducted by an Independent Fundraiser benefiting the Dempsey Center or The Dempsey Challenge.  Thank you for your understanding!

Those wishing to conduct an IFE to benefit the Dempsey Center or Dempsey Challenge should fill out and submit the Independent Fundraising Event application located at the end of this document or on the Fundraising tab of the Dempsey Challenge website: www.dempseychallenge.org. Event staff will review your application and will contact you if there are any issues with your planned IFE.  Applications should be submitted at least two (2) weeks prior to the IFE start date.  By submitting an application, you have acknowledged that you have read and understand in entirety these Independent Fundraising Event procedures.
While we understand you may not know how much money your IFE will raise, we include a proposed budget in our application to help you plan for expenses pertaining to venue fees, promotion, materials, etc.  We hope this will help you accurately plan and manage expectations for a successful event!


Saturday, October 13, 2012

The Best of Greg Laurie

[I have been reading Greg's column for years and this article is his best by far - read it twice!]
I have never understood why people spend so much time building sandcastles. There are even contests where the sandcastles become quite elaborate. I look at those gigantic, detailed structures and think:That probably will be gone by tomorrow. (Maybe even sooner, because some little child will go stomping through it – probably one of my grandkids, as a matter of fact.) My sandcastles, on the other hand, are very primitive. They are basically lumps of sand with the token moat. The first wave that comes along usually takes them out.
Spiritually speaking, some people build their entire lives on sand. Jesus said, “Everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall” (Matthew 7:16–27 NKJV).
I thought: That is the whole problem. We have ignored the Bible. The Bible is never out of date. The news is quickly outdated, but the Bible never is. The question is whether we will put it into practice. If we do, then we will grow spiritually.Even as culture changes, the Bible never does. I saw a pastor being interviewed recently, and the interviewer was pressing him on what the Bible says about some issues that are not popular in today’s culture. The interviewer asked, “Don’t you think it’s time for us to drag the Bible, kicking and screaming, into the 21st century?”
I read an interesting article about a woman who decided to kill her son, Kenneth. She fired a shotgun at him at close range, but the bullet hit the Bible he had been carrying. Later, the deputy who arrested Kenneth’s mother said the Bible saved Kenneth’s life.
The Bible will save your life as well. But it is not enough to simply read it; you have to do what it says. You see, there are some things that only God can do and some things only I can do. Yes, God can do anything, but He doesn’t do everything. For example, God does not sin. So He can do anything, but there are some things He will not do.
And here is something else God will not do: He will not violate human will. Sometimes we wish He would, because we know people who are doing the wrong thing with their lives, and we feel that God ought to grab them and drag them to where they need to be. But He actually will let them do the things they choose to do. He will let their lives run their course. Sure, He will give them warnings. Sure, He will speak to them. But He honors human will.
So it comes down to this: There are some things only God can do and some things only I can do. Only God can save us. Only God can forgive our sins. Only God can change a human heart. That is what God does.
At the same time, only we can believe. God will not believe for us. He will give us the ability to believe. He will urge us to believe. He will tell us to believe. But ultimately it is our choice.
God says, “See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil, in that I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments, His statutes, and His judgments, that you may live …” (Deuteronomy 30:15-16 NKJV).
That is sort of like a teacher saying, “Today, I am going to test you on who is buried in Grant’s Tomb.” The teacher has already revealed what the answer is, but you still have to write it down.
God is saying, “Here is life and death. Here is good. Here is evil. You choose. Oh, by the way, choose life. I just want to let you know that is the right answer.” But it is still your choice. Ultimately, you have to choose.
So it is not enough to just read the Bible. Think about it. Contemplate it. Ponder it. Let it sink in. As one man said, “Conversion turns us to the Word of God, which is our touchstone.” A touchstone originally was a special rock that was used to measure precious metals. It was a point of reference. In the same way, the Bible is our touchstone in life.
If you believe that people are basically good, and the only reason they do bad things is because of their environment, then things probably aren’t making sense to you right now. When we look at the so-called government solutions that are supposed to improve our way of life, we see they have really done no good at all. That is because changing an environment does not change the heart.
The Bible doesn’t teach that people are basically good and do bad things because of bad influences. Rather, the Bible teaches that people are basically sinful, and they are born sinful. We are not sinners because we sin; we sin because we are sinners. It comes naturally to all of us. That is how we are prewired.
If you believe that we can bring about a utopia on earth through man-made solutions, then you must be very disappointed – because, despite all of our advances in technology, we can’t change the human heart. But if you believe what the Bible says, then things will make a lot more sense to you.
When Joshua was preparing to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land, God told him, “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success” (Joshua 1:8 NKJV).
It’s all there for us in a relationship with God. And we can be sure it will stand the test of time.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Diversions: Is Breaking Amish for real?

Reality TV vs Reality

  • Doubts over honesty of show following lives of Amish in NYC
  • Two cast members, Abe and Rebecca, 'have a child together'
  • Kate 'submitted photos to modeling sites - even though she is portrayed as a technophobe and taking photos is against Amish beliefs'
  • Jeremiah 'was out of the community for 14 years, is divorced with three kids'
  • Sabrina 'is married and pictured wearing skimpy clothing'
  • TLC: 'Some of the claims are true, some are not, but they will be addressed'

It may fall under the category of 'reality television', but there is apparently very little that's authentic about Breaking Amish. 
After just two episodes, the TLC show has come under fire for deceiving viewers about the five Amish and Mennonite men and women it follows as they visit New York City for the first time.
While each cast member claims to have grown up in the strict communities, evidence has surfaced suggesting they have decidedly dark pasts - involving divorce, children and time away from the faith.
It comes in stark contrast to the naive characters portrayed on the show, who stare slack-jawed at Manhattan's towering buildings and pray as they travel by plane 'for the first time'.

'Reality' TV? TLC's show Breaking Amish has come under fire for its false claims about its characters' pasts
'Reality' TV? TLC's show Breaking Amish has come under fire for its false claims about its characters' pasts
TLC has previously admitted that Kate, who is billed as an Amish bishop's daughter and aspiring model, has been arrested for a DUI, but now new information paints an even more rebellious picture.
As revealed on a Facebook page, Breaking Amish the Truth, she has previously submitted images to modeling agencies - which is at odds with the Amish stance against photographs, believing they represent 'vanity' which they deem a sin.
Online records show that Kate posted a photograph on exploretalent.com to enter a Best Smile contest in 2010 - years before she claimed she gave up her Amish life to move to the city.
This internet savvy version of Kate is a far cry from an episode of Breaking Amish in which she is overwhelmed by new technology and struggles to work an elevator.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2206755/Breaking-Amish-Is-TLC-fake.html#ixzz28zajx1MT

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Paradise: Heaven is real, says neurosurgeon

Dr. Eben Alexander has taught at Harvard Medical School and has earned a strong reputation as a neurosurgeon. And while Alexander says he's long called himself a Christian, he never held deeply religious beliefs or a pronounced faith in the afterlife.

Dr. Eben Alexander

But after a week in a coma during the fall of 2008, during which his neocortex ceased to function, Alexander claims he experienced a life-changing visit to the afterlife, specifically heaven.
"According to current medical understanding of the brain and mind, there is absolutely no way that I could have experienced even a dim and limited consciousness during my time in the coma, much less the hyper-vivid and completely coherent odyssey I underwent," Alexander writes in the cover story of this week's edition of Newsweek.
So what exactly does heaven look like?
Alexander says he first found himself floating above clouds before witnessing, "transparent, shimmering beings arced across the sky, leaving long, streamer like lines behind them."
He claims to have been escorted by an unknown female companion and says he communicated with these beings through a method of correspondence that transcended language. Alexander says the messages he received from those beings loosely translated as:
"You are loved and cherished, dearly, forever."
"You have nothing to fear."
"There is nothing you can do wrong."
From there, Alexander claims to have traveled to "an immense void, completely dark, infinite in size, yet also infinitely comforting." He believes this void was the home of God.
After recovering from his meningitis-induced coma, Alexander says he was reluctant to share his experience with his colleagues but found comfort inside the walls of his church. He's chronicled his experience in a new book, "Proof of Heaven: A neurosurgeon's journey into the afterlife," which will be published in late October.
"I'm still a doctor, and still a man of science every bit as much as I was before I had my experience," Alexander writes. "But on a deep level I'm very different from the person I was before, because I've caught a glimpse of this emerging picture of reality. And you can believe me when I tell you that it will be worth every bit of the work it will take us, and those who come after us, to get it right."

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

How to Become a Happy Couple

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This just in from the love lab: Surprisingly quirky—and scientifically proven—ways to maintain a great relationship.

1. Pretend you just met.
Whether you've been together for six months or six years, spend some time each day acting as if you just started dating. Ask him what he thought of that TV episode or share what you'd do if you won the lottery. 
"Over time, couples stop asking those exploratory, get-to-know-you questions because they think they already understand each other," says Terri Orbuch, author of 5 Simple Steps to Take Your Marriage From Good to Great. But because we all continue to change and develop, little daily check-ins like this are what keep the connection growing, according to Orbuch's research of 373 pairs. Chat about something besides the daily grind—at least for a bit.

2. Limit the chick flicks.
If Jennifer Aniston and Ashton Kutcher regularly appear in your living room, your union could be in the danger zone. 
"Romantic comedies can set up unreasonable expectations, which may lead to unnecessary suffering," says Sean Patrick Hatt, a psychologist in Seattle. "Comparing yourselves with idealized others is a recipe for misery." 
Sure, rom-coms can be feel-good escapes, but they may also promote magical thinking about relationships. For example, as partnerships mature and the initial intensity tends to fade, many couples try to recapture the euphoria they had in the beginning, says Hatt. "And that sort of thinking is only reinforced by Hollywood endings," he adds. Stocking your Netflix queue? Treat the rom-coms as, well, treats.

3. Be the beauty to his beast.
Coupling up with an average Joe (with a beer belly) may be the key to long-term love. According to a study in the Journal of Family Psychology, when men were married to more attractive women, they seemed more likely to step up to the plate, says study author Benjamin R. Karney, a professor of psychology at the University of California at Los Angeles. "But when husbands were better-looking, they didn't seem as engaged in helping their wives achieve their goals." The real secret to success? Support. Whether you're motivated by a gorgeous face or some other quality, couples are more likely to enjoy long-run happiness when they're invested in each other's welfare.
The average American gets busy about two or three times a month, but increasing your romps to once a week generates as much bliss as scoring an extra $50,000 in income

4. Control the boozing.
Any relationship will be shaken and stirred by too much alcohol, but research suggests that young adults who drink heavily (meaning four or more drinks on one occasion for women; five or more for guys) are less likely to wed in the first place and may be at greater risk for early separation if they do. Partners may be more likely to have commitment issues to begin with, and once they couple up their bonds may be unstable. "If you're going to be in a solid intimate partnership, you're going to need all the good judgment and compassion you can muster," says Hatt. Which means keeping the drinking in check.

5. Hold a grudge (as long as he doesn't).
Provided that your partner is able to bounce back from spats, you'll experience greater satisfaction, even if you tend to stay P.O.'d, according to recent research. The mark of a good recovery: You don't allow conflicts about one issue—say, money—to spill over into other areas of your relationship, such as how you help each other after a tough day, says study author Jessica E. Salvatore, of the University of Minnesota. A yang to your yin yields harmony.

6. Tweet responsibly.
According to a survey of 100,000 people from OkCupid.com, avid tweeters tend to have shorter relationships—10 percent shorter, on average—than those who don't microblog. 
"Having your eyes glued to a smartphone screen isn't exactly conducive to romance," says Hatt. Be sure your tendency toward technology (tweets, texts, and otherwise) doesn't take up time better spent engaging in heart-to-heart communication with your guy.

7. Don't win an Oscar.
That is unless you'd like to thank the academy for ruining your relationship. A Best Actress winner is 63 percent more likely to have her marriage end before her category mates do, say researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Toronto. (And it's not an honor just to be nominated either: Sixty percent of all nominees, male or female, experience at least one divorce after getting a nod.) While the breakup rate might seem like celebrity hogwash, the findings may speak to an underlying social norm: Sudden one-sided success can put a strain on a romantic partnership. 

"The increased rate of divorce may be due to a husband's discomfort with his wife's success," says study author Colleen Stuart. "On the other hand, the wife may grow dissatisfied with her current marital arrangement because she now has the confidence and opportunity to move away from a bad relationship." Try to remain a power couple: Encourage and celebrate each other's successes, big and small.

8. Burn bras (together).
Forget flowers—feminism is the new romance, say experts at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Women whose male partner is a feminist report better relationship quality, while men with feminist partners experience more sexual satisfaction and relationship stability. 
"A male feminist partner may increase a woman's ability to realize her own goals and career ambitions," says study author Laurie Rudman. "And male feminists are probably not threatened by their partner's strivings." Plus, these women may be more likely to initiate sex, and no guy will complain about that.

9. Nurture your friends' relationships.
You might divorce-proof your own. According to researchers, the breakup of a close pal's marriage increases your odds of splitting by as much as 75 percent. "Some people may see another's divorce as permission to change their own life," says study coauthor Rose McDermott. But when you encourage friends to stay together (happily), you may generate reasons that also apply to your bond.
10. Twist the sheets at least once a week.
The average American gets busy about two or three times a month, but increasing your romps to once a week generates as much bliss as scoring an extra $50,000 in income, according to researchers from Dartmouth College and the University of Warwick in England. It's not so much the sex itself that leads to happiness; the frequency is a better marker for a successful relationship. 

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/10/05/secrets-happy-couples/?intcmp=features#ixzz28nTXc6S9

Monday, October 8, 2012

SpaceX Dragon blasts off to International Space Station

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A commercial cargo ship rocketed into orbit Sunday in pursuit of the International Space Station, the first of a dozen supply runs under a mega-contract with NASA.
It was the second launch of a Dragon capsule to the orbiting lab by the California-based SpaceX company. The first was last spring.
This time was no test flight, however, and the spacecraft carried 1,000 pounds of key science experiments and other precious gear on this truly operational mission. There was also a personal touch: chocolate-vanilla swirl ice cream tucked in a freezer for the three station residents.
The company's unmanned Falcon rocket roared into the night sky right on time, putting SpaceX on track to reach the space station Wednesday. The complex was soaring southwest of Tasmania when the Falcon took flight.
Officials declared the launch a success, despite a problem with one of the nine first-stage engines. The rocket put Dragon in its intended orbit, said the billionaire founder and chief executive officer of SpaceX, Elon Musk.
"It's driving its way to station, so that's just awesome," noted SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell.
In more good news, a piece of space junk was no longer threatening the station, and NASA could focus entirely on the delivery mission.
NASA is counting on private business to restock the space station, now that the shuttles have retired to museums. The space agency has a $1.6 billion contract with SpaceX for 12 resupply missions.
Especially exciting for NASA is the fact that the Dragon will return twice as much cargo as it took up, including a stockpile of astronauts' blood and urine samples. The samples -- nearly 500 of them -- have been stashed in freezers since Atlantis made the last shuttle flight in July 2011.
The Dragon will spend close to three weeks at the space station before being released and parachuting into the Pacific at the end of October. By then, the space station should be back up to a full crew of six.
None of the Russian, European or Japanese cargo ships can bring anything back; they're destroyed during re-entry. The Russian Soyuz crew capsules have limited room for anything besides people.
Space Exploration Technologies Corp., or SpaceX -- owned by PayPal co-founder Musk -- is working to convert its unmanned Dragon capsules into vessels that could carry astronauts to the space station in three years. Other U.S. companies also are vying to carry crews. Americans must ride Russian rockets to orbit in the meantime, for a steep price.
Musk, who monitored the launch from SpaceX Mission Control in Hawthorne, Calif., called the capsules Dragon after the magical Puff to get back at critics who, a decade ago, considered his effort a fantasy. The name Falcon comes from the Millennium Falcon starship of "Star Wars" fame.
An estimated 2,400 guests jammed the launching center to see the Falcon, with its Dragon, come to life for SpaceX's first official, operational supply mission.
Across the country at SpaceX headquarters, about 1,000 employees watched via TV and webcast.
It was no apparition.
"Just over a year after the retirement of the space shuttle, we have returned space station cargo resupply missions to U.S. soil," said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden Jr.
SpaceX is shooting for its next supply run in January.
Another company looking to haul space station cargo, Virginia's Orbital Sciences Corp., hopes to launch a solo test flight in December and a demo mission to the station early next year.
Every time SpaceX or a competitor flies successfully, Bolden told reporters, "that gives the nonbelievers one more opportunity to get on board and root for us" and help enable commercial launches for space station astronauts. This will further free NASA up to aim for points beyond low-Earth orbit, like Mars.
"This was a big night," Bolden concluded.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Talkin' About Bees - David Sorenson

At the Fryeburg Fair 9-30-2012 video by Mike Corthell

Be Original - Be Yourself!

We often don't even realize who we are meant to be because we are so busy trying to live out someone else's ideas and ideals. Be original - be yourself.

- Mike Corthell

The Truth About Contentment

Greg Laurie asks, 'Are you happy with what you have, where you are right now?'

Are you content? Are you happy with what you have and where you are right now, or do you secretly wish, deep down inside, that things were better? Maybe you wish you were a bit smarter or a bit better-looking or more successful. Maybe you have thought to yourself, If I just could get that raise, … If I could just move into the better neighborhood, … or, If I could just have a better car, … or If I could just get the newest iPhone. … It just goes on endlessly.
I heard a story about a wealthy employer who overheard one of his employees remark, “You know what? If I had $1,000, I would be perfectly content.”
As he walked away, he overheard her say rather bitterly, “Why didn't I ask for $2,000?”Knowing that wealth had never brought him contentment, he walked over to that employee and said, “You know, I have always wanted to meet someone who is perfectly content. So I am going to grant your desire.” He pulled out his checkbook, wrote a check for $1,000 and gave it to her.
That is the way it works. It’s called human nature.
Getting more stuff does not bring happiness or contentment. One psychologist who has conducted research on what brings contentment said, “If people strive for a certain level of affluence, thinking it will make them happy, they find that in reaching it, they quickly become habituated to it and are at a point when they are hankering for the next level of income, property, or good health.”

More evidence that Voyager has exited the solar system

(Houston Chronicle) Something very, very interesting is happening with Voyager 1, the human probe that’s the very farthest from Earth.
New data from the spacecraft, which I will discuss below, indicate Voyager 1 may have exited the solar system for good. If true, this would mark a truly historic moment for the human race — sending a spacecraft beyond the edge of our home solar system.
At last check, NASA scientists said they were not yet ready to officially declare that Voyager 1 had officially exited the solar system by crossing the heliopause.
To cross this boundary scientists say they would need to observe three things …

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Sgt. Travis Mills

Hero's welcome for Sgt. Travis Mills

Quadruple amputee returns to hometown


A great American story of heroism and family values.

Friday, October 5, 2012

FUN Fall Times in Orlando!

While Orlando theme parks offer year-round fun, the best kept secret among industry insiders is that the fall months may be the perfect time to visit Central Florida.  

October, November and December bring cooler weather, shorter lines, and--with special events, festivals, holiday happenings--additional attractions inside and beyond these parks.

The Walt Disney World Resort is the biggest of the bunch, home to four astounding theme parks and a seemingly unlimited supply of shopping, dining, and other entertainment opportunities. 

Just 20 minutes up the highway is the increasingly-popular Universal Orlando Resort, drawing more attention than ever with its recently-opened Wizarding World of Harry Potter and some of Orlando's most thrilling attractions.  
SeaWorld Orlando lies in between these two parks, providing more than just exciting rides, also featuring interesting, educational exhibits featuring stunning aquatic life.  Theme park fans looking for a little more fun shouldn't skip Busch Gardens Tampa.  Though it's a little more than an hour away from the other three, it's well worth the trek, placing guests on an African safari through wilderness, wildlife, and onto wild rides.  

Theme park operators realize they need to add extra perks to draw audiences during the "value" season.  Parents need a good reason to pull kids from school instead of planning a family vacation during summer, spring, or winter breaks.  
Below are some of the best attractions on offer.  These are great way slow down and enjoy theme parks and other attractions at a relaxed pace, instead of bucking the enormous high-season crowds.

Here are a few fan favorites:

Hair-Raising Halloween

--October is packed with Halloween thrills, from the scream-filled to the not-so-scary.  Universal Studios Florida draws thousands of thrill-seekers annually with Halloween Horror Nights, this year featuring haunted houses that include exciting properties like AMC's "The Walking Dead" and a park filled with "scare-actors" lurking around every corner, as nowhere is safe to hide.  Busch Gardens Tampa puts on a similarly spooky event called Howl-O-Scream, relying on sheer energy, quick startles, and a taste of terror.  While both of these events are strictly aimed at adults, Walt Disney World corners the kid market with Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, providing unlimited trick-or-treating, a special Halloween-themed parade and fireworks shows, and much more fright-free fun.  Those with even younger kids may want to check out SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular, with colorful entertainment aimed at toddlers.  Many other Halloween attractions spring up during October throughout Central Florida, from the town of Celebration south of Walt Disney World to many independent haunted houses worth exploring.

Wine and Dine

--Walt Disney World holds one of the year's best special events for those with an affinity for culinary greatness as the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival offers small plates of tasty treats at kiosks representing cities and countries worldwide, each paired with a wide selection of beers and wines.  From saucy French classics to spicy Australian lamb recipes to savory South American eats, the Food and Wine Festival is a must-do for all who visit Central Florida in the Fall.  This year it runs daily in the park through Nov. 12.

A Whole New World

--Fall 2012 is a particularly special time in Orlando as Walt Disney World will be opening its biggest expansion ever of the Magic Kingdom theme park.  They're more than doubling the size of Fantasyland, adding a new ride based on "The Little Mermaid," a village, tavern, and restaurant featuring "Beauty and the Beast," with more still under construction in the new area throughout the next couple years.  Previews for all park guests begin on Nov. 19 with the grand opening scheduled for Dec. 6.

Happy Holidays

--Almost immediately after Halloween disappears, the holiday season begins throughout Central Florida, particularly in its theme parks.  Though it may begin to look a lot like Winter, Fall doesn't technically end until Dec. 20, 2012, which is about when the big crowds will arrive.  Early November and December are some of the best times of the entire year to visit Orlando and Tampa, with gorgeous weather enhancing lightly-attended attractions.  Within a week of Jack-O-Lanterns put back into storage, Walt Disney World decks its halls with garland, ornaments, and giant ornate trees, rolling in Christmas cheer, with the first Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party taking place on Nov. 9.  Meanwhile Universal Orlando transforms its parks with Macy's Holiday Parade and their Grinchmas celebration.  Both SeaWorld and Busch Gardens this year will offer park-wide makeovers with carolers, specially-themed rides, festive foods, and plenty more Christmas cheer.

If all the added entertainment, better weather, and smaller crowds weren't enough reasons to vacation in Central Florida during the fall months, prices often drop during this time of year as an added incentive, with some of the best hotel rates being offered.  But it's also important to note that not all of fall is a perfect time to visit.  The week of Thanksgiving is generally quite crowded in the parks, often more so than during the summer, so unless a theme park turkey is an absolute necessity, it's recommended to visit before or after this holiday.

Ricky Brigante is a theme park expert and fan who edits InsideTheMagic, a blog focusing on Disney and theme park news and entertainment.  He's also host of the award-winning "Inside the Magic" podcast.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2012/10/04/fall-fun-at-orlando-theme-parks/?intcmp=features#ixzz28PqhGxSd

Thursday, October 4, 2012

'Can't You See' : Best Southern rock song

The best Southern rock song of all time has been chosen!

"Can't You See," by the Marshall Tucker Band, topped Ultimate Classic Rock list of Dixified tunes.

“Next time you hear this song in public, take notice and you’ll make the strangest observation, especially if there is booze involved," the site remarked.


“We are over the top with this announcement from Ultimate Classic Rock,” said MTB lead singer and founding member Doug Gray. “It certainly lets us all know that ‘Can’t You See’ is and will continue to be appreciated for a very long time.”

Originally recorded in 1973, “Can’t You See” was written by the late Toy Caldwell. It was released as a single in 1977.  

Here's the site's full list.


10.  "Mississippi Queen" - Mountain
9.  "30 Days In The Hole" - Humble Pie
8.  "Ramblin' Man" - The Allman Brothers
7.  "La Grange" - ZZ Top
6.  "Flirtin' With Disaster" - Molly Hatchet
5.  "Long Haired Country Boy" - The Charlie Daniels Band
4.  "Highway Song" - Blackfoot
3.  "Green Grass & Hight Tides" - The Outlaws
2.  "Sweet Home Alabama" - Lynyrd Skynyrd
1.  "Can't You See" - The Marshall Tucker Band