Mike Corthell

Mike Corthell
Editor & Publisher at Fryeburg Free Press MEDIA

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Main Street Approach - For Fryeburg, Maine

Main Street Programs

The Main Street Approach® in Action!

As of this writing this fine example of country elegance
 is being remodeled - located on Main Street in Fryeburg 

Throughout the nation, communities are using the Main Street approach to revitalize their traditional commercial districts, whether they have officially designated Main Street programs or simply incorporate Main Street into existing economic development, historic preservation, city management, or urban and community planning programs. Whatever form a preservation-based revitalization initiative takes, the national network of coordinating and local Main Street programs provides action and support on all levels.

The National Movement

The success of the Main Street movement during the past 28 years lies in its wide network on three levels:
A PROPOSED SUBWAY RESTAURANT — in Fryeburg shows a CAD of an 1,800-square-foot building that will be constructed on the former NAPA Auto Supply Store site on Main Street.
All of these organizations work together to create preservation-based commercial district revitalization. They support each other and the movement, creating a system to share information and successes, network professionally, pursue training opportunities, and promote the Main Street approach to revitalize downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts.
Remarkably, while all of these organizations are completely separate entities, they work in partnership to achieve common goals. Because the responsibility for Main Street doesn't rest with one entity, the movement has grown strong over the years.

Using The Name - the official network

Mike Corthell, Editor

Reprinted from http://www.preservationnation.org/main-street/about-main-street/the-programs

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Your Blueprint: Tree of Life - DNA

The Tree of Life
For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.
 My frame was not hidden from you
    when I was made in the secret place,
    when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.

Your eyes saw my unformed body;

    all the days ordained for me were written in your book
    before one of them came to be.
- Psalm 139

The Christmas Tree: The Tree of LIFE by Mike Corthell

The Christmas tree lights and ornaments originally symbolized the sun, moon and stars as they looked on the Tree of Life.

The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the *garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. - Genesis2:9

The tree of life and its fruit is understood to be symbolic of Salvation and ever-lasting life in the presence of God and his Love. 

*The planet Earth is the Garden of Eden.

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How to publish e-books for steady income using the Kindle Platform (KindleBooks) and Amazon.com.

In its 4th quarter earnings report, Amazon made a huge and very exciting announcement that Kindle e-books have officially overtaken paperback books as the most popular format on Amazon.
Last July, Amazon announced that Kindle books had passed hardcovers and predicted that Kindle would surpass paperbacks in the second quarter of this year. According to Jeff Bezos, for every 100 hardcover books Amazon is selling, it sells 143 Kindle eBooks. To date, the U.S. Kindle Store offers more than 810,000 books.
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Mike Corthell 

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

The Fryeburg Historical Society Christmas Party: Tuesday, December 4th

FRYEBURG, Maine - The Fryeburg Historical Society will hold its annual Christmas Party on Tuesday, December 4th at the American Legion Hall on Bradley Street. 

 There will be a potluck supper beginning at 6 p.m. Those attending are asked to bring a main dish or a salad. 

 You are welcome to bring your favorite beverage. Dessert and coffee will be provided by the hostess committee.

The new glass ornaments, wooden boxes and other items will be available for sale. We will also draw the raffle tickets for the quilt made by Karen Grey, a $100 photo setting from Spring Smith photography, a $100 gift certificate from The Oxford House and a $100 gift certificate from D&D Oil after which Christmas carols will be enjoyed. Please come and make it a gala evening.

For more information contact:

 Diane Jones at 697-3484 or email ewjones@roadrunner.com

Mike Corthell Recommends: DIVINE ALIGNMENT - Godwink Moments

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If you've ever said..."If I hadn't met that particular person, at that time and place, I wouldn't be where I am today..." then, you have experienced what SQuire Rushnell calls Divine Alignmentª
This book shows how we are all connected...person to person...godwink by godwink...on a marvelous built-in GPS (God's Positioning System).
Divine Alignment presents a new way to understand those mysterious connections that seem to place you in just the right place at just the right time for opportunities to unfold.
In Seven Steps, SQuire leads you on a story-filled journey, showing how you can become empowered by Divine Alignment in your life!

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I LOVED Divine Alignment. I am stunned at the quality of this book ... SQuire has woven the stories together beautifully to provide hope and healing...with profound conviction, without being preachy. This book goes much deeper than any other in the Godwink series. It challenged me to make some changes in my life that will yield positive results.
Jada Daves
The mystery of unexpected events in our lives is portrayed by the author in this delightful and refreshing book. SQuire Rushnell delivers a beautifully written presentation of heartfelt stories...filled with wisdom. "DIVINE ALIGNMENT" is charming, heartwarming, enjoyable, and Highly Recommended!
Geraldine Ahearn
The BEST book! It's very powerful. SQuire shows us that we are all on a grand G.P.S God's Positioning System that we can tap into. He gives us 7 clear and easy steps to lead us to the path that God has for us. WONDERFUL!
This book shows how we are all on a inspired journey É interconnected for divine purposes. It creates a peace for readers É and stresses that our decisions lead us to the next chapter of our lives...and we, through "free will," are allowed to "recalculate" until we are on the right path. (The author) reinforces his reasoning through Bible passages, not just personal opinion.
I loved the Godwinks series, and this book extends that philosophy to the next level. SQuire Rushnell has collected many captivating stories of people...whose lives have been transformed.

There is a section on near-death experiences and an interesting comparison chart that includes biblical reference to descriptions of heaven/afterlife and the personal descriptions of people he has interviewed.
This book has opened my eyes and my heart to the understanding about all of those ÒcoincidencesÓ that happen to all of us. DIVINE ALIGNMENT is written with such clarity that it leaves no questions unanswered...SQuire Rushnell...offers insight to all of us in such a softly spoken, inspirational way. I highly recommend this book to anyone of any age.
OH SQUIRE I just got your God Wink Book " Divine Alignment"... I absolutely love it. It makes me cry happy tears all the time. Reading your book is like "Footprints In The Sand" and restoring my soul!!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!
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Needs: WISH LIST: Harvest Hills Animal Shelter, Fryeburg, Maine

FRYEBURG, Maine - Sunday November 25, 2012 - Harvest Hills Animal Shelter is a non-profit organization which contracts with nineteen towns in Western Maine to accept neglected , stray and abandoned cats and dogs. These animals are brought in by the towns’ animal control officers. When space is available, Harvest Hills also accepts owner surrendered animals from all surrounding communities in Maine and New Hampshire and will assist other shelters by providing a safe place for adoptable animals that would otherwise be euthanised, or did not fit another shelters admission policies.

This Week's Wish List:
  • Canned cat food.
  • Canned dog food.
  • Grain free dog food.
  • Kitten food - dry
  • Dog food - dry
  • Non clumping clay litter
  • Bleach
  • Dish Soap
  • Paper Towels
  • Toilet Paper
  • Trash Bags - 13 gal - Tall Kitchen
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Copy Paper
Thank you so much!

Since opening its doors in 1992, Harvest Hills has found loving homes for approximately 17,000 dogs and cats. As we have grown in recent years, we strive to serve more animals in need, reduce stress and suffering for every animal passing through our doors and provide individual attention, medical and custodial care to our charges. We also consider it an important part of our mission to educate the community, adults and children about the responsibilities of pet ownership and the benefits of adopting a Harvest Hills animal.
Harvest Hills has taken great care to avoid euthanasia whenever possible. Every animal goes through a socialization program and is evaluated so we may match them with their new family. This process helps with the transition of shelter life to a new home for both the animal and its new owners.
Do you want to volunteer

Monday, November 19, 2012


Biography of General ISRAEL PUTNAM

This updated and edited biography is dedicated to my late mother, Betty Jean Putnam Corthell who was very proud to be a descendant and great, great granddaughter of General Israel Putnam.
                     - Mike Corthell



There is a type of New England manhood upon which changes have been rung again and again without tiring reader or listener; a type whose very a-pellation was made, as early as 1713, a synonym for excellence and one which finds its most fitting embodiment in the life and achievements of a man whose characteristic qualities and rise by his own efforts from obscurity into deserved eminence, demonstrate him to have been a Yankee of Yankees. Israel Putnam, successful farmer and able soldier, exhibited in the motives which prompted his actions in every emergency, the inherent traits of Yankee-ism  Where else but in a Yankee could be found the intrepid daring which almost amounted to recklessness; the courage, moral and physical, often stronger than discretion ; the abhorrence of dissimulation, the frank, sensitive spirit, and the sound judgment which at all times distinguished the patriot general?

Portrait of Putnam

(From the painting in the Governor's room. State Capitol.)
January 7, 1718, he was born on his father's farm in Salem, now Danvers, Mass. ; there he imbibed a love for agriculture which followed him through life. The tenth of eleven children, he realized that whatever his share of their father's estate might be, it would necessarily be small, and so from early boyhood he learned the lesson of sturdy self-reliance. His education was given very little attention, a smattering of the " three Rs " being at that time considered sufficient for anyone and had it not been for the silent influences of Nature, the best possibilities of his character must have remained dormant : constant association with her softened and refined, while it deepened his impulses. Boy as he was, Putnam excelled his village companions in athletic sports, of which he was very fond, thus preparing himself unconciously for the hardships which he endured in after years.
The two earliest stories told of him show his honest pride and manliness. The one relates how. upon his first visit to Boston, he thrashed a lad bigger and older than himself for sneering at the rustic style of his homespun garments, and the other tells of the summary way in which he forced the proud son of a rich neighbor to retract the lying calumnies he had uttered to a lover against his sweet-heart, a fatherless, innocent girl. He always made common cause with the helpless and oppressed.

Room where Isreal Putnam was born
Room in which Isreal Putnam was born

Putnam's resources were like those of the average Yankee, fathomless and unfailing; the following story of "Putnam and the Bull" aptly illustrates this. When a lad, his father sent him to drive home a young bull recently purchased. The bull objected and chased the boy out of the pasture. Putnam put on a pair of spurs and jumping out from behind a tree as the beast rushed by, managed to get upon his back. Plunging the rowels into this novel steed, he forced him to run until he stuck exhausted in the clay which was at one end of the field. Then the lad extricated the thoroughly subjugated animal which was driven home without further trouble.
When twenty years of age Putnam married Hannah Pope of Salem and in 1739 he and his brother-in-law together bought five hundred and fourteen acres in Mortlake Manor in Connecticut. Such was his industry that in two years he was enabled to buy out his partner and thus became sole owner in what was called the " Putnam Farm." Although Massachusetts born, the hest days of his life were spent in his adopted state upon this farm between the villages of Pomtret and Brooklyn. The fruits which he raised there were considered the best in New England ; especially the winter apples, to which he paid the greatest attention. The sheep and goats he raised upon the sunny slopes of his farm could not have found their equal the country around.
It was the sheep and goats that indirectly furnished the young farmer with his most widely known adventure. In the early spring of 1743, an old she-wolf and her whelps destroyed seventy of these valuable sheep and goats. The whelps were destroyed but the dam, a sagacious and vigilant animal, escaped from traps and dogs time and time again; on one occasion leaving the toes of a fore-foot in the trap. This last accident rendered her trail easily recognizable in the snow and so Putnam and those neighboring farmers who had suffered from her depredations set their dogs on the scent one fine morning, determined to kill the cunning brute. She was trapped in a rocky cave near Putnam's home and refused to face her persecutors. The dogs retreated whining and covered with wounds; burning straw and sulphur failed to dislodge her, and at last the farmers found themselves under the disagreeable necessity of sending one of their number into the cavern or abandoning the chase. Putnam offered to go and stripping off all superfluous garments, he crawled into the cave. After ascertaining by the light of a birch-hark torch the whereabouts of the wolf, whose fiery orbs glared upon him out of the darkness, he was drawn out so hurriedly that he was severely cut and bruised. Loading his musket carefully, he went in again and shot the wolf. After being drawn out he went in a third time and emerged dragging the creature out by the ears.

The Wolf Den
The Wolf Den, Pomfret Connecticut

When the northern approaches to New York were in danger of French invasion. Putnam's eagerly offered services were accepted, and with the rank of captain he followed Major-General Phineas Lynch. During the next two years he was
a prominent member of a hand of Rangers and the comrade on many occasions of the famous Rogers. At one time when re-turning to a hidden party of his men, a Frenchman met Rogers, whose gun unfortunately missed fire. The soldier drew a knife, and but for Putnam's timely aid, the career of the Ranger might have been ended then and there. The captain killed the man with a blow from the butt-end of his musket and escaped with Rogers. Although the angry guards followed for no little distance,. no lives were lost.
Putnams Plow

Putnam's Plow

(Now in possesion of A.E. Brooks, Hartford CT)
In the spring of 1756 Rogers and Putnam were transferred with their respective companies into the command of General Webb. One sultry night that summer Putnam and a soldier named Durkee were scouting in the vicinity of Fort Ticonderoga. The deceptive arrangement of the enemy's camp-fires betrayed the young men into the very midst of the encampment. In the shower of bullets which followed their escape Durkee was wounded, and upon reaching a temporary place of safety, Putnam generously offered him his canteen of rum, but it had been tapped by a bullet and was empty. When Putnam examined his blanket he found no less than fourteen bullet holes in it.
The next year General Lyman succeeded Webb and the Rangers were stationed on an island off Fort Edward. One morning a company of Provincials escorted by fifty British regulars were cutting timber and fell into an ambuscade. After the greater part of their number was slain the rest fled in dismay. Lyman, fearing lest the safety of the garrison should be jeopardized, called in the out-posts and closed the gates. But Putnam was not the man to look calmly upon the slaughter of his friends. Calling his men. about him, he rushed to the rescue, al-though Lyman peremptorily ordered him to return. Amid cheers of encouragement the little band dashed into the fight; the tide was turned, and the baffled savages retreated in disorder. The hero of the hour, Putnam was received with joyous demonstrations when he returned to the fort ; even Lyman privately commended the generous motives which had caused the young Ranger to disobey order.
Putnam's Ride at 'Horse-Neck'

General Putnam's Ride at "Horse-Neck"

There are brave men who fear some one form of danger and shrink from it, but Putnam seems to have possessed a nature singularly free from fear; always mindful of the force of example, he in-variably took the post of danger in every expedition. In the winter of 1758, when Colonel Haviland took command at Fort Edward, Putnam and his Rangers were still on Roger's Island. One mild February morning a cry of fire alarmed the garrison, and turning out they found the row of barracks nearest the magazine in flames. Every effort was put forth to quench the flames, but in vain. Putnam and his men being apprised of the danger, crossed on the ice and gave their assistance. Al-though the danger of an explosion was imminent, and all expected momentarily to be blown into eternity, officers and men worked gallantly. From his position on the roof, Putnam poured bucket after bucket of water upon the devouring flames. He only descended when the buildings fell but a few feet from the magazine. In spite of his severe wounds he ran again to the place of most danger, and amid flames and smoke, sparks and cinders, he dashed water upon the magazine until the fire was under control. His exposure and burns made him an invalid for a month.

Putnam Hill

(The scene of Putnam's famous ride)
The young captain was usually rendered extremely impatient at any loss of good
opportunities. The spring after his recovery he was retreating from Molang when a party of Provincial scouts fired upon his company, mistaking them for the enemy, but their fire fortunately did little damage. Putnam afterward reproved their leader, saying, "Your men ought to be hanged for not killing more at so fair a chance."
One narrow escape of Putnam's caused the Indians to regard him with superstitious awe and reverence. He was returning from a visit to Fort Miller, and as he was going to his boat he was surprised by a large body of Indians, some in the woods about him, and some in their ca-noes. The young man saw that the chances on land and water were equally bad, so springing into his boat, he al-lowed himself to be carried down among the rocks and dangerous currents where the savages dared not follow. His escape from them was indeed miraculous. The next year, 1757, his bravery was rewarded with the rank of major.
Statue of Putnam

Statue of Putnam at Brooklyn Connecticut

An experience which might welt have formed the subject for one of Cooper's tales now befell him. Retreating with Rogers and five hundred men from Molang and his French and Indians, he fell into an ambuscade on Clear River. He aimed at an Indian chief but his gun missing fire, the savage sprang upon him and bound him to a tree standing in the line of fire of both parties. During the engagement which followed, the major's garments were completely riddled with bullets, and at one time a young Indian amused himself by throwing his tomahawk within an inch of the captive's head. The Rangers repulsed Molang, but the Indians carried off their prisoner when they re-treated. Upon reaching the depths of the forest, Putnam's captors separated from their French allies, and after some preliminary tortures they decided to burn the unfortunate officer at the stake. Accordingly he was tied to a tree, fagots were piled about his feet and fired, but scarcely had the wood begun to crackle in the heat when a thunder shower came up, and by extinguishing the flames, saved Putnam for the nonce. The shower passed over and more fagots were added to the pile which was again fired. just as the captive was giving up all hope, Molang, who had been informed of the proceedings by a converted Indian, rushed into the circle and cutting the thongs, freed him from the horrible death which had seemed inevitable. He was sent by the French officer to Montcalm at Ticonderoga, and from there to Montreal. Here another prisoner, Colonel Peter Schuyler, interested himself in the ragged, wounded soldier, and by his influence procured an exchange for him.
In 1759 his worth was again recognized and his rank became that of lieutenant-colonel. His last exploit in the French and Indian war was in t 76o near Fort Oswegatchie. The approach to the fort was guarded by two twelve-gun schooners, concerning which General Amherst had expressed the wish that some one would take those infernal schooners." Putnam offered to do it. Amherst, at first incredulous, reflected on the native ingenuity of the Yankee officer and finally authorized the venture. That night Putnam's party of six picked men rowed with muffled oars to the schooner, drove wedges between stern and rudder and cut the cable. The following morning the ship stranded on the beach, and when she struck her colors the other vessel surrendered also, and the fort fell easily into Amherst's hands.

At the close of the war Putnam went on the West Indies expedition with General Lyman, his old commander, and returned home laden with more honors, and in 1764 he commanded the Connecticut forces in Bradstreet's army, at which time he received the rank in full of colonel. He took a well-earned rest at the end of this year, and retiring to his farm interested himself in agriculture. Shortly after his return his wife died, leaving ten children, the youngest of whom was but a year old; the following May the bereaved husband joined the Brooklyn church. In 1767 he brought to his family a new mother in the person of Deborah Gardiner, a widow, and the union proved a very happy one for the ten years of its duration. The next seven years were spent with his family on the farm.
Wolf's Head on the Brooklyn Statue

Wolf's Head on the Brooklyn Statue

At the very outset of the trouble which caused the Revolution, he stood out boldly and conspicuously as an upholder of liberty. In August of 1774, when Gage had not quite shut up Boston, Colonel Putnam rode over from the Neck with one hundred and thirty sheep sent as a gift from Brooklyn parish. During his visit in Boston he was the guest of Doctor Warren. Gage informed Putnam complacently that five thousand veterans could march across the continent without hindrance. The reply he received voiced the public sentiment admirably—"Ay, if they behaved properly, and paid as they went. But if they showed the least hostility, the American women would knock them over the head with their ladles!

Soon after Colonel Ingersoll's resignation of the office of " Stamp Distributor," Putnam, accompanied by two other gentle-men, visited Colonel Fitch, determined to prevent, by fair means or foul, the entrance into Connecticut of stamped paper. Fitch was dubious, and wanted to look at every side of the matter before acceding to the demands of his visitors. However, when he learned that a refusal would be fol-
lowed by the levelling of his house to the ground he yielded at once, and no stamped paper entered Connecticut.

The intelligence of the Concord fight roused the whole country in April of the following year. Putnam was employed in ploughing a field of Indian corn when the news reached him. He was swift to act. Leaving the cattle and plough in the furrow, not stopping to change his clothes, he mounted a fleet horse and was soon well on his way to Cam-bridge, which he reached at sunrise the next morning, and his gallant steed galloped into Concord later the same day. At the same time that Washing-ton was appointed commander-in-chief, Putnam was made brigadier-general and given command of the army-center at Cambridge.

At Bunker Hill, Putnam was ranking officer and conducted the retreat, though reluctantly. In point of fact, he was absolutely furious about it, for he was an officer little used to reverses in battle. Standing among his men he waved his sword and shouted, " Victory shall be ours ! Make a stand here, boys. We can stop them yet ! In God's name, fire and give them one shot more 1" Finding his exhortations useless, he lost control of himself, and for the first and last time in his life he swore roundly at the retreating colonists. Instead of Ieading he followedon their retreat, and was almost the last to leave the earth-works. Years afterward the old general went on his crutches into the Brooklyn church and told the deacons of his profanity. He closed his confession with these words, " It was enough to make an angel swear to see those cowards refuse to secure a victory so easily won." The deacons could not find it in their hearts to do anything but forgive him.

After this battle Howe offered Putnam a large sum of money and a commission as one of four major-generals. As might have been foreseen, Howe might have saved himself the trouble of making this offer which Putnam refused with indignation, and four days afterward Washington sent him the same commission, only it was in the " rebel army."

A humorous incident is told of Putnam's stay in Cambridge. His wife had joined him at the house of one Ralph Inman, a runaway Tory, and frequently drove out
in the latter's coach. The town select-men did not approve of this, and one day stopped the coach and obliged Mrs. Putnam to return home on foot. The general went into a fearful rage when his weeping wife told him her story and, it is said, went to the selectmen and was not satisfied until he had frightened them badly with his stern reproaches.
Putnam's grave site


(Now in the Capitol at Hartford)
And now Putnam's more active military life comes to the fore. In 1776 General Washington sent him to New York, and in August to Brooklyn Heights. He was not responsible for the defeat of two clays afterward. How could he be expected to repulse twenty thousand veterans with only five thousand raw recruits? At Harlem Heights, Chatterton Hill, Fort Washington and Princeton he took no inconspicuous part.

While in command at Peekskill a youngRoyalist lieutenant was captured in the camp. The hapless youth, as unfortunate as erring, was tried and condemned to death as a spy, in spite of the efforts of his friends and the pleas of his young wife. Sir Henry Clinton sent a message ordering the instant release of his Majesty's liege subject, Edmund Palmer. The re-ply is historical.

Headquarters, August 7, 1777. Edmund Palmer, an officer in the enemy's service, was taken as a spy, lurking within our lines. He has been tried as a spy, condemned as a spy, and shall be executed as a spy, and the flag is ordered to depart immediately.
Isreal Putnam P. S.—He has accordingly been executed.

Throughout the trying exigencies of war, Putnam, now almost sixty years old, retained his youthful spirit and humor. Colonel Moylan relates in a letter how, upon the capture of two brigs with plenty of ammunition, " Old Put," as he was nicknamed, mounted a large mortar with a bottle of rum in his hand, and as par-son, with the help of Mifflin, an aide of Washington, as godfather, christened it " Congress." Says Colonel Moylan, " Old Put's cry throughout the winter has been, Powder ! powder ! : Ye gods, give me powder !' and now at last he is satisfied."

The same year, 1777, the intelligence of the decease of his beloved wife came to him at Fishkill. He took but a short absence, saw her buried in the Robinson family vault, and then, smothering his grief, returned to his place of duty. The suffering was intense throughout the army that year. While Washington was at Val-ley Forge, Putnam was enduring the same privations with his men at the Hudson highlands; he never made his age an excuse for shirking duty. Before the winter was over he was obliged to give up his command to McDougal, merely because his treatment of the Tories had been gentler than his envicus detractors thought proper. Washington wrote to him deploring this, and adding that he was obliged to do it because those who objected to him were the powerful and influential ones, the withdrawal of whose sup-port would be a great inconvenience. Putnam did not complain, but returned to Connecticut and endeavored to labor there for the cause he so loved. When the dissatisfaction of the Connecticut troops threatened at one time to make trouble for Congress, Putnam rode to meet them as they marched toward Hartford, and by a judicious speech contrived to restore their good humor.

That same winter he performed an exploit which will live in song and story. While visiting an outpost at Horseneck (now West Greenwich), he saw in the mirror by which he was shaving, the red coats of the advancing British. regulars. Dropping the razor he seized his sword, and half shaved roused his men. He mounted his horse and ordered a retreat, for his little company of one hundred and fifty men could do nothing but retreat from the fifteen hundred under Tryon. But the orderly retreat became a wild, ungovernable rout, every man seeking his own safety. Putnam spurred toward Stamford, pursued by a large number of dragoons. Upon discovering that they were gaining on him, the general, urged by desperation, turned his horse and went at full gallop down a steep declivity near a rude flight of stone steps. Picture the bluff, florid, good-humored face of the daring old hero as he dashed down the hill amid the flying bullets! His hat gone, his dark hair ruffled by the breeze, his keen, kindly light-blue eyes sparkling with humorous satisfaction and triumph as he waved one arm at the wondering regulars reining up their horses on the brow of the hill ! With steady nerves not in the least shakenby his astonishing ride, he called the Stamford militia, and following Tryon captured forty of his men.

In the summer of 1779 Putnam was posted with his men two miles below \Vest Point at Buttermilk Falls, and early that winter he made his headquarters at Morristown, New Jersey. Returning there from a visit to his family, he had a stroke of paralysis at the house of Colonel Wads-worth at Hartford. His was a hopeful mind, and he refused to believe the disease dangerous. But as his illness necessitated the resignation of all public duties, he returned to the bosom of his family at Brooklyn, where he spent the remainder of his life among the affectionate friends and neighbors of his youth. He lived eleven years after this, and was able to walk, ride and enjoy society to some little extent.

Two years before his death his biographer, Colonel Humphreys, finished his " Essay on the life of the Honorable Major-General Israel Putnam." It is said that this was the first biography attempted in America, and we are certainly indebted to Colonel Humphreys for selecting from the hundreds of lives about him our Connecticut hero.
On May 27, 1790, an acute inflammatory disease attacked the veteran and he considered it as fatal. In two short days he was gone to that country from which there is no return. His children were al-most inconsolable, for he was the kindest and most affectionate of fathers. At his funeral religious rites were mingled with military honors, and the address was de-livered by a personal friend whose warmest praises, however, could do no more than justice to the departed hero. His is but a humble monument; yet upon its marble surface are graven words which find an answering thrill in the heart of every patriot who scans that last tribute to the memory of Israel Putnam.The Connecticut Magazine May, 1899 Vol.V. No.5

- Greye La Spina 

Friday, November 16, 2012

Benjamin Franklin and his angelic invention: 'The Glass Armonica'

You've probably seen or heard about the 'wet-finger-around-the-wine-glass' idea. One of the first people to write about that phenomenon was Galileo. Sets of water-tuned glasses on which you can play tunes were popularized in England by Pockridge and Gluck in the early 1700's.
1761: Benjamin Franklin was in London representing the Pennsylvania Legislature to Parliament. Franklin was very interested in music: he was a capable amateur musician, attended concerts regularly, and even wrote a string quartet! One of the concerts Franklin attended was by Deleval, a colleague of his in the Royal Academy, who performed on a set of water tuned wineglasses patterned after Pockridge's instrument. Franklin was enchanted, and determined to invent and build 'a more convenient' arrangement.
Benjamin Franklin's new invention was first shown in early 1762, played by Marianne Davies—a well known musician in London who learned to play Franklin's new invention. Initially Franklin named it the 'glassychord', but soon settled on'armonica' as the name for his new invention—after the Italian word for harmony "armonia". Apparently Franklin built a second instrument for Ms. Davies, as she toured Europe with hers, while Franklin returned to Philadelphia with his own.
The armonica made quite a hit, particularly in Germany. Mozart was introduced to it by Franz Mesmer, who used his to 'mesmerize' his patients, and later Mozart wrote two works for it (a solo armonica piece, and a larger quintet for armonica, flute, oboe, viola and cello). Beethoven also wrote a little piece for amonica and narrator (!), and many of their colleagues of the day composed for it as well—some 200 pieces for armonica (solo, or with other instruments) survive from that era.
But musical fashions changed. Music was moving out of the relatively small aristocratic halls of Mozart's day into the large public concert halls of the 19th century, and without amplification it simply couldn't be heard. During this period, musical instruments in general were significantly redesigned to make them louder to be heard in the larger public concert halls—the piano went through a major transformation from a "quiet little harpsichord with hammers" of Mozart's day to the massive instrument we know today, and instruments of the orchestra—strings, winds, brass—were all modified to increase their volume. But there really wasn't any way to make the armonica louder. Concert reviews from the period bemoan the fact that the armonica sounded wonderful—when it could be heard. So, alas, Franklin's marvelous invention was ultimately abandoned.
Amplification is of course no longer a problem, but even today there are only a dozen or so glass armonica performers worldwide.  - Mike Corthell, Editor/Publisher

Bio/RESUME: Mike Corthell (Michael S. Corthell)

My business bio/resume... 

I use two pen names. Michael Mills, because the last name is generic and easy to remember. I also use Miguel Diocuore (a transliteration of my legal name Michael Corthell) as a pen name. I've written a short story using that name called ‘The Event’. I also use it when I write some poetry and song lyrics. I have also written a fictional account of my time at Lakeview Neurorehab, Effingham, NH, called, Caring for God by Mike Corthell

I have been coming to the Mt. Washington Valley since 1966. First to ski and then to camp and hike. I love it here and in 2005 I moved here with my family to Ossipee. In late 2010 my marriage ended. After the divorce my children and I moved to Fryeburg, Maine. I chose Fryeburg because it is central to the greater Conway - Fryeburg business scene and I like the feel of  a small New England town.

I see opportunity here – lots of it. Fryeburg is Western Maine’s gateway. Even if the economy doesn't improve, as fast as we’d like, there is still a great opportunity to help improve the town for all its citizens. I fully intend to leave the Town of Fryeburg a better place than I found it. I will work toward that end and when called upon to help I will do so to the best of my ability.

Currently I am a shift supervisor at Lakeview Neurorehabilitation Center and Specialty Hospital located in Effingham, NH. I work the 3:00 pm to 11:30 pm shift, Monday through Friday. I started working there in December 2010. Previous to that I owned and operated a sole proprietorship called The Villico Company, a home inspection business. I worked out of my home office. Before that I managed a group home for developmentally disabled adults for Options in Community Living, Hampton, NH. Prior to this I built residential homes and additions in the New Hampshire seacoast area for several years.

A few years after this time, in 1996, I started blogging as an avocation. This is where my experience in social media enters the picture. I also have a long running political discussion forum called Corthell and Company that has been very successful. It has over 1.6 million posts with 13,000 members.

I write poetry, lyrics and news pieces and other articles of interest. The Michael Mills Agency is an outgrowth of my experience in publishing and promoting my businesses.

I joined the FBA and the MWVCC on the advice and suggestion of Janice Crawford and Donna Woodward. I am here to serve the Town of Fryeburg and its citizens. I want The Michael Mills Agency to be successful but I am not here to line my pockets – my needs are; to support my sons, pay my bills, do charitable/service work and go into semi-retirement at 70 years or so. (I am 59 now). Benjamin Franklin and Abraham Lincoln are my political/moral heroes. If you know these men you know me. I am a Christian.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

LIVE LONGER and STRONGER by Mike Corthell

Why do some of us get sick more often than others? What makes us more susceptible to illness? Are we doomed to get sick when our coworkers and family members do? Is there a secret to staying healthy? According to leading experts a comprehensive guide to superior health is available - simply (it's at the end of this article). 

Based on the latest scientific research, I can show you how we can become almost totally resistant to colds, influenza, and other infections. The evidence is overwhelming: we can supercharge our immune system to protect our bodies against disease—everything from the common cold to cancer. Nutritional science has made phenomenal strides and discoveries in recent years, and when this new research is applied it enables us to seize control of our health like never before. (It is three (3) things: rest, diet and exercise)

Experts explain this new way of thinking and acting, providing everything you need to know to put this knowledge into action in your kitchen and in your life.(see previous paragraph)

What we eat has everything to do with our health, and, unfortunately, too many of us are living with a severely depleted immune systems. Our dietary choices are making us sicker, shortening our lives, and costing us billions of dollars in doctor visits, hospital stays, and prescription medications. But I don't believe that more medical care is the answer. Rather, I say the solution is to change the way we eat

The standard American diet is nutrient challenged. We are eating too many highly processed foods, foods with added sweeteners, and animal fats and too much protein. At the same time, we are not eating enough fruits, beans, seeds, and vegetables, which leaves us deficient in many of the most important immune-building compounds. 

By changing our diets and combining foods that contain powerful immune system building compounds, we can prevent most common modern diseases. Combining the latest data from clinical tests, nutritional research, and results from thousands of patients, I can prove that better immunity exists and is well within reach for those who choose it. We all have the ability to live healthier, stronger, and longer lives. Isn't it time you discovered the new, healthier you? 

Decide - Do It!

Eat the Good Stuff!
  1. Greens
  2. Onions
  3. Mushrooms(the ones from the grocery store)
  4. Berries
  5. Beans
  6. Seeds
Avoid these foods:
  1. Smoked & processed meat, commercial red meat
  2. Deep Fried foods
  3. 4% fat dairy & trans-fats
  4. Sugared soft drinks, & artificial sweetener
  5. Avoid white flour 

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Welcome To The Fryeburg Historical Society

The purposes of this corporation are primarily educational in nature including to cultivate social intercourse and friendship among its members; to collect and preserve in its museum data touching the history of Fryeburg, the Fryeburg area, Oxford County, and the State of Maine; to collect and preserve articles, specimens and material objects illustrative and demonstrative of the customs, modes and habits of former times in the areas mentioned; to work towards the ownership of permanent headquarters and museum; to perpetuate the memory of those who, by their labors and heroism, contributed to make the history of the areas mentioned; to engage in acts which would assure the preservation of the town's visual beauty as it relates to its heritage; to compile, write and/or publish historical material of the Town of Fryeburg and the Fryeburg area, or cause the same to be done; to do all acts necessary and convenient for the furtherance and promotion of the aforesaid purposes; to exist under the laws of Maine as a corporation without capital stock and not for pecuniary profits.

The Fryeburg Historical Society organized in 1974. The society has over 300 members and supports its museum at 511 Main Street, Fryeburg, Maine  04037 and its research library on Route 113 in North Fryeburg, Maine

Loretta Crocker, Director of Research...Email: scrocker6@roadrunner.com
Phone:  207-697-2044
FHS Research Library Hours:

Wednesday 9 - 12 
Thursday 1 to 4
Friday 9 to 12
Other times by appointment.  Loretta Crocker, Director of Research.

FHS Museum Hours:
Thursdays 1 - 4 or by appointment.  Edward W. Jones, Curator

Fryeburg Historical Society News
We have wonderful news! The Fryeburg Historical Society has a permanent home. On July 6, we became the new owner of the former Ethel ‘Red' Smith House at 83 Portland Street in Fryeburg. We need your help in restoring this early home, a home not only the society can be proud of but our town as well. The society has 501 (c) 3 status and donations are tax deductible. We are hoping that you will contribute to the restoration of the house. This is a very important step in the history of the society.
If you would like to contribute to the fund to restore the Fryeburg Historical Society's new home click on the donate button. 

Saturday, November 3, 2012

The Conway Chronicle, LLC


Michael S. Corthell of 77 Smith St. Fryeburg, Maine hereby gives notice of intent to form a limited liability corporation in the State of New Hampshire for the purpose of publishing a daily 'electronic newspaper' called The Conway Chronicle AND publishing, in paper form a summary for general circulation in and around the County of Carroll in the State of New Hampshire from time to time. *All applicable laws governing the public trust responsibility of a newspaper publication apply to The Conway Chronicle as well **all rights [inclusive] under the first amendment of the United States Constitution.

(signed) Michael S. Corthell,
 November 03, 2012

[*The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution has a much quoted clause that reads as follows: "Congress shall make no law...abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press." From that fundamental precept in what is known as the Bill of Rights derives what is to me perhaps the most basic ethical tenet of journalism in the United States: The press is independent of government.
The founders of the United States were suspicious of the tendency of government, even the best-intentioned government, to become tyrannical at times. Governments are composed of human beings, and human beings can and do commit wrongs. For this reason, the authors of the First Amendment envisaged the press, despite all of its imperfections, as a kind of critic, with a role apart and distinct from that of government.
Clearly, nothing in the Bill of Rights says that newspapers and government cannot cooperate on occasion. But the intent of the founders was that the press and government should not become institutional partners. They are natural adversaries with different functions, and each must respect the role of the other. Sometimes a free press can be a distinct annoyance and an embarrassment to a particular government, but that is one of the prices of liberty. A free press is responsible to its readers, and to them alone.]

[**Conspicuously absent is mention of any responsibility accompanying this right, although Benjamin Franklin, in the “Apology for Printers” published in 1731, suggested there were responsibilities saying, “I have also always refus’d to print such things as might do real injury to any Person….”]