Tuesday, April 30, 2013

July Business Fair at the Bradley Park Concert Series

Fryeburg Business Fair

July Business Fair at the Bradley Park Concert Series

Tuesdays in July, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30
(open to FBA members only).

Let the community know who you are and what you do, join us by bringing your business FREE to the Bradley Park Summer Concert Series. We want to know if you are interested in participating on site or just be displayed with your business cards at the FBA table.

Details regarding the Fryeburg Business Association Business Fair are now in the works and we need your interest and feedback.
*FMI email fba@fryebrurgbusiness.com

• Vendor space is free
• You May set up an10X10 tent or simply set up a table
• No reserve space - first come first serve
• Set up from 4:30 - 5:30
• Display time from 5:30 to 8:00
How likely are you to take advantage of this business marketing opportunity?
__ I am participating __I likely will participate __ I might participate
__ probably won't participate __no thank you

Please let us know your above intentions or concerns by e-mail to: fba@fryebrurgbusiness.com

PROGRESS: New Addition to Harvest Hills Animal Shelter Taking Shape

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

On the way to work this morning I saw the framers hard at work on the new Harvest Hills/ Nine Lives Thrift Shop addition.

Keep up the good work!

It was a great day for pounding nails - two walls up!

One more wall and the roof trusses go up.

Douglas Construction, Sweden, Maine 207-647-3732

Monday, April 29, 2013

The Sublime Wisdom of Benjamin Franklin

Mike Corthell, Editor & Publisher

Benjamin Franklin (January 17, 1706 - April 17, 1790)

Greatest of American diplomats, hero of the War of Independence, distinguished also as publisher and printer, editor and author, a notable philosopher whose instructive wisdom always charms and edifies, a scientist whose valuable discoveries are even today highly esteemed fundamental additions to practical knowledge he was a devoted Freemason occupying for many years places of official prominence and serving his Brethren with conspicuous Masonic zeal and aptitude.
Born January 17, 1706 in Boston, Massachusetts, he had only two years of school and at the age of ten left to work for his father in soap and candle making. At thirteen apprenticed to his brother James, a printer and publisher who started in 1721 a newspaper, the New England Courant, Franklin soon commenced to write both verse and prose, the latter quaint and vigorous of timely argument on public questions. Franklin went to rev York and in 1723 to Philadelphia, working as a printer. Encouraged to go into business for himself, he left for England, December, 1724, but the promised support failed and as a printer he was employed at London until October, 1726, when he again reached Philadelphia to resume his position there as a workman. In 1728 he formed a printing partnership. More

Benjamin Franklin's Manifest Wisdom

"I beg I may not be understood to infer, that our general convention was divinely inspired when it formed the new federal constitution, merely because that constitution has been unreasonably and vehemently opposed; yet, I must own, I have so much faith in the general government of the world by Providence, that I can hardly conceive a transaction of such momentous importance to the welfare of millions now existing, and to exist in the posterity of a great nation, should be suffered to pass without being in some degree influenced, guided, and governed by that omnipotent, omnipresent, and beneficent Ruler, in whom all inferior spirits live, and move, and have their being." - A Comparison of the Conduct of the Ancient Jews and of the Anti-Federalists in the United States of America, 1787

"In the beginning of the contest with Britain, when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayers in this room for Divine protection. Our prayers, Sir, were heard, and they were graciously answered. All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of superintending providence in our favor. To that kind providence we owe this happy opportunity of consulting in peace on the means of establishing our future national felicity. And have we now forgotten that powerful friend? Or do we imagine that we no longer need his assistance? I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth-that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the Ground without his Notice, is it probable that an Empire can rise without his Aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the Sacred Writings that except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it. I firmly be lieve this. I also believe that without His concurring aid, we shall succeed in the political building no better than the builders of Babel; we shall be divided by our little, partial local interests; our projects will be confounded; and we ourselves shall become a reproach and a byword down to future ages. And what is worse, mankind may hereafter from this unfortunate instance, despair of establishing government by human wisdom and leave it to chance, war, or conquest. I therefore beg leave to move that, henceforth, prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven and its blessing on our deliberation be held in this assembly every morning before we proceed to business." - To Colleagues at the Constitutional Convention 1787

"Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters." - Letter to the Abbes Chalut and Arnaud, April 17, 1787

7 Must-Read Life Lessons from Benjamin Franklin:
  1. Waste Not
    "Do not squander time for that is the stuff life is made of."

    Your time is your life. If you waste your time, you are wasting your life. I’ve never met a successful person who didn’t value their time, and I’ve never met an unsuccessful person who did.

    Don’t let other people waste your time either, why is it when someone wants to “kill an hour,” they want to kill your hour as well? Protect your time, it can never be replaced, it can never be replenished, your time is your life.

  2. Learn
    "Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn."

    Benjamin Franklin said, “He that won't be counseled can't be helped.” Always be open to learning. You can learnfrom anyone, and from any situation. You can learn from the fool as well as the genius. Bruce Lee said, “A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.”

  3. Make Mistakes
    "Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out."

    Success comes from doing things “right,” and doing things right is usually the result of first doing things wrong. You are certain to make mistakes; the path to success is lined with mistakes and failures, just keep moving. Successful people make a lot of mistakes, but they don’t quit, they keep moving until they arrive to their goal.

  4. Energy and Persistence
    "Energy and persistence conquer all things."

    To have energy and persistence you must have passion, there must be an inner vision that drives you to achieve your goal.

    If you don’t have a clear picture of where you’re going, then you don’t have the energy or persistence to make any noteworthy progress. You must be driven by a picture that is bigger than your current reality.

  5. Prepare
    "By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail."

    It’s better to not have an opportunity and be prepared, than to have an opportunity and not be prepared. Success loves preparation, are you prepared?

    If the perfect opportunity presented itself, would you be ready for it? Spend your days preparing for success, so when your opportunity comes, you will be ready.

  6. Be Diligent
    "Diligence is the mother of good luck."

    Solomon wrote, the diligent shall be made rich. If you want to be lucky, be diligent, the more diligent you are, the luckier you will be. Everyone has the ability to increase their luck seven fold by becoming more diligent.

    Create the habit of being diligent in all you do, and you will be surprised at how lucky you become.

  7. Make an Impression
    "Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing."

    Benjamin Franklin said, “Many people die at twenty five and aren't buried until they are seventy five.” I hope you’re not dead, I hope you haven’t achieved all that you’re going to achieve; I hope your best days are in front of you. I think they are.


"I've lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing Proofs I see of this Truth - That God governs in the Affairs of Men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his Notice, is it probable that an Empire can rise without his Aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the Sacred Writings, that except the Lord build the House they labor in vain who build it. I firmly believe this, - and I also believe that without his concurring Aid, we shall succeed in this political Building no better than the Builders of Babel: We shall be divided by our little partial local interests; our Projects will be confounded, and we ourselves shall become a Reproach and Bye word down to future Ages." - Speech to the Constitutional Convention, June 28, 1787

"In these sentiments, Sir, I agree to this Constitution, with all its faults, - if they are such; because I think a general Government necessary for us, and there is no form of government but what may be a blessing to the people, if well administered; and I believe, farther, that this is likely to be well administered for a course of years, and can only end in despotism, as other forms have done before it, when the people shall become so corrupted as to need despotic government, being incapable of any other." - Speech to the Constitutional Convention, June 28, 1787

"Remember me affectionately to good Dr. Price and to the honest heretic Dr. Priestly. I do not call him honest by way of distinction; for I think all the heretics I have known have been virtuous men. They have the virtue of fortitude or they would not venture to own their heresy; and they cannot afford to be deficient in any of the other virtues, as that would give advantage to their many enemies; and they have not like orthodox sinners, such a number of friends to excuse or justify them. Do not, however mistake me. It is not to my good friend's heresy that I impute his honesty. On the contrary, 'tis his honesty that has brought upon him the character of heretic." - Letter to Benjamin Vaughn, October 24, 1788

"If by the liberty of the press were understood merely the liberty of discussing the propriety of public measures and political opinions, let us have as much of it as you please: But if it means the liberty of affronting, calumniating and defaming one another, I, for my part, own myself willing to part with my  share of it, whenever our legislators shall please so to alter the law and shall cheerfully consent to exchange my liberty of abusing others for the privilege of not being abused myself." - An Account of the Supremest Court of Judicature in Pennsylvania, viz. The Court of the Press, September 12, 1789

"Slavery is such an atrocious debasement of human nature, that its very extirpation, if not performed with solicitous care, may sometimes open a source of serious evils." - An Address to the Public, November, 1789

"Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." - Letter to Jean-Baptiste Leroy, November 13, 1789

"1. Temperance... drink not to elevation; 2. Silence... avoid trifling conversation; 3. Order... Let all your things have their places; 4. Resolution... perform without fail what you resolve; 5. Frugality... i.e. waste nothing; 6. Industry... Lose no time, be always employ'd; 7. Sincerity... Use no hurtful deceit, think innocently; 8. Justice... Wrong none by doing injuries; 9. Moderation... Avoid extremes, forbear resenting; 10. Cleanliness... Tolerate no uncleanliness in body; 11. Tranquility... Be not disturbed at trifles; 12. Chastity; 13. Humility... Imitate Jesus." - Autobiography, 1789

"O powerful goodness! Bountiful Father! Merciful Guide! Increase in me that wisdom which discovers my truest interest. Strengthen my resolution to perform what that wisdom dictates. Accept my kind offices to thy other children as the only return in my power for thy continual favours to me." - Autobiography, his daily prayer, 1789

"I had been religiously educated as a Presbyterian; and though some of the dogmas of that persuasion, such as the eternal decrees of God, election, reprobation, etc., appeared to me unintelligible, others doubtful, and I early absented myself from the public assemblies of the sect, Sunday being my studying day, I was never without religious principles. 

I never doubted, for instance, the existence of the Deity; that he made the world, and governed it by his Providence; that the most acceptable service of God was the doing good to man; that our souls are immortal; and that all crime will be punished, and virtue rewarded, either here or hereafter. These I esteemed the essentials of every religion; and, being to be found in all the religions we had in our country, I respected them all, though with different degrees of respect, as I found them more or less mixed with other articles, which without any tendency to inspire, promote, or co nfirm morality, served principally to divide us, and make us unfriendly to one another. 

This respect of all... induced me to avoid all discourse that might tend to lessen the good opinion another might have of his own religion; and as our province increased in people, and new places of worship were continually wanted, and generally erected by voluntary contribution, my mite for such propose, whatever might bane the sect, was never refused. 

Though I seldom attended any public worship, I had still an opinion of its propriety, and of its utility when rightly conducted, and I regularly paid my annual subscription for the support of the only Presbyterian minister or meeting we had in Philadelphia. He used to visit me sometimes as a friend, and admonish me to attend his administration." - Autobiography, 1789

"Human felicity [happiness] is produc'd not so much by great pieces of good fortune that seldom happen, as by little advantages that occur every day." - Autobiography, 1789

"My parents had early given me religious impressions, and brought me through my childhood piously in the Dissenting way. But I was scarce fifteen, when, after doubting by turns of several points, as I found them disputed in the different books I read, I began to doubt of Revelation itself. Some books against Deism fell into my hands; they were said to be the substance of sermons preached at Boyle's Lectures. It happened that they wrought an effect on me quite contrary to what was intended by them; for the arguments of the Deists, which were quoted to be refuted, appeared to me much stronger than the refutations; in short, I soon became a thorough Deist." - Autobiography, 1789

"So convenient a thing it is to be a reasonable creature, since it enables one to find or make a reason for everything one has a mind to do." - Autobiography, 1789

"Search others for their virtues, thy self for thy vices; Keep your eyes open before marriage, half shut afterwards; My father convinced me that nothing was useful which was not honest; Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God and nature; Virtue alone is sufficient to make a man great, glorious and happy; Let the fair sex be assured that I shall always treat them and their affairs with the utmost decency and respect; Self-denial is really the highest self-gratification; Beware of little expenses; Remember Job suffered and was afterwards prosperous; I never doubted the existence of the Deity, that he made the world, and governed it by His Providence; The event God only knows; Good wives and good plantations are made by good husbands; Hope and faith may be more firmly grounded upon Charity than Charity upon hope and faith; Virtue is not secure until its practice has become habitual; Nothing is so likely to make a man's fortune as virtue; Without virtue man can have no happiness; The pleasures of this world are rather from God's goodness than our own merit; Contrary habits must be broken, and good ones acquired and established, before we can have any dependence on a steady, uniform rectitude of conduct; Let no pleasure tempt thee, no profit allure thee, no ambition corrupt thee, no example sway thee, no persuasion move thee to do anything which thou knowest to be evil, so thou shalt live jollily, for a good conscience is a continual Christmas." - Maxims and Morals, 1789

"Here is my Creed. I believe in one God, the Creator of the Universe. That He governs it by His Providence. That He ought to be worshipped. 

That the most acceptable service we render to Him is in doing good to His other Children. That the soul of Man is immortal, and will be treated with Justice in another Life respecting its conduct in this. These I take to be the fundamental points in all sound Religion, and I regard them as you do in whatever Sect I meet with them. 

As to Jesus of Nazareth, my Opinion of whom you particularly desire, I think the System of Morals and his Religion, as he left them to us, is the best the World ever saw, or is likely to see." - Letter to Ezra Stiles, President of Yale University, March 9, 1790

"THE BODY of BENJAMIN FRANKLIN Printer, Like the cover of an old book, Its contents torn out, And stripped of its lettering and gilding Lies here, food for worms; Yet the work itself shall not be lost, For it will (as he believed) appear once more, In a new, And more beautiful edition, Corrected and amended By the AUTHOR" - His self-written Epitaph, April 17, 1790


This is the electronic edition of the the first Masonic book printed in America, which was originally produced and printed in Philadelphia by Benjamin Franklin in 1734, and was a reprint of a work by James Anderson (who is identified as the author in an appendix) printed in London in 1723. This is the seminal work of American Masonry, edited and published by one of the founding fathers, and of great importance to the development of colonial society and the formation of the Republic. The work contains a 40-page history of Masonry: from Adam to the reign of King George I, including, among others, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Solomon, Hiram Abif, Nebuchadnezzar, Augustus Caesar, Vitruvius, King Athelstan the Saxon, Inigo Jones, and James I of England. It is a celebration of the science of Geometry and the Royal Art of Architecture.

History, Charges, Regulations, &c.
of that most Ancient and Right
Worshipful FRATERNITY.
For the Use of the L O D G E S .
LONDON Printed; Anno 5723.
Re-printed in Philadelphia by special Order, for the Use
of the Brethren in NORTH-AMERICA.
In the Year of Masonry 5734, Anno Domini 1734.

The INHUMANITY of Late Term Abortion (Infanticide)

Mike Corthell, Editor & Publisher

The employee assigned to take note of medical history reassured the woman, “We never had that for ages” (a seeming admission that a baby did survive abortion at the clinic at least once) but that should “it” “survive this,” “They would still have to put it in like a jar, a container, with solution, and send it to the lab. . . . We don’t just throw it out in the garbage.”Oh, and this innocuous-sounding “solution” was, of course, a toxic substance suitable for killing an infant.“Like, what if it was twitching?” asked the pregnant woman.“The solution will make it stop,” said the clinic employee. “That’s the whole purpose of the solution . . . It will automatically stop. It won’t be able to breathe anymore.”

Late-Term Abortion Industry Worker: We Do These Procedures “All the Time”

Live Action has released yet another shocking video taking you behind-the-scenes into America’s million dollar abortion industry. (An industry, incidentally, President Obama defended and literally blessed a few nights ago). Lila Rose, a pro-life activist and president of the organization, said on Twitter that this is the “most shocking, heartrending footage we’ve captured yet.” And I certainly can’t disagree. I can personally attest that this clip is almost impossible to watch without averting one’s eyes or looking away. The degree to which these abortion clinic workers caught on camera will use euphemism and other tactics to rationalize what they do is, as Live Action notes, inhuman.
Needless to say, this video confirms once again what everybody already knows -- namely, that abortion in America is anything but “safe, legal, and rare.” These kinds of late-term “procedures” are, in fact, as common as the cold, and kudos to the activists working with Live Action for bringing these horrifying details to light. MORE>>>

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Blood Red: The True Color of Barack Obama (the added value transcript of the president's speech to Planned Parenthood)

Mike Corthell, Editor & Publisher

PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Hello, everybody!  (Applause.)  Thank you.  Thank you!  (Applause.)  All right, everybody have a seat.  Have a seat.  You're making me blush.  (Laughter.)


THE PRESIDENT:  I love you back.  Thank you.  (Applause.)
Cecile, thank you for the warm introduction, and thank you for the outstanding leadership that you've shown over the years. You just do a great, great job.  (Applause.)  I want to thank all of you for the remarkable work that you’re doing day in, day out in providing quality health care to women all across America.  You are somebody that women — young women, old women, women in between — count on for so many important services.  And we are truly grateful to you.
I'm sorry that I could not be at the party yesterday.  I understand it was a little wild.  (Laughter.)  That's what I heard.  But as all of you know, obviously, we've gone through a pretty tough week and a half, and I was down in Texas, letting the people of West, Texas know that we all love them and care about them in their time of grieving.  (Applause.) 
But obviously this is a special national conference, because it’s been nearly a hundred years since the first health clinic of what later would become Planned Parenthood opened its doors to women in Brooklyn.  And for nearly a century now, one core principle has guided everything all of you do — that women should be allowed to make their own decisions about their own health.  (Applause.)  It’s a simple principle. 
So what I see in this audience, extraordinary doctors and nurses, and advocates and staff who work tirelessly to keep the doors at health centers[aka abortion clinics] all across the country going, then I'm reminded of those very early efforts and all the strides that we've made in subsequent decades.  And I also think about the millions of mothers and daughters and wives and sisters, friends and neighbors who walk through those doors every year.

Somewhere there’s a woman who just received a new lease on life because of a screening that you provided that helped catch her cancer in time.  Somewhere there’s a woman who’s breathing easier today because of the support and counseling she got at her local Planned Parenthood health clinic.  Somewhere there’s a young woman starting a career who, because of you, is able to decide for herself when she wants to start a family.  (Applause.) 

One in five women in this country has turned to Planned Parenthood for health care.  One in five.  (Applause.)  And for many, Planned Parenthood is their primary source of health care  — not just for contraceptive care, but for lifesaving preventive care, like cancer screenings and health counseling.

So when politicians try to turned Planned Parenthood into a punching bag, they’re not just talking about you; they’re talking about the millions of women who you serve.  And when they talk about cutting off your funding, let’s be clear:  They’re talking about telling many of those women, you’re on your own.  They’re talking about shutting those women out at a time when they may need it most — shutting off communities that need more health care options[abortions included] for women, not less.  (Applause.)

So the fact is, after decades of progress, there’s still those who want to turn back the clock to policies more suited to the 1950s than the 21st century.  And they've been involved in an orchestrated and historic effort to roll back basic rights when it comes to women’s health[abortion]. Access to a woman’s right to choose — laws that would make it harder for women to get the contraceptive care [and abortions]that they need; laws that would cut off access to cancer screenings and end educational programs that help prevent teen pregnancy.

In North Dakota, they just passed a law that outlaws your right to choose, starting as early as six weeks, even if a woman is raped.  A woman may not even know that she’s pregnant at six weeks.  In Mississippi, a ballot initiative was put forward that could not only have outlawed your right to choose, but could have had all sorts of other far-reaching consequences like cutting off fertility treatments, making certain forms of contraception a crime.

That’s absurd.  It’s wrong.  It’s an assault on women’s rights.  And that’s why when the people of Mississippi were given a chance to vote on that initiative, they turned it down.  

(Applause.)  Mississippi is a conservative state, but they wanted to make clear there’s nothing conservative about the government injecting itself[hypocrisy?] into decisions best made between a woman and her doctor.  And folks are trying to do this all across the country.

When you read about some of these laws, you want to check the calendar; you want to make sure you’re still living in 2013. (Laughter.)

Forty years after the Supreme Court affirmed a woman’s constitutional right to privacy, including the right to choose, we shouldn't have to remind people that when it comes to a woman’s health, no politician should get to decide what’s best for you.  No insurer should get to decide what kind of care that you get.  The only person who should get to make decisions about your health is you.[mandatory healthcare? Hypocrisy again?  (Applause.)  That’s why we fought so hard to make health care reform a reality.[Duplicitous]  (Applause.)

That principle is at the heart of the Affordable Care Act.  Because of the ACA, most insurance plans are now covering the cost of contraceptive care, so that a working mom doesn't have to put off the care she needs just so she can pay her bills on time. Because of the Affordable Care Act, 47 million women have new access to preventive care like mammograms and cancer screenings with no copay, no deductible, no out-of-pocket costs, so they don’t have to put off a mammogram just because money is tight.  Because of the Affordable Care Act, young people under the age of 26 can now stay on their parent’s health care plan.

And insurance companies soon will no longer be able to deny you coverage based on preexisting conditions like breast cancer, or charge you more just because you are a woman.  Those days are ending.  (Applause.)  Those days are ending.  (Applause.)

Now, I know how hard you worked to help us pass health care reform.  You and your supporters got out there — you organized; you mobilized; you made your voices heard.  It made all the difference.  But here’s the thing — if Americans don’t know how to access the new benefits and protections that they’re going to receive as we implement this law, then health care reform won’t make much of a difference in their lives.

So I’m here to also ask for your help, because we need to get the word out.  We need you to tell your patients, your friends, your neighbors, your family members what the health care law means for them.  Make sure they know that if they don’t have health insurance, they’ll be able to sign up for quality, affordable insurance starting this fall in an online marketplace where private insurers will compete for their business.  Make sure that they know that there are plans out there right now that cover the cost of contraceptive and preventive care free of charge.

We've got to spread the word, particularly among women, particularly among young women, who are the ones who are most likely to benefit from these laws.  We need all the women who come through your doors telling their children, their husbands, and the folks in their neighborhoods about their health care options.  We need all the college students who come through your doors to call up their friends and post on Facebook talking about the protections and benefits that are kicking in.

And you are all in a unique position to deliver that message, because the women you serve know you and they trust you. And the reason for that is that you haven’t let them down before.

As Cecile described, Planned Parenthood as the only organization that she’s ever been at where there are opponents who, in her words, “literally got up every day trying to figure out how to keep us from doing our work.”[preventing murder?]  Now, if she had worked in the administration — (laughter and applause) — she’d be more familiar with this phenomenon.  (Laughter and applause.)  But when it comes to your patients, you never let them down — no matter what..
And that’s because you never forget who this is all about.  This is about a woman from Chicago named Courtney who has a disease that can leave women infertile.  So in college, she turned to Planned Parenthood for access to affordable contraceptive care to keep her healthy.  You didn’t just help her plan for a family; you made sure she could start one.  And today, she's got two beautiful kids.  That’s what Planned Parenthood is about.  (Applause.)

This is about a woman in Washington State named Joyce who for years could only afford health care at her local Planned Parenthood clinic.  And heeding your advice, she never missed her annual exam.  During one of them, your doctors helped catch an aggressive form of cervical cancer early enough to save her life. Today, she's been cancer-free for 25 years.  (Applause.)

So every day, in every state, in ever center that Planned Parenthood operates, there are stories like those — lives you've saved, women you've empowered, families that you've strengthened. That’s why, no matter how great the challenge, no matter how fierce the opposition, if there’s one thing the past few years have shown, it's that Planned Parenthood is not going anywhere.  It's not going anywhere today.  It's not going anywhere tomorrow. (Applause.)
As long as we've got to fight to make sure women have access to quality, affordable health care, and as long as we've got to fight to protect a woman's right to make her own choices about her own health, I want you to know that you've also got a President who's going to be right there with you fighting every step of the way.  (Applause.)

Thank you, Planned Parenthood.  God bless you.  God bless America.  Thank you.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Fryeburg to Celebrate 250th Birthday

April 2013

Main Street Fryeburg 1906

Fryeburg Business Association is celebrating Fryeburg’s 250th Birthday with a summer long party of fun and community activities starting Memorial Day Weekend and going through Labor Day Weekend. If you are planning an activity or event this summer in Fryeburg that is open to the public, we want to add you to our marketing campaign and celebration. Together we can create an awareness of all the fun things going on in our community and make it an exciting Birthday Party that lasts all summer long.
Just send Fryeburg Business Association all the information on your event. 
Whether its a yard sale, church fair, car show, dance benefit, craft & arts festival, sock hop, farmers market, or fundraiser event - we want to know all the details. Just email your information to FBA@fryeburgbusiness.com with your contact info as well as the details and time of your activity and we will put you on the summer calendar of celebration. We need your information ASAP. We will be printing posters and brochures as well as marketing through the media all summer long so we would need your information by May 15th if you wish to get on the first printing. Of course you can add your event anytime over the summer but for the best exposure, earlier is better than later! If you have any questions or would like to volunteer to help with the planning and execution of the Birthday Celebration please call Donna Woodward at 207 441-8170 or Holly Foster at 207 935-2915. 
Anyone planning a yard sale for Memorial Weekend, May 25-27th? Get into the GIANT town wide Yard Sale promotion and map by calling Holly Foster at 207 935-2915. Fryeburg Business Association will create a listing on locations, dates, and times and distribute them at the visitors center and local stores as well as advertise through the media outlets, bringing people from all over Mount Washington Valley and Western Maine to Fryeburg for their recycled treasure hunting. Submission deadline is May 17th.

So join the Fryeburg Business Association and celebrate Fryeburg’s 250th Birthday this summer. Share your planned event and FBA will help advertise the date on a poster of events and in the newspapers. Together we can create awareness of all the fun things Fryeburg has to offer and make it an exciting Birthday Celebration all summer long. Return your event information to FBA , PO Box 654, Fryeburg, Maine 04037 or email to FBA@FryeburgBusiness.com. For more information call Donna or Holly. Thank you for your support and helping to make Fryeburg a great place to live, work, and play.

Donna Woodward
Fryeburg Business Association
207 441-8170

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

SAY WHAT? Obama, Islam and Planned Parenthood

For the sake of “hope and change” Obama found it convenient to say he is Christian. Obama would have better represented himself in the eyes of America if he was honest about his faith because lying about one’s religion is major deception and is not the everyday policy lies of politicians. The only religion on earth that advises its followers to lie about being a Muslim in a majority non-Muslim country is Islam. That adds to the suspicion about Obama, his faith and why he favors Islam so much. Lying for the purpose of jihad in Islam is also not only allowed, but an obligation to be proud of and a means to blame the enemies of Islam for one’s lies. Shariah law states: “Lying is obligatory if the purpose is obligatory.” Incidentally, Obama never criticizes Shariah and has people in his administration that defend Shariah. All of that take us to the same direction; why is Obama acting so much in favor of Islam?

 - Nonie Darwish is the author of “Cruel and Unusual Punishment” and “The Devil We Don’t Know” and president of Former Muslims United.

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President Obama is the keynote speaker at Planned Parenthood AGAIN... He Loves them, even though a Planned Parenthood abortion doctor, Kermit Gosnell is set to be convicted of post-abortion, live birth murder.

President Obama is delaying his speech to Planned Parenthood by a day in order to attend a Thursday memorial service for the victims of last week's fertilizer plan explosion in Texas, officials said Wednesday. Initially scheduled for Thursday night, the president's remarks to Planned Parenthood have now been re-scheduled for Friday morning, April 26, 2013.

Fryeburg Should Keep Police Department by Mike Corthell

Update: Most Residents at Public Hearing
 What to Keep Police Department

In Bethel, just north of Fryeburg in Oxford County, 104 people did vote to disband the force edging out the 89 people who voted to keep the department. Patrol duties were handed over to the Oxford County Sheriff's Department on July 1, 2010. The opinions in town regarding the success of this new arraignment are mixed.

The idea of town government contracting with the county sheriff department isn't uncommon in America. San Luis, the oldest community in Colorado fired its entire police force to save money. Around the country other towns, a few large and some small, are also disbanding their police departments. The Los Angeles suburb of Maywood, Calif., terminated all of its police officers. In Fallowfield, Pa., voters also fired their police department. These towns have been turning law enforcement over to county sheriffs, a decision that Jim Pasco of the National Fraternal Order of Police, called "penny-wise and pound foolish." "The absolute threshold responsibility of a government at any level is to ensure the safety of its citizens," he said, adding that local police officers are more effective because they "know the town, know the people and know the nuances."

And I couldn't agree more. But it's not only that the local police officers know the town, its citizens and it's nuances, it is that we, the voters, should supervise and protect our own town. Why would we want to give up control of any part of our town's government?

All levels of government enjoy, in our country, a high level of sovereignty. The rights and responsibilities of national, state, county and municipalities are clearly defined and delineated within three distinct branches – executive, legislative and judicial. When America was settled nearly all governmental sovereignty was vested at the local level. Over nearly 240 years, this sovereignty has been slowly eroded. Today some say global economic forces and geopolitics are chipping away at our nation's sovereignty but at the local level the voters still maintain democratic control. Let's not go willingly in that direction. We must always remember that at all levels of government the most important and foremost priority is to protect the people and safeguard their rights.

The final issue regarding this proposal is the quality of our police force and its professionalism. This may be at the heart of this contentious matter because perception can be everything and trust is all important. We the people give our police departments a good deal of discretion and we grant them great power. We do not do this lightly. To do this requires a good amount of trust and confidence in the department.

Last fall Town Manager Sharon Jackson received an anonymous letter accusing three Fryeburg police officers of impropriety. All three were put on paid administrative leave and a Portland law firm investigated the allegations. All three officers were cleared of any wrong doing but a certain amount of unease and mistrust remained.

The solution to this matter, in a sense, is already in place. All of us can agree that the quality of our schools is of utmost importance, so much so that we have an elected school board to oversee the entire system. The town police department can be of no less importance. The solution to the police department controversy — the mistrust, the expense and the prime responsibility of government to protect the public will be solved if we do this; create a three-member, elected police commission to supervise the administration of the Fryeburg Police Department. The commission members, being popularly elected will be accountable to the citizens and have budgetary control.

We can view this as a compromise if you like. I believe it is, because we can save money by electing a responsible commission who will be responsive and diligent plus keep direct, local control of this vital piece of town government.

Let's not be "penny-wise and pound foolish" or "throw the baby out with the bath water." Keep the department, fix it and make it a better organization by having the proper oversight.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Food & Water Watch, Green Peace Partner in Global Warming Propaganda





''Do you remember President Obama's promise to lead on climate change during his inaugural address? His words may have been eloquent, but his actions paint a drastically different picture. From promoting fracking to nominating gas industry cheerleader Ernest Moniz for energy secretary, President Obama has shown that he's not ready to take real action to stop climate change.


Our job is to keep the pressure on for real solutions, and we've partnered up with our allies at Greenpeace to ask him to do just that by rejecting the environmental calamity known as the Keystone XL Pipeline. Will you join our friends at Greenpeace and submit a public comment asking President Obama to say NO to the dirty Keystone XL Pipeline project?
This could be our last chance to submit a comment to the President before he must make a final decision on whether or not he will approve this pipeline. As you probably know, if the Keystone pipeline is approved, it could spell climate disaster not just for our country, but for the whole planet. Food & Water Watch is proud to stand with Greenpeace and demand that President Obama take real action to stop climate change — will you stand with them too and submit your comment today?'' 
Sarah AlexanderDeputy Organizing DirectorFood & Water Watch

FRYEBURG, Maine - Law Enforcement Options to Be Discussed May 2, 2013

    Saturday April 20, 2013

My fellow Fryeburg residents,

I'm writing an opinion piece for the Conway Daily Sun this week, ahead of the May 2nd public hearing on the the fate of law enforcement coverage for our town. I would like to hear as many of your opinions as possible. This proposed change could be good for us or very bad for the town. Please take the time to call or email me.

Below you will find the Oxford County Sheriff's Office and the Fryeburg Police Department law enforcement proposals.

As you look over these two competing proposals, the four issues I suggest that we all keep in mind are - Quality of Service, Relative Costs, Supervision and Self - Governance. 

I am looking forward to discussing this important matter with you.


Mike Corthell



The Selectmen will hold a Public Hearing Thursday, May 2nd at 6 pm at the Fryeburg Fire Station on Main Street to hear information and take questions and comments on the options between maintaining the Fryeburg Police Department and contracting with the Oxford County Sheriff Department to provide law enforcement coverage for the Town of Fryeburg. 

Representatives from the Fryeburg Police Department and the Sheriff’s Department will be at the hearing to answer any questions. Information about the proposals will be available at the town office or can be viewed on the town website at www.fryeburgmaine.org. 

Oxford County Proposal

Oxford County Sheriff’s Office agrees to provide 4 Maine Criminal Justice Academy graduate deputies. The deputies will provide police protection to the Town of Fryeburg 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Police Protection and Additional Services Include:

  •  Patrolling the Town of Fryeburg.
  •  Responding to citizen’s calls for aid.
  •  Responding to complaints.
  •  Enforcing state statutes and local ordinances.
  •  Rendering assistance in emergencies.
  •  Exercising the statutory and common-law powers and duties of a Sheriff for the benefit of the Town.
  •  Patrolling the Saco River during the summer weekend months.
  •  Providing traffic control during Fryeburg Fair week.
  •  Providing a monthly written report of activities.
  •  Sending a representative to Board of Selectmen meetings as requested.
  •  Periodic meetings with the Town Manager, as requested.
  •  Reports of all complaints received against deputies; as well as the County’s response to those complaints.o Providing assistance to Town staff when needed; code enforcement, health officer, etc.
  •  Lowering and raising the flags as ordered by the Governor.
  •  Providing coverage at town school functions, parades and festivals at no additional cost.

Deputies assigned to Fryeburg:

  •  Deputies assigned to Fryeburg may leave the Town limits in order to respond to emergencies, but shall return to the Town as soon as possible.
  •  The County shall consult with the Town prior to the permanent assignment of any deputy to Fryeburg or any re-assignment of a deputy from Fryeburg.
  •  The County shall consider qualified Fryeburg Police Officers for the 4 deputy positions, after they have applied for the positions by completing the required applications and tests.
  •  Oxford County shall issue all equipment to be used by deputies in the official conduct of their duties.
  • The Town shall sell to Oxford County the 2 police cruisers the Town currently owns for consideration of $1.00.
  • If, at any time, the Town decides not to renew the contract, Oxford County shall sell to the Town 2 police. cruisers comparable to those previously sold for $1.00.
  • Vehicles shall be marked “Oxford County Sheriff’s Office”.
  • The preceding services shall be provided for 3 years, with a renewal option of 3 – 5 years.

Fryeburg Police Department

The Town of Fryeburg employs 1 Police Chief; 1 Lieutenant; 4 full-time Patrol Officers; and a staff of 10 active Reserve Officers.

The Chief, Lieutenant, and 3 full-time Patrol Officers are Maine Criminal Justice Academy Graduates.

Full-time officers can work full-time for 1 year, but must be enrolled at the Academy within that year.

One Patrol Officer will be schedule to attend the Academy in August.

Reserve officers can only work 1,040 hours per year and are not required to be an Academy graduate.The officers provide police protection to the Town of Fryeburg 24 manned hours a day, 7 days a week.

Police Protection and Additional Services Include:

  •  Patrolling the Town of Fryeburg.
  •  Responding to citizen’s calls for aid.
  •  Responding to criminal and civil complaints.
  •  Providing assistance to other agencies including fire, rescue, state, county, federal, and out of state, which may require leaving the Town limits due to mutual aid. 
  •  Enforcing state statutes and local ordinances.
  •  Rendering assistance in emergencies.
  •  Patrolling the Saco River during the summer weekend month.
  •  Providing traffic control during Fryeburg Fair week.
  •  Providing bicycle patrol in the village during festivals, part events, and during the school year.
  •  Open and close town parks.
  •  Assists elderly call programs, provides education to civic groups, provide bicycle helmet fittings.


Fryeburg’s Police fiscal year budget July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013                   $506,213
County Sheriff / Fryeburg Police 

  •  Year 1, FY14 $469,060 / $538,436
  •  Year 2, FY15 $408,592 / $529,740
  •  Year 3, FY16 $408,592 / $541,898
The above costs are separate from Fryeburg’s portion of the annual county tax, currently assessed at $276,525.

Original PDF: http://www.fryeburgmaine.org/images/Public_Hearing_Notice_May_2.pdf