Foothills PT - July 2018

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FROM THE DESK OF

Tom Thoman

A little about us …

Foothills Physical Therapy was established in Cornish in 2006 and is co-owned by Tom, Jim, and Hayes, who are also physical therapists. After hearing about people having to drive an hour or more for their physical therapy rehabilitation needs, we felt that we could fill this missing piece of this wonderful community. We started small but grew quickly and within a year purchased the “Bag Lady” building off of Main Street. With a little TLC, we were able to transform the original “Exhibition” building into a physical therapy clinic. We also made some enhancements to the attached post and beam structure and turned it into a beautiful gym that is open to the public. Over the past 12 years, we have continued to grow and become an integral part of the community, serving all the physical therapy needs of Cornish and the surrounding communities. We have developed strong relationships with our patients and love to hear about all the “local news.” Please stop by for a visit — even if you have been here before — just to say hi, get a tour of our facility, and to let us know how you are feeling!

WE HOLDTHESETRUTHSTOBE SELF-EVIDENT T he S tory of the D eclaration of I ndependence

Every American knows that the Fourth of July commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 — it’s also called Independence Day, after all. The story behind the document, however, gets less attention than it deserves. It’s a fascinating tale, culminating with the birth of the United States of America as we know it.

The Road to Declaration

Even after the early battles of the American Revolution, which began in earnest during April of 1775, it was unclear what shape the rebellion would take. At that point, independence was still far from certain. As the Second Continental Congress convened in Philadelphia in May of that year, two groups formed around polar opinions. “The fundamental issue between them was were they fighting for their rights as Englishmen within the British Empire, or were they going to fight for independence?” says historian Richard Slotkin. It was not an easy choice, and both sides held passionate opinions. As the calendar changed to 1776, those in favor of breaking from King George III began to gain momentum. The growth of the revolutionary movement had a number of causes, but two in particular stand out. In late 1775, King George III spoke to Parliament with the goal of enlarging the Royal Army and Navy to quash the rebellion. He went so far as to solicit help from foreign mercenaries. Word of this decision reached the colonies in January 1776, making reconciliation seem less likely than ever before. During the same month, Thomas Paine published his famous pamphlet “Common Sense,” which advocated for outright independence. “The custom of all Courts is against us, and will be so, until by an independence we take rank with other nations,” Paine wrote. “Common

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