Massabesic Health Resources - July 2018 • (207) 247-3216 JULY 2018 Massabesic Monthly

FROM THE DESKS OF Jim Stevenson & Hayes Sweeney


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. WE HOLDTHESETRUTHSTO BE SELF-EVIDENT T he S tory of the D eclaration of I ndependence 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 THE ROAD TO DECLARATION

Massabesic Health Resources was established in Waterboro, Maine in 1987 and is co-owned by our own Physical Therapists Jim Stevenson and Hayes Sweeney. We moved to our current location in 2004 due to the high demand of our physical therapy services. We now have a larger warm-water therapeutic pool as well as our fully equipped fitness center open to the general public. Over the past 31 years, we have continued to grow and support our community with all of our services. We appreciate our past and current patients and strive to offer the most up-to-date examinations, treatment techniques, and fitness needs. If you are interested in touring the facility or would like to say hello, feel free to stop by for a visit!

-Jim and Hayes

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