Bear News Beartown News

APRIL 1, 2001

The first of April, some do say
Is set apart for ALL FOOL'S DAY
But why the people call it so
Nor I, nor they themselves, do know.
Poor Robin's Almanac, 1760

In English speaking countries, men, women, and children play harmless jokes on April first. The victim is called an April Fool. The observance originated in France after the adoption of a reformed calendar by Charles IX in 1564. France was the first nation to adopt this new calendar. Before then, the New Year celebration began March 21 and ended April 1.
When New Year's Day was changed to January 1, some people still celebrated it April 1. These people became known as April fools. The custom of fooling friends and relatives on that day became popular in France and spread to other countries. It was widespread in England by the 1600's. In France the victim was called an April Fish; and in Scotland, an April Gowk.

Are you ready for April? It is the month where the outside world changes the most. You may still shovel snow and also plow your garden. Green tints appear along with birds and animals that have been absent since fall. Easter is usually in April.

Is the FBI Watching You?

A friend of mine sent the following. I hope you will find it useful.

As someone who was in Law Enforcement for the better part of four decades, I had many suspicions about the extent to which the FBI keeps tabs on people. Recently, I've discovered a web site that reveals if you have ever been investigated by the FBI or, if they have opened a file on you. The site is a result of the Federal Freedom of Information Law. I would suggest that you do not use your SSN when doing a search. It is really not needed for a successful search.
It only takes a few minutes to learn if a file exists on you or any member of your family. It does not reveal the contents of the file.
The FBI has case files on one out of every seven Americans. You may be surprised; there may be one on you. I suggest you check.
Just click here:
FBI Records Search

Hope You had a Good April Fool's Day!!!

Ever wonder what radio station the bears and humans of BEARTOWN listen to while on the internet? Why good old Country Music, of course, on none other than:
Click here for genuine real country.

The purpose of this paper is to report area news, and nothing but the news so help me God, unless I feel like doing something else, which I can do whether you like it or not because it is my paper. You can read it or not, just as you please. But remember, if you don't read an issue you don't know what your missing.


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