Reports from the Gazette Archives 01.29.00
To Our Town' reads
the plain brown sign at the end of main street. This town is like so many others
that welcome visitors with open arms.
like the State of Jefferson that once had a sign stating 'Enjoy Your Visit, Then
Go Home'. At least that is the rumor, no one this reporter knows of ever saw such
a sign. No photos of such a sign have ever been discovered.
commonly heard opinion voiced at many of the local Inns and diners, 'The people
here are so helpful and friendly.' The visitors came about formulating this opinion
most likely after stopping at the local service station, staying here overnight
or enjoying a home cooked meal.
visitors have left, few ever stay behind for a long period of time. Cult leaders
have settled here only to leave after a few years. Major employers do keep the
help busy. Their comings and goings are barely noticed by the locals. But once
in awhile someone stays and tries to stir up the town into trying something new.
doesn't last for long. The new citizen sees that the old ways are the only way
to survive this little town. They soon find that they must duck for cover or retreat
town is not for the weak hearted or those who can't go along to get along. Once
they have gone underground with their radical ideas of change, their attempts
are not mentioned again, except by those who still want change but are too afraid
to speak out.
people are the shadow citizens of our town, the town we call Bagnell.
city fathers have come upon a revolutionary idea, Truth In Advertising, they have
commissioned a study to see the feasibility of changing the sign at the entrance
new sign will read,
'Welcome To Our Town,
Don't Poke The Bears'.