Monday, April 29, 2013

Sewer Extended In Crabapple.


Unless you have been living in a box, you have most likely noticed sewer being extended to four acres in "Historic" Crabapple. This extention is in preperation for the new Milton Library that will replace an old farm house that has been on this corner for 90 plus years.

On a side note, sewer was extended to the New Milton High School in 2005 as well, while removing seven families-many of which had lived in the area for over three decades.

Long live "rural character."

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Just Thirty Years Ago...


If you want to see how truly rural North Fulton was a few years back, go to and type in a local road and year.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

PRESS RELEASE – 9 April, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ElectTheRightCandidate.US praises Georgia General Assembly CONSERVATIVES CONTACT: Bert Loftman, Web site: www.ElectTheRightCandidate.US ElectTheRightCandidate.US supports electing public servants who truly believe in foundational principles of the United States and defeating those who do not. We report “letter grades” for Georgia Representatives and Senators based on their votes that either support or oppose: •Individual Liberty - Natural Rights •Free markets •Central Control v. Local Control •Government Size & Taxes The Georgia 2013 legislative session has ended and we offer our congratulations to the following General Assembly members who voted conservative at least forty percent of the time: Georgia House Georgia Senate STEPHEN ALLISON, 8TH Blairsville MIKE CRANE, 28TH Newnan TIMOTHY BARR, 103RD Lawrenceville STEVE GOOCH, 51ST Dahlonega PAULETTE BRADDOCK, 19TH Powder Springs BILL HEATH, 31ST Bremen MICHAEL CALDWELL, 20TH Woodstock WILLIAM LIGON, JR., 3RD Brunswick DAVID CASAS, 107TH Lilburn BARRY LOUDERMILK, 14TH Cassville JEFF CHAPMAN, 167TH Brunswick JOSH CLARK, 98TH Buford KEVIN COOKE, 18TH Carrollton MIKE DUDGEON, 25TH Johns Creek EMORY DUNAHOO, 30TH Gainesville GEOFF DUNCAN, 26TH Cumming DELVIS DUTTON, 157TH Glennville MICAH GRAVLEY, 67TH Douglasville CHARLES GREGORY, 34TH Kennesaw BRETT HARRELL, 106TH Snellville DUSTIN HIGHTOWER, 68TH Carrollton DOUG HOLT, 112TH Social Circle CHUCK MARTIN, 49TH Alpharetta JOHN PEZOLD, 133RD Columbus REGINA QUICK, 117TH Athens ED SETZLER, 35TH Acworth JASON SPENCER, 180TH Woodbine DAVID STOVER, 71st Newnan SAM TEASLEY, 37TH Marietta SCOTT TURNER, 21ST Holly Springs Please return email me if you prefer not to receive an occasional press release.

Monday, April 01, 2013

April Fools' Day: Origin and History.

The uncertain origins of a foolish day.

by David Johnson and Shmuel Ross

April Fools' Day, sometimes called All Fools' Day, is one of the most light-hearted days of the year. Its origins are uncertain. Some see it as a celebration related to the turn of the seasons, while others believe it stems from the adoption of a new calendar.

New Year's Day Moves

Ancient cultures, including those of the Romans and Hindus, celebrated New Year's Day on or around April 1. It closely follows the vernal equinox (March 20th or March 21st.) In medieval times, much of Europe celebrated March 25, the Feast of Annunciation, as the beginning of the new year.

In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII ordered a new calendar (the Gregorian Calendar) to replace the old Julian Calendar. The new calendar called for New Year's Day to be celebrated Jan. 1. That year, France adopted the reformed calendar and shifted New Year's day to Jan. 1. According to a popular explanation, many people either refused to accept the new date, or did not learn about it, and continued to celebrate New Year's Day on April 1. Other people began to make fun of these traditionalists, sending them on "fool's errands" or trying to trick them into believing something false. Eventually, the practice spread throughout Europe.

Problems With This Explanation

There are at least two difficulties with this explanation. The first is that it doesn't fully account for the spread of April Fools' Day to other European countries. The Gregorian calendar was not adopted by England until 1752, for example, but April Fools' Day was already well established there by that point. The second is that we have no direct historical evidence for this explanation, only conjecture, and that conjecture appears to have been made more recently.

Constantine and Kugel

Another explanation of the origins of April Fools' Day was provided by Joseph Boskin, a professor of history at Boston University. He explained that the practice began during the reign of Constantine, when a group of court jesters and fools told the Roman emperor that they could do a better job of running the empire. Constantine, amused, allowed a jester named Kugel to be king for one day. Kugel passed an edict calling for absurdity on that day, and the custom became an annual event.

"In a way," explained Prof. Boskin, "it was a very serious day. In those times fools were really wise men. It was the role of jesters to put things in perspective with humor."

This explanation was brought to the public's attention in an Associated Press article printed by many newspapers in 1983. There was only one catch: Boskin made the whole thing up. It took a couple of weeks for the AP to realize that they'd been victims of an April Fools' joke themselves.

Spring Fever

It is worth noting that many different cultures have had days of foolishness around the start of April, give or take a couple of weeks. The Romans had a festival named Hilaria on March 25, rejoicing in the resurrection of Attis. The Hindu calendar has Holi, and the Jewish calendar has Purim. Perhaps there's something about the time of year, with its turn from winter to spring, that lends itself to lighthearted celebrations.

Observances Around the World

April Fools' Day is observed throughout the Western world. Practices include sending someone on a "fool's errand," looking for things that don't exist; playing pranks; and trying to get people to believe ridiculous things.

The French call April 1 Poisson d'Avril, or "April Fish." French children sometimes tape a picture of a fish on the back of their schoolmates, crying "Poisson d'Avril" when the prank is discovered.

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