April Fools prank taken seriously
PARACHUTE – Residents of Parachute and Battlement Mesa are looking forward to some much needed upgrades at the Interstate 70 exit including a stoplight and a pedestrian bridge.However, the plans for the projects to go ahead, even though they may be a good idea, are not going to happen any time soon.”It’s getting to be pretty funny,” said Mary Hokenson. “It was supposed to be a joke but some people thought that it was going to happen.”An article published in The Sun, a monthly publication for Parachute and Battlement Mesa, credited to “Aprilius Foolius,” reported that the town would be getting a stoplight at the exit of I-70 and a pedestrian bridge spanning the Colorado River and the Interstate to provide a safe passageway for people going from one community to the other.Two problems, there is no Aprilius Foolius, and the article came out in the April edition of The Sun.April fools, everyone.”It was believable because we do have a terrible traffic problem down here,” said Holly Klinzman, manager at the Parachute branch of the Garfield County Library District. “People were excited about it, but it all was bogus.”Klinzman said that it just goes to show how people read the newspaper, indicating that apparently some only read the first few paragraphs. But all in all, no damage was done and the joke did accomplish its mission – fooling the residents of the community.”It’s been a lot of fun,” Klinzman said. “I’ve enjoyed it.”Good work Mary, or should we say Aprilius.Contact John Gardner: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.orgPost Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO
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