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Oyez, oyez, oyez! Town criers shout to be heard

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Bill Joseph dressed as a town crier, with his wife Alma as his escort, at the Battle of Bound Brook reenactment in New Jersey in 2001. (Photo courtesy of Bill Joseph)

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Oyez, oyez, oyez, the end is not near. The town crier, the precursor of newspapers, offers more than a history lesson, and they're still alive and kicking--or in their case, crying.


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