Without much fanfare, our second cartoon poster has just become available to area residents.
In April, our first cartoon poster of the city of Dunkirk debuted with nearly 100 businesses and organizations. Our most recent poster, the village of Fredonia, is not as large, but is just as nice.
Done by creative artist Sarah Neumeister, the map spotlights a number of village landmarks, streets and shops. Those who participated in the project are listed in an advertisement in today's OBSERVER on Page A6. You can also find Neumeister and her dog in the poster as well.
Besides being able to pick up one of the maps at the OBSERVER offices in Dunkirk, residents also will be able to find the posters at all those businesses that participated in this unique keepsake.
One of the most talked about news items by area leaders over the recent week concerns the NRG Dunkirk Power LLC facility on the waterfront in Dunkirk.
As reported here Sunday, the company has begun mothballing two of the large turbines at the facility on Tuesday. Unfortunately, neither the New York Power Authority nor New York state stepped in to guarantee the purchase of power from the generating station.
What's just as unfortunate was the lack of communication from authority and other state officials to this newspaper. We just did not receive call backs on this issue.
Besides the relocation of 60 jobs from the plant, there also are concerns from the city, its school district and county regarding how much less the entities will be getting as part of the payment in lieu of taxes.
At a time when the state is doing a promotional campaign that claims New York is "Open for Business," no one from the governor's office or the Power Authority seemed to care that a major economic engine for this region would be cutting back.
We do note, however, that NRG's $700 million initiative to upgrade its facility from a coal-burning to natural-gas electricity producer remains on the table. A decision on that plan may come as early as next month.
John D'Agostino is the OBSERVER publisher. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 366-3000, ext. 401.