Thumbs up to completion of a lengthy project. Restoration of the Busti Grist Mill began in 1971 - and the finished product will be dedicated to the Busti community Sunday. A grand opening and community dedication ceremony will be held starting at 1 p.m. at the mill, 3443 Lawson Road, Busti. The mill has been fully restored to produce flour once again, with proceeds from the mill's flour to go toward the continued operation of the nationally registered historic facility. Congratulations to the hundreds of volunteers who have given their time, money and talents to restore a piece of Busti history.
Thumbs up to Chautauqua Miniatures & 2 Chixx Gift Shopp of Mayville. What started as a small venture between two friends now occupies the 5,000 square foot 1890s brick barn at the The Red Brick Farm, 1 mile north of Chautauqua Institution on Route 394 and is celebrating its 10th anniversary today and Saturday. For more information, visit www.chautauquaminiatures.com.
Thumbs up to new partners continuing a longstanding tradition for families on Jamestown's east side. As Joint Neighborhood Project prepares to close its doors, the camp JNP has hosted could have closed with it. Instead, the camp will be hosted by the Jamestown Family YMCA at the former JNP summer camp location at Immanuel Lutheran Church and the Eastside YMCA. Thumbs up to the YMCA for continuing the camp.
Thumbs down to another year of meager economic growth in New York state. According to a U.S. Commerce Dept. report, the state ranked 37th in the nation in economic growth in 2012, growing its gross domestic product at a rate of 1.3 percent. The national growth rate was 2.5 percent. Such sluggish growth is just the latest sign that development initiatives at all levels of government aren't working as well as promised and that taxes are still too high to entice developers to create jobs in New York.