Archive for Friday, October 12, 2007

Town’s welcome signs actually show Vermont

October 12, 2007


— A graphic goof on signs welcoming travelers has this upstate community facing an identity crisis.

That's because the "Welcome to Malone" signs feature a bucolic image of the New England countryside, not northern New York.

Town supervisor Howard Maneely said a Vermont resident who was passing through happened to recognize the Green Mountain State's scenery on the signs and alerted Malone officials.

Maneely said the image - a scene of red barns, rolling hills and fall foliage - was actually from a photograph taken at the Jenne Farm outside Woodstock, Vt.

The image was chosen by a committee after a contest that included local schoolchildren and arts groups. It's not clear how the photo, which is available on the Internet, slipped into the competition.

"We paid $5,000 for them five years ago," Maneely said of the signs. "But if the public wants them down, we can see about getting new ones."


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