Here’s what they are going to do.
The “2010 Flood Bulletin” page will debut Sunday, then will publish on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for three weeks. The page will be formatted similar to The Leaf-Chronicle’s current “Leaf Board” page, which will continue to appear on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
“We want to help businesses send a powerful signal to those inside and outside of our communities that they are open or are working quickly to again serve customers,” said Andrew Oppmann, president and publisher of The Leaf-Chronicle.
The page will accommodate up to 40 notices and will be made available to business owners whose operations were severely affected by the flooding. They will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. However, the newspaper will work to ensure every notice appears at least once in print and will try to repeat all notices as many times as possible.
Oppmann said these notices can include messages of support and thanks to customers; information and updates on when businesses are reopening or where they have relocated; and ways for customers to contact them for services or questions. The notices, which in print will resemble notes pinned to a bulletin board, are limited to 30 words or less.