End Of An Era: The Howard Johnson’s Restaurant in Lake Placid, New York, owned by the Butler family for 58 years, closed its doors this week. The owners of another local restaurant plan to relocate to the site and open a new restaurant. During the ‘70s there were as many as 1,200 Howard Johnson’s restaurants with their familiar orange roofs, from coast to coast. With the closing of the Lake Placid restaurant this week, just two HoJos remain in business in Lake George, New York and Bangor, Maine. Watch our story by clicking here.
Budget Deal: New York Lawmakers pass a new 142-billion dollar budget, but in the rush to try to beat the midnight Wednesday deadline, many lawmakers were critical of not even having time to read the flurry of last-minute bills before they voted. The budget deal includes a 6% increase in state education funding, and both ethics and education reforms demanded by Governor Cuomo.
Logger Shortage: The budget also includes funding for a new logger training program at Paul Smith’s College to address what pulp and paper mills say is a shortage of skilled loggers.
New Use For Old Mines: A 270-million dollar plan to use abandoned mines in Essex County to generate hydro-power underground is moving forward. A public hearing will be held on the proposed project April 8th at 7pm at Moriah Central School.
Lost Ski Areas: A ski buff, turned author, has spent several years documenting closed ski areas in the Adirondacks that are vanishing into the landscape. To learn more visit nelsap.org. Watch our story by clicking here. Watch our Extended Roundtable interview with Jeremy Davis on the site of a “lost” ski area by clicking here.
Making Tracks: A new trend is catching on for those mountain bikers who just can’t wait for spring. They’re taking to trails on bikes with extra-wide tires made for the snow. Watch Jack LaDuke’s story by clicking here.