Wed October 8, 2014

Roundtable brainstorms ways to prevent Baby Boomer flight

Originally published on Wed October 8, 2014 9:17 am

Associate State Director of AARP Bill Armbruster for Western New York discussing the new Baby Boomer Flight report.

A new AARP report says that nearly half of working Baby Boomers in Erie County could eventually leave New York State, taking $10 billion annually with them. A roundtable discussion was held in Buffalo Tuesday to brainstorm ways to keep the 50+ population in the area.

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Wed August 27, 2014
State Fair

Classic midway prize missing from this year's state fair

Originally published on Wed August 27, 2014 3:08 pm

Nine-year-old Kacen Chigaridis, left, and his brother Kyler, 7, play a game on this midway at the New York State Fair.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

It’s a common procedure at the state fair: step right up and try to win a prize at one of the midway’s many carnival games.

Pop a balloon with a dart; sink a basketball shot; hook a ring around a bottle. Do so, and spend the rest of a day at the fair slinging an oversized plush gorilla over the shoulder, or carrying a stuffed monkey under an arm.

But one game, and an iconic fair prize, is missing this year.

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Mon June 23, 2014

Tunnel, depressed highway are out in plans for new I-81

Zack Seward WXXI

Syracuse looks less likely to go through its own Big Dig, as state highway transportation officials recommend a tunnel or depressed highway are not the best options for a rebuilt Interstate 81 through Syracuse.

Transportation officials have been considering several variations of four root options for a new I-81: a rebuilt viaduct, a street-level boulevard, a tunnel, or sunken roadway.

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Mon June 2, 2014

A personal perspective on National Homeownership Month

Credit flickr

It was the ‘POP’ heard round the world when super inflated housing bubble burst in 2008. Much of the blame was placed on overzealous lenders and irresponsible buyers as housing prices began a steady march, finally bottoming out in 2012.

The Empire State saw its fair share of trouble. In 2011, 345,000 mortgages were either in default or delinquent and the number of underwater homes was even higher.

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Mon May 12, 2014
Mobile Homes

Non-profit assists mobile home owners improve habitability

Dale and Cindy Berberick outside their home.
Credit Matt Martin/WSKG

Mobile homes are often the only affordable housing options for low and moderate-income people in rural communities. But they aren’t built to last and often fall into disrepair. For years, government housing programs haven’t provided much for this segment of the housing stock. A program is underway in Otsego County to improve housing conditions for people living in mobile homes.

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