Nonprofit to revitalize historic neon signs in Albuquerque


From KOB4: ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Multiple organizations were awarded grants by Visit Albuquerque to come up with projects to increase tourism in the metro.

Now, one nonprofit is working on bringing new life to some of Albuquerque’s neglected yet iconic signs.

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Historic Jantzen Beach carousel finds new home in The Dalles


Jantzen Beach carousel in its heyday. Courtesy Barbara Fahs Charles Collection. C.W. Parker Archives

From After more than a decade in storage, the historic Jantzen Beach Carousel has found a new home in The Dalles.

The 95-year-old carousel has been stuck on Restore Oregon’s list of most endangered places since 2012 when Jantzen Beach Mall closed.

Finding the carousel a new home has proved difficult. It will be expensive to restore — about $4 million — and it needs an entire building in which to operate.

But Stephanie Brown with Restore Oregon said the National Neon Sign Museum in The Dalles is a good fit.

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Winnie the Witch, 47-year-old Saint James roadside attraction, to get facelift

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From News12 Long Island: Winnie the Witch, a 30-foot-tall roadside attraction on North Country Road in Saint James, has seen better days.The statue was first built in 1976 to attract visitors to Wick’s Farm & Garden. Time and weather have taken their toll, causing Winnie to slowly fall apart.

Now, thanks to a crowdfunding effort, the old witch is getting a much-needed facelift.

Coca-Cola ‘ghost sign’ resurrected on Charlottesville Downtown Mall


Decorations were in Coke’s trademark red and white for the unveiling of a recently rehabilitated Coca-Cola advertisement. CAL CARY, THE DAILY PROGRESS

From The Daily Progress: The sound of live music reverberated down Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall on Friday drawing a crowd attracted to all the commotion.

Upon rounding the corner at the Second Street crossing by Oyster House Antiques, guests were greeted with tables draped with red and white checkered cloths, decked out with Coke floats and, above it all, a recently rehabilitated 130-year-old Coca-Cola advertisement.

In its completed form it looks unfinished, but that was the whole point.

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Historic Auburn diner with ties to Joe Biden to be relocated from perch over Owasco River


The Hunter Dinerant in Auburn, a rail-car style diner overlooking the Owasco River. The Post-Standard

From Auburn, N.Y. — A landmark rail-car diner that has sat perched over the Owasco River in downtown Auburn since 1951 will need to be relocated due to safety concerns.

The Hunter Dinerant, which closed for business on Dec. 31, was seized by the city of Auburn for back taxes in May. But city officials have determined it is at risk if there were to be a breach in the city-owned dam upriver from its location at the point where Genesee Street (Route 20) crosses the river

The Mill Street Dam, about a quarter mile upriver from the diner, is not in bad condition, according to Seth Jensen, Auburn’s director of utilities. But any break in the dam could pose a serious threat to the property and any people who might be inside, he said.

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