Betty Beaver unlikely to find a home in upstate New York towns

| 8/9/2005

Residents in Schodack, NY, are protesting a proposal for a new truck stop, but for once, it’s not engine noise or pollution that’s got them angry – it’s the truck stop’s voluptuous mascot.

Countryside Management Corp. wants to open a Betty Beaver’s Truck Stop – a chain that already has half a dozen stores in New York and Vermont – on the site of a former truck stop near exit 12 off of Interstate 90.

According to the Albany Times Union, the townspeople of Schodack are up in arms over Betty, a scantily clad, curvaceous cartoon beaver that adorns the chain’s signs in front of the stop. Dressed in a red, white and blue waitress apron with one hand on her hip, the model – who has a few three-dimensional assets – has caused quite a bit of controversy in the town.

“The ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ wouldn’t stoop that low,” resident Joe Korghage told the Times Union. “It’s not funny at all. It’s lewd and indecent and insulting to women.”

But Vincent Gramuglia, owner of Countryside, told the Times Union that Betty is far more innocent than she is made out to be.

“There is nothing provocative about Betty Beaver,” Gramuglia said. “It’s not as bad as Hooters, and remember that the registered state animal is the beaver and if they all looked like Betty, the woods would be full of hunters.”

This is not the first time Gramuglia has taken heat for his truck stops. In 1990, the New York Supreme Court ruled that, for safety reasons, he had to remove a tractor-trailer that was perched above a truck stop on an old, empty fuel tank as an advertisement.