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Annette and Sherman Craig retired to the Adirondacks, volunteering and forming a woodworking business. Photo: Brian Mann
Annette and Sherman Craig retired to the Adirondacks, volunteering and forming a woodworking business. Photo: Brian Mann

Woodworking and activism in the shadow of a shuttered mill

This summer, North Country Public Radio has been reporting on the final closure of the paper mill in Newton Falls. A Canadian firm has auctioned off the mill's equipment and is looking for a buyer for the land and buildings.

It's an old story in our region, as factories, mines, and mills have closed or moved overseas. One big question for places like southern St. Lawrence County is - what next? What will the next economy look like?

This morning, Brian Mann profiles Sherman and Annette Craig, owners of Wanakena Woodworks.

They're artisan furniture makers and community activists who hope that their kind of investment can help revitalize struggling corners of the Park.  Go to full article
Empire Plaza in Albany.

Corruption commission hears more allegations

The second public hearing held by Governor Cuomo's commission to probe public corruption featured testimony from long time government reform groups. Many brought more evidence that they say shows potential corruption involving money and politics.  Go to full article
New York's Regional Economic Development Council regions. Map: NYS

Development council names priority projects, seeks further funding

Yesterday the North Country's Regional Economic Development Council released its new list of priorities for the next round of funding. It's part of a progress report that gives details on projects already underway, and explains new strategies the council plans to implement as it vies for more state money.  Go to full article
Lauren and Robert Miller, at the farm in Lombardy, Ontario. Photo by Lucy Martin

Work trumps water skiing at Miller's Bay Farm

Lake country west of Perth, Ontario is dotted with a mix of woodland, rural homes and farms. Overlooking Rideau Lake you'll find Miller's Bay Farm Market Garden and Berry...  Go to full article
Artist Marion Bradish in her studio along the St. Regis.  Photo:  Todd Moe

Marion Bradish: a creative urge, a second career

As part of an on-going series, we'll bring you some of the voices of the many folks in the North Country who make a living in their own workshops, basements and spare rooms. ...  Go to full article