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Self-portraits by Cindy Levean (above) and Ray Thibault (below) are a part of the exhibit in Massena.
Self-portraits by Cindy Levean (above) and Ray Thibault (below) are a part of the exhibit in Massena.

Portraits of blue-collar life & loss in Massena

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2007 was a roller coaster year for Massena. It ended with the security of knowing Alcoa will keep almost 1,000 jobs in the company town. But in May, hundreds of people's lives were turned upside-down. General Motors announced it will close its plant there, laying off about 500 workers. A new art project aims to make those people more than statistics in the global shift of manufacturing. A half dozen workers and family members used photography and journaling to tell their stories as their lives change forever. Their exhibit is up at the local union hall in Massena through January 17th. David Sommerstein reports.

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