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Brian Miller and Randy Gosa, from their cd <i>The Falling of the Pine</i>.  Photo:  Brian Miller
Brian Miller and Randy Gosa, from their cd The Falling of the Pine. Photo: Brian Miller

How traditional tunes connect the northeast to the midwest

A musician and folklorist from Minnesota is researching lumber camp songs and traditional music from Maine, throughout the North Country and to the north woods of the midwest.

Brian Miller grew up in the logging town of Bemidji, Minnesota. "In the shadow of the Paul Bunyan statue," he says. His research into 19th century lumber camp and Irish-American music has included singer Michael Dean, who was born and raised in St. Lawrence County.

Miller recently uncovered some of Dean's recordings (made back in the 1920s at Dean's sister's home in Canton) in the Library of Congress archives. The recordings had been lost for decades.

Todd Moe spoke with Miller about how these lost-and-found traditional songs can connect history, culture and regions.  Go to full article
Marjorie Lansing Porter.  Photo: TAUNY
Marjorie Lansing Porter. Photo: TAUNY

Saving the long-forgotten songs of the North Country

Traditional Arts in Upstate New York is spearheading a collaboration on a ground-breaking project to showcase and raise awareness of the folk music of the Adirondack North Country. Todd Moe talks with TAUNY director Jill Breit about the "Songs to Keep" project, and Champlain Valley historian Marjorie Lansing Porter's work to preserve the music of lumber camps and iron mines.  Go to full article
John Martin in the main woodworking shop.
John Martin in the main woodworking shop.

How it works: a tour of the Croghan Island Mill

At one time, there were four mills located at the Croghan Dam, on each side of the Beaver River. John Martin is owner and operator of the last remaining, the Croghan Island Mill.

He specializes in custom windows and doors...things you can't get at Lowe's or Home Depot.
Up until the stop logs were removed from the dam, Martin's machinery was powered by water, which drove pulleys and belts in the historic mill. He's had to rely on electricty since then, but he's had to cut back.

Martin's glad the dam has been reclassified as a lower risk. "Hopefully we can go back to water power," he said, and "business will pick back up and I can get back to normal life again."
Martin gave David Sommerstein a tour of the mill a year ago.

Martin says his father bought the mill from Lehman & Zehr, the original owners, in 1969.  Go to full article
Croghan Island Mill owner John Martin
Croghan Island Mill owner John Martin

Tour the Croghan Island Mill

David Sommerstein spent some more time with John Martin, the owner and operator of the Croghan Island Mill, and went on a tour. Martin specializes in custom windows and doors...things you can't get at Lowe's or Home Depot.

Martin says his father bought the mill from Lehman & Zehr, the original owners, in 1969.  Go to full article
Eldon Lindsay
Eldon Lindsay

All work and no play...

Eldon Lindsay farms about 500 acres not far from Canada's capital, Ottawa. Like most long-time farmers, he's part mechanic, part crop farmer, part herdsman. And now, part sawyer. He's breaking up his days with a new band saw mill, turning fallen trees and a few select picks into custom-cut lumber. Ottawa correspondent Lucy Martin followed a gravel road to a driveway marked by a mailbox, flag, flowers in full bloom, and a sign that reads "4-H Leader lives here." She sent this postcard.  Go to full article

After 27 years, Potsdam lumber mill shuts down

Potsdam Hardwoods has shut its doors. The lumber mill opened 27 years ago. But rising costs, and foreign competition, have forced the mill's Canadian owners to consolidate. Gregory Warner has more.  Go to full article

Will Katrina Ease Lumber Trade War?

Hurricane Katrina may be able to do what years of squabbling, negotiations and trade panel rulings have failed to do--lift the duties on imports of Canadian softwood lumber to the U.S. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Dan Karpenchuk explains.  Go to full article

For New Lisbon Chipboard Mill, One Step Closer

Lisbon residents are one step closer to seeing a new chipboard manufacturing plant in their town. A Canadian lumber company announced it intends to build the plant. They would purchase the rights from Chatham Forest, which won its permit last December, after a 5-year battle with environmental groups.  Go to full article

Timber Dispute Heats Up: Canada To Lobby Against U-S Tariffs

Canada announced yesterday that it will launch a fifteen million dollar public relations campaign to fight lumber tariffs imposed last week by the U-S government. The tariffs are part of a growing trade dispute between timber industries in the two countries. North Country Public Radio's Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

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