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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
The abandoned J&L buildings. Archive Photo of the Day: Dan Denney, Ogdensburg
The abandoned J&L buildings. Archive Photo of the Day: Dan Denney, Ogdensburg

St. Lawrence makes progress towards buying J&L site

St. Lawrence County has gotten a step closer to buying the abandoned property of a former iron ore and steel plant in the southern part of the county. The state will relieve the county of liability for cleaning up oil spills on the former J&L Steel property.  Go to full article
Newton Falls Paper, once the largest employer for miles around. Photo: Mark Kurtz
Newton Falls Paper, once the largest employer for miles around. Photo: Mark Kurtz

What's next for towns like Newton Falls?

This summer, a Canadian company called Scotia Investments has been auctioning off parts of the old Newton Falls paper mill in southern St. Lawrence County.

It's the latest painful chapter for a region of the North Country that has fought for years to maintain some part of its old industrial economy.

Now that the mill is being liquidated, new questions are being asked about what comes next for towns where jobs are scarce and hope is wearing thin.  Go to full article
Archive NCPR Photo of the Day: Dan Denney
Archive NCPR Photo of the Day: Dan Denney

Land auction will end long effort to save Newton Falls mill

Two big chunks of timberland long owned by the Newton Falls Paper Mill in southern St. Lawrence County will be auctioned off Thursday.

The move comes after the company's last owner, Scotia Investments, began dismantling the mill and auctioning its equipment earlier this year.  Go to full article
The mill's closure in Newton Falls raises tough new questions about the economy in southern St. Lawrence County. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83372564@N00/3701986511/in/photolist-6D8DBD-6T2khj-6D8DMc-6QUjhF">J. Stephen Conn</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The mill's closure in Newton Falls raises tough new questions about the economy in southern St. Lawrence County. Photo: J. Stephen Conn, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

As mill is dismantled, tough questions for Clifton-Fine

A company called Scotia Investments has been dismantling the historic paper mill in Netwon Falls in southern St. Lawrence County. It's a devastating final blow to the local economy, following years of efforts to revive the mill.

North Country Public Radio reached out to state officials to find out whether the decision to spend ten million dollars refurbishing the rail line into southern St. Lawrence County will be revisited now that the paper mill in Newton Falls has closed. So far, we've had no answer to that question.

Chris Westbrook heads the Clifton Fine Economic Development Corporation. He's been one of the leaders trying to find new source of jobs and prosperity in his struggling corner of the Adirondack Park.

He spoke in-depth with our Adirondack bureau chief, Brian Mann, about this moment in the community's history and about what comes next.  Go to full article

McHugh addresses milk prices in Canton

North County Congressman John McHugh fielded a range of issues at town hall meetings yesterday in Ogdensburg and Canton. He listened to border concerns and worries over a wind project in Hammond. There was also some talk of new economic potential in Massena and Newton Falls. A group of farmers came for help with near-record low milk prices. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Paper mill exec denied U.S. entry

Last week we reported on an Adirondack artist who was detained at the Canadian border in Maine for having sketches of SUVs in her car. The incident was parodied on The Colbert Report. Now another unusual incident at the border, this time in Massena. The vice-chairman of the revived paper mill in Newton Falls was refused entry into the United States on Tuesday. Customs officers said he was working without a visa, even though he's paid by a Canadian company. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Newton Falls Mill
Newton Falls Mill

Long-idled Newton Falls paper mill to reopen

The new owners of the Newton Falls paper mill say the plant in southern St. Lawrence County will resume production in two weeks. The plant has sat idle for seven years. Yesterday's announcement follows Governor Eliot Spitzer's decision to spend roughly $1.7 million in state funds to help pay for start-up costs. As Brian Mann reports, ninety workers have already been hired on at the mill.  Go to full article

CSX rail plans worry some

Word that rail company CSX might stop serving a stretch of track in the North Country caused concern last week among manufacturers, railroad operators and industrial development agencies. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Newton Falls mill clears EPA hurdle

Federal officials have removed a big stumbling block for the paper mill in Newton Falls, in southern St. Lawrence County. The EPA announced yesterday that it won't require the new owners of the mothballed plant to undergo a comprehensive environmental review before it starts production. As Brian Mann reports, backers now say the mill could be back in operation by this summer.  Go to full article

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