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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
<i>Maple tapping in the early spring</i>, butternut, Tom Cote. Photo:  Todd Moe
Maple tapping in the early spring, butternut, Tom Cote. Photo: Todd Moe

Artists who look to the forest for ideas, inspiration

Considered America's oldest working woodlands, the Northern Forest -- stretching from the Tug Hill through the Adirondacks to the coast of Maine -- is also home to a remarkable range of traditional artists. This month, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, opened a new exhibit that features art from among the trees.

TAUNY executive director Jill Breit says the concept behind Artists of the Forest is to showcase how artists are using the resources that are growing around them in the woods. The pieces featured in the show come from northern New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.  Go to full article
Frank White and his handmade model York boat, one of his favorites.  Photo:  Todd Moe
Frank White and his handmade model York boat, one of his favorites. Photo: Todd Moe

The lure of model boat building

TAUNY celebrates the 20th anniversary of its Salute to North Country Legends on Sunday at SUNY Canton. One of the North Country Heritage award recipients, is Canton model wooden boat builder Frank White.

Now 94 years old, White grew up on a farm near Pyrites, in St. Lawrence County, hearing stories of logging camps and river drives from his French-Canadian grandfathers. He's been hiking, fishing, and paddling canoes around the North Country since the 1930's. His passion for canoes has taken him on solo trips on major rivers across North America.

White was one of the founders of the annual Rushton Canoe Races in Canton. His wife of 65 years, Beulah, passed away last December. As Frank says, they spent most of their marriage outdoors paddling local lakes and streams.

After retiring from a career as a florist in 1984, he took up model making, starting with kits of famous vessels like the Halfmoon, and the USS Constitution. He's taken top honors at international model boat building contests and his models are on display at SUNY Canton, St. Lawrence University and museums around the country. Todd Moe has more.  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
<em>Sisyphean Circle</em>, 2010, by John Van Alstine
Sisyphean Circle, 2010, by John Van Alstine

Preview: "Elements in Alliance" in Lake Placid

NCPR is media sponsor for Elements in Alliance: Natural Visions, an installation of sculpture, furniture and painting at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. The show opens tonight with a reception from 5-7 pm. The exhibit, which continues through August 7th, features the art of John Van Alstine, Jonathan Sweet, Caroline Ramersdorfer and Barney Bellinger. Todd Moe spoke with John Van Alstine about the exhibit.  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
We measured the wood and it was very short. 50% less than we paid for.

Wood dealers selling short cords?

Record-setting snowfall and sub-zero temperatures in the Northeast have led to increased demand for firewood this heating season. There's also been an uptick in complaints by consumers who say they're getting less firewood than they pay for. As part of a collaboration with Northeast stations, WNPR's Diane Orson reports.

Northeast environmental reporting is made possible, in part, by a grant from United Technologies.  Go to full article
Outdoor furnace owners came to tell the DEC to leave them alone
Outdoor furnace owners came to tell the DEC to leave them alone

Residents slam new outdoor furnace rules

More than a hundred people came to the Department of Environmental Conservation's first public hearing last night in Watertown about outdoor wood furnaces. The DEC says the boilers are a significant source of air pollution and have never been regulated. It wants owners to replace old furnaces within ten years and erect higher chimneys to keep smoke away from neighbors. But the message in the room was nearly unanimous. People said the new rules are a major government intrusion and should be scrapped. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Using wood to fuel power plants

There are a growing number of proposals to build wood-burning biomass power plants in the Northeast. Some environmentalists say wood can be a renewable low-carbon fuel. But others aren't convinced. As part of a collaboration with public radio stations in the Northeast, WNPR's Nancy Cohen reports.  Go to full article

APA gets Finch-Pruyn update

The head of the Adirondack Nature Conservancy says he thinks it'll be at least three years before his group completes a series of transactions with the state that will protect tens of thousands of acres of former Finch-Pruyn timberlands. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

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