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September 23, 2009

Ti sawmill project rejuvenated

Ti building replica of 18th-century business

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At the session were Adirondack Park Agency Chairman Curtis Stiles, Town Supervisor Robert C. Dedrick and State Department of Environmental Conservation Senior Forester Stewart Brown.

"This is a very exciting project at a time when Ticonderoga is moving in a positive direction," Dedrick said.

"The enormous number of volunteer hours our community members generate is daunting, and that's the reason why projects such as this have a greater chance for success."

Reynolds said they wanted to discuss the overall concept and feasibility of constructing the sawmill.

"We wanted to get them involved to see if there are any challenges."

Others at the meeting were Quality Destination members John Rayno and Alex Levitch; Susan Rathbun and John Bartlett of the Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership; and Debra Malaney, representing the Economic Development Committee. Malaney is also a town supervisor candidate.

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"The vision is that the sawmill (will) be operated in the traditional manner and become the nucleus for history-related visitor experiences in Ticonderoga, generate jobs and foster and support a number of sawmill-related businesses," Reynolds said.

She said the group went to New Hampshire to see the Taylor Mill, a working sawmill.

"We were interested in some generic things, like is it really loud? In the mill, Bob (Dedrick) and I could have a conversation. Outside, we didn't have to raise our voices. It was a rhythmic, soothing sound."

Next, Reynolds is seeking grant funding to do a feasibility plan for a replica sawmill on town property at the falls.

"This will move us to having a document that has questions answered, and we can write grants and go to private funding to make this happen.

"It seems like a sawmill would be a really good fit."

E-mail Lohr McKinstry at: lmckinstry@pressrepublican.com





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