News, December 2016
On December 3rd, in the old Sears building across from the courthouse, the North Star of the Adirondacks (NSAF) held an Art Show/fundraiser for the Horton Mill project. The event was organized by Jennifer Bilow. Over two hundred people enjoyed delicious finger foods, art work from local artists as well as featured artist Sarah Hartshorne of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and a PowerPoint presentation by Dr. Dean Chapman, President of NSAF, on the work to date, and the plans for, the Mill—all to the soothing music of harpist Alena Machabee. Professional drawings from Architect Tim McCarthy adorned the walls.
Slates from the roof of the Mill, engraved by local artist Geoff Cobb with the image of the Mill, were on sale. A number of paintings and slates were sold, and several thousand dollars was raised for the continuing work on the Mill. Ultimately, according to Dr. Chapman and Hugh Hill, the organizers of NSAF, the plans call for a technology and business center for Middle and High School students from the surrounding areas. The hope is to give the students insight into possible career choices, connect them to local opportunities, and provide hands-on experience with business and technology, during their public school years.
Clarkson University has expressed interest, and during the event, several local business people and educators came forward to offer their expertise, energy and money.
“The event was a huge success,” according to Dr. Chapman. “Jenn did a superb job, and the community turned out in significant numbers to support the project.” Hill pointed out that Royal Forgues lent the use of his building, Michael Hart provided artistic direction, and the food was prepared and presented by Guylene Raffai, with Tricia Cositore creating the desserts. Township 7 brewery, newly begun over in Dickinson, was on hand with their special craft beers.
Bilow enlisted her own children and their friends to welcome guests and serve the food. “It was a great night for the Village of Malone—and the North Country—in every way,” said Chapman. “socially, culturally, educationally, and economically. Thanks to everyone who participated.”
Stabilization began August 2015
Debris removal was underway through December and
will continue in the spring!
October 2016, Debris removal continues, grain elevator is being deployed for work on lower floors. updates will be made available soon!
November 2016, work will continue in the spring!
Just south of the Main Street bridge, on the banks of the Salmon River, in mid-village Malone, NY, stand the ruins of one of the area’s oldest business enterprises, the Horton Mill. Originally constructed in 1803, the first mill was washed into the river. The second was razed in1853. Over the next three years, the current structure was erected. From 1856 on, the mill ground the grains grown in the surrounding area into flour, literally the Bread of Life for this part of the North Country, for some 80 years. Now, despite its location at the very center of Malone, the mill and surrounding area have been abandoned to the elements, the last remnants resisting final destruction as a silent witness to the craftsmanship and enterprise of our ancestors.
Now the North Star of the Adirondacks Foundation is attempting to save what remains of the Mill, and transform it into a symbol of the North Country’s vision and character.
The plan is as follows: to essentially build a building within the existing walls, and attach the old stone walls to the new construction. Then, an effort will be made to convert the southern half of this hybrid building into a functioning, transparent aquaponic farm, a relatively new twist on one of the area’s traditional strengths—agriculture. The northern half of the new building will house classrooms and meeting rooms, which will be used to educate motivated 7th and 8th graders from Malone middle school in the basics of business and technology. As these students graduate into high school, they will form teams, each one of which will actually run a small business. Many of these businesses will be centered on agriculture, but all of them will be designed to expose students to the nitty gritty aspects of both business and technology.
It is envisioned that this experience will expose our best and brightest students to opportunities in the fields of business and technology that simply would not be available to them without this program. For those who already know that they want to pursue a career in these fields, it will give them a tremendous head start. For those who are uncertain, it will provide the experience necessary to make a decision. The overall effect will be to produce—every year—a crop of young people who can participate in the economic renaissance of the North Country much more rapidly than ever before possible.
The setting of the Mill is critical. Every class visit will reinforce our ties to our past, and the need to care for our community. The constant flow of foot traffic into the village center will bring more life (and quite possibly, more small businesses) to the downtown area. Both the functioning aquaponics system, and the program, will attract interested parties and perhaps even tourists.
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