Businessman wants to breathe new life into old felt mill

ORISKANY — Businessman James Kernan wants to spearhead the revival of the former felt mill on River Street. He bought the complex earlier this year at a county tax foreclosure auction and is now proceeding with redevelopment plans. “We will retain the historic elements that make this a landmark property,” he said. “Such as the […]

Crowds line up for tours of historic factory

ORISKANY — Local businessman James Kernan is spearheading the revival of the former felt mill on River Street, but first Kernan is spearheading a different sort of revival. On Saturday, dozens of visitors came to former Waterbury Felt Factory to tour the building and get a close-up view of some village history — that previously […]

Owner has plans for former Waterbury Felt Mill in Oriskany

After 200 years of serving as the economic engine for the village and surrounding region, the abandoned Waterbury Felt Mill might see life once again. The old River Street wool mill, which once employed more than 300 people in Oriskany, has been deteriorating since it abruptly closed about a year ago. The property was purchased […]

Rehashed Failed Policies Won’t Solve Chronic Unemployment

Bring back paid Apprenticeships Chronic unemployment among black males is at 50% according to Columbia Professor Dr. Manning Marable. Chronic unemployment among white males is 20% according to author Charles Murray. The problem continues to escalate, yet politicians merely recycle the same failed policies to address it. Good intentions alone are not producing successful results. […]