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National TV program comes to Chestertown

CHESTERTOWN - For the second time in a month, a community in Northern Warren County received national attention for its vigor in warding off the pitfalls of the economic downturn.

Sunday, in several television broadcasts, a leading Chestertown business and a crowd of townsfolk were featured on Fox News Network.

The resurrection of mainstay upcounty employer Lincoln Logs Ltd. from bankruptcy by the Stephenson family of Stephenson Lumber was depicted on Fox News Network's talk\News show Huckabee hosted by the former Arkansas governor and GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.

The Stephensons acquired most of the assets of Lincoln Logs Ltd. for $2.5 million March 6 and put nearly two dozen people back to work.

Since the late 1970s, Lincoln Logs has been the leading manufacturer of log home kits - and in recent years, panelized building systems also.

Filmed Friday and Saturday primarily in the offices and mill yard of Lincoln Logs in Chestertown, the Huckabee show segment was about 12 minutes long and featured interviews with community leaders, business people and employees, as well as suppliers of the firm.

Erin Stephenson Brothers, appointed by her parents to help run Lincoln Logs, was interviewed in person by Huckabee in the show's Manhattan studio.

Saturday's segment in Chestertown featured a few live questions from Huckabee beamed to Lincoln Logs via satellite from the Manhattan studio.

Many of the shots featured a crowd of nearly 100 Chestertown residents applauding and cheering.

"This focuses national attention on the Adirondacks," Chestertown Supervisor Fred Monroe. "I am really tickled they decided to come up here."

Earlier this month, North Creek received national attention when the New York Times featured the Gore Mountain region, describing it as a hidden oasis of activity and commerce.

In December, log home construction firm Lincoln Logs closed its doors after filing for bankruptcy in September due to an ill-timed, overly aggressive and underfunded expansion.

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