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Alumni Who Have Returned to Canton to Live and Work
From time to time, St. Lawrence presents stories of alumni who establish homes and businesses in the North Country. 

Like many folks in the North Country, Chris Angus ’72 has crafted a varied career: business owner, writer, landlord. He’s also become a community servant, involved today in the betterment of Canton.

“Writing is in my family,” says Angus. “Seven of us have been published.” An ardent canoeist, for five years he wrote “Reflections from Canoe Country” for the local newspapers. During that time, “one of those miracles that happen to writers like me once in a lifetime” took place, he says: the New York Times published his op-ed on access to navigable waters in the Adirondacks, based upon a dispute over access to a public waterway.

There followed a book that collected his columns and other essays; a stint as book reviewer for the Adirondack Mountain Club magazine, Adirondac; and a well-received biography of iconic Adirondack conservationist Clarence Petty. This spring, North Country Books will publish his anthology of essays about the Oswegatchie River.
Public Servant
But it is community involvement where Angus has made a name for himself recently. He is putting that expertise into practice as chair of the nine-member Board of Directors of the Canton Community Fund.

"I like being involved in things that can improve Canton and the quality of life for its residents,” he says. “We assist food banks, the Grasse River Players, the high school jazz band, the public library building fund, a literacy program called Our Families Count, and SLU Buddies, in which St. Lawrence students team up with local at-risk children. We are looking into improving transportation for the elderly, disabled and needy, and into helping the Canton Farmers’ Market accept food stamps. We are working to increase our endowment so we can expand our programs.

 “Canton is a vibrant community,” Angus says.  “It’s a social town – people drop by to visit. It’s safe, it offers opportunity to entrepreneurs and young professionals, and there’s lots going on, with two colleges within walking distance.” Thanks to the work of people like Chris Angus, those attributes seem likely to last.

Those wishing to learn more about the Canton Community Fund should call 315-386-1842.

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