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Gilboa teen sees promise in domestic manufacturing

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A fire piston, essentially a low-tech zippo lighter.

Tiahna Banks, age 13, recently participated in WSKG's essay contest on sustainable communities. She tackled one of upstate's biggest topics, the loss of domestic manufacturing.


Gilboa-Conesville Central School near Albany with one local exporter: her grandfather, Emil Banks. He makes unusual tools for outdoorsmen, and sells them online.

Tiahna's winning essay makes for some compelling reading. The music in this story is courtesy of Ergo Phizmiz and Margita Zalite.

Tiahna Banks

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