Is learning lines a lost art?

No fresh faces join ranks of local surveyors

WHY IS IT that young people are not becoming land surveyors in Columbia County, even though the profession is growing nationwide and across the country surveyors average $60,000-$80,000 a year in income?

Land surveying dates to at least the ancient Egyptians (surveyors were called “rope stretchers”), and the importance of surveying has been recognized by politicians and warriors alike. William the Conqueror commissioned a survey of all of England in 1086 (the Domesday Book); George Washington became a land surveyor at 15 or 16; Napoleon was known to require very precise and detailed maps; and Abraham Lincoln was a deputy county surveyor in Illinois. Land surveying was one of the first professions to be licensed in the country. Read more…

Hudson school board questioned on plans to spend grant

HUDSON–The school district’s Alternative Learning Program, which lost its home at the Greenport School in the most recent round of budget cuts, was still very much on the minds of school board members and the public at Tuesday’s meeting board, as board member Peter Meyer asked whether a $400,000 grant the district received for the program must be used exclusively for its intended purpose.

“Are we spending it correctly?” he asked the board and Superintendent John Howe. Read more…

Olana to celebrate “Paradise Found”

HUDSON–The ghosts of revelers of past hosted by Hudson River School landscape artist Frederic Church for his family and friends during the 1890s will be summoned at Olana’s summer party and fundraiser, “Paradise Found.” The July 24 gathering, hosted by the Olana Partnership, will have an island theme inspired by Mr. Church’s Jamaican paintings done on a trip taken in 1865.

“The party is one way to show people that Olana is a great, fun place to be. It helps us promote our key projects, which includes very much our landscape right now,” said Sara Griffen, president of the Olana Partnership. She also described the home and grounds as whimsical and “very rich in culture,´adding that “so much of the work we do is very painstaking involving restoration and scholarly research, but that’s not all we’re about,” she said. Read more…

Board eyes do-over on Town Hall plan

NEW LEBANON -Town Board members have differing interpretations of the message voters sent in soundly defeating a referendum to spend up to $816,000 to refurbish the Town Hall. But the board agreed this week to accept the Town Hall Building Committee’s recommendation to continue the planning phase of the project.

At the Town Board meeting Monday, July 12, town Supervisor Meg Robertson said she agreed with the committee’s viewpoint that there was “a lack of adequate time to communicate to people to sell the project,” adding, “I support the project, it’s necessary.”

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He finds a way to help

GHENT–Bryan Sigler, 29, of Ghent raised more than $1,900 for the National Kidney Foundation during the annual Kidney Foundation 3K Walk in Albany, June 6.

Mr. Sigler told his mother, Joy Scofield, that he wanted to raise money to promote kidney awareness–so no one has to go without a kidney. Read more…