Drone captures images of Courthouse, iconic landmark in Albion

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 15 February 2017 at 9:27 am

Photos courtesy of Elliott Neidert

ALBION – The Orleans County Courthouse has been a striking landmark in Albion since 1858. The domed structure stands out, even when looking down from the sky.

On Tuesday evening, Elliott Neidert, an Albion student, sent up a drone to get some aerial photos of the Courthouse Square and Main Street.

The Albion Rotary Club is working on a Santa Claus-themed mural. (I am the current president of the Rotary Club. I asked Elliott to get some photos from the drone. We waited until there was some snow on the ground and wanted to show the community at dusk, so there was enough light to see the buildings during a night-time scene. I was also hoping for a dramatic sunset and last evening it all worked out.)

Charlie Howard is shown as Santa during a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. Howard served as the Macy’s Santa for 18 years.

Our idea for the mural is to show Charlie Howard as Santa in a sleigh, looking down on Albion. We want to show Albion landmarks, such as the Courthouse, the churches and the downtown buildings. I’m also hoping we can include the former Santa School and Christmas Park in the mural.

The Rotary Club is waiting to hear if we’ve received a grant to help pay for the project. We also will likely need some community donations to cover the entire cost.

For now, I wanted to share these stunning images. Thank you, Elliott, for helping with this project.

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