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Several large white “X’s” appearing on Washington County roadways last week will serve as “targets” for a new set of aerial photos for the county’s geographic information system (GIS) maps.
The county contracts with a company to take photos from the sky every few years; the last set of photos was taken in 2009, said County Surveyor Michael Welling.
Maps are used by assessors, engineers and the county sheriff’s and attorney’s offices, among other county offices. In addition, private individuals, such as developers, real estate agents, planners and surveyors, can pay to get access to the maps, Welling said.
The photos are more accurate than the ones available on popular websites, Welling said, and part of that has to do with the X’s. They are “targets” placed at known survey points, which can be seen on the aerial photos and are used to adjust the photography and create more accurate maps.
lake St. Croix beach
Vintage Base Ball season begins Sunday at Pettit Park
The St. Croix Base Ball Club, which plays by the rules of 1860 and is a program of the Washington County Historical Society, will begin its season in Lake St. Croix Beach at Pettit Park against the Afton Red Socks on Sunday, May 19.
This match begins the vintage program’s 16th season. It will start at 2 p.m. and is free to the public.
The club has played all over Washington County, statewide and has even traveled as far as Ohio, Colorado and Washington, D.C. This year the club will play in Stillwater, Scandia, Rochester, Becker, Northfield and at the Washington County Fair. The club will also play at the Barron County Historical Society in Cameron, Wis., and at Osceola, Wis.
Players do not wear gloves and the rules are a bit different. If the ball is caught on the first bounce, the batter is out. The umpire doesn’t call balls or strikes, although a batter can still strike out if he swings and misses three times.
To see a schedule of matches and other programs of the Washington County Historical Society, go to www.wchsmn.org or call 651-439-5956 for more information.