John Mason has a story in today's Register-Star that gives some insight into what's going on behind the plastic shroud at 211 Union Street: "Interns getting hands-on brickwork." The article reports that Philmont stone mason Tim Smith has interns from Hudson High School working at the General Worth site.
Speaking of his apprenticeship program for local high school students, Smith is quoted as saying, “We’re putting them on real job sites, with real controversy. The kids are getting valuable experience doing history. . . . A real job site is a great place to put your life together; they don’t grade you A, B, C. Historic restoration is wonderful work experience for kids. Four interns have gone through this site."
Smith goes on to say, "One or two of my guys are going down to the National Park Service Restoration School. The Park Service is going to train interns in-house. I’m really excited: These sites are wonderful training for kids.”