True North’s Graham Blanchette Passes LSIT

Graham Blanchette, LSIT

The Land Surveyor In Training exam (LSIT) is the first of two tests one needs to take (and pass!) to become a Professional Land Surveyor in the State of Maine. It is a standardized National test that takes a grueling 8 hours to complete. I took mine back in 1980-something and I remember walking out of the classroom at the end of the day dazed and exhausted, and praying that I at least got a passing grade so I wouldn’t have to sit through it again. Well I passed it. This morning Mark told me that True North Surveying Services’s Graham Blanchette just passed his LSIT. This is huge! Graham started with True North Surveying back in September 2013 at which time I think it’s safe to say he didn’t know nawthin. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Graham over the years and teaching him a thing or two. He’s a quick learner! A few years ago I gave him my dog eared copy of “3701 Review Questions for Land Surveyors” to study, the that book I used to prepare for my LSIT. Well, I guess he studied! Congratulations Graham, we’re all very proud of you! Next Up: Maine LS Exam. You got this!

True North Welcomes Karl Olson On Board

Karl Olson

November 4, 2019 Greetings from True North! Anyone is lucky to have good and true friends. We here at True North are doubly fortunate to have a longtime friend and colleague join us as a co-worker.

We are proud to announce that Karl Olson has joined the firm. Karl brings a wealth of surveying knowledge, a special attention to detail and a high degree of professionalism to True North. Mark and Karl have known each other since before 1987 when Mark went to work for LL Brown Associates.

Where Mark studies the years 1700- 1760 with a special emphasis on the 1750’s, Karl and his family study and recreate the following decades, especially the years during the American Revolution.

For many years Karl was the Executive Director of the Maine Society of Land Surveyors, much of that time serving as the Director of the Mid-coast Chapter of our society.

WELCOME ABOARD KARL!

01 August 2018

Today the Crew is on site on an old woodlot in Waldoboro, setting monuments at corners, blazing the boundaries and painting the blazes with red boundary paint. A truly fascinating job where physical evidence in the form of remains of wire fence in trees showed us exactly where errors in the deeds we examined lie.

Scene from a survey

How many times has this happened to us- we do intensive research on a piece of property and then unexpectedly meet one of the people that owned the land we are learning about? Unexpectedly find them in a family plot on or near the property we are surveying. There is something bitter-sweet about this. We find the deeds they had drawn up, that they had signed and then we find them, in repose on the family plott sometimes after the remainder of the family has left the land behind for a hundred years or more.