by Tony E. Rutherford, News Editor

Margaret Mary Layne, executive director of the Huntington Museum of Art, has been introduced to Huntington City Council by Mayor Steve Williams.

Layne made a brief appearance in council chambers during the work session before the Monday, Sept. 22 council meeting.

Mayor Williams stressed that during 17 years working at the Huntington Museum of Art, she set a "standard" by opening the museum to the entire community. Although the museum (a.k.a. Huntington Galleries) had been a crown jewel, Williams said it had been principally supported by the "monied gentry" until her leadership made it more accessible, such as involving public schools in its programs.

"I am thrilled to be here," Layne said.  "I think everything I have been doing in life has prepared me for this particular job. I feel there's an energy in this building and throughout the community that I'm just dying to be a part of," adding that she has dreamed of making Huntington a better place.


Public Safety Committee chairman David Ball will soon set a meeting date for the meeting where the bicycling, the inquiry concerning the area taxi franchise, and sound signals at downtown intersections  for the blind  will make up the agenda. The American Federation of the Blind has a technology testing office in the Chase building on Fifth Avenue.


Council member Joyce Clark complimented a 150 person strong volunteer group headed by Luke Huffman which on Sunday, Sept. 21 cleaned brush and cut grass, including the perimeter surrounding the former Thompson Pool.