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brought from Paris in 1811. Water stains, like a giant's tears, streak marbleized panel ing. Aldrich and his family live in a portion of the main house, while renting out gardeners' and farmers' cottages and keeping the land in crops just to pay the taxes. Some owners succumb to the temptation to sell off parcels of land to meet their tax bills. The whole area could thus disappear under a tide of housing developments if something isn't done, Aldrich believes. Hudson River Heritage seeks designation of the 16 miles as a national historic district. Owners may be One mishap meant months of cleanup last February when the barge Ethel H struck Con Hook Rock, losing 420,000 gallons of oil destined for an upriver power plant. Directed by the Coast Guard, a derrick keeps the listing barge afloat (left)as pumps transfer remaining oil to another vessel. To attach underwater lines, Rick Hathaway (above) had to dive under the ice-and-oil choked surface. Crews placed floating bar riers around nearby marshes, steam-cleaned rocks, and scraped beaches for 70 miles to Long Island-a million-dollar job. eligible for federal tax relief and rehabilita tion grants in exchange for public use, such as hiking trails and house tours. The Roman Catholic Church itself owns a number of estates, using them as seminaries, hospitals, schools, and nursing homes. One priest quipped, "I've heard the river called the Vatican Canal." Recycling of properties is continuous. In a former Christian Brothers seminary near Rhinebeck, controversial Korean evangelist Sun Myung Moon trains converts. In the town of Hyde Park a onetime Jesuit seminary The Hudson: "That River's Alive"