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October 3, 2012

Countryside residents scramble as Oct. 12 closure date looms

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“I feel like we’ve been betrayed by the county for selling the facility,” she said.

When asked to comment on that charge, Delaware County Chairman of the Board of Supervisors James Eisel said it was “an unfortunate situation.” He was concerned, as was the rest of the board of supervisors, for the well-being of the residents and employees. At the time of the sale “it appeared Leatherstocking was qualified to run a successful operation.” Supervisors visited a nursing home it was running in Herkimer and were impressed by the operation, he said. There was no reason to expect that six years later this would have happened.

Hawley said her family has been very supportive but, “there is no way I can live with them.” She was told of an opening at a Rome nursing home. “I didn’t want to go there,” she said. She did not know what the alternative would be.

Ruth and Harry Hawley of Delhi were visiting. She said if her sister-in-law is moved they would still see her, but it won’t be as often. He said after his sister’s lifetime of work in the town, “she deserves better.”

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