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Dec. 27, 1962

CHERRY VALLEY — The Cherry Valley Chamber of Commerce is going ahead with the plan of securing a full time physician for the village and adjacent area.

Officials of the Sears Roebuck Foundation’s Chicago office who are investigating the request of the Chamber for a medical doctor and facilities of a medical clinic, will be in Cherry Valley on the evening of Jan. 10 to discuss the matter further.

“We are calling a mass meeting of the people of Cherry Valley and the adjacent communities for 8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 10, in the Central School auditorium here,” reported a spokesman for the Chamber of Commerce.

“By now, we hope, everyone is fully acquainted with the developments to date and the interest shown by the Sears Foundation in realizing the plight of the people during emergency medical needs and the willingness to assist us,” said Wilkie T. Maddox, secretary of the Cherry Valley Chamber of Commerce.

The Cherry Valley Chamber initiated in August the action toward obtaining a doctor for the village, which lost its general practitioner over three years ago, leaving the residents of the village and the nearby communities without proper medical coverage 24 hours a day, which is “particularly felt during emergencies.”

During the past three years the Chamber had consistently followed up over 200 leads of physicians seeking a change of location through the recommendations of both the American Medical Association and the Medical Society of the State of New York, to no avail.

The Chamber then turned to the Sears Roebuck Foundation for aid. The Foundation, an organization set up to assist small communities financially to provide medical clinical facilities to qualified areas, notified Chamber officials in November that Cherry Valley is qualified for participation in the Foundation’s Community Medical Assistance Program.

“We were told by the Sears Roebuck Foundation that the prime requisite in obtaining help is a good cooperative community spirit indicating interest of all,” said Edward J. Mackey, president of the Chamber of Commerce.

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