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Horace Nye supporters to hold public forum

Day to support county nursing home to be held

Lori Harter, a CNA at Horace Nye Nursing home, protests the privatization of Horace Nye nursing home alongside fellow nurses and community members Feb. 27 in Elizabethtown.

Lori Harter, a CNA at Horace Nye Nursing home, protests the privatization of Horace Nye nursing home alongside fellow nurses and community members Feb. 27 in Elizabethtown. Photo by Katherine Clark.

— Horace Nye supporters have organized a special day to show their support for the county-owned facility Saturday, June 2, at the Memorial Park on Main Street here.

Task Force to Save Horace Nye member Celeste Beeman said the event has been organized for county resident’s to hold their own public hearing outside the walls of the County Building.

The event will begin at 10 a.m. and will include several guest speakers such as Moriah Town Supervisor Thomas Scozzafava, Chesterfield Supervisor Gerry Morrow, possibly Essex Town Supervisor Sharon Boisen, and more.

Beeman said there will be an opportunity for any resident who wishes to speak to share their thoughts on the potential sale.

“This will be more of a gathering for those who want to support the home and for those who don’t want to see the nursing home privatized,” Beeman said.

A balloon release will follow the speakers and three artists will perform including local musician Stan Oliva, who will perform his tribute song to HNNH, “The Crawl.”

Scozzafava said he is in favor of having the future of the Horace Nye Home being decided through a referendum vote rather than by the board of supervisors.

“This will affect the county residents and they should have a vote,” Scozzafava said.

The event will be a way resident’s can show how they feel about the future of the home, he said.

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with residents of the home, family and friends of residents as well as the staff at there.

Beeman said the tone around the home has been anxious among the staff, resulting in more staff members leaving to find other, more secure positions in case the home is sold. The remaining staff have done their best to address the questions of residents to tell them their care will continue as it always has.

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