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Warren County leaders: let’s retain Countryside Adult Home

Soon after finishing their lunchtime meals March 22, Countryside Adult Home residents (left to right) Bunny Swanson, Irene Miller and Thelma Miller react to news that county officials voted to keep the home operating.

Soon after finishing their lunchtime meals March 22, Countryside Adult Home residents (left to right) Bunny Swanson, Irene Miller and Thelma Miller react to news that county officials voted to keep the home operating. Photo by Thom Randall.

— In a similar plea, Johnsburg Supervisor Ron Vanselow spoke of how his mother Dawn was a resident at Countryside and was receiving attentive care from the facility’s employees.

“I think we need to look beyond the expense and consider what we value,” he said. “We are willing to spend a lot of money on other things, but when it comes to human beings do we balk on it?”

Vanselow also warned that moving the Countryside residents elsewhere would mean lengthy commutes for family members to visit their elders.

Questions were also raised about how closing Countryside, located in Warrensburg, would displace a local senior mealsite operated there on weekdays.

Several county supervisors — Bud Taylor and Peter McDevitt of Glens Falls and Bill Mason of Queensbury — suggested that the county should postpone any decision until a sale of Westmount nursing home be completed, as a bidder on that transaction might offer to buy the home, or provide services for Countryside residents.

County Administrator Paul Dusek observed that when Countryside was offered for sale in the past, no viable bid was received.

Regardless of the supervisors’ opinions on Countryside closure, there was a consensus that Deana Park was running the facility with expertise.

She noted that the recurring discussion of closure dismayed residents — and Queensbury at-large Supervisor Matt Sokol said the issue indeed ought to be put to rest.

The discussion was concluded with Horicon Supervisor Ralph Bentley calling for a vote to keep the home in operation.

Bentley, Sokol, Loeb and Strainer voted to keep Countryside in operation, and Kenny, Westcott and Thurman Supervisor Evelyn Wood voted against the measure.

After the meeting, Park said she was pleased with the outcome to save the home, which has served elderly county residents with modest means since the 1800s.

“On behalf of the staff and residents, we truly appreciate this vote of support,” she said.

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