Medina Journal-Register — The completion of several large-scale projects across central and eastern Orleans County filled crucial community needs this year.
Albion saw a trio of health care services open in quick succession this winter, welcomed a new home for the community’s library and downtown improvements funded by a $500,000 matching grant.
Further east, the area benefited from a new supermarket in Holley and the ongoing capital improvements at Holley High School.
Those projects expanded not only the capacity for services but also the showed that the people of Orleans County have a greater capacity to care for one another than our population would suggest.
Projects like the Hospice of Orleans’ Martin-Linsin Residence, which opened as a eight-suite home for those seeking to live out their lives close to their homes and families in December, showed what determination and persistence could achieve.
“It might be said that we’re too small to have something like this,” Hospice of Orleans Executive Director Mary Anne Fisher said at a gala celebrating the residence’s opening in November. “But Orleans County deserves this ... and it’s possible because of your caring hearts.”
The same could be said of Orleans Community Health Center, which opened in November and now features physical and occupational therapy, diagnostic services and a general practice at it’s Route 31 facility. It took six years of planning and jumping through state-set hoops before construction began. And like Hospice, the project took off from there.
Albion also saw the offices of the Genesee-Orleans Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse move to the former Knights of Columbus hall on East Avenue. The new office gives the treatment and prevention agency more space for meetings and personal services.
“Our treatment program provides for group and individual counseling and this will be much more comfortable for those groups,” GCASA Development Director Pamela LaGrou said on the eve of the new site’s opening.