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Nursing Homes Struggle To Accommodate Visitors

Nursing Homes Struggle

To Accommodate Visitors

Cost Of Tests Among Hurdles To Contact

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Levi Lazar

COOPERSTOWN – For months after Governor Cuomo’s March 13 executive order on COVID-19, many families in Otsego County, as around the state, were unable to visit their loved ones in nursing homes, except perhaps through a window.

“Our first obligation is to keep our residents healthy,” said Levi Lazar, director at the Cooperstown Center, operated by the Centers Health Care, based in White Plains.  “Their psychological and social wellbeing is also very important to us.  We want our residents to see their families.”

As of Sept. 15, the regulations changed.

Ground Broken, And $2M Raised, For New Shelter

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Ground Broken,

And $2M Raised,

For New Shelter

With Success, ‘Shelter Us’ Finds $3M

Will Be Needed, And Sets New Target

Turning golden shovels at today’s noontime groundbreaking on the new Susquehanna SPCA animal shelter on Route 28 at Index are, from left, “Shelter Us” committee member Anne Laing, benefactress Ann Vitullo, benefactress Jane Forbes Clark, “Shelter Us” campaign chair Gaylord Dillingham and shelter Executive Director Stacie Hayes. Behind them, from left, are volunteer Sue Leonard, and board members Peter Gould, Kathy Clarkson and Corey Moffat. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Better Exchange Thrift Store Manager Sara Lucas sets up panels showing artist’s renderings of the prospective animal shelter, on view for the first time today.

INDEX – There was plenty of good news, high spirits and benefactors aplenty at today’s groundbreaking on the new Susquehanna SPCA shelter on Route 28.  Plus a new goal to strive for.

First, it was announced the $250,000 matching grant from Staffworks President Anita Vitullo has been met, contributing $500,000 total to the $2 million original goal.

Second, it was announced the $2 million goal has been met, but also that an expanding vision has required a new goal — $3 million – with four years to meet the new target.

“We’re here to do it once and to do it right,” Susquehanna SPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes declared in announcing the new goal to an upbeat and applauding crowd.

Halfway To $1/2M Goal, SPCA Closes On 2 Acres

FROM THIS WEEK’S HOMETOWN

ONEONTA & FREEMAN’S JOURNAL

Halfway To $1/2M Goal,

SPCA Closes On 2 Acres

Groundbreaking Planned In May In Index

Susquehanna SPCA board Chairman Gaylord Dillingham and Executive Director Stacie Haynes (with Zero, available for adoption) walk the two acres across from Kevin’s Ford, Route 28, Index, that will be the home of the new shelter. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • HOMETOWN ONEONTA & The Freeman’s Journal

INDEX – Just six weeks old, the $2 million “Shelter Us” fund drive passed the halfway mark in recent days, giving the Susquehanna SPCA confidence to buy land for its new headquarters.

The SPCA has closed the deal on two acres of land at 5088-5082 Route 28, CPA Judith Brown’s former office and the building next door.

“We’re finalizing everything withour construction management team.  We are planning to break ground early in the spring,” said SPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes.

As for the money raised, “We had a goal of $1 million by the end of 2018,” said Haynes. “And we’ve raised more than that.”

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