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Local officials break ground on county nursing home

Posted 1 January 2014 at 12:00 am

By Bill Lattin
Orleans County Historian

ALBION – In this photo taken on May 7, 1959, we see the groundbreaking for the Orleans County Nursing Home and Infirmary, now known as The Villages of Orleans Health and Rehabilitation Center on Route 31 in Albion.

Pictured include, from left: Milton Bowen, Clarendon town supervisor; Justin Robert, Shelby town supervisor; Victor Hawkes, welfare commissioner; Harold Hill, Barre town supervisor; and William Knights, Ridgeway town supervisor. (At the time the county was led by the Board of Supervisors – the town supervisors from the 10 towns. The County Legislature replaced that board in 1980.)

Hill was chairman of the Board of Supervisors at the time while others in the picture served on the building committee for the project.