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Hideous driveway not intended use for Webb funds

Letter: Dixie Johnson Grangeville

Last year, my mother was a patient in Syringa Hospital for a couple of weeks. While there, she was often the only in-patient, and at most there were two maybe three other patients. On warm spring days, she was delighted to be able to sit outdoors under one of the large trees and watch passers-by on Main Street and to get a bit of sunshine and fresh air. With the large, lovely trees and wonderful expanse of grass, its pastoral quality is one of the best things about our hospital. It is quite a rare thing! In the past, a battle led by Carm Spencer was fought to keep the trees around the facility. Now with the proposed changes, many of those trees and much of the beautiful landscaping will be gone and replaced by a perfectly hideous driveway entrance.

It’s true the gazebo is nice but has a very limited view, and that view would be eliminated after the installation of the ugly shed-like overhang of the new entrance. Why use Orrin Webb’s bequest for such a project? I can’t imagine either Orrin or Eleanora would have chosen such a use for their gift. With the small number of patients, is such an expensive entrance needed? It would certainly not be an improvement, and Orrin Webb’s generous gift could surely be put to better use.

If anyone feels strongly about this or other projects the hospital is involved in, please come to the meeting on Thursday, June 12, at the Grangeville Senior Citizens Center. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m.

Dixie Johnson



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