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Hospital builds belief in village assets

I was privileged to attend the exciting meeting at the State University of New York at Fredonia where Gov. Kathy Hochul announced that long awaited state funding will allow construction of a new Brooks Hospital in the village. This accomplishment comes from the hard work of many to the advantage of Chautauqua County and surrounding communities.

The event occurred in the absence of village officials who preceded me, but were not recognized for their vision and tenacity in making the hospital a reality.

The new hospital is a win for everyone, but is also a uniquely pro-Fredonia opportunity offering security for those I represent.

In years to come we will place the new Brooks Hospital alongside the establishment of a state university, the preservation of the Village Hall and Opera House from demolition, and the construction of the reservoir.

These all define Fredonia’s efforts to establish and maintain both physical and social infrastructure for the wellbeing of its citizens and its neighbors.

I am proud to serve as a village trustee at a time when Fredonia faces a critical decision on its water future. Existing infrastructure assures that Brooks Hospital will not be compromised by an inadequate water supply.

I strongly believe that Fredonia’s future is connected to its past achievements and its commitment to share these as regional assets. I see no evidence to suggest Fredonia should abandon its resources for the benefit of its own citizens or for people of other communities.

Michelle Twichell is a Fredonia village trustee.

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