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Loyalton cuts ribbon, holds open house

December 09, 1999

Loyalton ribbon cuttingBy KERRY LYNN FRALEY / Staff Writer

photo: JOE CROCETTA / staff photographer




Nick Cianelli continued living in his Washington County home after his wife died in 1982.

But it got to the point where Cianelli, 86, was starting to forget things and decided it wasn't such a good idea to keep living alone.

He chose the new Loyalton assisting-living community, which allowed him to live locally in an apartment of his own but get any assistance and care he needed on site.

On Thursday night, Cianelli joined Washington County Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook and Fred Otto, executive director of the Washington County Commission on Aging, in cutting a festive red and gold ribbon strung across the community's main entryway.

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The ribbon cutting kicked off an open house for local medical professionals and business people at the assisted-living center off Robinwood Drive, which opened its doors to residents in September.

The public is invited to tour the facility during the grand opening Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.

Loyalton, owned by Seattle-based Emeritus Assisted Living, is one of several assisted-living centers that have opened or are planned to open in the county.

Outlook Pointe, off Eastern Boulevard, opened in August.

Interfaith Housing of Western Maryland and a Rockville, Md., partnership are planning a center on Robinwood Drive.

Robinwood Village, also on Robinwood Drive, is a joint effort of Washington County Health System and Tressler Lutheran Services of Mechanicsburg, Pa.

The list also includes two new assisted-living centers specializing in care for people with dementia such as Alzheimer's - Eden Pines Alzheimer's Care Facility, on Cameo Drive off Eastern Boulevard in Hagerstown, and Clare Bridge Cottage, at 10114 Sharpsburg Pike.

The 100-apartment Loyalton community was the first to make a commitment to the area, which had identified a need for this type of senior housing to complement the housing already available for lower-income seniors, Snook said.

He said he was impressed with what Loyalton has to offer local senior citizens.

"It's definitely a first-class facility," Snook said.

Dr. Mark Roemer, a Hagerstown podiatrist who attended the open house, said he was struck by the roominess of both the common areas and apartments and the cordiality of the staff.

Roemer said he'll be making regular visits to the community to attend to the foot health of residents.

So far, 36 apartments have been taken, said Community Director MJ Williams.

Two are occupied by married couples, Williams said.

There are 27 employees so far and plans are to have 50 employees once all of the apartments are filled, she said.

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