Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Farewell to a Place Once Called Home

WEST SENECA, N.Y. -- The long hallways where Wendy Orzel remembers hiding as a child are empty.
The lobby, once bustling with visiting families and ringing pay phones, is quiet.
But the memories of growing up among hundreds of other children and adults at the West Seneca Developmental Center flooded back Tuesday as Orzel returned to say goodbye.
"It's bittersweet," said Orzel, now 51, married and living in Albany. "I can't go, 'yeah, yeah, yeah, it's closed,' because they're like family. It's like family."

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