CANCER CENTER TURNS 20 - The Richard E. Winter Cancer Treatment Center at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center marks its 20th year of operation this year. This weeks photo, taken from The Journals archives, shows the center shortly after it opened in 1994. The medical center, recognizing the high prevalence of cancers among residents of Ogdensburg and its surrounding communities, and with the help of funds from its namesake and others, opened the center to prevent the need for patients to seek treatment in bigger cities. This year will also bring a new linear accelerator that will provide more focused, targeted treatment for patients as part of a $4.2 million expansion at the facility. Medical center officials are shooting for the expansion to be finished in May, and spokeswoman Laura C. Shea said Friday that there will be combined 20th anniversary celebration, expansion unveiling and donor appreciation event sometime in June. In the last 20 years, the center has helped thousands of county residents. Mrs. Shea said its current patient files amount to about 4,000. By opening the center back in 1994 we really did prevent the need for people to leave the area for cancer care, she said. We have on average about 150 patients in treatment – both medical and radiation oncology – at any given time throughout the year. Congratulations to the treatment center and Claxton-Hepburn for reaching this milestone. If you have a photo or feature for Glance At The Past, please contact Advance-News Editor Elizabeth Lyons at 393-1003, extension 123, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Photos and accompanying information will be published in the order they are received, and must be received by Monday to be considered for publication the following Sunday. Contributors may pick up their submissions at The Journal and Advance-News office in Ogdensburg after they are published.