About 20 employees of Pine Haven, the county rehabilitation and nursing facility in Philmont, gathered along state Route 66 in front of The Columbia Paper office in Ghent Friday afternoon, October 17, to protest efforts by the county to sell the facility to a private owner. Requests for proposals to purchase the facility are due by the end of this month. Four companies have sent representatives to tour Pine Haven, employees said this week. Seen closest to the camera are Pine Haven employees Heather Cole and Michael Anderson. Mary Potts, a ward clerk for 11 years, said at the event that she and other workers want the county to retain ownership of Pine Haven. She said many of the residents are former county taxpayers and “it’s time to return the favor with care.” County officials have said the nursing home is too large a strain on the county budget. At upper left is Albert Wassenhove, chairman of the Save Pine Haven Committee. He organized the demonstration and has led opposition to the county’s plans. Photo by Lance Wheeler.