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Maple Leaf Farm looks to expand

Underhill, Vermont - November 30, 2011

An Underhill residential substance abuse program is looking to expand in Williston.

Maple Leaf Farm wants to purchase Pine Ridge School, a former residential high school for kids with dyslexia that went bankrupt two years ago.

Maple Leaf currently treats more than 800 people a year in Underhill, but says it turned away almost 400 people in the past six months because it ran out of room.

The new facility would allow it to double the number of patients treated each year.

"When somebody calls and says I'm ready, and usually they're desperately ready, it's a mission failure. Feels terrible. We try to refer them to other places but a lot of people say I don't want to go there, I want to go to Maple Leaf Farm," said Bill Young of Maple Leaf Farm.

The price of the Pine Ridge School is $2.85 million plus more than $1 million to renovate. Maple Leaf plans to do fundraising for all of that money.

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