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More snow, more problems

White stuff keeps seniors away from senior center

The Southbridge Community Center, located at 153 Chestnut St., is home to the town’s senior center. Many seniors have opted to stay home in the wake of the many unprecedented snowstorms. Adam T. Silva. (click for larger version)
February 02, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — The snow may be nice to look at, but it's causing Southbridge's senior citizens to stay home.

"Inclement weather is right in our backdoor," said Southbridge Community Center Director Mike Trombley (the Senior Center is located in the Community Center). "Everything was cancelled for [Tuesday, Feb. 1] and it looks like everything will be cancelled for [Wednesday, Feb. 2] at the senior center. Just knowing that our seniors have to get here through Elderbus or driving here themselves doesn't make them happy. Just leaving the house in this kind of weather doesn't make them happy."

Trombley insists that all senior centers suffer the same fate in inclement weather and that seniors are most afraid of falling on ice. The center does not often close its doors due to weather, but when the town manager closes the Town Hall, the center follows suit.

"Believe it or not, the Meals on Wheels still went out there," he said. "They delivered more than 100 meals today [Tuesday]. I'm here every day opening the doors at 8 a.m. unless I hear otherwise."

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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