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Senior center sees drop in numbers

'It's just too icy'

Members of the Southbridge Senior Center play cards before their bingo game starts Friday, Feb. 11. Although normally crowded, the senior center has seen a drop in attendance due to this year’s harsh weather. Clockwise, from bottom left, Theresa Proulx, of Southbridge, Sue Choiniere, of Sturbridge, Louise Gaudette, of Worcester, Emil Boulanger, of Southbridge, Pat Trucheon, of Southbridge, and Pearl Bouchard, of Southbridge. Adam T. Silva. (click for larger version)
February 14, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — While playing bingo at the Southbridge Senior Center Friday, Feb. 11, many of the town's senior citizens expressed concerns about their safety in midst of one of the harshest winters in memory.

The senior center, which is located inside the Southbridge Community Center, has seen a large drop-off in attendance, which many believe is a result of the winter weather.

"I just didn't go to work some of the days this winter because of the weather," said Pat Trucheon, an employee of Big Bunny for the past 24 years. "It's just too icy. Thankfully, my bosses understand. They know I'm not comfortable going out in that kind of weather."

Although she only works three days a week at the store, her reasons for doing so at an older age is strictly to remain on their health insurance policy.

"I have a lot of ice dams on my roof due to the weather," said Sue Choiniere, of Sturbridge. "When the ice builds up underneath the shingles, it causes a dam. When it melts, it causes the water to leak into my house. Usually in between the walls. It causes a mess."

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

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