by Lisa Tome
Growing up in Childs outside of Elkton, Rosie Bott's family didn't have air conditioning.
"It wasn't as hot back then. We had a duck pond below us and we'd cool off in there. You couldn't put your feet down in the duck pond. There wasn't air conditioning. We kept the windows down and the shades pulled. And we still did chores," said Bott. That's what Bott, 77, said last week as she and the other members of the Young at Heart senior citizens group gathered at St. John's United Methodist Church, Charlestown, for their weekly get together. The seniors talked about the unbearable heat lately and how they survived summer before air conditioned homes and offices were the norm.