by Lisa Tome
If schools are closed, the Elkton Senior Center shuts down for the day.
That means that area seniors that are bussed to the center on weekdays have been staying home.
That can be a good thing, or a bad thing depending whom you ask.
Sally Walls lives in Perryville. She has gotten a great deal of crocheting and housecleaning done this winter. But she also missed the center's Valentine's Day party and a trip to a local restaurant due to snow closures.
"It's like family here and you miss your family," said Walls. "I'm definitely sick of winter. I don't even want to step out of the house. But I have got a lot of (chores) done."
Joan Kepler of North East, said normally winter doesn't get to her.
"I don't normally mind winter when the bad weather comes. But I had to go to (heart) therapy. I was getting depressed being home," said Kepler.
Kepler said she has been turning out at the senior center regularly for a decade. She was disappointed that the party and the trip to a Delaware buffet were canceled. "This place is my lifeline and I mean that. This winter has hit me hard. The snow is piled up so high. I am tired of looking at piles of snow," she said.
Terry Reisler of Rising Sun remembers some bad winters. "I lived on a dairy farm near Oxford. I remember really bad winters. The roads would be blown shut with drifts and we couldn't get out," said Reisler. "It's been cold and I missed the center a lot of days when they weren't open."
Shorty Taylor of Elkton said mere mortals don't have much say in the weather. "It's the Lord's work. I'm doing pretty good. But the center hasn't been opened and we miss our friends," said Taylor.
Maxine Blackburn of Elkton is remaining optimistic that spring is just around the corner. "I am tired of winter, definitely. It's depressing. The snow has kept me in because I'm afraid of falling. I'm looking forward to flowers. I love flowers," said Blackburn.