BLUE EARTH - The dining room floor of the Blue Earth Senior Center is being replaced over the next few days, but director Middy Thomas has found a way to keep serving the seniors who come there to eat.
The repairs necessitated the dining room being closed Monday, today and Wednesday, but those wanting to enjoy the noon meal can head to the Blue Earth fire hall.
"I had 23 over there for lunch; it went very smooth," Thomas said Monday. "We had some come back here to play cards."
The front part of the senior center still opens at 8 a.m. for cards, games and socializing.
The floor repair is necessary because of the floor becoming uneven lately, Thomas said, with a section seemingly dropping.
"This has been shrinking for a couple of years," she said. "It just started to get worse."
Neither she nor Matt Dikken, who was working on the floor, knew the exact cause. They think the section might have been part of an addition, but Thomas knew it was a safety hazard.
"There's lots of elderly people with canes and walkers," she pointed out. "All they have to do is catch their toe on it and go down."
Dikken plans to have the new floor done by Wednesday night, but the Senior Center will be closed to the public until Monday. Thursday is Thanksgiving, of course, and Friday is considered a city holiday, Thomas said. Since the Senior Center is a city entity, it follows the city's schedule.
Funding for the floor replacement is coming out of the city's capital expenses for 2011.
The new vinyl floor "looks like real wood," Thomas said. The existing floor was at least 20 years old, she said. The building began as the post office, then became a hardware store.
"I'm not sure if it was changed for the senior center or it was here when they took over," Thomas said. "Who knows how old that floor is?"