One of these days soon, a letter will arrive at Dorothy Akers’ tidy bungalow in Salem.
It’s going to tell the disabled grandmother the date by which she must vacate the modest home she purchased in 2009 — or be thrown out by sheriff’s deputies.
That’s what the judge told her in court Tuesday, when she showed up as the defendant in an eviction case. Akers, 75, grows emotional contemplating that upcoming day.
She’s a proud person — a graduate of Andrew Lewis High School, with two years of college. She worked up to age 74, never lived beyond her means, often paid her mortgage early, sometimes months ahead. She might be working today, if her arthritic knees and hip were more cooperative, and if the preschool where she taught hadn’t gone belly up in 2012.
The spring of 2012 was when troubles hit Akers hard. Besides being laid off, three trees came down in her yard during the June 2012 derecho. Akers’ bathroom needed new plumbing — the floor was rotting from leaks. Then her central air unit went kaput, and her 30-year-old water heater sprang a leak and flooded her kitchen. Read more »