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Living in an Amish paradise

July 6, 2012 - Michael Palmer
There's no running water, no lights, no fans and no AC Not a single luxury Like Robinson Crusoe It's as primitive as can be

If you are one of the hundreds of thousands of valley residents who lost power in the weekend of powerful thunderstorms then you can sing along.

It is never much fun to lose the electric service, but in this heat it is brutal. I have to think that my ancestors who lived in this old farmhouse 100 years before there was any electricity must have suffered in the summer.

Saturday evening was the worst, the breeze died and it went dead still about dusk and the house was a furnace. Even downstairs on the floor you just laid in a pool of sweat and tried to nod off for a few before you had to get up and rehydrate.

The fridge and freezer we packed with ice but it was to no avail, the heat won the battle. The popsicles and ice cream went first, then the freezer meat.

The power finally came back on and then another thunder storm with high winds and downed trees, cruel, cruel cruel.

It can be deadly for some people with asthma, health conditions or the elderly to be in the heat with no escape.

Both my sisters, one in Licking County and one in the Marietta area, my wife's brother and father in Newark, all were in the same boat. No power and little hope of any quick fix from the power company.

The crews were working around the clock to restore power, but there are only so many trucks and chainsaws.

It is just the first week of July, with record high temps and no end in sight, this could signal a long hot summer.


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