October 19, 2018
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Tiny Maine island loses power again, two days after it’s restored

HARPSWELL, Maine — Folks on Bailey Island are used to being in the dark.

At the end of a string of islands about 14 miles from Brunswick, the approximately 500 year-round resident of the tiny island lose power on a regular basis during Maine’s stormy winters.

Following the Oct. 30 wind storm, the island lost power for three days. On Thursday, when Cook’s Lobster & Ale House was scheduled to open for the weekend, the lights and stove were back on, according to Mary Ellen Coombs, the longtime manager at Cook’s.

Then two days later, amid Friday’s high winds, heavy gusts carried four electrical poles and their wires up off the historic cribstone bridge and into the cove right behind the Cook’s wharf.

Friday night, Central Maine Power closed the bridge, which connects Bailey Island to Orrs Island, and replaced two of the four poles. The bridge closed again Saturday morning to allow crews to replace two other poles.

Coombs said Saturday morning that the restaurant would open at 2 p.m., when employees were expected to be able to cross the bridge to get to work.

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