by Lisa Tome
On a normal Tuesday, Tracy Adams is cutting hair.
On August 6, Adams, a cosmetologist at Hair n' Things in Rising Sun was clipping coupons.
A power outage in parts of of downtown area brought work to a halt for Adams and others. The power went off shortly before 1 p.m. And was restored about 3:15 p.m. by crews from Delmarva Power. The reported causes of the outage were a transformer fire on Primrose Lane and a toppled electric pole along Telegraph Road near Wilson Road.
"We're just sitting here. Customers can't call us because we have no phone. We can't do hair because we can't see. We can't contact our customers. They are coming here and we are turning them away. We wish we could do something," said Adams. "We are just here clipping coupons and talking. This is definitely an interruption of the day. We will lose money."
A few doors away from the salon, Tom Rogers, owner of Sunshine Automotive, watched his day come to a halt. Rogers, a mechanic, couldn't work on the cars crowding his garage bays. His tools, air compressors, lifts, and such, were all silent.
"Here lately, we lost power once a week," said Rogers. "I've got customers waiting. It's an inconvenience. I have a customer's car here and now he'll have to come back. And he lives in Cecilton."
Rogers expected the power outage to impact his schedule all week. "I will have to work faster and work later. This will put you half a day behind. You can't look up parts. You can't call anybody. You're just stuck. This just stops everything," he said.
Rogers pointed out that despite the power outage, he could do one thing - he said his cell phone was still able to take credit card payments.
When the power went out, Patti Fry was working the front desk at Dr Shawn Brennan's dental office in Sun Medical Center. Fry said she and other staffers used cell phones to notify customers that their appointments were cancelled.
"I'm going to go home and take a nap," said Fry.
Nola Ann Mayes said the staff lost five hours work. She was concerned that patients scheduled for Wednesday, wouldn't get the usual message reminding them of their appointment.
"That will cause a back up. And if people have broken teeth, we will have to squeeze them in. We have to juggle the schedule. This is a busy time of year because of back to schools. We may have to make up the time by working later hours," said Mayes.
Dr. Brennan was unable to call in a prescription for a patient. The staff said the dentist then walked the prescription over to Sun Pharmacy. That business was also dark and closed due to no power.
Across town, PFC Adam Dominick was in a rush. Dominick, a Rising Sun police officer, organized the National Night Out at the Boys & Girls Club on Colonial Way. Between the power outage and the rain, he debated whether to hold the event indoors or outside. He said he decided to move the event inside and then the power went out. He reached a compromise, holding some activities inside and others, such as the dunking booth, on the grounds.