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Powerless Bedford Couple Making Due With Outage

BEDFORD HILLS, NY--Gary and Judy Tischler have been residents in Bedford Village for 15 years. Like so many locals, they have not had power since Saturday afternoon. For a few hours on Monday, the Tischlers were recharging their technology at the Bedford Hills Town House courtroom so they can be connected to the world, as well as keep entertained.

For Gary Tischler, it put a damper on his celebratory weekend, as Sunday was his birthday. But the couple made due with what was available. “We brought out the propane stove and had hot dogs and sauerkraut for my 76th,” he said.

“It was romantic!” said Judy. Their house was standing at an uncomfortable 41 degrees on Monday, more than 10 degrees colder than the temperature outside at midday. But they choose to stick it out in their abode, letting their newly charged entertainment try to take them to a warmer place.

“We got half way through Lawrence of Arabia because we wanted to see something that would be warming,” Gary said. “We were in the middle of the desert, and it went out of power. We were wishing for a good sandstorm!”

The couple was also hoping for dry ice, which was being delivered throughout the day to the Town House by Building Inspector Steven Fraietta. The Bedford Hills Town House is open to the public to use as a recharging station, opening their doors to the courtroom as a retreat for those in need.

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