By LUCY PERRY
Times Staff Writer
At a time when schools and many businesses were closed in observance of Good Friday, other Brazil businesses thought a three-hour power outage throughout the city was for the birds.
Cinergy spokesperson, Rob Norris agrees, citing a bird's foul play put the community in the dark.
"Evidently a bird dropped a piece of Christmas tinsel onto the switch at about 11:07 a.m., opening a circuit breaker, causing four circuits to go out," Norris said.
Affecting more than 5,000 people throughout the county, power was restored to the entire district by about 2 p.m.
Until then, however, Dale Loughmiller, Allied Insurance Agency, 15 W. National Ave., posted a note on the business door reading, "Will reopen when the lights come back on."
He smiled when explaining the note.
"You have to live with it," said Loughmiller. "You have to go with the flow."
As many attended Good Friday church services held during the blackout in the community, First United Methodist, 201 N. Meridian St., patrons Jane Robbins and Sam Glover felt good leaving the church.
"I had already chosen to sing something with piano," Glover said. "So, it was just like an old fashioned service anyway." He sang an old favorite, "I Walk Today Where Jesus Walked."
Robbins indicated the lights being out during the service made it special for her and others.
"When he (Glover) sang the song, it brought tears to your eyes," she said.
Others in the community just seemed to be carrying on like normal.
At the House of Spirits, 319 E. Jackson St., clerk Norma Michael said business was as usual at the establishment.
"We've had a steady flow of customers like always," she said.
Cinergy workers quickly worked to get power restored.
"A lot of Clay County -- some significant parts -- experienced a loss of power. We found the cause and went to work," said Norris.
"We've encountered squirrels before, but never Christmas tinsel."