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Historic lighthouse goes dark

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A famous part of the Maine coastline is without power.

The Nubble Lighthouse, a very popular tourist attraction in York, has gone dark.

Surrounded by the rugged rocky shoreline and crashing waves, it is one of the most photographed lighthouses in the country.

After a long winter, the battered lines that bring electricity from the mainland to the island gave way. To save money and bring new technology to the lighthouse, the Coast Guard is proposing to put in a solar powered system to run the navigational light.

"By solarizing we're doing it a little bit cleaner, a little bit greener for the mariner, but also for the community," said Rob Lehmann of the USCG Aids and Navigation.

It would do away with the need to provide electricity to the island, but that plan would leave the town in the dark when it comes to lighting up the island for it's annual Christmas in July celebration and it's traditional holiday festival in December.

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