DETROIT — Ted and Angela Montgomery had planned to entertain family and friends on Christmas at their home in Lapeer, north of Detroit. But their power, which has been out for days, wasn’t restored in time
‘‘We’ve just been using our fireplace, using the one in the great room and that’s been keeping it pretty decent,’’ said 61-year-old Ted Montgomery, who headed for a shelter in a hotel on Christmas Eve. ‘‘We planned a little family gathering we had to cancel.’’
Montgomery was among a half-million utility customers — from Michigan to Maine and into Canada — who lost power in an ice storm last weekend that one utility called the worst during Christmas week in its history. Repair crews were working around the clock to restore service. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.