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Broken windows at the Berkshire Mill after a tree fell on Thursday afternoon.
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A tree down on at a house on East Main in North Adams on Wednesday night.
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A tree down on Cliff Street on Wednesday.
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A large tree blocking Middle Road in Clarksburg on Wednesday.
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An Adams firefighter cuts away a branch that punctured a car Thursday on Hoosac Street.

Adams' Berkshire Mill Damaged by Falling Tree

By Jeff SnoonianiBerkshires Correspondent
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A large tree at the corner of Hoosac and Columbia broke windows in the upper floor of the mill apartments. 
ADAMS, Mass. — A large tree blown down on Thursday afternoon has damaged the historic Berkshire Mill at Hoosac and Columbia streets.
 
Several upper windows on the west side of the building facing Hoosac Street were shattered. A car was also damaged by the tree that fell into Hoosac Street.
 
Police responded to close off the area and a Department of Public Works crew was cleaning up the debris. No word of any injuries. 
 
The street is currently closed at the Visitors Center and there is a back up of traffic on Columbia Street. Authorities expect the road to reopen by 6:30 p.m.
 
A number of trees and power lines came down around the Berkshires during the heavy wind and rain storm late Wednesday night and into Thursday morning. North Adams firefighters were busy as the severe weather blew through at about 11 p.m., with reports of transponder fires and trees coming down. 
 
The Fire Department's B shift was called in as police and fire dealt with trees or power lines in the road on Summit, North Eagle, College Avenue, East Main and Cliff streets in the late evening. A tree came down in a yard on North Eagle hitting a house and collapsing  a swing set. 
 
Clarksburg firefighters worked to remove a large tree that fell on Middle Road blocking traffic shortly after midnight on Thursday morning and a tree reportedly fell on car in Williamstown, severely damaging the vehicle. Wires were also down across New Ashford Road in Williamstown in the morning, causing traffic delays. 
 
The storm, described as a meteorological "bomb," caused widespread power outages across the state. More than 200,000 electrical customers were without power Thursday morning at 10, according to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, including some 5,600 Eversource customers in eastern Mass. 
 
Most of the outages in the Berkshire  were limited but parts of Southern Berkshire had 10 to 25 percent of customers without power, although more than three-quarters of Hancock was still without power at 6 p.m.

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Adams to Consider Bellevue Cemetery Expansion

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
ADAMS, Mass. — The Cemetery Commission will consider a five-year capital improvement plan and feasibility study to inform the possible expansion of Bellevue Cemetery.
 
Cemetery Commissioner Bruce Shepley asked the commission last week to consider future projects to include in a five-year capital improvement plan for the town’s cemeteries. 
 
"I am asking you to put thinking caps on and in the next month come with what you would like to see done at the cemeteries," he said. "Bottom line is what are your thoughts about capital improvements."
 
Shepley said the commission did produce an improvement plan some years ago, however, he has yet to find it. He added that the Cemetery Department still has funds it can expend to improve the cemeteries but the commissioners would need to figure out how low they can draw this fund.
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