Wind topples tree at Brookside Church, some damage to Manning House

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A tree was toppled by the wind, hitting the Manning Building at Brookside Congregational Church. Photo/Bill Stelling

MANCHESTER, NH – If a tree falls in the woods next to a church, will anyone hear it?

Bill Stelling was walking his dog when he spotted the fallen tree, and snapped a few photos. The historic Manning House, donated to the church, is used for offices and meeting space or the Brookside Congregational Church.

Stelling said there was some visible damage, to windows and the roof. Vicky Wisner, who answered the church office phone on Thursday, confirmed the tree had fallen, but declined to elaborate. Reverend Eric Jackson was unavailable for comment, but Carol Delle, who also came upon the fallen tree, noted that it was the oldest tree on the property.

According to the National Weather Service, gusty winds were blowing through Manchester early Thursday due to a cold front that was moving in, which apparently were enough to topple the old tree.


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