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Storm update: FPU Bubble collapses 

Franklin Pierce University’s North Fields Activity Center, an airframe known as The Bubble, collapsed early Saturday due to strong winds and heavy snow, according to university officials.

Lisa Murray, director of university relations and creative services, wrote in an email to the Ledger-Transcript on Saturday that the university was still assessing the situation and that she did not yet know the particulars about when The Bubble collapsed or the extent of the damage.

Rindge Police Officer Thomas Horne said Saturday that the incident did not require the response of the town's emergency personnel. "There were no reported injuries," he said.

University alumni reacted to the news on social media sites Saturday. Some wrote on the university's Facebook page that they remembered the first time The Bubble collapsed during the 2000-2001 academic year when a Nor'easter hit the region.

The Bubble is home to cardio and workout equipment, a two-lane track, as well as multipurpose courts for tennis, basketball and volleyball. It is used by both university students and staff, as well as Rindge residents.

In other storm news

The Monadnock region was spared the lashing winds that knocked out power across much of coastal New England, but residents woke up to blanket of powder well over two feet thick Saturday morning.

By 8:30 a.m., there were consistent measurements as high as 30 inches in Peterborough, with snow drifts measuring significantly higher.

We'll keep you posted on any outages reported in the Monadnock region, or on any other weather-related news.

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