SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) – A Catholic hospital in Springfield plans to remove a window that some claim displays an apparition of the Virgin Mary.

Hundreds of people have visited Mercy Medical Center to see the second-story office window since the image was first noticed on Sept. 30.

Hospital officials released a statement Wednesday saying they would remove the window, but would continue to study it over the next few months and may put it on display.

Hospital spokesman Mark Fulco said the hospital believes the image is “unique,” but removing the window “is necessary for returning to normal operations.”

Hospital officials have said engineers who examined the window believed the image may be a mineral deposit that formed between the panes of glass.

First N.H. wind farm to open soon

LEMPSTER, N.H. (AP) – New Hampshire’s first major wind farm is expected to be generating power this winter.

The Lempster Wind Power Project is scheduled to be running by the end of the year.

The 12 wind turbines are expected to provide power to 10,000 homes. The company building the project says the emissions saved by the turbines are the equivalent of taking more than 5,000 cars off the road. Ten percent of the power will be bought by the New Hampshire Electric Cooperative.

Public Service Company is buying the rest.


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