A Look Back

Last modified: Monday, February 17, 2014
50 Years Ago

∎ Last night’s zero temperatures resulted in a frozen pipe which burst and caused some damage to the Western Union office on Crafts Avenue. Patrolman Arthur Frenier discovered water pouring into the first floor office from the second floor at 1:30 this morning while making his routine rounds.

∎ A bucket-loader is out today putting the finishing touches to the city’s street-clearing problems, many of them caused by homeowners with snowblowers. City Engineer Francis P. Ryan said the blowers are directed into the street instead of onto the property by most people using them.

25 Years Ago

∎ A 12-year veteran of the University of Massachusetts Police Department was named deputy chief of pubic safety this week. Lt. John Luippold, 34, of Belchertown, will start his new job Sunday, according to Arthur Hilson, the executive director of public safety at UMass.

∎ Amanda Surgen, 10, of Northampton, has won the district Elks hoop-shoot competition, and will be competing in the state finals today in Fall River. She won the 10-11-year-old bracket by sinking 14 of 25 free throws.

10 Years Ago

∎ Smith College will officially open its $4 million Olin Fitness Center Thursday with a talk by professional golfer Suzy Whaley. “A Straight Shot to Success” will be the theme of Whaley’s talk. The center, which is not open to the public, has been in use by the Smith community since January.

∎ Cut the shrimp, not the jobs, is the message some Smith College students are sending to administrators who propose closing seven dining halls and cutting 15 food service jobs. Smith officials say the dining changes could save $800,000 a year. “Some of our meals have included shrimp. Is that really necessary during a budget crisis?” asked one student.