A Look Back

Last modified: Tuesday, March 18, 2014
50 Years Ago

∎ Secretary of State Kevin H. White will visit Western Massachusetts on Monday to address the student body at Northampton High School. In addition to speaking to the students, Secretary White will present to the school framed Photostats of certain historical documents pertaining to the City of Northampton.

∎ Odetta, American folk singer and guitarist, will present a concert in John M. Greene Hall at Smith College in April. Her appearance is sponsored by the Smith College Day School Parent-Teacher Organization as its chief fund-raising drive of the year.

25 Years Ago

∎ The scare over the cancer-causing pesticide Alar that prompted schools nationwide to remove apples from lunch menus is not causing concern among lunchroom directors in Hampshire County. Most area school districts are continuing to offer apples to students, based on assurances by the government that eating apples and apple products is safe.

∎ Due in part to rising construction costs, Smith College’s trustees have set a new goal for the school’s five-year fund-raising campaign, lifting the target from $125 million to $152 million. As of March 1, the effort had raised $118.5 million in gifts and pledges from alumnae, parents, friends, corporations and foundations.

10 Years Ago

∎ Vox Radio Group is planning to relocate one of its FM radio signals from Pittsfield to Easthampton, according to Bruce Danziger, Vox president and manager partner. If approved, the signal here would mark the first local radio service licensed in Easthampton.

∎ Management of the state data center, the official source of U.S. Census information, has shifted from a cash-strapped MISER program to the Donahue Institute at UMass, the university system’s acting president announced Thursday. The data center maintains demographic, economic and social statistics produced by the United States Census Bureau.