A Look Back
50 YEARS AGO
∎ Rabbi Arthur Langenauer of Prospect St., the new rabbi of Congregational B’nai Israel, has been appointed temporary chaplain for the Jewish patients at Northampton State Hospital. He succeeds the late Rabbi Samuel Price.
∎ Jack August, president of Congregation B’nai Israel, has offered the facilities of the congregation’s new synagogue on Prospect St. as a shelter in the event of an emergency. Mr. August made the offer in a letter today to Mayor Walter J. Puchalski.
25 YEARS AGO
∎ The Hampshire County Commissioners last week signed a $1.8 million contract with the state to operate modular units for 100 state prisoners at the county House of Correction on Rocky Hill Road. The units should be completed and occupied by mid-December.
∎ Students and teachers at Frontier Regional School got an unexpected day off today after school administrators closed the school to clean up the destruction left by overnight vandals. Two smashed windows and a fog of fire-retardant chemicals greeted morning janitors and school officials as they arrived for work.
10 YEARS AGO
∎ Fire & Water, the cozy vegetarian restaurant where “everyone is an artist,” in the words of its owner, and where poets and musicans have performed since 1994, is closing next month. Cafe owners Trish Overstreet and Star Drooker say they’ve achieved the goal they set when they moved to town, opening the basement space on the corner of Old South and Main streets as a haven for artists.
∎ Using the city’s new zoning regulations for big retailers, a Dave’s Soda and Pet Food City store will be built on King Street following the Planning Board’s approval Thursday night. the store is to be built near a new CVS Pharmacy under construction at the corner of Bridge and King streets, the former site of Serv-U.