A Look Back
50 Years Ago
∎ George J. O’Brien of Florence, Democratic candidate for state senator, is stepping up his “meet the people” program. This morning he toured Northampton State Hospital and was scheduled to follow that with a tour of Kollmorgen Corp.
∎ More than 100 boys and girls attended the annual Halloween party yesteday at the YMCA. The program began with all the youngsters taking part in a modified “spook walk” which began on the main floor then proceeded down several shadowed corridors into the chamber, where various scenes were eerie enough to send the young poeple scampering into the gymansium.
25 Years Ago
∎ The Massachusetts Audubon Society will honor three local residents this week for their “meritorious actions on behalf of the environment.” Terry Blunt of West Hatfield, Alexandra Dawson of Hadley, and Stan Freeman of Florence are among those who will receive the Audubon Society’s “A” awards.
∎ The Dike Road entrance to the Meadows section of Northampton may soon be closed for safety reasons. The Department of Public Works is seeking to block the road at the request of the Police Department, which wants to discontinue Dike Road’s intersection with Route 5.
10 Years Ago
∎ Leeds resident Henry Lea will travel to a conference in Germany, where he will relate his experiences as a translator during war crimes trials in Nuremberg following World War II.
∎ Kollmorgen Electro-Optical has won a $9.6 million contract to build 12 submarine masts for the U.S. Navy. Eight of the masts, which are used to raise and lower sensors, will be installed on a new Virginia class submarine, and four on a refurbished Trident submarine.