A Look Back
50 Years Ago
∎ Mrs. John Volpe, wife of Gov. Volpe, was the honored guest at a tea yesteday at Hotel Northampton. More than 100 Republican women gathered to greet Mrs. Volpe and hear her speak briefly.
∎ Superintendent of Schools William R. Barry said today the school department is in need of substitute teachers. He urged those who might qualify for teaching positions to contact his office. This year saw an unusual turnover in teaching personnel, Barry has noted.
25 Years Ago
∎ Northampton artist Stephen Calcagnino is the new director of the Northampton Center for the Arts, according to Christopher B. Milne, president of the center’s board of directors. Calcagnino, a Northampton sculptor, has resigned as curator of the Wistariahurst Museum in Holyoke to take the center job.
∎ The Cooley Dickinson Hospital trustees have scrapped plans to convert the McCallum Building into subsidized elderly housing. According to Vice President Jeffrey J. Graham, because of a delay caused by the federal government, the project would have lost money if it were completed.
10 Years Ago
∎ The city-owned Fitzgerald Lake Conservation Area has grown by more than 7 acres. The City Council earlier this month accepted the land donated by Laurence Stoddard, Henry Stoddard and four other heirs of Laurence Stoddard Sr.
∎ Proponents and opponents of bilingual education squared off Tuesday in a debate on Question 2, the Nov. 5 ballot question that calls for an end to most bilingual programs in the state. The debate, one of the few in the area to present both sides of the issue, drew more than 50 people to the Amherst Town Hall.