A Look Back
50 Years Ago
∎ George Menousek of the Northampton schools music department will present a program of student musical demonstrations at the Leeds PTA meeting on Monday. John Luneau will preside at the business meeting.
∎ Miss Ellen Alberts of 17 James Ave., secretary of the Hampshire County Youth for Peabody Committee, is in Boston today for the inauguration, reception and inaugural ball of Gov. Endicott Peabody. Miss Alberts is a student at Northampton High School.
25 Years Ago
∎ The City Council yesteray spent over an hour and took six ballots before settling on a compromise candidate, Michael J. Ahearn Jr., for City Council president. For the first time in memory, the nine councilors fought over who should take the largely ceremonial post.
∎ Williamsburg has the state’s first female police chief. Selectmen voted unanimously last night to hire Linda C. Hammond as the town’s first full-time police chief, making her the first female police chief in the state.
10 Years Ago
∎ Just days after the death of a proposed anti-gay marriage constitutional amendment, the Legislature is poised to confront the issue of civil unions for the first time. Also proposed this year is a bill legalizaing gay marriage.
∎ More than two years after selling their old lodge on Center Street, the Northampton Elks have a new home. The new lodge, a modern-looking, one-story building at 17 Spring St., located at the corner of Spring and Pine streets in Florence, opened Dec. 8.