A Look Back
50 Years Ago
∎ Robert F. Czelusniak of 77 Prospect St. has announced that he will be a Democratic candidate for Register of Deeds in the coming election. Mr. Czelusniak has been an area resident all his life and is associated with the Czelusniak Funeral Home in Northampton and Easthampton.
∎ Two local citizens will be the guest speakers at tonight’s meeting of the Young Democrats Club. John Broderick, president of the Isaak Walton League and former state conservation officer, and Dr. George Hayes, local physician and well-known fish and game enthusiast, will give their views on the construction of Route 91 in the Ox Bow area, and the damages which are expected to result to the fish and wildlife if construction continues as currently proposed.
25 Years Ago
∎ Jo-Anne Thomas Vanin will take office as the University of Massachusetts’ new dean of students April 16, becoming only the second such dean in the university’s history. Vanin will replace William F. Field, who held the post for 37 years before retiring in December.
∎ Fearful of losing key personnel, Langley Ford Instruments, a home-grown, high-technology company, has reversed its decision to move closer to its parent company in Florida. But although the company will stay in the area, it needs to find a larger building. Vacant space at the Mountain Farms Mall is being considered.
10 Years Ago
∎ Northampton School Superintendent Michael Cosgriff is defending his decision to spend $13,000 on new school furnishings, mainly office furniture, saying Monday that upgrades were necessary and long overdue. “Word on the street is that I bought myself a $13,000 desk, and that simply isn’t the case,” said Cosgriff, who said that critics don’t have all the facts.
∎ The Pratt Museum of Natural History at Amherst College will close for two years, starting Monday, while a new museum and geology building is constructed. The “dinosaur” museum has been popular with area residents since it opened in 1951.