A Look Back
50 Years Ago
■ A crane today took the first bite in the demolition of “Studes” building, a Smith College landmark since 1903. Razing of the building is part of the work preceding the erection of a $6.5 million Science Center, which is scheduled for occupancy in September 1966.
■ Dinosaur tracks have stopped workers in their tracks near the Connecticut River. Construction on Route 91 was halted when the tracks were found in rocks where blasting was being done for the new highway. Experts from Harvard and Yale and the government were called in to examine the tracks, which reportedly are up to 180 million years old.
25 Years Ago
■ Hardigg Industries of South Deerfield today announced that 70 employees — 29 percent of its work force — will be laid off effective July 21. The layoffs are the first in 20 years at Hardigg, which started in 1955.
■ The University of Massachusetts, having reduced its spending by millions of dollars in the last two years, now finds it must cut again — about $8 million. UMass Chancellor Joseph D. Duffey says layoff are likely under the new round of cuts, but a decision on where to make cuts will not come until next week.
10 Years Ago
■ Cold Stone Creamery, an ice cream chain, is slated to open next month on Main Street. Rather than conducting traditional interviews, the company auditions groups of prospective workers, to find out whether they’ll enjoy the oddball aspects of the job, such as singing for tips and entertaining customers with banter and games while they’re waiting in line.
■ Northampton Mayor Clare Higgins and the Finance Committee are requesting a $160,000 bond authorization to renovate the Feiker School on Riverside Drive, an action that would allow Nonotuck Community School to rent the space.