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50 Years Ago

Two local residents have completed combat training with the U.S. Marine Infantry Training Regiment at Camp Lejeune, N.C. They are Pvt. Thomas R. Sharac, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph M. Sharac of 14 Fruit St., and Pvt. Gerald E. Brooks, Jr., son of Mrs. James Childs of 22 Forest Glen Drive, Florence.

Lowell Mayor Joseph Downes was in Northampton yesterday in the interests of Peabody for governor. He was accompanied on a tour of the city by Mayor Wallace J. Puchalski and city Auditor David Sullivan.

25 Years Ago

A developer is building what he says will be small but “medium-priced” condominiums on Clark Avenue near the downtown business district. the units will be from 700 to 1,000 square feet, not including an outdoor balcony for each. Seven will have one bedroom; nine will have two.

The Board of Health is proposing a leaf composting project for a corner of the city’s sanitary landfill off Glendale Road. The idea arose out of a two-day conference on waste management the mayor and other city officials attended last spring.

10 Years Ago

The Planning Board Thursday voted to grant a permit to Craig Bradford, owner of Bradford Woodworking, to construct a 10,000-square-foot building in the Industrial Park on land once occupied by Kollmorgen Corp. Bradford, who has been making custom cabinets and bookcases for 25 years, said his business has outgrown its Florence quarters.

The Republican and Democratic front-runners in the race for the governor’s office sparred Sunday over past management, even as the two stumped in the same neighborhood in the rain. While Democrat Shannon O’Brien and Republican Mitt Romney campaigned in the rain on opposite ends of East Boston’s Columbus Day parade, their campaigns were furiously faxing statements accusing the other of obscuring their prior records.

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