50 Years Ago
∎ John J. Keefe has been appointed coordinator in Northampton for the campaign of Atty. Francis E. Kelly, who is the Democratic nominee for attorney general, a position he once held. The appointment of Keefe was announced by Charles J. McKenna, who is the Kelly coordinator for Hampshire County.
∎ Midshipman 1c Alfred L. Griggs, son of Mr. and Mrs. Osborne E. Griggs of 3 Tyler Court, has been named by the superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md., as a company commander with the midshipman rank of lieutenant in the 4,000-man brigade of midshipmen.
25 Years Ago
∎ A recycling plant planned in Springfield is offering some Hampshire County communities lower overall trash-disposal costs with minimal effort from residents. The state-funded Materials Recovery Facility would separate and sell recyclable materials from rubbish delivered to its plant.
∎ Northampton patrolmen claim that 20 to 30 police officers have left their ranks over the past 10 years because of low salaries and benefits. This statement appeared in a newspaper advertisement taken out last week by local 390 of the International Brotherhood of Police Officers, in an attempt to gain public support for Northampton police officers’ efforts to settle their union contract with the city.
10 Years Ago
∎ Acting Gov. Jane Swift, warning that chances for a quick fiscal recovery have faded, cut more than $200 million in spending Thursday, targeting a range of services, from health care to kindergarten. Swift urged state lawmakers to come back into formal session to approve another $85 million in reductions and savings to help close what she said was a new $300 million gap in the budget.
∎ A committee charged with reviewing the city’s controversial new school bus fee is expected to begin meeting next week. Parents have already questioned the safety of children walking to school when their parents cannot pay the $180 annual fee, and have raised issues of fairness and equality in the way the fee was implemented.