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A Look Back

50 Years Ago

Joseph H. Vishaway, recently promoted to corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps, is serving in the Western Pacific area. At present he is in Hong Kong and expects to be in the Philippine Islands in a few days. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Benoit of 70 Bradford St.

The Northampton School Committee has referred to the city solicitor a request by the Recreation Dept. for use of land near Leeds School as a skating rink. Objecting to the plan was Committeeman Edwin C. Warner.

25 Years Ago

The School Department is facing an increase in the number of learning disabled students at Northampton High School, while at the same time the number of special education teachers is declining. An increase this year in high school pupils with severe learning disabilities will require the School Department to hire a specialist who can work directly with the students and consult with their classroom teachers.

A report on mental health needs in Western Massachusetts, presented to a federal judge today, calls for the creation of 120 accredited hospital beds at Northampton State Hospital and community placements for 327 people. The Department of Mental Health submitted the plan, drafted by a local task force, to U.S. District Court Judge Frank H. Freedman in Springfield.

10 Years Ago

Heroin has become more of a problem in Pittsfield and all across Berkshire County in the past year, law enforcement authorities say. “I’m very concerned,” Berkshire District Attorney Gerard D. Downing told The Berkshire Eagle. “It’s become a major problem.”

The Northampton School Committee in December will consider making the city the fourth community in the state to grant diplomas to high school seniors regardless of their MCAS scores. The committees for Hamsphire Regional High School, the Cambridge school system and the Falmouth school system have passed resolutions to grant the diplomas.

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