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A Look Back 

50 Years Ago

Candlelight and Christmas greens in conjunction with the clear, young voices of Smith College and Lehigh University students once again provided a treat to area residents attending the two Christmas Vespers services at John M. Greene Hall yesterday. The annual event is a highlight of the Yuletide season to many.

A Florence father called police early last night to report his young daughter missing. A cruiser was dispatched to organize a search. Before it arrived at the home, however, the father telephoned again to report his daughter safe asleep — in the bathtub.

25 Years Ago

State legislators from Amherst say the expected appointment next month of Jane M. Garvey as commissioner of the state Department of Public Works will be a boon to western Massachusetts because she knows the area well and is fair-minded. Garvey, 43, is expected to be named commissioner by Gov. Michael S. Dukakis.

It was an evening of black ties and sequined gowns, recollections of Daniel Shays and Calvin Coolidge, a five-course meal with each course announced by proclamation, and mingling with the local legal community, as the Hampshire County Courthouse celebrated its 100th birthday last night.

10 Years Ago

Cardinal Bernard F. Law’s abrupt trip to the Vatican remained shrouded in secrecy as more than 50 of his priests formally asked him to resign, hand-delivering a letter to his Boston residence. Fifty-eight Boston-area priests signed a letter calling for Law’s resignation, amid increasing criticism of the Boston Archdiocese clergy sex abuse scandal.

Acting Governor Jane Swift made what is likely her last round of budget cuts Monday, trimming $60.7 million, including cuts to welfare benefits and a program subsidizing water and sewer rates. Swift said the cuts were painful but necessary.

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