By James Bridgman
50 Years Ago
∎ A battery was stolen from the Valentine Concrete Co. yard off Hatfield Street yesterday, officials reported to police. The thief or thieves apparently were scared off before they could take the second battery, which was found with its wires cut.
∎ Leo E. Goyer, deputy master and keeper of the Hampshire County Jail, will retire Jan. 2. Mrs. Goyer, who has been serving as prison matron on a part-time basis since June 1, 1958, will resign as of that date. The couple plans to move to Hatfield.
25 Years Ago
∎ A local nonprofit group with an eye for increasing the area’s pool of affordable housing has secured 6 acres in Florence for its first project. The Northampton Area Land Trust this month reached a purchase-and-sale agreement with the owner of a lot at 6 Garfield Ave.
∎ The Massachusetts Legislature has sent to Gov. Michael S. Dukakis a bill that commits the state to a 40-year schedule of payments to make up an estimated $16 billion shortfall in the state pension system. The measure resolves what some had called a fiscal time bomb that could explode into tax increases and service cuts.
10 Years Ago
∎ Hartford-based developer Peter Shapiro said he is about a month away from making a pitch to transform the historic main building at the former Northampton State Hospital into low-rent housing and studio spaces for artists.
∎ People seeking relief from those dinnertime telemarketing calls will get a little more peace and quiet beginning Jan. 1 as a result of a law that curbs for-profit phone solicitations. The law creates a state-run Do Not Call Registry that consumers can sign up for as of Wednesday.