By James Bridgman
50 Years Ago
∎ Right-wingers cheered and left-wingers chided Mayor Wallace J. Puchalski when he removed the United Nations flag from its perch outside City Hall in what undoubtedly was the top news story of 1962 locally. The controversy arose in mid-January and was resolved in mid-April.
∎ Miss Eileen M. Kenny of Springfield has been named chief operator in the Northampton office of the New England Telephone Co., it is announced by Manager James A. Sullivan. Miss Kenny plans to move to 81 Prospect St. around Jan. 1.
25 Years Ago
∎ Federal cuts of $1.25 billion to the U.S. Postal Service budget will probably result in reductions, but no full-scale cancellations, to some mail services in western Massachusetts. The effects of the cuts will be felt the most in Amherst and Ware.
∎ Ruth M. Agnew, 87, of 95 Maynard Road, a longtime curator of music at Smith College, died Thursday at her home. Miss Agnew worked at Smith College for a total of 42 years.
10 Years Ago
∎ A student bar might open next semester at the Blue Wall Coffeehouse in the University of Massachusetts Campus Center. Officials at UMass said this week that discussions are continuing about the possibility of serving alcohol to students age 21 and older in the cafe, which is being renovated during January inter-term.
∎ A nor’easter on Christmas Day is a budget-buster for cities and towns. Wednesday’s storm, in an already snowy winter, has area road bosses predicting their snow-clearing budgets will be in deficit as early as mid-January.