A Look Back
50 Years Ago
∎ With surprising unanimity, the Northampton City Council voted last night to re-elect Councilor George F. Morrissey as its president. Even more surprising was the source of the nomination — Councilor Francis W. Hogan, who had run against Morrissey for the post in 1962.
∎ Barring an extended thaw, Northampton residents can anticipate excellent skating on the city’s three ice skating rinks for some time. Skating weather began this season on Dec. 15, as compared with opening day of Dec. 23 in the 1960-61 season.
25 Years Ago
∎ Morgan A. Broman, the former television news reporter who was an unsuccessful candidate for the state Legislature in 1986, has been hired as a top aide to U.S. Rep. Edward P. Boland, D-Springfield.
∎ Two Northampton reserve police officers were recently appointed to permanent positions, while two regular officers were promoted. Reserve Officers Tim Malinowski and Peter Fappiano were sworn in as permanent patrolmen, while acting Sgt. Andrew Trushaw was sworn in as a permanent sergeant, and Officer Richard Rogalski was promoted to acting sergeant.
10 Years Ago
∎ With several months of wintry weather still on the horizon, the Northampton school system’s $18,000 budget for snow removal has already fallen into a deficit. Three major storms, including two in the first two school days after Christmas break, have empited out the budget entirely.
∎ U.S. Reps. Richard Neal and John Olver believe that action to save the faltering health care system is the top priority for Congress in the new session that begins this week. “I do think the urgency of the early 1990s is before us again,” Neal, a Springfield Democrat, said of the spiraling cost of health care and the rising number of uninsured people.