A Look Back
50 Years Ago
∎ That there is a law against the use of air rifles does not seem to trouble some youngsters in Florence or their parents. But some of the neighbors have put out feeding stations that are frequented by a large number of birds of different species, and the boys have been shooting at the birds that come there.
∎ The University of Massachusetts will adopt a voluntary ROTC program beginning in the fall of 1963. The new program, which will replace the current compulsory curriculum for freshmen and sophomores, will affect both the Air Force and Army ROTC programs at the university.
25 Years Ago
∎ Willis H. Brucker resigned yesterday after eight years as president of the Cooley Dickinson Hospital, giving as a reason the frustation of running the hospital with a growing deficit caused by state restrictions. Brucker, 46, had been an administrator at the hospital for 15 years.
∎ The former director of an 850-bed psychiatric center in New York State has been named chief operating officer of the Northampton State Hospital. Helen M. Houston replaces Donald C. Siddell, who left Northampton State Hospital in September.
10 Years Ago
∎ Hundreds of Valley residents joined demonstrators in the nation’s capital Saturday to protest the Bush administration’s threat to wage war against Iraq and its policies at home and abroad. They traveled to Washington by car, train, plane and by the busloads, joining tens of thousands of activists for an anti-war rally on the National Mall.
∎ Michelle Serra of Florence has been elected to the board of directors for Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity. A Realtor with the Murphys Agency in Northampton, Serra said she is concerned about the number of first-time homebuyers who are priced out of the local market.