A Look Back
50 Years Ago
∎ Kimball W. Howes of 35 Park St. has been promoted to maintenance superintendent of the vinyl chloride and aminoplast facilities at Monsanto Chemical Co., Springfield, announced A.G. Erdman, plant manager.
∎ Apparatus went rushing to Northampton State Hospital this morning at 8:08 only to find no fire and no one who would admit calling the Fire Department. Apparatus went out again about 11 on a Civil Defense check.
25 Years Ago
∎ Internationally acclaimed composer John Harbison, winner of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Music, will be the first Five College composer-in-residence. For three days, Harbison will meet in seminars with music students and faculty at all five institutions and will give a public lecture-demonstration at Hampshire College.
∎ The Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce tomorrow will present its first-ever “employer of the year” award during its annual meeting to the Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Northampton. The employee program, started last year by the chamber, highlights the difference one individual can make, said Paul J. Walker, executive director.
10 Years Ago
∎ The Planning Board approved an expansion of the Best Western Hotel that will bring the first hotel suites to the city. “With this expansion we can accommodate a whole new market of people who are not staying in Northampton now,” Gary Avigne, operating partner, told the Planning Board.
∎ Just four doctors rolled up their sleeves for smallpox shots Friday in a feeble start for the U.S. government’s plan to vaccinate a half-million front-line health care workers across the nation in case of a bioterrorist attack. Connecticut became the first state to take part in the vaccination program.