A Look Back
50 Years Ago
∎ Bargain Day shoppers in Northampton for the special three-day promotion which began here today were given an extra bargain break in being able to park their cars free of charge throughout the city. Over 40 stores are participating in the Bargain Days event, which will conclude on Saturday.
∎ Several psychology majors from Smith College are doing work at Northampton State Hospital during the three-week interim session. The program is under the direction of Professor Haskell Coplin of Amherst College, who is a consultant at the hospital.
25 Years Ago
∎ Donald B. Frizzle will retire as superintendent of the Amherst-Pelham regional school system at the end of this year. Frizzle, who turns 60 next December, has been superintendent of the school district for the past 15 years.
∎ Retired Northampton Police Sgt. William J. Arnold was honored by the City Council Thursday night with a standing ovation and a plaque recognizing his nearly three decades of service. Arnold, 55, retired Jan. 8.
10 Years Ago
∎ Hoping to bring out the altruist in everyone, local philanthropist Jack Hornor is putting up $2,500 to keep the Interfaith Homeless Shelter open through the winter. Now organizers are trying to raise the $7,000 needed to pay its staff until April. Hornor, of 46 Ladyslipper Lane, said he thinks city residents are up to the task.
∎ A new nonprofit contemporary art gallery will not open as planned in the city’s former firehouse, the victim of anemic fundraising, its creators say. After working for more than a year to launch the Show, a Northampton couple said this week they have abandoned the effort and returned recent donations.