A Look Back
50 Years Ago
∎ Mrs. George J. Myers of 254 North Maple St., Florence, has accepted the position of Leeds correspondent for the Daily Hampshire Gazette. A native of Hatfield, Mrs. Myers is well known throughout Northampton for her many civic contributions.
∎ Miss Florence LeDuc of 26 Laurel St. retired this week from her duties as head dining room attendant at the Northampton State Hospital. Miss LeDuc, who has been in the food business most of her life, ran a restaurant in Northampton before joining the staff at the hospital seven years ago.
25 Years Ago
∎ Deerfield Academy headmaster Robert E. Kaufmann announced Saturday that the academy’s trustees voted 20-2 to return Deerfield Academy to its original coeducational status after 40 years as a boys-only institution. Girls will be admitted for the 1989-90 school year.
∎ An outspoken leader for the local Latino community said today he has resigned from his job as executive director of Casa Latina and could consider leaving the area. “I don’t really have the energy for the job anymore,” said 43-year-old Domingo De-Jesus.
10 Years Ago
∎ Advocates of a private homeless shelter on the grounds of the VA hospital in Leeds are scrambling to regain a $416,000 federal grant they learned late last year they were about to lose. If the 10-year-old shelter fails to regain the grant, it may lose nearly half of its beds by the end of March.
∎ After many delays, the Chesterfield Road Bridge is now open. The bridge, which spans Roberts Meadow Brooks in Northampton, reopened Jan. 17 after being closed since November 1999 for safety reasons.