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A Look Back

50 Years Ago

Although work on the free-standing addition at the Westhampton Center School was suspended today because of the storm, contractor Philip E. Shumway of Amherst expects to have the new structure ready early this spring. The building will have two classrooms, an all-purpose room in the basement and a connecting corridor to the present school building.

William F. Claire Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs.William F. Claire of 331 Pleasant St., today started work as an administrative assistant to U.S. Rep. Silvio O. Conte of Pittsfield. Until recently, Claire has been employed as an information specialist in the office of the Secretary of the Air Force.

25 Years Ago

The owners of a teen nightclub in Easthampton will temporarily pay a police officer overtime to help patrons cross Route 10 on Friday and Saturday nights. The offer to pay for the officer came last night from the owners of Studio 91 and was greeted with applause from about 75 parents and teenagers gathered at a selectmen’s meeting to push for safer crossing conditions.

A compromise plan to revive the city’s involvement in an expanded Hotel Northampton apparently includes scaling back the project and a commitment by the hotel’s owners to help Northampton develop more affordable housing. Details of the plan, which have been veiled in secrecy, are expected to be discussed tonight.

10 Years Ago

JFK Middle School was the beneficiary of two gifts last month: an anonymous $500 donation aimed at improving arts and music education and five computers from Hartford Life. “They’re marvelous gifts,” said JFK Principal Carol Gregory. “The people in the community are so generous.”

In an effort to fortify residents against the winter chill, the Northampton Recreation Department is sponsoring a month of family activities. The celebration of winter known as “Fabulous February” has taken place annually for 10 years.

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