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A Look Back

50 Years Ago

The community skating rink on Cosmian Green was plowed yesterday, although in the latter part of the afternoon because of the many demands on everyone for the removal of snow, so there were not many skaters. The ice surface had been prepared Saturday evening so will be available for skating today.

Results of a nine-table duplicate bridge at the Ten-Pin Bowling alleys yesterday are as follows: North-South: first, Mrs. Marion Tonet and Edward Land; second, John Hummel and Fred Whipple; third, Mrs. Mabel Glennon and Roger West. East-West: first, Fayette Anderson and Donald Powers; second, Mrs.Caroline Marx and Mrs. Mary O’Donnell; and third, Mrs. Penny Stevens and Mrs. Jeannette Kennedy.

25 Years Ago

Donald J. Shea is retiring this weekend as clerk-treasurer of Smith Charities, a position he has held for 30 years. Shea, 67, of 81 Massasoit St., was responsible for informing community residents about the conditions of eligibility for funds established in 1848 under the will of Oliver Smith.

U.S. Rep. Silvio O. Conte, R-Pittsfield, said today that under no circumstances would he vote for any aid to the Nicaraguan Contra rebels. Conte was in Springfield yesterday for the official opening of the George Bush for President campaign headquarters.

10 Years Ago

Clark Waring Blackburn, a former executive director of Children’s Aid and Family Service of Hampshire County, who was devoted to improving the welfare of children and their families, died Jan. 18, at Hospice for Metro in Denver. Mr. Blackburn was 94.

Valley Community Development Corp. will break ground Friday for a project at the Valley Millbank Apartments on Michelman Avenue. The nonprofit agency recently secured more than $3 million in public and private funds to renovate 14 low-cost housing units on the site and to build 10 new ones.

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