A Look Back
50 Years Ago
∎ A tragedy occurred yesterday afternoon in Florence when a deer was attacked and killed by dogs. The deer, a good-sized doe, had evidently been chased for some time and reached the end of its endurance when it dropped on Bardwell Street, now far from the railroad crossing.
∎ Leonard Baskin, graphic artist and sculptor and professor of art at Smith college, has been elected to membership in the National Institute of Arts and Letters, the nation’s highest honor society of the arts.
25 Years Ago
∎ Two new department heads have been hired at the Forbes Library, in addition to new children’s department librarian Anne Williamson. Lynn Eaton, 35, is now director of circulation, replacing Ann Cook, who left in December. And Faith Kaufmann, 26, last week was named art and music librarian, replacing Angela Vincent, who had been on a maternity leave and decided not to return.
∎ Tuition, room and board at Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith colleges has risen an average of 42 percent over the past five years. Students now pay an average of almost $17,000 at the four schools.
10 Years Ago
∎ A momentous event in the long-awaited transformation of the former Northampton State Hospital took place Wednesday when the towering smokestack at the old power plant was demolished. “It’s a visible milestone for the public,” said Teri Anderson, the city’s economic development coordinator.
∎ Florence business owners say they are frustrated over the sale of the Go West Building to the non-profit Valley CDC and concerned over the future of the building’s first-floor retail space in the heart of downtown Florence. City and Valley Community Development Corp. officials insist that the first floor, which housed K Clothing until Kevin Cox sold the building in January, will remain retail space.