A Look Back
50 Years Ago
∎ The State Police bloodhound “Princess” died yesterday after 10 years’ service at the Laurel Park barracks here. During her career, according to State Police officials, she was credited with finding a score of lost persons and with tracking a number of criminals.
∎ Three Northampton girls were among the 45 members of the senior class of Mercy Hospital School of Nursing to receive their school rings in the hospital chapel last night. The girls are Miss Nancy H. McDonald, Miss Frances V. Shaughnessy and Miss Patricia J. Stack.
25 Years Ago
∎ After many delays in the construction of the new modular unit at the Hampshire County House of Correction, 38 prisoners moved in last Sunday with little fanfare. By the end of next week, 50 inmates will fill one wing of the new prefabricated unit.
∎ Northampton’s float, “Finian’s Rainbow,” received an honorable mention yesterday from the St. Patrick’s Day Committee of Holyoke Inc. A bright, sparkling rainbow formed an arc over the length of Northampton’s float, which was decorated with leprechauns and a pot of gold.
10 Years Ago
∎ Mount Holyoke College is planning a 5 percent across-the-board reduction in general expenses and a possible freeze on pay raises — but no staff layoffs — in the wake of a large-scale decrease in endowment income and other revenues.
∎ A plan to replace workers at the city’s E. John Gare III Parking Garage with automated parking-ticket dispensers will take effect in about a month, putting at least six full-time and eight part-time employees out of a job.