A Look Back
50 Years Ago
∎ Plans for a $6,600,000 Science Center at Smith College, the largest building program for science ever undertaken by a women’s college, were announced today. Construction is scheduled to begin in the spring of 1964, with occupancy planned for the fall of 1965.
∎ One case of monkey bite was reported by the Northampton Board of Health for February, in addition to the following more prosaic cases: five of mumps, four of measles and two dog bites.
25 Years Ago
∎ The pastor of the Sacred Heart Parish in Easthampton has recommended closing the Sacred Heart School following a decline in enrollment over the past several years. The recommendation, by Pastor Ronald Sadlowski, must be approved by Springfield Archdiocese Bishop Joseph McGuire and Sister Betty Gould, superintendent of schools for the diocese.
∎ Work began today on the King Street reconstruction project as crews dug test pits along the edge of the road to locate underground utility lines. The work will occur in stages, starting in the Main Street area and proceeding north to Damon Road.
10 Years Ago
∎ An unknown number of JFK Middle School students walked out of classes Wednesday to join anti-war rallies downtown. JFK Principal Carol Gregory described them as “a small number” of middle schoolers, and she said those deemed in violation of school policy will be suspended.
∎ Calling Greenfield Community College “the economic driver” of Franklin County, trustees voted Wednesday to lead a community-wide effort to defeat Gov. Mitt Romney’s plan to merge it with Holyoke Community College.