A Look Back
50 Years Ago
∎ Two new officers have been assigned to Company C under the new organization within the state National Guard units. They are Robert J. Swartz and Richard G. Bubnel. Both are second lieutenants and are assigned as rifle platoon leaders at Company C.
∎ The Sea Scouts of Ship 113 met Tuesday evening in VFW Hall. Plans were made to open their charter next week to receive signatures of new members into the Ship. Jerry Rybeck was promoted to first mate, Paul Gagnon to yeoman, and Carl Clapp to crew leader. John A. Tenanes is skipper of the Ship.
25 Years Ago
∎ A cheaper and more dangerous form of cocaine known as “crack” has apparently reached Northampton. Detectives confiscated a small amount of what they believe is the substance in an early morning drug raid yesterday at a Graves Avenue residence.
∎ A campus committee is recommending that Smith College bring the number of minority faculty, administrators and students up to 20 percent in five years, and require a cultural diversity course for all freshmen. Those suggestions appear in a report on racism, subtitled “Recommendations for Change at Smith College,” released this week.
10 Years Ago
∎ Worries intensified that a deadly flu-like illness hitting Asia was spreading via air travel after world health officials said people exposed to the disease should be barred from planes. SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, has sickened more than 1,400 and caused 50 deaths — most of them in Asia.
∎ City schoolchildren ranked higher than their peers around the country on the Iowa Tests taken in October, but the scores clearly fell along racial lines, which School Committee members Thursday night found disturbing. Donna Harlan, assistant superintendent, presented the data and said that the differences reflected between students who are members of minority groups and other students concern school officials.