A Look Back
50 Years Ago
∎ Philip W. McKeague of Westfield will assume the position of manager of the Northampton office of the New England Telephone Co. on Monday. He replaces James A. Sullivan, who has been promoted and transferred to the Newton area effective April 1.
∎ Tommy McDonald, Philadelphia Eagles All-Pro end, will be the principal speaker Thursday night at a Sports Night to be held by Northampton Lodge of Elks. One of professional football’s most colorful figures, the 176-pound pass receiver has been as adept on the banquet circuit as he is on the football field.
25 Years Ago
∎ A small building that formerly housed small shops has been torn down to make way for the downtown parking garage. The construction, which has started, has meant the temporary loss of nearly 200 parking spaces in the Armory Street lot.
∎ Seventeen salamanders were seen over the last two nights crossing through tunnels under Henry Street in Amherst built specially for their annual migration, an encouraging sign according to one naturalist. “I regard this as a big success,” said Robert Winston, whose interest in the spotted amphibians led to construction of the two miniature tunnels.
10 Years Ago
∎ The Blue Wall Pub in the Campus Center at the University of Massachusetts is set to open April 6, interim Vice Chancellor Jo-Anne Vanin said Tuesday. The Blue Wall cafeteria, which can hold 400 people, was extensively renovated in January with new floors, tables, chairs and big-screen televisions.
∎ The latest chapter in Hamelin Furniture’s bankruptcy has ended, with the store’s King Street location now officially closed and vacant. A long-running liquidation sale ended Friday, nine months after the store’s owner, William Hamelin, filed for Chapter 11 protection and 15 years after he opened the business.