A Look Back
50 Years Ago
∎ Fifteen high school students from Smith’s School and Northampton High School will begin cleanup work tomorrow at Look Park, it is announced by Park Supt. N. Foss Narum. The cleanup job on the park grounds is expected to take all of next week, during which the two schools are on spring vacation.
∎ Lt. Cmdr. Philip H. Allen, formerly of Easthampton, is listed as among those missing aboard the nuclear submarine Thresher, lost after a dive on Wednesday. Cmdr. Allen is the son of Mrs. Otis Allen of 17 Wright St., Easthampton.
25 Years Ago
∎ The Northampton Redevelopment Authority voted yesterday to order a feasibility study for a proposed new industrial/business park, according to Marcia E. Berkley, the city’s economic development coordinator. The park would be located between Route 10 and Route 66 near the Easthampton line.
∎ Attorney Renee L. Steese of Chicopee was sworn in yesterday as the newest member of Northwestern District Attorney W. Michael Ryan’s staff of 18 lawyers. Steese will work in the Greenfield office, prosecuting Greenfield District Court and jury of six cases.
10 Years Ago
∎ Northampton School Superintendent Michael Cosgriff presented a somber School Committee with a proposed budget for next year that calls for 37 layoffs, including 19 teachers, and eliminates elementary music, art and physical education programs.
∎ Saying, “the budget is the bottom-line decision maker,” School Superintendent Michael Cosgriff Thursday recommended that the School Committee continue charging a $180-a-year school bus fee for students who live within two miles of school and are not required by law to be bused.