A Look Back
50 Years Ago
∎ Official ground-breaking ceremonies will be held tomorrow night at the Warner Farm on Bridge Road for the new Florence Junior High School. The School Building Committee has asked Mayor Wallace J. Puchalski to turn the first shovelful of earth.
∎ About 1,000 people, including 400 children, attended the third annual Easter egg hunt sponsored by the Northampton Jaycee-ettes at Look Memorial Park yesterday afternoon. While youngsters hunted for 1,200 colored eggs that had been hidden by members of the Jaycee-ettes, the Easter Bunny visited the smaller children and distributed candy to them.
25 Years Ago
∎ The proposal for a higher-density development “incentive zone” off Bridge Road met with firm resistance from about 50 people who filled the City Council chambers for a public hearing last night. Another proposal for a cap on the number of building permits to be issued each month by the city was also panned.
∎ Northampton principals and other administrators have accepted a three-year contract giving them a 5-percent salary increase plus “equity” adjustments each year. The contract is comparable to the one teachers settled in December.
10 Years Ago
∎ The third annual Northampton Adult Spelling Bee will be held at JFK Middle School Tuesday evening. In addition to the title of city spelling champion, awards will be given for best costume and most humorous in the face of defeat.
∎ There weren’t many dry eyes at the World War II Veterans Association on Sunday as U.S. Navy veterans saluted the memorial for the 129 enlisted men and civilians who died on April 10, 1963, when the USS Thresher SSN 593 sank off the coast of Cape Cod. Three local men were among the lost: Phillip H. Allen of Easthampton; Edmund J. Kaluza Jr. of Chicopee; and Joseph A. Walski of Holyoke.