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A Look Back

50 Years Ago

∎ America’s first lady, Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy, is expecting a child in August. The President and Mrs. Kennedy already have two children, Caroline and John Jr.

∎ The People’s Institute plans to have constructed two outdoor pools on its property this spring to implement and enrich the Day Camp and children’s programs. A swimming pool 20 by 40 feet, with water depths varying from 3 feet to 8 feet deep, will take care of the older children, and a 20-foot octagonal wading pool is designed for the very small fry.

25 Years Ago

∎ One employee of a Northampton mental health agency makes so little money she meets the salary requirement to live at the shelter for the homeless where she works. The starting pay at a local center for emotionally troubled youths is $11,905 a year — just slightly more than the $11,440 a person can now make working full time at fast-food restaurants in town.

∎ Elizabeth Holt, 72, a retired speech teacher at Northampton High School, died yesterday at the Cooley Dickinson Hospital. She taught speech for 20 years at Northampton High, retiring in 1976.

10 Years Ago

∎ Associate School Superintendent Donna Harlan is “absolutely” still in the running for the superintendent’s position in the Berkshire Hills Regional School District, that district’s school committee chairman said today. Last week, Superintendent Michael Cosgriff put her position, associate superintendent for curriculum, on a list of positions that could be eliminated next year due to budget cuts.

∎ No matter how a person feels about the war in Iraq, Northampton city councilors say support for the people serving there in the armed forces is paramount. To declare their appreciation, the council Thursday unanimously endorsed a resolution praising the troops and humanitarian workers stationed in the Persian Gulf.

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