A Look Back
50 Years Ago
∎ An even 100 persons have enrolled for the 42nd annual Community YMCA-Daily Hampshire Gazette free learn-to-swim course, it was announced today by Errol V. Ridgwell, general secretary. There are 49 boys, 36 girls, five men and 10 women who will attend classes each day this week under this Red Feather service, with a determination to improve their swimming skills for the forthcoming summer weather.
∎ Councilor and Mrs. Joseph Bart and Sgt. and Mrs. Michael L. Duggan led the grand march last night at the 45th annual ball of the Northampton Police Relief Association. More than 200 attended the event at the Hotel Northampton.
25 Years Ago
∎ After a five-year search, the owner of the oldest service station in the country has found a suitable replacement to take over his 76-year-old business. On Monday, Michael T. Chudy, owner of Chudy’s Tire in Plainfield, will become the new owner of the Auto Infirmary, under the watchful eye of John Charlebois Jr., who plans to stay on as a consultant until Chudy is familiar with the business.
∎ Monday night, coincidentally the 70th anniversary of Northampton’s until-now all-male Kiwanis club, the group inducted its first woman as a member. She is Deborah Krasnor, aquatics director at the Hampshire Regional YMCA, one of the organizations that receives Kiwanis Club donations.
10 Years Ago
∎ In June, 32 Amherst teachers will face reduced hours or losing their jobs altogether due to district and state budget cuts. Superintendent Gus Sayer sent out reduction and layoff notices Monday as part of the district’s efforts to curb school costs.
∎ Nearly four years after it first began exploring the possibility of beginning a renovation and expansion project, Lilly Library announced today — on its founder’s birthday — that it is ready to begin the mammoth task of raising the $2.35 million necessary to complete it.