A Look Back
50 Years Ago
∎ A thief or thieves took $30 in a break at the White Castle Snack Bar on South Street. The break occurred sometime Saturday night or early yesterday morning, according to the proprietor, Francis J. Durante, who discovered it early yesterday.
∎ Northampton police cars have been plagued recently by a problem familiar to many motorists — water in the gas tank. It is believed the underground storage tank at Center Street headquarters has accumulated water. The tank will be checked this week.
25 Years Ago
∎ Regular commuter flights to Cape Cod will soon be part of the Northampton Airport’s business, an airport co-owner announced yesterday. Richard Giusto said the airport’s 10-seater Piper Navaho will make Friday and Sunday evening round-trip flights to Hyannis and Martha’s Vineyard beginning May 20.
∎ At Northampton’s first “Take Back the Night” rally in 10 years, women marched through the streets last night to protest what one speaker referred to as a “war against women” in this society. While nearly 250 women marched, songs and slogans echoed through the city’s streets to protest violence against women.
10 Years Ago
∎ Associate School Superintendent Donna Harlan said Monday she is a finalist for positions in several communities, but has withdrawn her name from the superintendent search in the Berkshire Hills Regional School District. Superintendent Michael Cosgriff recently put Harlan’s job on a list of posts slated for possible elimination next year due to budget cuts.
∎ Breaking with a long-standing tradition, University of Massachusetts Chancellor John V. Lombardi has decided against inviting a special guest to address the graduating class on May 25. Lombardi said he wants seniors rather than a big-name speaker to be the stars of commencement.