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A Look Back

50 Years Ago

∎ U.S. Rep. Silvio O. Conte announces today the appointment of John E. FitzGerald III of 133 South Main St., Florence, to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. FitzGerald is believed to be the first graduate of St. Michael’s High School to receive a West Point appointment.

∎ There will be an open meeting at the Little Theater of Northampton High School tomorrow evening. William Barry, John Mallan and Dr. Peter Laband will present facts on the “Problem of Classroom Space in the High School.”

25 Years Ago

∎ Parents at South Street School are taking matters into their own hands to repaint the six classrooms in the nearly century-old building. Parents have also built playground structures at Bridge
Street and Florence Grammar schools.

∎ There are still 10 weeks to go before the end of the fiscal year and the city is running out of money. Much of the public discussion in recent weeks has been about the $650,000 override question and Northampton’s need for more money next year.

10 Years Ago

∎ A century-old building used for art classes at the University of Massachusetts was destroyed Tuesday night by a fire visible from several miles away. The two-story building, known as the “foundry,” was too unstable for fire investigators to enter during the
night.

∎ Northampton school officials called in parents, school administrators and all available substitute teachers to fill in for the 87 teachers and 40 paraprofessionals who were out on Good Friday last week. School employees planning to take the day off as a religious observance were required to notify school officials two weeks before the day.

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