A Look Back
50 Years Ago
∎ U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, en route to Charter Day exercises at the University of Massachusetts, paid a visit to the Gazette office. The senator noted that the Massachusetts climate, milder than that of states farther north, was conducive to the development of family-type resorts similar to the Mt. Tom Ski Area.
∎ The eighth grade of Hawley Junior High School will tour Boston tomorrow on its annual field trip. Traveling in eight chartered buses, the 265 pupils, accompanied by 32 teachers and parents, will leave the school at 8 a.m.
25 Years Ago
∎ With or without the extra money from an override, the budget prepared by Northampton Mayor David B. Musante Jr. shows many city departments will face hard times next year. No new positions will be funded, and most positions that are now vacant will remain that way.
∎ A 119-lot development is being proposed for a parcel of land north of Bridge Road commonly known as Cook’s Pasture. A preliminary subdivision plan for “Hidden Oak Estates” has been submitted to the Northampton Planning Department.
10 Years Ago
∎ Police may never know how much science equipment was taken from the University of Massachusetts, allegedly by an employee over an eight-month period, but they believe it was over $100,000, and that items were sold on eBay.
∎ The VFW Post 8006 Ladies Auxiliary raised $4,500 to install a POW/MIA memorial at the VFW Post at 18 Meadow St. in Florence. It was dedicated Saturday.