50 Years Ago
∎ Richard C. Carnes, science teacher at Hawley Junior High School, has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant for a 10-week summer course at Utah State College. The Northampton School Committee called it “an honor to the city” that Mr. Carnes was one of 50 recipients of the award, chosen from more than 800 applicants.
∎ Two students at Hawley Junior High School will participate tomorrow in the final selection of the Spaulding Scholarship Contest, the winner of which will receive a four-year scholarship to Lawrence Academy in Groton. The two boys are Kevin MacEntee, 14, and Matthew Wikander, 13.
25 Years Ago
∎ The Northampton Car Wash business and building at 492 Pleasant St. were bought recently by two city businessmen for $1.025 million. This is the second million-dollar sale of business property in downtown Northampton in recent weeks. A partnership of city business people bought the Fitzwilly’s restaurant space for $1 million.
∎ The completion of a riverfront park along the shores of the Connecticut River, off Damon Road, and an adjoining 8.8-mile bike path to Amherst are still a long way off, but plans for the project are well under way. Officials say the $4.5 million state-funded park and bike path could go out to bid as early as October.
10 Years Ago
∎ Northampton High School Principal Beth Singer has decided not to recommend implementing an activity fee at the school to generate money. The fee was proposed as a way of funding activities at the school, which currently charges a fee to students who participate in athletics.
∎ Maj. Gen. George W. Keefe of Northampton was recently re-appointed as adjutant general of the Massachusetts National Guard by Gov. Mitt Romney. As adjutant general, Keefe serves as the governor’s senior military adviser and is responsible for protecting life and property and preserving peace, order and public safety in times of natural disaster and civil emergency.