50 Years Ago
∎ Brian F. Reynolds of Adelphi, Md., is serving his apprenticeship at the Reynolds Funeral Home prior to entering the New England School of Embalming in Boston. He is the grandson of Mrs. George Reynolds and the late Mr. Reynolds.
∎ The 14th year of school banking has drawn to a close. The program is sponsored by the three mutual savings banks, Florence Savings Bank, Nonotuck Savings Bank and Northampton Institution for Savings, and serves 20 schools in this area.
25 Years Ago
∎ A Connecticut nursing home developer expects to break ground within 10 days on a new 123-bed nursing home off Route 9 near the Williamsburg line. John C. Chakalos said that he expects construction to take about a year.
∎ Mosquito spraying in Northampton will resume in a few days, now that the Board of Health has approved the use of an insecticide that is less expensive and more available than the one the city has been using. The DPW will switch from pyrethrin to malathion because malathion is readily available and much less expensive.
10 Years Ago
∎ A cafe and townhouse project for 77 Maple St. in Florence received unanimous Planning Board approval Thursday, pending some changes to the design. James Harrity, a local builder, plans a mixed-use building that includes six townhouses and a bistro on the lot where he currently resides.
∎ Ichiban restaurant at 1 Roundhouse Plaza closed suddenly at the end of May and already another Asian restaurant seems poised to take its place. Ichiban, a Japanese restaurant, opened in 1995. The owner of the building has not divulged the name of the new lessee.