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50 Years Ago

Dana M. Cotton, secretary and director of placement at Harvard Graduate School of Education, will be the principal speaker at Northampton High School graduation exercises Tuesday at John M. Greene Hall. Approximately 182 graduates will take part in the ceremonies.

A proposed strike against Kollmorgen Corp. by Local 2175, International Assn. of Machinists, was postponed today until after further conciliation efforts are made, at the request of the U.S. Navy Department. Negotiations on terms of a new contract have been going on for several weeks between the company and union.

25 Years Ago

Northampton has tentatively reached agreement on a new, three-year contract with the patrol officer’s union, the last of the city’s unions to reach a settlement. The agreement will give police officers 7 percent pay increases.

A Florida furniture-store chain — drawn 1,200 miles by Northampton’s reputation as an outstanding retail center — is opening an outlet on Main Street here tomorrow. The New Dawn Futon & Furniture company has taken the former Copies Unlimited spot at 29 Main St.

10 Years Ago

Ideas ranging from donations of federal tax refunds to a Proposition 2½ override, charging fees for certain services and putting ads on buses were aired Thursday as the Northampton School Committee met for the last time before finalizing the budget on June 26. The $22M budget for city schools needs trimming by about $900,000.

In case anyone had any doubts, it’s official: Mayor Clare Higgins is running for re-election to her third term in office. “There are tough times ahead for the city,” she said this week. “I feel an obligation to see through the work I’ve begun here.”

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