50 Years Ago
∎ Dr. Dana M. Cotton, director of placement at Harvard Graduate School of Education, will give the principal address tonight at the Northampton High School graduation exercises at the school. Principal Ronald J. Darby will award the prizes. Mayor Wallace J. Puchalski will present the diplomas.
∎ Samuel O’Connell of 81 Pleasant St. escaped serious injury yesterday when he was struck in the head by a baseball bat while watching a game at the Bridge Street School playground. The blow knocked him to the ground and he was taken to Cooley Dickinson Hospital where he was treated for a cut on the face and released.
25 Years Ago
∎ Donald B. Burdick, a member of the Deerfield Academy faculty, an Olympic ski judge, as well as a prominent official of the United States Ski Association, died at his home in Deerfield on Thursday. He was 59 years old.
∎ Northampton patrolmen will no longer be able to choose their own beats after a state arbitrator decided the officers should be assigned to beats by the police chief and other department supervisors. The decision was the final phase of contract negotiations between the city and the patrolmen’s union.
10 Years Ago
∎ A fire in the Florence Community Center Tuesday damaged the second-floor office of a music producer and forced the relocation of today’s makeup exams at the Florence Learning Center. Between 30 and 40 people were in the building at the time, though nobody was hurt in the blaze.
∎ University of Massachusetts Chancellor John V. Lombardi Tuesday announced an additional $5.66 million in budget cuts. They affect academics, athletics and UMass Extension, among other areas, and bring to $21.5 million the reductions so far.