50 Years Ago
∎ Philip A. Singleton, president of Prophylactic Brush Co., announced that at 10 a.m. yesterday employees of the Florence company completed 1 million hours of work since its last lost-time accident. The last accident occurred on Jan. 15, 1963.
∎ Two Northampton youths were honored when they became Eagle Scouts last night at a court of honor held by Boy Scout Troop 114 at Look Park. They were Thomas Heafey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. Heafey of South Street, and Frank Abell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leslie H. Abell Jr. of Columbus Avenue.
25 Years Ago
∎ This past weekend some 100 members of the Skibiski family and their relations gathered at the Northampton Hilton to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the first Skibiskis in the United States. In a century’s time, six Skibiskis — all from the Galician village of Podkamien — have produced more than 450 known living descendants here and in Europe.
∎ Florence residents yesterday afternoon caught a glimpse of a black bear that has apparently visited several residential areas recently. Bears have also been seen recently in Leeds, Northampton, Williamsburg and Whately.
10 Years Ago
∎ A 350,000-square-foot shopping plaza that includes a Home Depot and two other large retailers is planned for the northwest corner of North Maple Street and Route 9 in Hadley. While a Home Depot has been anticipated on property owned by Montgomery Rose, this is the first formal plan filed by the land’s developer.
∎ Donald Palmisano, who is retiring this summer after teaching psychology at Northampton High School for 36 years, says without equivocation that this year’s class was “the best any teacher could ever have. They’re the best people I’ve ever in my life encountered.” Palmisano is one of 10 employees retiring from the Northampton schools this summer.