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50 Years Ago

The Leeds Reservoir got a new look this morning as members of the Board of Public Works arrived at 6 a.m. to clean up the littered area around the lower reservoir. Hundreds of people have been flocking to the popular swimming spot to escape the heat wave.

Dr. Michael M. Dunphy, D.D.S., of 31 Dryads Green, has retired from dental practice after 60 years. He opened his practice in June of 1903, on the site of the Northampton National Bank. He later moved to 261 Main St.

25 Years Ago

The Jones Library trustees are considering selling a $1 million-plus painting from the library’s collection, a move that has been opposed by a curator at the library and an Amherst College art curator currently responsible for the painting. The painting is entitled, “Platte River, Nebraska,” and was painted by Albert Bierstadt.

Plans to rebuild Look Park’s Pancake Cabin, which burned down last October, will probably not include a restaurant, park superintendent Brian R. Elliott said this week. “All the economic analysis that we’ve done would indicate that a restaurant is not feasible,” Elliott said.

10 Years Ago

The rectory of Our Lady of the Annunciation Church in Florence is for sale. The residence has been home to parish priests since 1948, when the church bought it from William Cordes, a Florence businessman and former president of Florence Savings Bank.

Among the $201 million in vetoes Gov. Mitt Romney announced Monday was the entire $1.9 million state allocation for a highly successful national early literacy program called Reading Recovery, a move one local education official called “a huge blow to western Massachusetts.” Most local schools are part of the program, which gives very young children a boost as they learn to read.

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