A Look Back
50 Years Ago
Teenage drag racers have taken things into their own hands on Florence Road, where a start and finish line have been painted on the pavement. The section of the road, located on the Easthampton side of Rte. 66, has been used for dragging for some time. Police are keeping watch over the area, intent on apprehending the responsible teeners.
∎ Edward P. Trzcienski, of 34 Elizabeth St., Northampton, has been appointed principal-teacher at the East School, Whately. His salary of $5,400 will include $300 for playground supervision.
25 Years Ago
∎ Gov. Michael S. Dukakis will name the $52-million University of Massachusetts polymer research center after U.S. Rep. Silvio O. Conte in a ceremony at the Amherst campus Tuesday. The Democratic presidential nominee will be in the area Monday and Tuesday as part of his sixth annual tour of the four Western Massachusetts counties.
∎ A weekend fire that destroyed a former convent on Gothic Street was deliberately set, a state fire marshal ruled yesterday. The three-story brick building was being converted to condominiums, and work was scheduled to be completed by November.
10 Years Ago
∎ Amherst College paid $4.3 million at an auction Friday for 36.9 acres at 355 S. Pleasant St., assessed by the town at $664,800. The college has no immediate plans for its use, said Treasurer Peter Shea. “We see it as a very long-term commitment.”
∎ An online tutoring program that helped thousands of high school students prepare for the MCAS exam will be eliminated because of budget cuts, according to state education officials. This year’s state budget slashed MCAS tutoring funds from $50 million to $10 million, as lawmakers looked for ways to close a $3 billion shortfall.