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A Look Back

50 Years Ago

Easthampton will soon get a new industry, the Zonite Co., makers of insulation, a division of the W.R. Grace Co., to be located in a three-acre tract bordering the New Haven Railroad tracks in the “Electric Park” industrial park of the Quinnetuck Holding Co., a realty trust of the Western Mass. Electric Co.

Police last night apprehended a 22-year-old Leeds woman who had escaped the previous night from the Woman’s Reformatory in Framingham. The woman, who had been sentenced to a five-year term for arson and car theft in 1960, was discovered shortly after 7 last night walking in an alley off North Main St. in Florence.

25 Years Ago

A state official said today that work is expected to begin next year on new housing for mentally ill people at a site on the Northampton State Hospital grounds. The housing would probably be built on land near the Memorial complex, which the state Department of Mental Health still controls.

In the biggest drug bust ever made in Hampshire and Franklin counties, police yesterday seized a half-million dollars worth of cocaine at a Henry Street home in Amherst, according to an assistant Northwestern district attorney.

10 Years Ago

A strong performance on the math portion of the SAT by this year’s high school graduates helped Massachusetts post its highest scores in about a decade, according to College Board results. Massachusetts students got an average score of 522 on the math section, six points higher than last year.

Hundreds flocked to the Pines Theater in Look Park Tuesday night for a music tradition. The 13th annual concert sponsored by the Northampton Arts Council to benefit school art programs, this year’s “Southern Friend Transperformance” showcased 16 local bands, each paying tribute to — or poking fun at — influential Southern musicians.

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