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.