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A Look Back

50 Years Ago

The Northampton School for Girls opened for its 40th year this morning with the traditional First Prayers service, held in the Whitaker-Bement auditorium and presided over by Miss Doris Nichols Anderson, Ph.D., headmistress.

Miss Anderson welcomed 97 boarders, the largest number in the history of the school, and 70 day students.

Another trailer truck found the King Street underpass too low this morning and a number of corrugated steel culvert pipes were scattered on the highway. This was one more in a long record of incidents when trucks haven’t made the bridge.

25 Years Ago

Fitzwilly’s was closed all day Monday in preparation of an anniversary celebration held Monday night. “It was our 15th anniversary party,” said Scott Young, kitchen manager. “We had a big party for all our customers, purveyors and everybody that’s patronized our business for the past 15 years.”

With Goshen a year behind in collecting its taxes, selectmen are considering an investigation of the town’s Board of Assessors, which could result in an ouster of some of its members. The investigation would be to determine whether assessors are able to do their jobs, selectmen say.

10 Years Ago

Ward 1 City Councilor William Dwight spent much of Thursday in a red sequined dress, a blond wig and makeup to fulfill his part of a fundraiser for Pride Zone, a local youth center for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered youth. Dwight promised he’d wear the ensemble for a day if the center could raise $15,000.

Fifty-four city employees applied for an early retirement incentive program by the Sept. 5 deadline, Mayor Clare Higgins told City Councilors Thursday, a response that was much higher than anticipated. Officials now have to figure out how much money the plan can save the city.

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