A Look Back
50 Years Ago
∎ Land clearing for a section of interstate Route 91, beginning at Atwood Airport and continuing nearly 6 miles to Holyoke, has been started by employees of Lane Construction Co. Following land clearing, work will begin on relocating Route 5 and construction of a box culvert in the Reservation Road area.
∎ Herbert R. Pitts, one of two Republican candidates for Northampton mayor, yesterday said he has called back all of his political handbills and will have them signed and then re-issue them. The handbills depict a circus and read, “Take the Circus Out of City Hall.”
25 Years Ago
∎ The state paid a premium price yesterday to buy a choice parcel of Damon Road land for a riverfront park. The 22,000 square feet — approximately half an acre — sold for $455,000, according to both the state and one of the three former owners, Seymour August.
∎ New England Monthly has promoted Richard Todd of Ashfield, a contributing editor since the magazine’s founding, to the post of editorial director. Todd, formerly executive editor of the Atlantic magazine, said yesterday he will share editorial responsibilities with New England Monthly editor and co-founder Daniel Okrent.
10 Years Ago
∎ Whether it’s a summer blockbuster, one of the so-called “serious” fall films, or an obscure foreign film, it’s all fair game for the Northampton Movie Discussion Group. The informal group meets several times a month at local theaters and members’ homes to watch and talk about films of all kinds.
∎ By a landslide, Marilyn Richards and David K. Marshall came out on top in Tuesday’s primary election for Ward 3 City councilor. The two easily bested Roy C. Martin and Peter LaRouche for a spot on the ballot in the Nov. 4 general election.