A Look Back
50 Years Ago
∎ The Annunciation CYO was started for the season when Maureen Doyle, the new president, began her duties for the coming year on Monday night. Various activities including trips to the Ice Capades, a basketball game in Boston, a holy hour, an October coronation and one-act plays were discussed and agreed upon.
∎ Steel columns are being erected at a rapid rate at the $1,250,000 Florence Junior High School on Bridge Road after arriving six weeks late. Completion date for the 26-classroom school is September 1964.
25 Years Ago
∎ In an attempt to more efficiently use meeting time, the Northampton School Committee will meet on a trial basis twice a month and eliminate the usual three subcommittee meetings each month.
∎ As Northwestern District Attorney Judd J. Carhart settles into his new job, one of his first tasks is to replace some veteran prosecutors. Assistant District Attorney Pierre Rodrigue and First Assistant Edward D. Etheredge plan to leave next month.
10 Years Ago
∎ Known for four decades as the “Voice of Northampton,” Ro Hall, who left his position at WHMP-1400 AM radio as news anchor and reporter abruptly last spring, returned to the public arena Wednesday night. The occasion for Hall’s return to Northampton Wednesday was to play the role of the announcer in a promotional television spot for Cooley Dickinson Hospital.
∎ State Sen. Stanley C. Rosenberg says he would not reject out of hand expanding legalized gambling in Massachusetts to increase the state’s revenues. The Senate is expected to take its first-ever vote on casino gambling later this year and senators say the outcome is uncertain.