A Look Back
50 Years Ago
■ More people should avail themselves of the privilege of using the branch library at the Feiker School in Bay State. There are all kinds of books for all ages and requests are also in order for any books desired. Mrs. Robert Patenaude and Miss Katherine Schulda have charge of the library.
■ Victor W. Skubiszewski Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Victor Skubiszewski of 59 Day Ave., and Joseph P. Pietraszkiewicz, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Pietraszkiewicz of 182 Earle St., have completed basic training at Great Lakes Naval Training Center. Both have been home on leave and have returned to Great Lakes for further training.
25 Years Ago
■ A counselor in the Northampton public elementary schools, Helen C. O’Donnell of 10 Maplewood Terrace, Hadley, was recently appointed chair of the computer software festival for the American Association of Counseling and Development conference scheduled for Boston in March.
■ Paula L. Elliott of Leeds has received a master’s degree in library science from the Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven. She has worked at Forbes Library since 1982 and is now in charge of interlibrary loans and works in the art and music department.
10 Years Ago
■ Roman Catholic bishops ended their national meeting by condemning same-sex unions. The church leaders said they had an obligation to “give witness to the whole moral truth” and reinforce Catholic teaching that gay sex is a sin.
■ Beacon Hill lawmakers decided Wednesday to postpone a vote on an anti-gay marriage amendment. The House and Senate met briefly in a joint session to debate a handful of proposed changes to the Massachusetts Constitution, including an amendment that would define marriage as a union between one man and one woman.