A Look Back
50 Years Ago
∎ Opening of a new business establishment in the Tepper block at 9-10 North Maple St. in Florence, selling novelties and jewelry, named “The Flemish Store,” will be on Tuesday morning. The proprietors are Charlotte and Edward Fleming of Chestnut Street.
∎ The 235 children at the William E. Norris School in Southampton were sent home on arrival this morning. Vandalism was discovered by school custodian Clarence Hocker on reporting to work at 6:50. Entry was gained by forcing a window of the modern one-story school on Pomeroy Meadow Road.
25 Years Ago
∎ There was a spurt in area retail business on Friday locally, but the traditional day-after-Thanksgiving onslaught of Christmas shoppers didn’t seem to materialize. Many consumers have discovered new shopping outlets such as the mail-order catalog and cable television’s Home Shopping Network.
∎ The Honor Court program is the subject of an article scheduled to appear next year in Time magazine as part of an advertising section. Free-lance writer and former Northampton resident Steve Kallaugher spent Thursday and Friday researching the piece by delivering Thanksgiving meals and interviewing participants in the program for recovering alcoholics and drug abusers.
10 Years Ago
∎ After nearly 25 years on the job, Blaise Bisaillon, director of Forbes Library, is one of eight library employees to take advantage of the city’s early retirement option this year and will wrap up his tenure sometime in February.
∎ For the first time in quite a while, there will be competition for the City Council presidency. The city’s two at-large city councilors — James M. Dostal and Michael R. Bardsley — both have their eye on the council’s president seat.