A Look Back
50 Years Ago
∎ Mayor Wallace J. Puchalski may be leaving the hospital today. The mayor has been switched from the intensive care unit to a private room. He has been in the hospital since early last week after complaining of exhaustion and nervous tension.
∎ The Northampton Lions Club will conduct its second annual ski-skate sale on Dec. 1, according to Stanley Galusza, this year’s Lions project chairman. Wives of Lions members will conduct a sale of home-baked foods during this ski-skate sale.
25 Years Ago
∎ The state, responding to detection of high levels of mercury in fish taken from the Quabbin Reservoir, has announced plans for the largest testing of the reservoir system since it was built 50 years ago. The potential mercury problem surfaced in the summer when 10 fish were tested as part of an acid-rain monitoring project at the Quabbin.
∎ The Planning Board last night voted to recommend that the Zoning Board of Appeals allow the special permit and variance requests made by the Hotel Northampton for a proposed expansion to include a new wing, conference center and parking garage.
10 Years Ago
∎ The River Valley Market cooperative has agreed to open its retail home on King Street. The 3-year-old, 1,300-member food co-op has signed a letter of intent to lease space at 225R King St. from owner Danrich Realty Trust.
∎ The 30-year-old Performing Arts Division at the University of Massachusetts, a community program of individual and group music, dance and theater classes, will be eliminated at the end of this semester, the victim of dwindling enrollments and space problems.