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A Look Back

50 Years Ago

Arthur W. Donahue of 14 Hastings hts., Florence, has been named to the Hampshire County Retirement Board. He replaces Harold W. Ames, chairman, who died recently. Mr. Donahue is an official with First National Bank.

Deer hunters must wear red or orange flourescent clothing in the woods, according to state law. The season starts Monday. Officials here were informed today the nearest supply of such material is at American Optical Co., Southbridge.

25 Years Ago

Facing defeat of a key grant application for the Hotel Northampton’s proposed expansion, Mayor David B. Musante Jr. said today he will ask the City Council to postpone action tonight. A majority of city councilors were expected to vote against the $5.3 million grant to finance the parking garage portion of the hotel’s proposed $20 million expansion.

Penelope G. Kim is Mayor David B. Musante Jr.’s choice for planing director. Kim, 50, of Shutesbury, has served as acting planning director since the resignation of the former planning director, Gene Bunnell, in August.

10 Years Ago

Acting Gov. Jane Swift is asking lawmakers to set aside up to $600,000 to help the state defend itself against a lawsuit challenging the MCAS test. A spokesman for Swift said the money is needed for the extra cost of preparing court exhibits and interviewing expert witnesses who can testify about the value of the high-stakes test.

Shoppers were out in droves last weeekend in Northampton for Bag Day, the annual jump-start to the city’s holiday shopping season. Retailers say it gives them a small advantage for that one day over the malls.

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