A Look Back
50 Years Ago
∎ Cement is being poured for the foundation of the District 11 administration building for the state Department of Public Works at the Northampton-Hatfield town line between Routes 5 and 10 and Interstate 91. The site of the new building was selected because of its central proximity to the district as a whole.
∎ Richard K. Beebe Jr., son of the Rev. and Mrs. Richard K. Beebe of 33 Prospect Ave., has been awarded an athletic letter in cross country at the Hill School, Pottstown, Pa. Beebe, whose father and grandfather are also graduates of The Hill, is a member of the class of 1963.
25 Years Ago
∎ The Northampton Recreation Department and radio station WHMP again this year will sponsor the “Santa for a Day” program this year. The program gives help to families who may not be able to afford Christmas gifts for their children.
∎ Two llamas owned by Mary Vogel of Shutesbury made an appearance downtown in front of the Northampton Unitarian Society yesterday to help raise funds for a trip to Nicaragua for their owner and six others. The seven members of the Rainbow Brigade will travel to Nicaragua in January for five weeks to help build 90 housing units for farmworkers.
10 Years Ago
∎ Some of the nation’s 40 million sniffling allergy sufferers soon won’t have to choose between a doctor’s visit or a drug that can zonk them out. The popular prescription allergy remedy Claritin will begin selling over the counter next month. The FDA approved the long-awaited switch Wednesday.
∎ The latest design for a performing arts center at the site of the former Amherst Cinema calls for demolishing the 120-year-old structure and replacing it with a new $10 million building.