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A Look Back

50 Years Ago

∎ Edward Drozdal, LPN, supervisor and Northampton State Hospital representative to the Massachusetts State Employees Association, attended the recent meeting of that group held in the Boston area.

∎ George F. Hargraves, 58, of 23 Cedar St., former city editor of the Springfield Daily News, died early this morning at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. Associated with the Daily News for 36 years and city editor for 10, he devoted nearly his entire adult life to the profession of journalism.

25 Years Ago

∎ A new sperm bank at 196 Pleasant St. in Amhest hopes to draw donors from the University of Massachusetts, as well as men who want to freeze their sperm for use later. Biogenetics Corp., based in Irvington, N.J., has opened a branch in Amherst.

∎ A neighborhood group established formal bylaws yesterday and heard experts describe ways in which a 160-acre parcel of land can be developed and still retain a great deal of its open space. About 40 people attended a meeting of the Broad Brook Coalition last night at Laurel Park. The group’s goal is to keep as much of the Cooke’s Pasture, just east of Fitzgerald Lake, as undeveloped as possible.

10 Years Ago

∎ The River Valley Market is holding its second bingo fundraiser Saturday at the Northampton Center for the Arts. The event is one in a series of fundraisers that have been held to raise money for the opening of the cooperative grocery store in the Pot Pourri Mall on King Street.

∎ The city and the Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity got the go-ahead for a project that will provide six new affordable housing units, nearly 20 acres of open space and the ability to extend the city landfill’s lifespan past the year 2007. The project will be built on Westhampton Road, also known as Route 66.

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