A Look Back
50 Years Ago
∎ Francis J. Demerski, seaman, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph W. Demerski of 289 Hatfield St., is serving aboard the anti-submarine aircraft carrier USS Kearsarge, which was part of the combined force of 20 ships engaged in Exercise Saddle Blanket early in February off the coast of Southern California.
∎ The Northampton High School ‘N’ Club, at its meeting last night, prepared plans for its first annual scholarship award dinner to be held in June. Committee members present were Donald Tepper, Stephen and Joseph Konowski, Bernard Golob, John Wells, Roy Frost and Richard Farrell, all of Florence and George Chandler and Howard Sauter of Northampton.
25 Years Ago
∎ A former state AIDS expert is now the executive director of Dignilife, a private organization that supports AIDS patients in western Massachusetts. The Dignilife board voted unanimously last night to hire Robert C. Abel, 36, of Holyoke, as its first full-time executive director, board president Joseph P. Kennedy of Deerfield said today.
∎ Several city employees are planning a march this afternoon from Northampton High School to City Hall to protest low wages and slow contract negotiations. Northampton police, firefighters and Department of Public Works employees will gather at the school and walk to City Hall, where they will begin another informational picket.
10 Years Ago
∎ The Northeast began digging out of snowdrifts several feet high Tuesday following a crippling President’s Day blizzard that will go down as one of the worst storms in decades. At least 28 deaths have been blamed on the storm system since it charged out of the Plains during the weekend.
∎ Monday’s fluffy snowfall inched the city into a payoff on its annual snow insurance. Since Dec. 1, when a weather station in Amherst began measuring snowfall for the city’s insurance provider, about 67 inches have been recorded. For every inch after 62 inches has been measured, the city is reimbursed $5,850.