A Look Back
50 Years Ago
∎ Pickets lined Route 5 this morning as 49 members of Local 2161, International Association of Machinists, AFL-CIO, went on strike against the Tri-City Division of Commonwealth Container Corp. Union headquarters were to be set up at the home of John Barker.
∎ Miss Donna Raymond, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Raymond of 71 Columbus Ave., will appear on the 10th anniversary program of Channel 22 on Sunday evening. She will sing “My Favorite Things” from “The Sound of Music.”
25 Years Ago
∎ Parents, teachers and community leaders packed the Little Theater at Northampton High School last night to oppose cuts that Mayor David B. Musante Jr. has said are inevitable in the $13.46 million school budget. The showing may have been the largest ever for a school budget hearing, said Ruth Barton, the administrative assistant to the superintendent for 43 years.
∎ Massachusetts has held on to its title of auto theft capital of the United States despite a pledge almost five years ago by Gov. Michael S. Dukakis for an all-out attack on the crime. The insurance industry says auto theft is a big reason for high auto insurance rates in the state.
10 Years Ago
∎ The new Northampton High School course catalog will include several changes to academic policy, including the elimination of class ranks and a shift to an “unweighted” grade point average system. The changes were the subject of a two-hour discussion between the School Committee and high school principal Beth Singer Thursday night.
∎ Two Northampton High seniors will be honored at Monday’s St. Patrick’s Day breakfast for their outstanding community involvement and academic achievements. Jennifer Godin-Conz and Meaghan Sullivan Mathers have been selected to receive the Joan Tobin Citizenship Award, granted annually by the Northampton St. Patrick’s Association.