A Look Back
50 Years Ago
∎ The Very Rev. James F. Hastings of St. Mary’s Church announced today that definite progress in the decoration and modernization of the church will result in a considerable section of the scaffolding being removed next week. The decorations are aimed at “liturgical significance and beauty,” according to Hastings.
∎ The annual Science Fair of Annunciation School was held last evening and there was a large attendance of relatives and friends of the pupils. The Rev. John H. Freel, pastor of Annunciation Church, announced the prize winners.
25 Years Ago
∎ The state Department of Public Health has approved a 24-bed, short-term psychiatric unit at the Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton. The action ends a decade-long effort to add psychiatric care at Cooley Dickinson.
∎ A complete smoking ban in City Hall takes effect Saturday, even though employees interviewed today said it is unnecessary because only a handful of workers smoke there. Smoking is already banned in offices and the policy now will be extended throughout the building.
10 Years Ago
∎ Police arrested 25 protesters Friday afternoon after they participated in a “die-in” in the middle of downtown Northampton. The people arrested were among roughly 400 demonstrators who marched about a mile from the headquarters of Kollmorgen Corp. on King Street to the center of the city to protest the war in Iraq.
∎ Noting that next year’s projected school budget is likely to be dismal, the School Committee approved a contract Thursday that will generate revenue by renting out space at Northampton High School. The board voted unanimously to approve New Century Theater’s rental of the high school auditorium, band room and dressing rooms for rehearsal and performance space from June 10 through Aug. 11.