A Look Back
50 YEARS AGO
∎ Durbin H. Wells of 157 Crescent St. has joined Joseph Napolitan Associates Inc., fast-growing public relations and research firm with offices in Springfield and Washington, as one of three new additions to the firm’s Springfield staff. Wells was in public relations and sales promotion work with Monarch life Insurance Co. for six years and a copywriter with Remington Advertising Inc. of Springfield for several months before joining the Napolitan firm.
∎ The Northampton Retirement Board advised all city department heads today that persons having reached the mandatory retirement age set by Civil Service will have to be relieved of their duties by tomorrow. Affected by the ruling are Mrs. Kathleen G. LaFleur of the city auditor’s office and Hugh Kennedy, a custodian in the School Department.
25 YEARS AGO
∎ Real estate prices continue to soar for the third year here, to an average of $174,923 for houses sold through the Multiple Listing Service in the first half of 1987. The figure is up 41.6 percent from the same period last year.
∎ In an effort to consolidate its operations in the Pioneer Valley, Western Massachusetts Electric Co. is building a $6 million regional headquarters on Bay Road. Construction began yesterday on the 45,000-square-foot building near the intersection of Route 9.
10 YEARS AGO
∎ About 100 area residents packed a meeting room Monday night to demand big changes in the way education is funded. They met with agreement from area legislators who advocated shifting school-funding sources away from property taxes.
∎ Outgoing Register of Probate Robert F. Czelusniak retired several months early, thereby saving the jobs of three employees who were about to be laid off as part of the ongoing state budget cuts this year. Judge Sean M. Dunphy, who is chief justice of the state’s probate and Family Court, said Czelusniak’s decision was a “particularly gracious” gesture.