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Annual Northampton Dollars for Scholars event nets more than $2,400

This year’s Dollars for Scholars scavenger hunt raised more than $2,400 for college scholarships for city high school students, organizers reported.

The 7th annual Local Legends and Lore event focused on Florence, with 11 teams competing on Oct. 6 for prizes donated by local businesses.

Among the questions about local history that teams were asked during the hunt were, “which Florence street once had guard towers to protect its crop?” and “what is the name on the tallest monument in Park Street Cemetery?” (See answers at end of this story).

In the open division, the St. Michael’s Arch Angels took first place; the Forbes Library team was second; and the Florence Fab Four team sponsored by Gage-Wiley won third, reported Tom Bassett, vice president of the city’s Dollars for Scholars organization.

In the school division, R.K. Finn Ryan Road’s team took first place, with JFK teachers in second and Northampton High School students in third.

The Frosh Team award for a first-year participant team went to the Greenfield Savings Bank Seekers. First place for School Spirit went to the Equip Sin Nombre team sponsored by Goggins Real Estate.

Other team sponsors were: Florence Savings Bank, Webber & Grinnell Insurance, Wohl Family Dentistry, Finck & Perras Insurance and Cooley Dickinson Hospital. Steve Strimer of Collective Copies and Jason Clark of the Florence Civic Association provided ideas for clues and vintage village photographs. Bassett said.

Since it was founded 38 years ago, the city’s Dollars for Scholars has awarded more than $1.2 million in scholarships to 2,500 Northampton students.

Answers to scavenger hunt questions: Fox Farms Road once had a tower to guard the foxes that were raised there. Button manufacturer Alfred Critchlow’s name graces the tallest monument in Park Street Cemetery.


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