A Look Back
50 Years Ago
∎ Maurice J. Carlson and Fire Capt. John N. Hurley received special awards last night from American Legion Post 28 for their activities in promoting local high school athletics. Mr. Carlson is chairman of the Booster Day program of Northampton High School, and Capt. Hurley is chairman of St. Michael’s High School Rally Day program.
∎ The New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad’s removal of the underpass, which crosses Route 9 in Haydenville, made regular commuters to and from Northampton do a double-take this morning. The old landmark was dismantled yesterday afternoon by railroad workers and hauled away.
25 Years Ago
∎ Cahill & Hodges, the last of downtown Northampton’s traditional menswear stores, is closing for good, but not before staging an all-out, going-out-of-business sale that began today.
∎ Workers laid off from the J.P. Stevens’ plant on Payson Avenue in Easthampton say they feel betrayed and bitter about the abrupt loss of their jobs just two days before Thanksgiving. Though there were rumors the plant was to close, the workers said they did not know it would come so soon.
10 Years Ago
∎ Concluding that alcohol abuse is a major problem at the University of Massachusetts, a task force is calling for immediate and long-term measures to control the culture of drinking and violence on campus.
∎ A print by Alan Robinson, a nationally known illustrator, will be raffled off Friday night during the third annual benefit soccer match between Northampton firefighters, professional soccer players and high school all stars. The money raised from the raffle will be used for the Northampton Fire Department’s special operations and technical rescue fund.