A Look Back
50 Years Ago
∎ Ollie Atkins, Washington photographer for The Saturday Evening Post, who at one time was employed as a photographer and reporter in Northampton, has been named Freedom of Information chairman for the National Press Photographers Association.
∎ The Northampton School Committee’s teachers’ subcommittee has gone on record in favor of a proposal by state Rep. Jeremiah J. Foley to eliminate two railroad underpasses on Route 5 and an overpass on Jackson Street. Members were interested particuarly in regard to the Jackson Street overpass, which is near Jackson Street School and long has been considered a safety hazard to children.
25 Years Ago
∎ The Northampton Honor Court served a record number of meals yesterday during their eighth annual Thanksgiving feast. Hundreds of volunteers delivered 800 meals to the elderly and shut-ins.
∎ Northampton’s second annual tree-lighting ceremony will take place Dec. 6 at Pulaski Park. On hand will be Santa Claus, Rudolph and — making his first area appearance — the Christmas Mouse.
10 Years Ago
∎ A new study will examine the feasibility of constructing a parking deck and office building at the Roundhouse parking lot. Wayne Feiden, director of the Department of Planning and Development, said the city will pay a consultant $20,000 to help determine future use of the 186 space parking lot.
∎ Northampton has received an anonymous $5,000 donation to buy land for bike paths, but the gift must be matched by the end of the year. If the match is made, the money will be used to buy land to extend the Northampton Bike Path toward the Williamsburg town line.