A Look Back
50 Years Ago
∎ Tonight radio station WHMP will broadcast the winning entry in the area Voice of Democracy contest. Michael Shepherd, son of Mr. and Mrs. Francis Shepherd of 69 Bridge Road, Florence, will read his winning essay, “What Freedom Means to Me.”
∎ The City Council last night voted to purchase 50 long-term parking meters for use in off-street municipal lots, because the experimental meters in the Strong Ave. lot have shown a need for this type of meter. These meters give the user 10 hours for a quarter.
25 Years Ago
∎ Elementary school teacher Mary Lou Curtis will retire after 31 years in the Northampton public schools. Curtis has taught second grade for the past 30 years at Florence Grammar School, and will retire at the end of June.
∎ At least one unidentified person sees Valentine’s Day not as a celebration of love but as a time to express the opinion that men rape and exploit women, and defaced cards in the Faces stores in Northampton and Amherst to spread that message. At least one card was defaced with a sticker reading, “Romance is a conspiracy against Women; Beware of the Rapist with the flowers in his hands.”
10 Years Ago
∎ Dolly the cloned sheep was put to death Friday, after premature aging and disease marred her short existence and raised questions about the practicality of copying life. The decision to end Dolly’s life at age 6 was made because a veterinarian confirmed she had a progressive lung disease.
∎ Three finalists have been announced in the search for a new superintendent for the Amherst Regional Public Schools. The future superintendent will replace Gus Sayer, who is retiring after 14 years.