50 Years Ago
∎ The first season of the Y-Weds Club, a married couples club sponsored by the Community “Y,” closed last evening with a potluck supper followed by a scavenger hunt. This club meets weekly for a program of gym games, swimming and social events.
∎ Tearing up of North Main Street in Florence, preparatory to rebuilding the road under Chapter 90 provisions, is well under way by Osley Construction Co. of Hatfield. The street will be rebuilt from the center of Florence to Look Park.
25 Years Ago
∎ Raul Quinones-Rosado, 34, is the new director of Casa Latina, succeeding Domingo DeJesus who resigned three months ago after four years heading the agency that serves the area’s Hispanic community.
∎ Four more area businesses have been charged in connection with what state police investigators say is a widespread practice of offering pay-offs for winning hands on electronic video poker machines. Each proprietor pleaded innocent to one charge each of setting up and promoting a lottery.
10 Years Ago
∎ The University of Massachusetts might change its Minuteman nickname and mascot. The company that UMass has hired, Phoenix Design Works of New York City, is examining, among other things, whether the Minuteman may have outlived its appropriateness, said Phoenix senior vice president Robert Crawford.
∎ Judges, court staff, friends, family and community leaders packed the ornate old courtroom Friday in Northampton to see Richard J. Carey take the reins as the new Northampton District Court chief justice, or presiding judge. Carey, an Easthampton native, has been a judge for four years.