A Look back
50 Years Ago
∎ Miss Emily Hale, who has been a member of Circle Players since her return to Northampton and who has starred in plays, was feted at the annual banquet of the Players Saturday night at Whately Inn. Miss Hale is moving to Concord at the end of the month.
∎ Piles of dirt and construction shacks testify to the start of construction of the new Florence junior high school on the Warner property on Bridge Road. Workmen are readying frames that will be filled with concrete to form the foundation of the building.
25 Years Ago
∎ Demolition began today on buildings at 11 Button St. and 11 State St. The old structures, one of which housed for many years the former College Diner, are being razed to make room for an extension of the Peloton bicycle shop at 15 State St.
∎ Hadley selectmen hope to hire a full-time public administrator by fall after residents at last night’s Town Meeting supported the position of administrative assistant by nearly a 2-1 margin. The administrator will be paid about $32,000 annually and will be supervised by the selectmen.
10 Years Ago
∎ Most of the 45 people arrested during the weekend Hobart Hoedown in North Amherst that developed into a “full-fledged riot” are students at the University of Massachusetts, a university official said. Officials said Monday those convicted of the most serious charges will face university sanctions.
∎ More than books and cards will be for sale at Booklink Booksellers starting next week, when the shop opens an in-store cafe. The two-tiered store, which has sold books in Thornes Marketplace for six years, will launch a “Postcard Cafe” on its second level.