A Look Back
50 Years Ago
∎ The Northampton Junior Chamber of Commerce has bought the city’s 1928 Seagrave pumper for $5. The Jaycees intend to repair the vehicle and use it for parades and other special occasions.
∎ Aerial spraying against gypsy moth and linden looper infestation will begin tomorrow at dawn, weather permitting, according to state Commissioner of Natural Resources Charles H.W. Foster. Northampton is among the communities slated for treatment tomorrow.
25 Years Ago
∎ A carpentry teacher was injured this morning when he fell more than 12 feet off a roof that he and his students were building at Smith Vocational High School. Walter F. Letourneau, 58, a teacher at Smith since 1967, has suffered a cerebral concussion and is in stable condition at Cooley Dickinson Hospital.
∎ To help ease some of the downtown parking congestion, City Planning Director Penelope G. Kim said the city would try a shuttle van for a two-week trial period later this month. The van will pick up passengers at the Sheldon Field parking area and would probably also travel along Conz Street to pick up people who park in one of the lots made available there by private businesses.
10 Years Ago
∎ Faced with a budget proposal that eliminates about ten times more funding from the city’s four elementary schools than from Northampton High School, elementary school parents and principals are calling for a more even distribution of cuts. Superintendent Michael Cosgriff defends his proposal in a tough budget year as an attempt to balance long-term woes at the high school, which is plagued with overcrowded classrooms.
∎ Local religious leaders appear unlikely to immediately join the city Unitarian minister who will no longer sign marriage licenses in protest of the state’s ban against same-sex marriages. The Rev. F. Jay Deacon of the Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence plans to ask other city religious leaders to follow his lead at their monthly interfaith meeting today.