A Look Back: From the Gazette archives

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Published: 4/13/2021 7:00:05 AM
50 Years Ago

■Yesterday’s spring weather brought University of Massachusetts students out of doors to pursue studies while basking in the sunshine near the campus pond. The temperature rose into the 70s in Northampton.

■An 18-year-old University of Massachusetts freshman talked with his parents who had come to take him home yesterday and shortly afterward plunged to his death from a high-rise dormitory at the school. The student was found lying dead on the roof of a parked car at the foot of the George Washington Tower.

25 Years Ago

■Air-quality problems in the new library at the JFK Middle School have been traced to a burned-out motor in an air-exchange damper. The motor was discovered and fixed late last week, said Principal Richard Carnes.

■Saying recent progress in polymer research is “nothing short of spectacular” and its future unlimited, faculty members and distinguished guests at the University of Massachusetts yesterday dedicated the Silvio O. Conte National Center for Polymer Research.  Bowker Auditorium in Stockbridge Hall yesterday was filled nearly to capacity by polymer students, alumni and other well-wishers.

10 Years Ago

■A groundbreaking ceremony for a new $44.9 million high school building on Williston Avenue in Easthampton has been slated for May 27. The new school will be situated on the same 8-acre plot that houses the current Easthampton High School.

■Challenger Molly Keegan won a seat on the Hadley School Committee and Linda Dunlavy was re-elected in the most closely watched race in Tuesday’s town election. In the other contested race, incumbent moderator Kirk Whatley was re-elected with 710 votes while challenger Josh Tudryn received 471 votes.

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