A Look Back: From the Gazette archives

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Published: 4/14/2021 7:00:05 AM
50 Years Ago

■Western Massachusetts’ new public television station, Channel 57, WGBY-TV, in conjunction with the WGBH Educational Foundation, has announced the appointment of Russell F. Carpenter as director of development and community relations. Carpenter has joined Channel 57 after 10 years at Smith College.

■The Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce will present to the Mayor’s Drug Steering Committee a plan for a $50,000 initiation and development grant from the Department of Health, Education and Welfare to study HASH, a proposed community-wide drug program. HASH stands for Hampshire Addicts Seeking Help.

25 Years Ago

■The Massachusetts Audubon Society is taking steps to help it decide whether to save or destroy historic buildings on the Graves Farm Wildlife Sanctuary in Williamsburg. The society decided to seek proposals from organizations interested in purchasing or leasing the buildings, along with 3 to 5 surrounding acres.

■The finance committee of a state education board has voted to cut tuition for state residents attending the University of Massachusetts, overturning a decision by UMass trustees to keep tuition at their current levels. This marks the first time that UMass tuition has ever been reduced.

10 Years Ago

■Mayor Clare Higgins will leave her post nearly three months early to lead one of the region’s largest anti-poverty social service agencies. Higgins announced Wednesday that she has accepted a job as head of Community Action of the Franklin, Hampshire and North Quabbin Regions. Her final day as mayor of Northampton will be Sept. 9.

■Volunteers with an affinity for the Mill River have launched an initiative to protect the river and create a greenway along its banks for recreational use. The Mill River Greenway, which includes about three dozen members mostly from Northampton and Williamsburg, will undertake projects aimed at protecting the river’s watershed, preserving its cultural artifacts and enhancing its biological health.

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