A Look Back, Feb. 29

Published: 02-28-2024 11:01 PM

50 Years Ago

■A woman called police Tuesday afternoon to ask them to help her locate her automobile. She left a party Monday night without her car and couldn’t remember where the party was, police said. When asked which town she remembered being in last, the woman drew a bank. As far as the police know, the car has not yet been located.

■Northampton’s man on the street is in favor of small arms control legislation but is undecided on how strict the controls should be, an opinion survey today indicates. In a Gazette survey, 10 out of 15 people responded in favor of small arms gun controls.

25 Years Ago

■If Northampton is awarded a contract to receive Franklin County garbage at the Glendale Road landfill, the new revenues will fill a projected shortfall caused by lower amounts of refuse being taken to the facility. Health Agent Peter McErlain told the Board of Health last week that the city was the low bidder for a contract to be awarded by the Franklin County Solid Waste District, effective July 1.

■The Northampton Community Music Center, which has been working hard to raise $390,000, recently got a $25,000 boost from the Frank Stanley Beveridge Foundation, Inc. The music center, located in the historic South Street School, launched a capital campaign to fund renovations in May.

10 Years Ago

■The All Things Local cooperative market in Amherst will hold a grand opening celebration Saturday with music, food samplings and a ribbon cutting by State Rep. Ellen Story. The store is run like an indoor, year-round farmers market selling locally produced food and crafts.

■Two Hatfield teachers — Megan Mellette, a sixth-grade teacher at the Hatfield Elementary School, and Giles Hopkins, an English teacher at Smith Academy — are the recipients of the 2013-14 Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Award for the Hatfield Public Schools.