A Look Back at the Gazette archives

Published: 1/19/2021 4:04:53 PM
50 Years Ago

■Frigid temperatures of the past few days have given local thermometers a rare exercise in recording Arctic weather. A reading of 29 below zero was recorded on a Hatfield home, while a balmy 19 below was registered at an Easthampton window.

■Charles J. Paquette, who was appointed to the City License Commission last year, has resigned after doubt was raised about the legality of his appointment. The problem was that the license board has to be divided on a political basis, and Paquette was named by Mayor Dunphy as the Republican representative to the board. Paquette had been a Democrat but switched to Republican earlier last year.

25 Years Ago

■After nearly 10 years on the Northampton Historical Commission, the last two as its chair, Allison Lockwood is stepping down. Lockwood, 75, an author who wrote a book about Northampton  World War II veterans called “Touched with Fire,” will transfer her energy to the Forbes Library Board of Trustees.

■A & P/Waldbaum’s Food Mart plans to hire 250 employees to staff the new supermarket it intends to build on King Street. The Super Food Mart will be more than double the size of the existing Northampton Food Mart, which employs 40 people. The property where the new store will go is owned by the Hill & Dale Nominee Trust.

10 Years Ago

■Plans for Kendrick Park’s future as an active green space within downtown Amherst, being drawn up by a Boston-based landscape architect consulting company, will be unveiled at a community meeting next week. Senior Planner Christine Brestrup said there will be large illustrations of three plans for the 3.3-acre park, which is wedged between North Pleasant, East Pleasant and Triangle streets.

■A proposal to create a new virtual school, with students logging onto computers instead of hopping on a bus, will be the subject of a public hearing before the Hadley School Committee Monday. The school would provide an option for Hadley children who might now be home-schooled or unable to attend typical programs because of mobility impairments, psychosocial disorders or family obligations.  

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