A Look Back at the Gazette archives

Published: 1/21/2021 10:08:50 PM
50 Years Ago

■Gordon Conklin, editor of the American Agriculturist, declared Wednesday evening at a meeting at the University of Massachusetts that “environmental alarmists screaming from housetops” have exaggerated the danger to the environment form insecticides used in agriculture. Conklin said the belief that farmers are poisoning man’s environment and that all pesticides should be banned is “a great fallacy.”

■The possibilities for a “Hotline” referral service for the Northampton local calling area was the topic of discussion at a meeting this week of the Northampton Youth Commission. The “Hot Line” is a telephone operation that would be manned by volunteers who could offer the names of professionals in the local area to help those calling solve their problems.

25 Years Ago

■Gov. William F. Weld wants to allow more private schools to teach public education students, and wants community governing boards to abolish school committees and the state to take over schools where students aren’t doing well. Area educators, however, are skeptical, saying the governor’s plans more in the direction of reducing local control over schools and centralizing more power in the state bureaucracy.

■A weekend sewer line break near Orr Rink at Amherst College has sent nearly 1 million gallons of a water and sewage mix into the brook that runs alongside the Norwottuck Rail Trail. The state Department of Environmental Protection has been called in to assess the damage.

10 Years Ago

■The Smithsonian Neighborhood Grill and Bar at 127 Elm St. in Hatfield has changed hands. Longtime owner Peter Langlois sold the place in December to his sister, Patti, and her husband, Alan Matthews. It even has a new name: 127 Elm.

■Fred Benson has been hired as advertising director at the Daily Hampshire Gazette and Amherst Bulletin. Benson, 56, of Fayetteville, N.C., says he is eager to bring his skills to bear at the Gazette, where he replaces former longtime employee Mark Iacuessa, who retired from a 37-year career in the newspaper business in October.

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