A Look Back: June 16

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For the Gazette
Published: 6/16/2021 7:00:08 AM
50 Years Ago

■Peter W. Cook, formerly of Northampton, is one of 16 persons recently appointed by President Richard M. Nixon to serve as White House Fellow this year. Cook, vice president of growth and development of Osco Drug Inc., a division of Jewel Companies Inc., Franklin Park, Ill., is a native of Northampton and lived here until 1956.

■A double-decked parking lot on Armory Street and a double-decked facility on Masonic Street are two recommendations voted by the Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce to go before Mayor Sean M. Dunphy for action. In the parking proposal it was pointed out that continued use of the automobile by several members in a family has created a traffic flow and parking problem similar to problems faced in other cities of its size.

25 Years Ago

■Erika Janes and Colleen Campbell, two recent Northampton High graduates, today are scheduled to escort up to five torchbearers along 3 miles of the Olympic Torch Relay route in New Hampshire. Both runners were nominated by Northampton High Athletic Director Jeff Boudway as examples of achievement in academics, athletics and community involvement.

■A committee studying how emergency calls are handled in Northampton sees the present system as “antiquated and inefficient.” It recommended Thursday the mayor create a new city department to improve its quality. The Joint Dispatch Study Committee is recommending that the city use civilians, instead of police officers and firefighters, to staff the new department.

10 Years Ago

■The Easthampton Rotary Club Pavilion in Nonotuck Park is under construction, with a committee rustling up a host of area volunteers and donors to finish and furnish a commercial kitchen at the pavilion. The project is expected to be completed by June 24.

■The Northampton Arts Council has chosen artist David Teeple’s “Water Music” to replace Leland Johnston’s “Dream” mural on the railroad bridge on lower Main Street, which after two decades has deteriorated to the point that it needs to be removed.

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