A Look Back: May 14

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For the Gazette
Published: 5/14/2021 7:00:10 AM

50 Years Ago

■Eleven prisoners at the Hampshire County House of Correction fled to freedom through a hole they had chopped through a 2-foot brick and plaster wall. They fled at 9:30 last night and by noon today five had been recaptured.

■William F. McDonald, whose long history in Northampton recreation programs has included helping to begin Little League sports in the city, will be feted at ceremonies designating the new Little League grounds at Arcanum, the “William F. McDonald Field,” in ceremonies Sunday afternoon.

25 Years Ago

■A family-owned, West Springfield-based jewelry store chain will be opening a new shop on Main Street in Northampton late this summer. According to landlord Eric Suher, Hannoush Jewelers has signed a lease for 227 Main St., a storefront now occupied by jeweler Bill Brough.

■After less than a year as Southampton’s elementary school principal, Norma A. Lewis has resigned and will move to Colorado to head an elementary school system there. Lewis said she and her husband, Billy E. Lewis, decided to relocate to Colorado because he was unable to find work in this area.

10 Years Ago

■The East Village Cafe on Union Street in Easthampton recently received a seasonal liquor license, part of owner Diane Stallone’s plan to have more evening meals and entertainment for her patrons. The license will allow guests to enjoy wine or beer, something Stallone said is important when you are trying to draw a crown in the evening.

■ “Protect natural systems as if your life depended on it, because it does.” This was the message delivered by internationally renowned undersea explorer and oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle at the 133rd Smith College commencement Sunday.

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