A Look Back, May 6


For the Gazette

Published: 05-05-2024 2:01 PM

50 Years Ago

■Preservation Week, a nationally celebrated event sponsored by historic preservation groups, will be observed in Northampton by an inventory of buildings and a tour of historic downtown sites. The Northampton Historical Commission will sponsor an inventory information table outside City Hall to encourage local residents to complete an inventory of any building they feel should be preserved.

■Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., says he will have to face questions about Chappaquiddick if he runs for president in 1976. But he says he already has given all the answers. Kennedy said Monday he would like to be president and would make a decision on the race by late next year and possibly earlier.

25 Years Ago

■After ten years as a spiritual leader in the city, the Rev. Victoria Safford this week announced her resignation as minister of the Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence. Safford, who leaves this summer for a new assignment in Minnesota, presided over a decade of extraordinary growth for the local Society during her tenure.

■David Bourbeau, 36 Phillips Place, took out nomination papers Friday morning to run for re-election for trustee of Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School. Bourbeau is completing his first term on the board this year.

10 Years Ago

■A festive mood took over downtown Saturday as thousands took to the streets to march and watch the 33rd annual Gay Pride march. The status quo was turned upside down with Dykes on Bikes leading the procession without helmets as spectators rushed onto the median separating the east and westbound sides of Main Street.

■Michael Grandfield of West Suffield, Conn., has joined Florence Savings Bank as a vice president/commercial lender to help oversee and further develop the bank s commercial lending portfolio. Grandfield has more than 25 years of banking experience, most recently as vice-president/commercial lender at Hampden Bank in Springfield.