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A Look Back: From the Gazette Archives

For the gazette
Published: 4/6/2020 8:00:18 AM
50 Years Ago

■About 10,000 people weathered the chilly winds to watch the annual White Water Canoe Races Sunday on the Westfield River. Cars, Jeeps, station wagons and campers lined the highway from the Knightville Dam down to the Whippenon Club in Russell.

■Airman Leroy F. Rogers, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leroy E Rogers of Mann Terrace, Florence, has completed basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas. He is remaining at Lackland for training as a security policeman. Airman Rogers is a 1969 graduate of St. Michael’s High School.

25 Years Ago

■Classes are canceled and offices are to close early at Smith College today to honor retiring president Mary Maples Dunn with daylong festivities. “Mary Maples Dunn Day” began this morning with the ringing of the college bells, followed by a service in the Helene Hills Hills Chapel.

■Ward 7 City Councilor Maureen C. Tobin said she would take out nomination papers this week, one of the first steps toward seeking another term. But Tobin stopped short of saying she would mount another campaign for her seat. Tobin, a Northampton lawyer who was first elected in 1993, said she won’t make a formal announcement until this summer.

10 Years Ago

■Massachusetts Environmental Police are investigating an all-terrain vehicle crash near Skinner State Park early Sunday that injured six people and brought out more than 50 rescue workers from five fire departments in the pre-dawn hours.

■The Northampton Living Wage Coalition celebrated the first annual Northampton Living Wage Week at Smith College Monday night and honored the memory of Frances Perkins, a Mount Holyoke College graduate who fought for the first national minimum wage after becoming the nation’s first female Cabinet member.

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