A Look Back: From the Gazette Archives

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Published: 1/1/2021 7:00:25 AM
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50 Years Ago

■New Year’s Day, 1971, was a great one for Mr. and Mrs. Richard Walker of 213 State St. and their newborn son, Kyle McQuillan Walker. The 6-pound, 13-and-a-half-ounce baby boy was the first to be born at Cooley Dickinson Hospital on the first day of the new year.

■The New Year got off to a stormy start as the fifth major snowstorm of the season drifted 6 to 8 inches of snow, gusted winds up to 35 miles an hour and left a score of holiday accidents. The storm, which kept Northampton snowplows working on a 24-hour basis, came when most people were not working as a result of the holiday.

25 Years Ago

■For the first time in 17 years, Mount Holyoke College has a new president today. After moving to South Hadley on Dec. 14, then welcoming family members from Wisconsin for the holidays, Joanne Creighton says she has just begun to feel settled into her hew home.

■Jung Heo and Jo-Young Shin had expected their son to arrive by Christmas. But instead, the Amherst couple settled for the first baby of the new year. Eunsup Shin became Hampshire County’s first baby of 1996 when he was born at the Cooley Dickinson Hospital this morning.

10 Years Ago

■The streets were flooded with revelers Friday night looking to close out the millennium’s first decade by taking part in the 26th annual First Night Northampton celebration. Donning tiaras, party hats and their First Night buttons, thousands of Valley residents took to the streets of the city to celebrate the New Year.

■The state Department of Conservation and Recreation offered hikes in 14 state parks across the state on New Year’s Day as a way to kick off the new year surrounded by nature. A First Day hike was also offered independently at the Bradley Sanctuary in Williamsburg, where more than 40 people turned out to enjoy nature.




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