A Look Back: From the Gazette Archives

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Published: 5/4/2020 11:56:21 AM
50 Years Ago

■Helen U. Kiely, late of 10 Munroe St., Northampton, who died March 12 of this year, has bequeathed $50,000 to establish a new chemistry laboratory at St. Michael’s High School in her memory, to be known as the Helen Kiely Memorial Laboratory.

■A clenched fist, which is a symbol of “strike” among student radicals, was painted on a building at the University of Massachusetts early today. It is part of the campaign by radicals to call a one-day strike at all area colleges tomorrow to protest U.S. action in Cambodia.

25 Years Ago

■Welcomed as a sign of recognition by the gay community, a proposed domestic partnership ordinance has spurred a debate that raises questions about tolerance of alternative lifestyles. The ordinance would allow unmarried gay and straight couples to register with the city of Northampton and receive certain rights.

■A regulation permitting smokers in eateries with walled-off, separately ventilated dining rooms is five days old, but a poll done by a group of restaurateurs finds only 25 of the city’s 91 restaurant owners expressing any interest in gaining the right to set aside seats for smokers.

10 Years Ago

■Seeking to engage more alumni and spur investment, the University of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni Association is ditching the requirement that graduates pay $40 per year for membership. Instead, all UMass students, past present, and future, will be automatically enrolled in the association, free of charge, following graduation.

■A judge’s ruling Friday gives a green light for a fish ladder on the Manhan River in Easthampton. Once in place, the ladder will allow American shad, blueback herring and other migratory fish species to access nearly 20 miles of spawning habitat farther upstream that is blocked by an 8-foot concrete dam.

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