A Look Back: From the Gazette Archives

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Published: 10/30/2020 7:00:58 AM
50 Years Ago

■In recent elections held at John F. Kennedy Junior High School the positions on the executive board of Student Council were filled by the following students: David Parsons, president; Lisa Christenson, vice president; Pam Korza, secretary; and Tom Keefe, treasurer. Keefe is the first eighth grade student ever to be elected treasurer.

■All of Northampton’s fire apparatus left their stations in a great rush yesterday afternoon after a call was received from a telephone operator that a grass fire had ignited a barn on Parsons Street. After a diligent search did not reveal any burning barns, a call was made to the operator. It turned out that she had the right street but the wrong town. The blaze was at 61 Parsons St. in Easthampton.

25 Years Ago

■Vicki Baum-Hommes was named last month as the new co-director of Necessities/Necesidades, joining Gail Kielson as one of two leaders of the organization. Baum-Hommes is responsible for fiscal administration, while Kielson oversees direct service.

■Hamelin Furniture, which had been located at 32 Masonic St. for eight years, has moved to a building at 139 King St. With 13,000 square feet, the new space gives Hamelin Furniture five times the showroom capacity it had before.

10 Years Ago

■The wrecking ball wins out. The days are officially numbered for the Upper Roberts Meadow Dam in Leeds. The Board of Public Works voted unanimously Thursday for the removal of the dam, holding firm to its 2008 vote to breach it.

■Rather than simply sell off its properties, the Clarke School for Hearing and Speech will instead seek proposals from developers interested in acquiring and reusing a large portion of its campus. Trustees over the weekend opted to develop requests for proposals, an avenue that lets school offices be more actively involved with the future use of the properties.

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