A Look Back: Sept. 22

For the Gazette
Published: 9/22/2021 7:00:08 AM
50 Years Ago

■The slogan for the 1971 Hampshire United Fund campaign is “If You Don’t Do It, It Won’t Get Done,” Robert Patenaude, general campaign chairman, said today. “Our theme is a simple statement of fact, and it applies to all the people in our fund area, including volunteers and contributors,” Patenaude said.

■Charles W. DeRose has been elected president of Hampshire Housing Development Corporation. DeRose succeeds William B. Poist who asked to be relieved because of his additional duties with the Northampton office of the Massachusetts Electric Company.

25 Years Ago

■The Northampton Lions Club is asking for volunteers tomorrow as it prepares for the final installation of window curtains and a brand-new set of stage curtains in the Congdon Auditorium at Northampton High School. The club is shepherding through an overhaul of the theater space.

■Under a policy voted in by trustees last spring, packets of condoms became available for the first time yesterday in the bathrooms of the nurse’s office at the Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School. According to nurse Gretchen Werle, seven three-condom packets were taken on the first day.

10 Years Ago

■This weekend’s Rainbow RiverFest in Holyoke aims to be a lot of things to a lot of people, according to its organizer, Suzanne Seymour, executive director of the LGBT Coalition. The Saturday event will offer a musical lineup, a sermon by a Springfield minister, performances, art, games, workshops, and a focus on issues facing gay youths.

■About 3:40 p.m. Friday, in heavy rain and low cloud cover, a single-engine plane crashed in the woods off Routes 5 and 10 in South Deerfield, across the road from Yankee Candle Co. The man and woman aboard the Cessna 210 both suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the accident.

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