A Look Back: From the Gazette archives

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Published: 1/14/2021 7:00:24 AM
50 Years Ago

■The loss of star center Jeff Connery who was injured in Friday night’s game comes at a crucial time for Easthampton High School, which has moved into sole possession of first place in the Hampshire league. Connery, with an ankle injury, will be sidelined for four to five weeks, Easthampton basketball coach Erich Janes said.

■Mrs. Marlene Werenski, former resident of Northampton and a 1954 graduate of Northampton High School, was recently appointed policewoman in the Holyoke Police Department. The former Marlene Szynal, Mrs. Werenski will work in the crime prevention department of the department. She will begin duties Sunday.

25 Years Ago

■Organizers of an annual gay pride march have called it quits, saying they lack the needed support and financial backing to put on a parade that has typically drawn thousands to downtown Northampton. And unless new volunteers step forward soon, the parade and rally will not be organized for the first time since it began 15 years ago.

■Superintendent of Northampton’s schools Bruce E. Willard has a new three-year contract starting next July 1, including an 8.5 percent salary increase over the three years. Willard said he looks forward to another three years in Northampton.

10 Years Ago

■A veteran educator with Massachusetts and New England ties who worked his way up through the ranks of higher education will be the next president of the University of Massachusetts. UMass trustees chose Robert L. Caret, president of Towson University in Maryland since 2003, to replace retiring UMass President Jack Wilson.

■School Committee members were unable to raise a motion that would set aside the more than $180,000 needed to accommodate a later start time at Northampton High School Thursday night, effectively rejecting the plan for next year. The panel’s decision not to vote means the committee will agree with the Curriculum Subcommittee’s recommendation not to change the start time at NHS from 7:30 to 8 a.m.

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