A Look Back: From the Gazette archives

For the Gazette
Published: 3/3/2021 7:00:12 AM
50 Years Ago

■Local theatergoers should expect a unique evening’s entertainment in March at the People’s Institute, as some of the best-known theater talents in the area will collaborate on what is considered by many to be Bertolt Brecht’s finest play, “The Good Woman of Setzuan.” The production is directed by Barry Keating, a native of Florence.

■Paul R. Cramer, an Amherst native, has been named associate headmaster of Wilbraham and Monson Academies, effective July 1. Cramer, who is currently the assistant headmaster at Wilbraham, taught at Deerfield Academy and was dean of students at University School in Cleveland, Ohio, before coming to Wilbraham.

25 Years Ago

■Hoping to forge a regional identity while helping their members get on line, local chambers of commerce today unveiled the first officially sponsored Internet site for western Massachusetts. The site is called the Western Massachusetts Internet Directory. It can be found on the portion of the Internet known as the World Wide Web.

■John D. Lawlor Jr., 65, a longtime city Democratic politician, died this morning, according to friends and family. Lawlor, who in 1982 chaired both the city and county Democratic committees, worked for at least 10 years as the administrative assistant to the Hampshire County Commissioners and served at least three terms on the Northampton School Committee.

10 Years Ago

■Percy Fuller, a man whose talents training horses and young riders were legendary up and down the Pioneer Valley, passed away on Tuesday. He was 88. On Wednesday, family and friends remembered Fuller as a “true-blue horseman,” whose gift for training, breeding and showing horses was matched only by his passion for teaching generations of young riders and pairing them with prospective horses.

■The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Wednesday that the agency’s wildlife biologists have concluded the eastern mountain lion is extinct, but local believers say the declaration is contradicted by dozens of reported local sightings.

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