A Look Back: Sept. 17

For the Gazette
Published: 9/17/2021 7:00:05 AM
50 Years Ago

■Demolition crews were busy Wednesday with the start of removal of what once served as the Capawonk Hotel at the corner of Main and School streets in Hatfield. A barn at the west end of the property, more recently serving as the Auction Gallery of Pioneer Valley, is also slated for removal — all to make way for a new state-funded housing project for the elderly.

■Typing students at Northampton High School had their lessons briefly interrupted yesterday when a string of electric lights which were installed during the summer fell from the ceiling and crashed between two rows of desks. Principal John Feeney said it was miraculous that the lights landed between the two rows and that nobody was seriously hurt.

25 Years Ago

■A mural installed high on the east wall of the new cafeteria of the JFK Middle School, depicting a dozen colorful and larger-than-life adolescent figures, has gone a long way to brighten a room without windows. The artist, Lynn Peterfreund of Leverett, who won a $10,000 commission to do the mural in a competition run by the Northampton Arts Council, used students who attended the school last year as models for the faces.

■Beginning Sept. 20, McDonald’s will use Northampton artist Eric Carle’s stories to promote its kids’ Happy Meals. Finger puppets based on Carle’s colorful characters will be given away with each Happy Meal through Oct. 11.

10 Years Ago

■By next fall, the biggest decision about running Cooley Dickinson Hospital could fall to a new owner, as the institution prepares to survive in an economy fracturing its 125-year business model. The hospital is in talks with three prospective partners, including a for-profit operation owned by a venture-capital group.

■The Big E is where it’s at for the next two weeks, as more than 1 million people will venture through the doors of New England’s largest fair that began Friday and runs through Oct. 2. The fair is once again offering a little something for everyone, including parades, carnival rides, a circus, crafts, horse shows, treats, shopping, animals and the best of the old and new that fairgoers have come to expect.




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