A Look Back: Sept. 20

For the Gazette
Published: 9/20/2021 7:00:15 AM
50 Years Ago

■A spectacular fire with a glow visible from downtown Northampton destroyed 62 of 92 stalls in the long horse barn at the Tri-County Fairgrounds early this morning. City Fire Chief James Murray said today the department received about 25 calls in a matter of a few minutes from people who saw the fire about 1:30 this morning.

■Bjorn Wiberg of the Hampshire Regional YMCA in Northampton today announced that enrollments are now being accepted for the fall session of the men’s Scientific Fitness Program. Open to men of all ages, the 10-week progressive program will be specifically geared to prepare men physically for skiing and other winter sports.

25 Years Ago

■A second annual 5-mile road race and block party to benefit the Northampton Police Association Charities will be held Sunday on Pearl Street. The association, made up of all Northampton police officers, donates money to various youth sports programs and other activities.

■With the deadline approaching for proposals regarding the two main buildings on the Massachusetts Audubon Society Graves Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, it remains to be seen whether the aging barn and farmhouse can be saved. According to Audubon vice president Gary Clayton, inspection tours throughout the summer brought at least 17 people who responded to an announcement seeking a buyer or tenant for the buildings.

10 Years Ago

■With the sun shining on a crisp late summer day, more than 150 people gathered in Amherst’s historic West Cemetery Sunday to recognize the sometimes forgotten contributions of black Civil War soldiers to the cause of freedom. Five men whose final resting places are in the cemetery were honored, with many of their descendants on hand to observe the ceremony.

■With some exceptions, most area school districts bested statewide averages in the latest round of MCAS scores – and some did quite a bit better. In Northampton test scores rose at particular grade levels, including major gains in eighth-grade English scores, and a doubling of the number of students scoring in the advanced category in fourth-grade English this year.

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