A Look Back: Sept. 21

For the Gazette
Published: 9/21/2021 7:00:07 AM
50 Years Ago

■Mayor Sean M. Dunphy, with City Council President Edward Gross holding, officially kicked off the 1971 Pee Wee Football season, and the mayor’s kick sailed 25 yards upfield into the arms of league commissioner Bob Foote. This boot preceded the opening game that saw the Vikings behind Cy Newman’s two touchdowns win, 12-0 over the Chiefs.

■Peter Cook, 32, son of Hampshire County Probate Judge and Mrs. Arthur Cook, has been named a White House Fellow. He will spend a year interning at the Department of Defense, learning its operation. He met yesterday with President Richard Nixon.

25 Years Ago

■Moving a step closer toward redeveloping land at the former Northampton State Hospital, a citizens group has approved a plan that will allow the state to market and sell more than 90 acres there. The Northampton State Hospital Citizens Advisory Committee on Wednesday unanimously endorsed bid specifications for developers looking to buy property at the location.

■Eight months after he was named acting building commissioner, Anthony Patillo took over the position permanently last night. Acting on the recommendation of Mayor Mary Ford, the City Council voted unanimously to name Patillo to the post. He had been acting building commissioner since last January when Frank Sienkiewicz retired.

10 Years Ago

■The Northampton Planning Board begins talks Thursday on a proposed ordinance that would quadruple the number of chickens city residents can keep on their properties. The proposal before city planners calls for raising the number of adult female chickens allowed to 12, though it maintains the number of ducks at three.

■The Vatican has upheld the Springfield Diocese’s decision to close a parish it says has serious debt and an unsafe steeple, but parishioners who’ve been occupying the church round-the-clock since June said they won’t leave. The diocese said the Vatican has backed its decisions to merge two Holyoke parishes — Mater Dolorosa parish and a cross-town parish, Holy Cross — and to shut down the Mater Dolorosa church building.

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