A Look Back: Oct. 13

For the Gazette
Published: 10/13/2021 7:00:06 AM
50 Years Ago

■Julie Kawecki, newly elected president of the Licensed Practical Nurses Association, received the symbolic gavel from outgoing president Betty Lou Spencer last night. The installation was held at a special meeting of the association at Alexander’s Restaurant in Florence.

■Mayor Sean M. Dunphy today announced the hiring of Paul R. Morrissey as his administrative assistant. Morrissey is a Northampton native, attended local elementary schools and graduated from Northampton High School. After serving in the Marine Corps, he attended the University of Massachusetts and received a bachelor of arts degree in 1968.

25 Years Ago

■Two dozen Northampton High School students got a first-hand look at the city’s Masonic Street firehouse Thursday to help them decide for themselves whether the city needs a new one. The students are enrolled in a new course called “The Earth, the Law, and You” that meshes civics, taught by Marilyn Tracy, and environmental science, taught by Kathy Hogan-Friguglietti.

■The city Recreation Department is planning to tackle a problem of chaos on the courts in its youth basketball program. At the urging of W. Michael Goggins, a recreation commissioner who described the games as “organized chaos,” the commission took steps this week to replace high-school age referees with adults.

10 Years Ago

■The meandering Connecticut River has finally wended its way into town — figuratively speaking — in the form of a stainless steel and aluminum sculpture mounted on the railroad bridge at Bridge and Main streets. “Water Music,” designed by Northampton artist David Teeple, depicts an aerial view of the Connecticut River as it flows from East Deerfield to Springfield.

■Goshen Fire Chief Sue Labrie has been selected from a field of 20 candidates to replace outgoing town Chesterfield administrator Charlene Nardi. “She has a very impressive resume and is clearly a very talented professional,” said Select Board Chairman David Keilson.


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