A Look Back: Oct. 19

For the Gazette
Published: 10/19/2021 7:00:10 AM
50 Years Ago

■Northampton girls field hockey team has clinched at least a tie for the Valley League field hockey championship, with a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over second-place Westfield yesterday at Kearney Field. The two teams meet again Thursday at Westfield, and a win or tie for Hamp there would give it the championship.

■Three new fire stations, six new school buildings and additions to five schools will be needed before 1990, Richard Ball of the Metcalf and Eddy planning consultant firm told people assembled at the high school to discuss community facilities last night. Five new elementary schools, at South Street, Burts Pit Road, Florence Grammar, Bridge Street and possibly in Bay State, were recommended for inclusion in the city’s new 20-year master plan.

25 Years Ago

■Michael Ahearn’s career as a dispatcher at the State Police barracks kept him busy through the terms of nine U.S. presidents. After 40 years as a civilian dispatcher — the last few spent as head of a 14-person unit — Ahearn, 64, retired Sept. 30.

■After a year in partial limbo, Yankee Rowe’s managers won back federal approval Friday for their plans to dismantle the closed nuclear plant. The decision by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission handed a victory to plant managers, who have been at odds over the plan with anti-nuclear groups since the reactor closed in 1992.

10 Years Ago

■The two candidates for Easthampton mayor sparred over the city’s schools, spending and other issues at a debate Tuesday night. Mayor Michael Tautznik touted his 15-year track record and argued that his opponent is not qualified for the position, while Donald Emerson cited his own credentials and listed shortcomings in city government that he said he would like to improve.

■A pig named Rosie, who weighs about 400 pounds, escaped from her field onto the travel lanes of Pine Street in Amherst two times Monday evening, causing brief traffic tie-ups on the North Amherst road. “She got out twice last night,” said Dave Tepfer, owner of Simple Gifts Farms. “She was very agitated and acting very strangely.”

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