A Look Back: Oct. 22

For the Gazette
Published: 10/22/2021 7:00:06 AM
50 Years Ago

■The Williamsburg Women’s Club will sponsor a period style show on Nov. 5 at the Anne Dunphy School. Dresses representing the years 1771 to 1971 will be featured. Mrs. James Halberstadt will be the commentator and Mrs. Robert Rapalee will furnish the music.

■Karl Zalesky, chairman of the Annual March to Defeat Muscular Dystrophy in the Northampton area, stated today that of 560 volunteer marchers recruited, 349 have already made returns totaling, $2,100. Zalesky, who is president of the Firefighters Local, said “the response from the area residents has been overwhelming.”

25 Years Ago

■The long search for a director of the Northampton Community Music School is over, after the school this month hired a 41-year-old Manchester, Conn., man with a business background. Nicolas A. Spina started work last Tuesday, closing a five-month span in which an interim director led the music school at 78 Main St.

■If a new fire station is built, the mayor wants the street running alongside the building to be named after a former firefighter and amateur historian who cleared the name of two Irish immigrants wrongly hanged. Mayor Mary L. Ford will recommend to the Board of Public Works, the entity that officially names streets, that the road be named Carlon Drive, after the late John J. Carlon.

10 Years Ago

■Hatfield native Sanford Belden will receive the award of Outstanding Philanthropist of Hampshire County Nov. 16 from the western Massachusetts chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Belden, 69, of Depot Road, was nominated by Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity, where he just finished his term as president of the board of directors and has been active as a donor and fundraiser since 2006.

■Organizers hope a new name will help boost participation in a demonstration planned for Saturday that aims to challenge blame-the-victim attitudes toward rape and domestic violence. Originally called SlutWalk, the event has been renamed Stomp & Holler Because We’ve Had Enough.

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