A Look Back: Oct. 25

For the Gazette
Published: 10/25/2021 7:00:13 AM
50 Years Ago

■John William Ward, Amherst College’s 14th president, was inaugurated Saturday, marking the highlight of Alumni Weekend at the college. Some 2,000 people filled the Indoor Athletic Field to watch the ceremony, which featured addresses by Ward and University of California professor Henry Nash Smith.

■Residents of Bliss and Willow streets in Florence, who have been plagued in the past with sewage backing up into their yards, have asked the Board of Appeals to conduct another hearing on the 212-townhouse apartment complex proposed for the corner of Spring and Meadow streets. In 1970 residents of the area complained that sewer lines were overflowing, creating pools and streams of human waste, toilet paper and other sewage.

25 Years Ago

■Caolo & Bieniek Associates Inc. of Springfield have submitted a drawing of a proposed public safety complex on Payson Avenue for Easthampton’s fire and police departments. Residents will decide Nov. 5 whether to bond up to $5 million for the project.

■Northampton’s building commissioner is calling for immediate work to improve the safety of the Masonic Street fire station. In a report released yesterday, Building Commissioner Anthony Patillo states that the crumbling mortar that helps hold together the 124-year-old brick firehouse “makes for a great concern that a catastrophic failure could occur.”

10 Years Ago

■Solar energy may finally get its day in the sun. The high costs that for years made it impractical as a mainstream source of energy are plummeting. Real estate companies are racing to install solar panels on office buildings. Utilities are erecting large solar panel “farms” near big cities and in desolate deserts.

■U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren issued a stinging rebuke of Wall Street and cast herself as a defender of the middle class at a Northampton house party Sunday, saying that greater government involvement is needed to pull the country out of the economic doldrums. Warren’s appearance at the home of Margaret Lucey and William Noel on Bridge Road drew a crowd of 200 people.

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