A Look Back: Nov. 29

For the Gazette
Published: 11/29/2021 7:00:46 AM
Modified: 11/29/2021 7:00:15 AM
50 Years Ago

■Dr. Donna Schumann has announced that she will associate with Dr. Romeo L. Audette in the practice of optometry in Springfield. Dr. Schumann will continue practicing in Northampton. She is the wife of Prof. Willy Schumann, chair of the German department at Smith College, and the mother of three children.

■A tree has been planted across from the main entrance to Look Park and will eventually be decorated each year at Christmastime, according to the park’s manager Brian Elliott. The tree, planted in August or September of this year, is now approximately 10 feet tall. Elliott estimated that the tree would reach a proper height for use as a Christmas tree in 10 or 15 years.

25 Years Ago

■A request from Bill Nagle’s Honor Court for temporary use of two houses at the former Northampton State Hospital is now in the hands of the state agency that controls the property. The Division of Capital Planning and Operations has been asked by Mayor Mary L. Ford whether it would be feasible for the program to use two brick houses not far from the main entrance of the former hospital.

■Those looking to visit the village of Florence now have a handy new guide to help them along the way. The Florence Civic and Business Association is offering a third edition of a brochure outlining the Florence business district and detailing attractions in the village.

10 Years Ago

■Drawn by heavy promotions and earlier-than-ever opening times, shoppers swarmed the malls on Black Friday weekend and handed retailers a good start to the holiday season. “It seems like American consumers have been taking a deep breath and making the decision that it’s OK to shop again,” said Ellen Davis, vice president of the National Retail Federation.

■Marching bands, clowns, antique cars, Shriners and colonial Minutemen made their way down Main Street for the 22nd annual Florence Holiday Parade Saturday morning. Mayor-elect David Narkewicz and City Councilors David A. Murphy and Marianne L. LaBarge walked at the head of the parade greeting people along the way.




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