A Look Back: Jan. 24

For the Gazette
Published: 1/24/2022 7:01:28 AM
Modified: 1/24/2022 7:00:11 AM
50 Years Ago

■The temperature was 14 degrees above the ice-making temperature of 32, but there were more than 300 hardy souls ice-fishing yesterday in the annual Oxbow Fishing Derby sponsored by the Hampshire County League of Sportsmen’s Clubs. A total of 17 fish were checked in, indicating that perhaps the fish were having spring fever and were ignoring the scores of holes drilled in the 8-inch-thick ice on the Oxbow.

■Construction of a new Florence Fire Station is expected to start this spring on the present site, which will be expanded by taking two additional parcels of land. In appointing the building committee last year, Mayor Sean Dunphy said the 100-year-old structure was in very poor condition.

25 Years Ago

■Four years after selling out six shows at the Northampton Center for the Arts, porn star-turned-performance artist Annie Sprinkle has been denied permission to perform there this spring. Center director Olwen O’Herlihy, who made the decision following a board of directors meeting Tuesday night, said her action was based solely on concerns about liability involving obscenity.

■The mails yesterday brought news that Marc Sanborn, a 17-year-old senior at Northampton High School, will be in next fall’s class at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Sanborn said yesterday he is unabashedly patriotic, loves his country and wants to give back to it through military service.

10 Years Ago

■Two area school teachers are part of a lawsuit filed by the state’s largest teachers union Monday to stop a proposed ballot initiative on teacher evaluations. Michael Flynn and Wilma Ortiz, both former Massachusetts Teachers of the Year, are plaintiffs in a complaint the Massachusetts Teachers Association filed, asking the court to bar a ballot initiative proposed by the education accountability group Stand for Children from appearing on the November ballot.

■Assistant Superintendent Christine Sweklo will head the public schools of South Hadley starting Feb. 1, when Superintendent Gus Sayer retires. The School Committee voted unanimously Tuesday to appoint Sweklo, who will hold the post until July 1, when new Superintendent Nicholas D. Young will take over.


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