A Look Back: May 13

For the Gazette
Published: 5/13/2022 7:01:58 AM
Modified: 5/13/2022 7:00:20 AM
50 Years Ago

■Dorothy Nepper Marshall, dean of faculties and provost of the University of Massachusetts, Boston, will be the principal speaker at the 94th Smith College commencement on May 28. Dr. Marshall is a 1935 Smith graduate. She received her Ph.D. in 1944 from Bryn Mawr College where she taught Spanish for 28 years.

■Northampton may offer fluorides to the general public in tablet form, rather than by fluoridation of the water supply as previously proposed. Mayor Sean M. Dunphy has asked the local Board of Health to evaluate a program of providing fluoride in tablets free of charge to physicians and dentists for distribution to residents before giving further consideration to fluoridation of the city’s water supply.

25 Years Ago

■John M. Buteau, 85, of 81 Maple St., Florence, a former superintendent of the city’s schools, died May 10 at home. A former French teacher, he became superintendent of schools in Northampton in 1969 and served in that role until he retired in 1979.

■With the help of about 40 parent, teacher and student volunteers, the Northampton High School PTO worked this weekend to “cover up” faded paint and drab walls at the high school by hanging student artwork and applying fresh coats of acrylic. “We’re just trying to make the appearance of the building a little more presentable,” said the event’s chairwoman, Mary Jane Tobin, whose son attends NHS.

10 Years Ago

■Construction crews completing repairs to the roundabout in front of Look Park on Route 9 were missing a mini-excavator when they got to work Monday morning. Police said the excavator, valued at $70,000, was stolen from the construction site sometime over the weekend.

■A scaled-back rezoning proposal for North Amherst village center, which would have encouraged use of smart growth principals and promoted form-based code to guide new residential and commercial development, was defeated by Town Meeting Monday. Those critical of the proposal said North Amherst would be damaged if the rezoning passed.


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