A Look Back: May 17

For the Gazette
Published: 5/17/2022 7:02:10 AM
Modified: 5/17/2022 7:00:23 AM
50 Years Ago

■Easthampton High is one of only two high schools in Hampshire County to have batgirls. Coach Rick Konieczny has agreed to let three young ladies take over as batgirls for his Eagles. The three are Carol Poudrier, Ann Geryk and Chris Poudrier. They are all juniors and said they enjoyed their first day on the job.

■Mayor Sean M. Dunphy today announced that the City of Northampton will continue its triple-A credit rating. The AAA rating is the highest rating a municipality may attain. The assignment came from Moody’s Investors Service Inc. as the city prepares to borrow $480,000 for construction of a new Florence Fire Station and a Department of Public Works office building on Locust Street.

25 Years Ago

■The public will be allowed back into City Hall on Wednesday afternoons starting June 4. The five-year Wednesday afternoon closing policy is over, as Mayor Mary L Ford and some city department heads push to improve the way the public is served.

■Northampton teachers are stepping up the intensity of their protests over lack of a contract. Some 40 teachers gathered last night on the front steps of City Hall for a spirited demonstration, and, according to Northampton Teachers Association President Jacques Laus, similar rallies will be held every day next week.

10 Years Ago

■After 40 years, including 12 as the head coach, Ken O’Brien is ending his run on the Northampton football team’s sidelines. O’Brien took over for the late Frank Tudryn prior to the 2000 season. The program enjoyed a strong run from 2003 through 2006, when it went 29-16 and reached back-to-back Super Bowls in 2003 and 2004.

■Easthampton will get a preview of this summer’s Bear Fest when 52 finished tabletop bears are displayed at this weekend’s open studios event at One Cottage Street. On June 9, Bear Fest will officially kick off when 40 life-size cubs and bears decorated by local artists will be placed around the city.


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