A Look Back: May 20

For the Gazette
Published: 5/20/2022 7:02:00 AM
Modified: 5/20/2022 7:00:15 AM
50 Years Ago

■The four Brotherhood of the Spirit communes, in Warwick, Gill, Montague, and Northfield, have been in the news lately because of moves by citizens and legislators to cut off welfare payments to commune members. Sen. John Barrus of Goshen is leading a three-man legislative investigating team which will examine the payment of welfare funds to commune members.

■A Radcliffe-bound Amherst Regional High School senior received a letter from the White House yesterday informing her that she is a 1972 Presidential Scholar. Miss Olivia Golden, a national Merit scholarship winner, was selected one of 121 students throughout the country to achieve the honor.

25 Years Ago

■Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund, urged Smith College graduates yesterday to “struggle to rekindle an ethic of caring.” Edelman gave the keynote address at the college’s 119th commencement exercises.

■Twenty-four acres on Bare Mountain in South Hadley, that have literally served as a classroom for biologists, are now part of the Valley Land Fund’s holdings. The Bare Mountain property, which lies on the westerly side of the Notch at Route 116, was purchased by the Land Fund from Gloria O’Donnell of Oakland, Calif., for $24,000.

10 Years Ago

■Mayor David J. Narkewicz fulfilled a campaign promise Friday when he appointed a special commission to advise him on all matters related to economic development. The mayor tapped experts in a variety of business and economic development sectors for the 11-member Economic Development Advisory Commission.

■FoodService Director magazine has named Ken Toong, executive director of auxiliary enterprises at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, to its inaugural list of the 20 most influential people and organizations in the noncommercial food service industry. Toong came to UMass Amherst in 1998 as director of dining services.


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