A Look Back: May 24

For the Gazette
Published: 5/24/2022 7:02:12 AM
Modified: 5/24/2022 7:00:14 AM
50 Years Ago

■It was tough going Tuesday for a Lee Metal Products truck as the driver attempted to get through the Pleasant Street underpass. The vehicle was en route from Orange to Pittsfield when its top scraped the railroad overpass.

■Hampshire College has received a gift of $1 million from the Charles E. Merrill Trust of New York, for capital construction. Announcement of the gift was made by Charles R. Longsworth, president of the college, to the academic council, a group composed of the entire faculty with student and staff representatives, which met late Wednesday afternoon on the campus.

25 Years Ago

■Police Chief Russell P. Sienkiewicz says renovations now under way at the police station will make the department a more comfortable place to work. Sienkiewicz said the renovation job mainly involves adding a female locker and shower room in the basement of the station, restructuring the first floor to create more working space, improving the ventilation system and redesigning the landscape and outside appearance of the building.

■The Pakn-Treger, a Yiddish magazine edited in Amherst that has a cultural and historical focus, has hit local newsstands. Jeffrey Sharlet, editor-in-chief of the quarterly publication, said the magazine will be distributed at 600 bookstores across the nation.

10 Years Ago

■An Amherst native will be the first executive director of the town’s new Business Improvement District. Alexander Krogh-Grabbe, 26, was hired to fill the position in a unanimous vote by the BID’s board of directors last week.

<sbull value="sbull"><text xmlns="urn:schemas-teradp-com:gn4tera"></text></sbull>A proposal to move Amherst high and middle school start times to 9 a.m. hit a roadblock Tuesday after School Committee members expressed concerns over how the change would affect athletic programs. The committee had been scheduled to vote on the proposal.


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