A Look Back: May 25

For the Gazette
Published: 5/25/2022 7:02:11 AM
Modified: 5/25/2022 7:00:12 AM
50 Years Ago

■The old Parson Russell House, more recently a part of the Elmwood Hotel at Russell and West streets in Hadley, is slowly making its way up West Street Common. About 150 yards was covered yesterday and movers hope to have the building at its permanent location on North Middle Street by late weekend. It will be converted into a two-family dwelling.

■Miss Grace Asserson was elected president of the Northampton League of Women Voters last night at a meeting held at the home of Mrs. Thomas Mendenhall. Miss Asserson is a member of the Northampton Charter Commission and is chair of the city’s Personnel Board, and retired personnel manager of Smith College.

25 Years Ago

■On the occasion of the Forbes Library’s 12th Annual Trustees Award, three community members were given awards. Trustees of Forbes Library selected Patricia Keating and Janet Hemminger as the co-recipients of the 1995 Trustees Award, and Donna Kenney as the recipient of the 1996 Trustees Award. Because of the recently completed renovation project, the trustees were unable to present the 1995 award.

■A shortage of workers could threaten future expansion of what now is a healthy economy in Massachusetts, economists say. “The state will experience a chronic labor availability problem that will constrain growth,” predicted Richard DeKaser, a BankBoston economist.

10 Years Ago

■Representatives of Grow Food Northampton, city officials and over 100 gardeners will be on hand Monday for an opening ceremony at the Florence Organic Community Garden. Located on Grow Food Northampton’s 17-acre field south of Meadow Street in Florence, the endeavor aims to meet the demand for in-town, organic community garden plots.

■The school department has scheduled a third public forum on a later start time for Northampton High School. The School Committee has asked Superintendent Brian Salzer to develop a proposal for changing the high school’s 7:30 a.m. start time to allow a later school bell.


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