A Look Back: June 30

For the Gazette
Published: 6/30/2022 7:02:47 AM
Modified: 6/30/2022 7:00:13 AM
50 Years Ago

■About 400 students were evacuated from two University of Massachusetts dormitories last night when freak rains caused ceilings in the facilities’ lounge areas to collapse and electrical circuits to pose a safety danger. The newly built Campus Center and Boyden gymnasium were also damaged in the wake of waters which closed streets and filled basements of Amherst stores and homes.

■“Be encouraging, supportive, and try to remain calm.” That’s what expectant fathers were told last night at a class for men who want to be present when their babies are born at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. About 40 couples attended the meeting, the first to be held since the hospital announced a change of policy that will permit fathers in the delivery room.

25 Years Ago

■Supporters pledging both time and money have turned out to help get Camp Hodgkins in Leeds ready for campers in the coming weeks. The camp, which serves disabled people from all over Hampshire County, received heavy storm damage in the April 1 blizzard. It is located in a wooded area behind the Hampshire County Long-term Care Facility in Leeds.

■A 9-year-old Easthampton girl will vie for the international title of Young Miss Hawaiian Tropic, facing competitors from 37 states and Canada. Kierstyn Bigda won the state title in Westboro earlier this month.

10 Years Ago

■Northampton Motor Classics, formerly known as Volkswagen of Northampton, abruptly closed its Bridge Road dealership and repair shop this week in a move that caught some customers off guard. Owner Andrew Feuerstein confirmed that the business shut its doors Tuesday in an email to the state Registry of Motor Vehicles.

■A Massachusetts Appeals Court decision Friday effectively kills plans for a new library in Shutesbury. The ruling appeared to mean the loss of state funding for the project. Shutesbury had been given a June 30 deadline to accept a $2.1 million construction grant by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.


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