A Look Back: Oct. 6

  • Lola Roberts, from left, Noelle Goerlich and Ysatis Tagle walk out of an apple orchard at Outlook Farm in Westhampton as part of Smith College’s Mountain Day in September 2018. GAZETTE FILE PHOTO

For the Gazette
Published: 10/6/2022 7:00:28 AM
50 Years Ago

■The frenzied ringing of the bells at Smith College this morning, breaking the secret of which day would be set aside for Mountain Day, was almost drowned out by the shouts of joy from the student body. The annual holiday, free of study or assignments of any kind, is looked forward to each year, but the exact day is a well-guarded secret until the bells announce it.

■The City Council last night stopped short of giving complete endorsement to the $1,090,000 appropriation for an addition to the Ryan Road School. But after some pointed questions and more than a few harsh words, the Council voted in favor of the appropriation by a 9-0 vote on the first reading.

25 Years Ago

■Men from the Valley who attended the Promise Keepers rally in Washington, D.C., this weekend say they gained a new unity and desire to “spread the word” about the Christian men’s movement. “This was just the beginning,” said Robert Myers, a Northampton physical therapist who attended the event. “It is a glimpse of what it could be like.”

■The Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers has chosen Mayor Mary L. Ford as its Municipal Official of the Year. Ford was nominated by Barbara Bilz of the Family Planning Council of Western Massachusetts.

10 Years Ago

■John Hanscom, a third-grader at Hadley Elementary School, won the $100 first prize in the second annual pumpkin-growing contest sponsored by Edward Dudkiewicz in honor of his late brother, Myron. John raised a 38-pound pumpkin.

■Easthampton Mayor Michael A. Tautznik has made it official: This is his last term as mayor. He made the announcement during a speech at an Easthampton Democratic Committee event at the Holyoke Country Club on Thursday.


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