A Look Back: Nov. 24

For the Gazette
Published: 11/24/2022 7:00:26 AM
Modified: 11/24/2022 7:00:16 AM
50 Years Ago

■A marathon ping-pong match aimed at breaking the world record for continuous play and to raise money for the St. Michael’s High School newspaper will begin at 8 a.m. on Friday. At that time in the gym of the school, Stefan Harasim, 15, and Kevin Coffey, 15, both freshmen, both of Northampton, and both ping-pong enthusiasts, will square off.

■It has been disclosed that a second resident of Belchertown State School died this week when a 28-year-old patient succumbed from loss of blood. The body of a female resident was found on Monday. The Friends of Belchertown, a parents’ group, has a suit pending in U.S. District Court alleging that the state has been negligent in caring for residents of the school.

25 Years Ago

■If Northampton can act quickly in developing athletic fields on 15 acres of land between Route 66 and Burts Pit Road, the perennial problem of too few diamonds for too many softball teams could be solved. The land is one of four parcels that the state is scheduled to give the city as part of the selling off of the former Northampton State Hospital property.

■The state will soon deed to the city three other properties, including the 7.1 acres now used for the Community Gardens. Even though the Community Gardens are a long-standing city institution, that land is not completely protected. The city is reserving the right to have a road built next to — and through — some of the Community Gardens acreage.

10 Years Ago

■Thanksgiving meals for 1,500 people were prepared, delivered and served by the Manna Soup Kitchen at Edwards Church Thursday. After nearly 30 hours of volunteer time, the food was ready and the annual Thanksgiving meal went off without a hitch, said Robert Saalfrank, the head chef for the meal.

■More lights for the trees lit during Amherst’s Merry Maple celebration and new designer decorations for the light posts aim to make downtown a brighter, more festive place this December. The town’s traditional kickoff for the holiday season begins on Nov. 30.

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