A Look Back: March 27

Published: 03-27-2023 7:00 AM

50 Years Ago

■Northampton’s meat boycott gained momentum last night when more than 75 price-conscious consumers gathered at the People’s Institute to map their plan of attack against high meat prices. Organized by Mrs. Anne Dunphy and Mrs. Mary McColgan, the meeting laid the groundwork for a meat boycott.

■Woodward, Law & Grinnell Insurance Agency and realty company has purchased the old Flavorland building at 8 N. King St., with plans to turn it into a combination office building and sandwich shop. The company will combine its Northampton and Hatfield branches and move into the office part of the building and rent the sandwich shop to a restaurant.

25 Years Ago

■Noted children’s author and Northampton resident Eric Carle is collaborating with Hampshire College on the construction of a museum to preserve and celebrate his own work and that of other children’s picture-book writers and illustrators. “We are very much in eager negotiations towards that end,” said Peter C. Correa, Hampshire College treasurer and chief financial officer.

■Deborah N. Carter, assistant principal of Frontier High School in Deerfield, has been selected the new principal of Easthampton High School. Nancy M. Spencer, interim superintendent, said Carter agreed Thursday night to accept the position, following the unanimous recommendation of the principal search committee.

10 Years Ago

■Mary Poehnelt is hell with a cleaver on Fox’s reality cooking show, “Hell’s Kitchen.” The 26-year-old Poehnelt, who lives in Belchertown and works as a butcher at Whole Foods in Hadley, is a contestant on the 11th season of the show.

■Smith College has rejected a male-to-female transgender applicant, sparking controversy at the college and an outpouring of support for the student online. “It’s important to recognize trans women as women” and admitting trans women to women’s colleges is part of that process, said Jaime Rossow, a junior at Smith.