A Look Back: May 12


For the Gazette

Published: 05-12-2023 11:00 PM

50 Years Ago

■A proposal by the New England Farm Workers Council to use Smith Vocational and Agricultural School’s shop facilities to train Puerto Rican migrant workers in a marketable skill is under active study by the school’s board of trustees.

■For the past two months students of St. Michael’s High School have been preparing for “Nostalgia Night,” to be held tonight and Saturday. The cabaret-style variety show will feature musical numbers from the 1920s up to the 1960s and will include a “Mitch Miller Singalong.”

25 Years Ago

■Citing a recent past of warm winters and a future of increased competition, the owners of the Mount Tom Ski Area and Summerside are closing the resort after 38 years. Mary Rose O’Connell, who owns the resort with her brother-in-law, Franklin, said Monday that two years of lagging revenues from low attendance have forced them to close before the summer season opens.

■Jean O’Connor, a former Northampton resident, will enter the FBI training academy on Memorial Day. When she completes her training, she intends to join her husband, former Northampton Police Sgt. Thomas O’Connor, as a special agent for the FBI.

10 Years Ago

■Environmental activists are vowing to do everything they can to help Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Edward Markey in his special election battle with Republican challenger Gabriel Gomez. During the Democratic primary, environmental groups spent nearly $1.8 million in outside money to help Markey defeat Stephen Lynch.

■Cheryl Pascucci of Northampton, western Massachusetts clinical director of the nonprofit Commonwealth Care Alliance, has been appointed to the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission Advisory Council. Pascucci is a board-certified nurse practitioner with more than 27 years of experience.