A Look Back: June 28


For the Gazette

Published: 06-27-2023 11:00 PM

50 Years Ago

■Two new employees have joined the advertising and editorial departments of the Daily Hampshire Gazette. Donna Duprey has joined the advertising staff and Edward Fogarty has joined the news staff.

■Three Northampton policemen have been declared eligible by Civil Service to fill the vacant position of Northampton deputy chief, No. 2 man in the department. In order of their marks on the April 7 exam, they are Sgt. Eugene J. LaFrance, Patrolman Robert S. Varady, and Sgt. Daniel L. Labato.

25 Years Ago

■A Bridge Road couple’s plans to build a funeral home faces a delay, after the city Planning Board asked Thursday for more information. Michael and Janet Ahearn hope to open the Ahearn Funeral Home, to be located at 783 Bridge Road, by the end of the year, according to Michael Ahearn.

■Only about half as many new cases of AIDS were reported in Massachusetts last year as the previous year, according to a new report. The Department of Public Health’s AIDS bureau said 466 new cases of AIDS were reported in 1997, 46% fewer than the 865 new cases reported in 1996.

10 Years Ago

■The Northampton Lumber Co. is slashing prices in half on everything in its store as it prepares to close for good in the coming weeks, a move that will leave downtown without a lumberyard for the first time in more than 110 years.

■Easthampton mayoral candidate Karen L. Cadieux will kick off her campaign with an event Monday at Glory Days Restaurant. Cadieux, 59, said she has intended to run for mayor since October, but this is her first official campaign event.