A Look Back

Jim Bridgman

Jim Bridgman FILE PHOTO


For the Gazette

Published: 12-28-2023 7:00 AM

50 Years Ago

Northeast Utilities announced today that the nearby town of Montague is its first choice for the site of a new $1.35 billion nuclear power plant. The decision comes in the wake of months of speculation about where the utility would build the controversial plant.

Carroll A. Dolan of 139 Vernon St., one of Northampton’s outstanding and widely respected citizens, died yesterday afternoon at his home. In 1923 he became a clerk at Prophylactic Brush Co. staying with the organization all his working life. In 1930 he was made supervisor and in 1941 was made treasurer and vice president, a position he held until his retirement in 1968.

25 Years Ago

Friends and past colleagues of Harold “Hy” E. Myers, a former Northampton principal, teacher and coach who died Saturday, are mourning him this week as someone whose love of children shaped a long and outstanding career. Myers was principal at the JFK Middle School from 1964, when the school opened, until his retirement in 1987.

The state-of-the-art fire station is rapidly going up on one of Northampton’s newest streets, Carlon Drive. Workers are now installing hundreds of panels of copper on the building’s roof, hoping to complete that work within the next three or four weeks.

10 Years Ago

A beefed-up effort by Northampton to get delinquent taxpayers to pay up by bringing in outside help has netted $545,000 in the last five years. That’s a significant amount of money the city would not likely have collected on its own, or at least not nearly as quickly, said Treasurer George Zimmerman.

A nonprofit center that provides care to pregnant women and new mothers has moved into its new home at 33 Knipfer Ave., Easthampton, the rectory of the former Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish. The move means the Bethlehem House Pregnancy Care Center will increase the size of its facility from 2,000 to 3,000 square feet.