A Look Back: Sept. 26

For the Gazette
Published: 9/26/2022 7:01:42 AM
Modified: 9/26/2022 7:00:54 AM
50 Years Ago

■Summer reading club members wrapped up the season Saturday at Forbes Library’s Children’s Room with a final program. Children who had read at least five books in the reading program were invited to the party.

■Preliminary plans for an addition to the Ryan Road School have been completed and are ready for submission to the City Council, according to Peter L. DeRose, chairman of the Ryan Road School Building Addition Committee. The plans call for construction of eight additional classrooms and several other facilities.

25 Years Ago

■The lunch program at the Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School is again open for business. As they do each year, culinary arts students at the school run a restaurant open to area residents from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday every week when school is in session.

■Easthampton Savings Bank has opened a second office in Northampton at 297 King St., the site of the former BayBank Office. Easthampton Savings Bank opened its first Northampton office on Locust Street eight years ago.

10 Years Ago

■The owner of Northampton Lumber Co., a family-owned fixture in the city’s downtown for nearly five decades, intends to retire and has put the business and the Pleasant Street property it occupies on the market. Gail LaBarge took over Northampton Lumber about a decade ago from her father, longtime owner Charles Paquette.

■Construction for a new bakery, Tandem Bagel Co., is under way at a former railroad depot along the Manhan Rail Trail in Easthampton. “We think the depot is a great spot. It has a historic feel, it has character,” said Shannon Greenwood, one of the owners of the new business.

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