A Look Back: Jan. 18

For the Gazette
Published: 1/18/2022 7:01:14 AM
Modified: 1/18/2022 7:00:10 AM
50 Years Ago

■“Saturday was kind of a last hurray for McCarthy, and it was sad,” said Russell W. Carrier, summarizing the gathering of 3,000 liberals at Mass. Caucus ’72 in Worcester and its endorsement of the candidacy of Sen. George McGovern. Carrier, who was active in McCarthy’s 1968 bid for the presidential nomination, was selected to go on the April 25 primary ballot as a McGovern delegate to the Democratic National Convention.

■Roland Levay will be honored by the Northampton Lodge of Elks as “Elk of the Year” at a testimonial dinner Jan. 22 at the Elks Home, Center Street. Levay has been an active member and contributor to all phases of lodge activities with a strong emphasis on the Veterans Committee.

25 Years Ago

■Architects handling the Northampton High School renovations plan to ask the state to approve financing for an addition triple the size first approved. Adding 20,000 square feet of new addition to the current proposal would boost the project cost, estimated at $15 million, by about $2.7 million.

■The good news is that Massachusetts has some of the best schools in the country, according to a national study. The bad news is it also has some of the worst. The study by the trade publication Education Week gave the state’s schools a C average after evaluating 75 factors.

10 Years Ago

■The flu hasn’t had a significant impact in the area yet this winter, but health officials are still urging residents to get vaccinated against it and to continue taking other preventive measures. Since Jan. 1, three to four people a week have come into the emergency department at Northampton’s Cooley Dickinson Hospital with flu-like symptoms.

■A special committee overhauling the city’s charter is poised to recommend a four-year mayoral term, rather than a two-year term as is the case now. That change is among several recommendations the Special Act Charter Drafting Committee is expected to sign at its final meeting tonight.


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