A Look Back: Jan. 26

For the Gazette
Published: 1/26/2022 7:01:23 AM
Modified: 1/26/2022 7:00:08 AM
50 Years Ago

■Before Tuesday night’s windstorm, the outdoor screen of the Hadley Drive-In Theatre was cinemascope. Winds ranging from 47 to 80 miles per hour changed that by ripping off one-third of the screen’s length. Theatre manager Rene Joyal today had no estimate of the cost of the damage.

■Mrs. Ann Dunphy, 28, wife of Northampton Mayor Sean M. Dunphy, was named to an at-large delegate slate for the Massachusetts primary pledged to the candidacy of Sen. Edmund S. Muskie. Mrs. Dunphy has been active in political circles since college days, serving in Quincy as Youth for Kennedy Coordinator in 1960 and Youth for Peabody Coordinator in 1962.

25 Years Ago

■Robert Tomaskowicz, a Northampton firefighter, landed a 42-inch pike while ice-fishing near the Oxbow Marina recently. Aside from the immense size of the fish, what is perhaps most impressive is that it was only the fourth time ice fishing for Tomaskowicz. “Call it beginner’s luck,” the 38-year-old said.

■Parents and students in Northampton were forced into an about-face this morning, when school officials broke with policy and turned a planned two-hour delay into a school cancellation. By that time, though, at 8:30 a.m., many teachers were in their classrooms and students were out waiting in the rain for delayed buses that would never come.

10 Years Ago

■Warning that funding of athletics at Amherst Regional High School is “in crisis,” Principal Mark Jackson proposed sweeping changes Tuesday, including fewer teams and games, more tax support and advertisements in the gym. “We need to stop the bleeding and get it on a solid footing,” he told the Regional School Committee.

■A partnership more than 40 years in the making is about to come to an end. Duseau Trucking, the Hatfield residential and commercial waste hauler, has stopped sending the bulk of the trash it collects to Northampton’s landfill. Instead, the company hauls trash and recycling to a new private transfer station it owns on Route 10 in Northampton.


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