Published: 06-19-2024 11:01 PM

50 Years Ago

■Mayor Sean M. Dunphy said he expects to decide within two weeks whether Northampton will begin the licensing process for cable television facilities. Dunphy noted that it would be at least three years before a cable could be in operation.

■Fil crews were busy all day yesterday at the Country House in Hatfield as Bing Crosby Productions continues making the movie, “The Reincarnation of Peter Proud.” Stars Jennifer O’Neill and Michael Sarazin could be seen as they danced to the music of Tex Overstreet and his band.

25 Years Ago

■Oswald Tippo, a former provost and the first chancellor of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, died June 10 in Santa Barbara, Calif., at the age of 87. Tippo was provost from 1964 until 1970, when he was named chancellor, a position he held for a year before being named Commonwealth Professor of Botany.

■More than 10,000 beer lovers are expected to gather at this weekend’s Great New England Brewers Festival, a promotion of the region’s brewing industry. The three-day event, which will be held at the Three-County Fairgrounds, starts today with live music, food from five local restaurants and more than 100 beers.

10 Years Ago

■A competitive eating contest involving foods from local restaurants highlights this year’s four-day Taste of Amherst on the Town Common. The 23rd annual food festival, which begins Thursday, will feature cuisine from more than 20 Amherst area restaurants, musical acts and activities for children.

■Northampton students in Grades 3 to 8 will continue taking the MCAS standardized tests next spring rather than participate in tryouts of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) tests. The state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is giving school districts the choice to either administer the PARCC tests or continue to use MCAS.