A Look Back: Jan. 5

By JIM BRIDGMAN

For the Gazette

Published: 01-05-2023 7:00 AM

50 Years Ago

■Professor William E. Heronemus at the University of Massachusetts believes he has found a practical, economical and pollution-free source of energy which could service the entire world, and which would never run short. His answer to an expected oil, coal and uranium shortage, is, simply, wind.

■Joseph G. Bobbin, administrative assistant to the superintendent of the Northampton school system, has resigned suddenly, Superintendent John M. Buteau and Mayor Sean M. Dunphy confirmed today. Neither the superintendent nor the mayor stated exact reasons for the resignation from the post which Bobbin has held since September.

25 Years Ago

■Wherever the flu is, it hasn’t flown into Massachusetts. Not yet. The state Department of Public Health says there have been no confirmed cases of the flu in Massachusetts, and only one in New England; that one in Vermont.

■Both in prayer and in speech, officials at yesterday’s inauguration called for the knitting together of the city, “in spite of the many areas,” as Mayor Mary L. Ford said, “where we respectfully disagree.”

10 Years Ago

■Sledding will not be allowed during recess at Amherst’s elementary schools for the next few days after two children were injured in sledding accidents New Year’s Day. “Conditions are too slippery,” said Ronald Bohonowiz, facilities director for the town and schools.

■On Thursday, Thomas Waskiewicz announced that he will not seek an eighth term on the Hadley School Committee. Waskiewicz, 57, first joined the committee in 1987, serving a year of an unexpired term, and then ran for the seat in 1991.

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