A Look Back: Jan. 19

By JIM BRIDGMAN

For the Gazette

Published: 01-19-2023 7:00 AM

50 Years Ago

■An ordinance establishing a fire prevention bureau in Northampton breezed through the City Council last night by a 9-0 margin. The bureau will be responsible for making a systematic citywide inspection taking into account fire and safety hazards and sanitation conditions, preparing a fire prevention code for adoption by the City Council, and conducting public information programs.

■Sen. Thomas Eagleton, D-Mo, was the first attraction at the weeklong Copeland Colloquium at Amherst College this week. The senator, who attracted a crowd of 1,000, told his audience that liberal Democrats must redirect their energies toward “ordinary middle Americans” in order to win future national elections.

25 Years Ago

■The Northampton High School Parent Teacher Organization, a once-vital advocacy group, may go into hibernation. The group has seen its ranks dwindle from the more than 80 people who once came to meetings to a dozen or so now, its leaders say.

■The lawyer who argued the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion case told a Northampton audience Sunday night that as the 25th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision is celebrated, supporters must renew their efforts to protect the law. Sarah Weddington said, “Today we have the luxury of celebrating, but tomorrow we will all have to go back to work.”

10 Years Ago

■Amherst’s tree warden, who has spent the past year working to restore the town’s tree canopy, maintain the existing street trees, and professionalize the oversight of the urban forest, has earned state recognition. Alan Snow, director of trees and grounds for Amherst’s Department of Public Works, this week was named tree warden of the year by the Massachusetts Tree Wardens & Foresters Association.

■As the nation prepared to swear in its first black president for a second term, more than 200 people gathered at the 29th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Breakfast on Saturday morning at Amherst Regional Middle School. State Sen. Stanley Rosenberg and state Rep. Ellen Story, both of Amherst, shared in the master of ceremonies duties.

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