A Look Back: Jan. 23

By JIM BRIDGMAN

For the Gazette

Published: 01-23-2023 7:00 AM

50 Years Ago

■The Northampton Post Office, at the corner of Pleasant and Armory streets for almost 70 years, will probably be relocated within the next 18 months. The Postal Service is reportedly investigating the possibility of moving the post office to the vacant Newberry store on Main Street.

■Local reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on abortion split along predictable lines today, with women’s activists hailing the decision as “a necessary and just decision” and Roman Catholic clergy calling it a “tragedy.” At the same time, William T. Lees Jr., administrator of Cooley Dickinson Hospital, said that he expects a change in the regulations that govern abortions at the hospital in the light of the Supreme Court ruling.

25 Years Ago

■From up in the Hilltowns to downtown Northampton, few people want to believe it’s true: Has President Clinton had an affair with a former White House intern, Monica Lewinsky, then asked her to lie about it under oath? If so, even loyal Democrats yesterday said the president should pay the consequences — to the point of resigning.

■Construction of the proposed renovation of Northampton High School will stretch over one school year and part of another. But the project’s architects say students and staff should see little disruption. During construction, architects say, students will remain in portions of the building not being worked on and will attend class and athletic activities at other facilities as needed.

10 Years Ago

■Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School announced Tuesday that it plans to offer football and girls volleyball as varsity sports. There’s still work to do, but Superintendent Jeffrey Peterson expects his school to field those teams in the fall of 2013.

■Smith College athletes and administrators are preparing to host dozens of young sports enthusiasts for the college’s annual celebration of National Girls and Women in Sport Day later this month. The Jan. 27 event is part of a national day of activities organized by the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport to celebrate the achievements of female athletes of all ages.

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