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A Look Back
12-28-2023 7:00 AM

By JIM BRIDGMAN

50 Years AgoNortheast Utilities announced today that the nearby town of Montague is its first choice for the site of a new $1.35 billion nuclear power plant. The decision comes in the wake of months of speculation about where the utility would build...

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A Look Back: Feb. 17
02-16-2024 11:01 PM

By JIM BRIDGMAN

200 Years Ago■On Wednesday night last, a severe storm of wind and rain was experienced in this area and appears to have been very extensive. About 300 feet of the Northampton bridge, and the greater part of the dam at the head of the falls, near the...


A Look Back: Feb. 12
02-11-2024 11:01 PM

By JIM BRIDGMAN

50 Years Ago ■The Northampton Conservation Commission voted last night to write U.S. Rep. Silvio Conte, R-Pittsfield, and the Veterans Administration to protest federal plans to build a VA cemetery in Northampton. The commission argued that much of...


A Look Back: Feb. 10
02-09-2024 11:01 PM

By JIM BRIDGMAN

200 Years Ago■A meeting of the Washington Benevolent Society will be holden at the town hall in Northampton on Monday, the 23rd inst., at 2 o’clock in the afternoon. The object of the meeting is to hear a report from the treasurer of the society of...


A Look Back: Feb. 3
02-02-2024 11:01 PM

By JIM BRIDGMAN

200 Years Ago ■Canal Lottery – Sixth Class – Fifteen Thousand Dollars! – 1 prize of $15,000; 1 prize of $5,000; 10 prizes of $1,000; 15 prizes of $500; 100 prizes of $100; 122 prizes of $50; and 2,800 prizes of $13. The drawing will commence in Boston...


A Look Back: Jan. 25
01-24-2024 11:01 PM

By JIM BRIDGMAN

50 Years Ago■The state reached an agreement last night to buy seven former Northampton School for Girls buildings from the new owners of the property on Pomeroy Terrace. James Hilliard, assistant secretary of Human Services for Massachusetts, said...


A Look Back: Jan. 24
01-23-2024 11:01 PM

By JIM BRIDGMAN

50 Years Ago■Western Massachusetts Bus Lines Inc. has hired a new general manager to replace 10-year veteran Joseph Maddaloni. Robert J. Dostal Jr., 27, replaced Maddaloni last Saturday morning. He has had seven years’ experience with the bus company...


A Look Back: Jan. 20
01-19-2024 11:01 PM

By JIM BRIDGMAN

200 Years Ago■David Judd has on hand at his warehouse on South Street a large assortment of elegant cabinet furniture, manufactured by the first-rate workmen, and of the best materials, consisting of sideboards, sofas, card tables, breakfast and...


A Look Back: Jan. 10
01-09-2024 12:23 PM

By JIM BRIDGMAN

50 Years Ago■McCallum’s department store on Main Street is drawing hundreds of bargain shoppers to its going-out-of-business sale, which began yesterday. Ironically, it was the lack of customers which is forcing the 102-year-old store to close its...


A Look Back: Dec. 22
12-21-2023 10:15 AM

By JIM BRIDGMAN

50 Years Ago■The first snow of the season fell Sunday night coating the area with approximately 2½ inches before changing to freezing rain Monday morning. Most area schools were closed, but only minor accidents were reported. The storm was the “latest...


A LOOK BACK
12-08-2023 11:00 PM

By JIM BRIDGMAN

200 Years AgoGeorge W. Lucas, of Northampton, wishes to employ for a few months an assistant in teaching Sacred Music. A young man who would like to devote a part of the time to the study of the higher branches of music would be preferred.Lost, on the...


A Look Back: Dec. 7
12-06-2023 11:00 PM

By JIM BRIDGMAN

50 Years Ago■Mayor Sean M. Dunphy’s office announced today that the state Department of Public Works has approved the city’s application for a stop-light system at the intersection of Jackson Street, Bridge Road, and Cooke Avenue. ■Leonard Baskin,...


A Look Back: Dec. 2
12-01-2023 11:00 PM

By JIM BRIDGMAN

200 Years Ago■E.H. Mills & J.H. Ashmun of Northampton have formed a connection in professional business as Counselors and Attorneys at Law. The old clients of Mr. Mills, and the public in general, may be assured that any concerns left in their...


A Look Back: Nov. 25
11-24-2023 11:00 PM

By JIM BRIDGMAN

200 Years Ago■Charles P. Phelps offers for sale the valuable farm he now occupies in Hadley, with suitable buildings thereon, which are all in good repair, and nearly new. The whole is well calculated for one entire farm but may be divided into two or...


A Look Back: Nov. 21
11-20-2023 11:00 PM

By JIM BRIDGMAN

50 Years Ago■Downtown Northampton stores will be darker, the traditional Christmas lighting will be absent, and the neon signs of bars and package stores will be dimmed. But a bright note marks the latest local energy-savings measures – free bus fare...


A Look Back: Nov. 20
11-19-2023 11:00 PM

By JIM BRIDGMAN

50 Years Ago■The executive director of Northampton’s Hotline-telephone referral program has been appointed director of Hope Home, a proposed therapeutic residence in Springfield for young people with drug problems. Floyd H. Ashlaw, 28, a Northampton...


A Look Back: Nov. 14
11-13-2023 11:00 PM

By JIM BRIDGMAN

50 Years Ago■A 19-year-old former University of Massachusetts student apparently jumped to his death from the 19th floor of a high-rise dormitory yesterday, becoming the second dormitory fatality at UMass in three days. The death was ruled a suicide...


A Look Back: Nov. 6
11-05-2023 11:00 PM

By JIM BRIDGMAN

50 Years Ago■Area school officials said today that possible winter shortages of heating oil have raised the specter of a curtailed school program. However, all of the school superintendents contacted insisted that no specific local plans for cutting...


A Look Back, Nov. 3
11-02-2023 11:00 PM

By JIM BRIDGMAN

50 Years AgoNew evidence of a gasoline shortage appeared this week as Exxon service centers “up and down the east coast” were put under an allocation system. Local gas stations responded variously to news of the curtailment. Fred’s Esso on King Street...


A Look Back, Oct. 28
10-27-2023 11:00 PM

By JIM BRIDGMAN

200 Years Ago ■The Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden Agricultural Society held their annual Cattle Show, Exhibition of Manufactures, etc., in Northampton on Wednesday and Thursday last. A large concourse of citizens was brought together by the occasion,...


A Look Back, Oct. 27
10-27-2023 9:42 AM

By JIM BRIDGMAN

50 Years Ago■An overflow crowd of 60 people told the Planning Board last night they are opposed to condominium developments in Residence A-zoned areas. The crowd, only two of which spoke in favor of condominiums, gathered last night for a public...

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