Today in Local History
50 years ago today
NORTH ADAMS -- 8 Sprague Electric Co. regular truck drivers had spotless driving records. They received safety awards at the drivers’ annual dinner Thursday night at the Taconic Park restaurant. Recipients were William Cooper, for 7 accident-free years; Joseph Dupre, 6 years; Walter Maynard, five years, a point at which he received a $25 savings bond; Edward Bourdon, Clifford Morse and Philip Parkhurst, 4 years and Asife Samia and George Shurtleff, 3 years.
FLORIDA -- Explosive flames that ripped through a Mohawk Trail garage yesterday at noon caused damage estimated at $10,000. Triggered by a gasoline explosion, the roaring blaze engulfed Brown’s Garage in Drury Village and leveled the 1 1/2-story wood structure in a matter of minutes.
Garage owner, Frank Gifford, 48, his hands and forearms severely burned in the flash fire, said his Mohawk Trail establishment is only partially covered by insurance. 25 years ago today
ADAMS -- Jason Koczela of Adams was among 100 full-time students at the Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford, to be named to the dean’s list for the fall semester of the 1988-89 academic year.
HOLYOKE -- Allison Dupois’ first place showing in the balance beam helped her to a second place finish in the overall at the Western Mass. YMCA gymnastics championship in Holyoke.
Other Northern Berkshire YMCA team members receiving medals, while competing in the 13-14 year division were: Rebekah Jones, second in the vault; Jen Arigoni, fourth in vault; and Teri Iacuessa sixth on beam. Michele Lloyd was sixth in the all around among Class 3 competitors.
10 years ago today
ADAMS -- South Adams Savings Bank has announced the promotion of Tim Burdick to vice president.
Burdick, who has been with the bank for 17 years, has held a variety of positions, including Cheshire and Williamstown branch manager, loan and compliance officer, and most recently, assistant vice president of consumer and mortgage lending.
ADAMS -- Saturday’s pitching matchup between 2 of the best hurlers in Berkshire County -- Drury’s Mike Wood and Hoosac Valley’s Matt Wright -- lived up to expectations, but Wood was better on Opening Day, leading to the Blue Devils’ 4-2 win.
The senior right-hander went the distance, striking out 9 batters while allowing 5 hits and walking 2, handing first-year head coach Al Marceau a victory in his Drury varsity debut.