Today in Local History


Apr. 8

50 years ago today

WILLIAMSTOWN -- Nine Mt. Greylock Regional High School students are participating in the All-State chorus and band concert at New Bedford today through Saturday.

Attending from Mt. Greylock are Robert Anderson, William Healey, Ann Holcomb, Stephen Moitozo, Gloria Morandi, David Peck, Richard Russell, John Therrien, and James White. Music Dept. staff members attending the convention are Mrs. Jane LePage, George Revelas and William Gaver.


NORTH ADAMS -- The last old-time shoe shine parlor in North Adams is due to close its doors at 26 Bank St. within the next two weeks. And when it does, Anthony Lopreta of 70 Chase Ave., will end a business career which began on Eagle St. nearly half a century ago.

In 1918, only four years after he arrived here from his native Italy, Mr. Lopreta opened a 10-chair shoe-shine parlor, hat cleaning and shoe repair shop near St. Francis Church. 25 years ago today

NORTH ADAMS -- The Silvio O. Conte Middle School held its Fourth Annual Star Search competition in the school gymnasium Friday. Winners of the competition were: Lori Bullett, Heather Zoltek, and Paula Aubin, first place in athletic performance; Missy McCarron and Anne Sulzmann, first place for musical performance; David Moresi, David Bond, Jason DeGrenier, William Norcross, Jason Duteau, and Patrick Rondeau, first place for lip-sync.


CHESHIRE -- The total weight wasn't quite what Fred Pfister wanted, but he had no complaints after taking a world championship.

Pfister won his age 40-44 lightweight division in the Masters World Powerlifting Championships last week in Concord, N.H., with a total of 1,130 pounds.

Pfister represented Better Bodies of Pittsfield, where he has trained.

10 years ago today

ADAMS -- The 89th Annual Junior Prize Speaking Contest was held at Hoosac Valley High School Wednesday night. The judges were James Kolesar, Dr. Harris Elder and Dr. Len Radin. The contestants included Nicole O'Boyle, Danielle Squires and Sarah Biros. O'Boyle won the event.


NORTH ADAMS -- The Kleiser-Walczak computer generated animation firm has withdrawn a proposal to buy the Green Mountain Race Track in Pownal, Vt., and will remain a tenant of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art facility on Marshall Street.

Speaking Wednesday from Los Angeles, Calif., company co-founder and President Jeffrey Kleiser said a purchase and sales agreement between the company and track owner John C. Tietgens of Clarksburg was rescinded last month. Tietgens confirmed on Tuesday that a separate purchase and sale agreement has been negotiated.


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