50 years ago today
ADAMS -- Mr. Adams 1963, the apparent first New Year baby, is Christian Ralph Duprey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Duprey of 6 Leh’s Lane. The baby, weighing six pounds and four ounces, arrived at 6:07 a.m. today in W.B. Plunkett Memorial Hospital. Christian has two sisters, Karen Lyn, 5, and Donna Dorothy, 3. WILLIAMSTOWN -- Williamstown Police Officer Joseph Zoito Jr. has been named acting chief of police for the local department until a successor to former Chief John Courtney Jr. has been determined. Mr. Courtney was sworn in this morning as sheriff of Berkshire County. Officer Zoito is the only identified candidate for the job. There are several others but their names have not been disclosed.
25 years ago today
NORTH ADAMS -- 1988 was little more than an hour old when it’s youngest celebrity stepped into the limelight. Kirsten Lynne Charron had the honor of being the first baby born in the entire county. Kirsten was born at the North Adams Regional Hospital at 1:05 Friday morning. She weighed in at 7 pounds and 4 3/4 ounces with a height of 19 1/2 inches. She is the daughter of Melody Lincoln and David Charron of North Adams.
ADAMS -- Bob Dion edged out second-place finisher Don Rice by nine seconds Friday to win a New Year’s Day five-mile road race sponsored by the Western Mass. Athletic Club. Marilynn Martin, eighth overall, was the first female across the line.
10 years ago today
NORTH ADAMS -- Dr. Roselle Chartock, a professor in the Education Department at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, recently spent a week in Ireland, where she met with school and university personnel in Ballina. One of the purposes of her visit was to supervise a student teacher, Sarah Sullivan, a resident of Dalton, as part of MCLA’s International Student Teaching Opportunities program.
NORTH ADAMS -- Coming five days after his due date, Gabriel Stephen Lewitt has the distinction of being not only his parent’s first child, but the first baby born this year in North County. He came into the world at North Adams Regional Hospital at 2:09 p.m. on New Year’s Day. Born to Amy and Stephen Lewitt of 25 Beech St., he measured 21 1/2 inches and weighed 9 pounds, 2 ounces.