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Leeman beats himself, Martin demands horsewhipping

The RHS track team topped seven records and defeated Abbott Tech, 72-28, the May 9, 1963, Press reported. George Leeman beat his own record for the second time in the 100-yard dash and with teammates Rich Mayhew, Brian Mackenzie and Jim Kirtley made a new school record in the 880 relay.

The vandalism season began at the Great Pond beach, bringing loud complaints and criticism from Francis D. Martin, president of the Great Pond Holding Corp. Mr. Martin said he had yet to receive from the Danbury Circuit Court the $414 that had been awarded the year before as damages in a case of vandalism. He asked how the vandals could be stopped if the court didn’t take strong enough action against them, and he suggested the police should patrol the area on foot, “hiding in the woods,” rather than in police cars, which were easily recognized. “Nothing is going to stop these vandals but horsewhipping in the middle of Main Street in front of town hall,” Mr. Martin said.

The Ridgefield Playhouse on Prospect Street featured Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds, followed later in the week by Barabbas, starring Anthony Quinn, Silvana Mangano, Arthur Kennedy, and Ernest Borgnine.

A Town Meeting on the budget rejected the appropriation for town counsel’s salary. The meeting was reminiscent of the 1940 town meeting when the $150 item for the salary of the town counsel was rejected by a standing vote. Attorney Joseph H. Donnelly, who moderated the meeting, was then the only attorney in town. First Selectman Winthrop E. Rockwell had pleaded in 1940 with the meeting not to remove the item from the budget, saying the selectmen “would make out somehow” if the appropriation was passed, and Duncan M. Smith suggested that a cake sale be held to raise the money. A week later the money was restored upon the motion of Octavius J. Carboni. A year later Mr. Donnelly succeeded Judge John Light of Norwalk as town counsel.

One hundred students in grades seven through 12 took part in Ridgefield High School’s first annual “Gymkhana.” Seniors Alison Nicklas and Tom Nelson were masters of ceremonies for the program, which included folk dancing, wrestling, free exercise, parallel tumbling, rings, and a basketball game. Among the events was rhythmic dance performed by Gerri Lewis, Peggy Nelson, Laurie Brown, Barbara Allen, Judy Byram, Cindy Cornell, Nancy Simpson, and Eileen Rowe. Joan Corrie performed on the side horse, and Karen Warren, Lorraine Gaeta, Ann Crammond, and Sue Kirtley performed on the parallel bars. Peggy Stewart performed on the still rings, and Pat Manus, Barbara Martin, Pam Robinson, and Glen Pierandri performed on the flying rings.

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