White Christmas arrives as Romeo resigns

Ridgefield native Romeo G. Petroni, now a retired Connecticut Superior Court judge, is shown in 1966 when was running for Congress. The picture was taken in the stands of the Danbury Fairgrounds, where Tricia Nixon, daughter of then former Vice President Richard Nixon, joined him at a rally.

Curtis V. Leighton and the town crew didn’t dream of a white Christmas, but they got one anyway, according to the Dec. 27, 1962, Press. They spent the last part of their holiday on the road spreading 308 yards of sand and salt on the town’s 125 miles of roads.

The snow began at 3:30 on Christmas Day, and by about 6 p.m. he and nine of the road crew began sanding, sometimes in snow, sometimes in sleet and sometimes in rain. After 6 p.m. the temperature dropped below freezing and the work continued until 3 a.m., with trucks proceeding cautiously on the ice. The crew was back again at 6 a.m. the day after Christmas still clearing roads.

Cynthia and Fibber Biagiotti became the new heads of the Teenage Canteen, succeeding Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Byram of Brookside Road. Both were lifelong residents of Ridgefield and graduates of Ridgefield High School and teachers. Mr. Biagiotti was a fifth grade teacher in Newtown and Mrs. Biagiotti, a former teacher a Veterans Park School, was on leave teaching the two Biagiotti children.

Attorney Romeo G. Petroni resigned as town counsel, citing his new duties in Hartford as state representative to the General Assembly. He had served as town counsel since the beginning of Leo F. Carroll’s tenure as first selectman in 1957. Mr. Carroll was Mr. Petroni’s father-in-law.

Postmaster Richard E. Venus thanked postal patrons for their cooperation in mailing early, and announced that 289,119 pieces of letter-size mail went out from the post office from Dec. 10 through the 24th, the greatest volume in the post office’s history.

Mr. Venus also announced that Walter D. Boyce of the staff had received an award for an efficient labeling method for outgoing mail. Lynden A. Ferry of Main Street, who had been with the post office for many years, was appointed superintendent of mails.

Five Ridgefield students modeled for pictures that appeared in Look Magazine. Artist Robert Fawcett of Nod Hill Road asked Ridgefield High School for five boys to model for illustration of an article, “How a Secret Deal Prevented a Massacre at Old Miss,” a 12-page detailed reconstruction of the James Meredith riot in Oxford, Miss., that October. The boys who posed as rock-throwing, flag-waving students were Mike Robinson, Scott Nye, Tom Nelson, Wayne DeForest, Steve Johnson, and Skip Bowie.

Westbrook Pegler, formerly of Ridgefield, a former longtime columnist for King Features, was hired to write a column for the John Birch Society.

Martin D. Rische asked the FBI to step in on the investigation of the disappearance of his wife, Joan, in October 1961. She disappeared from their home in Lincoln, Mass., leaving a bloodstained palm print, about five months after they moved from their home on Rowland Lane in Ridgefield.

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