With Thanksgiving past, Ridgefield began many of its annual holiday traditions, according to the Dec. 3, 1992, edition of The Press, including the Toys for Tots drive sponsored by Ridgefield\u2019s Marine Corps League. Sound familiar? Also featured on that week\u2019s front page were four little girls who were captured singing carols at the annual tree lighting on Main Street. \u201cThere\u2019s much to do this coming week as well for holiday lovers, including Saturday\u2019s holiday wreath sale at Woodcock Nature Center,\u201d the caption noted. Yep, 25 years and not much has changed here: Ridgefield has a strong sense of pride when it comes to showing off its holiday spirit. The holiday fervor may have warranted two front-page headlines, but the top story that week had to do with an out-of-season topic: swimming. \u201cWith a 45-day clock ticking on the town\u2019s right of first refusal, a growing number of officials says the town should think seriously about buying the former Barlow Mountain Y,\u201d The Press reported. \u201cThe old elementary school with an indoor pool added on can be had for $750,000.\u201d Not a bad price tag for a building offering both pool programs and school facilities, and \u201ca variety of educational and recreational uses.\u201d A second buyer, the Barlow Mountain Association, also had a deadline to meet, the newspaper said. If the non-profit association couldn\u2019t pony up $750,000 by Jan. 15, 1993, \u201cthe right of first refusal is a moot question,\u201d Selectman Michael Venus said. \u201cUntil now, the Board of Selectmen\u2019s position has been that it is not interested in having the town buy the Barlow Mountain School property unless the Board of Education decides it needs the space for the expanding elementary school population,\u201d The Press said. \u201cThe school board shows no sign of doing so.\u201d \u201cIf the Barlow Mountain Association gets their money, they can buy the building,\u201d First Selectman Sue Manning said. \u201cThe town won\u2019t exercise its right of refusal.\u201d 50 years ago Ridgefield police enacted an all-night parking ban \u201ceffective immediately\u201d to facilitate nighttime snow removal, according to the Nov. 30, 1967, edition of The Press. Chief John F. Haight said the town ordinance permits cops \u201cto tow away at the owner\u2019s expense vehicles parked overnight,\u201d the newspaper reported. \u201cThe owners are also subject to a summons and fine.\u201d Also making headlines on the front page that week was industrial zoning in Ridgebury. The town\u2019s Planning and Zoning Commission favored the idea in a 7-1 vote at its Nov. 21, 1967, meeting. The proposed area in Ridgebury stretched from \u201cthe west by the New York state line, north and east by the Danbury line, and south by the George Washington Highway and across to the state line,\u201d The Press said. \u201cMany landowners in the area have expressed a desire to sell their land for industrial purposes,\u201d said Arthur McKenna, a member of the Master Plan committee that recommended the industrial area to the commission. McKenna also noted that the area was \u201cconveniently located\u201d to the interchange of I-84 and Route 7 and was close to the airport, The Press reported.