\u201cIf parents are concerned about sending their children out trick-or-treating this Halloween, they do have other options,\u201d the Oct. 29, 1992, Ridgefield Press said 25 years ago. \u201cThe Discovery Center is sponsoring its own Halloween program \u2014 famous Ridgefield residents of times past will appear as ghosts along the trails of Hemlock Hills Refuge.\u201d The ghosts included Benedict Arnold, Battle of Ridgefield hero and later traitor, cave-dwelling hermitess Sara Bishop and curiously clothed wanderer the Leatherman. Organic and local food advocate Bill Duesing told a gathering organized by the Ridgefield Earth Alliance that GATT \u2014 the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade \u2014 threatened what reporter Lois Street described as \u201ca \u2018brave new food system\u2019 in which global food supplies are grown on corporate-owned mega-farms that ruthlessly exploit people, animals, land and the planet\u2019s genetic diversity.\u201d Are we there yet? Halloween window painters included 11-year-old Emily Pennington and friends Kelly Murphy, Samantha Bennett and Jen Miller. In obituaries: \u201cOctavius J. \u2018Tabby\u2019 Carboni, a former Board of Education member and town treasurer who had been active in Ridgefield\u2019s civic and social life for much of the 20th Century, died.\u201d Carboni\u2019s passing prompted reconsideration of policy on lowering the town hall flag to mark deaths of \u201cRidgefielders who have served the town.\u201d Rather than lower the flag on the day of the person\u2019s funeral, Selectman Michael Venus pushed for the flag to be at half mast \u201cfrom first news of a death until after the funeral\u201d for officials who die in office and \u201cthe day of the funeral for past elected officials.\u201d After Republicans and Democrats, town political parties included former Gov. Lowell Weicker\u2019s A Connecticut Party, the Wolcott-based pro-life Concerned Citizens Party, the \u201cblack-led, multi-racial, pro-gay New Alliance Party,\u201d the Natural Law Party \u201cbringing the light of science into politics,\u201d and the \u201cfiscally responsible and socially tolerant\u201d Libertarians. 50 years ago Ridgefield High School students planned a peace march, the Oct. 26, 1967, Ridgefield Press reported. \u201cWe mourn the tragic loss of 100,000 casualties in Vietnam. We do honor the sacrifice of those Americans who have given their lives to serve their country,\u201d organizers said. They vowed to \u00a0\u201cmeet any derisive comment with indifference.\u201d Town purchase of the \u201cLippolt property\u201d in Ridgebury was held up by the price: $605 an acre! Voters had approved $350,000 to buy 740 acres \u201cat a price not to exceed $500 per acre.\u201d The tract turned out to be \u201conly 579 acres\u201d \u2014 pushing up the per-acre cost. Two Ridgefield authors had books out: Mary Luke\u2019s Catherine the Queen and John Scott\u2019s China, Hungry Dragon.