\u201cRabies Still a Threat,\u201d warned a page one headline 25 years ago. \u201cIt has been 10 months since the state\u2019s first case of a rabies in a raccoon was found in Ridgefield, and rabies continues to spread,\u201d said the story in the Jan. 30, 1992, Ridgefield Press. \u201cThe number of cases tallies to 226 statewide. Ridgefield has had 27 confirmed cases of rabid animals, said Town Sanitarian Ed Briggs.\u201d The property that\u2019s still Ridgefield\u2019s largest retail center was headed for foreclosure. Copps Hill Plaza Shopping Associates, owners of the shopping center on Danbury Road that is anchored today by Stop & Shop, had the start of foreclosure proceedings against them announced by a New York mortgage firm, RPS Realty Trust, The Press reported. RPS Realty had a $9.6-million mortgage on the property. The owners being foreclosed on had bought Copps Hill Plaza from Joseph Klein in 1986. \u201cThe complex is fully occupied, except for a vacancy left by I Can\u2019t Believe It\u2019s Yogurt! which recently went out of business,\u201d the page one story said. Tax Assessor AL Garzi thought the financial problems must stem from other properties the group owned. \u201cIf there\u2019s a problem, it\u2019s not associated with that site,\u201d he said. School Superintendent Jerry Marcus presented a budget that increased spending almost 5% while cutting six jobs. \u201cDr. Marcus admitted that his staff cuts \u2018continue the retrenchment and deterioration of education programs\u2019 that have been occurring in the budget battles of recent years,\u201d The Press reported. Don\u2019t hear that kind of talk out of school superintendents these days. Five Ridgefield restaurants \u2014 Gail\u2019s Station House, Hay Day Cafe, Stonehenge, The Inn at Ridgefield, and Kismet \u2014 were listed as among the state\u2019s best eating establishments in Connecticut\u2019s Best Dining 1992 by Patricia Brooks, restaurant and food critic for The New York Times Connecticut Section. 50 Years Ago \u201cRidgefield voters made it abundantly clear that they don\u2019t want the town to join the proposed Housatonic Valley Regional Planning Agency,\u201d the Feb. 2 ,1967, Press reported. \u201cBy a vote of 394 to 164, a ratio of two and a half to one, they rejected regional planning at a town meeting.\u201d Ridgefield, though, eventually did cave in and join regional planning. It is today a member of the Western Connecticut Council of Governments, a successor to the Housatonic Valley Council of Elected Officials. The proprietors of King Neptune Restaurant, Fred Orrico and Joseph Chelednik, were planning \u201ca hospital fund dinner to help Adrian Pongetti, Ridgefield fireman, meet the expenses of a broken leg suffered while answering an alarm of a fire at their restaurant.\u201d \u201cTalk fest with teens doesn\u2019t solve problem,\u201d said a page one headline on a story of teens seeking a place to gather. The teens who met with town officials included Missy Miner, Barbara Sill, Heidi Herman, Michael Kelly (president of the Student Council), Sue Ball, Thomas Buch, Andrew Gaeta, and James Mulvaney. \u201cThe teenagers feel that, after being in school all day, they would like a place to get together and linger, without causing a disturbance,\u201d the story said. A missing doll was in the news. \u201cA replica of a 130-year-old doll named Miss Bangwell Putt which was exhibited at the Keeler Tavern during the toy show in early January mysteriously disappeared at the close of the show, tavern officials report,\u201d The Press reported.