It was a time of cuts. It was a time of bemoaning cuts. \u201cIn one swoop of a pen this man has singlehandedly destroyed the school systems in Fairfield County,\u201d school board chairwoman Joan Plock declared 25 years ago, in the Feb. 6, 1992, Ridgefield Press. The evil-doer was Gov. Lowell Weicker, who\u2019d proposed a state budget that would cut state aid to towns and cities \u2014 and most of the money, so most of the cut, went to schools. Sound familiar? A chart showed Ridgefield\u2019s combined state aid at $2,149,000 in 1091-92, and Weicker proposed reducing it to $251,000 for 1992-93 \u2014 a cut of $1.89 million, or 88%. Town budgeters were also cutting. A story on the sports page outlined plans, discussed at a school board meeting, to eliminate all freshman teams at Ridgefield High School: \u201c\u2018We are trying to maintain the pay-for-play rate,\u2019 said Superintendent of Schools Jerry Marcus.\u201d Student athletes were already paying $75 per sport, with a $375-per-family cap. Today, RHS students pay $225 per sport, with no cap to limit how much a particular family pays. \u201cA Ridgefielder is running \u2014 for Congress,\u201d declared a page one story. \u201cDemocrat Jack Halbert of Silver Spring Road hopes to get the chance to unseat Congressman Gary Franks, the Republican from Waterbury.\u201d It quoted the candidate: \u201c\u2018I see the problems in this country that George Bush, Gary Franks and the Republicans deny exist,\u2019 he said.\u201d Janel Jorgensen \u2014 remember her? A Ridgefielder attending Stanford University, she was planning to complete in the Olympic swimming trials. Not for the first time. \u201cJorgensen was named to the 1988 Olympic squad after Angel Myers tested positive for steroids. In Seoul, she placed fifth in the 200-meter individual medley and swam on the 400-meter medley team, which took home the silver medal.\u201d Suzanne Mumby was also on the sports page: \u201cMumby, a 5\u2019 10\u201d senior shooting guard, had a career high 24 points as the Ridgefield Girls Basketball team beat Greenwich 47-43,\u201d The Press reported. A year later, Mumby was playing for Syracuse University. 50 years ago \u201cSnow beat against the windowpanes and fell to a depth of 13 inches; schools were closed, the temperature dropped to a frosty 10 degrees; and the wind sang through TV aerials and whipped around roof eaves on Tuesday, Feb. 7, as New England experienced its first full-fledged snowstorm of the year. Many called it a blizzard,\u201d the Feb. 9, 1967, Press reported. \u201cMiss Richardson\u2019s homesite available as gift to town,\u201d a page one headline declared. \u201cThe Board of Finance, which is not known as a body of spendthrifts, had a chance to accept a gift of 29.45 acres of land on Monday night \u2014 but couldn\u2019t do so because it lacked a quorum. \u201cThe gift of land is from the trust fund of the late Miss A. S. Richardson and is the property on Ridgebury Road where her house stood.\u201d Today we call it Richardson Park. Prince Chambliss \u2014 a black student from Alabama who had attended Ridgefield High School as a guest of the DePue family and the Carol Rosenberg Memorial Education Fund, stirring opposition led by the local John Birch Society \u2014 was described as \u201cblissfully happy\u201d as a freshman at Wesleyan University, Mrs. Henry Urrows had written in a report to Rosenberg Fund donors, The Press reported. \u201cPrince\u2019s parents came to his high school graduation last spring. \u2026 Mr. Chambliss told us that Prince has already learned more than he could have hoped to in the segregated high school and local Negro college in Alabama.\u201d The good old days weren\u2019t always so good. Today an attorney in Memphis, Tenn., Prince Chambliss wrote a memoir in 2010 that touched on his high school experiences in Ridgefield: \u201cPrince of Peace: A Memoir of an African American Attorney Who Came of Age in Birmingham During the Civil Rights Movement.\u201d An editorial called \u201cRidgefield Needs\u201d began with this: \u201cTo move the entrance to the post office shopping center to opposite Prospect Street and to install a traffic control device there.\u201d The post office is still in that shopping center, but at the opposite end \u2014 it was right beside Ballard Park in part of the space now occupied by CVS \u2014 the traffic light\u2019s been there for years. But the town\u2019s still working on getting that driveway relocated.