Decorating Contest

Stop by any of the stores downtown today through the 13th and pick up a ballot and vote on the store with the best decorations.

RHS Jazz Winter Concert



Make it a Million (Plus)


A new silent auction started at the library this week – this beautiful, one-of-a-kind, necklace created by Loretta Hawley. The pendant is iridescent fused glass, and the beads are lapis and silver. Loretta cut, fired and polished the pendant before placing it in the necklace.

You can bid on the necklace at the library, and the winner will be notified at the end of the month.

 It’s easy to donate to the library building fund. Make your check out to the Friends of the Ridgefield Library and mail it to PO Box 534, Ridgefield, WA 98642, or take it to the library. Contributions may be tax deductible. If you want to be a Cornerstone member by donating $1000, the money can be paid in regular increments, but you do need to sign a form in order for the Treasurer to track payments. You can designate your donation be used only for the building fund if you like.


Christmas Card Workshop a Success

We had fun!

                                                         We had fun!

Last week’s Christmas card workshop was a big success! The participants each took home five cards that they had created. I was so pleased to see the creativity of the class – many of them had little or no artistic training.

Our next class will be early in January, when we’ll paint sunflowers. If you want to sign up, call me at 887-2160.

The class benefits the library building fund.

Hometown this Saturday

This is how our tree used to look, before Overlook Park was finished

This is how our tree used to look, before Overlook Park was finished

This year’s Hometown Celebration is bigger and better than ever, starting with the Ugly Sweater Run at 9am right through the Acoustic Guitar Summit Holiday Concert at 7:30pm. In between there will be an Art and Craft Bazaar and Golden Elephant Sale from 9am to 4pm at the Community Center; cider, cookies and crafts at the library from 10am to 2pm; a Holiday Food and Gift Marketplace at Overlook Park from 10am to 3pm, with live music from the View Ridge choir and band.

The Church of the Nazarene will host a student craft bazaar and cookie decorating from 11am to 2pm and the Sportsman’s will have games, crafts, and a selfie-station from 11am to 3pm. Santa arrives at Umpqua Bank at noon and will be there until 3pm.

A Merry Heart Events and Sage Organics will sponsor Holiday Trailer rides and there will be a live nativity scene by the Ridgefield Community United Methodist Church at the Old Liberty Theater. The Tree Lighting Festival will take place at 4:30 at Overlook Park with entertainment by Dance Fusion NW. Koi Pond Cellars will serve mulled wine and have chalk art starting at 6pm.

Vote for your favorite decorated store or restaurant,  win a prize at the hardware store, Pioneer Marketplace, Ridgefield Floral and the Main Street Studio.

Come into town and get into the Christmas spirit!

Gifts for Teachers


Looking for a unique holiday gift for your child’s teacher?

Make a donation in their honor to the Ridgefield Public Schools Foundation! When you do, we will send a certificate to your child’s teacher letting them know about your generous gift.

Donations to the Ridgefield Public Schools Foundation are put directly back into Ridgefield schools to fund special curriculum materials, equipment, and student scholarships.

To send your gift go to our website ( and click the donate button at the bottom of the home page.  In the ‘Special Instructions to the Seller’ be sure to include your name, teacher/staff name and school.

RBA Meeting Goes on as Planned


The Ridgefield Business Association meeting Wednesday, November 30, will go on as scheduled, thanks to Don Stose, Steve Stuart, and Bryan Kast, who arranged to create a period of time when the work on the water main would cease.  Only in Ridgefield!

Jason Carnell will give a recap of RBA activities and events for 2016 and we will vote on a new slate of officers for 2017. Speaker Frank Shuman will speak about the Main Street Program and how the program will unite all Ridgefield businesses and help create growth for your business.

Dharma Salon will provide a door prize.

Meeting is from noon to 1pm at the Historic Sportsman’s Saloon and Restaurant, and you can buy lunch if you like.

Art Show to Benefit Alzheimer’s Research

Sandra Yorke holding a photo of her mother

Sandra Yorke holding a photo of her mother

Twenty -five watercolor and acrylic paintings by La Center artist Sandra Yorke will be on display December 1st through December 31st at Lava Java, 2 South 56th Place, Suite 102.

Yorke, who has been painting for more than 20 years, will donate proceeds from the sales of these paintings to The Alzheimer’s Association, the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

“I am doing this in honor of my mother, Yvonne Schmidt, who died of Alzheimer’s earlier this year. I wanted to do something different with my art and give back to something I believe in,” said Yorke. “Watching my mother go through the changes brought about by this disease was hard to cope with. She was a very intelligent, engaging person and this disease took that away. She was also an artist and always supported and encouraged me to pursue my art.”

Yorke, who worked in the public health field for 30 years, is now a full- time artist. She paints many subjects, including landscapes, florals and animals, and has won many awards in local art shows, including those of the Southwest Washington Watercolor Society and the Battleground Art Alliance.

“Working on the paintings was also therapeutic in dealing with the loss of my mother,” Yorke said. “There is a quote I like that describes this well, I think: “Art has something to do with the achievement of stillness in the midst of chaos,” by Saul Bellows

“I would hope whoever buys a painting from this exhibit would enjoy knowing they not only own a piece of original art which speaks to them, but they also supported a very worthwhile cause,” said Yorke.

The exhibit will be open during Lava Java’s regular business hours December 1st through December 31st.

Walk and Knock this Saturday


‘Walk-and-Knock’ is this Saturday with pick-up between 9:00am and noon.  Ridgefield residents who wish to donate canned non perishable food to the Vancouver Food Bank or the Ridgefield Neighbors Helping Neighbors may do so by putting plastic shopping bags with items on their door steps or at the curb if dry.  The donated food will be picked up by local volunteers and sent to the two food banks that help low income families.

Also if people would wish to volunteer in the pick-up, they can do so by showing up at the Ridgefield High School meeting point between 8:15 and 8:30am.  Drivers with vehicles and walkers are needed.  Routes will be assigned along with student volunteers as walkers.  When the routes are completed, return to the high school and unload.  You will be finished by noon and have time to participate in our Home Town Celebration.   Bring your kids, pick-up kids, it doesn’t matter.  It’s all for a good cause and a great learning experience for everyone. 

Thought for the Week

“Year aby year the complexities of this spinning world grow more bewildering and so each year we need all the more to seek peace and comfort in the joyful simplicities.”

-Women’s Home Companion, December, 1935 (81 years ago)

Ugly Christmas Sweater Run this Saturday

Join the Ugly Christmas Sweater Run this Saturday at Hometown. There are 5k and 10 k runs, with a free raffle, cookies and hot cocoa. Race starts at 104 North Main Avenue at 9am. First 150 people to register receive a free beanie and costs range from $20 to $25 dollars.

For more information, go here.

Register here.

The race benefitsRidgefield High School Cross Country Team and the local food bank.

Library to Close Wednesday

The Library will be closed Wednesday 11/30/2016. Water is being shut off while repairs are being made to the water distribution facilities. Patrons can still call (360) 906-5000 for service via telephone or go to the website at Other Fort Vancouver Regional Library District libraries are also open to serve patrons. Preschool storytime, Stitchery, and Teen Gaming are call cancelled.

The Ridgefield Library will be open again Thursday December 1 at 10:00 a.m.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Taylor Tour

David and Donna Taylor are on a trip to the mid east, and David promised to send articles about their travels. Please note that some of these articles may be out of sync because David sends them when there is access to wifi, so sometimes I get two on the same day.

The day started early.  Saturday is the Jewish Sabbath or Shabat.  Things change on Shabat.  Elevators stop on every floor regardless.  Buttons don’t work.  First thing we were at the Garden of Gethsemane early.  Walked through the Garden and around the Sacred plot of Olive Trees.  Visited the Church at the Garden with its murals, then back through the garden for some self introspection.

Ascended to the top of the Mount of Olives and viewed the Walled City of Jerusalem across the valley.  Traffic , especially bus and tourist traffic is like no other place in the world.  Narrow streets with the busses passing within six inches of each other one big traffic jam.

From the top of the Mount we proceeded to the Brigham Young University center for Near East Studies for Sabbath Services.  With most restaurants closed we traveled across the city to Ramot Rachel.  It was the site of a fierce battle during the Six Day War.  After lunch we had an appointed time to meet for the Garden Tomb.  The Tomb site is under the control of a British foundation.  It is open to Christians on the Sabat but not Jews.  While we were at the tomb site for our two hour visit, there must have been twelve other groups in the compound.

Our Tomb site guide, an Englishman with impeccable British English, took us to Golgotha where there is the image in the lime stone of a skull, the eyes, the nose, and the mouth naturally occurring in the vertical face.  There he gave a detailed description of the Roman trial process with two witnesses, The Roman crucifixion and the burial in the crypts.

We entered the line to the tomb where Christ was placed after his body was taken down. We entered the crypt through a small door.  At the time of Christ it was probably only a hole about three feet in diameter.  We entered a room with a larger space for preparation of the body.  The far space to the left was where Jesus’ body was laid.

This was a new crypt unused at the time but meant for members of Joseph’s family.  This Joseph was not the Joseph of Joseph and Mary.  While there we spent time on the grounds to reflect on the many thing in His life and the many things that occurred after His rising.  This was a truly spiritual Sabbath Day.

Tomorrow is a free day and that concludes our visit to Israel.  We have plans with other couples in our group to visit the National Museum and view the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Dave Taylor

Celebrate the New Year

It's going to b e fun!

It’s going to be fun!

Mayor Ron Onslow and wife Sandy are dedicated to enhancing parks and trails in Ridgefield by holding a sit down dinner to raise money for that matter. We’ll celebrate the greatness of Ridgefield in a sneak peek of Windy Hills Winery with entertainment, party favors, dinner and drinks all included. No raffles, no auctions, just a night of fun and celebration to ring in a great new year. $60 per person. No tickets at door. Invites will be mailed to prior attendees, but this dinner is open to all, up to the first 100 people. (Adults only)

The date is December 31, 2016, from 6pm to 10pm. Please call 887-0329 for details and an invitation.

Ridgefield High School Students Earn Spots in Northwest Honor Choirs


Three Ridgefield High School music students have been accepted into the 2017 honor choirs sponsored by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) – Northwest Division.  NAfME’s Northwest Division encompasses six states:  Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming.

Julianne Hess

Julianne Hess

Julianne Hess, a senior, was accepted into the NAfME All-Northwest Mixed Honor Choir.  Max Kunetz, a junior, and Bridget McCallie, a freshman, were both accepted into the All-State Symphonic Choir for the Washington Music Education Association (WMEA), a federated state unit of NAfME.

Max Kunetz

Max Kunetz

As members of these honor choirs, the students have earned the privilege of performing at the 2017 NAfME Northwest Division Conference scheduled February 16-19, 2017 in Bellevue, Washington and will have the opportunity to collaborate alongside other Northwest Division students selected for the honor.

Bridget McCallie

Bridget McCallie

The honor groups are organized expressly for Grade 9-12 students of classroom NAfME member educators only.  Bob Meek, Ridgefield High School choir teacher and NAfME member, encouraged his students to submit their applications and audition tapes for the coveted choir spots earlier in the school year.  The applications were screened at the state level and ultimately at the Northwest level for placement in the honor groups.

Meek received official word of the students’ acceptances on Monday, November 14.

Bob Meek

Bob Meek

The All-Northwest honor groups span seven categories:  Band, Wind Symphony, Orchestra, Mixed Choir, Treble Choir, Jazz Band and Jazz Choir.  WMEA’s All-State honor groups include three categories:  Concert Band, Symphonic Choir and Symphony Orchestra.

“I’m so excited to have the opportunity to expand my voice and keep doing what I love,” said Hess.  Kunetz and McCallie were equally thrilled at hearing the news.  “I didn’t think I would make it this far!” said Kunetz.  McCallie added, “I’m just excited to get to be part of the All-State Honor Group!”

All three students are now moving forward with plans to travel to Bellevue in February to rehearse with fellow student honorees for their performances at the Northwest Division Conference.  They will be rehearsing with and performing under the direction of prominent conductors from colleges, universities, symphony orchestras and bands from around the country.  “For all involved,” said Meek, “very cool honors.”