R-Biz Tonight

Tonight is the Ridgefield Chamber R-Biz networking event. 5-7pm at 3 Peaks Public House and Taproom. 24415 NE 10th Ave, Ridgefield. This event is $5 for Chamber members and $10 for non-members.

Scholarships Awarded to Ridgefield High School 2018 Grads Total Nearly $2.5M

This year, a total of $2,449,103 in scholarships was awarded to college-bound graduates in Ridgefield High School’s Class of 2018 according to the school’s High School and Beyond program, which keeps records of scholarship awards information reported by RHS seniors.

While the majority of the scholarships came from the colleges and universities that the seniors plan to attend, it is interesting to note that $28,400 of this year’s total came from organizations in Ridgefield that have consistently made scholarship opportunities available to RHS students.

“We are fortunate to have such an amazing community that continually supports our students in pursuing their future endeavors,” said Amy McKenna, RHS’ High School & Beyond Coordinator.

Ridgefield Main Street Meets Thursday

Be sure to join the Ridgefield Main Street group this Thursday, June 21 at 8:30 am, for our community meeting at the Sportsman’s Steakhouse & Saloon, 121 N. Main. If you are a local business owner, make sure you are there to learn some important information in growing your business.

If you own a local business or are considering starting one, you face a lot of important and difficult questions. Fortunately, your local government can help you find the answers to these questions. Through the City of Ridgefield’s partnership with Buxton, the leader in consumer analytics, you can access local reports to guide your business strategy and tools for marketing success. Join us to learn more about how to leverage Buxton’s resources for your business.

Speaker for this session will be Cheyenne Robinson, Account Executive with Buxton. Cheyenne manages client relationships throughout the U.S. She provides ongoing support and strategic recommendations for her clients throughout their economic development growth. She graduated from Tyler Junior College with a degree in public relations and advertising and completed continuing studies in public relations at the University of Texas at Austin.

Thought for the Week

Stephanie Goad Named Assistant Principal in Ridgefield School District

The Ridgefield School District Board of Directors unanimously approved the appointment of Stephanie Goad as Assistant Principal of Sunset Ridge Intermediate School (Grades 5-6) and View Ridge Middle School (Grades 7-8) during their regular board meeting on Tuesday evening, June 12, 2018.  Goad currently serves as a K-4 reading intervention specialist in the Hockinson School District.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Puget Sound and a Master’s degree in Teaching from Monmouth University.  She earned her Administrative Credential from Washington State University in Vancouver.

“I am honored and excited to be joining the Ridgefield School District,” said Goad.  “I look forward to building relationships with staff, students, and families of Sunset Ridge and View Ridge.”

Stephanie Goad

Goad’s passion for learning and supporting instruction to meet the needs of all learners has shaped her 15-year career in education.  She started as a preschool teacher in Seattle then moved to New Jersey in 2004 where she worked with children with autism spectrum disorders as a teacher assistant and developmental therapist in the private sector.

After obtaining her teaching certification, she taught middle school students with disabilities, and in the years following, taught fourth and fifth graders in classes that also included highly capable students.  She has been with the Hockinson School District for the past six years.

“Stephanie demonstrates a commitment to students at all learning levels,” said Dr. Nathan McCann, the district’s superintendent.  “We are excited that she will be joining our administrative team.”

Goad resides in Ridgefield with her husband and three children.  She enjoys hiking, anything crafty and spending time in Cannon Beach with her family.

She officially begins work at Sunset Ridge Intermediate School and View Ridge Middle School on July 1.

The Ridgefield Dozen

The Ridgefield Dozen is a unique fundraising race and ride benefitting World Bicycle Relief. It’s Strava based, a free app for your smartphone, and can be ridden anytime until August 19, 2018.

The Ridgefield Dozen is uniquely tailored to offer a challenge for beginning riders, race curious riders, and even experienced racers. There are three courses, short, medium, and long. You get to pick your challenge, who you compete against, or even if you want to compete at all–maybe you’re just looking for an excuse to go for a ride? The Ridgefield Dozen offers that excuse.

Ride anytime, at your convenience, until August 19, 2018. Start with the short route, maybe work your way up to the medium or Long distance route. Challenge yourself!

There is a King Of the Mountain, and Queen of the Mountain jersey to the overall winners. Plus, depending on participation, other prizes and awards.

See full details at the website: https://ridgefielddozen.com/

Superintendent Provides Community with School Finance Update

We are pleased to present you with the following letter from the Superintendent’s Office that provides you with school finance update information:













Make it 2m

The evening at 3Peaks Saloon and Tap Room was a great success for the library. Lots of people came – in fact it was such a profitable evening that Zach, the owner, is already talking about doing something bigger and more exciting for next year.

Thanks for all who came and especially to the volunteers from the Friends of the Library who were there to talk about the new library.

You’ll notice we have a new banner. Now that we’re so far along in the process of raising money for the new library, we’re thinking ‘invest’ rather than ‘imagine.’ We’ll still be imagining, because there will be many opportunities for the public to make suggestions about what the library should look like and contain, but now we’re thinking about the final push to raise the last bit of money still needed.

For those of you who were told to look for an exciting announcement in this posting, sorry, it’s been tabled until next week. Keep tuned!

Union Ridge Elementary School Second Graders Serve Up Smiles in Ridgefield

On a Tuesday afternoon in May, Sara Eastham gathers her second grade class at Union Ridge Elementary School for a short walk down the street to the Ridgefield Community Center for a visit with a special group of friends.

It’s lunchtime, and the senior citizens waiting there for them are thrilled to see the kids when they arrive.  Amid the chatter and smiles, everyone settles in for a get-together that developed from a community outreach project that Eastham’s second graders planned last December.

Sara Eastham (at far right) and her second graders make ornaments with seniors at the Ridgefield Commuinity Center in December

“One of my students came up with the idea of making ornaments with senior citizens during their weekly meal at the community center,” said Eastham.  “The visit was so positive that we now plan monthly visits.”

“The seniors love having the second graders there.  They even have little gifts for their special buddies when we show up,” said Eastham.  “We work on geometry, counting money, vocabulary and conversation skills.”

“It’s fun!” said senior Betty Schmitz.  I have had Ava (Fairbanks) the whole time, and she is special.  I get a kick out of these kids.”

“I feel wonderful when they visit,” said senior Ken Carson.  “This girl, Lizzy (Bloom) is the best.  She even made me a card.”

“I think it’s good to see the kids,” said senior Louise Barbo, “but I think it’s good for the kids too.”

Andrus Webb, second grader said, “I thought it would be nice to visit the senior citizens, because they might not get to see kids, and they are so nice like grandmas and grandpas.”

Betty Schmitz and second grader Ava Fairbanks

Ken Carson (center) with second graders Lizzy Bloom (at left) and Clara Bruguier

Second grader Tanya Pivkach and Louise Barbo

Lynn Mitchell, Program Supervisor for the Nutrition Program and Meals on Wheels for North Clark County, organizes the Senior Citizen Tuesday Lunch in Ridgefield.  “It is so great to see the inter-generational interaction,” she said.  “It has been wonderful for everyone involved.”

Eastham and her current second graders have kept their lunch date every month since meeting their new friends.  “One time, we had to do an all call for umbrellas because it was raining so hard.  We got 15 of them, and off we went!”

She plans on continuing the lunch visits next year, adding that the seniors were very excited to learn that they would meet a new group of second graders in the fall.

Flags for the Multicultural Festival

Megan Dudley has a request:

Hi all, I’m writing to ask for your help in talking to your friends about the festival flags for the September 1st Multicultural Festival. The City is unable to purchase the flags themselves and they asked me to organize this. With my circle of friends, I’ve gotten 20 orders so far but we have about 160 flag poles. I think since it is not going through the city, people might be apprehensive purchasing from me so direct connections will help.

I am ordering through a website where the flags are $18-30 dollars with most flags falling around $25. We are asking everyone to just give $25 for simplicity. If there is any $ left over, it will be donated to the festival for operations.

The flags are outdoor quality nylon in a 3′ by 5′ size. They will go on the existing wooden poles that are around town. If someone does donate $25 for a country of their choice, their name will go on a display downtown during the festival. The flags will be kept by the City for subsequent festivals. The site I am ordering through does not have any Native flags but if someone if interested in them, I can help them find something though the cost I found for the Oglala Sioux Nation for example was up to $163, there are less expensive options through Ebay.

I am collecting information about names and who people want to dedicate their flag to on a google form. It is ok to print out the form instead of doing on-line. If you run across people who want to do it, you can share this information with them:

If you are interested, please fill out this google form. The cost per flag is $25. The deadline for submission is August 10th. You can send a check to 1717 N Falcon Dr., Ridgefield WA 987642, drop off a check or cash with Sean McGill at  210 N. Main Avenue (Ridgefield Community Library) Tuesday 11-8 pm and Wed-Sat 10-6 pm or with Megan or Chris Dudley at a Meaningful Movies’ showing (3rd Wednesdays of the month, 7pm at the Old Liberty Theater).

Thanks so much for your help!


Ridgefield to Host Multicultural Festival

The City of Ridgefield’s 1st Annual Multicultural Festival will be September 1st, 2018 in downtown Ridgefield. With the aim of celebrating cultures at home and around the world, the festival will include live performances from the Taiko Drum group Takohachi, Portland Lee’s Association Lion Dance Team, Master Oh’s Taekwondo team and the Ke Kukui Foundation Hula Dancers. There will be cooking classes of Filipino, French, Nigerian and Scandinavian cuisines and many activities for children. Gerardo Calderon of Grupo Condor will teach a workshop about the musical instruments of the world and the Ora Nui Tahitian Dance Troupe will teach a Tahitian dance workshop. Attendees will also have opportunities to learn about and experience Ridgefield history and its own unique culture.

“As Ridgefield is one of the fastest growing cities in the state, we felt the time was now to create a festival that honors the many cultures of Southwest Washington and Ridgefield and brings people together,” said Jessica Kipp, Community Relations Specialist for the City of Ridgefield. There will be plenty of activities for all ages with food trucks selling a variety of cuisines, vendors, information booths and a genealogy discovery area.

Performances and festival activities are free to the public. Although some classes require registration and payment of a small fee. For updates on the event schedule and participating vendors please see: https://ridgefieldwa.us/event/multicultural-festival/

The Multicultural Festival is a part of the Ridgefield’s First Saturday events which have successfully been bringing the community together for the past three years. The First Saturday events are a collaborative effort between many downtown merchants, the City of Ridgefield, the Ridgefield Art Association, Ridgefield School District and the Farmer’s Market.

This Week’s Traffic Update

The following projects are under construction and are expected to impact traffic in the coming week:

South Hillhurst Road Between So. Hawk Place and NW Carty Road –Shoulder work this week. This work is to make improvements in front of the new schools and recreation complex including road widening, sidewalks, landscaping, and street lighting, and a stoplight at the intersection of Hillhurst & Royle.

South Hillhurst Road Between NW Carty Road and NW 229th Street- Flagging planned on Monday and Tuesday for frontage improvements along Hillhurst next to the Kennedy Subdivision.  When completed this section of Hillhurst will be widened with sidewalks, planter strips, and street lights.

So. Hillhurst Road, So. Sevier Road and So. Nighthawk Road – shoulder work only. This work is being completed in conjunction with the Taverner Ridge Phase 10 & 11 project, and will complete frontage improvements on both Hillhurst and Sevier. The existing narrow width of Sevier will make traffic conditions challenging, but after completion Sevier will be a full width road with sidew   alks and planter strips on both sides.

So Hillhurst from Carty Road to Royle Road, and for approximately 500 feet on Royle Road – One lane closure with flagging.  Expected start date is June 15th.  This is for utility work in conjunction with the Hillhurst frontage improvements and intersection improvements at Royle Road and Hillhurst Road.

NW 229th – Shoulder Work. Paving was completed as part of the future Kennedy Farms subdivision. This week work will be confined to the shoulders and no flagging is anticipated. When the work is complete the road will be newly paved, with sidewalks, street lights, and street trees.

Mosquitos Are Here

There were some biting mosquitoes in my yard this morning and a few got in the house. Later, working near Gee Creek, there were many more, swarming  and biting through a thick t-shirt.  I had swatted one earlier and took a photograph to ID it later.   Every few years, in the weeks before July Fourth, Ridgefield is plagued with mosquitos.  This could be one of those years.


From an article in Wikipedia, a drawing of a flood mosquito was a good match,  Flood mosquitoes lay their eggs on moist ground that is likely to flood later.  It has been very dry in Ridgefield from mid-April until today’s rain.  However, since the Columbia River has been high this spring, much of the refuge has been under water until a few days ago.  This could be the source of our mosquitos. In checking with the county mosquito control board, it was noted that the county does not spray for mosquitos.  Rather, they go after the larva by treating wet areas.  With much of the refuge being flooded  this spring, that would have been unlikely.

County mosquito control  states that there is no current threat of Zika Virus or West Nile Virus for Clark County residents.  So they are just annoying.  Vexans is derived from the Latin word meaning to annoy.    It’s early in the season but we will know soon just how annoying they are going to be.

Contributed by Paul Snoey

Ridgefield High School Announces Mary Christian Jones Scholarship Recipients

Three Ridgefield High School seniors have been selected to receive Mary Christian Jones Scholarships.  The school announced the award recipients yesterday.

Adrienne Nicholson has been awarded $1,500.  She will attend Concorde Career College.  Kelsi Morris and Rylee Melvin will each receive $750.  Morris plans to attend Boise State University, and Melvin will attend Western Washington University.

Adrienne Nicholson

Kelsi Morris

Rylee Melvin

The Mary Christian Jones Trust Fund has awarded scholarships to deserving high school seniors for nearly three decades.  Established in 1990 in honor of Mary (McRight) Christian Jones, the scholarship furthers Jones’ intense lifelong interest in the education of youth.

Mary Christian Jones was born in 1904 in a rural farm community in Mississippi.  She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Blue Mountain College in Mississippi.  While teaching, she continued her education at Bowling Green College of Commerce in Kentucky and earned both a B.A. in Commercial Education and a B.S. in Commerce.  After moving to Washington state, she earned a Master’s degree from the University of Oregon in 1952.

Mary Christian Jones was a teacher in the Ridgefield School System starting in 1945.  She taught bookkeeping, typing and shorthand at Ridgefield High School.  In 1956, Jones went on to teach English and reading in the North Kitsap School District in Poulsbo until her retirement in 1969.

The Mary Christian Jones Scholarship is awarded to students pursuing education at a two-or four-year college or vocational school.  Applicants must have at least a 3.3 GPA, have attended Ridgefield High School for four semesters at graduation and be able to demonstrate financial need.

Make it 2M

The Ridgefield Community Library is getting closer to a reality. FVRL Executive Director Amelia Shelley shared an update with me. The Fort Vancouver Regional Library District is working with the Ridgefield Community Center Association to negotiate the donation of the building and wrapping up some site evaluation work. Both parties intend to make every effort to complete this process this summer. It appears that the building will serve as a match for a portion of the million dollar matching grant offered by an anonymous donor. An appraisal of the building will establish the value of that match. The Community Center Board is in the process of determining how much longer they will manage the property, the terms of the donation to the library and what they will do with the assets that remain.

To date, the Friends of the Ridgefield Community Library, the Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation and the Library District have raised and set aside nearly $1.3 million for this project. Those funds, combined with the matching grant, get us close to enough money to cover the estimated construction costs for the expansion and remodel based on preliminary estimates. Amelia said that she believes that another $800,000 to $1 million dollars will be needed for soft costs such as architects, engineers and other consultants, furnishings and fixtures, upgrades and amenities for the new library (such as an early literacy installation in the children’s area or a fireplace) and other facilities costs. The District intends to hire an architecture team this fall that can help establish a final project budget.