Ridgefield School District Recognizes Employees and Business Partner of the Year

Three Ridgefield School District (RSD) employees and a business partner were honored during the District Convocation Celebration on August 25.  Howard Anderson, Tonia Rice, and Matt Whitton were recipients of the district’s Exemplary Service Award, while Terry Hurd was recognized as RSD’s Business Partner of the Year.

Anderson, a security officer in the district since 2012, was honored for the strong connections he makes with students.  Ridgefield High School Assistant Principal Allen Andringa noted, “Students love Howard, and go out of their way to get his attention.”

(from left) Tony Vandermaas, Nathan McCann, Howard Anderson, Kelly Maul

Rice, the Union Ridge Elementary secretary and a Ridgefield employee since 2006, was honored for her outstanding customer-service.  Tracey MacLachan, the school’s principal, said, “The Union Ridge team feels supported by Tonia in every facet of our work.  Her job is complicated and it never shows in Tonia’s delivery to students, staff, and parents.”

(from left) Tracey MacLachlan, Nathan McCann, Tonia Rice, Kelly Maul

Whitton, a science teacher at View Ridge for six years, is viewed by his colleagues as a master teacher.  Chris Griffith, assistant superintendent, noted, “Matt Whitton tirelessly gives of his time to students, staff, and parents.  He strives to create engaging lessons where all students are honored and can find value in their work.”

(from left) Nathan McCann, Matt Whitton, Chris Griffith, Kelly Maul

(from left) Nathan McCann, Matt Whitton, Chris Griffith, Kelly Maul

The Exemplary Service Award is sponsored by the Ridgefield Public Schools Foundation.  Kelly Maul, the Foundation’s secretary, congratulated each recipient and provided them with a small gift basket.

Hurd, owner of the Sportsman’s Restaurant and Lounge, sponsors RSD’s student and employee of the month recognition programs.  “Terry is a tremendous supporter of our schools and the Ridgefield community.   His generosity has enabled us to continue nurturing a culture that celebrates exceptionalism.  We are grateful for Terry’s commitment to the Ridgefield School District,” stated Dr. Nathan McCann, the district’s superintendent.

Nathan McCann presents the Business Partner of the Year Award to Terry Hurd.

Nathan McCann presents the Business Partner of the Year Award to Terry Hurd.

The District Convocation Celebration is a new tradition in the Ridgefield schools and more than 225 employees participated in the breakfast and celebration program.  Employees were welcomed back with a “Surf’s Up” theme and a program that included a staff appreciation breakfast, giveaways from local businesses, and welcome messages from School Board President Scott Gullickson and Ridgefield Mayor Ron Onslow.

The breakfast was sponsored by Chartwells School Dining Services.  Local businesses and non-profits that provided gift cards and gift baskets to RSD employees included Compassion 360, Lava Java, The Mercantile, Ridgefield Pioneer Marketplace, and Umpqua Bank.  “Events like these are made far more special with the support of our wonderful business partners.  They are instrumental in helping us kickoff the school year in a positive way,” said McCann.


New Bridge at Carty Unit


Photos by Paul Snoey

Photos by Paul Snoey

The access to the refuge was closed earlier this week.  The old span was dismantled and removed from the tracks and then the site was cleaned up.  The access was open again on Thursday.  The new walkway is easier and ADA compliant.  But the nice thing about it is the great view of the refuge.

On the west side is a bench to sit on and enjoy the refuge and Carty Lake.  Carty Lake is full of water fowl in the winter so this bench should be a great place to sit and watch. bridge w bench

Thought for the Week

When given the choice to be right or being kind, choose kind.

– Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

A Call for Volunteers

The Ridgefield Main Street (RMS) Program is seeking volunteers to join our Design Committee!  They say it’s all about being in the right place at the right time…well, here’s your chance to be a part of the rejuvenation of a city! These opportunities are project specific and will not necessarily require attendance at all monthly meetings.


RMS is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the cultural heritage of downtown Ridgefield, while advocating for its future through economic development, community events, public and private partnerships, and unified branding and marketing of the downtown core.   The RMS Design Committee is working alongside various groups to brand, beautify and rejuvenate the appearance and atmosphere of the Downtown area, while still maintaining the small-town charm we all love.  This group has the unique opportunity to play a leading role in a wide variety of projects to include building improvements, signage, window displays, landscaping and environment in this exciting season of growth and revitalization. Our primary goal is to create a safe, healthy and vibrant place for all to enjoy.


Come be a part of what’s happening in Ridgefield!  We are looking for volunteers with key skill sets that will serve the Design Committee as we work together to make the exciting vision of our community come to life.  Committee membership represents a fabulous opportunity to build your portfolio or simply enjoy being a part of all that’s happening in the changing times of Ridgefield, Washington.  The positions we are looking to fill are:

Clark County/Ridgefield Historian


Branding Consultant

Blog Writer

Landscape Designer

Sign Painter/Artist

Graphic Designer

Streetscape Designer

Map Designer

Outdoor Muralist

Design Engineer


Please contact:  Frank Shuman (RMS President) at s_human@mac.com and 360-980-1717 , or
Steve Coxen (Design Committee Chair) at sacoxen2000@gmail.com 
To learn more about RMS, please visit our Facebook Page and website: www.ridgefieldmainstreet.com.

Dog Found on Hillhurst

A dog was found trotting down Hillhurst south of Ridgefield High School. It didn’t appear as though she was familiar with being around cars. The driver stopped and the dog was eager to get in her car.

The dog is a brown and white boxer/pit bull mix that has had pups in the last couple of months. She has on a collar but no tags. She will be checked for a chip tomorrow, but the rescuer is eager to find the owner before then.

If you know the possible owner please call 721 – 1046.

Volunteers Help a Neighbor

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This was the scene Friday as tired workers rested from their labors helping improve a home along Main Avenue. They removed trees and stumps, prepped and painted the house and did lots of other work to renovate the property.

This was a joint venture between Habitat for Humanity and Thrivent Financial, and the results were beautiful.

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Drive by and see what hard work and dedicated volunteers can do to make things better.

Wright at Three Creeks Library

Barbara AW Wright has a solo art show at the Three Creeks Community Library. The exhibit runs from August 20 to September 19 in the library meeting room and magazine area.

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There is an artist talk and reception on Thursday, September 10 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.

Come meet Barbara and discover her artwork.

The show is in the Three Creeks Library, 800-C NE Tenney Road, Vancouver WA (near Fred Meyer in Salmon Creek)

Four New Businesses Opening in Ridgefield

Coming Soon

The former library building at 112 South Main Avenue is hopping!

Living Waters Hair Salon, owned and operated by Janette Nixon, has already opened for business. She’s is the upstairs portion of the building.

Three more businesses are close to opening:

Buckets will provlde items ‘to go’ in addition to running two food trucks.

Gently Fold Bakery will provide baked goods for Buckets as well as selling retail baked items to the local community. They will feature bread loaves, cupcakes, cookies, pied, custom wedding and special occasion cakes and other assorted goods.

Mulberry Avenue is a home décor and gift shop. Owners Billie Jo Jackson Moore and her sister Loretta (Jackson) Hoskins grew up in Ridgefield and spent many hours reading books in the building.

Stop by in a couple of weeks and welcome these new stores to our town.

Voter Candidate Forum

League of Women Voters

Clark County League of Women Voters Candidate Forums for the General Election will be held in several places in Clark County.

The one in Ridgefield will be October 7, 2015 at the Ridgefield Community Center, 201 N. Main Avenue, from 6 to 8 pm. Includes Clark County Council District #2, City of La Center Mayor, City of Ridgefield Council Position No. 2, Cemetery District No. 6, may include Woodland races. Come and listen to the candidates and make your decision about who should be leading our city and county.

For more information, please contact: Judy Hudson, judy-hudson@comcast.net, 253-7712

New Benches for Downtown

The benches are here! Mayor Ron Onslow and Councilman Don Stose put them together – here’s Don working to get them set up. Yesterday the two benches were outside the Community Center doors, but I believe they’ll be moved to Overlook Park.

Don Stose with Bench


Money raised at the Mayor’s Ball helped pay for the two benches.

Ridgefield just keeps getting better and better.


80 for 80 Update

80 for 80

Money for the building fund for the new Ridgefield library is coming in from all directions. This month the Webb family in upper Heron Ridge hosted an ice cream social and raised $225! Thank you so much! That donation was totally unexpected.

There is still room for a few more teams at the Much Ado about Golf Tournament at Tri Mountain Golf Course on Monday, September 14, but the price goes up on Tuesday, so get your list of friends and call me with your team name and a credit card number right away. Cost right now is $260, and it goes up to $280 after the first.

We have a number of prizes to give away, the main one being dinner for two at the Sportsman’s Restaurant and Lounge. It includes being picked up at your door in a limousine, with a bottle of chilled champagne to sip on the way to the restaurant, plus dinner with another complimentary bottle of wine. Come, relax and enjoy the delicious food at the Sportsmans.

If golfing isn’t your game, you might like to take part in the Bruce Crockett Memorial Quick Draw at the Community Center Friday evening, September 25. Watch eight artists create works of art while you sip wine, nosh on goodies, and play party games. The media will include pastels, watercolors, acrylics and leather work, with Carol Sandor creating a portrait of Allen Wodaege. The work will be auctioned off at the end of the evening, so you will have a chance to own original art that was created while you watched. How neat is that? Call Patricia Thompson to reserve a seat. Cost is $25 if paid by September 18, and $35 at the door.

I’m pleased to say that we’ve raised $57,720 toward my goal of $80,000 – almost 75%! I really think we’ll hit $100,000 before my birthday in January. Thank you Ridgefield!

It’s easy to donate to the 80 for 80 Campaign. 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.

Helping Neighbors

Thrivent Financial, Tri Mountain Associates are underwriting Habitat for Humanity to do a repair project in downtown Ridgefield.

Two large trees and stumps have already been removed in preparation for the repair work to be today through Saturday.

Moving forward we will be spreading two truckloads of topsoil, repairing both porches, and doing fence repairs. We will also prep and paint the outside of the house.

Come and help. There’s no experience needed, and all tools will be supplied, as will lunch.

Hours are 8:00 to 4:00. Please contact Frank Shuman for the address, 360-313-6438 x102, or email frank.shuman@thrivent.com

Relay for Life

City of Ridgefield’s ‘Spudders for Life’ participated in the Relay for Life for North Clark County at BG High School.

Between homemade cookies and bath salts sales, silent auction baskets, and donations for photos taken on the Spudder Chair the team raised $1,506 for the American Cancer Society. Go ‘Spudders for Life’!

CD and DVD found at Marina

A music CD and DVD case were found at the Marina.To claim your property come to the Ridgefield Police Department.

Dirty Politicking

Taylor sign

It’s come to my attention that candidate signs for the City Council position have been pulled down and thrown in streets, over fences, etc. Four signs were actually removed and can’t be found.

This is really dirty politicking, and not worthy of anyone in Ridgefield, or even anywhere in the world.

I can’t imagine anyone being so desperate to win an election that they’d mutilate their opponent’s advertising. Even if the person running for office was not involved, someone did it. This is definitely not the sort of campaign we normally run in Ridgefield and I do not want to see it continue.

Put the signs back up. Be a good citizen. Win the election fair and square without dirty politicking.