What Makes Ridgefield so Special #13

This sign was posted on the bulletin board at the Post Office – only in Ridgefield!

Last Chance for Discount!

The Friends of the Ridgefield Library’s Golf Tournament is Sunday, October 6. Folks who register before September 1 can take advantage of a discount on tickets – only $100. After the 1st they go  up to $110. If you’re a member of the Friends you get an even bigger discount: $90/$100.

The tournament is held at Tri-Mountain Golf Course, and it’s a 12:00 scramble. Prizes are awarded and raffle items are offered as well as a delicious spaghetti dinner. There will be a putting contest between holes 9 and 10 ($10) and mulligans and throws are available for $5 each.

This is always a fun event – call Kathy at 360-887-2160 or Tevis at 360-887-3879 to register. Credit cards are accepted.

Welcome Officer Santos!

Dane Santos is the newest member of the Ridgefield Police Department. He was sworn in tonight at the City Council meeting. The photo shows his wife Deelaney pinning on his badge.

Dane grew up in Clark County, graduating from Camas High School and Central Washington University. He graduated in June, got married in July, was hired in August, and will be working in Ridgefield in September. He comes from a background in law enforcement.

News about the Proposed Fuel Station

Over 100 neighbors gathered at the RACC tonight to hear a presentation by the proposed developers of the commercial property at Sevier and Hillhurst. The overwhelming views were to not put a fuel station at that location. People had few complaints with a mini-mart and other small businesses, but were against having a fuel station because of the traffic, noise, detrimental air quality, and other factors.

Did you know that FHA will not loan money on properties within 350 feet of a gas tank larger than 1000 gallons?

Tonight at the City Council meeting (6:30 at the RACC)  there will a public hearing on the previous action taken regarding the emergency moratorium on gasoline stations in CNB Zones.

The meeting last night was sponsored by the HOA Council.


3Peaks Supports the Library

Tevis Laspa, Kathy Winters, Zach Goldfinch, Carrie and Kelly Beckwith

Yesterday Tevis and I picked up a very nice check for the Friends of the Ridgefield Library from 3Peaks Public House and Taproom. They donated a portion of the money spent at the Britnee Kellogg concert on June 29. With the money collected in the donation jar that evening over $1900 was added to the building fund for the library.

3Peaks has held an event for the Friends for the last several years, and this has made a big contribution to our building fund. Thanks Zach, Carrie and Kelly!

Free Diorama Class

The Ridgefield Art Association is offering a free class at our RACC room this Thursday, August 22nd at 6 pm.

We are providing a rustic 12″ x 12″ box and plain cardboard back and an assortment of colored paper. You provide your own fun, decorative ingredients: glue, scissors, etc. The Dollar Tree has some Halloween items in stock.

Open to elementary – adults. Elementary children need an adult to attend with them. It’s is limited to the first 10 people that reply to this email.

It will take place in the RAA room at the RACC. Follow the signs when you get to the entrance of the RACC. 501 Pioneer Street. Please reply to this email here if you would like to participate.


Thought for the Week

“Rudeness is the weak man’s imitation of strength.” Eric Hoffer, 1898-1983

N Main Ave Reconstruction


North Main Avenue has been closed from Depot Street to the entrance of the Carty Unit of the refuge since  the July  4th  week-end.  The old 10 foot  diameter corrugated  metal culvert has been removed, much material excavated, and a great deal of rock and sand imported.  There  has been  a steady stream of trucks going in and out for several weeks.  By midweek the area for the new culvert had been prepared and trucks began delivering the components to build the footings.  There are 8  pieces, each weighing  55,000 lbs.
The footing pieces for the South side were placed Wednesday and the pieces for the North side were to be placed as well.  However, there  is a problem with the crane and as of Friday evening the crane is sitting quietly and the pieces of the footing are still uninstalled.  The groove running down the middle of the footing will be where the precast arched dome will be set.  The interior pieces of the footing have rebar sticking out of them.  Forms have been built and will be filled with concrete.  This will make for a solid footing.  One of the workers stated the plan is to lower the arched dome next week.  However, this was before the problem with the crane happened.  At 3:30 PM today there were no workers on site.  It’s likely the crane must be repaired before work can be resumed. Since each piece of footing weighs more than 27 tons, it is easy to see why.

Ridgefield School District’s Early Learning Center Takes Shape

It’s been a busy summer at the Ridgefield Administrative Civic Center (RACC)!

Construction crews are renovating former middle school classrooms there for the district’s very first Early Learning Center (ELC), which is scheduled to open on Wednesday, August 28th — the first day of classes in the Ridgefield School District.

The Early Learning Center will provide full and half-day opportunities for children ages 3-5 and before/after school care for students through fourth grade.

Here are photos showing current construction progress this week in the various classrooms.  Plumbing and electrical work is in progress, new walls are up, and painting is underway.  Carpeting has just been installed, and furniture continues to arrive.

Application packets to enroll students are available by visiting the Early Learning Center webpage at https://www.ridgefieldsd.org/o/district/page/early-learning-center-preschool-child-care.  For more information, contact the Early Learning Center via email at elc@ridgefieldsd.org.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Early Learning Center is scheduled for Tuesday, September 10th at 5:00 pm at the start of the district’s regular school board meeting at the RACC.  All are welcome to attend.

Trustees Meeting

Trustees for the Fort Vancouver Regional Library meet monthly at the various libraries in the system. Next Monday, August 15, they will meet in the Community Room of the Ridgefield Library. The meeting starts at 6:00, and the public is invited. It’s a good chance to see how our library system operates. There is time for public comments at the beginning of the meeting.

Local Clinics Offer Free and Low-Cost Back to School Immunizations

Get students ready for the school year!  The following local clinics are currently offering free and low-cost Back-to-School immunizations:

Register Today to Participate in Corn Hole Tournament at Experience Ridgefield

Ridgefield Community Education is organizing its first-ever Corn Hole Tournament at 11:00 am at Experience Ridgefield on Sept 14th.  Registration is now open!  Teams can sign up for Youth or Adult divisions.  Register today at https://ridge.revtrak.net (see Events).

Architects Meet with Patrons

The meeting last night with the architects designing the remodeled library drew a larger than expected crowd. Many folks had questions and comments about the plans. There are still a few bug to be worked out, but the basic design looks good. A copy of the drawings is at the library if you’re interested.

What Makes Ridgefield so Special? #12

Tuesdays in the Park! Last night’s movie was ‘Babe,’ and as you can see, the multigenerational crowd was having a good time.

Main Street Meeting Thursday

Ridgefield Main Street meets this Thursday, August 13, 8:30 a.m. at the Sportsman’s Public House. 121 North Main Avenue, for our monthly Community Meeting. We’ll be “Envisioning Downtown as a Destination”, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to give your input on this important topic.

As always, complimentary coffee and tea will be served, and breakfast is available.