Meet My New Advertiser!

Victory Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Battle Ground has recently started advertising on FYI. I asked them to send information about their services, and this is what they provided.

“Victory Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center is owned and operated by Orianna Health Systems.

“Orianna’s Vision: We aspire to improve the health and well-being of our patients through innovative care and the pursuit of excellence.

“Orianna’s Mission: Orianna Health Systems patient-focused care model aims to empower our employees to surpass our patients’ needs and expectations with empathy and compassion, dignity and integrity.

“Victory provides both short term rehabilitation and long term nursing care for adults,  seniors and the disabled.  Our services include 24 hour nursing  care, Physical, occupational  and speech therapies among many other services aimed to improve  the overall health and well-being of those we serve.   We are the only such facility in the Battle Ground area. “

I welcome Victory to our blog. You can learn more about their services by clicking on the ad at the right. Victory Rehabilitation may be reached at 360-687-5141.

Vote YES

Another Bond picture! This one from Rachel Niten. Keep them coming folks!

Meet My New Advertiser!

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School is now advertising on FYI. Here’s come information about the school.

“Preparing your child to be their best, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School provides students from preschool through 8th grade with a comprehensive Catholic education, rooted in faith, family, and service. Our strong Catholic/Christian values and traditions combined with rigorous academics, community service, and extracurricular opportunities provide a well-rounded education. Lourdes graduates have a strong academic, social, and moral foundation that serve them well throughout life.

“We welcome all faiths at our family oriented school, teach Spanish from preschool onwards, have an extensive music program, and are conveniently located near the I-5 and 39th Street interchange in Vancouver, WA, just minutes from the I-5 Bridge. Schedule your personal school tour today, visit our safe and nurturing environment and meet our talented teachers.”

I welcome Our Lady of Lourdes to the blog. Please click on their ad to learn more about the school.

Weather update from Paul Snoey

I have not seen a single robin since Wednesday.  Nor have I seen a chickadee
or some of the other local birds.   I’ve put out water and food for the last
several days as the web sites suggested. The food is quickly gobbled up by
crows and starlings.

Next, in all this mess, is heavy rain and warming expected Tuesday.   This
afternoon the National weather Service issued a flood watch for our area
from Tuesday morning through Wednesday evening.  I don’t think we are going
to have it too bad in Ridgefield but there could be a problem with stream
bank erosion.   The photo below, taken this afternoon, is of a section of
Gee Creek with active stream bank erosion. –Paul

Thought for the Week

Help the Birds

The snow storm that hit Tuesday evening was the largest we’ve had in several years.   It left a foot of snow on the ground in the Ridgefield area, closed schools and public offices, and with the continued cold will likely last until midweek next week.

The photo above is of a robin eating fruits from a tree on Pioneer Street.  These fruits have been available for several months and are only now being eaten.  It suggests that they are only being eaten because the birds have little choice.

It’s the same thing with berries on holly trees.  During prolonged periods of cold with snow on the ground some holly bushes in Ridgefield have been stripped of their berries.  The fruits may not have the nutritional value that more available foods may have.

Fruits remaining on trees can ferment after the first frost and become toxic.   Deep snow means a challenge to wildlife that cannot forage for food on the ground.  Robins eat fruit but also worms, insects, and spiders. Robins don’t feed from bird feeders but will take food scattered on the ground.   The Audubon society recommends putting out foods such as chopped apples, grapes, and raisins.  They will take meal worms that can be purchased in pet stores as well.

Since the deep snow and cold are going to last for a time, it makes sense to help wildlife by putting out food for them.  Scott and Kathy Hughes have food for birds and squirrels at the hardware store and Petco has mealworms.  Robins and other birds need a water source to drink and bathe so if it’s not too cold a birdbath can provide water.  An upside down garbage can lid filled with water works as temporary birdbath.

Thanks to Paul Snoey for this information.

Lion’s Club

The Lions Club Monday, January 16th, dinner meeting at the Community Center will begin at 6:30 pm. The meal will be from Vinnie’s Pizza and costs $12.

The program will be an informational presentation by Jim Maul, Kent Landerholm, and Lion Nathan McCann on the up-coming school bond.

Lions Club members, guests and those who are interested in learning more about Lions or the up-coming school bond are invited. For those not having dinner the program will begin about 7:00 pm. They are also welcome.

Please RSVP to King Lion David Taylor:  or give him a call at 887-2200 – so we have a relatively close head count for the meal.

Sample Ballot

Although we’ve been asking for a vote on the bond, the actual ballot calls it Proposition 2. Here’s how the ballot looks.

Canvas in Support of the Bond

This letter is from Mike Bomar:

Hey friends,

This Saturday marks ONE MONTH until the February 14th election! That means we have one month to make sure Ridgefield votes YES on the school bond/Proposition 2.

Please join me this Saturday (TOMORROW) at 10am at Seasons Coffee Shop at Old Liberty Theater where we’ll kick off another morning of canvassing in support of the school bond! We supply everything you need – clipboard, maps, scripts, and handouts. We just need a two hours of your time to hit the pavement, knock on some doors, meet your neighbors, and talk to them about supporting our schools. Bring your friends and family and kids along! I have gone several times already and the response is overwhelmingly positive.

I’m also hoping to recruit people to join me for a big phone banking event on Monday, February 13th. This is the last day before the ballots are due, and we need to make sure people turn in those votes! We’ll be at a central Ridgefield location, and we’ll start around 6:00pm. Pizza provided! 

Please RSVP to, and help us spread the word!! Please forward this email to Ridgefield friends as well.
 I hope to see you tomorrow!
Mike Bomar

Snow Courtesy

We don’t get much snow here, so maybe some people don’t know that when a merchant shovels a space in front of his store you should not park in that space. Leave it open so people can get to the sidewalk without stepping on the pile of snow that’s piled up along the rest of the frontage.

If you have a disabled passenger, let that person out in the cleared area and then move forward to open up the space for others.

Be thoughtful and above all, if you have to drive, go slowly.

Still Time to Register

This just in!! Clark County voter registration deadline is extended, so if you are not registered to vote you still have time. The deadline to register online is January 16th and the deadline to register in person is January 17th. Here is the link to register online

Make sure you are registered so you can support Ridgefield Schools! Every vote is needed.

If you were educated as a youth, you owe it to future generations to carry on the tradition. Passing this bond measure is critical to maintaining the quality of our schools and the value of your property. Be a good citizen –REGISTER and then VOTE.

James and the Giant Peach JR

Journey Theater Arts Group presents James and the Giant Peach JR at Ridgefield High School, February 17-18 and 25-26.

Based on one of Roald Dahl’s most poignantly quirky stories, James and the Giant Peach JR. is a brand new take on this “masterpeach” of a tale.  Featuring a wickedly tuneful score and a witty and charming book, this adventurous musical about courage and self-discovery is destined to be a classic.

When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that grows a tremendous peach, rolls into the ocean and launches a journey of enormous proportions. James befriends a collection of singing insects that ride the giant piece of fruit across the ocean, facing hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements along the way.

Performances are February 17 – 26, 2017 at Ridgefield High School, 2630 S Hillhurst, Ridgefield WA, 98642.   Tickets are on sale now at or by calling 360.750.8550.  Pre-sale adult tickets are $14.  Youth and senior tickets are $10.  Groups of 10 or more are $9.  Our “family day” performance is February 18th @ 7 p.m. with all tickets $10 in advance.  Tickets for all performances will be $4 more at the door.

Public Performances

Friday, February 17th @ 7:00 pm

Saturday, February 18th @ 7:00 pm

Friday, February 24th @ 7:00 pm

Saturday, February 25th @ 2:00 pm

Sunday, February 26th @ 2:00 pm

About Journey Theater Arts Group

Journey is the most dynamic theater arts community in the Portland/Vancouver area, offering dozens of classes in drama, dance, voice and more, as well as producing 12 shows in four locations during the school year and a professional-level community theater musical each summer.   Journey strives for excellence, while providing a welcoming and encouraging environment where kids ages 6 to 18 and their families can build life-long skills and friendships. Journey is a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational organization, with offices located at 1400 NE 136th Ave, Suite 201, Vancouver WA, 98684.  Contact at 360.750.8550 or

RMS Elects Officers

Ridgefield Main Street recently elected officers for 2017.

They are:

President – Judy Hinz

Vice President – Sandy Schill

Treasurer – Stephen Coxen

Secretary – Frank Shuman

Congratulations to the new officers – we look forward to seeing what the program will accomplish in the next year.

The Weather Man Was Right

This was the view from my back door when I woke up this morning – up to a foot of snow in places. Stay warm and dry and enjoy your day off!


Make it a Million (Plus)

Tickets for the Winter Tea on Saturday, February 11 are going fast. The Tea is hosted by the Methodist Church and planned by Jean Meyer and Ginger Hancock as a benefit for the library. There will be sweets and savories, and crooner Jeremiah Brown will entertain us.

Price for the tea is $40 until January 11, when the cost will go up to $45. Children under 12 cost $20, which will go to $25 after the 11th.

My original water color painting, ‘Peony’ will be auctioned off during the afternoon.

The tea is at the Methodist Church and starts at 1:00. Call Jean Meyer, 360-947-4388, to reserve your spots. She can take credit cards.

 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.

An anonymous donor has pledged to match donations to the Ridgefield Library over $10,000. Please consider this option.