This Week at the Library

Library building

Sean says “We missed all of our patrons while we were closed on Tuesday, for an all staff training day. I am proud to report that Ridgefield is a city that reads! When staff brought the book drops in this morning all three bins were completely full.”

Library Programs October 1 to October 7, 2014

Program Highlights

Tuesday October 7, 6:30 p.m.-VOTE 2014: Clark County Charter-In November we will be voting on a new Clark County Charter. This is your chance to learn from some of the freeholders we elected to write it. Come with your questions!

Other programs:

Wednesday October 1, 10:00 a.m.-Stitchery Group; 10:30 a.m.-Preschool Storytime; Ridgefield Gaming Group 4:00 p.m.

Thursday October 2, 3:30 p.m.-Spanish Conversation Circle

Friday October 3, 10:30 a.m.-Toddler Storytime; 4:00 p.m.-Teen Council

Saturday October 4, 10:00 a.m.-LEGO Lovers

Sean McGill
Ridgefield Community Librarian

I’m Angry!

I’m angry! Hundreds of volunteers and community organizations work all year to put on a good show the first weekend in October called BirdFest & Bluegrass, and our ‘community newspaper,’ the Reflector had not one word about it in this week’s edition. Shame on them.

So – here’s a list of things that will be happening this weekend:

Bird walk on the Carty Unit; Cathlapotle Plankhouse tours and family activities; weaving with invasive species; ethnobotany hike; Cathlapotle Village overview and site walk; Audubon guided family bird walk; flint knapping demonstration; bow making demonstration; OMSI puzzler; geology walk; slugs, bugs, and snails; mammals of the Refuge, film screening; First Person, First People talk; keeping traditions alive; traditional salmon bake; kinetic bird parade; birders’ marketplace; food vendors; storytelling; family activities; Audubon live bird show; Audubon live birds up-close on display; ZAP Oregon zoo animal display; sandhill crane tours; beginner digital photography workshop; intro to watercolor painting workshop; bird language for beginners; kayak tours; big canoe paddle; free movie: ‘The Birds’ at the Old Liberty; plus three bluegrass concerts: Misty Mamas, Urban Monroes and Oberlin Bluegrass.

Don’t you think The Reflector could have written a few paragraphs about the event? Perhaps even a picture or two from past years?

For times and locations of the event, pick up a program at any store in the downtown Ridgefield area.

View Ridge Middle School Social Studies team wins Richard A. Anderson Memorial History Day Scholarship!

The View Ridge Middle School social studies team received the Richard A. Anderson Memorial History Day Scholarship from the Clark County Historical Museum to help students participate in the National History Day project.

Since its inception, View Ridge students have competed at the local, state and national levels. Naturally, there are costs associated in terms of travel, entry fees, and more. Although the scholarship will help pay some costs, more additional assistance would be greatly welcomed.

If members of the community would like to contribute, any monetary donations are greatly appreciated and any amount helps. In addition, supplies such as art supplies, tri-folds, scrap wood, markers, paint and more are needed.

Anyone interested in donating can contact Denise Krause, secretary of View Ridge Middle School, via email at or by visiting the office during school hours for more information on how to pay.

Congratulations to our VRMS social studies team, and thank you, Ridgefield!

For more Ridgefield schools news, visit the district website. You can also get more district news from their Facebook page or on Twitter.

Old Liberty Theater Presents

Friday, Oct. 3rd at 7:00 pm   Old Liberty Theater will kick off the 2014 Birdfest and Bluegrass with a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 classic The Birds  admission Free.

Saturday Oct. 4th at 2:00 pm. The bluegrass begins with a matinee concert featuring  Misty Mamas with Steer Crazy admission is $12

Saturday, Oct. 4th at 7:00 pm.  Urban Monroes with Old School String Band will be performing the evening concert. Admission is $12

Sunday, Oct. 5th. at 2:00 pm. Finishing the 2014 Bluegrass at Birdfest will be a matinee concert featuring the Oberlin Bluegrass Trio. Admission is $12

Admission for each concert is $12  Tickets may be purchased in advance by phone at
360-887-7260 or at the door if available  all ages welcome. For more information go to

For information on Birdfest and schedule of events go to

Old Liberty Theater is a performing arts venue located at 115 N. Main Ridgefield Wa 98642

Did You Know RHS seniors prepare for college by taking a new College 101 course and by participating in College Month activities?

Noah Couch, Jonah Roberts and Cody Duncan learn about the college application process during the brand-new College 101 course

Noah Couch, Jonah Roberts and Cody Duncan learn about the college application process during the brand-new College 101 course

As students enter their senior year, the process of applying for college applications and scholarships can feel daunting and intimidating. This year, in order to prepare students for the different processes involved in applying for college and financial aid, Ridgefield High School offered an innovative new class called College 101. In addition, the high school designated October as College Month, offering college-preparation activities throughout the entire month and into early November.

College 101

For the first time ever, Ridgefield High School offered a special course for the 2014-15 school year for seniors interested in receiving help applying for college and financial aid. Students arrive at school an hour early each day during the fall semester to attend the course. “Counselors and administrators developed the curriculum for the course, and I’m adding new material as we go,” explained Monica DeShazer, College 101′s teacher and one of the high school’s counselors. “We want students to be able to submit quality college and university applications, be accepted to attend the schools of their choosing, and to be knowledgeable about all of their post-secondary options.”

Throughout the semester-long course, students must apply to a minimum of one (1) college, one (1) university, and complete a minimum of 14 scholarship applications. “We’re working to provide students with the skills necessary to differentiate themselves from other applicants and to market themselves to the application committees at their preferred colleges and universities,” said DeShazer.

Quizzes and other coursework require students to complete research to find resources offering scholarship opportunities as well as locating resources for assistance in the process of applying for college and financial aid. In addition, students receive tips and training on the best ways to ask for letters of recommendation as well as following up to ensure those letters have been sent.

“I’m the first in my family to ever apply for college and I had no idea how to approach the college application process,” said Madison Laycoe, a senior in the class. “I always feel comfortable asking Mrs. DeShazer for help and other resources, and I would really recommend this class to any senior because it offers such great benefits.”

Victoria Pfeifer, Madison Blair, and Madison Laycoe learn about scholarships and financial aid in College 101

Victoria Pfeifer, Madison Blair, and Madison Laycoe learn about scholarships and financial aid in College 101

Victoria Pfeifer, a senior and classmate of Laycoe’s, fully agreed, “Every senior should be signed up for this class because it really is that helpful,” she said. “I applied for this class to receive help with scholarships – I want to be able to attend the University of Washington next year, and I want to be able to get all the help I can to pay for my education.”

College Month

Throughout October and into November, Ridgefield High School’s counseling team will offer valuable field trips, visitations, and other activities to help graduating seniors apply for college and learn about post-secondary options.

  • College Day – Tuesday, October 14 – School-Wide Event
    The RHS Counseling Team is working closely with ASB to promote a college-going culture in conjunction with Homecoming Week. RHS staff will wear clothing from their alma maters and will put signs on their classroom doors indicating the college(s) they attended. Each period, teachers will share stories with their class about the college(s) they attended. All students will see and hear about a variety of colleges. During the lunch hour, there will be an informational Scavenger Hunt where students can win prizes.
  • RHS Fall Fair – Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. – RHS Commons
    Representatives from nearly 50 universities, community colleges, technical schools, apprenticeships, the armed forces, and community services will be on-hand to tell students, parents, and interested community members about their offerings.
  • PSAT Testing – Free for Juniors – Saturday, October 18, 2014
    Ridgefield High School will pay for any interested juniors to take the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) which provides a rehearsal for students interested  in taking the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) to attend college. Sophomores interested in taking the test could register for $15.
  • College Campus Field Trip – Friday, October 24, 2014
    The Counseling Department plans to take 40 sophomores, juniors and seniors on a field trip to tour the campuses of the University of Portland, Washington State University – Vancouver, and Clark College.
  • Portland National College Fair – Monday, November 3, 2014
    The Counseling Department plans to take 30 juniors and seniors to the Portland National College Fair where students will receive information from representatives of colleges and universities from all of the United States.
  • College Application Night – Wednesday, November 5, 2014 – Details coming soon
    The Counseling Department invites all seniors and parents to attend College Application Night to receive assistance in completing college applications. College representatives will attend in order to provide additional assistance.
  • College Representative Visitation – Ongoing – Lunchtime, Before/After School
    Throughout College Month, Ridgefield High School will host representatives from colleges and universities to discuss their college or universities. These representatives will be available during lunch hour, before and after school, and the activities are available to any interested student.
  • The “I Applied” Board – Year-Round
    The Counseling Department is maintaining an “I Applied” Board featuring colleges and universities where the students of the Class of 2015 have applied. The board will be regularly updated throughout the year.

“Our goal is to promote post-secondary awareness and a college-going culture,” said DeShazer. “We are participating in the national College Application Campaign thanks to financial support received from a generous grant provided by the Ridgefield Public Schools Foundation.”

Did you know you can submit story ideas for upcoming Did You Knows? Submit your story idea via the District’s online form here:

For more Did You Knows, visit the district website. You can also get more district news from their Facebook page or on Twitter.

Thought for the Week

'First Child'

‘First Child’

In his column in the Columbian last week, Leonard Pitts talked about spanking, and I think it’s worth presenting his ideas, as I agree with him. I’m quoting from the conclusion of his editorial:

“I don’t believe in spanking reflexively. Not every offense merits it. Indeed, most don’t.

I don’t believe in spanking to excess. The idea is to sting, not hurt.

I don’t believe in spanking in anger. Anger leads to loss of control.

And no, I don’t believe all spanking is abuse. A 2001 study by Dr. Diana Baumrind – a psychologist who opposes spanking – found that mild to moderate corporal punishment causes no lasting harm.

Here’s what I do believe. A parent must be loving, accessible, involved, but also an authority figure, the one who sets limits, and imposes real and painful consequences for kids who flout them

Otherwise, you risk sending into the world something we already have in excess – children poisoned by “self-esteem,” walking in serene self-entitlement, convinced the sun shines for them alone. Such children are invariably brought up short. The universe is a rough teacher and its lessons sting worse than any spanking you could get. The worst thing you can do is send your offspring into that classroom unprepared.

Speaking of child abuse.”

Reminder – Library to be Closed on Tuesday

All branches, bookmobiles and headquarters offices of Fort Vancouver Regional Library District will be closed to the public on Tuesday, September 30 for a day of staff training in Vancouver.

The district’s website,, will continue to offer many library services that day.

All FVRL locations will resume normal open hours on Wednesday, October 1.

Introduction to Essential Oils

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Cub Scouts

Boy Scouts

Ridgefield boys in the 1st through 5th grades are invited to come learn about joining Cub Scouts! Boys and their parents can find out about the program and all the fun activities to be had with Cub Scout Pack 303 on Thursday, October 2, at 6:30 pm in the South Ridge Elementary Gym. Please contact scout mom Trina Roberts at, or Scout Executive David Noyes at with any questions.



It’s an Oktoberfest theme at the 6th annual Mayor’s Ball this year, with an all-German menu using ‘Brunhilda’ Schill’s grandma’s recipes. The date is October 18 and the place is Hunter’s Ranch at Rolling Hills, 21511 NW 9th Avenue. Proceeds this year go to the Ridgefield Main Street Program to fund new benches in Overlook Park. The Onslows always put on a great dinner, with entertainment and fun, and I’m sure this year will be the same. They’ve promised that anyone wearing lederhosen will get an extra brat.

Tickets cost $50 per person, payable to Ridgefield Main Street. Send your check to Ron and Sandy Onslow, 1195 North First Avenue, Ridgefield, WA 98642. Credit cards are also accepted.

Notes from City Council Meeting 9-25-14

Steve Stuart introduced our new Public Works Director Tim Shell to the Council and to the interested citizens.  Welcome Tim.

Discussion – City Manager Performance Evaluation Process by Paul Lewis Consultant

Paul gave an overview of the Evaluation Process summary. He went through the objectives, information gathering/feedback, evaluation process, and proposed timing.

To help to speed up the process for building permits and issuance of permits, a motion was made and seconded to allow the City Manager to start the hiring process for a Senior Designer and Permit tech.  By do so, this would help allow time to get an employee hired and trained.

The Community Development report is: Single Family permits to end August are 78 issued, 2 in review and 13 ready for pickup.

Tim Shell Hired as Public Works Director

City Manager Steve Stuart announced the hiring of Tim Shell as the new Public Works Director for the City of Ridgefield. Tim will join the City beginning Wednesday, October 1. “We are thrilled Tim is joining the City’s team,” says Mr. Stuart. “His public and private sector experience in public works and managing high profile projects will be a true asset with all of the large development projects underway here in Ridgefield.”

Tim has extensive experience in public works infrastructure, project management and engineering. He has been actively involved in the American Public Works Association for twenty years; the American Council of Engineering Companies as a Board member for ten years and has thirty years’ experience in the civil engineering profession. As Public Works Director Tim will assume full management responsibility for all Public Works Department services and activities and will work closely with the Community and Economic Development Department to provide design guidelines, requirements and oversight for the development and installation of all capital and development projects.

Tim is a long time Ridgefield resident who has been active in the community through the Board of Trustees for the Ridgefield Public Schools Foundation. He is “highly interested in assisting Ridgefield in meeting its vision as a vibrant, economically sustainable community.”

Ground Breaking at the Sportsman’s

It was a Western theme as the movers and shakers from Ridgefield broke ground for the expansion of the Sportsman’s Restaurant and Lounge today. The golden shovels came out once again, this time for the first new construction in old-town Ridgefield in years.

golden shovels


The building will look very western, have a dance floor and a large deck looking over the Refuge.





Sportsman's Exterior

Owner Terry Hurd thanked the many people who helped him grow his business, and offered free refreshments and $1 beer after the ceremony was over. The sun was out after two days of rain, but just as the pastor of the new Lutheran church asked us to raise our hands as he blessed the building, a few raindrops fell.

l to r: Ron Onslow, Don Stose, Terry Hurd, Sandra Day

l to r: Ron Onslow, Don Stose, Terry Hurd, Sandra Day

Of course the Sportsman’s will be open during construction – come down and watch it grow!

Update on BirdFest Happenings

Friends of RNWR

Sandhill Crane Tours have spots still available for Saturday at 6:00 am and on Sunday at 6:00 am. Go to to reserve your space.

Kayak Tours have spots available for newly added tours on Saturday from 2 to 4 (1:30 check in time) and for Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 (1:30 check in time). 360-727-4520  Questions: please email Gail at are still available in all 3 of the Watercolor Painting Workshops. Contact to register or for more info.

Newly added: Readings by Author, Woody WheelerLook Up! Birds and Other Natural Wonders Just Outside Your Window  Woody will be giving book reading on Saturday at 2:00 pm and Sunday at 11:00 am in the Story-Telling tent at David Park. 

New this year: Kinetic Bird Parade  Saturday 9:00.  Get BirdFest off to a moving start by decorating your bicycle, stroller, wagon, or wheelbarrow – anything with wheels – in a bird-theme (think wings, feathers, beak), and join the parade from Overlook Park to Davis Parks. Must be people-powered. Prizes for originality, frivolity, imagination.  Must have fun.Bluegrass Music  Schedule at the Old Liberty Theater

Friday, October 3rd at 7:00 pm  Movie — The Birds
Old Liberty Theater is proud to present a rare viewing of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 classic. Come if you dare, no binoculars required but hats are recommended. Admission is free.
Saturday, October 4th at 2:00 pm  Misty Mamas
Home-style Bluegrass with powerful harmonies, traditional and original songs as well as tasty instrumental’s. Opening for Misty Mamas will be Steer Crazy.  Admission is $12
Saturday, October 4th at 7:00 pm  Urban Monroes
#1 on the APD All-time top 50 Bluegrass chart and #1 on the Roots Music Report Top 50 Bluegrass song chart. Opening for the Urban Monroes will be old time music performed by Old School String Band.  Admission is $12
Sunday, October 5th at 2:00 pm  Oberlin Bluegrass Trio
Brian Oberlin is an internationally acclaimed mandolin player and educator Brian has put together some very talented musicians to form the Oberlin Bluegrass Trio especially for Birdfest 2014.  Admission is $12

Admission for each concert is $12. Advanced tickets available by phone at 360-887-7260 or at Old Liberty Theater and at the Sportsman Bar & Grill.

More on David Dynes

From Dave Standal: Here is a poem my daughter wrote for Mr. Dynes.

“There was a man who belonged to a city,
And the city belonged to the man.
He taught the city’s children,
He led them by example, by hand.
A pillar, a fountain, foundation,
If ever one stood on two feet.
Where has community gone?
I’ll tell you, he lived right down the street.
From him we learned Lewis and citizenship,
Hard work, philanthropy.
From him we learned multiplication,
Lightheartedness, our history.
There was a man that belonged to our city,
And our city belonged to this man.
And we owe him our present unity,
And we owe him our example of man.”

Rebecca Rae Standal
November, 2003