Discovery Corridor Forum – Where do we Go from Here?

How do you envision the economic development project known as the Discovery Corridor? In a survey last month, we asked that question of about 2 dozen Discovery Corridor stakeholders and public service providers.  We’ll be highlighting the survey results at our Discovery Corridor roundtable on September 27. See below for time and place.

Some of the answers are fairly predictable.  But, like us, you may find some of the answers very surprising!

Large tracts of land are available in the Discovery Corridor, but there is very little infrastructure in place.  That will require an enormous public and private investment.  The challenges of fulfilling the vision of the Discovery Corridor are considerable.  The rewards are even greater – family wage jobs amid a cluster of leading edge (i.e. bio-tech) businesses.  We also need to provide services that enhance the community’s quality of life, including adequate transportation infrastructure, medical services, higher education, quality schools, parks, libraries, and public safety and public services. So the first question is:  How do we get there?  From the survey results, most stakeholders want to start with a Strategic Plan.  How do we start?

The public is invited to the Discovery Corridor Roundtable, Tuesday, September 27, 4-6 PM.  Clark County Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall.

  • Moderated by Chuck Green, Chair of the Middle Class Alliance
  • Sponsored by the Fairgrounds Neighborhood Association
  • Hosted by the Clark County Fairgrounds

Experience Ridgefield

Saturday night was warm and sunny, a perfect setting for our first Experience Ridgefield communiyt carnival.

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Hundreds of people of all ages enjoyed walking around the high school stadium talking to the vendors and other exhibitors.

There were lots of activities for kids.

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Barbara AW Wright and John Main organized a unique painting experience, where kids loaded tennis balls with paint and then threw them against these packing blankets.

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Friends of the Ridgefield Community Library offered the chance to paint rocks. Kids: if you didn’t pick up your rock on Saturday, Sean will have them at the library on Tuesday.

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Students thought of the idea to have this community carnival, Main sponsors were Holbrook Concete Consturction Inc. and the Historic sportman’s Steakhuse and Saloon, but it was truly a commuity effort.

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Mayor Ron Will Swing Today at 1:00

As part of Give More 24, Southwest Washington’s annual day of online philanthropy (www.Give-More-24.org), the Parks Foundation is bringing back Swing More 24. Join us for this fun, interactive way to raise funds to support parks, trails and recreation throughout Clark County.

We’d love your support for Give More 24!

Today, local people, including mayors and city councilors, business owners and employees, the Parks Foundation board, and other community members, will take to the swings and ask for community support during their “swing shift.”

Donors may give any amount starting at $10, online, through the Community Foundation’s Give More 24 portal. A shortcut to the Parks Foundation giving page can be found at www.tinyurl.com/swingmore. In the “additional questions” field, donors may indicate which participant or municipality they are donating to support.

Prizes will be given to the municipality and/or individual that raises the most funds, and the one that brings in the most unique donors.

Here’s How It Works

Starting right now, go to www.tinyurl.com/swingmore

Donate as little as $10 or as much as you want, and under “additional questions,” indicate which participant or municipality you are donating to support.

Then go on Facebook, Twitter or NextDoor and let your friends and neighbors know that you gave, and they should, too!

Visit the park and give your swing-shifters some moral support!

Davis Park, Ridgefield (Downtown at Main and Mill Street, Ridgefield 98642)
1:00-2:00pm      Mayor Ron Onslow and friends will be swinging for parks.

Mayor Ron and members of the city council, parks board, and friends will be out to support Ridgefield parks and trails. Come check it out and help fill the swings!

Open House at Public Safety Complex Saturday

Come meet some of our local first responders, enjoy a free lunch, be entertained and learn something new at the Public Safety Complex Open House Saturday, September 24, from noon to 4:00 pm.

This free community event will include emergency vehicle displays, community exhibits, health screenings, giveaways, demonstrations, kids activities and prizes, free food and more!

Here is a schedule of the demonstrations taking place:
12:30 Memorial Dedication for Clark County Search and Rescue Volunteer John Snyder
1:00 Life Flight arrives
1:30 Auto Extrication
2:00 K-9 Demo
2:30 Burn Demo
3:00 Auto Extrication

Low cost bike helmets will be for sale.

There will also be a Peanut Butter and Jam Food Drive taking place, your donation of non-perishable peanut butter and/or jam will benefit the North County Community Food Bank .

The Public Safety Complex is at 505 NW 179th Street.

Experience Ridgefield Set for This Saturday, September 24

Ridgefield students are busy putting the final touches on Experience Ridgefield, a community carnival conceived to celebrate the hometown spirit that Ridgefield is known for throughout the region.   Experience Ridgefield will take place at Ridgefield High School (2630 S. Hillhurst Road) from 3:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Members of the Superintendent's Student Advisory Council

Members of the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council

Experience Ridgefield was developed and organized by students in the district’s Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council (SSAC).  A dozen students, representing each of the district’s four schools, meet monthly with Dr. Nathan McCann, Ridgefield’s superintendent, to provide advice and feedback to McCann.  Each year they are also asked to work on a project that contributes to the betterment of the community.

Experience Ridgefield was born from that concept.  Gwen Harris, an eighth-grader, and a member of the SSAC is proud of all the work she and her colleagues have invested in creating Experience Ridgefield.

Gwen Harris, a Ridgefield eighth-grader

Gwen Harris, a Ridgefield eighth-grader

“As a group, we have been working hard on making Experience Ridgefield a memorable event for the whole community.  I am excited to help with this event and extremely excited to help supervise the free childcare we are providing for all toddlers to 5- year olds,” Harris said.

The students ensured the event would include activities for every interest.  Harris pointed out some of the highlights, which include a game truck, laser tag, athletic skills stations, arts and crafts, dance and music performances, many food vendors, and much more.

Experience Ridgefield’s theme is Past, Present, and Future and the students worked hard to honor the community’s proud past.  The event includes such activities as a Mr. Potato Head contest that will use real potatoes and potato sack races.

Wyatt Holbrook, a sixth-grade member, added, “We committed to making sure there were events and activities for everyone in the community.  I’m proud of what we have accomplished and believe it captures Ridgefield’s spirit.  And I’m really proud that my family’s business, Holbrook Concrete Construction, has been a part in helping make this event a reality.”

Wyatt Holbrook, a Union Rdige sixth-grader and member of the SSAC

Wyatt Holbrook, a Union Rdige sixth-grader and member of the SSAC

 

Students dedicated multiple monthly meetings to brainstorming ideas that would adequately capture everything they love about Ridgefield.   The group settled on Experience Ridgefield as the event title, determined to host an event that was highly interactive and representative of everything that makes Ridgefield unique.

The students participated heavily in recruiting the vendors, marketing and promoting the event, and securing sponsorships.

“I’m very proud of the work put in by all the students to create a large-scale community event that celebrates the spirit and pride that makes Ridgefield such a wonderfully unique place to live,” said McCann.

More than 40 vendors will be participating in Experience Ridgefield.  Holbrook Concrete Construction is the event’s lead sponsor, with assistance from The Historic Sportsman’s Steakhouse and Saloon.

Join us in celebrating Ridgefield's proud past, prosperous present, and promising future.

Join us in celebrating Ridgefield’s proud past, prosperous present, and promising future.

In addition to all the food, music, and fun, the Ridgefield Family Resource Center (RFRC) is sponsoring a “Stuff the Bus” campaign at the event.  The RFRC is in need of personal hygiene items, non-perishable food, and new coats.

Families will be able to complete the day’s activities by enjoying the movie Back to the Future under the stars at the football stadium.

Give More 24! is Thursday

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Give More 24! is southwest Washington’s largest day of giving. The one day when the entire region comes together–online and offline–and gives for 24 hours straight. More than 100 nonprofits serving southwest Washington will participate.

The Ridgefield Library will benefit indirectly if you donate to the Fort Vancouver Regional Library here.

Give More 24! will launch at 12 am  on Thursday, Sept. 22, and last until midnight of the same day. Those that can’t attend, can still make a donation online on that day to count for Give More 24!

To learn more, visit www.give-more-24.org, and click on the “events” tab.

Support our Spudder

Every week the Columbian runs a poll where readers can vote for one of six athletes to be Prep Athlete of the Week. This week Bella Gama, a Ridgefield volley ball player, is one of the nominees. Let’s show out team spirit by voting for Bella. Go to 360preps.com or www.columbian.com/polls and cast your vote before 8pm on Thursday.

We’re a small town, but we have spirit!

Ridgefield School District Celebrates Legendary Teacher Day on September 22.

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The Ridgefield School District Board of Directors proclaimed Thursday, September 22 as Legendary Teacher Day at a regular board meeting on Tuesday, September 13, 2015 to honor teachers who impact their students’ lives.

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“Almost everyone remembers at least one K-12 teacher who made a dramatic difference on their life and their perspective in a positive way,” said Dr. Nathan McCann, Ridgefield’s superintendent.  “The goal of Legendary Teacher Day is to offer folks an opportunity to recognize teachers who influenced them in their lives by telling their stories.”

On Thursday, September 22, the Ridgefield School District invites community members, staff, teachers and students to share stories of their legendary teachers on a special Facebook post which will be made on the district’s Facebook wall at www.facebook.com/RidgefieldSchools. “We encourage everyone to share their story even if their Legendary Teacher doesn’t teach at Ridgefield,” said McCann. “Legendary Teacher Day is about great teachers and how they influence us wherever they teach.”

As a way to motivate the Ridgefield community to share their Legendary Teacher stories, Dr. McCann, along with each of the board members, shared their own Legendary Teacher stories:

* Dr. Nathan McCann, District Superintendent

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“My legendary teacher is Mr. Walter who taught 11th grade United States History when I attended Middlebury Union High School, part of the Addison Central Supervisory Union School District. Mr. Walter is why I became a teacher. He wasn’t a particularly large man in stature, however he possessed a presence that commanded the class’s attention. He wasn’t autocratic – each student got the sense each day that this was our class, not just his class.

Mr. Walter served in the Vietnam War, and I believe his experience there shaped his commitment to making sure students understood the responsibilities living a democracy requires of its constituents. We regularly debated issues in class with Mr. Walter expecting his students to develop and present well-thought positions on the issues – it didn’t matter which side of the issue we came down on, it was how we put in an effort to understand the issue.

He was the first social studies teacher I remember who would use stories in his lessons which made history come alive. His class nurtured my love for history which resulted in my own journey to teaching history before becoming a superintendent.”

* Scott Gullickson, Board President

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“My legendary teacher is Joshua Record who taught second grade when I attended Eugene School District. In an era when there weren’t many male teachers, Josh was a young, energetic guy from Michigan who loved his Wolverines football team. He taught topics that weren’t typical in the other second grade classes in our school – working on basic math facts until they became second nature for his students, and holding math competitions with 100 equations to see how many problems we could complete in a given amount of time. He gave us M&M candies to fuel our brains while we worked on math.

Other projects he taught us included: learning to play chess, roasting a pig underground, and building geometric domes. Josh would often stay after school so students could learn more about other topics including oceanography, cars, forests, construction, creative writing, sports, and even luaus.

Josh was likable, passionate, and ahead of his time – he understood how to drive and motivate kid. He was always teaching and we, as his students, were always learning and we even thought it was fun the entire time. Mr. Record was an amazing teacher who definitely had a huge impact on my schooling and willingness to explore and learn. I can’t thank the man enough.”

* Jeff Vigue, Board Vice President

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“My legendary teacher is Mr. Mattson who taught 10th grade social studies when I attended Nokomis Regional High School. He had a passion for history and collecting historical memorabilia. One day, he held a show-and-tell in class where he brought Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Five Stars to class. The passion with which he told the story of how he acquired them excited me to learn more about history. His storytelling techniques kept the class interested and engaged – he spoke to us instead of at us.”

* Joe Vance, Board Member

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“My legendary teacher is Mrs. Moore who taught fourth grade when I attended Chief Umtuck Elementary School in Battle Ground School District. My family had just moved to Washington from Montana, and Mrs. Moore made me feel loved and welcome. Honestly, I can’t remember anything specific about the subject material she taught me; what I remember is how much I enjoyed attending school because of her. She made me feel like I was smart and that I was supposed to be a good student. Her dedication to her students helped me focus and try harder so I could meet her expectations of us.”

* Steve Radosevich, Board Member

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“My legendary teacher is Harry Burridge who taught physics when I was in 11th grade at Crescent Valley High School in Corvallis School District. When I entered my junior year, I wasn’t particularly interested in science. I enrolled in physics primarily because of the Mr. Burridge’s reputation as a great teacher. What made his class so compelling was the energy and passion he put into teaching the subject – he taught with a depth of expertise and desire he developed his enthusiasm with his students.

The aspect of his teaching that impacted me most was his ability to connect the concepts of science to its application by utilizing guest speakers; field trips to businesses and university research centers; and projects which connected the science he was teaching to major advancements that were changing the world at the time. Taking his class strongly influenced both my interests and my pursuits following high school.”

* Becky Greenwald, Board Member

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“My legendary teacher is Mrs. Lukehart who taught eighth grade Honors English when I attended the McMinnville School District. All teachers teach, but there are some who can change a person’s life for the better. Mrs. Lukehart changed my life. She had such a friendly and fun personality which everyone loved. She never asked for too much, but she always expected students to do their best and always held us accountable for our work and our actions.

She had the ability to make her classes interesting and fun whether it was making jokes about different issues, sharing a story from her life, or just through her easy-going personality, she had a way of keeping the classroom’s attention and focus. She made learning grammar and reading classic novels exciting and enjoyable – she was absolutely one of the legendary teachers in my life.”

The Ridgefield Board unanimously approved Legendary Teacher Day as resolution number 2016-2017-001.

Thought for the Week

Love ain’t love until you give it away.    ~Anonymous

Library Golf Tournament

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The rainy weather didn’t stop almost 40 golfers from playing in FORE! the Library Golf tournament yesterday. The rain slowed down late in the afternoon so no one looked really drenched when they were done playing.

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There were lots of prizes, and I think everyone had a good time.

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Our ladies team fielded some fairly well known people in the Clark County area. That’s Councilwoman Sandra Day hiding behind Tevis’ arm, Ann Rivers, Sandra’s sister Judy and Julie Olson.

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This foursome won a prize, but they might not want to admit what it was for!

We’ll be back next year.

Port of Ridgefield earns $50K grant to further explore dark fiber development

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Because time is money for business, education, health care, other entities and citizens, data ideally moves at the speed of a very high speed internet connection. The Port of Ridgefield is aiming to bring available data speeds in the area to a level on par with that of the Portland-Metro area by constructing a dark fiber network within the Discovery Corridor.

The port’s interest in this infrastructure development took a step forward yesterday with a $50,000 grant award from the State of Washington’s Community Economic Revitalization Board. CERB provides funding to local governments and federally-recognized tribes for public infrastructure which supports private business growth and expansion.

At a CERB board meeting on September 15, members voted unanimously to award the $50,000 grant – the highest available award amount for a planning grant – directly following the port’s presentation. The port’s request was for the funds to complete a feasibility study and formal needs analysis for constructing a fiber optic broadband “loop” around the Ridgefield Port District, also known as the Discovery Corridor.

Nelson Holmberg, vice president, innovation for the Port of Ridgefield, who with port CEO Brent Grening presented at the CERB meeting, said the port was very proud to have that vote of confidence from the CERB board.

“A unanimous decision by the board to award us the grant in the full amount we applied for is much appreciated. It recognizes our disciplined approach and smart policy we’ve established as we work to ‘light up’ the Discovery Corridor.”

Holmberg also noted that a feasibility study would determine construction costs and aid in determining a cost/benefit analysis for the infrastructure development and project revenue generation capacity.

“This will provide us with an expected rate of return – required information for a responsible public entity,” said Holmberg.

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Paint with Kathy – Saturday, October 8 from 10am to noon at the Ridgefield Community Center. This is the second in a series of paint classes, proceeds of which benefit the library building fund. This time we will paint “Country Lane”, a fall scene with lots of oranges, reds and even purples. Cost is $45 and there is a limit of twelve people. All materials are provided, and we welcome beginners. Call Kathy (887-2160) to register. We take credit cards.

Rivers to Speak at Main Street Meeting

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Ann Rivers

Join us for coffee and an opportunity to hear updates on important issues from Ann Rivers, 18th District State Senator, our guest speaker at the Main Street Community Meeting this Thursday, September 15th,  8:30am, at the Sportsman’s. She will speak on three issues important to all of us: Economic Development, Healthcare, and Education.

Ms. Rivers is a graduate of Central Michigan University, earning a BS in Political Science. She also holds a Secondary Education certificate from Lewis and Clark State College. Rivers served one term as a State Representative. She is active within the community serving as the co-chair of the Salvation Army capital campaign; a member of the North Clark County Community Food Bank; on the Skills Center advisory council, the WSU Vancouver advisory council; and former member of numerous boards, as well as former Survivor Chairwoman for West Clark County Relay for Life.

Ridgefield School District to Host Experience Ridgefield

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Get ready for some old-fashioned, small-town fun as the Ridgefield School District prepares to host Experience Ridgefield on Saturday, September 24.  The community carnival, set to take place at Ridgefield High School from 3:00 – 8:00 p.m., celebrates Ridgefield’s proud past, prosperous present, and promising future.

Something for everyone at Experience Ridgefield.

Something for everyone at Experience Ridgefield.

“We are all very excited for Experience Ridgefield.  This is truly an event where there will be something for folks of all ages to enjoy.  We have numerous food vendors, live music on the main stage, games and activities, including a Game Truck, Laser Tag, gymnastics, flag football, a golf chipping station, potato sack races, inflatables, arts and crafts, many exhibits and displays, Mr. Potato Head contest, and much more,” said Bonnie Harris.

Experience Ridgefield was developed and organized by students in the district’s Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council (SSAC).  A dozen students, representing each of the district’s four schools, meet monthly with Dr. Nathan McCann, Ridgefield’s superintendent, to provide advice and feedback to McCann.  Each year they are also asked to work on a project that contributes to the betterment of the community.

Members of Ridgefield's Superintendent's Student Advisory Council.

Members of Ridgefield’s Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council.

Experience Ridgefield was born from that concept.  The Ridgefield School Board, led by Board members Scott Gullickson and Joe Vance, were looking for a way to bring the community together at a district-hosted event.  McCann turned to the SSAC students to develop the carnival, and they certainly delivered.

Students dedicated multiple monthly meetings to brainstorming ideas that would adequately capture everything they love about Ridgefield.   The group settled on Experience Ridgefield as the event title, determined to host an event that was highly interactive and representative of everything that makes Ridgefield unique.

The students have also been heavily involved in recruiting the vendors, event marketing and promotion, and securing sponsorships.

“I’m very proud of the work put in by all the students to create a large-scale community event that celebrates the spirit and pride that makes Ridgefield such a wonderfully unique place to live,” said McCann.

More than 40 vendors will be participating in Experience Ridgefield.  Holbrook Concrete Construction is the event’s lead sponsor, with assistance from The Historic Sportsman’s Steakhouse and Saloon.

In addition to all the food, music, and fun, the Ridgefield Family Resource Center (RFRC) is sponsoring a “Stuff the Bus” campaign at the event.  The RFRC is in need of personal hygiene items, non-perishable food, and new coats.

You can donate to the RFRC and help your neighbors.

You can donate to the RFRC and help your neighbors.

Families will be able to complete the day’s activities by enjoying the movie Back to the Future under the stars at the football stadium.

A family-friendly movie to cap the night.

A family-friendly movie to cap the night.

“I’m grateful for the generosity of our partnering sponsors and the many local businesses, civic groups, and public entities for supporting Experience Ridgefield,” said McCann.