Art Workshop at Pickled Heron

The Pickled Heron will sponsor an art workshop with Jim Toenjes, Thursday, August 28th and Friday the 29th, called “Painting with Four Colors.”

The focus of this workshop will be on aspects of composition and color management. Required materials include a limited color palette consisting of dioxyzine violet (any brand), Thalo green or viridian (any brand), Grumbacher cadmium orange or barium orange, cadmium yellow medium, and titanium white. Please bring these paints as well as any preferred solvent and medium to the class along with a 9” x 12” stretched canvas, canvas board, or panel. Personal easels are optional as table easels are available.

In Clark County for the summer, artist James “Jim” Toenjes has been painting our local landscape in four colors. Come and experience the power of what a few colors of paint can accomplish. Jim will also cover the methods for obtaining exacting hues and values of what we experience firsthand in the outdoors.

This is a “hands-on” workshop Fee for the two day workshop is $90 per person. The shop is limited to the first twelve participating painters registering.

For more Information, contact Jim Toenjes at 760-409-6934 or, or call Kay at the Pickled Heron, 887-606-4939. The Pickled Heron is at 418 Pioneer Street, and is a full service art store.

Barbara AW Wright Donates to CCI

CCI dog

I happened to run into Barbara AW Wright yesterday as she was getting ready to deliver a dog model she painted. It was for a fundraiser to benefit Canine Companions for Independence sponsored by Caps ‘n Taps in Camas on Monday, August 25. All the dogs that were created will also be on display at DogFest on September 13 at the University of Portland, where they will be auctioned off to raise money for CCI.

Barbara’s dog is called “The World Awaits” and shows a relief map of the world representing the whole world of experiences, opportunities, and explorations that are open to people who use service dogs. The plants and flowers wrapped around the front legs represent the natural wonders that are open to people who use service dogs, and the collar of intertwined doves, which are symbols of love and peace, represent the feeling that flows between dogs and the people they serve.

Port’s Ice Cream Social

Lots of people enjoyed the Port's Ice Cream Social!

Lots of people enjoyed the Port’s Ice Cream Social!

Sunny skies, comfortable temperatures and the prospect of free root beer floats, raffle prizes, and words from the Port about Ridgefield’s readiness for growth drew hundreds of Ridgefield citizens, elected officials, and other well-wishers to Ridgefield’s Overlook Park recently.

In addition to ice cream, party-goers were treated to music by the Hometown Harmony Quartet, Stir Crazy and Scott(Howard)Richardson, a local bagpiper. Ridgefield High School cheerleaders also entertained the crowd with their rendition of the event slogan, “We’re Ridgefield. We’re Ready. Bring it On!” by performing a cheer to those words.

About 20 lucky raffle ticket holders won gift certificates or goods and services from area businesses and organizations. Items included free dinners, massage therapy and even a ride in a limo with Ridgefield’s mayor Ron Onslow and his wife.

Port commissioners and CEO Brent Grening focused their messages on the investment made by the Port and others in the community that ready Ridgefield for inevitable population growth, pointing to improvements made by the port’s effort on the waterfront, sewer system upgrades, the highway interchange and the investment made in Ridgefield’s schools.

“We’re in the path of progress as Portland grows. Because our community has had the patience to see these projects through that make this a great place to live and conduct business, we are growing, and we will continue to grow, but with quality growth in mind,” said Grening.

At his turn at the microphone, Commissioner Scott Hughes emphasized the port’s economic development efforts.“The port is working to bring good, living wage jobs to this community. That’s what we’re doing now, and we’re going to keep doing that,” Hughes said.

The event wound down with music and mingling as the sun edged toward the horizon, showcasing a picturesque landscape view from the park.

Growth in Clark County

Clark County is holding open houses about planning for development and studying potential impacts as the next step in updating the local Comprehensive Growth Management Plan. The meeting in Ridgefield will be August 27 from 7 to 8:30 pm at the Ridgefield Community Center.

The current focus is on determining what will be included in a formal analysis to supplement an environmental impact statement used to update the growth plan in 2007. The county is considering options that include not deviating from the 2007 plan, changing some land uses planned in existing urban growth areas and expanding urban growth areas around Battle Ground, La Center and Ridgefield at the request of city officials.

This is a chance for you to let County officials know your ideas about these subjects.


School Construction Update – 8/22/2014

As the beginning of the 2014-15 school year approaches, construction crews are bringing in furniture, training staff and continuing work throughout the district.

At Ridgefield High School, the band practice rooms and multipurpose performance facility is coming together while desks, chairs and tables arrive in the new classrooms.

At the shared Union Ridge Elementary School / View Ridge Middle School facility, landscapers finished the outside of the facility while staff started making preparations to their offices and classrooms.

At South Ridge Elementary School, landscapers finished the exterior of the facility while staff received training on how the new functions of the building operate including lighting and security systems.




For more information on Ridgefield School District’s ongoing construction projects, visit their construction blog by clicking here

You can also get more district news from their Facebook page or on Twitter.

Ridgefield School District mitigates asbestos fiber release episode

August 21, 2014

Dear Ridgefield High School Families and Staff:

Last week, we discovered and contained an asbestos fiber release episode at Ridgefield High School following the installation of a new fire sprinkler system in the existing locker rooms.

Construction crews mounting the sprinkler system drilled holes into asbestos-containing ceiling tiles which caused asbestos fibers to release into the air. Although less than a total of one square foot of asbestos tile was damaged during the episode, the district is taking every precaution to remedy the situation. If inhaled, asbestos fibers can cause health problems.

Our district personnel acted quickly, enacting our Asbestos Hazardous Emergency Response Act (AHERA) procedures to contain and mitigate the episode:

  • Access was immediately restricted to the area following the discovery of asbestos dust;
  • Clark Nelson, a certified AHERA Project Designer with PBS Engineering & Environmental, Inc., the asbestos mitigation consultant retained by the district, designed a clean-up strategy;
  • Gross debris was removed and affected surfaces in the area were cleaned by certified AHERA contractors;
  • The exposed area was then cleaned using HEPA-filter vacuums and wet-wiping;
  • Following the cleaning, a visual inspection was performed by an AHERA-certified inspector;
  • Once the district passed the visual inspection, air sampling tests were performed to ensure adequate air quality prior to re-occupancy.

Due to the size of the clean-up, only a PCM clearance test was required by AHERA for air sampling. However, PBS Engineering & Environmental and the district felt a more stringent TEM clearance test to ensure proper air quality was also in order. The exposed area in the locker room passed both tests, certifying them for re-occupancy.

Student health and safety is our top priority. Therefore, we are disposing of exposed athletic equipment in order to limit potential student exposure to the asbestos fibers. Some of the equipment we will be replacing includes:

  • Football equipment including jerseys, shoulder pads, helmets and a variety of other pads for pants;
  • Volleyball equipment including game and practice nets as well as safety pads for officials’ stands;
  • Various other athletic equipment.

I understand that you may have additional concerns you would like to share with me regarding this release. As always, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me directly at (360) 619-1302 or via email at


Dr. Nathan McCann

Photo Contest at Refuge

Oak Tree at the Refuge0001

Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge’s 8th annual photo competition has cash prizes from Pro Photo Supply: 1st place: $300 gift card; 2nd place: $150 gift card: 3rd place: $100 gift card; 9 honorable mentions: $25 gift card. There are also prizes for youth.

Submissions deadline is September 3. All photos must be taken within the boundaries of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.

The Panels are Installed!

Metal Panels at Overlook Park

Metal Panels at Overlook Park

The descriptive panels are in place at Overlook Park in downtown Ridgefield! Designed by Adam McIsaac, the panels represent scenes from the Refuge – oak trees, fish, heron, wild flowers. Still to come are the glass insert that fit into each panel.

So many people get credit for working on designing and implementing this park from the gleam in Allene Wodaege’s eyes over ten years ago to seeing the park now as a vibrant part of our town. Come out and enjoy it during our fine summer weather. Now we need some benches…

Win a Dinner at the Ice Cream Social

Come to the Ice Cream Socail

Come to the Ice Cream Social

The Ridgefield Main Street Program will be represented at the Port’s Ice Cream Social at Overlook Park this Wednesday. Come and find out more about this exciting program to revitalize our downtown area. Pick up an informational brochure and chat with the folks manning the booth. You may also sign up to receive updates about the program, even if you can’t attend the meetings.

Terry Hurd of the Sportsman’s Restaurant is donating a $50 gift certificate to RMS for the raffle/prizes, and Zzoom Media is also donating a $50 gift certificate for a meal at the Sportsman’s. Tickets are $2 each, or three for $5.

The event runs from 4 to 7.

Do you know everything you need to know for the first day of school, September 3?

The first day of school for Ridgefield is September 3, 2014

The first day of school for Ridgefield School District is September 3, 2014

The first day of school for Ridgefield School District is Wednesday, September 3, so this week’s Did You Know comes packed with tips and tricks to make sure students, parents and the community can prepare for the new school year!

First Day of School
The first day of school is Wednesday, September 3, 2014 and all schools will run on normal schedule. Beginning the following week on Wednesday, September 10, schools will start one hour later for Collaboration Days and will continue to do so every Wednesday thereafter throughout the school year.

Meet Ridgefield's new superintendent, Dr. Nathan McCann

Meet Ridgefield’s new superintendent, Dr. Nathan McCann

Meet Our New Superintendent, Dr. Nathan McCann
Dr. Nathan McCann was appointed superintendent of the Ridgefield School District on March 25 and officially assumed duties on July 1. Previously, he served as superintendent of the Altar Valley School District in Tucson, Arizona.

In addition to community events such as coffee talks where community members can meet Superintendent McCann and share their perspectives of the school district, Superintendent McCann encourages any community member to contact him should they have any concerns or suggestions regarding the school district. He can be reached via email at or via the district office at (360) 619-1305.

Please use caution wherever you see construction taking place

Please use caution wherever you see construction taking place

Construction Continues
Although the majority of the capital facilities projects will be finished or reaching completion by the first day of school, construction crews may continue to be present at our schools. Please use caution and care when walking or driving near any active construction sites.

For regular updates on the district’s capital facilities construction projects, please visit the District’s Construction Blog:

The Annual Notifications Packet was sent to households in early August

The Annual Notifications Packet was sent to households in early August

Annual Notifications Packet
The Annual Notifications Packet was mailed to Ridgefield households in early August. The packet contains important district notifications, a welcome letter from Superintendent McCann, a nondisclosure form, a letter to households regarding the National School Lunch Program, an application for Free and Reduced Meals, and the district calendar.

If you would like to download a copy of the packet from the website, you can get it here:

Visit the All About Schools section on the website for more information!

Visit the All About Schools section on the website for more information!

All About School – Website Section
Please visit the All About School section of the district website to answer many of your questions about school as well as download important forms at

The All About Schools site includes the following sections:

  • Forms & Resources: all forms and online applications are provided in this section including Athletics Safety Guidelines and Eligibility Packets; school calendars; student supply lists; links to Community Education, Skyward Access, Meal Menus, and useful websites; and much, much more.
  • Frequently Asked Questions: find answers to many questions you may have, and ask your own, too.
  • Schedules – Start/End Times: the start/end times for each school are provided in this section along with links to each school’s specific bell schedules.
  • School Contact Information: office and attendance phone numbers for each school are listed here along with the direct URL to each school’s specific website.

Staff is back in the office on Wednesday, August 20!
If you need to register your student for school, need Skyward Access, or need help from building staff, all building secretaries and the majority of school staff will return from summer break on Wednesday, August 20 and will be ready to help you!

More information and regular updates from the district
As always, you can get more information about Ridgefield’s schools from the following sources:

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.

Scotland’s Music United at Old Liberty Theater

Scotland's Music United

Old Liberty Theater presents, Scotland’s Music United, Saturday, Aug. 30th 2014 at 7:30 pm.

Recently returned from living in Scotland, duo performers David Brewer of the popular Celtic band Molly’s Revenge and Scotland’s international fiddle champion Rebecca Lomnicky will  perform captivating Scottish music which bridges the gap between the fiddle and bagpipe music of Scotland – two worlds united, into one heartfelt & rousing concert.

Admission is $15. Tickets available by phone at 360 887-7260 or at the door. All ages welcome, doors open at 6:45.

Support our Kids

Several 8th grade students from View ridge Middle School will travel to Washington DC, Pennsylvania, New York and Boston on an educational tour with Worldstride next summer.

Come support these students this Friday, August 22, at a multifamily yard sale/car wash/bake sale in the Church of the Nazarene parking lots, 747 Pioneer Street. Please do not enter the church.

The yard sale and bake sale are from 9 to 5, and the car wash from 10 to 3. Get your car washed, grab a goody and browse the sale.

Some items for sale include:

Black futon bunk bed with top mattress

Custom made sewing table with six drawers. When not in use the machine is hidden.

Like new, 2-in-1 stroller/baby carrier

Oak kitchen table

Two outdoor tables with 4 chairs. One table has a marble top.

This educational tour is not affiliated with View Ridge Middle School or the Church of the Nazarene, but with Worldstride. For more information about the Worldstride program, click here.

Thought for the Week




As a continuation from last week, here are the second ten lessons life taught the 90 year old woman:

11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.

12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye, but don’t worry, God never blinks.

16.. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful. Clutter weighs you down in many ways.

18. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.

19.. It’s never too late to be happy. But it’s all up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.

Road Construction Update – August 18-22

Pioneer Street will be closed between South 45th Way and South 56th Place beginning Friday, August 22 (at 10:00 p.m.) and lasting through Monday, August 25 (reopening at 5:00 a.m.).

The eastbound lane will be closed between South 45th Way and South 56th Place, beginning Monday, Aug 18 through Friday, August 22.  The lane closure will occur between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Flaggers will be present at all times that work is occurring.

North 50th Place will continue to be closed through Wednesday, August 20 for pipe installation. A traffic detour will be available on a maintenance road that exits on South 45th Avenue.

Other Construction

Field work between South 45th Ave and South 50th Place (Ridgefield). Crew members will work on constructing the slope of the area to match the project designs. This will involve leveling out the ground, maintaining the detour road, and placing erosion control measures such as straw to prevent soil from being washed or blown away. This work is to prepare for topsoil and seed placement later this fall.

Pioneer Street (at SR 501)

Pipe trench will be excavated. Pipe will be laid in place. Pipeline joints will be fused together. The pipe trench will be refilled. Manholes will be installe.d

Field work between South 56th Place and South 6th Way (Ridgefield). A large amount (5-10 feet) of groundcover will be removed in preparation of digging the pipe trench

I-5 northbound Rest Area (Gee Creek at milepost 11, 9.7 miles north of Vancouver)

Concrete will be placed for the Kimsey Pumpstation well foundation

HDD (Horizontal Directional Drill) work will continue in the area

Ice Cream Social August 20

Clown-Around Ruby entertains children with balloon art at the Port of Ridgefield Commissioners’ annual community event last year.

Clown-Around Ruby entertains children with balloon art at the Port of Ridgefield Commissioners’ annual community event last year.

The port’s event this year, an Ice Cream Social, is on tap for Wednesday, August 20 from 4 pm to 7 pm at Overlook Park. The Port of Ridgefield Commissioners’ 11th annual community event offers free ice cream, mingling and fun.

While there are a few new twists to the party this year, the Port of Ridgefield will, as it has for 10 years, be dishing up free root beer floats-aplenty at its annual outdoor community event to be held on Wednesday, August 20 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Overlook Park. The park is located at the foot of Pioneer Street. As usual, the first 400 people to be served a root beer float will get to take home a commemorative event mug.

In addition to an ice-cold treat and good old-fashioned socializing at the Ice Cream Social, face painting and balloon artistry for children and the young at heart will be performed by Clown-Around-Ruby, a familiar personality at this annual event. A free raffle will provide prizes from Ridgefield businesses, agencies and organizations to many lucky ticket holders.

South Main Street will be closed for the event, but parking will be plentiful around downtown Ridgefield. Additional parking for 100 vehicles will be available at the Nazarene church on Pioneer Street.

For more information about the 11th Annual Port of Ridgefield Commissioners’ Ice Cream Social contact the port by calling (360) 887-3873.