Joe Kennedy


Joe KennedyJoseph “Joe” Kennedy, 60, lifetime resident of Ridgefield, passed away on April 18, 2014. He was born to Wanita and Arthur Kennedy on September 28, 1953.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:35 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, at Ridgefield United Methodist Church, 1410 South Hillhurst.

Sage Organics Opens at 414 Pioneer Street.

Sage Organics offers a variety of facial services for every skin type, including aging concerns, acne, hyperpigmentation, sensitive and rosacea, and every combination of the above and more. Owner Laurie Lanza’s primary facial product line is Eminence, a triple certified organic line from Hungary. She also offers chemical peels through PCA Skin and body waxing.

Laurie has been licensed for over ten years in the field of esthetics and managed the largest spa in Fort Mill, South Carolina, located just south of Charlotte, NC. She loves the client interaction that she develops as she works with customers.

Laurie may be reached at 360-600-4825. Please welcome her to Ridgefield.

Events at the Refuge

Fish & Wildlife

Spring is here and the Cathlapotle Plankhouse is preparing to open! We’ve got a new roof, new docents, and new programs coming up this season! There is still time to get involved as a volunteer and help share the story of the Refuge and Chinookan Peoples of the Lower Columbia. If you’d like to become involved as a Plankhouse docent on weekends or with school groups, contact Sarah Hill at, or call (360) 887-4106 and she can help get you started!

April 3, 10, 17, Field Trip volunteer training: If you want to be involved in our field trip educational programs we will host a 4 week education training. Each week will focus on a different topic, the natural environment of the Refuge, the cultural history of the refuge, how to work with students and good interpretation skills, and the activities and content of our school group educational programs. Contact Josie to RSVP or for more info.

April 12-13th, Plankhouse Opening Weekend and First Second Sunday event! 
The Plankhouse will now be open on weekends from 12pm-4pm Saturdays and Sundays depending on volunteer availability.  Check the plankhouse calendar for event and potential closure updates.

Fund Raiser for NW Battle Buddies

NW Battle Buddies

On Wednesday, April 30, the Ridgefield Business Association, in conjunction with the Battle Ground Chamber of Commerce, is hosting a fund raiser for NW Battle Buddies.

Northwest Battle Buddies is a non-profit 501c3 dedicated to providing qualified service dogs for returning military suffering with PTSD or depression.

The public is invited. There will be refreshments by Mill Creek Pub, music and a 50-50 raffle. The Sportsman’s bar will have a no-host bar.

The event is at the Pickled Heron, 418 Pioneer Street in Ridgefield and will be from 5-7. The public is invited to attend. Information: 607-8595.

A Winner!


The Ridgefield Library is delighted to share that Erika Holden’s bookmark design was chosen as a grand prize winner in the Fort Vancouver Regional Library’s 2014 Summer Reading Bookmark Contest in the 4th-5th grade category. Congratulations Erika on an awesome bookmark design!

Erika is a 5th grader and attends River Homelink.

If you know Erika please congratulate her.

This Week at the Library

The following programs are taking place at the Ridgefield Community Library this week:

Wednesday April 23-10:00 a.m. Stitchery and 10:30 a.m. Preschool Story Time.

Thursday April 24-4:00 p.m. Spanish Conversation Circle.

Friday April 25-10:30 a.m. Toddler Story Time, 4:00-8:00 p.m.-Teen Game Night

Saturday April 26 2:00-4:00 p.m.-Train Expo for Kids (Dream about workin’ on the railroad? Join us to play with trains, enjoy a train story time, and learn about trains).

Upcoming Programs: Wednesday May 7, 7-8 p.m.-Enriching Lives Through Words: Poetry in Clark County

Dr. Leonard Orr, Professor of English at WSU Vancouver and author of two collections of poetry, Why We Have Evening and Timing is Everything, will read from his work. This program is co-sponsored by the Arts of Clark County (AOCC), the Clark County Arts Commission (CCAC), the Fort Vancouver Regional Library (FVRL), Camas Public Library, and Washington State University Vancouver (WSUV). Enriching Lives Through Words Poetry in Clark County aims to involve the public in conversations about poetry and provide them with opportunities to explore their own poetic expression.

Name the Painting

Unnamed Painting

I need your help! This is a copy of my latest painting, but I’m having a problem thinking up a name. Can you help?

Send your ideas to me at, before Saturday, April 26, and I’ll choose the one I like best. Winner will get an 11×14” matted print of the painting, or one of my other prints. If more than one person comes up with the same name, I’ll pick one randomly.

Come and see the painting at the Ridgefield Art Association Show and Sale May 2-3 at the Ridgefield Community Center. There will be fine art from local artists as well as a large selection of student art. Come and vote for your favorite piece! Buy something from the Silent Auction! Meet the artists! Light refreshments will be available.

Hours are Friday, May 2 from 6 to 9pm, and Saturday the 3rd from 10am to 5pm. It’s going to be a great show!

Annual Garden Club Sale May 2-3

In my Garden

On May 2 and 3, the maintenance building at 304 Pioneer Street in downtown Ridgefield will be crammed with flowers, shrubs, trees, hanging baskets, bedding plants, vegetable starts, and other goodies as the Ridgefield Garden Club hosts its annual plant sale.

Plants raised by the club members will also be available, as well as decorative items. The Garden Club Plant Sale is an annual event. If you’re new in town it’s a good chance to meet your neighbors and become part of the community.

Proceeds are used to beautify the community, including maintaining the planters in downtown Ridgefield. Past plant sale proceeds have provided high school scholarships, park benches, a water fountain and other community projects.

Sale hours are Friday, May 2, 9:00 until 5:00, and Saturday, May 3 9:00 until 3:00.

Did You Know Ridgefield School District uses the power of cloud computing to improve student learning?

Ridgefield School District introduced Chromebooks and Google Apps earlier this year

Ridgefield School District introduced Chromebooks and Google Apps earlier this year

Teachers and students use the power of cloud computing, Google Apps and Chromebooks to enhance student learning and improve school functions throughout Ridgefield School District.

Earlier this year, the district introduced small notebook computers called Chromebooks which use Google’s specially-designed operating system and free Google applications – including word processing, spreadsheets and presentations among others – to allow teachers and students to participate in a learning environment that encourages collaboration. In order to access Google’s cloud services, each Chromebook connects to the Internet through the district’s new wireless network infrastructure.

Nathan Ruiz, sophomore, enjoys being able to access his work from any Internet-enabled device

Nathan Ruiz, sophomore, enjoys being able to access his work from any Internet-enabled device

Working in “the cloud” means each student receives their own personalized Google Account which saves their work for all of their classes online allowing them to access it from class-based Chromebooks, home computers, tablets or even smartphones. By having their work stored online, students no longer need to worry about bringing their own device to school – they can use any device with Internet access. “Reaching my work from multiple devices makes it easier to turn in my homework assignments,” said Nathan Ruiz, a sophomore. “Working in the cloud makes students more accountable for their work.”

Learning Language Arts in the Cloud

At Ridgefield High School, Craig Curry uses Chromebooks to teach students how to research and write essays by helping them edit and revise their papers in real-time. By having an entire classroom connect to the same wireless network at the same time, teachers can observe students and assist with their work at every step of the creation and learning process.

Craig Curry demonstrates how he can edit his students' papers from his own computer

Craig Curry demonstrates how he can edit his students’ papers from his own computer

Using the power of cloud computing, Curry can actually watch students write papers on their Chromebooks from his own laptop at the front of the class. By typing instant messages that pop up on students’ screens, Curry can remind students to collect more source material and use correct sentence structure or even revise student papers from his own computer. “I think Chromebooks help engage both the students and the teachers,” said Curry. “They provide a way for me to help each student individually without interrupting their work which makes for a quieter classroom environment because I don’t have to speak with them aloud to give them feedback.”

Using Chromebooks creates a more efficient process for Curry to help students which means more students receive more help. “I edited a student’s essay in class in ten minutes where she fixed all the issues and it all happened without anyone needing to interrupt class,” said Curry. “Instead of scribbling notes with a red pen, students can easily read my edits through a less intrusive system that offers more collaboration than me marking up a student’s work.”

Students also appreciate the ease of use and dependability of working in the cloud. “The Google apps automatically save my work while I’m working on it,” said Kelsie Reef, a sophomore. “Having my teachers leave comments on my paper is great; it’s really nice to have everything saved right there on my account.”

Student Counseling and the Cloud

Monica DeShazer, a counselor at Ridgefield High School, used Google Apps to administer a poll to assess student needs. DeShazer created a poll asking students questions about their current coursework, plans after graduating high school, tutoring needs and if they felt bullied or harassed.

Monica DeShazer, high school counselor, used Google Apps to create a Student Needs Assessment

Monica DeShazer, high school counselor, used Google Apps to create a Student Needs Assessment

“I’ve used other survey services before, but the results weren’t as easy to interpret or use,” said DeShazer. “With Google’s apps, I’m able to see students in need and directly connect with them in an efficient and effective manner.”

DeShazer intends to use the cloud for future student needs surveys and says the counseling department is considering using it to survey parents and community stakeholders, too. “The transition from a regular operating system like Windows or OS/X to the cloud wasn’t hard at all,” said DeShazer. “Now, using Google Apps is a piece of cake.”

College Basketball, Mathematics and the Cloud

Morning Stalcup used the cloud and NCAA March Madness to develop an innovative mathematics assignment for her sixth grade classes: students used Chromebooks to research statistics of NCAA basketball teams in order to calculate their winning percentages and create a class presentation with the results.

Students chose a college to research and used the Internet to find the school’s location, school colors, mascot, enrollment size, Most Valuable Player and even the Grade Point Average needed to attend the school. Stalcup created a presentation document shared by the entire class and allowed each student to access it to design their own college’s slide. “Working off the same document really teaches teamwork since each student has to respect their classmates’ work,” said Stalcup.

In addition to class projects, students use their Chromebooks to take tests and even access their math book which is now stored online. If students have extra time in class, they can challenge themselves by logging on to the Khan Academy website which provides extra math work and tutoring.

Tyler Lehnertz, sixth grader, didn't enjoy learning new technology before using a Chromebook

Tyler Lehnertz, sixth grader, didn’t enjoy learning new technology before using a Chromebook

Even students who typically have trouble learning technology enjoy using Google Apps and the cloud. “Learning technology is different when it’s in the classroom,” said Tyler Lehnertz, a sixth grader in Stalcup’s class. “It’s cool to be able to have my own device to work on instead of having to share a single computer.”

Making the Cloud “All About Me”

In Cheryl Shaw’s sixth grade language arts classes, students used Chromebooks to create presentations all about themselves including their favorite things, their family, their friends and what they enjoy doing for fun. Shaw required each student include features such as hyperlinks, text, pictures and other aspects of the Google presentation software.

“I wanted to create an assignment to get my students familiar with their Chromebooks,” said Shaw. “The Google software is very similar to Microsoft PowerPoint, but since many students don’t know how to use PowerPoint, this was a great project to get started.”

Students surprised Shaw with some of the features they discovered on their own. “Some students figured out how to access the Chromebooks webcams so they could add photos of themselves and their classmates,” said Shaw.

The Cloud and the Future

In the coming year, Washington State will replace the existing Measurement of Student Progress (MSP) and High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) annual assessments with the Smarter Balanced Test.

With student assessment moving online, Craig Curry says teaching technology is test preparation

With student assessment moving online, Craig Curry says teaching technology is test preparation

The Smarter Balanced Assessments will provide valuable data for students in grades 3-8 and 11, however the new test will only be administered online. “Teaching students new forms of technology is the new test preparation,” said Curry. “By getting students used to working online with Chromebooks now, they’ll be comfortable using the technology by the time they need to take the Smarter Balance assessment.”

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.

Visa Card

If you recently got a new Visa card from Bank of America because of security breaches, the 24 hour Customer Service contact number on the back may be incorrect. The number that shows on my card is 800-206-6247.  Calling that number gave me a chance to win a free cruise to the Bahamas. After a long search I found the number should be 1-800-799-9631.  I suggest you call the number on the back of your card to make sure it’s valid.

Kirk Johnson Becomes Finance Director

Kirk Johnson has accepted a promotion to Finance Director for the City of Ridgefield. Kirk began work with the City in August 2012 as an Accountant and is excited to continuing serving the community in his new position. “This is a great opportunity and I look forward to working with the employees and citizens of Ridgefield as we face the challenges of this growing community.”

Kirk graduated cum laude in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from Washington State University. He brings thirteen years of experience in the banking industry and has experience working for the State Auditor’s Office. As Finance Director Kirk will assume full management responsibility for all Finance Department services and activities including maintaining the City’s accounting systems, fiscal records and supervising the Finance Department staff.

City Manager Steve Stuart is enthusiastic about the promotion. “Kirk has strong accounting, systems and leadership skills, and has tremendous potential for successful growth and development, similar to the City that we serve.”

Priscilla Club

The Ridgefield Library is asking if you have old photographs, letters, documents etc. detailing the activities of the Priscilla Club or of the public library in Ridgefield so that we can tell a more complete and full story about the founding of the library.

You may know that the Ridgefield Library traces its history to the Priscilla Study Club Library, which was founded in 1914 by 12 women who came together to form the club. The women voted to allocate half their dues to purchase books and magazines for a library.

The Heritage Days Committee collected a great deal of information about the Priscilla Study Club and the public library in Ridgefield. The Priscilla Club members read and discussed important works. For instance, at their first meeting, they chose to read Robert’s Rules of Order to gain a greater understanding of parliamentary procedures. Once they finished this their second choice was to read the City Ordinances.

Please contact Sean at the library if you can help: (360) 887-8281.

Prom Night at Sportsman’s

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Saturday, April 26th is Prom Night at the Sportsman’s Restaurant and Lounge. Get your gown and tuxedo out for a fun evening of dinner beginning at 5PM. Karaoke with KJ Smalls starts at 9pm. There will be drawings and a King and Queen will be CROWNed. We be dancing and singing and celebrating the arrival of spring.

Thought for the Week

Thought for the Week

Community member helps revitalize Ridgefield High School’s Wrestling & Weight Room

Garold Cates, a painting specialist and Ridgefield community member, donated time and effort to help upgrade the Ridgefield High School’s aging wrestling and weight room’s paint.

“By supplying crew and materials, Garold helped turn a well-used and worn-out room into one with new color and promise,” said Scott Gullickson, Board President. “The entire room looks great giving both students and athletes a place they can take pride in.”

You can see photos and a panorama shot of the revitalized weight room below.

Thank you, Garold!




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