Update on Monarch Butterfly project.

Paul Snoey has made up ten more packages of milkweed seed in his effort to start a Monarch butterfly program here in Ridgefield. You can pick one up at the hardware store if you’re interested in being part of this project.

Paul says:  “About 30 rhizomes of the narrow leafed milkweed were gathered from the gorge. They are planted in my garden and some can be given away if they sprout.   There is a strong grass roots effort to help the monarchs. Nurseries are seeing a demand for milkweed plants now and many organizations are pitching in.  The population of migratory butterflies that was so low in the winter of 2013-2014 in Mexico saw an increase the next winter.  There are signs that the population this winter may be even better.

It’s great that so many people are taking an interest.  Having a patch of milkweed and other nectar producing flowers that are kept free of pesticides and herbicides is easy to do.  The first person to see a Monarch in Ridgefield should let everyone know.  Even better is the first Monarch to be seen laying eggs on a milkweed plant in Ridgefield.  That should be the start of establishing colonies here.  I’ve pasted a graph from Monarch watch.org showing the severe decline with the low in 2013-2014.  The hope is that this coming winter will see an upswing when the survey is completed.”   Paul

Graph Monarch Butterflies

I am Thankful

My family - sister Donna, daughter Jennifer, son Dave, daughter-in-law Sandra, daughter Sue

My family – sister Donna, daughter Jennifer, son Dave, daughter-in-law Sandra, daughter Sue

I am thankful for…

The mess after a party? – because it means I have been surrounded by friends.

The taxes I pay? – because it means I am employed.

The clothes that fit a little too snugly? – because it means that I have enough to eat.

My shadow that watches me work? – because it means I am in the sunshine.

The lawn that needs to be mowed? – because it means that I have a home.

The spot at the far end of the parking lot? – because it means that I can walk.

The complaining I hear about the government? – because it means we have freedom of speech.

The lady in church who sings off key? – because it means that I can hear.

The exhaustion I feel at the end of the day? – because it means I have been productive.

The huge heating bill? – because it means that I am warm.

And I am thankful for friends like you.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Union Ridge Elementary School Honors Veterans

Did you know that Union Ridge Elementary School celebrates Veteran’s Day every year with a community wide assembly?  If you have not participated in this truly humbling, heartwarming event, please be sure to plan to attend next year.

On Tuesday, November 10, all 785 Union Ridge students gathered in the school auditorium to Union commemorate Veteran’s Day together with their teachers and other staff members.  Each year over 100 invitations are distributed to invite local veterans including parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins who have served our country to gather and be commended for their dedicated service within all branches of the military.  Many other parents also joined the event to watch their children and to honor our veterans.

After a welcome made by Union Ridge Principal, Tracey MacLachlan, first year fifth grade grade teacher Jake Dixon sang the National Anthem which brought tears and chills to the entire assembly.  Each grade level made a unique presentation to celebrate the special guests and to demonstrate their learning about the importance of service to our country.

Kindergarten students paraded onto the stage to a patriotic song and performed the Pledge of Allegiance using American Sign Language.  Smiles, waving hands, and proud adults applauded their uplifting efforts.

First graders sang a thank you song accompanied by teacher, Peggy Horne, on guitar.  First grade teachers held a flag made by the traced hands of all first graders!  What a tribute!

Second graders researched some local veteran families in need and earned money at home doing chores, washing cars, and cleaning rooms.  Then they presented over $200.00 to those families who will welcome the extra financial assistance this holiday season.

A packed house enjoys the Veteran's Day celebration at Union Ridge Elementary.

A packed house enjoys the Veteran’s Day celebration at Union Ridge Elementary.

Third graders shared poems they had written which highlighted their appreciation for the dedication of our Veteran families contributions to our country.

Fourth grade students also wrote and shared poems they had created about veterans and what their service meant to the students and how much they value the freedoms we enjoy.

Fifth grade students sang “America, America” in four part rounds to the delight of those listening.

Sixth graders read poetry from famous authors regarding patriotism, military sacrifices, and what freedom means to them.

Pictured are: Bruce Wiseman, a long time Ridgefield community member and his Union Ridge grandchildren, Conner McKenna and Nealee Logue

Pictured are: Bruce Wiseman, a long time Ridgefield community member, and his Union Ridge grandchildren, Conner McKenna and Nealee Logue

At the close of the assembly, Assistant Principal, Dave Schaefer, read the names of the 63 veteran guests and their branch of service.

“As Principal at Union Ridge, it is an honor to participate in an assembly that is so well attended by our community.  Students learn the value of honoring our current military members and those who have served in the past.  It feels right for our students and staff to commemorate this day together,” said Tracey MacLachlan.

After the assembly all veteran guests and their family members were honored with a brunch reception sponsored by the Union Ridge Parent Teacher Organization (PTO).  Yummy treats were enjoyed and touching conversations could be heard by all who participated.

Duane Richer, who served in the United States Navy, joined his granddaughter, fourth grader Karris Lee, after a 3 hour drive from Snoqualmie Falls, Washington.   “It meant a lot to me that he was here, because we don’t get to see him very much,” said Ms. Lee.

Karris Lee and Duane Richer.

Karris Lee and Duane Richer

James Stevens, a fifth grade teacher, commented, “I liked that all of the grades did something authentic and kid-led where they personally thanked Veterans and you could tell that every teacher took a moment of the day to do some teaching about what service to our country means and why we should be thankful for it. “

Union Ridge received thank you notes, personal phone calls and a variety of thankful remarks about the assembly.  It was a special day to be a “Union Ridge Tater Tot.”

Buy Tickets Now for the Holiday Home Tour

HHT from web

Christ Community Church Donates to the Library Building Fund

Cheree Shuman accepts a check from Pastor Eli

Cheree Shuman accepts a check from Pastor Eli for the library building fund

Christ Community Church donated the money they made selling food at Overlook Park during Oktoberfest.

American Legion Wine & Jazz for the Library Building Fund

American Legion Post 44 held a Wine and Jazz evening at the Pickled Heron on Saturday. David Watson and his band donated their time to play cool jazz before an appreciative audience. We even danced!!! These old feet still move!

Lots of people were involved in making this event a big success. Kay Stringfellow very generously donated the use of the Pickled Heron ball room, wine was donated by Castle Winery, the ladies auxiliary provided the food.


Sean MdGill, Ilia Wilken, Bob Ford, Bryan Laycoe accept a check from sale of Leo Plante's car.

Sean McGill, Ilia Wilken with a check for $1578 from the sale of Leo Plante’s car, Bob Ford, Bryan Laycoe

Bob’s Automotive donated $500 plus a gift certificate for $500, and Priscilla Ford’s Aunt Diane donated money too.

Tevis Laspa accepts the check from Bob's Automotive from Priscilla Ford.

Tevis Laspa accepts the check from Bob’s Automotive from Priscilla Ford.

We’re getting closer to our new goal of $100,000. Thanks to all the people who came to the party, and to those who bought tickets but were unable to attend. It was a great night.

Sorry I didn’t get a good photo of the David Watson band.

Pie Making Class

Meredith Parker led a pie making class last Thursday evening as a benefit for the new library building fund. I dropped in to take these photos, and the pies sure looked delicious. Thanks to Meredith and all the participants. The Ridgefield community has supported the library building fund in such creative ways!

Pie making class

Synopsis of City Council meeting on November 19

A study session was held prior to the meeting re: sub area plans for 45th & Pioneer, sub area plans for the Junction, a multi-modal plan, and a transportation plan.
1) A Public Hearing was held on a proposed Community Development Block Grant project re: Downtown Accessibility Improvements and a motion to have the city manager to apply for this grant was passed.
2) a first public hearing was held re: the 2016 budget. Ordinance #1197 on this budget was read.

Finance Director Kirk Johnson gave a 2016 Budget Presentation
1) ordinance # 1198 – first reading on a budget amendment that addressed Transportation Update($28,350), sale of CP-5  (park property on 45th) of $750,000, sale of surplused weapons ($4500), $3000 for supplies re: evidence, and General Fund transfer allocating street funds ($25,000), storm filter maintenance (30,000), and alley repairs ($29,500).
2) Ordinance 1195 – 2nd reading on 2016 property tax levy of 1% statutory minimum, motion passed.
3)  Ordinance 1196 – 2nd reading on storm water utility rate code amendment, ($0.50 cents a month), motion passed.
4) Resolution #500 – parks donation and memorial policy – this  clarifies donation policies, passed.
5) Resolutions 501, 502, 503, 504 authorizing hunting & discharge of shotguns in 4 different areas, passed.
A discussion was held on the inter-local agreement for joint representation on the C-Tran board of directors. Mayor Jeff Carothers and legal representation from Yacolt were present and gave their opinions on this issue.

Interesting notes:
Housing permits issued: 181, with 17 more on the books
Commercial building: ICD Coatings, phase 2 (12,240 sq feet) and South 11th Project (112,569 sq feet) are in review
Updates on residential development:
Laurel Heights (Pioneer & 40th Ave) 50 lots, under construction
Taverner Ridge phase 7, (south of Taverner Ridge) 29 lots, under construction
Hawks Landing (Hillhurst rd across from High School) 57 lots, under construction
Canterbury Trails (N. 45th Ave and N. 10th St) 69 lots, under construction
Alley improvements between Pioneer and 3rd Ave continue.

Thank you for being interested in our wonderful city.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you and your families.

Ron Onslow, Mayor, City of Ridgefield

Thought for the Week

“Never lie, steal, cheat, or drink.

But if you must lie, lie in the arms of the one you love.

If you must steal, steal away from bad company.

If you must cheat, cheat death.

And if you must drink, drink in the moments that take your breath away.”
― by Will Smith, quoted by our guide in Guatemala, Virginia Fuentes

A Photo Op

Mayor's Chair

Expecting guests for the holidays? The Mayor’s Chair at Overlook Park is a great place for a picture of the whole family – line them up along the rungs.

Or have them pose next to our bear, just a little northwest of the chair.

Quidditch Match at Library

Quidditch Match for muggles at the Ridgefield Library on Saturday November 21 from 2-3 p.m. Learn the rules from an expert. Yummy treats included.

More Info on Wine & Jazz Night

Here’s a little background on David Watson, who’s playing for the Wine & Jazz event tomorrow night at the Pickled Heron. David and his band Re-birth of the Cool will perform at 7 pm, and Opus School of Music will open at 6 pm. Tickets are $25 at the door.It’s a fundraiser for the new Library building. Castle Rock Wines, Craft Beer and soda will be for sale and a variety of finger foods are complementary.

Ridgefield American Legion Post 44 would like to introduce you to Ridgefield’s own JazzMan Mr.David Watson.

David Watson grew up Philadelphia PA, where his musical career started in elementary school singing in talent shows and school concerts. David was eight year old when he heard Ella Fitzgerald, and what he heard changed his life forever. In school and talent shows about the city, David sang the music of Ella Fitzgerald, Nat Cole and Cab Callaway, The Mills Brothers and The Ink Spots.

Later, at about ten years old, David started developing the art of scatting, which he had heard listening to Ella, Eddie Jefferson, Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, Dizzy, Betty Carter and King Pleasure.

Always following the jazz scene, David later in life landed a job as a bartender for four years at the World Class Jazz club, “The Showboat Jazz Theater” which was a god sent gift. There he taught himself to play drums and was encouraged by bassist Walter Booker, who was playing with Sonny Rollins and Cannonball, to pursue his love for singing. Listening to the great singers Frank Sinatra, Nate “King” Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Williams, Jon Hendricks, Eddie Jefferson, King Pleasure and Betty Carter, he pulled a little of each into his singing. Also listening to Miles Davis, Coleman Hawkins, Thelonious Monk, Oscar Peterson, Lester Young, Ben Webster, John Coltrane he learned to phrase, create, and color.

Nominated 2001 Grammy Awards

Invited to Attend The Academy Awards – 2000, 2001, 2003


Sip ‘n Shop at Koi Pond Cellars

Koi Pond Cellars

This Saturday Koi Pond Cellars will be hosting a fun Sip & Shop with local vendors… should be a lot of fun and a chance to connect with others in the community. Stop in anytime from 12 to 5 pm.

80 for 80 Update

80 for 100 logo

We did it! Yesterday the amount of money raised for the new library building reached over $80,000! Thank you Ridgefield! So many people helped – it was a true community effort. The best part is, we still have more opportunities to donate and have fun at the same time.

The American Legion will hold a USO Style Dance tomorrow, Saturday, November 21, from 6 to 10pm at the Pickled Heron Ballroom, 418 Pioneer Street. Tickets are $25 and will be available at the door. Get your dancing shoes on and get ready to move to the upbeat tunes of David Watson’s Jazz Band. Opus School of Music will open the show, which is sponsored by Ridgefield American Legion Post 44, and proceeds benefit the Library Building Fund.

As you may have noticed I’ve also changed my sash to read ’80 for 80 100.’ I thought – we got to $80,000 so quickly, why not go for $100,000? I have a promise of at least two more Cornerstone contributions, so we need less than $20,000. Are you up to the challenge?

It’s easy to donate to the 80 for 80 Campaign. 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.

Alcove Pop-Up Gallery

Fused glass bowl by Janet Ellis

Fused glass bowl by Janet Ellis

This is the time of year for holidays. You are invited to a home holiday show for the Alcove Art Pop-up Gallery at the home of Janet Ellis. There will be four artists.
Helen Brock, jewelry
Janet Ellis, Fused Glass
Jewell Straight, Textiles and Fabric
Barbara AW Wright, Drawings and Paintings and small gifts
When: Saturday, November 21, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: 3314 NW 113th Circle Vancouver  (in Felida off Lake Shore Drive)  360.253.5437