Priscilla Contest

Only one more week to enter the Priscilla contest. Guess how much money is in the carboy, write that number on an entry form, attach a $5 bill or check, and put the form in the green box on the librarian’s table,

The contest will close next Saturday, November 30, and the winner will be notified at Hometown on December 7. If you win you’ll get half the money collected for the contest.

Good luck!

True Story from the Ridgefield Police

        Officer Wattson

Last night was a cool and crisp fall evening when Officer Wattson was working the swing shift in the greater Ridgefield Metropolitan Area. The radio, burbling with activity in different jurisdictions, urgently directed Officer Wattson to the area of 50th and Pioneer for an “Animal Problem.” Officer Wattson arrived and  learned a motorist had accidently struck an owl with their car. Officer Wattson carefully positioned his police car in a manner to buffer the owl and “keep the little fella safe.” He then spoke words of reassurance to the owl, referred by Officer Wattson as Hedwig (from Harry Potter fame).

With the help of Officer Wattson’s words of gentle encouragement, Hedwig the Owl was able to recover from the collision and fly off into the night. Officer Wattson was also able to comfort the driver who was shaken by the whole incident. The driver, now calmed, was able continue on their journey. Thank you Officer Wattson for your care taking off all of Ridgefield’s Residents. Today you have earned the “Be Kind, This is Ridgefield” shout out recognition. –Chief Brooks

Annual Ridgefield Children’s Holiday Bazaar

Ridgefield School Assemblies Honor Veterans

Veterans Day is a time to remember the service of military veterans.  The schools in the Ridgefield School District all held Veterans Day assemblies to honor our veterans and those still serving.

At Union Ridge Elementary, the presentation of the colors was led by the Ridgefield American Legion.  Each grade completed an activity to celebrate Veterans Day.   The kindergarten and first grade classes performed songs.  The second grade class gave visiting veterans handmade thank you cards shaped like military dog tags.  The third grade class made a video sharing the poems they sent to troops, along with candy the students donated from their own trick or treating.  The fourth grade class sent handmade cards and letters to veterans.

The Ridgefield American Legion presented the colors at the Union Ridge Elementary Veterans Day assembly.

 

At Union Ridge, students gave handmade cards to veterans in attendance at the event.

At South Ridge Elementary, leadership students, Natalie Green, Tyson Miller and Marshall Casper gave presentations that provided a brief history and significance of Veterans Day.  Although a prepared slideshow could not be shown at the assembly as planned, students and staff were able to view it in their classrooms.

The Lewis and Clark Young Marines presented the colors at Sunset Ridge Intermediate School.  A trio of students sang the national anthem.  The poem In Flanders Fields was read, and students gave information about each branch of the armed forces.  Two students read an original poem for Veterans Day.  A video was played to honor veterans and to show photos of students’ family members who were veterans.  Veterans in attendance were asked to introduce themselves and to offer advice to the students.  They were given handmade thank you cards and asked to sign a tribute wall.

The Lewis and Clark Young Marines presented the colors at the Sunset Ridge assembly.

 

Sunset Ridge: Veterans sign the tribute wall banner at the school’s assembly.

View Ridge Middle School had presentation of the colors by the Lewis and Clark Young Marines.  The band played the national anthem, and the seventh grade choir sang “In Flanders Field”.  The Missing Man Table ceremony, a symbolic single place setting at a table, was performed in memory of fallen, missing, or imprisoned military service members.  A tribute video showed students sharing their thoughts on Veterans Day and photos of students’ family members who had served.

The View Ridge seventh grade choir sang “In Flanders Field”

 

Members of the View Ridge band played the national anthem.

Ridgefield High School featured presentation of the colors by the Army.  The choir performed the national anthem and “America the Beautiful”, and the band played a medley of armed forces songs.  The keynote speaker, Sgt. DeAngelo McDonald, gave a warm tribute to his “brothers and sisters who are no longer with me, the brothers and sisters who are still with me, and the future brothers and sisters who will be with me” in service.  A video was played remembering our soldiers.

The Army presented the colors at the Ridgefield High School Veterans Day assembly.

 

Sgt. DeAngelo McDonald was the high school assembly’s keynote speaker.

These moving ceremonies reminded us to thank the veterans we know and to honor those who have passed.  Many thanks to the students and teachers who helped mark this special day.

 

Main Street

Main Street Program’s monthly Community Meeting is Thursday, Nov. 21, 8:30-9:30 am at the Sportsman’s Public House. Our guest speaker is Lisa Gibert, CEO of the Clark College Foundation. She will give a presentation on the plans for Clark College Boschma Farms campus, so don’t miss it.

As always, complimentary coffee is served, and breakfast service is available.

Also, be sure you have Thursday, December 19th on your calendar – for our Annual Gratitude Breakfast (featuring scrumptious breakfast buffet compliments of RMS).

Progress on North Main Avenue

North Main Avenue is nearing having it’s final grade with many truckloads brought in the past few weeks.  When completed, the pavement will be more than ten feet higher than the old roadbed, placing this street well above any past flood levels.  There still needs to be a 2 inch pressure sewer installed in the street which will provide sewage from the wildlife refuge.  One of the employees of the contractor said that they may get curbs installed this week and possibly paving  done before Thanksgiving.   However, he said it would be more likely the first week of December.

We’re all looking forward to the completion of this project which began  after July 4th week-end.

Thought for the Week

– is it true?

H – is it helpful?

– is it inspiring?

N – is it necessary?

– is it kind?

Volunteers Needed

The City of Ridgefield is currently accepting applications for Parks Board and Planning Commission members.

The Parks Board is comprised of seven volunteer citizens who advise the City Council on parks planning, parks acquisition, and parks operations and maintenance within the current and future city limits of the City of Ridgefield. The application may be obtained by contacting City Clerk at 360-887-3557, julie.ferriss@ci.ridgefield.wa.us or online: https://ridgefieldwa.us/…/Application-for-Appointment-to-Pa…

The Planning Commission is comprised of seven volunteer citizens who advise the City Council on planning, development and growth issues for the community. The application may be obtained by contacting City Clerk at 360-887-3557, julie.ferriss@ci.ridgefield.wa.us or online: https://ridgefieldwa.us/…/application_for_appointment_to_pl…

Applications must be received no later than 5:00PM on December 6, 2019.

Meeting with the Architects

                                    Proposed exterior for the new library

Meet the Architects and see plans for the remodel and expansion of our new library – Tuesday, November 19, 6 t0 8 pm in the Community Room of the library.

They’ll have all the latest updates and you’ll be able to give feedback to them.

This will also be the last public viewing of the Ridgefield quilt, and a chance for you to buy tickets before the drawing for the winner at Hometown. All tickets benefit the library building fund – all materials were donated.

Buy your tickets now!

 

 

 

Free Down

I am replacing my California King-sized down comforter. The down is in good shape, but the fabric covering it needs to be replaced. There’s plenty to make another large comforter, or pillows, or… If you have a use for the down, please give me a call.  360-887-2160.

Ridgefield High School Students Selected for Local, State Band Honors

Eight students from Ridgefield High School were recently honored for their accomplishments in music.

Congratulations to freshman, Olivia DesRochers; sophomore, Caleb Coine; junior, Natalie Smith; and seniors, Sydney Dean, Samantha Fenton, Spencer Hess, Eli Holter, and Emma Schmidt.  All were selected for the North County Honor Band.  In January, the students will perform in the Honor Band’s annual concert at Hockinson High School.  The concert is open to the public and is free.

The North County Honor Band is made up of middle school and high school students from Hockinson, Prairie, Battle Ground, Ridgefield, La Center, Woodland, Camas and Washougal high schools.   Applicants are chosen based on their musical accomplishments and band director’s recommendation.

Students selected for the opportunity receive a quality band experience that challenges them as musicians of a high-level honor group, performing with their peers from other school districts and working with esteemed guest conductors.

Two of the students also received top honors in being selected to participate in a 2020 Washington Music Educators Association (WMEA) All-State performing group.  Samantha Fenton was selected for the Concert Band, and Emma Schmidt was selected for the Wind Symphony.  They will join other outstanding student musicians from other high school bands, orchestras, choirs and percussion ensembles when they perform at the 2020 WMEA Honor Groups Concerts February 12-16 in Yakima.  WMEA All-State student musicians are selected through an audition process and earn the opportunity to perform in these prestigious concerts under the direction of world-renowned conductors.

Many who have participated in All-State performing groups are inspired and motivated by the experience.  Well-known Washingtonians who have had the opportunity to take part in WMEA All-State groups include David Horsey, Pulitzer prize-winning editorial cartoonist and columnist for The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Andrea Peterson, 2008 National Teacher of the Year, and Kenny G., jazz saxophonist.

Congratulations to all of these talented RHS students for their outstanding musical achievements!

Priscilla is Done Raising Money for the Library

Priscilla’s long campaign to raise money for the library closes today, so if you still have money to put in the carboy, please bring it to the library before closing time tonight.

Tomorrow the carboy will be sealed and a contest to guess how much money Priscilla raised will begin. The contest will  run through November 30. Pick up an entry form in the library. It costs $5 for each form you fill out and you can enter as many times as you want. The person who guesses closest to the exact amount raised will win half the contest money.

Hint: We know there’s at least one $100 bill in the container, so take that into account when you figure up an amount.\

The winner of the contest will be announced at 2:00 at the library during Hometown.

Students Learn About Dia de los Muertos

Gavin Clarke’s second grade class at South Ridge Elementary School sat quietly at their desks, waiting for their special guest.  When Rebeca Jaramillo came in, their eyes widened.  Her hair was decorated with beautiful flowers, and she wore a colorfully embroidered long skirt.  She carried a guitar.  This was going to be interesting!

“What do you know about the Day of the Dead?” Jaramillo asked.  Many students raised their hands to give answers:  It is celebrated once a year.  It is a day to celebrate the person who is dead that you really loved.  You put things the person likes around their picture.  “Yes!  That is all true!” she said.

Jaramillo and her son, Miguel, explained that the Day of the Dead is a special day to remember and celebrate loved ones who have passed away.  Small altars or shrines in homes have photos of loved ones, as well as items representing the four elements:  wind, water, earth, and fire.

“The earth is flowers,” she said, “especially the cempasuchil, a Mexican flower.”  The wind is represented by paper pennants that flutter in the air.  Fire is represented by a candle.  “And water, it is usually something to drink, like tea or juice or hot chocolate.  Maybe you don’t know,” she said, “but chocolate is from Mexico.”  A few kids gasp.  “Mexico brings chocolate to the world!”

Jaramillo asked for questions, and one student asked, “Why do you wear flowers in your hair?”

Jaramillo smiled.  “These flowers and clothes are all bright colors because I am very happy!  I want my family to see me and find me.  In Mexico, you go to the cemetery, and you don’t feel scared.  It is always clean, a lot of flowers, music, food; it is a big party.  You should not be scared!  Because this is your family, your loved ones.”

Jaramillo pulled out her guitar; her son Miguel had a keyboard.  With help from the class, they sang the song Remember Me from the movie Coco.  They passed out coloring sheets.  And there was one last surprise:  Mexican candy.  Soon the students were eating and laughing and sharing with each other, enjoying a party, like the Mexican celebrations for the Day of the Dead.

Jaramillo’s other son, Sebastian, is in Clarke’s class.  Clarke invited parents to school to celebrate their cultural events with his class.  “My class has students from many different backgrounds that represent the future of Ridgefield,” he said.  “I hope that those under-represented communities feel welcomed to share their culture with the students, and I hope the students learn to respect many different cultures in their experience here.”

Rebeca Jaramillo and her son, Miguel, teach students about Dia de los Muertos.

 

Display shows types of items placed on home altars to remember departed loved ones.

PAUL’S POWER WAGON

I have a DR Field and Brush Mower that I use to cut brush along the creek to make room to plant trees.  Planting trees requires moving tools,  sand and dirt, and the trees themselves.  Trees in pots can be heavy as are all the tools for planting them.  Wheelbarrows are hard work, especially carrying a load up and down a steep hill or over rough terrain.  My machine can take several attachments such as a snow blower or a wood chipper.  They don’t make a wagon attachment but will sell you one with the power unit built in for as much as $2500 or more.

So, I asked Tevis Laspa for help in making a wagon that could be attached to the power unit, and he responded that it sounded like a fun project.  I found a pair of wheels on casters and that a 1.25″ steel pipe would connect the wagon to the power unit.  After making a prototype out of a piece of siding, Tevis and I discussed how to make the unit.  It was made of welded rectangular steel tube stock with the casters and pipe welded to the frame.  When I came home this morning I saw Tevis had delivered it.  I took it for a test drive down the trail at Union Ridge and back home via N 5th Ave.     Tevis showed ingenuity in  putting the connecting pipe though the steel stock.  It makes for a very sturdy connection.

Thank you so much Tevis.  It’s just in time as trees can be planted soon.

Contributed by Paul Snoey

Dear Veterans …

A long line of students and teachers trooped down the sidewalk on Pioneer Street.  On this beautiful, sunny day, they weren’t headed to the fire station or the park.  Instead, the entire fourth grade class from Union Ridge Elementary was going to the special mailbox in front of Bob’s Automotive, bringing handmade cards and letters for service members.

The mailbox is a project by the American Veterans Car Club and club member Bob Ford, owner of Bob’s Automotive.  Ford served in the Coast Guard and Navy for 16 years, so he and other members of the club remember well how much it meant to receive mail while they were deployed; they wanted to find a way to collect letters from the public to send to the military.

When Ford’s daughter found the 1964 U.S. mailbox in Oregon, it seemed like the project was meant to be.  The car club had the mailbox specially painted.  While it used to be used for all kinds of mail, now the mailbox is only for letters to active duty military and veterans.  No stamp is required; club members read and forward the letters.

The students were excited about the project, and not just because they could leave school to walk downtown.  They had spent a lot of time drawing, coloring, and writing on their cards.  Many of them were wearing patriotic colors or red white and blue face paint.  “I like knowing that one of the soldiers will get it and read it,” one said.  “They’re heroes.”

Ford was happy to see how many students were streaming past.  “I wish I could take photos of every one of them!”  He snapped pictures as the students took turns dropping their letters in the mailbox.  “I was surprised when Mr. Fransen came down here and asked if the students could write letters to the military for Veterans Day.  I said, ‘Of course!’”

Class after class lined up to drop cards in the mailbox.  Students waiting in line waved their letters at passing cars, who honked in support.  A police car blipped its siren, and the kids cheered.  Ford thanked as many students as he could.  “Thank you so much!  It will mean a lot to them, I guarantee it!”

“Dear Veterans,” one card read.  “You are the reason we have freedom.  You are special in all ways.  Thank you for your hard work.”  Another read, “Dear Veterans, I was pumped with excitement to thank you for your service!”  Soon, the heartfelt letters and cards from Ridgefield students will be making their way to military members and veterans all over the world.

The mailbox is available to the public year-round.  Please bring cards and letters for members of the military to the mailbox in front of Bob’s Automotive at 327 Pioneer Street, Ridgefield, WA.

The special mailbox in front of Bob’s Automotive is for letters to members of the military.

 

A long line of Union Ridge Elementary fourth graders wait to deposit their cards and letters.

 

Students created cards and letters, poems and art to send to service members.