Thought for the Week

Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison

The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile: hard work, stick-to-itiveness, and common sense.   ~ Thomas Edison

Enquest is a ‘Quiet Hero’

Desmond Enquest was out fishing on July 14 with his charter boat “Hookin it Up” when he noticed a small sailboat losing its sail. It was quite rough and windy and the boat capsized! Three people were thrown from the boat and it appeared one person was tangled in the rigging and the sailboat was sinking. Desmond rushed over and, trying to stay clear of the rigging, and with help from those on his boat, pulled in the three. They all had lifejackets but one was in trouble. He then took them to St. Helens. The sailboat sank and has not been recovered.

Once again a Ridgefield citizen is a ‘quiet hero.’

Tuesdays in the Park

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The film “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” will be shown at Davis Park on Tuesday at 7:30 pm. Popcorn and refreshments will be provided. The event is free and open to all. For more information: ci.ridgefield.wa.us/events.

Update on the Salmon Raised in the Incubator

Here’s and update from Paul Snoey on the salmon being raised in Ridgefield.

Coho July 22

This is a photo taken of a pool below Bertsinger Road.  The Coho here are quietly swimming and snatching bits of food.  They behave differently than the Coho in the main channel of Gee Creek.  The fish there are more aggressive in grabbing food but dart away at the slightest movement.   Things are going very well so far this year and the new incubator site has proven to be a good choice. The property owners have given us permission to use their property again next year.  Later this summer when stream flows are lower, the fish will be more stressed.   The stream is being monitored closely with temperatures and flow recorded several times a week.  —  Paul Snoey

Make it a Million (Plus)

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FORE! The second annual Ridgefield Library Golf tournament will be at Tri Mountain Golf Course on Saturday, September 17. It’s a 2:00 scramble, and will be even bigger and better than last year. We’re looking for players and hole sponsors. There will be a putting contest between holes nine and ten, drawings for some super items, and a delicious spaghetti dinner afterwards.

You don’t have to be a super golfer to play – this is mostly for fun.  Field a foursome and have fun while supporting the library building fund. To sign up, call Kathy at 887-2160 or Tevis at 887-3879. Cost is $85, and hole sponsor ships are available starting at $150. Please note that I have a new email address: kathywinters179@gmail.com if you want to contact me that way.

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As an added note, there’s still a chance to bid on the brand new, still-in-its-box Dirt Devil Carpet Washer. The form is at the library, and the contest is open through the end of the month. All money raised goes to benefit the Friends of the Library.

 It’s easy to donate to the library building fund. 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. You can designate your donation be used only for the building fund if you like.

 

Ron and Sandy – Day 11

We board the high speed train after breakfast for Milan. Our trip tales 1.15 hours at speeds exceeding 300 km an hour! This is 180 mph. A very smooth ride, I think better than air, especially for this distance. A bus connection to the Milano airport (quite a way outside of Milan – one hour by bus), and a short trip to our hotel, we relax till tomorrow early to catch our flight to New York and home. Since there’s nothing to do we sit by the pool! We really don’t like the Milano airport as it is VERY busy, hard to get straight information, it seems we always need to make a phone call, one cannot get change. Oh well we managed with the help from some Russian visitors and we’re comfortable in our hotel.

Observing Milan during our bus ride I noticed: every overpass and every walking overpass is different with some artistic design…fantastic! There are so many buildings that are artistic in some way: the tops, the sizes, the colors, the windows and even the water towers are different both in size and in design. Something to think about for Ridgefield…don’t settle for the cheapest or ordinary…be different! Ridgefield could really stand out with a few design steps for our future. A great trip…I’m so glad we could share it with you.

Observations:

This trip I noticed more people wear sneakers, probably because there are many choices in design.
There sure are a lot of smokers in Italy!
Taggers gone wild in Milan, less in Bologna far less in Mantova.
Roundabouts are called Rotundas.
There are pockets of many solar panels and I mean a lot!)
Gas is $1.42 a liter….$5.50 a gallon

Ciao!
Ron & Sandy

Sandy and Ron

Sandy and Ron

Ron and Sandy – Day 10

After breakfast at our hotel-NH Bologna de la Gere- we set off on the city tour bus which served us well the day before. Stopping at Bologna’s central plaza-Piazza Maggiore, We entered the Basilica San Domenico. It is beyond impressive, started in the 1200’s, dedicated in the 1900’s. The magnificent arches, stained glass windows, marble floors, massive columns, gold gilt is certainly a work of art and a place of worship.

Basilica San Domeneco

                                               Basilica San Domeneco

It is in the central square that includes the Universita di Bologna, the oldest university in the world. Around this plaza are restaurants, many stores, and a narrow street set aside for dining, conversation, beverages of all kinds lined with shops – virtually all meat markets, cheese stores, fish markets, wine, beer, a foody’s delight! This street is open all day until midnight.

We shopped/visited many different stores and almost all the food markets. It was packed with locals and tourists alike. We stopped at various times to sample the foods & beverages. Yes, we purchased some cured meats and some wonderful cheeses to bring home.

Next we stopped at Bolognas’ open air markets on the way returning to our hotel. It was pretty warm and this may be one of if not the largest Saturday type markets I’ve ever seen or experienced! This is where you can get your deal! Packed with people – adults, kids, teenagers, design conscious, cheap shoppers, deal lookers dressed in every kind of clothes imaginable. We each bought the hokiest type of footwear for the boat-cost $10-.

A change of clothes and off to dinner: we wanted to try some of Bologna’s specialties so we found a restaurant Il Moro’s. Tortellini en broth, tagliatelle w/ragu, pizza with sausage & mushrooms, washed down with a glass of beer or wine and finished with Tiramisu.
We’re now packed ready to catch the train tomorrow for Milan.
Ciao

Observations:

Very few men wear hats, esp baseball hats…only some teenagers
Many t-shirts are made in Italy but have LA or NY or English lettering on them and the Italians like them tight.
So many different shoes! No fads, just lots of variety, except flip flops-none in sight.
Lots of people smoke
Guards (army?) with machine guns man certain plazas plus train & bus depots.
All Italians seem slim, very few are obese.

Art and Jazz at Sportsmans

Great Blue Heron II

Great Blue Heron II

Four of my paintings have been on display at the Sportsman Steakhouse and Saloon, and Terry invited me to come in this Sunday as part of their Art and Jazz series. I’ll be at the restaurant from 2 to 5pm – stop by and have a drink and listen to some good jazz. I’ll be painting and will have a small selection of cards and prints for sale.

The Sportsman is at 121 North Main Avenue in downtown Ridgefield.

Ron and Sandy – Day 9

Train was the mode of transportation this Friday am.   A leisurely (10 stop) 2 hour ride from Mantova to Bologna, passing small villages located aside the tracks and fields of corn, wheat or vineyards.

Bologna

                                                               Bologna

After checking into our hotel we jumped on a Bologna tour bus to tour the city and an outskirts church, San Luca Basicila.

San Luis Basilica

                                                      San Luis Basilica

We walked the central part of the city where much of the gastronomical world visits. We will spend time in this area tomorrow. Filled with shops of all kinds of meats & cheeses, it is a foody’s delight!

Bologna Plaza

                                                        Bologna Plaza

We changed clothes & set off through the porticos (covered marble sidewalks with beautiful archways) to find an Italian restaurant with local specialties.

Porticoa

                                                        Porticos

Sandy will describe our dinner: Lasagna of Bolognese, Gnocchi Verdure (zucchini & carrot), Cotoletto of Bolognese (chicken cutlet with prosciutto and cheese sauce), finished with a caprese salad of tomato, mozzarella and baby lettuce topped with oil and balsamic. Of course all this accompanied with panne (bread), bottle of local sparkling Chardonnay and a bottle of local Sangiovese. While in each region of Italy, we must eat the food best known for the area. We will concentrate on tortellini and tagliatelle and look for a pizza we have yet to try.

On the tour they talk often of the porticos that continue on for miles. There are 666 all going uphill to the Basilica, over a mile long, built in the late 1600s through contributions from the citizens for a covered walkway to their weekly visit to the San Luca Basilica. (Kind of like our efforts to build a library) Think of a covered walkway with arches every 10 feet on your right, and a continuous wall on your left. Bologna was known for these porticos dating back to the 13th century. There are 40 kilometers (18 miles) of porticos.
Well…home at the hotel and looking forward to tomorrow.

Observations:

Many young people…this is a University town
Many restaurants…Bologna is known for food and literally everyone dines out.
Sidewalks are marble
Women dress fashionably
Tourists! German, Italian, American, British, eastern nations, Scandinavians and more!
In the evening the streets are full! Couples, families, friends till very late.
Art is everywhere (take notice Ridgefield!)
Most busses are electric or natural gas powered (councilman Dave Taylor would love it!

Ciao,
Ron & Sandy

Merrilee Lee’s Story

Merrilee Lee is a local artist who donates the proceeds from her art to groups working with animals. I asked her to share her story, and here’s what she wrote:

“I started doing art in November 2015, following a dream I have had for years, creating what’s in my heart and giving all the proceeds to the animals. As a child, animals were my security and therapy, and I want to give back.  I embrace the saying, “You cannot change the world by helping one animal, BUT for that one animal…you change his world.” One animal at a time we can help.

My mission:   “Helping the Animals One Piece of Art at A Time”. I give all the proceeds from the sale of my art to animal rescue. I have given money to: Humane Society, Adopt the Horse Program, Ripley Foundation, Horse Haven, and now will be meeting with Battle Buddies to give them proceeds from my last two sales.

One of Merrilee's Paintings

One of Merrilee’s Paintings

Several locations that support animal rescue always carry my art work:  Dharma’s Salon in Ridgefield, Plush in Ridgefield, Beastie Boutique at Salmon Creek in Vancouver, Hoplandia Tap House in St. John’s, Portland Oregon. Coming art exhibits:  I will be the featured artist at The Sportsman Restaurant for themonth of August.  I will be the artist at Lava Java for month of November.

The best way to contact me is by text:  360 904 6019. I would like a couple more permanent locations to display my art. I “refresh” my art display every six to eight weeks. The location should have enough space to hang two to four pieces (average size of a piece is 12 x 16 or 16 x 20).  Places that display my art may select the animal rescue of their choice for sales made at their location.”

More Hanging Baskets

The Main Street Program will buy four more hanging baskets that will be placed on utility poles between Pioneer and the Community Center. The mission of the Main Street Program is to improve the 12 block downtown area, and this is just one of the ways they are doing it. Thanks to them for beautifying our town.

Ron and Sandy – Day 8

Our one filled day in Mantova: started out with our taking bikes to ride into the center of Mantova. We did not know what we were in for! After several blocks riding on cobblestones we found that almost all the streets and plazas were full of their “Thursday market” vendors. Now I’m not sure I can fully relate to how many vendors and shoppers were in the streets. Let’s just say imagine every street in downtown Ridgefield was full of vendors and people were packed in like our 4th of July! To even think you could ride a bike through this on the streets was folly!

Sandy in Mantova

But riding, walking, stopping, mesmerized by the crowds we made it to central Mantova. I had a smile on my face, laughing at the pure energy that was in Mantova. Clothing, fruits, vegetables, bolts of cloth, trinkets, purses, everything you can imagine was for sale…blocks & plazas and more blocks & plazas full of people happy to be shopping! A beautiful day had dawned and we were in the middle of it.

Ron in Mantova

Mantova

                                                          Mantova

We were in search of tickets for a music venue and did not succeed. We did purchase tickets for the Palace & the Castle Ducale. It is very well maintained and they literally discover something new every year! The paintings, sculptures, art, frescos, weapons seem to be endless. I’ll enclose a few pics of just rooms or ceilings. This was the home of the Gonzagas who ruled this area for many years.

Palazzo Ducale, Mantova

                                   Palazzo Ducale, Mantova

Detail of Ceiling

                                                        Detail of Ceiling

Sandy & I headed for home (Cavalli’s). We were separated in the traffic and I got lost! After several trips back into the center, I finally (!) made it. Mantova is typical European in that there are many roundabouts-each roundabout has 5-6 exits and the streets are named block by block. Mama mia! BUT to be here is a wonderful experience and we love it

Observations:

Most of the streets are one way. This allows them to park on both sides(even the sidewalks).
Mantova is surrounded on 3 sides by a river – this allowed them to defend themselves in the Middle Ages. Now they are surrounded on three sides with parks with walking and bike trails next to the river…very very nice.
100% of the people ride bikes or walk since the city is less than two miles in diameter with a population of 50,000.
Mantova is spelled many ways: Mantova, Montova, Mantua, etc

From Sandy:

Our last night with the Cavalli’s is special because not only are we leaving the next morning, but Andrea also leaves for Columbia, Central America to volunteer for six weeks. Leda bought two large porterhouse steaks and asked that we cook them since she is working until 7:30pm. We heavily seasoned with Johnny’s seasoning we brought for Leda from the USA, fried for four minutes on one side, flipped it, covered it in butter and finished under the broiler for four minutes. Perfecto! We enjoyed a long evening of dinner, wine and conversation. Virgilio surprises us every night with excellent wines from the region of Mantova. We wanted to purchase wines, but Italy will not allow it to be shipped. I tell Andrea that Leda has provided a very special dinner for our last night together, and he says, “It’s not like I’m going to war”. But they do not see him often (nor we) since he has been at school and now that he has graduated with his Masters in Business, he will look for work when he comes home and will probably end up far away.

Andrea, Virgilio, Leda

                                                     Andrea, Virgilio, Leda

Ron and I grow fonder of the Cavallis and are proud of the man Andrea has become; calm, intelligent, caring and handsome. We say our good nights and Virgilio promises to have better English when we return and I to have better Italian. A very special send off after a wonderful vacation.

We will sign off for tonight-tomorrow we take the train for Bologna.
Ron

Storm Water Treatment

Update on storm water by Paul Snoey

The city applied for a project to the Lower Columbia Salmon Recovery Board for an erosion control and stream bank stabilization project for a badly eroded section of the creek in Abrams Park called the Mayor’s Meadow.  Though the final ranking for the Clark County Clean Water Restoration Fund will be given on July 31st, Ridgefield’s project was ranked on the bottom and well below the funding cut-off (black line).  On Friday, I called Brett Raunig of the LCSRB and asked why Ridgefield’s project was ranked so low and what could be done to be more competitive for future Projects.

Brett said that the board felt that this project didn’t do much to restore habitat compared to other projects and that it dealt with the consequences of storm water rather than causes. The other comment was that this project was more of a safety and liability project as the stream bank is hazardous.

I mentioned to Brett that the city did not treat its Old Town storm water and discharged it directly to the creek.  He said projects like that were eligible and pointed out the county’s Downspout Disconnection Project which was funded. This project would prevent flows from roofs from going to the street by putting them into the ground.  He said that the City of Ridgefield had discussed applying for funding for building a treatment facility to treat a section of Old Town but decided to do the Mayor’s Meadow project instead.  The ranking is posted below.

Untreated storm water puts pollution into Gee Creek. During times of low stream flow there is less dilution of storm water and that is why it’s a serious matter. Organic material can remove oxygen from the stream and of course many substances are toxic. I met with the public works director Justin Clary in June of 2004 and said that storm water from old town was the City’s most serious problem for Gee Creek and asked him to consider finding a treatment option.

Twelve years later the city of Ridgefield needs to get going on treating its storm water.  The start has to be making it a priority and to put treatment into its Stormwater Capital Improvement Program.  Applying for funding with the CCCRF seems like a good option for next year and Ecology has low interest loans for building storm water facilities.        Paul Snoey

Ron and Sandy – Day 7

After spending a very warm humid night in ViaReggio on the Dragon IV (Virgilio’s sailboat) we all load up the cars and leave for Montova in central Italy where the Cavalli’s live. I was fascinated by the number of luxury boat and boat builders we passed leaving ViaReggio. Here are some of the names: CodeCasa, ViaMarea, Over Marine, Benetti and Berini Navi (sail).

            Duomo in Montova

Duomo in Montova

The way to Montova is thorough the Appennini mountains. These are much like the Cascades but the roads are sprinkled with many tunnels. Villages abound both in the hills and in the verdant green valleys. Upon approach to the mountains there are many businesses – small and large manufacturers and a huge variety of others. Throughout the two hour trip acreages of farms are everywhere, reminding me of our own Lee Wells (farmer, councilman) because they are harvesting wheat. In fact we traveled by the villages housing the makers of pasta: Barilla Pasta and Infornaio Pasta products.

Another big business is the mining, cutting and shipping of marble. Passing by two villages where we could view the blocks of marble: Massa and Carrara.

Sandy and I are now in Montova. It is very hot and pretty humid. Leda has prepared lunch of pasta, breads, fried fish, salads, vegetables & fruit.
When the heat wanes we will venture out on bikes to revisit the walled city we visited 4 years ago.

Observations:

Most if not all restaurants are closed from 4-8pm.
I was surprised at the number of tunnels in the mountains – eat your heart out Big Bertha!
The many types of freeway barriers are significant, from plastic to cement to metal
Also –  the freeway sound barriers, seems as if every area has its own designer
Beer comes in bottles in a 3-pack
We have not seen any Hondas, or Nissans and only 2 Toyotas (sorry Don) evidently because of the import taxes.
The most prevalent cars were Audi, Volvo, BMW, Fiat, VW’s.
Plastic surgery still doesn’t seem to have taken hold in Italy.

Enjoying Italy, always in mind of home.
Sincerely,
Ron & Sandy

Ron and Sandy – Day 7

After that fabulous lunch we unpacked and Virgilio & Andrea took us on a shopping trip to purchase some things we wanted. After a stop at the biggest K-Mart/Walmart store I’ve ever seen we went to a sports store and bought those swimming masks we’ve referred to while in Corsica. This sports store had everything imaginable. Next was to a wine shop that had wines from all over the world but especially Europe.

We especially wanted to tour the places we could not when we were here previously. Having pointed them out we returned ‘home’. I’ll report on them when we tour on bikes tomorrow. One is the Castle.

Tonight we took a walking tour around the Duomo (Cathedral), the fortress and the narrow cobblestone streets. Many people, mostly young adults are out for a bier or caffe. We stumbled on an area that is hosting a concert tomorrow night……we will attempt to purchase tickets tomorrow.

Observations:

The newer shopping or public areas are moving towards pervious sidewalks and parking lots.
Rarely does one see a paved sidewalk. Newer parking lots are pervious with grass planted in the ‘open’ spaces of the paving blocks. Brick, ‘fitted’ pavers are extensively used.
Bike trails are not only in the city but are now being extended to neighboring villages.
I marvel at the sidewalks! All are made up of many varieties of stone-marble, pavers, slate, brick, stones, granite, basalt, etc. makes me wonder just what we could do in Ridgefield – it’s a form of art.

Till tomorrow,
Ciao, ok?
Ron & Sandy