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Drive & Drop


WALK & KNOCK is DRIVE & DROP this year: Saturday, Dec. 5 from 9AM-2PM. Our nation’s largest local food drive is not giving up this year, they’re just doing it differently. You can check out their website at www.walkandknock.org for more detailed information. You can also donate funds electronically on their website, or send a check to Walk & Knock, PO Box 353, Vancouver WA 98666.

To DRIVE & DROP, you could start adding a few items to a donation bag over the next couple of weeks to be ready to drop off on December 5. There will be eight drop-off locations around Clark County that you can take non-perishable food or toiletries to the Ridgefield site at View Ridge Middle School, 3215 S. Hillhurst Road.

You can also drop of donations during business hours from December 1-14 at Riverview Community Bank branches, Les Schwab Tire Centers or Cost Less Auto Parts.

Interservice Walk & Knock of Clark County is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization not affiliated with, but supportive of the Clark County Food Bank. All donations and financial contributions go to the Food Bank to help the less fortunate in our community.

Thought for the Week

(The first section of this poem by Maya Angelou was posted last Monday and listed ways her life changed as she grew older. This next section begins:

But, on a positive note…

I’ve learned that no matter was happens, or how bad it seems today ,

Life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.

I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things:

a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.

I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life.

I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.”

I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.

I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s  mitt on both hands.

You need to be able to throw something back.

I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.

I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.

I’ve learned that every day  you should reach out and touch someone.

People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.

I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said,

people will forget what you did,

but people will never forget how you made them feel.

Have a great week!

Be a Holiday Friend

The year has created unprecedented health, economic, environmental and social challenges for all of us. As the months of a pandemic and social unrest continue, the weather changes and the holiday season begins – the need for social connection, support and encouragement is greater than ever. The City of Ridgegfield has started a “creating connections campaign” that will help provide a connection between Ridgefield residents. Give a little, get a lot!

If you provide a little information, we will connect you to one other person to be your ‘Holiday Friend.’ We do ask that you make a commitment to be an active friend at least through the end of the year, and beyond if that is what you choose.

The information you provide will remain private and confidential. The only information that will be released is your name and contact information to your ‘Holiday Friend.’ Simply fill out our quick form by November 30th, and we will connect you with a friend by Saturday, December 5th. Submit your information here: https://lf.ridgefieldwa.us/Forms/gKmX6

The information you provide will remain private and confidential. The only information that will be released is your name and contact information to your ‘Holiday Friend.’ No one will monitor or ask about your connection. The City will provide the connection, and it is up to you from there.

For the first round of connections, submit by November 30th and we will have matches ready by Saturday, December 5th.

Lions Club Sells Christmas Trees

The Ridgefield Lions Club will be selling Christmas Trees at the Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex (RORC) 3101 S. Hillhurst Road, from November 27th through December 6th.

The site will be open weekends from 8:00am to 5:00pm, and weekdays from 9:00am to 5:00pm.

The Ridgefield Lions Club supports many local activities.

Information: Don Stose, 360-334-1413.

Update on the Library

If the rainy autumn weather has thwarted any of your outdoor projects, you’ll understand that the swift pace we’ve seen on the library construction project has been dampened. But just a bit!

Rick Samaduoff, the site manager, and Ryan Edwards, Rick’s assistant, (both of Union Corner Construction) kindly provided this update.

Three weeks of rain could have spelled disaster for the adult fiction area. This area has large fir glulam beams topped by vertical-grain fir roof substrate. Luckily, the rain did not penetrate the plastic sheeting used to protect the wood from being water stained. During a weekend break in the weather, crews worked Saturday and Sunday to install a new, super-thin membrane roof. There are now roof drains in the corners that dump the rainwater into the storm drainage system underground.

Protecting this magnificent wooden ceiling from rainwater damage was paramount.

Before any windows can be mounted, a blue waterproofing/vapor barrier paint system must be installed. This product is called DryVit. The seams are sealed with a fabric tape, then two coats of paint are applied. This material replaces the tar paper or plastic Tyvek that is commonly found in residential construction. In the photo on the roof (below), you can see the new windows being installed.

Whether the day is sunny or cloudy, natural light will flood the center of the library

By the end of November, work should have started on installing a metal roof on the steeper roof sections. The rough installation of the fire sprinkler system should be finished, and other ground-level windows should be installed.

Unless, of course, the weather has other plans for our spectacular library’s progress! Keep your fingers crossed!

~ by Tevis Laspa

Happy Thanksgiving!

Pies from Thanksgiving’s past

There won’t be as many pies at this year’s Thanksgiving dinner, as instead of having 30 or more people there will only be five, so apple and cherry are the pies of choice.

I am thankful we’re all healthy and happy. Thanksgiving Day is such a good time to think back to all the good times we’ve had in the past and look forward to the future. I was thinking the other day – I have been to 84 Thanksgiving dinners. Amazing!

Have a great day – count your blessings. I think you’ll find you have many more than you imagine.



Ridgefield High School Producing “It’s a Wonderful Life” Radio Play

“The show must go on!” has been a saying in theater for many years, and drama students at Ridgefield High School are proving the statement is true.  They’re taking their next theater production completely online with a plan to livestream It’s A Wonderful Life:  A Live Radio Play in December.

The radio play is an adaptation of the classic movie It’s A Wonderful Life.  When idealistic George Bailey wishes he had never been born, his guardian angel helps him realize how many lives he has impacted.  Author Joe Landry restages the Christmas story with the excitement of a live 1940’s radio broadcast.  Kaitlyn Etter, drama teacher at Ridgefield High School, is excited about the production.  “The story is so wonderful and hopeful—something we can all use right about now.”

The play’s original poster was designed by Ridgefield High School art student Patricia Catacutan.

Switching gears from stage production to online production has created a lot of changes for Etter and her students, from Zoom rehearsals to the technical hurdles of livestreaming.  “The students are excited about overcoming the challenges and getting creative!  The production is taking a lot of inventiveness, initiative, and enthusiasm on the part of our students and department.  One step at a time, but one of my favorite things about theatre is how it teaches us to adapt and think creatively.”

It’s a full-scale production, with a large cast and crew.  There are 21 students in the cast of actors, including lead actors Peter Schafer, Cameron McGravey, Sophia Miller, Avari Harrison, Anna Vande Krol, Dallin Casper, and Elle Lutz.  Many of them will be playing multiple characters in the show.

RHS Theatre students rehearse on Zoom for the December production.

There are 22 students serving on the technical crew, including lead crew members Kaitlyn St. John, Jay Stengele, Ani Gallman, Donnie St. John, LeeAnne Krause, and Caige Sothern. Art and history teacher Aziza Mansuri is also assisting with the show.  The crew will help solve the challenges involved in taking the production online and creating a radio-style atmosphere.  Part of the fun will be creating original, live Foley effects (the sound effects that bring a production to life, like footsteps and doors closing) in real time with the production.

Etter and her students are looking forward to the streaming event.  “We are excited to bring joy, hope, and some fun 1940’s style Americana right into people’s homes!”

It’s A Wonderful Life:  A Live Radio Play will be streaming December 12th and 13th.  Information on the production will be on Ridgefield High School social media accounts and website.  On Instagram, follow @ridgefield.theatre and on Facebook, follow Ridgefield PAC.  There will also be online updates for the play and other events at  http://spudderactivities.weebly.com/theatre.html

Superintendent’s Update to Families – November 24, 2020




November 24, 2020

Dear Ridgefield Families,

Happy Thanksgiving!  This year’s holiday will be very different from past years, just as this school year has been very different.  The large gathering of friends and family will have to wait for future holidays.  We will be wearing masks and socially distancing ourselves during a time typically filled with hugs and warm conversations, but we will get through this and be better for it in the end.

Though it has been a challenging year, I know I still have much to be grateful for, and I suspect you feel the same way.  In difficult times like these, taking the time to express gratitude is perhaps even more critical.  We have a great deal going on right now, and a kind word of appreciation can make all the difference.  But did you know that giving thanks can make you happier too?  In one study, participants who wrote down the positive things that happened to them each day demonstrated a more optimistic outlook at the end of the 10-week trial.   The positive impacts didn’t stop there.  By the end of the study, those same individuals were exercising more and had fewer visits to the doctor.  You can read more about the power of gratitude here.

I enjoyed reading all the Thoughts shared last week in our Gratitude Exchange.  The District shared the Exchange results with the individuals specifically named to help brighten their day.  Thank you again to all those that participated.

As you already know, this is a short week as all Ridgefield School District schools will be closed on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday for Thanksgiving Break.  I wish each of you a safe, restful break.

Thank you also for continuing to share amazing photos of your children learning through Ridgefield Remote.  Until we can return to hybrid learning, these photos help connect us. If you happen to snap a great family photo during the Thanksgiving Break, please share it with us (student.photos@ridgefieldsd.org).  I would love to see the different family traditions and celebrations this holiday season.  Below are several of the more recent images shared with the District.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving Break, stay well and remain #RidgefieldResilient.


Dr. Nathan McCann. Superintendent

Become a ‘Fresh Food Friend’

Help Ridgefield Community Gleaners ‘Make a Difference’ in 2021 b y becoming a  ‘Fresh Food Friend’: 100% of your donation will be used to buy fresh produce weekly for the Ridgefield Family Resource Center (RFRC) to help Ridgefield families in need.

Any size donation is welcome! All donations are tax deductible.

If you are able to Adopt-a-Week, $100 provides a week’s worth of produce for RFRC.

If you are able to Adopt-a-Month, $400 provides a month’s worth of produce for RFRC.

Participate by yourself or form a team of family and friends to reach your contribution goals.

Donations by check can be made payable and mailed to:
Ridgefield Community Gleaners
304 Riverview Dr.
Ridgefield, WA 98642

Donations can be made through our GoFundMe campaign at


For more information email: rcgleaners@gmail.com

Include your email to receive more information about Ridgefield Community Gleaners.
Find us on FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/RidgefieldGleaners

Thank you for helping to ‘Make a Difference’ in Ridgefield!

Make a Difference Month – Week 3

Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what we receive, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude, we acknowledge the goodness in our lives. In the process, we recognize that the source of that goodness lies at least partially outside ourselves. As a result, gratitude connects us to something larger than ourselves – to our families, friends, and community.

Check out our community gratitude compilation on YouTube!

Think about how to take that inward reflection of gratitude and extend it to your community. How can Gratitude make a difference?

Gratitude Week Challenges:

Create a Thankful Wheel (directions here!)

Add to a Gratitude Tree: Starting on Monday, November 23rd find colorful tree leaves and a tree trunk at select locations. Write down what you are thankful for on the leaf and attach it to the tree!

Participate in our first ever Make a Difference Month! Each week, beginning with Ridgefield First Saturday on Saturday, November 7th, will have its own theme, activities, and challenges.

We have all had a difficult year. Take the time to care for your surroundings, spread kindness, exercise gratitude and connect to your community.

Student Meal Pickup Schedule Will Change Starting Monday, November 30th

Effective Monday, November 30th the schedule for free grab-and-go student meals will change as follows:


Union Ridge Elementary School – Building B

11:45 am – 12:45 pm   NEW TIME



Sunset Ridge / View Ridge

South side of school at Bus Drop-Off Loop  NEW LOCATION

10:45 am – 12:15 pm  NEW TIME


Meals will continue to include breakfast and lunch for Ridgefield children up to 18 years of age.

Thought for the Week

Thought for the Week

This is a portion of a poem by Maya Angelou. I think it speaks to those of us of ‘a certain age.’

When I was in my younger days

I weighed a few pounds less,

I needn’t hold my tummy in to wear a belted dress.

But now that I am older,

I’ve set my body free,

There’s comfort of elastic

Where once my waist would be.

Inventor of those high-heeled shoes

My feet have not forgiven;

I have to wear a nine now,

But used to wear a seven.

I need to wear these glasses

As the print’s been getter smaller,

And it wasn’t very long ago

I know that I was taller.

Though my hair has turned to gray

and my skin no longer fits,

On the inside I’m the same old me,

It’s the outside’s changed a bit.

Next week:

But on a positive note…

Make a Wreath at the Library

Need something to do over the Thanksgiving weekend? The Library will have grab ‘n go wreath kits out Wednesday November 25 starting at 10:00 a.m.  Choose your greens, take a pack of floral tape and a spool of floral wire, and cut yourself a hunk of ribbon. We will not provide a wire frame, but you don’t need one to make a wreath: you can wire the greenery together instead! You will need a pruning shear and wire cutter. Pliers and heavy gloves may also be useful. This offer is good while supplies last – so get there early!

RMS Expands Moola Program