Thought for the Week

Bed in Summer

In winter I get up at night

And dress by yellow candle-light.

In summer, quite the other way,

I have to go to bed by day.

I have to go to bed and see

The birds still hopping on the tree,

Or hear the grown-up people’s feet

Still going past me in the street.

And does it not seem hard to you,

When all the sky is clear and blue,

And I should like so much to play,

To have to go to bed by day?

— Robert Louis Stevenson, 1850 – 1894

This is one of the poems I memorized as a young school girl. Do kids still memorize poems today? I loved them all – The Raggedy Man, I Hear America Singing, Fog, The Duel, Hiawatha’s Childhood…makes me nostalgic to think about those long ago, simpler days!

An 80 for 80 Donor


Barb Blystone of the Mercantile has offered to give 8% of all purchases made at the Merc to the library building fund starting tomorrow, Tuesday, through the 4th of July in support of my 80 for 80 Campaign.

So if you’ve been yearning for something at her attractive and unusual shop, now is a good time to buy. If you’ve never been to the Merc, you’re in for a treat. She carries a large variety of gift items, home decor, baby things, clothing, books and other tempting items.

The Mercantile is at  419 Pioneer – come and see what’s new! She’s open from 10am to 5:30pm, and she will be open on the 4th of July. Stop by while you’re waiting for the parade to start, or afterward.

Your money will do double duty – give you something beautiful, and support the library building fund.

Thank you Barb!

Tour of the Water Treatment Plant

Water Treatment plant tour

Today Fred Crippen led a group of people on a tour of the water treatment plant on the waterfront in Ridgefield. Fred led us through all the steps needed to clarify the waste water. The incoming water is pumped to the top of the site and gravity flow carries it through all the tanks until it emerges at the far end, where it flows into Lake River. The outflow is actually cleaner that the river water. I learned a lot.

Looking at the brown grass and lack of landscaping at the site, it’s hard not to compare it to Vancouver’s Water Resource Center, which is lush with plantings. Surely there will be a drive to improve the landscaping at the water treatment plant before the Port tries to lease out property on the waterfront. It could be an oasis of beauty.

fire extinguisher

After the tour we all had a chance to use a fire extinguisher, starting from pulling the pin to aiming the spray low to put out fires. Thank you Fred, and thanks to the participants who donated money towards the building fund for our new library.

PS – don’t throw anything except toilet paper down your toilet – it all ends up going through the water treatment plant, and Fred is one of the people who has to clean out the filters.

Speed Networking 2015!

Amphitheater NWRidgefield Business Association and Amphitheater NW are sponsoring a Business After Hours meeting on June 30th, from 5pm to 8 pm in the exclusive STAR Lounge at the Amphitheater NW, located at Delfel & 179th St in Ridgefield!

I asked Kathy Russo, Director of Sales, what to expect on that evening, and here’s what she told me:

Coming to Amphitheater Northwest you will be directed to park in our STAR or VIP parking lot that gives you early access and first egress from every show. No waiting in lines!

You will enter into our STAR lounge where we serve our box holders and special guests a celebrity chef buffet before every show. It is a permanently tented area with comfortable table and chairs and during shows, two large screen TV’s to watch the pre-show while enjoying your favorite beverages.

You will enjoy some appetizers and two free drinks compliments of RBA and the Amphitheater, additional beverages can be purchased at a cash bar. Our STAR lounge has a full bar and restrooms so our box holders and VIP’s never wait in lines.

You will be given a name tag identifying your business and after mingling we will begin our 6 minute “speed networking” where you will meet your neighbors in a comfortable and quick face to face. You will rotate between business owners getting to know as many as you’d like.

After the speed networking we will have tours available of the Amphitheater’s west plaza and pavilion area including the box suites.

This sounds like a really fun evening – it’s open to all, you do not have to be a member of the RBA.

News about Overlook Park

Salmon Faces

This is a photo of the molten glass being fired to become the inserts in the metal panels at Overlook Park. Earlier I showed the wood molds that were used – you can look back through earlier posts to find that  photo.

80 for 80 Update


A tour of the City of Ridgefield Wastewater Treatment Plant is on the schedule for this Saturday, June 27.

The City of Ridgefield receives maximum of 700,000 gallon of sewage from its customers a day for treatment. The type of treatment is an activated sludge process. Generally, in this system, the incoming waste water is pumped through screens that remove all types of things that should not have been flushed: rocks and toys, rings, whatever – you don’t really want to know.  Then to the classifier that removes grit, sand, and stones less than ¼”. Then to aeration basins where microorganisms utilize the organic material found in waste water as a food source to provide energy and the constituents necessary to produce more organisms that break down the waste.  Then the waste water flows to the clarifier.  Waste water separates into solids that are recycled back to the aeration basin, and clear effluent water then flows to disinfection center, then to receiving waters. This process removes from 90 to 98 % of all solids from the wastewater.

There is no cost to go on this tour, since it is a public facility. If you wish to make a donation to support the Ridgefield Library Building Fund it would be appreciated. No reservations are needed, just show up at 10am and prepare to be amazed.

Directions to the Plant: Go west on Main Avenue to Division Street. Drive west on Division about 1 1/2 blocks after the railroad tracks. Turn right on to the gravel road at the sign. Drive through the chain link fence and park in the gravel lot.

Second Sunday event at the Cathlapotle Plankhouse

“The Confluence Project, Exploring History, culture, and ecology along the Columbia River”

Where:  Cathlapotle Plankhouse at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge:  28908 NW Main Ave, Ridgefield, WA 98642. Refuge admission is $3 per vehicle. For wheelchair access to this event, please contact Sarah prior to the event date.

When:    July 12, 2015

12pm – 4pm: Plankhouse Tours and Children’s Activities – the Plankhouse will be open for visitors, and there will be activities for families to connect with the culture and wildlife at the plankhouse. You can also check out the ample wildlife watching opportunities on the River ‘S’ Unit Auto Tour Driving Route.

Tour the Plankhouse on your own or guided by our experienced volunteers. Children’s activities will be available, and Refuge binoculars will be available to use on the trail.

1:00 pm: Naturalist Led Hike – join a Refuge Naturalist for a hike down the Oaks to Wetlands trail, and learn about the plants and animals that call the Refuge home.

2:00pm: The Confluence Project, Exploring History, culture, and ecology along the Columbia River.

Join Confluence Executive Director, Colin Fogarty, at the Cathlapotle Plankhouse as he shares the ways that the Confluence is connecting people to place through art and education. By collaborating with Northwest communities, tribes and celebrated artist Maya Lin, Confluence is able to share stories of the Columbia River through six public art installations, educational programs, community engagement, and digital experiences.

“Confluence is a bold and ambitious attempt to look back seven generations as a way to look forward seven generations on…. it is a call to reflect, discover and connect to this larger history. The first step in that process is to listen.”

– Colin Fogarty, Executive Director, Confluence

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Cathlapotle Plankhouse, and the house is open weekends from12pm-4pm. Every second Sunday of the month the Plankhouse will host a special event with speakers, guided hikes, and children’s activities. For more information on the upcoming events, visit .

Funding for these programs has been generously provided by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, the Community Foundation for SW Washington, and Umpqua Bank.

The Cathlapotle Plankhouse is a modern Chinookan Plankhouse built to interpret the Chinookan village of Cathlapotle that once existed on what is today Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge property.  At the time Lewis and Clark visited Cathlapotle, it had 14 large plankhouses and a population of over 900 people.  The modern Cathlapotle Plankhouse is used to provide educational programs to youth and the general public through our Lifeways, Landscapes, and Wildlife Interpretive Program.  To learn more about the Plankhouse visit or contact Sarah Hill at or (360) 887-4106.

Join Superintendent Nathan McCann for a Coffee Talk next Monday from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at Seasons Coffee!

Superintendent McCann speaks with community members at a Coffee Talk on September 24

Superintendent McCann speaks with community members at a Coffee Talk

Join Superintendent Nathan McCann for a cup of coffee at Seasons Coffee located in the Old Liberty Theater in downtown Ridgefield on Monday, June 29, 2015 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Do you have an opinion, idea or concern you would like to share with the administration of Ridgefield School District or would you just like to meet the superintendent? Then, stop by!

This is your opportunity to visit with Superintendent Nathan McCann and share your ideas about the direction and future of Ridgefield schools.

For more Ridgefield schools news, visit the district website. You can also get more district news from their Facebook page or on Twitter.

It’s Hot, It’s Dry, Burn Bans and Fireworks

Recently Clark County announced because of drought conditions and the wildfire forecast, it was moving up the start of the Outdoor Burn Ban to June 23rd. The annual burn ban limits burning yard debris in unincorporated areas of the county.

Clark County Fire Marshal, Jon Dunaway stated, “For now, fireworks season will continue as usual. We are watching fire conditions very closely.” He suggested leaving the fireworks to the professionals and attending public displays rather than using consumer fireworks.

City of Vancouver Fire Marshal Heidi Scarpelli also stated the VFD will have fireworks patrols out in force this year. People should call 9-1-1 regarding complaints so they can be followed up on. This is the number to call in Ridgefield.

Now of course we realize many look forward to this time of year every year and will be purchasing consumer fireworks. We suggest the following safety measures be taken:

Legal fireworks: Buy only from a licensed fireworks stand with items clearly labeled with the name of the item, manufacturer and instructions for proper use. Firecrackers, bottle rockets, M-80s, M-100s and blockbusters are illegal and can cause serious injury or death.

Supervise children closely: Only adults should light fireworks. Do not allow young children to play with fireworks. Older children should only be permitted to use fireworks under adult supervision. Children must be at least 16 years old and present identification to legally purchase fireworks. Be vigilant about keeping matches, lighters and fireworks safely away from youngsters.

Tribal fireworks: Fireworks sold on tribal lands may not be legal off the reservation.

Always follow directions on the label: Even sparklers, which burn at more than 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit, can be dangerous if used improperly. Light only one firework at a time and don’t try to re-light a “dud.” Protect your eyes and never have any portion of your body directly over fireworks.

Clear the lighting area: Light fireworks outdoors in a clear area at least 25 feet from people, houses, vehicles, dry leaves, grass and flammable materials. When you are done, be sure to soak your fireworks before disposing of them. Always keep a hose or bucket of water close by to extinguish any small, unintended fires. If clothes catch fire, remember to cover your face and STOP, DROP and ROLL until the fire goes out.

Keep your pets safe and secure indoors: Be sure to keep your pets indoors with curtains and windows closed. Be sure your pet’s collar is secure and license tag is current. If your pet is not currently licensed, get a license before fireworks go on sale June 28. If your pet gets loose, the license will help get your pet home and allow emergency medical care, if needed. If your pet goes missing, check with the Humane Society for Southwest Washington at (360) 693-4746.

Be a good neighbor: Pick up spent fireworks and dispose of them properly once they have cooled. Soaking used fireworks overnight in a bucket of water before placing them in the trash is a good idea. They should not be left in the street for sweepers, nor should they be left in rights-of-way.

Fireworks may be sold in unincorporated Clark County between June 28 from noon to 11 pm; June 29 through July 4 from 9am to 11pm.

Thanks to Eric Frank, Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA) for the above information.

Ridgefield School District invites the community to review the new social studies curriculum

The District is adopting new social studies textbooks for middle school and high school students

The District is adopting new social studies textbooks for middle school and high school students

Ridgefield School District is preparing a textook adoption for Social Studies for the middle school and high school for the upcoming 2015-16 school year. At the middle school, the new textbooks will be used to teach World Geography, U.S. History, and Washington State History at the middle school. At the high school, the new textbooks will be used to teach World History, U.S. Government, U.S. History (Advanced Placement), and Economics.

How were the new textbooks selected?

Over the course of the past 6-12 months, the proposed materials were extensively reviewed by teacher committees and selected as the best options to support the objectives of the Ridgefield School District as well as Washington State’s guidelines.

When and where will the new textbooks be available for public review?

The student editions will be available for public review from Monday, June 29 through Monday, July 13 at the Ridgefield School District Office, Monday-Friday (8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.). Please note the district office will be closed on Friday, July 3 in observance of Independence Day.

What are the new textbooks?


Middle School (7-8)

Geography Alive!

Geography Alive!  Regions and People (2011)
Publisher:  TCI

Created in partnership with scholars from the National Council for Geographic Education, Geography Alive! Regions and People is a stimulating, case-study approach to geography.


History Alive!History Alive! The United States Through Industrialism (2011)
Publisher:  TCI

History Alive! The United States Through Industrialism immerses students in a powerful journey through the history of the United States from its earliest foundations to the age of industrialism.


The Washington Journey

The Washington Journey (2010)
Publisher:  Gibbs SmithThe Washington Journey is a 7th grade history textbook. The outline for this book is based on Washington’s new Essential Academic Learning Requirements for social studies and teaches civics, history, geography, and economics. The student edition places the state’s historical events in the larger context of our nation’s history.

High School (9-12)

History Alive! World Connections

History Alive! World Connections takes a global approach to the study of world history by exploring the inter-regional connections and global themes that connect our world today. Just as a filmmaker uses multiple lenses to tell a story, this program invites students to begin with a wide-angle view to examine eras in world history and then zoom in to understand the development of events and interactions among the world’s people and cultures today.

Created in partnership with the National Constitution Center, Government Alive! Power, Politics, and You actively connects government to the everyday lives of high school students.



Government in America

Government in America, Elections Update (2016)
Publisher:  Pearson

The 2014 Elections and Updates Edition of Government in America has been revised to reflect recent changes — often of a historic magnitude — in politics, policy, and participation. Discussion of contemporary topics that dominate the headlines draws students into the course, and enables instructors to teach using relevant, relatable examples of politics and policy.

History Alive! Pursuing American Ideals

History Alive!  Pursuing American Ideals (2013)
Publisher:  TCI

History Alive! Pursuing American Ideals centers on the five founding ideals from the Declaration of Independence: equality, rights, liberty, opportunity, and democracy. This program invites students to study how Americans have applied these ideals, from establishing an American republic to the making of modern America.


America's History for the AP Course

America’s History for the AP Course (2014)
Publisher:  Bedford, Freeman & Worth

A big picture, analytical focus helps students to understand not just what happened, but why. With its hallmark interpretive voice and thoughtful analysis, America’s History helps students make sense of the contextual and casual relationships between events. A variety of learning tools from the beginning to the end of each chapter support this “Big Idea” focus, which is in line with the new AP exam’s emphasis on learning objectives.

Econ Alive!

Econ Alive!  The Power to Choose (2015)
Publisher:  TCI

Econ Alive! The Power to Choose demystifies economics for students. A concise, standards-based text and multiple intelligence activities help students grasp complex concepts in terms of understandable real-world situations.


You are invited to review the books in person!

Once again, we invite the Ridgefield community to review the student editions of these new textbooks from Monday, June 29 through Monday, July 13 at the Ridgefield School District Office, Monday-Friday (8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.). Please note the district office will be closed on Friday, July 3 in observance of Independence Day.

For more Ridgefield schools news, visit the district website. You can also get more district news from their Facebook page or on Twitter.

Help Celebrate John Burrows’ 100th Birthday

The family of long time Ridgefield resident John Burrow invites you to attend an open house at the Methodist Church on Sunday, July5 to celebrate his 100th birthday. John was born on Bachelor Island and lived there until he was six years old, when the family moved to the Sevier property north of town. He held a variety of jobs: at Bratlie Brothers Mill until 1943 when the mill was destroyed by fire, then Kaiser Shipyards in Vancouver until it closed in September 1946. After that John spent ten years at the paper mill in Longview, and another ten years at Ben Thomas Logging Company in Woodland. He retired at the end of 1977.

John was a volunteer fireman and a member of the Ridgefield Town Council. He was mayor from 1960 too 1964. A very full life!

Come sample coffee and cake between 3 and 5 and meet John’s extended family. I guarantee you’ll hear some lively stories about ‘the old days.’

Yard Clean Up on Sunday

Ridgefield Main Street will be participating in a yard clean-up Sunday June 28 at 9:00 a.m. at the corner of Main Avenue and Cook Street in downtown Ridgefield. The resident is frail and unable to keep up the demands of outdoor maintenance. Many hands make light work. If you could help by attending for a few hours as well as bring some extra hands it would make a big difference. Contact Frank Shuman ( if you can help. Thanks!

Friends Need Storage Space

The Friends of the Ridgefield Library organization is looking for storage for five pallets of books that will be sold at the fall book sale. Ridgefield Pack ‘n Ship stored part of the shipment, but could only take two pallets at this time. Does anyone have space for the Friends to store books until the fall book sale? Call Sean at the library, 887-8281,, if you can help.

Port Hires Nelson Holmberg

Nelson Holmberg

As the Port of Ridgefield moves ahead in its efforts to encourage quality development in the rapidly-growing Discovery Corridor just north of Portland, Ore., the economic development municipality recently created and filled a new position to boost those efforts.

Today the Port announced it has tapped life-long Clark County resident Nelson Holmberg as Vice President of Innovation. Holmberg started with the Port on June 15. Port Chief Executive Officer Brent Grening said the timing – and the person – are right.

“The Port is seeking projects and opportunities that will transform the economy of the Discovery Corridor,” Grening said. “We believe Nelson has the unique capacity to develop and grow the Port partnerships that can drive and develop that new economy.”

Holmberg’s duties at the Port of Ridgefield will be to identify and secure new opportunities and revenue streams for the Port.

“The Port Commission understands we need new, innovative ways of doing things, and the human resource with the time to move those ideas forward,” Grening said. He also emphasized that Holmberg is passionate about the area, and possesses a shared vision of the opportunity and potential for Ridgefield. “Nelson is an innovator. He’s a catalyst, and an important addition to our team. He sees opportunity, goes after it, and makes it happen,” said Grening.  “He’s exactly what the Port needs.”

Ridgefield Business After Hours June 30

RBA biz after hours