Thought for the Week

I should have posted this last week, but better late than never. Aren’t you happy the snow is gone? I’m looking towards spring!

Snow storm has arrived
The sky and earth are all white
I watch with deep sigh.

Heavy flakes falling
I think of snow removing
My heart keeps sinking.

All I see is white
But I feel so dark inside
And a worried night.

NHIEN NGUYEN MD

Library Group Meets to Plan Opening Festivities

Ridgefield Friends of the Library met last week to start planning for the opening of our new library. Yes folks, it’s actually going to happen – one of these days – hopefully by the end of June. COVID has slowed down some of the suppliers, so it’s taking longer than anticipated.

Here’s the planning committee meeting outdoors, in the cold, fully masked and socially distanced. These are some of the people who have worked so hard to raise money for the library, and we owe them a big ‘thanks’.

Would you like to donate to my ‘10% for 85’ campaign to raise money for a hearing loop for the library?  Go to www.folridgefieldwa.com and click on the donation button. When you fill out the form please note either ‘hearing loop’ or ‘10% for 85’ so the money will be credited correctly.

If you prefer writing a check, please make it out to Friends of the Ridgefield Library and send it to 10% for 85, c/o Kathy Winters, PO Box 381, Ridgefield, WA 98642. Thanks so much!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Ditch the Bird Baths and Feeders

Bad news for bird lovers who enjoy lavishing food and water on their favorite visitors: If you really do love birds, you’ll take the bird feeders and bird baths down.

Those luxurious attractions are major vectors in the current spread of salmonellosis, a common and usually fatal bird disease caused by the salmonella bacteria. The result this winter has been a widespread die-off of songbirds all over the region — especially finches.

“The first indication of the disease … is often a seemingly tame bird on or near a feeder. The birds become very lethargic, fluff out their feathers and are easy to approach,” said Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife veterinarian Kristin Mansfield. “Unfortunately, at this point there is very little people can do to treat them. The best course is to leave the birds alone.”

When the WDFW started hearing reports in January of ill and dead birds in the Seattle area, it recommended that people in that area discontinue using bird feeders and bird baths, according to communications manager Stacy Lehman. That led to a huge response from across the Western U.S., and realization that the problem was much bigger.

Now, Lehman said, guidance first intended for Seattle and vicinity is statewide. Western Washington residents are asked to stop using bird feeders and bird baths, at least through the end of this month.

~Information from the Columbian

Update on the Library

You’ll notice some big changes to the exterior of our library this month. The new exterior siding is already up on the back of the building and will be installed on the north-facing side this week. The thin brick façade for the NW corner and along the west side of the library (facing the post office) will be installed later this month. Once all the exterior surfaces are up, the canopies will be installed.

Nearly all of the exterior windows are now in. The main entrance has two special “store front” windows that have yet to be installed. They are now in transit and should be installed by the end of the month.

Just as the outside of the library is undergoing a remarkable transformation, the inside the building is looking more and more finished. The painting is complete. Lights are being installed. Cabinets will be installed later this month. The tile work in the bathrooms is nearly complete. After the tile work, vinyl flooring will be installed. The main floor carpeting will be one of the last items to be installed.

Throughout this project, Union Corner Construction has kept the work site safe, uncluttered, tidy. The floors are clean, raw materials are neatly stacked, and remnant materials are removed to the adjacent storage area. Anyone who has experience with construction projects knows how rare and wonderful a neat work site is. It’s a real pleasure for people coming in to inspect (or report on) the progress. Thanks guys!

~by Tevis Laspa

Would you like to donate to my ‘10% for 85’ campaign to raise money for a hearing loop for the library?  Go to www.folridgefieldwa.com and click on the donation button. When you fill out the form please note either ‘hearing loop’ or ‘10% for 85’ so the money will be credited correctly.

If you prefer writing a check, please make it out to Friends of the Ridgefield Library and send it to 10% for 85, c/o Kathy Winters, PO Box 381, Ridgefield, WA 98642.

Thought for the Week

My Bad

I posted about the car cake made by ilani, and I have taken it down because apparently they donated the cake to Share House.

Dine Ridgefield

Restaurants in Ridgefield are open and obeying the social distancing rules. Come on down and get a bit to eat!

Thought for the Week

People are often unreasonable. Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.

If you are honest people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.

If you find happiness people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.

The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.

~ Mother Teresa

New Bridge Takes Shape

The new bridge over the railroad tracks as seen yesterday. This bridge will improve access to the waterfront and hopefully do away with those irritating train horns in the middle of the night.

10% for 85 Rolls On

This logo shows a hearing loop is installed in an area

I’m happy to report the 10% for 85 fund raising campaign to raise money to buy a hearing loop for the library is rolling along nicely. It’s the second week of the program and we already have over $1000 donated! I look forward to going to the Post Office every day to see if there are more checks waiting for me.

Don’t know what a hearing loop is? See my post on January 17 that explains it.

Thank you Ridgefield and also my friends from Seattle who generously donated even though they probably won’t ever use the library. As my one friend said, “It’s a good cause.”

To make it easy you can now donate online. Go to www.folridgefieldwa.com and click on the donation button. When you fill out the form please note either ‘hearing loop’ or ‘10% for 85’ so the money will be credited correctly.

If you prefer writing a check, please make it out to Friends of the Ridgefield Library and send it to 10% for 85, c/o Kathy Winters, PO Box 381, Ridgefield, WA 98642. Keep those checks coming!

Getting Ready for the New Bridge

Moving the girders for the new bridge over the railroad tracks was quite a chore. Thanks to Judy Reel for these photos of the event

Thought for the Week

Whether the weather be fine,
Whether the weather be not,
Whether the weather be cold,
Whether the weather be hot,
We’ll weather the weather,
Whatever the whether,
Whether we like it or not
~Author unknown

Update on the Library

Happy New Year! With mid-May as the estimated completion date for our new, bigger, better library, how can this year be anything but happy for all of us who have helped to make this dream a reality?

There is still a great deal of work left to do both inside and out before the library will be open for business. For example, the interior walls must be finished, final doors and windows must be installed, and the exterior façade must be addressed.

Crews have been busily installing 5/8”-thick sheet rock on the interior of the building. This product, which provides an increased level of fire protection, is thicker than the residential standard of half an inch. A normal “orange peel” texture will be applied to the wall surfaces later this month. Painting of the sheet rock is scheduled for the end of the month. In the large adult area, the natural wood (fir) has received two coats of a clear satin sealer. The fir will naturally age and turn a golden color in about 20 years.

Several hollow-metal doors will be installed next week. The aluminum storefront window assemblies will be installed at the end of the month. If you’re wondering how workers are staying warm on these raw days with just plastic covering large openings where these windows and doors will go, worry not! Although the HVAC system is in and operational, a portable heater is being used until the building is completed to keep construction dust, paint, and other particulates out of the air system.

On the outside of the building, you may have noticed that the dark brown roof is almost completed. Finishing the flashing and installing the gutters will complete that job. The crews are starting the exterior siding and brick work. Concrete backer board for the thin brick has already been mounted.

Before you know it, spring will have sprung and our new library will be done! In the meantime, I’ll be sure to let you know what’s happening.

2021 Events

As 2020 nears an end, your Ridgefield Events team is busy planning for 2021. While we would love to gather sooner, we will not be planning any in-person events until May 2021 at the soonest. Until then, we will continue to provide themes, take home activity bags, fun at home activities, safe outdoor activities, challenges and games throughout January, February, March, and April.

Ridgefield First Saturdays were created to foster community connections and support our Downtown businesses and local vendors. Since March, we have recognized an additional need in the community: activities to fill the extra time at home that many of us are experiencing. These three goals will be the focus of our next 4 events. To help achieve this, we are changing the format a bit. Rather than focusing activities on just the first Saturday of the month, we encourage you to engage with our event page and activities throughout the month. We will be working with local businesses, community organizations, and individuals to provide activities and entertainment to keep you feeling connected during these difficult times.

In January and February, we invite you to Move, Play, and Eat with weekly suggestions for outdoor activities, household games, and cooking adventures starting January 4th! We will have take-home activity bags, a scavenger hunt, and live online experiences on Saturday, January 9th and on Saturday, February 6th.

To support our businesses, we ask that you consider shopping and eating local whenever possible. We will be providing an ongoing online vendor marketplace (available soon!) on our website for Farmers market, event vendors, or local businesses that offer online ordering at this time.

Together we can sustain the energy of Ridgefield First Saturdays until we are able to gather again.