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Things were jumping last night at 3Peaks at the benefit for the library. Lots of people came because they had seen the event advertised, and others learned about it that night. We won’t have a count of the amount raised for a few days, but the donation jar held almost $100. Thanks to all who attended and to the staff and owners of the taproom for inviting us. It’s a pretty easy way to raise money for such a good cause.



At the City Council Meeting Thursday, American Legion Post 44 and the City of Ridgefield were honored and recognized  by the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. The patriotism demonstrated by the Flags displayed on Flag Days brought about this commendation.

Receiving the Certificates were Mayor Ron Onslow and AL Post 44 Commander Bryan Laycoe

Summer Programs at the Library

Here’s the schedule of summer programs going on at the Ridgefield library, starting next Tuesday


Amazing magic, hilarious comedy, eye-popping juggling and tons of audience interactions by a two-time Guinness World Record Holder.


Be amazed by exciting and explosive chemical reaction demonstrations. Don’t try this at home! Come see it at your library!


An entertaining and educational experience featuring 15 different parrot species representing four continents! Hosted by zoologist Karl Anderson.


Creature Teachers bring the wild to you! Meet an amazing array of reptiles and creepy crawlies. Education is the key to conservation.


Reptiles! A fascinating, interactive, and educational reptile program for all ages.


One of the Northwest’s best-known clowns performs an exciting mix of physical comedy, magic, juggling, music, storytelling and puppetry. A high-energy show that children will talk about for months!

Invitation to Participate in National Night Out

The City of Ridgefield and the Ridgefield Police Department are once again gearing up for our 13 th annual National Night Out Celebration. This celebration brings our community and neighbors together for a time of food and fun. We are so excited to extend an invitation to you to help us celebrate America’s night out against crime.

National Night Out began in 1984 and has become a national celebration in cities across America, the first Tuesday in August. This year our celebration is Tuesday, August 1 st , 2017 from 6pm to 8pm in Abrams Park, located at the east end of Division Street, about one mile east of Main Avenue in downtown Ridgefield.

Your participation is key to the great success of this event. By you participating, you help us promote crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for local anti-crime programs and strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships. You, along with other area business and community service representatives will help make this event a great success.

Last year we had about 1200 people partake in the activities of live music, antique cars, a bike rodeo, games, ice-cream, and of course a great BBQ.

To reserve your space for the celebration, please contact Sandra Hoots our Police Clerk at (360)887-3556. Or you may email her at We will provide for you a free space to setup your own tent, booth or static display. There is a limited power supply available so make sure you let us know if you need power. Please call the police department if you have any questions regarding our event. Our staff is excited to serve you. We hope to hear from you soon.

Reminder – 3Peaks Benefit Tomorrow

Just a reminder – 3Peaks Public House and Taproom, 24415 10th Avenue NE will donate a percentage of all food and drink sold from 5 to 9 pm tomorrow, Thursday.

Come eat, drink, and be merry and help raise money for the new library at the same time. Tevis and I will be there to greet you and make sure you have a good time.

Swallowtail Butterflies on Gee Creek

Male Western Tiger Swallow-tail butterflies will sometimes congregate in wet areas seeking nutrients.  The term for this behavior is mud-puddling.  These butterflies were seen today on the west side of Gee Creek downstream from Abrams Park.  There were 32 that I counted with some leaving and new arrivals dropping in on occasion.

Thought for the Week

Words of wisdom from Will Rogers, who died in a plane crash with Wylie Post in 1905, was probably the greatest political sage this county has ever known. Enjoy his homespun philosophy:

  1. There are two theories to arguing with a woman – neither works.
  2. Never miss a good chance to shut up.
  3. If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.
  4. The quickest way to double your money is to fold it and put it back in your wallet.
  5. Good judgment comes from experience and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.
  6. If you’re riding ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it’s still there.
  7. Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier’n puttin’ it back.

Have a great week!

Clean Up Day in Ridgefield

Today is the summer clean-up. I have decided that rather than help on any of the suggested projects in the city my time would best be spent cleaning up my own property. If you want to help cut a pathway through the vegetation at 114 4th Avenue North show up anytime after 9 am with secateurs in hand. I’ll be weeding, trimming, and pruning and could use all the help I can get.

This picture was taken in April, and as you can see things have gotten out of hand since then. With the recent rains everything is growing rapidly and the tree branches are making it difficult to walk on the sidewalk, I am a fair weather friend, however. If it’s pouring rain I’ll cancel.

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Eat drink and be merry!

Come to 3Peaks Public House and Taproom next Thursday, June 22, when a percentage of all drinks and food sold will go to benefit the library. Tevis and I will be there to greet you and thank you for your donations. The event runs from 5 to 9 pm, so there’s plenty of time to enjoy the evening.   3Peaks is at 24415 NE 10th.

Clean Up Day

Tomorrow (Saturday) is our annual Clean Up Day in Ridgefield. Meet at the library at 9 am to volunteer for a number of jobs, geared toward all levels of strength.

The focus this year will be on four different areas: painting the police department building’s trim work, beautifying the  pop-up park at Mill and Main, cleaning up the alley behind the hardware store, and cleaning and organizing the library shelves and preparing craft material.

Come prepared to work and have fun at the same time.

Sunset in Ridgefield

Isn’t this a great place to live? Liz Suchinda took this photo of a recent sunset.

We put up with a lot of rain and gloom, but when it’s beautiful in Ridgefield it is truly beautiful!

Grand Opening Little Free Library

The Ridgefield Friends of the Library invite you to the grand opening of our first Little Free Library, Saturday, June 17th, at 10 am. It’s near the old oak tree on South Hillhurst Road and the nearest cross street is South Nighthawk Road.

A short dedication will be followed by light refreshments.  Please come and join our celebration!

Little Free Libraries are a nation-wide program to promote reading. Books in the Little Free Library will be stocked by volunteers from The Friends of the Ridgefield Library, and people are urged to donate books after they’ve read them. Several libraries will be erected in neighborhoods across the City, and one is already  up in the 700 block of Shobert.

Bring a book… take a book… or come and have a cookie!

Main Street Program this Thursday

Join us for the Ridgefield Main Street Monthly Community Meeting at the Sportsman’s Steakhouse on Thursday, June 15 at 8:30 a.m. for our 2nd Quarter Roundtable Discussion. Complimentary coffee provided, and breakfast service is available.

The Trailers are Gone!

The two trailers on the lots north of the Post Office have been removed. City Manager Steve Stuart told me the City will clear the debris and make the property look good before the 4th of July parade. What a wonderful difference this will make in our downtown area. Thanks to the City for buying this property and removing these two eyesores.

The section of Main where it intersects Pioneer is now open and a light coating of asphalt has been spread over it. Paving of Main Street will begin soon.

Goats at Storm Water Facility

There are about 50 animals in a Bellwood Heights storm water facility on Heron Ridge Drive.  They’ve been eating the plentiful grass from a wet spring.  It’s mostly sheep with a pair of llamas and a few goats as well.  It seems to be a popular place: cars stop, children get out, and they enjoy watching the animals.  Grass is poor nutrition and grass eating animals must eat a lot of it to get the nourishment they need.  This means a lot of manure and urine produced.    This facility has already has had a great deal of manure put in it. You can see it on the ground and even smell it if the wind is right.  This may not be a good thing.  A storm water facility is a place for treating storm water.  The purpose is to remove nutrients and sediments and release it to a water body as clean water.  Having goats and sheep to control vegetation is great in many situations.

Vineyards and organic farms see this as an alternative to herbicides for controlling unwanted weeds and grass.  During times of rainfall surface water from several blocks flows through this facility.  As a consequence of too many animals, nutrients and coliform bacteria could be carried into Gee Creek.   There is rain predicted for Thursday, June 15th.   If there is enough rain to move storm water through this facility, it would be a good day to find out if there is a problem.

Thanks for Paul Snoey for this information.